Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas holiday and trust we are all looking forward to a great New Year! Best wishes for 2018!
All the club Christmas parties were a tremendous success with a standing ovation for the soprano singer Helen England at the Members' Saturday evening do, a very enjoyable fun comp, lunch and quiz for the ladies on the Tuesday and even a special Christmas Bridge lunch party for the Wednesday Bridge ladies.
So far this year on Tuesdays we have only successfully managed the Texas Scramble on 9 January! On 2 January ladies elected not to play the 4BBB due to the very bad weather and 16 January the course was closed and the competition cancelled!
There are always questions about the weather and Comps issues so I have attached onto the end of this newsletter definitions which Marjorie Lloyd who represents the ladies on the Competitions Committee has provided to assist us in this regard.
Ladies Section Medal Winner for 2017
Congratulations go to Sarah Hossack who has won this award!
Sarah has received a memento from England Golf and she may be eligible to progress to the regional finals of the Bridgestone Trophy organised by England Golf.
Ladies' Medal Winner 2018
In 2018 this competition will include 6 Saturday medals/stroke play competitions (designated by Comps) in addition to the 6 monthly medals/stroke play competitions scheduled on the Tuesdays.
The winner will be the lady with the 'lowest aggregate differential of four nett scores in relation to the Standard Scratch Score of the course'.
A, B and Plate Team fixtures were provided by Mary Gomme in mid December and have been posted on the website.
Business Ladies' Fixtures
Sarah Hossack will be running the Business Ladies' matches again this year so we are hoping for great results! The fixtures are as follows and please contact Sarah direct if you able to play in any of the matches on email@example.com
25th March 10am Away at Astbury GC. ( No Team matches the Monday before)
29th April 10am Home against Sale GC ( A team play Lymm and Plate team play Marple)
20th May 2.30 Away against Sale GC (A team play Bramall Park)
10th June 10am Home against Astbury GC ( A Team play Prestbury and Plate team play Knutsford)
Wendy Ashton will be in charge of the Friendly matches this year and the fixture dates are on the schedule on the website. The list will go up on the noticeboard in due course. Wendy's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
On 15 December all members received a Competitions Newsletter 2018 confirming the introduction of the 54 handicap and in particular highlighting for the ladies the fact that 9 hole Stableford Comps would be added following all the medal and Major competitions so all ladies will be able to play on a Tuesday. These have been added into our schedule which has been updated and is available on the website. Link as follows:
With regard to the handicap 'C' status situation which a few people once again got caught out on, please remember to retain your 'C' status, which means you can enter competitions, all you need to do is play in 3 'qualifying' competitions between April and October and these can be 9 hole Q Comps! To regain your 'C' status if you have lost it you will need to put in 3 supplementary cards or play 3 qualifying competitions. Again these can be 3 X 9 holes.
The rulings on weather issues as previously mentioned are as follows:
The Club’s Conditions of Competitions sets out in full the procedures for suspension/abandonment of competitions and the decision rests with the Club Owner, as the nominated representative of the Competitions Committee, although it is open to individual players to query conditions.
Very occasionally, the weather may not render the course unfit for play but may be such that a member may not wish to play. Players are reminded that it as a Rule of Golf that bad weather is not of itself a good reason for not playing.
A player has until 3pm the previous day to remove their name from BRS and will not then be charged, so if the weather forecast is unfavourable and you do not wish to play, this is always the best option.
If, however, you do not take that step, the following will apply:
• If you don’t turn up or turn up to the club but do not collect your card from the desk in the Academy, this is a “no show” and will result in the competition entry fee being deducted from your account and in most circumstances you will be ineligible to play in the next two similar competitions. A player will be notified by the Committee if this has been applied.
• If you report for registration and collect your card but do not go out to play, the competition entry fee will be deducted from your account and you will be disqualified under Rule 6-3a
• If you start to play but then discontinue without proper justification, you will be disqualified under Rule 6-8a and will still be charged the entry fee.
• Unless a competition is officially abandoned then, even if the majority of players in a competition decide not to play, the competition stands and those players who do complete their round and submit scores will be eligible to win the prizes in the usual manner, with the prize fund comprising the fees of all entrants.
Finally, we hope for improved weather but perhaps worth remembering that the ladies have several tee times booked each Friday for roll up from 10.36 and all ladies are welcome to join in.
Trusting the above info is helpful. Of course it would be preferable to imagine sunny and dry days from now on but perhaps we're not quite there yet!
With best wishes and kind regards