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Thursday, 1 September 2016

TEL - Final week

The 13th and final week of the Thursday Evening League was played today at Deanwood Park. I think it's the first time the league has been played that we haven't lost any weeks to inclement weather!!

Eight players took part this evening with the weekly winner being decided on count-back. Tim Page just pipped Jeremy Twaits after both registered 20pts. Dianne McIntyre was third on 18pts and Geoff Denner just one point further back.

The best 5 overall winner was in doubt right up to the end but 20pts for Jeremy Twaits this evening off a vastly reduced handicap sealed the victory on 99pts. Dianne McIntyre took second spot on 97pts closely followed by Mike Miller on 96pts.
As it is Olympic year, medals were presented to the top 3 plus some excellent prizes.
Full details - click here.

A huge thank-you must go to Dianne for not only playing every single week, but organising the starts, collecting fees, processing the scores (along with Jeremy) and organising all the prizes and medals. Well done Dianne!!

Winner - Jeremy Twaits
2nd - Dianne McIntyre
3rd - Mike Miller

Final week players

Friday, 26 August 2016

TEL - Week12

Seven players for the penultimate week of the Thursday Evening League and the weather is still being kind - not one week missed so far. Hope I'm not tempting fate!!! This week's winner was Jeremy Twaits just edging out Dianne McIntyre on count-back after both scored 19pts. Tim Page (18pts) was third and Raymond Bilton (16pts) was in fourth place.

The overall Best5 competition could not be any closer. With his win this week, Jeremy has de-throned long time leader Mike Miller to go ahead by a single point. Dianne McIntyre is on the same score as Mike with a slightly lower average. Fair play to Dianne, she has played every single week!!! Is it too late for Rowland and Geoff? We will find out next week!!!

Full details - click here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

TEL - Week11

Eight players for this week's Evening League at Deanwood Park. With good scores come league handicap reductions but that still doesn't seem to stop more good scores being returned!! Rowland Barnfield was this week's winner with a massive 24pts. Runner-up Jeremy Twaits still managed 18pts off half his club handicap with Dianne McIntyre still scoring consistently in third place.

Just 2 weeks to go now before the season long best 5 ladder is decided. Mike Miller still holds a slender lead on 96pts closely followed by Jeremy Twaits, Dianne McIntyre, Rowland Barnfield & Geoff Denner. Too close to call at this stage!!!

Full details - click here.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

TEL - Week10

Seven players for tonight's TEL at Deanwood including guest Keith Collins and a welcome return to Steve Cobb unfortunately playing with borrowed clubs after his were stolen 3 weeks ago ... Grrr!!!

The winner this evening was Geoff Denner with 21pts followed by Dianne McIntyre 19pts and Rowland Barnfield on 18pts.
The end of season Best5 table is closing  up a bit now. Mike Miller still leads the way on 96pts closely followed by Dianne McIntyre, Jeremy Twaits and Geoff Denner. Still all to play for!!

Full details - click here.

Friday, 5 August 2016

TEL - Weeks 8 and 9

Sorry for the delay in reporting TEL on here. I've been out of commission for a while, but hopefully normal service will now be resumed!!!

Week 8 saw the return of Raymond Bilton to the weekly winner spot with a score of 20pts. Mike Miller and Geoff Denner were just one point further back.

Week 9 and Mike Miller has gone totally out of control with his score of 25pts!!!! Geoff Denner again was his nearest rival for the weekly prize but was a full 6pts off the pace!!

Needless to say, the Best 5 table now has a new leader with Mike Milller on 96pts. Jeremy Twaits and Dianne McIntyre are still in contention on 92pts each.

Full details - click here.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

TEL - Week7

Slightly cooler conditions after the heatwave for the five players who played in this weeks Thursday Evening League. A welcome visit from ex-NRGC regular Rowland Barnfield who grabbed top spot this week with 20pts. Mike Miller was runner-up on 18pts.

Jeremy Twaits still hangs on to the lead in the Best 5 ladder on 92pts with Dianne McIntyre and Tim Page second and third respectively.
Full details - click here.

Friday, 15 July 2016

TEL - Week6

It seems everyone's on holiday with only three players playing in the league this week!! Steve Cobb was this week's winner with a score of 20pts.
The Best 5 scores haven't changed much with Jeremy Twaits still heading the table.
Full details - click here.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

TEL - Week5

No weather worries for the league players this evening. Six players turned out to play.
After a minor hiccup last week, Dianne McIntyre was back on form to take the weekly prize with a score of 19pts. Runner-up was Steve Cobb (17pts) followed by Jeremy Twaits (15pts).
Full details - click here

We now have some scores on the board for the overall Best 5 prize. Jeremy Twaits leads the way followed by Dianne McIntyre and Tim Page. Still plenty of weeks to go yet!!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Tim Butler

I've got some exciting news about Tim Butler Golf.

