COVID-19 - Treasurer's Message

I hope you are all well and enjoying the start of the easing of restrictions, in particular playing golf. I played my first game last week, trolley and clubs gleaming and it was a real delight. Our course (Brancepeth Castle) was in excellent condition and a huge thank you has got to go to all the greenstaff at all of our clubs who have worked so hard during the lockdown to keep our courses in such fantastic condition.

From a treasurer’s point of view, I haven’t had that many transactions during lockdown. I have received a refund for the accommodation we had paid for, for County Match Week, I have also received the first 3 months of affiliation fees, down slightly on last year at this stage but hopefully by the end of the year, this situation may improve.

I have tried to fill in some of my spare time by scanning and archiving ‘ancient’ paper work so hopefully there will be less to pass on in future years and spent a considerable amount of time on a 6000 piece jigsaw but that’s another story.

Regarding the fees, clubs who have paid for the Anderson, Sivewright, Thomlinsons and May Lowery for 2020, these will carry forward to 2021. 39 clubs have paid for the 2019 May Lowery and are in credit still for that year. 23 clubs have also paid for the 2020 May Lowery so they are in fact in credit for 2 years. Towards the end of the year when we may be aware of what the future holds for competitions and leagues, I will endeavour to resolve any adjustments that may be necessary.

So whether you are ‘staying home’ or ‘staying alert’ my very best wishes to you all. Apologies to those who haven’t been able to return to golf yet, it will be worth waiting for. Fingers crossed I may see you around a book of raffle tickets by the end of the season if we do manage to play either the Vine Trophy or the Captain’s Charity Texas Scramble.

Stay safe and stay well.

Marian Goodyear

Hon Treasurer