Members Newsletter 04th November 2014

By BR - November 4 2014
Members Newsletter 04th November 2014



As you probably have worked out already the newsletters will not be as frequently issued in the winter months as in the summer mainly because there isn’t quite as much to report but when I have some news to share I will send it out.

We do have a few results to report however and first congratulations go to Gary Lawson who won the Arcot Vase for the second year running with agross 70, net 65 (it would have been better had he not double bogeyed the last!). Second was Mark Peddie-Jones and Third Mike Taylor.

Also as this was the final event that earned points for the Order of Merit the results are now known and the top three places remained unaltered after they all cracked under the pressure so Steve Hepplewhite came out on top from Steve Lord and Gavin Foster.

The following Saturday saw the Captain vs Vice Captain, a 4 Ball event which was won by Geoff and Dave Fawkes with a tremendous score of 47 points. About 6 pairs finished on 44 points with Alan Johnson and Davis Knaggs second and Ken Richardson and Norman Prescott second and third respectively on countback.

Last Saturday we had the first sweep of the winter. These are non handicap qualifying events played on Saturdays from yellow tees, weather permitting and the winner was Chris Wall who had 39 points playing off 9 handicap. Chris has been off 8 for most of the summer and been waiting for a good score to reduce his handicap further without any luck so to have 39 points in the first non qualifying competition of the winter will really cheer him up (well it made me laugh anyway). Steve Lawson and Chris Barnett were second and third respectively on 37 points.

Also special mention to Barry Forbes who had a hole in one up at Matfen a couple of weeks ago.

The Winter league is up and running on a Sunday morning (I was robbed last week by two bandits named Hepplewhite and Glendinning!) although it hasn’t really fely much like winter so far with unseaonably warm temperatures throughout October. Normally the green keepers have moved into their winter routine by now but the warm weather has meant that they are still trying to stay on top of the ever growing grass.

The course has held up well with the help of the mild October and the greens were tined a couple of weeks ago the first part of the winter programme. They have now been slit, the winter feed has been applied and they were sprayed for fusarium last week which is disease that flourishes in mild damp conditions. Next Monday 10th of November the lads will run the vertidrain units across them which will see the heavy spiking units aerate the greens which will happen on at least another 2 occasions during the winter.

The following Monday 17th November fairway protection is scheduled to start but I will give you further details on what that involves nearer the time.

For members information the roundabout at Seaton Burn will be closed again this weekend from Friday evening until Monday morning so beware the extra traffic and it’s effect on journey times.

The subscription levels for 2015 were posted on the notice board in the Clubhouse on Saturday morning. They remain unaltered but remember this is the second year out of 3 when we will be charging for 13 months which will cover the period from 1st February 2015 to the 1st March 2016. Invoices are due out in the middle of November so if you have changed address over the past 12 months please let me know asap.

Finally today can I ask whoever it is that is stealing the logs that we have prepared for the fire in the Lounge to please stop and also can member not dump large items of rubbish in the skip at the back of the Clubhouse.

Thank you and all that remains is to wish the incoming Lady Captain, Pat Coppen, all the best for her year which starts at the Ladies AGM on Friday night and thank outgoing Captain, Gloria Melrose, for a great job over the past 12 months.


Kind Regards    

Brian Rumney