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Come along and support our incoming Club Captain, Stuart Charlesworth and Lady Captain, Elizabeth Newbould on Saturday 9th December, proceedings start with a free buffet prepared by Rob Crookes at 7pm. The inauguration ceremony will commence at 8pm with a presentation to the Prince Of Wales Hospice from our outgoing Club Captain, Tony Cook.
Please see letter acknowledging your contribution from the recent golf event held at the Club and in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Thank you to everyone who participated or contributed.
Members are advised the use of winter mats and teeing up are both optional. The Greens Sub Committee and Gary hope that the majority of members will use either option to help protect the course over the winter period.
Please see below our latest Club Newsletter and AGM notification. Hard copies will be available in the Clubhouse from Friday 24th November.
Members are informed that all greens over the winter period will have yellow flags in place whether or not, front, middle or back pin positions are in use. In adverse weather conditions Gary intends to use the aprons as temporary greens to protect summer playing surfaces. The greens staff will endeavour to provide you with the best possible playing conditions during the winter period and your assistance in always repairing pitch marks, replacing divots and observing any roped off areas would be appreciated.
On the advice of our Head Greenkeeper, Gary Anderson, optional use of the winter multimat will be in place from Saturday 25th November and until further notice. The multimat can be purchased outright for £5 from the Pro Shop, alternatively they can be hired with a deposit of £10, returnable after the winter period. Should you not wish to use these mats then optional teeing up on the fairways will also commence this Saturday. Please do support the greens staff in their endeavours to protect the course during the winter months.
Please see the attachment and link for details of the LDUGC Associate Member Scheme. This represents excellent value and you get to play on some of the best courses in the region for a one off fee of £25. Application forms are also available on the notice board outside the Pro Shop.
The Annual Prize Presentation evening took place on Saturday. Mr Captain commenced proceedings by announcing this years Captain’s Prize winner, awarded to Jack McKee in recognition of his commitment to the Club over the past 41 years, becoming Club Captain in 2012 and then having the honour to become the 5th Pontefract and District Member to be President in 2016 of the Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs. Mr President, Chris Peace then thanked everyone for coming along to support the prize-winners this evening and also thanked our new Caterer, Rob Crookes, for an excellent buffet. Mr Vice-President, Mark Ripley, then introduced the respective winners presented by Mr Captain and Lady Captain. Andy Wiltshire and Chantelle Shaw once again were worthy winners of the Club Championship Trophies. Finally, Jack McKee presented the Scratch Team with mementoes in recognition of their historical achievement in winning back to back LDUGC Championships, (2nd division champions in 2016 and 1st division champions in 2017). Well played Ladies and Gentlemen.
Members are advised the Social Committee have agreed, with immediate effect, that the monthly 200+ Club draw will take place immediately after the dinner tables have been cleared and not at 9:30pm prompt as now. The reason for this change is to enable the evenings entertainer to commence his or her act without having to break at 9:30pm for the draw, thus avoiding any loss of continuity. The new timings are therefore likely to be between 9pm and 9:30pm in which you have to be in attendance to win the snowball prize.
Members will be aware we have recently changed the course tee furniture, generously donated by the Barbara Taylor Trust. As a result the old tee signage plaques are now being offered to anyone who may be interested in some Club memorabilia, perhaps for your garden. The plaques, no posts, are being offered at £20 each, or £30 with a £15 credit to your member bar card. If interested, please call into the office along with your payment and choice of plaque. They will be offered on a first come first served basis.
On behalf of the Social Committee you are invited to our Annual Dinner Dance and 200 Club Draw on Saturday 25th November at the Kings Croft Hotel, 7:00pm for 7:30pm. Following the October draw, the snowball has rolled over once again and the lucky winner in attendance could win £150 in addition to one of the 5 monthly prizes. Entertainment on the night will be by Darren Lee as ELVIS. Tickets priced at £25 each.
Members and visitors are advised they should not take short cuts through the green-keepers yard as this presents a significant health & safety risk, please use the farm track from the 16th ladies tee if you choose to complete your round early. Thank you for your cooperation. Gary Anderson, Head Green-keeper.
Thank you to everyone who helped raise £368 on the day towards the Prostate Cancer Charity Fund. Prizes available from the bar staff.
105 players turned out in support of Prostate Cancer yesterday, an excellent effort considering the challenging conditions. With thanks in particular to Brian Fisher who initiated this event and to those who participated, your support was much appreciated. Anyone who couldn’t play yesterday are welcome to make a donation by calling into the Managers office before a final total raised is published.
Congratulations to Neil Woolford with a Nett 66 beating Simon Davis on count-back and Brian Pye (67) to secure this years ‘Ted Watson’ Eclectic.
The 10th year of the season ending ‘Parting Shot Trophy’ was played out at the delightful Ilkley Golf Club yesterday in bright but breezy conditions. Teams representing Mr Captain and President fought close matches, ending the day 3-3 in the match play. However, with 3 points for a win, 1 point for a half, and 0 for a loss Mr President’s team prevailed by 6 points, with the last group in swinging the result in the President’s favour. Well played everyone, the matches played as always in excellent spirit.
Please see link below to read Gary’s latest news update and note his comments regarding leaves and the rough. Gary has asked me to inform you the team are working as hard as they can to deal with the changeover from summer to autumn/winter conditions. Please take extra care when on the course during the coming winter months.
Congratulations to all who won a Club Major during the 2017 season, completed on Saturday with Mick Sheldon’s win in the Stableford Final. Invitations will be issued soon for our Prize Presentation evening on Saturday 11th November, commencing at 8pm.
