The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club
Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EB Tel 01227 272020
Web site www.whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Issue no.8 Volume 3 1St August 2014
Editor Bob Ireland, 01227 638425, 07802874914,firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 25th July Elton John visited Seasalter!
The Gala Night as is usual at Seasalter was a great success, ‘though disaster could have struck when it was discovered at around 7 o’clock in the evening that Elton was sitting at home having his tea, firmly believing that Saturday 26th was his scheduled appearance before us! However after being informed that we were eagerly awaiting his arrival, he finished his egg and chips and hopped into the chopper, complete with grand piano and was in place by 8 o’clock. He was as usual fantastic, giving his all, he entertained us royally for a couple of hours, the food was very good congratulations to Tony and his staff, a really good night well done to all involved.
FROM THE OFFICE
AGM MINUTES SECRETARY.
A MEMBER PREPARED TO TAKE NOTES AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS AND PREPARE THE MINUTES AFTERWARDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SECRETARY. IF WE CANNOT GET A VOLUNTEER WE WOULD HAVE TO ADVERTISE AND PAY SOMEONE – AND PERHAPS EXTEND THIS TO INCLUDE BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS.
100 CLUB ORGANISER.
MEL BASHFORD HAS RUN THE 100 CLUB VERY SUCCESSFULLY SINCE IT STARTED, AND NOW WISHES TO HAND OVER THE REINS. THE 100 CLUB RAISES A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT FOR SPECIFIC CLUB PROJECTS ( SUCH AS THE DEFIBRILLATOR AND THE NEW CLUB BUGGY), BUT REQUIRES A DEDICATED INIVIDUAL TO RUN IT. THE MAJORITY OF THE WORK TAKES PLACE IN JANUARY AT RENEWAL TIME AND THERE IS ALSO A MONTHLY DRAW TO ORGANISE.
CLUB SECRETARY / MANAGER
WE NEED A CLUB SECRETARY TO TAKE MY PLACE WHEN I RETIRE NEXT YEAR. LITERACY AND COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE ARE ESSENTIALS, COUPLED WITH A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR AND A THICK SKIN! THE OFFICE NEEDS TO BE MANNED AT LEAST 3 MORNINGS PER WEEK AND THERE ARE VARIOUS MORNING AND EVENING MEETINGS TO ATTEND. AN HONORARIUM IS PAID AND CLUB MEMBERSHIP IS FREE.
MOST GOLF CLUBS NOW EMPLOY A (MUCH YOUNGER) CLUB MANAGER THESE DAYS, RATHER THAN A VOLUNTARY SECRETARY, AND, IF WE DO NOT GET A SUITABLE VOLUNTEER, WE MAY HAVE TO CONSIDER THIS OPTION, WITH OF COURSE THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON SUBSCRIPTIONS.
BRIAN BEST AUGUST 2014
CLUBHOUSE MOBILE PHONE
A Pay As You Go mobile phone has been provided behind the Bar – for emergency use only. The Telephone No. is :-
Would all members enter this number on their mobiles for future emergency use
Like most Golf Clubs we are always looking for new Members to replace those who move away or just get too old to play. Our average age is higher than most clubs, which has its effect on our membership.
We will therefore be advertising again this year from March onwards and our new Membership Director Richard Gremo is currently considering our advertising campaign with our President Michael Behr. If anyone has any ideas please contact either of them – they will be pleased to hear from you.
We will also be offering a £50 Incentive to existing Members who introduce new Full Playing Members to the Club. Full details will be available soon – the incentive will be by way of a discount from the next year’s subscription. There will be no limit to the number of incentives, which can be earned in any year. So introduce 10 Members for a free year!
Captain’s Day Saturday 16th August
If you haven’t entered yet there may be a few spaces left check notice board for availability
Captain’s Charity Day Saturday 23rd August
The course will be closed to non-participants at the tee times to be shown
Vouchers for sale
Club Valid Until
St. Augustine’s 28/02/15
Woodlands Manor 30/11/14
All proceeds to:
Captain’s Charity: the On Course Foundation Reg. Charity 726 7733
Providing ‘long term benefits for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans through monthly, nationwide, golf skills and employment training events’.
All offers to the President
I am STILL looking for some good photographs of the Club and course, which I can include on the Web site. If anyone has any or would like to go around with me before the weather gets too bad and get some please get in touch.
