Whitstable Tidings Issue 6 2014

The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club
Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EB Tel 01227 272020
e-mail secretary@whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Web site www.whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Issue no.6 Volume 3 1St June 2014

Editor Bob Ireland, 01227 638425, 07802874914,robert.ireland@gmail.com



The Board have decided to purchase a second hand re-conditioned electric buggy for hire to both members and visitors at reasonable rates, It is the standard type of buggy used on most golf courses taking two players and their clubs.
It will also be available for course emergencies and routine course inspections.


A Pay As You Go mobile phone has been provided behind the Bar – for emergency use only. The Telephone No. is :-

0778 4498061

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!

Greens Committee Report

Greens Committee Meeting Notes
9am WEDNESDAY 14th May 2014.

Present; Malcolm Kent, Steve Suttle, Brian Best
(Copy to Captain)
Apologies; John Rosser. Seth Divine, Seth not in attendance as work load high.
Matters arising;
The 5th Hole “out of bounds” to the left is called “temporary” in the Tidings. This is not the case and is permanent for the foreseeable future.
The borehole is still pending due to backlog of work.
The clearing of the debris to the left of the 8th fairway will now have to be concluded in the autumn. The majority of the “rubbish” has been cleared.
Ongoing Work
Divoting the tees and fairways is a high priority at the moment to allow the seed to germinate.
A question was raised regarding a path to the left of the 8th green for trolleys and the buggy. There are no plans to allow trolley and buggy traffic to the left of the 8th green The grass has improved a great deal and that recovery is not to be jeopardised.
The toughening of the course has led to higher scores. Many clubs ask players to play a provisional if they feel their ball has gone into the rough. This should be encouraged, especially during a competition.
On the 3rd and 5th fairway where the larger areas have been repaired with divot mix, free drop. Not divot repair areas.
The Agronomist’s report was fully discussed and the greens staff must be congratulated on an excellent report. There are some interesting ideas for the future when money is available to improve the playing and aesthetic look to the course. The full 12 page report is available in the office.

The buggy is only to be used by members. It must not be driven in the rough, approaches or close to greens. Please keep to the fairways and semi rough. A notice will be prepared for users.

Next meeting to be arranged July/August time unless needed before.

Forthcoming Events

Future Secretary

We are looking for a secretary to take over when Brian Best retires, so all those who know how to run the club (and there are plenty of those!) are welcome to put their names forward. I should point out that this is not an immediate position change, it’s just that Brian will want to retire his position at some time in the future and a new secretary will be needed to take over then.
Vouchers for sale

Club Valid Until

Ashford 31/12/14
Bearsted 31/12/14
Broome Park 31/12/14
Canterbury 06/03/15
Chart Hills 01/04/15
Chestfield 31/12/14
Faversham 30/06/15
Gillingham 31/03/15
Langley Park 01/04/15
Mid Kent 01/03/15
North Foreland 31/03/15
Sene Valley 20/03/15
Sheerness 20/03/15
St. Augustine’s (2) 01/12/14 & 28/02/15
Walmer & Kingsdown N/A
West Kent 28/02/15
Westgate 20/03/15
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
01227 274775

I am 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.

The Old Salts Captain George Bawden Vice Captain and
Secretary Ian Wingrove

Junior Section Captain Jack Tucker, Vice Captain Marika Rapley
May 3rd thankfully turned out to be a beautiful day weatherwise, thankfully because it was Junior Captain’s Day and Jack and his family had put a lot of work into making it a success. There were so many prizes on display it must have been very difficult not to get at least one.
Players went out from 10 am onwards with, as far as possible, a junior, a lady and a man. There were lots of goodies for half way round and a scrummy tea (kindly sponsored by our generous President). John had set out a sort of crazy golf putting competition which was very efficiently run throughout the day by Jack’s sister Millie.
Some of the younger juniors went out for five holes in the afternoon safely chaperoned by Stevie Rumball and Brian Abel.
Prize giving was a joyous affair with –
Juniors Winner Mia Waddingham
Second Oscar Girling
Third Ben Rutherford (guest)
Longest Drive Oscar
Nearest Pin Mia
Putting Comp. Jack

Ladies Winner Holly Butler
Second Joyce Jaynes
Third Fran Price
Longest Drive Mel
Nearest Pin Penny Kinnersley
Putting Comp Louise

Men Winner Tony Love
Second Ted Henderson
Third Kerry Murray (guest)
Longest Drive Jack Dale
Nearest Pin David Kinnersley
Putting Comp Ted Henderson
Luck Dip
Ryan Daniels-Hubble – signed Gillingham football
Vilma Parrett – Motocaddy trolley
Our two up and coming golfers who played five holes. each received a new baseball/golf cap.

