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JUNE NEWSLETTER Welcome to the June monthly newsletter from the Warren, in which we aim to inform you of everything that is happening here at the golf club, from results of competitions and dates for your diary, to special offers on membership, green fees and equipment. If you do not wish to receive this newsletter in the future, please let Robin or Cathie know in person, or by replying to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) LADIES CENTENARY 1909-2009 Ladies have been playing golf at Dawlish Warren for 100 years, and the Ladies Section is in the middle of the Centenary Celebration Month for the members and invited guests, which is being hosted by the Ladies’ Captain, Gina Redman, and the Vice Captain, Jan Foster. Ladies golf is thriving at the club. The competition day each week is Thursday, and a varied programme of events is offered throughout the year. There are also many other opportunities to play this fine links course. Members enjoy informal roll-up mornings, mixed competitions, and inter-club matches which generally involve a sociable meal after the match. A great advantage of Warren membership is that, apart from fixed tee times for matches and competitions which are posted in advance on the club programme of events, members may use the course whenever they please. Many take advantage of a fine morning or an early evening round of golf in the summer, with no advance tee booking necessary – a luxury not always possible at other local clubs. At such quiet times, on some of the best greens in the county, golf at the Warren is truly ‘Millionaires Golf’. Ladies – why not encourage your Lady golfing friends to take advantage of their County Cards this summer, and come for a round of golf at The Warren? They can be assured of a warm welcome at our well-run, friendly club. The first event of the Ladies Centenary celebrations took place at the beginning of June, with a 4 ball team event followed by a successful hog roast. Scoring was extremely low, as the winning team of Sue Broderick, Pat and John Harker, and Simon Carr scored 100 points! However this was only good enough to win by a single shot from Simon Rogers, Will Thorne, Darren Burridge and Chris McGill, with Yvette Harker, Cavan Harker, Barry Pomeroy and Tony Sluman a further shot adrift – great scoring all round! The second event of the Ladies Centenary took place this past Thursday. In this VIP Invitation event, a Warren Lady partnered the Ladies Captain and Vice Captain from the other Devon clubs in a team event. In an extremely close event, 3 teams finished on 117 points, with Devon Ladies Captain, Sue Persey, Warren Ladies Captain, Gina Redman and Jean Dyer emerging as the victorious group on countback. In 2nd place was the team of Faye Pannell and Sally Darke from Bigbury, playing with Sue Broderick, while 3rd place was occupied by Linda Ellis and Dot Butler from Exeter, along with Lesley Turpin – all with the same score as the winners. A great day was had by all, and the Warren Ladies now move along to their “Tee Party” event next week (Thurs 25th June), before the festivities close with the Centenary Trophy and Champagne Prizegiving on Sunday 5th July. TWILIGHT GOLF As many holes as you can play weekdays (excluding Wednesday) from 5pm Weekends from 6pm £19.00 Payable in Pro shop or at the bar. Please note that the club car park and clubhouse close at 9.00pm – please park in the Teignbridge DC car park if you think you will still be on the course after this time or if there are few other cars in the club car park. Parking permits are available from the Pro Shop and bar. COURSE ETIQUETTE All members and visitors are reminded that the Warren expects all players and visitors to the Club to observe the Rules and Etiquette of Golf. This includes replacing all divots, repairing pitch marks, raking bunkers. It also includes observing the Etiquette of Golf – playing at a reasonable speed and calling faster groups through. However – this does not mean that a group has the right to abuse others on the course for any reason – such abuse will not be tolerated, especially since there have been a couple of incidents of this nature on the course recently between visitors and members. This has lead to a group of visitors refusing to ever play here again – the consequences of this could be far reaching. If these guidelines are not being followed, then please correct the offending player in a calm, polite manner. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT It is now three months since I became Chairman so it is time for me to report on the Club’s progress in that time. The committee meets early in the month when a variety of subjects are discussed including, in particular, finance, the course, membership, competitions, bar, IT, staff matters, health & safety, juniors and social. The Captain, Ladies Captain and Vets Captain report. The proceedings are conducted in a business-like fashion, but in good humour. The Treasurer, John Foster, reports that the Club is in a good financial position, but needs to continue to make a sustained effort to increase membership, especially to promote winter golf here. Numbers are down by a modest amount, however that does not take into account the winter members who we expect to join. If you, or anyone you know, plays golf, but is not especially happy where they are, tell them about us. Do not hesitate to speak to Cathie or Robin in the office who will be happy to provide info. As for the course, I am very keen to see the drainage on the 7th fairway renewed and improved this winter so that the full 18 holes are open more often. The plan includes enlarging the pond between the 7th and 8th to take in the area that is being taken over by scrub. This will also improve its appearance, attracting wildlife. We have to obtain the approval of Devon Wildlife Trust and Natural England for this venture. The Trust is in agreement in principle, so we are part way forward. As a contingency, the “old” short green off the 9 th hole is being revived to be used when the 7th or 8th are out of play to maintain 18 holes. There is also a plan to cut back areas of gorse and grasses. Further details of winter course work will be provided in the autumn. Competitions are well supported, and I thank Mike Davis and his team for ensuring everything is efficiently in place, week in week out. Bar receipts are up on last year, so continue to ‘drink up and enjoy’! Catering also continues to be in safe hands. Visiting teams and societies are very impressed when they have a menu to choose from after a match. Thanks to Simon and his staff. The Club teams are doing very well. I have noticed an excellent ‘spirit’ between the players in the Palairet, South Devon League, B Team, Ladies, Vets and Juniors this year. The majority wear Club shirts and pullovers – why not make it 100%? The Club Captains are clearly enjoying their years. It is the Ladies Section’s Centenary this year, during which special events are planned. We are proud of their long history of golfing achievements both at the Warren and within the County. Good luck to Gina and all the Ladies for the remainder of this important year. It was with sadness that Esme Rew, an Honorary Life Member, passed away on 18 th May. She loved her golf at the Warren since joining in 1969, so much so that she was Ladies Captain twice. She was especially interested in promoting junior golf. A trophy is being given to the Club by her family, which will be known as the “Esme Rew Cup or Shield” and played for by the Juniors. The committee are actively revising and updating the Club Rules. It is intended to provide full details to the members within the next two months. Finally I must mention the hard work being put in by Geoff Rogers, who is the Devon County President. He is only the 2nd President from the Warren, following in the footsteps of Lionel Palairet, a famous English cricketer. Thank you Geoff for honouring your Club in this way. Mike Cockram Chairman PRO AM The first Pro Am at the Warren since 1992 was played in May, in awful weather conditions. Despite that, 29 teams enjoyed an excellent day’s golf. The winning team consisted of Exeter professional, Chris Gill, together with Warren members, Wayne Chant, Jeff Clements and Iain Morris, who beat Sean Mason (Exeter), Colin Papworth, Mike Jolly and Barry Pomeroy on countback. The professional individual event saw joint winners with 68’s (1-under-par) – Chris Gill and Neil Holman (Torbay DR) COMPETITION RESULTS Fry Cup (Winter Foursomes) Final: Carl Kinson & Tony Sluman Alan Hopkins (Winter 4BBB) Final: Simon