Update from the Captain

Captains 2nd blog for March 2019

Hello to all of the Bishopswood Family. Spring is arriving in small doses and with it a few storms to let us know it has not yet fully arrived. But March does herald the start of our golfing season. More of that later.
I delayed this Captains Blog so that I could comment on our first St Davids Day event for some years. We had a full house in the Sands Room and enjoyed real traditional Welsh food at a very good price. Thank you to the Social Committee, and the Clubhouse team. Also thanks to Ray Morris and Andy Gemmell for their advice on how to make the evening Welsh. A smashing night was had by all.
Earlier in February we celebrated St Valentines Day. Some of us have gone past the stage of celebrating this day but as time goes on maybe we should let the other half know we really like being with them. It was a lovely atmosphere, lovely food and above all lovely company. I don’t mind using that word three times.
March is going to be busy. The Saturday v Sunday Boys draw is taking place on Friday 8th. It is nearly as enjoyable as the big day itself. As is normal, Kevin Fleet has organised the evening and if you haven’t been before don’t miss the banter. There will be a lot of us there so please order your food before-hand.
Saturday 9th is the Captains first official dinner of the year and even though every Captain has previously attended some of these events, I have to make a speech to previous Captains and Presidents, producing nervous twitches. I’ll let you know how it went.
The mighty Seniors golfers start their busy match season against Dummer away on Tuesday 5th led by the eloquent Jeff Wayling, who ensures they have plenty of players available.
Like the Seniors the Ladies commence battle later in March with their Pre-Season fun competition. Those playing both in the Ladies matches and Mixed must be very fit golfers.
Dave G Williams also starts his season using his charms to attract mixed teams and his season commences against Test Valley on 17th. Every year David quietly organises a very friendly team of ardent followers who really enjoy their mixed golf.
The Juniors commence battle soon and the signs are that they will have a good year as Louie Walker has just won the March Saturday Stableford with 49 points. Louie is working hard to get his handicap down and has lowered it by 10 shots during in the past couple of weeks.

Not to be outdone we have our first Gent’s match against Tylney Park at home on Saturday 23rd. We played 7 pairs against them at Tylney last year and got beaten 6-1. I’m glad I remembered this day because I was recovering from my first knee op and couldn’t play. Does anyone remember Capt. Malcolm saying we only lost when I was captain of the day? Mmm. He did do well the rest of the season though and Gary and I mean to top it.
The Gales trophy has been played by Bishopswood for many years and the results have been enjoyable but mixed. The players have to be 50 or over and the combined total of handicaps for 9 singles players is 90. It makes selection tricky as the team has to be good at singles, very competitive and mostly play to or below their handicap. Our first match is on Saturday 30th March, away at the lovely Manor course at Bramshaw.
We wish all of the teams mentioned above great success in March.
One of the big events of the year is Saturday v Sunday Boys held on Friday 22nd of the month at Marlborough Golf Course and brilliantly organised by Kevin Fleet. It needs a big course to hold an event like this. It is one of the most enjoyable golf events because you compete against people you know and the banter continues throughout the day and evening as we are back to Bishopswood for great food and revelling.
Finally, most of you, if not all, will be re-joining Bishopswood soon. Why should I assume this? Well, I have never been to a golf club where there are so many golfers and their partners that are friends. On top of that you know from last year that our greens are going to be superb again. When playing visiting clubs at home they drool at our clubhouse and the banter as well as playing ‘on a hidden gem of a golf course’. There are a few more squares left where you can pay just £10 to enter the draw to win free course membership for 2019/20. Just ask at the bar. They will all be gone on Friday evening at the Saturday v Sunday draw so best to get in while you can.
See you soon

Captain Roy

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