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.9 Volume 3 1St September 2014
Editor Bob Ireland, 01227 638425, 07802874914,firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain’s Day 16th August
Well done to Captain Andy for providing a great day for all who participated, the weather was good, the food excellent, the company terrific, the entertainer bizarre, but overall a huge success. 4 players from the On Course Foundation turned up and played. What an inspiration those guys were, two were double leg amputees, one had one leg missing and a tattoo on his remaining leg, saying “One foot in the grave” with an arrow pointing to his missing leg, the fourth had severe problems with the nerves in his damaged leg and had to use a buggy, but for all their disabilities they played a good standard of golf and mixed in with the members after the golf, indeed they stayed well past the time they were due to go and two actually asked if they could join the club a social members as they enjoyed themselves so much. A fitting tribute to the club and its membership I think.
Captain’s Charity Day 23rd August
This was the day reserved for the Captain’s Charity-The On Course Foundation – which is for injured ex servicemen and rehabilitates them by playing golf. As you will have read earlier 4 members played last week as they were unavailable to attend on this day. The day went off really well, we had good weather, an 18 hole Stableford was played in the morning followed by a light lunch, the afternoon Texas Scramble was followed by a barbeque cooked by Tony love and enjoyed by all. There then followed prize giving and an auction. The day raised a staggering £1220 which again is a testimony to the generosity of our members and friends.
FROM THE OFFICE
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED 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.
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!
Greens Committee Meeting Notes
10.30am Tuesday 5th August 2014.
Present; Malcolm Kent, Steve Suttle, Brian Best, John Rosser
(Copy to Captain)
Apologies;. Seth Divine, Seth not in attendance as work load high. It is hoped that Seth will attend all future greens meetings.
It was noted that some trees/shrubs had been trimmed near the 6th around the beach huts and the cuttings thrown onto the course. These were thrown back to their rightful owners.
It was note that damage to an external sewage pipe on 171 Island Wall could have been caused by a golf ball.
The borehole is still pending due to backlog of work.
The clearing of the debris to the left of the 8th fairway will continue in/after maintenance week 15th-19th September
2 Dead trees on the 5th to be removed.
It is hoped further drainage work and the installation of the new bunker on the 6th will start either in maintenance week or shortly after. We are awaiting a quote for the drainage work.
Repair of the 3rd and 5th fairways will continue.
The oil damage on the 5th green will be repaired later in the year to avoid the dry periods.
The course was re-assessed and re-measured by the Kent Golf Union, as is the case with all courses in Kent over the next few years, and we await their report.
Next meeting, 7th October at 10.30am.
Race Night date is 19th September 2014.
Once again you can enjoy the thrill of the races not only Horses but at huge expense we will have Dogs as well! Prepare yourselves for a fantastic night food will be fish and chips as before.
Wine and Wisdom 1st November 2014.
Another chance to show your ignorance, as our genial quizmaster will tax your knowledge with several rounds of fascinating questions to be answered without recourse to electronic aids!
Public exposure and humiliation will befall those caught on the phone!
Food and wine will be provided at each table the entry form will soon appear in the clubhouse, do not delay in selecting your team and table!
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
The juniors have been out in force over the last weeks, it being summer holidays and all, and are getting better and better, watching them is a mixture of pleasure and pain – are they really playing the same game I am?
In July we had the Maflin Trophy which was won by the very up and coming James Green who also had his handicap cut – quite right too! Many thanks to Sue Maflin for providing such a good day, as ever.
August saw the Captain’s Day competition, unfortunately a lot of the juniors were away with family on holiday but, nevertheless, the Junior Section was ably won by Mia Waddingham and for her efforts she won a pair of golf shoes, second was our Ryan Daniels Hubble and he received a golf shirt. Many thanks to Andy for his generosity and encouragement.
August 30th was the day of the Esworthy Rosebowl, always a highlight of the Junior Calendar. We had 7 pairs turn out for this junior and adult greensomes stableford. All the youngsters were laid back and confident – the adults petrified! However, the camaraderie was great. The results were unbelievably close with four pairs finishing with the winning score of 37 pts. After a count back the triumphant pair, with a back nine of 22, were Oscar Bensted and grandfather Fred Alexander. Well done them. There was a nine hole competition (same format) for the younger juniors and we had three pairs for that. The results were even closer with 12 pts each pair, what are the chances of that happening again. Janet Henley was with us all afternoon providing sweets for the children to take with them, squash to encourage them along after nine holes, a very welcome tea of sandwiches and chips and, of course, to present her mother’s cup. Thank you Janet they all had a great time, just hope they don’t think that’s the norm after every competition.
