Stu Walters 2019 Golf Day

Stu Walters 2019 fundraising Golf Day

The fundraising has been counted and the time is here for the Club to thank all those who have made the seventh annual Stu Walters golf day another great success.

Held in mid June, the course was packed with over 30 four balls; both Members and their guests, participating in this friendly 4 man stableford competition. The winners were Adrian and Neal Thompson from Shirland along with Neil Stone and Wayne Pynegar, they scored 88 points. It was close though being just one point ahead of Matt Elliss, Chris Bradley and Addy Sollett.

As usual the event was successfully managed by Stu with help from an organising committee who all assisted in many different ways. Sponsors came forward to offer donations for Holes as well as Holes in One prizes and also sponsoring the cost of the band, Vida, which played in the evening. A big thank you goes to them all.

New sponsors this year included Luke Evans Bakery, Owen Taylor Butchers and the Mortgage Zone, so another thanks to them as well as to Hampshire Hill for the shirts donated as part of the prizes to the winners.

During the day the halfway house was expertly and enthusiastically manned by Margaret and Martin McCarthy, so along with the ladies who baked cakes it’s another thank you to all of them. Not forgetting Andy Fenn and the green keepers, the car park attendant, the starters plus our Pro, Nev Hallam all who had early starts……… the list just goes on.

The evening tickets were all sold making the post match celebrations another fantastic night in the Clubhouse, with Donna providing a great buffet to go alongside the live band.

So, to the money raised, it came to over £3,100 with some to be used for furniture refurbishment inside Clubhouse and the rest to be spent on the course, (have you seen the new umbrellas on the patio?) There are also plans to look at installing a fountain into the 4th hole water hazard.

Now, after 7 years of Stu’s focus, this event has topped the £20,000 mark in terms of funds raised, watch out for the repeat in 2020.

A38 Trophy - 2019

2019 A38 Trophy

The course was filled yesterday, (12th July) for the annual playing of the Alfreton versus Swanwick match for the A38 trophy. The Captains this year were Chris Burnham and Steve Nutt who had selected their teams over the past few days, including some ‘guests’, hoping to strengthen their squads.

Swanwick were the current holders of the Trophy having held on to it after an exciting 7-7 draw in 2018. However, the updating of team kit from the traditional red to the new blue provided Alfreton with the change of luck they needed, they won back the cup with a 9-5 victory.

As the results started to come in Alfreton had the lead and the last groups on the course maintained the score that way. Well done to Chris and his team. A big thanks to all involved making it a great event full of competitive but friendly banter.

The post match food and beer went down well thanks to Donna and Steve. Additionally nearly £300 was raised for the Club on the night as well.

2019 Mixed Open

2019 Mixed Open

10th July was the Mixed Open Competition at Alfreton. The weather continued to improve as the day went on and the format was an ever popular two ball Texas Scramble.

As always at Alfreton, a premium is placed on being able to control your driving positions onto the tight fairways and chip well around the small but well maintained greens.

The scoring did range but a number of teams did well to master the course today and our winners were visiting couple Pete and Bev Doughty, who play their golf normally at Branston Golf Club. Well done to them.

There were 3 prizes plus nearest the pins for a lady and man, The top five teams were:
1st : Pete and Bev Doughty (58)
2nd : Phil and Sue Bennett (59)
3rd : Paul Eveson and Jill Iball (62)
4th : John Thurman and and Carol Simpson (63)
5th : Trevor Parrett and Olivia Dowling (63)

Nearest the Pin winners: Les Mooney and Michelle Graham

Thanks to the organisers and all the participants. We hope to see you all again next year.

Ladies Invitation day

Ladies Invitation day

The course passed over to the ladies yesterday afternoon for their annual Invitation Day. The weather managing to play ball and keep dry for most of the time enabling the groups to enjoy the course which is looking particularly good and playing really well just now.

There were prizes for the first three pairs plus an additional nearest the pin award as well.

The prize winners were as follows:

1st: Lisa Hutchins and her partner, Sue.
2nd: Bev Housley and her partner, Linda.
3rd: Anthea Thompson and her partner, Val.

Unlucky to Diana Riley and her partner who had the same score as Anthea but just missed out on countback.

Nearest the pin was Celilia Fletcher.

Hampshire Hill Trophy

Hampshire Hill Trophy

Our second friday night social golf competition was played yesterday.

Over a series of four friday nights through the summer, Members are competing for the Hampshire Hill Trophy, kindly sponsored by Richard Hampshire. It’s played on the ‘back nine’ and your three best stableford scores through the series will determine the overall trophy winner.

