Captains blog 20/09/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Unusually I will start with an apology 🙂
So as most of you will be aware on Thursday during the Captains day you were asked to pay for tea/coffee at the halfway house. This was a concession I agreed to during a management meeting which I failed to pass on to you all. I am sorry for not letting you know that from now on you will pay for tea/coffee at the halfway house. Although you may feel disgruntled about this change I can assure you it has been done for the long term benefit of the section.
Another great week as far as the weather goes and this is shown by the huge turn out for the competitions we had this week.
The results from both days are on the how did i do site but here’s the nitty gritty.
2s Tuesday 15th
Neil Joyce, Norman Beavis and Graham Sylvester-Williams on the 2nd
Paul Eales, Mick Mawson and Dave Walsh on the 14th Unlucky fellas.
2s Thursday 17th
Par Stewart, John Spooner, Allan Griggs and Graham Tilmam on 14th
Chris Wilmot on 8th.
Mel Moxon 2nd Unlucky Mel.
The winners on Thursday for the trophies available were:
Dave Keats memorial trophy – Chris Fowell 41 points. also winner cat 1 Well done Chris.
Mick Bans past captains trophy – Bill Dark 40 points also winner cat 2 Well done Bill ( where did that come from?).
As was pointed out to me there was no chance of me winning the past captains trophy because I’m not (yet). and it would be remiss of me to win the captains day so I decided to prop you all up and lead from the back!!
I would like to thank Geoff Annibal and Mike Key for their kind donations to my charity Thank you fellas.
I am unable to play on Thursday (the boss has a significant birthday so I’m under orders) but will be out on Tuesday so look forward to seeing plenty of you out there.
As I have said before if you have any golf or section related problems if you ca direct these at the committee we will do our best to address them. We are in the process of purchasing a notice board which will be placed near the 1st tee where important notices etc will be posted. We do our best to get the information out there.
Finally stay safe
Captains blog 16/09/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Just a couple of admin points to cover initially.
Scoring in medals/qualifiers. It has been bought to the committees attention that some competitors are not submitting their scores correctly after an NR. It is vital that even if you NR you put your score into the system. The reason is that failing to add your score has an effect on the CSS for the comp and subsequently this can adversely affect other players handicaps. If you NR on for example 13th hole you should score 0 on the system for that hole but still play and enter the scores for the previous holes and subsequent holes, this way there is a true reflection of your score and the CSS for the course. Just adding 0 to the holes after you NR is not only unfair on the other players in the competition but also not a true reflection of your round. Please add your scores correctly for the benefit of all of us.
BUNKERS ARE NOW BACK IN PLAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
As I write this blog I am along with Sue Roberts the Joyce Hill mixed pairs champions! There are some that will pat me on the back and say well done both of you however, there are others that will say “Well played Sue you must have strong shoulders to carry him round” Jealousy is not a trait I fully understand but I suppose being good looking, charming and a good golfer I can understand why some feel like they do.
The weekly competitions are still being well subscribed to so thank you again for your support.
Some of the competitions carry trophies with them and I can assure you these will be given to the winners as soon as we can sort it out. It may be that you get your trophy presented with few people about and this is true of the medals that have been won since the re start. If you have won a trophy it will be engraved and board entries will also happen. I do feel the one trophy that should be presented with as many people as possible present is the Seniors Championship so we will try and come up with a date where even if its in the car park Dave Tasker will be presented the trophy.
I have played with a couple of the new (ish) boys that joined us from Sudbrook. I think you should all behave as they do towards their seniors captain! I was given an energy bar on the front nine and another little snack on the back nine, that’s how you look after your captain. That said though I have been given a lovely pasty and a bit of cake which were both gratefully received. The goodies from Norman have dried up a bit recently, I understand Rosemary has a new kitchen so I’m hoping she wants to get some practice in and bang out a few cakes.
Tomorrow is the Captains day but sadly it won’t be what we are used to which is a shame but given the current state of affairs understandable. There will be prizes for the respective divisions but because we are unable to control the serving of the food at the halfway house there won’t be any refreshments. I hope that next year we will be able to run these days as we have in the past and that is also true of our matches.
We have also taken the decision not to have a Christmas party. This is of course a great disappointment however I will be doing auditions for the seniors Pantomime in the next couple of months, so if you feel you have a particular talent or would be interested in the production please let me know and you will be considered. I have a couple of people in mind for some parts but am open to suggestions.
Finally stay safe.
Captains blog 04/09/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
I have had a little break away with the chief of staff and the dogs which is why there was no blog last week. Apart from that I don’t think they have tinternet in Norfolk they only just got electricity.
So we have had the seniors championship and again there was a brilliant turnout so thank you.
I turned up an hour early with a view to hitting a few shots on the practice ground which were pretty much straight down the middle and I felt quite pleased with myself walking onto the 1st tee. FATAL error tee shot through the trees to the left and middle of the 9th fairway, things got no better and to be honest by the time I’d walked off the 7th with an 11 I just wanted to go home. Fortunately a fair few did a lot better than me.
The results if you haven’t seen them already are:
The Pat Stewart trophy (best net) and Seniors club champion 2020
Dave Tasker net 66 (31 back 9)
Challenge trophy (best gross)
Paul Eales 79
Cat one winner Geoff Annibal net 66 (33 back 9)
Cat two winner Terry Ford net 66 (34 back 9)
There was only one counting 2
Chris Fowell 14th
Dave Knight (11th) and Dave Proctor (2nd) Both scored non qualifying two’s
Well done all the winners, well played.
So to this week and with the Ladies open on Tuesday it only left us our monthly medal yesterday (03/09/20)
Again a brilliant turnout and some good scores the results are on the How did i do page if you want to know where you came and who won. Though I think if you go anywhere near the club you will hear GN having a little moan about losing 2 shots (about time).
There were six 2s as follows:
Dave Proctor 8th & 14th (only one share of the kitty I’m afraid Dave)
Gerry Newby 8th
Bob Palmer 8th
Dave Tasker 14th
Terry Dixon 14th
There were 3 two’s on the wrong holes
John Stephenson 2nd
Martin Howard 2nd
Paul Eales 11th
Well played again gentlemen.
The final of the Covid 19 singles knockout has been played and the result was that The beast John Spooner beat His majesty Mike Brookes 1 up. I have heard that JS did try the old 4up with 5 to play trick him and Roger used at Woodhall Spa a couple of years ago where they were 4 up with 5 to play and managed to lose. Well played both finalist and thank you to everyone that took part.
During a recent management meeting I asked that the green staff be thanked for their efforts in keeping the course in great condition this was on behalf of our section and has been recorded in the minutes. I know there is a problem with the tee boxes and this too was addressed, it is worth putting you in the picture so that you appreciate the efforts the staff go to, at the moment there are on average 150 rounds of golf played on the course every day, that is a lot of traffic so I hope you agree the staff are doing their best for us.
Finally it’s been a while since I’ve heard from Hinge and Bracket, I hope you are both well and if by some very small chance I have upset you well…………………………………………………………. Get over it.
Stay safe Fellas
Captains blog 22/08/20
Good evening Gentlemen
Firstly there are a number of admin points that I want to bring to your attention.
There have been a number of complaints to the Chairman regarding slow play, whether that is from a senior section member or not I don’t know. However I would ask that if there are any complaints from any of the seniors section that they are directed at either me (email@example.com) or to another member of the committee so that they can be dealt with promptly.
On to slow play. It is a fact of golf that some players are quicker than others. I ask all the members of the seniors section to be conscious of other players behind you and if you feel they are too close or you have dropped a hole to the group in front then please do the right thing and allow the group through. It is also a fact at the moment that the course is very busy(thankfully), if you are a two ball following a three or four ball and there is no room to let you through I’m afraid your round will be long. Also if your group are playing well the chances are you will catch up with the group in front, again the above is true that you may get held up. It is up to all of us to play responsibly and with the etiquette of golf in our minds. Any complaints to the committee will be dealt with appropriately so if you complain be prepared to name names a blanket complaint doesn’t address the issue.
A complaint was made on Thursday evening to the Greens committee regarding pitch marks on the greens not being repaired. The seniors section had the finger pointed at them because we had 69 players out on Thursday. That is not to say we are responsible. The greens and the rest of the course is in great condition and I do believe that all of us do our best to make sure our pitch marks are repaired. Again it’s all about looking after each other and the course so please be mindful of any pitch marks, divots you make, repair them please.
From the 1st September 2020 there will be a trial run using alternate tees. On all odd days (1st,3rd etc) play will be from the 1st tee. on even days (2nd,4th etc) play will start on 10th tee. The trial will be running for 8 weeks. At the moment the only exception will be competitions run on a Sunday.
