Welcome to another exciting year at Rowallan! What a great year 2017 was for the club. Medal participation numbers were higher than ever before which I feel enhanced the competitiveness and excitement in all our competitions. Congratulations once again to our club champion John Rushbury and handicap champion Stewart Reid on their success. Both played exceptionally well over the course of the weekend and were worthy winners.
With the 2018 fixture list now confirmed, I’m sure you can see for yourself how many competitions are available for members to participate in. With the amount of options available, hopefully there is something for everyone. With the addition now of the Old Castle Course (9 hole) it certainly adds an interesting to dimension to competitions. I’m looking forward to seeing who will win our first 9 hole medal!
As we edge closer to the start of the new season I’d like to announce a few personnel changes:
Firstly, our club team matches. For the handicap team I’m delighted to say Alex MacNeil will be Captain and Kevin Hamilton Vice-Captain. Hopefully we can go one better and be Ayrshire Champions this year, and if not, at least you know with these guys in charge you’ll lose with a smile on your face! If any member would like to be considered for playing in the team please let them know. Thanks also to Andy MacLeod for all his hard work in previous years pulling this together. We are in a lucky position to have a lot of members who would like to play so please bear in mind how difficult team selection can be. Your support of both Alex and Kevin is much appreciated.
For the scratch team, I will continue as Captain and I’m delighted to announce Kevin Bell as my Vice-Captain this year. Again, if any member would like to be considered for selection (maximum playing handicap 6) please contact Kevin or myself.
Finally, I’m excited to announce that Drew Parsons has accepted the role as my Vice-Captain of the club for 2018, moving into Captain from 2019. Drew has been a member of Rowallan for a number of years now and I’m sure you’ll all agree is worthy of the post. Please join me in congratulating Drew as well as Alex, Kevin and Kevin as we move into the new season.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome any new members we also have this year. If you have a handicap to play for please reach out to any of the existing members if you need to get a round or two in. We are a friendly bunch and you will soon realize all our members are more than willing to join up with you. The Facebook page is a great way to make initial contact.
As we continue to grow the club, please keep your suggestions coming in whether it is golf competition ideas, social night ideas or any other thoughts you may have that could benefit the members. This is your club, and we want as much feedback as possible to help us continue to grow.
If you haven’t dusted the clubs off this year yet, get yourself down to the club soon. Those handicaps won’t just magically drop 😊. Thanks to Robert and his team, the course is in great shape this winter and will look fantastic by the time the season proper begins.
Play well everyone, but most of all, enjoy your golf!
Rowallan Castle Golf Club