Winter League Final – Saturday 5th April
Andy Higgleton and Zach Taylor are the winners of Colchester Golf Club’s Winter League.
Starting last October some 59 pairs of golfers were drawn into eight leagues with the top two pairs from each league going into the knockout stages. These stages reached their conclusion last weekend with the final being played out in a better ball format between Higgleton and Taylor with handicaps of 13 and five respectively and Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick playing off 14 and nine.
On a day giving every indication that the long wet winter was over the two pairs having fought hard through the qualifying and knockout stages now had the opportunity to shine. It was not long before Higgleton and Taylor began to show their authority.
The solid golf which had brought Doyle and Patrick to the final left them and they struggled. With Higgleton and Taylor getting the better of the putting battle they ran out winners on the 15th hole.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 1st April
In the ladies April Stableford Katie Cooper returned a score head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
Playing off her 17 handicap Cooper scored 42 points. Dropping four shots in the first three holes gave no indication of the quality of the golf she was about to play. For the balance of the front nine she dropped just the one further shot to turn on 22 points. With three pars and six bogies on the back nine giving her a further 20 points victory was not only secured but secured by six points.
Shelley Percent, the ladies’ captain, playing off 20 continued her good form of late and returned 36 points along with two other ladies Ann Jackson (26) and Gillian Crayston (35). Pat Kettle (18) with 35 points came in fifth.
Jubilee Cup vs Playgolf – Saturday 5th April
March is also the start of the men’s county wide team golf. In the Jubilee Cup, a non-County but a well established and well supported competition, Colchester were drawn away against Playgolf.
In a tough match Colchester came out winners five matches to four.
There are nine matches played, six singles and three better balls. It was the singles matches which played the major part with four going Colchester’s way. Geoff Lawrenson gave Colchester its first blood, beating Ron Gilzean 4&3; this lead did not last long as Bruce Critchley beat Russell Storey 3&1 to level the match score. Again Colchester’s Richard Watts gave Colchester the advantage beating Dan Syrett 3&2, only to see the match evened up by Spencer Bond who beat David Cairns 4&3.
It was the final two singles matches which gave Colchester the winning edge. With both Andrew Archer and Jeff Johnson winning their matches against Trevor Barnett and Phil Reeve 4&2 and 4&3 respectively, needing just the one match from the three better ball matches to secure the tie. Robin Tucker and David Harper got the result by beating Paul King and Brian Williams 3&1 giving Colchester the five matches needed to win.
It was fortunate for Colchester that the win had been secured as Mick Rolf and Matt Clark along with Howard Banham and Matt Milburn won their matches against Steve Holland and John Norwood and Mark Hills with Nigel Balls 3&2 and 5&3.
All is not lost, or won yet as the Jubilee Cup is initially played in a league system.
Norman Plum 1st round vs Ilford – Saturday 5th April
In the first of the County knockout team matches Colchester’s high handicap Norman Plum team lost out to Ilford at Ilford.
Tankard Match – Wednesday 2nd April
Last week also saw the annual Tankard Match against Ipswich Golf Club played at the Braiswick club. The match, first played for in 1951, is always keenly anticipated by both clubs and has produced some epic golf in previous years. This year despite Colchester losing the first three matches out the tail-enders turned the match in Colchester’s favour and the home team came out victorious 5 matches to three.
Cystic Fibrosis Stableford – Sunday 30th March
Adam Colling won the delayed Cystic Fibrosis stableford at Colchester Golf Club last weekend.
Scheduled to have been played in the wet days of mid-February the delay certainly did Colling no harm. Playing off an 18 handicap he rattled off 42 points with seemingly no trouble putting him one shot clear of Iain Cruickshank (11) who along with Mike Akin (12) handed in cards of 41 points.
The recent fine weather did the scoring no harm at all as David Drake (17) and Steve Jennings (7) both came home with 40 points. In all there were eleven players of the 83 in the field who came back bettering their handicap.
Walk on Stableford – Saturday 29th March
The best golf of the weekend however came from Saturday’s Walk-on-Medal when Keith Newnham with an impressive 43 stableford points took himself from a Category 2 golfer to a Category 1, reducing his handicap to 5.
He started out with a birdie on the second which was soon cancelled out with bogeys on the fourth and fifth. He then took the course to task. Scoring birdies on the eighth and the eleventh, combined with pars on the rest his final score was one under par for the round.
Paul Harrison had 42 points in the same competition reducing his handicap to 23 along with Reg Allen who had 40 points bringing him down to 25 handicap.
Ladies EG Medal – Tuesday 25th March
Bev Parker out of the Bronze B Division won the ladies E.G. Medal scoring a 74 net from her 33 handicap. She beat Joan Cotterill (27) after a countback after both returned the same score. The Divisional scores were: Silver Annie Johnston (13) 78 net, Sheena Nunny (17) 80 net. Bronze A Sally-Ann Angel (23) 76 net, Daphne Bloomfield (24) 81 net.
Mail on Sunday vs Playgolf – Saturday 22nd February
Colchester Golf Club’s Mail on Sunday teams progress into the next round.
The men’s team beating their neighbours Playgolf and the ladies’ team beat Five Lakes in the first round of this national handicap competition.
Recent matches between Colchester and Playgolf have been tight and this was no exception with the first three matches sorting out the tie in Colchester’s favour. Stuart Sharman claimed first blood in a very tight match against Tom Earl. Having to give Earl three shots they set off at a cracking pace and Sharman was two up after the 10th. But Earl was not to be dismissed and Sharman was pulled back to one up going down the 18th , securing the hole to win his match two up. John Redden (6) was giving seven shots to Phil Reeve (13) and in a tight game from the start squeezed in, one up, on the last after teeing off the 18th all square. Jamie Scott (8) never gave Mark Easterbrook (6) a chance. An out of sorts Easterbrook who could not buy a putt on the day lost out to Scott who ran out a 6&5 winner.
Colchester were now three up and had won the tie. It was a good job too as Gary Driver (6) was having trouble with Richard Swindells (9) and trailed most of the match with Swindells finally getting the win one up. The last game saw Keith Newnham (6) struggle against Tony Kirwin (5). Kirwin always had the advantage and eventually finished on the 17th three up with one to play.
In the next round Colchester have been drawn at home against Birch Grove.
Ladies Mail on Sunday – Wednesday 19th February
The ladies had a good home win against Five Lakes. Shelley Persent was first out against Brenda Paton both playing off 20. Paton took the match down the 18th before loosing to Persent giving Colchester first blood.
Cherie Clarke was giving seven shots to Carole Lewis but managed to keep ahead the whole match with a 5&3 victory. Nikki Bryant (9), giving nine shots, brought the next game in against Sarah Mann (18) on the 18th with a half. At this point Colchester were guaranteed a play off, then Jane Jones (17) halved her match against Nancy Seabrook (17) bringing in the win for Colchester. Maureen Devenish (17) was the play off player against veteran Julie Dicks (9), it was another close match with neither player gaining the upper hand for long. Devenish finally bettering Dicks on the 18th securing a 4 – 1 win to go through to the next round. After the winter rains the club has been denuded of competitive golf but the recent break in the weather has enabled competitions to start again and it was the ladies who got the ball rolling. Playing a 14 hole stableford last Tuesday Shelley Persent (20) took the honours with 21 points after a count back with Jane Jones (17). Jane Lochore (26) was snapping at their heels with 20 points.
CHAPS Stableford – Sunday 23rd February
Come the weekend the course was drying quickly and the men were able to hold The C.H.A.P.S. (Colchester Prostrate Cancer Support) Stableford with Mark Westall playing off 20 returning 35 points, winning against a modest field of 60 players.
Westall’s consistent golf, he had two halves of 18 and 17, securing the competition from Lorrie Austin (7) who fell away after a first half of 19 points to record a total of 34. In third place after a countback which went to the last six holes was Steve Jennings (7). Iain Cruickshank (11) took fourth place with a 33 and Colin Gathercole (7) and Harry Hills both returned 21 points.
Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier – Sunday 2nd February
Mike Sutton and David Latta were the qualifiers from last Sunday’s Daily Mail Foursomes competition at Colchester Golf Club. In conditions reflecting the wettest January on record Sutton and Latta returned a plus one score in this bogey qualifier. The fact that the course was playable at all is down to the tremendous work done on drainage in the past ten to twelve years. During the majority of that time David Latta had been the Course Chairman, the drainage work continues. Coping with the conditions much better than most Sutton (10) and Latta (13) produced steady golf through both halves of their round. Turning on the ninth one better than the course with a score of plus one they proceeded to halve the back nine to be able to hand in the winning card. Their plus one was just the one clear of Adam Colling (18) and Andrew James (7) who returned a level score to secure them second place on their own. Countback separated the third and fourth with Tim Rogers (10) and Alan Hyde (7) getting the nod in front of fourth place John Redden (6) and John Dornan (7). Sutton and Latta now go on to represent the club in this national knockout competition.
Winter League Group Stages
Colchester Golf Club’s men have now completed their winter league qualifying stages, moving now into the knockout phase.
The weather is always a feature in the winter leagues and as a complete contrast from last year’s snow and ice this year has, as we are all aware been wet wet wet! Despite this 62 pairs, split into 8 leagues, played their qualifying matches.
Emerging from the two Saturday leagues as qualifiers from League One were Mike Morley and Simon Bozier with twelve out of a maximum of fourteen points. Vic Pomphrett and Barry Haley amassing eleven points were their runners up. League Two saw Alan Irvine and Guy Lennox appear from the pack, qualifying with 10 points closely followed by Tim Moriarty and Lewis Chambers.
Andrew Smith and Mike Lapham with 12 points were the leaders in Sunday League Three, also qualifying from this league were Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick with eight points. League Four, with 12 points were Andy Higgleton and Zach Taylor who bettered Jake Farson and Stuart Sharman by one extra win as they came in with 10 points.
League Five saw Steve Sharman and Gary Driver shave the honour over Adam Harper and Tom Rothery by virtue of their win over them as both pairs ended with 10 points and five wins each. There was no such calculation in League Six as John Redden and Bob Tebby with eleven points were clear winners over Lionel Keightley on nine.
Leagues Seven and Eight were each made up of seven pairs and produced the only unbeaten pairing of Bill Eke and Stuart Reed. Their eleven points did include a halved match, as opposed to Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson in second spot who had the same number of wins but lost Eke and Reed. League Eight produced the tightest finish with David Drake and Geoff Lawrenson on nine points squeezing in front of Russell Jervis and Paul Ager.
Mike Morley & Steve Bozier v Russell Jervis & Paul Ager
Alan Irvine & Guy Lennox v Dave Blackmore & Stuart Watson.
Andrew Smith and Mike Lapham v Lionel Keightley & Keith Newnham
Andy Higgleton & Zach Taylor v Tom Rothery & Adam Harper
Steve Sharman & Gary Driver v Jacob Farson & Stuart Sharman
John Redden & Bob Tebby v Chris Doyle & Andrew Patrick
Bill Eke & Stuart Reed v Tim Moriarty & Lewis Chambers
David Drake & Geoff Lawrenson v Vic Pomphrett & Barry Haley
3 Clubs & a Putter Competition – Friday 27th December
Matt Black and Harry Harrison took all the plaudits after Colchester Golf Club’s Three Clubs and a Putter competition. Played between Christmas and New Year this popular competition, organized by Dave Blackmore, is light relief from the final throes of the qualifying stages of the winter leagues now nearing completion. Belying the weather forecast the day was a good one for golf and there is little doubt that Black and Harrison took every advantage as their score of 86 points was 26 clear of the rest of the field! Played as a multiplication stableford where each players score is multiplied for each hole and then added up, the total being the final score. The secret of the format is not to have a zero on a hole, a feat which Black (12) and Harrison (17) achieved, and with individual stableford scores of 37 and 39 with no zeros theirs was always going to be a card difficult to beat. Second place, and illustrating what a good round the winners had, was Bill Eke (5) and Stuart Reed (14) who returned 60 points. In third place and heading the bulk of the chasing pack were Mike Akin (12) and Richard Watts (12) with a total score of 57.
Swindlers Christmas Competition – Wednesday 18th December
Chris Doyle continued the good golf he has played all year to win the Swindlers Trophy at Colchester Golf Club. The competition is played annually just prior to Christmas so that the regular swindlers can play and relax in more comfortable surroundings. Organized by the swindlers themselves this year the weather was with them and the cold frosty morning of last year gave way to comparatively warm sunny weather, although the course was wet underfoot. At the Christmas lunch after the golf Doyle playing off 14 handicap was declared Mister Steady on a course playing very long and was the overall winner with 37 points. The rest of the prizes were split into playing categories with no golfer allowed to take two prizes. John Dornan, off seven, took the 12 and below handicapped prize with 33 points after a countback from Alan Macnaught (5) with Jim Wilkinson (10) taking third spot also on 33 points. In the 12 and above handicap group there were three players all of whom could with a stronger back nine knocked Doyle from his top spot. Returning 37 points and winning the group after a countback was JoeClark (13). Behind him was Mike Potter (15) and Norman Ryan (13) both enjoying the 37 point score. The prize for best the return on the four par threes was the organizer for the day Tim Rogers in the under 12 group, and Mike Carroll in the 12’s and over group. Acland Madge took the glory for returning the lowest score of the day.
Ladies Greensomes – Tuesday 17th December
The ladies played a fun greensomes earlier in the week with the pairing of Heather Dennis and Jo Mager taking the top spot after a countback from Bridget Whitworth and Daphne Bloomfield and ladies’ captain Shelley Persent and Mandy Rix, all three couples returning 32 points.
Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday 22nd December
Members, their children, their parents and their grand children were treated to a special visit last Sunday by Father Christmas who handed out special prizes for the under eights.
Ladies Christmas Cakewalk – Tuesday 10th December
Thick fog delayed the start of Colchester Golf Club’s ladies Christmas cakewalk competition. It did not deter the quality or the enjoyment of this randomly drawn competition. It was two hours into the competition that the sun finally shone however this did not daunt the competitors. Played over 14 holes in an am-am format the winning team of Jane Jones, Caroline Chambers, Sarah Turner and Marilyn Free made the best of the conditions and carded an excellent 62 points. Two points back on 60 points were Helen Tarttelin, Pip Macaulay, Renate Clark and Bev Parker who were just the one point ahead of two pairs on 59. Separated after a countback were Margaret Dearnley, Daphne Bloomfield, Ann Jackson and Pamela Adams who took third place from Judith Robertson, Jane Madge, Alison Cordran and Gill Crayston.
At the Christmas lunch afterwards Jane Jones was announced as the winner of the E.G. Medal and winners of the October and November spoons, Katie Cooper and Sheena Nunny were presented with their prizes.
Turkey Trot – Saturday 7th December
December at Colchester Golf Club invariably starts with The Turkey Trot. Played, in two shot gun starts, as bogey foursomes the winners of the morning start were Stuart Reed and Bill Eke. Reed and Eke went round in level par in quite difficult conditions. They by no means ran away with the competition as hard on their heels were John Fisk and Jim Bentley returning a card showing just minus one. In third place were Tony Jordan and Ali Hall with minus two. Kevin Prince and Steve Dack were winners of the closest to the pin prize on the fourth and eighth respectively whilst on the thirteenth and sixteenth holes it was Bill Eke and Terry Bacon. In the bright afternoon weather competitors were able to return much better scores and John Dornan and Dave Blackmore made the best of it and returned a score of plus three to take first place. In second spot were Shelley and Hilary Persent just one shot further back at plus two. With a score of plus one and taking third place were Michael Deeks and Alan Beasley. Awarded the best mixed couple overall were Ernie and Marilyn Free with minus one and the best ladies pairing was Sheila Dornan and Helen Tartellin on minus two. Nearest the pin prizes in the afternoon were John Helliwell on the fourth, Shelley Persent on the eight, Sheila Dornan on the thirteenth and Ernie Free on the sixteenth.
Vets Christmas Stableford – Monday 9th December
On Monday it was the Vets turn with Stuart Thackrah, ex Principal of one of our local schools, teaching his fellow vets a lesson by winning the Vets Christmas Stableford at Colchester Golf Club. On a cold but bright morning Thackrah scored an impressive 39 points from his 21 handicap. He was just one point clear of the VetsSecretaryJohnChamp (20) and the club’s Vice Captain John Williams (14). From a 21 handicap Thackrah did have shots to play with but a birdie on the 7th hole set him on the right track and a very steady last half dozen holes where he dropped just the four shots set him up for his first win at the club. Richard Peile (24) returned 37 points to take fourth spot with Paul Lock (24) having 36 points and John Binns (19) 35 points to complete the minor placings.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 3rd December
The ladies also held a stableford where top spot with 32 points was shared by Mandy Rix (6) and MargaretCarter (23). Pip Macaulay (21) returned 31 points to take third spot from SheenaNunny (16) and LizHarrison (36). In a 14 hole Stableford Bev Parker (33) returned 33 points, Sally-Ann Angel (23) 23 points and Bee Pertwee (16) 22 points.
