Update from the Captain

Hello Bishopswood golfers. Spring has arrived with bluebells out around the course and birds singing.
April saw all of our teams representing the club filled with keen golfers chomping at the bit to play other clubs. Jeff with the seniors, Dave G with the mixed, Shelagh with the ladies, Smiffy with the Juniors and myself and Vice Gary with the Gents. We were all raring to go and thought we were all going to beat the competition with well selected pairings but we forgot the other teams felt just the same.
To win against other clubs is great but the most important thing is to have enjoyable games and have good banter with the opposition. Bishopswood are renowned for having good banter.
You can see the reports of the matches on the blogs of the team leaders but I report the Gents matches. The Gents have not been able to repeat the great success of Captain Malcolm’s teams of last year. We drew against this year Tylney Park at home but we then had four away matches against Sandford Springs, Mapledurham, Weybrook and Andover. We all enjoyed the matches but lost all of the away games. We look forward to playing Mapledurham at home on 11th May and Broome Manor away on the 17th May.
A team of 9 battled against Bramshaw Golf Club in the Hockley Gales competition. All were valiant but we were not able to overcome a well-handicapped home side.
Easter Monday was a great success at Bishopswood with 48 of us in teams of four playing a Texas Scramble. The prizes were all chocolate. Thank you to our Social Committee for the time spent organising and arranging the event with Dee Clinch’s coloured bows decorating the flag sticks,
Secretary Jenny’s posters adorning the clubhouse and also great help from Secretary Jenny for taking the money and creating the cards. I thank Dave Roberts and Smiffy for checking the cards to reveal the winners.
And the winners? It was wife Gillian, Vice Gary, past Captain Dave Roberts and myself. Thank you team as I had a problem winning anything during this past four years.
I look forward to playing in my first Mixed match on Sunday 5th May against Mapledurham at Bishopswood. I’m confident I will do well because my partner is our secretary Jenny Lycett. She doesn’t lose many.
We have some great events coming up in May.
The Mixed Foursomes on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May. It should be another full field of keen golfers.
Sunday 19th May involves another match away, in the Hampshire Sevens at Corhampton. I’ll be there to offer moral support but we have a very competitive team of Bishopswood golfers raring to go.
The Ladies coffee morning on Tuesday 21st should be as successful as other years and all praise must go to you ladies who spend a lot of your time organising these events.
Members and Guest Day is on a Saturday this year, 18th May. My partner, and friend from 40 years ago, Andy from Goring and Streatley loves our course and is looking forward to playing. Why not make a call to a golfing friend and offer them a treat.
We will have a fun golf event on Bank holiday 27th May so keep your eye on the notice boards.
On Friday 31st May our social Committee, including manager Kevin Pickett, has arranged a social event that differs from the norm. We have up to ten tables of ten seats available where we would like people to book a table and invite, friends, family, neighbours or fellow golfers on to their table. Kevin has arranged for entertainment by a local band of musicians who are very good. We couldn’t think of a theme for this event so we called it a No Reason Doo. Apart from trying to attract people who do not usually take part in our social events we also wanted it to be very affordable for all. The event will be subsidised by Club and Course and the tickets are only £2.50 for each person. We are also aware that not everyone wants a sit-down meal and might want to eat at home or just have an inexpensive snack, so Kevin has arranged for a specials board of affordable snacks. Seven tables have already been taken up so if you want a ticket let the bar or me know. For those who do not want to arrange a full table, no problem as several tables will be available with seating for pairs or singles. We’ll ensure you are sitting with people you are acquainted with.


Lastly, we have one of our premier events of the year coming up on the 7th June: The Bishopswood Summer Ball. Bow ties and posh frocks, fine food, terrific music and great friends. We only have two events like this each year so they are special. Tickets are selling well so ask at the bar for information soon.

Regards

Captain Roy


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