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  • Fore Info April 2024

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    Welcome to the following members who have all joined last month; Edmund and Imogen Byers, Brian Dewey, Stuart Broad, Cornelius Kiely, Matthew Knell , Wayne Mathieson, Tim Miller, Robert WilliamsAlberto Castellon, Glenn Kreffer, Ian Dawson, Jo Forsdike, Charlie Freemantle, Lewis Floyd, William Brine and Julian Darby. We hope that you all have a long and enjoyable time at the club. We are now almost at full capacity, so you got in just in time! If you need a golfing partner, put your name on the noticeboard. There is plenty in Fore Info to get you up to speed on what’s happening around the club.

    This month we have an interview with our new Vets Captain, Ewan McGregor where I learnt about some of his interesting exploits off the golf course!

    Although the season is just beginning there were plenty of competitions at home and away. Once again AGC did extremely well! Looking at the Vets results over the last few months, Ed Tinley has the record number of prize wins! I don’t mention it because he beat us in the final of the Captain Pro, but just in case anyone is looking for a golf game to copy!

    Don’t miss the NEW HANDICAPPING RULES coming into play from April 1st, covered in the C&H section.

    I hope many members will help out on Thursday 18th April at the Divot Party. This is a chance for all members to help fill divots and accelerate fairway winter recovery.

    Read also this month about the upcoming Social events and the start of another successful Team Golf season. Unfortunately our ‘Ryder cup style’ team (Fore Info Team Challenge) event failed to make the cut in our overfilled calendar- it will return in Ryder Cup year 2025. So the Six Nations team captained by Jess Miles will retain the trophy for a second year.

    Enjoy your spring golf. I just hope the hail we played through recently stays away -I four putted on Green 7 which was a white!

    Finally you can always access this Newsletter directly from the AGC website/About section. It is usually there from the 3rd of every month. So you don’t need to hunt David Maskery’s email each month!! No excuse for not reading it…

    Enjoy the read.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk

    Interview with our new Vets Captain: Ewan McGregor 

    A beetroot champion?

    This month I caught up with our ‘not so new’ Vets Captain, Ewan McGregor. The gregarious Ewan is well known around the club, but I managed to unearth some interesting exploits in his interesting back story.

    Editor: Many of us would like to find out more about our new captain. Tell us more about your background (personal, work, hobbies)

    Ewan: I was born in Wales but moved to Morpeth at 5 months and have lived in England since then. I studied Plant Genetics and Geology and spent most of my career building a polytunnel company, which today sells structures including aircraft hangers and buildings for the UN.

    I have a wife Monica and 2 sons and a daughter. My daughter Heads up Pediatrics for the NHS in Northern Ireland and my sons now run the Polytunnels business I set up in 1979.

    My main hobbies are walking, fishing and yachting. Sailing since the age of 4.  Racing yachts since schooldays in the North Sea and more recently in the Solent (Cowes for many years) and France. Family holidays in France were invariably on board.  Now more often chartering in Croatia.

    Editor: I hear you have had some famous exploits. Tell us more…

    Ewan: Although an accomplished sailor, I have had mishaps. When organising the loading of punts at a friend’s 60th birthday punting party, on the Isis at Oxford, and of course suitably dressed for the occasion; boater, blazer, flannels etc., I  stepped off the stern of the punt missed the landing and disappeared under 14 feet of water. Hauled out, and standing on the landing, drenched to the skin, I proceeded to strip off all my clothes much to the amusement and cheering of the Sunday lunch diners in the overlooking restaurant.  Fortunately, Monica had brought a change of clothing for herself and only once I was most unsuitably attired, the punting party was able to set off to a standing ovation from the diners!

    On December 31st 1999 at the turn of the millennium, when everybody in the world was partying, where was Ewan at 12 midnight?  I was standing proudly (stupidly) on top of England. Yes, on the summit of Scafell Pike in minus 10 degrees, downing champagne, a Laphroaig, launching a huge rocket, and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ shoulder to shoulder with Gordon, a young soldier, whose life I had saved on the mountain just some 4 hours earlier.

    25 years ago we put together a plywood rowing boat in which my eldest son then rowed across the Atlantic. The modern kevlar unsinkable ones are based on the same design! Ours nearly sank on it’s first crossing, we sold it, and it sank on the attempted second crossing. The eventual rescue of the crew is a very, very interesting and frightening story!

