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Monday, 28 December 2009

Presentation Evening

NRGC Presentation Evening

Saturday 30th January 2010

6:30pm - Midnight

For full details - click here

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Winter Texas Scramble

At last .... after a week or so of snow and ice, we were finally able to get out onto the golf course. The Winter Texas Scramble was played today. Conditions were still wintry with a very cold breeze, but the course was very playable.

The winners today with a nett score of 59.2 were the team of Tony Glover, Mark France and Shey Walder.
Second place went to George Stockley, Lloyd Childs and Conor Dick with the lowest gross of the day (63), 59.8 nett.
In third place (a repeat of last year's performance) were Roy Martinez, Ian Martinez and Chris Moore with a 60.6 nett.
Lorraine Storey and Curtis MacGeever won the Longest Drive prizes.
Elaine Brichard and Shaun Irlam won the Nearest the Pin prizes.

Well done to all competitors for playing today. Full result - click here.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Seniors Xmas Fayre

The annual Seniors Xmas Fayre took place yesterday.
42 seniors played in a 3-ball texas scramble event and as usual the scoring was good. The winners with a fantastic score of 55.8 (gross 66) were Andrew Buchanan, Ted Fitzsimons and Harry Jackson.

Tom Wallin, Harry Jackson, Andrew Buchanan, Ted Fitzsimons and Brian Faithfull
Runners-up were decided on countback with the team of Arthur Milne, Paul Tebbutt and Mike Willson (gross 70 nett 59.0) just beating Bob & Liz Evans and Tony Grove (gross 72 nett 59.0) on the back nine.
Afterwards all the seniors plus invited partners enjoyed a superb Chrismas lunch thanks to Fiona and her hard working team in the clubhouse.
A big thank-you to Brian and Tom for making this a successful event.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

December Medal

Following a week of unsettled weather, the December medal was played yesterday in good conditions. The course was in great condition and the very good scoring reflected this. This was the second of the winter Stableford medals played off the yellow tees for men. 38 men and 10 ladies competed for the medals.

Division 1
Another solid performance from Carl McCartney (43 points) saw him take the medal in the top division justifying his reduction in the handicap review earlier this year. Runner-up was Nick Powell with 41 points with Jim Purvis just beating Tony Grove to third on countback both on 36 points.
Full result - click here.

Division 2
Club captain John Butcher won the Div 2 medal with a creditable 40 points. Second place was decided on countback with young Will Green just beating John Baron, both scored 38 points.
Full result - click here.

Division 3
The in-form Peter Turner won the Div 3 medal (his second in a row) with 40 points. Runner-up just one point behind was Mike Chamberlain on 39 points with Matthew Baillie grabbing 3rd place on 37 points.
Full result - click here.

It took countback to separate the top two ladies with Fay Unsworth just beating Cilla Osgood on the back 6 holes - both scored 38 points. In third place was last months winner Sam Whiting on 36 points.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

December Seniors Medal

Thirty five players (31 gentlemen and 4 ladies) competed today in the December Seniors Medal.
The gold medal for Men was won by Tony Grove with nett 71 beating two other players on the same score via countback. Brian Bailey took the silver medal with the unlucky Chris Moore 3rd with the lowest gross of the day (79).
Full result - click here.
The Senior Ladies medal was comfortably won by Judy Willson with a gross 92 nett 73. Lesley Cratchley was runner-up scoring nett 84.

Full result - click here.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

November Weekday Stableford

A small field of twelve players competed in the November Weekday Stableford last week.
The winner was Mark Richardson with a commendable 39 points. Runner-up, just one point behind was the in-form Aaron Stockley with Richard Aldred taking third place on 35 points.
Full result - click here.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

November Greensomes

After a week of torrential rain and gale force winds, the November Greensomes was played today in perfect conditions. Considering the weather we have had, the course was in superb condition and credit and thanks must go to the greenkeepers for this. The excellent conditions were reflected in the scoring with 13 teams scoring 40 points or more.
The winners (retaining their title from last year) were Conor Dick & George Stockley with 45 points. Behind them were four other teams on 43 points. Despite having a blob on the 1st hole, Curtis Macgeever & Shaun Irlam took the runners-up spot on count-back from Mike Lucey & Karen Hugo, Tony Glover & Mark France and Rowland Barfield & Nick Powell.
Full results - click here.
(Thanks to all competitors for filling in their scorecards correctly - it certainly makes it easier for the scorers!!)

Friday, 13 November 2009

How to correctly mark a scorecard

For some time the standard of completion of scorecards has left a bit to be desired. Apologies to those who know these things, but it's time for some education and consistency.
With this in mind, some sample scorecards have been produced for various forms of competition to show you how it is expected for them to be completed. Click on the links below to view the scorecards:

Singles strokeplay

Singles Stableford

Four ball strokeplay

Foursomes/Greensomes Stableford


Texas Scramble

Thank-you for your time in reading this article.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

November Medal

After the postponement of last week due to bad weather/waterlogged course, the November medal was played today. 45 men and 8 ladies competed for the medals.
This is the first of four Stableford "winter" medals with the men playing off the yellow tees.

