Roll Up Roundup – 10th July 2018

Firstly, our esteemed Vice-Captain is looking for a couple of extra players for Monday’s away match with Ogbourne Downs, if you’re available would you please get in contact with Richard PDQ – Mob: 07884 074 171.

A reminder if I may about the BBQ on 27th inst – if you wish to come along to what promises to be a great evening, would you please purchase your tickets from the clubhouse ASAP so that the catering can be finalised.   In addition we would also appreciate a few more raffle prizes – anything expensive would do!!!!!

Moving on to yesterday’s events:   those of you that stayed for the fun & entertainment of the roll-up presentation will have heard the draw for the next round of the Gotzl [pairs] trophy, but for those that didn’t or were asleep the semi-final matches are:

Dave Roberts & Nick Tomaszewski  v  Brian Reid & Tony Dyet

Terry Clark & Peter Pitts  v  Alan Kirkpatrick & Alan Wilkins

Matches to be played by Monday 6th August and for the forgetful this will all be posted on our website – https://carswellseniors.com    Best of luck chaps!

Moving swiftly on to the results of the roll-up:   There was no BoB winner yesterday so the ‘pot’ has a chance to grow a little more; while 53-players fought out yesterday’s Texas Scramble the results of which were:

  Texas Scramble  
Position Name Net score
1st Ricky Braybrooke 62.4
  Graham Brindley 62.4
  Denis Leen 62,4
2nd Nick Tomaszewski 62.7
  Tim Hoiles 62.7
  Peter Ellen 62.7
3rd Tony Scrivens 63.0
  Brian Bonfield 63.0
  Brian Stepney 63.0

 

Congratulations to all concerned.   Next week it is the July round of the mid-month medal [MMM], plus an Individual Stableford for those that choose not to compete in the medal.   As last time out, registration opens for both  competitions at 7:45am – those competing in the MMM will have exclusive use of the 1st tee from 7:50-9:15am, while for those in the stableford first tee will be at 8:30am using the 11th & 15th tees.

Any queries on any of the above, please get in touch ASAP.

Dovideja za sada!

 

NEW SENIORS EXAM – from our Educatun Correspondent, Prof Bill Baker

New Senior’s Exam, you only need 4 correct out of 10 questions to pass

1) How long did the Hundred Years’ War last? 

2) Which country makes Panama hats? 

3) From which animal do we get cat gut?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 

5) What is a camel’s hair brush made of? 

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 

7) What was King George VI’s first name? 

8) What color is a purple finch? 

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?

Remember, you need only 4 correct answers to pass.

FOR THE ANSWERS click here

Roll Up Roundup – 3rd July 2018

A little tardy this week as prep for The Seniors’ Open has had to take priority, which only serves to remind me to remind those of you who are competing to arrive some 45-minutes before your designated tee-time to provide plenty of time for your pre-round refreshments and [of course] have a pot at the putting competition, the sweep and the raffle – who said he’s not a salesman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moving swiftly on to the results, we had a BoB winner this week, namely Ian Knights – congratulations Ian, and feel free to invest a little more in the Open sweep.   The roll-up this week produced some very good scores in both groups, namely:

    Eclectic-round 3    
Group Position Name H’cap Score
1 1st Graham Brindley 17.1 41
1 2nd Jim Cotton 14.1 39 c/b
1 3rd Peter Ellen 10.4 39 c/b
1 4th Tony Scrivens 8.2 36 c/b
2 1st Brian Stepney 50.2 43
2 2nd Dave Roberts 26.3 42
2 3rd Laurence Waters 27.1 40 c/b
2 4th Phil Toms 20.0 40 c/b

Congratulations again to all concerned, but particularly to Brian Stepney as he has had a hard time of it recently with having to play off the club handicap in recent weeks.   All the results will of course appear on the website:  https://carswellseniors.com

Next week we have a team game, Texas Scramble, and you don’t need me to tell you that the weather is going to be wonderful – so keep the sun-lotion handy.

Have a good one

Roll Up Roundup – 26th June 2018

I think that most of the 57-hardy specimens that ‘took on’ the blistering heat yesterday would probably agree that we all had value-for-money, with some evidently enjoying it so much that they were out for almost 5-hours!!!   That said, we were let down by a few that didn’t show without even bothering to notify us – shame on them but a topic for the future, I’m sure.