    Editor: Wow, great exploits. I will have to buy you a beer to find out more. I see you are a proficient golfer with 18 handicap. Have you been playing long?

    Ewan: No actually I took it up only 6 years ago, joining AGC.

    Ewan with Wife Monica

    Editor: Every new captain brings a new perspective and aspiration. What is yours?

    Ewan: I want to ensure that all members whether playing or social enjoy themselves.

    Firstly by making the Roll Ups more enjoyable through organising of  fun competitions,

    Also making sure that the tournaments are set up so that they are enjoyed by all. The Vets Invitation in August for example is considered by many to be one of the best in Hampshire, and is always fully and sometimes over, booked.

    I am also keen to make the Summer Friendlies much more enjoyable particularly with regard to the after-game hospitality. The post-match carvery meal is at long last, now greatly appreciated.

    Alresford has an outstandingly good course, particularly for seniors, it is my intention to build into our Summer Friendly Match program some of the really good Hampshire golf clubs. We have recently taken on Barton on Sea, Littlehampton and Tidworth Garrison. I have other targets in my sights.

    Finally I am keen to use the Vets’ Roll Up to help integrate new senior members into the club.

    I must say I am keen to support the Captain’s Charity, Cardiac Rehab., of which I am a beneficiary.

    Editor: what challenges do you see in the role?

    Ewan: I know we have a reputation for not being the fastest golfers. It’s funny though, that most of the slow play complaints come at weekends, when most Vets (mainly 5 day members ) are not even playing. As the largest section of the club, I am keen to see it thrive and that will come from making membership very enjoyable. With the vets socials, competitive matches for all and weekly roll ups we have a lot to offer our over 60’s.

    Editor: Thanks Ewan and I wish you well for a busy but successful year…

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    Message from the Chair

    Hi Everyone

    Well, it certainly has been a busy March; new Bar and Catering Till system, a new Springtime menu, Hole 4 being reopened for play after Simon Justice & the fabulous greenkeeping team completed the fabulous new bunker complex which will no doubt present a new challenge to us all! A mention also to all our staff, committees and volunteers who have been working hard on behalf of all of us behind the scenes.

    Clubhouse Loan Notes

    I am delighted to confirm that the first repayment of £100,000 of members loan notes has now been repaid. Many thanks to David Crawshaw, the Finance Committee and David Maskery for managing this process.

    Review of 3 Year Plan

    At the last MANCOM meeting, it was determined that now the club is halfway through its 3 year plan it was time to take stock and review progress that has been made and evaluate the next wave of projects to continue to progress our club. Over the next couple of months each committee will be evaluating their areas of responsibility and reporting back to MANCOM progress, outcome of their review and recommendations to push forward or re evaluate any aspects of the plan.

    I will continue to provide updates on this important process as things progress in the next 2-3 months.

    Membership

    I am delighted to confirm that our membership numbers are almost at capacity; a testament to the excellent work of the team across the board in promoting AGC as a fantastic members club.

    Green Fee Rates – Summer 2024

    Green Fee Rates for Summer 2024 have now been submitted for review and agreement. These will be published on the website and available through the office in the coming days.

    Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy

    Our Planning and Development Sub Committee headed by Dave Fox are currently working on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy in conjunction with England Golf. This is to be completed by September for approval by MANCOM before adoption at this years AGM. Further updates to be provided as this progresses.

    Here’s hoping some sunshine and dry weather is around the corner. Happy golfing!

    Alan Farrell

    Chair of the Management Committee

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    From the Club Captain

    The Friendly Matches are now up and running in Men’s, Ladies and Vet’s section’s. It is a great opportunity to meet new people and play other courses throughout Hampshire, which is only going to help your game.  For those wishing to participate in the more competitive club fixtures, please let respective dedicated match managers know you are available. If you are representing Alresford in a team match, please wear club colours. Alresford continue to subsidise all team shirts by 25%, so place your order in the ProShop.

    Saturday and Sunday’s mornings are prime times – if you are a two-ball, you are encouraged to take the opportunity to pair up with other two-balls to complete the four-ball slots. Failure to do so restricts and limits others from playing in 3 or 4 balls. Please do not be surprised or offended if you are asked to join up. This not only helps newer members get a game and find potential playing partners but maximises the number of members able to be on the course.

    The Marshalls Buggy is due to arrive next week and weather permitting (it does not have water wings) will be out and about. Please ensure you have your 2024 bag tag, be aware of other people on the course and support the Marshalls they are trying to help everyone.

