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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.

Prizes 2019

Prize Night on Friday 8th March was a well attended event in three parts.

First up was Bryan Sinden explaining the rule changes to a class of increasingly bumptious students. Most of the Rule-Meister’s observations passed by without comment until the question was raised of the possibility of a hurricane causing the ball the partly enter the hole and then come out again. As it turned out it was a topical issue on a weekend of high winds.

The matter was not resolved but Sinders surrendered the mic and the assembled company fell upon a sumptuous spread of superior finger food prepared by June Rymer. Three Cheers for June!

Now came the main event with captain Jon Margrave handing out the prizes. The main man of the year seems to have been Paul Wilson, although Don (now “Donatello”) Johnson might contest that.

Here are Paul’s handshakes:

Here are Don’s:

The rest will follow. But it should be mentioned that Dick Charsley did very well in his Captain’s Year:

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

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: