Ladies' & Seniors' AM AM
Tuesday saw the Ladies versus Seniors Am Am take place on a day when you could hardly see one hand in front of you! The fog seemed to come in and out for most of the day, but off we went with the Ladies and Seniors Captains and Vice Captains "leading the way" . It wasn't a case of what coloured flag it was - it was where is the green! As we set off at 8,30, and for the field leaders the fog stayed for nearly the whole round, with the first glimmer of sunshine at the 17th, well that is our excuse for our 73 points, which, all things considered we though was reasonable, until we started marking the cards.
This is the favourite ladies v seniors outing, and it made a change for the ladies to be chasing the seniors for MORE PLAYERS PLEASE! 64 in total played, so a fantastic turn out. A special thank you to Caroll McLachlan for sorting out the half way house. A cup of tea and cake was indeed very welcome, warming us up before we set off on the back nine - still in the fog.
It must be the day for thank you's. The "snack" meal after the round supplied by the ladies proved to be a substantial dinner. The jacket potatoes and salad were enhanced by chilli, vegetable curry, beef curry, chicken curry and beans. I think some of the players tried to get some of everything on their plates, I have seen smaller mountains!! Fantastic Nick thank you so much for "upgrading" this for us. It was very much appreciated.
Finally a huge congratulations to the winners on the day. The scores were amazing, in fact I thought they may well have added all four players scores in they were that good - especially considering the weather, so well done. Scoring 90 points and in first place were R. LLoyd, S. Cartwright, K. Russell and C. Ward. A creditable 86 points brought D. Jackson, L. Holland, M. Paulson and D. Squires second place. Thank you to the seniors for the prizes.
Thank you to Mike, James and Carole for a great day, and hopefully the Spring get together will be as well supported.
Ladies' Captain v Ladies' Vice Captain Match & Presentation Evening
Well, where did this season go??
Yesterday saw the Ladies Captains' team take on the Ladies Vice Captains' team or pink versus blue !!
This is always a lovely day, with some competative team golf played in the best of spirits. The teams took to the tee at 11.30 on a decent autumn day, and mostly played in dry but rather windy conditions. Some very well picked teams by the "team leaders"meant that the teams could not be separated, and we were waiting on the last teams in to determine the scores, always a good sign! Eventually it all ended in a very amicable and friendly half. Well done to both teams.
Ladies changed into their finery, and then on to the evening get together with a welcome glass of wine or juice provided by myself and Carole. The ladies took their places with their playing partners for the meal.
We were joined by Mr. Simon Howarth neuro-surgeon who came straight from the operating theatre at Queens Medical Centre to collect the charity cheque from this years' ladies section fundraising. Such is the call on Simon's time that he could not stay for the meal, as he was on call for the rest of the evening. He gave a fantastic resume of how the money raised would be spent, and indeed what a difference this money would make. He also spent some time telling the ladies of some of the advances made in recent years and the improvements made on diagnosis and indeed the difference that is slowly being made in actually prolonging the life of some of the children diagnosed with tumours. Now some 70% will have a chance of seeing adulthood, which compared with only 10 years ago, this figure was around 50%. A vast improvement, but still a long way to go. Simon praised the ladies on their fundraising achievements, and thanked them for inviting him to come and collect the cheque. It actually made me feel that we perhaps should not be taking this young man away from all the important work that he does, but he said he was delighted to be asked, and was only sorry that he could not stay for dinner.
I must say thank you to all of the staff for the fabulous meal. Karen and her team, and Nick, Matt and Jack pulled out all the stops and provided some excellent food, so thank you.
On to the main event of the evening, the presentation to the winners of this years summer trophies, eclectic, par and birdie winners and the most improved lady golfer. A special congratulations to Julia Hatcher who has had a fantastic year, and consequently picked up several trophies on the way, so well done Julia. Tish Applewhite was named most improved lady golfer - congratulations Tish. Pam Robinson was another multiple winner, as was Jane Tucker and Miyako Williams. Congratulations to all of our winners, it is nice to see some new ladies coming through and winning too.
A final thank you to each and every member at Newark Golf Club in helping me raise such a fantastic amount for my charity this year. Brain Tumour Research is now benefitting from your generosity. It made me very proud to present a cheque for £8036.50 to this cause which as you all know is close to my heart.
Ladies Charity 15 Hole Open Golf Competition
Monday 3rd of October saw the first Ladies Open Charity golf event at the club. Designed to be a start of winter competition, this was held over 15 holes, missing out holes 12,13 and 14.