Division 1
Simon Grayson (43pts) just pipped Andy Stockley (42 pts) to the medal in the top division both receiving handicap cuts for their efforts. Third was Joe Bell on 37pts just beating Aaron Stockley on count-back. Full result - click here.

Division 2
The scoring remained good in Div 2 with Andrew Buchanan amassing 43 points to top the division. This earns Andrew a promotion to Division 1 as his handicap has been cut to from 13 to 11. Runner-up was William Green (winner of the Oct Junior Medal) with 40 points who just beat Andy Jones on count-back with the same score. Full result - click here.

Division 3
Following victories in this year's Bogey Competition and 36-Hole Stableford, Peter Turner grabbed his first medal of the year (he won 3 last year!!!) with 38 points. Runner-up was Stuart Briginshaw on 33 points and 3rd was Mark France (32 points) just beating Mark Richardson on count-back. Full result - click here.

Sam Whiting collected her second medal in 3 months with a creditable 37 points. Maria Tillet was runner-up with 35 points followed by Sarah Purvis on 30 points. Full result - click here.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Pro's Texas Scramble

The Pro’s Texas Scramble will be held on Saturday 9th January 2010.

This will include a full English breakfast, 18 holes, mince pies and mulled wine and fantastic prizes in the Xmas prize draw. Teams of four can play and non-members are welcome.

Contact the Pro-Shop for full details and entry form.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Junior Open

32 players took part in the annual Junior Open today sponsored by S&J Communications Ltd and Newbury Golf Centre. The weather was generally bright, but with a blustery south-westerly wind, conditions were not that easy. Despite this there was some fantastic scoring.

Luke Williams and Club Captain John Butcher In the gross category, last years champion Luke Williams from Frilford Heath successfully defended the title with a superb gross 69. Runner-up was decided on card count-back with Dillan Polley from Goring & Streatley just beating Austin Stone from Donnington Valley - both carded gross 72. Full result - click here.

Dominique Bailey and Club Captain John Butcher Best nett on the day was Dominique Bailey from Donnington Grove with nett 62 beating brother Matthew Bailey with nett 64. Third place went to Joshua Gilbert nett 66 from Newbury & Crookham. Full result - click here.

Full list of prize winners - click here.

Junior Pro-Am

This is the first time I have played in a Pro-Am. I was very nervous being a 17 handicap playing with Curtis Macgeever 5 hcp, Conor Dick 5 hcp and Nick Mitchell. It was great to watch golf played so well and to have your team put you at ease. I managed to help out on a few holes so was more than happy to pick up my winners prize. I said to Nick it was the quietest round I ever played, he said it was one of his nosiest. I felt like I was meeting the Top Gear presenters and turning up in my Milk Float!! What a great day - the course is looking really good now and I look forward to more Pro-Ams and next years.
John Butcher.

Captains and Past Captain's lunch

We had a fantastic private box at the racecourse on Saturday 24th October.
A good laugh was had by all who attended with great food as well for lunch. This years date was at short notice but we hope to go for the same date next year so a call to all past Captains to mark this in your diaries. A big thank you to Lorraine & Nick for arranging this and to Stephen Higgins for letting us have the box.
John Butcher.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Junior Half-Term Golf Clinic

Newbury Golf Centre
with PGA Professionals
Thursday 29th October 2009
9:30 to 1:00
£20.00 Per Person
All Abilities Welcome
Please Email or Tel 01635 551464
To Book Your Place

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

A Hat Trick for NRGC Ladies

In the months of April to October inclusive The English Women's Golfing Association awards a silver Rose Spoon for the best nett score in any stroke competition in relation to the LGU scratch score of the course for each handicap division. This year, NRGC ladies have been awarded 3 Rose Spoons which makes it sound easy but remember these scores have to be the best in the whole of England for that month!! Congratulations to the following stars:

Sandra Chamberlain with a gross 85/nett 59 winning June’s Division 3 with -12
Sam Whiting with a gross 80/nett 63 winning August’s Division 2 with -8
Kim Richardson with 51 stableford points winning September’s Division 3 with -14

Sunday, 18 October 2009

October Four-ball

The October Four-ball was played today in near perfect conditions (albeit a little chilly early on!). Thirty pairings competed and the scoring was excellent considering all players were off 3/4 handicap.
The deserved winners were brothers Aaron and George Stockley with a fantastic 47 points. Just one point behind on 46 points were Mum and Son duo Fay and Jack Unsworth.
Third place on 44 points went to "four-ball specialists" Rowland Barnfield and Nick Powell.

