The President addressed those present with his speech. He commenced with Isle of Man Golf, where there are teams of dedicated, hardworking volunteers undertaking duties involving tasks on the Board, Competitions / Championships, County squads, Course Ratings, Rules and Handicap, Club Support, Safeguarding, Junior Golf. There were too many to name individually, but their good work over the last year is fully appreciated. A great big thanks to them all. However, he did want to specifically thank four individuals who are highly involved in the administration of IOM Golf. Firstly, to the Chairperson, Gail, who in her first year in this post has given a lot of time to it despite her full-time work commitments. She is steering the Board through a time of change with dedication and commitment. Secondly, to our Course Rating Co-Ordinator, Neil Kinrade, for all his hard work in re-rating of our Golf Courses (nearly complete) in readiness for the introduction of the World Handicapping System some time in 2020. It has involved a lot of hard and determined organisation. Then, our Club Support Officer, Melanie Jansen, for her work with the Golf Clubs in recruiting new members and more recently in IOM Golf Development and Strategy Planning.
Finally, to our Secretary, Gary, who has been in the role for over 3 years but has decided to set down at the end of the year to enjoy more time with his wife and family, and golf. He works hard, usually behind the scenes, though can be seen assisting at most of our golf events. The role involves being master of everything, including rebuilding a laptop when it breaks! He will be difficult to replace. We wish a more peaceful lifestyle and plenty of time with his family and time to enjoy travelling. Our Chairperson, Gail, thanked him and presented his wife, Maggy, with a bouquet of flowers and Gary with a pair of engraved crystal whiskey / gin glasses. Gary expressed his grateful thanks.
The 8 Golf Clubs on the island provide a wide choice of challenging golf for our population and visitors. Each year, each Club arranges many Club competitions for their members, as well as Open competitions to include non-members and allow IOM Golf to host many of our competitions throughout the season. The Clubs each send 2 voting members to the general meetings. Their support to IOMG is immense and they were thanked. The Clubs were represented by their Ladies’ and Men’s Captains.
IOMG is greatly indebted to all their sponsors for their generous support.
The WA Kirkpatrick Trust support us for general development funding and sponsors the WA Kirkpatrick Trophy.
Grant Thornton sponsors the Isle of Man Ladies’ and Men’s Golf Championships
Tower Insurance sponsors the Isle of Man Seniors’ Golf Championships.
Dandara sponsors the Junior Championships and Junior Order of Merit
Agrimark sponsors the Junior Trophy.
Nedbank Private Wealth sponsors the Order of Merit league and
Okell’s Brewery sponsors the Men’s Scratch League.
Investature Financial Services sponsors the Ladies’ Kay Fox Greensome.
IOMG is also supported by the following Associates. The Steam Packet Company for travel, The IOM Newspapers and Manx Radio for media coverage of golfing events, Isle of Man Sport for funding and Manx Sports and Recreation. All their help was much appreciated.
The President applauded all players who participated in any of the IOM Golf competitions, whether the Ladies, Men or Juniors. There were many notable worthy winners or champions though time precluded from mentioning them all but can be found on the IOM Golf website. He thanked the hard-working Competitions’ Secretaries, Anthony (Men’s), Vicky (Juniors) and Mair & Heather (Ladies), they have put in many long hours at the many competitions. He congratulated Rowany GC for the successful hosting the IOM Golf Championships this year and thanked Gordon, Albie, Ann and all the team. The Ladies’ Champion was Shirley Price (PSM) beating Lindsey Tickell (Douglas) on the 33rd hole. The Men’s Championship produced one of the most memorably finishes with Paul Lowey (Rowany) beating Daryl Callister (Mount Murray) on the 37th hole. He thanked Tom Gandy for successfully qualifying and then retaining his EuroPro Tour card, helping to put golf more into the spotlight for the island and wished him every upward success in 2019 and onwards.
Lady Gozney kindly presented the Ladies’ League Trophies. Both Leagues were highly contested with close results. In the Ladies’ Day League, both Castletown and Ramsey had 104.5 pts, but were pipped by Rowany who won with 106 points. Jasmin Higginbottom collected the trophy on behalf of Rowany GC. It was also close in the Ladies’ Evening League with King Edward Bay on 63 points ending up being pipped by Ramsey on 66 points. Well done to Ramsey with Val Cook collecting the trophy for Ramsey GC. Steve Mitchell from Okell’s Brewery then presented the Men’s Scratch League Trophy. Mount Murray were runners up on 25.5 points, with the Winners being Douglas on 29 points, collected by Steve Skillicorn on behalf of Douglas GC.
The President expressed two final points in concluding his speech:
1. As a retired doctor, he reminded everyone that golf has both physical and mental health benefits for all ages and suggested that this should be more widely advertised. The handicapping system, compared with many other sports, enables fairness to all in competitions. Whether it is the agile, strong and successful young golfer, no matter whether at social, Club, County or Professional levels, the middle-aged family business person / housewife looking for physical activity, fresh air and relief from the stresses of daily life on the golf course or the older retired golfer looking to remain physically and socially active.
2. In total, there must be nearly 100 volunteers on the Island at Club and IOM Golf who look after the golf played by >2,000 men and >300 lady members on the 8 Golf Clubs on the island. Some of these golfers wins at least one prize annually and almost all will win at some time during their lifetime. However, without volunteers, this wouldn’t happen. So, thank you to all these volunteers and it is important to acknowledge their good work and encourage more members to become volunteers.
The evening continued with an enjoyable finger buffet and drinks, with the opportunity to converse with those present.
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