I may have caused some confusion about the qualifying criteria for the Seniors Championship next week. I will update the qualifying criteria on the important notices but in a nutshell the qualifying period due to Covid 19 is now from September 2018 to August 2020, the remainder of the information is as written. There will be a reminder on the 1st tee on Thursday.
The results for this weeks competitions are on the how did i do site. Again a brilliant turn out on both days thank you.
The twos for this week are:
Tuesday 18th August
Al Cuthbertson 11th
Dave Le Sage 11th
Thursday 20th August
Paul Eales 14th
Mike Carellton 14th
Bob Palmer 14th
Dave Tasker 14th
Well done all of you the winnings will be added to your cards.
The Doug Tasker trophy was won by Fred Greatorex(21 back nine) with 35 points, beating Shawn Farren(18 back nine) on count back. Well done Fred.
The Final of our little knockout competition has reached the final match where His majesty Mike Brookes will take on The Beast John Spooner. Good luck fellas have a good match.
A bit longwinded I’m afraid but you all know me, why use one word when a thousand will do 🙂
Finally stay safe fellas, I’m not playing on Tuesday so I’m sure Zamitt and Beavis will have storming rounds because there’s no pressure on them.
Captains blog 16/08/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Well at last I suppose some will say some welcome rain! Not me I’m happy with plenty of sunshine.
Our competitions continue to throw up some great scores so all the practice we had while waiting has obviously paid off for some, though I don’t think I’ll be signing up for the Pete Zammit school of putting, it doesn’t seem to have done Norman any good. If I was Norman I would ask for my money back.
The results for the week are on the how did I do page.
The two’s this week were as follows:
Tuesday 11th Stableford
John Spooner 2nd
Alan Griggs 11th
Jim Ferguson 2nd
Jodi Kirschner 9th :0
Each win £7.50
Thursday 13th Dave Tomley trophy
Ian Green 14th
Bob Palmer 14th
Richard Ayres 14th
Each win £10.00 each
all the winnings have been added to your cards well done.
Also well done to Nick Fewings who won the trophy with an excellent 42 points.
Due to the current restrictions we have decided that the qualifying criteria for the seniors championship will remain as it was for last year. For those not sure please read the important notices tab.
The monthly draw that Pete Williams runs has been put on hold for the time being to save Pete having to chase around for the money. The plan is that once we are back together it will resume.
My thanks this week to Terry Regan for his very generous donation to my charity Thank you Terry.
Finally stay safe fellas keep swinging.
Captains blog 09/08/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Firstly I want to thank you all on behalf of the senior section committee for the support you have shown this week as we start competitive golf for the first time for ages. Fantastic turn out for the Stableford and medal competitions this week.
Any worries I may have had regarding the V1 scoring system and problems rising from it were laid aside after everyone (almost) managed to sign in and enter their scores without any major issues, though I have had a call from the Guinness book of records regarding one seniors score from Tuesdays stableford competition, having posted a score of 87 points well done Norman ;-).
So with all those competitors there was bound to be some good scores and there were, so to Tuesdays Stableford results first:
1st Mike Carelton 40
2nd Duncan Bustin 39
3rd John Spooner 38
1st Terry Ford 44
2nd Ian Green 43
3rd Michel Lemangen 41
Alan Cuthbertson 11
Neil Joyce 2
Tony Hall 2
All above win £11.50 from the twos pot. Well done fellas.
Seniors Medal Thursday 6th August
1st Ian Prior 69
2nd Gerry Newby 71 ( on count back)
3rd Shawn Farren 71
1st Doug Tasker 68
2nd John Dyson 72
3rd David Heath 74
There were 11 twos on Thursday across all the par 3s I will have to clarify with Bill but I don’t think there will be much money coming the way of those that got a two. That said well done everyone that scored a two.
Some really good scores on both days and it shows that although we were playing off the whites in the medal the scores were not too di-similar so all the practice is paying off.
Pete Williams has also done a monthly draw this week and those that have won will have their winnings paid to them direct by Pete. Pete will still be in the club house selling his LUCKY numbers for next months draw so please make sure you get in and see him.
Thank you to Robin Brown for his kind donation to my charity. Although we haven’t been together much the charity donations being made are going to make a difference so thank you all.
Finally, keep up the support you are showing by entering the competitions it makes for good fun especially if you are playing with the putting ninja also known as Pete Zammit, thanks for the lesson Pete :-).
Stay safe fellas.
Captains blog 02/08/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
There is a mystery surrounding what happened to my last blog, it was there for a few days then it was gone? I’m not sure anyone is going to find much out pinching the Seniors captains blog!
So I’m hoping you are all geared up for the coming weeks and the start of competition golf for us again. It has been a long time since we have had some real competition golf.
As I said in the blog that is AWOL the entry and scoring will be done via the howdidIdo web page, Martin is going to print out the guide to signing in and adding your score post golf for us and these will be available with score cards at the front of the clubhouse on Tuesday and Thursday. If you can’t manage the system then please ask one of the committee and they will attempt to help, also if you don’t have access to a mobile phone or laptop/computer your score cam be entered by someone else. Most importantly ask and there will be help for you.
On to my golf this week, fortunately you won’t have to put up with this after this week, I would much rather talk about how well everyone else is doing ( we all know I’m a demon). On Tuesday having already played with royalty (Mike Brookes) it was time to play with the Knights! Good (John) and Dark (David), David was playing with me and John had the Dungeon master as his partner, Mike Key didn’t want me to use his real name to stop any unwanted publicity. We had a good match although John was slightly off his game and it finished all square, which is as good as a win in my book.
On Thursday I had the pleasure of playing with last years captain Gerry, Paul Eales and Jody Kirschner I’m not sure what the score was but Gerry played as well as I have seen him play but was let down by his lack luster partner.
Today I played in the club medal and played fairly well. I knew it wasn’t going to be a brilliant round when I chipped in for a 3 on the 1st, all downhill after that.
The semi final draw for the singles KO has been done and the matches are as follows:
Neil Jenkinson V John Spooner
Mick Mawson V Mike Brookes
Well played all of you for getting this far and good luck in your matches.
One donation that I have forgotten to mention is £20 from my pal Norman Beavis oh along with a bit more cake from Rosemary, thank you both very much.
As I said this week marks a big move for us as a section as we start what should have started in March, but never mind lets all make the most of what we have. The clubhouse is open for drinks and pasties etc after your round so if you are comfortable using the facilities then please do, there are tables outside if you don’t want to sit inside. Everything we can do to help support the club is a reflection of how our section should be viewed by other members of our club.
See you all next week, stay safe.
Captains blog 11/07/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Rather than keep apologising for the lateness of my blog, lets just say I’ll post it on a Saturday afternoon.
So things at the club are moving forward and it would seem t be working fairly well, though if you go in I’ll give you a little advice, 1. go to the loo when you come off in the loos at the bottom and 2. make sure you’ve got credit on your club card, otherwise its a long walk round and round and round and round well you get the drift.
Something that has been bought to my attention is the scoring on the howdidIdo portal. It is a fairly simple process but I understand that some people may struggle or not have access to the internet. If you feel that you will struggle or don’t feel very confident either speak to Pete Chamberlain or Martin in the shop, failing that there are one or two of the committee that know how to use it and will try and help. I really don’t want to end up after all this time, having competitions without all those that want to enter because they can’t use the system. This is going to be with us for a long time so if you are struggling let us know so we can help.
Onto my Golf this week. On Tuesday I had the pleasure of playing with his royal highness Mike Brookes (I think that’s what you call the chairman of the county council), Tony Hall and some other bloke who rode in on a horse spoke with a whisper and looked remarkably like Clint Eastwood in one of his cowboy films. We all played well but there was no beating the poncho wearing stranger.
On Thursday Dave Knight and I took on The Maltese falcon and his side kick Stormin Norman, otherwise known as Hinge and Bracket. After most of the holes it was like an episode of silent witness full on postmortem, “If you’d done this or if You’d done that” It was obvious to Dave and I that Norman was going to have to carry Pete most of the way round despite being whinged at after every shot he played. Unfortunately there was nothing they could do to stop the power and precision of Bustin and Knight, if it had been a boxing match the Ref would have ended it after 9 holes.
Finally stay safe and as I have said above if you need help with the scoring or any other golf related problem ask and we try and help.
Captains blog 04/07/20
Good evening Gentlemen
I have been particularly busy over the last couple of days so I apologise for the late submission of the blog.
Very good news that the bar and kitchen are now open so fingers crossed it all runs smoothly. I would ask that if you are using these facilities that you keep in mind the social distancing rules and give the staff a chance to get it right, they are without doubt doing their best for all the members of the club. Small steps and a little understanding will get us through to the end of this awful pandemic.
