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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: 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

£75 New Members Special Offer

Chingford Golf Club is pleased to offer a new members special deal.

For the first year of membership new members will pay only £75 for their first year of membership.

This will bring all the advantages of club membership including an official handicap, weekly competitions, the chance of representing the club as well as the free option of the Essex Golf Union Inter County Card 2018.

Like all other members, people joining on this scheme will still pay their green fees separately to the Pro Shop on a pay-as-you-play basis.

For further information please email info@chingfordgolfclub.org.uk

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.

Rymer Nabs President’s Day Trophy

With fine weather and a good turn-out President’s Day lived up to expectations.  Terry “Lucky” Rymer made off with the trophy with the second best card.

The President himself made the best score of 39 but with that noble modesty for which he is justly renowned (and his arm twisted up his back) he declined the prize.  Terry was best of the rest with 38.

Jon Margrave took second with 36 on count-back and Bob Whitehall was third.  Bill McEwan won nearest the pin on the third and Kevin O’Donoghue on the seventh.

Greg Anstey claimed nearest the pin on thirteenth but was denied the prize on the grounds that the President forgot to put out the marker.  “My only decent shot of the day,” said the rueful Greg.

Major Aces Thirteenth

Here we see Major Sundhu retrieving this ball from the 13th hole.  This was during the development stableford on Sunday 29th October.

Everyone in the bar was treated to a drink afterward.  “Luckily there was only a dozen people in the club,” said our hero.  The first time he did it was on Captain’s Away Day at a course in Kent.  The bar bill was bigger that time.

This is his third hole-in-one.  Can anyone beat that record?