29-Mar-2010 : Club Report 1
Fraser Macintyre, the Club Captain for 2010 got the season into full swing at the ceremonial Drive In. He can draw from previous experience of such a position as he is a past captain and chairman of Caunton Cricket Club, giving service through thirty-three years.
He has selected Beaumond House Community Hospice as the club charity for 2010, while the Charity Day Open will support the Southwell Care Project. “The Club has a predilection for supporting local charities,” said Macintyre. “We want to support the excellent care that is provided by Beaumond House.
Macintyre and incoming Vice Captain, Maurice Mayfield are targeting the continuation of the successful progress of the clubs Nottinghamshire Scratch League team. Under the leadership of John Cooke jnr, the Team will continue to compete in the top division of the league this season.
“The club is producing proficient golfers who have the talent to compete with the best in the county.” Macintyre explained. “We are very pleased to have a large junior section and with coaching from Pete Lockley, they are finding their way into this level of competition.”
The Captain v Vice Captain match-play competition had a shot-gun start after the drive-in. This resulted in a win for the Vice Captains team at 8 ½-6 ½.
John Lucey will captain the seniors section while Harold Lockwood will be the vice-captain.
The various sections of the club have organized exchange days at Ashbourne GC, Masham GC, Boston GC, Grimsby GC and to Ashby Decoy GC.
Gentlemen: Wilkingson Cups.
Colin Croom [left] and Gary Hales
[right] size up a putt on the ninth.
Gary Hales and Colin Croom scored a gross forty out and a gross forty in to record a nett score of 64 ½ to win the Wilkingson Cups greensome competition by one shot. Five pars and two birdies helped the scorecard as the pairing managed to complete the remaining holes in bogey. Hales explained,” the key to the round was successfully scrambling to get up and down and limit the damage.” He continued, “most of the time, I was aiming to lag up a putt to leave a tap in, but a handful dropped in from four foot and beyond.”
The play was sure and steady without a concerning incident, up to the departure from the eighth hole, which provided the first birdie. At the ninth hole, both Croom, who always led off, and Hales, drove deep into the trees upon the left hand side of the fairway. There appeared to be no option available except for a chip out to the area around the bunker. Croom thought otherwise.The left hander emolliated the error, threading the ball between the tree trunks, and made good distance to the hole. Croom, who had made a ‘last minute’ decision to enter the competition prior to the draw said,” It was the shot of my life, to fade the ball out of the trouble and find the apron of the green”. This was not the first, or the last time in the round, that one quality shot obviated preceding ineptitude. He continued,” I was steady all the way through except for driving out of bounds upon five.” His ball soared high over the ditch, track-way and trees to find terra firma deep into the adjoining field. Possibly, It might be harvested in the Autumn. The mistake, although large in magnitude, was inconsequential, as Hales found the green from the tee. In recompense, Croom put some helpful leeway onto the scorecard. It was his well judged, pin high approach shots which set up the birdies at eight and twelve.
Hales had an excellent day with the driver consistently finding the centre of the fairway with good distance. However there was also another strong point in his game that contributed greatly to the scoring. He regularly exhibited a natural penchant for deft shots around the green which were executed with precise accuracy. This was the case at the sixth hole where a Hales chip left Croom with a ‘few inches’ tap in for a shot saving, scrambled par.
Trouble also flared at the sixteenth hole as the pairing were twenty-five yards from the pin after four slack shots. From the tee, Hales leaked his drive to the right and found a spot behind a tree, leaving Croom with a sideways exit to provide a shot to the green. Following lengthy discussion they decided to play the Croom ball, which was short but on the fairway, Hales girded up to heave a hefty swipe and promptly miss-hit the ball. The ball was advanced close to the GUR bunker, upon the right hand side of the fairway. Croom, if he could have avoided the woodwork, could have chipped out from the trees and been closer to the hole. His next shot put the ball short and left of the green. In fact, short of the trolley path, through the trees to the bridge to the seventeenth hole. This was another opportunity for immediate redemption of the previous errors. Hales, with a composed and assertive application conjured up the Perry Como ‘magic moment’. He found the green with the first bounce of his high fluttering chip shot and cosseted the ball to within six inches of the hole. It left another danger extinguishing, and possibly competition winning tap in, from a distance measured in inches.
