Fore Info July 2024

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Welcome to those new members who have joined the club during June ;  Tony Ireland, Tony Norfolk, Jason Andrews, Dason Bodily , Jake Callaway, Harry Burleton, Michael and Gaynor Fuller, Mark Johnson and Christine Jones.  We hope that you all have a long and enjoyable time at the club.

Welcome back to Tony Hutt, George Skayman, Philip Hawkins and Tim Wootton-Beard , all returning after enforced lay-offs.

This Fore Info newsletter will help you find out about what’s going on around the club. As always there is a lot going on, especially at this time of year.

I wonder if all the other Hampshire clubs are worried about an apparent  ‘President Fixing’ scandal at AGC.! Not only has AGC had recent Past Hampshire Captains Presidency (Roger Corkhill), Hampshire PGA Presidency (Malcolm Scott) and Hampshire Ladies President (Jane Scott) but now we see Mary Rook is to be the next Hampshire Ladies President. Well deserved after years of excellent service to club and county… She even finds time to Marshal on our course amongst her other duties. Watch out, we may provide an alternative Presidential candidate to the US next.

Linda: bowled over by her ace!

Well done to Linda Sexton for a hole-in-one on the 10th and the generous charity donation that followed.

Well done to Richard and Linda Lane for all the hard work making our recent Captain’s Charity Day- so successful for Cardiac Rehab Charity too.

If you know a playing partner that is boasting of his newly found Bushnell white range finder, let me know. I miss it since it fell from my bag. There will be a bounty of an alcoholic kind for information leading to its recovery.

If you have still not yet ordered your first half way house snack or drink, you can do it from tee 8 or 9 and receive it on the 10th tee. Maybe it will boost your energy and get you a better score. Use it or lose it. I can recommend the sausage bap with avocado.

The sign up for our AGC annual PGA Pro Am on September 5th is going well. Help support this event and our Pro, Mark Wood.

Neat practice out of roped area! A good player with bad etiquette

Nobody wants to hear about bad behaviour but some just has to be reported. My ‘pet hate’ for July is disrespect on the range. See the photo below which shows a seemingly good golfer practising from a non demarcated area. We keep areas closed to help grass recover to benefit all members. If you see such play please remind the culprit, politely. Of course leaving empty buckets and broken tee pegs around is commonplace and downright wrong.

I had to remind a junior recently that we have a policy of NOT ALLLOWING trolleys between bunker and green. Did you know that? It’s a rule to keep our course pristine. Wouldn’t you like to see it better? Rant over… I hear Donald Trump once drove his golf buggy on a green. Well he would… just because he owned the course- that was no excuse!

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

New Club Champions crowned…

2024 Club Champions: Ben Ludlum and Rosie Rooney

Well done to everyone that took part in our Club Championships, held last weekend on a magnificent course, thanks to our great greenkeeping staff. We have two new Champions as well as many other prize winners. Full results below.

It is a testament to our great club that the event was oversubscribed and highly competitive with some fantastic golf played. Well done to Gill Freemantle and her C&H team for running qualifying competitions and championship scoring, including a ‘live leaderboard’ on the day. They did us proud. Also a big thanks from the club to the many volunteer ball spotters and Marshals and Past Captain Starters that provided excellent support too.

I look forward to interviewing Club Champions Rosie Rooney and Ben Ludlum in future Fore Info Editions to understand the journey to their success.

