Silly season is almost upon us with competitions coming thick and fast. This month we have the first 2 monthly medals and I sincerely hope that the Club Systems score entry is working properly by then.
My apologies to those of you who played in the Bentley Trophy; the actual competition was reduced to 18 holes due to misunderstandings in the morning but congratulations to Alan Maidlow who won with 39 points; Robbo had a best gross of 30 points. We also gave prizes for the morning round, but it was declared a non-qualifier. Graeme MacDonald with 22 points won a dozen golf balls for his efforts. I would like to say a special thank you to Peter Bentley; it was nice to see him in the clubhouse, and his usual generosity with prizes was very well received.
Next Monday 14th, our Gents foursomes teams are playing Trent Lock at Stanton on the Wolds, tee off is at 4pm. Our teams are Alex Clarricoates with Charlie Bentley, and Ian Gill with Anthony Wagstaff. I’m sure they would welcome your support. The scratch team get their season started on Monday 28th away to Sherwood, this will be one to watch. Tee off is at 4pm, we need plenty of support for the strongest squad we have ever had. Please come along and encourage the team.
The two winter league finals are also being played this month, the younger John Blaggs' are playing the two Howards, Jones and Roberts, on Friday 11th at 2.00pm in the Winter Trophy Pairs Knockout. David Legge and Ian Gatfield take on Peter Snow and Tony Glasby on Easter Sunday at 10.00am in the Plate Final. Again spectators and supporters are most welcome.
The mixed team matches, all friendlies, get under way this month against Seacroft and Blankney, both away matches. On Monday 21st the Seniors are playing the Juniors; always a well anticipated event. This was a great success last year, and I know it will be again this year.
We currently have a few membership availabilities; this year we have been struck by a series of illness and injury with many of our members undergoing operations and transferring to social membership until they can get back to their golf. We wish them well and a speedy recovery. In the meantime if any of your friends or colleagues are interested please get them to complete the Online Application Form and we will be in touch. More updates later. Enjoy your golf.
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.