Yet another Hole in One!

May 21, 2020

On Monday afternoon, 18 May, another hole-in-one was scored at St Audrys. Michael Williams used an 8 iron on the 7th tee and his ball found the hole. Michael is 87 years old and thought to be the oldest member of St Audrys to achieve a hole in one and the third person to do so in just 24 hours. A break from golf and just playing for fun seems to suit our members!

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Perhaps Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect – 2 Hole in Ones

May 18, 2020

After the prolonged closure of St Audry’s Golf Course & an enforced break from golf generally, it was great to get back to some semblance of play last week. We had quite a coincidence occur on Sunday 18th May when a Hole In One was achieved by two Members.

Early in the day, Andy Milsom struck his 8 iron from the 7th tee & watched it pitch just short, left of centre of the green. His playing partner Andrew Murphy said “that’s not going to be far off”. They heard the ball hit the flagstick but weren’t sure where the ball finished. Andy didn’t get too excited while walking to the green as he thought that the temporary cup insert would probably have prevented the ball from staying in the hole. He only fully realised that he’d achieved his first ever Hole In One when arriving at the green. He said that his celebration was made even better on the realisation that the bar wasn’t open. 😉

A little later, Judy Gowen (our Chairperson) teed off on the 9th with her 5 wood & watched the ball as it cleared the front bunker. The ball landed straight inside the cup & stayed there. Judy & her playing partner, Jane Hickling could see this from the tee area. What makes this achievement, Judy’s first, so remarkable is that as with Andy’s earlier Ace, the temporary cup insert did not propel the ball out of the hole.

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Tee Booking Update

May 15, 2020

Following a suggestion by a Member, we now have a system for anyone booking a slot through St Audry’s Tee Time Booking system & doesn’t have a playing partner & would like another Member to join them. They should simply book the session & add the words Partner Welcome beneath their name & telephone number. Then any Member who wants to make that a 2-ball can add their name & telephone number. Please remember that at the moment only one booking can be made at a time. ie only book another slot once you’ve completed your next round.

As ever, play safe, stay safe.
Best regards. St Audry’s Management Committee

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Course Opening

May 12, 2020

Hello Again

I am delighted to let you know that golf will re-commence at St Audrys Golf Club tomorrow from 8am.

Please study the attached Return to Golf document carefully and ensure that you comply with all the guidance. This is particularly important for all members who are over 70 who must continue to take extra care as we move forward.

I take this opportunity to emphasise the following:

Booking your round

Some of you were very quick off the mark yesterday using the booking sheet that went ‘live’ on the website ahead of time. In order to give reasonable opportunities to all members, bookings are restricted to one game ahead and one game a day. This means that you cannot book a second round until after you have played the previous booking. If you booked more than one round yesterday, you will find that subsequent rounds have been deleted.

The booking sheet has been moved to the members section of the website.

For the moment, golf is restricted to members only so please do not bring a guest to play. There will also be no ‘Pay and Play’ for the time being.

Please be considerate and remember that some members are working and will need tee slots so that they can play their golf at the weekends.

Flagsticks

Although the Return to Golf documents states that flagsticks must not be touched, there will in fact be no flagsticks in place for the first few days. This is because they are currently being fitted with a barrier so that the ball will not fall to the bottom of the cup. However, once there are flagsticks in place, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you do not touch them when you pick your ball up. Remember that we are only playing social golf – giving a short putt is encouraged.

Social Distancing

Keeping your distance is vital so please adhere to all the ‘Playing the Game’ points which are intended to keep you safe at all times – keeping up with the players ahead of you will mean that each group maintains a safe distance.

We have recognised that social distancing could be difficult if ‘two way’ traffic is permitted along the narrow path that leads from the car park to the course. We are therefore asking you to adhere to our request that, as you leave the 9th hole and reach the road, please turn right and use the tarmac path alongside the road in order to return to the car park.

First Aid

If you should need access to the first aid box, you will find it in the black cupboard at the players entrance.

