From The Regions: August Wrapup 2018

Wrap up of AGM and Spring Meeting, Norwood Park and Belton Park

After the Winter Meeting was cancelled, Norwood Park stepped in to hold the AGM and 18 members attended. Ron Beckett was elected captain and Paul Thornton was elected as vice-captain. It turned out to be an excellent meeting with lots of discussion and networking among the turnout.  The end of April saw the Spring Meeting staged at Belton Park, where national captain Cameron Dawson was in attendance, along with 35 members.

BC Technologies’ Matthew Armsby brought members up to date with GDPR and gave a great presentation on the need to address cyber technology. PlayMoreGolf’s Jake Rhodes detailed the success of his company and participating clubs are having by using their flexible membership systems. Other speakers included Steve Robinson, of Rijo42, Smart Energy Solutions’ Phil Townend along with Tammy Hewins, representing intelligentgolf.

The Fairway Credit qualifier, and the Brader Trophy, were staged in the afternoon on the Brownlow course. It was Holme Hall’s Andrew Watson and Worksop’s Alan Mansbridge who will go forward to represent the region at the Fairway Credit Finals, which will be staged at The Berkshire, in September.

Bill Dunn, of Radcliffe on Trent, won the Brader Trophy.

The summer sees attention turn to the annual matches against Yorkshire, Midlands and East Anglia regions. The Autumn Meeting will take place at Kirby Muxloe, on Wednesday, September 12, and a further Business Seminar will be held at Newark GC on Tuesday, November 6. BIGGA’s ecological consultant Sophie Vukelic will be among the speakers and everyone is welcome to attend.
GCMA vs France Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 Stoke by Nayland

The annual match against the ADGF took place in reflective mood following the death of leading instigator Donald Gregoire.
The first day saw the GCMA come out on top 5.5-2.5 on the Gainsborough course and the singles were staged on the Constable course the next morning in somewhat colder and windier conditions.
The team responded well to the encouragement of South East regional captain Steve Armstrong and won the singles 9.5-6.5 to take the overall match 15-9.  The GCMA now lead the overall series 9-4 and the French will be desperate to reduce the deficit.

By Marie J. Taylor

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