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  • Fore Info June 2018 May 29, 2018 @ 10:53

    I would urge you to consider signing up for the 

    Captains Charity Day 

    on Sunday 10th June which is open to 5 and 7-day members at a small cost of £5 and you can also bring a non-member guest for just £10.

    The charity this year is Transplant Sport and was specially chosen because of my son in law Tim’s journey back to health having had a kidney donation 5 years ago. 

    Mary Panter

    Due to demand, early booking for the event will open at the end of July. Please keep your eye on the noticeboard for the sign up sheet. You don’t want to miss this event.

    PLAY AND STAY
    ALL BBC & ITV WORLD CUP MATCHES WILL BE SHOWN IN THE BAR

    Management Corner

    Hampshire Police Leisure Sport (HPLS) Corporate Membership

    It is pleasing to note that HPLS have purchased two additional 7-day memberships, making 11 in total.>

    Access to this newsletter

    In order to reduce the workload for our volunteer Editor, Andy Thomsen, the newsletter will not be distributed as a pdf attachment to the email sent by the Club Secretary. Instead, his email will contain a Hyperlink and members who click on this should be taken directly to the relevant part of the Club’s website in order to view ‘Fore Info’. Detailed instructions will be included in the Secretary’s email.

    From the Club Captain

    At this time of year, the course is at its very best; however, we should be aware that our course also plays well throughout the year. The Captain’s blog of a visiting team regarding their heavy loss to Alresford in March stated: “But the lack of golf played by our members was in stark contrast to the home players, as they’ve been able to play throughout the winter. Alresford had only two winter tees in play on Saturday, with greens in very good condition”. A well deserved complement on our course.

    During the month, the men’s County 7s team won against Royal Winchester and now face Wellow in the next round. The Gales Hockley team beat Hayling and now go on to face Camberley Heath. Alresford travelled to Lee-on-Solent for their Kindred Cup match only to lose in their first round. In the men’s friendly matches there were mixed fortunes: – winning at home against Bramshaw and the round robin match against Corhampton and Waterlooville. We lost to a strong Tylney Park team at Alresford and secured a creditable draw at Hayling.

    Team golf started on the Thursday 17th May with 10 teams taking part in the 9 hole competition. The “Roe the Boat” team came out on top for the evening with Carol Roe achieving the highest score for the ladies with 21 points. Mike Battisson was the highest for the men with 22 points. For those who were unable to get into a team, a 9 hole roll up competition starting off the 10th will be held on future Thursday evenings. The entry fee is £2 and a prize is awarded to the winner. To ensure the social golf evening goes well a great deal of effort is needed and our thanks go to John White for making it such a success.

    The Harry May – Two Generations Trophy was played on the following Sunday with Gordon Cross and his son Aiden, both HPLS members, carrying off the trophy. The original trophy donated by Harry May in 1986 needed some refurbishment; therefore, Derek Myers and his daughter Jenny, who have won the trophy for the last 3 years, generously donated a new trophy and this was presented to the winners.

    Two hundred members played in the X Country Scramble on the 25th May, which was the 13th time the competition was contested since it was started by Jack Moody in 2006. Jack, a very popular Past Captain, died last year and in his memory, it was decided to rename the competition as “The Jack Moody X Country Scramble”. His wife Beryl presented an engraved glass bowl, which she had donated to the Club to the winning team of; Sarah and Andrew Thorne, Claire Gould and Peter Sly.

    On the 7th May, 36 members headed off to the Five Lakes complex near Colchester to participate in the Captains Charity Golf Trip.

    A new bell has been purchased and is now located closer to the 1st Green. New signs covering part of the changed protocol are also in place. In addition to the signs, 2 posters have been pinned to the Starters Hut and these cover the revised protocol in detail. The aim of the trial is to achieve a smoother flow of play and it would be appreciated if members could work with this revised protocol.

    Brian Wright

    Captains Charity Golf Trip

    On the 7th May, 36 Club Members headed off to the Five Lakes complex near Colchester to participate in the Captains’ Charity Trip.

    Five Lakes comprise a good lakes course, which we played twice and an acceptable links course which we played once. There were excellent leisure facilities and many of the group took to the pool or had a sauna after the golf, although others decided that the sports bar was a more attractive option.

    The winning team for the second-year running was; Darren Boreham, Keith Turner, John Goddard and Geoff Jenkins. Such a good performance must attract the attention of the handicap committee and hopefully their handicaps will be reviewed before next year’s trip! Keith; however, did not demonstrate any skills in controlling his trolley which ended up in a water filled ditch. Although wet and muddied following the retrieval of his clubs, Keith continued his game with his characteristic smile and returned a very good score.

    Bob Germon had varied fortunes but came into his own winning 2 of the ‘nearest to the pin’ for the men on consecutive days. Chris Thompson was ‘nearest the pin’ on the first day, however, it should be noted that Jane Scott was over 15 feet closer to the pin and Chris still took his prize! For the ladies, the ‘nearest to the pin’, over the 3 days were Liz Hesse, Pat Palmer and Fiona Corkhill.

    Socialising over a few drinks was a significant part of the trip for many. Richard Bass’s patio bar which ran on the basis of bring and share, proved to be very popular as the before dinner venue. Di Peisley’s bedroom was also a popular watering hole, presumably ‘a ladies’ only venue!

    The final evening of the trip was an inside BBQ with half a bottle of wine provided. This, together with the pre-dinner visit to our private bars ensured a very convivial evening. Stuart Slater, an accomplished chorister, was the man to lead the after dinner singing and  he was abley supported by Carol Rowe and the rest of the rowdy bunch through a few popular songs.

    With any trip there is the boring work of checking the scores etc. and for this we must thank Mary Panter, Sue Masser, Jennifer Clelland and Jane Scott for a job well done.

    The final comment must be to say thanks to all the club members who came to Five Lakes for the golf and for making it such a fun few days.

    Congratulations to the winning team for the second successive year; Darren Boreham, John Goddard, Keith Turner and Geoff Jenkins.

    Ladies Section

    First of all, a very warm welcome to Polly Church who has joined our section as a Full member and to Hanne Lewis who has joined as an Overseas member.

    May has been such a busy month, its hard to know where to begin… and also… do I dare mention the weather? Finally, the sun tan cream has been put into my golf bag!

    There have been lots of Competitions played this month. The first of our new scratch matches was played at Hockley with the next one at home this Sunday. We also played the second round of the Annodata at Meon Valley.  We have played 5 of our Stoneham matches and also 4 Friendly Matches so as you can see we have been very busy! All the results can be found in the results section below.

    This weekend is also very busy with, Lesley Martin and Liz Thorne representing us in the Knight Cup at Gosport and Stokes Bay, the North Hants Trophy being played here against the Army and the Scratch Trophy against Meon at home on Sunday… good luck teams!

    We have 2 Stoneham Matches this month, both at home, on Wednesday 6th June and Wednesday 3th June… Supporters are always welcome!

    The Captains Charity trip to Crowne Plaza Resort Colchester – Five Lakes, was great fun! However, I would like to say that our Ladies team, comprising of Sue Masser, Jennifer Clelland, Jane Scott and myself managed to come third, which was a great result. Obviously, eating and drinking excessively, didn’t impact on our golf too much! Thank you, team M&M’s.

    The County 2nd team played at Alresford against Berkshire and both Becky and Jane Scott were playing. It was a beautiful day and Hampshire won all its matches.

    I had fun lending a hand to Malcolm with the Junior girls training. Its great to see these young girls hitting such great shots with natural swings.  Could be some stars of the future, being taught at Alresford!

    I would urge you to consider signing up for the Captains Charity Day on Sunday 10th June which is open to 5 and 7-day members at a small cost of £5 and you can also bring a non-member guest for just £10. The charity this year is Transplant Sport and was specially chosen because of my son in law Tim’s journey back to health having had a kidney donation 5 years ago. He has been very involved with Transplant Sport which helps so many people who have had transplants get fit and active again.

    We have the Ladies Away day at Guildford to look forward to this month and please watch out for my Captains Day (July 10th!)  sign-up sheet which will be going up soon…the more the merrier!

    With very best wishes

    Mary

    Match Committee Report

    Club Championships

    The notices for the Men’s and Ladies Club Championships have been posted in the Changing Rooms. The closing date for entry will be 5:00pm on Friday 15th June, and the Start Sheet for Round 1 will be posted on Monday 18th June. The first start time for Round 1 will be 8:00am.

