Captain’s Blog – 31 July 2020

Apologies, but no blog last week.

Time to catch up a bit.

Board Competitions:

On the course we’ve had our first two board competitions: Congratulations to Mick Murtagh for his tremendous Net 66 win in the Ron Hollett Trophy.

This was followed up by David Elliott winning the Brian Mills Trophy with a 41 point count back victory in the Stableford.

I’m looking forward to seeing their names on the honours boards when we get back into the refurbished clubhouse. The next Board Competition is on Wednesday 5 August – Bernard Wagstaff Memorial Trophy (Stableford) – Defending Champion : William Swift.

Fantasy Golf:

During lockdown I organised a virtual golf tournament that ran from April and continued until 19th July. Just a bit of fun really, but I’m pleased that those who played along seemed to enjoy the challenge and the regular updates. With 3 rounds played each week, on courses across Derbyshire, Open courses around the UK and other iconic courses around the globe, we had some laughs. Everyone started the 41-round order of merit on a 16 stroke handicap, with the objective of being the player with the lowest handicap at the end. After a few weeks our eventual winner emerged from the pack and then it became a question of whether he could be caught. As it turned out, he nearly was, by former Lady Captain Marion Shinfield, closely pursued by husband Roger. But congratulations go to Alex Radford finishing with an (entirely believable) 4.5 handicap. (Marion 5.5, Roger 5.6). Thanks go out to all who played (including two players from Breadsall and Ashbourne), as all paid an entry fee donation to the Captain’s Charity. Alex wins a £20 note from my pocket for his win. (Final standings below)

1Alex Radford4.5
2Marion Shinfield5.5
3Roger Shinfield5.6
4Richard Coates6.3
5Lucy White6.6
6Robert Butt7.4
6Roger Purcell7.4
8Richard Parsons7.8
9Craig Peach7.9
10Darrel Smith8.0
11Nikki Purcell8.3
12Mark Hudson (Breadsal)8.4
13Trevor McCabe (Ashbourne)8.6

Captain’s Charity:

Given the current restrictions, I’ve had to be realistic in terms of what I can achieve for the Captain’s Charity – The Teenage Cancer Trust. I’ve set up a Just Giving site and made efforts to publicise its existence via the club’s channels and Facebook. Along with the Fantasy Golf and my First Tee collection when we first emerged from lock-down, we managed to raise a very satisfactory £1823.75, which is already with the charity and working hard for these young folk in need.

Over the coming weeks, I want to try to get the fundraising moving again. I have a few ideas, not least of which is a sponsored cycle ride, possibly to Lincoln with a friend. I’m slowing building up my range for this effort, possibly in September. We have the Captains Day (23 Aug) and Captain’s Charity Open (19 Sep) coming up, but if anyone else has any other ideas, I’m open to suggestions, subject to COVID-19 restrictions, of course.

Finally, don’t forget, it’s the Seniors’ Open on Wednesday 19 August. If, like me, you’re old enough, get your names down as soon as you can.

Happy golfing

Mr Captain