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 scortched 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 vicory 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!

Worsley Park Golf Club

Numbers recovered this month with 25 members turning out for what was a tightly fought contest. The lead changed hands a number of times with the winner coming from the second to last group to snatch victory by 1 shot with a huge score of 42 points, congratulations Lee Hardy, single figure handicapper once again (with decimals anyway!). You may as well not bother playing in Bonalba with that handicap, just pick a nice comfy spot by the pool.

The spoon was won with 17 points, great tactical choice to protect your handicap!

For full schedule see; 8th April 2018 – Worsley Park Golf Club

Long Drive – Dave Hadden

NP – Zach Jones

NP2 – Andy Davies

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

The next event is the society championship from the 2nd- 6th of May

Prestatyn Golf Club

The “Beast from the East” caused some issues leading up to this one with heavy snow and ice forcing the closure of the course and cancellation of the original date. Through the secretary the new tee-off was delayed as long as possible to allow the weather and course to recover and the result was nothing more than a strong breeze accompanied by constant sunshine, near perfect conditions.

Numbers were relatively low with 18 members turning out, the lowest so far this season. Those who didn’t attend missed out on great scoring conditions with an average score of 33 points and only 4 points separating the top 10 indicating a closely fought battle. The winner ensured victory with a fantastic back 9 of 20 points to reach a total of 37 and beat Daniel Foode (back-to-back runner-ups!) on countback, congratulations to Frank McGlynn! Franks victory is a great example of commitment to FFGS and should provide inspiration for those who have yet to achieve that allusive victory. Commitment or 15 different drivers, putters and wedges over the last 3 years finally coming together.

As the scoring was generally high the spoon was won with 21 points, 5 clear of the rest, heck of a score to lose with.

For full schedule see; 25th March 2018 – Prestatyn Golf Club

Long Drive – Josh Hadden

NP – Bill Carpenter

NP2 – Mark Campbell

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

Due to the weather the next competition is only two weeks away, hope to see you all there.

Formby Golf Club

The weather forecast leading up to the weekend was a mix of thunder, lighting and snow so there was some anticipation as to what conditions we would run into. Thankfully the rain never came and the hail that filled its place was patchy at best. The wind was manageable for the front nine but kicked up on the way in and no doubt caused difficulty for the majority of players, apart from the captain apparently! The course itself held up well considering the amount of rain we’ve had so all in all no complaints to be made.

Due to the conditions scoring was difficult with a median score of just 26 points, the lowest so far this season. It was tight at the top with Dan Witterick coming in with a score of 36 points to take the victory by 1 shot.

At the bottom the spoon was won by 4 clear shots and 14 points, onwards and upwards.

For full schedule see; 11th February – Formby Golf Club

Long Drive – Daniel Foode

NP – Martyn Wilson

NP2 – Daniel Foode

We completed 4 of the 2nd round Match Play ties, details of which are on the Match Play page.

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

The next competition is Prestatyn on the 4th of March, see you all there!