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CLACTON GOLF CLUB Monday 23 September 2019

The sun shone at Clacton on Sea as the Stewards Association held its final National meeting of the year. Considering the lack of rain in the region the course was in excellent condition for the individual stableford competition.playing for the C J Small Trophy and the Chairman’s Salver. 

The Golf Club Stewards Association first met and was created at Clacton back in 1912 and as always the golf club gave the association a very warm welcome and their hospitality was very much appreciated.

Life Members and both former National Chairman, Joanna and Colin England made a welcome surprise visit travelling over from their new home in Spain. The association also welcomed new members Tom Crouch and Mike Verhelst from Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

The guest prize was won by Dave Bicknell from Stowmarket Golf Club with a superb 43 points. National Chairman Richard Bury Jnr won the Stewards Salver with 37 points. Phil Beer picked up the Past Chairman’s CJ Small Trophy with 33 points

Full Results:

1st – Richard Berry Jr: 37Pts
2nd – Boyd Weaver: 36Pts
3rd – Tom Crouch: 35Pts 
1st – David Bicknell: 43Pts
CJ Small Trophy (Past National Chairmen):
Winner: Phil Beer: 33Pts
Nearest the Pins:
7th Hole: Ian Duncan
17th Hole: David Sutton

Tom Crouch: 2nd Hole
Mike Verhelst: 5th Hole
Richard Berry Jr: 7th Hole

Happy Stewards

Bar at Clacton

In The Bar

Life Members Colin & Joanna with Andy Frewin

Nearest the Pin

President Ian Presents the Chairmans Salver

President Ian wins nearest the pin

Richard Presents the Prize for Past Chairmans Trousers

Small trophy for Phil Beer

Winning Guest Dave Bicknell

Tom Crouch

Boyd Weaver

Richards last address


NEC Meeting, Blackwell GC, Monday 19th August 2019

J&B Trophy:

1st – Owain Hoskins         39 Pts
2nd – Paul Leary               36 Pts
3rd – Mike Wiseman        34 Pts

1st – Ray Hamilton           43 Pts
2nd – Matthew Langman  40 Pts

Teachers Stewards Championship:
Winning Team – Midlands   108 Pts
Owain Hoskins, Steve Arnold, Paul Leary, Dave Guest

Hole  6 – Mike Wiseman
Hole  9 – Wayne Marsden
Hole  6 – John Billing
Hole  9 – Matthew Langman
Hole  9 – Richard Berry Jr   

Nearest the Pins:
Hole   9 – Richard Berry Jr
Hole   13 – Ray Hamilton




Monday 9th July 2019 – Peterborough Milton Golf Club


Stewards and guests from across the UK attended the National Chairman’s Day for Richard Berry Jnr hosted at his own club Peterborough Milton in Cambridgeshire. The hospitality of the Berry family, as always, was superb and they even managed to provide a warm sunny day for the 27 hole competitions.

Everybody commented on the superb condition of the course and the setting.

The morning round was a Greensomes Medal competition playing for the Laurent Perrier Trophy. Winners of the competition were guests Stowmarket pairing Dave Bicknell and Charlie Joseph who finished with a nett 34.81. Second placed Boyd Weaver and Angelo Rodriguez who took the Laurent Perrier Trophy for the Stewards with 35.12.

Following a light lunch the afternoon round was a fourball better ball competition for the prestigious Coronation Cup and an individual stableford competition for the Stewards playing for the Chairman’s Millennium Trophy.

Mike Trippett, a new member from the North East, had a great day with 38 points winning on countback from Midland section Steward Paul Leary to win the individual Stewards Competition.

The Coronation Trophy was won by Southern Section member John Billings playing with Peterborough Milton member Geoff Dyson with a fantastic 45 points narrowly beating Midland representatives Paul Leary and David Guest by 1 point.

With wine provided on each table by our hosts we were treated to a a smashing meal followed by a thank you from host Richard Berry Jnr for the support from the association membership and guests.

The presentations and raffle took place in the bar area after the meal. The Association would like to thank everybody at Peterborough Milton Golf Club for providing the venue and hosting such a successful and fun event.

