Ladies Essex Scramble

Tuesday 14th November Ladies Essex Scramble

A team consisting of Janet Church, Pat Powell, & Debra Lowe have won the Ladies Essex Scramble (all players tee off, the player who ball is chosen does not play the next shot and so on until they reach the green where all players putt). Their score of nett 49.4 was just enough to edge the team of Rosie Earl, Carole Bostock, & June Soanes on a count back. Third place went to  Sue Jackson, Marilyn Tallamy, & Bev Sampson with their score of nett 51.6.

Debra Lowe

Debra Lowe

Players brave the weather on Remembrance Sunday

Turkey 4 Sunday 12th November 2017

A beautiful morning greeted the 88 golfers who took part in the Club's 4th Turkey trot. As soon as the two minutes silence (impeccably observed) for Remembrance Day was concluded, the rain began to fall making conditions difficult to say the least. Dwayne Barber and the in-form Matt Freeman (winner of Turkey 2) came in with an impresive score of 43 Pts, to win and beat runners-up Steve Whiteside & Keith Bagot by a single point. Third, fourth and fifth placed pairs all scored 41 Pts, with Jack Blowers & Calvin Sherwood edging Tom Jermy & Julian Peak, and Jon Fisher & Carl Fisher on a count back. 

Left to Right: Dwayne Barber, Stuart Punt (Club Captain), and Matt Freeman

Left to Right: Dwayne Barber, Stuart Punt (Club Captain), and Matt Freeman

Fishermen's Mission 4BBB

Fishermen's Mission 4BBB Sunday 5th November

Stephen Morris & James Hogg produced their own fireworks to win the 8th running of the Fishermen's Mission competition. Their score of 43 Pts was just enough to beat 4 pairs by one point, with Peter Bunn & Mark Elmy edging Scott Coleman & Paul Soloman, Graeme Brown & Calvin Sherwood, and Glen Burwood & Paul Bush on a count back.

Nearest the Pin prizes went to Martin Scott (9th) & Kevin Snowling (14th).

Frieda Waldron again organised a superb raffle which raised £350 on the day, combined with the money raised from entry fees, the total raised on the day was £534. Tim Jenkins, Superintendent of the Lowestoft branch of the Fishermen's Mission, presented the prizes and thanked everyone for their generous support on the day.

Left to Right: James Hogg, Tim Jenkins (Fishermen's Mission), & Stephen Morris

Left to Right: James Hogg, Tim Jenkins (Fishermen's Mission), & Stephen Morris

Turkey 3

Turkey 3 Saturday 4th November

Despite some unpleasant conditions, scoring in the Turkey 3 competition was still impressive. 3 pairs recorded scores of 45 Pts, with Nigel Goldspink & John Reynolds edging the in-form Matt Freeman & Graham Shillings, and Paul Tabiner & Bryan Holder for 1st prize. Fourth place also on a count back were Dwayne Barber & the man of the moment Andy Coleman, they edged Geoff Edwards & Peter Bunn after both pairs scored 44 Pts.

Wilderspin shows good end of season form

Seniors November Stableford

County Secretary Charlie Wilderspin continued his recent run of form with a hard fought victory in the Seniors November Stableford. Charlie's score of 40 Pts, was one clear of runner-up Cedric Smith and 3rd place Bernie Allen. Another in-form player Allan Holmes picked up 4th place with his score of 38 Pts, one clear of 5th place Graham Smith.

Charlie Wilderspin

Charlie Wilderspin

2 in a row, as President wins Mashie Niblick

Mashie Niblick Sunday 29th October 2017

The annual Mashie Niblick challenge match between the President (Pat Barton) and Captain (Stuart Punt), has been won for the second year in a row by the President. Following last years victory by 2 points, Pat's win this year was a far more comfortable 16 points (828 - 812). In the pairs competition, John Marjoram & Tony Atkinson overcame some tricky conditions to record an impressive 45 Pts. Runners-up were Greg Burgess & Lee Humphreys, they edged David Porter & Mark Saunders on a count back after both pairs scored 44 Pts. Fouth place went to Paul Durrant & Paul Gardiner with a score of 43 Pts, the fifth and final prize went to Mick Dolan & Mike Woods with their score of 42 Pts on count back.

Left to Right: Stuart Punt, John Marjoram, Tony Atkinson, Pat Barton

Left to Right: Stuart Punt, John Marjoram, Tony Atkinson, Pat Barton

The stunning scores keep on coming

Bob Bagshaw Senior/Junior Trophy Mon 23rd Oct 2017

First played for in 2008, the Bob Bagshaw trophy is a popular event with both the senior and junior sections. The trophy was donated by the late Bob Bagshaw, who was a great supporter of the Club's juniors. The competition format is now a team of 3/4 AM-AM made up of two seniors and 1/2 juniors. This year's competition followed the recent trend of high scores, with the winners Ben Newman, Joe Ford, and Steve Newman coming in with a remarkable 92 Pts, 15 points clear of runners-up Matthew Clark, Mike Bryan, and Allan Holmes. Third place went to Jarred Lansdale, Roger Boon, and Peter Bunn. 

