Here are some of the April Issue highlights:
- Ukraine in need: new AGC member stepping up to help
- Clubhouse Development update
- Upcoming Fixtures
- Ladies Results and Team news
- Rules Quiz Question: rule on replacing a ball on a spot
- Scorecards: don’t get caught out
- Reminder about General Play Scores
- Final call for signup to Mens Summer Knockouts
- New Foursomes Events
- Mixed Matches: sign up
- Vets Winter League: the winning team, again!
- Reciprocals/Courtesies: getting an away game…
- Divot Party details
- Lots of upcoming events from the Social Committee
- Team Golf update: sign up
- Pro Tip from Mark Wood on ‘Pitching’
- Greens News: getting the course in fine form
- Winners in the 100 Club: check if you won
- Joke of the Month
Spring was in the air and I hope you had the chance to play our lovely course, before the chill set in. I had the opportunity to play ‘away’ at Royal Winchester recently. Having never played there before, I was expecting it to live up to its Royal patronage. Certainly the clubhouse is well positioned and well appointed, but in comparison I felt our course was in even better shape. This despite Royal having many more greenkeepers. This is a testament to Simon and the team. Of course like you, I am looking forward to the re-opening of our clubhouse. I am hoping we all make good use of the facilities and support the new caterers in particular. Their success is our success. Similarly with Mark and Mandy, our Pro team. Let’s use these great resources to further strengthen their franchise and secure its sustainability. Use it or lose it.
Thanks to the Competitions and Handicap & Social Committees for listening to member feedback and introducing new formats this year. We look forward to getting more players engaged in competitions and getting more from their social or full membership.
I have been a member in 7 clubs over 30 years but find AGC the most friendly, well managed club of them all. Long shall it continue, with your help and support.
A huge thank you to all the members at Alresford who have bought tickets for the raffle to support Mark and Mandy who suffered a large financial loss just before Christmas when they were scammed by four individuals in the Pro Shop.
We are delighted to have raised £1,500. We would like to thank the anonymous Lady who has provided the raffle prize of a 2 hour Coaching Session with Mark.
For every £5 donated, four tickets to the raffle were issued.
The Winner is DAVID ROBERTSON
Ukraine Disaster: Club Member to the rescue!
This month I learn more about how James Banks, a new AGC member, is personally going out of his way to help the Ukraine Disaster Relief. James, Representing Royal Dutch LV Logistics, the Southampton arm of LV Logistics jumped at the opportunity to support the City’s’ Polish Social Club. The company launched into action supporting the four Southampton donation points for supplies to help the refugees. Not only this but James helped organize transport into Poland. James networked with other Hampshire based companies in the logistics industry and soon got a large amount of essential supplies over to Ukraine.
Editor: So James how did this all kick off?
James: I was reading in the Southern Daily Echo, stories of local guys heading to Ukraine to support their armed forces. I know some of these guys and also read an article about a volunteer group called the Southampton Polish Club collecting supplies. I grabbed the diary and called some close friends, business owners and my own shareholders in the Netherlands. The Van Herk family recently gained Dutch Royal status, privately owned for 100 years Plus. When you have this type of family owned organisation it doesn’t take long to get support!
Editor: How many trips have you run so far and how much aid?
We have been giving up a Friday to run freight from donation points to the central sorting centre now at the TOYSRUS building in the West Quay area of Southampton.
The LV logistics vehicles when empty in Southampton are available for Paulina to move goods to Poland. Currently this week DHL are handling 5 full trailers it’s a slightly complex move with quite strict customs procedures
Editor: What are your plans for the coming weeks?
James: We are looking for medical supplies and uniforms for support workers in Poland. I get a shopping list from Paulina and her partners on site in Poland weekly.
Many of the items are hard to come by. As examples; Pain killers, instant food and Protein bars.
Editor: James, I wanted to take this opportunity to find out how your new membership at AGC is going? I guess you are so busy golf has taken a back seat?
