First and foremost, I want to send our best wishes to each one of you. This is the most difficult time we have all had to face in a generation and all of us have been affected by COVID-19 either directly or indirectly.
It is difficult to believe that it is only 3 weeks ago on the Monday that we played our last Seniors competition. It seems months have gone by without the opportunity to meet up, swing a club and then sit and have a chat in the clubhouse.
For now, it is a time to pull together. As a community we represent so much more than golf. Together, locally, we represent camaraderie, friendship, and support. We must endeavour to pull together in the golf club that we love, reaching out to each other, making sure that our golfing friends who are on their own and vulnerable are being looked after and feel supported by their club and their fellow members.
I was particularly pleased with the initiative of our senior ladies who are linked with a group via WhatsApp and who can now share their jokes, chats and concerns via a ‘one entry – all can see’ system. Well done.
I am forever hopeful that no news is good news regarding our members and COVID-19. Many of our senior members fall into the most vulnerable group and to date I have heard of no member being infected. If you have an email address, please keep us informed of your health and wellbeing. You can send general or private notes to our secretary, Lew Elliott, who will keep us informed as appropriate.
There is important work that we will continue to deliver to ensure we are in a positive position when our club and course reopen, though both may re-open with restrictions in force.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to send you and your loved ones my best wishes and the best wishes of your committee. I urge you all to continue to follow the Government guidelines to stay at home.