Abbeydale Golf Club

Captain's Corner 2018

Captain's newsletter - November

Summer eventually came to an end with a beautiful autumn - more above average temperatures and fine weather to close the season. Supper club matches continued apace with a success rate of around 50 % - not what is expected from the Captain and Pro but an opportunuty to meet and play with more members whilst raising some cash. A similar situation arose with the Captains team matches with some difficulty in raising a team. This was discussed at the Inter - Club Challenge (held at Lees Hall) - other captains also experienced difficulty in getting volunteers. Holding one or two joint team team events may prove more popular - one for the future I think. Also discussions with my counterpart Martin Loxley at the Hallamshire (see photo!) about the Captain / Pro Challenge (or Supper Club) is run on very different lines, with far fewer matches played. One for the future captains to consider.

The League team continued their run with a creditable result representing Yorkshire in the England Club Championship (held very conveniently at Huddersfield Golf club). The team had excellent support, finishing mid table 11th with heads held high. Three rounds in the 70's was no mean achievement on a windy afternoon.

The original date for the Captain's charity am am (Sunday 16th August) was proving to be unpopular with very few teams entering. The decision to postpone it until Sunday 21st October was taken - which slightly worried me about the weather, daylight, catering - you name it. I decided not to play, but be a facilitator (general dogsbody) and the whole event worked brilliantly. I really have to thank Teresa Loxley (Mrs), Lady Captain and the generous people who donated so gladly their time,their cakes and some superb raffle prizes. Tom was a star in the pro shop and the catering staff really pulled out the stops - a great day for everyone.

It was very nice to have my Captain's year in 2018 - a Ryder Cup home year. And the Europeans showed the Americans that hitting it straight is more important than hitting it long. Pronouncing the Paris Nationale course 'unplayable' was a limp excuse. Picking 'golden oldies' was an early indication that the Americans were nervous. The brilliant performances of our young players shows that we have the base for the next two matches, with more young pro's knocking at the door.

 This is probably my last Captain's newsletter with the 2019 newsletters traditionally written by the new Captain. I am sure that John will put in a stellar performance as 2019 Captain and he has been a very supportive vice. I am enjoying my time as Captain, making some new friends at the club, with a gentle introduction to mixed golf. This could prove to be useful as Mrs Loxley had joined the club in the Ladies New to Golf section. Best Wishes to all.

 Lady Captain's Newsletter October

It is with great sadness I report the passing of Pat Smith a long standing Honorary member of the Ladies Section. She was a very active and valued member of the Ladies Section for many years. We send our deepest sympathy to her family.

October began with Orange Day – my fund raising Competition for Alzheimer’s research UK. A Florida scramble, the winners were Judy Morris, Janet Jones Judy Hill and Pam Little. With your fees and the purchase of my Orange buns- the total raised was £235, thank you all for your generosity. The winner of  Best dressed in orange player was Sylvia Runciman who had the most amazing orange false eyelashes – see pictures of the month – in which she played the whole round! Well done Sylvia.

The Bessie Lax Trophy was won by Joan and Michael Hatch, thanks to Margaret Bedford for organising a very enjoyable day.

7 pairs of Ladies had a very enjoyable friendly match with Beauchief Golf Club; thanks to Ann Riley and her Ladies for their hospitality. It was a close result, just in favour of Beauchief. We look forward to a return at Abbeydale next year.

Abbeydale hosted a dinner for the 5 clubs in the Evening League on 9th May. 36 Ladies had a lovely meal, and thanks go to Angela Lord for organising. There was no result this year as the competition is now over 2 years, so that each team has a home and away match.

 The October Medal was won in Div 1 by Sally Colver 74, runner up Cathy Riley 74. Div 2 winner Carmel Campbell 79, runner up Deborah Haig 79.

17th October was the Autumn Meeting competition. A medal competition in 3 divisions, the overall lowest net score winning the Presidents prize and the Morfey cup is presented for player with the lowest putts for the round.  Helen McClure, Div 3, won the Presidents Prize with a round of 70, which was presented by President Richard Fry in a very snazzy red jacket. (See pictures of the month) Many thanks to RIchard .The winner of Div 1 was Karen Jenkins with 78, Div 2 was Louise Gower with 75. And Div 3 was Deborah Haig with 74. Karen Jenkins won the Morfey Cup. I was away, so my thanks go to Jill Harrison who took over the running of the competition. 

  13th October saw the past captains Lunch, and nomination of the Lady Vice Captain for 2019. I would like to congratulate Jane Morris, I am delighted for her, and she will be a great captain in 2020.

 The Daily Mail Foursomes qualifier was won again by Karen Jenkins and Julie Scott. Having qualified for this year, they won all their rounds until the last round before the finals, when they lost on the 19th hole! One more round next year. Good luck girls. 

I must give my apologies to Liz Frost and Nikki Bishop as I omitted to report their wins at the Scarborough Golf Week. Liz won the Ladies Individual competition with Nikki in third place in a field of over 100. Well done girls.  

