Captains Newsletter September/October 2018

September into October sees the last of our major competitions and the last chance to get your names up on the Boards of Fame in the Golf Club. So far excellent scores well in excess of 40 points have seen winners in most competitions this summer. Jeff Lucas will be busy no doubt awarding observation cuts as we come to the end of summer and enter the Autumn. New rules are nearly upon us and it will be interesting to see how our handicaps are assessed over 20 games and how we adapt to the new rules which start in January 2019. The Players edition of the New Rules are available behind the Bar to members wanting one..

My Captains week was a busy one and very enjoyable. As always very well supported by you the members. I enjoyed playing 13 holes with the VETS in the first competition on Tuesday (as a non competitor) then a quick change while they completed 18 holes, to present the prizes. Micky Norton won on the day scoring an impressive 39 points. Much praise must go to Mike Horwood and Terry Cook who have kept the VETS competitions going and letting me take centre stage on the Day in presenting the Prizes. I usually let the experts get on with it and these two have done a marvellous job all year round in organising the competitions and presenting the VETS prizes.
Wednesday saw the Captain v Vice Captains teams and again the Vice Captains team won as they seem to do most years this time with only 3 points in it.

Thursday I literally was away with the fairies with Linda and Grandson No 1 at Pixie Manor at Ruxley Garden Centre, then Friday away with the Ramblers as Rajinder's and Graham's guest at Parkwood Golf Club. Never played here before and once the clubhouse is finished and the course maintained this looks like it is going to be a place to come back to.
Saturday Tea and Cakes with the Ladies Captains Prize quickly turned into a drink from the bar and home made cakes from Linda which went down a treat. The winner Christine Keen who is turning out to be quite a steady golfer won her third competition of the year.

Sunday was the busiest day of all for both Linda and I with the Men's Captain's Prize and seeing our Winner, Green Keeper Rob West come in with a 44 on a handicap of 10 was excellent.

A quick change and off to Cherry Lodge with Linda to relax watching three great tribute bands at their Party in the Park was a lovely way to end the week.

Lovely to see the Ramblers and BOGS entering teams for the Ladies Charity Day early in September which was well supported and their Charity receiving in excess of £2000 on the day. Well organised by the Ladies and special praise has to go to Lesley Wright for sticking with it as some teams dropped out just before the day.

Very busy with plenty of golf for me in September. A London Captains Golf Tour up to Grantham where Bexleyheath Golf Club was well represented with Frank Moloney and myself winning two of the three competitions.

A marvellous trip to Sunningdale Golf Club courtesy of the course given free to myself and the Captains of Shooters Hill, Eltham Warren, Sidcup, Shortlands and Cherry Lodge. Big thank you to John Leigh for driving us up there and back in his new minibus.

What can I say about Totally Tina, those that managed to get tickets witnessed a fantastic night here on our tribute night from a very professional young lady and her dancers. Standing ovations, a sight I have not seen before at Bexleyheath. Sidcup and Shooters Hill Golf Clubs look like booking her so if you missed her last Friday don't miss out again.

Refurbishment is finally with us as many will see as the ceiling came down on Saturday and the build begins. Congratulations have to go to Robin Bishop for getting this one off the ground and the fantastic generosity of Pat Castles and the support from our members in raising the funds for the build to be realised.

I am more than half way through my Captaincy now and very happy to see that light at the end of the tunnel has illuminated massively as we now have 108 full time members. Some due to the Academy, three from the Danson Festival and several due to the marvellous condition of our course and some joining having played here on a green fee or two. The Course has had many improvements this year and it has paid off in a big way. Congratulations to the innovative thinking of our Green Staff and Team from the Committee who have done a lot of work towards improving our course.

Pick and place has now started on the fairways and cut grass around the greens (preferred lines) as we enter autumn and winter approaches with one more major competition for the men in the RAFA Cup this coming Sunday. Probably the last warm Sunday so enjoy it! It will be warm clothing more than likely after this weekend. Hope to see some of you on Sunday (in the Spike Bar).

Happy Golfing
Captain Tony
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