So, summer is over. It went by quicker than ever for me this year.
Since my last report we have had several more Club Matches as follows
22nd July – Home to Ely City Golf Club
After a hearty breakfast 8 of us ventured out onto the course to take on the Ely team. This turned out to be a fantastic match for us, winning 4-0! There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse after the match with several of us drinking well into the afternoon!
27th July – Home St Ives Golf Club
Hot on the heels after the great result against Ely we were at home to St Ives. It was great to see a couple of previous members who had left our club coming back to our course, even if it was to play for the opposition! Our confidence was high, the match was very tight, & in the end we drew 2-2 which was a good result.
10th August – Away Bourn Golf Club
Matches were now coming thick and fast, & our next opponents were Bourn Golf Club. It was great to see more members putting their names down to play in these games. Our unbeaten run continued with another 2-2 draw. As usual the team were very well looked after by the members at Bourn and their hospitality was very much appreciated.
26th August – Home P.W.R.R.
Our annual fixture against Pat Donnelly’s regiment took place on August Bank Holiday Saturday. 14 players took part in what was a brilliant match, & it proved to be a very close affair, ending up in a 4-3 win for us. Pat took on the onerous task of driving a buggy round the course, encouraging everyone and supplying plenty of drink & snacks!
1st September – Away Lakeside Lodge Golf Club
We headed off to Pidley on the back of a five match unbeaten run, & had only lost one match in the last seven. Unfortunately a couple of their players had “one of those days” and played brilliantly and we were beaten 3-1. The disappointment was somewhat reduced by the sheer fun we had during the meal in their club house after the match, with one of our players in particular receiving some light hearted stick, from both his partner & the opposition!
10th September – Home to Girton Golf Club
Our last friendly match of the year. It had to happen – our bubble was well & truly burst! We lost 4-0. Our only 4-0 defeat of the year as well as our only home defeat of the year.
So overall we won 4 matches, drew 2 matches, lost 4 matches, and made some great friends along the way.
My thanks go to the 40 members who put their names down on the notice board at various times throughout the summer to play in the Club Matches. Without such fantastic support these matches would not have been so much fun to arrange and play in.
The last competition was an internal one – The Captains Challenge
This was played on 29th September with 4 members from the Ladies, Seniors & Mens sections taking part. The Men came out on top with 124 points, with the Seniors scoring 116 points & the Ladies 108 points. This was a really enjoyable way to celebrate my last match as Captain of this great club.
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So, after all the months of planning, Captain’s Day is over. The day just flew by for me. I just hope everybody enjoyed the day. Hopefully at least half of those who played went home with something, either a trophy, a prize, a raffle prize, a four ball voucher or just a happy memory.
Gathering the scores together was a bit of a rush, but I would like to list the winners, runners up & also some really good scores
Winner Mike Wisbey 44 points (Mike has put his card in, just in case you were wondering!!)
Runner Up - Will Dempsey 42 points (playing off 5)
Third Dave Moore 40 points (my apologies to Dave I should have read out this score on Sunday)
Fourth Karl Johnston 39 points
Fifth Matt Start 38 points
Sixth Geoff Bloomfield 38 points
Seventh Martin Crook 38 points
Eighth Adam Norton 38 points
Ninth Hamid Jamal 38 points
Winner Sandie Carrington 41 points
Runner Up Ann Martin 35 Points
Third Grace Eastment 34 points (playing off 8)
Mens Longest Drive
2nd Hole – Luke Bacon
14th Hole – Darron Franks
Ladies Longest Drive
7th Hole – Sandie Carrington
18th Hole – Bridget Hendry
Nearest the Pin - Ladies
5th Hole – Grace Eastment ALAN GOVE WAS SECOND NEAREST!!!
15th Hole – Bridget Hendry
Nearest the Pin – Men
8th Hole - Victor Wells (within 2 inches!!)
13th Hole – Archie Gormley
Team Putting Competition
Winners - Ken Mitchell, Andy Williams, Dave Moore, Simon Topham
Runners Up – Matt Cornwell, Martin Withers, John Nicholl, Tim Watson
Secret Team Winners
Peter Talbot, Mike Wisbey, Andy Smith, Matt Start
Mens Section Captain
I just want to thank everybody who was able to support my Captain's Day yesterday.
I managed to pop outside briefly during registration & it was brilliant to see so many members around the putting green area chatting, laughing, practising or just enjoying the sunshine. It was a wonderful scene.