Alresford Golf Club Club Championship 2024 – Prize Winners

Vice Captain Gary Mugford with John Holmes Net Prize Winner Mike Bryett

Mens

John Holmes Trophy (Nett)

Best Round 1Steve Pratt69
Best Round 2Kiristian Govia65
8th OverallJon Capp73+67140
7th OverallGrahm Marshallsay73+66139
6th OverallBen Ludlam72+66138
5th OverallJacob Howells67 +70137 c/b
4th OverallMark Simpson70 + 67136
3rd OverallBrian Overton69 + 67136
2nd OverallBarry Norgate69 +66135
WinnerMike Bryett60 + 70130

 

Men’s Club Championship (Gross)

Best Round 1Mike Bryett75
Best Round 2Jamie Nicholson73
8th OverallJames Banks78 + 78156 c/b
7th OverallJosh Evans79 + 77156
6th OverallAshley Wilmott76 + 78154
5th OverallWill Pakenham-Walsh73 + 80153
4th OverallOscar O’Herlihy76 + 74150
3rd OverallBen Unsworth72 + 75147
2nd OverallHenry Glanfield72 + 72144

Club

Champion

 

Ben Ludlam72 + 66138

 

Ladies

Best Round 1 Kathryn McLaughlin71 (nett)
Best Round 2Di Peisley70 (nett)

 

2024 Dorothy Coombs Trophy Winner: Jo Youngs

Dorothy Coombs Trophy (Nett HI 20.1 and above)

Runner UpMarion Bruce67 + 77144 c/b
WinnerJo Youngs71 + 73144

  

2024 Brenda Hedges Trophy Winner: Liz Thorne

Brenda Hedges Trophy (Nett HI 20.0 and below)

Runner UpJill England73 + 70143 c/b
WinnerLiz Thorne75+68143

 

Ladies Club Championship (Gross)

Runner UpJenny Myers78 + 79157
Ladies Club ChampionRosie Rooney77 + 74151

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From the Club Captain

Mike Bryett and Andy Fewings

The Men’s invitation was an opportunity for members to show their guests our great course. Fortunately, on a lovely June summer day with 42 teams playing the morning greensomes Front 9 won by Jack Brady and Alistair Pendlebury (Hockley) 22pts and back 9 Simon Freemantle and Chris Yate (Chilworth) 19pts. The afternoon 4 balls was won by Mike Bryett and Andy Fewings (Sonning) 43pts with Tony Jones and Tim Jones (DeRochefort, France) runners up with 41pts. A great day had by all plus raising £790 for the captain’s charity Cardiac Rehab (Alton).

A very busy month had started with our Triumvirate Event 18 visiting teams playing match play won by Army this year with Basingstoke runner up.

Trophy winners were Kim Johnson, Steve Johnson, Debbie Wills and Simon Wills

Captain’s Charity Day was a huge success raising £2,520 for Cardiac Rehab from raffle and entry fee. With 168 people taking part in the day in a mixture of Walt’s and Texas Scramble, I personally want to say thank you on behalf of Sandra, Ewan, Rosie and myself because without you this event could not happen and just shows what a great club you have built, we should all be really proud. It’s great to see recent new members also taking part and commenting on how friendly and welcoming people have been. On to the golf, on a lovely summer day (at last) Morning Winners were team of Jenny Steiner, Cathy Hilton, Lynne Cowser and Gunnell Berry (score 21.7). Afternoon Winners and Trophy winners were Kim Johnson, Steve Johnson, Debbie Wills and Simon Wills (24.6). The real winner was the Cardiac Rehab, we all had fun, and to top it off Linda Sexton had a hole in one on the 10th hole-Well done.

Friendly fixtures are coming thick and fast why not put your name down and meet some new people. We have up coming matches with Lee On The Solent, Blackmore, Meon Valley as well as an away match against Farnham for the under 40’s. Go into team and select Mens Friendly fixture or contact Gary Mugford or me. We also have quarter finals of Gales Hockley and Kindred Cup late in July. Enjoy your golf.

Richard Lane

Club Captain

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Ladies Section

It might not have been a manic Monday but it has certainly been a manic month! We have had two board competitions, the Salvers and Yellow Tee competitions, Awayday, Invitation Day, Past Captains, Club Championship, Friendly matches and Stoneham matches to mention a few.

We had a great weekend 8/9th June with the North Hants Trophy team playing away at the Army. We had a great win and are through to the next round. The Stoneham team playing at home against South Winchester had a 4/3 win and not to be outdone the Alresford Scratch Trophy team had an away match at the Army and won 13/2.

