Hampshire Police Leisure Sport (HPLS) Corporate Membership
Nine 7-day corporate memberships have been purchased again this year and we are very pleased that most of last year’s members of this scheme have decided to remain. One of these was in the team which won the Spring Texas Scramble on 22nd April. HPLS members have bright yellow bag tags.
Of the 22 members in 2017/18, ten have converted to 5 or 7-day playing membership which is better than last year and confirms that the Winter Membership scheme has become a successful means of recruiting full playing members.
Wi-Fi in the Clubhouse
The unreliable system we have had for some years has been replaced by a BT ‘Whole Home’ mesh booster to improve the Wi-Fi signal in the bar and committee room areas.
From the Club Captain
We are now well over a month into Spring and it is only recently that the sun has made a most welcome appearance. The course has responded well to the warmth and the course is looking in great shape. Although the Winter Rules have yet to be lifted, the condition of our course over the last few months has been the envy of many Clubs, which is to the credit of our Greens’ staff.
The ‘meet and greet’ evening on the 6th April was very well attended by new members across all the categories from social to full ‘7 day’ golfers. Special thanks go to all those members who gave up their evening to welcome our new members. The number of new ‘5’ and ‘7 day’ members who have transferred from the Academy and Winter membership schemes, clearly demonstrate the success of these initiatives.
The Peter Gregory Salver, a Junior competition, was played on the 9th April and congratulations to Cody Roberts for a fine win and to Millie Jonathan who came second.
On the 10th April, our Junior team of Will Briggs, Henry Glanfield and James Parry all played superbly beating Bramshott Hill in the first round of the Green Jackets knockout competition.
April proved to be a successful month for the various Men’s Teams. The County 7s team had a convincing home win against Southampton and the Gales Hockley team beat Barton on Sea at Alresford in a very tight match. Not to be outdone, the Annodata team (supersedes the competition previously run by the Mail on Sunday) had a clear win against Lee on the Solent. The men’s friendly matches are now well underway with mixed results, losing away at Rowlands Castle and winning away at Hockley, which is a good result. Well played Alresford!
The numbers playing in the Spring Texas Scramble on the 22nd April were down from previous years as a result of having to re-schedule the day due to the bad weather in March. The standard of play was certainly not down, with many teams achieving a gross of less than 69. Congratulations to the winning team of Glen Kreffer, David Pain, Rosie Hallas and Mel Elford.
During the month, over 30 members took part in the annual task of repairing the many divots on the course. Within a few weeks, the benefit of carrying out this exercise will be evident. A big THANK YOU to all those who participated.
The Murder Mystery evening was extremely entertaining, challenging the brain cells of many and baffling the remainder. Thanks to the caterers, who served a delicious steak meal such that many husbands failed to receive any extra from their significant other! Thanks, must also go to our Social Committee for organising this fun evening. These social events give members the opportunity of having a very enjoyable time with friends and meeting other members who they would not normally see on the course or clubhouse. If you are able, please support future events with your friends and have a great time.
I am writing this after the Spring Meeting and just before packing to spend 6 days in Portugal. It’s a beautiful sunny day and I hope this is it… we have finally turned the corner and summer is here!
We have had a busy month despite the weather..the Easter Monday Flag competition was good fun and very well organised by Mandy and Brian Overton. The rain stopped for us, just in time, and so we were all able to use up our strokes. This was followed by a very nice meal. Well done to the winners Viv Pain and Charlie McLaughlin.
Then the Vets and Ladies Breeze Up… this is always played in good spirits with Ladies and Vets playing together. My thanks to Wynne Tuffnell who does most of the organisation. It was well supported, and once again the weather was kind to us. We enjoyed a lovely meal after with a good joke from Vets Captain Chris Thompson, rumour has it the joke has been retold in high places…???? The winners were John Dillon with Mandy Overton and in second place, new member Bob Archer with Catherine Carberry.
The Meet and Greet went well with lots of new and old members getting to know each other. It’s a great opportunity to put names to faces and hear how people are getting on.
My run in with foxes continues… I had a lovely day at Camberley Heath with Brian – what a beautiful and interesting Golf Course. There I made friends with a new fox, who was almost close enough to touch! This time he left my ball alone but ate my sandwiches instead!
The Spring Meeting was also another enjoyable day with a great turnout from you all, both for the golf and the meal afterwards. My thanks to Club Captain, Brian and Vets Captain, Chris for starting us off so nicely. Also, massive thanks for all the hard work put in by Catherine, Gill, Mandy and Mary (who helped on the day). We always have help from the office with printing and good advice, so thanks to them as well. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. The conditions were not easy as despite no rain, we had wind to contend with… many congratulations to the winners on the day, all the results are in the results section.
As I said at the meeting we have had a great start to the Season with two good wins. The first in the Annodata against Stoneham at home and then in the Stoneham Cup against The Army, also at home Let’s hope this continues!
Can I remind you all to sign up for the ‘Away Day’ on Monday 11th June 2018 at Guildford Golf Club, which is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and is a down land course. The views from the course include Guildford Cathedral, the Wembley Arch and the City of London as well as panoramic views of the Surrey countryside from all holes on the course. This is always good fun and nice to have an outing away from Alresford together. The sign-up sheet is on the Captains Board in the changing room.
See you all soon
Match Committee Report
The notices for the Men’s and Ladies’ Club Championships will be posted in the Changing Rooms in early May. The sign-up sheet for the Men’s Championship will be in the Pro’s Shop.As we did last year, both Championships will be held over 2 days on 23rd and 24th June. The closing date for entry will be Friday 15th June, and full details of the qualification requirements and conditions of competition will be listed on the notices. Please note that all participants in the 36 hole competitions over the Championship weekend must play on both days.
During May we have some competitions I’d like to draw your attention to as they’re either slightly out of the ordinary or not in the diary or have changed date.
Courage & Barclay 4BBB
This competition on Sunday 6th May is for pairs in any combination, 2 men, 2 ladies, a man and a lady, or an adult and a junior. Everyone, of course, must have a competition handicap. There is no formal organisation, so make up your own playing groups and arrange a convenient time. When you enter your score, the system will ask you to identify your playing partner, and you’ll need to make sure put your scores against the correct player.
Our second 9-hole competition of the year on Friday 18th May. This will be a qualifying competition open to all players, men, ladies and juniors. Similar to the R&A 9-hole competition, sign-in and score entry will be via the PSI terminal in the Entrance Hall. Sign-in will be available from Friday 11th May.
On Saturday 19th May, this is a bogey competition
Harry May – Two Generations
This competition had been moved from October to Sunday 20th May. This Foursomes Stableford competition is for parents/grandparents playing with child/grandchild etc … given the golfing dynasties we have in the club, some of the child entries are not that young! The Entry Sheet is on the notice board in the Entrance Hall.
A really enjoyable scramble across the golf course on the afternoon of Friday 25th May. While some us take every opportunity of playing to the 3rd green from the 7th fairway for many it will be a new experience … remember, no distance measuring devices allowed, so you have to guess!
A Look at the Rules
A players ball lies in a bunker. He touches casual water in the bunker with his club prior to making his stroke. What is the ruling?
Well the season has really got into gear now with two or three games a week to be posted, selected and played. It like being back at work – but more enjoyable.
The Vets and Ladies Breeze Up was a great day, good weather and great golf. The tournament was won by John Dillon & Mandy Overton with 43 Points and second place was taken by a new member, Bob Archer, playing with Catherine Carberry on 42 points. They won on count back being equal on total points with Wynne Tufnell & Jean Coveyduck. Never mind Wynne, better luck next year. Sleeves of charity balls were also won by Ed Tinley and Mandy Overton for Nearest the Pin and by Richard Ewatt and Catherine Carberry for the Longest Drive.
After lunch we took the opportunity to surprise our guest Malcolm Scott who turned 60 in February. He has worked at Alresford ‘man and boy’, and he and Jane are a crucial part of the club, so it was nice to present him with a little token – a certificate showing him to be an honorary life member of the vets section. He was very surprised and genuinely chuffed as you can see from the picture.
In the matches so far we have lost two – to Petersfield at home and Rowlands Castle away (last week). We won against Corhampton, Lee on the Solent, Stoneham and Hockley (away), and drew against Romsey (away). While this is a good start to the season these are actually friendly matches so I am continuing with the policy of giving everyone an equal chance of a game.
…from the Secretary
Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during April / May so far; Andrew Morffew, George Peaston and Ian Sutherland (7day), Ken Giles, Michael Kirby and Jonathan Cooke (5 day members), Nicola Greenwood (Country), Jasmine Jury and Oliver Wilkinson (Junior), Jaqueline Sanger and Heather Gibson (Social Extra).
Antony Deacon, Paul Illman, Beverley Fowler, Caroline Shipp, Antony Hastings, Liz Williams, Antony Bradley, Chris Manktelow, Michael Gunby and Paul Stallard have all joined under the HPLS scheme.
We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.
May I remind all members that we are welcoming new membership enquiries for all categories? If you know any friends or acquaintances who are thinking of joining a club or changing clubs, please do your best to sell them the benefits of Alresford.
Special Member Refferal Offer
Refer a new 5 or 7 day playing member and receive An EXTRA £50 credit on your bar card.
Speak to the Secretary for more information.
Club ‘Roll Up’
Fancy a game in the week? All members are welcome to come along to the ‘club roll-up’ on Wednesday mornings. The usual start time is 11am all year round but may change subject to any advanced tee reservations. Up to date timings are shown on the main noticeboard and on the website.
Wednesday 2nd 11.00am
Wednesday 9th 11.00am
Wednesday 16th 11.00am
Wednesday 23rd 11.00am
Wednesday 30th 11.00am
Wednesday 6th 11.00am
Wednesday 13th 11.00am
Wednesday 20th 11.00am
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Forthcoming Events Your Diary
Friday 25th May
X COUNTRY SCRAMBLE
Teams of 4 with tee times from 1.00pm.
Sunday 27th May
SUNDAY LUNCH CARVERY
book directly with the Caterer.
Sunday 10th June
CAPTAINS CHARITY DAY
Teams of 4 with a Team competition and individual stableford competition. Guests welcome (additional charge).
AM and PM start times.
Saturday 16th June
DAWN PATROL (Druids Cup)
Individual stableford competition starting at 5.00am followed by Breakfast in the clubhouse.
MEMBERS GUEST GREEN FEES SPECIAL OFFER
Due to the continued success of this scheme, we will offer the GUEST GREEN FEE DISCOUNT OFFER again in 2018. Over the course of the season bring either 6 guests for £135 or 10 guests for £225. These will be available ONLY from the Secretary in advance (not the pro shop).
Please be aware that all ‘visits’ must be used by 31st December 2018. No refund or extension will be given on unused ‘visits’. Normal restrictions apply.Food available afterwards.
Friday 8th June – Seniors Open
Entries are welcome from Alresford members
(60 years and over) to this successful annual event. Each year our Vets are allocated to single entries to help ‘show them around’ the course and make them feel welcome on the day. We receive many positive comments because of this.
Alresford members entry fee is reduced by £10 to ONLY £24
which includes a 2 course luncheon and prizes.
Entry sheets available from the Office.
Separate prizes for Alresford members and visitors (1st, 2nd and 3rd places plus NP’s).
The divot party on the 19th April was another success with around 35 stalwart members, trowel and bucket in hand, striding out onto our fairways. Perfect weather on the day and following means that we expect full recovery by early May. Great effort from these enthusiastic members!
The long, dismal, cold spring gave way to a lovely hot, sunny spell and the course suddenly came to life. In the space of a couple of days all our cherry trees blossomed, trees turned to leaf, rape fields turned completely yellow and my hay-fever arrived with a vengeance. Spring is now in full swing and our golf course is growing fast. The greenstaff are struggling to keep up with the amount of grass growth around the course with everything needing to be cut. The greens are now being cut every day and we are removing lots of grass every day.
The 5th and 6th Tees are now open for play after the winter reconstruction. You will notice there is significantly more teeing area on the 6th now the tier has been removed and the white tee incorporated into the red and yellow. The 5th Tee is still a little soft, so you might find you are back on the yellow when it’s wet.
You will have noticed that the trees have all been sprayed around to remove competing grass. This also saves time for the greenstaff as they do not have to strim around each individual tree.
Over the next month they will be spraying the fairways and semi-rough (not the long rough areas) for weed. We are still trying to encourage wild flower growth in these areas. The fairways will also be treated with a growth regulator to help slow the grass down a little.
Some of the men will have noticed we have had a bad oil leak on one of our tees mowers on the 7th medal tee. We will make some repairs to this tee over the next month and hope to have it repaired by club championship.
Our Course Manager Steve has suffered terribly for many weeks with a prolapsed disc. He is to have the operation to relieve this on Monday 30th April. I’m sure you will join me in wishing Steve all the very best for a speedy recovery. This is the busiest time of year (greenkeepers call it “Mad May”) so our remaining team will be working flat out to keep the course in great condition. Inevitably, some compromises will be made but we are confident that our high standards will be maintained.
A Look at the Rules
The player incurs no penalty as he did not touch the ground in the bunker with his club prior to making his stroke – Decision 13-4/7
Upcoming Social Events
Team Golf returns this summer, commencing 17 May for eleven weeks. The final will be played on 26 July. Full details including tee times and weekly results will be shown on the social notice board. There will be reserved tees. If you are not involved in team golf or not playing on team golf there will be a roll up competition in which you can play. See below…
Club 9 Hole Roll Up
This begins 24 May from 4.30 to 6.30 from the tenth tee. It is open to all members,
come and join the fun prizes to be won. These may include, best scores, nearest the
pin and Joker hole – choose one to double score on that hole. These will vary from
week to week.
Please book in at the reception table before playing and pay £2.00 entry fee.
Supper: Food will be available, so make your choice from the evening’s menu when booking in.
The winners of the 100 Club
prize draw for May were:
£100 Gill Freemantle
£50 Keith Richmond
£32 Sarah Thorne
£32 Peter Spreadbury
£32 Carol Clark
£32 Ray Grainger
Congratulations to this month’s winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 21st May… look for the list of winners on the Secretary’s notice board.
Not a member of the 100 Club?
The objective of the Alresford Golf Club 100 Club is to raise funds for projects and items requiring capital expenditure that will enhance the Golf Course and/or the Clubhouse. Such projects would generally be considered as ‘extras’ and not necessarily be within the Club budget. The 100 Club was launched in 1987 to raise funds to augment the Centenary celebrations of the Golf Club in 1990, but at the request of the members, the 100 Club has continued to raise funds for items such as the Information Board and Clock on the 1st tee and the Automatic External Defibrillator in the Entrance Hall.
If you’re not a member of the 100 Club, you can become one for as little as £1 per month. Shares in the 100 Club are purchased for £1 per month and there is no limit on the number of shares which can be held. In general, most members have between 1 and 5 shares and pay by monthly direct debit, though it’s also possible to pay quarterly or annually. Each share is allocated a number which in entered in the monthly draw. The top prize is £100, with a second prize of £50 and four other prizes of £32. For more information contact George Clelland on 01962 735008 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in to the Secretary’s office.
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