James: the membership at Alresford has been a real success for me since joining in May 2021. Mark Tiplady was welcoming and introduced me to Jim White who handles the Scratch and Knockout sides. I have since also met Simon Freemantle. My thanks to all these guys for involving me in Club stuff. On my first social round, I was joined by Mario Mohammed and shortly afterwards joined the Rabble group through the winter months. More recently I played with Roy and Malcolm the Ex-Hampshire Chronicle guys. I met some really nice guys instantly. I have also had a few games for the 7s Team, thankfully getting my win for the team on my debut. The cherry on the cake was getting my name on the board with a win in the Tichborne Trophy rounding out a successful first season.
Mark in the Pro shop and his team were of course welcoming and I hope to be able to payback the support in the upcoming Pro Am. It’s been a great move, I’ve met some great people and everyone has made me feel super welcome
Editor: That’s great to hear James. I would be keen to know what attracted you to AGC?
James: having played at Romsey GC since I started in 2014 the attraction of a better level of facility really was the defining factor in joining AGC. The practice facilities are great and the course conditions are extremely good. You get reward for a good shot and punished fairly for a poor one. My previous club was unfortunately making commercial decisions on foot fall and entrance fees on days when it was more than obvious you should not have been open!
AGC are managing and creating a great playing surface, which is really a treat for all members in comparison.
I am sure many other members are contributing in their way to help Ukraine. I personally am proud to be part of Alresford Rotary which is running a charity fund to collect donations including running a Quiz on April 8th. Find out more at Alresford-Rotary.org.
Progress continues as anticipated on Phase 1 of Clubhouse Development both against schedule and costs. Remarkably we are now 4-months into the build with much plastering underway this week and light fittings beginning to be installed to the ceilings.
The new furniture scheme has been selected by a House Committee working party and again costed against the available budget. The final order will be placed this week against a delivery schedule of eight weeks. The furniture will be made in Scotland and even features a few sofas, some high-level tables for the bar area and plenty of dining tables and chairs. All-in-all there will be around 100 seats available on a day-to-day basis, with further seating in the meeting room and an additional 40 dining chairs in storage at the Club to increase capacity for large events. There are no additions to our existing patio furniture as part of this project.
Once the build has been handed over by Ascia Construction at completion of the build, the Club will need a short period of time to install other services and to ensure that we are ready to serve members. The actual opening date of the Clubhouse will not be known for some time still given confirmation of the handover date from the builders and the Club’s installation of additional services.
We are really confident that we will be providing a high-quality environment together with high standards of service and products that the Club can be justifiably proud of.
Bar & Catering
The Club received a number of high-quality applications to undertake the Bar & Catering franchise. The Club had decided to offer management of the bar in the same package as food, which has attracted a very professional range of applicants.
Interviews were held at the Club on 28th and 29th of March before a panel led by the Chair of Bar & Catering; Trevor Pearce. Candidates were asked to provide; sample menus, food costings, gross profit expectations and the expected profit margin for the Club. As Chairman I attended the interviews as an observer and was overwhelmed by the quality of candidates and their proposals.
The panel finalised their selection of the preferred candidate, with Trevor and our General Manager now negotiating the final contract. That candidate was selected to provide high standards of service and food that will attract us all back even when not playing golf. Part of the negotiations that are underway involves extending our traditional opening hours, which has been much requested by members.
As you can tell, the re-opening of the Clubhouse dominates much of the business at the Club at the moment. We will be entering a really exciting period this summer and happily confirm that everyone involved in the process is dedicated to providing an outstanding environment for members and their guests, for matches and visitors; together with a quality of service, food and drink that is way beyond our previous experience and expectations.
Chairman of the Management Committee.
From the Club Captain
We’re back! On a lovely sunny Spring Day, the course opened on 29th March in wonderful condition considering the recent weather and those pesky rooks.
