After a cold and wet start of the Year, resulting in our course having to close for our home match against Belton Woods for the Mail on Sunday Classic on the 6th of Feb. the match had to be played away on very wet soggy muddy and windy day at Belton, not only a golfing day to forget but also the result.
A new addition to our diary this winter was the winter opens; first one in November the second on the 21st of Feb 2016 both very successful, tee times filled mainly with visitors from all over and as far as Reading to play our course.
Congratulations to the champions of the two ball winter scramble: Tim Siddons and Vanessa Siddons.
Captains evening was held on Friday the 11th of March, Mexican food prepared by our chef Matt, captain`s sangria went down well, evening cocktail was tequila sunrise and tequila slammer.
The evening`s entertainment was live music with our local famous singer Matt Shepherdson great fun enjoyed by everyone many thanks to all 80 or so members and guests that supported the evening.
Captains drive in on Sunday 13th of March was treated with an early spring warm day ideal weather to show my driving skills on the first tee nothing unusual some to the right some to the left and one or two straight not to mention the exploding golf balls supplied by the Vice-Captain David Yarnell many thanks David.
The day marks the beginning of our golfing season, my thanks to everybody for their support and best wishes and for taking part in the traditional match that followed the Captain`s drive in,
(Captain V Vice-Captain.)
Last year`s Captain Sean and his Son Ryan and myself and my Son James had some excellent matches throughout the season with us finishing the Year ahead, and the family rivalry already started when the Captain and Son James and Vice Captain and Son Chris went head to head in the first match this year`s Sassenachs V Celts the Captain and Son winning both his match and victory for the Sassenachs the second match was Captain V vice-Captain on the Captains drive in day when the Vice-Captain and Son won their match against the Captain and Son and victory for the Vice captains team so one each congratulations to the team Vice.
Our First team match this year was at home to stoke Rotchford on Saturday 19th March it’s always a good match against the big guns of Stoke but after last year’s defeat at stoke Rochford this year our trees played with us and Newark had a rare win 5 and 2 so well done to team Newark.
Club stableford Competition on the 20th of match was won by Mr Graham Eason with an excellent score 40 points, Congratulations Graham.
This Year`s Winter league Knockout final was a family affair between the Hazzledine brothers Ben and James and Father and Son Steve Walsh and son Henry two very strong teams;
Steve and Henry were very quick off the mark by winning the first four holes the brothers halving the 5th and sixth and Ben winning the 7th with a birdie, 8th halved and another win for the brothers on the 9th brought the deficit to two, 10th was halved and Ben again showed his power on the 11th on the green in two got his birdie but Steve stood firm getting a net birdie for a half,
Two more halves followed then Steve and Henry went 3 up by winning the 14th the 15th was halved with the pressure on James sent his drive in to the 11th territory and Ben in the right bunker Steve and Henry capitalized by winning the 16th and the fight was over victory by 4 and two.The cup was presented to Steve and Henry by the Captain and it was all smiles with a well deserved drink after the Match.
Thanks to all that took part in the winter knockout and congratulations to the champions Steve Walsh and Son Henry.
The winter out of the way and spring now here and full diary I am looking forward to a very busy golfing year ahead.
I would like to thank G. Mac and his team for their hard work to keep the course in lovely playing condition throughout the winter it has been appreciated and attracted good comments from members and visitors alike so well done the green team.
Best wishes everyone.
Captain 2016 J. Andrade.