Club Captain 2018
Stefan Gayton

Captains Evening (15 August 2018)

Thank you to everyone who participated

1st: Phil Pascoe / Gerry Brown / Kieran Burley-Brown (£8 each)

British Firework Championships

Wow, what a couple of nights... I would like to personally thank every volunteer and member of staff who helped make this such an incredible couple of nights for everyone who attended.

Staddon Heights Golf Club members and staff are truly unique, one in a million - thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do for our great club!

A special thank you to Terry Heyward our immediate past captain for co-ordinating everything this year... you did a fantastic job, thank you!

Thank you also to the thousands that attended over the two nights, I hope you had a great time and we look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Brian Bounsall Scratch Trophy

Day 1 : Fourballs

There were some great scores on Saturday in the fourballs. . . Andy Semmens & Oli Elliot-Smith with 67, Alan Gawman & Kenny Mackenzie as well as Kieran Burlery-Brown and Andy Clegg with 68. . . to name a few. However, there was one score that stood out, Congratulations to Chris Howard and Dan Whitehurst for an incredible 64, well done gents.

A Big thank you to the captain of Elfordleigh, Rick who I had the pleasure of playing with, the match was nip and tuck all the way and was halved. I think we might be up for selection next year as we both managed to shoot a gross 60 – the only downside was we only played 12 holes. . . . and to add even more suffering, Rick drank all my beer on the course.

After the Four balls, we had Staddon in the lead by a point from Tavistock, with Yelverton and Elfordleigh not far behind.

Day 2 : Foursomes

Some more good scores in very tough conditions.

Yelverton took maximum points in the foursomes, with the best perfrmance from Ryan Acres and Mark Harrington with an impressive 76. I have a four ball for Staddon, well done.

Day 2 : Singles

Fantastic round of singles matches in very tough hot conditions. I hope the refreshments Neil and myself brought round helped.

Thank you Neil for your help and donating the cool bags and ice flannels - also thank you to Phil Aston for loaning us a cool bag.

There were some very good scores in; Matt Cooper and George Bryant with 73, Lee west with a cracking 71, but young Harrison managed a superb 69 – well done mate I’ll put a few bob on your account in the pro shop.

I have a little something for the best performance from each club:
Matt Cooper from Yelverton
Mike Apps from Tavistock
Ian Jolliffe from elfordleigh

Final Standings

Staddon Heights : 54pts
Yelverton : 47pts
Tavistock : 38pts
Elfordleigh : 21pts

Plymouth Area League

On Friday 3rd August 2018, Staddon Heights won the Plymouth Area League by half a point from Yelverton.

Massive congratulations to the squad... the team spirit throughout was incredible over a very tough and competitive season - thank you gents it was a pleasure and very enjoyable, I am so proud of you all!

A special thank you to Darren Clarke for his hardwork and leadership, we could not of done it without you - respect Champ!!

Thank you also to my Vice Captain Andy Withey for supporting the squad and myself throughout, appreciated mate!

Final Standings
Staddon Heights : 32pts
Yelverton : 31.5pts
Elfordleigh : 31pts
Wrangaton : 29.5pts
Tavistock : 28.5pts
Boringdon : 27.5pts

Congratulations again boys and good luck in France in October where you'll play China Fleet in the Grand Final.

Captains Evening (18 July 2018)

Thank you to my Vice Captain Andy Withey for running the competition this evening - Mucho Gracias!

1st: Phil Aston (£15)
2nd: Jon Holwill (£10)
3rd: Andy Ross (£5)

Captains Charity Day (14 July 2018)

Absolutely fantastic day; great weather, perfect course, service in the clubhouse second to none as usual!!

We raised a whopping £628.80 for my Charity "Hugs from Henry" - Thank you to everyone who participated and donated a few quid - it is greatly appreciated!

