07/03/14 - Notice from LMGC 1st Team Captain - Andy Boxall
As you'll know I've taken on the honourable position of team
captain for this year and I'd quite like to get this message out to
all of the guys that are in a with a chance of playing for the
first team and or the 7 a side team, during the year.
We've already had one match, a bit of a baptism of fire, away to
Les Miellles GC, and the next challenge is away to St Clement GC on
23rd March. This will quickly be followed by the 7 a
side, at home to Les Ormes GC, on the agreed date of
I'd like to take this opportunity to make sure that everyone
involved is aware of how I will try and select players for these
teams, so here goes:-
Firstly for St Clements, I may not automatically pick the lowest
handicapped players, as we may end up giving a lot of shots. This
match, as the Les Mielles match was, is played by low handicappers
but on a handicap basis, similar to our Presidents Cup knock out.
So, I'll be using this match as a warm up for those that are in
with a shout of 7 a side selection. This may mean that you'll see
some guys named that you wouldn't normally expect to see.
I will also use this match, and did so at Les Mielles, to give
some of our juniors some experience, and to reward them for some
good play over the last few months/ year.
At this point I feel as though I better explain that there may
be occasions that guys win in one match, and are then not picked in
the next. I'm hoping that you'll all understand that I'll
make the best decisions I can, and that I'll make them for, what I
see as the good of the club and team, and ultimately to get a
I'm not going to give anything away yet with regards to the 7 a
side, but have already taken a look at the handicaps that are
likely to turn out for Les Ormes.
Moving into the main season, I would like to see the very low
handicap players out, competing and scoring well before we take on
Royal Guernsey in June, and definitely making themselves available
for the matches against L'Ancresse and Royal Jersey in August.
However, if I don't see them and/ or they're not playing well then
I'll select people that may be a bit higher handicap but want to
play and are on form, even if this means that we risk losing points
against the best the Channel Islands can produce. Also by this time
in the year I'd like to think at least 4 juniors could be pushing
for a place in the first 8. I've got an idea as to who they may be
but I'm certainly not closing the door to any others that show good
I quite regularly find myself looking at the other club, out
East, and marvelling at the camaraderie that they have and wonder
how they do it. Now quite a few of them regularly play together. I
understand how we've all got our own lives outside of golf, and we
are all amateurs, but wouldn't it be good if we rejuvenated the
'low handicap hustle'. I believe there are already movements afoot
to get this started, but can I ask if anyone has any ideas on how
we get a greater togetherness, especially within the single figure
handicappers, and then please give me a shout.
Then I think, well how about challenging the better players in
the club to form the majority of the Island side this year, the
match is at La Moye after all. Might as well use home
Finally, may I wish everyone a very successful season and hope
that we, as a team, can bring the important silverware back to La
Moye. If anyone has any ideas or comments on this note or anything
to do with team matters that they wish to rise then please feel
free to speak to me.
Andy Boxall - First Team Captain