Well May certainly started with a crash, bang, wallop. AGC’S resident Handyman, Mechanic, Green keeper (the list goes on) Dave Palmer decided to try his hand as a stuntman. This, through lack of practice went horribly wrong and ended up with Debbie calling the ambulance service then the air ambulance on red alert finishing with a stint (not stunt) at Basingstoke hospital. Dave not being one to go on about his injuries and ailments, I thought it only right as your captain to let you know about the trials and tribulations that day. On a serious note we wish Dave a speedy recovery and to give up his Evil Kineval antics.

May has been a very busy month on the golfing calendar home and away, at home the Vets cup was won by Paul Jordon with a net 67, The Shalden Vase was won by Andy “Tiger” Trimmer with plus 1, well deserved you were brilliant (Ed note: These are all his own words). The May medal was won by Keith McCombe with a net 67 which was a great result for Keith after a long layoff. Well done Keith.

Club matches have been home and away with wins against Andover and Gosport and Stokes Bay and losses against Southwick Park.

The Petersfield challenge took place on 22nd at Romsey Golf Club where we fielded what I think was a very impressive team of me and Rosie Sirl, Roger Chapman and Karen Regan, Derek Gardner and Marian Fell and Terry McCrossan and Jan Robinson. We retained the trophy which on an away course is a fantastic achievement. Rosie and I won the individual so the whole day was a huge success. It is very satisfying to consider the amount of members we have and the success we have in club competitions.

On the 15th May was my first real major competition, The Captains Prize, it was very well attended, and I would like to thank everybody who took part. The eventual winner was Rob Keogh with a fantastic score of 40 points. The real captain Alison put on a fantastic curry which I’m sure everybody enjoyed. Thanks Alison always fantastic food.

The course at the moment is playing better than it has in a number of years and it’s a credit to Fred and his group of volunteers with the introduction of a new apprentice in Chas Donnelly as well as our real apprentice Bryn Fyfield. Keep it up guys it’s an amazing job your doing. We are always looking out for more volunteers to help on the course or with the running of the bar and no matter how small or large your input it is and will be appreciated.

Bryn will be taken on as the apprentice green keeper following his successful trial period. His induction at Sparsholt College will be towards the end of June. Good luck and work hard on your apprenticeship Bryn.

Enjoy your summer period of your membership there is no better place in Hampshire on a summers evening with a pint of San Miguel overlooking the 9th green and 10th fairway.

Social events are now in progress so keep a eye on the notice board near the bar as most of you frequent that area.

Keep supporting your club, It needs you.

Happy Golfing
Alton Golf Club Captain