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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Seniors 123 Waltz

Another chilly, damp day for the hardy seniors at the racecourse today. The competition was a 123 Waltz Stableford with ten teams of three players.
Today's winners with a massive 83pts were Derrick Perrin, Geoff Denner & Steve Vale with all 3 players in the top 6 individual scores. Runners-up on 75pts were Allan Trotman, Richard Hook & Gordon Turner. Third place went to Malcolm Passey, Richard Aldred & Linda Vale with 74pts.
Full result - click here.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Important ... HDID alerts for Racecourse members

As well as memberships, we have now merged our competitions and handicap systems with Newbury & Crookham and all future competitions will be processed via the new system. If you are registered with How-Did-I Do to automatically receive competition results, handicap notification, etc. and wish this to continue, you will need to modify your profile in HDID.

To do this ... log in as normal to HDID then go to Personal Profile. In the Account Information section on the screen, you will need to modify your club from Newbury Racecourse to Newbury & Crookham. Once this is done, you should continue to receive updates as normal.

If you have any problems with this, please let me know and I will try to help.

Paul Tebbutt

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Presentation Evening Tickets

Presentation Evening Tickets need to be purchased by Wednesday 29th January in order to give the caterers advance warning of how many they need to cater for. Please pay Rachel at the Wessex Club.

If you are unable to get to the club before this date and you wish to purchase tickets, contact Paul Hickey on 07880 674381 or Sian Soanes on 07748 638252 or alternatively by email at or

We will reserve your tickets which you will need to pay for on arrival at the function.

Please be aware if you reserve tickets to be paid for on the night you will be liable for payment for a no show. You can also speak to a commitee member if you wish to reserve your tickets.

Seniors Stableford

After a foggy start, the sun came out for the seniors for their mixed singles Stableford competition yesterday. The winner with 40pts and an excellent gross 78 was Jim Green. Runner-up on 38pts was Brian Faithfull followed by three players on 37pts. Richard Hook took third place on count-back from Ofer Ben-David and John Butcher.
Full result - click here.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

January Fourball

The first board competition of the year was played today on the new course layout. Even the weather behaved itself for a change!!! Eight pairings competed for the prizes in this four-ball better-ball Stableford competition.
The winners were the team of Derrick Perrin & Jason Allum with 40pts. Runners-up, just one point further back were Paul Hickey & John Cooper followed by John Butcher & Sian Soanes with 38pts.
Full result - click here.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Seniors Fourball

The first seniors competition today on the new course layout. It was not a particularly nice day to appreciate it with lots of rain showers to contend with, but the seniors seem to have embraced the changes. When the new tees are in play and the other planned improvements and enhancements are there, it will be a good test of golf for all levels.
Today's competition was a fourball Stableford with fourteen pairings taking part. The course is playing long in the soft conditions, but that didn't prevent some excellent scores being returned.
The winning team today were Derrick Perrin & John Clark with an impressive 40pts (greatly helped by a couple of chip-in birdie two's by Nobby Clark!!). Runners-up were Chris Moore & Steve Vale who just pipped Malcolm Passey & Chris Piper on count-back after both teams scored 39pts. Full result - click here.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Last Hurrah - Result

A fantastic turn-out of 27 teams of three comprising of members, ex-members and visitors were welcomed to the final competition to be played on the existing layout of the course. The event was a team 123 Waltz Stableford.
A couple of special thank-you's are in order for today. To the green keepers Richard and Corado who have worked tirelessly this week in very trying weather conditions to get the course playable today albeit with the 10th playing as a temporary par 3. Also to the Wessex Club for their support today in providing refreshments from very early this morning until the end of the competition.
The weather was not ideal today with an early frost and some very chilly conditions throughout the day, but everyone turned up and completed their rounds.
The winning team with a total of 77pts were Jenny Bell, Doug Bell & John Eburne. Runners-up on the same score and just beaten on count-back were Chris Moore, Gary Moore & Tony Glover. Third place went to Roy Martinez, Ian Martinez & Mike Smith who just pipped Steve Simm, Aubrey Phillips & Scott Holland on count-back after both teams recorded 76pts. Nearest the pin prizes were won by Dean Butler and Maria Tillett.
Full result - click here.

The winning team Jenny Bell, Doug Bell & John Eburne
Runners-up Chris Moore, Gary Moore & Tony Glover
Third place Roy Martinez, Ian Martinez & Mike Smith
Nearest the pin - Maria Tillett
Nearest the pin - Dean Butler

Caption competition number 1  (no prizes) - any ideas?
Caption competition number 2  (no prizes) - any ideas?

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Mike Willson Charity Day

 Mike Willson 
Charity Day

Sun 2nd March 2014

This is a one-time charity event to commemorate the passing of Mike Willson a year ago and also for us to remember the huge contribution that Mike made to this Club.

The golf event will be a four-person 18-hole Dallas Scramble although this may change slightly depending on the number of entries received. The competition is open to members and non-members alike and you can enter as a team or individuals and a team will be found for you. The cost of entry (payable on the day) is £10 which will all go to the charity. There will be no green fee to pay for non-members.

