Comments from the Chair April 2016

Comments from the Chair : Comments from the Chair April 2016

Welcome to all our members both old and new. We have just confirmed the appointment of Neil Whinham as our new Golf Club manager, this is an exciting time for us and we are delighted to have him. I would like to thank Michael again for his continued support over the last couple of weeks and until Neil is in position.

The summer golf season continues with our teams in the Mail on Sunday progressing to the next round, the ladies coming out on top of their counterparts from Tyneside and the gents overcoming Slaley. Congratulation also go to Dave McRoberts and Michael Muldoon for their victory over Tyneside in the Mail on Sunday Foursomes competition.

The seniors’ inter-club friendly competitions have started so please give Captain Ray all your support.

The new fence enclosing the combustion area adjacent to the 4th fairway is now completed with a big thank you to Gateshead MBC for their support with this task. It is our intention to have a full review of what options are available to us to return the hole to its previous boundaries. Can I ask you all at this point to be extra vigilant when playing this hole especially when playing from the competition tee box area. Should you or your playing partners see members of the public on the footpath please do not tee off. We had another case on Sunday where a member of the public on the footpath was hit with a golf ball, fortunately no injuries were reported. Remember this is a public footpath and cycleway and we need to respect those using it.

The green keepers are busy preparing the course to bring it up to its usual high standard after a very wet spring and we thank them for their continued efforts. We said at the AGM that we were expecting high costs in relation to the new fence; well the cost has come in at £4,500.00. The cooling equipment in the cellar looks as if we are going to have to replace it at a cost of £3,000.00. We will continue to generate revenue from visiting parties, so we ask you again to bear with us in relation to visiting parties on our course.

Our 125 anniversary year programme is progressing well with a revised target of £3,000.00. Keith Pearson is looking for proposals what to spend the money on; they need to be fully costed out and be of benefit to the club. One suggestion is to replace the bar area carpets but there could be many more.

Thank you for your continued support of Ryton Golf Club.

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