Congratulations to Tim Seaton winning this years 36 hole Joe Sprott scratch matchplay final, beating Shane Holt 5&3. Tim finished the match in style with an eagle two on the 15th.
This years Joe Sprott finalists, Shane Holt and Tim Seaton.
Wilf Vincent winners 2023, Brian Capindale and Jim Hughes.
Brian and Jim put in a very solid performance to beat Alex and Phil Flowers 6&5 in the final of this years Wilf Vincent Trophy. Brian and Jim took a very early 3 hole lead and never looked like letting the lead slip.The match was played in great spirit with Alex and Phil acknowledging the strong performance of their opponents.
Wilf Vincent finalists 2023.
Alex Flowers, Brian Capindale, Jim Hughes and Phil Flowers.
Hemmingway Winners 2023 - Andy Martin & Dave Wood.
Andy and Dave winners 4&2 and looking forward to competing in the 2024 Daily Mail Foursomes.
Hemmingway 2023 Runners Up, Steve McIntyre and Tom Willson
Winner of this years Chairmans Cup, Tom Leonard with a great score of 68+64=132.
Second place awarded to Tom Drant with scores of 67+68=135.
The 2023 Swindells Cup concluded on 26th August. 71 golfers entered this years singles match play competition, with the final being played between Phil Munson and Mark Woolliss. Congratulations to Mark, who came out the winner, the final score being 3&2.
Mark went into an early lead, winning the first two holes. Phil made a birdie on the 3rd hole with an excellent long putt to halve the deficit, but Mark quickly reasserted his lead winning the 4th and 5th holes. He would also go on to win the 7th and 9th to lead 5up at the halfway stage. They then traded blows, with Phil getting a hole back on 10 before Mark regained a 5up lead with a win on 11. Phil wasn’t beaten yet, he birdied 12 with another excellent putt, this time navigating the difficult break coming from the top tier of the green to the bottom. The next two holes were halved to leave Mark 4up with 4 to play. The comeback looked on, Phil won the 15th to reduce the arrears to 3, however both players made a par 4 on the 16th, which sealed the win for Mark. A £60 voucher and the trophy was presented to Mark. Phil took home a £30 voucher and the runner up salver
Swindell Cup 2023 - Runner Up - Phil Munson
Nigel Tranter celebrating a Hole in One on the 6th Hole, a difficult pin position tamed by a great 7 iron, well done Nigel.
Captain Rod Oldham presenting Jon Patterson with the Gilbey Cup 2023 and Adam Fox with the runner up shield.
Jon Patterson, 2023 Gilbey Cup Winner.
Adam Fox, 2023 Gilbey Cup runner-up.
The weekend of the 8th & 9th July saw the Gents hold their annual Club Championship. This is the first year of the change in format from 36 holes in one day to a two day event. Numbers are up roughly 20% from last year, and we hope to see another increase for 2024.
The weather across the weekend was erratic, with players having to come off the course due to lightning for a short time on Saturday, but in general it remained pleasant, especially on Sunday.
We run both Gross and Nett competitions, with prizes for best score on each day and of course overall. No player can win more than one prize in either Gross or Nett.
On Day 1, Eric Davis had the best nett score with a 68. On Day 2, it was Jason Marshall with, again, a nett 68. In the Gross competition, Keith Brown shot a round of 80 on Day 1, and on Day 2 Jason Marshall had a round of 78.
In the Overall section, and winning the Stephens Cup, is Suresh Babu. Suresh went round in nett 72 on Saturday and a fantastic 65 on Sunday for a total of three under 137. Lee Bartlett was runner up with a combined 70+69=139.
Lee Bartlett was also the runner up in the main event, the gross Club Championship. Lee had rounds of 89 and 79 for a combined 159. But taking home the Trophy for a second consecutive year is Shane Holt. Shane had rounds of 75+78 for a combined 153. Congratulations to Shane and Suresh!
There were 8 twos across the weekend, with each two valued at £13.50
Stephen Cup Winner - Suresh Babu
Club Champion Runner-Up & Stephen Cup Runner-Up - Lee Bartlett.
Best Gross score Round 1 - Keith Brown.
Best Nett score Round 1 - Eric Davis.
Captain Rod Oldham presenting Glenn Paterson with the Captains Cup.
Captains Day, played as a Mixed Stableford competition, spiced up with a strong breeze and some challenging pins was a great success and enjoyed by all.
The winner of the Captains Cup, with an impressive 40 points was Glenn Paterson, Runner-Up Neil Ellis on 37 points and 3rd place Tom Drant with 36 points.
Past Captains Prize awarded to Paul Coutts.
Best Committee member prize awarded to Ash Maddocks.
Gents nearest the pin on the 2nd awarded to Richard Tinker.
Gents nearest the pin in 2 on the 7th awarded to Shane Holt.
Gents longest drive on the 17th awarded to Lee Bartlett.
Ladies best Stableford awarded to Jane Spurrell with 34 points.
Ladies longest drive on the 4th awarded to Sue Collis.
Ladies nearest the pin in 2 on the 9th awarded to Rachel Richardson.
Lee Bartlett wins the longest drive on the 17th.
