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The Blog!

The Club Members Committee thought that it might be a good idea to start a blog to keep members and their friends and family, connected during the next few weeks as the country tackles the coronoavirus Covid-19. As Captain in 2020, I have the privilege (and pleasure) of introducing the Blog and I will be ‘guest’ editor for the next blog!

So, what is the aim of the CMC Blog?

As we find ourselves at the point that the Government has felt it necessary to impose significant restrictions on all of us, we are now experiencing to some degree or other what those who went into self-isolation, or found themselves being ‘shielded’, have had to put up with.  Undoubtedly, we will all experience a range of emotions – for example, boredom, frustration, fear, loneliness. The Committee thought that a Blog providing ideas on how we can keep in touch with each other and, probably equally important, some ideas on how we can keep busy during the next few weeks would be useful. A bit like a village magazine, this could be quite fun and an opportunity to find out new ‘stuff’.

Our plan is to issue a new Blog each week and we will aim to cover a whole range of topics. Some ideas to whet the appetite include recommendations on books people might like to read, TV boxsets and films to watch (and where to find them), radio shows and podcasts.

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Spotlight on Paul Speakman, CMC member

When did you start playing and how long have you been a member at Newark?

Started golf on Pitch & putt courses with my dad and younger brothers when I was young and played my first “big” course when I was about 17. However, did not join a golf club until many years later having played lots of other sports when I was younger, mainly League Snooker, Pool, Tennis & Table Tennis, but mixed in with Cricket, Football and Orienteering.

 

Joined Silloth-on-Solway Golf Club in 1996, a classic links course which explains a lot of my chip and run shorts round the greens. Joined Workington Golf Club in 2005 after moving house in Cumbria and then moved to Newark 4 years ago after re-locating to the area following retirement

 

Favourite course played and why?

Have many favourites that I would love to play again and to narrow it down is difficult

 

If I was to pick one from abroad then I would choose Les Bordes in France. Not a course available now as has gone into exclusive Private Club status, but the course was magnificent through an old hunting forest with lots of trees, water and really good greens. Currently ranked No 1 in France and if you break 80 you get your name on a board in the Clubhouse. Course Record is only 1 under par by Jean Van de Velde

 

If I was to choose one in the UK, for many years I loved the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa but I think that is now overtaken by Alwoodley just north of Leeds. But my old course at Silloth still ranks very highly and is a regular in the Top 50 courses in the UK

 

Best result as a golfer?

Probably winning the Mens Singles Competition at Workington a few years ago. 4 Down after 5 holes and coming back to win 2&1 in the Final

 

But have also had some good wins with a Golf Company I used to go away regularly with called Greencard. 4 Round Stableford Competitions at some of the best courses in the UK and Europe. Wins at Saunton Sands in Devon, Silloth on Cumbria (was my home course at the time so did have a big advantage) and an event that covered Moortown, Alwoodley, Pannal and Harrogate in Yorkshire

 

Biggest tournament you’ve attended or played in?

Playing Golf with Greencard I qualified for their finals on a few occasions and went free of charge for a weeks’ golf to La Manga in Spain and Quinta da Lago in Portugal

 

Most memorable moment on the golf course?

Have only had one hole in one and that was at Newark on the 17th 2 years ago, although have come close many times hitting the pin on 4 occasions but the ball not dropping.

 

However, 2 other moments come to mind. One I can only claim a share in. At Silloth they used to hold a Club Greensomes Knockout and playing a Quarter Final our opponents were on the Par 5 5thGreen in 2 when my partner holed out for an Albatross 2

 

The other occasion was at Les Bordes on the 1st hole 375 Yard Par 4 (438 Yards from the back tees), with an island green completely surrounded by sand. Had birdied the hole on the first 3 days and commented on it to my playing partners in the Final Round. However, I missed the green with my 2nd shot and one of my partners commented that I would do well to get a birdie this time, and I promptly chipped in from the side of the green over the bunker.

 

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the golf course?

Playing at Slaley Hall many years ago in a strong wind there was a Par 5 over the hill with water waiting to the left over the hill. The wind was playing straight behind but one of my playing partners hit it slightly left. When we got over the hill no sign of his ball so we were all looking along the water’s edge for his ball and after a couple of minutes found it a bit further along that we thought. We all turned around to collect our trolleys but one was missing. All we could see was the handle sticking up above the water where the wind had blown the trolley, bag and all into the lake. On trying to get it out that battery came off and the owner of the trolley had to wade in and recover it.

 

Favourite player and why?

It has got to be Seve. His character and his imagination round the golf course make him stand out above everyone else I have seen

 

Away from golf … other hobbies and pastimes?

How my main hobby outside Golf is Family History. Have done my own tree as far as I can although I keep re-visiting as more becomes available on-line. Between myself and my wife Carol, we have also done about 20 Family Trees for other people including some at the Golf Club.

 

If there is anyone out there interested in having their own tree done then we are happy to do it for them. We only ask for costs to be covered (normally about £25) but if anyone thinks that it is worth more then I am sure the Captains Charity would benefit from a donation. If you want it done drop me an e-mail to pspeakman@sky.com. First Come First Served as it can take a few weeks to do it.

 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

Has to be somewhere with a Golf Course and probably Turkey has the best quality mix of Golf Courses, Hotels and Climate. Been there about 6 times now to different hotels and courses and enjoyed it every time.

 

Favourite food?

Has to be a good Sunday Roast, particularly Lamb, although I do enjoy salads during the summer months. Also having a sweet tooth, it has to be followed by a dessert.

 

Castaway on a desert island:

Your piece of music and why?

A big fan of the musical Les Miserables.

 

Your chosen book and why?

Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy, although my copy is getting a bit dog eared now as have read it several times.

 

Your luxury item and why?

A Beer Fridge to keep my Cider cold, whilst reading my book, listening to my music and waiting for the rescue to come.

 

Something about you that is unusual?

For many years I was very active with the Air Cadets having joined as a Cadet when I was 13 to eventually being responsible for 5 squadrons in Cumbria and also the Physical Education Officer for Cumbria and North Lancashire, organising and travelling to events all over the North of England. I retired as a Squadron Leader about 8 years ago.

 

It was whilst a Cadet that I was awarded a Scholarship with the RAF to learn how to fly at their expense and became a Qualified Private Pilot at the age of 17 and was qualified to fly a plane before I passed my (Car) Driving Test.

 

I also gained a big interest in Hill Walking and qualified as a Mountain Leader in 1989 to take groups out onto the high hills and also became a Gold Award Expedition Assessor with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Spotlight on … , Board member Rina Ozolins

When did you start playing and how long have you been a member at Newark?

25 Years playing – well out there!  Member at Newark 7 years

 

Favourite course played and why?

Little Aston, a real test of golf and a fantastic place – apart from the ladies have to go in the back door near the kitchen!!! 

               

Best result as a golfer?

Played to 2 in a Club Championship 2nd round, having been 20 off the lead to win by 2 clear shots!!

 

Biggest tournament you’ve attended or played in?

Attended The Open Championship.  Played in lots of Pro-Ams and caddied for Dr. Arthur Spring in a Senior Open Championship!

 

Most memorable moment on the golf course? e.g. hole-in-one?

2 x Eagles on a par 4 and 5 at Belton Woods on the same day.

 

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the golf course?

Friend tee’d off New Years Day on the first, hit the concrete tee marker which went careering off backwards into the car park!

 

Favourite player and why?

Local Paul Streeter now playing with the big boys on the seniors tour – local boy made good!!

 

Away from golf … other hobbies and pastimes?

Fast cars, kart racing and motorbikes!

 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

Dominican Republic diverse locality with great food places to see and do + the odd golf course too!

 

Favourite food?

Fillet steak (what else would you expect from a former meat wholesaler!!)

 

Castaway on a desert island:

Your piece of music and why?

Any Northern Soul or Motown – nostalgia!

 

Your chosen book and why?

Don’t have time to sit and read

 

Your luxury item and why?

Pillow – I only sleep for ¾ hours on a good night.

 

Something about you that is unusual? Captain

Couldn’t narrow this down to fit on this page!!

 

And finally … your ideal fourball?

Stephen Hendry, Princess Diana, Roy Keane and me.  Good to catch up with these super heroes and talk about my youngest before he died aged 10.

Spotlight on Ben Hazzledine, Board Member

When did you start playing and how long have you been a member at Newark?

Started playing occasionally in 1984, but at the time cricket was my main sport. Joined Newark GC in 2004.

 

Favourite course played and why?

