Fore Info September 2018

Chairman of Greens checking the depth of the hollow tining on the greens at the beginning of the month!

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

Strategic Plan – update

The Management Committee has decided that the 10-year Strategic Plan for the Clubhouse drafted by the Planning & Development Sub-Committee should be combined with the 10-year Building Maintenance Plan from the House Sub-Committee.

From the Club Captain

Greens Maintenance took place in the first week of August. Although the greens were solid tined and top-dressed with 40 tons of sand, there was minimal evidence of this having taken place only a few weeks later. Our green-keeping staff deserve congratulations from us all for such a fine job.

On the Friday following the Maintenance, the 100 Club members participated in their Salver competition. I am certain the Ladies who took the first seven places in this competition, would reiterate my comments above. Our Lady Captain, Mary came first with 41 points followed by Kathryn Fielden and Elaine Spreadbury who both had 40 points. Well done Ladies.

Our Lady Captain does seem to be having some success in the competitions this year. Winning the 100 Club Salver, Ladies Committee Cup and coming second in the Summer Salver and Ladies Senior Championship. Along the way she has also managed to reduce her handicap, which is not a bad feat in her Captain’s year.

In the friendly matches, the men are continuing to do well, winning against Meon Valley at home. Regrettably, Stoneham had to withdraw from their match with Alresford as they were unable to get a team together.

As with last year, the Men’s Invitation was not as well supported as in previous years; however, those who did take part enjoyed a great day. The winners were our Vice Captain, Graham Marshallsay and his guest Dave Johnson from Waterlooville.

For the past 2 years, the Club Championship has been held over a 2-day period with both Men and Ladies playing on the same day. Members of the Captain’s Committee have asked many of those who participated this year, which format they preferred, a 1 or 2-day competition. The majority expressed the view that holding the Championship over 2 days involving both Men and Ladies, was a great success and was their preferred option. Following discussion, the Captain’s Committee have decided to continue with the competition being held over 2 days.

The annual Parkinson’s Day, which is organised by Ray, Chris and Ken Chant was again well supported and their efforts raised over £4,500 for the charity. Well done lads.

Please don’t forget that it is Captain’s Day on Sunday the 16th September. Tee times are between 08.00 and 13.30. It is open to all Club members despite the class of your membership or whether you have a competition handicap. It will be a fun day with many prizes, although the board competition can only be won by someone with a competition handicap. Entry is free as well as the halfway house, but a donation towards this year’s charity when signing in would be appreciated.

In last month’s issue, I incorrectly stated that Kathryn McLaughlin had won the Pro’s Clubhouse Knockout. The winner was Kathryn Fielden – my sincere apologies Kathryn.

Brian Wright

Ladies Section

August has been such a busy month, I feel slightly exhausted! Its all been very enjoyable though and I hope you have all had a great month. The weather has certainly been changeable, either boiling hot sunshine or torrential rain!

We ended July with a fantastic result in the North Hants Trophy. Our team, made up of Lynne Cowser, Jane Scott and  Becky Scott, in the most awful weather imaginable, beat North Hants at North Hants in the North Hants!! Now they are in the semi finals on Monday September 3rd at Brockenhurst. I wish the team the best of luck and I hope there will be lots of us supporting them.

Our Scratch team, Captained by Jane Scott, also has had fantastic results winning against Blackmoor at home and away this month. See the results of the Scratch Matches below.

And now, on to the Senior Ladies Championship… played over 2 days and in completely different weather! On Tuesday the weather was perfect and on Thursday it was terrible! Well done to Elizabeth Hesse who was the worthy winner and my thanks to all of you who battled the conditions on Thursday – we are a brave lot!

Congratulations also go to Karen Fox for being the first winner of our new Silver Salver… with a great score of net 68 as did Kathryn McLaughlin who came 2nd on Countback… brilliant. Well done to them both.

Another well done..this time to my Vice Captain, Sue Masser who won the Summer Salver with a fantastic 40 points. We had a most enjoyable game together and she was hitting the ball beautifully. It all looks good for next year, Sue!

This month, we also played quite a few friendly matches and I was lucky enough to make my first ever trip to Foxhills. Wow, what a lovely course and Club… the cream tea afterwards is amazing. We lost the match but it was such a lovely day, so we weren’t that unhappy!

