Happy New Year

Richard Tear webThanks to all of you, Wendy Marshall and Chris Jardine, last year’s Captains, were able to visit Disability Challengers in November and present them with a magnificent cheque for £16,556, what a terrific end to their charity year.

At the November Committee meeting, Martyn Thomas joined us as the new members representative, Graham Robertson presented us with an updated set of accounts revised to show income and expenditure for the previous months and to track individual events and he will be talking to section treasurers about how best to incorporate all members’ funds into the annual report.

The Scholarship fund starts the year at £550 with the £3500 funding guarantee being transferred back to the member’s current account. Up to date the scholarship fund stands at just under £2000 with income from events and donations, with further sums already promised. None of the income comes from any of the traditional charity events which are kept in a separate part of the account. Just to complete the picture, no monies from competitions are set aside for the charity account or the scholarship fund, unless the events are specially run for that purpose.

In the Pro Shop we sadly waved goodbye to Chris Beckett in December and wish him well with his career.

We managed to keep the course open for the bulk of the time despite the unprecedented rain, grateful thanks to Alistair and the boys for their efforts. Work continues on the improvements despite the weather and we’re starting to see some shape in what Alistair is trying to achieve and look forward to playing on a far more interesting course next year. [CLICK HERE] for an update from Alastair on the works.

Social events continued to sparkle with Rod Rigby’s wonderful Movember quiz and the Night Golf with a special thanks to Stephane Malbranche for all his support.

The Turkey Trot was another sell out and the golf and meal were enjoyed by all. Rod Parsons’ Carol’s Evenings also both sold out and were great fun, not least because of the Welsh Choir that appeared out of the blue, on the second night.

The new members’ welcome Texas Scramble event was very well attended with a fun atmosphere at the meal afterwards. On the subject of atmosphere what a lovely feeling there has been in the Clubhouse recently despite the works outside.

The year culminated with a fantastic New Years’ Eve event with over 140 members and guests attending. The organisation, food and service were impeccable with the usual suspects; Lara, Rosie, Nand and all the team ensuring that we saw the New Year in great style.

Sadly the main kitchen has now been decommissioned and the main internal works are now underway. The Lutine Suite offers a comfortable alternative Clubhouse Lounge and a limited menu and full bar facility will hopefully minimise the disruption to us.

The temporary relocation of the Pro Shop is also a more than suitable compromise and we must look forward to the fantastic facility that awaits us at the end of the works.

Men’s golf had their first committee meeting under the new arrangements and are looking at the constitution for the sub-committee which is likely to be agreed next month.

There is a great deal of concern about getting a large enough pool of both Rabbits and Tigers for our matches next year, please support us by coming forward and volunteering for next year, contact details in the new diary.

December’s Committee saw us looking at the winter works programme, the effect of CONGU rules on juniors in small fields, mixed golf and the pressure on the course at weekends with the competitions and casual golf having to compete for space. Going forward we will be seeing if we can ease this by better planning. More detail on this meeting when the minutes are published.

The Social Committee under its new Chair Gary Bates, also met and, past events were discussed and next year’s events also, not least the proposed new Summer Ball. We will need some social ladies to help us with the Ball, more later.

The Juniors have had a busy time, four of the leading members came and made excellent presentations to the committee about their year at the Academy and their progress. The quality of the presentations was outstanding and we all went away with a warm glow that such progress had been made. I’ve heard worse presentations from adults including me and we look forward to hearing from the last two scholars. Huge thanks are owed to all of the professionals and of course Paul Carter and others for all of their efforts in developing these young people, not only as golfers but as future ambassadors of our Club

Below is a picture of Ben with the Tiny Tigers our youngest juniors who have been presented with their Caps, don’t they look marvellous?  

 Tiny Tigers

The Academy Cup competition has now reached a climax with the usual very close finish. There is a formal presentation planned this month and the detail of the Academy Cup winner together with the confirmation of the scholarships for 2013 will be promoted in due course.

Never far away is the subject of culinary matters in my house and I attended many of the Christmas events throughout December including; the Highwaymen, Juniors and Tuesday Boys dinners and lunches.

Rosie, Florent and all of the catering team not least Lara, are doing a fabulous job at all of the club events, some of which involve working until four in the morning to turn the Clubhouse around for us the next day.

Not only are our events enjoyed but a recent Member’s wedding and a 90th Birthday party and the Windlesham Field of Remembrance Charity Ball were also judged a great success.

Please contact me at the email address below if you have any thoughts on how we can improve things for you.

Richard Tear, Club Captain