CAPTAIN’S NEWSLETTER MARCH 2018
To both old and new members we extend a warm welcome to the new season at Skelmorlie Golf Club. Although, like the rest of the country we are currently experiencing problems with the snow, we can assure you that Sid and Wallace have been hard at work getting things ready for the new season. Let’s hope that the weather starts to improve and we can all get on the course without the need for a sledge or skis!
It is with great sadness that I report the recent passing of two past Captains of the club – Angus Shepherd and Peter Rice.
Angus passed away a couple of weeks ago after a long battle with illness. He was Club Captain, a number of years ago but was only in his early fifties when he passed away. Unfortunately, I did not know him but from what I have heard he was a true gentleman and very popular among the members. I believe he gave up golf in favour of fly fishing a number of years ago and went on to hold very high office at National Level within the fly fishing community. His funeral will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday 6th March at Greenock Crematorium and then on to the Tontine Hotel, Greenock. Angus’s wife, Susan, is particularly keen to express her wish that Angus’ friends do come along to the Tontine after the service.
I know Peter’s death will come as a shock to many of you. He passed away yesterday – Saturday 3rd March, after a short spell in hospital. Whilst having a few health battles to fight over the last few years, he was only just recently up at the club for the Burns evening happily enjoying himself, so it has been quite a shock to hear such sad news. Past Captain just a few years ago, he was a loyal and popular member of Skelmorlie Golf Club and will be much missed. We have no funeral arrangements, as yet.
Thank you to all who have already paid their fees and we would be obliged if those who are still to organise this could do so as soon as possible. As the club is currently closed due to the severe weather we would be obliged if you could make use of the BACS facility and make payment direct to the Club’s account, as detailed on your subscription notification e-mail. Any problems please contact Jane at email address email@example.com
ROLL OF HONOUR
Congratulations to all of them and good luck for this coming season to all those taking part in this year’s competitions.
Entries to all Annual competitions are now open. The closing date for the Ladies’ competitions is 14th March. Send your entries to Jenny if you are unable to get to the Club. The closing date for the Gents competitions is the 19th March – please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to enter and have not already done so. Please make sure you have your entries in before the closing dates.
TEXAS SCRAMBLE & PRIZE GIVING
The Season opener is currently planned for Saturday the 10th of March with a Mixed Texas scramble followed by the annual prize giving. It remains to be seen if we can do the prize giving next week – at the moment it is looking doubtful. The entry sheets are, however, up in the foyer and as this event is always popular best to get your name up soon (just in case the weather relents).
Although milder weather is due we will send a notification later in the week to confirm if we can manage to go ahead with this as planned given the weather conditions.
Starting time is 12 noon for a 12.30 shotgun start.
This new session is now up and running at the cost of £12 per number (£1 per month). The first draw will be held on the evening of the 24th March which still gives you plenty time to enter. Your £12 gives you the chance to win £50 per month, and £100 in December. Join in the clubhouse or on the website and you can either pay online or by depositing your entry fee in a marked envelope and posting it through the slot in the bar.
PGA PROFESSIONAL GRAHAM ROSS – LESSONS
Looking for golf lessons for the new season ? Contact Graham on 07952 400490. He is also happy to carry out hour lessons in groups of four. Please form your group and contact him to arrange a mutually convenient time.
AYRSHIRE LADIES WINTER FOURS
Irene Papworth and her partner Helen Craig from West Kilbride were narrowly beaten on the last putt of the 18th hole in the final of this competition. Having come from five down with seven to go the ladies should be rightly proud of their efforts and a huge well done to you both from all at Skelmorlie.
24th MARCH – SOCIAL EVENING
The Social Committee (headed by Tommy Campbell) have organized their first event of the year. They have organized a 24th March Pie and Quiz night. Tickets are £5 and available now in the clubhouse.
Tommy is, as always, looking for raffle prizes with the intention of setting up a prize bank which they can draw from for any events requiring a raffle. Should you have any odd bottles, boxes of chocolates or daft items of any sort please could you leave them in the clubhouse marked for his attention.
ACCESS TO THE CLUB
As of Saturday the 3rd March, road access to the club was not possible even for some 4×4’s, the impassable condition of this road may persist for some days yet. While the green-keepers will do their best to open the road on Monday, it is questionable as to how successful they may be with that task, and we may just have to wait for milder conditions to improve the situation.
NEW SKELMORLIE GOLF CLUB SECRETARY
Due to personal commitments Roger will be handing over his role as Secretary of Skelmorlie Golf Club to current member, Mr Evan Gregg. We, as a committee and on behalf of the membership would like to thank Roger very much for all the hard work he has put into the Club over the last couple of years and to wish him well for the future. He will continue to assist Evan whilst he settles into the role.
Best wishes for the new season and hope to see you on the course once it thaws out.
Captain – Skelmorlie Golf Club