Captain's Newsletter - 23rd August

Aug 23, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

  • Ladies' Club Match v Barlaston (A) on Tuesday
  • Seniors' Autumn Trophy on Wednesday
  • FROGS on Thursday
  • Seniors' Club Match v Aston Wood (A) on Thursday
  • Ladies' Andy Dughan on Saturday
  • Gents' Stableford on Sunday
  • Ladies' Stableford on Sunday
  • Mixed Friendly v Horsley Lodge (A) on Sunday

Steve's Away Day

Steve and David Colley have done the draw for the day.

9.30 Steve Fox, George Cowley, John Brookes and Paul Allen

9.40 Matt Moran, Steve Shepherd, Tony Butlin and Ben Laing

9.50 Gavin Robson, Daz Rayner, Danvider Tamba and Steve Gower

10.00 Richard Earp, Richard Odell, Gurps Mann and Pete Barker

10.10 Charlie Insley, Eldridge Cunningham, Nick Graham and Robert Hardie

10.20 Brian Tierney, Colin Rigby, Dave Thomas and Pete Fisher

10.30 Rob Sanders, Andy Insley, Mac Hussain and Terry Bailey

10.40 Pete Nicolle, Tim Winn, Mick Gaskin and Neil Haywood

10.50 Mark Brookes, Colin Shaw, Mel Dukes and Bobby Cliff

11.00 Richard Zabo, Eric Goddard, Ian Pearsall and Jason Lightfoot

11.10 Paul Marshall, Steve Smith, Richard Manning and Jon Orme

11.20 Craig Dughan, Nigel Hollis, Dan Jackson and Ken Williams

11.30 Steve Warner, Dave Lawrence, Chris Smith and Gary Marler

Dress Code on the course is normal golf attire, meaning shirts must have a collar, no denim wear and golf shoes must be either hard/soft spikes or dimples. In the Clubhouse after golf we need to change into smart casual wear (no denim or trainers) and smart shoes. No headwear is to be worn in the Clubhouse.

The day will be an 18-hole Stableford Competition off full handicap allowance. There will be a prize for nearest the pin prizes on all the par threes and overall prizes for first to fifth inclusive.

The meal will be a two-course sit down dinner with a choice of braised beef or chicken, ham and leek pie with potatoes and seasonal veg, followed by fruit crumble or lemon tart and coffee with mints. Steve will collect meal choices prior to you teeing off, probably over breakfast - which is served from 8 am.

The minibus will pick up from Branston at 7am prompt for those going on the bus, and will drop off at the Branston around 9pmish.

Here’s praying for fine weather!

Well played, Di

Di Horsley won the Woollett Crystal Cup for ladies over 50 on Sunday, and is pictured with Jenney and Mick Wolllett.

Team Competitions

Please be aware that if you sign up for a pairs or team competition (ladies/gents or mixed) it is important that, if at all possible, you avoid cancelling once the draw has been done.

If for some reason either you or your partner are unable to play, it is still necessary for one of you to play in order to mark the card of the pair you are playing with.

It becomes very difficult to find replacements at short notice and as a result a pair can be left without a marker, or a team short of a player if you cancel at short notice.

Mactier Cup

Louise Manning finished ninth in the Silver Division and Trudie Hanson fourth in the Bronze Division when the Staffordshire Golf Mactier Cup was hosted at Branston last Monday. Congratulations to both.

Tee-time Discipline

Please remember that you are required to be on the tee ten minutes before your tee time. If you are not immediately available to play at your allocated time a two-shot or two-point reduction may be applied to your competition result.

Bank Holiday Whackers

Just another reminder that Whackers will be running on Bank Holiday Monday (August 29th) and there will be a Spot Prize for this day only. There is no fun comp as the Ladies' Committee has decided not to run one this year.

Ladies Inter-Club 25-36 County Shield success

Congratulations to the team of Margaret Wright, Sara Allen, Trudie Hanson, Jane Docksey and Andy Thompson who won their semi-finals match 4 - 1, with some fantastic scores, (Trudie winning 10&8, Sara winning 9&7, Andy winning 6&4 and Margaret winning 5&4), against Druids Heath played at Trentham on Friday, August 19, and are now through to the final to be played at Ingestre Park on Thursday, Sept 29. Good luck, ladies.

Non-return of Scorecards

Please note that it is a CONGU requirement that scorecards are submitted and entered into the computer immediately after the end of a round and a Club sanctions, currently a three competition ban, will be imposed should your card not be returned. This applies to both gents and ladies and please refer to the notices in both the gents' and ladies' locker rooms for more detailed information.

Branston Open (Sept 3)

If anyone would like a copy of either the latest draw or the entry form, please email asking for them and we'll reply with them.

Rules Evening #2

The list to sign up for Paul Allen's second rules evening for Club members on August 25 is up on the notice board in the locker rooms, or you can ring the Golf Lodge on 01283 528320.

Rachel Warner and the Great North Run

In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Steve's sister Rachel is running the Great North Run on September 11.

Off The Wall

Our Captains' Challenge is on September 11 and 12: we will be walking Hadrian's Wall. Any sponsorship will be very gratefully received:

Come Bowling

This year's Bowls Night (with pie and peas!) is on Friday (August 26) from 6pm at Derby Co-op Bowls and Social Club. Directions are on the notice boards in the locker rooms along with the sign-up sheet.

Captains' Charity Ball – September 17 – 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
  • Four-course Bond themed evening meal
  • Disco and dancing

Arrive 7pm, carriages at 1am, cost £38 per person, ring 01283 528 336 and book your tickets at the Pavilion. Black tie event, dress to impress/thrill!

Rule of the Week: What happens if you take your shot but your ball hits one of your playing partners' balls, either on the fairway or in the rough?
The good news is that there's no penalty: your partner must drop their ball back where it was when it was struck but you must play your ball as it lies from whenever it ended up.
If you're on the green, however, be very aware: if you are playing in a strokeplay competition and you putt on a green but hit another ball on the green then your playing partner again get to replace their ball BUT you incur a penalty of two shots. Interestingly, if it's matchplay there is no penalty.

Thought for the Week

From Billy Graham (1918-), USA TV evangelist:

"The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf