The Chase Golf Club
SEASON 2019/20 CANCELLED
Following email and telephone correspondence between all Committee members and the Secretary, the Committee of the Chase Golf Club has voted
by 6 to 3 to cancel season 2019/20 completely. This means no trophies/medals will be awarded this season despite completion of the Winter Program.
I know many of you shall be disappointed but with no immediate prospect of a return for golf the Committee felt they had no real option and hope
that this decisive action gives clarity to all members. Going forward, if and when golf resumes we shall endeavour to possibly reinstate a few events
such as the 3 Man Team or possibly the Captains day but current guidelines for resumption are for social match play golf and not stroke play.
As always the priority of the Committee is the Health and Safety of our members and the need for a clear and consistent message during these
unprecedented times. I and the Committee believe this decision while disappointing has been taken with these factors in mind.
COVID-19 April UPDATE
Since my last web column some important decisions have taken place both within Ayrshire Golf and Scottish Golf. Nationally, the Chief Executive
Andrew MacKinlay has resigned after only 2 years in office and been replaced within 24 hours by Karin Sharp as Chief Operating Officer. Scottish
Golf have also said that Clubs can apply for a 25% reduction on their Annual Subscription fee and will provide further details on this. The program
of Scottish events has also been cancelled for the year.
At Ayrshire Golf Association the decision has been made to cancel all events upto mid-August and the extended events including the 4-Ball Cup,
Champion of Champions and Presidents Putter - all of which our Club had entered. The good news however is that AGA will refund all entry fees
as well as the Full Subscription amount for each Club for season 2019/20.
Locally, Ayr Golf Week in June is already cancelled alongside the Belleisle Cup in May with a further decision to be taken on the Belleisle Open.
Positively, the R&A have this week provided guidance as to how golf may proceed when and if it restarts with similar proposals as previously outlined
eg leaving flagstick in the hole, no rakes, covering ball washers etc...
The Chase Golf Club Committee shall monitor all developments closely but at all times the health and safety of our members will have priority over
any other consideration. We ask for your patience in these unprecedented times but above all else we hope that you and your families STAY SAFE.
Chase Golf Club Race Night
The fund raising Race Night took place in the Lounge Bar of the Chase Inn on Friday February 28th, 2020 with the first race starting
at 7.30pm. With a fine turn out from members and guests the evening was a great success helped, by the racecard sponsorship of
Chic Lochery/Jim Burnett+Archie McCaig/David Connor/Tony Bloor/Nicola Smeeton/Scott Kirk/Gordon Wilson and Stephen Kelly.
Coupled with members selling race sheets and generously providing raffle prizes the amount raised on the evening will be sufficient to cover the cost
of the transport provided for the Captains Day in August and indeed we shall have a small surplus. Our thanks go to John and Helen Greenwood
from Ayrshire Race Night Services who provided the racing and Tote on the evening. The event was organised by Alan Smeeton on behalf of the
Chase Golf Club and we thank him and the Secretary for helping to man the Tote during the evening. The raffle was a great fundraising success
helped in no small part by the persuasive efforts of Nicola Smeeton and Lorna Fraser who clearly encouraged people to part with a great
amount of cash, with our thanks. As always we salute the sterling efforts of Stephen, Elaine, Lynne and bookies runner John Kelly for their
efforts behind the bar and for allowing the event to take place in the Chase Inn. Finally the biggest thanks go to all who took part on the
evening - without your participation we could not have raised the amount that we did - on behalf of the Chase Golf Club, thank you.
Amendment to procedure
Following 2 incidents where a member was left without a game during the December Medal Competition, the following procedure must
now be followed by all players who pull out of a game after the draw has been made. It is now a requirement that the player pulling
out contacts EVERYONE PLAYING IN THE GROUP to inform them. This should happen as a common courtesy but clearly has not been.
Reminder to all Members
Please note that over the past few weeks
some members have failed to mark their
own score on their partner's card. Failure
to do this makes it impossible to double
check scores and is therefore a
disqualification offence. This will be rigidly
enforced in all competitions.
Office Bearers Season 2019/2020