Please see the list of prizewinners following Mr Captain’s winter raffle draw.
Congratulations and well played to Brian Pye who recorded his first ever ‘ace’ in the swindle competition on 28th September, our 12th hole in one in 2017. Brian achieved the highlight of his 21 year golfing journey on the 17th hole.
Congratulations to Mick Sheldon on winning the 2017 Stableford Final with a score of 39points from Glen Fry (38points) and Paul Kennedy (36points). Well played.
Pontefract and District Golf Club, at the request of members, is running a gentlemen’s golf competition to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK on Saturday 21st October 2017. Please see the links below giving more details. We hope that you are able to enter the competition if eligible and support the event. Thank you Duncan Moss, Member – For an on behalf of the Competitions Sub Committee.
Congratulations and well played to Martyn Williscroft, Jonathan Wigglesworth, Graham Daniels and John Hope on winning the above event yesterday at Low Laithes Golf Club.
Members are advised the re-arranged Stableford Final will be played this Saturday 7th October, this will replace the 3 man team competition. An Extra Stableford will also be available to those who did not qualify for the final. Both competitions will be played from the White Tee. Please note these competitions will be non qualifying as ‘placing through the green’ will apply. Please check the course information line for any restrictions which may apply on the day, 01977 781949. Thank you.
Competitions Sub Committee – 4th October 2017
Congratulations to all in the Ladies Section who won a Club or Ladies Major in 2017. Please see link below for details. Also to Julie Ludwell on winning the Grandmothers’ Cup, Janet Machin, Past Captains’ Cup and Kath Turner, Winter Plate. Well played everyone.
Congratulations to Paul Bibb and Les Power on winning the 2017 Weaver 4BBB K/O. The final played in excellent spirit against John Atha and John Skidmore ended with a 3up victory for Paul and Les. Well played Gentlemen.
Playing members are advised our Head Greenkeeper has roped off several areas of the course to provide protection over the coming winter months. Gary asked me to inform you the roping is predominantly to direct trolley and buggy (when permitted) traffic away from unsuitable areas rather than foot traffic. Please take extra care on the course during the coming weeks and months.
Members are advised our Head Green-keeper Gary plans to open the course tomorrow, providing we don’t have any further rain. He has advised it is extremely likely to be ‘carrying only’ and in any event until the course dries significantly he will place a restriction that all powered trolleys be fitted with recognised winter wheels until 1st March 2018. At present no ride on buggies are permitted on the course. I have also been informed that with immediate effect ‘ placing through the green’ will apply, see link below for further details. Thank you for your co-operation and enjoy your golf.
FYI – 333mm rain recorded from 5th June, or 13″ in old money!
Today we welcomed Rob Crookes as our new franchise caterer to PDGC. Rob introduces the Yorkshireman Restaurant to the Club and welcomes both members and non members to come and enjoy a meal with us. We wish Rob well in his new role. A reminder we have the Gentlemen’s End Of Season Dinner on Friday 6th October, if you hav’nt already added your name to a table in the 19th, please do so and ask your fellow golfing buddies to come along. See link below for further details.
Congratulations to Colin Potter on winning the 2017 Bagley Cup with a Nett 69, beating Craig Megretton (Nett 72) and Keith Young (Nett 73) in challenging conditions. Well played everyone.
After careful consideration the Board of Directors have, with immediate effect, adjusted the Club Dress Code as per the link below. We hope that you will consider it a more appropriate and progressive policy than at present. Chris Peace, President – For and behalf of the Board of Directors
Congratulations to John Hope on winning the 2017 Wednesday Final, beating Bob MacDonald on count-back (Nett 71). Well played.
The Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Crookes as our franchised caterer here at PDGC. Robert has much experience in the catering trade in both restaurants and golf clubs.
The Board are sure that Robert will be a valuable asset for the Club and hope that his association with us will be successful.
Robert will start Sunday Lunches on the 1st October, please see attachment below for further details.
Congratulations to Jim Henderson and Ron Blackburn on winning the Rabbits Bentley Trophy 4BBB with an excellent Nett 63 from Charlie Waters and Gerald Bromley (Nett 68). Well played Gentlemen.
The Past Captain’s at their meeting held on Sunday 17th September have nominated Jim Roberts for the position of Vice-Captain in 2018 and Club Captain in 2019. This nomination will be submitted to the Board of Directors for formal adoption at its next meeting, prior to submission to the AGM. I’m sure you will join with me in offering our congratulations to Jim on this nomination.
Chris Peace, President
Congratulations to Tony Beevers on winning the 2017 Veterans Trophy with an excellent 42 stableford points. Well played.
Veterans Trophy Result No Two’s recorded – Check with Ian in Pro Shop for card draw.
Congratulations to Richard Whiteley on two excellent rounds of Nett 72 & 71 to win this years Major by 3 shots from Jason Shaw and Rob MacFarlane. Well played.
Normal results service will resume in 2 weeks on my return from holiday.
1st Richard Whiteley 72+71=143
2nd Jason Shaw 78+68=146
3rd Rob MacFarlane 73+73=146
Members please note the Sports Foundation shotgun event originally scheduled in the Club diary for Friday 15th September has been cancelled. The Pete Brenton Memorial shotgun event on Friday 22nd September will now commence at 12 Noon, as a result the course will close at 1145hrs and re-open at 1615hrs. Thank you for your understanding.
Congratulations to Martyn Williscroft (284) on winning this years Presidents Putter for the best 4 nett scores from 6 rounds of the monthly medals, beating Warren Haywood by 3 shots (287). Well played.