Ladies Competitions & Winners
Margaret Marches to 4 Club Victory
In the ladies 'Three Clubs and a Putter' Competition over 13 holes last week, some excellent golf was played in cold and breezy conditions. Good scoring was, of course, harder to achieve with just three clubs for all the shots from tee to green, but some managed the challenge better than others. With all the results in, the best scores were as follows:
in 3rd place with 17 points was Anne Foulkes
in 2nd with 19 points was one of our Past Ladies Captain's, Helen Nellis
but the overall winner with 21 points was another Past Ladies Captain, Margaret Seabrook
Congratulations to Margaret and well done to the others who came so close.
Some hot refreshment was enjoyed by all afterwards at the 19th hole as everyone warmed up again.
New Ladies Captain Tastes Victory on her Drive-In Day!
Our new ladies Captain, Judi Monico and her partner Sue Cribb achieved the best ladies pairs score in the Captains' Drive-In Better-ball Stableford Competition on Sunday.
In breezy and tricky conditions, they beat new Ladies Vice-Captain, Hilary Denny and her partner, Past Captain, Anne Harris into second place.
In third were Jane Anderson and Sue Marsh.
All the ladies who took part in the competition, and many others, then attended the Drive-In Lunch to support their new Ladies Captain at her inaugural event and to hear her first (second time around) Captain's speech!
Ladies Winners, Judi and Sue
Senior Ladies Christmas 9-Hole Competition - 8 December 2017
Senior Ladies Salver for Best Aggregate Score over 9 Holes over 2017 Season
The senior ladies met on a beautiful sunny but eye-wateringly cold day for their final competition of the year; the course looking stunning in the winter sunshine and frost. The Christmas Competition counts towards the Salver so 2 prizes were available today. There were some great performances from the leading contenders leading to a very close result in the Salvers Competition.
1st Charlotte Walsh 17 pts
2nd Anne Harris 16 pts
3rd Sue Bailey 14 pts
Salver – Awarded to the lady with the best aggregate 3 scores over the season
1st Anne Harris 56 pts (count back)
2nd Hilary Denny 56 pts
3rd Charlotte Walsh 51 pts
Post golf, everyone was very pleased to get inside for a festive light lunch of soup, sausage rolls, mince pies and hot drinks
All the winners
Playing the 4th
Overall Aggregate Winner Anne
Senior Ladies' Rose Bowl 18 hole Stableford, 26th October 2017
1st Chin Fern Griffiths 37pts (NQ)
2nd Nicki Reynolds 33pts (NQ)
3rd Hilary Denny 30pts (count back)
4th Anne Harris 30pts
Nearest pin on 6th - Chin Fern Griffiths Nearest the line on 12th - Sue Moore
The Senior Ladies Rose Bowl competition is the closing season finale for the senior ladies. 17 ladies took part on a calm & overcast day with some superb performances recorded from our newcomers Chin Fern Griffiths and Nicki Reynolds. However as newcomers they did not qualify to win the rose bowl trophy, which was awarded to Hilary Denny who narrowly beat Anne Harris on count back.
A celebratory lunch was enjoyed by all & the prizes awarded.
Tyley Cup - Treasurer v Handicap Secretary foursomes, Halloween, 31st October 2017
Result: Treasurer 2: Handicap Secretary 5
On a mild Halloween morning, seven foursomes set off round the course hoping not to encounter any ghoulish experiences down in the woods. Some raced ahead whilst others plodded along at a most sedentary pace, many not even knowing for whom or what they were playing for.
The Tyley Cup is the annual match between the Handicap Secretary and the Treasurer – but who had spirited away our Handicap Secretary?
The finishing line was crossed, a hearty soup and warm crusty roll eaten and the missing Handicap Secretary magically restored in the Clubhouse.
The Treasurer (Sam Turnbull) hadn't a ghost of a chance, and the evidence was manifested in a 5: 2 victory for the Handicap Secretary (Judi Monico), in her last year in the post and her team.
