'A Harry Colt Masterpiece'

Ladies Navy Cup

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

In some very pleasant conditions for golf with bright sunshine, although that south easterly breeze was quite nippy at times, the ladies gathered to play the Navy Cup Foursomes, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Claire Coutts who won the Sharman Cup last week continued with her fine run of form by winning the trophy with playing partner Shelagh Everitt. The runners up were Pam Lee and Lisa Cottingham.

Chairman's Cup - 1st round

Saturday 20th April 2019

It was the hottest day of the year so far, when the members gathered to play in the first round of the Chairman’s Cup on Saturday 20th April 2019. The bitter easterly wind that had been affecting the temperatures, for the last week, abated and it was wall to wall sunshine without a cloud in the sky. The early competitors, however, were greeted with a misty start, which was a bit stubborn to dissipate due to the there being very little breeze. The conditions were ideal for posting a good score from the 124 competitors, one of the best fields recorded over recent years. The Chairman’s Cup is played over 3 rounds and the member with the best two medal rounds out of three declared the winner. The competition standard scratch was returned at par 70 and there were eleven members with a par score or better when the results had been recorded. An excellent round of 64 and winning a voucher to the value of £60, playing off his handicap of 18, was Jason Render. He has a four-shot lead over a group of other competitors. Three members shot rounds of 68 and the count back procedure implemented. David T Smith (who wins a voucher to the value of £40) took second place from last year’s overall winner Gavin Legg who receives a voucher to the value of £35. Fourth place, also with a nett 68 was Martin Nangle and he wins a voucher to the value of £30. Two recorded scores of 69, one under par, took the minor placings and Alan Douglas took fifth spot, after the count back procedure and wins a voucher to the value of £25. A voucher to the value of £20 was won by Ian Lord who took sixth place, with the same amount of points. There were nine twos recorded but none on the second hole, Jim Leahy and Gavin Legg helped themselves to a couple each. Jim was successful on the 6th and 13th holes whilst Gavin’s were obtained on the 6th and 9th holes. The thirteenth hole seemed the most popular with further twos recorded from Micky Paterson (his second in successive weeks), Tim Dixon, David Wood and Bill Evison. Mick Moreton got the other two of the 6th hole. Each two is valued at £13.75. The hardest hole on the day, according to the Course Analysis report was the 11th hole playing 1.87 over par. This was closely followed by the 5th and 10th holes, both playing 1.59 over par with the 17th hole playing 1.56 over par. The easiest hole was the 18th hole playing 0.75 over par, closely followed by the 13th hole which played 0.78 over par.

Ladies Sharman Cup

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Claire Coutts the ladies vice-captain has started of the season in great form winning the Sharman Cup on Tuesday 16th April 2019. It was however a close-run affair after she returned a nett 77, playing off her handicap of 16. The conditions were not conducive to golf with a cold easterly breeze blowing across the course creating tricky conditions and the temperature well below the seasonal average. The count back however, had to be implemented to decide the winner after Jane Peacock also returned the same score, but after the process, Jane was relegated into second place, by the narrowest of margins. Sally Coultas took third spot with a nett 80 and Lisa Cottingham ended up fourth after shooting a nett 81.

