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 byNigelHilliardin a tense final againstMikeKettle. 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.
Paxman Trophy & Turner Scratch – Sunday 29th June
Robin Tucker and Colin Witney came out tops at Colchester Golf Club last weekend when they won the Paxman Trophy. From handicaps of 19 and 14 they put together solid and consistent golf with two halves of 20 points each to richly deserve winning this coveted trophy. The trophy itself celebrates a little of Colchester’s history, it was presented to the Club by the Directors of Paxman’s in 1965 to celebrate their centenary and has been a boarded competition ever since. In second place just one point off were Adam Colling (22) and Andy James (7). They also kept their game together on the back nine to record a similar 20 points as the winning pair. In third place and leading a pack of three pairing all with 37 points were Jeffrey Johnson (13) and Glenn Sibbons (10). Taking fourth place and winning the Foursomes Scratch Trophy were Tom Rothery (9) and John Redden (7). Whilst their stableford score off handicap was 37 points their stableford score off scratch was 29 points which was enough to take the trophy on the day.
Ladies EWGA Medal – Tuesday 25th June
The ladies ran their monthly medal on Tuesday and the winner of the Medal Spoon with a nett score of 73 was Maureen Devenish (18) who led second placed Shelley Percent (20) by two clear shots. The third placed player from the Silver Division was Fiona Prentice (20) with Gill Minns (16) both players returning nett 79s.
In the Bronze A Division Barbara Hemmings (26) had a nett 85, Sheila Dornan (25) had an 86 nett with Jane Madge (21) also on 87. The Bronze B Division Jan Murray (33) was first, Jill Baker (32) was second with Jill Slater (27) in third.
Leslie Wood Quarter Final vs Royal Epping – Sunday 30th June
Colchester Golf Club moved serenely into the semi-finals of the Leslie F Wood Championship last weekend. Beating Royal Epping Forest on the neutral course of Forrester’s Park 8½ to 6½ they earned a semi-final place against Forrester’s Park to be played at Stapleford Abbots Golf Club. The match was not without drama although losing the morning foursomes 3&2 this score could have been worse. Ben Williams and Cai James were two down with three to play but they went on to win the last three holes to put the team within touching distance for the afternoon singles.
It was Ben Williams and Stuart Sharman who picked up the first afternoon points with 3&2 and 4&2 wins over Tony Griffen and Dave Hall. George Tweddell went out with a 4&5 loss against Ron Penny to level the scores. Cai James came up trumps again with a 4&3 win over Steve Herber followed quickly with another Colchester win by Alan Hyde 2&1 over Tom Dallender giving Colchester a 6 matches to four advantage. Needing two more matches for the tie Colchester were now in a strong position. Charlie Crewe-Reed took a half with Jack Claydon and with Tom Rothery beating Ray Kelly four up with three to play Colchester had to 7½ points to force a playoff but Vic Pomphrett was one up on the 18th tee against Jason Arnold and in winning the hole the tie was secured.
Jubilee Cup Team
To add to the continuing success of the county teams the Jubilee Cup Team has reached the qualifying stages. This competition run excellently by Stock Brook Manor provides competitive club golf for a range of higher handicappers. Their win at Rivenhall Oaks by eight matches to one secured their place after wins over Langdon Hills and Rayleigh G.C. in the group stages which was tempered by a loss to Regiment Way. The team will now play Crondon Park at a neutral venue to be advised.
Ladies Charles Bland Cup & Long Handicap Cups- Tuesday 18th June
Chris Clarke made no mistake in securing the ladies Charles Bland Cup last week at Colchester Golf Club. Originally presented to the ladies in 1922 by the Club Committee it is a keenly contested trophy and from her 24 handicap she produced a nett par equalling round of 72. Bridget Whitworth (12) was the leader of the chasing pack just the one shot further back with a nett 73, she also had the lowest gross on the day. There were three ladies all sharing nett 76s. Sheena Nunny (17) was adjudged to be third from Bee Pertwee (16) and Jane Reed (11).
Run at the same time as the Charles Bland Cup was the Long Handicap Cup. The winner with a nett score of 71 and leading by a four shot margin was Janet Austin (33). Next in with a nett of 75 was Beverley Parker (36). She shared this score with one other player who Jill Slater (27) who was placed third after the countback on the back nine.
The men’s section ran a Medal on Sunday which incorporated the Seniors’ Scratch Medal. It was Bill Eke who comfortably took this with the lowest gross of the day of 73. Andrew Archer won the nett prize with a round of 66 from his 15 handicap. Eke took second place in the nett medal competition squeezing ahead of Colin Terry (11) and Glen Sibbons (10) after the countback, all returning 68s. Paul French (10) came in next with the other under par nett score of 69.
Thornton Cup team vs Stockbrook Manor – Sunday 23rd July
Colchester Golf Club’s Thornton Cup Team beat Stock Brook Manor to go into the quarter finals of the county’s scratch knockout team tournament.
This was the teams’ third away draw and to come away winners by 8½ to 6½ is a unique achievement. After the morning’s foursomes Colchester were 3&2 down needing six wins from the ten afternoon singles. It didn’t start well. John Logan was drawn against Mason Papple, their lowest handicapper at plus one and succumbed 6&5. Dominic Petch reversed that score and took out Tom Howard but Lewis Barber’s loss against James Shade followed quickly by Ben David’s surprising loss against Bob Turner made David Blackmore,Colchester’s team captain, start counting hard. Alan Sharrocks and Richard Withnall quickly tied up their matches against Simon Widgeon and Terry Rivers 4&3 and 6&4 respectively. Colchester now needed three points from the last four matches to secure the tie. The team did not disappoint,Stuart Macaulay fought back from two down to beat Danny Adkins 3&2 whilst George Whitbread who was never been headed beat Steve Adkins 4&2. Dan Eke was having a tough battle against Simon Little. Eke fought back from being two down and they were all square going down the last. Eke’s approach to twelve feet was some ten feet outside Little’s. Eke sank his and Little lipped out; the tie was secured. Brendan Booth who was last out and lying level shook hands with his opponent Austyn Cambden for a half.
