Beautiful Rough: Friend or Golfing Foe?
- Interview with our Club Captain: an insight into the role and how to put your name forward
- An update from the Chair: don’t try it…
- Club Captain News: don’t miss out on key board competitions coming soon.
- Ladies Captain News: roundup of another busy month
- Rules Quiz Question and Answer: ”playing the wrong ball”. More complicated than you may think?
- Competitions: key info on upcoming Winter Knockouts and Charity Stableford
- Pro Shop: new staff member, key update and swing tip
- Juniors: junior championships results and upcoming golf
- Vets update: match progress and upcoming events
- General Managers update: great to see more New Members… please welcome them
- Social: upcoming events, key signup dates and more on the Bridge Group.
- No Greens News: next update only in October
- Winners in the 100 Club: did you win? Need some/more tickets?
This month you can find out what our Captain gets up to in his role and maybe consider trying it one day?
It is a sad fact that some members have been bringing guests onto our lovely course without pre paying green fees. Not only is this defrauding OUR club but also is against our club rules. Read more from our Chairman about the MANCOM recent ruling to stamp this out.
Following many months of winning Ladies competitive golf from Hampshire and beyond, it is great this month to read of our Mens successes.
Following a successful 2023 Captains trip the planning for the 2024 trip to East Sussex National from 7th-10th May is full steam ahead. 88 people signed up for next year’s event within 24 hours of the sheet going up! Other clubs are envious of our so active club-life.
Well done to those who got in early to reserve their places. Our Vice Captain Richard Lane was there to make sure there was no queue jumping with a clever card system! A reserve list is still available if you are interested either as an individual or a team of 4. Details on notice board in clubhouse or from Richard.
Last year you probably remember an article about member James Banks who helped support the situation in Ukraine. Another member, Peter Gartside, is now playing his part.
He heard about the organisation called Medical Lifelines for Ukraine, which provides a variety of medical and other equipment for Ukraine. One of the things MLLU does is to buy used ambulances, refurbish them, fill them with supplies and deliver them to Ukraine (see MLLU flyer attached). Peter agreed to co-drive one of these ambulances in a convoy, departing from England on 1st October, heading for Ukraine via France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland.
The ambulances are quite expensive so inevitably there is a need for fund-raising (via an affiliated charity). If you would like to contribute, your help will be much appreciated. Please use the following link:
As well as our monthly newsletter we post lots of photos and news on our various Social Media Platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, if you aren’t already following us then please do. Don’t worry if you don’t have, or want to have, an account, if you click on the links at the bottom of our website page you can still see what is going on!.
If you take any photos or have any stories that you think will be of interest to fellow members or our Social Media followers then please send them to Jamie Batts or Elaine Capp.
Enjoy the read,
Being our Club Captain: an honour, a privilege and a lot of work?
We are three quarters of the way through the Captain’s year, just three months to go before Captain Simon Freemantle hands over to Richard Lane. I caught up recently with Simon to find out what he has been up to in his Captains year.
Editor: Simon. Firstly has the role lived up to your expectations?
Simon: Yes and beyond. Having served two years as Vice Captain, that gave me a good insight on what to expect. No two years are the same, but I was aware of what was, and is, expected of me and the effort needed.
Editor: What have you enjoyed the most in your Captains year so far?
Simon: Frankly, I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything. Golfing at the many (17?) ‘Captain’s Invitationals’ this year has been fun. We are a popular club and over the years our Club Captains have attended and built good relationships with all of our neighbours, far and wide, so I have been invited to many events. I have also held over 40 welcoming chats with new members, whilst time consuming it is a good reminder of what we need to deliver as a club. The 50th anniversary of Alresford v Hampshire Men was rather special in February, and I certainly did enjoy the Captain’s trip in May – it took a great deal of planning but I got the impression that it went down well with attendees.
Editor: What has been the most difficult?
Simon: Those who have not held the role, think that all you hear are grumbles – but nothing could be further from the truth. It is heart warming when members smile, say you’re doing a good job, and are often complementary on what the club is doing as a whole. I have rarely had to bite my tongue, however I have not shied away from difficult conversations when they were needed. I have tried to listen and take on new ideas, and sometimes had to explain why everything isn’t always possible – this is often down to how the club is funded. We probably have the lowest annual subs among our peers which does have an impact. If we want our course to move to the next level (or even keep up!) members may need to dig a little deeper into their pockets.