Foxhill’s wonderful tea!

Just a few dates to bring to your attention. The Autumn Meeting is on Tuesday 2nd October and the sign up sheet will be up soon. Please try to play as it’s a lovely way to celebrate the  golfing season slowly coming to its end. Also, the annual Vets V Ladies… this time it’s us choose the format… I need as many of you as possible, please. Needless to say, we are not going to make it too easy for them! So put Monday 22nd October in your diaries, please!

So that’s all for me for now….hope you all have a wonderful September, let’s hope it’s an Indian Summer.

Best wishes


Match Committee Report

Armistice Day Competition

We are in the early stages of planning a special one-off competition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 11th November 1918 to end the Great War. The concept plan is to hold a foursomes competition on Sunday 11th November 2018 which will have a shotgun start at 11:02am. The klaxon will be sounded at 11:00am to mark the beginning of the 2-minute silence and then again at 11:02 to end the silence and the start of play.

There will be no formal entry fee as such, but we would like each pair to donate a minimum of £6, and all monies collected will be passed on to the Royal British Legion. RBL mementos will be awarded to the leading pairs. All members will be eligible to play, and pairs may comprise men, ladies and juniors in any combination.

Further details will be announced later.

New Rules of Golf – 2019

The new Rules of Golf will come into use on 1st January 2019. During September, the R&A will be release education material to the national golf unions such as England Golf, and will be expecting them to cascade this down to clubs and their members. Whenever we find out how this programme will work we let you know, so please watch this space.

In the meantime, you could make yourself familiar with the changes by reviewing the material already available at

The new rules will affect us all as for example there are many changes of terminology … through the green becomes the general area, the procedures for taking relief, and what you can and cannot do in water hazards and bunker are changed and you will also be able to putt with the flag-stick unattended.

As the rules are changing significantly, this also affects all our Local Rules so we are also waiting on the R&A to provide us with new sample text and guidance.

George Clelland

A Look at the Rules


In Stroke play, A and B hit their tee shots into the same general area. A found a ball and played it. B looked for his ball, after 5 minutes, B found A’s ball and knew then that A had played his (B’s) ball in error. What is the ruling?

R and A

Vets Section

Bad back.

At the time of last writing I didn’t yet know the result of the game against Waterlooville. We won 5/2. This was followed by our first fixture away to Hamptworth, a new club for us this year. It was a great day. The course was, as predicted, a tough one. But the guys we played with were all gentlemen and the game was played in a  good spirit. It’s a completely different kind of course to Alresford with lots a water, and sloping lies, and the greens were good quality. The food was exceptional. We lost though, so bring on the slope index system, is what I say.

I am delighted to say that the Vets invitation was a fantastic day of golf and fun. The match was won, with 48 points, by Ewan McGregor and his guest Mike Bottrill (Goodwood), who made a handsome speech of thanks to the club (and the section) after the awards. But they only just pipped Brian Overton and his guest David Lambie (Stoneham) to first place. It was so close that the two teams couldn’t be separated on count back, either of the last 9, last 6 or last 3 holes. So then the scorers started counting on the front 9 and again they couldn’t be separated on any hole except the first, on which Ewan and Mike had the higher score. No-one could remember such a tight finish and to make sure the count was done correctly, even our esteemed secretary had to check the process with another club. Phew. Thanks to David – and well done Ken Coburn for assisting Wynne Tufnell with the organisation and scoring.

Third place was taken by Mike Garton and his guest Tom Thompson (no relation – Hainault). Even they, in third, had 47 points! The prize for the first 9 from the first tee start was won by Pete Dowse and Bob Wolfe (Surbiton), with 24 points, and the best first 9 from the 10th tee start with 23 points was won by Tony Wright and Hugh Gibbs (West Surrey). Nearest the pins were won by Michael Ryan (Southwick Park) and Paul Duncan (Petersfield). Longest drives were won by Stuart Slater and Mike Garton. And nearest the pin in three on the 18th was won by Barry Mitchell of Bramshaw. Congratulations to all of them.

