Captain's News 4.8.14
A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make the Newark Open a successful day.
Thanks to the starters, reception and the halfway house, and of course to Keith Whitfield and Kevin Ferguson from the competitions committee.
Without volunteers we could not hope to put on such an event. We had 200 players, many visiting for the first time and the feedback was once again very positive.
Captain's News 29.07.14
The Scratch team had a great win against Notts on Monday and now need to beat Beeston away to ensure that we win the league. What a terrific achievement that will be. Other results could even mean that we win before that match.
There was an excellent performance from Adam Woolley, winner of the Club Championship last week. coming from 2 down to win the last 3 holes. A well earned half for Jim Hallam and wins for Charlie Bentley and Alex Clarricoates saw the team home; thanks go to Chris Keightley who took one for the team on this occasion.
Thanks for your support and I am hoping for a good turnout at Beeston in September.
Captains News 21.07.14
Thank you to everyone who attended the July Ball, the hogroast went down well and the Fab 4 managed to get everyone up and dancing. I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as Jane and myself.
On to golf, I have finally put a decent round together for the first time in 2 years. I picked up a new set of Apex irons, fitted by Rob, walked straight on to the tee and shot a net 68. I thought I'd kept the purchase a secret but when I got home my wife asked me how good the new clubs were. Oh well.
Next Saturday is the Club Championship which will be a tough one to call; we have so many in form players. The following day is the Averham and MacRae for the not so low handicappers. At the Competitions committee meetings, we have been discussing having a cut half way through the Club Championship and Averham Plate, but we will probably do this next year and revert back to Sat/Sun rounds.
On Monday 28th July, our Scratch team play Notts at home. As you will all know by now, we are currently sitting top of the league following our win against Norwood Park. Please come along and encourage the best supported team in the county.
We are also looking forward to Sean's away day at Luffenham Heath, he's had great support and he has put together a good format. It should be a great day out.
If you haven't entered a team in the Ryder Cup competition, please do so. Don't worry if you haven't got eight players yet, you can recruit over the next few weeks. The entry sheet is in the spike bar.That's it for now.
Tonight the scratch team play league leaders Norwood Park. The match is at Newark starting at 4pm. We always have strong support for the matches, but tonight it is vital that we turn out in numbers to support our boys. A win tonight will take us to top spot. Please come along and encourage them, it is top quality golf.
Great win tonight 4½ - ½. Well done to everyone; Alex,Charlie,Jim, Charlie and Adam. Thanks to all our supporters.
We recently had the England Golf Seniors competition and I spoke to many of the competitors and the organisers. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, both about the course and the catering. Thanks to all concerned, this can only enhance our growing reputation as one of the best courses around.
Saturday was the Dawn Patrol, and just about everyone made it to the tee on time. We started at 6am in foggy conditions, but by 9 it was glorious sunshine. The kitchen laid on a full English, which was demolished quickly and we were on our way home by 11. Some hardy soles managed another 18 in the Saturday fiddle. The winners were Phil Ball, Mark Franklin, Gary Kirton and James Edwards on count back.
Yesterday was the Mixed Open, and again everything was positive, many thanks to all of the helpers, particularly to the Ladies section for covering reception and the halfway house.
More news soon
"We are in the middle of the busiest time of the golfing year. Last week we had the Open Am-Am, followed by my Away Day to Gog Magog, and then on the Sunday, it was the Captain's Day competition. So firstly, may I thank all of you who contributed to running the Am-Am, we had many compliments both about the club and the course, this will ensure a strong entry next year. My away day to Gog Magog was a great day out. Lee Mellors won the individual prize with Jason Gilman, Robbo and Mally getting the team prize. A good boozy day, some of us managed to get a quick nap on the way home, and you may have seen evidence of some misdemeanors by the Cooperman. Many thanks to all who took part, I am now looking forward to Sean's big day at Luffenham Heath.
On Sunday, I was overwhelmed by the goodwill I received from everybody it really made my day. I need to thank my wife Jane and the ladies who looked after the halfway house and for the members generosity in raising £214 for charity. Well done to all of the prize winners and particularly to Ian Doran who won the first prize (and forgot to take it home with him), his words of thanks were well received. I hope Sue Burns has as much enjoyment at her Ladies Captain Day on Tuesday as I did.
The Scratch Team continue to do well, and a win tonight at Radcliffe might just take them to the top of the league. It will be worth the short trip over there to support them.
The over seventies play for the Old boys Bowl on Wednesday, last year's winner was John Hunt who won on countback from Fred Bower; you will notice the new honours board in the clubhouse.
The next general club competition is the Rayner Trophy which will be a Stableford for the first time this year. Don't look in the cabinet for the trophy,the Rayner Trophy is the wooden shafted putter on display above the cabinets with the medals hanging from it.
Next Sunday is the Oldham Cup, which this year is at Skegness. This is an annual match played by Club Officials, Directors and Committee Members against Seacroft Golf Club and is in it's 76th year. The cup was presented by J E Oldham in 1931. The matches are always played in a generous spirit.
The following week is the dreaded Dawn Patrol, it's not easy for most of our members to get to bed early on Friday nights ! Results normally reflect this.
Finally, our Men's Interclub foursomes teams are playing against Notts at Norwood park next Monday 7th at 4pm in the quarter finals."