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Men’s Captains’ Report

It has been an honour and a privilege to have served as Captain this year of what I believe is the best club in the North.

I am indebted to all my fellow committee colleagues, particularly the chairs of sub committees for their help and support.

As a committee we are indebted to the services of Jo and her team for running the administration and clubhouse bar and catering facilities to members as well as expanding social and corporate functions that are becoming more and more important to the club finances.

Our professional Graeme and his team provide tremendous additional support in terms of the administration of all competitions, be they medals, knockouts or open meetings. In addition he maintains the handicap system as well as overseeing the academy membership scheme and junior coaching courses.

Our number one asset is the course and this year Anthony and his team have worked tirelessly to present it at its best. With a cold wet spring and growth some six to eight weeks behind the previous year some members levelled unjust criticism on the course early in the season. So much so that we commissioned an audit by the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) on the condition of the course and the report, published on the website, endorsed the management of the course by our team.

The club remains committed to investing in improvements both on and off the course and this year we have seen a further kitchen upgrade, a revamp of the gents toilets and shower facilities and new tables and chairs in the clubhouse. Drainage work on the 9th was undertaken and a new tractor purchased. Our green staff have installed a new wash down area for machinery to comply with legislation and opened up the ditch across the 12th fairway.

On a personal note driving into office was the highlight of my year despite the rain. Hitting a decent one was a great relief!

Congratulations to Nicky Tibbets on winning the club championship after a close fought final against Andrew Wolstencroft. Congratulations also to Kieran Waters who produced a stunning final round of 65 in the County Stroke play Championship to finish runner up. Kieran, Andrew and Chris Thursby all scored 65’s during the season and shared the Harry Watt Trophy for low score of the year.

Thank you for your support this year and I wish you all good golfing fortune in 2016.

Neil Murray

Men’s Captain