Captain’s News May 2015
Well, the season is well under way and my diary is filling up rapidly, it’s times like these you truly appreciate the team of people we have working within our great golf club.
The work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure all our open and club competitions, not to mention the added responsibility of the county events, is testament to all our employees and relevant committees; keep up the good work folks.
Since my last report about the Winter League Final, our scratch team has started its defence of the Division One title they won last year, after a rocky start losing a tight first match against The Nottinghamshire, Captain Alex Claricotes has steadied the ship and we have won our last matches against Sherwood at home and Retford away; we host Worksop on Monday June 22nd, which will be pivotal to our continued efforts to retain the league title. The support from our members has been fantastic so far this year, so anybody who enjoys watching great golf, come along and support your scratch team, it really is a great evening.
Congratulations to our Assistant Professional Connor Steels, after his victory in Nottinghamshire Assistants Strokeplay Championship, 2 great rounds at Rufford Park from Connor means he now holds both the Strokeplay and Matchplay titles. Anybody who has seen Connor’s ball striking will understand what a bright future this young man has in the game.
The Charity AM AM took place on Friday 22nd May and, as always, was wonderfully supported. A big thank you to all the people who helped on the day, and a massive congratulations to David Hood who organised the day, he worked tirelessly from early morning to finally sitting down for his dinner around 9pm. The day raised in excess of £1800 for Beaumond House Community Hospice, a great effort I’m sure you will agree.
As the County Course for 2015 we hosted the Nottinghamshire County Amateur Strokeplay Championship on Saturday 30th May, an event played over 36 holes. It was great to see so many spectators that were treated to a wonderful exhibition of golf from over 60 of the best amateur golfers in Nottinghamshire. Matt Hogg of Rushcliffe ran out as winner with a score of -5, but was run very close by our own Steven Brotherhood -1 and Charlie Lager +1 - both players have qualified for the Matchplay event later in the year.
I Hope the lucky members who were drawn to play courtesy rounds at various courses throughout the county had an enjoyable day.
Finally, I am hosting a Captains Charity Cabaret Evening on Saturday 27th June, ‘An Evening at The Musicals’. My Daughter Charlotte and her singing Partner Ben Hinks are back for a Summer break from the P & O Cruise Ship, The Pacific Eden and have very kindly offered to perform their cabarets from the ship in our clubhouse, to raise money for my Charity this year, Breast Cancer Research. Tickets are £25 each and as well as the cabaret the evening includes a fabulous two course summer buffet and disco with all profits going to this very worthwhile Charity, ticket sales are going very well and your support would be very much appreciated.
Winter Knockout Final 2015
The winter knockout final was contested last Sunday on a beautiful Spring Morning, Colin and James Larkin were against Mick Booth and Steven Hill.
We had nervy drives on the first by everybody except Mick who found the fairway who finished Hole 1 with a stress free 5 net 4 to go 1 up, nerves continued to play their part with no tee shots finding the 2nd green but a great up and down by Colin pulled the match back all square.
Mick and Steve won holes 3 and 4 to go 2 up, but a further 2 more fine up and downs on Hole 5 and 6 by The Larkins levelled the match going to hole 7.
James chipped in from just off the green on Hole 7 to put Colin and James in the lead for the first time. Hole 8 produced the first halved hole of the match, but an amazing 5 net 4 from Steve after a troublesome second shot meant the match was all square at halfway.
Hole 10 was won by Colin with a regulation 4 but a nett birdie by Steve brought it back to all square once more. Holes 12 and 13 were halved and the match really came to light when James managed a 4 after a majestic up and down on Hole 14 only to be beaten by Steve’s 4 nett 3 to go 1 up
Hole 15 was halved in regulation, Hole 16 was also halved with 5 nett 4.
The tension was building when the pairs arrived at the 17th Tee and a fantastic iron shot from Mick gave him the opportunity to win the match 2 and 1.
The match was played in great spirit with both pairs sharing drinks in the clubhouse afterwards.
Captain's News March 2015
Captains News March 2015
The season now starts in earnest following my drive in on Sunday, a big thank you to everybody who took part in our traditional Captain versus Vice Captain Team match. It was a very tight affair with Joes team scraping home 15½ to 7½, this is becoming a bit of a concern as Joe also captained the Celts to a win over my Sassenachs at the Burns Night Match in January.
I felt I did myself justice with the 12 drives from the 1st tee, considering the baying mob situated behind the tee and 3 exploding golf balls as well, a few down the middle, a few down the right and a few down the left, consistent if nothing else.
Also a big thank you to the House and Social committee for an excellent evening on the Friday prior to the drive in, the entertainment and food were of the highest order and everybody enjoyed themselves.
Since my last notice our scratch team have collected the trophy at the NUGC annual awards dinner for winning the top league for the first time in our 114 year history, well done to all the players involved last season, let’s retain it this year lads.
Club competitions will be coming thick and fast so be sure to book early, The Winter League is on schedule to be completed before the end of March. Joe and I have just completed the Victory and Kelwick Cup draws and are displayed in the spike bar. My son Ryan and I will be defending our Kelwick Cup win from last year as will Phil Warriner be defending his Victory title.
Good luck to all taking part.
Well, I am now four weeks into the role of Club Captain, and I would like to thank everybody for all their good luck messages and I look forward to joining everybody for the very exciting 12 months ahead.
The last of The Turkey Trot competitions was completed one week late due to the course having to be closed at the first attempt due to waterlogged greens - congratulations to Paul Ackroyd on his victory.
We have the New Years Day competition and our annual Celts V Sassenachs team match on the 17th of January when the winners will be presented with The Mayfield Howson Trophy, this will be followed by our Burns Night Supper; always a very popular event.
I would like to wish all our members and their families a very happy, peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year.
Thank you all
20th November 2014
With only one more day to go, my year as Captain has certainly flown by. I will be giving a report of the year at the Club AGM tomorrow, but if you cannot attend, can I give you all my heartfelt thanks for your support and kindness this year.
I have been overwhelmed by your generosity to my charity, raising over £4750. I will distribute this to Cancer Reaearch UK (Prostate Cancer), Beaumond House (hospice and respite) and Sue’s Place (childrens bereavement councilling).
There are so many positive aspects to this club and equally there are parts that we need to work on and improve; we can only do that with the help and goodwill of you, the members. We must also remember that we are a club, and we will only thrive through the participation of members, we all need to keep volunteering our services for the good of the club.
We have some challenging years ahead and it is essential that we stay united and continue to build this great club of ours. We are seen as a high quality members club and I know that other clubs envy the vibrancy of our clubhouse and the quality of our course. Next year we will be the County Course, this is a good chance to sell ourselves and to make sure we keep attracting new members and visitors.
Finally, I know that in Sean, we have a very popular and capable captain next year, I hope you can give him and his Vice Captain the support and encouragement that you gave me.
Thank you all