    Once the last group has handed in their cards on the Saturday, the Men’s and Ladies’ competition organisers will compile the scores for Round 1. The Men’s and Ladies’ playing groups will be revised separately based on the gross scores from Round 1, and then an integrated start sheet will be produced. This start sheet will be emailed to all competitors on Saturday evening. It will be the responsibility of each player to know their start time on Sunday morning. The first start time for Round 2 will be determined based on the number of entries and the objective of announcing the winners around 5:00pm.

    Since the competitions are being held over two consecutive days, the Match & Handicap Committee have, with the approval of the Captain’s Committee, decided to impose sanctions on players who do not turn up to play on either day. Anyone who, having entered, but subsequently finds they are unable to play on both days must notify the Office by 9:00am on Friday 22nd June. This will give the Committee at least some time to amend the playing groups and notify all the other competitors. After this time, a player who does not turn up will be excluded from all competitions, knock-outs and matches until 1st August 2018.

    Men’s Club Championship

    The sign-up sheet for the Men’s Championship is in the Pro’s Shop. Although the entry fee is only £6, all competitors are playing in both the Men’s Club Championship and the John Holmes Trophy. Both competitions are stroke play medal with the Championship being a scratch competition and the John Holmes is a handicap competition.

    On each day of the competition, players should register and collect their score cards from the front desk.  Entry to the Championship sweepstake and a table of the day’s pin positions will be available in the Pro’s Shop. On completion of each round, players should return their completed cards to the Scorer’s Table and ensure they have agreed with the scorer that the card is correct before leaving.

    Ladies’ Club Championship

    The sign-up sheet for the Ladies’ Championship is in the Ladies’ Changing room. The entry fee is £3. In addition to the Ladies’ Club Championship which is a stroke play medal competition off scratch, ladies will also compete for the Brenda Hedges Trophy which is a Silver Division handicap competition or the Dorothy Coombs Shield which is a Bronze Division handicap competition.

    On each day of the competition ladies should register and collect their cards from the front desk where a copy of the day’s pin positions will be available. On completion of their round ladies should return their cards to the ‘Scorer’s Table’ where they will be agreed and checked.

    Other Upcoming Competitions

    As we enter into a very busy period in the calendar, I’d like to highlight some events which involve some forward planning.

    • Millennium Quaich This year the competition will be a mixed 4BBB on Sunday 29th June. The plan is to have a shotgun start in the morning so that players have the option of enjoying lunch while the results are worked out and the winners announced.
    • Men’s Invitation This year the Men’s Invitation will be on Sunday 19th August. As in previous years the format will be 12 holes of American Greensomes, lunch, 18 holes 4BBB, and then dinner.
    • Mixed Invitation This year the Mixed Invitation will be on Sunday 9th September. The format will be 18 holes 4BBB followed by dinner.

    To take part in these events, look out for the sign-up sheets which will be posted 4 to 6 weeks in advance. For the invitation events, if your friends at other clubs are unavailable, the Office may be able to introduce you to someone from another club who would like to play at Alresford.

    Also note, the next mixed 9-hole Stableford competitions will be on Friday 15th June and Monday 2nd July.

     

    Mandy Overton (Ladies Handicap Secretary)
    and George Clelland

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    A player finds a ball out of bounds and thinks it is his original ball. He then plays it at the spot from which the original ball was played and then finds his original ball in bounds. What is the ruling?

    R and A

    Vets Section

    Bad back.

    The most important thing to report this month is that the sign up sheet for the Vets Invitation is going up any minute now. So invite a friend to come and play our wonderful course. It’s the best value of any invitation in Hampshire at only £40 for a pair. And, thanks to our sponsors, Bluebird Care, we have lots of lovely prizes to be won on the day.

    Right, now what’s happened since I last wrote to you? My diary says we have played 11, yes ELEVEN, friendly matches in that time, which is a hectic pace by anyone’s standards, let alone for a bunch of elderly gentlemen like us. The results have been pretty good. We beat Stoneham at home and Hockley at their place, before losing away to Rowlands Castle. We were all square to Blackmoor at home before losing to Hamptworth (our new fixture) at home – very gentlemanly of us I thought.

    Geoff Procter then had the unlucky task of being match captain for the game against the Army at home, a day that was so wet it will go down in the annals of infamy (or history anyway) and was called off after 9 holes. We are re-arranging it for later in the year. Rowlands Castle then came back to us and beat us again! But thankfully we beat Hartley Whitney, away, at the end of that week to relieve the gloom a bit.

    The following week we halved at Waterlooville, which I think was a good result, but lost at Petersfield, and then beat Romsey at home. Sadly your captain was hors de combat for the Petersfield match with a bad back caused, I am sure, by too much gardening, NOT too much golf. Thanks to Geoff Jenkins for stepping in as match captain.

    So far I have selected 52 members of the section to play in these matches, including 6 who have never played for us before. So, if you haven’t thought of it before, why not give it a go…?

    But most importantly, invite someone to the Vets Invitation. You know you want to…

    Chris Thompson

    …from the Secretary

    New Members

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during May / June so far Polly Church ( 7 day), David Parker, Robert Monger, Barry Dodd, Jeffrey & Sarah Staines (5 day), Tom Nickson (Intermediate), Roger & Hanne Lewis (Overseas).

    Paul Robson, Mark Truran, Gareth Davies, Dan Baines, Michael Cork and Alex Thew 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 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.

    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.

    JUNE

    Wednesday 6th at 11.00am
    Wednesday 13th at 11.00am
    Wednesday 20th at 11.00am
    Wednesday 27th at 11.00am ( mid-week medal)

    JULY

    Wednesday 4th at 11.30am (due to golf society)
    Wednesday 11th at 11.00am
    Wednesday 18th at 11.00am (mid-week stableford)
    Wednesday 25th ~ 10.30am (due to golf society)

    Pressed for time, can’t get to the club for the next few weekends? Need to register some qualifying cards for handicapping?

    Why not enter and play in the forthcoming 9 hole qualifying competitions. You can play during the day or after work.

    • Sign-in will be done using the terminal in the Entrance Hall only. There will not be a sign-in sheet in the Pro’s Shop.
    • Sign-in for the competition will be available 1 week in advance of the competition date. (
    • The entry fee will be £1.50.
    • The entry fee should be placed in an envelope with your name on the outside and ‘posted’ into the Office.
    • On completion of your round, please enter your score into the terminal in the Entrance Hall. Score Entry will be available until 9:30pm on the day of the competition,
    • You can only enter your score if you have previously signed-in. Sign-in and Score Entry are date and time-stamped. If there is too small an interval between the two time-stamps, your score may be discarded.

    The next competitions are on Friday 15th June and Monday 2nd July

    Forthcoming Events Your Diary

    Thursdays from 24th May
    4.30-6.30pm – ‘roll up’ social golf, food available afterwards. £2 entry all welcome.


    Saturday 16th June
    DAWN PATROL (Druids Cup)  – Individual stableford competition starting at 5.30am followed by Breakfast in the clubhouse. Open to all 7 day members and HPLS.


    Saturday 23rd June & Sunday 24th June
    CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – Have you entered yet ?


    Friday 13th July
    PRO’S CLUBHOUSE KNOCKOUT – enter and play 9 holes anytime during the day. Come back to the clubhouse in the evening for the card knockout and food. A great fun club night – everyone welcome.


    Sunday 15th July
    HUSBANDS & WIVES TROPHY – 18 holes plus meal


    Sunday 19th August
    MENS INVITATION – details coming soon.


    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.

    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.

    Facebook
    check out our Facebook page

    www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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.

    Golfers and Lymes Disease

    Jimmy Walker, the 2016 US PGA Champion  revealed recently that he had been suffering from the effects of Lyme Disease, without knowing what it was, since November last year.

    The six-time PGA Tour winner told media at The Masters that he was suffering from “mononucleosis” and “felt sluggish” at random moments every day.

    ‘’It is vital to educate people about the disease, because it is often misdiagnosed” said Ann Gregson, a volunteer for Lyme Disease UK.

    “Early symptoms can include a bull’s-eye rash, fever, headaches and fatigue.

