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Suffolk Captains Autumn Meeting REPORT 2017

The Association of Suffolk Golf Captains held their Autumn Meeting at Haverhill Golf Club on September 26th 2017.

22 players competed in the morning 10-hole competition whilst 44 players competed in the afternoon 18-hole competition playing for a number of trophies as detailed below which from time to time can lead to confusion and is subject to high quality administration skills and some diplomacy being required:

· Individual 18 Hole Stableford for the Peter Grieves Trophy.

· Brian Belle Team Trophy (best three net scores returned by Captains Past and Present of the club at which they were captain.

· Millennium Salver (best combined individual scores of Spring and Autumn Meetings)

Excellent hospitality was provided by the Haverhill staff on a warm September day and in conjunction with the launch of the Suffolk Golf Captains new APP the Haverhill Professional Paul Wilby provided some great special offers just for the day.

Surprisingly for the majority of players preferred lies were in play. It would appear that a few sharp eyed Captains were able to benefit and enhance their scores.

The course was in excellent condition but the greens were very slow and caught out quite a few. The front nine as always at Haverhill seems to provide the best opportunity to build a good score and as you can see from the results below some held on through to the back nine as well.

Another great day out for the Suffolk Golf Captains was completed with a fine meal followed by an entertaining presentation of prizes by President Brig Archer and Administrative Maestro Paddy Lockwood.

Results

The Peter Grieves Trophy

1. Adrian Gipson 43pts ocb
2. Keith Ribbans 43pts
3. Chris Briggs 40 pts ocb
4. Paddy Lockwood 40 pts ocb
5. Brian Clarke 40 Pts ocb
6. Garry Clarke 39 pts ocb

Millenium Salver

1. Chris Briggs
2. Adrian Gipson
3. Garry Clark

Brian Belle Team Trophy

Haverhill Golf Club

Morning Round

1. Russell Beney
2. John Cunnell
3. Garry Clark

Nearest pin in 2 on 18

Gerry Scott

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Adrian wins trophy at Haverhill

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2nd Place for unlucky Keith who at least gets a chance to feel the trophy

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Chris Briggs picks up the salver from Brig Archer

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President Brig addresses the Captains

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Russell wins morning round

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Great Hospitality

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Enjoyable Meal

 

 

Suffolk Captains v Ladies

In keeping with the year the teams representing the Gents and Lady Captains met up at Ufford Park GC with one or perhaps two eyes on the weather. The A14 being closed meant that the arrival of many was delayed but 12 a side where present for a welcome lunch, coffee and game of golf.

It was the usual friendly, competitive match that saw the gents come out on top by 4 ½ to 1 ½ . Most of the players arrived back at the clubhouse dry though not all. Ann proved that the Barnes Wallis action on a golf ball is consistent by using that method on two consecutive holes in restricting President Brig to a half. Following the golf there was the usual excellent food served at Ufford and the presentation of the rose bowl. It was noted that the gents had won one more than the ladies now and it was suggested that next year the men should play off the white tees. Any observations Gents please!

Next year sees the Jubilee for both associations and there was a fledgling idea for a joint texas scramble competition to be held for us both to celebrate. Watch this space to see if this idea gets implemented. Anybody with a view on the viability or otherwise for this is invited to let the secretary know.

The photograph below was meant to be of the fish tank but also captured Ann presenting Brig with the trophy.

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Norfolk Report

Suffolk Captains made the journey to Richmond Golf Club to do battle with their friends from Norfolk on Wednesday 12th July. Secretary Paddy was unable to travel and so with it went the chance of a photograph. That being said compared with recent times the selected team put up a brave battle. President Brig Archer in company with John Pywell led off the team and won early so as not to risk fitness. There were other big wins for Chris Gwinnett-Sharp and Gareth Evans 5 and 4 and last group Colin Aldous and Murray Staines rounded it off with a 7 and 5 success. In between there were some tight wins and loses. Perhaps the only winner was Mrs Lockwood as the score was 5 – 5 meaning that Norfolk retained the cup and she didn’t have to find a storage space for it!

Excellent fun and company was reported and thanks to Richmond for hosting.

 

SUFFOLK GOLF CAPTAINS PRESIDENTS DAY 2017

The Association of Suffolk Golf Captains held their inaugural Presidents Day event at Ufford Park Golf Hotel & Spa on Thursday July 6th and what a great day! The weather was very warm and the thunder storms that were threatened didn’t materialise which just goes to show that the old saying that “the sun always shines on the righteous” is absolutely correct.

This event, the brainchild of Association Secretary Paddy Lockwood was attended by guests from the various matches that the Association has throughout the year with Captains representing Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, The Suffolk Lady Captains and the Golf Club Managers Association.  In all 56 attended the event that was a 4BBB stableford competition.  Preceded by lunch and followed with a great meal and presentations. The Ufford Park course was in great shape and the superb scoring reflected this.

 

RESULTS

Winner of the Guests Event was Mick Firth and Chris Foster (Bedfordshire) 46pts

Winner of Members Event Trevor Mason and Mike Pratt 46pts

Runner up Members Martin Ashburn and Paddy Lockwood 42 pts ocb

Brig Archer was nearest the pin on the 3rd 

Murray Staines was nearest the pin in two on the 14th  

 

Special mention to Colin Aldous and Dave Ellis, Peter Mallinson and Alan Garratt, Brig Archer and David Kerswell who missed out OCB also with 42 pts.

Thank you to all at Ufford Park that made this day so successful. 

Any current or past Captains wishing to attend any of the future events should contact Paddy by email suffolkgolfcaptains@gmail.com 

Visit the Suffolk Captains website at www.suffolkgolfcaptains.co.uk or download our new App via Google Play or the App Store for full details of future events.

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Suffolk Captains Winning Members Trevor Mason and Mike Pratt


Suffolk Captains Winning Guests


Suffolk Captains second placed Members


Nearest the Pin in two


Paddy Addresses the audience


Secretary Paddy inspires the audience with his witty banter


President Brigg with Chris pearson recieving prize for nearest the pin

 

 

Update on Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Matches.

The season started with our match against Cambridgeshire at The Links GC in Newmarket. The only call off on the day was the secretary which was a blessing however it resulted in absolutely no photographs being taken on Chris Pearson’s last duty as President.

On a pleasant afternoon some tight golf ended with a narrow win for Suffolk with our friendships renewed in a match played in excellent spirit. Dinner was excellent and a good day was had by all.

The next match was the renewal of our recently established rivalry with friends from Bedfordshire. The match was held at Newton Green GC and saw the teams play for the brand new cup that was on show for the first time. If the previous match was close this was very close and indeed needed a stewards enquiry to decide who would hold the cup with a 5 – 5 scoreline. Secretary Paddy Lockwood won the argument that we had the cup as we had won the previous year so was pleased to take the cup home for safe keeping for this year. An excellent carvery followed the golf and thanks to Newton Green for the flexible arrangments on the day.

The photographs below show :
Mick Firth, the Bedfordshire Captain enjoying watching the rain fall while Chris Briggs the substitute President plays with his phone.

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The new cup without the head and shoulders of Chris involved due to operator incompetence.

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Match v Hertfordshire

There was a lot of comment surrounding the cardiac values of the Royston GC track before the intrepid team set out for this match. Orchestrated by the recently installed secretary this turned out to be a good days golf that was not won by us. It was a really hot day and saw an early removal of jackets at dinner.

The secretary failed to play again preferring to work in Manchester and once again there was not a surplus of photographs from the day. Well actually none.
Anyway it was a good day, good food and much enjoyed by all.


Match vs Essex

The match versus Essex was played in glorious sunshine at Brett Vale GC. The golf was played in a competitive but friendly manner and was enjoyed by all. Essex were so confident about retaining the trophy that they forgot to bring it, but in the end were beaten 71/2 – 21/2.

The proceedings were orchestrated for the Suffolk team by stand-in secretary Keith Cresswell who did a magnificent job.

The course was in fine condition and the clubhouse staff looked after the proceedings well. Thank you Brett Vale.

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Captains v Farmers

Well what a day that was. We arrived at Rushmere GC all checking the weather forecast for the arrival of rain during the afternoon. The optimists went for 6pm the pessimists for 3pm. Lunch was a huge portion of ham, egg and chips and we quickly got ready to play. Most of the matches were closely contested though President Brig and Chris Ward did have a big win. Chris is pictured below celebrating said win.

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Following some historical investigations it was established that the Farmers had been far more successful than they themselves believed. Secretary Andrew Thurston was therefore surprised that the arrival of the last pair to the clubhouse was important to the result. Alas for the farmers it was not to be as the last group of John Pywell and Murray Staines delivered the all important point for the win by 5 to 3. What was more important was that we all got in without getting wet!

