Captain's Newsletter - 26th July

Jul 26, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners
  • Mick Woollett, Paul Allen and Steve Rixon won the three divisions in the Gents' Medal on Wednesday
  • Dan and Rachel Jackson won the Golfer & Non Golfer Fun Competition on Friday
  • Mick Clamp won the Scomark and Richard Grant the Ansells (both Gents' Majors) on Saturday
  • Susie Spruce won the Ladies' Stableford on Saturday
  • James Wilkinson won the Junior Club Championship on Sunday

Next week's fixtures

  • Gents' Club Match v Burton (H) on Tuesday 26th
  • Ladies' Medal on Tuesday 26th
  • Ladies' Club Match v Calderfields (H) on Wednesday 27th
  • Seniors' Captain v Past Captains on Wednesday 27th
  • FROGS on Thursday 28th
  • Gents' Medal on Saturday 30th
  • Ladies' Medal on Saturday 30th
  • Rose 'n Thorns on Sunday 31st
  • Juniors' Stableford on Monday 1st

James's Junior Win

James Wilkinson retained his Junior Club Championship on Sunday with a level-par total of 144 after rounds of 70 and 74. Ollie Read (72 + 74) was second and Harry Shepherd (77 + 83) third.

James is the first person to hold the Club Championship and the Junior Club Championship at the same time and is pictured receiving the trophy from vice-Captain Steve Fox.

Rose 'n Thorns Barbeque

Because the field for the Rose 'n Thorns is so big, with tee times from 9am to 3.10pm, there will not be a presentation to the winners on the day.

However, there will be a BBQ served by the Club from 4pm to 8pm, cost £5.50 per head but with no need to buy a ticket in advance.

Will's Endurance Challenge

In his role as Junior Captain, Will Betts is taking part in a one-day event organised by police officers and the Royal Marines in the Cheviot hills, in Northumberland. He has to complete 30 miles in under nine hours, carrying a 30 pound pack.

Please support Will raise money by donating directly to his fundraising page -

Walking The Wall

Our Captains' Challenge is fast approaching: on September 11th and 12th we will be walking Hadrian's Wall - two days' trekking with two nights' camping (the camping is a challenge in itself)!

Any support we receive by way of sponsorship will be gratefully received: all proceeds will be going to the Captains' Charity, The Alzheimer's Society. You can sponsor us by visiting our joint Just Giving page

Golfer and Non-Golfer Fun Comp, Friday 22 July

16 pairs signed up to play in the Golfer/Non Golfer on Friday, July 22, and a total £88.50 was raised for the Captains' Charity thanks to the very kind donations of their winnings from the winners Dan and Rachel Jackson, who scored 21 points, and Richard (Tricky) Harper (who played with his son, Harry Harper) coming second with 20 points, just beating Jenney and her partner Sophie on countback.

Tricky also scored a hole in one on the 8th, so well done to him. Thank you to all who played.

Get Thinking About Bowling

It's time to think about the annual 'Golfers have a go at Bowling’ night, again organised brilliantly by Helen Dickerson and Jim Walker. This year it's on Friday, August 26, from 6pm at Derby Co-op Bowls and Social Club (directions in the locker room).

Please look out for the notices soon to be in the locker rooms and sign up for a fun evening of bowling helped along by pie and peas. All age groups (and you don’t have to be Branston members to join us) are welcome. Trainers or flat soled shoes the only requirement along with your company.

Winning Ladies

Apologies for omitting this from last weeks newsletter. Pictured are the winning Branston ladies of the County Bronze Alliance at Lichfield GCC: congratulations to Penny Small, Sara Allen and Trudie Hanson who won seven shots clear of the field with 93 points, and with Trudie scoring a very impressive 45 points. Very well played ladies.

Steve's Away Day:

There are only eight spaces left for Steve's Captains Away Day on Friday, September 2, at Beau Desert GC.

The day will consist of a total charge of £65.00 all in. This includes:

  • Coffee and Bacon roll on arrival
  • 18 holes on the magnificent Beau course
  • 18 hole Stableford competition
  • Winners' prize table
  • Spot prizes
  • Two-course evening meal with coffee
  • And maybe even a speech from Steve!