Spring Medal

Saturday 13th April 2019

The first medal of the season was well supported on Saturday 13th April 2019 with 114 participants taking part. It was typical Spring weather with the sun shining but the cold easterly wind once again, kept the temperatures down to below average, for the time of year. Six members were successful in breaking par and the best round of the day came from Alex Crompton in division two when he shot a nett 64, off his handicap of 16. Dale Munson, won division one with an excellent round, shooting a nett 66, off his handicap of 4. Tim Seaton also shot under par in this division with a nett 69, playing off 3 to finish in second place. With a better back nine, Spencer Wressell took third place with a nett 70. Vouchers to the value of £30, £25 and £15 have been allocated to the first three in each of the four divisions. Continuing in division two, Carl Young took second place with a par round of 70 and Michael Crompton, father of the winner in this division, took third place with a nett 71. In division three there were two under par rounds and John Ritchie took the honour with a nett 67. He won by one shot from James Drury who shot a nett 68. Four members shot par rounds of 70 to contest the third place, and the count back procedure had to be implemented, and continuing on from his win last week in the Bloomer Cup, the spot was awarded to Paul Coultas, who had a better back nine. There was another under par round in division four with Glenn Paterson taking the honour with a nett 69. He finished two shots clear of Shaun Wood who finished with a nett 71 and taking third place with a nett 75 was Paul Hankin. The competition standard scratch was returned at par 70 and the easiest hole on the course was once again the 3rd hole playing 0.82 over par. The hardest hole on the course, playing 1.71 over par was the 17th, closely followed by hole 14, playing 1.57 over par. There were seven twos recorded and each is valued at £16.25. Micky Paterson, Pat Ryan and Simon Bishop were successful on the 2nd hole. Nick Cutsforth, Michael Neil and Shaun Wood were successful on the 6th hole and Dale Munson was the only member to score his two on the 13th. The winners of each division now qualify for the Medal Trophy final which is played later in the year.

Midweek Stableford

Thursday 11th April 2019

It was a chilly Spring day, although the sun was shining and it was fine and dry for the 104 members, who turned out to play in the first midweek stableford competition of the season on Thursday 11th April 2019. The easterly breeze, although not quite as strong as the previous few days, certainly kept the temperatures down. Ten members were able to shoot under par and prizes down to 8th place have been awarded. The winner with 42 points, playing off his handicap of 16 was Tom Brierley. A voucher to the value of £60 has been allocated. Three players fought out the minor placings when they returned 40 points and the count back procedure had to be implemented. A voucher to the value of £50 was awarded to Garry Reynolds for second place relegating Tom Parker into third place and Mathew Conley into fourth spot. Tom has been awarded a voucher to the value of £40 and Mathew £35. With 39 points, Bob Nicholson took 5th spot and wins a voucher to the value of £25. Bradley Moody, Chris Tuck and Mark Davies were also in the prizes returning scores of 38 points and once again the count back procedure had to be implemented. Vouchers to the value of £20, £15 and £10 have been allocated accordingly. There were seven twos recorded and unusually nearly half of them were recorded on the long par 3, 9th hole, from Nigel Barr, Gavin Munson and Patrick Ryan. Chris Brierley was successful on the 2nd hole, Nigel Tranter obtained his on the 6th and Tim Seaton obtained the only two on the thirteenth hole. The best two of the day however, was recorded by Bradley Moody on the par 4, third hole. Each two was valued at £13.86. The competition standard scratch was returned at 71 and the easiest hole on the day according to the course analysis report was the 15th hole playing almost 1 shot over par. The hardest holes were the 11th and 17th holes playing approximately 1.75 shots over par.

