Well, I'm in the Autumn of my term as Captain and things seem to be getting a little easier, so I've taken the opportunity of having a golf lesson with Danny. I only tell you this as it's only right to give you fair warning of my impending success in competitions following said lesson!
Speaking of success, I think the new format for the club championships worked well, most people agreeing that holding it over two weekends was the way forward. Certainly it attracted a lot more entrants than in previous years. There are a number of things we can learn from for next year, however, one of which is not starting at 7.45 a.m. on the second weekend, which seemed to be too early for some of you. This meant that the barbeque was too early also.A number of people pulled out of the second week, which was a shame, and not really necessary as there were several other events that could still have been entered. Also some people hadn't realised was that rule 6-3 does not allow players to remove their name from a committee generated timesheet and put it in at a later time. This was particularly annoying as some people were left on their own. Anyway, these are just 'teething' troubles which I am sure we can improve next year. If you have any comments to make about the new format I would be very glad to hear them, or mention them to Danny. It might be, for instance, that next year we only put the top 12 players out in order of their scores rather than the entire field. I would be interested to hear your views.
Anyway, Clive Prior became our new Club Champion, scoring 75 and 77 for a total of 152, to win by the significant margin of 9 shots from Mark Stevens, who scored 84 and 77. Se Banim was third, with scores of 81 and 82.
The inaugural Handicap Championship was a much closer affair and won by Se Banim with a nett score of 141 (70 and 71). Runner up was Clive Prior on 142 (70 and 72) and third was Mark Stevens on 143 (75 and 68). Interesting that the same three people occupied the top three spots of both events, just in a different order.
In the ladies event, Leslie Avent won their Club Championship with a score of 175 (93 and 82) and Sue Coates was runner up with 179 (87 and 92). The ladies Handicap Championship was won by the Lady Captain with a nett score of 146 (71 and 75) and the runner up was Cela Selley with 149 (72 and 77). Interesting that the Captain's curse doesn't seem to have affected the Lady Captain!
The other two events, played on the second Saturday, were the Senior Quaich for those over 50 (years not handicap) and the Scratch Salver for those over 12 (handicap not years). Mark Stevens won the Quaich with a 77 and Graham Dickens won the Salver with 85 points.
So all in all I think the experiment was a success and hopefully we can build on it for next year.
Sunday is the monthly professional's draw. Unfortunately I will not be there this month as I am playing at Porter's Park. I hadn't realised my mistake until last weekend so apologies. To be fair I think it is only the second draw I have missed in two years. I will try to get there for the start if I can.
New Members Trophy
Ironically, after all the magnificent weather, Sunday was not a great day and nobody turned up to play in the New Members Trophy. We will see if it can be rescheduled for later in the year. I had been looking forward to the day and the opportunity to meet some of the new members and to talk a bit about the club. I was even going to buy you all a drink – honest!
Sadly I heard today that Forbes Chapman passed away on 2nd August at the age of 82. Forbes had been a member at the Club for 52 years and was Captain in 2006. We will update you with funeral details as soon as we have them.
Gents Invite to the Ladies – 19th August. We already have 20 pairs for this thanks to superior cajoling from my vice-captain, Ray Ripsher, and I think that is about the maximum number we can take.
August Bank Holiday – A Texas Scramble will be played in the morning and there will be food available at lunchtime, followed by the Wilson Putting Vase.
President's Day – Nigel Hunnisett's President's Day will be on Saturday 1st September. There will be a stableford for the President's Prize during the day and then a meal in the restaurant followed by music and dancing. Watch out for the notices.
Cross Country – The cross country has been rescheduled for the 6th September.
Away day – There are still places for the Captain's Away Day at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club on 9th September and it is almost time to start collecting some money.
Not much more I can say this week. Enjoy the weekend in the sun.
Speak next week.