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La Grande Mare Golf Club Captain's Welcome

Men's Captain.

Men's Captain

I have been a loyal member of La Grande Mare since it opened in 1994, having joined the club as one of the original players. In those days, the course consisted of only 14 holes with no changing facilities and the Pro Shop in a greenhouse. The club has come a long way since then, having 18 established and challenging holes, a Pro Shop, changing rooms with individual lockers and a Club Room to be proud of.

I am honoured to be the Captain for 2017 and hope to represent all the club members in all the various events and competitions planned.

My vice-captain is Phil Daunt and together with an excellent committee we plan to support and represent the members to the best of our ability throughout the year. We will organise the competitions and I hope to encourage as many new members to take part in competitive golf as well as social games.

My wife Helen and I have always strongly supported Tuesday club nights which offers a relaxed but competitive way of getting to know club members through team golf and a variety of formats. If you are new to the club or just got your first handicap, please come along and join in.

Along with the Lady Captain we have a joint charity this year, which is ‘The Hub’. Having been teachers all our working lives, we wanted to support a local charity that helped children with the problems they face from day to day and ‘The Hub’ certainly does this.

Good luck to everyone in 2017 and enjoy your golf at La Grande Mare. 

Jim Banks 

Ladie's Captain.

Ladies' Captain

I am honoured to be the Lady Captain for 2017. I joined La Grande Mare about 20 years ago. I was never going to get a handicap but soon became “hooked” on the game and became keen to get involved in competitions. Having been on the committee, on and off, for a number of years and worked with a number of Lady Captains I feel now is the right time for me to be able to commit to the post fully.

I am lucky to have Sylvia Sirett as my vice-captain and together with a fantastic committee I am hopeful that we can continue the good work of the past captains and keep the club moving forward.

We are fortunate in having Jaine and Chris Vermeulen as directors who are always prepared to listen to the members’ suggestions. Nick Graham plays a very important part in helping us with the day to day running of competitions. We are all excited to see the changes that will be made to the shop in the next few months and look forward to working with the new pro and their team. I am sure all members will give them a lot of support.

I would like to see as many ladies taking part in competitions this year as possible. We are lucky to have some excellent sponsors for our competitions and we need to field as many ladies as possible to show them how grateful we are. We have several new ladies who we are hoping will soon be getting handicaps and joining us in the competitions.

The Captain and I have chosen “The Hub” as our joint charity this year who help young people in Guernsey with their problems. They do an amazing job and we felt as we had been teachers all our working lives it was a charity close to our hearts.

I wish everyone at La Grande Mare an enjoyable 2017 both on and off the course and look forward to playing with you and meeting you in the Club. 

Helen Banks
Lady Captain.

Junior Captain.

Junior Captain

I first picked up a club at the age of seven but it was only after spending the week at the Open Championship at Muirfield that I fell in love with the the game. I've really enjoyed progressing alongside my peers over the past few years with help from Phil and the golf school. I look forward to my last year as a junior with some big events in the calendar including World Kids Golf in Portugal and the Junior Inter Insular which is being held at La Grande Mare this year. I wish everyone the very best for the year ahead.

Hamish Glass
Junior Captain.