St Enodoc. Superb links with the best views of any course I’ve played.

 

Best result as a golfer?

I won the Coronation Cup in 2004 with a nett 58. Caused the odd comment at the time ...

 

Biggest tournament you’ve attended or played in?

Not attended any big tournaments, but once played Carnoustie the week before the Dunhill Links. All the scoreboards were in place, so an enterprising local charged us £10 to have our picture taken in front of a scoreboard with our names displayed.

 

Most memorable moment on the golf course?

Winning the Winter League Cup with my brother.

 

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the golf course?

Chris Weaver chipping on the 12th – he’d asked me to video him. He duffed it and his reaction was priceless. I still have the video …

 

Favourite player and why?

No real favourite (many fine players out there). One thing that always sticks in my mind is Darren Clarke and Davis Love sitting by the 18th Green sharing cigars together after halving their singles match in the 2004 Ryder Cup. How golf should be.

 

Away from golf … other hobbies and pastimes?

I claim I’ve retired from playing Cricket … but you never know …

 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

Orlando, for the weather and the Parks.

 

Favourite food?

Steak and Kidney pudding.

 

Castaway on a desert island:

Your piece of music and why?

Graceland by Paul Simon. An album I never tire of listening to.

 

Your chosen book and why?

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. The best of a series that I can read over and over and still makes me laugh out loud.

 

Your luxury item and why?

Sun cream. Lots and lots of sun cream.

 

Something about you that is unusual?

When working for NatWest Bank I was robbed at gunpoint …

 

And, finally … your ideal fourball?

Given the current restrictions, I’d be delighted to have a four ball with anyone! But, given the opportunity, Jack, Tiger and Rory.

Spotlight on Phil Warriner, CMC member

When did you start playing and how long have you been a member at Newark?

Started playing 32 years ago. l have been a member now at Newark for 6 Years.

 

Favourite course played and why?

Hillside, Lancashire. Great back 9. Played with my uncle who was Captain there in 1987 and is now an honorary life member.

Best result as a golfer?

45 points playing off an 11 handicap having blobbed the first hole.

 

Biggest tournament you’ve attended or played in?

The Open twice at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

 

Most memorable moment on the golf course?

Hole in one twice the 5th at Newark and the 12th at Torksey. {Editor’s Note: Very greedy]

 

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the golf course?

Playing at Torksey in a competition with a playing partner l had never met before, who wouldn’t stop talking about himself. On the 7th hole he left his trolley near the pond while we walked to the tee; we turned around to see his trolley in the pond – the only time all day he was lost for words.

 

Favourite player and why?

Seve, always entertaining.

 

Away from golf … other hobbies and pastimes?

Family and watching my son play cricket.

 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

Anywhere with a decent golf course.

 

Favourite food?

English – Steak and chips.

Castaway on a desert island:

Your piece of music and why?

Led Zeppelin 4 – brings back memories of care-free days.

 

Your chosen book and why?

Stop Thinking Start Living.  It’s all in the title.

 

Your luxury item and why?

Toiletry bag – cannot go a day without a shower.

 

And finally … your ideal fourball?

Colin Hunt who has sadly passed away. He was the person who got me playing golf. Seve. Having followed him around the Oxfordshire golf course in the old Benson & Hedges tournament l am certain it would be entertaining. Ben Hogan. I would like to witness his fantastic swing live.

The CMC Blog 5 dated Friday 24th April 2020

Week 5 and there has been some good news this week with the COVID-19 infection curve flattening and beginning to show signs of the infection rate dropping across Europe. This has meant some easing of restrictions in several of our European neighbours and, perhaps of most interest to golfers, the news that the US PGA Tour is planning for a return to action in June, albeit behind closed doors. But what will it mean for us at a local level? The honest answer has to be that we don’t know yet, but any positive golf news is to be welcomed. 

 

Even if we aren’t free to go to the Course to play, the availability of live golf from America in the evening will be good news for some of us: it also gives all of us hope that we too will be striding the fairways soon. Over the past few months many of us will have read how good golf is for our physical and mental well-being and it is interesting (and a bit worrying) that lobby groups, including the Green Party’s Leader Caroline Lucas, are pushing for golf courses to be opened up to the general public as green spaces for exercise during the lockdown. As in all these debates, there are arguments for and against. As a Club, we may not be subject to the same pressures that clubs like Radcliffe, Sherwood Forest, Wollaton, to name but a few, will face but the prospect of people trampling over private golf courses is challenging. If you haven’t been following the debate, perhaps have a look at www.nationalclubgolfer.com (National Club Golfer) to find out how members of clubs are reacting? It’s also worth having a look at The Golf Business (www.thegolfbusiness.co.uk).

