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Captain’s Day 2019

Captain’s Day Report

It wa’ a reet grand day out!

I will start off with a run-down of the events of Captain’s Day on Sunday 9th June and then finish off with other club updates as I am a bit behind on writing my reports!

So, what a great day it was weather wise on my Captain’s Day. After several days of very indifferent weather to be polite we were blessed with a full day of lovely sunshine and the course was in the best nick it had been for ages enabling good scoring on the day………..more of that later!

So, after Brian Gee man-handled £10 out of everybody on the first tee (thanks Brian) the first competition of the day was a charity putting event held on the practice green. At 2 goes for a £1 my Wife Amanda and Leann Arkell made sure that as many people as possible joined in the event and did the best to win the prize – including people not actually playing in the Captain’s Day – nice one Ladies!

There were 3 winners with the 1st prize of a Putt Out training aid and a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s going to Bernie Baker as he holed out on his first attempt whilst the other two took two goes. The joint runners up, each receiving a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s were Rob Collett (REFGC) and Dave Applegate.

The next prize (£5000 cash) was for a hole in one on the 3rd hole which nobody claimed on the day but the winner of nearest the pin (and very nearly a hole in one winner) was my old mate from Sunny Scunny Ian Jenkins. Well done Ian who received a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

The next prize (Motocaddy Electric Trolley) was for a hole in one on the 7th hole which again nobody claimed on the day but the winner of nearest the pin was Peter Steward (just nicking it off our Guest Trevor Newell!)who again won a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

Next up was nearest the pin in 2 on the tricky 11th which was won by our resident injury prone star Max Lawrence (thanks for playing on the day mate!). Max again wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

Whilst everybody re-fuelled after the 12th green it was on to the next prize which was for a custom set of Titleist AP2 irons on the 13th hole for scoring a hole in one. Again nobody claimed this but there was a nearest the pin winner (after eliminating other prize winners) it became the prize of Kevin O’Donoghue – Kevin wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

And so onto the last on-course prize which was for the longest drive on the 18th hole which I held briefly before first Paul Wilson out drove me and then the eventual winner Marc Smith, a guest of Major. He wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers too.

OK so on to the main prizes and a big thank you for being such a great sport to Michael Johnson who came in with the lowest score on the day of the members and readily accepted his prize of a plastic set of golf clubs. He tells me that it will be a great prezzie for his niece, but rumour has it that there is a photo of him using them at a golf course in Brentwood………

Best Guest Prize on the day went to our second guest from Royal Epping – Jason Arnold – who shot a great score of 38 points. Well done Jason you win a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher. Hopefully see you and Rob at my away Day.

Runner Up on the day for the members with an excellent score of 42 points was Alan Charlton (yes Terry got the scythe out for him afterwards!!). Well done Alan you also won a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher.

The overall winner on the day with an excellent never been seen before ever in all the times I have played with him did I say ever was Mike Steele with 43 points. Huge congratulations go to Mike, a great mate whom I am delighted to see win on my day. (Yes, Terry scythed him down too afterwards!). Mike also wins a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher.

During the speeches I said a number of thankyous to all that helped to make the event what it was on the day. I would like to do so again here.

  1. Major Sundhu – my Vice Captain for helping chase up the numbers whilst some of us were on tour to get the tee times sorted for the day.
  2. Elaine (helped by Hubby Kevin O’D of course) and Karen who gave up their time and put on a great stall by the 12th green to keep everybody fed and watered with what they fancied.
  3. Dave Bundy and Scott Parnell who acted as spotters for the hole in one prizes on the 3rd, 7th and 13th holes. [no pictures available]
  4. Max for running the bar on his dodgy leg in the club afterwards
  5. The caterers for putting on a lovely spread for the buffet in the afternoon.
  6. My Wife and Leann Arkell for their help on the putting green.
  7. My Son (Oliver) and his fiancée Simone who were sensational on the day in collecting charity money for the hole in one prizes on my behalf on each of the holes. They did a fabulous job and I was very proud of them. My Daughter (Laura) unfortunately put her back out on the Saturday before the day but gamely came down any way to support me on the day.

The main aim of the day wasn’t to have a game of golf and enjoy the marvellous weather it was to raise as much money for my charity CALM.

Due to the great work of my family and friends and the generosity of all of those that played on the day we managed to raise a great total of £450.

