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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Men vs Seniors

After a "scorching" week of weather, it was back to normal chilly March conditions for the annual friendly match between the Men and Seniors today. Two teams of twelve battled it out in this four-ball matchplay event. All the matches were very competitive, played in good spirit and most matches were very close. But the Men's team finally prevailed by winning the match 4 1/2 to 1 1/2.
Many thanks to all competitors who took part today and supported this event.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Seniors Texas Scramble

Another glorious day on the course for yesterday's seniors competition. This week it was a 3-person Texas Scramble with twelve teams participating. In the benign conditions, the scoring was once again excellent.
This week's deserved winners were the team of Sam Whiting, Steve Vale and Al Drennan with a superb score of 56.8. Runners-up on 58.2 were Richard Hook, Rob Seaton and Linda Vale. Not far behind in third place on 58.4 were the team of John Christopher, Alan Pearce and John Day followed by Ray Tillen, Lesley Cratchley and Bob Evans on 59.0.
Thanks to birthday-boy Steve Vale for providing some additional wine prizes in a random draw which went to Monty Norman, Ray Tillen and Barrie Sloan.

Monday, 26 March 2012

March Junior Medal

This month's Junior medal was played yesterday in perfect conditions. Only a small field of 6 players, but some excellent scoring.
Dan Green was back to winning ways having captured both the Nov and Dec medals last year with an excellent nett 66 and earning a handicap reduction. One shot behind, earning a handicap reduction of 2 shots was George Baker. Third place went to Jack Unsworth on nett 69 who carded the lowest gross of the day with a fine 75.
Full result click here.

After the first three medals of the year, Luke Bannister still tops the Junior Masters table but only by one point from George Baker. Still plenty to play for throughout this season.
Latest standings - click here.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Seniors Bowmaker

Another beautiful spring day out on the course for the Seniors Bowmaker Stableford today. Thirty-six players in twelve teams of three competed for the prizes.
The winning team with a score of 83 points were John Day, Barrie Sloan and Frank Morley. The runners-up spot was decided on count-back with Bob Evans, Rod Spring and Alan Owen just outscoring Malcolm Passey, John Christopher and Ofer Ben-David on the back nine holes after both teams carded 82 points. In fourth place were Paul Tebbutt, Harry Jackson and Richard Hook on 77 points.
Many thanks to Sam Whiting for providing bottles of wine for "nearest the pins". These were won by Paul Tebbutt (2nd), Al Drennan (11th) and Bob Evans (16th).

Sunday, 18 March 2012

March Weekday Stableford

A reasonably sized field for this month's Weekday Stableford played on Thu 15th and Fri 16th March.
The result saw a reversal of fortunes from last month's competition with the same two players battling it out at the top. The winner was last month's runner-up Mark Richardson with a creditable 39 points. Runner-up was last month's winner, Tim Page, on 37 points. Count-back was required to settle the next three places with Sandy Deacon just edging out Jamie Prater and John Day after all three players carded 34 points. Full result - click here.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Carole Scott Cup

Another wet one ... I know we're on a drought alert and we need plenty of rain, but please, not on competition days!! At least it brightened up a bit towards the end of the round. Forty-four players (33 men and 11 ladies) entered this mixed stroke-play competition.
Today's deserved winner was Mark Allen who gave us a lesson in determination. His gross 44 on the front nine was followed by a gross 34 on the back nine to give Mark (winner of this event 7 years ago) a total of 68 nett. Runner-up, one shot behind Mark, was 2010 winner Kim Richardson who also excelled on the back nine. Third place went to Ian Turner just ahead of Fay Unsworth on count-back after both carded nett 71. Thanks to all players who braved the elements and took part today to make this a successful event.
Full result - click here.