Colchester now go on to play Warley Park at the neutral course of Chelmsford on the 28th July.
Mens Seniors vs Forrester Park – Thursday 13th June
Colchester Golf Club men’s team continue to progress in county competitions. Following on from last weeks successes the men’s team in the Senior Team Championship won an emphatic victory over Forrester Park Golf Club, Great Totham. The final score of 6½ to 4½ belying the tension. Eric Hoffman of Forrester Park gave the visiting team their fist point with a 3&2 win over Vic Pomphrett, which was soon doubled when Steve Badjonat took Barrie Minns down the last to win one up. Colchester first score was a half by Dick Bokenham against Kevin Royan. However on the other side of the course both Alan Hyde and Lorrie Austin had tied up their matches against David Gillespie and George Poutter 7&5 to give Colchester a cushion. Kevin Prince, followed quickly by Chris Boyle, added to team captain Tim Roger’s comfort by beating Dennis Cornwell and Phil Prior 4&2 and two up respectively. The news that Dave Blackmore’s win over Ron Stovell 6&5 was putting the tie further away from Forrester Parks grasp was quickly countermanded by Dave Humberstone going down 3&2 to Roland Hughes. Colchester needed a half point from the remaining two matches. Both Bill Eke and Tom Rothery must have known this as both took their matches down the last to halve against Alan Wilson and Baz Patel and secure the for Colchester.
Ladies Bronze vs Belfairs – Monday 10th June
Winning ways were not exclusive to the men as the ladies Bronze team in their league match had a tight win against Belfairs at home. Katie Cooper led the team out . She was followed by the team captain Shelley Persent who had secured a five hole lead by the eighth. Her opponent Christine Perry was struggling with the greens and held out for a few more holes but was beaten on the 13th when a wayward drive caused her ball to be lost and the match was won 6&5. Cherie Clark was third out and was four up on the turn finishing her match against Belfairs’s team captain Tish Askins with a win 4&3 on the 15th. Continuing her unbeaten record Nerys Hughes won 4&3 against Gillian Langon the 15th. They waited on the 14th green to watch Daphne Bloomfield who was at that stage one down to Mandy Moir and Maureen Crosbie who was also down against Pam Hayhurst continue to the 15th tee. With the leading match down 2 and 1 Colchester still needed one more win, Chris Clark who went out last, obliged winning on the 13th to give Colchester the necessary four points for the tie. Results from the next round will determine whether the team go on to the knockout stages.
Ladies Coronation Foursomes – Tuesday 11th June
The ladies held their Coronation Foursomes which was won by Fiona Rose and Janet Austin with a score of 34 points. Runners up were Gill Minns and Katie Cooper after a countback from Philippa Deman and Mandy Rix and ClaireWalters and Maureen Crosbie.
Victory Cup Qualifier – Sunday 16th June
The club also ran the qualifying round for the Victory Cup. First played for in 1945 the Cup is enjoyed by all sections of the club with the top sixteen, including a minimum of two ladies, going on to play in a knockout for actual Victory Cup. There was no doubting the winner. Tom Culhane shot a gross 71 from his eight handicap to record a 63 nett. With a round like that it would normally be a case of who else would qualify. However not to be outdone Louisa Storey aged 14 and playing off a 19 handicap returned an impressive nett 65 to be placed second. Richard Withnall (5) was one of four qualifiers to return nett 67s, the others being Jeff Johnson (14) Brendan Booth (6) and Robert James(13). Four qualifiers were on nett 68s Alec Alden (11), Stuart Ness (13), Clive Hebden (10) and Jacob Farson (6). On a nett score of 69 were Terry Barfield (17), Mike Withers (8), Mike Mays (13) and Nesta James the second woman qualifier. The final spot was filled by Paul Jackson (12) with a nett 70.
New Members Day – Saturday 15th June
Once a year the Club hold a New Members Day where after sandwiches and coffee an 18 hole Am-Am is played. Of the seven team starting three actually finished, torrential rain and thunder forcing the not so keen to leave the course. Never the less first with 86 points were the team of Mark Joel, Neil Arnold, Ian Whitty, and Julie Ruscoe the Secretary/Manager of the Club. There is no doubt that they were helped along with an eagle on the 17th hole by Ian Whitty adding a massive five points to their stableford score! Fred Taylor and Jon Potterton, playing with Acland Madge and Roger Moore, received a prize for the best front 9.
Thornton Cup 2nd round vs The Burstead
What a spectacular week for Colchester Golf Club’s teams. In addition to progressing further in the main county competitions a mixed team retained the Boudica Bowl at Braintree.
In the County’s premier club team knockout competition, the Thornton Challenge Cup, the team squeezed a narrow 8&7 victory away at the The Burstead. Coming out of the morning singles down three matches to two it needed a quick start to get them back on track. It didn’t happen. Surprisingly Dominic Petch lost out to Steve Golding one down but Dan Eke retrieved the situation with a comprehensive victory over Barry Barber 6&5 only for the match to swing back again with Steve Wynne’s loss to Del Freeman four down with three to go.
With the match now lying at 5&3 down the tide turned gently in Colchester’s favour. Wins by Tom Miller 6&5 over Ian Nicholson, Lewis Barber 3&2 over Barry Graylin and Alan Sharrocks two and one over Matt Wacker, Colchester were now one up. The Burstead’s Luke Brown evened the scores up with a win over Jonathan Gilbert but Brendan Booth’s win over Dave Aldridge still left Colchester with the slenderest of leads. Richard Withnall halved his match against Terry Payne leaving George Whitbread needing to get something from his match against Terry Sawson to give a clear victory. This he did with a fifteen foot put, which gets longer with the telling, to halve his match and give Colchester the win. The Club is now away to Stock Brook Manor on the 23rd June.
Leslie Wood 3rd round vs Chigwell
On Sunday in dismal weather, the Leslie F Wood Championship team had a comfortable win at home against Chigwell Golf Club. Finishing the morning foursomes five nil up they needed three wins in the afternoon to secure the tie. This they did with Stuart Sharman, Ben Williams and Tom Culhane winning the first three matches to give Colchester the necessary eight points for victory. With most of the other matches playing out the final score was twelve matches to three. Now through to the quarter final the team have been drawn against Royal Epping Forest Golf Club the match to be played on the 30th June at Forrester Park.
Boudica Bowl – Saturday 8th June
The Boudica Bowl has been played annually since 1993 with Colchester, Clacton, Braintree, Harwich & Dovercourt and Frinton Golf Clubs all participating. Played in teams of six with the top four scores counting Annie Johnston and Tom Rothery with a score of 41 were Colchester’s best and the top scorers of the day. Colchester’s other counting scores were Janet and Lorrie Austin 38 points, Shelley Persent and Tim Moriarty with 35 points, and Ann Jackson and Barrie Minns on 33 points giving a total of 147 which was just the two points more than Braintree who were in second place. The match was played at Braintree Golf Club who received all the plaudits for their hospitality and course presentation.
Ladies Windfall Trophy – Tuesday 4th June
At the Club the ladies played for the Windfall Trophy with Liz Lennox (16) winning with 34 points after a count back from Nerys Horrocks (21), Sara Cock (29) and Elaine Gilbert (18) were close behind both returning 33s.
Ladies Bronze vs Theydon Bois
The ladies County bronze matches are now in full swing with Colchester ladies going to Theydon Bois Golf Club. Colchester were caught out by the course layout and the different pace of the greens and finally succumbed to a six and two defeat.
Stableford – Sunday 9th June
Around the action of the Leslie Wood match Andrew Patrick (10) won a members stableford competition with 40 points. Joint second were Paul French (10) and Shaun Holmes (11) with 39 points and coming in fourth was Tom Miller (5) with 38.
Junior Walk on Stableford – Saturday 8th June
The juniors ran a stableford on Saturday afternoon with the Jackson brothers both comparative newcomers to the game taking first and second spots. Joe Jackson returning 37 points from his 36 handicap.
Junior Fundraising Event – Friday 31st May
The Junior Fundraising Event took place on Friday featuring players from 21 clubs around the region playing in an Am-Am team format. With superb weather and with the course in superb condition high scores were the order of the day. Expertly organised by Dave Blackmore, Duncan Miller and their team; the first prize went to the fourball of Chris Veitch, R Seamen, and from Felixstowe with 85 points. In second were the Colchester fourball of Colin, Ben and Joe Williams along with Stewart Ness with 82 points. In third with 80 points were Steve and Jane Hurst with Ron and Sue Keen from Harwich and Dovercourt. Nearest the pin prizes went to Ian Neil (8th), Clive Ashworth (13th) and Mo Shanks (16th) with straightest drive being won by Jane Hurst on the 9th hole.
Golf & Barbecue – Saturday 1st June
The Golf and Barbecue was back by popular demand and took place on Saturday afternoon. Teams of six (in three pairs) played foursomes over 14 holes before enjoying a fantastic barbecue prepared and cooked by Hilary Persent, ably assisted by Duncan Miller, with entertainment from Vanessa Smart Perry. The winners were the team of John and Sheila Dornan, Steve and Lynda Freeman with Peter Anderson and Mandy Anslow with 70 points. In second place with 67 points came Kevin, Jacqui and Mark Prince, Shelley Persent, Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson. Countback decided third with Mike and Wendy Smith, David and Clare Croger with Liz and John Harrison taking the bronze medal with 66 points.
Walk on Stableford – Saturday 1st June
Saturday’s other event, a stableford, was won by Mile Lapham with 37 points. In second was Iain Cruickshank with 35 points and Tim Logan came third with 34 points.
Stableford – Sunday 2nd June
Sunday’s Stableford was won by Don McBurney with a barnstorming performance shooting 42 points. In warm but windy conditions only a select group managed to better their handicap. Hi front nine started slowly before picking up shots on the 6th, 7th and 8th holes to go out in 22 points. A very solid back nine of 20 points followed and, with only one dropped shot over the whole round, it was no surprise to see him come out on top. Adam Harper took second place with 38 points with Michael Mayes back in third with 37 points.
Veterans Cup – Wednesday 29th May
Simon Rippingale blew the field away to win the Veterans Cup by four points. Playing off 12 he opened with a solid front nine of 20 points, any dropped shots were immediately picked up again showing excellent bouncebackability. Hi back nine started superbly with a birdie at the 10th and even an ugly 7 on the 18th could not diminish his winning margin. In a distant second was Les Daughtrey with 35 points with David Watts taking third on countback with 34 points.
Ladies Macmillan Spoon Medal – Tuesday 28th May
The Ladies Macmillan Spoon Medal saw Jane Jones hammer the field to win Division 1 by seven shots shooting a nett 69 playing off 18. Liz Lennox (16) took second with a nett 76. In Division 2, Clare Walters shot a nett 82 off 21 to win from Jane Madge, also 21, who shot a nett 83. Janet Austin waltzed away with Division 3, shooting a nett 74 off 33. Renate Clarke (27) took second with an 81.
