Durham County Golf Union Seniors Secretary/Treasurers/ Captains Report 2021
Welcome to the 53rd Annual General Meeting of the DCGU Seniors. I would like to apologise for an error in the AGM notice, I referred to the Chairman Geoff Dunn as being a member of Hobson GC it should have read Garesfield GC.
I would also like to express my thanks to Peter Dewar the outgoing Secretary for all of the work he done for the County Seniors over the years and for the assistance and patience to help me get to grips with the role. It has been a steep learning curve, which continues. I hope the electronic changes that I have introduced are a benefit to members by providing up to date information to those with email addresses. I have continued to contact those members without email addresses by letter so they aren’t excluded.
It was identified through the year that a bank transfer system would make payment and refunds more efficient for those that choose to use it but still allowing for the use of cheques. The existing bank account didn’t provide for electronic transfer of funds therefore the Council agreed that we should move the account to a bank that could provide this means. A new account was opened at Lloyds Bank in September, the 2022 membership and competition forms include the new bank account details.
There were no events played in 2020 as a result of Covid, as a result the Council informed members that all membership and competition fees paid for 2020 were carried over to 2021.
I apologise for any confusion over 2021 dates, as competitions were on occasion double booked with other Senior County events. I can confirm that the dates for 2022 are in the relevant diaries and should not require change.
Three events were played in 2021 and I would like to thank Woodham, Whitburn and Eaglescliffe for hosting successful days. Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winners.
Unfortunately, the delayed Spring event at Garesfield had to be cancelled on the day due to torrential rain. Apologies to the staff at Garesfield who had come in especially and to the early starters who had travelled before a message could be issued.
Blackwell Grange GC, Garesfield GC, Castle Eden GC and Heworth GC have kindly agreed to host the 2022 competitions. Fixture lists are available, membership and competition and membership forms were issued by email and post on 31 October, they can also be found on the Durham Golf Union website under Seniors tab.
To encourage new members an advertising poster has been prepared and will be issued with the County packs to all affiliated clubs with a request to display on notice boards.
Treasurer Report 2021
The Council had agreed because no competitions were played in 2020 that the membership and competition fees would be carried over to 2021. Therefore 2021 income mainly came from new members subscription their competition entry fees and a reduced subsidy from the Durham Golf Union. Consequently, a loss of £1660.86 was made. The statement accounts can be found in Annex A. It is expected that income received in 2022 will redress the balance.
Senior Captains Report 2021
Thankfully golf just about back to normal with only the May County match being pushed back to September. After the usual friendlies against the North Durham Union and the Lady Vets (which resulted in 2 defeats) we started with our first County match against Cheshire at Garesfield in June. A very tight match resulting in a very satisfying 9 – 9 draw.
Our second game was against a very strong Yorkshire team at Harrogate GC. They were keen to avenge our previous draw against them in 2019 at nearby Knaresborough and although we held them to 3.5 – 2.5 in the morning greensomes a 10-2 afternoon result in their favour saw a heavy defeat.
Next was the local derby against Northumberland at Eaglescliffe where we triumphed 11.5 to 6.5, though a lot of matches were decided on the 18th. Notable was the lead match in the afternoon 4 balls which produced 19 birdies and the Northumberland pair must have been wondering what hit them as they were 8 under but lost 3 & 2 to Kirkpatrick & Brown.
We next travelled to Rochdale GC, hosting their first ever County match of any sort. The course was well presented and the staff could not do enough for us. Our hosts Lancashire however, all 12 being off scratch or better, saw us off by 14-4.
August 31st was the Big Six at Wearside GC which we approached with high hopes as we had, with a cumulative handicap of +5.6, the strongest team in the event. Despite John Kirkpatrick & Stuart Brown achieving 2nd & 3rd individually we finished a disappointing 5th.
Our last match was then against Cumbria at Whitburn which had we won could have seen a creditable 3rd place in the league. However, the game went against us with Cumbria’s last pair snatching a late half which gave them a 9.5 to 8.5 win.
Individually on the National scene Stuart Brown, playing in his 1st Scottish Seniors, finished a creditable joint 2nd on 1 over after 3 rounds at Duff House Royal. Stuart was pipped by 1 shot in the Durham Seniors Championship by Ian Hendry who shot 71 & 72 at Chester Le Street for his first win in the event.
|Durham County Golf Union Seniors|
|Balance Sheet as at 30 September 2021|
|At Virgin Money 30 September 2020||£6,600.58||At Virgin Money 30 September 2021||£4,939.72|
|Loss for the year||£1,660.86|
|Income and Expenditure 2020 to 2021|
|Printing and Postage||£65||Member and competition fees||£1,316|
|Seniors Team Expenditure||£1,518.78||Bank Interest||£6.41|
|Purchase of Golf towels||£110|