From Tony Brunt, Men’s Captain: Last month saw two more Cup Competitions played, five Friendly Fivers, two Club Medals and a Stableford, rounded off by a Men’s Friendly Pairs Match at Reigate Hill. Much organising and management by your happy administration team! Thank you to all of you who donate your time to help make the golfing life of others that much better.
This month just gone has highlighted a couple of issues that I believe are worthy of note and to which I would like to bring to your attention.
Firstly, the application of the new rules of golf and World Handicapping System to our club games and the changes that are working through our playing community regarding the inclusion of rounds qualifying for our handicap records.
For anyone who has the interest and inclination to understand how the rules of our game develop and how they are applied, you have the ever-helpful Google to search it all out. Let me tell you, there are many words written, giving our small brains indigestion and, in many scenarios, the need for more of the little grey cells.
Pete Smart is aptly named and is our non-Google, much-needed, font-of-all-knowledge. We in the admin group use this font extensively to try to get things right. He is an extremely helpful and tolerant font too!
So far in my captaincy experience, we have had a couple of hard-to-resolve issues, the Millennium Cup was one. While a result was reached on the day, some more-informed folk had doubts on the decision. In such a situation, one needs the certainty of applicable rule(s) and so it was important to “get to the bottom of it”. This meant involving the Surrey Golf Union. We all pay our taxes so why not.
The WHS rules, having been through them numerous times, do eventually become less opaque, as one might expect, but they are not easy to just know. There are many rules and to instantly single out intimate knowledge of rule 6.2b section 2, well I ask you! Maybe there would be more questions asked if one did know it inside out!
Your Captain recently had to review the WHS treatment of our Jacqui and concluded that the IG app had not applied the rules properly (a discrepancy of 0.06 of a shot!!). I still have this view as we hit the newsletter publisher’s due date. However, I am in dialogue with Surrey Golf and as they cannot instantly confirm the method of multi-tee playing handicap calculation, they are having to pass it on to a higher being. Alpha Centauri is not far (only 4.4 light years), a mere snip for Obi-Wan Kenobi, so hopefully a CP3O certain result should be with us soon, perhaps as you read this. Problems always arise. We will sort them out… the truth is out there.
General Play Cards: The other topic of discussion in our merry group is the use of General Play cards. I expect we all have our views of how to use these and incorporate them into our play. It is important to ensure we are all in the right ballpark with our handicap (index), but likely that many still revert to the ‘old’ CONGU methodology thinking.
It was accepted that this used to be a forward-looking system as to one’s capability. The WHS takes a more current view, as it just averages the best 40% of our latest 20 games. This works well for those that play competitions frequently, which, for all keen golfers can now be achieved even if you are not a competition lover. If we do not input all games where you focus and want to win or play your best, then you miss the currency intent of this system.
England Golf produces a great and easy to use app (MyEG) that sorts it out for us. I suggest you get it on your phone and use it. Not in a practice round, perhaps in 9-hole games if you just cannot get 18-hole rounds in your busy schedule, but do use it in otherwise non-qualifying games, like the Friendly Fiver, or a game away where you want to shine. Our organised competitions, where appropriate, are handicap qualifying, so automatically do it all for you, so just the IG scoring route is fine.
Course work: On a more course-improvement note, the greens are maintaining their super speed and it seems we are gradually retuning our mindsets to this. Ian Smailes rocked home with a crowd beating 42 in the recent Friendly Fiver, a pleasing 1-over gross, nice.
We have new flags, sticks and cups (thanks Dan). All very professional. Heavy sticks should fare better in the wind, new cups keep the stick vertical and now all flags are yellow! We expect a chart will be required to indicate the day’s hole positions, so keep your eyes open for this info. That and get a laser from our online Pro Shop!
The roped areas, designating GUR no play, are gradually being mowed and returned to play. As these areas have yet to be fully restored and “de-stoned”, we are constantly reviewing the position in competitions regarding abnormal ground drops. Thankfully, we expect more mowing and less chance to lose your ball in some of these GUR areas. As they are de-roped, we will make a call on how to deal with it as far as competitions are concerned. Look out for the emails!
All that and not even a mention of pace of play…zip across lips! Enjoy the comps, keep properly handicapped and watch our course blossom!