    “If the disease is left untreated it can result in joint or heart problems, chronic pain, neurological/cognitive problems to name a few and because of this, treatment is more likely to be effective if Lyme disease is diagnosed early.”

    Although Jimmy Walker was able to play through the illness on Tour for over five months before receiving a full diagnosis, the effects of Lyme Disease on golfers and other sportspeople is significant.

    Keen golfer and member of Lyme Disease UK, Jean Renwick-Forster, explained how she has been living with the disease and the effects it’s had on her.

    “I have been ill 11 years,” she said.

    ‘’I got bitten in Spain in 2006. I had bites with blackish circles around them, not a typical rash. Just looked infected. I woke up one morning with the bites on my arms and legs, some of which are still there now.

    “When I asked the Doctor about the bites they were dismissed, I gradually started to become ill over the next years.

    “Me and my husband both played golf although I played more regularly. About twice a week.

    “I am not fully recovered and still have problems with high adrenal fatigue, making it almost impossible to walk a full round with ought feeling dizzy and unwell.”

    What is being done to raise the awareness of Lyme Disease?

    Public Health England estimates that there are around 2,000 – 3,000 new cases per year in the UK alone.

    As a result, Lyme Disease UK have launched a ‘Wake Up to Lyme’ campaign to mark the start of World Lyme Day on the 1st May.

    The aim is to raise awareness of how it can be prevented by protecting themselves from tick bites, correct tick removal techniques and how to recognise the early symptoms of Lyme disease.

    The campaign also aims to stress the importance of early treatment for anyone who experiences the characteristic bull’s-eye rash or who becomes unwell following a tick bite.

    Facts about Lyme Disease

    • Infected ticks have been found in every county in the UK
    • You can be bitten by ticks during any season
    • You do not need to be near animals or livestock to be bitten
    • There is no, proven time that a tick needs to be attached to transmit infection

    Protect Yourself from tick bites

    • Wear insect repellent
    • Avoid walking through long grass e.g. keep it on the fairway !
    • Wear light coloured clothing and brush off any visible ticks
    • Tuck your socks into your trousers if you have to walk in long grass
    • Shower and check for ticks when you get home.

    www.lymediseaseuk.com

    Green News

    I am very pleased to say that Steve’s operation was successful, and he returned to work on Monday 21st May, He is still in some discomfort but hopes to be ‘fully operational’ in 3 to 4 weeks.  Whilst he’s been away the team have been busy with a mixture of jobs.

    Tree felling was first on the list. The remaining condemned trees had to be felled within the timeframe set. 6 trees were dismantled in a day. Colin Luff had a crucial role in achieving that target while our team cleared much of the debris. The remaining timber will be removed when the regular course work is caught up. It always amazes me how rotten a tree can be internally whilst externally appear sound and thriving.

    Elsewhere on the course the fairways have been sprayed with feed and growth regulator, Tees have been scarified and seeded. The greens are being gently groomed to deal with poa seed heads combined with top dressings and regular nutrition to get the best performance possible in “Mad May”.

    There are a couple of regeneration areas on the course which have been levelled and seeded (9th Fairway/6th Path) These will germinate with good time and the team will have them back in lay shortly.

    Planned maintenance for the coming weeks includes a light aeration of the greens, weed spraying on fairways and semi roughs.

    Thanks to the team for their hard work keeping high standards with staff shortages and fast-growing conditions.  We continue to receive great feedback from visitors.  Special thanks to Adam who has led the team very effectively during Steve’s absence

    Exemplar work lads.

    Mark Tiplady

    Tree rot

    17th fairway

    9th fairway

    Colin Luff

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    The original ball is lost and the ball found out of bounds is in play under penalty of stroke and distance. See Rule 27-1a. Decision 15/12

    R and A

    Upcoming Social Events

    Thursday Evenings

    Thursday Evenings

    Team Golf

    Team Golf is now well under way. 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 at no extra charge.

    Club 9 Hole Roll Up

    Sadly rain prevented play on the 24th of May, so do come along and join in 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 entry fee, TG members exempt.

    Supper: Food will be available, so make your choice from the evening’s menu when booking in.

    If you are interested in taking part in any of these events please sign up on the board in the clubhouse foyer.
    New to the club? On your own? Don’t know too many people?
    Contact John White at johnw05@allfirs.plus.com / 01962 732283

    or Carol Roe at carolroe@btinternet.com / 07787 880751

    100 Club

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

    £100    –   Mary Rook

    £50      –   Mike Pigott

    £32      –   Bob Smith

    £32      –   David & Mal Hope-Mason

    £32      –   Nick Male

    £32      –   Liz Petheram

    Congratulations to this month’s winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 18th June … look for the list of winners on the Secretary’s notice board.

    Now the playing season is getting into full swing, remember to reserve Friday 3rd August in your diary for the main event of the summer … the 100 Club Stableford and Evening meal. More details in next month’s Fore Info. An event not to be missed!

    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 george.clelland@btinternet.com, or call in to the Secretary’s office.

    George Clelland

    Results

    Men’s & Mixed Competitions
    25th AprilMid-week Medal
    1stDave King66 (nett)
    2ndSteve Hopkins67
    3rdAndy Sibbald70
    4thRob Gates70
    27th AprilR&A 9-hole Championship Qualifier
    1stPeter Gunn19 points
    2ndPaul Wager18
    28th AprilLombard Qualifier
    1stChris Reilly69 (nett)
    2ndJim White69
    3rdAndrew Thorne70
    4th MayOver 60’s Stableford
    Division 1
    1stCharlie House37 points
    2ndTony Collins36
    Division 2
    1stDavid Forrest40 points
    2ndBob Archer40
    3rdMike Wooding36
    4thTony Freeman35
    6th MayCourage & Barclay 4BBB
    1stAndrew Thorne & Sarah Thorne62 (nett)
    2ndBrian Overton & Kevin Stride63
    3rdBarry Norgate & Ron Markwick64
    18th May9-Hole Stableford
    1stDavid Pain17 points
    2ndLes Thorne17
    19th MayColonel Stratton-Bates Bogey
    1stPeter Gibbs2
    2ndMartin Cornforth1
    3rdGraham Maycock1
    4thGary Venn0
    20th MayHarry May Two Generations Trophy
    1stGordon Cross & Aidan Cross38 points
    2ndWynne Tufnell & Teddy Tufnell35
    3rdAshley Wright & Tony Wright32
    Men’s Matches
    28th AprilAlresford v Corhampton v Waterlooville (Home)
    Alresford – 253; Waterlooville – 241; Corhampton – 228.
    5th MayAlresford v Bramshaw (Home) Won 2.5 - 1.5
    Gales Hockley (Rnd 2) - Alresford v Hayling (Away) Won
    Ladies’ Competitions
    24th AprilMedal (Tuesday Only)
    Div 1Jane Hendry75 nett
    Div 2Jackie Coulson76 nett
    Div 3Cynthia Mariner70 nett
    1st MayCoronation Foursomes
    1stKathryn McLaughlin & Sue Masser33 pts
    2ndMandy Overton & Gill Freemantle31 pts
    3rdJenny Myers & Jane Scott31 pts
    5th & 8th MayMay Stableford
    Div 1Cathy Hilton34 pts
    Div 2Cynthia Mariner33 pts
    Div 3Annie Beal33 pts
    12th & 15th MayMay Medal
    Div 1Sarah Farthing71 nett
    Div 2Clare Monkhouse75 nett
    Div 3Pat Voak77 nett
    15th May9-Hole Stableford
    1stCarol Roe18 pts
    2ndBarbara Hutcheson18
    3rdElaine Spreadbury17
    22nd MayCentenary Foursomes
    1stJane Hendry & Kathryn McLaughlin39 pts
    2ndRosie Hallas & Carol Clark36
    3rdViv Pain & Annie Beal33
    Ladies’ External Competitions
    Stoneham Cup
    Alresford v North Hants (Home)Lost 2-5
    Alresford v South Winchester (Away)Lost 2-5
    Alresford v The Army (Away)Lost 2-5
    Alresford v Rowlands Castle (Away)Won 5-2
    Scratch Trophy
    Alresford v Hockley (Away) Lost
    Annodata
    Alresford v Meon Valley (Away) Lost

    Editor: Andy Thomsen

    DISCLAIMER

    The Editorial Team take no responsibility for incorrect information received from Contributors.