    If you have spent most of the winter giving putts you need to ensure you are now putting out in medal rounds and if you can score points in Stableford competition. It is not acceptable to give putts you are cheating yourself and the rest of the competitors playing in the competition.

    Upcoming Events:

    Friday 19th April, 5.45-7.00 Charity- Cardiac Rehab. What an opportunity- This could save someones life or at least put you in a more informed position “Sandra” from Cardiac Rehab in Alton will demonstrate a full CPR and AED at Alresford Golf club, opportunity to be hands on (if you want to) and ask questions. (Around 30 minutes). There will also opportunity to speak with the Course Manager, Chair Social, Chair C&H, the Pro Shop team and myself. (No Fee for event but if you want to make a donation to Captain’s Charity it would be appreciated)

    The Pro/Captain challenge will start in April with a fair number already signed up we have some spaces available for people to have the opportunity to play Sandra (Lady Captain) and Mark Wood or Ewan (Vets Captain) and Mark Wood. This year it will be 4 ball better-ball match play stableford (add both your scores up on each hole. team with most points wins hole) All winners will be invited to a final day early October to decided overall winner. Poster on the notice board in the hallway.

    Finally, imagine running for 1,500 days consecutively, phew! That’s what Club member Adrian Cobb has done and isn’t stopping! He also run in Bournemouth Half Marathon in aid of Cardio Rehab, our nominated charity this year.  If you would like to sponsor him, here is the link…

    https://cardiac-rehab.co.uk/fundraising-event/running-for-1500-consecutive-days-for-cardiac-rehab/

    Richard Lane

    Club Captain

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    Ladies Section

    I hope the old saying of “March winds bring April showers” does not come true this year, we have seen enough rain and not to mention the hail stones on Saturday the size of mint imperials!!

    Winter Triple Team

    March has been very busy with everyone fitting in the last few matches of the 9 hole Winter Leagues, the inclement weather has meant some of us left them to the wire. The draws are up for the Rotherham, Company Cup and the Summer Knockouts. We have played the Centenary Foursomes and congratulations to Liz Hastings and Sue Poulter who will play in the regional final at Hockley Golf Club on 28th August. Weather affected numbers for the Lifeboat stableford, well done to everyone who played and congratulations to the winners for some very good scores. A good start to the season for the Stoneham team coming second in the Team Challenge, and beating the Ladies Captain’s team 3.5 to 1.5.  The friendly matches have started with a win over Royal Winchester, so please do not forget to sign up on V1 friendly matches, they are a very gentle introduction to matchplay. Please contact Polly Church our Ladies Vice Captain if you are interested and not sure about V1. The sign up is on the board for the Spring Meeting, for various reasons the committee have decided to have a team bowmaker competition and the Autumn Meeting will be the grand finale medal round.

    Winter Triple Team

    External competitions – Huge congratulations to our Winter Triple team who managed to retain the trophy for the 3rdconsecutive year, coming from behind playing at Corhampton and eventually winning by 6 points. Sadly we lost out on the play offs for the Maple Leaf  Trophy by one game, and the Hayling Trophy team came a creditable joint second in a very tough league, the final league result rested on Stoneham’s last match, so thank you Ann Younger, Marion Bruce and your teams. Polly Church and Karen Fox won the 1st round of the Daily Mail foursomes at Royal Winchester, good luck for your next match.

    Maple Leaf Team

    We had a very enjoyable Ladies and Vets Breeze up, fortunately the fog lifted and there were no delays to our start time, thanks to Sam and the Kitchen for lunch.

    We have a full house for the Spring Texas Scramble so thank you to everyone who will be playing,  and supporting the Captains Charity.

    I hope you all had a lovely Easter

    Sandra Hooker

    Competitions and Handicap Committee Report

    Changes to World Handicap System

    (effective 1st April 2024)

    Some of you may remember my Fore! article in January 2024.  But as a reminder the main changes are detailed below.  New Course Handicap charts are already on display at the Club.  In addition, a new QR code is on display that provides access to an electronic calculator.  This QR code will soon appear on our scorecards.

    Course Rating – Par

    Adjustment for the different between the Course Rating and Par of the course.

    With the new Course Rating minus Par calculation ALL players from ALL sets of tees will need to get 36 points in a Stableford competition to play to handicap.  Currently Ladies only need 35 points to play to handicap which is why they receive an additional one stroke when playing a mixed competition.  New Course Handicap charts will be developed to incorporate the new calculation.