Photos include Judi receiving the trophy from Sam, some very happy team members and an apparently camera-shy Sheila!
Kimbolton Cup – 17 October 2017
Result – Captains Team 3 – Secretary’s Team 4
Winners - The Secretary’s Team
The Kimbolton Cup is a longstanding traditional match between teams headed up by the Lady Captain and the Lady Secretary. The teams are drawn in advance for a foursomes match play competition.
On a calm and pleasant Autumn day, with fairways and greens running rather quickly the ladies went in to battle for the historic Kimbolton Cup. The teams were very well matched, producing a tightly fought conquest with Sheila’s Secretary’s team running out as the winners, 4 games to 3.
Pictured with her trophy, retained again from 2016 is Sheila with a gracious in defeat Lady Captain, Anne.
The team Captains with the Kimbolton Cup
Ladies President's Putter - Tuesday 10 October 2017
On a wild, wet & windy Tuesday in October, 33 ladies played for the President's Putter, hosted by Club President Roger Willis.
In a tight fought contest with the weather definitely a factor, results were as follows:
1st Place - Dot Moroney 32 points
2nd Place - Chin Fern Griffiths 30 points
3rd Place - Hilary Denny 29 points
Having recovered after a challenging round, they all gathered in the Club Lounge for afternoon tea.
Many congratulations on her win to Dot Moroney, who can be seen here with President Roger Willis and the celebratory Putter.
Winner Dot Moroney with President Roger Willis
Grannies Cup (18 hole Stableford) 3rd October 2017
1st Chin Fern Griffiths 34 pts
2nd Margaret Seabrook 30 pts
3rd Noreen Tattam 29 pts
A lovely autumn day with lots of sunshine for today's competition which celebrates the Grannies and Step Grannies amongst us. Well done to Chin Fern, for another trophy win and for getting a handicap cut too.
Jubilee Trophy, Flag competition; 26th September 2017
Joint First: Noreen Tattam and Wendy White
A lovely trophy played under medal format which ends when the player uses up all of their shots and marks their position on the course with a flag.
Amazingly both Noreen and Wendy reached within half a yard of the flag on the 18th green with their final shots to draw and share the trophy.
As this is anon qualifying competition no handicap changes this week.
Charity Cup (medal) 16th & 19th September 2017
1st Chin Fern Griffiths (74pts)
2nd Maggie Olney (76pts)
3rd Hilary Denny (76pts)
On a lovely late summer day with the trees just beginning to turn Chin Fern produced another superb performance to win again and add another trophy to her seasons haul. Well deserved congratulations to her and for getting a handicap cut! Photo - Chin Fern
Ladies Saturday Trophy – Saturday 2 September 2017
14 ladies met on a beautifully sunny and calm Saturday morning in early September to play for this highly coveted trophy. In a closely fought contest, our youngest member was runner-up and one of our newer members and a Saturday regular emerged as the victor. Many congratulations to Chin Fern Griffiths.
Top three results:
1st and Trophy Winner – Chin Fern Griffiths 34 points
2nd – Roisin Scanlon – 33 points (on countback)
3rd - Hilary Denny – 33 points
Photo: Saturday Trophy Winner, Chin Fern
Ladies August Medal & Joan Baxter Trophy 29 August 2017
The Joan Baxter Trophy is played alongside a monthly medal and is competed for by the monthly medal winners from the previous year. Accordingly the monthly medal and Joan Baxter Trophy can be won by different people.
This was a tightly fought competition with close scores. Sue and Anne earned a handicap cut for their efforts. Interestingly all those on Net73 played in the same 3 ball and are shown here on the 18th Green.
