B.O.G.S Annual Championship. BOGS HOME PAGE The B.O.G.S Annual Championship is played over two rounds – one in the summer and one in the Winter. Each round is an event in itself with a number of prizes awarded including the B.O.G.S summer champion and the B.O.G.S winter champion. Each event is followed by a celebratory dinner and prize giving. The coveted B.O.G.S champion award is given to the player with the most points over the two rounds and is awarded at the winter event as part of the B.O.G.S Christmas dinner. NOTE: A new rule has been introduced by the BOGS captain for 2020 to make the winning of a BOGS championship event fairer for all the regular BOGS players. The new rule means that a member of the BOGS can only win the Summer event if they have played at least 5 times before the Summer event and can only win the winter event if they have played at least 5 times between the summer and the winter event. This means the overall BOGS champion will have had to have played in the BOGS at least 10 times in the year.
Annual Championship 2020
B.O.G.S Lockdown Summer Competition.
The Annual B.O.G.S summer competition for 2020 took place in what we found to be unprecedented conditions post the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and hence the competition became known as the B.O.G.S Lockdown summer competion.
Despite the strict rules of social distancing, the restriction around "rollups", new ball retriever contraptions around the pin and the lack of rakes in the bunkers, the B.O.G.S were determined to play out our summer competition and ensure that we all remained in touch and continued to enjoy each others company on the course.
With this in mind the summer competition was played in a different format and was based on the best 6 cards from a submission of up to10 cards. The competition was played from 22nd May to the end of July.
There were a total of 44 entries and a total of 279 cards were submitted with some very high scoring particularly it was noted from those no longer working !! The average points scored was 35.1 ! and there were 85 birdies across all cards.
There were the usual prizes for best singles stableford score, combined 3's and 5's and the infamous greatest effort for least reward trophy plus there were a couple of lockdwon special prizes of most birdies and a secret pairs competition.
Current leaderboard after round 1 of the annual B.O.G.S championship is shown below.
To mark the closure of the competition the BOGS own poet laureate - Martin Allen read out his lockdown comp special poem as shown below.
The weeks have passed, zoomed by for some
And here we are at the final one
To hear the victor of our lockdown comp
But without the wine and food and pomp
To say farewell to dodgy artwork, to bookshelves and photos of kids
To say so long to wobbly screens and offers of tee times to bids
We've zoomed to Wales and Africa south
We've seen bristles sprout around Danny's mouth
We've seen Adrian's girlfriends though I'm not sure they're real
We've seen Joe's big boys room, it looks the real deal
So let us not be all forlorn
But move onward in the new norm
Don't look on covid all agog
Remember men, you're always a BOG !
Keith Mills Pictured with his now infamous Sombrero
Singles Stablesford Championship
1st Overall and Summer Comp Champion Keith Mills - 236 points & £75 prize
2nd Overall Joe Nellis - 232 points & £50 prize
3rd Overall Martin Allen on countback - 232 points & £40 prize
4th Overall Nick Turnbull - 231 points & £30 prize
5th Overall Brian Allen - 230 points & £20 prize
Most Birdies Scored - 9 - Jason Young - £25 prize
Combined Par 3’s & Par 5’s - 80 points David Neilson and Will Marsh - £15 each
Overall Best Individual Card - Dave Longmuir - £30 prize
Secret Pairs Competition - a random draw of names and combined scores:
1st Keith Mills & Brian Allen - 466 points - £30 each prize
2nd Nick Turnbull & Jason Young - 458 points - £25 each prize
3rd Phil Anderson & Tony Peluso - 439 points - £15 each prize
Greatest Effort, Least Reward Mitchell Young - Lesson with Richard Banks
A Bandit stealing the BOGS Summer lockdown trophy
Annual Championship 2019
B.O.G.S Winter Competition - December 2019
The Annual B.O.G.S winter competition and Christmas lunch took place on Saturday 7th December. This event was also the 2nd round of the coveted annual B.O.G.S championship where the aggregate of scores from the summer and winter competitions determines the overall B.O.G.S champion of the year.
This years event was also a very special occasion as we celebrated the retirement of John Farnworth from the B.O.G.S captaincy after 20+ years in the role. More on that later...
The days event was very well attended with 44 B.O.G.S and 6 guests including Club Captain, Andy Brown and some of the club professionals. It was an early start to the day as everyone assembled in the clubhouse for the traditional coffee and whisky shots and the pre competition warm up and banter.
B.O.G.S captain, Joe Nellis, residing over his first BOGS winter competition, announced the order of play and outlined the various prizes up for grabs. The course was in great condition despite what seemed to be continuous rain over the previous weeks. Everyone managed to get round in under 4 hours and were ready for the greatly anticipated Christmas lunch and prize giving.
After a sumptious lunch and the traditional toasts to BOGS Winter competition virgins, absent friends, various guests and the great conditions of the course, it was time for the all important prize giving.
The winners on the day including the overall Annual B.O.G.S champion trophy all presented by Joe Nellis were as follows;
In the overall Team competition the results were;
3rd place: John Farnworth, Andy Brown, Joe Nellis - 108 points (CB)
2nd Place: Brian Allen, Dave Longmuir, Ted Hall - 108 Points
1st Place and pictured below: Simon White, John Cribb, Richard Banks - 111 Points.
Winner of the Best Front Nine with 23 points was John Esam.
Winner of the Best Back Nine with 20 points was John Cribb.
A very popular winner of both the nearest the pin (by quite a few yards ! ) and of the best total score on the par 3's and 5's with 17 points was Robbie Brown!
Winner of the longest drive on the 18th was Club Captain Andy Brown.
Winner of the "Best Guest" prize was Richard Banks.
Perhaps the least contested but the most talked about award is the renowned porcelain BOG trophy that recognises the golfer who on the day put in the most effort for the least reward. Not necessarily awarded to the player with the lowest score but to the player seen as making the most effort with little to show for it. This years winter comp winner was John Cook.
The top 3 places in the overall Winter competition were very closely fought with countback coming in to play on all 3 places:
3rd Place: Brian Allen - 39 points (on countback)
2nd Place: Nic Serrechia - 40 points (on countback)
Overall winner and winter champion: Joe Nellis also on 40 points. Joe received the trophy from club captain Andy Brown.
Finally, the much coveted Overall BOGS champion trophy based on the aggregate of scores from the summer and winter competitions was presented to Nic Serrechia who scored an outrageous aggregate score of 82 points !
Perhaps the most anticipated event of the day was the presentation in celebration of John Farnworth's retirement from 20+ years captaincy of the BOGS. John had announced his retirement and had handed captaincy over to Joe Nellis back in the summer. But it was the winter competition and Christmas lunch that was to be a fitting celebration of Johns time as BOGS captain.
The first presentation was from Brian Allen who, as the second proud winner in 2018 of the recently introduced B.O.G.S special award for outstanding contribution to the B.O.G.S ethos, had chosen none other than John Farnworth as the very worthy recipent of the award for 2019. Brian gave a very emotional and heartfelt speech outlining why he had chosen John as the worthy recipent of this years award.
Johns enthusiasm, friendly welcoming nature over the past 20+ years has epitomised the very reason the BOGS exist and is a role model that we all look up to. John is pictured with Brian receiving the BOGS special award Art Deco trophy.
Club Captain Andy Brown gave a thank you message on behalf of the club to John and his role as BOGS captain over the years. Andy reminded us all of the huge importance to the club of having the BOGS in place and how John has made it such a success and a great place for welcoming new members to the club, helping them to meet other club members.
Joe then moved on to the main retirement presentation announcing that, in recognition and much appreciation of everything John had done for the BOGS and indeed the club over the past 20+ years, the BOGS had all contributed to a big collection for Johns retirement gifts.
Along with a few small gifts Joe is pictured here handing over to John the main retirement gift of an engraved plaque that will be placed next to an Oak Tree that the BOGS had purchased and that had been planted by the first Tee (See picture below).
Allowing a plaque of this nature on the course was indeed a rare event but was agreed with the club committee as a very fitting and commemorative gesture for all the hard work and effort John has contributed to both the BOGS and the Club as a whole over the years.
John was a little overcome with the generosity and kind words but in true John Farnworth style managed to make a thank you speech and a presentation of his own to Joe, handing over the traditional BOGS captain sweater.
....and so the BOGS winter competition 2019 came to an end after another great day of golf, friendly competition, good humour, great food and a great celebration of Johns tenure as BOGS captain.
From all the BOGS a BIG THANK YOU John for the fantastic job you have done as our captain and for leading such a well respected, welcoming and friendly society within the club - one that we are all proud to be members of.
B.O.G.S Summer Competition - July 2019
The Annual summer competition and lunch took place on Saturday 27th July with a great turn out of 37 Members of the B.O.G.S along with 7 distinguished guests, including Club Captain Andy Brown, Head Greenkeeper John Gubb and several of the Golf Professionals.
All assembled at 7.30am for a pre-round warm up of coffee and whiskey shots and the usual early banter and speculation of the days potential winners. The first groups tee'd off at 8am with spots of rain in the air but with great anticipation of the various prizes up for grabs. Despite several comments about the extra long grass in the rough causing havoc with many of the players cards, the course and greens were in very good condition and 2 players in particular found the course and conditions a lot better than most.
As the players returned to the clubhouse and changed for lunch, post match banter and the prize giving there was some surprise pre lunch news. John Farnworth called everyone to order and then shocked us all with an announcement of his retirement from captaincy of the B.O.G.S after 20+ years at the helm.
After the news had sunk in and many of the BOGS had passed on their heartfelt thanks to John for all he had done for the BOGS over the many years, John announced that Joe Nellis would be taking over the role of captain straight after the completion of the summer event.
John resided over the rest of days proceedings as his last act as BOGS captain and is seen here bringing the BOGS to order with the infamous Gavel for the very last time.
The "Top" table helping John celebrate his last summer comp as BOGS Captain with a glass or two of the clubs finest house wine.
After a sumptious lunch and the traditional toasts to BOGS Summer competition virgins, absent friends, various guests and the great conditions of the course, it was time for the all important prize giving. Club Captain Andy Brown was invited to present all the prizes and he gave an impromptu thank you message to John Farnworth for his role as BOGS captain over the years and reminded us all of the huge importance of the BOGS to the club as a whole and being a great place for welcoming new members and helping them to meet other club members to play golf with.
So on to the results......
In the team event there were 3 winners.
In 3rd place with 105 points was Tim Bailey, Mark Johnson and Andy Brown.
In 2nd place on countback and with 105 points was Brian Allen, John Gubb and Paul Randles.
Overall Team Winners with 106 points were Phil Anderson, Nick Serrechia and Phil Manning (not Pictured).
Next up were the awards for the traditional spot prizes.
Winner of the Front Nine was Tim Thimaya.
Winner of the Back Nine was Jason "Nice Shirt" Young.
Winner of the best Par 5's and Par 3's was - John Farnworth
Winner of Nearest the Pin on the 6th - Jon Larrett.
Winner of the Longest Drive on the 18th - Richard Kemp.
Next up was the award for the best round by a guest. This is a fiercely contested and much coveted competition between all the guests to the BOGS competition. This years summer comp winner was John Gubb with a great score of 42.
Perhaps the least contested but the most talked about award is the renowned porcelain trophy that recognises the golfer who put in the most effort for the least reward. This is not necessarily awarded to the player with the lowest score but to the player seen as making the most effort with little to show for it. This years summer comp winner of this coveted trophy was Dave Longmuir.
Finally the awards for the top 4 individuals on the day and therefore the top 4 in the race to the overall BOGS champion at the end of the year.
In 4th place with 36 points was John Eaton.
In 3rd place with 37 points was newcomer to the BOGS Martin Ball.
In 2nd place with an impressive 41 points was Mark Johnson.
