Captain’s Blog – 3 September 2020

I must be mad. Over the past year or so, since I became vice-Captain and then Captain, I have seen plenty of reasons to step down and walk away. But instead, I remain determined to make something positive out of this opportunity and year, despite all the negative aspects of 2020. “Never give Up”.

This weekend that ethos will never have been more apt, as Mark Davis and I set off at 07:00 to cycle to Lincoln and back in aid of the Captain’s Charity. Training has gone well, so now it’s just going to be a case of determination and resilience from here on in. I recognise that we’re not talking Land’s End to John O-Groats, but for an unfit bloke in his mid-fifties this is no easy challenge. Prior to Lockdown it had been nearly 15 years since I’d ridden a bike anywhere and never more than 4-5 miles. Wish me luck. I’d like to say thanks again to all who have shown their support for this effort and sponsored me. At the rate we are going, we could very well be past £4000 (across all fundraising activities since 1 April) before we get back on Sunday evening. It’s not to late if you want to add to the donations, by way of encouragement. Just visit

In other news:

New Secretary

I am delighted to hear that we have appointed a new Secretary for the club. Graham Baker lives locally and is a regular down at Shirland. Graham brings a good deal of experience in similar roles and will no doubt be an asset to the team. Please join the committee and myself in welcoming Graham on-board.


I believe that we still have a vacancy for Club Treasurer, a role that urgently needs to be filled. Hopefully, someone will step up/be found before too long.


This week the hollow-coring of the greens is taking place. You’ll recall that we wanted to start this work several weeks ago, but for unfortunate reasons this was not possible. While the greens have improved significantly since the worst of the damage, that improvement has probably gone as far as it could without this intervention. Obviously, there will be a drop in quality while the immediate impact of the coring is evident, but as the grass roots get more room to expand/breathe we should hopefully see further improvement over the remainder of the season.

New Champion

And finally, hearty congratulations to Barry Bacon who emerged victorious in the Singles Matchplay for 2020, beating Wayne Morris in the final. To earn this title, you need a run of very good performances and Barry took some mighty scalps on his way to the title. Well done Sir, and commiserations to Wayne, of course.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s competition and worked with us to embrace the somewhat different and accelerated format that we needed to adopt. Here’s hoping that next year will allow a return to more “normal” ways of doing things.

All the best

Mr Captain