Well, here we are out of Lockdown and on the Roadmap. It has been really nice to see so many members out on the Course, with outside hospitality and a fully open Pro-shop, there is a real vibe around the Club once more.
The Monthly & Mid-Week Competitions have begun along with all the usual golf competitions from all sections. The Martin Bull Memorial Competition is to be held on the Early May Bank Holiday, which this year falls on the 3rd May. The competition is a Texas Scramble from the Yellow Tees. This will be the first Club Competition since returning from Lockdown. At the end of the month, Brad’s Smash-it Competition will be held on Spring Bank Holiday 31st May. This event is held in memory of our past Captain Brad Ruddick, who sadly left us before his time. It’s a Texas Scramble competition.
Club competitions which could not be played because the Club was closed during Lockdown have now been re-scheduled for later in the year. Details of these competitions will be included in future editions of this blog.
There have been a number of New Members joining the Golf Club during March & April. I hope that they will enjoy the golf at their new club. The current restrictions make it difficult to hold a New Members Meeting, however we hope to hold a meeting for all New Members in the near future.
Hooray!!! It’s brilliant that we’re back playing golf and meeting up with Ladies we haven’t seen for some time, socially distanced of course. I must admit my golf hasn’t been great but with each round there’s a slight improvement, I may just need a lesson or two. We’re very lucky to have two Pros that we can turn to for lessons, Lindsey Elkins and Adrian Bishop, so if you’re thinking of taking up golf or just need help with your game, give the Pro Shop a ring to book yourself in, on 01934 712452. If you’re interested, I know Lindsey is hoping to run some Ladies group lessons very soon.
So far in April, the Ladies have played two fun rounds, as we get back in the ‘swing’ of golf, it was a lovely way to start for all of us. On the 15th of April, we are playing our first competition a 3 Ball Bowmaker, a good format when only 2 of the 3 Ladies scores need to count. The following week, we’ll be playing a 4 Ball Better Ball, this time you’re playing with a partner and it’s the best score out of the 2 of you that gets put down on the card, again a bit less pressure.
We end the month with our Spring Meeting which is a Qualifying 18-Hole Stableford and the first trophies to be awarded for the year. Those Ladies in Division 1 will be playing for the Midgley Cup, Division 2 the Fry Cup and those in Division 3 the Webber Plate. For those who prefer to play 9 holes there will also be a Qualifying Stableford to sign up for.
Then in May, Ladies golf really takes off as our Alliance A and B, League and Friendly Team Matches will begin to be played, which is great as we missed out on these last year. Also, our Summer Knockouts will get underway, individual competitions are the MacArthur Trophy for both Division 1 and 2, the Sisters Plate for Division 3, and a Pairs competition for the Crandon Cup. There is a lot of golf to be played over the coming months.
During May, on Thursdays, we will be playing a Qualifying Stableford and Medal, along with a fun competition, a 4 Ball Step Aside Texas Scramble. The Ladies will also be holding their first Open of the year, a 3 Ball Bowmaker which is to be held on the 20th of May. Not only can Ladies from the Isle of Wedmore play in this but it is also open to visitors, so we’re hoping it will be fully supported, especially as the Clubhouse will be open again for food and drinks, with the rule of six.
Finally, another highlight of May is our Senior Men v Ladies Friendly Bowl. This will take place on Tuesday 11th May, this is another competition we missed out on playing last year, so preparations are in hand for that and hopefully this year it will be a win for the Ladies!
It’s been my pleasure to meet a couple of new members since we’ve been back playing and I was even able to play a round of golf with one new lady, which was wonderful. Please remember, the Committee Ladies and I are always happy to take you out around the course for a game, fill in a card for handicap purposes or point you in the right direction if you would just like a chat. You can contact me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01278 641454.
Well, the golf year is finally underway, and the weather could hardly have been kinder (perhaps a few more degrees celsius). It’s been great to get out on the course, and see how well it’s been kept for us.
It’s also great to see so many happy faces around, especially now that we can even have a drink and something to eat afterwards.
Despite everything that has happened, the seniors have grown, and we now have 210 senior members. Competition for our Monday mornings has become fierce: not the competition itself – the booking!
The seniors’ friendly fixture list has finally got underway, with a 6:1 home victory over Knowle. Congratulations to all those that played.
Clevedon next, on April 20th, and postponed Shirehampton match on 27th.
(Sadly, some of the away fixtures have had to be cancelled, but we’ve managed to re-arrange most of ours that were lost to Covid.)
Our Away Day is at Wells, on Wednesday 21st. A slight change of the original plan, because of the recent emergence from lockdown.
April 26th sees the Committee cup (and routine monthly stableford).
Our summer knockouts and the eclectic will start on 1st May, the winter ones having had to be abandoned because of the pandemic.
The Seniors individual open (Stableford) is fully booked for May 10th, and the Ladies vs Seniors (4BBB stableford) follows, the next day, May 11th.
The Seniors invitation day will be on 9th June. (4BBB with guests)
As always, we look forward to seeing everyone around the course. If anyone is short of a game, please let me know!
Clive Warren-Smith, Seniors Captain