Men's Competition Winners
Eddy Holds on to Win - Despite Back-Nine Nerves
Blustery autumnal conditions made scoring tough in Sunday's Men's Stableford and the final results reflected this. With nearly 90 taking part, only 10% ended better than their handicap and the mid-forties numbers we sometime see, were nowhere in sight!
The podium placings were decided on count-back with Colin Beard 2nd, Adrian Wareing in 3rd and Dave O'Connor in 4th all scoring a very respectable 38 points.
The overall winner though managed to break the forty barrier - just. Our victor Eddy Hayes had a fantastic front-nine with 23 points, but nerves rather got the better of him on the way home and he so nearly let things slip. He made the cardinal error of imaging his final score when he'd still got holes to play, and we all know what that does for your card!
He three putted from six feet at 15 and 'blobbed' the 17th as the wobble looked serious, but he recovered his composure just in time on 18 to secure two points and a final total of 40. Well done to Eddy for holding it together - just.
Bob Dunbar Trophy - Sunday 10th Sept
Nearly 100 members played for the sought-after Bob Dunbar Trophy - a competition in memory of the much loved Bob Dunbar, and presented by his son and recent Past Captain, Kevin.
The format is 4Ball Betterball and scores were very competitive, with no fewer than 10 pairs scoring 40 points or more. It was even tighter for the top three placings with:
Glen Anderson & Liam Greenwood in 3rd place on 42 points
John Donnelly & Les Sharman runner's up with 43 points
but the victors, also with 43 points were Howard White and Kevin Medhurst.
Unfortunately the winners couldn't stay around for the presentation, so we have no photo of them to show you. Instead - here's one of Kevin Dunbar with the trophy (nice one Kev)!
Marshall Magic Secures Sharman Cup
Always a popular competition, The Sharman Cup didn't disappoint again this year with 80 of the Members taking part in the shotgun start on a pleasant early September morning.
Conditions were good and many scores reflected this with no fewer than 14 players securing the Standard Scratch of 71 or better. Of these, six made it into the 60's and the top three very impressive performances were as follows:
in 3rd place on Net 66, Simon Sharman
in 2nd on Net 65 was Ross Ellens
but the outright winner with Gross 69 (wow!) and a Net 62 was Dave Marshall playing the round of his life. Well done to him and the others.
There were one or two slightly less impressive performances which were rewarded in their own special way by Les Sharman:
Worst Net score went to Ray Farman - we won't even mention the Gross score which had three digits in in! He was rewarded with a Fishing Net!
Most balls in the water (4) went to Anthony McCarthy. He was rewarded with a Ball Retriever!
Thanks to Les Sharman for his ongoing support for this competition. It is much appreciated
Winner Dave Marshall with Les.
3rd best Net (66) - Simon Sharman - with Dad!
Anthony McCarthy with his ball retriever!
Worst Net score - Ray Farman!
Kevin turns on the style to win the August Medal and Harris Trophy
On a cool, blustery and rather wet Sunday morning a slightly depleted field fought it out for the August Medal, and many clearly found it very tough as there was a significant number of Nil Returns! Others performed better though and the very best of these were as follows:
in 3rd place with Net 69 - Jason Young
in 2nd, also on Net 69 - Dave Marshall
but the winner with an impressive Net 67 was Kevin Medhurst
in 3rd with Net 71 - Trevor Pasquire
in 2nd, also on Net 71 - Phil Remblance
but the Division 2 winner with Net 69 was Brian Allen
Well done to all the above and especially to Kevin for continuing his impressive run of form in 2018
Harris Trophy Winner Kevin Medhurst, with Captain Jim
Age clearly no barrier to Ray as he wins the Veterans' Plate
A big field turned out in windy conditions on Sunday morning to fight for the Veterans' Plate. A significant section of the competitors found it all too much and submitted a Nil Return for their morning's work, but others clearly found things more to their liking, putting in some impressive performances despite being considerably older than many playing.
The best scores on the day were from:
in 3rd place with Net 69 was Mark Westwell
the runner up, also with Net 69 was Geoff Gooding
but the overall winner with a brilliant Net 66 was Ray Farman (who can be seen here relaxing the bar with a well-earned drink)
Congratulations to Ray for such an impressive win.
Veterans' Plate Winner Ray Farman
4 Man Team Variable Stableford - Sun 12th Aug
A very competitive field played out the Team (Variable) Stableford at the weekend and some impressive scores were recorded with nearly half the field managing to get over 100 points after 18 holes. The best of these were as follows:
in 3rd with 109 points, our well know Italian quartet of Tony Ciampa, Florindo and Vito Di Sapia and Mick Valerio
in 2nd on 111 points, the 'Late Arrivals' quartet of Keith Burgess, Geoff Gooding, Martin Jones and Tony Williams
but the winners with a very impressive 113 points were the 'BOGS' quartet of Brian Allen, Phil Ilsley, Robin Illingworth and Kevin Medhurst
Perhaps the most impressive achievement of the event though (albeit with a little member's luck) was achieved by Andy Fensome who scored an Eagle 2 on the 18! Well done to him and to all the winners.
