Club Update

Friday 19 June 2020

Captain's Table
Captain's Table will take place on Saturday 1.30/2.00 pm

New members especially welcome. This is a HBGC tradition dating back many years and is an excellent opportunity to meet members. It is not a formal occasion and is fairly relaxed.
To All New Members

First of all I would like to thank you for joining Helen's Bay Golf Club. It has a long tradition and reputation for being a welcoming and convivial place to relax and enjoy good company. The Restaurant and bar re-opens today and we will ensure the government regulations are followed to ensure your safety as far as possible.

If I can take a moment to point out some benefits of your membership. You should have a GUI membership card. If you have not yet received your card please call at the Office and collect it. This card can be loaded with funds and can then be used for buying drinks at the bar. You will benefit from a discount of 10% or 15% on each bar transition. Currently it can also be used for settling a bill in the restaurant although there is no discount on these transactions.

We are going through unprecented times at present and we appreciate your support and forebearance. We welcome any comments and suggestions including criticism so that we can constantly improve service.

We hope to have a new members evening where we can welcome you and meet you all but this will be several months away and will depend on a relation of restrictions.

RESTAURANT

Great to see bookings being made in the Restaurant this weekend. We are fortunate to have plenty of room for social distancing.

If you are fed up cooking why not come to the Club and have your Sunday lunch here. Contact the Office to make bookings 02891 852815.

Men’s Competitions

Tomorrow sees the return of Men’s qualifying 18 hole competitions. Please note that all weekend competitions until the end of the season will be Stableford and off the White boxes. Please remember to pay the appropriate fee in the grey box in the locker room and clearly mark your card and email a photograph of it to Roy Jackson (Rfj1049@hotmail.com) to allow scores and handicaps to be finalised and uploaded. While there are still some times available on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening for the competition, the main part of the timesheet is full to capacity so if you aren’t playing, please remove your name. Those who do not remove their name and fail to turn up will be suspended from the following week’s competition. The timesheet for Saturday 11th July will go live this Sunday at noon.

LADIES NEWS AND INFORMATION Friday 3rd Jul 2020

LUNCH ON TUESDAYS

You will have noted that the restaurant will be open on Tuesdays from 12-2.30.
It is ESSENTIAL that those who plan to eat there next week advise the club beforehand. This can be done via the office or Jon.
Because of the Covid regulations there will be no lunchtime announcements.

There may be further requirements and restraints so please be alert to them.

TUESDAY GOLF

Our return to competition starts next Tuesday 7th of July. There will be Stableford competitions for both 9 and 18 hole players. Only the player handles and marks her card, but must write in the name of the marker who has agreed the score. When completed place in the plastic pouch provided and leave in the competition box in the Ladies foyer. If locked post in the letterbox in the main clubhouse.
It is good to see so many have signed up and that the course is being well used.

There will be no entry fee for the competitions, with exemptions which will be notified. However ladies might instead wish to give a donation to the lady captain’s charities, - Corymeela and the Alzheimer’s Society. By cheque only, payable to Helen’s Bay GC ladies account, indicating on the back that it’s for lady captain’s charities.

HANDICAPS
Will all new members who have not already done so print off their handicap certificate, which can be obtained via Golfnet, and leave for the handicap secretary.

COVID-19 REGULATIONS RELATED TO GOLF CLUBS

In order to meet these regulations, especially in relation to social distancing and contact tracing, all players must:

1. Sign up to play via the BRS system. (The Club is required to keep these records)

2. Arrive at the club no earlier than 15 minutes before their tee time.

3. Assemble at the first tee no earlier than five minutes before teeing off.

And at all times keep the recommended social distancing of 1m plus.

To meet these regulations and make the best use of the course on our Tuesday competition day the ladies committee agreed that both 9 and 18 hole players could use the course on both the morning and afternoons. - Each player will need to sign up to play via the BRS or the office.

A group of three 18 hole players and three 9 hole players can go out together as well as a combination of two 18 hole players + one 9 hole player.
Any player wanting a particular time will need to sign up as soon as possible after the BRS is opened.
(Though the BRS is set up for 18 holes, 9 hole players may sign up in that slot.)

N.B. This will be for a trial period and will be reviewed at a later date.

COMPETITIONS

We plan to run eclectic competitions over the summer for 9 and 18 hole players. They will start on the 14th of July. See information in the ladies locker room. There will also be an eclectic competition for the lady putters.

FUTURE PLANS FOR SPECIAL COMPETITIONS

11th August Irene Wallace eclectic cup

25th August. Lady Captain’s Day

1st September Ina Field 3 clubs

22nd September Lady President’s Day & prize night.

ALL THESE ARE DEPENDENT ON THE PROGRESS OF COVID-19

GOLF LESSONS
Any ladies interested in having golf lessons please contact Lady Captain. If enough are interested we will contact Gareth Graham to see if any could be arranged.

LADY CAPTAIN March 2020-February 2021
I have the honour of being lady captain for this year and though I have been asked to continue for the following year I have declined. I am very pleased to be handing over to Lady Vice Captain Linda in March 2021.

Take care. Stay safe.

LC Helen

WEDNESDAY BOYS

For those of you who did not receive Davey's recent email, the Wednesday Boys will reconvene on the 8th of July. Tee off will be at the usual time. Hurrah!

Block bookings are not, as yet permitted, so in the short term, we will be required to book individually. For the first few weeks, 4 or 5 individual members should book consecutive slots, starting at 1 pm. Players should contact their chosen group for inclusion. As soon as possible we will return to the 'blind draw'. Quite a few bookings have already been made; for those who have not yet secured a slot, please contact Paul Logan on 07798 655 654.
Rae Crawford is the official starter.

For the first while, checking and collation of scores will a matter of trial and error. In order to avoid cross infection I suggest that all players show their cards to Paul; he will photograph them on his phone and at a later time will check them and determine the front-runners. Please print your name clearly as signatures can, on occasion, be a little tricky to decipher. I trust that Davey will cross check the scores (via email). The results will be published in the following week's newsletter and prizes will be awarded the following Wednesday. Similar arrangements will be adopted for the putting competition. All helpful advice to refine the marking / prize giving procedures will be gratefully received.

Competition News

Fairways Cup, Summer League will commence immediately.

Regarding the Stan Griffin, the draw will be on the 9th July and match play will start on 15th. Members not yet entered should contact Davey on 07711787761, at their earliest convenience.

Other News

New members very welcome, any new members will not have to pay the annual joining fee for the remainder of this year.

The course is in tip-top condition so playing casual golf, over the past few weeks, has been really great. However, it will be even better to reunite with our Wednesday Boy family in the very near future.

Juniors News

Junior competitions will start back next week. 18 and long 9 hole golfers will start on Friday 10th with the short 9 and short 4 golfers on Sunday 12th.

Competitions will follow new strict guidelines to make sure everyone is kept safe. Over July there will be a play and leave approach so no prize giving or food involved.

The junior committee will be sending details via email and Whatsapp over the next few days.


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