The local charity that will benefit from this day is the West Berks Community Hospital and the proceeds will go towards the construction of a therapy garden for patients to go and relax in the fresh air.

There will be beverages and biscuits on arrival, then the golf competition followed by a 2-course lunch all included in the price.

Prizes galore will be on offer on the day including a raffle and many other fun prizes.

Shotgun start will be at 10:00 with registration from 09:00 onwards.

Please enter by writing your name on the entry sheet in the foyer in the clubhouse. Any problems, please contact Chris Moore (07973 705094) or Paul Tebbutt (07929 210534).

Please enter in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.

February Medal - diary change

In the club diary the February Medal is listed as 1st Feb. As we are now having Presentation Evening on that day, the medal has been moved to the new date of Sunday 9th February. Please make a note of this in your diaries.

Seniors January Medal

Thirty-three seniors (29 men and 4 ladies) played in their January Medal last Wednesday in some quite pleasant weather for a change! Unfortunately, three holes were not playable due to standing water, so this Stableford competition was played as a non-qualifier over 15 holes with separate medal comps for men and ladies.

In the men's competition, the outright winner was Seniors Captain John Day with an impressive 33pts. The next three places were decided on count-back with Rod Spring just edging out Derrick Perrin and Geoff Denner after all three returned 30 points. Full result - click here.

For the ladies, Linda Vale was the victor, again on count-back from Liz Evans with both players scoring 25pts. Full result - click here.

Just a single two was recorded by Raymond Bilton at the 2nd hole, but he was not in the two's pool so it will roll over to the February Medal.

Friday, 10 January 2014

The Last Hurrah - Update

Due to the recent weather conditions, there is a possibility that all 18 holes may not be playable on the Sunday. The competition will still go ahead even if the number of holes has to be reduced and a decision on this will be made at the latest possible time. For this reason we are not publishing a draw with starting tees on.

The competition is a shotgun start at 09:00 and registration is in the clubhouse from 07:30 onwards where beverages and bacon rolls will be available to purchase. You will be given your starting tee when you register on the day.

Many thanks for you understanding and patience.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah
Sunday 12th January 2014

This is a competition to mark the final time the existing 18-hole layout will be played at the racecourse  ... the end of an era!!

Entry is now closed for this event with 27 teams taking part. Although this is a fun competition, I'm sure there still be a friendly competitive edge to proceedings!

Team registration will take place from 07:30 onwards in the NRGC clubhouse. Those who have not paid, please be ready to pay at registration.

There will be tea/coffee and bacon rolls available to purchase in the clubhouse.

We are all scheduled to tee off at 09:00 with a shotgun start. Please be patient and vigilant - there are a lot of players on the course at the same time.

Men will play from the yellow tees and ladies from the red tees.

A full handicap allowance will be given with an extra two shots for ladies.

There will be main competition prizes and also nearest the pin prizes.

For those unfamiliar with the format, it is a 123 Waltz Stableford.
The best Stableford score to count on the 1st hole, best two to count on the 2nd hole and all
 3 to count on the 3rd hole. Then back to one score for the 4th hole, 2 for the 5th hole, 3 on the 6th hole, etc., etc.
Irrespective of your start point on the course ...
best 1 score  on holes 1,4,7,10,13,16
best 2 scores on holes 2,5,8,11,14,17
best 3 scores on holes 3,6,9,12,15,18

Presentation will take place asap after all cards are returned and ratified.

The draw for which tee to start on will appear on the NRGC website during this coming week.

Any queries, please contact Paul Hickey or Sian Soanes

January Medal

A rare break in the weather for today's competition, although the last few players in did get a bit damp on the final holes when the rain started. Thirteen players teed it up today for this Stableford Medal.
The clear winner today with an excellent score of 37pts was young Andrew Mead. Runner-up was Stuart Briginshaw on 33pts followed by Paul Hickey who won the count-back battle for third place ahead of Rowland Barnfield and John Baron. Full result - click here.
Just one 2 recorded today (at the 14th hole) from John Day who claimed the two's pool by himself.
In the Winter Medal Aggregate competition (best 3 scores from 4 winter medals), John Baron leads the way with a 3 round total of 111 closely followed by Andrew Mead on 108. Latest standings - click here. Only players who have played 3 medals are shown.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Seniors Bowmaker Stableford

Happy New Year to one and all!!!

After all the torrential rain we have had lately, I didn't really expect to be playing today but the course was very playable. There was some standing water on some low points on the fairways, but no temporary greens in play!

Today's competition for the seniors was a Bowmaker Stableford - teams of 3 with the best two scores counting. With a number of the regular seniors still absent after New Year celebrations(!), eight teams competed for the prizes. The winners with an excellent score in the conditions were Jim Green, Richard Cross & Colin Cox who amassed 73pts. Two points behind were runners-up Raymond Bilton, Harry Jackson & Ken Croucher. In third place on 66pts were Geoff Denner, Chris Piper & Gordon Turner just beating two other teams on count-back. Full result - click here.