Fore Info October 2018

Saturday 13 October, 7pm – 11pm


…however the office will be taking names for two reserve lists – one for members and one for guests. Any cancellations will be filled from members reserve list in the first instance and in strict date order when added to list. Should all reserve members be used then cancellations will be filled from guest list.

Management Corner

Thank you John

The Management Committee would like to thank John Goodacre, who is not a playing member at present, for his volunteer efforts assisting the green keepers while their numbers have been depleted. John made such a good job of raking bunkers that he has been promoted to ‘rough cutter’ (or a cutter of rough).

From the Club Captain

September is the month for the Mixed Invitation and this year 16 pairs entered, which is 5 more than last year when we were compelled to cancel the event. The winners this year were David Maskery & Hannah Holloway (Basingstoke) with a very impressive 46 points.

In the Friendly matches, the men are continuing to do well, winning against Meon Valley at home and gaining draws against Army Club and Tidworth. The Stoneham match has been re-scheduled for Saturday 3rd November and if you are able to play, I would appreciate if you would put your name on the Team sheet.

The Francis Holmes Shield was played on the 2nd September and is a team competition played over 36 holes between four Clubs who were previously 9 hole courses. With home advantage, Alresford were convincing winners with a net score of 635. Marlborough came second with 676, Romsey 679 and Andover 686. Well done Alresford.

The winning Francis Holmes Shield team

After victories against Blackmore, Goodwood and Cams Hall, our men’s Annodata team travelled to Wentworth (yes Wentworth) for their next match on the 13th September. It proved to be an unlucky 13th for Alresford as we lost 4 games and drew one; so close to a trip to Spain! Well done Jimbo for getting a draw.

Every year the Club is represented at several invitational events. Since the last report, the male members have represented the Club at the Shanklin and Sandown Vase, the Centenary Trophy, the Stoneham Spitfire Trophy, the Corhampton Salver, the Pairs and the Hockley Twyford Trophy. In the Meon Valley Millennium, the Club Captain and Vice Captain had a good day and were the first Alresford pair to win the Trophy.

As usual I will leave Mary, our Lady Captain to cover both the Ladies and Mixed matches; however, I would like to compliment the ladies for their successes.

Kathryn McLaughlin and Jane Hendry played exceptionally well in the County Foursomes at Skylark and came home with the Trophy. Well done girls.

Jenny Myers had a fantastic day at the North Hants Junior Open. In the morning medal she came 2nd with a nett 64 and in the afternoon, she came 1st in the stableford with an unbelievable 50 points. She started the day as a 19 handicapper and finished as a 10 handicapper! Jenny was also chosen to represent the Hampshire Girls in the HLCGA Alresford Cup. Against 7 other Counties, the Hampshire team achieved a very creditable second place. Well played Jenny.

The Pro-Am organised by Malcolm and Jane Scott with the PGA, fielded 180 players of which 45 were Club Professionals. The winner was Martin Adams with a new course record of 63 and Alastair Hay came second with 66. The day was very well organised and can only have brought credit to our Club. Thanks to Malcolm and Jane for all the hard work they put in, which ensured a fantastic day.

I am delighted how my Captains Day went. Thanks to Adam and the Lads, the course was in excellent condition and this was reflected in the very good scores achieved. The Captain’s prize was won by Tony Hutt with 43 points on countback from Mark Tiplady who was Best Man. The Best Lady was Gill Fremantle on 40 points and the Best Junior was Oliver Stuart. Gill had a great day as she also won the Team Prize with her husband Simon, Claire Gould and Peter Sly. David Maskery, Melissa and Linda ensured everything was ready for the day, David Robertson had the task of checking the cards and Chris Pullinger presented us with some tasty food. My wife Marilyn supported me at the half-way house, which she enjoyed immensely. My thanks go to you all for making this such a memorable and enjoyable day for me.

Brian Wright

Ladies Section

In last month’s Fore Info, our Club Captain, Brian was rather generous in his comments about me…which was very kind of him! He has had a rather successful year himself. It started by winning the Mrs Stratton Bates, which earned him a nice handicap reduction, then he played brilliantly at Royal Winchester, resulting in us winning the Promethean Cup. He and VC Graham won the Millennium Pairs Trophy at Meon and finally Alresford won back the Francis Holmes Shield. Brian and his lovely wife Marilyn hosted a wonderful Captains Day which I’m sure everyone many thanks to them both. All in all Brian has had a very successful Captain’s year and I have thoroughly enjoyed the banter and camaraderie of working and playing with him!

Our month started very well with Kathryn McLaughlin and Jane Hendry (below) representing us in the County Centenary Foursomes at Skylark. They brought home the Trophy so very well done to them both!