We adjourned to dinner with ASGC member Sean delivered a further huge portion of food that was enjoyed by all before the presentation of the Alderton Cup by President Jeremey Thompson to Brig.

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Another successful day and a big thankyou to Rushmere for looking after us so well. As one member said in an email the following day. I enjoyed my debut and now don’t need to eat for a week.

 

Spring Meeting Thursday 4th May 2017 – Felixstowe Ferry GC

A strong gusting NE wind greeted players producing a tough day for good golf scores. As per usual there were a number of good results:
The morning 9 hole competition on the Kingsfleet Course results from 24 starters was
1st Keith Ribbans(15) – Brett Vale 21 pts
2nd Gary Slaymaker (11) – Halesworth 19pts ocb (12 last 6)
3rd Nick Bonney (10) – Bury St Edmunds 19pts ocb (11 Last 6)

A small mention for Charlie Wilderspin (Rookery Park) and Roy Barnes (Ufford Park) who also scored 19 pts but missed out on the prizes.

The afternoon round for the Presidents Cup, The Nigel Parker Trophy and the first round of the millennium cup draw an entry of 50 soon to be cold and wind swept golfers only some of whom scored well!

The results were:

Nearest the pin on 12 – Gary Slaymaker (Halesworth)
Nearest the pin in 2 @18 – Martin Allen (Waldingfield)
The Presidents Cup was retained by a surprised James Gardiner (Halesworth) with a score of 26 pts.
The prize winners for the Nigel Parker Trophy were:
1st Nick Bonney (10) – Bury St Edmunds 35pts ocb (3 at the 18th)
2nd Doug Pipe (16) – Felixstowe Ferry 35 pts (2 at the 18th)
3rd Chris Briggs (13) – Haverhill 34 pts ocb (19 on last 9)
4th Peter White (7) – Felixstowe Ferry 34 pts (18 on last 9)
5th Charlie Wilderspin (13) Rookery Park 33 pts ocb (6 on last 3)
6th Paul Boon (8) Waldingfield 33 pts (5 on last 3)

Special mention for Chris Gwinnett-Sharp who had a hole in one on 16 using a 5 iron witnessed by playing partners, Charlie Wilderspin, Alan Keyte and Paddy Lockwood. Having managed an amazing 10 pts on the first 12 holes he went on to score 18 on the last 6!

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Winning players Nick Bonney with Nigel Parker Trophy and Keith Ribbans

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Following the golf and an excellent meal the AGM voted in Brig Archer (Brett Vale) as the incoming president. He is pictured below wearing the chain of officer after the presentation by Chris Pearson.

 

Suffolk Golf Captains season 2017

The new season is around the corner and members have responded in large numbers for the matches to be played for this year with some oversubscribed by up to 3 times the required number.

However the first event of the year was attended by Council Members Brig Archer and Chris Briggs which was the recent Suffolk Golf Union AGM. The association was pleased to again support the Suffolk Junior section as Brig was able to present retiring youth Chairman Mike Stevenson with a cheque for £500 during the event.

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The secretary has recently received the below from Suffolk GU:-

On behalf of Suffolk Junior Golf may I thank you and your Association for your generous support of the County Juniors. It is greatly appreciated.

Regards and thanks
Charlie Wilderspin
Secretary Suffolk Golf Union

 

 

SUFFOLK CAPTAINS AUTUMN MEETING

The Association of Suffolk Golf Captains held the 2016 Autumn Meeting at Hintlesham Golf Club on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

The weather was kind for both the morning and afternoon competitions with an odd shower here and there but it was generally warm. The wind picked up in the afternoon but there were still some spectacular scores from very impressive field of 50 Captains from all corners of the County. The rough has been cut back to speed up play for visiting societies at Hintlesham which meant that it was quite hard to get into trouble which in turn enhanced the chances of some big stableford scores from some of the players, whilst the rest as is tradition, were left trailing behind.

The morning competition was over 12 holes and a very competitive event which was won by Chris Gwinnett-Sharp (Bury St Edmunds) with 27 points on countback from Stowmarket’s Ian Duncan; Gary Slaymaker from Halesworth was third with 26 points

It was very busy day at Hintlesham and the big field for afternoon round necessitated that we had a two tee start, with the Autumn nights closing in it was a reflection on the Association Secretary Paddy Lockwood’s superior organisational skills that every player completed their round in daylight.

Following the action we all enjoyed a tasty roast beef meal followed by apple crumble and an entertaining Presentation of trophies from the Associations’ answer to Laurel and Hardy, President Chris Pearson and Secretary Paddy Lockwood.

The winner of the afternoon competition and the new holder of the Peter Grieve Trophy was Gary Clark (Bury St Edmunds) from John Cunnell (Seckford) on countback with 42 points.

The Winner of the combined aggregate Spring and Autumn Meetings playing for the Millennium Salver was Gary Clark (Bury St Edmunds) with 78 points Alan Middle (Seckford) and James Douglas-Hamilton (Felixstowe Ferry) were in joint Second place on 75 points

The Winners of the Belle Team Trophy were Halesworth best three scores totalled 107

A great day’s golf – Thank you to our hosts at Hintlesham for a very enjoyable day.

 

RESULTS

Morning 12 hole Competition
1st Chris Gwinnett-Sharp (Bury St Edmunds) 27 Points
2nd Ian Duncan (Stowmarket) 27 points
3rd Gary Slaymaker (Halesworth) 26 points

Peter Grieve Trophy –Afternoon individual 18 hole stableford competition
1st Gary Clark (Bury St Edmunds) 42
2nd John Cunnell (Seckford) 42 (countback)
3rd James Douglas-Hamilton (Felixstowe Ferry) 39
4th Paul Boon (Waldringfield) 39 (countback)
5th Alan Middle (Seckford) 38
6th Bill Havers (Newton Green) 38 (countback)h

Millennium Shield
The Millenium Shield for aggregate of both round in Spring and Autumn meeting
1st Gary Clark (Bury St Edmunds) 78
2nd Alan Middle (Seckford) and James Douglas-Hamilton (Felixstowe Ferry) 75
4th Bill Havers (Newton Green) 72

The Belle Trophy for best 3 score from club at which they were Captain.
1st Halesworth 107
2nd Felixstowe Ferry and Fynn Valley 103
4th Ipswich 100
5th Newton Green and Brett Vale 98.

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Chris Gwinnett-Sharp receiving first prize for the morning round from President Chris Pearson

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Gary Clark receiving the Peter Grieve Trophy

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Gary Clark receiving the Millennium Shield

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President Chris Pearson with Gary Slaymaker and the Halesworth team with the Belle Trophy

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Suffolk Answer to Laurel & Hardy President Chris and Secretary Paddy Lockwood

 

Suffolk Golf Captains v Hertfordshire Captains Fynn Valley Golf 15th June

A Wednesday in June, a nice day for golf. Don’t believe it. I have never been so glad of a two tee start as the first 4 games to go off the first tee arrived a local player muttered the immortal phrase – “Don’t worry it won’t rain here.”

Within seconds it had thundered, there were flashes of lightning and it hailed and rained and hailed and the course soon resembled a swimming pool. Why were we lucky well the summer house at the tee just about accommodated us all. After a delay of almost 45 mins the intrepid pioneers known as the president of Suffolk Chris Pearson and the Captain of Herts decreed it was safe. We started.

The secretary was relieved there was some golf as the match was dogged by unavailability and was indebted to especially Michael Spencer and Bob Gibbs who stood in at the last minute to ensure we had a full side. It was a great match with the organiser having the scores at 2 ½ all with 3 matches to come. With due aplomb Suffolk triumphed in them all securing a convincing score. It was a game played in great spirit that continued into the restaurant where we treated to a most enjoyable meal.

Thanks to all at Fynn Valley.

Pictured below Suffolk President Chris Pearson is congratulated by Bob, the Hertfordshire captain.

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East Anglian Farmers v Suffolk Captains - Thursday 2nd June 2016

The Farmer’s Captain, Andrew Thurston said that he had put together a strong team by including players who are members at the Gosfield Lakes Golf Club, so we knew that we would have a battle on our hands.

Once the first five teams came into the club house we knew it was going to be a close score, with the Suffolk Captains winning 3 games and the East Anglian Farmers winning 2 games

Chris Williams & Bill Darling won their match, it was then down to Colin Aldous, Brian Clarke, Godfrey Batley & Peter Mills who halved their games.

The match then finished 5 games to The Suffolk Captains & 3 games to the East Anglian Farmers.

It was then down to The Farmer’s President Jeremy Thomson to present the Trophy to Chris Pearson.