There is one outstanding result from the singles KO so with the help of my Chief of Staff I have done the draw for the second round as follows:
John Sooner V Norman Beavis
Gerry Newby V Mick Mawson
Rob Baldwin V Mike Brooks
Neil Jenkinson V Terry Regan or Shane Wilcox
ideally I would like tis concluded before we start the seniors comps in August but no matter if that doesn’t happen but please play as soon as you can and send me the result (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07900891025).
So to my golf this week which even though I do say so myself wasn’t half bad! it was all bad 🙂 not really it was the same as previous weeks good for 15/16 holes then a couple or three disasters.
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of playing with Bob Palmer and Dave Knight, nip and tuck until I blew up on the 18th AGAIN! well played Dave.
Thursday was the long awaited pairs match play with Norman and the Maltese falcon V Cliff Smith and me. It was a close match and I think the word that Norm and Pete are looking for is complacency ( don’t ever expect the ginger ninja and his partner to give up).
Finally, things are moving in the right direction and will continue as long as we all follow the guidelines and lookout for each other.
Stay safe Fellas
Captains blog 27/06/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
Firstly apologies for the late blog update, but it has taken me a couple of days to get over my crushing defeat (no one sees the tears).
We have had a greens committee meeting this week and there are a few things to let you know about.
As a section we donated £1250 to the greens committee for machinery, this has been put towards a new rough cutter which should be in use pretty soon (bonus for me). Secondly a question was raised regarding the new 11th tee and the problems it causes in competitions when there can be hold ups. The Greens chairman has asked the sections to canvas opinion on whether to move back to the old tee box. Obviously I’m not in a position at the moment to ask the question without using this media, so the question is do you want to stay on the new tee box or move back to the old one? As a vote can I ask you either drop me a text or e-mail me with your option, either 1 or 2 as below. (e-mail email@example.com)
- Stay on the new 11th tee box
- Move back to the old 11th tee box
There are a number of projects that will be undertaken by the club in the coming months and the question was raised about volunteers. The greens chairman is keen to use people that want to volunteer but there has to be some structure to what volunteers do and how they are managed and who by. If anyone is interested in acting as a volunteer if they can let the Greens chairman know he will compile a list, If anyone is interested in becoming the Head volunteer ( for want of a better word) also let either me or Stephen know.
If anyone is interested in taking over as Greens Chairman if you let me know I will put your name forward.
I was also asked to pass on our thanks as a section for the great effort the green staff have made to have the course in such good condition, I was happy to pass this on and the greens chairman was grateful and would pass on our message.
So now to the golf!
A bit of a mixed week for me, having played a pairs match play game on Tuesday and a singles knockout on Thursday both results were poor but at least on Tuesday I saw something I never thought I would. We’ve all seen balls go in the pond after a half decent shot drops short on the 14th 🙂 but on Tuesday one of the seniors champion players only just managed to get it past the ladies tee (still into the water though), it made my chip in 2 feel even better, though ultimately the match ended in defeat.
So to my singles match which was eagerly anticipated but as with most of these types of things in sport failed (as far as I was concerned) to live up to expectation. you know you’re going to have a bad day when you lose 3!! balls in two holes, along with hitting more trees than a lumber jack at a lumber jack party meant that I was going to slip out of our little competition with a whimper. Not taking anything away from my opponent who had a steady round and to be fair played a number of good shots. Oh and Rosemary’s fruit cake is gorgeous. I won’t hear any noise about me throwing my match for cake, it’s just not true.
this weeks results for the singles knockout were:
Norman Beavis beat Duncan Bustin 1up
John Spooner beat Don Donavan 4&2
Rob Baldwin beat Roger Mead 1up
Just a couple of matches to finish round one so send your result to me soon as and I’ll do the draw for round two.
The team for the Cooke shield with the ladies is as follows, Sue Roberts will draw the pairs and I will let you know who your partner is once I have them
Duncan Bustin, Bill Dark, Shawn Farren, Pete Zammit, Mike Rowe, Chris Fowell, Ian Prior, John Barnham, Alan Cowie, Mick Mawson, John Spooner, Dave Le-sage, Geoff Annibal, Grahame Campbel, Jody Kirschner and Len Westlake. If you gave me your name and are not mentioned above then you will be added to the reserve list. Thanks to all of you for putting your names in.
I would also like to thank John Dyson for his kind donation to my charity, Thank you very much John.
Finally that’s all for this week so stay safe and enjoy your golf.
Captains blog 19/06/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
I will start this blog with the great news that we have a full schedule for August and September so please look at the important notices for details. Also I would like to thank Bill and Martin for all their efforts in getting us all some competitive golf, THANK YOU.
A little bit of admin also in the blog. As you know we are going to play the ladies in the Cooke Shield, not that I’m competitive but this is a match that is Seniors V Ladies so if you have given me your name but have not paid your £2 seniors subs for the year can you make sure this is done prior to the match, please contact Bill Dark for details, I don’t want to lose on a technicality, in fact I don’t want to lose what is probably the only match we will have this year 🙂
The singles KO matches are in full swing so here are the latest results.
Gerry Newby bt Mike Rowe 5&3
Neil Jenkinson bt Pete Zammit 1up
Mike Mawson bt Gary Noble 1up
Please don’t forget once your match is played send the result to me and we can crack on.
As far as my golf is concerned I’m pretty sure the three I played with on Tuesday will agree, you can’t keep a good man down ( “if I score 9 points in the last three holes and you score none will I beat you? ) If you would like the answer to this question please direct your request to: The senior section secretary!!
Some bad news this week, sadly the BIG match had to be postponed due to (according to Norman) bad weather, it was only a little bit wet. Those of you that saw the post about the questionable bribe, worse than the weather, I didn’t even get a cake :((
So with the upcoming competitions on the horizon things are looking up which will obviously cheer us up, in the meantime stay safe fellas.
Captains blog 12/06/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen
I have posted an update on the important notices page regarding our competition golf.
To start with I have 16 names for the singles KO so here is the draw, some tasty pairings for sure. I am relying on those people playing to arrange your own games and then e-mail me the result (firstname.lastname@example.org). the rules are pretty basic, 18 holes match play full difference handicap. The first drawn player should arrange a time agree it with their opponent and play, if you have contacted your opponent and the match has not been played within 14 days you will take the match by default, I will have the final say on any disputes. Please play your matches as soon as you can so that we can move on, I won’t be chasing anyone to get matches played.
Rob Baldwin V Roger Mead
Norman Beavis V Duncan Bustin
Terry Regan V Shane Wilcox
Mike Brookes V Bob Palmer
Don Donavan V John Spooner
Mick Mawson V Gary Noble
Mike Rowe V Gerry Newby
Neil Jenkinson V Pete Zammit
We also have a match on 14th July 2020, This is an annual match V the ladies for the Cooke Shield, There will be a team of at least 12 players I have been almost inundated with names so if your name is not on this list then please let me know (email@example.com) as soon as you can, team list so far.
Duncan Bustin, Bill Dark, Shawn Farren, Pete Zammit, Mike Rowe, Chris Fowell, Ian Prior, Graeme Campbell, John Barnham and Jody Kirschner.
As I said we are limited to 12 at the moment (subject to change depending on take up) so I will take names and have a reserve list if required, I will publish the team on here by 10th July 2020.
Moving on I have played twice this week enough said!! thanks to my playing partners 🙁
I have also been challenged this week to a pairs match play game which I was happy to accept and I’m very happy to have Cliff Smith as my partner. However as the normal banter started going from phone to phone things turned a little more sinister after a few days, a senior member has attempted to bribe a club official, I have decided to deal with this myself after some consultation with other committee members.
Finally you can’t beat a bit of cake with a cuppa! 😉
Stay safe fellas hopefully we will be back to near normal very soon
Captains Blog 06/06/20
Good morning Gentlemen
Firstly I’ll apologise for being a little late adding this blog but I have been doing some admin.
I hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the course which I have to say gets better and better, so thanks to the green staff who are doing a great job.
There have been a few changes and rather than go through it all here, which is in my view supposed to be a little more light hearted ALL updates will be posted on the important notices page as often as I can, so please read them and again pass the word so the message gets through to as many as possible. If any of you want to comment or suggest anything that you think should be bought to the attention of the committee then please e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
My golf continues to improve and it would seem that I have a challenger for the prestigious title of “Lumber Jack Golfer”, well done Norman you are doing a great job, keep it up you’ll soon have the accolade :). There is also a question over how big is a whooping? I’m pretty sure that anytime you play and your opponent is never in the lead that is a whooping!!
I have had a few responses to the singles knockout question so I will let it run for another week and see where we are then. The important thing to remember if I do run this is that its a casual competition so I won’t be chasing people to play. contact me as above e-mail address.
unfortunately we have had to take the decision to postpone the Seniors Open which was due to be played on 30/07/20. anyone who has paid their entry fee refunds will be made by Bill as follows.
