Ladies Guest Day – Tuesday 15th July
With guests from 22 clubs attending it was no surprise that top spot was zealously contested at Colchester Ladies annual guest-day event.
Members Wendy Smith and Claire Croger along with Alexandra Petucco (Colne Valley) and Janet McKinnon (Woodbridge) came out tops with 89 points. Their score just scrapped ahead of the team of Jane Lochore and the on form Penny Fairs with their guests from Thorndon Park and Clacton, Wendy French and Gill Cullen who returned just the one less at 88. Pip Macaulay and Janet Austin with Alison Chipperfield (Bungay) and Sally Cade (Newton Green) took third spot with 83 points. On fourth place were Sheena Nunny and Beverley Overton (The Essex) playing alongside Fiona Rose and Sybil Paton (Stoke-by-Nayland)
The guest prize for nearest the pin on the 8th hole was Jennifer Stevens from Playgolf and Julie Nieuwenhuis took the members prize for nearest the pin at the 16th.
Walk on Stablefords – 19th and 20th July
Over the weekend there were two walk on stableford’s. On Saturday Barry Haley playing off 11 returned 39 points with Steven Sheffield (12) close on his heels with 38 points. Stuart Ness (13), Simon Smith (19) and Vic Pomphrett (8) all returned 37s.
Sunday saw the best scoring round of the weekend with James Angel (5) returning 41 points. After being one under par gross at the turn a double bogey on the 10th and a bogey on the 12th brought him back to earth. From there he steadied and birdies on the 14th and 17th brought him back on track and a level par gross of 70 gave him his 41 points. Duncan Turner (13) returned 39 points along with Paul Luckman (21). Les Daughtrey (15) and John Logan (4) took up the minor placings with 37 points.
Captain’s Day Cross Country Competition – Saturday 5th July
Tim Moriarty, Colchester Golf Club’s Captain, had an unusual competition to celebrate his Captain’s Day. He revived the cross-country.
Winning the day with a combined 86 points was the all male team of Bob Tebby, Hilary Persent and John Redden. Open to all, the competition is set up so that all the holes are used but combining certain holes to make them longer and much more interesting, but definitely not golf as it is normally played. The first hole for example starts on the 1st tee and finishes on the second green, that is after navigating the practice ground and the rough between the two holes. The longest hole of the day is the combined 8th, 9th and the 10th making it over 1000 yards long. The 9th and final hole of the day being the 17th and 18th totalling 829 yards. The winning team did not have it all their own way, as right behind them on 85 points were two teams, adjudged second after a countback was the mixed team of Neil and Beverley Parker and John Warren. Sharing the points with them were Tony Jordan, Tom Rothery and Ali Hall.
To add to the confusion of the course the weather did not hold, and a showery dismal day held but did not dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors.
VJ Cup – Sunday 6th July
The following day the weather was not much better, but a good round by Duncan Stewart saw him win the VJ Cup with an excellent 40 points.
He put together a steady first eight holes from his 10 handicap and very nearly made a mess of his card with an ugly eight on the par five ninth. He quickly got over that and with seven pars on the back nine handed in a card to be proud of. Right behind him on 39 points was the seemingly ever-present Bill Eke (5) sharing the points with Steve Sharman (12). Five players returned cards of 38 points. Leading them in was Andrew Patrick (8) followed by Brendan Booth (5), Dick Bokenham (9), Steve Bozier (12), and Michael Carroll (13).
Ladies Charles Bland Cup – Tuesday 1st July
The ladies played for the Charles Bland Cup. With a nett score of 74 the winner was Penny Fairs. There was a phalanx of players chasing her all returning cards with just the one more shot of 75 nett. For Fairs, playing off 24, the two pars and eight single bogies on her card were enough to form the basis of her winning round. After a complicated countback Shelley Persent (19) was nominated second with Bee Pertwee (16), Adrienne Strover (17) and Pat Kettle (18) all following gracefully behind.
Ladies Interclub Teams
The Silver Shield Team, have played Romford at home, all matches are off scratch. Mandy Rix (7) led out the team against Lisa Goddard (9). She was ahead all the way finishing on the 15th, winning 4&3. Second out was Phillipa Deman (7) who was 3 up after 8. Holding on to her lead she won her match 2&1. Nikki Bryant (9) played against Kayssi Hurley (11) . After going 3 down early on, she was finally beaten 4&3.
Cathy Burchell(10) went 3 down to Sarah Blakebrough (12), she got it back to all square but finally lost on the 17th. Next out was Helen Tarttelin(11) who led all the way against Sue Bartam ( 13) finishing 2 up on the 17th. Julie Ruscoe (13) was never headed and tied her match up on the 14th winning 5&4. The coup de grace was given by Liz Lennox (16) who took an early lead then following a chip in on the 14th to go 4 up she finished her match on the 15th winning 5&3. A good result for the team and Colchester.
Whilst the Silver Shield team are still playing out their league the Silver Trophy team have completed their matches. After losing all their away matches against Bentley, Braintree and Boyce Hill they had little hope of qualifying for the knockout stages and whilst having a good home record, only losing to the divisional winners Chelmsford, it was not enough to carry them through.
Ladies Captains Day – Tuesday 24th June
In glorious sunshine Shelley Persent celebrated her Captain’s Day at Colchester Golf Club last week.
In what is intended to be a relaxed day with a competitive edge the ladies played a progressive stableford, with one score counting from a team of four on the first six holes then two scores on the next six and finally all the team’s scores counting on the final six holes.
The winners with an impressive score of 87 were Jane Lochore, Claire Hebden, Lesley Laxton and Maureen Crosbie. Par golf would have produced a score of 84, and to better this was a good solid team effort. However they were not alone, as they were only separated from the second placed team of Marilyn Wood, Nerys Horrocks, Bridget Whitworth and Katie Cooper after a countback.
Refreshments were served on the white tees by the Cabbie Shelter and more substantial refreshments after the 18th. The Lady Captain was more than ably supported by her husband Hilary plus their daughter Maddie and son Louis. In third place was the team of Penny Fairs, Adrienne Strover, Gill Minns and Rosie Helliwell who had a total of 86 points. Nearest the pin prizes went to Cathy Burchell on the 8th and Philippa Deman on the 16th.
Cant Cup – Saturday 28th June
Saturday saw the members play for the Cant Cup, the Club’s oldest mixed competitions. First played for in 1920, it was won this year by Jo Mager and John Redden playing off twenty-one and six handicaps.
Played in a foursomes medal format off half the combined handicaps, they returned an impressive 70.5 score. The half stroke being of particular importance to them as close on their heels with an excellent score of 71 were Mandy and Bill Rix (6 & 16). Heather Dennis (19) and Tom Rothery (7) took third place with a nett 72. Countback had to come in to separate the fourth and fifth spots when both Julie Ruscoe (13) playing with Dave Blackmore (12) and Fiona Rose (27) partnering Hilary Persent (7) for the day returned nett scores of 73.
Paxman Trophy & Turner Scratch – Sunday 21st June
Shelley and Hilary Persent demolished the field to win last Sunday’s Paxman Trophy at Colchester Golf Club.
Returning 41 points playing of half combined handicap of fifteen in this foursomes stableford where any mix of players are eligible, they were comfortably two points ahead of their nearest rivals.
Shelley Persent is the Club’s ladies’ captain this year and to win a boarded competition during a captain’s year is not exactly a usual occurrence and the first mixed pairing to win this competition since 2005. Their round was built on a solid base of eleven pars, including a finishing flourish of par, par, birdie, par worthy of any competition.
Second spot went to Terry Barfield and Keith Jacobs (13) who accumulated a score normally associated with winning of 39 points. Close behind them on 38 points were previous winners, Judith and Roger Robertson (14).
Running concurrent with the Paxman Trophy was a stableford scratch foursomes where George Whitbread (2) and Ben David (0) took the honours with 30 points. Stuart Macaulay and Keith Newnham (6) were second after a countback from John and Tim Logan (6), both parings returning 29 points.
Ladies Coronation Cup – Tuesday 17th June
On Tuesday, Adrienne Strover won the ladies competition, the Coronation Cup. Presented in 1936 the cup is a gruelling 36 holes played over the one day. The best score in the morning was Judith Robertson (16) with a 78 nett, and returning the afternoon’s best score of 79 nett was Cassie Cunningham (6). Neither player was able to match their other 18 holes and both dropped away. Strover from her 18 handicap however ploughed through both rounds and from a morning round of nett 82 improved in the afternoon’s round with a nett 72 some ten shots better to deservedly win the Cup In second spot was Roberta Bodsworth (21) who returned a nett total of 158.
In the afternoon’s support stableford Marilyn Free (30) took first spot with 38 points followed in by Ann Jackson (26) with 35 points. Third place was Alison Clare (25) who had 34 points.
Thornton Cup vs Chelmsford – Sunday 22nd June
The disappointment of the weekend was however the Club’s loss to Chelmsford in the county Thornton Cup.
In a repeat of last year’s semi-final the result sadly went in a similar way. Chelmsford brought to Colchester a strong team with an aggregate handicap of just 14 against Colchester’s 35. Playing the present holders of the Cup Colchester were always going to be up against it but like last year the team performed brilliantly to make Chelmsford sweat and eventually earn their victory.
After the morning’s foursomes Colchester were just down, two matches against three and it turned on the singles to sort the match out.
Chelmsford went off like scalded cats, winning the first four matches. Bill Eke lost to Alex Bradley 4&3. Eke was three up after four holes but Bradley then took the next five holes, four of them with birdies. Dan Eke lost out to Simon Gibbins 2&1 then Colchester’s fifteen-year-old Cai James got a golfing lesson from England amateur James Allen with a 6&5 loss. Ben David lost out on the 18th to Elliot Oxlade to make the match score seven matches to two after four matches.
Here the rot stopped. Allan Sharrocks halved his match against Ali Plumb and George Whitbread put the first full point of the afternoon on the board for Colchester beating Brandon Meads 3&2. Jake Farson then beat Sam Cramton one up, and John Logan continued the run beating Keith Davies 2&1. Match score was now a much more respectable 5½ to 7½ with Colchester needing the remaining two matches to force a playoff. Team Captain Dave Blackmore’s fingernails were now down to the quick.
Colchester got one. Richard Withnall beating Andy Petts 2&1, but Will Dunn’s win over Steve Wynne 2&1 sealed the home sides’ defeat.
An 8½ 6½ defeat is not in anyway a disgrace to such a strong and competitive side and Colchester could hardly have done more.
Victory Cup – Sunday 15th June
Tim Logan won Colchester Golf Club’s Victory Cup qualifier last weekend. With a nett 69 from his seven handicap. He beat John Redden (6) after a countback.
The medal competition, first played for in 1945, is a qualifier for the top sixteen, which must include two ladies, to play knockout for the Victory Cup.
Logan just put in a steady round to take first place in the qualifier. Bemoaning the fact that he had not had a birdie when his playing partners were, he finally achieved one on the ninth hole after reaching the green of the par five in two. He then lost three shots on the next two holes but steadied his round with solid pars to complete an excellent card on a tough day for scoring. Redden on the other hand turned to play the back nine level par from his six handicap and it was the two double bogies on the 11th and 12th which held up what would have been a fantastic round. Logan’s son John finished in third spot with a nett 70 playing off six. Sharing the same score were Mark Culley (12), Harry Hills (12) and Jacob Farson (5) and on a nett 71 was John Dornan playing off 7. Robert Bloomfield (13) returned a nett 72 to qualify and their were four on nett 73s David Drake (16), Adam Harper (6) Steve Wynne (4)and Andrew Patrick (9). Harpers round deserves a comment as he was nine over par after just three holes but three birdies, eight pars and just four bogies saw him into the top sixteen.
