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I am now one month into my year as the Captain of Gathurst Golf Club. On Wednesday the 5th February 2020 I along with my wife Pauline attended “The Society of Liverpool Captains”, Introductory evening ay Huyton & Prescott Golf Club. This is where we met for the first time all the 27 member clubs of the Liverpool Society 2020 captains and their wives/partners. The meal and speeches were followed by a meeting where we agreed on our Captains year name which is:
The Visionaries (2020 Vision)
It was a great honour to be part of this on behalf of Gathurst Golf Club, I am greatly looking forward to visiting and getting to know all the 27 clubs. Sharing thoughts and ideas with my fellow Captains to help all golf clubs in the Liverpool Society, prosper and grow. Not forgetting I’ll be playing lots of Golf….!!!!!!
I am also really chuffed that the club have agreed to move the Captains day to Saturday 27th June 2020. Over the next three months I will be working with Mark Schofield (Vice Captain) along with the Golf, Social and House committees to finalise the arrangements for the day/evening.
The Lady Captain Elaine King and I have chosen “Breast Cancer Now” for our charity and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged in 2019. They united to create one charity for everyone affected by breast cancer and are the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity.
How your support helps!
1 in 7 women in the UK will develop breast cancer
Your donation will help to make sure the world-class research taking place in their labs, and the life-changing care and support they provide to those who so desperately need it, continues. If we act now, we can create a future where everyone who develops breast cancer lives – and is supported to live well.
As we approach the start of the golf season with the Captains opening dinner dance Saturday 14th March, followed by the Captains drive in Sunday 15th March. I would like to ask if you haven’t already, to consider sponsoring one of the Seventy-Two Competitions scheduled for this season. This gives me the opportunity to have a bacon barm (On me) and a round of golf with lots of different members. Helping me achieve my goal of playing with as many of our 491 golf members as possible in 2020.
For those of you especially the new members, who are unsure what sponsoring a competition entails please see below:
There are two prizes for each of the competitions 1st Division & 2nd Division so the norm is for two people to put their names on the club prize donors list on the notice board. Obviously one person can sponsor if they wish. The prizes normally take the form of a Clarkes golf voucher usually between £30 to £40 or golf merchandise. Although the sponsors can clearly choose any prize they wish. The tee off time is the sponsor choice and Ian White (Chair of Golf) and I will ensure you get the tee off time you want.
Thank you for all your support
Gathurst Golf Club Captain 2020
We are currently recruiting for our Ladies’ section and have launched a new initiative called ‘Ladies Get into Golf’. We are asking for your help to introduce any interested, prospective beginner ladies (wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, friends, etc.) to the club.
If you know someone who may be interested in joining the Ladies’ section, then please invite them along to our Open Day so that they can give it a try.
New ladies who are beginners will initially be offered a FREE group lesson by a PGA professional at the Open Day on Sunday, 29th March 2020 (meet at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm lesson). Can’t make the Open Day, then no problem; just complete an application form and if this is accepted, come along to the first lesson on Thursday, 16th April at 6.00pm or Saturday, 18th April at 2.00 pm.
The programme will consist of 10 weekly sessions which include both practical and theoretical lessons to gain knowledge and hone skills. All this for a bargain price of £50.
For further information please take a look at the leaflet below; download a copy and pass it on:
Interested ladies can reserve a place on the taster sessions by completing and returning the application form in the leaflet or sending an email with details to email@example.com,
We have some time limited fantastic offers for golfing families and golfing ladies:-
The work on the undermining issue with the 11th ditch is almost complete and the 10th and 11th holes will be back in play at the weekend.
As mentioned previously, water was undermining the paving flags lining the bottom of the ditch. When we investigated the source of the water we found that it was coming from under the wall as well as from the outlet pipe (plastic pipe put in when the ditch was dug).
We suspected a leak in the plastic piping causing water to re-route under the wall, but digging down to look for it, we discovered the actual problem. When the ditch was originally put in, a second large diameter clay pipe had been dug through and not connected into the wall solid plastic pipe. We therefore had to dig a full trench tracing the clay pipe back towards the 11th green until we could find a suitable place to tee it into the plastic pipe.
We also knew that a drain came out of the 11th green just behind the Sycamore tree. So, whilst we were working in the area, we decided to check if this drain was already connected and, if not, connect it at the same time to help dry the green. It is just as well that we carried out this check as we discovered that it wasn’t connected in but went into a blocked clay drain. To tee-in this green drain we had to lower the plastic pipe by nearly 18 inches to get below the clay drain at this point.
With all the drains joined into the plastic pipe the trench was then back-filled.