The 18th green - location for Andy Fensome's Eagle 2
Winners David & Steve with a few mates!
Awesome Aquila Action from Coppock & Owen.
The Aquila Trophy on Sunday saw a good turnout and some very impressive scores. A Pairs Betterball competition (90% of handicap), over two thirds of the pairs were under par after 18 and one pair in particular played so well that they put in a stunning score.
The top three pairs, all of whom scored fantastically well, finished as follows:
in 3rd (c/b) on 8 up were Keith Burgess & Tony Williams
in 2nd (c/b) also on 8 up were Phil Ilsley & Mark Johnson
but the resounding winners in 10 up were David Owen & Steve Coppock, who apparently played so well, they dove-tailed like they'd been playing partners for years!
Well done to all the above.
The winners are pictured here with a few mates after their round the day before
Monthly Medal - Sunday 29th July
A good turn-out on Sunday saw some fierce competition for the Men's Monthly Medal, in what were challenging conditions. The course is still very dry and bouncy, but to add to this, the wind picked up significantly, ensuring no-one had an easy time of it. As so often happens however, the cream rises to the top and some familiar names topped the leader-board at the end
in 4th place (c/b) on Net 73 was Olly Ellens
in 3rd place (c/b) also on Net 73 was Conor Kavanagh
in 2nd place (c/b) with Net 72 was Simon Hollands
but the Division 1 winner, also on Net 72 was Seb Lovell. For good measure, he secured Best Gross with 71!
in 4th place (c/b) on Net 73 was Phil Powell
in 3rd place (c/b) also on Net 73 was Andrew Jones
runner-up (c/b) also Net 73 was his namesake Martin Jones
but the Div 2 and Overall winner with an impressive Net 70 was Stephen Roberts
Well done to all the above for performing so well in tough playing conditions.
Division 1 Winner - Seb Lovell
Dominic Dominates in Cartwright
On another sunny summer morning, a good field played in the Cartwright Salver & 6th Morgan Medal. In recent weeks, the challenging conditions had seriously affected the scores, but on Sunday, many had obviously acclimatized themselves and the results were the best we've seen at the top of the leader-board for some time. No fewer than 11 players were either equal to or better than their handicap. The best of these were as follows:
In 5th place on Net 69 and with the best gross score was Seb Lovell
In 4th, also on Net 69 was Tim Moxon
In 3rd, also on Net 69 was Wayne Smith
In 2nd with an impressive Net 66 was Simon White
but the overall winner with a brilliant Net 63 was Dominic Whitehouse. This result is an 18 shot positive swing from his last competition result only ten days earlier and it sees his handicap reduce to 7.6! Congratulations.
The Club Championship, Biddenham Cup and Junior Championship
The Club Championship, Biddenham Cup and Junior Championship were played over Saturday and Sunday last weekend in fantastic conditions albeit with a challenging breeze on a hard and fast golf course making scoring very tricky.
Seb Lovell once again came out on top in the club championships by some 10 shots, well played Seb!
The Biddenham Cup was a much tighter affair with Wayne Smith and Marc Wagstaff tying on 146 to force a playoff. The 3 hole playoff took place over the 10th, 6th and 18th holes.
Both Wayne and Marc played very well indeed but probably the shot of the day was played by Wayne on the 10th, with his ball buried in deep rough about 180yards from the pin he hit an absolutely perfect 7 iron to 5 feet and and although Marc went on to match Wayne on 10 and 6 he finally ran out of steam on 18 leaving Wayne to collect the Biddenham Cup from Jim Godfrey, well done Wayne.
Bedfordshire Golf Club’s next superstar in the making, Roisin Scanlon won the Junior club championship with an excellent gross 84 net 71 from William Mowe in second place.
Well done Roisin and all who took part in the championships.
Club Champion again, Seb Lovell
Biddenham Cup Winner, Wayne Smith
Runner-up, Mark Hallum
Junior Champion, Roisin Scanlon
It's Pyms O'Clock as Kevin secures victory in the Guy Pym Cup
It was another good turnout on Sunday, this time for the Guy Pym Cup Stableford. The course looked great, but it demonstrated just how tough things are out there at the moment. In a very competitive field, including some players close to the top of their game, only five of them managed to achieve Net Par!
With the two on 36 points just missing out on the placings:
in 3rd place on 37 points was Jas Matharu
the runner-up, who also finished on 37 points (on count-back) was one or our Past Captains' Tony Ciampa
but the winner, with an impressive 38 points was Kevin Medhurst (who now drops to a new 2018 handicap low of 11)
Well done to all the above for their excellent performances.