The final two men qualifiers were Andrew Archer and Peter Quinn, both off 14 handicap and both returning 74 nett. The two qualifying ladies, and both returning nett 74s were Judith Robertson (16) and Philippa Deman (7).
Ladies Silver Trophy vs Colne Valley
The ladies’ Silver Trophy team had a close match against near neighbours Colne Valley. Colchester winning by three matches to two.
Both Colchester’s lead players Liz Lennox and Judith Robertson lost out to Wendy Cook and Sue Drysdale one down and 3&1 down respectively and it was the last three players who put in the wins. Bee Pertwee beat Cynthia Hollinsworth 4&3 whilst Gill Minns had a 5&4 win over Karen Charles. The final match was Sheena Nunny who had a 3&1 victory over Diane Wyatt.
Ladies Bronze vs Crondon Park
The ladies Bronze Team’s last match of their campaign was against Crondon Park, leaders in their league. Heather Dennis was first out against Theresa Leighton both playing off 19 and she won comfortably 4/2. Rosie Helliwell (19) lost out to Jan Helm (19) 7/5. Shelley Persent (19), played a steady game against Karen Young (20) being 4 up going up the 14th, and eventually winning 4/3.
Cherie Clark (21) lost on the 19th to Catherine Grief (21) but Sally-Ann Angel (21) playing Dawn Handelaar (22) won 4/2. Nerys Horrocks (22) was out next playing Sandra Goff (27). After the 7th she was all square and was 1 up after 14th, but gradually Goff came back to win 2 up. Jane Madge (22) was out last against Gayle Laybourn (28) and held on for a good win 4/2.
A win for Colchester 4-3, a good end to their season but unfortunately it came too late for Colchester to progress any further in the Bronze Shield.
Ladies Coronation Foursomes – Tuesday 10th June
The ladies also held their Coronation Foursomes which was won by Fiona Rose and Janet Austin after a countback from Renate Clarke and Julie Nieuwenhuis. Both pairs returned 32 points. In total there were 32 pairs in the competition.
Ladies Windfall Trophy – Tuesday 3rd June
Gill Minns was the winner of the ladies Windfall Stableford at Colchester Golf Club.
Putting together a round of 34 points she was one point ahead of a chasing pack if five other competitors who all returned 33 points. Minns’s handicap of sixteen remained untouched as the competition scratch of the day was 73. Her strength on the day was the secret of most good rounds, playing the par threes well. She was just two over par on the four par threes and the dropped shots were courtesy of long 13th which she double bogeyed. This coupled with doubles on the 5th and the 17th were the only real blemishes on an excellent card. On 33 points from the Silver Division were Elaine Gilbert (18) and Marilyn Wood (16) along with another 16 handicapper Madryn Abnett. Also on the same score from Bronze A was Val Doubleday (24) and Bronze B were not to be left out with Doreen Friedlander chipping in with another 33 to make up the five runners up.
Ladies Bronze vs Langdon Hills
During the week the ladies played their third Bronze Shield Match away to Langdon Hills.
Heather Dennis (19),was first out, playing Angela Mackey (19) won comfortably 4/3 in humid conditions. The team Captain Fiona Prentice (19) was next out against Jenny Brandon (21) and despite going two up twice was pegged back to all square on the 18th and lost in the extra holes. Shelley Persent (19) was not having a good day against Alison Payne (21) and lost 7/6. Nerys Horrocks (21) playing Dot Archer (22) lost 3/2. At this stage Colchester 3 more wins , but Cherie Clark (21)was Colchester’s only other winner 3/2 against Celia Godstone. Jane Madge (22) and Sheila Dornan (26) playing Dawn Cock (22) and Jenny Barker (26) respectively lost 2/1 and 2 down respectively.
Boudica Bowl – Saturday 7th June
The Boudica Bowl, a competition for the areas members’ clubs saw Colchester come a distant third to Braintree Golf Club. Played at Harwich and Parkston Quay Golf Club, Braintree put in 134 points in a cumulative stableford, mixed greensomes competition.
On a low scoring day the only pairing to beat par were Chris Cooper and Toni Brockwell with an excellent 38 points. Colchester’s best pairing was the two Captains, Tim Moriarty and Shelley Persent who returned 32 points.
In second place were Harwich on 125 points, Colchester scored 121 points for their third place, Clacton were fourth with 120 points and Frinton fifth with 115 points.
Stableford – Sunday 8th June
Matt Black won the Sunday Stableford with an impressive 41 points. Showing the results of his diligent practice Black who played off 12 had a great round when the backbone was his back nine. Dropping just three shots including a double on the 11th hole and a bogey on the tough 17th his score was comfortably better than Dean Hughes (6) who had 39 points.
Russell Jervis (19) was third with 38 points and in fourth and fifth spot were Tom Culhane (7) and Stephen Bozier (13).
Thornton Cup vs Abridge – Sunday 1st June
Never losing a match, Colchester’s Thornton Challenge Cup team march on into the third round after last Sunday’s win in this County competition.
Winning by a 10 point margin over Abridge Golf Club, Colchester Golf Club’s team were unswerving in their quest to progress in this the County’s premier matchplay team competition. It didn’t initially look like the match was going to be so onesided as halfway through the morning foursomes the Club were down in four matches and halving in the fifth. The back nine proved to be the difference and although four of the matches went down the 18th all of them were two up victories.
In the afternoon Colchester needed just three matches to secure the tie. Bill Eke, first out, got a half against Reece Francis then Dan Eke added the first singles win over Jamie Richards 7&6. Tom Miller halved his match over Bobby Parmar with Ben David recording a full point with his win 2&1 over Danny Hughes. Meanwhile John Logan had seen off Joe Widows 5&4. The match was now safely in Colchester’s hands but the victories still rolled in. Richard Withnall beat Gary Payne 3&2 whilst George Whitbread had a 6&5 victory over Mike Lane. Taking their matches down the 18th and halving were Alan Sharrocks against Kane Bartlett, Steve Wynne and Liam Francis, along with Brendan Booth against Chester Rose.
On paper a big win for Colchester but Abridge were much closer than the score suggests. Nine of the days matches went down the last hole before going in the home sides favour.
Colchester’s next round match is against Chelmsford on the 22nd June. Chelmsford, the present holders of the trophy, narrowly beat Colchester in last year’s semi-finals of this competition: Revenge at home will taste sweet for this team.
Ladies EG Medal – Tuesday 27th May
Earlier in the week the ladies held an E.G.Medal along with the Macmillan Spoon in what could only be described as atrocious weather. But despite this Jane Lochore (27) returned a nett 74 to take the coveted spoon. Runner up from the Silver Division was the ladies Vice-Captain Fiona Prentice (19) with nett 76. Second in the Silver Division was Philippa Deman (6) with the lowest gross of the day and a nett score of 80. Bronze A was headed by Sheila Dornan (26) with a nett 76 followed by June Warburton (21) with a nett 80. Lochore headed Bronze B with her winning score of 74 and Fiona Rose (27) took second spot with a nett 78.
Ladies Silver Shield vs Crondon Park – Wednesday 28th May
The Silver Shield ladies team played their first match of the season at home to Crondon Park on a very wet afternoon and fought well to get a winning result on a rain soaked day.
First out was Mandy Rix (6) playing the Crondon Park Team Captain Gail McKemmie (8). Rix was one up by the 8th and hung on to the lead finishing on the 18th to win the match two up. Next out was Philippa Deman (7) against Kate Moss (11). Deman was two down after 8 but managed to pull back to one down until the 17th when her opponent sunk the putt to lose out 2&1. Nikki Bryant (9) was keen not to spend too much time out in the rain and tied her match up early winning with a decisive 7 and 5 result against Lorna Booth (12). Playing for the Ladies Shield Team for the first time was promising Junior Louisa Storey (12) who after going three down pulled it round to a 2&1 win on the 17th against Nikki Watson (14). The final match out was Julie Ruscoe (13) who after losing the first hole went on to finish her match against Sue Anderson (16) with a resounding 6&5 win . Helen Tarttelin (11) and Bridget Whitworth (13). Both fought hard against their opponents Lorna Booth (12) and Jackie North (19) but could not get the upper hand losing 3&2 and 5&3 respectively.
A good start to this year’s campaign for the Silver Shield team with a final score of 4/3 for Colchester. The return leg is played at Crondon Park on the 22nd June.
Coronation Cup – Sunday 25th May
Joe Williams was declared the winner after a countback in one of the tightest finishes to the Coronation Cup at Colchester Golf Club in years. Williams, off his five handicap, had an aggregate score of 142 in this two round competition. It had not all been plane sailing for Williams, nor indeed for the adjudicators, as his identical twin brother Ben (6) had been leading in the clubhouse after the mornings round when he had carded a nett 70 against the eventual winner’s 74. It was the afternoon round that sorted them out. Ben Williams dropped off the pace with a nett 75 whilst his brother stormed ahead with a nett 68, which with his mornings nett 74 gave him his 142-winning total. Behind this sibling battle others had been tacking for position. John Logan (4) in putting in an equal lowest gross of the morning had finished on the same nett score as Williams along with Jeffrey Johnson (13). Both were to fall away in the afternoons round.
Meanwhile Dan Eke (2) who shared the lowest gross in the morning put in an even better performance in the afternoon, again with the lowest gross score, returning a gross 72 but losing out on the countback he came in second with his 142 nett. On the same score was John Dornan (7). Being the model of consistency he returned two scores of nett 71s to post his 142 for third place. It was certainly the closest Coronation Cup in recent years and one of the tightest since its original donation in 1937.
Ladies Spring Meeting – Tuesday 20th May
In the ladies Spring Meeting earlier in the week Liz Harrison showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of a strong field of 68 ladies. Her 43 points from a 32 handicap put her head and shoulders ahead of them all. Second place with another fine score of 38 points was Fiona Rose (27) who returned 38 points. Both players were from the Bronze B division.
Third place came from Chris Clarke (23) who had a card showing 34 points. The Silver Division didn’t show until third place when there were three players returning 33 points. Gill Minns (16), Maureen Devenish (18) and Bee Pertwee (16). Ann Jackson who like Clarke came from Bronze A also shared the 33 points.
The Silver Scratch prize went to Philippa Deman and the Bronze Scratch prize went to Jane Madge who also took nearest the pin at the 8th whilst nearest the pin on the 16th went to Penny Fairs.
Jean Ingleton Salvers – Monday 26th May
On the wet and dismal Bank Holiday Monday it was the Jean Ingleton Salvers.
Played in a mixed foursomes format Chris and Joe Clark were the winners returning 35 points stableford. Repeating their performance in an earlier competition in second place were Sally-Ann and James Angel who had 34 points along with Sheila and John Dornan and Gill and Barrie Minns.
Ladies Bronze vs Playgolf
In a county bronze match league qualifier the ladies from Colchester were pitched against the ladies of Playgolf (Lexden Wood). Colchester coming out winners by five matches to two.
In windy conditions Fiona Prentice was first out against Judith Peeling. Prentice was two up after nine holes, a lead she extended to close the game out six up with five to play (6&5).
Jo Mager drawn against Anne Longman and Sally-Ann Angel against Kyung Cho both held out to win on the 18th. Cherie Clark lost giving away six shots to Gina Macmillan. Sheila Dornan playing Maureen Dale fought the fight when she was five down at the turn but took the match down the 18th only to lose.
