Bedfordshire Golf Club - Member Groups
Close but not close enough as BOGS are pipped by BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals yet again - January 2019.
In what is now the competition's 8th year, the three big Saturday men's social golf groups, battled it out in the BOGS vs. BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals Team Annual Challenge.
Always a popular and keenly fought contest, there was a record turn-out with no fewer than 92 players making up 23 matches between the two sides. The BOGs were hoping for a much needed win after considerable losses over the last 3 years. With some new, younger and fitter blood in their team there was renewed hope and optimism from the BOGS captain John Farnworth for a change in fortunes.
Early results were looking promising for the BOGS and with half the matches completed it was very close with the BOGS actually ahead by 2 matches – although still behind by overall holes won.
Some great performances and results were reported with some of the highlights as follows:
Rob Mayfield & John Hart finished 6up for the BOGS
The pairings of John Haines & Mark Bullen, Tony Marsh & Robbie Burns, Steve Coppock & Kevin Draper all finished 5up for BYGEMYST/Late Arrivals team
Both teams performed admirably particularly during the downpour someway through the round that clearly had an influence on some of the scores.
However, the overall result saw the combined BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals team secure another notable, but much closer, victory of 12 matches to 11 (Based on Ryder Cup scoring) and an overall holes up score of +14. Although this ensures their 12 month bragging rights, the BOGS were heartened by the much closer margin of defeat than in the previous 3 years showing that the pre-match winter training regime is paying off and likely to yield a better result if not a victory in 2020!
Following an excellent carvery lunch in the Biddenham Suite, BOGS Captain John Farnworth presented the winners trophy to joint winning Captains Clive Haywood & Geoff Gooding (seen pictured here). In return and with much glee, Clive presented the traditional runner's up trophy of a lavatory brush to John Farnworth (also pictured).
In his runners-up speech John challenged the BYGEMYST/Late Arrivals team to fully integrate from 2020 and have one member from BYGEMYST & one from Late Arrivals in each of their groups. of each of their groups in their pairings. The suggestion was fully supported by both Clive and Geoff.
Another excellent competitive but social event enjoyed by all and Game On for January 2020.
The victorious Joint Captains of BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals with the BOGS Captain
The Runner's Up Trophy Presentation
Captain of the runner's-up with their trophy!
B.O.G.S Summer Competition - 21st July.
The Annual B.O.G.S summer competition and lunch took place on Saturday 21st July with a great turn out of 41 Members of the B.O.G.S along with 7 guests, including club President Roger Willis and Head Professional Geraint Dixon and his team. All assembled in the clubhouse at 7.30am on what was yet another glorious sunny and somewhat humid morning. All 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.
The summer comp is the first round of the coveted overall B.O.G.S champion presented at the end of the winter competition in December. So everyone was keen to record a good score to keep them in the running.
As ever the course was in great condition despite the long dry spell and with a number of prizes up for grabs the competition was fierce resulting in very high scoring from most (but not all) competitors.
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:
Winning Team - total score of 111: Steve Mason, Tim Thimaya & John Cribb
The Winning Team
Nearest the Pin on the 6th: Phil Rajotte
Longest drive on 18th: Tim Thimaya
Best Front Nine: Steve Mason (22 points)
Best Back Nine: Joe Nellis (20 points)
Best total Score on the Par 3’s and 5’s: Ted Hall (15 points)
Best Individual performance by a guest: John Gubb (38 points) (Pictured with winners bubbly)
The top four places in round 1 of the race to the overall B.O.G.S individual champion were as follows:
Overall Summer Comp Winner: Simon White (41 Points) (Pictured with summer comp trophy)
2nd Place: Phil Anderson (40 points – based on count back for back 3)
3rd Place: Brian Allen (40 points)
4th Place: John Cribb (40 points)
The final award of the day was the now traditional porcelain trophy presented to the competitor who has put in the most effort for the least reward (points scored for this trophy are never published).
The proud owner of this recognition was Paul Randles (pictured with the sought after trophy).
Most Effort - Least Reward!
All agreed that the day’s events had, as usual, been very enjoyable and everyone looked forward to the winter version in December.
BOGS pipped by BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals in the Annual Challenge
In what is now the competition's 7th year, the three big Saturday men's social golf groups, battled it out in the BOGS vs. BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals Team Challenge.
Always a popular and keenly fought contest, there was another fantastic turn-out with no fewer than 84 players between the two sides. Some great performances and results were reported with some of the highlights as follows:
8 up - Nick Willis and David Richardson
6 up - John Haines & Steve Coppock
6 up - Tim Whitwham & Dom Whitehouse
6 up - Andy Jones & Ben Jones
6 up - Paul Randles & Steve Mason
Best individual performance of the day was by Seb Lovell who, playing off scratch, went round in 3 under for a Gross 67. Sadly for Seb, he and his partner still finished 6 down to inspired opposition who dovetailed remarkably well to secure victory!
Both teams performed admirably, but the overall result saw the combined BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals team secure a notable victory and ensure 12 months bragging rights.
Following an excellent carvery lunch in the Biddenham Suite, BOGS Captain for the Day, Joe Nellis (in the absence of John Farnworth) presented the trophy to joint winning Captains Clive Haywood & Geoff Gooding (see photo).
Joint Winning Captains Geoff Gooding (Late Arrivals) and Clive Haywood (BYGEMYST) being presented with the trophy by BOGS Captain for the Day, Joe Nellis
A number of member based social golfing groups exist within the club.
For those wishing to play golf with other members at the club, a number of these groups are operate on a roll-up basis. The primary groups which welcome others members on an ad-hoc basis are:
TATS (Tuesday's and Thursday's) - Meet from 8.15am for an 8.30am tee-off
Late Arrivals (Saturday) - Meet from 7.20am for a 7.30am tee off from 10th tee
BOGS (Saturday) - Meet from 7.45am for an 8.00am tee off from1st & 10th tees
LBW'S - Monday and Wednesdays - 9.15 am for 9.30 am tee off, meet on the practice putting green
Member group page links are below:
BOGS (section to be created)
BLOGS (section to be created)
Late Arrivals (section to be created)