This is how I opened my report for April last year. As I complete this month’s report in a snow flurry, I am reminded that here, we really can have 4 seasons in one day. Every credit to Simon and his team.
The Captain/Pro Challenge will open for bookings through the ProShop on Saturday 9th April. Mark and I will accept challenges from any pair.
The Competition is informal and managed by the Head Professional and Club Captain. The Trophy is known as the “CAPTAIN/PRO CHALLENGE TROPHY” (see below).
All proceeds to Captains Charity, suggested minimum donation £20. Booking through Professional Shop only. 4BBB, Pro to play off Scratch. 1 slot per week (usually around 4pm, usually Thursday), May-October. Vice-Captain to stand in for Captain if unavailable, Assistant Professional for Mark. Pairs who beat Captain/Pro go into KO competition to find trophy winners and follow reigning champs Harry Dhand and Dave Fox.
The Men’s Friendly matches are underway and started with our prestigious match with the Hampshire County Juniors which we won 10-2. Then on to a very wet Tylney Park where we enjoyed success in the 3-way match with Alton and Tylney. The run of success continued at Royal Winchester where we won 4-2.
We enjoyed the hospitality away and really look forward to home fixtures when the clubhouse is operational. We have had a great response from members wishing to play in these fixtures and we are especially grateful to members who have stepped up from the reserve bench when Covid etc has caused late withdrawals. If you wish to be considered for any match, please mark your availability in ClubV1. Within the ClubV1 Members Hub menu select the Club Teams option, then select Men’s Friendly Matches 2022 followed by view team details. That should take you to our fixture list where you can, at this early stage, mark which matches you would like to be considered for. Vice-Captain Simon firstname.lastname@example.org organises the teams and you can contact him direct if all else fails.
Big thanks to the Competitions and Match Committee for their hard work during the winter/Spring period. They have updated the “Terms of Competition” document (V22) and this will be on the website soon. Worth a read! They have also provided more clarity on General Play cards.
We were also very happy with the success of holding Men’s Famous Grouse and Ladies Centenary foursome competitions on the same day and will continue this with the foursome events on Saturday 28th April, using the same booking process.
Captains Charity Day preparations are underway. Diary date, Sunday 12th June. Format revealed soon. Start building your teams of 4!
Almost there with the clubhouse so onwards and upwards with high optimism and anticipation.
What a mixed bag of weather we have had this month. From torrential downpours to brilliant sunshine as I write this towards the end the month. Just let us hope that the fine weather continues so we can get to play in more of this gorgeous sunshine. (Editors note: Jan seems to be in a parallel universe/medical fog as the weather is chilly to me!). March has seen the start of our Stablefords and Medals but also the termination of some of our winter competitions. It has been a good month for the ladies at Alresford with some great results.
We started off the month with another win (4/1) for the Maple Leaf team v Sherfield Oaks, at home. So far we have suffered no losses in this competition. Long may it continue.
Tuesday, 8th saw the last of the organised roll-up hours on a Tuesday morning, until later in the year. The hour between 0900 and 1000 will be available to all via V1 but it is hoped that courtesy will be shown to ladies playing in that day’s competition.
On Wednesday, 10th yet another win for the Maple Leaf team v Basingstoke – away, making it five out of five so far. Congratulations must go to Marion Bruce who has looked after and chosen the team this year and to all the ladies who have played in these matches.
Also on Wednesday, 10th we played our last match of the Winter Triple at Corhampton. This competition against Lee on the Solent and Corhampton is played across all three courses. The format is St Andrews Greensomes and the result for each match is based on the total number of Stableford points from the best three out of four scores per team. We went to our final match at Corhampton eight points behind them with Lee on the Solent in third place. Thanks to some brilliant golf from our ladies and with a special mention to Jane Macrae and Sue Masser who came in with 46 points, Alresford had a three point lead over Corhampton and Lee on the Solent to win the Winter Triple. A brilliant result!
