B.O.G.S. Challenge Matches
BOGS vs. BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals, The Big Annual Challenge Match - January 2020
On Saturday 11th January, the three big Saturday morning men's social roll-up groups, battled it out in the Annual BOGS vs. BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals Team Challenge. Always a popular and keenly fought contest, there was another fantastic turn-out, in what was the competition's 9th year, with no fewer than 84 players making up 21 matches between the two sides.
The match format is traditionally based on total holes up, so that all matches are played over the 18 holes regardless of the result. The course was still wet from the previous day's downpours and there was a fairly strong breeze to contend with from the outset, making for tricky conditions. However, there were still some great performances and results with some of the highlights as follows:
9 up - Pat Moriarty & John Esam
8 up - Richard Suthers & Mark Lawrence
5 up - Nick Macarte & Nick Willis
5 Up - Steve Mason & Robbie Brown
5 Up - Keith Burgess & Tony Williams
Calls by the BOGS for the BYGEMYST and Late Arrivals pairings to be mixed up between the two groups was declined for another year, so the BYGEMYST team played the BOGS off the 1st Tee and Late Arrivals played the BOGS off the 10th Tee.
Both teams performed admirably, but despite some new and younger talent in the BOGS team this year, the overall result saw the combined BYGEMYST & Late Arrivals team secure another notable victory and ensure 12 months bragging rights - yet again!
Although the overall score was 23 holes up for BYGEMYST and Late Arrivals and they won 11 matches to 6 with 4 drawn, it was noted that under Ryder Cup scoring the BOGS actually drew with BYGEMYST in their half of the draw! So the BOGS can take heart from that viewpoint and that perhaps the competition is getting slightly closer!
Following an excellent carvery lunch in the Biddenham Suite, BYGEMYST captain Clive Haywood presented BOGS Captain Joe Nellis with the runners up toilet brush trophy which Joe was proud to accept. In return Joe presented the Winning team trophy to joint winning Captains' Clive Haywood & Geoff Gooding.
Roll-on 2021 when the 10th Anniversary match in the series will be played. It's sure to be a grand event, possibly with a few mystery guests to spice up the proceedings!
The Pursuit Cup – 3 ½ hour Individual Stableford
The Pursuit Cup originated from a trophy awarded to Past club president, John Farnworth on his retirement. This individual Stableford competition is played in teams from the BOGs & BLOGs Saturday morning members groups.
There is a time limit of 3 ½ hours at which point everyone must stop playing and total up their individual scores. There are prizes for top individual Men's and ladies and the top teams. The pursuit cup trophy is awarded to the top scoring individual.
A very chilly morning and an early start did not put anyone off from joining in this annual event. BOGS captain John Farnworth explained the rules and regulations and carried out the random team draw....and then they were off !
The pressure of playing as many holes in 3 ½ hours showed in some of the early holes as teams tried to get ahead of the clock by rushing their shots. As teams progressed around the course rumours started spreading of a sensational hole in one on the 9th ! Was this really true given the cold wintry conditions.
As the team completed their rounds everyone gathered in the clubhouse comparing how many holes were completed in the allotted time and enjoying a well deserved soup and roll. Rumours were also confirmed as it emerged that Robbie Brown had indeed scored a hole in 1 on the 9th !
Overall Results were as follows:-
1st Place and trophy winner on countback - 39 points: Tony Marsh
2nd Place - 39 points – Phil Anderson
1st Place lady on countback - 30 points: Mary Mills
2nd Place lady - 30 points: Adele Carson
1st placed Team with 99 points
Adele Carson, Dave Longmuir, Phil Rajotte
2nd placed Team with 97 points
Chin Fern Griffiths, Phil Anderson, Brian Allen
Early Morning Gathering for Team draw
Pursuit Cup Winner
HOLE IN ONE !!
2nd Placed team
BOGS vs BLOGS- Sat 7th Oct
Wet, Wet, Wet were the conditions on Saturday 6th October for the Annual BOGS versus BLOGS match. The BOGS took on a BLOGS team of 18 Ladies for the coveted ceramic replica toilet trophy - narrowly won last year by the BOGS. Despite the conditions, that progressively got worse as the morning went on, it was a good turn out on both sides. The format of better ball match play and with the ladies getting a generous additional 6 shots made for a tough challenge for the BOGS. As the conditions got worse, many of the fourballs came in after 13 holes and only a hardy few played out the full 18. In the end, the conditions, the additional 6 shots the BLOGS received and any other excuse the BOGS could find all proved a bit too much and the BOGS team ended up overall losers at 11 holes to 24.
After drying out and a very welcome Soup lunch, the result was announced and the BLOGS captain Judi Monico received the coveted trophy from BOGS captain John Farnworth.
How much the additional bonus shots given to the BLOGS made a difference and how many this should be next year will be debated for some time to come.
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