The Chase Golf Club
New COVID-19 Restrictions
Following the announcement by the Scottish Government of tighter restrictions due to Covid-19, the Committee of the Chase Golf Club has unanimously decided
to suspend all competition golf immediately until the end of the latest lockdown or the end of February. South Ayrshire Council have already announced all golf
will be played in 2 balls only and so obtaining tee times will become even more difficult than at present. As further guidance is issued by SAC the Committee
will update members accordingly.
Winter League season 2020/21 temporarily suspended.
Given the new restrictions introduced by SAC regarding 2 ball tee times only, this competition is suspended. If however teams wish to fulfill matches on a
1 v 1 basis this will be permitted but it is not mandatory. As circumstances change competitors will be notified.
New Year Competition results
Our New Year competition took place at Seafield Golf course with 18 participants. Once again Seafield was on the shortened layout with temporary greens again
in play this week. This layout is clearly to everyone's liking as more than half the field once more broke nett 69. Alan Muir finished at the rear of the field despite
birdies at 4&13 but 6 double bogeys finished his challenge. Just inside the top 10 came John Cathcart whose card was similar for both nines with 1 birdie and 3 bogeys
in each half as he fired a nett 61. Just ahead of him was last week's winner, Jimmy Burnett who was unable to repeat the trick despite a birdie at hole 8. His double
bogeys at holes 1&11 plus a triple at 12 took him out of contention despite a late birdie at 18. We had 3 players tied on nett 59 with Secretary John Brodie shooting
the best gross score of 67 shots. An outward half of 32 strokes contained 2 bogeys and 3 birdies but he made a poor start to his back 9 as he bogeyed 10&11. However a
fine finsh of 2 under par for his last 7 holes redeemed the round. Ahead on countback, was John Boyle whose steady start included birdies at 4&8 but double bogeys at
1/6/7/15 coupled with no birdies on the back 9 ultimately meant he finished outside the prizes. Just ahead in 5th place came Dougie Beattie who almost failed to survive
the round after a severe coughing fit caused by fluff from his hand mittens (made in the war - but not sure which one) on hole 7. Once medical assistance was adminstered
he was able to continue and indeed birdied hole 8 as a consequence. His only blemish on a fine back 9 was a bogey at 15 but this was offset by a birdie at 13 and an eagle 2
at his last hole the 17th. Just off the podium was Sandy Ferguson with a fine nett 58 which contained a birdie at hole 2 in a solid front 9. Further birdies at 11/13/17
propelled him in to contention only for double bogeys at 12&16 to dash his hopes. In 3rd spot was Captain Tony Bloor who shot a steady outward 9 of 35 shots in his nett 57.
Only 1 birdie on the back 9 at 13 meant bogeys at 14/15/18 cost him dearly. In 2nd spot came Vice Captain John Simpson with a nett 53 playing off our maximum handicap of 28
shots. Double bogeys at 7&9 were countered by birdies at 2&8 and were the prelude to a back nine of no birdies. Ultimately his triple bogey at 12 cost him the competition.
At the head of the field this week was veteran Stan Smith. In contrast to his round of no birdies last week, Stan converted at 2&8 although these were offset by a double bogey
at the first. 3 bogeys in his first 4 holes of the inward half looked to have taken him out of contention but with 5 straight pars to finish he sneaked over the line on
countback. While not at the head of the field this week mentions should also be made of former Club Champions, Robert Gilchrist and Alan Smeeton who eagled holes 13&8 respectively
as well as Billy Rae who birdied 13&15 and then eagled hole 16. Well done to all who took part in what were trying conditions.
Re-scheduled Winter Aggregate 1
Following the December Committee meeting this event will now be played at Belleisle on January 27/30/31. Hopefully this will be third time lucky and we finally
play the event.
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