Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome new members Edwina Acheson & Bridie Burke to Beaconsfield.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
A Note from the President - Board Nominations
The directors will be proposing the following candidates to stand for election to the board at the club's annual general meeting on 9th October this year:
Nominee for President
Simon Dodd 60
Simon is a Chartered Accountant and has been a partner in Nunn Hayward since 1992. The Gerrards Cross based firm now has a team of over 50 and Simon specialises in working with entrepreneurial businesses. He has been married to Susie, who has her own gardening business, for 33 years and they have two children Alex (22) who has recently completed his degree and Lucy (17) who is studying for her A levels. Then there is Charlie, their soppy Labrador. Outside of golf Simon enjoys skiing, cycling and cooking.
He joined the club in 1994 and served on the board as Treasurer from 2006 to 2010. He was Club Captain in 2014/15. His WHI is 11.9.
Nominee for Vice Captain
Ian Griffiths 63
Ian is a Chartered Surveyor. His long career includes having led the national investment team of a listed property services company, being fund manager to a healthcare REIT and more recently head of real estate management at a merchant bank. He now runs his own commercial property asset management business specialising in wealthy overseas investors.
Outside of work, Ian has chaired residents' associations and coaches mini/junior rugby at Beaconsfield Rugby Club. He moved to Seer Green over twenty years ago and joined the club in 2008. He was elected to the board in 2016 and was chairman of the House Committee in 2018 and 2019.
Ian is married with two adult children. His son is also a member of the club and his wife has started having lessons, meaning that Chris Dodds now has three members of the Griffiths family on the range. Chris deserves the credit for Ian winning the July monthly medal and reducing his WHI to 8.5.
Nominee for Director
Mark Conway 59
Mark joined his wife Margaret as a member of the club 20 years ago. He was born into a well known Irish golfing family. His father and brother David have both been very active in running Lahinch Golf Club, of which Mark has been a member since his birth. He is also an overseas member of Portmarnock, where his brother John was recently successful in a campaign to make the club gender neutral. Mark's younger brother Roddy and his brother-in-law Noel O'Mahony are members of Beaconsfield and the next generation of Conways are doing well in our junior section.
Mark had a long career in banking and hedge fund management. He worked in the capital markets division of Allied Irish Bank in the City and then as Chief Investment Officer-Credit at CQS, a large European hedge fund. He has a BSc (Economics) and an MSc (Finance) from the University of London.
A member of Beaconsfield Rugby Club, he has coached in the mini and youth section for some 15 years.
Mark, whose WHI is 9.8, frequently plays in the mixed matches and events. With more time since his recent retirement, he has joined the Wildebeest and Club teams and will soon qualify for the Seniors.
From the Captain
August has been another very busy month and there is lots of news to catch up on.
Like the first, the second open meeting for members outlining the proposed developments for the clubhouse was extremely well attended. Over the past few months the board has received considerable feedback and will very shortly be asking members to respond to a brief questionnaire before offering proposals for members to consider.
There have been numerous outstanding performances during the month (and apologies to anyone I have not included!):
Gemma Dryburgh for winning the Rose series event in a play off at the JCB Golf and Country Club
John W Williams and Phil Murray for arranging a most splendid golf match and dinner to celebrate the 50th and last fixture with the RAEC and to Nick Hayes for marking the occasion with a hole in one on the 16th.
Ben Quick and George Johnson who were members of the victorious 10 man BB&O team competing in the Eastern Inter Counties Foursomes event at Seacroft. BB&O's first win in this event since 1987.
Johan Du Plessis who got an ace at the 7th on the 1st day of the month
Beverly & Eddie Collins, Janet Beal and Tony Brewis share the supper mixed greensomes trophy with 94 points each. Supper Greensomes runs over over 8 Friday evenings throughout the summer and my thanks to Janet and Tony who have run it for the past 10 years but will now hand over the baton to Penny and Richard Grocott-Mason.
L ast but by no means least Nick Gomersall who won the prestigious Presidents’ Cup played over 36 holes. Nick was one of only 2 players who finished under par. (Yours truly managed to qualify, play and get out of bed unaided the following morning!).
Finally a reminder that it is Captain’s Day on the 4th September and I look forward to seeing as many members as able to come along, whether they are playing or not. A BBQ is arranged from 430pm and post golf entertainment has been arranged in the form of a trick shot golfer.
From the Ladies Captain
I am delighted to announce that Regitta Gomersall will be Ladies Vice Captain for 2021/22.
Regitta began her golf at Princes Risborough GC and when she obtained her first handicap joined Ellesborough GC where she enjoyed playing golf for many years. She also served on the ladies committee as assistant handicap secretary for a year. She then joined The Oxfordshire GC where she had the honour of becoming the Ladies’ Captain. Regitta enjoys playing competitive golf both at club level and in county competitions; she also very much enjoys playing mixed golf with her husband, Nick, who equally has been a member at Beaconsfield golf club since 2015.
