Do I or don’t I? With the ongoing speculation between scientists, statisticians and politicians whether we will achieve the next stage on the roadmap with a return to normality on the 21st June, and after some deliberation and crystal ball gazing, I have decided to radically change the format of Presidents day 2021 and spread the event over 3 days for the 3 sections of the Club.
The Men’s Section will play as planned on Sunday 27th June with a medal on offer. The entry fee will be £3 plus a £1 2’s club making £4 in total. We will retain the current procedure for the Men’s Competitions and book in on Saturday 12th June as normal and scores etc will be entered onto the system using HowdidIdo with copies of the cards to Ian McPhillips as usual. 100% of the entry money will be paid as prizes along with a contribution from Club funds. Prizes as shop vouchers with £100 for the overall winner. In previous years the prize fund has been around £600+ for the Men, but it depends on the entry. Watch out for some random prizes for the non-winners.
The dates for the Ladies and Seniors events are currently been agreed with the respective committees.
The message to all our members is stay safe and enjoy the golf. Hopefully this will only be a one off and 2022 will see a normal golfing year.
Playing under our newly re-branded name of High Gosforth Park Golf Club we now have our first County competition wins and trophies, hopefully the first of many.
Playing in the Silver Championships of the Northumberland County Veterans Ladies Golf Association competition at Tynemouth GC on Wednesday 5th May 2021, Candy Brown shot an excellent gross 81 to win the Lou Stewart Salver for the lowest gross. In addition, High Gosforth Park GC won the Nett Team Shield with a scores from Candy, Anne Heatley and Lilian Allison. Well done to you all.
Just a reminder — As of the 1st of May 2021, preferred lies on closely mown areas (fairways and green fringes only) are not permissible until the 1st October 2021.
The Rules for the Men’s Knockout Competitions are now shown in the Men’s Section – Knockout Competitions tab
It was a great start to the season for Ken Wilkinson who had the perfect way to shake off the pandemic blues with a Hole in One.
Ken was playing in the Seniors Competition on Monday morning and played his ace on the 12th hole. Congratulations Ken on joining an exclusive club with a Hole in One in competition play.
The exceptional dry April weather has delayed the recent drainage works from knitting back into the course.
Therefore, with immediate effect and until further notice, all recent drainage works are to be treated as Ground Under Repair (GUR) Rule16 applies.
In addition, the area of soft mounding between the area of the 13th and 17th greens is also GUR until further notice.
Don’t forget when you are playing from a bunker that the local rule on Covid19 still applies until further notice.
It’s official … its the start of the season and following in the traditional manner, today was the Captain’s Drive-In. This was a drive-in with a difference as current restrictions curtailed any social activity associated with the event. Both Graham Brown and Lilian Allison struck superb shots down the fairway and in so doing, became the first Captains of High Gosforth Park Golf Club, our newly renamed club. Well done to you both and best wishes for a successful year in your roles.