Harborne Golf Club

Your Weekly HGC Round Up

Hi everyone

I’m sure like me you’re probably still reeling from the devastating news of the attacks in Paris over the weekend which has left so many families and communities devastated beyond belief.  It made me think how blessed we are as a Club not only to have each other, even just to say hello to but to also have the course as a safe haven where for a few hours the outside world is suspended and it’s just you, the elements and that small, often naughty, ball!

Not that John Chan, winner of the Seniors Stableford on Monday had any such problem as he came in with 35 points closely followed by Hugh Jenkins with 34.

Last week the Ladies were also out playing their November Stableford with one score in particular grabbing everyone’s attention but first for Div 1, Kath Terry was the winner with 35 points as did Helen Palmer.  Issy Bartrum did it for Div 2 with 36 points with Janet Stanway in second with 31 points.  Finally for Div 3, Ginny Clifford shot an amazing 47 points which her playing partner, Rahela Gordon, simply described as ‘awesome’ to watch whilst Clare Lucey came in second with 33 points. 

The weekly nine hole competition was won for the second time since October by the talented Rory McLaren with 21 points and Mark Morgan came first for Div 2 with 22 points.

The Nearest the Pin is being continued until Wednesday but there’s plenty of room for improvement still, so if you fancy trying your luck go and visit Stuart.

The Longest Drive competition has proven popular with the scores ending up extremely close but there is an outright winner, James Wright, with a huge drive of 346 yards.  James did have some stiff opposition though from Steve Keay and Kris Allen with 344 and 340 yards respectively.

Club Night was a little busier this week and part of that was down to Margaret McKinney celebrating her birthday with a few ladies, so belated birthday greetings Margaret.  Phil Clarke might have also been celebrating if he’d heard his name called out for the Club Draw, his second time in two months, but sadly he wasn’t there so this Thursday £275 could be yours!  Pat Devine, however, was in the Club house and won the raffle of £272, the biggest amount since the end of July. 

The menu for this week is


Soup of the Day

Spicy Chicken Wings with Garlic Mayo

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad


Lasagne, Chips & Salad

Gammon with Pineapple, Chips & Peas

Fish Pie & Seasonal Veg


A veritable feast of sweet puds

Two courses £10, £12 for three.  Please book by Wednesday please.

The Noel McKeown Snooker Tournament got under way on Thursday with the Pro and John Rattlidge getting a bye straight off – how jammy is that!  All of Lol’s hard work of cleaning the table wasn’t totally wasted as two matches did take place and our first victors to go through to the next round are Mark Brown and Mark Cooper.

Saturday proved pretty hard for the Div 2 and Div 3 medal competition with driving rain and wind for some members.  The conditions were such that sixty one men went out to play but only twenty seven entered their scores including Allan Jones and John Ibbotson who came first and second respectively with a 69 and 71 for Div 2 and for Div 3, Lee Winwood and Ellis Williams did a 71 and 73.

Congratulations to all the winners last week. 

Whilst we’re thinking men’s comps, there is the Christmas Shotgun Start on the 6 December that I would like to hi-light.  Apparently, this particular competition of a foursomes stableford is a long standing event that might disappear from the calendar altogether unless more members become interested.  There are plenty of great names already down to play so I’m sure it will be banter fuelled day, just don’t forget your jacket and tie for the presentation afterwards.  Signup on line as normal.

The diary for the Club this week is very quiet but is as follows –

Tuesday               09.00 – 10.28      Ladies Yellow Ball Competition

Friday                    18.15 – 20.00      AGM

                                20.00                     AGM Meal

Saturday              08.30 – 08.45      Captains Drive In

The AGM, as you can see from the diary, is almost upon us and as mentioned in the recent email sent out to everyone, it is a jacket and tie event with a meal after to welcome the new officers to the Club including our new Captains, David Higson and Pat Mellard, whilst also showing our appreciation for our newest past Captains, Ian and Linda.  As you all know, the AGM is your chance to find out exactly where the Club is at, where it’s heading and also an opportunity to vote on five new committee members, out of a choice of ten!  Up for election are Don Carter, Keith Newman, Russel Blakey, Mervyn Morris, Rick Waddington, Paul Cross, James Reilly, Rafe Turner, Nick Clifford and Warren Robinson and they all want your vote so please come and along and make a difference.

The weather looking forward this week is very inclement but let’s just hope the wind dies down a bit because it was really sad to found this casualty on the 11th on Sunday. 

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That’s it from me for a couple of weeks as John and I are taking off to warmer climates (with our golf clubs – can’t wait!) so wrap up warm and stay dry.

Best wishes

Jennie x

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