South Kyme members who paid the basic £7 entry fee your refund will be made to purse 1 of your club card. For all others and non South Kyme members Bill Dark (Seniors treasurer) will contact you about making your refund.
Thanks this week to Jim Baxter and Chris Fowell for your donations to my charity, its very kind of you.
Finally enjoy the course and as soon as we can we will get the group back together, although the golf is good and its nice to be out there I do miss the banter and Pete Williams sitting in the corner shouting for money.
Captains Blog 30/05/20
Good morning Gentlemen
I hope this blog finds you all safe and well.
There have been a few changes to the lockdown rules in the past few days, notably that clubs can now have four ball groups out on the course. At the moment this is under review by the club and there is no change as far as it stands today. Therefore we can only book tee times for two balls and you cannot join another two ball. Please be patient and carry on as we are until such time we have the full guidance from the club. There is no reason to phone Pete to ask purely because he is waiting for a definitive decision to be made.
So to my Golf 🙁
A few years ago (well maybe a few decades) my mother called me into the kitchen, nothing unusual there but as I walked in my Dad was sitting looking fairly stern, which wasn’t normal for him. So anyway Mum had an envelope in her hand and asked me if I knew what it was (not a good time to be a smart ar** I thought) “No Mum” “It’s your school report”, not too much to worry about I thought, I did alright at school. However as Mum and Dad were to tell me fairly harshly “COULD DO BETTER” isn’t a grade!! So really nothing has changed in all this time pretty much sums up my Golf. Although I did get an awesome birdie on the 6th (didn’t I Pete T)
There also seems to be some technical problems going on with some individuals phones/laptops. I often send messages to people I’m playing in the following week just to spice things up and get the competitive juices flowing, I don’t think that is a good enough reason to completely blank me, maybe I’ve upset this particular member, which to be honest is pretty good for me only one senior member upset with me after 2 months :).
I have also been asked about a Singles knockout competition, As much as I think it probably is doable I’m not sure the logistics etc are that easy to sort out. That said I am open to the idea and I am also happy to collate and run the draw etc. There will be no prize no entry fee it will be for fun. So if you are interested send me your name and if there are enough takers I will try and run with it. I will update the blog with the decision next week. (email@example.com) Please let everyone you speak to know the blog is running as I’m not sure how many if any people actually read it!
So to my thank yous this week for donating their entry fees for the AM-AM to my charity. Bill Dark, Pete Williams, Mike Key, Pete Zammit, Pete Turner, Bob Palmer, Cliff Smith, Rob Baldwin, Denis Nattrass and Norman Beavis, Thank you all very much.
As I said at the beginning please be patient, we are moving in the right direction and things will get back to normal with your understanding and support.
Stay safe see you all soon.
Captains Blog 24/05/20
Good morning Gentlemen
Hopefully you are all safe and well and enjoying being back out on the course.
The serious stuff first. I have had an e-mail from the Chairman giving us an update on how things are going since the course reopened. There have been nearly a 1000 rounds of golf played by members of the club and it would seem most things are going well. There has inevitably been minor problems which have led to a small number of complaints. When I say small I am talking single figures, however they are still complaints, whether they are directed at any of our section or not I don’t know. It is important for the health and safety of all the members that we stick to the rules as they are at the moment this will ensure that the club can run safely and not have to put more restrictions on us. Please read the health and safety advice that has been published by the club and stick to the ten minute rule for tee times and distancing.
So to the golf.
I have played twice now and it was really good to see a lot of the senior section out playing, I must say that of the people I have seen you all look well. Also I think the course is in great condition and playing well, though the rough still isn’t much fun, do you think if they cut the rough and left the fairways I’d hit them? That said I think the Green staff are doing a great job in difficult circumstances.
My own golf is improving though as I have said before there is nothing like a bit of competition. It would seem that some of the other members felt the same so on Thursday in their two ball group Pete Z , Norman, Cliff and Terry R played a better ball stableford round. The lockdown has obviously been good for Norman because Pete told me he had lost weight! the Maltese falcon carried him round 🙂 I believe Pete, how else would him and Norman have won.
As I have said in previous blogs there will be times I have to thank people throughout the year, on this occasion (though I would rather do it in person) I’d like to thank Stuart Milner, Rod Sanderson, Jim Lee, Jim Goodrum, John Swift, John Spooner, Gerry Grimshaw and Paul Eales for donating their entry fees to various competitions to my charity, THANK YOU. I would also like to thank the committee for their continued support and advice.
Captains blog 20/05/20
Good morning Gentlemen
Firstly I hope you are all safe and well and the biggest problem you have is like mine a HAIRCUT!!
So we are now allowed to play Golf which is obviously welcome and a move in the right direction.
I wasn’t like many who flew out the door last Wednesday to get on the course, not me I have a chief of staff who gave me orders that until all the Jobs I had started were finished there was going to be no golf.
So doing as I am told all jobs nailed it was time to test the booking system which I have to say is pretty simple, even Norman has managed to work it out, though I’m not sure about Bob (I’ll leave you to workout which Bob 😉 ).
So on Tuesday 19/05 I ventured to the course to have a knock round with the Maltese falcon.
Now you all know me I’m not one to hide my light under a bushel so only having played once in the last forever I knew it was going to be a hard day, also given that Pete has been out at least twice a day since last week he was on it from the start.
We had a good solid game and had I walked away victorious I would have given you a hole by hole commentary, but I didn’t so you are spared that at least.
Two things that I did find out were firstly all the lifting, sawing, digging and the like has given me the power of Grey Skull as I was launching short irons miles, I’m not exaggerating honestly. Secondly the trees are a lot thicker than the last time I played.
Finally, Sadly most of our matches have been cancelled along with the majority of our big days. Nothing is going to change for the foreseeable so the likelihood is that there won’t be any competitive golf this year, which on a personal level is disappointing though on the plus side we haven’t lost a match this year!!
Stay safe fellas, see you all soon
Captains blog 03/04/20
Good evening Gentlemen
I hope you are all managing to stay safe and looking after each other.
As I have said before if you find yourself in difficulties please contact either me or one of the committee, we will do our best to help out.
Pete Chamberlain has sent an e-mail out to everyone in relation to club subs I have pasted it below if you haven’t seen it yet.
Take care all of you and look forward to seeing you soon
Good afternoon all
I hope you are all safe and well! Firstly a huge thanks to everyone who has managed to pay their subs either by cheque or bank transfer. It is encouraging that so many of you have been able to set up payments one way or another. It is probably a good time to remind you that your playing memberships are frozen and will only come into force once we are able to reopen. Further details on how this will work will be sent out in due course.
We have been able to now set up an additional method of payment which enables you to stay at home and still pay your subs. Simply call the club on 01526 861113 and have your Debit / Credit Card details to hand. The club number is on divert to my mobile so am happy to take payments from 07:30 – 19:30 7 days a week.
The other methods of payment are still available. Our preferred method of bank transfer to the South Kyme GC account :
Sort 40-42-07 A/C 81304011
Cheques can be made payable to South Kyme Golf Club and posted to:
South Kyme Golf Club Skinners Lane South Kyme Lincoln LN4 4AT
If you wish to pay monthly please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01526 861113 for more details.
Owing to FSA rules we are not allowed to give details out in a blanket email , but can do so individually on request.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. I have been buoyed by a number of acts of good will and support for the club in these unprecedented times for us all. If you have any questions us via one of the means above. We are in this together and we will get through this together.
PGA Professional / Director of Golf
Captains Blog 24/03/20
Good afternoon Gentlemen,
So finally we have been directed to stay away from the golf course.
This will undoubtedly have a huge impact not only on us as individuals but also on the club as a whole. It is worth mentioning at this time the most important thing is that we all stick with the measures given by the government and Pete Chamberlain and that we look out for each other and stay safe.
It is also worth mentioning that this will not last forever and we will get to the end of this awful situation. To that end it is with our support the club will continue to function so please renew your membership, despite the last few months , which are pretty unprecedented the club has been going from strength to strength and is rightly viewed as one of the best courses in Lincolnshire and certainly the best value.
The club website will have any updates in relation to when it will be open for play again, though that won’t be for at the very least 3 weeks.
Finally keep in touch with each other and please keep an eye on those that are vulnerable.
Stay safe and we will be ripping it up in no time (with the sun on our backs).
Captains Blog 20/03/20
When I ask you what club to use, look the other way and say nothing, especially if I’m in a bunker.
Welcome to the Blog gentlemen.
Things are changing at a fast pace and there will be guidance from all over the shop.
As a section and committee we will endeavor to keep you all updated but more importantly SAFE.