September sees the juniors back at school but Monday evening practice sessions will continue as long as the light holds, with Zara coming along to give group lessons.
Next competition will be the Ford Five Club on Saturday 13th September at 1pm.
Next Sunday, Finals Day, will see captain Jack Tucker and his very good friend (except on Sunday) James Green do battle for the Richard Gremo Knock Out Cup. Should be a very close final. Good luck to them both.
Ladies Section Captain Linda Bawden, Vice Captain Beryl Wingrove
Secretary Jean Hudson
August has as always been a very busy month, starting in warm sunshine, and ending in warm rain!
A Charity Stableford was played on the first Tuesday of the month which Joan Sykes won with an impressive 38 points. Shirley Rosser was second with 37 and Captain Linda Bawden third with 35. Joan and Shirley were also rewarded with handicap cuts as a result of their good play!
The Past Captain’s Trophy was hotly contested, Jackie Witten playing very well to amass 38 points and walk away with the trophy and a drop in her handicap. Pat Bensted was a point behind and finished second, and also took the best front nine prize. Margaret Barker won best back nine. Front and back nine prizes were given and presented by Janet Drewett. 7 more non-playing Past Captain’s also came for the tea and it was lovely to see so many old faces back at the Club.
36 ladies took part in President’s Day, battling against both a tricky course and a ferocious wind. Pat Bensted took the prize with 34 points, one ahead of Holly Butler, with Fran Price third on 31 points. Holly also won the Nearest the Pin competition for her tee shot on the 6th. The ladies are very grateful to Michael Behr for all the prizes, lovely lunch and chocolates! And Linda was particularly pleased with the gift of a HUGE orchid!
Mel Bashford won the monthly Medal with a net 69. Penny Perkins beat Fran Price to second spot, both with a net 71.
An 18 hole drawn Texas Scramble on the last Tuesday of the month had to be amended to a 9 hole competition as a result of the foul weather. It was still good fun though and the trio of Inge Parry, Sally Lawson and Louise Tucker managed to notch up 6 pars in the 9 holes which proved good enough to win.
In team matches the ladies were victorious against Westgate but then reverted to their poor form losing away to The Ridge-is it us or are all the other Clubs getting stronger?! And in the annual Captain vs Vice-Captain match Linda’s team narrowly defeated Beryl Wingrove’s side by 5 matches to 4. Both teams were then rewarded with some of Pat Bensted’s home-made scones for tea.
The Mixed Greensomes at the end of the month was also changed to a 9 hole event as a result of the poor conditions. The bad weather did nothing to deter Sheila and Mick Wyles who still managed to notch up a very creditable 19 points to beat Holly Butler and Howard Gordon on countback. Prizes for birdies were also given out to Holly and Howard, Mel Bashford and John Wegner and Linda Bawden and Andy Sargeant.
The weather was again unkind for the ladies invitation day but it did not deter the large field. Sally Lawson and guest Laura Taite were overall winners with 68 points on countback from Pat Bensted and guest Mabbie Philpott. Joan Sykes had the best front nine score with 19 points and Karleen Heim the best back nine with 18. Nearest the pin on the 6th was Janice Kennard, and Jenny Wilson and Moira Streetfield won prizes in the twos competition.
The ladies section would like to thank Andy Sargeant for his splendid Captain’s Day. All those who played enjoyed the day, especially Penny Perkins who walked off with the prize for the ladies!
And finally it is with much sadness that we report the death of Joan Nash, who was a member of this golf club for over 60 years and Lady Captain in 1963. Joan had only been at the Club at the beginning of August when she had come for tea at the Past Captain’s event. Our sincere condolences to Margaret and her family-Joan will be missed.
Men’s Section Captain Andy Sargeant, Vice Captain Ted Henderson
No report this month
Old Salts Section Captain George Bawden, Vice Ian Wingrove
Collingwood Road was a good place to be as the early August sun smiled on the ageing warriors of Whitstable.
The Salts entertained Walmer and Kingsdown and triumphed six games to two. This was revenge indeed for the seven-one away loss when we visited Walmer earlier in the year and was a fine all round effort.
At the Thursday Bawden’s Bottle game Brian Ridley intoxicated everyone when he appeared in the clubhouse with a card that carried FIFTY Stableford points! Nobody present could remember anything even close to this effort. Playing off 21, he amassed 26 points going out and 24 on the homeward nine. Brian has recently been playing to a much lower handicap with the Dawn Patrol, but there were a lot more people to applaud him this time and there were more than one shout for him to be cut. Second, a l…..o…..n……g way behind, was galloping Dave Morgan with 42 points, who on a normal Thursday probably would have won it.
In the Captain’s Challenge on that day George and Ian were also out early, taking on John Wegner and Alec Parrett and went down four and three as John carded a brace of birdies and Alec made some of his shots allowance count.
For the Salts Invitation on Monday August 11 the weather was sunny and windy, but far, far better than had been feared. The storm that had ravaged the US and threatened little England did little to uproot the Collingwood Road stalwarts as some two dozen Salts and their guests turned up. Bob Ireland and his playing partner Chris Barnard, from Chestfield, took the honours.
A £2 a ticket raffle for a Motocaddy push trolley, kindly donated by lady member Vilma Parrett, got into gear and remained up for grabs until the draw was made after the last Bawden’s Bottle round in August. It was hoped to get well over the £100 the trolley would cost at American Golf, with the final sum going to the Club’s chosen Disabled Servicemen’s charity. In the event we managed to get close to that figure, the winner being Malcolm Cane. The proceeds are to be presented to representatives of the charity at the mid-November new Captains’ Drive-In.
In the game to decide the Old Salts Seniors Trophy later in the month, Colin Holton romped off with the prize and a handicap cut as he carded a very useful 57 points. Dave Rigden beat Ryn Hudson on countback with a net 62.
At the well-attended Dave Gould Trophy, played in ideal golfing weather, our busy Vice Captain Ian Wingrove, found time to concentrate on his own golf to just edge out Robbie Fudge and Gwyn Oakley as he carded a 63. Robbie and Gwyn were just one shot away. The Trophy, in the form of dear Dave’s walking stick, was presented by Captain George, who also presented a bouquet to Dave’s daughter Karina who attended the prize giving with her daughters and Dave’s wife Myra. The Captain’s Challenge saw Ian and late stand-in David Kinnersley beat Tony Bensted and Malcolm Cane three and one.
As the busy month ended, the Salts hosted St Augustine’s in the return leg of the Kay Shield. After coming away from our near-neighbours in June nursing a slim one-point deficit, the run-up to the game held much expectancy as we sought to regain the Shield. Unfortunately although we bested our visitors by one game, winning 3 ½ – 2 ½, including a fine win by the Bawden/Williams pairing when Graham putted the visitors’ lights out, the overall result was a draw and St Augustine’s retained the Shield.
Midweekers Section Captain Ray Thomas, Vice Captain Bob Ireland
Secretary Peter Fox
Wednesday 13th August saw the Ted Backhouse Rose Bowl Competition. The Captains Challenge was won by David Hodgson and Eric Rochester, worthy winners (sulk). The main competition, in 3rd place with a net 64 the holder Alan Fowler, 2nd place on countback was Ian Horton with 63pts,and the winner with a net 63 was David Hodgson. Birdie winners, on the 6/15 Tony Lavender and Colin Horton, 4/13 Mark Blackmore, Albert Adams and John Fullagar, on the 18thTony Love. Charity Sweep winners John Fullagar and Tony Lavender. Don’t forget we need some more players for the Whitstable V Seasalter Comp and also the Leeds Castle Frolic
Friday 22nd August (Bob’s Birthday), the Tony Sait August Shield was competed. As for the Captains Challenge we were trounced 4&3 by the ever youthful ” Our Albert Adams” who was 89 only a few days ago and his partner Roy Lee who gave me neck ache watching his ball swing out of bounds and then return to the middle of the fairway. A very enjoyable match nonetheless. The main competition results were, in 3rd place with 39pts Frank Netts, 2nd place on countback with 39 pts, new kid on the block Colin Whittaker, and the winner with a magnificent 45 pts Richard Girling. Birdie winners, on the 6th Bob Daniels, 4/13 Derek Church and Colin Whittaker and the whisky winner on the 8th John Fullager. Charity sweep winners David Barnes and Ernie West.
Captain Barry Broadbent, Secretary Bob Ireland
The season ended with Canterbury predictably winning, beating us to second place by 8 points. Hard luck our side but we did the best we’ve done for many a year. We have a good nucleus of players and the team spirit is high. Anyone wishing to join the Vets group should contact either me of Barry Broadbent for further information.
Super Seventies Organiser and Captain Alec Parrett
Early in August the Supers entertained neighbours North Foreland. In a match held in ideal golfing weather we notched a fine win by four games to one as Foreland’s hopes off picking up valuable away points went south.
Tony Taunton and Alec Parrett were taken to the last hole before Tony finally sealed the deal with a fine nine-footer. Tony played textbook golf. But he and his partner could never go more than one ahead as their opponents doggedly held on to the last, despite two successive chips by the home pair hitting the pin.
The Steigmann/Kernighan partnership fared especially well, with Henry motoring to a great round of eight under his handicap. Andrew Pout and Trevor Croxton, last out, came in all smiles to be greeted by Martyn Dines and Bob McCormick who were already busy celebrating their win in the sunshine. Andrew had been even later than usual to the tee area. Alec had phoned him to make sure of him joining the team to play that afternoon, and stopped Mr. Pout breaking all his records by being a WEEK late for the tee-off.
The Collingwood Road foot soldiers look forward to the challenge of the Foreland slopes on Thursday September 4 as we try to add some more points to our League tally. But we can feel the strength of our neighbours resolve to get their revenge.
Our last game of this season, after the visit to Foreland, is a home match with Etchinghill on September 23. We need our very best to take them on. Watch the board for the team sheet. A glance at the League C table will tell you that we are snapping at their heels, just one point behind them at the August 31 standings.
For the record Etchinghill are away to Chestfield (on bottom spot) before coming to Collinwood Road. So Etchinghill would seem to be in a good place for some much needed points to pull away from us before our last game of the year against them. All teams have much to play for, being avoiding the wooden spoon or a chance to close the gap on Broome Park, currently very likely to get a hat trick of wins in the League.
For those who like statistics, the League Table, together with a sheet with all League results, is up in the cloakroom.
Fundraising 100 Club
Jack Dale has kindly offered to run this club in the future so thanks Jack.
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!
1st £30.00 Mike Kelleher
2nd £20.00 Fred Stokes
3rd £10.00 David Annal
What’s on for the next two months?
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
Thursday 2nd am Old Salts Past Captains at Faversham
Friday 3rd am Kent Vets Annual Meeting
Sunday 5th am Monthly Medal
Monday 6th am Old Salts v The Ladies
Tuesday 7th am Ladies Medal
Thursday 9th am Old salts AGM
Wednesday 8th am Midweekers Ray Thomas Cup Medal
Friday 10th 1000hrs Ladies v Broughton (away)
Sunday 12th am Medal Winners Cup-Medal.
Tuesday 14th am Ladies Competition
Thursday 16th pm Ladies supper
Saturday 18th pm Junior’s Medal
Sunday 19th am Turkey Trot 1st Round
Tuesday 21st am Ladies Competition
Friday 24th pm Annual Dinner Dance
Sunday 26th am Texas Scramble
Tuesday 28th am Ladies Competition
Friday 31st am Midweekers D Rosendale Sorcerers Trophy
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
Things to think about!
If you don’t firmly program your children’s minds with truth, someone else will do so with half-truth, untruth, and unimportant truth. ~ Anonymous
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
There is no better test for man’s ultimate integrity than his behavior when he is wrong. ~ Anonymous
Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. ~ Edmunde Burke
There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the really great man is the man who makes every man feel great. ~G. K. Chesterton, Charles Dickens
The gospel is good news only if it arrives in time. ~ Carl F.H. Henry
If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. ~ Anonymous
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.” ~ unknown
The best evidence of our having the truth is our walking in the truth. ~ Matthew Henry
It is not what you teach that has the greatest impact, but what you tolerate ~ Shoemacher
Well you have surprised me, I thought someone would get this but no, the prize remains unclaimed, so here are the answers:-
The measurement of time
That can’t be found on a clock
But can be looked upon on a map
Who am I?
Answer Mississippi – 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi – counting seconds
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?
Answer I am a Horse!
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.
So now you’ve got the idea. Here are this month’s puzzles
What is the next number in this series
What number replaces the ?
What number replaces the ?
Q3 If 2+3=8
The first person to get all three answers wins a £20 beer token from Steve
Any contributions of any type will be considered, puzzles, stories, history,
Anecdotes, your chance to get your stuff in print!
Recipes from the galley
From next month a recipe will be included for you to try.
If you have a favourite send it in and I’ll include it (after giving it a test of course)
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.
Some from Eric Bean
Loco 10 degree
Topflite 10.5 degree
3 wood Ping
5 wood Wilson 21 degree
11 wood Dunlop
13 wood Fairway
21 degree Rescue club
All or any the above open to offers
Contact 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
King Cobra offset 12 degree with head cover £45.00
Callaway Driver FT9 10 degree with head cover £30.00
Odessey 2 ball £25.00
Mitusushiba nc £15.00
Golden Bear centre shaft £10.00
Odessey Rossie 11 £ 5.00
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Full set 3-SW Mizuno MX23 irons, golf pride grips £90.00
Full size Mizuno Golf Bag £60.00
All items in good condition
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