Match Captain’s Report May 20, 2014

The weekend was fully taken up with all matters Barbarian.

Saturday saw 200 golfers compete for one of our clubs most prestigious trophies the Barbarian Cup. Played in stunning weather more akin to the Mediterranean and with the course in superb condition most members were expecting to see a flood of sub 70 scores topping the leader board. How wrong we were!

As the scores came in through the afternoon and into the evening not one was able to break 70. A few got close and should have done, Steve Scarrett posted 70 but blew it on the 16th with an 8, Dan Blatchford posted 71 with his chances scuppered by double bogies on both 17 and 18. So we were left with four people on 70 and with the Barbarian cup rules being what they are we had to hastily arrange a four way 18 hole medal playoff for 8.30am the following morning.

The four respective competitors, Steve Scarrett, Mike Davis, Nathan Waters and Chris Burns were all contacted late in the evening ( in varying states of inebriation ) and we managed to set it up. Before moving on to Sundays events I would like to thank the Ladies section for giving up there three allocated Saturday slots to enable more male members to play in what is a very important and traditional weekend for the Club.

The playoff on Sunday morning, prior to the shotgun start for the Barbarian trophy at 1.00pm proved to be a tense and dramatic affair. The front nine was fairly uneventful, with some less than average golf played by all four competitors. With only 2 shots ( nett ) separating all four, it was all to play for on the back nine.

Mike Davis and Chris Burns started to slip at the start of the back nine leaving the door open for Steve and Nathan and they were taking there chance. Mike steadied himself with a birdie on the 13th but it was matched by Steve and with Nathan on a run of pars following a birdie on the 11th it was Chris who had slipped out of contention with Mike just hanging on. A bit of ebb and flow on 14,15 and 16 left Steve and Nathan leading going down the 17th, a 40ft putt by Mike on the 16th just kept him in remote contention but it was Steve and Nathan’s to lose.

Well it took 15 minutes just from around the green on 17, we had to delay the start of the Barbarian trophy as one disaster after another befell our competitors. Chris lost his ball after his second shot and carded a 9, Steve chipped his 3rd shot into the back left bunker, got it out but into the back right hand bunker, got it out but back into the into the same left hand bunker he started in, eventually finishing with a 9. Nathan was also falling apart but his 7 was relatively good by comparison. Mike in the meantime had just sat at the back of the green waiting to putt out whilst it all unfolded in front of him, when the mayhem ended he got up, putted out and went to the 18th tee as the leader. A four on the last was enough for Mike to win the cup.

Congratulations to Mike Davis, a worthy and popular winner and commiserations to Steve,Nathan and Chris who did well to qualify for the playoff and played there part on the day.

The afternoon went well with our rugby guests and members playing in a dual pairs and team competition. Surprise, surprise Mike Davis playing another 18 holes won the best pair prize with his partner Ifan Davies and was also in the winning team, three trophies in one day ( to think the Arsenal supporters were getting carried away on the Saturday after winning one trophy in nine years )

Speaking to Mike in the bar before dinner he said it was the first time he had won this cup. I naively asked if he had his name on the other boards to which Mike, looking surprised enlightened me to the facts. Club champion 1966, singles KO winner 1979, Stoddard winner 1968/70/85/86/88, Autumn tournament winner 1966/97, Howell cup winner 1974, Santa Claus winner 1996/97.

Lesson number 83 for a rookie Match Captain, get your facts together before opening your mouth! Mike, I hope I didn’t miss out any of your notable victories during your distinguished time as ¬†a member of the Club.

Harrison and Webster medal over the Bank Holiday weekend ( round 1. Sat, round 2. Mon ) best off luck to all, try to keep play at a good pace.

Happy golfing

Alan Buchan
Match Captain

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Match Captain’s Report

The results from the weekend have been sent out separately so I will not be covering results and the usual topics, but would like to raise something which is probably not under my remit, but what the heck!

The number of pitch marks left un-repaired on the greens is getting to a totally unacceptable level. On each green I arrived on both during the week and at weekends have an endless number of pitch marks which are clearly visible, I repaired one last week which was the size of a small crater along with another dozen smaller ones ( on one green ).

I am aware that there are many of our members who repair pitch marks when they find them, left by other less thoughtful, selfish, lazy members who could not be bothered, but this should not have to be the case.

We are not a public course, we do not have endless societies playing on our course day after day therefore it can only be members who are leaving our greens in this condition. Please be proud of playing such a good shot it leaves a pitch mark on the green and take pride in having to repair it. Divots also need replacing on fairway as well.

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Sorry to moan on, best of luck in Saturday’s medal to all those playing.

Happy golfing

Alan Buchan
Match Captain

Match Captain’s Report – April 30, 2014

Last Saturday’s 4BBB was, as I am sure you all know the qualifier for the Earl of Plymouth cup, with the top 16 going through to the K. O. Stages.

Congratulations to all those who qualified, you now have another competition match to fit into your busy schedules. Well done to Mark Portlock and Peter Goodfellow winning the competition with a score of 66, but special mention must go to Spencer Robinson ( hcp 8 ) and Harry Williams ( hcp 17 ) aged 14 and 15 respectively who came second on count back, also with a 66. Young men who I am sure we will see and hear a lot of around the club in coming years.

Individual performance of the day clearly goes to Patrick Welch ( hcp 5 ) who, playing on his own due to the late withdrawal of his partner and  finishing during the evening in torrential rain scored a 68 to finish 3rd overall.

We also had a notable event in the twos, with 3 members of one group Richard Collins, Will Hutchings, and Paul Davies all making birdies on the seventh. David Carey the fourth member of the group, you really let the side down there!

Considering the 4 ball medal format and the blustery conditions, play moved well throughout the day with only a few exceptions. Some groups did take a while longer than others due to encountering a few problems and those which I was able to talk to on the course where aware of there position and endeavouring to due something about it.

Jubilee Cup and Stableford scoring on Saturday coming, therefore no worries about taking 9 to get out of a bunker.

Happy golfing

Alan Buchan
Match Captain

Match Captain’s Report – April 25, 2014

A good weekends golf was had by many members over the Bank Holiday.

The Easter cups were competed for on Saturday with Ross Toshack posting the best score of 40 points and winning the division one cup and Robert Beale scoring 39 points to win the division two cup (getting his handicap reduced by 2 in the process ). With a competition standard scratch of 72, conditions continued to be tough in windy Spring conditions.

Bank Holiday Monday saw a mixed medal competition played on a calm warm day with the scores reflecting the improved conditions, standard scratch 70 with the top six all breaking 70 nett.

Outright victory went to Chris Burns with an excellent nett 67. I will note it would have been nice to see a greater number of our Lady members testing themselves in this medal format on such a nice day.

Less pressure on everybody this weekend with a 4BBB, but it is the qualifier for the Earl of Plymouth Cup. It has been pointed out to me a few times that the Earl of Plymouth qualifier should be a medal competition, not a Stableford as listed in the diary. This is correct and I can confirm that it is indeed a medal competition.

Members are still doing an excellent job in keeping play moving well with morning rounds consistently below 4 hours and afternoon rounds between 4 hours and 4 hours 15 mins. Thank you to everyone for your support in this matter, let’s keep it up.

Happy golfing

Alan Buchan
Match Captain