Road To Barnham – MARCH 2015 STABLEFORD

It’s finally underway!

The Road To Barnham started here and will run throughout the Spring and Summer before drawing to a conclusion in October.

Conditions were testing for the field of 74 with blustery winds and greens that must have caught a few out with their speed so early on in the season – signs are encouraging for the rest of the year. Well done  Brian and his team.

Scoring reflected the conditions with the CSS set at 1 above the par of 71. Division 1 saw top spot contended between three players on 36 points. The card playoff had Tony Lynne in third and Daniel Barnard in the runner-up spot. Taking first place was the man showing some early season form following victories in the Charlton Tankards and the Captains Drive In – Stu Black. Well played Stu.

Over in Division 2, fine scores of 36 points from Spencer Thorpe and Rob Nichols earned them the 2nd and third places respectively. However, showing everyone the way was Scott Grear-Hardy with an excellent 38 points who also wins the stableford overall. Congratulations Scott.

To see where you stand on the Road to Barnham please see the noticeboard or the posting on this website.

Next RTB event is the April Medal – first major of the year and for the inaugural Spring Cup.  Double points on offer!

Captains' Drive In 2015

Captains’ Drive In – March 22nd

The Captains of all 4 sections – Tara Davis – Juniors, Sheena Perry – Ladies, Colin Brinded – Seniors, and me – Men, signalled the start of the ‘golfing season’ by ‘driving-in on the 12th hole of the Valley supported by members from all 4 sections. The other purpose of the event was to raise lots of money for the Captains’ charity this year – The British Heart Foundation

Despite the pressure and some good natured banter I am delighted to say that no-one ventured into the river. In fact all 4 drives comfortably surpassed the 2014 standard set by Dan Jones which someone rightfully mentioned ‘will live long in the memory’. The aggregate yardage of all 4 drives was 763 yards – with closest guess made by Phil Large who wins a 4 Ball tee-time at Stoke-By-Nayland

So to the golf. Armed with red balloons and golden balls (not David Beckham) 21 teams of 4 players were bathed in warm sunshine to see who could accumulate the most points. With the golden ball scoring double points it was imperative that it was used for all 18 holes to establish a winning score. With the odd exception most teams managed that feat although one team’s scoring was hampered early doors by losing it on their first hole… I think they are just about talking to Jack now.

Before I get to who came where, I must praise the standard of the ‘nearest the pin’ shots. I don’t think I have ever seen 4 shots that have been so close to the hole in one event. Well played – Steve Large, Andy Lincoln, Chris Langton, and Ollie Clarke. And not forgetting Andy Stebbings who made it 2 out 2 for longest drives this year – what does his wife feed him on?

So who took the prizes?

In fourth place with 110 points and winners of a dozen balls each was the team of:

Dave and Jo Ashmore, June and Roger Meadows

In third place with 112 points and securing a golf shirt each was the partnership of:

Denis Walsh, Chris Langton, Geoff Hardy, and Chris Bentley

Runners up  with 120 points and taking home a golf jumper each was the combination of:

Roger Garwood, Roger Human, Jerry Bart, and Ivan Haistead

Showing everyone how it should be done with a massive total of 126 points was the team of:

Jamie Black, proud Dad Stu, Andy Stebbings, and Peter Hall

who were rewarded with a pair of golf shoes each. Congratulations!

The auction that followed coupled with the other fund raising activities helped to raise a magnificent £1200 for the British Heart Foundation. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this.

An event like this needs the support of a lot of people and I would like to thank the following (in no particular order) for helping to make it such a success: from the Hotel – Corey, Matt, Alex, Trish, Leon, Richard, and all the catering staff, Brian and his Greens Crew, Sheena, Tara, Colin, Debbie Davis, Roger H, R7, Andrew Felice, and most of all everyone that took part or made a contribution – without you none of this would have been possible.

I like to wish everyone all the very best for the golfing year – just remember it’s just a game…..enjoy!

Captains' Drive In 2015
Captains’ Drive In 2015

Captains Drive In – Format of the Competition

A number of you have asked specific questions about the Golden Ball format of the competition which is a little different to what we are accustomed to playing. So, I thought it might be useful if I posted details of the format here and if you have any questions please either leave a question on the website and I will come back to you or if you prefer catch up with me on the 22nd.

