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G.O.L.F. - Great Opportunity for Laughter & Friendship

MY year as Wellingborough Golf Club Captain is
now over. I had so much support from friends and
the Captain’s Committee which made my efforts
seamless and my time as Captain enjoyable.

I am grateful to have a Committee who are
willing to put themselves out, for the benefit of
the Club, which enabled me to fulfil what I set
out to achieve - G.O.L.F - Great Opportunity for
Laughter and Friendship.

I was blessed with good weather, starting with
the Drive-In and carried on to all events during
the year, which were very well organised - we
had great fun in all.

There have been so many special moments
during the last year.

We had the opportunity to organise a joint charity
event with We Mind & Kelly Matters, raising funds
for the Captains’ Charities as well. This was
followed by a fundraising charity Jazz afternoon
organised by the Zookeepers - the Captains’ Charities received £3,000 as one of the joint beneficiaries.

Other highlights include the implementation of a more relaxed clubhouse dress code, a new Althorp-
Princess Kaiulani Trophy to go with the Wellingborough Cup and an opportunity to join up with the
Seniors in their Christmas Competition, as they provided the first contribution to the Captains’ Charities.

I have so many people to thank. So congratulations and thanks to the Course Committee and the
Greenkeeping staff for taking pride in their work and providing us with a premier golf course.

I would like to thank the Competitions Committee and Chris Smith for their effortless organisation,
especially the very early morning competitions and to Richard and Steve Munns for their hawkeyed
scrutiny of scorecards!!

To Mr President for writing up the Board and your counsel, thanks to Pat Wilson, Pauline Kendal, Val
Cooke and Miriam Johnson for their help in organising the various days of competitions.

To Christine for her efforts in organising the Junior Open for which we are proud of. Captain’s functions
and events cannot materialise without the support from the Office, Bar and Catering - thank you to all.

I would like to express a posthumous thank you to Peter Gannon, who sadly passed away recently, for
his organisation and the support of the Seniors in representing our Club in all matches. I am sure the
Seniors will continue to enjoy their golf and acting as ambassadors of our club in away matches.

Thank you to Ladies Captain Sally McKeown (pictured above) and my Vice-Captain David Hawkins for
your loyal support, friendship, and efforts in fundraising.

Well done to the Board of Directors, all the Team Captains, Martyn and June Smith for their well-
organised mixed team competitions and last, but not least, Libby my partner for her steadfast support.

Please enjoy your golf and thank you for paying the Penalty Pound for going into the Captain’s Bunker
and Out of Bounds on the 18th hole.

Finally, I would like to wish our incoming Club Captain, David Hawkins and Ladies Captain, Jenny
Wilkinson all the best for the ensuing year and don’t forget to enjoy.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and New Year, cheers!

2019 Club Captain, George Khaw


Tap-Ins WELLINGBOROUGH Golf Club would like to pass

A SUPERB total of £17,000 was raised this on its condolences to the family of Peter Gannon
year for the Captains’ Charities, which will (pictured) after the 2018/19 Seniors Captain
be shared equally between Club Captain and passed away towards the end of the month after
Ladies Captain. Thank you to everyone for a short illness.

being so generous. PROGRESS continues to be made in

ROGER Butler, Sue Butler, William Butler and the development of the junior section at
Wendy Butler formed part of the winning teams Wellingborough, due
in both the two Mixed Team events in November. to the generous work
of Junior Organiser
GRAHAM Bayes parred the opening four Nigel Grimmitt and
holes on his way to victory in the first Seniors his Committee. Well
Lonsdale competition as he edged ahead of done and thanks.
Andrew Charter with 40 points.
WITH pages to fill in the
MARK Lovesay birdied the fourth hole in the latest Wellingborough Club
monthly mid-week medal as he bagged the overall Magazine, there are
honours with a round of net 73.
plenty of opportunities

TO help maintain the course, golfers can use to advertise during the
preferred lies in the general area, formerly year. Please contact the
known as ‘through the green’, until the poor Club Office to get your
weather conditions have rescinded. Fairway message across to the
mats may be used in this area, which also members and visitors
in 2020 and beyond.
includes the rough, until further notice.

