RYDE GOLF CLUB
Minutes of Golf Committee Meeting held on
Wednesday 13 September 2023 at 6.15pm in the Clubhouse
Present: Calum McInnes (Chair), Rose Green, Bob Tyrell, Steve Tutt, Debbie Skoludek, Jon Blow, Sue
Harrison, Tom McInnes, Judith Lazell, Colin McComb, John Thorp.
1.1. None, all present
- Approval of minutes of last meeting (12 July 2023)
2.1. Approved (once greens committee report is included)
- Matters arising/Action points.
3.1. Course Recce (Previous AP 3.4). Calum, Colin and Sue to form a sub-committee and recce
the course and email the members at a specific locals rules meeting. Carried forward.
3.2. “Rules of Golf” booklet (Previous AP 3.5). One annotated with “Do Not Remove has been
left in the club. Completed
3.3. Hole in one insurance (Previous AP 3.6). Club has arranged new insurance; this includes
personal liability (cannot get insurance for purely hole in one). Completed
3.4. Midweek Stableford (Previous AP 8.1). Letter was sent and no response received.
3.5. The Seniors are going to reinstate running 9-hole competitions alongside their 18-hole
3.6. The Ladies and Seniors will no longer hold separate invitational competitions but will use the
Hospice Day competition instead.
3.7. New Members Meeting (Previous AP 9.1). This took place and we had a fair attendance and
3.8. Trophy Engravers (Previous AP 10.6). Engraving will cost 40p a letter. Completed
3.9. Loose brickwork on patio (Previous AP 10.7). Tom Harding (a member) has agreed to brick
the edging on the patio and will also quote for doing the whole patio. Completed.
- Men’s Captain Report
In the two months since my last report, we have been busy and held eight board competitions;
The Presidents Day Trophy, The Ovenden Trophy, The Palmer Cup, The Staddlestones Classic,
The Centenary Salvers, The Jim Lawrie Shield, The Vice Presidents Cup and The Harvey Tooth
Scramble along with The Ryde Open plus a Monthly Stableford and a Texas Scramble. Well
played and congratulations to all the winners.
We have been well represented in both the IW Alliance and Union events. In the IWGU
Championships Richie Harrison unluckily lost in the semi-final play offs on the final hole. We
hosted the IWGU Terry Ridett Trophy with 44 entrants including 17 from Ryde. John Jupe won
both the Handicap Division 1 and The Vets trophy with Russell Stant picking up first in the
Handicap Division 2. Seven Ryde players played in the Marie Butt competition at Ventnor.
There has been continued success in the Annodata National Golf Club 5’s with our team beating
Ferndown away in the third round and Goodwood at home in round four. They are now in the
last 16 with a match in Devon versus Stover Golf Club at the end of this month. Fingers crossed
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that they could progress into the last eight (and beyond – with the semi-finals and final being
hosted in Spain)!
Both of our over 50’s IW Knockout teams competed in this year’s final with Ryde ‘B’ narrowly
defeating Ryde ‘A’ 4-3. Well done to all players for representing Ryde successfully. In the IWGU
inter-league we finished tied at the top with Ventnor resulting in a play-off. This will take place
on Saturday 16 September so good luck to our pair John Jupe and Karl Skoludek.
Two of our inter-club Matchplay knockouts have been completed with Darren Bacon and Harry
Cheek winning the Jacks Putter (Foursomes) thereby qualifying for next year’s Daily Mail
Foursome event and Matt Bartlett and Darren Baxter winning the Booth Cup (Four Ball Better
Ball). In the Davis Cup (Singles) Paul Moreton will play Richard Bond in the final.
- Ladies Captain Report
July finished with the ladies’ shower area being redecorated by myself and Debbie. We scrubbed
and cleared out the whole area so that these showers are now in use and are being used.
The Beth Morgan Trophy was won by Jan Brading. Aidie Adams and Abi Humber won the
Stewards Bowl. The Ryde Open was enjoyed by 44 entrants. A successful day despite the
torrential rain! Won by Tom McInnes and Andy Butler. Dorothy Williams Trophy was won by sue
Cox. Borough of Ryde was won by Myself and Judi Hume.
Centenary Salvers was low on numbers with only 10 entries but was still enjoyed with Mick
Timms and Jeffery Foster winning the Salver.
We had a wonderful Ladies Invitation day at the end of August. 32 Entries and beautiful
weather. Laura served up a delicious buffet for everyone. There were lots of compliments with
reference to the Club, the course and the catering, which is always good to hear.
Nickie Moreton has won the knockout Barton cup this year beating Abi Humber.
Lynne Backshall and I lost on the 19th hole in the semi-final of the Island Fourball competition.
Two teams from Shanklin and Sandown are now in the final.
Five more Trophies still to play for by the end of October so still a busy time ahead.
Lady Captain 2023
- Senior’s Captain Report
We will start with the Seniors Championship, congratulations to Nigel Claxton and Calum
McInnes for winning the scratch and handicap championship respectively. Well done to
everyone who filled the minor places and thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this
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a very well run and successful event. The league team finished in second place, only losing two
games and with 20 points more than last season, but not quite enough to catch Ventnor – well
done to them and we will try again next year. We had a few friendlies as well with some mixed
results losing to Bramshott Hill but beating Highcliffee over two legs. Thank you to all the team
members who represented Ryde over the season. We must also add our congratulations to Mr
John Jupe for winning both handicap and veterans in the Golf Union event recently played at
Ryde, a great achievement for one of us oldies, well played John! We are also very grateful as
always to Godfrey Harrison and his team of helpers including Colin, Barry, Chris, Peter, and
anyone else I’ve missed out for the continued work on the course, sorting the railings by the first
screen and the bins. Lastly thanks to Trevor with the football card, which has enabled us once
again to fund or part fund the new tee mat.
- Greens Committee Report
Tuesday 15th August 2023
Ryde Golf club at 12.45pm
Firstly, we had apologies from Jamie Lee also attached was an email of his resignation from the
Greens committee due to his work commitments. We would like to take this opportunity to
thank him for his hard work over the last three years especially when he was our course
director, and the door is always open in the future.
We now have a new pump for our watering system replacing our old one which was installed in
1973 (I think we have had our money’s worth). This year we have replaced our tank and our
pump and brought our whole watering system up to date which has cost us 60% of our budget,
but it was a very important job that needed doing. We have also bought a new truck which was
desperately needed and that has taken the other 40% of our budget but we are making progress
in getting our plant up to date.
We have agreed another year with Andy Butler for the same price as 22/23 which has secured
his services on the greens until end of August 2024. We will also be using him to do specialist
work on our tees to improve those as well.
The Monday Club of volunteers have been set by the committee a number of tasks over the
autumn and winter. They will be repairing the bridge on the 7th; they will also assist Tom
Harding who has agreed to give his time for free to replace and repair the patio area and the
brickwork around the putting green. Special thanks must go to Tom for this as it’s a big job to do
in your own time. The committee would also like to thank the volunteers on a Monday for their
time and effort as they play a major role in the course upkeep.
We will be replacing the mat on the 9th with a new one, it will be the same quality as the ones
on the 7th/18th tees
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8.1. Yardage markers – do we need them? We agreed that they may be removed.
8.2. JL stated that Ladies Committee have agreed Ladies Competition Protocols.
- Date of next meeting
9.1. Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 18:15 in the clubhouse.