Welcome by John Blackwell - Vice Captain 2016
John Blackwell - Vice Captain 2016
May I introduce myself for those who don’t know who I am. I have been a member at Long Sutton Golf Club for 12 years. A local man born in Langport, enjoying my golf at Long Sutton.
Captain John Williams asked me to be his Vice Captain. I feel very proud, honoured and looking forward taking over from John at the AGM in November.
I enjoyed supporting him and helping raise £215 for St Margaret's Hospice charity on Captains's Drive In.
If any member wishes to introduce themselves to me I am always around on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
Looking forward to meeting and playing golf with as many as possible in my year as Captain.
Good golfing enjoy.
New nesting place!
St George’s Day Celebration ~ AN EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
St George’s Day Celebration
Saturday 23 April
7.30pm - 12.00
AN EVENING OF MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
FOLLOWED BY DANCING TO
CHOICE OF MAIN COURSE –
BEEF, TURKEY, VEGETARIAN
COST - £ 12.50 per person
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM THE BAR
Captain’s Newsletter ~ April 2016
Captain’s Newsletter ~ April 2016
As the season is about to get into full swing our club volunteers from the Ladies, Men’s, Seniors and Junior sections have been busy administrating existing winter competitions, arranging internal competitions for the summer, organising league and friendly fixtures , and continuing the preparation for our Open events which have proved so popular with our many visitors. These are just some of the tasks undertaken. A glance through the Diary on our club website will give you an insight into the amount of activity which takes place at our club and it is a credit to all that we see such a range of different and varying opportunities.
I have been asked by several outsiders from other golf clubs, to congratulate those who have created the website and kept it interesting and updated. They view our website as an excellent point of contact and regularly cite it as a resource providing real time information which can be relied upon as being accurate and informative. Take a bow Felicity and Graham and all those who contribute on a regular basis.
Once again the winter weather has taken its toll not only on member’s golf at Long Sutton, but also at golf courses in general throughout the South West. The Captains' Drive In was postponed in November and carried forward to Boxing Day which was also affected by inclement weather and this too was cancelled!
As always our green staff and head greenkeeper Jon Tulk have dealt manfully with the many problems caused by the weather and our course is regaining its shape. Please do all you can to help Jon and his team keep our course looking good, with fairway divots and, in particular, pitch marks repaired as you enjoy your golf. I know Jon will appreciate your cooperation and help on this.
The Avalon League will soon be commencing with squads representing A, B, and C teams. I attended and played in a pre season preparation match organised by the respective captains and it was a very useful and successful event with over 40 players participating.
It is with pleasure that I note a team has been entered into the newly formed Avalon Seniors League. Good luck to joint captains Nigel Griffiths and Phil Lock in this venture and also to the respective captains of the A, B, and C squads Paul Wills, Hugh McGuire, and Rob Load. We wish you success in your competitions this coming season.
The Ladies commence their league fixtures in April with matches against Bath G.C. and Mendip Spring G.C hoping to continue their past good record - good luck to them.
Gill Edwards and the Three Counties Team have already embarked upon their season and we wish you continued good luck in your forthcoming matches. I know Gill would welcome new players to this team so please contact her if you wish to take part.
The Seniors friendly matches are underway and are always a good social affair. Captain Chris Hockey is anxious to encourage those members who have not participated to forward their names and he will ensure they are included.
Both the Ladies and Senior section run a winter competition which mirrors The Solheim Cup and The Ryder Cup (though the senior’s version is named The Dryer Cup). This year in both matches the European teams came out on top.
Dates for the Diary.
As you will be aware this year is the Jubilee year of the club and there are various events to mark this milestone.
April 23rd is St George’s Day and there is a fun social evening planned at the club commencing at 7.30. All are welcome so please buy your tickets from the bar.
On Bank Holiday Monday 30th May Midsummer Jubilee Madness takes over with a Shotgun start competition commencing at 6.30 am followed by breakfast.
Club Night begins on April 6th and continues until October and as part of the club Jubilee celebrations the club night on August 17th will have a social event following the golf.
The Jubilee Celebration Dinner Dance to be held on the evening of August 20th is already fully booked and more details will be circulated in the future.
In this Jubilee year Captain’s Day is taking place on June 11th and will be an individual stableford competition followed by presentation of prizes. Further details will follow but I hope you can put this date in your diary and join me on the day.
The Club Charity Day will take place on July 1st and as always it will be in support of St Margaret’s Hospice. It has become a tradition that the current Club Captain supports this outstanding charity and I am proud to do so. I am hopeful as always that the event will be supported by club members.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the event for their continuing hard work over this and past years. They tell me that golf entries are almost complete for the day and potential visitors need to be quick if they wish to enter a team.
It is almost 6 months since I took over the Captaincy from Mike and the time has flown! Thank you to those who are supporting the club, players and volunteers alike, and I hope you enjoy the coming months strengthening the club still further.
Our Charity golf day raises £25,500 for St Margaret's Hospice
Charity golf day raises £25,500 for St Margaret's Hospice
In its 22nd year, Long Sutton GC St Margaret's Hospice Charity Golf Day was set up in memory of Mark Royal, with the partnership helping people with life shortening illness.
The event was well attended, with 59 teams of four players turning up to tee off at Long Sutton Golf Club, in Langport. There was also a 'hole in one' tournament, with the winner getting £500 for his team.
Richard Wallace, events manager at St Margaret's Hospice, said: "It is a hugely successful event and that is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the committee at the Long Sutton Golf Club. The success and funds raised over the years in memory of Mark Royal have been a tremendous help and provided much needed care to those who need it at St Margaret's.
"We would like to thank all that played, hole sponsors, club management, and all members and staff that helped on the day."
St Margaret's Hospice is one of the largest charities in the area, caring for those with life-limiting illnesses throughout Somerset and parts of Dorset and Devon.
They provide care free of charge and need to raise around £7.5 million each year to ensure the service can continue. Only 19 per cent of the money they receive comes from the NHS, so they rely heavily on donations and charitable fundraisers.
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