Captain's Newsletter

Jun 02, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

  • Guy Litherland Trophy (Over 50s) on Wednesday 1st
  • Gents' Club Match v Breadsall Priory (A) on Thursday 2nd
  • FROGS on Thursday 2nd
  • Juniors Par/Bogey on Thursday 2nd
  • Seniors' Captain's Away Day on Thursday 2nd
  • Andy Dughan Am-Am on Saturday 4th
  • Mixed Husband & Wife on Sunday 5th

Wrong Dates in the Club's Magazine

I'm afraid that there were a couple of major errors in the Club's Magazine, which members should have received in the last week or so.

Captain's Day is listed as being on June 18th, when it is in fact on June 11.

And the Beach Party is listed as being on July 3rd, when in fact it is on July 2.

Captain's Day Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the Captain's Day Dinner, which is in the evening of Saturday, June 11, after the competition during the day.

The tickets cost just £20, and this includes wine on the table as well as entertainment after the presentation (planned for 7pm) and the meal (planned for 8pm).

Rules Evening

There is still time to sign-up on the lists in both locker rooms for anyone wanting to attend Richard Odell's Rules Evening with Paul Allen at the Club on June 3.

The evening will be a light-hearted look at the rules of golf in an attempt to make it easier to navigate your way around the rules book and make both the rules and procedures more understandable so that you can confidently use them on the golf course and many cases save yourself shots.

The evening will start with how to navigate quickly around the rules book focusing on the rules used on the golf course - Paul will then show a film made at Branston putting rules into action so that you can see how and where each rule comes in to affect as opposed to being bogged reading through books etc.

This will be light-hearted as well as informative and should make the rules easier for you to absorb .

There will then be a R&A quiz and of course questions and answers will be taken though out the evening. Remember, knowing you have got it right instead of thinking you are right could stop a disqualification!

Bag Drop Area: User Guide

Richard Odell has kindly provided this user guide to the new Bag Drop Area

  • 16 lockers in total
  • Pull your car into the Bag Drop area (Maximum stay of 5 minutes)
  • Put your equipment into the locker, insert a £1 coin and take out the key
  • Park your car in the carpark
  • Have breakfast/Clubhouse etc
  • Going to the first tee - Return the key and get your £1 coin back
  • Primarily designed for storing clubs/trolleys before your round
  • But could possibly store clubs post round should the lockers by the St. Andrews room (when built!) be all taken
  • Equipment is left at your own risk however the area will have full CCTV cameras
  • Equipment should NEVER be left overnight under any circumstances
  • Under NO circumstances should a member retain a key – all lockers WILL be cleaned out last thing every night
  • Equipment can also be left around the bag drop area if they are all taken but again at your own risk
  • If key is lost there will be a £10 replacement cost as the lock will have to be completely changed.


The combination of Branston's high water table and higher temperatures has led our grass to have a definite growth spurt. Gavin and his team are trying to get on top of it, but there is a lot of ground to mow. Please be patient with them as they really are working hard to maintain all areas of the course

England Medal Final

On Sunday, May 29th, Sara Allen represented Branston at the England Golf Regional Medal Final. There are six regional finals held each with 120 ladies playing for a chance to qualify for the Grand Final. The top ten from each region qualify to play in the finals, which this year are being held at Frilford Heath GC on August 11.

In her regional final Sara finished +1 along with two other players from other golf clubs and finished fifth on countback, comfortably qualifying in the top ten and so will now go on to represent Branston in the Grand Final. Congratulations Sara, and good luck.

Ian Dickerson Memorial Fixture

The winners (pictured) in the now-annual fixture with a team from Bulwell GC in Nottinghamshire in memory of Ian Dickerson were Jon and Rachel Orme from Branston and Ian Scard and Phil Kimberley from Bulwell.

The winners very kindly donated their prizes to the Captains' Charity, which meant a total of £245 was raised - for which we are both incredibly grateful.

Special thanks must go to Helen Dickerson, Jim Walker, Doris and Alex from Bulwell for their part in making the day go so smoothly.

Bank Holiday Fun Comp

The Irish team of E. Desay, A. Pretty, T. Hanson, P. Allen, N. Burton, J. Doyle, H. Shepherd and N Hollis came out on top in the Bank Holiday Fun Comp on Monday with a total of 238 points.

Scotland finished in second place with 228, Wales were third with 216 and England fourth with 211. Pete Barker's 39 points was the highest individual score.

Massive thanks go to organiser Wendy Woollett and her helpers Mick Woollett and Phil Bates, but also to Davinder Tamber for stepping-in at the last minute after yet more no-shows to make sure that ll countries were fully represented.

The biggest thankyou goes from both of us to all the members of the winning Irish team, who all so generously donated their winnings to the Captains' Charity.

Gents' Andy Dughan

It's the gents' Andy Dughan Am-Am on Saturday, and there are still spaces available for anyone who would like to play. Entry is £10 per player for Branston members and £20 per player for non-members.

The competition is played in memory of a former member, who incidentally was a good friend of Steve's. He was an enthusiastic golfer and a big supporter of the Club and its social functions along with his wife, Marie.

Sadly, he died young after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Here's the trophy:

And here's a picture of Andy and Marie (on the right) with John and Monica Deakin (on the left) and another couple (please let Steve know if you know who they are!) at the 1983 Dinner and Dance:

Future Charity Events for Your Diary

  • Saturday 2nd July 2016, Beach Party in the Clubhouse/Patio including food and cocktails (this event follows the Gents and Ladies Charity Shield competition).
  • Friday 19th August, Band and BBQ night in the Clubhouse/Patio.
  • Saturday 17th September, Charity Ball in the Pavillion.

Updated Draws

PING 4BBB Winners

The Ping FourBallBetterBall qualifying competition played on Sunday is a Stableford competition run by England Golf in association with Ping and Ecco.

The top 50 Stableford scores in England will qualify through to the Grand Final on September 6 and the next best 50 scores will qualify for the plate final on September 5.

This year we had eight pairs enter this competition. Second on countback were Rachel Smith and Lynne Woolley with 36 points, but first with a score of 39 points were Karen Bindi and Sarah Thomas.

Congratulations ladies, and let's hope you qualify through to one of the finals.

Husband & Wife Trophy

It's the Mixed Husband and Wife on Sunday: 24 pairs are entered currently.

The trophy (below) was presented by Rick and Enid Toon ( also below) who were Captains in the same year in 1981.

Rule of the Week: Goose Poo

Our friends the Canada Geese are back with as usual, which means a lot of goose poo on the course. Steve Summers (other driving instructors are available but aren't as good) is among a few people who have asked what the ruling would be if any gets on a ball or is in the way of a putt or shot.

Goose poo (like all animal droppings) is a loose impediment. Loose impediments can always be moved, except when both the impediment and the ball are in the same hazard (including a bunker) and as long as the ball is not moved.

If the ball does move while you are removing the loose impediment then sadly it's a one-shot penalty and the ball must be replaced. If the ball is on the putting surface then obviously it should be marked and lifted for cleaning.

Sadly, this does all mean that if you end up with goose poo actually on your ball anywhere except the green then it's tough: if you can't remove it without moving the ball you have to carry on playing with it on the ball until it falls off or until you get to a putting surface and can mark the ball then clean it.

Thought for the Week

From Bernhard Langer (1957-), Masters Champion in 1985 and 1993:

"Be decisive. A wrong decision is generally less disastrous than indecision."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf