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  • Fore Info August 2019 Jul 31, 2019 @ 21:30

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Last month I was able to share with Members our outline timetable for clubhouse development. Hardly expecting anyone to commit this to memory, here is a brief reprise:

    July: Architect working on all aspects of feasibility and planning, refining initial designs, and commissioning necessary survey work

    August: Management Committee then giving their support to a ‘preferred set of proposals’ for visual presentation to Members, in the form of physical representation in the clubhouse, and digital format to members online

    September: Finalisation of design proposals and costings, for sharing with Members 

    October: If all goes to plan – approved design, costing and funding proposals to be presented to Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), for final approval and sign-off

    I am pleased to advise that we remain on track with this timetable, with the July actions all but completed. That said it is likely to be towards the end of August before we have our visuals completed and ready for presentation to the membership.

    Thank you for your patience during what must seem a protracted period of ‘behind the scenes’, but we do want to meet / exceed your design aspirations, and through the most cost-effective means.

    There will be further communication once the initial visuals become available for viewing.

     

    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    It is always nice when you receive a compliment, it’s even better when you receive them on a very regular basis. I am of course not talking about personal compliments but those I receive as the Club Captain about the quality of our course, the Hampshire Past Captain’s match against Essex, our own Mixed Open, the mens match versus Cowdray Park…………….. the list goes on. The credit of course goes to Simon Justice and his team who continue to take pride in their work, their attention to detail is second to none. The Greens Maintenance programme starts shortly to ensure that our greens will be in good condition for play in the autumn and winter months, please be patient whilst the team carries out this important work.

    The Mens Invitation is due to take place on 18th August, if you are a man and haven’t entered yet please do so and bring along a friend to show off what our club has to offer.

    As Club Captain I am able to introduce a new competition or match for one year only. I chose a 3 clubs and a putter format that took place on Friday 26th July. The competition I decided would be free to enter and I provided a few prizes, and 56 members entered. Chris Pullinger was keen to put on some food and entertainment and our Immediate Past Vets Captain – Chris Thompson – and his friend Chris Nash provided the entertainment in the form of an Acoustic Guitar Duo – Nash & Thompson. Needless to say the meal was great, and the talented guitar duo put on a very polished performance of some well known classical and jazz standards.

    Despite having just 3 clubs there were some very very good scores, there were 3 x 38 points, 3 x 40 points but with an amazing 41 points Steve Morgan won the mens competition on countback from Steve Oldham. The ladies competition was won by Lyn Jones with 35 points from Sarah Staines on 32 points. Despite being free to enter £181 was added to the charity pot by way of generous donations.

    You will have noticed that the recent work to rebuild the eastern wall of Curly’s Barn is now complete and it looks good. Some of you have commented on why the work needed to be done.

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  • Fore Info July 2019 Jun 30, 2019 @ 12:25

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Three short-listed local Architects have now responded to the detailed brief given them, and have presented their design ideas and proposals as to how they will meet our objectives – within ‘ball-park’ budget guidance.

    Apart from their individual creativity, each was judged on how closely they catered for the Club’s key requirements, as voted by so many Members: Discrete dining area for up to 100; better laid out bar, and increased bar seating; additional lounge seating; creation of a ‘spikes’ bar area; room for Sky TV and other social activities; reconfigured patio layout and capacity; covered trolley area. Other considerations were their grasp of the initial concepts, our ability to work together, and above all their understanding of a de-facto budget.

    I am delighted to confirm that we have now appointed ‘Lawson Architecture’, an established Practice in Liphook, with experience of golf clubhouse design, whose proposals most effectively met our priorities. These are now the phases of work that we shall be following: 

    1. Feasibility and Planning Stage 

    2. Building Regulation Phase

    3. Construction contract tendering

    4. Contract administration

    5. Construction management

    As you know, continued communication and consultation with Members remains at the core of this initiative, and so I want to give you some guidance as to what you will see, and ultimately approve, over the coming months.

    During July our Architect will be refining detailed designs, as well as putting in place all aspects of the planning phase. The Management Committee then expects to be able to give their support to a ‘preferred set of proposals’ for visual presentation to Members in August. This is likely to take the form of physical representation in the clubhouse, as well as in digital format to members online.

    Only when this phase of consultation is completed will we be able to finalise design proposals and hence costings, our plan being to share these with Members in September. If all goes to plan the approved design, costing and funding proposals will then be presented to Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in October, for final approval and sign-off.

    Going further forward, we would then expect to be tendering over the winter months, with construction work commencing in the Spring. Suffice to say every forethought and planning will go into how we can ensure as little disruption as possible for Members during the construction phase.

    Exciting times indeed!

