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“Good food, good company and the greens were fine.” This sounds like an excerpt from a captain’s speech following a golf match; but it actually refers to our latest Seniors/Ladies dinner dance. This had been postponed from December and was held on Friday 15th Feb hoping to attract some romantics; as it happened it was an intimate affair and we were taken back to our more romantic days as the DJ played all our favourite songs from the swinging 60s.
Captain Bob’s draw made a good heap of money, as we expected from £5 per ticket, and Terry Bufton won the 4 ball voucher for a day out at Builth, and Geraldine Kelly won the bottle of champagne.
Round Robin v Burghill Valley Away Tuesday 12th February.
More disappointment for RR Captain Terry Bufton as his team suffered a 2nd league defeat in the post Christmas period. One game remains v Ross at Ford Bridge in March and a win might not be enough to secure the title which had looked so secure at the half-way stage.
“2 pairs came away with their heads held high: Mike Privett and David Stephens had a big win 5&4 while Tony Green and Iain Ashcroft fought out a narrow victory being 1 up after 18.
Thursday 7th February.
Spring Scramble. Well done the Comp Sec, David O’Dowd, for selecting the groups so fairly that 9 of the 12 played off 9 or 10 hcap, plus 2 off 8 and 1 of 7. Sadly there were 2 members who failed to turn up which resulted in a wasted day for Terry Carver and Ian Robertson who were a man short; Mike Williams stood in at short notice to prevent another 2-ball taking the field.
Results; a win for Rob Brotherwood, Mike Williams and John Lucas with a gross 71 net 62; in 2nd place Terry Bufton, Iain Ashcroft and Bill Brown gross 72 net 64 and in 3rd place, following a disqualification, Ed Jones, Malc Clark and Alec Tandler gross 75 net 65.
Thursday 31st January.The scheduled Multiplication Pairs competition became an individual stableford owing to the fact that our competitions secretary thought there would be a high dropout rate; as it happened 30 players signed in and 24 cards were processed. On the coldest day of the winter so far the course was frozen but fun was had by most and no one was injured. Cyril Jennings, fresh from his public spirited offer to partner John Lucas as a replacement for the injured Pete Sandall in the Winter pairs, had the best round of the day scoring 32 pts; in 2nd place with 31 was Dave Jones, and 3rd on cb came Graham Flowers with 30. Derek Langford had the distinction of scoring the only 2 of the day on 17.
Thursday 24th January. Our latest Captain’s Charity competition took the form of a 4BBB pairs in a “pick your own partner” format. Some partners were allocated by our esteemed, hardworking fixture secretary, since some seniors either do not understand “pick your own” or do not have any friends! 7 of the 16 pairs managed 40pts or more; remarkably 44pts scored by Tony Green and Iain Ashcroft came only 4th; Alan Hooper and Kevin Room were 3rd with 45pts, but taking the prizes for 2nd were Phil Green and Dave Jones, who thought with the rest of us that their 46pts would win until Robert Harris and debutant Gareth Boxhall came in with 48pts.
Round Robin Winter League.
This competition has resumed after the mid season break; you may recall before Christmas our team had played 3 and won 3 matches with an aggregate of 23 to 1. On Thursday 21st January Terry Bufton captained his men in the return fixture at Ludlow having won 8-0 at Ford Bridge. It was foggy at the start and a few of our pairs lost their way to such an extent that the only winners were the dependable Dave Jones playing with Phil Green,(4&3) and the metronomic Ray Chambers playing with Kevin Waterman (5&4). Burghill Valley is the next challenge, away in February.
Treat your lady to this social event the day after Valentines Day. Friday 15th Feb.
Thursday 10th January.
How wonderful to be able to play our full course so early in January and in the depths of Winter.
Making excellent use of the conditions and receiving a handicap cut for their superb play were Phil Green with 42 pts in div 1 and Rob Harris with 40 pts in div 2. Behind Phil came Dave Botwood on 37 and 5 others on 36. In div 2 Kevin Room came 2nd on cb from Alan Roberts on 35. The 7 players in Div 3 struggled despite their many extra shots but Captain Bob showed no reluctance to pocket his prize with 29pts and Trevor(Money)Perry eagerly took the 2nd place prize with 26.Congratulations to Phil Green for scoring 2 2s and to 5 others who shared the balls with him.
A spare Thursday on the calendar this week, so there is no excuse for winter singles or pairs matches not being played. Deadline is the end of the month when the weather is due to deteriorate.
Thursday 3rd January.
Today’s New Year Texas Scramble became a January Stableford at a late hour owing to the distinct possibility of few numbers and likely withdrawals; for those who love a Scramble the February event is not far off.
Kevin Room took full advantage of good winter conditions and amassed 39 pts without suffering a cut in hcap since it was a non qualifying competition; in close position behind him came Rob Brotherwood and John Leaman on 38; Rob took 2nd place on cb; Jim Shaddick was 4th on cb with 36pts, pushing Andrew Chambers into 5th.
Points were awarded for all entrants today in the Race to Ford Bridge where after 7 events Rob Brotherwood has a 22 pt lead over Mike Privett; Kevin Room moved into 4th place behind Robert Harris. 62 players have played at least one qualifying round and 18 players have passed 100 pts.
Your Hon. Sec hopes that all Seniors enjoyed their Christmas and wishes everyone in the Section a successful and healthy New Year. On Thursday 3rd January there is a New Year Texas Scramble; sign up for this fun 3 man-team event; brush off the cobwebs before the serious stuff starts with the January Medal a week later. Sign up sheets are on the noticeboard.
Thursday 27th December.
No competition for our Senior section today, but the Club took the opportunity to fill the gap with the annual 3-fold Stakeholders / New Members/ Leominster v Hereford match. Half a dozen Seniors were in the field plus 3 Ladies and the rest Main Club members. The New Members trophy was won by a non – Senior with 34pts; Alan Hooper won the Stakeholders Shield with 38 pts and Leominster members comfortably defeated their counterparts from t’other side of Dinmore in the fun match.
Thursday 20th Dec.
Only 15 holes were open for our last competition before Christmas, and obviously conditions underfoot, being so wet, contributed to some frustration for some players.
However good golfers will overcome as our winner Ray Chambers proved with a magnificent 33 pts beating Iain Ashcroft 32 pts into 2nd place and Robert Harris came 3rd with 31. Good par scores with 30 pts were achieved by Rob Brotherwood and Bryan Leech.
The Race to Ford Bridge standings can be found on Masterscoreboard by scrolling down to the very bottom of the page and clicking on Orders of Merit, then choosing Race to Ford Bridge. Rob Brotherwood has taken the lead – our 5th leader in the 2019 competition.
Thursday 13th December. December Medal.
This competition had been postponed from the previous week to allow members to attend the funeral of Richard Francis. Illness and appointments took their toll on today’s field and left only 28 members in the competition, many of whom found the clinging ground did not make scoring easy.
Trevor Perry won div 3 with 30pts from John Lucas on cb; div 2 had Kevin Room and Robert Harris 1st and 2nd in that order on 35; but div 1 had a clear winner by 2 pts as Alan Hooper on 36 beat Dave Dave Botwood into 2nd on 34.
The table below shows the leaders in the RACE To FORD BRIDGE 2019.
Mike Privett 134
Rob Brotherwood 124
Dave Botwood 116
Ian Fraser 115
Rod Garvey 110
Pete Sandall 106
Phil Green 101
Jim Shaddick 101
Rob Harris 100
Fake news hits the Seniors’ noticeboard.
Apparently the report below contains false information: please delete the names of those who won 2nd place in the Yellowball comp on 22nd Nov, and replace with Dave Jones, Kevin Room, Ian Robertson and Richard Maloney Snr. Apologies to all concerned and from my scout on the course comes the wish to offer grateful thanks to the greenkeepers for a good job done in clearing the leaves.
Thursdays 15th and 22nd November.
