brief look back at 2018 from a Match and Handicap Perspective:-
- Firstly I’d like to express my appreciation to the
greenkeeping staff for managing to maintain the course in fantastic condition over an exceptionally dry hot summer. I don’t recall the competition CSS being 69 so regularly for many years which was
probably partly down to the amount of run on the course but also, I think, due to excellent playing surfaces provided by Bill and his staff.
- Thanks to all those who entered our knockout tournaments,
firstly for entering in the first place and also for playing your ties in a timely manner for the most part with only 1 or 2 matches throughout the season requiring the M&H committee’s red
pen. Always 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 and were
generally well supported although revenue was slightly down from last year. This was partly due to removing 1 open from the calendar for a proposed 5 day open over 5 different clubs in the Gordon
District which unfortunately did not come to fruition but is now confirmed for 2019, details can be found on www.aberdeenshire5daygolfopen.co.uk . Thanks to all who took part as this is a valuable source of income for the club.
- Congratulations to all competition winners in 2018 especially
our club champions, Bill Moir handicap champion (winner of the Thomson Trophy) and scratch champion Adam Dunton (winner of the Herrington Trophy) Best of luck to them both in the champion of
champions next year.
- We were represented in the Abercrombie Trophy and the Journal
Cup this year unfortunately without winning any silverware. My thanks got to Craig Pirie for organising the teams and to all who competed and here’s to better fortunes in the upcoming season and
hopefully Craig will be available to continue his excellent stewardship.
- We will continue with 9 hole counting competitions for
Wednesdays’ 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
Preparations are underway for season 2019
- Firstly, as I am sure you are all aware, there have been
various rule changes to the game which have come into force from the start of 2019. The office sent out a synopsis of these with your membership renewal forms, please take your time to familiarise
yourself with these as you may find some of them beneficial to your performance on the course! You can find more information on these on the R and A website www.randa.org or the SGU website www.scottishgolf.org however please note the local rule regarding balls
lost or out of bounds alternative to stroke and distance i.e you can drop a ball in the vicinity of where the ball was lost and not re-hit from where the previous shot was taken is not supported by
CONGU therefore cannot be used in any competitive format of the game.
- As usual entry sheets for club competitions in 2019 will be on
the board in the back lobby. Please feel free to put your names down.
- Now that the membership for 2019 is known the annual handicap
review is pending. It will be completed between now and start of season. The Club V1 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, Neil Whyte, Stuart Farquhar,
Craig Pirie and also Sandra Brockie and Mike Morrice as associate members who sometimes have 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.
anybody else would like to help out please feel free to get in touch all help greatly appreciated.
enjoy your golf in 2019 here’s hoping for another sunny warm summer. 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, and have a great season.
and Handicap Convenor