     

    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    A big thank you to all who sponsored Sarah and I for our 100 mile bike ride. The day didn’t get off to the best of starts as I fell off my bike before getting to the start line – I had the honour of being the first patient of the day in the First Aid tent!  

    Not to be deterred we managed to complete the 100 miles. We are very pleased to announce that, with Gift Aid added, we raised £3286 which will be split between the UK Sepsis Trust and Breast Cancer Care.

    The Triumvirate held on the 6th June saw 15 teams of four golfers from various Clubs around the county taking part in our club invitation. Waterlooville were the winners on count back from Hockley, Alan Hadfield the winning captain must have been confident as he came with a prepared winners speech!

    The day was introduced by Brian Young in his second stint as Club Captain in 2002. It was originally called the Alresford Matchplay Trophy, and I believe it is still a unique format in Hampshire, what is also unique is that we don’t enter a team. The name – Triumvirate Trophy – came about because we had a picture hanging in the mens changing room of the Great Triumvirate – Harry Vardon, James Braid and JH Taylor. Fred Morse, who sadly passed away earlier this year, said he could recreate that picture in glass, thus the glass trophy – thanks Fred we are indebted to you.

    The Seniors Open the following day was wet and windy, with a few participants failing to turn up which was a shame. Congratulations to our own Mike Battisson who won the main prize.

    We were blessed with dry weather for the Charity Day on the 9th June. The format of the day being slightly different this year with 2 separate competitions, a 6 hole foursomes knockout and a 9 hole stableford. It is fair to say that the change met a mixed response but, those that did take part, thought that it worked well and they would like to play it again. The sudden death nearest the pin element deciding the winners in 4 matches producing additional excitement.

    The first semi final between Liz & Les Thorne and Kathryn and Drew Fielden going to sudden death. You will see from the picture that teeing area into the 18th green was about 90 yards from the green with just a hint of tree to mess with the mind when standing over the ball. Congratulations to Mandy and Brian Overton who beat Kathryn and Drew 1up after coming down the 6th (18th) all square.

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  • Fore Info June 2019 May 25, 2019 @ 14:45

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Clubhouse Development. This is a ‘wait and see’ period, as the short-listed local architects – all of whom have golf club experience – are developing their detailed proposals; this in response to a comprehensive background brief provided them by a sub-group of the Management Committee. 

    Their proposals, each in turn, will be presented to the Management Committee next month, and will reflect those specific aspirations found to be most appealing by overwhelming numbers of members in the survey. As a reminder – Patio re-configuration (4.03 rating out of 5); Increased (and better laid out) dining capacity (3.94); covered trolley area (3.72); increased (and better laid out) bar seating (3.49); additional lounge seating (3.38); creation of a ‘spikes area’ (3.32); room for Sky TV and other social activities (3.21).

    Suffice to say, we look forward to sharing these creative proposals with members, and will do so at the earliest opportunity.

    As far as finance is concerned, significant progress has been made in evaluating a mix of sourcing options, and from this, outline budgets. These in turn have been reflected in the brief to Architects.

    Once we have our preferred architect on board, and a preferred set of proposals to hand, we will be in a position to share supporting financial proposals.

    Curleys Barn. Delighted to note that after a period of considerable reflection and debate, the decision has been taken to undertake the necessary refurbishment work to the barn. Used to house water pumps taking water from underground water tanks, as well as the Greenkeeper’s equipment, the barn not only has a functional purpose, but is very much a feature on our course and in our history. A welcome decision.

     

    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    It was good to see that “mixed” teams took 1st and 2nd places in the Courage & Barclay 4BBB on 5th May, well done Claire Gould (now Claire Sly – congratulations to Claire and Peter on their recent wedding) and Kevin Stride who won with an incredible score of 55 and four shots clear of Les and Liz Thorne in 2nd place – it shows that we can be “One Club”.

    Why not enter the Foursomes knockout in a day as part of the Captains’ Charity day on the 9th June? What are you waiting for get your names down on the board in the foyer. 

    Two Texas scrambles took place in May:

    The first on Sunday 19th May was won by the team of Glen Kreffer (HPLS member), Jan Harring, Matt Ball and Mike Lane.

    The second was the Jack Moody Cross Country Scramble on Friday 24th May the winners with an amazing score of 27.8 were Mel Elford, John Little, Dudley George and George Skayman.

    Team Golf is now well under way, if you are not part of a team you can always play 9 holes on the back 9 on a Thursday evening and enjoy some food and have a social evening with the Team Golf members.

