Captain’s Newsletter August 2020
CAPTAIN'S NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2020
It is hard to believe the end of August is here already. Let us hope this does not mean summer is over. On the positive side we did recently hold our championship day in fine weather and without any rain! Congratulations again to our worthy winners and finalists who played some superb golf and showed great sportsmanship. Our club should be very proud of them all.
Our new club champion, Gordon Sangster, created history winning his 8th club championship, a new Cathkin Braes record!
Congratulations also to ladies champion Lesley Watson on retaining her title and to Ewan Arbuckle, our Junior Champion, winning the title for the second time leaving our Veteran's champion Ray Donnelly as the only first-time winner.
We were able to hold our August committee meeting in the club house this week, socially distancing, which was a pleasant change from the Zoom meetings held earlier in the year. Charlotte,Ross and their teams have the seating areas both inside and outside organised well to enable social distancing and these feel very safe so I would urge all members to be aware of the table capacity (from the labels on each table) andbe cooperative and courteous if advised that you are exceeding the correct numbers.
We all know Covid has not gone away so we need to make sure we don't let our guard down and be mindful about the safety of our staff and members and make sure we do not give this awful virus a chance to spread as we have had too much down time from golf already this year and need to rebuild ourclub house trade.
Our Greens Convenor Michael Towers has already circulated the greens report to members, so I just need to remind everyone to pick up their grip rake from the Pro shop. If we all use these the condition of the bunkers will be much improved on the course particularly if the local preferred lies rule stops.
Thanks to Stephen Bree who hosted Pro's Day last Saturday. This is an event which is thoroughly enjoyed by members each year and as usual Stephen provided an Aladdin's cave of prizes to be competed for. This event is usually held earlier in the year and, thankfully, was able to be re-scheduled.
We have several other golfing events that we are hoping can be re-scheduled so please look out for communications on these.
Reluctantly we have had to take the decision to cancel our two Christmas functions, the children's party, and the Christmas dance after realising events when the dance floor is being used cannot conform to social distancing guidelines. We are confident however that Charlotte and her team will be able to organise a table plan which can accommodate sufficient numbers in safe spaces to meet the demand for Christmas Lunches and dinners when Ross publishes his menus.
The committee are also currently looking into how we will be able to host the AGM this year. Keeping the staff and members of Cathkin Braes Golf Club safe will have to be the overriding issue.