Golf Diary

The Point at Polzeath Club of the Year 2017

The Golf diary 2017 is now published and you can find a link at the bottom of this page. Please note that there may be changes to this diary, so always call the office for up to date information. We already have many society bookings for 2017.

 

November 2017 – Captains Blog

Mens’ Captain

Hello everyone, nearing the end of my year I just want to say what a pleasure and honour it has been to be Captain of our great club. Year on year improvements have been made and there is no sign that this is about to change as the Autumn activities by our wonderful ground staff are in full flow.

Speaking about our ground staff they were highly commended by the Pro’s and the PGA who came to play the finale of the South West order of merit at the end of September. The weather was dreadful but our valiant staff kept the course playable and the greens lightning fast. The overall winner was Ashley Mansell from Cleveland (Bristol) but the winner at the Point was Stuart Little from Minchinhampton who was an incredible 12 under par over the 36 holes.

We have had the first rounds of the Frank Wills Salver and the Cornish Bowl. Unfortunately our Bowl team could not replicate their great achievement of last year and came unstuck 2-3 at Truro to Budock Vean. Our Wills team however had a good win 3-2 against Lanhydrock at Merlin, well done lads. Their next opponents are our old rivals Merlin at Trevose, match to be played on the Sunday after the Presentation evening. Support in big numbers please. 

Speaking of which, have you bought your tickets for the presentation evening yet as they are going fast, it’s a wonderful night out and a scrummy dinner if last year is anything to go by.

Lastly a few words about the Seniors, first and foremost I must thank Rick Farrant for doing a tremendous job, he has changed so much for the better during his year (and three quarters), we all appreciate the professional way that he modernised this section of the club. Our last one off event was the Chris Harris Challenge Cup which raised over £200 for Chris and Anna’s charity MacMillan Cancer support. I was very proud to win the men’s competition and am sure that Jan Golley feels the same winning the ladies title.

Keep golfing.

Captain Colin

Lady Captain

Since the last blog there have been so many competitions and events at the club and some ghastly weather which meant some events had to be rescheduled.  Sadly we had heavy rain for the Annual Charity Beer Festival, a musical event on the last Friday and Saturday in July, plus a golf competition on 29th July.  This open 4BBB golf event is always great fun and starts with a bucks fizz and bacon roll with more goodies on the way round.  So much hard work and pre-planning is necessary to make this whole event a success, and for The Point to have raised £2400 for the two Captain’s charities, Riding for the Disabled (North Cornwall Branch) and The British Heart Foundation was very satisfying.  Well done to all the staff at The Point for their efforts.

It has been a very busy season and the ladies are delighted to be going up to the 3rd Division of the County League next year.  With new ladies having joined The Point during the year we are looking healthy for a good match season in 2018.  Our current membership of ladies means everyone can have a chance to play in the friendlies, league and mixed events, as well as all the mixed, singles and doubles knock-out competitions that are organised during the year by the ladies.  The ladies opens and coffee morning competitions and mixed events during my year have meant I have been responsible for organising all the raffles which all help with raising more money for the two captains’ charities.   

Jackie Smeeth was again in the final of the Millennium Trophy, a knock-out competition played by past Captains in the County.  Played in very strong winds at The Point, play finished on the 17th hole, where Debbie Sedgeman from West Cornwall was victorious.   We are very proud that Jackie got to play in the final and for all her efforts to get there.

Sundays, this Summer, seemed to be notorious for bad weather, and for the Mens’ and Ladies Club Championships on 10th September, it was no different.  The battle was on and in heavy downpours and strong winds it was a test of skill and determination, not to mention the quality of your rain-proofs!  Managing to complete the 18 hole Medal competition, Colin Peters took the Handicap Trophy with a nett 63. The Scratch Trophy was won by Mark Gregory with a gross 74. In the ladies section, Paula Thomas won the Handicap Trophy with a nett 76. Jackie Smeeth, overall runner up, took the Scratch Trophy with a gross 91. 

Other events in September and October included the Jackie Bembridge Memorial competition played on 30th September.  This was an open competition in memory of the 2016 Lady Vice Captain who tragically died very suddenly.  With thirteen of the best scores from 18 holes to count it was won by Chris Gill (The Point) and Toni Abrahams (The Point ladies section).  The £345 raised from the raffle was given to the Wadebridge Food Bank, a charity that Jackie liked to support. 

On lst October, the rescheduled Rockholm Cup (Mixed Open) took place and still it rained and the wind blew, but for the fewer competitors taking part some were not bothered by the weather.  With an amazing score of 45 points the Lady Vice Captain, Dawn Peters, and her playing partner Steve Cloke took first place.  Several pairs with 44 points a piece were hot on their tails.  

The Point has been a very popular golf course this Summer/Autumn having had two Pro Ams and the West Region Order of Merit Finale, as well as a Cornwall Alliance to name a few.  The Cornwall Ladies County Golf Association have also been very happy to play their annual Jubilee Scramble, Captains’ Society Autumn Meeting and a Vets Society meeting at The Point.    This is all good news and there have been many compliments on the condition of the course.  Tom Collins and his green staff have worked so hard to keep the course looking beautiful and we all look forward to another season, but look out for new bunkers and subtle changes!  

One more thing, The Bear Bar has been a fabulous addition to the Club, lovely staff and always so welcoming.   Well used and loved, it is where you get together before and after all your matches.   

Enjoy your golf and all the other activities on offer at The Point.     Jean Tatam

 

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