Results are as follows:

Hole 2: Alex Cole = 300 balls at at Plymmouth Driving Range
Hole 15: Tony Clarke = 300 balls at at Plymmouth Driving Range
Hole 17: Dave Purnell = 300 balls at at Plymmouth Driving Range

1st with 49pts: I Spear / R Densley = £40 + 4 Ball at Thurlestone
2nd with 48pts: K Eke / A Eke = £30 + 4 Ball at East Devon
3rd with 47pts on CB: A Girdlestone / F Glanville = £20 + 4 Ball at Chippenham
4th with 47pts on CB: D Crocker + A Roberts = £10 + 4 Ball at Yelverton
5th with 47pts: K Buckingham / P Robinson = 4 Ball at Torquay
6th with 46pts: C Moist / M Damerell = 4 Ball at Stover
7th with 45pts on CB: B Britton / S Maber = 4 Ball at Tavistock
8th with 45pts: G McKinney / R Oates = 4 Ball at Boringdon
9th with 44pts on CB: G Purchase / I Easton = 60 minute lesson on Trackman
10th with 44pts: M Kitt / T Olver = Steak meal for two at Staddon

1st with 42pts: L Brooks / S Couch = Golf Lesson for 2
2nd with 39pts: F. Ryan / E. Robinsonn = 100 balls at at Plymmouth Driving Range

There was a total of 16 two’s each worth: £20.60

Frank Glanville (15th), Roger Densley (15th), Gary Bolt (4th), Ian Easton (18th), Brian Huntley (15th), Paul Adams (15th), Chris Knowles (15th), Chris Baggott (2nd), Dave Purnell (17th), Gerry Brown (15th), Alex Cole (2nd), Andy Withey (15th), Robin Love (15th), Andy Field (15th), Gill Whitelock (2nd), Andy Clegg (15th)

Captains Day (7 July 2018)

Absolutely fantastic day; great weather, perfect course, service in the clubhouse second to none AND England in the Semi Finals with a 2:0 victory over Sweden!

Thank you to everyone who attended - it is greatly appreciated!

Results are as follows:

Hole 2: Nigel Smith = £20
Hole 15: Mary Robson = £20
Hole 17: Ross Bryant = £20

Gary Symons = £10

1st: Ray East = £60
2nd: Paul Daniel = £50
3rd: Darren Clarke = £40
4th: Dorian Crocker = £30
5th: Mike Glanfield = £20
6th: Nick Jewell = £10

1st: Carole Honour = £40
2nd: Penny Howson = £30
3rd: Mary Robson = £20

1st: Barry Howson = £40
2nd: Brian Huntley = £30
3rd: Dave Pellow = £20

1st: Andy Semmens = £40

Hole 2: David Purcell £63
Hole 15: Gerald Lovely £63
Hole 15: Paul Daniel £63
Hole 17: Ross Bryant £63

Captains Evening (4 July 2018)

Thank you to my Vice Captain Andy Withey for running the competition this evening - Mucho Gracias!

Gerry Brown / Phil Aston / Jon Holwill with 51pts (£7 each)

Captains Evening (27 June 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came this evening, another great turnout.

Results for "Trevose Card"
1st: Neil Hailey/Andy Withey with 31pts (£8 each)
2nd: Jane Burley-Brown/Kieran Burley-Brown/Gerry Brown with 30pts (£5 each)
3rd: Alex Ward/Dan Laniewski with 29pts (£3 each)

Club Championships (23-24 June 2018)

Absolutely fantastic two days; great weather, perfect course, service in the clubhouse second to none AND England finally put in a very impressive performance at a major tournament with a 6:1 victory!

Fran, Andy, Alex and Jon did a great job running the competition – Massive thank you to you all. Also a big thank you to Lee and staff for great service and a superb BBQ. The course was in perfect condition, so a huge thank you to the Dave Roberts,Jon Bullen, green committee and the green staff – awesome job!

After a weekend of enjoyable and competitive golf in very testing conditions, we had two great golfers who stood out and managed to get their names at the top; these were Darren Clarke our Club Champion for 2018 winning the Royal Artillery Cup and Phil Pascoe (Nett Champion) winning the Burlton Cup. Congratulations to you both.

Roll Up Charity Match (16 June 2018)

What a fantastic day... we raised a mammouth £500 for my charity "Hugs from Henry".

Massive thanks to Robin Love, Mike Mahoney, Chris May and Gordon James for organising the day AND a huge thank you to all members of the 11 and 12 O'clock roll ups for giving your time and money to such a great cause. Also, thank you to those that did not play, but kindly donated, it is greatly appreciated!

The match was very close from start to finish... but the 12 O'clock boys were triumphant with a 9:8 victory - well done gents, great performance!

Once again many many thanks to everyone!

Jubilee Cup (9 June 2018)

Thank you to everyone who played and to all the staff that made it such a great day.

