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The observant amongst you will have noticed that this monthly briefing is now headed up “Men’s and Ladies Sections”. We think it’s time to get everyone together a bit more so ladies read on and you’ll learn about the men’s activities and your own, and guys – take a moment to see just how much golf the ladies play – weather permitting!
Who would have thought it!! Last winter it was the Beast from the East that created golf havoc. With the winds in the opposite direction, this year is it the Dump from Trump?? We have never experienced such heavy rain for such a protracted period of time and it is certainly keeping John and Jake on their toes (flippers??). Despite that, as of this writing the Men’s Seniors Stableford and Club Stableford were both played on the scheduled dates which is an achievement. And the ladies have finally caught up with their scheduled competitions too and have managed to play some informal morning games as well.
We have the Monthly Men’s Club Medal planned for the weekend 21, 22 and 23 February 2020, so fingers crossed we can get that delivered too.
This competition is ongoing and there is still plenty of time to play in this competition which is based on submitting 10 designated cards over the winter period. Due to the poor weather we have decided to extend the closing date to 30th April so even more time to get the cards in. If you have not yet signed up, please do so, put your £5 in the eclectic box and get on and play in this our premier winter event. There is money to be won!!
Not a typo as the observant amongst you will recall we had to cancel this event back in September 2019 due to anticipated inclement weather-which actually never appeared!! Clearly the deluge came later.
We were asked to find an alternative date and this is set for Saturday 28th March 2020. This is a fun day for ladies and gents, played in teams of four over 27 holes with a ploughman’s lunch and light buffet included. The Sunday Strollers ae still in possession of the magnificent Gold Cup and it is time to wrest it from them.
Sign up sheets are on the board so please sign up in teams or individually and let’s kick off 2020 with another great day on the golf course for all.
It is that time of year when our sophisticated senior golfers join forces with our magnificent ladies to play in this unique golf event. The competition will be played on Thursday 12th March. There are still spaces available so TOFFS and ladies should sign up and play. The sign-up sheets are on the board.
We have been drawn to play Chartridge Park in the preliminary round this year and this match will be played on Sunday 29th March 2020 with a tee off at 12 noon. This is singles match play golf and our team must consist of three group two players and four group three players. Our team is selected on merit so I will be looking at the medal and stableford results to ensure the “form” players are picked!
Last we reached the last 16 (out of circa 400 clubs who entered) so let’s see if we can improve this year.
Sign-up sheets are on the board for Ladies Summer Pairs and the Ladies Singles Knockout. These are always fun competitions so do please put your name down. Want more information? Then contact Jacqui Taylor.
The Hutley Cup has been part of our golfing landscape for many years, bringing together both sections of our Club in a mixed knockout format. No partner? Don’t despair, the organizers will help you find the right person. So look on the noticeboards in the Locker Rooms and put your name down, or contact Jacqui Taylor for more information.
• Club Stableford: Friday 06, Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 March
• Seniors Stableford: Tuesday 10 March
• Club Medal: Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March
• Seniors Match WHITELEAF: at home on Thursday 19 March
• Seniors Match WESTON TURVILLE: at home on Thursday 26 March
• Wednesday 26 February – informal morning – Blind Holes – contact Anne Ward for more information
• Wednesday 4 March – informal morning – Bonus Golf – contact Jill Peppett for more information. The ladies look forward to welcoming Craig Whitworth to their Bangers and Mash lunch which will follow this competition. More information on the lunch from Anne Ward or Chris Hallett.
• Saturday 7 March/Wednesday 11 March – Monthly Stableford – sign-up sheets are on the board in the Locker Room
• Wednesday 18 March – Multipy Magic – contact Sue D’Arcy for more information
• Wednesday 25 March – Fewest Putts – contact Chris Hallett for more information
• Monday 30 March/Tuesday 31 March ¬– Ladies Away Days at the Cotswold Hotel & Spa. More information from Jill Peppett.
Final reminder that our Captain Craig Whitworth will be hosting this fun night - let's get behind this event and have some fun!
As anticipated January has been a quiet month on the golf course. As of this writing the Seniors Stableford and Club Stableford were both played on the scheduled dates which is an achievement given the deluge of rain we have been experiencing since October 2019. The third week of January has dawned clear and cold so maybe the weather has turned and the course will get a chance to dry out.
We continue to have water retention issues with the third and fourth greens which for some time have been too soft for the greenkeeping team to get any machinery on to cut and treat them. This has led to the unusually extended use of temporary greens on these two holes. The Club is on the case for a permanent solution to avoid this water retention in future but that can’t happen until the Spring. Let’s hope the rain has abated for an extended period.
This competition is up and running with some good scores being submitted despite the inclement weather. There is still plenty of time to play in this competition which is based on submitting 10 designated cards over the winter period. Due to the poor weather we have decided to extend the closing date to 30th April so even more time to get the cards in. If you have not yet signed up, please do so, put your £5 in the eclectic box and get on and play in this our premier winter event. There is money to be won!!
I chaired a meeting of the handicap committee last week and we completed the annual review of all members handicaps. This is a process where our system database identifies those members who have played consistently on, above or below their handicap in qualifying competitions over the previous 12 months. From this, an algorithm recommends those members who should have a handicap adjustment up or down. For the majority of members there is no change but for some there is a change.
We have actioned the recommended changes and the affected members have been informed of their new handicap which is effective immediately. All members handicaps are posted on the notice board so please make sure you check your handicap before you play.
This new system is now slated to be introduced in the United Kingdom with effect from 01 November 2020. In part this new system will provide for the real time adjustment of handicaps utilizing the best 8 of the last 10 cards played. To achieve this, we will be introducing a computer terminal in to the clubhouse, where all members will be required to directly input their scores in to the system on completion of their round. We will still require the properly completed and signed card to be placed in the box for verification by the handicap secretary.
Our plan is to have the computer terminal up and running from 01 April so all can get used to the new system before it goes live nationally on 01 November. The Club is securing a grant from England Golf to help pay for the equipment which is bespoke and cannot be generally sourced.
We will be providing full details on the new handicapping system in due course.
This is another major change which ironically is designed to bring the UK in to line with Europe!! Timing for introduction of this universal system is still in doubt so we will keep you informed as best we can. Suffice to say, PRGC was assessed several years ago: so long ago in fact that we have changed our course since with the new men’s white tee on hole 14. Hey ho!!
• Club Stableford: Friday 07, Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 February
• Seniors Stableford: Tuesday 11 February
• Club Medal: Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February
• February Stableford: Saturday 8 and Wednesday 12 February
• Informal Ladies Mornings:
o Wednesday 5 February – American Foursomes
o Wednesday 19 February – Triple Alliance
o Wednesday 26 February – Blind Holes
• Roll Up Mornings: Mondays 3, 10, 17 and 24 February
Final reminder that our Vice Captain Al Bowyer will be hosting this fun night on Friday 7 February – prompt start at 1930. Tickets (£12 each) are still available. Men speak with Al, and ladies speak with Jill Peppett.
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