A Hole-in-One at 12 years of age
We are delighted to announce that one of our newest and youngest members David Ryalls (age 12 years) scored a Hole-in-One while submitting his final card for initial handicap allocation - achieved on the 2nd hole at Stanton. He was partnering his (very) low handicap Dad, Kirk, who is also a new recruit to our ranks.
The Club Manager, in one of his jocular moods, quipped that David had been advised that whilst he will get a Hole-in-One Tie, he won’t be allowed to drink the customary golden nectar normally awarded for such a feat - well not whilst on Club premises, anyway!
Kirk, a former +3 player, is the second leading qualifier for the final of Stanton's Best Putter, so clearly there is much golfing talent in the family. We look forward with interest to watching David's progress in the Junior ranks and beyond.
We have just been informed that David has successfully attended County trials at Oakmere Park GC for the Nottinghamshire County Boys U14 squad for 2018, and has accepted the subsequent invitation to join. He is extremely proud to be representing Stanton-on-the-Wolds GC, and will be attending monthly coaching sessions, team matches and other squad commitments.
The Club Office
The Shaun Murphy Scratch Challenge
As most of our website visitors probably know, Shaun Murphy is an English professional snooker player who won the 2005 World Championship. Nicknamed "The Magician", Shaun is noted for his straight cue action and his long potting.
With the gauntlet accepted, see what happened when the green baize was swopped for the green sward, and straight cue action and long potting were swopped with straight hitting and long putting!
OK - your starter for 10.
How many Stanton Members, if any (other than Shaun), have made a 147 break? (on the snooker table, that is, not over 18 holes!!!)
Charlie Banks - Notts Seniors Matchplay Champion 2017
SOWGC Members wish to congratulate Senior International Charles Banks on winning the NUGC Seniors Matchplay Championship, following wins against Jeff Clark (Worksop) 8&7 in the semi-final and Nigel Furnis (Notts GC) 2&1 in the final on Sunday 18th June 2017.
Fund Raising for Cancer Research UK
EPIC ONE-DAY GOLF CHALLENGE -
FUND RAISING FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK
by Roy Pickavance (alias ROYMUNDO - H/cap17) and
Chris Bingham (alias BINGO - H/cap19)
On WED 29th MARCH 2017 Chris Bingham and I undertook our golf challenge in aid of CRUK at Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club.
- To achieve the Best Better Ball Eclectic Gross Score that we can : target 71;
- To complete as many holes as possible in daylight hours starting from 8:00am : target 90.
- To raise lots of money for CRUK, target £5,000.
How did we do?
- Best Better Ball Eclectic Gross Score, target 71 – we achieved a Gross 72, just 1 off our target but not bad for handicaps of 17 and 19
- No of holes completed, target 90 – not sure but we started by doing 18 holes in 2.5 hrs and spent 10 hours on the course – too worn out (both aged over 70) to count for certain but I guess around 85.
- Raise lots of money for CRUK, target £5,000 – currently £1,879.00 + £349.75 Gift Aid. So a long way short of our target but hopefully more will come in
Everyone at the Club was supportive. We had Graham & Andrew as our buggy drivers encouraging us on and constantly advising us on subtle changes to our swings and club choices and putting lines (all to no avail); Stan, Chris and Mike for the lead buggie to advise those on the course to allow us through. All Members and Guests on the course were very obliging and donated as we went around.
We had non-alcoholic beer and cider on board and one bottle of very good wine. You will not be surprised to know that the wine received the most compliments.
Thanks to Paul, Gwynnie and Captain John for facilitating the event at SWGC, Nick, the professional, and Lee and Mark for providing and recharging the buggies, for Dan and team for the course condition, Andy and team for the food starting with a magnificent breakfast and Mary and team for looking after us in the bar afterwards.
Finally and most importantly can we give heartfelt thanks for those that have donated so far and for those that will donate to CRUK.
I know it sounds like a winners speech, but with funds going to CRUK, all of us and our descendants will be the winners.
Think how important it is to donate to CRUK, not for our ego trip on a golf challenge as that just gives you a push to donate, but because the investment in Cancer Research does save lives and the more that is invested in research the better the medics will become at that.
Please find time to consider supporting our golf challenge in aid of CRUK
Chris and Roy
And finally, to summarise ...
In January 2017, with the help of many including Club Members, I raised £1,736 + £336 Gift Aid for a Dryathlon
In March 2017 (and beyond) for the Golf Challenge Chris Bingham and I, again with the help of many including Club Members, raised £3,051.83 + £538.00 Gift Aid
In total that is over £5,500 raised for CRUK
A big thank you to all of those that helped and contributed.
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.