    Congratulations go to Josh Evans who scored 43 points in the Men’s May Stableford, his round included 6 birdies, with 4 of them coming in the final 5 holes, well played Josh, and, with a handicap reduction, Josh is now a Category 1 player – well done! The Jubliee Cup produced another stellar performance in the form of Sean Yeates shooting a 62 & 64 on consecutive days – great golf. Also worthy of a mention is Jim White who had 3 two’s in the 1st round of the Jubilee Cup. 

    The observant amongst you will have seen that I have been running a feature of “found” lost balls. To date no one has come forward to claim any of them.

    I include another and a plea for the owner to come forward, we really do need a few of your dollars for the clubhouse improvement fund! I’m assuming that you had a hole in one and did actually win the $1,000,000?!!

    A final plug for the 100 mile sponsored cycle ride my wife Sarah and I are undertaking around Cambridgeshire on Sunday 2nd June on behalf of The UK Sepsis Trust and Breast Cancer Care If you have not already done so you are still able to pledge your support via the Virgin Moneygiving link or by donating at the club to the Office and signing the Gift Aid declaration on the table in the foyer.

    Some of you have questioned whether I am actually riding 100 miles on a folding bike well the answer is yes I am going to give it a really good go, it won’t be easy but nothing in this life ever is. 

    To all those who have already offered to sponsor, your support is gratefully received.

    Thank you – it really does mean a lot.

     

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  • Fore Info May 2019 Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:17

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    By the time you receive this, a small group from the Management Committee will have met to conclude the pitch we wish to make to interested local architects, to kick-start the phase of producing ‘creative visuals’ of what the clubhouse could look like in the future.  Once we have these they will be shared with our membership, both online and physically in the lobby of the clubhouse.

    In parallel, necessary work continues exploring the various financial options needed to support this important club development.

    We are acutely conscious of the sensitivity of raising finance for investment in the club at this time, or indeed anytime, and you should be assured that we have every confidence in being able to agree a design that is both realistic and affordable; one that, as far as possible, will meet the great majority of the improvements you voted for.

    In broad terms of timing, our aspiration is to gain final membership approval and sign-off for the changes before the end of this year, with completion of works well in time for next year’s end-of-year seasonal activities.

    On other matters, all current subscription categories are at or above both planned levels, both against budget and versus last year; 7 day, 5 day, Winter, HPLS, Green Fees, Societies – even the Bar! 

    We are in good shape, but must continue to build for the future.

    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I am very pleased to start with congratulations to Harriet Riches who won the Peter Gregory Salver, for the 2nd time with a very good score of 45 points. In 2nd place was Oscar Vaughan on 41 pts and Marcus Kail in 3rd with 40 pts. Marcus continued his good form in the 2nd round of the Linnets with a gross 70 (net 63), the best gross score of the weekend. It’s great to see our young players performing so well.

    The social committee produced another good fun event with the murder mystery evening Allo Allo meets Dad’s Army meets Eastenders!

    A large number  of the attendees got into the spirit by dressing as characters from the shows. Some more enthusiastically than others!

     

     

    My congratulations this month also go to Ian Jones who completed the London Marathon in a respectable official time of 4:44 (his actual time would probably be a bit quicker as congestion at the start slows things down), his efforts raised £1600 for his nominated charity – Breast Cancer Care – well done Ian.

    The men’s Gales Hockley and County 7’s teams were knocked out in the first rounds despite putting up a good fight, better luck next year. There has been better success with the Men’s friendly matches with only one loss so far this season. The latest result was a win away at Corhampton in a 3 way match against Corhampton and Waterlooville. Mary Rook is doing a very good job in arranging the Mens Friendly teams, but at times we struggle for numbers, please put your name down to play in at least one match this year, they are good fun but played in a competative but friendly spirit.

     

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  • 2019 Open Events Added Jan 8, 2019 @ 19:22

    The sign-up sheets giving details of our initial 2019 Open events have been added to our Open Events page.

    • Ladies Coffee & Golf Morning – Tuesday 12th March 2019
    • Ladies Open – Thursday 30th May 2019
    • Seniors Open – Friday 7th June 2019
    • Mixed Open – Sunday 7th July 2019

    Alresford’s Open Events are always very popular and early booking is advised.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Alresford.

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  • AGC Captain and Charity Information Updated Nov 24, 2018 @ 9:08

    The Alresford Golf Club Who’s Who and Captains Charity pages have been updated to reflect the new captains and their choice of charity.

    Ron – AGC Webmaster

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  • Course Policy Document Added Aug 21, 2018 @ 8:28

    A newly produced “Course Policy Document” has been approved by MANCOM and added to the Members’ Area.

    England Golf state that the Golf Course should be the main focus of any Club’s strategic planning, so the purpose of this document is to establish a clear and consistent policy for the management of the course at Alresford Golf Club This will fulfil the potential of the course for the benefit of members, their guests and visitors.