My day simply flew by getting things organised within the hotel, but I did get out onto the course for about an hour & see quite a few of you on different holes & the putting competition. I would like to thank Roy Ashurst for arranging & running the putting competition which looked good fun. That first hole looked particularly tricky!
There were some terrific stableford scores, with several of you achieving 38 & 39 points which on most days would have won the competition. Driving round the course I bumped into Will Dempsey on the 9th, & he was having an amazing round & I thought he had the 1st prize sewn up with just a few holes to go. I then caught up with Mike Wisbey on the 6th and his face was a mix of happiness & shock! He showed me his card & I knew if he was able to keep it going it would be a tight finish with Will.
Ultimately 2 points separated them with Mike achieving 44 points & Will 42 points. Both are fantastic scores, (particularly with Will playing off 5). Congratulations to both, & also congratulations to Sandie Carrington with a fabulous score of 41 points to win the Ladies prize. That was also brilliant to see.
I was unable to speak to everybody yesterday, but I do hope you enjoyed the day. I have to apologise for inflicting Alan Gove on you for the auction. He is such a quiet, shy & retiring sort of chap. He did an amazing job with the auction & I was simply stunned by your generosity, £1,080 was raised from the auction alone & I cannot thank all those who bid, & Alan who did an absolutely fabulous job, enough.
I would again like to thank all the members who helped with setting up, registration etc. The day would not have happened without you. My special thanks go to Martin Crook - an absolutely "Top Bloke" in my book.
I am so grateful for everybody who was able to play - 23 four balls was more than I could have dreamed of. I sincerely hope you enjoyed the day.
Several photos were taken & I am trying to add these to a Facebook Page - "The Cambridgeshire Golf Club" where you can view them, or if you are not on Facebook, if you would like to receive your photo
please email me email@example.com. (I am away for a few days from Wednesday so will get back to you when I get home).
And finally - the sum raised for my charity, Arthur Rank, was an amazing £2,330
Thank you for making this a day I will never forget.
And finally finally - please don't forget The Captains' Dinner Dance on Saturday 17th Feb 2018!
Mens Section Captain
The Cambridgeshire Golf Club
Mens Section Report – 17-7-2017.
Two Club matches have been played since my last report
1st July – Thorpe Wood Peterborough GC – Away
12 members were entertained at Thorpe Wood in the afternoon.
The away team took advantage playing at their own course, where some of the par 4’s proved to be quite a challenge. Whilst we lost 4.5-1.5 I understand the match will be remembered for the meal afterwards where some glass smashing added to the frivolity around the table!
16th July – Brampton Park GC – Home
8 members took to the course after enjoying breakfast in the hotel
We started off by losing the first match by quite a margin. The second pair won their match quite comfortably & three quarters way round the course word got back that the third pair were tying after 12 holes. The fourth pair were way behind in their match, so at that stage I thought a draw might be the best result we could achieve. But the third pair won their match on the 18th green & the fourth pair staged a remarkable fight back, & levelled their match on the 18th. So we ended up winning 2.5-1.5.
The match was played with great spirit & there was some great banter in the club house.
The highlight of the day came on the 14th par 5, when, as we were about to walk off the green, the group behind were frantically waving at us. We then discovered we only had 3 electric trolleys – one of the opposing team’s players had inadvertently turned the power on & his trolley & it had disappeared back down the fairway into the hedge just up from the tee box!
We have 4 matches coming up in quick succession
22nd July – home to Ely GC
27th July – home to St Ives GC
10th August – away to Bourne GC
26th August – home to P.W.R.R. (16 players needed)
1st September – away to Lakeside Lodge
10th September – home to Girton GC
If you would like to play, please add your name to the sheets on the notice board – or email me if you would like to discuss – firstname.lastname@example.org
The matches are proving to be great fun & I am keen for as many members as possible to take part
This is fast approaching. I have a number of things planned for the day. I checked the entry sheet on 16th July & was delighted to see we only have half a dozen spaces left which is fantastic. I am so grateful for your support for this day
The entry sheet for Captains Day is now on the Mens Section notice board
Brief details of the day are as follows
8-30am onwards - Registration
10-15am - shotgun start
3-00pm - barbecue
4-00pm ish - Trophies & prizes presentation, auction & raffle
Registration will take place in the Augusta Suite (on the ground floor by the patio & putting green)
We have some fabulous prizes lined up for this year.