The Fashion Show by Retail therapy attracted 80 ladies, members and friends. Big thanks go to Holly Kent and her models, Holly generously donated £100.00 from her sales after the show to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The raffle raised a wonderful £250, my thanks to all the ladies.

October Pictures of the month

November Events

Saturday 10th November is the Abbeydale End of Season Party featuring Dave Perkins, tribute swing singer, performing songs by Robbie Williams, Michael Buble and Gary Barlow. Several members have highly recommended him, having seen him perform.  Hot buffet from 7.00pm, Dave Perkins will sing from 8.30. Bar til 12.00, £20.00 per person. Please get your tickets by 4th November - they are selling fast.

 The Ladies AGM is Wednesday 14th November at 5.30 followed by supper. There are still 2 vacancies for General Committee members. If you want to be involved with the Ladies Section, or have new ideas for change. Please sign up by 4th November before nominations close. Support Jill Harrison.             Your  Lady Captain for 2019 –                                                          Katie Bruce  Lady Captain

Lady Captain's newsletter September

 A busy month, September has flown by. The September Medal was won - Div 1: Jane Oliver 72, Runner up Sue Meggitt – 77. Div 2: Deborah Haig 74 runner up Kath Henry 76.

 The September monthly Stableford was won – Div 1 – Julie Scott, Div 2- Ann Robinson and Div 3 -Alison Wakeley

 Medal finals were held on 26th September. Winner Div 1: Maxine Todd 76, runner up Jane Oliver 77,        Div 2: Winner Lorraine Simmonite 69, runner up Louise Mardapitta 79.       The 18 hole stableford for non medal finalists was won by Alison Wakeley with 39 points.           Well done to all winners.

 The Yorkshire Ladies Weekend League semi finals and finals were held at Scarthingwell this month, and our team of Captain, Deborah Haig, Jane Oliver and Nikki Bishop played brilliantly. Angela Lord and I went to support our gallant team. The semi finals teed off at 9.30 and our team won their semi final 3 – 0 against Skidby Lakes. In the Final the girls were one all and only narrowly lost on the 18th green of the 3rd match against Richmond. Well done girls, a tremendous achievement. See pictures of the month.

My Exchange Day at Cookridge Hall Golf Club was held on a beautiful, sunny, warm day. The course was in excellent condition and we were looked after very well by the Cookridge Hall staff and a good time was had by all. Pictures of the winners attached. Thank you to all the ladies for my lovely gift of a PING! Polo shirt. Hoping for an Indian summer to keep wearing it!

On the social side, I attended the Fine Dining Evening with 60 or so members and guests. The food was wonderful, every course of soup, potted shrimp, beef, plum tart and cheese was beautifully cooked and presented.  Well done to the chefs- a great night.

The Ladies Dining in Evening: 40 ladies had a delicious meal followed by a hilarious talk by David Bell of Eyam on 17th century medicine and MUCH more! We laughed till we cried! If you get the opportunity to hear him speak –take it. Apparently the equivalent of ‘viagra’ in the 17th century was to eat monkey nuts and 2 raw bulbs of garlic a day with for several days! He assured us it worked. 

Upcoming events- Charity Florida ‘Orange’ Scramble on Wed 3rd Oct to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. Expect to see a lot of ladies dressed in orange around the course at Abbeydale.

Wednesday 24th   October is a fashion show by ‘Retail Therapy’ of Twentywell Lane, and   ‘For the Love of Bags’ handbags. Clothes and handbags will be available for purchase or order on the night. Also for sale will be Charity Christmas Cards from the Alzheimer Charity Range, along with wrapping paper, gift bags bows etc.  Please get your ticket over the bar or from me. Tickets £5 which includes a glass of Prosecco - or soft drink – all proceeds will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. There will also be a raffle – any items for the raffle would be very gratefully received.

Next month also sees the End of Season Competition - where did the season go? I will not be able to be there as my husband has booked our holiday for the year that week -we are island hopping and whale watching in the Azores. So I leave you in the very capable hands of Vice Captain Jill Harrison, who has kindly agreed to take charge.

Pictures of the month September

Happy golfing   Katie Bruce

Lady Captain's newsletter August

The month began with Ladies Invitation Day on  August 1st– the weather was kind and the event was won by Kaye Hampsey and her guests Frankie Organ,  Margot Stuart –Harris and Ann Riddick. See pictures of the month. My thanks to Margaret Normington for organising the day, and the helpers on the registration desk and Phil Newton for entering the scores.

The August monthly medal Div 1 was won by Maxine Todd with a net 70, runner up Karen Jenkins net 73, Div 2 was won by Lorraine Simmonite, net 70 and runner up Ann Robinson, net 71.

The Townsend Victory Bowl Final was won by Karen Jenkins with a brilliant net  63, runner up Katie Bruce net 67 (my best ever net score around Abbeydale –great to do it my Lady Captains year! KB)   The Stableford for those not in the final was won by Tracy Sempers with 39 points.

