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Belfry AGM Terms and Conditions

posted by Paul Collier   [ updated ]

As is usual with our AGM, this year it's the Belfry on July 26th and 27th, there are some booking terms and conditions that members attending must be aware of when booking. See attached file.

Belgian Tour Report

posted 13 Nov 2017, 09:49 by Paul Collier

GSGB Belgium Tour 9th - 16th September 2017

On 9th September twenty seven GSGB golfers good and true descended on Genval in the Waterloo region south of Brussels for a week’s stay at the Hotel Chateau du Lac, a beautiful hotel which overlooks theLac de Genval and was formerly the Belgian headquarters of Schweppes. All arrived safely and on time for pre-dinner drinks – all that is except Barrie who had to rush back to Lille to retrieve his passport and wallet inadvertently left in a hotel safe. But he was back in time for the lovely welcome meal which followed, beautifully served to us in a private room overlooking the lake.
And then on to golf. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the week wasn’t good. Heavy showers were expected, so umbrellas and waterproofs were at the ready. But we were so lucky! The showers did indeed come, but not when we were playing golf. So somehow we managed five rounds with virtually no need for waterproofs. The five courses we played were all challenging, in good condition and with fine clubhouses and facilities. Royal Waterloo was most people’s favourite. It was also closest to our hotel, but it must be very discreetly located, since Robin and Pat took forever to find it despite (or maybe because of) having three different sat navs to help them. But they got there eventually to join their teams, and even managed to get among the prizes on the day.

Other than at Royal Waterloo the only temporary first-tee ‘no-show’ was at Sept Fontaines on the Tuesday. Ruth and Lyn drove to the course early, paid for their buggy and settled down with cups of coffee. Early smugness at being the first to arrive, turned to concern when no one else turned up. On checking they realized that they were at the wrong course – they were at Friday’s course La Tournette two days
early! A quick dash to Sept Fontaines followed, where outwardly at least they showed
tremendous sang-froid following their faux-pas.

Apart from these two minor hiccoughs the week’s golf went very smoothly. Some
good golf was played. And some not-so-good golf. But everyone enjoyed it. Mainly
team competitions of course, so blame could easily be shared!
On their free day many people took the opportunity to visit Brussels, while others
visited the many historic sites nearby relating to the battle of Waterloo.

On the final evening we enjoyed a gala dinner followed by the prize presentation. Not
surprisingly everyone got a prize, but a special mention goes to Beverley and Barrie
each of whom received a bottle of champagne, as winners of the individual Stableford
competition. And another special mention to Robin and Sally, who managed to make
it to the dinner despite having to abandon their broken-down Porsche convertible
near to the Waterloo memorial. Yet more British sang-froid!


Overall a very enjoyable tour with a great group of tourists, who mixed in well and
made the job of the organizer an easy one.

Report on the Addington Meeting

posted 4 Oct 2017, 00:55 by Paul Collier   [ updated 4 Oct 2017, 01:22 by Brian Ward ]

September 25th - 26th   2017

The GSGB September Meeting was held in Croydon at The Addington Golf Club, one of the most attractive heathland courses in England and currently ranked in Great Britain & Ireland's Top 100 courses. Fifty four members even enjoyed a few hours of sunshine but more importantly two days of dry weather to finish off another enjoyable season for the Society.

The Addington is a classic Abercrombie design, many would say his best, dating back to 1913 and although not particularly long, offers a tough test of golf with numerous forced carries over heather clad valleys to contend with. Only 10 miles from the centre of London, the course is a haven of heather, bracken, pine and beech with a number of redwoods and other specimen trees adding to its beauty.

After Dinner we were joined by the Addington Captain Geoff Dolan who spoke of the club's junior programme and how it teaches golf to kids in the local area. GSGB Chairman Robin Moser presented Geoff with a £500 donation towards the club junior section.

The men’s Barlow Seniors Trophy was won by George Clark from Effingham with 64 points and the runner-up was Nigel Hodges from Astbury with 70 points. Nigel had to settle for 2nd place as he is not yet 65 and therefore still too young to take home the Senior Trophy. The Ladies Trophy was won by Christine Hinchcliffe from Sand Moor who scored 61 points and the runner-up was Gill Hodges from Astbury who marginally lost out to Christine on countback.

A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.

You can view prizewinners and photos of the course here

The opening Meeting of 2018 will be held in Kent at Prince's and Royal Cinque Ports on May 16th - 17th.

 

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

HANDICAP CUP–

Gents Aggregate

DECANTER

EFFINGHAM

64

 

GEORGE CLARK

HANDICAP CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

FRUIT BOWL

 

SAND MOOR

61

 

CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

ASTBURY

70

(under65)

 

NIGEL HODGES

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

ASTBURY

61

 

GILL HODGES

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT

35

JIM HUNTER

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

ROYAL WIMBLEDON

34

DEREK LYONS

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

BATH

35

STEPHANIE MOORFOOT

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

SAND MOOR

32

 

DELYSE WADKIN

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

ALWOODLEY

33

NIGEL DICKSON

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

WOBURN

33

IAN EDWARDS

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

NORTHANTS COUNTY

33

CELIA EDWARDS

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

BATH

32

 

LINDA HILL

Sand Moor and Pannal report

posted 4 Sep 2017, 01:39 by Brian Ward   [ updated 4 Sep 2017, 01:41 ]

Sand Moor / Pannal Report   August 30th – 31st 2017

The GSGB August Meeting took place at Sand Moor and Pannal, two of Yorkshire's finest courses. 63 members enjoyed good weather throughout the event although the later starters had to put up with a heavy shower on the second day at Pannal. Sand Moor is a fine course and best described as a parkland layout, although a handful of holes have a heathland feel to them as you get closer to the reservoir. The course also boasts a particularly challenging and memorable quartet of par-3's.

Sand Moor members Giles and Christine Hinchcliffe were instrumental in the smooth running of the day as they respectively took on the roles of starter and card checker. Other Sand Moor members John Ryder and Delyse Wadkin played particularly well, leading their respective competitions at the half way point even after receiving the mandatory 2-stroke penalty when playing their home course. At Dinner we were joined by club Captain Nigel Stallworthy and his wife Michelle. Nigel accepted the £500 Society cheque from GSGB Chairman Robin Moser before speaking on the subject of Sand Moor's junior section. We were also joined by long standing GSGB member and Curtis Cup Captain Bridget Jackson who earlier in the year had been awarded Honorary Member of the R & A. The Chairman offered Bridget honorary life membership of the GSGB in recognition of her long lasting contribution to the game.

Day 2 began as a beautiful warm day at Pannal which is a wonderful moorland course ranked 5th best in Yorkshire. Although the good weather didn't last the course played superbly throughout the day with the quick greens giving problems to most players.

The King of Morocco Cup was won by John Ryder from Sand Moor with 72 points. John overcame his two stroke penalty to win by four shots over Nigel Dickson from Alwoodley who produced the outstanding performance of the day by scoring an excellent 40 points. The Society Salver was narrowly won by Pat Bennett from Reading with 65 points, the Runner-up being Delyse Wadkin from Sand Moor, also with 65 points. Pannal Captain Nick Rusling received the society donation to further junior gold at Pannal before presenting the trophies with Chairman Robin Moser.

Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.

Pictures from the prize giving can be found here

The next event will be at The Addington on September 25th – 26th.

 

Brian

 

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

KING OF MOROCCO CUP–

Gents Aggregate

 

DECANTER

 

Sand Moor

 

72

 

John Ryder

SOCIETY SALVER

Ladies Aggregate

FRUIT BOWL

 

 

Reading

 

 

65

 

Pat Bennett

 

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

 

Alwoodley

 

68

 

Nigel Dickson

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

 

Sand Moor

 

65

 

Delyse Wadkin

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

 

Woburn

 

35

 

John Fulton

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

 

Gog Magog

 

34

 

Nick Shaw

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

 

The Warren

 

34

 

Vanessa Adams

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

 

Woburn

 

31

 

Sue Batchelor

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

 

Moor Park

 

35

 

Robert Kendall

 

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

 

Sand Moor

 

35

 

Richard Wadkin

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

 

Alwoodley

 

33

 

Fran Dickson

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

 

Chelmsford

 

33

Alison Evans

Report on Mere AGM

posted 18 Jul 2017, 09:28 by Brian Ward   [ updated 18 Jul 2017, 12:17 ]

The Golf Society of Great Britain 2017 AGM Meeting took place at The Mere Resort & Spa, Knutsford, Cheshire on 10th/11th July. Seventy eight members entered this year's event which was a break from tradition with an 18 hole venue being chosen rather than the usual 36 hole complex. The golf course is a picturesque tree-lined parkland design with some interesting and well bunkered holes particularly on the more undulating back nine.

Our run of good weather at recent events came to an unfortunate end as rain fell on both days. Heavy rain on Day 2 meant that the competition was brought to a halt after 15 holes for the men and 14 holes for the ladies which led to a small team of volunteers being formed to adjust the scores to reflect the shortened course. The hotel accommodation, staff, food and facilities were very good indeed and we look forward to returning in the future.

The Handicap Cups for the best two day aggregate scores were won by Giles Hinchcliffe (Sand Moor) with 66 points and Kathryn Archibald (Alnmouth) 57 points. David and Kathryn Archibald with 130 points, claimed the Enjoy Golf Together Trophy by having the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.  All prize winners are listed below.

As well as the usual prizes there were "nearest the pin" competitions each day and a “beat the pro” competition on the 8th  hole, where 12 members managed to land nearer than the Pro.

Our next Meeting will take place at Sand Moor & Pannal on August 30th/31st.

The 2018 AGM will be held at The Belfry on July 26th/27th.

Photos of prize winners can be seen by clicking here.

RESULTS SHEET – MERE AGM MEETING  10 – 11 July 2017


HANDICAP CUP–

Gents  Aggregate

Crystal Decanter

from

Sand Moor

66

Giles Hinchcliffe

 

HANDICAP CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

Wavy Bowl

from

Alnmouth

57

Kathryn Archibald

 

ENJOY GOLF TOGETHER

Mixed aggregate  score

Claret Jug

from

Alnmouth

120

David Archibald

&

Kathryn Archibald

 

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

Tankard

from

Alnmouth

63

David Archibald

 

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

Glass Bowl

from

Royal Mid Surrey

55

Sheila Stirling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Chelmsford

31

Alan Golbourn

 

                 Gents – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

from

Delamere Forest

28

David Young

 

                 Gents – ­3rd Prize

Small Bowl

from

Alwoodley

27

Nigel Dickson

 

                 Ladies – 1st Prize

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Ferndown

25

Brenda Ferriman

 

                 Ladies – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

from

Northants County

24

Laura Steedman

 

 

                 Ladies – 3rd Prize          

Small Bowl

from

Sand Moor

24

Christine Hinchcliffe

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Lee-on-the-Solent

36

 Jim Hunter

 

                 Gents – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

from

Sand Moor

33

Richard Wadkin

 

                 Gents – 3rd  Prize

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

33

Pete Carpenter

 

                 Ladies – 1st Prize

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Sand Moor

35

Delyse Wadkin

 

                Ladies – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

from

Effingham

31

Liz Clark

 

 Ladies – 3rd Prize          

 Small Bowl

from

Sand Moor

31

Helen Duckett

 


Nearest The Pins

Day 2 - Gents

Small Bowl

from

The Warren

36

Terry Jones

 

 

              Ladies

 

Small Bowl

from

Royal Mid Surrey

33

Sheila Stirling

 

Day 1 - Gents 

 

Small Bowl

from

Astbury

33

Alan Percival

 

 

              Ladies

 

Small Bowl

from

Sand Moor

35

Delyse Wadkin

 

Conwy & North Wales Report

posted 15 Jun 2017, 02:53 by Paul Collier   [ updated 18 Jul 2017, 10:02 by Brian Ward ]

June 12th – 13th   2017

Following the beautiful sunny weather enjoyed in Suffolk at our May meeting, the wind was much more of a factor in June on the coastal links of North Wales. After recent rainfall Conwy and  North Wales were looking a little greener than usual for the time of year but were in good condition throughout. A field of 62 members took part in our first visit to this part of Wales and although playing conditions were challenging, particularly at Conwy, everyone enjoyed playing two of the best links courses in the region. Not surprisingly scores would suggest that most members found Conwy the more difficult of the two as no-one managed to plat to their handicap. At Dinner we were joined by the Conwy Captain, Mr Bill Harrison and his wife Helen. Bill accepted the Society donation of £500 for their junior section and also the Society shield, as a new participating club, from GSGB President Nigel Dickson. The Captain mentioned the club’s pride at being chosen as the venue for the 2020 Curtis Cup and finished off by presenting a copy of the club history to the society.

The Founders Trophy for men was won by past Chairman and President Jim Hunter from Lee-on-the-Solent with 64 points. The ladies Founders Trophy was won by Clare Fulton from Woburn who scored 66 points. Alan Percival from Astbury and Stephanie Moorfoot from Bath were the aggregate runners-up. A full list of all prize winners can be seen below. The next event will be the AGM meeting at Mere in Cheshire on July 10th/11th.

Brian

 

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Gents 

DECANTER

 Lee-on-the-Solent

 64

Jim Hunter

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Gents

 

CRYSTAL JUG

 

 

 

 

Woburn

 

 66

 

 

 

Clare Fulton

Handicap Prize–

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

 Astbury

 64

Alan Percival

Handicap Prize–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

  Bath

 

 

 63

Stephanie Moorfoot

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Northants County

 39

Ronnie Steedman

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

 Alwoodley

 

 

 36

Dudley Carvell

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

 Bath

 

 32

Linda Hill

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Effingham

 31

Liz Clark

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Northumberland

 

33

Michael Brett

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Gog Magog

 

 

31

Will Davies

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Alwoodley

30

Vicki Moss

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Blackmoror

 

30

Mary Ingram

Aldeburgh & Thorpeness

posted 28 May 2017, 10:36 by Paul Collier   [ updated 28 May 2017, 10:52 by Brian Ward ]

Report of meeting May 22nd - 23rd 2017

The opening meeting of the 2017 season was played over two of Suffolk's premier heathland courses, both currently featuring in the list of England's Top 100 courses. Seventy five members enjoyed two days of glorious weather as they battled for the honour of being crowned Scratch Cup winner 2017. The courses were as always challenging and in good shape, both having numerous bunkers and gorse bushes to contend with. Aldeburgh offers a stern test for everyone, the men in particular finding it tough as there are so many long par-4's but not a single par-5. At Dinner we were joined by the Aldeburgh Captain George Gaffney and his wife Alex, who along with everyone else, enjoyed a view of the most impressive of sunsets from the dining room. George spoke of the club's talented junior section as well as mentioning snippets of Aldeburgh's long and interesting history. GSGB Chairman Robin Moser presented George with a £500 donation which would be used for junior coaching. The men’s Scratch Cup was won for the 4th successive season by David Archibald from Alnmouth with 58 points in a very close run affair with Tim Russell from Moortown. David overcame a two shot deficit at the half way point to win on a card playoff. The Ladies Scratch Cup was won by newcomer Gabi Heuchel from East Berks who scored 56 points on her GSGB debut. The aggregate handicap winners were Paul Collier from Astbury with 70 points and Linda Cusack from Camberley Heath with 76 points. A full list of prize winners can be seen below.
The next meeting will be held at Conwy and North Wales on June 12th - 13th.





















Thailand Tour 2018 - details

posted 13 Apr 2017, 10:34 by Paul Collier   [ updated 13 Apr 2017, 10:40 ]

On the link below is the PDF file which gives a detailed description of the Feb 2018 Thailand Tour, based in the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Beach Resort & Spa. Click on the link below to open the file.

HOLIDAY PRICE: 1,995 (per person sharing)
PRICE INCLUDES: Return group transfers from Bangkok to/from the resort, 10 Nights at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
luxury beach resort, Daily Breakfast, Farewell Prize Giving Dinner, 6 rounds of golf (green fees & caddies fees), return
golf course transfers, driver & guide tipping on behalf of group only (taken care of by tour leader).

Tenerife report Feb 2017

posted 20 Mar 2017, 01:44 by Paul Collier   [ updated 20 Mar 2017, 01:46 ]

Tenerife Tour Report February 2017

On February 22nd 24 GSGB members arrived at the 5* La Caleta Resort & Spa looking forward to six rounds of golf in some warm and sunny weather, coupled with some luxury downtime. I don’t think that anyone was disappointed, on most fronts, but a couple of degrees warmer would have been nice.

The golf started with a gentle mixed 4BBB at the very scenic Golf Costa Adeje with its walls and drops betraying its past as a banana plantation. This was followed by the welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 saw an early departure for Golf del Sur, a good 27 hole set up, slightly marred by being under the flight path for the Tenerife South Airport. This did not put off Margaret Pugh and Peter Batchelor who won the day.

A rest day followed with some exploring the island and others enjoying the excellent facilities of the hotel with its Spa and external heated and unheated seawater swimming pools. A short walk along the beach lay the old fishing village of La Caleta with numerous restaurants catering for most tastes, especially fish. These proved very popular most evenings as did the Jade Stone Italian restaurant just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel entrance.

The third course was the delightful parkland layout of Golf Las Americas where we played a “husbands and wives” stableford. In round 4 we returned to Golf Costa Adeje and played a Waltz. I am not sure that familiarity led to any better performance but we were all ready for another day at leisure by the end of the round.

Our previous experience at Golf del Sur led to a slight rethink by the organiser about the format for the days play. In the end we played the “traditional” Gentlemen v Ladies match as a Greensomes which proved to be a very enjoyable format. Sadly 2 courtesy shots proved insufficient for the Ladies.

Finally a second round at the very attractive Golf Las Americas, where we played a “yellow ball” tournament. Despite some creative thinking by certain members of the party there was only a single point between the winners and runners up.

The last day was a final opportunity for more golf, no takers – sorry Robert, a bit more sightseeing or lazing by the pool. A farewell drinks party by the pool was followed by an excellent meal in a private room and prize giving. Few people, least of all the organizer, could explain the how the overall scoring worked out but the Ladies competition was won by Sue Batchelor with Pat Hart (despite a very sore back) as runner up and the Mens was won by Peter Batchelor with Robert Gardner runner up. Somehow everyone won a prize which, as ever, were of the quality expected by GSGB members on tour !

Overall it was a very enjoyable tour with many old friends and a few new tourists in an excellent hotel. The golf courses were well prepared and sufficiently testing for most of us, but extremely busy with a multi-national clientele leading to 4.3/4 to 5 hour rounds.

Nonetheless everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves, to mix well together and contribute to a very happy tour.

The Mere Ts and Cs

posted 23 Nov 2016, 10:08 by Brian Ward   [ updated 13 May 2017, 03:19 by Paul Collier ]

For those of you familiar with Strictly Come Dancing you will grasp how fascinating Ts and Cs can be... for the rest of us ... it's just something you have to endure.. So here's the Ts and Cs for The Mere Event.



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