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  • Fore Info May 2018 Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:25

    Club Pro Malcolm Scott receiving his certificate – see the Vets section for details…

    Here’s a date for your diary…
    Saturday 13 October…

    Abba Night!

    Management Corner

    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.

    Winter Memberships

    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.

    Brian Wright

    Ladies Section

    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

    Mary

    Match Committee Report

    Club Championships

    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.

    Upcoming Competitions

    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.

    9-Hole Stableford

    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.

    Colonel Stratton-Bates

    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.

    Cross-country Scramble

    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!

    George Clelland
    Match Secetary

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    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?

     

    R and A

    Vets Section

    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.

    I am giving preference, indeed, to new players who have not joined the matches before, and I think its right to say that we have made some converts. So if you haven’t thought about it before sign up and try it.

    Chris Thompson

    …from the Secretary

    New Members

    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.

    MAY

    Wednesday 2nd 11.00am

    Wednesday 9th 11.00am

    Wednesday 16th 11.00am
    (mid-week stableford)

    Wednesday 23rd 11.00am

    Wednesday 30th 11.00am

    JUNE

    Wednesday 6th 11.00am

    Wednesday 13th 11.00am

    Wednesday 20th 11.00am

    Facebook
    check out our Facebook page

    www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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.

    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.

    Forthcoming Events Your Diary

    Friday 25th May

    X COUNTRY SCRAMBLE

    Teams of 4 with tee times from 1.00pm.
    11 holes.


    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

    sponsored by Blue bird Care

    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).

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

    Green News

    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 tee

    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.

    The 6th tee

    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.

    Mark Tiplady

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    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

    R and A

    Upcoming Social Events

    Thursday Evenings

    Thursday Evenings

    Team Golf

    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.

    If you are interested in taking part in any of these events please sign up on the board in the clubhouse foyer.
    New to the club? On your own? Don’t know too many people?
    Contact John White at johnw05@allfirs.plus.com / 01962 732283

    or Carol Roe at carolroe@btinternet.com / 07787 880751

    100 Club

    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 george.clelland@btinternet.com, or call in to the Secretary’s office.

    George Clelland

    Results

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    Management Corner

    Drinking Water in Locker Rooms

    Arrangements have been made for each locker room to be fitted with a tap able to be used to refill bottles with mains drinking water and this work was completed on 22 March.

    From the Club Captain

    The meteorological date for Spring this year was the 1st March; however, the astronomical date of the 20th March seemed to be more realistic when you consider all the snow we have had. The course was closed for only 4 and 2 days respectively and very few courses in the County can say their course stood up to the conditions better than Alresford.

    Regrettably, we had to cancel our annual match against the County Juniors and the Spring Texas Scramble, both of which succumbed to the severe conditions. Due to the popularity of the Scramble, it has been re-scheduled for Sunday 22nd April, even though it does clash with the Tylney Park mixed match. The men’s home match against Alton was played in extremely cold weather on the 21st March, finishing only hours before the snow arrived. The 3 – 1 win by Alresford was most welcome following the loss last year and a draw in the previous year.

    The sheep, having reduced the rough over the winter months, have now been removed by the farmer. We now have the difficulty of looking for our ball in the long grass, rather than having the frustration of looking at our ball sitting behind the electric fence – just out of reach again!

    The 41st Club Quiz Night on the 10th March was a great success with 84 members and guests taking part. Thank you to Kit Neilson for preparing yet another excellent quiz and Carol Roe and her Committee for the organisation. Congratulations are due to the winning Tin Hut team, comprising of Tony Hutt, Jan Harring, Chris Thompson, Ed and Fran Tinley who achieved an impressively high score. I have noted in my diary who I should quiz with next year! The evening kicked off with some excellent food and our thanks to Chris Pullinger and his team for this.                                                                                                             

    Golf was not the only casualty of the weather because the St Patrick’s Night Dinner had to be cancelled. I am pleased to see that Chris Pullinger has planned more lunch and dinner opportunities for us to enjoy over the coming weeks. From my own experience, I know, it’s best to book early and I would imagine that the Murder Mystery on Saturday 21st April is a case in point.

    Part of the Captain’s Statement of Intent committed to, “introduce pace of play guidelines and appropriate initiatives aimed at enhancing player enjoyment”. The Captain’s Committee have, therefore, agreed to trial the following measures over the next 6 months; –

    Positioning a larger bell on the first fairway, nearer to the green and having a sign on the tee to state, “NO teeing off until bell sounds, irrespective of length of your drive”. It is hoped that this will reduce congestion on the course, promote a smoother flow of play and ensure safety for those golfers on the fairway.

    Amending the sign on the 10th tee to state, “Starting your round (including rejoining the course) from here is NOT permitted if players are anywhere on the 9th fairway”. This will also apply to 2 ball games.

    Clarification of the ball chute system, noted in the March Fore Info will be amended to state that, only match play games going down the 19th will rotate with groups queueing on the 1st tee. All other games (including those in a competition) coming off the 18th green will join the rear of the queue.

    Pace of play guidelines and the protocol for calling faster games through will be covered in notices and leaflets.

    The Captain’s Committee will review the above in September and agree which proposals they wish to retain. Any changes required to Schedule 3 of the Club Bye-Laws to accommodate these proposals, will be submitted to the AGM in November for ratification.

    Andrew Frearson and Geoff Proctor presenting the cheque to Geoff Heal, a representative of Prostate Cancer Research

    Captains’ Charity 2017 – Prostate Cancer Research

    The nominated Captains’ charity for 2017 was Prostate Cancer Research. The magnificent sum of £13,200 raised was the result of hard work by the Captains; Andrew Frearson, Jean Coveyduck and Geoff Proctor, and many others within the club. This donation also reflects the enormous generosity by our club members.

    Brian Wright

    Ladies Section

    Last month I asked for the rain to stop… well it did, but along came the ‘Beast from the East’, not once but twice!! There is an old saying… be careful what you wish for!! I have now learnt my lesson.

    I would like to welcome 2 of our winter members who have decided to join us permanently, Caroline Warne and Jackie Coulson, we are very pleased to have you with us. Also, a warm welcome to Jo Youngs who is joining us from 1st April.

    Obviously, the snow and cold weather has hampered our matches and games this month. However, I caddied for Rosie in the Maple Leaf, Windlesham away match… and goodness didn’t it make me glad to be a member of Alresford Golf Club. Our beautiful course might have to close for snow but, we are so lucky to be on chalk with such good drainage. Rosie and the team had to play in conditions which I believe were almost unplayable. Mud, wet, surface water and all bunkers GUR because of the water in them. We were all glad to get back home, and absolutely everything had to be washed!

    The weather was kind to us for the Ladies Coffee Morning. With around 68 Ladies attending from many clubs, our course was the envy of many of them. The day was very well organised with a great raffle which almost raised £300 for the Captains Charity! The feedback from the Ladies attending was very positive, many of them attend every year and also look forward to our Christmas Bazaar and golf in November.

    Linda Wager and Karen Fox represented us in the Daily Mail Foursomes. This match was supposed to be played at Corhampton, but due to the conditions of the course, it was moved to Alresford (see what I mean!). Our two put up a great fight but sadly lost on the 20th!

    I look forward to seeing you all at the Spring Meeting on the 17th April (please sign up if you haven’t already) and at the Vets and Ladies Breeze up on 5th April. Our Friendly matches get under way this month and Sue is already doing a great job with team selection and organisation.

    I wish our Stoneham Cup Team all the best as they start their campaign with 5 matches in April. The Home matches are on Sunday 15th April against The Army and Wednesday 25th April against North Hants. Please come and support, if possible. I also wish our Maple Leaf team ‘good luck’ in the last of their games.

    So finally, as I write this the sun is out, the daffodils in the garden have come back to life after being covered in snow… and I really hope, finally, Spring has sprung. I had a lovely game at Broadstone, yesterday, where to our delight a handsome fox ran across the fairway, chasing my ball… he took off with it but then turned back, looked at us (Sally, Mary and Rosie) dropped the ball and ran off! Amazing!

    Best wishes

    Mary

    Match Committee Report

    R&A 9-hole Championship

    This year we be participating in the R&A 9-hole Championship. We will have a qualifying competition on 27th April and the leading two players will be entered as a pair to England Golf who will offer the chance to play in the Final to the 10 leading pairs in the country based on their combined Stableford points.