Jeremy said that the scores are getting closer so they will take the trophy away from us soon.

We had a very good meal supplied by Gosfield and all departed home at 7:30 pm.

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Essex Captains v Suffolk Captains - Thursday 26th May 2016

The hardest part of the day was finding Woodford Golf Club unless you had been there before; this is where a sat-nav comes in very handy.

When we were ready to start the Essex Team were short of one player so the Woodford Golf Club Secretary stepped in to make up the numbers, which was not much help to James and myself as he took us apart 5 & 3, but he was able to show us where to find the next tee.

We agreed to change the teeing order to let two of the Woodford members go off first to show us the route round the course, followed by the Essex Captain and the Suffolk President. We all started off the first tee as there were only nine greens. We did ask if we could use the first and the tenth tees but they said that the greens may be a bit crowded with eight players trying to put out.

There were a few delays on the course to let dog walkers and cyclists cross the fairways.
It was a very pleasant day and played in the correct spirit. Unfortunately the result wasn’t what we wanted with Suffolk Captains loosing eight and half to one and half, well done Gary Slaymaker and Keith Ribbans for the one point with Gary Clark and Neil Ellice coming in with the half. Rest of us were still trying to work out the speed of the greens.

The day finished with a very good meal of Shepherd’s Pie followed by Spotted Dick and Custard.
The President presented the Trophy to the Essex Captain and we all departed for home at 9:00 pm.

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Bedfordshire Report

The second match of the year was new to the Suffolk Captains side as an annual fixture with Bedfordshire captains was agreed during the winter recess.
Armed with Sat Nav and survival gear we set out for The Millbrook Golf Club on a pleasant spring day. Felixstowe Ferry members used a bus to ensure they all arrived (or none of them) using their professional driver for insurance.

Following an excellent lunch play commenced with President Pearson leading the way. The first two holes dispelled the myth that Bedfordshire was flat as a number of Suffolk Members suffered climbing long steep hills and did indeed recover in time to conquer the 11th which was a really steep hill. Anyway we all survived and in the final shake up the secretary losing 7 and 5 was immaterial as the team triumphed by a grand score of 6 pts to 4 to win the trophy. (We don’t actually have one yet but will have!!)

We adjourned to the clubhouse for an excellent dinner. I can say that is the first time I have had aubergine puree at a captain’s function (and hopefully won’t be the last). The excitement of the day was not over as one of the Suffolk members was taken unwell but following the arrival of the paramedic and ambulance I am pleased to say he has returned home with no lasting illness identified.

Thanks to our new friends in Bedfordshire and more especially The Millbrook GC for hosting such an excellent day.

 

Spring Meeting and AGM

Bury St Edmunds Golf Club hosted the Association of Suffolk Golf Club Captains Spring Meeting and AGM on Tuesday 4th May 2016. The sun shone on the Captains as never before, it normally rains at our Spring Meeting but this time our secretary Paddy Lockwood pulled out all the stops, spoke to the right people and organised the best weather we have had for a long time, a wonderful warm May Day with a slight breeze.

The morning 9-hole competition was played on the splendid 9-hole pay & play course. The course has matured into a real challenge with some great holes the big greens were in excellent condition. I did say a challenge, well it was for some of us but Ray Sargeant from Fynn Valley blew the field away with a superb 23 points. With a cluster of players on 19 and 20 points it did mean that Paddy’s maths were again put to the test.

In the afternoon round on the 18-hole course a familiar name retained the trophy. Alan Middle from Seckford had a great 37 points beating Stowmarket’s Pat Shephard on countback with 14 points on the last 6 holes. The course was in excellent condition with one temporary green on the 6th hole and it was playing its full length (particularly if you played off the white tees). Obviously there has been a lot of work put into the course recently and a lot of trees have been taken out making real improvements to a very good golf course. There were some really good scores and predictably some very average scores... we don’t think we can blame the course or the weather this time, got to think of some different excuses for the future.

Excellent hospitality and a very enjoyable meal preceded the AGM and presentations. The AGM traditionally a very speedy affair seemed to drag this year completed in about 7 minutes. President Barry Storey handed over the reins to Chris Pearson for the coming 12 months and Paddy agreed to continue for the next 10 to 20 years as “Organiser Supreme”.