Fantastic trophies will be also awarded on the day to the best man and best lady golfers
There will also be trophies for longest drives (man & lady) nearest the pin (man & lady) & various other trophies & prizes will be awarded.
Halfway houses on the 1st & 10th are planned with complementary food and drink, plus there are other fun things planned
Many golf clubs in the area have donated 4 ball vouchers & these will be auctioned off during the afternoon
There will be the usual raffle. If you are able to make a raffle prize donation this would be very much appreciated, but please do not feel you have to.
All funds raised this year will go to my nominated charity - Arthur Rank. As many of you know this charity has played a very important part in my life over the years
Entry fee is £12 per person - which includes a barbecue
If you would like to invite guests to play these will be most welcome. There will be a prize for the best guest score.
If you would like to bring a non playing guest to the BBQ after the golf, the cost will be £10 per person. Children under 16 years of age £5
Captains Day is open to all members - 7 day & 5 day
I hope this will be a memorable day & your support in playing in the event will be very much
Mens Section Captain
Mens Section Report – 23rd June 2017.
Two Club matches have been played since my last report
27th May – One Armed Golfers – Home
5 teams from the One Armed Golfers were entertained at home in this annual challenge. The match turned out to be a very close affair with the One Armed Golfers coming out on top 3-2.
The highlight of the match has to be Alex McMurray’s eagle on the 14th.
The atmosphere in the clubhouse after the match was great, & we are already looking forward to next year’s fixture. A photo is attached of Paul Brading presenting the trophy.
20th June – March Golf Club - Home
With the temperature hitting 30 degrees C 8 members took on a team from March. March had put out a strong team with one member playing off scratch & several low single handicap players. The quality of the golf was high but I am delighted to report that the team rose to the challenge – winning the match 2.5-1.5.
We were really well served by the hotel staff for the meal after the match. The banter between the teams during the match continued during the meal & we look forward to being entertained at March next year.
I have already submitted a separate report covering the Club Championship, but I just wanted to again offer my congratulations to Will Dempsey – Club Champion 2017.
I received great feedback about the condition of the course during the Club Championship weekend. The team from March were very impressed with the quality of our course during our match & loved the condition of the greens in particular. Thanks go to Matt, Head Green Keeper & his team
We have 4 matches coming up in quick succession
1st July – away to Thorpe Wood, Peterborough
16th July – home to Brampton Park Golf Club
22nd July – home to Ely
27th July – home to St Ives
I still need players for 16th, 22nd & 27th matches. If you would like to play, please add your name to the sheets on the notice board – or email me if you would like to discuss – email@example.com
This is fast approaching. I have a number of things planned for the day & I hope as many members as possible (5 day & 7 day) are able to support this event.
Men's Section Captain.
Light rain had been falling earlier in the morning as Chas Guest & I walked round to the Starting Hut, but this had stopped by the time the first group teed off around 7-45am. The wind was slowly getting stronger. Our first hole is difficult enough from the back of the white tees without having to deal with a head wind!
The first few groups all got away successfully, the clouds began to disappear & the sun came out.
I never enjoy taking my tee shot on the 1st hole at the best of times, & from the sighs of relief from a number of members when their tee shot landed the other side of the ditch & on the fairway, it would appear I am not the only one!
There were a few mishaps, but by & large everyone got away ok
The weather stayed bright all morning, but the wind strengthened. Many members reported a good front 9, but struggled on the back 9. The wind was particularly difficult when negotiating holes 14, 15 & 16. Hole 18 saw many members taking extra shots, & many were a little downbeat coming off the course, believing they had had a disappointing round. With only 7 members achieving less than 90 gross & 8 members breaking a net 79 or less, it served to confirm just how tough the wind conditions were.
This did not seem to deter a couple of golfers with Will Dempsey coming in with a magnificent Gross 74 (net 69) & Robert Pulford 5 shots behind Gross 79 (net 76).
Mention should also be made of Sean Ward, the last member to tee off, who achieved a net 71 & led Division 2 at the end of the day – both gross & net.
The wind was still very blustery, & remained so for the day & although the sky was blue & we were bathed in warm sunshine, the stage was set for another challenging day. The 2 questions were;
Could Robert Pulford claw back the 5 shot deficit over Will Demspey?
Would Sean Ward’s game hold out to see off challenges from Martin Withers & Gary Tilly who were a net 6 & 7 shots behind respectively?