Coronation Cup – Sunday 26th May
Mike Akin took last weekend’s Coronation Cup at Colchester Golf Club.Akin playing off a thirteen handicap used the weekend sunshine to his best advantage in putting together rounds of 67 and 70 nett to win this two round competition. First presented in 1937 after the coronation of George VI this Cup is one of the highlights of Colchester’s year and Akin did it proud. His nett score of 137 was two shots clear of three handicapper Dan Eke who had nudged ahead of Tom Miller (6) by just the one shot. Akin was clubhouse leader after the mornings round sharing a score of nett 67 with Andy Totham (13), Miller and Stuart Sharman (8). The lowest gross of the morning was put in by Ben David (1) who returned a 70 nett.
The afternoon round is the crunch. With Totham and Sharman fading away Richard Withnall (6) was first past the afternoon post with nett 67 but his mornings nett 75 meant that he fell outside the top spots. Eke took second place again with a nett 69 to cement his overall place. Tom Miller’s nett 73 ensured his third place but Akin’s afternoon nett of 70 sealed his top spot and the trophy. Withnall took fourth with an aggregate nett of 142, with Kevin Prince playing off 14 and Ben David both having aggregates of 143. Sam Latta (10) through an excellent afternoon 70 took seventh.
Bank Holiday Mixed Jean Ingleton Salvers
To finalize a great weekend of weather the bank holiday mixed foursomes competitors played for the sought after Jean Ingleton Salvers. Maureen Crosbie and Bill Eke returned an excellent 38 points to give them a clear winning margin of 3 points over two couples returning 35. They were Pat and Mike Kettle and Janet Austin and Lionel Keightley. Philoppa Deman and John Redden came in with 33 points two clear of the chasing pack.
Ladies Bronze vs Chelmsford
Colchester’s Ladies Bronze Team had an excellent win in their county qualifying league beating Chelmsford Golf Club ladies by a resounding 6&1 and gaining revenge for last year’s result. It was a good solid performance by all the team with Heather Dennis playing a solid game to win 3 and 1, Liz Duthie also on form finished 2 and 1 as was Cherie Clark winning 2 and 1. Fiona Prentice came back from 1 down to win 3 and 2 and Nerys Horrocks who was always ahead finished 4 and 2. Jane Madge came back after being 4 down early on, to win 2 and 1 with a 2nd shot into the 17th green a couple of inches from the pin to force her opponent to concede the hole and the match.
Ladies Spring Meeting – Tuesday 21st May
The ladies held their Spring Meeting in weather that was less than appealing. However that did not stop the day and some 60 ladies braved the cold weather with Lynda Hilliard shinning through with 37 points to win the day. Hilliard playing off sixteen was 3 stableford points clear of the field with second place going to Wendy Smith (24). Jane Lochore (26) took third spot with Claire Croger (29) in fourth spot. The Scratch prize was won by Philippa Deman. Nearest the pin prizes were claimed by Wendy Smith on the eighth hole and Elaine Gilbert on the 16th.
The front ten holes in the afternoon team three ball matches were won by Daphne Bloomfield, Madryn Abnett and Alison Cordran with 46 points and the back eight holes by Shelly Persent, Annette Wigley and Mandy Rix with 31 points.
Outside the club Colchester members had a good day at the Autism Anglia Golf Day held at Channels Golf Club. The individual prize was won for the second year running by Nigel Balls and the team prize was secured by Dick Bokenham, Les Daughtrey, John Williams and Acland Madge. Second place was a team led by Colchester’s vice-captain Tim Moriarty along with Mike Withers, Kevin Prince and Nigel Feakes. Not to be outdone Tim Rogers and Mick Potter along with their guests Josh Rogers and David Schultz trotted in third.
County Standard Silver – Sunday 19th May
Matt Everitt put in a dream round to claim the Essex County Standard Silver at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Playing off seven handicap his nett 65 was three shots clear of the rest of the 92 strong field. Adam Lock(8) was confirmed as runner up with a 68 nett with four players returning 69s. After countback Tom Rothery (9) was adjudged third with Paul Nunny (13) fourth,Iain Cruickshank(11) fifth and David Drake claiming fifth. However this trophy, first presented to the Club in 1984, belonged to Everitt. He parred the first seven holes before finishing the front nine with two birdies. There had to be some reaction to this and he double bogied the tenth and eleventh holes before steadying himself up. He then dropped two more shots on the back nine which were matched with birdies on the run in to complete a gross 72.
Ladies Morton Trophy – Tuesday 14th May
The ladies held their Morton Trophy competition where Janet Austin took the first place with a par equalling level score. In this par competition a player in effect plays against the course marking a plus or minus depending whether they beat par on that hole. Austin from her 36 handicap equalled the par for the course and took the competition by two clear holes from Rosie Helliwell (18) who had a minus two score beating Claire Croger (29) after a countback.
Walk on Medal – Saturday 18th May
In the Saturday Walk on Medal Robert Bloomfield (14) returned a nett 67 to beat James Angel(5), Lewis Barber (4), and Tony Murray(16) who all had nett 71s. Lewis Barber had the lowest gross on 75.
Interclub Millennium Trophy – Saturday 11th May
A busy weekend at CGC got off to a great start with victory in the Interclub Millennium Trophy. This competition, inaugurated in 2000 and played across six courses in Essex, featured 36 players from each club playing a mixed greensomes format with each club taking it in turns to “host” the event and collate the scores. After a solid performance by the three home pairs the anxious wait for the overall results commenced. Finally the call came through from 2013 hosts Gosfield to announce CGC as winners with a combined 546 points, in second place were the joint Harwich/Frinton team with 532 with a tie for third between Gosfield and Colne Valley with 524 points.
