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NOVEMBER NEWS

 

COMPETITION RESULTS IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER:

 

October Stableford: Once again a fantastic field of 53 for the first monthly stableford of the season. Division winners were Chris Nicholas 43 pts in div 1, Simon Berry with 43 pts in div 2 (which cost him a hefty 2.5 cut) and Steve Clayson 41 pts in div 3. Well done to all.

 

November Stableford: the entry fees for this month’s competition are donated to the Royal British Legion, so there are just prizes – in the form of Poppy medals – for the three Divisional winners – Rob Hamilton, Bob Perry and Ted Stokes.  Congratulations to them !  In all, taking in the Ladies’ donation and a little left over in the coffers, almost £200 was donated to the Royal British Legion – thanks to everyone for this.

 

Men’s Winter League R1 & R2: 13 pairs competed in round one with the top score of 50 pts going to Roy Hutchinson and Mark Farnworth.Round two was played a week later with 14 pairs this time. Top scoring was William Slim and Dan Chandler with 46 pts. The 3 best of 4 rounds will be completed this month with the top 8 pairs going forward to the match play knock out stage, which will be played as a four ball better ball matchplay competition. The dates for the Knock-out stages are as follows:

Quarter-finals to be played by 25 February, semi-finals by March 25 and final by April 1.

 

And congratulations to Dan Hall and Pars Ghadiali on their recent holes in one, completed on the same week-end: Dan at the 5th and Pars at the 16th.  Well done, both of you!

 

CLARIFICATION ON COMPETITIONS AND WINTER RULES

 

Some members have asked why the November medal was a non-qualifier.  At the 2016 AGM (how long ago that seems!) we agreed that in future the November, December, January and February medals would be non-qualifiers, so that we didn’t have to make last minute decisions about the state of the course etc.  We will stick with this unless and until there is a significant demand for members for a change, and we discuss it at an AGM.

There are still prize vouchers and an overall winners’ medal to be won for the December, January and February medals.

 

We have also had some questions about winter rules.  To remind you, the two Local Rules that we implement over the winter are these. In both cases below, the position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted.  Failure to mark the position incurs the loss of the hole in matchplay and a two stroke penalty in strokeplay.  These rules do not apply to a ball in sand.

‘Through the green’ means any part of the course except the teeing ground and the putting green of the hole being played and all hazards on the course.

1. PREFERRED LIES

“A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.”  

The ball may only be marked and placed once. Should the ball move having been placed, it must be played from its new position.  Failure to observe this incurs a one stroke penalty.

2.  EMBEDDED BALL

“Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.”

In addition, to provide clarity and avoid damage to the course, the Committee has decided that for the Men’s Winter League and the monthly Stablefords that are played while winter rules are in force, the preferred lies rule will apply to ALL parts of the course through the green, not just closely mown areas.  In other words, in these competitions, you may ‘pick and place’ in the rough as well as on the fairway.

So far as other events, such as Seniors and roll-ups, it is up to the organiser to decide in advance whether preferred lies will apply throughout the course or only to closely-mown areas.

 

DEFIBRILLATOR INSTALLED

The defibrillator has now been purchased.  It has been registered with the South West Ambulance service and is now installed in the cabinet on the outside wall of the reception area ready for when needed. 

Access is obtained by phoning 999 and giving your location they will then give you the key code. (instructions are on front of cabinet). The code is also known to staff in the clubhouse and to Committee members.

It is a fully automatic defibrillator, meaning that it gives instructions on use.  In addition, we are looking to arrange some training for those interested. 

Many thanks to Stephen Pound for all his work in organising the fundraising and installation, to Alan and Victor for their contribution towards it and to all of you for donating your money.

We just trust now that we hope we don’t need it, but if we ever do, it will make a life-saving difference.

 

CHANGE OF TREASURER

Hanif Bhula has taken over from Simon Williams.  Very many thanks to Simon for his many years of service to the Club.

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 2018

Subscriptions to the Club are due on 1 January 2018.  They will remain the same price, £35, as in the past.  Sean Bailey, the Membership Secretary as well as Club Captain, will be writing out shortly to remind you of this.  Just in case you were wondering, this is what you get for your money:

  1. Affiliation to the English Golf Union, Gloucestershire Golf Union and National Association of Public Golf Courses. Through this, our members’ handicaps are officially recognised and enable you to play with a ‘live’ handicap on any course. Around two-thirds of your membership subscription is paid across in affiliation fees.
  2. Access to County Cards.  As members, we are entitled to  annual County Cards, which enable us to play at other courses, not just in Gloucestershire, for approximately half price green fees. Until last year, County Cards cost an additional £16, but are now included with your membership.
  3. Official handicaps and entry to club competitions. We organise a range of competitions for men, women and seniors, through which members get their competition handicaps that enable them to play with other golfers across the country.  The Master Scoreboard section of the website records all of our scores, and enables us to track our scores. 
  4. An annual presentation evening and an Annual General Meeting, at which a drink and refreshments are provided to those who attend from the subscription income.
  5. Through a Committee of volunteers, we liaise with the course owners and managers to ensure that the views of the members are taken into account in course improvements and developments.
  6. An annual calendar of events and competitions is provided to each member, so that we know what is happening when.
  7. Members are entitled to play for Club teams – we run Mens, Ladies and Seniors teams which play a range of matches and in other competitions.

 

COURSE IMPROVEMENTS

Many thanks to Richard and his team for their work on the winter tees, not always in the best of weather for laying concrete.  We all appreciate the improvement they have brought.

Over the winter, the greenkeeping staff will be working their way through maintenance on each hole, chiefly pruning and tidying the trees.

CONGU CHANGES 2018

The main change that will affect us is the ending of the ‘Club handicap’

system, and the extension of both mens’ and ladies’ handicaps to 54.

Yes, you will be able to have a handicap of up to 54. After 1st January

2018 Handicap Committees can increase handicaps above the current

limits of 28.0 and 36.0, and they will also increase above those limits

automatically as a result of above Buffer Zone returns in Qualifying

Competitions and Supplementary Score submissions. When the

Handicap review is undertaken in January 2018, all those with handicaps

of 28 (men) and 36 (ladies) will be reviewed.

If you would like more detail on this or other changes, you can find them  on the England Golf website.

 

 

WELCOME

Welcome to the members section. We are the Club members of Rodway Hill Golf Club.  There are more than two hundred of us, and we pay an annual subscription, currently £35, for which we get the following benefits: 

1.     Affiliation to the English Golf Union, Gloucestershire Golf Union and National Association of Public Golf Courses. By belonging to an affiliated Club, members are able to play in competitions organised by the GGU and NAPGC, which in turn gives access to regional and national competitions, and our handicaps and membership are nationally recognised.  Approximately two-thirds of our annual subscription is spent on affiliations.

2.     Access to County Cards.  As members, we are entitled to  annual County Cards, at no additional cost, which enable us to play at other courses, not just in Gloucestershire, for approximately half price green fees.

3.     Official handicaps and entry to club competitions. We organise a range of competitions for men, women and seniors, through which members get their competition handicaps that enable them to play with other golfers across the country.  The Master Scoreboard section of the website records all of our scores, and enables us to track our scores. A significant part of the subscription is spent on administering handicaps and competitions; for example, we provide our Handicap Secretary with a laptop to enter all the result and to link into Master Scoreboard.  There are trophies and prizes for our competitions, and, insofar as possible, the cost of these is met from the competition entry fees. 

4.     An annual presentation evening and an Annual General Meeting, at which a drink and refreshments are provided to those who attend from the subscription income.

5.     Through a Committee of volunteers, we liaise with the course owners and managers to ensure that the views of the members are taken into account in course improvements and developments.

6.     An annual calendar of events and competitions is provided to each member, so that we know what is happening when.

7.     Members are entitled to play for Club teams – we run Mens, Ladies and Seniors teams which play a range of matches and in other competitions.

The Club operates as a company, and as such office holders on the Committee are Company Directors.  In this way, we ensure that our members’ financial interests are best protected. Our membership year is the calendar year, so we renew subscriptions in January.

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

 

The Committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting each March, following nominations that are invited from January onwards.  The Mens’ Club Captain chairs the Committee during his year of office.

Mens’ Captain & Membership Secretary Sean Bailey  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ladies’ Captain Carol Lane  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Seniors’ Captain Hamish McLean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mens’ Vice-Captain Leo Lucas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Club Secretary Bob Wolfson  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Handicap & Competitions Secretary Rose Hook  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Committee members Eric Chitty  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Richard Grieve  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Harold Gurney  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Stephen Pound

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  Paul Stevens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Steve Yemm  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Feel free to contact any member of the Committee, using the e-mail links above


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