Editor: Every Captain leaves his fingerprints on the role. What are yours?
Simon: Alresford has always been considered good hosts, whether visiting individuals for our Opens, societies or other clubs. I would like to think I have been an excellent ambassador, both at home and away.
Editor: What will you leave behind?
Simon: Hopefully a vision that captaincy is enjoyable and can be done by anyone! All you need is enthusiasm.
Editor: How has the fund raising for the Captain’s Chairty, Rainbow Trust?
Simon: As you know, it has been a joint effort on many different occasions from Gunnel, Steve, Oscar and myself. We have currently raised over £15k, we are delighted and appreciate members generosity.
Editor: What advice can you give for members considering whether the Captain’s role is right for them?
Simon: First and foremost, it’s only a year, have no regrets. The Club Captain is surrounded by hard working volunteers and a General Manager who is thoughtful and has a positive impact on the role of Captain; so you are not alone. Yes, it obviously takes a fair amount of commitment and even when you are not at the club, you are thinking about it, but the support and encouragement you get from members is second to none. The Club Captain and Vice know many members but even we do not know everyone or their aspirations, so if you wish to be considered have a quiet word with a captain, past or present. Alternatively, a member can collect fifteen names to support their application and that can be put forward.
Editor: how is the Captain chosen at AGC?
Simon: It is clearly stated in the rules (well done for P&D ensuring these are kept up to date and are relevant). The Vice Captain is part of a committee of six, three men and three ladies, past captains and the current Chairman. The Vice suggests names and the committee give helpful guidance on suitability. Finally at the AGM the new Captaincy is approved. It was an easy process for me last year and I hope for Richard this year.
Editor: Last November you announced a new competition called the Memorial Vase, tell me more.
Simon: Every year inevitably some members sadly pass away, it is not possible to name competitions or place benches and new trees around the course in their memory. So each year on the first Friday and Saturday after November 1st (all Saints Day) there will be the Memorial Vase competition, 18 hole stapleford for 5 and 7 day members. The competition fee will put towards flowers for the Memorial Vase which will be on display in the Clubhouse all year and if anyone wishes to donate towards the flowers, particularly at a certain time of year in memory of someone, that would be welcome. The Vase is currently being engraved and I will try and have it on show prior to the competition.
Editor: Are you winding down now?
Simon: Certainly not! Captain’s Day (September 10th) is my chance to thank Members for their support. For the Club Dinner (November 11th) posh frocks! A few more invitationals and more social events still to go! Loving it!
Editor: thanks Simon for an excellent year and for putting so much effort into making the club a success.
From the Chair: don’t bring guests onto the course without prepaying greenfees
IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION FROM ALRESFORD GOLF CLUB
The majority of our members value and respect our golf club, but we are becoming increasingly aware that some untrustworthy members are bringing guests onto the course with no intention of signing them in or ensuring that a green fee has been paid.
FINAL WARNING: The Management Committee has ruled that ANY MEMBER playing or attempting to play the course with a visitor or guest who has not paid a green fee will be SUSPENDED FROM THE CLUB IMMEDIATELY, pending a full disciplinary hearing that may well lead to being expelled from the Club, named and shamed. There will be no refund of any subscriptions or joining fees paid.
The Club will be stepping up random checks, particularly in the evening, without further notice.
As a member of Alresford Golf Club it is unequivocally YOUR responsibility to ensure that your guests have been signed in by you, paid the appropriate green fee and are displaying the green fee tag. We have recent experience of members refusing to give Club officials their name when encountered with guests on the course who have not paid green fees, we will review CCTV to ensure that these people are identified.
Chairman of the Management Committee
From the Club Captain
As we get to the business end of the season, we have had mixed results in the various Club team competitions. I am delighted that the Ladies Annodata team have reached the last sixteen of such a large inter club competition. The Men’s Kindred Cup team, as current holders, have again reached the finals day. Good luck to both the Ladies and the Men.
Last month I mentioned the Francis Holmes Shield. With great pride Alresford hosted this years’ competition on Sunday August 20th. The format was teams of 8 playing foursomes medal in the morning and singles medal in the afternoon. The original ‘nine-holers’, Marlborough, Romsey, Andover and Alresford battled it out over a long day. I am delighted to say that it was a home win, with Romsey, next years’ hosts, pushing us all the way. This competition is in its 58th year and adds to the rich history of all competing clubs. The visiting clubs asked me to thank our members for their generosity in allowing the days’ play.
