We are all enjoying a warm sunny late Spring, such days to play a few holes should not be missed.
The course at the moment is looking stunning, the lush deep green fairways, the supplementing of many bunkers with lovely silica sand and the peripheral work on the heavy tiger rough areas makes it a real pleasure to play – those aprons really give the greens’ approaches a classy look.
Regrettably there seems to be a paucity of frogspawn, ducklings and swans, though our resident woodpeckers seem to be increasing in numbers – one of the great delights of May golf is to hear the cuckoo around the area of the 15th tee, though the numbers of this wonderful species is suffering a heavy decline.
It’s great to see Dave Jefferies’ covered practice area coming together now, which leads me to wish you all a successful season in achieving, through practice, your own targets and hope that, under Pete Ball’s leadership, we continue to offer a complete golfing and social experience.
Thirty Chipping Sodbury seniors enjoyed their away day at Cirencester GC. Unfortunately, our beloved captain had not recovered enough from his recent operation to attend.
Club Chairman, Peter Ball had agreed to present the prizes but threw the presentation ceremony into chaos by winning. He beat Mike Spiller on countback with Clive Reynolds and Jim Simpkin rounding out the top four. Tim Bohin won the longest drive with John “Nudger” Brooks taking the nearest the pin prize.
Seniors Secretary John Frank presented a few novelty prizes along with “hardest to read” and “dirtiest” score card prizes. A good day was had by all.
Steve Hindle is making a slow recovery and wishes to thank everybody for their support and best wishes – he is planning to make an appearance at CSGC within the next two weeks.
The attached photograph shows Chris Smith & Worcestershire cricketer Alex Gidman handing over the “key” for the minibus to Ruskin Mill College’s principal Dan Alipez, ably supported by Martin Ball.
This ceremony has brought to a grand finale Captain Chris’s year. The details are somewhat mind boggling - £25K is donated from the Captain’s charity fund. This, in turn, is matched by The Lord’s Taverners plus £10K raised by the College themselves to purchase, run and maintain the splendid Taverners’ green livery bus.
Furthermore the Captain’s charity has provided £2.5K to replace the aging projector and screen in the lounge. If this were not enough £6.5K will also go to the Junior’s section to introduce them to golf, our club and to experience the frustration, joy and discipline of the great game.
We should all feel proud of rising to, and meeting, this wonderful charity challenge and now hope Chris will take a well deserved rest.
Our support will now turn to our newly appointed captain, Dave Clare and we wish him a year of both enjoyment and success.
After a period in office of what can best be described as “FRENETIC!” the year of the Pirate draws to an end.
Chris’s final event, before jumping ship, was a fabulous SOUL MUSIC night featuring the welcome return of the Groove Meister soul band.
Our club had been carefully arranged, with mood lighting, to give a night club atmosphere, including tasty low price food. The night was well supported and gave good value even if soul music’s not your thing.
Well done Pirate Chris, there will be a wide range of beneficiaries, both from Ruskin Mill College and our own Juniors’ section entirely due to your efforts – you will be a very hard “act” to follow.
To view some images of the evening please follow the link below:-
Time flies, of course, and soon will be the end of Chris Smith’s period as our club captain.
The traditional dinner was held in the club house on Friday 6th February 2015.
Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Martyn Ball and a dignified evening began with Grace from our President, Ken Douglas, a tasty three course dinner, the loyal toast from Chairman, Kevin Campbell and a sincere and reflective final speech from the Captain himself.
The evening was concluded with our guest speaker, the comedian Austin Knight, who treated us to a well timed hilarious performance with a great range of gags.
Congratulations Chris to a magnificent year and a well supported, memorable, Captain’s dinner.
Click the link below for a flavour of the evening:-
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