Club Captain 2019
Andy Withey

Captain's Report : June 2019

What a great month June was, some great golf competitions played in fantastic weather right across the board and for me personally some good results on the course which contradicts what I was told before starting the captaincy as I was told that the captains golf suffers with all the pressures the captaincy brings but to be honest it was suffering anyway so I had nothing to worry about.

Captains Evenings

Really pleased with the support I’m receiving from hosting the captains evenings each Wednesday, the formats being played have been well received and the continued support from members has been great so my message to anyone feeling apprehensive about coming up between 4:40pm – 6pm is don’t be!!! You will receive a warm welcome from all participants, a no pressure 12 holes of golf and a great meal in the clubhouse at a bargain rate with the specials that are on offer each week, not to mention meeting new friends and getting a bit of midweek practice in before the competitive weekend golf.

Plymouth Area League Results

Away to Yelverton on Friday the 14th June, The team drew 2.5 each which was an excellent result against a strong Yelverton side.

Home to Yelverton on Friday 28th June, Won 4-1

As you can see only two league games this month however the fact we went unbeaten meant we remained top of the current standings and all the guys playing are contributing to some great results which I hope will hold us in good stead for a positive finish to the league in August.

I really don’t want to steal the thunder of the Seniors, Ladies and Junior Captains so please check our results page on the website so you can see how all our other respective teams within the club are performing.

Men’s Guest Day (1-6-19)

I have to say it’s an absolute pleasure playing in this event each year, bringing a fellow golfer up to our club to play the course when it’s always in such fantastic condition is testament to the excellent work our greenkeepers put in, those I spoke to on the day thoroughly enjoyed the course and hospitality offered within the clubhouse so I’m sure the message about Staddon Heights is positive and encouraging others to come up and pay us a visit.

The winners on the day were Andy Ross and his guest N.Roberts with a good score of 45 points.

Centenary Match v Yelverton (2-6-19)

Unfortunately this match was abandoned due to the moorland mist making an appearance and has been rescheduled for 28th July.

Jubilee Cup (8-6-19)

A closely fought completion with 17 teams hitting 40 points or better however congratulations to Paul Simpson & Gary West who edged it with 44 points and win the trophy, well done guys.

Charity Roll Up Match (15-6-19)

Every year the Saturday 11 O’clock roll up play against the Saturday 12 O’clock roll up to raise funds for the captains charity, it’s a brilliantly supported event with players from both roll ups and guests playing a friendly but competitive match that includes a lot of pride being at stake as neither roll up wants to hold the wooden spoon for the coming year.

This year was no exception as the match was drawn but the 11 O’clock roll up retaining the wooden spoon due to us losing last year.

My heartfelt thanks go to all that played on the day with special praise going to Robin Love & Chris May from the 11 O’clock roll up and Mike Mahoney, Gordon James & Mike Eastel from the 12 O’clock roll up who put a lot of time pre the event and on the day to make sure it goes as well as it can and that ultimately the captains charity is the real winner, I can’t thank all contributors enough as we raised £370 for Hug’s from Henry.

St Austell Brewery Golf Day (18-6-19)

I had the great pleasure of representing Staddon with last year’s captain Stef Gayton at Dartmouth Golf Club in the St Austell Brewery sponsored golf day, we had a remarkable day as there was an alcoholic beverage on 15 of the 18 tee’s, we were going along quite nicely when after the fourth hole or drink we realised that we wouldn’t be able to drive home so in normal Staddon fashion we thought it best to continue with the hospitality and worry about getting home later, I think this relaxed us (well it was that or the drink, you decide) as we went on to score a fantastic 46 points and win the event beating approximately 50 other pairings.

I was really proud to accept the trophy and to pass on our appreciation to St Austell brewery for everything it does across Devon & Cornwall at many of the local clubs across both counties.

Oh how did we get home I here you ask? I have a wonderful supportive partner crucial to the captaincy who drove up to collect us both even though we were slighly intoxicated.

