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Binbrook Trophy

Saturday 12th June 2021

It was a cloudy overcast morning for the members when they gathered to play in the stableford pairs Binbrook Trophy competition on Saturday 12th June 2021. It was however, still quite warm, although a little cooler than of late, creating some comfortable conditions, with a warm refreshing breeze.
There were some excellent scores returned with the teams playing off 85% of their individual handicap. The winners with a nett score of 45 points were father and son team Phil and Tim Flowers and they win a £50 voucher each. They finished one point ahead of Andy Neve and Kyle Sinclair, who win a £40 voucher each and who are probably regretting a couple of one pointers on the 13th and 18th holes. Three teams ended up with 43 points to challenge for the minor placings and they have all been awarded vouchers to the value of £25 each. It went down to the back six before the result was clear. With a back nine of 22 points Mathew Conley and Jason Render took fifth spot. With identical back nine’s of 23 points, but with a back six of 15 points Bob Daughney and Glenn Paterson took third place. edging brothers Gary and Jonathon Patterson into fourth spot who could only manage 14 points on the back six.
There were only 5 twos, each valued at £26.00 recorded and two of them were recorded on the 2nd hole from Glenn Paterson and Jason Render. Daniel Wood was successful, once again on the 6th hole together with Bill Evison. Peter Gibbins got the other one on the 13th hole.

Ron Thomas

Saturday 5th June 2021

The overall winner with two rounds of nett 65 and 75 making an overall total of 140 was Jonathan Patterson. He finished two shots clear of Shane Holt who with nett rounds of 68 and 74 finished with a score of 142 to take second place. He returned the best gross score with rounds of 73 and 79 and wins a £40 voucher. The rules of the competition are that no member can win more than one prize. Five members, Pete Dobson, Paul Horton, Darren Cook, Craig Brocklebank and Ian (John) Ritchie returned scores of 145 to challenge for the minor placings.

Ron Thomas - Round Two

Saturday 5th June 2021

The second round of the Ron Thomas 36-hole competition was finalised on Saturday 5th June 2021 and the conditions were once again ideal. It was wall to wall sunshine with only a slight breeze creating ideal golfing conditions.
Only two members however were able to break par and playing off his course handicap of 12, Peter Dobson won the round with a nett 68. He wins a £50 voucher. He finished one shot clear of Paul Horton, who playing off his course handicap of 25, had an excellent round to finish with a nett 69 to win a £40 voucher. The minor places had to be decided by the count back procedure when three members returned one over par rounds of 71 and they have all been awarded vouchers to the value of £30. Playing off his course handicap of 13 Martin Nangle took third place with a back nine of 33. He edged out John Watson, also playing off his course handicap of 13, who had a back nine of 35, Darren Cook, playing off his course handicap of 12 took fifth spot, with a back nine of 36. There were no twos recorded.

Alternate stableford

Saturday 5th June 2021

The alternate stableford played at the same time for those members who missed the cut and did not qualify for the 2nd round of the Ron Thomas was won by Andrew Howard with 39 points, playing off his course handicap of 15. He wins a £30 voucher. An excellent back nine of 22 points saw him finish one shot ahead of the in form Daniel Wood, playing if his course handicap of 10 with two excellent halves of 19 points, and winning a £25 voucher. Rod Hill, playing off his course handicap of 19, finished in third place with 37 points and wins a £20 voucher. Three other members who finished with 36 points have been allocated vouchers to the value of £15 – Chris Brierley, Kyle Sinclair and Andy Martin.
There were three twos recorded and a couple of them were on the 13th hole from Micky Paterson and Glen Maxwell. The other two was on the 2nd hole from Tim Seaton. The twos were combined for both competitions taking place and each is valued at £27.00

Mixed White Cup

Monday 31st May 2021

The Mixed White Cup which is a greensomes competition, was contested on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2021, in excellent conditions with the sun shining and only a very light breeze. The winners with 41 stableford points were Garry and Jane Patterson. Rachael Richardson and Mathew Shaul took the runners up spot with 38 points.

Ron Thomas - Round One

Saturday 29th May 2021

The conditions were almost perfect for the first round of the Ron Thomas Trophy played on Saturday 29th May 2021, which is a 36-hole competition played over two consecutive weekends.
The sun was shining from first thing and there was hardly a breath of wind, just enough to keep you cool, so it was anticipated that there would be some good scores from the 115 competitors taking part.
Five players were able to shoot par or better with Jonathon Patterson leading the way with a lively nett 65, playing off his course handicap of 14. His card could have been much better with 4 shots dropped on the last three holes. Two nett scores of 68, fought out the minor placings with Ian (John) Ritchie, playing off his course handicap of 21 sharing the honours with Shane Holt, playing off his course handicap of 5. Ian’s scores could also have been much better with a couple of eights on his card. Darren Braithwaite also shot under par with a nett 69, playing off his course handicap of 32, but only allowed 28 shots for this competition, one of the club’s majors. A par round of 70, from consistent Peter Gibbins, playing off his course handicap of 13, saw him take fifth spot. With a couple of sixes and a seven on his card his score could also have been better. With a closely bunched field not too far back, with some horror stories coming to light, it looks as if there are a number of members in contention at the halfway stage.
There were 12 twos recorded all valued at £9 each. John Grest, Mark Warner, Daniel Wood and Jon Patterson were successful on the 2nd hole. On the 6th hole Lee Fenty and Ashley Maddocks were successful. Shane Holt got his first two on the 9th hole together with Graham Poole. Selwyn Shelton got a two on the 13th hole, with Jon Patterson recoding his second of the day together with Shane Holt. Lee Bartlett got the best two of the day on the par 4, fourteenth hole.
The second round of the Ron Thomas is completed next Saturday.

Warner Cup (Gilbey Cup Qualifyer)

Saturday 22nd May 2021

After winning the May Medal (division one) last week, Neil Wood, playing off a course handicap of 6, continued in his good vein of form to win the Warner Cup on Saturday 22nd May 2021 and win a £50 voucher. 138 members took part in less than ideal conditions with rain and blustery conditions being the dominant feature of the weather during the day. With a nett score of 66, Neil finished two shots ahead of Chris Sparkes, who playing off his course handicap of 17, returned a nett score of 68 and win a £40 voucher. Two shots further back, two members returned par scores of 70, to decide the minor placings and after a count back with a back nine of 34, Peter Gibbins, playing off his course handicap of 13, officially took third spot. Lee Bartlett, playing off his course handicap of 6, with a back nine of 37 was placed fourth. Both members have been awarded £30 vouchers. Eight other members all returned nett scores of 71 and have been awarded £10 vouchers.
There were eleven twos recorded and each is valued at £12. There were three on the second hole from Garry Simpson, Phil Munson and Martin Nangle. On the 6th hole, Michael Pogson, Chris Sparkes, Nick Wright and Lee Bartlett were successful. Tim Seaton was successful on the long par 3, ninth hole and the other three were on the thirteenth hole from Pete Newby, Colin Welsh and Paul Wright.
The Warner Cup also doubles as being the qualifying round for one of the most prestigious trophies in the club’s calendar, the Gilbey Cup. The top sixteen members in the Warner Cup now play a match-play competition, for the Gilbey Cup, over the following month or so, which culminates in a 36 hole final on Sunday 25th July 2021. The draw has made and posted in the clubhouse with the participants being notified.
Good luck to you all.

Ladies Spring Meeting

Tuesday 18th May 2021

The ladies gathered for their annual Spring meeting on Tuesday 18th May 2021.
They played 36 holes and the morning medal round was won by Fran Warner after a count back from Isobel Goulsbra.
The greensomes competition in the afternoon was won by Annette Paddison and Anna Foster.

Spring Meeting

Tuesday 18th May 2021

Photograph of Spring Meeting winners and recent winners of competitions played whilst the clubhouse was closed.