    The ability for 4BBB competition scores acceptable to be acceptable for Handicapping (not most likely score)

    If a team has a total pair score of 6 under par and one player has scored on a minimum of 9 holes, this player will have their score upscaled (calculation managed by software) to an 18 hole score and if that equates to 36 points or more this can be added to their handicap record as an acceptable score.

    Expected Score

    A more accurate (automated) calculation, which is unique to individual players based on their HI, to provide a prediction for holes not played.

    Course Rating for Shorter Courses

    The minimum yardage for acceptable course rating has been reduced by 50% to at least 1,500 yards over 18 holes or 750 yards for 9 holes.

    Competitions over non standard number of holes

    The facility for Competitions & Handicap Committees to introduce competitions over a shortened number of holes.

    Un rounded Course Handicaps

    Where computer precision is available (ie. competition software) Course Handicap with be unrounded.  Therefore rounding will happen at Playing Handicap stage.

    Club Championship

    29th & 30th June 2024

    Look out for full details including entry criteria, deadlines and qualifying competitions soon to be published.  A reminder that players with a handicap inex of 13.0 and below will need to register but not play in a qualifying competition.  Players with a handicap index above 13.0 will need to be play in at least one fo the following qualifying events.  In addition all entrants will need to have played in at least 6 qualifying competitions in the preceding 12 months, 3 of which MUST be at Alresford Golf Club.

    Saturday 4th May 2024 (Men’s Medal)

    Saturday 25th May (Jubilee Cup Round 1 OR Mixed Medal)

    Saturday 1st June (Men’s Medal)

    RNLI Trophy

    Thank you to everybody who took part in our annual RNLI charity event which raised £347 between the men’s and ladies competitions.

    Congratulations to our winner Ben Ludlam scoring an impressive 40 points.

     

    Knockout Competitions

    The men’s and mixed summer knockout competitions have now been drawn.  Please remember that

    each side has equal responsibility to arrange matches.  No extension to play by dates are permitted (other than the final and then only at the discretion of the C&H Committee in consultation with the Club Captain) so it is recommended matches are diarised as early as possible.

    In addition, when arranging 2 ball knockout matches it is advisable to avoid, if possible, busy Saturday competition morning.

    Curly’s Cup

    Our second major of the year takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April.  The scoring for Curly’s Cup is different to most of our competitions with Round 1, Medal less Round 2 stableford score.

    And finally…… An Important Reminder

    Don’t forget to keep sufficient money on Member’s cards to allow entry into competitions.

    Gill Freemantle

    Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary

    handicaps@alresfordgolf.co.uk

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    Mixed Matches

    Hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter weekend.  We are all set for our first match of the season with a trip Tylney Park on Sunday 21st April, praying that the weather God’s are looking down kindly on us – match report to follow….

    May is going to be a busy golfing month, appreciate if you can check your diaries for the next two matches Petersfield on Sunday 5th May and Corhampton on Friday 10th May both at Alresford, if you are available, please sign up via Club V1.

    New to the club or have never played in any club matches before, then the mixed matches are a great way to meet and play with new people both home and away – why not give it a go?  If you are not sure about signing up then come and have a chat with us or drop us a line our details are on Club V1.

    The following Mixed matches have been arranged for the 2024 season:

    Tylney Park                        Away                     Sunday 21st April at 1:00pm

    Petersfield                         Home                   Sunday 5th May at 12:00pm

    Corhampton                      Home                  Friday 10th May at 2:30pm

    Hockley                               Away                  Thursday 30th May at 1:00pm

    Cowdray Park                    Home                 Monday 10th June at 12.00pm

    Rowlands Castle              Home                  Sunday 14th July at 1.00pm

    Bramley                             Away                   Friday 19th July at 1.00pm

    Hayling                              Away                   Sunday 28th July at 12.30pm

    Salisbury and S Wilts     Home                  Sunday 25th August at 2 pm

    North Hants                     Home                  Sunday 1st September at 1.00pm

    RWGC                                Away                   Friday 13th September at 2.00pm

    Basingstoke                      Away                    Friday 27th September at 1.00pm

    Please note that the times maybe subject to minor changes & the Hockley match is away – not home as per diary.

