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2018 AGM - The Belfry

posted 6 Aug 2018, 14:35 by Paul Collier   [ updated 7 Aug 2018, 01:08 ]

The 2018 Golf Society of Great Britain AGM took place at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield on 26th/27th July. Seventy one members enjoyed good weather for the duration of their stay with temperatures reaching 34 degrees on Day 1. Thankfully temperatures dropped into the mid twenties on Day 2 to the relief of everyone as this rarest of summers continued to deliver hot and dry weather. Both golf courses are relatively modern parkland designs. The PGA National being a more open and mounded design which looks almost like a links course with most fairways looking very brown indeed. However, the world famous Brabazon course, home to four Ryder Cup events, was very green indeed with trees, bunkers and water combining to make this very tough proposition for all. Fast, sloping greens and a number of very difficult pin positions only added to the challenge. The scores on the PGA National were generally quite good but the Brabazon was a completely different story with no one managing a score in the thirties.

The accommodation and facilities of the Hotel are of the highest order, the Pro shop being one of the biggest in Europe with enough stock to interest everyone. The food was also excellent throughout our stay.

At the AGM our outgoing Chairman, Mr Robin Moser, was presented with two engraved GSGB tankards in recognition of his three year term as Chairman.  

The Handicap Cups for the best two day aggregate scores were won by Giles Hinchcliffe (Sand Moor) retaining the trophy with 55 points and Liz Clark (Effingham) 53 points. Ian and Celia Edwards with 104 points, claimed the "Enjoy Golf Together Trophy" by having the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.

We were joined at Dinner by Alastair Cochran who along with John Stobbs wrote "The Search for the Perfect Swing", the book being commissioned by GSGB founder Sir Aynsley Bridgland 50 years ago in 1968. Alastair spoke about the beginnings of the book and his life in golf thereafter before being presented with an engraved whisky glass.

Our new Chairman, Mr Giles Hinchcliffe presented the prizes and the full list of winners can be found below.

Our next Meeting will take place at Camberley Heath GC & Army GC on August 28th/29th.

The 2019 AGM will be held at East Sussex National.

Here are the photos from the AGM.

 

RESULTS SHEET – Belfry AGM MEETING  26 – 27 July 2018

 

HANDICAP CUP–

Gents  Aggregate

 

Westminster Vase

from

Sand Moor

55

 

 

 

Giles Hinchcliffe

 

HANDICAP CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

 

Westminster Bowl

from

Effingham

53

 

Liz Clark

 

 

ENJOY GOLF TOGETHER

Mixed aggregate  score

 

 

Claret Jug

from

Woburn/ Northants County

104

 

Ian & Celia Edwards

 

 

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

 

Tankard

from

Bath

54

 

Robert Hill

 

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

 

Glass Bowl

from

Northants County

53

 

Celia Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Brickendon Grange

31

 

Ed Devine

 

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Effingham

30

 

George Clark

 

 

              Gents – ­3rd Prize

 

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

28

 

Pete Carpenter

 

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

 

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Ferndown

25

 

Brenda Ferriman

 

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Alwoodley

23

 

Vicki Moss

 

 

 

              Ladies – 3rd Prize          

 

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

23

 

Jan Carpenter

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Chelmsford

27

 

Alan Golbourn

 

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Northants County

25

 

Ronnie Steedman

 

 

              Gents – 3rd  Prize

 

Small Bowl

from

Portal

25

 

Ben McDyre

 

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

 

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Henley

34

 

Delia Norris

 

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Woburn

33

 

Clare Fulton

 

 

              Ladies – 3rd Prize          

 

Small Bowl

from

Bath

30

 

Linda Hill

 

NEAREST THE PIN

Day 2 - Gents

 

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

Peter Shawdon

 

 

             Ladies

 

Small Bowl

from

Alwoodley

Carol Briggs

 

 

Day 1 - Gents

 

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

Pete Carpenter

 

   

             Ladies

 

Small Bowl

from

Chelmsford

Carole Golbourn

 


Ross-on-Wye/Rolls of Monmouth Report

posted 8 Jul 2018, 05:30 by Brian Ward   [ updated 6 Aug 2018, 14:38 ]

Ross-on-Wye / Rolls of Monmouth Report   June 21st – 22nd  2018 

After such a long, wet winter who would have thought that we would be playing golf on firm and fast courses with slick greens and brown fairways by the month of June. Glorious sunny weather was enjoyed on both sides of the Welsh border as the GSGB took on two very attractive parkland courses at Ross-on-Wye and the Rolls of Monmouth. Both were in good condition throughout but a combination of fast and undulating greens set a stiff examination that was beyond most of our members. A field of 53 players took part and it was no great surprise to see just two players play to their handicap over the two days. At Dinner we were joined by the Ross-on-Wye Captain, Mr Robert Tuttiet and his wife Irene. Robert accepted the Society donation of £500 for their junior section from GSGB Chairman Robin Moser before speaking of the clubs tremendous success growing their junior section from just 30 to over 100 boys and girls over the past 5 years. The Founders Trophy for men was won by Terry Jones from the Warren with 71 points. The ladies Founders Trophy was won by Terry's partner, Vanessa Adams, also from the Warren who scored 59 points. David Kerr from Northants County and Rosemary Lilley from Portal were the aggregate runners-up. A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.

