Update from the Captain

Hello Bishopswood golfers. Summer is here and, as I write, the Sun is shining……well, in Canada.
The Summer Solstice, which is our longest day, is June 21st so let’s hope the powers that be remember that it is the middle of our Summer.
Nevertheless, the rain is doing well for the course and, combined with the higher night temperature, the grass is growing and looking lush. The greens are smooth and we are seeing our great course getting back to it’s best. Well done Lee and Pete and the management.

May saw all of our teams continuing to do the very best for Bishopswood with Jeff leading the Seniors to humour the opposition if not totally overpower them. There has been a mixture of results but the most important things are that we all enjoy playing for our Bishopswood teams and the opposition love our course and clubhouse.

In May our Hampshire Sevens team played away at Corhampton, alas just losing out. For anyone who has played at Corhampton, as lovely a course it is, do not place a bet on the visiting team winning. Hopefully next season we will be awarded some home matches so we can replicate the success of our Seniors Classic team who, having beaten Bridport and West Dorset at home, play away in the next round at Christchurch on the 28th June. Our Ladies are also through to the third round of the county foursomes competition, the Knight Cup, having beaten teams from and Burley and Basingstoke, and will play away at Barton on Sea also on the 28th June.

Despite the rain, our Members & Guests day was a great success, with Brian Quenault and his partner Mark Churchill coming out on top. The late May Bank Holiday Monday Texas scramble was also well supported with a full field of golfers; the winners being team Darch and Nichols. Well done young Flynn and Emily and their Dads.

The Ladies Coffee Morning was a friendly success with over 30 golfers from other clubs enjoying our lovely course, and above all, our lovely ladies. Gill and I loved the stalls selling paintings by Sue; plants from lots of people including Lesley, Judy and Colin; cakes by many including Jean’s famous lemon drizzle buns and great scones by our President Bob; hand-made cards by Debbie and natural beauty products by Sheila.

Our Ladies, Seniors and Mixed teams have a full programme of matches so log-on to our website to find out how well they are all performing. By downloading the HowDidiDo App to your phone or computer you can access all results and events that are coming up at Bishopswood. If you want help downloading then ask one of the Committee members or Secretary Jenny and we will help you.

Martin Smith has told me of the great success our Juniors are having. After three matches in the Junior League Bishopswood proudly sit in first place. Eleanor Walker and Emily Nichols scored an amazing 51 points at the Hampshire and handicaps have rapidly fallen. Their next match is at Hartley Wintney and we have a promising team entered for this game. Don't be surprised to see our improving junior squad on the winning rostrum this year.

On the last Friday of May we held a new event that we called ‘A No Reason Doo’. Our hard-working and creative Social Committee wanted a low-cost event, with tables of 10, that would attract not only Bishopswood members but their friends and relatives. We couldn’t think of a name and Manager Kevin remembered an event from the past. A ‘No Reason Doo’. It worked, with around 90 tickets sold and a great night was had to the music of local band Carbon Copy. The ears were buzzing at first but once sorted the band entertained a dance floor full of members and their guests. The overwhelming request was, ‘We should have more like this’. We will.

The Summer Ball was held on Saturday 8th June and everyone who attended enjoyed, the food, the friendship and above all the fantastic music by the group from Liverpool, The Max. Well done Kevin Pickett and your team.

Finally, for now. We thank all in the club who organise these events. Much discussion and arranging goes in to creating and supervising all events all for the good of club and course. So that you know who are our hardworking Committee and Social Committee members are I show them below, not to forget the Bishopswood staff headed by Kevin Pickett and Ben.

Committee Members are:
President Bob Mitchell; Captain Roy Ward; Treasurer Nick Leonard; Ladies organiser, Shelagh Finch;
Seniors organiser, Jeff Wayling; Bob Lycett; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Secretary Jenny Lycett.

Social Committee Members are:
Captain Roy Ward; Gill Ward; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Dee Clinch; Past Captain Malcolm Boreham; Debbie Boreham; Past President Martin Smith; Jackie Smith; Manager Kevin Pickett, Mo Pickett.

Upcoming events.

The Championship Weekend, Saturday & Sunday June 15&16th. Good Luck to all.

The Bishopswood AmAm. It’s filling up quickly. The sheet is on the board so hurry. Friday July 5th

Penson Family Pairs, for members and a golfer in your family , not Spouse. Sunday July 7th

Cream Tea, for members, friends, family, neighbours or anyone else. Saturday July 20th

Captains Day, golf, fun and music Saturday August 17th.

If you have any suggestions, any ideas for the good, we are here to listen.

Captain Roy

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