From Kaz Donald, Club Captain:
Thank you for all the lovely messages about Pops – they were very much appreciated.
Dates for your diary…
Annual Awards Dinner – aka “the Sausage and Mash” takes place on Friday 8 October. This will be combined with my delayed Captain’s Dinner. If you have won a trophy, please make sure to come to the dinner and take your applause! The sign-up sheet will be posted very soon so please look out for it.
AGM – change of date – come and see Steve take over the reins on Tuesday 19 October @ 7pm.
The Clubhouse will be closed for refurbishment throughout November – as Kevin has already said, more details will follow.
The Veterans Bowl was won by Richard Rowbottom with 38 points closely followed by Dave Lovell who scored 37. Well done chaps! You have to be over a certain age to enter this comp – I think some may have got confused!
For those of you who are new to Arkley the President’s Trophy is a two-day, 36-hole, event. The qualifier is held on a Saturday/Tuesday with the best players battling it out the following Saturday. Both Richard Rowbottom and Lady Captain Mary started the final in a commanding position. Richard had posted a nett 64 and was four shots ahead of Dave Wallace. Mary was 6 shots ahead of Wendy. So, it was up to their opponents to chase them down. It appears that our leading qualifiers dug deep and held on to secure victory and that took some doing – good job Richard and LC Mary!
I have heard and seen (fab pics Mike F!) that the President’s Dinner was very jolly. It was good to see new faces joining in the fun. Many thanks to President David for a great event.
The culmination of the Summer Singles Matchplay Knockout took place on Sunday 19 September. The final was played over 36 holes. A great battle between Andrew Saint and Richard Rowbottom took place with Andrew eventually winning 3&2. Many congrats to both for getting through to the final and to Andrew for a great fight back!
Peter Davey is the worthy winner of this year’s Order of Merit – congratulations Peter who has played tremendously all year!
Our own Eddie Hildebrand played in the Knebworth Junior Open and shot a nett 69! This gave Eddie 3rd place but he was elevated to runner-up due to the golfer who won the Best Gross Prize being unable to collect two prizes! As always is was great to see Arkley being represented – thank you and congratulations to Eddie!
The Foxes continued their campaign with a 3/1 quarter-final win over Knebworth. They met Mill Green in the semi-final which resulted in a 4/0 victory and they now romp into the final which will be played at South Herts on Wednesday 29 September, against Manor of Groves. Again, a wonderful Foxes season.
Our Rabbits managed an honourable 3-3 draw at Muswell Hill and they beat Hampstead (away) 3.5/2.5. So great stats for the Rabbits this season…played 6, won 4, drew 1, lost 1. Well done to all our Rabbits and thank you so much for giving up your time to represent Arkley!
The fixture for the Stags v Mill Hill was sadly cancelled as Mill Hill couldn’t field a team – so that’s a win to us as far as I’m concerned! The match at Finchley saw our Stags win 3.5/2.5 – so a good month for the Stags. The final Stags match, for the season, will be at Redbourn on 30 September.
The SOHGC held its Mixed Invitation, at Arkley, and it was a great success. Ann Bunyard and Ray Johnson won the day, with Eric Diment (Hon Sec SOHGC) and Pam Parsons beating Mary and Steve Vyse for 2nd and 3rd places respectively. It was yet another top performance from Arkley.
The August Bank Holiday Mixed competition was won by Tricia, Iain and Joe – thank you to all who played and to Wendy for organising things.
The Mixed v Mid Herts saw Arkley win, away from home, 5.5/0.5. It’s brilliant to see some new golfers on the start list. I’m not sure what Mid Herts thought about it!
This may be my penultimate contribution to the AGC newsletter – can I hear sighs of relief?
I look forward to seeing you all at the dinner on Friday 8 October – if not before!
From incoming Lady Captain, Tanya Wilson: Thank you for choosing me as this year’s Lady Captain, it is a real honour. I’m very much looking forward to our year ahead as well as of course playing lots of golf.
Most of our newer members don’t really know me that well yet, so I wanted to share a little about me. I’ve been a member here at Arkley for 34 years – I joined in 1986!
My Parents were members at the time and during this time my brother Glyn became Club Captain, both my Children were junior members. My daughter Chloe still is a playing member and I hear the men often saying she is organising them too! Go Chloe x
Arkley is a special to us not just for the golf, but it’s a great venue. We have celebrated so many wonderful occasions here.
During my membership, I’ve helped organise events, joined various committees including Greens Committee, the board, and more recently I’ve organised the mixed golf competitions with the help of Chloe. This year I have particularly enjoyed introducing new players to these friendly competitions. In my golfing years I was also a member at Winter Hill golf club, in Berkshire, but Arkley is still our favourite! We have played great golf here and met many close friends.
I’m looking forward to working closely with the Get Golfing team as well as supporting our Pro (and new General Manager!) Kevin and of course all the members.
My Charity this year will be Prostate Cancer. I’m hoping to raise awareness about this terrible disease and thank you in advance for your continued support.