From July 1st, I will be the new owner of the Driving Range at Newbury Racecourse.  

As most will know the 10 bay driving range is located in the centre of the race track and has both a chipping and putting green to practice on also.  
We can be found at RG14 7NZ and through the first set of gates you come to at Newbury Racecourse.

The entire facility is open to everyone and there is nothing I'd like to see more than you bringing your family and friends down and having fun at my driving range (safely though please 😉)
For those of you on Facebook and Twitter I have set up new groups to keep you up to date on all of the happenings and special offers in the coming months and I'd love it if you joined the groups and let me know what you think and also your thoughts on improving the current facility.   

Follow us on Twitter here: @golfrangeNRC

The first thing I will be doing is adding a load of new range balls and throwing a load of the old ones away, I know you'll be as happy as I am about this!!  

We are the only public place in Newbury to practice from grass or mats with a chipping and putting green right by the range. (I've converted the old 4th green to the new putting green and will be hand mowing to improve the surfaces as much as possible)

I've improved the value of the range balls too; you now get 40 balls for £2.

I'm also doing a special offer of four 60-minute golf lessons for the price of three.

So, what do you think?  Honestly, I am so excited (and nervous) but I'm sure with your help and support I can make this a great place to practice and learn golf.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

Best wishes, Tim

07810 523040
Tim Butler Golf

Friday, 1 July 2016

TEL - Week4

The players were fortunate with the weather in last night's Evening League at Deanwood. It was a showery day, but all remained dry for the golf!!
This week winner was Jeremy Twaits with an super score of 23pts. Runner-up was Mike Miller on 19pts followed by Tim Page 18pts.
Full details - click here.

Friday, 24 June 2016

TEL - Week3

A slightly better turn out for the Evening League at Deanwood Park yesterday with seven players taking part. We're still hoping to build on this to encourage more players along.

This week's winner was Dianne McIntyre with an excellent score of 22pts. Tim Page was runner-up with 20pts.

Full details - click here.

Friday, 17 June 2016

TEL - Week2

Some dodgy weather yesterday for week 2 of the Thursday Evening League which deterred a few from taking part. But the 5 players who decided to go for it enjoyed a break in the weather and a dry round!! Hoping for a better turn out next week with some decent weather.

This week's winner was Jeremy Twaits with 19pts losing one shot off his league handicap. Dianne McIntyre scored a steady 17pts to match her week 1 score.
Full details - click here.

Friday, 10 June 2016

TEL - Week1

The Evening League finally got under way yesterday evening. This year it is being played on Thursdays and our thanks to Deanwood Park for allowing us to play the games on their course.
Like last year, it will be run as an individual Stableford over 9 holes each week. As we were a little late getting this off the ground, it will be  played over 12 or 13 weeks depending on weather and available light towards the end of the competition.
There is an individual prize for the best Stableford score each week and there will be prizes at the end of the competition for the best 5 aggregate scores.

Just 8 players for the first week, but we are expecting more to come along in subsequent weeks. This week's winner with a score of 18pts was Raymond Bilton who just edged out Jeremy Twaits on count-back.
Full details - click here.


Monday, 30 May 2016


Today was our last ever competition at the racecourse. A Texas Scramble with ten teams of 3 taking part. A massive thank-you to all those taking part today and supporting the club right to the end. Those who optimistically opted for shorts today might have regretted it a little with a chilly northerly breeze blowing, but no matter!!!

The winners today were Tim Page, Geoff Denner & Dianne McIntyre with a score of 57.0. Runners-up were Stuart Briginshaw, Harry Jackson & Jan Hinks (57.4) followed by Steve Cobb, Rowland Barnfield & Stephen Vale (58.0).
Full result - click here.

Winners - Geoff, Dianne & Tim

Afterwards, all the players gathered in Nuffield for the presentations and a buffet lunch. Thanks to all the organisers today for organising all the prizes, trophies and food.

Although golf has finished at the racecourse, this may not be the end of our special little club. As you know we intend to try and continue to get together a few times a year and play as a society at other clubs. Watch this space!!!

Lastly, a personal thank-you from me for your kind words and support today. It meant so much to me.


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Catch up

Sorry - I've been a bit remiss with updates recently. Time to catch up with the last weeks competitions...