Competition is tough - if you didn't get at least 40 points you weren't in the top 15 places !!!!
Full result -
click here.

October Weekday Stableford

Seventeen players competed in this month's Weekday Stableford.
The winner was Sam Whiting with a commendable 39 pts.
Andy Stockley was runner-up on 37 points with Harry Upton just beating Paul Seymour on card count-back for third place, both on 36 points.
Full result - click here.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

New Bearwood Match

A team from Bearwood visited NRGC today to play in an "experimental" mixed match. They enjoyed our course and company very much and would like to play a home and away fixture each year.
We had to contend with the rain today, but it did not deter from the fun and competition that we had. Newbury Racecourse went on to win 7-0 with great compliments about the course from both teams.
We are all looking forward to playing Bearwood next year. A big thank you to Fay and Andy from Bearwood for getting these fixtures started.

John Butcher (Club Captain).

NRGC support for NBCS

On Thursday 8th October, World Sight Day, outgoing Club Captain Paul Seymour attended a champagne reception in London's Pall Mall to present a cheque for £1225-00 for his chosen charity, The National Blind Children's Society. Chief executive Carolyn Fullard received the cheque and extended her thanks for all the support and effort from NRGC members.

Carolyn Fullard and Paul Seymour The NBCS was founded in 1995 to help support children and young people who are visually impaired, with over 24,000 registered children in the UK. The NBCS ensure children achieve both educational and recreational goals by providing five key services.
Family Support and Information
Custom Large Print Books
Recreational Activities
ICT & Specialist Equipment
Educational Advocacy

All donations received from the General Public allow Carolyn and her team to fulfil the special requirements that are required for the Charity to continue further as no statutory funding is received.
More information is available on the web by clicking on

Thursday, 8 October 2009

NRGC put their 'Feet First'

Wendy, Allison, myself and Sian ventured up north to Blackpool this week to present last year's charity 'Feet First' with their cheque.
Staying over at Herons' Reach, we also managed to play 27 holes on the Peter Alliss designed course. The first round was played in brilliant sunshine. Unfortunately, on the second day the round had to be abandoned after 9 holes due to a torrential downpour! We then piled into Sian's truck to make the journey home. This proved far from easy due to extensive roadworks and crazy continental lorry drivers
All in all, it was a fantastic couple of days and the charity were extremely grateful for our donation of £1186.98 - thanks to you all for your support of this cause.
Fay (ex-lady captain).

Pictured - Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Steve Mannion receiving our donation alongside Malawian nurse Mercy Nkhalamba.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

October Senior Medal

Thirty Five competitors (30 gentlemen and 5 ladies) braved the elements today to compete in the October Senior Medal. The earlier starters were more fortunate than the others as the rain came later in the day.

The gold medal for Men goes to this years Edward Pearce Trophy winner Tom Wallin with a very respectable nett 68. Runner-up and silver medal winner was Tony Grove with 78 nett 69 the lowest gross of the day. Third place went to Harry Jackson with nett 71.
Full result - click here.

Congratulations to Jan Hinks the winner of the Senior Ladies medal (her first medal!) with a nett 78. Runner-up was Linda Vale with nett 80. Third was Judy Willson who carded the lowest gross in the Ladies section.
Full result - click here.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Mixed Open

Thirty four mixed pairs from fifteen different golf clubs competed in this years event some coming from as far away as Bristol. None were disappointed with great conditions and the scoring was very high.
Top team were Steve Bonner (NRGC) and Linda Alexander (West Berks) with an impressive 48 pts better-ball score including a hole-in-one at the par three sixteenth for Linda.

Steve Bonner, John Butcher, Linda Alexander and Elaine Brichard
Second place went to Sean Sargeant and Janice Paulin one shot back on 47 pts, a round that included eight birdies for the pair from Donnington Grove.
Third was a much closer affair with three pairs all from NRGC tied on 45 pts, John Graham and Lizzy Swallow taking it on countback from Richard and Cilla Osgood and Mark France and Shey Walder.
Longest drives went to John Bowness & Jan Crook for the visitors, and Roger Tillett & Shey Walder for NRGC. Nearest the pin prizes went to Linda Alexander (hole-in-one) and Russell Bowers.
Full result - click here

Saturday, 3 October 2009

October Medal

In very blustery and challenging conditions, the October medal was played today.

