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Sunday, 30 October 2011

October Junior Medal

Following his first competition success in the Bogey Competition yesterday, Stefan Klas made it a double by winning his first junior medal today narrowly beating Dan Green on countback after both players carded nett 69. Two shots further back, Josh Wallin grabbed third spot also on countback from Jack Unsworth who scored the lowest gross of the day (77) along with Max Nicholls. A decent field of eleven juniors competed today, and it was nice to see some new names on the result sheet! Full result - click here.

With a 16-point lead over Danny Glover and only a maximum of 14 points for two wins available in the Nov and Dec Junior Medals, I think Max Nicholls looks a safe bet for the Junior Masters trophy!! Latest table - click here.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Bogey Competition

Thirty-one players (27 men and 4 ladies) competed for the prizes in this year's Bogey Competition played today. With the weather being kind to us again and the course in pristine condition, there was some impressive scoring as over half the field beat the course at matchplay.
The clear winner today was rapidly-improving
Stefan Klas with an impressive score of +10. The runner-up spot was decided on countback with Sarah Purvis just beating John Bye after both carded +7. Fourth and fifth places were also decided on countback with Mark Allen taking the honours from playing partner Mark Richardson, both scoring +5.
Full result - click here.

Order of Merit
With both leaders finishing outside the top 6 in today's competition, Sarah Purvis took advantage with her runner-up place today to sneak up on them. Andrew Buchanan and Ian Folwell both still lead the table on 48 points but Sarah is now only 3 points behind them. Max Nicholls and Maria Tillett are just a bit further back on 41 points, but with only one counting competition to go (November Greensomes), it really is between the top 3.
Full table - click here.

October Weekday Stableford

This month's Weekday Stableford was played on Thu 27th & Fri 28th October. On Friday in particular the weather was glorious with warm sunshine and very little wind. Fifteen players entered this month's competition. The winner by a single point was Gary Crosby on 41 points from Josh Wallin on 40 points. Third place went to Tim Page who beat John Baron and Steve Robinson on countback after all three scored 37 points.
Full result - click here.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Pro's Winter Texas Scramble


Saturday 7th January 2012

starts with a Full English Breakfast
from 7:15am followed by
18-hole Texas Scramble
8:25 tee-off - Shotgun start


At the end of play, come to the Clubhouse for
Mulled wine and a mince pie

£16.00 - ALL MEMBERS, £26.00 - NON MEMBERS

Click here for entry form

Monday, 24 October 2011

Junior Open

Thirty-seven players took part in the annual S&J Communications Junior Open today. Twenty-five were in the main competition and a further twelve youngsters, who do not have an official handicap yet, took part in a 12-hole Stableford event all playing off a nominal 28 handicap. As well as the "home" players taking part, Newbury Racecourse welcomed players from nine other golf clubs (Deanwood, Donnington Valley, Castle Royle, Frilford Heath, Hadden Hill, Hazlemere, Reading, Sandford Springs and Woburn). Conditions today were very testing with a strong easterly wind blowing, but these conditions did not prevent some fantastic scores being returned and a very exciting finish to the event.

In the gross competition, Max Nicholls (NRGC) and Ben Gilbert (Newbury & Crookham) were tied after both shooting superb rounds of 72. A two-hole aggregate play-off ensued with
Max Nicholls just edging out Ben after birdies on both play-off holes. Third place went to Chris Little (Frilford Heath) on 73, followed by last year's winner Jordan Williams (Frilford Heath) one shot further back. Full result - click here.
The nett competition witnessed more great scoring. The winner was
Josh Gilbert (Newbury & Crookham) with a superb nett 62. Josh was followed by Ben Gilbert (nett 65), but as Ben had already captured the runner-up prize in the gross category, the runner-up prize went to third-placed Marcus Pugh (Hazlemere). Full result - click here.
The yellow-tee Stableford was won by
Jamie Wallin and runner-up was Jack Oades.
For a full list of prize winners - click here.

To see more pictures ... click here.

Finally, some thank-you's are in order...

Firstly to Peter Smith from S&J Communications for his continued sponsorship of this event and his generosity in keeping the whole support team "fed and watered".
Nick Mitchell and Lorraine Storey for their organisation and support of this event.
Richard Holmes and his green staff for the superb and ever-improving condition of the course.
Fiona and her team in the clubhouse for all the catering today - the meal was fantastic.
The team of Seniors helping with all jobs from starting to scoring to photography - John & Marian Taylor, Mike & Judy Willson, John Christopher, Paul Tebbutt and Andrew Buchanan.
Captains Jon Miller and Sam Whiting for presenting the prizes.
And finally to all the competitors today - thank-you for taking part and we hope to see you again next year.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Junior Pro-Am

The Junior Pro-Am recently played at NRGC saw some remarkable results – with 2 professionals, Dan Seymour (NRGC) and Richard Campbell (West Berks) breaking the course record, with their 7 under-par rounds of 64. Another record was shattered on the day, and that was a team score of -25, which won the tournament. The winning team was led by NRGC Pro Nick Mitchell with Jim Purvis and juniors Max Nicholls and Ben Gilbert. Second team home, just two shots behind the leaders, was headed by European Senior Tour player, John Hoskison with Myra Baker, George Baker, Jack Unsworth. In third place, with a score of -18, was Steve Mitchell’s team (also NRGC) of Jon Miller, Chris Richardson and Luke Bannister. For the professionals, Dan Seymour and Richard Campbell were joint first, with Nigel Hart (NRGC) in third place with a 6 under par, 65 and Nick Mitchell’s 2 under par 69 was enough to give him fourth place. This tournament has been running for about 8 years, and is the only one locally that gives juniors a chance to play alongside professional golfers in this format.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

October Fourball

After a chilly start, this year's October Fourball was blessed with some warm autumnal sunshine for most of the competition. The benign conditions in this better-ball stroke play competition off 3/4 handicap allowed for some tremendous scores to be returned.
The winners, retaining their title from last year, were John Graham and Sarah Purvis with a superb nett 60. Runners-up were the junior pairing of Max Nicholls and Jack Unsworth who just pipped Jimmy Green and Nigel Huszarik on countback after both carded nett 63's. Fourth place went to John Butcher and Jim Purvis who beat two other teams who all scored nett 65.
Full result - click here.

