A brief round-up
Much has happened since my last bulletin in July, with yet more new members and a steady stream of visitors and societies enjoying our wonderful course. The most significant development has been the re-opening of our bar and the establishment of outside hospitality.
The Ram & Medals
Thanks to all who have been entering these events and I am pleased to report that we now have 15 different members qualified for the RAM final on September 2nd! There are plenty more opportunities to enter over the remainder of the summer so, hopefully, we will have a strong field for the final!
Club Fund Raiser Competition – A Date For Your Diary – Saturday 15th August
As the chairman has already advised, work is progressing at a pace on our outdoor decking area, with completion scheduled for early August. To mark the official opening we will be holding a special day with a better-ball stableford competition. The golf committee and sponsorship will be providing some great prizes and absolutely all proceeds raised will go to the club towards improvement projects. I understand that the bowls section will also be getting involved with an aim to make this a fun day for all. More details will follow shortly so watch out for these.
Just prior to “lock down” Neil Barnes volunteered to kick start a junior section in the club and I am now delighted to let you know that Neil has also joined the golf committee. This will ensure that he gets as much support as possible in developing plans for our younger members.
Please see below, a message from Neil that he asked me to include with my bulletin.
Hello all. You may remember that before lockdown we announced the resurrection of the Ramsey Junior Section. Unfortunately Covid-19 has severely hampered any plans we had and we have now had to re think the best way forward for the junior section. We’re now in the fortunate position that golf with members of other households is permitted. With this in mind I’ve been looking for ways to get our current juniors meeting up to start to play some golf together. Once we’ve got an idea on numbers and abilities I will begin to run some 5-9 hole meet ups on a Sunday afternoon. From this we can build next season and start to hold some competitive junior golf.
With this in mind I have set up a Facebook group called’ Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club Junior Section’. This will be a ‘locked’ group aimed at juniors and their parents/guardians. I would ask anyone falling in either category to please apply to join the group. The intention of this group will be to communicate upcoming junior events and provide a place for juniors to arrange a game together. Obviously Facebook has an age requirement of 13 or older so parents please join on behalf of your junior if necessary.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind all members that any junior relative you have is entitled to free junior membership. You don’t need to do anything other than get your young ones out playing golf. For beginners please contact the pro shop for info on Mitch’s junior lessons which are extremely well priced.
I know you will all agree that getting a healthy junior section is important for the future of the club. With so many new members I would like to emphasize that your membership entitles children and grandchildren to free golf membership. Please do contact Neil, Scotty or any member of the committee for more information!
I know that some members with mobility problems had concerns about accessing the buggy ranch now that the lower car park is closed. For your information, the path down the far side of the bowling green is now accessible from the top car park (there is now a gap in the fencing) so parking adjacent to the gap allows a relatively short walk to the ranch.
Whilst our course is currently in splendid condition thanks to Neil and his team, they are working at full stretch to keep on top of the sheer volume of grass cutting due to the recent growth spurt. We do have a band of volunteers that meet on a Monday morning at 10.00am for a few hours to assist with hedge cutting, bunker maintenance and a variety of other jobs. Firstly, thanks to each of you for this invaluable help and, secondly, we certainly would welcome additional numbers! If you can help, please let me know. It is only for two and a half hours and is always good fun!
MacMillan Golf Challenge
This Friday (17th July) four of our members – Richard Powley / Tony Driscoll / Jay Woodward and Paul Mason are taking part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge. They will be playing 72 holes of golf at Ramsey starting at 5.00am, all in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support. There is a donation box in Scotty’s Shop or you can donate on line:
Anyone who has time to pop down to the course and cheer them on would be very welcome!!
Wishing you all great golf over the next few weeks as we slowly return to normal!
And finally ……
Due to the severe impact that the Covi-19 pandemic has had on all sporting activities, the club has very generously, offered me the opportunity of extending my captaincy by an extra year. I am very grateful to Vice Captain Paul Judge for fully supporting this and look forward to a less complicated second term!
Good golfing to you all