It has been a busy few months on the golf course, with the Christmas fun days, captains’ drive in and the January competitions getting under way. Competitions completed so far at the time of writing are the January medal won by Debbie Lees with a net 62 with Max Teixeira winning the gross prize with an excellent one under 68. The prizes in the captains’ drive in on 31 December, a bogey par competition, were taken by Jon Allamby with +5 and Carole Pearce leading the ladies with +1.
So far the weather has been kind to us this winter. The course has been a little muddy in places, but has been playing well, with only the occasional frosty morning resulting in the temporary greens being brought into play. Long may this continue.
2019 of course has seen in the new rules. The 20 most important changes are listed on the Mapledurham website, but probably the three which will affect us most are the search time reduced from five minutes to three, dropping from knee height rather than shoulder height and being able to putt with the flag stick left in the hole. They are all based on common sense and are designed to help speed up play.
In his handover address at the captains drive in, the day in which the 2018 captains putt out on the 18th and the new captains drive off on the first, outgoing mens captain Frank O’Neil thanked the many people who support the captains in their work. The roll of honour included handicap secretary Jeff Gardner, competitions secretary Sean Edgar, the treasurer Gillian Edgar and Rosemary Wilson who has spent many hours manning the competition desks. We should also recognise the work the midweek committee do, David Mehigan who ran the men’s team last year, Kim Kennedy who ran the mixed team and Dave and Tracey Smith who organise the midweek away days.
Add to the above director of golf Sean O’Brien, Christel, Kerry, Lee and the rest of the green-keeping team, and the other staff who help make the club such a success. We look forward to working with them all in 2019 and would like to thank them for their ongoing support.
We must also thank Frank and Karen for their work over the last year and hope that we can attain the high standards they set. We also welcome our vice captains David Mehigan and Anita Ryan.
For our charity for 2019 we were very keen to choose a local organisation. Launchpad has been helping homeless people in Reading for the last 40 years and we are pleased to be able to support this worthwhile charity. There are leaflets in the bar with more information and collecting tins on the bar and reception desk. (Please note the message from Launchpad on the tins, “Please don’t give money to beggars” this will just feed their drug habit.)
David Tann & Sue Rogers
Golf captains 2019