Leslie Wood second round – Sunday 12th May
Sunday saw the Leslie Wood team play their second round match at home to Nazeing. Captain Jake Farson had juggled his pack slightly with several players from the first round unavailable. The replacements showed they were no slouches though by helping Colchester to a 5-0 whitewash of the morning foursomes. First pair out, Stuart Sharman and Ben Williams set the tone with a commanding 7&5 victory. The pairings of Vic Pomphrett and Alan Hyde, and Tom Culhane and Charlie Crewe-Read followed suit with strong performances. The final two matches were tighter, both ending 2&1 in favour of Lionel Keightley and Lorrie Austin, along with Keith Clark and Stuart Watson.
Knowing that victory in the first three matches would seal the tie, the morning biggest winners Williams and Sharman were sent out first and second and again proved their worth. Williams saw off a close match with Lyndon Thomson 2&1 and Sharman didn’t hang around against Chris White, winning 7&5 and not hitting a shot past the 13th hole all day. Victories for Tom Culhane, Alan Hyde and Stuart Watson followed, all with fairly close margins. Vic Pomphrett (7&6), Lionel Keightley (7&6) and Keith Clark (6&5) all had emphatic victories to make the final score 14-1 and send Colchester through to the third round, the draw for which will be known very soon. A fantastic all round performance from everyone.
Ladies Centenary Medal – Tuesday 7th May
The Ladies Centenary Medal nett prize was won by Renata Clarke with a nett 73 playing off 28. Audrey Parker (30) took second place with a nett 75 with third place going to Cherie Clark (20) also with a nett 75. The scratch medal was won by Philippa Deman with a gross 87 playing off 9.
Vets Stableford – Wednesday 8th May
The second monthly Vets Stableford was won by John Champ who routed the field to finish with 40 points and cutting his handicap from 20 to 18 in the process. He finished five points clear of Mel Barker (17) in second with Mike Kettle (14) taking third place with 34 points.
Stableford – Sunday 12th May
The Sunday Stableford was won by John Saleh with 36 points playing off 14. Mark Prince (8) took second on countback from Club Captain Barrie Minns (9), both finished with 35 points.
Colchester Golf Club had another close call in a county competition last week when they beat The Warren Golf Club six matches to five at Braiswick in the Seniors Knockout Championship. Tim Rogers, the team captain, soon realized that this was not going to be an easy tie. In the first few matches things started to look quite black for Colchester. Chris Doyle lost one down to Peter Brockbank whilst Dave Blackmore lost his match to Brian Rowland two down with one to play. On a breezy but bright sunny day it was Laurie Austin who provided the first ray of sunshine for Colchester. His win of four up with two to play over Mick Heiser was welcome as, added to the earlier losses,Kevin Prince had gone one down to Brian Hadaway. At this stage things did indeed look bleak for Colchester having just the one match in the bag to The Warren’s four. The Warren now needed just two more wins from the six left on the course. Dave Humberstone provided the second win for the home team with a 3&2 victory over Mike Johnson. John Waterson got a half against Mike Bedwell. Norman Ryan also halved his game against Stuart Simpson. The match now stood five for the Warren and three for Colchester with Colchester needing all the three remaining matches to win. Then things began to turn. Roger Robertson had a two up win over Bob Alston. Alan Hyde provided a 2&1 win with his victory over Eric Deneham, the score now stood five each. It was all down to the last match which Bill Eke and Steve Wren seemingly determined to squeeze out the last bit of drama, but Eke although giving seven shots to Wren won on the eighteenth to round off the tie in Colchester’s favour.
Ladies Bronze vs Langdon Hills
The ladies county games are initially played on a league basis and the Bronze Team had an away match against Langdon Hills. They went down five and two. On a chilly day at Langdon Hills the exposed course gave little protection against the wind and the team quickly went two down. Nerys Horrocks was the first Colchester player to win her game with a great 7&5 victory. Jane Madge took her match to the 17th before losing and Maureen Crosbie took hers to the 18th, before a long put saw her away and the team succumb to a heavy defeat.
Jubilee Cup vs Langdon Hills
The men’s Jubilee Team also played Langdon Hills but this time at Braiswick and recorded a 5½ to 3½victory. Wins by Chris Doyle, Richard Watts, Geoff Lawrenson along with a half from Stuart Reed saw Colchester take a 3 ½ to 2 ½ lead. In the better ball competition fine wins by Dave Harper and Robin Tucker along with Dave Burrage and Dave Drake saw the team home with a comfortable two point margin.
Ladies EWGA Medal
In the ladies monthly Roberta Bodsworth romped home with a clear five shot margin. From her 21 handicap she went round the course in a nett 72 with her nearest competitor being Elaine Gilbert(18) with a nett 77. Hard on her heels was Jo Mager(20) whose 78 put her in third place.
Thornton Cup first round – Sunday 28th April
Alan Sharrocks played the reluctant hero in Colchester Golf Club’s Thornton Cup win over Maldon Golf Club.
The match ended in a tie, forcing a sudden death play-off where a nominated players from each team go head to head. Colchester’s Sharrocks was matched against Stuart Reece-Ford, who he had met in the morning’s foursomes.
There was no early sign that the match would end so close as halfway through the morning’s foursomes Colchester were sitting comfortably with all five matches up. However in the space of 30 minutes their fortunes turned and by the end of the morning Colchester lay three matches to two down.
Although matches are played off scratch Colchester’s aggregate handicaps were 22 below Maldons but Maldon played superb golf to turn the foursomes around and the afternoon’s golf much more interesting. In describing the mornings play Colchester’s team captain Dave Blackmore said “It was like being ambushed.”
