The following is the Captains report delivered to the AGM on Wednesday 26th September 2018 by Captain Duncan McLeod
Captain’s Report 2018
Having been Captain for the past year I am pleased to report that the Society is in “good health” with membership at an all- time high and attendances at fixtures at an equally encouraging level. This can perhaps be attributed to the excellent weather experienced throughout the summer but I consider that the main factor is the hard work put in by the Club Representatives in ensuring that all the events are efficiently organized and trouble free. I am sure that members appreciate this and on their behalf I would thank all Club Reps. and also our excellent Secretary and Treasurer for the smooth running of the Society. The low membership from the Brora, Golspie and Dornoch clubs is a matter of some concern but it seems that there is little that can be done to improve things as players from these clubs appear to prefer membership of the Sutherland-Caithness Society.
Proof of our successful season can be indicated by the sum of £2,500.00 that treasurer Dave Scrimgeour has been able to make available for Charity Donation. As Captain it is my duty to allocate to my chosen Charities. I have decided that this year the money will be shared out amongst local deserving causes rather than giving a large amount to any one organization. Donations therefore will be as follows:
1. £500.00 - St. Clement’s School in Dingwall which teaches and cares for physically and mentally impaired children and young adults.
2. £500.00 – MacMillan Nurses Highland
3. £500.00 - The Connecting Young Carers Support Organization
4. £500.00 - The Rheumatology Unit Dingwall
5. £500.00 - Blythswood Food Bank ( Invergordon/Alness )
Congratulations to Sutherland who overcame considerable numerical odds to win the North Tri-Counties Cup at Golspie this season and also to all the Trophy winners at this year’s events throughout our area.
At last year’s A.G.M. both Secretary Michael Mackay and Treasurer Dave Scrimgeour expressed their wish not to seek re-election this year. As both have served for five years in post they certainly deserve a well- earned “retirement” to enjoy their golf and concentrate on more serious matters such as “getting their handicaps down”. However to date no “volunteers” have come forward to take on the posts but hopefully this could change during this A.G.M.
The last fixture of this year will take place on 3rd October over the Bonar Bridge/ Ardgay course where mixed foursomes couples will compete for the Lovell Memorial Trophies. Following that event clubs may be lightly oiled and put away in the loft until we next rendezvous at the Royal Dornoch Golf Club on 3rd April 2019.