A lot of us went down to Brokenhurst to watch Lynne Cowser, Jane Scott and Kelly Travers play in the quarter finals of the North Hants Trophy and despite playing really well, with the matches going to the 18th and 19th, didn’t make it through. My thanks though to Lynne and her team who have had a brilliant run and so nearly made it!

I had a lovely day in the Petersfield friendly which was the last one I will be playing in as Captain. (Gosh this year has flown by!).  A half was a nice result to have as well and everyone seemed to enjoy their game and the friendly company.

Alresford looked at its best when we hosted the Knight Cup Semi Finals and Finals which was won by South Winchester.  It was a beautiful day and the golf was to be admired!

In the annual Eclectics at Corhampton, Hayling and Hockley we narrowly missed being in the prizes but we were consistently near the top my thanks to all of you who have represented us and played so well.

The weather was not great for the Alresford Cup on Sunday which is a competition between 8 counties for Junior Girls. Despite being cold and damp, to watch these young girls play golf is truly impressive and congratulations to Surrey who won again this year. My thanks to all of you who helped make this day such a success, led by Mary Rook who started this event in her Captain’s Year.

Now, please can I ask you to look at the Notice Board and sign up for the Vets and Ladies which is being played on Monday 22nd October. This year, it is we Ladies who make the rules and although I want it to be a ‘fair’ game…I am certainly not going to make it easy on the Vets….who, let me remind you,  made us play off the yellows last year!!!

Also, the Vets, Juniors and Ladies match is being played on Thursday 25th October. This is always a nice game, so please sign up for that as well.

I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you at the Autumn Meeting – the last big meeting in my year…I am sure we are all going to have fun on the course, with a nice meal to follow.

Best wishes


Match and Handicap Report

Men’s Invitation

The Men’s Invitation was held on 19th August with an entry of 22 pairs, the lowest entry for some time. The cost is only £3 more than 2014 when there were 36 pairs, though it was 2 weeks earlier. However, the comments on the format and the event are positive.  Winners were Graham Marshallsay & Dave Johnson (Waterlooville) with 72 points; second was Mike Battisson & Richard Double (Basingstoke) with 71 points; Chris Reilly & Tim Lucas won the non-CONGU prize with 72 points.

Mixed Invitation

The Mixed Invitation was held on 9th September with an entry of 16 pairs which is 5 more than last year when we cancelled the event but still down on previous years. Again, I don’t believe cost is an issue as the gradual increase in cost is more or less due to catering costs rising. The actual date is only changing by 1 or 2 weeks each year. Winners this year were David Maskery & Hannah Holloway (Basingstoke) with 46 points; second was John & Sarah White (Bramley) with 41 points; and third was Sue Pearce & Graeme Adamson (Cams Hall) with 39 points

Winter Leagues

The sign-up sheets for the Winter Mixed Foursomes and the Men’s Lombard 4BBB are now available in the Pro’s Shop. These competitions are open to 7-day members with competition handicaps. The closing date for entries is Sunday 21st October and the draw for the leagues will be posted by Tuesday 24th October. Generally, each team will have 3 matches to play and all matches in the leagues must be completed by Sunday 27th January 2019 after which the draw will be made for the Knock-out phase.

Cock & Hen Trophy

The closing date for the Cock & Hen Trophy of 10th October is fast approaching, The Cock & Hen Trophy is a mixed 4BBB Stableford competition with drawn partners, and will be played on Sunday 21st October. At time of writing there are more men than ladies signed up, so ladies, if you haven’t signed up yet please do so by 10th October, otherwise there will be a few unhappy men with no partners.

New Rules of Golf

The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf is now available from the Office. This publication is a convenient size to carry in your golf bag and is written from the player’s perspective, with lots of diagrams to help with the explanation of the rules. The R&A website (} has online versions of the Player’s Edition and the full Rules. The MyGolf website ( has a selection of short videos to illustrate those changes to rules which will affect most golfers. Everyone will benefit from looking at these. Remember the new rules will take effect from 1st January 2019.

Presentation Evening

Advance notice of the Trophy Presentation Evening which will be on Friday 16th November. A list of all the trophy winners will be posted on the notice boards by the end of October. We encourage all those who have won a major competition during the year to attend and receive their trophy and the plaudits from the assembled company. If you won a trophy last year and have kept it at home, could you please return it to the Office as soon as possible so that it can be engraved with this year’s winner.

George Clelland

A Look at the Rules


In match play at a par-3 hole, player A hits his tee shot into a greenside bunker. Player B hits his ball into dense woods. Player B then hits a provisional ball which comes to rest 12” from the hole. Player A searches for B’s ball, player B walks to the green, removes the flag and holes out his provisional ball. Player B states A played out of turn and recalls the shot. He then finds B.s original ball within the 5 mins allowed. Does player A have to play his original ball, or his provisional ball when it is his turn to play?

