The winner of this weeks Tuesday Medal (24th May) was Martin Hamilton with an excellent net 63. Well done Martin!. Standard Scratch for the day was 71.
Further congratulations should also go to Stuart Clayton. In the previous weeks Medal (17th May), while shooting a net 66, and coming in second place, he managed to score a two at the Stroke Index 1,13th hole, a feat rarer than any hole in one. Does anyone know if this has been achieved before?
With Saturday Medals being so popular, not everyone can get the time they prefer each week. Please note that there are usually several cancellations each Medal for various reasons, so it is worth giving Ian a phone in the Pro Shop, or popping along, if you are prepared to wait for a cancelled time.
Congratulations to a the Ladies Team for a great start to the season, winning all their ties in the opening match of the Elizabeth Welsh League v Palacerigg on Saturday 21st May. This hopefully will be a sign of things to come. No pressure then.
This newsletter is designed not only to keep members abreast of what's going on at the club, but for anyone generally interested in Crow Wood or maybe considering to play or join us, to see what they are missing.
To help cast that net as far as possible, we would ask all recipients of this letter, whether via the website, email, Facebook or Twitter, to pass it on and share it each week, to let the world know just what Crow Wood is all about.
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Message from the Captain.
May I begin by wishing you all a successful and most importantly enjoyable 2016 season at Crow Wood Golf Club.
Enjoyment of the game of golf is dependent upon many different factors but one main one is pace of play.
A new manual giving guidance to golf clubs and golfers on ways of improving pace of play has been published today, May 23, 2016 by The R&A. The manual will be distributed to The R&A’s 152 affiliated organisations around the world and every golf club in Great Britain and Ireland. It is also available to download from The R&A website, www.randa.org/paceofplay, where further information, resources and related videos can also be viewed.
I would urge all of our members to take the time to look at this manual and apply the recommendations it contains. The new manual provides practical guidance in the three key areas of management, course set-up and player behaviour.
The R&A carried out an extensive international survey into golfers’ views on pace of play in 2014/15 which attracted more than 56,000 responses from golfers in 122 countries. One of the key findings of the research was that 60% of golfers said they would enjoy golf more if they played in less time.
The findings were discussed at the Time for Golf conference last November, which was attended by professionals and administrators from throughout the world of golf and those discussions helped shape the new manual.
European Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallagher took part in a special discussion session at the conference. Welcoming the launch of the new manual, he said, “I think this is an important step forward in providing some practical ways of improving pace of play. It was fascinating to hear different perspectives on pace of play at the Time for Golf conference and there was definitely a feeling that we should share some of the best approaches to dealing with the issue with a wider audience. The new manual gives some great examples of best practice and I would definitely recommend it to anyone involved in golf.”
So fellow members, please take the time to look at this manual.
As a reminder, Ian Graham's professional day is changed from this Sunday, the 29th May to Sunday 5th June. Times are still available directly from the club shop.
Past Captains Day
As is tradition, battle takes place annually (22nd May this year) for the bragging rights of the best past-Captain. This year, the current Match and Handicap Secretary, Allan Drummond was successful with a net 72. Will his handicap be cut?
Sunday Optional Medals
Last year, there were a number of Optional Medals on Sundays, but the take up on these was fairly low. It is not intended that these take place again in 2016, but the committee is considering ways of ways of letting all players, especially ones that can't regularly make the Saturday or Tuesday Medals to submit supplementary handicap scores.
This weeks focus is on our Honorary President, Mr FW Cuthbert, better known as Watson.
Watson is a hugely respected and influential member of our club. With a number of years serving on the committee, he became Captain at Crow Wood in 1993, before coming President. He took this role very seriously, and was always able to assist any of the sections, was a regular at the Team matches and more than willing to pass on advice whenever asked. Illness has kept Watson away from the club recently, but it was an honour that he was able to present the prizes at the 2015 Prizegiving ceremony.
Pictured here is Fiona Uzar and Debra Kelly receiving the Fraser Trophy from Watson.
The Crow Wood theme runs in the family, with his wife, Rita, a prominent lady member, also serving as Ladies Captain. Her influence was such, that on occasion, in his early days at Crow Wood, he was simply known as Mrs Cuthbert's husband!
Career wise, he was a Qualified Civil Engineer, working for the Scottish Special Housing Association, and stamped his mark on many large housing schemes all over the country.
Aside from golf, Watson played at a high level in the tennis world, and was President of his local tennis club. He also played football, and was offered professional terms, but declined due to his Engineering career. He played for Largs Thistle, and was at one time, their all time highest goal scorer. To this day he is still in second place, no mean feat when you consider he was a winger. Bridge is another pastime that he excelled in.
Back in his golf career, although not quite reaching single figures for a handicap, he did make a hole in one at the 5th. However, it is his service and support to the club that he has given that marks him out as a special member. With membership of clubs being more transient, it needs people with Watson's loyalty and service to ensure we thrive and serve future generations of Crow Wood golfers.
All his friends and acquaintances at Crow Wood wish Watson all the very best for the future.