    The Final will involve 42 amateur golfers from the home nations and will be played on the morning of Saturday 14th July at Carnoustie, 5 days before the start of The Open.

    The Final will be played over the first 4 and the last 5 holes of The Open Championship course.

    Players must have a CONGU competition handicap and the maximum handicap for men is 28.4c and 36.4c for women.

    Only one player of the pair can be under the age of 18.

    The Final will be contested by Stableford with placings determined by team net aggregate scores. This will be a qualifying competition for handicap purposes.

    The Final will be preceded by a dinner at Carnoustie on the evening of Friday 13th July.

    All finalists’ travel to and from Carnoustie and accommodation costs for the night of Friday 13th July will be paid for by The R&A.

    Immediately after play on Saturday there will be a closing lunch and presentation of prizes.

    9-Hole Championship Qualifier

    Our qualifier for the 9-Hole Championship will be on Friday 27th April. We have chosen a Friday so that 5-day members can also participate. The pair put forward to England Golf will be the leading two players who meet the entry criteria defined by the R&A.

    9-Hole golf and ‘ready golf’ are being promoted by the R&A and England Golf to encourage more people to play golf by considerably reducing the perceived amount of time a round of golf takes. With 9 holes taking 90 minutes or less, people may find, for example, they could play before or after work. With this in mind, we will be trying out a different procedure for signing in for this competition.

    Our qualifying competition is open to all members with a CONGU competition handicap.

    Sign-in will be done using the terminal in the Entrance Hall only. There will not be a sign-in sheet in the Pro’s Shop.

    Sign-in for the competition will be available 1 week in advance of the competition date. (You can sign-in for the competition anytime from 20th April.)

    The entry fee will be £1.50.

    The entry fee should be placed in an envelope with your name on the outside and ‘posted’ into the Office.

    On completion of your round, please enter your score into the terminal in the Entrance Hall. Score Entry will be available until 9:30pm on the day of the competition,

    You can only enter your score if you have previously signed-in. Sign-in and Score Entry are date and time-stamped. If there is too small an interval between the two time-stamps, your score may be discarded.

    This procedure should allow players a lot of flexibility as to when they play. We plan to run more 9-hole qualifying competitions over the summer and the entry procedure for those will be based on the above.

    Winter Eclectic

    Grant Thorne wins the Winter Eclectic!

    Grant put in some great scores with birdies on 14 holes, one eagle (8th) and three pars (12th,16th,18th). So that was a gross score of 53 over 10 rounds. We deduct 1/2 of handicap and Grant plays off 5, so that’s a net score of 50.5. Impressive and one of the best eclectic scores in recent years. Close behind and good enough to win in some other years were Steve Pratt and Dave Seager, then Josh Evans. Last year’s winner Richard White was 6th equal.  It’s tough at the top with 21 players under a net 60 and 31 players at net 60 or below.  Prize winners are listed in the Results section and the full list is on the notice-board.

    Lifeboat Stableford

    Congratulations to William Holmes who won both rounds of the Lifeboat Stableford with scores of 40 and 41 points. William started with a handicap of 13.8 on the Friday and by Saturday afternoon his handicap was 10.3 – a reduction of 4 shots to his playing handicap! Thank you to everyone who played in the Lifeboat Stablefords on 23rd/24th March as we raised £255 for the RNLI.

    George Clelland
    Match Secetary

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    Is free relief available under Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 25-1) for bird damage on the course?

     

    R and A

    Vets Section

    So… (as we academics always start a sentence with…), this month marks the beginning of the season proper, and finally I have something to write about apart from New Zealand and the weather.

    Welcome to all our new players who have joined the section this year. I hope to be able to meet you all early in the season. If you do have any issues you want to discuss with me please do get in touch.

    We started our season in the traditional way with the Captains vs Vice Captains match, the teams being drawn by our tournament organiser Wynne Tufnell (not me). This caused something of a revolution in the history of the section, in that the victors were not, as is traditional, the vice captain’s team. It was a narrow victory but a victory nonetheless. More to the point, it was a fine day and the golf was enjoyable, so a great start to the year.

    The first match of the season against Corhampton at home led to a fine result, with Alresford winning 6 and a half to a half. Again, the weather was amazingly kind to us considering what it had been throwing about all week.

    Most recently we had a loss against Petersfield, 4 and a half to 2 and a half. However, the highlight of this match did belong to an Alresford player – Brian Overton – who scored a net 60. Congratulations to him. I understand he is still struggling in the wake of his brilliant wife Mandy who has had a net 59 recently – so still something to aim at there, Brian.

    Some of you may also have seen on the notice board my guidance on pace of play. In the most recent home match, all four-balls came in at just a little over 4 hours, which is great and shows that we don’t have a major problem with slow play in general. But it’s worth being aware of the etiquette especially in matches. So please have a look. I plan to send it as an attachment to all players selected for matches – and to the opposing captain as well, for his information.

    As I write there are sign up sheets on the board for the next 6 matches, and there are still spots available for the vets and ladies breeze up. We have already welcomed two new member to the teams this year, and if you have not played in a match before you will be given preference and paired with an experienced match player to show you the ropes. So don’t be timid, give it a go, its great fun.

    If you haven’t already done it, put the 9th August in your diary and invite a friend to come and play at Alresford in the Vets Invitation. At only £40 for a pair it’s unbeatable value (most invitations cost twice that amount) and the prizes will be fantastic this year, courtesy of our sponsors Bluebird Care. So don’t miss it.

    Chris Thompson

    …from the Secretary

    New Members

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during March / April so far;  William Rice (7 day), Gerry Collard, Jo Youngs, Ben Green (5 day members), Chris Clayton, Caroline Warne, Jackie Coulson, Ashley Gregory, Graham Foulkes, ( 7 day members from Winter members ) and Ewen McGregor (5 day member from Winter member).

    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.

    APRIL

    Wednesday 4th 10.30am (due to golf society)

    Wednesday 11th 11.00am

    Wednesday 18th 11.00am

    Wednesday 25th 11.30am (due to golf society)

    MAY

    Wednesday 2nd 11.00am

    Wednesday 9th 11.00am

    Wednesday 16th
    11.00am (mid-week stableford

    Members ‘Meet & Greet’ evening

    The Captains invite all new members (including HPLS) as well as existing members to join them on Friday 6th April 7.00 -8.30pm for drinks and nibbles.

    Please RSVP to the office if you intend to come along. Partners welcome.

    Re-Arranged Spring Texas Scramble

    Sunday 22nd April

    Shotgun start @ 8.30am

    If you were unable to play last time – please feel free to join in this time! Sign up in the foyer.

    Teams will be re-drawn if necessary

    £10 per team payable on the day

    All 7 day members (incl. HPLS) with h/caps are welcome to join in .

    Sign up in foyer – draw will be posted on 16th April

    Forthcoming Events Your Diary

    Monday 2nd April
    BANK HOLIDAY MIXED FLAG COMPETITION
    – now available to 5 day members

    Saturday 21st April
    MURDER MYSTERY EVENING
    – limited tickets available – Don’t miss out !

    Sunday 23rd April
    ST. GEORGE’S CELEBRATION LUNCHEON

    Friday 25th May
    X COUNTRY SCRAMBLE

    Sunday 27thMay
    SUNDAY LUNCH CARVERY

    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.

    Friday 8th June – Seniors Open

    sponsored by Blue bird Care

    Entries are welcome from Alresford members 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 NPs).

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    Green News

    It seems the norm to comment on the weather early in every report and although this month is no exception, it was, nevertheless, exceptional. We had 2 separate heavy by southern standard snowfalls. This did justify the decision made regarding Greens Maintenance as outlined last month. Still very pleased with the winter projects completed.

    The greens committee have completed the Course Policy Document and it now awaits approval by Mancom. Harry Dhand started this project and it has only taken me 15 months to complete it! Seriously, Harry has done a terrific job over the past (almost) 6 years. With this project completed, Harry has let go of my hand and retired to convalesce and recover from his double hip replacement. Very best wishes and many thanks Harry.

