( Quiz Night at SGC hosted by Mick Dorrian )
CAPTAIN’S NEWSLETTER MAY 2017
With the weather finally beginning to warm up it is a great time to get out on the course and see how good it is all looking. The greens especially, have really improved for so early in the season and are a real credit to Sid and Wallace.
AYRSHIRE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS
Round 1 of this Gents singles championship was played at Skelmorlie where Johnnie Anderson had a great win over his opponent a +2 handicapper from Louden Gowf. This win was reported as a “shock defeat” for the Louden golfer as he had won the championship a previous five times. Johnnie now goes on to Round 2 to be played at Royal Troon. The club all wish him well.
PRESIDENTS PUTTER 2017
DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES
Commiserations to both Gents & Ladies teams. Graham Todd and Graham Anderson were beaten away at Greenock and the ladies team of Janet Harkness and Margaret Stewart were beaten at home by Gleddoch.
Please note that this will be lifted from Monday the 1st of May.
COMPETITION SCORECARD ENTRY
Please be careful to ensure that your competition scorecard is completed carefully including the correct score for each hole or an NR as appropriate. Then please check date and name of competition, your handicap and then please ensure that you have the card signed correctly and finally please be sure of course to submit your card. Please avoid any chance of competition disqualification by an incorrectly or partially completed scorecard, or even failing to submit the card.
Please also note that competitors in a club competition must always return their scorecard so that the correct Competition Scratch Score can be calculated for that day, the only usual exception to this, is if a player needs to retire with an injury.
CLUBHOUSE & CARPARK TIDY UP
Thank you to all who gave up their time to come along and assist. Many hands made lighter work and a lot was achieved on the day.
We recently delivered 3000 leaflets, publicizing the club to the homes of Skelmorlie, Inverkip and Wemyss Bay residents. Thank you to all who participated in this and to the Explorer Scouts of Skelmorlie and Inverkip for their help.
Our most recent fundraising initiative did not quite get off to the start that we had envisaged. The Joker was turned on the very first card and made Douglas Hodge a very happy man and £50 richer. However, we now start afresh and are up and running with the first card in this new game. The winner this week was Michael Dorrian with a 5 of spades so Mick wins £10. Next week’s jackpot will be £70. Cost is £1 per number chosen – well worth a go.
Mixed and Gents knockout competitions – Sandy and Roger have now entered these online and the draws can be accessed to view via the MasterScoreboard on the website, once information is published, sometimes be a few days before this is done. If you have played a tie please enter your scores the next time you are on the touchscreen score entry sytem in the lounge. This will then automatically update the draws online.
GENTS CAPTAINS PRIZE DAY – BOGEY COMPETITION
This takes place next Saturday the 6th of May. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd comprising of American Golf vouchers to the value of £50, £30 & £20, respectively. There will also be a nearest the pin at the 16th hole for a bottle of Whisky.
I hope that as many as possible of you can take part. We intend to hold a prize-giving at approximately 5.30pm when that week’s Joker draw will also be carried out.
FIRST 9 HOLE MEDAL
Our first 9 hole medal of the year will be held on Sunday the 7th of May. This will be held over THE FRONT NINE course – and will be over holes 1-9 with Gents & Juniors off the White tees, Ladies off the Red tees. There will be designated cards available for this course. This is our initial 9 hole medal and is open to all to play together. For this first 9 hole medal the allocated teetimes for the competition are between 2 & 4pm. Sign up sheet and entry fee as usual in the lobby and please enter scores on the computer.
The next 9 hole medal will be held over THE FLAT NINE course – holes 9 to 18 but omitting the 16th. This will be Gents and Juniors from the Yellow Tees and Ladies from the Reds. The date for this one will be notified later. We will shortly be providing 9 hole competition specific scorecards. Please ensure you are using the correct card for the appropriate nine holes of competition being played.
Please refer to the 9 hole handicap adjustment sheet in the lobby to determine your 9 hole handicap value. Please note that this is not half your 18 hole handicap as might be expected – please check the adjustment value.
GENTS OPEN COMPETITION – Sunday 14th MAY
If you are intending to play in this competition please could you get your entries in as soon as possible. This is also an excellent opportunity to bring a friend from another club. Entry forms are available in the bar and can also be made online. Again the prize-giving will be held as soon as the last game is in and once again we will do that week’s Joker Draw at the same time.
HELD ON SATURDAY 29th APRIL – QUIZ, PIE AND A PINT NIGHT
A huge thanks to Mick Dorrian a great quizmaster, for all his hard work in preparing the quiz for this night – it was a highly enjoyable night once again at Skelmorlie Golf Club, a sellout once more and another succesful social evening at SGC – thanks to all those who came along and took part
SATURDAY 26th MAY – SOCIAL NIGHT
Further information will appear on the website soon.
GREEN CONVENOR’s UPDATE
It is proposed, for a trial period, to leave a six foot wide area of longer grass across the 6th fairway at a suitable distance from the green to stop reasonably good shots finishing at the bottom of the hill. We would also consider doing the same at the front left side of the 2nd for the same reason. It has also been suggested that we allow grass to grow on the right hand bank of the 13th green to stop balls running down over the path to unplayable lies and difficult to lift and drop no nearer the hole in that area.
This is for a trial period initially and discussions will take place with Sid as to length of grass. We feel that this will speed up play in these areas.
There is still time to enter this and purchase a number for 2017. To enter and have the chance to win £100 per month, and £200 in December please complete the entry forms, available in the clubhouse. Next draw is the 27th of May. This is an easy way to support the club and perhaps win back something for yourself. Numbers now cost £20 for the remaining ten draws of this year. The winner of the £100 for April is John Rush.
Hope to see you on the course soon.
Captain – Skelmorlie Golf Club