On a professional level Regitta mostly spent her working career working for an American software company teaching/supporting their financial products to customers.
Having previously spent two years on the Beaconsfield ladies committee she is now very much looking forward to being part of Sue Schmidt’s team and to supporting her in her role as Ladies’ Captain.
The month started with our annual match with the Senior Men.
Jeff Coutts arranged the event, hosted by the seniors, with Jan Collis organising the ladies. Thank You Jeff and Jan. Twenty Four teams took part in the event and I am sure we all enjoyed the day. The winners on the day were Sally James and Toni Margiotta.
Our next annual event was the ladies and Juniors match. This year we decided to play golf first and the have a light lunch after. Unfortunately due to the juniors having other commitments we only had seven pairs playing. Two girls, Sienna and Lexi Lewis, were playing their first ever Ladies and juniors event. We played an 18 hole 4BBB competition with Fraser Creighton and Sue Davies the eventual winners with a score of 48. Di Bovey and Sienna Lewis came second with 42 points. All those who took part enjoyed the day.
Seniors Plate and Walmsley Salver
Having played golf in the morning the ladies were joined by those not playing making over 80 ladies to attend a delicious afternoon tea. Carol Isaac ran the day and was rewarded by winning the Walmsley Salver. The Seniors Plate was tightly contested with Sue Schmidt winning the trophy with 41 points with Di Bovey second with 40 points.
I attended the 50th annual RAEC match postponed from last year. It was a very enjoyable day learning all the history of the LJT trophy. This was the very last match with the trophy being presented to the club for perpetuity. The runners up trophy was presented to Reg Rundle who played in the first and last of the 50 matches.
The RAEC also presented a ‘Dinner Gong’ to the club in recognition of the hospitality received from Beaconsfield Golf Club.
Historical evolution of Beaconsfield Golf Club – Trees
I’m sure that you will have read Gordon Tuck’s excellent club Centenary history. His chapter on the golf course is particularly interesting for the green committee. In this article I wanted to focus on our trees.
Look at the picture of the 2nd green from the centenary book, looking towards the 3rd green. As Gordon says ‘ Notice the absence of trees on both sides of the 3rd’.
My understanding is that our course was effectively built in a private garden/ park. So, while there were trees, they were generously spaced out. Apparently, Harry Colt would provide clubs that he worked with, a tree planting plan to enhance his design.
We must acknowledge previous generations of members for many things and one of them is the fantastic tree planting on our course. I’m sure that most of us assume the trees that line our Colt classic have been there for hundreds of years.
That is not true, Gordon observes ‘Even in the early 50s, it was possible to stand on the 4th tee and see players crossing the bridge to the 6th tee.’ Ken Rumens tells me that he remembers being able to see the clubhouse from the 10th tee.
This is consistent with the Centenary book telling us that ‘since the mid 50s the club has pursued a continuous policy of tree planting and welfare…….in close collaboration with English Woodland & the Forestry Commission.’
Looking after our woodland is an important part of the green keeping art. It is dynamic work with trees constantly being removed, trimmed and planted.
If anyone has additional photographs of the course, or memories of how things used to be, I would be interested to hear from you.
Since last month's article we have continued to be very busy in the clubhouse with societies, matches, daily catering for golfers and functions.
On Friday 6th August we hosted the Ladies v Seniors match.
Congratulations to the winning team of Sally James & Toni Margiotta.
On Friday 20th August the Men's and Senior's Invitation took place.
It was a full field and the winning team was Alan Ruxton and Micheal Hall from Blackwell Grange.
A reminder that The Frankie Valli Tribute Night is on Saturday 18th September.
We still have a few places available for this evening and you will be guaranteed a great night's entertainment if you attend.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to put your name down.
Due to a cancellation, we now have 1 last table available for our ever popular Quiz Night on Saturday 13th November.
Once again, if you would like to attend please email me at email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse in the not too distant future.
News from the Juniors
July and August are always the busiest months for our junior section, with so many fixtures at Beaconsfield and in County events.
Junior Captain’s Day on 10th July was a great day for Tommy Evans who organised his special day and included a Team Texas Scramble (with teams of low/medium/high handicaps) which everyone enjoyed. The winning team was Billy Wood, Lena West, and Lexi Lewis with an amazing nett score of 64. The special challenges set by the committee, are always great fun and this year they included one on the ‘range’ and one on the popular Luke Donald Area. The afternoon ended with refreshments and every junior received a prize.
