Club Magazine

November 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to the November 1st, 2018 edition of Rowlands Castle Golf Club members magazine.Well – what a summer of great weather (Dupree final day apart!). I hope your drives have been longer than usual and your putts have been read properly. I know I found the summers conditions improved my play – but not necessarily my results or handicap!

Quaffer’s night has been and gone for another year and all the Mens competition winners have their trophy’s in safe keeping for the next 12 months. Once again, a “Tour de Force” presentation from our Secretary/Manager Keith. You will find a complete list of Mens competition winners below. In the next edition of the Magazine (January 2019) I will publish some very interesting reports on statistics of play in the 2018 Mens competitions. Photographs from Quaffer’s night can be downloaded from John Jury’s website.

Our Ladies section have had their AGM and Sue Slight is welcomed as Ladies Captain – good
luck Sue – we are all pulling for you. Please read Sue’s report. Have a well-earned rest Janet Doel!!

Our men’s Hampshire Sevens team covered themselves in glory at Barton-on-Sea golf club in
early October – be sure and read the report. Well done chaps on setting a county record.

We welcome Stuart Fallow to our club, as another professional alongside our much-loved Peter Klepacz. With the fabulous new practice facility – see Nigel Jurd's Special Projects report – once again our club is moving forward strongly, much
to the envy of neighbouring golf clubs. Thank you, Nigel, and your committee, for all your hard work in bringing this about. Thanks also to Peter and Jimmy Klepacz for their involvement in providing practice balls at no cost and the time-consuming
collection process.

Looking forward, we are in for some major changes to golf rules effective January 1st. There are new set of golf rules – which for the first time will be unified across the world. New rule books will be available in December from Keith and Tom. Keith is also planning a “New Rules” briefing evening early in the New Year. If you want an early view of these changes there is plenty of information on the internet and I can also recommend YouTube for a number of video demonstration of the key rule changes. Just go to YouTube and enter “New Golf
Rules” and take your choice from the list that appears. 

There are reports from most sections of our golf club – which I can recommend to you all. They show a vibrancy and positive outlook – long may it continue. Especially worth a read is the Juniors section report from David Sawford – the next generation of RCGC Superstars are on the march!

The number one item of interest should be our golf course. 2018 has been a challenging year with our exceptional weather. Robert Browns comprehensive report is an excellent read and puts into perspective the efforts and challenges our Green Staff face. Thank you Bill and your team.

Finally, may I wish all members a very happy Christmas (am I the first to do this – still
got 7 weeks to go?) and I hope the weather is kind to us and we can keep golfing right up to 2019.

Jim Thatcher - Editor

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