Mixed & Social Golf
Stagsden Trophy Supremacy for Seb
Over 100 members took part in the Stagsden Trophy, which was played over two days last weekend and celebrates the Club's opening in Stagsden in September 2000.
As ever, there was a really competitive feel about what is an important event in the Club's calendar and conditions over the two days varied to make things even more interesting. To show how tough things were for the field, only 4 players managed to score below their handicap and none of these were by more than a couple of points.
As so often happens with these big event, the best players rise to the challenge, as this year's Stagsden Trophy was no different. The four players worthy of a special mention are as follows:
in 4th with 38 points (c/b) was BGC Board Chairman, Steve Coppock
in 3rd also with 38 (c/b) was Club Captain Jim Godfrey
in 2nd, also with 38 (c/b) was Jason Hannon
but the overall winner, also with 38 (c/b) and playing off scratch was our Club Champion, Seb Lovell.
Well done to Seb and all the others in the placings for such impressive performances
Stagsden Trophy Winner - Seb Lovell
President's Day - all the winners
On another glorious summer morning, President's Day was attended by nearly 100 members - all there to fight for top spot, in each of the Member sections.
In the men's competition, there were some excellent scores with:
in 3rd place on 41 points, Mike Lovell
in 2nd place on 42 points, Simon Fardell
and the overall winner with 43, Mark Jarmin
Nearest the Pin was Adrian Wareing
The Men's top 3 & Nearest the Pin winners
For the ladies:
3rd place with 34 points was Jane Anderson
in 2nd with 35 points was Sheila Fairey
and the overall winner with no fewer than 39 points was the much in-form, Sue Marsh
Nearest the line was Hilary Denny
The Ladies top 3 & Nearest the Line winners
In the over 70's competition:
3rd with 37 points was Peter Hancock
2nd with 38 was Dave Longmuir
and the winner with a tremendous 42 points was Ray Farman
The Over 70's top 3
To cap it all, Mark Lewin scored a hole-in-one on the 9th and somehow, instead of the usual penalty at the bar, he managed to secure a prize for the privilege. Well done to him
Hole-in-One on 9 - Mark Lewin
Our grateful thanks go to President Roger for his generosity to the members and his excellent oversight of the event.
Festival Weekend Competitions - who won what?
In the seemingly endless sunny conditions of summer 2018, our 7th Festival Weekend was another great success.
On Friday the men’s Festival Trophy was well supported and was won by Mark Lewin with 41 points. The ladies Pauline Sampson Trophy was won by Brenda Beard with 40 points.
Saturday’s Festival Fours with 20 spot prizes and pairs and team prizes was, as ever, keenly fought with some impressive scores resulting. The winning men’s BetterBall pair was Glen Anderson & Adrian Sampson with a magnificent score of 50! The winning men’s team was Steve Coppock, John Haines, Mark Tebbutt & Colin Beard with 52. (see photo)
The winning ladies better-ball was Sue Cribb & Sue Marsh with 40 points. (see photo)
The ladies team prize was won by Dot Moroney, Barbara Talboys, Linda Lewington & Wendy White with 43. (see photo)
Finally, Sunday’s KVP Salver saw another triumph for Joe Nellis scoring 41. (see photo)
Men's Team Winners
Ladies Betterball Winner Sue & Sue
Ladies Team Winners
KVP Salvers Winner Joe
David joins the ranks after an excellent performance in the Lord Lieutenant's Trophy
As an idyllic summer Sunday morning dawned cloud and wind free, 85 bleary eyed competitors gathered for the 7:45am shot-gun start of the annual Lord Lieutenant's Trophy. Waking everyone up with a bang however was Helen Nellis, who launched the rocket to start play.
The course was in its usual excellent but challenging condition, with the greens ironed so the ball sped through as if on a glass table, whilst the deep rough was left very deep indeed! A few rather wayward individuals apparently spent longer searching for their ball than actually playing with it.
Nevertheless, the time came for a new champion to be crowned and whilst a well known member of the men secured victory, a lady found herself in the top 3, missing the coveted prize by one point.
The final results were as follows:
1st - David Donnelly, 36 points (cb)
2nd - Raymond Farman, 36 points
3rd - Sue Marsh, 35 points
4th - Nigel Fordham, 34 points
In the photos, David can be seen being 'knighted' by our very own Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and Sue got the chance to hold the coveted sword.
Post presentation, a World Cup lunch was served whilst watching England emerge victorious against Panama with an amazing 6-1 win.
Our thanks to Helen for all her support - ensuring the Lord Lieutenant's Trophy is such a great event
Not sure he's taking this seriously enough!
Best lady - Sue Marsh.
Lighting the shot-gun rocket
A kiss from the Lord Lieutenant
Mid-Week Men's Summer Competition
This competition which is open to full members starts on Wednesday evening the first week in July and runs for 8 weeks, with the final on the ninth week.
The competition was set up by Tony Williams and Keith Burgess eleven years ago, and is open to full adult members. The idea was to play a game after work, so a 15 hole round seemed ideal teeing off between 4pm and 5.30pm, followed by social time in the bar and bit of banter!
Each week the winner and runner up pocket some winnings- all the other monies in excess of weekly winnings provide the final prize money. Finalists are those who have been the eight weekly winners, and the player with the highest score who has not been a winner, making a total of nine to contest the final.
The numbers have increased year on year, and on one Wednesday last year we had 43 entrants.
Over the years it’s amazing how many different members have contested the final and how the nerves have got to them, when playing for the first prize of £150, down to £25 for fifth (cash in hand)
Hope to see all our loyal supporters return again this year, and we look forward to seeing new members joining the fray.
For further information see the notice board, or speak to Keith or Tony who will be happy to help you.
BGC Pre-Christmas Pro-Am - A Very Close Contest
Five teams, each comprising one Golf Professional and three Club Members, competed for the honour of becoming the 2017 BGC Pro-Am Winners. It may well have been a fun Pre-Christmas social event, but it was clearly taken very seriously by most as after 18 hard fought holes, the scores for four of the five teams had only one point separating them!
Results were as follows:
in 5th place with 88 points - Denise Hastings, Sally Shayler, Margaret Seabrook and Anne Harris
in 4th place with 93 points - Richard Banks, John Haines, Andy Brown and Les Sharman
in 3rd place with 94 points - Richard Kemp, Roger Willis, Jim Godfrey and Clive Haywood
in 2nd place with 94 points - Geraint Dixon, Colin Beard, Gerald Bygraves and Joe Bygraves
the winners with 94 points - Steve Connolly, Steve Gilder, Kevin Dunbar and Steve Coppock
Best Gross Score was by Richard Kemp who went round in Gross 67 - very impressive indeed.
The fun occasion was rounded off with a bowl of Adriana's very tasty Goulash and few glasses of festive cheer to accompany it. A fun time had by all.
Well done to the winning team and of course Richard for his great round of golf.
The winning team
Individual winner Richard Kemp, counting his pile of cash!
The runner's-up (on count-back) team
The ladies team
Richard's team - losing on count-back
Richard Bank's team -
clearly had a few by this time!
Winner Andy Lancaster with Bryan and John Jappy
John Jappy (Senior) Boxing Day Challenge
Around 40 BGC Members were out early on Boxing Day to burn off some of those Christmas Day calories (and dare we suggest to clear a few sore heads) by taking part in the John Jappy (Snr) Boxing Day Challenge.
The competition is arranged by John and Bryan Jappy - in memory of very long standing member John Jappy Snr. It is open to all categories of membership and seen as a very inclusive Post-Christmas event at Stagsden. The conditions were unseasonaly mild and some of the better golfers made the most of this to put in good scores.
The top 3 all scored 38 points, on countback:
in 3rd with an impressive Gross 68 was Seb Lovell
in 2nd was Keith Burgess
but this year's winner was Andy Lancaster (see photo)
Due to everyone’s generosity, the raffle on the day raised £425 for the Captain's Charity which this year is Bedford Samaritans.
Well done to all who came out and took part.
B.O.G.S. Christmas Competition and Lunch - 9th December.
The Annual B.O.G.S Christmas competition and lunch took place on Saturday 9th December. 43 Members of the B.O.G.S. along with 7 guests, including club President Roger Willis, current club captain John Simpson and Head Professional Geraint Dixon, assembled in the clubhouse at 7.30am on what was a glorious sunny but somewhat frosty morning. Competitors were treated to a pre round warm up of coffee and whiskey shots and the usual early banter and speculation of the days potential winners.
Although the course was in great condition a heavy frost overnight made approach play very interesting around and on to the greens. However, the early morning sun, thoughts of a full roast dinner and a number of potential chances to win one of the various competitions kept the spirits up and a great mornings golf was had by all.
