Morecambe Golf Club – Captains Day 2020

Most had an early start, leaving the bright sunshine of Liverpool/ Manchester behind, and arriving to the grey overcast skies of Morecambe with it blowing a gale. As the morning scramble got underway, I sent my first tee shot over the trees, over the fence and out of bounds. The sympathetic galleries of Woodsy and Campbell and their cries of “You’ve just killed that cockle picker” filled me with confidence. The scramble served as a good warm up for most, with the score generally around level par, with the winner coming in 2 under, and the losers coming in at 4 over. Sorry Zach.

After some half time soup and sandwiches, and pints for some, there was a rush for some to make their tee. The course was in great condition and the wind seemed to calm down slightly in the afternoon. There was an assassination attempt on the 13th green/ 14th tee. While allowing the group in front tee off, I believed I was stood in a safe place. Matt Naylor decided to rifle a drive knee height straight towards me. Doing my best Michael Flatley impression to try a get out of the way, it was a choice between my kneecap, or my golf bag. The bag took the impact, and the leg of which now has a nice bend to show for it. Must have known I was on a decent score.  

Congratulations to Col, who managed to beat Martyn in their matchplay, despite the 30 year age gap, and 250 yard gap off the tee. Commiserations Martyn. Congratulations must also go to Mike Bower for victory in the league, and to Dave Hadden for the helix.

Thanks as well to Lee for his contributions as Captain over the past year, a good luck to John for the next season. I look forward to the chaos that ensues!

Thanks and congrats to our two time Captains Day winner, Dan Foode. No more needs to be said.

For full schedule see; Morecambe Golf Club – Captains Day

Long Drive – Paul Foode

NP – Frank McGlynn

NP2 – Dave Whitaker

2’s – N.A.

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you for the start of a new season at Prestatyn on the 4th of October

Preston Golf Club

Arriving at the club it was a pleasant surprise to see the greens in such good nick, there were several mummering’s of “how is this place only £25”.
 
Bacon butties and coffee were served on individual tables even though people had shared cars  which seemed a little odd but all concerns of lonely dining were soon a distant memory when it was realised that this month we would be getting 3 rations of bacon instead of 2. 
 
The front 9 wasn’t the most inventive of course design, up, down, up, down, up, down, i think George Lowe couldn’t be arsed that morning. The back 9 was much better, elevated tee boxes, small firing greens just over ditches, some cracking par 5s and testing par 3s. It wasn’t for the faint hearted and it definitely wasn’t for Kev and Steve Doran, in fact the front 9 wasn’t either (sorry guys). An absolute pleasure to play (smiled all day long) and a personal highlight was when Steve Doran played three off the par 3 tee box, had a shot then hit it into a ditch, my dad then teed off from the elevated green over his head as he was out of view, Steve then found his ball in the ditch, dropped out, chipped on and still had a put for a point! I still haven’t worked that out! haha
 
Good day out and looking forward to the next event! Steve D
 
Thanks and congrats to our winner, Steve Davies

For full schedule see; Preston Golf Club

Long Drive – Andy Davies

NP – Dave Hadden

NP2 – Steve Davies

2’s – Josh Hadden

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you at Morecombe on the 13th of September

Pleasington Golf Club

“Hi guys. Hope everyone enjoyed Pleasington as much as I did. I thought the course was in excellent condition and definitely one of the better courses the society have played.

Having just had my 3rd lesson in 50 yrs of playing golf I have to say it was £20 well spent. I think many of our members could benefit from his wisdom. His name is Chris Mawdsley and he resides at Formby Driving Range and maybe he can teach Andy to avoid every bunker on the course.

Thanks to Andy, Mike and Frank for the enjoyable company on a glorious day. Looking forward to Preston which is another great course.”

Thanks and congrats to our long overdue winner Mark Campbell. You forgot to mention your members bounces though!

For full schedule see; 9th of August Pleasington Golf Course

Long Drive – Simon Davies

NP – Steve Waddelove

NP2 – Josh Hadden

2’s – …

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you at Preston on the 30th of August

Society Championship, Hill Valley Golf Club

Drama, tension, a ten pointer and a two-hole play-off, the Championship this year had it all. Relocated to sunny Shropshire from the Costa del Sol, forests and swathes of long grass replaced the sand and immaculate lawns of Spain for the 19 members who ventured to Whitchurch. Although a bit cooler than Spain, thankfully the weather behaved itself and the weatherproofs could be left in the car.

The Emerald course, which we played on the first two days, proved to be tight with too many trees for my liking. The sound of ball striking timber was fairly common although I must admit to have developed an uncanny knack of getting the ball to bounce back into play on more than one occasion. Not all were so lucky with one report that they never made it onto the fairway in the 36 holes we played on the course (plus the next 12 on the Sapphire course!)

After two days, the final group tackling the Sapphire course were chasing Mike Bower who was in the lead. Supposedly the ‘easier ‘ course, in places it was difficult to see  the green for the trees – if the Emerald was tight, this was the proverbial duck’s arse! Very scenic but badly let down by the condition of the greens which meant that putting was sometimes a matter of hit and hope. The three chasers tried to keep the pressure up on the leader but it was never clear whether any of us were making any in roads into his lead. My impression on the last hole was that it was close but there was still a gap and my only hope was to keep the pressure up. We both finished with fives, so was resigned to finishing behind Mike overall. It was a real surprise the find out that we were tied once all the scores were counted.

Having duffed my second shot on the first play-off hole the pendulum swung away from me but an up and down from the front of the green meant I recovered to tie the hole. Cries of ‘they’re going back’ from the balcony and referee Andy Davies had another four hundred yard jog back to the 18th tee. Both on the green for three, both within five feet for four! A lipped putt and I was left with four feet to win. When I opened my eyes, it was in the hole!!

A great three days golf in great company, even the draft beer running out on the second evening didn’t impact on the banter. Thanks go to Barry for keeping all the records up to date and for everybody who attended for making it a memorable event.

Thanks and congrats to our first 3 time Championship winner, Evan Bale!

For full schedule see; 19- 21st of July 2020 Society Championship, Hill Valley

Long Drive – Steve Davies, Josh Hadden, Steve Davies

NP – Dan Foode, Martyn Wilson, Frank McGlynn

NP2 – Andy Davies, Dan Foode, John Aylward

2’s – Steve Davies

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you at Pleasington on the 9th of August

Dean Wood Golf Club

Once again the weather Gods shone on us. We’d had a society day here donkeys years ago and my memory of it was that it wasn’t up to much but I’ve got to say I thought it was in great nick & a perfect venue for a society outing, one we should definitely keep on the regular play calendar.  The physics defying greens were a serious test, uphill was downhill, left to right was right to left & fast!

Having been in a group with Simon & Steve it’s pretty obvious that any longest drive comp wins are a thing of the past, maybe time to introduce an over 50s LD comp? Having said that our third group member Mike Bower can still bomb them out there! Not bad for one of the old farts that’s spent as much time recovering from operations as he has playing golf in the last few years.

I certainly wasn’t expecting to have to write this again after the 6 shot slash from Wirral, and with 8 now gone in the last 2 outings I suspect any chance of winning the championship has sailed off into the sunset. Commiserations to Steve in our matchplay, it could easily have gone the other way if a couple of tiddler putts had dropped for him.

Well done to all the other comp winners and looking forward to seeing one and all at Hill Valley.  The weather forecasts looking great so can’t wait.  At least I’ve got enough golf balls for the first 2 rounds.

Thanks and big congrats to our back-to-back winner, Mike Kirkland!

For full schedule see; 12th of July 2020 Dean Wood Golf Club

Long Drive – Steve Davies

NP – Mike Bower

NP2 – Paul Foode

2’s – …

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you at Hill Valley on the 19th of July

Wirral Golf Club

“Great to be back out on the fairways again with the society & a good turnout with 25 members and 1 guest.  It seemed a lot longer than 12 weeks since the last one, thankfully we’re all still here to keep playing although I’m not sure that will continue if Kevin Wilson’s social distancing regs lapses continue! Thankfully he didn’t need to take the flag pole out very often ( sorry Kev )

Wirral is short, even off the whites but was an ideal challenge for the restart.  The greens were a bit on the slow side but overall presented in great condition.  Lots of good scores registered with 18 at 30+ & 4 making it into the 40s.  My sincere apologies to Paul.  If I’d played as I did at Formby on Friday I’d have been nailed on for the wooden spoon but thankfully my alter ego turned up & having to give me 11 shots he was on a hiding to nothing in the matchplay.  He did have the consolation of walking away with the longest drive prize, no mean feat with all the young bucks in the society these days, hats off.

Good to see Kevin Wilson back with us clicking along with his dodgy walnut whip, & 28 pts, not bad for an old croc 👍.  The new slimline Josh was as good company as ever.  His new sylphlike figure hasn’t taken anything away from his monster drives but I’m not sure the course suited his power game? He could have done with a 100yds adding to each hole.

The weather was great, how do we get away with it so often? They say the sun shines on the righteous, so whichever one of you qualifies in that dept please keep turning up. Walking down the 18th fairway, hot, tired & gagging for a cold beer we were ruing the fact that we couldn’t have a cold pint of San Miguel only to find that the star of the day, Colin, had brought a car load of cold beers, awesome! No one at the club seemed to mind us milling around.  It finished the day off nicely, wouldn’t have been the same without it, well done Col 👏👏.

The main talking point was Wadders flowing silky locks bursting out from under his cap Willy Wonka style. Needless to say most of those taking the mickey hadn’t been in the least bit affected by the lack of hairdressing facilities during lockdown.

Great day all round & fingers crossed see you all at Dean Wood on the 12th.”

Thanks and congrats to our winner Mike Kirkland

For full schedule see; 14th of June 2020 – Wirral Golf Club

Long Drive – Paul Foode

NP – Steve Davies

NP2 – Andy Davies

2’s –

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you at Dean Wood on the 12th of July

Formby Ladies Golf Club – Part Deux

“What a strange old spring we’ve had. Coronavirus has taken over our lives and Colin Davies is making birdies, most of us are looking forward to a return to normality!

We managed one last round in perfect conditions and with half the field isolating it was a great opportunity to claim a win. Only 13 members turned up and with no pre or post round gatherings it didn’t feel quite right. With only Dave Hadden on the practice green missing putt after putt there was a sense of self confidence running through my veins.

With all to play for down the last John fired in a lovely par putt to tie our match play. Coming in with 40 points I wondered who could have beaten me, never did I expect my own dad to rock up with 40 points, that’s normally what you would expect his total to be on the society championship. Also to my surprise Campbell came in with the lowest score of the day. On second thought he did spend most of the day trampling around the gorse which is a pleasant reminder that he is human after all. The only non surprising event was that Dave Hadden walked in.”

Congrats and thanks to the winner, Simon Davies

For full schedule see; 22nd of March 2020 – Formby Ladies Golf Club

Long Drive – Dan Foode

NP – Josh Hadden

NP2 – Lee Hardy

2’s – Josh Hadden 2, Dan Foode, Simon Davies

For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you…who knows when!

Formby Ladies Golf Club

Photo from Andy Davies

2020 saw FFGS’s first round of the year return to more familiar surroundings. Formby Ladies at this time of the year is undoubtedly one of the best courses we’re likely to play. Fortunately, the weather was kind, a slight breeze with showers was forecast but it didn’t really come through until the latter holes. The fear was that not all groups would get around due to the lateish start and number of attendees, but speed of play seemed good and all managed to finish.

The slightly shorter course was always likely to result in some good scores, 15 players scored 36 or more with only 4 players scoring less than 30.

The two highest scores both came from the same group. After hitting his second shot of the day into a bush and narrowly missing his co-leaders’ trolley, Josh Hadden came in with a great score of 43! An unbelievable round given his lower handicap, single figures soon Josh! But a back 9 of 25 meant we were tied in the clubhouse with a countback needed to separate the two of us. Fortunately for me, the Hadden Countback Curse struck again to give me my first win and first handicap cut in the society.

After originally coming in with 18, the wooden spoon was reluctantly accepted with a score of 21 after a re-count by Lee.

For full schedule see; 5th of January 2020 – Formby Ladies Golf Club

Long Drive – Andy Davies

NP – Dan Foode

NP2 – Josh Hadden

2’s – Dan Foode x2, Mark Campbell, Lee Hardy

There were a number of matchplays on the day, for current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you next month at Prestatyn

Martyn Wilson

First time FFGS winner! Congrats.

Berrington Hall Golf Club

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It proved to be second time lucky for us all at Berrington Hall on Sunday, with great weather for this time of year; Once the drizzle had cleared by 10:10 am a wonderful day developed into winter sunshine and a good breeze.

With a good turnout again, 21, we were well looked after by the catering staff, who offered a hearty full English breakfast to start off the day and a wholesome Chip butty at the end of play.

The Course, although shortened, was in far better condition than was expected and I noted how unusual it was to have the highest green as the wettest – I don’t get that at all! Andy, Evan, Simon and I played as a foursome, whilst Andy and Evan got on with their matchplay, Simon and I tried to distract each other in pursuit of the victory, but the day proved a good one for me as I had Bagger Vance on my shoulder showing me lines of the putts, and I was able to walk in with 10 single putts. Overall, we finished with an average score of 31, which is considered on the high side.

Berrington Hall is a course in transition, with a lot of hard work and planning ahead of themselves. It shows great promise and good value and I for one would very much like to return.

For full schedule see; 8th of December 2019 – Berrington Hall Golf Club

Long Drive – Simon Davies

NP – Dan Foode

NP2 – Dan Witterick

2’s – Mike Bower

There were a number of matchplays on the day, for current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you next month at Formby Ladies

Mike Bower

Committee Exec