As you will be aware my captaincy has got off to a somewhat inauspicious
start with first the Course being closed for most of January, unprecedented,
and secondly the likelihood of the Course being put up for sale. It can only
Regarding the situation of the potential sale you should have all received a
mail from Jim Worsley outlining the current state of play and there is not
much I could add to Jim's excellent note. There is nothing to lose by
rejoining at the End of March and Graham Holloway has generously offered the
option of paying three months, followed by nine at the end of May.
The first match gets underway tomorrow with an away fixture at Bristol and
Clifton, with fourteen players making the trip. The new matchplay rules
apply with 9/10 of the difference being applied rather than three quarters
as previously, we are giving an average of five shots per player to the
opposition! Which takes me to the dearth of Division 2 players currently
signed up for the first five matches. Come on you higher handicappers the
new rules help you and we don't want to be giving shed loads of shots all
The next fixtures are at Burnham March 30, Rushmore (home) March31,
Minchinhampton Old (home) April 5, Cumberwell (away) April 7 and Long Sutton
(home) April 12.
On Good Friday we are running a Three Captains event with a 9am shotgun
start, teams of four. I believe that there are still a couple of tees
available and could I belatedly ask you to donate prizes to the Charity
draw. This year the three Captains have decided that the Club should support
a single charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care, which this year celebrates
their 40 years.
Next Tuesday we are scheduled to hold our first qualifier of the new season,
however this is subject to course conditions on the day with rain around
over the weekend. The Course is still soft with muddy patches, a decision
will be taken on the day.
Finally, sad to report the death of Dick Rogerson. A former Seniors Captain,
Dick passed away with his wife and daughters at his bedside and retaining
his sense of humour to the end. Dick spent much of his later years in New
Zealand, he was a big man, a second row forward, and a jolly smile to go
with his humour.
May I wish you all an enjoyable and healthy golfing year.