Minutes of Golf Section Committee Meeting

Held at Backworth Hall on the 14th October 2015

Captains opening remarks

The Captain commenced the meeting by announcing the resignation of the Chairman Mr R.A Burdess with immediate effect. Mr Renwick was installed as the Acting Chairman until our AGM in February.

Minutes of Previous Meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting, having been circulated, were taken as read and adopted on the proposal of Mr J Reay and seconded by Mr J Renwick.

Matters Arising.

There were no matters arising


The secretary had received an email from Roy Burdess resigning as Chairman of the golf section and an email from a visitor who was so impressed with the course and members that he is thinking of joining the club.

Roy has assured the golf committee that he will continue in his role as Child Welfare Officer

Secretary’s update

After some discussion the committee agreed to continue with no fixed tee reservations for Sunday medal and stableford competitions after the Treasurer confirmed that there had been no significant financial difference between 2013,2014 and 2015.

The committee agreed to extend Saturday competitions into September. The format will be stableford with the tee booked from 7.00am until 2.30pm. After this time the competition will remain open with a NFTR

During Wednesday medal competitions visitors are currently allowed on the course between 10.30 am and 2.30 am. This has resulted in visitors(who are potential members) being turned away.

The committee decided that from 2016 visitors will be allowed on the course anytime after 12.30pm.

Draw to win a year’s golf : 166 numbers have been purchased from a maximum of 220.

The Vice Captain has agreed to attend future Joint Working Party meetings until the turn of the year.

Treasurer’s Report


Golf levies to date: £6200  Last year to date: £6375  (- £175.00= 7 members)

Trophy levies: £6038  Last year £6108 ( -£70)

Invitation Day: £106.50


Team Meals: £2795.15.  Last Year £2504.60  (- £290.55)

Current Account Balance: £7401.48 (Includes last year’s surplus of £2610)

Comparison of Sunday income:

2013    £1196

2014    £1284

2015    £1038

Handicap Secretary’s Report.

Malcolm McLean informed the committee that he will be resigning as handicap secretary in February 2016.

Summer competitions are complete. The Thompson Cup was won by Paul Liversidge and the Tankard was won by Brian Shelton and Gary Thompson

Trophies have been ordered from Bob Lofthouse with the cost approximately the same as 2014

Captain’s Report

The Captain reported that Backworth had won the Triangular Shield by the biggest margin since the inaugural competition. He wished to thank all competitors who had taken part.

Senior Organisers Report

Mr Harvey informed the committee that the Senior AGM had been attended by 18 members however not all of those members had played in the Canning Reed Trophy following the meeting. He suggested that the Canning Reed be played  before the AGM,  possibly in September, so that all senior members of the club would have the chance to play in the last competition of the season.

The handicap secretary reported that this competition was supposed to be a 4bbb one and enquired when it had been changed to a singles stableford one. He also stated that this was an official club competition and as such all senior members should be allowed to play. For that reason he was in favour of the change.

After some discussion the committee agreed to this change.