Due to the wedding taking place this coming Saturday the October Club Night will take place next Friday, please book your place by clicking here
Firstly, Jenny, Daisy, Millie, and I would like to thank all the Club Members who participated in the Captains’ Drive-In for making the occasion such a great day and, despite a few nerves on the first tee, a most enjoyable one! We all look forward to our year particularly given the exciting prospect of seeing some major improvements out on the course. We were all extremely grateful for those individuals who helped make the day a success, not least of which were Gill and Steve Longdon who were around from start to finish making things run smoothly and all the helpers on the 1st and 9th tees making sure you were all fed and watered. The format seemed to work well and the scores showed that a few Teams were able to tame the conditions with Jamie Atkin, Graham Hutchinson, Tim Boxall and Martin Bishop coming first with 123 Points against a par of 114.
Despite the recent spell of wet weather we were lucky on the day and Robin and the greens staff, as always, presented the course in great condition. The day was rounded off with a very tasty carvery so thanks also go to Richard’s kitchen Team and to Terry and his Team behind the bar. Thanks also go to Peter Silcox for doing his Army bit with the shotgun, the juniors for measuring the enormous drives and to Jim and his own team of Captains who looked after the Club and its interests so well over the past year. The next event will be the Men’s Turkey Trot – more of which shortly but, for now, put a marker in your diary for 7 December.
Those of you who managed to make the Drive-In will have heard me say that I intend to have a Captain’s project this year rather than a year long Charity (although I will be having a Charity Day at some stage during the year). Conversely, Jenny will be supporting the Surrey Air Ambulance during her time in office and we will come together during the Charity Day. For now, this is your chance to have a say as to what ‘project’ you feel we should undertake. I’m trying to avoid things that will be funded by the Course development Fund, the Levy or the Chip-In Club (although we could choose to accelerate some of that work if you think that’s the best target). However, given the project seeks to further improve Bramley Golf Club I’m looking for your good ideas! At this stage I have no idea how much we are likely to raise over the year but suggestions should be sensible and achievable – please e-mail me on email@example.com with your ideas and Vice-captain Steve and I will get together and make a choice by mid-November. To that end, be prepared for me coming round with the Captain’s Blob Bucket – this is an idea I have seen used at other Clubs and in some of the Societies of which I am a Member – the idea being that you pay a fine of £1 per ‘Blob’ during the big competitions throughout the year!!
Pictures from the day can be found by clicking here
Finally, I noticed during the drive-in that, despite the ropes across the entry areas, some members were still using their trollies on the fairways. I think we would all agree that, during the Winter, keeping them to the rough means we have a much better course to enjoy during the better months. Consequently, I would ask that you all respect the idea and keep buggies and trollies in the rough while Winter Rules are in place.
Some of you will also have heard me mention the Captain-Pro competition at the drive-in. This year, Nick and I plan to have a competition day (rather than individual events) where we can give you all the chance to teach us a lesson and have the chance of winning the Captain/Pro Trophy. More about this later once we have selected a date. I’m also very interested to hear any comments and suggestions you may have for the year ahead or any feedback you have on past events.
That’s all for now and I hope to see most of the men at the Turkey Trot on the 7th of December – and dig out your Santa hats and Christmas Jumpers as Festive Dress will be compulsory!
John Ling Final - Thursday 17th October
Wentworth Golf Club, a misty and wet morning. On arrival at the beautiful castellated Clubhouse covered in red autumn ivy we were met by the Concierge Service, opening doors and welcoming us into the Breakfast Room, where we had a great pre-match breakfast.
There we met the Chairman and Secretary of Surrey Golf as well as the Match Referees. The Bramley Team were in good spirits, raring to go.
First Tee Time 10 O'clock, the Starter, dressed in his red Blazer was the Chairman of Surrey Golf. He spent some minutes with every group explaining the rules of the match and the fact that there would be Surrey Referees watching our every move.
It started to dawn on us that this was as real as it gets for us mature finalists. Everybody from the Bramley Team hit great opening tee shots and off we all went.
I met some of the matches out on the course and things seemed to be alarmingly close. The weather closed in and it started to rain. The Surrey Referees told me that they had put a couple groups on the clock, only adding to the pressure. Over the last holes the battle commenced and the final result was that we had lost one match relatively early and the other matches went down to the wire and sadly we lost overall.
However an extra putt would have sent three matches back down the first hole (19th), where all our matches had shots and the West Byfleet Team didn't, so it just shows how close this final was!
Ushered into the Bar where Surrey Golf bought us all drinks. Then into the beautiful Ryder Cup Room for sandwiches, cake, prizegiving and speeches.
Clearly the Bramley Team were very disappointed but watching the conversation and laughter it showed that the spirit of the game had embraced us all and how happy our team was to be in the John Ling final enjoying the Day .
Bramley John Ling Team:-
Steve Duffy, John Drinkhill, Ken Sauvarin, David J Hunter, Peter Silcox, Chris Burridge,Terry Vermigle, Paul Sutherland, Jim Tuck, Brett Norris, Richard West, Graham Smith, Steve Longdon, Tony Greenbank, Peter Thorpe, Peter Collins, Martin Cryer, Will Plaskett, Mike Cross, Ian Purser
Pitch shots - Practice Green
Please note that the practice green is not for pitch shots, these can be practiced by hitting towards the red and white post.
New Year's Eve Party Announcement - BREAKING NEWS
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A polite reminder that the Faulkner Room will be closed throughout the day tomorrow due to the wedding reception that is taking place. The spike bar will be available for all members and visitors and food will be served from the bar menu until 3PM. Thank you for your support and understanding.