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GORLESTON GOLF CLUB SWUNG INTO ACTION TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES

During Lockdown former Club Captain, Glen Harman, began to make plans to hold an NHS Day to thank the staff of the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) who had worked tirelessly nursing the local population during the COVID pandemic. The plans eventually came to fruition on 29th August when a huge field of competitors took part in a Texas Scramble Event. Local Sponsors and members were very generous in their support and the Charity Day raised an amazing total of £6,264. The cheque for which amount Maxine Taylor (pictured above) was delighted to accept on behalf of the JPUH.

On 21st August members celebrated the completion of their new 15a par 3 hole situated at the far end of the course facing towards the sea. This event coincided with the President's Challenge Florida Scramble. The competition included a Drive In Nearest the Pin Challenge which was won by our Professional Duncan Abbot which prompted comments including 'do you give lessons?'. The Green's Committee and Staff had worked extremely hard and huge thanks are due to them and also to Ovamill for their support. The aim of the day was to raise monies for the Captains' Joint Charity, the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The Event was generously sponsored and raised a total of £1,655.00.

Finally it is the Gorleston Golf Club Ladies Centenary in 2022/23 and many events are planned for the whole Club. On her Ladies President's Day, Rosemary Woodhouse, held a raffle the proceeds of which would go towards the celebrations and she was delighted to announce a total of £365 had been contributed on the day.

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15A Incorporating The Presidents Challenge

Saturday the 21st August saw a fantastic day for ALL concerned at Gorleston Golf Club. The afternoon 9 Hole Florida Scramble event celebrated the official opening of the 15A short par 3 hole and combined the Presidents Challenge Event and the Captains joint Charity the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

To Open the Hole a group of players made up from the Greens Committee and Club Champions contested a Nearest the Pin challenge with varying degrees of success! In the end Duncan Abbott, Club Professional hit the nearest shot.

Fourteen groups played in the scramble and I am delighted to say the winning Team was that of Paul Dashwood , Steven Everard, Harry Page and Isabelle Everard with a net score of 25.

Delighted on two counts , one this team contained two juniors and also two members of the Everard family , Mark Everard being so central to the building of 15A and sponsoring the event.

Wally Perring won the Nearest the Pin event on the day.

The Presidents Challenge which was always to be held on this day , involved half the teams representing the Club President Penny Platten and half representing the Ladies President Rosemary Woodhouse. Amazingly the total of all teams nett score came to the same figure so the Presidents Challenge was shared.

Its was great to see the clubhouse full with players ,players guests and guests from Ovamill enjoying the BBQ and having a drink.

The Money raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance during the event has come to over £1500 and a massive thank you must go to all those who helped make the event possible , Penny Platten, Rosemary Woodhouse , Vonnie Thornton ,John Hopwood , Sue Smith , Maggie Hart, Greens Staff and of course Mark Everard.

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Many congratulations to Jackie Walsh who has become our new Ladies Champion Golfer. Jackie won both the handicap and scratch competitions carding two super rounds winning the Arthur Howlett and Joan Baker Cups.

On Saturday the Stenson Team travelled to Woodbridge to play them off scratch over 36 holes. It was a tough ask in difficult weather conditions and meant that the home Club came out on top on this occasion.

The Parks Trophy Team, captained by Martin Pestle have been having a super season. They have had wins over Thorpeness at home, Aldeburgh away and Fynn Valley at home. On Thursday, 26 August, they travel to Rookery Park to play in the Semi Final Match against Bungay Golf Club and we wish them the very best of luck.
On Captain's Day it was a super win of the Captain's Cleek for Alan Rash in the morning stableford. In the afternoon Texas Scramble the winning team were: Brendan Gough, Josh Manser, Steve Limbert and Tommy Hunt with a great score of 54.

On Sunday Gorleston are holding the annual Drughorn which is an Open Competition over 36 holes and the winning Gorleston player will become our new Club Champion.

On Friday 23rd July we had a meeting with Brandon Lewis MP, the leader of the Borough Council, Carl Smith and Sheila Oxtoby the Chief Executive of Gt Yarmouth Borough Council who we had invited to see at first hand the erosion we are experiencing on the cliffs. It is hoped that we can work in partnership with them to achieve the best possible outcome that may be available to us.

The Entry Sheet is in the foyer for the 15a) Drive In and President's Challenge which incorporates a Florida Scramble over 10 holes on Saturday 21 August. The whole afternoon is in aid of the Captains' Charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance. The barbecue, drinks and prizes are all being sponsored anonymously. Please play and/or support the 15a) Opening Drive In if at all possible, The sponsors would like this to be a fun members and family day and children are entry free. All the details are on the Poster and Entry Sheet in the foyer or please ask in the Office, many thanks!

