Whitstable Tidings Issue 12 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.12 Volume 3 1St December 2014

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

A Message from the President

If someone told me back in 1991 when I first became a member of Whitstable and Seasalter that I would one day be writing my opening words addressed to that same club as president I would not have believed them………………..

However here I am and honoured to be so.

My journey as a golfer began in 1990 when my wife Sue gave presented me with some group golf lessons at Canterbury Golf Club as a Christmas present. Little did we both know that would be the start for me on that path that would lead to where I am today in my love of golf and respect for this special club that has become such a part of my life.

Like many of you fellow members, I have had the good fortune to play with and enjoy the company of both lady and gentleman golfers who are no longer with us today. However they have all played their part in my enjoyment of both this wonderful but frustrating game that joins us together and the friendship and unique nature of our club.

Like my other fellow new officers, we start the club year as the long months of winter stretch before us but I know that we will all accept whatever mother nature throws our way and enjoy experiences both on and off the course as one year draws to a close and a brand new one opens up before us.

I would like to take this opportunity of congratulating our recently ‘retired’ captains of all our sections on another successful year and welcome all my fellow ‘newbies’ who like myself, face our time in office with a mixture of pride, excitement and a degree of trepidation. I certainly enjoyed my year as Captain in 2005 and would not have missed the opportunity for the world.

What can I say about Michael, my predecessor…I am sure you all agree with me in recognising the fantastic job he did for the club over the past five years. He is certainly a hard act to follow.

I would like to take this opportunity of encouraging all members of the club to consider volunteering to serve in any way possible as we always needs new blood and fresh ideas.

In conclusion I thank both the Board and you all for the faith you have placed in me and assure you that I will do my best to serve the club and the opportunity you have given me.


Captain’s Welcome Ted Henderson

Welcome everybody, after over 28 years as a member my time has arrived as Captain. It’s an honour to be selected to fulfill this role. Firstly, I would like to congratulate Andy Sargeant, Linda & George Bawden & Jack Tucker for a very successful year. It was a real eye opener last year for me to fully understand exactly what’s involved with all the playing and social activities that I will be involved with in the year ahead.

I was extremely pleased with the amount of people that supported all the new Captains at the “Drive In”. Hopefully, functions at our club will continue to be supported in large numbers, for me that’s what differentiates our club from others. The forthcoming Christmas party is already full with 110 threatening attendance.

As the winter approaches let’s hope the weather remains mild and we don’t end up with periods where the course is closed.

Lastly, I would like to wish all members and their families a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.


Ladies Captain’s Welcome

What an honour it is to become Ladies Captain, firstly I need to congratulate all last years captains, especially Linda Bawden, for all their hard work and enthusiasm, well done Linda. They are a hard act to follow but I will do my best throughout this coming year, with the knowledge that I have brilliant committees and teams behind me. I would like to thank the ladies committee and the lady members for all their support in the running of the Ladies section. They arrange different events including coffee mornings (the next one will be on the 6th December at 11.00 all members are welcome} and the mixed matches where I would like to encourage more Lady members to take part as they are great fun.

I look forward to working with the captains of the other sections in anticipation of a fun time in all the matches, competitions, events and activities.

Whitstable and Seasalter club is so friendly and welcoming that it makes it a pleasure to play golf here.

Happy Christmas to you all


Membership Raffle

Now in the clubhouse, buy a ticket for the price in pence of the number drawn and win £100 PLUS A YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP! What a prize! You’ll be glad to know that the 500 ticket has already been drawn by me so it is all downhill from here.

From the Bar

Steve has the following New Year Offer
Put £50 in the bar book and get a 10% reduction on all drinks until exhausted (the money that is not you).



The Contractor was unable to carry out the work this year and we have now put this off until next Spring.


Following the initial reaction from Canterbury Council, we decided to use the services of a Planning Consultant who has recommended that we include some details of our plans to build a new Clubhouse in the event of the Land Application being approved. He feels this is the best way forward.