Junior Section Captain Jack Tucker, Vice Captain Marika Rapley
Ladies Section Captain Linda Bawden, Vice Captain Beryl Wingrove
Secretary Jean Hudson
The ladies section played host to the annual Jamboree match with Faversham and Chestfield this month. Unfortunately we could do no better than third with many of the other 2 teams players coming in with very high scores. Faversham were victorious, Chestfield second. On the plus side, they all said we’d put on a good day and provided a lovely tea!
Maz Garlinge played very well to win the Wren Cup with a very good score of +2 (the format is a Par competition). Jacqui Witten was second with -1 on count back from Pat Bensted. The Woodhead competition is played at the same time as this (for players with handicaps of 30 and above) and Maureen Davison won this with 28 points, one ahead of Irene Snowdon.
The stableford competition the following week was played on newly dressed greens-just to make the course even more difficult than usual! It was won by Stella Lakin with a solid 35 points. Joan Sykes was second on countback and Pat Bensted 3rd with 31.
Linda hosted a lovely Captain’s Day for the ladies section which was not at all dampened by the early morning downpour. The sun came out and the ladies were then able to enjoy a lovely mornings golf, half time snacks and a splendid lunch, all provided by Linda and her band of helpers. Debbie Murray was a worthy winner with 36 points and was delighted to drop a shot from her handicap. Holly Butler was second with 34 and Maz Garlinge and Louise Tucker 3rd and 4th respectively with 33 points. Vilma Parrett got the best front nine and Jacqui Witten the best back 9. Jean Clode won nearest the pin on the 9th, and Sue Pout straightest drive/nearest the line on the 2nd. Vice-captain Beryl thanked Linda at the end of the day on behalf of all the ladies for hosting such a lovely day.
The following week the ladies played a pairs stableford where pairings were randomly drawn after the event. The two top scoring ladies were drawn together, Holly Butler and Marie Hood both with 35 points each, making them clear winners of the pairs event. Stella Lakin and Joyce Jaynes were second with 67 and Jenny Vening and Vilma Parrett third with 62.
The Lowe trophy at the end of the month was won by Marie Hood with a net 73. Linda Bawden was second on countback from Jenny Vening both with net 75.
In team matches we secured our first win of the Summer season at home to St Augustines. Seasalter won by 3 and a half points to a half-only slightly aided by the scorching hot weather which forced two of the opposition to retire after 9 holes, thereby missing out on Tony’s lovely tea! We were not able to build on this unfortunately and followed this with a 3-1 loss at home to Faversham and 3-2 loss at home to Chestfield.
We went into the Panther Trophy mixed match against Chestfield on a run of 9 straight defeats but managed to turn the tables and beat them-hooray-is the worm turning??
The annual grandparents trophy turned out to be a survival of the fittest due to a torrential downpour in the middle of the round. The fittest and highest scoring grandparents were Mick and Sheila Wyles so they take home the trophy after carding an excellent 37 points. Jean and Ryn Hudson were second with 36.
Men’s Section Captain Andy Sargeant, Vice Captain Ted Henderson
Fresh from his “Golf Week” successes Peter Guilfoyle showed his class with another competition win in the Club’s July monthly medal. Peter’s net sixty was just good enough to sneak the number one slot from Richard Davis and Jon Whorlow on countback.
Despite the fact that this year’s prestigious Frend Cup provided the penultimate opportunity to gain points for the committee cup, none of the current committee cup favourites could add the points needed to improve their chances. In near perfect conditions it was outsider Bob Wraight who posted the winning score early on and his forty-three proved unbeatable at the finish. Barry Broadbent came close with forty points but he had to settle for second place after four dropped shots over the closing three holes. John Clarke also did well and his thirty-nine points was good enough to earn third place.
Old Salts Section Captain George Bawden, Vice Ian Wingrove
The Frank Fox Trophy began a sunny July for the Salts, with Gentleman Henry Kernighan motoring off with the silverware with a fine nett 65. David Kinnersley was just edged out with a 66 whilst John Williams came in with 68. Mike Harrison was on the same number, with Ron Fuller one off and Colin Spencer on 71.
The very handsome trophy was presented by Frank’s widow, Mrs Christine Fox . Christine was brought to the club by her son and was very pleased to renew acquaintances with the Old Salts from Frank’s era at Collingwood Road. She was presented with flowers from the Old Salts by Captain George.
At the next Thursday gathering Brian Ridley took another swig from Bawden’s Bottle when he showed the way home by three points to Dave Rigden on 40 points. Brian Daw headed the Players challenge on 38. He just shaded Gwyn Oakley on countback, who was one ahead of Henry Kernighan and Bob McCormick, now back from sunny Spain, both on 37 points. Tony Bensted and David Dale took on Captain George and Vice Ian and beat them three and two.