Tuesday 18th saw Pat Voak win the Grannies competition and Pat Palmer 2nd and Jan Hutt 3rd, a great afternoon and thank you to Sarah Staines and Ann Gunn for the splendid organization.

Sadly due to covid Jo Youngs and Jacqui Sanger were unable to play at Royal Blackheath in the Australian Spoons competition, commiserations to them both especially having had for a practice round.

Another very good event was the Ladies Away Day at Tidworth, we had a beautiful day and the course and the views were wonderful. A good fun and well organized day with a lovely meal. Well done to Jan Hutt, Jo Youngs, Jenny Ball and myself who will be organizing next years Awayday.

My alarm went off at 4.30 for a 5.27 tee time in the Dawn Patrol and despite the drizzle we had a very enjoyable morning followed by breakfast or in my case a bacon roll.

L to R: Past Captains: Runner Up Elisabeth Hesse, Gunnel Berry and Winner Esme Goodacre

Congratulations to Linda Sexton for her first hole in one!! A big thank you to everyone involved in the Captain’s Charity, I will leave the full report to Richard.

I was invited to play in the Alresford Ladies Past Captains event followed by high tea, the winner was Esme Goodacre on 35 points, thank you Gunnel for organizing the lovely weather and food.

We had our Ladies Invitation day on Tuesday,  66 ladies played in glorious weather, followed by an excellent buffet. We had a great many compliments on the course from our guests. Thank you Sue Pearce and Sigi Hill and everyone involved who helped us raise £310 for the Captain’s Charity,

Hampshire Mixed Greensomes with five couples representing Alresford, Rob and Mel Gates defending their win last year, came a very creditable 3rd.

Sarah Densham and Ann Gunn represented Alresford in the Gosport and Stokes Bay Centenary and although didn’t manage to bring the trophy home this year had a great result coming 3rd.

Jenny Myers became North Hants Ladies Champion, Rosie Rooney, Jenny Myers and Kelly Travers played at Stoneham in the English Womens Championship, and we had Lynne Cowser and Sue Poulter playing at Waterlooville playing in the English Senior Ladies Championship, well done Sue for coming 2nd in her category.

Hampshire Ladies Veterans Championship at Royal Winchester on 26th July.  A big well done to Dorothy Shaw coming 2nd in division 1 and Jo Youngs 5th in division 2.

Last but not least well done to everyone who played in Club Championship this weekend, we had a full house of ladies playing, excellent scoring, Round 1 best nett Kathryn Mclaughlin and Round 2 best nett Di Peisley. Dorothy Coombes Trophy:  Jo Youngs 1st Marion Bruce 2nd and Brenda Hedges Trophy: Liz Thorne 1st Jill England 2nd both being won on count back. Ladies Club Champion: Rosie Rooney and Jenny Myers Runner up, we had new names on all of the trophies. Full report on C & H. Report below.

Looking forward to my Ladies Captain’s Day on Tuesday and hoping for a dry day and not too hot!!

Sandra Hooker

Ladies Captain

Hampshire Ladies Golf

Great news from HLG.  Mary Rook was invited and has accepted the role of incoming HLG President from January 2025 following Jane Scott’s 3 years in the role. Another accolade for AGC!!
Mary is known to many in Hampshire and many other counties for her years of work and support for Hampshire Ladies and Girls golf so is a natural and greatly welcomed choice.
Thanks Ann

Ann Younger

AGC Delegate

Hampshire Ladies Golf

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Competitions and Handicap Committee Report

Club Championship

Let me start by thanking all of my committee for their help in the preparation leading up to Club Championship weekend, and in particular to Richard Calton for helping all weekend on the Committee Desk and to David Maskery and Charlie McLaughlin for marshalling the course on both days.

Thanks to all our many ball spotting volunteers (Joan Stopp, Tony Hutt, Ian Sutherland, Eddie Martin, Robert Sexton, Mike Hooker, Ray Fisher, Sandra Hooker, Andy Sibbald, Les Thorne, Bob Moore, Mel Gates, Mary Rook, Caroline Warne, Jamie Batts and, Ian Jones) over the weekend.  The ball spotting in particular was appreciated by all players, so a thank you to everyone who gave up their time this weekend.

Thank you also to our Captains Past and Present who donned their Captain’s jackets for starting duties: Esme Goodacre, Jean Coveyduck, David Nightingale, George Clelland, Ray Fisher, Kit Neilson, Brian Wright and Sandra Hooker.

The course did indeed look spectacular from our Committee desk, although the view did become a little obstructed once the patio filled up!

Congratulations to all our players who enjoyed the tricky course conditions at the weekend and in particular to all our winners.  The spectators on the patio were kept up-to-date with “live scoring” for the latter groups. Full report above in Club Champs Section.

Many thanks.

Gill Freemantle

Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary

handicaps@alresfordgolf.co.uk

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Mixed Matches

Two mixed matches have been played since our last report, Alresford made the short trip to Hockley on 30th May. It turned out to be a very warm day, the course was in such good condition with exceedingly speedy greens, but the main topic of conversation was their eco-loo, high on the hillside which Hockley have affectionately dubbed their pizza oven….. Please to report that Alresford came away with a win.
Next was a home match against Cowdray Park, there were a number of team changes for Cowdray on the Monday morning but the final team sheet arrived, the calculations complete and the cards filled out. 8 pairs battled it out over 18 holes, clubs away, shoes changed, drinks purchased everybody sat outside ready for the first BBQ of the season when the heavens opened –  not sure what we did to upset the rain gods, on a positive note another win for Alresford.
There are three mixed matches in July and a new fixture in August:

Rowlands Castle at Alresford Sunday 14th July @ 1:00 pm
Bramley away on Friday 19th July @ 1:30 pm
Hayling away on Sunday 28th July @ 12:30 pm
Salisbury & South Wilts at Alresford Sunday 25th August @ 2:00 pm

Before we finish the season with 3 matches in September:

North Hants at Alresford Sunday 1st September @ 1:00 pm
Royal Winchester away Friday 13th September @ 2:00 pm
Basingstoke away Friday 27th September @ 1:00 pm

Still plenty of matches to sign up for via Club V1 if you are free.

Liz and Les Thorne

A Look at the Rules

Question

A player hits their ball which ends up rolling towards out of bounds. A spectator deliberately stops the ball before it gets to the out of bounds. How should the player proceed?  Would the player need to proceed differently if a dog picked up the ball when it was rolling towards the out of bounds?

Greens

I am writing this on the first day of the Club Championship sitting in the club bar watching the first groups putt out on the 18th green.

June has been a busy month for the green keeping team as they built up to the Championship weekend. Over the last couple of days, the course has started to dry off in places but we expect it to be on point for the weekend with the greens rolling out at around 10’4” on the flat. The team have used hand mowers daily since Tuesday and this will continue over the weekend. In addition, the greens will be rolled/ironed daily.

This week we have had to irrigate the course overnight and top up with hand watering early each morning. Unfortunately, the irrigation water, which has an alkaline ph, is causing some issues with summer diseases. The Course Manager is monitoring this closely and will take remedial action as and when necessary.

Following a successful trial last year yellow dots are placed at 150 yards from the front of the green and red dots 100 yards, these will remain throughout the rest of the summer. Lift and drop signs have been removed from temporary green areas for the rest of summer and we will take them out of play early October so they are ready for the winter.

In the past weeks all the work of the Greens Team has been focussed on presenting the course as well as possible for the Championship weekend, and from where I am sitting it looks like the team have done splendidly! But the work does not stop with the Championship and the team will apply nutritional sprays, and possibly a fungicide, in the week following the Championship. If we get any rain in July the team will also apply a herbicide to the fairways and some areas of rough, such as where there is white clover although it is flowering nicely at the moment. The more observant amongst us will have noted that we are experiencing some pest damage, mainly rabbit holes, which the team are dealing with as and when.

Finally, lets hope the fine weather continues through the summer so we can enjoy our course in the warm!

PS – the range in green speeds, related to slope, on the Sunday illustrate the greatest challenge of Championships. On the flat green speed is slightly slower than Saturday at 9’10” but a downhill putt on the 6thgreen is 23’ whilst an uphill putt is 7’!

Derek Myers

Chair Greens

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Juniors Section

Hello Everyone,
It has been a successful few weeks for the Juniors and it’s great to see lots of people out playing and practicing.
Only a couple things for me to mention this month; the Club has given us funding to play in the Junior Open at Farnham Sands on the 23rd August and also for the Open at North Hants on the 27th August. A few names have already been put down, so let me know asap if you would like to take part.
The next Junior event at Alresford is on the 25th July with The Junior Summer Stableford. It would be great to get lots of you out on the course, so please get signing up on the board in the Clubhouse.
Finally, a special congratulations to Jacob Howells, who took part in the Club Champs this weekend. He shot an outstanding 78 and 81 which is amazing off the back tees as the Course is very tricky right now. A big handicap drop for Jacob I presume?

Rosie

Rosie Rooney

Juniors Captain (Editors Note…. and Ladies Club Champion 2024- well done Rosie. I think it deserves a mention in this Juniors Section even if you were too modest)

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Vets Section

Summer has at long last arrived. I played a match in the Vets KO championship today in temperatures that reached 30 Degs. C. The hot ball travels miles in the thin warm air, it travels miles on our hard, dry, beautifully manicured fairways, on the greens you only have to touch the thing and it travels miles, and in the rough(!), no matter how hard you try to hit it, it doesn’t travel more than half a yard and often a lot less!

What a different game it is today to what it was just three weeks ago.

SUMMER FRIENDLIES

If ‘a week is a long time in politics’ then a month is a long time in Vets’ Summer Friendlies!

Of the four matches played this month we managed to lose three and win only one!

5th June.     Corhampton             Away   Lost 5-2

20th June.   Rowlands Castle.     Home. Win 5½ -1½

24th June.   Weybrook Park.       Home. Lost 5-2

28th June.   Salisbury &SW          Away Lost 5-2

This has left a bit of a dent in our record as we have now lost 6 of the 19 fixtures played.

July will be a very busy Summer Friendly month with no fewer than 6 matches to be played; Hockley, The Army, Barton-on-Sea, Tidworth Garrison, Royal Winchester, Blackmoor and Littlehampton, all understandably over-subscribed.

WEDNESDAY MORNING ROLLUPS

In the fine summer weather, we continue to see numbers in the high teens to low twenties turning up to play any one of the large range of competitions programmed for the year. In the winter months these tended to be 3 ball competitions, but as numbers increase in the summer we are increasingly having to send teams off in fours to fit into our allotted hour.

The winning team in the 2023 Captain/Pro Charity Challenge, Vets Ed Tinley and Mike Garton, teamed up again for this year’s challenge and again they have created comments about their performance.

Eyebrows were raised, when, with a two-shot advantage Mike Garton birdied the 415yd 3rd, leaving poor Mark having to hole it in 1 just to half the hole! Order was restored when the match was postponed in last torrential rain storm of the month on the 9th with the Vets team 2 down.

TOURNAMENTS

The summer knockouts are now well under way and entries into 29th August Vets’ Invitation are filling rapidly and this month The Vets Championship takes place over two days Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th

In my weekly reports to the Vets’, I include a golf course nature note and due to what I consider to be of great importance, I will in this Fore report include one.

It concerns the Garden Chafer Bug. It is the rooks & badger predation on the grass root devouring chafer grubs that can be the curse of our late season/winter greens and fairways, when they rip up the turf in search of these juicy morsels.

This week I saw, on the course, one of the very first of the adult beetle summer hatchings.

It is a brown backed, green headed beetle about the size of your thumb nail. On a warm day in the next two or three weeks they will hatch in a swarm of thousands and mate. The female then lays anything from 30 to 60 eggs on the greens and particularly in the longer grass on the fairways. I urge any golfer on the course on the day, or days, of these hatching swarms to ‘euthanise’ as many as they can. A foot on the fairways, or a putter on the greens works well! Last year in one round I succeeded in eliminating over 200 and got my playing partners to follow suit.

If only we could all do the same thing this year?   (Editors Note: there are probably thousands around the course so many vets need to make heavy work even to make a dent in the colony! But I agree it does make one feel better)

Ewan

Ewan McGregor 

Vets Captain

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General Manager’s Update

Welcome to those new members who have joined the club during June ;  Tony Ireland, Tony Norfolk, Jason Andrews, Dason Bodily (5 day) , Jake Callaway ( intermediate) , Harry Burleton (Student), Michael and Gaynor Fuller ( Overseas), Mark Johnson and Christine Jones ( Social Extra).  We hope that you all have a long and enjoyable time at the club.

Welcome back to Tony Hutt, George Skayman, Philip Hawkins and Tim Wootton-Beard , all returning after enforced lay-offs.

Members will be interested to know that the Management Committee has now decided to cease further 7-day membership applications and begin a waiting list. There is currently still some limited availability for 5-day playing membership.

CLUBHOUSE SOLAR PANELS

You will all have noticed the installation of the Solar panels which has taken place this past week or so.

I am pleased to say that this is now complete and we have 126 panels in situ generating electricity for the clubhouse. We should start to see a reduction in our electricity bills over the coming months. We do not currently have a battery storage capability as the amount of electricity predicted to be generated will be used almost in its entirety. We do have the facility to add extra panels and battery storage at a later stage should we feel it appropriate.

COURSE MARSHALS – CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS EACH WEEK?

We still need some additional course marshals to help our existing volunteers. If you can spare a hour or so each week or event every other week both mornings and afternoon, please contact David, General Manager.

NEW DEFIBRILLATOR

We have replaced our old de-fibrillator which has come to the end of its life (purchased originally in 2015) with a new model. This is located in the foyer outside of the pro-shop.

 

BAG TAGS

All members are reminded that if they are not displaying bag tags (with correct year of membership), they may well be challenged on the course by the Course Marshal. To prevent any embarrassment please ensure you have the correct identification. Year stickers can be collected from either the Office or pro-Shop or failing that we can post to it you . No excuses!

If you are bringing a guest please ensure they are displaying their visitors green fee tag. Members who accompany any guest who is found not to have paid their green fee will be subject to a playing suspension. As reported in the Members Update on 20/06/2024, a member has recently been suspended (in line with the MANCOM agreed sanction) for bringing a guest on to the course without payment. Members should be under no illusion that this sanction will continue to be enforced.

 

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 – DRESS CODE

The hot sunny weather always highlights any dress code miscreants and the last thing anybody wants when they are hot and bothered is to be told about their attire on the course. However please bear in mind the following;

Baseball hats should be worn the correct way around (and not in the clubhouse).

Shorts should be tailored and not football shorts, cargo shorts with outside pockets or three-quarter length.

Shirts should have a collar (men) and please tuck shirts in wherever possible.

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.

COURTESIES & RECIPROCALS

Are you aware that as part of your membership at Alresford you can enjoy free or discounted golf at many other courses in the south of England and further afield?

Courtesies: these are published on the main noticeboard and coincide with times when we are hosting major events/matches that restrict access to our course for our members. Local clubs which we have partnerships with, offer our members a tee time that you can bid for. These are balloted and allocated. These include North Hants , Hayling, Stoneham,  Army and Farnham – many of these opportunities end up not taken ??

Reciprocals :1 x 4ball per week is available Monday-Friday (bookable 7 days in advance) at a selected list of local clubs; Lee-on-Solent, Waterlooville, Bramley, High Post, Salisbury & South Wilts, Chobham, Tidworth and Rowlands Castle. There is no charge payable. All requests made through our office.

NEW – As part of our reciprocal programme we also can offer our members discounted green fees rates of up to 30% at EL PARAISO GOLF CLUB and LOS ARQUEROS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB both near to Marbella /Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain. So if you are travelling to sunny Spain, you can enjoy preferential golf rates (contact AGC office for details).

 

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Social

It’s been a busy month for golf generally, and our Dawn Patrol event on Saturday 22nd was fully signed up and enjoyed to mark the summer solstice. Some excellent scores followed by a hearty special offer breakfast set off the second half of 2024 to a good start.  Our esteemed ladies’ captain, Sandra Hooker, gave the sparrows a run for their money with a score of 40, followed up closely by Kathryn McLaughlin and David Curling (2nd and 3rdplace on count back), and Alexander Dawson with 39 points in 4th.

Dawn Patrol Winner: Sandra Hooker (worth getting out of bed for…)

Coming up soon are our Team Golf Finals night on Thursday 18 July, with BBQ and prizes for the League and the Championship, and tropical vibes to be enjoyed at our Caribbean BBQ on Saturday 20 July.  Tasty food and summer cocktails will be served from 12pm until 9pm, with island tunes to complete the experience. Friend and family are warmly welcomed to both events.  We look forward to seeing you there!

We would still like some new members and their ideas for the Social Committee – it’s a great group of people and we are having fun making plans for our members’ entertainment and enjoyment – so please let me know if you are interested!

Thanks, Alicia

Alicia Hardy

Chair Social


TEAM  GOLF 2024

Summer is really here now, so Team Golf has enjoyed several weeks of hot weather for members to compete on our excellent course, which has resulted  in regular high scoring in the twenties.

With only two weeks to go in the League, there’s a fighting finish ahead as at the top the Cobblers were only one point ahead of the White Sharks when they were drawn against each other this week.                                                   

Cobblers‘ team of Graham Arkley and Debbie Wills played a blinder scoring 21 points including Graham’s birdie from a bunker on the 7th hole to beat The White Sharks 19 points scored by Charlie Kane and Jim White, who also had birdies at the 8th and 9th holes.

The highest scores this last four weeks have been as follows:-

Rnd 8 – 24 points by Tom and Mark Arscott from Polly’s Pals

Rnd 9 – 22 by Maggie Jones and Rob Gates from The Tweets

Rnd 10 – 22 by Paul Hutchison and Sarah Staines from the Pipe Dreams

Jill Wilson and Jeanne Renshaw (Rookies Rebels) winners last week

Rnd 11 – 23 by Jill Wilson and Jeanne Renshaw from the Rookies Rebels

So, after the next two weeks, we will have completed the thirteen rounds of the League season. We will then finish this year, with the second round of ‘The Championship’ on the 18th of July when everyone plays, with the best four individual scores from each team to count. This is then added to the scores from the first Championship week to find our winners of ‘The Championship’.

There will be a BBQ after golf on ‘Finals’ evening plus all the prize-giving from the League and Championship, so definitely one not to be missed.  Friends and family are welcome, just let your Captain know and if any players are unable to attend, also please inform your Captain, so we can publish the tee times off the 1st and 10th tees in good time.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing you all on the 18th July.

J&J White 

Team Golf organisers on behalf of the Social committee 

 

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Pro’s Place

Junior Golf Clinics and Activities – Important Dates and Details
We are thrilled to share the exciting details of our upcoming junior golf activities and clinics. Here’s what you need to know to ensure your juniors can take full advantage of the opportunities we have lined up.
Junior Camps Over Summer Please note that the junior roll-up does not run on Sundays or Wednesdays throughout the holidays. Instead, we encourage you to take advantage of our school holiday coaching sessions. These summer camps are open to juniors aged 7 and upwards.
To book a spot, please contact Mark at mark@markwoodgolfacademy.co.uk or reach out to the Pro Shop.
School Holiday Coaching – £25 per session
  • Monday, 29th July: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Monday, 5th August: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Monday, 12th August: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Monday, 19th August: 10 am to 12 pm
Junior Sessions on Wednesdays and Sundays Our junior golf clinics are designed to be game-based and enjoyable, ensuring that participants not only improve their golfing skills but also have a fantastic time. The sessions will focus on various aspects of the game, including technique, strategy, and sportsmanship.
There is a fee of £10 per child per session, which covers the cost of instruction, equipment, and additional resources required to make the sessions engaging and beneficial for all participants.
Session Details:
  • Sunday Session: 9-10 am for ages 12 years and upwards
  • Wednesday Session: 4:30-5:30 pm for ages 7-12 years
Important Note: The junior sessions WILL NOT RUN on the following dates due to staff holidays:
  • Wednesday, 26th June
  • Sunday, 30th June
  • Wednesday, 3rd July
  • Sunday, 7th July
We look forward to seeing your child at our summer camps and junior sessions. Should you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Additional Updates:
  • Open Sweepstake (17-21st July at Royal Troon): Entry is £5 per square, or £20 for 5 squares. Entries can be made at the Pro Shop, with prizes awarded as Pro Shop credit.
  • Farewell and Thank You to Jacqui: Our lovely Jacqui has sadly left us to become a full-time grandma to her daughter’s new bundle of joy, Otis, born on 26th June. We wish her every happiness in her new chapter and will miss her happy disposition very much.
  • TaylorMade Fitting Day: We have booked an exclusive TaylorMade fitting experience on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. An expert club fitter will help you optimize your equipment with the latest TaylorMade technology. To register for this event or book a specific time for your appointment, please contact the golf shop.
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A Look at the Rules

ANSWER

When the ball is deliberately stopped by a person, the ball must be played from the estimated position where it would have stopped. In this case, it would have been out of bounds, therefore, the player must proceed under stroke & distance receiving a one stroke penalty. If a dog stopped the ball going out of bounds, the ball must be dropped where the ball was picked up without penalty.

See rules Clarification 11.1b/3

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 July 2024

£100  Rob Gates

£50     Mary Rook

£35 Prizewinners

Charles Kydd

Tony Wright

George Skayman

Simon Wills

Wynne Tufnell

Congratulations to all our prize winners and once again this month the ladies are not well represented.  So well done Mary!

Summer Stableford and Evening Meal on Friday 26 July

The annual summer competition is a social mixed individual stableford competition

open only to 100 Club members followed by a meal in the evening.

No entry fee but sign in via Club V1 or the terminal in the foyer on the day.

Arrange your own playing groups and tee times which can be for any time during the day.

As a 100 Club member you don’t have to play in the competition to come along to the meal in the evening. All 100 Club members and partners are welcome.

See the poster on the Social Board in the clubhouse and sign up for the meal.

The cost is £20 per person for a two course meal and coffee and you should pay at the bar any time before the day.

Please note the meal will be served at 7.30pm so if you are playing in the afternoon please aim to be finished and scores entered before then.

Come along and join in – a chance to enjoy a social get together with fellow 100 Club members.

New to the golf club or have simply never thought about joining the 100 Club!  Why not do so now – and join us in the Summer Stableford competition

Anyone who is a member of the golf club as either a playing or non-playing member can be in the 100 Club. Join now and you will then be eligible to play in the Summer Stableford and to come along for a sociable meal in the evening. As a 100 Club shareholder you will be actively contributing towards future enhancements to our golf club facilities and have the chance of winning a cash prize each month.  

Without financial assistance the golf club would not necessarily be able to do or replace items such as the shoe cleaner or more recently the new honours boards so with help from the 100 Club we all benefit.  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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