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Dear Member February 2019


To assist the Regional Captain to select teams (normally at least 12 a side) for our five fixtures this year, it would be very helpful if members, that wish to play in any or all of the matches, indicate their availability by completing and returning the form below. We are very hopeful that many of you will be able to put your name forward as it would be great to involve as many of our members as possible. Once the team has been selected, then members will be advised prior to the match.

The matches themselves are always very enjoyable and have the advantage of being not only social events but also a means of exchanging views with members from other regions. The cost of the day is approximately £20.00 per member to cover the costs of a Brunch/Lunch and Tea/Dinner and the format is to meet around 11.00/12.00 for Lunch, then a 4BBB match (full 18 holes!) followed by Tea/Dinner. (NB. Please note that the format and timings may alter slightly in the coming year to allow for earlier finishing times. Agreed arrangements will be specified with the notice of team selected).

Please indicate your availability by marking your chosen option for all matches.

.v. Norfolk @ Thetford GC Thurs May 16 Yes / No

.v. South East @ Bishop Stortford GC Mon June 24 Yes / No

.v. Chiltern & H C @ Theydon Bois GC Tues Aug 13 Yes / No

.v. East Midlands @ Luffenham Heath GC Wed Sept 11 Yes / No

.v. Suffolk Captains @ Fynn Valley GC Tues Oct 15 Yes / No

Signed …………………………..…………

Club ………………….…………………………….

Name ………………………………………

Contact Number …………………………………..

Please complete and return to the regional manager at the above address
(Post or Email) as soon as possible. THANK YOU

Gary Smith
Regional Manager

T: 01702 552253 / 07710 502091

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Chris Briggs receiving his trophy from Bob

3 East Anglia members qualify for final at Ganton

Ben Tawell 39 pts Mike Verhelst 35 pts Matthew Bowman 34 pts

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This is an annual event comprising ten Regional Qualifying Tournaments leading to a Final in May each year. Final venues have included Hintlesham Hall, Edgbaston, Royal Liverpool,Burnham & Berrow, Royal St. George's, Little Aston, Broadstone, Ganton, Saunton, The Duke's, The Berkshire, Rye , Royal West Norfolk, Formby and in 2019 we return to Ganton.

Thank you GCMA

Marilyn and I " used" one of the vouchers you all gave me last October and this one is at The George Hotel in Stamford - we had an overnight stay on Sunday including all the trimmings and it worked out very well that Andrew and his girlfriend who now rent in Stamford, where able to join us for Dinner. All very nice, but the credit card had to be readily available all of the time!

Yet to plan when the afternoon tea at the Swan will be - thanks again to everyone

John Sayer

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GCMA Christmas Lunch at Purdis

The lunch itself was a great success and thanks to Neill and the team at Purdis Heath who looked after us superbly.

There were 41 members and guests attending and it was very much a case of seeing old friends as well as meeting new ones which hopefully long term will encourage participation at our business meeting and matches.

Happy Christmas to you all

Image: Bob Tawell, Neil McCluskey, Philip Vince & John Reeder - winners of the 9 hole competition from left to right

Thank You

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is not often that I am lost for words as many of you will know and I am still coming to terms with the generosity of all the secretary managers, especially with the lovely gifts given at the Autumn Meeting at Rushmere Golf Club. Both Marilyn and I will be enjoying these for months to come.

Over the years I have been very fortunate to be involved with the GCMA and can truly say that I have enjoyed every minute of my time trying to serve you all.

I believe strong bonds have been created in our region and to have been a part of that is very satisfying.

Time does not stand still for anyone, not even me, but I am confident that you are all in very safe hands with Gary and Bob as Captain. I hope you will give them as much support if not more as you have given me.

On a final note I would like to thank you all again for your friendship and hope to see you all very soon

John Sayer
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