Captain’s Message March 2022
I am extremely honoured and proud to be your incoming Captain for 2022.
There is much to live up to following the great Men’s Captains of the past and I will do my best to make my own positive impact as your Men’s Captain, as well as listen to you and promote the interests of the members at Troon Welbeck Golf Club. My hope (and aspiration) for the year ahead is that we will be able to continue to maintain the traditions that make our club so special, whilst remaining a warm and welcoming place for new and existing members.
I would like to thank our outgoing Men’s Captain, Graham McAra, for his excellent stewardship over the last year, including the continual support and advice Graham has offered to me as his Vice-Captain. Graham had to contend with COVID restrictions in the very early part of his captaincy but nevertheless has enjoyed a thoroughly successful year as Captain and has certainly given me a tough act to follow!
I also wish the very best of luck to Scot Martin who has been chosen to be this year’s Vice-Captain, I’m delighted to have Scot’s support as my Vice-Captain and look forward to offering my own assistance to Scot wherever I can.
My best wishes also go to our incoming Lady Captain Margaret McConnell. I wish Margaret a hugely successful year as Lady Captain and look forward to working with her and our Ladies section during my year as Men’s Captain.
A mention must also go to our new Senior’s Captain, Andy Raeside. I am sure that Andy will be hugely successful in his new role.
I’m sure by now like me you’re getting to grips with the new World Handicapping System. If you need any assistance or clarification of the new handicapping rules, our Match Secretary is always on hand to help out.
This year sees the introduction of the new Darley course layout. Although I gather that a more accurate title would be a return to the “old” Darley layout. There is great debate in the clubhouse these days about who will be able to clear the burn on the new 5th hole off the white tee. In any event I’m sure that the new layout as a whole will prompt many exchanges of views.
We have our usual full fixture list of competitions both mid-week and weekends so I look forward to seeing you on the course and in the clubhouse.
As usual, the club will be entering teams in the Ayrshire league. Can I ask that you show your support and perhaps participate in the teams. They include, Scratch, Handicap, Senior and Junior teams. The results of the various ties will be posted on the club website and facebook page.
Let us hope that the year of 2022 will see us put the turmoil of the last two years well and truly behind us and establish the new normality. There is much to look forward to this year, with our mix of, great Clubhouse team, and the numerous events both golf-related and social.
Finally, whilst I’m sure there will be lots for me to do, I look forward to spending time on the golf course with friends, old and new, and wish every member a great golfing year in 2022.