Lockdown has meant that we have not been able to play many competitive rounds but congratulations to these two golfers for their wins in early December:
- David Fowler: winner of the Silver Hares Stableford on December 9th with 39 points;
- Lynn Craven: winner of the Ladies Stableford on December 9th with 35 points.
From Damon Kirk, Course Manager: With Christmas so close, we are wrapping up our course redevelopment projects and winding down for the festive period. The current phase of tree thinning and canopy lifting has been completed with great success and the pathway project is continuing at pace with extremely good results. These plans will begin again in the new year, bringing the same high standards that have been achieved this year.
Much of next year’s course maintenance plan has been formulated and we will be putting much focus on improving playing surfaces. The greens require a thatch layer reduction/aeration programme (thatch is a build-up of dead and living stems, leaves and roots), whereby the mechanical removal of organic matter is undertaken. This process is achieved by hollow coring, scarifying and verti-cutting followed by top dressing (the introduction of new sand into the soil profile).
There are many benefits to this programme but the main ones that golfers should see will be improved surface performance, greater penetration of water and increased playability all year round. It is the Club’s intention to develop and increase these standards to the level that our Members and guests deserve.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Members and players for their support and understanding over this past year and wish all a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.
From Jerri Sewell, PGA Pro:
From Olivia Cooke, PGA Pro:
From George Lings, PGA Pro:
Submitting a General Play score: General Play scores under the World Handicapping System (WHS) are similar to the Supplementary Scores that were permitted under WHS’s predecessor, the CONGU Unified Handicapping System.
General Play scores, so long as they comply with the requirements of WHS’s “Acceptable Scores”, will be included in the player’s scoring record used for calculation of their Handicap Index.
The following procedure is for General Play scores. If you wish to enter a General Play score at an “away” club, please contact the Club Handicap Committee.
Procedure for General Play Scores at the Club during Covid-19:
Rather than picking up a scorecard from the golf reception desk, you may wish to print your own scorecard. You can find a PDF file for the course on the Club’s webpage.
Play with another Member as your marker, while observing no-contact, social distancing guidelines. Rather than exchange cards, record your gross hole scores on your own card and ask your marker to record your scores separately, so that you can cross-check during and, especially, after the round. Your marker must verbally authorise your gross scores, instead of signing your card physically. It is useful for you and your marker to keep totals, as this can help to identify any discrepancies, during the post-round authorisation check. However, under the Rules of Golf, it is the individual gross hole score, which is authorised by both player and marker, not the totals or points.
You MUST register to submit a General Play round BEFORE you begin playing the round. This can be done via the Intelligent Golf App. When you press “begin scoring”, (found at the bottom of the SETUP screen), your round is then registered, with a timestamp. You can do this at any time on the day of the round, so long as it is before your booked tee time and before you tee off to start the round. The registration time stamp is verified as preceding your tee time booking.
Once you have pressed “begin scoring”, you can enter your gross hole scores on the App, as you play the round. Alternatively, you can just leave the App in that state on your mobile and enter the hole scores after your round. If you make no score on a hole then mark with a zero. If you do not complete the round then mark any holes not played with NS. You must enter your scores before leaving the club. The App will not permit scores to be entered if you are not within the vicinity of the club.
After you have finished the round, ensure that your card has all the essential information, otherwise it will be rejected:
a) The date and time you played your round
b) Your full name, in the header, with your signature at the bottom of the card
c) Indication of which tees you played from
d) Your marker’s full name, written legibly, to indicate who authorised your score
e) In the box for “COMPETITION” write “General Play”
f) The gross scores for each hole.
To avoid physical contact with your marker, or exchanging scorecards, take a photo/scan of the completed card and email it to the handicap secretary. Make sure that the image has the full card, so that no information is cut off. Your card must be emailed, no later than 10pm on the day of the round, even if you did not complete the round or did not hole out at every hole. If a card is not returned by the deadline, a “No Return” will be recorded. Do not put your card in the handicap cards box. Keep it with you for reference, until your score has been confirmed in your handicap record.