Whitstable Tidings Issue 4 2012

The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club
Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EB Tel 01227 272020
e-mail wandsgolfclub@talktalkbusiness.net
Web site www.whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Volume 2 Issue no. 4 1st April 2012
Editor Bob Ireland, 01227 638425, 07802874914,robert.ireland@gmail.com


The website has been revamped and there are still some small problems to sort out. If you are having trouble accessing the members page e-mail Bob Ireland at robert.ireland@gmail.com and all will be resolved! Your comments on the website would be appreciated any improvements you can suggest will be considered.

Social Functions

Friday 6th April Easter Egg Hunt (children only)

This is now filling up well after a slow start, don’t miss the chance to get your kids, grandkids or great grandkids involved, it’s a fun day and good for all.

Jubilee celebrations are being arranged and further details will follow.

Tuesday Social Golf has started with a great turnout for the first one on the 27th March, it may have had something to do with half price beer!
Tony Love provided a variety of food which included Chili and Rice, Chicken and Ham Pie, Liver and Bacon, which all went down very nicely.

There is a proposal to play a round of night golf, probably on the night of the full moon in July, the holes to be played are 1, 8 and 9 in rotation 3 times for safety reasons, watch this space for more details.

Plans are forging ahead for Golf Week with a barbecue on the first Saturday and last Friday, all the usual golf games, with entertainment provided on the first Saturday. A full itinerary will follow in due course.

Saturday 12th May Cabaret Night (details to follow)

The Old Salts Captain Brian Best Vice Captain Colin Chapman Secretary George Bawden

Old Salts 1st. March 2012

It was a glorious day, heralding the beginning of Spring maybe. Another full field contested the next round of “The Six of the Best”.

In The Captain’s Challenge the Captain (Brian Best,) partnered this time by Fred Stokes, suffered one of his few losses this season.
The challengers were Eric Bean and John Shepherd. Eric played his usual solid game and was ably assisted by John who has enjoyed a very successful Winter on the course.
The result was a 4/2 win for the challengers which may prove to be the largest winning margin of the Winter Challenge.

The results of the day’s Stableford competition were :
1st. Brian Daw with 42 points
2nd. Barry Broadbent 40
3rd. Mike Harrison 40
4th. Dave Gould 40

A very closely fought competition with the high scores resulting from the near ideal conditions of both the weather and the course.

At the start of play the leaders of the Six of the Best competition were:
David Kinnersley on 34.67
Kit Ryan 34.67
Clive Witten 33.3

Another ongoing winter competition, the Eclectic, is still waiting for someone to make a move. Following the last round played on 23 February only one point separates the top five contenders. Dave Morgan leads with a score of 54, followed by Colin Holton and John Whorlow on 54.5 with Martyn Dines and Peter Steigmann baying at their heels on 55.

On Thursday 8th. March Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club Old Salts held a drawn Team Stableford competition. Teams of four played in very pleasant weather which saw a full field competing. The winners with 118 points were Kit Ryan, John Dowle, Tony Bensted and Clive Witten. In second place, three points behind, were the formidable team of Ian Wingrove, Sid Silk, John Whorlow and Fred Stokes.

The evening saw The Old Salts tucking into their Annual Dinner. A record 86 people attended. Members, wives/partners and guests, sat down to a very enjoyable meal followed by entertainment provided by Roger Backhouse and the sing-along group Four Tenors and a Fiver.

On Thursday 15th. March Whitstable & Seasalter Old Salts held a Stableford competition with scores counting towards the Winter Eclectic. Held on a glorious day the golf was again of a very high standard, so well done to all those mentioned below.

The placings were:

For the Gentlemen (Handicap 22 and over)
1st. Sid Silk 42 points
2nd Gwyn Oakley 39
3rd. Ron Fuller 36

For the Players (Handicap 21 and less
1st. Brian Daw 40 points
2nd. David Lambert 39
3rd. Ted Backhouse 38

Any changes in the positions at the top of the Eclectic table were not available at the time of writing. Watch this space.