Ladies EG Medal – Tuesday 26th November
Sheena Nunny was the winner of the Medal Spoon last week at Colchester Golf Club in the E.G. Medal. Played on a tough day for golf with little or no run on the ball Nunny’s score of nett 73 was well clear of the rest of the field with her nearest rival being some five shots back. Playing off her seventeen handicap the strength of round was her back nine where she posted four pars and no double bogies. Cherie Clark (21) was second with a nett 78 and Shelley Persent (20) third with a nett 80.
Winter League Update
Whilst the ladies play their regular winter competitions the men are now well into the qualifying stages of the winter leagues. The leagues started in early October with a number of them now showing clear qualifiers who will go into the knockout stages during January February.
The match pairing of Mike Morley/Steve Bozier against Mike Potter/Lorrie Austin will be crucial in League One and will decide who qualifies first or second and if Morley and Bozier lose could even decide whether they drop out of the first two and do not make qualifying. Not quite the same problem in League Two with Lennox and Irvine in a strong position having finished their matches and the rest having a score to aim at but the Williams twins look to be strong contenders for second spot. League Three is not clear cut as whilst Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick are looking certainties the rest of the league are bunched up and any one could still put in a strong finish and qualify.
Any Higgleton and Zach Taylor in League Four are in a similar strong position having lost one and won four with two matches to play but again the rest of the group are in a huddle waiting for one pairing to break away. Leagues Five and Six are at this stage beyond predicting no team breaking away from a very crowded bunch.
Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson in League Seven have won five with one match halved and one to play are clear with points in the bank, but with Stuart Reed and Bill Eke having won three, halved one with three to play means that anything can still happen in this league. In League Eight, which is the only seven pair league, the rest having eight, Geoff Lawrenson and David Drake have completed their matches and look in a strong position having won four, halved one and lost one. But nothing in sport is guaranteed and the final results always will throw out a few surprises.
Ladies Captain’s Competition – Tuesday 19th November
Shelley Persent, Colchester Golf Club’s Ladies’ Captain, organised a more relaxed fun competition for the ladies with her Winter Competition which this year took the form of an Am-Am played in teams of four. Overnight the weather took a turn for the better changing from damp and grey on the Monday to a bright sunny Tuesday with a gentle but chilly wind. The course, looking as good as it has done all summer and now dressed in its autumn colours, was playing long with holding greens. Some 56 ladies took part with Liz Harrison, Janet Austin, Bridget Whitworth and Liz Lennox snatching first place after a countback with 66 points. Sharing the same number of points but losing after the countback and in second place were Jacqui Prince, Helene Guest, Sally-Ann Angel and Maureen Crosbie. In third spot on 64 points were Marilyn Free, Jill Baker, Heather Dennis and Annie Johnston. Fourth place also had to be decided after a countback and it was Jane Lochore, Pip Macaulay, Cynthia Lampon and Pamela Adams who had the stronger back nine holes to beat Joan Cotterill, Sara Turner, Bee Pertwee and Mandy Rix.
It was the first taste of winter golf for the ladies and the day ended with lunch and the prize giving.
Braiswick Cup Final – Monday 18th November
Bill Eke handsomely won Colchester Golf Club’s premier knockout competition the Braiswick Cup.
The competition which started in April came to a late conclusion this year but this did not detract from the level of golf played. The in-form Alan Hyde was the other finalist and on paper Eke had his work cut out to get the better of him especially as he was giving Hyde two shots. Eke hit the ground running and secured wins on the first and the third holes to put him two up. The balance of the front nine however went to Hyde as he won the sixth hole with his shot and halved the rest but Hyde was still one down at the turn. The first three holes on the back nine were halved, all in pars, underlining the standard of golf being played by both players despite the drizzly, cold conditions. Eke then started to pull away as Hyde’s putt on the thirteenth lipped out to put him two down. Eke then went on to birdie the 14th to go three up. At this point Eke was just one over par for the round but Hyde still hung on and had not given up. With his shot on the 15thHyde won the hole to drag the score back. Eke was now two up with three holes still to play. Halving the 16th was not good news for Hyde as Eke was now dormie two and paring the 17th was enough to win the hole and the match 3&1. A thrilling match played to an excellent standard in conditions which were not conducive to good golf. Either of the finalists would have been worthy winners of this 87 year old competition.
Poppy Appeal Medal – Sunday 10th November
Enjoying one of the last sunny days of autumn it was Alan Hyde who snatched the Poppy Appeal Medal by the slimmest of margins at Colchester Golf Club. Two other players shared the same gross score of 77 but Hyde took the competition with his handicap of eight reducing his nett score to a comfortable 69.
Sunny it may have been but with the recent wet weather it was wet underfoot which allowed the accuracy of Hyde’s approach shots to come to the fore. He with finished the first half just two over par and had a steady back nine but almost throw it away with a double bogey on the fifteenth. He quickly steadied his round and finished the back nine five over par gross. Gary Driver and Cai James were the two sharing gross 77, both playing off six which reduced their nett scores to 71 with Driver sneaking ahead of James after a countback. Driver’s card showed a steady round with doubles on the fifth and the twelfth. James however had four birdies in his round but his card was spoilt with double bogies on the second, thirteenth and fifteenth. Their nett 71’s didn’t take second and third spots as slipping ahead of them into second place was Matt Black, playing off 13 he returned a gross 83 to give him a nett of 70. Jim Wilkinson (10) had a nett 71 to complete the top placings.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 5th November
Earlier in the week the ladies played their monthly stableford. Sadly the weather conditions were bad with almost constant rain and drizzle which lead naturally to a much reduced field. Of the ones to brave the conditions Cherie Clarke (21) returned the best score of 30 points with Annie Johnston (13) logging in with 28 points. Mandy Rix (6) was just the one point ahead of Jane Madge ( 22) and Maggie Demuth (23) both returning 25.
Junior Open – Thursday 31st October
Colchester’s Junior Open was the place where James Hedger of Braintree Golf Club chose to show his obvious talent. Shooting a gross 68 he won the competition with seeming ease.
Like all good things it is better sampled slowly; however bogies on the first two holes were an interesting way to start. Hedger was still two over par on completing the first nine but a blistering four birdies on the back nine gave him back half of just 30 shots and a two under finish. Although not featuring in the main prizes Ashley Greenham from West Essex Golf Club, and last year’s overall winner of this competition, had four birdies in her last six holes to hand in a card of 72 gross which from her plus one handicap gave her a nett of 73. The best overall nett score in the boys section went to Colchester’s BenBarber who from an 18 handicap returned a 65. Monika Solanki (Hainault Golf Club) returned a nett 71 to win the best nett for girls. The under 18 group was a full house for Colchester Golf Club with George Whitbread (2) returning a nett 68 closely followed by Jamie Scott (9) with a 69 and in third spot this year’s junior Captain Tom Miller (4) with a nett 70. Jackson Sharp from North Weald Golf Club playing off 13 returned a 67 to take the Under 16’s prize with Zach Chegwidden playing off a handicap of 4 from Orsett Golf Club second with a 72. Colchester’s Louisa Storey (13) returned a 73 nett to take third spot in this group. The Under 14‘s were well represented and it was Woolston Manor’s Michael Gilbert (6) who took the honours with a nett 66. Ashley Chalmers (Thorndon Park) returned a 67 from a 28 handicap and James Styles (Chigwell) had a nett 70 from his 13 handicap.
Hodson Trophy – Saturday 2nd November
The Club held its Hodson Trophy where teams of three are made up from members of each section. The winners this year were Bee Pertwee, Curtis Driver and Hilary Persent. With the best two of the three scores counting they returned a stableford score of 79 to place them just one ahead of Steve Freeman, Janet Austin and Harry Hills who knocked Roger Moore, Daphne Bloomfield and Zach Taylor into third place after a countback.
Ladies Medal – Tuesday 29th October
The Women’s Golf Union Medal was won by Katie Cooper with a nett 71 from her 18 handicap. She narrowly edged out Annette Wigley (17) who had a nett 72. Liz Lennox (15) was third with a nett 75. All three came from the Silver Division. Bronze Division winners were Jane Madge (22) with a 76 and Claire Hebden (26) returning a nett 80.
Mid Week Stableford – Wednesday 30th October
In a men’s mid week stableford Paul Jackson (11) scored 40 points to comfortably win over Trevor Cock (14) who had a return of 37 points. Chris Townrow (4) had a 35 and Terry Bacon (14) returned 34 to take fourth place.
Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier – Tuesday 22nd October
Adrienne Strover and Gill Minns won the ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier last week at Colchester Golf Club. Their 31 points was strong enough on the back nine to knock Mandy Rix and Annie Johnston into second place after a countback. There were 64 ladies taking part in this the club stage of this national competition and Strover and Minns now go on to represent the Club in next year’s competition.
