Hawarden Golf Club

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A perfect storm seems a suitable turn of phrase to describe the pre match proceedings. A few issues with members handicaps, a bit of a carry on with the order of play, and admittedly my own shortcomings (hope to get better at this) saw to that. That aside I would say the rest of the day went quite well. We enjoyed a very nice full English breakfast (or was it Welsh?) perfect weather conditions, and in my opinion, and in spite of the biblical amount of wet stuff we’ve seen recently, a surprisingly playable course.

As stand in captain in Lee’s absence I was in the first group out. We managed to get around the course in a time of 4 hours 20 minutes. Not the quickest admittedly. I’m unsure as to why the four ball behind us came in 50 minutes later! Perhaps this is something for the committee to investigate/ address.

Apologies for not sticking around to carry out the customary post match presentation duties as required, but I’m guessing that probably went seamlessly well in my absence.  Before leaving I did manage a cursory glance at the majority of score card returns. These indicated that the usual standard of FFGS quality golf was once again being upheld by all participants.

Now to the day’s results. Firstly a well deserved wooden spoon was awarded for a score of 14 points.  The winning score was mine with 37 points. So well done me.

For full schedule see; 3rd of November 2019 – Hawarden Golf Club

Long Drive – Josh Hadden

NP – N.A.

NP2 – Zach Jones

2’s – Steve Davies

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

I think that’s about it. Hopefully see you all on Friday at the presentation night. Failing that it will be next month 1st December at Berrington Hall

John Aylward

Vice Captain

Hazel Grove Golf Club

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There was a low turn out for the first event of the season providing a good opportunity to win the first silverware on offer. Scoring was generally low with the midfield packed between 33 and 27 points. The winner played a solid round coming in with 36 points for a 1 shot victory, congratulations to Dan Foode. No more 2 shot holes Dan (for a month at least), welcome to the big leagues!

For full schedule see; 6th of October 2019 – Hazel Grove Golf Club

Long Drive – Josh Hadden

NP – Josh Hadden

NP2 – Phil Woods

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

The next event is at Hawarden Golf Club on Sunday the 3rd of November, see you all there.

Captains Day – Antrobus Golf Club

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Yet again we could count ourselves lucky, the weather was perfect, so much so after a few holes i wish I’d decided to bring my shorts! The course looked in great shape (other than the practice green), ready to accommodate 27 holes worth of competition.

The morning Texas Scramble provided a good challenge with the majority of groups between +1 & -1 gross however the winning group came in well clear of the rest on -4 for a much deserved victory.

The main competition proved to be a much more closely run race with neither a back 9 (21 each) or back 6 (12 each) hole count-back separating the top two. The win eventually came via a 1 shot margin in a final 3 hole count-back (7 vs. 6) and 39 points in total, congratulations go to the new Captain, Lee Hardy. Lee now see’s his handicap drop to a desperately low 8.5, still too high based on recent form!

This month marked the end of my captaincy, thanks to Evan and Bill for all they’ve done over the last 12 months, just as you’ve done for captains before and hopefully after me.

For full schedule see; 8th of September 2019 – Captains Day, Antrobus Golf Club

Long Drive – Steve Davies

NP – Steve Davies

NP2 – Josh Hadden

The year end results for the League, Helix and Matchplay can be found at 2018/ 2019 Season.

The next event is at Hazel Grove Golf Club on Sunday the 6th of October. Good luck to the new captain!

Stockport Golf Club

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Considering the torrential downpours and subsequent flooding in the area in the weeks leading up to the event the course was in great nick with almost no signs of standing water and conversely firm and consistent fairways and greens. The course was long but lacked hazards meaning ball striking was a premium, if you got off the tee you stood a good chance of scoring well. Once on the greens they were quick and ran true favouring a confident stroke.

We were yet again blessed with fantastic weather with very little wind and sunshine throughout the day. A couple of last minute alterations meant we had 24 players on the day, another solid turn out.

The scoring was generally much better than I would have guessed considering the yardage with only 4 members not reaching the magic 30 point mark and 7 members on 36+ points. There were two stand out performances both with 40+ points however the winner with a staggering 47 points was Iain Hitchmough. Iains score marks the highest ever score achieved in the last 10 years and possibly the highest ever FFGS score (on a course without any temps) since it’s formation. A truly fantastic round, congrats E. You’re rewarded with the biggest handicap cut I’ve ever dished out, a solid 7 shots gone for Captains Day!

I was privileged to observe the Match Play final which was a great game swinging back and forth until we went down the last. The final putt dropped to give the winner a victory 2UP, congratulations to Mike Kirkland, much deserved. Commiserations to Mike Bower for a great runners up performance.

For full schedule see; 4th of August 2019 – Stockport Golf Club

Long Drive – Dave Hadden

NP – Lee Hardy

NP2 – Andy Davies

With only 1 event remaining in the year there are 3 majors still up for grabs, for current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.

The next event is Captains Day at Antrobus Golf Club on the 8th of Sept, see you all there!

Lymm Golf Club

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Finally the summer kicked in and we were blessed with a gloriously sunny day! With the smell of sun cream in the air and a good amount of white legs on show the society set out to conquer the course, or at least try! The course was in very good condition with the only complaint being that some of the bunkers were a little on the hard side, can’t make it too easy though can they.

