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.

GET YOUR MONEY BACK STUFF

D&C Golf suggest enquiries relating to the liquidation of D&C Golf
Ltd. be made to Robert Day and Co at mail@robertday.biz. Click here
for the circular issued by Robert Day outlining the procedure to make
claims.

Direct Debits to D&C Golf – make sure they are cancelled NOW.

Credit Card Payers – Contact your card provider.  You should should be
able to get a refund.  Nationwide for instance have said to tell them that
contact with  the merchant D&C Golf has failed there being no reply on the phone or at the clubhouse. You will need proof of purchase (basically your
statement).  With Nationwide you can do the rest by email or they will
send you a form to fill in.  A useful link is  http://www.theukcardsassociation.org.uk/individual/section-75-for-credit-card-purchases.asp However there may be a problem if you are not the primary card holder so beware.

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 TEE OFF TIMES – Tuesday 13th August 2019

Time 1st Tee
08:30 G Neilson I McDougal  
08:40 T Scrivens B Rawle  
08:50 D Merrison T Dyet R Braybrooke
09:00 P Toms G Blake B Mace
09:10 R Tucker P Gill P Figgens
09:20 G Westerhof D Roberts P Wynn
    11th Tee
08:30 P Ellen B Reid M Clark
08:40 P Fisher A Kirkpatrick R Dewar
08:50 D Stroud S Maier N Tomaszewski
09:00 T Hoiles R Jones A Wilkins
09:10 C Taylor R Belcher M Hinkley
09:20 I Benstead J Ordish A Strain
09:30 B Bonfield K Arlott M Baker
09:40 R Bramwell P Eltham T Belcher
09:50 R Syphas J Dixon M Higgins
  15th Tee  
08:30 R Bates J Stiles G Williams
08:40 J Cotton G Brindley R Maloney
08:50 C Smyth B Baker B Howard
09:00 C Curd D Wanless P Wright
09:10 P Pitts I Knights P Wheeler

Roll Up Report – 4th June 2019

Seniors roll up 4th June 2019

39 members turned up this week playing “shambles” which appeared to be well received, I understand that Brian Stepney had two chauffeurs driving him around the course until the 17th when he had to take the matter into his own hands when they both went off course!

Seniors Open

All members who intend playing this year must ensure that payment has been made by no later than June 16th so that the draw can be made and communicated to all participants.

If anyone wishes to sponsor one of the holes please let Brian Reid know a.s.a.p.

We would also like some raffle prizes donated to help raise funds for our chosen charity this year.

Inter club matches

The game against Bicester on the 30th of. May resulted in a draw

BorB

The BorB moves to the 17th next week.

Results

Grp 1

    pts
1st P Ellen, J Stiles, B Stepney 62
2nd R Tucker, R Bramwell, R Forder 61
3rd R Maloney, J Dixon, I Knights 59

Next weeks format

Casual, Division 1 cup.

Roll Up Report – 30th April 2019

Seniors Roll up Tuesday 30th April 2019

52 members turned up this week playing 2s & 3s, with this number of players it meant that two pairs were offered the option to either play individual stableford or use the calculation of a “ghost” player, the latter was chosen.

To explain how this calculation works;

The joint score of the pair is divided by two, this then provides the mean average which becomes the score of the “ghost”.

for example

Player 1 scores 3 points

Player 2 scores 2 points

Ghost allocated 3 + 2 = 5 divided by 2 = 2.5

On par 4s and 5s The two best scores count therefore

Player 1 scores 3

Ghost     scores 2.5

Score 5.5

If playing a par three hole when all scores count

Player 1 scores  3,

Player  2 scores 2

 Ghost           scores 2.5

                       Score   7.5

When scoring the actual figure scored is entered and is not to be rounded up on each hole.

BorB

We move onto hole #4 next week.

Results

                                                                                                pts

1st     B Mace,   I Bensted,                   C Howard                   102

2nd R Tucker,    G Westerhof                                              98 c/b

3rd    L Waters, A Wilkins           B Bunning                     98