1st: J Thompson / F Holmes with 46pts (£50 each)
2nd: C Marshall / P Daley with 45pts CB (£40 each)
3rd: P Daniel / D Crocker with 45pts (£30 each)
4th: Ross Hodgkinson / Ryan Hodgkinson with 44pts CB (£25 each)
5th: M Wallace / T Wallace with 44pts (£20 each)

Captains Evening (6 June 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came this evening, another great turnout.

Results for "Texas Scramble with a Twist"
1st: Neil Hailey/Andy Withey/Alex Goodey with 47.1 (£10 each)
2nd: John Hailey/Trevor Thompson/Jack Thompson with 47.8 (£5 each)
3rd: Dan Knight/Joe Knight/Alex Ward with 49 (£3 each)

Centenary: Staddon Heights v Yelverton (3 June 2018)

Thank you to everyone who participated - it was a fantastic day and great fun.

It was a close match, but fortunately Staddon came out victorious with 375pts to Yelvertons 358pts

Captains Evening (30 May 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came this evening, great turnout.

Results for "Power Player"
1st: Neil Hailey/Andy Withey/Alex ward with 60pts (£9 each)
2nd: Adam Welton/Lucas Osborne/James Marlow with 56pts (£5 each)

Captains Evening (23 May 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came this evening, great turnout.

Results for "Texas Scramble"
1st: Adam Welton/Lucas Osborne/Chris Oke with 47.9 (£8 each)
2nd: Neil Hailey/Jack Thompson/Stefan Gayton with 48.1 (£5 each)
3rd: Peter Colton/Gary Bolt/Conor Warren with 50.4 (£3 each)

The £5 winnings I received for 2nd place has been given to the Captains Charity

Captains Evening (16 May 2018)

Thank you to everyone who came this evening, great turnout.

Results for "Extreme Mulligans"
1st: Adam Welton with 29pts (£12)
2nd: Jack Thompson with 27pts (£10)
3rd: Martin Wallace with 25pts (£8)
4th: Dan Knight with 25pts (£5)
5th: Fin Holmes with 23pts (£3)

Captains Evening (9 May 2018)

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and came to my first Captains evening, it is greatly appreciated.

Results for "Let it Ride"
1st: Adam Welton with 165pts (£8)
2nd: Gary Andrew with 160pts (£5)
3rd: Scott Bamford with 110pts (£3)

Fours Cup (28 April 2018)

Congratulations to A. Symons & G. Mckinney with an incredible score of 59 to take the Fours Cup.

Paul Weathers Cup (22 April 2018)

Congratulations to Phil Aston & Marlene Carder who won the Paul Weathers Cup.

Fullerton Cup Final (15 April 2018)

Congratulations to Gary Chapman & Dominic Butcher who won the Fullerton Cup against Jon Holwill & Alex Goodey

Fund Raising Day (14 April 2018)

Another great field with lots of fun.

I would like to personally thank Harrison King, Barnie Miller, Adam Welton and Lucas Osborne for their hard work running “Beat The King on 15th” and the 6 hole putting competition. As well as Jon Wigg, Paul Jordan, Sue Andrews and Fran Ryan. The catering and bar staff put on a fantastic BBQ and kept us with drinks – so a big thank you to them!

Great news as well. . . we managed to raise over £800 for the Club Development fund. . . Thank you all so much!

Captains Inauguration Dinner (31 March 2018)

The dinner was a great success, lots of eating, drinking and dancing until late.

Great news as well. . . we managed to raise £527 for the "Hugs from Henry" charity. . . Thank you all so much!

Captains Drive-In/New Years Cup (31 March 2018)

We had a great field for the Captains Drive-In/New Years Cup and luckily I managed to hit the Bob Maddison driver - not as far as I wanted (169 yards), but with Mr Sanford standing over me, saying I was going to hit it out of bounds left - I was just grateful to get it over the road.

After a great start on the front 9 with 22 points, I made the fatal mistake of asking Keith if it was ok for the Captain and Vice Captain to win the Captains Drive-In. . . to which he replied "I think you're getting a head of yourself, there's a long way to go". Wise words as we blew up on the back 9 with only 14 points. With that said we had a fantastic time; fun, laughter and a few shots of Jager. . . thank you to my playing partners; Andy Withey, Keith Rendell & Jon Holwill for making the round so enjoyable.

