Captain's Newsletter - 30th August

Aug 30, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

  • Ladies' Club Match v Broughton Heath (A) on Tuesday
  • FROGS on Thursday
  • Super & Veterans' Open on Thursday
  • Captain's Away day on Friday
  • Branston Open Pairs on Saturday
  • Gents Club Match v Wilton (H) on Sunday
  • Ladies' Ernie Kay on Sunday
  • Juniors' Medal on Monday
  • Seniors' Club Match v Kedleston (H) on Monday

Good luck, James

Branston member James Bailey is currently playing for the English Schools Golf Association team against Wales at Clyne GC, in Swansea. Good luck, James.

Steve's Away Day

The draw for Friday is:

9.30 Steve Fox, George Cowley, John Brookes and Paul Allen

9.40 Matt Moran, Steve Shepherd, Tony Butlin and Ben Laing

9.50 Gavin Robson, Daz Rayner, Danvider Tamba and Steve Gower

10.00 Richard Earp, Richard Odell, Gurps Mann and Pete Barker

10.10 Charlie Insley, Eldridge Cunningham, Nick Graham and Robert Hardie

10.20 Brian Tierney, Colin Rigby, Dave Thomas and Pete Fisher

10.30 Rob Sanders, Andy Insley, Mac Hussain and Terry Bailey

10.40 Pete Nicolle, Tim Winn, Mick Gaskin and Neil Haywood

10.50 Mark Brookes, Colin Shaw, Mel Dukes and Bobby Cliff

11.00 Richard Zabo, Eric Goddard, Ian Pearsall and Jason Lightfoot

11.10 Paul Marshall, Steve Smith, Richard Manning and Jon Orme

11.20 Craig Dughan, Nigel Hollis, Dan Jackson and Ken Williams

11.30 Steve Warner, Dave Lawrence, Chris Smith and Gary Marler


Dress Code on the course is normal golf attire, meaning shirts must have a collar, no denim wear and golf shoes must be either hard/soft spikes or dimples. In the Clubhouse after golf we need to change into smart casual wear (no denim or trainers) and smart shoes. No headwear is to be worn in the Clubhouse.


The day will be an 18-hole Stableford Competition off full handicap allowance. There will be a prize for nearest the pin prizes on all the par threes and overall prizes for first to fifth inclusive.

The meal will be a two-course sit down dinner with a choice of braised beef or chicken, ham and leek pie with potatoes and seasonal veg, followed by fruit crumble or lemon tart and coffee with mints. Steve will collect meal choices prior to you teeing off, probably over breakfast - which is served from 8 am.


The minibus will pick up from Branston at 7am prompt for those going on the bus, and will drop off at the Branston around 9pmish.


Here’s praying for fine weather!

Mixed Friendly

Well done to the Branston team for winning at Horsley Lodge 4.5 to 1.5. The weather and course were superb and a great day was had by all. Thanks to Lady vice-Captain Charlotte Barker who organised the day along with Mr vice-Captain Graham Wright from Horsley Lodge.

Group Sizes

Just a quick note about playing in groups of five or more: only in very exceptional circumstances should play ever be in anything greater than a fourball, for instance the Texas Scramble competitions normally staged to mark the Captains' Drive-in. At all other time, groups larger than four are not permitted.

Rules Evening

30 members attended the second rules evening. Thanks to Paul Allen and Mark Pegg for their time and effort in organising the evening.

Rachel Warner and the Great North Run

In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Steve's sister Rachel is running the Great North Run on September 11. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RachaelandLyndseyGNR2016

Branston Youngsters to Play at St Andrews

Rachel Emma Alford is taking part in the University Girls Challenge at St Andrews this coming weekend, which is to be played over two days on three courses. Having recently got her handicap cut to 11 she has qualified to play in the scratch to 12 competition. Mum Carol is looking forward to caddying and offering words of advice to keep her focused. Good luck, Rachel.

Also, congratulations to George Johnson, aged just six, who qualified for the grand final of the Wee Wonders which is being played at St Andrews. Good luck, George.

Off The Wall

Our Captains' Challenge is on September 11 and 12: we will be walking Hadrian's Wall. Any sponsorship will be very gratefully received: www.justgiving.com/Jenney-Hollis

Bowls Night a Success Again

18 players enjoyed an evening of bowls, pie and peas, organised by Helen Dickerson, Jim & Glen Walker. Thank you for the contribution to the Captains Charity.


Captains' Charity Ball – September 17 – James Bond Casino Royale

There will be many different James Bond fun and games going on throughout the evening, including:

  • Fun Casino tables (Roulette Wheel, Black Jack, Slot Machines, etc.)
  • Charity auction and raffle
  • Four-course Bond themed evening meal
  • Disco and dancing

Arrive 7pm, carriages at 1am, cost £38 per person, ring 01283 528 336 and book your tickets at the Pavilion. Black tie event, dress to impress/thrill!
Junior OpenBranston held the first Oobgolfer junior open on Monday, August 22. There was a great turnout with 42 juniors from across the midlands taking part. Oobgolfer ambassadors from as far as Shropshire and Warwickshire came to play and had a fabulous time. To make it fun there were gross and nett prizes and beat the pro comp on the 10th. Many thanks to Luke Speed for his support on the day.Twin sisters Xyra and Djalece from Shropshire won 1st and 2nd in their division and James Bailey won the gross prize. The juniors all had a fab time and have requested more events for next year

Rule of the Week: Provisional Balls Q. When does a provisional ball become the ball in play?A. 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 Princess Anne, the Princess Royal (1950-), currently 12th in line to the British Throne:

"Golf seems to me an arduous way to go for a walk. I prefer to take the dogs out."

That's All, Folks!

Have a great week, both on the course and off it.

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016



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