Society Captain Nick Stevens and vice-Captain Barry Theobald have both agreed to carry on in their roles with the Society for next year, 2021, because of their covid-19 virus interrupted year.
“It’s a real honour to be Captain the society so I am thrilled to take the responsibility once again in 2021” Nick told the recent Society AGM.
“Despite the madness that we have all lived through this year it has been great that we have still been able to keep the majority of the fixtures in the diary and meet up safely”.
Vice-Captain Barry said it would again be a wonderful honour to carry on for another, hopefully full year and echoed Nick’s thoughts that “considering the number of restrictions and cancellations, we have made the best of a very strange year,”
In his annual report, secretary Garth told the meeting that the covid-19 virus had played havoc with the Society’s fixtures with cancellations, restrictions on numbers being allowed to play by Golf Clubs and limited clubhouse facilities including closed locker rooms and restricted catering.
The first fixture of the year at the beginning of March, before the virus struck, the Society had managed to retained the Lord Northcliffe trophy against the PGS, with the overall result being decided by the very last match after 2 great days, first at Princes and then Royal Cinque Ports.
Then later that month came the country’s first lockdown of the year, with The Grove, March fixture, being cancelled. It was not until June when golf courses re-opened at Walton Heath with over 50 players eager to play.
Because of covid-19 restrictions there was no carvery lunch but the Club managed to provide Burgers and Chips, eaten on the terrace as the Clubhouse was closed to players.
Most of the following fixtures then had reduced limits on numbers with no Clubhouse changing facilities or carvery lunches with meals subject to the local restrictions in place.
Despite the virus restrictions, it had been possible to arrange six golf days with a total of three events cancelled. This included the Chairman’s Inter-Company weekend in May, postponed because flights were cancelled and Hotels and courses in Portugal were closed.
In September it had been possible to hold the annual match against North Foreland Golf Club with limited numbers for the 25th anniversary match and a very close win for the Society
With a further lockdown at the beginning of November, the end of year Christmas Scramble at The Berkshire had to be cancelled. As one of our main fund raising fixtures, an online auction was organised and over £7,000 was raised towards subsidizing fixtures in 2021
Because of match congestion at golf courses caused by Club’s restricting play to their members, both the 2019 Order of Merit, (Nick Stevens, Lisa Heywood, Clive Heard and Barry Theobald) and Knockout competition (Phil Barber and David Crump) were again delayed being played and have been carried over to next year, as well as the 2020 Order of Merit (Nick Stevens, Clive Heard, Joe Marvel and John Tucker).
The Society agreed that all Club players will use their WHS handicap index at future Society golf events and those without a fixed club handicap will have a playing index worked out from previous scorecards.
Garth Burden. Secretary.