The Chase Golf Club
Winter aggregate 3 results.
Our competitive golf continued with the playing of the third Winter Aggregate on the short course at Seafield. Once again a small field caused in part
by the washout on Friday/Saturday when the course was closed meant only 12 competitors returned a score. The scoring was magnificent at the head of the field.
Only getting an honourable mention is former Captain and multiple Club Champion, Alan Smeeton whose gross 65(nett 64) was still 8 shots off the winner despite
birdies at 7/8/12/16/17. Billy Rae shot a nett 62 containing birdies at 8/13/17 but his round was dominated by a dreadful run from holes 9-15 which saw him
fire 5 bogeys and a double to drop him out of contention at the head of the field. Captain Tony Bloor whose return to fitness has been welcome, appeared well set
following an opening 9 holes containing birdies at 2&8. However a poor back nine with no birdies and double bogeys at 10&16 saw him edged out on countback into
5th place. Ahead of Tony was Archie McCaig whose nett 61 contained birdies at 2/5/9/12/17/18 but a double bogey at 15 ultimately cost him a podium place. In 3rd
was last weeks runaway winner Stan Smith whose nett 60 contained only 2 birdies at 8/17. Ultimately 5 bogeys, 1 double and a snowman (8) at 12 cost him dearly.
In second was another veteran, Jim Burnett with a nett 59. A poor start to the round dropping 4 shots in 3 holes was countered by birdies at 6&8 but a poor back
nine containing no pars and only birdies at 14/18 saw him pipped at the head of the field. Out in front with a fabulous round of gross 60 (nett 57) was 5 time
Club Champion, Robert Gilchrist. Shooting birdies at 2/5/7/8 he was out in 29 strokes and "limped" home in 31 following birdies at 11/14/17/18 to win by 2 shots.
With 2 rounds completed in this 3 round event, Robert now sits at the head of the field with a 4 shot lead over Alan Smeeton/Jim Burnett with a posse including
Archie McCaig, Stephen Hannah and Billy Rae bunched up behind. The final round of this event takes place this week, weather permitting, at Dalmilling.
Scottish Golf - Venue Management System (VMS).
As all members know the Chase Golf Club currently uses outside suppliers to provide our Website and our Competition and Handicap Software.
Scottish Golf have developed their own system - VMS - for Affiliated Clubs to use if they so wish. For various reasons, the Chase Golf Club
has until now, chosen not to partner with Scottish Golf on this venture. Alan Smeeton and myself, along with other interested Clubs attended a
Zoom meeting with 2 Scottish Golf officials on the benefits and opportunities offered by the VMS package from Scottish Golf. Despite some issues
with the sound quality, it was clear to both Alan and myself that it could now be in the interests of the Chase Golf Club to participate in further
sessions with a view to possibly moving to this system. We are currently awaiting a summary from the meeting and guidance on how we proceed next.
Let me emphasise at this stage we are only looking to see the benefits which might accrue to the Chase Golf Club if we chose to join VMS and no
decision would be taken without consultation with the Committee and if required the members. Our mission at the present time is fact finding only.
We shall keep all members fully informed if any further developments occur.
Resumption of Competitive Golf
Following tonight's Committee meeting, I am pleased to announce the return of competitive golf. The Committee have agreed the following program
and members can book their round on any day (Mon-Sun) provided they inform Alan Smeeton beforehand and the scorecard is returned electronically no
later than 10pm on the day of play:-
February 8th - 14th February Medal (Seafield);
February 15th - 21st Wint Agg 3 (Seafield);
February 22nd - 28th Wint Agg 1 (Dalmilling);
March 1st - 7th January Medal (Seafield);
March 8th - 14th March Medal (Seafield);
March 15th - 21st Winter League (either 4 balls or 1 v 1);
March 22nd - 28th Capt v Vice Capt (singles matchplay) at Seafield, with teams to be confirmed.
Singles and Doubles events season 2020/21
Entries are being accepted for the Handicap Singles played at Belleisle and the Doubles Championship at Seafield. The closing date for both is
Sunday February 28th, 2021 with the draws due to be made at the Committee meeting on Monday March 1st, 2021. I would remind members the Doubles pairs
are chosen by ballot. With the current 2 ball restrictions in place the timelines for completion of the Doubles may need to be condensed when 4 ball play
is finally allowed. I shall accept entries by phone, text or email for these two events and look forward to seeing you on the golf courses.
The Foursomes and Texas Scramble events have been cancelled for season 2020/21. Participants in the Winter League have already been informed as
to the completion of that event. Anyone who wishes to play in the remaining events of the Winter program must contact the Handicap Secretary to
ensure they can submit a scorecard. The GBP£1 entry fee will still apply to the Strokeplay events and an invoice will be sent to each member in April
regarding outstanding entry fee payments.
Winter Program 2020/21
Our winter program started on September 30th with the full winter program being available to view within this website. Members should note that this date will
also see the re-introduction of the £1 entry fee for all events. Obviously with the recent COVID-19 restrictions re-imposed, access to the Chase Inn is not available.
Until further notice entry fees will be noted by the Secretary and Handicapper and payment can be settled at a later date. Entries for any events must be submitted
to the Secretary to allow him to conduct the draws and post them on the website. The Winter Playing conditions are posted on the website and came in to operation with
the opening event of the winter season. I would remind everyone that our program has been somewhat forced on us with only Belleisle, Seafield and Dalmilling open to
us as venues. As always late venue changes may take place if we are unable to book tee times but I look forward to seeing you all on the golf courses.
Electronic score returns
Please refer to the email instruction sent out on 10/08/20. If members require further assistance in this matter they should
contact Alan Smeeton as per the guidance attached to the email.
Amendment to procedure
Following 2 incidents where a member was left without a game, 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.
Office Bearers Season 2020/2021