Captain's Newsletter

Apr 05, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners Next week's fixtures
  • Juniors' Stableford on Tuesday 5th
  • Ladies' Stableford on Tuesday 5th
  • Seniors' Club Match v Stafford Castle (A) on Tuesday 5th
  • Gents' Stableford on Wednesday 6th
  • Seniors' Club Match v Ashbourne (H) on Wednesday 6th
  • Gents' Club Match v Ashbourne (H) on Thursday 7th
  • Ladies' County Shield Inter Club v Uttoxeter on Thursday 7th
  • Branston Masters on Saturday 9th
  • Ladies' Branston Masters on Saturday 9th
  • Second leg of the Burton Trophy v Burton (A) on Sunday 10th
  • Gents' Medal on Sunday 10th
  • Ladies' Medal on Sunday 10th
  • Ladies' Scratch A v Beau Desert (H) on Sunday 10th
  • Seniors' Club Match v Trent Lock (A) on Monday 11th

Preferred Lies

Because of the wet nature of the course at the moment, Preferred Lies (lift, clean and place within six inches) on fairways and closely mown areas only will remain in place until further notice.

Always check with the Golf Lodge or on the board adjacent to the First Tee before you play to get the confirmed current course conditions.

May Memorial Trophy Entry Sheets

Entry sheets for the Gents' May Memorial Trophy, due to be played on Saturday, May 7, are now up on the noticeboard in the gents' locker room. It's a Pairs Betterball competition and so entry is in, er, pairs...

Bedford Trophy Draw

The draw for the first Mixed Major of the year - the Bedford Trophy on Sunday, April 17 - is available here.

Fancy Winning This?

It's the Branston Masters this weekend, and here's what the gents are playing for:


Join Us in The Rotathlon

You can now start signing-up for our Rotathlon over the weekend of May 14 and 15. The two of us are going to be leading the way in the first slot on the Saturday and would love as many of you as possible to join us over the two days.

Based in the gym at Branston, there are three events - a 10km cycle; a 2km row; and a 2.4km run (outside on the jogging track) - with classifications for "novices", "trainers" and "elite" and awards for the shortest aggregate time in each category.

Entry is only £10 plus a commitment to raise at least £50 in sponsorship. The whole event should take up no more than an hour and a half and there are 52 time slots available from 9.30am to 3.30pm each day.

You can pick up your entry forms at Reception.

Cheque Handover

Last year's Captains, Tim and Sarah, handed over a cheque for an incredible £41,290.79 to the Donna Louise Children's Hospice on Saturday.

It was an amazing effort by them and all the members of the Club are very proud of them. Massive thanks obviously go to all the members at Branston who supported them so well in their year.

They are pictured (below) handing over the money to Melanie Williams from the Donna Louise Children's Hospice. Also in the picture is Keiran from Burton, one of the local children who will benefit personally from the support all the members of Branston gave Tim and Sarah.


Ashbourne Club Match

The gents' Club Match season gets underway this week at home to Ashbourne on Thursday. The team is: Captain; vice-Captain; Professional (Ross Ward); Paul Allen; Steve Summers; Maqsood Hussain; Terry Bailey; Graham Lewin; Jonathan Knight; Ben Waldron; Tony Butlin; Stuart Haywood. Play well everyone!

Taskers' Matches

The two gents' teams in the Taskers' Trophy start their campaigns this week. Tim Winn and Athol Jamieson are co-ordinating the teams and both carry the best wishes of everyone at the Club.

Sadly, the ladies' team of Chris Pettitt, Desley Smith, Mandy Belcher, Carol Alford, Cherry Loomes, Rachel Smith and Margaret Wright lost 6-1 in their Taskers' match to Hallowes GC, near Chesterfield.

A Night At The Races

Fancy a flutter on the horses without having to go to the bother of having to actually go to the races? We have the answer; our Captains' Charity Race Night!

It's on Saturday, April 23, in the Clubhouse. As well as the opportunity to have a cheeky fun bet, the ticket price of £10 also includes pie, chips and peas!

Tickets will be available via Reception.

Well Done Boys

Tom Alford and James Bailey both won their matches as Staffordshire U16 Boys beat Staffordshire U16 Girls at the weekend.


Captain v Lady Captain

The draw has been made for the annual Captain v Lady Captain match, which this year takes place on Saturday, April 16. The draw isn't on Master Scoreeboard but is on the Golf at Branston facebook page.

Branston Lead Burton

Branston takes a single point lead - 3.5 to 2.5 - into the second leg of the Burton Trophy against Burton GC, with the away match being played at Burton next Sunday. Good luck to everyone playing.

Scratch C Team Win

The Ladies' Scratch C Team of (left to right) Di Horsley, Penny Small, Lynne Woolley, Kay Marshall and Sue Bateman emerged victorious against Trentham GC at home on Sunday, winning 3.5 to 1.5.


Rule of the Week: Bunkers

Since a rule change took effect in 2012, you are allowed to rake a bunker before you play a shot out of it, but there are some strict conditions:

  • You are doing so for the sole purpose of caring for the course
  • You don't improve the lie of your ball
  • You don't improve the area in which you are going to take up your stance.

As I said, this didn't used to be the case but the rule was changed in 2012 because it was felt it would help speed up play.

Branston has a Local Rule that allows you to remove stones from bunkers. However, all other loose impediments (such as leaves, for example) cannot be removed by you if your ball is in the bunker with them.

If you need to take relief from casual water in a bunker you must drop your ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief and the ball must land in the bunker and come to rest still in it.

If the bunker is completely full of water then you won't be able to take full relief soil you must take maximum relief, either dropping the ball in the shallowest part of the water or dropping it where you will have to take a stance in the shallowest part of the water.

If the bunker has been designated as Ground Under Repair, however, you may claim relief outside it without incurring a penalty.

Thoughts for the Week

From Chi Chi Rodriguez, eight-time winner on the PGA Tour in America and winner of 22 Seniors PGA Tour events, on this weekend's Masters at Augusta:

"The first time I played the Masters I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life."

That's All, Folks

Have a great week, both on the course and off it.

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf