Dear March Golf Club
Greetings, to members old and new, to the ladies and the gents, to the social members and the scratch team, to the Lady Captain Shona Kent, to all those on the committee and the Chairman Stephen Layton, Pro. Alex Oldham, to all the staff and green keeping team, this club involves each and every one of you and as Captain I will try to represent you as well as I possibly can in the coming year. I'm looking forward to 2015 it's up to each and every one of us to make it a memorable one!
Yours sincerely, Malcolm George - Club Captain 2015
March Golf Club is extremely sad to announce the death of Maurice Wiles following a short illness. Maurice had been a long time member, Past Club Captain and President. He also worked tirelessly on the course for many years, carrying out many Green Keeping duties which, collectively, helped the continuous improvement of the course. Maurice was also a superb golfer and took time to help develop young and new members of the Club. He will be hugely missed by so many and our thoughts are with Janice, his wife and family.
A final reminder that Invitation Day is being held this coming Sunday the 30th August.
The day will consist of a nine hole morning competition followed by a light lunch of sandwiches etc and an afternoon eighteen hole competition followed by an evening meal and prize-giving (including a "ball draw"). You do not have to take part in both the morning or afternoon events. The cost of the day is £60 per pair and the fee will need to be paid to the Club by this coming Wednesday the 26th August.
Seventy Eight competitors took part in the 2015 BBQ Cup on a hot and relatively calm summer's day. The winner of the Cup was Gary Wiggins with 39 pints, second was Paul Corney with 38 points (on count back) and third was Gary Neugebauer with 38 points. The evening BBQ was cooked by Derek Rowlett, Gary Wiggins, Steve Parrish and Paul Corney and the meal and evening's entertainment was organised by Glenis Jones and Brenda Softley. The fantastic disco of Vern (Stars on 45) completed an excellent day.
The photograph shows some of the 2015 Scratch team (in the photo are Paul Turner, Nigel Goude, Gary Neugebauer (capt), Blue Revell, Gary Holmes, Rory Parker and Isaac Rowland. Players missing from photo that competed in scratch team for 2015 are Ivan Roberts, Tom Cracknell, Steve Parrish and Andy Parsonage).
After many years of under achieving the scratch team at March Golf Club have finally done GOUDE. Under the leadership of club champion & captain Gary Neugebauer, the scratch team, for the first time since the early 1970's, have gained promotion to the 2nd division. After a tough start to the campaign the team produced some inspirational golf during the 2nd half of season to win promotion, and going into the final game of the campaign, saw March needing to win all 3 matches along with a total of 12 clear holes to achieve their aim. An exciting climax to the final pairs saw the team achieve their goal with one hole to spare.
A special mention goes to Nigel Goude & his company Artistic Metalica www.artisticmetalica.com who for the second year running have sponsored the team & supply club crested shirts. As a local company based in March Artistic Metalica manufacturer & supply iron gates etc & one of their particular highlights, is work done in 2000 on Ely Cathedral.
Club Captain, Malcolm George, held his highly successful Captain's Day on Saturday the 1st August. The Photograph shows some of the winners of the competition held during the day. Sarah Oldham came second in the Ladies' nine hole competition and also won the "nearest to the pin on the 2nd/11th hole. David Small won the "nearest to the pin on the 9th/18th with a remarkable shot to a really difficult pin position. Members and their guests were entertained by the excellent "Catch 22".
Lady Captain, Shona Kent, held a hugely successful Lady Captain's Day on Tuesday the 6th July. Despite a rather "damp" start to the competition, the weather improved after a short time. The winner of the day was Victoria Collett, second was Lydia Molyneux and third was Anna Robertson. The Past Captain's Cup was won by Victoria Collett. The competition was followed by the traditional meal and presentation. Click on "Read Me" for further information and photos.
The Annual Selby & Taylor competition was held on a glorious 4th July. The event was generously sponsored by Selby & Taylor Opticians, who also hosted an evening buffet meal for competitors and guests. The prizes were presented by local MP Steve Barclay and the Club Captain, Malcolm George. Winners were:
Men: First Daniel Jenkins (44pts), Second Steve Campbell (38pts) , Third Steve Parish (37pts)
Ladies: First Fiona Wood (30pts), Second Viv Snushall (28pts) Third Brenda Softley (27pts)
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Club President, Mrs Eileen Clapham, held her President's Day on the 21st June. The day ended with the traditional meal and presentation in the Clubhouse. The winners were Men: 1st Adrian Abbs (38pts acb) 2nd Dave Speechly (38pts) Ladies: 1st Jo Rowlett (38pts) 2nd Maggie Groves (33pts). The main photograph shows Jo Rowlett collecting her prize from the President. Click on "Read More" to see other photos.
March Golf Club is pleased to announce details of its forthcoming Mixed Open to be held on Sunday the 13th September
The competition is an 18 holes Better Ball Stableford Competition with many prizes for home and away players and the entry fee is £42 per pair (including coffee on arrival and a two course meal after play). All players must have an "active" handicap (Max handicap for the competition Gents 24 – Ladies 36 - you may, of course, enter if your handicap exceeds this). To download the entry form, please click here
March Golf Club are delighted to receive an automated external defibrillator (AED) which has been generously donated by the Community Partnership Manager, Norfolk & North Cambridgeshire.
Malcolm George, the Club Captain, received the defibrillator from Danny Daniels (pictured on the right). The Partnership has also provided training for all key staff at the club. Malcolm said “we are very grateful to the Community Partnership and pleased to have this valuable piece of equipment available to our members and visitors to the club. Whilst we hope we never have to use it, it may one day be used to save someone’s life”.
Each year 100,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest in the UK, causing more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDs combined. CPR and early defibrillation with an AED (automated external defibrillator) can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival from 5% to over 50%.
Hello to all members and prospective members of March Golf Club. It is an honour to be Ladies Captain and I am looking forward to my year in office albeit with some trepidation as I have some hard acts to follow. I am hoping that my golf will improve as I will be playing more and I am also looking forward to playing in some mixed matches.
On Saturday the 11th April from 11am, members gathered to formally say farewell to Peter Barnes, who retires on the 12th April, following 30 years of loyal service at the Club. Club President, Eileen Clapham, made the presentation to Peter and his wife. Peter, his family and members enjoyed a buffet lunch and "celebration cake". Mr and Mrs Barnes have been made life Social members of the Club. Click on "Read More" for photographs.
March Golf Club is offering all Ladies, who might be interested in playing golf, the opportunity to experience both golf and the Club. If you are interested in taking up the offer, come to the Club any Monday morning in April, between 10.30am and 12pm and have a go on our practice ground with our Professional to help you, followed by refreshments and a chat in the clubhouse. All you need to do is telephone Alex on 01354 657255 or Michal on 01354 652364 to let us know you’re coming.