Men’s Golf Blog

Lockdown has ended; we are back! Depending on the weather as ever though, with heavy rain already having disrupted play on Thursday last, and consequently restricted the number of holes in play on Friday. Early morning fog has also delayed the course opening for play on Monday and Tuesday. But at least we have the possibility to play some golf at long last … 

My Captain’s blog from early September, where, following a visit to Ireland, I was somewhat critical of their bizarre Covid rules, has come back to haunt me. Cast your mind back to “you can’t simply enter a bar and order a beer. Unless of course if the bar serves food and you pay at least €9 for your meal and you stay for no longer than 105 minutes.” Unfortunately, the likelihood of the government/SAGE  copying the ridiculous action of another country is directly proportional to how daft it is, or inversely proportional to whether it has any actual basis in science. As a consequence, I’ve already had three substantial meals in the first six days of the Club’s re-opening, a pace which I fear is just not sustainable. Perhaps we need to develop a couple of new menu options that would ‘look’ substantial as opposed to being actually substantial?!

On Saturday last the Men’s December Stableford was played, albeit as a non-qualifier, with holes 10 and 18 off temporary tees, and a temporary green on the 6th. In December 2019 there were just 44 entrants to this competition, whereas at one stage last week there were more players on the reserve list than actually played in 2019. Congratulations to Tim Fulstow, winning with 40 points on countback ahead of Ben Walmsley, thanks to a 2 at the shortened 18th. Credit due to Ben for shooting a fine gross 73 on the day. Harry Rowlinson took 3rd place with 39 points, on countback, from Scott Bannerman, well played also chaps.

Coming up on Saturday 19th September we have the Club Christmas Charity Competition in aid of the Captain’s Charities. This will be in Teams of 4 with the best 3 from 4 scores to count on Par 4’s and Par 5’s, and all scores to count on Par 3’s, with each player having the intriguing option to purchase a Mulligan when paying for the event. The event is now fully subscribed with 96 entrants and currently 4 reserves. Thank you all for signing up and let’s hope for clear, dry, crisp December morning … 

Lots of pitch- marks are being left unrepaired, people, I had a busy 9 holes of golf and gardening on Monday afternoon. At this time of year, recovery of the greens is much slower, much more effort required please. You can still do this andenjoy your golf!

Gerry Dennigan | Men’s Golf Captain