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Beaconsfield Golf Club

Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR

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New Members

We welcome the following new Members to Beaconsfield: 

Colm McGinley, Neil Gallagher, Nick Paul, Andrew Weller, Simon Bennett, Hasan Abdat, Cliff Saunders, Andrew Fundell,  Ryan Lambert, Calum Lambert, Aziz Chaudhary, Ben Spencer.

We hope that you have a long and happy membership.


From The Captain

George Johnson wins Faldo series event

Congratulations to George for a very impressive win in the Faldo series at The Melbourne Club at Brocket Hall.  Over 3 rounds, George finished 2 under par and 3 shots clear of the field.

George has been playing consistently well lately and now has 8 sub-par rounds, including 3 66s at Beaconsfield, in his last 20 rounds, and a handicap index of +3.5.

Olivia Lee

Olivia continued her good form to finish 6th in the Scottish Girls Open Championship at Irvine in early April.  Olivia had 9 birdies and an eagle across the course of her 3 rounds.  She currently has a handicap index of +4.2.

Gemma Dryburgh

Well done to Gemma for finishing level par and tied 26th in the Lotte Championship in Oahu, Hawaii on the LPGA tour.  How about this for a putt from her final round click here.........:.

At the time of writing, Gemma is playing in the Palos Verdes Championship in California, where she carded an impressive 66 in the first round

Club results

All of the club’s 9 teams competed for the Team Championship on Good Friday.  With 5 out of 8 players scoring 36 points or more the Wildebeests became the Team Champions for 2022, pipping the Ladies’ Scratch team by 3 points.  No-one was more shocked or delighted than Wildebeests’ Captain David Harvey and it is the very first time that many of us have seen him completely speechless.  Tim Cray scored 46 points, for which he justifiably received a chocolate rabbit and a handicap cut. 

Very well done to the following April men’s winners:

  • April medal - Rob Fennell (net 67; on countback from Rob Minns)
  • Grange Cup - Paul Simpson (net 70; on countback from Simon Harris)
  • Raffety Tankards - Simon Prankard & Nick Cray (40 points)
  • 4BBB stableford - Robert Christian & Simon Hampton (45 points)
  • April midweek stableford – Simon Hampton (39 points)
  • Seniors’ stableford - Russell Harley (43 points)
  • Beaconsfield Challenge Bowl- I will report next month.

Phil Maxwell won the March Seniors’ stableford, which missed last month’s report, with 41 points, on countback from John Norton.

I reported last month the the Seniors Winter League was won by Michael Ballard & Paul Parrish. Here they are with their trophy.

Mixed Golf SSAFA

SSAFA is the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, and is a UK-wide charity that provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families or dependants.

The Easter Bank holiday mixed compeition is designated to help raise funds for SSAFA and I am delighted to announce we raised  £175. Thank you to all those who participated.

Congratulations to Iain and Jackie Duncan, Simon & Jenny Mouncer who won the event with 87 points.

Ace at the 7th for Henry Wells

Congratulations to Henry Wells for his hole in 1 at the 7th in the 4BBB knockout competition on 13 April.  Apparently, it was a magnificent 6 iron strike which landed 10 feet to the right of the hole, bounced softly and ran slowly left before falling sideways into the hole to much jubilation and slightly embarrassing high fiving.  It is not clear whether it was Henry, his playing partner, Stuart Fyfe, or one of their opponents, Paul Roberts and Michael Sturgess, who shouted “get in the hole” before the ball duly obliged.

Opening of 10th tee 

Board members got up very early on April Fool’s Day to join Stuart, Lee and Tom and participate in the opening of the new 10th tee.  The new tee looks terrific, and I am sure that members have enjoyed the challenge of playing off it this month. 

Greens

The greens continue to be the hottest topic when I am at the club.  We are obviously not yet where we would like to be, and the weather has not been particularly helpful over the last month.  However, we are seeing progress in the right direction and Stuart continues to provide us with detailed weekly updates.

Brabazon Qualifier – 9 and 10 May

A reminder that the Brabazon Qualifier is being held at the club on 10 May and that the competitors have a practice day on Monday 9 May.  The course is closed all day on the 9th and until 3.30/4.00 pm on the 10th.