The afternoon singles matches started off with a good win from Ben David over Tony Last 3&1. Dan Eke playing Reece-Ford had half. Both Steve Wynne and John Logan went down to Chris Clark and Brian Sparkes 3&2.
By now Colchester were not in a happy place, but Sharrocks had tied his match up 5&4 and Brendan Booth took his match by a similar score over Peter Hawkins. It was all getting very tight with Colchester needing two and a half points out of the final four matches to secure the outright win. Jonathan Gilbert went down 3&2 to Sam Clarke but this was cancelled out by Lewis Barber’s 4&3 win over Alan Buckingham, leaving just the two matches on the course. Colin Glassey lost his match on the seventeenth to Stuart Skriabin whilst George Whitbread after being three up with five to play went down the last one up needing to at least halve it. This he did, winning the hole to send the match into the playoff.
Despite both players having birdie chances, the first playoff hole was halved in fives. And it was the second hole which decided the match. Both drives were pulled left with Sharrocks having the better lie and first shot to the green. His approach fell short and buried itself in a thickly grassed bank, Reece-Ford’s approach shot was also short and then a scuffed chip still left him short of the green. Sharrocks played a superb shot from the rough to within six foot of the pin. Reece-Ford could only match it. His put narrowly missed the hole which left Sharrocks two putts to win the match and the tie.
Stableford – Sunday 28th April
A superb gross 69 by Stuart Macaulay easily tucked away the Stableford competition at Colchester Golf Club last weekend.
Macaulay playing off five handicap bogeyed the first two holes on each nine but a gross of two under par on the back nine blew away the rest of the field. His 42 points was some three points clear of the chasing pack leaving little doubt that this was the best competition round of the year so far.
In second place on 39 points was ten handicapper Tom Day, and just the one point further back was Stephen McEvoy. Glenn Sibbons (10) and Adam Lock (8) both returned 37 points with Jeff Johnson (13) Andrew Jones (21) and Zachary Taylor (5) all putting in 36 points.
Ladies Captain vs Secretary Match – Tuesday 23rd April
Colchester ladies played their Captain’s/Secretary’s match on Tuesday. The weather delay putting the match from March to late April proved to be a good move as the day brought sunshine and a course coming back into its normal high standard. The Secretary’s team claimed the spoils with a narrow win by two points.
Last Thursday 41 ladies travelled to Harwich and Dovercourt to play in the Ladies Captain Away Day. The weather again was brilliant and all enjoyed this fun day away from their Braiswick course. The golf was won by Linda Freeman and Sheila Dornan with 34 points in a four ball better ball format. They won after a countback from Gill Minns and Claire Hebden. In third place were Judith Robertson and Cherie Clark, followed by Katie Cooper and Alison Cordran in fourth place. Patricia Walker put all doubts to rest in the “nearest the squiggly line” competition, she put her ball landing exactly on the squiggly line.
Leslie Wood first round – Sunday 21st April
Colchester Golf Club left Gosfield Lake with a comfortable victory safely in their bags after last Sunday’s Leslie Wood first round match.
Played in good golfing weather Colchester got off to a solid start in the morning’s foursomes matches and started the afternoon singles matches four and one up. The first four matches out put a stop to any complacency with Cai James going down to Gary Passway 2&1. Cochester’s Ben Williams was able to reverse this result with a 5&4 victory over Nathan Hope whilst Charlie Crewe-Reed went down to Dale Argent 3&1. Next to complete his match was Tom Culhane who halved his game against Josh Arbon.
It was the next four matches which sealed the tie. Stuart Sharman beat Matthew Payne 7&5, Tom Rothery sealed his victory over John Powell 6&5 and whilst Alan Hyde and George Tweddell had closer victories of 2&1 and one up over Alan Cansell and Mark Francis they were the two wins to put Colchester into the next round. The other two matches on the course were halves with Vic Pomphrett and Lionel Keightley sharing honours with Erson Dobran and Gary Stoiworthy. In men’s county competitions it is notoriously difficult to win away from home with well over 60% of the matches going in favour of home sides so their 10½ to 4½ victory was an excellent start to this year’s competition.
The next round is played on the 12th May when Colchester entertains Nazeing Golf Club at Braiswick.
Ladies Mackenzie Foursomes Qualifier – Tuesday 16th April
The ladies played their qualifier for the Mackenzie Foursomes knockout with Claire Croger and Janet Austin running away with the competition. Croger (29) and Austin (36) returned a score of 73.5 some four shots better than second placed Liz Duthie and Judith Robertson (16) who themselves were two clear of Fiona Prentice (20) and Katie Cooper (19) who had 79.5.
Eight pairs qualify for the knockout stages of this competition and the full draw is Croger and Austin play Prentice and Cooper. Duthie and Robertson go up against Philippa Deman (9) and Heather Dennis (19). Mandy Rix (6) and Laura Ship (9) were drawn against Duthie and Bainbridge and the final pairing is Liz Harrison (36) and Jan Murray (33) against Jo Mager (20) and Bridget Whitworth (12).
Stableford – Sunday 21st April
At Braiswick Shaun Holmes playing off eleven took the weekend stableford after a countback from Keith Clark both returning 39 points. It was countback which decided the minor placings when Steve Bozier had the stronger back nine holes from John Redden. Mike Sutton was the sole player returning 36 points before countback came into play once again with Chris Doyle getting the better of Don McBurney both having 35 points.