The photo shows the winning team with their trophy although not everyone who played in this competition across the three matches is on there. Thanks also to all those other ladies that played (Esme Goodacre, Louise Morton, Marion Bruce, Jackie Coulson, Lynne Cowser, Liz Hesse, Jill England, Rosemary Verrall, Jean Dalton) who all contributed to this amazing win and to Gunnel Berry, my Vice Captain, who has looked after these matches and made some inspired team choices.
On Monday, 14th Gill Freemantle and Polly Church played in the Daily Mail Foursomes v Corhampton at home. They won on the 19th and go on to the next round. Another great win.
Appalling weather on Wednesday, 16th meant the postponement of the final of the Winter Foursomes between Karen Fox, Liz Hesse v. Polly Church and Kim Johnson until Saturday, 26th when a win for Karen and Liz ensued. Well played all of you to get to the final.
Thurs. 17/3 Legg Bowl – Unfortunately our team of Karen Fox, Sally Reid, Caroline Warne and Jo Youngs lost against a strong team from Bramshaw Hill.
Tues. 22/3 Knight Cup v Paultons Park. Great 5/3 win for Alresford represented by Caroline Warne and Jane Macrae, at home.
Thurs. 24/3 Ladies and Vets. Breeze up. A wonderfully warm day greeted twenty two Ladies and twenty two Vets to our annual fun competition. Each lady was paired with a Vet and the format was a 4BBB. A meal afterwards at The Flowerpots in Cheriton completed the day. Winners were Jacqui Sanger and John Dillon, one point behind but second on count back were Sarah Staines and Peter Gartside, third were Cynthia Mariner and Eddie Martin. Our thanks to Ewan McGregor for organising this event.
To finish off the month on Monday, 28/3 we played the annual Lady Captain v Stoneham match for the first time in two years. I am delighted to announce that this match resulted in a win of 2.5/1.5 to my team. I was equally delighted to be able to get out and play eighteen holes of golf for the first time in four months – albeit I had to use a buggy to get around the course but I played a good game of golf with my partner, Tricia Palmer, one of our new lady members, and Rosemary Verrall and Caroline Warne who represented the Stoneham team. The afternoon finished with cake and and a drink in the ladies room – we certainly know how to celebrate!..
Competitions and Handicap Committee Report
Scorecards: don’t get caught out
Remember player’s will be disqualified if their scorecard is not signed and does not include a course handicap.
General Play Cards
When submitting a General Play card either by the Members Hub or the England Golf App the scorecard must be returned to the green box located in the Pro Shop.
Men’s Summer Knockouts
Ross (over 50s)
Entries Close on 3rd April 2022
25th & 26th June 2022
Full details regarding entry criteria, qualification and how to enter including deadlines will be emailed to all 7 day members mid April. Please look out for further details.
MEN’S FOURSOMES / LADIES CORONATION FOURSOMES
Saturday 23rd April 2022
The men’s Famous Grouse (Greensomes) and Ladies Centenary Foursomes competitions took place on Sunday 13th March 2022 and feedback from these events and the pace of play for the day was positive.
The next ‘foursomes’ day is Saturday 23rd April and tee bookings between 07:42 and 12:39 on this day will only be for players wishing to take part in either of these competitions. As a reminder the tee booking procedure is as follows:
Both competitions will be open for booking from 9pm on Wednesday 13th April 2022. Note: Competition Booking does not have a countdown timer. Players may “book” individually, or as a pair. Players who do not have a partner but wish to play may add their name to a tee booking and await another member to join them. The booking system does not currently allow you to book your marking/playing pair (although an awaited Club Systems update may allow this).
