2021 Captain's Report


I would like to start the proceedings with my thanks to the rest of the Committee for their work during the past 2 years.   I fully realise that we have not been able to play for a large proportion of that time, but there is other work that has to still go on behind the scenes.      Along with the Committee I would also like to thank all the Reps from our member clubs, for their work as well.

I will briefly go back to 2020 and say that when we had our first Committee Meeting at the beginning of January, we held the Draw for the Emerton-Court Competition, little realising what was to come.  LOCKDOWN.   I do not think that anyone was aware what lockdown would mean, not only to us through not playing golf, but all the hardships and untimely deaths of so many people.    I sincerely hope that none of you lost any family members.

Later in the year, golf courses began to open, with strict measures on social distancing which in turn meant that we were not able to run our schedule of competitions and the Emerton-Court was cancelled as well.

During that time at virtual committee meetings held on Zoom, it was decided that all the officers of the Association would remain at their posts for the coming year 2021.  We also decided that membership fees would be carried over.

As Captain, I also had another role, that of IT officer and for the previous two years, although we had our own Website which I built in 2015, we had been running our competitions on the Devon Golf website which was supplied by Intelligent Golf.   Well towards the end of 2020 it was decided by Devon Golf that they could no longer host our competitions, because of pressures from other group wanting the same treatment.

It was decided that we were to approach Intelligent Golf to host a new website and also our own competitions.   This I did and started down, what turned out to be a very long road.  Intelligent golf I will say have never dealt with an association such as ours, and they have only dealt with Clubs and County Organisations.

To cut a long story short, I had our new website up and running by the middle of May, although we were able to run the Presidents Salver on their software when we played at Tavistock towards the end of April.

We still had restrictions in place due to Covid, and all eating and drinking was done outside under their newly erected covered seating area.   Luckily the weather was clement with a fair strong breeze.

We then had our matches against the Cornwall Seniors, the first of which was supposed to be at St Mellion, but since the manager, the Professional and the chef had all just walked out, Cornwall took a hint and re-arranged the match at Launceston but later on after the Home match at Tavistock.   I was not able to attend at Tavistock and I must thank my vice-captain Tim for standing in on the day.    The matches at Launceston and Tavistock were both won by the DMVGA.   The match at Launceston was unique in that the match was followed by bottles of beer supplied by the Cornwall players consumed outside overlooking the 18th Green.

Our next fixture at the end of June was the WMN held at Honiton.   The comp went well until players started to put in their scores.  That is when we learnt that the scorecard that we were working on through Intelligent Golf was not the scorecard that the Club had supplied.   What was even more surprising was that the Club had been putting in scores to the WHS system without realising the WHS had not got any of their tee data correct.   Once this was communicated with their professional, he managed to get things changed, and our comp scores were then used for handicap purposes.

Kent seniors then visited us at Churston at the beginning of July and were duly beaten, but unfortunately the meal afterwards left a lot to be desired.

The Summer meeting at Saunton passed in fine weather and ran without a hitch, which is more than can said for the Millennium Trophy held at Wrangaton.  I arrived at about 10.15 only to be met in the very narrow approach road by a load of cars heading back down the hill.  Finally when I got through, I found that it was all called off as the cloud had descended and you could not see down the 1st fairway.

We then had to postpone until the 23rd August when the Competition was duly played, but disaster struck yet again with our scoring.   This time the problem was with Intelligent Golf, but we were able to overcome it, and the winners were duly announced.

We played the Devon Juniors at Saunton at the end of August and made History by beating them 5 / 4 and this was only the 3rd time we have won in 32 years.

We did not have the same sort of Luck against the Devon Lady Veterans at Torrington at the beginning of September where we were soundly beaten.  I will say that some of our team were giving over 20 shots to their opposition.

The Autumn Meeting at Libbaton came next along with another scoring problem, although we have not been able to apportion blame, but we had the software for the White tees instead of the Yellows, and this took about two weeks to sort out but was sorted in the end.

I will say that now I have organised with Intelligent Golf that all next year’s scorecards will be down loaded to us a long way ahead so that we can check with time to spare.

The hard fought Emerton-Court Final was our last fixture of the year and was won by Sidmouth over Tiverton.   Congratulations to them.

And that concludes what is rather a lengthy report.

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