At a very successful Captain’s Day the sun shone, everyone put a fiver in George’s Disabled Servicemen’s Charity box and Mr Bawden’s lady Linda, helped by marvellous Moira Mayhew, showered sweets, ginger beer, carrot cake and fruit to the Salts at halfway. Clive Witten, however, was in no mood for half measures and later staggered home with two carrier bags full of victory plonk. It was noticeable that his smile seemed all the wider knowing was Jacqui away from home visiting relatives. Roy Percival and Galloping Dave Morgan were just beaten by Clive on 39 points. On the day the charity received close on £275. Evergreen Ron Fuller carried off the Over-75’s Peter Tucker Trophy with a great front nine of 22 points. Ron had started very badly with the first two holes best forgotten, but with a three at the third, three seemed to be his favourite for the remainder of his nine. An old Suez war wound slowed up Ron for the back nine. But Peter’s trophy was reward enough.
Captain George announced a trolley auction to be held after the Invitation Day on Monday August 11. But it has now been decided to raffle the brand new £100 Motocaddy push trolley. Even if you don’t yet need one, be mindful of where the proceeds are to go, namely The Disabled Servicemen’s charity. Hopefully the raffle will get a better response the charity deserves. If you are to play in the Invitation, please tell your partner to bring his wallet. Not only for your drink, but to grab a few tickets for the trolley!
As the month closed the Salts had a great five games to three home victory over North Foreland. Everyone played well but Robbie Fudge and his partner really hammered their opponents winning by more than the fabled dog’s licence, something big Rob makes a habit of these days. As for the rest, we showed that we can best our neighbours, a feat that did not go unnoticed as the visiting captain praised our efforts at the lunch served up by Tony later in the day.
The Denis Fewtrell Cup was won by the in-form Mike Harrison with a great net 64, playing off a 27 handicap. Also in form was Roy Percival who came ashore from his ocean liner and carded a net 65. That-man-again Robbie Fudge was just one away on 66 on countback. Captain George took up the challenge again with his willing helper Ian, winning three and one over young Ted Backhouse and Brian Daw in the Captain’s shootout.
As glorious July ended we travelled to Westgate for the return half of the rubber and notched three games to their five. The lost fourballs were very close and our successes included last-hole wins by David Dale and Bob McCormick and David Kinnersley and Alec Parrett. Everyone expected rain but not a drop arrived. Not so at the bar afterwards where great banter accompanied a good pint.
Midweekers Section Captain Ray Thomas, Vice Captain Bob Ireland
Secretary Peter Fox
Wed 9th July saw the Eynon Price Members medal competition. Before the results were given, we gave a toast to absent friends. Brian Jennings who I had the pleasure to play alongside on many occasions and Brian McNally who won this competition last year. As for the Captains Challenge we were paired against Toy Taunton and Ian Horton, the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid of the golf world. Sadly we lost, but I noticed a tinge of nervousness on their part so I think its only a matter of time. The main competition results, in 3rd place with 66pts was Alan Fowler, 2nd place on 65pts, Bob Davis and the winner on a magnificent 61pts David McIntyre. Only one birdie winner, the one and only Tommy Burns. Charity sweep winners Eric Rochester and Ernie West
Fri 25th July was the July Sweeps Cup. If you notice a spring in my writing, it’s because the the Captains Challenge saw us paired against Tony Love and Steve Chambers two very good golfers. Another defeat you may think, but no. a cat and mouse affair we won 2 and 1. Bob and myself played as a team should, I managed to keep my head still for a few hours. Steve handled the result well, but I’m not so sure about Tony. I am sure my cheese roll later in the day didn’t have as much cheese in them if we’d have lost. The competition results were in 3rd place on 39pts Tony Taunton, 2nd place on 40pts Mark Blackmore and the winner on 42pts John Lynch. Birdies on the 6/15 Ian Horton, Mark Blackmore, Allen Callanifor and Ges Jakimavicius. Birdies on the 4th, Chris Reeve and Mark Blackmore. Whisky winner Mark Blackmore again!. At this rate he’ll bankrupt the club. Charity sweep winners, Steve Chambers, John Fullagar and Stan Dobson
Captain Barry Broadbent, Secretary Bob Ireland
2014 Fixture List
Etchinghill away Friday 8th August 0830 hrs
A very difficult place to win against a good team with extensive local knowledge, we took 4 points off them after being ahead or all square in all games after nine holes, this left us one point ahead of Canterbury with one game each to play, both against Etchinghill!