After a quite cool and very foggy start the day brightened up, infact it turned out to be a perfect autumn day. Our started Mr Derrick Lewis once again spent hours making sure the ladies were all informed and heading in the right direction! Thank you yet again Derrick. A total of fourteen teams of four took part in this 2 from 4 Am-Am stableford, and all things considered being a first running of this event, the day went very well. Once the morning brightened up, the ladies were in fact asking if they could do all 18 holes!
Teams were registered by Alison, and I think she was exceedingly busy trying to book everyone in and relieve them of some "raffle money" at the same time. Thanks Alison for all your hard work on the day. Teams from Belton Woods, Retford, Toft, Lincoln, Millfield and of course our own Newark ladies were just some of the clubs represented on the day. The halfway house was a welcome stop for the ladies with the two Shirleys' plying the visitors and members with copious amounts of tea/coffee and cake to keep them going for the last few holes.
All in all I think the format worked out very well, and all of the teams in the prizes stayed for the presentation.
1st Team K Hutchinson/ A Dyer / J Walsh / J Brunt 66 Points
2nd Team N Tatham / R Broughton / G Chatterton / J Quibell 63 Points (C/Back)
3rd Team L Lester / J Savage / A Brightman / A Wilson 63 Points (C/Back)
4th Team M Lees / L Robinson / M Scott / H Roscoe 63 Points
5th Team R Ozolins / J Jalland / S Burns / M Lewis 61 Points (C/Back)
Prizes were awarded to winners for Nearest the Pin on all the Par 3's, Longest Drive on the 6th and Nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th.
Congratulations to all of the winners.
All in all a very enjoyable day, with the added bonus (once all of the prizes and costs were deducted) made an impressive £650 for my charity Brain Tumour Research and Headsmart at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. This has taken the total amount raised for this year to over £7,500 which is a fantastic amount, which would not have been possible without the continued and generous support of all the ladies of Newark Golf Club, so a heartfelt thank you ladies.
Mixed Exchange Day 30th September 2016
A trip to Gainsborough Golf Club proved a popular destination with a record 48 members travelling on this day out. The day did not go exactly to plan as on arrival we found the Thonock (Parks) Old course had been recently tined and sanded, so the executive decision was made to move us to The Lakes course.
We had tea/coffee bacon roll on arrival which was a welcome start to the day. A pairs betterball with 90% Handicap allowance was the game for the trip, with a "friendly" selection to confirm pairings and times.
The course was in excellent condition, and although a few of us thought it was challening, this was clearly not the case for the winners and runners up on the day - posting some superb scores - so well done all.
Due to the numbers we were asked to "eat on completion" of our golf, so we took our tables in our four balls, and were treated to a fantastic carvery with Beef, Turkey and Honey Roast Gammon accompanied with a huge selection of vegetables and potatoes. If you had a tiny bit of each, your plate was "groaning" all the way back to the table! In fact some of the plates would have taken an accomplished mountaineer a while to conquer!!! Swiftly followed by either apple and berry crumble with custard, or creme brulee and tea or coffee. A faultless performance by the staff on the day made the day very special.on
Scores on the doors were as follows : -
1st placed team Andy & Gill Coupland with 41 Points
2nd placed team Tish applewhite & Paul Speakman with 40 Points
3rd placed team Mark & Shelley Pritchard with 38 Points
4th placed team Ken & Nina Brittain with 37 point on Countback.
Congratulations to all of the winners, superb scores on a long and tough track!
It was lovely to see a wide variety of players taking part in this event, a special thank you to a few of our "single" golfers for joining us, a thank you too to Neil Allen for joining us.
We were given a £2 discount on the day, which was kindly donated to my charity - so many thanks - this added £96 to my running total. As a thank you a "Swingsmart" worth approximately £150 was donated to the winner on the day - which was randomly picked from the list of players. Contratulations to Mike Paulson - we expect your handicap to come down once you get this gadget working!
Just before we were due to leave Mr. Danny Shields (organiser from Gainsborough) came over to report on the visit to Newark. He reported that everyone had a fantastic day. So much so that a couple of the guys were getting together a couple of four balls to return to play the course again. They said the day had proved to be one of the best days out they had organised and asked me to thank everyone at Newark especially Nick and Karen who had made everyone very welcome. He also asked me to thank our chef as the food was outstanding. So well done the team at Newark.
All in all a lovely way to play golf, with everyone being able to play another course and enjoy a social day out at no more than the cost of the food and a small donation towards the prizes. I myself am looking forward to next year when we are visiting Spalding - so get the date in your diary when it is published.
I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.
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