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It’s been a funny old year, but now it’s over

OUTGOING Ladies Captain Sally McKeown said: “Well, it’s all over, so now it’s a time to reflect on my year!

“On November 19th, I handed the Ladies’ Captaincy over to Jenny Wilkinson. My final drive (pictured
below left) landed on the fairway between the ladies tee and the gazebo, so not a bad way to end.

“As I said in my reports for the Ladies AGM, and the Club AGM, it has been a funny old year - I would
not have envisaged that my year would pan out is it did.

“Not being able to play that much golf, particularly on my Captain’s Day and my Golf Holiday, was
very disappointing, but on the positive side, the treatment that I have undergone seems to be working.
Thanks all those who have supported me.

“It has been a delight to serve alongside (Men’s Captain) George. One of the high points was our first
dance at the Summer Ball, where we started off with a sedate waltz, then the music turned into ‘Shut up
and dance with me’, and then some men and their wives filed in behind us to join in with a little routine.

“Another memorable few days was when I was invited to join George, some of his friends and their
partners (some pictured below right) to a Captains’ Drive Out to Malaga - what fun! The good humoured
banter was non-stop - I might even forgive Roy for his ‘jolly jape’ with the breadcrumbs… eventually!

“I will remember the warm welcome that was extended to me when I joined the various Committees. I
have met members who I would probably not normally have met, and formed new friendships. Thank
you, gents - you have all been wonderful. It has been good to have met members in the Men’s Section,
the Seniors and the Juniors.

“Thank you to the Ladies Committee, and the ladies who have supported me with fundraising for my
charity, doing cards, Teena and Ian, flowers, etc. David Waite, David Clifford, David Hunt and James
have all been great - thank you. Christine, Izzy and Peter, and all of the catering staff, and Janet and the
bar staff have been super - thank you.

“Looking forward, I plan to play more golf and reduce my handicap. I was pleased to have introduced a
new club to the friendly matches during my Vice Captain’s year. This fixture against Woburn is away in
2020, so I would hope that I might be selected to play. Note to Sheena!

“Finally, I wish David and Jenny a happy and successful year. May you receive much support and respect.”

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Recently retired, and ready for their Captaincy roles

DAVID Hawkins, Jenny Wilkinson, Chris Dickes and Theo Brown struck their first shots (pictured below)
as the new Men’s, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors Captains respectively in the Drive-In at the start of

After taking over from Wellingborough’s 2019 skipper George Khaw at the Club Annual General
Meeting a couple of days earlier, Hawkins says he’s looking forward to the next 12 months after
recently retiring.

He said: “I’m extremely proud to take over as Wellingborough Golf Club Captain. It’s such an honour
because the Club has a lot of history. It was just nice to be asked, to be honest.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Ladies Captain Jenny Wilkinson - she’s recently retired just as I
did at the end of November.

“I was planning to retire in a couple of years, but when George asked me to become his Vice Captain,
with a view to taking over as Club Captain, it made sense to time it all together.

“I’m now in the process of wrapping up the business, so once that is sorted I can concentrate on a
wonderful year.”

Ladies Captain Jenny Wilkinson said: “I am excited and looking forward to the coming year. I have a few
ideas about what I’m going to do over the next 12 months. Hopefully everyone enjoys themselves on
and off the golf course.”

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From Bermuda to the Alps for new pro

TIGER Adams is aiming for a strong performance in the Goslings International Invitational
as he makes his overseas professional debut over 54 holes in Bermuda from December 3rd.

The Wellingborough golfer, who qualified for the event earlier this year whilst competing as
an amateur, is determined to enjoy playing at Port Royal, Belmont Hills and Mid Ocean Club.

Adams said: “I’m going to go out there and see what happens, it will just be a nice experience.
The majority of it is paid for, so if I have a good week hopefully the pay cheque will be big
enough to cover a lot of next year. They are really good players and I will have to play well.