Other successes this month were a hole in one by Pauline Galbraith on the 15TH and eagles for Margaret Nomington with a 2 on the 5th and Barbara Siddall with a 3 on the 13th. Well done to everyone.

August 15th was Lady Vice Captain’s Day and LVC Jill Harrison put on a fantastic day for us. It had an Austrian theme, Jill was suitably dressed for the event – see pics of the month. We played a ‘’Viennese’’ Waltz Competition with shotgun start. There were quiz questions on each tee all related to Austria. Play was followed by an excellent Austrian Themed afternoon tea – Chef Lee researched Austrian food – which was delicious and  finished off, of course, with ‘apfelstrudel’. There was  very enthusiastic  singing of ‘Edelweiss’ and’ Climb Every Mountain too’!   Thanks to Jill for a great day .

My Newsletter last month said to watch out for the Yorkshire Interclub Matches Team results  -which were excellent. The Scratch Team , newly promoted to Div 1 last year ,finished a magnificent  5th in the league of 24 with 10 points from a possible 12 from their 6 matches. The teams of seven players won 28.0 of their possible 42 individual wins. The A Team had 8 points from their six matches  and 23.5 individual wins, finishing  in the top third of the 102 teams. The B team finished tenth in a league of 87 with 10 points from a possible 12 and 26.5 individual wins. Well done to all those who played.

The Weekend  League however have surpassed even these results – they have finished  in the top 4 teams in their league and so qualify  for the semi finals and  (we hope ) Final. They had 11 points from their 6 matches  and – for their team of 3 players – 11.5 individual wins. Congratulations to them.  The finals will be held on Sunday 9th September at Scarthingwell golf club, near Tadcaster.  The semi finals teeing off at 9.00 am. All supporters will be welcome.

The Pimms, Pints , Putters and Pizza evening was a great success, wonderful to see lots of families with younger children  taking part and having a fun time. Winners were Lady Member Nikki Bishop and her ‘non golfing’ husband –  Andrew with the putter!

Date for your Diary - Thursday 20th September is the Ladies Dining In Evening with highly entertaining  speaker David Bell , there are still spaces available – please book at the bar . He is well worth coming to see. If you have not seen the details see attached poster in pics of the month .

Katie  Bruce Lady Captain

Pictures of the month for August .

Captain's Newsletter - July & August

What an incredible summer we are having. No umbrellas needed in the Supper Club matches from early April until 13th August - unprecedented! Sadly for me my form is poor and I'm not supporting the Pro's in the matches - not the the challengers mind in the least! Still we battle on until early October before the final reckoning.

July is the busiest month so far (only 2 days completely free) and what a month it was. England put up a very creditable performance in the World Cup, but they were overshadowed by the heroics of the Abbeydale scratch team who won the Division 2 Team Championship. This remarkable win gained the team entry to the Division 1 Team Championship - which they then won convincingly. This unprecedented double win in unlikely to ever be repeated. Congratulations and thanks to the team players and the manager John Longbottom. We look forward to the English Club Championship team finals at Fixby September 22nd and 23rd. This hopefully makes the bitter pill of relegatiion to division 3 a bit easier to swallow.

Ther was a lot of golf competitions and visiting parties during July and the feedback that I had was very positive, from the quality of the golf course and also from the catering and bar service. Lady Captain's day and President's Day were fully booked and generously hosted, again with positive feedback from the majority of participants.  The Summer Party was a slightly new venture for the club but it proved to be a resounding success, and hopefully we can host functions of a similar format and maximise the use of our club house facilities that are being improved all the time.

The hot summer has damaged some areas of the course, and there is a distinct autumnal feel now when on the course. We do need some rain - hopefully at night when we are not playing!

 Martin Loxley

 Lady Captain's Newsletter July  

Pictures of the month for July 

 A glorious month for sunshine -and an extremely successful one for 4 of our lady members who all got holes in one this month. Well done to Louise Gower, Janie Manuel, Louise Mardapitta and Lorna Waddle. Well done girls. See pictures of the month.

 Wednesday 4th July, Lady Captain’s Day was a re-enactment of the American War of Independence! Half the teams playing for USA and half for UK. The combined Stableford scores to determine the victors – as before it was USA! But it was very close. The top 5 best individual team scores won prizes, with Sally Boot, Lorraine Simmonite, Louise Gower  and Sue Howard in first place.

 Duggan Bogey Competition on 18th July was won by Tracy Sempers. The July medal was won in Div 1 – Maxine Todd runner up Jackie Kent and Div 2 Leigh Rendall and runner up Ann Robinson.

Several Ladies Teams and mixed Teams entered the Presidents Day competition which was opened up to all members by President Richard Fry. The Ladies Section are delighted that as President of the club, Richard included us as Lady Members in the full competition. Several Ladies and Mixed Teams were well up the results sheet.  A great day and a fun format – 40 scores – made you think!