Saturday 21st May was the Racecourse Cup. A small field with quite a few people away. The winner with a score of 72 was Jeremy Twaits just one shot ahead of Richard Mead.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday 25th May was the penultimate seniors competition - a singles Stableford with 17 players taking part. The winner on count-back was John Butcher just ahead of John Day - both 34pts. Third place went to Brian Faithfull just one point further back.
Full result - click here.

The final seniors competition was held on Friday 27th May with five teams of three taking part. The competition was 9 holes of Bowmaker stroke-play and a 9-hole Texas Scramble. The winning team were Raymond Bilton, Harry Jackson & Scott Holland scoring 97.6. Runners-up were John Day, Roy Whiting & Richard Cross on 98.7.
Full result - click here.
Prizes were presented afterwards and the players were all treated to an excellent buffet lunch. A huge thank-you to the organisers of this event.

Just one more event to go ... The Final Hurrah on Monday!!!!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May Seniors Medal

A beautiful day for the final seniors medal at the racecourse today. Unfortunately, the scores didn't quite reach the heady heights of the temperature out there. Everyone seemed to have at least one disaster on the card!! But, never mind - it was a nice day to be out there anyway!!

Fifteen players played in two divisions.

The winner in division 1 was Barry Heath with a nett 75 followed by John Butcher and Raymond Bilton who carded the lowest gross.
Full result - click here.

In division 2, Tom Wallin was the victor with a nett 74. Gordon Turner and Richard Cross were 2nd and 3rd respectively both scoring nett 77.
Full result - click here.

Just one 2 was recorded today by Raymond Bilton. It was a multiple rollover so Raymond can now buy a Lamborghini (just a model one)!!!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Medal

With a number of people away, just seven players competed in the final club medal to be played at the racecourse. The weather was kind as well!!

The winner with an excellent nett 68 was the in-form Mike Miller. Runner-up was John Butcher just ahead of Jeremy Twaits on count-back after both carded nett 73. Consolation for Jeremy was that he shot the lowest gross.
Full result - click here.
There was a rollover of the two's pool from last month and the jackpot was scooped by Mike Miller with a 2 at the very challenging par 3 17th. Well done Mike!!!


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Seniors Stableford

A mixture of all four seasons in one day for the seniors at the racecourse today - sunshine, rain, hail, snow and all sorts of other things!! Six teams of three played in a Waltz 123 Stableford competition.

The winning team with a score of 75pts were John Butcher, Scott Holland & Mike Miller. Runners-up on 65pts were Barry Heath, Mike Pritchard & Gordon Turner followed by John Day, Tom Wallin & Colin Cox witth 60pts.

Full result - click here.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Carole Scott Cup

A small glimpse of early sunshine on a somewhat overcast day for the Carole Scott Cup today. Twelve players battled through the chilly north wind in this Stableford competition.

No problems for Mike Miller who romped to victory with an excellent 38pts. Runner-up was Steve Cobb on 34pts followed by John Baron and Andrew Mead both on 32pts. Dianne McIntyre was next with a creditable 31pts.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Seniors Fourball

I think Spring arrived ... well, at least for one day anyway!!!
Lovely weather for the Seniors Fourball Stableford today with ten teams taking part.
The winners with an excellent score of 41pts were Raymond Bilton & Steve Vale. Runners-up were Scott Holland & Dianne McIntyre (37pts) followed by Barry Heath & Gordon Turner just beating Sam Whiting & Mike Miller on count-back.
Full result - click here.

Great to see Les Eden playing again today - welcome back Les!!!
Also nice to see Alan Owen's sons who played today. Many thanks to Stuart & Steve (both ex members of the club) who came in to the clubhouse afterwards to treat the seniors to a celebratory drink.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Seniors RNLI Stableford

A lovely spring day for the annual Seniors RNLI Stableford played off 7/8 handicap. Nineteen players (15 men and 4 ladies) competed for the RNLI shield. The excellent conditions should have produced plenty of good scores but strangely, that was not the case.
The winner with a score of 31pts was Sam Whiting. The runner-up was decided on count-back with Alistair McNeil just beating Linda Vale and Rod Spring after all 3 players scored 30pts.
Full result - click here.
Special mention for Scott Holland. He was not in the competition but playing for his handicap and managed to score an excellent 40pts (gross 81).

Thanks to Harry Jackson for providing bottles of wine for his birthday treat to the players.

