CAPTAIN'S AUGUST UPDATE

 

We've had another busy month so thanks for supporting the teams, entering the competitions and enjoying our 125th Anniversary Fun Day. Full results are on the web page and congratulations to the winners during the last 5 weeks.

Gallowgate Trophy - Stewart Thompson after a wet play-off against Willie Mason

Falklands Trophy - Jonathan Jarvis & Ray Letts

July Medal - Guy Pini, Mike Spink & Kieran McCauley

Pro's Day - Gary Staines

Andrew Jackson – Ian Crisop, Ryan, Gordon & Amanda Howe

ProAm Day – Chipchase Manners including Ian Crisop & Richard Blenkiron

Richmond Cup – Keith Tate

Rigden Cup – Ryan Campbell & Steve Fox tied so need to paly-off

August Medal – Stuart Brown, Ian Mains & Duncan McEwan

 

The Teesside Union team finished 4th in the league so will play in Division 2 again next year. Thanks again to John Simpson for all his hard work for the last few seasons but we will need a new team manager next year.

The NRY Rabbits team finished 3rd in their League just 4 points behind Hunley Hall and 1 point behind Catterick. Thanks to David Miller who will also have to stand down as his handicap is too low!!

The NERGA Rabbits team are currently 7th with their final match at Bedale on September 9th. Thanks to Colin for his captaincy and everyone who has played.

The Toffs lost to Crook but recorded their first victory of the season by beating Romanby 7v1!! Let's hope for similar results in their remaining 3 fixtures.

We have lost friendlies against Wearside and Bedale but thanks for playing.

 

We have got another busy month ahead so I would be very grateful if you could support as many of the events as possible.

It's the Gibson Shield Mixed this Friday 18th and the Over the Swale Mixed next Friday 25th with plenty of spaces available.

The 2017 Club Championships are next Sunday (27th) so don't forget to sign up by Friday or you will miss the draw. This is a 36 hole competiton but there is a voucher competition off the 10th tee in the morning. The Ladies will be playing at their usual time of 12.00 but only from the 1st tee. It would be great to see as many members as possible around the 18th green when the leading players finish around 6pm.

Then it's my Away Day at Carlisle on Friday 1st September. It's brilliant to see 40 players already signed up and there are still 3 spare tee times for 12 more players. The coach is leaving Richmond at 8.30 and returning from Carlisle at 5.30 and the cost is £25 for the coach, coffee and bacon butty, your game plus prizes then a 2 course meal. Bargain!!

Please sign up by this Sunday and let me know your preferred playing partner, whether you are going by coach or car, need a buggy, early, middle or late start and dietary requirements. I will draw the fourballs on Sunday afternoon.

We have got a return match against Wearside on September 7th so please sign up for this or any competition on the noticeboards.

Enjoy your golf and play well. Steve

 

What a fantastic day we had at our Family Fun Day. Thank you to each and everyone of you that attended and supported our day, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. A special thanks goes to all those who donated, contributed and helped out. We raised £248.62 for our Junior Section from the putting game, plants and cakes which is fantastic. There will be a selcetion of pictures from the day on display in the clubhouse so please take a look.

Now for some bad news - on Sunday one of our member's car was very badly bumped in the car park, unfortunately no note was left at the time. If anybody saw or heard anything can they please let me know. There has been quite significant damage left so this was not just a slight bump!

Also on Sunday a house on Gower Road had their door window damaged by a wayward golf ball, so if anyone lost their ball at the 3rd - I may have it!! Amy Lancaster

It has recently been brought to our attention  that there has been speculation as to what the club is doing with the VAT refund.

Traditionally the club has run at a several thousand deficit and whilst we had a good year last year due to the tipping and staff cost reduction, we cannot underestimate any future income.  It was agreed by the Board that a large proportion (approx £80,000) of the refund will be invested.

The long term future of Richmond Golf Club is paramount therefore any investment will be made for a minimum of 5 years. These investment details be will made available once finalised.

Bruce Tate

Chairman

 

Most of you will know that Alessandro's are no longer catering at the golf club.

With this is mind we have made the decision to cancel the planned Summer Ball on Saturday 15th July. The Social event on Saturday 17th June will go ahead as planned. Good luck to Teresa & her staff at Tee 2 Green who took over on May 30th

 

What a fantastic day we had on Sunday celebrating our 2 Lady Member's 90th Birthdays. It was great to see so many people supporting the event and  I think the club did Dorothy and Barbara very proud.

 

I have to say thank you to all who helped make the day a success with a special mention to Vicky Matthers for going above (literally!!) and beyond with the photographs, Alessandro's for the wonderful food and to Barbara Rookes for making the amazing cake. I can't wait to see the official photos taken on the day but if anyone has any that they would like to share please can you forward them on to me. We do plan to sell the official photograph so watch this space!!

 

Congratulations to our Captain, Steve Willis, who completed a fantastic achievement on Monday of playing 66 holes in one day!!! It took 7 hours and 33 minutes and he walked 16.5 miles. Steve raised over £3100 for his chosen Charity, ABF Soldier's Charity. If anyone would like to donate to Steve's Charity there is a box on the bar and all donations are gratefully received.

 

On another celebratory note, it was reported at the AGM that the club had recently received £72,171.00 from the Inland Revenue for a refund of VAT, and I am pleased to report that we have recently another windfall of £28,867.36 bringing the total amount received from them to £101,038.36. Our thanks go to Ian Crisop for all his efforts in helping the club on this matter.

 

We are now well and truly making our way into the season and there is so much happening at the club this year. So please keep an eye on all the notice boards and continue supporting where you can, it really is appreciated. It has been no secret that the club have had a few very turbulent years but I am encouraged to hear so many positive comments from members recently on how much they are enjoying being a member of our wonderful club.

 

We do appreciate that we are constantly asking for members to support raffles, beer draws, key draws etc but it is for a good cause. On Saturday 29th July we are holding a members only 125 Anniversary Party here at the club. We are planning live entertainment, BBQ, Bouncy Castle & other inflatable fun, sports day races, Hook-a-duck, face painting, cake stall, plant stall and much more!! This is a free day to members as a thank you and we hope to see you all there.

 

Lastly on a sad note we have recently lost a lovely lady, Sheila Collis. Sheila was a very active member until illness took over and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Our condolences are sent to all her family.

Kind regards

Amy Lancaster

Secretary

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