Update from the Captain

Hello Bishopswood golfers. Summer has passed and Autumn temperatures and falling leaves are with us.

KP held a Race Night on 6th Sept and although I was away with the Baughurst Golf Society, all went well and it was an enjoyable evening.

Bishopswood welcomed the Loddon Valley Lions once again on Monday 9th and there were many golfers there to enjoy the day with old friends and a comfortable feeling of contributing to their charities. Well done for all that you Lions achieve, many of who play at Bishopswood.

I played with the Seniors at home against Oak Park. For various reasons Jeff finds it difficult to field a team against Oak Park. I played the away fixture and liked the course. We were well beaten but maybe that’s because we couldn’t conquer the dreaded Hill. Our playing partners were very friendly.
When we played the return fixture at home, one of our opponents, friendly Dieter, produced a cup and a trophy called the Vince Piercy trophy. Dieter explained that when golfer Vince played in a match for Oak against us at Bishopswood someone pointed out Chris Piercy and when introduced immediately realised it was father and son. Ex Bishopswood golfer Chris now lives in Canada so I looked him up and asked if this was true. Nearly, he explained. Chris was playing for Bishopswood in a match at Oak Park and noticed Vince’s name on a board. He obtained a phone number and called. When he heard Vince’s voice he immediately knew it was ‘his old man’ who he had not seen for over 15 years. They did enjoy some time together but unfortunately Vince passed away suddenly and the bond was broken. A true story about a smashing ex Bishopswood golfer, Chris, and his Dad. You will probably not hear of many true stories like this so I hope the trophy matches continue in memory of Chris’s father Vince Piercy.

Various tournaments took place in September and the Solheim Cup Scramble has a reasonable entry
that wasn’t quite as memorable as the brilliant European win later that day.

Sad times when I attended John Beckwith’s funeral. I hadn’t spoken with John much over the past few years as he had hip surgery and I didn’t see him during much of my Vice Captain year. When he started playing again and I chatted to him I realised what a really nice bloke he was. The funeral was good and I found out a little more about this very nice man. RIP.

Port and Wine Night took place on Friday 27th September. I remember most of it well. The cheeses,
Port, wine and company was brilliant. Some didn’t sign up to it because they thought it expensive but ask all who were there and they will advise you not to miss next year. I prefer not to dwell on later that evening as I must have suffered a medical memory loss, as I am told by KP that I my speech was obviously spoken in various foreign languages as he couldn’t understand me.

The Vice Captain’s Gauntlet took place the day after and one of my opponents, Past Captain Malcolm, kept asking if I wanted to walk in. He was ok, but then he likes port.
The Vice Captain’s team won. It should be a great event next year.

Rabbi Melrose and I lost our final in the Stalwarts against top players James Smith and Scott Monger.
In truth I was rubbish and Ian didn’t stand much chance. Well done James and Scott.

Various other golf events passed by including End of Season Pairs whereby it confirmed I need some more lessons, but, the Social Committee did hold a memorable event called Let Us Entertain You.
Over 100 people attended and were entertained by Bishopswood golfers Richard West and Roger Taylor, a Latin Dance exhibition by Annabel and Alvaro, ex Bishopswood golfer Ben Selley and his keyboard mate, and, not finished yet, a rousing finale by Bishopswood golfer, Mike Dolan and the Pot Belly Chimps. An absolutely brilliant night of fun, music and dancing. Thank you all who attended, all who helped on the night, and special thanks to all who entertained us. The night raised much needed funds for our golf club and was a night we will not forget.

Once again Past Captain Malcolm held his Music quiz on Friday 18th and it was very successful with
Profit going to the Captains charity. Thank Malc for having a 60’s music section as I ‘remembered’ some of the answers.

End of Season Pairs took place on the 19th where once again ‘I didn’t turn up’ golf wise and partner Vice Captain Gary and I had to suffer a low score. Thankfully, not many of you very nice people exercised your right to order your free drink on me. Phew. Thank you.

Only one Captains blog left before the AGM in November. You will be pleased to hear it will be a short one.

Mixed

David G Williams organises all of the Mixed team events throughout the year. He works very hard to provide matches to our loyal mixed golfers. We thank David for his great efforts.
Check out david’s blogs.

Junior Information

See Martin Smith’s latest update on the website. What a fantastic year our Juniors have had.
They are the future of our Club.

Ladies

The Ladies End of Season event took place on 15th October, with a fantastic array of hats being seen out on the course. Well done to Shelagh Finch in her first year as Ladies Organiser – you’ve done a great job.

Committee Members are:
President Bob Mitchell; Captain Roy Ward; Treasurer Nick Leonard; Ladies organiser, Shelagh Finch;
Seniors organiser, Jeff Wayling; Bob Lycett; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Secretary Jenny Lycett.

Social Committee Members are:
Captain Roy Ward; Gill Ward; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Dee Clinch; Past Captain Malcolm Boreham; Debbie Boreham; Past President Martin Smith; Jackie Smith; Manager Kevin Pickett, Mo Pickett.

Upcoming events.

Nick Leonard is holding one of his popular Nick’s general knowledge quizzes on Friday 8th November. They are always well attended so try and make it there. £5 entry per team and there will be food specials available to buy on the night.

Captains Ball, 16th November, good food with great friends and one of the very most entertaining groups to appear at Bishopswood. ‘Glad It’s Night’ Motown Experience. It’s worth paying just to see this world- famous act and enjoy a lovely 3-course meal as well. Coloured Dickie Bows and dinner suits for gents and Posh Frocks with a Feather for the lovely ladies. Prizes for the best Gents bow tie and best ladies feather. Treat your partner to a wonderful evening of entertainment and food.
Finally, for my Captains Year is our AGM on Thursday 28th November. Please be there so I can say an official cheerio. You can also vote for your choice of Committee Members who give their time to take our wonderful golf club forward each year.

If you have any suggestions, any ideas for the good, we are here to listen.


Regards
Captain Roy




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