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The way to use The Directors Table within The Model Protopage Communications Portal to simply sign in with the password : director

Then simple add your HTML page and make your reply to the suggestion book that I am setting up.

We will communicate through the club suggestion book. 

And you can reply in the suggestion book please as this is your current standard.

Tex

04/09/2019

Tex 

What is the club take / line on junior golf development ?
Reply here please.

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Suggestion #1

I suggest that you post minutes of meeting on the notice board in a more timely fashion and contact the members that have made suggestions via E' mail with minutes of the meeting the day after the meeting.

Running meetings should be simple and minutes should be produced for members to see the day after - that goes for all committee  meetings.

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Golf Shop 1/12/2020

Dear Member

The board is very pleased to confirm that the club has acquired the golf shop business from our professional Steve Marr, with effect from today. The acquisition will eventually allow the club to deliver the full range of golf retail, bar and catering services seamlessly which will, we believe, enhance the experience of both members and visitors. Full integration will take a little time as we emerge from lockdown but we look forward to being able to make the benefits evident soon.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking our professional Steve Marr, his assistant Andy Parrington and also our new commercial manager Will Powell for working together so positively and constructively on the acquisition process. 

In terms of personnel, we are very pleased to be able to confirm that Andy will continue to work in the shop in the same role as he had when the shop was under Steve's ownership. This is tremendous news as I know that the membership greatly appreciates and values his calm and helpful manner and his day to day knowledge of the club.

We are also very pleased that Steve Marr will continue to be the Club's teaching professional, will represent the Club in team matches and will play with the Captain in Captain and Pro challenges. Steve is a very highly regarded P.G.A. professional and coach and securing his services under the new arrangements was extremely important to the Club; we are delighted to have been able to do so and to have his enthusiastic support.

Going forward the shop falls under the auspices of the Club's commercial operations and will therefore be run by Will Powell with Andy alongside him. Steve will also provide advice and guidance. This should ensure that service levels remain high.

Finally, as the shop now falls within the Club's profit and loss account, the support of the membership is of even greater importance. Your support will generate revenue which the club can reinvest in order to make all important further improvements to the Club's facilities.



The board of directors 
Withington Golf Club 

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29/11/2020


Our Ground Staff have remained busy preparing the course for our return to Golf in December (Hopefully)

You will see that the Drainage system has been fully tested by the seasonal rain and is performing very well, all of the water we can see in new ponds and ditches would normally be lying on the fairways.

Similarly the work on increasing the size of the pond on the par 3 8th is nearing completion and the path through the centre will be ready given dry weather and a warm snap to help the new turf establish itself. As the ground staff have had free run, they've managed to clear the fallen leaves and ensure the greens are manicured and ready for us all.

We have looked at renewing the winter tee mats to provide better access and we will be roping off some wet areas where we want to improve drainage, especially between Green and Tee where required.

We are also cleaning up the Patio Area as we have plans to develop this in the coming weeks and months.

I am sure everyone is bursting to get out and play golf again, we will send a further update next week.

Ground Director

Covid Update 13/11/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
Covid 19 update
Dear members,

As I'm sure you will be aware, England will enter a national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December 2020.

In line with UK Government guidance the course, clubhouse, pro-shop, along with all course and practice facilities, will close. As members will appreciate, we must as a club fulfill our responsibilities to our fellow citizens at this time of national crisis, whatever our personal views on whether or not golf is a Covid safe pursuit.

The office will remain staffed and the grounds team will be working hard on the autumn and winter programmes, along with the other course improvements we've previously communicated.

Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as allowed.

Kind regards


The Board of Directors

2020 Newsletter 12 - 31/08/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 12 
After a week of constant heavy rain a big thank you must go out to the grounds team for their efforts to present the course so well for Saturday’s competition. On the course members competed for the Coronation Cup over a course playing very long due to the conditions.

Lee Foley produced the round of the day recording the best gross and nett score of the day as the six handicapper recorded a nett 67 to beat Dave Slattery by a shot. Carl Gray continued his good form of late and his nett 69 saw him take third place after a card play-off from Paul Allen who continued his recent return to form. John Seymour took fifth place after a five man card play-off after a nett 70. Mike Casey’s nett 73 was the best score by a player aged over 65.

Last Tuesday, the nine hole stableford was abandoned due to torrential rain and high winds. All entry fees will be refunded for those who competed. The three members who beat their handicap on the day will receive a complimentary sleeve of balls in recognition of their efforts.

By Wednesday, the weather had improved slightly for the midweek medal. Paul Allen shot a nett 67 to beat Stuart Bradbury, John Mills and Simon Jacob by a shot. These four were the only players to break 70.

In Midweek competitions members can enter the competition outside the reserved tee times providing they sign in to the competition prior to teeing off.

