Men’s Golf Report

Happy new year everybody! This will probably be the shortest blog I’ll write, despite an entire month since my last essay. I’ve grumbled about rain previously, and it only made things even worse, with the course saturated for much of December, and fully closed for twelve consecutive days at one stage. 

I don’t think I’ve played more than 15 holes in total over the past month so I’ll almost need to re-learn the game, which might not be a bad thing! I’m sure many of you will have watched reviews of the latest drivers offered by Callaway, Cobra and Taylormade for 2020. I’m slightly bemused by the new Taylormade SIM drivers, which seem to have drawn considerable inspiration from the 2019 Cobra F9, by total coincidence of course …

Since the last blog I had a thoroughly enjoyable day with the Ladies’ Golf Section on 10th December judging their Christmas Hats competition, also joining the ladies for their annual Christmas Lunch, and presenting the prizes for the morning’s 9 hole competition. Past Captains have told me that this is one of the highlights of the captaincy year, and so it was. Many thanks Angela! After lunch we were entertained by the Claret Club Choir, very impressive performers it must be said and warmly appreciated by all.

On Sunday last we had the first Club Roll-up of 2020, kindly organised by Simon Butler, with a total field of 22 chaps, including two new Members having cards marked to get their handicaps. Paul Igoe made a great start to 2020 scoring 41 points to win first prize ahead of Nick Ford on 39 points, with Simon Butler taking third place on 38 points, on count-back with his second 9 score of 22 points easing him past David Birn. Well played everybody!

Winter Foursomes is now at the round three stage with some matches already decided. The play-by date is Monday 20th January. There are some interesting contests in this round, and I look forward to seeing the results.

On Saturday we’ll play our Four Club January Stableford, always great fun, and we’ve seen remarkable scoring over the years. Weather forecast is for a dry, cloudy day; hopefully that’s what we get.

The next Club Roll-up, a non-qualifying competition, is on Sunday 9th February, and will be organised by Russell Gooding who will determine the format on the day. Please meet Russell in the Club Café from 7.30am. The draw will take place at 7.45am, with the first group teeing off at 8am (off the 10th tee). Entry is £5.

Adverse weather and course closure meant the Captain’s Charities Golf Event for 14th December had to be cancelled. I’m delighted that it has been possible to re-schedule the event for Saturday 18th January and once again I’d like to thank Keith Atkins for his considerable efforts in organising it. Thank you all who are taking part; it’s greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your golf – any chance you get!

Gerry Dennigan | Men’s Golf Captain