Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome the following new Member to Beaconsfield:
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From the President
It is the time of year when we consider suitable candidates to fill the vacancies arising on the board this October. Roger Clarke will be retiring after a busy year of captaincy and Steve Lynch will step up to be Club Captain. That leaves a vacancy for Vice Captain. I am pleased to say that Nick Cray has agreed to stand for this role. His considerable management experience and quiet collegiate style are exactly what we need. Ian Griffiths has had an exceptionally busy time as House Chairman dealing with the many issues arising from the new housing developments and bypass. His skills as a chartered surveyor have been invaluable and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Simon Mouncer will become Chairman of House which leaves a vacancy on the House Committee. Roger Taylor has agreed to accept the board’s nomination to fill this position. His extensive commercial experience will add considerable strength to the board.
Nick is a Chartered Accountant, who qualified with what is now EY but after spells in the computer and financial services sectors, he spent most of his career at one of the world’s largest law firms, 20 years of which were as their Chief Operating Officer. Now retired Nick is the Hon Treasurer for Macmillan in South Bucks and is a Trustee and Company Secretary for Bradbury House, the Abbeyfield charity care home in old Beaconsfield.
Nick has been a member of Beaconsfield since 2006, serving on the Board from 2014 to 2017, with the last year as Chairman of the House Committee, and he has been Treasurer of the Seniors since early 2018. He is an active member of the Club, Wildebeest and Seniors teams and is a participant in many of the various roll-ups.
His brother Tim is also a member – and many will know about the ever-ongoing battle for the Cray Brothers’ Challenge Shield. Nick’s handicap came down from 17 to 14 earlier this year as he continues his fight to remove cricket muscle memory from his golf swing
Roger (who seems reluctant to confess that he was also once a Chartered Accountant) was brought up in a keen golfing family in Cheshire where he played for twenty years before moving to Beaconsfield in 2000 and joining the club shortly afterwards. His current handicap is 8. Roger’s journey south accompanied his move into the telecoms and retail sectors, where he has been the CFO, CEO or Deputy Chairman of various FTSE public companies. More recently he has been the co-founder and investor in various private companies and continues to be active in some of these.
He has been an active supporter of various local club and school fundraisings, whilst also being Chairman of the Tennis Club for seven years. He is married with three adult children. His son is also a member of the club.
From the Captain
This month it is my penultimate contribution to the Niblick. Like all the other aspects of my captaincy, I have rather enjoyed having to sit down and think about what to say. In this edition it is going to be a pot pourri of different items.
Firstly, I thought that the Summer Sizzler or Drizzler as it became known was a huge success. The Social Committee decided that they would make it a “drawn” event and that worked wonderfully well. Members met and played with people that they had not previously known and thoroughly enjoyed it. We must do that again next year so when the time comes can I please ask everyone that played this year to spread the word. As always, thank you to the two Sue’s (Goodliffe and Overall) and to DJ for organising it all so well.
This month the Greens Team carried out a very ambitious maintenance programme which was completed on schedule with minimum disruption and the recovery (probably aided by the unseasonal rain) has been as fast as I can remember. It will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season and into the autumn. Thank you to Stuart and his team.
Early in my year I undertook to try and get involved with playing with as many sections of the club as I could manage. I have done quite well but I have to admit to failure with the Wednesday evening roll up and the Supper Greensomes. I have equine duties every evening back home in Oxfordshire and that makes it very difficult for me to get over to the club at that time. So I apologise. Similarly I have not yet made it to the Saturday roll up for the same reason but I aim to put that right in September.
Having mentioned the Saturday roll up, I want to do a quick advertisement for all the roll ups – the one on Saturday mornings and the Seniors’ ones on Tuesdays and Fridays. They are really good fun and a great way of meeting other members. If you get a chance, give them a try.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be invited to play in the annual match with the Royal Army Educational Corps. This match now stretches back 49 years and reflects the very close connection that existed between the club and the Army when they were at Wilton Park. Much has changed on that site but the fact that the match has continued demonstrates the closeness of that relationship. Hopefully next year there will be an event to celebrate the 50th playing of the match.
Now for a correction. Last month I took much pleasure in reminding the world that it was 50th anniversary of the magnificent Wolverhampton Wanderers winning the First Division Championship. It has been pointed out to me by our resident holder of useful information (Phil Moody) that the great event was actually 60 years ago – doesn’t time fly!
STOP PRESS – My largely miserable record in matches this year continued over the weekend. I played for the Seniors against Ellesborough and lost on the 18th, for the club against the Army and lost on the 18th and the President’s Team against the Artisans. That last one was rather cruel when after I had spent nearly 3 hours getting to the club (accident on the M40) we were beaten by one of the opposition sinking a 41 yard putt from way short of the 18th green. Was there any sympathy shown after the game? None at all!