Trousers-of-the-day award goes to Mark Richardson for his superb John Daley-esque strides ... fantastic!!!

Pace of play
Unfortunately, the pace of play today was disappointing with no groups managing to break the four-hour barrier!! We don't want a race, but we certainly need to improve on this!!

Order of Merit
The Order of Merit title is still in the balance after today's competition. Andrew Buchanan and Ian Folwell still remain tied at the top on 47 points each. Today's result means Max Nicholls has closed the leader's gap to 6 points closely followed by Maria Tillett 1 further point back. Just two counting events left this year (Bogey Competition and November Greensomes), so still all to play for.
Full listing - click here.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Mixed Open

John Day and Laura Hawkins from Donnington Grove are pictured receiving their prize as winners on countback with 40 points in our Mixed Open today. A very testing day in the wind saw 26 pairs take part in our Mixed Open. We had visitors from Bishopswood, Cams Hall, Deanwood Park. Donnington Valley, Donnington Grove, East Berkshire, Newbury & Crookham and Winter Hill. Second place on countback went to Paul Seymour and Jean Raincock. In third place on countback with 39 points was Mark France & Shey Walder from Dave Warwick and Alison Goudge.
Our top visiting pair not in the main prizes were Ian Fox & Sue Gardener from Cams Hall who won a pair of tickets to racing at Newbury. Men's nearest the pin was won by Russell Bowers and the ladies nearest the pin by Maria Tillett. The men's longest drive was won by Paul Seymour and the ladies longest drive by Shey Walder.
Full result - click here.
Thanks to our starter John Taylor and also to Mike & Judy Willson and Marian Taylor and Roy Whiting for their invaluable help on the day. £175.00 was raised in the raffle for our Captains Charity Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust. Fiona and her staff provided us with an excellent meal afterwards.
Sam Whiting.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Unwanted gifts or prizes

During the year at various times, we hold lots of raffles and are always pleased to receive donations of prizes from members for these purposes. If you have any unwanted gifts, prizes or other items that would be appropriate for raffle prizes, please bring them to the club or contact Sam Whiting or Maria Tillett. Many thanks in advance for your generosity.


The 6th hole has been modified recently - the pond has been filled in and whilst work continues the area is marked as ground under repair (GUR). If your ball lands anywhere within the GUR markings, you must take a drop at the nearest point of relief plus one club length - Rule 25-1.

2012 Diary

We are in the process of finalising the 2012 club diary. If you would like to advertise your business in the diary please let Lorraine know asap. The cost will be ... £50 for a half page or £100 for a full page advertisement.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Action For Children

Yesterday, last year's Club Captain and Lady Captain, John Graham and Maria Tillett, proudly presented a cheque for £1679.00 to Action For Children to be used by the charity in the Newbury and Thatcham area.
John and Maria would like to thank everyone at the Club for their help and support in raising this money over the last year. Well done everyone!!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Seniors October Medal

Thirty-one men and five ladies competed for the seniors medals today. Although the weather was fine, it was a lot cooler than of late with a stiff south-westerly breeze testing the players.

In the men's division, Al Drennan played a superb round of nett 67 to win his first senior medal. Runner-up was Tom Wallin who just beat Les Eden on count-back after both scored nett 69. Fourth place went to Brian Grace one shot further back. John Day carded the lowest gross of the day with 81.
Full result - click here.

For the ladies, Linda Vale shot a nett 71 to capture her second senior ladies medal this year. One shot further back was Judy Willson followed by Sam Whiting on nett 76.
Full result - click here.

There were two 2's today - Brian Grace (14th ) and Richard Hook (16th), but as neither of these players entered the two's pool, the money is carried forward to next time!!!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Mixed Open


Sunday 9th October

(click here for tee times)

Junior Pro-Am

Junior Pro-Am

Saturday 15th October

(click here for tee times)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

October Medal

With the course once again in pristine condition and the best weather you could hope for, twenty-six men and three ladies set out this morning to play for the October medals.

Division 1
In the top division, there were some fantastic scores. Leading the way and winning the medal (surprisingly his first adult medal) was Max Nicholls with a faultless nett 63 and the lowest gross of the day 67. Runner-up was Andy Steadman who just beat Sam Boyce on countback after both carded nett 65's. One shot further back was Ian Folwell with a nett 66.
Full result - click here.

Division 2
Another player winning his first adult medal was Josh Wallin who scored a nett 68 today to take the honours in this division. Runner-up was Chris Davis on nett 72 followed by John Baron one shot further back.
Full result - click here.

Division 3
Completing the hat-trick of first-time medal winners was Andrew Moore scoring nett 69. One shot behind was Pete Turner followed by George Baker on nett 72.
Full result - click here.

Only a small field for the ladies this month, but the clear winner was Maria Tillett on nett 70 followed by Fay Unsworth (nett 72) and Lorraine Storey.
Full Result - click here.

Owen Millennium Trophy
This was the last stroke-play medal of the year as we move into our Stableford medals for the winter (yes ... winter!!!). This therefore brings to a close the qualifying medals for the Owen Millennium Trophy. Andy Steadman is this year's winner with a late surge of three good scores to finish on a score of 300 for 4 rounds. Runner-up was Nick Powell on 321 followed by John Bye on 323.
Full result - click here.