A great day was had by all, thank you to the management and staff at Bury

 

RESULTS

AM – 9-Hole individual Stableford

1st Ron Sargeant - Fynn Valley 23pts

2nd Ian Ransby - Halesworth 20pts (15 last 6)

3rd Brig Archer - Brett Vale 20 pts (14 last 6)

Nigel Parker Salver – 18 hole individual Stableford

Alan Middle - Seckford 37pts (last 6 14pts)

Pat Shephard - Stowmarket 37 pts (last 6 11)

Garry Clarke - Bury St Edmunds 36 pts (last 9 16)

Charlie Wilderspin - Rookery Park 36pts (last 9 15 last 6 12)

James Douglas Hamilton - Felixstowe Ferry 36pts (last 9 15 last 6 11)

Barry Storey - Bury St Edmunds 35pts (on countback)

Past Presidents Cup was won by James Gardiner – Halesworth


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The crowd excited by the AGM


Barry Storey races through the AGM as the members demand


Barry Storey passes on the Presidents Chain to Chris Pearson


AM winner Ron Sargeant Fynn Valley


President Chris Pearson Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club


Past Presidents Trophy Winner James Gardiner


Winner of the Nigel Parker Salver Alan Middle


11th Bury St Edmunds from the yellow tee

 

Season starts at Waldringfield Golf Club

The Suffolk Captains season got off to a cold, but dry start at Waldringfield Golf Club where we entertained our friends from Cambridgeshire.

The team was led off by Chris Pearson (Felixstowe Ferry) who, partnered by Bill Darling managed a valuable point thanks to Bill playing the back 9 very well and it was all about a putt on the last green! The secretary lost 2 down and a further defeat and the writing was on the wall for another loss. It was inspired play by the remaining groups who all won their matches to leave Suffolk winning by 6pts to 2. Special mention to Bob Cousins (St Clements) who made his debut and partnered by Mark Edgerley is now one of the few unbeaten Suffolk Captains.

Following some competitive and enjoyable golf played in great spirit we retired to the bar for an excellent dinner. Thanks to the green staff and catering staff for an excellent welcome and day.

Pictured below is Chris Pearson receiving the cup from Cambridgeshire Captain David Creek.

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Suffolk Golf Union AGM

President Barry Storey and the secretary were invited to attend the Suffolk Golf Union AGM held on Friday 1st April 2016. The AGM is preceded by a better ball pairs competition that saw the due come in with 39 points which was of course nowhere. Barry presented the Suffolk Golf Union President Paul Platten with a cheque for £500 for the Suffolk Junior Section.

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Autumn Meeting - Halesworth Golf Club 21st September 2015

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The secretary gives up. Another randomly chosen date and despite the early optimism it rained poured with the early starters getting slightly the better of the weather but still drowned. The skill of reading a wet piece of card is useful but one no further practice at would be useful.

It was a disappointing turn out of 39 (25 in the morning) who missed a course in excellent nick and a pleasure to play on despite the totally awful weather. Some were privileged to see a bagless electric trolley making its way down the fairway but most missed it. On another weather point even the peacocks failed to come out for a look preferring to shelter in the hedge. However we did welcome débutants in Keith Ribbans, Ian Bedford and Ian Ransby. 

In the morning the scoring was exceptional when of course it was dry and windless but the shorter course was still a good test for many. The afternoon scoring was as expected more reserved and some who scored well in the morning on 9 holes only just beat it in the afternoon over 18.

Following a warm shower we were royally entertained in the clubhouse. Dinner was about the best I have had for several years so well done chef. The Malbec was good too! We were welcomed by Ian Ransby the current mens captains at Halesworth. President Barry responded, (thankfully no joke!) and then presented the prizes as detailed below.

Prize giving followed the below results

AM
1st Alan Keyte (7) 25pts (29 gross -4)
2nd Gary Slaymaker (11) 23pts (14 last 6)
3rd Martin Ashburn (27) 23pts (12 last 6)

Peter Grieve Trophy

1st Alan Middle (7) 39pts
2nd Gary Clark (13) 36pts (17 back 9)
3rd Adrian Gipson (13) 36pts (16 back 9)
4th Chris Pearson (14) 35pts

Belle Team Trophy

1st Seckford (Middle 39, Gipson 36, Bedford 28)
2nd Brett Vale (Clark 36, Keyte, 27, Archer 28) (Not as announced!)
The more astute will note that Gary Clark has been transferred to Brett Vale rather changing the positions in the team competition. Better luck next year Bury St Edmunds.
3rd Felixstowe (Pearson 35, Kemp 29, Mason 23)

Millennium Salver

1st Alan Middle (42 + 39)
2nd Paddy Lockwood (41 + 32)
3rd Gary Clark (32 + 36)
4th Alan Keyte (37 + 27)

Thanks go to Halesworth Golf Club for hosting this event and especially all the staff for making it a most enjoyable day.