It is intended that a visual Presentation will be made in early 2015 for Club Members and other interested Parties to attend. Full details will be made available as soon as the date is set.

The cost of Fees for the various Reports required by the Council will exceed £25000 and it was agreed at the AGM that the Board should proceed, taking these costs into account.


1. John Stokes has been appointed Assistant Secretary with a view to him taking over from me when I retire from Office next year
2. Tony Love is retiring as Catering Manager on 31st December after 3 very successful years. He has provided good wholesome well-cooked food at reasonable prices – many thanks for all your efforts Tony.
3. Jenny Haskell – who many Members will remember when she worked here some years ago – is taking over as Catering Manger on 1st January 2015. We wish her every success.
4. Steve Rumball has resigned as Bar / Catering Director and, for the time being, wishes to concentrate on the Social side of the Club, where he has been so successful. If anyone would like to be considered for this position please let me know. At the time of writing this article I am pleased to say we already have 2 applicants.
5. As you will all know, Michael Behr had reached the end of his very successful period as President and John Clarke has been appointed in his place.
6. Ian Horton was elected at the AGM as Premises Director – to replace Ted Henderson (who is now automatically a Director now that he is Club Captain).


• As part of a nationwide initiative the Men’s and Ladies courses have been re-assessed by England Golf. The Ladies Card has not been changed but the Standard Scratch Score for the Men off the White Tees has been increased from 64 to 66.
There will no longer be Alternative Courses using the Winter Tees and as a result, there are unlikely to be any Qualifying Competitions during the winter months.
This does not of course preclude us from playing Competitions in the Winter or the presentation of cups / prizes.
New scorecards will need to be printed.

• We are now using the web-site www.tee-offtimes.co.uk to try to get the course more used in the afternoons.
• The more valuable trophies and cups are being re-valued by Mike Cousins of Holdens – many thanks Mike.
• Two memorial benches are being donated to the Club and they will be in place in the New Year. The Social Committee are providing fu8nds for replacement benches / tables for the patio.

May I take this opportunity of wishing everyone the compliments of the season – have a good one
Brian Best


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

0778 4498061
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!

Forthcoming Events
Adults Christmas Party Saturday 13th December 7- 1130pm
This is a great night music by Unit 5, dancing till late, food available from Tony at £5.00 each, more info on social board. It is already very well booked so don’t miss out.

Children’s Christmas Party Saturday 20th December 3-5
Bring along your kids, grandkids or great grandkids for the chance to see me as my alter image Santa dispensing goodwill and prezzies to the little ones. Snack food is provided for the kids at a fiver a head.

Junior Section Captain Marijke Rapley
Here is October report received too late for last month, but still interesting!
On the whole the weather was very kind to us during October. We managed to carry on for a few weeks with the Monday evening sessions and have been very lucky to have secured Sara to come and give a lesson to those that wanted one. These have proved a great success and have been reflected in the progress of the little ones in particular. Our monthly medal was won, for
the second month in succession, by Oscar Girling. Hopefully, during the
Winter months we will be able to have Sara teaching once a month, on the
last Sunday from 2pm to 3pm. Cross your fingers the weather behaves itself.
Our next competition will be a nine-hole stableford on Saturday December 6th
@ 1pm followed by the Juniors Christmas Party!
Mel Bashford

Ladies Section Captain Linda Bawden, Vice Captain Beryl Wingrove
Secretary Jean Hudson
The first three weeks of December the ladies played Stableford Christmas Competitions. The first round was played at the end of October resulting in 4 eligible scores, the best 3 of these counting for the overall result. 34 ladies entered which is an excellent turnout for this time of year. The winner of this is currently a mystery, to be unveiled at the Ladies Christmas lunch on Tuesday 9th December. The list is still up in the ladies locker room for any ladies who still haven’t got their names up for this.
There is nothing to report for the last week of the month as there was no competition played. Due to the very wet conditions it was carrying only, so only a few ladies ventured out to play a few holes on what turned out to be a very nice morning.
The new Captain’s drive-in was held in the middle of the month and as always was a great event. The weather was reasonably kind, it was very well attended, the food was ample and good and spirits were high. Linda handed over the mantle to Beryl, who will no-doubt be ably assisted this year by her Vice-Captain Joan Sykes and the Ladies Committee. Pat Bensted left the Committee after two years valued service and Jackie Barker and Val Brown were voted on as new additions.
Saturday 6th December the Ladies are holding their annual Christmas Coffee Morning at the Club so do pop down if you’re free, between 11am and 1pm. There are many competitions, games and prizes to be won, plus a raffle, tombola and various stalls-cakes, plants, jigsaws, toys, books, and more-so please come down and join us for coffee, a chat and some festive fun! The list for the New Years Eve Party will also be going up that morning, and as numbers are limited this year, get yourself down to the Club to avoid missing out.

Men’s Section Captain Ted Henderson Vice Captain Bob Ireland
Glen Snook finished this year’s Turkey Trot second round with a fabulous forty-two points and put himself into a strong position with a combined two round total that put him one point clear of John Wegner. John as expected played consistently well throughout the competition and managed to post thirty-eight points for the final round, which was the best score of the day. Nevertheless this didn’t provide him with the one extra point he needed and he had to settle for second place overall behind winner Glen. Paul Guilfoyle, who was leader after the first round, could manage a creditable thirty-six points for his last round. Although this gave the same 77 points total as John Wegner, Paul’s last round score was not quite good enough and had to settle for third place after count-back.
Other Turkey Trot competition winners were:- Brian Wild with thirty-nine points for the first round, Neil Hackshaw with forty-four points for the second round and Chris Dale with thirty-seven points for the last round.

Old Salts Section Captain Ian Wingrove Vice John Wegner
Once again the Winter Eclectic played on the 6th November was changed from a qualifier to a non-qualifier due to the number of temporary greens. Despite the soggy conditions Les Cox triumphed coming in 1st with 38 points followed by Dave Rigden 2nd on count back with 36 points and Roy Percival 3rd also on 36 points. The Captains Challenge was all-square after the first nine but Brian Daw and Ted Backhouse managed to beat Ian and John 3 and 2. Thursday 13th November (unlucky for some) saw a large field take part in the Drawn Pairs Greensomes. The winning pair was Martin Dines and Brian Daw on 39 points, 2nd were Brian Ridley and Sid Silk with 38 points on count back and Kit Ryan and Gwnfor Oakley 3rd on 38 points. The second Winter Eclectic of the month on 20th November saw Dave Rigden come in 1st with 40 points, Ryn Hudson having a good day was 2nd with 38 points and Dave Morgan 3rd with 37 points. In the Captains Challenge Ian and John played Peter Steigmann and Martyn Dines, which resulted in the match being halved.
Much too some members surprise the course was open on Thursday 27th November following the previous days heavy rain and 19 players braved the very wet and soggy conditions. Victory went to Ian and John in the Captains Challenge against Barry Broadbent, back fresh from his holiday and Martyn Dines.
I am sure that everyone associated with the Old Salts will wish a speedy recovery to George Bawden who is not very well at the moment, get well soon George we all miss you at the club.

Midweekers Section Captain Bob Ireland Vice Captain Ian Horton
Secretary Peter Fox
Wednesday 12th November The Tudor Tearooms Trophy. The Midweekers set out on a miserable morning to play in this Medal competition, the Captains challenge was between Bob Ireland new Captain and standing in for Ian Horton as vice captain-Bob Daniels versus Roy Lee and Albert Adams. The captain and his able stand in, triumphed 5 & 4 getting revenge for an earlier defeat at the hands of those two. The main competition was won by Don Crawford on a net 66 with Bob Ireland second with 67 and Alan Fowler third with 69. There was no charity sweep this time as the Captain’s drive in and distance raffle was played instead. This was won by Richard Girling.
Friday 28th November Vic Green Shield Stableford
Despite having to carry and slosh our way round the course with 10 temporary holes over 30 intrepid golfers played in the competition. The Captain’s challenge between Bob Ireland with Ian Horton- new vice captain and Tony Lavender with Alan Fowler resulted in a win for the challengers 4 and 3.
The competition proper was won by Tony Lavender with an amazing 43 points; second on 38 was John Wegner and third Robbie George with 36.
Birdie prizes were won by Dave Kinnersley, John Wegner, Alan Fowler, Trevor Croxton, James Marsh and Bob Daniels.

I would like to thank Ray Thomas for his great work as Midweekers Captain during the 2013-2014 season. The Midweekers is a fantastic part of the club and whilst not officially recognized as a section due to its availability to all members of the club, it is nevertheless the way most of our new members get to meet other members and participate in competitions throughout the year.
I am starting my second appointment as Midweekers Captain and welcome your continued support together with my vice Captain Ian Horton we wish you all a happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

Super Seventies Organiser and Captain Alec Parrett
Here is next years fixture list for the Super Seventies, if you are 70 or over and would like to participate, contact Alec Parrett and he will include you.

Thu2 Canterbury v North Foreland
Tue 7 Whit & Seasalter v Chestfield
Tue 7 Etchinghill v Broome Park
Tue21 Chestfield v Canterbury
Thu23 North Foreland v Etchinghill
Thu 30 North Foreland v Broome Park

Tue 5 Etchinghill v Canterbury
Tue 5 Whit & Seasalter v Broome Park
Thu 21 Chestfield v North Foreland
Fri 22 Canterbury v Whit & Seasalter

Tue2 Etchinghill v Chestfield
Thu 4 North Foreland v Canterbury
Tue 9 Broome Park v Etchinghill
Thu 18 Broome Park v North Foreland
Fri 19 Chestfield v Whit & Seasalter
Tue 23 Whit & Seasalter v Canterbury
Thu 25 Broome Park v Chestfield

Thu 2 Broome Park v Canterbury
Thu 9 North Foreland V Chestfield
Thu 23 Broome Park v Whit & Seasalter
Thu 23 Etchinghill v North Foreland
Mon 27 Etchinghill v Whit & Seasalter

Tue 4 Whit & Seasalter v North Foreland
Fri 7 Canterbury v Etchinghill
Thu 13 Chestfield v Broome Park
Fri 21 Canterbury v Broome Park

Thu3. Chestfield v Etchinghill
Thu 3 North Foreland v Whit &Seasalter
Thu 17 Canterbury v Chestfield
Tue 22 Whit & Seasalter v Etchinghill

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!


1st £30.00 Steve Wood
2nd £20.00 Di West
3rd £10.00 Jean Hudson

Please note the Jack Dale has relinquished his role in the 100 club. Ryn Hudson will now run this.

What’s on for the next two months?


Monday 1st pm Past Captains Dinner
Tuesday 2nd am Ladies Competition
Saturday 6th am Ladies Coffee Morning
1300hrs Junior’s Competition
Juniors Xmas Party
Sunday 7th am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 9th am Ladies Pink Ball competition and Xmas Lunch
Wednesday 10th am Midweekers A Bensted December Cup Stableford
pm Midweekers Xmas Lunch
Sunday 14th am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 16th am Ladies Competition
Thursday 18th am Old Salts Xmas Lunch
Friday 19th am Midweekers T Love’s December Trophy Stableford
Sunday 21st am Captains swindle
Tuesday 23rd am Ladies “Wot coffee”
Friday 26th 0830hrs Captain’s Brandy Stakes
Sunday 28th am Captain’s swindle

Sunday 4th am Wood Trophy Winter Stableford
Tuesday 6th am Ladies Competition
Wednesday 7th am Midweekers Ron Thompson New Year Trophy Medal
Saturday 10th pm Juniors Medal
Sunday 11th am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 13th am Ladies Competition
Sunday 18th am Wood Trophy Winter Stableford
Tuesday 20th am Ladies Competition
Friday 23rd am Midweekers Ray Emmerson Shield Stableford
Sunday 25th am Captain’s swindle
Tuesday 27th am Ladies Competition

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

Golf Trivia
Australian Ian Baker-Finch won The Bridgestone/Aso open in Japan in 1988 and discovered that one of his prizes was a cow!
One of the biggest hitters in the game, John Daly, hit a ball on the runway at Denver Airport, which landed at 360 yards then rolled a further 450 yards!
Once, to raise money for charity Jack Nicklaus played 18 holes on 18 different courses in Florida with the aid of a helicopter, his score was 73.
A double hole in one that wasn’t, happened at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s
When David Senior landed his ball in the hole at the par 3 15th. His playing partner Bill Lloyd hit his own tee shot straight into the hole dislodging his partners ball as well as his own. Senior’s hole in one stood but Lloyd’s didn’t.

Answers to last month’s competition
I’m afraid no one got the answers to this problem Perhaps you will have more luck with the next one!

1/ What is the next number in the sequence:- 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, ?
answer 13 – this is the next number in the sequence that has a three letter word within its spelling. (four-our, seven-eve, eleven-lev, thirteen-tee)

2/ What are the next two letters in this sequence:- A, E, F, L, M, N, O, P, ?, ?.
answer R and X (these are the next two letters that are spelt with two letters for their descriptive nouns e.g. – ay, ee, ef, el, em. en oh, pe, ar, ex
3/ What number is the ?
1 x 2 + 1 = 7
2 x 3 + 2 = 10
3 x 4 + 3 = 11
4 x 5 + 4 = ?
5 x 6 + 5 = 10
6 x 7 + 6 = 10
answer 12 Change the numbers into their letters then do the sum using the number of letters the answer being the number of letters e.g.
1 x 2 + 1 = 7 (one x two) (3 x 3) = (nine) (4) + (one) (3) = 7

Another little tester just for fun, solve this riddle

In the forest’s shade, I turn and run,
Inside the course I follow to the sun
In eager tumbling down to the sea
Odd letters might reveal me.
I am a mighty flower bold and pure
To be sure, to be sure.

Answer The Shannon

This month’s puzzle
Which is the odd one out?

15, 17, 19, 23, 34, 38, 41

First correct answer to Steve gets the £20

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

Recipes from the galley Here’s one from Mary Calthrop
2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon MSG (optional)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
9 desert spoons sugar
8 “ tomato sauce
half “ L & P sauce
small amount chili sauce if desired
3 desert spoons white vinegar
10 oz. water
1 table spoon oil (add after thickening)
2 desert spoon corn flour mixed with 3 oz. water for thickening
1.25 lb. lean pork (ideally fillet) diced into 1” cubes
Add to pork
half a teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (Vetsin)
2 desert spoon water
3 “ corn flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon sugar
Knead the pork well to absorb the above ingredients, leave a while.
Then coat the pork with corn flour – shaking off the excess in a sieve and deep fry in oil until cooked and just slightly crisp. This takes a few minutes and you can cut one piece in half to check it is cooked. Put pork on one side preferably keeping warm.
spring onions
red onion
Quick fry the above (except tomatoes – these can be added quartered and raw)
Cut onion, cucumber and spring onions in slanting slices (like you do green beans) and they cook better than in chunks. Put on one side.
Boil up the sauce ingredients and add a thickening mixture of 2 dessert spoon corn flour and 3 oz. of water. When thickened add the oil and then the pork and vegetables.
Serve with rice and prawn crackers.

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.

Here are some items from Robbie George 792070
Full set 3-SW Mizuno MX23 irons, golf pride grips £90.00
Full size Mizuno Golf Bag £60.00
All items in good condition
FOR SALE. Please contact Linda Bawden or Beryl Wingrove in the Ladies Section.

Golf bag Golf bag Ladies 7 iron Ladies 9 iron
Ladies driver 3 wood 7 wood 9 wood
Sand iron wedge lob wedge 8,7,5 irons
Putter umbrella