How to access tee bookings for Bookable Competitions (different from normal):
Through the Club V1 App,
>Next 5 Bookable Competitions
>Either “Men’s Foursomes” or “Ladies Coronation Foursomes”
…If booking for a Pair
>Select a tee time (“available”)
Book Me In >“Book and Edit Team”
Your details will appear in Player 1, add your partner’s name to player 2
…Bookings as an Individual
>Select a tee time (“available”)
“Book Me In” >“Book and Edit Team”
Your details will appear in Player 1, leave player 2 bank
…Adding your name to an existing booked individual
>Select individual’s name
All Players will still be required to sign into the competitions before commencing play and enter their score after their round. This can only be done on the PSI terminal located in the Pro Shop. Entry fees will be taken on sign in.
The Ladies Coronation Foursomes is an alternate day competition and is also scheduled for Tuesday 25th April 2022. Those wishing to play on the Tuesday should book a tee in the usual way (from 9pm on Saturday 16th April). Please be aware that casual play will be permissible on the course on this day, and this may impact upon your ‘pace of play’. Any lady who wishes to play on this day who does not have a partner should contact Sarah Staines, Ladies Competition Secretary, by email email@example.com.
Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary
The mixed match season starts this month with the first match away at Tylney Park on 24th April. The list of matches is on the noticeboard in the locker rooms as well as a sign-up sheet for all the matches. You can also signal availability for the matches on the club V1 system.
If you are unable to get to the club to sign up or access the club V1 system you can ask the office to add you to the lists or contact Marion or Alan Bruce. The sign up sheets close 3 to 4 weeks before a match.
There are 11 matches planned this year with a balance of home and away games. The first 3 are:
Tynley Park Away Sunday 24th April at 12.00pm
Petersfield Home Sunday 8th May at 1.00pm
Corhampton Home Friday 13th May at 2.00pm
Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.
The match teams will be communicated by email whilst the club house is closed. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.
A decision has been made that Five Day members may play in the weekend matches if we are unable to field a team from the Seven Day members. Green fees will not be required.
Mixed matches are normally followed by a meal. Once the club house re-opens we expect to continue with a smart/casual dress code for meals after our home games.
For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.
A Look at the Rules
When replacing a ball on a spot in accordance with rule 14.2, the original ball must be used. However, there are four exceptions.
What are the four exceptions?
How nice it has been to finally play in the sunshine. It makes everyone feel better and, hopefully, improves the golf!
Unfortunately, this month’s two matches were played in pouring rain. At home to Corhampton we won 4.5 to 2.5 and at home to Petersfield it was a draw. Great meals were enjoyed by all at The Swan for Corhampton and The Flowerpots for Petersfield. A big thank you to these two pubs who have stepped up to cover meals for our matches until our new clubhouse is open.
The Winter League trophy photo shows, from left to right, Derek Andrews, Colin Verrall, Ewan McGregor, Ed Tinley, Bob Archer, Chris Thompson, Eddie Martin. Thanks also go to Steve Oldham, Gareth Rees, Stuart Gaunt, Tony Stanton, Wynn Tufnell, Tony Freeman, Keith Turner, Stuart Slater, Andy Gagen, Graham Lumb, Brian Wright, Chris Fuller, Nigel Mugford, Darryl Skinner, Charlie McClaughlin for their contribution to our winning team.
The Vets and Ladies Breeze-up was played on a very warm Thursday and enjoyed by all 40 who took part. The winners, with a very respectable 47 points, were Jacqui Sanger and John Dillon. Many thanks to Ewan McGregor for organising this event, with late dropouts not making his life any easier.
General Manager’s Update
Following the renewal period, we now have a limited number of vacancies for playing membership. We have already received several enquiries which we will now begin to process, but if any members are aware of any potential members who are interested or thinking of joining, please let them know we are currently accepting applications.
Welcome to the following members who have all joined us recently. We hope you have a long and enjoyable stay at the club; David Curling, Craig Storey, David Faulkner and Richard Johnson.
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.
2021 TROPHY WINNERS
Trophies have been engraved and returned (most of them !) and so are available to collect from the office if you wish to display at home? Please give us a min. of 24hrs advance notice of when you wish to collect as we have to locate them from several storage boxes and are not immediately accessible.