Last Thursday the ladies played for the Centenary Bowl. Liz Bradbury was the winner with a nett 78. Helen Card won the prize in Division Two, with a nett 81.

Congratulations to the Withington team of Ken Hulme (Vice-Capt), Gary Unsworth, Tony Dagnall and Dave Southern were successful in the recent Davyhulme Golf Club Senior’s Team Event with a very respectable 89 points and 3 point margin of victory from the teams from North Manchester, Clitheroe and Trentham Heywood all tied on 86. 

The team of Marcus Powell, Tex McIvor and Dave Southern were victorious on the Captain’s Picnic Team event at Leigh Golf Club with 81 points.

Sunday saw the long awaited playing of the 2019 Frank Wheatley-Jones fourball matchplay final. After the long wait the match itself was almost over before it had got started, as the pairing of Tom Broadfoot and Craig Snowdon were nine up after the morning session! The pairing of David Hunter and John Lee put some resistance in the afternoon session as they delayed the inevitable for a while before a Craig Snowdon birdie on 11 recorded an impressive 9 & 7 victory. The victory marked a superb achievement for Tom Broadfoot as he completed the singles and doubles matchplay titles in the same year. Tom will have the opportunity for a matchplay treble when he faces his doubles partner Craig in the Peace Cup final.

Results
Coronation Cup
CSS Men 72, Ladies 75

1st Place – Lee Foley 73 – 6 – 67 =£100
2nd Place – Dave Slattery 74 – 6 – 68 = £60
3rd Place – Carl Gray 77 – 8 – 69 = £40
4th Place – Paul Allen 79 – 10 – 69 = £30
5th Place – John Seymour 75 – 5- 70 - £20
Over 65 Prize – Mike Casey 85 – 12 – 73 = £20

6th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Paul Allen 76 – 10 – 66 = £50
2nd Place – Stuart Bradbury 78 – 11 – 67 = £30
3rd Place – John Mills 77 – 10 – 67 = £20

2019 Frank Wheatley-Jones Matchplay

Winners: Craig Snowdon & Thomas Broadfoot = £80 each
Runners Up: David Hunter & John Lee = £40 each

Centenary Bowl
CSS – 77

Centenary Bowl Winner – Liz Bradbury 99 -21 -78

4th EG Medal

Division 1 – Liz Bradbury 99 -21 – 78
Division 2 – Helen Card 109 – 28 - 81

Order of Merit

Another top ten finish for Craig Snowdon sees him return to the top where he holds a slender 18 point lead over Ben Currie.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 486
2nd Place –Ben Currie 468
3rd Place – John Seymour 408
4th Place –Martin Keates 320
5th Place – Liam Snowdon 318

30th Place – James Baldwin 164

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Craig Snowdon increases his lead at the top.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 1032
2nd Place – Ben Currie 912
3rd Place – Martin Keates 710
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 506
5th Place – Colin Webb 480

Eclectics

Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie has tie Liam Snowdon on a score of 57.

Net Eclectic

Stephen Bloor on nett 41 has extended his lead to eight shots.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics


M&H Rules Tip

If your ball comes to rest on a man-made path then you are entitled to take relief. You must identify the nearest point of relief where the path no longer interferes with you stance. From that point you then must then drop the ball from knee height within one club length. When taking relief from a path you must take full relief and no longer be standing on the path.

Forthcoming Competitions

Tuesday 1st Sep – 12th Nine Hole Stableford

Wednesday 2nd Sep – 4th Midweek Stableford 

Thursday 3rd Sep – President’s Prize to Ladies

Saturday 5th Sep – President Day. 

A draw for tee times will take place on Tuesday. 

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 15 - 22/09/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 15
Saturday saw members competing in one of the clubs premier events – The Autumn Meeting a board competition with scratch and handicap prizes.

In the scratch completion Martin Keates came out on top for the tenth time in this competition! Despite a lost ball on the second Martin produced a gross 73. Martin’s victory capped a superb week for the club chairman after he won the Cheshire Seniors Championship at Eaton Golf Club. Martin recorded an aggregate score of 150 to win by one shot.

In the scratch prize John Hill backed up his top five finish in the club championship to come second one shot behind Martin. Gareth Ross, Ben Currie and John Seymour all finished with 76s to round out the top 5.

In the handicap prize Ben Tomlinson emerged victorious with a nett 67 one shot ahead of John Hill who finished runner up in both the scratch and handicap prizes. Dave Southern lost out to John Hill for second on a card play-off after he also finished on nett 68. Gary Joce edged out Peter Rice for fourth place after both carded nett 69s.

