From the Club Captain
Welcome new players
Thabi (pronounced ‘Tabby') Sibanda and Kim Moore have signed up for the introductory offer. Hayley Jordan came along for the second time on Saturday and brought her friend Mazarine. I'm sure you will make them welcome and help them enjoy croquet.
David Robinson was winner of the GC Open Singles Ingram Trophy with John Corsham the runner-up. Pam Fuller won the Plate event with Margot Brough the runner-up. Thanks to Jim Brough for organising the event.
WCA Silver Badge competition, hosted by us on 19-20 March: 3 - 5 grade winner Jim Brough; 6 - 8 grade winner David Robinson; runner-up Jim Strachan; 9 -16 runner-up Joan Keate. Joan and Mary Egley, both on 11, faced opponents who were both on 9 and had very creditable results.
KMCC teams were second and third at the Paraparaumu teams’ event.
John Kane, representing Nelson, was third in the national Don Reyland Stars
GC handicap improvements: Lyn King has moved to 9; David Robinson to 5.
End of season
Our lawns are booked for the summer season's last day on Monday 25 April. There will be club play at 1.30 pm on that day.
WCC contractors are expected to start work on the lawns during the week from 26 April, but we can continue to play until the lawns are roped off.
Wellington Club will also be having some work done on their lawns. We don’t yet know the details. When they do, they will let us know. Their Monday and Thursday sessions are at capacity, so, on those days, you are likely to have to wait for a game.
Winter season times
The opening of the winter season is expected to be 21 May, but the work
on the lawns is, obviously, weather dependent. I have asked for a late August finishing time for the winter season.
Winter sessions will start at 10.00 am instead of 9.30 am with no change to the starting times of the other sessions. As customary, we play on three lawns only during winter and play will be rotated around them. This is because we have to pay WCC for the lawn maintenance based on the number of lawns we use.
Possible winter competitions
Any interest in non-AHS (Automatic Handicapping System) GC handicap singles and/or AC handicap singles challenge competitions over the winter? If it is non-AHS, it is not entered on your competition card.
Interclub next season
Interclub competitions run from early October to late November/early December. On Sundays there is the GC handicap (doubles and two singles; one-hour games). On Monday there is the AC handicap (doubles – one time-limited game). A GC competition is played on Wednesdays. The format for this may change from the previous years. I don’t know any more details yet. Some of these will be played at Kelburn and others at various clubs around the Wellington area. Let me know if you may be interested in taking part.
Club draws - protocol reminder
A reminder to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the start of a session so sessions can start on time and the draw doesn’t have to be re-arranged at the last minute.
The club phone number is 472-9885 if you want to ring in and ask that your name is put in the draw.
Doing the draw can be an unenviable task. Other clubs do random draws which are not modified. That is always an option, but we try to accommodate adjustments if there are considerable disparities between sides or if someone fairly new is partnered with someone who is not comfortable playing with new people. However, last-minute changes have a downside too - they disrupt players who have already positioned themselves on a lawn and hold up play. Any other solutions?
There appears to be some confusion about some aspects of the rules. See below in this newsletter some extracts from the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet 5th Edition (2018). Please note that, if you play an extra stroke and your ball goes through the hoop you are contesting, the hoop is not scored and there is no penalty. You have simply wasted an extra stroke.
Here is a link to the Basingstoke Croquet Videos, which incorporate changes from the 5th edition of the Rules.