Minutes of the 2018 AGM The Seniors' Section

 BLANKNEY GOLF CLUB SENIORS' SECTION

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

3RD DECEMBER 2018

PRESENT

                        John Thompson (Seniors Captain) – Chairman

                        John Wood (Seniors Secretary/Treasurer)

and Thirty-Nine Members of the Senior Section

 

APOLOGIES

 

Apologies for absence were received from: Derek Isaac, Maurice Smith, Robbie Selway, Kevin O’Rourke, Mike Turner and several others who having been drenched during the morning’s Greensome stated that they were going home to dry out.

 

OPENING REMARKS

 

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and requested a moment’s silence in memory of members, members’ wives and former members who had died in the year since the previous A.G.M.  The Captain asked members to be mindful of those senior members who were currently in hospital, especially Bruce Hayes who had been rushed in overnight.

 

 

PRESENTATION OF ANNUAL AWARDS

 

The Eclectic

 

Div 1.                                                  Div 2.

 

  1. 1.   Sid Hicks                           59.6                             1.          Martin Bloomer            63.5
  2. 2.   Terry Johnson                    60.5                             2.         Fred Fox                      63.5
  3. 3.   John Kent                          61.5                              3.         John Thompson            64.5

     

The Order of Merit

 

  1. 1.   Bruce Hayes                     78pts             

2=  John Kent                         50pts                                                                                                                       2=  Bob Manser                50pts                         

4.  Martin Bloomer                 49pts             

 

MINUTES OF THE 2017 A.G.M.

 

The Minutes of the 2017 A.G.M. had been displayed for the required period. There being no matters arising they were accepted unanimously by the meeting as a true record on the proposal of Steve Grundy and seconded by Ian Smith.

 

 

 

SENIORS CAPTAIN’S REPORT

 

John presented the following report:

 

SENIORS CAPTAIN’S REPORT for 2018 A.G.M.

Now I do know that Groundhog day is February 2nd. But somehow I get that feeling today too, or maybe it is just Deja Vu.

I tried, and failed again to get acceptance of a Seniors Section and/ or a Seniors morning. This means accepting that there is no one Seniors Group, but there are several groups of seniors.

There are, however, quite a few members who do participate in the Seniors club competitions and friendly matches and my aim has been to work around the willing rather than bemoan the lack of interest from the unwilling.

I would like to welcome new members, to Blankney Golf Club and hope that you will involve yourselves in Seniors activities.

 

“SENIORS” EVENTS REVIEW.

Club Competitions

132 members took part in at least one event this year. This is a lot of members to be involved, and yet the turnouts, competition by competition, are down again following the pattern of the previous few years.

58 Played in the Bert Medhurst, two thirds of who did not play in midweek competitions, an excellent turn out of many Seniors who are still working.

Average turn out for the other 5 midweek Club competitions was around 50

Average turn out for 8 Monday Qualifiers was 45.

We had just one Away Day at Elsham, with a disappointing turnout of just 16, who had a very good day regardless.

The Exchange Day at Holme Hall had 30 entries, a significant increase over last year, and again an excellent day was enjoyed by all.

Matches

51 members took part in matches this year and I managed to play with 20 or so. Personally, I enjoyed the matches and finished with a respectable record, thanks to my apparent talent for picking a good partner. I welcomed a few new faces, and they eased the impact of those dropping out.

Team size for the 28 Inter Club, friendly Matches, was reduced to 16 generally for 2018, with both Boston clubs and Carholme reducing to 12.

Even so, for the majority of matches it was a challenge to get a team out.

We did operate matches from 3 tees, to get around quicker. In the main that worked, but there were occasions when things went a little awry, but hopefully issues that arose are resolved now.

Another, has been the trying out “Captain for the Day” for a couple of matches, and that has been enjoyed by those who volunteered. Gordon Brenchley did the honours at Belton Park, and Phill Johnson took over at South Kyme. Something that could be tried again next year maybe, I would be happy to take one on myself? It can take some of the load from the Seniors Captain.

Match results for the year were; PLAYED 28, WON 11, DRAWN 6, LOST 11, but a very positive goal difference.