    Liz and Les Thorne

    A Look at the Rules

    Question

    Is there a maximum length of Tee peg and can it have a device to indicate line
    of play?

    Greens

    I am writing this on the last day of March having just played in the Linnnets. I know Simon Justice and the Greenkeeping team pulled out all the stops to present the course in the best possible way for our first major of the season. This was no mean feat given the challenging conditions the team have wrestled with in recent weeks, for example we had more than 50mm of rain in the three days immediately prior to the Linnets. I think you will all agree they did a fantastic job.

    We came out of last summer with good growth and a green colourful golf course. This was largely because of the positive combination of rainfall and sunlight. These conditions continued through the autumn and winter albeit wetter conditions with less sunlight (see stats below). Unfortunately, we did not get any prolonged cold weather, just a spell of frost early in December and another harsh set of frosts in January with overnight lows of minus 8C for four consecutive days. Apart from this we have had a mild wet winter with a constant trickle of growth on our outfield grasses such as fairways and first cut of rough.

    MONTHRAINFALL (MM)DAYS of RAINSOIL TEMP (C)
    October ‘231891615.5
    November ‘231682110
    December ‘23147188.4
    January ‘249767
    February ‘24146208

    In the week prior to the Linnets the greens were cut shorter than they have been over the winter, at 4mm. Throughout March the team have fed the greens with a liquid nutrition and a granular base feed. We continue to use a penetrant to draw the water away from the green surface to keep them as dry as possible. We intend to start the wetting agent programme which will continue through the summer some time in April. This will help to balance moisture levels in the greens. Light aeration has also been conducted on greens recently and we intend to repeat this every 3 weeks throughout the season. They will be rolled immediately after so as not to affect playing conditions.

    Tees and Aprons have received a base feed which will give a 5 month controlled release nutrition to these areas. This will be supplemented by a programme of liquid nutrition and wetting agent beginning in April and continuing through the season. The more observant amongst you will have noted that grass seed has been added to the soil in the divot boxes next to the tees. Please can all members use this to fill in divots on the tees.

    The team have begun to shape the fairways for the new season and the edges will become more obvious as the first cut grows, the blue “dash” marks denote where the edge of the fairway will be. The team have fed the fairways with a granular fertiliser. The team are managing the long rough, supported by the sheep who will be collected at some point in April. Any areas not grazed are cut and the cuttings removed.

    The Linnets marked the completion of the winter projects with the tenth tee and the bunkers on the fourth in play. That said we will have to take care in these areas until they are fully established. All the other bunkers have had a flymo and strim along the edges with revet faces being brushed.

    Finally, as we enter the season let’s hope for weather conditions that allow our greens team to do their job as they would like to – giving members a great course to play!

    Derek Myers

    Chair Greens

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    Juniors Section

    Hi everyone, 

    Looking forward to our second junior comp of the season. Peter Gregory salva on the 5th. Hope to see as many people as we can playing. This is also a great opportunity if you haven’t got a handicap to put a card in. 

    There are lots of matches on over the next few weeks. So please keep check the group chats for information about these. 

    Just a little reminder about the dress code of the golf club there is a section on the website for this might be good to have a little look over to refresh your memory as it has been flagged that juniors have been slipping a bit with this. 

    Looking forward to our Match against hockey on the 4th of April. It’s great that we have a team of 7 playing they are Tobias, Jacob, Toby, Will, Oscar R, Ben and myself. Team shirts will be given out upon arrival. 

    Rosie

    Rosie Rooney

    Juniors Captain

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    Vets Section

    Mike Garton and Ed Tinley

    March, the start of the Vets’ summer season started, on the last day of February with the end of last summer season’s competitions, the 2023 Captain/Pro Charity Challenge. The final played out between two teams of Vets’ was eventually won 1up in a very close fought match by Ed Tinley and Mike Garton.

    Our programme of Summer Friendly matches started with a home match against Waterlooville which we lost 3 &4, followed by a magnificent 5 ½ to 1½ win, again at home to Petersfield. The last of the friendlies this month, again at home, was against Corhampton which resulted in an honourable draw, and your captain being carted off to hospital in an ambulance! Only to be released the following day with a reasonably clean bill of health.

