Dragon's Tooth Golf Club

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

Date
Time
Venue

22nd March
19:00 hours
Dragon's Tooth Clubhouse

 
       

Present:

   

Terry Goodwin (Treasurer), Kate Ward (Committee), Carl Stubbs (Captain), Bridget Allen (Ladies Captain), Marilyn MacDonald (Committee) Graham McGeachan (Committee), Jonny MacNeil (Committee), Joe Newson (Secretary) plus members.

Apologies:
Dave Crilley (Greens Convenor), Kim Topping (Committee), Scott McCombie (Handicap Secretary), Graham Lobb, Alan Milton, Liam Devine, June Murray, Christine Baker, Mary Michie, Eileen Blair


Agenda

Minutes of Annual General Meeting of 9th March 2017
Agreed and signed by Carl Stubbs and Bridget Allen.

Men’s Captain’s Report
Carl thanked both the Committee and the golf course staff and management for an excellent years golf.  He reported that the course was in fine shape for the time of year thanks to the efforts of greenkeeper Jonny Henshall.

Carl reported that the fixture list had been expanded for 2018, with the men’s mid-month medal replaced by a weekly medal for men and ladies, to be held every Tuesday.  The first Senior Open had been a success and would be held again in 2018, and a Captain’s Mixed Pairs Event was to be held on 22nd April.

The Monday night Stableford would start imminently, as would the 9 and 18 hole matchplay competitions.
Carl reported that the club Facebook page was being regularly updated and widely read by a large local, national and international audience.

Away days had been poorly attended this year.

Ladies Captain’s Report
Bridget reported that there had been 15 lady members this year.  The Monday night Stableford was well attended and much enjoyed by the ladies’ section.  The 9-hole matchplay competition was won by Joanne, while Kate won the points competition.

Three away days – to the Carrick, Taynuilt and Comrie – had been a success, as had the Loch Sunart get together.

Six ladies played in the 2017 DTGC Open which was won by Kim, while Kate and Bridget represented the Club at the Traigh Open.

Lessons with Andrew McRae from the Carrick had also been a great success.

Bridget thanked Jonny for his hard work in getting the course in such great condition, the clubhouse staff for there efforts, and Marilyn and Scott for their hard work on the Committee.

Treasurer’s Report
Terry gave a comprehensive report on the finances of both sections of the club (adult and junior) as per the attached report.  Both sections have positive bank balances, and each event held this year made a modest profit.

Terry thanked Mary Michie for auditing the books this year.

Secretary’s Report
Joe reported that membership was up by just over 10% compared to the previous year, with a few more members anticipated prior to the end of March.

He advised that as in previous years a reciprocal green fee discount was expected to be confirmed with Fort William Golf Club although that was properly a decision for James and Callum Young to make.

The Course had received a mention in the Visit Scotland Guide to Golf alongside St. Andrews and other esteemed courses as one of Scotland’s finest 9-hole courses.

Greens Convenor’s Report
In Dave’s absence, Carl provided a summary of Jonny’s comprehensive Greenkeeper’s Report (attached) detailing the work carried out on the course over the winter and spring and upcoming works..

Handicap Secretary’s Report
In Scott’s absence, the meeting was advised that the Handicap List was now up to date on the board and website.

Election of Officers
Scott McCombie and Marilyn MacDonald are standing down from the Committee this year.  Members present were invited to put their names forward for the Committee.

Nick Hough was proposed and seconded as Handicap Secretary, while Judy Bigham, Angus Morrison and Liam Devine were proposed and seconded as Committee Members.   The remaining current office bearers were proposed and seconded to continue in those roles.

The vote for election of officers was taken en bloc and passed unanimously.

The 2018 Committee is therefore: -

Captain                      Carl Stubbs
Ladies Captain          Bridget Allen
Vice-Captain             Kim Topping
Treasurer                    Terry Goodwin
Junior Convenor      John McNeill
Greens Convenor     Dave Crilley
Handicap Secretary  Nick Hough
Secretary                  Joe Newson
Committee Member    Kate Ward, Judy Bigham, Graham McGeachan, Angus Morrison, Liam Devine


Other Business

Lawrence, James and Callum Young gave a presentation on their plans for development of the estate.  This included new pods at the north west corner, the southern end of the river, and the construction of a lochan and stilted pods at the practice area to the north east of the site.  Examples of the pods and designs were shown, and the rationale for these plans explained.  Recognition was given to the proposed loss of the practice area and that discussions between the course and club would hopefully identify alternative facilities.  A constructive discussion on the plans followed the presentation. 


The meeting closed at 2030 hours