There was some superb golf played in last week’s midweek competitions. In the nine hole stableford Mike Burton scored a superb 24 points. On Wednesday in the midweek stableford Phil Hill and Stuart Green both finished with 43 points with Phil Hill winning via a card play-off.

Results

Autumn Meeting Scratch Prize

1st Place – Martin Keates 73 = £100
2nd Place – John Hill 74 = £60
3rd Place – Gareth Ross 76 = £40
4th Place – Ben Currie 76 = £30
5th Place – John Seymour 76 = £20

Autumn Meeting Handicap Prize
CSS Men 71

1st Place – Ben Tomlinson 94 – 27 – 67 = £100
2nd Place – John Hill 74 – 6 – 68 = £60
3rd Place – Dave Southern 82 – 14 – 68 = £40
4th Place – Gary Joce 85 – 16 – 69 = £30
5th Place – Peter Rice 90 – 21 – 69 = £20


14th Nine Hole Stableford

1st Place – Mike Burton 24 pts = £50
2nd Place – James Baldwin 23 pts = £30
3rd Place – Neil Dixon 22 pts = £20

7th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Phil Hill 43 pts = £50
2nd Place – Stuart Green 43 pts = £30
3rd Place – Lee Hanvey 41 pts = £20


5th EGU Medal
CSS – 76

Division 1: Carol Southern 92 – 17 – 75
Division 2: Janet Mellor 105 – 26 - 79

Order of Merit

Neither of the top two picked up any points this week leaving Craig Snowdon with a 56 point lead. Ben Tomlinson’s win in the Autumn Meeting sees him move into the top 30.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 556
2nd Place –Ben Currie 500
3rd Place – John Seymour 452
4th Place – Saleem Bhatti 417
5th Place – Gareth Ross 374

30th Place – Jake Eyre 208

There are two events remaining in the 2020 Order of Merit. This Saturday is the Starkey Salver with the top 25 picking up points with 100 points each for the winning pair. The week after sees the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. Points will be on offer for the top 25 in each event with 100 going to the winners of each event. The 2020 Order of Merit will be concluded after the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. The top 30 finishers will qualify for the Order of Merit Final.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Just fourteen points separate the top two in the Scratch Challenge. Martin Keates can not be caught in third place following his win on Saturday.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 1260
2nd Place – Ben Currie 1246
3rd Place – Martin Keates 950
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 664
5th Place – Brian Monks 606

There are two events remaining in the 2020 Order of Merit. A week on Saturday sees the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. Gross scores from both events will be combined with points for the top 25 with 100 going to the winner. The following week sees the Order of Merit Final and Supplementary Medal. Gross scores from both events will be combined with points for the top 25 with 100 going to the winner. The 2020 Scratch Challenge will conclude the Order of Merit Final and Supplementary Medal.

Eclectics

Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie remains tied Liam Snowdon on a score of 56.

Net Eclectic

Oliver Rokka has reduced Stephen Bloor’s lead to five shots.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics


M&H Rules Tip

Out of Bounds

You are not allowed to move an out of bounds post. The out of bounds is determined by the inside points, at ground level, of the stake. The stake is therefore out of bounds so it can not be removed. (See R&A Rules Definition of Out of Bounds).

You are, however, allowed to move stakes defining a Water Hazard or yardage markers as these are Obstructions. (See R&A Rules Definition Water Hazard)

A ball finishing on the path on the right hand side of the 5th fairway is out of bounds. A player must return to the tee and take a stroke and distance penalty.

Forthcoming Competitions

Tuesday 22nd Sep – 15th Nine Hole Stableford

Wednesday 23rd Sep – 8th Midweek Medal

Thursday 24th Sep – Ladies Autumn Meeting

Saturday 26th Sep – Starkey Salver

The Starkey Salver is a board competition. The format is fourball better ball stableford.

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 17 - 06/10/2020


WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 17
The Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Competition were both cancelled on Saturday following heavy rain left the greens unplayable.

All entry fees will be refunded.

As a consequence this event will now take place on Saturday 10th October and the 2020 Order of Merit the following week Saturday 17th October.

Results
8th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Michael Bange 78 - 14 - 64 = £30
2nd Place – Brian Baker 82 - 15 - 67 = £20

Forthcoming Competitions

Wednesday 7 Oct – 7th Midweek Stableford

Saturday 10 Oct – Summer Medal Final & Supplementary Medal 

All members who have beaten the competition standard scratch qualify for the summer medal final. List of qualifiers can be found in the professional’s shop

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 18 13/10/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 18
After a period of prolonged wet weather it was a dry day on Saturday as members played in the Summer Medal Final and a Supplementary Medal.

In the Summer Medal Final, Mike Dobbie produced a superb round of nett 64 to win by five shots from Drew Folland. Clive Allen took third place after a card play-off with Liam Snowdon.

