Welcome to the Celtic Manor's Captain's website!

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I am proud to have been the Celtic Manor Championship Captain since 2019. It was only supposed to be for 1 year but due to Covid I have not yet officially handed over and as such I am about to enter my 3rd year!

I had hoped to raise as much money as possible for my 2 chosen charities, and ahead of the Covid disruption I had exceeded my expectations. My charities were/still are Newport Mind and Size of Wales.

Newport Mind  (www.newportmind.org)

1 in 4 people will be impacted by mental health problems in their life. My two sons have both known people their age who committed suicide a few years ago and it was heart-breaking.

Newport Mind are there to help people who may be in a situation where they are considering this and need somebody to talk to.

Based in Commercial Street, Newport Mind are focused on helping people who may be affected.

Size of Wales  (www.sizeofwales.org.uk)

‘An area the size of Wales’ is frequently used to measure disasters - "the rate of deforestation",  "a forest fire in California" or "an oil spill off the coast of somewhere" – always a negative association.

Wales is approximately 2,000,000 hectares, or rugby pitches - or 1,000 times the entire Celtic Manor resort. That is how much rain forest the Size of Wales set out to save. It achieved this within a few years and has since set a target to double that.

Any money we raise will help support them in their environmental work across the globe as well education and support in schools here in Wales.

THE GREAT NEWS IS I HAD SECURED ADDITIONAL FUNDING FROM THE WATERLOO FOUNDATION IN CARDIFF WHICH MEANT THAT FOR EVERY £1 RAISED WE AT LEAST DOUBLE IT!

Thanks to this additional funding we have already donated

over £24,000!!

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2021 update - back to golf

I just wanted to send a quick message out before we are due back on the courses following the the latest lockdown.

I really hope you have managed to get through it with minimal impact to your physical, mental and financial well-being, and the same for those people close to you. I know some people will have been hit harder than others and my thoughts are with them.

As our 2021 renewals are now out we have been very lucky to have not only seen a price freeze but also benefit from a credit for the time the courses were closed. I know many other clubs have not been so fortunate where members have had to pay for the whole year despite no chance to play.

My end-of captaincy was supposed to be this time last year so I think I am now the longest serving captain at the Celtic Manor - not sure if I actually have an official hand over lined up yet so could run into a 3rd year!

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who supported my initial year, and have continued through the unofficial tenure too! An email has gone to the members highlighting some of the key items from the last 2 years and has one final begging request to raise funds!

Good luck to Mark and Michelle when they eventually take up their positions as the new captains and I hope as many people as possible will support them. 

Continue to stay safe and look forward to seeing you on the course soon.

Coronavirus impact/update

Most golfers are probably already missing their regular knock, but everybody knows the long-term benefits of adhering to Government advice, with the course closures, far outweighs the odd game.

This has impacted the fact that this week I was supposed to be handing over the Celtic Manor captaincy to Mark Helmich, but sadly this has been delayed. Sorry Mark!

It also meant my final golf competition to raise funds was postponed and the chance to add to the total raised has been put on hold.

However, instead of waiting until that is rearranged I felt it worth donating the money raised to date sooner rather than later as it is essential to get support to the areas it will do good.

Thanks to the people who have supported me, and the amazing people at The Waterloo Foundation, Newport Mind will be getting around £14,000 in the coming days which will go towards supporting local people with mental health needs.

Size of Wales will also be getting around £10,000 to help in their work around the world.

I will hopefully be able to raise a bit more for both charities in the coming weeks/months but it is better to pass it on now than sit in a bank account.

Stay safe everybody and thank you to everybody who has supported my 'year'.

Photos from the Captain's Charity Day July 27th 2019

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Thank you to everybody who supported me on my charity day - Matt Underwood, golfers, sponsors, raffle ticket purchasers, auction item bidders, band members, choirs, catering staff, party goers, family, friends, golf members, leisure members, non-members, partners and anybody I have missed off.

The initial feedback has been very positive and I hope everybody enjoyed the golf, music, food etc.

With the matched funding from The Waterloo Foundation, the auction raised over £3,000 and the raffle around £2,000.

I have been asked if there is going to be another event during my year as Captain so watch this space!

If you were unable to take part in the golf or attend the evening but still want to support the fund raising please contact me on bstevens@mclays.co.uk or 07837 068497

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Click here to see all the photos from the day!
 

Feel free to copy your photos if you like, but also feel free to make a small donation to the charity at the same time if you want!

 If you would like an 8x6 printed copy of any of these photographs please email me at bstevens@mclays.co.uk

 

 

Congratulations Immediate Past Captain!

A big congratulations to Craig Kerrigan for raising £5,500

for St David's Hospice Care https://stdavidshospicecare.org/ during his tenure.

Craig, along with wife Joanna and daughter Bella presented the cheque. The money will help

support the amazing work the hospice does both internally and externally.

Championship Friendlies 2019

 
 
 
 

The final friendly took place at Ashburnham on 22nd September. 

Just wanted to say thank you to all of the players who have taken part across the summer:

Mark Helmich, Steve Whittaker, Craig Kerrigan, John Baker, David Lucas, James Lomas, Steve Horseman, Andrew Ritter, Derek Bird, Jason Nelson, Kevin Morgan, David Morgan, Gareth Hobbs, Lee Edwards, Matt Morgan, Mike Hardman, Kevin Young, Steve Freeguard, Tim Beal, Trevor Moulton, Darren James, Gary Cain, Martyn Thorn, Paul Wootton, Simon Morgan, Bryan Williams, Colin Titchener, Damian Kelly, Dan Tilley, Darren Baugh, Jon Cook, Kevin Green, Lee Davies,

Phil Alderman, Ray Hughes, Rob Hornby, Steve Digweed, Tim Kefalas and Tony Sanges.  

Anybody who is interested in supporting Mark next year, keep an eye out for the fixtures on Master Scoreboard.

 

The day usually includes breakfast, golf and food afterwards (chips and sandwiches).

Typical cost for home and away game is between £10 and £15.

Usual format is 6 pairs from each club playing 4 ball better ball matchplay.

Not only is it a chance to represent the club in 'friendly competitive matches', it is a good way to meet other members and play some nice courses.

Royal Liverpool, Minchinhampton, Frilford Heath, Bowood, Ashburnham and The Shire are amongst clubs we have played and will almost certainly play again in future. 

 

50/50/50 option at comps

As 2019 was my 50th birthday I wanted to do something based on the number 50. 

All club comps during the initial year (well ones where there are more than 50 entrants!) had an additional option to enter the 50/50/50 pot.

For 50p players were entered into a prize pot for whoever finished 50th in the comp to receive 50% of the pot if they entered with thee other 50% going to the charities.

 

If the person in 50th did not enter then that part of the pot carried over to the next comp and continued to rollover until somebody won it. 

The first comp saw 80 people enter but the person who finished 50th didn't so that meant £20 carried over to the following week!

Week 2 saw around 70 entries so Vince Smith became the first ever 50/50/50 winner pocketing around £37.50!

Across the year the amounts varied but thanks to this small things a few hundred additional £s were raised. Thank you to all who took part. 

 

Photos from the 6th April 2019 drive in

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Click here to see all the photos from the day!

Feel free to copy your photos if you like, but also feel free to make a small donation to the charity at the same time if you want!

 If you would like an 8x6 printed copy of any of these photographs please email me at bstevens@mclays.co.uk

 

 

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Thank you to the following sponsors!

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How to donate

 

As mentioned above, I managed to raise significant amounts for both charities but there is still time to donate. 

Members who want to bid on auction items or pay for their visits to the Captain's Charity Bunker on the 18th are welcome to contribute.

If you want to help please contact me on 07837 068497 or bstevens@mclays.co.uk

You can pay money to Matt Underwood or directly into the account set up for the fund raising, contact me if you wish to do this.

Thanks to everybody who has helped/is helping/will help!

Contact me

 

If you want to talk to me about the charities, the team matches or anything to do with the club,

please feel free to grab me if you see me up the club or 

Mobile - 07837 068497

Email - bstevens@mclays.co.uk