GCMA Midlands Region

June 2019 News Letter



Well if your hearts are not lifted by this photograph of Church Stretton Golf Club bathed in sunlight then there isn’t a lot of hope! Of course this James Braid designed course doesn’t always look like this and when it blows and rains it certainly blows and rains. The greens are true with a good pace and the elevations render the various distance calculators mostly irrelevant. Golf as it was and perhaps how it was meant to be.

Report of the Regional Match against Yorkshire at Mickleover Golf Club

In this uncertain summer it was a relief to play a game of golf without the acrobatics required to detach a set of studs from the leg of a set of waterproof trousers while balancing on the other one. We did have a few drops of rain to remind us that we were in England in the summer but after that all was well. Mickleover Golf Club was founded in 1923 but the construction of the A38 trunk road in 1970 necessitated a new Clubhouse and a redesign of the course undertaken by Messrs. Cotton, Pennick, Lawrie and partners. The new Clubhouse was opened by the Mayor of Derby in 1972 while the opening of the newly-laid course followed in the following year. Mickleover is a lush parkland course in excellent condition with greens which hide their subtle undulations for the most part, until it is too late of course. We were welcomed by Graham Finney, the Club Manager and Past Captain, indeed we were welcomed by everyone in this most friendly of all Clubs. All the matches were competitive but the Region lost four to two. The winners Messrs. Durkin, Duke, Wormstone and Banks left with pride the losers, which included the editor incidentally, slunk away vowing to do better in future.


The 18th at Mickleover Golf Club


Forthcoming events:-

1. The next match is against the East Midland Region at The Leicestershire on 24 July. This fixture is a very competitive one normally so we look forward to it with anticipation. The Match Manager will be Bob Fletcher.

The Midland Bowl.

Entries are invited for this team competition which is in its third year and is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious events in the calendar. It will be held at Little Aston Golf Club on Monday 16 September 2019. The Bowl was introduced for golfers from the Midland Region but it has proved to be very popular nationwide. Members can enter a team or, if that proves difficult, then the Organisers will be very happy to assist in making one up.

Please support us if you can.


Well, what a disappointment! The positive blitz of answers in previous months dried up to desert proportions when confronted with a photograph of Justin Thomas in full flow. Perhaps members have been far too busy to view PGA Tournaments. Anyway to encourage you all, and to remind you that a sleeve of 3x ProV1s reverts to the Editor unless you choose to win them (thank you all very much by the way), this month’s challenge is to name the two golfers in the picture below.



Remember: the first e-mail to the Editor correctly naming the two golfers in the accompanying photograph wins the prize

Good Luck!




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