Joe Celebrates His 'Coronation' in Style!
This year's Coronation Cup had another excellent turn-out, with what is becoming a regular occurrence for men's Sunday competitions, as 100 Members challenged for the honour of winning this 'regal' encounter.
The course was in its usual excellent condition and, but with the grasses having been allowed to grow in the rough, staying on the straight and narrow was all important. As ever, some fared better than others and the best performances were as follows:
In 3rd place with 37 points was Mick Keens
runner-up with a very impressive 38 points (on count-back) off 10, was Junior James Armstrong
but the overall winner, also with 38 points was Joe Nellis. Maybe he was given an extra incentive to win by his wife - our very own Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and The Queen's representative in the County! Either way, Well done Joe.
Strictly Come Stagsden as our Men Waltz Their Way to a Win
A slightly unusual competition faced our men last Sunday as they used the 1,2,3 - 1,2,3 'waltz' format to score their way to victory. With 25 groups playing, the course was busy, but as so often seems to be the case of late, even with excellent conditions, points weren't easy to come by and only five groups finished level on points - and only three of these scored better.
in 3rd place on 75 points were Mick Field, Harry O'Dell and Jason Walker
Runners-up, also on 75 points, were Keith Burgess, Adrian Sampson and Tony Williams
but our overall winners with 76 points were Eddy Gallagher, Andrew Lancaster and Glenn Surridge.
Well done to all the above
Deacon Drama as added holes needed to divide defiant duo!
After an excellent meal and plenty of liquid refreshment the previous evening at the Deacon Dinner, 50 made it onto the tee to fight it out for the honour of winning one of the most prestigious competitions in the Men's calendar. The Deacon has a long history and some of those turning up after a heavy night, looked as though they had played in most of them...
With excellent course and weather conditions, the competition was fierce and some very good scores were recorded - along (as normal in this event) with many others in the Net 80's which the owners were perhaps less likely to remember with any great fondness.
As for those whose golf was on a high, two players finished on Net 67 and this required additional holes to determine a winner. So Robin Illingworth and Richard Caunt, set off all over again, both seeking the ultimate glory.
Three further holes were completed and they still couldn't be separated, but on the 4th extra hole Robin snatched victory and became our Deacon Cup winner.
Not to be out-done, Richard, who played magnificently, secured the best gross score of 75 to win The Judges Cup.
Well done to both of them for their impressive performances
Robin receiving his trophy from Captain Jim
Two victors and their trophies
Judges Cup winner Richard with Jim
A congratulatory handshake
40+ Point Win in 40th Anniversary of Donnelly Salvers
The 40th anniversary of the Tom Donnelly Salvers was played in excellent conditions on Sunday and a tight contest it turned out to be. The Donnelly family was well represented in the contest itself by David, John, Robert and Terry and they remained to present the trophy. As was expected, some good scores were recorded and no fewer than five pairs broke the 40 point barrier. Decided on countback, the final results were as follows:
in 3rd place with 41 points were father and son, Chris and Gary Clarke
runners' up with 42 points were Clive Resch and Bryan Jappy
but the overall winners, also on 42 points were Tony Peluso - and with his second major victory in two weeks, Marc Wagstaff (pictured here)
Well done to all who took part and huge thanks to the Donnelly family for their generosity and financial support for this event.
Marc Makes Some Magic in President's Putter
On a beautiful sunny Saturday morning at Stagsden, 100 players took part in the President's Putter Stableford Competition. With next to perfect conditions for good golf, some excellent scores were anticipated from some of the best golfers amongst the club's men. In was therefore quite a shock to see the final results which showed that only four amongst the entire field shot better than their handicap! Each deserve a mention, so:
in 4th place with 37 points was Bernie Bone
in 3rd with 38 was Nigel Fordham
the runner-up with an impressive 39 points was Richard Caunt
but the overall winner with an amazing 42 points was Marc Wagstaff.
Well done Marc - for this performance he loses 10% of his previous handicap. However, as your reporter had the privilege of his company during the round to see how well he played, it probably won't be the last cut Marc sees over the coming months!
Scramble Success for Claridge, Hallam, Hurley & Tyler
100 members turned out for the Men's Texas Scramble on Sunday for a rather damp and dreary Shot-Gun start. Whilst many struggled in the almost wintry conditions, the weather didn't get in the way of some teams delivering excellent performances.