A look back at 2013
Now that the competitive golfing season is almost over the Club can take stock of the year. One achievement does not centre around golf but in the quiet work done by the club, its members and friends in raising money for charities over the past twelve months. Over £13,000 has been raised during a very active year.
The Immediate Past Captain, Barrie Minns, in his closing speech at the AGM talked about the Captains’ Charities this year having collected over £ 6,000 and mentioned particularly the fantastic work done by Jacqui Prince in raising over £3,000 for the fund with her sponsored bicycle ride. This entailed her cycling from London to Edinburgh in just four days! The charities which will receive the benefit of all these efforts will be CHAPS, Breast Cancer UK and Research into Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Colchester’s Pro Am, under the guidance of Hilary Persent, is always a significant contributor to the Club’s charity work. As always the net proceeds of this day are given to St Helena Hospice. Mark Jardine and Chris Featherstone of Poundfield Products and Knights Developments respectively, the joint sponsors of the day, were able to hand over a cheque for £5,500 to Mark Jarman-Howe of the Hospice.
One other one-off event, for motor neurone disease, was in memory of a long standing and popular member Barry Fitzgerald, this day alone raised over £1,500. This added to the fact that the Club’s mens teams in both the major county competitions got to the semi finals added to which the seniors team won the County Seniors Team Championship. In addition to all this Ben David and the George Whitbread won the County Foursomes Competition.
The icing on the cake? Mark Angel; the Club’s long standing pro’ who has been seriously ill since March this year was seen at the Captains’ Cocktail Party.
All this amounts to a successful and meaningful year for the Club and all concerned.
Old vs New Captains’ Challenge Match – Saturday 19th October
Following on from the AGM at Colchester Golf Club the traditional Old Captains’ v New Captains’ match took place last weekend. At the AGM Tim Moriarty had been elected as the Club Captain and at the same meeting Shelley Persent had her position as Ladies’ Captain confirmed by the members. Their respective teams took on the outgoing Club Captain Barrie Minns and his Ladies’ Captain Ann Jackson. The first match, between the captains, ended with New Captains being were victorious over the Minns/Jackson pairing. They won by just the one hole. This loss by the Old Captains sadly for them set the trend for the rest of the matches and as the scores came in it was soon obvious that the incoming captains would have their victory. The final score being seven matches to three in their favour. The Captains of the other sections for 2014 Brain Alden, for the Vets and Tom Miller for the Juniors.
Ladies Medal Final Cup – Tuesday 8th October
Laura Ship cemented a good year’s golf by winning the Medal Final Cup at Colchester Golf Club last week. Her nett 74 from a nine handicap was enough to take her away from Gill Minns (15) who recorded just the one shot more on a nett 75. Ship’s round was based simply on not adding a double bogey to her card and her eleven bogeys to go along with her seven pars was a solid enough base to ensure that the cup was hers. Minns’ round was more erratic but a strong finish including a birdie on the par three 16th put her two shots clear of Pat Kettle (18) who was third with a nett 76.
Vets Jack Halls Trophy, Lunch and AGM – Monday 14th October
The Vets Section at the Club held the Jack Halls Trophy along with the AGM which ensured a strong turn out of 77 players. It was Tom Rothery who won the golf with a round of 38 points. Playing off eight handicap Rothery by no means had it all his own way sharing his 38 points with three other players.
Mike Vernon (21) was adjudged second with David Blackmore (12) third and Mike Kettle (14) coming in fourth all having 38 points and countback sorting them out. Rothery having played in two of Colchester’s men’s county team this year was obviously relaxed and able to enjoy the day as in addition to the Jack Halls Trophy he along with his partner Tony Jordan were presented with the trophy for the Vets four ball knockout competition which was presented by the retiring captain of the Vets, Mike Hart. Mike Hart also presented prizes to the winner of the singles knockout Dave Blackmore and to Dick Bokenham who was the winner of the aggregate score in the monthly medals.
At the Vets AGM Alec Alden was elected unanimously to the office of Captain of the Section for the year 2013-2014.
Ladies Autumn Meeting – Tuesday 1st October
Katie Cooper was the winner in the ladies Autumn Meeting at Colchester Golf Club. Playing off her 20 handicap Cooper was two shots better than her nearest opponents. This was however no runaway win as there were seven players all close on her heels on 36 points. From the Silver Division there was Mandy Rix (6), Pat Kettle (18), and Heather Dennis (20) all returning 36 points. Nor was this score reserved for the Silver Division as Bronze A had Penny Fairs with 36 points from her twenty two handicap along with Bronze B where Ann Spur (28), Marilyn Free (29) and Claire Croger (29) all returned par equalling 36’s.
Nearest the pin on the 8th went to Adrienne Strover and on the 16th went to Bridget Whitworth. In the afternoon team competition the winners on holes one through to ten were Liz Lennox, Judith Robertson and Mandy Rix returning 43 points and on holes eleven through to eighteen with 37 points Claire Croger, Wendy Smith and Janet Austin were the winners.
Ladies’ winners for 2013 were Heather Dennis in the Hirst Salver, the Ilford Bowl was won by Liz Lennox and the Macmillan Spoon was Jane Jones. Medal Spoon winners were for May Jane Jones, for June Maureen Devenish, for July Fiona Rose and for September Maggie Demuth along with the L.G.U. Brooch.
The Summer Eclectic winner in the 0-21 handicap section was Sheena Nunny with a nett 59.5 from Maureen Devenish also on 59.5. Jenny Mitchel lwas in third spot with 62 nett. In the 22-36 handicap section Renate Clarke had nett 64 with Maggie Demuth and Sheila Dornan sharing nett 64.5s in second and third place.
Medal Winners Cup – Sunday 6th October
In the Sunday men’s competition Lorrie Austin won the end of season Medal Winners Cup with a nett 68. Playing off his eight handicap he got the nod after a countback from Richard Withnall (5) who also returned a nett 68. Withnall also had the lowest gross of the day with his gross 73 shots. On an almost perfect day for golf seventy players played in both the Medal Winners Cup and a medal competition which run concurrently. There were two players close behind the leaders on nett 69s. Richard Haines (6) continued his recent good form and Joe Clarke who with a four, five, six finish could have upset the leaders’ celebrations but in the end he had to settle for fourth place. There were then eight players all returning nett 70’s.
Moy Cup – Sunday 29th September
Ben Williams safely tucked away the last boarded competition of the year when he won the Moy Cup at Colchester Golf club last weekend. Williams, from his eight handicap, returned a very impressive score of plus six in this bogey competition. He had two double bogeys on the front nine, both of which he followed with immediate birdies to turn just two over par. On the back nine he dispensed with the doubles but got single bogeys on the 11th and 15th only to birdie the 18th to complete an excellent round. It was not an easy afternoon to play golf, with the falling temperature and rising wind conditions were not at their easiest. However Williams’ score was one ahead of two other players. Adjudged in second place after a countback was Nigel Balls (22) who pipped Dan Eke (2) both returning the same sore. There were four players who all came in three shots further back Stuart Fisher (15), David Latta (14), Robert Wilson (16) and Glenn Sibbons (10). Williams played a fitting round as the Moy Cup is one of the original trophies at the Club.
Ladies LGU Medal – Tuesday 24th September
The ladies played in an English Golf Union Medal and the winner of the competition and the LGU Brooch was Maggie Demuth with a nett 72 off her 24 handicap. In the individual divisions Madryn Abnett (14) had a nett 74 with Shelley Persent (20) just the one shot behind with a 76. One further shot behind on a nett 76 was Laura Ship (9). Maggie Demuth won the Bronze A with Sheila Dornan (24) in second spot netting a 74 and Joan Cotteril ltaking up third with a 75 from a 26 handicap. Bronze B were further adrift with Janet Austin recording a nett 81 from her 27 handicap and Beverley Parker an 84 from her 34.
Essex Foursomes Championship – Sunday 29th September
Colchester Golf Club’s Ben David and George Whitbread won the Essex Foursomes Championship at Crondon Park last Sunday.This Essex Golf Union championship was first played for in 1932 and this is just the third time that a Colchester team has won it, the last being in 1991. Forty pairings from all over the county competed on the day and David and Whitbread sealed their victory with a second and final round of 73. Their opening round of 79 had put them three shots off the pace with the Langdon Hills pairing of Joshua Tobin and Spencer Adams-Dunstan sharing the honours after the first round along with Lukas Warren and Tim Coles of Thorndon Park both pairs returning 76s. During the afternoon round the wind picked up and what little sunshine there was disappeared making playing condition difficult. However the Colchester boys seemed to revel in the conditions and shot what proved to be the best round of the day returning a gross 73. The Langdon Hill team handed in a 77 to put them one back on 153 and the Thorndon Park team shot a disastrous 93 to drop them right down the field. Rounds of 78 and 74 put the Stock Brook Manor team of Steve Adkins and Mason Papple into second spot on the same score as David and Whitbread but losing out on the countback.
John Thorogood Scratch Trophy, Intermediate & Rabbits Cups – Sunday 22nd September
George Whitbread continued his excellent form to win the John Thorogood Scratch Trophy with a gross 69. Playing off 2 he put aside a bogey 5 at the first, recording birdies on the 6th and 9th to turn in one under. A solid back nine featuring just one dropped shot and another birdie followed to give him first place and yet another trophy in 2013.
Nigel Hilliard took second place with a 72, playing off 5 he came home in 35 to beat Daniel Eke (2), who also shot 72, on countback. Adam Lock (8) shot a superb 74 to take fourth place. The Intermediate Cup was won by Dave Humberstone who blew the field away to a record a net 63. Playing off 15 it was just a case of how low he could shoot, having started well with a birdie at the first. Robert Wilson (16) was a distant second with a nett 68 with Matt Black (13) rounding out the podium with a score of 69. Paul Lock (23) won the Rabbits Cup with a level par 70, Andrew Jones (22) took second with a net 73.
Essex Ladies Seniors Open – Wednesday 18th September
Colchester hosted the Essex Ladies Seniors Open on Wednesday with a field of 40 ladies from around the county participating. Home advantage certainly helped Bee Pertwee as she recorded the winning score of 33 points. She narrowly beat Sheila Attrill of Frinton Golf Club who finished on the same score. Another home player, Heather Dennis, took third place with 31 points.
Ladies Bogey Final Cup and Support Stableford – Tuesday 17th September
The ladies held their Bogey Final Cup last week, with only those who had won medals or stablefords throughout the year eligible to enter. The winner was Julie Ruscoe who returned 35 points playing off 13. Heather Dennis (20) took second place with 34 points and Bridget Whitworth (12) won a countback tussle to take third with 33 points.
Beverly Parker continued her sparkling form to dominate the Support Stableford and record an eight shot victory. Finishing with 40 points playing off 36 her closest challenger was Jo Mager with 32 points playing off 20.
Walk on Medal – Saturday 21st September
Saturday’s Walk on Medal was won by Shaun Bryant with a nett 67. He beat Craig Roberts on countback with Peter Anderson’s nett 68 good enough to take third on countback.
Finals Day – Saturday 14th September
Finals Day at Colchester Golf Club has traditionally been the culmination of the majority of the knockout competitions held over the summer. This year there were five finals played and one of them pitched the two lowest handicappers in the club face to face, Dominic Petch and Ben David. After the Club Championship the top eight competitors compete for the Ian McLean Putter and Petch and David were the two to win their way into the final. It was Petch who came out victorious winning 2&1 after a tight match. It was a birdie fest which finally put paid to David’s ambitions when Petch threw three birdies in a row at him to tie up the match. In the ladies Bentley Green Challenge Cup Mandy Rix showed a welcome return to form with a 5&4 win over Liz Duthie. This competition is one the two oldest in the ladies section and the Cup was originally presented to the Club in 1910 when Bentley Green Golf Club was disbanded. The ladies also played for the Young Cup for 21 handicappers and above where Jenny Mitchell beat Jacqui Prince three holes up with two to play. The Braiswick Plate was won by Duncan Stewart in a very tight match against Norman Ryan. Stewart finally saw Ryan away on the 18th and won the match one hole up. The Junior Braiswick was won by Jamie Scott beating Fraser Northover 4&3.
100 Club Stableford/John Wright Trophy – Sunday 15th September
Sunday was the annual 100 Club Stableford which this year saw Brendan Booth win the John V. Wright Trophy with 41 points. Booth who for many years played off scratch proved once and for all that class is permanent and, belying his now five handicap played the course in level par to win. The 100 Club does great work for the club providing money for various projects over the years and this competition is looked forward to with enthusiasm by its members. The Club is run by Dick Jackson who performed a number of functions on the day not least as starter and refreshment host. Not that Booth had it all his own way as Mike Gordon (13) was right there. Helped by birdies on the 10th and 11th Gordon returned a total of 40 points stableford. The men did not have it all their own way as Jacqui Prince (21), obviously in reaction to her defeat the day before in the final of the Young Cup was just two points behind and returned an excellent 38 points to take third spot. Others to beat par on the day were Acland Madge (17) who along with Vic Pomphrett (8) and Tom Rothery (8) returned 38 points and finally Phil Hayward (7) had a score of 37 points. Mandy Rix was the second place lady with 35 points.
Essex Seniors Final at Bentley GC – Tuesday 10th September
Colchester Golf Club’s seniors are the Essex Seniors Team Champions for 2013.
They won the final of this competition at Bentley Golf Club with some style beating Upminster Golf Club by eight matches to three. Brendan Boothwas the first man out against John Nash. Booth was giving him nine shots and Nash soon realised why. By the half way stage Booth was five holes up and eventually coasted in six up with five to play. Dave Blackmore’s game against Jim Rook was more evenly match with both playing off twelve handicap but Blackmore added to Colchester’s total winning 2&1. The matches continued in a similar vein with Bill Eke turning a three down situation against Roger Edwards into a 2&1 win. John Dornan was never headed by Peter Crump and ran out winning 4&3. Chris Doyle turned a two down position into a 3&2 win. Wins were now being registered all around the course. By the time Tom Rothery had registered his win over Peter Steptoe six up with five to play it was clear that Colchester were going to be the champions. Upminster put up a good fight and Colchester only really stamped their authority on the match in the back nine holes. Both teams were very impressed by the efforts of Bentley Golf Club to stage this match. The course really was in immaculate order with the greens being in excellent condition and all due praise to their green keeping staff is merited. In a year where all three of the major men’s teams reached the semi-finals of their county competitions it was gratifying that one of them went onto the final and brought home this trophy last won by the seniors in 2005. Tim Rogers the team captain responsible for the teams said “This victory has been a massive effort from a group of guys, not just the people playing today but the whole group who have played in this and the earlier rounds. We had our fair share of frights on the way to the final but we have got here and won. I and the Club are very proud of their achievement today.” In the match Colchester’s wins continued Roger Robertson won a tough match against a five handicapper Dave Cook and the final score of 4&3 did not reflect Cooks efforts particularly on the front nine. Colchester’s Lorrie Austin lost out to Martin Ramsey 4&2 along with Mike Smith who met a five handicapper on form losing 2&1. Dick Bokenham was in the only match which went the full distance halving the last to lose one down to John McInerney. The last match to finish was Vic Pomphrett who completed Colchester’s emphatic victory with a 2&1 win over Clive Pemberton.
Ladies Club Championship – Tuesday 3rd September
Phillippa Deman is Colchester Golf Club’s ladies champion for 2013. With rounds of 86 and 77 Deman put two shots of daylight between her and her closest competitor Bella Angel. Indeed after the morning’s round it was Angel who was leading in the clubhouse with a solid 84 gross score recorded. Deman was in third place with Laura Ship holding her off. Birdies on the fourteenth and fifteenth in the afternoon’s round ensured that her gross score of 77 set Deman apart from the rest of the field. With Angel handing in an 81 it was clear that Deman was going to secure the championship. Laura Ship won the nett prize from her nine handicap with cards of nett 76 and nett 72 to give a total of 148.
In the support stableford run during the day Jill Slater (27) returned a score of 38 points with Sheila Dornan (26) just failing with 37. Ladies Captain Ann Jackson had 36 points to take third spot.
Matabele Bowl – Saturday 7th September
Saturday Colchester hosted Clacton Golf Club for the annual match for the Matabele Bowl. It was a tough struggle with many matches going down to the wire, but on a sunny and breezy day Colchester ran out winners by an impressive 8 matches to two.
Vets Stableford – Wednesday 4th September
Mel Barker playing off 15 handed in the best card with 41 points in the Vets Stableford. His 41 was three clear points ahead of second placed Humph French (15) on 38 who himself was two points clear of Peter Horrocks also off a fifteen handicap in third place. There were three players turning in 34 points –David Prentice (19), Mike Kettle (14) and Lindsay Lennox playing off 17.
