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Captains Blog Stardate - 2956.23(30 November 2018)
Happy St. Andrew's Day,
The above salutation naturally only makes technical sense if you are reading this on Friday 30 November 2018, if not, please see below;
Last Friday evening saw the eagerly awaited Prize Presentation Evening at the club. I think that this must have been one of the best presentation evenings in living memory, other than the fact that I didn't win anything, nevertheless it really was a great success. Congratulations to all of you who picked up a prize, the list of winners was impressive. I am not going to name anyone in particular, however it was great to see some new names on the trophies this year and again, well done to you all. I also particularly enjoyed seeing some of the winners bringing along their friends to the presentation, nice one.
Graham Careford and his team erected the family size Christmas tree in the hall this week. This is one of those exercises that is best not to witness, just marvel at the splendour of the tree and the decorations. Whilst mentioning decorations, on your behalf may I thank the volunteers who also risked life and limb in deploying the Christmas decorations to the tree and around the clubhouse. They look great, well done.
Neatly following up on last week's open sandwich, I have another revelation for you, the result of the inaugural Captain Pro Challenge of my year of captaincy. The plucky challengers, in the persons of Martyn "Treasurer" Lainchbury and Jon "200 Club" Worrell, turned out to be dastardly difficult opposition. In fact, it was a sensationally bloody affair, fought tooth and nail with no quarter given. Danny played like a consummate pro, well actually that's probably because that is exactly what he is. Fortunately Danny is a strong chap and he needed to be to carry your captain for almost the entire journey. We had our noses ahead at the 13th and the old trick of filling them up with sausage rolls worked. Danny and I clung on to a 2 and 1 victory and the challengers lost with grace and paid up the £10 donation to the captain's charity. They had the good manners to opt for a four ball better ball format but the format is entirely the choice of the challengers, so let's see what this brings later.
This Sunday is the Pro Draw, please do come along if you can, bigger numbers equals bigger fun. The hut will be open, nibbles will be available and we will have two nearest the pin prizes again this time. Danny, Big G and myself will officiate over the draw but this Sunday will also feature our second Captain Pro Challenge. Rather than participate in the draw, Danny and I will face the challenge from Alex 'baby face' Watson and James 'killer' Peters. I think these guys will show no mercy so it may require a lot more sausage rolls this week to slow them down. Following our game last week, I gave Danny some pointers to help with his game and I understand he has been working hard on that, so I am hoping for a similar outcome this time.
I recently received a message from Graham 'donboyo' (don't ask) Trimmer. Donboyo was providing feedback from the Beaujolais Day event. This event is always well attended and Donboyo thoroughly enjoyed it himself but he pointed out that the information regarding the golfing format, nearest the pin locations, handicapping and so on were not clear or obvious. This was discussed at the recent captain's committee meeting and this constructive feedback was reviewed. We realised that too much is assumed to be dealt with by others, whereby some things slip through the net. To help resolve this, the captain's committee will need to be aware of all golfing events, which is after all is one of the remits of that committee. This is not to meant to assume total control but to help ensure that the events are fully thought through, that Danny and his team are aware of what is required of them and that the event goes off efficiently with the minimum of fuss. Thanks to Donboyo for raising this point.
Ok, if you have got this far you deserve a well earned break, so here we go with some bullet points;
- The children's Christmas Party is this Saturday at 2pm with Sally Squiggles officiating over the hilarity that includes games, prizes plus a guest appearance from Father Christmas.
- The Turkey Trot is scheduled for Sunday 16 December, this is being advertised now so please check out the details and put this one in your diary.
- The Christmas Party is fully booked, please check with Debbie if you want to be on the reserve list and think about joining us for the New Year celebrations, we have over 60 committed so far but a few more can be squeezed in and would be welcomed.
- The club Christmas Fayre will be held on Thursday 6 December, Chris and her team are still hoping to receive more bottles for the event so please donate if you can and join in the fun on the day.
- The club is the host venue for the N21 Winter Festival this year, which will be held on Saturday 15 December. This is a new event for the club, there may be a little disruption to normal activities on the day but this event will be high profile and promises to be a commercial and promotional asset.
Don't forget, if you want to chat over any of the stuff above or anything else that you want to raise, please contact me.
See you around,
I was surprised to read the adverse comments regarding the Beaujolais format information. I had asked that the usual format was in place i.e Gents off the whites Ladies off the reds , full handicap best 2 scores, and that this information was available on registration. I would have thought that players uncertain of the format might have asked . I was at the first before the start and was asked by one team which tee for the gents. As far as the nearest to the pin I must assume no notice was on the tee, and only the marker on the green, though I cannot see how knowing or not knowing would have changed the tee shot....However. Maybe next year !!! Peter Beton.