Sunday 1st December was the annual Turkey Trot, 25 teams took to the course in a shot gun start on a bright but cold morning. The course was holding up well despite what feels like non-stop rain!
The scoring was excellent with 3 scores from 4 counting including the all-important yellow bonus ball!
Thank you to all who attended and others who donated, raising a total of just under £2,000 (for the Captain’s Charity, Junior Scholarship Foundation and Junior Boys Portugal Trip).
The full write up including all of the pictures from the day is available on the website under the new Members News tab which is found under the Members Information tab on the right-hand side of the menu bar. Click here to read more.
Hankley Common Away Day
On a cold and frosty Wednesday 4th December 38 Windlesham members travelled to Hankley Common for a Christmas away day. Twitter was awash with positive comments about the condition of the course despite the frosty greens. As the morning wore on the greens thawed and the course played beautifully. Junior Arquimbau found the conditions to his liking taking the money with a super 41 points.
Jason Saunders organised the day on behalf of the members and is already planning another away day for this summer.
Ladies Pearson Competition
Our ladies’ section has had another good season in The Pearson Trophy; the competition is open to clubs in Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex and Surrey. Teams are seven per side ranging in handicap from 13 to 34. Matches are played home and away, this is a great competition as it builds teamwork and friendship, and a sense of humour as it is played over the winter months! We have to dig deep as we play in all kinds of weather, and on all kind of courses throughout the counties.
Availability is always an issue , as many of our ladies are very busy either working or doing other things, however we were lucky enough to draw on a squad of 22, with some of these ladies having never played in a competitive match before, which is a great credit to them. Hopefully we can build on that for next year.
This year we were lucky enough to be able run 6 skills workshops with Richard Bishton, which were all well attended, great fun, and really helpful especially when you are playing clubs like Woldingham, which have many uphill and downhill lies, so a recap of what to do is brilliant.
We have had great success in the past , reaching the semi-finals on two consecutive years which was an amazing achievement, unfortunately this year, we were in a very tough first round draw, in addition we lost some of our more experienced players to another local club and of course by sure chance we got this this club in the draw! The ladies battled well and won all of our matches, even winning at home against the local rival, so playing our last game away, was always going to be difficult. We all played well but lost 4 and 3 which was the same margin as we beat the opposition at home, therefore although we had won the same number of matches and were effectively tied for the lead, we unfortunately lost out on total games won in the competition and so unfortunately this year we won’t be going through to the next round, which is a real shame, however there is always next year!
Thank you to all my Squad it was a great honour to be your captain and hopefully we can do as well or even better next year!
Windlesham Social Events
One item that I managed to forget to include in the November Captain’s Communique was the Quiz Night, run by Rod Rigby on 30th October. This is regarded by many as one of the best social events of the year and once again it was a full house with 16 teams of 6 battling it out. The evening included an excellent curry meal. The result was a tight run affair but Chris Pritchard’s team were declared the winners (not for the first time if I recall correctly). Once again a thoroughly entertaining night.
Rod has decided to step down from organising this event, having organised it so well for the last nine years – hanging up his Encyclopaedias Britannica, so to speak. Thank you Rod for all you have done to entertain us over the last nine years and we are now looking for someone to take over the reins. It could be that the winning team take on the role – this is being debated as we speak!
The Club Carols Evening took place on 4th December this year. Around 70 people attended and were entertained by Sandra on the piano, and John Woods, our Club Treasurer, as MC. The evening was a mixture of Xmas Carols and songs before, during, and after, a delicious traditional two course Christmas meal.
Everyone has said what a fantastic evening they had.
Elton John Tribute
On Friday 15th November, a full house of 145 members was brilliantly entertained by an excellent Elton John Tribute act. Playing all Elton’s hits he soon got the audience dancing – led by Bob Turpie, who seemed to be on a mission to dance with every lady in the room. Was this the same Bob that had been complaining that he couldn’t play golf because of a bad knee?
I would like to congratulate Lucy Hucklesby for organising a superb night, especially as I know that there were some major logistical issues that she had to sort at the last moment! A really great night, accompanied by excellent food.
Tuesday Boys Christmas Lunch
On 5th December the Tuesday Boys held their annual Christmas event and lunch. A good squad of 16 players braved the icy conditions and although most scores failed to breach the 32 points that had been a winning score for the previous two years. Two exceptional rounds of golf came from Howard Somerville on 40 points and Denis Murdoch who took the trophy on 41 points! We were joined by several non-players for an excellent lunch.
