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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Seniors Texas Scramble

Today's competition for the seniors was a Texas Scramble with twelve teams of 3 taking part. The weather wasn't too bad at all really - a bit chilly to start with but at least it stayed dry. Can't wait for the forecasted "heatwave" at the beginning of September. The pessimist in me thinks it will probably turn into another deluge!!!!

Today's winning team with a super score of 55.0 (gross 66) was Chris Moore, Sian Soanes & Colin Cox. Runners-up were Raymond Bilton, Richard Hook & Stephen Vale (58.0) followed by Harry Jackson, Roy Whiting & Chris Piper (60.0). Full result - click here.

3 perfectly aligned chip shots from the Perrin, Miller, Fitzsimons team!!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday Evening League - W16

Week 16 and the final week for the Tuesday Evening League at the racecourse. With a few people away, there were just eight players this evening battling it out for the prizes.
Tonight's winner was the in-form Jeremy Twaits with another consistent performance and 18pts. Runner-up with yet another good showing was Diane McIntyre on 17pts followed by a quartet of players on 15pts.
The Best7 ladder was finally resolved this evening. Ian Martinez held a two point lead going into this evening and his two closest rivals could not better their own scores so Ian took the overall winners prize of a golf day for two at Frilford Heath. Dave Warwick was the runner-up just 2 pts behind Ian followed by Dean Butler another 2pts further back. Both win a Golf-Break voucher. Full results and details - click here. Well done also to Dean and Dave who competed every single week of the league ... rain or shine!!

A big thanks to all who participated in this years event - hope you all enjoyed it. We will definitely be repeating it next year and hope to enlist more players into the competition. Many thanks also to Jason Allum who was instrumental in getting this league started again and for organising things on the first tee each week.
Also thanks to Ed Richardson for taking time out to organise the prizes and for attending this evening to make the presentations to the winners.
Hope to see you all next year!!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chris Moore wins

Chris Moore's gross 78 ensured victory in the prestigious Freddie Weeks trophy at The Warren Golf Club in Devon this week. The trophy is in honour of Freddie Weeks who was a member of the club for over 50 years. Well done Chris!!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Seniors 123 Stableford

Eleven teams of three for today's seniors competition which was a 123 Stableford. Good playing conditions and most importantly ... no rain!!!
Two teams were tied on 79pts at the top of the leader board and the winning team on count-back were Malcolm Passey & Steve Thompson (playing with Doris!!). Runners-up were John Butcher, Richard Hook & Colin Cox followed by Geoff Denner, Chris Piper & Ken Croucher on 76pts.
Full result - click here.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday Evening League - W15

The penultimate week of the Tuesday Evening League was played tonight and after last weeks biblical downpour it was nice to get back to some reasonable weather again!!
Eleven players this week still battling for the end of competition prizes. This week's winner with a very impressive -2 gross and a score of 21pts was Ian Martinez. Runner-up was Jeremy Twaits with 17pts followed by Cilla Osgood who just pipped Ofer Ben-David on count-back after both scored 16pts.
In the Best 7 ladder, Ian Martinez has jumped into the lead with this week's score. Dave Warwick is just 2 points behind with Dean Butler in third place. All to play for in the final week next Tuesday!!!
Full details - click here.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Captain's Day

Captains Dean Butler and Sian Soanes organised an excellent Captains Day today. A very good turn out of 35 players met at the starters hut at 08:15 for early morning drinks ready for the shot-gun start at 09:00. The theme for the day was "At the Beach" and well done to all those who entered into the spirit of the day by wearing colourful shirts, shorts, hats and other appropriate beach wear!!! It was a typical English day at the seaside with a chilly start, some heavy rain showers but also some welcome sunshine!

The competition was a singles Stableford with the beach theme continuing out on the course. All the bunkers were out of play and were adorned with wind-breaks, sand castles and deck chairs ... and for some reason(?), a parrot was perched on the 2nd flagstick?!?! There were double points available for any birdies on the 2nd/11th hole ... nobody managed that! But there were also some penalties ... anyone visiting the water on the last 3 holes of each nine were made to putt out wearing what looked and felt like industrial swimming goggles!!! There was also a chip in the paddling pool contest and more putting with giant sunglasses and a flotation aid!!! At the end of play, players were treated to a hot meal back in the clubhouse.
The winner of the main competition was Ofer Ben-David on 41pts. Runner-up was Roy Whiting just one point behind Ben. Third place was decided on count-back with Richard Mead edging out John Day, Steve Vale and Chris Moore after all scored 38pts. The leading lady was Dianne McIntyre on 37pts. Full result - click here.
Longest drives were won by Sam Whiting and Dave Warwick and the Nearest-the-Pin prizes went to John Butcher and Sandy Deacon.
Many thanks to Dean and Sian for organising this excellent day of fun and thanks to all competitors for completing your rounds making it a fantastic success.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Seniors Four-ball Salver

