Championship Rant

This years knockout phase of the Club Championship started in perfect weather conditions.  In the early part of the week Mark Lewis defeated Colin Toshack in spite of Colin chipping in twice.  Later that evening the shock of the quarter finals was Roger Boyle beating Chris Payne.  Having gone 2 down early on Roger clung on before winning the 17th to go one up and closing out the match on the 18th – Well done Rodge!  Jordan played Ian Jones and despite Ian playing some great golf on the front 9, Jordan proved too strong finally winning on the first extra hole.  But to take Jordan to an extra hole is a fine performance in a scratch competition – well done Ian.  In the last quarter final Nick Grimmitt played Martin Price, Nick played some great golf with 5 birdies and proved too strong for Martin.

The semi-finals would comprise of Mark Lewis v Roger Boyle and Jordan PR v Nick Grimmitt. Mark got off to a flying start and proved too strong for Roger winning the match convincingly to gain a place in the final.  The other semi final would prove to be a much closer affair with Nick finally clinching a place in the final against Mark.

On Sunday in the 36 hole match Mark shot an oustanding morning round of 64 to gain the ascendency against Nick.  Mark finally won 5&4 to become a new name on Club Championship shield – well done Mark.

A big thank you to Terry Smith, John Redknap and Steve Nicholls for refereeing the 3 mens finals.  Thanks must also go to the Lady Captain for presenting the Men’s trophies to the winners – thanks Karen.

The Rugby Shield was won by John Francis narrowly beating Ian Dodd.  The Glamorganshire shield was won by Dafydd Harries beating Pete (sporting legend) Goodfellow in a not so narrow victory.  But it was a 36 hole match if that’s any consolation Pete!

After the break back to medal golf this weekend and next week a 4BBB, the 4BBB goes live tonight at the usual time.

Finally, a number of members have complained about the state of the bunkers later on in the day please ensure you follow these guidelines.

1. Find the best entry and exit point (normally the lowest part).
2. Enter the bunker with the rake.
3. Smooth over the sand as you back out of the bunker

Begin raking over the signs of play, pull the tines of the rake towards you, but be careful not to pull too much sand backwards. Restore the surface without displacing too much sand. If you are pulling too much sand towards you push the tines away from you a few times. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT.

4. Exit the bunker and complete raking.
5. Check before continuing your round

When finished the sand surface should be even with no signs of divots or footprints and no excess sand having been pulled towards the bunker edge.

The simple rule is leave the bunker as you would expect to find it.

Happy Golfing

Leon Reece
Match Captain


Club Championship Rants

In scorching conditions 49 members played in the Club Championship.  The greens staff produced the course in the very best of conditions given the horrendous winter we have experienced.  The greens were just below 10 on the stimpmeter and rolling true.  The vast majority of members were most laudable about the course but a small minority did have a moan, but they also shot at least one round in the 80’s!  Two sub 80 rounds qualified for the knock out phase.

The Strokeplay Championship was won by Mark Lewis with a morning round of 73 and an afternoon round of 71.  He narrowly beat Jordan Price-Davies by a single shot. Jordan scored 72 in the morning and 73 in the afternoon.  The first round leader Brian Rigby was unable to produce his morning form shooting 77 in the afternoon, finishing in fourth place.  Brian is unable to compete in the knock out phase due to work commitments so Colin Toshack in ninth place will fill the final place.

Full Gross results

1.  Mark Lewis 73+71=144
2.  Jordan Price-Davies 72+73=145
3.  Nick Grimmitt 75+73=148
4.  Brian Rigby 71+77=148
5.  Chris Payne 72+79=151
6.  Roger Boyle 76+77=153
7.  Martin Price 75+78=153
8.  Ian Jones 76+79=155
9.  Colin Toshack 77+82=159
10. Jay Morris 81+79=160

The draw for the quarter final’s as follows:-

Mark Lewis v Colin Toshack
Chris Payne v Roger Boyle
Jordan Price-Davies v Ian Jones
Nick Grimmitt v Martin Price

The Strokeplay Nett prize was won by 3 shots by Wayne Blatchford beating Scott Levy and Roger Boyle.  There were some great net scores and handicap reductions were rife after the event.  Another great performance was that of James Price, he came 7th in the net at the ripe old age of 14!

This weekend also sees the semi-final and final of the Glamorganshire Shield and the Rugby Shield.  The draws for both are below.

Glamorganshire Shield

Dave Carey v Dafydd Harris
Darrell Hamonda v Pete Goodfellow

Rugby Shield

Ian Dodd v Brian Barton
Pete Hurley v John Francis

The Ladies have their Championship semi’s and final this weekend along with the Piddocke Cup.

Finally, Richard Cardus and Wayne Blatchford are progressing nicely in the Trilby Tour Regional Qualifiers. They have already won two qualifiers and they are playing at home on Saturday morning, so don a Trilby and come down and support them.

It sounds a manic weekend in the club but there are plenty of gaps for social golf so come down and support or play.

Good luck to all this weekend.

Oh I almost forgot, one of our competitive dads had a bit of a fall recently, I now know why his rugby career was so short, I think he should stick to golf!

Happy Golfing

Leon Reece
Match Captain

Millennium Rants

A great turn out for Captains Day and conditions were brutal. When I arrived many told me that they had experienced the worst conditions.  The Captain’s marquee (well B&Q gazebo – no expense spared at the Glamorganshire) had been blown away and was now lashed between the cabin and the toilets! I knew they would eventually come in handy one day!  The wind seemed to get stronger and stronger and 34 points seemed a long way off.  Jammie James and I had scored 9 points after 9 holes and the dream was over.

The Captain, Lady Captain and the team at the cabin provided both shelter and hearty fare for all to enjoy.  Many departed the ninth tee with an ice cream in hand hoping to break 20!  That made the 35 points of Campbell Lammie and Paul Fullbrook a great winning score in the conditions, so well done to them.

Last Saturday saw the Millennium Trophy won by Phil Carling and his team despite leaving a 2 inch putt, one inch short they still managed to win on count back narrowly beating the Greenslades.

This week sees a strong field compete in the Club Championship qualifier, there are a few spaces available at the moment.  The course is open around the qualifier but the greens staff will be cutting pins in the morning.  Conditions this weekend, sunny with light winds should see good scoring but as usual 2 – 75’s should qualify.  I’m just looking forward to seeing the power of Jamie Ringer being tamed by the finesse of Anna Carling!  It would be great to see 2 sub-par rounds from anyone, both Jordan and Mark Lewis are playing well and that would be some achievement.  Players in the afternoon round go out at 13:00 and all competitors will have teed off by 14:30.  The score board will be manned by the M&H Team so please come down and watch the competitors coming in.

Good luck to all the competitors and let’s hope the weather forecasters are right.

Happy golfing!

Leon Reece
Match Captain