Hello all,

COURSE CONDITIONS
Firstly, many thanks to Nigel and all the greenkeeping staff for the huge effort they have made in the past weeks to get the course back in to shape. The improvements in such a short space of time are great to see and are already really making a difference. Also just a reminder that PREFERRED LIES ARE NO LONGER IN USE. We are in a few places still suffering from the effects of the weather and vandal damage earlier this year so you may continue, with the agreement of your playing partners to take relief from any areas suffering from “abnormal course conditions”.

RESULTS
Southend vs Boyce Police
Many thanks to Paul Eley and the Wednesday boys for providing us all with an entertaining and fun day on the 29th may. The themed” Bandidos” versus the “Federalis” match was a great success with abou18 of us and 6 from Boyce police making up the two teams. Colin Jarman, Roy George and Bucko all helped Paul out to make it happen. The secret partners draw proved popular after a fish and chip lunch and rounded the day off nicely . Special mention for poor old Andy Scott who managed to get his name down on all five nearest the pins but was eventually pipped on each of them. Also for Bucko who “accidentally” ate Captain Snell’s fish and chips before I had a chance to run them over to the starters hut ! Despite the minimal £10 cost there was still enough left to make a £30 donation to the Captains charity. Well done Paul !

MIDWEEK MEDAL
We had 19 entrants last Wednesday 5th.
Daryl Mechem won the medal shooting a gross 79 – net 69 beating Dave Seymour in to second place with a gross 82 – net 71. Chris Read took third with a gross 92 – net 72, just edging Cyril Elliott on countback.
Birdie balls were won by Mick Schofield and Ramiro Salom, both on the 1st.
Congratulations and well played to all !

THE KINDRED FINAL – CAPTAINS MESSAGE
Hello all,
I would like to thank all of those who qualified and represented our club at Thorpe Hall on Sunday in the Kindred Shield Final.
Also those that took the trouble to attend to support us on course and caddy. Pete Robinson, Chris Read, Chris Donovan and Tony Howson, it was greatly appreciated.
Dan Clement and Dan Staples scored an impressive 39 points with the other teams managing 34, 29,& 27 points respectively.
Rochford won the Shield with Thorpe runners up, Southend third with Boyce and Belfairs behind us.
Despite the strange weather we had a great day with plenty of banter, post match motivational speech from Mick Edmunds and a humble shot by shot analysis by Dan P, with good food and welcome from our hosts at Thorpe.
Thank you again to the Dan’s, Mick’s, Colin’s and Nigel, you were great ambassadors for our club.
Finally, I would on behalf of the club wish Peter Robinson and Dan Clement the very best of luck in the next round of the Daily Mail pairs competition away to Burnham on Saturday. Play well.

Chris Snell
Captain – 2024

FIXTURES
The next competition up is the Monthly Medal which will be Fri/Sat/Sun 14th,15th,16th June.

GUEST DAY – SATURDAY 22nd JUNE
Chris has arranged through the council and starters that ALL PLAYERS AND GUESTS WILL GET A 50% DISCOUNT ON GREEN FEES FOR THIS DAY, DOWN FROM £30 TO £15.
Also, Chris has a lot to organise for what is going to be a very busy day and is still awaiting some of the guest names and handicaps, either club or society. If you have indicated that you are going and bringing guests can you get the information to Chris as soon as possible please. Towards the end of that week Chris will be sending out an order of play.

KNOCK OUT COMPETITIONS
We have a lot of relatively new members that are unsure about the handicap rules in matchplay competitions. So to clarify; In singles competitions (Sportsman, Henry Cotton, Southend Cup etc) both players receive the full course handicap from the white tees. So you look up what your WHS index gives you as a course handicap from the slope charts in the club (or on one of your apps) and you apply the FULL DIFFERENCE between the two handicaps to arrive at how many strokes one player gives the other.
The four ball better ball competitions (Winter and summer four ball comps) are slightly different. Once you have all worked out your course handicap, the player with the lowest handicap is used as a baseline. The other three players then receive 90% OF THE DIFFERENCE between his handicap and their own to arrive at how many strokes they receive. The lowest handicapper effectively plays off scratch.

SOUTHEND CUP & VETERANS TROPHY
Thanks to Bob Leek for getting the competition sheets printed so promptly, they are up on the notice board now. There are still a number to pay their £3 entry for the Veterans competition. If you are one of them, please ensure you put an envelope in the box before you play your first round match.

OVERDUE WINTER 4 BALL AND SPORTSMAN’S MATCHES
The last time I checked, there were still a number of preliminary and first round matches seemingly not played yet in these competitions. We have been generous with the time allowed due to the closure and weather but there has to be a limit for the comps to progress. Any matches in these rounds not played by Sunday 23rd June will have to be deleted from the competition. That still leaves two weeks and weekends to get them played.,

That’s enough for now, enjoy your golf !

Tony