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Our Annual Skins Xmas Dinner and Presentation Night was attended by 56 members and partners. I have received many complimentary remarks. One of our long term members rated it as "one of the best he has attended" whilst another member sent an email, “Congratulations to you and your committee for organising a great night. Food was delicious, service with a smile and the banter amongst the group was as you would expect. Thanks again.”

The six major trophies were won by members who had previously never won a trophy including a  new member and another long timer. The winners are:-

Putting- Eric Kidd, Division 2 Match Play- John Mannering, Division 1 Match Play- Blair Gibson, Nearest the Pin- Keith Bryars, Stroke Play- Tom Watson and finally Overall Champion is Dudley Herbert now known as “ Lord Dudley”. When Captain Jeff announced Dudley the overall winner he was like a little “Boy” who just been given his first bike, his chest expanded and the smile was beaming. There is an old saying “you make a man out of a boy but you cannot take the boy out of a man”.

Today is the last game for 2018 as Xmas and New Year fall on 2 consecutive Tuesdays. We will resume on 8th January 2019.

The Skins AGM will be held on Tuesday 29th January 2019. The committee has unanimously agreed to retain Annual Subscription at $10 which must be paid on or before the AGM to be eligible to vote. The positions of the committee will become vacant and anyone wishing to stand please advise me before the AGM.

The Nelson Bay Skins Group will be 30 years old in 2019, exactly when I am not sure. Perhaps our Life Member Bob Miller may know as he has been a continuous member since inception.

In March 2019 it is proposed to have a Competition Event called “The Presidents Cup” The Aussies verse The Rest of the World. Qualification is your country of birth. At this stage Helmut Kollmann has accepted the Captaincy of the Internationals.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe Xmas and New Year.

Regards

Nev Nifty Stanfield

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