Would you like to be the welcoming face of the club to visiting societies?
The Golf Society season starts in earnest during April and I am looking for some’ local’ volunteers to offer to ‘start’ societies from the 1st tee. Most societies have between 45-90 minutes of reserved times.
Full training and information provided – friendly and welcoming demeanour preferred.
If you are interested, can spare the odd hour or so during the week and would like to assist please contact me in the Office.
EASTER MONDAY “BOWMAKER” SOCIAL TEAM COMPETITION
Monday 18 April 2022, 11.00am – 12.30pm
All AGC Members invited – will be drawn into teams of 4 (2 ladies, 2 men)
Stableford Format – best 3 from 4 scores count
Prizes: M&S Vouchers
Cost: £3 – Enter via Club V1 App – opens Tuesday 22 March, closes Friday 8 April.
Our Reciprocal clubs are now accepting reciprocals once again – however at present the booking periods (how far in advance you can book) will fall into line with any restrictions they have on their own members. This is commonly 7 days in advance max.
We can have a maximum of one fourball per week to play their course for no fee (unless otherwise stated). This is always subject to availability and course conditions. Bookings MUST be booked through our Office and NOT directly.
- WATERLOOVILLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE (Mondays-Fridays only)
- LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT G.C., HAMPSHIRE (Mondays-Fridays only)
- TIDWORTH GARRISON G.C., WILTSHIRE (Mondays- Fridays only)
- YEOVIL G.C. , SOMERSET (Mondays-Fridays only , £10pp)
- BRAMLEY G.C., SURREY (Mondays-Fridays only)
- RUSHMORE G.C., WILTSHIRE (2 fourballs per week permitted, £10pp w/day or £20pp w/end)
- SALISBURY & S. WILTS. G.C. , WILTSHIRE (Mondays – Fridays , only after 12.30pm on Weds. & Fri.)
- ROWLANDS CASTLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE (Mondays-Fridays only)
- HIGH POST G.C., WILTSHIRE (Mondays-Fridays only , after 11am)
- CHOBHAM G.C., SURREY (Mondays-Fridays only)
We will try our best to get your preferred course and times, but this is NOT guaranteed. When enquiring please provide us with Course or courses in order of preference (max. 3) , earliest start time and latest start time , names of all players.
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These are provided to offer golf on specific occasions when we host county or Open competitions. These differ from the above in that they are usually at ‘networked clubs’ and not on our normal day to day reciprocal rota. This is why they are limited in number.
All requests for these rounds should be made to the Office in advance providing the name of club , day of courtesy and all players. Unlike previous years we will ballot for allocation. Members may apply for or play in a maximum of 3 such rounds. The closing date for requests to be registered to the Office, will be one calendar month prior. i.e. if the courtesy is on the 18th May, the closing date for registering interest is 18th April. The successful request will then be notified.
This year’s Courtesy list will be displayed in the Men’s and Ladies Changing Room until the clubhouse re-opens when the Main Noticeboard will revert back to the foyer.
Have you finished all your box sets, read all your holiday books and now looking for something to occupy your time?
Did you know that we have copies of the History of Alresford Golf Club available for purchase from the Office at a cost of £10.
This is a fascinating insight into how the club was established and its transition from 9 hole course to the 18 hole course we have today. There are stories and memories from members past and present as well as photos. It’s a great coffee table book !
YOUR HELP REQUIRED – DIVOTTING
THE ANNUAL DIVOT PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY 25th APRIL
COURSE CLOSED UNTIL 10.00am
MEMBERS HELP WITH THIS IS ALWAYS GRATEFULLY
APPRECIATED BY OUR GREENSTAFF.
PLEASE ADVISE THE OFFICE IF YOU INTEND TO ASSIST.
MEET OUTSDIE THE PRO-SHOP AT 08:45AM
BRING YOUR OWN TROWEL AND BUCKET.