    AGC Members can view this document by logging in to the Members’ Area.

     

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  • Lady Captain’s Day 2018 Start Sheet Added Jul 3, 2018 @ 14:54

    The start sheet for Mary’s Lady Captains Day is now available in the Ladies Section of the member’s area. Log into the member’s area to view it – if you need the password please contact the office.

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  • Fore Info July 2018 Jun 29, 2018 @ 16:42

    The Captain’s Charity Day

    The winning team for the day was Debbie and Simon Wills. See From the Club Captain below…

    Ticket booking will open on Monday, 16 July

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

    Management Corner

    Steve Privett leaves

    The Management Committee wishes to inform members that Steve Privett, Course Manager, resigned from his position at the club on Wednesday, 20th June 2018 to pursue new opportunities. We have agreed that he will leave immediately, leaving the course in the capable hands of the greenkeeping team.

    We should like to thank him on behalf of the membership for all his efforts and hard work over the years spent at the club transforming the course into the condition we all enjoy today.

    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

    We are now well into summer golf and it has been a very successful past few weeks for the Club. We have received many compliments from visitors on both the course condition and the excellent food provided by Chris and his Team. All our major golf events have run smoothly, and both the Ladies and Men’s teams have achieved very good results.

    The Triumvirate held on the 7th June proved yet again to be a great success. Fifteen teams of four golfers from various Clubs took part. The Army gained the glory with a one point win over Hartley Wintney. Thanks must go to David Maskery for ensuring the day went like clockwork and also to Keith Monkhouse and David Nightingale for doing the booking in and scoring.

    The Seniors Open attracted a 108 players, which was won by Harvey Terry from Cowdray Park with 39 points. It was pleasing to see that four Alresford players were only one point behind.

    Eighteen Past Captains took part in the Salver competition. Congratulations to John White who won with an impressive 42 points and with a gross score, which was over 5 strokes less than his age. A magnificent achievement! Although, they did not play, Derek Moorhouse and Robin Good attended the dinner after. A week later, we were advised of Jack Maxwell’s death. He was Captain in 1993 and was a very respected and popular member of our Club. Our thoughts and condolences go to his wife, Tonny.

    The Captains’ Charity Day was a lot of fun and a great success.  A just reward for all the hard work put in by Mary, Chris T and Celia (Chris’s wife), Sue, Graham M and the rest of the supporting team. Thanks also go to Chris P and his catering team for providing a BBQ and delicious icecream. The winning team for the day was Debbie and Simon Wills, Matt Ball and Mervin Fullbrook with Debbie also winning the individual competition by one point from Graham. Thanks to the generosity of the Club members; a grand sum of £2,400 was raised for Transplant Sport.

    At 5.30am on the 16th June, the first of 30 Club members started their round in the annual Dawn patrol. Returning to the Clubhouse a little famished, all were satisfied with a substantial breakfast provided by Chris and his team. Peter Gunn returned an impressive 41 points to win a breakfast Hamper and maintained his handicap in the process! Our thanks to the Social Committee for providing sustenance on the first tee and for arranging the competition.

    In the men’s interclub knockout competitions, we had convincing wins for both the Gales and Annodata teams who overcame Camberley Heath at home and a low handicap Blackmoor team away. Regrettably the 7s team lost out to Wellow, who were playing on their own course. In the men’s friendly matches, Alresford had wins over Weybrook Park away and the Hampshire Police / HPLS at home.

    This is the second year that the Men’s and Ladies Championships have run concurrently over two days and again it was very successful. To have such a great day you need the course to be in immaculate condition and our thanks must go to our Greens staff for making it so. The greens were fast and true, providing a truly daunting challenge for all who played.

    Mary will cover the Ladies results; however, I must congratulate Kelly Travers for defending her title of Ladies Champion and to Lyn Cowser for coming a very close second. The Men’s Champion this year is Rob Kirk with a gross 151 (80 +71) who beat last year’s Champion, William Briggs in a playoff on the 18th hole – congratulations to you both.

    The John Holmes Trophy for the best nett score was won by one of our Juniors; Oliver Stuart with a creditable 129 which was 8 points better than Rob who came second. Well played Oliver and I hope you do not consider the loss of 4 shots to a revised handicap of 13 not too unlucky!

    Congratulations to Tim Chandler for competing in his 42nd consecutive Club Championship. Although not in the hunt this year, Tim has previously been Club Champion more than once.

    Thank you to George and Mandy and their teams for all their hard work and to Chris and his team for the tasty BBQ. The final thanks must go to all the players and Club members who gave their support over the weekend and made it a great event.