From the Ladies Captain
I am delighted that Sue Schmidt will be the Ladies Vice Captain for 2019/20.
Sue started her golf at Oakland Park in the early 1990’s, then moved on to Harewood Downs in 2002 and has been a member at Beaconsfield for 9 years.
She has been involved with organising and competing in many mixed matches. Sue has served on the ladies committee as County Delegate and has been running the Get into Golf (GIG) Scheme this year, encouraging new ladies, several of whom are now full golfing members. Our ladies section is fortunate to have her as the new vice.
Ladies and Seniors
Peter Cox organised a very enjoyable day for us to play with the seniors, 22 teams competed on what turned out to be a beautiful day, contrary to the bleak weather forecast. Sue Davies and her partner Nick Harwood were the winners with 37 points, Nick only standing in to play at the last minute!
Ladies and Juniors
The ladies always look forward to playing with the Juniors in what is a fun but very competitive event. This year we played Greensomes, a new format for the Juniors, but everyone participated enthusiastically. Playing with the junior captain, Ben Quick, was an absolute pleasure. I can’t say I have ever been playing a second shot from over the back of the ninth green before!! The winning score came from the first group of the day, Gill Thomas and Tom Bell with an impressive 43 points! Tom had to rush off , hence Gill being on her own in the winners photograph!! Nicola Darrah and Matt Bowen came second on count back from Janet Beal and Will Liddiard. Dianne Regan does a wonderful job of organising this annual event
Seniors Plate and Walmsley Salver
After a morning of golf, Rosemary Horridge did a wonderful job of encouraging 72 ladies to stay for a delicious afternoon tea and the prize giving. Jane Frizoni was the winner of the Seniors Plate with 38 stableford points closely followed by Gill Thomas with 37 and Jan Collis with 35. The Walmsley Salver was won by Carol Rutherford, with Val Hughesdon in 2nd place. It was a lovely day, especially after last year’s washout!
I enjoyed a close match, lovely dinner and great company when attending the 49th playing of the Long John Thomas Trophy. I learnt a lot about the history of Wilton Park and it’s relationship with Beaconsfield Golf Club and the role the Club played during the Second World War.
In The Golf Bag.... A very useful Local Rule
I was watching the golf from the PGA Tour at the weekend and saw a short video clip about a Local Rule that is used on the PGA Tour, in all England Golf competitions and a number of Golf Clubs, including Beaconsfield. This Local Rule can be very useful when you are close to the putting green, and it says:
Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens (Rule 16.1)
In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction:
Is on the player’s line of play
Is within two club-lengths of the putting green
Is within two club-lengths of the ball.
The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
(Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable).
Normally, you only get relief for an abnormal course condition (ACC) if the ball touches or lies in an ACC or if the ACC affects your area of intended stance or area of intended swing, unless your ball is on the putting green, when you also get relief for an ACC on your line of play.
The local rule mentioned above also gives relief if there is an immovable obstruction, such as a sprinkler head or drain, on your line of play when you are close to the putting green.
Close to the putting green is defined as the sprinkler head or drain being within 2 club-lengths of the green and your ball within 2 club-lengths of the sprinkler head or drain.
This local rule is used on lots of links courses, where people regularly putt from off the green.
You need to check the scorecard to see if this local rule is available when you are playing at other clubs, and some clubs also restrict the local rule by saying that the ball and/or the immovable obstruction has to be in grass cut to fairway height, i.e. not in the rough).
The greens have fully recovered after the recent renovations with the sand total for the year currently sitting at 185 tonnes. Over the last 6 years the team have worked over 1150 tonnes of pure sand into the surfaces which is really starting to show when a plug is removed from the green. The results of this work are -
The top 4 inches of the green are now all interlinked with PCD rope drainage allowing the greens to dry quicker after the more common heavy rainfall.
The greens are currently being cut every day at a height of 2.75mm. The greens will be pushed hard now for the rest of summer with rolling occurring 2-3 times per week and the occasional light top dressing when required. As from September monthly fungicides will be applied to the greens in attempt to keep them clean of disease through until Christmas. This 4 month period is when the greens are most susceptible to outbreaks of disease with reduced hours of sun light, colder nights and heavy dews.
News from the Juniors
The juniors are certainly making the most of their summer holidays by continuing their successes from July. We held our Junior Championship on Tuesday 6th August, when the players compete for three Trophies on the one day. At the request of the juniors, the format this year, was changed from an 18hole to a 36hole competition. Luckily the weather conditions were perfect and at the half-way stage Ben Quick was the only player under PAR (71 gross) but Tom Bell was only 4 shots back on 75. Ben and Tom were also in contention for the Wisdom Salver (best nett score) with scores of 71 but they were being chased by Angus Creighton on 73 and Tommy Evans on 74.