 The Sunday Individual  Stableford  completed its fourth and final round this month. It has been well supported and enjoyed. Thanks to all who entered. The overall winners were – first place Alex Mardapittas and in second place – Louise Gower – well done .

 The Yorkshire Interclub Matches are now complete, but we are still waiting for the final results sheet from Yorkshire. However it looks like all the Teams have done very well: watch out for the results in next month’s newsletter.

 On the social side, the Captain’s and President’s Day Party with Queen Tribute band ‘Magic Queen’ was indeed magic. A lovely warm evening allowing us to sit outside, and a terrific performance by the band.

 Dates for your diary – August 15th, Jill Harrison’s Lady Vice Captain’s Day will be a Viennese Waltz followed by an Austrian Afternoon Tea. Saturday 18th August is Putter, Pizza, Pimms and Pints evening – play a few holes and bring non golfers/ non handicap friends or family to putt.

 Friday 24th August is Drive and Dine with a Moroccan Theme. Monday 27th August is the Bank Holiday Cup Mixed Competition .Wednesday 29th is a Ladies fun competition – a 4 ball 40 scores competition – we enjoyed it so much on President’s Day – we are having another one! Signing  up for all these  will be on BRS.

 Thursday  20th September is a Ladies Dining in evening, with speaker David Bell. David lives in Eyam, and gives a hilarious talk on the Plague – yes really! – and the outrageous medicines used in the 1700’s . He brings lots of props and is rated one of the funniest speakers in the region. Details on cost and booking arrangements will follow shortly.

 Happy Golfing

 Katie Bruce

 Lady Captain’s Newsletter June

June came through with the weather and wall to wall sunshine! Umbrellas still up – but for sunshades this time! It was a busy month for Yorkshire Ladies Team Matches – results so far are looking good for all teams, Scratch, A,  B and Weekend League . Well done girls.
Captain Martin Loxley, myself and Vice Captains, John Snape and Jill Harrison - were delighted to enter a team in the St Luke’s Charity Day at Abbeydale as ‘Captain and Vices’ - (or should it have been Captains with Vices!) St Luke’s Charity Day been held at Abbeydale for 20 years and is booked again for next year. We had a great day, with a lovely meal afterwards, and even came in the prizes!
Martin and I also played Home and Away against Chesterfield in the Friendly Interclub Mixed matches.

Monday 11th June was our Ladies Open Day, thanks to all Ladies who provided cakes, savouries and fruit for the Half Way House., and those Ladies who manned the Registration Desk. Thanks also to the Gentlemen who acted as starters – especially Terry Giles, who had just taken over when the heavens opened and it poured with rain! Luckily it soon stopped and the rest of the day was fine.
 A big thank you also goes to Richard Fry, who entered all the Ladies teams on the computer, having checked their Handicaps and then entered all the scores. He was with us from 8.00am to 8.00pm and did a great job. 
The day was very successful, with lots of compliments about the condition of the course.

Results this month –Medal winners – Div 1 Maxine Todd, runner up Sally boot, Div 2 Nikki Bishop, runner up Ann Robinson.  Sue Sargent won the Irene Deby trophy and Helen Till the Dorothy Wharton Trophy. Barbara Siddall won the Centenary Plate with a fantastic round of 67.
Congratulations to you all.

Looking forward to July, please keep your fingers crossed for the lovely weather to stay through July,  Lady Captain’s Day is on July 4th  with an America Versus UK theme.  July 14th is the joint Presidents and Captains Day Party, with Queen Tribute Band, followed on July 21st the Presidents Day Competition. The Ladies would like to thank President of the Club - Richard Fry for making this an all inclusive competition, allowing Ladies to play in the main competition. Several Ladies Teams are entered.

August 1st is Ladies Invitation Day and we will be providing cakes, savouries and fruit at the half way house, so please if you could contribute, please sign up on the notice in the Ladies Locker Room. Thank you.

Happy Golfing
Katie Bruce

Captain's Newsletter - June 2018

After the slow start the season has really caught fire, with matches and dinners coming along as fast as I can manage. Supper club is the main challenge, and as I write we have played 20 out of 48 scheduled. There are a few late additions so if you are on the waititng list we will try to arrange the date. Captain's Challenge matches have started with losses against Chesterfield, Sickleholm and Hallamshire - clearly we pave plenty of room for improvement!

The mixed events got off to a poor start with the Easter comp rained off. Since then the weather has been excellent, even if this is not reflected in our scores. Mixed invitation Day was enjoyable, playing with my good friend Alison Martin (even if we were well out of the prizes). Supporting the league team gives us hackers a glimpse of what good players can do - and it is a very different game to that of the average golfer. Still, we must try to play to our handicaps and keep chipping away at it.

