Category: Mens Captain


 

March Golf Club ready to re-open

Social isolation and lack of exercise have been just two of the challenges brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. With infection rates falling, people are looking forward to a de-escalation in the lockdown measures and that includes the reopening of golf courses.

March Golf Club has been getting ready for this happy event by not only working to present the course as best it can, but also in formulating all the necessary safety measures to adhere to the strict Government guidelines which are designed to protect the safety of players and staff alike.

March’s management committee took the decision to retain the greens staff full time throughout the lockdown. This was partially funded by the generosity of the senior members at the Club who wanted to ensure that the course was not compromised in any way through lack of manpower and attention.

Initially the club will open for members only. This will enable the club to manage a cashless transaction and booked tee times, to comply with the guidelines set down by the Government.

Blue Revell, the head greenkeeper at March says

“After all the heavy rain we had over the winter we needed more time to get all the necessary work done. Usually we must work round our members but instead we have been free to roam. It was very frustrating, having just purchased new greens equipment and not be able to use it because of the weather conditions, but now the investment has paid dividends. The new aerator, tees mower and greens iron have proved their worth and the course and greens have never looked better. We can’t wait to show off our handiwork to members.”

 

Rob Henshaw, the Club Captain says

“It has been a strange captaincy so far, with no matches and competitions, and looking at a beautiful golf course but not being able to play. We are a club blessed with a loyal and supportive membership and we cannot wait to be able to get together again and just enjoy a round of golf with our friends.

Members can rest assured that we will take all the necessary measures to ensure their safety and enjoyment and a team of marshals will make sure everyone is staying safe. As soon as we have a confirmed date for opening, we will let our members know and update our website and social media sites.”

The Captains Drive In

Emma and Rob hit their drives on the first tee in the traditional “Captains Drive In”  followed by a quick 9 hole competition before the bad weather set in again.

The two winners guessing the length of drive and direction were Malcolm George and Paddy O’Connor.

The 9 hole competition was won on countback with 18 points by Peter Ridgeway.

 

The 58th AGM of March Golf Club

It was lovely see the turn out on a wet and miserable election evening at the Aveling Lounge. We had a very informative evening sharing our progress throughout the year from the outgoing Captain, the Management and our auditors.

The night included the handover and introductions of the new Captains and Vice Captains followed by the Honours Board Trophy presentations.

Rob Henshaw has now taken over as the 2020 Mens Captain of March Golf Club he introduced us to his Vice Captain, Andy Lilley who will a great support to Rob and is also proving to be a great asset to the Management Team.

We finished the evening with trophy presentations and above is a lovely picture of the years winners.

 

 

 

 

 

May Bank Holiday Results

Staysure Senior Pro-am qualifier competition on Saturday 4th May

Fifty-one players took part in the competition this year. To qualify for the privilege of playing in the tournament proper with our Professional, Alex, the winner had to be aged fifty or over.  The individual winner on the day was James Cambell with 40 points with Carl Barnes a close second on 38 points.  However, as both are too young to qualify, the player to partner Alex is Andy Lilley who carded 37 points. Three “twos” were recorded – Neil Traylen, Ralph Braam and Gary Neugebauer.

Monday saw the customary Bank Holiday Texas Scramble. Eleven teams took part, the winners being the Seniors team of Bruce Frost, Jonathan King, John Farnsworth and Colin With, with a nett score of 57.8.

CAGU DEREK BURRIDGE Report v St Ives

Match Report – March Golf Club v St Ives Golf Club  (Saturday 30th March)

CAGU Derek Burridge Knock-out

 

In the first round of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union Knock-out, the team from March Golf Club battled to a hard-earned win against a strong team from St Ives Golf Club. The match was a close encounter with three of the five matches going to the 18th green, and March winning by a score of 3 to 2.

Unlike two weeks ago, when the same two sides met in a CAGU League match, the weather was much kinder on both sides, with the standard of golf played reflecting the easier playing conditions.

Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a competitive match played in good spirit. He also thanked the members of the March team (Chris Elliott & Danny Daniel, Alan Jones & Ray Pescud, Mick Russell & Mark Athow, Simon Moore & Brian Newstead, Derek Wisbey & Roger Watts) for turning out to represent the club and for a very pleasing result.

A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of ‘nearest the pin’ on the 165 yard par 3 6th hole. A magnificent shot to about 12 feet secured the prize for Alan Jones from the home team.

Pictured, both teams gathered at the first tee prior to teeing off.

 

Mens Captain 4Ball Better Ball

   Competition Report – Mens Captains 4-ball better ball  (Saturday 23rd March)

In the traditional opening club competition of the golfing season, 44 golfers from March Golf Club teed off in near perfect weather conditions. This was the first competition of the year played from the back tees, and the change to a longer course proved quite challenging for many of the pairs.

The winners, with an excellent score of 45 points were Andy Lilley and Tom Sharpe. Second were Hugh McGarvie and Darrell Ladds with a very creditable 42 points, closely followed by Stan Dunn and Mark Crawley with 40 points.

A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of ‘nearest the pin’ on the 162-yard par 3 15th hole. A  magnificent shot inside 6 feet secured the prize for Gary Holmes.

Prizes were also awarded to four players (Stan Dunn, Baz Smith, Mark Crawley and Gary Holmes) who secured birdie two’s on the day.

Club Captain, Alan Jones, would like to thank everyone who took part on the day. He would also like to thank the greenkeeping team for presenting the course in such good condition in the early part of the season.

Thanks also go to the team from Classic Catering for the very welcome bacon rolls half way round, to our professional, Alex Oldham, for organising the start sheet and cards and also to our Competitions Secretary, Derek Wisbey, for processing the scores.

 

Captains Results 2019 Alan Jones

CAGU Greensomes League v St Ives ((H)Saturday 16th March)

In the opening club match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club battled to a hard-earned draw against a strong team from St Ives Golf Club. The match was in the balance through to the very last pairing who secured a win on the seventeenth hole to tie the match.  FULL REPORT

CAGU Derek Burridge Knock-out v St Ives ((H)Saturday 30th March)

Round One saw St Ives travel over again, however this time the home team from March came in winners.  FULL REPORT

Friendly v Lakeside Golf Club  ((H)Friday 5th April))

Lakeside Lodge Won 2 1/2 – 1 1/2  FULL REPORT

CAGU Greensomes League v Gog Magog GC ((A) Sunday 14th April))

Lost 0 -4  FULL REPORT

Friendly v Girton Golf Club ((H) Wednesday 1st May)

Won 2 1/2 – 1 1/2 FULL REPORT

Match Report – March Golf Club v Old Nene Golf Club  (Sunday 12th May)

Won 31/2 – 1/2

Match Report – March Golf Club v St Ives Golf Club

CAGU Greensomes League (Saturday 16th March)

In the opening club match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club battled to a hard-earned draw against a strong team from St Ives Golf Club. The match was in the balance through to the very last pairing who secured a win on the seventeenth hole to tie the match.

The weather played a big part in making it an exciting encounter. Wind gusts in excess of 40mph do not make the game easy for anyone, but both teams ‘stuck at it’ and the result was very fair on both sides.

Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a competitive match played in good spirit. He also thanked the members of the March team.  They were Chris Elliott, Derek Wisbey, Mick Russell, Mark Athow, Simon Moore, Brian Newstead, Baz Smith and Ray Pescud … turning out to represent the club in such challenging conditions.

March GC v St Ives GC

Pictured, both teams gathered at the 19th hole for a well-deserved drink at the end of the match.

A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of ‘nearest the pin’ on the 200 yard par 3 18th hole. A magnificent shot to about 12 feet secured the prize for Simon Moore from the home team.

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