The Death of Carswell Golf Club (after Heraclitus)

They told me, Carswell Golf Club, they told me you’d gone bust –

My twenty five years membership’s been blown away like dust.

I grieve as I remember how twice a week or more

I played with high ambition – but an even higher score.

I’m having nightmares nightly about rewilding the course – 

I see badgers chipping hedgehogs to greens submerged in gorse –

But long may Carswell Seniors, the Castaways, convene

For golf, and at the nineteenth hole, for toasts to what has been.

Mark Baker (with apologies to Callimachus and William Johnson Cory)

Draft Minutes of Seniors Committee – 3rd October 2019

MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE CARSWELL GOLF CLUB SENIORS SECTION  HELD AT WYCHWOOD GOLF CLUB ON THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2019
Present:   Richard Tucker (Captain)
Brian Reid ( Vice Captain)
Peter Ellen (Treasurer)
Terry Clark (Match Secretary)
By Invitation:-
 Bob Howard (Away Day Secretary)
Tony Dyet (Club Handicap Secretary)
Peter Pitts (Past Treasurer)
1 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE Apologies received from John Ordish (Secretary) and Bill Baker (Competitions Secretary)
2. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING The Minutes were taken as read and confirmed.
3. MATTERS ARISING None
4. OUTLINE OF EVENTS
Current Situation. D&C Golf Ltd , the Carswell Management company, is going into voluntary liquidation and has ceased trading. Its liabilities considerably exceed its assets. It’s lease of the course and buildings has reverted to Gerry Lisi but he appears to have decided not to reopen the Club.  The Club for all intents and purposes no longer exists.  The members appear to have accepted this and many are joining other Clubs.  A meeting with the Mens Section Committee achieved nothing.  TD is finding out how to transfer Carswell handicaps to other clubs and will inform members if there are any problems.
The Future. The Captain reported that a vast number of Seniors have said they want to retain links with each other and the best way to do this is to form a Golf Society. Everyone concurred with this proposal.
5. NEED FOR GENERAL MEETING. Because the membership is so spread it seemed impractical to hold a General Meeting and all matters requiring members’ approval is to be put to them by way of an email vote.
6. FINANCIAL APPRAISAL AND RECOVERY OF SENIORS ASSETS. The Treasurer is to assess the total assets of the Seniors that include cash, money at bank, pa system, camera, laptop, printer, bench.  RT and BR are to attend Carswell Friday 4th October to retrieve trophies. There are unresolved problems about what to do with the trophies if we can recover them. By the time bills for outstanding activities are paid there is unlikely to be a large amount of cash outstanding.  It will be necessary to allocate  money for the remaining prizes, 6 medals and glass mementoes   It was agreed to put to the members of the Section by way of email vote that remaining assets be transferred to the proposed Society (RT)
7. FORMATION OF CARSWELL SENIORS GOLF SOCIETY It was decided form a Society with those attending this meeting to be responsible for its formation.  RT will ballot members of the Seniors Section.  The Society to meet for the purpose of playing Golf approximately monthly.  Membership of the Society to be eligible to members of the former Section.  The probably name will be the Carswell Castaways Golf Society.  PE volunteered to be the Treasurer of the Society as having this offer in existence was essential to the formation.  There shall be a joining fee of £10 – also to be put to the members by email vote (RT).
8. REMAINING ACTIVIES OF THE SENIORS SECTION The Match at Witney on Thursday 10th October will proceed.  The Captain will attempt to join a few other players into this match. The Captain will enquire with the Captain of the Ladies Section whether the planned match will go ahead but this is unlikely. The Captain v Vice Captain subsidised match will go ahead and will become open to all members.  The date is Thursday 17th October.  BH will try to find a venue firstly at Drayton then at Witney. The Presentation Evening will proceed with the intended date being Friday 13th December 2019.  Likely venue is the Wantage Comrades Club in Wantage.  Likely cost will have to cover the band Wipe Out (already booked), hire of rooms (£50) and food.  TC will make enquires of the Comrades Club.  RT and BR to look at other possible venues such as Southmoor Village Hall or Snooty Mehman.  RT to ask John Ordish to look after the provision of medals and mementoes. The Colin Pedley competition will not be played this year. The website will continue initially as a resource for the members of the Section and then to support the new Society.

SENIORS NEWS

There will be a Meeting of Seniors Committee on Thursday to
(a) Find out what is happening after asking Gerry Lisi and Liquidator of
D&C Golf Ltd
(b) If Club is finished to decide what to do with Seniors property.

The Captain of the Mens Section met with Gerry Lisi on Monday 30th Sept
2019. The green keepers have been made redundant. The course is closed unless a buyer can be found. However the gates will be open this Friday 4th October for members to collect any clubs etc that they own.

If you need a handicap certificate (i e to confirm your membership of CGC)
go to Howdidido, click on more, click on handicap, up come your qualifying
results, and there just above your qualifying results (on the top left) there’s
a star for certificate, click and up comes your handicap cert which you can now print.

Roll Up Report – Tuesday 17th September 2019

28 players took part in this weeks roll up playing Individual Stableford with 21 playing in the MMM.

Gordon Westerhof

Gordon and his wife Jacqui are off to pastures new, Gordon has been a member for 15 years and was involved in the introduction of the system we currently use at the roll ups, I’m sure you all join me in wishing them both all the very best for the future.

New Member

Last week we welcomed Doug Varney into the Seniors, Doug has been a member of the club since August 2018.

New (trial) member

Chris Scotcher game along today to sample what the Seniors have to offer, hopefully Chris will become a member before long.

Away Day

Just over two weeks now before we play at Wychwood, there has been a sudden surge of members paying so if anyone is still undecided remember time is fast running out. CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU HAVE PAID.

Dates for the diary

October 11th     Race night

November 15th Quiz Night

December 13th Christmas Wipeout

Division one 2019 Winner

Glyn Williams

Casuals 2019 Winner

Richard Bramwell

Winner September Medal

Dave Merrison

Roll up results

    Group 1  
    h/c pts
1st Tony Scrivens 10 42
2nd Peter Pitts 21 37
3rd Phil Figgins 21 36
    Group 2  
    h/c pts
1st Ian Bensted 28 38
2nd Chuck Berry 25 37 c/b
3rd Tony Belcher 32 37

Change to Next Week’s Format

Orange Ball death

Similar rules as Yellow ball, Orange ball plus one other scores, as the names are displayed on the TV screen that is the order of play, however failure to return the Orange ball results in Disqualification so make sure you remain focused when in the hot seat!!

BorB Next Week

 Hole 13

Knighton Trophy 2019 – Results

Knighton Trophy 13th August 2019

Fifty eight players were scheduled to play this year, however due to injury and personal circumstances this was reduced to fifty six which meant unavoidable changes to the running order.

Thanks goes to Bill Baker for the organisation, which, after the initial hiccups progressed smoothly.

Results

                   1st               Ron Jones          19 h/c       64

                   2nd              Martin Clark              12 h/c       66

                   3rd              Graham Brindley      16 h/c       68 c/b

                   4th               Peter Ellen                 11 h/c       68    

Lowest Gross

Martin Clark    78

Nearest the pin                                               Dave Merrison

Longest drive                                                   Martin Hinkley

Lowest par threes gross                               Ron Jones c/b