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Captain's Charity Cheque 2014

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 11th Feb 2015, In General


2014 captain David Smyth presented a cheque to St Luke's Hospice for £1215.26

Your handicap!

Posted by Club Captain - Bill Hutchison, On 29th Jan 2015, In General


Captain’s Report January 2015

New Year, new Season, new Captain, new clubs, same old struggle to play this wonderful game anywhere near to your handicap.

The first event of the year is the traditional ‘Captain’s Drive In’. Thankfully both I and the Lady Captain managed to hit reasonable drives to start the year. The mulled wine and minced pies that preceded it were excellent and the Competition that followed was well supported - thank you to all those who helped to make it so. All the money raised at this event and through the year will go to my charity ‘The Chestnut Appeal’ and the Lady Captain’s charity. My Charity raises money to pay for equipment and nursing staff to treat prostate cancer and is based in Derriford Hospital. I hope you will all give generously to such a good cause.

The Club moves on into the New Year with several changes to the Committee. We must thank all the outgoing Officers for their efforts and congratulate them on the fine state the Club is in as we enter 2015.

It is now up to the new Officers to continue the good work.

I have given some thought as to how to approach these Reports and I decided that it would be impossible for me to reach the high standard set by Lincoln Shaw in the Gazette and I certainly do not want to duplicate his reporting of Club Events. I am therefore going to write about the aspects of this great game that interest or amuse me. So, as the year begins, I want to return in this report to the subject of one’s handicap. Your handicap could and can have certain characteristics, some of which you may recognise!

Take 24 for a start. This handicap for a woman is generally associated with an ‘ambitious nerviness’, long thwarted, to become 18. But in a man it has a suggestion of roundness and warmth. The 24 man is rarely a self deceiver. The 22 man on the other hand may be nigglingly mean and, however short with his woods, a very good putter. The 21 suggests an ex 24 who has recently won a medal. 20s are generally past their prime but are men of spirit.

The character of 18 is split. There is a weak and colourless 18 with thin red hair perhaps, one whose skin never browns in the sun, a flaccid personality, an acid drop sucker, never likely to get married. But there is also a deep voiced 18, a man who has recently given up rugby, a man of strength, who, though often off course, can, using only a 5 wood and a number 8, slash his way round by sheer muscle.

More thin-blooded even than the ’weak’ 18 is the 17, with his unpleasant eyes a pale and watery blue. He finds it difficult to get opponents or is too mousey to ask for them. Old 16s and 15s are sound sensible people who may have been 7 when younger. The longest-handicap man to get the care-worn look of the really hooked or nearly hooked golfer is the14. He spends time in the professional’s shop looking at clubs, testing but never actually buying them.

13s are rare and should be treasured. 12s are all too common. Nearly 20% of the bar receipts come from 12s. It should be a rule that, except for young players on the way down, 12s must never have their handicap altered until they reach the age of 85.

The biggest change comes with 11. At once this suggests a more serious golfer, the highest handicap to possess an inner fire. Cheeks pale and drawn, eyes intense and often too close together, 11 will keep to his handicap only by constant practice so unremitting that it may involve some slight physical deformity.

The handicap of 10 is a strong contrast. It suggests a man more relaxed, approaching the dignity of being ‘Good at Games‘. Often he belongs to the ’really better than that’ brigade, e.g. 10 may be really 8. A 9, on the other hand , is often a more genuine 11, under a special strain of trying to keep to single figures. In contrast 8, 7 and 6 are often really 5, or at any rate, on their way to better play and beginning to enjoy collecting trophies.

Five the highest handicap to suggest ‘expert’. The 5 man, once he has achieved this splendidly low figure, is liable, unless he rapidly improves still further, to become fixed in the trap of his own virtuosity. Age stops the way to advance, pride stops re-adjustment during the eternal return to double figures.

The 4s and under belong to a special patrician class who could go round in level. They are different, they are not us. Three always sounds, by the mere precision of the number, as if it was really 3. The brilliant figures of 2 & 1 are either a dashing all-rounder occasionally playing cricket for Kent, or a dedicated monk-like character, who lives, in a stone cell, somewhere on the outskirts of the course. Scratch has to adopt the character of the schoolboy hero, not always easy, once the mid- thirties are passed and plus 2 belongs to yet another world, a man who must never be interrupted or spoken to on duty.

Those of you who know your Golf literature will recognise the clever hand of Mr Stephen Potter in the above. I will extract and adapt other passages or themes from my library to assist me as the year winds on.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

William Hutchison



Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 27th Jan 2015, In General


Results of Mixed Greensomes 18th January 2015

Jan Mixed Greensome 18th Jan 2015.pdf

Captains Drive-In 2015

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 5th Jan 2015, In General


The captains Drove off straight and true to precipitate a fun and enjoyable year in 2015

Presentation Night 2014

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 4th Jan 2015, In General


Some of the winners on Presentation Night 2014