    Our season opening tournament is the ‘Captain vs Vice Captain’. Last year this was cancelled because the course was closed due to blanket of deep snow. This year it was thwarted because the course was closed due, this time, to a thick blanket of fog. Closure was not lifted until after our allotted tee times has elapsed! However not to be thwarted, Tournament Secretary Ed Tinley, had consulted the Met office, and arrived armed with a number of alternatives. Utilising some late tee time cancelations, the availability of the 10th tee,(we had a 2 tee start) and some deft manipulation of the start of the 11.00 club rollup the tournament was played out in one of the most glorious spring days. The assistance of Club Captain Richard Lane in enabling the tournament to go ahead cannot be over emphasised.

    David Renshaw and Geoff Jenkins

    The pair with the biggest winning margin of 7 & 6 went to David Renshaw and Geoff Jenkins, playing for Vets’ Vice captain Andy Gagen. The only disappointment, from my point of view, was my team’s thumping great 2 to 7 loss.

    It was however tempered by Vice Captain and his partner, Richard Cocks failing to win the prize for the biggest winning margin by beating David Curling and me by 6&5!

     

     

     

    Ed Tinley and Jenny Torbett

    The Vets’ hold two tournaments in March, the second on Thursday 21st ,is ‘The Breeze Up’ , and held in combination with ‘The Ladies’.  Overall organisation this year fell to Ladies Captain Sandra Hooker and Ladies Vice Captain Polly Church. Yet again we all arrived at the club only to find the course closed under a blanket of thick fog. Fortunately, it lifted just enough to enable the ‘Breeze Up’ to get off on time. It was thereafter played in glorious sunshine.

    Winners with 42 points were Ed Tinley  and Jenny Torbett, 2nd with 40 points on count back were John Coulson and Kathrine Fielden and 3rd was Mike Garton and Jo Youngs. Nearest the Pin on the 10th was won, for the ladies by Jane Macrae and for the Vets’ by Ed Tinley

     

    Our Wednesday morning 8.00 am Roll Up has been a bit of a mixed bag this month due almost entirely to the weather. In fine weather on the first Wednesday of the month saw a turn out in the mid 20s and last week under carry only imposed not quite so many retied for an early coffee in torrential rain on a 9 hole short cut to the newly moated 18th .

    The rainfall in March like February has been exceptional, fortunately the average annual rainfall is very much the same from year to year. So, having already had most of this year’s rainfall, I am anticipating that we will all be enjoying a much deserved exceptional summer season of golf!

    Ewan McGregor 

    Vets Captain

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    General Manager’s Update

    Welcome to those new members who have joined the club during March;  Edmund and Imogen Byers, Brian Dewey, Stuart Broad, Cornelius Kiely, Matthew Knell , Wayne Mathieson, Tim Miller, Robert Williams (7 day),  Alberto Castellon, Glenn Kreffer, Ian Dawson (5 day), Jo Forsdike, Charlie Freemantle (Student), Lewis Floyd (Intermediate), William Brine (Junior) and Julian Darby (Academy Plus). We hope that you all have a long and enjoyable time at the club.

    CLUB ‘ROLL UP’

    Fancy a game during the week? All members are welcome to come along to the informal ‘club roll-up’ on Wednesday mornings. There is a tee reservation between 11.00-12.00 – members wishing to take part should meet at the starters hut from approx. 10.45am for allocation of groups. As per the times highlighted for the Ladies and Vets Sections, we politely ask members to show courtesy to those who wish to play in this ‘roll up’ at this time. If you do not wish to play with this group please choose another time if possible. If there continues to be a limited use of this time , then the Captains Committee will review the tee allocation.

    TO ALL NEW MEMBERS – MAKE CONTACT

    We hope that you are enjoying your membership and have been able to get either on to the course or at least the practice facilities despite the poor weather so far this year?

    We recognise that it can be difficult to establish a playing routine and find new playing partners at a new club. You may still need to submit cards for your allocation of a new handicap and need the help of established members to play with and mark your cards.

    If so, all New members (and any existing members) seeking casual playing partners are invited to utilise our ‘MAKE CONTACT NOTICE’ on the Changing Room Noticeboards. Add your names (left side for new members) and for existing members prepared to help or support (add your name to the right side). New members are then invited to contact the existing member with a suggested day/time to play.

    REMINDER – STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR ON THE COURSE AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE

    A couple of recent incidents involving members leads me to remind everyone that the Club is committed to providing an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment and intimidation for all members, employees and guests.

    Members are all reminded that an acceptable standard of behaviour is expected in all areas of the Club and course, at all times. The use of foul or abusive language such as swearing has no place in the clubhouse particularly if families and children are present and any member heard using unacceptable or offensive language will be asked to either stop or leave the premises.