The next meeting is a Blackwell Golf Club in Worcestershire on Monday 19th August 2019

National Chairman Richard

Busy bar at Peterborough Milton

18th on the patio

at the table

at the table

attentive at the presentation

Boyd and Angelo

Chairman Nearest the Pin

Paul Leary nearest the pin

Greensomes Winners Dave Bickenll and Charlie Joseph

3rd place Laurent Perrier Greensomes

1st Steward Mike Trippett

Coronation Cup Winners John Billings and Geof Dyson

3rd place Coronation Cup Chas & Dave


Stowmarket boys pick up at Peterborough

Thanks from Chairman



National Chairman's Day

Peterborough Milton Golf Club

9th July 2019

2s Competition


2s Competition





Ben Baker

Dave Guest







Pete Francis

Kevin Fletcher







Mike Triplett







Nearest to the Pins




Hole No 2

Dave Guest


PM Round

Hole No 9

Paul Leary


PM Round

Hole No 11

Pete Francis

PM Round

Hole No 16

Dave Bicknell


PM Round

Hole No 13 **

Richard Berry Jr

PM Round

** Nearest to Pin in 3

The Laurent Perrier Trophy      Greensome Medal




Dave Bicknell & Charlie Joseph


34.81 pts


Boyd Weaver & Angelo Rodriguez **


35.12 pts

** Trophy Winners


Mike Triplett & Kevin Black


36.69 pts

The Chairman's Millennium Trophy

   Stewards only Individual Stableford


Mike Triplett





** Trophy Winner
on C/B


Paul Leary






Kingsley Pullen












The Coronation Cup





John Billing & Geoff Dyson



** Trophy Winners


Paul Leary & Dave Guest




Dave Bicknell & Charlie Joseph




National Meeting at Bridgnorth Golf Club

Monday 17th June 2019

Playing for the Lord Rosslyn Trophy + Moet & Chandon Salver

The Golf Club Stewards Association held its third meeting of 2019 on Monday 17th June 2019 kindly hosted at Bridgnorth Golf Club in Shropshire.

Richard Berry Snr, steward at Peterborough Milton Golf Club, had a great day picking up the Lord Rosslyn Trophy while Midland section President Mike Moffitt and Midland Chairman Angelo Rodriguez won the Moet & Chandon Salver.

Considering the large amount of rain we had prior to our visit the course was in excellent condition albeit that only 12 holes were in play but we constructed an 18 hole competition with guidance from the Pro. Handicap Guru, Steve Arnold, was able to magically make the stoke index make sense. The hospitality at the club was much appreciated and we look forward to returning in 2020.

For full results go to the results page


National Golf Club Stewards 2019 AGM

 Olton Golf Club Monday 8th April 2019

The Golf Club Stewards Association held the Annual General Meeting at Olton Golf Club in the West Midlands on Monday 8th April 2019. The central location of Olton Golf Club has been the traditional home of the AGM for many years. The Club provided, yet again, outstanding hospitality and friendliness coupled with a great well-presented golf course that is a challenge for all. On arrival we had coffee and a bacon roll that can only be described as “Half a Pig”. All regions were represented and with 36 members playing and 40 including the Captain from Robin Hood Golf Club for the evening meal it was a solid turnout with a convivial atmosphere.

Unfortunately outgoing National Chairman Phil Beer was unable to attend so Steve Fowler in his first solo outing for an AGM stood in initially as Chairman. The meeting went very smoothly. A new National President was elected following the stepping down of the past President Jason Knapper. Ian Duncan from Stowmarket Golf Club was presented his Chain of Office by Association stalwart and Life Member, Mike Moffitt. Ian thanked the membership for their support and stated that his mission while holding this office is to promote the Association and build the membership.

The President then presented incoming National Chairman, Richard Berry Jnr with his chain of office and Richard then took the reins from Steve Fowler to chair the rest of the meeting. Within the elections of officers Steve Arnold National Vice Chairman, Steve Fowler National Secretary, Richard Berry Snr Treasurer and the Appointement of Steve Brothwell as a Trustee all the business was wrapped up in a reasonable time.

Drinks at the bar were on the New President and New Chairman.

The evening meal was a tasty piece of brisket and various vegitables followed by bread and butter pudding, coffee and mints.
Following the meal Richard Berry Jnr thanked the management and staff of Olton for their hospitality and then the prize presentations took place.

New President Ian was called upon to present the 2018 order of merit trophies to Richard who then presented Ian with the First prize for the Stewards and the two’s.