Thank you everybody for making my Captain’s Day so special!

My Captain’s Away Day is fast approaching (Friday 12th July at Muswell Hill) – please can you confirm your attendance with myself and/or Major ASAP if you haven’t already. I am hoping to get 40 names down as a minimum.

The cost is £70 for the day which includes 27 holes with 3 meals and some good prizes to be won!

So far, we have a good mix of Chingford members and guests so it should be a great day. I will hope that we have good weather for this day too!

Other Club News

We had our first Bingo night on Friday 19th April which was well attended and enjoyed by the many that did.

It was Easter themed and as a result Easter Eggs and chocolate of many different styles were won on the night.

A massive thank you to Max and Jessica Lawrence who were the comperes for the evening – clearly Max has a new career after teaching if he wants it!

Again the idea of the night was to raise some extra money for my charity and we managed £100 in total by the end of the night – thank you.

There will be two or three more charity related events to be held before my year is up so please look out for comms on this in the coming weeks.

In Golf news we have had a mixed run of results for the club with our Norman Plum team going out in the first round versus Southend. However, the Sureguard (3 pairs playing betterball stableford matchplay) team got a win playing away versus Cheshunt only for us to get knocked out in June playing away again but this time versus Stevenage. There was controversy in the first pairing of this match, however, that didn’t affect the match result overall and didn’t spoil the day as Stevenage were great hosts who fed and watered us well after the match had been completed.

This means that we are out of all competitions now with the Forest Cup being our only hope of getting a win this year left. We are defending champions of course after last year’s win so I am looking forward to this one again.

The KO matches are now in full swing – please keep Major in the loop when organising matches so he can get the tee times in order – and put your results on the sheets for Bryan and Terry to manage the draws.

Have a fantastic few weeks everybody – next report will be after the away day!

Cheers

Jonathan

Captain’s log: march

So close………………….

The new season is now in full swing after this weekend’s April Medal, so I thought it a good time to reflect on recent activities at the club.

We announced that there would be no increase in the subs and the Corporation of London also decided to keep their fees the same too. Hopefully this will encourage all 2018 members to re-join in 2019, if they haven’t already done so.

Our last remaining team in the Gordon Forster Bowl took on Trent Park, home and away, and in some exceptionally windy conditions managed to sneak a 2-point win thanks to some half-decent golf from Mr Knight and myself and some great scrambling from Mr Lovney and Mr Charsley. It also helped that their away team had a stinker. Next team up Haste Hill – see later in this report for news.

Prizes

We had the new golf rules presentation and prize giving night at the club which was well attended. After Bryan (and Terry) had finished with their rules slot the evening was taken over my Mr Burns and his inimitable style.

What then happened was a procession of Don Johnson and Paul Wilson collecting all of the prizes for the next hour and a bit, with Dick Charsley collecting a fair few too. People commented how well he did in his Captain’s year going against the trend of previous Captains who didn’t win much in their year. Meanwhile his Vice Captain for that year won nothing for the first time since he joined the club………………., just saying.

Big thank you to June Rymer for organising all of the food that evening, as she didn’t get a public thank you at the time – she put on a great display which was enjoyed by all!

Eight club members headed off to play the Ryder Cup course in Paris, via Le Touquet, and came back with wind burn from the gale forces experienced whilst out there and a tinge of disappointment that the Ryder Cup venue courses didn’t play as well as they looked on telly last year.

C’mon Chingford

We had our pre-season opener Greensomes competition, taking over the old Shelton Trophy, which by design introduced new players to this format ahead of the Clapham Common. After an outstanding performance by John Hall and Kevin Wright they took the spoils with 44 points – we could do with that from a pairing this weekend against The Epping!

Speaking of which the Team Members for this comp have been selected and pairings chosen – an email will follow. The first 3 pairs will play the Epping scorecard and the next 3 the Chingford scorecard. Come on Chingford!

Sadly, at the weekend just gone our adventure in the Gordon Forster came to an end with a disappointing away performance seeing the team go out against Haste Hill. Both their home players shot 36 points which makes it very hard to keep up with them anyway but unfortunately, we didn’t match that at home and our away performance was disappointing (me having a shocker around the greens!). Never mind, we go again next year!

Bingo!