As with most things common sense has to prevail and it is down to all of us to accept that things will be different for a while but we will get through this if we heed the advice from above and lookout for each other.
As you are aware the team matches have been cancelled until the earliest 06/06/20 which is a downer. However we do have two in club matches scheduled V the Ladies and the Rabbits so I will publish the teams and pairings shortly.
There is also a suggestion that on some of the days we would have played matches we will have matches within the section, pretty much like the Captain V Vice Captain just to change things up a bit for us. The way it will work is as you come in you will be put in a team and play a pairs better ball match. This won’t interrupt anything we have planned.
Both rounds this week have been well attended and some good golf played although I’m not so sure about this Med/Stab thing.
Finally as I have said above, at the moment the most important thing to all of us is that we look after each other.
I am mindful that some members of the section may well end up having to self isolate and this could cause those affected difficulty.
If anyone finds themselves in a position where they are in isolation and are unable to get essentials I would ask you to contact me and me and the committee will do our upmost to assist you.
My mobile phone number is 07900891025
Captains Blog 13/03/20
The perfect match partner is one who is slightly worse at golf than you. Thanks for being my partner at Spalding.
So Gentlemen we have at last managed to have two full rounds of golf in a week, I knew if I had a word the big man would help out.
Both Tuesday and Thursday were well attended which is always good to see.
The weather although dry was extremely windy, some of us struggled (most of us) however, some I’m pretty sure just made their scores up. Seriously though some great scores.
I have had a message from HMRC in relation to Pete Turners income, I was baffled at first but then they explained he was earning a sack load from SKGC out of the seniors twos pot!!
I have posted the team for the up coming match against Spalding 23/03/20 on the important notices page so please check for your name and partner. It will also be posted on the notice board in the changing room.
Finally, we are having a maintenance session on Monday 16th March, mainly painting stuff so if you are at a loose end and want some uplifting company come down with a paint brush and join in.
See you all next week
Captains Blog 05/05/20
As this is my first blog as your seniors Captain I have written it slowly because I know you can’t read very quickly.
As I said last week during the AGM I am extremely proud to have been given the privilege to be your captain for the year.
So to the drive in today. I was a little nervous while I was getting my gear from the car and a couple of things were on my mind 1. Give Gerry a yellow ball ( I had heard that an exploding ball had been put on the tee for a previous captain) 2. DON’T Duff it as Richard Atwell had put on the drive distance sheet.
As it turned out I had nothing to worry about, despite or maybe because of the barracking I nailed it, well done Mick Mawson for guessing the nearest to my actual length of 214 yards.
There will be numerous times throughout the year that I have to thank people for various things on this occasion I would like to thank all of you for making my first day a good day, I had a few laughs with people and although I didn’t play that well the captains team managed to dodge the wooden spoon so thank you team. Also a quick thank you to Bob Palmer and Norman Beavis for your extra contributions to my pot I am most grateful.
Fingers crossed the weather will start being a little more favourable for us and we will soon start feeling the sun on our backs.
Finally the team sheets are up for a few up coming matches so don’t be shy put your name down.
Captains Blog Stardate 12122019
Ladies and Gentlemen, I must thank you all who attended the Seniors Christmas Dinner Dance on Thursday the 12th in the Poachers Hotel.
I am totally amazed how generous you the Senior Members are.
In the Raffle you raised £240 for my charity and once all the monies have come in for the Silent Auction we raised a total of approximately £410.00. so the grand total of £650, Thank you all so very much.
This week weather permitting we have the roll up on Tuesday (If the course is open), and on Thursday the Arthur Brown Trophy/Christmas Hamper and Mulled Wine Mince Pies and Sausage rolls.
I hope to see you there, it’s not too late to buy a ticket for the Christmas Hamper.
I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and thank you all once again for your support over the last year.
Best wishes Gerry (Bald Eagle)
Good Day Gentlemen.
First I must apologise that I didn’t write a blog after My Captains day. At that time I was particularly bad and was really quite ill and eventually I totally forgot.
On to the Seniors Open on Thursday 25th July 2019. I think it’s a day that will remain in many golfers minds as the day of the Great Sun. boy was it hot, and I applaud all of you who finished, I can also understand why those who only did 9 Holes,(perhaps they were the wise one’s).
It was a Fantastic day, outstandingly organised by John Spooner (Thank You John) and superbly run by the committee, we have had nothing but praise from all the competitors who took part, even if thy didn’t win.
My Thanks to all who helped organise this great event which we at South Kyme have become renowned for.
First of all as I have mentioned John Spooner, All the committee, the catering staff for the meals post match, The greens staff for looking after the course and keeping it in such a great condition, the Air Ambulance volunteer “Les” who helped raise some of the money towards the total, Great that they turn up and support us.
Finally, It’s a job I have done in the passed, the halfway house, In the weather conditions It has to be the most demanding job of the lot, The cabin is red hot and to say the least there were some argumentative customers who thought they know better and tried to argue with Wendy, Jane and Sue, (please don’t try this at home folks, the 3 amigos have nothing on these three great ladies, and remember they do it voluntary). Last but by no means least, Maureen Dark, The stalwart of any golf club committee, Thank you Maureen for running every Raffle on major competitions and then helping out at the halfway house, you really are priceless.
The total raised on the day was £ 5 46.00, thank you all so much for donating to this worthy charity, and thank you every single one of you who helped on the day.
See you all soon. 14th August Seniors AM/AM.
Captains Blog Stardate 04072019
Good day Gentlemen,
Today we played the July Medal off the White Tee’s, Considering the Dry and warm weather and run on the ball the scores didn’t reflect the playability of the course.
There were two 2’s today, both on the 11th Hole, Dave Proctor and Gary Noble (Well done Gentlemen).
Nearest the Pin
Nearest the pin on the 14th Hole was won by Bob Palmer with a 13′ 6″ Well done Bob.
The Results for the day.
In 4th Place Pete Zammit 77.
3rd Place Mike Rowe 76.
2nd Place Gary Noble 73.
1st Place Shawn Farren 72.
in 4th Place Tony Hall 77.
3rd Place Neil Taylor 76. (On countback)
2nd Place Peter Limage 76.
1st Place Mel Moxon 71.
Well played Gentlemen.
Alan Jude 25 to 26
Ian prior 13 to 14
Harry Stanley 22 to 23
Colin Underwood 22 to 23
Shawn Farren 11 to 10
Peter Limage 35 to 34
Mel Moxon 19 to 18
Gary Noble 18 to 17
Excellent gentlemen, However, I know this reduction means the world to Mel because he has battled so hard to reduce his handicap.
Special Notices. Next week.
On Tuesday there is a friendly Match V the Ladies Section @10.30. and a normal Stableford (Non Qualifier).
On Thursday is my Captains Day. It’s a Roll up as Normal, However, Please book in between 07.00 – 08.00, Ready for the Shotgun Start @ 08.30.
There is a Raffle, Ticket available on booking in.
Also many prizes to be won, and enjoy a snack at the Halfway House. The events will be followed by a Spider Putting Completion Sponsored by Richard Attwell.
So turn up and have a great day.;
There is a change to the Seniors Programme, The Bob Tait Trophy has been moved from the 18th July to the 22nd August, and in it’s place there will be a roll up invitational Game open to Members of the Former Boston West Golf Club as a Gesture of good will.
I look forward to seeing you all next week especially on Thursday, Come and enjoy the day and win some money.
For those of you who have put their name to play in the Match on Friday 12 July at Spalding please confirm your playability.
See you all next week.
Up and coming events.
ROLL UP AND PLAY IN MY SENIOR CAPTAINS DAY.
THURSDAY 11th JULY 2019
BOOKING IN FROM 07.00 – 08.00 (AT THE LATEST) THIS IS TO ALLOW FOR THE SHOTGUN START.
50 Pence for a 2 on any Hole.
Nearest the pin on all Par 3 Holes.
Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 12th Hole.
Nearest the Fairway Marker on the 9th Hole. (Please leave the marker there. DO NOT MOVE IT.
The overall winner will receive the Dave Keats Memorial Trophy.
Prizes :- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Placed players in Cat 1 & Cat 2.
The highest placed Past Captain will receive the Mick Bans Trophy.
I will provide refreshments at the halfway house, (All Donations to my Charity Please, (Lincs and Nott’s Air ambulance)
For an extra 50p donation, payable on booking in, to take part in the spider Putting Competition at the end of the day, For a bottle supplied by Richard Attwell.
See you all there.
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO BOOK FOR THE SENIORS OPEN COMPETITION ON THURSDAY 25TH JULY 2019.
booking FORMS IN THE FIYER OR OFF THE WEBSITE. GET THEM IN TO JOHN SPOONER A.S.A.P. WITH YOUR MONEY.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITION IS NOT A ROLL UP AND PLAY. YOU MUST BOOKING IN IN ADVANCE OR YOU CANNOT PLAY.