This is the third event of the year that counts towards the Order of Merit trophy. The early pace-setter is Kim Richardson. After today's success, Mark Allen is propelled into second place just 3 points behind. Current positions - click here.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

March Seniors Medal

A good field of seniors (33 men and 5 ladies) competed in the March Seniors Medal today. Although conditions seemed quite benign, it was cold with a chilly wind and the course was playing very long (particularly from the back tees). To illustrate this, only 4 players managed to break gross 90 today!!
The men's medal was won by Allan Trotman with an excellent score of nett 69. He was the only player to break par today. Two shots behind was runner-up Roy Whiting followed by Rob Seaton who narrowly beat Geoff Denner after both carded nett 73.
Full result - click here.

In the ladies medal, Linda Vale was the runaway winner with a nett 76. Runner-up was Lesley Cratchley closely followed by Liz Evans.
Full result - click here.

Only a single two recorded today by John Day but, unfortunately, he didn't contribute to the two's pool!!! The money will be carried forward to the April Medal.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Men v Ladies v Seniors v Juniors

The competition between teams of Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors was played yesterday. This is a basically a fun competition, but still retains a bit of a competitive edge with the annual trophy and bragging rights at stake! There are eight members in each team with the best four Stableford scores counting towards the team score.
The clear winners again this year were the Men's team making it a hat-trick of wins. Runners-up for the second year running were the Seniors team followed by the Juniors and then the Ladies.
Full details - click here.

Club Captain Jon Miller and Vice-Captain Jeremy Twaits with the coveted trophy won by the Men's team.

A big thank-you to all members who took part in this match.

March Medal

The postponed March medal was finally played today in totally different conditions to last week. Last week we had flooded greens and soaking wet competitors - this week, the conditions were perfect on a lovely Spring day for the first stroke play medal of the year.

Division 1

The players in the top division took full advantage of the conditions today. This month's winner with a superb nett 66 (gross 69) was Max Nicholls. The unlucky runner-up was Roger Tillett with an excellent nett 67. Third place went to Jack Unsworth who just beat Chris Richardson on count-back after both carded nett 72's.

Full result - click here.

Division 2
Another excellent Junior performance in Div 2 with Josh Wallin heading the pack also on nett 66. Runner-up was Paul Hickey on nett 70. One shot further back was Geoff Denner who just pipped Rowland Barnfield on count-back.
Full result - click here.

Division 3

Nick Turner topped the list in Div 3 with a nett 71 closely followed by Stuart Briginshaw just one shot behind. In third place was Peter Turner who just edged out George Baker on count-back, both scoring nett 75.

Full result - click here.

Sadly, only two ladies competing in the re-arranged medal this month. Sarah Purvis took the spoils from Maria Tillett by just one stroke.

Full result - click here.

Only 2 two's to report in this month's medal ... Max Nicholls at the 14th and Phil Knight at the 2nd.

Owen Millennium Trophy
This is the first of a possible 8 stroke play medals (best 4 gross scores to count) for the annual Owen Millennium Trophy.
Latest positions - click here.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

March Medal

A bit of a wash out today I'm afraid!!!

We are re-scheduling the medal for next Sunday with a new draw which will be done by /on Wednesday. If you were in today's draw and can't play next Sunday or if you weren't in the draw and want to play, please contat Andrew.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Seniors Stableford

This week's Seniors event was a yellow-ball Stableford. A game where teams of three take turns to play a yellow ball (this week it was an orange one!?!?) which counts double points plus the best score on each hole from one other member of the team. Sounds simple enough, but there are some "cruel" rules, one of which says that if your yellow (or orange) ball goes out of bounds or is lost, it cannot be used any more. I say cruel because that is precisely what happened to our team. One of our team went OOB on the 3rd hole, so we were effectively playing a Bowmaker for the rest of the round. The expected wooden spoon was our prize on return to the clubhouse.

For those who managed to keep their ball in play ... the winners were Malcolm Passey, Richard Hook and Alan Owen with 119 points. One point behind in runners-up spot were Ray Tillen, Bob Evans and Linda Vale closely followed by Sam Whiting, Barrie Sloane and Lesley Cratchley.

Looking forward to playing a white ball this weekend!!!