In the Supplementary Medal, Rory Keates shots a nett 66 to win by two shots from Gary Joce. Anthony Egan took third place after a card play-off with Dave Slattery.
Results

Summer Medal Final 

1st Place – Mike Dobbie 73 – 9 – 64 = £60
2nd Place – Drew Folland 79 – 10 – 69 = £40 
3d Place – Clive Allen 80 – 9 – 71 = £20 

Supplementary Medal 

1st Place – Rory Keates 94 – 28 – 66 = £50
2nd Place – Gary Joce 84 – 16 - 68 = £30
3rd Place – Anthiny Egan 82 -12 – 70 = £20

7th Midweek Stableford

1st Place – Steve Carpenter 44pts = £50
2nd Place – Tom Keeley 40 pts = £30
3rd Place – Lee Hanvey 40 pts = £20

Order of Merit

Craig Snowdon had a day to forget in a season to remember as nightmare round of 96 opened the door for Ben Currie to snatch the 2020 Order of Merit. A top ten finish for young Ben wasn’t enough to deny Craig the title. Congratulations Craig on a wonderful summer of golf. 

John Seymour consolidated third place in the standings by finishing ninth in the summer medal final. In the race for the top 30, Drew Folland and Mike Dobbie snuck inside the number courtesy of the high finishes in the Summer Medal Final. Mike surged from well off the pace to take the last spot in the field with his win.

The top 30 finishers will compete next week for £300 prize fund with £150 going to the winner.

Final Standings 
1st Place – Craig Snowdon 558 = £150
2nd Place –Ben Currie 535 = £100
3rd Place – John Seymour 484 = £50
4th Place – Saleem Bhatti 453
5th Place – Gareth Ross 428
6th Place - Martin Keates 410
7th Place – Ben Etherington 370
8th Place – Liam Snowdon 362
9th Place – John Hill 340
10th Place – Dave Southern 336
11th Place – Jake Eyre 334
12th Place – Ian Boasman 322
13th Place – Dale McDermott 315
14th Place – Stephen Bloor 300
15th Place – John Mills 298
16th Place – Lee Foley 296
17th Place – Simon Morrow 280
18th Place – Michael Farrell 272
19th Place – Dave Slattery 268
20th Place – Anthony Egan 266
21st Place – Kevin Cunliffe 260
22nd Place – Alex Meredith 258
23rd Place – Tom Broadfoot 250
24th Place – Colin Webb 248
25th Place – Carl Gray 244
26th Place – James Baldwin 242
27th Place – Brian Monks 242
28th Place – Drew Folland 242
29th Place – Thomas Lilly 241
30th Place – Mike Dobbie 230

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Ben Currie takes a 36 point lead into the final event of the season.

1st Place – Ben Currie 1296
2nd Place – Craig Snowdon 1260
3rd Place – Martin Keates 1020
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 706
5th Place – John Seymour 622

Eclectics

Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie remains tied Liam Snowdon on a score of 56.

Net Eclectic

Stephen Bloor leads on nett 40 five shots ahead of Oliver Rokka

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics

Forthcoming Competitions

Wednesday 14th October – Midweek Stableford

Thursday 15th October – 14 Hole stableford

Saturday 17th Oct – Order of Medal Final & Supplementary Medal 

Match & Handicap

Winter Season & World Handicap System

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
Winter Season & World Handicap System
Dear member,

The white tee blocks have now been put in the shed and the Summer season officially closed following the midweek qualifier last Wednesday. A final Newsletter will capture the final few results and an overview of the 2020 Competition winners will be distributed on-line.
We managed to complete all our intended internal competition itinerary and will hopefully start 2021 without restriction, the major omission in 2020 being the single and doubles knock outs and all the Mersey Valley, Centenary Club and Manchester District Golf Competitions
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The Winter season will offer a variety of competitions and the diary currently updated to end of November will be extended through to March 2021 next week. Competitions will be held each Wednesday (Gentlemen only), Thursday (Ladies only) and Saturday (Mixed 7-day members).
In addition to individual stablefords, other events will feature including team better ball, four-ball better-ball, greensome and scrambles providing plenty of variation. The Winter KO and a revamped Winter League will also be included and a separate posting on these events will be sent during the week.
The Saturday competitions will be over an abridged course, mostly 14 holes, although this is subject to amendment with the weather and winter maintenance the principal determinants. Decisions are often made at late notice so please check the noticeboards/pro shop. 
Fewer holes will allow for more players to compete; however, the reduced daylight will heighten the possibility of members being disappointed. Please can all members manage their tee bookings thoughtfully and remove their names immediately if they become unavailable it is also courteous to notify playing partners and/or the professional shop. Shotgun starts are currently not an option.
The other request is that play should continue at a good pace. Looking for balls is limited to 3 minutes, any concerns regarding shots should merit a stated “provisional” ball and the thoughtful positioning of bags and trolleys will all help.
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Between Sunday evening and Monday morning members will see a change to their handicap. As the much-heralded World Handicap System is introduced. This is a great time for all members to embrace the technology associated with golf handicaps and your individual scoring. With most members using the Club V1 and HowdidIdo apps and the web-based systems there is plenty of support throughout the club for members who are still to take their first steps.
In addition to the multi-media exposure including Facebook, twitter, newsletters, golf magazines, television and radio; information regarding WHS is also in the window of the professional shop opposite the noticeboard, the noticeboard opposite the secretary office and on the flip chart in the clubhouse bar.
I would also recommend the Club V1 video posts that offer a relaxed conversational walk through of the changes, you can also appreciate Woodall Spa Golf Course at the same time.
The link is below:
http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzZqRnQh4SbgW0wWyoEiiEC8cJoWVMxfg&feature=share