A new event for this year is an inter - club Captain's Challlenge match, to be played at Lees Hall on Sunday 19th August. 6 teams of 12 (including Captain and Pro) will play a shotgun start (2pm) followed by a dinner. Details are yet to be finalised but I will post it on the notice board and by e-mail when the organiser contacts me.

My Captain's Day was a great success, with excellent weather and plenty of food and drink for all. Feedback has been very complementary and I would like to thank Teresa, Janet and Tracey for keeping the food and drink coming. The 15 to 1 challenge proved to be a great success, with initial concerns that hitting a 2 foot circle on the 10th green was too difficult. Ralph Clark backed himself for £5, playing at the very end of the field and nearly holed in 1! I pulled out his £75 prize money but he declined to take it and put it back in the charity bucket. An honourable gesture - Much appreciated Ralph. The total money raised on the day for Alzheimer's Research UK was £759 - and thank you to all who contributed so generously.

Lady Captain's Newsletter - May

Pictures of the month for May

Hurray – the weather in May has been kind! Lots of sun and warm days enabling plenty of golf.  

May 3rd- The month got off to a hilarious start with a talk by the very entertaining Janet Stain to 60 Ladies on ‘Unmentionable Foundations’ – a history of the corset! She brought boxes of samples of historic undergarments – some of which looked more like torture items, intended to get a lady’s waist down to 18 inches! The talk was preceded by a lovely dinner – thanks go to the chefs.

 May 4th – the Captains’ Charity Horse Race Night – It was very well attended and raised a whopping £4327.   Our grateful thanks go to Frank Parker for heading up the Organising Committee and all his team. Thanks to all those who sponsored races and bought horses and jockeys, and of course those who came on the night and placed their bets!

May 6th I played with Mr Captain in an Interclub mixed match at Hallowes, which was an honourable draw!

 May 7th Teemarker Trophy and dinner– the Ladies took on the Men in a better ball pairs competition – and although several matches went to the last few holes, the Ladies won by 7 matches to 3 –Well played girls. There is always next year guys!

MAY 9TH.  May medal - Silver division Winner Margaret Normington Runner Up Cathy Riley, Bronze Div Winner Nicky Bishop, Runner up Louise Mardapitta –

 May 10th Abbeydale AGM.  Congratulations to Angela Lord, who was voted onto the AGC Board.

 Sunday May 13th . Mixed Invitation day,  lovely weather and many thanks to Jane Morris and her team for an expertly run day. The winners were Angela and David Bradley and their guests .

May23rd    Millennium Trophy, won by Lorraine Simmonite . May 30th Evelyn Sermin  Trophy won by Louise Gower.

May 24th A performance by Abbeydale member Geoff Barnsley’s group ‘Vigilante’. Great night -fantastic musicians – coming for a return performance later in the year not to be missed!

May 25th –sadly the weather intervened for Drive and Dine – the Drive was cancelled due to rain and fog, but the Dine went ahead with a delicious Mexican meal. Next Drive and Dine is Friday 29th June – the meal will have an Italian theme.

May 28th Spring Bank Holiday Mixed however was played on a glorious, hot sunny day. It was won by Gordon and Lorraine Simmonite with 49 points! 2nd Carmel and Alex Campbell,3rd  Barbara Siddall and Malcolm Janes. Thanks to Margaret Bedford for organising the day and the chefs for a lovely carvery.

 Team matches are now underway. The A and B Teams have each won their first match. So a good start.  If you have signed up to play, please look out for the Team selection notices and tick to confirm your availability to play.

Future Events : Ladies Open Day on 8th June, anyone able to provide a cake, some fruit or a savoury  (eg sausage rolls ) for the Half Way House I would be very grateful – please sign up on the notice in the locker room, or let me know. Also anyone able to give a raffle prize for the Alzheimer Research UK Raffle on the day would be gratefully received. Thank you.

Lady Captain’s Day is July 4th .Please sign up for the draw – a 4 ball AMAM. There will be a meal in the evening, the menu is up in the locker room, please sign up and choose your meal over the bar.

Happy Golfing                                Katie Bruce

Lady Captain's Newsletter - April

 Pictures of the month for April

For 4 months in a row – I can report that snow disrupted some golf – is this a record? Easter Monday 2nd April was a winter wonderland so the Easter Monday  Mixed competition was cancelled, as was the Lady Captain vs Lady Vice Captain AMAM on 4th April. There is a ‘spare’ Wednesday later in the year reserved for replaying of any rained off medals or trophies –IF (!) no more competitions are cancelled, we will use that Wednesday to  play the LC VS LVC.                                                               

April 3rd was the fashion show of golf wear hosted by Rohnisch and the Pro’s shop. Four of our members were models, and the Pro shop Team were also dressed for the occasion! (See pictures of the month) Rohnisch donated several raffle prizes to add to the raffle and it raised £135.00 for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Thanks to all.                                                                                                              