    AGC have received an unsolicited invitation to join a dialogue with fellow chalk downland courses. This highlighted how rare such courses are in England with an estimated 30 out of 2,000. I was reminded of how lucky we are with our chalk downland course when 9 of us visited a West Midlands Golf Club between snow storms.  Both courses were totally waterlogged and although one was open, it was certainly unfit. We look forward to seeing where this initiative takes us.

    The tree survey by the appointed contractor has been accomplished. I will publish this shortly along with our plan of action. We have not had such a review for some years and unsurprisingly there will be a need for remedial work.

    The survey identified 81 trees requiring attention, marked with coloured spots as follows. RED spot (dangerous, fell) – 24. YELLOW spot (generally heavy pruning) – 47. BLUE spot (further investigation, serious?) – 10.

    This is a mixture of good news and bad news. On the positive side, this is much better than we feared. Steve and team have identified and dealt with many of the problems over time and the consultant was very impressed with the tree management in house. The Red spot trees (mostly smaller trees that do not impact on the appearance and play of the course), must be felled as they are potentially dangerous. Steve and team have cleared 18 and we will arrange for a tree surgeon to take out the remaining 6. The attached photo of a felled tree shows typical damage.

    The greens committee will make recommendations to Mancom on how to approach the yellow and blue marked trees. Some of these are mature, significant trees that we may have to do major work to retain.

    We are delighted with the work on the 5th, 6th and 8th tees. The grass in front of the mats on the practice range will be repaired by seeding. We remain in the hands of the weather but are hopeful that full recovery will be timely!

    As promised, a reminder about the divot party on the 19th April. This has made a significant difference to the quality of our fairways over recent years. Please meet at the clubhouse 9:00 for a 9:30 start. Bring a bucket and trowel! Full training will be given. Last year we covered the whole course in less than 2 hours and were rewarded with coffee and sausage rolls. Oh, and lush flat fairways for the whole summer! Please do come along and lend a hand.

    Mark Tiplady

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    Yes, except in a water hazard. Relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1b

    R and A

    Upcoming Social Events

    April

    Murder Mystery Dinner Show

    Saturday 21st April 7pm

    £29 for a 2 course meal and
    an evening’s entertainment.

    Your opportunity to rival Poirot,
    Miss Marple and Holmes!

    A quick reminder! Bookings must be paid for in advance. Latest date for cancellations and refund is 19th April, in which case please contact the organiser and the caterers ASAP.

    Organiser: carolroe@btinternet.com / 07787 880751

    Thursday Evenings ‘Fore’ Summer Social Golf

    Team Golf

    starts Thursday 17th May

    Team Entry list now on Social Notice Board as well
    as ‘Format and Rules’.

    Form a team or join one with vacancies.

    Members Weekly Roll Up

    starts Thursday 24th May

    This 9 hole competition commencing off the 10th tee,
    will start on Thurday 24th May at 5pm. Prizes to be won.
    Entry fee for those not part of Team Golf £2 per evening.

    Please book in and select your supper menu if required.

    Join in Summer Golf & Have Fun!!

    If you are interested in taking part in any of these events please sign up on the board in the clubhouse foyer.
    New to the club? On your own? Don’t know too many people?
    Contact the Social Committee via carolroe@btinternet.com,
    a committee member will happily introduce you to a friendly face. Everyone is welcome.

    100 Club

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

    £100 David Robertson

    £50 Keith Monkhouse

    £32 Charles Kydd

    £32 Harold (Chubb) Young

    £32 David & Mal Hope-Mason

    £32 Keith Halls

    Congratulations to this month’s winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 16th April … 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 george.clelland@btinternet.com, or call in to the Secretary’s office.

    George Clelland

    Results

    Editor: Andy Thomsen

    DISCLAIMER

    The Editorial Team take no responsibility for incorrect information received from Contributors.

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  • Fore Info March 2018 Feb 27, 2018 @ 10:56

    In this issue

    See the upcoming Events Social Events section for full details.

    For Your Diary

    Saturday 10th March
    CLUB QUIZ NIGHT (KIT’S QUIZ)

    Sunday 11th March
    MOTHERING SUNDAY LUNCH CARVERY

    Saturday 17th March
    ST. PATRICK’S NIGHT

    Sunday 18th March
    SPRING TEXAS SCRAMBLE (Shotgun start)

    Sunday 1st April
    EASTER SUNDAY CARVERY

    Monday 2nd April
    BANK HOLIDAY MIXED FLAG COMPETITION
    – now available to 5 day members

    Saturday 21st April
    MURDER MYSTERY EVENING

    Murder Mystery Evening

    Your opportunity to rival Poirot, Miss Marple and Holmes!

    From the Club Captain

    The men’s season kicked off with their game against the County, which has been an annual fixture set up by David Harrison in 1972. Alresford fielded twenty category 1 & 2 players, one of whom I am pleased to say was David Harrison. A further ten higher handicappers teamed up with the County players. Bob Moore, who was playing in this event for the first time, was a little surprised and somewhat concerned to hear we were
    playing off scratch! After 14 holes marvelling at the play of Darren Wright, Bob did eventually contribute by winning his only hole for the County, the 15th with a par.

    The final result of 9½ to ½ in favour of the County was not surprising, especially when you consider Hampshire are the reigning English County Champions. Their Captain at this time, Martin Young, has recently been chosen as Vice Captain for the GB&I Amateur Team to play in the biennial Concession Cup against the USA.

    An example of their great play was demonstrated by Colin Roope, their Captain, who birdied 5 consecutive holes on the back nine. Darren Wright, previously a European Challenge Tour player, approached the 17th with a seven iron and holed the putt for an eagle. Congratulations to Grant Thorne and Gary Mugford for playing so well to achieve our sole half point.

    It was pleasing to hear the compliments from the County players regarding the condition of our course and for this we must thank Steve Privett and his team.

    The draw for the County Sevens and Gales Hockley knockouts has been held. Our Sevens team is in the unfortunate position of being one of only 4 teams needing to play in the preliminary round, however, they do have a home draw against Southampton. The Gales team is also at home and play Barton on Sea. For category 1 & 2 players wishing to play in the County Sevens, please contact Grant Thorne and for those over 50 years of age with a 14 handicap or below, contact Charlie House.

    The Chinese New Year Theme Evening and Quiz was a great success with 80 members and friends participating. The Chinese food was well received and for some the quiz questions did not prove as challenging as I felt they were. During the evening, we also held the draw for the Charity Parking Space and Sarah Thorne was the lucky winner. Thanks to all those members who bought tickets and thus contributed to the Captains’ Charity, ‘Transplant Sport’.

    The order of play and etiquette on the first tee is often the subject of debate. The Club has always used the “ball chute system”, although we usually leave the order of play to memory rather than using our circular chute. With the exception of the Captain, Lady Captain and rotation of players who started at the 10th, no other players, whether in a competition or not, have any basis for asking to go to the front of the queue. Should a faster group be invited to go to the head of the queue, this must be approved by all groups in the queue which are ahead of this respective group. Further clarification on the etiquette of the ball chute system can be found on the notice board and also adjacent to the first tee.

    Please note that the sign up sheet for the Famous Grouse Greensomes is on the men’s notice board and the sheet for the Spring Texas Scramble is on the board in the club foyer. The Scramble is for both men and ladies and is a good opportunity to meet members you may not normally play with. Handicappers of all levels are welcome.

    Brian Wright

    Ladies Section

    Is this rain ever going to stop… especially on a Tuesday? I was getting worried that I wouldn’t have much to write about in this months’ Fore Info… at least nothing good or exciting but then…along came Monday!

    You might all remember how our run in the Winter Triple wasn’t going to plan… we had not done too well at Lee and then again at Alresford. We were lying in third position, with 11 points between us and Corhampton and 13 points between us and the leaders Lee on the Solent. Then on Monday, our brilliant team went to Corhampton on a very drizzly damp and foggy day, and played their hearts out… and… wait for it… came home with the Trophy!! They finally beat Corhampton by 2 points and Lee by 5 points!

    This just goes to prove you must never ever give up. I am so thrilled, and my thanks go to everyone who has played this year and especially to my Vice Captain, Sue Masser, who has done a brilliant job of organising the teams.

    Unfortunately, although our Ladies played really well in the Maple Leaf match against Windlesham we lost 4:1.