The rain in Spain fell mainly on your correspondent while he was seeking some pleasant winter sunshine; and I return to find there was a remarkable entry in the annual Turkey Trot on 15th November; such were the numbers that all players’ scores were recorded as if for a Medal competition in 3 divisions. Congratulations to the divisional winners: Mike Privett 40pts off 12 won div 1, Rod Garvey 36pts off 16 div 2, and Roger Barrington 31 off 22 div 3. All scores of course are on Masterscoreboard.
The 2nd Thursday competition was arranged as a Yellow Ball. Captain Bob has informed me that 1st came the team of : Tony Green, John Stevenson,John Leaman & Cyril Jennings with 148 points; 2nd was the team of Dave Jones, Mike Barrington, James Forrester & Rob Brotherwood with 138 points. Well done to all who braved the cold atmospheric conditions and the leafy underfoot problems.
2019 Race to Ford Bridge has a new leader, not surprisingly it is Mike Privett who earned 49 pts for winning the Turkey Trot, and he leads with 134, followed by Rob Brotherwood on 124, with Dave Botwood 3rd on 116, 1 pt ahead of Ian Fraser. 9 players have already passed the 100 mark, and 59 members have played at least 1 qualifying event, of which there have been 4.See latest item at top of page.
Friday 9th November. RR v Burghill Valley at Ford Bridge.
Fortress Ford Bridge as far as this winter’s Round Robin is concerned as Burghill became the 2nd team, following Ludlow, to suffer defeat by the maximum margin of 8-0. Congratulations to RR captain Terry Bufton and all who have played so far and put us on top of the table with 6 pts from the 3 matches at the half way point of our season. Ludlow away in January on 21st is the next match – not 28th as in fixture list.
Thursday 8th November. A Stableford Competition.
Not a Cup; not a Medal – just a competition to keep us occupied on a November autumnal morning. It was a qualifier from handicap point of view and was the 3rd event in the 2019 Race to Ford Bridge; much to play for therefore.
Well done Rod Garvey on coming out on top of the pile with 38pts off 17 hc; the next best 3 were all rewarded with a prize and were separated only by cb – all having 37 pts- James Forrester off 33 came 2nd, Mike Barrington off 23, 3rd and Mike Privett off 12, 4th.
2019 Race to Ford Bridge is being led by Robert Harris who, after 3 events, has 91 pts, followed by Alan Hooper with 87; in joint 3rd place are Mike Privett and Rob Brotherwood on 85.
November Medal Thursday 1st November.
There were two outstanding performances in our first winter medal of the new season; Robert Harris, off hcap 18, amassed 42 Stableford points to win not only division 2, but also the competition overall and thus be the first name to qualify for the 2019 President’s Cup; Tony Green’s achievement was arguably far greater as he scored 41 pts off hcap 6 and won div 1; super golf from those two who were also unsurprisingly among the winners in the ballsweep.
2nd in div 1 with 39pts was Alan Hooper; 2nd in div 2 came Ed Jones with 36; div 3 honours went to Dilwyn James 36 pts and Malcolm Davies, whose long putting (often from way short of the green) was amazing, with 35. Malcolm and Ian Fraser were the others who shared the balls for a “2”.
From the 36 cards processed the following, all in div 1, are also to be commended Dave Jones 38 pts (hc 11), David Stephens 38 (12) Iain Ashcroft 37 (15) Mike Privett 36 (12).
Since Presentation Day,2 competitions have qualified for the 2019 Race to Ford Bridge and the new leader is Robert Harris with 70 pts , with Rob Brotherwood in 2nd with 56.
RR v Ludlow Monday 29th October.
Playing on a lovely October morning, but with our course in conditions as bad as any of us can remember, from the point of view of leaves on the course, and sandy, bumpy greens, actually seemed to suit us. Our squad showed strength in depth, as the team was much changed from the one which won at Ross last week, yet trounced Ludlow 8-0. Gail’s meal and our off course hospitality went a long way to cheering our neighbours on their way home up the A49.
November Medal this week on Thursday and Burghill in the RR here next Friday, 9th November.
2018 Poppy Appeal. Thursday 25th March.
A golf day to raise money for the British Legion Poppy Appeal was successful in 3 ways: 1. £114 was raised; 2. Terry Bufton, fresh from leading the RR team to a record win at Ross, parred 13 holes on his way to 42pts and first place on the day, beating Robert Harris on 38 into 2nd place; and 3. Stephen Palmer had a 2 on the 11th. Well done to all concerned.
First Match in RR Winter League v Ross Away Weds 24th October.
From the ridiculous to the sublime. A narrow loss on Monday at Sapey was soon forgotten as we stormed to a 7-1 victory at Ross. Big winners were Jim Shaddick with Terry Carver 7&6 and Bob Holloway ( no cares of captaincy to weigh him down) with Pete Sandall 6&5. Some of the team knew that there would be 13 temporary greens, but that clearly did not affect our play as much as the Ross who ought to have been used to them.
Ludlow at Ford Bridge next on Monday.
Last of the Summer Friendlies.
It was good to include Sapey into our friendly fixtures and may be soon if they attract some new members they will be able to put 8 pairs out and return to the Round Robin Winter League. As it was they could manage only 6 pairs and beat us on their course 3.5 – 2.5
Thursday 18th October. 3 Man Texas Scramble.
This competition at this time of year dates from when we used to have a Scramble with a shot gun start preceding our AGM; the AGM has moved to March but the scramble remains.
10 teams of 3 comprising, as far as possible a low, a mid and a high handicapper, plus a group of 4 at the end of the field, took to the course and 7 of them returned a gross score between 69 and 71. Rob Brotherhood clearly is enjoying playing in our Section as he joined forces with the amiable Kevin Room plus John Lucas and together they shot the lowest gross of 69 off hc 9 so had a net score of 60; this put them in first place ahead of Alan Hooper, Phil Green and Bill Brown whose gross 70 off hc 8 and a net 72 secured them 2nd place on cb from 3 other groups.
Too few have signed up for our normal winter singles and pairs competitions to make them viable and worth holding; so it has been decided to hold a singles Stableford extra comp and call it the winter singles – clearly not a match-play situation which will disappoint some. Similarly a pairs comp, where people pick their own partner and we hold a 4BBB day, will replace the Winter Pairs KO. These 2 comps will be played at a time when there is a gap/space in the calendar.
Terry Bufton, our vice-captain has posted teams for the first 2 matches – away at Ross next Wednesday and home to Ludlow on Monday 29th October. Good luck to both teams.
Monday 15th Capt v Vice
Postponed, originally owing to Greenkeepers beginning the Autumn greens week; this work was delayed because of the poor weather.
Tuesday 16th October. ADMAG.
Our 3rd and last Seniors/Ladies internal Mixed event this year; the format is becoming more familiar to those who play regularly in Mixed competitions and it provides for a good fun day. A record entry of 14 pairs offered to play and owing to the proposed greens work an 18 hole course was compiled; the old 9 twice, with each hole having a 2nd stroke index on the 2nd 9.
Rod Garvey with Carol Gardner took 3rd place with 36 pts, a 2nd 9 of 20pts crucially gaining the cb verdict; in 2nd place Terry Bufton with Liz Moore on 37 and clear winners with 41 Phil Green with Heather Cass.
NPs for the men were Alan Hooper on 17th first time round, and Bob Holloway on 14th 2nd time.
We look forward to a Spring scramble with the Ladies in March.
Monday 8th October Summer Friendly at Little Lakes.
This match postponed from May brought little joy in terms of result, but some of the losses were small and Jim Shaddick and Pete Sandall gained the half in the 0.5-5.5 defeat. One friendly remains – away at Upper Sapey next Monday.
President’s Cup and Presentation Day. Thursday 11th October.
17 of those who qualified for the President’s Cup took to the course off the first tee, 11 completed their round with a score, of whom Malcolm Davies gross 92 net 67 was best, ahead of Iain Ashcroft gross 85 net 69 in 2nd place. Tony Green had lowest gross 80.
19 others headed off the 10th in a Consolation Stableford and Kaz Rudnicki continued his good form of the summer with 38pts, 1 pt ahead of Mike Barrington on 37. Phil Green and Ed Jones both felt they had the prize in their sights after scoring 21 pts on their first 9 but as the weather improved their scores became worse and they settled for 36pts in 3rd and 4th.
