Competition Winners 

Sharman Cup - Sunday 13th August 
The Sharman Cup was played for on a pleasant summer morning with the course, as usual, excellently presented. With a big field also entered, this all combined to ensure a really tough competition for the eventual trophy wiiner. Some good scores were expected and we weren't disappointed with no fewer than 8 players under par - a rarity for a medal competition at Stagsden. 
 
Count-back came into play for the placings with no than 5 players finishing on Net 69. The top three, which includes some very in-form players, in reverse order were: 
In 3rd place on Net 67 - Bernie Bone 
In 2nd place on Net 67 - Daniel Green 
Overall Winner on Net 66 - Tony Ciampa. This was also his best round in 2017! 
 
Well done to all those in the placings and indeed all the others who either equalled or bettered their handicap on the day. 
 
Photo: Tony Ciampa receiving the trophy from the unmistakable Les Sharman, from whose family, of course, the Sharman Cup was donated. 
President's Day - July 23rd. 
President's day took place on Sunday July 23rd, hosted by President Roger Willis. Three Stableford competitions ran simultaneously for Men, Ladies and Over 70's. Results were as follows: 
Men's Competition; 
Jason Hannon - 43 pts 
David Rainbow - 38 pts 
Edward Hayes - 37 pts 
 
Below: Jason Hannon being congratulated by President Roger Willis for his tremendous performance with 43 pts in winning the Men's Competition. 
 
President's Day - Over 70's Stableford Scores; 
Richard Suthers - 36 pts 
Wilf Mannion - 34 pts 
Harold Beard - 33 pts 
Above: Richard Suthers, winner of the Over 70's competition 
Festival Weekend - 14th - 17th July 
A big thank you to Sam and Nick Turnbull for organising another successful Festival Weekend with competitions taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Impressive turn-outs in the weekend events, good weather and the course looking as splendid as ever, did the club proud. 
 
Our thanks also go to all the generous sponsors for individual hole prizes in the Festival Fours competition. The full results and 'Spot Prize' winners are below. 
Above: Festival Trophy winner, Barry Sullivan  
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Below: Festival Fours, Ladies Pairs winners Brenda Beard & Carol Farnworth 
Above: Festival Fours team winners, Clive Haywood, Peter Wilson & Neil Tabraham 
 
Below: KVP Salvers winner, Simon Fardell 
2017 Club Championship 
 
The Club Championship took place over 36 holes on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July. Conditions were near perfect, with warm days and light winds ensuring the best performers would put in some good scores over the two days. 
 
Day one didn't disappoint, with 4 players under Net Par - and two of these stood out in particular. Club Captain John Simpson had his best ever Medal score with a Gross 75 to produce a Net 67. As if that wasn't enough however, John Owen a recent new member to the club scored a Gross 70 and Net 63 - amazing! 
 
Day two inevitably saw some improve and others fall back, but in the end our Club Champion was again Seb Lovell who went round in 3 over Gross 143 for the two rounds. Congratulations to him for a splendid tournament win. Another new (country) member to the club, Jeremy Binch came 2nd, only four shots behind him, with 147 - a very impressive debut. The aforementioned John Owen came 3rd with 151 and I'm sure after his first round, it was a case 'what might have been'!  
 
Club Championship: 
1. Seb Lovell - 73/70 = 143 
2. Jeremy Binch - 74/73 = 147 
3. John Owen - 70/81 = 151 
 
The Biddenham Cup is of course for the best Net score and in this two of our longer standing members came in the runner's up positions with Liam Greenwood just one behind Dave Hurley who finished with a 1 over Net Par on 141. 
 
The winner though was John Owen, who's first round of 7 under effectively ensured him his victory, as he finished overall 3 under par for the two rounds. Congratulations to him. 
 
Biddenham Cup 
1. John Owen - 63/74 = 137 
2. Dave Hurley - 70/71 = 141 
3. Liam Greenwood - 71/71 = 142 
 
Photo: The two winners on the 18th green after their victories. 
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Lord Lieutenant's Trophy 
The annual Lord Lieutenant's Trophy competition took place on Sunday 25th June and in addition to have around 90 members contesting it, we were also honoured to have Helen Nellis, The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire herself on hand to light the blue touchpaper and stand well back for the shotgun to start the competition - see below. 
The competition itself was a very closely fought affair and most of the placings were decided on count-back: 
In 5th on 37 was Simon Cavill 
In 4th, also on 37 was Mark Johnson 
In 3rd on 38 was Steve Cuddeford 
In 2nd also on 38 was Steve Coppock 
but the overall winner with 39 points was Mark Lewin - congratulations to him 
Above: Mark apparently being 'knighted'! 
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Below: Mark receiving his trophy from Lord Lieutenant, Helen 
Men's Texas Scramble - Sunday 4th June 
In Sunday's Men's Texas Scramble competition the winners (with an amazing Net 55.5) were Ray Farman, Karl Green, Kevin Medhurst and Barry Sullivan. Their score of Gross 60 included a staggering 10 birdies in their 18 hole round! Congratulations to them for a tremendous performance. 
 
Photo: Barry, Karl, Kevin and Ray celebrating after their performance with a pint or two! 
The Deacon Dinner & Cup 
The Deacon Dinner took place on Saturday 27th May in The Biddenham Suite. One of the Club's most prestigious men's events, which has taken place almost every year since the 1920's, it was a very enjoyable if somewhat alcoholically fuelled evening. Following an excellent meal, and Captain John's own amusing golfing 'tales', he introduced this year's guest speaker who was none other than BGC member Nick Willis. Nick, in his own inimitable style, provided a very entertaining speech for the 60+ guests, with some hilarious anecdotes and golfing tales. He received warm and well deserved applause. 
Sunday morning arrived and many of those on the putting green members were complaining of sore heads! Perhaps this explained some of the scores, as very, very few managed to play to their handicap. A small number did though, and things were so tight at the top after 18 holes that a play-off was called for between new member Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson who were tied on Net 69. 
Above: The Play-off competitors Rob Donnelly and Chris Johnson with Captain John before their three hole play-off on 10, 6 and 18. 
Above: The final green of the Play-off - down to the very last putts - with officials and caddies! 
 
The ultimate victor after 21 holes and Deacon Cup Winner for 2017 was Rob Donnelly - yet another Major's Board with the family name on it! Well done to Rob (below with Club Captain John) and of course, Chris for his excellent and sporting performance. 
Also played for in this competition is of course, The Judges Cup for the lowest gross score over 18 holes. This year, the trophy was deservedly won by Colin Beard with a 75. 
Above: Colin Beard receiving his trophy from Club Captain, John 
President's Putter - 2017 winner. 
President Roger Willis, presenting Raj Matu the President's Putter for his victory in this year's competition 
Texas Scramble Winners - April 2017 
Conor Kavanagh, Richard Stevenson, Jason Young & Mitchell Young with Captain John Simpson 
Gale Salvers 2017 Qualifying Competition 
12 pairs qualified for the round robin phase of matches against Geraint Dixon and one of the Captain, the President or the Vice-Captain. Leading the way in qualification were Club Chairman, Steve Coppock and Chair of Golf, John Haines (below) with a very impressive better-ball score of 43 points. Good luck everyone in the next round. 
Gale Salvers 2015 & 2016 Winners 
Matt Lea and Rob Sparks were presented with the 2016 Salvers by Captain, John Simpson