CAPTAIN’S REPORT – AGM 25th SEPTEMBER 2014
Another year of DMVGA golf is coming to an end, and another Captain is very soon to become a Past Captain. It has been both a privilege and an honour to be your Captain this year. The phone call I received from Bob Keating over two years ago certainly came as a surprise but it has given me the opportunity to lead an Association which each year goes from strength to strength. This is strongly evidenced by the many occasions our Meetings and Competitions are oversubscribed, at times by large numbers.
The calendar year began as usual with the President’s Trophy at Bigbury where Peter Lawrence, our President, made sure his Club gave us their usual welcome and hospitality. This was followed our two Matches against Cornwall. Sadly we lost both home and away with an overall deficit of 13-9. Both games were played in an excellent spirit and we look forward to hopefully bring back the Trophy to Devon next year. A point to note here is that Cornwall seem to have fallen out with Launceston and next year intend to take us further into the County to play at the The Point G.C. at Polzeath. We await the new challenge but hope that it does not deter those from north of our County from requesting to play. Although I was unable to attend the Spring meeting at Dainton Park, I understand a very successful day was had by all with a full field heavily oversubscribed.
The Western Morning News Trophy at Sidmouth came next at the beginning of July. Although numbers were down on those anticipated, Sidmouth G.C. were excellent hosts and a most enjoyable day was had by all those who tried to beat the Course par 3s.
Due to the good foresight of our Secretary, Bob Small, a decision was made to circulate all Clubs early in the year to find out what sort of interest there was to travel to Kent for our bi-annual visit. This action paid dividends because this time we were oversubscribed and were able to take a full complement of 16 players. Our friendly Match against Tudor Park was lost 31/2- 41/2 and our Match against Kent Vets 3-5. Redlibbets G.C. was considered by most of us to be in poor condition for this Match and it is proposed to request an alternative venue in two years time when we next visit them. We are also looking to switch the two fixtures around to avoid the rush to leave our Kent colleagues and not be able to socialise with them. Nevertheless a great time was had by all those who travelled despite the nightmare return journey caused by long delays on the M25.
Our Summer Meeting was held, as usual, at the Captain’s Club, Exeter G & CC, where a full field of 162 players took part and which we had sufficient requests for us to field nearly 200 players. A great day where the participants obviously enjoyed themselves as Exeter Seniors Section were able to fill the last 15 places in their Open Invitation at the beginning of September by people wishing to return and play the course as soon as possible.
I am delighted to report that our Match against the Juniors was oversubscribed. A great day and it was a pleasure to play against them and watch their youthful skills. Even though Handicap Allowances and Tee differentials once again came into play we sadly lost the Match 51/2-21/2. I do encourage Members to apply to play in this fixture in the future. It is a delight to challenge our future Devon Champions.
The venue for the Millennium Trophy was Holsworthy and I am pleased that they have overcome their recent difficulties. They made us most welcome and again a great day was had by all.
Our final Open meeting was the Autumn Meeting, this year held at Yelverton. A very different challenge but a full field applied to play and once again enjoyed their usual hospitality.
Your Executive Committee accepts that some courses are more popular than others. Nevertheless it is necessary to consider amongst other things, a need to control costs and also the geography of our large County. As has been stated before it is only right that the less popular clubs are given the opportunity on occasions to hold a DMVGA Competition.
The Emerton Court Final this year is on Monday 6th October between Staddon Heights and Padbrook Park. May I wish both teams good luck and let us hope for a really competitive game of golf.
My final duty as your Captain takes place tomorrow when I have the pleasure of leading our Team against the Devon Lady Vets. This is one Trophy I really would like to win back since we have not been at all successful in filling the Trophy Cabinet this year.
May I thank you Club Reps for your support throughout the year and also the Executive Committee who work extremely hard on your behalf for your enjoyment in our Competitions and Matches. Can I thank John Mackenzie who is standing down this year after a number of years on the Committee for all his hard work during that time. Finally can I say a big thank you to our Secretary, Bob Small, who took on the role this year and has done an absolutely brilliant job in ensuring everything runs smoothly at our events. Many, many thanks for your support, Bob.
Well done all Prize winners.
I congratulate Peter Stuckey, my Vice Captain, and wish him every success as your Captain in 2015.
Mike Kirkham Captain, DMVGA 2014