Less than a third of the teams finished under Gross Par, but a select few went even further and with handicaps deducted our top performers were:
in 3rd place overall with Net 61.8, Mark Johnson, Richard Stevenson along with Jason & Mitchell Young
in 2nd place on Net 61.7, the Italian contingent of Tony Ciampa, Florindo & Vito Di Sapia and Mick Valerio
but the overall winners with a very impressive Net 61.0 were Mike Claridge, Mark Hallum, Dave Hurley and Andrew Tyler
We're sure everyone is looking forward to considerably better conditions for the President's Putter this weekend
Seb Steals The Show in Friday Medal
In the first of the 2018 Men's Friday Medal Series, 34 members took part and with rather breezy conditions, most final scores were lower than hoped for. Some however, ignored all around them and played the course extremely well. They say that the best players really stand out when things get tough and this was certainly the case with those finishing at the top.
Only four players managed to finish either on or better than Par and in reverse order:
In 4th place with 36 points was Pat Moriarty
in 3rd, also with 36 points was Rob O'Connor
in 2nd with 39 points and a Gross 69 was Colin Beard
but the overall winner with 40 points and a staggering Gross 66 (only one above the course record) was Seb Lovell.
Well done to all those finishing near the top and in particular to Seb for such a great performance.
For those who didn't take part, there are seven more Friday Medal's over the next nine weeks and you can play at any time during the day. It's a great way to get qualifying cards in early in the season should you need one to retain an active handicap.
Kinns Claims The Kline Cup!
On a day left exclusively for the Division 2 (13-28 handicap) members to shine, over 60 of them competed for the Kline Cup on Sunday. Many of them took their opportunity to do so and delivered some excellent results.
The course was still recovering for all the rain and with little or no run, the yellow tees were used. Even so, the top three deserve great credit:
in 3rd place on count-back with Net 67 was Simon Sharman
in 2nd, also with Net 67 was Phil Ilsley
but the big winner and with an amazing Net 63 was James Kinns.
James now has the pleasure of playing off 13, two shots less than before and only just qualifying for Division 2 competitions. Well done to him.
Armstrong & Clarke The Big Winners in April Medal
Another big turn-out for the monthly medal with nearly 100 members taking part. Conditions were damp and the course was still 'playing long' after the seemingly continual precipitation. This didn't affect a lot of the players though and some impressive scores were recorded for this time of year.
In Division 1:
3rd place was secured by Conor Cavanagh with Net 68
2nd place saw Andrew Lay just pipping Conor on count-back with Net 68
Winning the April Medal though was Gary Clarke, also on countback, on Net 68
In Division 2:
In 3rd place on countback with net 68 was Jason Walker
In 2nd place on countback with net 67 was Chris Clarke (rounding off a good day for the Clarke household)!
but Division 2 (and overall) winner with Net 67 was James Armstrong (sorry, no photo available)
Well done to all those who took part and we're all hoping the next Medal with be in the warm sunshine!
Division 1 Medal Winner Gary Clarke
Rawlins Bowl Foursomes Medal - Sunday 1st April
Played for in what must be the toughest golf format, the Rawlins Bowl is always a competition worth fighting for, and 34 pairs battled it out for this alternate-shot, stroke-play event.
Unsurprisingly, the Net results were higher than in other competitions, with no pair able to achieving a sub-par round. Those who came closest however, were as follows:
in 3rd with Net 74 were perennial winners Jason & Mitchell Young
in 2nd with Net 73.5 (and best Gross Score of 80) were John Donnelly & Les Sharman
but the overall winners were Past Captain, Kevin Dunbar and current Seniors' Captain, Tim Bailey with Net 73. Congratulations to them.
Joint Winner, Kevin Dunbar
Joint Winner, Tim Bailey
Leslie Day Salvers - Sunday 25th March
On a pleasant spring morning, well over 100 Members competed in the (Betterball Stableford), Leslie Day Salvers. With some decent weather preceding the competition, the greens' team had been able to get the fairway mowers out to properly prepare the course - and it looked really impressive for March.
We get used to good scores with this format, but no fewer than eight pairs managed to finish with over 40 points. The top three however, were as follows:
In 3rd place with 42 points - Phil Remblance and Robert Donnelly
In 2nd place with 43 points (on count-back) - Andy Howe and John Owen
The overall winners, also with 43 points - Jason Hannon and Oliver Monks, who can be seen here receiving their salvers from Captain Jim Godfrey
Well done to all the above and as we reach April next weekend, we all look forward to a great golf season
Winners Jason & Oliver with Captain Jim
'Four-King' Cup - Saturday 24th March
The 'Four-King' Cup, for those unfamiliar with it, is a competition which permits a maximum of 4 clubs only to be used during the round and while this might sound a challenge, it's surprising how well it is possible to score with such a limited selection.
A competition mainly participated in by the Saturday morning social groups, it didn't disappoint again this year and members from the BOGS, BYGEMYST and Late Arrivals joined in the challenge. Seven of those who took part managed to play to their handicap (36 points) or better and the best scores were as follows:
Keith Mills came 3rd with 36
Marc Wagstaff was runner-up on count-back with 38
and Past-Captain, Joe Nellis was the overall victor, also with 38 points.
