I am honoured to be your new Captain for 2019 and must start by congratulating Brent Tyrrell on a most successful year during 2018.
I feel extremely proud to be heading such a friendly and collegiate set of golfers. I believe that is our strength. More importantly, the ethos of the random Tuesday roll-up (supported by priority tee-times on Thursday and Saturday) is fundamental and helps to prevent the formation of any divisive cliques. The gathering before the Tuesday roll-up, general banter, parish notices and the small monetary outlay supporting prizes, subsidies and massive contributions to the Club are what makes the Seniors’ Section what it is – very much the core of the Monmouth Golf Club.
2019 promises to be a challenging year for the Club in general and the Seniors’ Section in particular with our full set of fixtures, regular internal competitions, the Away Day and the D Day+75 tournament. Together, we can do it and I know that I can rely on your active support and participation.
Monmouth Golf Club Annual General Meeting.
22nd January 2019
Seniors Captain’s Report.
Good afternoon Gentlemen.
Firstly, I want to welcome you all here today and thank you for taking time to attend our Seniors AGM.
To start my report I am very keen to express my sincere thanks to you, the senior membership, for the support and loyalty you have all shown me during my year as your Seniors Captain.
My particular thanks go to my Vice-Captain Peter Whalley, for his steadfast support and encouragement throughout the year, and his excellent press reporting and coverage of our activities through the Monmouthshire Beacon.
To Graham Mitchell for his efficient management of all Seniors section secretarial duties, his close support of me and his charitable tolerance of my forgetfulness. His dependable organisation of all our Seniors’ competitions and Club friendly match fixtures can never be overstated. For all these reasons I want to present Graham with this small token of my sincere appreciation.
To David Jones for his reliable management of competitions and handicaps as well as his hard work as Chairman of Greens. The maintenance of such high standards of the golf course through, what has been a very difficult year’s climate, deserves all our gratitude to David and his team of Chris and Matt.
To Chesney Britton for his always humorous design of our Senior Friendly Match menus throughout the season.
Also, to Clair, our most recent recruit for her, guidance and courteous manner.
Our thanks to Joy Skinner and her team of James and the ladies behind the bar, for always providing enviable quality meals both to our visiting teams on match days and hungry seniors on a Tuesday.
Thanks also to Len Lane, our Club Captain, for his huge contribution to golf course improvement, through his band of maintenance volunteers.
On a sad note, I regret to report, we lost 4 of our Senior colleagues in 2018. Hywel Jones, John McKnight, Phil McFarland and most recently Richard Phillips. All of whom will be sorely missed.
The Seniors section once more contributed financially to the club this year, not only by impressive levels of bar takings, but also by purchasing a new greens drag mat and financing of updating the clubhouse honours board updates.
I thank all Seniors for their support of those important fund raising efforts.
The start of the 2018 seniors playing season suffered the effect of the harsh weather caused by the Beast from the East, forcing an inconclusive winter league competition and postponement of numerous Tuesday Seniors golf arrangements. However, the Golf Gods eventually granted us kinder conditions and a comparatively uninterrupted seniors golf season proceeded.
The postponed Seniors Challenge Shield, played between a Captains team versus past captains team, in April produced a win for the past captains team.
There followed victory for Maurice Pell and Bruce Brain, securing the Mike Farrow Trophy, and the Seniors Rosebowl competition won by Maurice Pell.
The Seniors Championship was won by Bill Pimble and the Ena Lightly Shield by David Forbes and Bill Parnell.
Martyn Taylor won the Mike Topper Seniors Trophy and Alf Heaton the Bill Humphries Commemorative trophy.
The Celtic Challenge Cup, originally donated by Chesney Britton, was won by the Vice-Captain Pete Whalley led Anglos team to much gnashing of teeth from Chesney.
Senior, John Osborne achieved an impressive double by winning both the Rabbits and Lincoln Cup competitions. Thereby gaining the award of achieving the largest player handicap cut of the season!
The Seniors Summer league competition was won in 2018 by Graham Jones in what turned out to be a very close and competitive finish.
In June we all enjoyed my Captains Away Day at the Monmouthshire Golf Club. My thanks in large part go to Graham for his hard work and efficiency and of course the close support of my Vice-Captain, Peter Whalley.
The Seniors Open Competitions form very important events in our club calendar and Golf club revenue. They provide an immense opportunity to showcase our golf club assets to our surrounding golfing community, as well as enjoyable opportunity to play golf with friends from afar. Huge thanks go to Richard Demery for his commitment to their organisation. I appeal to all Seniors to make every effort to support and widely broadcast these Open competition events in the future.
The Ladies v Seniors competition was thoroughly enjoyed by those who participated and I extend my thanks to the Lady’s Section Captain Lindsey Watkins for her help and encouragement throughout my year as Seniors Captain.
Now for our Seniors Friendly Matches report.
A summary of our 19 Seniors Friendly Matches played in 2018….a total of 19, as we had no Herefordshire home fixture this year, consisted of 10 away and 9 home matches, of which we enjoyed –
8 Home match wins and 10 Away losses,
1 Halved match against Pontypool at home.
Our overall aggregate individual match scores reveal us winning or halving 70.5 individual matches against our losing or halving a similar number of 70.5 matches. Not sure what that proves – but you know what Mark Twain said about statistics – 3 types – lies, damned lies and statistics!
What was no lie was my personal highlight of our Seniors friendly match season. That of leading a fantastic Monmouth team in regaining the coveted Craigiau Cup after waiting 14 years since Ken Knowles’ team achievement in 2004. I thank all team members and wish Peter and his team well in his task of retaining the honours this coming season.
It is customary for me to select the particular Monmouth Seniors team member who, in my opinion, contributed more than most to the success of the Monmouth team in 2018. For his consistent loyalty to me and the Monmouth team as a whole, and his significant success and contribution to the 15 matches in which he played, I have pleasure to present this impressive Seniors Match Player of the Year Trophy to Mike Thompson.
Tumultuous events down the road at Raglan show not only the vulnerability of golf club viability but also illustrate the huge benefit of our members owned club structure and the control of our own destiny. A benefit that should always head the list of our presentations to attract new membership.
Finally, please allow me to say how much I’ve enjoyed my year as your Seniors Captain and to wish Peter and indeed Monmouth Seniors every success in his year to come.
Monmouth Golf Club Seniors Captain.