The prizes presented later have all been documented on these pages as the competitions were held; but 3 competitions go on behind the scenes during the season and were won as follows: Ray Chambers – the Geoff Skelton Medal Cup for the best 5 Medals of the 7 summer Medals; Tony Green – the Eclectic; and Jim Shaddick the Race to Ford Bridge.
Next Tuesday 16th October our annual Admag – The Alun Davies Mixed American Greensome – 9 a.m. start.
Thursday 4th October. October Medal.
The last of the summer Medal competitions , which was also the last qualifier in the 2017/18 inaugural Race to Ford Bridge. Surprisingly on a day when conditions appeared good for scoring there were only two scores of 70 or below; these were the winning scores in division one where Ray Chambers had net 69 from 78 gross, the lowest of the day, and newcomer Rob Brotherwood net 70 gross 81.
There were 7 players who managed net 72, and David O’Dowd’s score earned him 1st spot in div 2 off gross 89 beating Rob Harris gross 90 on cb. Back to form Malcolm Davies gross 96 off 25 won div 3 with a net 71 and Mike Barrington took 2nd place with net 72 gross 96.
Jim Shaddick earned 24 pts in the Race to Ford Bridge, enough to win him this coveted prize for which he has been in pole position throughout the summer. Final positions:
Jim Shaddick 571
Alan Hooper 546
David O’Dowd 516
E.W. Jones 509
Malcolm Davies 507
Dave Jones 500
Captain’s Fundraiser. 4BBB. Pick-Your-Own Pairs. Monday October 1st.
This fun event had been moved from the previous Thursday to allow the postponed September Medal to take place.
A good field of 16 pairs enjoyed the splendid weather and the course was in glorious condition. 12 of the 16 pairs managed at least 40 pts and a score of more than 44 was needed to be in the prizes. John Lucas (h cap 24) and Trevor Perry (23) were pleased to score 45 pts but not so pleased to be pushed into 3rd place, beaten by Dennis Price (31 ) and Captain Bob(24) on cb. Winners with 47 pts were Kevin Room (17) and Alan Hooper(12). Dave Jones on 6th and Alan on 14 gained the score to share the balls sweep.
The win v Wharton Park by 4-2 two weeks ago gave us a summer score of 7 wins 1 half and 9 defeats with 2 more matches to come v Little Lakes and Sapey – both away.
Thursday 20th September Washout.
Some brave, foolhardy, souls began their attempt at the September Medal but the rain, which had already started before Captain Bob hit the first ball, continued with such ferocity that the 9th green soon resembled a lake and caused the competition to be abandoned.
September Medal re-arranged for Thursday 27th with new timings can be found on Masterscoreboard.
Pick your own partner Pairs moved from Thurs 27th to Monday Oct 1st.
Thursday 13th September. The Derrick Jones Trophy.
Once again it was a pleasure to see Vicky Jones, Derrick’s widow, and Yvonne Harris present in the clubhouse to present the prizes in honour of our former member and friend of many.
35 Seniors competed for the trophy and clear winner was Adrian Morris with 41 pts off 21; in 2nd place came Robert Arrowsmith 38pts off 18, beating Tony Dallow, 38 off 27 on cb.
Bob Harris and Dilwyn James found the pin on 14 suited their game and shared the balls in the 2s sweep.
The Race to Ford Bridge.
As this competition nears its final lap Jim’s long held lead has been cut: he managed only 8 pts for his 28th place on the results sheet while of his nearest challengers Ed Jones scored 27 for 9th, Alan Hooper 23 for 13th and Bill Harris 26 for 10th.
Jim Shaddick 522
E.W. Jones 509
Alan Hooper 483
Bill Harris 482
The Ancients’ Cup. Thursday 6th September.
The scores, pre-age allowance adjustment, showed some good golf being played on the day of the Ancients’ Cup,with 9 Seniors registering a net sub 70. At the top of the leader board on cb came Terry Bufton, net 65, whose 78 was the lowest gross,; edged out into 2nd place was Ted Amos, gross 80 net 65, with Rod Garvey 3rd, gross 84 net 67. However age means everything in this competition and when the extra shots allowed were taken into account only Ted remained on the podium, and that was in 2nd place with an AA net 54 behind this year’s winner Ron Plant gross 81 net 68 and AA net 53. Charlie Tune, the bookies’ favourite, was 3rd,108-77-56.
The Race to Ford Bridge.
In this ongoing competition with very few qualifiers remaining, the scores as they came off the computer in the Ancients Cup were the relevant ones. Strangely Jim (9 pts) and Taffy(8) did not play to their usual best but their lead was big enough for them to stay in first and 2nd places.
Jim Shaddick 465 + 40 = 505 + 9 = 514
E.W. Jones 439 + 35 = 474 + 8 = 482
Alan Hooper 392 + 39 = 431 + 29 = 460
Bill Harris 430 + 0 = 430 + 26 = 456
Malcolm Davies 413 + 14 = 427 + 27 = 454
Two Summer Friendlies.
Both matches away from Ford Bridge and almost inevitably 2 away defeats.
The first at South Hereford however had a positive feature which was the fact that owing to Phil Green and Dave Jones securing one point from their win the team came away with the Captains’ Trophy having an aggregate win 7.5 – 6.5 over the two legs.
The second played at Church Stretton produced a defeat by 1-5; no pair won, just 2 half points secured in the damp, dreary, foggy, windy, cloud infested conditions on the hills above the town.
Thursday 30th August. 3 man Waltzer
A fun, no pressure ( well very little) round of golf where 1 score counts on 1st ,2 on 2nd and 3 on the third, then this pattern repeats over 18 holes. Clearly every 3rd hole requires extra concentration as each player needs as good a score as possible. 11 groups played , 6 beat par of 72 pts with Kaz Rudnicki, Dilwyn James and Alan Hooper managing the highest with 83, followed 1 pt behind by John Stevenson, Alan Shock and Bob Holloway on 82. Highlight of the day was on the 14th where Kaz and Dilwyn both scored 4 pts for a 2.
Tuesday 27th Past Captains’ Away Day/Committee Cup.
14 Past Captains, some of whom are members of the committee and therefore are eligible to compete for the relatively new Committee Cup, made their way to Ombersley Golf Club for a day out organised by vice-captain Terry Bufton. The course is mainly flat and contains few hazards so the scoring is often high on Stableford points; Ian Robertson scored most, 41 and won the Past Captains’ Trophy with Kaz Rudnicki 2nd on 39; Terry Carver, refreshed by a 2 week cruise around the Med also had 39 and won the committee cup, with Alan Hooper 2nd on 38.
Memorial Cup. Thursday 23rd August.
There was another good turn out from our members as this wonderful summer begins its slide into autumn. The latest competition drew a field of 40 entrants and the top 6 all had a sub 70 net score. Jim Shaddick continued his year of super scores with a gross 80 net 67 to win on cb from Alan Hooper whose gross 79 the computer gave as lowest gross, though Steve Cadney had the same. Jim already had a place in the President’s Cup, so Alan takes that slot. Congratulations to Jim, Vince Fish, Terry Bufton and Mike Privett who were all skilful enough to score a 2..
The Race to Ford Bridge.
Jim’s win was worth 40 pts in the Memorial Cup and has increased his lead over EW Jones whose 6th position gave him 35 and meant he leapfrogged Bill Harris who will be regretting his holiday absence. There are only 4 competitions left in which to score before Presentation Day.
The phone No Challenge. 01568 v The Rest.
This annual challenge match was played by 6 pairs from each team and there were 3 wins for each side; when the totals of all the individuals were added together the Rest were declared winners by a bigger margin than last year but only by 1 pt per player: The Rest 419 Leominster 406.
Prizes were given to David O’Dowd 43 pts, Kevin Room 40 and Ted Amos 39 on the winning side and from the losers Bill Harris 40, Iain Ashcroft 39 and John Lucas 37 were beneficiaries.
Sign – up sheets are on the noticeboard for September.
