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Competition Round up

A final reminder that this Saturday, 7th May, is the first weekend Medal of the year, in the form of the Spring Meeting (Lombard Trophy), which also counts as the 1st Qualifying Round of the Stenhouse Cup. The tee is full to around 2:30pm, but there are still plenty of times available after that.

Given this is likely to be the busiest day of the year so far, it is an opportune time to remember that, although we all play Crow Wood to enjoy ourselves, respect and courtesy to your fellow members should be shown at all times, in terms of the speed of your play.

Congratulations goes to John Dennis, who won Tuesday's Medal (3rd May) with a fine net 69.   Well done John!

The Gents team weren't quite as fortunate, going down 6.5 to 3.5 away to Belshill on Wednesday.
The next match is in two weeks time, at home to Easter Moffat.

Junior Club Championship Qualifiers

The dates for the Crow Wood Junior Championship qualifying rounds have now been set for Saturday 14th and 21st May, with the top eight scores qualifying for the matchplay finals stages. The added incentive is that the top 2 scores qualify for the Gents Championship 

Lanarkshire Golf Association, County Boys' Spring Meeting

The spring meeting, held at Shotts Golf Club, on 24th April had some excellent home success in the handicap competition. Congratulations to Kieran.

  1. Stuart Mitchell   (Kirkhill GC)                    
  2. Euan Graham  (Hamilton GC)                 
  3. Kieran McCormick  (Crow Wood GC)  

Enjoy the view

Occasionally it is good just to stand back and enjoy the weather, the view and some excellent golf (two out of three is not too bad) and welcome spring to the course. Looking back down the 11th, we sometimes forget the fine surroundings we play in.

Hole Ownership

It has been 4 weeks since the initiative was rolled out, where every member, according the their surname has been allocated joint ownership of a hole, to give it a bit of extra special attention, each and every time they play.

If you haven't yet identified which hole you have been allocated, notices are displayed in the spike bar, as well as on the noticeboards and adjacent to the entry computer.

It is hoped that every member will repair a few extra pitchmarks, replace a few more divots,have a piece of litter removed or any other small element of care and ownership you can think of.

With 18 holes now divided up by over 600 members, each hole has about 33 “owners”  and this little and often approach can only help course conditions. Please note this initiative is in addition to the normal care of the course expected for every hole played.

And Finally...

The fourth member of the Greens staff we would like to introduce, is the youngest member of the team, 20 year old Lee Gallagher.

Lee joined the club as a junior at the age of 15 years, and within four days of finishing High School in Cumbernauld, he joined the Crow Wood staff. Initially on a 6 month seasonal contract, it developed into an apprenticeship, which he recently completed successfully, culminating with an NVQ level 3 qualification in Sportsturf studies.

Lee made a point in thanking Head Greenkeeper, Gary Divers for this opportunity, experience and help in this, his first job since leaving school. He did seem to question Gary’s ability to add up accurately any additional hours Lee may have worked, but at least the course gets the benefit of that extra hard work.

He clearly enjoys the everyday challenges the course work brings, although Lee certainly prefers the warmer months compared to the darker days. Lee is happy to be part of a team that is on the up, and enjoys seeing the course improve every week, although wishes a minority of golfers would be a bit more careful in terms of pitchmarks, divots and raking bunkers. So far, it seems to have been a good career choice at Crow Wood.

Lee is also a decent golfer, playing off 9, and enjoys regular football fives and sessions in the gym. He wanted it made clear that he was the best looking of all the greenstaff (not the hardest of tasks he admits), and is glad to be part of an excellent Crow Wood team.

If you have any photographs or stories you would like to share, please send them all to the email address below and we’ll incorporate into future newsletters.