Carr & Paul Sumner 4th May – Ladies Invitation to Gents: Sarah Thomas & Ben Harding 7th May – Ladies Open: Ann Short, Sandra Townsley, Ann Hazelwood 10th May – Millennium Cup: Matt Commins 12th May – Vets Medal: Mike Cockram (Div 1), Bill Eaton (Div 2), Mike Redman (Div 3) 13th May – Wed Stab: Simon Carr (Div 1) & Colin Ofield (Div 2) 14th May – Ladies Medal Final: Heather Petty 16th May – Martin Cup: George Horsham 17th May – Pro Am: (Pro Individual) Chris Gill & Neil Holman - Pro Am: (Team) Wayne Chant, Jeff Clements, Iain Morris, Chris Gill 19th May – Vets Open: Mike Jolly & Barry Pomeroy 20th May – Wed Stab: George Stephens (Div 1) & Simon Wills (Div 2) 21st May – Ladies Morton Flag: Sue Broderick 23rd May – May Cup: Jason Rabbage 25th May – Kerswill/Phillips Cup: Sarah Thomas & Ben Harding 26th May – Vets American Greensomes: Peter Wood & Alan Hopkins 27th May – Wed Stab: Dave Rookes 28th May – Vets Away Day (High Bullen): Tim Morgan & Robin Bruford-Davies 28th May – Ladies RNLI Stableford: Sue Broderick 30th May – Men’s Invitation: Dave Richards & R Flower 2nd June – Vets Ben Spring Medal: Arnie Mitchell (Div 1), John Sampson (Div 2), Ron Bates (Div 3) 3rd June – Wed Stab: Colin Papworth (Div 1) & Derek Rawlings (Div 2) 4th June – Ladies Stableford Final: Gina Redman 7th June – Ladies Centenary Mixed Event: Sue Broderick, Simon Carr, Pat & John Harker 9th June – Vets Texas Scramble: Mike Jolly, Jack Spillard & Don Beesley 10th June – Wed Stab: Darren Burridge (Div 1) & Simon Rogers (Div 2) 11th June – Ladies Express & Echo Foursomes: Ann Ward & Sarah Thomas 14th June – Col Creasy Salver: Chris McGill, Ian McGill, Phill Ashcroft 16th June – Vets 4BBB: Chris Swain & Dick Hammett 17th June – Wed Stab: Rob Williams (Div 1) & Ed Heemskerk (Div 2) 18th June – Ladies Centenary VIP Invitation: Sue Persey, Gina Redman & Jean Dyer 20th June – Captains Day: Phill Ashcroft, Ian McGill, Chris McGill & Aaron Robertson 21st June – Adult / Junior Foursomes: Oliver Cowl & Martin Breading PALAIRET DIVOT PARTY The Warren played their opening match of A big thank you to all those who volunteered a the Palairet Trophy on Sunday 31st May, couple of hours to do some repairs on the against Dinnaton at Thurlestone. Despite course. giving away plenty of shots in every game, the Warren convincingly won 4 – 1 to It was sad that only 5% of the membership took advance to round 3, where we play against the time to help, but on the evening it equated Okehampton at Tiverton on Sunday 5th July. to over 50 man-hours, which in turn frees up the green keepers to concentrate on other parts of The team would appreciate all support and/or the course. This time was given up free of offers to caddie in this match – please charge, and if you can give up any spare time in contact Mike Davis (07736 066681) or Carl the future for this sort of event, then please do Kinson (07876 390362) for details. so. At the end of the day, to use a well known quote, “every little helps”, and could help towards keeping the subscriptions down next year. The next Divot Party is planned for Thursday 3rd September, the club would be grateful for as many volunteers as possible on that day. VISITORS GREEN FEE OFFER Buy a tee time for £50* Purchase a tee time for £50 by booking in advance with Darren on 01626-864002. This works out at just £12.50 per player for a 4 ball – unbeatable value!!! Available tee times for this offer are restricted and updated listings can be found on our website at www.dwgc.co.uk/special%20offers.html Monday 22nd June 14.00-15.00 Tuesday 23rd June 13.00-14.00 Wednesday 24th June 11.00-12.00 Thursday 25th June 13.00-14.00 Monday 29th June 13.00-14.00 Tuesday 30th June 13.00-14.00 Wednesday 1st July 11.00-12.00 Thursday 2nd July 13.00-14.00 *Up to 4 players per tee time. All players must have a current handicap RULES QUIZ How knowledgeable are you on the Rules of Golf? APRIL Quiz Results: A player wishes to putt from off the edge of the 16th green. A pitch mark just off the green and in his line was created by his playing partner’s ball, after the players ball came to rest. Is the player entitled to repair the pitch mark before he takes his putt? The answer is YES, he can repair this pitch mark. Normally, if the pitch mark is off the green, the player would not be able to repair it, but because the ball that made the pitch mark was played after his ball had come to rest, then in equity (Rule 1-4) he is allowed to repair it – the player is entitled to the lie which his stroke gave him. The winner of the sleeve of balls for April is: Dave Musgrove – one of only two correct answers received! JUNE Quiz Question: A player tees off into the rough. He then hits his second shot out of bounds. He drops another ball and hits that onto the green. On his way to the green, he goes and collects the ball that he hit out of bounds, and realises that it is not his original ball – he played the wrong ball from the rough. He then realises that he must find and play his original ball. He does so – what shot will he now be playing? (Choices are 3,4,5,6) Answer this question, either via email to email@example.com or by writing the answer (and your name) on some paper, with title ‘Rules Quiz April 2009’ and placing it in the competitions box. The winner will be drawn out of all the correct answers, and will receive 3 balls as a prize. Answers to be received by Sunday 12th July. CATERING GREAT WEST RUN Catering hours for the summer are: Shelley Chamberlain and Andy Parker ran in the Great West Run on Sunday 3rd May to raise Weekdays: 8.00am - 6.00pm funds for the Warren Junior Section. Weekends: 8.00am - 7.00pm A total of £401 was raised. If you require catering after these times, please inform Simon or his staff prior to Shelley completed this half marathon in 1 hour playing golf, and they will endeavour to stay and 44 minutes, while Andy finished in 1 hour open later. (subject to minimum spend – see and 42 minutes. Well done to both of them, and Simon for details) also thank you to everyone who donated so generously. JUNIORS BAR Two more Junior SDL fixtures have been The clubhouse and main gates to the car park played since the last newsletter. The team all will be closed (& locked) each night at 9pm struggled at Teign Valley, while at Churston, unless there is a club competition / function George Horsham and Martin Hitchcock were taking place. Could members and visitors the best performers. After three rounds of the please park in the Teignbridge Car Park if you eight, the Warren lie in 5th place. will be on the course after this time (members and visitors car parking tickets are available in the office or the pro shop). Many thanks for Young Guns Section your co-operation. The 10% discount card that is currently held behind the bar for members is to be removed – discount will only be given on production of the individual’s own discount card from now on. PRO SHOP PRO SHOP CLEARANCE IITEMS CLEARANCE TEMS PING PIONEER TROLLEY BAGS £109 NOW ONLY £65 PING FREESTYLE STAND BAGS £79.95 NOW ONLY £49 Do you have one evening free a week? (SELECTED COLOURS ONLY) Would you like to help drive the Warren Junior Section forward? ADIDAS POLOSHIRTS £24.95 OR 2 FOR £40 We are looking for volunteers to run our Young Guns (7-13yo) sessions. TITLEIST NXT TOUR £17.50 A DOZEN BUY A DOZEN AND RECEIVE ANOTHER 6 If you are interested, please contact Carl BALLS FREE Kinson (07876 390362) for details. MANY OTHER ITEMS REDUCED TO CLEAR COUNTY CARD Do you ever play at other courses? If so – are you taking advantage of the County Card? For the price of £15 (£5 for Juniors), this allows you to play golf at nearly every club in the South West for approx ½ price green fees. The new county card is now available– and can be purchased in the office (available to members only) Beat the credit crunch and play discounted golf throughout the South West – all as a benefit of being a member at the Warren! CLUB WEBSITE The club website (www.dwgc.co.uk) is regularly updated with competition results, tee reservations (usually for 2 months in advance), news and events from the club, special offers on membership, green fees, equipment and social functions. We have added a ‘blog’ on Twitter. See the main page of the website for details. If there is anything you would like to see added / removed from our website, please speak to Robin or Cathie. Club competition results also appear weekly in the local press – a copy of these reports is available in the blue “Press Reports” folder on the table near the office. They are also published on the club website on the “News & Events” page.
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