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Captains Corner April Edition



Welcome to Captains corner April Edition

The men’s hole-in-one Phenomenon goes on.   Saturday 25th March saw Graham Jeffries Hole-in-one on the 11th Par three on the Hill.  Many Congratulations Graham may this form continue throughout the year for you.

I was invited along to the Junior A.G.M. On the same day. Clearly the Academy is in a transitional period at the moment. It was a well attended meeting, many parents, which is always a good sign, and many students in the 9 and under age group.   Alan Hemsley ably assisted by Gary Davies do a fantansic  job  catering for all ages. Over the past 8-10 years Barnham Broom has been blessed with many Talented golfers, some making their debuts on the first step to becoming Tournament professionals.  The Late Great Robin Brooks had no little input also,  into this last decade of golfers.  Will Farley, Giles Evans, Aaron Tillett,  James Tinsey,  Jamie Black, Charlie Walsh, Josh Bartlett, Haden Leeds Matt Alden, Liam Cossey  and more recently Ellie Brown representing her Country as well as County,  Tara Davis, Nicola Dazell  (the current junior captain) Megan Mann, Harry Bradfield, Charlie Woodward  Alex Field,  Ollie Underhill-Smith,  Tom Piper,  Ben Terry, Fred  2ll’s Kiddell  (sorry Fred)  Fred Pinkney.  The vast majority of these golfers have represented their County, a great Honour.  I apologise if I have missed anybody out,  Please let me know and you will get a special mention in next Months  Mardle.   Winding up the meeting we came to the Trophy presentation.  Prizes won over the previous Twelve Months and I felt very privileged to present these up and coming young people with their hard gained rewards for the past year.  I will be watching their progress with interest.

Roger Garwood

It all started back in 1977!

We are celebrating our 40th Anniversary and will be holding a variety of events throughout the year supporting two local charities!

BEAT (a charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, ENDOS or any other difficulty with food, weight or shape)

SEPSIS TRUST (a charity supporting the NHS and how it deals with Sepsis whilst increasing public awareness and supporting those affected by Sepsis)

Check out some pictures from the 70’s >>


40-Hole Golf Competition event:

  • To be hosted on Monday 1st May 2017 across both courses
  • Event limited to 25 x teams (100 x players)
  • Format to be a Mixed Team Competition (open to HPB members)
  • Each team of four to be made up of 3 x Gentlemen and 1 x Lady or Junior
  • 4BBB Stableford
  • Competition to be played over 18 holes on the Valley Course, 18 holes on the Hill Course, 3 x Academy holes and 1 x new short hole utilising the practice chipping green
  • Each team will see 2 x members play the Valley course (18 holes) and 2 x members play the Hill course and academy holes (22 holes) and their better ball stableford points will be added together to form a team score
  • Barbecue for all participants and family at 6pm
  • Entry fee for the event is only £5pp to include BBQ


Golf Invitation Day:

  • To be hosted on Thursday 20th July 2017 on The Valley Course
  • Event limited to 50 x pairings (100 x players)
  • Event to include Tea, Coffee & Bacon rolls on arrival, 18 holes on Valley course & 2-course meal afterwards
  • Event is open to all golf members
  • Format will be 4BBB Stableford
  • Start sheet will be active from 1st June 2017
  • Meal for all participants at 3pm
  • Entry fee for the event is only £40/pair


Golf Competition Cup:

  • To be hosted on Sunday 24th September 2017 on the Valley course
  • Event limited to 25 x teams (100 x players)
  • Format to be a Mixed Team Texas Scramble Competition
  • Each team of four to be made up of 3 x Gentlemen and 1 x Lady or Junior
  • This is a Cup Competition where the trophy will be presented at the Charity Black-tie Ball
  • Hog Roast for all participants and family at 2.30pm
  • Entry fee for the event is only £15pp to include hog roast


Charity Black-tie Ball:

  • To be hosted on Saturday 25th November 2017 in our Marquee and Barford Suite
  • Black-tie charity ball with Live Band
  • Ticket only event limited to 300 x guests
  • Open to all members, guests and the general public
  • Golf members to be given a special introductory booking period to avoid disappointment prior to general sale
  • Tickets to go on sale from 1st May
  • Charity auction
  • Celebrity After-Dinner speaker
  • Special accommodation package to be offered
  • Tickets available from £75pp (members to receive 10% discount)


For more information contact Greg Hacon on or 07715 808766


Handicap League Players 2016

The following matches have been arranged for this year!





Mattishall (Home)  Sunday 30th April

Thetford (Home)     Saturday 6th May

Costessey (Home)   Sunday 21st May

Costessey (Away)    Sunday 28th May

Thetford (Away)      Sunday     11th June

Dereham (Away)     Saturday 17th June

Mattishall (Away)   Saturday 5th August

Dereham (Home)    Sunday 27th August

Anyone wishing to be considered for the handicap league squad please contact Richard Severn.       

Barnham Broom’s run of holes in “ONE”!!

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The remarkable sequence of hole in one’s go on.  It all started on the 12th December when Paul Platten Aced the 2nd on the Hill.  This was followed by Robbie Watts holing his tee shot on the Valley 15th a week later. Into the New Year just, 2nd January and Shaun Friend holes in one on Hill 11th.  Captain Roger Garwood then joined the action Acing Hill 17th in a match play pairs comp.playing Mark Leeds and Andrew Fish with partner Roger Human. Standing on the 16th tee Garwood and Human were Dormy 3 down.  Garwood won the 16th thus making the last two holes very interesting. Along comes the Ace on 17 so its on to the 18th Dormy 1.  Alas there was to be no escape as a final half ended in defeat.   Not to be outdone a certain Chris Tucker Aced the Valley 16th a par 4  reduced in distance because of Temporary tees and Greens. So Chris now has an Albatross to add to his Golfing stories, which occurred  on the 23rd January.  Barnham Broom men have now had Five Aces in the last 43 Days. I wonder if any club out there has surpassed this?