1st place & Medal Winner - Sue Bailey - Net 72
2nd Anne Foulkes - Net 73 (on countback)
3rd Chin Fern Griffiths - Net 73 (on countback)
4th Jane Anderson - Net 73
Joan Baxter Trophy Winner - Jane Anderson - Net 73
Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes (Medal) - 22 August 2017
1st Sally Shayler & Margaret Seabrook - Net 73.0
2nd Brenda Davenport & Chin Fern Griffiths - Net 77.0
3rd Paula Parker & Susan Coxon - Net 78.0
Congratulations to Sally & Margaret who will represent our club in the next round
Ladies Captain's Day 2017
Lady Captains day dawned bright, warm and sunny and the ladies gathered at Noon resplendent in pink, Anne’s favourite colour. Anne’s Buggy had been magnificently decorated by Helen, Sheila, Sam & Judi and could be seen scooting around the course all afternoon, ensuring that the players in the 10 year record turn-out were all well looked after.
A Stableford competition with a twist had been arranged with double points up for grabs on the Par 5’s and driving with your Putter on Hole 6. Some superb scores were recorded, new friends made and afterwards, all had a delicious afternoon tea in the Biddenham Suite with a golf target game devised by Denise to raise money for Anne’s charity, Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes. A total of £120 was achieved.
Results were as follows:-
1st Prize with an outstanding 44 points - Noreen Tattam
2nd prize on countback 40 points - Judi Monico
3rd prize with 40 points - Mandy Mayes
Spot Prizes -
Nearest the Pin on the 3rd hole in 2 shots – Barbara Talboys
Closest Drive to The Line the 12th hole – Brenda Davenport
Longest Drive (Nearest Green with a Putter) on the 6th – Paula Parker
Other spot prizes – Frances Godfrey, Sue Cribb & Clare Williams
Ladies Captain's Day Prize Winners
Who took Anne's champagne?
Enjoying Anne's hospitality
A very amenable Anne!
Sally gets some swing coaching!!
Sue, clearly celebrating something!
Lord Lieutenant on target!
All having a fun time
Supporting the Ladies Captain?
Ford Trophy 18 hole Stableford, 1st August 2017
1st Paula Parker 36 pts (6)
2nd Sue Lowe 34 pts (25)
3rd Roisin Scanlon 32 pts (20)
Twenty nine people entered over Saturday and Tuesday. Tuesdays course being shared with a ladies county match between Bedfordshire and Essex, which made for some interesting pin positions!
Congratulations to Paula Parker for an excellent performance in very blustery wind conditions and for achieving a handicap cut too.
Members' Meeting; 25th July 2017
18 hole Stableford - par 3s count double
1st Charlotte Walsh 40 pts...
2nd Hilary Denny 39 pts
3rd Trish Hind 39 pts
Winners of hidden holes: Brenda Beard and Grace Belcher
The Ladies Members’ Competition 3 balls teed off in bright sunshine for a fun Stableford event with double points available on the Par 3’s. Charlotte Walsh, pictured with the other prize winners made full use of the extra points available to win the event with 40 points.
Post competition there followed a meal and prize giving with a pink theme in the dining room.
President's Day - July 23rd.
President's Day took place on a rather damp Sunday July 23rd and was hosted by President Roger Willis. It included a Stableford competition for Ladies and the best scores were as follows:
Kate Broughton - 36 pts (winner)
Wendy White - 29 pts
Sue Cribb - 29 pts
Chin Fern Griffiths - 29 pts
Well done to all those above.
NB: Both Kate and Chin Fern are relatively new members to the club, so it's good to see them performing well in competitions, especially on important occasions like President's Day.
Photo: Winner Kate Broughton with President Roger Willis
Kathleen Cook 18 hole Stableford; 18th & 22nd July
1st Grace Belcher 38 pts
2nd Sam Turnbull 36 pts...
3rd Linda Lewington 33 pts
There was a good turnout with 31 ladies participating over the 2 days. Some superb scores were recorded with Grace Belcher coming out on top with a magnificent 38 points.
Beale Bowl 8th & 11th July 2017
1st Dot Moroney 34pts (16)
2nd Paddy Richardson, 34pts (27)
3rd Maureen Dawson 32pts (25)
A popular competition for a lovely trophy which brought out some good performances. Well done to Dot (pictured here) for taking the trophy home this year.
