It has been a very wet winter which has made the use of temporary greens a regular feature but finally conditions improved sufficiently to have all 18 holes on main greens for this month’s medal.
With little in the way of run on the fairways , rough still being really difficult to play from, and a 2 club wind there was little to encourage low scoring. More a day for being patient and grinding out a score.
In Division 1 second and third spots were secured with 2 fine net 71s, with Andrew Felice securing the runner-up position on count back from Robbie Watts. That will feel sweet for Andrew! Top spot was taken by Peter Egan with an excellent net 70 which was some score in the conditions.
Over in Division 2, Nigel Orpin secured a well-deserved 3rd place with a net 74 and Andy Hudson took 2nd spot with a net 73. Out in front though was Andrew Philip with another excellent net 70 which was not only good enough to take the Division honours but also the overall Medal on count back. Congratulations Andrew!
Next up is the February Stableford on the 14th of February – Valentines Day. So start those negotiations now to make sure you have a pass out to play
Despite a miserable Sunday morning the Barnham Broom ladies defeated Dereham 5-0 in the first round of the Mail on Sunday playing on the hill course. Well done Vanessa, Ellie, Megan, Jessica and Avril.
A chilly wind greeted the ladies as they went out to play a 12 hole yellow ball competition. Two teams scored 75 points and the winning team only won on the last hole score. Well done Vanessa, Lulu and Penny. Once again the rules quiz proved quite a challenge and was won by Felicity, Liz and Julie.
On a very frosty but sunny Tuesday morning 19 ladies braved the cold to play a fun game consisting of 12 holes but with only 9 of those to count in final score. Some teams came in elated with their scores only to find that their best 3 holes were not included. Golf was followed by the dreaded golf quiz. The winning team were Bev, Jette and Carol Morfoot with 50 points from the 9 holes. The quiz was won by Chrissie, Angie, Sharon and Jenny.
The weather played a big part in the first Stableford this year with only 13 holes being open all with temporary greens. (4 to 6 and 15 and 16 being shut) However, 42 players still decided to venture out for their weekly ‘golf’ fix.
Normally with shorter holes and the larger frost cups being used there is normally an abundance of birdies on the par 3s but this time there was just the one – the Captain’s Charity remains in good, financial health!
So who made the most of the conditions? Well, it wasn’t me.
In Divison 1, 29 points secured 3rd place – well done to ‘Lord’ Rob Nicols. Battling for the top 2 spots with 30 points were Denis Walsh (it must have been cold as he had long trousers on) and Andy Burton with the latter edging it on count back. Well done both.
In Division 2 Barnham’s very own bad weather specialist was in the mix again – Paul Mckerell on the podium in the 2rd place with 28 points – squeezing out Andrew Philip into 3rd. Well played gents. Out in front was Dr Chris Thorman who found the perfect remedy to the conditions coming with an excellent 31 points. Congratulations Chris on winning the Stableford overall.
Next up are the monthly Medal and Stableford competitions in February.
Division 2 Result
1st Dr Chris Thorman 31c
2nd Mr Paul Mckerell 28c
3rd Mr Andrew Philip 28c
The warm and wet weather of 2015 has continued into the New Year presenting problems for the Greenkeeping Staff to keep both courses playable. Whilst this meant that we did have 4 temporary greens in play for this medal we did have the benefit of full tees which was a bonus.
With a great deal of water sitting on or just below the surface keeping the ball on the fairway was at a premium. Anything that strayed into the rough was either covered in mud or very difficult to find.
The easiest holes on the course not surprisingly were the ones where temp greens were being used with the toughest hole being the 4th baring its’ teeth with scores averaging 2.1 over par for the 42 golfers in the field.
In Division 2 there was a dead heat between three players all on Net 70. So once again it came down to who done what on the last 9, 6, or 3 holes to determine the winner:
1st Mr Mark Bradfield 93-23c=70
2nd Mr Peter G Hall 86-16c=70
3rd Mr Ilhwan Park 93-23c=70
Well played gents and congratulations to Mark for winning Division 2
Over in Division 1 countback again was in use to ascertain third place with Chris Langton coming out on top. Securing the runner-up spot with a fine net 68 was Geoff Hardy. Out in front and taking the overall medal was Andrew Mclellan with an excellent net 66 after a gross 75. Congratulations ‘Hamish’!
Next event is the Jan Stableford on the 16th – lets hope for some drier conditions.
The Xmas Jolly played on Sunday 20th December 2015 was really well supported by the members. This was a mixed event, and not only was there a lady on each team, but a couple of teams had two!! A shotgun start for all 18 teams meant a long walk for some, although one team playing from the 8th had a novel idea of driving almost to Barford village to save their legs!! There must be some sense in this endeavour as this team won the event. The weather was unseasonably warm for December, and the thought crossed my mind that serving alcohol on the course would not have been taken up, however the men and senior section proved me quite mistaken as their thirst is rarely satiated!
My thanks to Rachel Bradfield and Debbie Davis for their ‘ trolley dolly’ dispensing …
We all gathered after the round for a delicious and well served Xmas lunch by Leon and his team, and during the course of it were entertained by a sports quiz and a very novel idea composed by Di Daniels and her ladies who provided photographs of themselves when they were young and for the members to guess who they were. None of them had lost their looks I have to say. Raffle prizes donated by the hotel, golf shop raised over £260 on the day and my thanks to Liz Whales for organising the sale of tickets.
There were prizes for nearest the pins on all par 3’s and straightest drive on the 13th.
To the competition itself, 2 players out of 4 to score, in third place with 89 points was Matthew Gardner, Campell Mackellar, Steve Large and Jess Warner, in second place with 98 points Karen Woodrow, Richard Woodrow, Tim Mather and Paul Mckerrill, and the winners with 100 points were the team of Richard and Harry Severn, Martin Tinsey and Bev Dennett. Bev was the mainstay of this side scoring on her own behalf a massive 48 points . Well done everybody .
Roger Human Captain
Despite being the day after Boxing Day, the sun was out and so were the shirt sleeves in some un-seasonably warm weather.
Ten teams or 40 men decided to escape from the Christmas celebrations (or the family!) and take part in the very first Scramble at this time of year.
Format was a Medal with team stroke allowances calculated at 1/10 of the combined team total rounded to the nearest 0.1 of a shot. To add a little seasonal spice to the proceedings each player had to have 4 of his drives used with one being a par 3 – so a little pressure on the player that had to have their tee shot used on the 17th!
As is traditional in these events there were nearest the pins on offer on all the Par 3s with the following scooping up the prizes:
2nd Hole – Kevin Scott
6th Hole – Keith Parker
11th Hole – Mark Leeds
17th Hole – Robbie Watts
In the Scramble, there was some excellent scoring seen as follows:
4th Place: with a net 62 was the pre-event favourites (based on the fact that they have been unstoppable for most of 2015) – the team of M Davis, M Bradfield, M Tinsey and R Severn
3rd Place: with a net 61.3 was the team of J Black the Junior, S Black the Elder, J Bartlett, and P Greaves
Runners-up with a net 59.4 (helped by an eagle 2 on the 4th which is some scoring) was the team of M Blackburn, D Robertson, D Owen, and J Barnard
Winners (by a whisker) with a net 59.3 was the team of D Jones, A Tuna, H Leeds the Student, and M Leeds who wished he was still young enough to be a student
A big thank you to all that supported this fun event – there will be more during 2016.