From our Captain
Thinking back to the beginning of the month we were treated once more in the media and on TV speculating that there would soon be a relaxation of lockdown rules. This enabled the club to offer two, three and fourball slots putting paid to the three and a half hour rounds we were just getting used to and to be honest I quite enjoyed.
With the relaxation of the lockdown rules it enabled us to look at introducing our competitions and try to get back to some form of normality. It also enabled us to look at a more competitive form of Seniors Golf.
Firstly, we had some catching up to do by completing the Winter Singles which incidentally was won by Bill Wardle beating Phil Hickley 3&2 in the final. A very good match by all accounts, my congratulations go to Bill for a fine victory.
In the meantime, we have introduced the Summer Singles which is now proceeding. The draw for pairings has been made and matches are underway. Good luck to everyone taking part.
The first monthly Stableford is scheduled for the 10th July entry and scoring will be a little different to what we are used to. The method of entry and scoring has been designed to keep everyone safe. It will also require a degree of honesty when filling out your scorecards. Full details of how this will work will be published on the website and an instructional video by Karl has been released on ClubV1.
You will no doubt be aware that there are now Course clocks situated at the approach to the sixth and twelfth holes on both courses to remind you to keep up a steady pace and keep up with the group in front of you. The time you see should not be later than the time you tee’d off.
You will have noticed that changes in the Golf Shop have been taking place over the past few weeks as a new and more Golf related structure beds in. The changes taking place I believe will be for the benefit of the members and the Golf Club as a whole.
I hope you have all seen the Members loyalty scheme published on ClubV1 and in the circumstances a very reasonable offer which will go some way in compensating members for their support during these unprecedented times.
In the meantime, continue to enjoy your golf, take care and continue to stay safe,
A very warm welcome this month to Ian Berry and Ken Howard who have very recently joined SbN having previously been members of Ashley Wood, Dorset and Brett Vale respectively. We are sure that you will all make them both very welcome. In the rather unusual world we are currently living in it is nothing like as easy for new members to find their feet and, more importantly, playing partners. Please feel free to make contact and see if you can arrange a game - email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both courses are looking really good given the recent dry weather. Most members have appreciated the work put in by the skeleton staff of greenkeepers during the lock down period. We are now back up to 7 greenkeepers (normally 11) but the Club needs increased income from Golf Breaks and Society bookings before we stand a chance of getting back to a full complement.
The Volunteer scheme has been successful in doing some of the non - technical jobs around the courses which allows the greenkeepers to concentrate on grass cutting etc. So far the volunteers have contributed around 100 person hours weeding and raking bunkers, oiling tee boards and tidying up around the 1st Gainsborough tee, Putting Green and other tee boxes.
Many thanks to all those who have given up their time so far. Other working days are to be arranged, so if anyone else would like to get involved, please contact either Norman Davidson or myself.
Well done to Neil Ashwell who decided earlier in the year to run at least 70 miles during May, with sponsorship being donated to the Sudbury Foodbank. Neil did so well that he got well past the 70 mile target. Well done, a great achievement and for a superb cause.
Due to the efforts of Miki & Roger Davies and the generosity of Senior members the food donations to the Foodbank has hit £2135. The demand on the Foodbank has quietened down recently as the full effects of the virus has reduced and as a result no more donations are now required although it is very likely that we will choose to support the Foodbank again at one of our Christmas competitions.
We are now able to return to competitions once again, although things will look a little bit different, at least for a while. The first comp is the Stableford on the 10th July – the rescheduled April competition. Phil Ledger sent round an e.mail recently setting out how this will all work. Put very simply - arrange a tee time with playing partners / ‘Sign In’ to the competition on How Did I Do on the morning of the comp / play your round / enter your score on HDID before midnight on the day of the comp / moan and groan about how ‘desperately unlucky’ you were !!
There is no reason why this competition will not be a qualifier.
Any issues please speak to Allen Smith, who is coordinating the competition.
Forthcoming Diary Dates ……………
Friday 10th July April Monthly Stableford – Constable course – see above
Wednesday 22nd July July Monthly Stableford & Presidents Prize – Gainsborough course
Monday 10th August August Stableford - Constable
Monday 17th August May Stableford - Gainsborough
Wednesday 19th August Medal Cup & Bell - Gainsborough
Wednesday 9th September June Stableford
Monday 14th September September Stableford & Senior Veterans Cup – Constable
Monday 28th September Suffolk v Essex – Constable
Tuesday 29th September Senior Past Captains Meeting – Haverhill GC