"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."
From the Captain...
I am often put on the spot when somebody asks who's honour is it? So to clarify, particularly for our new members who may be new to golf, here's some guidance.
In a stroke play competition, the honour on the first tee is determined by the draw, thereafter the player with the lowest gross score takes the honour.
In a Stableford, Bogie or Par competition, again on the first tee, it is the draw that determines the start. Thereafter it is the lowest net score that takes the honour.
In matchplay, the initial honour is determined by the toss of a coin or similar, thereafter the winner of the last hole takes the honour.
In stroke play, there is no penalty for playing out of turn , and the ball is played as it lies, unless the competitors have agreed to play out of turn to give one an advantage. In that case each competitor is disqualified.
In matchplay there is no penalty for playing out of turn, but your opponents can either make you play again or accept the shot you have played, you are in their hands.
This is all basic stuff that we take for granted, but it may not be apparent to new golfers. More words of wisdom to follow.
The club men's team visited Ramsey Golf Club last Saturday for the annual battle over what we call the Ramsey Cup. 6 pairs from each club competed and the result was a 4-2 win for Ramsey, their first win since 2006.The cup was presented by the Captain Colin Dixon to the captain of Ramsey Roger Tacq. A good day was had by all and new friendships were made. Thanks to all who played.
This week I have the honour of representing Newark at Worksop Golf club's Centenary celebration competition on Wednesday, I shall be playing alongside Worksop's Captain and Retford's Ladies Captain. On Thursday we welcome the Nottinghamshire Past Captains and on Friday the men's team play Seacroft at home. Sunday is our first Invitation day, and I'm sure the course will be looking at it's best.
Don't forget to go along to Worksop next Monday to support our excellent Scratch team who will be looking to follow up their victory over Sherwood with another win. Word will have gone round the county that they are a force to be reckoned with. Steve Brotherhood has even shuffled plane tickets around to make himself available. I'm sure that if we go along in good numbers to support them it will give them extra confidence. The match starts at 4pm on Monday at Worksop.
There are 2 medals next week and we are staying with 10 minute tee times for now. We are getting rounds averaging 3hr 45mins. On Sunday 18th there is a Bogie competition, the Premier Cup that is open to Ladies and Gents. The cup was presented by W. V. Rayner to mark the move to the new 18 hole course at Kelwick, so it is quite an old trophy. For the uninitiated, a bogie competition is matchplay against the course, i.e. you either win, half or lose holes . A net par is a half etc. 5 or 6 holes up normally wins.
On Monday 19th last years successful Inter Club Mixed Foursomes team start the defence of their title. The team of Ryan MacLachlan with Emma Sheffield and Tom Warnock with Eva Glasby have been drawn to play Selby Park at Hollinwell. The match starts at 4pm and your support would be appreciated, you get the added bonus of wandering around Hollinwell and stopping for a drink at the well. Again good luck to the team, let's see if we can retain the trophy.
The following Sunday, the men compete for the Sean O'Grady Trophy, this silver plate was presented by Sean's family and friends in his memory. Sean was a Director for many years and Club Captain in 1990. Many of us will remember him working at the Grove Sports Centre where he stood no nonsense, I can personally vouch for that.
The Coronation Cup on the 31st is a medal for the men, the trophy was presented anonymously in 1902 to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VII. It is the Club's oldest trophy and has always been a Men's Medal competition.
Sue Burns and John Rimmer are working very hard this year for the Ladies and the Seniors, they both have very full diaries with club competitions and inter club matches. Please give them your full support and encouragement.
I shall be away in Portugal from the 12th to the 19th and Sean will be standing in and assuming the Captain's role, please don't give him a hard time ! Happy golfing