You are welcome to come and watch the action and see some high-quality competitive golf on our course.  As the car park is likely to be very busy, please car share or leave your car at home if you can.

David Jennings' retirement party

A reminder that David’s retirement event will be on 25 May from 6-8pm.  If you would like to, please go to the office to sign his retirement book and make a contribution to a retirement gift for him.

See more details in Roger Taylor's report below.

Pepe Merdzan

We are delighted to welcome Pepe, David’s successor, as our new Hospitality Director.  Pepe has already started on the handover from David.  Please do introduce yourself to him if you see him at the club, and bear with him while he grapples with hundreds of members’ names to learn!  Pepe will take over the hospitality services on 1 June.

Artisans’ centenary raffle

Thank you to all of those who supported the Artisans’ centenary raffle.  Sue Schmidt, Simon Dodd, Katie and me all went to the Artisans’ clubhouse to carry out the draw earlier this month.  The list of lucky prize winners can be found here........  Due to the fantastic effort of all of the Artisans, they presented us with a cheque for Macmillan Cancer Support, our Captains’ charity, for £4,000.

Longest day golf

I have 4 volunteers for the Longest Day Golf challenge on 20 June in aid of the Captains’ charity.  If anyone else is interested, please contact me in the next few days as I firm up the arrangements.

Trolleys and trolley bans

The Board and the Green Committee have been discussing the trolley ban policy.  When deciding whether to close the course to trolleys we are mindful of the very large number of trolleys in use even when carrying is strongly encouraged.  Consequently, going forward we are considering a much reduced category of medical exemptions for use on occasions, limited to those who really cannot carry even a very limited number of clubs.  It is currently planned to base this medical exemption on the holding of a blue badge.  If anyone has any comments on this as a basis of the medical exemption, please would they send me an email.

Nick Cray


From the Ladies Captain

Firstly, congratulations to the Ladies Scratch Team for coming 2nd in the Team Championships on Good Friday. Well played to the team, Irene Brien, Christine Tyler, Lorraine Whillans, Di Bovey, Gill Thomas, Sue Mears, Carole Weir, Ingrid Creighton and Heather Jackson.

As the golf season gets into full swing, there have been some great scores in the competitions. Congratulations to Jane Gilmour and Eilish Kelly for winning the stableford competition on April 7th, and to Margaret Mardall who got her string strategy just right the following week and accumulated a massive 46 points! The monthly medal produced some excellent scores, congratulations to Jane Gilmour for a net 63 in the weekend medal, big handicap cut there! Well done also to Sue Mears and Eilish Kelly with net 72s.

It’s a big year for the Artisans who are celebrating their Centenary Year so it was a great pleasure to host the Ladies vs Artisan’s match at home with 16 players on each team. The winning pair were Carol Isaac and Mick Monaghan, followed by the Captains Sue Schmidt and Steve Reed, with the Vice Captains Regitta Gomersall and Andy Prickett in 3rd place.

Jan Collis has been very quick to get results and pictures on the ladies’ section of the website so do check out the information regularly.

Last but not least is of course the Ladies Away trip to Royal Ashdown Forest. In total, 70 ladies were able to make it to some part of the trip. The golf at Royal Ashdown Forest was a challenge for us all, particularly the Old Course where 2 free drops out of heather were clearly not enough!! However, the last morning was a very relaxing walk in the sunshine around the beautiful Par 3 course in the grounds of Ashdown Park Hotel.

 

The winning team on the West Course was Irene Brien, Val Hughesdon, Alison Clifford-King and Beverley Collins.

The winning team on the Old Course was Nicola Darrah, Sue Cherrie, Catherine Robinson and Val Hughesdon. Thank you to all the ladies attending and particularly to those who helped in the organization, for making it such a fun trip. A very big thank you also for my beautiful painting which will be such a wonderful reminder of the event.

The full summary and pictures together with the result of the Par 3 competition will be posted on the ladies’ page of the website later this week.

Sue Schmidt


Trophy Roll Of Honour

Click  here to see all the Winners for the Trophy Competitions



Course Update and Rainfall 

It’s all go out on the course this month as the team up their focus on the course definition. Lee is in the workshop working hard on the machinery dropping heights of cut and sharpening blades after a long winter. The team are upping the frequency of cuts as we look to refine and tighten the surfaces. The whole course is being fertilised and sprayed for weeds where necessary. Paths are being topped, posts are being painted, fairways divoted and bunkers being edged.