May Medal

Saturday 15th May 2021

It was a grey start to the day for the May Medal completed on Saturday 15th May 2021. With low ominous dark cloud, greeting the early starters, the forecast of showers, some which could be heavy, looked like coming to fruition. 132 members took part in the competition which was split into three divisions depending on the member’s playing handicap. The early starters had an advantage with regards to the weather as it remained fine and dry, although chilly, until after lunch, and they managed to complete their rounds in the dry. The later starters suffered the brunt of the weather. In the early afternoon the persistent drizzle turned into heavy downpours and with the chilly breeze, it made it quite unpleasant to be out on the course. It was quite surprising then, that the best score of the day was posted by Neil Wood (voucher to the value of £40 allocated) in division one, when he posted a nett 65, playing through the worst of the conditions. He finished four shots clear of Shane Holt (voucher £30) who took second place with a nett 69. John Grest and Marc Braithwaite (voucher £15) fought out the minor placings when they both returned scores of 70. After a countback John Grest (voucher £20) took third spot with a better back nine score.
In division two, four vouchers were also issued and the winner, who teed off early and missed the worst of the conditions was Matt Donson (voucher £40) who finished with a nett 67. After the count back procedure, Glenn Paterson (voucher £30) finished with a better back nine, with a nett 69 to take second place. Brad Mitchell, also with a nett 69 and winning a voucher to the value of £20 finished in third place. Bob Nicholson (voucher £15) took fourth spot with a par round of 70.
In division three, no one was able to shoot par or better and with a nett 72, the winner was Blake Wood (voucher £40). He finished two shots clear of his nearest rivals when four members returned scores of 74 and once again the count back procedure came into play. With the best back nine of 32 John Tinker (voucher £30) took second place. Paul Wright (voucher £20), with a back nine of 34 took third spot. The other minor placing had to be decided by a back six count back and it resulted in Mark Fox (voucher £15), with a score of 25, edging out Mark Petcher (voucher £10) who had a back six of 27.
The winners of each division now qualify for the Medal Trophy final to be played later in the year.
There were only a couple of twos recorded and each is valued at £65.50. The two recipients are James Cutsforth (13th hole) and Glenn Paterson (9th hole).





Chairman's Cup Round 3/Alternate Medal

Saturday 1st May 2021

It was a dull grey start to the day for third round of the Chairman’s Cup and separate Alternate Medal competition played on Saturday 1st May 2021. After a slight overnight frost, it was a chilly start to the day. By mid-morning it was raining fairly substantially and it looked set for the day, but it soon cleared and it turned out to be quite a pleasant afternoon with the sun even making an appearance. For the time of year, however the temperatures were well below average. There were another couple of excellent rounds in the Chairman’s Cup, but the winner with a nett 62, playing off his course handicap of 24 was Sam Topliss. He wins a £25 voucher. Only one shot further back and another superb round with a nett 63, and winning a £20 voucher, playing off his course handicap of 21 was Andrew Neve. The winner of the previous two rounds and playing off a course handicap of 14, with a nett 68, was Dave Proudlove. He wins a £15 voucher. The only other sub-par round came from Pillannna Suresh Babu who playing off a course handicap of 15, returned a score of 69 and wins a voucher to the value of £10. The only two of this competition was returned by Paul Coultas who was successful on the long par 3, ninth hole.
The overall winner of the Chairman’s Cup with two rounds of 62 and 65, with an overall nett score of 127 was Dave Proudlove. In second place overall with a nett score of 133 was Sam Topliss. Third place went to Andrew Neve with a combined score of 137.
Alternate Medal – there were also some excellent scores in the medal competition, split into three separate divisions, played alongside the Chairman’s Cup with ten members shooting under par.
In division one, Spenny Wressell took the honour once again, after his success in the April medal, with a nett 67, playing off his course handicap of 14. He wins a £30 voucher. A couple of members returned scores of 68 and after the count back procedure, with a better back nine of 33, Trevor Chappell, playing off his course handicap of 13, took second place and wins a £20 voucher. Robert Edmenson, with a back nine of 34, playing off his course handicap of 13, took third spot and wins a £15 voucher. Shane Portess and Ian Scott also shot under par rounds, when they both carded scores of 69 and both have been awarded with a £10 voucher.
In division two, the winner was Brendan Volley, playing off his course handicap of 16, with a nett 68. He wins a £30 voucher. Three members returned scores of 69, to dispute the minor placing, after the countback procedure and they all have been awarded with £20 vouchers. Tim Dixon, playing off his course handicap of 18 took second place, with the best back nine of 32. The minor placing after having an identical back 9, back 6 and back 3, went down to the last hole and with a nett 4, Jon Tyson took third spot, edging out Martin Mumby, who had to be content with 4th place, when he got a five on the last hole.
In division three Mark Fenty, playing off his course handicap of 23, took the honours with a nett 67. He wins a £30 voucher. All the other members in this division shot over par and in second place, playing off his course handicap of 23, with a nett 72, was John Brocklesby, winning a £20 voucher. One shot further back in third place, with a nett 73, after the count back procedure was to Graham Thornton, playing off his course handicap 25. He wins a £15 voucher. He had a better back nine than Calum Sedgwick, also winning a £15 voucher, playing off his course handicap of 23 who finished in fourth spot.
There were five twos in the medal and four of them were recorded on the 6th hole from Allan Playford, Martin Mumby, Andy Howard and Spenny Wressell. The other two was on the second hole from Darren Braithwaite.
The twos for both competitions were amalgamated and each is valued at £22.00.

