Pre-Season Message

The snowdrops are fading and the tulips are just about to bloom, so it must be spring and shortly it will be the start to another season of golf. We again have a full calendar of friendly mixed matches and the emphasis should be on the word ‘friendly’. Mixed matches are probably the most relaxed form of any competitive game of golf, where the comradery is as important as the result. All members are cordially invited to take part in these matches. A partner isn’t necessary but if you would prefer to play with a partner or spouse this can also be arranged. A full list of matches will be posted on the ‘Mixed’ notice board, outside the changing rooms and entry sheets will also appear there a few weeks before each match. I also email to all members on my squad list, notice of upcoming matches, so if you would like to be added to this list, then please let me know at dgw@dgwilliams9.plus.com.
Most matches are played at home and away on alternate years but for a couple both home and away are played in the same year. For all the matches the cost, around £16, is for the meal only, which maybe before or after the match and the dress code is ‘smart casual’.
I hope that this has whetted your appetite for a fun game of competitive golf and look forward to hearing from many of you in the near future.

David Williams (Mixed Organiser)


We are just over half way through our mixed season and thus far our results have been very favourable. We started with a respectable draw with Test Valley. This match went to the wire with new bloods Jackie and Martin Smith securing the final half on the 18th. Our next scheduled match, away to Mapledurham, unfortunately was scheduled for Mothering Sunday and we couldn’t raise a team, so it had to be postponed. A win at home with Sherfield Oaks followed, the first time we had recorded a win in this match for five years. Our home match with our old friends from Winter Hill came next and again we managed a respectable draw. It was down to the wire again with Jenny Lowe and Dean Butler getting the final half. It was good to have Maureen and Kevin Pickett out for this one and they also secured a half.
We are now into May and Captain Roy took over and hosted Mapledurham at Bishopswood and secured a 4 to 1 win, with most matches having high differentials. Our match away at Tidworth Garrison is the only one that has a greensomes foremat. This was a very close match, with most games being decided on the last hole but we finally lost 2½ to 3½. It was good to welcome back to the fold, for this match, Bob and Tracey Mitchell plus Keith Dennis. A home match with Dummer followed in which we again triumphed with the winning margin 4 to 2. Andy Alexander was a welcomed newcomer for this match and with the ever reliable, Sheila Crawford, secured a nail biting win. With the mixed organiser being on holiday, Captain Roy again headed the team that played the re-arranged away match with Mapledurham. This time his team couldn’t match the efforts their earlier counterparts and came away with a loss 2 to 3. Two home wins followed the first 4 to 1 with Andover and the next 3 to 2 with Hennerton.
That brings us up to date and we now have five more matches to play, two at home and three away. So if any member fancies a friendly game of golf just put your name on the entry sheets which are posted on the Mixed Notice board outside the changing rooms. We always welcome new faces to our team.
Before signing off I must thank my ever keen squad of members, who haven’t been mentioned above, for their continuing support. They are Pam Best, Lee Black, Dean Butler, Judy and Chris Chilver, Mabel Chuter, Sandy Deacon, Shelagh Finch, Jenny and Bob Lycett and Sandy Moss. Without these club stalwarts mixed matches could not take place.

David Williams (Mixed Organiser)
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