Seniors Christmas 11 Hole Competition and Lunch.

The annual seniors Christmas Competition was held in the first week of December with 39 members braving the inclement weather conditions.

Ian Finlayson took first prize with an incredible 29 points off 11 holes and was closely followed by Steve Jones (27) with John Chapman and Alan Clydesdale on 26 points.

Almost 50 members enjoyed an excellent Picket Walnut Christmas lunch prior to the Chairman’s address and prize presentation.

200 Club Christmas Lunch 2018

Sunday saw the annual 200 Club Christmas Lunch, a famously well supported event to launch the festive activities.

As always, there was a fantastic turnout and those who attended enjoyed a performance from ‘The Bunker Boys’ male voice choir of Heswall Golf Club, who entertained for over an hour, even inviting Captain and Lady Captain to join them in a carol (see video below). As a thank you, Caldy made a donation to their chosen Charity, Claire House.

Prizes were also awarded in a draw working down from £500 to £50.

Thank you to all who attended a wonderful day at Caldy Golf Club.


Lady Captain’s Drive In 2018

Yesterday saw the traditional Lady Captain’s Drive In, with Julie Hayman officially welcomed as the new Caldy Golf Club Lady Captain.

It was a great start for Lady Captain who demonstrated her skills on the golf course with a great drive straight down the middle of the fairway. Lady Captain was treated to a guard of honour featuring lots of mad scientists, followed by some fun experiments and fireworks.

The Day in Lady Captain’s own words…

I was secreted away in the Ladies’ Locker Room while the Committee were getting ready in the Men’s Changing Room.  I was then presented with my outfit – there were absolutely no clues what the theme would be before then.

When I was led out by Lady Captain, it became more obvious what the theme was to be. My Guard of Honour of mad scientists looked amazing.  I was then shown some chemistry experiments which I was expected to perform.

All of it was such good fun, made even better by all the members who turned out to watch.  It was brilliant to see so many of our gentlemen members there – great support by all.

Fortunately the drive went straight down the fairway with a small amount of draw!!!!! I was just relieved I could hit the ball with an academic gown flapping around me.

Finally, the weather was kind. Lady Ex took a picture of me on the course with a rainbow coming out of my head.  Could this mean I will be known as the Rainbow Lady Captain?

Here are some photos from the day.

Ladies’ AGM

Over 80 ladies attended the AGM.  The retiring committee gave their reports and we were treated to some historical anecdotes about the Caldy GC Ladies Section from the archives.

Then followed the “Dance of the Brooches”, where Lady Ex pins the Captain’s brooch on new Lady Captain and then Lady Ex and Ex Ex receive their brooches.

Ladies' AGM 2018

A photograph of this year’s trophy winners was then taken.

Ladies then enjoyed a light lunch, followed by sweet treats, the latter provided by new Lady Captain.

St. Andrew’s Dinner 2018 Photos

Friday night saw the annual St. Andrew’s Dinner at Caldy, with fantastic food and plenty of drinks enjoyed late into the evening.

We saw the welcoming and cutting of the haggis and Captain, John Crosby shared some of the experiences he has had as captain this year. Captain has the following message for those who attended.

Thank you to everyone who made the St. Andrews Dinner so enjoyable. I would particularly like to thank Gail and her team and of course Mr Ex – Dave Crinson for all their support. Pickled Walnut provided an excellent meal and the staff were first class. To all the members who attended I hope you had a good evening and  I am so pleased we are able to laugh at ourselves in true Caldy tradition.

Here are some photos from another hugely successful evening.

Ladies Annual Dinner 2018

Last night we enjoyed a hugely successful evening at the Ladies Annual Dinner.

Our guest speaker was Dr Kevin Jones, a Consultant Chest Physician at Bury General Hospital. Kevin has a remarkable reputation in the after dinner circuit, having recently made a sell out appearance at the Edinburgh Festival.

The food and service were excellent and it was wonderful to see the club so full of ladies enjoying the evening. There was a great atmosphere of fun and laughter, not a dry eye in the house thanks to Kevin Jones, who certainly lived up to his reputation!

Many thanks to everyone who attended and made the evening such a success.

Here a some photos from a fantastic evening.

Lady Captains Final Shotgun Competition

Yesterday saw the Lady Captains Final Shotgun Competition, with 72 ladies taking part on a thoroughly enjoyable day in mostly good weather.

The winning team were Amanda Ryan, Lady Captain Elect Julie Hayman, Jane Westgarth and Melanie Mardon.
Runners up: Julia Prestt, Sue Cockeram, Hannah Fleming and Wendy Simm.

Congratulations to both teams.

The Prizegiving was attended by Holly Smith who represented Maggie’s at Clatterbridge, which has been Lady Captain’s Charity this year. Lady Captain presented Holly with two cheques amounting to £2,425 which was raised at the club this year. In addition the group of members who walked in the Culture Crawl at the end of September raised £1500 between them. Thank you to everyone who supported our charity fundraising this year.

Lesley Turner wins the 2018 McBirnie Salver

Tuesday, October 2nd saw this year’s Ladies McBirnie Finals at CGC, a knockout competition with our Ladies playing a qualifier early in the season and the top 16 players proceeding to the knockout matches, and the final traditionally being played mid-October.

This year’s finalists Julie Hayman and Lesley Turner faced a testing day to say the least with gale force winds and rain through the front 9 holes. Things improved by the time they reached the 11th and Lesley Turner went on to win the McBirnie Salver on the 16th hole.

Congratulations to both ladies who did really well to cope with the conditions they had to play in and many thanks to everyone who supported the competition.

Caldy Juniors win Goodall Trophy

A quartet of our Junior members missed the final day of the Ryder Cup to represent Caldy in this year’s Goodall Trophy hosted by West Lancashire Golf Club.

In the blustery wind and the intermittent rain, the “fantastic four” triumphed with a whopping 83 points, beating their closest rivals by 9 points!  That equates to an 11 under par round!

The team of Luke Garvey, Sam Lea and Cameron Walker were guided to victory by our very own Junior Captain, Emily Fearns-Nicol. Despite the testing conditions, a great day was had by all.

A massive thanks to West Lancashire Golf Club for their kind hospitality.

Captain’s Charity Day raises £4000 for The UTS Foundation

On Sunday at Caldy GC the Captain held his charity day in aid of The UTS Foundation.

It was a wonderful day for golf a light breeze accompanied the 23 teams of golfers onto the course who had great fun in trying to keep their balls on the course. Golf was followed by dinner and fund raising and the winner on the day was The UTS Foundation as over £4,000 was raised.

The Captain wishes to thank all the members of Caldy Golf Club for allowing him to use the course on the day for his charity but also a big thank you to everyone who played, donated prizes for the raffle and auction. Last but not least to Gail and her team for all their hard work, Mark and the team at Pickled Walnut for the wonderful service and food, Alan the professional for his kind generosity and finally to Helen his wife and the UTS Foundation team for all their assistance on the day.

Here are a selection of photos from the day. Please click below to view the full set of photos provided by Nigel McIntyre.