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Richard "Tricky" Harper coped best with the early start, heavy rough and drying-out greens to win the Early Bird - the latest Gents' Major - on Sunday morning.
His 77 was two better than Josh Thorley's 79, with an 80 from Chris Woods putting him in third. The Early Bird is one of only two Gross competitions played at Branston, with the other being the Club Championship. There is also a Nett competition, which this year was won by Mel Dukes.
Disappointingly there were more than 20 no-shows, which meant that some groups had to go out as two- or three-balls. In addition, it made for a logistical nightmare for the Committee members trying to even out groups across the couse with only minutes to go before a 6am shotgun start and the pace of play was inevitably inconsistent.
It was the first time in 20 years that Tricky has been able to play in the Early Bird: hopefully it won't be another 20 before he's able to play in it again! He's pictured with his trophy after being presented with it by Steve.
The Early Bird salver (for the Nett prize) was presented by Paul Ayling, who was Captain at Branston in 1987 and features (with a beard) in these latest updates from Steve's Wonderful World of Old Pictures.
Late Cancellations and No-Shows
Following the Early Bird situation as described above, as the Committee do all of their work for the members on a voluntary basis and do not get paid for their efforts it would be really considerate of members if they were to cancel their slots in drawn competitions at least 48 hours prior to their allocated tee-time.
There is no excuse for a no show. The Committee will be discussing its policy on no-shows and late cancellations at its June meeting and members are being fore-warned that they are not acceptable. Immediate bans from competitions may be put in place and a "name and shame" policy may also be introduced.
Well Done James
James Bailey was presented with the Staffordshire Under 16 County Matchplay Shield at the weekend by Mike Tunnicliffe from the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs.
As before, congratulations go to James from everyone at Branston on his win.
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Juniors Off to a Winning Start
Congratulations to our Junior Team (pictured below), which got its season off to a winning start with a 5-0 win against Lakeside GC.
The lists are still up in both locker rooms for anyone wanting to attend Richard Odell's Rules Evening with Paul Allen at the Club on June 3.
Go Jenny, Go Jenny, Go Jenny!
Jenny Bennet is just one of the many amazing Branston members who are helping us raise money for the Alzheimer's Society during our year and she will be walking a full marathon distance next week to help raise money through sponsorship.
Jenny has got a JustGiving page which she has set up to enable members (and non-members) to sponsor her even though they might not see her down at the Club: https://www.justgiving.com/Jenny-Bennet
If anyone would like to sponsor Jenny but would rather not do it online, there will be buckets available for members to put cash into at both the Bernard Neale and PING 4BBB competitions at the Club at the weekend.
Stuart Belcher and Terry Bailey recently played in the Loader Trophy, a Staffordshire County Seniors Scratch Foursomes Medal event, at Whittington Heath and tied for first place with a gross score of 77 but unfortunately lost in a sudden-death play-off to two single-figure handicap golfers from Sandwell Park.
Congratulations both from everyone at Branston.
Wood You Believe It?
When the Poplar on the right just over the ditch on the 8th was cut down last week and was chopped up, evidence of a stray shot some years ago came to light - a ball had been embedded in the trunk but the tree had simple grown around it!
It would certainly have needed careful club selection before trying to play it out of the trunk: probably a tree wood...
Picture courtesy of Jenny Bennet, joke courtesy of Bob Monkhouse.
Club Shirts and Club Jumpers
For those gents and seniors playing in Club matches, the green cotton Branston Club sweaters with the green/gold official logo are available at the Golf Shop for £39.99.
Also, the white cotton Branston Club shirts for Club Matches and Senior Club Matches with the green/gold official logo are available at the Golf Shop for £29.99
Thanks For Your Divoting
A huge thankyou to all the 37 people that turned out for the divot evening last week; it was a very useful and successful evening.
All of the course was divoted in roughly one and a half hours and hopefully we will see the benefits of our work in a few weeks time.
Also a big thank you to Richard and Gavin for their very informative question-and-answers forum, along with the free pie and chips meal afterwards.
The second round of the Ladies' Taskers Trophy was played at Norwood Golf Club on Tuesday, and congratulations to the team of Di Horsley, Margaret Wright, Carol Alford, Desley Smith, Lynne Woolley, Sue Bateman and myself (Jenney) on a great win 4-3, with the result resting on the final game going to the 20th hole. The next round will be at either Beau Desert or Ingestre Park.
Sadly we don't have a picture of Di Horsley and Louise Manning, who won the Ladies' May Memorial at the weekend, but we do have a slightly out-of-focus picture of the trophy, so you'll have to make do with that instead.
Many congratulations to Di and Louise though: their 45 points was four better than any other pair on a day of extremely difficult conditions.
Would you like to have a try at golf?
If any members have friends and family who are thinking about taking up golf, the Club is running a Bank Holiday Open Weekend this weekend (including the Bank Holiday Monday) where they will be able to try golf for free and sample the full golf and health & fitness membership facilities for the three days.
If you know anyone who might be interested then tell them to ring 01283 528320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org up until this Friday to get a courtesy three-day membership.
Full details will be on the Club website blog from tomorrow.
Please Don't Practise On The Course
We've been asked by the Committee to reiterate that practising on either the 18-Hole or Nine-Hole courses, by which we mean one player playing two or more balls, is not allowed at any time.
The Club has a driving range and practice green for multiple-ball practice and if members wish to perfect their swing or any other part of their game they are of course at liberty to do so on the course but only while playing a single ball and always while abiding by the Rules of Golf.
Rule of the Week: Provisional and Lost Balls
With the rough as long as it is at the moment, we thought it might be a good idea to cover when a provisional ball ceases to be provisional and becomes the ball in play.
There are two answers to this: 1. When the provisional ball has been played after the original ball has been declared lost (which means that even if you say "that ball's lost", it's not actually lost until you hit the provisional) or 2. When the provisional ball has been hit from a point nearer to the hole than where the "lost" ball is likely to be.
Thought for the Week
From Jim Murray (1957-), writer on football, golf and whisky:
"Golf is the most over-taught and least-learned human endeavour; if they taught sex the way they teach golf, the human race would have died out years ago."
That's All, Folks!
Have a great week, both on the course and off it.
Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016