The Junior Championship was fiercely contested in late August. Congratulations to Rosie Rooney who won with a gross 82 & 78, and not to be outdone, younger brother Oscar won the Junior Challenge Cup with a best nett score of 62. Special thanks to Richard Lane, Gareth Rees and our Junior Captain Oscar Vaughen for their hard work on the day.
Finally, I’m really looking forward to welcoming as many, 7, 5 Day and Country Members to my Captain’s Day on September 10th. Posters in the usual places for full details. This day gives me a chance to thank you all for your support.
August is traditionally the month of holidays and we are moving into a slow-down mode of golfing activities. Nevertheless, the Annodata team won handsomely 4-1 on the 9th August against Ferndown being the only Hampshire team to go through to the national competition! Great result and well done team of Polly Church, Jill England, Sue Poulter, Pat Palmer and Karen Fox. We are all behind you wishing you well!
Senior ladies showed their mettle in 2 major club events this month, the ‘Senior Ladies’ and ‘Grannies’.
A 1day medal competition was run in parallel from the red tees with Cathy Hilton, Jackie Coulson and Marion Bruce finishing in the top position in respective divisions. Ann Younger facilitated the county juniors in inter-county competitions at the beginning of the month. Thanks to her for engaging in golfing for the youngsters. Friendlies and Mixed Friendlies have been ongoing as usual with positive results against Waterlooville and Romsey, so hardly a slowdown mode after all!
Senior Ladies: 2day medal competition
Best Net, Day 1 – Sandra Hooker (69)
Best Net, Day 2 – Sarah Worthington (69)
Best Aggregate Gross – Sue Pearce (86+88)
Runner Up – Maggie Jones (74+74)
Winner – Caroline Warne (76+71)
Well done to all who participated and joined in the fun.
Grannies: Individual Stableford
The annual Grannies competition was completed on a lovely sunny day. Nikki White scored the winning 40pts, with Ann Gunn 2nd with 36 pts and Debbie Wills in 3rd place on count back from Jeanne Renshaw on 35 pts. Well done ladies and we will keep going another year to battle it out then!
We welcome Jeanne Renshaw as a new member from Winchester and the Avington GC.
Apologies to lack of reported results during my 2week vacation in Sweden. After a pleasant rest, I look forward to September challenges including a Pro/Am match on the 7th.
With my very best wishes,
Hampshire Ladies Golf
Competitions and Handicap Committee Report
Winter Knockout Competitions
Men’s Lombard 4BBB
Mixed Winter Foursomes
Entries for our Winter Knockout competitions 2023/24 closes at 10pm on Sunday 24th September 2023.
Members are asked to consider their own availability for arranging matches before entering, particularly if players are intending to have extended holidays in the new year. The provisional timetable for the winter competitions are:
League Stages Commence: 2nd October 2023
League Stages Conclude: 31st December 2023
Knockout Stage Commences: 8th January 2024
The provisional deadline dates for knockout stages is as follows (based on 16 qualifying pairs):
Round 1: 11th February 2024
Quarter Final: 10th March 2024
Semi Final: 7th April 2024
Final: 28th April 2024
If you wish to enter but do not have a playing partners, please email the C&H Committee and we will see if we can help email@example.com
General Play Scores
The C&H Committee would like to remind members to submit their scorecards after registering for a General Play round. All scorecards must be clearly labelled General Play and must be marked by a player with a WHS Handicap and signed by both player and marker. England Golf imposes penalty scores for any player who registers for a General Play round but a score is not submitted. Please ensure that you enter your score via the PSI terminal.
Golf Foundation Stableford
The Golf Foundation was founded in 1951 by Jack Burroughs of British Steel Golf Shafts who perceived that the sport of golf was facing potential crisis in falling participation and playing standards. He and the famous golf correspondent Henry Longhurst believed a solution was to become active in the schools. At around the same time, three-time Open Champion Henry Cotton was holding meetings with Raymond Oppenheimer and Cyril Gray to try to find solutions to the very same problems.