Currently the weekly cutting frequency and heights of cut are -

Greens – 7 cuts / 4mm

Approaches 4 cuts / 8mm

Tees – 3 cuts / 9mm

Fairways – 3 cuts / 13mm

Semi rough – 2 cuts / 25mm

Rough – 1 cut / 64mm

The greens continue to recover daily which will be speeded up when the rain finally arrives. The irrigation system is keeping everything going well but the temperature of the water that comes from the ground is always a lot colder than natural rain which means it doesn’t quite have the same growing impact. All in all the whole golf course will benefit from some much needed warm spring rain.

(Click on the image to view in full screen)

Stuart Langhorn


Clubhouse Development

I am delighted to confirm the arrival of Pepe as our new Director of Hospitality last week as he commenced his 6 week handover period with David before we embark on the ‘in housing’ of all our catering operations. As of 1st June all our bar and food services will be run by the Pepe and the team on behalf of the club, including David’s own existing team whom, I am delighted to say, appear keen to move over onto the BGC payroll.

It goes without saying that we are naturally sorry to see the retirement of David after so many amazing years (22 in fact) at the club where he has looked after us all so very well. We are therefore keen that as many of you as possible will attend a drinks event on the evening (6 till 8 pm) of 25th May to show our appreciation for all that he has done for the club and its members over so many years. I do hope that you will be able to attend. You do also have an opportunity to express your appreciation by way of gift and words if you make contact with Katie in the Secretary’s office. We are very keen to give David a wonderful send off albeit I am hopeful that we will see a lot of him around the club enjoying the hospitality services in the future!

It is also a key time in our Clubhouse development journey. We are soon approaching the supposed deadline (mid May) for our local council’s planners to notify us of their decision and we will of course let everyone know as soon as we know. If favourable we will of course set out the next steps we intend to take before returning to the members for a fully informed and costed  final decision on how we want to proceed with the proposed development.

On other matters ,I am pleased to say that Chris, Adam and Tom no longer have to get baked in the summer month.. we have finally introduced the luxury of air conditioning to their ‘office’ which should mean that members spend longer in there to book lessons and purchase more golf attire and essentials..I do hope it makes the Pro Shop environment even more conducive to visiting all year round!

We are also exploring the replacement of the first floor balcony doors that for too long have been a source of draft and damp. We are naturally keen to ensure we retain their historic look and feel and are exploring options and quotes accordingly.

Roger Taylor 

Chairman of the House Committee  


Social Events

The Easter Sunday Lunch and Children’s Easter Egg Hunt was a great success, thanks especially to Elaine for organising and hosting on the day, and to the bar  and catering  team for usual excellent delivery. It was great to see so many family members enjoying the club facilities, the fun and the sunshine.

The Summer Wednesday Supper Roll-Up commences  on May 4th and runs through to the end of August. Individual stableford over 10 holes meeting just prior to 5pm and teeing off up until 6pm. Entry cost is £12.00 to cover the one course meal and prizes. If you would like to sign-up to the  Whatsapp Group let Tim Cray know.

All are welcome to this very social and fun evening, I look forward to seeing the regulars again and to welcome any first timers!

An em ail has been sent out to all members explaining the format and how to get involved.

The Mixed Supper Greensomes commence on the 13th May and take place from 4.45pm on Fridays mostly every 2 weeks through to August. 

Entry opens up at 9am 4 weeks before every competition.  The format is 10 holes (1-10) Greensomes Stableford and in addition to mixed pairings we welcome pairs of two ladies, single gentlemen and single ladies signing up to play and be paired up (full competition details on website). A non-member may partner a member, paying a Green Fee of £15.00 too. A one course supper with coffee/tea and chocolates for £15.00pp follows play from 8pm and guests are welcome to join. 

Please contact Penny Grocott-Mason for further details or if you’d like your name to be added to the Supper Greensomes Whatsapp group.

