Captain/Pro Challenge – 17 April

14 teams pitted their skills  against the Captain/Pro team of Alan, Mark, Vice captain Roger , and Corey via a Texas Scramble format. Any team scores that were better than their score would be placed in a draw for a fourball at a course in Norfolk.

Conditions were good for some excellent scoring and so it turned out to be. Some 9 teams beat the Captain/Pro team – well done to those teams – the handicap review team will now be sitting next week to consider who should be cut :)

Matters were very close at the top of the leaderboard with less than 2 shots between them. Taking third place was that experienced four of Jones, Black the Younger, Steve Avenue, and Fish the Elder with a fine score of net 61.4. Adidas belts for you gents.

With an excellent net score of 61 and taking the runner up spot was the team of  Barnard, Gravestock, Norton, and Hatton. Well done gents – Adidas shirts for you.

The overall winners with a ‘Mcillroyesque’ score of net 59.5 was the quartet of Stubbs, Firman, Hart, and Meadows. That was some score gentlemen. Congratulations – a 4ball tee time at Kings Lynn is your reward.

Nearest the pins are always competitive and Sunday was no exception. Peppering the pins and taking the prizes were:

M Pye on the 2nd

K Parker on the 6th

11th was S Lane

17th was S Humberston

Longest drive on 18 was achieved by Steve Oliver

Winning the 4ball tee time draw was team of  Oliver, Gould, Scott and Treasurer – Tony Lynne.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the event and made it such a success. The next Texas  scramble event will be on the 21 June in the Early Risers – starting sheet is up on the board. 

Mark and Alan

Prizes are in the Golf Shop






Norfolk Ladies County Championship

Sheena PerryHi Ladies,

Congratulations to Jo Ashmore for winning the scratch am and scratch cup and also getting through to the finals, where she played 14 year old Amy Taylor who went on to win the championships.

Also congratulations to Megan Mann for winning the 36 hole net cup whereupon she dropped her handicap to 6. She also qualified for the last 16 but unfortunately losing to Sam Martin.

Well done to Vanessa Mann for winning the morning handicap and to Ellie Brown for also qualifying for the last 16 but unfortunately had to play Jo Ashmore and after a very close match lost to her on the 18th.

Congratulations to Megan and Ellie for winning the team competition for Barnham Broom.

On another note the Robin Brooks Trophy signing sheet is up on the central board. The competition is being held on Bank Holiday Monday the 25th May. We need 18 ladies please.

Best wishes



RTB Order of Merit Leaderboard – after May 3rd Stableford

Early stages but out in front is Paul Greaves who has amassed nearly 500,000 points already. Hot on his heels though are Tony Lynne and Anthony Gravestock who are within 50,000 points.

Lots of points still to be won – next major is on the 6th June – 450,000 points on offer to the winner – it could be you!

Don’t forget points are also on offer in the RTB Midweek events as well as the May medal that is coming up.


RTB – May Stableford Results

No doubt some of you that are reading this are still drying out from the heavy downpours that greeted the entire field for most of the round.

The conditions played a major part in ‘diluting’ the scores with CSS rocketing up 3 shots to 74. Looking at the analysis of the results in a bit more detail the 15th hole proved particularly difficult with nearly 2/3 of the field scoring a double bogey or worse.

So who managed to keep their concentration, patience and, importantly, their gear dry to take the top spots?

Well, in Division 2 Les Gardner secured 3rd place with 32 points whilst Mr Bad Weather Specialist himself – Paul McKerrel was edged out of 1st place on count back by Martin Pye – both scoring a very creditable 34 points apiece, Well done gents!

Over in Division 1, a fine total of 35 points by Andy Burton gave him 3rd place. Continuing a rich vein of form was Paul Greaves who scored a very good 38 points  helped by putting like Jordan Spieth   in taking only 25 putts. Out in front though was Shaun Friend who appeared to be impervious to the conditions by scoring an excellent 41 points and is also the overall winner of the Stableford. Well played Shaun!

