Northenden Golf Club

Well, after a week of record breaking temperatures across the UK, 21 members plus one guest turned up at the re-arranged event at Northenden Golf Club with their sunglasses and factor 50 at the ready………..how wrong were we. The course was looking lush and green considering the lack of rainfall over the last four weeks and we all arrived at the first tee at 11.30, everyone that was except Mike Kirkland who, no matter what time the first tee is always seems to be late? This event also saw the return of the prodigal Lee Hardy making his return after a two year sabbatical.

Being in the last fourball out with Messer’s Bower, Davies Snr and Wilson Jnr it gave us the opportunity to watch the varied styles displayed by our members on the first tee – good grief! With a lovely inviting 50yd wide fairway straight ahead, it was surprising how few members found the cut stuff with most either aiming out toward the 9th green which was 45degrees to the left, or into the River Mersey on the right? Two of the days favourites Lee Hardy and Foode Jnr (who the day before had been giving large about how he was going to win and by a country mile) provided two of the most entertaining first tee shots. Lee managed to slice his 50yds into the trees on the right while Daniel, who took out his hybrid so as not to ‘run out of fairway’, managed to top the ball an impressive 15yds which dribbled off the front of the ladies tee. 

At last we got underway with grey skies starting to gather above and decided our order of play would be oldest to youngest, a method we adopted on most tees, unless Mike Bower was still in the undergrowth looking for balls. By the time we reached the 6th tee, it was like being in a version of The Full Monty with hats on, hats off, coats on, coats off, sweaters on, sweaters off and watching various umbrellas blowing around the course followed by Colin retrieving them for us as he was the sprightliest in the group!  

As we reached the turn things changed. The weather decided to turn from warm, blustery and showery to torrential. Martyn decided he quite liked the wet t-shirt look and was trying to impress the two 80yr old lady members behind us with his manly physique. Mike B went for the serial killer look turning up on the 10th tee with two black gloves on. Colin also changed, not only into his fourth coat of the round (who knew you could fit so many coats into one golf bag?) but also with a new strategy. After deciding that alternating good shots with complete duffers wasn’t working for him on the front nine, he decided to bring his A game, and went all DeChambeauesque on us hitting it longer and straighter than he had all day, finding the fairway on the majority of the back nine. To be fair Colin did find fairways on the front nine, just not the ones we happened to be playing!

As we made our way down 17 we commented about the lack of ‘FOUR RIGHT’ shouts from Hadden Snr during the day, suggesting he may be in for a big score, which was promptly followed 20seconds later by a big shout of FOUR RIGHT from said Dave Hadden as his 18th tee shot sailed onto the practice ground / M60?

Despite the typical British summer weather, a most enjoyable day, and a lot of scores over 30 points which demonstrates the high calibre of golf on display in FFGS. 

Cogratulations to Josh Hadden who won his matchplay (eventually) 7&5 over Barry Dreaves and will now face Super Les in a semi-final shoot out.

A shout out to Mark Murray (Mark McGarry to his friends) who did finish with 40points but alas, as a guest, was unable to take the coveted trophy.

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Paul Foode

For full schedule see; Northenden Golf Club

Long Drive – Dan Witterick

NP – Lee Hardy

NP2 – Josh Hadden

2’s – Josh Hadden

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 14th of August at Wychwood Park

Hurlston Hall Golf Club

“A day for the purists” is possibly the most accurate title after winning an event with 29 points! I even subconsciously tried to mark my card wrong to avoid winning just before Captains Day (at my own course!!!!).

Hurlston Hall was in fantastic condition – one of the better venues I think we’ve played – with gusty weather, long rough in places and well paced greens making scoring tricky. Flanked by 2 guests and Mike Bower, we pro actively avoided making pars after making a decent start. Mike even making the mistake of chipping in on the 4th hole for 4pts thinking it was the start of a scoring run….. it wasn’t. I spent the afternoon plodding around even hitting the occasional good shot but obviously not holing a put!

It’s a been a while since I found myself in the winners enclosure (mainly due to not playing all that often thanks to the arrival of our 2nd child) but playing good courses, in good conditions with good people (and fellow sh!t golfers!) never seems a chore! I brought two guests from my club who thoroughly enjoyed the day and liked the balance of competitiveness and fun, especially as they were reminded by 5 members on the 1st tee that they couldn’t win anything on the day – a true FFGS welcome.

Good day had by all with nearly everyone finishing on 28 pts (me too so I thought) so special thank you to Andy D for taking shots off me thanks to his advanced mathematical skills just in time for the tough challenge of Northenden Golf Club!

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Dan Witterick

For full schedule see; Hurlston Hall Golf Club

Long Drive – Dan Foode

NP – Phil Draper

NP2 –

2’s –

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 24th of July at Northenden

Stand Golf Club

Today was a very proud day of winning my first FFGS event at Stand Golf Course.

The day started with navigating my way to the club with the Foodes and avoiding the mistake of turning into Whitefield Golf Club, unlike Josh Hadden. We were greeted with good company and top draw bacon butties that Col and myself laughed over by saying ‘the day can only go down hill from here’. How wrong we were and also quite literally.

Stand golf club was a tester for your golf and your fitness with its hilly terrain. Some of the views were brilliant, like the 8th tee, which I could appreciate after catching my breath. Dave Hadden had done his research and booked a buggy ahead of arrival which turned out to be the highlight of my day. Standing with everyone at the practice area to see Dave ‘Brian Potter’ Hadden crusing over in his pimped mobility scooter.

My favourite hole of the day was the first. A short dog legged par 4 with a hidden green for more reasons than just me parring it. Whilst people deliberated the iron lay up or the tiger line driver, Dave Hadden and his group teed off in front of us. As they set off, Dave was adapting to the buggy’s controls and ended up taking the bend on almost two wheels. This caused Frank to panic and in the attempt of moving his trolley from Dave’s path, fell backwards getting out the way (no injury’s thankfully!)

I had the pleasure of being grouped with John Alyward, Mark Campbell and Evan Bale. My round had its highs and lows with 3 birdies and as many blobs. Congratulations to John on his nearest to pin and Mark on his nearest to pin in two and avoiding the spoon.

Onwards now to Hurlston with my new lowest handicap and leaving my bandit sombrero in North Manchester.

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Matt Naylor

For full schedule see; Stand Golf Club

Long Drive – Andy Davies

NP – John Aylward

NP2 – Mark Campbell

2’s – 

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 3rd of July at Hurlston Hall

Society Championship 2022 – Benalmadena

So, its been a couple of weeks since the championship and I’ve finally found some time to reflect on what happened.

Firstly, thanks to Steve Clarke and Barry Dreaves for organising the holiday and sorting all the finances respectively. Special mention to Steve Davies for bringing some quality entertainment as Captain/ compere. I think everyone who was there would say that it was one of the best in recent memory from a pure enjoyment perspective (excluding the near 6 hour round on day 1 which was apparently my fault).

I never really go into these holidays with much expectation as I know that maintaining any kind of score over 3 days playing off a low handicap is pretty much impossible considering the amount of beers I tend to consume (although Josh normally bucks that trend every year). I’m normally content with a mid table finish and spending some time with the FFGS family.

The first round started ominously, Col, Kev and myself struggled to get to the green whilst the bookies favourite Dan Witt sunk a textbook birdie. I subsequently spent the next 3 days just about hanging onto his coat tails. If that first day was difficult, I don’t really know how you would describe the following two rounds, how no-one had a heart attack I’ll never know, it was a good job we had buggies!

As we got to the last 9 on the final day, I suddenly found myself in with a chance of winning and thanks to some self destruction from my playing partners managed to get to the clubhouse leading the final group. I’d heard that a couple of guys were on a score so didn’t count my chickens, but thankfully for me I’d managed to keep everyone at bay and claimed my first championship. The chants of “there’s only one Andy Davies” and the messages of congratulations were very humbling. Thanks to everyone for making it such a memorable day.

It was a special championship for me and I’m sure everyone would agree it will go down in memory as one of the best we’ve had.

