Mixed & Social Golf 
BGC Pre-Christmas Pro-Am - A Very Close Contest 
Five teams, each comprising one Golf Professional and three Club Members, competed for the honour of becoming the 2017 BGC Pro-Am Winners. It may well have been a fun Pre-Christmas social event, but it was clearly taken very seriously by most as after 18 hard fought holes, the scores for four of the five teams had only one point separating them! 
Results were as follows: 
in 5th place with 88 points - Denise Hastings, Sally Shayler, Margaret Seabrook and Anne Harris 
in 4th place with 93 points - Richard Banks, John Haines, Andy Brown and Les Sharman 
in 3rd place with 94 points - Richard Kemp, Roger Willis, Jim Godfrey and Clive Haywood 
in 2nd place with 94 points - Geraint Dixon, Colin Beard, Gerald Bygraves and Joe Bygraves 
the winners with 94 points - Steve Connolly, Steve Gilder, Kevin Dunbar and Steve Coppock 
Best Gross Score was by Richard Kemp who went round in Gross 67 - very impressive indeed. 
The fun occasion was rounded off with a bowl of Adriana's very tasty Goulash and few glasses of festive cheer to accompany it. A fun time had by all. 
Well done to the winning team and of course Richard for his great round of golf. 
The winning team 
Individual winner Richard Kemp, counting his pile of cash! 
The runner's-up (on count-back) team 
The ladies team 
Richard's team - losing on count-back 
Richard Bank's team -  
clearly had a few by this time! 
Winner Andy Lancaster with Bryan and John Jappy 
John Jappy (Senior) Boxing Day Challenge 
Around 40 BGC Members were out early on Boxing Day to burn off some of those Christmas Day calories (and dare we suggest to clear a few sore heads) by taking part in the John Jappy (Snr) Boxing Day Challenge. 
The competition is arranged by John and Bryan Jappy - in memory of very long standing member John Jappy Snr. It is open to all categories of membership and seen as a very inclusive Post-Christmas event at Stagsden. The conditions were unseasonaly mild and some of the better golfers made the most of this to put in good scores. 
The top 3 all scored 38 points, on countback: 
in 3rd with an impressive Gross 68 was Seb Lovell 
in 2nd was Keith Burgess 
but this year's winner was Andy Lancaster (see photo) 
Due to everyone’s generosity, the raffle on the day raised £425 for the Captain's Charity which this year is Bedford Samaritans. 
Well done to all who came out and took part. 
B.O.G.S. Christmas Competition and Lunch - 9th December. 
The Annual B.O.G.S Christmas competition and lunch took place on Saturday 9th December. 43 Members of the B.O.G.S. along with 7 guests, including club President Roger Willis, current club captain John Simpson and Head Professional Geraint Dixon, assembled in the clubhouse at 7.30am on what was a glorious sunny but somewhat frosty morning. Competitors were treated to a pre round warm up of coffee and whiskey shots and the usual early banter and speculation of the days potential winners. 
Although the course was in great condition a heavy frost overnight made approach play very interesting around and on to the greens. However, the early morning sun, thoughts of a full roast dinner and a number of potential chances to win one of the various competitions kept the spirits up and a great mornings golf was had by all. 
Winners of the various competitions on the day presented by B.O.G.S captain John Farnworth and club President Roger Willis were as follows: 
Best Team (Pictured with winners wine selection): John Gubb, Brian Allen, Mark Johnson, Ted Hall 
Individual Winter Champion (Pictured with winners putter): Ted Hall 
Best Front Nine: Richard Harris 
Best Back Nine: Huw Foulkes 
Best Guest performance: John Gubb 
Nearest the Pin on the 6th: Peter Gill 
Longest drive on 18th: Geraint Dixon 
Also up for grabs was the coveted overall B.O.G.S champion for 2017 which is based on the combined individual score from the summer and winter competitions. Several B.O.G.S were in the running for this title but after much anticipation it was Tony Marsh, pictured with the B.O.G.S champion jug, who was crowned with the 2017 title. 