    So apart from that, what other news do I have for you? We held a coffee morning for members who had joined in the past year to see how they were settling in. It was nice to have such a good turnout of Academy members who are all very keen and committed to their golf. Also, one of our winter members, Caroline, has since joined the Section as a full member.

    The Chinese New Year and Quiz was great fun and very well organized by Chris and Kelly. A very tasty meal was followed by a very clever quiz! During the evening we drew the winner of the Captains Charity parking space… thank you so much to all of you who supported this, we made an astounding £435! The winner was a delighted Sarah Thorne, shown here.

    Please make sure you check out the notice boards in our changing room. The draws have been done for the Esme Norris and the Committee Cup. The sign-up sheet is up for the Vets and Ladies Breeze up, which is on Thursday 5th April. This is the competition when we play with a Vet not against! It’s always good fun so please put your names up!

    Also, the sign up sheet for the Spring Texas Scramble (March 18th) is in the Hall and the sign up sheet for the first Mixed match against Tylney Park away (22nd April) is on the notice board.

    The season is hotting up (hopefully) and getting going… so we have lots of golf to look forward to and enjoy.

    Match Committee Report

    Winter Leagues & Summer Knock-outs

    The draws for the knock-out phases of the Winter Mixed and Lombard 4BBB were posted on the notice boards on Monday 5th February. The first round of matches in the knock-out stage must be completed by 25th March.

    The draws for all the Summer Knock-outs will be done on Monday 5th March in the Clubhouse and posted on the notice boards and on the website as soon as possible thereafter.

    Please remember that both parties in these draws are equally responsible for arranging the match and make sure you take notice of the closing date for each round. Note that for all knock-out competitions no extensions to the play-by dates will be granted.

    Board & Trophy Competitions

    I’d like to reiterate the change to entry conditions for Board & Trophy competitions which became effective on 1st January 2018.

    To be eligible to win prizes, players must have a competition handicap and have submitted a score in at least 3 qualifying competitions in the current or previous calendar year. This also applies to members of a team in a team competition.

    If the competition is not a knock-out, then a player who does not meet the above criteria may enter the competition for handicap purposes only.

    If the competition is not a knock-out, a team which comprises one or more players who do not meet the criteria may play in the competition but will not be eligible for any prizes.

    Score Cards

    As the main playing season is about to start, this an appropriate time to remind everyone to please complete their competition score cards correctly. You should ensure that your card has the name of the Competition, your Name and Handicap, the Date, your Entry Number, and that you and your marker sign the card. In Foursomes and 4BBB competitions, the names and handicaps of both players must be on the card. Players whose cards are not signed or have no handicap or a higher handicap than that to which the player is entitled will be disqualified.

    Cards for a Supplementary Score should be marked Supplementary Score under Competition and cards for an initial handicap should be marked For Initial Handicap under Competition. As well as Name and Date, it is essential that these cards also show which set of tees has been used.

    Score cards should always be returned regardless of the circumstances. Members who persistently fail to return score cards may be sanctioned.

    Men’s Winter Eclectic

    In the Men’s Winter Eclectic competition, the leading score as at 20th February are:

    Grant Thorne 52.5 after 9 rounds; Josh Evans 53.5 (10 rounds); Steve Pratt 54 (8); Ashley Willmott 55 (10); Dave Seager 55 (7); Richard White 56 (8); Ashley Wright 57 (6).

    Can anyone overtake Grant?  There are a lot of good players with many rounds still to play and plenty of time to do it. The competition closes on Sunday 25th March

    George Clelland
    Match Secetary

    Mixed Matches 2018

    Although we still seem to be in the depths of winter, it will not be long before the 2018 golf season starts in earnest…

    Our first match of the season is on Sunday, 22nd April away against Tylney Park. First tee at 12 30pm. A list asking for volunteers for this match has been posted on the Mixed Match board in the foyer. Any member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to play. It is hoped that there will be a good response and that we can field a strong team. An e-mail will be sent to all those chosen to play and the team list will be posted on the board later this month. A full list of all our mixed match fixtures is on the board in the foyer. Volunteer lists for subsequent matches will be posted periodically nearer to the date of the match.

    A decision has been made that Five Day members may play in the weekend matches if we are unable to field a team from amongst the Seven Day members. There will be a column on the volunteer sheet for Five Day members to sign up. No green fees will be payable. It is hoped that Five Day Members will take advantage of this opportunity to play at the weekend, both at home and away, if required.

    Again this year we will be continuing with a smart/casual dress code for our match meals at home and it seems likely that other clubs are also going down this path. There will be no need for gentlemen to wear jacket and tie, unless they so wish. We are also looking at the possibility of serving brunch prior to some of our home matches, instead of having a meal afterwards. Any feedback on this (no pun intended!) would be welcome.

    For more information or any queries please contact Jan Harring (07980 474 448).

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    In wet weather, a player wraps a handkerchief around the grip of his club. Was he in breach of rule 14-3?

     

    R and A

    Vets Section

    So here is your captain still sunning himself in New Zealand while you lot are wrapped up warm against the cold. It’s nice to be able to look at the club’s CCTV to see the conditions each morning back home. I have noticed one or two mornings of frost and one that looked very like snow (but it was about 3.00am your time so the view wasn’t very good by moonlight). So I guess there have been a few days of trolley bans, pencil bags and half sets. On the bright side, I know the back in January Steve’s team were levelling out the slope on the path behind the 17th green so I hope there haven’t been too many slip injuries in the cold weather and that you have all been enjoying your golf regardless.

    Today I played at Rotorua Golf Course (in Maori it is called Arikikapakapa, which must be the weirdest name for a golf club). I lost a ball in a volcano but the rest of the round was fine, thanks for asking. In the picture the lake you can see is about 40 degrees C and the one where I lost the ball was bubbling mud. Needless to say I didn’t try to rescue it. It’s not golf for the faint hearted.

    The first fixture of the season is coming up soon and you may just have time to get your name onto the board for the Captain v Vice Captain’s match on Wednesday the 7th March (Wynne will no doubt tell you if you made it in time or not). The sign up sheets for the first three matches of the summer season will also be up soon, if they are not there already. I hope you will all consider playing in at least one of the matches this year. They are good fun and I hope to be able to welcome as many of you as possible to at least one game.

    Looking further ahead the vets vs ladies Breeze up will be held on Wednesday of Easter week and thats always good. Even further ahead the Vets invitation will be on 9th August. So get ‘ahead of the game’ and invite a friend to come and play at our lovely course. They wont be disappointed. There will be lots of great prizes and excellent catering – more on that later in the year.

    I hope to see many of you early in March and look forward to playing at Alresford again, where a lost ball is not potentially fatal.

    Chris Thompson

    …from the Secretary

    New Members

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during January and February so far; Bob Archer (5 day), John Evans, Glen Feltham and Steven Cook (Winter membership), Peter Tibbitts , Florence Heath, Dodd Barrington , Ron Bligh (Social Extra) and Jacob Newland (Junior)

    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.

    March

    Wednesday 7th 11.00am TBC (Vets Capt. v Vets V-Capt.)

    Wednesday 14th 1.00am
    (mid-week stableford)

    Wednesday 21st 11.00am

    Wednesday 28th 11.00am

    April

    Wednesday 4th 10.30am (due to golf society)

    Wednesday 11th 11.00am

    Wednesday 18th 11.00am

    Please note change to friday bar closing times

    Over the Winter / Spring period the Clubhouse (and Bar) will close on Fridays as per the normal weekday times, unless there is an event or pre-booked function. Below is the current list of dates when the bar will be closed earlier.

    Friday 2nd March

    Friday 9th March

    Friday 16th March

    Friday 23rd March

    Please check the club website and main noticeboard for changes to these dates.

    Forthcoming Events Your Diary

    Saturday 10th March
    CLUB QUIZ NIGHT (KIT’S QUIZ)

    Sunday 11th March
    MOTHERING SUNDAY LUNCH CARVERY

    Saturday 17th March
    ST.PATRICK’S NIGHT

    Sunday 18th March
    SPRING TEXAS SCRAMBLE (Shotgun start)

    Sunday 1st April
    EASTER SUNDAY CARVERY

    Monday 2nd April
    BANK HOLIDAY MIXED FLAG COMPETITION
    – now available to 5 day members

    Saturday 21st April
    MURDER MYSTERY EVENING

    Spring Texas Scramble

    Sunday 18th March

    Shotgun start @ 8.30am

    Drawn teams

    £10 per team payable on the day

    All 7 day members (incl. HPLS) with h/caps

    are welcome to join in .

