Captain's Newsletter - 7th September

Sep 07, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

  • Seniors' Club Match v Horsley Lodge (H) on Wednesday
  • FROGS on Thursday
  • Gents' Medal on Saturday
  • Ladies' Medal on Sunday
  • Ladies' Club Match v Lichfield (H) on Monday

Steve's Away Day

Friday was Steve's Captain’s Away Day at one of his personal favourite courses, Beau Desert GC on the beautiful natural Cannock Chase, in Rugeley, Staffordshire, some 40 mins from Branston.

The course was at its very best in condition and playability, and this was reflected in the scores posted.

Steve had 52 friends join him for a very special day. There was one mishap regarding a player who got to the first tee, slipped on the side bar at the side of the steps and went head over heels to a painful end, unfortunately not to be able to take any further part in the day (sorry to mention this, Eldridge!).

For everyone else the day went off fantastically, and Steve's thanks go to everyone for supporting him.

The Winners in order were:

1st Dan Jackson with a score of 41pts and he won £10.00

2nd Nigel Hollis with a score of 40pts (bb9) and he won £ 7.50

3rd Pete Fisher with a score of 40pts and he won £ 5.00

4th Terry Bailey with a score of 39pts (bb9) and he won £ 2.50

5th Andy Insley with a score of 39pts and he won £ 1.00

I hope they haven’t spent it all at once!

There was a nearest the pin competition on all the par 3s, and the winners of a gift box from Steve were:

3rd hole Davinder Tamber

7th hole Charlie Insley

10th hole Jon Orme

16th hole Rich Manning

Well done to all and Steve also thanked all the staff at Beau for making it such a memorable day.

Branston Open

Unfortunately, the Branston Open on Saturday had to be cancelled due to torrential rain which flooded many parts of the course. Everyone who entered will get their entrance monies refunded, and again regretfully the competition will NOT be rescheduled.

Wilton Match

Branston played against our friends from Wilton GC near Middlesbrough, on Sunday. it was a closely fought game with Branston just scraping in victorious. The matches were played in a good and friendly spirit and everybody enjoyed the time together.

Thank you for your Fundraising Efforts

Good luck to Mary Bonner and Rachel Warner with their charity fundraising events for Alzheimer's Society. Mary is swimming Lake Windermere and Rachel is taking part in the Great North Run, also this weekend on Sunday, September 11.

These Boots are Made For Walking

Less than one week to go before our Captains' Challenge on September 11 and 12 when Steve and I along with Carole and Nigel plus Ben and Sarah Laing will be trekking 25 miles of Hadrian's Wall over two days including two nights' camping. Any sponsorship will be very gratefully received: please visit our justgiving page or pledge a donation using the sponsorship forms on reception.

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!

Mixed Friendly

There's a correction to the result of the Mixed Friendly at Horsley Lodge on Sunday 28th - it was 4.5 to 3.5 not 4.5 to 1.5 as reported in last week's newsletter.

Well played, Emma

Well done to Rachel Emma Alford who played in the Renne Powell Cup St Andrews Ladies Invitatioal this weekend and finished 16 under her handicap. Very well played Emma, we're all very proud of you.

Bank Holiday Whackers

The winners of the special Bank Holiday Whackers event were: First Division, Steve Wilkinson 20pts (BB1); Second Division, S. Harrison 22pts; Third Division, M. Carey 24pts. The winner of the spot prize was Simon Small by way of a Lucky Dip.

Captains' Charity Quiz

There will be a Captains' Charity Quiz Night in the Pavilion on Thursday, November 3, at 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. The entry fee is £10 per team, which includes one free entry in the fund raising raffle on the night. To enter, contact Kev Smith on 07798782813 or email

New lockers 

New lockers by the St. Andrews Room are now available and Richard Odell has asked us to inform members that the new Club rule is that no golf bags or golf trolleys are to be left on the patio.

Rule of the Week: Leaves

With leaves beginning to carpet the course again despite the best efforts of the greens staff, I thought it might be good to talk about some of the rules surrounding leaves.

  • You MAY remove leaves from around or on top of your ball on the tee, on the fairway, in the rough and on the green
  • Be careful: if you move your ball when moving a leaf then you will incur a two shot penalty in strokeplay or loss of hole in matchplay (unless you are on the green, in which case there is no penalty but you must replace the ball)
  • Be extra careful when removing leaves from the green: do not press down the green as you remove the leaves or do anything that could be construed as testing the surface of the green
  • If your ball lies in a hazard - and that includes bunkers as well as water hazards - you MAY NOT remove leaves that are also in that hazard
  • If your ball comes to rest on a leaf anywhere other than the green it's tough, you must play the ball as it lies

It's obviously not a rule, but with so many leaves on the course now it's always a good idea to play a provisional ball if your shot disappears into an area where there are lots of leaves, even if you have got a good line on it.

Thought for the Week

From Sam Snead, the Princess Royal (1912-2002), winner of 82 events on the PGA Tour:

"If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork the way they do a golf club, they'd starve to death."

That's All, Folks!

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

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf