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La Grande Mare Golf Club Captain's Welcome

Men's Captain.

Men's Captain

I am honoured to be the Captain for 2018 and will represent all the club members in all the various events and competitions planned to the best of my ability.

My vice-captain is Tim Halden and together with the experience of our President, David Jeffery, and an excellent committee, we look forward to representing and supporting members old and new in competitive and social golf.

I am a great supporter of Tuesday Club Nights and believe this is a great way of getting to know club members through team golf and a variety of formats. If you are new to the club or just got your first handicap, please come along and join in.

My chosen charity is 'The Friends of Le Murier' and their project 'The Village', which provides an independent living facility for the children of Le Murier, all of whom have a learning difficulty.

Good luck to everyone in 2018 and enjoy your golf at La Grande Mare. 

Phil Daunt 

Ladie's Captain.

Ladies' Captain

I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to represent La Grande Mare Ladies as their Captain for 2018. I only joined the club some five years ago and my only regret is that I did not find this fantastic sport before I became a pensioner! Golf has changed my life completely and being given the chance to follow on from the superb efforts of Helen Banks gives my life a whole new meaning. 

The last couple of years I have been dogged with problems that limited my golf but now I am fit and well I look forward to playing a full part in the social and golfing life of our club. I know I will have good support from my Vice Captain, Shelley Greenfield, and with the help of an enthusiastic and willing committee I am sure we will provide all of our ladies with an enjoyable and rewarding experience in 2018. I have to admit, my choice of Bobbie and Ali as my social team has given me a few sleepless nights but I am sure they will give us a year to remember, hopefully for the right reasons ! 

We must not forget the dedication and sheer hard work put in by the greenkeepers and their team to ensure that our course continues to improve in every way. All too often they are the forgotten men who are seldom recognised and even more rarely, thanked. Make it your resolution for 2018 to just say “Thank you” when you see them around the course. 

So what are my wishes for 2018? Quite simply, to encourage more ladies to take up the sport, get a handicap and join in our fantastic range of competitions. Any newcomers will be welcomed with open arms and I am sure all of our members will assist you in getting the most from your membership. 

My chosen charity for the year is Autism Guernsey, a group of volunteers who get no assistance from the States of Guernsey and who provide an amazing amount of support for those afflicted with this little understood and very largely incurable condition. This charity is dear to my heart as I have a grandson who has struggled for years to make people understand that he is not disabled, he is just different. So, ladies, when you drop a ball in the water at the 16th just remember, you haven’t just lost a ball, it has given you an opportunity to contribute to the collecting bottle in the Club to make a difference to the lives of a very significant group of Islanders. 

I look forward to playing with as many of you as possible this year and enjoying your friendship both on the course and in the Club afterwards. I hope you all have a rewarding and enjoyable 2018. 

Sylvia Sirett 
Lady Captain.

Junior Captain.

Junior Captain

My name is Louis Raffray and I am honoured to be your captain for the 2018 season. I have been a member at La Grande Mare for many years and I am currently studying for my A levels at Elizabeth College.

This year we have put together an information pack outlining our exciting programme for the new season. I hope you all find it useful. This year the LGM Juniors are going to be supported by the global professional services network PWC. It is through this generous support we can continue to grow the game, improve skills and make golf accessible to all. From all the juniors a big thank you.

One of the big innovations of 2017 was the introduction of free coaching on a Saturday for junior members. Two sessions currently run, one for beginners and a second for more advanced players. I am pleased that these lessons will continue throughout 2018. If you don’t currently attend, and would like to, please contact John Dent our club pro.

Competitions will start again in April, the entry level is a blue tee competition which is 9 hole and played of forward tees. The more advanced juniors play 18 hole competition from the adult tees. If you would like to play, sign-up sheets go up on the noticeboard around two weeks prior to the competition date.

Next season is going to prove exciting as we have a number of new innovations for the junior section. For the first time we are going to have an LGM junior team playing matches against the other local clubs. We are also going to have a Monday night league starting when the evenings get a bit longer. There is no need sign up, just turn up on the night. Your best six scores of the season will count towards your league position.

It is exciting times for junior golf at LGM and there is no better time to get involved. I look forward to playing with you throughout the 2018.

Louis Raffray
Junior Captain.