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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Parker Hart Trophy

A good field of twenty-seven pairings tee'd it up today to compete for the prizes in the Parker Hart Fourball. The weather was ideal and thanks must again go to Richard Holmes and his team for preparing the course in superb condition.
The competition is played as a better-ball strokeplay event off 3/4 handicaps and the scoring was very close with six shots separating the top seventeen places.
Today's winners were John Day and David Warwick with nett 62. Runners-up, just one stroke back were Chris Adlem and Sarah Purvis. Third place was decided on count-back - Ian Folwell and Stuart Briginshaw just pipped Roger & Maria Tillet, Carl & John McCartney and Phil & John Bye after they all carded nett 64.
Full result - click here.

As this is a "board" competition, it counts towards the Order of Merit award. Andrew Buchanan still leads the way from Fay Unsworth, Carl McCartney and Cilla Osgood.
Full details - click here.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Thursday Evening League - Week 10

What a difference a week makes! Last week we had to cancel the league because of torrential rain and the course flooding, this week beautiful sunshine and not a breath of wind.
Conditions were perfect this evening and many players took full advantage. Nine players scored 20 points or more this evening. John Christopher (Cheap & Cheerful) scored 21, Matt Baillie (Birdies & Bogeymen) scored 22, but this weeks individual winner was Aaron Stockley (Puurre) who just beat team-mate Paul Seymour (Puurre) on countback after both scored 23 points.
The team scores this week were even closer with the top three teams all scoring 61 points. Birdies & Bogeymen came out on top courtesy of their fourth score followed by Cheap & Cheerful then Puurre.
Easily Second still top the league 7 points ahead of Birdies & Bogeymen. These two teams have opened up a bit of a gap at the top, but the other teams have not admitted defeat yet!!
In the Best5 competition, Danny Glover still tops the table from Luke Bannister both on 100 points, but there are still a few weeks left for the chasing pack.
Full details - click here.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

July Junior Medal

Seven players competed for the July Junior Medal today. After another fine performance, the clear winner was Luke Bannister with a nett 67. Runner-up was Jack Unsworth (lowest gross) who just beat Dan Green on count-back after both scored nett 72.
Full result - click here.

The Junior Masters is still very close with everything still to play for. Luke Bannister has climbed to the top of the list following today's win, with Danny Glover and Max Nicholls both just 3 points behind in second place.
Full details - click here.

NRGC vs Theale

The annual NRGC v Theale GC Silver Plate match took place today at Theale, NRGC held a 4 - 2 lead from the first leg meaning 2 1/2 points were needed to take the Silver Plate for the first time back to the Racecourse.

Jon Miller spent weeks trying to sort out his team pairings, hoping his new found management skills would come in handy in search of the 2 1/2 points he worried and talked about so much since the first leg.

The great news was the day finished 3 - 3 thus a 7 - 5 victory and a home-coming for the Silver Plate at last.

The weather was great and the company good all day, we all enjoyed it very much and I think that can be seen within the victory photo.

Thanks to all the players for supporting and playing in this match and I think we can all look forward to defending the Silver Plate next year.

Club Captain
John Graham

Saturday, 23 July 2011

July Weekday Stableford

A small field of just 7 players for this month's Weekday Stableford, but some tremendous scoring! This month's clear winner with a fantastic 46 points was Matt Baillie. Runner-up was Wayne Arnold with an excellent 39 points followed by Jamie Prater on 37 points.
Full result - click here.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Thursday Evening League - Week 9

Due to torrential rain and the subsequent flooding on the course, week 9 of the Thursday Evening League matches had to be cancelled today. The final day still remains on Sat 20th August, so this means that the competition is now reduced to a 13 weeks instead of 14. Apologies.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Well Done Darren !!!

Step aside Chubby Chandler ...... Chubby Miller is now in charge !!!!

