Staffordshire Favourite 18 Holes - The Results
Message from Malcolm Eustace - County Secretary
The results are in, the favourite 18 holes from affiliated Staffs golf clubs have been voted for by Staffs golfers, see attached.
I'm sure your club members will want to know the results.
A big thank you to all those Staffs golfers who voted via the SUGC Facebook/Twitter and Instagram pages (@staffsgolfclubs).
Roadmap for the return to Golf.....Monday 29th March 2021
What do we know so far....
When golf returns on Monday the 29th March we can .....
- play golf up to 4balls.
- have outdoor coaching on a 1:1 basis.
- have group coaching to the Rule of 6 (group of 6 including the coaches and volunteers).
- have outdoor fitting on a 1:1 basis or to the Rule of 6 including the fitter.
- use indoor toilets and wash basins.
England Golf will be releasing more details next week. As soon as we know more we will keep you updated.
Review - Monday 10th August 2020
To all members & visitors
There are one or two things which we need to tell you about or clarify.
The most important one, is the ruling from England Golf and is shown below: -
From now on, face coverings must be worn by members of the public in all indoor areas of the club/ facility as well as in Pro shops. Coverings may be removed in bar and restaurant areas for the purpose of eating and drinking. There are some exemptions to wearing face coverings including children under the age of 11 and those with certain disabilities.
Please comply with this rule.
In addition, from our own Club’s point of view: -
1.The opening hours of the bar are being increased on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until 8pm. Mondays remain closed, and times for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday will extend to 5pm. However, if the bar is empty and BRS tells us that there are no players on the course, then it will close earlier. On all other days, the Clubhouse will close at 5.30pm. Please ensure that you do not leave property in the building after that time.
2. The facility to order your drinks from the 18th green is proving difficult to implement, so this facility is being withdrawn. Please order your drinks when you get into the bar.
3.The maximum number in a group to play the course is 4. If groups join up to make a 5 ball, this is not acceptable on our course.
4. Please be aware of groups behind you and if you are holding them up, then please call them through. Do not do the old ‘No eye contact. If I do not look at you, then you are not there!’. Stand aside and let them through.
5. It should take around 4 hours maximum for a round of golf.
6. Please do not take your trolleys between the green and the greenside bunkers. Please take them around the entire green
7. Please repair your pitch marks, and if there are others on the green, then please repair them too. We need to protect our course.
8. Some groups are organising themselves when they arrive at the Club. Please sort your groups out before you arrive, otherwise, you infringe the social distancing rules.
9. If you can help by taking a rake around the course with you, and raking a few bunkers, this would really help, and would greatly assist the Greens staff.
10. We have been experiencing some low flying golf balls on the course, which have been dangerously close to other players. IF IN DOUBT, SHOUT!!! Do not hesitate, and give other players the chance to take evasive action.
11. Lesley Powell is making face masks and they are being sold in the Pro’s shop. All proceeds are going to the Lady Captain’s charity, so please support her wonderful work. You may need a mask in order to comply with the rule at the top of the message! Thanks Lesley, great job.
I am sorry that this looks like a lot, but they have been building up over the last couple of weeks. Please remember to bring your mask with you.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Leek Golf Club Members - Blog 15
Well, I think that this is it. Now that we are out of the bubble of lockdown, I really do feel that the blog has run its course. We have lasted for 15 episodes, which is quite a lot longer than some television programmes, so I think that that is a result, and hope that you do too.
I am just having a bit of a reminisce and it is hard to believe that it was such a short time ago, that we were talking about how we were coping and what we were doing to keep ourselves occupied during lockdown. Not only that, but also how we communicated with each other. We all seem now to be experts on Zoom, Team and Skype. If nothing else our computers skills have dramatically improved. How good is that?
What has been great is the ability for me to say ‘hello’ to individuals and groups. It really has for me been like writing a letter to a treasured relative, and I have loved it. I hope that you have all felt a part of the Leek Golf Club family.