With the lowest turn out of the year (at 20) we had 5 fourballs meaning the pace of play was a little slow however the weather was so good that i don’t think anyone really noticed.

Scoring was quite tightly packed with 15 players scoring between 26- 36. One member however manged to break clear of the pack to claim the win with a comfortable margin of 3 shots and total of 39, well done to Josh “the serial winner” Hadden (not particularly catchy I know). Josh can now claim to be FFGS’s joint lowest handicapper with a playing handicap of 10. Can his new handicap help him perform the same miracle as last time him won, losing the next event? Maybe best not turn up just in case?

We also had the last Matchplay semi final taking place with Mike Bower coming out on top 2&1. Finger crossed the final should be held at Stockport Golf Club between Mike B and Mike K, good luck to both.

For full schedule see; 7th of July 2019 – Lymm Golf Club

Long Drive – Dan Witterick

NP – Martin Wilson

NP2 – Lee Hardy

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

The next event is Stockport Golf Club on the 4th of August, see you all there!

Houghwood Golf Club

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The event immediately following the Society Championship can prove to be a bit of a slog and so Houghwood proved to be. The spectacular views out over the coast are a result of altitude and whilst the more sensible members choose one of the many buggies available the majority stuck to walking, a decision most would not make next time round!

There was a wisp of wind and with the light sprinkling of rain draining away down one of the many slopes the course itself was in very good condition. The topography also lead to some interesting shots with elevated fairways, greens and tee boxes throughout requiring good course management and distance control.

We had another strong turn out with a couple of late comers resulting in 25 members competing on the day. With a mean score of 28 in combination with 10 players reaching the 30 point mark the course could be described as fair and proved a good challenge for most. The “Bower-Davies” curse seemed to strike again only for controversy to ensue resulting in an eventual 2 point victory for Andy Davies.

For full schedule see; 2nd June 2019 – Houghwood Golf Club

Long Drive – Dave Hadden

NP – Mike Bower

NP2 – Iain Hitchmough

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

The next event is Lymm on the 7th of July however we have the inaugural FFGS Cup taking place from Sunday the 16th to Monday the 17th of June, see you all there!

Islantilla Golf Resort, Spain – Society Championship

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“This year’s society championship in Islantilla saw 27 guys battling it out for the championship in a lovely resort with some great and challenging golf courses, nice hotel and even better weather. The early warnings of a storm nowhere to be seen!

Barring a few hiccups, (Lee Hardy sat in Barry’s room in his underpants with a bottle of milk lotion) the boys managed to gather on the course for day 1 for a hotly contested first day. 10 people posting a first day score of 30 plus with only a 1 shot lead at the top keeping things close heading into day 2. Day 2 was for the movers, shakers and the club throwers (Frank and Campbell) and the field took shape going into the final day. Ste Davies with an 8 shot lead and the Bower mind games began… Whispers of he’ll bottle it were heard through the corridors until late evening…

The holiday was made that much better by a 3-0 white wash by the mighty Barcelona, unnamed united and Everton fans very smug in their armchairs quietly sipping on their beers. Campbell in no way happy with the result whatsoever!

The buffet evening meals deserve a special shout out and Fish Friday was thoroughly enjoyed by a Mr J Hadden, a full table of crustacean shells told the story.

Day 3 and the boys were in good spirits, some beautiful drives off the first tee and again the sun cream being applied for another hot day.

The previous nights whispers of “bottling it” started to materialise, blob blob start with an 8 shot lead cut down to 4 after 2 holes played! Bower, Clarke and Kirky Snr hot on the heels so much so that the leader had to text home for some inspiration from his dad.

With an early Clarke push, it was Mikey Bower who started to play like a man possessed. If the ball was on the green it was a guaranteed 1 putt from the known chaser. As one person put it that evening, “you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the wrath of Mike Bower hunting you down”.

Other noticeable shout outs on day 3 was an eagle 2 by Si Davies and a surging 40 pointer by Paul Foode, a 40 pointer which meant D Foode beat his dad overall by 2 points (Dan you can send me that 5er later for that highlighted?)

Playing in converse trainers for the week I managed to fend of the wrath of Bower and Co. and won by 2 points overall with 104 points. Steve Clarke with a mini celebration that I didn’t break his record score after the final hole. 106, can anyone beat it?

Martin Wilson cashed in on the lone backing of myself and Les Hurst won the blind pic.

Good holiday, good times see you all next year, El Champeoni 2019!”

Thanks and congrats to Steve Davies on a fantastic wire to wire win!

See Society Championship 2019, Islantilla, Spain for a gallery of the weekend’s antics.

Bit of a Stat Attack to add to the above;

– 24 members, 3 guests attended
– 83 point scoring average over the 3 days (quite impressive considering the resort)
– Inordinate amount of 2’s! – 9 to be exact (one of which on a par 4 as mentioned above), 6 on the first day!
– 10,000 pints drank (average based on hourly consumption between the hours of 12- 4am on Saturday the 4th of May)

For full schedule see; 2nd- 5th May 2019 – Islantilla Golf Resort, Spain – Society Championship

Long Drive – Phil Draper, Dan Foode, Dan Witterick

NP – Si Davies, Steve Davies, Lee Hardy

NP2 – Steve Davies, John Aylward, Dan Witterick

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

See you at Houghwood on the 2nd of June!