Minutes of Golf Section Committee Meeting

Held at Backworth Hall on the 20th December 2017


The secretary had received emails from Mr T Torpy regarding a missing trophy, which will be corrected before the next meeting and Mr D Bailey regarding course conditions which will be discussed at the next Trustees meeting in February.

Secretary’s update

The secretary reported on the following:

The honour boards have been updated and the 2 new competitions are now in place.

The Ladies committee have agreed to drop the 1/4 hour evening tee booking on a Tuesday.

55 members and guests attended the presentation night.

The new baffle net has been vandalised.

David Beardall’s commemorative seat is now ready to be installed in front of the Hall.


The secretary has been informed by the Park Superintendent that he has been instructed to grass over a bunker on the 2nd hole and remove the artificial turf on the 3rd medal tee. This matter will be discussed at a Trustees meeting.

 Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer reported that the Annual Dinner had sustained a loss of £122.75 but that the bar bill at £110.75 was the lowest during his period of tenure and he thanked those responsible for keeping it down. There were more guests than at first anticipated.

The cost of trophies was £1858.15 which is a little bit higher than usual but one needs to bear in mind the rising cost at retail, and he thanked Bobby Lofthouse for his ever generous discount of £241.10.

He advised that he has completed a pre-end of year balance check showing a loss of £3235.50, which is mainly attributable to the cost of the greens’ iron at £3360, the contribution of £1500 to the Welfare towards the cost of trolley storage, the reduction of the golf levy by £5 per member, and a slight reduction in competition levies. Taking these factors into account, he said that he felt it had been productive year.

He stated that the NUGC Affiliation Fee of £5 and the England Golf Fee of £8.25 would remain the same for 2018.

He added that he had informed the Welfare manager that the golf levy would remain at £20 for 2018, but warned that this should be carefully reconsidered at the end of next year, depending on the financial state at that time.

He thanked the Secretary for his excellent organisation of the Annual Presentation night and the prompt and effective collection of the monies.

Any other Business

England Golf now allow 9 hole medal competitions however the committee agreed to continue with the very successful stableford format.

A discussion took place about poor attendance on presentation night. The Chairman suggested a mixed evening however the committee decided to continue with the present format.