Our next evening event is on Friday, 20th May – Gin Tasting & Canapes Evening.  Griffiths Brothers will be providing a tutored tasting of three of their spirits, the evening will also include two full sized G&T or Rum cocktails which will be served at the start and end of the tasting along with a selection of delicious canapes.  The cost will be £30.00 per person (over 18s only). You may sign up on-line in the club diary click here...... , on the sign-up sheet in the main lounge in the Clubhouse, or contact Elaine in the office who will sign you up.

For your diary, other dates and events planned for 2022:

  • Captain’s Charity fund-raiser - Longest Day Golf Marathon – Monday, 20th June
  • Summer Sizzler – Saturday, 23rd July
  • Family Fun Quiz Night – plus supper – Saturday, 6th August
  • Captain’s Charity fund-raiser – Hickory Sticks 10-hole + supper – Friday, 9th Sept
  • Oktoberfest – Saturday, 15th October
  • Turkey Trot – Saturday, 3rd December
  • Children’s Christmas Party – Saturday, 10th December


The Social Committee


Men's Invitation Day

The men's invitation day  is on Saturday 21st May, there are still spaces available if you would like to bring a friend and enjoy a lovely day.

The format will be 18 hole Better-Ball stableford competition for Members and their Guests. 

Played from Black tees with 85% handicap allowance.

It will be a shotgun start at 8.30 am!! 

Coffee & Bacon Rolls will be available to purchase from 7.15 am, and a two course lunch with wine (jacket required, tie optional) will be served at approx 2.15 pm when prize-giving will also take place. 

The entry fee per pair is £64.50 

Click here for entry form 


David Jennings

We had a very successful Team Championship Match on Good Friday and congratulations go to The Wildebeests Team followed very closely by The Ladies Scratch Team.

Lunch following golf was enjoyed by all.

The Social Committee will be advising you of upcoming events elsewhere in this edition of The Niblick.

As you will have read, my last day at the club will be Tuesday May 31st, and I would love to see as many of you as possible at my farewell drinks at 6pm on Wednesday 25th May.

Further details of this event will be advised in May.

Pepe is now at the club and has settled in well already and is looking forward to meeting as many members as possible in the near future.

I hope to see you in the clubhouse soon.

David Jennings


Chris' Corner

NEW STOCK NOW IN

With the season now flowing well, and the weather starting to turn a corner.. it is important that you all are aware of the Spring and Summer clothing. We have the new season shirts, shorts and sweaters now available from brands such as Under Armour, Adidas, Footjoy, PING and Swing Out Sister. Swing by the shop and have a look at updating your look this summer. Clothing is not the only new stock however... We have new shoes from Footjoy and ECCO, New push trolleys and electric trolleys and plenty more.

As some of you may be aware, we are holding 2 fitting days in the next month, the first is the TITLEIST fitting day, on Wednesday 25th MAY, and the TAYLORMADE fitting day is on TUESDAY 31st May. Please call or email the shop to get a time booked in. 

Chris, Adam and Tom 


Tom's Top Tips



From the Juniors and Younger members

April is the beginning of our subscription year and the time when our 18-year-olds transfer to the Intermediate Section of the club. I would like to begin by thanking them all for their commitment to the Junior Section and wish them well for the future: -

Jamie Boardman / Thomas Creighton / Freddie Diver / Charlie Hobley / Scott Jackson / Luca Knight / Alex Lee / Will Mercer / Jack Shawyer / Olivia Donnelly.

These transfers create spaces for us to accept a new group of young members to the club, so we have welcomed the following new juniors and wish them all a long and happy membership at Beaconsfield: -

Sam Butcher / Aziz Chaudhary / Monty Evans / Elsa Gilmour / Avery Gowen / Harris Lafferty / Thea Lafferty / Calum Lambert / Ryan Lambert / Ben Spencer.

The weather was beautiful over Easter, which is the start of a busy golfing season and full fixture list scheduled through the Spring and Summer months. We hope all our juniors enjoyed their school holiday and it seems that many families took advantage of the fortnight to travel abroad.

Our Junior Order of Merit (JOOM) started in April, so congratulations to the following juniors in the first two competitions: -

Thursday 14th April - Monty Evans won his first competition with 39pts, ahead of his brother Tommy who came second with 34pts.

Friday 22nd April - Pearse Conway won with 42pts with Emily Gilmour in second place with 38pts.