Have you finished all your box sets, read all your holiday books and now looking for something to occupy your time?
Did you know that we have copies of the History of Alresford Golf Club available for purchase from the Office at a cost of £10.
This is a fascinating insight into how the club was established and its transition from 9 hole course to the 18 hole course we have today. There are stories and memories from members past and present as well as photos. It’s a great coffee table book
The MASTERS takes place again at Augusta National 7-10 April.
We are now 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 now. Todays Golf / View competitions in progress/ Sign In & pre-registration. Then forward your 6 choices (1 from each group) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full entry details and the groups were sent in my email to all members on 31st March.
All entries must be paid for and submitted by 09.00am on Thursday 7th April.
We had 125 entrants last year and Norman Sheen won with a very credible 49 points.
The social committee is trying to provide a more inclusive environment for all Club members. In particular we are seeking to encourage new members and social members to become better integrated. Where possible we would like to introduce some drawn golf events, rather than rely upon members signing up in their usual groups.
Although the Alresford Golf diary is fairly congested, we will run the first Social Golf Event on Easter Monday Bank Holiday April 18th. This will be known as the “Social Easter Monday Mixed Fun Competition” with two ladies and two men in a best 3 from 4 scores to count Bowmaker. It will be a drawn competition. There will be prizes for the winning team and assuming enough members enter we will have Tattie—Mcspud on site to supply food.
As soon as possible we will also trial run a Sunday afternoon event where we hope a mix of members right across the Club will be attracted. We will work with Mark (pro) to get juniors involved at the same time. lf it is possible we will try to provide refreshments/food and invite Social members to attend.
Golf Events planned:
- Sunday 12th June , Les will lead the Drive In for Captains.
- Saturday 18th June – Dawn Patrol. This will be a drawn shotgun start at 6am.
- Following the end of Team Golf, we plan to arrange some Friday Events.
TEAM GOLF 2022 …and they’re off!
Yes, this is it, we are off – from 1st April, team Captains can now enter their teams for the Team Golf 9 hole Betterball Summer Competition, held on Thursday evenings commencing on 5th May.
This ‘New Beginning’ means there is room for new Captains and new teams so do join in by either
i) registering your interest and availability to play for Captains forming a team or
ii) forming your own team-so as a new Captain you’ll need to register with John White
The Captain’s main function having formed their team, is to check availability of the team for Thursday evenings and then put the pairings together for each weekly match. Whilst weekly pairings are not fixed, they can be switched to fit in with players’ availability.
During the latter part of April all Captains will receive a fixture list of tee times and opponents for their team for the duration of the competition.
We will also ask Captains for an initial list of who is playing each week before 5th May – remember each player must play 3 times plus all play on Finals night.
Full details of the Format and Rules are on the club website, plus where to state your interest in joining in or being a new Captain – contact John or Jim White directly!
Following the evening matches, for those that wish, we will meet in the Cricketers for liquid refreshment, until such time as the club reopens. Weekly prizes for the pair with the highest score that evening will also be presented.
Contact details on V1 and
John White 01962 732283 email@example.com
Jim White 07956953324 firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisers on behalf of the Social Committee.
Pro- Corner: Pitching
Perfect Pitching Every Time
How to pitch like the Pro’s. Watch this video and it will seriously improve your pitching.
A huge thankyou to all members who supported the Raffle to help us and the anonymous lady donor who financed the prize. It was a lovely surprise and we are truly grateful to the Captains for setting it up.
New Staff in the Shop
We are pleased to welcome Hammy Harvey, who many members will know from his time working in the AGC Bar, as a new member of our shop staff. He starts on April 4th.
Mark, Mandy and the team
MORE GOLF TIPS
I am always filming new video tips and popping them over on my YouTube channel which is completely free to subscribe to. You can find my channel here – https://www.youtube.com/user/markwoodgolfacademy
Sadly, our woolly friends have left us but in the time they were with us they did a sterling job! The last month has seen an improvement in the weather. We got off relatively lightly in terms of storm damage, testament to our effective woodland management, and with the increased temperatures we saw a week or so ago it feels like the course is beginning to bounce back after winter.