    Similarly all members are expected to treat all employees, and others working in an official capacity on behalf the Club with respect and without rudeness especially when they are working on behalf of the club , carrying out club duties or attempting to enforce any bye-law or club guidelines.

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    Make sure you ‘like’ our Facebook page and you will link to it and get the regular pictures and updates on what’s happening ! Share with your friends to help us boost our online and social media profiles.

     

    INSTAGRAM Follow our brand-new Official Instagram page.

    Expect to see media content of our picturesque course, golfing competitions, fun social events, and lots more.

    Make sure to follow @alresfordgolf and stay tuned for new post updates on our page.

    YOUR HELP REQUIRED – DIVOTTING

    THE ANNUAL DIVOT PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE ON:

    THURSDAY 18TH APRIL

    The course will be closed until 9.30am

    If you would like to help the greenstaff with this annual task, please meet outside the Pro-Shop at 07.15am.

    Please bring your own trowel and bucket. Refreshments will be provided.

    All assistance gratefully received.

    Volunteers Required

    If you can spare some hours assisting with the re-painting of the Starters Hut and Driving Range, please contact the Office. We are aiming to carry out this during April in a window of fine weather !

    The MASTERS takes place again at Augusta National 11-14 April 2024..

    We will be running THE MASTERS CHARITY SWEEPSTAKE once again to give you all some added excitement over the four days.

    The entry fee is £3. The winner will receive 40% of the pot, the runner up 20%, and third place will receive 10% and fourth place 5% with 25% going to the Captains Charity.

    Entry is via the Club V1 app – go to ‘View Competitions in Progress’, ‘Sign in/Pre Registration’/ ‘THE MASTERS FANTASY’. We had 102 entrants last year and Charlotte Johnson won with a fantastic 95 points.

     

     

    LONDON MARATHON

    Ash Wilmott will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April in support of the South Central Ambulance Service Charity.

    Dave Buckland (another AGC member), as well as 100s of others, volunteers so many hours a week on top of their day to day jobs to deliver exceptional care and support to families in our community.

    It costs approximately £350 a year to cover a first responder’s uniform, training, supplies and kit, and Ash and Dave would love to be able to support as many of them as possible.

    Any donation would be gratefully appreciated by following the link below.

    https://sca-charity.enthuse.com/pf/ash-wilmott

    Ash Wilmott and Dave Buckland

     

    David Maskery

    General Manager

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    “Alton Lions and Cardiac Rehab Golf Day- Wednesday 10th July at Test Valley GC

    This year will be the 18th Alton Lions Rehab Golf Day. The event has always been held on the second Wednesday of August – but this year the Club cannot accommodate us on that date and have allowed us to hold it on Wednesday 10th July.

    Alresford GC always enters a few teams and this year, with Cardiac Rehab being the Captains’ chosen charity, we hope that other teams from AGC will want to enter.
    The day starts with coffee and bacon buttie – plus a free logo’d golf ball. The event takes over the whole course and at 9am a shotgun signals the start. Teams of four drive off from all 18 tees. After about four and a half hours the competitors return to the clubhouse for well earned rehydration at the bar followed by a two course meal. The day ends with prize giving and thunderous applause for the winners – including the winning and second teams,  first man and woman, straightest drive and nearest pin competitions.
    To enter please contact Denise Ellis on denise@cardiacrehab.co.uk  or 01420544794″

    Social

    Firstly, and importantly, the Social Committee extend their huge appreciation and many thanks to Jan White who has retired from the Committee after more than 25 years of membership and valuable contribution.  We will miss her at the meetings but look forward to seeing her socially at the club!

    Next, we are delighted to report that the inaugural AGC Bingo Night sold out and was thoroughly enjoyed by the players, particularly the repeat winners amongst them!  Terry was an amazing caller and thanks to Kim for lending us her brother!  We were also very pleased that over 60 of you filled in the short feedback cards – it really helps us to know what you think so that we can provide good events that you all enjoy.  The suggestions box is still to the left of the bar for more ideas and suggestions.

    Next up, to celebrate St George’s Day on FRIDAY 26th APRIL, we’re providing traditional pub games in the clubhouse all day, for members to use and enjoy before and after their golf. Some of the pub games will feature in a Clubhouse knockout championship in the evening (with prizes for those of you demonstrating your misspent youth!), and classic British fayre will be available from @kitchen. Full event details will be provided shortly.

