The Annual Review of Handicaps has now been published following the updating of the necessary software by English Golf Union. A full list is on the Club Web Site and Notice Board. An extract of all the changes that effect Veteran Section Members can be seen by clicking this link. As a reminder, Vets Handicaps that are used on Wednesdays will be adjusted to reflect these changes. These new Vets Handicaps can be seen as usual on the Winnings sheet posted on the Notice Board and in the Vets Section of the Web Site under Results.

7/18. EMERTON-COURT 2018.

A calling notice for volunteers to join the Emerton-Court Squad will be on the notice board shortly. It reads:

If you would like to be involved in Yelverton’s Emerton Court squad this year, please write your name on the list (on the notice board).

Eligibility.   In order to be eligible to take part, you must:

  • Be a registered member of DMVGA before 1 March 2018.   [See our Treasurer, Jack Bovingdon, in order to sign up.]
  • Be an active member of Yelverton’s Vets Section.   [‘Active’ means that, in the period between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018, you played in a minimum of THREE Vets qualifying competitions or Vets inter-club matches or a combination of both.]
  • Possess a CONGU competition handicap, maximum 28.

Organisers.   Keith Clench is the selector.   Admin arrangements for the matches are dealt with by Noel Preston-Jones.   Keith Stokes is our DMVGA representative and attends DMVGA meetings.

The team.   The team for each match consists of 5 pairs plus a reserve pair.   The reserve pair are required to play (usually going out after the remainder of the team) – and will be required to step in if someone from the 5 main pairs becomes unavailable on the day.

Who are we looking for ?   We want a squad of players (with a good variety of handicaps) who can play to their handicap and compete strongly in a match-play contest.

What happens next ?   This list will close on Wednesday, 21 February.   A trial will then be arranged (in March – date to be decided) in order to help Keith Clench to select a squad.

First match.   We have been given a bye in the First Round.   For the Second Round, we have been drawn to play against Great Torrington GC – both legs of this match are to be completed by 26 May.

Who to contact for further info

Selector:                                                Keith Clench.   07753 728704.

 Admin:                                                   Noel Preston-Jones.   01822 853237.   07779 337025.

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It has been announced that Adam Frayne will become the new Cub Profesional on 1st April 2018 in succession to Tim McSherry. This very popular decision is excellent news and the Veterans' Section wish Adam every success for the future.


The meal costs for Veterans Matches will remain the same as last year (£13 + £1 gratuity per head) except when there is a Carvery when the cost will be £14 + £1 gratuity). The Carvery option will only be avavilable when there are 32 or more diners.

4/18.  CELEBRATION OF TONY WESTACOTT'S AND LIZ LYDON'S WEDDING. Tony and Liz have issued an open invitation to all Vets and their partners to join them in the Cub on Monday 22nd January between 4pm and 6pm to celebrate their marriage. Prosecco and sandwiches will be on offer. Dress is casual/golfing. If you are intending to join the party, it would be really helpful to let the Bar Satff know in advanvcce, to help with catering arangements.


For this season, Chelsea has chosen Breast Cancer Care as his charity for the year.


In the interests of other members, who are pushed back down the order, requests for an early start time on Wednesdays should only be made for significant reasons (medical and other unavoidable appointments etc.) and not merely for convenience or personal preference. Only one “early starter” per Tee time will be entertained. Requests should be made to the Vice-Captain (Noel Preston-Jones: 01822 853237) or if not contactable, the Captain (Chelsea Davis: 01752 631140). Phone calls are better than e-mails as there is no guarantee that e-mails will be read or that the request has been received.


Fewer and fewer players are staying for the prize giving at the conclusion of play on Wednesdays. It is a cause for embarrassment to the Captain to speak to a virtually empty room (with other Club members present) and all players, at the very least those in with a shout of a prize, are requested to make every possible effort to remain for the prize giving.


92/17.  DRAFT MINUTES OF VETS AGM held on 6th December 2017 can be found in the Minutes section of the Club Website. 

91/17. CHRISTMAS MEETING PHOTOS. Many thanks to Bob Griffin for taking photographs at our Christmas Meeting. They have been posted in the Gallery.

90/17. NEW COURSE RATING. Members may be interested to know that following a recent Course Rating the Standard Scratch Score for the Mens tees has increased by 1 from 71 to 72 for the White Tees and 70 to 71 for the Yellow Tees. There is no change for the Red (Ladies) Tees. The change comes into effect immediately.No doubt the Club will be publishing more details in the near future.

89/17. CONGRATULATIONS TO CHELSEA DAVIS on being elected as the 2018 Veterans Section Captain. We wish him a very successful year. With Noel Preston-Jones as his Vice Captain how can it be anything else? Be warned though, Chelsea tells us he is intending to run a Military Junta - whatever that means!

Also we welcome Terry Maber as new Committee Member and Alan Hoskin as the New Secretary. He takes over from Dennis Voisin who has been the Vets Secretary since 2006, no less that twelve years. It is impossible to give him adequate praise. He has steered the Veterans Section with great ability, tact, efficiency, hard work, dedication and wisdom and we would not have the vibrant, blossoming and enjoyable section we have today without his very considerable input. He can now relax, observe from the back benches and may even be allowed to join the Window Club. Thank you Dennis. You have been an absolute stalwart.

The full results of the Christmas Meeting golf event will be posted in the Results can be seen here. But well done to Mssrs. Frayne, Ivey, Kelly and Steen for an excellent 82 points - well clear of second place.

And well done too, to our newest member, Bob Carwithen who was nearest the pin on the 12th. I just hope he gets to enjoy his bottle of wine, unlike me who will not get the chance. I managed to drop my winnings on entry to our house breaking the bottle and depositing 750mls of red wine all over a pale green carpet! There was not much "did you have a nice day?" greeting (quite the reverse actually) and I was only rescued by Steaming Sam turning up at 8am this morning to competely remove all trace of the mishap. All I need now is for the dog to eat my Beef and that will complete the disasters.

88/17. 2018 FIXTURE LIST. The Vets 2018 Fixture list has now been finalised after a great deal of hard work and difficult negotiation by Alan Malton. Well done to him. It can be seen by clicking this link as well as on the Notice Board later today (Wed 6th).. 

83/17. DMVGA Winter Series Results So Far. Members may be aware that the DMVGA are running four team events over the Winter (although the next one is now not until 27th March which is hardly winter) and due to popular demand, Yelverton were able to get a second team into the competition. There are a total of 30 4-ball teams taking part. E.Devon is the only other club to enter two teams. Round 1 was at Holsworthy and our teams got heavily blighted by unknown road works on the way so were both running onto the first tee and apparently found a lot of long wet grass as well! Teams I and 2 managed 64 and 70 points respectively which put them in 27th and 17th places. Top score was Torquay with 85 and bottom was Downes Crediton with 46. Today at Tavistock Team 1 scored a fantastic 84 and Team 2 a very creditable 74. It is not known quite where this puts them overall but certainly much higher up. As we are fielding different players in each team on each occasion, it is the taking part rather than the winning that matters, but nevertheless, it is good to see Yelverton acquitting themselves well. Results will be posted when available.   

80/17. CONGU HANDICAP CHANGES 2018All Vets need to be aware that the CONGU Handicap Rules are changing from 1st January 2018. The main difference is that a golfing  Category 5 and 6 is being introduced to Mens Golf and the maximum Competition Handicap will go up from the current 28 to 54. There will no longer be Club/Playing handicaps. Any handicap achieved or awarded will be a Competition Handicap. Club Handicap Committees will have the authority to raise players handicaps beyond their curent 28. This is likely to happen during the annual review of Handicaps which will be completed by the New Year. When playing in Qualifying competitions, handicaps will still be adjusted upwards by 0.1 but the downward adjustment for golfers in Cat 5 or 6 will be greater. The Vets Committee will consider any imnpacts for the Section at their next Committee Meeting in January.

There should be more information published on the Club website in due course but some can be seen by clicking this link to the CONGU summary (PDF 249KB) pdf logo transparent 150x150 11

78/17. DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES. Away day at CHINA FLEET on day of Club 3BBB - Wednesady 18th April 2018. Chelsea has already booked China Fleet for 50 players. £15 to include coffee on arrival. A calling notice will be put up in the fullness of time but best to get the event in your diaries.

54/17. WE NEED TO DO BETTER WITH PITCH REPAIRING. Yesterday (18 Jan), I was in the penultimate group and repaired between six and twelve pitch marks on nearly every green. My partners also repaired others. In most cases these were not minor indentations, but small half golf ball sized craters. Holes where one is pitching onto the green such as the 18th, were particularly bad. On the whole, the ball was not running out on landing but stopping quickly so it must have been obvious in the conditions that a pitch mark had been made. We must do better and also avoid getting a bad reputation for this (as I understand we once did). Please do your bit and help look after the course. If we do not, it is hard to sympathise with those who moan about the state of the greens.

50/16. FREE COUNTY CARD. County Cards are now free and can be applied for via the Devon County Golf Union website. You will need to know your CDH number (Central Database of Handicaps) which you can get from Masterscoreboard or by asking the Club Secretary. The link to the Devon County Golf Union site is

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