Captain’s Blog – 9 August 2020

Board Competitions

Bernard Wagstaff Memorial – Congratulations go out to new Greens Committee member – Darren Smith – for a truly remarkable 43 points off a 4 handicap. I’ve seen the card and, the scoring was outstanding from the very start.

Joe Shardlow Senior – Yesterday’s medal saw Mr Vice Captain – John Baker – taking the spoils with an excellent Net 68 round.

Sunday 16th August sees the D Whysall Trophy – a single Bogey competition defended well by Mr Competition Secretary – Dan Preston – in 2019. Can anyone knock him off his perch?

Note the pattern here: You clearly stand to do better in the competitions if you take an active role in the running of the club. 😉

Captain’s Day – 23 August 2020

The following Sunday will see our annual Captain’s Day competition. I’m aiming to make this as successful a day as possible, while we work within the prevailing government guidance on Social Distancing.

I hope that we can get a big turnout from the membership, and, if you’re unable to play, maybe you’d like to come down and help to run the day with me. Donations of raffle prizes and home baking (for the halfway house) would also be most appreciated.

Course Condition

Hopefully, you’ve had a chance to read the details about the upcoming work to try to further recover our greens. Between Wednesday 12th and Friday 14th August all the greens will be Hollow Cored, sanded and reseeded. While this should help the greens to drain better and the roots of the grass to grow more healthily, it is unlikely that these improvements will be too evident by the Captain’s Day, but we’ll make the best of it.

Things are also moving forward in terms of machinery replacements and leasing arrangements, which should help to keep the course maintenance on a more stable footing going forward.

Please be patient with the Greens Keepers as they work hard to undertake the necessary works over the coming weeks. If things go well, we can start focusing on enjoying our course and looking forward to seeing the greens back to their best in time for 2021.

Charity Cycle Ride

Hopefully, you’ll also have seen the publicity around my charity bike ride to Lincoln. I’m training hard for this event. Not bad considering that before lock-down I’d never cycled more that 3-4 miles at a time. Yesterday I managed 32 miles and will need to complete about 40 for the charity ride. (Even more, if I feel fit enough to turn around and head back, but that’ll be a decision made on the day itself.)

There have been very few opportunities for members to get behind the Captain’s Charity this season, so I invite you to dig deep for this effort, if you can. You can make a donation online to my Just Giving page or sponsor me via the form that I’ve placed on the easel in the pro-shop. I really do need your support. Thank you

Have a great week

Mr Captain