An extremely successful Open Competition was held at the Club on Tuesday 1st August 2017. There was a full complement of 96 visiting golfers from 41 Clubs from far and wide. We had visitors from Weston super Mare and other clubs in Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. They certainly enjoyed our course, which was in great condition and we were blessed with fine weather.
Mercedes cars sponsored the event and provided five valuable prizes, including two driver experience courses and a very smart golf bag for nearest the pin on the short holes. Cars were displayed on the course.
The competition was a qualifying stableford played in two divisions staring from the 1st and 10th tees by our accomplished starters, Ted Wilkins and Ron Cross.
The overall winner was Dave Ford (Moors Valley -Division2) with a total of 39 points; second, and winner of the division 1 prize, was Dave Rixon (Calcot Park) with 37 points. Prizes were provided for second to fifth places in both divisions and a prize for best age 75 or over golfer was won by Martin Crosskey (Osborne – IoW) with 33 points.
David Pitman and Brian Bush persuaded our guests to part with significant amounts of cash to buy raffle tickets. This resulted in a nice surplus of £350 which will go to the Captains’ charity – the Windward Foundation. Thanks are due to the members who donated prizes.
Thanks, are also due to Mike Deren for coordinating with Mercedes; Mike Davies for ensuring all scores were properly entered into the computer system and Seniors Vice – Captain, Barry Girdlestone, for his support. Mac Jones and Len Buurman ensured our guests were registered promptly and efficiently and how can I forget our ball spotters extraordinaire, Dennis Chalk, Geoff Whittle, who spent the day sitting imperiously on his shooting stick on the second fairway, and Chris Padwick who collected a mammoth amount of lost balls on the 10th!
We are also seriously indebted to Robert Jackson for his superb planning and organisation of the whole event. His input ensured a successful and enjoyable day.
So, a memorable day ended with a ‘Running Carvery’ which received many compliments from our guests.
Terry Wilson – Seniors Captain