Phil is 54, a golfer since 1989 and a member of Rugby Golf Club since 1998. Over the last decade he has been part of the club management at Rugby (Club Captain in 2010) and in 2005 and 2010 Phil was sponsored to complete two EGU Rules Training Courses to become a full accredited Matchplay and Strokeplay Referee.

From its start in 1970, the aim of the scheme was to give its members the opportunity to play affiliated courses, in competition with other members twice a year.

The original format was Pairs Foursomes - in the last six years the format was changed to Four Ball Better Ball - Stableford competition with around 60 pairs entering each event.

The Spring and Autumn Meetings are the counties only handicap competitions and both have trophies to be played for.

The two prestigious trophies were donated by Vice Presidents of the Union in the 70's.

Vice Presidents Bowl:

The Vice Presidents Bowl was presented by all County Vice Presidents of the day. What is unique is the trophy has the signatures of the Vice Presidents inscribed onto it.

The winning pair of the Spring Meeting receives this trophy to take back to their Golf Club for that year.

Jack Urry Cup:

The Jack Urry Cup was presented by the Vice President himself Jack Urry.

Jack was a notable person in the Counties history and not only served Warwickshire for many year - he was a President of the English Golf Union.

The winning pair of the Autumn Meeting receives this trophy to take back to their Golf Club. Prizes in both events will be presented in the form of Vouchers to be spent within your clubs Pro Shop.

New for 2012

The winners of each competition will be also awarded a memento to keep.

Results will be displayed on the county websites with a short report and photographs of the winning pair

Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive competitions, Optional Twos competition

Entry fee of £ 15.00 for members to include a bacon roll, coffee or tea on arrival.

Both Members and non members can enter - ith the non member paying an extra £ 5.00 to allow annual membership for this year.

If a member refers a new Life member, the member referring will receive a sleeve of Srixon AD33 balls, as a thank you from the Union

A new Life Member receives a County Tie and a membership card.

Online entry will be available for the Autumn meeting 17th September 2012 at Harborne Golf Club.

Of the changes for 2012, Phil says -

'I have now taken on the role of County Membership Scheme Coordinator. I will work tirelessly to enhance the scheme, for existing and new members, enabling them to play in at least two events every year.

'The County prides itself in promoting golf in the region for all golfers.

'If you would like to be part of it as a club golfer, this scheme maybe for you.

'If you are a current Life Member and have not yet experienced either meeting, why don't you enter and bring a new member?'

CMS Representatives:

The scheme now needs promoting within our clubs, with club representatives an important asset to advertise the scheme for existing and new members. Promoting the CMS allows access to all members affiliated to the County.

If your club does not have a representative and you are interested in the scheme or becoming a rep please contact the CMS Coordinator for more information.

All 49 affiliated golf clubs members over 21 are entitled to apply for membership to the scheme. www.warwickshiregolf.com will lead you to the union?s competitions and championships website, where you will see the link to the county membership scheme.

You can also find details on this web site, including reports, entry forms etc - CLICK HERE to go to the CMS Section

Forms to join and play

CLICK HERE for a membership form

CLICK HERE for a membership referral form

CLICK HERE for a paper entry form for this year's Spring Meeting at The Menzies Welcome on April 10th.

CLICK HERE for a paper entry form for the Autumn Meeting on 17th September at Harborne GC

To contact Phil:

Phil Croft, County Membership Scheme Coordinator, 10, Spicer Place, Bilton,

Rugby, Warwickshire. CV22 7EA.Tel: 01788 334262 Email: p.croft7@ntlworld.com