 

I’m not sure how many of you know that I run a business which provides educational and training services. I am currently working on a project to provide an online course for young people in the age range of 15 to 17-years in the Middle East. This fascinating project has become something of a priority to the client because of COVID-19: finding online educational activities for youngsters is high on their wish-list. Humour me, there are a couple of links here to ideas for us to think about to occupy our time until the Club can re-open.

 

The programme is a 10-hour course, which can be accessed from an App on smart devices – phones and tablets – as well as the more traditional browser-based approach on PCs and laptops. In the first module, we ask the students to take on a mini-project, to do something they have never tried – examples include, baking, playing a musical instrument or learning another language. Maybe that it is something we too could try while we are in lockdown? I have over the past two weekends been dabbling with a bit of cookery, preparing and trying some puddings and desserts which we might serve when we can (finally) have friends over again.

 

The second life lesson we cover on the life skills course is about spotting fake news and recognising that our perceptions leave us prone to bias. In this section of the course, we look at photoshopping, the touching up of photos or creation of images that seem plausible but can cause disbelief or horror. Go to https://www.boredpanda.com/reality-behind-photography/ to have a look at some of these, #7 is one that I particularly liked. In looking for an example of celebrity images being photoshopped, we found a great example with ‘before and after’ photos of Kim Kardashian. Unfortunately, in Kim’s past, there was a tape that somehow became a short pornographic movie, making her unsuitable for our target audience … it’s always important to do some due diligence.

 

Anyway, we finally settled on a ‘before and after’ shot of Matthew MacFadyen. MacFadyen is married to Keeley Hawes and both of them first came to my attention when they co-starred in the BBC series Spooks. Spooks, or to give it its correct title MI-5, ran for 10 series (86 episodes) and is available on BBC iPlayer and Sky. We plan to start watching this series again as a result of my research.

 

First, however, we have decided to revisit Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Both star Philip Glenister as Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt and respectively, Jon Simm as Inspector Sam Tyler and the aforementioned Keeley Hawes as Inspector Alex Drake. The premise for those that have not seen either programmes is that Simm and Hawes are transported back in time from present day policing (2006 and 2009) to, respectively, 1973 and 1983 to work for the irascible, non-politically correct, Glenister, Simm in Greater Manchester and Hawes in London. As is often the case, the acting is great, but it’s the trip down memory lane which really works. If you’ve not seen one or either of the shows, it’s worth a look. For those that have seen it and enjoyed it first time round, it’s just as much fun the second time. All five series are available on BBC iPlayer and Sky (in the boxsets section).

 

The CMC have started holding meetings remotely using video-conferencing as we start to look forward to a point in time when the government eases restrictions and we will be allowed back onto the golf course. We should have something to share with members the week after next, probably with the CMC Blog #7. However, in the meantime, if you want to find out how golf is being played at La Moye in Jersey, which is still open, go to National Club Golfer. This may be the social-distancing model we have to adopt when we return.

 

We have decided to extend the entry for the guess the hole quiz, as so far it is proving too difficult. So if you fancy having a go please see last week's blog and submit entries into Rob on info@newarkgolfclub.co.uk. The new deadline for entries is now Thursday 30th April.

 

Alex and his team have upgraded the 1st Tee with some new planters (image below), we have planted a few plants from our gardens and borders, but we could do with some Perennials. If anyone has any that they are willing to donate then please email Rob on info@newarkgolfclub.co.uk and we can arrange a collection from your front door.

We decided to change the way we shared news with you this week by putting out Baggy’s Tip of the Week on Monday, the Spotlights on Wednesday – The Captain and Ladies Captain were featured this week – and The Blog on Friday. Hopefully, you will approve!

 

Finally, a charity update: Captain Tom Moore had a good week last week. He has now raised over £28m for the NHS, has opened by video-link the Nightingale Hospital established at the Harrogate Conference Centre and released a single with the singer Michael Ball., which is up there fighting for number one spot. Strange times! 

 

Stay safe one and all.

 

Best wishes.

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