MY THANKS

I have many people to thank for their help and support this year;

Vice-captain, Ray Harrison,

John Wood, Seniors’ Secretary and Treasurer, for his organisation of the match diary, various qualifiers and club competitions.

Steve Grundy, the BGCC Chairman for his support and advice through the year,

Lady Captain, Lynda Toyne for the organisation of the mixed match and mixed scramble, and for her perpetual good humour.

Club Captain Robbie Selway, always supportive, always smiling, always proud to represent Blankney Golf Club

The supportive volunteers, Mike Merrison for the website, Derek Isaac for the Eclectic and Order of Merit competitions, Ian Smith for the Away Day, Peter Morley for the Exchange Day.

Thanks too to Phill Johnson for the fixture list (with notes on new rules) and for the contact list.

Olive, Pat and Joan for my Captains Day halfway house and to all those who volunteered to step up and provide refreshment throughout the year,

The Club staff, in the kitchen and behind the bar, particularly Becky, and her staff, our match food has been some of the best on the circuit, and Sarah and her staff have been friendly and efficient, as always.

I am sure you would want to join me in a vote of thanks to John Hart and his team for the fantastic preparation and presentation of the course, throughout a difficult year for them.

I wish Incoming Captain Ray and his Vice-Captain Fred all the best for the upcoming year. They will have my support.

In closing I can report that we raised £713 for Umbrellas-Lincoln towards their “safe social environment” for handicapped kids. I presented them with a cheque at their coffee morning on 9th November.

 

 

 

SECRETARY & TREASURER’S REPORT

 

John Wood gave the following report:

 

“This will be the fifth time that I have made the Annual Report and as I will once again be combining both of my roles, Secretary and Treasurer and will be using the Income and Expenditure Accounts as the basis for my report  please forgive me if it sounds somewhat similar to the previous four, however this is inevitable.

 

The first event was the excellent Valentines Dinner, organised once again by David Stanley and Nev Scott.  The Eighty-four members and guests had a great evening and enjoyed an excellent Dinner, which gave the Section its first opportunity of the year to honour the New Club Captain and our Professional, by inviting them to the event with their partners, although Graham was busy elsewhere so didn’t turn up. 

 

Senior Captain’s Day appears next on my Accounts. We were once again able to provide John with his prize fund and Olive Brenchley together with her team of helpers put on an excellent half-way house so that He could welcome and socialize with all the players. Olive kindly donated the total costs of this to the Seniors. This year we also managed to persuade the Club to support the day and they contributed £100 to the prize fund. So this year despite giving John an excellent day the costs were kept down to one hundred pounds.

 

Only one Away Day was held this year at Elsham Hall, disappointingly as the Captain has already said, only sixteen members played. My only involvement was sending a cheque for the deposit, banking the cheques that were submitted from members and organising the prize vouchers. We managed to overspend by ten pounds.  Next year we will once again put on only one Away Day, at Laceby Manor, organised by Ian Smith  It is hoped that more members will take the opportunity to play in this betterball pairs competition.  A list will be put up in the New Year and members will be invited to make their own pairs and if so wish, four balls.  Individual entries will of course be accepted and we will add them to the draw.

 

Peter Morley organised an exchange day with Holme Hall, the first of what I believe will be at least three.  Again Peter’s organisation ensured that the event didn’t cost our accounts anything.

 

The main event from an organisational point of view was the annual Watson Trophy (The Senior Open).  After last year’s problems caused by the weather, this year’s event went off with no problems at all.  Eighty-six visitors entered, as well as from local clubs we had eight members from York Golf Club, several from the surrounding counties  and even one from as far away as Enmore Park in Somerset. After a slow start forty-five members entered making it 131 in total.  Despite the glorious June weather the Course once again won with only two scores above 35 points, The Watson Trophy going back to Kings Lynn with Richard Kerkham winning for a second  time in nine years with a score of 38 points.   Blankney did produce some of the prize winners however in each of the three age categories, Maurice Smith and Paul Coathup, third and fourth in the Under 65s, Bruce Hayes second  under 75, and Nev Scott winning the Over 75s.   After expenses we made a small profit.  However at the last AGM the Captain announced that the Seniors had been bequeathed £500 from long time member Norman Emerson.  Rather than blowing all of this in Norman’s favourite place on Blankney, the halfway house, with permission from the Club Committee I commissioned an honours board for the Watson Trophy to include all past winners, this was produced and positioned in the corridor at a total cost of £339.  Next year I will be increasing the entry fee to £20 for visitors.  For several years we have charged £15 and then had a separate 2s competition adding an extra £1 or £2, next year the £20 will include this extra competition.  Members’ entry fees will remain at £7 but there will be no charge for the 2s with everyone being entered.

