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The BOGS on Tour is an annual event held over a weekend in June at an away golf course. This is a chance to get away for the weekend with fellow BOGS and experience the challenges of another golf course to test our skills and often our patience. There are many prizes awarded over the weekend and the event is always well supported with 25 to 40 BOGS enjoying the festivities.
There are normally 3 rounds played over the weekend with the last 2 rounds counting towards the overall BOGS on Tour Challenge Cup. The round on the Friday is usually a gentle warm up and a friendly round ahead of the more serious part of the weekend with prizes for teams and individuals.
Both Challenge Cup weekend rounds are also played in teams and as individuals with the Saturday round a good indication of the potential BOGS on Tour champion as the scores come in for the first round of the challenge cup. Many other prizes are up for grabs on the Sunday such as longest drive, nearest the pin, best 3's and 5's, best front and back nine but the overall enjoyment of the golf and the company is the real winner for all that take part.
BOGS on TOUR 2021 – Breadsall Priory
Following the disappointment of not having an event in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, the much-anticipated 2021 BOGS on Tour weekend was held on June 11th - 13th at Breadsall Priory near Derby.
The complex comprised of two very different and challenging golf courses, the championship Priory Couse and the Moorland Course. A very picturesque setting in rural Derbyshire, both courses made our home track feel very flat. Both courses were Par 70 with higher slope ratings than the Bedfordshire. The weather forecast was looking very good and many of the BOGS arrived in shorts living up to the Optimist tag.
All 42 BOGS assembled in the hotel bar ahead of the afternoon tee times for some light lunch and refreshments and were welcomed by Joe Nellis who was captaining the first BOGS on Tour trip of his tenure. The competition on Friday was a warmup for the main events and was played in teams and as an individual stableford.
In a close fought battle, the winning better ball team on countback on Friday with 52 points consisted of Paul Knight, Phil Rajotte, Remmy Wamweri and Robin Illingworth.
The overall individual winner on Friday with a very creditable 36 points was our ever-popular BOG – Dave Longmuir. We also had prizes for 2nd and 3rd which were won by virgin tour BOG Remmi Wamweri on countback from our Club Captain Tony Peluso, both with 35 points.
After a great evening of food and drink and much banter on the events of the day, thoughts turned to the potential front runners for the 2021 BOGS on Tour champion. Tony Marsh, the last winner, would not relinquish it without a fight and many coveted winning the trophy. We also had many BOGS on Tour virgins with an eye on an upset. Some BOGS members took an early night clearly taking things seriously while others continued to enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the socially-distanced bar.
So on to the Saturday competition and following a hearty breakfast and some warmups on the driving range the BOGS took to the first round of the Challenge Cup.
The Moorland course provided a very different challenge from the previous day on the Priory. The long grass surrounding the fairways did not provide the hazard it looked on first sight. At a few points, the holes and tees ran close together providing ample opportunity for BOGS to play mind games with their fellow competitors. It was very close in the end and only 5 points separated the top third of the field so all to play for on Sunday. We also had a nearest-the-pin and longest drive competition which were won by Tim Bailey and Mark Johnson respectively.
The final scoreboard for the Saturday round was as follows: -
The winning better-ball team with 51 points consisted of Peter Gill, Nick Turnbull, Remmy Wamweri and Tony Peluso.
In the individual competition – In 3rd place was Mark Johnson with 39 points and in 2nd place on countback with 40 points was Bob Meachen and the overall individual winner and Challenge Cup club house leader was Mitchell Young with 40 points.
And so to the final day.....
Some delicate heads were seen at breakfast on Sunday morning ahead of a day of many prizes and crowning of the 2021 BOGS on Tour champion. The sun was shining brightly, and sun cream was being applied liberally as we prepared ourselves for the round ahead.
With such a tight field and very different course from Saturday some nerves could be witnessed on the first tee. With many sloping fairways and small greens, a tough challenge laid ahead. This was witnessed on the longest drive hole where the first 20 of our group failed to remain on the fairway. The joy on the face of the 21st BOG to tee off, Robbie Burns, was clear to see as he put his name on the card. The joy however was short-lived as a member of the next group nailed a very long drive to win the prize.
Once everyone was back in the bar recovering from a long hot round, the cards were reviewed, and points totalled up. The prizes for the day were as follows: -
Best Front Nine – Stephen Bailey
Best Back Nine – Steve Mason
Nearest-the-Pin – Paul Knight
Longest Drive – Mitchell Young
Overall 3rd Place – Joe Nellis
Overall 2nd Place – Tony Marsh
Sunday Winner – Tim Downs
That brings us to the BOGS on Tour 2021 Championship. In 3rd place on countback ahead of two others with 71 points was John Esam. In second place with 72 points was Tim Bailey but the Champion of the 2021 BOGS on Tour Championship, and winner of the Challenge Cup, who despite his very energetic scurrying up the fairway managed a very impressive and consistent 38 points on Saturday and 37 Points on Sunday finishing with 75 points was Danny Breslin. Well done Danny!
At dinner that night the usual stories of missed putts, wayward drives into the gas cylinders on the 18th and tales of what might have been, were heard. As well as discussions around some of the unusual features of the course. What were the “boobs” on the 11th all about and why was there a random gate on the 16th.
We were also able to celebrate the 60th birthday of our Club captain Tony Peluso who in his generosity provided wine with our dinner. And of course we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in Tony’s honour!
On behalf of all who took part in the event, BOGS’ Captain Joe would like to thank Phil Anderson and Stephen Bailey for arranging everything and ensuring that we all had a great time. They had both devoted much time and effort to make the whole trip was a huge success. Thanks also to David Neilson for sorting the nearest-the-pin and longest drive arrangements. And a very special thanks to Phil Manning for generously providing three bottles of whiskey which were awarded to the winners of the first two games and the overall winner on Sunday.
It was good to see a number of the younger BOGS present on the trip! There must have been at least a 50-year difference between the oldest and youngest player! And summed up below so succinctly by Martin Allen. Thanks Martin!
Away at last a weekend hack,
On hallowed ground it's great to be back,
Too much sun and too much grog,
How good it feels to be a BOG,
We toasted absent friends at will,
We toasted BOGs who never will,
again to join this merry band,
Of young and old with club in hand,
The usual suspects in the frame,
Making light of this easy game,
Danny Breslin in booze control,
How he even sees the hole,
A mystery, but there it is,
The weekend trophy deservedly his.