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Club Captain – Neil Herbert

With just a few weeks left as Club Captain I’m busy right now trying to finish off any outstanding business so that next year’s Captain can make a clean start.

So, following off from last month you may have seen by now the improvements to the green keeper’s yard and machines. The external shelter has been completed and is now operational, housing some of the new machines. On that note I can confirm that we have taken delivery of a good condition greens mower, tees mower, fairway mower and for the first time a rough cutter. There is good reason now to look forward to the course being in even better condition than before.

As the spring has officially started it is time to start using the divot bags that we provided last year. I will ask Ian to fill the containers with soil and seed. Please help with this, it makes a real difference for the better and don’t forget to replace your divots and repair your pitch marks.

In the club house you will have noticed the excellent refurbishment of the Gents toilets. No longer are they dingy and poorly ventilated – they now look very smart, have a certain fragrance and if I might say are a pleasure to visit!

Outside, on the patio, you will soon see replacement picnic tables. The existing tables are ten years old and decaying. I am hopeful that we can reuse some of the sound timber for new tee markers. Also, I was pleased to see that planters have been filled with new flowers by Merlyn and Valerie. Many thanks for that, they look great.

Not a lot has happened around the Captain’s charity in the last month but Joanna and I are endeavouring to complete our ‘challenge matches.‘ With any luck we’ll fit in another two or three before we’re done. The overall funds for the Princess Alice Hospice are likely to be in the region of £13,500, the vast majority of which has already been handed over. A marvellous effort from all of you, for which I am truly grateful.

On the golfing front I attended, like many of you, the annual prize giving evening last week. This is always a great evening admirably organised by Jeff and Emma. This year was no exception and with no less than 86 trophies we clearly had a busy and active year. Special mention must go to Martin Finn, Male Golfer of the year, Madge Corbitt, Lady Golfer of the year, and Phil Amuaku, Eclectic winner.

Regrettably, my prediction last month that the ladies would be the winners of the Pearson Cup turned out to be the kiss of death. Wisley needed to beat West Surrey 7-0 to prevent us – and guess what, they did! Well, we’ll just have to do the business next year I guess. Great effort all the same.

Regarding our members, can I just congratulate Padraig, one of our past club champions, who has secured a promotion at work and will soon be returning to Northern Ireland. Well done Padraig and good luck for the future.

Finally, on a light note, I was talking to Jeff recently about old fashioned persimmon clubs and the pro at Worplesdon GC who is one of the few remaining club makers. Jeff tells me that the three original master club makers in England in years gone by were...wait for it, no kidding, Lambert Topping, Donald Slicer and Leslie Hooker. You couldn’t make it up could you!

Best Wishes

--Neil Herbert

Captain 2016-2017

   Neil Herbert Club Captain
     

 

Lady Captain  Joanna Croker

CAPTAIN’S FINAL LOG, 2017

It’s hard to believe this is my last newsletter, signing off after two years in the higher echelons of golf club governance. Everything important and serious that needs to be said, particularly my thanks to so many, is in my Lady Captain’s Report.

I hope this last newsletter can reflect what an extraordinary time it has been, and how much I have enjoyed it. Right at the end are some great photographs from my time.

MARCH RESULTS

THE GUYS AND  DOLLS  TROPHY.  FRIDAY 3RD MARCH

We had a terrific entry this year with 18 pairs, which we think is a record.

Our golf with the WAGGS is always a calendar highlight. There is an open invitation to the so called ‘honourable company’ of men at Muirfield to come and see how gentlemen really behave. I’ll say it again, they could not be more welcoming or more fun.  

On a lovely day the scoring was outstanding, 11 of the 18 pairs scoring 40 or better, and five scoring 45 or more. 

It was also wonderful to see Lynne, our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.

Lynne and Girls and Guys and Dolls

THE ACADEMY TEXAS  SCRAMBLE.  SATURDAY 18TH MARCH

 Lindy organised a brilliant day for the Academy members and their team captains.  A huge thank you to the Marketing Department for the wonderful  tea  provided by Emma and her team.

