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.