 

We organised six board competitions during the season. A total number of 334 seniors entered these competitions, which was the first time I have seen an increase, albeit a small one, up from 309 last year.  The income from those competitions is shown here and includes £44 from the entries to the Eclectic and Order of Merit awarded earlier, the competitions contributed £155.67.

 

As with last year all of the winners were presented with their prizes at one of the two Club presentation evenings held during the year.  Despite several prize winners not attending, these went very well and it is envisaged that this will be repeated next season, our Winners were as follows:

 

Ken Williams Cup – Kev O’Rourke          

Stuart Blytham Salver – Eric Feeney                                                                            Newman Charity Shield – John Wood     

Gilliatt Driver – John Blow      

Bert Cawsey Cup – Bob Ledger

Bert Medhurst – Bob Manser

Reg Woolley KO – Clive Lewis               

Senior Stroke Play Champion – Terry Bentley

 

Congratulations to them all.

 

There were only 23 entries into the Knock-out in 2018 and seven of those did not play in the Qualifier.  Therefore in 2019 if we do not get, say 25 entries, I will take the first sixteen qualifiers into the Knockout and dispense with the usual thirty-two player First Round.

 

The next item was the Invitation Day, twenty-eight pairs (four more than last year), entered this competition which once again was very enjoyable.  We retained £88.  The Prizes were presented after the competition although as with the Club presentation evening several of the winning teams were not represented, which was disappointing however, we will continue with a presentation next season.

 

The Section played twenty-seven matches against other Clubs during the season with a £1 per game levy being charged from the players raising £406.00 (£20 less than 2017 and a further £38 down on 2016, due entirely to the continued reduction in the size of the teams).  For 2019 we have lost two Clubs (four matches) with the demise of Canwick Park and also the Seniors of Market Rasen do not want to play us.  I couldn’t get a sensible reason out of their Secretary and this is strange, as the Club Captain informs me that they would like a Mixed fixture against the Club.   As this would have been a big reduction in income we have agreed to reinstate the home and away fixtures with Sandilands who will take over the two dates vacated by Canwick Park.  We are not certain about the catering facilities at Sandilands, as the Grange and Links appears to be currently, boarded up.  I have pushed all earlier matches to later in the year, with the first match against Belton Park being at home on 4th April.   As the majority of the home matches this year didn’t have a halfway house we have only had a small amount of expense and with the contribution from the Eclectic and Order of Merit (£44) the Matches have contributed £437.50 to our funds.

 

On top of the Captain’s £713 to Umbrellas Lincoln, We gave £450 to our list of local Charities and incurred £61 of general expenditure.

 

All of this resulted in an Excess of £273.95, this includes £160.80 remaining from Norman’s generous donation. So in fact we made a profit of £112.70 on the year.

 

I reiterate all of the thanks that the Captain has made but must give personal special thanks to; Steve McGinty for all of help and for keeping me sane, Phill Johnson for our Directories, Mike Merrison for keeping the website updated with the Competition and other details; Club Secretary Diane for printing the cards and for her help in general, Graham and staff for dishing out those cards and for looking after the cash. A big thank you to Don Ridley for vetting and sorting out the cards after each comp  and thanks to Bob Spandler for taking his time to audit my books.

 

Finally, I must thank the retiring (at last) Captain for keeping me entertained throughout his extended period in office, I have to say a massive well done for all that you have attempted to do for the Senior Section in what has at times been very difficult.

 

I am looking forward to working with new Captain Ray, as I have during this year and his Vice Captain Fred Fox.

 

Thank you all

 

John Wood

 

 

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

Nominations for the election of officers had been on display for the required period. As no alternative names have been placed before the Section the following will be elected:

 

 

Captain

 

RAY HARRISON                      Proposed      John Thompson    seconded          Don Ridley

 

Vice-Captain

 

FRED FOX                         Proposed       Ray Harrison       seconded          John Wood

                       

Secretary/Treasurer

 

John Wood                              Proposed      John Thompson    seconded          Don Ridley    

 

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

 

There had only been one proposal submitted for discussion in the requisite time scale:

 

  1. That the April, May, June and August Qualifiers be played as Medals instead of Stablefords.  Thus with the Gilliatt Driver making a total of five Medals and nine Stablefords.     Proposed Peter Kennelly   Seconded  Fred Fox. 

 

The Chairman asked for opinions from the floor and after a few comments Club Chairman, Steve Grundy proposed an amendment, seconded by Paul Coathup:

 

  1. That only three of the Fourteen competitions should be played as Medals.

 

A vote for this amendment was carried by the majority (26).   A vote for the original proposal was taken with only a few supporters.  Therefore  for 2019 there would be one extra Medal qualifier.

 

The Captain then asked the Meeting if there was anything else they would like to discuss:

 

  1. Peter Kennelly asked whether the entry fee for the Monthly Qualifiers should be increased as it had remained at £1 for many years. He suggested that this should be raised to £2. Seconded by Fred Fox.  Passed on a majority Vote.

 

  1. Terry Sutton (Club Handicap Chairman) reported that the Club Committee were in the throes of discussing shortening the length of the “Yellow” course.   Club Chairman, Steve Grundy added to this narrative, explaining that the original plan to reduce the length of a few holes by utilising the length of the existing tee-boxes was still on the table, however a suggestion to create three different length courses by changing the “Whites” to a Blue Championship Course for all major board competitions. The current “Yellows” becoming the “White” Competition Course for lesser competitions like the Whisky Stagger, Monthly Medals etc.  Then a new “Yellow” course would be created for Senior and Mixed Competitions and general play. 

 

Currently the Yellow Course is the second longest in the County and would only be reduced by a few hundred yards keeping it above 6,000 yards.

 

Chairman Steve emphasised that these changes where only in a discussion stage with not all of the Committee in favour.  He wanted to get a view from the meeting on how they felt about the idea.  A vote against these changes was taken with only four members indicating that they did not want any reduction.   Steve and Terry thanked the Meeting for their views saying these would be taken into consideration by the Club Committee.

 

 

HANDOVER OF CAPTAIN

 

Captain Ray Harrison made the following closing remarks;

 

Don’t the years fly by!, Here we are with another Seniors  A.G.M and another Seniors Captain!    When Jim Keable  asked me to be Vice Captain just over a year ago, I  didn’t take too long to say yes, but then I started to wonder who the other ten people were who had been asked before me!   However I was very pleased to agree to take the position and to eventually be your Seniors Captain for 2019.

We have a strong Seniors group here at Blankney, and I understand there have been new applications for membership from some Canwick Park members.   It is always sad to see a long established club close, but I am sure any ex. Members of Canwick will be assured of a warm welcome.

This year I will be supported by Fred Fox, so I’m sure we will be able to ensure everyone has a good golfing year.    We have lost two teams from the match circuit but we are at. present in touch with two other clubs to try to fill our fixture list.

Both Fred and I hope that the roll-ups will continue to attract players, as these sessions are a good way to welcome new members to the club.   Also I would like to think that a few more seniors would put their names down to play in the matches. From a list of 135 names it should not be too difficult to find 16 players for a team!

In closing I would like to thank everyone who supported me in my year as Vice Captain, and  I’m sure you will give Fred your support at the roll-ups,   at least he will be able to shuffle the cards for the draw.    Also a big thank you to Mike Merrison for his invaluable support with the web site.

 

The Meeting was closed at 16:30

Any errors please inform The Seniors' Secretary so that he can correct them.