The match swung finally Colchester’s way when both Nerys Horrocks against Roz Cole and Jane Madge against Jean Evans won their matches 3&2 and 5&4 respectively. The final score being Colchester five, Playgolf two.
County Standard Silver – Sunday 18th May
Mark Westall with an incredible 64 nett won the County Standard Silver at Colchester Golf Club last weekend.
Presented in 1984 by the then Managing Director of Essex County Newspapers, Mike Ellis, the silver trophy has long been a boarded competition. Westall playing off his (then) 20 handicap didn’t look to be the winner after his first three holes as he had dropped five shots. Pars on the next three holes steadied his score and he finished the first nine holes seven over. His back nine didn’t start too sharply either when he dropped four shots again in the first three holes, but then he put together four pars and finished bogey, double bogey to return an 84 gross taking him to a deserved new playing handicap of 17. Michael Carroll (14) finished in second place with a nett score of 67. He lead the chasing group headed by Paul French (9) who had a 68 nett. There were three players on 69 Iain Cruickshank (10), Stephen Bozier (13) and Stephen Holland (17). The best gross of the day was Steve Wynne who lead the 79 strong field with a 74 gross.
Ladies Morton Trophy – Tuesday 13th May
Jan Murray won the Morton Trophy from a large field of 56 ladies. This bogey competition is notoriously difficult to win and her score of plus three on the day put her two clear shots ahead of second placed Judith Robertson (16) who had a credible score of plus one. Murray playing off a handicap of 33 led the way from start to finish. With her handicap she was able to control her score by limiting the damage where possible which combined with her ten single bogeys never looked like being headed. Third place was taken by the ever-improving Beverley Parker (30) who returned a level score. Hayley Joel (36) appearing for the first time with a card showing minus one, sharing the same score was Janet Austin (26).
After their battle last week for the Ladies Centenary Scratch Medal Philippa Deman and Mandy Rix joined forces to play their Munro Foursomes. This county competition is played on neutral courses and playing Boyce Hill at Romford Golf Club they came out victors 6&4. They are drawn to play Thorndon Park in the next round at Canons Brook Golf Club.
Ladies Centenary Medals – Tuesday 6th May
Philippa Deman and Alison Cordran were the winners of the ladies’ Centenary Medals last week at Colchester Golf Club.
Deman playing off a handicap of six won the scratch medal with a round of 84 which was the lowest gross of the day. She was just one shot better than Mandy Rix (6) who returned an 85. Deman’s first half was the key. She had just the one double bogey which with three bogies saw her turn two shots clear of Rix and although her back nine was not as strong as Rix’s her pars on the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th allowed her to stay one shot clear to claim the Scratch Medal. The handicap prize went to Alison Cordran. Her winning score was 74 nett and her top spot was secured by the narrowest of margins, as she was one of three on this score. Countback was the decider with Cordran (26) getting the nod over Janet Austin (26) both having a gross score of 100. The third player sharing this nett score was Renate Clarke (27) with her gross of 101.
The medals were presented to the Club in its centenary year (2007) by the Porter family and some sixty one ladies participated in the competition.
Am-Am Competition – Saturday 10th May
Dan Eke (2), Sam Latta (9) and Jonathon Gilbert (6) were the winners in the weekend’s Am-Am. Handing in a score of 84. They were three points clear of the rest of the field. Chasing them was the team of John Dornan (7), Steve Freeman (11) and Alan Macnaught (6) with 81 points. In each team just two of the scores counted. Returning 80 points were two teams David Drake, Geoff Lawrenson and Duncan Stewart with handicaps of 16,15 and 10 respectively were counted in third ahead of Harry Harrison (16) Ken Palmer (26) and David Wrycraft (16).
Stableford – Sunday 11th May
In a Stableford on Sunday Roger Wright, playing off a five handicap, returned 37 points to claim top place. Pushing him close just one point behind were Trevor Cock (14) and Stuart Sharman (6) both on 36 points. One point further back on 35 were Terry Barfield (17) and Chris Monk (11).
Leslie Wood 2nd round – Sunday 11th May
The Club’s Leslie F. Wood Team have come to the end of their run this year in this county competition. Having reached the semi-final last year they succumbed this year in the second-round going out to Thorndon Park 10 ½ to 4 ½. There was hope after the morning’s foursomes when the team was down by just three matches to two. The afternoon singles were a different story however with the team getting just 2 ½ points from the available ten matches. Of the sixteen matches played in this round across the county just one team won away from home. Thorndon Park however were on balance a much more experienced side and with home advantage got the better of Colchester.
Ladies Bronze vs Thorndon Park
A twist of fate saw the ladies Bronze Shield Team play Thorndon Park with a similar result.
Shelley Persent was out first and won comfortably 4 and 2. Jo Mager and Cherie Clark’s matches swung back and forth both ending up all square coming down the 18th. The ladies county matches play out until a winner of each match is found but neither were able to hold on for the win in the extra holes. Sally-Ann Angel had a good win over her opponent 4 and 2, and likewise Jane Madge, which meant Colchester needed one more point from the two matches out on the course, Penny Fairs and Wendy Smith. That was not to be and the final score was a 4&3 loss. All was not gloom however as the Jubilee Cup Team managed a convincing home win against Abridge 7&2. The team were strong in both the singles, which they won five matches to one, and the pairs which they won two matches to one. This competition, unlike the men’s county competitions is played in leagues and whilst Colchester are presently unbeaten out of two matches they have three more to play.
It was another good Bank Holiday weekend of golf at Colchester Golf Club. There were in all three competitions held, embracing all sections of the Club.
Turner Cup & Bank Holiday Mixed Foursomes – Monday 5th May
On Bank Holiday Monday the Turner Cup was held where the sole requirement for the pairings for this foursomes competition is that they have to be married or a blood relation.
It was the husband and wife paring of Maureen and Ian Devenish who came out the winners with a score of 39 points. With handicaps of 18 and 15 respectively it required good steady golf to beat some keenly handicapped competition. A near ace on the fourth hole helped their score, reportedly the drive was two inches from the hole, with the subsequent putt being rattled in by Maureen Devenish.
Chasing them hard were two couples on 38 points. Getting the edge after a countback were the mother and son pairing of Sally-Ann (21) and James Angel (5). The Angels had been out in the second group of the day and were the leaders in the clubhouse until the Devenish pairing finished in the last group of the day, and with some 60 couples taking part, it was a long wait.
The other couple on 38 points, also playing late in the day were Liz (36) and Paul Harrison (23). Claire (28) and David Croger (16) returned with 36 points to give them fourth place on their own. The uncle and nephew pairing of Neil (14) and George Whitbread (1) and the father and son pairing Richard (6) and Guy Haines (32) both carded 35 points.
Dick Procter Trophy – Sunday 4th May
On the previous day Alan Sharrocks (3) and Stuart Sharman (6) were head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the Dick Procter Trophy.
Returning a score of 44 points in a three quarter handicap better ball stableford their score was two points clear of the chasing group. In second place Neil Arnold (22) and Kyle Appleton (23) just pipped Dan Eke (2) and Miles Hooton (6) after a countback. Russell (12) and Louisa Storey (12) had 41 points just clear of a peloton sized group of 14 pairings all on 40 or 39 points. John Bloomfield won the Procter Putter with a score of 40 points.
Ladies Medal – Tuesday 29th May
The ladies played an E.G. Medal last Tuesday where Bev Parker, now playing off 31, returned a gross of 103 giving her 72 nett. She won the Medal Spoon and the Bronze B Division. Jane Jones (18) was the winner of the Silver Division with 75 nett after a countback from Bridget Whitworth (13) with Pip Macaulay (20) on 78. Sally-Ann Angel (21) took first place in the Bronze A with 74 nett followed by Joan Cotterill (26) and Val Doubleday (24) both returning a gross scores of 103.
New Members Day – Saturday 3rd May
New Members Day held last Saturday also produced some interesting golf. Restricted to members who have joined in the previous twelve months and playing with a member of the clubs committee it provides an opportunity for new members to informally mix with more established elements of the club.
In teams of three with the best two score counting Acland Madge playing alongside Nigel Morrison and John Guest were the winners on the day beating Dave Blackmore John Windsor and Richard Gallant, both teams returning 80 points. In third place was the all ladies team headed by the Club’s Manager/Secretary Julie Ruscoe along with Alison Clare and Cathy Burchell they had the grand total of 70 points.
Open Day – Saturday 24th May
New members are the lifeblood of any club and to this end the Club is holding an Open Day on Saturday 24th May where the Club will open its doors and all are welcome. Guests will be able to meet the Clubs PGA registered professional team headed by Mark Angel, enjoy a free lesson using the Club’s extensive practice facilities and possibly play a few holes. A light lunch will be provided. More details are available from the club or the Clubs website www.colchestergolfclub.com.
Centenary Medals – Sunday 27th April
Jacob Farson and Steve Cullis were the winners of Colchester Golf Club’s Centenary Medals last weekend at the Braiswick Club. Farson took the Scratch Medal whilst Cullis won the Handicap Medal.
Presented in the Club’s centenary year these medals are keenly fought over and Farson in returning a gross 74 thoroughly deserved his win.Dropping two shots in the first three holes did not bode well for him, but with birdies on the ninth and tenth he returned to level par.
It was his run in where he dropped shots. Bogeying the 15th, 16th and 17th was disappointing but a par on the difficult 18th score was more than good enough to win the Scratch Medal.
Cullis, playing off 17, earned his medal after a countback from Andrew Archer (15) both returning scores of 68 nett. Despite accumulating four double bogies on the first ten holes the rest of his game, in particular the back nine, was solid enough to give him the edge over Archer who despite having a two on the par three 16th save his double bogies for the back nine.
Farson took third place in the handicap side of the competition with Jim Wilkinson (10) returning a 69 to complete the players under net par. Keith Jacobs (8), Graham Davis (17), Mike Morley (10) and Keith Wyman (20) all had cards showing nett 70’s.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 22nd April
In the ladies stableford earlier in the week Janet Austin, following her hole-in-one the previous day, returned a score of 37 points from her 28 handicap to return the best score of the day. Sharing 36 points were Annie Johnston (13) and Jan Murray (34) and it continued to be a day for the higher handicappers with Roberta Bodsworth (21) returning 35 points.
Ladies Bronze vs Orsett
The ladies Bronze Shield team travelled to Orsett for their latest match only to lose out by one match from what would have been a good away victory.
Shelley Persent was first out with a 4&3 victory over Gillian Vetori, both playing off 19. Rosie Helliwell against Sue Mason again both playing off 19 saw Helliwell succumbing to the home player, going down 4&2. Jo Mager however had a great win over Linda Dinis 6&5, again both evenly matched off 20.
Pip Macauley’s loss to Tracey Rooney 8&6 saw the matches even and Cherie Clark’s 4&2 win over April Glynn tipped the tie briefly in Colchester’s favour. The last two matches out sadly went Orsett’s way. Sally-Ann Angel giving two shots to Joyce McFarlane went down 4&3 and Wendy Smith (25) lost out to Donna Smith (24) 4&2 to give Orsett the tie.
Thornton Cup first round vs The Burstead
In the county knockout Thornton Challenge Cup the Colchester men had a good win away from home at Burstead Golf Club. Leading four matches to one after the morning’s foursomes Colchester had to secure four more points from the afternoon’s ten singles matches.
They got off to a good start with James Angel beating Del Freeman 6&5 and Dan Eke overcoming Terry Sansom 4&2. This eased the pressure on Dave Blackmore, the team captain. Dom Petch took his match to the last to earn a half whilst Bill Eke lost out to Burstead’s nominated playoff man Terry Payne. Alan Sharrocks was taken down the 18th before tying his match up but the fourteen year old Cai James lost out heavily to Tom Sillitoe.