    Lastly, on what’s coming soon to a Social board near you, make sure you sign up for the Greenkeepers’ Revenge golf event on 6th May and the amazing “Standards” music event on 18th May.

    Alicia Hardy

    Chair Social


    TEAM  GOLF 2024

    ‘AND THEY”RE OFF!’  We are delighted that the full complement of 14 teams are all but ready for the first week of golf on 18th April when everyone plays in the first round of THE CHAMPIONSHIP. Tee Times and groupings will be published shortly, as both 1st and 10th tees start at 4.30pm – scorecards to be collected from the clubhouse – best 4 scores to count for your team. In addition, Sam @theKitchen has kindly agreed to produce a special Team Golf Supper Menu on the 18th April, for those that would like to eat. There are 3 main courses at £10 – choices will be circulated via Team Captains and payment to be made at the bar ahead of 18th April, to ease congestion on the night. The usual bar menu will also be available.

    I’m sure all players are also in the process of providing their Captains with their availability for the LEAGUE fixtures, beginning on 25th April – again a 4.30pm start.

    Good luck to all for 2024!

    J&J White 

    Team Golf organisers on behalf of the Social committee 

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    A Look at the Rules

    ANSWER

    Yes and No.
    A tee is a device designed to raise the ball off the ground. A tee must not:
    be longer than 4 inches (101.6 mm), be designed or manufactured in such a way that it could indicate line of play, unduly influence the movement of the ball, or otherwise assist the player in making a stroke or in his play.
    Note: Tees tethered together or to an anchor may be used during the round provided that the player does not align the tees or tether in such a way that could
    indicate line of play or otherwise assist the player in making a stroke.
    See rule 6.2, 10.2b(3)  & Equipment rules part 6.1
    (Thanks to Bob Moore for the question). Next months question is also being provided by another member.

    Thanks to Brian Overton for all these Rules Q and A’s. If you have any rulings questions for Brian he will answer them here in future editions, just email brian.overton@ntlworld.com 

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    Our winners for April 2024

    £100   Jill England

    £50   Rosie Hallas

     

    £35 Prizewinners

    Mary Panter

    Alan Farrell

    David Marshall

    Jeffrey Staines

    Esme Goodacre

    Congratulations to all our prize winners and it’s a good month for the ladies.  Jill is a first time winner so a great occasion to win the top prize.

    Prize money

    Following the changes to the gold club card and the bar/catering till the 100 Club will now arrange for prize money to be added to a winning member’s bar profile in the form of an e-gift card.  Winners will receive an email confirmation of this which will include a code number.  This number will need to be shown to the bar staff in order to activate the funds into their profile and then the prize money will be available to spend in the bar much as under the old regime.  The process is of course new but the first batch of winners have now received their notifications so we shall have to see if any tweaks will be required once it’s been up and running for a few weeks.

    Winners will still have the option of a cheque but shortly the option will instead be for an internet transfer direct to their bank account.  As always…..watch this space!

    If you’re not already a member of the 100 Club then why not

    join us for as little as £1 per month

     

    Can I join and why should I?  What’s it all about?

    Well, anyone who is a member of the golf club, either a playing or non-playing member, is eligible. You don’t have to pay £100, there isn’t a limit of 100 members or even 100 shares, you don’t even have to be 100 years old!

    The original concept back in 1987 when the 100 Club was formed was probably aiming for 100 members to take up 100 shares.  However today we currently have nearly 140 members and they have over 730 shares between them.  It works a little like a lottery.  The income from share ownership is re-distributed in two ways.  Some is given as winnings in the monthly prize draw and the rest is available to fund a contribution towards items or projects in the golf club that are not within normal budgets.  The Honours Boards are a good example of how the 100 Club can help the golf club.  Generally around 50% of income goes in prizes and 50% left as available funding.

    Without financial assistance the golf club would not necessarily be able to do or replace these things so with help from the 100 Club we all benefit.  So by paying as little as £1 per month to the 100 Club, or more if you wish, you can help fund club ‘extras’ and at the same time maybe win a small cash prize as well.

    For further information about the 100 Club or for an application form please give me a call or send me an email – Pat Wallis phone 01420 564417 or email  peterpat51@outlook.com  Or you can pick up a form from the Office.

    Pat Wallis

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