    Congratulations must also go to another Junior, Patrick Harris for coming second to Phil Armstrong in the Pailthorpe Platter with 41 points.

    The recently changed protocol on the first tee seems to be going well. It is interesting to note that Blackmoor Golf Club have also instigated the rule whereby, players starting on the 10th tee should join the queue on the 1st after coming off the 18th green and not rotate as previously was the case.

    Brian Wright

    Ladies Section

    A warm welcome to Sarah Staines who has joined us a 5 day member, and is already joining in with Ladies events.

    We have had a glorious June (apart from on the Mary Anderson Trophy!) with so much going on, I feel my feet have hardly touched the ground.

    This weekend has been truly amazing with the joint Men’s and Ladies Club Championship. The course was looking at its best with super slick greens, so many thanks to our hardworking greenstaff. And also thanks to George Clelland and all his helpers who just about lived at the Club all weekend. Many congratulations to our Ladies Club Champion Kelly Travers, and runner up Lynne Cowser. The Dorothy Coombs Shield was won by Jan Harring, runner up Kathryn Fielden. The Brenda Hedges Trophy by Lynne Cowser, runner up Lyn Travers and the Best Nett score in Round 2 won by Sarah Densham.  Fantastic golf by all of them.  I played this year for the first time, and would thoroughly recommend you give it a go next year. Its an experience not to be missed!

    Let me just go back briefly to May though… we held our Ladies Open on 31st May and once again this was very well organised by Annie Beal. The whole day went really well despite a drizzly start. We had 112 players from 33 Clubs and the feedback about our course, the friendly welcome and the lovely buffet was very encouraging.

    One of the main highlights for me has been our Captains Charity Day, and I would like to thank everyone for the support you gave this event. John French, from Transplant Sport attended in the afternoon and was touched to see everyone there, and those of you who played in the morning probably met my Son in Law, Tim with his family, which was made possible by a successful kidney transplant 5 years ago. All in all we raised about £2500 on the day which surpassed expectation, so we are very grateful to you all.

    Another good event was the Ladies Away day, at Guildford. We had a beautiful day for it and the course and views were magnificent. A good fun, well organised day with a lovely meal..what more could anyone ask for? Well done to Esme, Barbara and Jean for winning and so will organise next years Away Day.

    In the results section you will see we are doing really well with the Friendly matches, Scratch Competition, North Hants Trophy and the Knight Cup. Last year Mandy and Di won the Gosport and Stokes Bay Centenary Trophy, and this year Di went with Sarah Densham to defend their title and guess what… they came back with the Trophy again! With 13 teams competing, Di and Sarah won with 3 points to spare… fantastic!

    I am looking forward to my Ladies Captains Day on Tuesday 10th July. I hope as many of you as possible will join me for a Stress Free Fun Day. The sign up sheet is on the Board in the Changing room. For those who are not playing golf, you are more than welcome to join us for the buffet lunch. The more the merrier!

    I hope that you all are enjoying your golf in this beautiful weather and that it continues for another couple of months!

    With very best wishes as always

    Mary

    Match Committee Report

    Club Championships

    The 2-day format with an integrated field of men and ladies used again this year, appeared to be well accepted by the majority of competitors. The total entry was similar to last year so that is also an encouraging sign. We are aware that there were a few comments over the two days about slow play. On Sunday there were five 2-balls whose times ranged from 3hrs 11mins to 3hrs 40mins, and there were twenty-four 3-balls whose times ranged from 3hrs 44mins to 4hrs 16mins with an average for the 3-ball groups of 4hrs 5mins. Timings next year may be affected by the change to the Rules of Golf in which the time allowed for searching for a ball is reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes. In addition, for next year, the Committee may consider some changes which may help to address the issue. For example, increasing the starting time interval from 8 minutes to 10 minutes, and reducing the time allowed for a round from 4 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 55 minutes. Such a change would, of course, mean that the finish could be approximately 1 hour later than this year.

    Mandy and I would like to thank all the Committee members and others who helped with the preparation of and running of the competitions over the 2 days – in particular, David Robertson, Richard Calton, David Maskery, Mary Rook (also a starter), Sandra Hooker, Clare Monkhouse, Jennifer Clelland, Peter Harwood and Malcolm Scott plus the starters Peter Spreadbury, Jean Coveyduck, Keith Monkhouse, Ian Swann, Ken Coburn and Brian Bellamy. The Greenstaff are also to be commended for the excellent condition of the course. Thanks are also due to the bar staff and to Chris and Kelly for the catering over the week-end.

    Lastly, I would like to thank all the players who entered. Everyone turned up on time and filled in their score cords correctly and legibly (mostly). Well done and thank to you all.

    Details of all the winners and results can be found the Captains’ reports and in the Results section.

    Other Competitions

    There are several competitions and events scheduled over the coming weeks. These include …

    • 2nd July – Mixed 9-hole Stableford
    • 8th July – Mrs Stratton Bates Medal (Mixed)
    • 10th July – Ladies’ Captain’s Day
    • 13th July – Pro’s Clubhouse KO (9-hole card play-off in the evening – great fun for all)
    • 14th July – Men’s Scratch Medal
    • 15th July – Husbands & Wives Foursomes (look out for sign-up sheet)
    • 16th & 23rd July – Vets Championship
    • 17th July – Ladies’ Invitation
    • 22nd July – Open ‘Pro-Am’ Medal (Mixed competition where your score is combined with one of the pro’s playing on the last day of The Open)
    • 29th July – Millennium Quaich (Mixed Betterball – look out for the sign-up sheet)

    Certainly, something for everyone!

    George Clelland

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    In Stroke play, a players ball rolls down a bank and is accidentally stopped by the player’s foot. The player removes his foot and the ball rolls a little further down the bank. The player then makes a stroke at the ball. How many penalty strokes should the player add to his score?

    R and A

    Vets Section

    Bad back.

    There are still a few places left for the Vets Invitation on the 9th August but sign up soon because they are going fast.

    Meantime the friendly season is going very well for us. We played at Bramshaw, but lost, possibly due to some confusion about the start time, our team having to go out willy nilly as soon as each player arrived. I can’t think why else we would have lost as we have been a fairly consistently successful team this season! The Bramshaw captain was kind enough to offer us a draw (as it was their mistake), but given that it was a friendly match anyway, their friendly gesture was declined, in a friendly sort of way.

    Our game against the Juniors Section was a great day of golf. Will Briggs, Junior Captain, with support from Chris Geary in the pro shop and Wynne Tufnell on our part, got a large field together – larger than I can remember for this match. The day was mild and the golf was fine. The old grand-dads won all except one match, which was won by an all girl-pairing who were simply unbeatable (according to the defeated oldies who did battle with them). All the youngsters were well behaved, sportsmanlike and a pleasure to be with. A credit to the game and their parents. What more could one ask.

    At Corhampton our esteemed club captain, Brian Wright, played his first match for the vets, finally acknowledging perhaps that he is not so young any more. Over the post-match meal he was duly “roasted” by the (very well-briefed) Corhampton captain and took it like a man. Welcome to Vets Golf, Brian. We won, by the way.

    At Royal Winchester, we won 4/2, which is a very good result at that club. The course was in fantastic condition and the main hazard was a strong wind on the way home, which is hard to play against on top of the hill there.

    Drew Fielden kindly captained the team for a win at home to Basingstoke, again a good result. We visit them later in the year.

    Thank you all for your support of the section. Unlike many clubs we don’t seem to have a problem selecting 14 players (maximum) each time but I am aware we are coming into the holiday season so do keep looking at the board and signing up where you can.

    The roll up is always well supported and my thanks go to all the bagmen who have officiated this year so far. If you have been a bagman don’t forget to put the bagman trophy competition in your diary for later in the year. Only a bagman can win it!

    Chris Thompson

    …from the Secretary

    New Members

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club starting during June / July so far; Harry Dhand, Mike Mead and Lynne Duncan – all returning from long term injury, Alistair Gray (7 day), Peter Morgan (5 day), Ann Gunn, Ann Lain and Jacqueline Sanger (Academy) and Suzie Batty (Social Extra)

    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.


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    ALL BBC & ITV MATCHES WILL BE SHOWN IN THE BAR


    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.

    JULY

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

    AUGUST

    Wednesday 1st ~ 11.00am
    Wednesday 8th ~ 11.00am
    Wednesday 15th ~ 11.00am

    Special Member Referral Offer

    Refer a new 5 or 7 day playing member and receive An EXTRA £50 credit on your bar card.

    Speak to the Secretary for more information.

    Forthcoming Events Your Diary

    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 29th July
    HUSBANDS & WIVES TROPHY
    18 holes plus meal  *** NEW DATE ***


    Sunday 19th August
    MENS INVITATION
    details coming soon.


    THURSDAY EVENING ‘ROLL UP’ GOLF

    Join us on Thursdays from 24th May, 4.30 – 6.30pm

    9 holes of social golf (play from 10th tee)

    £2 ENTRY (non Team golf squad players)

    Pre-ordred food available after golf

    Everyone welcome

    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.

    Green News

    Flaming June lived up to its reputation this year!  Record temperatures and ideal golfing conditions for the bulk of the month.  The course has held up well, although we do now have some brown patches on fairways.  Yes, this is how my July report began last year!  2 years running?