Our thanks are due to our sponsors, Bluebird Care for their generous support. Also thanks to Mary Panter for raising over £500 for the captains charity by selling raffle tickets at the beginning of the day and to Mrs Thompson (and friends) for “womaning” the half way table with nibbles!

Flag competition winners George Skayman and Wynne Tufnell

Then, a week later we had the Vets Flag Day in which you play until you run out of shots (scratch plus handicap) and then plant the flag. The person carrying the flag furthest wins the handsome trophy (well it’s quite nice – but it used to be nicer until someone broke it!). The winner this year was George Skayman – and many congratulations to him.

I am grateful to three friends who stood in as match captains while my back returned to something like normal (fingers crossed) over the following week. These were Ed Tinley who captained at Blackmoor, where we lost – but only 4.5 to 2.5, which is pretty good against that crew on their home turf. Drew Fielden then captained at Tylney Park where we lost 5/1. Then we halved a friendly away match at Weybrook Park under Robin Bashford’s captaincy.

So its been a busy August with a lot of golf still to come

Chris Thompson

…from the Secretary

New Members

Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during  July / August so far; Paul Greenwood, Mike McNicholas (7 day), Paul Winstanley (5 day), Nicola Bennison (Academy), Hazel Mayho, Terry Mayho and Martin Froment (Social). Welcome back to Mick Blackwell and Phillip Campbell who have re-joined us as playing members after injury and ill health.

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.

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 5th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 12th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 19th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 26th ~ 11.00am


Wednesday 3rd ~ 11.15am (golf society)

Wednesday 10th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 17th ~ 11.00am

Wednesday 24th ~ 11.00am

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.


As members will be aware the Greenkeeping team is short handed at present. If you would like to offer a couple of hours labor to assist with raking of bunkers – this would greatly aid their efforts. Please speak to the Secretary or Adam Brimson (Deputy Course Manager) if you see him on the course.


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

Saturday 1st September

Choice of menu.

Dining from 7.00pm

Please sign up in advance to book tables.

Sunday 9th September

£48 per pair

18 holes 4BBB from 12.30pm

2 course meal


Closing date 28th August

Sunday 16th September

All members are invited to play on the day.

Tee times available from 8.00am – 1.23pm

Individual stableford and team competition.

No entry fee but donation to captains charity is gratefully received.

Sunday 30th September

Sign up in advance

Available from 1.00pm

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.

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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.

Green News


The drought is over and normal weather patterns are resuming. The summer of 2018 has been tough for the green staff in many ways. The team have come through conditions not seen since ‘76 and although for most it’s been a summer to savour, for us it’s been extremely testing. Many man hours on a hose pipe battling the heat and trying to keep a good consistent sward for the membership to enjoy. The outfield is now recovering from the searing temperatures and we have been helping along certain areas we feel won’t come back with seed, feed and dressing.  I know that many members have been astonished by the recovery on the fairways which was almost overnight after the first rain!  We have had much comment from visitors and it seems that comparisons are favourable.

Greens maintenance was a success with 40 tonnes of sand delicately nursed in to 20mm holes down to a depth of 150mm. The procore followed this with 8mm tines to a depth of 100mm and the surface was then brushed to a decent standard. We followed this with a feed for recovery and 10-14 days later with a bit of help from Mother Nature the green surface was performing well and is healthy. Recovery now is complete.

We have had a little silver moss on some greens (the 13th on the slope being most affected) and the team have removed this by plugging.

Next up for the green staff is competition preparation, although this will again be tough it’s not an insurmountable challenge.

We are further down on numbers as Marc has now left and Jordan leaves during September.  We wish them both well.   Recruiting replacements is proving difficult and adding extra workload for Adam and myself.  So, we will be down on numbers, but we are receiving a lot of support from members.  Special thanks to Captain Brian Wright and John Goodacre who have helped on our bunker work.  We are eternally grateful for any help we receive. We aim to have the course in pristine condition and playing well for pro-am and the remainder of the ‘playing season’.

The Greens Committee have reviewed the 10-year plan, and this will be updated on the website following Mancom approval.  The emphasis remains on bunkers and tees.  We were visited by officials for the much anticipated Slope rating on 13th August.  We have become aware that we are in danger of losing yards off some holes as we do not have the required 4 yards behind the White pots on the tees.  (The ‘4 yards’ measurement replaces the previous which was 2 club lengths.)  We have therefore built into the plan extending tees where feasible.

