Captain’s Blog – 10 September

Welcome to this week’s blog.

I don’t feel I can start without first acknowledging the passing of John (Jack) Scaysbrook, former member of Shirland Golf Club and father to Kev and Dave. A true friend of the club and a proper gentleman. All our thoughts go out to Jack’s family and friends at this terribly sad time.

A few updates for you all.

Bike Ride

My charity bike ride to Lincoln went well, and remarkably I even managed to make it all the way back. It was tough going towards the end, but I wasn’t going to give up. We set off at 0700 and made it back around 1530 only to be hit with a sudden rain shower just 1 mile from the finish line. Sponsor money is still coming in, but I can report that we’ve made over £1000 from the bike ride alone. The running total for the fundraising is currently £3558.92 with a further £523.75 heading the way of the Teenage Cancer Trust in the form of Gift Aid.

Charity Open 2020

At the end of next week, we have our annual Charity Open. Plans are really starting to come together with a few challenges along the way. Thank you to those who have already signed up to sponsor a hole on the day; I’ll issue a separate email with more information about this event shortly. Suffice to say, we have some tremendous prizes being offered and there is still room for more if anyone else wants to pitch in. Above all now, we need entries. Some players have already signed up but we do need more. Please get your names down, and invite your friends. We didn’t manage to hold the Invitation Day this year, so let’s use this as our opportunity to get your friends down to Shirland. We all know it’s been a difficult season, but let’s show that this club can pull together and how we are working to get the club and the course back to where it needs to be.

This week’s announcement of increased COVID-19 restrictions are naturally a concern for us all, and we are looking at the plans for the Charity Day. However, updated guidance from England Golf today confirms that we can go ahead with due care.  

USGA Open 2020

From tomorrow morning you’ll also be able to buy sweepstake tickets for next week’s US Open from Winged Foot Golf Course. There are 144 players confirmed as entries for this year’s event. For £1 you can but a ticket, and put your name down against the player selected. Ideally, we will need to sell all £144 players. The winner will get £40, with £20 going to the runner up and £10 to the player finishing third.


It was great to see the over-seeding taking place today on the greens. Here’s hoping that we will see the work starting to take effect before long.

Happy golfing

Mr Captain