The next event at the club is going to be a BINGO Night on Friday 19th April – hosted by Max and Jessica Lawrence (thank you Guys!) – with a chance to win some cash prizes, Easter Treats and put some money behind the bar and in my Charity pot! So far, we have had over 25 people express an interest in attending – it would be nice to get as many of you as possible so we can give out more prizes so please let me, or Kevin know if you will be coming. We will open up from 7:00’ish and the BINGO will start at 8:00. I will provide a few nibbles here and there but please either bring your own food (we can order a big take-out if people want to) or eat before coming. Watch out for a follow-up email from me/Max after we have finalised everything!

That’s it for now Happy Golfing, let’s beat the Epping and House!

Yours

Captain Margrave.

Captain’s Log: February 19

Captain’s Report

Apologies all for the late report, Xmas and January have gone past in a blur and before we know it we are now in mid-February and the main season is not far away!

Before I report on the club and Captain’s activities I would firstly like to express my sadness for those whom the club has lost this last year.

Richard McKenna

Tony Capocci

We are a small club now and any loss is felt deeply by those that have lost former fellow members and friends.

In addition to those that we have lost there are other current and ex-Members going through their own private battles with health presently and on behalf of the club I send them our best wishes.

December

December was another difficult month for Captain and Vice in our pursuit to claim victories with only one achieved in the month versus Johnson and Alvey. We haven’t played together much since due to circumstances of availability so I am sure we will come back strong for when the main season starts!

We had our Xmas Texas scramble on the 15th of the month which was a well turned out event in what was bone chilling weather! Thank you to everybody that stuck with it – there was a pause after 9 holes but we saw it through. Three teams were evenly matched and my team had Simon and Bruce who hadn’t played for months, lol. We came last but Dickie’s winning team graciously gave the day’s winnings to the Captain’s Charity so all was good in the world!

That very same evening we had a very well attended Xmas quiz night (including some welcome new faces) with the famous fish and chips supper. A great evening was had by all and Jim’s team of 24 won by a landslide. Only kidding, the team had 12 members.

January

Xmas came and went and it was nice to see some new shiny equipment on the tee when we got back out there playing again! For once that didn’t include me! Well the brand new stuff doesn’t come out until February so I will wait until then, lol.

Weather, illness and alcohol play a large part in January being a difficult month to get regular fourballs together and an experiment with changing the tee times due to lack of early daylight sees mixed reviews.

A new local rule for dropping the ball caused controversy on its first day when Don drops from behind a bush and promptly holes out his next shot – you cannot make this stuff up! The February committee meeting will sort this out!

Chingford put in two teams for the Gordon Forster Bowl – a Public Courses winter event – and 2 pairs take on Basildon home and away whilst another 2 pairs take on Cheshunt Park home and away.

A disappointing away performance at Basildon meant that one team sadly bowed out but the team of Knight, Margrave, Wilson and Lovney prevailed over Cheshunt and go into the next round to face Trent Park.

Our traditional New Year Party was held in January with the theme of 80’s music and fancy dress for those who were up for it. Unfortunately the numbers on the night were not as high as hoped but those who did attend (thank you!) had a great time. Can those who attended that took photos please send them in to Greg so he can put them on the website?

Despite this custard pie I am determined to get as many events going this year as possible and will be announcing a Friday night Bingo event soon – watch this space (thank you Max and Jessica for volunteering to get involved!). Also (with assistance from Gary Knight) there will be a wine tasting and food tasting event to come also. Please get in touch if anybody else would like to get involved in helping with any other events.

As your club Captain whilst I am doing many things this year on behalf of the club and its members as is the tradition of the role I am also doing a number of events to raise as much money for my chosen charity as possible.

This weekend just gone I, with a work colleague, ran the London Half-Marathon around the Olympic Park in Stratford in not very pleasant conditions in a time I was very proud of.

With a number of you graciously donating to my charity I managed to raise over £500 for this event alone – thank you! Not moving quite so well today it has to be said though!

I have emailed you all to let you know of the change of date for this year’s annual Dinner/Dance – 19th October. It will be held at West Essex Golf club and further details will follow. I want to plan for this as best as possible so please get in contact with Major or myself to confirm your attendance or not.

The next club event will be Prize Giving night and this will be on Friday 8th March from 7pm onwards. I deliberately didn’t win anything in 2018 to make sure I was fully focused on handing out the prizes!