Junior Competitions  

With effect from Sunday 1st May, we are changing the way the juniors and intermediates enter competitions. They will now be able to sign-in to the competitions in 3-balls and choose their time slot on the start sheet. However, if there are any young members who wish to come along and play at the end of the field for handicap purposes, please arrive in good time to register with the organiser on duty, and they will arrange for someone to mark your scorecard. Please check in the diary for the competition dates and times and there is a printable copy on the junior page of the website.

Many congratulations to Ella Butteriss, who had an amazing result on Sunday 3rd April, when she was runner-up in The Hampshire Rose at North Hants GC. This event is a 36-hole Ladies’ scratch competition and Ella produced two fantastic level PAR rounds of 73 giving her a 146 total, just two shots off the winner Luca Thompson of Pavenham Park on 144. A fantastic achievement Ella!

The annual Team Championship on Friday 15th April was another great success, with everyone enjoying a beautiful sunny morning and some amazing scores. Thomas Creighton organised our Junior Team, who always love playing in this fun event. The team - Thomas Creighton, Tommy Evans, Harvey Dobson, Emily Gilmour, Fraser Creighton, George Edwards, Billy Wood, Nathan Baggett and Beth Gilmour – all played very well and came in 4th place with a respectable 186pts. Congratulations go to Harvey who came third individually with 41pts and Nathan who also scored 41pts and was part of the ‘Winning Playing Team’ with a total of 156pts. It was good to see another section of the club lift the massive trophy this year, so huge congratulations to the Wildebeests and their unbeatable score of 199pts.

With the warmer weather and longer days ahead, we look forward to seeing more of our junior and intermediate members playing in the competitions.

Happy Golfing!

Dianne Regan


In The Golf Bag...... Free Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions

This month I thought I would talk about getting free relief from abnormal course conditions.  For those of you who want to read further, see Rule 16 in the Rules of Golf.

When do you get Free Relief?

You are allowed free relief if your ball touches or is in an abnormal course condition or if the abnormal course condition interferes with your stance or area of intended swing.  If your ball is in a penalty area, you don’t get relief from an abnormal course condition, you have to take penalty area relief or play the ball as it lies.

What is an Abnormal Course Condition?

There are four types of abnormal course conditions:

Immovable Obstructions - This covers all artificially surfaced roads and paths, sprinkler heads, manhole covers, fixed benches, ball washers, fixed yardage markers.  Any areas that have a plastic mesh under the grass (e.g. by the 10th tee) are artificially surfaced paths, but paths that are just worn areas of grass, even if they are down to bare earth, are not immovable obstructions.

Ground Under Repair - This covers any areas marked as GUR, normally with a white line round, but also includes any hole made by a greenkeeper or material piled for removal.

Temporary Water - This covers puddles from rain or irrigation.  Water must be visible on the surface before or after you take a stance.  Muddy ground is not temporary water.

Animal Holes - This covers holes dug by an animal, including the loose material dug out of the hole and a worn track leading into the hole.

How do you take Free Relief from an Abnormal Course Condition?

Remember you do not normally HAVE to take relief from an abnormal course condition (although see local rules below).  I would strongly recommend that BEFORE picking up your ball, check where you will have to drop, as it could be a worse option.  If you pick up your ball and then decide not to take relief and replace your ball where it was, you will get a one shot penalty.

To take relief, first find the Nearest Point of Complete Relief (NPOCR).  This is the nearest point to the ball where the abnormal course condition does not affect your lie, stance, or swing.  If you are in a bunker this point must be in the bunker.  It Is the NEAREST point, irrespective of any trees, long grass, bushes etc, not the NICEST point.

Next, measure one club length from the NPOCR, not nearer the hole to find your relief area and drop a ball in the relief area.  Remember you have to take full relief, so if you are dropping off a path, you cannot still have one foot on the path.

Local Rules

It is very important to read the local rules at the course you are playing.  At Beaconsfield, we have a local rule that says that staked trees are treated as an abnormal course condition and a no play zone, so you must drop away.  Some courses define roads as integral objects, so you don’t get relief and some courses define marked GUR as a no play zone, so you must drop away.

Janet Beal


Winter Rules -  Preferred Lies Are No Longer In Force

Winter rules and relief from aeration holes on the putting green come to an end on 30 April.







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