Bloomer Cup

Saturday 6th April 2019

The Bloomer Cup which is a foursome’s stableford competition was completed on Saturday 6th April 2019 in typical Spring weather. There was a chilly south easterly wind blowing and although it looked fine and bright, it was quite cold with the temperature below average and the cold breeze, was interspersed by the odd glimmer of the sun and then later in the afternoon persistent drizzle. There was only two teams below standard par and they tied for the lead and the count back procedure had to be implemented to decide the winner. Paul Coultas and Mike Watson ran out winners with 37 points, narrowly beating Shane Portess and Mike Foley who had to be content with second place. Again, the minor places had to be decided by the count back procedure with Paul Doughty and Tony Shepherd taking third place with 36 points just edging out of the prizes Jamie Kinnaird and Dale Snook. The winners have been allocated vouchers to the value of £50 each. The runners up vouchers to the value of £30 each and £25 each to the third-place participants. There were only a couple of twos from the 55 teams that participated and they each have been allocated prize money to the value of £55. They were both recorded on the 6th hole from Gavin Legg/John Mawer and Jamie Kinnaird/Dale Snook. The draw for the Hemingway Foursomes knockout has been completed from the top 16 teams that wished to compete in the competition and it is posted in the clubhouse. The first round has to be played by 26th May 2019.
Paul Doughty/Tony Shepherd – v- Micky Paterson/Dusty Hardisty.
Shane Portess/Mike Foley – v – Jamie Kinnaird/Dale Snook.
Pat Ryan/Steve Ramsden – v – Jim Hughes/John Wickham.
Selwyn Shelton/Tim Seaton – v – Mark Davies/Derek Boyd
Bob Daughney/Glenn Paterson – v – Paul Robinson/Marc Bradley
Tony Lightfoot/Mark Fleming – v – Dan Mawer/Bailey Mawer
D Heard/Chris McIver – v – Ian Smith/Joe Foster
Rob Turner/Nigel Tranter – v- Mike Watson/Paul Coultas




Daily Mail National Foursomes Competition

Monday 1st April 2019.

The Club were drawn away against Cleethorpes in the first round of the National Daily Mail foursomes after receiving a bye in the preliminary round. Mark Woolliss and Matty Clayton represented the club by winning the Hemingway Foursomes last year, after qualifying from the Bloomer Cup. The match was completed on Monday 1st April and they were up against Matthew Bloomer handicap 5 and Paul Moyle, handicap 6. After losing the first hole the Grimsby pair made it all level after the second hole and then managed to go three up at the turn. It was nip and tuck during the back nine and the Cleethorpes pairing were fighting all the way and managed to claw back two of the holes by the time the match reached the last hole. Mark and Matty had a three-foot putt to win the match on the last but their putt decided to run along one of the rows of hollow tines and went sideways missing the hole. The match went into sudden death extra holes play off. A par by the Cleethorpes pairing on the 19th hole, was sufficient for them to win the hole and the match. It was an extremely sporting match played in excellent spirit and the Grimsby pair, after coming so close, were gutted. The Cleethorpes pairing conceded they had lady luck on their side and go through to the next round. Well played Matty and Mark – you did your best – but sometimes you need that bit of luck also. Good luck to Cleethorpes as they progress.

Power Play Disco Trophy

Saturday 30th March 2019

Fifty-six teams took place in the better-ball Power-Play Disco stableford trophy, which is the first honours board award to be played for this year, and usually signifiers the start to the golfing season, for the members. In previous seasons it has been known that this competition has been cancelled due to severe weather conditions but after, what has been one of the best winters on record, the weather was once again fine and dry with the sun shining and above average temperatures of around 16 degrees, with very little wind, creating ideal golfing conditions. The scores certainly reflected the ideal conditions and with 47 points the winners were Gary Hawkins (playing his first full competitive season once again after double hip operations and following on from his recent trip and victory in Turkey, winning the International Shield) and Pat Ryan with 47 points. They win a voucher each to the value of £40 which can be collected from the Managers office. They were two points clear of the rest of the field and second place had to be decided by the count back procedure. With a better back nine, last year’s winners, when they also scored 47 points, had to be content with the runners up prize on this occasion, were Carl Young and Jason Render with 45 points. They have been awarded vouchers to the value of £25 each. They, narrowly beat Bob Nicholson and Paul Coultas who also finished with 45 points but had to be content with third place and receive vouchers to the value of £20 each. Thirty-seven teams finished with par or better and there were nine twos recorded all valued at £19.This amount has been posted on the members credit in the Pro-shop. There were a couple of twos on the second hole and Peter Gibbins (who won this competition in 2017 with Gary Reynolds) was successful with Gary Patterson. There were five twos recorded on the 6th hole from Nick Cutsforth, Neil Ellis, John Brocklesby, Pete Dobson and John Tinker and the other two on the 13th hole was from Nick Cottingham and Andy Martin.

