It’s said that “time waits for no man” and it seems like only yesterday we kicked off the golfing season with the first of the Friday afternoon Roll Ups on 1st April! What a great afternoon that was with over 60 attending – some good golf and some great fun! Since then, the Roll Ups have seen around 30+ attending each week (apart from one washout), which is considerably more than last year so thank you for your support. Gill and I have some more ideas to make some of the Roll Up afternoons slightly different so keep your eyes peeled for information over the coming weeks.

Talking of information, there is plenty now coming through the weekly newsletter from the Golf Operations team, which is providing updates and news on the general goings on at the club both on and off the golf course. Many thanks to all those who take the time to send through reports for inclusion in this communication, the more the better! In addition to the newsletter, information is available on the website and through twitter and for those who want some light reading the minutes of the Main committee, the Men’s Golf committee, the Ladies committee and the Highwaymen’s committee are all now published regularly to the website. Thanks to Lee Wood and Stewart Judd for their efforts on “communications”, which continues to be a work in progress area.

On the golf course the season is now in full flow and thankfully with some relatively recent and long overdue “growing weather” the course has burst into bloom and is looking a picture. Alastair and his team have been working hard on improvements to a number of the holes, particularly the drainage on aprons to 3rd, 7th and 9th and the ditch across the 11th and 17th now seems a distant memory as it’s now covered in lush grass. Alastair provides a daily update on course works and status through Twitter, which is also published to the website – good information if you’re interested in what the team get up to day by day. If you’re out on the course and see any of the team please give them a wave or thumbs up – I’m sure we all appreciate their efforts!

Pace of play continues to be an area of focus and we will continue our efforts to maintain awareness of this across all players and members of the club through the summer season. You may be interested to learn that the R&A have now produced a Pace of Play manual, which the main committee will take guidance from – a link to the manual is here.

Golfing success is proving very hard to come by this year, particularly in the County knockouts where the Men’s Surrey scratch team, both Surrey 5’s teams and the Seniors Ling Trophy team have all been knocked out after some incredibly close matches – it certainly isn’t for the want of trying! We hope the Scratch team can progress in their Plate competition. The Ladies Pearson Trophy team who won all their qualifying matches to win their group and take them to the next stage unfortunately then lost to Burhill – nevertheless a fantastic effort. In somewhat of a contrast we seem to do very well in the friendly matches across the Men’s and Ladies sections – maybe we’re just too nice..?!

Mixed golf has also been well supported this year with a successful Spencer Crow Trophy event held at the beginning of May and a fully booked Monte Carlo event coming up on 30th May. In between times the fully booked Neapolitan event was unfortunately washed out by Storm Katie! The first match v Guildford was a win for WGC and another 5 matches are planned from July onwards. Our mixed team representing WGC have made the draw for the All England golf regional qualifier which will be held at Temple Golf club on the 22nd May 2016 – good luck!

Thanks to Lee Mucklow and his team the Juniors have become a real powerhouse of a section this year both in terms of golfing development and achievement. Unbeaten in the Guildford & District league, 90’s league and Christies Cup and only having lost one match in the Surrey Rookie League to date, the section is really thriving. Out of the four Rookie Tour events held thus far, our girls and boys have both won three events each Well done and many thanks to all those who support and encourage this section of the club.

All the summer knockout competitions are now well underway and we look forward to seeing how these competitions progress to their conclusion on Finals Day in September. Please make every effort to play your matches within the timescales given – it helps enormously and the organisers will be very grateful!

The Masters Sunday event on 10th April was great fun with the juniors and Lee looking resplendent in their caddying whites – £480 was raised for the Captains charity and what a result for Danny Willett – amazing stuff! Lee Mucklow has also been involved in the two Captain / Pro Charity Challenge matches played so far, one win and one loss but a substantial donation for the charity so huge thanks to the challengers Tiku Patel, Peter Morton (Sunningdale GC), Mike Ware and Andy Fielding. Tommy Wall / Brett Capaldi, Billy Field / Alan MacDonald, Mick Archbold / Rajiv Patel and Jo Pitkin / Andy Fielding are all challengers in the pipeline – the Captain and Pro look forward to the contests – thank you for your support!

The Captain / Pro challenge matches are a small but important part of a much bigger picture in terms of the support and help Gill and I have received in our fundraising efforts for the Woking and Sam Beare hospices, for which we are extremely grateful. There are so many people who have helped in many different ways. We are delighted to report the amount raised to date is in excess of £4,500.

In terms of upcoming events, it’s at this time of the year that some of our major events take place and these include the Captains’ Charity Day on 5th June, the Ladies Invitation Day on 22nd June, the Men’s Invitation Day on 24th June, the Club Championships Weekend on 2nd & 3rd July and Ladies Captain’s Day on 20th July. Already these events are proving to be very popular and well supported so thank you again and hopefully we can enjoy some really special days together this summer.

And finally… a date for your diaries… Gill and I have decided to hold a Captains End of Term Party on Saturday 24th September and hope you will be able to join us to help celebrate our year. This will not be a formal affair – we just want lots of you to come along have a drink, chat and hopefully dance the night away to live music! Details will be coming out shortly but please note the date, it should be a fun night!

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Chris Pritchard
Club and Men’s Captain
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Gill Wood
Ladies Captain