April 11th. The April Medal was cancelled due to heavy overnight rain, followed by thick fog which persisted during the day. However around 40 ladies came to the lunch provided by Tricia Booth, for her 80th birthday, as I reported last month. We skyped her and sang happy birthday. Thanks Tricia, it was lovely.                                                                                                                                                                              

The same day saw a glimpse into what is hopefully the future of the Ladies Section. The EGU Initiative “Girls Golf Rocks” offers funding and help for Clubs across the country to coach junior girls.  Tom Perry and Gareth Davies applied for Abbeydale and we are delighted to say they were successful, the only club in South Yorkshire. Well done guys. The picture of the month shows over 30 girls and parents, on that wet and very foggy day, walking up to the practice ground with the Pros for the first introductory session. Thanks also to Maxine Todd and Cathy Riley who have agreed to be Ambassadors and help during the sessions. Since this first day over 30 girls have attended for follow up sessions. The Future!                                                                                                         

 This month also saw the first Individual Sunday Stableford. A single competition open to all 6 and 7 day members, ladies, gentlemen and juniors. The competition was full, and the winner was David Saxby, (40 points) and Lorraine Simmonite was the highest scoring lady player. The next rounds are 29th April and 20th May.                                                                                                                                            

Sunday 22nd April was the NUTS mixed better ball competition. Initiated some years ago by Hazel Goddard, she came with her daughter to the meal afterwards to present the prizes. Winners were Barbara Siddall and Malcolm Janes,  46 points and runners up were David and Angela Bradley 43 points. Hazel came at a very sad time following the death earlier in the week of her beloved husband Jack. We send our sympathy to her and her family. The funeral is at Hutcliffe Wood Road Crematorium on Saturday 12th May at 11.15.                                                                                                                                                       

April 25th Monthly medal. Silver Division winner  Sally Colver. Bronze Division Winner Louise Mardapitta.                                                                                                                                                           

April 27th The Drive and Dine was cancelled due to rain – but the French themed dinner was held. It was a lovely meal of Chicken Chasseur and Beef Bourguignon followed by Tarte Tatin. The next Drive and Dine is Friday 25th May, now open for booking. The theme for the meal is Mexican. ( Ideal for bandits?)The Bank Holiday mixed pairs better ball is Monday 28th May, sign up on BRS .Carvery to follow.  Teemarker Trophy is Monday 7th May -Captain’s Team vs the Lady Captain’s Team. There are still spaces for the Mixed Invitation Day Sunday May 13th.

Social events imminent – Ladies Dining in evening on Thursday 3rd May, Janet Stain talking on Unmentionable Foundations – the history of the corset, and the Captains Charity Horse Race night – Friday 4th May  - tickets available at the bar - £12.00 including a meal.

Happy Golfing     Katie Bruce

Captain's Newsletter - March

The weather has been so poor that even the newsletter has been postponed (and we are now in April). If you were lucky enough to play just before the snow and the deluge you would agree that the course was in excellent condition for the time of year, with some changes that I feel are well considered and will improve the course further and improve playability. As it is, we are currently fogged off and comps are being postponed. It is a bit of a worry that supper club matches might be similarly affected and I am anxious to avoid any postponements with the diary already full. We may have to play in less than ideal conditions but I'm sure it will all pan out in the end.

The social events are proving to be successful, both in enjoyment and in fundraising. Lady Captain has listed the recent events below and the generosty of our members and their guests has been remarkable.The murder mystery was a hoot and has raised just under £400. A special thanks is due to Jay (Jack) Dorling (Dorkin) for the generous donation of £600 raised on his birthday golf classic. The next key date is the 4th of May for the race night and the organising committee have been working hard to sell the remaining horses and jockeys to ensure maximum fund raising. Again the weather is keeping people away from the club so the selling has been a bit slow - please call in and look at the notice board which has instructions on how to fritter away your money!

The team sheets for Captain's Matches have been on the Captain's notice board for a couple of weeks and have attracted quite a few signatures. Please support these events and put your name down for a pleasant afternoon of summer golf and dinner.

The Captain's Away Day is in the last stages of planning. It will be on Wednesday 18th July and will be held at Malton and Norton Golf club, which has three loops of 9 holes with relatively flat walking. Details will be put on the notice board and circulated by email as soon as finalised. Numbers will be capped at 48 (which will include the Captain and at least one professional).

Fingers crossed for some decent weather,


Lady Captain's Newsletter March

More snow!  The Winter Par Competition was cancelled, but the St Patricks Day Irish Jig Competition on went ahead, with lots of interesting costumes – see photos of the month, and attracted 13 teams. In our team, Jane Morris and Lorraine Simmonite were instrumental in our winning first prize, beating Sally Boot, Barbara Siddall and Jane Edwards on the back 9!

 Unfortunately snow intervened again and our Start of Season AMAM had to be cancelled, but the March Medal was held on 28th March, congratulations to Cathy Riley who won the 1st Division with a fantastic 72!, runner up Sally Colver 77. 2nd division winner K Bruce 77,runner up Sue Sargent 79 .