Firstly, a very important announcement:   We need everyone to help make sure that we maximise our charitable gift this year by either:   donating raffle prizes for both the Open & the BBQ:   sponsoring a hole for the Open – at just £20/hole surely a bargain to see your name ‘in lights’ [sort of], and/or:   participating in the raffle, sweep and putting competition prior to the Open.   The chosen charity this year is Marie Curie, so please give generously.

An so to the results, although the trophy winner is self-evidently Brian Reid, this has to remain a provisional result until the cards have been processed & the results ratified.   However, I can confirm that the winners of the course prizes were:   longest drive – Graham Brindley & nearest the pin – Nick Tomaszewski:   While those for the sweep-prizes where the cut-off was 19 were as follows:

    Captain’s Cup    
Group Position Name H’cap Score
1 1st Brian Reid 14.0 69
1 2nd Ray Duckett 12.7 72 c/b
1 3rd Alan Kirkpatrick 13.0 72 c/b
1 4th Jim Cotton 14.1 72 c/b
2 1st Paul Wynn 25.4 70
2 2nd Peter Pitts 20.6 73 c/b
2 3rd Keith Arlott 24.9 73 c/b
2 4th Arthur Strain 25.1 74

Congratulations to all concerned, but particularly Brian, Graham & Nick.   The prizes will be presented at next week’s roll-up and as ever the confirmed results will appear on the website:    https://carswellseniors.com

Next week we have the next round of the Eclectic, with temperature forecast to barely reach 26C – but there will be a breeze at least!!!

Enjoy the sun, but not too much.

ROLLUPS AND MEDAL DAYS PROCEDURES SUMMARY– June 2018

Routine roll-up:

  1. The Pro-shop will block-out tee-times from 8:10-11:30am to ensure all roll-up groups are able to play through the 1st-tee without interruption.
  2. The seniors will use the 1st, 11th & 15th-tees as now, but with up to 6-groups going off the 1st & 15th and the remainder from the 11th.
  3. The last group off the 11th will be asked to notify the pro-shop when they reach the 1st and before teeing off to release the 1st-tee back for others to use thereafter.

Medal days:

  1. On medal days the seniors will operate two registration tables in the clubhouse – one for the medal [Richard], the other for the roll-up [Cliff].
  2. Both registration tables will be open from 7:45am [first medal-tee 7:50] and ALL medal entry fees for will be collected in the club-house.
  3. The Pro-shop will block-out tee-times from 7:42-11:00am to ensure that all registered medal/roll-up groups get away from/through the 1st-tee without interruption.
  4. Earlier tee-times will be available for the medal but MUST be notified to/confirmed with Richard no later than the day before registration.
  5. The medal will have exclusive use of the 1st tee until 9:15am, while the roll-up will use the 11th & 15th-tees only, with up to 6-groups going off the 15th and the remainder from the 11th.
  6. The last group off the 11th will be asked to notify the pro-shop when they reach the 1st and before teeing off in order to release the 1st-tee back for medal use thereafter.
  7. To maximise the available tees, all medal groups must be ready to tee-off at least 5-minutes before their allotted tee-time.

Newsletter – 18th June 2018

Now that the dust appears to have settled on the MMM/roll-up saga, I’m assuming that it’s now safe to take off the crash-helmet – but just in case:

Golfer at Prayer

 

Our esteemed handicap secretary [that’s Ray Duckett to you] has asked me to make the newsletter briefer.   I’m not sure if that’s ‘cos Ray is a slow reader, and I HAVE considered a bullet point version just for Ray – but not for very long!   Well he can’t have his own way all [some] of the time.

The Course 1

Now that Mark has rid the course of many of the daisies the course is looking rather splendid, and there’s even a chance that you can find the odd wayward ball.   There are still some issues of course, the condition of the bunkers and/or length of the bunker ‘eyebrows’ being just a couple, but we will keep pecking away at these in the hope of a satisfactory result.