Congratulations to all the winners and good luck next time to those who did not get in the prizes.

I'm sure you'll all agree that it was a great day, thank you, very, very much!

Captains Acceptance Speech (28 March 2018)

Good evening Mr Chairman, Mr Treasurer, Mr President, Madam Ladies Captain and fellow Staddon members.

Thank you to all of you, not just for your support tonight, but for all those of you who have wished me good luck for the coming year, and there have been many of you. Some of you have asked if I am looking forward to my Captain’s year, to which I have replied “very much so”. Others have asked if I am daunted by it. Well when I look round the room tonight all I see are friends everywhere, so how can I be daunted?. I am sure I will receive lots of support throughout the year.

So, yes I am really looking forward to it.

A big thank you also to Terry for asking me to be his Vice-Captain, all those months ago. I will come back to Terry later.

I would also like to thank the committee, who have put their trust and faith in me, to endorse my nomination.

I am not sure how many of you know how the Captain is selected. Each year a conclave of wise men get together. These are the Chairman, Captain, Treasurer and the Trustees. They go through the list of potential candidates and come up with the preferred choice, which the Captain then contacts personally to invite him to be his Vice Captain.

I imagine the conversation went a bit like this, when they discussed me last year.

“So what about this Stef chap?”

“Is he physically up to the job?”

“He’s a bit overweight, got a dodgy knee and likes a pint”

“Oh dear, Well can he play golf?”

“He has one eye and is blind as a bat”

“Oh dear, Well what’s he like up top, will he be able to cope?”

“Well he can be a bit…. You know…. Funny”

“So what you are saying is that he’s a physical wreck, can’t play golf for toffee, and is as daft as a brush. Is that correct?”

“Well yes”

“Ok, he’ll do, Lets have him”

You know it wasn’t really like that………was it?

So, please forgive me for being deliberately flippant, but I did that on purpose. Because I want to set the scene on this being a fun year And Because if any of you catch me taking myself too seriously during the year, you have my permission to give me a kick up the back-side.

What I do take seriously is the role.

Firstly, I recognise the tremendous honour that you have given me in accepting me as Captain. I feel deeply privileged, especially when you see the names of those who have been Captain over the years. I also recognise the responsibilities that come with the role. In this respect, I will do my utmost to represent the club in the manner that you expect, when playing other clubs, and at other external events. Most importantly, I will do my best to represent you, the members, and to be available as often as possible to meet with you and to discuss any burning issues that you may have.

I am very pleased, I feel very humble and I feel very proud. Thank you very, very, much.

It now gives me great pleasure to thank Terry for his year as Captain.

Terry, you should be very proud of your Captaincy Year, as we are all proud of you. I have tried to think of two words that summarise Terry’s Captaincy. . .

Energetic and enthusiastic!

He’s always seemed to be at the club; Meeting and greeting visiting parties – making them feel welcome , Attending all sub-committees, Not afraid to challenge established ideas to move the club forward, Driving forward the Health & Safety Policy, Always available and chatting to members – taking note of their issues and so much more!

PLUS he’s had to cope with some rotten weather the last few months. . . I had half thought of presenting Terry with an umbrella tonight, or a DVD of the film Rainman, but thought that would be too un-gentlemanly.

Seriously though, the weather has never got him down; he’s always had a smile and joke Terry, you’ve been a fantastic Captain Thank you from all of us !!!

It’s now another pleasure for me to introduce Andy Withey as the nominee as my Vice-Captain. Please can we have a show of hands to approve Andy’s nomination as Vice-Captain.

And last but not least. . . The Captains charity for the coming year will be “Hugs from Henry”.

Hugs From Henry is a Plymouth based charity that helps families affected by childhood cancer, neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer of the sympathetic nervous system and most commonly occurs on the adrenal glands or nerve tissue in the spinal cord in the chest, abdomen and neck. It is classified as a rare cancer as it affects up to 150 children a year. It’s the second most common solid tumour and is renowned for being difficult to treat.

Generally it affects children under five years however older children are also diagnosed with it and it is known that babies can be diagnosed while still in gestation. Whether its emotional support, making a memory or helping families keep in touch, Hugs From Henry provides them with a place to turn.

I hope everyone will show their support this year for this deserving local children’s charity.

Once again, thank you very much for your time this evening and I look forward to seeing you all at the Drive-In on Saturday.

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