Sam Whiting - RNLI Stableford winner

Sunday, 3 April 2016

April Medal

A lovely spring day for the April medal played today at the racecourse. Fourteen players (12 men and 2 ladies) competed for the medal. The winner with an excellent score of 68 and the lowest gross of the day (76) was Steve Cobb. Runner-up was last month's winner Simon Mead (nett 70) followed by Jeremy Twaits in third place on 72.
Full result - click here.

No two's recorded today so the two's will roll over to next month.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Seniors Greensomes

Dry conditions today although there were a couple of patches of standing water following the recent downpours, but that didn't prevent some excellent scoring in the Greensomes Stableford today.

The top three teams were all tied on 39pts and the order was decided on count-back. The winners were Raymond Bilton & Linda Vale courtesy of an impressive 22pts on the back nine. Second place went to Scott Holland & Richard Cross with 20pts on the back nine followed by John Day & Tom Wallin.
Full result - click here.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Seniors Texas Scramble

Last Wednesday's competition for the seniors was a Texas Scramble with six teams of 3 taking part.

The winning team with a score of 57.8 was John Butcher, Scott Holland & Steve Vale. Runners-up were Raymond Bilton, Geoff Denner & Gordon Turner on 60.0.
Full result - click here.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

John Ives Trophy

Just four pairings for today's competition but still needed to be played.

The winning team were Rowland Barnfield & Steve Simm with an excellent score of 64. Justice for this pairing who narrowly missed out in this competition 3 years ago on count-back!! Runners-up just 2 strokes behind were Jeremy Twaits & Mike Miller.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

March Seniors Medal

At last a dry day to play the March Seniors Medal having had to cancel it the two previous weeks!! However, the cold easterly wind blowing across the course was not pleasant and played havoc with trying to put a decent score together!!!

Sixteen players competed today (15 men and 1 lady) in two mixed divisions.

In division 1, the winner was decided on count-back with John Butcher just edging out John day after both returned identical gross and nett scores (88 / 74). Third spot went to Geoff Denner.
Full result - click here.

In division 2, Roy Whiting's nett 76 was enough to take first prize followed by Mike Miller, Linda Vale and Stephen Vale.
Full result - click here.

No two's were recorded today so the pool will roll over to next month's medal.

Thanks to birthday girl Sam Whiting for providing 3 bottles of wine which were won by Roy Whiting, Geoff Denner & Linda Vale.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

March Medal

A chilly start but good conditions for the first Strokeplay medal of the year at the racecourse. Ten players (9 men and 1 lady) competed in one mixed division.

The winner with an excellent nett 67 was young Simon Mead who also reduced his handicap to 18.6. Runner-up, one shot further back and just missing out on a hat-trick of medals this year was Jeremy Twaits with the lowest gross of the day 80. Third place went to Steve Cobb with a nett 74 from his 8 handicap.
Full result - click here.

Just one 2 recorded today by Andrew Mead who took the two's pool.

Thanks to all for participating today.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Seniors Bogey

A crispy start followed by some nice warm sunshine for today's senior competition. This was a bogey competition - matchplay against the par of the course. The course is a tough opponent to beat - never makes a mistake and never gives you anything, including those tricky two-footers that we all miss from time to time. Never missed one? You're lying!!!!

Today's winner who finished level with the course was Steve Vale. Runner-up on -1 was Roy Whiting followed by Rod Spring and Mike Miller on -2.
Full result  - click here

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Astres Foursomes

A blustery but dry day at the racecourse today for the Astres Foursomes. Five teams took part in this mixed Foursomes Stableford competition.

The comprehensive winners today were father and son team, Richard & Andrew Mead with a score of 35pts. Runners-up were defending champions John Butcher & Sian Soanes with 32pts.

Full result - click here.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Seniors 123 Waltz

More bad weather yesterday meant the seniors competition was reduced to 9 holes. Just three teams completed the Waltz Strokeplay competition. The winners were Geoff Denner, Mike Miller & Scott Holland with a score of 73.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Seniors Texas Scramble

Calmer conditions for today's senior competition which was a Texas Scramble with six teams of 3 taking part.

The winning team with a score of 59.4 were Raymond Bilton, Sian Soanes & Gordon Turner. Runners-up were Mike Pritchard, Mike Miller & Jan Hinks (61.8) closely followed by John Butcher, Steve Vale & Geoff Denner (62.0).
Full result - click here.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Presentation Evening

The annual presentation evening was held on Sat 6th Feb at Newbury & Crookham clubhouse. A much smaller event than usual, but nevertheless enjoyed by all who attended. Many thanks to Sian and other members of the committee for organising this successful event. Below are a few pictures from the evening.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

February Medal

A welcome break in the wet weather enabled us to play the February Medal today. Unfortunately, there were three temporary greens, so it was played as a non-qualifier. This was the last of the winter Stableford medals and nine players braved the chilly winds.