With both John Logan and Richard Withnall winning their matches against George Tunbridge and Will Frosher 4&2 and 3&2 respectively the, tie was over.
Brendan Booth’s match against Paul Kinsella was called in with Booth being 2 up and George Whitbread, Colchester’s nominated playoff man, having won his match 4&3 the final score was Colchester 11 and The Burstead 4.
Colchester now have a home tie against a strong Abridge side on the 1st June.
Elmstead Cup – Easter Weekend
Alasdair Haines won the Elmstead Cup at Colchester golf Club over the Easter weekend. In a tight final against Steve McAvoy he came out eventual winner on the 20th hole.
Qualifying for the trophy started on Good Friday with the top eight players of the medal going through to the knockout stages. The eight players going into the knockout were Chris Doyle (13), Stephen McEvoy (12), Lorrie Austin (7), Alasdair Haines (15), Richard Withnall (5) Michael Carroll (14), Jacob Farson (5) and Stuart Sharman (6).
The trophy was presented to Colchester in 1920 when the Elmstead Golf Club closed and this year’s final did justice to history with the match going to two extra holes before being decided. There is no doubt the second hole decided the final. Haines eagled the par five in normal play and then birdied it the second time around to win the competition.
Fittingly it was 21 years since Haines’s father Richard had won the same competition.
Ladies Mackenzie Foursomes Qualifier – Tuesday 15th April
Earlier in the week the ladies had played the qualifier for the Mackenzie Foursomes. Heather Dennis and Philippa Deman topped the qualifiers with a nett 73. Coming in second were the pairing of Maureen Devenish and jane jones after a countback against Gill Minns and Jane Madge both returning 78. Liz Lennox and Maureen Crosbie with 79 were the next pairing who qualified along with Anne Salmon and Janet Wilson. Annie Johnston and Cherie Clark and Patricia Walker and Sarah Turner also qualified with Janet Austin and Claire Croger making up the eight pairings.
Leslie Wood First Round – Sunday 20th April
Easter Sunday may have been an odd day to play the first round of the County Leslie F Wood competition but Colchester were drawn at home to Epping Golf Club.
Leading 4½ to ½ after the morning foursomes Colchester needed just 3½ from the 10 afternoon singles to secure the tie. This they did but not without a little heart flutter on the way. Guy Lennox and Stuart Watson Colchester’s first two out won their matches comfortably but Andrew Smith and Jim Wilkinson behind them were having problems with Smith going down 7&6 to Tom Drew and Wilkinson down 4&3 against Nick Rose. Vic Pomphrett had already sealed his match with an incredible 9&7 win so it was left to Jamie Scott with a half to tie up the match.
The final score being 11 ½ to Colchester and 3 ½ to Epping. The next round will not be quite as easy as Colchester have drawn Thorndon Park away.
Bank Holiday Mixed – Monday 21st April
Easter Holiday Monday saw the club host a mixed greensome competition. Always popular this particular competition drew out 42 pairs and provided a lively presentation afterwards particularly as Janet Austin had achieved a hole-in-one on the eight hole.
Winners with 40 points were the husband and wife pairing of John & Helene Guest. Not that they got far away from the chasing pack as Lorrie Austin & Jennie Mitchell returned 39 points and close on their heels were Tony & Jan Murray carding 38 points.
Earlier in the month saw the start of the Essex Under 14 Order of Merit Events sponsored by the Norman Garon Trust. This tour is held at 6 venues across the county and includes the County Under 14 championship. The first round was held at Gosfield Lake Golf Club. Prizes are awarded for Under 14 and Under 13 competitors in both Scratch and Handicap. There is also a girl’s section, and they are actively encourage to join the tour.
Overall Colchester’s Cai James won the day with a fantastic 5 over par round of 76. A great birdie on the last hole completed a round to remember. With this score Cai took the Under 14 scratch prize.
The next round is at North weald at the end of May and applications forms can be obtained from the county website.
Cooper Bland – Sunday 13th April
David Cairns took the Cooper Bland Cup at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Recording a nett 66 Cairns playing off a handicap of 12 was one shot clear of the rest of the field.
Almost 96 members played in this the first boarded competition of the year, a trophy was first presented to the club in 1910 and is always keenly competed for.
Cairns’ round had the promise of being even better as he reached the turn being just two over par after nine holes. With the pressures of a good round building up the back nine were the telling holes. Never scoring more than a bogey on a hole Cairns secured pars on the 12th, 14th and 17th to come back in six over gross and pip second placed Gerry Woodruff (16) by one shot. Chris Doyle (14) lost out in the countback and came in third recording the same score as Woodruff a nett 67. Geoff Lawrenson (15) and Matt Everitt (6) handed in cards with 68 nett to take fourth and fifth places. There were five players completing the under par scores, Chris Booth (6), Harry Harrison (17), Paul French (9), Steve Jennings (7) and Hilary Persent (7) all returning nett 69′s. Alan Sharrocks (3) with a 73 shot the best gross round of the day.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 8th April
Sally-Ann Angel provided the excitement in the ladies section last Tuesday returning 39 points in their stableford competition. From a 23 handicap she put herself four points clear of the rest of the field to clearly win the day.
Cathy Burchill playing off ten handicap and Heather Dennis off 19 were the next highest scorers, both returning 35 points. There were three players on 34 points Louisa Storey (13) along with Claire Croger (27) and Bev Parker (31).
Interclub Competitions Update
It was not such a good week for Colchester’s teams. The seniors were out to defend their Essex Seniors Team Championship but were beaten by Bentley Golf Club the holders from the year previous, 2012. The match played at Bentley was tight with Colchester just ahead until the last two matches when it became obvious that only a miracle could save Colchester. They finally lost 6½ to 4½.
Tim Rogers, the team captain, fielded in effect the same team as won the final last year but the higher handicapped Bentley team played well on their own course and in the end the weight of shots against Colchester, the aggregate handicap difference was 40, proved too much.
Both the Mail on Sunday golf teams lost their third round matches. By coincidence the ladies lost their match away to Bentley and the men lost theirs at home to Stoke By Nayland.
In the Stoke match Stuart Sharman (6) won his game against twelve handicapper Tim Dickens but the next two matches went Stokes way with Ian Benson (15) beating John Redden (6) 2&1 and Martin Cotton (10) getting the better of Cai James (5) 4&3. Alan Hyde (8) got a half against Shaun Underwood (16) but Keith Newnham (5) lost his to Ian McKay (6) 5&4 to give Stoke the match with an overall score of 3½ to 1½.
Mike Sutton and David Latta were the only bright spot of the week with their win 2&1 in the Daily Mail Foursomes
Winter League Final – Saturday 5th April
Andy Higgleton and Zach Taylor are the winners of Colchester Golf Club’s Winter League.
Starting last October some 59 pairs of golfers were drawn into eight leagues with the top two pairs from each league going into the knockout stages. These stages reached their conclusion last weekend with the final being played out in a better ball format between Higgleton and Taylor with handicaps of 13 and five respectively and Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick playing off 14 and nine.
On a day giving every indication that the long wet winter was over the two pairs having fought hard through the qualifying and knockout stages now had the opportunity to shine. It was not long before Higgleton and Taylor began to show their authority.
The solid golf which had brought Doyle and Patrick to the final left them and they struggled. With Higgleton and Taylor getting the better of the putting battle they ran out winners on the 15th hole.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 1st April
In the ladies April Stableford Katie Cooper returned a score head and shoulders above the rest of the field.
Playing off her 17 handicap Cooper scored 42 points. Dropping four shots in the first three holes gave no indication of the quality of the golf she was about to play. For the balance of the front nine she dropped just the one further shot to turn on 22 points. With three pars and six bogies on the back nine giving her a further 20 points victory was not only secured but secured by six points.
Shelley Percent, the ladies’ captain, playing off 20 continued her good form of late and returned 36 points along with two other ladies Ann Jackson (26) and Gillian Crayston (35). Pat Kettle (18) with 35 points came in fifth.
Jubilee Cup vs Playgolf – Saturday 5th April
March is also the start of the men’s county wide team golf. In the Jubilee Cup, a non-County but a well established and well supported competition, Colchester were drawn away against Playgolf.
In a tough match Colchester came out winners five matches to four.
There are nine matches played, six singles and three better balls. It was the singles matches which played the major part with four going Colchester’s way. Geoff Lawrenson gave Colchester its first blood, beating Ron Gilzean 4&3; this lead did not last long as Bruce Critchley beat Russell Storey 3&1 to level the match score. Again Colchester’s Richard Watts gave Colchester the advantage beating Dan Syrett 3&2, only to see the match evened up by Spencer Bond who beat David Cairns 4&3.
It was the final two singles matches which gave Colchester the winning edge. With both Andrew Archer and Jeff Johnson winning their matches against Trevor Barnett and Phil Reeve 4&2 and 4&3 respectively, needing just the one match from the three better ball matches to secure the tie. Robin Tucker and David Harper got the result by beating Paul King and Brian Williams 3&1 giving Colchester the five matches needed to win.
It was fortunate for Colchester that the win had been secured as Mick Rolf and Matt Clark along with Howard Banham and Matt Milburn won their matches against Steve Holland and John Norwood and Mark Hills with Nigel Balls 3&2 and 5&3.
All is not lost, or won yet as the Jubilee Cup is initially played in a league system.
Norman Plum 1st round vs Ilford – Saturday 5th April
In the first of the County knockout team matches Colchester’s high handicap Norman Plum team lost out to Ilford at Ilford.
Tankard Match – Wednesday 2nd April
Last week also saw the annual Tankard Match against Ipswich Golf Club played at the Braiswick club. The match, first played for in 1951, is always keenly anticipated by both clubs and has produced some epic golf in previous years. This year despite Colchester losing the first three matches out the tail-enders turned the match in Colchester’s favour and the home team came out victorious 5 matches to three.
Cystic Fibrosis Stableford – Sunday 30th March
Adam Colling won the delayed Cystic Fibrosis stableford at Colchester Golf Club last weekend.
Scheduled to have been played in the wet days of mid-February the delay certainly did Colling no harm. Playing off an 18 handicap he rattled off 42 points with seemingly no trouble putting him one shot clear of Iain Cruickshank (11) who along with Mike Akin (12) handed in cards of 41 points.
The recent fine weather did the scoring no harm at all as David Drake (17) and Steve Jennings (7) both came home with 40 points. In all there were eleven players of the 83 in the field who came back bettering their handicap.
Walk on Stableford – Saturday 29th March
The best golf of the weekend however came from Saturday’s Walk-on-Medal when Keith Newnham with an impressive 43 stableford points took himself from a Category 2 golfer to a Category 1, reducing his handicap to 5.
He started out with a birdie on the second which was soon cancelled out with bogeys on the fourth and fifth. He then took the course to task. Scoring birdies on the eighth and the eleventh, combined with pars on the rest his final score was one under par for the round.
Paul Harrison had 42 points in the same competition reducing his handicap to 23 along with Reg Allen who had 40 points bringing him down to 25 handicap.
Ladies EG Medal – Tuesday 25th March
Bev Parker out of the Bronze B Division won the ladies E.G. Medal scoring a 74 net from her 33 handicap. She beat Joan Cotterill (27) after a countback after both returned the same score. The Divisional scores were: Silver Annie Johnston (13) 78 net, Sheena Nunny (17) 80 net. Bronze A Sally-Ann Angel (23) 76 net, Daphne Bloomfield (24) 81 net.
