SotWGC Ecology Working Group
On the back of interest generated by the recent Club questionnaire that many of you will have completed, and with the full support of the Club Management, a group of Members has now set up an Ecology Working Group (EWG).
The group currently comprises around a dozen members but we would welcome others who have an interest in ecology and the environment and who have time to get involved.
The group will in time consider taking on a wider environmental role, including helping develop an environmental policy for the Club, but in the first instance we intend to focus on how we can develop areas of the course to promote wildlife and flora. We will prepare an agreed coordinated action plan for the non-playing areas of the course, then work in harmony with the Greens Committee and wider Green Staff to implement.
First and foremost, we all want a great course to play golf on – the EWG’s aim is merely to promote a rich flora and fauna environment that should enhance everyone’s golfing experience.
The Group plan will be to develop proposals for:
- Planting trees, shrubs, hedgerows and other flora that will provide habitat and food for birds and (desirable) animals
- Identifying and stocking areas of the course suitable for wildflowers and, if the Club deems appropriate, cultivated flower beds
- Placing various types of nesting and roosting boxes for birds, bats, etc. on the course
- Introducing one or two bird feeding stations in the vicinity of the Club House and perhaps the Half Way Hut
- Identifying areas of the course that can be developed for ponds and wet areas which can provide habitat for waterfowl, frogs and other pond life.
Work has already begun and bird feeders and nest boxes are beginning to appear - see photos (select to enlarge) taken at the end of January.
We are proposing to set up a focused section on the Club's website to keep Members informed of what’s happening.
Any Member who wishes to find out more about how to get involved should contact:-
directly or by email (select the links above)
If you are interested, one way to get involved would be to sponsor (by purchasing) some birdseed for the new feeding stations - please speak to Club Manager Paul Keeling or simply drop any donations into the Club Office.
The Ecology Working Group
Keyworth & District Community Concern
As part of our support for the local community, Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club are pleased to endorse the following appeal made by two of its Members.
Aviva Community Fund Grant Application
Keyworth & District Community Concern is a voluntary, non-profit charity operating a mini bus providing transport and support to the elderly and less mobile residents of Keyworth and surrounding villages. It provides transport to and from a Tuesday Lunch Club and Thursday grocery shopping trips, and in line with our charitable aims the bus is also loaned out to other local community and sports groups. In order to safeguard the future of the charity we need to raise funds to replace the ageing bus. Aviva reward grants to those charitable groups who receive the highest number of votes from members of their own community. This is the only charity in Keyworth seeking funds through the Aviva Community Fund – so we asked all residents to please get behind us and support us with your vote!
Voting closed on 18th November 2016 with 3404 votes received, one of the highest set in the "Supporting the Older Generation" section, which is really fantastic.
According to the Aviva website we are a finalist in the £10001 to £25000 category with the winners being announced on 10th January 2017.
STOP PRESS - JANUARY 2017
We have been notified that we have been awarded £25000 towards a new Community Bus, which is fantastic news.
Whilst we still have a gap to cover off, we will be able to put in an order by later in the Spring.
This great news brings our buses right up to date and we can then move onto planning regular fund raising to both support running costs and towards a replacement bus in 6 to 7 years. This will be a challenge but all immediate requirements are sorted.
Its fantastic news - heartfelt thanks go to all the Club Members who along with many other people supported us in achieving this. We were 1 of 18 organisations in the whole country who have been awarded funding at this level.
For further information, please visit the Aviva website
Keyworth & District Community Concern
Get into Golf Event - Sunday 26th June
The Get into Golf event took place on Sunday 26th June between 2.00pm and 4.00pm with six ladies and one girl attending.
Stanton Professional Nick Hernon began by showing them the basics, which was met with much enthusiasm and some success, it must be said.
Some shots were even being applauded by an admiring gallery.
With lots of smiles all round, we adjourned to the putting green.
Again, after some pointers from the Professional, it was down to the practicalities of putting, which we Members know on our greens are ever easy, but clearly fun when it's your first experience!
The mood shifted slightly when Nick announced a putting contest.
Yes, now it became serious and everyone's competitive side appeared.
After 5 holes the result was tied, calling for a sudden-death play off.
The eventual winner is seen here receiving her prize from Lady Captain Jacquie.
It looks as if Stanton will be seeing some more new faces at the coaching sessions, and hopefully as part of our wonderful Ladies' Section in the very near future.
We look forward to welcoming you Ladies.
James "Reg" Varney equals Course Record
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Scratch Team Member James "Reg" Varney has equalled the Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club course record of 66 (with Martin Allen) in the June Thursday Medal.
In benign conditions, with the course still in superb shape after last weekend's Coronation Trophy, James breezed round the front nine in 31 strokes with an eagle on the long 6th together with three birdies.
The momentum was continued on the back nine with four more birdies and although 2 shots were dropped to par, a superb score and joint course record ensued.
Well done James - Stanton is proud of you!
Spinal Research Charity Day
On Wednesday 11th May 2016, Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club hosted an 18 hole shotgun start Stableford Competition in aid of Spinal Research, the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Almost £5000 was raised on the day for the Charity - a magnificent effort.
Many, many thanks to the organisers and competitors who all contributed so generously in all sorts of different ways to make the day such a huge success.
- 1st - Loughborough Rd Dental Practice - Capt Jeff Cushnie (Radcliffe-on-Trent GC)
- 2nd - Swing it to Wing it - Capt Paul Clarkson (Ruddington Grange)
- 3rd - The Tinglers - Capt Ricky Dunn (Hollinwell)
- 4th - Mickleover Old Boys - Capt Mick Riley (Mickleover)
- Longest Drive Men - Tom Dickens (Radcliffe)
- Longest Drive Ladies - Fran Tunnicliffe (Stanton)
- Nearest the Pin 5th and 15th - Abbie Chambers (The Nottinghamshire)
A fuller report (with photos of the day's events) is available in the Club's website gallery.
Gary Lund's London Marathon
We are delighted to report that Stanton-on-the-Wolds Member Gary Lund finished the London Marathon in 3 hours 30 minutes 5 seconds, just 5 seconds slower than his anticipated time.
An incredible day and a truly uplifting experience.
So far Gary has raised just over £3000 for the NSPCC, which is amazing, and he would like to thank everyone for their support.
If anyone still wishes to donate they can do so at the same address as before.
The icing on the cake was at the post race NSPCC reception, where he met Dame Esther Rantzen, who founded ChildLine 30 years ago.
Well done Gary - he's now a prime candidate for the position of Club Ambassador for the Campaign Against Slow Play! (CACASP)
Academy Golf Coaching for all
Pro's Shop - Golf Coaching
Ladies Group Coaching
We have put some group coaching dates in the diary for the start of the season. We are running some Ladies' five week courses covering putting, chipping, iron play, woods etc. These courses are aimed at the beginner and we have three start dates, which are as follows:-
- Monday, 11 April - 6pm
- Tuesday, 12 April - 6pm
- Wednesday, 13 April - 11am
So if you would like to take part, or you know somebody who has been thinking of starting golf who would like to join in, please contact us in the Pro's Shop to book a place on one of the courses. The cost of the course is £25 in total and we can provide all equipment required.
We are also starting some Junior coaching on Sunday, 17th April.
There will be three groups - at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
These courses will be run alongside the Golf Foundation Golf Passport programme, a structured course of lessons which will move up through different levels as we go.
Again please register in the Pro's Shop to secure a place on these courses. These courses are open to everybody (you do not need to be a Member of Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club), so if you and a friend fancy giving golf a try, these courses are ideal for you.
Gents' Group Coaching
We will also be running monthly, on Tuesday mornings at 10.00am, group lessons for 18+ handicap golfers.
The dates are as follows:-
- Tuesday, 3 May
- Tuesday, 7 June
- Tuesday, 5 July
- Tuesday, 2 August
These sessions are ideal to give you some general swing thoughts and tips to help you enjoy the game more.
Please contact us in the Pro's Shop if you would like to join in. The cost will be £6 a session.
The Pro's Shop
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club
Another Stanton Record?
A study made for Golf Digest by Francis Scheid, Ph.D., retired Chairman of Mathematics at Boston University, using all the available statistics for holes-in-one, both amateur and professional, came up with the following estimates:
- Professional Tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1
- Low-handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1
- Average player making an ace: 12,000 to 1
- Average player aceing a 200-yard hole: 150,000 to 1
- Two players in the same foursome aceing the same hole:
17 million to 1
- One player making two holes-in-one in the same round:
67 million to 1
Now Stanton-on-the-Wolds GC has a contribution of its own to add to this compilation:-
What are the odds of the same player holing-in-one on the same hole, with the same club, the same ball and the same hole position, in consecutive rounds?
Astronomical! Well astronomical or not, it's actually happened.
Long-time Stanton Member Peter Fox-Andrews aced the 15th at Stanton on Saturday 16th January with a gentle 8 iron, and then repeated the feat on Wednesday 20th just 4 days later.
After the usual banter on the tee beforehand - "Bet you can't do it again" etc etc Peter nonchalantly placed his ball on the Tee and proceeded to strike a beautifully controlled 8-iron straight at the pin - totally devoid of the usual curvature associated with his shots. Unfortunately the intervening gorse bushes obscured the final moments of the ball flight and even from a few yards away the final resting place was uncertain. It only became apparent that the near-impossible had happened when the playing group reached the green and saw the very top of the ball neatly jammed between the flag-stick and the hole edge. A careful jiggle of the flag and the ball descended to the base of the cup - hole-in-one achieved.
There aren't many occasions when P F-A is speechless, but this was one of them - a moment to savour by all present.
According to the Club Bar pundits who know about these things, the odds of 3 consecutive holes-in-one are about 163,558,000 to 1, so not unsurprisingly the Club Manager made a quick dash to the local bookies and placed a small wager in readiness for Peter's next appearance at the 15th hole on Saturday 23rd January. A degree in rocket science is not required to predict the actual outcome - the Tee shot missed the target by 30 yards, and the Club's dreams to rival Augusta with the proceeds have been shelved for the time being.
Nottinghamshire Ladies - County Champions
Nottinghamshire are the new English Women’s County Champions, winning the title for the first time.
Two of our Lady Members were part of this years team - Emma Howieand Esme Hamilton - also Lauren Spray one of our past Junior Members.
These matches were played against Lancashire on Monday, Buckinghamshire on Tuesday, Sussex on Wednesday, Gloucestershire on Thursday and Essex on Friday.
Notts triumphed when they won their fourth County Finals match of the week, and Buckinghamshire did them a great favour by defeating nearest challengers Lancashire,
To cap a brilliant week, on the final day they recorded their most comprehensive win over Essex by 8 matches to 1.
Our Stanton girls all contributed to the winning results, particularly "old Stantonian" Lauren Spray who won every match she played in, winning 9 points out of 9.
Heartiest congratulations to all who were involved in achieving such a fantastic milestone and fillip for Nottinghamshire Ladies Golf
For full details and results visit England Golf