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JULY NEWSLETTER 2013
From the Captain.. I am now just over half way through my year as Captain already. One of the main areas I have been trying to improve, with a lot of help (especially from Tony Moore & Tim Davies), is the financial position of the Club. The three of us have been looking at all areas of income & expenditure & hope to be able to report shortly on ways in which the Club can improve. I have also been keen to move our marketing strategy forward & we are currently having a new website designed & have also recently introduced the Members Incentive Scheme to hopefully attract more Members to our Club. In addition we are hoping to emulate the Ladies & start some Taster Sessions for non-golfers as a way of introducing them to this great game. You will all have seen what a fantastic job Colin Jones & his Green Keepers have made of the netting behind the 14th green & thanks must also go to Jim Townson, Bob Hill & John Scott. The Away Day at Caernarfon GC in May proved to be very successful, as the sun shone all day, the course was great & the bar & catering facilities first rate. To cap the day off Lee Parry won the Shield. My Captainâ€™s Day on Sat 6th July was also a great success & again the weather was perfect. The main competition was won by Mark Evans with a fantastic score of 46 points. We also held our Charity Auction & Raffle for Help for Heroes in the evening, which raised an amazing ÂŁ4,230.75!
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The Ladies..… You may have spotted, on Tuesday evening’s two groups of very enthusiastic young ladies taking part in
golf lessons, sometimes in the chipping area, recently on the practice field and previously on the practice putting area. Soon, some are keen to take up trial three month membership for £50 and
will be accompanying them on the course to demonstrate etiquette and give them a real feel for the game. Please be understanding if you meet up with these ladies and welcome their enthusiasm. Lady Captains Day, 15th June, dawned wet and windy but thanks to Colin Jones, our head green keeper, who was on duty that day, after 5 hours work he had the bunkers restored and the greens playable. Our Greens staff work so hard to keep the course in such wonderful condition, it would be good to let them know you appreciate it when you come across them on the course, we often comment on it in the clubhouse but they are not around to hear it. Sixty three ladies played in Lady Captains Day, all ably announced on the tee by Martyn Scholes, a frustrated Ivor Robson at heart. My family cheered everyone on, photographed the event and endeavoured to keep everyone fed and ‘pimmed’ despite the rather cool weather. Six ladies, sadly no longer able to participate in the golf joined me for a pleasant lunch served with a smile by the catering staff. It is always good to see these ladies who still support us in so many ways. After lunch three new ladies joined Lady President and I for a putting competition ably won by Stephanie Scott, who admitted she had been practising the night before- well done Steph, practise makes perfect! The presentation of prizes was well attended by the ladies accompanied by their partners and friends in all their finery. Sorry gents, but I feel we put you in the shade by all turning out to support our Captain and collect our prizes! Thank you ladies for your £230 donation towards the Help for Heroes Charity. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and my family understood why we spend so much of our time amongst such a friendly and welcoming group of people. Thank you to everyone for your support and help on the day. The winner of Lady Captains Salver was Joy Burton with a score of 38 points.
JULY NEWSLETTER 2013 THE FOLLOWING WEEK THE LADIES WENT DOWN TO CARDIGAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE WELSH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS. 6 TEAM MEMBERS AND THEIR CADDIES, THE TEAM CAPTAIN, LADY PRESIDENT AND FOUR SUPPORTERS. SADLY DURING THE PRACTICE ROUND BETH WAS INJURED AND OUR RESOURCEFUL TEAM REGROUPED, ROPED IN SUPPORTERS AS CADDIES AND WERE ALL SET TO GO AGAIN WITH BETH AND DARREN PROVIDING BACK UP IN A BUGGY. Not long after Diane and I arrived to lend our support the already threatening weather closed in and the players were called in for 2 hours as the conditions were too dangerous on the course. We then spent a couple of hours in the clubhouse eating chocolate, drinking tea and coffee surrounded by about 150 other women all anxious to get out on the course, I’m sure you can imagine the very hot air being generated! Meanwhile we were hoping the team in yellow sitting near us, downing pints of something alcoholic were to be our opponents. The bar staff did excellent work in difficult circumstances. Eventually at 5.10pm Mold took their place on the first Tee alongside Whitchurch. A very hard fought match ensued with our girls doing all they could to hold off the young bucks sporting pony tails, but sadly not dressed in yellow, and their Fathers acting as advisors and Caddies. The date was Friday 21st June – Midsummers Day, the weather was more like midwinter with the wind whistling off Cardigan Bay and no trees for shelter. Well done girls for playing so well in difficult circumstances and commiserations to Beth for getting injured. We will hopefully get though again next year when the competition is in Whitchurch, Cardiff. The eventual winners of the Championships were Southern Down for the second year running. Mold are being considered as hosts for this Team Championship in 2015, that would be a great honour but would mean a lot of preparation and organisation prior to and during the weekend but we can do it, can’t we?! As soon as we came home we were participating in the Mold Ladies Open, ably organised by Deirdre. Sadly there were 26 players less than last year and yet again the weather was wet and windy. However the day was very enjoyable thanks to Deirdre and her team of helpers Joannie, Diane and Sheila, Jen Harley and Freda Hughes, plus the men who served refreshments and worked hard to assist , thank you Don for tethering the tent to the Hawthorn tree.
LET US HOPE JULY WILL BRING SOME PLEASANT SUMMER WEATHER FOR US ALL TO ENJOY OUR GOLF.
JULY NEWSLETTER 2013 The aim of the Social Committee in 2013 has been to provide a variety of events, which are cost neutral, attractive and
The Greens.. Well I guess the main topic
copper sulphate is said to NEMATODE DAMAGE
conversation this summer has to be the
help alleviate the disease if
greens and how much slower they were.
sprayed early in spring but is
The disease foliar blight coupled with
quite impractical on large specimens
the dreaded return of high stunt
nematodes eating the roots made it very
considered. I will keep you posted on
hard to get healthy fast true putting
any developments regarding this subject
surfaces. Routine maintenance practices
such as top dressing, very cutting and
close mowing that normally improve
Many golfers always ask has the
putting surfaces had to be omitted to
when they see the greens staff hand-
important aspect is balancing mains irrigation through pop up sprinklers, with hand-watering hotspots present on a raised surface, mound, ridge, drainage channel etc. that dry out much quicker and need more water. This way the greens receive a minimum amount of
water without over watering the rest of the putting surface.
Visual Symptoms of both have now mainly disappeared but the nematode numbers are still high and need to be suppressed with biostimulants such as seaweed and sugars.
CHERRY TREES Once again we are losing leaves on our cherry trees caused by a disease called bacterial canker, experts last year blamed it on the wet summer, so I canâ€™t see how it has reappeared in a dry June and July this year. The treatment with
in the future.
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SOCIAL COMMITTEE..â€Ś The aim of the Social Committee in 2013 has been to provide a variety of events, which are cost neutral, attractive and entertaining to Members and are a boost to bar and catering sales. The events held to date are:
Valentine's Dinner Dance (58 attended).
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St. David's Day evening, with entertainment provided by the Club Choir and the duo Rhiannon and Steffan - A free night and a full house. Wales v England rugby international - another full
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house. General Knowledge Quiz - a full house despite the snow!
Manchester Jazz - a sell out so re-booked for 2014! Question of Sport Quiz on Meat Run presentation night - limited support. Lady Captain's Day evening Bob's Disco - great night.
Captains day Charity Auction with Cool Retro
PLANS ARE IN HAND TO HOLD MORE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZZES...ALL MEMBERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS ARE VERY WELCOME TO ALL OUR SOCIAL EVENTS. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT, SO COME ALONG AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Michaels (Female vocalist)
Summer BBQ with Bob's Disco
Hopefully a Live local band
Meat Run Day-In - A Comedian and Karaoke
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Mystery Dinner Night
Captain's Dinner Dance at Mold GC - Dream Legion (Top Group)
Hail & Farewell - still to book
Christmas - Gwernaffield Silver Band
Jalapeno (Highly Rated Group) New Year's Eve - Wall St Krash - ticket option, with or without food
Menâ€™s mock alliance.. COME AND JOIN US EVERY WEDNESDAY! SOCIAL MOCK ALLIANCE
Every Wednesday up to forty of us meet up to play a competitive game of golf playing with pals in teams of two or four depending on the competition format. We endeavour to ensure everyone gets a game and try to fix up anyone on their own or with an incomplete team, by splitting up into groups of three as necessary with lowest handicap score counting twice in AM/ Yellow Ball for example. A nominal amount is charged each week as an entrance fee and the monies collected are awarded to winners and runners up with the cards checked immediately following the competition. The atmosphere is cracking with a lot of light-hearted banter amongst the group when Mr Captain Roger Howes delivers the results, so why not give it a try, you will be most welcome. If you want to play just turn up at 10:00am & we will fix you up with a game or ring either Mr Captain Roger Howes on 07801 648321 or Tony Moore on 07989 408156 any time for further details.
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