Well done to all those who took part and we hope that even more will join in next year
Four King Cup Winner Joe
Lombard Trophy & 3rd Morgan Medal - Sunday 11th March
With some spring-like weather and decent playing conditions on Sunday, it wasn't surprising to see a bumper turn-out of nearly 100 Members for the Men's March Medal and Lombard Trophy. The white tees had been moved forward to the 'yellow's' for the competition, but on a very wet course and with little run, it was still 'playing long'. Some excellent results were achieved however, and the best of these were as follows:.
In Division 1:
In 3rd with Net 70 was Vice-Captain Andy Brown
In 2nd, also with Net 70 was Conor Cavanagh
Division 1 (and overall) Winner was Seb Lovell with a brilliant Net 65 (Gross 66)! This re-instates Seb as Scratch player.
In Division 2:
In 3rd was Derek Spadaccini with Net 70
In 2nd was Mick Keens with Net 69 and overall 3rd
Division 2 Winner and overall 2nd was Andrew Jones with net 69
Well done to all the above for such impressive performances
Overall Winner - Seb Lovell
Men's 4BBB Stableford Shotgun - Sunday 25th Feb
In very wintry conditions, over 70 members were on the course for the Shotgun competition on Sunday morning and as with the previous weekend, those conditions affected some more than others. With final points totals for some pairs in the low 20's, it was clearly a struggle to master both the course and the near-freezing conditions!
Our leading pairs obviously enjoyed their morning rather more - delivered some impressive scores:
In 3rd place on countback with 37 points were Ben & Tim Davis
in 2nd with 38 points was the illustrious pairing of The Captain & The President. Playing this well together, high office clearly weighs fairly lightly on Jim & Roger!
the overall winners however, with 39 points, were Ray Farman & Karl Green. Well done to them and all the pairings who managed to finish under par.
Men's February Medal Results
No fewer than 90 players turned out for the Men's February Medal and considering the wintry conditions, some very impressive results were returned by those finishing at the top of the leader-board.
In Division 1, the Young brothers performed exceptionally well - yet again, with Jason finishing third on Net 69 and Mitchell an amazing Net 66 to win the division.
They were split by Simon Hollands who finished on Net 67 and achieved the Best Gross Score of 71.
In Division 2, Eddie Kerr came 3rd on Net 70. Two shots better in second was Harry O'Dell on Net 68, but Division 2 Winner was Ray Filip who achieved the Overall Best Net Score on the day of 65.
Well done to all the above for playing the course so well in February!
Bill Perry Tankards, Stableford Foursomes – Sunday 11th February
Nearly 80 Members bravely ventured out for the Bill Perry Tankards Foursomes on very cold and breezy Sunday morning. With wet playing conditions after all the rain in the previous 24 hours and the most challenging of formats, scores were bound to be affected and this turned out to be the case, with those finishing in the podium placings recording lower totals than would usually be the case.
In 3rd place with 31 points on count-back were Andrew Lay & Tim Moxon
Runners-up on count-back and also with 31 points were Jason Hannan & Conor Kavanagh
Our winners, with 34 points, and three birdies to show for their efforts, were Vice-Captain Andy Brown and Colin Beard
Congratulations to them for mastering the conditions and the opposition.
Joint Winner Colin Beard
Vice-Captain, Andy Brown.
Dave & Peter team up to 'Pacifici' their opponents!
Well over 70 of the members braved a chilly start in early February to compete in a Greensome Stableford Competition. Whilst always a fun format, most found it challenging and only a handful broke the 36 point 'par' barrier for their pairing.
In 3rd place with 37 points were Carl Blundell and Wayne Smith (amazingly, including 2 twos)!
In 2nd, also with 37 were Raj Matu & Phil Powell
but our winners with an impressive total of 40 points were Dave Hurley and Peter Pacifici - who aren't even normal pairs partners. Maybe they should consider playing another comp together!
Well done to them and the others who scored so well.
Joint Captains' Drive-In Betterball Stableford - Sun 28th January
A good turn-out was guaranteed in the Betterball Stableford on Sunday as it preceded the Joint Captains' Drive-In, and the Members were, as usual, keen to support their new officers.
Conditions were challenging, as in addition to a stiff breeze, there was little run on the fairways after all the recent rain. Just to add to the challenge, the powers that be had also decided to put majority of the men's tee markers right back on the white tees - unusual for January! This of course, limited the scoring somewhat, but for an impressive few, it seemed to have little or no impact. Those best placed were:
in 3rd with 39 points were Kevin Dunbar & Simon Hollands
in 2nd with 40 points were John Esam a& Tony Marsh
but with an amazing 44 points, our winners were Kevin Medhurst & Oliver Monks
Well done to all above and to everyone for supporting our new Captains' on their big day.