Club Championship – Sunday 1st September
George Whitbread was the clear winner last weekend of the Club Championship at Colchester Golf Club. Whitbread with rounds of 72 and 74 was two shots clear of the field and was able to add this win to Junior Championship which he won last week. Played over two rounds it was by no means clear after the morning’s round that he would win as ahead of him after a round of 71 was Alan Sharrocks, last years champion and holder of the Kent Salver. Whitbread was lying in second place on 72 with Joe Williams, Bill Eke and Zach Taylor just one shot further behind. One shot further back on a gross of 74 Dan Eke, Ben David and Dom Petch all lurked and could not be written out of it as the afternoon conditions became more difficult with the wind picking up combined with a drop in temperature. With the afternoon rounds going out with the lower scores at the end of the field, pressure also came into play. The last pairing out was Whitbread and Sharrocks and despite starting with a birdie it was Sharrocks who started to leak the shots and it was double bogies on the par threes eighth and thirteenth holes which in effect put an end to him retaining the championship and his final total of 150 dropped him down to seventh. Ben David repeated his morning round of 74 to take second place with a final score of 148 which he shared with Joe Williams who added a 75 to his mornings 73. Tom Miller came through the field with a 73 giving him a 149 along with Dom Petch and Dan Eke who both went round in 75s to give them two round totals of 149. Whitbread’s last round of 74 however was not all smooth sailing. He was three over after nine holes but birdies on the 10th and 11th effectively sealed everyone else’s fate. A bogey on the 12th did not deter him from paring the next five holes which afforded him the luxury of a double bogey on the last to take the Championship and the Kent Salver.
Whitbread is also the juniors’ captain this year and winning both the Junior and the Club Championships seals off his year in a memorable way.
Ladies Stableford Trophy – Tuesday 27th August
Earlier in the week the ladies had a Stableford Competition which was won by Beverley Parker(36) with 35 points. The runner up was Alison Cordran (26) with 34 points. In the support stableford Bee Pertwee (16) had 34 points with Louisa Storey(16) 33 points. Colchester Golf Club Ladies had the first of their friendly matches of the season winning away at Harwich & Dovercourt.
Staff Golf – Tuesday 27th August
Any members club would not get far without the support of its members and its staff. To celebrate this the Club has an annual golf match where teams are made up irrespective of ability and the golf is played over ten holes in a Texas Scramble format. The winners this year with an impressive 29.1 were Jess Annandale, Sam Cook, Julie Ruscoe and Dave Blackmore. Tucked neatly into their score was an impressive hole-in-one scored by Julie Ruscoe on the eighth. The second placed team were Lotte Parker, Gavin Mathews, Tim Logan and Jake Farson with a score of 31.4.
Junior Club Championship – Friday 23rd August
George Whitbread became Junior Champion at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Returning gross rounds of 69 and 70 his aggregate score of 139 was more than enough to secure him the championship. In the morning’s round his two bogeys on the front nine on the seventh and eighth holes were sandwich between two birdies to give him a level par after nine holes and although dropping a shot on the twelfth he picked up two further birdies on the thirteenth and fourteenth to record a one under par total and give him a clear lead at the half way stage. His nearest rival was Tom Miller who had a gross of 74 in the morning round followed closely by Zach Taylor with a 75 gross. Despite Miller returning a stunning 69 gross in the afternoon Whitbread stayed ahead with another great round of 70. Taylor remaining steady recording another round in the low seventies but this was not enough to separate the two leaders and Whitbread claimed his victory with a 139 (69+70) total. Millers was second with 143 (74+69) and Taylor third with 149 (75+74).
Turner Cup & Bank Holiday Foursomes – Monday 26th August
Bank Holiday Monday was the Turner Cup combined with a foursomes competition, with married or blood related pairings vying for Turner Cup. This year it was the father and son pairing of Adam and Ryan Harper who, playing in the last group returned 42 stableford points to sweep the board knocking the long time leaders Gill and Barrie Minns from the top spot and win the Turner Cup. The Minns pairing had sat in the clubhouse comfortable leaders with their 41 points which was some three points clear of the rest of the field. However the Harpers justifiably came out tops with their 42 points. In joint third place were Doreen and Tony Friedlander and Joan Cotterill and John Redden both having 38 points. Sharing 37 points were Hilary Persent and Fiona Rose along with Tony and Jan Murray.
Stableford – Sunday 25th August
On Sunday whilst the Club played host to one of the semi-finals of the Thornton Cup it ran a stableford competition for the members which was won by Alan Snaith with 38 points from his 15 handicap. He was just the one shot clear of the two 37s returned by Robin Tucker (18) and Simon Rippingale (9). Paul French (9) and Colin Witney (12) both had 36s and Colin Gathercole (7) had a 35.
Thornton Cup Semi-Final – Sunday 25th August
Colchester Golf Club fell at the final hurdle to play in the final of the Thornton Cup Challenge,Essex’s team knockout competition played at Wanstead Golf Club last Sunday.The immaculately turned out Wanstead track could not stop Colchester losing by ten matches to five against Chelmsford. On paper this looks to be a bit of a drubbing but eight of the fifteen matches were so close that they went down the last hole before being decided. After the mornings singles where Colchester were four matches to one down it was always going to be an uphill struggle in the singles. Jake Farson lost 3&2 to Alex Bradley after a tough rear-guard action as Farson was dormie six down on the 13th tee. Steve Wynne halved his match against Jack Smith but Ben David succumbed to Chelmsford’s plus three handicapper Jack Hiluta 3&1. Dan Eke went down 4&3 to Simon Gibbins but after one of the performances of the day Tom Miller just failed to win against James Allen and went one down on the last. A gauge of Miller’s performance was that Allen was five under par when he won. Alan Sharrocks had a tough opponent in Keith Davies but came out tops with a 2&1 victory however George Whitbread spoilt his hard earned record in the competition and lost one down to Elliot Oxlade. Bill Eke, playing the Essex Seniors Champion Peter Cumberworth, came up trumps with a two up victory on the last. John Logan battled well to halve his match against Andrew Petts and Jon Gilbert put in a great performance to beat Sam Crampton 4&3 to complete the individual scores.
Falling foul of this Chelmsford team is certainly no shame as the competition is played off scratch and the aggregate playing handicaps of the Chelmsford team was 12, including a five handicapper, against Colchester’s total handicaps of 34. At the dinner after the match Colchester’s team captain Dave Blackmore summed up Colchester’s year by congratulating Chelmsford on their fine win saying that it had been a pleasure to be involved with the team this year and that he was immensely proud of their achievements.
Colchester has one last attempt at county honours when their seniors team go head to head against Upminster on September 10th at Bentley Golf Club in the final of the Essex Seniors Team Championship.
Essex Seniors Semi-Final vs Stoke by Nayland – Monday 12th August
Colchester Golf Club made it into the final of the Essex Seniors’ Team Championship by beating Stoke by Nayland Golf Club 6 ½ to 4 ½ at Upminster Golf Club. Both teams travelled from their respective county bases to the lush parkland course of Upminster for this long awaited clash for a place in the final of this major county competition. Upminster had prepared the course to a high standard and both teams were suitably impressed. Many of the players had known their opponents throughout their sporting lives and the match was played in a sporting but friendly atmosphere. Lorrie Austin from Colchester was the first to finish with a 5&4 win over Dave Austin but this win was quickly balanced with a 4&3 loss by Dick Bokenham against John Williams. Colchester’s Alan Hyde completed his match soon afterwards with a fine 5&4 victory over Bob Filer. Most of the other matches were finely balanced with holes being exchanged one way then the other with few exerting any real prominence except Stoke’s Reg Reid who put Tom Rothery away 5&4. Vic Pomphrett beat John Smith one up to give Colchester a temporary advantage but Kevin Prince went down to Andy Higginson to square up the matches again. Then Colchester’s team captain Tim Roger’s got the good news that John Dornan after a tough struggle against Bill Wardle had secured another point 2 up at the last hole to put his team one point clear and needing 1½ points to ensure at least the play off. Bill Eke secured his point against Chris Bridge on the 17th two up with just the one hole to play. Dave Blackmore and Roger Robertson after two really hard matches against Trevor Samways and Keith Pritchard both secured half points by finishing all square on the par three 18th to securing Colchester’s progression to the final against Upminster at Bentley Golf Club on the 10th September. Chris Doyle’s had been leading in his match approaching the 17th hole agreed a half when the full results ahead of him were known to complete the 6½ to 4½ win.
Millennium Week – Monday 5th – Sunday 11th August
Stuart Sharman won the Millennium Trophy at the end of an exhausting week for golf at Colchester Golf Club. The Trophy is played for at the end of Millennium Week which is a daily celebration of golf where members and their guests enjoy the game of golf in its many different guises culminating in the Millennium Trophy. It was not an easy victory as Sharman, playing off six handicap, only took the prize after a countback as two other players shared the same score. Chris Doyle (14) was placed second and Dan Eke (3) was placed third. The round of the day however was Harry Hills (17) who returned an impressive 44 points but due to a late entry was ineligible for the main competition.
