2017-2018 Lady Captain Gilly Briant And Club Captain Martin Finn Welcome You To Wimbledon Common Golf Club
Club Captain – Martin Finn
My name is Martin Finn and I am honoured to be captain of Wimbledon Common Golf Club for 2017 to 2018. I’ve been a member here for 17 years and am looking forward to leading the club during its continued success.
I hope to inspire others to take up golf or perfect their game, and to become active members of Wimbledon Common Golf Club. We have the friendliest club around, it is fantastic value for money, the course gives you a really great taste of golf, and all of the members are enjoyable to play with. I welcome new members and would personally play with each of them! Existing ones as well, provided they’re not a hacker. (--said with a wink of the eye. Note that Martin currently plays off a handicap of 4.)
I want to make sure existing members are well looked after, with ample opportunities for competitive as well as friendly golf, and fun social events. I want us to continue our success in national, regional, and local competitions like the Daily Mail, the Gordon Forster Bowl, and the Triangular Trophy against our close neighbour clubs. My personal golfing goal is to win one of our WCGC “Majors”: singles matchplay knockout competitions The Whiffen Cup, the Royal Wimbledon Cup, or the Hood Cup; or (and!) the strokeplay Club Championship in June.
I want to be as successful as outgoing captain Neil Herbert was, although I have huge shoes to fill. Inspired by his and previous Lady Captain Joanna Croker’s combined fundraising success for the Princess Alice Hospice, our 2017-18 Lady Captain Gilly Briant and I are combining efforts to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Their aim is to drive research and better treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis, and as they say, "We run, walk, care and talk. And we research, write, campaign and fight." We are already off to a great start, with several hundred pounds raised during our first event on St. George’s Day in April. Please continue to support Gilly and I, and the MS Society, by participating in golf and other charity events throughout the year.
Here’s to a fantastic year of continued success at Wimbledon Common Golf Club, together! See you on the course and in the clubhouse. Best Wishes,
Martin Finn, Captain 2017-2018
Lady Captain – Gilly Briant
4th December 2017
November was a month of mixed weather with some lovely warm days and some bitterly cold ones, but we have been fortunate that the course has been playing well throughout.
No friendly matches this month but we have started our search for the Pearson Trophy by playing an away match at Sutton Green (losing 2-5 but some close strings) but beating them on the return fixture 4-3. Debutant honours to both Morag Nicolson and Glencora Senor who both played well. Closer to home, Morag and Glencora were on different sides in the Ladies singles, with Morag winning the Finals, and in the Ladies Pairs, Madge Corbitt and Hatsumi Takahashi beat Liz de Bay and Juliet Willis in a close finish. Jane Britton lost to Keith Higgins in the finals of the Captain’s Prize, but it is good to see more ladies entering some of these club competitions.
November 11th saw the first weekend Qualifying Event (QE) for the 7-day ladies and the next weekday QE is Wednesday 20th December. In fact there is lots of golf coming up in December with our Christmas Greensomes Wednesday the 8th, followed by the 15-hole Christmas Frolic and lunch on Wednesday 13th. There is still time for you to sign up and join the 26 ladies that are already playing then (and to enjoy lunch with Jackie Reiss who has a temporary break from golf following her shoulder operation, and with Katerina, Emma and Jill who have all been invited to attend the lunch as our guests as a small token of our appreciation for all they do for us over the year.)
The Academy also held its first internal competition at the Friday roll-up last Friday and monthly competitions are planned going forward, usually on the second Friday of the month.
We are also looking forward to golf on other courses both in December and January with the start of the Mary Forster Bowl. Janice Brackenridge, Hatsumi and Glencora will be representing the club on the 16th but it would be helpful if those of you who have not yet let me know your availability for future dates could do so as soon as possible so that the team lists can be sorted out for the New Year.
One of the highlights of November was definitely the Rules night on the 22nd, with Brian Cox explaining some of the finer points of the game, and showing a video with golfing celebrities also falling foul of the rules! The quiz that followed the presentation was won by Ann Tibbatts, a credit to the ladies section given that the night was also open to our male brethren!
Another highlight was the Lady Captain’s charity bridge afternoon which Liz masterminded to the credit of the club as we had not only many of the usual Monday bridge club ladies, some of our men members too, but also a lot of guests. There were lovely raffle prizes, silent auction items, a great tea provided by Emma and cakes baked by our ladies, and above all some excellent bridge! We raised nearly £1000 so the total paid in to the MS Society for the year to date is just over £10,000. A big thank you to all of you who have made that number possible.