Captain's Newsletter - 9th August

Aug 09, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

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.

Steve's Away Day

Anyone who has signed-up for Steve's Away Day on Sept 2 but hasn't paid needs to please: 1) Bank transfer to Barclays Bank sort code 20-15-96 a/c no 40787396 S.D.Warner (please ref with your name); 2) Cash, preferably given to Carole if you don’t want Steve buying alcohol with it; 3) Cheque, payable to S.D.Warner.

Scratch B Finale

Commiserations to the Ladies Scratch B team who unfortuantely lost their final match, 3 to 2, at Druids Heath on August 4. However, they have still had a good season so well done to all who represented the club and to the captain, Carol Alford. Good luck for next year, ladies.

Good luck, Sara

Good luck to Sara Allen in the England Golf National Medal Finals at Frilford Heath on August 10 and 11.

Mactier Date

Branston is hosting the Staffordshire Ladies Mactier Cup Final next Monday (August 15), good luck to Louise Manning (Silver Division) and Trudie Hanson (Bronze Division) who qualified to represent Branston .

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!

Rules Evening #2The 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.

German Visitors - Steve reports Our Glashofen friends arrived on Thursday (21 of them) and we played 9 holes of golf as a friendly loosener, followed by a few nibbles and drinks.On Friday we played at Ingestre Golf Club, which was a fantastic venue, and very hospitable people to deal with, I am sure that everyone enjoyed the course immensely. In the evening we all went to The Brewery Tap for a meal and some more drinks, and again an excellent evening with the added bonus of seeing one of our old friends from Branston, Ellie.
As if that was not enough in one day we finished up celebrating with Natalie and Mike Atkin their 25th wedding anniversary, so although this was a long day it was thoroughly enjoyable.On Saturday it was President’s Day, both Branston and Glashofen members were honoured to play together in President Ray Holder’s day. The day went off smoothly for Ray and was followed by lovely evening meal held in the clubhouse.On Sunday we played our annual club match v Glashofen. Although a lot of the games were closely fought Branston managed to come out on top by ten games to one, and I would like to thank Terry Cregan for representing Glashofen against Branston and helping the germans win their only point.The evening was rounded off with an excellent meal at the Green Dragon pub at Willington, I think everybody was pretty tired by the end and so the evening finished at 10pm.

Rule of the Week: Advice from Other PlayersWhen playing in a Qualifying Competition, you are not allowed to ask advice from anyone other than your caddy. If it’s a pairs competition you can ask for advice or receive advice from your partner or either of your caddies. Equally, if you are a player you cannot give advice in a Qualifying Competition to any other player unless they are your partner in a pairs or team competition. If you're playing in a Qualifying Competition but other players in your group are not playing in one then the situation is no different: you cannot ask for advice from them and they must not offer it to you.The penalty is the same for either asking for or giving advice: loss of hole in matchplay or a two stroke penalty in stroke play.Two players can, however, share the same GPS distance measuring device if they wish and can share factual information (for instance, on distances) but not advice on club selection. For instance, you can say to your opponent “it’s 150 yards to the flag” but you couldn’t say “it’s a seven iron to the flag”.You are ALWAYS allowed to ask for or give confirmation on the Rules of Golf.

Thought for the Week

From Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Irish writer, editor of poetry, urbane literary essayist and strong Irish nationalist:

"It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf