There is so much to look forward to in 2013 for the new-look England Golf Captains’ Programme
LAST year could perhaps be best summed up as having been one of transition for the England Golf Captains Programme following merger of the English Golf Union and English Women’s Golf Association on January 1, 2012. As a result, it has taken a time to get to a position where we can welcome women into the EGC.
We are, however, now delighted to be in a position to offer membership of the programme to present and past county and club captains and also to the men’s and lady captain at clubs where the responsibilities of office are shared. For full details of the programme and to access membership application forms please visit www.englandgolf.org/GolfCaptains.
Next, I have to apologise to all our eager members planning their season’s golf. This is for the delay in making this year’s qualifying tournaments available for entry.
England Golf has recently changed its online entry payment system but, unfortunately, this has resulted in a few teething problems. Therefore, we have taken the decision to revert to the traditional entry method of paper entry with a cheque attached, or you can pay by bank transfer - contact us for payment details on 01526 351819.
Entry forms are now available online, again just visit the EGC website - www.englandgolf.org/GolfCaptains - or, alternatively, we can send you a copy by post if you contact the EGC team on 01526 351819.
The England Golf Captains Tournament will once again take place this year, with the nine qualifying tournaments as follows: Fairhaven (Lancashire), May 28; Wrotham Heath (Kent), June 10; Essendon (Hertfordshire), June 11; Tiverton (Devon), June 20; Wollaton Park (Nottinghamshire), June 28; Enville Golf Club (Staffordshire), July 1; Rotherham (Yorkshire), July 8; Ladbrook Park (Warwickshire), July 22; High Post (Wiltshire), July 30.
Our sincere thanks must go to all of these clubs for their support in staging this year’s events.
To whet the appetite for the 2013 tournament, here is a preview of the first three venues (others to follow in subsequent issues of English Club Golfer).
Fairhaven is not only a beautiful place to play golf but fully lives up to its designation as a ‘championship’ course, originally designed by James Braid.
The course is relatively flat, which makes it not too strenuous to walk, and allows complete vision of each hole from tee to green. It is a good challenge to golfers of all abilities and features, with no fewer than 122 bunkers to negotiate.
The course at Wrotham Heath is short in comparison with many these days, although with many of the tees nestling in the woods and playing to tight undulating fairways, the course plays a good deal longer than the yardages would suggest. Course management is the key to a good score!
Last but by no means least, Essendon, situated in Bedwell Park, in the scenic, rolling countryside of rural Hertfordshire offers a golfing experience to savour over its two courses. Undulating in nature, the course provides a stern test, combined with some majestic views over the Hertfordshire countryside.
Lastly for now, and in line with the new name for the governing body of the amateur game in England, England Golf, the captain’s programme has also been re-branded England Golf Captains and, therefore, all merchandising carries the new logo, which you can see at the top of the page. This is now available through the online shop at www.englishgolfcaptainsshop.org. We hope you like the new apparel, some of which is provided by abacus, suppliers of the official on-course clothing to the England Teams.
So with all in place, let’s hope for some deserved sunshine and a good golf season! We look forward to meeting you at this year’s tournaments.