Walk on Stableford - Saturday 20th April
Those dreaded words countback were once again to the fore on the Saturday Walk-on-Stableford when Stuart Macaulay (5) got the better of Christopher Townrow both having returned 37 points stableford. Andrew Smith (36) was on his own with 36 points with Keith Roy (23), Ian Devenish (14) and Lewis Barber (4) all sharing 35 points
Elmstead Qualifier – Sunday 14th April
The wait was worth it for Bill Eke who won last Sundays delayed Elmstead Cup Qualifier at Colchester Golf Club. Normally played over the Easter weekend this qualifying competition, delayed because of the weather, is played so that the top eight players go into a knockout for the Elmstead Cup. Eke, playing off his five handicap and returning a score of 70 nett stood out from the other 80 competitors not only with his winning nett score but in sharing the lowest gross score of the day. Cai James (9), an every improving junior at the Club, took second place on countback from three others on nett 71. The other three were seven handicapper Kevin Brett, Simon Rippingale (13) and the ubiquitous Lorrie Austin (11) all sharing the nett 71 of James. The Elmstead Cup is one of Colchester’s oldest trophies. It was presented by the members of the long defunct Elmstead Golf Club on its closure in 1920. The day itself gave difficult golfing conditions with little run after the rain earlier in the week and a stiff south easterly breeze making shot selection difficult. Completing the final eight were Andrew Jones (22) who lead in the final group of qualifiers with Jonathan Gilbert (5) and Brendan Booth (5) all sharing nett seventy twos. Unusually, sharing the lowest gross of the day of 75 with Bill Eke was his son Dan, who because of his handicap of two did not qualify for the top eight.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 9th April
Earlier in the week Jane Lochore (31) returned a very impressive 41 points in the monthly Stableford leading the field by a five clear points. Next in was Margaret Carter (24) with 36 points. The full divisional scores were in the Silver Shelley Persent (20) and Katie Cooper (19) both with 31 and Jane Jones (18) on 30. The Bronze A was headed by Margaret Carter with Joan Cotterill (25) on 33 and Wendy Smith 32 points from her 24 handicap. Bronze B was led by the runaway winner Jane Lochore followed by Doreen Lee (33) with 33 points and Fiona Rose (28) on 31.
Winter League Final – Sunday 14th April
The winter just gone was as bad for golf as many can remember and the one outstanding fixture was the men’s Winter League Final. This was played on Sunday, with Tom Miller (6) and Grant Buchanan (7) matched against Adam Harper (6) and Tom Rothery (9) in a better ball contest. The final proved to be as good as the winter weather was bad with Miller and Buchanan securing the trophy on the very last hole. Miller and Buchanan took the first hole with a birdie to quickly go one up but Harper and Rothery came back into the match in the first half playing very steady golf making birdies to win holes and by the tenth hole were three holes up. Miller and Buchanan bided their time and took their chances when they were presented and gained momentum on the back nine. So much so that the match went to the final hole before being decided in their favour by the smallest of margins, just one hole up.
Seniors vs Risebridge – Monday 8th April
Colchester Golf Club’s senior team had a comfortable 8 ½ to 2 ½ win at Risebridge Golf Club in the Essex Golf Union Seniors’ Team Championship.
Although playing away on a bitterly cold, breezy day the team led by Tim Rogers always looked strong. Chris Doyle led off taking two shots from Phil Wells and comfortably put away his opponent 4&3. Laurie Austin, although halving the first in sevens ended up with an 8&7 win over Harry Deadman.
Kevin Prince who matched Jepp Reed on handicap was two up with two to play but ended up with a half. Vic Pomphrett also matching his opponent Alan Hopkins on handicap soon put the team back on track with a 4&3 win. Dick Bokenham (3&2) and Norman Ryan (2&1) had wins although Ryan had to come from being two down in the early stages against Steve Wrixton before securing his 2&1 victory. Neither Alan Hyde nor John Dornan could overcome giving shots away and both narrowly lost, Hyde taking his match against George Keep to the last. Tom Rothery and Roger Robertson both had comfortable wins but Bill Eke who had to give his opponent Roger Dykes twelve shots was five down after seven holes but got his game back together and pulled back to win two up, securing his win on the last.
Colchester now goes on to play The Warren or Burnham at Braiswick on the 15th May.
Cooper Bland – Sunday 7th April
A bit later than planned the first mens boarded competition of the year took place on Sunday with the Cooper Bland. Chris Booth took the honours with a superb gross 73 playing off 6 on a tough day for the players with only three scores under handicap. A solid front nine of level par containing two birdies and two birdies was followed by an equally solid back nine, the only slight wobble being a finish with bogies on the 17th and 18th. In second place was Keith Newnham with a gross 74, again off 6. Again he was out in level par only for four bogies on the back nine to de-rail his challenge for top spot. Stephen Holland (17) was in third place with a nett 68 with Shaun Holmes (12) and Colin Terry (11) rounding out the top 5 with level par 70’s.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 2nd April
The Ladies Stableford Division 1 winner was Jane Jones with 34 points playing off 19, in second place with Beverly Smit (20) with 30 points. The Division 2 honours went to Daphne Bloomfield with 27 off 22, narrowly holding off Joan Cotterill who had 26 points playing off 25. Wendy Smith hammered her opposition in Division 3 with 37 points playing off 27. Claire Croger (29) took second with 30 points.
Grand National Texas Scramble – Saturday 6th April
The Grand National Texas Scramble on Saturday was won by David and Claire Croger in tandem with Lorrie and Janet Austin with an astounding nett score of 49.8. With a team handicap of 20.2 they shot a very creditable level par 70 with birdies on the 1st, 5th, 9th and a two on the par 3 13th. Second place went to the team of John and Sheila Dornan with Mandy Anslow and Peter Anderson with a nett 53. With a nett 54.2 third place went to the all ladies team of Shelley Persent, Wendy Smith, Jan Murray and Jacqui Prince.