Michael Hosegood and Ben Sheard took second place with a nett 65 ½. This was Sheards’ second top three placing of the season. Third place went to Stuart Rigley and David Cumberland on count-back with a nett 67 ½.
Mixed: Club Stableford.
The first individual club competition of the new season got underway with a mixed field of 97 entries. The cold weather had departed midweek and the competition took place upon a day of wind and rain. Winter rules were in place with the contest bee,n decided off of full handicap. Low scores were not expected due to the blustery conditions. First Tony Glasby 39 points, second Stevie Parry 38 pts, third Ben Sheard 38 pts.
Ladies:Captains' Drive-In Competition.
Edith Pacey is the new Captain of the Ladies Section at Newark. She has selected the Breast Services Dept at Newark Hospital to be the beneficiary of the ladies charity. Pacey, who has been a volunteer around the wards and in the coffee shop for fifteen years explained,” we want to help in providing the latest screening technology within the local area.”
“We are thrilled that the club is hosting the Nottinghamshire County Ladies Championships. We are also delighted to welcome the return of a former county champion, Emma Sheffield, into the ladies section, after a gap year,” Pacey said. “Kath Sharman will take up the duties of the ladies vice captain, in a very enthusiastic ladies section”.
The Lady Captain v Vice Captain match-play competition had a shot-gun start after the drive-in. This resulted in a win for the Vice Captains team at 8 ½-4 ½. The matches were closely fought and the majority of the results were decided upon the final two holes.
Ladies: January Medal.
Leading results are as follows [nett scores]: Division One; 1-Jayne Bingham 65 cb; 2- Sue Simpson 65 cb; 3-Caroll McLachlan 67 cb. Division Two:1-Hilda Price 66; 2-Dorothy Dean 68; 3-Pat Alexander 69 cb; 4-Dorothy Britton 69 cb. Division Three: 1-Annie Illsley 72; 2-Jean Dickens 78 cb; 3-Claire Protheroe 78 cb. Emma Sheffield had the lowest gross score of 75 from the 48 entries.
Ladies: February Stableford.
There were 45 entries for the Ladies February Stableford and results were as follows. Division One: 1- Sue Simpson 35 pts cb; 2- Jill Pearce 35 pts cb ; 3- Josie Wake 34 pts. Division Two: 1- Megan Allen 32 pts; 2- Jean Dews 31pts; 3- Rosemary Lloyd 30 pts. Division Three: 1- Claire Protheroe 30 pts; 2- Sandra Goodwin 23 pts; 3- Sue Birkett 19 pts.
Ladies: March Medal.
Leading results are as follows [nett scores]: Division One: 1-Jayne Bingham 73 cb; 2-Polly Antcliffe 73 cb; 3-Linda Castledine 75. Division Two:1-Gillian Lyon 74; 2-Rita Stevenson 76; 3-Anne Scothern 79. Division Three: 1-Linda Fearn 76; 2-Annie Illsley 84; 3-Jean Dickens 89. Emma Sheffield had the lowest gross score of 79 from the 37 players.
Ladies: March Stableford.
There were 39 entries for the Ladies Stableford and results were as follows. Division One: 1-Jan Charlton 35pts cb; 2-Eva Glasby 35pts cb; 3-Denise Clarke 33 pts. Division Two: 1-Judy Spilsbury 34 pts; 2-Megan Allen 33 pts; 3-Chris Staniforth 31 cb pts. Division Three: 1-Sandra Goodwin 34 pts; 2-Pat Wilson 27 pts; 3-Jean Dickens 26 pts cb.
Seniors: January Stableford.
1- Derek Parkin 36 points; 2- Stan Homer 34 pts cb; 3- Ken Gibson 34 pts cb; 4- Ian Dunn 34 pts cb.
Seniors: March Stableford.
There were 36 entries and the leading results [points] are as follows:1- Tony Rossington 46 cb; 2-John Hallam 46 cb; 3-John Rimmer 42 cb.
Seniors: Spring Meeting.
There were 55 entries and the leading results [points] are as follows:1-Roger Swain 39 cb; 2-Ian Dunn 39 cb; 3-Keith Harding 38.