Division 1
Despite the difficult conditions, Andy Stockley carded a superb 75 (the lowest gross of the day) to win the top division with a nett 67. Another good performance from Carl McCartney (79 nett 68) saw him take the runners-up spot with Malcolm Bonner in third place with 82 nett 70.
In the final medal of the year for the Owen Millennium Trophy, a gross 76 from George Stockley was enough to move him to the top of the table and secure the winners spot from Andy Steadman.
Full medal result - click here
Owen Millennium result - click here

Division 2
John Baron took the honours in Div 2 with 86 nett 67 from Rowland Barnfield who also shared the lowest gross 86 but nett 70. Third was Ian Turner with 90 nett 73.
Full result - click here

Division 3
Trevor Mortimer won the Div 3 medal (his third this year!!) with a lowest gross of 88 nett 68 beating last month's Div 3 winner Mike Lucey (93 nett 68) on card count-back. Third was Peter Turner with 94 nett 72.
Full result - click here

Sarah Purvis won her first medal today in the Ladies section with 103 nett 69 and earned a 3-shot handicap reduction for her pains. Runner-up was outgoing Lady Captain Fay Unsworth with the lowest gross in the Ladies division 82 nett 71. In third place was new Lady Vice Captain Maria Tillett with 95 nett 73.
Full result - click here

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Captain's Cup (Drive In)

New Club Captain John Butcher and Lady Captain Elaine Brichard started their year well both finding the fairway at the Drive-In despite the large crowd and early morning nerves. The following Stableford competition was a close affair with Jimmy Green taking the spoils with a fine 42 pts, one shot clear of Jean Raincock 41 pts.Third place was settled on countback, Conor Dick from John Graham both with 40 pts.

The men's longest drive went to Tony Glover and for the ladies Alison Holmes. Nearest the pin men was Sam Bone with Jean Raincock closest for the ladies.

The Captain's chosen charities this year are Macmillan Cancer Support and The British Disabled Flying Association , we wish both John and Elaine every success for their year in office and with their charity fund raising.

Friday, 25 September 2009

John Hands Over To Brian

John Taylor & Brian FaithfullBrian Faithfull receiving his Captain's Blazer from the outgoing Seniors Captain John Taylor as he becomes the new Seniors Captain at the A.G.M. on Wednesday 23rd September.

On Friday 25th September, Brian Faithfull with his the new Seniors Vice Captain Tom Wallin took part in their first official engagement as they led a Seniors Team out against The Hampshire. In a tight fought match both he and Tom Wallin were defeated 2 & 1 by The Hampshire's John Dawson & Ken Sangster. The match eventually was tied at 2 & 1/2 to 2 & 1/2, honours even with the winners with the biggest margin coming from the Newbury Seniors Brian Bailey & John Christopher who beat Chris Ruse & Tony Brown from The Hampshire 6 & 4. All enjoyed a first class meal following the match.

NEW ... Par 3 Challenge

During their tenure as Captains, John Butcher and Elaine Brichard will be running a new competition.


A year-long competition where all your par-three scores will be converted into Stableford points in all eligible competitions. This will be calculated using your handicap on the day.
Obviously, the more competitions you play in, the more points it is possible to accumulate.

A running total will show the leading top ten and will be posted on the Club notice board. The top three will include their photograph. (If you do not wish to have your photo shown, a male or female silhouette will be displayed instead).

Can you make the top ten ?

Can you make the top three ?
Can you be the winner ?

This competition is free to enter !!
Good Luck.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Men's Invitation (Member & Guest)

Sean Shiels & Paul Seymour
The Men's Invitation was played on Sunday 20th September.
It was great day with everyone confirming their delight with the days event.
Darren Boyce has gained bragging rights after beating Nick Woodage in the longest drive for the guests. Well done to Mike Smith winning the longest drive for the members.
Other winners included Ian Martinez for nearest the pin and best back nine with his Partner Greg Nutley. Mike Smith and Gary Moore won front nine with a score of 30.
Overall winners were:
4th Steve Bonner and Darren Boyce (Donnington Grove) 62
3rd Robin moore and Gary O'sullivan (Hurtsmoor) 62
2nd Sam Bone and Steve McCartney (West Berks) 61
1st Paul Seymour and Sean Sheils (Newbury and Crookham) 60

In keeping with tradition after captain Chris Moore winning last year, the pressure is now on for our Captain next year John Butcher !!
Again I would like to thank our organisers and helpers including the catering staff and the Wessex who have continued to produce excellent service and food throughout my term. Thanks also to Nick and Lorraine for preparing the reception, prize display and sorting the prizes from the Pro-Shop.
Most of all a big thank you to all our members and guests who supported the event and to wish them all the very best and hope to see you all back next year.
Paul Seymour (Club Captain).

Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

New Captains

John Butcher & Elaine BrichardAs per our constitution, the new captains officially took office at the NRGC AGM this evening.
As well as Club Captain John Butcher and Lady Captain Elaine Brichard (pictured), the new Seniors Captain is Brain Faithfull and new Junior Co-ordinator is Shaun Irlam.
New Vice Captains are ... Men - John Graham, Ladies - Maria Tillett and Seniors - Tom Wallin.

We wish them all the best in their new roles.

