I have put the Seniors Winter Stableford no 4 on to HOWDIDIDO for you to sign up. It is on WEDNESDAY 6th JANUARY. Due to groundworks on the course in January it is unlikely to be a qualifying event but it will count in the Bob Chapman Trophy for the best 3 of the six winter stablefords. There will of course be prizes and a 2s competition as usual. The entry list will close on Friday 1st of January and I will do the draw then.
ROLL UPS will continue on Mondays in January. The list for Monday 4th January is up on the website. Remember the BRS bookings open two weeks ahead now so it won't be long before we will be booking for the 4th January.
Due to the Covid crisis we have not really celebrated the winners of the Summer knockout competition as we would normally present the Jim Sparkes Trophy at the Christmas Lunch. So many congratulations to :
TONY DIGBY the winner this year and to KEVIN KENNEDY the runner up.
It looks unlikely we will be able to have the usual AGM at the end of February 2021. It will have to be a virtual event instead. Ian will be setting up a section of the website where the various reports and papers will be placed in the middle of January so look out for these as they are completed by the post holders.
It only remains for me to thank The Captain, Russell, my fellow committee members and all the members for their help and support in keeping a wide range of golfing events going this year despite the extreme difficulties of the COVID crisis. We have had exceptional levels of entries from the members for all the events we have put on and despite the obstacles put in front of us all the events have been very successful.
I hope you will have a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to a better 2021.
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf Concedes Golf will be in lockdown from Thursday
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf has conceded that there is no more that can be done to persuade the Government to alter its position to allow golf to continue during the upcoming lockdown and the Government position will remain.
The Group’s Chair, North Warwickshire MP Craig Tracey, made the following statement ahead of legislation being introduced in the House of Commons to implement the month- long second lockdown:
“I am grateful to the industry bodies involved in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf who have been as united in their pragmatic approach to this second lockdown as they were the first. Unfortunately, unlike the lockdown earlier this year, the Government has decided to take a different approach despite golf having demonstrated it can meet the necessary requirements of the upcoming lockdown to continue to be participated in safely.
“By playing in pairs, closing clubhouses and maintaining the socially distancing rule changes already implemented, the sport could continue to be enjoyed by the 3m participants across the country. When you look at the facts, it actual poses less risk than, say, walking with a friend, which is something people will be allowed to do, in closer proximity without the oversight that golf clubs provide.
“Obviously the Government has difficult decisions to make at this time but when you consider significant mental and physical health benefits of golf, and that it is a sport that is enjoyed by such a wide range of people, we are naturally disappointed they have taken the position that it has. There is still time for this to change and we remain available to all Ministers and Officials to explain how golf can be played under the upcoming Bill or to answer any questions they may have.
“I would also like to thank the golfers who signed the petition that will now be debated in Parliament, and those who contacted their Member of Parliament making clear the case for golf. Colleagues from across the political spectrum spoke to me about the volume of correspondence they received; it was a quite a monumental movement of people in a very short space of time, and it provided Members of Parliament, myself included, with necessary groundswell of support to make the case we did.
“As was made clear in our letter to the Prime Minister, the golf industry is convinced that golf can be played safely in these times, and all involved in the All-Party Parliamentary Group reiterate our pledge to work with government to provide it with the evidence it requires to allow golf to return.
“Industry members involved in the APPG met this morning to discuss what the steps the sports should take over the coming weeks to ensure it comes back in an even stronger position once it gets the green light to return. So, we look forward to welcoming golfers, old and new, back to the fairways once the measures are lifted, so they can all enjoy the significant benefits that playing golf brings”
Weather is looking better for the rest of the week. We had a good game today playing an 'Away Day' match. That is playing the Elsham course but scoring on a Cottingham GC card.
We have a number of events coming up to get yourself involved in :
Thats all I can think of at the moment
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Gordon Greenbury died yesterday. Many of you will remember him as a past Captain of the Seniors, a Father and Grandfather and one of the nicest blokes you could have met.
I remember a few years ago several of his grand daughters worked in the restaurant and bar at Elsham. I won the Cliff Reed Trophy with him a few years ago ( Captain's Winter Charity Greensome Match)
He died of the brain tumour which was discovered several months ago.
If anyone has a good picture of Gordon could you send it to me so we can put it on the Seniors Website.
