This took place on Saturday and exceeded expectations with more than 380 people attending - more news on it to follow!
33 members in attendance. Barbara Smith was welcomed onto the Management Committee to replace Bob Bowen as Treasurer, otherwise the committee remained unchanged. Also Kevin Barnes was voted in as the 2016 Mens captain and Pip Frost will be joining as 2016 Ladies captain.
The Chairman gave a breakdown of the house and greens expenses and explained the situation with our CASC application and VAT refund, both of which will make a significant difference to our finances, if and when they are approved. The experiment of the additional areas for the sheep to graze, appears to be working well. The Winter Membership has also proved to be successful with several of the winter members converting to full membership. The club facilities has also received a 5 star rating from the Environmental Inspector, with some work required in the bar cellar. At present Shirley Friend intends to carry on looking after the catering arrangements until the end of the year and the club will run the bar.
The club made an overall loss in the year of £11,400 which is largely explained by the extra Business rate.
CASC Registration accepted
CASC stands for Community Amateur Sports Club. KGC has now (after many years of trying and since the AGM) had its CASC registration accepted by HMRC. This entitles the club to very significant business rate relief which last year cost us nearly £18,000. Our registration has been backed dated so there is reason to hope we will be entitled to a rebate of at least some previous payments. Thanks are due to David Baxendale for his long hard work on this.
Ladies’ Vice Captain’s Half Marathon
Pip Frost ran a half Marathon on 10 May and very kindly donated all her sponsorship money to the Joint Captains’ Charity – St Michael’s Hospice. The total amounted to £565 (included estimated Gift Aid) and Pip wishes to thank all who supported her.
Kington Open championships
The 36 Hole Kington Open was played on Sunday 5th July with a field made up from 9 different golf clubs. The Weather started fine but with nearly 18 people still out on the course with their first round to complete and some who had already started on their second round we had a cloud burst that was so heavy the 18th green was completely underwater and we had to sound the klaxon to get everyone in as it was impossible to play - we then experienced some lightning & thunder as well ! Fortunately the Weather did relent and blue skies returned and although we did have another shower it was no where near as bad and the competition continued in earnest with almost 95% of the field going back out to complete the 36 holes, as luckily we had only been held up for about 50 minutes - how quickly the greens recovered!
On a tough day with the wind and weather making good scoring very difficult Brian Dyer was the Open Champion with scores of 65 & 70 (135) playing off 12. He was closely followed by Alex Metcalfe with two 68's (136) playing off 19 though he did 4 putt the 36th hole! Richard Elmes was third with 66 & 70 (136) playing off 15.
The gross was won by Matt Weaver with excellent scores of 72 & 73 (145) followed by James Herdman 73 & 76 (149) and Ryan Hotchkiss 77 & 78 (155). Ben Redfern won the Madigan Cup for the best nett Morning round 75 less 10 - 65 - this has to be won by a player affiliated to a Herefordshire, Radnorshire or Breckonshire Golf Club.
All in all a successful day although it could have been a nightmare if the rain had not relented and over 45 very wet and disappointed golfers would have had to come back and do it all again!
Captains’ Joint Charity Day
August 2nd is the Captains’ Joint Charity day. This is for teams of four men, women or mixed and entry includes a light meal. There is a draw at 11.00 for a shot gun start at 11.30. You can down load an entry sheet from the website.
The committee reviewed the benefits and costs of this mowing. We believe it has enhanced the course, and with the additional preparation of areas away from the course, has reduced the affect of the sheep on the course itself. There is an additional cost associated with the mowing roughly equivalent to one green fee per day during the cutting season. This seems to be a reasonable price to pay and we have decided to continue with the mowing for the rest of this season and then review again.
The committee discussed smoking in the club house using e-cigarettes. We have decided that there should be no smoking at all within the club house. All members are requested to respect and adhere to this decision.
Supporting New Members
We are generally known as a friendly club but it can still be daunting or awkward for new members to become quickly involved and integrated. We wish to facilitate this more in two ways;
- Firstly, captains will be made aware of new joiners and asked to nominate a ‘golf buddy’ who will proactively help the new member find their way around
- Secondly, there are opportunities to introduce people new to golf and help them get established as ‘golfers’ in our club.
David Mains and Sarah Walton recently ran a member/non member open day (see Proshop News below for more details). We are now looking for one or two buddies for some of these new to golf recruits. Please contact David or Sarah if you would be willing to help.
We are currently expecting to repeat this day fairly soon, so if you know some one who would be interested, please again contact David or Sarah.
Ladies Invitation Day
The Ladies' Invitation Day took place on 9 June. 32 ladies played 18 holes of golf in less than ideal conditions! Fingers & Forks provided a superb buffet. Angela Wilkes & Pam Leyton from Burghill Valley G.C. came first, Lady Captain, Mary Hill & her partner Lyn Relph from South Herefordshire G.C, came second (on countback) hotly pursued by her Vice Captain, Pip Frost and her partner Denise Laird from Ross G.C.
Past Captains' Trophy, July 2
17 Past Captains took part in the Past Captains' Trophy which was won by Wendy Priday - who promptly had her handicap cut by three! This was followed by lunch which was also attended by the Lady Captain, Mary Hill and her Vice Captain, Pip Frost joined them.
The Ladies Open day is on July 14th. Currently 92 people are signed up including 49 visitors from 18 other clubs.
Seniors Away Day
The seniors had their mid summer away day at Raglan Parc on Thursday 9th July. 20 people took part. The sun shone and we had a very warm afternoon. We played better ball pairs plus also some individual prices.
The club had had problems with their green watering system so the greens were nearly all brown and extremely fast. This created difficult conditions for stopping the ball on the green and for keeping it there. There were many three or more putts from on the greens. The scoring was relatively low. The winning pairs score was however still impressive with Bill Didcock and Colin Mansell managing 42 points.
The Seniors Open on 26th August is already very well supported with a good number of visitors signed up. We would welcome more home players so if you are considering playing book your tee time soon. We are happy to help with pairings if you need help. To play contact Chris Scott on 01544 340069 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org Offers of raffle prizes would also be welcome.
Ken Smith Trophy
Sid Price has volunteered to captain our team of low handicap seniors for the Ken Smith Trophy. Thanks Sid!
This training was held at the club house on 22nd June. About 20 people attended from all sections of the club and staff members. The training was enjoyable and informative and we all now feel reasonable confident that we could use the defibrillator if we had to. Signs have also been placed around the course and the club house prompting people that we have a defibrillator and what to do if they need such help.
Pro Shop News
New to Golf
The New to Golf initiative of members bringing a guest to ‘have a go at golf’ was a huge success. Seven visitors came to the event where they were invited to lunch, given a tour of our facilities, took part in a putting clinic and then they were taken onto the course to play a few holes with our members. All who attended, have signed up for the introductory 5 hour coaching program which will cover the basic shots of putting, chipping, pitching, irons and woods. At the end of the sessions we are hoping to have a member/non member fun texas scramble where they get to use some of their new found skills alongside some of our members followed by refreshments. Any member who would be interested in joining in and making our potential new members welcome, please contact Sarah in the Pro Shop or David Mains for further details.
Bridgestone Ball Fitting Day – Friday 24 th July 12pm – 4pm