Captain’s Blog 31st March 2018
Staggeringly, it’s already been a few weeks since my investiture as Captain. Past captains have all declared how quickly my year in office will pass and they’re not wrong. It must be an indication of how much I’m enjoying my new role.
So much has already happened on which to report on. The captain’s drive-in is Worsley’s official ‘ribbon cutting’ tradition and one I had looked forward to for weeks, working tirelessly at the range to perfect my swing for the big day. Yet nothing could prepare me for the day itself. As if the covering of snow that fell on the eve of the ‘drive-in’ and the freezing temperatures weren’t enough to contend with, myself and the Lady Captain had to compose ourselves as air-horns, vuvuzelas, whistles, screaming, shouting all echoed around us as we attempted to clear the brook for the first time as captain. Even my wife, Shelly, had secretly dressed up as a sumo-wrestler and stood proudly on the first tee next to me. I couldn’t see the ball through the tears of laughter. We both felt such a sigh of relief as we managed to make contact with the ball during all of the commotion. We eagerly anticipated our official yardages to confirm the winner in the sweepstake. However, with all the distractions around us the 12-man search party couldn’t locate my ball. It had buried itself in the snow somewhere, likely to be in the centre of the fairway near the big tree but nobody seemed to be looking there. So we were instructed to put ourselves through the whole ordeal again, and with the experience of drive one behind us, we both reloaded our tee pegs and fired off again; three off the tee in the drive-in.
Last week we had the Captains’ Inaugural Dinner. The Lady Captain and I were overwhelmed with the attendance and really appreciate the support shown by you, the members. It was great to see a packed clubhouse and everybody enjoying themselves and I hope this is a sign to come with the year of events on the social calendar. A special thanks must go to Mr Ex for digging out every embarrassing story about the last 30 years of my life and sharing it with you all, nothing quite like a gentle initiation into the job.
Last Sunday I went to the club to watch my first team match as Captain. What a glorious day it was, the sun was shining and our Worsley’s Dunham team had a great result against Marriott’s magnificent 7, achieving an outstanding result of 5 ½ to 1 ½.
Also on Sunday we had a golf society playing the course along with numerous golf club members , it was a pleasure to see the clubhouse abuzz with activity and hearing the positive feedback on how great to hear how great the course was.
This Sunday sees our Archie Preston team playing away at Oldham Golf Club on Sunday. A really tough away draw but I have every faith in the team selected and hope to announce a Worsley victory in my next blog.
Just a couple of things to mention before I sign off: It’s the Worsley Quiz Night tonight and it’s not too late to sign up. It’s always a great night with Quizmaster Seddon hosting the night and at only £5 per head including chip butties it’s really good value. So enter your team, don your thinking caps and let’s have the club buzzing again. Remember WGC is your club; success in the club house makes a success of the course. Full details are on the home page of the website.
Also, it’s the Captain’s Charity Competition next week. All proceeds, minus the winner’s prize, will be donated to my chosen charity
St. Ann’s Hospice
I know this is a charity that is close to the hearts of many Worsley members. There is a link on the competition sign-up page to make a donation if you wish. I’ll put it down below, too. All donations are gratefully received.
I look forward to seeing you all next week at the Captains Charity Comp
Well that’s it for now
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