Captain's Newsletter - 20th September

Sep 20, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

  • Seniors' Club Match v Breadsall Priory (A) on Tuesday
  • Gents' Medal on Wednesday
  • Ladies' Club Match v Forest Hill (H) on Thursday
  • Ladies' Stableford on Thursday
  • Gents' Stableford on Saturday
  • Ladies' Stableford on Saturday
  • Captain and Past Captains' Trophy on Saturday
  • Knockout Competitions Finals on Sunday

Captains' Charity Challenge

Our Captains' Challenge is finally over: the first night's camping was very wet and windy, and it was that windy that I actualy believed the tent was going to blow away!
Fortunately, on Saturday morning the weather changed and was dry, cool and breezy with the sun eventually coming out and we trekked 15 miles with some amazing views. On Sunday, with very similar weather, we trekked a further ten miles. The terrain was very undulating and hard work and it was cerainly a challenge.
We were all exhausted at the finish but felt very proud of our achievement. We even got a medal at the finish line! With aching limbs and frizzy hair, we rewarded ourselves with a night in a hotel on Sunday evening before driving home on Monday.

Between us (Steve, Jenney, Carole, Nigel, Ben and Sarah) we have raised around £3,000 for this very worthwhile cause, which we couldn't have done without your support and we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Captains' Charity Ball

What a fantastic night! More than 160 people attended and supported the Captains' Charilty Ball, which had a Casino Royale theme. They were greeted with a grand entrance of not one, but two Aston Martins on display either side of the red capet, received a glass of bucks fizz on arrival and were treated to some great James Bond movie clips and one liners played throughout the evening on 2 giant plasma screens in the lobby area.

They also enjoyed a delicious four-course meal, bid on great prizes in the auction and silent auction, won fabulous prizes in the raffle, played blackjack, roulette, poker and slot machines and if that wasn't enough, danced the night away to the sounds of Pioneer disco.

More than £5,000 was raised for the Alzheimer's Society, and we would both like to thank everyone who attended for their support and generosity: we couldn't have done it without your help.

There are many other people to thank who helped organise the evening and again we thank you all as the evening would not have been a success without your help and support too: Nigel and Carole; Ben Laing, Vicki, Peter and the team at the Pavilion; Acorn Events for the props and the casino; Steve (Pioneer Disco) for the lighting, plasma screens and James Bond clips and the disco; Phil Bailey and Simon Lowe for the loan of their fabulous Aston Martins; and finally to all the people who so generously donated the prizes for the auction and silent auction.

Richard Odell is Leaving

Richard Odell is leaving his position as Director of Golf at Branston to become the General Manager at Sherwood Forest Golf Club, in Mansfield. His last day at Branston will be the 4th of November.

Happy Birthday, Barbara!

Barbara King, who has been a member at Branston for many years, and celebrated her 80th birthday last week. After a weekend of celebrations with her family, more than 20 ladies joined Barbara on today for nine holes followed by a buffet and Champagne kindly laid on by Barbara. Jenney is pictured making a presentation to Barbara, and also pictured is Barbara's cake.

Many congratulations to Barbara from all her friends at Branston.

Captains' Charity Quiz

Thursday, November 3, is Captains' Charity Quiz Night in the Pavilion. 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Teams of four, although teams of five or six may participate but the score will be adjusted pro rata.

Entry fee is £10 per team (including one free entry in the fundraising raffle on the night), contact Kev Smith on 07798782813 or email

Rule of the Week: Casual Water

For a variety of reasons, we get a lot of Casual Water at Branston. You get relief without penalty from it - not just if your ball ends up in it but also if it's affecting your stance (ie you have to stand in it!) but how you deal with it can differ if you're: on the fairway or in the rough; in a bunker; or on the green.

  • On the fairway or in the rough: find the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole and drop within one club length
  • In a bunker: find the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole that is still within the bunker and drop within one club length
  • On the green: find the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole and place the ball there, even if this is off the green

All of them start with you finding the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole, and always remember that it's the NEAREST not the NICEST: if the nearest point of relief turns out to be behind a tree or in the rough when you were originally on the fairway then it's tough!
You can't drop in a hazard if you weren't in one originally though, and after you've lifted your ball you can clean it even if Winter Rules aren't in place

Thought for the Week

From George Deukmejian (1928-), Governor of California from 1983 to 1991:

"The difference between golf and politics is that in golf you can't improve your lie."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf