October 2016 Members Newsletter
It’s now more important than ever to book for food in the evening, as the doors will be closed if the bar is empty and no one is booked in.
Fri 7th ladies past captains dinner
Sat 8th private party restaurant closed
Thurs 13th seniors end of year dinner as well as a ladies match and a society – restaurant closed
Fri 14th County dinner in Carmarthen
Sat 15th kitchen closed in the evening
This year’s Club Dinner is at the Cliff Hotel on Friday 18th November. There will be a presentation to the winners of the major competitions but just as important will be having a good time and celebrating Pat and Lil’s 25 years at our Club. There will be drinks and photographs on entry, dinner, presentation and then a chance to strut your stuff at a disco afterwards.
19:00 for 19:30, Dinner Jackets or lounge suits. Cost is £22:50 per head, paid to Pat at the bar earlier rather than later please. There is a meal menu in the clubhouse lobby, please indicate your preferences in the columns below your name (A,B or C) (this keeps the cost down).
The Cliff hotel is giving a 10% reduction in room rates for us. If you book in; the spa is available to you in the afternoon and the following morning.
Finals Day – Saturday September 3rd
The weather put paid to finals day, but all the matches have been played:
Mens Championship Rich Emanuel bt Dyfed Jones
Junior Championship – scratch Dafydd Morgan bt Marni Copeland
Junior Championship – net Bleddyn Morgan bt Stephen Varney
Ned Williams Cup James Pegg bt John Kemsley
Seniors Cup Peter Ward bt Ken Snelgrove
Stephen Hughes Bowl Adrian Varney/Nicola Ward bt Rob Clark/Meinir Jones
Norman Griffiths Cup Hedd Adams-Lewis/James Trigg bt Craig Thompson/Paul Miles
Next quiz is on Fri 21st October at 7.45 for 8pm. Quiz master Lyndsay Morgan and questions set by the one and only Muriel.
Mixed Open – Saturday 17th September.
Excellent day was had by all, full results are available on the web site.
The Super 6 finals day was held at Carmarthen Golf Club on Sunday 4th September 2016. The team performed very well, needing an extra hole in the semi-final to beat Milford Haven but then losing 3.5 to 2.5 against a very strong Ashburnham side.
The DGU Presentation evening is on Friday 14th October. There is a minibus trip for both the golf and evening dinner, when our very own Dyfed Jones will receive the County Championship trophy. Full details in the clubhouse.
Autumn maintenance is well underway. The greens have been completed and work will now start on the tees and fairways. Make sure you read the notice board by the Pro Shop, there will still be some hole closures whilst the work is carried out – this remains the quickest way to complete the work and get all the course back in play. Thank you for the help given to the greens staff so far, keep it up.
Winter rules are in play for the moment, until the course recovers, this will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Seniors – Geoff Snape
The season is coming to a close and from 14th October a new Captain, Trevor Boyce, will have been installed. Our end of season Dinner and competition takes place on Thursday 13th and for the first time the regular Tuesday & Thursday Seniors will be playing for the John Foley Trophy, kindly donated by Andy Rodda.
The Captain’s final away day is the 6th October at Aberdovey and we will then know the aggregate winner of the Tony Simpkin Trophy.
We played 3 matches in September losing the first two against Borth & Newport but won the final game versus Milford, a thanks to all Seniors who supported the Thursday Team.
Another new Trophy will be decided in October, that being the winner of the Monthly Stableford competitions. Tuesday & Thursday meets have continued to be popular and hopefully the weather will be kind so that they can continue through the Winter with similar numbers.
I would like to thank the Seniors for their support during an enjoyable twelve months as Captain and wish Trevor an enjoyable and successful role as our new Captain.
Ladies – by Rhian Hives
32 ladies entered the Qualifying GUW Medal Agg11 on Tuesday 6th Sept, coming 1st was Barbara Demidowicz with 96-25c = 71, 2nd Nicola Ward 84-11c=73 and 3rd Julia Thomas 99-24c=75.
Tuesday 13th only 17 entered this years Bogey Cup with 1st to Gloria Parsons +3
2nd Nicola Ward +2 and 3rd Nicola Edwardes +1.
Due to uncertain circumstances the Ladies enjoyed a Swindle in the last 2 weeks,
Congratulations to our 2016 knock -out competition winners
Ladies Champion Gloria Parsons
Ladies Foursomes Gloria Parsons & Margaret Wright
Vivian Williams Cup Barbara Demidowicz
Reg Lewis Trophy Pamela Perry
Selected mens and ladies clothing – 25%off !!
Garmin Approach S5 was £279 now only £225 save over £50. Last one in stock.
Pace of Play – by Lyndsay Morgan, Club Captain
Are you a slow player in the eyes of others? I bet the vast majority will say no; but I guarantee that many of you are!
I have used the term “pace of play” quite deliberately rather than slow play for two reasons: The first is “slow play” has very different meanings to different people and the second, because the R&A recently published a pamphlet that has the phrase as its title. It is true to say that the time taken to play golf is a big issue and one that needs to be resolved if we are to keep the game healthy, keep our membership as well as introduce new people to the game.
With many people of different skill levels all playing on the same course, there are bound to be issues but that is not to say that the better golfer is necessarily the speedier one or that taking more or less strokes per round are excuses to play slowly. For many people, myself included, golf is a sport that needs my full attention and I tend not to talk much on the course (a lot of swearing though). For many others it is also a time to catch up with friends, discuss issues etc whilst they are playing. Both are OK but sometimes, when one impinges on the other it can cause problems.
Awareness and consideration of the people playing with you, in front of you and behind you is paramount at all times. Also; It’s not ok to be round the course in 4 hours when everyone else is round in 3 and a half. If you are out with friends at a quiet time of the day, then it doesn’t matter how long you take for a round but in a competition or when the course is busy; then all of us have an obligation to others on the course.
Essentially, your pace of play should not impact the play of others; letting a group play through can also impact that groups players so that in itself is not always an ideal solution: keeping up with the group in front not ahead of the group behind is the key.
What can we do to increase our pace of play? A good pace of play can improve your game, standing around cools the muscles and stiffens the limbs; a brisk pace keeps you loose.
Ready golf – is about being prepared to play your shot when it is safe to do so. Except in match play (where it is a rule) the furthest away usually plays first, but in stroke play that need not be the case; if you are ready and it’s safe to play then do so; the slower player will very soon be noticeable. If you are on the green start lining up your putt as you get there so you are ready to putt when it’s your turn. The R & A reckon that if each player in a four ball takes 5 seconds less to take each shot; that is a 25 minute saving on a round.
- Conversation should not get in the way of a shot.
- All of the group watch all of the shots; easier/quicker to find a ball in rough.
- Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost or out of bounds.
- Go to your own ball and not move as a pack to each ball in turn, unless it is unsafe to do so.
- If playing stableford, then once you cannot score, pick it up and think about the next tee shot.
- When approaching a green, place your bags, trolleys or buggies at the point you will leave for the next tee.
- Do not mark score cards on the green, go to the next tee and if it is your honour and its safe to play, take the shot then mark the card.
- Play ready golf.
Most importantly think about how your golf is affecting others.
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