Unfortunately the Canterbury game was at Canterbury and the predictable result was Canterbury whitewash 5-0.
This means we have to beat Etchinghill at their course 5-0 to win by one point!
Super Seventies Organiser and Captain Alec Parrett
Sadly the Supers slipped back from winning ways when they trekked to Broome Park to take on the champions who are now firmly back on top of League C and going for a hat-trick of wins.
It was a scorcher as David Dale and Alec set about bringing home some extra points to add to our already impressive total as we near the end of the playing season. From four down they shook the home pair, both playing off 15 and well worth it, to get to one behind. But two bad drives that got nowhere near their opponents’ impressive efforts and bunker flop-outs led to a dormie and a handshake on the 16th. A shame because David showed them both how to play their very difficult 18th over water to the green with a birdie four. All the other matches were tight with them all going nearly to the finish.
Four days later, and all suited up the fray, the Supers motored off to Etchinghill minus star man Tony Bensted who had to take time out after a medical moment on the course earlier in the week. He has recovered well and has returned to competitive golf, which is great cos we need him. New import Kit Ryan joined the ranks to test the imposing slopes. Unexpectantly, he found an electricity pylon in the middle of a fairway on the back nine, and his and Alec’s power eventually faded. Our one success came from last-minute man Ian Wingrove, partnered by evergreen Tony Taunton. Their four points is very welcome.
Our positions in the League at End July: Broome Park 86 points; North Foreland, our visitors at Collingwood Road as we go to press, 73; Canterbury 59; Etchinghill 56; Whitstable 47; Chestfield 40.
After the home game on Tuesday, we next play away at Foreland on September 4 and in the last game of the season in League C, home to Etchinghill. If you can, be there! Watch the noticeboard and get your name down. This year we have had a better response, which is good because we need ten players and a couple of reserves for every match
Fundraising 100 Club
This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £30, £20 and £10. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. There are plenty of spare numbers so get buying!
What’s on for the next two months?
Friday 1st 1200hrs Ladies v Westgate
Saturday 2nd am Medal
Saturday 2nd pm Club v Westgate (home)
Sunday 3rd all day President’s Prize 36 holes
Monday 4th am Old Salts v Walmer and Kingsdown
Tuesday 5th am Ladies Competition
Tuesday 5th 1300hrs Super Seventies v North Foreland (home)
Thursday 7th pm Past Captains Trophy
Friday 8th 0830hrs Kent Vets v Etchinghill (away)
Friday 8th 1300hrs Junior’s stableford
Friday 8th am Old Salts 7 Club Shield at Chestfield
Sunday 10th am Captain’s Swindle
Monday 11th am Old Salts Invitation Day
Tuesday 12th 0830hrs Ladies President’s Day
Wednesday 13th am Midweekers T Backhouse Rosebowl Medal
Thursday 14th am Old Salts Senior’s Cup Medal
Friday 15th 1030hrs Ladies v The Ridge (away)
Saturday 16th all day Captain’s Day and Centenary Bowl
Sunday 17th am Captain’s Swindle
Tuesday 19th am Ladies Medal
Thursday 21st am Old Salts Dave Gould Trophy Medal
Friday 22nd am Midweekers A Sait August Shield Stableford
Saturday 23rd all day Captain’s Charity Day
Sunday 24th am Texas Scramble
Monday 25th 1230hrs RNLI Mixed Greensomes
Tuesday 26th am Ladies Texas Scramble
Wednesday 27th am Old Salts v St. Augustines Kay Shield
Friday 29th 1130hrs Ladies Invitation Day
Saturday 30th 1300hrs Esworthy Rose Bowl
Sunday 31st am Monthly Medal
Monday 1st am Old Salts v Faversham (home)
Tuesday 2nd am Ladies Autumn Meeting
Thursday 4th pm Super Seventies v North Foreland (away)
Friday 5th am Midweekers Autumn Match/Captain’s Day
1200hrs Ladies V Sheerness (home)
Saturday 6th am Qualifying Medal, spare day for KO finals
Sunday 7th am Finals Day – Captain’s Prize, rest of club KO’s
am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 9th all day Ladies Autumn Meeting
Wednesday 10th Midweekers C Wren September Cup
Saturday 13th pm Seasalter v Chestfield President’s Teams (away)
1300hrs Juniors Ford Five club Stableford Genesis Cup
Sunday 14th am Monthly Medal
pm Mixed Jamboree at North Foreland
Monday 15th Course Maintenance Greens and Tees all week
Wednesday 17th am Midweekers and Ladies Frolic at Leeds Castle GC
Sunday 21st am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 23rd am Ladies Competition
1300hrs Super Seventies v Etchinghill
Wednesday 24th am Old Salts v Sheerness
Friday 26th am Midweekers H Burnett Tandoori Cup Stableford
Saturday 27th 1315hrs Mixed match v Westgate
Sunday 28th am Drawn Fourball Betterball Stableford
Monday 29th am Old Salts Past Captains
Tuesday 30th am Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes
Ebb and Flow (letters section)
The Editor would appreciate your comments or suggestions of ways to improve the club, magazine, web site, social activities, or anything else that comes to mind! Get writing – it’s your club say what you want!
If you have any specific questions about the course please direct them to the Course Director Malcolm Kent or use the suggestion book.
Flotsam and Jetsam
Here are a few thoughts you may enjoy!
Experience enables you to recognize a mistake every time you repeat it.
To write with a broken pencil is pointless.
Profanity is the effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcefully.
America is one of the few places you can say what you speak without thinking.
Unless you have never been tempted, don’t pass judgment on someone who has yielded.
Don’t mistake activity for achievement.
It’s a great pity the right of free speech isn’t based on the obligation to say something sensible.
You can’t make anything idiot proof because idiots are so ingenious. ~ Ron Burns
Many would be scantily clad if clothed in their humility.
It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human.~ Will Rogers
Some folks get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory
If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “quit while you’re ahead?”
If silence is golden, not many people can be arrested for hoarding.
Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong.
You can never make your dreams come true by oversleeping.
Never have a battle of wits with an unarmed man
Pride is the only poison that is good for you when swallowed.
An egotist is a person who thinks that if they had not been born people would have asked why not.
The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.
Never argue with a fool – people may not notice the difference
A three fold comp this time first person with all three answers will win the £20 voucher from Steve
The measurement of time
That can’t be found on a clock
But can be looked upon on a map
Who am I?
I am a normal creature, but I have five hands. I can even have more but even then I will be considered normal.
Who am I?
This type of puzzle is known as charade. What you have to do is find two words that are referred to in the first stanza and the second stanza and put them together to form the third word in the third stanza.
Just for an example, if my first refers to ‘off’ and my second refers to ‘ice’, then my whole will be office.
My first is present – future’s past –
A time in which your lot is cast.
My second is my first of space
Defining people’s present place.
My whole describes a lack of site –
A place without length, breadth, or height.
Any contributions of any type will be considered, puzzles, stories, history,
Anecdotes, your chance to get your stuff in print!
If you have any unwanted clubs or equipment sell them through this Publication or the Web Site and donate 10% to the Captains Charity! Send the details to my e-mail email@example.com , by post or place the details on the notice board marked for my attention.
Callaway Big Bertha Heaven Wood 1H
14 degree loft with Big Bertha Uniflex steel shaft.
Good condition with Benross head over.
Tel. 01227 262278
Cobra Ladies offset driver, 3 wood and 5 wood, £60 the lot
Contact Ernie or Di West 01227 266581
Some from Eric Bean
Loco 10 degree £10.00
Ocean 10.5 degree £10.00
Hippo plus 10 degree £10.00
wood Wilson 25 degree £10.00
Hybrid Onyx 18 degree £10.00
Full set of clubs and bag £50.00
Lob Wedge Condor 60 degree £ 5.00
3 assorted putters £ 3.00 each
Hill Billy electric trolley battery and charger £50.00
Eric Bean 01227 740190
Donnay Golfshoes size 7 *NEW* £10
Donnay golf bag £10
Golf Bag £10
Stubart golf shoes size 7 £10
All the above contact Derrick Richardson 01227 361194
John Wegner is having a clear out see below
Titleist Cart Back with hood all zips working £40.00
King Cobra offset 12 degree with head cover £45.00
Callaway Driver FT9 10 degree with head cover £30.00
Yonex 5 wood with head cover £20.00
Yonex 3 wood with head cover £20.00
Yonex Driver 9 degree wioth head cover £25.00
Odessey 2 ball £25.00
Mitusushiba nc £15.00
Golden Bear centre shaft £10.00
Odessey Rossie 11 £ 5.00
Tel 01227 261007
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