It started off as something to keep everyone informed about what was happening, and just checking that everyone was alright. It then took on a life of its own and was incredibly easy to write. You sent me funny things which had happened and things that you thought that other members would relate to - and they did. Like Marg Yeomans and me having the same Sunday tea when we were kids, and Trevor Eccleston and Tony Swindells remembering things about relatives from the war. Mike and Maria Wootton having a lengthy conversation with their daughter Nikki from either end of the drive. It was just fascinating.
Good too to hear from Angie and Gill in France when that felt like another planet. It is good to have them back now, albeit temporarily.
What about George Tatton? Yet again completing a round (gross) in less shots than his years. You are an inspiration to all of us George.
What a cause for celebration, and I go back to a blog some weeks ago, where I talked about celebrating what we can do and what we have.
During lockdown we were more appreciative of the finer and smaller things in life, like good neighbours and birdsong. We must not forget those really important aspects of our lives which mean so much but get lost when we spend our lives concentrating on more trivial and less important things. Lockdown enabled us to see the bigger picture, and we must not run the risk of putting the blinkers back on.
The members of Leek Golf Club have been totally brilliant at following the safety measures and considering other members. It has been a humbling experience. Please do not let us slip back into our own worlds. Do not forget about social distancing, keeping safe and staying vigilant. Keep going.
As from today, I would be grateful if you would send your comments and questions to Karen and Tracey in the office. Their email address is: email@example.com.
They will then send your emails onto the most appropriate officer. We have been turning around messages in less than 48 hours in the main, but this arrangement may now take a little bit longer. We will aim to get a response within 5 working days.
I have heard that our super assistant professional Jacob Bagshaw is working hard to raise £2000 so that he can compete on several mini tours this summer. As you can imagine, I have not found this out through Jacob, but Stewart Townsend contacted me to ask if I could put something in the blog, so that if any members felt that they could contribute to his fund, then that would be great. Stewart and the members that he plays with, have already decided to donate £200 to Jacob’s fund, and if anyone else, either as an individual or as a group would like to help Jacob on his journey, I am sure that he would be overwhelmed.
More good news is that our Financial Director applied for a grant from Sport England which was available to sports clubs throughout lockdown. This week a cheque for £5,000 has arrived, and we are grateful to Andrew for his efforts.
Our Greens Staff will be up to quota today when Steve Millar joins the team. Please say ‘hello’ to him when you see him on the course.
Finally, and if this is my last task, then I am delighted. It is to say that tomorrow is the birthday of the Club’s oldest member. Stan Hickman will 95 on the 30th June. HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAN. We send you lots of love and hope that you have a wonderful time.
Well that is it everybody. It has been a blast and I am very grateful that you have allowed me into your homes and your worlds. I would not have missed it for the anything. Thank you to everyone who has written in. Thank you to the team at the Club, who have been spectacular. Thank you to Leek Golf Club. By the way, I had to put in a’ how good is that?’, because Greg says that that is what I always say, so, back at you Greg- Perfect.
Take care you lovely people.
COVID-19 Qualifying Competitions
Information concerning the running of Qualifying Competitions (and Social golf) during the current Covid 19 pandemic.
CONGU and the R&A have agreed to amend the Rules of Golf with regard to not having rakes in bunkers by introducing Preferred Lies, and to explain when a ball is considered ‘holed’, along with a change to the status of ‘Stakes’ marking Penalty Areas.
PPREFERRED LIE IN A BUNKER
When a Player’s ball lies in a bunker, the Player may lift, clean, and place the ball within 6 inches, not nearer the hole.
NB - The player may NOT smooth any area of the bunker before taking relief under this rule.
It is now not necessary for the whole of a ball to be below the surface of the green to be considered ‘holed’.
If any part of the ball, up against the flagstick, is below the surface of the green it is ‘holed’, providing the ball is at rest.
If the ball has dipped into the hole and then bounced out after hitting the flagstick, or the foam insert, it is NOT holed and play of the hole must continue.
Red and Yellow stakes marking Penalty Areas must NOT be touched and are now ‘Immoveable Obstructions’.
Relief can be taken, (see Rule 16.1)
M Barker (Match Secretary)
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