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Andy Davies

For full schedule see; Benalmadena

For gallery see Society Championship 2022, Benalmadena

Long Drive – Simon Davies, Dan Foode, Mark Murray

NP – Keith Dreaves, John Aylward, John Aylward

NP2 – Dan Foode, Dan Witterick, Dave Hadden

2’s – Andy Davies (x2), Steve Davies, Steve Clarke

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all at Stand Golf Club on the 12th of June

Preston Golf Club

In line with my last 3/4 events where my highest finish was second to last, I pulled up into Preston car park at 9am with my guest from work to find no one at the venue, I thought oh dear, here we go again! 
 
My savour Matt Naylor came around the corner on his white horse and I soon realised everyone was in the upstairs bar not downstairs. 
 
The weather was incredible, sunny but not too warm and I started to feel it could be my day when a bunker shot flew straight into the flag on a pin, wrapped up in the actual flag and dropped vertically down straight into the hole.
 
This month is the “idiots month” to win where everyone plays for handicap protection before the holiday, so thank you to Kirky who took his foot off the pedal on the last 3 holes. 
 
With the city Liverpool match clashing with our finish time, I took the accolades in front of a record low 7 members (4 United fans) as everyone else f@c£ed off, Dave hadden even encouraging me to speed up my speech 😂
 
Sorry for the late write up, I’ve only just finished taking the piss out of my guest who came last in his first event. In true FFGS spirit  “you can come again”. 
 
Captain 

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Steve Davies

For full schedule see; Preston Golf Club

Long Drive – Simon Davies

NP – Mark Campbell

NP2 – Steve Davies

2’s – Mark Campbell

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all in Spain the 11th of May at Benalmedena

Conwy Golf Club

After going to bed at 2am, getting up at 6:40am, and a 2h 15m drive from the in-laws to Conwy, it’s fair to say i wasn’t overly enthusiastic following my arrival at the clubhouse. Zach questioned whether i was sitting on my own in an attempt to “get in the zone”, i was in fact trying to figure out if i was hungover or quite simply about to fall asleep in my chair.
 
After glugging a litre of black coffee (with sugar, not like me) and demolishing my bacon bap, i figured fresh air was the way forward, so, equipped with 2 litres of water to aid my recovery, i headed out to the chipping green. Part of my anguish was that i was playing our Si in the Matchplay, and i wasn’t in the right headspace to deal with his blistering drives, or horrendous banter. I was quickly reassured when he fatted four, and thinned one of the five chips he played upon my arrival at the chipping green.
 
The round began ominously, with a fresh breeze on our backs Frank lined up his drive, Si and Colin bouncing around the tee/ fairway chasing head covers. My approach to the first was a 9 iron from 150yds which went about 30 yards past the green, a clear sign that the weather was going to play a big part in the day.
 
The next 10 holes were golfer vs. wind, all of us trying to calculate how much it would effect each fat, thin, hook or slice. Colin proclaimed that he wasn’t slicing anything and that the wind was catching everything, even when the wind was in the opposite direction, quite a feat.
 
All the while myself and Si were determined to pulverise one another (sibling rivalry), and manged to overcome the challenging conditions as we progressed neck and neck for the majority. It was fair to say we were both playing well, holes were being halved with birdies and pars to each of our frustrations. Coming to the short par 4 16th, Si had a putt to win the hole with a birdie and take it down the 17th (where he had one of his two shots in the Matchplay), it burnt the edge and i claimed a narrow 3&2 win. From there, i managed to drive past the hole on the long drive 17th (stupid hole whoever chose that!) and par the last which gave me another 6 points and 37 in total. I must admit that stood on the 18th tee i thought someone would have done well to beat me considering the conditions, alas I had won by 6 and gave myself another cut just before the elusive Championship.
 
Thanks to Si, Col and Frank (18 points on the back 9, not so good on the front!), for the good company and entertainment. See you all soon.

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Andy Davies

For full schedule see; Conwy Golf Club

Long Drive – Andy Davies

NP – Dave Whitaker

NP2 – Paul Foode

2’s –

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 10th of April at Preston

Formby Golf Club

Hi all,
 
The New Year started out well at Formby, with a packed attendance and some gloomy skies despite the forecast (though maybe the gloom was just the Evertonians on the first tee bemoaning Agent Rafa). 
 
