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Captains Newsletter: December

Apologies for the late publication, we have had some IT issues which resulted in the newsletter going missing.

Following on from my last newsletter, the light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel has dimmed. Unfortunately, this year will start in lockdown 3.0 and tiers for all!

On a more positive note, some golf was played on a shortened course in December. Before I forget, congratulations to those members who competed in the final of the Autumn Series. A special mention goes to the winner Kev Jones winner of the series finale. Kev also won the quarterly medal the monthly medal, division 1, for December. Paul Stevenson won division 2, Barry Dare, senior captain, won division 3. Well done all.

Continuing on a positive theme, we, the Club Council, have finalised the club calendar for 2021. The final version is being converted to a format suitable for uploading onto our club website. The hope is to finish this task as soon as possible so you can all spend the festive season planning your golfing year. Please do your best to support as many of the qualifying competitions as you can, especially the board competitions and traditional events such as Captains day, charity day and Presidents day to name but a few.

I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to those who have provided support to me as your Captain in my first year. Obviously, this has been anything but a normal year. Despite the challenges, management, Josh, Russ and Andy, have remained positive and have done their best to keep the club open and Covid-19 safe. Similarly, Mark and his team of green keepers have been working hard to keep the course playable in very challenging conditions throughout the year, not forgetting Hayley, who has done her best to keep us fed and watered, when allowed.

The senior section continues to thrive and grow. Thanks to Senior Captain, Barry Dare, and his committee for keeping this important community going throughout the various lockdowns. I know the support they provide to senior members is valued greatly. A special mention must go to Mike Healy, the senior’s competition secretary. Mike has worked tirelessly to keep the kitty comps going and managing the sign-up process all with wit and humour. Well done & keep up the good work.

If you are short of a New Year resolution then one lucky member could become the members honorary secretary. Why not make that resolution to make a positive contribution to your golf club. Come on, you know you want to be that special person.

Finally, all that remains is to wish all members, despite a less than promising start, a fantastic 2021. I look forward to seeing you all back on the fairways in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, please, please stay safe.

Dave Palferman

Captain 2020/21