Mail on Sunday vs Playgolf – Saturday 22nd February
Colchester Golf Club’s Mail on Sunday teams progress into the next round.
The men’s team beating their neighbours Playgolf and the ladies’ team beat Five Lakes in the first round of this national handicap competition.
Recent matches between Colchester and Playgolf have been tight and this was no exception with the first three matches sorting out the tie in Colchester’s favour. Stuart Sharman claimed first blood in a very tight match against Tom Earl. Having to give Earl three shots they set off at a cracking pace and Sharman was two up after the 10th. But Earl was not to be dismissed and Sharman was pulled back to one up going down the 18th , securing the hole to win his match two up. John Redden (6) was giving seven shots to Phil Reeve (13) and in a tight game from the start squeezed in, one up, on the last after teeing off the 18th all square. Jamie Scott (8) never gave Mark Easterbrook (6) a chance. An out of sorts Easterbrook who could not buy a putt on the day lost out to Scott who ran out a 6&5 winner.
Colchester were now three up and had won the tie. It was a good job too as Gary Driver (6) was having trouble with Richard Swindells (9) and trailed most of the match with Swindells finally getting the win one up. The last game saw Keith Newnham (6) struggle against Tony Kirwin (5). Kirwin always had the advantage and eventually finished on the 17th three up with one to play.
In the next round Colchester have been drawn at home against Birch Grove.
Ladies Mail on Sunday – Wednesday 19th February
The ladies had a good home win against Five Lakes. Shelley Persent was first out against Brenda Paton both playing off 20. Paton took the match down the 18th before loosing to Persent giving Colchester first blood.
Cherie Clarke was giving seven shots to Carole Lewis but managed to keep ahead the whole match with a 5&3 victory. Nikki Bryant (9), giving nine shots, brought the next game in against Sarah Mann (18) on the 18th with a half. At this point Colchester were guaranteed a play off, then Jane Jones (17) halved her match against Nancy Seabrook (17) bringing in the win for Colchester. Maureen Devenish (17) was the play off player against veteran Julie Dicks (9), it was another close match with neither player gaining the upper hand for long. Devenish finally bettering Dicks on the 18th securing a 4 – 1 win to go through to the next round. After the winter rains the club has been denuded of competitive golf but the recent break in the weather has enabled competitions to start again and it was the ladies who got the ball rolling. Playing a 14 hole stableford last Tuesday Shelley Persent (20) took the honours with 21 points after a count back with Jane Jones (17). Jane Lochore (26) was snapping at their heels with 20 points.
CHAPS Stableford – Sunday 23rd February
Come the weekend the course was drying quickly and the men were able to hold The C.H.A.P.S. (Colchester Prostrate Cancer Support) Stableford with Mark Westall playing off 20 returning 35 points, winning against a modest field of 60 players.
Westall’s consistent golf, he had two halves of 18 and 17, securing the competition from Lorrie Austin (7) who fell away after a first half of 19 points to record a total of 34. In third place after a countback which went to the last six holes was Steve Jennings (7). Iain Cruickshank (11) took fourth place with a 33 and Colin Gathercole (7) and Harry Hills both returned 21 points.
Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier – Sunday 2nd February
Mike Sutton and David Latta were the qualifiers from last Sunday’s Daily Mail Foursomes competition at Colchester Golf Club. In conditions reflecting the wettest January on record Sutton and Latta returned a plus one score in this bogey qualifier. The fact that the course was playable at all is down to the tremendous work done on drainage in the past ten to twelve years. During the majority of that time David Latta had been the Course Chairman, the drainage work continues. Coping with the conditions much better than most Sutton (10) and Latta (13) produced steady golf through both halves of their round. Turning on the ninth one better than the course with a score of plus one they proceeded to halve the back nine to be able to hand in the winning card. Their plus one was just the one clear of Adam Colling (18) and Andrew James (7) who returned a level score to secure them second place on their own. Countback separated the third and fourth with Tim Rogers (10) and Alan Hyde (7) getting the nod in front of fourth place John Redden (6) and John Dornan (7). Sutton and Latta now go on to represent the club in this national knockout competition.
Winter League Group Stages
Colchester Golf Club’s men have now completed their winter league qualifying stages, moving now into the knockout phase.
The weather is always a feature in the winter leagues and as a complete contrast from last year’s snow and ice this year has, as we are all aware been wet wet wet! Despite this 62 pairs, split into 8 leagues, played their qualifying matches.
Emerging from the two Saturday leagues as qualifiers from League One were Mike Morley and Simon Bozier with twelve out of a maximum of fourteen points. Vic Pomphrett and Barry Haley amassing eleven points were their runners up. League Two saw Alan Irvine and Guy Lennox appear from the pack, qualifying with 10 points closely followed by Tim Moriarty and Lewis Chambers.
Andrew Smith and Mike Lapham with 12 points were the leaders in Sunday League Three, also qualifying from this league were Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick with eight points. League Four, with 12 points were Andy Higgleton and Zach Taylor who bettered Jake Farson and Stuart Sharman by one extra win as they came in with 10 points.
League Five saw Steve Sharman and Gary Driver shave the honour over Adam Harper and Tom Rothery by virtue of their win over them as both pairs ended with 10 points and five wins each. There was no such calculation in League Six as John Redden and Bob Tebby with eleven points were clear winners over Lionel Keightley on nine.
Leagues Seven and Eight were each made up of seven pairs and produced the only unbeaten pairing of Bill Eke and Stuart Reed. Their eleven points did include a halved match, as opposed to Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson in second spot who had the same number of wins but lost Eke and Reed. League Eight produced the tightest finish with David Drake and Geoff Lawrenson on nine points squeezing in front of Russell Jervis and Paul Ager.
Mike Morley & Steve Bozier v Russell Jervis & Paul Ager
Alan Irvine & Guy Lennox v Dave Blackmore & Stuart Watson.
Andrew Smith and Mike Lapham v Lionel Keightley & Keith Newnham
Andy Higgleton & Zach Taylor v Tom Rothery & Adam Harper
Steve Sharman & Gary Driver v Jacob Farson & Stuart Sharman
John Redden & Bob Tebby v Chris Doyle & Andrew Patrick
Bill Eke & Stuart Reed v Tim Moriarty & Lewis Chambers
David Drake & Geoff Lawrenson v Vic Pomphrett & Barry Haley
3 Clubs & a Putter Competition – Friday 27th December
Matt Black and Harry Harrison took all the plaudits after Colchester Golf Club’s Three Clubs and a Putter competition. Played between Christmas and New Year this popular competition, organized by Dave Blackmore, is light relief from the final throes of the qualifying stages of the winter leagues now nearing completion. Belying the weather forecast the day was a good one for golf and there is little doubt that Black and Harrison took every advantage as their score of 86 points was 26 clear of the rest of the field! Played as a multiplication stableford where each players score is multiplied for each hole and then added up, the total being the final score. The secret of the format is not to have a zero on a hole, a feat which Black (12) and Harrison (17) achieved, and with individual stableford scores of 37 and 39 with no zeros theirs was always going to be a card difficult to beat. Second place, and illustrating what a good round the winners had, was Bill Eke (5) and Stuart Reed (14) who returned 60 points. In third place and heading the bulk of the chasing pack were Mike Akin (12) and Richard Watts (12) with a total score of 57.
Swindlers Christmas Competition – Wednesday 18th December
Chris Doyle continued the good golf he has played all year to win the Swindlers Trophy at Colchester Golf Club. The competition is played annually just prior to Christmas so that the regular swindlers can play and relax in more comfortable surroundings. Organized by the swindlers themselves this year the weather was with them and the cold frosty morning of last year gave way to comparatively warm sunny weather, although the course was wet underfoot. At the Christmas lunch after the golf Doyle playing off 14 handicap was declared Mister Steady on a course playing very long and was the overall winner with 37 points. The rest of the prizes were split into playing categories with no golfer allowed to take two prizes. John Dornan, off seven, took the 12 and below handicapped prize with 33 points after a countback from Alan Macnaught (5) with Jim Wilkinson (10) taking third spot also on 33 points. In the 12 and above handicap group there were three players all of whom could with a stronger back nine knocked Doyle from his top spot. Returning 37 points and winning the group after a countback was JoeClark (13). Behind him was Mike Potter (15) and Norman Ryan (13) both enjoying the 37 point score. The prize for best the return on the four par threes was the organizer for the day Tim Rogers in the under 12 group, and Mike Carroll in the 12’s and over group. Acland Madge took the glory for returning the lowest score of the day.
Ladies Greensomes – Tuesday 17th December
The ladies played a fun greensomes earlier in the week with the pairing of Heather Dennis and Jo Mager taking the top spot after a countback from Bridget Whitworth and Daphne Bloomfield and ladies’ captain Shelley Persent and Mandy Rix, all three couples returning 32 points.
Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday 22nd December
Members, their children, their parents and their grand children were treated to a special visit last Sunday by Father Christmas who handed out special prizes for the under eights.
Ladies Christmas Cakewalk – Tuesday 10th December
Thick fog delayed the start of Colchester Golf Club’s ladies Christmas cakewalk competition. It did not deter the quality or the enjoyment of this randomly drawn competition. It was two hours into the competition that the sun finally shone however this did not daunt the competitors. Played over 14 holes in an am-am format the winning team of Jane Jones, Caroline Chambers, Sarah Turner and Marilyn Free made the best of the conditions and carded an excellent 62 points. Two points back on 60 points were Helen Tarttelin, Pip Macaulay, Renate Clark and Bev Parker who were just the one point ahead of two pairs on 59. Separated after a countback were Margaret Dearnley, Daphne Bloomfield, Ann Jackson and Pamela Adams who took third place from Judith Robertson, Jane Madge, Alison Cordran and Gill Crayston.
At the Christmas lunch afterwards Jane Jones was announced as the winner of the E.G. Medal and winners of the October and November spoons, Katie Cooper and Sheena Nunny were presented with their prizes.
Turkey Trot – Saturday 7th December
December at Colchester Golf Club invariably starts with The Turkey Trot. Played, in two shot gun starts, as bogey foursomes the winners of the morning start were Stuart Reed and Bill Eke. Reed and Eke went round in level par in quite difficult conditions. They by no means ran away with the competition as hard on their heels were John Fisk and Jim Bentley returning a card showing just minus one. In third place were Tony Jordan and Ali Hall with minus two. Kevin Prince and Steve Dack were winners of the closest to the pin prize on the fourth and eighth respectively whilst on the thirteenth and sixteenth holes it was Bill Eke and Terry Bacon. In the bright afternoon weather competitors were able to return much better scores and John Dornan and Dave Blackmore made the best of it and returned a score of plus three to take first place. In second spot were Shelley and Hilary Persent just one shot further back at plus two. With a score of plus one and taking third place were Michael Deeks and Alan Beasley. Awarded the best mixed couple overall were Ernie and Marilyn Free with minus one and the best ladies pairing was Sheila Dornan and Helen Tartellin on minus two. Nearest the pin prizes in the afternoon were John Helliwell on the fourth, Shelley Persent on the eight, Sheila Dornan on the thirteenth and Ernie Free on the sixteenth.
