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Chairman's Cup Round One

Saturday 17th April 2021

It was a glorious Spring day for the first round of the Chairman’s Cup played on Saturday 17th April 2021, with the sun shining and only the slightest breeze. After a delayed start of 30 minutes, due to frost, the temperatures soon rose to above average, for the time of year, and the playing conditions were almost perfect for the 156 members taking part. The Chairman’s Cup is played over three rounds, consecutive weekends, with the best two scores to count, so an indifferent round this week does not necessarily rule someone out of the competition. Usually, the competition is won by a couple of rounds that are just under or around the par score, depending on the conditions.
Scoring was much better this week with twelve members shooting par or better and a large number of members just over the border line so there is still a lot to play for.
The winner and the minor placings had to be decided by the count back procedure. With a nett score of 65 Dave Proudlove, (playing handicap 18) took first place, winning a £75 voucher, just beating Mike Watson (playing handicap 9), who wins a £70 voucher, after the count back was implemented. After a nett front nine of 29 shots, Mike was playing extremely well but he just couldn’t keep it going with a back nine of 36. Dave was more consistent over the 18 holes with a front nine of nett 31 and then a back nine of 34. Both players know their scores could have been much better when they both carded a six on the last hole. One shot further back, Chris Tuck (playing handicap 10) and Josh Coulten (playing handicap 25) tied for third and fourth place when then returned nett scores of 66. Two consistent halves of 33 were sufficient for Chris to take third place and win a £50 voucher, from Josh who had an excellent front nine, but finished with a back nine of 37. He wins a £45 voucher.
Tom Drant (playing handicap 18) ended up in fifth place, when he returned a nett 67, beating Alex Flowers (playing handicap - also 18) with a better back nine, when they both returned scores of 67. Also, under par with a nett 68 was Jeremy Waters with Trevor Chappell and Pete Gibbins both shooting under par, nett 69’s. Vouchers have been issued to the first nine places, all the members who shot under par.
There were nine twos recorded valued at £16.50 each for those that entered. Ian Scott helped himself to a couple on the 2nd and 6th holes. Also successful on the second hole was Mike Womersley, Keith Brown and Josh Coulten. Neil Ellis recorded his on the 6th hole with three being scored on the thirteenth from Dale Munson, Selwyn Shelton and Gary Patterson

Bloomer Cup

Saturday 10th April 21

There was another full field for the foursomes stableford, Bloomer Cup competition played on Saturday 10th April 2021, with 168 members taking part. The top sixteen pairings in this competition qualify to contest the season long Hemingway Foursomes knockout competition. After a delayed start for half an hour due to overnight frost, it remained fine and dry, for the competitors, with the sun shining most of the day. There was very little breeze, so it was anticipated that scoring would be above par. It didn’t quite turn out that way and it appears the members struggled with only three pairings shooting par or better. The winners by a two-point margin were a father and son team, Ian Braithwaite and Darren Braithwaite, when they returned a score of 40 points. They both win a £60 voucher.
In second place, with 38 points, and winning a £40 voucher each, were another father and son team of Jim and Mark Woolliss. Third place went to Sam Topliss and Greg Hornby with 36 points and they win a £25 voucher each.
There were seven twos recorded with Tommy Drant and Dave Saville being the only pairings successful on the second hole. On the sixth hole Steve Dobbs/Paul Horton, Keith Goodwin/Rod Hill and Ian Scott/Dave Smith were successful. The other three twos came on the 13th hole from Pilana Suresh Babu/Graham Poole, Matt Conley/Jason Render and from Simon Bishop/Paul Denton. Each two is valued at £23.00 per pair.
The members who qualify for the Hemingway Foursomes Knockout will be notified separately, once the draw is finalised, and the full result sheet with the qualifier’s is posted in the clubhouse.

April Medal Competition

Saturday 3rd April 21

The members turned out in force to play the first competition of the season on Saturday 3rd April 2021, with a record breaking 163 members, taking part in the April medal. It was cold with the temperature slightly below average, for the time of year, with a slight north easterly breeze, however, it kept fine and dry, which was a bonus.
Playing their first individual competition under the new WHS system of handicapping, the members found scoring wasn’t easy, with only six members shooting under par for the course.
The best score of the day was returned in division two (14-20 handicaps) when Oliver Hamilton returned a score of 65, playing off a course handicap of 18. He wins a £50 voucher. Playing off a handicap of 26, less than 12 months he is certainly one to watch, with his handicap decreasing on a regular basis. He finished 4 shots clear of his nearest rivals. The next best scores in this division, with nett 69’s from, Mark Finney, (course handicap 16) Dave Wood (course handicap 15) and Andy Howard (course handicap 17) and the countback procedure was activated. In second place after an identical, back 9, back 6, back 3, back 1 and also an identical front 9, with the result being decided on the front nine, back six score, was Mark Finney. He wins a £40 voucher. Dave Wood had to be content with 3rd place and wins a £30 voucher. Andy Howard took fourth spot and wins a £20 voucher, with a back nine of 35 against his competitors who recorded 34.
There were two more under par scores in division three (21 plus handicaps) when the countback procedure had to be implemented, once again, to decide the winner. With a back nine of 31, Michael Hodgson (course handicap 25) took the honour and wins a £50 voucher, from Nick Southern (course handicap 43) who returned 37 on the back nine and wins a £40 voucher. To determine the minor places in this division when they both returned scores of nett 71, the count back procedure was activated once again. Graham Thornton (course handicap 25) with a back nine of 32, and winning a £30 voucher, took third spot relegating Rob Turner (course handicap 22) into fourth place, who wins a £20 voucher, when he returned a back nine of 36.
In division one, two members returned scores of 70 and with a better back nine of 36, Spenny Wressell, (course handicap 14), winning a voucher to the value of £50, narrowly beat, Graham Poole (course handicap 7), winning a £40 voucher, when he returned a back nine of 37. Dale Munson (course handicap 2) took third place with a nett 72. Dale wins a £30 voucher. The winners of each division now qualify for the Medal Trophy final which is played at the end of the year.
The Halfway House which was open to the members for hot drinks and hot beverages, was gratefully appreciated, given the cold conditions.
There were eight twos recorded and Les Walmsley (playing off a course handicap of 23) was the only member successful on the 6th hole. Steve Ramsden and Sandy Young were successful on the 2nd hole. Barrie Darsley, Spenny Wressell and Steve Baker were successful on the long 9th hole, and Andy Foster and Ian Scott were successful on the 13th hole. Each two is valued at £20 each.

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