“But it’s not too often you earn the right to have an all-expenses trip to Bermuda, so I will
make the most of it. And the added bonus is, if I play well, I could earn enough money to cover
next year, which will be a big weight off my shoulders.”

Adams, who is competing in Alps Tour Q School in Spain on December 13th, says playing in
European Tour Q School in late Autumn will stand him in good stead.

Although he didn’t make it through, he says his performances during the event convinced
him to take the plunge into the professional ranks.

He explained: “European Tour Q School was a really big week because I went there not really
knowing whether I was ready to turn pro. It was the biggest event I’d ever played so I thought if
I went there and didn’t feel comfortable or happy, I would stay for another year as an amateur.

“But I was completely fine, didn’t feel nervous at all, and on the third day I played really badly
and still shot 68, so I knew I was ready.

“With the Alps Tour qualifying, there are two rounds in the first stage, and three more rounds
assuming I get through. I’m not sure how many receive cards for the Alps Tour.

“The Tour is February through to April in Egypt and then France, Italy and Spain through to
September. Quite often they will have two events back-to-back and a week off - a total of 17
events. The top five in the Alps Tour gain Challenge Tour status, so that is the aim.

“The financial bit is the tough part because I also work in the pro shop at Wellingborough and
am a carer for my little brother, who is diabetic, so if anyone can help it would be appreciated.
Please email [email protected]

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Tour Q School agony for Evans and MacLaren

CLUB professionals Ryan Evans (pictured) and Meghan MacLaren endured similar
emotions in their respective Tour Qualifying School competitions as they both missed out.

European Challenge Tour pro Evans was unable to progress past the second stage of Q
School for the main European Tour as he struggled to find his very best form in Spain.

Needing to finish in the top 20 to reach the final, Evans started brightly at Las Colinas G&CC
as he posted five birdies in his opening 10 holes on his way to a first round 68.

But the birdies dried up over the last three days as the 32-year-old
shot scores of 73, 76 and 77 to finish nine strokes off qualification.

For MacLaren, the disappointment
was arguably even greater as she
fell agonisingly short of securing

a LPGA Tour card for
next year after playing
all eight rounds in the
final stage of Q School at
Pinehurst in San Diego.

The two-time winner on
the Ladies European
Tour started with an

opening three-over-par
76 on Pinehurst No. 6,
before shooting three
consecutive rounds

of 72.

With the tournament
switching to Pinehurst
No. 9 the following
week, the 25-year-old
stayed in contention
for a top 45 spot with
a couple of solid rounds, but two
closing scores of 75 meant she
finished outside the mark.

MacLaren will now be focussed
on trying to win the 2019 Ladies
European Tour Order of Merit

as she competes in the
last two events of
the season in Spain
and Kenya in late
November and early

Photo Credit: GEPA
pictures / Daniel


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Mixed Team Competition (November 24th): Mixed Team Competition (November 10th):
1 Roger Butler, Sue Butler, William Butler, 1 Roger Butler, Sue Butler, William Butler &
Wendy Butler, Richard Briggs & Pat Briggs Wendy Butler (59 points), 2 Bob Davis, Julie
(63 points), 2 Chris Dickens, June Smith, Nick Davis, Dennis Dickinson & Diane Dickenson
Palmer, Liz Palmer, Joe Joyce & Sue Joyce (52), 3 Roger Mudd, Jackie Mudd, David
(55), 3 Rod Gibbs, Carol Gibbs, Roger Mudd, Rawson & Amanda Rawson (49).
Jackie Mudd, Martin Evans & Anne Evans (49).
Seniors Lonsdale 1 (November 6th):
Ladies AGM 12-hole Team Event (November 19th): 1 Graham Bayes (40 points), 2 Andrew Charter
1 Miriam Johnson, Sheena Markham, Sarah (39), 3 Joseph Joyce (36).
Chudleigh & Ellen Steele (49 points), 2= Liz
Waine, Molly Graham, Rachael Owen & Jenny October Mid-week Medal (October 31st):
Wilkinson (46), 2= Sue Kellett, Lema Townsend. 1 Mark Lovesey (89 - 16 = net 73), 2 Mike
Yvonne Jolly & Maggie Etheridge (46). Gilbrook (80 - 6 = 74), 3 Keith Pickering (85
- 9 = 76).
Ladies 18-hole Stableford (November 12th):
Silver Division: Winner: Ida Huggins (31 Junior October Stableford (October 30th):
points), runner-up: Jackie Mudd (28). Bronze: Winner: Olivia Barby, runner-up: Harris
Division: Winner: June Smith (26). Chacksfield.