Top spot in the Junior Elmstead Qualifier went to Alasdair Haines with 39 points off 21, Harry Hills (19) took second with 35 points. The top 8 qualifiers go through to the knockout stages to be played during the second week of the Easter break.
The Junior Spring Trophy was again won by Alasdair Haines with a nett 69 playing off 20. In second was Jamie Scott with a nett 71 off 11 and Ryan Harper took third place with a nett 72 playing off 18.
Am-Am – Sunday 31st March
Stuart Fisher, Mark Hills and Nigel Balls were the victors in the Am-Am event on Easter Sunday. Played in chilly but dry conditions after the heavy overnight frost, they compiled 87 points. Starting steadily from the 11th tee, they upped the ante from the halfway point to record a strong back nine of 48 points. They were two clear of the second and third placed teams; countback being required to separate them on 85 points. Alan Hyde, Tim Rogers and Lorrie Austin’s afternoon score being good enough to hold off the team of Mike Withers, Bill Eke and Richard Shackell who were left to rue a weak finish on the 18th hole. Fourth place went to Stewart Ness with Colin and Ben Williams on 84 points.
Bank Holiday Mixed Foursomes – Monday 1st April
The first Bank Holiday Mixed Foursomes of the year proved to be a procession for Lorrie and Janet Austin who blew the field away with 41 points. They started strongly with pars littering the card and made the turn in 23 points. A more average back nine of 18 points with a disappointing finish meant their winning margin was only nine points. Taking second place with 32 points were Nigel and Lynda Hilliard with Annie Johnston and Tom Rothery rounding out the podium with 31 points with both pairs scoring the only twos in the competition.
Stableford – 17th March
Before the latest spell of snow and ice the latest Mens Stableford was held in chilly but dry conditions. Taking the spoils was Adam Lock, playing off 8, with 36 points. Seven consecutive pars to start set the tone and although there was a mid round wobble he steadied the ship and might have been slightly disappointed to not better his handicap after such a prolific beginning. In second place, also with 36 points and only beaten by one on countback, was Richard Watts (13). Richard also started well and was comfortably under his handicap at the turn before a weak finish meant he was destined to fill the role of bridesmaid.
Countback was also needed to separate the five players finishing on 35 points. A strong finish from Colin Williams meant he took third place ahead of Kevin Prince, Bob Bloomfield, Graham Davies and Colin Gathercole.
Ladies Stableford – 5th March
Colchester Golf Club ladies were able to take full advantage of the best day of the year. Playing in the monthly stableford, under clear skies with temperatures in the low teens, Wendy Smith returned the best score of the day with 37 stableford points.
From her 27 handicap Smith was able to put three clear points between her and the next best score of 34 points which was returned by Jane Jones (19). Both these scores were well ahead of the rest of the field which in total was 55 ladies.
The course was still very heavy but drying quickly and it was no surprise that the majority of the players found it hard scoring especially as this was the first real outing for a couple of months.
The full divisional scores were: Silver Division Jane Jones (19) 34 points, with both Bev Smith (20) and Cherie Clark (20) having 30 points. Bronze A was lead in by Daphne Bloomfield (22) with 27 points and Joan Cotterill (25) and Jane Madge having 26 points. As mentioned Wendy Smith led the field in with Claire Croger (29) and Clare Withnall (28) filling the minor places in the Bronze B division.
Cystic Fibrosis Stableford – 24th February
Alan Beasley took first place in Colchester Golf Clubs Cystic Fibrosis Stableford. Completing his round with 38 points he was the only player in a field who actually broke the magical 36 points.
It has been some months since regular golf has been possible due to the many interruptions by the weather but in this the first club competition of the year sixty six well wrapped up players braved the cold morning to test their rusting swings.
Beasley playing off seventeen handicap just played steady golf, with a birdie on the par three fourth hole making the difference to his round.
Michael Mays (10) was the leader of three players all on 35 points who were the closest to Beasley’s 38 points. Colin Gathercole (6) and Keith Newnham (6) being the other two. With Graham Davies (17) and John Dornan (6) both returning 34 points and making up the top three scores returned at the end of a cold, cold round.
Ladies Split Sixes Competition – Tuesday 19th February
Earlier in the week in similar cold conditions the ladies played a split sixes competition with Sheena Nunny, Heather Dennis, Madryn Abnett, Margaret Carter, ladies captain Ann Jackson and Claire Croger taking the honours on the front half and Pat Kettle, Cherie Clark, Daphne Bloomfield, Janice Murray, Fiona Rose and Julie Niewenhuis doing the honours from the eleventh.
Winter League Group Stages Report – 5th February
Neil and George Whitbread last year’s winners of Colchester Golf Club’s Winter League competition are again into the knockout stages of this competition. After coming out top in their league the now go on to play Keith Clark and Duncan Miller in the preliminary round of the knockout stages.
After a number of extensions the Club were finally been able to complete the league stages of the winter league last weekend after, weather-wise, an unforgiving December and January.
From the 59 pairings who entered there were two who remained undefeated throughout their better ball matches. They were Mike Lapham and Andrew Smith along with Lorrie Austin and Ian Parry, who go on to play against Tom Miller and Grant Buchanan and Matt Everitt and Ben David respectively. Miles Hooton and Kevin Prince are up against Bill Eke and Stuart Reed and Matt Black and Christian MacMillan winners from league three of the eight leagues were drawn against Adam Harper and Tom Rothery.
Eight ties, made up from the winners and runners-up from each league, make up the preliminary round of the knockout stages of this highly competitive competition with the final to be played before the end of March. The other qualifiers were Harry Harrison and Paul Jackson who play Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson, with Michael Mayes and Martin Webb against Andy Higgleton and Mark Hills. The final match is the pairing of John Dornan and Bill Rix who will play Jim Wilkinson and Martin Evans.