CAPTAINS DAY – MAYLANDS GC
Nigel Smith started his second stint as South East Captain by returning to Maylands Golf Club, on 16th August, an old favourite of The Golf Club Great Britain. Nigel was ably assisted by his brother Brian and nephew David and I was lucky enough to play with Ogy John’s young protégée, Luke Phimister who at just a week shy of his 18th birthday and awaiting his A level results played a magnificent game off a reduced handicap of just 7. He had only just been cut (rather harshly by myself!) and so struggled somewhat to start with but played a great game and was delightful company. Hopefully we will see him again next year. We had a good field of 25 golfers with Nearest the Pin prizes on all the par 3’s and both ladies and gents Longest Drives. The Nearest the Pin prizes went to Peter Hickson (2), and two of Nigel’s guests, Stephen Drury and Glen Spooner. Peter Hickson also won the Longest Drive with Linda Rich winning ladies (no surprise there!).
Third place for the main competition went to Mark Hopkins on countback with 31 points, 2nd place to Nigel’s nephew David with 33 points and first place on countback went to Karen Duncan. Karen is collecting quite a few trophies!
CHELSFIELD LAKES – September 14th
We returned to another old haunt in September, namely Chelsfield Lakes which produced some amazing scores! I thought I had done really well with 38 points but was nowhere in the running as 6 people scored in the 40’s! Third place went to Gary Cavill with 44 points, 2nd place went to Rob McCanna with 46 points who didn’t think he could possibly be beaten, only to find that Simon Grigor came in with a massive 47 points! Simon has duly been cut from 23 to a more realistic 19 handicap. Karen Duncan won the Nearest the Pin and Gary Cavill won the Nearest the Pin in 2.
WOLDINGHAM – October 18th - who will win the Order of Merit?
This event was to be the last to count towards the Order of Merit with the best five scores over the year to count. Before the results came in the top of the table was as follows:
Nigel and Kate at the top with 197 and 171 points respectively but both had already played 6 games so would have to drop 2 scores after Woldingham. Karen, Simon and Gary Cavill were behind with 161, 161 and 139, all having played 5. Simon and Gary would have to drop one but Karen was not playing Woldingham so had her 5 in the bag. The only other real contenders are Rob McCanna and Mike Betteridge. So, all to play for!
The day dawned wet and drizzly which rapidly turned into quite heavy rain but the Gods were with us and gradually the rain stopped and the day remained dry and quite muggy. Woldingham is a spectacular course visually and the Autumn trees looked wonderful – shame golf had to get in the way! The rough was challenging to say the least being very heavy and wet but there were still some great scores in. 3rd place went to Neil Burton with 34 points, Rob McCanna once again was pipped to the post with a very respectable 37 points and the winner was Mark Hopkins with 38 points – who has been duly cut to 18 handicap. Neil also won the Longest Drive and Jim Pitman won the Nearest the Pin.
So after these results were added to the leaderboard, Nigel has 229 points, Kate 193, Simon Grigor 187, Rob McCanna 168, Gary Cavill 164, Karen Duncan 161 and Mike Betteridge 155. However, Nigel and myself have to drop 2 scores and Simon and Gary have to drop one. The final results will be announced at the Christmas Scramble in December!!
SPRING TRIP 2018
We have unexpectedly had a cancellation for our trip to Belek next April and so there is just one place remaining. Details are as follows:
Date: 25th April – 2nd May 2018
Destination: Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort, Belek, Turkey
Cost: £885 per head. Single room supplement is just £40 for the week.
The cost includes twin sharing full inclusive accommodation to include all food and drinks, 5 rounds of golf on different courses and private transfers to all golf courses. Flights are not included and should be booked separately with Easyjet. Please contact Kate for the flight details.
If you are at all interested, can you please contact Kate as soon as possible.
CHRISTMAS SCRAMBLE – 15TH DECEMBER
Our annual Christmas Scramble is on the 15th December at Silvermere Golf Club , Cobham and is always a great finale to our golfing year. The event is a team of 3 Texas Scramble followed by Christmas lunch. The 2017 Order of Merit will be presented to the winner and runner up. The cost is £54 a head and we can team you up if you want to enter but haven’t got a team together.
OLD THORNS 15TH/16TH JULY 2018
As you will see from the 2018 Fixture list, I have booked a return visit to Old Thorns for our summer weekend break. The cost is just £135 to include two rounds golf, 3 course evening meal, twin sharing accommodation and full English Breakfast. Non golfers are £70 and single room supplement is £35. To reserve your place simply contact the office and pay a deposit of £35. Places are limited and we already have two thirds of the places reserved. So don’t delay, book today – simply call the office or email if you would to reserve your place. Guests are more than welcome.