    The Club Championship weekend was also blessed by fair weather and the course looked wonderful and played tough but fair.  Copy and paste, 2 years running!  Great credit to Adam and the boys who have worked hard and effectively to bring the course up to this high standard.  As you would expect, we are now concerned about the lack of water and we are hand-watering some at risk areas.  We’ve raised heights to 3.5mm and reduced frequency of cutting. More frequent ironing to keep green speeds up. Lots of hand watering going on. Really starting to brown off now.  (Copied from the greenstaff Twitter feed which you can access from the Club website home-page).  All greens have also been spiked to aid performance.

    The FAQ section of the website has been up and running for almost a year now.  One topical example is as follows:

    Is it true that the course maintenance programme is geared towards the Club Championship and Pro-Am?

    This is a common misconception and is not true. In fact, the dates of the Club Championships and Pro-Am have largely been chosen to coincide with the time when the course is most likely to be at its peak condition. However, it is true that in the few days prior to these events the work schedule is likely to be more centred around the greens and fairways to ensure they are presented at their best for these events.

    Further to Steve’s resignation, we are now working to ensure that we have the right team in place going forward to maintain and improve the high standard of course we enjoy here at Alresford. We are giving Adam and the team every support during this difficult period. They have certainly done a great job over recent weeks!  We will concentrate on course presentation.  It is inevitable that some areas may suffer through reduced man-hours and hope for your understanding.

    We hope you all enjoy great golfing conditions during July!

    Mark Tiplady

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    The player incurs a penalty of one stroke for stopping his ball in motion (Rule 19-2) and two penalty strokes for moving his ball after it came to rest against his foot and not replacing it (Rule 18-2). Stopping his ball in motion and the failure to replace the ball after he caused his ball to move are considered unrelated acts and he incurs a total penalty of three strokes. If the player had replaced his ball where it came to rest against his foot, he would have only received one penalty stroke as accidently stopping his ball in motion & causing his ball to move were a related act. Decision 19-2/1

    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 July were:

    £100    –   Wynne Tufnell

    £50      –   Elaine Spreadbury

    £32      –   John Goodacre

    £32      –   Kathryn Fielden

    £32      –   Diana Hampton

    £32      –   Jean Coveyduck

    Congratulations to this month’s winners. The next draw will take place in the week beginning 23rd July … look for the list of winners on the Secretary’s notice board.

    100 Club Salver and Evening Meal – Friday 3rd August

    This mixed Stableford competition is open to all members of the 100 Club. There is no entry fee, and since this is primarily a social event, the competition is not a qualifying round for handicap purposes. Please arrange your own playing groups and tee-times, but remember that the evening meal will be served at 7:30pm so make sure you’ll be finished by then. On the day, you must sign-in at the Pro’s Shop before you play to register your entry to the competition and to receive your free ball for participating. There are prizes for the top 3 scores and the winner will also receive the magnificent 100 Club Salver to hold for a year.

    Men will play off the Yellow tees; and Ladies from the Red tees. To equalise the scoring, ladies will add 2 strokes to their handicaps and play from their own card. Completed cards should be put into the box in the Entrance Hall.

    All members whether they have played or not are invited to attend the evening meal during which the prize winners will be announced. The two course buffet meal with coffee will cost £17 per person and will start promptly at 7:30pm. Please add your name to the sign-up sheet which will be on the Social notice board.  Payments in advance to the office would be appreciated; cheques should be made out to Alresford Golf Club 100 Club.

    If you need a playing partner and aren’t sure of who is in the 100 Club, contact George Clelland by email: george.clelland@btinternet.com or telephone: 01962735008.

    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

    Over the weekend of 23rd and 24th of June, Alresford Golf Club held its Men’s and Ladies’ Club Championships and associated handicap competitions. On two hot days with little wind the course was presented in perfect condition with hard running fairways, fast greens and difficult rough. The Men’s Champion was Rob Kirk who defeated last year’s champion, Will Briggs in a sudden death play-off on the 18th. Both had gross scores of 151 for the 36 holes with Grant Thorne in third place, one shot behind on 152. The Ladies’ Champion for the 5th year running was Kelly Travers with a gross score of 154 for 36 holes with Lynne Cowser just one shot behind on 155 in a very tight finish which came down to the final putts on the last hole.  The winner of the Men’s handicap competition, the John Holmes Trophy, was Oliver Stuart with 129 (9 under par) resulting in a total handicap reduction of 3.7, and in the ladies’ handicap competitions the Brenda Hedges Trophy (Silver Division) was won by Lynne Cowser with a nett 139 (3 under par) and the Dorothy Coombs (Bronze Division) was won by Jan Harring with a nett 148 (6 over par). Full results below.