The final trophy of the day was a new annual award introduced to reflect everything that is great about the spirit and camaraderie that exists in the B.O.G.S and was presented for great company, good humour and progress towards faster play around the course. There was no doubt that the first winner of this trophy, Peter Gill, was a worthy winner. 
All agreed that the day’s event had been a very enjoyable end to the B.O.G.S season. 
Team Winners with prizes 
Individual Champion Ted hall 
Overall 2017 - BOGS Champion - Tony Marsh 
End of Season (Representative) Competition - Saturday 4th November 
On Saturday, 40 members gathered in the bar at 11.00am and watched the end of the morning monsoon blow through before setting out in teams of 4 to contest the End Of Season “best two of four” team Stableford competition. 
The competition was open to anyone who had represented the Club in an inter-club match during 2017. We play in an amazing number of matches through the year across a diverse range of sections including; Ladies Scratch, Ladies Shield, Ladies Seniors Seniors, Seniors Scratch, Men’s Winter Scratch, A & B Summer Scratch, Mid-handicap, Men's and Mixed. In total 80+ matches were played and approx 150 different members represented our Club, some on many, many occasions across a range of formats. 
Spot Prize results on Saturday were: 
Ladies Nearest The Pin at 6th - Noreen Tattam 
Ladies Longest Drive at 12th - Chin Fern Griffiths 
Men's Nearest The Pin at 6th - Phil Powell 
Men's Longest Drive at 12th - Mick Keens 
In the team event: 
3 Teams tied 2nd place on 78 points, but on count back the prizes went to Sheila Fairey, Barry Sullivan, Roger Dilley and Mick Keens. 
In 1st place with 80 points were Noreen Tattam, Steve Coppock, Adrian Lennox-Lamb and Pat Moriarty (pictured) 
The Winning Team - with bubbly! 
Annual BOGS v BLOGS match - Saturday 28th October 
Saturday saw the annual BOGS (Captained by John Farnworth) v BLOGS (Captained by Anne Harris) 4BBB match, with all pairings fighting it out to the very end to see who would claim the honour of holding aloft the Lavatory Trophy! 
A chilly, windy morning greeted the assembled and some might say brave golfers, just as the dawn was breaking. Muted voices discussed team tactics for this 'serious' match and the honour of winning the 'Lavatory Trophy'. The question being pondered was, ‘Would the ladies retain the trophy and in doing so it remain resplendent with its floral decoration above the bar for another year’? 
The foursomes set forth with determination and resolve. Some fantastic play from the ladies pushed the chaps to their limits and some superb scores resulted in surprise victories for many ladies pairs. The results were added up whilst the participants warmed themselves with a hearty lunch of homemade soup and with bated breath, John read the results. 
The BOGS were declared the 2017 winners by 21 holes to the BLOGS 18 holes, so the floral tributes were ritually removed from the trophy, and its lid conveniently raised in salute to the chaps! The ladies should however, take heart, as if the 2 groups of 'faux females' were excluded, the score would have been BLOGS 17 to BOGS 15. On to 2018...... 
John 'bowled' over to receive the trophy from BLOGS Captain Anne!  
Sorting out the floral arrangement!  
The Staff vs. The Officers 
Last Wednesday saw the first Staff vs Officers match where members of staff from the Pro-Shop, the greenkeepers & clubhouse, captained by Santino took on member’s from the Committee and Board, captained by John Simpson. In the first of what will become an annual event, no fewer than 14 in each team fought for the honour of securing the initial 'winners' engraving on a brand new trophy. 
With strong winds and heavy showers, it was a very tough day for all the players. In the end though, the staff prevailed, with our very own Richard (nerves of steel) Banks, holing a 10 foot putt on their last hole to win their match and secure the trophy. 
The two teams 
A very happy Santino 
takes the trophy for The Staff 
Everyone agreed that it was a great event, with members from both sides who didn’t even play turning up to show their support. After the golf, the club put on a fantastic BBQ which was enjoyed by everyone. 
Celebrating as you might expect the winning captain to! 
So - One-Nil to The Staff... 
...better luck to The Officers in 2018!