With the season well under way and competitions being played every week sometimes twice a week, it’s getting very busy, both out on the course and in the clubhouse.
My plan to re-introduce Gala Weekend in July was received very well by you all and it was so pleasing to see Men, Ladies, Senior’s and Juniors embracing this format and participating over the three days. Feedback was very positive and the prize presentation which was held on Sunday in the clubhouse, was also well supported.
The Captains’ Ball on the Saturday of the Gala Weekend was a success and a great night was had by all of those who attended. I would personally like to thank you all for your support on the evening and your kind feedback on the evening’s entertainment, food and service. Well done to Claire and Luke, the team behind the bar and those in the kitchen, your hard work was greatly appreciated.
I would also like to personally thank my wife Janice for dressing the tables, helping organise the night, and her continued support throughout my term in office. A special thank you also goes to Paul Wilkinson for finishing the evening’s entertainment with his disco.
Those of you who organise events, competitions and raise money for charities know that nothing is ever successful without hard work, preparation and patience. I have been fortunate during this busy time of year to have had the unwavering support of Luke Ryan and my vice-captain Keith Elsmore. Their assistance and encouragement has enabled me to hit my goals so far and I look forward to working with them during the rest of my captaincy.
From the day I pencilled in the Captains’ Charity Day in our diary in October 2016 I had been looking forward to the day it came round. When I woke up on Friday 4th of August to see the sun had got his hat on again after what was a terrible week of weather beforehand, I was so pleased for all of those that had entered. Although it was a slow start in terms of getting teams signed up for the event, in the end we had to turn two teams down as we were full. I can only apologise again to those members for turning them down but we were, as a shotgun start competition, limited in terms of the numbers participating.
92 golfers (23 Teams) taking part in the competition were greeted with complimentary tea & coffee on sign-in and the welcoming smiles of Dot Pritchard and Janet Heseltine who both kindly ran the raffle desk for me. Their friendly persuasion and charming banter helped raise £317 on the raffle alone. Well done Dot and Janet and those sponsors who kindly donated prizes for the raffle.
The format of the golf competition was a team Stableford with the best 2 scores to count on every hole except par 3’s where 3 scores were to count. To add to the fun on the day there were 2 flags on the third hole, an easy one on the front of the green and a tricky, more difficult placement at the back left of the green. Holing out in the one at the back meant an extra point was added to your Stableford score for that hole.
There were nearest the pin prizes on every hole and 6 individual team prizes to be had on the day. Overall there was over £3,300 worth of prizes to be won. All of the prizes on offer were donated by kind sponsors.
As part of my effort to bring the club closer together, I asked David Gilbert to help me with the prize presentation, David, one of our social members, is the great great great grandson of our founder member George Gilbert. George owned Chapel Fields House and the surrounding farmland where our first clubhouse was built in 1896. I’m sure George would have been proud that David is still involved with this great club.
|1st||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Maxstoke Golf Club)||Tom Price|
|2nd||1st Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Kenilworth Golf Club)||J Michell|
|4th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Walmley Golf Club)||Bill Kirby|
|5th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Shirley Golf Club)||Luke Ryan|
|6th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Coventry Finham Golf Club)||Neil Parker|
|7th||1st Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Welcombe Golf Club)||Will Kilbey|
|8th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Burton on Trent Golf Club)||Rod Bingham|
|9th||3rd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Willesley Golf Club)||Dean Watts|
|10th||1st Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Kings Norton Golf Club)||Steve Ward|
|11th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Lingdale Golf Club)||Matt Wright|
|12th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Hollywood Golf Club)||Luke Ryan|
|13th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Welcombe Golf Club)||Andy Scott|
|14th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Drayton Park Golf Club)||M McCallum|
|15th||3rd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Handsworth Golf Club)||M McCallum|
|16th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Great Barr Golf Club)||John Kilbey|
|17th||1st Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Fulford Heath Golf Club)||Jane Mathews|
|18th||2nd Shot Nearest the Pin (Free 4 Ball at Leamington County Golf Club)||Jazz Broadmore|
|1st||£160||Rosie Swaffield, Jill Pittard, Jacqui Butler, Jean Hinson||101 pts|
|2nd||£120||P Jones, D Jones, Jazz Broadmore, A Price||100 pts|
|3rd||£100||Mark Swaffield, John Brennan, D McClean, G Taylor||97 pst (OCB)|
|4th||£80||C Quinney, M McCallum, B Kirby, E Cameron||97 pts|
|5th||£60||N Parker, B Byrne, C Drohan, M Lilley||96 pst (OCB)|
|6th||6 Golf Balls Each.||Ian Stinson, Fred Butler, Neville Blake, S Byrne||96 pts|
|Free 4 Ball at Woburn Golf Club||£360||M McCallum|
|Free 4 Ball at Coxmoor Golf Club||£120||Luke Ryan|
|Free 4 Ball at Tadmartin Golf Club||£150||Keith Elsmore|
|Free 4 Ball at Forest of Arden Golf Club||£120||Keith Elsmore|
|Free 4 Ball at Moor Hall Golf Club||£110||Martin Battle-Welch|
|Free 4 Ball at St Mellion Golf Club||£200||W Kilbey|
|Revive & Relax Spa Day for 2||£140||Keith Elsmore|
|Framed & Signed 2016 Open Flag||£200||Harry Ibbertson|
|Framed & Signed 2017 Masters Flag||£450||Alan Edwards|
I manned the 10th hole throughout the competition, monitoring the charity bunkers on the 9th and the 10th whilst making sure everyone was watered at the turn. I think the only 4 ball that initially turned down an alcoholic drink on the 10th were the eventual winners, their team captain Jill Pittard preferred it if I did not ask her team if they wanted a glass of Prossecco as she wanted them “to remain focussed”.
I decided to ignore this request and the team duely necked their bubbly once poured. I have yet to receive a thank you from their team captain as this Prosecco obviously helped as they went on to win the competition with 101 points. (See information in tabbed content above).
The presentation of the prizes was followed by the Charity Auction.
There were 9 items up for auction including 18th Hole Flags framed and signed by the winners of the 2016 Open (Henrik Stenson) and the 2017 Masters (Sergio Garcia, Justin rose, Henrik Stenson, Martyn Kaymer and Luke Donald).
I would like to thank the President John Pritchard for helping me with the auction which raised £1850.
Overall, during the day, the Raffle, Captain’s Bunkers, Auction and money raised on entry fee raised over £3000 pounds towards the charity Dementia UK.
I cannot thank the sponsors enough, you know who you are, to many to mention here but thank you so much, I really appreciate your generosity and support.