It was all to play for in the afternoon, so after lunch they set off to do battle! The scores were higher in the afternoon, but Ben managed to shoot a 74 to stay ahead of the field, to claim the Ling Trophy and become our 2019 Junior Champion with a score of 145 (71+74). Tom Bell was runner-up on 150 (75+75) but with his nett score of 142 (71+71) he won The Wisdom Salver.
Matt Bowen had the best afternoon round shooting a nett 67 rewarding him with 3rd place in the scratch and runner-up in the nett event. The girls enjoyed the day and Freya Conway just ‘pipped’ Emily Gilmour by 2 shots to win The McIntosh Trophy. Congratulations to them all.
Our category one young players have been playing in several external events this month. I have already reported the great news that Tom Bell became the BB&O Junior Champion on the 29th July. Two days later - Ben Quick beat a very strong field to win the Hertfordshire Junior Stag at Moor Park on 31st July and Bradley Hucker won The Oxfordshire Men’s Open.
The annual match with the lady members on Tuesday 13th August was a great day, when 12 pairs (1 lady and 1 junior) played 18 holes ‘Greensomes’, after enjoying a ‘Pizza’ lunch together. The weather was beautiful, and they all enjoyed the afternoon. Some of the ladies found themselves in very interesting places on the course, which they had never seen before, but they were all still smiling! The winners were Gill Thomas and Tom Bell with the incredible score of 43pts and they will be presented with The Lucas Trophy at the Junior Annual Meeting on 3rd November. Runners-up were Nicola Darrah and Matt Bowen on 39pts on count back from Janet Beal and Will Liddiard.
The season is almost over and the juniors will be returning to school in a few weeks’ time.
I will finish, by saying HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to four of our young members, who have just received the wonderful news, that they have all gained places at their first choice of Universities. Ben Quick and Bradley Hucker will be starting University life at Exeter, while Kian Bains and Matt Bowen will be moving to Bath. Well done to the ‘Fab Four’!
They thoroughly deserve their achievements, because they have all worked incredibly hard.
We wish them every success for the future and look forward to seeing them back on the course at Beaconsfield during their holidays.
The Pro Shop team actually played a round of golf recently, myself, Adam, Tom, and Mike Sanders travelled to Uttoxeter in the Midlands to play at the JCB Golf and Country Club. It is new course that has only been open a year. It is for corporate use only, JCB spent over 11 million pounds building it, mainly to entertain potential customers interested in buying their diggers. We got on through Taylor Made who have corporate membership there.They have big plans for the course, including holding a tour event there.
The course is spectacular and has been nominated as one of the best new courses, we played off the back black tees which measured 7,308 yards, with lots of water and bunkers, it was quite a challenge especially their signature hole the 17th, a par 3, 255 yards down hill to a green surrounded by water.
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Seniors Winter League 2018/19
It is good to be able to report that last winter's competition has finally reached a conclusion - and somewhat earlier than was achieved in 2017/18. However, tighter deadlines can be expected for the knockout rounds this coming winter!
Congratulations go to David Harvey and Phil Moody, who came through the Champions League style qualifying followed by four knock-out rounds and won the final against Runners-Up David Lister and Grant Hatrick.
Mixed Supper Greensomes League
The final Friday evening supper greensomes was due to be played on Friday 16th August. The golf was cancelled due to the heavy rain, but we still went ahead with the supper and presentation of the league prizes.
Between the beginning of May and the middle of August there are eight Friday evenings where we play 10 holes mixed greensomes and then have supper at the golf club. Guests are welcome to come and play with a member, and we have had a total of 46 different pairs playing in the competition this summer.
There is a league running over the eight evenings, with the best 4 scores from each pair counting towards the supper greensomes cup.
Congratulations to Peter and Diane Button, who won the league this year with a total of 86 stableford points from their best 4 competitions (18, 22, 27 and 19).
The Bye Laws of the Club have now been revised and agreed by the Board. They are now on the website. The exercise has taken the best part of a year to complete and has involved a considerable amount of work by a number of people. The revisions reflect changes in how the club is managed, include recent and past Board decisions and make frequent updating less necessary in the future. The one major change is the introduction of Disciplinary Regulations. England Golf recommended that clubs should ensure that their process for dealing with disciplinary issues amongst members is clearly set out. As a result we have adopted a revised version of a template that they produced and this is now included within our Bye Laws.
Vaping or E-Cigarettes
A reminder that the Club treats “vaping” in exactly the same way as smoking. It is not permitted in the Clubhouse. Anyone that wishes to “vape” should only do so at the designated tables outside.
Individual Photos on website
We encourage everyone to upload a profie pitcure on the website, as it will help us identify partners and opponents in drawn competitions, and help new members get to know longer standing members.
You can do this by going to: My Golf > Preferences > Click on the profile picture on the right hand side, this will then give you the option to upload your own picture.
Please note that photos are only viewable by other members. Should you need help with your photo, the office will be happy to help.
Many thanks for your support.
Trophy Roll Of Honour