Captain’s Communique: Nov 10th 2019

The AGM on 30th September went well, thanks to the excellent organisation of Lee Wood the 2018/19 Captain. During the evening, Lee recognised the significant contribution of three members – Lynn Lambert, Gill Wood and Graham Robertson, who were standing down from the Committee.  David Kircher (Communications) and Victoria Westgarth (Handicap Secretary) were voted on to the Committee but the meeting finished with two posts vacant. I am pleased to say that they are now filled – John Woods has volunteered to take on the Treasurer’s role and Alastair Evans-Gordon has volunteered to be the Events Coordinator. So the Committee is now complete and can be found here.

My Captain’s Charity for the coming year is the Riding for the Disabled – Sandhurst Branch. RDA Sandhurst was founded in 1973 and operates from the Brunei Stables at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. They provide therapeutic riding sessions to children with varied disabilities.  Horse riding offers the children opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, friendship, laughter, achievement, independence and confidence. RDA Sandhurst is dedicated to improving children’s lives. Most of the children that attend have never been near a horse before but with patient encouragement they overcome their fears. Their balance, confidence, mobility and co-ordination improve and most importantly they have FUN. They also learn to be kind to animals. A description of their work can be found at their website: www.sandhurstrda.org.uk.

The first event I attended as Captain was the Captain’s Dine In, attended by 20 plus past Captain’s and Ladies Captain’s most of whom are still WGC members. The objective of the evening is for them to give the incoming Captain the benefit of their experience in a couple of sentences – a limit, of course, that was mostly ignored. A lot of reminiscing, banter and fun ensued and a great time was had by all.

Then came the Captain’s Drive In and Putt Out.  What a great day, some excellent team scores, a superb lunch, the event was enjoyed by all. The forecast for the Sunday was for heavy rain and sure enough it came down in ‘stair rods’ overnight but miraculously stopped, the sun came out and we played in warm sunny weather. Lee putted out in two and ‘miracle of miracles’ I hit my drive down the 10th fairway to within one yard of the left fairway bunker (putting to shame some of my so-called “friend’s” guesses on the Pin that Drive, who thought I would barely pass the ladies tee!!). See here for the full report and photos

Once again our Ladies and Juniors have been bringing in some fantastic results.

The Ladies Maple Leaf Teams have been performing well. They triumphed in both their home matches, winning 5-0 against Farnham and 3-2 against North Hants. These teams include Ladies who have never played ‘match play’ before. The Ladies Pearson team also won their first two matches, away at (a very muddy) Woldingham and away against the Drift both winning scores were 5-2.

Many congratulations to The Windlesham Junior Boys team who have qualified for The Junior Team Golf  Home Internationals Finals in Morgado Portugal this coming February. They have come through from a field of over 1000 English Clubs and will be one of two English Clubs competing against sides from the other Home Countries in Portugal. What a fantastic achievement! (See here for a full report). They now wish to raise money to help pay for the trip with some fundraising ideas – expect to see some for the Turkey Trot on December 1st.

On the Social side, I attended the Tribute to Vegas evening on 18th October. The entertainer, Steve Pert, performed an excellent repertoire of Sammy Davis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin (and more artists) songs, the full house thoroughly enjoyed his mimicry of the old Vegas regulars. The meal was excellent and although Steve had a problem with his equipment (I will resist the temptation to make a Highwaymen joke here) the audience appreciated his ‘the show must go on’ attitude. I for one would be happy to see him back at the Club.

I now look forward to the Tribute to Elton night on Friday 15th November. Also don’t forget to book for the Carols evening on 4th December and the New Year’s Eve event.

With all the recent rain and in order to protect the course, please abide by the daily course status notices and any other restrictions WGML may impose from time to time, such as restrictions on the use of buggies. If at all possible please carry.

Moving on to a very sad event; Last week, I, the Club and especially the Highwaymen section lost a very good friend, one of the great stalwarts of the HWM section, Maurice Manning, who passed away on Thursday 7th November. He had been diagnosed with leukaemia earlier in the year and had been undergoing chemotherapy.  Only a couple of weeks ago we had hoped that it was having a positive effect – sadly this was not the case. He will be sorely missed.

On a much happier note, I am delighted to inform you that Carole and I became grandparents for the first time on Friday 1st November when our grandson, Jackson, was born.

Welcome to the world Jackson.

Rest in Peace Maurice.

Ian Greenaway
Club Captain