Update from Matt Thompson (Secretary) 2020 Season and affects of Government action
Following the latest government briefing the committee have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Charity Cup at Trentham Golf Club in August.
Although there is a possibility we could be playing competitive golf by August, hotels, bars, restaurants and all golf club facilities may not be available to us and we feel these are essential elements in making our events the success they are.
Further details on next years Charity Cup will be released at a later date as to whether we will return to Trentham or another venue.
We will provide an update by the end June for the two remaining events that are due to take place in September, these being the Singles & England v Scotland.
Sheriffs Cup - A provisional booking for May 26th – 28th 2021 has been made and paid for. This was the best option made available to us by Gleneagles. Therefore no refunds will be available. The committee recommends all players who qualified and were entered into this year’s Sheriffs Cup will play in the rescheduled event next year. This will raise questions on this year’s qualifiers, but we can foresee many local events being cancelled. We ask all Services & Regions to agree on your own and fairest arrangements this year so individuals are not penalised. If a player cannot attend next year, Secretaries should seek a replacement from their section and arrange individual(s) finances at a local level. This cannot be remedied by Nicol.
Further Postponed Events: National Pairs – Postponed. This competition has been moved as a whole to next June. The same financial stance as the Sheriffs Cup will be taken where no refunds on entry fees are available as the booking is paid for. Players should contact Lee Digweed or the hotel directly to remedy hotel costs/bookings only.
4 Nations – Postponed until July 2021. I will give further details on this when I have them.
Remaining Events: If further events are postponed these will roll onto next year, the event rota and organisers of events will move along accordingly. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible if further events are postponed.
As with the Sheriffs Cup, the committee recommends all players who qualified and were entered into this year’s Pairs & 4 Nations competitions will play in the rescheduled event next year. This will raise questions on this year’s qualifiers, but we can foresee many local events being cancelled. We ask all Services & Regions to agree on your own and fairest arrangements this year so individuals are not penalised, and also consider cancelling all qualifiers for National events this season.
Please could you pass this information on to members of your Golf Sections.
SINGLES 10th 11th SEPTEMBER SHERWOOD FOREST GC NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
England v Scotland 24th and 25th September. Royal Musselburgh Golf Club Prestonpans, East Lothian, Scotland
Welcome to our new Chairman Huw Jakeway
On behalf of the Committee can I welcome you to Fire Sport UK Golf Section. Firstly, what a privilege and a pleasure it is for me to assume the role of Chair of this section.
I was appointed as Chief Fire Officer for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service on 1st December 2011. I joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 1990 and have worked in every rank and department across the Service. Shortly after the Fire and Rescue Service was devolved to Welsh Government, I was seconded in 2005 to the Welsh Assembly Government as Policy, Operational and Technical Advisor.
In 2005 I attained a MSc in Public Management at the University of Glamorgan, and completed the Fire and Rescue Service Executive Leadership Programme at Warwick Business School in 2010. In 2015, I was awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Fire Engineers. In 2018 I was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal by Her Majesty, which was a fantastic day for the family at the Palace.
Golf is one of my many sporting passions; I truly relish the challenges that playing golf gives me, but I also enjoy the social aspect of the sport. I strongly believe that not only does sport provide us with good physical health, but it also improves our mental health and wellbeing. Taking part and competing within the Fire Sport UK Golf section also gives us an opportunity to meet new friends and expand our fire family.
Our committee members Matt, Kev, Kevin and Mick work extremely hard to deliver outstanding events at iconic courses throughout the UK for us. We are also very fortunate to have such a strong regional structure and commitment from everyone that makes our regional golfing tournaments and competitions such a great success. I am looking forward to meeting you as we host our events and I wish you well with your game.
Huw replaces Paul Walker who has been appointed CFO of the Camen Islands.
Rule Changes for 2019
The R&A have made a short video on the recent rule changes introduced in January 2019, please click on the R&A image (right) to view this.
For the full list of rule changes and rules of golf click here.
There is some important information on handicapping and the requirements for competitors, for updates and advice for 2019 click here. Please can all secretaries make themselves familiar with these new rules. This information has been added to the 'Rules' section on the website.
I have also included the current CONGU guidance on the Unified Handicapping System (click on image), this guidance will be particularly useful to secretaries when reviewing and amending handicaps. Mick Topping