I would remind concerned members that providing they meet their existing personal responsibility to complete a scorecard accurately and record their gross scores in the holes they complete, this will be sufficient for Match & Handicap to accept their card. In that respect nothing has changed.
All amended handicaps have been overviewed and the intention of M&H is to accept these in full.
A final point is that the changes will provide M&H the opportunity to experiment in respect of the set up of competitions and inclusion of competitors, these will be a feature going forward.

Enjoy the Winter Season, hopefully the weather will be kinder as October has disappointed.

Kind regards


Match & Handicap

2020 Winter Newsletter 1

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
2020 M&H Winter Newsletter 1
Saturday saw a 14 hole stableford. After a week of wet weather there was an improvement in conditions on the day with sunny intervals.

On the course it was a closely contested competition with 14 players within two points of the winning score. Three players tied on 32 points with a card play-off required to determine the winner. 2019 Order of Merit winner Ted Lacey who has endured a tough 2020 found things more to his liking over the yellow course on Saturday emerging the winner. Barrie Molyneux took second with Tom Daly third.

Last Wednesday, in the midweek stableford Brian Baker won the competition with a score of 43 points two ahead of Peter George. Paul Lilley took third place with 39pts.

Results
14 Hole Mixed Stableford

1st Place – Ted Lacey 32 pts = £60
2nd Place – Barrie Molyneux 32 pts = £40 
3d Place – Tom Daly 32 pts = £20

Midweek Stableford

1st Place – Brian Baker 43pts = £50
2nd Place – Peter George 41 pts = £30
3rd Place – Paul Lilley 39 pts = £20

2019-2020 Winter Competition Round Up

Winter League 

1st Place – Brian Eyre, Jake Eyre & Tom Lilly - £40 each
2nd Place – Al Stewart, Anthony Egan & Mike Lucas -£30 each
3rd Place - Tony Dagnall, Ron Heale & Ken Hulme - £20 each

Millennium Fourball Matchplay

Winners: Tex McIvor & John Atty £50 each
Runners Up: Tony Longden & Brian Eyre £20 each

Forthcoming Competitions
Wednesday 4th November – Midweek Stableford

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown from Thursday 5th November we will update future competitions in due course.

Match & Handicap

Match and Handicap Update 06/11/2020NRich text note

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
Match & Handicap update 6/11/2020
Dear members,

Following the notice from the Board of Directors yesterday all golf competitions will be cancelled pending the formal release from lockdown. All live events will be removed from the diary accordingly.
At some point the diary for December 2020 and onwards will be released, the first event scheduled for Saturday 5th December 2020. Entry date will be withheld until such time as we have certainty that lockdown will finish.

World Handicap System

As widely publicised individual handicaps are now managed by England Golf and a significant amount of data has been transferred by golf clubs to facilitate this change.
At the current time we have the vast majority of data in place albeit there are a small number of issues categorised as follows:

•Incomplete data i.e. date of birth or e-mail missing or inactive member
•Duplication of members details, principally where historic handicap information elsewhere has been identified.
•CDH number not recognised or not registered with England Golf
As the numbers are relatively small I will notify members individually over the next few days with details of the problem and of the measures being taken.

Midweek Stableford 4/11/2020

As matters have now worked out it was a useful exercise to stage this event albeit there were some problems. The fact many members were able to sign in remotely is re-assuring, however at some point this was prohibited necessitating a manual entry process. Similarly entering scores was not permitted at first, but later this functionality returned and some manual scores included.
The discrepancy between players handicap and the result sheet is explained by the system automatically reducing handicaps to 95% which is the World Handicap System stableford allowance. In addition, the odd player entry error, which has been amended centrally.

M&H will now hold some test competitions over the lockdown period to further our understanding and if you are notified of multiple wins for Ted Bell during this period do not be unduly alarmed. These competitions will be clearly badged “Test Event” and should not be entered.

Kind regards


Match & Handicap

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Out with the Old - in with the new 09/10/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
Important News


Operational restructure

As you are probably aware, the Club is undergoing an operational restructure which, for the reasons previously explained to the membership, is necessary in order to give the Club the best possible opportunity to not only survive, but to thrive, despite these uncertain times. As part of the restructuring process, the Board is pleased to be able to confirm that it has recruited Carol Broad and Will Powell into the newly created positions of Club Secretary and Commercial Manager respectively. Both Carol and Will are due to take up their positions on 12th October 2020.

By way of very brief introduction:

Carol is joining us from BRC Promotions Limited, where she has worked for seven years and is currently employed as Operations Manager. 

Will has worked in the hotel and F & B sector for the past 13 years and has held senior operational and management positions at four-star hotels in the North West of England over that period.

More information about Carol and Will and their respective roles will be communicated to members once they have joined. The plan is however to have some overlap with our existing club employees in order to give members as much continuity as possible. Our General Manager Patrick Keane's last day in the office will be Monday the 19th October 2020 and our steward Kath Donegan's last day will be Sunday the 18th October 2020. Nicola Sinclair, our Finance Assistant, is with us until 4th November 2020. 

As many of you will know, Patrick and Kath have served the Club with loyalty and distinction over the last 15 years and 20 years respectively; we thank them and Nicola very much indeed for their services and will be sorry to see them leave the Club's employ. They depart with the Club's very best wishes for the future. 

Course Improvements 

The Board is also pleased to be able to provide members with an update on the planned course drainage improvements. Over the weeks immediately following the last major club competition of the year (the OOM Final), the Club will be: 

extending the storage capacity of the 8th pond;

providing lengths of new drains and jetting manholes to wet areas of the course, as per the attached plans. The estimated total length of new drain runs is approximately 1170m. This includes draining every adjacent bunker and also aprons to greens which hopefully will speed up removal of surface water from these areas. This represents a major investment by the Club paid for out of the donations made by many members from the compensatory rebate they received in respect of last year's flood. 

We are also able to confirm that the two main carrier drains which affect holes 1 to 4 and holes 13 to16 have recently been jetted by a third party contractor and that this should result in better drainage of surface water across those holes.

The Board hopes and believes that these improvements will further improve the playability of the course during periods of wet weather and represent important steps towards making Withington the best course in the Mersey Valley.  

The Board would like to extend its thanks to the entire Ground team (with special mention going to Club volunteers Colin Webb and Phil Hill) for not only conceiving the course drainage improvements but for planning and overseeing their implementation in a professional and cost effective manner.

The Board of Withington Golf Club 

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Bookmarks

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Drainage Changes

This is a better way to communicate Drainage changes / better than sending out jpegs. On second thought - thought woud have to be put ito the drainage potes on the map.

Chat Rooms / Forum

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About Chatrooms

These are available through various sources - Facebook groups and Golfshake just two.
I call these Nemitode systems - where you use other groups functionality to service your own product. 
The alternative is to pay a small fee and host your own chat rooms.

Carol's Corner

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Will Powell 01/12/2020

WITHINGTON GOLF CLUB
Update on the return to golf
Dear Members,

I hope that many of you have had the chance to meet me in my first two months at the club and I look forward to meeting those of you that haven’t. 

We are pleased to confirm that the course will be open again from tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd December. You can book competition and casual tee times via the usual ways.

Please familiarise yourself with England Golf's guidelines for the safe resumption of our sport by clicking "read more" below.

As Manchester has been designated Tier Three, a very high alert area, the clubhouse and locker rooms will remain closed.

The toilets will be accessible via the main building entrance, please use hand sanitiser when entering and wear a mask at all times whilst indoors. 

The rule of six applies outdoors, please adhere to this and avoid congregating. 

Sadly, with the current tier system in place, we are also unable to open Bar & Catering as it has been in recent months prior to lockdown, however this will be reviewed in line with the government’s decisions moving forward. With this in mind, we are currently in the process of making more beverage products available for take-away via the Pro Shop which will remain open. I hope to have freshly ground coffee available as early as tomorrow morning, ready for our much anticipated return to golf.

You may have already noticed that there has been an update to your Club V1 app. This has happened due to us installing this software, along with a brand new till system in the Pro Shop. It is now possible to purchase Pro Shop items with your memberships cards, using the Pro Shop ‘purse’. Competition winnings will now be automatically added to this purse, and should you wish to top-up, this can be done in exactly the same manner as you would for your Bar ‘purse’ in the Clubhouse. Any historical credits with Steve Marr still stand and will be transferred; you should be able to see these via your app in the next day or so. If you experience any problems or would like any assistance, please get in touch with a member of the team.

The tee sheet is looking inevitably full for our first competition day this Saturday, and as a result to welcome you back, there will be complimentary bacon barms and coffee on offer from the patio to get those swings warmed up!

Best regards,

Will Powell
Commercial Manager

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Pro Shop Click & Collect - How Will It Work

During this second lockdown the Pro Shop will be operating on a Click & Collect basis only.

You are still able to continue shopping for Christmas gifts but from the comfort of your own home!

Please read below for more details.

We are in a fortunate position where we can utilise the Sheffield Pro Golf and Snainton golf websites to select your favourite products.

 

If you wish to order a product the process is as follows:

 

  1. Visit the Sheffield Pro Golf or Snainton Golf websites and select the item you wish to order ***DO NOT PLACE THE ORDER ON THE WEBSITE***
  2. Email tompipesgolf@gmail.com with the details of which product you would like, giving as much detail as possible.
  3. When your product arrives you will be notified and given a collection time from the pro shop. If you are uncomfortable with coming up to the club we can make alternative arrangements for you.

Payments can be made upon collection or using your shop account. 

Gift vouchers are also available to purchase. Please email, as above, and quote the value of the voucher you wish to purchase. The voucher can either be collected from the Pro Shop or posted to you. 

Golf Lesson Vouchers can also be bought during lockdown. This can be done via the GolfLessonSheffield website or by the email address mentioned earlier in this email.

Vouchers can be emailed or posted to you.

 
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We are arranging for a number of small intimate events where we will charge a nominal fee for entry.

The purpose of this tour is to support local artists by giving them a venue to perform.

At the end of the season we will book Sale Waterpark and put on a concert - hopefully to promote us all and to gain some income.

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When you have resolved my password I will start to add stock to your golf category.



I will create  an inventory transaction as follows


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Bossons Category - Golf
Inventory Category - Golf Bags
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Retail Price
Manchester discount Card Price - Members Price


Could you please list some of your Bossons items that you are willing to sell as prizes…
Abd let me know how you are doing with the Bsitting Empotium

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Take a look at houldsworthgolf club.com 

When you have resolved my password I will start to add stock to your golf category.



I will create  an inventory transaction as follows


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Major Catagory (Bossons/Ivorex/Golf Clubs (HGC/WGC/CGC/NGC) 
Subcatagory Category - Golf
Inventory Category - (Golf Bags/Golf Clubs/Shoes/Shirts)
Size 
Colour
Description
Retail Price
Manchester Discount Card Price - Members Price


Could you please list some of your Bossons items that you are willing to sell as prizes…
Abd let me know how you are doing with the Bsitting Empotium

The Golf Hub

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Stop Press 30/08/2020

Dear member 

The board has, over recent months, carried out a review of the club's operations. The review was necessary because of the unavoidable truth that the club has over recent years either been loss making or has marginally broken even - even with the benefit of exceptional income such as a large VAT refund, renting out parts of the club's car park for coach parking and to a motor cycle training business - and with the benefit of licence fees payable by Highways England (for access over our land to the M56 bridge for maintenance purposes). The club's finances have left it unable to invest in its infrastructure as it would like, to the detriment of the clubhouse and leaving the club unable to finance the improvements and maintenance projects as it would like in respect of the course. Further, the marginal position of the club's finances means that the club itself is under existential threat on a forward looking basis.

Against this backdrop, the board has carried out an essential review of the club's operations with a view to:

- reducing cost;

- increasing revenue;

in order to attempt to avoid the prospect of the club having to significantly increase subscriptions in order to stay afloat and to allow the club to move forward and significantly improve its offering to members. 

Reducing costs

The largest cost of the club is its human resource. A substantial percentage of the club's annual revenue is currently being spent on wages and salaries and other benefits, for the club's office and bar and the club professional's retainer and other commissions. Overall, these costs are unsustainable.

Increasing revenue 

- last year the club took in house its catering operations, but has not, to date, put in place a satisfactory solution. The board regards this as an unresolved opportunity, not only to maximise established revenue streams, but to create new ones that will appeal to the members and enhance the membership experience; 

- the board believes that the creation of a role which has a greater focus on golf related revenue generation represents an important opportunity. Such a role would focus on optimising society and green fee revenue - as well as optimising membership numbers by developing recruitment and retention strategies;

- the club has agreed terms in principle with Steve Marr (our club professional) to take over the professional shop, whilst retaining Steve as a consultant and as the club's teaching professional. This will allow the club the opportunity to generate a profit from shop sales, whilst retaining Steve's services for the benefit of the members. 

