Festival Weekend - 14th - 17th July
A big thank you to Sam and Nick Turnbull for organising another successful Festival Weekend with competitions taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Impressive turn-outs in the weekend events, good weather and the course looking as spendid as ever, did the club proud.
Our thanks also go to all the generous sponsors for individual hole prizes in the Festival Fours competition. The full set of results and 'Spot Prize' winners are listed below.
Above: Festival Trophy winner, Barry Sullivan
Below: Festival Fours, Ladies Pairs winners Brenda Beard & Carol Farnworth
Above: Festival Fours team winners, Clive Haywood, Peter Wilson & Neil Tabraham
Below: KVP Salvers winner, Simon Fardell
2017 Club Championship
The Club Championship took place over 36 holes on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July. Conditions were near perfect, with warm days and light winds ensuring the best performers would put in some good scores over the two days.
Day one didn't disappoint, with 4 players under Net Par - and two of these stood out in particular. Club Captain John Simpson had his best ever Medal score with a Gross 75 to produce a Net 67. As if that wasn't enough however, John Owen a recent new member to the club scored a Gross 70 and Net 63 - amazing!
Day two inevitably saw some improve and others fall back, but in the end our Club Champion was again Seb Lovell who went round in 3 over Gross 143 for the two rounds. Congratulations to him for a splendid tournament win. Another new (country) member to the club, Jeremy Binch came 2nd, only four shots behind him, with 147 - a very impressive debut. The aforementioned John Owen came 3rd with 151 and I'm sure after his first round, it was a case 'what might have been'!
1. Seb Lovell - 73/70 = 143
2. Jeremy Binch - 74/73 = 147
3. John Owen - 70/81 = 151
The Biddenham Cup is of course for the best Net score and in this two of our longer standing members came in the runner's up positions with Liam Greenwood just one behind Dave Hurley who finished with a 1 over Net Par on 141.
The winner though was John Owen, who's first round of 7 under effectively ensured him his victory, as he finished overall 3 under par for the two rounds. Congratulations to him.
1. John Owen - 63/74 = 137
2. Dave Hurley - 70/71 = 141
3. Liam Greenwood - 71/71 = 142
The two winners are shown below on the 18th green after their victories.
Lord Lieutenant's Trophy
The annual Lord Lieutenant's Trophy competition took place on Sunday 25th June and in addition to have around 90 members contesting it, we were also honoured to have Helen Nellis, The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire herself on hand to light the blue touchpaper and stand well back for the shotgun to start the competition - see below.
The competition itself was a very closely fought affair and most of the placings were decided on count-back:
In 5th on 37 was Simon Cavill
In 4th, also on 37 was Mark Johnson
In 3rd on 38 was Steve Cuddeford
In 2nd also on 38 was Steve Coppock
but the overall winner with 39 points was Mark Lewin - congratulations to him
Above: Mark receiving his trophy from Lord Lieutenant, Helen
Below; Mark apparently being 'knighted'!
Men's Texas Scramble - Sunday 4th June
In Sunday's Men's Texas Scramble competition the winners (with an amazing Net 55.5) were Ray Farman, Karl Green, Kevin Medhurst and Barry Sullivan. Their score of Gross 60 included a staggering 10 birdies in their 18 hole round! Congratulations to them for a tremendous performance.
Below: Barry, Karl, Kevin and Ray celebrating after their performance with a pint or two...
The Deacon Dinner & Cup
The Deacon Dinner took place on Saturday 27th May in The Biddenham Suite. One of the Club's most prestigious men's events, which has taken place almost every year since the 1920's, it was a very enjoyable if somewhat alcoholically fuelled evening. Following an excellent meal, and Captain John's own amusing golfing 'tales', he introduced this year's guest speaker who was none other than BGC member Nick Willis. Nick, in his own inimitable style, provided a very entertaining speech for the 60+ guests, with some hilarious anecdotes and golfing tales. He received warm and well deserved applause.
Sunday morning arrived and many of those on the putting green members were complaining of sore heads! Perhaps this explained some of the scores, as very, very few managed to play to their handicap. A small number did though, and things were so tight at the top after 18 holes that a play-off was called for between new member Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson who were tied on Net 69.
Above: The Play-off competitors Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson with Captain John before their three hole play-off on 10, 6 and 18.
Above: The final green of the Play-off - down to the very last putts - with officials and caddies!
The ultimate victor after 21 holes and Deacon Cup Winner for 2017 was Rob Donnelly - yet another Major's Board with the family name on it! Well done to Rob (below with Club Captain John) and of course, Chris for his excellent and sporting performance.
Also played for in this competition is of course, The Judges Cup for the lowest gross score over 18 holes. This year, the trophy was deservedly won by Colin Beard with a 75.
Above: Colin Beard receiving his trophy from Club Captain, John
President's Putter - 2017 winner.
President Roger Willis, presenting Raj Matu the President's Putter for his victory in this year's competition
Texas Scramble Winners - April 2017
Conor Kavanagh, Richard Stevenson, Jason Young & Mitchell Young with Captain John Simpson
Gale Salvers 2017 Qualifying Competition
12 pairs qualified for the round robin phase of matches against Geraint Dixon and one of the Captain, the President or the Vice-Captain. Leading the way in qualification were Club Chairman, Steve Coppock and Chair of Golf, John Haines (below) with a very impressive better-ball score of 43 points. Good luck everyone in the next round.
Gale Salvers 2015 & 2016 Winners
Matt Lea and Rob Sparks were presented with the 2016 Salvers by Captain, John Simpson