Back to some sunshine for the Seniors Four-ball Salver competition today. This is a better-ball stroke play competition played off 3/4 handicap from the yellow/red tees. Sixteen pairings played for this board competition and the scoring was very close with the top 8 places covered by just 4 shots.
The winners today with a score of 68 were Raymond Bilton & Jan Hinks. Runners-up just one shot behind were Bob Evans & Ken Croucher. Third place was decided on count-back with Paul Tebbutt & Ted Fitzsimons just edging out Sam Whiting & Steve Vale after both returned nett 70.
Full details - click here.

Winners Raymond Bilton & Jan Hinks with Seniors Captain John Day

Saturday, 9 August 2014


The funeral for Marian Taylor will take place on Thursday 14th August 12:45 at West Berkshire Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Any donations in Marian's memory to NSPCC and Macmillan Cancer Care may be sent c/o Geoffrey Church & Co, The Broadway Thatcham, RG19 3HX.
The family requests that attendees wear something blue.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Seniors August Medal

After a night of heavy rain, the sun shone kindly on the Seniors today for their August Medal. There were separate competitions for both men and ladies.

In the men's competition it was very close with the top seven places separated by just one shot! Three players were tied on nett 72 with Steve Vale just edging out Chris Moore and Les Eden on count-back with a better back six holes to win his first Seniors Medal!! Tom Wallin, Ken Croucher, Derrick Perrin and Monty Norman all finished one shot further back on nett 73.
Full result - click here.

For the ladies, Sam Whiting was the victor on nett 76 just beating Sian Soanes by a single shot. Sandy Deacon grabbed the third spot.
Full result - click here.

Just one 2 recorded today by Mike Miller on the par 3 8th hole. He wins the two's pool.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tuesday Evening League - W13

Pleasant conditions for week 13 of the Tuesday Evening League tonight. Fourteen players took part this evening with more good scores being returned.
Tonight's outright winner was Geoff Denner with a creditable 20pts. He was followed by four players all on 18pts separated on count-back - they were Ian Martinez, John Cooper, Richard Osgood and Roy Martinez.
Just three weeks left to go now and the Best7 ladder is getting very close. Dean Butler leads the way on 132 followed by Ian Martinez (131), Dean Butler (130), Roy Martinez (126) and Dianne McIntyre (125). One good score in the next 3 weeks could change everything!!
Full details - click here.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

August Medal

Thirteen players (11 men and 2 ladies) for today's mixed medal. This was the first medal played on the new layout with the different tees in operation. I think we all agree it makes it a lot more interesting!!
After some glorious weather recently, today was not the kindest. After a couple of mid-morning light showers, there was an absolute deluge with the last couple of groups taking the full brunt of it!!!
Despite all that, there were some good scores returned. The winner today was Stuart Briginshaw who narrowly beat Jeremy Twaits on count-back after both scored nett 66. Jeremy's excellent gross 78 was the lowest of the day. One shot further back was last month's winner Andrew Mead on 67. Fourth and fifth places went to Jason Allum and Dean Butler who both carded nett 69.
Full result - click here.

No 2's were recorded today, so the two's pool will be carried over to next month's medal.

This is the sixth medal in both the Owen Millennium Trophy (best 4 gross scores) and the Summer Medal Aggregate (best 4 nett scores). 
In the gross category, Jeremy Twaits leads the way on 333 followed by John Day (342) and Dean Butler (344). In the nett competition, Dean Butler has a narrow lead over Jeremy Twaits closely followed by Andrew Mead and Roy Whiting. For the latest standings click on the links below.
Owen Millennium Trophy
Summer Medal Aggregate

Marian Taylor

It is with great sadness that I have to report that one of our senior stalwarts Marian Taylor passed away on Friday 1st Aug after a long and brave battle in hospital with heart problems. Marian, a previous lady captain at the club, will always be remembered as a truly lovely lady who always had kind words for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and the rest of his family at this really sad time.