RTB Stableford – 22nd August

The sun was out as were some dodgy legs as 63 competitors took to the fairways of the Valley course for this month’s stableford.

Not quite the Sky Cart in terms of reviewing players’ rounds but what I can say is that the hardest holes on the course were the 6th and the 3rd which only yielded 6 pars apiece. The latter averaged 1.90 over par with 40 golfers scoring worse than a 5, fully justifying its stroke index 1 billing. On the flip side, the 15th which is rated  at 18 on the stroke index, was the second easiest hole on the course (the 16th was the easiest (SI 16).

Anyway enough of this stats stuff. Who done what?

In Division 2 3rd place was secured by Mark Staz with a solid 37 points whilst the runner-up spot was taken by a man who has been quiet of late on the competition front – Gavin Martin. No doubt that diet he is on is starting to work wonders for his golf……Out in front though, with a fine 40 points, was Bill Banks-Jones – well played Bill!

Divison 1 saw some excellent scoring with 40 points only good enough for the 2nd and 3rd places. Taking third place on count-back was the ‘unlucky’ Jack Davies with Max Jacobs securing the runner-up spot. Showing everyone a clean pair of heels, quite literally given he runs nearly everywhere,  was Denis Walsh with a superb 42 points to win the Division and the overall prize. Congratulations Denis!


Men – Improving the ‘Speed of Play’

The 36 Hole medal highlighted a few issues with the speed of play so thought it timely to share a few tips how we can all avoid it:

Slow play tip 1: The main cause of slow play is golfers not being prepared to play when it is their turn. Base everything you do on the course – writing up the scorecard, telling that anecdote, checking the course planner – around your turn to hit, not vice versa.
Slow play tip 2: Assess your approach shot as you are walking to the ball. Take the advice of Julius Boros, who won three Majors and reckoned that “by the time you get to your ball, if you don’t know what to do with it, try another sport”.
Slow play tip 3: Whenever possible, read your putt whilst others are putting. Don’t wait until it is your turn to putt to start this process.
Slow play tip 4: Keep your hole score as you play. In Stableford this means you know if it is time to pick up. Also how often do we wait as two players are still on the green ahead having holed out, pointing hither and thither obviously working out the shots taken.
Slow play tip 5: Place your bag by the exit to the green to the next tee. That way you don’t eat up time walking back to collect your bag.
Slow play tip 6: Play a provisional ball if you are in doubt as to whether you will find your ball. That way you don’t have to waste time walking back to repeat the shot.
Slow play tip 7: Do you really need all those practise swings? Do they actually help you, or are they merely a habit?
Slow play tip 8: Walk quicker. Yes, it can sometimes be that simple.
Slow play tip 9: Be honest with yourselves as to how quickly you are playing. If you can’t see the group that was in front of you that means you have lost ground – please wave the group behind through.  Likewise if the group behind are waiting on every shot and no one is in front of you they are clearly playing more quickly than you – again get the arm up and wave them through. 

Nothing complicated here but if we all follow these simple tips speed  of play will not be an issue and we can then concentrate on all the great things that golf gives us – bad backs, moaning wives, lost balls, unlucky bounces……. :)


Men’s 36 Hole Medal – 15th August 2015

Barnham’s version of a golf marathon took place on Saturday consisting of 18 holes on the Hill Course and 18 on the Valley Course.

74 golfers took part ably supported by our scorers for the day Jane and Derek Johnson – thank you guys, the Hotel who kindly provided bottles of water, and the greenkeeping staff for presenting both courses in excellent condition. Also must mention the Sports Bar  for supplying the ‘half-way’ catering.

The Hill course played the harder of the two courses with a swirling wind and probably some nervousness about not making too many mistakes so early in the day not helping the scoring. There were the usual tales of woe – good cards wrecked by big scores on 17 (what is it about that hole that does that?) with at least one player racking double digits!

So who had the stamina, the mental strength, and patience to put together two rounds of golf? Looking at the 36 Hole ‘Net’ Trophy the top 3 places were taken by players that comfortably bettered their handicaps on both courses which is some achievement. Taking third spot with a total of 136 (net 7 under) was Andrew ‘Hamish’ Mclellan. The runner up spot was taken by Aron Forder with a combined net score of 134 (net 9 under). Winning the trophy with an excellent aggregate of 129  (that is net 14 under par!)was Craig Barker. Congratulations Craig – that was some score and be assured the handicap secretary will be out with a large pair of shears….

Over to the Gross Trophy there was little between the scores after the first round on the Hill with the best being 4 over par from the 2014 winner Will Farley and Steve Large. However it was on the Valley that some excellent scoring was seen.  A fine 1 under par gross from James Tinsey saw him rise up the leaderboard to secure third spot on 149. Adam Sims started the afternoon round 3 shots behind Will but despite Will shooting a level par 72, Adam won the trophy on count back by posting an excellent 3 under par gross 69. (total 147). Some fine golf! Congratulations Adam.

Amongst all this fine golf there were numerous complaints about the  speed of play. With 2 rounds of medal golf being played there will never be any prizes awarded for getting round quickly but the rounds should not be taking any longer than the normal expectation 4 hours 10/15. . We could bring in marshals, change the nature of the event, bring in penalties etc. All these activities could be considered, but they just treat the symptoms not the root cause. We all have a collective responsibility to make sure that the correct speed of play is upheld so that everyone can enjoy their round so please see my next post that contains a few reminders how we can make this happen.



Carrick Cup

Well done Jo and Ellie.  

Jo and Ellie by Di Daniels

Barnham Broom ladies are now through to the final of the Carrick Cup thanks to another brilliant round played by Ellie and Jo at Hunstanton today.  They won 3 and 2 and will play Cromer in the Final.  Watch this space for date, time and venue.


Yare Trophy – 9th August

Sunday saw the annual playing of the Yare Trophy – a mixed greensomes stableford event.

9 pairs took to the course with conditions ideal for good scoring. An excellent 40 points by Jo and Dave Ashmore could only secure third place with the top 2 spots secured by a super pair of  ’41 pointers’.

The pair of Ellie Brown and Mike Asker were squeezed out on countback by the winners - Lulu Humberston and our Golf and Leisure Manager Corey Pavin Knoop. Congratulations to you both and if there is not a Trophy Board up yet I am sure Corey will now make it happen :)

A big thank you goes to Sheena the Ladies Captain for organising the event and laying on  refreshments afterwards.