AGM – Monday, 21st October, 2013
Retiring Ladies Captain’s Report
October already, and the AGM season has come round again, and the necessity to sum up the year in as brief a way as possible. As George Burns said – the recipe for a good speech is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and keep the two as close together as possible.
Once the floods subsided I have had a very trouble-free year, and have enjoyed my second stint of captaincy. It has not been marked by significant highs or lows, just enjoyable golf with an excellent group of Ladies, as well as in the wider context of the club.
The Long Sutton Solheim fixtures in winter had to be reduced to three events, instead of the normal four, but once the main playing season arrived all our major fixtures proceeded without a hitch – the Ladies Open, Ladies Invitation, Mixed Open, Pink Lady Day, Joint Charity Competition and Redwood matches against the Seniors. Thanks to the army of volunteers from the Ladies who coped with duties at such events, and, of course, not forgetting St. Margaret’s Hospice Day, allowing the events to run so smoothly.
My two charities – the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Ward 9 at Musgrove Park – have each benefited by over £1,000, thanks mainly to the generosity of the Ladies Section, who turned up for events such as the initial coffee morning and used golf clothes and equipment sale and the fashion show (with our five glamorous models from the Section). We also raised over £140 at Pink Lady Day, with its frequent, and usually unfair, system of fines.
Golf this year has been, as always, enjoyable on our delightful course, with plenty of good handicap reductions, and some excellent performances, notably Mary Marshall, who reduced her handicap by 10 shots during the year, and Mandy Head who also reduced her handicap dramatically, but still managed to amass a good haul of trophies. I wish them and the rest of the struggling majority good golf and reducing handicaps. In the Inter Club League we managed to maintain our position in Division 1, and experienced several most enjoyable Friendly and Mixed Friendly competitions, both at home and on other courses in the area. Our aim at these is friendly enjoyment, in which we certainly succeeded, even though our winning record is not particularly startling!
Thanks to so many people for allowing our section to continue to thrive in friendly enjoyment of the surroundings and the course: Graham and Felicity, of course, who bear the brunt of all the problems with cheerful helpfulness; the pro-shop, and especially Andrew, to whom we are grateful for his help preparing our Rogers Cup squad; the green staff, for their unfailing hard work, in the most difficult conditions; the kitchen and bar staff, keeping us so admirably fed and watered, and of course the usually invisible hands working behind the scenes in the office. My committee have been unfailingly supportive, and Carol, my Vice Captain, in particular, to whom I hand over the reins of the Ladies’ Section with absolute confidence. Several of the committee are standing down after several years’ service, and two of our section have been serving on the County committee for the last four years – Sheena Smith as Honorary Secretary, Ros Williams as Competitions Secretary. Thank you to all of them for their hard work, and we wish Sandra Ford an enjoyable and interesting time as she takes up the reins of Asst County Competitions Secretary.