Captain's Away Day

Whilst the morning weather on Sat 16th July for the Captains Away Day at Bicester looked as though it would be a wet afternoon, the determined dozen were rewarded with beautiful sunshine, a glorious day.
Well done to Jeremy Twaits who won with 31 points & John Day came in 2nd with 29 points.
Thank you to all those who have supported my away days I have thoroughly enjoyed them and for those who have not yet tried the Bicetser course, its a real jewel and you are missing out by not making the 50 min journey. A real asset to our membership.
Maria Tillett.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Scratch Team vs Sonning

The Scratch Team took on Sonning today at Wokefield Park in terrible weather conditions. However, the team of John McCartney, Mark Allen, Joe Bell, Aaron Stockley, Lloyd Childs and Carl McCartney came away victorious by winning two of the three matches. Well done team!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Members Evening



In the Clubhouse from 19:30 onwards


Thursday Evening League - Week 8

A beautiful summer's evening with a light breeze .... so it's back to some good scoring again!! Twenty-three players scored 18 points or more this evening. At the top end, Kevin Robinson (Rec Soc) and Dan Seymour (Allsorts) scored 23 points apiece, but the individual winner this evening was Sarah Purvis (Fore Pears) with a fantastic 24 points.
The winning team this evening (and for the second week running) was Fore Pears followed by Rec Soc in second place and Allsorts third. Easily Second had an "off week" this week, but still hold on to top spot in the league eight points ahead of Birdies & Bogeymen who are 8 points in front of Captain's Eleven. We're only just past half-way, so still all to play for.
Full details - click here.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Seniors Open

A total of thirty-six players competed today in the annual Seniors Open. As well as home players, we welcomed twelve visitors from seven different clubs - some old friends who support this event yearly and some new friends who joined us for the first time today.
The day started with hot beverages and biscuits, then off to the course to play a four-ball better-ball Stableford. Our thanks go to the green staff for once again preparing the course in superb condition.
The overall winners today were home players John Day and Jan Hinks with a score of 44 points. Runners-up were Bob Evans (NRGC) and Graham Sampson (Marlborough) on 42 points. Third place was decided on count-back with Roy & Sam Whiting (NRGC) just beating Judy Willson (NRGC) and Tess Chantrey (Donnington Valley) after both teams scored 41 points. Home players Ray Tillen and Mike Workman won the battle for the final prize place from two other teams on count-back.
Full result - click here.

Several other prizes were also presented on the day:
Men's Longest Drive (13th) - Graham Sampson (Marlborough)
Ladies Longest Drive (3rd) - Judy Willson (NRGC)
Nearest the pin - (2nd) - Mike Pritchard (NRGC)
Nearest the pin - (11th) - Rod Spring (NRGC)
Nearest the pin - (16th) - Doreen Banks (Oxley Park)

Sorry Doreen - the cameraman fell over!!

Finally, it was time to enjoy a superb two-course meal prepared and served by Fiona and her catering team. Many thanks to all competitors (both home and visitors) for participating in this competition. Also, huge thanks to Mike and Judy Willson for the preparation and organisation that helped to make this event the success it was.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Monty does it again!!

Two weeks ago, on just about the hottest day of the year, one of our esteemed senior golfers, Monty Norman, set out on his annual golf challenge to raise money for charity. The challenge involved playing four rounds of golf in one day.
I'm very pleased to report that Monty succeeded in his quest. Not only did he manage to complete the four rounds in a single day, but returned Stableford scores of 38, 36, 36 and 38 points. A fantastic achievement. Monty was accompanied during the day by four other seniors, Steven Vale, Lesley Cratchley, Judy Willson and Chris Moore playing one round each with him.
Monty's target was to raise £1000 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity and, to date, he has received £997 with still some more pledges to be collected, so he will easily reach his goal. Of that money collected, £515 was donated by members at Newbury Racecourse Golf Club, so a huge thank-you to all who supported Monty and made donations.


