A field of 41 players were welcomed by a full course, sunshine, and very strong winds to do battle for this month’s medal.
To give some indication of the power of the winds one unfortunate competitor saw his trolley blown into the river on the 5th hole. Look for the Golf Shop to start stocking Motocaddy floats from next weekend!
The power of the winds caused carnage with bogeys and double bogeys being consistent themes with many holes out of reach in the regulation number of shots. The average score for holes 4, 8, 10,12, 14, and 15 was 2 over par reflecting that these were into the prevailing winds.
Division 2 saw Scott Grear-Hardy taking third spot with a net 78 with Angus Fletcher securing second with a net 77. Top place went to the man in form, John Gould who having won through to the Winter Singles Final the day before, scored a fine net 74. (I should also mention that John is also in the Winter Pairs final!)
Turning to Division 1, in third place with a net 76 was Paul Greaves which will hopefully please him. Taking the runner-up spot with another fine net 74 was Nigel Render. Showing everyone how to play in the wind though wasJack Davies with an excellent net 72. One over handicap in those conditions was a superb effort.
Congratulations to Jack and no doubt he will be celebrating as only Jack can…… with a few choice words beginning with ‘F’
Fantastic, Fabulous, Flawless!
The Captains’ Drive-In on the 22nd of March is fast approaching.
The main aim of the event is to raise funds for charity – this year it is the British Heart Foundation. On the day there will be an auction of several items but thought it would be good if everyone could have the opportunity of bidding for these even if they are not taking part in the event.
The lots are still being finalised but at the moment I have the following to auction:
4 Ball Green Fee at Sheringham – valid on any day until July 2016 (value if used on a Saturday £300 or £280 on a weekday)
4 Ball Green Fee at Gog Magog (Cambridgeshire) valid for both courses (the Wandlebury Course is a Regional Open qualifying venue) – valid on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri until Dec 2015 (value £180)
4 Ball Green Fee at Stowmarket Golf Club - valid Mon to Fri with no expiry date (value £144)
4 Ball Green Fee at Thetford Golf Club – valid Mon to Fri until the 31/03/16 (value £160)
If you are interested in bidding for any of these please place your written bid in a clearly marked sealed envelope in the safe in the Men’s Changing Room. This will then be taken forward in the auction on the 22nd.
All proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation
A new event for the fixture list this year, the Scramble format proved popular with a tremendous field of 64 braving some chilly blasts and early morning frost to see which team would be victorious.
The introduction of each player to have one of their tee shots taken on a Par 3 caused a few nervous moments with some second shots being played from some challenging spots on the final par 3 – the 17th.
The temporary green on the 6th looks the size of a dustbin lid from the Blue Tee but that did not stop Steve Large hitting his tee shot to 6 feet to take the nearest the pin prize. Over on the 11th, David Field nearly holed his tee shot finishing less than 12 inches from the cup to secure the other prize.
Longest drive award went to Andy Stebbings with what can only be described as a ‘monster’ down 18. A sample will be required for testing next time!
Back to the serious stuff, only 1.4 shots separated the top 3 teams. In third place was the Stolady, Pye, Whitbread, and Giddings collaboration with a fine net 61. Squeezing into 2nd place by 0.7 of a shot was the Felice, Martin, Myhill, and Watts (yes that is the Robbie variety once again) combination with an excellent net 60.3. However leading the way with a superb net score of 59.6 and proving they really can walk the talk was the Marks – Bradfield and Davis, Richard Severn, and Martin Tinsey. Congratulations gentlemen. Prize vouchers for the top 3 teams will be in the shop shortly.
The other winner here has been the British Heart Foundation with in excess of £60 generated for a great cause from the entry fees – thank you.
The feedback from everyone I have spoken to on the day has been really encouraging in terms of being able to have some fun away from the regular medals and stablefords. So, I am busy trying to identify another date in the diary to hold the next one – this time hopefully on the Valley.
The Captains of all 4 sections will be celebrating the start of the ‘golfing season’ by ‘driving-in’ on the 22nd March.
Mark (Men), Sheena (Ladies), Colin (Seniors), and Tara the captain of the Juniors will be hosting a Charity event in aid of the British Heart Foundation for teams of 4 players that can be any combination from the 4 sections. Format is a ‘Golden Ball’ Stableford with a shotgun start at 9.00 to be followed by a 2 course carvery. Cost is £20 per player. Guests are also welcome to attend the meal – £15.95
The traditional ‘driving-in’ will take place at 08.30 giving you the opportunity to cheer on your Captains and witness 4 drives off the 12th tee on the Valley that are bound to end up in one place only – the River. The target will be to surpass the distance record set by Dan Jones in 2014 – some have said they have never witnessed such a drive before! If you are unable to come to the ‘Drive-In’ but would still like to take part there will be an opportunity to guess the combined distance of all the drives in the Golf Shop with the nearest guess winning a prize.
