Three of Bowdon’s finest Golf Croquet players are competing in the GC Open Championship, 13th-16th August.
John-Paul Moberley is playing off of -5 and is one of the favourites to lift the title, Will Mellor is on 1 and playing his first major championship; young Jack Good (2) is also competing.
Matches are played in blocks of 8 on an all-play-all basis. Unfortunately, Will has been drawn in Block A, the same block as J-P; Jack plays in Block D. The top 4 of each block will qualify for the knockout rounds while the others will contest the Plate.
The online booking system has been successfully running for a few weeks now and in response to requests for more lawns to be available, some changes to the times that lawns are available have been agreed by the committee.
Sessions are still for 2 hours, but start earlier in the day, whilst the handover period has been reduced to 15 minutes.
The new lawn timings (with effect from Saturday 22 August) are:
Competitors have been placed into a group, playing either 18 or 14 point games. They can play each of the others in their group as many time as they like by the end of September. They do not need to play everybody in their group.
1. NWF Millennium AC Handicap competition at Pendle on 11/12 July
2. NWF Millennium Advanced competition at Pendle on 22/23 August
3. NWF Millennium GC Handicap competition at Crake Valley on 8th August
4. NWF Millennium Short competition at Crake Valley on 29th August
Bowdon will pay for up to 2 players to enter each event. You will need to take your own lunch but coffee and tea will be available. In the Advanced competition, both A & B Class events will be run. Please contact Ken Cooper if you wish to enter.
5. NWF Millennium GC Level-Play competition at Bury on 10th – 11th October.
Members will be relieved to learn that from Saturday 13th June they will be able to use the toilets when visiting the club. Those who need to use the facilities will be required to bring their own towel and antiseptic wipes – hand sanitizer will be available. Members should also ensure that they have their clubhouse key for access – instructions displayed on the door explain that when entering the key should be left in the lock. On the way out, after using the toilet, remove your key. A key in the lock means that someone is in the clubhouse and you will need to wait. It is a “one in one out” system.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Wilkinson. John joined the club in 1993 and was a regular player in both internal and external competitions. He was the NW Federation League Manager from 2000 to 2006. He won the Reed Cup and the Wild Handicap Ladder in 2002, and in 2008 won the Silver Challenge Box. He was also captain of the Firs for several years and led the team to victory in the Secretary’s Shield in 2002. He will be sadly missed.
John’s funeral service will be held on Wednesday 17th June 1-00 pm at Agecroft Cemetry and Crematorium Langley Road, Pendlebury, Salford, M27 8SS. The venue has been chosen so that the service can be relayed live over the internet. If anyone is interested in ‘attending’ please contact Lorna for John’s son’s details.
Bowdon was the setting for an item on the game of croquet which ITV are intending to show in the next few days. Vice President Liz Webb was interviewed as was David Walters and John Dawson of Chester CC. The item on croquet is on Grenada Reports ITV at 6pm tonight, 9th June.
24 March Update: FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT LAST NIGHT, THE CLUB IS NOW CLOSED FOR PLAY, PRACTICE AND ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
23 March Update: THE CLUBHOUSE CAN ONLY BE USED FOR TOILETS AND HAND WASHING. BALLS ARE BEING KEPT IN THE HUT ON LAWN 2.
15 March Update: IN VIEW OF THE INCREASING CONCERN REGARDING THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON MEMBERS, THE COMMITTEE HAS TAKEN THE DECISION TO SUSPEND ALL ORGANISED ACTIVITIES AT THE CLUB, INCLUDING BRIDGE AND CANASTA, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUB WILL REMAIN OPEN AND MEMBERS ARE FREE TO MAKE THEIR OWN ARRANGEMENTS TO CONTINUE TO PLAY AS AND WHEN THEY WISH. OF COURSE THIS MAY NEED TO CHANGE IN LINE WITH GOVERNMENT RULINGS IN THE FUTURE.
The internal competitions for 2020 have been cancelled owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. Cheques sent to Steve Reynolds regarding the competition fees have been destroyed and any fees made by bank transfer have now been returned.