Ladies Christmas Dinner
On Thursday 12th December, we were delighted to welcome 60 ladies to the Ladies Annual Christmas Dinner. The combination of an excellent meal, entertainment in the form of a festive quiz, Christmas songs (with audience participation) and music from the Dominic Hall Trio resulted in lots of fun and laughter amongst friends making for an excellent evening.
This was all made possible by the time and energy given by all the helpers, to make the evening such a success – thank you!
A grand total of £957.50 was raised for the Captains Charity from:
Hilary Ashby’s fabulous Xmas Cake £332.00
Heads and tails game £60.00
RDA box £184.50
Thank you for all your generosity in achieving this target, which we know will be gratefully appreciated by the charity.
Captain Ian Greenaway presented awards to:
Ladies Annual Eclectic 2018/2019
Division 1 Jo Woodham
Division 2 Glynis Morse
Medal Eclectic (Awarded for the best eclectic score in qualifying medal competitions)
Division 1 Sam Randall
Division 2 Joan Bird
Division 3 Glynis Morse
England Golf Medal
Winner Sam Randall Score 290
Runner up Joan Bird Score 297
Ladies Order of Merit
Winner Joan Bird Score 196
Runner up Sam Randall Score 188
Don Ginger Trophy (greatest handicap reduction during period 01.04.19 to 30.09.19)
Winner Frederique Hull Handicap reduction 35 to 26
Lady Golfer Trophy
Winner Anne Sharp
Ladies PING 4BBB Trophy
Winners at Windlesham Charlotte Legg and Mary Dodds 49 points
Winners Overall Competition Charlotte Legg and Mary Dodds
Hole in One
6.04.19 Hilary Westwood Hole 6 April Medal
30.10.19 Linda McIntyre Hole 11 Ladies Mulligan Stew
Highwaymen Christmas Dinner
At this festive time of the year, eating and drinking seems to be winning over playing golf because of the weather. The best part of eighty of us indulged ourselves at our traditional Christmas dinner and by the noise and laughter it would appear most if not all had a good time. We had a number of guests from the club but it was particularly enjoyable to be sitting next to Henry Lumley who has attend nearly all of our dinners since the club opened in1994.
I would like to thank again Paul Buchanan for all his hard work in organising this event. His attention to detail was exemplary and it made my life as compere for the evening an enjoyable and relaxed affair.
Recently I attended on your behalf my first club committee meeting. I was heartened that much of the discussion with the club’s management centred on this season’s exceptionally wet condition of the course. I was also heartened to be told that the priorities for next year’s course improvement programme will be revisited in response to this winter’s problems.
I am away for much of January in warmer climates. However, I am looking forward to spring sunshine and dryer golfing days on my return. In the meantime, I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a successful golfing New Year.
November 2019 – October 2020
Celebrating the Life of Maurice Manning
Well done to the HWM & Club Members for a great turn out to the celebration of Maurice Manning’s life.
After the funeral Ian Greenaway received the following email from Maurice’s son.
“Ian, I wanted to drop you a note of thanks for your kind words on behalf of the Highwaymen at Dads farewell, it was also nice to meet so many of the members who knew and had played with dad over the years, lots of good stories for us to share in. We look forward to finalising the details of the trophy in his name for the HWM Tour – something he was keen for us to progress in his memory. Please pass on our thanks for all who attended and to those that couldn’t on behalf of my brother and I.”
The full text of Ian’s eulogy can be found here.
The December Committee meeting took place on 13th December and it was a welcome return for Graham Woodfine to the committee. Graham is the Highwayman’s Captain for 2019-20. Graham had previously served on Committee from 2009 to 2014 and had been the Men’s Captain in 2013.
The main topics of conversation were around car park security and how the course was holding up during the very wet spell that we are experiencing. WGML are planning to publish their thoughts on possible car park security options shortly.
Regarding course condition the option of prioritising some essential drainage, path extensions and course protection was discussed. This would take place ahead of the planned bunker refurbishment works of the greenside bunker on the 15th hole. Since the meeting WGML have altered the traffic light policy to include a Blue status for carry only and issued a communique regarding changes to the winter programme.
Discussions are also ongoing about ways to attract new lady members, and the how we ensure ongoing strong participation in ladies competitions.
Junior Scholars Presentation
On Friday 20th December the committee had the honour of listening to the presentations of the six Academy Scholars on their 2019 seasons. As always, the Juniors were inspirational by showing their dedication and commitment to the game.
Phoebe Whittingham, Ellie Szekeres, Lottie Woodham, Thomas White and Evie Kircher and Joe Silcock were all keen to pass on their thanks to the members for their support of the Scholarship programme.
Let’s hope the rain eases off and we are able to play some golf soon.