Club Championship (22 & 23 -6 19)

In the lead up to this year’s Club Championships there was considerable debate over the qualifying rules which gave us on the management committee a lot to discuss over that period, thankfully common sense prevailed and no one was excluded from playing, lessons have been learnt and I can assure any critic that what you have on committee at present are people that won’t hide and are happy to discuss anything with members.

That aside again the course was prepared immaculately, with the greens being super-fast which I found out to my cost, everyone involved in organising our biggest completion of the year did a great job and it’s not always realised how much effort goes into running such a big competition so those from all areas of the club involved cannot be praised enough for their continued support and hard work.

All the results for both days are on the club website however special mention and congratulations go to Jack Stocker who won the overall handicap competition and Harrison King who is our new Club Champion.

The Month Ahead

July brings lots to look forward to as it’s my birthday month, Captains Day and Captains Charity Day amongst many other things to look forward, have a great golfing month all and thanks for the continued support.

All the best
Andy Withey – Club Captain.




Captain's Report : May 2019

Well as expected it has got much busier which is expected and absolutely fine, the support from both home and the club has been fantastic and I will continue to enjoy my term as Captain.

It has been without doubt a mixed bag of results for the men’s teams as you will see below however from a competitive golfing perspective the club is moving in the right direction as we are going well in the Plymouth Area League and we’ve had measured success from members in various competitions in Devon.

Captains Evenings

My first captains evening started on the 1st of May and whilst I was a touch apprehensive I needn’t of been as they have been going from strength to strength over the month, the help from Nick and Stefan in the continual promotion has been excellent and I’m extremely grateful, I would also take the opportunity to take Alex (Vice Captain) for hosting on the evening of the 22nd whilst I was away mixing with the England team, (Long story).

The feedback from members has been great and whilst it’s not easy thinking up different fun formats each week I’ve not received any negative feedback and I’ve also been presented with some fun ideas to implement over the coming weeks so the message is to keep the momentum going and for members to continue to support the club through these evenings as it’s a great way to keep in form ready for the more competitive weekend golf.

Mens Team Results

Plymouth League away to Eldfordleigh on Friday the 3rd of May, Won 5-0 and a fantastic result never seen before away at Elfordleigh.

Palairet Team played Thurlestone at Dartmouth on Sunday the 5th of May and sadly another 1st round defeat losing 3.5 to 1.5 however everyone put in a great effort and whilst the result didn’t quite go our way it was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests.

The Annodata Classic at home to Lanhydrock was a disappointing result losing 3-2 in a competition the team did very well in last year.

Parker Trophy Team played The Warren at Fingle Glen on the 8th May and again lost to a very talented team 2.5 to 0.5 but special mention to Alex Goodey and Phil Aston who scrambled a half against two players on scratch or better with our pair receiving no shots in what is obviously a scratch completion.

Plymouth League match home to Boringdon on Friday 17th May, Won 3-2 against what I suspect could be our biggest rivals in the area league this year.

Plymouth League match home to Tavistock on Friday 24th May, Won 4-1 and whilst a comfortable win that kept us at the top of the league it also served as a gentle reminder not to get complacent with some tough away games yet to come.

Plymouth League match away to Wrangaton on Friday 31st May, unfortunately we couldn’t end the month as we started as we crashed to a 4-1 defeat on what always proves a difficult course to do well on.

As you can see a mixed bag of results with us going well in the Plymouth League and whilst we lost in the 1st round of most of our knock out competitions I can only congratulate any player putting themselves out to represent our club.

My last message on team golf is check our results page on the website and you can see how all our other respective teams are performing with both the Seniors and Ladies both posting good and not so good results.

Graham Ruth Trophy

I have to say it’s absolutely fantastic to hear about the success of Staddon Members and have to congratulate Barney Millar & Gary Thorburn on winning the Adult/Junior Foursomes event at Churston Golf Club, great news and a possible review of their handicaps after winning with an astonishing 49 points…..Well done guys.

Social Events

Probably enough rambling from me this month but just one last thing it’s not all about golf up the club as we do have some fantastic social events which are run superbly by our team within the club so keep your eye out for future events as I assure you that you will not be disappointed as I can testify with the Neil Diamond evening which was an excellent night appreciated by all.

All the best
Andy Withey – Club Captain.




Captain's Report : April 2019

I don’t have a great deal to report on as its early days into my year as Captain.

What I do have to say is that messages of support preceding the club AGM and the weeks since have been so kind, warm and friendly and it really is appreciated by me so it’s massive thanks to the members who have put themselves out to approach me either face to face up the club or through the many other methods of communication this modern world we live in has to offer.

Captains Drive-In (30-3-19)

The captain’s drive-in was a great success and a great personal experience, I won’t go into detail regarding the wide range of emotions experienced standing in front of all those present other than nerves and adrenalin help to block almost everything out so you can grip the Bob Maddison driver and literally smash the ball forward more in hope than expectation so when it connects and flies clean and straight up the fairway coming to a rest some 181 yards you just know its going to be a positive year.

I thank all those who participated in a great competition and congratulate the winners on the day, I think we’d all agree the weather for the time of year was unbelievably exceptionally warm and I offer special thanks to my playing companions Alex, Keith and Jon and also to my supporting four-ball of Roger, Mike, Nick and Paul, A special mention also goes to Martin Wallace who very kindly donated the supplementary nearest the pin prizes that I was able to offer up.

Champion of Champions Event - Teignmouth – (13-4-19)

Thanks to Stef and Darren Clarke’s commitment to the team golf in 2018 and the team’s success in the Plymouth league we took a squad of players up to Teignmouth Golf Club to play in the Devon champion of champions event, this was a better-ball combined scores event with the best five scores from six making the total score, Staddon average a points score of 36 per team and lost out to the winners Dainton G.C who averaged 38 points per team so we weren’t too far off the pace and congratulations go to all who competed on the day and special praise to those who missed out but helped getting us to this event through last year’s success.

Whilst the weather could have been kinder in terms of temperature, Teignmouth hosted a great day, the organisers where brilliant and the rolling carvery was excellent and whilst Keith Rendall didn’t want any special recognition his kind gesture of paying for the carvery was appreciated by all, so thank you Keith.

Fundraising Day – (20-4-19)

Having just read the club email I have to say what a fantastic achievement raising £1900 towards the club development fund, I know everyone who I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the day, the feedback on the competition format has been really positive so credit to my vice (Alex) for suggesting the idea, we couldn’t of wished for better weather on the day which I’m sure meant that the BBQ went down really well with everyone.

I would personally like to thank everyone who contributed to the day, all the staff and many volunteers who helped out really do underline what a fantastic friendly club we are, I’m not going to name names as I’m bound to miss someone out but you all know who you are and your work really is appreciated.

The Month Ahead

As I said at the beginning of this report there isn’t much for me to report on, however I have thoroughly enjoyed the start to this year and whilst I can’t be up on a daily basis I want to make it absolutely clear I’m available weekends and evenings and if you require me for anything then please give me as much notice as possible and I’ll do all I can to make myself available.

Moving on to the month ahead we have the following:

  • Fours Cup Saturday 27th April
  • Captains evenings on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th of May
  • Plymouth League match away to Eldfordleigh on Friday the 3rd of May
  • Palairet Team play Thurlestone at Dartmouth on Sunday the 5th of May
  • Parker Trophy Team play The Warren at Fingle Glen on the 8th May
  • 3 Ball Open on the 11th May
  • Plymouth League match home to Boringdon on Friday 17th May
  • Plymouth League match home to Tavistock on Friday 24th May
  • Plymouth League match away to Wrangaton on Friday 31st May

In addition to all the above we also have an Annodata home match to play against Lanhydrock so fingers crossed we have positive results for me to report on next month.

All the best’
Andy Withey – Club Captain.


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