Thanks for electing me 2012/13 Captain of our Golf Club for the last four years. I trust I have been able to perform my roll to your satisfaction. On behalf of the Committee and all Club members, I welcome all the new members to our rather small and friendly, Golf Club. We are fortunate to be able to play on such a beautiful golf course which continues to challenge us every week.
It has not been an easy year with a number of management and staff changes taking place over the year. We were all disappointed to see Sam Neilson resign from his position in the Pro Shop. We must thank Gordon Thomson for being willing to weekly check our score cards, determines the places and voucher allocations until the Resort employs somebody with the skills to do so.
It was also sad to hear of the departure of Richard Hooton, The head greenkeeper for so many years. Richard always kept the course in excellent condition and we greatly appreciated his skills and effort he used to do so. He is a hard act to follow. We thank the present team for their great commitment and effort to continue maintaining our golf course at a level we can all be proud of. Thanks guys.
Big thanks to Harry Brittan for returning, taking on the management role and holding things together while the Resort searched for a new manger.
Carl Leddy, the editor of the KV Voice, continues to support us by including our monthly results and photos in his paper.
I trust you receive the weekly Emails, I send to Club members, containing the game results, Club notices of upcoming events, such as team competitions, Match Play details, club BBQs, etc. If you are not receiving them then give me your Email address and I’ll add your name to my mailing list. Once I have your Email address you will also be kept informed.
Thanks also to Suzie Wright, our Ladies’ Captain, who continues to keep our Website up to date with member’s details, weekly results etc. It is easy to access and if you haven’t accessed it already I encourage you to do so. It is a great tool for our Club members.
As decided at last year’s AGM we held a Par event bi-monthly rather than a team event on the alternate month. I plan to continue to do the same for the 2014 programme. The Club’s Long weekend’s BBQs lunches have again been very successful and we thank those who made their cabins available for these events. We also thank those who supplied the food and drink and cooked. Their generosity and efforts enabled us to have a good time together after our morning rounds. Our thanks must go to John Rose for all his effort in supplying the plates, glasses, cutlery, meat and drinks and being the lead cook.
Once more we were able to conduct both a Men’s and Ladies’ Match Play competition and it is good to see the increase in the number of women players which has enabled us to hold, on a good number of Saturday, both a men’s and women’s competition.
Finally I would like to thank all our Committee members who work so well together making our Club, although small, a great Golf Club.
Looking back over the last 12 months it’s great to see that on so many Saturdays we have had enough ladies playing to be able to have both a ladies and men’s competition. And I want to acknowledge and thank our small regular band of ladies who play most Saturdays.
The Club Championships were played the last weekend of October with the top 4 ladies from Saturday’s Stroke Round qualifying for the Match Play Semi-finals, played on Sunday morning. The Semis were tightly contested with Sheila Young winning her match against Veronica Newman on the 18th while I prevailed over Suzanne Greer. The Final, played after lunch, was a good match; I just managed to win against Sheila on the 19th hole.
Remember to check the website for What’s On in our Calendar of Events and make sure you can be available for our Club Championship – qualifying, semis and final in September, it’s an exciting weekend of golf not to be missed.
The Ladies Handicap Match Play Event went very well this year, the final was delayed by bad weather and course closure however this did not deter our finalists Sue Weeks and one of our newer members Laura Gane. Laura went on to win and her handicap has been dropping ever since, congratulations Laura. I want to thank all those who took part, hope you enjoyed the experience and encourage even more ladies to sign up next year. There is nothing like match play to focus your game.
Ron has already thanked the Resort and Committee, I support his comments wholeheartedly, along with a special thank you to Gordon for his work compiling results since Sam’s departure and to John and Ron for all the great work they do.
I would like to welcome new managers John and Christine to the Resort - I’m sure they will make a difference and I look forward to working with them.
On a sad note Sheila Young ex ladies captain, my friend and fellow competitor over many years will be leaving the Valley at the end of the year to be closer to her new grandson. She assures me she will become a weekend visitor to the golf course and so hopefully we will not be losing her completely.
In finishing I would like to thank all our members for your support over the last year in my role as lady captain. I’m looking forward to another year encouraging and promoting ladies’ golf at our beautiful golf course and wish you all good golfing and good health.