Congratulations to Adrian Innes and Peter Plenderleith for hitting the post with 3 numbers in this week’s lottery.

As we said last week, with the countdown to Christmas and Hogmanay, if the Jackpot isn’t won over these 3 weeks, there’ll be £100 to share among anyone who gets three numbers, with the money being credited to your card.

There were 140 entries for the lottery drawn by Scott Cree and for the lucky pair, £50 has been credited to their account.

Christmas Eve is the next lottery and looks like being a bumper draw with the Jackpot raised to £2619.

The jackpot numbers this week were 5, 8, 13, & 14 and drawn at 10:20am by Scott Cree.

Next week we’ll try to do it live on the Twitter TV so watch out for the live feed!

Remember the last time to enter the Christmas lottery is 9:59am on Christmas Eve.

The rollover takes the jackpot up to £2619 – so good luck for next week!

Hopefully we’ll have a winner before the AGM on January 15th.

New Year Party – £25 per ticket – from 7:30pm to late – please pay for your ticket at the bar using your club account – 15 tickets still available

The Children’s Christmas Party was a huge success at the weekend and our thanks are due to all the members who helped out and in particular to Agnes & Davie Lambert who once again surpassed themselves with the organisation, fundraising and present buying.

They always manage to make a little go a long way. I’d also like to thank our Chef Scott Ackroyd who always puts a great buffet on for the children, most of which the adults scoff.

No snowmen this year but plenty of plate spinning.

Composite course – The composite course is in effect, and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback with the set up, particularly the 1-18-17 start, which some have suggested could be a favourable way to change the course. If you have any comments on it please send an email into greens@prestonfieldgolf.com.

We’ve had a lot of comments in already and whether you like it or hate it, please let us know.

If you’re part of a sweep, why not send in an email on behalf of the 10-20 in your sweep and say how you’d like your course set up.

The comments have ranged from change it permanently, to make the 17th the 1st, to don’t touch a thing, its a James Braid course.

The last comment I like, as clearly our Honorary President Findlay Black would too.

For those who don’t know, it was Findlay who put 3000 trees on the course and the next time you miss the fairway at the first, you can thank the fairway.

In the dry summer of 1976 you could slice it into the bunker at the third off the first tee and if not you’d probably get a lift and drop from one of those 3000 staked trees!

Findlay, in the picture to the right, is taking a shot from the Barry Burn at Carnoustie in the British Amateur Championship in 1961.

I asked Findlay recently, was that before they put all the trees on Carnoustie!

A very accurate hitter of the golf ball, this action shot demostrates why they changed the law about taking a drop from an unplayable lie in the hazard.

Every day’s a school day.

The Course as usual this winter needs us to protect it to make it the best it can be in the summer

Please can all members: rake bunkers, repair pitch marks, avoid walking or taking trolleys near or into white lined areas or walking over areas that have “A” frames, these are in place to protect certain areas of our course – For course updates please see the signage at the front of the golf shop. We recommend winter wheels for trolleys – if you are interested in making your trolley wheels winter friendly please speak to Scott, Chris or Dan.

Corporate Sponsors – to find out more about the business that support our club please click the link – https://www.prestonfieldgolf.co.uk/sponsors/

Articles of Association – As we countdown to the AGM we are looking for feedback on the proposed revised articles of association, please click the link https://www.prestonfieldgolf.co.uk/new-articles-of-association/

Christmas Dinner Menu & December bookings – Menu available at the club from Saturday 8th December 2018 –  £22.50 per head or £50 per head on Christmas Day – Vegetarian options available, please make lunch bookings with the bar or contact Scott Ackroyd directly on sjacatering@hotmail.com

Corporate membership available – there are 6 holes still available to be sponsored – please get in touch with Scott to find out more.

Donations for Centenary Committee – The centenary is fast approaching and the centenary committee are looking for any donations that club members might be able to provide. One suggestion that’s been made is that we should have free coffee, encouraging people to donate the price of a coffee to the centenary fund every time they have a cup, by placing a collection box on the bar. Council will look to discuss this at their next meeting.

Events at the club to the end of the year:

 

 

Tuesday 18th December 2018 – Member Christmas lunch.

Thursday 20th December 2018 – Member Christmas lunch.

Friday 21st December 2018 – Member private function from mid day to late – 2 x sections hired for this event

Tuesday 25th December 2018 –  Christmas day lunch – Only 5 days left – to make a reservation please contact – sjacatering@hotmail.com

Wednesday 26th December 2018 – Kitchen & Bar closed

Thursday 27th December 2018 – Member lunch booking – 1 x section hired out from 1pm to evening

Monday 31st December 2018 – Hogmanay Party at the club – 3 x sections for private party from 7pm to late.

Alan McEwan

Captain