Graham Adams' Captain's Page 2012
After an enforced delay I can finally offer my end-of-term report to
Graham Adams, BUNGS Captain 2012
2012 was a “milestone” year for me, and terrifically enjoyable. To a
golfer of limited talent to have the opportunity to be Captain of the
Society was a big thrill and challenge, and I determined to give it my
all in the hope that it was successful. That it turned out to be as
successful as it has been is due in no small part to the support I
enjoyed from you all.
As you know, my Fund-raising aim for the year was to support The
Stroke Association. I had chosen this charity because the illness has
struck 3 of my nearest and as a result has affected my life greatly. The
work that they do is outstanding but, like all organisations of this
kind, they can only carry on with this work courtesy of outside
donations and support they receive.
After a disappointing distance achieved on my Drive-in (March at
Olton GC) the season got under way proper, with the usual golf day comps
added to with the “Captains Par 3 Challenge”.
Although won at Olton, this Challenge proved a stiff one for the rest
of the year, repeatedly and intermittently being missed, and ending up
with £220 in the prize pot at Woodhall Spa in November, with 4 groups
succeeding there. Congrats to all those who took the money throughout
Another bit of “fun” introduced at Olton was the “Bonus Ball”.
Members were invited to “buy” a ball in a kind of raffle, to be drawn at
Cavendish GC, with the prize being free “standard” society golf for
2013. Because of the number of balls purchased the prize was stretched
to include a further 2 days for another ball drawn. John Haley can now
look forward to the free golf this year, with Alan Heard having his
bonus “Bonus Ball” drawn. Hope you both enjoy…
There were 2 REAL highlights to my year:
Firstly, my 24 hour “marathon” at Burton GC. Some thought I was mad
(an observation not unique...) but it certainly got attention! Firing
golf balls into the night was possibly the most surreal thing I have
ever experienced, and I must extend a BIG thank you to all those who
stepped up to support me on the course, acting as Caddie / Assistant,
and helped to keep me going as tiredness crept up.
Secondly, success on Tour in North Wales. Having practiced the art of
team selection in 2011 I was able to put the lessons learned into
practice once more. Although never behind, it was certainly nip & tuck
between “my” team and that of Challenger John Shaw throughout the first
2 days, having played Pwhelli on the first day and Morfa Nefyn on the
second, with the jewel of Harlech GC lying in wait for the singles. A
fabulous golf course played in fabulous weather (most un-Welsh!) bought
success for the Captains team to a degree never imagined. I guarantee
that the feeling I had as everyone came off the course will remain one
of the most special I have ever experienced, and will stay with me
The object of 2012 was, of course, to raise as much money as possible
for my special cause, and in that respect the Society were as
outstanding in their support as they have been with previous Captains.
Below you can see a breakdown of the fundraising achieved:
TOTAL FUNDS RAISED IN 2012: £2701.96
Made up from:
Just Giving page: £768.25
Gift Aid (on Just
Bank Account holdings: £1741.65
This means that the Society can present a cheque to The Stroke
Association of £1741.65 (to add to the Just Giving amounts). May I here
express my deep and heartfelt thanks to all BUNGS members, individuals
and other agencies for their support throughout my 2012 BUNGS Captaincy.
It will be a year I will never forget.
Finally, 2013 Captain Neil Smith, fundraising on behalf of Macmillan
Cancer Support, has his Drive-in at Kilworth Springs GC on 22nd March.
If Neil enjoys the support that I have, it’ll be a great year, and I
urge you all to get behind him and support a great cause. Good luck in
all you do Neil. Many thanks again, and good golf to you all.
See you soon, Graham
Captain's 2012 Introduction
Hi all! Happy New Year! I hope you’re all looking forward to 2012 as
much as I am.
I have been a member of the Society now for 10 years and feel very
privileged to be your Captain this year. Over these years BUNGS has
become very special to me, combining, as it does, great camaraderie with
some wonderful venues where we meet to play this obsessive sport of
I must first of all pay tribute to my immediate predecessor Dave
Grubb: When Dave announced 12 months ago that part of his fund raising
effort was to be tied to his losing weight I thought that he’d set
himself a stiff task. The only analogy that I can come up with is that
it would be like me stopping smoking and putting all the money that I
save into the fundraising pot! (And before any bright-spark suggests
that, the answer is NO!) Whilst Dave’s weight may not have come down as
much as he may have wished, the fundraising pot, on behalf of the
Midlands Air Ambulance, nevertheless benefited. His efforts over the
course of his Captaincy were outstanding, and he deserves tremendous
praise for all he achieved. With Dave’s performance, and that of the
other preceding Captains of the Society, I have a lot to live up to.
With broad experience of it’s damaging effects, I have chosen The
Stroke Association as the recipient charity for funds raised during
2012. As a result of multiple Strokes (together with complications) my
wife has been a resident in a Nursing Home for the past decade, and is
now bedridden and fed through a tube. Also, in early February, 2008, I
played golf with my best friend. From nowhere, he suffered a Stroke the
following Tuesday, and never recovered, passing away 10 days later. As
you can imagine, the aims of The Stroke Association are something I feel
very deeply about. It is the only charity solely combating Stroke in
people of all ages. Their vision is that we want a world where there are
fewer strokes and all those touched by Stroke get the help they need.
Their mission is to prevent Strokes and reduce their effect through
providing services, campaigning, education and research. It is estimated
that 150,000 people each year have their first Stroke – roughly 1 every
5 minutes. The Stroke Association provides support to Stroke survivors
and their families, and research into the causes of the affliction.
I am sure most will have some idea of what a Stroke is, here is a
link to enlighten you, and from there learn more:
And remember, if you suspect someone has suffered a Stroke, act
Facial Weakness - can the person smile? Has
their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness - can the person raise both
Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand
what you say?
Time to call 999
I trust that the varied fundraising ideas I have will both be
interesting and fun for all, and that you will choose to lend your
support to my aims for the year. For this I thank all members in
Here’s to a great 2012 for us all!
BUNGS Captain 2012