There are only four buggies available from the course and we have booked the lot, so please let Steve know who definitely NEEDS one and we will arrange the playing partners accordingly to maximise their usage.

We will need to arrive at the club for about 8am and the numbers are limited to a maximum of 60, so be sure to book early. The Notice will be in the gents' locker room by the middle of this week.

Ladies Scratch B team

Congratulations to the Ladies Scratch B team of Mandy Belcher, Desley Smith, Louise Manning, Carol Alford and Cherry Loomes who played on Tuesday, July 19, in very hot conditions against Ingestre Park at home and won convincingly with a win of 3 1/2 to 1 1/2, with one match win of 7 & 6 and another of 8 & 7. One more match to play away at Druids Heath on August 4. Good luck ladies.

Ladies Scratch C team

Congratulations also to the Ladies Scratch C team of Penny Small, Di Horsley, Lynne Woolley, Sue Bateman and Jane Winn who had an excellent win away at Brocton Hall, also on Tuesday, July 19, and with a convincing win of 4 1/2 to 1/2.

The team has now won all of its matches, which is a great achievement for their first season. Fingers crossed that the Division Seven trophy is theirs. Well done to team captain Penny Small and all those who have represented the Club this year.

Jenney's Away Day:

Jenney's Lady Captain's Away Day is on Friday, August 12, at Ingestre Park GC with: tea/coffee and a bacon roll on arrival; 18 holes of golf with spot prizes of nearest the pin and squiggly line; a two-course meal followed by a presentation of prizes.

The first tee time is 11:00 and the draw is on Masterscoreboard so everyone can see their tee time.

There is one space available for another lady out there who would like to join Lady Captain on her away day, total cost £48.50, please contact Jenney on 0781 400 1703 or if you are interested.

Captains' Charity Ball – 17 September – James Bond Casino Royale

There will be many different James Bond fun and games going on throughout the evening, including:

  • Fun Casino tables (Roulette Wheel, Black Jack, Slot Machines, etc.)
  • Charity auction and raffle
  • 4 course "Bond" themed evening meal
  • Disco and dancing

Arrive 7pm, carriages at 1am, cost £38.00 per person, ring 01283 528 336 and book your tickets at the Pavilion. Black tie event, dress to impress/thrill!
Branston Ladies Race to DubaiCongratulations to Carol and Emma Alford, who are competing in the Race to Dubai, for playing and winning their first round this weekend. The first match was 18 holes at home on Saturday, July 23, against a father-and-son team from Moor Hall and they won 10 up. Sunday, July 24, saw them play the same team again, this time at Moor Hall, with a final winning score of 6 & 5. They now await the second round to see who they will play. Good luck ladies.

Rule of the Week: Yellow and Red Stakes

Probably the most common breach of the Rules - even by players who think they know the rules - occurs when players misunderstand the difference between hazards marked with yellow stakes and those marked with red stakes, and end up taking their penalty shots incorrectly.

Water hazards are marked with yellow stakes. If your ball ends up in one you have three choices:

  • Play the ball as it lies, making sure you don't ground your club in the hazard
  • Take a one-shot penalty and drop a ball behind the hazard, keeping the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, the flag and the point where the drop takes place in a straight line
  • Take a one-shot penalty and drop a ball nearest to the spot you played the original shot from

However, lateral water hazards are marked with red stakes and are for situations where dropping a ball behind the hazard is not always practical. In this case, if your ball ends up in a hazard marked with red stakes you can still do any of the three above things but you also get a fourth choice:

  • Drop a ball within two clubs lengths of where the ball last crossed the hazard as long as it is no nearer the hole

So, the important thing to remember is that you ONLY get to take a penatly drop within two club lengths if the hazard is marked with RED stakes - if it's marked with YELLOW stakes you don't get that option.

Thought for the Week

From Bobby Jones (1902-1971), winner of 13 Major Championships and the Grand Slam of all four Majors in 1930:

"Golf is 95% a game to be enjoyed and only 5% a match to be won."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016