Club Magazine

September 2019

Editors Introduction - by Jim Thatcher

Welcome to the September edition of the RCGC Club Magazine.

What a hectic summer we have had. Cool and rainy days followed by a heatwave. Bill Davis and his team, however, have consistently provided us with the best playing conditions possible and the course has held up well. The heavy rain during the Dupree festival was unfortunate – but by Saturday you would never have known. Our magazine has a report and super piece about the Dupree Cup final itself in which our Pro, Peter, officiated. Thanks Peter

As always there has been a lot going on in our club – not least the retirement of our Secretary Manager, Keith Fisher, after over 30 years in the job. His successor as General Manager, Shah, has made himself very visible and friendly to everyone. Welcome Shah – Keith will be a hard act to follow but the members are all behind you.

The “Jolly Boys” trip was another success – not sure about some of the headaches the next day though!!

Perhaps the most significant news was Billy McKenzie breaking the course record in the Playing Fields Cup at the end of July. 11 Pars and 7 Birdies in a faultless round that yielded a 65 and broke the course record which had been in place for many a year, Tom Robson being the previous record holder.

Subsequently Billy has announced his plan to turn Professional this summer. We all wish you the very best of luck Billy – we are proud to support you in this next stage of your career.

Equally the news that Carol Taylor has been nominated as the next Club Vice-Captain by Steve Doel, our current Club Vice-Captain, was a surprise to many people. Carol is a former Ladies Section Captain, has served on the club Management Committee for a number of years and  currently Chairs the House Committee.

It has been a busy period for our Juniors – including the RCGC Junior Masters – a competition that many juniors from other clubs play in. Our own Henry Harvey achieved his first Hole-in-One during a Juniors match at Bramshaw – congratulations Henry!

Peter Dore has now taken over responsibility for our club social events, following the retirement of Malcolm and Liz Johnson. Thank you both for many years of outstanding social events in our club house. Watch the club noticeboards for details of upcoming events.

Ian Barrowcliffe and Steve Lepage have retained the Hampshire Seniors Foursomes Trophy - well done chaps!

I hope you enjoy the reports in this edition of the club magazine – 15 in all, and remember I am always looking for contributions to future editions. Just email me at

Jim Thatcher, Editor

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