Winners Kevin Medhurst & Oliver Monks with new Captain, Jim Godfrey
Men's Shotgun Stableford - Sunday 21st January - it probably seemed like a good idea at the time!
Before Sunday’s AGMs the men played an individual Stableford competition.
At the time of the 8.30am shotgun start, the weather was calm, but by 9.30am snow was falling and by 10.30am there was coverage of about an inch across the whole course. The biggest challenges faced by competitors was firstly finding their ball in the snow and then putting on the greens - some players even resorted to using a rescue club instead of their putter.
Either the early starters on Monday morning or our greenkeepers had the bonus of finding dozens of nearly new balls scattered across the course where players had hit perfectly straight shots never to see the ball again!
Most competitors decided that conditions were unplayable and headed for to the bar for early refreshments and to warm up, but some intrepid souls played out the full round and the competition was won by Richard Caunt with a quite unbelievable 29 points, with Jason Hannon, John Owen and Kevin Dunbar close behind with 27 points. Well Done to all...
One of those stalwarts who remained out in the winter conditions was Chris Clarke, who found a completely new use for his golf trolley - Snow Clearing Services! (see photo)
Chris Clarke - taking Winter Wheels to a whole new level!
January Medal - Les and Chris Star with Stunning Mid-Winter Performances
A very satisfied Les Sharman after his victory.
Over 90 Members felt brave enough to take on the white tees in the January Medal and for some, their decision was rewarded with impressive performances and indeed a handicap cut!
In Division 1, Richard Caunt and John Donnelly both achieved Net 69, but even these weren't enough for victory as an in-form Les Sharman showed everyone just how it's done by scoring Net 67 (Gross 75).
In Division 2, Thomas Miles recorded a really good Net 67 for the runner's up spot, but a rejuvenated Chris Clarke put the years behind him to deliver an amazing Net 65 for overall victory.
Well done to both our winners.
Chris Clarke with an impressive Net 65!
Men's Scratch Team Maintain Winning Form
The Bedfordshire Golf Club Men's Scratch Team maintained their current run of good form by defeating The Millbrook Golf Club in their own back yard!
A 3 matches to 2 victory was secured by wins from Andy Brown, John Haines and Team Captain Barry (Bazza) Sullivan. Simon Hollands couldn't quite manage a win in his match and Vito Di Sapia retired hurt after 10 holes, but the victory was already secured. It bodes well for the next couple of years to have the Vice-Captain Elect, Chair of Competitions and a member of The Management Board in such good form in these matches!
So who were the last men standing in the Whisky Shotgun?
Over 80 members turned out for the annual Whisky Shotgun on Sunday and the temporary arrival of winter didn't seem to put everyone off their game. Indeed, the alcoholic nature of the prizes offered, seemed to spur some on in the chilly conditions!
Many good scores were recorded, but it took something very impressive to win the prizes. We can scotch any rumours that the in-form Steve Gilder (and his partner for the day Jas Matharu) won another competition as their 43 points didn't even make the podium. Distilling the key results down however, the top three pairings included:
In 3rd place on count-back with 44 points were Kevin Medhurst and Barry Sullivan
in 2nd place on count-back, also with 44 points were Nigel Fordham & Tony Scanlon
but the winners with 44 points were Neil Fish and Adrian Wareing.
We have it on good authority that the winners celebrated with the hard stuff well into the night! Probably enough puns for one report...
Bedfordshire Golf Club defeat Wyboston Lakes in Scratch Match
BGC defeated Wyboston 4-0 in the Foursomes Scratch League last Saturday, the winning margin was a huge 28 holes up which may help when it comes to the final reckoning for promotion.
Our team was Seb Lovell and Colin Beard, John Owen and John Haines, Simon Hollands and Ian MacFarlane and Conor Kavanagh and Liam Greenwood.
Unfortunately team captain Richard Stevenson was unable to play as he is recovering from an operation, we all wish Richard a speedy recovery and hopefully the win will have helped.
Centenary Salvers - Sunday 15th October
The Centenary Salvers celebrates Bedfordshire Golf Club's 100 year anniversary in 1991 and has been played for every year since. A Betterball Stableford with a Shotgun start, it was preceded this year with the entire field enjoying one of Chef's excellent Full English breakfasts, when the draw for partners was made. This threw up (no pun intended) some very interesting pairings, which made for a lively atmosphere and a fun morning. Indeed, no-one was more surprised by their victory, than this year's winners themselves!
