Since my last bulletin, we have enjoyed amazing weather and this, combined with a course in great condition, has provided our membership and visitors with a great Ramsey experience! I must pay tribute to those who continue to give so much to the club and, at the risk of missing anyone out, would like to say a huge general thank you to our greens staff, bar and catering volunteers, course volunteers, competitions organisers and, of course, you the members for turning up in great numbers! The weather allowed full use of our impressive new decked area and, even with good social distancing, this still provided an excellent focal point prior to and especially after competitions, allowing us to even conduct prize presentations in a Covid Safe environment.
Our competition program continued with excellent support from the membership and produced some notable performances. A brief round-up and congratulations to the respective winners:
RAF Trophy – Chris Craven & Mark Langford
Club Championship (Gross) – Paul Hodgkin
(Nett) – Karl Richards
Long Handicap Cup – Sam Arthur
RAM Final – Mark Edwards
Quinton Cup – Ian Cornthwaite
Pro Day – Karl Arthur
Texas Scramble – High & Gina Cameron (mixed)
Leighton Gilbert & Nathan Long (Men)
I know there have been some Seniors and Ladies events taking place and hope Joyce and Sam will forgive me for not listing all the respective results ……. I am sure they will, or have already, circulated these.
The RAF, Texas Scramble and Pro Day all attracted in excess of 100 entries which is a fantastic number and well done to the competition team, starters and scorers for great organisation!
You may remember that a proportion of the entry fees for all our RAM entrants was being donated to the NHS and I am pleased to say that we have raised and donated well in excess of £300 to this very worthy cause!
As well as communication via “How Did I do” our competitions committee are keeping an updated list of forthcoming competitions on the notice board outside Scotty’s Shop. These can be entered online via How Did I do, or in the Pro’s Shop if you are unable to access the online format. Please do participate if you are able, as they are great fun and will help you maintain an active handicap.
A noticeable feature of this summer at Ramsey, is the number of new faces on the course and it is pleasing to see so many of our new members entering (and winning) club competitions. New club members have now reached the dizzy heights of 85, mainly golf and Playmore Golf members but also a sprinkling of new bowls and social members. May I just say what a great job our exiting membership have done in making them all feel welcome and involved. Hopefully there are many more to come and that we continue to grow in the months ahead!
A Gentle Reminder
At the time of writing this bulletin, new government measures to control the unwelcome rise in the Covid 19 infection rate are being introduced. There is no question that we must individually and collectively embrace all safety measures so I appeal to everyone to continue to “socially distance”, stay within your playing groups, do not buggy share unless with someone from your own household, and make sure, for your own protection, that rented buggies are sanitized before and after use. If sanitizer / cleaning equipment is not readily available, please do ask Scotty or a member of staff for some.
Greens Committee Report
With lots going on in respect of course maintenance, I am indebted to Glenn Cripps for the following update:
At the time of writing this report maintenance week was going well and the main task of hollow tyning and top dressing had been completed. In total, 20 tons of top dressing has been used and much of this has already washed into the hollow tyne holes. This essential work will improve the long term health of our greens and provide smoother surfaces. Thank you to Neil for leading a great team including volunteers Chris Brown and Mark Langford who gave up a lot of their time to assist.
The main winter project this year will be redeveloping the upper tier of the 12th green. The gradual decline of this area was brought to the committees’ attention by Neil at the start of the year and we are pleased to say work will now take place throughout the next few months to improve this area, enabling us to use more of the whole green including the back right section of the upper tier in the future.
Thanks Trevor, Glenn, Mark and Ollie
And to finish I can advise that, following our most recent golf committee meeting, it was agreed that the current committee members have agreed to continue in their roles for a further year. I would like to express my thanks for the considerable contributions they continue to make. One last appeal ….. although being used less frequently, the gents locker room and facilities still need cleaning. This really takes less than 45 minutes and, whilst I am happy to do my shift, I would like help. If one or two can find the time, please do let me know.
Kind regards & enjoy your golf!
Alan Mawhinney – Captain RGC