Well I suppose it was inevitable - the course and club at Elsham is closing this morninguntil further notice. We had just started getting the hang of 'social distancing' as well!
Despite the thrashing at the hands of Terry and Steve yesterday I really enjoyed our round and thanks to the hardy few who took part in the roll up yesterday. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, my lawn is just not good enough to practice any of my golf shots so I guess thats it for about 3 weeks at least.
The Committee have decided that the Doubles Knockout competition will be abandoned for this year and I will give you a refund at some point. We do want to continue with the Singles Competition but the first round will have to be postponed until we are back at the course. Also we have decided to cancel the Exchange Day with Wheatley this year.
A number of people have said that they do not think they have had a refund on the cards for the abandoned Winter Stableford no 6 on 27th Feb. I will take this up but probably not before the re-opening of the course (who knows when).
I hope you have plenty to do at home. I have never seen so many pristine and gleaming cars in the car park at Elsham yesterday. At least the weather is nice for this week so I will probably be cleaning my car again before the end of the week.
I wonder, if I cut my lawn every day would it be anywhere near an Elsham putting green - probably not.
Ian has put a new 'chat' feature onto the website. Give it a try - its quite easy to get started and is another way of keeping in touch during this period of confinement.
The main thing now is to keep yourself and your family safe. I am sure we will look back on this episode of our times as unbelievable - but it will pass and we will be back on the 1st tee before you know it.
Best wishes for better times,
In view of the Prime Ministers press conference this afternoon the Seniors committee have agreed to put forward a number of proposals about our future golfing activities to help to protect our members and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
The committee will be reviewing the situation on a daily basis and will keep you informed on any other developments. We would like to use our Seniors network to help and support our members particularly those with underlying health conditions over this next few months. Please keep in touch with us and let us know if you need any help or support, however small, so we can get through what is going to be a difficult time for us all. We will try to communicate the most up to date position on the website to keep you informed.
Please send me any comments on the proposals we have made today and, above all, please keep in touch so we can help and support each other.
I have just been in touch with John Waudby at the Club and the prospects of the course being playable tomorrow for our 6th Stableford match were described as 'zero'. So I am notifying you now that we will have to cancel the match for tomorrow.
However the AGM will still take place at 1.00pm as planned as we need to formally appoint the new Captain and vice Captain before the new season gets underway.
We do have a very busy season ahead and so we will conclude the Bob Chapman Trophy for the Winter Stableford Series by awarding the trophy to the player with the best 3 scores from the five matches we have already played.
The Results of the Bob Chapman Trophy are :
1st place - Phil Holman with 116 aggregate score
2nd Place - Mike Hempstock with 115 aggregate score
3rd Place - Ken Hopkins with 114 aggregate score.
The prizes and trophy will be presented at the AGM tomorrow.
Many congratulations to Phil for a fine score out of the five matches. Please make every effort to attend the AGM tomorrow at 1.00pm.
I have now put the March Texas Scramble up on the computer today for you to sign up. It is on Monday 9th March. I hope it will be as popular this year as last year when we had 50 people playing. Don't forget that there is an entry fee of £10.00 for the Texas Scramble as it does include a breakfast at the end of the match. It will take the £10.00 off your card on entry to the competition.
The 5th Winter Stableford match is Next Wednesday 5th February and entries will close on Friday 31st on the computer so please make sure you are entered before then. I will do the draw on Friday afternoon and post it out.
The 6th and final Winter Stableford will be on Wed 26th February and that will go onto the computer as soon as we have played the 5th one. So keep an eye out for that ! The AGM will follow that match immediately at 1.00 so please try to attend.
We will present the Bob Chapman Trophy for the best three scores in the Winter Stablefords at the beginning of the AGM.
I will be restarting the lessons with Dave in March as I think it is excellent value for money. Our numbers for the lesson did dwindle a bit last year so lets have a few new members taking part. £5.00 for a 1 hour group lesson must be worth it ! Look out for the sign up sheet on the noticeboard in a couple of weeks.
Can everyone who ordered a Polo Shirt in the 'bulk buy' please collect it and pay at the proshop as soon as possible. The jumpers have not yet arrived as far as I know.
I thinks thats all,
New inter-club sign up sheets now live
Team to play @ Cave Castle now live
Seniors clothing, order now on the "SHOP" page
Away Days now on the "Events" page
Enter the Knockout Comps on the Event page
Sunday Driver update now under the Events tab