Senior Captain David Porter presented the trophy to the winning team, and thanked everyone for supporting the event. Players enjoyed a light lunch of sausage rolls and chips after the competition.

Left to Right: David Porter (Senior Captain), Ben Newman, Joe Ford, & Steve Newman

Left to Right: David Porter (Senior Captain), Ben Newman, Joe Ford, & Steve Newman

2 in a Row for In-Form Coleman

Turkey 2 Sunday 22nd October

What a difference a week makes, last Sunday shorts and polo shirts were the order of day, this Sunday the 80 players who took part in Turkey 2 donned windcheaters and jumpers as the country suffered the tail end of storm Brian. The weather did not affect Andy Coleman from carrying on where he left off last week, with another impresssive perfomance to win Turkey 2 with partner Matt Freeman. The 2 shot cut in handicap as a result of last weeks win, had no real impact as Andy scored on 12 of the 18 holes as the pair racked up a score of 45 Pts. Runners-up with 43 pts were Steve Cocca & Ian Cook. Three pairs scored 42 Pts to pick up the remaining three prizes, Paul Perry & Gordon Maclean edging Stephen Morris & Anthony Smith, and Kenny Sansom & Brian Jillings on a count back.

Left to Right: Matt Freeman, Stuart Punt (Club Captain), & Andy Coleman

Left to Right: Matt Freeman, Stuart Punt (Club Captain), & Andy Coleman

Bostock & Hardiman take early Corson Bowl lead

Ladies Corson Bowl 1 Tuesday 17th October

The ladies played the first of the five rounds of the Corson Bowl on Tuesday 17th October. In warm slightly breezy conditions Carole Bostock and Jackie Hardiman both recorded 2 point victories in division 1 and division 2. Carole's 37 Pts was two clear of Rosie Earl & Wendy Sherwood, with Rosie edging Wendy on a count back. Jackie's 33 Pts was two clear of Molly Jones and three clear of third place Carol Brown.

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Stunning Score wins Turkey 1

Turkey 1 Sunday 15th October

Near perfect conditions greeted the 98 golfers who took part in the first of the 5 annual Turkey competitions. Andy Coleman & Dan Bolton combined superbly to blow away the field with 49 Pts, six clear of runners-up Craig Bloodworth & Graham Garrod. Third place, also scoring 43 Pts were Paul Perry & the in-form Graeme Brown. Fourth place went to Julian Peak & Keith Bagot, they edged another in-form pair of Geoff Edwards and Paul Harrison on a count back after both pairs recorded score of 42 Pts.

Left to Right: Dan Bolton, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain) & Andy Coleman

Left to Right: Dan Bolton, Mick Varley (Vice-Captain) & Andy Coleman

Porter & Bidwell Secure Semi-Final Spot

Southern Matchplay (The Race to Dona Filipa)

Rookery Parks' David Porter and Brian Bidwell have reached the semi-final stage of the Southern Matchplay competition. Split into two regions (South West & South East), David & Brian won their quarter-final match 3 & 2 on Sunday against a pair from Boyce Hill GC. They now move forward to the semi-finals at Littlestone GC on Wednesday 18th October. Winners of the semi-finals go forward to the gramd finals in the Algarve on the San Lorenzo Golf Course. 

David Porter (Left) & Brian Bidwell (Right)

David Porter (Left) & Brian Bidwell (Right)

Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes 4BBB Sunday 8th October

Now in its 9th year, the annual Help for Heroes competition goes from strength to strength. Jim Chamberlin again organised a superb prize table (10 prizes), as well prizes for nearest the pin and a consolation prize for the pair with the lowest score!

 Just under 100 players took part on a day conducive to good scoring, five pairs all scored 47 Pts with Gordon Maclean & Graeme Brown coming out on top with a back 9 of 25, helped by a superb eagle on the 18th from Gordon. Runners-up were the in-form Conal Downing and Ross Ritchie (24 on the back 9). 3rd place went to Mark Elmy & Dave Waldron (24 on the back 9), with Simon Howes & Martin McColgan taking 4th (24 on the back 9). 5th place went to Dave Veasey & former member Carl Skelton (24 on the back 9). 

The ladies prize went to Jayne Gorge and Lorainne Hall (37 Pts) 

Nearest the pin prizes: Steve Baldwin 9th, Ross Ritchie 14th, Zoe Schofield 11th.

The real winners on the day were the Help for Heroes Charity, a total of £950 was raised on the day, Barclays Bank will match fund £750, bringing the grand total to £1,700. A massive thank you to everyone who played and supported the raffle.


