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CAPTAIN’S BLOG FOR 2017
L’Ancresse Golf Club was bursting at lunchtime on the 15th October for the final presentations of the 2017 season. In addition it was a special day for the current Vice Captain Keith Dye, as he was arranging his last prize presentation tables for the club. The Captain thanked Keith for his years of service to the Club in this regard which was roundly applauded by the sizeable gathering.
Paul Duquemin was presented a Glass Bowl as winner of the Louis Goubert Competition earlier in the year (we must find who has the Trophy!!) followed by the winners of the last three Competitions of the year.
David Robilliard of Bucktrouts, sponsors of the Grande Rue Bowl, presented to the winner Geoff Ballay who produced a tremendous score on the day in pretty awful conditions.
Ian Vaudin from Lloyds Bank International then congratulated Graham Crabb, winner of the Colonel Randall Trophy, again played in poor conditions on Saturday the 7th October 2017. Ian also announced that Lloyds will continue with their sponsorship of the Colonel Randell Trophy in 2018.
The final Competition of the year The Labet Malet, was kindly sponsored by Geoff Langlois, a long standing member of our club. Jon Young came out on top spot retaining the Trophy he won is 2016. Well done Jon.
Again in 2017 the L’Ancresse matchplay competitions were well supported by club members with over 90 players taking in part in the singles Gosselin Cup.
After securing the Don Eker veterans Order of Merit in 2016 , Dave Collenette playing off just 6 at the start of the year came through as winner beating Russell Torode in the final.
The Coronation Cup, played as a four ball better ball, was won by Chris Vaudin and Damien Bent (sadly Chris was away for the presentation)
The 2017 L’Ancresse Order of Merit was decided on the results of the last Competition of the year, the Labet Malet, which was played in glorious conditions on Saturday the 14th October 2017. The outcome decided who the winner of the Sandy Trophy would be and the title was secured by Jason Savident on 76 points from George Le Ray on 73 points and Alan Le Noury in third place on 71 points.
Jason last had his hands on the Trophy in 2003.
The Don Eker trophy was won by George Le Ray however he was away for the presentation.
A big thank you to Iveta for putting on a beautiful buffet that was hugely enjoyed by all those present. All the images from the presentations are in the Club Gallery but below is a picture of Dave Collenette with the Gosselin Trophy together with the President and myself.
Unfortunately the only Home Fixture in our calendar that had to be cancelled was against the juniors in August, as they were not able to field a side. It’s important that we all encourage juniors to take up golf as they are the life blood of our sport and our Clubs for that matter. So be it your children or grandchildren let them know about the enjoyment of playing and the social side of golf at L’Ancresse golf club. The “Tee off with Matt”, which L’Ancresse was heavily involved in, was a great success and I do hope we see more events like this for Children.
It was disappointing that the Triangular Match against La Moye and Royal Guernsey did not take place mostly due to the price demands of the Airlines and the none availability of suitable sea travel options. Let’s hope someone comes up with a better day trip solution in 2018 to our sister Island.
We have managed to maintain a healthy number of members but we are below our maximum permitted level. It’s therefore important we keep looking at ways to promote our clubs offering which I believe is second to none in Guernsey.
We have an eminent presentation on Sunday the 15th October with presentations for the last 3 competitions and the awarding of the Sandy, Gosselin and Coronation trophies. A buffet will be available so it would be great to see as
many people as possible on the 15th to congratulate their fellow members on their achievements.
I also want to comment on the great advancements that St Pierre Park Golf Club are making. Let’s hope that we will see increased take up in golf which will undoubtedly assist all clubs across our Island.
Finally a big thank you to you the members that have made my Captains year so special. Your friendship and support has been wonderful and it’s been an absolute pleasure being your Captain in 2017.
11th June 2017
This is to all of you that took part in my Captains Day together with all those members that have supported me so far this year.
The Weather was fabulous, well deserved I believe!
I also enjoyed seeing you all “Drive Off” and meeting so many of our new members . Thanks to Keith Dye, our Vice Captain, for the wonderful Lobster lunch. This was a perfect mid day break for Becky and I.
I hope the Burger van went down well and I know a number of you have mentioned that the quality of the food they provided was excellent.
The prizes format was a little different this year with all categories of golfers being in with a chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their respective class, together with our standard nearest the pins, scratch and vets prizes. The straight drive prize also gave a chance to all you straight hitters rather than length and well done to Gary Le Tissier for finishing on the line itself!
Congratulations to Andy Treacy for scoring at excellent 41 stableford points the overall winner of the Captains Prize, always nice to get your name on a board.
In my haste I forgot a few thank you’s on the night, Chris Allen at V.W.T for providing the water. Our President for giving up his parking space for the Burger Van. My wife Becky for being alongside me throughout the day and all the support she has given me so far this year. Wayne Moore for cutting the Greens, and moving the holes that morning. Finally to Marcus for preparing the course to such a high standard and putting up the tent on the first which was very kind.
I was amazed with all of your donations for taking part in hitting the green on the 18th and I am delighted to say you raised just over £550.00 for my chosen charities.
Well done to Danny Blondel for his excellent Island Championship win. I had the pleasure to referee the afternoon session. I was very lucky to witness some fabulous golf. All the very best to Danny for the upcoming CI final in Jersey against Jason Stoakes.
Many thanks for the lovely cards and presents they were much appreciated.