Operational changes 

Unfortunately, to allow the club to both reduce its costs and to create new roles which allow the twin objectives of reducing costs and increasing revenue to be achieved, it has been necessary to make the existing roles of general manager, finance assistant and steward, redundant. In their place the club is creating the new roles of club secretary and commercial manager. By way of explanation:

- the club secretary role will be a part time role which is administrative in nature only and does not include any management responsibilities.

- the commercial manager role will encompass managing the bar and catering as well as over viewing the profitability of the professional shop and being responsible for golf revenue generation. The role will have a focus on widening the offering to members by creating new and enhanced revenue streams (utilising on line technology) in areas such as pre' and post round and on-course, food and beverage, as well as organising regular club events and entertainment. The role will also be charged with increasing revenue by hiring out the clubhouse for outside functions and hospitality. 

The board is very much aware and sympathetic to the fact that the redundancy of the existing general manager and steward roles will result in Patrick Keane's and Kath Donegan's employment with the club coming to an end. Nicola Sinclair will also leave with our thanks for her dedicated work in the office. As many of you will know, both Kath and Patrick have served the club loyally and with distinction over many years and members will rightly be concerned that they have been treated fairly. I would therefore like to assure members that the board has deliberated long and hard over many months before reaching the conclusion it has that the reorganisation is essential to the club's future viability and success - and it has done everything it can (and will continue to do everything it can) to ensure fairness to the affected employees. 

What does this mean for the club and the membership?

The board believes that:

- the future year on year benefit directly associated with the reorganisation will be somewhere between £35,000 - £50,000 per annum. It is hoped that the additional revenue generation aspect of the reorganisation is capable of doubling this benefit. If that were to be the case, it would amount to an annual benefit to the club of between £70,000 and £100,000 per annum. To put this into context, to raise the same sum across 400 members without the restructure would require an average increase in subscriptions of between £175 and £250 per member. 

- the membership experience will be enhanced by the new service lines that the commercial manager will be expected to deliver. In addition, as a "not for profit" organisation, any improvement in the club's finances will allow the club to reinvest in the clubhouse and course. By way of example, any such reinvestment could, over time, take the form of the creation of a spike bar, a new or expanded terrace for serving food and drinks, a permanent half-way house, a new and more appealing clubhouse entrance, the purchase of new course machinery and course architectural improvements. 

Inevitably, the reorganisation we are embarking upon carries with it some risk (although the financial risk associated with maintaining the status quo is far higher). The main risk is likely to be in the transition period as the club moves over to a new operational structure and in the recruitment of the right personnel into the new roles. However, for the reorganisation to be successful, it will undoubtedly require the support of the members. It is recognised that this cannot be taken for granted and will require the club to deliver the enhanced services that deserve the members support. 

I would also mention that the board is aware that, regrettably, news of the restructure was leaked to at least some members before the board was in a position to inform the membership and explain the need and rationale for it, with the suggestion being made that prior consultation or the consent of the members should have been obtained before any restructure affecting the club's employees was implemented. However, because of the very nature and the sensitivity to the individuals concerned of proposals such as these, it would not have been possible to debate them sensibly with all members in an open forum and comply with the employment law requirements which govern the process. 

Finally, the board firmly believes that with the right recruitment into the commercial manager role (and make no mistake this is likely to be the most important appointment the club will ever make), the future of Withington Golf Club can be bright and exciting. We hope that you will support your club and join it on the journey. 

Regards


The Board of Directors

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A day in the life - 31/08/2020

The 19 Hole for WGC had been nominated to be The Gardeners Arms due to the location to the Tram Station. However, we have reservations about holding events there due to communications issues.

So as of the 31/08/2020 we will be promoting the Crown Inn in Northenden - basically church  because it was open serving excellent cheeses  when Withington and Didsbury Golf Clubs were not serving food.

It saddens me that the working man can not visit his golf club after a hard days work for a few holes of golf - fine ale and snacks, - In the age of the microwave there is no excuse.

With UBA Eats now operating and restaurants offering discounts for take aways with free delivery service is it now not the time to review what bar food is available. Why can our restaurants not be open till 10pm offering a take away service to the local community.

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Rich 
How  do you feel about doing some Lavarel / PHP  / Bootstrap work.

I have a you tube video that creates  a clone of instagram.

It might be a way of getting you and Paul to work together on my project.

Other wise is I will get Paul to write the program and have you amendi it to make it responsive.

Al
This will be a Kaban project not a scrum project - it will be a scrum project for Paul.

The difference being Kanban does not have a delivery date fotr its sprint.

Please see http://protopage.com/withingtongolfclub    Pegasus Agile.