Trentham / Beau Desert Report August 22nd – 23rd 2016 The GSGB August Meeting took place at Trentham and Beau Desert in Staffordshire where 73 members enjoyed playing two excellent courses. The area had experienced three days of wet weather leading up to the meeting but if not for a few soggy bunkers no one would have known. Trentham is a fine parkland course designed by Harry Colt. Well known for its excellent greens and immaculate presentation the course has often been used for Open Qualifying. There were a number of good scores on Day 1 with the top of the leaderboard in the Men's competition being tightly packed. It was a different story in the Ladies competition with Kathryn Archibald holding a massive 9 point lead.
At Dinner we were joined by the Trentham Captain, Martin Gee and his wife Gillian. Martin accepted the £500 Society cheque from GSGB Chairman Robin Moser before speaking about the attractions of the local and recent success of the Trentham junior section.
Day 2 was a beautiful warm summers day at Beau Desert which is a wonderful heathland layout. The course offers “all year round” turf underfoot with attractive tree lined fairways and no shortage of heather which was in full purple bloom. The course is well known for being quite difficult, particularly the greens which are undulating and usually rather quick and the scores reflected this. Barrie Luscombe from Bath had a day to remember when he had a hole-in-one at the short 10th. As well as receiving an engraved GSGB memento, Barrie was presented with a framed picture of the 10th hole, donated by Beau Desert Golf Club.
The King of Morocco Cup was won by Richard Wadkin from Sand Moor with an aggregate total of 67 points and the Runner-up was Mark Moorfoot from Bath with 65 points. The Society Salver was won by Kathryn Archibald from Alnmouth with 72 points and the Runner-up was Clare Fulton from Woburn with 63 points.
Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.
The next event will be at Broadstone/Isle of Purbeck on September 20th – 21st.