    Club Championships
    23rd & 24th June – Men’s Club Championship
    1st Rob Kirk80+71=151
    2nd Will Briggs79+72=151
    3rd Grant Thorne78+74=152
    Best Round 1 Score – Dave Fox73
    Best Round 2 Score – Merv Fullbrook75
    23rd & 24th June – John Holmes Trophy
    1st Oliver Stuart65+64=129 (nett)
    2nd Rob Kirk73+64=137
    3rd Rob Gates72+67=139
    4th Paul Wager67+72=139
    Best Round 1 Score – Dave Fox65 (nett)
    Best Round 2 Score – Will Briggs69
    23rd & 24th June – Ladies’ Club Championship
    1st Kelly Travers82+72=154
    2nd Lynne Cowser79+76=155
    24th & 25th June – Brenda Hedges Trophy (Silver Division)
    1st Lynne Cowser71+68=139 (nett)
    2nd Lyn Travers69+71=138
    24th & 25th June – Dorothy Coombs Trophy (Bronze Division)
    1st Jan Harring74+74-148
    2nd Kathryn Fielden77+76=153
    24th June – Best Nett Score in Championship Rnd 2
    Sarah Densham72
    Men’s & Mixed Competitions
    26th & 27th May – Jubilee Cup
    1st Mike Pigott68+69=137 (nett)
    2nd Brian Wright72+66=138
    3rd Darren Boreham68+70=138
    4th Bill Ragan70+69=139
    Lowest GrossGrant Thorne 157
    Best Round 1 ScoreAndrew Morffew 68
    Best Round 2 ScoreMark Tiplady 68
    28th May – Alresford Show Trophy
    1st Rob White40 pts
    2nd Jim White38
    3rd David Nightingale38
    3rd June – EG Medal
    1st Peter Gunn67 (nett)
    2nd Bill Ragan68
    3rd Karl Evans68
    4th June – Over 60’s Medal
    1st Peter Kennedy64 (nett)
    2nd Ron Chamberlain67
    3rd Ron Beal69
    4th Mike Clarkson70
    9th June – Laming Cup
    1st Rob Kirk64 (nett)
    2nd Mike Oliver64
    3rd Oliver Stuart65
    4th Brian Wright65
    Lowest GrossRob Kirk 71
    15th June – 9-hole Stableford
    1st Rob Kirk18 points
    16th June – Dawn Patrol
    1st Peter Gunn41 points
    2nd Darren Boreham40
    3rd Sean Yeates39
    17th June – Pailthorpe Platter
    1st Phil Armstrong42 points
    2nd Patrick Harris41
    3rd Grant Thorne40
    Men’s Representative Matches
    Gales Hockley (3rd Round)
    16th June Alresford v Camberley Heath (Home)Won
    Annodata
    17th June Alresford v Blackmoor (Away)Won
    Men’s Friendly Matches
    2nd June Alresford v Weybrook Park (Away)Won 3? - 1?
    14th June Alresford v Hants Police v HPLS
    (3-way match play – 1st Alresford; 2nd Hants Police; 3rd HPLS)
    Mixed Friendly Matches
    30th June Alresford v Hockley (H)Won
    18th June Alresford v Cowdray Park (H)Won
    Ladies’ Competitions
    29th May – Mary Anderson Trophy
    1st Kathryn McLaughlin & Rita Robinson37 points
    2nd Victoria Mackintosh & Ruth Howdle35
    2nd & 5th June – Ladies’ Centenary Salver
    1st Jan Harring71 (nett)
    2nd Carol Roe71
    3rd Angela Peel72
    9th & 12th June – Ping 4BBB
    1st Mandy Overton & Jenny Myers45 points
    2nd Jan Harring & Lyn Jones42
    3rd Gunnel Berry & Chris Hall40
    16th & 19th June Stableford
    Division 1 – Lyn Travers36 points
    Division 2 – Elaine Spreadbury35
    Division 3 – Charlotte Marsh33
    21st June – Gosport & Stokes Bay Centenary Trophy
    Winners – Di Peisley & Sarah Densham
    Ladies Matches
    Stoneham Cup
    6th June Alresford v South Winchester (Home)Won
    13th June Alresford v Boscombe (Home)Lost
    Scratch Trophy
    3rd June Alresford v Hockley (Home)Won
    Friendly Matches
    4th June Alresford v Shanklin and Sandown (Away)Won
    15th June Alresford v Basingstoke (Home)Won

    Editor: Andy Thomsen

    DISCLAIMER

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

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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.

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    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

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