We have set ambitious plans for this winter.  Clearly, until we have appointed our new Course Manager and got the team back up to 6, compromises will have to be made.  Thanks again to Adam and the lads for their especially hard work.  Thanks also to the members of Greens and Mancom and in particular David Maskery for the hard work supporting the recruitment process.

Mark Tiplady

A Look at the Rules


A incurred a penalty of two strokes for playing a wrong ball and must then play his own ball (Rule 15-3b). A’s ball was not lost because A had not “begun to search for it (his ball). As B had looked for his ball for five minutes, B’s
original ball was lost and he was obliged to put another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1). Decision 27/6

R and A

100 Club

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

£100    –  Peter Harwood

£50      –  John Goodacre

£32      –  Tim Chandler

£32      –  Ken Richmond

£32      –  Trevor Nice

£32      –  Henk Ribbink

Congratulations to the winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 24th September.

The 100 Club Stableford on Friday 3rd August attracted an entry of 32 members. The ladies found conditions very much to their liking as they took the top 7 places with scores ranging from 38 to 41 points. The winner of the Salver, for the second time, was Mary Panter with 41 points, in 2nd place, on countback was Kathryn Fielden  with Elaine Spreadbury in 3rd, both on 40 points.

Forty five members enjoyed a two-course meal in the evening in a fine convivial atmosphere. After the meal, the prizes were presented to the winners by 100 Club Trustee, Robin Good.

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


Men’s & Mixed Competitions
29th July – Millennium Quaich (Better Ball Stableford)
1st Jess Miles & Claire Gould20 pts
(only 9 holes played – course closed)
3rd August – 100 Club Salver
1st Mary Panter41 pts
2nd Kathryn Fielden40
3rd Elaine Spreadbury40
8th August – Mid-week Medal
Division 1
1st Alistair Gray66 nett
2nd Will Pakenham-Walsh66
Division 2
1st Stewart Paton63
2nd Mike Pigott67
3rd Peter Kennedy67
4th Alan Bruce68
11th August – Millennium Trophy (Mixed)
1st George Clelland61 (nett)
2nd Bill Ragan63
3rd Philip Cartwright65
4th Nick Duncan65
13th August – Over 60’s Medal
Division 1
1st Les Widdicombe60 (nett)
Division 2
1st Bob Sanger68
2nd Hugh Bethall68
3rd Jeff Staines69
4th John Little69
19th August – Men’s Invitation
1st Graham Marshallsay & Pete Johnson (Waterlooville)
2nd Mike Battisson & Richard Double (Basingstoke)
3rd Chris Reilly & Tim Lucas (East Horton)
20th August – W Fields Trophy
1st Brian Overton67 (nett)
2nd Pete Dowse67
3rd Barry Norgate69
6th August – John Phipps Memorial Trophy
1st James Warne42 pts
Men’s Representative Matches
Annodata Match Play (3rd Round)
5th August - Alresford v Cams Hall (Home) Won 3-2
Ladies’ Competitions
28th July – Cecily Leishman Platter
1st Clare Monkhouse-1
2nd Pat Palmer-3
3rd Nancy Brooke-3
4th & 7th August - Ladies Medal Winners
1st Marion Bruce62 (nett)
2nd Ruth Howdle65
3rd Lesley Martin67
14th & 16th August - Senior Ladies Championship
1st Elizabeth Hesse146 (nett)
2nd Mary Panter148
3rd Jennifer Clelland150
18th August - Ladies Silver Salver
1st Karen Fox68 (nett)
2nd Kathryn McLaughlin68
3rd Lesley Martin73
21st August - Ladies Summer Salver
1st Sue Masser40 points
2nd Mary Panter39
3rd Fiona Corkhill35
Ladies Matches
North Hants Trophy
Blackmoor AwayWon
Scratch Matches
5th August - Blackmoor HomeWon
Blackmoor AwayWon
Friendly Matches
6th August - Waterlooville (Home)Won
9th August - Hockley (Away)Lost
17th August - Foxhills (Away)Lost
20th August - Liphook/Meon/AGC (Home)Won

Editor: Andy Thomsen


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