The Golfing week started on Monday which is traditionally a greensomes competition which this year was won by Duncan Turner and Sue Frost with an impressive 48 points with Chris Doyle and David Jones making an impressive job of chasing them but failing by two points. The day was sponsored by The Wine Company.
Salmon Cars sponsored the Ladies Invitational on Tuesday where Nigel Morrison was the guest of Heather Dennis and Philippa Deman was playing with Roger Dennis. Their 88 points was just sufficient to hold off Mandy Anslow and E Pain playing with Nigel and Lynda Hilliard.
Mid week the Am-Am competition, which was sponsored by The Ash Green Trading Centre, had to be settled after a countback and uncompromisingly Andy Higgleton, Zach Taylor, Mark Hills and Harry Hills took the honours with 91 points. They pipped two teams also returning 91 points and they were Dick Bokenham, John Williams, Les Daughtrey and Acland Madge in second place with one of the weeks organisers Mike Kettle leading in his team of Pat Kettle and Ann and Mike Martin.
By Thursday enthusiasm had not waned and it was Barry Haley and his guest Kevin Royan from Forrester Park scoring 47 points in a better ball competition who took the prize in the Men’s Guest Day. The minor places went to a countback and from the five pairs on 43 points Mark Culley and his guest Paul Court were adjudged second in this LB Group sponsored competition. Friday dawned and it was the progressive stableford competition where one of the team off our score counted on the first six holes then two on the next six with three scores counting on the last six.
There was no doubting the winners of this Ellison Solicitors sponsored competition as Claire and David Croger along with Wendy and Mike Smith showing fantastic coordination in their team work returned 95 points. Equally impressive was the 93 points returned by Ian Wigston, Hilary Persent, John Gilbert and Simon Lloyd.
The penultimate competition of the week was Saturday’s two shotgun start Texas Scramble run under the banner of Colchester men’s charity CHAPS. The morning start was won with a medal score of 49.4 shots by Paul Raymond, Alan Snaith, Jeffrey Johnson and Harry Totham. Runners up with 50.4 shots were John Fisk, George Shelmerdine, Kevin Brett and Simon Fookes. The afternoon’s competition and the final team competition of the week with a score of 50.4 the ladies team of Beverley Parker, Gillian Crayston, Jan Murray and Jane Lochore were clear winners. Two shots behind them in second place were Tim Rogers, Alan Hyde, Mick Potter and John Redden. A great week of golf at Colchester Golf Club and organized in a superb and professional way by Mike Kettle and his excellent team.
Ladies Mackenzie Foursomes Final – Sunday 4th August
It was back in April that the qualifying competition for the ladies Mackenzie Foursomes was held at Colchester Golf Club. Played on an annual basis since the mid 1940s this year’s final of the knockout stages was held last weekend and in a close match Liz Duthie and Judith Robertson came out the winners. Their opponents were Bridget Whitworth and Jo Mager and it wasn’t until the very last hole that Duthie and Robertson were able to seal the match up and win 1 up. The match was played to a great standard. Duthie/Robertson were two up after 6 holes but were pegged back to all square by the 9th. By the 12th they were again two up only to be back again by Whitworth/Mager and be all square again after the 14th. Halving the 15th in pars, the 16th proved the turning point when Duthie/Robertson carded a par to win the hole. A scrambled 17th was halved leaving Whitworth/Mager needing to win the 18th to take the match into extra holes. The Whitworth/Mager pairing made an excellent chip on to the green which left Robertson a 15 foot putt to win the hole which she did and the match and the trophies were theirs.
Sunday also saw the men play in the Curtis Cup. This two ball better ball competition is played off three quarters of handicap and surprising low scores were recorded, which reflected the running fairways and receptive greens. Stuart Watson and Bill Eke were adjudged winners after a countback on an impressive plus eight. Watson and Eke playing off their competition handicaps of four and seven knocked the father and son pairing of Adam (8) and Paul Lock (18) into second place. Third placed were John Williams (11) and Stuart Sharman (5) with plus seven with four pairing taking up the minor placings on plus six. They were Stuart Fisher and Nigel Balls along with Colin Gathercole and Richard Withnall plus Jake Farson and John Gilbert and finally John Fisk and Simon Rippingale.
Pro-Am Event – Friday 26th July
Lee Cocker and Andrew Robinson shared first place in Colchester Golf Club’s Pro-Am last Friday whose main sponsors were Poundfield Products and Knight Developments. Both Cocker (Essex Golf & Country Club) and Robinson (Stowmarket) returned a score of 66 in this Colchester’s 26th Pro Am. Played in glorious weather the day was a resounding success with some 49 teams each led by a pro’ from the East Region PGA taking part. In joint third place for the professionals, with a scores of 67 were Colchester’s Mark Baker along with Darren Charlton (Dunstable Downs) and Mark Stokes (Rayleigh Golf Range).
The winning team prize, with the best two scores from each team counting, was won by Tim Moriarty, Mike Duley and Duncan Turner and the team professional was Paul Wilby from Haverhill, they returned a score of 17 under par. Two teams shared second place with a total score of 16 under par and they were Dan Eke, Jacob Farson, Sam Latta and team professional Lee Cocker along with the team of TMC Haulage comprising Ian Devenish, Simon Larner, Stuart Macaulay and team professional Brett Taylor of Brett Taylor Golf.
The hole-in-one prize of a new Audi A1 car sponsored by Essex Audi on hole number four, sadly went unclaimed. Nearest the pin on the TMC Haulage hole 8 was won by Maureen Devenish. Nearest the pin on the Rathgar Property sponsored 13th hole went to Dan Eke and the Milsom Hotels and Restaurants 16th hole prize went to Judith Robertson. The longest drive being won by Matt Low. Salmon Cars sponsored nearest the pin in two on the 14th hole which was won by Stuart Sharman. The main team prizes were generously sponsored by R G Tebby Cars and The China Chef in Crouch Street.
The winning team from the competition run in the weeks prior to the competition by The Gazette and the Essex County Standard made up of Matt Baker from Clacton G.C., Alan Garnett (Five Lakes) and John Simpson (Stoke by Nayland) came a respectable 20th place overall on nine under par and their professional Jason Boast of Cambridge finished tied 13th on level par.
Hilary Persent the organiser of the day said “With weather like we have had and with the high level of competition it has been a great Pro Am, and thanks to all the efforts that greenkeepers, caterers and bar staff plus the many volunteers from ball spotters to car park supervisors it has to have been one of the best in recent years. With the help of our sponsors and raffle ticket sales we would hope to be able to hand to the Hospice a cheque for over £4,000.”
Jubilee Cup Final – Saturday 27th July
Pro Am weekend at Colchester is one of the busiest of the year. The day following the Pro-Am the final of the Jubilee Cup is played. This mixed foursomes knockout competition starts in April and Barrie and Gill Minns were matched against Jeff Johnson and Annie Johnston. These equally matched couples were set to give the spectators an interesting day. They certainly did that. With some miraculous saves the pairs took the match to the par four 18th hole. In a comedy of errors the hole and match was won by the Minns’ with a seven. No doubt caused by the tension and pressure of the last hole the Minns’ winning seven entailed a visit to the greenkeepers’ compound and the Johnson/Johnston partnership visited two bunkers and a ditch. The prize giving was held during that evening’s Jubilee ball at the clubhouse.
Hospice Cup & St Helena Bowl – Sunday 28th July
Sunday dawned with another glorious day and two competitions at the club, the Hospice Cup for 18 handicappers and below and the St Helena Bowl for above 18 handicaps. The winner of the Hospice Cup was Russell Storey (13) with 41 points after a countback from Colin Terry (11). Colin Glassey (5) was second on his own with 39 points. In the St Helena Bowl Simon Smith (20) took the prize with 36 points, with Paul Lock (23) and Steve Williams (23) both on 34 points.
Thornton Cup Semi Final – Sunday 28th July
Colchester Golf Club’s Thornton Cup team became the Club’s third men’s team to reach the semi-finals of a county competition beating Warley Park Golf Club in the quarter final at the neutral course of Chelmsford 8½ to 6½. The morning foursomes did not go in their favour losing out three matches to two but this was not unusual for them and they took to the afternoon singles matches with some vigour. First to finish was Ben David who had a great 7&6 victory over Lee Adams, but this victory was soon cancelled when a surprisingly out of sorts Dom Petch went down 3&2 against Micky Cox. Jake Farson then squared his match with Martin Hughes and George Whitbread brought cheer to team captain Dave Blackmore’s heart with a 6&5 victory over Lloyd Glover. Bill Eke was struggling against Sam Lowe and eventually went down 3&2 but family honour was partly restored when his son Dan fought a great battle with Ryan Cox halving the match on the 18th. At this stage it was getting incredibly tense with four matches still out on the course Colchester needed three and a half points to win the tie outright. Stuart Macaulay was unlucky not to win a whole point but ended with a half against Luke Rawlings. Steve Wynne got home safely 2&1 against Siv Rainford and Richard Withnall won with the same score against Adam Glover. Neither Wynne nor Withnall had been headed during their close matches. With these two wins at least a play-off had been secured. Brendan Booth’s match against Mark Rawlings was needed to get Colchester past the post as clear winners. On the 17th Booth went one up to ensure that he got at least the half to take Colchester to eight points and victory. At this point the Warley Park captain conceded and Colchester go through to the semi-final to play Chelmsford at Wanstead Golf Club on the 26th August.