R and A

Vets Section

August and September have continued to be busy months for the section and we are now running into the last few friendlies of the year in gradually cooling but still great weather. How lucky we have been since the rain stopped after the spring.

We had a lovely game at home against the “Test Valley Tornadoes”. I haven’t come across a special name for a golf team before. Their captain said he thought a fancy name would cheer them up as they hadn’t won a match all season. Its a nice name, but we still beat them – so even more reason for them to have it, I suppose. They seemed a happy bunch though. This led one of our senior vets and I to speculate on an appropriate name for Alresford Vets. The best we could come up with was “The Alresford A***h***s”. Clean suggestions on a postcard please to next year’s captain, Drew Fielden, or David Maskery.

Your captain took part in a stunning victory for the mens’ team in the Francis Holmes Shield on the 2nd September. I would recommend all vets to consider playing for the mens’ team once in a while. The age profile is not dissimilar to ours and they need our players.

A group of us oldies then took part in the Pro Am, again a great day and something you should consider next year if you haven’t done it before. It was very well organised by Malcolm and the club. Wynne Tufnell, Ewan McGregor and I failed to disgrace ourselves, alongside the Pro we were paired with, but we didn’t distinguish ourselves either. If it hadn’t been for those last few holes… (as always).  We learned a few things as well.

We lost heavily to Basingstoke away. And, yes, it’s still there – just. It has not been sold for housing yet, thank heavens. And what a lovely course it is! The highlight of the day was a hole in one for Stuart Slater on the fierce seventeenth hole, the green of which is about as wide as a handkerchief with a bunker 2 feet to the right of the pin. Great shot Stuart, and well done for holding the kind of golf insurance that pays for a very healthy round of drinks in the clubhouse. Good idea.

Then we welcomed Royal Winchester to our own lovely course and won, followed by the same result against Hartley Whitney, both very friendly matches. Our game at Lee on the Solent, which was switched from the spring due to flooding was unfortunately played over 9 holes (twice) because their green keepers were doing heavy maintenance on the front nine after a torrid year for them. But fun was had nevertheless. We lost.

If you haven’t done so already please sign up for the Vets’ and Partners’ Dinner on the 1st November. It’s nearly full but I think we could just squeeze in another table if there is demand. You will be welcomed by Tom Jesty, a great young pianist, to entertain you over drinks and the early part of the meal. And it’s an opportunity to get your black and white togs out, and for the partners to wear their fancy frocks. The menu looks excellent.

And the sign up sheets are on the board for the “vets vs ladies” and the “vets ladies and juniors” matches, both of which are good days. The ladies get to set the rules for our match against them this year and have something to prove, having lost heavily last year. So it could be tough, but you know what they say about the going getting tough. I know I can count on you vets, so don’t forget to sign up. Go vets.

Chris Thompson

…from the Secretary

New Members

Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during September and October thus far; Paul Greenwood( 7 day), Stuart Hilbert (5 day), Gordon Cooper, Jonathan Moore, Alan Mcleod and Mel Gates (Academy), Nick Hiley (Country), Philippa Hilbert, Matthew Knell, Sinead Knell, Hilary Mullins and Christopher Spicer (Social Extra), Terry and Hazel Mayho ( Social).

Our popular Winter Membership is available once again this coming year from 1st November to 31st March. We can already welcome the following new winter members ; Gail Botwinski, Chris Coates, Ann Cyphus, Jean Dalton, Neil Dalton, Roger Davies, Colin Hersey, Stephen Hodge, Terry Hope, Jane Macrae, Roger Moore, Colin Newton, Jill Penn, Lene Rasmussen, Daryl Skinner and Jackie Skinner.

We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you. We hope that you will enjoy using the club and its facilities and are able to participate in the many social events and competitions we have over the summer.

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.

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 3rd  ~ 11.15am (golf society)

Wednesday 10th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 17th ~11.00am

Wednesday 24th ~ 11.00am (mid-week medal)

Wednesday 31st ~ 11.45am (golf society)


Wednesday 7th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 14th ~ 11.15am (golf society)

Special Member Referral 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.


Would all trophy winners please start to return their trophies to the club for engraving and re-presentation at the Trophy Evening on 16th November.

All Trophies must be returned to the Office by Friday 12th  October.

Every year we are left with a few unhappy members who either do not have an engraved trophy or a trophy at all , where previous winners have forgotten to return their silverware.


Forthcoming Events Your Diary

Sunday 7th October
‘sign up’ directly with the Caterer

Sunday 21st October
mixed pairs competition (drawn partners) with tee times from 10.00am, £3 entry. All welcome.

Sunday 4th November
‘sign up’ directly with the Caterer

Saturday 11th November
featuring Damon Scott.
Sorry to disappoint but if you are not signed up already it is FULL. A reserve list is in operation.