Standing near the 18th green it was great to see a number of members achieving a much-improved score than on the previous day. Special mention to Luke Bacon who came in with an excellent 77 (net 72), Declan Lynn 79 (net 70) & Paul Brading 79 (net 70)
Sean Ward successfully wrapped up the Division 2 competition with Gary Tilly runner up net.
A number of members joined me behind the 18th green as Rob & Will made their approach shots. We had no idea how their morning had gone. Their golf balls landed side by side on the left of the 18th & after putting out we learned that Will had maintained his advantage & had won overall by 6 shots
Congratulations go to Will Dempsey - Club Champion 2017 with the lowest gross score over the 2 days. Robert Pulford finished runner up gross score.
Declan Lynn wins the Silver Salver as best net score overall.
Sean Ward wins the Silver Bowl for Division 2 best net score
We held a brief presentation in the clubhouse, but the trophies will be officially presented on Captains Day on 6th August.
On behalf of all the members I would like to express my thanks to Alan Gove for arranging the competition, to Mike Wisbey for helping out as the starter & especially to our green staff, particularly Head Green keeper Matt. I received some fantastic comments about the greens, the tee boxes and the fairways & there is no doubt the fabulous condition of the course ensured this was a great competition.
Mens Section Captain
Mens Section Captain’s Report – May 2017
We have had 2 matches since my last report – away to Links Golf Club Newmarket and away to The Gog Magog Golf Club.
April 28th – Links Golf Club Newmarket
This is an annual fixture which has been running since 2000 & the winning team is awarded the Guineas Trophy. The match usually takes place on Guineas Weekend but was arranged a week earlier this year. A team of 8 departed for Newmarket along with the trophy we had held for the last two years.
The course was in good condition, & it was great to climb up the tee boxes to tee off over the gallops on a couple of holes.
We had a very close match, with one team losing by just one hole, one team halving their match, where they had been 2 up with 2 to play, and the other two pairs losing. So what was nearly an honourable draw finished up with a loss and the trophy was handed over to the captain of Links Golf Club Newmarket after the meal. Newmarket have now won the trophy 12 times in the last 18 years, we have had 5 victories and in one year the match was halved.
Even though we walked away empty handed this was an enjoyable match, we were very well looked after, and the port flowed after the meal!
I would like to thank the members who turned out to represent the club, and also those members who put their names down as a reserve.
We took a few photos prior to teeing off to commemorate the match ( see below)
May 7th – The Gog Magog Golf Club
We had been drawn away in the second round of the Jock Stewart Foursomes Knockout competition.
3 pairs took part in the handicap categories 6-10, 11-15, 15-19 playing The Old Course at the Gogs. The home draw definitely helped, but our team played very well, & whilst we did not claim any wins each match was taken to the 17th green.
I very much appreciated the support from members who gave up their Sunday to play. I am attaching a couple of photos taken before the match commenced
We have some friendly matches coming up over the next couple of months
March GC– home, Tues 20th June
Thorpe Wood GC, Peterborough – away, Sat 1st July
Brampton Park GC – home Sun 16th July
Team sheets have been placed on the notice board. I am keen to involve as many members as possible in matches, so if you would like to play please add your name to the lists.
Club Match v Elton Furze Golf Club - 2nd April 2017
We were recently drawn away against Elton Furze in the Derek Burridge Greensomes knockout trophy. The match had to be played by the end of April, but in view of their congested fixture list the only date we could fit in the diary was 2nd April. So, with less than 10 days notice, I received the fantastic support of 9 members
We had a tremendous day out. The Elton Furze team were very welcoming, there was some great banter both out on the course and after the match and the weather was extremely kind indeed. The course played very well, although some of us (me) found the greens tricky. All in all a really enjoyable day.
It was an incredibly close affair - with Elton Furze beating us 3-2, with the 3 matches we lost all going to the 18th!
I am grateful to the members who supported me in the first match of the season
I am keen to involve more members in the various matches we have in the diary as we go through the summer. Whilst lists for the various matches will be placed on the notice board, if you would like to play sometime please do let me know (or simply send me an email to my personal address - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have attached a few photo's from 2nd April match
Presentation Evening Friday 24th February.
The Men's Section presentation night took place on Friday 24th February hosted by Alan Gove, the outgoing Men's Captain
There was a good turn out from members, who, after the awards presentation, witnessed Alan putting out of the room, & Colin Start putting back in - quite aggressively as he didn't want to putt short (which is his usual style out on the course!)
A number of photos were taken on the evening of the various winners.
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Wed 25 July Ladies Captain's Day
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