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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 30 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.  
The round on Saturday also played in teams and as individuals is usually a good indication of the potential BOGS on tour champion as the scores come in for the first round of the challenge cup. The final round on Sunday is played in reverse order of the leaderboard with the intention of the overall BOGS on tour Champion being cheered by fellow BOGS in to the clubhouse. 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 2019 - Whitefields Golf Club  
The 2019 BOGS on tour weekend was held on June 14th - 16th at the Whitefields golf course near Rugby. The Golf Course, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, is as spectacular as it is challenging. It is a testing 6,289 yards and has a par of 71. Parts of the course on the back 9 run alongside Draycote water and the course provided us with excellent if not at times frustrating entertainment. We were hoping for similar warm sunny days as this time last year but it was more like a late autumn weekend with plenty of cloud and intermittent showers.  
All BOGS assembled in the Hotel Bar ahead of the afternoon Tee times for some light lunch and refreshments. Ahead of the proceedings the BOGS Captain John Farnworth reminded everyone of the rules and the various competitions and prizes up for grabs. The competition on Friday was a warm up for the main events and was played in teams and as an individual stableford. 
The winning better ball team on Friday with 46 points consisted of Stephen Bailey, Phil Ilsley and Paul Randles. 
The overall individual winner on Friday with a credible 37 points was Mr consistency himself - Brian Allen. 
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 2019 BOGS on tour champion. Would Phil Anderson make it 3 years in a row or would some of the younger bigger hitting members of the BOGS excel on the shorter fairways and challenging par 3's. Would Tony Marsh's current winning form continue or would perhaps one of the BOGS on Tour Virgins lift the trophy. Some BOGS members took an early night clearly taking things seriously while others watched the US Open in the bar looking for potential round winning tips. 
So on to the Saturday competition and following a hearty breakfast and some warm ups on the driving range the BOGS took to the first round of the Challenge cup. 
Word soon spread of an early Tee time leader with Mark Johnson coming in from the very first tee time with an impressive 38 points on what was proving a very challenging course for some of the early favourites. As the rest of the field started returning their cards in to the club house it was clear that the very early leader was going to be hard to beat. No one was getting close - even Mr consistency Brian Allen was not repeating his round of the previous day and was 3 off the lead. Word was coming in though of some impressive golf from the tail enders and it was not until the last 2 groups were finally in that it was clear there were 3 leading contenders for the BOGS on tour challenge cup. 
The final scoreboard for the Saturday round was as follows
Winning better ball team with 46 points consisted of John Esam, Mike Fairey, Ian Clayton
In the individual competition - Joint 2nd place was Tim Thimaya and Ian Clayton on 37 points and overall individual winner and challenge cup club house leader was Mark Johnson with an impressive 38 points. 
The usual banter, stories of missed putts, the weather and any other excuse that could be found was heard around a packed hotel bar on the Saturday night. Most of the group settled in to watch the 3rd day of the US Open. However, three of the BOGS seasoned professionals decided that a night out in the bars of Rugby town centre was in order and something that could help their golf or numb the pain - that proved a big mistake !  
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 2019 BOGS on Tour champion. The players were out in reverse order from Saturdays scores. The Greens, fairways and bunkers had dried out from previous days rain and even the sun had come out - albeit temporarily.  
Many of the potential winners were seen pacing up and down in the hotel lobby as the tee times had been moved on an hour so there was time to contemplate the day ahead. As the groups started coming in word was that Mark Johnson had lost his nerve and blown his chance with a disastrous round which ended up seeing him shoot 10 points less than the day before. Tim Thimaya was also struggling and he too shot 10 points less than the day before. So clearly the course was playing harder than previous days - or was it. Some of the close outsiders were scoring higher than the day before and moving themselves up the leaderboard. So it was all getting tense as to who the overall winner would now be.  
Once everyone was back in the bar the cards were reviewed and points totalled up. After a very long wait ordering lunch the prize giving commenced. The main winners of the day are shown below.  
Best Front Nine - Mike Fairey 
Nearest The Pin - Phil Ilsley 
Overall 3rd Place - Mark Johnson 
Best Back Nine - Steve Mason 
Longest Drive - Bob Meachem 
Overall 2nd Place - Ian Clayton 
Best 3's and 5's - David Neilson 
Winner of Sundays Round - John Esam 
That was the end of another great weekend of golf and great company and probably too much food and drink. As usual the whole weekend was really well organised by John Farnworth and Garry Fitzhugh and now thoughts turn to next years event on June 12th - 14th at Breadsall Priory Golf club.  
Look forward to seeing everyone there.  
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