Keens & Moriarty Blow the Opposition Away in the Gale Salvers Qualifier
Nearly 90 members played in the Gale Salvers Qualifier on Sunday for the privilege of playing against the Pro and one of President, Captain, or Vice-captain in the next round of this high profile and ever popular men's knock-out competition.
With conditions breezy but good, and the course looking in excellent condition since the green-keepers have been able to get out and prepare it, scores were bound to be impressive. We weren't disappointed and more than a quarter of the field finished better than par. However, several pairings did much better than that and with three finishing with 39 points:
in 3rd on countback with 39 were Ray Graham & Simon Sharman
in 2nd with an impressive 42 points were Rob Conolly & Richard Caunt
but the overall winners with an outstanding 45 points were Mick Keens & pat Moriarty
Well done to all of these pairing as they now go through to the knock-out stages along with nine other pairs to fight it out over the coming months with the Officers and Pro for the title.
Fish & Wareing Hook The Hancock Salvers
Having battled through 5 matches each, the final combatants for the 2017/18 Hancock Salvers were Kevin Dunbar & Richard Caunt, against Neil Fish & Adrian Wareing.
Despite playing hard, Dunbar & Caunt came up against a pair playing exceptionally good golf, with Fish & Wareing winning by a comfortable margin.
Many congratulations to Neil and Adrian on winning the first Board Knockout competition of the year
Adrian & Neil with 2017 Captain, John
'Four-King' Cup - Saturday 24th March
The 'Four-King' Cup, for those unfamiliar with it, is a competition which permits a maximum of 4 clubs only to be used during the round and while this might sound a challenge, it's surprising how well it is possible to score with such a limited selection.
A competition mainly participated in by the Saturday morning social groups, it didn't disappoint again this year and members from the BOGS, BYGEMYST and Late Arrivals joined in the challenge. Seven of those who took part managed to play to their handicap (36 points) or better and the best scores were as follows:
Keith Mills came 3rd with 36
Marc Wagstaff was runner-up on count-back with 38
and Past-Captain, Joe Nellis was the overall victor, also with 38 points.
Well done to all those who took part and we hope that even more will join in next year
Cup Winner Joe Nellis
Four-Ball Fame for Nick & Steve and Success for Seb in Calcutta
2 of the seasons Knock-Out Competition “Majors" were finalised over the last couple of weeks and on Sunday, Captain John presented the winners with their trophies:
In the Four-Ball Tankards, Steve Gilder and Nick Willis were victorious with an impressive win in the final over Mike Claridge and Dave Hurley.
Having battled through 6 rounds in total, taking some impressive scalps along the way, including Steve Coppock/John Haines, Kevin Dunbar/Simon Hollands and Dave Marshall/Ian Mortimer they secured a victory in the final on Saturday.
In the Calcutta Cup, having each played through 6 previous rounds, Chris Clarke took on the club’s only male scratch player, Seb Lovell in the final.
Standing on the 1st tee, Chris started a daunting 13 up. Seb however, took on this tough challenge and played some very impressive golf to claw back Chris's lead and come out the narrow winner.
Well done to all three of our Knock-Out Winners.
Nick & Steve with Four-Ball Tankards
Calcutta Winner Seb with The Captain.
2017 Gale Salvers - A big victory for 'Tiny' & Les
The Gale Salvers, a prestigious club competition in which Men's pairs pit themselves against the Head Professional accompanied in each match by one of the President, Captain or Vice-Captain, finally reached its conclusion for 2017 at the weekend.
This year's competition started way back in the spring with no fewer than 45 pairs entering the qualifying round. 12 pairs went through to the round-robin phase, playing against the Club Officers, and these were eventually whittled down to 4 pairs contesting the semi-final stage.
In the semi-finals, Tony Ciampa and Mick Valerio beat Geraint Dixon and President, Roger Willis, whilst Iain MacFarlane (Tiny) and Les Sharman beat David Owen and Peter Wilson.
So, it all came down to the final and after a closely fought contest which went to the 17th green, 'Tiny' and Les prevailed, winning 2 & 1. Our congratulations to them.
They can be seen here celebrating their victory on Saturday afternoon in typical style………...
The winners relaxing with a beer or two - out of shot!
Summer Midweek 15 hole Competition Final - 30th August
The Midweek 15 Hole competition is played on Wednesday evenings through July and August. With an average of nearly 30 players each week, it has been running successfully for ten years, combining late afternoon golf with some fun, food and refreshment in the club house afterwards. Organised by Tony Williams and Keith Burgess, its popularity has increased year on year.
The 9 weekly winners (photo below) from the 2017 competition played in the final in a 3 ball Stableford game, battling over 15 holes.
This year John Wallwin was the winner with an impressive 34 points, followed by Keith Burgess, 32 points and John Pepper with 31 points.
Also on the final evening, 15 members played a complementary game won by Luke Gardner with 35 points.
Always a fun event, Tony & Keith are already looking forward to 2018.
(photo - Keith presenting the winner's prize money to John Wallwin)