CIRENCESTER GOLF CLUB – 'A' TEAM 2015
The 'A' Team play in the North Gloucestershire Foursomes League (NGFL). The NGFL was founded some 50 years ago and provides competitive but friendly golf for lower handicap players.
The 'A' Team squad for this year is:
Hamish Mason (Captain) Simon May
Darren Robison(Vice Captain) Chris Nevin
Steve Bishop Max McLellan
Nicholas Brown Jerry Homan-Green
Nick Brown Patrick Page
Mitch Caunt Mark Priest
James Collingwood Duncan Barns
Kieran Dixon Peter Shepherd
Stephen Springthorpe Rob Worthington
Daniel Gregory Peter Stone
Neil Herbert Tom Stone
Generally speaking, players must have a handicap of 7 or less to be considered for the 'A' Team squad. Any junior achieving a handicap of 9 or better will be considered for inclusion in the squad.
Cirencester Golf Club B- Team
Message from the B Team Captain
Dear all, I am Kevin Young, B Team Captain for 2017 and I would like to introduce myself and say a few words regarding the events to come for next year. I’ve been a member of the Club for the last 5 years and thoroughly enjoy the course and the friendly competitive nature of the club. It will be my pleasure to serve as captain of the B team next year following on from Jonathan Wells, who has steered the ship very well for the last three years.
This is what is planned for 2017. We play the same Clubs as the A team who participate in the North Gloucestershire Foursomes League (NGFL). However our format is 4 Ball Better Ball but we do not play in a league as such. We play the second string teams to the teams that play our A team. For example when the A team play at home we play the same B team away etc.
Next year we will play in competitive home & away fixtures against Minchinhampton, Cotswold Hills, Forest Hills, Lilley Brook and Cleeve Cloud. In addition to those 10 matches I’ve arranged a bi-annual friendly against Burford, friendly home and away matches throughout the season against Ogbourne Downs, Puckrup Hall, Broadway, the Warwickshire and the Defence Academy Shrivenham. In addition the B team will hold their annual away day at Chipping Sodbury and there will be the customary end of the season home competition, namely the Busby Cup, which is for anyone who has played in a B team match during the season. The format for B team matches are normally the same with either a brunch or a light start, followed by golf at 1pm and then a post-match get together with our hosts or guests. One thing I wish everyone to focus on in the matches is to welcome the visiting clubs to Cirencester, make every effort to get them to enjoy our course so that they may visit us again. During the home matches, I aim to have a nearest the pin / longest drive competition as part of each match AND I’m looking to reward the “shot of the day” by a home player. Along with my vice captains Duncan Barnes, Howard Jones and Stephen Springthorpe, we look forward to welcoming new club members to the B team events.
Feel free to contact any of us, at any time for information. Look out for notices from me on the club notice boards shortly.
contact Kevin for more information
Handicap Secretary: Howard Jones
You'll find Handicap information on the board on the way to, or from, the changing rooms. This is where you'll find an up-to-date handicap list as well.
How do I get my first handicap?
If you're new to the club, and haven't had a handicap before, you'll want to get one so you can compete in club competitions. But firstly, congratulations for choosing Cirencester as your club! What you need to do is to play 3 rounds and get another club member to mark a card for you. You can play off either the White or Yellow tees - but make sure the card clearly shows which tees you've played off.
Keep each card, and once you've got 3, put them all through the Competitions Office letter box. The next time I'm at the club I'll allocate you a handicap based on the best card.
What if I transfer from another club?
Again, congratulations for making the right choice. You should be able to get a handicap certificate from your old club so we can just transfer your handicap across. If you can also provide a playing record this means you won't have to submit 3 medal cards before you can enter the big competitions. If in doubt, just ask.
What's this I hear about becoming inactive?
This isn't age related! You can become inactive at any age. It's all about having a handicap based on ongoing playing ability.
Basically what's happening is that from 1 January 2011 all handicap records will indicate whether a player's handicap is active or not. To make sure you're active you need to submit at least 3 scoring cards in qualifying club competitions during 2009. Please note - No Returns or NRs don't count.
If you become inactive a small 'i' will appear against your name. But should this really bother you? The answer is Yes if you want to continue playing competitive golf as certain competitions may only be open to players with active handicaps.
So all you really need to do is to make sure you get 3 scoring cards in and you won't have a problem.
Where can I find further handicap information?
As I mentioned above, there's further information on the Handicap Notice Board. So please have a quick read through when you can. In particular please be aware of Clause 8 which covers your responsibilities. While the Handicap Committee (aided by the Handicapmaster Computer) will do most things for you, ultimately you're responsible for your own handicap.
What if I've got a question about my handicap?
Just ask one of the Handicap Committee and we'll be pleased to help.
It's almost the start of the 2017 season, the first B team match is fast approaching on Saturday 1st April, a friendly match at home against a 10 man team from Ogbourne Downs who are a new addition to our fixtures list this year. I hope you will join with me to welcome our visitors and make them remember how enjoyable our course and facilities are. We will be playing friendly matches against Puckrup, Burford and Broadway (away) as well as a North Gloucestershire Fourball League match at home against Minchinhampton through out April.
There is a tick sheet on the B Team notice board to capture everyone’s availability for the scheduled fixtures. For those who have already stated their interest to play B team matches this year, would you please indicate your availability and take a note of what you agreed to (for your own records) – keep a picture of it on your phone maybe !
I have arranged with Ed, our Pro for the B team to have Navy Blue shirts, made from high quality modern breathable and enduring material. I want all B Team players to represent the club in the same team shirt which will be emblazoned with the Cirencester emblem and with B Team player indicated in tonal blue. The cost of this shirt is £25 payable to Ed. Due to the expected time it will take to get your specific size ordered and for it to be delivered, may I request that you contact Ed right away so that he can help us have it all done long before we get going against Ogbourne Downs.
I’m looking forward to my tenure as Captain and a successful new season of golf against some tough teams home and away with some prizes and a focus on taking less time for the whole event.
B Team Captain 2017