Shane Holt received the prize for nearest the pin in 2 on the 7th.
Ash Maddocks receives the prize for best committee member score of 34 points.
Ash Maddocks aces the 2nd Hole, playing off the white tees. A great shot that never looked in doubt. Well done Ash.
Congratulations to Mike Watson, this years winner of the Ron Thomas Trophy. Mike carded an excellent Net 65 in round 1 and followed up with a round 2 Net 72 giving an impressive total of 137 shots taken on a course presented in great condition and offering a real challenge to all players.
This years field included 101 players in round 1 and 94 players in round 2 with Net prizes being awarded to the top 5 scores in both rounds.
Congratulations to Tom Willson, this years Ron Thomas Runner-Up. Tom carded a very impressive Net 64 in round 1 and followed up with Net 74 in round 2. Tom's total of 138 shots only one shot behind this years winner.
This years best 36 hole Gross score prize is awarded to Tim Seaton who carded 72+75=147, well done Tim, again showing great consistency.
Graham Thornton bags his first Hole in One on the 2nd, hitting a laser like 5 wood that was rewarded with a classy ace.
Saturday 29th April saw the Chairman’s Cup begin, a competition comprising of three individual stroke play events throughout the season, we take each player’s best two results from the three events to crown an overall winner. Each round is broken into 4 divisions, with prizes for the top two in each division. In Division One, which is for golfers with a playing handicap of 12 or below, Nick Cutsforth came out on top with a level par 70. He beats Jason Marshall on countback, who also shot a level par round. In Division 2, for 13-16 handicappers, the winner was Selwyn Shelton, again with a round of 70. Tom Leonard was runner up with 71. Division 3, 17-22 handicap, was won by David Smith with the lowest nett round of the day, a one under 69. Robert Nicholson was second with a 73. And Division 4, for handicaps of 23 and above, was won by Paul Wright with a 73. Paul Horton came second with 75. There were just three 2’s from the 113 players, Paul Dennis on the 2nd, and Jason Marshall & Danny Leak on the 6th. Each two is valued at £37 each. Full results can be found in the gents changing room, and online on HowDidIDo.
It was a cold and cloudy, but dry, day for the Coutts Salver, a gents betterball stroke play pairs event. 60 pairs entered, and there was some excellent golf on show, as 27 pairs shot below par. Winning the day with a score of 10 under par 60, was Gavin Harris & Mark Topliss. They each win a £50 voucher for use at the bar or in the pro shop. The runners-up were Paul Dennis & Marc Bradley, at 8 under par (62). A £35 voucher was awarded to each. There was a 3-way tie at 6 under par (64), with the countback procedure working hard to separate them. Identical back nines of 32, but with best back six of 20, and taking 3rd spot, was Pete Newby & Ben Campbell. They each win a £20 voucher. Back sixes of 21 couldn’t separate 4th & 5th, but with a better back three of 11, 4th place goes to Paul Wright & Simon Bishop. £15 voucher to each. 5th place goes to Andrew and Lee Bartlett, and a £10 voucher is their prize. There were eight 2’s on the day, on the 6th hole, Selwyn Shelton, Andrew Harding, Richard Hayes & Ashley Maddocks got theirs, and successful on the 13th were John Grest, Robert Nicholson, Tim Seaton & Lee Bartlett. Each 2 wins a £15 voucher.
It was a bright and warm start for the first Gents competition of the season, the alternate shot Stableford pairs Bloomer Cup. The greens staff had done a marvellous job to get the course ready after the previous week’s downpours, their efforts are greatly appreciated.
54 pairs entered into this tough format, coming away with the best score of the day was Paul Wright and Simon Bishop with 41 points. Along with the trophy and their names up on the Honours Board, they win a £50 voucher each, to be used in the pro shop or at the bar. Coming home in 2nd place was Allan Playford and John Tinker, with 39pts. A £30 voucher has been awarded to each of them. 3rd and 4th place both scored 37 points and they had to be separated by countback, and with a better back 9 of 19 points, father and son team Phil & Tim Flowers pipped another father and son team, Andrew & Lee Bartlett (18 points back 9) to the bronze position. Phil and Tim each win a £25 voucher, Andrew and Lee each win a £20 voucher. There were just three 2’s on the day, each winning £34.
The top 16 in this competition are eligible to enter the alternate shot knockout competition, The Hemingway Foursomes. The qualifying teams have been invited via email.
After 5 months of hard fought matches, the Winter League Final was played on Easter Sunday.
In a tough match, played in excellent spirit, the winners are Vice-Captain Mark Fenty and Graham Thornton, who beat Mathew Holt and Shaun Wood 3 and 2. Although Mathew and Shaun took an early lead, Mark and Graham squared the match on the fourth hole and took the lead on the fifth. They continued to stay ahead for the rest of the match, finally winning on the 16th hole.
Vice Captain Mark reflects how proud his brother Steve would have been with this result and will raise a glass in his memory.
Brian Nunn presenting the Bill Sheen Trophy to the 2022/23 winner Pete Calvert.
Brian Nunn presenting the runner up prize for the 2022/23 Bill Sheen Trophy to John Lambert.
Last 16 Draw