2019 Captain's Report

Good evening gentlemen and thank you for attending the meeting.

I can safely say that this will not be a long report and I will try to cover all golfing matters during the year and leave the other matters to Secretary Les and the rest of the Committee.

First let me say that it has been a privilege and a pleasure to have been your Captain during 2019.

The year started with our new Secretary Les Hartley taking over from Bob Small and throughout the year he has done an excellent job. All of our competitions have been well supported, and I’m sure the golf that has been played has been of a highest standard.

As you may remember our last years Captain Harvie Taylor managed to win both salvers against Cornwall and Kent and I was under no illusion what my goal was for 2019, being rather concerned that I wouldn’t be able to follow in his footsteps.

But with a very good win away at Launceston and home defeat at Tavistock we managed to win overall 13 ½ to 9 ½. Two very enjoyable matches against Cornwall with the weather being pleasant both times and both courses in good condition.

This year it was our turn to host our visitors from the Kent Veterans Golf Association at Churston and on a lovely hot sunny day we came home winners 6-2 so for the 2nd year running we hold both salvers – over to you Adrian!

Unfortunately, the match against the Devon juniors had to be cancelled due to the untimely death of the under 18 organiser, Graham Moore. The ladies match was also won by us.

The final of the Emerton-Court which had to be re-arranged due to inclement weather was played out yesterday between Dainton Park and Staddon Heights. It couldn’t have been any closer with 2 matches each and the last match all square coming up the 18th. My congratulations go to Staddon Heights winning with a par putt on the last.

The winter series introduced by Chris Henderson is going from strength to strength and it is good to see that for this year 2019/20 we will have a field of 32 teams. My sincere thanks go to Bob Small for organising this competition which starts next week at Bovey Castle.

Now to the most important part of the report – my and your appreciation must go to those who give up their time and help to make the DMVGA the successful and up to date association that it is.

My sincere thanks go to: Our President – Stuart MacKerrell, Secretary – Les Hartley and Treasurer – David Bromage (who has looked after our finances and ensured that we are always solvent. His face is a picture every time someone comes in with a 2!, or a decision is made at an executive meeting that we should spend some money).

Also I would like to thank the Executive Committee who have all worked hard this year to make my year and this Organisation as smoothly as it does.

Lastly my thanks go to the Club Representatives, Club Members and the Clubs themselves for allowing us to use their facilities to put on an event, without your help and support the DMVGA would not succeed. All that is left to do is for me to wish Adrian Granville-Smith all the best in 2020 as your new Captain, I hope he enjoys his time as much as I have.

Thank you all very much.

Phil Keen

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