SEE YOU ALL SOON.
Captains Blog Stardate 30052019
As most of you are aware we now have a weekly bulletin from Martin highlighting the winners for the weeks competitions.
So my Blog will focus more on matters arising from the committee and main competitions.
On the 13th June 2019 we are hosting the Seniors AM/AM competition, to make the day more competitive there will be a raffle when you are booking in, and the chance to buy tickets and maybe win a prize.
What I am asking is for donated prizes for the raffle to make it so more people win.
Please bring in any raffle prize you wish to donate please and hand it to any committee member.
If you haven’t done so already and you wish to play in the SENIORS OPEN DAY on the 25th July 2019, PLEASE FILL IN THE APPLICATION FORM IN THE FOYER OR ON-LINE. And pass it to John Spooner along with the fee.
Keep Swinging that golf club.
Captains Blog Stardate 07052019/1
Hi Everyone, at last more or less back to normal, This week has been very busy with some interesting results.
Today we played the Perry Bogey Trophy, There were 6 2’s today the three which didn’t count were
Martin Howard (14)
Pete Zammit (14)
Ray Duncan (14)
The 2’s which did count are:-
Paul Eales (Again).
Well done gentlemen.
In the main competition the results are as follows:-
1 st Gerry Newby +4
2 nd. Martin Howard +2
3rd. Jim Baxter +1
4th. Mike Rowe +1
In Division 2.
1 st Allan Williams +4
2 nd. Tony Dixon 0
3rd. Bill Smith 0
4th. Colin Underwood -2
There are a lot of names which always seem to be winning or in the top 4 – 5. I think I shall have to monitor these cards and consult the handicap secretary.
Apart from that well played.
Today only 26 players went out to brave the weather, (either that or they thought the play may be slow following the Match half way round) Answers to me if you feel the need to comment).
Today’s Stableford Non Qualifier.
Only 1 x 2 today, sadly on the wrong hole (Tony Dixon) good two all the same Tony.
In Division 1.
1st Terry Dixon 37 Points.
2 nd Geoff Dutton 36 Points.
3rd Gerry Newby 34 Points.
In Division 2.
1st Colin Underwood 37 Points.
2 nd David Heath 37 Points.
3rd Tony Dixon 35 Points.
Well played to you all good scores.
Finally in the Match V Spalding we were victorious by 6 / 2. (Thank you Duncan for being the captain, but you will have to lead by example and win next time). (I’ll have to make sure I win in the next Match)
The win was against great odds as their Handicaps were to say the least were very high, with the lowest being 15 (which was the only one). and the highest being 37.
Well played to the team.
I would also like to thank Bill Dark, Paul Eales and the committee for pulling the administration together on the Match as I was non too well, Thank you.
Please Check the seniors notice board in the changing rooms because there is always something to put your name down for.
If you fancy playing in any of the Matches, please feel free to put your name down. It’s a great way to play other courses, all you pay for is the 2 course meal at the end.
Or alternatively speak to me or any other senior’s member who already play in the Matches to get an ideal of what they entail, you might enjoy playing.
Finally for this week, we have got some big competitions coming up where the halfway house will be manic. At the moment there are a few members of the committee’s wives get involved and provide a great service not only to our members but also visiting teams/players who put a lot of money into our club.
It would be superb if we could have a couple more volunteer’s from our Senior Members wives to help run this facility on big competitions.
If your wife/partner might be interested please contact myself for details. (Thank You).
Thank you all for your support this week and the well wishes and phone calls.
I will see you all next week.
Captains Blog Stardate 09052019.
Good evening all, Unfortunately the blog will be delayed this week because as some of you will know I wasn’t too good this morning and didn’t play in the match.
However, I will get around to it when I feel 100% over the weekend.
All the best
Captains Blog Stardate 30042019/1
Hello everyone and welcome to this weeks Blog, On Tuesday 48 players took part in a Team Stroke play Competition.
The winning Team comprised of :-
David Hirst :- 126/(59 Strokes on the back nine).
Terry Reagan :- 126 / 63 (on the back nine).
Graham Horton :- 127 strokes.
There were 8 2’s today, 6 of which didn’t count :-
Pete Turner, Graham S Williams, Geoff Dutton, Shane Wilcox, Peter Limage, John Swift.
The 2’s which took the £12 each were :- Graham S Williams, (11) hole, Tony Harvey (11) Hole
well played Gentlemen.
In the medal today 50 + players took part.
In Cat 1.
1st place :- Terry Dixon with 71 on countback.
2nd Place :- John Fisher 71
3rd Shawn Farren :- 74.
In Cat 2.
1st Place :- Steven Clifton 71.
2nd Place :- Mel Moxon 72.
3rd Place :- Allan Williams 74.
Well Played to you all.
Nearest the pin on the 14th hole was Terry Reagan winning two bottles of wine (well Done Terry).
Three 2’s out of four counted today all on the second hole :- John Fisher, Paul Eales and Steven Clifton, each player getting £10 (well Done).
The non counting two on the 14th hole was Allan Williams.
There were two players with a Handicap increase today :-
Tony Dixon :- 25 to 25.5 :- 26 New Handicap.
Cliff Smith :- 15 to 15.5 :- 16 New Handicap.
The Handicap decreases were :-
Steven Clifton :- 20 to 18.8 = 19 new Handicap.
Terry Dixon :- 13 to 11.9 = 12 ——- ” ——-
John Fisher :- 8 to 6.9 = 7 ——- ” ——–
Mel Moxon :- 20 to 19.1 = 19 ——- ” ——–
Well played everyone.
I have to report that John Taylor Totally lost his head today, On the 6th hole he played his second shot and the head of his utility wood flew down the fairway, We never saw the ball but eventually after playing a provisional ball we found it right down the fairway. Hope your Gorilla Snot Glue works John.
Next week on Tuesday there is a Perry Bogey Trophy off yellow tee’s and on Thursday a Stableford (Non Qualifier), there is also a Match V Spalding Golf Club.
Please read the Seniors notice board in the changing rooms, there are plenty of Competitions/Matches/and June’s Medal List is up so get your names down.
Thank you for your support this week, see you all next week (Keep Swinging that Golf Club).
A big thank you to Mac Towers today for the new hat for me. with a massive Bald Eagle on the front.
Captains Blog Stardate 23042019/1
Good day everyone welcome to this weeks blog, this week has been busy again, with two competitions on Tuesday and Thursday plus a Match v Rutland County.
Tuesday we played the Pairs better ball competition, 48 members went out to challenge the course.
There were 5 2’s, sadly 3 didn’t count they were, Geoff Dutton (14th), Yours Truly (14th) and Tony Hales also on the 14th hole.
The two 2’s which did count were Geoff Dutton on the 2nd Hole and yours truly on the 11 th (£20 each thank you very much).
We paid out for 3 places today, in :-
1st:- was John Taylor and Rod Sanderson (with 45 Points)
2nd on countback, Gerry Grimshaw and Tony Gwillym (44 points, 26 on the back nine).
3rd Graham Horton and Jim Baxter 44 points 23 on the back nine.
also with 44 / 22 points was Gary Noble and Colin Underwood. (sorry Guy’s you were narrowly beaten).
I was told today by Colin Underwood he is a font of “Course knowledge” No Colin, when you hit a ball sharp left of the tee on the 2nd and 7th holes and hit the side wall of the deep ditch and it bounces back onto the fairway, it’s called luck or more appropriately JAMMY “Not even a members bounce.
Graham Horton is looking for donations to his new “Tee’s” fund so he doesn’t have to tie five or six together so he doesn’t lose them (I have some spare one’s Graham if you are in need).
Today only 27 players turned out for the Med/Stab (it might have been the thought of getting wet that put members off).
Only one 2 today that was Tony Gwillym on the 8th hole, well done Tony .
Martin only paid out to two places in each division.
1st John Taylor 14 points.
2nd Jim Goodrum 20 Points.
1st Jodi Kirschner 11 points
2nd Steve Clifton 18 points, 20 on the back nine.
also with 18 points, David Lamyman 18/18. Colin Underwood 18/18, Allan Williams 18/16
Well played gents. I think John and Jodi might be chopped , your cards are with the handicap secretary.
In the Match against Rutland County, sadly we lost 5/3.
Sorry to say Paul Eales had yet another “Senior Moment”, a few weeks ago he forgot to put his golf clubs in the car, today even after his wife Jane reminded him he forgot his clubs, shoes, trolley and battery. Paul you need some stick-it labels to remind yourself (stick one on your steering wheel).
