The Annual Subscription was increased to £2.50 (from £2) and this was the first increase since 1982!!!!!
The entry fees for events with just a one-course meal were set at £17 per head.
The first DMVGA Website using a template supplied by Moonfruit, was set up by our Treasurer – David Bromage.
Exminster joined the DMVGA pushing us up to 40 Clubs with nearly 1600 members.
Following very slow play in the Millennium Trophy in 2009, which was still a Medal competition in those days, in albeit very difficult conditions a request had been made at the AGM in 2009 that it become a Stableford event. This was approved by the Committee by a majority vote of 8-2.
We increased our annual donation to the County Juniors to £150 – it had remained at £100 since 1988.
The Western Morning News rules were changed to allow Clubs to enter a maximum of three teams (was two) of three players and this improved the numbers playing.
It was agreed at the AGM to re-schedule the Emerton-Court Final to the first week in October so that early rounds could be played in late April/May rather than March/early April given the very wet Spring conditions in recent years.
A proposal at the AGM that the first two rounds of the Emerton-Court be drawn on a regional basis failed to find a seconder.
There were yet more changes to the Emerton-Court Rules concerning practise on the day of a match (currently not allowed) as follows: “Practise is permitted on the day of a match but only on the Club’s designated practise area”. This debate had arisen since a few Clubs had their practise area as a part of their course, i.e. Tiverton.
At the 2010 AGM the Committee had been asked to “reconsider the venue for the Emerton-Court Final and any alternative should the Club chosen themselves reach the Final.” This request had followed a complaint about the selection of Dainton Park as the venue in 2010 when Churston reached the Final.
The Committee “unanimously agreed that the Final should remain at Churston (it was Gordon Emerton-Court’s Club) and that Dainton Park and Saunton be considered as the alternative venues should Churston reach the Final.” This would of course depend on their being able to offer acceptable financial terms.
The Western Morning news rules were changed again to have all three Club members playing together (a la President’s Salver). This was an experiment to see if it would increase numbers entering and was a great success.
38 out of our 40 Clubs entered the Emerton-Court competition.
Entry fees for our competitions went up to £18 and there was a distinct improvement in numbers playing with all our events being oversubscribed.
Sadly, we lost Hele Park as one of our member Clubs when they decided to no longer have a members Club at the course. However, we welcomed Boringdon Park to membership and thus retained our 40 Clubs.
When Harry Keen – our first Secretary – was made the Associations first Life Member at the 1975 AGM he was also presented with an engraved Salver and it was reported that the Keen family wished to re-present it to the DMVGA. We gratefully accepted and decided to make it the Trophy for the best individual Stableford score in the President’s Salver and had the reverse suitably engraved for that purpose.
We increased our annual donation to the County Juniors to £200 and as usual it was presented by our Captain at the Dinner following the match against them.
Our Captain – Ian Drawbridge – took over responsibility for maintaining the DMVGA Website.
Much to our Treasurer’s delight numbers applying to play in our events were significantly higher and in the President’s Salver we got additional tee times enabling a field of 180 to play – certainly the highest number for many years. However, there was not the same support for the matches against the County Juniors and Kent and we were forced to take a reduced team of only 11 players to Kent.
We again had an entry of 38 Clubs in the Emerton-Court competition.
History was created at Saunton on Wednesday 31st July when our Captain – Roy Hancocks – led us to our first ever win in the annual match against the County Juniors by 4 ½ to 3 ½. Clearly Roy’s name will never be forgotten!!! He was even more delighted than normal therefore to present them with our donation of £200 and a further personal donation.
Following a proposal at the 2012 AGM we introduced “ONE4ALL” Vouchers for our cash prizes (replacing M&S Vouchers).
The continuation of the annual match against Kent was discussed when they came to Devon for the match at Churston. We both wish to see this match continue (remember that Gordon Emerton-Court had proposed it after he had created the AKVG) and it was decided to look to book a hotel for all our players for the visit to Kent in 2014 and to sound out members well in advance to ensure we could field a team of 16.
A suggestion that we consider matches against Somerset and Dorset Veterans was turned down since it was felt our current schedule was more than adequate.
It was decided to return to awarding “glassware” as the individual prizes to both teams in the Emerton-Court Final (we had been issuing medals in recent years).
Numbers applying to play in our events were again sufficient to require balloting at all bar the final meeting. A sign of the continuing strength and popularity of our Association.
Our Treasurer extended our range of DMVGA merchandise with the addition of DMVGA logo Umbrellas and Golf Bag Towels.
Bob Keating retiring Secretary and past Captain/President was made a Life Member of the DMVGA and was presented with an engraved Salver.
The role of Assistant Secretary was reintroduced as an Officer and therefore a member of the Executive Committee. We returned to M&S Vouchers for our cash prizes.
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. The Spring meeting, held at Dainton Park, was a very successful day 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 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 into play we sadly lost the Match 51/2-21/2. 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.
The Emerton Court Final this year was on Monday 6th October between Padbrook Park and Staddon Heights, who were finally the winners.