GC Open Championship, Southwick – 13-16 August

Three of Bowdon’s finest Golf Croquet players competed in the GC Open Championship, 13th-16th August.

John-Paul Moberley is playing off of -5 and was 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 were played in blocks of 8 on an all-play-all basis. Unfortunately, Will was been drawn in Block A, the same block as J-P; Jack played in Block D. The top 4 of each block qualified for the knockout rounds while the others contested the Plate.

After qualifying for the Championship Knockout by finishing 2nd in his group, John-Paul lost in the first round and then proceeded to win the Bowl competition; Will & Jack played well in their blocks without qualifying but Jack went on to win the Plate Knockout competition.

All the scores can be found here: GC Open Championships

Online Booking System

With the changing of the clocks on 25 October in mind, associated alterations have been made to the Lawn Booking system.

Sessions have been reduced to 90 minutes, still with a 15 minutes handover. This will allow for 3 sessions on maintenance days and 4 on other days. Due to the evenings becoming darker play will end at 16:00.

The new lawn timings (with effect from Sunday 25 October) are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
11:00 – 12:30
12:45 – 14:15          
14:30 – 16:00

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 
09:15 – 10:45
11:00 – 12:30
12:45 – 14:15          
14:30 – 16:00

The booking system has been updated so please be aware of the new timings.

PLEASE NOTE – If you are booking slots up to and including Saturday 24 October, the default booking length has been reduced from 2 hours to 90 minutes. You can edit this by altering the end time to 2 hours when you make a booking.

The system can be accessed from the link in the ‘Taking Part’ page. You can also access it by clicking here.

Internal Competitions

COMPETITIVE PLAY

14 and 18 point competitions are now underway.

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.

Results are now being displayed on a “Ladder” which is being published on the website.
Here’s a link to the page.

All games to be recorded on your card and results notified to Alan Mayne by email or text. 

When making a booking online it would help to indicate that the game is a ladder game by entering 14L or 18L in the description field of the booking form.

NW Federation Millenium Events

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.

Club Toilets

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.

John Wilkinson RIP

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.

ITV Filming

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.

Restricted Use of Lawns and Clubhouse

As announced on 13th May the club is open for restricted play in accordance with the attached procedure.

Please note that the clubhouse is not open for members, other than for use of the toilet facilities.
Also the booking system must be used to ensure that there is no more than one game per lawn.

Please adhere to the procedure to help ensure protection of members and staff.
Thank you.

Coronavirus Update – 13 May

FOLLOWING THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS OF 11TH MAY AND THE CA ADVICE OF 12TH MAY THE LAWNS ARE NOW OPEN AS DETAILED IN THE ATTACHED NOTICE BELOW.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CLUBHOUSE REMAINS CLOSED.

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.