Members Newsletter 10th October 2014

By BR - October 12 2014
Members Newsletter 10th October 2014


Sorry for there being no email last week but here is a bumper edition to make up for it.

First some results and we will start with the Ladies. On 29th August the Dorothy Crombie Centenary Trophy was won by Lorraine Whiteman with a nett 71 from Doreen Swinburne who returned the same score but was beaten on the countback which went down to the back 3.

On 5th September The Lady Captain Gloria Melrose must have thought she had wrapped up the LGU Brooch with a nett 70 only for Pat Mattinson to come in with a fantastic nett 67 to snatch first place away.

The 12th September saw Margaret Spence win the Cancer Relief Spoon with 37 points by 1 from Ros Windows and the 19th September Doreen Swinburne made up for being pipped by Lorraine in the Dorothy Crombie by winning the Audrey Marshall Vase with a nett 71 by one shot from Doreen Mallen.

Gloria would like to thank all those who all those who helped in raising the sum of £1,306 for her chosen charity, St Oswald’s Hospice which was passed on last month. Well done Gloria and all those involved for all your efforts.

The midweek stableford held on 24th September was won with 40 points by Michael Cunningham on a countback from Steve Robinson with Mark Peddie-Jones one adrift on 39.

The following Saturday David Foster won the England v Rest of the World Trophy with 42 points by 2 from Gary Foxwell with Chris Barnett a shot back in third.

The Sunday sweep the day after was won by Jonny Lynn on 36 points finishing 1 clear of both Jack Maddison and Jimmy Dalzeil who were second and third respectively. This also saw the return to golf after his recent marriage of Steven Ashley who showed he had lost non of the form that made him the Newcastle and District player of the year by returning a comfortable score of 20 points. You were right mate nothing is going to change after you get married.

Roland Smith won the stableford on 1st October with 40 points on a countback from Rob Devitt with Scott Taylor third on 39.

Last Saturday the Brough Cup was won in pretty awful conditions by Colin Dixon with 2 up on a countback from Steve Lord and Billy Rose who had finished on the same score.

The Sunday sweep was won by Michael Stenhouse with 37 points on a countback from Gary Foster with Connor Wilson third on 36 points. I played with Gary (not my choice you understand but no one else would) and he was going fantastically well until he topped his tee shot on the 14th which saw the start of a run of 4 points in 4 holes which as ever he took in his stride without any hint of an angry word.

The stableford last Wednesday was won by Scott Mallen with 37 points on a countback from Chris Barnett (again) with Del Robinson 2 points back in 3rd.

Now some general news and weather permitting the green keepers will be starting some drainage work on the second hole this Monday so the hole will be out of action for a couple of days whilst this work is carried out. The agronomists report has been received and is now on the website here for those of you who would like to read it. The highlights include a drop in organic matter in the soil profile to such an extent that he has recommended we do not need to hollow tine in either October this year or spring next year. We will still need to use the solid tines to let air into the soil but as we are not taking any of the surface out the holes should heal up a lot quicker. The Graden work has really proved to be a success and he recommends that we do it again next August which we will incorporate into the program for 2015.

The race to be Order of Merit Champion is heating up and with only one event remaining we still have 3 players who could come out on top. The current leader, Steve Hepplewhite just has to finish ahead of Gavin Foster and Steve Lord to ensure he wins but if he doesn’t and finishes out of the points then a top 5 finish from Steve or a win from Gavin would be enough to overtake him. There is talk about the 3 of them playing together on Saturday which would be good if they could arrange it.

The Committee have asked me to remend all members that you still can get £50 added onto your bar card when you introduce a new member (you have to introduce them on their application form however not just say you know them) so if you know anyone thinking of joining then please encourage them to join.

Finally a word about Course Courtesy which I know several of you have your names down for this Sunday. These times are given by courses around the County to compensate our members who cannot play our course because of a County event we are hosting and we do the same for them when they are hosting an event. This time as has happened the previous 3 occasions we have seen some of the most popular courses get snapped up quickly only for those people to then scratch at short notice. As required by the County I send out the names of those who have booked these times 2 weeks in advance and clubs will inform me of anyone who does not turn up for their times. These times are reserved for our use and Clubs take a dim view of reserving times for Clubs whose members don’t show up. The sheet on which you enter your names clearly states that if you cannot make it you should arrange for someone to take your place and if that is not possible it is your responsibilty to inform the Club you were intending to visit as soon as you can that you will not be using the tee time.

Finally it’s the Club Supper tomorrow night and I look forward to seeing some of the trophy winners receiving their trophies after the meal. Good luck to everyone playing in the Vase tomorrow which will be presented at tomorrow night’s event. Could any players who have won prizes in competitions in the past few months and are still to collect their vouchers from the shop do so next time they are at the Club. The vouchers must be allocated to either your shop account or your bar card before 31st December or they will expire. 

Kind Regards     

Brian Rumney