Hello everyone, my name is Dave Skelton and I am the new Captain of the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club for 2021. Welcome to the first edition of Captains Corner.
The intention of Captains Corner is to keep members, potential members and visitors informed of forthcoming golfing & social events. It will also keep you informed of improvements & changes to the Course & Clubhouse. This monthly blog will include contributions from Ann Dixon Ladies Captain & Clive Warren-Smith Seniors Captain.
This blog has been redrafted many times. It began life just before Christmas. Since then, we have been through Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4 and finally into Lockdown. So, it is a mix of what is, might and could have been, just to keep you posted.
I hope everyone has had a good & safe Christmas, considering the times we are living in. New Year celebrations are now behind us. I am sure most people are looking & hoping for a more stable year, somewhat closer to normality. With the vaccine now being distributed there is some hope for next year.
Unfortunately, most golfing and social events were severely restricted or cancelled altogether last year. But we intend to be as flexible and innovative as we can, whilst adhering to the Government Guidelines. We had planned a Carol Sing-along for December 18th 2020 which had to be cancelled. The next planned event was Burns Night on January 23rd 2021. In December it was decided that with the current restaurant restrictions in place, the main features of a Burns Night could not be included, therefore it too was cancelled. It was then decided to run a Burns Inspired golf day instead. The competition was to be a Cha-Cha-Cha format, with a compulsory Burns/Scottish themed dress. But unfortunately, that never materialised because we moved to Tier 4 and then Lockdown.
Once the Golf Club reopens and Government Guidelines allow we will be running our planned golfing and social events. The proceeds from these events will go to our chosen charities. This year we are supporting Dementia UK, Asthma UK and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. I look forward to seeing you all !
Hi, I’m Ann Dixon the Ladies Captain and I hope to keep you informed on what we have coming up for the Ladies during January.
Our Ladies Competition day is Thursday and during the winter we have tee times from 8:26 until 11:58. We are a thriving, friendly section, within which there are a wide range of playing abilities, most importantly everyone is incredibly supportive and encouraging and you would be made to feel most welcome.
Obviously, during these difficult times our plans are quite fluid and as I write this, we now find ourselves in Lockdown. This means we are unable to hold the competitions we had planned for January. When we are back playing we will still be signing up on HowDidiDo or Club VI to play on a Thursday, each start sheet opens 2 weeks before the actual date you play, so download the apps or speak to the Pro Shop if you would like to book yourself in.
For those Ladies starting to play golf and who feel ready to meet other Ladies and get out there and play 9 holes in a fun way, we have a group called ‘Swingers’. This is organized over the winter months, from October to the end of March on a Tuesday morning, by June James. It is always well attended and a great introduction to playing golf, you just need to add your name to a sheet put up in the Changing Room (bring your own pen) and you’re good to go.
If you are new to the club and just want a casual round, you will find in the Ladies Changing Room, a box containing our telephone directories, which for a £1 donation you can take away. On the front are the names and telephone numbers of the Ladies Committee Members, any of which, including me would be pleased to arrange a round with you and inside a full list of all the Ladies who play.
I look forward to seeing you out on the golf course. Happy golfing and may all your putts drop.
Hi, I’m Clive Warren-Smith, Seniors Captain for 2021.
I’d like to tell you what going on in January, but sadly, under lockdown, that’s not a lot!
Usually, we’d be out every Monday morning with our regular Seniors competitions, which would have been part of the “Winter League”, plus stableford, and a fun comp. There’s something every week usually, and knockouts, both singles and pairs, to keep us amused.
I’d have been planning for our first match (Away to Tall Pines) in late February. This was the only match that was played last year, because of Covid-19, so we’d hoped to get it played. I made contact with their captain on the morning of the day that the new lockdown was announced – what a sense of timing!
What should we be doing then? Well, the days are getting longer, if not yet warmer, and spring will eventually come. So, get those clubs out, and give them some love and attention. Out with the putter, find a suitable bit of carpet for a practice. Knock a few strokes off and keep WHS happy! Clean that mud off the trolley on a sunny day, and clean and re-proof the boots. If lockdown lasts too long, we might not need them, and if it finishes soon, we’ll be delighted to go and get them dirty again!!
Once the lockdown ends, we can look forward to meeting again, and hopefully some new friends and even some new members? Anyone short of a game, or anyone not familiar with the course, or needing a handicap card filled in can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0771 252 8051.
Finally, congratulations to Kev Osman, our past Club Captain & Quizmaster, who has just “Beaten the Chasers” (ITV Friday evening 8th Jan)
Best wishes to all