Gentlemen, although Tuesday’s Competition ran smoothly, all of that was down to Martin Howard organising the “Drawn” list and sorting Cat1 and Cat2 as teams. It doesn’t help if you put your name down and don’t turn up, or alternatively not putting your name down at all and expecting to play in the competition.
I know some offenders have apologised to Martin for the inconvenience caused but please try to make his job that little bit easier and cause less hassle.
If you can’t make it when you have booked the clubhouse Phone number is :- 01526 861113
Please read the Seniors notice board in the changing rooms, All competitions/Matches are displayed well in advance.
For those of you who like to play in the “Friendly Matches” (Not) I am looking for places to be filled in forthcoming events on the notice board.
Thank you for your support this week, see you all next week.
Captains Blog Stardate 16042019/1
Good Day Gentlemen and welcome to this weeks blog.
Today we Played the unusual “Bogey” Competition, 48 members played coming in with some good scores.
There were 4 2’s today, Bill Smith and Duncan Bustin on the wrong holes. The 2’s which counted was Jim Lee and Mike Brookes, Well done gents.
In Cat 1:-
1st was Jim Goodrum with +3 (On countback)
2nd David Lesage also with +3
3rd Gerry Newby with +2.
(Is this format OK Jim or would you like the font bigger so you can understand and read it easier?)
1st was Allan Williams with +3
2nd Bruce Fairly with 0
3rd Jim Meadows with -1
Well played to you all.
Today was busy with a Stableford Competition 40 Members played in this competition, and a Seniors Match against Tydd St Giles.
The Stableford Competition saw 3 2’s, unfortunately Tony Gwillym was on the wrong hole, However, David Lamyman and Alister Grant got their 2’s on the 2nd hole (£20 thank you very much).
In Cat 1 :-
1st Cliff Smith 36 Points
2nd John Taylor 35 Points
3rd Geoff Dutton 34 on countback from Graham S Williams
1st was Allan Williams 37 Points
2nd Tony Gwillym 36 points on countback.
3rd Jeff Stamford 36 Points
Well played Gentlemen, good scores.
In the Seniors Match today against Tydd St Giles we came a credible 2nd losing 4/3.
Pete Turner won nearest the pin on 14 with 8′ 10″, sadly this didn’t help him win his match.
Thank you team for your support today. Sadly we can’t win them all, but next Thursday might be our time.
For those of you who might have thought you were nearer the pin on 14 instead of Pete, this was part of the Match Play only and not the Stableford (Sorry). you lost.
Please check the Seniors notice board in the changing room for up and coming information and competitions.
Thank you all for your support this week and I will see you next Tuesday.
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Good Day Ladies and Gentlemen, I say that because I do know some Ladies do read the blog, especially Hazel Milner, so welcome to you all.
This week was very busy, starting on Saturday when the Seniors played the Rabbits and Hare’s, each fielding 12 players, unfortunately the Seniors lost 5 – 1 this is mainly due to all the shots which they had to give to the opposition, thank you for your efforts Gentlemen.
Today we played a challenging and interesting team Stableford , 1 score to on 1 – 6, 2 to score on 7 – 12, and all three to score on 13 – 18, the back 6 holes always catch players out which makes it more interesting.
The results are:- 3rd place Pat Stewart, Geoff Dutton and Alister Grant, in 2nd place:- John Taylor, Jim Goodrum and Gerry Newby, 1st place:- Pete Turner, Cliff Smith and T Reagan. Well done gentlemen.
There were no 2’s on the correct holes. The only two of the day was Bob Palmer on the 14th hole, Unlucky Bob.
What an interesting today was with some great results and right down to the last few players coming in.
Worthy of mention is John Fisher who had two Eagles in the round. A 2 on the 13th hole stroke index 1 and a 3 on the 6th hole par 5, outstanding, well played John.
The other 2’s were John Taylor on the 11th hole and Pete Turner on the 2nd hole, unfortunately John Spooner and Terry Reagan got a 2 on the 14th which didn’t count. Well played gentlemen.
Bill Dark paid out to 4 places in both categories today:-
In Cat 2:- 4th place went to Tony Dixon with a 71, 3rd place to Neil Taylor with a 70, 2nd went to Jodie Kirschner on countback also a 70, and the winner was Terry Reagan with a 69, excellent golf guys.
In Cat 1:- 4th place with a 73 was Duncan Bustin (Good to see, Normally he sets himself low targets and constantly fails to achieve them)well done Duncan only kidding. 3rd place on countback Gerry Newby with a 73, 2nd also with 73 John Taylor and the winner of Cat 1 was Cliff Smith with a fabulous 66. The overall winner of the Dave Burns Trophy with an outstanding 65 off 8 handicap was Pete Turner, well done to you all gentlemen I hope you enjoyed your day.
There were quite a few changes in handicap today the increases are:– Pat Stewart from 13 – 14, Jeff Stamford 29 – 30, John Spooner 16 – 17, Mike Key 19 – 20, Tony Harvey 19 – 20 and amazingly John Fisher 7 – 8, even with two Eagles in the round. (The computer works it out not the committee).
The decreases in handicap :– Tony Dixon 26 – 25, Jodie Kirschner 23 – 22, Terry Reagan 22 – 21, Cliff Smith 17 – 15, Neil Taylor 26 – 25 and finally Pete Turner 8 – 6 making him the lowest handicap golfer in the Seniors Section (Well played Pete). and congratulations gentlemen.
Thank you for all your support this week, please check the Seniors notice board in the changing rooms for up and coming events/competitions.
If you wish to play in the AM/AM you will need to place your entry A.S.A.P as there are only a few places left (Speak to Bill Dark as soon as you can and he’ll take your money).
Keep swinging that golf club, you know it makes sense.
See you all next week.
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Good day gentlemen and welcome to my blog for this week.
What a week of complete opposites, Today we saw it horrendously cold and wet, 35 of us braved the conditions, only 11 intrepid golfers returned. 24 players saw sense and came in to get warm and dry.
The 3 clubs and a putter competition didn’t prove to be very popular (then again it could have been the weather).
The winner if Cat 1 was Geoff Dutton with a very respectable 35 points, second was Gerry Newby with 33 and 3rd Jim Goodrum with 30 points (see Jim you got a mention this week).
In Cat 2 Rob Baldwin won on countback with 31 points, second was Alister Grant and 3rd Dave Heath with 27 Points, your perseverance paid off gentlemen well done.
Today’s medal saw reasonable weather, although the wind did have an effect on the scores, it was also a day of differing contrasts. 60 members turned out, what a fantastic turnout.
First of all Happy Birthday to Bruce Fairley and thank you for the tipple on the bar.
3 players were disqualified for playing off the wrong tee on the 4th hole (should have gone to Specsavers and have your colour-blindness checked) They were Colin Underwood, Tony Gwillym and Bruce Fairley (not a very nice birthday present Bruce).
Nearest the pin was won by Gerry Newby with a wonderful 3′ 9″ (well done Gerry).
There were 7 2’s today, unfortunately only one counted on the 2nd hole, well done John Fisher £20 on your card. The 6 none scoring 2’s were Colin Clark, Michael Fell, Gerry Newby, John Stephenson, Dave Proctor and Dave Tasker (unlucky gents).
Bill paid out 4 places today, In Cat 1, in fourth place with 78 was John Stephenson (consistent John same as last month) Third place was Michael Fell with 76, 2nd Place on countback was Jim Goodrum (Another mention Jim) and the winner was Duncan Bustin with 75 (more improvement Dunc, keep it going)
In Cat 2, Fourth place was Alan Jude with 79, third Mel Moxon with 77, second with 74 Rod Sanderson and the winner with 72 Norman Beavis Well done to you all gentlemen.
The only changes in handicap were both decreases, Norman Beavis down to 21.6 and Rod Sanderson down to 21.5 (well played gents).
Thank you all for your support this week, next week on Tuesday we have a team Stableford competition and on Thursday Dave Burns Trophy (qualifier off yellow tee’s)
Please check the seniors notice board in the changing room, there are plenty of notices/competitions coming up in the near future.
See you all next week
Blog from the cattle shed caretaker.
Sorry Captain Gerry, don’t wish to invade your blog territory, but we have to let the members know and it is at short notice.
To all Seniors, we have been informed by the catering chairman Mike Mawson that there will be no Bacon baps as from this coming Tuesday morning the 2nd of April. Any more information will be given out as and when we get it.
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Welcome to this weeks Captains Blog.
Today we played a Stableford Qualifier, with 40 Plus going out on the course.
There were 5 two’s today, 4 of which did not count (all on the 14th hole). Tony Hall, Gerry Newby, Mel Moxon and Don Donovan (Hard luck gents).
The two which did score was Norman Beavis gaining him £20.00 to himself (Well done Norman).
The winner of Cat 1 with a majestic 38 points was Cliff Smith, 2nd was Bob Palmer with 35 points and 3rd on countback also with 35 points was Jim Baxter.