It will be a hard act to follow next year but there is no doubt that Marijke (junior vice Captain) will come up trumps and we all look forward to another great day in the SGC calendar.

Ladies Section Captain Linda Bawden, Vice Captain Beryl Wingrove
Secretary Jean Hudson
Ladies Section-May 2014

The Four Ball Better Ball at the start of the month was won by Holly Butler and Penny Perkins with a very respectable 39 points. Pat Bensted and Fran Price were only point behind and Jackie Witten and Beryl Wingrove were third with 32.

The annual Medal Winners competition was played on a very windy Spring day. It was Penny Perkins who was victorious-fittingly as her mother donated the trophy-with a net 71. Jackie Witten was 2 shots behind her and Holly Butler a further 2 behind Jackie.

The Spring meeting was played in relatively benign conditions-warm, dry and not too breezy. Holly continued her run of good form to win the morning medal with a net 72, from Debbie Murray (net 73) and Molly Furlong and Pat Bensted (both net 74). Linda Bawden had the best front nine, Jean Hudson the best back nine.

Ten energetic pairs re-emerged in the afternoon for a 4 Ball Better Ball competition. Holly and Penny continued their dominance of this format, winning with 20 points. Beryl Wingrove and Fran Price were second with 14 points on countback from Linda Bawden and Jackie Witten.

Holly managed to do the morning and afternoon double despite having 3 stitches in her hand resulting from a cut with a kitchen knife 2 days earlier. Proof of how dangerous cooking really is!

The medal competition the following week was won by Sally Lawson (net 72), with Wendy Green, Helen Foad and Cath Whithead all 4 shots behind on net 76. The ever-increasing rough and tougher course conditions seem to be resulting in most of the ladies section struggling to play to their handicaps.

The mixed greensomes at the beginning of the month saw a good turnout as always. Penny and David Kinnersley were overall winners with a solid 39 points. Mary King with Jack Dale and Holly Butler with Howard Gordon were both only a point behind. Jackie and Clive Witten had the best front nine and Penny Perkins and Rodney Wood the best back nine.

In the next round of the Tappin Trophy we were drawn away at North Foreland and were unlucky to lose 2-1. We’ve also been unsuccessful in the recent mixed matches, coming second at Westgate in hurricane force winds and losing comprehensively at home to Sheerness.

The ladies 9 hole qualifying White Elephant was won by Mari Hood and she was presented with the trophy by the Lady Captain. This was followed by tea and cakes made by our “super” cooking expert, Mary Calthrop. Many thanks went to her for supplying yummy cakes as always.

The end of May bank holiday greensomes was played in drizzly rain and was won by Mary King and Jack Dale with a magnificent 41 points. Second place went to Bob Ireland and Sue Pout with 37 points and David and Penny Kinnersley came in third place with 36 point, beating Ryn and Jean Hudson on count back. There were several birdies and thanks went to Mary Calthrop for supplying Twix and Mars bars.

The Tuesday Texas scramble was unfortunately cancelled due to the heavy rain. It was still raining when the ladies arrived to play but coffee was on hand and the ladies had a good chat.

Golf week will soon be upon us so hopefully the weather will be kind and lots of golf played. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the Wednesday evening for ‘ladies in the kitchen’.

Men’s Section Captain Andy Sargeant, Vice Captain Ted Henderson

Midweekers Section Captain Ray Thomas, Vice Captain Bob Ireland
Secretary Peter Fox
Wednesday 7th May was the Midweekers Invitation Day, always a joyous occasion and one of the year’s competitions I always look forward to. I didn’t think the Midweekers had many friends and my first thoughts were that all these strangers had come from an escort agency, but was assured that they really were their friends. The weather was very kind for us and everyone really enjoyed the day, with smiles all round as it should be. Many thanks for Tony Love and his crew for a lovely midday meal. As for the morning pairs Stapleford competition, in 3rd place with combined scores were Martin Newton and Steve Suttle with 63pts. 2nd with 66pts were, Roy Keohane and Mick Hollister and the worthy winners with a superb 72pts, Peter Shearing and Kevin Walters. Nearest the pin on the 4th was Chris James, on the 15th was Paul Bowman. Longest drive was won by John Shepherd. The afternoon 9 hole Texas Scramble, in 2nd place with 28.25pts were Don Crawford, Stewart Byhurst, Robin George and Robert George. The winners on 28pts were Ernie West, Terry Morris, Di West and Chris James.
Wed 14th May saw the Dennis Fewtrell May Madness Shield
Lets get the bad news out of the way first, myself and my partner who played superbly, John Wegner, lost to Tony(Cool Hand Luke)Taunton and Ian Horton, no matter how much we tried to psyche them out it made no difference to their cocoon like mentality on the course. Sulking after the match I tried to get Tony to undergo a drugs test, but was told we didn’t have the facilities. They played really well and ended up worthy winners. The competition itself, in 3rd place with net 66 was Roy Lee, 2nd with 63 Tony Taunton and the winner on 61, new kid on the block David McIntyre. Birdie winners were Tony Taunton (I’m fed up keep writing his name)and Tony Love. Charity winners were Di West, Frank Sheldon and Peter Shearing.
Nice to see Jane back behind the bar.
Ray Thomas

Veteran’s Section
Captain Barry Broadbent, Secretary Bob Ireland

2014 Fixture List

Tudor Park home Monday 2nd June 0900 hrs
Broome Park away Tuesday 24th June 0830 hrs
(Now subject to change as it conflicts with Ladies Jamboree)
Broome Park home Friday 11th July 0900 hrs
Chestfield home Friday 18th July 0900 hrs
Tudor Park away Tuesday 22nd July 0830 hrs
Etchinghill away Friday 8th August 0830 hrs

This list will be posted in the Clubhouse so please indicate your availability to play to avoid disappointment!

Match Report
We won 3 and a half to 1 and a half after a well fought contest, great lunch and craic afterwards.
Away at Chestfield is always a struggle and we were short of fully fit players but we still achieved a 3 and a half to 1 and a half loss – almost a victory there!

Super Seventies Organiser and Captain Alec Parrett
Fundraising 100 Club
This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £30, £20 and £15. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. There are plenty of spare numbers so get buying!


1st £30.00
2nd £20.00
3rd £10.00

What’s on for the next two months?


Sunday 1st am Monthly Medal
Monday 2nd 0900hrs Kent Vets v Tudor Park (home)
Tuesday 3rd am Ladies Tim Pullen Trophy
Wednesday 4th am Midweekers P Hadlow June Cup Medal
Thursday 5th 1300hrs Kent Captains GC Hamstaw Trophy
Friday 6th 1200hrs Ladies v Sheerness (home)
Saturday 7th to Friday 13th Golf Week
Friday 13th pm Golf week prize giving
Monday 16th Old Salts v Chestfield (home)
Tuesday 17th am Ladies Medal
Friday 20th 1200hrs Ladies v North Foreland (home)
Friday 20th pm Super Seventies v Chestfield (away)
Saturday 21st 1300hrs Juniors Seath Cup
Sunday 22nd All Day Canterbury Cup
Monday 23rd am Old Salts V St Augustines (home)
Tuesday 24th am Ladies Competition
Tuesday 24th 1300hrsSuper Seventies v Canterbury (home)
Tuesday 24th 0830hrs Kent Vets v Broome Park (away)
Thursday 26th am Old Salts Hugh Ridley Trophy Medal
Friday 27th am Midweekers D King June Trophy Stapbeford
Saturday 28th pm Directors Cup
Sunday 29th am Geo Fitt Bowl Seasalter
Sunday 29th am Billmeir Plate Chestfield
Monday 30th 1030 Ladies Jamboree

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


The winner of last month’s competition was Mike Behr who solved the puzzle.
The answer was A fool and his money are soon parted. (Unlikely in Mike’s case)
I understand that this was considered easy BUT that was the first one and this one may not be so easy
This month’s comp is to find the answer to the following question.

The well known quote below is encoded with a simple exchange system where each letter is replaced by another letter or number but beware the number value increases by one each time the letter it is replacing is used. Also so as to not make it too easy I have grouped the words in 5 character groups. Good luck, a £20 bar voucher awaits the first person to tell Steve the answer!


Peopl ewhol ivein glass house sshou ldntt hrows tones
V8lvo 9sclo gy10kn iot12 clm31 145clt oqnzz cjps6 zpn127

Have fun!


Poetry Corner

Any contributions of any type will be considered, puzzles, stories, history,
Anecdotes, your chance to get your stuff in print!

A topical tale
While walking down the street one day a “Member of Parliament” is tragically hit by a truck and dies.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
’Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter. ‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’
’No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.
’Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’
’Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the MP.
’I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises….

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
’Now it’s time to visit heaven.’
So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
’Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.’
The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.
The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
’I don’t understand,’ stammers the MP. ‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?’
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, “Yesterday, we were campaigning.. … 
Today, you voted.”


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 robert.ireland@gmail.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.
£ 30
Peter Steigmann
Tel. 01227 262278
e-mail. steigmann@btinternet.com

Ladies Clubs
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
Offset £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

Hill Billy Terrain electric trolley with battery. £75
Linda Bawden. Tel no. 503905

Please let me know when these items have gone and I will delete them.