Coming up is the Captain/Pro Texas Scramble on the 17th May with a whole host of things to be won including a 4 ball tee time at a venue in Norfolk –  so get your teams sorted and names on the board if you have done so already. The Green Keepers revenge start sheet has also been posted – always popular so pop your names down soon (Friday evening – 29th May with a rolling BBQ to follow).




The  rain showers and gusting winds  helped to depress the scoring for this competition with the Competition Standard Scratch going up 1 above the par of 71.

Looking at Division 1 first, Phil Law grabbed 3rd place on countback with a creditable 36 points. Taking second spot was Des Adams with a fine 37 points, with the ‘evergreen’ Paul Greaves taking 1st place with a very good 38 points. Well played Paul.

Over in Division 2 the scoring was marginally higher with second and third places taken by a pair of 38′s – Richard Phillips pipping Aron Forder on countback. Showing everyone how to play the conditions was Jay Seaman amassing an excellent 41 points. Congratulations Jay.

The next RTB event is on May 3rd – it was a medal in on the fixture list but it is now a stableford due to an issue with the hotel’s booking system. There are still spaces available – just contact the Golf Shop. The stableford that was scheduled for the 23rd May will now be the medal.

Other events to watch out for in May are the:

Robin Brooks Trophy on Bank Holiday Monday – 25th May , a Texas Scramble involving Teams from all 4 sections. Start sheet is up between the changing rooms

It’s back for 2015 – the Greenkeepers’ Revenge on 29th May – a Friday evening  of 9 holes on the Valley where the tees and holes could be anywhere followed by a BBQ. So get yourself a team and pop your names down on the start sheet which will be  up this Friday


The weather forecast earlier in the week was for rain, rain , and more rain on Sunday. Not a winner for 36 holes of golf. Luckily the forecasters were wrong and so the Cullington Team went to Sprowston and the Myhill hosted Heacham Manor at Barnham bathed in Spring sunshine.

At Sprowston, team captain Roger Human and his team carved out an early lead at lunchtime of 9 holes whilst at Barnham the Myhill team had a slender lead of just one hole.

The afternoon session is often a seesaw affair and this one proved to be no different. In the Cullington, the Sprowston team started to clawback the morning’s losses to set up a nail biting finish. However a couple of monstrous putts sunk by Harry Bradfield and Barry Reynolds on the par 3 17th helped to restore a bit of breathing space with team victorious by 3 holes. A brilliant result away from home and congratulations to the winning Cullington team of:

Peter Whitbread and Mike Stolady 1 down 

Richard Severn and Harry Bradfield (Junior)7 Up

Tony Lynne and Barry Reynolds 6 Down

Gary Lutkin and Jamie Black (Junior) 3 Up

An away tie at either Mattishall or Cromer is the reward in the next round on the 28th June.

Back to the Myhill team where matters became very tense in the afternoon. With three matches in and one left out on the course the overall match score was all square. With holes 17 and 18 halved sudden death was required.

Giles Evans and Will Farley took up the challenge to represent Barnham and after halving the first extra hole with pars secured the all important win on the 2nd hole. A fantastic result and one delighted team captain – me!

A big thank you to the Myhill team of:

Giles Evans (Junior)/Mark Leeds 3 Up

Aaron Tillett/James Tinsey 5 Down

Andrew Fish/Anthony Gravestock 1 Down

Will Farley (Junior)/Pierce Earthy (Junior) 3 Up

The reward is an away tie at Dunston on the 28th June

Men – Myhill and Cullington Matches – 26th April


The first rounds of both these prestigious Norfolk inter-club knock out competitions get under away on Sunday 26th April

The Myhill Team are home to Heacham

 (AM tee times start at 08.30 and PM 13.30)

The Cullington Team are away at Sprowston

(with similar tee times)

The format for both is foursomes over 36 holes consisting of 4 matches. The Myhill Trophy is for players with handicaps 12 or less and the Cullington for handicaps of 10 to 18

If you can find some time to walk a few holes with either of the teams and give them some support that will be brilliant.

 Could be great way of walking off that Sunday lunch!