Captain’s Blog – February 2023

This month saw the course in the best condition for mid-winter we have ever known with greens in great shape and the course looking absolutely remarkable for the time of year. It must make Paul Kimber and his team absolutely ecstatic to see all the hard work pay off and they deserve all our praise and thanks for that hard work. It’s looking fabulous and playing as the iconic Commentator Gary Koch would scream ”better than most…better than most!”
February also saw the return of the Lady Captain’s Charity Nearly New Sale after the enforced Covid break and what a day it was. Our brilliant Lady Captain, Barbara Ingram and the entire Ladies Section worked so hard in aid of her charity for the year, Dementia UK. With a steady flow of visitors throughout the morning over £5000 was raised for this amazing charity. Again the West was “better than most!”
February also saw confirmation of the Captains for the Thornton Cup and Leslie Wood Essex Knockout Competitions. In the Thornton Cup Nick Taylor is leading the team and trials will be held in early March. The first round sees the West away at Crondon Park on Sunday 30th April. As ever your support as a caddy or spectator would be greatly appreciated. Success at Crondon Park will give us a home tie against winner of the Maylands/Burstead first round clash. In The Leslie Wood Jason Canning takes the role for the second time and trials will be held in mid-March as the team has a bye in the first round. In the second round on Sunday 14th May the West will take on the winners of the Belhus Park/Wanstead opening tie.
You know that the season is in full swing when T Cup and Leslie Wood matches are on and it wont be now.