Sale Golf Club

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The secretary raised his hand and admitted to “cocking up” after the mass confusion caused by the order of play, however it didn’t deter the 22 who turned up who were treated to a fine course and great weather on the day. The course had a well-protected parkland layout with tall trees lining most holes. With a pleasant par 5 to start, this course felt longer than most and rewarded accuracy off the tee and strong approach play (as per most courses!). There were a number of challenging holes with raised greens however on the whole the course was fair. The club provided great hospitality which was very helpful for the annual AGM, a separate article will follow with a summary of the discussions had. Shout out to Phil.D for persisting with shorts! Holding on to every last bit of summer.

Although there were a number of strong performances one of our more decorated members did his usual trick of tearing up the course which was epitomised by two 2’s. With a winning score of 40 points (off 13!), well done Josh Hadden….soon enough I’m sure you’ll find a handicap that represents your general level of play however before that you’ll have to keep upsizing that trophy cabinet!

The spoon was won with 17 points, 3 clear of the closest competitor.

There were a number of matchplay ties on the day, the results of which can be found at Round 1.

Thanks to Mike.B and Bill.C for the write up albeit with some slight paraphrasing from myself.

For full schedule see; 7th Oct – Sale Golf Club

Long Drive – Daniel Foode

NP – Bill Carpenter

NP2 – Josh Hadden

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

See you all at Chester Golf Club on the 4th of November!!

Shaw Hill Golf Club, Captain’s Day

Firstly I’d like to congratulate this years captain for a fantastic season, he shouldered more responsibility than a lot of his predecessors and even managed to achieve the inaugural society hole-in-one. His last duty was to host this year’s Captain’s Day which he did in his usual fly by the seat of his pants style with a great, not at all drawn out, joke to finish. Thanks Colin, tough act to follow!

So, we reached the climax of the season with a palpable hue of anticipation in the air. The secretary had divvied up handicaps and created some strong pairings for the morning session of Texas Scramble which served as a light warm up for the afternoon. There was a strong turnout and with all the teams being four balls only a minimal adjustment was required to even up the scoring therefore it was pretty much a level playing field throughout. The course was tough therefore scoring wasn’t as low as recent years however the successful foursome came in with a respectable -2 gross to secure the win, well done John Aylward, Mike Kirkland, Steve Waddelove and Andy Davies.

The morning served as one of two things, a nice warm up for a fiercely competitive afternoon, or in my case, a peak from which I would steadily decline, thankfully the former for most members. The course was challenging from both a technical and physical perspective. The first few holes consisted of significant gradients and bends which made club selection and general course management difficult, the safe option quite often the being the best option. In general however the rough was forgiving and if you found yourself in trouble, with a good line of sight you could recover, the trick was getting a good line of sight! Condition wise we couldn’t complain. Heavy rain fell the previous day but there was little evidence on the course with both decent greens and no real standing water, the ditches however were brimming and claimed a good few balls no doubt.

The winner came as no real surprise as since joining he’s been within touching distance of a number of wins. This time however no-one could even get close and he claimed victory by a whopping 5 shots with 41 points which is made more impressive by an average score of 27 and the largest field of the season at 28. Well done Daniel Foode

The spoon was won by 1 point and 14 points total, not the lowest of the season but certainly one of the hardest courses.

As a side note the hole-in-one prize cheque was presented to Colin Davies for his heroics on the 18th hole at Ellesmere Golf Club, he informed the members of his intention to contribute “at least £750” to a charitable cause, golf lessons count as charity right?

For full schedule see; 9th of September, Shaw Hill – Captains Day

Long Drive – Dave Hadden (Again!)

NP – Dan Foode

NP2 – Zip, Nadda, No-one (Again)

For final League, Helix and Matchplay standings see 2017/ 2018 Season. The Matchplay draw for the first round of the new season has been announced, see First Round for details.

See you all next year when I’ll be your new Captain and remember to vote for the vice captaincy!

Ellesmere Golf Club

As per the images above the big headline of the day was that after 20 years of trying…20 years!! we finally found a man worthy of the illusive hole-in-one, and yes, Colin was picking his own ball out of the cup. Congrats Pa, never thought i’d see the day. I’d like to add that the green was described as a “German Helmet” by Campbell whilst on the adjacent practice green which makes it even more impressive. For those of you wondering apparently it was a beautifully struck 5 iron which took two solid bounces before rolling serenely into the hole, all with an adoring gallery watching from the 19th hole. Great stuff!