August Medal. Thursday 17th August.
There have been some remarkable days of golf in this summer of remarkable weather, and none more so than in this week’s competition. 12 players of the 47 competing had a sub 70 net score on a day when the ball was still running on the fairways but not as far as previously owing to the recent rain which made the greens slow and putting difficult.
Lowest gross and best net score was achieved by Gary Monk 72 off 12 so 60, followed in div 1 by Alan Hooper, 79 – 66; in div 2 Vince Fish 81- 65 ( a cut of .6 meant hcap stayed on 16!) followed by Iain Ashcroft 84 – 68; in div 3 John Treanor had his first win with gross 93 net 66 and scored one of the 2 2s of the day, while Trevor Perry came 2nd with 90 – 67.
Derek Phillips, settling well into being a Senior, had the other 2.
Summer Friendly v Cleobury Mortimer. Monday 13th August.
A win by 4 matches to 2 was some compensation for the 0-6 defeat away a few weeks ago. The flag at the top of the first green was an indication of how much rain had fallen in the previous 24 hrs, as was the softness of the 9th green; but the course played beautifully; the food provided by Appetite Catering was described by the visiting captain as the best he had had, and CM expressed an interest in joining our winter league.
News from LLANDRINDOD:
Cyril and Adrian’s super round ended in disappointment: 2nd in the competition and the prize was an umbrella!
THE RACE TO FORD BRIDGE 2017/18
The table below shows points accrued for July Medal and David Kent Cup; 84 members now have at least 1 qualifying round.
After David Kent Cup.
Jim Shaddick 390 + 28 = 418 + 23 = 441
Bill Harris 359 + 27 = 386 + 33 = 419
E.W. Jones 369 + 17 = 386 + 26 = 412
Dave Jones 346 + 25 = 371 + 29 = 400
David O’Dowd 344 + 12 = 356 + 34 = 390
Malcolm Davies 327 + 21 = 348 + 31 = 379
Mike Privett 325 + 23 = 348 + 18 = 366
Bill Brown 280 + 39 = 319 + 37 = 356
Kevin Room 277 + 41 = 318 + 38 = 356
Alan Hooper 289 + 26 = 315 + 32 = 347
Mixed Match Seniors/Ladies v Monmouth. Monday 7th August.
This annual fun day match was held in glorious conditions and Lesley Turbutt decided it would be played in the American greensome format; this was possibly new to the Monmouth players and known to our Seniors from the Autumn Admag competition.
A tight match was the outcome with Phil and Wendy Lawrenson coming in as last pair and securing the win for the team by 3 matches to 2.
Llandrindod Wells Open Pairs. Weds 8th August.
6 pairs from LGC travelled across the border for this competition and enjoyed to a greater or lesser degree the rolling fairways with wonderful views, but greens with little or no grass.
Pete Sandall and Phil Samuel hoped to repeat their winning success of a few years ago and played well for a BB score of 42 pts; Alan Hooper and Dave Jones pipped them with 43 but Cyril Jennings and Adrian Morris were clearly the best LGC pair with 45 and at the time of writing looked likely winners of the comp; check this column later for confirmation.
Thursday 9th August. David Kent Cup.
40 players competed in this competition and the scoring was good again owing to run on the ball along the fairways, although putting was awkward as players found more sand on some greens than in the bunkers.
Congratulations to Mike Williams who had not been seen in a comp for some time owing to injury, but he put his pain behind him and shot a gross 81 off 19 for a magnificent net 62 relegating another super round from Robert Harris into 2nd place with his gross 84 off 19 so net 65. Kevin Room with same net 65 gross 83 off 18 was 3rd on cb. Richard Cattermole had the satisfaction of best gross score of 78.
Some higher handicappers won the ball sweep with a 2 – well done Bill Brown, amother sub 70 net, Rod Garvey, Malcolm Davies, Dilwyn James and Bill Harris for a double 2.
Thursday 2nd August. 3 Man Beast.
12 teams of 3, picked/sorted by our hard working competitions secretary, took to the course on another glorious Thursday.
A format which allows relaxed play for 6 holes, reasonably calm for the next 6 and then a stressful last 6, depending how competitive you are!
Dave Jones,Robert Harris and Terry Carver clearly were the most competitive as they rattled up 85 pts, 2 pts clear of Kaz, David O’Dowd and the in-form Dilwyn on 83.
It is good to see that the summer pairs and singles matches are being played during this holiday period; rumour has it that there have been some excellent matches, mostly played in good spirit; of these congratulations to Malcolm Clark on a fine win over Gary Monk and to Bob Harris on overcoming John Lucas.
July Medal Thursday 26th
An amazing day of incredible scoring.
Congratulations are due to so many; in Div 1 Tony Green had the lowest gross of the day,71 shots off hcap 5 giving him a net 66 – normally good enough to win overall but today his achievement was confined to winning div 1 with Ray Chambers 2nd 78-net 70. Tony’s 66 was beaten by 2 players in div 3 – Bill Brown had 65, gross 88 and could be forgiven for thinking he was in the Presidents Cup with that score, but Dilwyn James beat him with 64, gross 88. Also in div 3 Roger Barrington 68 – gross 93 and Terry Carver 69 –gross 93 were pleased to be among the 8 players in all with a sub 70 score.
Things became even more remarkable in div 2 where Kevin Room posted a net 64, gross 83; can anyone remember such a score not winning? But with a new personal best gross score of 76 playing off 18, landing 10 pars and 2 birdies, came Malcolm Clark whose net score was 58. He wins his place in the President’s Cup and was clearly delighted that he decided to play, when that decision was in doubt following a hectic week of golf, which had given him sore feet. The computer cut his hcap from 18 to 14 – it seems not long ago Malcolm was bemoaning a cut, which resulted in him not getting 2 shots on hole 13!
Seniors Classic “B” team at Forest Hills.
Our remaining team in this year’s competition entered the Forest of Dean full of optimism and high expectations, even though 3 of the winning team from the previous round were missing. Sadly we met home players on a high themselves after an away win in their last match. Malcolm Clark , a reluctant replacement for the injured Derek Langford, was our only member to hold his own and came away with a half; he was proud of his performance but felt the win was there for the taking. Result a loss by .5 – 3.5.
Leominster Golf Club
Senior Men’s Open Pairs
Thursday 19th July
1st D O’Dowd T Perry 47
2nd D Jones G Lloyd 45
3rd Mark Drew Nick Kimberlee 45
4th M Davies T Dallow 44
5th Iain Ashcroft Dave Roome 44
6th = Ian Fraser Kevin Room 44
Pete Sandall Mike Barrington 44
Alan Hooper Phil Green 44
Eric Rookledge John Lucas 44
10th Graham Flowers Terry Bufton 43
11th = Bill Harris Edward Jones 42
Adrian Morris Paul Sattersthwaite 42
W Brown R Morgan 42
T Amos R Barrington 42
Bob Holloway Teddy Taylor 42
Barrie Turner Alan Davies 42
R Cattermole R Plant 42
M Davies G Fletcher 42
19th= Terry Carver Mike Privett 41
Ken Pratt John Lowndes 41
Arthur Ball Geoff Mace 41
R Gwilliam P Weaving 41
Malcolm Clarke Tony Lansford 41
John Pilling Phil Smith 41
25th= Paul Chapman D Stephens 40
Phil Larwenson John Price 40
D James R Harris 40
28th= Rod Garvey Steve Palmer 39
R Arrowsmith S Fletcher 39
Mike Belshaw Nick Jenkin 39
Dave Botwood Jim Shaddick 39
32nd Colin Grindle Graham Wallace 38
33rd= Bernard ApperleyPete Mays 37
M Harris B Joule 37
D Cartwright P Cooper 37
Bill Bingham Chris Kerridge 37
P Oatley M Millward 37
Paul Bridgewat Stuart Peace 37
39th C Jennings P Cassidy 36
40th= K Lowe B Tromans 35
Murray SowerbutMike Dunn 35
Mark Stephens Phil Andrews 35
G Stone J Pugh 35
Alan Silcox Allan Hirons 35
Des Mussel Jeff Williams 35
Malcolm Lewis John Treanor 35
Summer Friendlies v Church Stretton and Cleobury Mortimer.