 Recent CONGU Changes in Handicaps means the Committee had to change the handicap limits and rules for some Competitions, particularly the Bagshaw Trophy. The ‘Green Book ‘of competition rules will be open at the Competition of the Day every Wednesday. Please check before you play.

 I played in the ‘ Jack Dorkin Birthday Bash ‘– an annual event organised by Jay Dorling, a great day which raises money for the Captains’ charity. The one Ladies team of myself, Barbara Siddall, Cathy Riley and Jane Edwards came third out of 12 teams. The day raised a very generous £600.00 for Alzheimer’s Research .Thank you Jay and all those who donated their winnings

 Wednesday April 11th is Tricia Booth’s 80th Birthday, She has very kindly arranged for sandwiches, scones, tea, coffee and Prosecco for after Golf from 1.00pm – so please come into the club house and join in the party. All the more generous as Tricia will be still in Florida partying! Thanks Tricia.

 Please sign up in the foyer for the NUTS mixed Pairs Competition on Sunday 22nd April, followed by a carvery. Sign up too for the new Sunday Stableford on Sunday 15th April from April 1st on BRS. A mixed tee competition, open to 5 and 6 day Gentlemen, Ladies and juniors, competing in the same competition. See notice boards for more information.

 A big thank you to Christine from Blooms flower shop for a very entertaining talk on flower arranging for 48 ladies .Thanks also to the ladies who bought raffle tickets which raised £205. The total raised was £245.00

 I was at the Jazz night this month which was a great night. The Trad Jazz really got your feet tapping. I can definitely recommend it– next one Tuesday 19th June.

 84 people attended the Murder Mystery night which was a great success . I had a wonderful time as a suspect, putting ‘red herrings’ into the stories, but it wasn’t me! Richard Riley won the champagne for the best solution to the murder. Thanks to everyone who came.

 Forth coming events are - Ladies Dining in night - Thursday 3rd May. A social event, including 2 course dinner and entertainment. Janet  Stain , a very  amusing speaker, will talk on Unmentionable Foundations – a history of  the corset!  £16.00 including meal, gratuities and entertainment. Please book your place and chose your menu over the bar. All Ladies, playing and social members welcome.

 -Horse Race Night – the Captain’s charity night on Friday 4th May. Please buy your tickets - £12.50 over the bar, this includes supper.  Horses and jockeys are available to buy – see the notices in the Lounge bar. £5 will buy you a horse or a jockey – if the horse wins the race, the owner of the horse and the jockey will each win a bottle of champagne. All money will go to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Photos of the month of March

 Happy Easter to all! Katie Bruce

Lady Captains Newsletter February

The weather in February has not been any kinder than in January – in fact probably worse! But as the pictures of the month show – it hasn’t put off everyone. Well done girls!

  12th Feb. Thanks to Richard Gregory for an excellent Rules Morning. There were a couple of centimetres of lying snow, but 29 ladies still managed to get to Abbeydale – some of them on foot! It was worth the effort as we all learned a lot. Richard had intended to go out on the course for some practical demonstrations – but that was postponed until another session when the weather improves.

 Feb 14th Thank you to all the Ladies – and Gentlemen – who bought Valentines Buns to take home to a ‘special someone’ – which raised £40.

 February 15th was the Alzheimer’s Awareness talk by Claire Priestwood,  Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s UK in Yorkshire & the North East. It was a very informative and sensitive talk, and afterwards we could try out virtual reality sets to experience some of the effects of Alzheimer’s.

 Sunday 18th Feb was the first Drive and Dine of the year, a fun Texas Scramble. The Carvery afterwards was voted delicious by all. The beef was lovely!       Thanks to the organisers Barbara and Leigh . Next one is March 25th – sign up now.

Feb 26th was the Charity Bridge Day. More snow but 76 of the 80 players booked in arrived to play. Thanks to all the staff who helped arrange furniture on Sunday and put it all back on Monday, and worked very hard to make the whole day run very smoothly. One gentleman player, who stood up to thank the organisers, said it was the best bridge lunch he had eaten! Thanks go to chefs Lee and Simon. Thanks also to Libby Ireland, Jill Harrison and Jane Morris for help on the day and of course to Mavis Sellars, without whom this totally non-bridge playing person would have been completely lost! The total raised was £735.00.

 Next Month    St Patrick’s Day competition is Wednesday 14th March and will be an Irish Jig – (like a waltz but 3-2-1 not 1-2-3 – it is Irish!) Sign up in 3’s on BRS from 28th. Wear green please! There will be prizes for winning team and runners up and best outfit.

 The start of season AMAM will be on us in 3 weeks –March 21st - subject to snow –please sign up for the draw and afternoon tea. Then we are up and running for the season.

 2nd April sign up for the Easter Monday Mixed on BRS (either from 1st or 6th ) from March 5th. Meal  afterwards.

