This will be the 10th match between our clubs since the inaugural match in 1995. I volunteered in 2012 to go to Ohio to represent the club, astonishingly I was successful and I can only say that the whole team and I were hosted and looked after by the Americans in every way, I hope that we can offer the same hospitality and friendship.
This year the match is scheduled to take place on 17th and 18th September, the week before the Ryder Cup, with some pre match games and events taking place earlier. The format of the match will be Foursomes, Fourball and Singles of which all members will play in each format.
I have been in contact with Steve Davis and Si Digman their Capt and Vice for this event and of course Jim Van Guilder, they have a very strong interest in maintaining this biannual event and have indicated they have a team of 20 men and 10 ladies all ready to come and play. I only hope that we, Newark Golf Club can match that enthusiasm and raise an equal number of players in which to win back the Newark Cup.
I have had a number of posters in the clubhouse since December and have asked that the event is advertised on the website to ensure as wide a circulation as possible, I intend to publish a monthly update between now and the event.
I intend to hold an initial meeting at Newark Golf Club on Wed 29 Jan at 6pm in the club house, if you cannot make this meeting but wish to stay involved please let me or Kev Ferguson know.
I will publish an agenda for the meeting to hopefully cover all issues, but please feel free to add value where necessary.
Finally we do look to be short of players, hosts and volunteers, may I ask anyone within the club to assist either as players, sponsors, hosts, match marshals/starters or any other capacity as required. I know that Tracy Ferguson is trying to raise some interest from the Ladies section, so please speak to either myself or Tracy.
I look forward to meeting with any of you who are interested in being involved on Wednesday. Many thanks.