On Wednesday 28th September 2016 the inaugural competition of the Seniors All Medal Winners was held involving the previous 12 monthly medal winners from the seniors section, in addition to the winner of the Seniors Championship. Those players were Dave Ashmore, Alastair Whyte, Peter Hall, Len Cawley, Ivan Haistead, Barry Reynolds, Tony Lynne, Malcolm Addison, John Farrow, Barry Ireland Steve Webster and Les Gardner. Played from the white tees on the Valley course, the winner with a net 70 was Steve Webster, who was presented with the claret jug by Roger Human.

Handicap League Finals Day

2016 Handicap League Finals day

Dawn rose at Weston Park this last Sunday and there watching the sun come up and getting ready for the days battle ahead and totally oblivious of what drama the day would bring were the boys from Barnham.

After a rushed/hectic half an hour sorting the order of play between Heacham Manor, Sprowston Manor and Costessey Park, getting the paperwork and handicaps sorted, the first group were finally ready and eager to tee off just after 7.30am on what was to prove one of the most exciting and emotional days of golf in Team Barnham’s History !!

After a good promising start the team :- Andrew Fish & Jamie Black – Tony Lynne & Harry Bradfield – Harry Severn & James Tinsey – Andy Stebbings & Stuart Black were UP in 3 matches and DOWN in 1 at the halfway stage. By the 15th Team Barnham were UP in 2 DOWN in 2. Word was rushed down to the 16th Tee to tell the boys who were by this time 1 Down that a half would be enough to get BB through to the final !! Black’s tee shot took a wicked deflection off a tree effectively taking him out of contention on the hole but step up Mr Stebbing’s who just lips out for a birdie and a win to go all square !!

Drama on the17th as Costessey had a stroke. Their Captain somehow managed to find the only staked tree on the hole and get relief. He made a complete farce of his interpretation of the rules and was quite rightly corrected and maybe should have had to concede the hole, but never the less Costessey won the hole taking it to a play off !! After a quick think by the skipper and consulting with the team Harry Severn & James Tinsey tee’d it up again on the 1st hole. With James guaranteeing the half Harry had a 4 footer with probably 100 anxious people watching for the win ….  in it went … and to the relief of everyone Team Barnham were in the final, justice was served.

A light lunch for some, whilst the skipper had sort his paperwork out again and had to make a couple of forced changes for the afternoon. Aaron Tillet was drafted in to replace Stebbs due to injury and John Gould for Tony Lynne. It must be stated that these two players could have continued but recognised that the team were likely to be better off with the change. This was a selfless act and proves just how good a team ethic team BB have.

Team BB emerged from lunch break on the back foot as by the 4th hole we were Down in 3 and Up in 1. The 9th saw Harry Bradfield drop a 20 footer in for a birdie which was only good enough for a half !! Sprowston were getting under our skin a little !! By the 13th and into the last 5 hole run in ( The Witching Hour ) Team Barnham were Down in 3 and Up in 1. A fight back was needed and that by god that’s what the skipper got !! James Tinsey lipping out on 13th for a birdie to get back to level their match, Stu and Aaron having a right old ding dong thru 11 – 13 with some of the best putting I have seen this year on very awkward difficult to read greens reminding Sprowston they had their hands full. BB were getting right into their opponents face. It was all happening everywhere, Team Barnham had the bit between their teeth.


On to the 17th, Mr Fish and Jamie Black who were 1 down had Sprowston on the ropes after coming back from 3 down. Jamie smashed his second to 4 or 5 feet but sadly his birdie putt lipped out, unbelievable tension evident in the following gallery. A half was all a very relieved Sprowston needed. It was an epic fight back from our boys, simply stunning !! The skipper needn’t have worried as the following supporters watched John Gould and Harry Bradfield go down 17, the latter hitting to within 3 feet and with John’s shot meant BB romped home winning 2 up. The match now poised at 1- 1.

Harry & James despite some quite brilliant golf at times just fell short after chasing their match from the start, their opponents getting more of their fair share of luck it has to be said along the way. Both players were visibly disappointed until someone reminded them of their heroics in the mornings play off.  Team BB were 2 -1 down !!  Aaron & Stu found themselves 1 up on 17 knowing a win was the only thing that BB craved and this time Mr Black had a shot !! Aaron found himself blocked out after his tee shot, his second shot a 4 Iron draw to within 5 feet under pressure was simply stunning and if that wasn’t enough Stu Black stuck his 2nd inside his partners winning the match 2 up, the skipper nearly reduced to tears of Joy !!

More consulting re the next play off ensued whilst ferrying players and supporters from the 17th back to the first tee. Time and light were running out as the County Officials pushed everyone along. Stu Black and Aaron Tillet bravely stepped up for Team Barnham. In the end Costessey were worthy winners on the 1st playoff hole with both BB boys under pressure after their second shots landed just short of the green and in the greenside bunker. Costessey had a shot and in the end had two putts for the win. The day was emotional for everyone playing and non playing and will go down as one of those lifetime moments for me, I cannot have ever imagined after agreeing to another year how much I would have enjoyed being with these guys. Yes you lost and yes my eyes were watery driving home but it was through pride not disappointment. The medal you now own I hope will be reminder of what you all achieved for each other and club.

Thanks to all 22 players who took part this season I salute you all and to Roger Human for giving me this opportunity. One last mention has to go to the following supporters who for me helped make it such a special day and year – Mel Black, Rachel & Mark Bradfield, Roger Garwood & Gary Lutkin who despite being ill stayed all day at the finals to support the team.


Until next year …………………