Cavendish held a fun quiz night and disco to celebrate Burns Night last week. It was great to see so many new faces participating in another successful event.
In true Scottish style we had a delicious Burns supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with cranachan for dessert. Tartan tammies off to our chefs for the great food!
Longstanding member Mike Hallam addressed the haggis with unrivaled passion. What a performance! Rabbie Burns himself would have been impressed.
Everyone got into the spirit of the occasion and wore their tartan, especially Mr Captain, who made a brilliant effort with his attire.
Congratulations to ‘Ronnie and the English’ for winning the quiz and huge thanks to Nick Barton for taking on the role of quiz master and DJ Paul Jenner for getting everyone up to dance and finishing off the evening with a good boogie.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next event.
Mike and Fiona,
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Our Cavendish Christmas Party was a fabulously festive evening. The traditional Christmas dinner was delicious, many thanks to Paul, Matt and their team for looking after us so well. The Fairfield Band and organist Graham Deighan provided the entertainment and guests enjoyed a Christmassy sing-song! Captain Mike Higgins then started off the party games which were won by Peter Greenwood and Margaret Jackson.
The Captains’ Christmas Charity Hamper (sponsored by T. Peel Roofing Contractor) was won by a longstanding member and coursework volunteer, Rod Booth, who received lots of goodies to consume over Christmas. The beautiful Christmas wreath, generously donated by local florist Rachel Lee, was won by the not-so-beautiful Mark Chuwen! Pat Campbell and Teresa Johnson were also lucky raffle winners.
A massive thank you to all who attended and helped to make it such a fun evening and raise vital funds for Cancer Research and Cavendish Golf Club. Luckily, the Christmas tree in the lobby was still standing the following day!
We are looking forward to our next event on Friday 24th January, Burns Night Supper and Quiz.
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Cavendish Golf Club’s Captain, Mike Higgins, and Lady Captain, Fiona Wylie, hosted the Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday which was a fabulous success.
Animal Magic brought some amazing animals including snakes, lizards, a skunk, an owl, a chinchilla, a hedgehog, a scorpion and a tarantula to meet the children (and adults!).
Thanks to the Ladies Committee for helping out with Santa’s gifts, cakes, manning the extremely busy chocolate tombola, raffle and craft table. Mr Captain made a great Elf for the day and many thanks to Paul, Matt, Ricardo and their team for providing the party tea and looking after everyone so well. Santa was the star of the show, of course, arriving in style down the 18th hole on his Christmas golf buggy.
The clubhouse was filled with Christmassy cheer and we are looking forward to many more family fun days throughout 2020.
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Many Cavendish members and their families took part in the Jingle Bell Jog Santa Run in aid of Blythe House Hospice on Sunday. A 5km around the Pavilion Gardens in some unexpectedly glorious Buxton sunshine. Many of the participants then continued to Cavendish to refuel with a fabulous Sunday roast dinner. Even Lady Captain’s dog Rosie enjoyed the run!
The clubhouse is now looking very festive thanks to the Ladies Committee for putting up the decorations, meaning that we are well into party season this week. The Ladies Christmas lunch is on Thursday 5th December and the Children’s Christmas party on Sunday 8th December.
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It was farewell and thanks to Neil Flynn and Linda Green for their excellent year as Cavendish Golf Club Captains for the Men’s and Ladies sections. They handed the roles over to Mike Higgins as Captain and Fiona Wylie as Lady Captain for 2020.
Neil spoke of his pride in representing the club in his role over the past year by wearing his club colours wherever he played. He then passed on the baton to Mike who spoke passionately about being asked to be captain and about the association of the Higgins family with our club. As tradition expects, Mike then announced the Captain Elect for 2021 (Drum roll please…)
The Captains Drive in on Sunday morning was well supported, as was the carvery afterwards. Thank you for everyone who came on the day and showed their appreciation for the 2019 Captains and helped to welcome the 2020 captains to their new roles.
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The Cavendish Ladies Section held their 94th Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on the 14th November. Many ladies attended and the Lady Captain for 2019 Linda Green presented the new Lady Captain for 2020, Fiona Wylie with her Captain’s jacket and silver brooch.
Match and Handicap secretary Julia Rowland gave a comprehensive account of the competitions held over the year. Lady Captain Linda gave a great speech describing how much she had enjoyed her captaincy. New Lady Captain Fiona outlined a packed calendar of golfing and social events for the year ahead and announced Danielle Banks to be her new Lady-Vice Captain.
Winner of the Lady Captain’s Trophy, Terri Gould congratulated Linda on her fantastic contribution to the Ladies Section during 2019.
Three members of the Ladies Committee, Kath Cassidy, Julia Rowland and Terri Gould stepped down having served two years in post and the Ladies Section accepted its new committee members: Esther King, Frances Reynolds (Treasurer), Max Chuwen and Tina Turner (both Match and Handicap) and Rachel Child.
Past Lady Captain Fil Richards gave a vote of thanks to the Ladies Committee for all their hard work this year. Lady Captain Fiona then invited the ladies to retire to the lounge and join her for a celebratory drink and a cake.
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Cavendish member Alan Jones, who spends most of his year in Mauritius, has had a busy few weeks. Shortly after returning from spending the summer in Buxton, he was appointed by the Mauritius Golf Federation (MGF) as Tournament Referee for the Indian Ocean Amateur Open at the Heritage Golf Course on the island’s south coast.
The following week, he was part of a team of three referees appointed by the African Golf Union for the annual All Africa Team Championships which were being held in Mauritus for the first time at the Mont Choisy Le Golf complex near the island’s north-west coast. The event, which featured teams from 14 African countries, was won by South Africa, with Mauritius achieving their best ever result by finishing in 2nd place.
And finally in the following week he was selected as one of two representatives for the MGF as volunteers for the French Open at the magnificent Le Golf National course (host to the 2018 Ryder Cup), which is located near Versailles. During the four days of the tournament they acted as walking scorers, scoreboard operators, and on the last day, were selected as marshals to accompany the leading group inside the ropes. They were able to witness at close quarters the tournament’s dramatic finish in which the lead changed four times in the last 5 holes before Nicolas Colsaerts held his nerve to make a par on the extremely challenging 18th Hole and win by 1 shot.
Alan described their participation in the tournament as a ‘never to be forgotten’ experience even though the weather on 3 of the 4 days was so cold and wet that it required the wearing of 6 layers of clothing! But I suppose that is just like being in Buxton!
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The Ladies had a great day on Thursday 17th October playing in a Texas Scramble in the morning followed by a lovely meal, then the presentation of Trophies and Prizes for the 2019 season in the evening.
Well done to all the ladies for their efforts this year, congratulations to all of the trophy winners and hopefully next year we can see another successful summer season.
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We were very lucky with the weather on Sunday in the Men’s Open Turkey, as the forecast was for heavy rain and lightning throughout the day but fortunately, this held off for the golfers and we only experienced a cloudy day with showers at times.
Congratulations to all of the prize winners and thank you to everyone who took part.
Results for the Men’s Open Turkey – Sunday 22nd September 2019
J Wildgoose, D Ponsoby – 48pts – £80 each – Cavendish GC.
D Bates, K Oakes – 44pts – £70 each – Wychwood Park GC.
A Bennett, J Tyler – 42pts CPO (Back 9 24pts) – £60 each – Trentham Park GC
E Sterling, S Brown – 42pts CPO (Back 9 22pts) – £50 each – Kidsgrove
G Rosewarne, C Heathcote – 41pts (Back 9 21pts) – £40 each – Tapton Park GC
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