Left to Right: Gordon Maclean, Jim Chamberlin, & Graeme Brown

Left to Right: Gordon Maclean, Jim Chamberlin, & Graeme Brown

Best Friends Cup Qualifier

Best Friends Cup Qualifier Sunday 1st October

Rob Cook & John Marjoram lead the qualifiers for the Best Friends winter knock out cup competition. Their score of 45 points was one clear of runners-up Barry Eastaugh & Simon Coote. The other two pairs making it through the knockk out stages were Paul Soloman & Richard Utton (43 Pts) and Stephen Powell & Mark Chilvers (43 Pts)

Smith & Emeny Deliver the Pro Challenge Trophy

Pro Challenge Trophy Sunday 24th August 2017

Anthony Smith and close friend Julian (Jules) Emeny, were victorious in Sunday's Pro Challenge Trophy. Their score of 43 Pts over 17 holes was 1 clear of runners-up Andy Hetherington & Ian Mace. Third, fourth, & fifth place pairs of Martin Scott & Gordon Maclean, Simon Coote & Barry Eastaugh, and Peter Bunn & Richard Boon also scored 42 Pts. Nearest the pin prizes went to Simon Howes on the 9th and Nigel Wigg on the 14th.

This year Club Professional Gary Kitley ran a Speedgolf competition on the par 5 18th hole, teams lined up along the fairway waiting for their team members to play. Gary then sounded the Klaxon and the first team member tee off, with players running (or walking) to the ball to play their shot as quickly as they could. The winners in 48.9 seconds were Marc Hunt, James Nolloth, Bryan Swann, & Stephen Powell. The world record is 34.8 seconds set  by a team of French European Tour Professionals. 

Left to Right: Julian Emeny, Gary Kitley, & Anthony Smith

Left to Right: Julian Emeny, Gary Kitley, & Anthony Smith


KO Cup Finals

Knock Out Cup Finals

The last of the Knock Out Cup Finals was completed on Saturday as Kevin & Patrick Fitzgerald, completed a superb comeback against Carl Fisher & Geoff Reeves to win the Richard Long Salvers. Going into the second 18, Kevin & Patrick found themselves 3 down against their experienced opponents, the situation could have been worse for the father and son combination as they were 5 down after 14 holes. However, they dug deep to overturn the deficit and eventually run out winners 2 & 1. 

On Thursday Luke Thompson beat Calvin Sherwood in a very close Scratch Final on the last hole, Calvin held a slender 1 hole advantage at lunch, but 3 a 3 under par front 9 saw Luke sieze the advantage and take victory on the 36th hole. On Monday Daniel Bolton beat David Eckersley in the final of the Rabbits Cup, and on Wednesday Paul Kemp beat Roger Hutton 3 & 2 in the final of the seniors Black Mamba Cup. Last week Elliot George beat Matt Freeman in the Long Handicap Cup, and on Friday Stephen George beat the in-form Geoff Edwards in the Spashett Cup Final. Well done to all the winners.

Paul Kemp, Seniors Black Mamba KO Cup Winner

Paul Kemp, Seniors Black Mamba KO Cup Winner

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Julia Retains Sayo Cup

Sayo Cup Medal Tuesday 19th September 2017

Julia Calver has retained the ladies Sayo Cup, on a day that players found scoring difficult, Julia was the only player to match or beat the CSS (78) with her nett score of 77. Runner-up was Carole Bostock with her score of nett 79. Frieda Waldron finished third with a nett 80.

In division 2 Diane Spall edged Carol Pike on a count back after players returned scores of nett 80, Beverley Sampson took third place with a nett 84.

Julia Calver

Julia Calver

Veronica & Anne win Ladies Daily Mail Qualifier

Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier Tuesday 12th September

Veronica Dawson & Anne Baker have won the ladies Daily Mail Foursomes qualifying competition. Their score of 32 points was just enough to edge Julia Calver & Debra Lowe by a point. Third place went to Rosie Earl & Kathy Holmes, they also scored 31 points losing out to Julia & Debra on a count back.

Jean shows age is no barrier

Ladies LGU Breakthrough Brooch Medal

81 year old Jean Halliday showed that she has still got the ability to compete, with a superb victory in the Ladies LGU Breakthrough Brooch medal. Jean's round of nett 71 gave her a three shot victory over Jayne George and Jenny Ives. Jayne's consolation was to take the division 1 first prize from Jenny on a count back. Runner-up in division 2 to Jean was Margaret Talbot with a nett 75. Jean also cut her handicap by 2 shots from 28 to 26.

Jean Halliday Ladies LGU Breakthrough Brooch winner 2017

Jean Halliday Ladies LGU Breakthrough Brooch winner 2017

Pagan wins his first major trophy

Seniors Club Championship Wednesday 30th August 2017

David Pagan is the new Seniors Club Champion, after scoring a gross 78 in damp drizzly conditions. After a steady outward half of 40, David had bogies at the 11th and 12th, not to be deterred he played the remaining 6 holes in level par including a birdie 3 at the 16th for his round of 78. Runner-up was Martin Scott with a gross 79, an outward half of 39 put Martin in contention for first prize, however bogies on 15 and 16 meant that Martin finished one shot off the winning score. Colin Tweddell edged Andy Crisp for 3rd place on a count back after both players scored gross 81. 

David also picked up the handicap prize with his nett 70, runner-up was Paul Gardiner with a nett 71.

David Pagan Seniors Club Champion 2017

David Pagan Seniors Club Champion 2017