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Churston Juniors – Our Future – 2017 Review/ Speech Christmas 2017

Good evening everybody and welcome. It’s fantastic to see so many people here tonight, all to celebrate the achievements of Churston Golf Club junior section for 2017.We will start the evening with the traditional review of the year read by the outgoing Captain and incoming Captain and Vice-Captain. Mr Captain, Ladies & Gentleman, I give you our 2017 Captain – Callum & your Captain and Vice-Captain for 2018 – Jacob and Callum.

We should like to start by welcoming you all to the Christmas prize-giving with a special welcome to our Captain, Mr Chris Wills and his wife Jacquie.

(Callum J)
First a few “thank you’s”

To the bar and catering staff; Dean, Jimmy (who set up during the day) and Laura and team for looking after us tonight.

To Kelvin and all of the green-keeping staff for their hard work keeping the course in such good condition.

We would also like to thank the Junior Committee for their continued hard work and also to Heather, Jo and Ellie in the office for their assistance.

Last, but by no means least; thanks to Rob and Simon for their support during the year and especially Matt for his work with the existing and prospective new juniors, thank you.

(Callum M)
As always our juniors have been involved in County events at all levels.

In the Girls’ County matches, Lexi, Karrie, Lauren and Lucia have all represented the County this year. Lauren and Lucia represented Devon in the Tyler Trophy- a match between the Devon County Ladies Golf Association 2nd team and the Devon Junior Girls. Both girls put in strong performances and Devon Girls went on to win the match.

In July, a home posting at Exeter Golf Club saw the annual Girls’ SW Inter-Counties Tournament. This is the highlight of the Girls’ calendar, a tournament played over three days, playing five other counties being individual match play. Karrie and Lexi were both part of the Girl’s Inter Counties Team, which finished second, to a very strong Gloucester side.

The County Boys and Girls Championships were held at Tiverton in August, where Churston were represented by no fewer than four girls and three boys (the boys having to qualify through previous Order of Merit performances).

All of the girls won prizes with Lucia carding a nett 74 to win the Nett prize in the Under 14 category, Lauren a nett 76 to win the Stableford prize and Lexi with a gross 74 to win the Devon County Girls’ Championship and take the Dorothy Baldry Salver.
The boys, playing over 36 holes put in some good performances with Jack Dart finishing in fourth place in the Under 14 category, Luke Tooley, sixth in the Under 16 and Jacob Priestley finishing in tenth place in the Under 18 age group.

Winning the Devon County Championship qualified Lexi for the English Golf Champion of Champions competition held at Woodall Spa in September, normally a two round affair but curtailed due to weather conditions, resulting in one round with Lexi finishing an amazing sixth position.

Our boys also featured in the prizes in the Junior County competitions.

In the Spring Meeting held at Churston, Luke finished second in the Under 16 division and at the Whitsun Meeting at Yelverton he was third with Jack Dart also third in the Under 14’s.

In the boy’s County matches, Jack and Luke continued to be regulars in their respective teams.

Also at the Whitsun Meet at Yelverton, it was the Devon County Team Championships with the winning team then going on to represent Devon in the Team Championships to be held at Woodall Spa in August. Superb performances from Lauren, Lexi and Luke ensured that Churston took the Championship.

(Callum J)
Unfortunately for Lauren, holiday commitments meant that she was unable to play at the final but fortunately for Jacob, he stepped into the team and off they went to Woodall Spa – the home of England Golf. An opportunity to play on the Hodgkin Championship course over two days was quite amazing, with bunkers over six foot high – it was certainly a challenge.
A fabulous time was had by all and although they didn’t finish in the top placings, there were some super performances.

(Callum M)
Our juniors have again performed well at Regional and National level.

The Devon Schools Championship held at Borringdon Park in horrendous gales and rain in March saw a tough task ahead. Lexi came second which meant qualification for the SW Regional Schools Finals at the Avon Players Club in Bristol. This event was then held at the end of May and Lexi finished in fifth position meaning further qualification to the English Schools Girls Championship at the Kendleshire in Bristol played over 36 holes at the end of June with Lexi finishing in twelth position.

Lexi played in the Devon County Ladies Championships at Tavistock at the beginning of May, a 36 hole competition with the top players qualifying for match play for a place in the final the following day. Lexi had two amazing rounds on the first day, also achieving her first hole in one and consequently qualifying for the play off. A close fought affair, with her brother Jack on the bag saw the match go to the 22nd. Unfortunately, Lexi had to settle for runner-up but her performance saw her come away with the Phillis Collett Memorial Bowl, but more importantly a place in the Devon Ladies First team playing at Inter-Counties Match Week at Wrag Barn for a week in July.