All Members are welcome to play and there are prizes on the night for the top three, (minimum). Friday 28th June saw Shane Stocks take the spoils with Mark Draper and Dave Gould coming second and third.

Last night even more players participated and Graham Lunn was the winner, with Keith Watson, Chris Burnham and Matt Howe making up the top four places.

So, after two rounds the top three places with the best two scores to date are Dave Gould (32), Dan Bennett (31), Shane Stocks and Trev Parrett (30).

The final two rounds are 2nd and 16th August, so put a date in your diaries and come along. Even if you can’t win the main prize you can win on the night! And afterwards…have a drink and something off Steve’s barbecue too. It’s a great way to meet some new friends at the Club.

The Olivia Rose Trophy

The 2019 Olivia Rose Trophy

Golf Club Members and guests had a shotgun start at 9.00 on Thursday 4th July competing in the annual Olivia Rose Trophy. Terry Hamp and his wife Ann organise this with the proceeds going to the Air Ambulance Service local charity.

The format was a pairs betterball and with the course looking in great condition at this time of the year scoring was high, with many of the teams exceeding 40pts.

The winners were Alan Keeling and Gordon Kells with 46pts. Alan had a good day also winning the nearest the pin competition well.

Thanks to all the participants and organisers for making it a great day.  The donations came to over £600 for a very good cause.

Seniors Open - Cancelled

Seniors Open 2019 - Cancelled 

CANCELLED: Seniors open 12th June 2019

Due to the wet weather the course was closed on the day. Those who have booked and paid will be contacted to receive a refund. Due to fixture congestion we are sorry to say that the competition will not be reprogrammed this year.

Why not try our Mixed Open on Weds 10th July, there are still some spaces left. Go to the ‘News and Fixture’ section for booking details.

Spring Invitation Day

 Spring Invitation Day

18th May:  Alfreton Golf Club Spring Invitation Day was a great success. Despite the weather not being the heat of last year, golfers played throughout the day on a course carefully prepared by the Greenstaff and volunteers to present it as a tricky test of golf on our 125 year old track.

Captain Pete Labas thanked all the willing helpers who had made the day a thoroughly  enjoyable event. Special mentions were made to the Ladies section for the half way house support, Professional Nev Hallam for all his assistance plus of course the Greenkeepers.

Our caterers provided a full range of meals from bacon cobs through to a two course meal after the close of play. Thanks to Steve and Donna and all their staff for their service and hard work too.

The winners were:
1st : Dave King and Mick Gregory (47pts)
2nd : Roo Burnham and Alex Baugh (47pts)
3rd : Roger Collis and Gary Wasbey (46pts)
4th : Sean King and Mick Sherrard (45pts)
5th : John Clarke and Pete Doherty (43pts)
6th : Gordon Swain and Allen Richmond (43pts)

Nearest the Pin winner: Stu Walters
Longest Drive: Pete Doherty
There were also 13 twos.

The prizes were awarded by Captain Pete Labas assisted ably by Vice Captain Billy Morrison. Those not able to attend the evening prize giving can contact the Captain to receive them.

A final thanks goes to our Members and their guests for supporting the day.

Captain vs Vice Captains match

Captain vs Vice Captains match

The annual team match between the Captain and the Vice Captain was held on 11th May. The teams were drawn randomly from the hat to avoid arguments this morning before we started the event with a brunch.

The 2018 fixture was won by the Captain, (Dereck Martin), so last years Vice, our current Captain Pete Labas was keen to take the spoils this time.

Much to his delight, his team secured a well fought victory 6.5 to 1.5. The Centenary Tankard was presented to him by this year’s Vice Captain, Billy Morrison.

Thanks go to all who participated and supported the event.

Stu Walters Fundraising Golf Day

Stu Walters Golf Day is coming.

For the seventh year, the Stu Walters Fundraising Golf day is nearly upon us. It takes place on Saturday 8th June.

Spaces are filling up rapidly for the golf, which is a 4 ‘man’ team event (ladies are welcome too!) Contact the Club to take one of the last spaces if you are quick. It’s £10 per person for non members and £5 per person if you are a member.

If you can’t make the golf then come along to the evening event. For just £10 per person, live band VIDA are performing and there’s a buffet too. Food’s available from 6.30 and music from 8.15. Tickets are on sale at the Club.

This is a big fundraising event for the Club and is a great day from start to finish so please support this if you can.

18-30 Tour

Alfreton to host the 18-30 Tour

Alfreton Golf Club is pleased to announce that it is hosting one of the 6 rounds of the inaugural year of the 18-30 Tour, on Sunday 22nd September.

This is a series of golf competitions across Derbyshire that aim to keep golfers playing the game after their junior days have finished and also bring back players who did drop out at that stage.