Winners of the various competitions on the day presented by B.O.G.S captain John Farnworth and club President Roger Willis were as follows:
Best Team (Pictured with winners wine selection): John Gubb, Brian Allen, Mark Johnson, Ted Hall
Individual Winter Champion (Pictured with winners putter): Ted Hall
Best Front Nine: Richard Harris
Best Back Nine: Huw Foulkes
Best Guest performance: John Gubb
Nearest the Pin on the 6th: Peter Gill
Longest drive on 18th: Geraint Dixon
Also up for grabs was the coveted overall B.O.G.S champion for 2017 which is based on the combined individual score from the summer and winter competitions. Several B.O.G.S were in the running for this title but after much anticipation it was Tony Marsh, pictured with the B.O.G.S champion jug, who was crowned with the 2017 title.
The final trophy of the day was a new annual award introduced to reflect everything that is great about the spirit and camaraderie that exists in the B.O.G.S and was presented for great company, good humour and progress towards faster play around the course. There was no doubt that the first winner of this trophy, Peter Gill, was a worthy winner.
All agreed that the day’s event had been a very enjoyable end to the B.O.G.S season.
Team Winners with prizes
Individual Champion Ted hall
Overall 2017 - BOGS Champion - Tony Marsh
End of Season (Representative) Competition - Saturday 4th November
On Saturday, 40 members gathered in the bar at 11.00am and watched the end of the morning monsoon blow through before setting out in teams of 4 to contest the End Of Season “best two of four” team Stableford competition.
The competition was open to anyone who had represented the Club in an inter-club match during 2017. We play in an amazing number of matches through the year across a diverse range of sections including; Ladies Scratch, Ladies Shield, Ladies Seniors Seniors, Seniors Scratch, Men’s Winter Scratch, A & B Summer Scratch, Mid-handicap, Men's and Mixed. In total 80+ matches were played and approx 150 different members represented our Club, some on many, many occasions across a range of formats.
Spot Prize results on Saturday were:
Ladies Nearest The Pin at 6th - Noreen Tattam
Ladies Longest Drive at 12th - Chin Fern Griffiths
Men's Nearest The Pin at 6th - Phil Powell
Men's Longest Drive at 12th - Mick Keens
In the team event:
3 Teams tied 2nd place on 78 points, but on count back the prizes went to Sheila Fairey, Barry Sullivan, Roger Dilley and Mick Keens.
In 1st place with 80 points were Noreen Tattam, Steve Coppock, Adrian Lennox-Lamb and Pat Moriarty (pictured)
The Winning Team - with bubbly!
Annual BOGS v BLOGS match - Saturday 28th October
Saturday saw the annual BOGS (Captained by John Farnworth) v BLOGS (Captained by Anne Harris) 4BBB match, with all pairings fighting it out to the very end to see who would claim the honour of holding aloft the Lavatory Trophy!
A chilly, windy morning greeted the assembled and some might say brave golfers, just as the dawn was breaking. Muted voices discussed team tactics for this 'serious' match and the honour of winning the 'Lavatory Trophy'. The question being pondered was, ‘Would the ladies retain the trophy and in doing so it remain resplendent with its floral decoration above the bar for another year’?
The foursomes set forth with determination and resolve. Some fantastic play from the ladies pushed the chaps to their limits and some superb scores resulted in surprise victories for many ladies pairs. The results were added up whilst the participants warmed themselves with a hearty lunch of homemade soup and with bated breath, John read the results.
The BOGS were declared the 2017 winners by 21 holes to the BLOGS 18 holes, so the floral tributes were ritually removed from the trophy, and its lid conveniently raised in salute to the chaps! The ladies should however, take heart, as if the 2 groups of 'faux females' were excluded, the score would have been BLOGS 17 to BOGS 15. On to 2018......
John 'bowled' over to receive the trophy from BLOGS Captain Anne!
Sorting out the floral arrangement!
The Staff vs. The Officers
Last Wednesday saw the first Staff vs Officers match where members of staff from the Pro-Shop, the greenkeepers & clubhouse, captained by Santino took on member’s from the Committee and Board, captained by John Simpson. In the first of what will become an annual event, no fewer than 14 in each team fought for the honour of securing the initial 'winners' engraving on a brand new trophy.
With strong winds and heavy showers, it was a very tough day for all the players. In the end though, the staff prevailed, with our very own Richard (nerves of steel) Banks, holing a 10 foot putt on their last hole to win their match and secure the trophy.
The two teams
A very happy Santino
takes the trophy for The Staff
Everyone agreed that it was a great event, with members from both sides who didn’t even play turning up to show their support. After the golf, the club put on a fantastic BBQ which was enjoyed by everyone.
Celebrating as you might expect the winning captain to!
So - One-Nil to The Staff...
...better luck to The Officers in 2018!