The clear winner with a superb 40pts was January winner Jeremy Twaits. Runner-up was Andrew Mead on 33pts followed by Mike Miller just one point further back.
Full result - click here

Despite the difficult conditions, there were 2 two's recorded - Andrew Mead and Jeremy Twaits both at the 8th hole. With the two's pool rolling over from the last two medals, the "jackpot" was shared between them!!

This was the final counting Stableford medal in the Winter Medal Aggregate competition (best 3 scores from 4 medals). With his excellent score today to count, Jeremy Twaits topped the list followed by Andrew Mead and Steve Cobb.
Full details - click here.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Seniors February Medal

The February Seniors Medal was played today in chilly but dry conditions. The competition was played as a Stableford in two divisions with fifteen players taking part.

In division 1, Raymond Bilton was the winner with a score of 33pts. John Day just edged out Roy Whiting for second place on count-back after both score 30pts.

Full result - click here.

In division 2, the winner with a score of 36pts was Steve Vale. Gordon Turner was runner-up followed by Linda Vale and Mike Miller.
Full result - click here.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Seniors Stableford

A small field of just thirteen players for the seniors competition today which was a Singles Stableford. Not quite as cold as recent days, but still a bit chilly!!

The winner today with a score of 35pts was Bob Evans. Runner-up was John Day on 34pts followed by Gordon Turner 32pts.
Full result - click here.

Prizes were awarded to 3rd, 4th & 5th places by birthday boy Raymond Bilton. The lucky recipients were Gordon Turner, Sam Whiting and Jan Hinks.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

January Fourball

Well done to all 12 players who turned out today in bitterly cold conditions to play in the first board competition of the year - the January Fourball. Considering the conditions today, the scoring was excellent.

The winners with an super score of 39pts were Roy & Sam Whiting. Runners-up, just one point behind were Steve Cobb & Stuart Briginshaw. Third place was decided on count-back with John (2 two's) Butcher & Sian Soanes just edging out Mike Miller & Dianne McIntyre after both scored 36pts.
Full result - click here.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Seniors Fourball

Today's competition for the seniors was a Fourball Betterball Stableford. Nine teams took part on a fine but chilly day at the racecourse.
A welcome return to John Day who didn't waste any time in climbing to the winners circle with partner Sian Soanes with an impressive 41pts. Runners-up on the same score but just beaten on count-back were Sam Whiting & Gordon Turner. The next three teams also had to be separated on count-back with Geoff Denner & Steve Thompson just edging out Brian Faithfull & Liz Evans and Roy Whiting & Richard Cross after all 3 teams scored 33pts.
Full result - click here.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

January Medal

After a false start last week when we had to cancel due to bad weather, the January medal was finally played today. Sixteen players (13 men and 3 ladies) enjoyed some welcome sunshine even though it was a very cold day. The medal was played as a Stableford in two mixed divisions.

In division 1, Jeremy Twaits was the winner with the best overall score of the day 34pts. John Butcher was runner-up on 30pts followed by Steve Cobb on 27pts.
Full result - click here.

Mike Miller was the victor in division 2 with a score of 31pts. Ken Kenyon and Phil Stubbs were 2nd and 3rd respectively both scoring 26pts.
Full result - click here.

No two's were recorded today so we have a double roll over for next month. (not quite as much as the National Lottery, but well worth winning!!!

Only one more Stableford medal to go towards the Winter Medal Aggregate competition. Just 3 players have competed in all 3 medals so far. Jeremy Twaits leads the way on 100pts.
Full details - click here

Friday, 8 January 2016

Seniors January Medal

Eighteen players (15 men and 3 ladies) competed in the Seniors Medal on Wednesday. Luckily, the weather stayed dry but, because of recent downpours, there were a few temporary  greens in play. Consequently, this was not a qualifying competition.

The winner, continuing his good form, was John Butcher with an impressive 39pts (he must be playing a different course!?!). The next 3 players all scored 32pts each. Gordon Turner was the runner-up just beating Steve Vale and Raymond Bilton on count-back.

No two's were recorded, so all monies will roll over to next month.

Many thanks to Steve Thompson for providing bottles of wine - the names drawn for these were Roy Whiting, Ken Croucher, Alistair McNeil & Geoff Denner.

(Apologies for the late report)