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Captain’s Away Day – Chiltern Forest Golf Club Friday 14th September 2018

With being recommended this course for my away day, I was pleased to hear reports from members that had played it that it was a good course. When arriving it was clear that we were in for a day of great views and a nice course. Some of the holes were tricky, but everyone was impressed and enjoyed the course.

I would like to thank all the players that came on the day I really appreciate the support.

The day was a stableford competition and there were a few on course competitions, the winners were:

Overall Winner: David Wills (38 Points)

Runner Up: Martin Bartlett (34 Points)

Nearest the Pin – Leon Kelly

Longest Drive – Uncle Albert (Dave Miles)

Nearest the Pin in 2 – Peter Bartlett

With 5 groups of 3 players there was a team competition with the 2 best scores out of the 3 counting.

There was a tie with 2 groups on 79 points. 

On countback Ben Plumridge, Dave Miles and Stefan Kunka had 38 points on the back 9 but the winners were David Wills, Leon Kelly and Steve Milligan with 39 points on the back 9.

Thanks again to the players that came on the day.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

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Club Championship 2018

Congratulations go to David Hirst who managed to retain his title of Club scratch champion on Sunday by the narrowest of margins. In the morning round, all the “usual suspects” were not quite firing on all cylinders, and it was Paul Yule who shot a terrific round of 71 to lead the Scratch Championship by a stroke from David Hirst (72), David Watson (73) and Archie Ahmed (74). The close contest, coupled with the terrific weather encouraged 11 players to venture out for the deciding round after an hour’s break for refueling. Special mention at this point to Rob Camilleri who successfully completed the 2 rounds not too long after having knee surgery. Well done Rob!

In the second round David Watson started off fastest with birdies on holes 1, 2 and 3 to take a 2 shot lead on the field, but David Hirst ensured there was no easy ride with a relentless front nine of 9 consecutive pars to remain at +7 for the Championship. The half way leader Paul Yule was in contention if the leaders slipped up after dropping only 3 shots on the front nine. After a couple of dropped shots on seven and eight, David Watson managed one more birdie on the ninth to take a one stroke lead at the 27 hole marker. That lead was extended to 2 strokes with a par 3 to David Hirst’s bogey 4 on the uphill 10th. However, that was as good as it got for the former champion. A 2 shot swing followed on the downhill 11th. A long drive down to the greenside, and a neat up and down for birdie 3 saw the defending champion draw level. David hit the front with a solid par 3 on the long 12th, to David Watson’s bogey 4 and that set the tone for 6 straight pars to take a real hold of the battle. An untimely double bogey on the long 15th ‘Valley of Death’ hole, effectively ended any chance for David Watson. Both players parred 16 and 17, to leave David Hirst with a 3 stroke lead standing on the 36th tee. A comfortable victory looked assured, especially with wedge in hand for the approach the the green. However, it’s never over until it’s over as they say, and a few more wedge shots followed to set up a very tense finale. David Watson couldn’t quite find that final birdie of the day to force a play off. David Hirst hung on and deserved to be the 2018 Champion with a terrific 2 over par 67 containing 15 pars.

Winner: David Hirst 72 + 67 = 139

Runner Up: David Watson 73 + 67 = 140

Third place: Paul Yule 71 + 77 = 148

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Captain’s Charity Day Saturday 30th June 2018

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When I put the sign up sheet on the notice board with 64 spots available I thought I was being optimistic, but having to add additional tee times I was overwhelmed with all the support shown.

The weather forecast was looking fantastic for the day, so the meet and greet was able to be set up outside. The first players started arriving around 7.30, and first tee time was 7.50.

I would like to say thank you to my wife Antonia for meeting all the players as they arrived, signing them in and explaining the order of the day and then helping me on the drinks buggy.

Thank you to our Lady Captain Mary Harris for encouraging people to buy raffle tickets as they signed in.

There were additional competitions on the day which consisted of nearest the pin on 1st, 7th, 13th and 17th holes, longest drive on the 6th hole and nearest the pin in 2, on the 18th hole.

I also ran an additional comp on hole 2a which was a nearest the pin. Players had the option to pay £2 to enter and had a chance of winning half the pot, with the other half going to my charity. I would like to say thank you to Joan McLaughlin for being out on hole 2a to run this competition for me. 

We had some great golf played with both the Men’s and Guest competitions being decided by count back and congratulations to B Arlow for making an eagle on the 14th hole.

The winners on the day were as follows:

Guest Winner: Will Rowan 40 Points 

Ladies’ Winner: B Arlow – 38 Points

Men’s Winner: Jason Hewitson – 42 Points

Men’s Second: Denis Curran – 42 Points   

Men’s Third: Paul Roffe – 41 Points

Nearest the pin 1st Hole: Rob Camilleri 

Nearest the pin 7th Hole: Denis Curran

Nearest the pin 13th Hole: Barbara Jones

Nearest the pin  17th Hole: Mary Harris

Nearest the pin in 2 18th Hole: Jason Hewitson

Longest Drive 6th Hole: Danny Simmonds

The winner of the 2a competition was Vic Meakes who kindly donated £20 of his winnings back to the charity.

A thank you goes to Alec Franks as he won the 4 ball voucher for Aylesbury Park in the raffle which he kindly put up for auction and thanks to David Grace managed to raise another £85 for the charity.

I would like to say the biggest thank you to everyone that played and supported me on this day, your generosity has meant so much and I am pleased to confirm that we managed to raise £800 on the day.

Thanks again,

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Tiger Trophy & Order of Merit updates

Click here for updated 2018 Tiger Trophy standings

Click here for updated 2018 Order of Merit standings

Click here for updated 2018 Stag Trophy standings

Club Day 2018 – Sat 12th May

Click here for all the details of Club Day 2018

Final standings Tiger Trophy and Stag Trophy

Well done to Peter Bartlett (2017/18 Tiger Trophy) and Gerald Hirst (2017/18 Stag Trophy) on their wins in these prestigious year long trophies. This was Peter’s first win in the Tiger Trophy. Gerald has once again proved he is the mid-week medal specialist, having now won the Stag 5 times! Congratulations!

2017/18 Tiger Trophy / Stag Trophy updated standings

Congratulations go to Peter Bartlett who has wrapped up the Tiger Trophy for 2017/18 with 1 round still to go. Peter holds an unassailable 8 point lead over son Martin and Mick Rogers. 2017/18 Tiger Trophy standings

In the Stag Trophy, it’s still up for grabs, just. Gerald Hirst holds a 3 point advantage over Graham Davies. Is there any late drama to end the season? 2017/18 Stag Trophy standings 

2017/18 Tiger Trophy updated standings

With just 2 remaining rounds of this season’s Tiger Trophy left, it’s still up for grabs. Just. Peter Bartlett has a commanding 7 point lead over Comp Sec. Mick Rogers. Click here for updated standings.

A reminder of how the scoring works, especially for our new members.

Each monthly medal allocates points on your nett score if you score a 66 or better:

66 = 1 point65 = 2 points, 64 = 3 points, 63 = 4 points62 or better = 5 points.