  Upcoming events - the Murder Mystery on March 24th. Please get your tickets at the bar - £18.00. Prizes for the aspiring ‘’Miss Marple’’ or ‘’Sherlock Holmes’’ who can guess the culprit and motive!

 Tuesday  April 3rd  Pro’s Shop Fashion Show 7.00pm Ladies and gentlemen’s golf clothing (with male models!) No charge – but there will be a raffle on the night. RIchard has kindly offered to donate an item. Other prizes too!

 The ‘Beast from the East’ threatens to spoil the start of March with more snow, – let’s hope it soon blows over. Happy golfing.                Katie              

Captain's First Newsletter january

January 1st seems like ages ago - but snowdrops are up and we are fast approaching the beginning of the season. I have almost recovered from the trauma of the drive in - but seriously I really enjoyed it, especially the kind words of support that I received from many of the members. There is still lots of planning to do - I am beginning to appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes, in committees, from home, to keep the club on track. I am getting guidance and encouragement from these kind people, and of course from the lady Captain.

The Alzheimer's Research UK awareness evening on the 15th February was a success, with 37 attendees listening to a presentation from the Regional Fundraising Manager (Claire Priestwood). A 1 hour talk with Q&A was given, with lots of literature left for us to read and distribute and some virtual reality devices that gave you a small experience of how dementia can affect you. Thank you to all who attended, and for kicking off the campaign with some donations. 

Please also note forthcoming dates for events - 24th March for the murder / mystery night and the premier fundraising event Race Night which is the 4th of May.

Another key date is the Supper Club signing on night which is Tuesday 27th February starting at 7:00pm prompt. I look forward to seeing many challengers there!

Best Wishes,
Martin Loxley

Lady Captain’s January Newsletter

Where did January go! – A month gone already – lots of meetings – but even more rain, limiting the golf , but let’s hope the rain will come now and give us a dry golf season. I am grateful to Richard Gregory for agreeing to give us a Rules Talk on Monday 12th February 10.00am , please come along.

 My first task as Lady Captain was a very pleasurable one, to pin the Lady Vice Captain’s badge on Jill Harrison and welcome her to the’ team’. I know Jill will give all she can to the coming year, and be a great Captain in 2019. I also welcomed our new Committee members, Leigh Rendall and Helen Till. I was also delighted to present  Angela Lord with her Past Captain’s badge, which was very well earned after a great year in 2017.

Our joint Charity, which Martin Loxley and I announced on January 1st   -   ‘Alzheimer’s Research UK  -  The Power to Defeat Dementia’      is a  very worthy charity, and some of their representatives are coming to give an ’Alzheimer’s Awareness’ talk on Thursday 15thFebruary at 7.00pm. They will give an insight of the disease, its diagnosis and  current treatments and research happening now. You can try out a Programme on a Virtual Reality Headset and also Computer Games which all give information to help in research. It is free to attend, and I hope as many of you as possible can attend. Nibbles provided!

There will be some fundraising during the year – often in the form of Raffles. If anyone has a raffle prize to donate I would be very grateful to receive them.

 Several new social events have been organised for the coming year. I added the list of social events to the yellow fixtures card, which will be out next Wednesday 31st January. The Burns Night Dinner was a sell out and great night, pictures attached!. My first event is the Charity Bridge Day on February 26th. Thank you to all who have sold tickets and volunteered to help on the day, and especially to Mavis Sellars, without whose help and advice, I would not have any idea how to run a Bridge Drive!

 Thursday 15th March is an Easter  flower arranging demonstration by Christine of Blooms, Abbey Lane, focussing on Easter decorations. Items to enhance your flowers – bunnies, chicks etc will be on sale, as well as other flower arranging paraphernalia. Cost is £2.50 which includes tea and homemade cake. There will be a raffle of the flower arrangement and other prizes. Order Lunch for afterwards to make a day of it if you like! Tickets on sale soon. 

Advance notice of the Captains’ Charity ‘Murder Mystery Night’ - one like you have never attended before – including the Captains’ acting ‘skills’. A two course meal will be served between ‘Acts’.  Saturday 24th March - £18.00 per ticket. More details very soon.

Tuesday 3rd April at 7pm Richard Gregory  is having  golf  wear fashion show , with our own models .

There will be a ’Ladies Dining In Evening’ on Thursday May 3rd at 7.00pm.  – a 2 Course Meal with tea/coffee and a speaker, Janet Stain, a very entertaining lady who specialises in talks on underwear through the ages, with samples!  Her subject for our events is ’ Unmentionable Foundations! ‘ £15.50 ticket.

Friday May 4th is the Horse Race Night –tickets £ 12.00 with a light meal –, always a great fun night. 

 Here’s hoping that the 5 Clubs and a Putter Competition on February 14th will be rain free!  The signup sheets for the  Scratch,  A and B Teams will be put up on that day, please sign up.

Kind Regards to you All


Burns Night January 27th 2018. A few photos from a fabulous evening:

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