Ladies 12-hole Stableford (November 12th): Ladies Team Waltz (October 29th):
Silver Division: Winner: Miriam Johnson (21 1 Sue Butler, Gill Snelson & Caroline Beaty
points), runner-up: Liz Waine (19). Bronze Division: (58 points), 2 Judy Bolar, Lema Townsend
Winner: Sue Butler (21), runner-up: Ruth Bowe (17). & Sally McKeown (57), 3 Gill Spencer, Lorna
Winfield & Liz Rees (55).

More success for Club at NGL Dinner

picked up several awards
in county, regional and
international comps at
the 2019 NGL Dinner
at Kettering GC.

Carol Gibbs and Mary
MacLaren (pictured)
enjoyed another great
year, while the Club’s
Ladies completed a
Scratch and Intermediate
League double.

Ladies Club Captain Sally
McKeown said: “Congrats
to all the members who have
represented Wellingborough.

“It has been another
superb season for
the ladies on the
golf course.”


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Full Set with... Club pro Tiger Adams

IN the latest of a series of Q&A features with various members of the Club staff over the coming
months, Wellingborough Golf Club Magazine chatted with the most recent addition to the professional
ranks at Harrowden Hall.

What is your full job title?
Club Professional, attached to
Wellingborough GC, Pro Shop Sales

What is your golf handicap?
N/A now, but turned pro off plus one.

Family status?

What did you want to be when you
were a child?
What I am now - a playing golf

What would you change about
Golf wise, get better at putting, and
personally, learn to take a break more.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I watch way too many TV shows - just
awful TV shows!

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Playing at European Tour Q School, or winning a Faldo Series event and Midlands

If you could go anywhere right now, where would it be?
Torre Pines in California.

What is the best and worst parts of your job?
Worst is practicing in the cold and rain, the best is get to travel and do what I’ve always
wanted to do as a kid.

What is the best TV show you have seen?
Prison Break, a few seasons are on Netflix and a few seasons on Now TV.

What has been the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t be too hard on yourself.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Give some to my mum and dad.

What do you do in your spare time
I don’t have any spare time - playing, practicing and watching TV, that’s pretty much it!

What is the funniest thing you have seen on a golf course?
A friend at college was leading a tournament as he stood on the 18th tee. He then hit a
shank into the water!

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Date Start/End Event (1st tee, unless stated)
Please join us in 2020
Sun 1st 08:00 - 13:00 Captain's Drive-In (all tees) and beyond

Tue 3rd 10:00 - 12:30 Ladies 14-hole Competition Full page;
from £70 + VAT
Wed 4th 08:25 - 12:30 Seniors Christmas Comp (all tees)
Half page;
Sun 8th 10:50 - 12:50 Mixed Competition from £45 + VAT
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Tue 10th 09:30 - 12:00 Ladies Competition from £30 + VAT
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Thu 12th from 08:00 Midweek Yellow Tee Stableford
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Sun 15th 08:00 - 13:00 Men's Competition (all tees)

Tue 17th 11:00 - 15:00 Ladies 14-hole Comp (all tees)

Thu 19th 09:00 - 09:30 Junior Christmas Competition

Sun 22nd 10:50 - 12:50 Mixed Competition

Tue 24th 10:30 - 11:30 Ladies Roll Up

Thu 26th 08:00 - 12:30 Boxing Day Comp (1st & 10th)

Fri 27th 10:00 - 11:15 Ladies Christmas Invitation Day Winter Bar Hours

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Tuesday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday 11:00am - 7:00pm

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Friday 11:00am - 7:00pm

Saturday 11:00am - 9:00pm

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