Things soon brightened up despite it being a cold day. The course as usual was in great nick and our group – myself, Zach, Wadders and Nello – got going at pace, with myself and Nello also playing a 2nd round matchplay. Some of the “apocalyptic” scenes with fallen trees remained, following the winds in December, with some tree areas roped off under GUR.  Nello particularly got some benefit though, bouncing off two trees on the 7th and back into play.  Zach also looked in good form, booming some big drives and getting into contention, only fading with a couple of blob holes and a dive into the gorse on 15.  Wadders got his usual steady fade going and plotted his way around the course very well.
 
Meanwhile, Nello and I continued the matchplay, with me ending up 2up at the turn. After chunking my tee shot at 10, Nello gave me a big let off, with my scramble for bogey equalled by him 3-putting.  The back 9 was where it really got going and with my par on 12 and birdie on 13, the 15th was the hole where it ended.  Some good tee shots by all on 16 and we walked what felt like a mile down to the temporary tee on the 17th, playing it as a par 4. I confess it wasn’t until the 18th tee when I realised it was looking like a decent round, and with a par, par, par finish and 2 over gross back 9, I knew things were looking good. 39 points and a 2 shot cut to boot, along with various comments about home advantage and the theme from Smokey and the Bandit.
 
Thanks to playing partners Zach, Wadders and of course Nello and a great day for everyone in the society at obviously a great venue……

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Andy Hanson

For full schedule see; Formby Golf Club

Long Drive – Evan Bale

NP – Josh Hadden

NP2 – Josh Hadden

2’s – John Aylward

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 13th of February at Northenden

Fleetwood Golf Club

Hi guys.

Congrats to all the guys for turning up on a seriously cold day at Fleetwood. The course was in great condition despite the brass monkeys. My victory was mostly down to holing a 120yd pitching wedge on the 9th and chipping in on the 18th, so Nello can feel robbed losing by 1pt. Many thanks to my playing partners Simon, Matt and Dave who practiced an off road version of golf, especially Mr Whittaker who perfected the art of beautifully struck drives 100yds right of whichever fairway we were aiming for. Wishing everyone a happy Xmas and look forward to Formby…. but not playing off 11!

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Mark Campbell

For full schedule see; Fleetwood Golf Club

Long Drive – Andy Davies

NP – John Aylward

NP2 – Steve Davies

2’s – Andy Davies

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all in the new year on the 16th of January at Formby

Runcorn Golf Club

Well what can I say..Sunday started early for most of us with a refreshing drive through the leafy lanes of Cheshire (especially if you follow my satnav).

With our spirits suitably raised, and the sun shining, blue skies abounding, we took on the challenge of Runcorn Golf course.

A relatively short course, it was made even shorter by some generous winter tees, and a rather bizarre local rule, allowing the teeing up of the ball in fairway.

The course, although tight and wet ( good for lady gardens but not golf courses) was not the only challenge on the outward nine.

The combination of soft ground, leaves and sun angle, meant finding your ball, even if it was on the fairway, required the eyes of a shithouse rat.

On a personal note my round began with the obligatory blob….little did I know what was to follow, but more of that later.

The course had a quirky lay out, with what seemed an unnecessary need to cross the same road three times, but it all seemed to add to the theatre of the day, and no one really seemed to mind.

A chip in on the par five for a five pointer was the highlight of my day, but I do still feel guilty about the hole with the temporary green.

After a very decent drive I was left with a short wedge into the flag, I then proceeded to hit a truly disgusting thin, to about fifteen feet.

To compound the filthiness, I then poured the putt in, across what looked like hampden park after the six nations, again, sorry lads.

My luck, and even more unlikely, my consistency off the tee would last for most of the round, and no one was more surprised than me to come in with the winning score…still, a large cut is due, and the stars are unlikely to align again like that for me for quite sometime, so don’t worry, you won’t have to read one of these thing from me anytime soon…

Hitch

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Iain Hitchmough

For full schedule see; Runcorn Golf Club

Long Drive – Paul Foode

NP – Paul Foode

NP2 – Mike Bower

2’s – Paul Foode, Andy Davies

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 5th of December at Fleetwood