The Optimists Club Golf Society
Here is a breakdown of The Optimists Club Golf Society calendar, compliments of Andy Bouchard, to give you a general idea of what the Society does:
Summer Order of Merit
This is played between March and October. There are 8 monthly competitions and where you come in the months competitions gives you points towards the order of merit. It works in a similar way to grand prix points.
So every month the following points are up for grabs:
1st - 10pts
2nd - 8pts
3rd - 6pts
4th - 4pts
5th - 3pts
6th - 2pts
Everyone else who puts a card in for that month gets 1pt. If you don't put a card in or get disqualified you get 0pts.
Of the 8 Monthly competitions only each players best 6 results count towards the final order of merit standings.
Each monthly competition has to be played and the card submitted by the last day of the month. You can play your card whenever you like during the month, as long as you play with another member of the golf society and provided you haven't already played the course in question on that day, i.e. no practicing on the course the day you are playing your card. Each month the competition is held at a different course as follows:
March - Les Mielles South (Stableford)
April - Les Ormes (Stableford)
May - Le Mielles North (Stroke Play)
June - St Clement (Stableford)
July - Wheatlands (3/4 Handicap, Stableford)
August - Le Mielles South (Stroke Play)
September - Les Ormes (Stableford)
October - Le Mielles North (Stableford)
'Stableford' is a points system whereby you get points depending on how well you do on each hole in relation to your handicap. 'Stroke Play' is where you count every shot you play and then take your handicap off at the end of the round.
In conjunction with the Summer Order of Merit, we also have a Birdie/Par chart whereby players get points for the number of gross birdies or pars they get. 5 points for a par, 10 points for a birdie. In theory this should be won by one of the lower handicap players.
The Opps pot is contested on our annual overseas trip. This has traditionally been in France, however we have been now to venture further afield, such as Portugal. The Opps pot is won by the player who has accumulated the most Stableford points over the two rounds that the competition is played.
Old Gits vs Young Pups
This is played one day in the Summer golf season and is a 'Ryder Cup style' format between two teams, the Old Gits & the Young Pups. The teams are decided by splitting the available players down the middle by age. This is always a hotly contested trophy with a years worth of bragging rights on offer to the winners!! There is a claret jug trophy awarded to the winning team.
This is played from November to February. In a similar way to the Summer order of merit, players must play a card at the designated course by the end of the month. Instead of it being a grand prix style points system, the winter league is won by the player with the highest number of aggregate Stableford points from their best 3 cards. So if you play in all four winter months you can drop your worst score. The monthly courses are:
November - Les Ormes
December - St Clement
January - Les Ormes
February - St Clement
There is also a Birdie/par chart for the winter league.
Condor Matchplay League
This is a society matchplay league where the Optimists Club enter a team to compete against other societies. We have approximately 13 players in our squad who get a fair go at representing the Club. Each match involves 6 players from each team who play an individual matchplay match against a member of the opposition. Each point earned counts as a point in the league table. We have only been involved in this for the past two seasons but everyone enjoys taking part in what is a great way to socialise during the summer evenings.
Annual General Meetings of the Golf Society
The Golf Society held their Annual General Meeting on Friday, 16th January 2009. Please find below a newsletter giving a summary of what was discussed and decided.
Statistics & History
Please find below the excel documents giving you the monthly golf society statistics, the history of the golf society and the history of the Gits v Pups.