Captain's Newsletter - 27th September

Sep 27, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners
  • Tom Alford and James Osborne won the two divisions in the Gents' Medal on Wednesday
  • Jane Winn and Christine Finch won the two divisions in the Ladies' Stableford on Thursday
  • Steve, Rob Sidwell and Athol Jamieson won the three divisions in the Gents' Stableford on Saturday
  • Jenney and Annabel Mallaber won the two divisions in the Ladies' Stableford on Saturday
  • Athol Jamieson won the Captain and Past Captains' Trophy on Saturday
  • Mark Dawson won 2&1 in the Alison & Bell final (beating Craig Dughan) on Sunday
  • Alistair Pretty and Keith Wright won on the 19th hole in the Gents Summer Pairs final (beating James and Steve Wilkinson) on Sunday
  • Davinder Tamber won 4&2 in the BEWT final (beating Paul Allen) on Sunday
  • Isaac Lamb won 4&3 in the Athol Jamieson Trophy final (beating James Bailey) on Sunday
  • Rachel Alford & James Wilkinson won 5&4 in the Mixed Pairs final (beating Trudie Hanson and Sean Allsop) on Sunday

Next week's fixtures

Congratulations, Mike

The congratulations of everyone at Branston go to Mike Doyle on his appointment as vice-Captain Elect for 2017.

Captain and Past Captains

Steve was joined by vice-Captain Elect Mike Doyle and 21 past Captains on Saturday for the Captain and Past Captains Trophy.
Pictured are (front row, left to right): David Colley; Terry Bailey; Trevor Wass; Steve Warner; and Ron Poole.Second row: Paul Harrison; Robert Hardie; Alan Jinks; Paul Ayling; Rob Sanders; Phil Gill; Nick Odell.Third row: Colin Shaw; Athol Jamieson; Mike Brown; Tony Roe; Ray Holder.Back row: Mike Doyle; Dave Thomas; Jon Orme; Richard Pettitt.

The day was played in great spirits (literally), as we enjoyed some great friendships from years gone by.There was more than 20 years worth of history gathered in the Terrace Room for a delicious four-course meal, and plenty of stories from the memory banks of past Captains. We had 18 Past Captains playing, with another four joining us for the mealThe competition was won by Athol Jamieson with a fine score of 42pts followed by Steve on 38pts, but he did at least have the satisfaction of winning the Div1 Stableford, so congratulations go to Athol for his fine round and a trophy to boot.
(Picture courtesy of Richard Pettitt's camera and Kim Tierney's ability to balance on a chair while taking a photograph with it.)
Juniors Finish SecondAfter winning their league, the Branston Junior Team finished as runners-up by half a point to Darnford Moor GC in a three-way playoff Grand Final at Perton Park GC that also featured South Staffs GC.
This represents the best ever result for a Branston Junior Team and and the congratulations of everyone at Branston go to the juniors who played and the whole management/support team.
Pictured is the team at the playoff: Isaac lamb; Alexei Glass; Harry Shepherd; James Wilkinson; and James Bailey.

Knockout Finals
Congratulations to all the winners and runners up of the Knockout finals played on Sunday: you've all played incredibly well and should feel very proud to have made it to the final.

Also, thanks to Athol Jamieson and Sara Allen and Steve Install for giving up their time to referee the matches: all of the players and committees very much appreciate your presence and support.

Good luck, ladies
Good luck to the Ladies County Shield InterClub team who play Aston Wood in the final at Ingestre Park on Thursday, September 29.

Well done, Alfords
Congratulations to Carol and Emma Alford who won their second round of the Race to Dubai 6&4 at Branston on Monday, September 19. They are now through to the third round.

Get Quizzing!

Make sure you've got your entries in for the Captains' Charity Quiz Night on Thursday, November 3, 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

Winter Rules
As the course is already quite soft in several places, Winter Rules (preferred lies on closely mown ground) are now in place until further notice.
This does not have any impact on running Qualifying Competitions and will not only protect the course but will ensure that no one is disadvantaged by inconsistent soft ground.
Remember, this is NOT teeing-up - it's just lift, clean and place within six inches (not nearer the hole) on closely mown ground only.