Sunday 25th November
followed by Sunday Lunch.
The ‘sign up’ sheet for this will be posted on Monday 22nd October at 9.00am.

Twitter follow the green staff and see what’s happening on and around the course. @GreenstaffAGC

Help Please

Are you an avid Facebook user? Can you help us with encouraging postings and engagement with members and non-members?

If you would like to help with keeping our Facebook page ‘up to date’ and interesting please speak to the Secretary.

check out our Facebook page

Do you like the regular daily posts which are currently happening? Is there anything which you feel would be useful to include?

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 our page to your friends.


If you are coming to a function, please ‘top up’ your card beforehand. This helps the staff and your fellow members when it is very busy at the start of the evening and you are not taking the attention of one of the bar staff for a longer period of time than necessary and perhaps having to wait for the credit card machine as well etc etc. ‘Top Up’ the day before whenever possible.


The ‘deep clean’ allows us to meet insurance requirements meaning that an external specialist company carries out a thorough cleanse of our extraction system and main cooking equipment.

The kitchen will therefore be closed on Monday 29th reopening at 1pm on Tuesday 30th October. As before freshly prepared sandwiches will be available on a ‘first come first served’  basis from the bar.

Green News

The Greens Committee is delighted with the appointment of Simon Justice as our new Course Manager. Many of you know Simon who was our Deputy Course Manager for 7 years. He has since been Head Greenkeeper at Wellow Golf Club for 7 years. We had over 30 applications from Europe and all over the British Isles. We interviewed 4 excellent candidates and Simon was the unanimous choice of the selection panel. I know that the team, and Adam in particular, look forward to Simon joining us.  We expect the start date to be early next year.

The lads continue their great work while seriously undermanned. The course in general remains in outstanding condition. Our greens and fairways stand comparison with any in the region.

Our Arborist revisited the course to review the ‘Blue’ marked trees with specialist equipment. These 8 trees are significant, mature trees with rot evident. The specialist equipment establishes the extent of the damage and the structural risk. With one exception, these trees have been declared safe, albeit subject to further work by the tree surgeon. The exception caused us a scare! The magnificent Oak, on the left of the 11th fairway, which was struck by lightening some 30 years, had developed a serious crack near a major bough.

We roped the tree off and our tree surgeon made the tree safe within 48 hours. I am delighted to see that the tree still looks great! Over the winter, the outstanding work on the trees identified will be completed. Further detail will be available to interested parties.

Fairways recovered from the drought incredibly well following the rain. I have heard no reports of any course in better condition. We do still have a lot of issues to sort out. The grow sheet is down on the 8th temporary green to try and speed up germination of seed. We did overseed 3 weeks ago but because of the lack of rain in the last month nothing has germinated or recovered. Adam has spoken to a few local greenies and all are suffering this on the weaker discoloured turf that is suffering drought stress. Members and visitors can help by not taking trollies between greens and greenside bunkers. These areas are weak and should always be protected. Please also stick to the path when walking from the 6th and 7th and avoid walking down the 15th.

We are very concerned about rook damage on the course and particularly around bunkers. The ban on chemicals that kill the leatherjackets and chafer grubs was lifted by the EU for certain sports grounds, including golf courses. We were unable to source any supplies during the window!  Some fairways (the 1st and 5th in particular) has been hammered by the pesky rooks. They ripped at large portions of the first 150 yards of the 1st fairway leaving quite a mess in their wake. All has been ‘made good’ with seed feed and dressings but it is quite concerning. We have reluctantly employed ‘bangs’ and the ultimate deterrent of hanging dead rooks in problem areas.

We are very happy with the condition, speed and play of the greens. Autumn greens maintenance went well, and recovery has been exceptional.  Bunkers are in great condition considering our staff situation. This is down to volunteer help, above the great work of our staff.  Special mention to John Goodacre who has raked the bunkers every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for weeks now. He also cut rough in preparation for the Pro-Am. Outstanding from a non-playing member.

Mark Tiplady

A Look at the Rules


When Player A holed out his provisional ball, it became the ball in play and the original ball was lost, however, player B was within his rights to recall the shot and player A should then play in the correct order. Decision 27-2b/1

R and A

100 Club

The winners of the 100 Club prize draw for October were:

£100    –  Peter Harwood         

£50      –  Richard Ewart

£32      –  Simon Wills

£32      –  Chris Chapman

£32      –  Pat Wallis

£32      –  Pat Young

Congratulations to the winners. Peter Harwood picks up the top prize for the second month in a row! I assure it’s been a different number each time. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 22nd October.

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, or call in to the Secretary’s office.

George Clelland


To follow…

Editor: Andy Thomsen


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