Cat 2 winner was David Lamyman with 37 points, 2nd on countback was Jodi Kirschner and 3rd with 36 points beating Don Donovan into 4th place on countback was Norman Beavis (hard luck Don, well played Gentlemen).
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Today the section played a Texas Scramble and a Match against Boston Seniors.
The Texas Scramble saw some very impressive scores with all three teams within 1 score of each other. The winners with a score of 65 were Tony Dixon, Steve Cockcroft and Eric Langley, 2nd place went to Mel Moxon, Terry Dixon and John Stephenson with a score of 65.5, finally in 3rd with a score of 66 were Richard Attwell, Graham Horton and Jodi Kirschner, well played to you all.
In the Seniors March each team fielded 12 players, the result was quite pleasing as our team were giving away a lot of shots to the opposition. we ended up with a draw 3-3 Great result gentlemen thank you for playing out of your skins. Even Duncan won (He’s improving each game). However, he remains the vainest man I have ever met, he comes out of the shower, dry’s himself off and then blow dry’s his hair under the hand dryer on the wall. (only you could do something like that Dunc).
Yours truly lost, so no doubt Duncan will probably say I played like a Turkey and didn’t soar like an Eagle.
Please check the Seniors Notice Board each week as there are plenty of events coming up,
Next Tuesday we have a 3 clubs and a Putter competition and on Thursday April’s Medal off white tee’s.
Thanks for your support, see you all next week.
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Unfortunately I haven’t got any results for today at South Kyme, so I will add them to next week’s blog. However, in the away match v Boston West the team were victorious with a 4½ – 2½ win.
The 2 loss came from a two very unexpected pairings, Shawn Farren/Terry Reagan (1) and Pete Zammit/ Bob Palmer (1). Shawn was injured and didn’t play well which is acceptable, so what happened to the other 3. (answers on a postcard/Stamp).
The ½ point came from the pairing of Duncan Bustin/ Norman Beavis (you are improving Dunc keep going).
I’d like to thank the whole team for their support and turning up on time apart from Jim Baxter who thought I meant 09.00 was the arrive time and not the tee time. (Better late than never Jim).
Please check the Seniors Notice Board each time you come to the club as there is lots of information coming up over the next few months.
See you all next week, thanks for your support.
All the best
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Good day Gentlemen and welcome to my blog for this week, and what a busy week it has been.
First of all and extremely worthy of mention is Harry Lee, he has decided he can no longer carry on playing golf,(his body is telling him a story). Harry has been a member of the Seniors Section for over 20 years, which is when South Kyme was in its infancy.
The Seniors Section wish you well Harry, come and see us anytime.
Today saw a Seniors Stableford Competition and a Seniors match against the Ladies.
First of all, 30 of you played the competition, in Cat 1, Pete Turner came in with a very credible 38 points, 2nd was Martin Howard with 35 points and 3rd Jim Goodrun on 34 points.
In Cat 2, David Heath won with 37 points, 2nd was Mel Moxon with 36 points and 3rd Tony Gwillym on 35 points.
Well done to you all gentlemen.
There was a 2’s festival today with nine in all, sadly Mel Moxon and Jim Ferguson got them on the wrong hole. The other 7 managed them on the right holes. However, with so many 2’s it wasn’t viable to pay out, so Bill Dark very kindly donated the money to the water jar, thank you Bill/Gentlemen.
The Ladies V Seniors Match was won by the gentlemen with a 5 ½ – 2½ victory. After the match, Duncan Bustin excused himself before the finish of proceedings with the excuse (I’ve got a piano lesson) can you imagine!!! It would be like a Gorilla playing the piano with fingers like he has. (He is practising to become Eric Morecombe, by playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order. Good luck with that Duncan.
Myra Lesage the Ladies Captain very kindly split the takings for the day into our respective charities, Thank you Myra.
I saw another funny thing today (Well I thought it was funny) the ex-captain Zammo carrying milk to the halfway house, how the mighty have fallen, from Captain to milk monitor in one move.
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Good Day Gentlemen and welcome to my blog for this week.
Sadly the weather gods were not with us this week, Tuesday we had horrendous winds and the threat of heavy showers.
Notwithstanding this, there were 7 intrepid golfers who braved the elements to play. Martin Howard, Geoff Dutton, Alister Grant, Graham S-Williams, John Stanford, Tony Gwillym and Colin Underwood, well done gentlemen, even though you only played 9 holes (at least you had a go, not like the rest of us cowards).
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Unfortunately the weather was even worse today, Torrential rain at the start of the monthly Medal, which to be fair did improve along the way as we got into the round, (Contrary to popular belief it wasn’t my fault I am not a water wizard, at least this year is slightly better than the start of last year, ask Zammo he’ll tell you a story. (you can sit on his knee if you like).
My Vice Captain Duncan, one minute was going to play, then he wasn’t, in the end he did, (He used to be indecisive now he’s not so sure). Well done Dunc.
44 seniors braved the conditions today (you could say we are all mad) but that’s indicative of the spirit of the Senior Section. Although there was some reluctance at the start to actually go out and brave the conditions.
Nearest the pin was won by Alan Williams with a magnificent 4’ 3” into the teeth of the wind (Well done Alan). He did get his 2; sadly it was the wrong hole. There was one other 2 on the 11th Hole won by yours truly.
Cat 1 was won by John Stephenson with a gallant net 78, 2nd was Shawn Farren on countback and 3rd Terry Dixon with a net 79.
Cat 2 winner was Richard Attwell with a superb net 78, second on countback was Alan Broome and 3rd also on countback was Tony Gwillym (must have been the practice on Tuesday Tony?) well done gentlemen in such challenging conditions.
There were no increases or decreases in handicaps today as the wind did have an effect on the scoring (It was Brutal out there).
Next week’s diary.
On Tuesday there is a Stable ford non qualifier/ seniors team v Ladies at 10.30.
Thursday a Med/Stab / Seniors Match away at Boston West.
Please check the seniors notice board for information on competitions and Matches which are all about to start next week.
Gentlemen well done to you all and thank you for your support, see you next week.
Chow for now
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Good Day Gentlemen, Firstly, I would like to thank all the Committee for guiding me through what could have been a very hectic first week as Captain, and secondly to you the members of the Seniors section for supporting my charity/project and turning up for my Drive-in.
As far as first weeks go it ran very smoothly, probably because I was only here for 1 day of it, due to a previous booked appointment, thank you again.
On Tuesday you had a Stableford Competition where 47 members went out to play, the weather although windy and cold at first turned out reasonable.
In Cat 1, David Le Sage came 3rd with 33 points, Jim Goodrun 2nd with 35 Points and Geoff Dutton a very credible 1st with 37 points, congratulations gents.
Well done to Duncan Bustin on getting a 2 on the right hole for a change.
In Cat 2, Robert Baldwin came 3rd on count-back with 37 Points, Second was Tony Gwillym also with 37 Points, but the winner with a marvelous 39 Points was Alistair Grant, gaining him a handicap chop, unlucky but well deserved. (Only Joking).
Handicap increases were Shawn Farren, Tony Hall, Graham Sylvester – Williams, Pete Turner and Alan Williams, all gaining 1 Stroke.
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My Drive in today went very well with quite few members turning up for the Spectacle of my drive, I must say my bum was sixpence/half a crown especially with all watching, until I hit the ball, thankfully it went 169 yards 7 inches (much to my relief). The funny thing is that my drive in the match v the Vice Capt. only just made it passed the ladies tee. (I obviously peaked too soon).
44 Members went out in the Captain V Vice Captain match which had a wonderful result in my favour, the score 9 ½ to 1 ½ a thoroughly majestic scudding wouldn’t you say Duncan! (Oh dear, how sad never mind). Although the number one who lost was myself and Alistair. (Such is Life).
Nearest the pin was won by John Swift with 4 ‘ 6” well done John. There were four two’s, all on the wrong holes (what numpties).
Guess the drive distance was won by Pete Zammit, 2nd came Rob Baldwin and 3rd John Spooner (well done guys).
Sadly my prize for nearest to my drive on the 9th hole had to be cancelled as the marker was moved, wasn’t it Mick Mawson, who thought it was the longest drive, a forgivable mistake, and especially as it was a marker on the fairway (Should have gone to Spec Savers Mick).
Many thanks to you all in helping raise £245.50 towards my charity (Air Ambulance) and my project which is for equipment to help maintain the golf course.
Next week we have a non-qualifying Medal on Tuesday off the Green Tee’s, followed by the March Medal off yellow tees on Thursday.
Look forward to seeing you all next week.
Cheers for now
Gerry (Previous AKA the Bald Eagle)
(Duncan will probably say I played like a Turkey today).