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous.
A home match on Monday 16th July v Church Stretton provided us with a 6-1 win but one week later, 23rd, we lost away at Cleobury Mortimer 0-6.
Our record this summer W5 D1 L6
Thursday 19th July. Open Pairs.
A totally successful day enjoyed by all; good play – the dry conditions suited players of all abilities- good food provided by Gail and Appetite Catering; good drinks and good company. Congratulations to Ian Robertson for his pre-tournament organisation and to his assistant Kevin Waterman for his hard work on the day.
45 Pairs took part; 20 clubs were represented.
Prizes won by: (LGC unless otherwise stated)
6th Phil Lawrenson
11th Dave Stephens
14th David O’Dowd
17th Alex Quinn (Herefordshire)
18th (NP in 2) Iain Ashcroft
Longest Drive 9th Alan Davies (Raglan Park)
5th (on CB) 44 points Iain Ashcroft & Dave Roome
4th 44 Points Malcolm Davies & Tony Dallow
3rd (on CB) 45 Points Mark Drew & Nick Kimberlee (Ombersely)
2nd 45 Points Dave Jones & Graham Lloyd
1st 47 Points David O’Dowd & Trevor Perry
Oh dear our Masterscoreboard computer made an error last week and dear old Rod Garvey has spent a long time trying to put it right; finally after engaging with Masterscoreboard Support on the telephone for ages Rod has been able to publish the correct scores for our Championship.
The big change comes in the NET result where Ian Fraser had a one shot better score than we originally thought and so is the winner with aggregate 138 and Bill Harris drops to 3rd on 139. The knock-on effect means Bill wins the Stableford , with 40 pts and Terry Carver takes 2nd place with his 39.
The Championship Day 2 and overall. Thursday 12th July.
A damp day to start the second half of our Championship but it soon improved as the minutes ticked by.
Best gross on Day 2 was 79 shot by Steve Cadney, with 80 by Dave Jones and Jim Shaddick; best net was Bill Harris with 66, followed by Jim Shaddick and Paul Chapman on 67.
The Champion golfers for 2018 over the 2 days were;
Gross: Dave Jones with a score of 155 and Tony Green with 160 came 2nd .
Net: Bill Harris 139 with Paul Chapman 2nd on cb.
Dave Jones repeated Jimmy Lindsay’s achievement of 3 years ago and had best gross and net scores but is allowed to win only one. Bill Harris had the best Stableford round on the 2nd day with 40 pts but taking the prize for the also rans on the 2nd day was Terry Carver who had 39pts, sadly his 12 on the 4th ruled him out of the main net prize! Jim Shaddick was 2nd on cb.
All other info re 2 s etc on Masterscoreboard.
Monday July 9th. Senior Championship Day 1
There were many notable absentees from our top competition and some who had struggled a little through the winter and early summer suddenly struck form when it mattered.
Outstanding on this first day was Dave Jones who had the best gross and net scores; his 76 gross off 10 bringing a net 66.
In the gross competition Tony Green lies 2nd with 78 with Ian Fraser and Richard Cattermole on 81.
Main contenders in the net comp are Phil Samuel 68 off 21; Ted Amos 68 off 15 and Ian Fraser 68 off 13.
Steve Cadney’s gross 82 included 2 2s on the 6th and 11th; Ray Chambers and Paul Chapman also scored a 2.
2nd round on Thursday with all to play for.
Thursday 5th July. A Stableford Comp.
Glorious golf to match the glorious weather. Your scribe, rightly or wrongly, regards 36pts as par and by his reckoning 14 players finished under par with 37 or more, and 5 had 40+.
John Stevenson off 21 and Dave Jones off 11 led the scoring with 43 for which both were cut 1 shot, with John taking 1st prize on cb; Phil Lawrenson off 9 and Kevin Waterman off 18 had 41 pts with Phil 3rd on cb.
Six 2s were scored by (not surprisingly) John Stevenson, Dave Jones and Phil Lawrenson with Bill Brown, Robert Harris and Kevin Rivers, who scored his on 18, matching them.
Tuesday 3rd July Captain’s Away Day at Builth.
An excellent turnout of 32 players crossed the border to support Bob’s Captain’s Away Day, and a good time was had by all. The scores were not high in the Individual Stableford, which was Bob’s preferred format for the day, but some good golf was played on a hard sun-baked course and the carvery afterwards was excellent.
Four players scored 37 pts and cb put them in this order: 1st Trevor Perry, 2nd Rod Garvey, 3rd Bill Brown, 4th Malcolm Davies; and Wayne Barton sneaked into the prizes with 35.
2s were scored by Wayne, Phil Lawrenson, Tony Green, Bob Holloway, John Price, Pete Morris and Iain Ashcroft.
Bob generously gave a prize for NP on all the par threes and these were won by John Price, Mike Barrington, Tony Green, Paul Oatley, and Pete Morris with Alan Hooper achieving this feat on the 15th which had been designated as the hole for the “special” sweepstake prize.
Monday 2nd July. Little Lakes. Home.
Least said soonest mended! We lost 0.5 – 5.5.
The Race to Ford Bridge. Jim’s lead has been cut to 25!
Jim Shaddick 324
E.W. Jones 299
Malcolm Davies 287
Bill Harris 275
Phil Samuel 254
Mike Privett 250
Senior Classic. Friday 29th.
Of the 3 teams, which we entered in this National competition, only the “B” team have survived 2 rounds. The “C” team lost at Mile End 1-3 on Thursday following the “A” team’s defeat at Walsall recently. Today Vince Fish and his “B” team entertained Lansdown G.C. from Bath, and secured a 2.5-1.5 victory. The half was gained by Ian Robertson, who recovered from being 2 down with 2 to play, while the winners were Derek Langford and Alan Hooper.
Thursday 28th.Newtown Cup.
Congratulations to Robert Harris on winning this Cup and taking his place in the Presidents Cup in October. He won with 40 pts with Malcolm Clark taking 2nd with 39 on cb from Roger Barrington and David Stevens.
Open Pairs at Sapey Weds 27th.
8 of our LGC Seniors entered this BB event with Phil Green and Dave Jones hoping to repeat their success of 2017; they had the best score of our 4 pairs but sadly failed to make the prizes, though Phil had the consolation of a “2”. Malcolm Davies won the prize for Np on the tricky 8th being only 2 foot 11 and half from a hole in one.
Monday 25th June. Summer Friendly.
Captains’ Trophy. Home v South Herefordshire.
7 pairs contested the first leg of this annual fixture and it is pleasing to write that we will take a very handy lead south of the river in August. S.H. hold the trophy at present but having lost 0.5 – 6.5 their grip appears somewhat less than strong.
Summer Friendly Return Match v Forest Hills.
The team from the Forest came determined to have no repeat of the thrashing they suffered at Ford Bridge last summer and were clearly pleased to leave with a drawn match: 3.5-3.5.
In front of the match above 31 players competed in an additional Stableford and there was exceptional scoring from 3 who shot 40+ and 2 others under par of 36.
Malcolm Clark was the star and won’t be playing off 20 again for a while; his 42 pts won him first prize and a cut of 1.2. Ken Hyde claims he sank some lucky putts to help him to 41 pts and 2nd place – form like that and his handicap will soon be down in low teens; and David O’Dowd making good use of his 19 shots scored 40pts for 3rd place, aided by 2 2s on 6 and 14.
Two Recent Matches.
Revenge was sweet for the team in the match v Bransford; we had lost away in May but won 4.5-3.5 at Ford Bridge on Tuesday June 12th. Another summer friendly victory soon followed with a win against The Herefordshire on Monday 18th by 5 matches to 1.
Invitation Pairs. Thursday 14th June.
A wonderful day. Sunny conditions, stiff breeze helping shots down 10th 11th and 12th especially, high scoring on a course in splendid condition and lovely food provided by Appetite Catering afterwards. I believe our 18 guests were all impressed with what LGC had to offer.
