Captains Newsletter: May

It is with very little sadness that we say goodbye to the wettest month of May on record in Wales. On a positive note, the wet weather did help the greens recover quickly from their annual maintenance, leaving them looking really good. The greens should be really firm and fast after a few days of intense sunshine. Well done to Mark and his team for getting the course looking great in less-than-ideal weather. I appreciate that it is sometimes frustrating when the course is closed or restrictions are placed on buggies etc. I politely ask everyone to except the decisions of the green staff. Obviously, if the course can be played safely, it will be open.

The Captains Drive-In shotgun start was cancelled last year due to Covid-19 restrictions, it was cancelled due to the weather this year. Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who signed up to support this competition? We had 21 fourballs ready to go. The Captains Drive-In competition will be held, without the shotgun start, on Saturday 26th June. Please book tees in the normal manner via BRS.

Despite the weather, we did manage to complete one board competition, the Karen Griffiths Trophy, won by Matt Cairns. Congratulations Matt, your name will be added to the honours board later in the year. There will be further honours board competitions held throughout June. Please support these competitions if you can. Who knows, like Matt, you could get your name on an honours board.

A date for your golfing diaries: Captains Day will take place on Saturday 10th July. Keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet that will be placed on the notice board in the clubhouse in the next couple of weeks. This competition will be a shotgun start followed by food and drink, hopefully, in glorious sunshine! Final arrangements will be communicated nearer to the day.

Finally, it is with great sadness I note the passing of Ron Roberts. Ron was one of our club’s great characters, with a sharp wit and dry humour, never short of a funny, if cutting, observation. Ron’s presence on the course is already being missed by his many friends. RIP Ron.

Enjoy the sunshine and stay safe.

Dave Palferman

Captain 2021

dpalferman@gmail.com

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