The Captain for 2020 is Pam Green.
Avington has a reputation for being a welcoming and friendly golf club. So as I take over from the very efficient “double act” of Jenny and Lin, joint captains last year, I hope to rise to the challenge and ensure that this continues throughout 2020.
Both my parents were keen golfers and still playing in their 80’s and 90’s. The conversation of birdies, pars, nett, stableford etc. was a foreign language to me but it looked a relaxed, fairly easy and enjoyable game out in the fresh air. I had always intended to take up the sport when I retired from teaching and had time during the day. I enjoy being outside. I have taken part in long distance walks and treks in the UK and abroad and enjoy gardening. Golf would be far easier than teaching a class of reluctant teenagers. The ball was stationary after all!
I think it took only one lesson to realise how wrong I had been! It was not easy and certainly not relaxed (especially when the ball is still stationary and stuck in the wet rough). However, like any sport, so satisfying when played well, the “lucky bounce” or the long putt that triumphantly drops into the hole. The delight when you have done well in a competition – and then the realisation that the winnings will just about cover the entry fee.
Win or lose, playing well or not, it is however, the ladies at Avington that are so welcoming. The regular roll-ups on Tuesday mornings are played in a cheerful, friendly manner and all abilities are welcome for a variety of fun competitions or qualifiers. If you are a beginner, a lapsed player or wish to try a different course, do come along.
Finish with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuit and overlook the beautiful course set in a peaceful part of the Hampshire countryside. Discuss your game – if you must - and then put the world to right, listen to the birdsong or watch the kites!
Do come and join us. You are assured of a friendly welcome.