The Overall winner on the day and topping the overall championship leaderboard with an outrageous 42 points was Nic Serrechia.
........And so the BOGS summer competition 2019 came to an end after another great day of golf, friendly competition and banter, good humour, great food and some great achievements AND some surprises along the way. Just all part of being in the B.O.G.S.
As always, the catering, bar service and golf course were all first rate and huge thanks go to the catering and greens teams.
Throughout the lunch there was of course much reflection on the past years of the BOGs and the fantastic job that John has done as captain to build such a well respected, welcoming and friendly society within the club and one that we are all proud to be members of.
From all the BOGS a BIG THANK YOU JOHN ! and we look forward to the official retirement party at the BOGS Winter competition on 7th December.
Annual Championship 2018
Winter & Christmas Competition - December 2018.
The Annual B.O.G.S winter competition and Christmas lunch took place on Saturday 8th December. This event is also the 2nd round of the coveted annual B.O.G.S championship where the aggregate of the scores from the summer and winter competitions determines the overall B.O.G.S champion of the year. The days event was well attended with 39 B.O.G.S and 6 guests including Club Captain, Jim Godfrey and Club President, Roger Willis as well as some of the club professionals.
It was an early start to the day with the dawn only just breaking as everyone assembled for the traditional whisky and coffee pre competition warm up and banter in the clubhouse. Despite the early start everyone turned up on time in anticipation of the great day ahead.
B.O.G.S captain John Farnworth called everyone to order and announced the order of play and outlined the various competitions and prizes up for grabs.
The course and greens in particular were in great condition despite still recovering from the summer drought. This helped with some high scoring on the day and ensured everyone was round in under 4 hours and were ready for the greatly anticipated Christmas lunch with over 15 minutes to spare.
The winners of the various prizes on the day including the overall Annual B.O.G.S champion trophy presented by John Farnworth and President Roger Willis were;
Winning team with 113 points - Richard Kemp, Nic Serrecchia & Tony Peluso.
This year was the second year of the B.O.G.S special award for outstanding contribution to the B.O.G.S ethos and is nominated and passed down from the previous years winner. Although last years winner,Peter Gill was not present he had provided an entertaining, if not a little confusing, background to why he had chosen this years winner. As probably the most consistent player in the B.O.G.S and someone with the best ratio of age to handicap, this years popular winner was Brian Allen pictured below with the Art Deco trophy.
All aspects of the catering and bar service were first rate and huge thanks go to Ruth and her team along with Debbie & her team in the kitchen. Another great day of golf, competition, good humour, great food and great achievements. All part of being in the B.O.G.S.
The top four places in the Winter competition were as follows:
Overall Winter Comp Winner: Phil Ilsley (40 Points) (Pictured below)
2nd Place: Tim Bailey (39 points – based on count back)
3rd Place: Nik Serrechia (39 points)
4th Place: Ray Filip (38 points)
Other winners on the day were;
Best Front Nine: Brian Allen
Best Back Nine: Richard Gregory (pictured below)
Best Back Nine
The most feared and typically least contested award is the renowned porcelain trophy that recognises the golfer who put in the most effort for the least reward. This years proud winner of this trophy was David Richardson pictured below.
There was a fiercely fought battle of the best guests, particulary amongst the professionals. However there was no match to a very impressive round of gross 63 ! and 43 points from Richard Kemp pictured below. Richard also won the longest drive on the 18th.
Best Guest and Longest Drive
Nearest the Pin on 6th: David Neilson
Best total Score on the Par 3’s and 5’s: Dave Longmuir. (pictured below)
Best Score on Par 3's and 5's
The Final trophy of the day was the overall 2018 BOGS champion. This was a closely fought battle with at least 10 players in the running from the summer. The top 3 places in the race to be champion were;
3rd place - John Cribb (74 Points)
2nd place - Phil Anderson (75 Points)
1st place and overall BOGS Champion with 77 points - BRIAN ALLEN pictured below.
B.O.G.S Summer Competition - July 2018
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.