Monitoring the Course

We believe that all our members are responsible and thoughtful and we do not intend to monitor the course on a permanent basis. We will however keep a close eye on things for the first few days. If you would like to help with this please call me on 01394 383422.

Please remember that all these arrangements are new – they may need to be adjusted as we go forward and as we extend play to 18 holes. I will keep in touch

Regards

Judy Gowen
Chairman

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Message from the Chairman

May 4, 2020

The prospect of a return to golf is now on the horizon – there is no date yet so please continue to be patient.

I would just like to assure you that the Management Committee is actively working on all the advice available so that members of St Audrys will be able to return to the course as soon as this is permitted.

We will keep you informed of our plans and how we intend to interpret the restrictions that will apply. In the meantime, Michael continues to work at the course which will be in great condition – so please look forward to enjoying it once again.

In the meantime keep safe and well

Regards
Judy Gowen
Chairman of SAGC

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SAGC Update

April 23, 2020

Mike continues to undertake general maintenance of the course during the lockdown in accordance with the guidelines that define ‘essential maintenance’. His report is as follows:
“The fairways and rough continue to be cut when required. The greens have been cut and top dressed with sand. This will be repeated in a week’s time. The tees are due to be cut this week. Basic maintenance continues, including hedge cutting, strimming areas that can’t be cut and spraying paths to reduce weed growth.
The irrigation system is in operation, spraying most nights because the course is very dry and there is no sign of rain in the near future. A fault with the putting green irrigation piping was fixed.”
Mike has also been asked to keep an eye on the newly planted trees on the 7th hole and water them as necessary.
Tony Rhodes has kindly taken some photos and you can see from these that the course will be in great shape when we return.
Peter King is not at work at the present time, he is on furlough leave.

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Captains Drive In 2020

March 12, 2020

Richard, Tony and Juliet would like to thank everyone that supported them on their 3 Captains’ drive in. After some rather inclement weather prior to the event the participants welcomed the early spring sun that bathed the course all morning. There was a full 9 teams of 4, with all teams containing a representative from the men’s, seniors’ and ladies’ sections. It was a team stableford event, with prizes and complimentary drink afterwards. The results were very close indeed, with only 1 point separating the first 3 teams:

1st. Andy Milsom, Jan Elmy, Peter Elmy, Malcom English
2nd. Drew Fautley, Jane Hickling, Ivan Green, Keith Channon
3rd. Phil Smye, Jules Donoghue, Zach Gordon, Brian Pinder

There were also prizes for nearest the pin (Mike Hammond with 5ft 4 1/2 inches) and nearest guess to the combined drives (Keith Channon who correctly guessed 500 yards).

 

1st Place - Andy Milsom Jan Elmy Peter Elmy Malcom English
1st Place - Andy Milsom Jan Elmy Peter Elmy Malcom English
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Awards 2019

January 21, 2020
Club Champion and winner of the Thacker Cup: Ivan Green
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Not included in the photo gallery:

Winner of the Frank Lee Trophy, and the Admirals Cup: Dan Kowalczyk
The winners of the Upton Trophy: Ruth and John Goodship
The winner of the 36 Hole Singles and the Jubilee Singles: Zach Gordon

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Charlottes Bowl competition

August 13, 2019

One of the highlights of the golfing year for St Audrys ladies is the Charlottes Bowl competition. This was founded in 1991 by Bill Claxton  in memory of his wife, Charlotte. Whilst he was alive, he hosted the annual competition between ladies from Felixtowe Ferry, Fynn Valley, Rushmere, St Audrys, Southwold, Waldringfield and Woodbridge Golf Clubs. St Audrys has continued the tradition, although the competition is now held between just six clubs, with Waldringfield having closed.
This year, Woodbridge Golf Club Ladies had a stunning victory – their team, Jill Scott, Jan Fawdry, Di Start and Ann Rayner scoring 78 points playing four ball better ball format – 8 points clear of Rushmere in second place.

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