Vets Christmas Stableford – Monday 9th December
On Monday it was the Vets turn with Stuart Thackrah, ex Principal of one of our local schools, teaching his fellow vets a lesson by winning the Vets Christmas Stableford at Colchester Golf Club. On a cold but bright morning Thackrah scored an impressive 39 points from his 21 handicap. He was just one point clear of the VetsSecretaryJohnChamp (20) and the club’s Vice Captain John Williams (14). From a 21 handicap Thackrah did have shots to play with but a birdie on the 7th hole set him on the right track and a very steady last half dozen holes where he dropped just the four shots set him up for his first win at the club. Richard Peile (24) returned 37 points to take fourth spot with Paul Lock (24) having 36 points and John Binns (19) 35 points to complete the minor placings.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 3rd December
The ladies also held a stableford where top spot with 32 points was shared by Mandy Rix (6) and MargaretCarter (23). Pip Macaulay (21) returned 31 points to take third spot from SheenaNunny (16) and LizHarrison (36). In a 14 hole Stableford Bev Parker (33) returned 33 points, Sally-Ann Angel (23) 23 points and Bee Pertwee (16) 22 points.
Ladies EG Medal – Tuesday 26th November
Sheena Nunny was the winner of the Medal Spoon last week at Colchester Golf Club in the E.G. Medal. Played on a tough day for golf with little or no run on the ball Nunny’s score of nett 73 was well clear of the rest of the field with her nearest rival being some five shots back. Playing off her seventeen handicap the strength of round was her back nine where she posted four pars and no double bogies. Cherie Clark (21) was second with a nett 78 and Shelley Persent (20) third with a nett 80.
Winter League Update
Whilst the ladies play their regular winter competitions the men are now well into the qualifying stages of the winter leagues. The leagues started in early October with a number of them now showing clear qualifiers who will go into the knockout stages during January February.
The match pairing of Mike Morley/Steve Bozier against Mike Potter/Lorrie Austin will be crucial in League One and will decide who qualifies first or second and if Morley and Bozier lose could even decide whether they drop out of the first two and do not make qualifying. Not quite the same problem in League Two with Lennox and Irvine in a strong position having finished their matches and the rest having a score to aim at but the Williams twins look to be strong contenders for second spot. League Three is not clear cut as whilst Chris Doyle and Andrew Patrick are looking certainties the rest of the league are bunched up and any one could still put in a strong finish and qualify.
Any Higgleton and Zach Taylor in League Four are in a similar strong position having lost one and won four with two matches to play but again the rest of the group are in a huddle waiting for one pairing to break away. Leagues Five and Six are at this stage beyond predicting no team breaking away from a very crowded bunch.
Dave Blackmore and Stuart Watson in League Seven have won five with one match halved and one to play are clear with points in the bank, but with Stuart Reed and Bill Eke having won three, halved one with three to play means that anything can still happen in this league. In League Eight, which is the only seven pair league, the rest having eight, Geoff Lawrenson and David Drake have completed their matches and look in a strong position having won four, halved one and lost one. But nothing in sport is guaranteed and the final results always will throw out a few surprises.
Ladies Captain’s Competition – Tuesday 19th November
Shelley Persent, Colchester Golf Club’s Ladies’ Captain, organised a more relaxed fun competition for the ladies with her Winter Competition which this year took the form of an Am-Am played in teams of four. Overnight the weather took a turn for the better changing from damp and grey on the Monday to a bright sunny Tuesday with a gentle but chilly wind. The course, looking as good as it has done all summer and now dressed in its autumn colours, was playing long with holding greens. Some 56 ladies took part with Liz Harrison, Janet Austin, Bridget Whitworth and Liz Lennox snatching first place after a countback with 66 points. Sharing the same number of points but losing after the countback and in second place were Jacqui Prince, Helene Guest, Sally-Ann Angel and Maureen Crosbie. In third spot on 64 points were Marilyn Free, Jill Baker, Heather Dennis and Annie Johnston. Fourth place also had to be decided after a countback and it was Jane Lochore, Pip Macaulay, Cynthia Lampon and Pamela Adams who had the stronger back nine holes to beat Joan Cotterill, Sara Turner, Bee Pertwee and Mandy Rix.
It was the first taste of winter golf for the ladies and the day ended with lunch and the prize giving.
Braiswick Cup Final – Monday 18th November
Bill Eke handsomely won Colchester Golf Club’s premier knockout competition the Braiswick Cup.
The competition which started in April came to a late conclusion this year but this did not detract from the level of golf played. The in-form Alan Hyde was the other finalist and on paper Eke had his work cut out to get the better of him especially as he was giving Hyde two shots. Eke hit the ground running and secured wins on the first and the third holes to put him two up. The balance of the front nine however went to Hyde as he won the sixth hole with his shot and halved the rest but Hyde was still one down at the turn. The first three holes on the back nine were halved, all in pars, underlining the standard of golf being played by both players despite the drizzly, cold conditions. Eke then started to pull away as Hyde’s putt on the thirteenth lipped out to put him two down. Eke then went on to birdie the 14th to go three up. At this point Eke was just one over par for the round but Hyde still hung on and had not given up. With his shot on the 15thHyde won the hole to drag the score back. Eke was now two up with three holes still to play. Halving the 16th was not good news for Hyde as Eke was now dormie two and paring the 17th was enough to win the hole and the match 3&1. A thrilling match played to an excellent standard in conditions which were not conducive to good golf. Either of the finalists would have been worthy winners of this 87 year old competition.
Poppy Appeal Medal – Sunday 10th November
Enjoying one of the last sunny days of autumn it was Alan Hyde who snatched the Poppy Appeal Medal by the slimmest of margins at Colchester Golf Club. Two other players shared the same gross score of 77 but Hyde took the competition with his handicap of eight reducing his nett score to a comfortable 69.
Sunny it may have been but with the recent wet weather it was wet underfoot which allowed the accuracy of Hyde’s approach shots to come to the fore. He with finished the first half just two over par and had a steady back nine but almost throw it away with a double bogey on the fifteenth. He quickly steadied his round and finished the back nine five over par gross. Gary Driver and Cai James were the two sharing gross 77, both playing off six which reduced their nett scores to 71 with Driver sneaking ahead of James after a countback. Driver’s card showed a steady round with doubles on the fifth and the twelfth. James however had four birdies in his round but his card was spoilt with double bogies on the second, thirteenth and fifteenth. Their nett 71’s didn’t take second and third spots as slipping ahead of them into second place was Matt Black, playing off 13 he returned a gross 83 to give him a nett of 70. Jim Wilkinson (10) had a nett 71 to complete the top placings.
Ladies Stableford – Tuesday 5th November
Earlier in the week the ladies played their monthly stableford. Sadly the weather conditions were bad with almost constant rain and drizzle which lead naturally to a much reduced field. Of the ones to brave the conditions Cherie Clarke (21) returned the best score of 30 points with Annie Johnston (13) logging in with 28 points. Mandy Rix (6) was just the one point ahead of Jane Madge ( 22) and Maggie Demuth (23) both returning 25.
Junior Open – Thursday 31st October
Colchester’s Junior Open was the place where James Hedger of Braintree Golf Club chose to show his obvious talent. Shooting a gross 68 he won the competition with seeming ease.
Like all good things it is better sampled slowly; however bogies on the first two holes were an interesting way to start. Hedger was still two over par on completing the first nine but a blistering four birdies on the back nine gave him back half of just 30 shots and a two under finish. Although not featuring in the main prizes Ashley Greenham from West Essex Golf Club, and last year’s overall winner of this competition, had four birdies in her last six holes to hand in a card of 72 gross which from her plus one handicap gave her a nett of 73. The best overall nett score in the boys section went to Colchester’s BenBarber who from an 18 handicap returned a 65. Monika Solanki (Hainault Golf Club) returned a nett 71 to win the best nett for girls. The under 18 group was a full house for Colchester Golf Club with George Whitbread (2) returning a nett 68 closely followed by Jamie Scott (9) with a 69 and in third spot this year’s junior Captain Tom Miller (4) with a nett 70. Jackson Sharp from North Weald Golf Club playing off 13 returned a 67 to take the Under 16’s prize with Zach Chegwidden playing off a handicap of 4 from Orsett Golf Club second with a 72. Colchester’s Louisa Storey (13) returned a 73 nett to take third spot in this group. The Under 14‘s were well represented and it was Woolston Manor’s Michael Gilbert (6) who took the honours with a nett 66. Ashley Chalmers (Thorndon Park) returned a 67 from a 28 handicap and James Styles (Chigwell) had a nett 70 from his 13 handicap.
Hodson Trophy – Saturday 2nd November
The Club held its Hodson Trophy where teams of three are made up from members of each section. The winners this year were Bee Pertwee, Curtis Driver and Hilary Persent. With the best two of the three scores counting they returned a stableford score of 79 to place them just one ahead of Steve Freeman, Janet Austin and Harry Hills who knocked Roger Moore, Daphne Bloomfield and Zach Taylor into third place after a countback.
Ladies Medal – Tuesday 29th October
The Women’s Golf Union Medal was won by Katie Cooper with a nett 71 from her 18 handicap. She narrowly edged out Annette Wigley (17) who had a nett 72. Liz Lennox (15) was third with a nett 75. All three came from the Silver Division. Bronze Division winners were Jane Madge (22) with a 76 and Claire Hebden (26) returning a nett 80.
Mid Week Stableford – Wednesday 30th October
In a men’s mid week stableford Paul Jackson (11) scored 40 points to comfortably win over Trevor Cock (14) who had a return of 37 points. Chris Townrow (4) had a 35 and Terry Bacon (14) returned 34 to take fourth place.
Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier – Tuesday 22nd October
Adrienne Strover and Gill Minns won the ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier last week at Colchester Golf Club. Their 31 points was strong enough on the back nine to knock Mandy Rix and Annie Johnston into second place after a countback. There were 64 ladies taking part in this the club stage of this national competition and Strover and Minns now go on to represent the Club in next year’s competition.
A look back at 2013
Now that the competitive golfing season is almost over the Club can take stock of the year. One achievement does not centre around golf but in the quiet work done by the club, its members and friends in raising money for charities over the past twelve months. Over £13,000 has been raised during a very active year.
The Immediate Past Captain, Barrie Minns, in his closing speech at the AGM talked about the Captains’ Charities this year having collected over £ 6,000 and mentioned particularly the fantastic work done by Jacqui Prince in raising over £3,000 for the fund with her sponsored bicycle ride. This entailed her cycling from London to Edinburgh in just four days! The charities which will receive the benefit of all these efforts will be CHAPS, Breast Cancer UK and Research into Leukemia and Lymphoma.
Colchester’s Pro Am, under the guidance of Hilary Persent, is always a significant contributor to the Club’s charity work. As always the net proceeds of this day are given to St Helena Hospice. Mark Jardine and Chris Featherstone of Poundfield Products and Knights Developments respectively, the joint sponsors of the day, were able to hand over a cheque for £5,500 to Mark Jarman-Howe of the Hospice.
One other one-off event, for motor neurone disease, was in memory of a long standing and popular member Barry Fitzgerald, this day alone raised over £1,500. This added to the fact that the Club’s mens teams in both the major county competitions got to the semi finals added to which the seniors team won the County Seniors Team Championship. In addition to all this Ben David and the George Whitbread won the County Foursomes Competition.
The icing on the cake? Mark Angel; the Club’s long standing pro’ who has been seriously ill since March this year was seen at the Captains’ Cocktail Party.
All this amounts to a successful and meaningful year for the Club and all concerned.
Old vs New Captains’ Challenge Match – Saturday 19th October
Following on from the AGM at Colchester Golf Club the traditional Old Captains’ v New Captains’ match took place last weekend. At the AGM Tim Moriarty had been elected as the Club Captain and at the same meeting Shelley Persent had her position as Ladies’ Captain confirmed by the members. Their respective teams took on the outgoing Club Captain Barrie Minns and his Ladies’ Captain Ann Jackson. The first match, between the captains, ended with New Captains being were victorious over the Minns/Jackson pairing. They won by just the one hole. This loss by the Old Captains sadly for them set the trend for the rest of the matches and as the scores came in it was soon obvious that the incoming captains would have their victory. The final score being seven matches to three in their favour. The Captains of the other sections for 2014 Brain Alden, for the Vets and Tom Miller for the Juniors.