Captain Bob and his guest Alan Hunt from Ludlow were top scorers with 47 pts, followed by Cyril Jennings and Gerald Cooke with 46; in 3rd place with 45 on cb came John Stevenson with T.Smith and 4th Alan Hooper with Roger Cleves from Burghill Valley.
Special mention first for octogenarian Ron Plant who, with an enormous tee shot, shared the longest drive on 10 with a guest D.Roome; secondly for Tony Guest, a former member, who took the prizes for NP on 14 and NP in 2 on 18 and lastly to Wyn Owens for scoring 2 2s.
There have been calls recently to make this event a thing of the past but 18 very happy pairs on Thursday would disagree with that view and offered their grateful thanks to Richard Cattermole for his hard work in organising such a successful, rewarding day.
Fred Dobson Monday 11th June.
This was our 2nd annual internal Seniors / Ladies mixed event following the Scramble earlier in the year. A record entry of 14 pairs became a very healthy 12 on the day. The Greensome Stableford format meant least pressure on players and in beautiful sunshine throughout everyone seemed very happy.
In 2017 35 pts was the winning score; this year 7 pairs had 35 pts or more.
Kevin Room with Liz Moore played the best round with Kevin especially in wonderful form executing “Phil Mickelsonesque” shots around the greens, and they won with a super score of 42pts; trailing in their wake were Alan Hooper with Julie Powell who took 2nd place on cb from Ken Hyde with Jo Jull on 36pts.
NP on 6th for the Ladies was won by Heather Cass but the men failed to register for their NP on 14; the prize was won by Ian Robertson in a card draw.
Herefordshire County Seniors Championship. Ross Golf Club. Thursday 7th.
A good representation from LGC but our fortunes were mixed; one played his worst round for years while at least 4 could be very proud of their achievements. Malcolm Clark won first prize in the over 65 age group with Malcolm Davies a very close 2nd; Mike Privett came 2nd in the under 65 and he and Dave Jones each had a 2. Sadly the Gross and Net Champions were not our members and the team champions were from the home club which no doubt will be headline news in the Hereford Times next week.
Captain’s Charity. Monday 4th June.
15 players in this competition – congratulations to Mike Williams on the best score of the day.
35 took part in the June Medal with several regulars away at Ross.Congratulations to Steve Cadney who on his first appearance of the year had the lowest gross 73 net 68 and won the first division. Ron Plant recovered overnight from his clubnight disaster to take 2nd place, net 73 gross 85.
Winner overall was Pete Sandall whose handicap was cut for his net 65 gross 83,and 2nd in his division was Robert Harris net 70 gross 91.
Another who turned his game around in less than 24 hours was Terry Carver who struggled on Wednesday but carded an encouraging net 71 gross 95 including an 8 on 2 holes but 4 pars in his last 5 holes. 2nd in his division Captain Bob net 71 gross 96.
Congratulations to Terry Bufton and Jim Shaddick for winning the Les Green Trophy; in a very closely contested final they defeated Ian Robertson and Alan Hooper on the first extra hole. 4 times they had been 1 down but after 15 holes had a decisive looking 2 up lead; however by the 18th the match was all square and man of the match Jim held his nerve to win the 19th.
Thursday May 31st. 4BBB
Our thanks go to David O’Dowd for his hard work in organising a fun day in this format. So many changes from people dropping out to others wanting to play at the last moment make his job infuriatingly difficult. However eventually 20 pairs took to the course and David’s hard work was rewarded for him especially, as he with Phil Lawrenson won with 43 Stableford pts beating Ed Jones and Robert Harris on 42 by 1, with Dave Botwood and Derek Langford in 3rd place on 41.
Jim Shaddick’s absence from the postponed May Medal gave the rest a chance to narrow the gap in the Race to Ford Bridge.
Bill Harris failed to seize the opportunity to close the gap significantly and allowed Ed Jones to sneak into 2nd place.
Malcolm Davies’ win on Captain’s Day keeps him well in the hunt.
10 Seniors have passed the 200 pts mark and 77 players have at least 1 qualifying score.
Jim Shaddick 324
Ed.W. Jones 280
Malcolm Davies 271
Bill Harris 263
Phil Samuel 237
Kevin Room 233
Mike Privett 223
While the Hon Sec was away in Croatia, seeking expensive sunshine, there was plenty in the Leominster area for our golfers to enjoy at last; ( now I am back, so is the rain!)
2 summer friendlies ended in 1 postponement and 1 away defeat at Alexander Park, where Terry Carver and Phil Samuel were the only winners. Two in form members carried on their excellent play on Bob’s captain’s day – congratulations to Malcolm Davies on winning with 39pts and Ron Plant who came 2nd with 36. The day was remarkable for Paul Oatley who was disappointed with his 23pts but elated with winning 2 spot prizes for nearest the pin!
Congrats too to the “A” team in the National Seniors Classic, led by Tony Green they won their first round match and now travel to Walsall for round 2.
Postponed May Medal.
Phil Samuel won the day with the only net score sub 70; his gross 89 would not have been out of place in the first division, and net 67 gives him his place in the Presidents Cup.Ed Jones won div 2 and Mike Privett div 1; Tony Green had the lowest gross; there were 4 2s including a first ever for John Treanor.Update on the Road to Ford Bridge to follow.
Thursday May 10th. Seniors Open Texas Scramble.
Congratulations and thanks go to Ian Robertson and his young assistant Kevin Waterman who organised our first Open of the year so successfully.
!5 groups of 4 entered- 8 from LGC and 7 visitors; they found the course in excellent condition, partly owing to the efforts of Rod Garvey and Dave Jones who have given their time recently to assist the Greenkeepers.
Spot prizes were won as follows: NP on 6th Paul Murphy from Raglan Park; NP on 14th Dave Watson from The Worcestershire; Np in 2 on 18th Malcolm Clark – LGC; Longest Drive on 9th Alan Davies from Raglan Park. In 3rd place with 60.1John Price, Phil Lawrenson, Rob Harris and Ian Fraser; in 2nd place with 59.6 another LGC group of Graham Flowers, Terry Bufton, Kevin Room and Mike Privett; and winners were visitors from Monmouth Dave Thomas, Robin Gibbons, Tony Jones, and Tony Rees with 58.9; a score which included 7 birdies and no bogeys.
The Race to Ford Bridge.
The hare ( Jim Shaddick) has increased his lead(again) with 43 pts from the April Medal taking his tally to 320; nearest challengers are Bill Harris 236, Malcolm Davies 231 and Ed Jones 208.
Thursday May 3rd.Postponed April Medal.
A good turn out of 45 players for this event. Malcolm Davies played best to achieve the lowest net score of 66 off his 26 hcap and earns his place in the President’s Cup; Lowest gross was 74 by Tony Green and Ray Chambers but Ray off 8 took the first division prize. 2nd in div 1 was Jim Shaddick with gross 83 net 69; and 2nd in div 3 was Trevor Perry 98 off 24 net 74. In the 2nd div relative newcomer Nigel Moore was one of 4 players with a net 72 but he won 1st prize and pushed Bryan Leech into 2nd on cb. 6 players scored a 2.
National Seniors Classic “C” team.
Bob Holloway led our team v Naunton Park and our representatives, John Lucas, Mike Williams and Kevin Room played outstandingly well. After the 4 singles the score was 2-2, and so our lowest hc player Kevin Room headed down the first in a sudden death play off; Kevin took the single figure opposition to the 3rd where it took a par to beat him. Heads held high, well done men – good luck in the plate.
Tuesday May 1st.
i) A GREAT day for Mike Privett, who won our winter singles KO competition by defeating Kevin Room on the 18th green. Congratulations to both on a very tight exciting match.
ii) A POOR day for those playing in the summer friendly match at Bransford: a 3rd successive away defeat, this time by 2-5, only Tony Green with Phil Samuel and Ray Chambers with Bob Crump could hold their heads high afterward, though Taffy Jones with Graham Flowers lost only on the last.
iii) A DISAPPOINTING day for the “B” team of 4 in the Seniors National Classic; playing at Lilley Brook, near Cheltenham we lost 1-3, with Kevin Waterman scoring our win; Alan Hooper had a narrow defeat and Derek Langford and Malcolm Clark found the opposition far too strong on their own beautiful course with very long holes and fast sloping greens. The Plate Comp awaits the “B” team- good luck to the “A” and “C” – both at Ford Bridge soon.
