Men’s Golf Captain’s Blog

By the time you read this, I hope that you have everything ready for Christmas – presents bought and wrapped, food and drink sorted and if you are travelling, you have either safely arrived where you need to be or are ready and packed (and Covid-free) for your journey. For any last-minute presents, I’m sure Ricky and his team in the Sports Shop will be happy to help you choose that final stocking filler.

I am now in Dublin (with my in-laws) and will be doing very little – all the pubs and restaurants have to be closed by 8pm! Happily though, I’m booked to play at Druids Glen and Foxrock golf clubs for the very first time.

Last weekend, the Ladies’ and Men’s sections held a Christmas Charity competition. Thank you again to everyone who played.  90 players entered, and more than £2,000 was raised for Regenerate, my charity for my captaincy year, and that of Tricia Morgan – the Ladies’ Golf Captain.  Both of us wish to thank Keith Atkins who instigated the idea of a Christmas charity golf event a few years back, among his many friends at the Club.  Thanks to Keith, it’s now been adopted by the Club and was open to all 7-day Members.  It was great to see so many people play and to welcome some of our newest Members.

Congratulations to the winners: Scott Bannerman, Craig Wallace, Mark Gradwell and Shaun Erasmus.
Second place:  Katy Preston, Sian Bayliss, George Palmer and Craig de Silva
Third place:  Suresh Vara, Kenneth Ukoko, Tim Frosdick and Prachaya Jumpasut
Nearest the Pin:  Danit Birn and John Randel

This competition followed two very successful Christmas golf events at the Club, one that I played in – the Men’s Seniors 9-hole competition and lunch, and the Ladies 9 hole competition and lunch where I gladly enjoyed the good food and wine. Again, both events were very well attended, and the company on and off the course was excellent.  So, for me a very enjoyable end to the year, despite all the gloom with Omicron.

I can certainly assure you that the Seniors group, under the chairmanship of Douglas Millar, is in fine fettle. For those of you who are turning 55 this year, rest assured you will receive a warm welcome and have plenty of opportunities to play competition golf midweek.

Since my previous blog, we have run one Club Roll-Up. Martin Abbott, a member of the Golf Committee and a past Captain, won with 40 points, with Paul Farrell in second with 39 points and Derek Mason (another past captain) in third with 36 points.  The next roll-up – open to Men and Ladies – is on 16th January.  Please sign-up via IG from 9th January.  I appreciate the weather isn’t ideal at this time of year, but it would be good to see more Members enter the Roll-Ups as they provide a great way to meet Members.

We have these competitions over Christmas and through January:

Christmas Foursomes (mixed): 27th December – there are still tee-times available
4 Club Stableford: 8th January (non-qualifying) – sign up via IG from Xmas Day
Club Roll-up (mixed): 16th January
Men’s Stableford: 29th January
Club Roll-up (mixed): 30th January

I’ll leave you to decide which four clubs to use on 8th January. Putter or not?
In the meantime, I wish you, your families and friends a very Happy Christmas and joyous New Year.

 Paul Taylor, Men’s Golf Captain