Seckford Alan wins the Millennium Salver


Fantastic round from Alan

Ladies Match

Ladies Match

As the season starts to draw to a close the annual match with the Past Ladies, hosted by the Ladies was played on a pleasant August afternoon at Bungay and Waveney Golf Club.

Slightly more experienced this year the secretary failed in his quest for yellow tees leading to some of our team taking the long walk to whites! However only one courtesy shot was agreed so some some success there!

So to the match and this proved to be very tight with the usually phlegmatic members of both sides anxiously waiting for each match to come in. President Barry playing with Charlie Wilderspin got the scoring off to a good start with a victory. The secretary and James Douglas-Hamilton were fortunate to achieve a half. The ladies confidence rose as they won the next two matches (convincingly) so 2 ½ to 1 ½ with two results to go. President elect Chris Pearson and Russell Leeburn won so all eyes were on the last match with all to play for. Cometh the hour cometh the pair as Chris Gwinnett-Sharp and Keith Cresswell (using all his shots wisely) came in 2 up and victory was achieved.

Congratulations to both teams on an excellent days golf played in great spirit with a danger that all enjoyed themselves. The dinner after was very tasty and the warm welcome was continued. Pictured below in Ladies Captain Liz presenting the trophy to Barry (with gritted teeth!)

 

Hertfordshire Captains v Suffolk Captains - East Herts Golf Club -17th June 2015

The season continued with our annual battle with friends from Hertfordshire. The lead up to the match was a torrid time with several call offs in the final days stretching the resources to the limit and as it transpired just beyond. Hertfordshire did manage to find a last minute replacement so thanks to them.

Following last years victory for Hertfordshire they appeared confident at the outset of the day but the fighting spirit of the Suffolk side (plus the influential guest) was to be decisive in the end. The president led the way with a win and the secretaries + partners fought out a tough half at the top of the draw. In the final analysis the score was 6 ½ – 1 ½ in Suffolk's favour continuing president Barry's good run of form and tactical awareness.

This form and tactical awareness did not spread to the presentations. With the secretary leaving early obtaining the usual photographs were left him only for his selected aide to produce a set of photographs that not even I was allowed to see!

Thanks again to East Hertfordshire GC for the use of their course and clubhouse and bring on next year to celebrate the Hertfordshire Captains jubilee.

Suffolk Golf Captains v East Anglian Farmers GS 

Winning Start for Barry

at Bury St Edmunds GC. Thursday 4th June2015

At last the weather was glorious and so to the Farmers. There was a air around the Captains side who had their confidence at a low ebb due to the first losses of the year against Cambridgeshire and Essex. As the shorts appeared so did the golf as the captains recorded a good win. The matches were largely close and played in a wonderful spirit making the whole day a good experience. 

Bury St Edmunds are to be thanked for some excellent Ham, Egg and Chips which the early starters on the Farmers side were served late so they were not prepared on the first tee! Work to do starting!

President Storey made a winning start to the year despite have a putting lesson from Barry Squirrell.
After a fighting half from Munro and Barber, Secretary and Keyte came in winning 4 and 2 after a great game. And so the points mounted up and it would be churlish to identify the pair that did not collect a point as the captains retained the Alderton Cup 6 ½ to 1 ½.

Following an excellent meal Captain Robert presented the cup to our president.

Suffolk Golf Captains v Essex Captains

Essex Captains at Felixstowe

played at Felixstowe Thursday 21st May 2015

With a good supply of players the secretary readily agreed to the Essex request to make this a 12 pair match with the kind permission of Felixstowe Ferry GC manager. The secretary became one of 14 drop outs for the match that saw acting Secretary Chris Pearson elevated to Acting President and Keith Cresswell to match Secretary.

The weather was set fair and a good day was had by all I am sure. The below photograph shows that the fish and chips remains very good.

The previous communication from Chris had shown the disappointment of defeat to Cambridge and he was needless to say keen to redress the balance on his home course. Alas the below was received from Keith after the match.

I can only imagine the emotions as the old adage of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory was played out.