Thursday 22nd. March saw Whitstable & Seasalter Old Salts playing Friendly Four-Balls. In the absence of the Captain, the Vice Captain, Colin Chapman teamed up with the Club President, Michael Behr to play the weekly Captain’s Challenge. Their opponents were Fred Stokes and Bernie Whitaker. After a closely fought match the victors were the Challengers winning by 2/1.

The latest standings in the on-going Winter Eclectic were made known following last week’s play. Last year’s joint winner Peter Steigmann moved into the lead on 53 with John Whorlow 53.5, last year’s other joint winner, Colin Horton 54 and David Morgan also on 54. With only one stroke separating the top four players a thrilling finish is expected in April.

Junior Section Captain Bradley Packham Secretary Peter Wade

The results of the March medal played on Saturday 10th. 1st Bradley Packham, 2nd Billy Bills and 3rd Richard Smith.
In the over 28 handicap section first was Ryan Daniels-Hubble, second Alex Maybourne and third Jake Hurdy.
So far this year the turn out for the competitions has been very poor with low take up. I would like to thank our hardcore of players but it must be asked why the other members have disappeared. Perhaps when the Monday night sessions start again on the 26th march at 5o’clock, they may reappear.
Peter Wade.

Ladies Section Captain Mel Bashford, Vice Captain Jackie Witten
Secretary Jean Hudson

March sees the start of what feels like “proper golf” after all those Tuesdays in the winter when we all go out dressed like Michelin Men and the changing room is full of mutterings and wondering why we go out at all.
So on the 6th we had a Charity Stableford won comfortably by Val Bayliss with 38 points with Fran price second on 35 points.
The 13th saw the first medal of the season won by Jackie Witten, resulting in another tumble down the handicap table. Mary King was a close second followed by Val Bayliss.
On the 20th a foursomes competition was played, the results to be announced at the Ladies Supper at the end of the season.
The inter club match season has now begun, the first match being against Boughton-a chilly day with the result best forgotten as Whitstable and Seasalter failed to fly the flag despite heroic efforts.
We then played away at Westgate on a lovely sunny day and honour was restored with a comfortable win. Hopefully that will set us up for the season.
In her spare time, (who knows how she finds any) our Lady captain competed in the first round of the Lohen Trophy with Junior member Marijke Rapley. Well done to both of you for winning 3 and 2 the winning shot being a lovely chip in by Marijke. Good luck in the next round.

Taking advantage of a wonderful spell of weather the ladies of Whitstable and Seasalter have attracted large fields for their competitions. A drawn greensomes was won by Judy Butcher and Sally Lawson with 37 points, second were Louise Tucker and Debbie Murray with 35 points, followed by Shirley Dalton and Molly Broadbent also with 35 points. A charity stableford, for the Royal School for the Deaf at Margate was won by Val Bayliss with 38 points. The first medal of the year was won by Jackie Witten with a net 70 with Mary King 71 and Val Bayliss on 73. A renamed Coronation Foursomes, now called the Jubilee Foursomes in honour of the Queen’s 60 year reign was won by Jackie Barker and Val Brown with 39 points, followed by Val Bayliss and Beryl Wingrove with 37 points.
The Kent Playing Fields 5 Club was won by Shirley Rosser with 38 points, Margaret Barker and Debbie Murray were second and third.
Another medal produced a win for the Lady Captain, Mel Bashford with a net 66 and a handicap cut, with Penny Perkins 67 and Margaret Barker with 69 coming second and third.

Mens Section Captain John Wegner, Vice Captain Richard Gremo Sunday April 1st
Colin Satchell showed unexpected form at the weekend to finish winner of April’s monthly medal competition. Helped by a run of four pars over the closing holes, Colin ended his round with a net 58 score. Ronnie Rumball posted a net 59 to head the leader board during the early stages and with three birdies on his card must have thought he had done enough for the win till the eventual winner stole it at the close. Fred Stokes also looked a possible winner early on after he had dropped only one shot to par over the outward nine. Sadly, a string of bogies over the closing holes left him two shots off the pace and he had to settle for third place.
Although Jack Scott’s round was spoilt with a double bogie on the ninth he finished with the day’s best scratch score of 69. His resulting net 61 put him in fourth place, ahead of Alan Whorlow and John Whorlow both of whom lost out on count back.

Kent Veterans’ Golf Matches Captain Rod Wood
Secretary Don Crawford

The Kent Vets matches commenced on Monday 19th March away to Canterbury. As usual it was a very hard match, Canterbury having great strength in depth triumphed 5-0. Some of our matches were close but it was not a good start for us especially as under the new scoring system we get 3 points for an away win and 1½ for an away half, ah well better luck next year!

Monday 26th March saw us at home to The Ridge and once again we were beaten 3½
to 1½, all the matches were close but the points went to The Ridge 10½ to 3.
The next match is 17th April at Broome Park lets hope we do better there.

Midweekers Section Captain Bob Ireland Vice Captain Peter Shearing
Secretary Eynon Price

Wednesday 14th March The Peter Glenn March Shield.

The Captains Challenge was a hard fought contest resulting in a 3 and 2 victory for the President and Secretary who both played extremely well, I’m sorry to say!
Brian Best went on to win the day with a magnificent 41 points, second place 5 points behind was captain Bob Ireland and third Peter Shearing a further point back.

The AGM held afterwards was attended by around 30 members and anyone interested in seeing the minutes will find them on the website in the Members section under committees.
The Midweekers annual lunch followed the AGM, Tony Love provided an excellent meal, enjoyed by all.

Friday 23rd March the John Bills Trophy was cancelled due to foggy conditions and rescheduled for the following Friday 30th March.
The John Bills Trophy results
First was John Fullagher with an excellent 42 points, second Mike Harrison on 38 and third Beryl Wingrove with 37. The Charity sweep winner was Kenny Bills second and third prizes were not drawn so carry over to the next competition. Birdie prizes were won by Rod Whitehead, Albert Adams, Mick Dalton, Tommy Burns, two by John Rainey.

Super Seniors
Dates for the coming year of events: April 10………………………………Home to Chestfield May15……………………………….Home to Broome Park May25……………………………….Away to Canterbury June 21………………………………Away to Chestfield June26……………………………….Home to Canterbury July26…………………………………Away to Broome Park August14…………………………….Home to North Foreland September13……………………….Away to North Foreland.
To be eligible to play for the Super Seniors see below:- The Super Seniors League is one of three run under the auspices of the Society of Kent Golf Veterans. Age requirement is to be aged 70 or over and to play off a 21 handicap or better. Whitstable are in League C, comprising for this season of Broome Park, Canterbury, North Foreland and, Chestfield (a new entrant this year after St Augustine’s dropped out at the end of last season) and ourselves. There is and end-of-season play-off with group A and B usually around mid-September. But no worries, we never aspire to such grandiose exposure Dress for all games is informal afterwards, with a bite and a coffee normally a fiver before tee-off, usually at 1pm. Team requirement is now eight players with notices posted on the Kent Vets notice board in good time for the next match. If anyone has any questions about the Super Seniors, please contact Organiser Alec Parrett, on 01843 600887 or by email at alvipar@talktalk.net.

Fundraising 100 Club
This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £25, £15 and £10. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
March Winners
First Prize £30.00 Andy Selwood
Second £20.00 Malcolm Kent
Third £10.00 Ernie West

Forthcoming Golf events in April and May
Sunday 1st am Monthly Medal
Monday 2nd am Old Salts v Walmer and Kingsdown (a)
Tuesday 3rd am Ladies EWGA Medal
Thursday 5th am Old Salts Ken Vickers Trophy
Saturday 7th am Ladies Spring Coffee Morning
Saturday 7th 1300 hrs Junior Medal
Sunday 8th am KCPFA 5 Club
Monday 9th pm Mixed Greensomes
Tuesday 10th am Ladies Stableford
Tuesday 10th pm Super Seventies v Chestfield (h)
Wednesday 11th am MW P West Easter Cup Medal
Wednesday 11th am Old Salts v Chestfield (a)
Friday 13th pm Ladies v St Augustines (h)
Saturday 14th pm Match v Westgate (a)
Sunday 15th am Ex Captains “Skinner Trophy”
Sunday 15th am Stableford
Monday 16th am Old Salts v Sheerness (a)
Tuesday 17th am Ladies Spring Greensomes
Tuesday 17th 0900 hrs Kent Vets v Broome Park (a)
Friday 20th Kent Vets v Etchinghill (h)
Saturday 21st am Centenary Bowl
Sunday 22nd am Club v Old Salts
Sunday 22nd pm Ladies Medal Winners
Monday 23rd am Old Salts v Westgate (h)
Tuesday 24th am Ladies Cancer Spoon
Thursday 26th 1200 hrs Ladies v Sheerness (a)
Friday 27th am MW K Bills April Cup Stableford
Saturday 28th 1300 hrs Juniors (under 12 yoa) Allard Cup Medal
Saturday 28th 1300 hrs Juniors Comer Cup Scratch Medal
Sunday 29th am Harry Johnston Cup
Sunday 29th am Monthly Medal

Tuesday 1st am Ladies Stableford
Wednesday 2nd am Midweekers Invitation Day
Thursday 3rd am Seniors Open at St. Augustines
Friday 4th 1200 hrs Ladies v Hythe (h)
Saturday 5th am Qualifying Medal
Saturday 5th pm Directors Cup
Sunday 6th am Match v Sheerness
Monday 7th pm Mixed Greensomes
Tuesday 8th am Ladies Spring Meeting
Wednesday 9th am Midweekers D Fewtrell May Madness Shield Medal
Thursday 10th am Old Salts Normans Trophy Medal
Friday 11th 9.00am Kent Vets v Canterbury
Saturday 12th 1300 hrs Ladies v Juniors
Sunday 13th am Friendly Fourballs
Sunday 13th pm Grandparents Trophy
Tuesday 15th am Ladies Fourball Betterball
Tuesday 15th pm Super Seventies v Broome Park (h)
Wednesday 16th 1200 hrs Ladies Presidents Day
Saturday 19th pm Ex-Servicemen’s Trophy
Sunday 20th am Texas Scramble
Sunday 20th pm Mixed v Sheerness (h)
Tuesday 22nd am Ladies EWGA Medal
Wednesday 23rd pm Ladies White Elephant
Friday 25th am Midweekers Martin’s Trophies Trophy Stableford
Friday 25th pm Super seventies v Canterbury (h)
Friday 25th 0830 hrs Kent Vets v Chestfield
Friday 25th am Ladies v Chestfield (a)
Sunday 27th am Friendly Fourballs
Tuesday 29th am Ladies Texas Scramble

Ebb and Flow (letters section)

I have had a suggestion that some Decisions on the Rules of Golf may interest certain members. I will publish the question this month and the answer next month. If you think you know the decision blog me on the website!

Q. A player’s ball goes into a bunker by the side of the 6th green. The player accidentally kicks a fallen apple into the bunker. The player picks up the apple, which is not interfering with his stance or the area of his intended swing. Does he incur a penalty?

The Editor would appreciate your comments or suggestions of ways to improve the club, course, magazine, web site, social activities, or anything else that comes to mind! Get writing – it’s your club say what you want!



Answers to last months Acronyms
1 stroke below par is a birdie, 2 strokes below par is an eagle, 3 strokes below par is an albatross, 4 strokes below par is a condor, 5 strokes below par is a travesty of justice!(sorry)

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


A man walked into a shop and saw a vacuum flask on offer. He asked the shopkeeper what it was for. “It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold” the shopkeeper replied.
Next day he told a friend about his new purchase. “What have you got in it”? His friend asked “A cup of soup and a choc ice” he said.

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.
Our first offer:- Full set of “Mizuno” clubs and bag good condition £75.00
“Footjoy golf shoes size 7 as new Morton Knight wet suit size M “Donnay golf shoes size 7 new Contact D Richardson 01227 361194 or at The Old Salts Note 10% of any sale will go to the captains charity!
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