With Burroughs’ support Cotton undertook a lecture and demonstration at two schools. The feedback convinced them they were on the right track and thus was born the core activity of the Golf Foundation, which was to make possible golf instruction in schools via a process of fundraising and subsidy. By August 1953, 108 schools had registered for Golf Foundation instruction, representing around 3,500 young people becoming actively involved in the sport of golf.
The Golf Foundation may have evolved into the progressive organisation it is today, ‘helping young people to enjoy the playing and personal benefits of golf’, but it has never departed from its original ideal of growing participation levels, with strong relationships with schools being a key starting point.
Along the way, many people have made important contributions, not least thousands of volunteers from golf clubs, schools and the community. Leading golfers of today, including Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Danny Willett, can all recall Golf Foundation help in their own coaching.
On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September it is AGC’s turn to help the foundation by our Charity Stableford competition, all the proceeds of which will be donated to the Golf Foundation Charity.
Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary
We are thrilled to welcome Jacqui Cranwell to the Pro Shop team. Jacqui is a great asset to the shop having a wealth of experience in retail and customer service. Jacqui is a keen tennis player and is looking forward to getting know you all on and off the course.
Summer Sale Now On!
We have many items now on sale to make way for the AW 23 stock, pop in and grab yourself a bargain.
In this video you will go from hitting that dreaded weak slice to hitting much more powerful golf shots that draw back onto target.
Head Golf Professional
A Look at the Rules
Having teed off, a player finds their ball and plays a second shot to the green. They are then informed that their tee shot was out of bounds. The player returns to the tee and tees off again. How many shots including penalty strokes has the player played?
Hi Everyone! It’s been a busy month for the Junior section and I was extremely pleased with the turnouts for both of the competitions held. Thank you to everyone involved in the running of the competitions and making them happen and to all who took part. It was great to see so many of you there.
First of all, on the 14th August we had the John Phipps Memorial trophy. This was a stableford competition and congratulations go to Ben Barnard. This was Bens’ first competition so a brilliant start for him!
Next up was the Junior Championship Cup on the 21st. This was a 36 hole competition and we had the best turnout we have had at a competition all year with 16 competing in the morning and most again in the afternoon. Again a huge well done to everyone who played – 36 holes is a lot even when you’re playing well! Congratulations go to Oscar and Rosie Rooney winning the Junior Challenge Cup (62 -best nett score AM) and Junior Championship (Gross 82 & 78 = 160) respectively.
The next and final Junior competition of the year is the Lillian Rogerson Trophy to be played on Monday 23rd October which is the half term week
Junior Rollup dates throughout September are as follows, with 2pm as the first tee:
- Sunday 3rd September
- Saturday 9th September
- Sunday 17th September
- Saturday 23rd September
See you all soon
As we enter the final month of the summer season we can reflect upon a very successful year for the Vets Summer friendly matches. Since the last edition of Fore Info we have played six matches with results as follows:
Sandford Springs, Home, Won 3.5:2.5
Lee on the Solent, Away, Lost 3:4
Farnham Sands, Home, Won 4.5:3.5
Romsey, Away, Lost 2:4
Weybrook Park, Away, Lost 2.5:3.5
Blackmoor, Home, Lost 3:4
Unsurprisingly our away form has not matched our home form although all of the matches played were very close and, as always, played with a great spirit. Keith Turner had a particularly good month winning 7/6 with Derek Andrews in the match against Sandford Springs and 6/5 with John Goddard in the match against Farnham Sands.
But the results of the matches are just one indicator of success. Of more importance is that a good time is had by all and that we involve as many Vets in the matches as we can.
We have just six summer matches remaining this season before our thoughts turn to the Winter League where we have unfinished business from last year!
We are also looking forward to one of the highlights of our year, the Vets Invitation, which took place on 31 August. A full report will appear next month.
General Manager’s Update
Welcome to the following members who have all joined us since 1st August; Marcus Swalwell, Keith Gooch, Barrie Smith, Nigel James (7 day), Peter and Fiona O’Sullivan (5 day), Antony Ellis ( Country), Thomas Kelly, Jak Hafernek, Toby Jeffes (student) Elliot Sobey, William Hunt, Guy Punnet and Toby Wood (Juniors) and Eddie Rich ( Academy) Welcome to Alresford and we hope you enjoy your time at the club.