Our first 150 Club Draw was held on Sunday and the winners were: 1st - Martin Bullen £165, 2nd - Ray Pope £100 and 3rd - Martin Brown £50. There are still plenty of spaces in this monthly draw and if you would like to take part please see details in the foyer, ask the office or Stuart Pearce. Proceeds from this Draw will go towards funding Club Projects, the first of which is recovering the chairs in the Club House. The more Members that take part the greater the prize pot will become. Good luck to all those taking part and thank you for supporting this initiative.

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Captain's Day

Sunday 1st August was an enjoyable Captain’s Day at Gorleston with the course in great condition.

The morning Stableford, played with a few showers about was closely fought with a countback finish just favouring Alan Rash with 38 points ahead of Howard Thornton.

Matthew Alp won the nearest the pin shot on the 7th being 1.2m away from the hole.

A barbecue was enjoyed at lunch courtesy of Tim, who also served Fish and Chips for all the players in the evening.

In the afternoon the Texas Scramble again required a countback finish with the winners on net 54 being Brendon Gough, Josh Manser, Tommy Hunt and Steve Limbert. Just pipped were David and Kinza Ellis, Amanda Hood and Charles Haylett.

The Auction of Fourballs which had been kindly donated by other local clubs raised £1016 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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Gorleston Golf Club v Fynn Valley

Fynn Valley Parkes team take on Gorleston Golf Club in the 3rd round of this county competition.

A fantastic win by our seniors Parkes Team by 8 holes!

They will now move onto the semi finals where they will meet either Southwold or Bungay
Photos of both teams before going out to the play their games

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New Caterer for Gorleston Golf Club

Gorleston Golf Club are delighted to announce our new Caterer, Simon Wainwright of SW1 Restaurant in Gorleston. The association will be known as SW1 at Gorleston Golf Club. SW1 is a well regarded local restaurant and we at Gorleston Golf Club are looking forward to welcoming Simon and his team to the Club.

Simon, pictured above, said: "I am extremely excited for this opportunity of working with Gorleston Golf Club and believe, with my 25 years of catering experience, that myself and my team can deliver the same standard of food which Tim has provided for the last 22 years and also bringing in some new ideas as well!"

Many golfers throughout Norfolk and Suffolk will remember our super Caterer, Tim Riley, and his Crackling Caterers. Tim has been with Gorleston Golf Club for 22 years and has decided to retire. We have been extremely lucky to have had Tim as our Caterer and the quality of his food is acclaimed across the area.

Tim is going to take up golf again in his retirement when he will have the time to enjoy it. He has worked tirelessly during his time at the Golf Club and we wish him the very long, healthy and happy retirement which he richly deserves.

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CAPTAINS' DRIVE IN REPORT DATED 11 APRIL 2021

As we know things are currently far from what we might have expected them to be in previous years and the Cub Captains' Joint Drive In has been no exception.

As members are aware this is a great Fun Event which is held annually on the Sunday immediately following the Club's AGM. This year COVID restrictions meant that the Captains could not encourage a crowd of members and their families to attend the event which is often followed by one of Tim's fabulous Sunday lunches.

The Club Captain, John Hopwood, and the Ladies Captain, Vonnie Thornton, have nominated the East Anglian Air Ambulance as their joint Charity for the year and were very keen to ensure that this fund raising opportunity did not go by unnoticed.

To this end and in very cold cross winds, bringing with it some light rain, the four Captains met, unbeknown to most Member and Committee, at 3.15 on Friday 9 April, 2021, and bravely proceeded to hit their drives.

First off was Ladies Captain, Vonnie, who had just played 18 holes with a new Member. Vonnies drive was a low one which headed left towards the gorse. Ceryse Fuller, Junior Captain, was the next to hit her drive which she pushed high over into the woods on the right hand side of the first fairway.

Following this it was the turn of the men with the Seniors' Captain, Martin Pestle, whose drive went just right of the fairway by the rose bush. Last, but by no means least, it was the turn of the Club Captain, who in his words 'pulled one out of the bag' straight down the middle of the fairway. Many thanks are due to the Captains who helped to raise £187 for the Joint Charity, to Duncan Abbot and John Maddock for their adjudications and to Maggie Hart for taking photographs of the event. The Captains wish to pass on their sincere thanks to all Members and Sponsors for their generosity.

The winners are as follows:

Ladies Captain: 95 yards - Keith Wright (107 yards)
Juniors Captain: 132 yards - Pat Sterry (123 yards)
Seniors Captain: 179 yards - Jonathan Bloomfield (176 yards)
Captain: 183 yards - Barrie Peaks spot on (183 yards) unlucky Gerry Eagling with 184 yards.