Click here for Photos from the event


The next event will be the AGM meeting at The Belfry on July 26th/27th.

 

 Brian

 

 

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Gents 

DECANTER

The Warren

71

Terry Jones

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Gents

CRYSTAL JUG

 

 

 

The Warren

59

Vanessa Adams

Handicap Prize–

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

 Northants County

69

David Kerr

Handicap Prize–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

 Portal

 

 

59

Rosemary Lilley

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Gog Magog

 

34

Robin Moser

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Effingham

30

George Clark

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Effingham

30

Liz Clark

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Northants County

28

Celia Edwards

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Woburn

 

36

Ian Edwards

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Frinton

 

35

Ian Chamberlain

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Astbury

30

Linda Burrows

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Camberley Heath

28

Linda Cusack

2018 Accounts

posted 28 Jun 2018, 01:47 by Paul Collier   [ updated 28 Jun 2018, 01:47 ]

The GSGB accounts for 2018 are now posted in the GSGB members area.

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Prince's / Royal Cinque Ports Report

posted 21 May 2018, 11:04 by Brian Ward   [ updated 30 May 2018, 02:42 ]

Prince's / Royal Cinque Ports Report   May 16th - 17th 2018

The opening GSGB meeting of the 2018 season was played over two of England's premier link's courses, Prince's on Day 1 and Royal Cinque Ports on Day 2. Prince's currently features at number 57 in the list of England's Top 100 courses with RCP sitting in 13th place, some might say that it should be in the top 10!

Sixty eight members battled with northerly 20 mph plus winds on both days as they competed for the honour of being crowned this year's Scratch Cup winner. The Prince's round was played over the Himalayas/Shore combination with the recently re-designed Himalayas loop being particularly challenging in such tough conditions. Both nines are well bunkered but the Himalayas now contains a number of wetland hazards to add to the difficulty.

In such tough conditions Nigel Hodges played particularly well to score 34 points in the men's competition with Karena Collier scoring an impressive 33 in the ladies half of the draw. At Dinner we were joined by the Prince's Captain Mr Bill Howie and his wife Sheila. Chairman Robin Moser presented Bill with a £500 donation to be used to support the club's junior section.

The wind was still a major factor on Day 2 but at least the sun made the day feel a little warmer. The winners were Mark Lockley with an excellent 34 points and Anne Perry on count back with 29 points. Royal Cinque Ports certainly lived up to its reputation as one of the world's best links courses as it has the best collection of green complexes that I personally have ever seen.  

The men’s Scratch Cup was won by Tim Russell from Alwoodley with 52 points, who managed to bring an end David Archibald's excellent run of 4 successive victories. Tim overcame a two shot deficit at the half way point to win by one point.

The Ladies Scratch Cup was won by another previous winner, Karen Lobb from Northamptonshire County who scored 46 scratch points, beating Denise Parker by 2. Although narrowly losing Scratch Cup, Denise won the aggregate handicap prize with 54 points, Geoff Ogden winning the men's aggregate with 61points. A full list of prize winners can be seen below.

You can see a photo album of the prize winners and some stunning shots of RCPGC by clicking hereTrophies presented by Keith James of Royal Cinque Ports and GSGB Chairman, Robin Moser.

The next meeting will be held at Ross-on-Wye and Rolls of Monmouth on June 21st - 22nd


Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

SCRATCH CUP–

Gents Aggregate

WESTMINSTER VASE

ALWOODLEY

52

TIM RUSSELL

SCRATCH CUP

Ladies Aggregate

WESTMINSTER BOWL

 

NORTHANTS COUNTY

46

KAREN LOBB

HANDICAP PRIZE – Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

BATH

61

GEOFF OGDEN

HANDICAP PRIZE– Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

WOODHALL SPA

54

DENISE PARKER

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

GOG MAGOG

34

MARK LOCKLEY

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

FRINTON

31

IAN CHAMBERLAIN

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

DELAMERE FOREST

29

ANNE PERRY

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

SAFFRON WALDEN

29

TRICIA SUMMERS

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

ASTBURY

34

NIGEL HODGES

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

CHELMSFORD

33

ALAN GOLBOURN

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

ASTBURY

33

KARENA COLLIER

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

ASTBURY

31

LINDA STEVENS


  

GSGB Branded golf goods

posted 18 Apr 2018, 08:04 by Paul Collier   [ updated 5 Jun 2018, 01:23 ]

We have a new relationship with a golfing goods supplier and are now offering GSGB branded goods to members.

Here is single page summary of the products available. 

The simplest method to order these items is to contact the GSGB office on 07760777736 and Brian will deliver any goods at the next GSGB event.




South Africa Tour 2019 announced

posted 27 Mar 2018, 01:11 by Paul Collier

GSGB are pleased to announce the proposed tour to South Africa in February and March 2019 - and jolly fantastic it looks too ... full details can be found in the attached PDF file.

Belfry AGM Terms and Conditions

posted 19 Nov 2017, 10:36 by Paul Collier   [ updated 19 Nov 2017, 10:38 ]

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

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