Max finishes on a high

Max finished the golfing season with two important and prestigious tournaments. Having helped England to success in the Home Internationals, he was selected to play for the nine strong GB & I team against the best of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Ganton in Yorkshire. GB & I won, with Max holing the winning putt. Max then travelled to Florida where he represented England in the Junior Players at Sawgrass. Max came in 11th out of 72 competitors from around the world, and his final round of 70 (2 under par) was the lowest of the day.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

36-Hole Stableford

The annual 36-Hole Stableford competition was played today. There is a separate Men's and Ladies event on the day although both sets of competitors play in the same draw.

The winner of the Men's event was Peter Turner with an impressive 81 points (44+37). Ian Folwell just squeezed into the runners-up spot on 78 points (40+38).
George Stockley beat Joe Bell into 3rd place on countback after both carded totals of 77 points.
Full result -
click here.

The runaway Ladies winner was Kim Richardson with a fantastic, career-best display and a total of 95 points (51+44) !!!
Runner-up was Wendy Seymour with 76 points (40+36) closely followed by Maria Tillett and Lorraine Storey both on 75 points and separated by count-back.
Full result -
click here.

Well done to all who took part today.

September Weekday Stableford

A small field of eleven players competed in the September Weekday Stableford this month.
The winner was Aaron Stockley with 37 pts.
One point behind on 36 points, Kim Richardson just beat Linda Vale to the runners-up place with Nick Mitchell one point further back on 35.
Full result - click here.

Clubhouse Loyalty Card

Join Our Card Club
We are introducing our own Clubhouse Loyalty Card for all members. This will entitle all Cardholders to 5% discount on all menu items, including ‘specials’ and drinks purchased in the clubhouse.

All you need to do is to obtain an application form from behind the bar, fill in all the details and return it to one of the staff together with your enrolment fee of £2. Your card will be ready for you in 48 hours and you may then credit the card with a minimum of £20 (cash or cheque). Additional top-ups to be in multiples of £10.

Once you have your card you can proceed to use it to obtain your 5% DISCOUNT!!

From time to time, we will have special offers for our Clubhouse Card holders – look out for the posters!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Another Win for Senior Jim

Jim Green & Paul Tebbutt
After more than three months of match-play knock-out rounds, the final of the Seniors Jubilee Cup was played today between Jim Green and Paul Tebbutt.
The match was nip and tuck all the way round, but a solid, error-free performance on the back nine saw Jim through to a deserved 2&1 win. For full details of this competition - click here.
Jim's practice time on the range is obviously paying off!! His other wins this year include the Senior Club Championship and Senior Four-ball Salver as well as a Senior Medal win in August.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Keith Knight Cup

33 Seniors competed for the Keith Knight Cup today.

Stephen Vale & John Taylor
In testing conditions off the back tees, the winner with a great score of 42 points was Stephen Vale. The runner-up was decided on count-back. Both Brian Bailey and Jeremy Proud scored 40 points, but Brian beat Jeremy with a better back 9.
Leading lady was Lesley Cratchley with 35 points who has finally put to rest the recent demons of the 18th hole !!

For full result -
click here

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Owen Millennium Trophy

With just one more qualifying medal to count in October, the 2009 Owen Millennium Trophy leaderboard is very tight at the top with just four strokes separating the top four places ...

2009 Owen Millennium Trophy For full table listing - click here

September Medal

Division 1
John Day took the honours in the top division today with a fine nett 66. Runner-up was Aaron Stockley with a nett 68 closely followed by recently re-joined Tony Glover with the lowest gross of the day (75 - nett 70).
Full result - click here

Division 2
Another good showing from last month's runner-up saw Roger Tillett take the division 2 honours with a nett 67. Runner-up was Roy Whiting with nett 70 followed by third-placed Roy Martinez who carded the division 2 lowest gross (84 nett 71).
Full result - click here

Division 3
June division 3 winner Mike Lucey strikes again with another win scoring an impressive nett 64. Runner-up was John Baron with a nett 72 and third was Trevor Mortimer with nett 75.
Full result - click here

A superb nett 63 won this month's ladies medal for Sam Whiting by one stroke from runner-up Maria Tillett (nett 64). Third place and lowest gross for the ladies (78) went to Lizzie Swallow with a nett 67.
Full result - click here

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Senior Medal for Steve

The Seniors September Medal was played on Wednesday 2nd Sept.

The winning score was a superb nett 63 by Steve Thompson who receives a four-shot handicap reduction for his efforts.
Runner-up with another fine score of nett 64 was Rob Seaton sharing the lowest gross honours with third placed Brian Faithfull who scored nett 68.
One shot further back in fourth place was the top lady Leslie Cratchley who, but for a disaster on the 18th, would have been higher placed.

Full result - click here.

Monday, 31 August 2009

GB&I Team Victory

The annual International Boys match for the Jaques Leglise Trophy was contested at Ganton Golf Club between GB&I and Continent of Europe on 28-29 August.
After two days of intense competition, the GB&I team were winners by 14 1/2 to 9 1/2.
The honour of holing the winning putt went to none other than our own Max Smith who won his singles match on the final day by 4&3 against Toni Hakula from Finland.

For full details - click here.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Tuesday Evening League - Easily Winners

Easily Second - Conor Dick, Carl McCartney, Nigel Huszarik, Will Green, Jim Green, James Dance
The final of the Tuesday Evening League was played today.

The overall team winners were "Easily Second", consisting of Curtis Macgeever, James Dance, Nigel Huszarik, Jim Green, William Green, Conor Dick, Carl McCartney and Ken Hillerton. Runners-up were "Allsorts" with "Strollers" just squeaking 3rd place from "Elite" on countback.

The "Best 5" winner with a superb score of 101 was James Dance. Runner-up was young William Green (99 points) with Roger Tillett (98 points) just beating Kim Richardson to 3rd place via countback.

On a windy day in quite testing conditions, the final day 18 hole competition was a very closely fought contest. It was won by Neil Rawlings with an impressive 40 points just pipping Conor Dick on countback on the same score. Third place went to Wendy Seymour on 39 points beating Jean Raincock and Shaun Irlam on countback.

Well done to everyone who competed in this years competition. We hope to see you all for next year's competition, which may be the Wednesday Evening League ?!?

Result details - click here.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Win For Lucy

45 players competed for the Racecourse Cup on Sat 22nd August.

The scoring was very good and very close at the top of the leaderboard.
Two players were tied at the top with 43 points with Lucy Mortimer just beating the luckless runner-up expert John Graham on card count-back. Conor Dick and Jack Unsworth took the next two places with 42 points each closely followed by Paul Seymour on 41 points.
Full result.

Wendy On The March Again

The August Monthly Weekday Stableford was played on 20th/21st August.

Wendy Seymour took the main prize with a commendable 41 pts.
Runner-up was John Graham with 37 pts just ahead of two others on 36 pts (Richard Aldred and Tim McAuley). Full result.

I think Wendy must have her eye on the Order of Merit again - she has now closed to within 10 pts of Andrew Buchanan at the top.

Double for Curtis

On Thursday 20th August, the Junior Club Championship was played over 36 holes.

Although the number of competitors was down on last year, the quality of golf played was of a very high standard. At the end of 36 holes, there was a tie on gross scores between Curtis Macgeever and George Stockley carding identical rounds of 73 and 76. In the resulting play-off Curtis just managed to fend off George to take the title to make it a double with the Club Championship he won back in June. Third place went to Lloyd Childs (78+74), with Aaron Stockley two shots behind with two identical rounds of 77. Full Gross Result.
The tables were turned in the nett category with George Stockley taking the honours with a score of 137 (67+70). Curtis was second with 139 (68+71). Full Nett Result.

A special mention to young Danny Glover who played in his first big event - well done Danny.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Well done Danny !!!

After finishing third at Whittlebury Park golf club in the Midlands qualifier, Dan Seymour went on to play in the Powerade PGA Assistants Championship at the London Club, after shooting 1 under on his first day and 2 under on the second day, Dan finished at 1 over to claim 3rd place.

Dan's now looking forward to Forest Pines where he will be playing in the fourball championship with Dave Stanton from the Lambourne after winning the qualifier at Studley Wood earlier in the year.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Seniors Four-ball Salver

A field of 34 Seniors competed in the annual Seniors Four-ball Salver competition today. This mixed gender event is played as better-ball stroke-play off 3/4 handicap from the white tees for the Men (Red for the Ladies). In quite breezy conditions (not unusual for the Racecourse!!!), the scoring was very good.
Stephen Vale, John Taylor & Jim Green The winners were the pairing of Jim Green and Stephen Vale with a score of 67. With the next two pairings on 68, the runners-up spot was decided on count-back with Malcom Passey and Gerry Eatwell just beating Paul Tebbutt and Ian Blyth.

Thanks to all for making this another successful event for the Seniors.
For full result - click here.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Ladies vs Seniors

Ladies vs Seniors competitors - nice slippers Kim!!
The annual Ladies versus Seniors match took place today in glorious sunshine. Even though we only managed to field 6 players for each team, we had a great match with lots of laughter. Fiona prepared a sumptuous summer buffet for our return to the clubhouse which soon disappeared. The Seniors were then presented with a novelty golf ball each, this resulted in much hilarity!! The Ladies section won 2-1.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Men's Member/Guest Day

After a successful event last year, there will be another Men's Invitation event this year.
The date for this years competition is Sunday 20th September.
The closing date for entries is the week before the event (13th September).

For full details and an entry form - click here.

Parker Hart Four-ball

In ideal summer conditions (at last!) and the course looking in the best condition it has all summer (thank-you to Richard and his team), 60 players in 30 teams contested the Parker Hart Four-ball competition today.
The scoring was excellent and very tight at the business end of the leaderboard.
At the end, three teams were tied on 44 points at the top, with the winners having to be separated on card count-back.
The winners with a back 9 of 24 points were Conor and Niall Dick. Runners-up were John Graham and Elaine Brichard with a back 9 of 23 points, followed by Roy and Ian Martinez with a back 9 of 22 points. Well done to all.
For full results - click here.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Seniors August Medal

An excellent field of 36 competitors contested the Seniors August medal today.

In the Men's section, Seniors Club Champion Jim Green took the honours with the lowest gross of the day - a fine 78 nett 69. Runner-Up was Chris Moore on card count-back from Mike Willson, both carding nett 71's.
For full Men's result - click here.

Judy Willson comfortably won the Seniors Ladies medal with a nett 69 from runner-up Jan Hinks.
For full Ladies result - click here.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

No rest for Max

Following his success in the McEvoy Trophy earlier this year and a great showing in the Carris Trophy, our England Boys international Max Smith was presented with the Malcolm Reid Salver for his combined performances in the two events.

However, there is no time for Max to sit on his laurels, he has a very busy few weeks ahead:

4-6 Aug : Boys Home Internationals at Hankley Common
10-15 Aug: Boys Amateur Championships a Royal St George's
28-29 Aug: Jaques Leglise Trophy at Ganton
30 Aug-2 Sep: Junior Players Championships at Sawgrass

We all wish Max every success in these forthcoming events.

PS. Max is currently third in the EGU Boys Ordet of Merit

August Medal

Division 1
It took a card count-back to separate the two Stockley brothers in the top Division. Both shot a creditable nett 69 with Aaron just pipping George to the honours. Andy Steadman was third just one shot behind on 70.
For full result - click here

Division 2
Shaun Irlam claimed Div 2 honours with a fine 78 (nett 64). Roger Tillet (last months Div 3 winner) was runner-up with a nett 68 closely followed by Sam Bone on nett 69.

For full result - click here

Division 3
In a very close contest, Steve Ives just managed to win the Div 3 honours with a nett 70. John Baron pipped John Graham to the runners-up spot on count-back after both carded nett 71's. All three players had the same gross of 91.
For full result - click here

This months ladies medal winner is the ever consistent Fay Unsworth with 81 nett 70.
Lorraine Storey just pipped Maria Tillet on count-back to get the runners-up place. Both carded nett 71's.
For full result - click here

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Seniors Open

The winning team of Roger Ford and Charles Pettican with Seniors Captain John Taylor (centre)
On Wednesday 16th July, a record field of 56 players competed in the Seniors Open at NRGC. The competition was played as a four-ball Stableford. In testing conditions, the eventual winners were Roger Ford and Charles Pettican with 42 points. Runners-up were regular visitors John and Bet Gazzard with 41 points with Chris Moore and Peter Smith (the highest home finishers) a close third on 40 points. Thanks to all competitors for making this a very successful event.

Special thanks also to Alan Owen, Marian Taylor, Mike & Judy Willson for all their hard work behind the scenes.

For full result details - click here

Hillman Trophy

On Sunday 12th June, the NRGC team continued their winning form to progress (for the first time I believe) to the quarter-finals of the BB&O Hillman Trophy by beating Harleyford 4 1/2 - 2 1/2. Our next opponents are Mill Ride away (another tough game). The winning team was Jim Green, Steve Bonner, Jon Miller, Andy Steadman, Nigel Hazarik and Ian Folwell.
For full Hillman Trophy draw click here.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

July Medal

Division 1
The winner today was Phil Knight with an excellent nett 63 (gross 75 - the lowest of the day). Carl McCartney just beat Paul Seymour into second place on count-back after both carded a nett 66.
For full result - click here

Division 2
Rowland Barnfield took the divison 2 honours today with a nett 67, closely followed by Tim Mcauley (nett 68) and Mark Richardson (nett 69).
For full result - click here

Division 3
Roger Tillet topped this division with a nett 67. Mathew Baillie and Trevor Mortimer were 2nd and 3rd respectively both with nett 70's.
For full result - click here

This months ladies medal winnier is Sandra Chamberlain who scored a fantastic nett 59 (gross 85). With this and good performances in last weeks Ladies Club Championship, Sandra has knocked 8 shots off her handicap in the past month!! Bad luck to Maria Tillet and Linda Vale who both scored creditable nett 65's to finish 2nd and 3rd.
For full result - click here

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Ladies Open

The NRGC 2009 Ladies Open took place on Friday 3rd July.
Forty five ladies from nine different golf clubs took part in a team stableford Bowmaker competition. Not only did the weather stay fair but the Red Arrows flew over the course to everyone's delight!
£189 was raised for the Captain's charities 'Feet First' and 'National Blind Children's Society'.
Thanks to all who participated and contributed.

