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All members of Hill Barn Golf Club aged 55 or over automatically become members of the HOGGS, which stands for Hillbarn Old Gentlemen’s Golf Section.
Whilst still a part of the main club and subject to main club rules it operates independently with its own committee, captain, secretary and competition secretary. The section runs its own monthly medals, qualifying stablefords, trophy competitions etc.
Monthly Medals are held on either the first Monday or first Wednesday of each month. Members wishing to enter must have a handicap recognised by the handicap secretary. All medals are played off the white tees or the mats if the tees are closed, and scores must be confirmed and recorded by another club member. Name and handicap must be entered in the competition book in the clubhouse before starting a round. If, however, an early start is needed, before the clubhouse is open, a round may be played without entering details in the book but a committee member must be notified before playing and details entered in the book when the round is finished. On completion of a round scorecards must be completed in full, signed by the player and the marker, and placed in the HOGGS box.
Qualifying Stablefords are held on occasions during the year and apart from the method of scoring the competition rules are the same as for the medals.
Club Cup and Trophy Competitions are held throughout the year. Members wishing to enter must have previously played in three or more qualifying events. The usual routine of entering details in the competition book, playing with a marker etc. still applies but it is essential to check the competition format at the top of the relevant page in the competition book.
Texas Scrambles, Christmas Special, Pre AGM game, Fun games etc. - entry lists for these are posted on the notice board some weeks before the event and names should be added to the list as soon as possible. The actual format, draw for fourballs or teams, will be done before the game. On some occasions these games are followed by a meal, of which notice will be given in advance.
Club Matches - there are twelve other clubs with whom we play home and away matches on an annual basis. Several weeks prior to each match the secretary posts a sheet on the notice board inviting names to be considered for selection. About ten days before the match the list is closed and the captain selects the team, which is then posted on the board. All those selected must tick their name to confirm that they are still available to play or contact the captain or vice captain to enable a reserve to be notified. The team meet 30 minutes before each match for coffee and a chance to meet our opponents. At the meal afterwards jackets and club ties are the dress of the day. The vice-captain will collect match fees before the match.
Captain’s Away Day - each year the captain chooses a venue for their away day. This provides the opportunity of playing on a different course and having a friendly competition with a meal afterwards.
Captain’s Day - similar to the Away Day except that the captain doesn’t play. It is held at Hill Barn with the usual competitions of nearest the pin, longest drive, best score etc. After the meal the captain usually gives a brief review of the season to date with a presentation of the medals won so far.
HOGGS Tours - two tours are normally arranged during the summer months: one which includes wives/partners and another comprising men only.
The committee would like to welcome you as a member of the HOGGS and trust that you will enjoy your games with us
THE H.O.G.G.S. COMMITTEE
Hoggs Captain - John Clark
Vice Captain - Jatinder Soni
Dave Doyle - Treasurer
Brian Male - Competition Secretary
Ron Sincock - Previous Captain
Rod Ostler - Committee member
David Parr - Committee Member
Committee Member Derek Fish
Tony Grant - Secretary