David Guest picked up the Jack Wiseman trophy for the best placed working Steward present by the Wiseman family

See full results below

Order of Merit 2018:

Winner: Richard Berry Jr:

Nearest Pin:
13th Hole: C O’Doyle
8th Hole: No Winner

Ian Duncan (5th Hole)

1st – Mark Langman:   40Pts

Jack Wiseman Trophy (for Stewards):
1st –   Ian Duncan:       37pts
2nd – Bob Purcell:        33pts
3rd – Boyd Weaver:     32pts

Winner: (Best placed Steward)
David Guest: 31pts (on c/b)

Before the AGM

Chairman Richard

National President 2019 Ian Duncan

National Vice Chairman Steve Arnold and National Chairman Richard Berry Jnr

President Ian & Chairman Richard

Winner New President Ian

2nd place Bob Purcell

3rd Place Boyd Weaver

Richard Wins Order of Merit

Best Guest 40 point playing off 7

Winner of the Jack Wisemen trophy best placed working steward David Guest with the Wiseman family and the new Chairman

The Presidents Table

Twos winner Ian Duncan

National Golf Club Stewards 2018 AGM

The Golf Club Steward Association held their Annual General Meeting at Olton Golf Club in Solihull Birmingham on Monday 9th April 2018.

Prior to the AGM the Stewards and their guests enjoyed 18 holes around the pretty West Midlands course playing for the Jack Wiseman trophy. Always a challenge the weather was kind with just the odd shower. Following such a wet winter the course was in great condition which was a tribute to the Greens staff. As always at this event the scoring was very competitive with Jim Dobbin second on count back just pipping David Laidler both with 36 points. The winner with an excellent 37 points, playing off a handicap of 1, was Richard Pearson who has now won the prized Jack Wiseman Trophy three times.

Following the Golf the AGM commenced at 4.30 with outgoing National Chairman Tim Pearson, thanking the membership for their support in his successful and enjoyable year. He passed the chain of office to East Anglian section steward Phil Beer from Thetford Golf Club in Norfolk. Treasurer Richard Berry Senior presented the accounts which were unanimously approved. All the resolutions were passed. Mike Wiseman and Roger Parker stepped down as Trustees and were replaced by Mike Moffit and Ken Turney.

Finally Ken Brothwell stepped down after 9 years as National Secretary. All members were in agreement as to what a superb job Ken has done over these years and the amount of hard work and organisation that it takes to organise Stewards events and maintain order. Ken wouldn’t step down until a replacement was found and the very able and experienced Steve Fowler, a former secretary manager at Olton Golf Club, was asked to take over and voted in unanimously by the membership. With a great Thanks to Ken and a good luck to Steve the AGM closed at 5.00.

At the following evening meal we were treated to typical Olton hospitality with a delicious meal followed by a thank you to Olton Golf Club from Chairman Phil and a response from the Olton Captain Nic Heath.

At the prize presentation Steve Brothwell received the 2017 order of merit trophy before the presentation of the competition prizes for the day.



There were no Two’s so this prize rolls over to the next event at Drayton Park Golf Club on Monday 21st May 2018

Nearest the Pin on the 8 - Richard Pearson
Nearest the Pin on the 15th - David Guest

Best Guest - Mr Page

Jack Wiseman Trophy
1st Richard Pearson 37 points
2nd Jim Dobbin 36 points on count back
3rd David Laidlaw 36 points

The 2017 Order of Merit 
Steve Brothwell

The next National Meeting is a Drayton Park Golf Club, Tamworth Monday 21st may 2018 playing for The Bells Trophy and the Inter Section Cup

Before the AGM

Address from 2017 Chairman Tim Pearson

Busy Bar at Olton

Cheers Ken Brothwell

Handover Stephen Fowler takes over from Ken Brothwell

National Chairman Tim hands over to Phil

Chain of Office

Stewards Winner Richard Pearson recieves the Jack Wiseman Trophy

Winner 2017 Order of merit Steve Brothwell

30 years at Maxstoke Park for Sheila

Long serving GCSA Midland section member and friend Sheila Cardwell racked up 30 years as Steward at Maxstoke Park Golf Club on the 31st January 2018

Sheila is pictured above second from the right with some of her long standing team members, some of which have worked at Maxstoke for over 20 years and was joined by friends to celebrate at the club on Wednesday

After starting the position in 1988 Sheila took up playing golf, now playing to a handicap of 9

One of the Maxstoke members said, “What a fantastic achievement, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your relentless positivity, good cheer and incredible service to the club”

General Manager, Andrew Gibbins said,

“I took over as General Manager in October last year, so I have some way to go to catch up Sheila service. It has been obvious from day 1 that Sheila makes Maxstoke Park a warm and welcoming environment for members and visitors”.

And from... All of us

“The Golf Club Stewards Association congratulates Sheila on her superb achievement, well done and here’s to the next 30 years”!