The prize winners were:

Team Winners: Debbie Goodsell/Bev Seymour/Trish Browning (Donnington Valley) 87 points.
Debbie Goodsell/Bev Seymour/Trish Browning (Donnington Valley)

Team Runners-Up: Jean Raincock (Newbury Racecourse)/Dorothy Savage (Donnington Valley)/Judy Whittle (Donnington Valley) 85 points
Jean Raincock (Newbury Racecourse)/Dorothy Savage (Donnington Valley)/Judy Whittle (Donnington Valley)

Individual Winner: Shey Walder (Newbury Racecourse) 36 points ocb

Individual Runner-Up: Julie Davies (Donnington Grove) 36 points
Julie Davies (Donnington Grove)

Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin: Jules Culley (Deanwood Park)
Jules Culley (Deanwood Park)

For full results - click here

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Curtis and Lizzie are Champions

Lady Captain Fay Unsworth, Ladies Champion Lizzie Swallow, Club Champion Curtis MacGeever & Club Captain Paul Seymour
This years Men's and Ladies Club Championships were played in sweltering heat over two days (27th and 28th June). Despite the heat, some fantastic scores were returned from both Men and Ladies.
Congratulations to new Club Champion Curtis MacGeever who just pipped new member and first round leader John Pocock by 2 shots.
Jon Miller, William Green and Roy Whiting took the honours in the nett categories.
Congratulations also to new Ladies Club Champion Lizzie Swallow who also came from behind to just beat first round leader Fay Unsworth.
Sandra Chamberlain won the Ladies nett prize.

For full details of scores, click the links below:
Men's Gross
Men's Nett Div 1
Men's Nett Div 2
Men's Nett Div 3
Ladies Gross
Ladies Nett

Interclub Hat-trick for Donnington Valley

The triumphant Donnington Valley team
On Thursday 25th June, Newbury Racecourse were hosts to the annual Interclub Challenge. Teams from Deanwood Park, Donnington Grove, Donnington Valley, Newbury & Crookham, Newbury Racecourse, Sandford Springs and West Berks all competed for the Interclub Challenge Cup. The Stableford games were played in Men's Singles, Ladies Singles, Men's Four-ball, Ladies Four-ball, and Mixed Four-ball. After some impressive individual scoring the Team winners for the third year running were Donnington Valley with Donnington Grove as runners-up. Next year's hosts will be Sandford Springs.
For full result details - click here.
(PS. Our golf course is not pink ......REALLY!!!)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Max in Japan

Our brilliant junior, 17 year-old Max Smith, played for England under 18 boys in the JUNIOR GOLF WORLD CUP 2009, in Japan on 16-19 June. The England team came third after 4 hard fought rounds, with Max coming out top of the young England players with rounds of 71-71-68-67………. giving him a final score of 7 under for the tournament.
Not only was he the top England player, but his 5th place overall, saw him lead all the European youngsters home. Well done, Max! We are so proud of you!
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Thursday, 18 June 2009

Seniors Club Championship

Head Professional Nick Mitchell, Seniors Club Champion Jim Green and Seniors Captain John Taylor
Well done to Jim Green who won his first Seniors Club Championship with a two round gross total of 164, just one shot ahead of 2006 winner Tony Grove. Third place went to first round leader Brian Bailey with a gross 169.
The Nett Championship went to Jeremy Proud who had rounds of nett 68 and nett 67 to take the title from Rob Seaton by 7 shots.
For full Gross result - click here
For full Nett result - click here

Congratulations also go to Raymond Bilton who scored a hole-in-one (his second) on the 2nd hole, whilst playing a friendly round with other seniors last Monday. The weather was dry with a light breeze, and his 9 iron was the magic club!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Captain's Day

Power PlayPower Play golf was played on Captain's Day by 66 members at Newbury Racecourse Golf Club last Sunday. Fun was had by all in the brilliant sunshine and £836 was raised for the Captain's charities 'Feet First' and 'National Blind Children's Society'.

Captain's Day
The prize winners were:
Longest Drive Ladies
1st Lizzie Swallow
2nd Maria Tillett & Sandy Deacon

Longest Drive Men
1st Ian Martinez
2nd Curtis MacGeever

1st Fay Unsworth
2nd Ian Martinez

Power Play Shootout winner John Baron

Power Play 18 hole competition

1st Aaron Stockley Captain's Day
2nd Lizzie Swallow


1st Cilla Osgood
2nd Linda Vale


1st John Baron
2nd Roger Tillett

Female winner of Captains Day trophy Lizzie Swallow
Male winner of Captains Day trophy Aaron Stockley

Full results - click here