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Congratulations to Adam Sims who this weekend won the Barnham Broom 36 hole scratch championship for the third year running. He is pictured above receiving the championship plate from club Captain Roger Garwood. Adam who plays of 1, shot 150, 76 on the Hill course and 74 on the Valley Course. Second place went to James Tinsey on 153 and third Andrew Stebbings on 158.
The handicap 36 hole competition was won by Eric Harrris, playing off 13, who scored a nett 134, closely followed in second place was Shaun Friend, also playing off 13, with 135 and third Tony Lynne, playing off 11, with 137.
The 2017 Captains’ away weekend saw 23 club members join Roger for 2 rounds at Seacroft GC on the Lincolnshire cost. This excellent course was in fine condition – fast, true greens and an interesting, challenging layout. Unlike last year, the scoring was very good, Mark Staz won the overall competition with an outstanding first round of 46 points, followed by 38 giving total of 84. Second was Chris Langton on 77 points, and third was Keith Parker with 74.
Several prizes were awarded both days for nearest the pin and longest drive. John Norfolk provided bookie services, including the lucrative sweep on the number of shots played from bunkers over the two rounds. This year the total was a modest 76. All agreed it was a good couple of days – thank you Roger.
Why not join us next year? Check the notice board where Barry will soon give details of his choice of venue and costs.
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.
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.
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?
Congratulations to Andrew Felice who beat Nathan Hudson on the final hole to take this year’s Summer Singles crown.
A closely fought match saw Andrew’s 2 hole lead disappear on the back 9 with the match all square with 2 holes to play. With Nathan giving a shot on 17 it was advantage ‘Felice’ but the hole was duly halved. However, 2 shots into the 18th green followed by 2 putts was good enough to secure the win for Andrew.
Another cracking match and well done to both players for reaching the final.
This year’s summer pairs was contested between James Ducker and Craig Barker and those stalwarts of Barnham Broom Chris Langton and Geoff Hardy.
A closely fought match throughout saw the Ducker and Barker combo miss a good opportunity on the 17th to go one up to play. With the teams standing all square on the 18th both Langton and Hardy hit their tee shots in the trees to the right hand side of the fairway with their opponents on the fairway. James Ducker then finds the middle of the green with his second shot some 20 feet away from the flag. After hitting a few trees with his second shot Geoff Hardy with 70 yards left to the flag hits his next shot within 10 feet. A short approach putt by James was followed by Geoff holing his putt for par. Alas, James was unable to match this meaning that Geoff and Chris are this year’s Summer Pairs Champions!
Congratulations to both teams for making the final.