It is open to all amateur golfers aged between 18 and 30 years old who either:
– Have a handicap, or
– Have had a handicap in the past, or
– Deem themselves capable of regularly shooting less than 100 for 18 holes.

Check out the notice below for venues and further contact details.

Society Days

Society Days at Alfreton Golf Club

We are currently taking bookings from new and returning Golf Societies in 2019. Most availability is either on a Monday or during the afternoons on a Tuesday or Thursday. However, some other days, including Sundays may be made available on request.

Check out the details of pricing for golf and food and how to book on the following link.

The layout and style of our course, being around 5,300 yards long and 11 holes, (with 18 separate tees), lends itself to a great social day of golf. Maybe not the longest, but the holes are challenging and you are required to plot your way round.

The format means you can play 18 holes in 3 to 4 hours giving time to perhaps have a morning and afternoon format of say a 9 or 11 hole competition before lunch then arriving back at the Clubhouse followed by a further 18 hole competition afterwards.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements, we would be very pleased to welcome you to Alfreton Golf Club.

2019 Captains Elected

2019 Captains elected

Congratulations to our 2019 Captains, Ellie Bennett (for a second year) and Pete Labas. At the Golf Club AGM on 20th March they were elected for the next 12 months.

Peter says, “I would like to thank Dereck Martin for being a great Captain in 2018 and I hope I can do as half a good a job as he has done. I certainly hope I can get a repeat of the weather that Dereck had in 2018. I am continuing the fundraising focus that Dereck set up, this being the Golf Club.

I would also like to thank all the past Captains who have given me advice on what to expect during 2019. I hope I can live up to their expectations.”

Ellie adds, “I’m delighted to represent the Ladies of AGC for a second year and look forward to working with Peter and his Vice Captain Billy Morrison and am thrilled to welcome Linda Baston as my Vice Captain.

Due to injury, I do not anticipate being able to play golf this season, but hope to see you all on the first tee and around the Clubhouse.”

See pictures of Ellie, Peter, Linda and Billy below.

In addition to the appointment of the Captains and their Vice Captains, another notable change was the retirement of Alan Bramley as our President after his two year period and the election of Ken Swift as his successor. See pictures of Alan, (with outgoing Captain Dereck Martin), and Ken below.

Outgoing Captain Dereck has asked that his speech of thanks be included in this news item for those who were unable to attend the AGM to see.

“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thanks to you all for making it such a wonderful year for Ellie and myself. It is a year I will remember for a very long time.

I would like to thank a few special people, first the Ladies, for all their help throughout the year, doing the tables for the dinners and for making such a wonderful job of running all the half way houses. All the Members on the Committee for all their help throughout the year, they have certainly taken a lot of work off my shoulders, thank you very much.

The Green staff, for the way they prepared the course for the Invitations, the course was superb, Neville for making such a great job of selling raffle tickets for the invitations, thank you “big fella”. And last but certainly not least, a man who I could not possibly have done without, a man who has carried me through the year, a man on the end of the phone anytime, a wonderful friend of mine for life I hope, that man is Trevor Parrett.

Ellie and myself raised a great sum of £3,100 for the Golf Club, £200 for the juniors and a further £150 approx when we get all the money in from the ‘in and out’ dance for the Social Committee to help towards the cost of covering the chairs.

Again, thank you and goodnight!”  Dereck Martin

New Tee Markers

New Tee Markers installed

Check out the new tee markers recently installed around our golf course.

Visitors have in the past asked for clearer direction to follow the layout of our course. To assist with that, we’ve just erected sponsored tee boards with hole maps.

The signs also include the hole names that Members had a competition to come up with last year.

Thanks go to the external and internal Companies and Members who have sponsored these boards. Well done to the Green keeping staff for their hard work siting and installing them as well as Phil Bennett our Chairman for managing the project.

(The detail on the boards were produced by local printing Company, Printscene utilising mapping layouts originally created for us by graphic designer Phil Clarke)

Charity fundraiser

Alfreton Junior cuts hair for charity

Eight year old Isabelle Turner, a Junior golfer at Alfreton Golf Club has raised nearly £1,000 for charity by cutting off most of her hair last month.

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children and young people suffering with hair loss due to cancer treatment and other conditions. A year or so ago Izzy found out about the Trust and she decided to grow her hair long enough and to get sponsored to have some of it cut off and donate it to the charity.

In memory of her grandad Christopher, she had it cut off on what would have been his 60th birthday, he passed away in 2013 from cancer.

As well as providing wigs the Trust also funds research into less toxic treatments for paediatric cancers so Isabelle asked friends and family to sponsor her so she could donate that to the charity too.

Well done to Izzy, an example to us all!