Texas Scramble 3rd July 2017 - Results:
9 teams of 3 , the winners were ....
1st Paula Parker, Sue Coxon and Dot Moroney 69
2nd Sally Shayler, Sam Turnbull and Sue Cribb 71.6
3rd Margaret Seabrook, Brenda Beard and Grace Belcher 74.1
The ladies met for a fun completion on a warm and sunny day. The course proved challenging as the competition was held just a couple of days after the men's championship. However some good results were posted, well done to Paula, Sue and Dot for an excellent performance.
Pictured are some of the ladies enjoying a post completion drink in the clubhouse.
The winners of our round of the Coronation Foursomes, were Hilary Denny and Heather Houchin, who will be competing in the next round of this national competition at Wollaton Park, Nottingham on the 7th August. We wish them well.
Senior Ladies Elspeth Plumb Trophy 29th June 2017, 9 hole Stableford:
1st Charlotte Walsh 18 pts (pictured below)
2nd Sue Moore 16 pts
3rd Hilary Denny 14 pts
The Senior Ladies gathered on a delightful day for golf to play the back nine holes for the Elspeth Plumb Trophy. Congratulations to Charlotte Walsh pictured with her trophy, who produced an excellent performance to win the with 18pts.
The Ladies Club Championships - Tuesday 27 June.
The Ladies gathered for the annual Club Championship on Tuesday to play for the title of Club Champion and also Savill Salver and Millennium Trophy winners. Sally Shayler, as has so often been the case over recent years, retained her crown as Ladies Club Champion with an impressive gross score of 145 over 36 holes. The 2017 Runner Up was Barbara Talboys with a Gross 178.
Sally can be seen below proudly holding her trophy with Ladies Captain, Anne.
Other winners on the day were:
Savill Salver (best net score over 36 holes excluding Club Champion)
Silver Division Barbara Talboys (Net 154)
Bronze Division Sue Bailey (Net 146)
Millennium Trophy (best net score over first round of championship or those playing 18 holes only)
1st Margaret Seabrook (Net 70)
2nd Dot Moroney (Net 74
All the winners are pictured below with their trophies:
Rose Bowl and Quaich 20th & 24th June 2017
1st Barbara Talboys 74pts (12)
2nd Noreen Tattam 77pts (16)
3rd Dot Moroney 78pts (16)
1st Brenda Beard 72pts (21)
2nd Roisin Scanlon 72pts (22)
3rd Jane Anderson 73pts (25)
The Rose Bowl & Quaich was played over 2 very contrasting weather days, me from one blisteringly hot day and one blustery day. The Rose Bowl trophy is awarded to the Division 1 winner, Barbara Talboys; the Quaich Trophy is awarded to the Division 2 winner, Brenda Beard.
Ladies Senior County Championships
The Ladies Senior County Championship was held at Bedfordshire Golf Club on Thursday 15 June 2017. It proved to be a very successful day for our club.
The Layaway Putter is awarded to the best club team and was won by the Bedfordshire Ladies Team of Margaret Seabrook, Brenda Beard & Sheila Fairey pictured with the magnificent trophy, Heddwen Molloy, County President and Kate Price, County Seniors Captain. Congratulations to them all.
Sheila Fairey came 2nd in the Ladies 2nd Division competition
Anne Harris won the best score for the Front 9
Midsummer Trophy, 18 hole Stableford,10th and 13th June 2017
1st Sue Cribb & Jane Anderson 41pts
2nd Heather Houchin & Louise Wells 37pts
3rd Sally Shayler & Sheila Fairey 37pts
A lovely day to play golf, with warmth, light winds, and the course in great condition. A delight for the appropriately named Midsummer Trophy with some excellent performances.
18 Hole Medal and Joan Baxter trophy, 3rd and 6th June
A small band of intrepid golfers played the medal on Saturday 3rd, but the Tuesday version was cancelled in the face of torrential rain and howling winds. The Joan Baxter trophy will be competed for later in the season on 19th September.