Next report will follow at the end of March after we have played our new Club Greensomes Trophy event.

Happy Golfing Everyone

Jonathan

Your 2019 Captain.

Captain’s log: Another quiet month!

So fresh from the drive-in Captain and Vice are up for their next challenge – bring on Wilson and Lovney.  After a really tight match on the front 9 (not) Captain and Vice only lost 6&5 and to their credit Lovney and Wilson barely mentioned it at all throughout the round or afterwards!  Whilst the hammering was justified Captain and Vice managed to win the back 9 and the birdie count to end up not losing any money!  We might have mentioned that!

Next up was the match of the season so far – Charlton and Risby.  Throughout last year Dickie and me could not beat them so I was determined to do so this time.  What an extraordinary match it was with 3 out of the 4 players featuring in the top 3 of the medal competition overall – net scores of 67, 69 and 70.  Eagles and birdies galore, great banter – the scores went backwards and forwards throughout but Captain and Vice prevailed with a whopping £9 going into the Captain’s charity as a result.

The following week Captain and Vice had a trial separation so Major could attend a 6 day wedding event!

Welcome Event

Next up was the Captain’s welcome event at East Herts golf club – thank you all for coming along to the event and a big thanks to my PA Gary Knight for organising it.  With just one unfortunate drop out on the day 23 players went out into the misty lands of Buntingford to try and claim the day’s glory.  After hitting the first tree off the first tee I did not have high hopes for my round but thankfully I ended up scoring a birdie out of the bunker on the last to ensure my golfing day ended well.  Well done to Lovney and Knight for the best scores on the day and to Hall and Charsley for the NTP awards – all of you kindly donated your winnings to the Captain’s charity to the tune of £95 – thank you!  The food and drink provided was excellent and I look forward to going back there at some point in the spring/summer for a cheeky round if anybody fancies it with me.

Stags

On that very same day – already full of cottage pie and apple crumble Captain and Vice crowbar’d themselves into their best dinner suits to attend the Gentlemen’s Stag Dinner at REFGC to support their new captain Gareth Davis.  5 courses later (and a few glasses of something nice) and we were fit to burst!  The magical entertainment provided was excellent and gives us an option for our Dinner Dance next year – to be discussed at next committee.  Thank you Gareth for your invite and company and to your Vice Ron too.

Something Different

The weekend golf was something a bit different for us all in that we ran a team competition based upon best 2 stableford scores on each hole, aggregate scores on the par 3’s.  With a little bit of re-jigging to accommodate the 3-balls we managed to get the rules clear and this well attended friendly competition was thoroughly enjoyed and by pure coincidence the Captain’s team of Rymer, Risby and Parnell came out victorious with a cracking score of 98 points.  3 other teams (2 3-balls) came in second with 92 points.  We will be running new comps like these in the New Year instead of Dev Stablefords until the full season starts again in April.

Last up for the month for Captain and Vice was Bandit Parnell and Ralgex Smith.  Having got off to a winning start everything looked comfortable for Captain and Vice with some good scoring and the front 9 was taken.  Unfortunately Captain and Vice forgot that Bandit Parnell gets 300 shots and he used every one of them to steal the last 2 holes and take the overall match.  Ralgex Smith came alive on the back 9 too, particularly after the sun came over the yardarm….. well played Gents.

So Captain and Vice have 1 win and 3 defeats to their name so far – work to be done to restore some pride in December starting this weekend!

Other news and Events Update

I have sent out an email regarding needing more names for the Texas Scramble on December 15th so please can anybody else who can play let me know ASAP.  For the quiz on that same day please make sure that Bryan knows that you are coming and what your food order is please.

The next key event is our New Years Party on January 26th – Major will be reaching out to everybody to get provisional numbers – tickets will follow.  We will be having an 80’s theme so a chance to dress like you used to – or still do in some cases!

Thank you for reading!

Captain Margrave

Prize Evening: Sundhu Triumphant

Following the postponement due to the “Beast from the East” and despite the reappearance of arctic conditions Prize Evening drew a good crowd on Friday 16th march.

That other “Beast from the East”, Major Sundhu, carried off most prizes this year.  Other frequent appearances beside captain Richard Charsley were the new club champ Gary Middleton and Daniel Greenwood.