Seniors Spring Jaunt

Wednesday 27th March 2019

The Seniors started their season opener with the traditional stableford Spring Jaunt which took place on Wednesday 27th March 2019. The weather was once again fine and dry and there was an excellent turn out. Starting on both sides of the course for nine holes the winner of the front nine was Dave Clarke with 18 points, who beat Dave Midgley by one point who finished in second place with 17 points. There were a couple of twos recorded on this half of the course, on the 2nd hole, by Richard Goring and guest Mark Warner. On the back nine the victor was Garry Reynolds with 19 points, winning the Stanley Gibbons Cup.Tommy Sant finished in second place with 16 points, after the countback procedure beating Som Roy, who finished third and Pete Calvert who took fourth place after they all recorded the same scores. The only two on this half of the course was recorded on the 13th hole from Michael Pousette. All the players, retired playing members and guests appreciated a very enjoyable meal in the clubhouse afterwards followed by the presentation. The W.J Sheen Cup awarded to the player with the highest average of the aggregate total in the matches played, four ball better-ball, during the winter months was Jim Balderson.

St Davids Day Am-Am

Saturday 2nd March 2019

Five teams tied for first place with 91 points, when the members played the first official competition of the season, competing in the St David’s Day Am-Am. A full field participated and the count back procedure had to be implemented to determine the winners. The five teams finished two points clear of their nearest rivals with two other teams returning scores of 89 points. After one of the closest finishes in recent times the winners with a better back nine of 49 points, a back six of 32 points and a back three of 17 points were Gary Reynolds, Shane Portess, Mike Foley and Mark Fleming. They all win a voucher to the value of £20. Second place went to Steve Dobbs, Graham Poole, Tommy Minns and Suresh Babu. They had a back nine of 47 points, a back six of 32 points and back three of 16 points. They all win a voucher to the value of £13 each. Third place and winning a voucher to the value of £10 each were Martin Nangle, Jimmy Cribb, George Coates and Les Walmsley. They returned a back nine score of 44 points. In fourth place and just missing out on the vouchers were Peter Calvert, Brian Bell, Michael Pousette and Dave Evison. They returned a back nine score of 43 points and back six score of 29 points to narrowly edge out Shaun Wood, Andy Palmer, Phil Wheatley and Matthew Holt who returned 43 points on the back nine but lost on the back six with 25 points. Very close scoring indeed and there will be many members cursing that missed put which as it turned out, would probably have made all the difference. The individual vouchers can be collected from the Office. There were eight twos recorded and they were valued at £9 each. This amount has been credited to members account in the Pro-shop. Pete Dobson obtained the only two on the second hole. There were five twos on the 6th hole from John Grest, Gary Reynolds, Keith Brown, Phil Munson and Gary Tuck. Suresh Babu was the only member to obtain a two on the 13th hole. The best two of the day was without doubt, the shot by Peter Calvert on the par four, eighteen hole – well played indeed.

Social - Shotgun Am-Am

Sunday 24th February 2019

The mixed shotgun start am-am, organised by the social committee took place on Sunday 24th February 2019 in very good conditions and there were some excellent scores returned. The winners with 98 points were Marc Bradley, Paul Robinson, Phil Munson and Paul Hickling. They finished two points clear of the second and third place teams and the minor places had to be decided by the count back procedure. With a back nine of 48 points second place went to Neil Avison, Jane Patterson, Dale Snook and Shane Portess. In third place with a back nine of 46 points were John Ritchie, Pete Gibbins, Glen Paterson and Gary Patterson. There were four twos recorded on the morning from Peter Rose, Mark Finney and Mike Brierley on the second hole and an eagle on the par 4, 14th hole from Jamie Kinnaird. All the participants enjoyed a traditional full English breakfast in the Clubhouse afterwards, prior to the presentation conducted by Club Captain Jeff Lane.
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