    Sign up in foyer – draw will be posted on 12th March

    Greensomes Flag Competition

    Monday 2nd April 2018

    Entry fee : £12.00pp to include a one course meal

    Closing Date : Sat 24th March

    Sign up form on Foyer notice board

    Open to 5 & 7 Day members

    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

    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.

    Bluebird Care sponsor Alresford GC Seniors Open and Vets Invitation

    We are pleased to announce that award winning Bluebird Care have agreed to sponsor our Seniors Open and Vets Invitation events this coming summer.

    Bluebird Care are Hampshire’s first Care Quality Commission (CQC) ‘Overall Outstanding’ rated Home and Live in Care provider, giving you the highest quality of care in your own home.

    They will provide a presence at both events, offering information about their services as well as sponsoring additional prizes on the day.

    We have attached a copy of their leaflet with this newsletter should members be interested in finding out more about the services they offer.

    Captains Charity Parking Space Winner is…

    …Sarah Thorne!

    Thank you to everyone who participated and bought a ticket.

    We raised £437 for the charity. This is a record and maybe a reflection on how difficult it can be to get a parking space at times?

    World Handicap System: new details announced

    The R&A and the USGA have today announced details of the new World Handicap System (WHS).

    It is designed to welcome more players, to make golf easier to understand and to provide all golfers with a handicap which is portable all around the globe.

    The system is expected to be launched in January 2020 and its features will include:

    • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap

    • Allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes so a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of current ability

    • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries

    • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores. The system will also be able to ‘remember’ good scores, even when they have dropped out of the last 20.

    • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions on a player’s performance each day

    • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation

    • A limit of net double bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)

    • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance and so increase their enjoyment of the game

    Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “We’re joining golfers around the world to welcome this new system. It shows that golf is modernizing and becoming easier to understand and I’m sure it will encourage more people to play, get a handicap and enjoy our sport, which is very good news for the future of the game.”

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    Green News

    Winter work has progressed well so far in 2018. The new turf on the 8th tee is settling in well. The enlarged and rebuilt white tee on the 5th is almost complete and looking good.

    The 6th tee is the biggest challenge and will make a significant difference to this hole. I was surprised to find that despite there being 3 levels with 2 distinct and significant downslopes, there was only a drop of 12 inches from the back of the whites to the front of the reds! The old tee also had many humps and hollows. In addition, the tee was poorly aligned, pointing to the right of the green (see photo). The new tee will be flatter, more level and better aligned. Taking out the downslopes will also add an additional 8/9 feet of “useable” teeing area. We have also taken the opportunity to relocate the chalk pile from the rough to the rear of the 6th green to the rear of the practice area. We plan to move the existing spoil heap to a less intrusive position in the future.

    I have often said how impressed I am with the skill and dedication of our team of greenkeepers. I was pleased to receive an e-mail from a long-standing member which included the following.

    ‘Felt I had to compliment the green staff on the work they are doing. Being a regular ‘walker by’ I can’t help but notice what a hard working and skilful team they are. They are operating all sorts of machinery and dealing with the irrigation system as well as the earth works.

    If we had employed contractors to do the work it would have cost many thousands of pounds and they could not have done a better job!’

    Please see the Twitter feed on the website. NB, you do not have to join Twitter to see this.

    I write this report on Saturday 24th February and greens maintenance planned for next week. With a bitterly cold week forecast, Steve and team have decided to solid tine rather than hollow tine the greens. Recovery will be quicker, and we will hollow tine in the next planned greens maintenance.

    The lads have also found time to powerwash the patio furniture and other on-course furniture in readiness for the summer. As previously advised, a path is being constructed from the 11th green to the ladies’ 12th tee.

    The divot party has been a very successful addition to the diary and this year will be held on the morning of Thursday 19th of April. More details next month but the more the merrier!

    Mark Tiplady

    5th tee turfed
    5th tee turfed
    6th before work
    6th before work
    6th tee chalk
    6th tee chalk
    6th tee work
    6th tee work
    6th tee level
    6th tee level

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    No. A handkerchief or towel may be wrapped around the grip. This is an exception to rule 14-3. Also, resin, powder and drying or moisturising agents may be used.

    R and A

    Upcoming Social Events

    March

    Club Quiz

    Saturday 10th March 19:00

    Quiz setter and MC – Kit Neilson

    Teams of up to 6, £2.50 pp

    Food at 7pm – Quiz at 8pm

    April

    Murder Mystery Dinner Show

    Saturday 21st April 7pm

    £29 for a 2 course meal and
    an evening’s entertainment.

    Your opportunity to rival Poirot,
    Miss Marple and Holmes!

    May – July

    The Return of Team Golf

    We are planning to stage this popular competition again this year for ten teams with the help of John White, who previously organised this for many years.

    The full format and details, with a few slight changes from previously including more prizes, will be posted on the Social Notice Board mid-March, followed by the entry list on Thursday March 29th

    Thursday evenings will be Social Golf

    Opening Evening of Team Golf 17th May – ALL of the team to play.

    Team pairs the following week onwards

    Great fun – several prizes each week – start planning your teams.

    If you are interested in taking part in any of these events please sign up on the board in the clubhouse foyer.
    New to the club? On your own? Don’t know too many people?
    Contact the Social Committee via carolroe@btinternet.com,
    a committee member will happily introduce you to a friendly face. Everyone is welcome.

    100 Club

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

    £100 Robin Good

    £50 Ian Cantrill

    £32 Mike Dale

    £32 John Goodacre

    £32 Laurie Clark

    £32 Keith Turner

    Congratulations to this month’s winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 19th March… 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 george.clelland@btinternet.com, or call in to the Secretary’s office.

    George Clelland

    Results

    Greensomes Flag Competition

    Monday 2nd April 2018

    Entry fee : £12.00pp to include a one course meal

    Closing Date : Sat 24th March

    Sign up form on Foyer notice board

    Open to 5 & 7 Day members

    Editor: Andy Thomsen

    DISCLAIMER

    The Editorial Team take no responsibility for incorrect information received from Contributors.

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  • February 2018 Fore Info is Available Jan 31, 2018 @ 10:39

    The February 2018 edition of the club’s online newsletter “Fore Info” has been added to the website. To view this or any previous editions go to:

    https://www.alresfordgolf.co.uk/about/fore-info/

    Ron

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  • Draft 2017 AGM Minutes Available Jan 16, 2018 @ 18:02

    The draft minutes from our 24th November 2017 AGM are now available from the members’ area of the website.

    Note that a username and password are required to access the members’ area – these can be obtained from the Secretary.

    Ron (Webmaster)

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  • January 2018 Fore Info Added Dec 28, 2017 @ 17:21

    The January 2018 edition of Alresford Golf Club’s online newsletter “Fore Info” has been published.

    To access this issue and any previous edition, go to:
    https://www.alresfordgolf.co.uk/about/fore-info/

    Thanks Andy for another interesting and polished issue!

    Ron the Webmaster

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  • December 2017 Fore Info Added Dec 1, 2017 @ 14:32

    The December 2017 edition of Alresford Golf Club’s online newsletter “Fore Info” has been published.

    To access this issue and any previous edition, go to:

    https://www.alresfordgolf.co.uk/about/fore-info/

    Thanks Andy for another interesting and polished issue!

    Ron the Webmaster

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  • New Promotional Video Added Nov 21, 2017 @ 18:53

    The “Home” and “About” pages now embed the new Alresford Golf Club promotional video. This professionally produced video is slick and of high quality. Several Alresford members are featured and it provides a great introduction to our course and club.

    If, like me, you are impressed – share it with your friends!

    The original video is hosted on “Vimeo” – https://vimeo.com/243737379 and has been produced by a local company, Sea View Media.

    Enjoy

    Ron the Webmaster

     

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  • Auction of Promises Booklet & Addendum Oct 12, 2017 @ 16:08

    Auction of Promises

    Saturday, 21 October, 19:00 – 23:00

    £20 per head for meal. £5 per head without meal.
    Book in advance in office.
    The explanatory booklet and updates are attached via the links below
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