10th May 2017
I've had the best weekend of my Captains year so far hosting Walton Heath. On a very soggy Saturday we played
20 matches and came out victorious with a score of 12.5 to 7.5. We have not lost at home since 1998 long may this continue.
On Sunday we hosted La Grande Mare's Golf Club in the Hampshire 7's we fielded a very strong side of Danny Bisson, Tim Carter, Steve Mahy, Tom Pattimore, Wayne Moore, Danny Blondel, and the team Captain Jamie Blondel. The Grande Mare have a good reputation in this competition so we did very well to win by 5 to 2. In the next round we will face either Alderney or Royal Guernsey.
I am very proud to say that we have raised the funds needed for the club defibrillator and it has been fitted to the wall alongside the main entrance to our club. So a very big thank you to all of you for finding the funds for this valuable asset to our club.
A demonstration will take place on Sunday 28th May after the presentation and my monthly draw at about 1.00pm if you have any interest in saving somebody's life please find the time and please come along. I would like to personally welcome new members therefore if you see me about please introduce yourselves to me.
The picture shows myself holding the famous Muriel H Paul trophy which was handed over from Andy Voss, Walton Heath Captain.
6th April 2017
It seems to have been a long time coming but the season is on its way. Last Saturday we had the Pro Shop Challenge with good weather and an impressive field of 152 members.
Congratulations to Mark Bourgaize for winning the trophy with an impressive 42 points. I must say a really big thanks to Chris Douglas for his sponsorship and for putting up £600 worth of clubs which were won by Dave Collenette. Not only did Chris do all that but he also paid into my charity box.
My monthly draw took place on 24th March. 1st prize went to Robin Barnes who donated his prize to my Captains charity box. 2nd prize was won by Geoff Ballay and 3rd prize Paul Allaway.
I would also like to thank Bill Le Huray for looking after our juniors and also for holding two social functions in our club house which were both a great success. Funds raised will go towards funding The Island Games.
I have had a good response to the snooker competition with 32 players taking part. The line up is in the snooker room. Many thanks to Paul Tostevin for setting up the whole competition. Good luck to you all.
The sheet for Walton Heath competition has gone up on the board so please get your name up as soon as you can.
The sheet is also up for our next competition the Heritage Cup on the 20th May. There is always plenty going on at our club now with the lighter nights so come down to support your club and enjoy your golf.
Congratulations to Karen Meager for winning my January Captains Draw. Second prize went to Mark Creber with third prize going to Kerry Moon.
I would like to thank those fifty four people who have signed up for for my monthly draw. There is still time for people to take part as the February draw will take place on the 10th March and the March draw will take place on 24th March.
The first prize will be £220.00 with the second prize being £100.00. The third prize will be £70.00. Any new entries will be immediately entered for the draw and could lift the prize money.
Finally a quick reminder to say that the golf season starts on the 11th March so get practicing. I will see you all at the prize givings.
15th January 2017
Luckily the weather was very kind to me last Sunday for my Drive-
My aim is to keep you the members, healthy both in body and mind. In case you couldn't make it my charities are firstly a Defibrillator which we will keep at our club for anybody to use. I hope to raise enough money by my Captains day on the 3rd of June. My next charity which I regularly use, is the Chest and Heart. If you haven't been along recently please go along to be checked out, it's a free service. For more information please ask, I can point you in the right direction. Last but not least, Guernsey Mind. One in three people suffer with mental health problems and while it has been taboo in the past there are people who can help.
I have had a few more of you come forward for my Captain's draw which I thank you. It would be great to get fifty people for a good return on your money.
Last Sunday we managed to raise £650.00 for our charities. Selling pegs raised £500.00 and auctioning my parking space for the first six months of the year to John Le Noury raised another £150.00.
I think we have had a fantastic start to the year and I once again thank you all for supporting me.
I would like to thank Jamie Blondel for selecting my first and second team along with the Hampshire Sevens. I would also like to thank Alan Mahy for selecting our Senior teams. I thank you both for giving up your valuable time.
1st January 2017
Firstly, I would like to start my year with a big warm thank you to Tony Crawley (our past president) for keeping our club on the straight and narrow for the past three years. I hope with his continued support it will stay that way. I aim to do as good a job as Brian Le Tissier has done this year but hopefully with a few more trophies in our cabinet. I would like to give a big thank you to Tony Brassell, Tony Blondel, and Geoff Meager for nominating me to be in this position. I would also like to welcome Keith Dye as my Vice Captain. Having worked alongside Keith I know that we will work well together. I would like to thank Vale commons council for agreeing to let us carry on playing golf on the common. I am very much looking forward to this year and I will enjoy meeting many of our members associated with our club. I am confident that with all the members support, I will do the best job I can as Captain. We have a very good committee which is run very efficiently by our President Tony Blondel. Tony is very supportive of our club and together we make a good team. I don't foresee any changes in the way in which our club is run this year.
I would also like to invite you all to the Captains Drive In on Sunday 8th January at 12.30 pm. I have three great charities which I have carefully chosen with you the members in mind. I hope to carry on our Monthly Captains charity draw but we do need more members to take part to make it even more successful. I have decided to auction off my parking space. I would welcome any of you to come to along and make a bid.
Wishing you all the best for the coming year I'm hoping this year will be very successful.
A La Perchoine
Peter Le Sauvage