Over the past year three golf days have been held at various Midlands courses involving up to 30 members of staff at each event. The growing popularity of these golf days has prompted the players to form a Staff Golf Society. The Society is open to all members of staff regardless of ability and is keen to encourage new members to join.
Golf is a relaxing and social hobby; the members of the Staff Society play for fun. The Society organises 4 day-long competitions throughout the year, scored on the Stableford system with unscored novelty points for nearest the pin and longest drive. At the end of the year the player with the most Stableford points wins the title of Player of the Year.
The days are usually held in March, June, September and December. The next event is on 10 September at Brailes Golf Club near Banbury.
The day starts at midday with coffee and a bacon roll followed by 18 holes and an evening meal at the club. The fee is £35, including one pound towards the prize fund.
Brailes’ web site says of the course “The challenging 18 hole course has been designed to test and stretch the skills of experienced golfers yet not intimidate newcomers to the game. The 6,315 yards par 71 course utilises the natural undulating terrain, mature trees and the Sutton brook which comes into play across 5 holes at strategic points.”
The Society keeps to a simple format playing the Stableford format, except for the December event when they play Texas Scramble followed by a Christmas dinner.
Clive Werret, a Society Member from the School of Engineering, explains “We want to extend the invitation to join to all staff. If we get more lady members then we could set up a separate competition, if we get more male members then we could set up two competitions, one for lower handicaps and one for higher handicaps. The main aim though is to have fun.”
If you are interested in joining the society, or would like more information about forthcoming golf society events then contact Clive with your name, department, phone number, e-mail address and details of your handicap.
Clive R. Werret
School of Engineering