Bircher Bowl/Tedd Cup 26th April.
25 players contested the Bircher Bowl for those with handicap 0-18 and 20 with hc 18+ played for the Tedd.
Only the form player Jim Shaddick off 14 managed a score under par with a net 69, and he takes his place in the Presidents Cup for winning the Bircher Bowl. Iain Ashcroft was 2nd with a net 71. Trevor Perry, after a long lay-off showed he has lost none of his high handicapper skills by going round in 94 off 24 and his net 70 beat Mike Williams into 2nd place on cb and Robert Harris into 3rd with the same score.Trevor will also qualify for the Presidents Cup.
3 players won a tenner for guessing the distance of Captain Bob’s opening drive; 4 others won bottles for shots nearest the pin on selected holes and 3 ( Alan Roberts, John Stevenson, and Paul Oatley) were skilful/lucky enough to score a 2.Check the noticeboard for latest leading positions in the Race to Ford Bridge, but it is no surprise that Jim is in the lead.
Summer Friendly No.3 v Alexander Park.
Our first win of the Summer – it is easy when we play at Ford Bridge. 5 matches to 1 with only the Captain failing to win – a temporary blip no doubt.
Weston Cider Cup.
The hottest April day in London since 1949, and there was warmth and plenty of sunshine for our first Cup competition of the new season. A good entry of 19 pairs for this difficult greensome played off white blocks and in strokeplay format this year. Ron Plant clearly had a good rest in the winter and has returned to the course refreshed and in excellent form; he followed his 2nd place last week with helping Tony Green to the best gross score of the day, 74, and 3rd place with a net 66.3. Taking the money on Presentation Day in October will be Adrian Morris and Malcolm Davies for 2nd place with a gross 86 net 64.8 and the Cup winners Mike Williams and Malcolm Clark, who sadly won’t be cut for their amazing net score of 64.2, gross 82 off hcap 17.8. Mike is the man to draw in any team event, whether pairs or more, as his recent record shows. 4 pairs managed a 2 – evidence perhaps of the difficulties created on the greens by the sand deposited there by the greenkeepers who had begun the Spring greens maintenance work.
Summer Friendlies Nos 1 and 2.
Defeat in the Forest of Dean against Forest Hills by 1-6 was followed by a closer encounter at Wharton Park, but still a loss by 3-4.Perhaps a home match will bring a change of fortune – we play Alexander Park at Ford Bridge on Monday 23rd April.
Thursday 12th April.
While the team of 14 players went to Forest Hills for a summer friendly match 26 others formed 13 pairs for a fun 4BBB competition.The weather was damp, dismal and dreary but the golf was sparkling and sensational.7 players scored a 2 with John Stevenson having one on the 6th and 14th. John and Andy Timmer had a score off 15 holes which most would be pleased with off 18; as they began with 3 points regularly one playing partner was heard to say “it won’t last”, it didn’t – they turned 3 points into 4! 25 points on their back 8 holes gave them an amazing 42 total which was 8 more than 2nd place.4 pairs had 34 and Richard Cattermole with Ron Plant, who had emerged very reluctantly from his winter hibernation, awarded the honour on cb.
A wet winter has been replaced by a sloshing Spring and the first so called summer friendly has been postponed; the fixture at Wharton Park ( should that be Wharter Park) due for today, Tuesday 10th, will be next Tuesday April 17th, first tee at 10 a.m. which gives Bob a bit longer to make calls if weather intervenes again!!
Good luck team at Forest Hills on Thursday.
Round Robin v Burghill Valley.
This twice postponed final match of the 2017/18 winter league was played in mainly sunny conditions but wet underfoot. A 4 – 4 result was enough to give the hosts victory and the championship for the second time, since its inception. For us Roger Richards with Malcolm Clark were the biggest winners(4&3) with Malcolm shocking the home players by scoring par on the first 5 holes; Tony Green and Peter Sandall won 3 & 2,Jim Shaddick with Terry Carver won 2 & 1 as did Captain Bob playing with Alan Hooper.
Bob wishes to thank all those who played in the 6 matches and others who would have played if the team was short. We ended undefeated , drew at home and away with the winners who pipped us by one point by winning at Ross where we were pleased to gain a draw.
A.G.M. Texas Scramble.
14 groups of 3 took to the course on Thursday 29th March prior to our AGM.
John Stevenson with Gary Monk and Terry Carver came 3rd with a gross 69 net 59.5; in 2nd place came Taffy Jones with Mike Barrington and Kevin Waterman gross 66 net 56.7 but clear winners with an amazing score of 64 gross off the lowest hcap of the day and a net 55.8 were Roger Richards, Malcolm Lewis and Mike Williams.
We learnt on the day that George Perry had passed away and his brother Trevor told us there would be a service at Hereford Crematorium on Friday 13th April at 12 p.m.Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor and his family at this time.
Mixed Seniors/Ladies Texas Scramble. Monday 26th March.
This twice-postponed event was held in glorious sunshine on the warmest day of the year so far. Wendy Lawrenson had 10 Ladies eager to display their talents in the first of our three annual mixed events and Alan Hooper found 10 Seniors who combined to make 5 teams of four. 5 shots separated 1st to 5th, with .5 dividing 1st and 2nd on their net score – their gross being exactly the same. The winners: Angela Southwell, Carol Gardner, Phil Green and Alan Hooper gross 73 hc 7.7 so net 65.3; 2nd Lesley Turbutt, Kath Parsons, Vince Fish and Nigel Moore, gross 73 hc 7.2 so net 65.8.
RR v Ross. Home Thursday 22nd March.
Considering the snow which fell last weekend our course was in excellent condition, although we played over 16 holes with 9 and 10 being waterlogged. We needed to win in order to make the final match against Burghill a winner-takes-all situation. The match was tight with 4 winning pairs for us and 3 for Ross, and the crucial half gained by Malcolm Clark with Roger Richards who sank 2 very good putts on their last 2 holes to secure the draw and give us a 4.5 – 3.5 victory. Tony Green with Pete Sandall had the biggest win 7 & 6; other winners were Mike Privett with John Stevenson 5 & 3; Captain Bob Holloway with Alan Hooper 3 & 2; and showing what tight margins these events come down to Dave Jones and Kevin Waterman who won 1 up.
Best wishes to the team at Burghill after Easter – 1st tee 10.26.
Seniors A.G.M. next Thursday preceded by a Texas Scramble for which the teams are posted. £5 sub is now due.
RR v Burghill Valley has been postponed again; we hope to play there on Tuesday April 3rd.
Weston Cider: 1st available Thursday is April 19th, with Captain’s Charity event moving to Monday 16th. A new sign up sheet may appear before then.
If you have not signed up for Wharton Park or Forest Hills, please let Bob Holloway know if you would like to play.
Fixture cards are available from Alan Hooper, and can be taken at the AGM.
Thursday 8th March.
A good number played in the latest Stableford competition to raise money for the Captain’s charity; sadly recent snow and rain cut our course down to 13 holes. Nevertheless once the early chill had gone, conditions were ok, though the wind remained strong. Taffy Jones won the day with 28 pts, scoring a 2 for 4 pts on the 17th and a birdie for 4 more on the 8th. Malcolm Lewis took 2nd place with 27 pts and Dave Botwood, the other one to score a 2, came 3rd with 26pts. The event did not qualify in the Race to Ford Bridge since 4 of our membership were representing the Club in the annual Tom Smart trophy at Ludlow.
Round Robin/Winter League.
Latest league table from Round Robin Co-ordinator Bill Brown reveals that Burghill beat Ludlow at Ludlow, making them favourites to take the title. However if Bob Holloway can lead our team to a win at Burghill on Monday next and we win v Ross at Ford Bridge in March we will regain the trophy, which escaped our grasp last year.
