Whitstable Tidings Issue 2 2012

The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club

Volume 2 Issue no.2 1st February 2012. Editor Bob Ireland, News & Social Functions

It is proposed by the social committee that all future functions be posted on the notice board next to the bar on the Friday 4 weeks prior to the event.

The reasoning for this is that there have been complaints from members who don’t get a chance to put their names up before the list is complete. It is also proposed that members must put the names of all participants at the time of booking and not just book a table.
Burns Night 21st Jan.

All those who attended this function will I’m sure have enjoyed them selves. The food was excellent, the piper loud, the speeches-well enough said! The Toast to the Haggis was delivered by Roy Campbell who after many years among the English had to relearn Burnsian dialect!

The Old Salts

Captain Brian Best
Vice Captain Colin Chapman
Secretary George Bawden

12th January

The competition played was a qualifying Stableford with scores counting towards the Winter Eclectic.
A full field took to the course and considering the quite windy conditions some very good scores were posted.

In the Gentlemen’s Section (handicap 22 and above) the top placings were:

1st. Trevor Coombes 43 points
2nd. Alec Parrett 42 points
3rd. Steve Sewell 39 points

In the Players Section (Handicap 21 and below) the results were:

1st. Brian Best 40 points
2nd. John Dowle 40 points
3rd. Fred. Stokes 39 points

Old Salts 19 January

On a showery and blustery morning about twenty Old Salts started the Friendly Four Balls. As the rain got worse most had called it a day after an hour or so. Three players braved the heaviest rain at about 10 o’clock whilst they were playing the 4th. and 5th. holes. By the 6th. hole things had improved; so much so that after nine they decided to play on. This was a mistake, as half way down the 10th. the heavy rain returned. They eventually succumbed and called it a day after eleven holes. They returned to the Club House for a tasty sandwich and some liquid refreshment, which made it all worthwhile.

The winter competition standings as at the 19 January are as follows:

6 of the Best
Dave Morgan 40.5
Tony Bensted 37.5
Bob Ellinor 37.5
Brian Daw 36.5

Winter Eclectic
Martyn Dines 55
Dave Morgan 55
David Kinnersley 56
Peter Steigmann 56

Both competitions are being closely fought. Maybe someone will make a charge and have a clear lead in the next month. Clearly Dave Morgan, in a strong position in both, is the man on form at the moment.

The Old Salts’ Annual Dinner will be held on Thursday 8th. March at the Clubhouse. This is always a very popular event and is attended by Old Salts members and their wives / partners.

Kent Veterans’ Golf Matches

Captain Rod Wood
Secretary Don Crawford

The list for veteran members wishing to play has been put up in the changing room, if you wish to participate please ensure your name is on it before it closes!

Midweekers Section

Captain Bob Ireland
Secretary Eynon Price

Wednesday 11th January Ron Thompson New Year Trophy

Captains challenge by John Wakeham and Ray Thomas was won by the captain and vice 3 and 2 John and Ray contributing £2 each to the captains charity.
Winner of the trophy was Tony lavender with a net 62, 2nd with net 62 losing on countback, Peter Shearing, 3rd Ernie West net 63.

Friday 27th January Ray Emerson Winter Warmer Shield Stableford.

The competition was played in good conditions, bright but cold! The captains challenge was won by Don Crawford and Ernie West who ended the match on the 7th green winning 3 and 2. The winnings were paid into the captain’s charity account.

In third place with a good score of 37 points was Dave Morgan, second losing, on countback was Rod Whitehead with 39 points, the winner was John Wakeham on 39 points.

Charity sweep winners were Frank Sheldon, John Williams and Brian Jennings. Birdie prizes were collected by Stan Dobson, Mike Kelleher, Ray Thomas, Rod Whitehead, Peter Fox, John Wakeham, Peter Jones and a bottle of scotch was presented to Rod Whitehead for a birdie on the 8th.

Super Seniors

Hi Bob. Saw your first effort of Whitstable Tidings and noted that the Super Seniors league section (recently taken over by myself when Roger Backhouse moved to Essex) did not get a mention in the round-up of the club’s various sections.

This is not surprising because it is a little-known and low-key offshoot of the club’s activities, but I believe it now deserves an airing. So, here goes, if you need a filler for your next edition.

I appreciate the need for such items because I did what you have just undertaken a few years ago when I edited Tee Times, which you may have seen, but probably not as it was in 2005! How time flies when we get into the Senior stage of life.

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 . Last year we were last, albeit by just one point to St Augustine’s! Winners were Broome Park who played their final at West Malling against Bearsted and Wilderness. They came third to Wilderness with Bearsted coming out on top.

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.

I have managed this year for all fixtures to be included in the Club Diary. All dates are correct save one ( isn’t there always ONE!) which is our away game at Chestfield on June 14. The date clashed with their Ladies Day and that would never do. So they are still to come back to me asap for another date. Their organiser is currently sunning himself in foreign climes and promises to contact me when he has finished his tan. So that’s it, if I have forgotten anything or you need more clarification, please contact me, Organiser Alec Parrett, on 01843 600887 or by email at alvipar@talktalk.net.

Social Events (news from The Galley)

Friday February 17th Wine and Wisdom Quiz
7 for 7.30 £8 per person food at half time!

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!

January results

1st place £25 Roger Backhouse
2nd place £15 Louise Tucker
3rd place £10 Trevor Rapley

The 100 club starts anew on Feb 1st to renew your membership or start afresh please write a cheque for £12 made payable to “100 club” or pay cash in a named envelope and leave behind the bar.

This year the prize money will be raised to £60 per month divided £30-£20-£10. Half the profit made will go to the club social fund and half to the Captain’s Charity-The Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate. Please give generously!

Forthcoming Golf events in February and March


Sunday 5th am Wood Trophy Winter Stableford
Tuesday 7th am Ladies Texas Scramble
Wednesday 8th am MW L Fessey Cup Medal
Saturday 11th am Junior Medal
Sunday 12th am Friendly Fourballs
Tuesday 14th am Ladies Stableford
Sunday 19th am Stableford
Tuesday 21st am Ladies Stableford
Friday 24th am MW S Ashworth Cup Stableford
Sunday 26th am Friendly Fourballs
Tuesday 28th am Ladies Stableford


Saturday 3rd 1300 hrs Juniors Medal
Sunday 4th am March Hare Trophy Stableford
Tuesday 8th pm Old Salts Annual Dinner
Friday 9th am Ladies v Boughton
Sunday 11th am Friendly Fourballs
Tuesday 13th am Ladies EWGA Medal
Wednesday 14th am MW P Glenn March Shield Stableford
Wednesday 14th pm MW Annual Dinner
Sunday 18th am Monthly Medal
Monday 19th am Kent Vets v Canterbury
Tuesday 20th am Ladies v Westgate
Friday 23rd am MW J Bills Trophy Stableford
Sunday 25th am Friendly Fourballs
Monday 26th 0900 hrs Kent Vets v The Ridge
Monday 26th Old Salts v North Foreland
Tuesday 27th am Ladies KCPFA 5 Club
Wednesday 28th am MW E West Winners Trophy
Thursday 29th am Ladies v North Foreland

Ebb and Flow (letters section)

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!

Flotsam and Jetsam (puzzles section)



12 IIAF, 3 FIAY, 6 FIAF, 640 AIASM, 5280 FIAM, 6076 FIANM, 22 YBWAWOACP.

Answers from last month

5 Players in a basketball team, 7 Players in a netball team, 11 Players in a football team, 13 Players in a rugby league team, 15 players in a rugby union team, 1 Partridge in a pear tree.

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


Our first input from a member (who shall remain nameless)

John: To what species of animals do dogs belong?
Bill: Mammals.
John: Mine is an insect.
Bill: No it can’t be. An insect has six legs.
John: Yes that’s right, my dog does have six legs.
Bill: Your dog has six legs, how can it have?
John: Well it has two legs at the back and fore legs at the front. That makes six legs!

Q. What do you call a dead Hippopotamus?
A. Hippoposthumous!


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 £5.00
Morton Knight wet suit size M £15.00
“Donnay golf shoes size 7 new £15.00
Contact D Richardson 01227 361194 or at The Old Salts
Note 10% of any sale will go to the captains charity!