(Callum J)
Juniors have again been part of our Churston adult teams this year. The men’s SDL team faired much better this year, beating Torquay 7-0 here at Churston and beating eventual league winners, Teignmouth 4.5-2.5, one of only two defeats they suffered all season. The winning putt on the 18th hole being holed by our soon to be captain – Jacob.
In all Jacob scored 4.5pts from his 8 matches and was voted men’s SDL player of the year – a fantastic achievement.
Also representing the men’s team in the Torbay Cup from the Junior section was Luke who paired up with Jacob for the 4BBB, scoring the most points for Churston. On day two in the singles, Luke had a great round, topping the score for Churston with 13 points whilst Jacob came second adding a further 10. Luke and Jacob were the only 2 players to play all 54 holes and received great compliments from all the other teams.

(Callum M)
There have been some junior successes in adult competitions this year with Lexi winning the Centennial Ladies Putter and in the Summer finals – the Bradford Cup.

The Churston Junior Open in June was this year sponsored by Snows Toyota.
We entertained players from many clubs, some travelling from Bristol for the day. The best boy’s gross & best gross by a Churston player went to Luke with a 74 & best nett went to Lucia with a 66.

Also in June of this year there was another great day for the Junior Section of Churston Golf Club. This particular Sunday saw five new junior members make their debut appearance. Full of trepidation together with a mix of excitement and nerves, they all successfully completed their first eight hole competition and are returning every Sunday competition complete with huge smiles and massive enthusiasm. Following on from the first competition we have added several other new members and I would like to ask them to stand so that we can give them a round of applause – Teddy, Belle, James, Mackenzie, George, William, Will, Sean and Josh.

These new younger junior members have also been tasting success in open events. The final Devon Golf U14 Access Tour took place at the end of October at Teignmouth Golf Club. In Category 2, Will Parker won with a great score of 26 points and in Category 3, MacKenzie Nettleton-Stokes won with a nett score of 32 with Isabelle Tarr in 2nd place on nett 36. This resulted in Will Parker being the Devon Golf U14 Order of Merit winner for Category 2.

All of the prize winners for our junior silverware competitions will be announced after this review.

The Junior South Devon League format continued this year in a team Stableford format.

The format makes for a close finish and this one was particularly so with it all down to the last round between Churston and Stover. Playing Stover on their home course was not easy, particularly when the Stover lead player cards a course record. The team tried to match this, but eventually it was victory to Stover.

Three players made their team debut in 2017, so if Oliver Gagg, Ed Luscombe, and Callum McGinnis would like to come forward. (Pause while Callum J presents tie)

(Callum M)
Further team success this year came in the Devon County Basil Steer Trophy. A matchplay team competition with the following players all being part of the team: Lucia, Lauren, Lexi, Jack Dart and Jacob. Fantastic performances meant that we found ourselves in the final held at Tavistock in September with an all girl affair of Lucia, Lauren and Lexi. Credible performances from all three players gave us the runner-up place to Royal North Devon but specific mention to Lucia who played four out of the five rounds.

This year we do not lose any members of the section and it is hoped that with the Club’s Saturday morning coaching in place, the support of Dan at Cayman and Neil at the Driving Range, that numbers will grow next year.

(Callum J)
This year I nominated the the Trevor Ward Foundation as my chosen charity. After my Drive-In competition in January & Easter Egg raffle in April and various cake sales, we have raised just over £300 for a very worthwhile charity. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support.

That is the end of our 2017 review. We hope that you will all join us again on Sunday 7th January for Jacob’s Drive-In competition in aid of Torbay Young Carers Service, details are now on the junior notice-board. His Drive-In board will be available immediately after presentation for anybody wishing to have a go.

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Jacob all the best for his Captaincy next year; if you enjoy it half as much as I have you’ll have a great time. (Shake hands)

Thank you for supporting today’s Christmas Tankard competition & presentation. All that is left for Callum, Callum and I to do is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Great New Year and now it’s back to Tasha.

Thank you!

NYE – The Plan Of Action – The Night In Full

A Quick View of the Evening
7.30pm start – Prosecco & H’orderves
Buffet from 8pm – 9pm
Disco Lights & Dancing Playlist – 9pm – 9.45pm
THE BAND – OLLIE & MITCH – FIRST SET 9.45pm – 10.30pm
Disco Lights & Dancing Playlist 10.30pm – 11.15pm
Disco Lights & Dancing Playlist to the end of play.

Friday 22nd December – Big Churston Giveaway

What another great giveaway night we have in store for you. Some lucky member will scoop £300 and it has to be won on the evening. The numbers will keep rolling until the prize is won. We will have other great prizes free to win on the evening and our Chef Dean is cooking up some burgers and hotdogs at a great price of £2.50. They can be bought on the evening.

There will be some wine and prosecco promotions on the evening as well. Just ask behind the bar.

The 100 Club Draw will also take place on this evening and what a special line up of prizes we have in store for this also. Let’s make this one last blast for 2017. We would like to thank everyone for all the support you have shown on these evenings. We have some great events already planned for 2018.

Greenkeeper Report Dec 2017

Greenkeeper’s Monthly Report

Dear member,

December is upon us and it is officially winter. This past month’s weather has been kind to us and the course is looking and playing fantastically for the time of year. The report below details some of the projects undertaken by the Greens Team in what was a very productive November.

With cooling temperatures and slowing growth, we are now cutting the greens once or twice a week at a height of 4mm. The Greens are also ironed once a week to keep the surfaces rolling smoothly.
Last month I notified you about the disease we had on the greens, well this has mostly grown out however on some of the greens it did return as the temperatures got a bit warmer in the middle of the month. This isn’t a problem as it is dead and with time will grow out.
You will have noticed that on the 20th November contractors installed a new drainage system into our ‘wet’ greens (12,13,14,18). Favourable weather ensured all work was completed by the Wednesday afternoon just in time for a massive downpour to test out our new drainage. On Thursday morning I was intrigued to whether the new drainage system had worked. I walked onto the 12th green and it was as dry as a bone with water running freely out of the pipe. After so much rain, there was no puddle on the green and the drainage was working perfectly. The contractor’s equipment left little damage to the putting surfaces and the slits should grow out in a couple weeks or so. We have received many positive comments from members genuinely excited with the improvements to the drainage. The 12th and 13th greens look slightly rippled due to the installation process but worry not, over time these will flatten out. Shortly we will use a piece of equipment called a verti drain to help flatten down the lumps and ensure that the surfaces return to their former levels.
I am very pleased with the work that was carried out and certain it will solve the flooding problems on these 4 greens.
The air2g2 was hired to help relieve compaction and improve the drainage in the greens. This machine drills holes into the greens and injects them with air to help break up compacted soil.
Winter Programme
The winter programme has been drawn up and is available on the website. We have begun the programme and hope that kind weather will allow us to complete all works by the end of March.
Winter Tees
It is now only a couple of weeks before we move onto the winter course. The new winter cards are in so when we do move onto the course please note that some of the stroke indexes and yardage’s have altered. Winter grass tees will be cut to a height of 30mm. The seed under the rubber matting on the 3rd winter tee has grown exceptionally well and looks very neat and tidy. In the next couple of weeks we will begin the same procedure on the 8th winter tee. When we move on to the winter course we would like to inform members that the blue tees may only be used for The Manning Trophy knockout competition and not general play. Thank you for your co-operation.
When we move onto the winter course, in general play, the 10th will be played as a par 3 from the beginning of the fairway.
15th bunker
You may have observed that work has started on the reshaping of the short left fairway bunker. This is being carried out in line with a golf course architect and will improve the aesthetics of the hole whilst providing a far better surface from which to hit.
6th Bunker
The pot bunker on the 6th has been filled with soil which was removed from the trenches on 12,13,14. This will be levelled and turfed asap.
Tree overhanging 11th Tee
There were a few reports of a number of large branches overhanging the 11th teeing ground. These have been removed and cleared away.
Clearing of scrub in front of clubhouse
At the start of the month, we began clearing the scrub next to the entrance to the clubhouse. Healthy trees were left untouched. Now finished the wow factor has been returned to the front of the clubhouse and projects a great image to the passing traffic. Many thanks to Richard and my staff for the completion of this.
Sponsor Signs
Two of our brand new sponsorship signs have arrived and will sited shortly.

Finally please remember to always repair your pitch marks, replace divots and rake bunkers after use.

Thank you very much.

That’s all for now folks, from all of your Green Staff here at Churston we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a brilliant new year.

Kelvin Millar
Head Greenkeeper

Blondie Tribute Act – Churston GC – Fri May 4th 2018

Friday May 4th will see Churston GC bring the UK’s leading Blondie Tribute Act to the bay. This night will launch the beginning of more of these great nights at Churston GC.

This will be fabulous night for Blondie lovers and also lovers of the Ska & Mod music.

This great act performs many tracks from this era including Madness and many others.

Tickets are now available behind the Bar for £6.00. This event is open to members and visitors.

There will be American style food available on the evening to purchase.