Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club Director of Golf
Welcome one and all to the latest goings on at CMGC.
On Friday 5th May we will be very busy as we host the eighth annual Adam Millichip Foundation Golf Day, Stuart Millichip, Mark Fish, Mark Benbow and their team run a fantastic day with over 50 teams of four competing throughout the day.
As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago the foundation has raised over £60,000 from the golf day itself. The Foundation provides financial support and assistance to disabled people wishing to participate in sports to improve the quality of their lives.
Membership continues to grow at CMGC and this week we welcome Mark, Paul and Harry to the club, we hope they have a long and enjoyable time at CMGC. The weather is already feeling a lot warmer this week and as the picture below shows, the course continues to look great.
More Course Work
As mentioned last week, our friends Bob Price and Son were on site helping us put in some new paths. The walkway behind the second on Badgers green to the third tee was dug out and the first layer of stone was added.
We also added a small path to the left hand side of the 5th on Badgers tee. The paths will all be rolled and levelled before being topped off with a fine gravel surface.
Some of the soil from the paths was put to good use to the left hand side of the 2nd on Badgers green, where we have graded the soil to form a declining slope towards the 3rd tee to help prevent any water collecting in the winter. This should benefit the playing surface in the long run, but short term should your ball finish in this area it will be GUR.
We also had a day with another local contractor tidying up some of the hedges, noticeable work was carried out on the 2nd, 6th and 7th on Badgers, as well as some work around the car park.
Whilst all this work was going on the main greenkeeping duties still had to be done and as well as cutting the grass, we have sprayed all the fairways and tees with an early season conditioner that includes a seaweed based fertilizer and where necessary a herbicide to kill the daisies and dandelions that have appeared over winter.
40 tonnes of fresh bunker sand was also added to the course last week, the sand in bunkers can often build up on the side of bunkers leaving less in the middle, if you do happen to find yourself in a bunker please rake it after you have played your shot and when raking push the sand towards the middle of the bunker, instead of pulling it towards you as you make your exit from the bunker.
The green keeping team have also been out verti cutting the greens. Verti cutting helps control any thatch forming by removing dead and dying grass plants that will ultimately contribute to a thatch layer. Verti cutting also helps produce an upright grass prior to mowing to give a cleaner more consistent cut.
With some in form players away on Handicap Team and Scratch Team duty over the weekend, it was a good chance for some players on the fringe of selection to put their name in the hat for future games. Rob Winnall continued his good form with a solid 39 points on Saturday 29th April and in the process reducing his handicap down to 10.0; single figures is on the horizon!
Dave Booton put the last couple of weeks behind him to shoot 38 points, whilst Tony Colley had a game of two halves with 12 points front nine and an incredible 25 points back nine.
This weekend we have a Men's Stableford on Sunday, the sign up sheet can be found in the Men's changing rooms.
The Scratch Team played at home for the first time this season on Sunday 30th April, against local neighbours Ombersley. With the majority of games going to the 16th and 17th hole, the Cleobury team managed to come away with a 5 ½ - 2 ½ victory. A special mention to Dean Rogers, who won his match on debut. The team host Gaudet Luce this weekend, before an away fixture at Oxley Park on the 13th May.
Mixed Winter League Report from Jamie & Deborah Fearnley
Sunday 30th April 2017 was the culmination of this Season's Mixed Winter League. Played over nine Sundays from October 2016 through to the end of April 2017, there was a truly impressive 149 entries from nineteen different players, who all competed in the separate leagues for ladies and gents.
Each round sees random teams drawn from those who enter for that round and points are awarded to each team member based on their team's position for that round. Each player then accumulates their best six scores over the rounds to establish their final table position.
As one can imagine, given that the event is played over the winter months, the whole thing is very weather dependant, but this year we have been fortunate with only one round having to be re-arranged, though some rounds were played over only nine holes, owing to very cold temperatures or heavy rain.
Each round is always followed by a meal in the clubhouse and this season, the roast dinners produced from the club's kitchens were exceptional and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The final places for this season were:
Ladies Champion - Heather Pringle
Ladies Second - Sian Hawes
Men's Champion - Garry Hawes
Men's Second - Rob Pinner
Congratulations to Heather and Garry on their respective victories.
I believe we are blessed at Cleobury with two great Mixed Golfing events. During the winter we have the Mixed Winter League, while Thursday evenings throughout the summer we have the Pinner Platter. Both are really friendly affairs, giving the chance for new members to meet, play golf with and get to know the more established members. This is so important, given the significant number of new couples who have joined the club recently.
With both competitions, it is as much about the socialising as it is the golf. So the Mixed Winter League is over for another season, but it is onto the Pinner Platter. Mixed Golf never ends at Cleobury Mortimer.
Dave is now back on site after a couple of weeks away, he currently has these dates and times available for lessons, if anyone would like to book in please get in contact here.
Monday 8th May. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Thursday 11th May. 1pm, 3pm and 4pm
Saturday 13th May. 7am
Monday 15th May. 9am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tuesday 16th May. 6.30pm Wednesday 17th May. 6.30pm
Thursday 18th May. 6.30pm
Friday 19th May. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm
New Under Armour Apparel Arrives
We have just taken delivery of some new Under Armour apparel including shorts, polo tops, sleeveless fleeces and caps. The products come in a variety of colours and sizes and this week we will take a quick look at the UA Trajectory Polo.
This top is perfect for warm days out on the course, as the top benefits from a Moisture Transport System is to keep you dry and comfortable. The UA CoolSwitch uses an exclusive coating on the inside that pulls heat away from your skin, making you actually feel cool and be able to perform for longer.
This polo will last for many rounds of golf thanks to the anti-odour technology, which prevents the growth of odour causing microbes. The materials also feature 30+ UPF to protect your skin from harmful sun rays. The design is complete with a modern 2 button placket and iridescent foil logo.
- Loose: Fuller cut for complete comfort
- 30+ UPF protects your skin from the sun's harmful rays
- Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries fast
- 2-button placket for clean, modern look
- Iridescent foil logo
Have a great week, the CMGC team.
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Have a great golfing week and we hope to see you at CMGC very soon.
Dave, Matt, Amy and Team CMGC
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