“Here is the bad news and the good news, the bad news is Suffolk lost the match 5 games to 7 in Essex favour.

The first four games were won by Suffolk followed 7 wins by Essex, with tail end Charlies Bill Darling and Neil Ellice making it five for Suffolk.

There was a birthday on the Essex Team, Tommy Walker was presented with a birthday card and gift from his members and we all sung Happy Birthday to him.

Now the good news is, I repaired the trophy using supaglue and everything was fine when the trophy was presented to Essex by our Acting President Chris Pearson.” 

Chris is pictured handing over the trophy to the Essex team.


Chris hands over the trophy to the Essex Captains

 

Spring Meeting and AGM - 2015

2015 Spring Meeting

In keeping with history the day arrived with the threat of rain and wind and it duly arrived resulting in yet more wet scorecards though the secretary, searching for positives, did think it was not quite as wet today.

Anyway the day was well attended with 23 early starters for the morning (dry) round on the Bixley course and 57 for the afternoon (wet) round on the Purdis course. The day was notable for the arrival of 6 debutants (Mssrs BENEY, CUNNINGHAM, GRAY, CLOUTING, HENDERSON and HAVERS) who were welcomed by the outgoing President Michael Spencer in his report.

Despite the weather the scoring was good and the course was in excellent condition with the bunker refurbishment the subject of positive comment all round.

The prizes winners were:

AM 9 holes Bixley
1st - Donald Munro (12)- Fynn Valley - 21pts
2nd - Paul Gray (8) - Fynn Valley - 19pts (4 last 2)
3rd - Russell Beney (12)- Seckford - 19pts (5 last 2).

(Special Mention to Pat Shepherd and Barry Storey who made 19pts but were not in frame on count back.) 

Past Presidents Cup

1st - James Gardener Halesworth - 33pts
2nd - Bill Darling Stowmarket - 29pts.

Nigel Parker Salver:

1st - Alan Middle (7) Seckford - 42pts
2nd - Paddy Lockwood(16) Newton Green - 41pts
3rd - Trevor Mason (13) Felixstowe - 37pts (20 last 9)
4th - Alan Keyte (7) Brett Vale - 37pts (18 last 9)
5th - Robert Judd (14) Halesworth - 37pts (16 last 9)
6th - Peter Sledmere Woodbridge - 35pts


Michael hands over to new President Barry Storey

Suffolk Captains v Cambridgeshire 2015

The season opening fixture was against our friends from Cambridgeshire at a new venue for many of us namely Brampton Park (nr Huntingdon).

The secretary,working in Scotland, left the day to Chris Pearson to stand in and it is clear he had a day of mixed fortunes.

He states “Sorry to inform you that we lost to Cambridge yesterday by 5 ½ to 2 ½. This situation was looking really bad when we were 5 nil down. The dreadful thing was that they were so nice about it. The course was good and the staff were very helpful. The course was very tricky with lots of water. One of my opposing players, who had never played Felixstowe, asked if there was much water there. We all fell about laughing when I told him that there was in excess of 50 billion gallons down the right hand side. I will send you results sheet and some photos in a little while.


The Presidents pretend not to discuss the game

Presidents discuss


The after game post mortems in progress

post mortem


Michael Spencer presenting the cup to Cambridgeshire President Malcolm Coe

Presentation

SUFFOLK GOLF UNION PRESIDENTS DAY & AGM 2015

Friday 27th March saw President Michael Spencer and Secretary Paddy Lockwood represent the association at the Suffolk Golf Union Presidents Day and AGM. Despite a good better ball pairs performance there was no silverware to bring home with 39pts not enough.

However in continued support for Suffolk Junior Golf Michael was able to present Ron Kent (President of Suffolk Golf Union) and Michael Stevenson (Chair of Suffolk Juniors) with a cheque for £500 towards Junior golf development.

Pictured below is the presentation being made at Hintlesham Golf Club.


SGU Presidents Day

Reproduced below is the content of a subsequent letter from Mike following the presenation.



Paddy 

I am writing to you to thank the Suffolk Captains for their generous donation to the Suffolk Juniors.

We have had a great 2014 and with the winter coaching over, we now embark with confidence to a successful playing season.

Our success is due to your members when they were in office at their clubs for the support they gave to their Junior Sections.

Once again many thanks and would be pleased to see any of your members at our events in 2015, and hope they would introduce themselves to me.

Regards 
Mike Stevenson 
Chairman Suffolk Junior Committee