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Welcome to this year's flag raising, and the start of our 2021 golf season at Ashton & Lea GC.
We'll not bother with the usual formal introductions today as we are only a small gathering due to the current covid restrictions.
However, as we were unable to attend the election of officers during the lockdown I would like to congratulate and welcome our new President, Tom Taylor. Thanks for coming today, Mr President, and we look forward to seeing you at many more future functions and club events.
I would also like to apologise for our missing officials, Lady President, Lady Vice Captain, Seniors Captain, our Chairman and directors. All were unable to be invited due to the current covid restrictions, limiting outside gatherings to 6 people.
Now, just a few words on matters we are here for, mainly . . . . . .
It's an honour and privilege to be here as Ashton & Lea club captain. Even after a delay of 12 months, following 3 lockdowns, interruptions to playing golf, cancellation of all club functions, P & D events etc., I'm glad to be still here! I'm sure things can only improve, and I'm hoping the raising of this flag will be the start of better things for this club in 2021, and going forward.
Great things to follow with the rapid progress of vaccinating the over 50's. Let's hope the excellent progress in the North West continues for the under 50's. Whilst thankful for the progress with the vaccines we must not forget all the lives that have been lost due to this terrible virus, and those that have suffered a loss and the after affects. We should also not forget the work done by our dedicated NHS workers, and all the essential workers.
To be back playing golf is a fantastic feeling, both for our physical and mental health, but also to the relief of my wife. I think she's glad to see the back of me at last now the golf clubs have reopened. I have managed to play once this week and the course is looking superb. A little wet in places, but they'll soon dry up if this, and the forecasted dry and windy weather continues. Our grounds staff, including Andy Mac. have been busy in lockdown and done some great work around the course. Long may it continue, along with some good weather, not too much rain, and this summer and golf season will be one to remember for the right reasons.
Be what may, I wish all our members, officials, directors and staff all the best for the rest of 2021, and trust all will play their part in supporting the bar, the restaurant, the shop, driving range and the future success of this golf club.
Back to the business in hand. Thanks to Dan, Bernard and Donna for assisting today. Now, let's go play some golf ! Good luck to all, especially to our Vice Captain and those in his team, but I think my team are going to trounce them this year.
The Par 71 course measures 6359 yards from the white tees, 6112 from the yellows tees and 5508 from the ladies tees. Ashton & Lea is a fairly flat course and provides a fair test of golf for players of all abilities, but it is a course that requires the player to think and plot their way round.
The course features three tricky par-3's, most notably the 6th, where out of bounds awaits any over hit tee shots. Water plays its part at Ashton & Lea, as seven holes on the back nine are affected by it. Another of the outstanding holes is the short par-4 13th - on the tee the player is faced with either attempting to fly the water that lurks around 210 yards from the tee, or play safe and lay-up short leaving a longer second. The approach shot is played downhill to a bowl shaped green; a par here is readily accepted.
The greens at Ashton & Lea are small and elusive and the course has a reputation for being one of the best kept in the North West