I hope you and your families are all safe and well.
Sadly, we are in lockdown again. January has come and gone, now February is here, even if we have had what seems like continuous rain, we can look forward to the lighter nights. We may be unable to play golf, but I hope you are still managing to get a short walk or a little exercise each day. Hopefully we will benefit from the courses being closed and we’ll appreciate being able to play and seeing our friends even more, when we can get back on the fairways.
I’m sure we are all very encouraged by the incredible number of people who have already had their vaccination, it may still be sometime away for everyone to be vaccinated, before immunity is achieved and life will be more normal, whatever normal is.
On a more positive note, we hope to be able to run all our competitions in 2021, if we are allowed to do so. Our priority will always be the health and safety of all competitors and committee who run the competitions. In view of the uncertainty around and the possible restrictions that could still be in place in late April early May, (American Texas Scramble and the Silver Spring Meeting), your committee are delaying making any decisions, regarding these competitions until we have more information from the Government regarding COVID-19. Once we have an update from the Government, we can then decide on how to proceed with our programme of events. We have delayed our committee meeting until later this month to cover the situation.
Please remember the subscription you paid for 2020 has been carried forward to the 2021 season, of course if you would like to come and join us this season our Treasurer will happily take £5.00 from you. [New members can download an application form by clicking How to Join. Ed.]
Due to club closures could I ask each one of you to check the website regularly for updates and developments.
It’s not going to be an easy year for the officials and committee members. As you already know we have a vacancy for the position of Hon. Secretary and now unfortunately our Hon. Competition Secretary has resigned. So if anyone has a little time they can spare and would be interested in either vacancy, please contact me directly.
Just a reminder we are hosting the Northern Championship which is to be played at Bishop Auckland Golf Club on 18th until 20th May 2021. Entries are now starting to arrive, not many from Durham as yet. For more information about the competition, please see the NCVLGA website or our website where you will find an entry form. All entries to be sent to me.
Well, 2020 certainly turned out to be a year none us could have anticipated.
At the beginning of the season due to the Coronavirus and on advice from England Golf your committee were forced to make a very difficult decision, do we try to rearrange or cancel all competitions, coaching days and social events. In the end we choose to cancel everything and hope you feel we made the right decision. The safety of all our members is always paramount in our minds. The Annual General Meeting was held in a different format this year. The Annual Coffee Morning was cancelled.
All our Committee meetings this year were held via Zoom. My thanks to everyone for their help and support during a very difficult year. The Northern Counties also cancelled all Richardson Trophy matches, as were both County matches for our Bronze team.
On a brighter note, for me, I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be your Captain again next year and am looking forward to seeing you all next season. I’m very pleased Delphine Brady has accepted the invitation to be your Vice Captain. Del will be well known to many of you, she has been a member of Darlington Golf Club for many years, where she has carried out various roles on committee as well as being Lady Captain twice. In 2014/2015 she was County Captain of Durham County Ladies Golf Association and her experience will be a tremendous help to us.
I’d also like to welcome Carolyn Maxey from Blackwell Grange Golf Club, who has agreed to be co-opted onto the committee, and hope she enjoys her time.
After many years as our Secretary, Eileen Stothert decided to retire, we still have a vacancy for a Secretary and if you could spare a little time and would like to help us for the coming season, please contact me. You can find out more about the role by clicking here.
As you know all paid Annual Subscriptions have been carried forward to 2021.
Posters and entry forms for our competitions for 2021 have already been emailed to all Club Reps. Printed copies will also be sent together with Fixture Cards to the Clubs in the New Year.
Our thanks go to all our Club Reps for your help and continued support next year.
The NCVLGA have asked us to host the Northern Championship at Bishop Auckland Golf Club again next year after it had to be cancelled. Please have a look at NCVLGA’s or our website, entry forms can be downloaded. If your handicap is 20 or less, why not enter the Championship and if you don’t qualify for the match play you can always enjoy the team stableford.
It would be great to see lots of our members playing in this event, which only comes to us once every six years.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas with good health and happiness in the New Year.
Captain – Jennifer