New Captain’s message…

Jake Jacobson was confirmed as the new Men’s Captain for 2019 at last week’s AGM.

Here’s his Captain’s message:

 

In November 2017 Martin Bartlett asked me if I would be his Vice Captain of RGC at which I said I will think about it. After a long time contemplating the responsibility and thinking why me? I was informed that I would make a good Vice captain and a Good Captain the following year (2019) for RGC by many of you members reading this with a grin on your faces right now.

My first thought was I play to switch off and relax and enjoy my day or days golf with mates on the course and the club games! My other concern was my mouth as most of you know I’m not shy in coming forward and having a good laugh (a lack of etiquette). Also funding the Captains Day`s and away day too? And compiling Club Golfing Schedule for the season with attending monthly Golf Committee meetings and working with the Club Manager/Club Professionals. The time it will consume with me still working full time (long hours) it’s a job for a retired member not me I thought? At the end of 2017 and start of 2018 it was a bad place/time for me? Other main concern was the take over of ‘One Active’ group in July 2018 who gave us reassurance all would be ok, and we will be helping to improve the RG Club? Well from then till January 2019 communication was very poor until I showed my concern on their website. I was approached by the Regional Manager to meet up with him? But instead I invited him to our monthly meeting in February as I informed him my anger was what we as club members felt and discussed that we have been over looked and pushed to one side by One Active Group. We had a very detailed discussion with some idea of where they are going and said things that will be happing over the coming year they could or would not say anymore that, the refurbishment looks great but still missing that club feel let’s see what the future brings?

As your Captain for 2019 I am starting to understand and enjoy the challenges that are ahead. With the season slowly creeping up, our first HFL game will be away to Batchwood. Members who are interested in playing for the club please contact Ben or myself.

I want to say what an excellent 2018 was for our Captain Martin Bartlett and the team, it was a fantastic year in winning the HFL and most of Friendly matches. I ask myself how do we follow that? Well I know we can. I hope you will support Ben and myself and make this an enjoyable season for RGC.

I have decided to have my Captains away day at Stocks Golf Club near Tring. The day has been organised for the 3rd May 2019.

Captains Day has been organised for the 20th July 2019, here is hoping that both events will be well attended with fantastic weather and great golf.

My Vice Captain I am pleased to say is Ben Plumridge. I’m very happy Ben will be my right-hand man and a perfect Captain for 2020. I would also like wish both the Ladies and Senior Captains a fantastic year ahead.

Next, I want to thank Gregory Devenish and his Greenkeepers on what they have achieved so far and with the plans for the course to be A1+ by the start of the season and we the club members are 100% behind you and your team the Greenkeepers. So Greg on competition days be kind to members and impossible for our guest.

My Capitan’s Charity is Annabelle’s Challenge Vascular EDS Charity, for Vascular Etler-Danlos Syndrome (vascular EDS), a rare life limiting genetic disorder. 740 people in the UK have vascular EDS, currently 238 are registered on their patient database. To understand more about the Charity, go to https://annabelleschallenge.org/ Donation details will follow as will my ideas for Captains day. Captains Charity Hole is Hole one, it’s a 3-Putt on the 1st green = £1 in Charity Pot in the clubhouse meaning 3 or more puts will cost you a £1. This will take place from 1st April 2019.

May I take this opportunity to say that as a club let’s have a fantastic year of golf in 2019. And will see you all out on the course over the coming weeks and months.

Thank you all from Jake Jacobson your Captain 2019