The more discerning of you will have noticed that as last week was a qualifier the yellow-tee markers were actually correctly placed.   This should of course be the norm and hence we have requested Mark to set the yellow-tees correctly for every roll-up, however, while he has confirmed that he will do so for all qualifiers and trophy competitions, he intends to keep his options open should the correct tees show signs of excessive wear – all we need now I suppose is a spec for “excessive wear”!!!

Events

The Seniors Pairs Open:   Entries for the Open have now closed but you can still help the seniors section by contributing raffle prizes and/or sponsoring a hole.   If you can help, please get in touch with Richard.

The Captains Cup:   Entries formally close on 19th inst, so if you get this in time and want to enter, please let Bill know on the day and cross his palm with the required £2.00 entry-fee.   The competition takes place on 26th June and is a stroke-play qualifier played off club handicaps, so you can expect a sure-fire fun day out!!!

The Summer BBQ:   You will of course have seen the salubrious publicity for this our first social event of 2018 to be held on Friday 27th July, with Natali’s team and the Swanny Lane Duo standing by to ensure that a good time is had by all.   Just to remind you, and Richard would never forgive me if I didn’t:   doors open at 7:00pm, BBQ service commences at 7:30pm & Swanny’s first set kicks off at 8:00pm – all this for just £13/person.

All club members & their guests are welcome, and tickets are now on sale from the pro-shop, clubhouse & the course office.   DO bring your tickets to the BBQ, otherwise our bouncers may get temperamental!

Ongoing Competitions:

1          Bill has been as diligent as ever in getting the next rounds of the Gotzl & Geko competitions posted, with the current [last 16] round of the Geko to be completed by 30th June.   However, he appears to have had a rush of blood to the head with the Gotzl [pairs] as these matches only have to be completed by 6th July.

2          I’m sure that, like me, you are all holding your breath to see how the next round of the MMM pans out on Tuesday 19th inst.   But to be serious for a moment, Richard & I will be on duty by 7:45am on the day to register the medal & roll-up competitors respectively, and if each group is mindful of the other, there is no reason why a good day shouldn’t be had by all.

Branded shirts & jumpers:

There is a danger that we are ‘getting there’ as the finalised order for clothing was placed some 3-weeks ago and new artwork for the logo has been commissioned and forwarded to the supplier.   With a little luck and a following wind we should see the hardware within a matter of days now [you’ll be advised when it lands], and it is then just a matter of payment on collection please.

Our Website

A new feature of the much loved [so Terry tells me] website is an intelligence test for geriatrics of all ages compiled by our very own brain of Carswell, Bill Baker – just go to the home page at https://carswellseniors.com and follow the link.

I wouldn’t say it was easy, but I nearly answered one correctly – I did say nearly!!!!

Slow Play

Other than the pro-shop not letting interlopers onto the course during the roll-up, and Paul has hopefully plugged that gap, a couple of re-reminders as it appears some are still not playing ball – pun definitely intended:

  1. On the green – Always park trolleys/buggies on the exit-path side of the green. If you need to play an approach shot, then take both the required club AND the putter with you – this saves your legs as well as time.
  2. On the fairway – If in any doubt about finding your ball, play a provisional and unless it’s a trophy competition [or gold-plated ball] limit the search to 3-minutes please. The roll-up is meant to provide a convivial round of golf, and seeing the group in front all up to their knees in rainforest for what may seem an age doesn’t really achieve this.

Even better of course, try hitting the fairway occasionally – just a thought!!!

Heard on the Course

Carswell Seniors member:       I went to my fitness instructor the other day and said, “I’d like to be able to do the splits!

Fitness instructor:                    “How flexible are?”

Seniors member:                      “I’m usually free on Monday’s!!!!!”

Courtesy of Gerry Senior, with apologies to Tommy Cooper evidently.

 

Cliff Davies

18th June, 2018

Roll Up Roundup – 12th June 2018

Good to see after all the furore of the preceding days that 50-seniors had a fairly straightforward day yesterday – apart from the time taken for the later groups that is!   The problem being that some good-natured souls let a couple of 2-balls that slipped through the net interrupt their round.   Paul has since confirmed that he has now blanked out all Tuesday tee-times until 11:30am meaning that seniors WILL have exclusive use in future, but remember, the roll-up is a competition and hence we do have ‘right-of-way’!!!

 

The other topic raised yesterday was the length of the ‘eyebrows’ behind the bunkers as this contributed to slow-play [allegedly].   It has been brought to Mark’s attention [again] this morning, but as yet no response – that said, they are of course part of the hazard.   Rest assured, I will report back with any response.

 

The only reminder this week is that we will need all fees for the Open & Captains Cup paid by Tuesday next at the latest, so if you have a problem in meeting the deadline do get in touch ASAP.   Full details as ever on the website – https://carswellseniors.com

 

And so to the results:   There were no BOB winners this week, so we roll-over what is becoming a very healthy pot to the week after next, it being the MMM next week.   As for the Div. 1 & Casuals Cups [round 3] results, these were:

 

Division 1 & Casuals Cups
Group Position Name H’cap Score
1 1st Nick Tomaszewski 2-.2 37 c/b
1 2nd Glyn Williams 14.3 37 c/b
1 3rd Roger Bates 11.9 36
1 4th Bob Howard 17.7 35 c/b
2 1st Phil Eltham 28.0 40
2 2nd Colin Taylor 23.6 37
2 3rd Ian Knights 21.5 33
2 4th Peter Metcalfe 21.8 30

 

As indicated above, next week it’s the MMM plus a stableford for those opting for the roll-up, when the new registration & tee arrangements will apply – Roll Up Roundup – 5th June 2018 AND UPDATE (AT THE END) refers.   With the right approach the new structure should work for both groups ensuring that an enjoyable day is had by all – no pressure then!!

Roll Up Roundup – 5th June 2018 AND UPDATE (AT THE END)

Another fun-filled day at the office on Tuesday, what with interlopers & the club ‘professional’ breaking into the roll-up and delaying on-course proceedings – more on which below, but first some important reminders:

  1. Entries for this year’s pairs open will close on 15th June, meaning that next Tuesday is the last opportunity to hand-in entries unless you resort to Email – if you wish to enter but cannot get the form back by this date please let one of the committee know ASAP.
  2. Bill had an excellent response on the ‘Captains Cup’ entries this week but we will be ‘closing the book’ on Tuesday 19th June, so please confirm your entry AND pay the £2 fee by then – remember no fee no entry.
  3. BBQ tickets are now on sale at the clubhouse, club office, and pro-shop so don’t be too tardy in buying them as we will need to limit numbers.

And so back to Tuesdays fun, having had a ‘discussion’ with Paul & Carole, we are seeking to ensure that the course is closed to anyone other than the seniors on a Tuesday until the last group is through the 1st   I think that this was always the case in the past, but with a new management we are seeking to reinforce the ruling – watch this space.

The opportunity was also taken to discuss the problems we had in the two previous rounds of the MMM, and the solution on offer is to switch the medal to a Wednesday.   This appears an entirely logical proposal given that Tuesday’s are invariably busy and we intend to accept, but if you have any violent objections please get back to me PDQ.

And now at long last the results.   Surprisingly as it was the 4th, no one won the BoB this week meaning that the competition and increasing pot proceed to the 8th – no problem there then!   As for the Eclectic, a turn-out of 55-members took to the course and the results were:

Eclectic-round 2
Group Position Name H’cap Score
1 1st Ricky Braybrooke 17.6 41
1 2nd Graham Brindley 17.8 37
1 3rd John Stiles 10.1 36 c/b
1 4th Jim Cotton 14.6 36 c/b
2 1st John Ordish 24.6 37
2 2nd Colin Taylor 21.2 33
2 3rd Doug Jackson 25.3 32 c/b
2 4th Gordon Blake 20.5 32 c/b

Next week it’s the third round of the Casuals & Division 1 Cups – for the benefit of new members, this is ‘qualifier’ played as an individual stableford off CLUB handicaps.   Being a qualifier, and to ensure a level playing field, in future the yellow tee-plates will be used regardless of the position of the tee marker posts.

It obviously goes without saying that we have laid-on good weather for the day!!!

THE UPDATE – 8TH JUNE

Having survived the bombardment [just] following the last attempt at ‘sorting’ the roll-up/medal conundrum, we held meetings today with the Pro-shop and agreed to implement the following regime to take us through the rest of the competition season:

Routine roll-up:   

  1. The Pro-shop will block-out tee-times from 8:10-11:30am to ensure all roll-up groups are able to play through the 1st-tee without interruption.
  2. The seniors will use the 1st, 11th & 15th-tees as now, but with up to 6-groups going off the 1st & 15th and the remainder from the 11th.
  3. The last group off the 11th will be asked to notify the pro-shop when they reach the 1st and before teeing off to release the 1st-tee back for others to use thereafter.

The object here is to avoid a repeat of what we experienced last week with interlopers cutting-in in front of the roll-up groups.

Medal days:   

  1. On medal days the seniors will operate two registration tables in the clubhouse – one for the medal [Richard], the other for the roll-up [Cliff].
  2. Both registration tables will be open from 7:45am [first medal-tee 7:50] and ALL medal entry fees for will be collected in the club-house.
  3. The Pro-shop will block-out tee-times from 7:42-11:00am to ensure that all registered medal/roll-up groups get away from/through the 1st-tee without interruption.   
  4. Earlier tee-times will be available for the medal but MUST be notified to/confirmed with Richard no later than the day before registration.
  5. The medal will have exclusive use of the 1st tee until 9:15am, while the roll-up will use the 11th & 15th-tees only, with up to 6-groups going off the 15th and the remainder from the 11th.
  6. The last group off the 11th will be asked to notify the pro-shop when they reach the 1st and before teeing off in order to release the 1st-tee back for medal use thereafter.
  7. To maximise the available tees, all medal groups must be ready to tee-off at least 5-minutes before their allotted tee-time.

With a little cooperation this should work for everyone and, based on numbers thus far, there should be sufficient time to get all those playing in the medal clear of the 1st-tee before the first roll-up group reaches it.

Finally, Mark has assured us that he will site the yellow tee-markers correctly for all qualifiers & matches, which means no more than 5-metres from the tee-plates.   We have also said that this should be the case for every roll-up, the only exceptions being if/when the tees are badly worn or being treated.

Hopefully the foregoing should enable everyone to play their golf in the right spirit.

Roll Up Roundup – 29th May 2018

Hi Everyone

Obviously a bit of a disaster yesterday as it failed as a qualifier due to a rather liberal interpretation of the correct tee-positions – for reference, if the tee-markers were within 5-metres of the plates indicating the regulation distance, fine, but otherwise the plate position should have been used.   As it was some groups used the tee-markers throughout, even on the third where these were some 100m forward of the plate sited on the mound – to ensure members are not short-changed, we will arrange a further qualifier in the next couple of months.

For similar reasons, the jury is still out on whether the round can be used toward the Casuals & Division 1 cup-competitions, however, the roll-up results will still stand and for ease of reference I have used the intended nomenclature, namely:

    Individual Stableford    
Group Position Name H’cap Score
Div  1 1st Tony Scrivens 9.0 40
Div  1 2nd Tony Dyet 18.0 37 c/b
Div  1 3rd Dave Wanless 19.0 37 c/b
Div  1 4th Brian Rawle 9.0 37 c/b
Casuals 1st Colin Taylor 24.0 37
Casuals 2nd Laurence Waters 26.0 35 c/b
Casuals 3rd Peter Pitts 21.0 35 c/b
Casuals 4th Peter Metcalfe 22.0 34

Congratulations one & all.   By contrast there was no BoB winner this week so the pot rolls over to a third week with the hole being the 17th – not the easiest, but think of that accumulating pot as an incentive!!!!

Fortunately in last week’s report we qualified the Veterans Cup results  as ‘yet to be ratified, and on checking the cards against ages after the event we discovered that Phil Toms had pipped Doug Jackson by a single point in the over-80’s competition – obviously we thought you looked too young Phil.   So commiserations to Doug, and belated congratulations to Phil.   For confirmation of the results for these [and all other] competitions please refer to the oracle, or the seniors website as it is known – : https://carswellseniors.com

Next week it is the 3rd round of the Eclectic, and this should be a little less controversial as you can play off the yellow-tees wherever they be!   And the weather? – grey but dry with light[ish] winds.

Have a good one.