Captain’s Messages


Nish Bathia – Men’s Captain 2021

Mens Captain 2021 - Nish BathiaI write to you as your incoming men’s captain for the season 2021/22.
What a last twelve months we have had. I am sure the club has never had to endure anything like what we have experienced in all its 120-year history to date.

We have all had to adopt and adjust and BGC has been no different in this regard. It is just great that golfing is now back on the agenda and we can all start playing again.

Given that the usual start of season events like the Captain’s drive in and early season golf competitions have either had to be cancelled or deferred and thus not having a formal forum to convey this, it is appropriate to put on record my personal thanks to Brian Cox our outgoing captain. He had most difficult of circumstances to cope with and did a splendid job. I very much hope that you enjoyed your year Brian and have some wonderful memories to treasure.

Looking ahead to this year, it will certainly not be the same again initially due the restrictions still applying and the bar and catering not being on stream just yet. However, the weather this week is looking very good and let us pray that the summer ahead is just as good as last year because despite the restrictions, we had some brilliant weather last year to enjoy our golf.

The course is looking in very good condition and thanks to Chris and his team for all the hard work they have put in on the course improvements during the winter and getting it ready for this week. Thanks also to Jo for giving us the regular updates and to H & C team for setting out the golfing calendar for the season ahead.

The scratch (first team) league fixtures will commence on 29 April with a home tie against Hinckley. Let us wish the scratch team a very successful year ahead. I am sure they will welcome support at the fixtures so if you can, please come along and give them this support.

The C team matches commence in May and if there are any players wanting to participate in these fixtures (which are in the club diary) , please let me or Atul know. My mobile is 07932100316 and e-mail is : These matches whilst competitive have a much friendlier and more social angle to them and offers an opportunity to play different courses in the county.

I am very much looking forward to working with lady captain Cindy Smith and the vice-captain Atul.

It is encouraging to note that we have a lot of new members that have joined BGC since the onset of the pandemic across various categories. Let us all welcome them and help them integrate into the club.

I propose to use the blog to remind golfers of some basic rules/etiquette and this month’s reminder is:

Green Rulings
Once you have reached the green, there are a couple of key Rules of which you need to be aware. Once the ball comes to rest on the putting surface you may mark it with a coin, or disk, lift and clean it but remember to replace in the exact spot.

Golfers are now allowed to repair almost any damage on the green, such as spike marks, ball-marks, indentations from a club or flagstick, and animal damage.

However, golfers are not permitted to repair aeration holes, natural surface imperfections, or natural wear of the hole.


Nish Bathia,

Men’s Captain 2021





Cindy Smith – Lady’s Captain 2021


Lady Captain 2020 - Cindy SmithWhen joining Birstall Golf Club in 2015 never could I foresee being elected as Lady Captain in 2020. Nor could I have predicted how my tenure would begin; what a challenging year it turned out to be!


With so many important dates in our calendar having to be cancelled (The County Championships, Scratch and Handicap matches, Friendly Matches and the Lady Captains Weekend away to name but a few), alongside the Ladies Committee and Lady Vice Captain Joyce Calow the decision was made to carry my captaincy over to 2021; thank you to you all for your support with this.


I’m hoping that our matches will be able to take place safely this year, and my Lady Captains away weekend at Greetham Valley can take place so we can all get to play more of the sport we all love to play.


Golf provides an excellent opportunity to socialise and develop friendships that can last a lifetime; being a part of the Social Committee has only helped to reinforce this. It has been humbling to see the support of our members at such a difficult time for all golf clubs and despite the challenges this pandemic has posed, we are still moving forward as a club with ongoing maintenance and improvements around the course. I extend my sincere thanks to the Social Committee, the Greens Staff and everyone involved in allowing this to continue.


Golf also provides an excellent opportunity to fundraise and support local charity and it is one pillar of my captaincy that I am driven and motivated to see succeed. My charity for the year is LOROS, somewhere incredibly close to my heart having cared for my parents, amongst various family members and friends. The care and compassion shown by the staff at LOROS is truly remarkable and they need support from the community now, more than ever, facing a £2.3million deficit across the financial year due to Covid-19. I volunteer there regularly and my eldest son (also a Birstall Golf Club Member) works in the fundraising department. Our funds will contribute to a specific project at the Hospice which will be determined at a later date, so Birstall Golf Club Members can know exactly where their money will go and the difference it will make.


There was no doubt that 2020 was a year like no other, presenting unprecedented challenges to us all.

Let’s all hope that 2021 will be a better year than the previous one!

I hope you can join myself and Mr Captain Nish Bathia, support us and guide us throughout this 2021 season and help us ensure we still thrive as a golf club.

I wish you all an enjoyable year of golf ahead, but most important a safe year too!


Cindy Smith,


Lady’s Captain 2020/2021