Society Championship 2022 – Benalmadena

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Thanks and congrats to our winner, Andy Davies

For full schedule see; 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

Hesketh Golf Club

The day started with my dad and I picking up an ever-so-slightly hungover Matt Naylor. Not a day to be hungover when the residents of Formby had been without water all morning. Little did we know his day was only going downhill from there. He later informed me of his excitement about a rejuvenating sausage roll from the halfway house after seeing the one I had purchased in the group ahead of him. Only when he was salivating at the shop window did he realise mine was the last one. I assume this was a large contributing factor in the wooden spoon being claimed later in the day. Better luck next time Matt.

Before I started my round I was approached by Steve Clarke and asked if I would be willing to take on the role of vice-captain. I very happily accepted and now, with the backing and respect of my peers coursing through my veins, I bounced along to the first tee ready to take on whatever golf could throw at me. That was until I remembered I was playing my first-round match play against last year’s finalist Colin Davies.

My nerves were eased when Col hit his tee shot fifty yards right off the first tee allowing me to win the hole but like the great competitor he is he bounced straight back and won the second. He then out drove me on the third and I wondered whether it wasn’t going to be my day. Eight holes later I was dormie eight and I realised I was wrong. Sorry Col! He did win the next three holes and played great on the back nine before we halved the fourteenth to end a match played in great spirit.

In terms of my stableford performance I think my playing partners must have realised I was on a good score when I didn’t get a beer from the halfway house. Those who know me know there are not many situations in which I would turn down such an opportunity to quench my thirst but I wasn’t risking a wobbly back nine. I managed to keep up my level of play on the back nine and thankfully finished up on the winning score.

I thought the course was in great condition for the time of year and the greens ran very true. Although anything with grass was always going to be a vast improvement on last years frozen tundra. It was nice not having to try and judge golf balls bouncing forty yards in the air for a start.

Congratulations to our new captain Ste Davies who did a great job with the scores. I was particularly impressed with his ability to announce the correct winner given the previous incumbents propensity to get it wrong. Just joking John, I’ll be happy if I can be half the captain you were.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for me. It’s quite fitting that I am Ste’s vice-captain as he was the one who introduced me into the society. I look forward to taking him on (and beating him) at the Ryder Cup.

I hope everyone enjoyed the day and I will see you all at Runcorn.

Thanks and congrats to our winner, Josh Hadden

For full schedule see; Hesketh Golf Club

Long Drive – Dave Hadden

NP – Simon Davies

NP2 – Frank McGlynn

2’s – Simon Davies, Kevin Wilson

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 14th of November at Runcorn

Mottram Hall Golf Club – Captains Day 2021

After several missed turns due to Colin’s beliefs that he knows the way, the sat nav finally got us there at what felt like 3 a.m.

In the foursomes we started off a fantastic team, cool calm and calculated only to somehow end up with a double bogey on a par 3 and some idiot forgetting to mark the score card and following his own set of rules. As Les sank a slippery 20 footer on the last , frank was first to come with a finely laminated copy of the rules and disqualify us on the spot for assuming 4 of us wouldn’t miss from 3 inches. Frank would travel home with his pro vs in his pocket, congratulations frank.

After checking the forecast I was assured no rain was due, so it was rather fitting that it started after 1 hole. Steve Doran was determined it still wasn’t wet enough, and found the water 3 times on the 3rd hole.

John seemed determined to inform me he “hates golf” and Ste had given up even looking for his balls , the 3 people in my group averaged a cracking 20.6 points and set the bar very high.

It was a lovely course and I enjoyed beating josh by 16 points and Foode by 17. My second major presented to me in a car park when everyone had left felt phenomenal.

Thanks, Simon

Thanks and congrats to our Captains Day winner, Simon Davies.

For full schedule see; Mottram Hall Golf Club – Captains Day

Long Drive – Mike Bower

NP – Josh Hadden

NP2 – Dave Hadden

2’s – Josh Hadden

Congrats to  Zach Jones and Dave Hadden for winning the League and Helix trophies respectively. For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

See you for the start of a new season at Hesketh on the 10th of October

Pleasington Golf Club

I had looked forward to playing Pleasington again as I had found it extremely pleasant the last time we played there…….but in the words of Mike Kirkland, it became rather Unpleasington as we left the second green.

Dan Foode, all hangover and topped shots at this stage, was suddenly chasing his bag and umbrella in the wind and rain whilst simultaneously trying to put his waterproof top on!! Perhaps this changed the mood as I was in full Victor Meldrew mode at this point. To be fair I was still moaning on the 10th tee when our Skipper looked at me and said “bloody hell Nello you’ve got 18 pts!!” The moaning did stop briefly on the Par 3 adjacent the river with the house and beautiful garden and summer house…….it only stopped to allow me to enquire if I could book a week’s holiday next June!!

Obviously I managed to hang on for the win, it’s been a while so very much enjoyed. Thanks to the Captain and Dan for the good company and putting up with my mutterings.

Hopefully we can all find it pleasant at Pleasington next year! 

Thanks and congrats to our winner, John Nelson

For full schedule see; Pleasington Golf Club

Long Drive – Dan Witterick

NP – Evan Bale

NP2 – Mike Kirkland

2’s – Paul Foode

For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.

See you all on the 29th of August at Hurlston Hall