007 Ball

The evening started with a welcoming speech from the Captains, and then onto the format for the ongoing events. We had 166 people enjoying the atmosphere and games we had lined up for them. There was Blackjack, Pontoon, Roulette and Slot Machines in the casino area and a Silent Auction, a Verbal Auction and a raffle.There was a delicious three-course meal and everything was finished off with a superb disco. What was there not to enjoy?There are a lot of thankyous to be said:

  • To Simon Lowe & Phil Bailey, who very generously allowed us to showcase their beautiful Aston Martin cars in the doorway into the Pavllion. Nigel kindly arranged for special 007 number plates to go on to the cars, and this really gave the sense of theatre to the start of the evening
  • To Rob Sanders for all his overwhelming prizes and support, just brilliant
  • To Mike at the Castle Hotel, Hatton
  • To Steve's sister Racheal who both donated prizes and also raised money by running the Great North Run
  • To Burton Albion football club for 2 tickets plus a meal
  • To The Winery
  • To Branston Golf & Country Club for 12 people to play golf with breakfast and evening meal
  • To Jenney’s sister who arrange for a voucher to visit JCB for a tour and meal for 2 adults
  • To The Bilash Spice for a meal for 4
  • To Mr Roger Kerry for hosting a fine dining evening for six at Rock House

We hope that we haven’t missed anybody who donated, but if we have we apologise, and please accept our heartfelt gratitude to you all: without your generosity we would not have raised as much money for a very worthy cause as we did.Another BIG thank you goes to Peter, Vicki and all the staff in the Pavilion who worked tirelessly to make the ball the success it was.

Captain v vice-Captain
This Saturday sees the Captain v vice-Captain match, and of course Steve is expecting a BIG win from his team! If you are unfortunate enough to be playing for the V.C. you will find your starting time and winning opponents on the notice board in the changing room.

To Pastures New
Can I (Steve) take this opportunity to say a few words about a dear friend and colleague on his decision to move on and develop his talents elsewhere. On a professional note I would like to wish our director of golf, Richard Odell all the very best on his new appointment as General Manager at Sherwood Forest Golf Club nr Mansfield. I’m sure that he will do a magnificent job there, as he has done at Branston.On a personal note, Richard and I go back a long way! Richard joined me as an assistant golf professional in June 1986 as a wet behind the ears 15 year old, our friendship started then. I’ve watched with pride his travels through life, and have been honoured to see him develop his golfing career from assistant pro through to general manager.His career has taken him to places such as: Branston G&CC; Walsall GC; Gottingham GC (Germany); Glashofen GC (Germany); Bensheim GC (Germany); and Dortmund GC ( Germany) before coming back to Branston.Having now spent some six years here, he now feels it’s time to move onto pastures new and onto his own fully fledged manager's role. As a friend I will miss his company, but I will wish him the very best of luck and I know he will keep in touch with and take a keen interest in everything that happens at Branston.The very best of luck mate, good wishes.
NewslettersWith the season winding down, newsletters will only come out monthly from now until the AGM. The next one will be on Sunday, October 30.

Rule of the Week: Calculating Competition Standard Scratch

Every course has a Standard Scratch Score (SSS) which is a measure of the difficulty of a course in normal, mid-season playing and weather conditions. Ours is 72 for gents and 73 for ladies.
The SSS is the base number for calculating Competition Standard Scratch (CSS), which is the number that's used for calculating handicap adjustments after each competition. The CSS is designed to reflect the playing conditions on the day and the following calculations are made via the Handicap Master computer programme we use to close competitions - so don't give either Helen Hall or Helen Dickerson a hard time about it as there's nothing they can do about it!

  • Firstly, the make-up of the field is established based on the percentage of players in each handicap category.
  • Then the percentage of the field who have returned nett scores within their respective buffer zones or better (category 1 SSS+1, category 2 SSS+2, category 3 SSS+3 etc)
  • Tables are then used to establish if the CSS will move from SSS, based on those percentages. If only a low percentage of players have met or bettered their buffer zones then CSS may go up but if a high percentage has met or bettered buffer CSS can also drop.

The idea is that if the weather is bad, or the course set-up is particularly difficult, CSS will move up accordingly, but if it’s a glorious day and the course is at its most forgiving then CSS will come down.

Thought for the Week

From Arnold Palmer (1929-2016), winner of 90 professional tournaments (including seven Majors):

"People who can make it as professional golfers usually do."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf