A brief look back at 2016 from a Match
and Handicap Perspective:-
- Firstly I’d like to express my appreciation to the greenkeeping staff for managing to keep the course playable as much as possible
during a very wet spring and early summer enabling the qualifying rounds to be completed for all competitions. All matchplay competitions were generally completed on schedule weather permitting with
1 or 2 exceptions requiring the M&H committee’s red pen. Please remember it is the responsibility of both parties to arrange matches and the appropriate tournament official should be contacted if
you are having problems arranging your match prior to the date the match has to be played by. If the appropriate tournament officer is not contacted prior to the due by date of play then both parties
will be disqualified.
- All opens were played on their allotted dates apart from the Mens/Ladies Open at the end of April which had to be cancelled due to
inclement weather. Opens were well supported although there is still room for some improvement. Thanks to all who took part as this is a valuable revenue stream for the club.
- We had our first Colin Grant Invitational which went very well. Thanks to Colin himself for donating the prizes and to Colin Grant
junior who checked and cards in order. I think everyone who took part enjoyed the format which we hope to repeat this coming season although slightly later, 3rd Sept, as this is a
football international weekend so hopefully some players from AFC may manage along unless Gordon finally sees sense and selects one or two of them!!
- Congratulations to all competition winners in 2016, Craig MacLean handicap champion (winner of the Thomson Trophy) and especially our
Club Champion Adam Dunton (match play winner of the Herrington Trophy) who was also awarded Honorary Life Membership in appreciation of the way he has represented our club at all stages of his
amateur golfing career and his performances as a Scottish International.
- I am pleased to report we were represented in various Gents inter-club matches this season unfortunately without winning any
silverware. My thanks got to John Godward for organising the various teams and to all who competed and here’s to better fortunes in the upcoming season.
- As some of you may have noticed the front 9 has now finally been officially rated with an SSS by the SGU which means we can play 9 hole
counting competitions over these holes. These will be on the fixture list for Wednesday evenings during April and September to enable more people to enjoy a competitive midweek round of golf before
and after the lighter evenings. These may be extended if they prove popular.
- Just a brief thing you should be aware of from using the Club V1 System this year, there can sometimes be more than one competition
available when you sign into the computer e.g. an 18 hole medal, 9 hole stableford and supplementary scores please take care to sign into the correct one.
Preparations are underway for season
- As usual entry sheets for club competitions in 2017 will be on the board in the back lobby. Please feel free to put your names
- Now that the membership for 2017 is known the annual handicap review is pending. It will be completed between now and start of
season. The Club 2000 system produces analysis and recommendations regarding selected players handicaps. Any changes are at the discretion of Match and Handicap.
Traditionally I can’t finish without a
special thank you to the match and handicap team – Iain Campbell, Duncan Castles, Eric Brockie, Mike Keith, Trevor Mason, Mike Morrice, Neil Whyte, Stuart Farquhar and also Sandra Brockie as an
associate member who sometimes has to sort out any unresolved issues from the weekend on an already very busy Monday morning. All your efforts, support and advice are all very much appreciated
without which club competitions would not run as smoothly as they do, I’m very grateful to you all.
Finally, enjoy your golf in 2017. Play
well, and if it does not go to plan be patient and courteous. Relax and let Match and Handicap worry about your handicap. Golf is supposed to be therapeutic and fun. Best of luck, have a good
season and hopefully the sun will shine on us all!
Match and Handicap