Men’s Captain’s Blog April 2018

With the weather looking up, time for an update!

Fund raising

Everyone's been so generous! The charity (Myeloma UK) is off to a great start and there's a pipeline of future events that will help fill the coffers. Highlights have included "stakes" plus winnings (thanks Ivor) from my drive-in, some very generous gestures from Captain/Pro challenges (special thanks to Chris and Di Kemp) and a brilliant result from our Night Golf full house (thanks to Steve Watson at ClearView and all contributors of raffle prizes... and the folk who bought them). Also, actually benefitting from adverse weather, the group that went to Formby (and got snowed off) contributed £120 stake money to the cause... thanks so much chaps.

Union

The Union aspect has been very enlightening. I suspect many Members are somewhat oblivious to the Harrogate District Union of Golf Clubs (HDUGC) because it doesn't have much bearing on day to day golf at any individual club. They do however organise a significant number of Alliances that see members from HDUGC playing at each others' courses through the wintry months... or that's how it should be! This year, of ten alliances scheduled to take place to date, only 3 have been completed, the most recent cancellation being Pannal. Proving that it's not just KGC that suffers in adverse conditions.

First Team

Anyway, things are looking up weatherwise, so anticipation is building for a great season's golf. Team-wise, the fixtures for both first and second teams are now available to view here. Both will have three fixtures in May, so it's important that we get off to a good start. As I wrote last time, the paradox is that first team can be played up to 18 handicap, while second team is 8 to 15. That lead to the "friendly" 1st vs 2nd fixture seeing the odd match in which a second team player was giving shots to a first teamer. But hey, if them's the rules! To be honest, when it comes to first team selection, the name of the game is to put out a "winning" side of 4 scratch players and 8 pairs players. The two main qualifying criteria then are form and mentality. Form means are you playing well to your handicap at the moment? Mentality means do you have the competitive edge to thrive in a first team setting? I'll add another... pride. Being asked to play for your Club's first team is quite an honour, so we need players who'll wear that shirt with pride and commit to the cause with requisite preparation to get them in best golfing shape. Team selection will be published asap so players can put them in their diaries. No doubt the same is true for second team under their excellent management!

Social events

As I said last time, it’s brilliant for us Captains to have the support of the entertainment subcommittee behind us. To update things a little:

  • Would I wine to you? April 28th: ONLY A FEW SLOTS LEFT, so let's make it a full house! Quiz-based wine tasting event. At only £10 a head to include ten wines plus cheese and biscuits, this is going to be a great evening. I'll say that again.... it's TEN POUNDS for which you get to sample ten great wines, a tasty cheese platter and a whole lot of fun. Proceeds from tickets and a raffle (magnum of Moet) on the night to Myeloma UK.
  • Ladies and Gents Captains’ Summer Celebration, June 23rd will be another fab night. Sincerely hope we can make that another full house.
  • The Rozzers, Sept 29th: KGC is hosting another awesome band. Remember The Police? Well, you’ll enjoy “The Rozzers”…. not least because lead singer Owen James sounds more like Sting than Sting does!

Golf/fun stuff

Theakstons Day, July 28th… to be inked in your diary for sure. Great comp, once again sponsored by our friends at Theakstons: BBQ, inexpensive alcoholic refreshments, disco.

Men's Captain's Day July 14th

Captain's Day for Ladies, Tues July 17th

Men's Captain's Away Day: Selby GC, July 20th. The sheet will go up shortly, so please get your name down asap to ensure you're in!

July's looking busy!

Enjoy the sunshine

Nick

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