Chairman's Cup - Round Two

Saturday 24th April 2021

The second round of the Chairman’s Cup (medal competition) was completed on Saturday 24th April 2021, and once again the weather was fine and dry. After a dullish start, the sun made an appearance and the conditions, with only a slight breeze, although it did appear to increase in the late afternoon, were ideal for golf. There was another excellent turn out with 139 members taking part.
After leading the competition last week with a nett 65, and consolidating his position, the winner by six clear shots, with a nett 62 was Dave Proudlove. He wins a voucher to the value of £75. Seven members shot better than par and they have all been allocated a voucher. Sharing the spoils for second place, after a count back were golfing buddies and work colleagues Mathew Holt (playing handicap 20) and Andy Palmer (playing handicap 22) who both returned scores of 68. With a better back nine of 34, Mathew was officially placed second and wins a £70 voucher. Andy, wins a £65 voucher and took third place. Four other players shot rounds of nett 69 and once again the count back procedure was implemented. Taking fourth place was veteran and previous senior champion, John Tinker (playing handicap 20) and winning a £40 voucher, with a back six of 20, after an identical back nine. He edged out Brad Mitchell (playing handicap 20) who had a back six of 22, and he had to be content with fifth place, winning a £30 voucher. Also winning vouchers to the value of £30, with a back nine of 34, Gary Paterson (playing handicap 15) took 6th spot, finishing just ahead of Keith Goodwin (playing handicap 20) who had a back nine of 36.
There were eleven twos recorded and each is valued at £12.45. Darren Cook had the best two of the day on the par 4, third hole. He complimented that effort with another on the par three, 6th hole. On the second hole, Tommy Leonard was successful together with Tony Lightfoot. There were a couple on the 6th hole from Steve Bloomer and Andy Howard. Two excellent efforts from Jon Tyson and Tommy Playford saw them successful on the long par 3, ninth hole. The other three on the 13th hole, were from Les Walmsley, Tim Seaton and Peter Calvert.
The course analysis report reports that the hardest hole on the course was stroke index 1, the long par 4, eleventh hole, playing on average 1.70 over par. The easiest hole was the par 4, stroke index 18, 3rd hole playing 0.86 above par.






Midweek Am Am

Thursday 22nd April 2021

It was another glorious Spring day when the members gathered to play their first midweek competition of the season, a 4 ball stableford St George’s Am-Am. After an overnight frost, the sun soon began to shine and the temperatures were well above average for the time of year, with hardly a breath of wind, under clear blue skies, creating some ideal golfing conditions.
Playing off 85% of their course handicap, there were some excellent scores returned with the best two scores on each hole to count. Once again there was a very good turn out with 116 members taking part. The winning team with 81 points consisted of Michael Neil, Matt Patterson, Craig Ashworth and Alan Galyer. They each win a £30 voucher. One point further back and taking second place with 80 points were Ash Maddocks, Gary Tuck, Colin Welsh and Jim Drury. They each win a £20 voucher. There was a tie for third place when two teams finished with 79 points and the count back procedure had to be implemented. With a better back nine of 39 points, third place went to Mark Finney, Spenny Wressell, Rob Turner and Vince Pederson. They each win a £10 voucher. With a back nine of 38 points Gary Reynolds, Shane Holt, Mark Fenty and Pete Burton had to be content with 4th place, but also win a £10 voucher each.
There were only three twos recorded, all on the 13th hole – from John Alcock, Craig Ashworth and Colin Welsh, but one of the members was not in the pot, so two members win £54 each.

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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