GOLF has been frozen out for the past week at Bransford after the recent heavy snowfall and then ice made the course unplayable.

Little exterior action but there has been plenty of activity and changes off the course with the end of the year marking changes of captaincy.

The new club captain will be Rob Richards, who takes over the role from Pete Sheppard, Dave Miller follows Alan Wallcroft as the new seniors captain, and with Pauline Wetton announcing that was stepping down from the club committee after several years service and as Ladies Captain, the ladies section will be run on a committee basis this coming year.

Outgoing captain Pete Sheppard said the past year – the club’s 25th anniversary – had been most successful.

He said membership had remained steady and there had been a number of successes in inter-club competitions.

He also added that all sections of the club has contributed enormously to the anniversary celebrations. During the year the club was provided with a club flag and flag-pole adjacent to the 10th tee and putting green, new flags for all the greens and several new benches.

A special souvenir booklet was also produced and given to each member, as well as a commemorative golf bag tag. 

At a very well attended seniors annual general meeting at the Bank House Hotel outgoing captain, Alan Wallcroft, reported on a very successful year for the section.

Membership had grown considerably and added that the course’s reputation had grown considerably with virtually every visiting club captain most complimentary about the course, which he stressed was thanks to the efforts of course manager Graham Wallace and his green-staff team.

Match-wise he said it had been a considerably successful year in inter-club matches. Bransford remained unbeaten at home throughout the summer calendar, winning 11 matches and drawing two, while on their travels they won three, drew two and lost seven, with two matches postponed.

And earlier in the year the section had also won the Winter League against the challenge of Litle Lakes, Wharton Park and the now defunct Burlish Park club.

Also during the year the section helped to raise close on £2,000 for his chosen charity for the past year, Guide Dogs Worcestershire.

Thanking the committee in particular, and the section for their support during a busy 25th anniversary year for the club, he then handed over the reins to new captain Dave Miller.

On taking up his post David said he was delighted to pick up the baton for the forthcoming  year.

“We have an extremely healthy Seniors section and I hope that all inter-club matches and competitions will be fully supported.

“I am more than happy to announce that my Vice-Captain is someone with verve, integrity and enthusiasm which made him an obvious and I am sure a popular choice and I was delighted that he accepted. That is Andy Falconer”.

He added that his chosen charity would be ACORNS, especially as he has been been raising money for Cancer Research for many years now following a personal bereavement.

The ACORNS Children’s Hospice was established in 1988 to offer a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people across the Heart of England. In the past year it has supported 876 children and 1097 families.

David added: “It is a very deserving cause and I know that the membership will fully support my efforts to achieve a target of £2,000”.

He also said: “When I agreed to take on this role two things made my decision easy. Firstly, I was encouraged by the amount of support the Captain receives from the committee and, secondly, you could not wish for a more friendly and supportive group of people.

“Thank you in advance for all your support and I will for my part make sure that I fulfil the role of Captain to best of my ability”.

As with the main club committee, the seniors funds are also in a healthy state and a proposal to slightly increase the prize money for its competitions was voted through.

Action in the 2017-18 Winter League resumes next month when new members The Staffordshire host round three on Tuesday, January 9. The fourth and final round the league will be at Wharton Park in February.

Currently Little Lakes head the league by a point from Bransford, with The Staffs. in third spot.


YOU’RE IN CHARGE: Alan Wallcroft (left), who has been Bransford Seniors Captain for the past year, helps new captain Dave Miller don the official jacket for 2018 watched by his vice-captain, Andy Falconer (right).