Ladies Medal Final Cup – Tuesday 8th October
Laura Ship cemented a good year’s golf by winning the Medal Final Cup at Colchester Golf Club last week. Her nett 74 from a nine handicap was enough to take her away from Gill Minns (15) who recorded just the one shot more on a nett 75. Ship’s round was based simply on not adding a double bogey to her card and her eleven bogeys to go along with her seven pars was a solid enough base to ensure that the cup was hers. Minns’ round was more erratic but a strong finish including a birdie on the par three 16th put her two shots clear of Pat Kettle (18) who was third with a nett 76.
Vets Jack Halls Trophy, Lunch and AGM – Monday 14th October
The Vets Section at the Club held the Jack Halls Trophy along with the AGM which ensured a strong turn out of 77 players. It was Tom Rothery who won the golf with a round of 38 points. Playing off eight handicap Rothery by no means had it all his own way sharing his 38 points with three other players.
Mike Vernon (21) was adjudged second with David Blackmore (12) third and Mike Kettle (14) coming in fourth all having 38 points and countback sorting them out. Rothery having played in two of Colchester’s men’s county team this year was obviously relaxed and able to enjoy the day as in addition to the Jack Halls Trophy he along with his partner Tony Jordan were presented with the trophy for the Vets four ball knockout competition which was presented by the retiring captain of the Vets, Mike Hart. Mike Hart also presented prizes to the winner of the singles knockout Dave Blackmore and to Dick Bokenham who was the winner of the aggregate score in the monthly medals.
At the Vets AGM Alec Alden was elected unanimously to the office of Captain of the Section for the year 2013-2014.
Ladies Autumn Meeting – Tuesday 1st October
Katie Cooper was the winner in the ladies Autumn Meeting at Colchester Golf Club. Playing off her 20 handicap Cooper was two shots better than her nearest opponents. This was however no runaway win as there were seven players all close on her heels on 36 points. From the Silver Division there was Mandy Rix (6), Pat Kettle (18), and Heather Dennis (20) all returning 36 points. Nor was this score reserved for the Silver Division as Bronze A had Penny Fairs with 36 points from her twenty two handicap along with Bronze B where Ann Spur (28), Marilyn Free (29) and Claire Croger (29) all returned par equalling 36’s.
Nearest the pin on the 8th went to Adrienne Strover and on the 16th went to Bridget Whitworth. In the afternoon team competition the winners on holes one through to ten were Liz Lennox, Judith Robertson and Mandy Rix returning 43 points and on holes eleven through to eighteen with 37 points Claire Croger, Wendy Smith and Janet Austin were the winners.
Ladies’ winners for 2013 were Heather Dennis in the Hirst Salver, the Ilford Bowl was won by Liz Lennox and the Macmillan Spoon was Jane Jones. Medal Spoon winners were for May Jane Jones, for June Maureen Devenish, for July Fiona Rose and for September Maggie Demuth along with the L.G.U. Brooch.
The Summer Eclectic winner in the 0-21 handicap section was Sheena Nunny with a nett 59.5 from Maureen Devenish also on 59.5. Jenny Mitchel lwas in third spot with 62 nett. In the 22-36 handicap section Renate Clarke had nett 64 with Maggie Demuth and Sheila Dornan sharing nett 64.5s in second and third place.
Medal Winners Cup – Sunday 6th October
In the Sunday men’s competition Lorrie Austin won the end of season Medal Winners Cup with a nett 68. Playing off his eight handicap he got the nod after a countback from Richard Withnall (5) who also returned a nett 68. Withnall also had the lowest gross of the day with his gross 73 shots. On an almost perfect day for golf seventy players played in both the Medal Winners Cup and a medal competition which run concurrently. There were two players close behind the leaders on nett 69s. Richard Haines (6) continued his recent good form and Joe Clarke who with a four, five, six finish could have upset the leaders’ celebrations but in the end he had to settle for fourth place. There were then eight players all returning nett 70’s.
Moy Cup – Sunday 29th September
Ben Williams safely tucked away the last boarded competition of the year when he won the Moy Cup at Colchester Golf club last weekend. Williams, from his eight handicap, returned a very impressive score of plus six in this bogey competition. He had two double bogeys on the front nine, both of which he followed with immediate birdies to turn just two over par. On the back nine he dispensed with the doubles but got single bogeys on the 11th and 15th only to birdie the 18th to complete an excellent round. It was not an easy afternoon to play golf, with the falling temperature and rising wind conditions were not at their easiest. However Williams’ score was one ahead of two other players. Adjudged in second place after a countback was Nigel Balls (22) who pipped Dan Eke (2) both returning the same sore. There were four players who all came in three shots further back Stuart Fisher (15), David Latta (14), Robert Wilson (16) and Glenn Sibbons (10). Williams played a fitting round as the Moy Cup is one of the original trophies at the Club.
Ladies LGU Medal – Tuesday 24th September
The ladies played in an English Golf Union Medal and the winner of the competition and the LGU Brooch was Maggie Demuth with a nett 72 off her 24 handicap. In the individual divisions Madryn Abnett (14) had a nett 74 with Shelley Persent (20) just the one shot behind with a 76. One further shot behind on a nett 76 was Laura Ship (9). Maggie Demuth won the Bronze A with Sheila Dornan (24) in second spot netting a 74 and Joan Cotteril ltaking up third with a 75 from a 26 handicap. Bronze B were further adrift with Janet Austin recording a nett 81 from her 27 handicap and Beverley Parker an 84 from her 34.
Essex Foursomes Championship – Sunday 29th September
Colchester Golf Club’s Ben David and George Whitbread won the Essex Foursomes Championship at Crondon Park last Sunday.This Essex Golf Union championship was first played for in 1932 and this is just the third time that a Colchester team has won it, the last being in 1991. Forty pairings from all over the county competed on the day and David and Whitbread sealed their victory with a second and final round of 73. Their opening round of 79 had put them three shots off the pace with the Langdon Hills pairing of Joshua Tobin and Spencer Adams-Dunstan sharing the honours after the first round along with Lukas Warren and Tim Coles of Thorndon Park both pairs returning 76s. During the afternoon round the wind picked up and what little sunshine there was disappeared making playing condition difficult. However the Colchester boys seemed to revel in the conditions and shot what proved to be the best round of the day returning a gross 73. The Langdon Hill team handed in a 77 to put them one back on 153 and the Thorndon Park team shot a disastrous 93 to drop them right down the field. Rounds of 78 and 74 put the Stock Brook Manor team of Steve Adkins and Mason Papple into second spot on the same score as David and Whitbread but losing out on the countback.
John Thorogood Scratch Trophy, Intermediate & Rabbits Cups – Sunday 22nd September
George Whitbread continued his excellent form to win the John Thorogood Scratch Trophy with a gross 69. Playing off 2 he put aside a bogey 5 at the first, recording birdies on the 6th and 9th to turn in one under. A solid back nine featuring just one dropped shot and another birdie followed to give him first place and yet another trophy in 2013.
Nigel Hilliard took second place with a 72, playing off 5 he came home in 35 to beat Daniel Eke (2), who also shot 72, on countback. Adam Lock (8) shot a superb 74 to take fourth place. The Intermediate Cup was won by Dave Humberstone who blew the field away to a record a net 63. Playing off 15 it was just a case of how low he could shoot, having started well with a birdie at the first. Robert Wilson (16) was a distant second with a nett 68 with Matt Black (13) rounding out the podium with a score of 69. Paul Lock (23) won the Rabbits Cup with a level par 70, Andrew Jones (22) took second with a net 73.
Essex Ladies Seniors Open – Wednesday 18th September
Colchester hosted the Essex Ladies Seniors Open on Wednesday with a field of 40 ladies from around the county participating. Home advantage certainly helped Bee Pertwee as she recorded the winning score of 33 points. She narrowly beat Sheila Attrill of Frinton Golf Club who finished on the same score. Another home player, Heather Dennis, took third place with 31 points.
Ladies Bogey Final Cup and Support Stableford – Tuesday 17th September
The ladies held their Bogey Final Cup last week, with only those who had won medals or stablefords throughout the year eligible to enter. The winner was Julie Ruscoe who returned 35 points playing off 13. Heather Dennis (20) took second place with 34 points and Bridget Whitworth (12) won a countback tussle to take third with 33 points.
Beverly Parker continued her sparkling form to dominate the Support Stableford and record an eight shot victory. Finishing with 40 points playing off 36 her closest challenger was Jo Mager with 32 points playing off 20.
Walk on Medal – Saturday 21st September
Saturday’s Walk on Medal was won by Shaun Bryant with a nett 67. He beat Craig Roberts on countback with Peter Anderson’s nett 68 good enough to take third on countback.
Finals Day – Saturday 14th September
Finals Day at Colchester Golf Club has traditionally been the culmination of the majority of the knockout competitions held over the summer. This year there were five finals played and one of them pitched the two lowest handicappers in the club face to face, Dominic Petch and Ben David. After the Club Championship the top eight competitors compete for the Ian McLean Putter and Petch and David were the two to win their way into the final. It was Petch who came out victorious winning 2&1 after a tight match. It was a birdie fest which finally put paid to David’s ambitions when Petch threw three birdies in a row at him to tie up the match. In the ladies Bentley Green Challenge Cup Mandy Rix showed a welcome return to form with a 5&4 win over Liz Duthie. This competition is one the two oldest in the ladies section and the Cup was originally presented to the Club in 1910 when Bentley Green Golf Club was disbanded. The ladies also played for the Young Cup for 21 handicappers and above where Jenny Mitchell beat Jacqui Prince three holes up with two to play. The Braiswick Plate was won by Duncan Stewart in a very tight match against Norman Ryan. Stewart finally saw Ryan away on the 18th and won the match one hole up. The Junior Braiswick was won by Jamie Scott beating Fraser Northover 4&3.
100 Club Stableford/John Wright Trophy – Sunday 15th September
Sunday was the annual 100 Club Stableford which this year saw Brendan Booth win the John V. Wright Trophy with 41 points. Booth who for many years played off scratch proved once and for all that class is permanent and, belying his now five handicap played the course in level par to win. The 100 Club does great work for the club providing money for various projects over the years and this competition is looked forward to with enthusiasm by its members. The Club is run by Dick Jackson who performed a number of functions on the day not least as starter and refreshment host. Not that Booth had it all his own way as Mike Gordon (13) was right there. Helped by birdies on the 10th and 11th Gordon returned a total of 40 points stableford. The men did not have it all their own way as Jacqui Prince (21), obviously in reaction to her defeat the day before in the final of the Young Cup was just two points behind and returned an excellent 38 points to take third spot. Others to beat par on the day were Acland Madge (17) who along with Vic Pomphrett (8) and Tom Rothery (8) returned 38 points and finally Phil Hayward (7) had a score of 37 points. Mandy Rix was the second place lady with 35 points.
Essex Seniors Final at Bentley GC – Tuesday 10th September
Colchester Golf Club’s seniors are the Essex Seniors Team Champions for 2013.