The course was presented as beautifully as ever by John and the team, and with just a light breeze to start off, some good scores were expected. We weren't disappointed and nearly 20 pairings scored 37 points and above. To win however, you needed quite a few more than this and just missing out on a victory with 41 points each were:
in 4th - Iain Malcolm and Graham Jeffery
in 3rd - Richard Caunt and Kevin Medhurst
in 2nd - Seb Lovell and Simon Hollands
the overall winners who came in with a tremendous 44 points were Gary Clarke and Pat Moriarty. Well done to them and all the above.
NB: Your news editor overheard a rather despondent Gary Clarke in the car park beforehand commenting to his playing partner; "I nearly packed up the game last month, because I couldn't hit a golf ball in a straight line." Not perhaps the greatest motivational line before teeing off! Well in the event and having marked the winning pair's card, I can say nothing was further from the truth and along with partner Pat Moriarty, some very impressive golf was played to win the competition and coveted Salvers (see photo). We hope this is the start of Gary's golfing comeback...
The winning team of
Gary Clarke and Pat Moriarty
Anderson Trophy - Sunday 8th October
The Anderson Trophy is competed for each year by the winners of all the Men's Club Competitions (with over 20 players), so it's seen as bit of a 'Champions League' amongst those taking part.
In the most beautiful weather conditions possible for October, 38 players took part and the trophy was fiercely contested and some great golf played. No fewer than 12 players (or nearly 1/3 of the field) achieved the Net Competition Scratch Score of 71 - almost unheard of at Stagsden!
It all came down to count-back for the minor placings with four players on Net 70, but the top three were:
Liam Greenwood - 3rd place on Net 69
Robert Donnelly - 2nd with Net 67
Mark Hallum - Overall winner with Net 66
Well done to all the above
Anderson Trophy winner Mark Hallum
Vice-Captain Elect Celebrates his nomination with a fantastic win in Sunday's Monthly Medal competition.
Andy Brown, the newly appointed Vice-Captain 2018, who joined the club way back in 1991, clearly enjoyed his weekend as having just been announced in his new role by Captain Elect Jim Godfrey, he won the October monthly medal with a Gross 74 (Net 68), beating Tim Davis and Colin Beard who both scored Net 70.
Andy has an impressive record of competition wins over the last 26 years with no fewer than:
3 x Deacon Cups, 5 x Judges Cup, 4 Constable Cups (when it was a scratch knock out)
3 x Foursomes Cup, 3 x Fourball Tankards, 1 x Peter Morgan Trophy and 1 x Calcutta Cup
in 2008 he managed to get on 10 honours boards in 1 year and his name is on the boards more than 30 times!
a long term Scratch Team member (20 years), he Captained the winning County Scratch competition team in 1998
Aside from his golf, Andy has been Chair of Greens for the last 3 years and was previously
a General Committee member in the 1990's looking after Comps
a PLC Board member mid 2000s
General Committee 2009/10 as Juniors Organiser.
So, he seems to tick every box available and we all look forward to his indomitable style during his period of office. Well done to Andy for his Medal Win, the inevitable handicap cut (to 5) and his appointment.
As you can see from the recent photo here, he was seen celebrating in appropriate fashion - although no-one could accuse him of being a bandit, with a handicap that low!
Vice-'El Capitan' Elect in Celebration Mode!
Stagsden Trophy - Sat 23rd/Sun 24th September
The Stagsden Trophy (which celebrates The Club's move from Biddenham to Stagsden in September 2000) was played for at the weekend by a massive field of nearly 150 players from all sections of the club.
The competition probably also set a new record in the age range for a BGC open competition with over 70 years between the youngest and oldest players in the field! The youngest player at just 10 years of age was Roisin Scanlon - however we couldn't possibly provide the identity of the oldest one show this weekend!
The course was, as ever these days, in magnificent condition, but it clearly now provides a real test of golf, as although some good scores were achieved, surprisingly few players managed to beat Net Par.
Just three of the 150 strong field scored 37 points, and these were only just outside the top three placings, as:
in 3rd place Seb Lovell scored 38 points (and a very impressive Gross 69!)
in 2nd, also with 38 points was Tim Davis
but the overall winner with a tremendous 42 points was Kevin Greene, who commented that it's taken him 14 years to win a board trophy. It must be all the sweeter for it!
Well done to all the above and everyone who took part in making the Stagsden Trophy weekend such a special event, demonstrating once again what great shape the club is in.
Overall Winner - Kevin Greene.
Youngest player in the field at 10, Roisin Scanlon
Bob Dunbar Trophy - Sunday 10th September
The Bob Dunbar Trophy was played for on Sunday and a large field had to contend with some tricky weather conditions. This did not stop some excellent scoring on the day.
The trophy itself was first proposed and played for in 2000 by the then Captain Ian Cole, as a mark of respect to Bob, who was a major champion in motivating members to sign up for the new club in Stagsden. He was also, for those that knew him, quite a character with his own style and wit, in addition to being a very competitive golfer.