The entry sheet is posted between the Men’s and Ladies’ Changing Rooms – will be great to have as many teams as possible out there supporting such a brilliant charity.
A full course bathed in wintry sunshine provided the ideal conditions for competitors to battle it out for this month’s stableford. The absence of temporary greens and the re-introduction of regular sized holes managed to reduce scores to levels we are more accustomed to see in such events.
Division 2 honours went to Ken Brockie with a fine total of 40 points closely followed home by Stephen Oliver and Dave Littlechild with 37 points apiece.
Turning to Division 1, the Andies – Stothard and Stebbings continued the theme of 37 points for the runner-ups. However, showing a clean pair of heels to everyone was Robbie Watts, continuing his early season form, with an excellent 42 points. Congratulations Robbie.
The weather was a little kinder for competitors with an overnight frost closing just the main greens on the outward 9 holes.
Scoring was again excellent with Division 1′s Peter Hall coming third with a net 67. Top honours were disputed between a pair of net 66s from Andrew Felice and Robbie Watts with the former winning on countback.
Division 2 saw a couple of fine net 67s from Peter Warren and Stephen Lane being squeezed out by Lorne Mitchell who returned the lowest score of the day, a net 63 to win the overall Medal. Well done Lorne!
Fingers crossed for the weather to keep improving for the forthcoming stableford.
The winter weather kicked in with a vengeance with a hard overnight frost forcing the competition to be played on temporary tees and greens. Conditions deteriorated further with the introduction of a 20 minute snowstorm that blew across the course during play.
Such is the determination of the weekend golfer to play that most of the field battled through these conditions producing some spectacular and remarkable results.
Division 1 was won by Peter Egan with 43 points closely followed by a pair of 42s from Chris Bullimore and Andrew Lincoln. Excellent scoring given the conditions.
However these were made to look positively ordinary by the trio of Andrew Carty, Gavin Martin , and ChrisThorman who all recorded 46 points apiece in Division 2. But we are not finished there! It was left to that bad weather specialist, Paul Mckerell, to surpass these by another 3 points to register a magnificent 49 points and to win the stableford. Congratulations Paul – that was some score!
Junior Texas Scramble & AGM
Six teams played in last Saturday’s texas scramble on a cold and windy day; the winning team was Alex Beckett, Harry Bradfield, Chris Devonport and Sam Devonport scoring 35.4. Second place with 37.4 was Will Farley, Olli Underhill-Smith, Gus Underhill-Smith and Garry Davis.
The event was followed by their AGM and prize giving with 39 people attending.
2014 prize winners.
2015 Junior Club Captain
Pictured with Elli Brown is Tara Davis who takes over the role of junior captain from Will Farley.
Freezing temperatures and a widespread frost greeted the entrants for the first competition of the year. The regular greens were replaced with 18 temporary ones which provided the players with some additional challenges albeit offset by those generous ‘Frost Cups’.
Given the conditions, the expectation was that scoring could be on the low side and the results did not disappoint. There were numerous net scores under par with Division 1 having Robbie Watts, Shaun Friend , and Gary Lutkin sharing net 66s, with Gary running out the winner on countback.
Scoring in Division2 was even more dramatic with Chris Thorman despite recording a net 63 only being good enough for third place. Leading the way with impressive net 62s were Kevin Turner and the overall medal winner on countback, Paul McKerrel.
Cool blustery conditions greeted the 20 teams dressed in a variety of christmas outfits that included santas, elves and reindeer. Not sure what the local wildlife would have made of it all!
The stableford format of 2 scores from 4 saw some impressive totals being posted with the top 2 teams posting an impressive 85 points a piece. A last 3 hole countback saw the team of Alex Cowie, Dan Jones, Andrew Tuna, and Andrew Lincoln being just pipped by the winners – Tania Aiken, Nigel Render, Peter Hall, and Roger Human.
With guests we had 100 people supporting the event which helped to raise a fantastic £300 for the British Heart Foundation .
Captains Mark and Sheena would like to thank everyone who took part and all those that helped to make it such an excellent event.