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:
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
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.
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 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!