The Format:

Tees - Men Yellow/Ladies Red
Stroke Allowance  – 3/4 Handicap
                                             Ladies to receive 3 additional shots
Format - Better Ball Stableford – best 2 Stableford scores to count on each hole
  •  2 per team to be used as necessary – a mulligan allows a player to replay a shot without penalty.
  • To help with the speed of play,  Mulligans do not apply to the Golden Ball

Golden Ball Rules

  • The Stableford points scored by the player that STARTS and FINISHES the hole with the Golden Ball will be DOUBLED – e.g. a 4 for 2 points on the 2nd will be doubled to 4 points
  • Use of the ball MUST be rotated between all members of the team before the same player can use it again:

E.g. If A uses it on the 2nd hole, he/she can only use it again when  B, C, and D have used it and that order must continue throughout the round. If it is used on every hole,  A and B will have used 5 times each and C and D  - 4 times each

  • When the Golden Ball is used by each player for the first time there are no requirements as to what that order of usage must be
  • THE BALL DOES NOT NEED TO BE USED ON EVERY HOLE  (You might want to prevent losing it on certain holes!)
  • Where a player loses the Golden Ball he/she can continue the hole with an ‘ordinary ball’ but the Stableford points scored will NOT be ‘doubled
  • When the ball has been lost there will be no replacement Golden Balls available and the team will no longer be able to score double points. They can still continue to compete with the normal ‘white’ balls
  • ‘Nearest the pin’ prizes are available on the 4th, 7th and 15th holes for everyone
  • The ‘nearest the pin’ prize on the 17th is subject to an entry fee of £1 with the winner taking  25% of the total fees taken in cash (the rest will go to the British Heart Foundation)



Captains Drive In – 22nd March – Update re Auction Lots

We are delighted to say that we have a few more lots to auction on the day.   If you can’t make the Drive In and there is something that you would like to bid for just 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.

The lots include the following:

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)

4 Ball Green Fee at Stapleford Abbotts (Essex) – valid Mon to Fri and after 12.00 at weekends until the 31/12/2015 – this also includes the use of 2 buggies (value £150)

2 Ball at Diss Golf Club – valid on any day subject to availability until 31/03/2016 (value £50)

Signed Norwich City Football

Signed Premiership Rugby Shirt – your choice of team

All the proceeds from the auction will go to the British Heart Foundation.

Richard Creed Trophy – March 14th

The Myhill, Cullington, and Junior Team squads contested the annual playing of the Richard Creed Cup on a chilly Valley Course.

The fixture is traditionally used to help the captains of each team finalise their selections for the first round of matches that take place on the last weekend in April. The format was foursomes with the added pressure of each individual match being determined by holes won which were then combined for each team.

I had the pleasure of witnessing some excellent golf across all three squads and at the halfway stage there was very little between the 6 matches on the course. However, like  football being a game of two halves,  it was a different story on the back nine with several pairings finding another gear.

At the start my money was on the junior squad being triumphant purely on the basis  that they always beat everyone else but today was different story…..


Myhill beat the Cullington by 13 holes

Mvhill beat the Juniors by 15 holes

Cullington beat the Juniors by 8 holes

Delighted to say that the Myhill Squad were this year’s winners – there is a first time for everything!

A huge thank you to all those who took part and made it such a competitive and enjoyable occasion:

Junior Squad: Tara Davis, Ellie Brown, Jamie Black, Taylor Davis, Megan Mann, Nicola Dalzell, Alex Field, Ollie Underhill- Smith, Tom Piper, Ben Terry, James Lambert, Harry Bradfield.

Cullington Squad: Andrew Felice, Robbie Watts, Roger Human, Roger Garwood, Chris Langton, Geoff Hardy, Richard Severn, Martin Tinsey, Michael Stolady, Peter Whitbread, Barry Reynolds, Tony Lynne

Myhill Squad: Dan Jones, Gary Davis, Giles Evans, Pierce Earthy, Anthony Gravestock, Steve Large, Andrew Stebbings, Andrew Fish, Aaron Tillett, James Tinsey, James Phillips, Ryan Cullum



Men’s March Medal

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!

Captains’ Drive In

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