Thursday 22nd February.
The latest Captain’s Charity event attracted a strong field of 37 of whom one, John Treanor, has a non competition handicap. A chilly day became colder as play entered the afternoon, but the course was good, though heavy.
Top 3 players were Graham Flowers 34 pts off 24 hc, Jim Shaddick 37 pts off 14, and the winner Mike Barrington 39 off 23. 4 players scored a two – Graham Flowers, Derek Langford, Bryan Leech and Bill Harris. The short (par 3) 10th was in play which means the event was a non qualifier as far as handicap changes are concerned but of course it was a qualifier in the Race to Ford Bridge. 80 players have managed at least 1 round in this new competition and 22 have past the 100 pts mark.Latest leaderboard shows Jim Shaddick on 232, Bill Harris 180, Kevin Room 165, Malcolm Davies 160 and Graham Flowers 156.
The Race To Ford Bridge.
Jim Shaddick increased his lead in this ongoing competition with 33 pts for 7th position in the postponed Xmas Capers. He now has 197 points from the 7 qualifying rounds so far in which his scores have been consistently good as follows: 33,38,29,21,21,26,29.
14 players have passed 100 points:
Jim Shaddick 197: 33,38,29,21,21,26,29.
Bill Harris 154: 28,28,25,16,20,20,17
Malcolm Davies 149: 36,19,39,25,30
Kevin Room 133: 26,6,41,18,21,21
Jimmy Lindsay 123: 1,40,38,24,20
Alan Hooper 123: 21,27,17,17,16,16,9.
Graham Flowers 122: 35,18,35,7,5,15,7,
Dave Botwood 114: 9,11,33,15,23,23.
Bob Holloway 114: 10,37,28,8,14,12,5.
Dave Jones 109: 17,21,23,25,23,
Kevin Waterman 108: 38,34,14,22
Taffy Jones 103: 39,15,15,22,12
Terry Bufton 101: 34,44,23.
Ian Robertson 100: 10,40,12,19,19
A.D.H. Feb ’18
Christmas Capers/New Year Capers/February Capers.
At last conditions were fit for our twice postponed Christmas Capers.
Many thanks must go to our Competitions Secretary for reorganising this event and to our treasurer for funding so many prizes. A £10 entry fee secured a round of golf with a twos sweep and nourishment afterwards in the form of sandwiches and chips.
Winners of vouchers for being the 6 best scorers on the day were as follows: 1st Taffy Jones 38 pts, 2nd Kevin Waterman 37, 3rd Phil Samuel 35, 4th Malcolm Davies 35, 5th Graham Flowers 34, and 6th Paul Chapman 34.
Winners for being powerful and straight off the tee and securing longest drives were: Roger Richards (7th) Rob Harris ( 8th) Jim Shaddick (9th) and on 13th Dave Jones.
Winners s for being powerful and accurate on par fives to be nearest pin in 3 were Roger Richards (4th) and Mike Privett on 12th.
N/P in 2 on 5th was Bill Harris, and on 18 was Adrian Morris.
Nearest the pin with an accurate tee shot were: on 6 Peter Sandall, on 14 Jim Shaddick, on 10 Kevin Waterman, and on 17 Roger Richards. John Stephenson won a prize for best total score on the par 3s.
The advertised mystery prize went to Terry Carver who carried on valiantly, not to say manfully, when the wind and the cold seemed to affect him more than most, and his “never-say-die” attitude gained him 16pts and a bottle of wine!
This competition will qualify for the race to Ford Bridge, update to follow.
Spring Texas Scramble.
A dry, cold day with conditions better than last Thursday greeted the 10 groups of 3 for this annual fun day.
Recently even when the course has been limited to only a few holes, one or two players have been spotted practising their skills and this practice certainly paid dividends today for Mike Williams and Dave Botwood. Jimmy Lindsay joined them and together they scored a gross 66 net 59 – the winning score. In 2nd place came Bill Brown, Adrian Morris and Phil Samuel with a gross 71 net 60.3 whose score was augmented by 2 2s, on 6 and 17. As always in these events the winners were separated from last place by fewer than 7 shots, which shows how crucial accurate putting can be.
February Medal. Thursday 1st Feb.
Only Bob Gerbez mastered the very tricky conditions in the latest competition for our group; congratulations Bob on winning with 37pts and securing your place in the Presidents Cup in October. Malcolm Clark scored a valiant 30pts to gain 2nd place in div 2 behind Bob. Malcolm Davies with 34pts won div 3 followed by the 3rd Malcolm in our ranks, the Lewis variety, with 27pts. In div 1 where the golfers have it hardest, Michael Privett did exceedingly well to gain 35pts (off hc 11) closely followed on 34 by Mr Consistent Jim Shaddick. Paul Green the lowest handicapper on the day showed his class by scoring the only 2 of the day – at the 17th.
Jim Shaddick’s position of 4th overall gave him 29 pts in the “Race to Ford Bridge” which he leads by 28pts from Bill Harris; 6 others have now passed 100.
WINTER LEAGUE – ROUND ROBIN.
The Round Robin, winter league resumed today, 29th January with an away match at Ludlow.
Away wins are like gold dust in this competition; none had been secured by any team in the pre- Christmas matches.
To recap on our form we had won v Ludlow at Ford Bridge, gained a point for a half at Ross but disappointingly dropped a point at home to Burghill Valley. Today there were good wins for Andy Timmer with Kevin Waterman 1 up, Roger Richards with Malcolm Clark 3 & 2, Jim Shaddick with Terry Carver 2 & 1; valuable halves were score by Ian Ashcroft with Bob Gerbez, Dave Botwood with Phil Samuel and Tony Green with Pete Sandall – all these results contributing to a 4.5 – 3.5 WIN. 2 matches remain – away to Burghill at end of Feb and home to Ross in March.
POSTPONED AGAIN – CHRISTMAS CAPERS BECAME NEW YEAR CAPERS – NOW FEBRUARY CAPERS ON THURSDAY 15TH.
Thursday 18th Multiplication Pairs -Became an individual Stableford owing to drop outs and then abandoned because of heavy rain before some had finished even 9 holes. Ray Chambers and Taffy Jones with 17 pts from 9 were deemed to be winners, with Ray in first place on cb.
Happy New Year to ALL SENIORS.
Sadly our first competition of the year fell foul to the weather but the January Medal went ahead on Thursday 11th. Iain Ashcroft made light of the heavy conditions and scored an impressive 40 pts off his 15 handicap; Iain was overall winner and takes his place for the first time in the President’s cup next October. Only 1 pt behind him in div 1 was Jim Shaddick with 39 off 14. In div 2 Kevin Room was winner with 33 off 17, closely followed by our hardworking treasurer with 32 off 17. Div 3 was won by Malcolm Davies with 35 off 26 with Phil Samuel 2nd with 32 off 22.
Look out on the changing room noticeboard for details of a new fun competition called “The Race to Ford Bridge” – based on the “Race to Dubai” with points to be won not pounds.Currently after 5 rounds Jim Shaddick is the leader.
The snow of last week has been blamed for a poor turnout in today’s roll-up/ Captain’s charity event- we did not know what it was until it was all over! but some query why a full comp over 18 holes does not qualify as a qualifier resulting in handicap changes. On the day 18 Seniors were pleased to be out on the course rather than in the shops or visiting relatives pre Christmas, and enjoyed fair to reasonable conditions. Bill Brown 35 pts and Mike Privett 36 pts must have thought they were in with a chance of taking the top prizes until Malcolm Clark came in with an amazing 43 pts – 10 pars and a birdie mean the handicap secretary will be showing interest in a round 7 under par. 9 Mizuno balls were the prize for Alan Hooper who achieved the only 2 of the day, on the tricky 17th.
An unofficial roll-up next Thursday for those who are not Vikings; then we come to 2018 with Jan 4th New Year Scramble and 11th Medal.
Additional to the fixture card: Jan 29th Away to Ludlow; Feb 26th Away to Burghill Valley.