The REGAN Trophy was donated by all the juniors last year and competed for on 25th July for the first time. Remarkably, the two Gilmour sisters Emily and Beth finished with the same score of 42pts. Emily clinched the title on count-back, but both girls played exceptionally well.
Ella Butteriss became our JUNIOR CHAMPION on 3rd August winning the Ling Trophy with gross 146 (72+74). George Edwards was runner-up on 156 (78+78). Fraser Creighton won the Wisdom Salver with a nett score of 144 (73+71) and Emily Gilmour won the McIntosh trophy with gross 164 (83+81).
The annual competition ‘Ladies and Juniors’ is always a very special afternoon. On 10th August, the pairs (one lady & one junior) played 18 holes better-ball with great scoring from everyone. The winners were Sue Davies & Fraser Creighton with 48pts, runners-up were Di Bovey & Sienna Lewis with 44pts and in 3rd place was Barbara Harwood & Tommy Evans on 42pts. A BIG ‘thank you’ again to all the ladies, who kindly treated the juniors to pizza and chips after the match.
Luke Donald Salver Wednesday 18th August
Our 16th Junior Open was another great day and this year we had 66 juniors representing 37 clubs to compete in this 36-hole scratch competition. With perfect weather conditions the young competitors played some exceptional golf. The winner of Luke’s Silver Salver was Freddie Surgey (+1) from Burhill with a gross 142 (74+68), runner-up was Oliver George (0) from Worplesdon on 144 (71+73). Beaconsfield junior Daniel Butteriss came 4th with 148 (73+75).
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members who volunteered to ball-spot at this event. Your support on this special day is always greatly appreciated by our Junior Committee, the players and their parents.
Finally, it was a very exciting afternoon yesterday (21st August) when we held our Hamilton Trophy (which was first presented in 1974 by Alistair Hamilton – Past President). The winner of this trophy is the player with the best nett score of the day. However, the rules for this competition, state that in the event of a tie, there will be a play-off over the 4 holes 1,2,17 & 18. At the end of 18 holes, we had 3 juniors finish on nett 66 - Nathan Baggett (11), Daniel Butteriss (2) and Harvey Dobson (2) who was defending his title from last year. The 3 boys set off with all the other juniors and parents following. It was a very tight play-off, with Nathan who received 3 shots, holding his own against Daniel and Harvey who were playing off scratch. After 3 holes, Nathan and Daniel were tied on 11 strokes. Both boys hit the 18th green with their 2nd shots, but Daniel had a tap-in birdie (his 3rd birdie in 4 holes), clinching the title by 1 shot from Nathan.
It was a fantastic end to a very busy few weeks!!
We hope you are all well and enjoying your golf - and if you are not... then you know who to speak to!
Taylormade have recently launched their new P790 iron (Below) - shipping starts early September and fitting parts are now available to us. So if you fancy freshening up your bag then let us know and we can help you!
On September the 5th, Tom and 4 friends are doing a skydive for Bucks children's Wards - they are very close to their target. There is a link below for the page for donations should any members want to donate to such a great cause.
We have some mens and womens clothing on sale in the shop at 25% off - it is while stocks last so come and check it out when you next have a chance!
Following on from that - we also have some clubs on sale at the moment too, ranging from wedges to hybrids and driving irons.
Chris and the Team
In the Golf Bag........ - Scorecards
Since July 19th we now need to follow the Rules of Golf as far as completing a scorecard when playing in a competition. I know many of us have been used to putting scores directly into the IG App and not bothering to make sure our scorecards are completed, but now you will be disqualified if you do not complete your scorecard correctly.
The scorecard must contain the gross score on each hole, as agreed by the player and marker, and must be signed by the player and marker.
The player’s handicap must also be on the scorecard for any nett score competition (Rule 3.3b(4)). If it is too high or no handicap is shown, then the player is disqualified from the competition. If the handicap shown is too low there is no penalty, but the player’s net score stands using the lower handicap as shown.
This should be a simple rule to follow but with Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap to choose from, both players and Committees are getting confused as to which one to use and this can result in players being unfairly disqualified from competitions.
Let us unpick these handicaps.
It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that his or her handicap is shown on the scorecard. “Handicap” means the handicap for the course and tees being played, excluding any handicap allowances as set out within the Terms of the Competition. The Committee is responsible for applying any handicap allowances and adjustments.
So of these three ‘handicaps’ it is the Course Handicap which must be shown on the scorecard and which the player must play to in a singles competition. It is important to remember in a singles Stableford competition, do not pick up on a hole where you get a handicap shot using Course Handicap but not Playing Handicap.
If there is space on the score card, then it is useful to show all three handicaps but it is very important that players are advised to write their Course Handicap and to play to this, especially when signing in using the computer which invariably advises the player of their Playing Handicap for the event.
Trophy Roll of Honour