Saturday medal Result:
1st Kate Broughton net 76 (35)...
2nd Juliet Johnson net 82 (15)
Ping 4BBB Stableford played 30 May 17
1st Paula Parker & Sue Coxon 38pts
2nd Jane Anderson and Dot Moroney 37pts
3rd Juliet Johnson & Barbara Talboys 37pts
4th Mandy Mayes & Anne Harris 34pts
A rather overcast and windy day provided its challenges for the assembled pairs. However, congratulations are due to the leading pairs because there were some good scores posted. We wish Paula and Sue well in the next round.
Adams Trophy & Dinner
The Ladies Adams Dinner on the 16th May, was a very jolly affair with 39 ladies and (BGC Member) Nick Willis, who gave an amusing and tongue-in-cheek after Dinner speech which was very well received.
During the proceedings, the Adams trophies were presented. The Adams Trophy for 2017 was won by Carol Farnworth - her 4th victory in this event. Well done Carol.
The Adams Cup was won this year by Hilary Denny - congratulations Hilary.
Unsurprisingly for such impressive performances, both ladies had their handicaps cut!
Above: Carol Farnworth with the Adams Trophy
Above: Hilary Denny with the Adams Cup
Above: Ladies Captain Anne, with Nick & Anne Willis
Bedfordshire Golf Club proudly hosted the 2017 County Championships
The sun shone, the clubhouse was decked out in the county colours, and everything prepared to welcome the competitors in the County Championship. Geraint and the team even fixed a few last minute technical issues before everyone arrived to ensure no-one was inconvenienced - so well done to them.
Bedfordshire Golf Club itself was well represented, with Sally Shayler and Margaret Seabrook in the final stages of the Championship, and Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb into the Semi-final of the County Cup
On the first morning Sally beat Bridie Quinn from South Beds and Margaret beat Gill Westgate B&C on the 21st hole a very exciting match. Sally won again in the afternoon , this time against Stephanie Scott from AG & WS, but Margaret unfortunately lost to Sophie Hillier.
On Saturday, Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb played their County Cup semi-final matches, unfortunately both losing (to Linda Humphries Millbrook and Rachael Bryan AG&WS respectively). They each played well and did Bedfordshire GC proud, so well done girls. In the final, Linda Humphries beat Rachael Bryan on the 19th hole to win the County Cup.
Above: County Cup Winner Linda Humphries (Millbrook), Rachael Bryan (AG&WS), Sheila Fairey & Sue Cribb (BGC)
Back to the County Championship and in the semi-finals, Sally was unfortunately beaten by Sophie Hillier - albeit on the 20th hole, whilst in the other match Annabel Pitts from Beadlow Manor beat Sophie Mills from John O'Gaunt.
In the final Annabel Pitts beat Sophie Hillier to become the 2017 County Champion.
Above: Annabel Pitts (Beadlow Manor) and County President, Heddwen Molloy
Above: County Championship Semi Finalists, Sally Shayler (BGC) Sophie Mills (J'OG) with County President, Heddwen Molloy
As for the Championships as a whole - the team from Bedfordshire Golf Club received many plaudits about the quality and presentation of our course and also our hospitality. A big thank you must go to Geraint, Lynne & Mags, the green staff, and the bar and catering staff for all their hard work during these 3 days. Well done everyone.
Thank also to the members of Bedfordshire Golf Club for their co-operation in helping to make this a most successful event; you are a credit to the club.
Winners at County Championship event - Sheila Fairey & Sue Cribb
The County 2nd Division meeting was played recently at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands GC and I'm delighted to say that our very own Sheila Fairey won, with Sue Cribb coming a close 2nd.
They will now play for the 2nd Division Championship on Sat 13th May "at home" at Bedfordshire GC. In the morning Sheila will play Linda Humphries Millbrook GC and Sue will play Rachel Bryan AG & WS GC . If they beat their opponents they will be playing each other in the afternoon. Please come and support our girls.