The Greens looked good in the week leading up to Curly’s Cup, the Ladies Medal and the Mixed Stableford. They’ve started to dry out now and speeds increased. I certainly found them a challenge! The Greens Team have completed plugging of the worst of the disease scars and it’s expected that remaining scars will heal over as temperatures and rates of growth increase. The seventh green continues to make a good recovery with the repaired area blending into the green nicely.
The Greens Team have started to cut areas more frequently now although growth is still a little slow. The new tees have been rotary mown and top dressed and, conditions permitting, we expect to bring them into play sometime in the week beginning 4th April.
The bunkers on thirteenth and seventeenth holes are coming on, sand has been added to both and once it has settled sufficiently, they will be ready for play. Conditions permitting, we expect them to be in play on or around April 1st, honestly, no joke!
The Greens Team have now completed the major winter projects and will move on to repairing path edges and once done they’ll top up the surface materials. They are also fertilising the fairways, seed tining and dressing some worn areas on tees and grass paths. In addition, they are making good the “stump areas”.
Finally, did you know that the grass bunker back left of the second green is a long established, if not an original, feature of our course? Members who have golfed at Alresford far longer than I tell me that there used to be two others. The remains of one can be seen in the hollow behind the eighth green and the other is under the bypass!
Chair, Greens Committee
A Look at the Rules
RULE 14.2 Replacing Ball on a Spot
This Rule applies whenever a ball is lifted or moved and a rule requires it to be replaced on a spot.
The original ball must be used when replacing a ball with the following exceptions;
1. The original ball cannot be recovered with reasonable effort and in a few seconds, so long as the player did not deliberately cause the ball to become unrecoverable.
2. The original ball is cut or cracked (see Rule 4.2c)
3. Play resumes after it had been stopped (see Rule 5.7d)
4. The original ball was played by another player as a wrong ball (see Rule 6.3c)
If you would like to find out more about the rules, there is a wonderful rules section on the R&A website www.randa.org where you can also find these exceptions. Just download the R&A app (Rules of Golf) from the app store.
Thanks to Brian Overton for all these Rules Q and A’s.
Our winners in the 100 Club prize draw for April 2022
£100 Jennifer Miller
£50 Roger Corkhill
Congratulations to our prize winners this month. This is Jennifer’s first time with the top prize and for Ann her first ever win.
How about being a winner for the first time? Why not make this the year you join the 100 Club.
If you would like to be part of the 100 Club and actively contribute towards future enhancements to our golf club facilities, and have the chance of winning a cash prize each month, then why not join us. If you are already a member then please encourage your friends or new members to join us too.
The monthly draw is for six cash prizes: £100, £50 and four at £32.
Each share cost £1 per month paid for by monthly standing order and there is no limit to the number you can purchase. Members generally have between 1 and 10 shares with 5 being the most common holding.
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 email@example.com Or you can pick up a form from the Office.
Joke of the Month
Fred and Tom were playing golf one day. They decided that no matter what, they would not improve their lie and play strictly by the rules. After a few holes, Tom’s ball landed on a cart path. As he reached down to pick up his ball to get relief, Fred said, “We agreed that we would not improve our lie.” No matter how much Tom tried to explain that he was entitled to this relief, Fred would not allow it. So Tom went to the cart to get a club. As he stood over the ball he took a few practice swings, each time scraping the club on the pavement, taking out big chunks of tarmac and sending out lots of sparks! Finally, after several practice swings, he took his shot. The ball took off and landed on the green about 6 feet from the pin. “Great shot!” Fred exclaimed. “What club did you use?” Tom answered, “I used YOUR 7-iron!”
Quote of the Month
Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun. If you do take it seriously it breaks your heart.
Editor: David Marshall
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