The COBs were represented by Steve Hall and Bill McEwan who rolled back the years to snap up individual and pairs prizes.

Here are some photos.  There is only one photo of Major to spare those of a nervous disposition.

New Captain Hits the Fairway

New captain Dickie Charsley got his year off to a great start.  He hit a fine drive with the ancient club out of dubious lie.  His friends and fellow members arrived in large numbers to join in the celebrations.  And the speeches, prizes and bangers and mash went down a treat.

Here’s Dickie looking the part on the first tee:

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And the celebrations:

Captain’s Blog

From our captain.

Dear Members and Guests of CGC,

Firstly I must apologise for not updating the Captain’s Blog more frequently. It has been a busy year for me  and  I cannot believe it is August already.

Captain’s Day

Captain’s Home Day in July was well supported. If anyone has any photos of the day I would appreciate if you could send them to me. It was good to see Tiger Burns and Panda Beeson there. And I must congratulate all the winners especially the overall winner Max Lawrence. He had a fantastic round of level par scoring him 45pts. It was good to see ex-captains Dicky Rawles and Alan Miles coming 2nd and 3rd also.  Congrats to Paul Beeson who won the Guest  Comp.

Jimmy Hobley's Captain's Day outfit

Golf

Captain and Vice  have had a reasonably good year  having lost just three matches. We are still in the Shelton at the semi- final stage.

Last year, we reached the final of the NAPGC Clapham Common. Unfortunately, this year, we were beaten before the Regional Final. So back to the drawing board for Dick next year.

The COB’s just have one match left to play at Ilford GC on 30th August. So if you are old enough and want to play please let myself or Greg Harper know. There will be a sheet  on the board in the changing room.  So far we have won all the home fixtures and lost all the aways ones.  Looks like a pattern!

Please make sure you arrange you Knock Out competition matches. We are getting to holiday time and this can mean some dates slip behind time. Steve Durman will not hesitate to DQ you if you haven’t tried to get the match played. So be warned!

Dates

Just a reminder of what is still to come for 2017.

Captains Away Day at Dyrham Park Golf Club on Friday 25th August.  If you haven’t already please put your name on the sheet at the clubhouse

CGC Annual Dinner and Dance is again being hosted by Theydon Bois GC ( October 7th).

That’s it for now Let me know if there’s anything you guys would like included in future blogs. We will try and accommodate all legal requests.

Thank you,

Kevin

Captain Kevin’s first blog

Wow, I cannot believe it is January 2017 already, as it only seems to me that last week I was trying to “Drive In” as the new captain from the sand brick that Richard Charsley had built for me and enabling a 26 metre drive!

CHANGES AT THE TOP

Peter Lawrence has stepped down from the Committee after 3 years diligent service and I am sure all the members will agree that Peter was a good Captain and committee member. Thanks very much Peter.

Our immediate past Captain Paul Lovney has moved on to the “House and Bar” committee and will bring a lot of fresh ideas to the role

Thank you to all the past and current Committee members and I look forward to working with you over this coming season.

GOLF

Captain and Vice have had a three match winning streak and remain unbeaten in 2017 after a shaky start of losing our first two matches.

This year we entered 3 teams into the Gordon Forester but unfortunately have already had 2 teams knocked out. However myself, vice- captain, Paul Wilson and Jimmy Hobley are still flying the flag and we have to play Basildon in the next round in February.

PICTURES

Please let Richard Charsley or I have any pictures you take on or off the course so that we can add them to the home page, ideally we would like to update all the images on a monthly basis, COBS that includes you please.

DATES

Just like last year’s Captain and Vice, Richard and I are pretty organised so here are some dates to place in your diary. If I give them to you this early in the season and you can’t make it then you definitely don’t like me.

New Year’s Party is Saturday January 28th, 8 till late, tickets all sold out!!

Friday March 3rd is our presentation night, always a popular night but please try and make the effort for the winners. It’s always nice to pick up a trophy in front of a full house.

Captains Home Day ( Sunday June 25th), and this year’s Dinner and Dance is again being hosted by Theydon Bois GC ( October 7th). Captain’s Away Day to be confirmed

That’s it for now, let me know if there’s anything you guys would like included in future blogs and we will try and accommodate them.

Thank you
Kevin