They won the final of this competition at Bentley Golf Club with some style beating Upminster Golf Club by eight matches to three. Brendan Boothwas the first man out against John Nash. Booth was giving him nine shots and Nash soon realised why. By the half way stage Booth was five holes up and eventually coasted in six up with five to play. Dave Blackmore’s game against Jim Rook was more evenly match with both playing off twelve handicap but Blackmore added to Colchester’s total winning 2&1. The matches continued in a similar vein with Bill Eke turning a three down situation against Roger Edwards into a 2&1 win. John Dornan was never headed by Peter Crump and ran out winning 4&3. Chris Doyle turned a two down position into a 3&2 win. Wins were now being registered all around the course. By the time Tom Rothery had registered his win over Peter Steptoe six up with five to play it was clear that Colchester were going to be the champions. Upminster put up a good fight and Colchester only really stamped their authority on the match in the back nine holes. Both teams were very impressed by the efforts of Bentley Golf Club to stage this match. The course really was in immaculate order with the greens being in excellent condition and all due praise to their green keeping staff is merited. In a year where all three of the major men’s teams reached the semi-finals of their county competitions it was gratifying that one of them went onto the final and brought home this trophy last won by the seniors in 2005. Tim Rogers the team captain responsible for the teams said “This victory has been a massive effort from a group of guys, not just the people playing today but the whole group who have played in this and the earlier rounds. We had our fair share of frights on the way to the final but we have got here and won. I and the Club are very proud of their achievement today.” In the match Colchester’s wins continued Roger Robertson won a tough match against a five handicapper Dave Cook and the final score of 4&3 did not reflect Cooks efforts particularly on the front nine. Colchester’s Lorrie Austin lost out to Martin Ramsey 4&2 along with Mike Smith who met a five handicapper on form losing 2&1. Dick Bokenham was in the only match which went the full distance halving the last to lose one down to John McInerney. The last match to finish was Vic Pomphrett who completed Colchester’s emphatic victory with a 2&1 win over Clive Pemberton.
Ladies Club Championship – Tuesday 3rd September
Phillippa Deman is Colchester Golf Club’s ladies champion for 2013. With rounds of 86 and 77 Deman put two shots of daylight between her and her closest competitor Bella Angel. Indeed after the morning’s round it was Angel who was leading in the clubhouse with a solid 84 gross score recorded. Deman was in third place with Laura Ship holding her off. Birdies on the fourteenth and fifteenth in the afternoon’s round ensured that her gross score of 77 set Deman apart from the rest of the field. With Angel handing in an 81 it was clear that Deman was going to secure the championship. Laura Ship won the nett prize from her nine handicap with cards of nett 76 and nett 72 to give a total of 148.
In the support stableford run during the day Jill Slater (27) returned a score of 38 points with Sheila Dornan (26) just failing with 37. Ladies Captain Ann Jackson had 36 points to take third spot.
Matabele Bowl – Saturday 7th September
Saturday Colchester hosted Clacton Golf Club for the annual match for the Matabele Bowl. It was a tough struggle with many matches going down to the wire, but on a sunny and breezy day Colchester ran out winners by an impressive 8 matches to two.
Vets Stableford – Wednesday 4th September
Mel Barker playing off 15 handed in the best card with 41 points in the Vets Stableford. His 41 was three clear points ahead of second placed Humph French (15) on 38 who himself was two points clear of Peter Horrocks also off a fifteen handicap in third place. There were three players turning in 34 points –David Prentice (19), Mike Kettle (14) and Lindsay Lennox playing off 17.
Club Championship – Sunday 1st September
George Whitbread was the clear winner last weekend of the Club Championship at Colchester Golf Club. Whitbread with rounds of 72 and 74 was two shots clear of the field and was able to add this win to Junior Championship which he won last week. Played over two rounds it was by no means clear after the morning’s round that he would win as ahead of him after a round of 71 was Alan Sharrocks, last years champion and holder of the Kent Salver. Whitbread was lying in second place on 72 with Joe Williams, Bill Eke and Zach Taylor just one shot further behind. One shot further back on a gross of 74 Dan Eke, Ben David and Dom Petch all lurked and could not be written out of it as the afternoon conditions became more difficult with the wind picking up combined with a drop in temperature. With the afternoon rounds going out with the lower scores at the end of the field, pressure also came into play. The last pairing out was Whitbread and Sharrocks and despite starting with a birdie it was Sharrocks who started to leak the shots and it was double bogies on the par threes eighth and thirteenth holes which in effect put an end to him retaining the championship and his final total of 150 dropped him down to seventh. Ben David repeated his morning round of 74 to take second place with a final score of 148 which he shared with Joe Williams who added a 75 to his mornings 73. Tom Miller came through the field with a 73 giving him a 149 along with Dom Petch and Dan Eke who both went round in 75s to give them two round totals of 149. Whitbread’s last round of 74 however was not all smooth sailing. He was three over after nine holes but birdies on the 10th and 11th effectively sealed everyone else’s fate. A bogey on the 12th did not deter him from paring the next five holes which afforded him the luxury of a double bogey on the last to take the Championship and the Kent Salver.
Whitbread is also the juniors’ captain this year and winning both the Junior and the Club Championships seals off his year in a memorable way.
Ladies Stableford Trophy – Tuesday 27th August
Earlier in the week the ladies had a Stableford Competition which was won by Beverley Parker(36) with 35 points. The runner up was Alison Cordran (26) with 34 points. In the support stableford Bee Pertwee (16) had 34 points with Louisa Storey(16) 33 points. Colchester Golf Club Ladies had the first of their friendly matches of the season winning away at Harwich & Dovercourt.
Staff Golf – Tuesday 27th August
Any members club would not get far without the support of its members and its staff. To celebrate this the Club has an annual golf match where teams are made up irrespective of ability and the golf is played over ten holes in a Texas Scramble format. The winners this year with an impressive 29.1 were Jess Annandale, Sam Cook, Julie Ruscoe and Dave Blackmore. Tucked neatly into their score was an impressive hole-in-one scored by Julie Ruscoe on the eighth. The second placed team were Lotte Parker, Gavin Mathews, Tim Logan and Jake Farson with a score of 31.4.
Junior Club Championship – Friday 23rd August
George Whitbread became Junior Champion at Colchester Golf Club last weekend. Returning gross rounds of 69 and 70 his aggregate score of 139 was more than enough to secure him the championship. In the morning’s round his two bogeys on the front nine on the seventh and eighth holes were sandwich between two birdies to give him a level par after nine holes and although dropping a shot on the twelfth he picked up two further birdies on the thirteenth and fourteenth to record a one under par total and give him a clear lead at the half way stage. His nearest rival was Tom Miller who had a gross of 74 in the morning round followed closely by Zach Taylor with a 75 gross. Despite Miller returning a stunning 69 gross in the afternoon Whitbread stayed ahead with another great round of 70. Taylor remaining steady recording another round in the low seventies but this was not enough to separate the two leaders and Whitbread claimed his victory with a 139 (69+70) total. Millers was second with 143 (74+69) and Taylor third with 149 (75+74).
Turner Cup & Bank Holiday Foursomes – Monday 26th August
Bank Holiday Monday was the Turner Cup combined with a foursomes competition, with married or blood related pairings vying for Turner Cup. This year it was the father and son pairing of Adam and Ryan Harper who, playing in the last group returned 42 stableford points to sweep the board knocking the long time leaders Gill and Barrie Minns from the top spot and win the Turner Cup. The Minns pairing had sat in the clubhouse comfortable leaders with their 41 points which was some three points clear of the rest of the field. However the Harpers justifiably came out tops with their 42 points. In joint third place were Doreen and Tony Friedlander and Joan Cotterill and John Redden both having 38 points. Sharing 37 points were Hilary Persent and Fiona Rose along with Tony and Jan Murray.
Stableford – Sunday 25th August
On Sunday whilst the Club played host to one of the semi-finals of the Thornton Cup it ran a stableford competition for the members which was won by Alan Snaith with 38 points from his 15 handicap. He was just the one shot clear of the two 37s returned by Robin Tucker (18) and Simon Rippingale (9). Paul French (9) and Colin Witney (12) both had 36s and Colin Gathercole (7) had a 35.
Thornton Cup Semi-Final – Sunday 25th August
Colchester Golf Club fell at the final hurdle to play in the final of the Thornton Cup Challenge,Essex’s team knockout competition played at Wanstead Golf Club last Sunday.The immaculately turned out Wanstead track could not stop Colchester losing by ten matches to five against Chelmsford. On paper this looks to be a bit of a drubbing but eight of the fifteen matches were so close that they went down the last hole before being decided. After the mornings singles where Colchester were four matches to one down it was always going to be an uphill struggle in the singles. Jake Farson lost 3&2 to Alex Bradley after a tough rear-guard action as Farson was dormie six down on the 13th tee. Steve Wynne halved his match against Jack Smith but Ben David succumbed to Chelmsford’s plus three handicapper Jack Hiluta 3&1. Dan Eke went down 4&3 to Simon Gibbins but after one of the performances of the day Tom Miller just failed to win against James Allen and went one down on the last. A gauge of Miller’s performance was that Allen was five under par when he won. Alan Sharrocks had a tough opponent in Keith Davies but came out tops with a 2&1 victory however George Whitbread spoilt his hard earned record in the competition and lost one down to Elliot Oxlade. Bill Eke, playing the Essex Seniors Champion Peter Cumberworth, came up trumps with a two up victory on the last. John Logan battled well to halve his match against Andrew Petts and Jon Gilbert put in a great performance to beat Sam Crampton 4&3 to complete the individual scores.
Falling foul of this Chelmsford team is certainly no shame as the competition is played off scratch and the aggregate playing handicaps of the Chelmsford team was 12, including a five handicapper, against Colchester’s total handicaps of 34. At the dinner after the match Colchester’s team captain Dave Blackmore summed up Colchester’s year by congratulating Chelmsford on their fine win saying that it had been a pleasure to be involved with the team this year and that he was immensely proud of their achievements.
Colchester has one last attempt at county honours when their seniors team go head to head against Upminster on September 10th at Bentley Golf Club in the final of the Essex Seniors Team Championship.
Essex Seniors Semi-Final vs Stoke by Nayland – Monday 12th August
Colchester Golf Club made it into the final of the Essex Seniors’ Team Championship by beating Stoke by Nayland Golf Club 6 ½ to 4 ½ at Upminster Golf Club. Both teams travelled from their respective county bases to the lush parkland course of Upminster for this long awaited clash for a place in the final of this major county competition. Upminster had prepared the course to a high standard and both teams were suitably impressed. Many of the players had known their opponents throughout their sporting lives and the match was played in a sporting but friendly atmosphere. Lorrie Austin from Colchester was the first to finish with a 5&4 win over Dave Austin but this win was quickly balanced with a 4&3 loss by Dick Bokenham against John Williams. Colchester’s Alan Hyde completed his match soon afterwards with a fine 5&4 victory over Bob Filer. Most of the other matches were finely balanced with holes being exchanged one way then the other with few exerting any real prominence except Stoke’s Reg Reid who put Tom Rothery away 5&4. Vic Pomphrett beat John Smith one up to give Colchester a temporary advantage but Kevin Prince went down to Andy Higginson to square up the matches again. Then Colchester’s team captain Tim Roger’s got the good news that John Dornan after a tough struggle against Bill Wardle had secured another point 2 up at the last hole to put his team one point clear and needing 1½ points to ensure at least the play off. Bill Eke secured his point against Chris Bridge on the 17th two up with just the one hole to play. Dave Blackmore and Roger Robertson after two really hard matches against Trevor Samways and Keith Pritchard both secured half points by finishing all square on the par three 18th to securing Colchester’s progression to the final against Upminster at Bentley Golf Club on the 10th September. Chris Doyle’s had been leading in his match approaching the 17th hole agreed a half when the full results ahead of him were known to complete the 6½ to 4½ win.