COURSE MARSHALLS & STARTERS
Do you have some spare time once or twice a month ? We are looking to bolster our Course Marshall Team over the summer months particularly in the afternoons – full training given.
We have a ‘real time’ calendar of dates and times when Marshalls are required so you can select convenient times in advance. If you are interested please speak to the General Manager
SOME ETIQUETTE ISSUES TO REMIND ALL MEMBERS OF
The course is not a practice area – members should not play multiple practice shots from either fairway or teeing areas onto any green. We have had instances of damage to the course (11th) with multiple divots for the same area.
The PUTTING GREEN outside of the clubhouse is NOT to be used for chipping or wedge practice. We are lucky enough to have two other practice greens to utilise for this practice.
BUNKER RAKING ; DON’T BE LAZY GOLFER – LEAVE IT HOW YOU WOULD EXPECT TO FIND IT
If you do not know how to rake a bunker properly, please see the video link
TROPHY WINNERS 2022
Would all trophy winners please return their trophies to the club. They all need to be returned so they can be audited and engraved in readiness.
All Trophies (including any won and already presented in 2023) must be returned to the Office by Friday 13th 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 in time.
PLEASE RETURN YOUR TROPHIES IN PLENTY OF TIME.
REMINDER – KITCHEN CLOSURE
The kitchen will be CLOSED on Thursday 14th September for the annual deep cleaning programme and extraction clean. A selection of cold sandwiches will be available from the bar.
PLEASE HELP US – The carpets have been cleaned once again – please CLEAN YOUR GOLF SHOES before entering the clubhouse whether you are accessing the changing rooms, office or bar from the patio or main entrance doors. Help us keep YOUR clubhouse clean and tidy
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
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The Par 3 Competition on Public Holiday Monday was a great success with 122 members participating. Course designers, Hardy and Jones added four additional black flags (2, 6, 16, 18) for extra points. Everyone got approximately 2/3 handicap. There was a BBQ afterwards which was well received. As for the winners the Men’s competition was won by Andrew Thorne and the Ladies by Alicia Hardy
Saturday 23rd September: 80s disco with “80s dress optional”
Starts 19.00 until 23.30. Buffet included. Cost £16 per person
Sign-up sheet is now on the social notice board
Saturday 14th October: Kit’s Quiz
Ticket price at £13 per person including basket food.
Teams of a maximum of 6 players per team
Sign-up sheet will be on the social board in the next few weeks. The General Manager will send out an email when this is to be done
Saturday 11th November: Club Dinner
Menu and ticket price TBC
Tables will be either 8 or 10
Sign-up sheet will be on the social board in the next few weeks. David Maskery will send out an email when this is to be done
Did you know that we have an active group of Bridge players at the Club? They are open to new members. There will be an ‘Open Bridge’ session at the club on Thursday October 12th 3:30pm- 6pm. All standards welcome, just turn up and play. You don’t need to bring a partner. More details will be published on the noticeboard shortly. Normal Bridge evenings continue on 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:45pm. Details on the noticeboard. Any questions please contact Richard Bass.
A Look at the Rules
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 the editor.
Our winners for September 2023
£100 Terry Hallas
£50 Norman Sheen
Congratulations to all our winners in the September draw. No ladies this month but maybe it’s our turn in October.
Join us for as little as £1 per month
So can I join and why should I? What’s it all about?
Well, anyone who is a member of the golf club, either a playing or non-playing member, is eligible. You don’t have to pay £100, there isn’t a limit of 100 members or even 100 shares, you don’t even have to be 100 years old!
The original concept back in 1987 when the 100 Club was formed was probably aiming for 100 members to take up 100 shares. However today we currently have 133 members and they have nearly 700 shares between them. It works a little like a lottery. The income from share ownership is re-distributed in two ways. Some is given as winnings in the monthly prize draw and the rest is available to fund a contribution towards items or projects in the golf club that are not within normal budgets. A good example of such a project is the Honours Boards that are currently being installed in the clubhouse and last year the 100 Club paid for a replacement shoe cleaner.
Without financial assistance the golf club would not necessarily be able to do or replace these things so with help from the 100 Club we all benefit. So for a £1 per month, or more if you wish, you can help fund club ‘extras’ and at the same time maybe win a small cash prize as well.
Make 2023 the year that you join
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can pick up a form from the Office.
Editor: David Marshall
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