Now, back to the reason we were all there! Course – Brilliant, Weather – Brilliant, Competition – Brilliant, today was a good day at the society. With the warm, dry weather of the last month areas of the course were somewhat scorched however the greens were in great shape and proved a good challenge with some interesting topography. We had a solid attendance of 25 members with a couple of guests which led to a very competitive leaderboard. There was a 3 way tie on 35 points before the final group came in to take all three podium spots with 36, 37 and 38. The winner of the group and subsequently the day was Simon Warne, congrats Simon.

To add to the excitement we also had the matchplay final between Josh Hadden and Simon Warne and even though Simon won on Stableford it was Josh Hadden who won the match 2&1. Congrats Josh on adding another major to an already bulging trophy cabinet. Big thanks to Mike.B for organising throughout the year.

The spoon was open to interpretation this month, either way it was an easy victory for the eventual winner by 6 shots.

For full schedule see; 5th Aug 2018 – Ellesmere Golf Club

Long Drive – Zach Jones

NP – Colin Davies! Hole in ONE!!!

NP2 – Phil Draper & Dave Hadden

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

See you all at Shaw Hill on the 9th of September!!

Sutton Hall Golf Club

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The good weather (not so “good” for some eh Dave) continued for yet another month for what turned out to be tightly run race. Apparently the heat took it’s toll with the most scorecard errors this season, the commitee and more specifically Mike.B sypathise admitting they struggled as well.

Numbers dropped a little this month (I suspect due to the summer holidays fast approaching) with 21 members and a couple of guests turning out. Scores were generally quite cramped with the majority of players within 5 either side of the median score of 28 for the day. Two players however jumped the pack to tie for the lead on 37 with the winner snatching victory with a surprisingly low 16 on the back 9 (vs. 15), shows how good the front 9 must have been, well deserved and well done Josh Hadden.

The spoon was won by 1 shot and 18 points.

For full schedule see; 1st July 2018 – Sutton Hall

Long Drive – Josh Hadden

NP – Colin Davies

NP2 – Mark Campbell

With this being the 10th event of the season the majors are starting to heat up, the Helix trophy is now very tight with a number of players within striking distance.

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

We’ve been blessed with good weather for the last 3 or 4 events, long may it continue, touch wood (didn’t even have to change this from the last event!)! The next event is Ellesmere on the 5th of August

Old Padeswood Golf Club

After the high of the Society Championship we got back into the swing of the regular season at Old Padeswood, although considering the weather it felt as though we were still on the Costa Del Sol…well we were in Wales after all!

There was a healthy turn out this month with 27 players on the day which consisted of 24 members and 3 guests, one of the highest so far this season. Due to the warm weather and amount of players play was a little slow, however as most people were in four balls i don’t think there were too many complaints.

The course was fair but could have done with a bit of a trim around the tee boxes and greens which appeared to be slower than would be expected of a venue at this time of year, but as they say, we’re all playing the same course. Scoring was around average for the year with a good portion of players on 30 or more points, the course was very risk/ reward with a lot of hazards so the scores varied quite significantly.

The winner played a solid round (very strange writing this about yourself!) and came in with a score of 41 points to win by 6 shots, well done me (Andy Davies).

The spoon was a more tightly run race and was won by 1 shot with 17 points.

For full schedule see; 3rd of June 2018 – Old Padeswood

Long Drive – Mike Bower

NP – Mike Kirkland

NP2 – Zip, Nadda, No-one!

The captain oversaw the final Matchplay quarter final tie which was won by Steve Waddlove 3&1, big scalp!

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

We’ve been blessed with good weather for the last 3 or 4 events, long may it continue, touch wood! The next event is Sutton Hall on the 1st of July

Bonalba Golf Resort and Spa

…and so we reached the first big one of the season, the Society Championship. A number of members had received sizeable cuts for some terrific play at Worsley whereas a select few had “protected” their handicap over the course of the year to give them an advantage over this 3 day event. The Chuckle Brothers of the Society Championship, Josh and Evan (to me, to you) fought it out but in the end the elder statesman claimed an easy victory by winning all 3 days of competition and finishing a staggering 9 shots clear of his nearest competitor, congratulations Evan!

This year the society was blessed with beaming sunshine and great all round conditions, photos are available in the Championship Gallery for those interested.

The spoon was won with 44 points, the championship’s never about the golf anyway!

For full schedule see; 2- 6th May 2018 – Bonalba Golf Resort and Spa

Long Drive – John Aylward, Lee Hardy, Mike Bower

NP – Mike Bower, Evan Bale, Josh Hadden

NP2 – John Aylward, Mike Bower

Pairs Winners – Phil Woods, Evan Bale

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

The next event is the Old Padeswood on the 3rd of June, hopefully see you all there!