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Competition Time

 
With entries to the Sprot Cup, Sir John Hunter Shield, Crow Wood Quaich and the Mixed foursomes now closed, all draws will soon be posted on the noticeboard. Please be aware of the dates that each round is expected to be completed by.

Several changes to the Rules of Golf came into effect on 1st January 2016.
Among them, the handicap allowance in four-ball better ball format increased from 75% to 90% for both stroke play and match play. (In stroke play each partner will receive 90% of their full handicap, and in match play the low man now concedes strokes to the other 3 players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicaps).
 
This Saturday, 16th April, sees the first major club competition taking place, the Sam Tennant Memorial Trophy. This handicap team competition, consists of three players of any class.
Entries close on Friday 15th, with very limited tee times available in the morning, but places available in the afternoon.

2015 winners Raymond Smith, Scott Bradley and Brian Grant are teeing up again this year to defend their trophy.



Easter Coaching

The past week has been a pretty busy one for club pro, Ian Graham. Last week saw him undertake a number of coaching sessions with our own junior members, whilst on Monday, North Lanarkshire Council invited Crow Wood GC to take part in a golf coaching session, as part of their Easter Camp activities, organised for the school holidays.

Held in the Ian Nicolson Sports Centre in Chryston, this was an opportunity to get youngsters involved in the sport, rather than the more obvious football or computer based activities, and who knows, there may be a new Danny Willett just round the corner.
 



Trivial Information
 
Much has been written about the ability to keep the course open all winter, especially the greens, in what has been considered a terrible year for wet weather. Met Office Average rainfall figures for December to March inclusive, over the last 30 years show 402mm (15.8” inches) of rain in North Glasgow. For the same four months to the end of March 2016, a total of 843mm (33.2 inches) have been recorded. Over double our average rainfall!

Apology

In the excitement of congratulating Chris Gilmour on his Tuesday Medal win on 29th March, we inadvertently misspelt his name. Apologies Chris, and well done again!


And Finally

This weeks focus is on probably one of the more well known members of the Crow Wood staff, Club PGA professional, Ian Graham.

Ian joined the club as a junior, aged 12 and has been associated with the club now for 21 years. He turned professional twelve years ago playing off scratch, and has been both the club Junior and Senior Champion.

Some of Ian's recent highlights were winning one of the Scottish qualifying rounds with Craig Taylor, in the Lombard Trophy, and qualifying for the Pro-Captain Challenge Grand Final with Alex Paton, at the Antalya GC, in Turkey in November .

He cites his main strengths as his ability off the tee to keep it long and straight, with his main weakness being his short game. His lowest score around Crow Wood is a gross 65 in a club medal, with an unofficial 62 also recorded. Ian has not yet had a hole in one at the club, something he did achieve at Dumfries and Galloway GC.

Ian spends a lot of time during the school holidays teaching the junior kids and the local schools (see above), but says his most difficult lesson was trying to get Sharyn in the bar to play the game.

Ian also plays darts at Crow Wood and tennis at the Stepps Lawn Tennis Club. He lives only a short iron from the club, in Chryston with his wife, Vicky, and they are expecting their first child very soon (a budding junior member hopefully).