Cant Cup – Saturday 20th July
The Cant Cup was the centre of attraction at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Rob and Nesta James won this foursomes medal with a score of nett 65. The James’s playing off handicaps of 12 and 20 respectively were just half a stroke clear of Lorrie(9) and Janet Austin (28) who had a nett 65.5. The Cant Cup, first played for in 1920, is always a popular mixed competition and this year some twenty six couples took part. It was just a half point which again separated the third placed couple Roger(7) and Judith Robertson (15) with their 66. In fourth place were Alan Macnaught (6) and Julie Ruscoe (13) on 67½.
Ladies Guest Day – Tuesday 16th July
Earlier in the week the ladies held their Guest Day. The ladies guests came from far and wide with the guest list representing some 21 clubs. Winners, by a margin of four points were Maggie Demuth and her partner Hilary Archer (Brett Vale Golf Club) with Bridget Whitworth and her partner from Clacton Golf Club Brenda Lord. In second place with 89 points were Liz Bainbridge and Jane Randall (Braintree) and Barbara Lane and Roz Clements from Stoke-by-Nayland. Taking third place, after a count back, on 88 points was Sheila Dornan and Mary Chicken (Stoke-by-Nayland) along with Jo Mager and Viv Locke (Maldon). Also on 88 points were Lynda Hilliard with Monica Storey from Fynn Valley Golf Club along with Janet Austin and guest Sally Cade from Newton Green. Nearest the pins were won by Sue Evans (Frinton Golf Club) on the 8th and Maggie Demuth on the 16th hole.
Vets Stableford – 10th July
In the Vets StablefordBrianDobson (16) handed in a handsome 41 points to take prime spot fromDavidWatts(15) with 40.TomDay(9) returned 37 to beatPaulJarman(22) after a countback.
Leslie Wood Semi Final – 21st July
Colchester Golf Club’s Leslie Wood team came down to earth with a thump against Forrester Park last weekend. Played on the neutral course of Stableford Abbots they were beaten by 8½ matches to 6½ on one of the hottest days of the past decade. After winning the morning foursomes 3½ to 1½ Colchester were in a very strong position for the afternoon singles, needing just 4½ points to secure outright victory. At the turn they looked to be comfortable, with most of the matches leaning in Colchester’s favour. It was at this time the match swung away from them. Apart from the heat the matches caught up with a society the host club had let on the course an hour prior to the start time and play became desperately slow. The more experienced Forrester Park team coped much better with the conditions and matches began to swing in their favour. Jeff Atkinson who at one point was three down to Stuart Sharman ran out a three up with one hole to play winner. Alan Hyde who had been three up ended with a half against Kevin Royan, and so it went on. Charlie Crewe-Reed lost on the last to David Ayres, George Tweddell lost 3&2 to Kristian Collins and Sam Latta never got going with a 5&4 defeat against Chris Collins. Vic Pomphrett scrambled a half against Jason Bezant but surprisingly both Lorrie Austin and Tom Rothery lost. Austin to Mark Jeffery 3&2 and Rothery went one down to Paul Beckwith. Colchester’s only winners in the singles were Ben Williams 2&1 against Steve Brewington and Cai James who won 5&4 against Peter Andrews.
Colchester’s team captain, Jake Farson, summed up the day when he said “Although I am desperately disappointed with the result the whole Forrester Park team had played superbly well under the pressure and clearly deserved victory. I along with the whole team unreservedly wish them all the best in the final.”
VJ Cup – Sunday 14th July
Philippa Deman swept all aside to win the VJ Cup at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Deman, playing off a handicap on the day of 10, returned 42 points. The VJ Cup was first played for in 1955 and is a mixed singles competition and has been won by women three times in the last thirteen years. Deman taking advantage of the hard fairways and with her game matching the conditions was one shot clear of a full chasing pack. Four players handed in cards of 41 points, just one point behind. After a complicated countback Mel Barker (17) claimed second with Steve Cullis (18) third. Andy Smith being adjudged fourth and in fifth spot was Judith Robertson (17).
Ladies Coronation Cup – Tuesday 9th July
Earlier in the week the ladies played for the Coronation Cup. Laura Ship, playing off nine handicap won this 36 hole completion. Ship completed nett rounds of 73 and 75 to take victory from Chris Clarke (23). The best H/C in the morning round was Philippa Deman and Liz Lennox had the best in the afternoon. In the support stableford Annette Wigley (18) returned 38 points with Renate Clarke (27) having 37 points to take second place. In third was Patricia Walker (23) with 35.
Angel Cup – Saturday 13th July
Last Saturday saw the ever popular Angel Cup played with Nigel Balls (24) having the best card after a countback from Alan Snaith (16), both returning 43s. In third spot on his own was Chris Doyle (14) with 42 points and Dave Blackmore (12) and Jo Mager (20) both sharing a respectable 41 points for fourth. Nearest the pins were on the 4th Chris Doyle, 8th Alan Ogilvie, 13th Ian Devenish and on the 16th Neil Moye. The longest drive fell to Colin Gathercole.
Well played to Liz Lennox and Chris Doyle for their holes-in-one. Liz Lennox got hers in the ladies Coronation Cup and Chris Doyle got his on the 4th in the Angel Cup.
Captains Day – Sunday 7th July
It was Captain’s Day at Colchester Golf Club last Sunday. In glorious weather and another perfect day for golf almost 120 members took the opportunity to join Barrie Minns in his day. The captain this year had incorporated the inaugural Dick Procter Trophy into his day which was followed by a putting competition for the Procter Putter. Dick Procter who sadly passed away this year was one of the club’s great supporters, both in golf and socially. He was always willing to help out in and around the Club and he is sadly missed by all. It was a fitting tribute to him. So was the winning pair,Alan Sharrocks and Gary Driver. Their round in a better ball pair’s competition was exceptional, returning a total of 45 points. The surprising thing was it could have been so much better. Sharrocks (2) with two holes to go was a nominal five under par and bogies on the last two holes took nothing away from the day. Driver, who plays off seven, said with much modesty in the winners’ speech “That it had been a pleasure to watch and that he had helped the score when and where he could.” Surprisingly they had not run away with it as in second place were father and son, Kevin and Dom Petch playing off handicaps of six and scratch. Their 44 points would have won on any other day. In third place were John Williams (15) and Tim Rogers(7) with 43 points.
The Procter Putter was won by Nigel Hilliard in a tense final against Mike Kettle. Nearest the pin prizes went to John Williams (4th), Philippa Deman (8th), Stuart Reed (13th) and Peter Manby (16th).
The day was rounded off with a BBQ and much to everyone’s amusement Kevin Carpenter, who had been a junior at the club prior to turning pro, with his “Golf Trick Shot Show.”
Ladies Captains Day – Tuesday 2nd July
It was also the Ladies Captain’s Day last Tuesday with Ann Jackson organising an Am-Am format for her day with the best two scores of the teams of four counted. The scores were startling. In a week where the weather improved daily the winners with a total of 95 points were the team of Wendy Smith (24), Shelley Persent (19), Janet Austin (31) and Liz Harrison (36). Second team in were Annette Wigley (18), Elaine Gilbert (18), Jan Murray (33) and Carol Watts (28). Their total of 92 points was still averaging in excess of 5 points a hole. In third place with 85 points were Margaret Carter (23), Marilyn Free (29), Alison Cordran(26) and Madryn Abnett (13).
Ann Jackson also ran nearest the pin competitions on the 8th and 16th holes where Nerys Horrocks almost aced the 8th putting the ball to 2½ inches from the hole. Wendy Smith took the prize on the 16th. The putting competition was tied between Elaine Gilbert and Sheila Dornan.
Mid Week Stableford – Wednesday 3rd July
It was a week for the Jackson family as the men’s mid-week stableford gave the ladies captain’s son an opportunity to shine. Paul Jackson playing off 12 returned an excellent 39 points to put himself two points clear of his nearest rival in Mike Smith (12) who handed in a card with 37 points. This score was shared with Colin Baker (19) who also handed in 37 points.