To help maintain these drains we built a new chamber where the big clay drain, the plastic pipe, and drain from the green are all meet. This has now has a concrete base with 1 outlet. These drains will be jetted to make sure that they are clear.
Now the new chamber is finished and back-filled we can re open the holes. The base of the chamber is just over 6 feet deep, which is why we didn’t want anyone playing golf near it.
The final part of the job is to re-build the wall at the beginning of the flagged ditch, stone up, replace the concrete edging kerbs and re-flag the ditch. We will close the holes again ONLY whilst working on these jobs.
The work required to sort out this problem was much more than we had anticipated, hence the reason why the holes were closed longer than we would have liked.
One last point:
The back-filled trench is very soft, needs to bed-in, and is not ready for footfall. We are therefore building a temporary crossing point which everyone must use.
James Hutchinson, BIGGA Membership Services Manager – Sustainability and Ecology, carried out an ecological and environmental assessment during October 2019 to:
• Assess the ecological and environmental issues relating to Gathurst Golf Club and its surrounding environs
• Provide an in-depth report highlighting any findings that may have arisen from the aforementioned ecological and environmental issues
• Provide an easy to follow plan for the management and greenkeepers thereby improving the flora and fauna quality of Gathurst Golf Club
The report is very comprehensive, take several years to implement, and will benefit both the club out members, and flora and fauna.
You will find a hole by hole plan with some interesting photographs James took during his visits.
Click here to download your copy: GathurstEnvironmentalReport
For more information about BIGGA (The British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association) visit their webite : BIGGA
If you have any comments about the plan please feel free to talk to Dan or Keith Melia.
It’s been almost a week since Gathurst held its 57th AGM I am still in shock and overwhelmed with the decision to make me an Honorary life member.
I would like to thank all the members who attended the meeting and ratified the decision made by the board, who put me forward for this tremendous honour.
I joined Gathurst some 30 years ago when we were a 9-hole golf club, one of the reasons for joining the club, was that I would not have to queue up at a municipal course for hours on end to play a round of golf.
Little did I know at joining this fantastic golf club, what sort of impact it would have on my life.
I was given my first official handicap of 16 by Harry Marrow, for those of you who do not know, or did not know Harry, he was a larger than life character within in the golf club, I thought this first handicap of 16 was a little harsh, Harry told me not to worry it will go up and down.
He was right it went up to 18, then came down over the next couple of years to 9 which I still play of today.
Some of my proudest moments at Gathurst have been being elected on to the board of directors where I served for 12 years, serving as chairman on three of the committees over that period.
Being made Captain in 2004 and president in 2017, being made chairman of the Centenary committee from 2011 until completion of the centenary in 2013.
Representing Gathurst playing in the South Lancs League, also the senior victory trophy team.
Playing in the South Lancs snooker and dominoes league over the last thirty years, and being chairman of that league for the last 10 years.
Then in 2017 I became Captain of the society of Liverpool golf club captains which was a great honour for me personally and an honour for Gathurst Golf club. I travelled up and down the country representing the society and Gathurst at many functions and competitions.
Now my wife Elaine being appointed Lady Captain for 2020 another proud moment in my life and her life at Gathurst golf Club, I am sure she will have a great year in office, with the support of all the members
But these achievements don’t compare to the pinnacle of being made an Honorary life member of Gathurst Golf Club
Once again thank you to all the members for bestowing on me this great honour.
Best wishes to all the incoming officers for 2020, I am sure you will have a great year.
Best wishes to Janet Davies on her appointment to lady Captain of the society of Liverpool lady golf Captains.
To the chairman and board of directors keep up the good work.
To all the staff at Gathurst who have supported me over the years thank you.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New year
The Men’s fixture list for the 2020 season is now complete and the sheet asking for donors is on the notice board. We would like to encourage members to sponsor a competition and donate prizes.
Normally two members will jointly sponsor a competition and provide 2 prizes to the value of around £40 each. These can either be vouchers for the proshop, or gifts (e.g. bottles of wine, dining out vouchers, etc.).
As an incentive and a thank you to those prepared to sponsor a men’s competition, the golf committee have agreed to have a prize during the year that can only be won by those having sponsored a men’s competition.
This will be played for on the last singles competition of the year (4th October). In addition to the normal 1st and 2nd division prizes there will be 2 further prizes for those having been sponsors during the year. The first prize is 20% reduction on 2021 golf fees, the second prize a 15% reduction. These prizes are the largest the club offer, please consider supporting your club through sponsorship.
The 2019 Donor’s Prizes were won by Jimmy Summers (20% reduction off his subscription) and Ian White (15% reduction).