Back to the 2017 competition and it was a pleasure to see many of the newer members of the club taking part and on this occasion, victorious in what is a coveted trophy event.
The top scores were:
In 4th place on 41 points - Barry Sullivan and Graham Crawford
In 3rd place on 41 points - Mike and Seb Lovell
Runners-Up, also on 41 points - Martin Allen and John Simpson
But the overall winners on 43 points were David Dyson and Peter Milner
Winners David Dyson & Peter Milner with Kevin Dunbar who presented the trophy.
Men's Texas Scramble - Sunday 3rd September
In a fun team competition, a 4 Man Texas Scramble format with a Shotgun start, was combined with teeing off from the White, Yellow and Red tees in sequence. All sounds a bit complicated? Well, great fun was had by all in this entertaining format.
Unsurprisingly, there were many, many birdies and several teams had Gross scores in the low 60's. For the best scores however, you needed to go even lower!
In 2nd place were Mark Johnson, Richard Stevenson, Jason & Mitchell Young with Gross 59/Net 55.7
But outright winners (pictured) were Ben & Tim Davis, Gary Glover and John Owen with Gross 58/Net 53.9. This including a remarkable run of 10 consecutive gross birdies starting at the 12th and finishing at the 3rd!
In the 2s competition, there were 18 2s involving no fewer than 72 individual players, which suggests a very modest payout. Whilst true, the figure was inflated slightly by the decision of Phil Burley, Chris & Gary Clarke and Mick Keens to not enter the 2s and then proceed to birdie the 6th, 9th and 15th holes. That’ll teach them………….
Congratulations also to David & John Donnelly, Tristan Enderby and Mike Lacey who had a eagle 2 on the 3rd hole.
Notably, the field was held up for while by the 4 ball of Graham Crawford, Phil Burley, Karl Green and Kevin Medhurst when on the 1st hole. Graham hit his drive to the middle of the fairway, where he left his ball and clubs to go and help one of his team mates look for their ball in the plantation to the right. On returning to the ball, his Clubs were nowhere to be seen and after much head scratching, a search ensued which lasted up to 10 minutes during which the 4 ball behind were invited to play through! Eventually, Graham’s clubs were found in long grass near the 2nd tee, fully 200 yards from where he had left them! R&A Rules were checked but appear not to stipulate a maximum time limit for looking for lost clubs!
Veteran's Plate - August 20th
Retirement clearly suits long standing member Steve Gilder, as having finally said good-bye to the Corporate world and joined the Seniors', he has just won his first club 'board' competition. With more time to enjoy himself, the odd Saturday morning round of golf has recently been replaced with numerous mid-week games with the Seniors' and the TAT's and the extra practice has clearly had a profound effect on his golf!
Steve's impressive round of Net 66, just beat Tony Williams and Philip Anderson on count-back, whilst Robert O'Connor was 4th on net 67. Tony and Robert both benefited from the age related extra shots.
With Steve and his playing partner Nick Willis already into the semi-finals of the Four-ball Tankards, we suggest their next opponents look out...
Photo: Steve can be seen here, proudly receiving his trophy from Captain John.
Sharman Cup - Sunday 13th August
The Sharman Cup was played for on a pleasant summer morning with the course, as usual, excellently presented. With a big field also entered, this all combined to ensure a really tough competition for the eventual trophy winner. Some good scores were expected and we weren't disappointed with no fewer than 8 players under par - a rarity for a medal competition at Stagsden.
Count-back came into play for the placings with no than 5 players finishing on Net 69. The top three, which includes some very in-form players, in reverse order were:
In 3rd place on Net 67 - Bernie Bone
In 2nd place on Net 67 - Daniel Green
Overall Winner on Net 66 - Tony Ciampa. This was also his best round in 2017!
Well done to all those in the placings and indeed all the others who either equalled or bettered their handicap on the day.
Photo: Tony Ciampa receiving the trophy from the unmistakable Les Sharman, from whose family, of course, the Sharman Cup was donated.
President's Day - July 23rd.
President's day took place on Sunday July 23rd, hosted by President Roger Willis. Three Stableford competitions ran simultaneously for Men, Ladies and Over 70's. Results were as follows:
Jason Hannon - 43 pts
David Rainbow - 38 pts
Edward Hayes - 37 pts
Below: Jason Hannon being congratulated by President Roger Willis for his tremendous performance with 43 pts in winning the Men's Competition.
President's Day - Over 70's Stableford Scores;
Richard Suthers - 36 pts
Wilf Mannion - 34 pts
Harold Beard - 33 pts
Above: Richard Suthers, winner of the Over 70's competition
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 splendid 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 results and 'Spot Prize' winners are 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
Photo: The two winners 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 apparently being 'knighted'!
Below: Mark receiving his trophy from Lord Lieutenant, Helen
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.
Photo: 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