Sunday, 10 July 2011

Men's Roll Up - 10th July

Today's roll up, expertly run by Mark Richardson in my absence, was won by Jimmy Green with 40 points. The team prize was won by Jake Chambers, Andy Stockley, Jim Green Snr, and Paul Hickey who has rejoined the club recently after six years away. Paul completed a successful return by winning the nearest the pin competition on the 11th, winning again a fruit based drink.
Racing will again interrupt things next week though tees will be available for a shortened event for anyone who wishes to turn up.
Jon Miller

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Scratch KO

The draw for the annual Scratch KO has now been published. The top eight gross scores in the Men and Ladies Club Championships qualify for a place in this competition.
Please click here to view this year's draw.

July Medal

With the course still in pristine condition, many players took advantage of this and returned some great scores today. Twenty-eight men and nine ladies competed for this months medals.

Division 1
The top division was won by Dave Warwick with a super nett 67 despite a disappointing 7, 7 finish. Runner-up was George Stockley (nett 70) despite having to sprint to the first tee 4 1/2 minutes late receiving a two-shot penalty before he even started! George also carded the lowest gross of 74. Third place went to John Day on count-back from Nick Powell after both returned nett 72.
Full result - click here.

Division 2
More great scores in division 2 with Tim Burnett the clear winner on nett 64 also recording the lowest gross in this division of 81. Runner-up was John Butcher with a nett 67 followed by Barry Heath on nett 68. Two other players broke 70 in this division, Geoff Denner and Bob Stevenson, both on nett 69.
Full result - click here.

Division 3
Another clear winner in this division. This time it was Mark France who embraced his recently reduced handicap and shot a fantastic winning nett 65. Mark was the lowest gross in this division and now receives another 2 shot reduction!! Runner-up was Aubrey Phillips with a creditable nett 69 followed by Stefan Klas on nett 70 in his first adult competition.
Full result - click here.

The runaway winner this month was Kim Richardson with a superb nett 67 (gross 80). Runner-up was Lorraine Storey who just pipped Fay Unsworth on count back after both scored nett 75.
Full result - click here.

Not many two's today ... only one from the men - George Stockley on the 11th, and two from the ladies - Kim Richardson on the 16th and (birthday girl) Sian Soanes on the 11th.

Pace of play
Thanks again for entering your finish times on scorecards - it really helps us to get a perspective on the pace of play in competitions and take any necessary actions.
The average round time today was 3hr 39mins which is inside our target time of 3hr 45mins. Congratulations to all players today for this achievement.

Owen Millennium Trophy
Having now completed 4 stroke play medals this year (May was cancelled due to bad weather), we have now issued the latest leader board for this trophy. The score sheet only shows those who have completed four stroke play medals this year. We still have Aug, Sep and Oct to go.
Latest standings - click here.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Thursday Evening League - Week 7

The team scores have started to mellow a bit after seven weeks, but there are still some very good individual scores being posted. This week, John Graham, Roger Tillett and Joe Bell each scored 21 points, but the individual winner this week was Matthew Scapplehorn (Birdies & Bogeymen) on 22 points.
The team winners tonight were
Fore Pears, which was an excellent performance as they only had three players. In second place were Easily Second followed by Birdies & Bogeyman in third place. Easily Second are still top of the league with a healthy lead at the half-way stage with Birdies & Boogeymen second and Captain Eleven third.
The Best 5 individual competition is now beginning to take shape. Current leader is John McCartney on 96 points followed by Dan Green on 95 and two players on 94 (Danny Glover and Will Green). Still all to play for.
Full details - click here.

Lizzie wins again

The Berkshire Junior Girls Championships were held at Sand Martins Golf Club on 3rd July 2011. The stroke play competition was won by Elizabeth Swallow from Newbury Racecourse with a gross 77 winning the County Championship for the second year running.

Well done Lizzie - we're very proud of you!!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Seniors July Medal

The July Seniors medal was played today in warm but breezy conditions. Thirty-three men and 4 ladies competed for the prizes.

In the Men's competition, the top three places had to be decided on count-back. Derrick Perrin was the victor followed by Barry Heath and Mike Pritchard after all three carded nett 68. In fourth place was Brian Bailey with nett 69 followed by Jim Green with the lowest gross of the day (79). Full details - click here.

For the ladies, Linda Vale came out on top with nett 70 followed by Lesley Cratchley on nett 72. Full details - click here.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Juniors vs Sherfield Oaks

The team played really well yesterday at Sherfield Oaks on a course unfamiliar to all - the match was halved. Lloyd Childs played particularly well leading the team off in the first match and performed incredibly well shooting under par for his round. The rest of the team played admirably some losing - some winning. It was a great team effort.

Our intention is to win the Junior League next year and the team are gaining valuable experience. Not only are they learning the arts of match play but they are also finding out about the courses they will have to play. Some are tough - very different from our home course and a schedule of clinics will be run throughout the winter months honing the long game to be able to cope with narrow fairways and trees!

It's been a great start by everyone and I look forward to the next match against Donnington Valley on 31st July.

John Hoskison.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Men's Roll Up - 3rd July

The men's Sunday roll up resumed today after a brief interlude with a very good turn out of 18 players. In ideal conditions scores were good with newcomers (to the roll up) Andy Stockley and Jamie Prater tying third with 40 points, left trailing by yours truly with 43 in second. The winner though was our guest Ken Kenyon with 46 points off his Newbury and Crookham handicap of 20 !! I will resist opening a debate about handicaps, but suffice to say Ken will be welcome again under a revised handicap. The team event was won by Ken, Jerry Kendick and Derrick Perrin with a combined score of 116. Mark Richardson won the nearest the pin on 14 and appropriately won a fruit based drink for the ladies.
The roll up will take place next Sunday; please register before 09.15 if you wish to play.
Jon Miller.

Pro's Dallas Scramble

Nineteen teams (76) players took part in the Annual Scramble in glorious sunshine on Saturday 2nd July. As usual the scoring was very tight, and four teams were on 57, it was lovely to see some old members returning for the event.

1st Brian Matthews, Derek Inglut, Nick Alty, Ray Whatley 55.4
2nd Dan Seymour, Sam Boyce, Charlie Butler, Lloyd Childs 56.6
3rd Nick Mitchell, Ian Panting, Geoff Kells, Chris Harrison 57.2

Ladies NTP - Fay Unsworth
Men's NTP - Lloyd Childs

Highlight of the day was Fay Unsworth having a hole-in-one on the 2nd. Fay's teacher, Nigel Hart donated a ½ hour playing lesson.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Ladies Open

A lovely day with great weather saw the ladies from 10 clubs taking part in the NRGC Ladies Open. The teams of three played in a Bowmaker competition (best 2 scores) for the team prize and individual prizes. The winning team with 86 points was the Judy Willson team, with Tess Chantrey & Sue Adams from Donnington Valley. Runners-up with 81 points was Maria Tilletts team with Jules Tarr & Judy Jones from Castle Royal. The individual winner with 37 points was Lorraine Storey on countback & 2nd also with 37 points was Sylvia Davis from Donnington Grove.

The longest drive event was sponsored by Fifth Avenue Collection who provided 2 beautiful necklaces as prizes, which were won by Kim Richardson for NRGC & Jules Tarr for Castle Royal. The visitors nearest-the-pin on the 2nd was won by Sue Adams from Donnington Valley. The raffle raised £177 for the captain's charity Action For Children. My thanks go to John Day & Tom Wallin who acted as the starters for the ladies & to Fay who assisted with raffle tickets & cards etc in the morning & afternoon. Thank you to all who supported the event, I do appreciate your support. Well done to all. A lovely day.
Maria Tillett.