Academy Competition

ST PATRICK’S DAY.  FRIDAY 17TH MARCH

The Irish didn’t have as good a week as Ruby Walsh was having at Cheltenham, the Rest of the World beating them by 404 points to their 398. So it was very close. Scott Horan, John Gannon's son-in-law, had the best ROTW score with 36 points, while the WAGGS Vice-Captain Elect, Les Patterson matched that score for the Irish, as did Ned Gaffney.    

THE KAREN OWEN CUP. SATURDAY 18TH/SUNDAY 19TH MARCH

This was the inaugural competition, with I have to say the perfect result. 

PLACE

PAIR

POINTS

Winners

Madge Corbitt & Martin Finn

46

Runners -up

Hatsumi Takahashi & Peter Wallder

44

Third

Eileen Goldschmidt & Ned Gaffney

43

LADIES SPRING GREENSOME.   WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH 

There was nothing very springlike about the day at all. So it was not only the result that was impressive, but also that everybody turned up to get a soaking.

ROYAL WIMBLEDON DAY.  THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

The warmest March day in five years! Virginia Marin and Trevor Standish topped the leader boards.

THE PEARSON TROPHY  2016/17

In the last match in the group stage The Wisley beat West Surrey by the incredible score they needed to go through, 7- 0. This ended our dream of advancing to the second round. However the Pearson Squad have every reason to feel extremely proud of their performance, and we look forward to this year’s competition. The great news is that Merlyn has kindly agreed to continue as Pearson Captain.

MARY FORSTER BOWL

Good news here, we are through to the final. Gilly Briant, Jo Elder and I were rather pleased to finish second to the home team at the Oaks on Saturday 18th March. 

We then played again, in our final round of the four, on the 25th, at East Hampstead. This time Madge Corbitt, Jo Elder, and Valerie Ghent turned the tables on the Oaks, winning by a distance.

The final comprises the five regional winners, at Cherwell Edge on Sunday April 23rd. I have selected the same three players from the last round for it, but would like to thank all the ladies who played.

DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES

Gilly and I are representing the club. We played our second round in the knockout competition at home against Horton Park on Saturday 25th March, winning 5&4, Gilly holing a monster putt on Paradise to close out the match.

No doubt Gilly will let you know how we get on in the third round, in her first newsletter!

APRIL GOLF  

DATE

EVENT

FORMAT

PLAYERS

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th

Monthly

Medal

Ladies

Wednesday 12th

JC’s Final Fling

Stableford

Ladies

Wednesday  19th

Ladies Spring Meeting

Stableford

Ladies

Friday 21st

St George’s Day

Stableford

All

Sunday 30th

Club v New Members

Better ball

All

 

SUMMER COMPETITIONS

And a quick reminder to everybody to sign up for the summer competitions. You need to pay and enter in the pro shop.

EVENT

FORMAT

PLAYERS

Summer Evening Foursomes

Knockout match play

All. Men and Ladies

Captain’s Prize

Knockout singles match play

All. Men and Ladies

Summer Four-ball

Sunday league match play

7 day members only

 

FRANCO MANCA DINNER

What a fabulous evening we had for my farewell and Gilly’s welcome supper. In true WCGC style we had a wonderful turnout, lots of wine, laughter and good food ... and cake! Thank you all for your generous contributions to my super leaving presents.

Franco Manca Joanna farewell dinner

 

BRIDGE

Liz De Bay has marshalled us throughout the year like naughty schoolchildren. While all our bridge improved from the start, our timekeeping and attendance only passed muster in the last couple of weeks. Sorry Liz.

We all enjoyed our sweaty-palmed friendly matches, and we finally won our last of the season against New Malden. We are all looking forward to our new combined golf and bridge fixture against Roehampton in July.  

FINAL THOUGHT

‘As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round’.

Ben Hogan

That’s enough of the deep and meaningful stuff. It is after all only a game.

And as always, Frankie actually get’s the final word...

Frankie and Headcover

‘Two heads are better than one.

Thanks for having us!’

 

Kind regards, signing off.....

 

Joanna                                                                                                                 

Lady Captain

April 1st 2017

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   Lady Captain Joanna Croker