Olympic Legacy Fund
Last year the golf club obtained a grant from the County Council's Olympic Legacy Fund for the specific use of the development of the coaching facilities at the club. The grant was available to support capital improvements to facilities, aimed at assisting members to improve their game skills and with introduction of new players to the sport. This grant money was secured following extensive work by Simon Collingwood who prepared the bid in conjunction with the green committee; completion was made possible thanks to the additional work taken on by Graeme Macdonald and his team. Thanks must also go to Matthew Bloor of the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership, Lauren Spray, Get into Golf Officer & Coach Academy Co-ordinator and Sarah Williams of Notts County Council.
The grant was used to develop the practice range for the benefit of members, particularly during the winter months and to greatly improve the areas used for individual and group coaching. This included the installation of two areas of Huxley Premier Tee Turf, one area being 100 feet in length situated to the right of the telegraph pole, the second 84 feet positioned in front of the covered bays. The first area was raised up to provide a better perspective of the landing area. The second area was designed primarily for coaching sessions; additional game improvement aids were added to the covered bays and a protective fence introduced.
The summer grass hitting area in front of the raised area has been improved by additional seeding and top dressing so that players can develop their skills as if they were on the golf course. Work here will be ongoing and we hope to introduce a natural pitching/chipping green with bunker within the coaching area. Trees and undergrowth have been cleared and this work will be completed as golf club funds allow. This may take some time to complete to the required standard as drainage work and irrigation need to be included.
Daily Mail Foursomes
23rd March 2014
The Daily Mail Foursomes is one of our top golfing events with more than 190,000 players competing in their club qualifying rounds.
Entry is open to all members of golf clubs in England, Scotland and Wales, with each club invited to enter one men's pair and one women's pair in the championships.
Mike Elias and Adrian Ward were the winners of our 2013 qualifying event and have recently played their first match; this was played at home against John Todd & Nev Hibbitt of Belton Woods. The result was a win for Mike and Adrian 4&3. Well done.
If you would like to follow the draw and results follow this link: Daily Mail Foursomes
21st March 2014.
This weekend the Gentleman are competing for the Wilkinson Cups; these identical cups were presented by Percy and Ernest Wilkinson in 1935. They had a jewellers shop at 3 Church Street Newark. There is still a jewellery business there today, now called Martin Wilkinson's. The competition has always been an 18 hole foursomes medal for men, this year, to stimulate a bit of interest, we are playing in a Greensome, Stableford format; so there should be some very good scoring. Good luck to all competitors.
In a week or so, the over 50's will play for the Bentley Trophy and I will try and get Peter down to the club to present the trophy. Peter donated this trophy to the club in 1993 and it is very well supported, we always get a full field for this competition. If you qualify and you haven't entered yet, the sheet is in the spike bar.
I have started the Captain/Pro challenge, and I have 12 matches to pull in. Our first match against Kevin McGinley and Gary Boby was well contested with the challengers mounting a late fightback after dropping behind on the front nine. They ran out of steam on the 17th, going down 3&1. Rob as usual was Steady Eddie and closed the game out.
The Kelwick and Victory knockouts have been drawn and will be published in the next day or so, please get your matches played in good time.
The Winter knockout finals have yet to be arranged, I hope to get these done and dusted in the next few weeks.