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Beaconsfield Golf Club

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

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01494 676545

50 Years Membership

Congratulations to Gill Goslett, who is this month celebrating 50 years of membership at Beaconsfield Golf Club. BGC was her first and only golf club and she has been an active member of the club throughout. Her strong iron play helped her to achieve a handicap of 11 and she served as Treasurer of the Ladies Section for several years.

Gill has spent almost all her life in Beaconsfield, attending Wycombe Abbey School as a child. With husband John she has 4 children and 10 grandchildren.  


From The Captain

Sir Ashok Rabheru

Congratulations to Ashok who was awarded a Knighthood in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  He becomes Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in recognition of his work for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which he has supported in various capacities for over twenty five years.

He served as a Trustee of the DofE UK Award from 2000 until December 2010 and was very involved in the planning and raising funds for the 50th anniversary of the DofE Award in 2006.  He is currently assisting HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex with the launch of a three-year campaign, The Founder’s 100 Legacy Fund, to raise awareness of the importance of non-formal education and learning for young people across the world.

As well as founding the Genisys Group of IT services companies which now has offices in three continents and employs over 1,100 people, Sir Ashok has been an active supporter of several charities including Heart of Bucks, medical research institutions such as University College London and Imperial College London, Combat Stress and Debra together and he does ongoing work within the Asian community.  He is passionate about helping to improve underprivileged children’s education, health and opportunities.

Sir Ashok is now a non-playing member of the club, but two of his triplets, Shayan and Rishi are playing members.  

English under 25 strokeplay Championship at Woburn

Well done to Carl Banner who finished 9th, on 3 over par for three rounds on the Duchess course at Woburn in the Men’s English under 25 strokeplay Championship.  Click here for results....... 

Challenges to the course records

A superb round by Ben in the July medal saw him equal Louis Sanders’ course record of 64.  A magnificent back 9 of six under par

Perhaps spurred on by Ben’s achievement, Adam Batty, who is a member playing professionally on the Clutch Tour, and who I hear has been playing really well recently, had 11 birdies to card an incredible 61 off the black tees during a ‘friendly round’ this week.  What an incredible round and how about this for a card?

Albatross!

Congratulations to Gerry Gray for an albatross on the 4th in the Seniors’ match against Sandy Lodge this month.  Amazingly, he nearly repeated the feat on the 10th, finishing eight feet from the hole, and managed another gross birdie during the round!  Needless to say, Gerry and his partner, Nick Vigart, overwhelmed their opposition, winning 6&4.

Aces

Congratulations to Bernie Carroll (see ladies section) and to artisan member Danny Saia for aces this month,  Danny achieved his first ever ace at the 5th.

Inaugural Seniors’ Championship

Fifteen Seniors turned out on a glorious summer afternoon to compete in the inaugural Seniors’ Scratch Championship.  The winner was Tim Whittaker with a score of 70, who was 3 shots clear of second placed Mike Sanders.  Tim was presented with the trophy at the barbecue following the event.  The trophy is a marvellous addition to the club's prize collection and takes the form of an elegant cut crystal vase kindly donated to the club by Ian Boardman.

Other club results

Very well done to the following recent men’s competition winners:

  • Sir John Aird Cup - Matt Payne (net 69; on countback from Ben Quick and Piran Gowen)
  • July monthly medal – John Smith (net 68)
  • June midweek stableford – James Dow (46 points)
  • Seniors’ stableford – Paul Blackburn (44 points)


Hickory Day 10-hole – Friday 9 Sept

We will be having a 10-hole hickory competition on the afternoon of 9 September.  50 sets of clubs are being provided and there will be food afterwards.  Full details will be announced shortly, but do save the date in your diaries if you would like to participate in what should be a fun afternoon.

Gemma Dryburgh and John Gough

Gemma is currently playing in the LPGA Women’s Scottish Open and John Gough is playing in the PGA DP World Tour Hero Open.  Both events are being televised on Sky so watch out for their results and the opportunity of seeing them live over the weekend if they make the respective cuts. [Stop Press:  Despite scoring level par over the first two rounds, John has not made the cut, but Gemma has done so with two under par over the first two rounds.]

Summer Course Maintenance

I cannot finish this article without thanking and congratulating our greenkeeping team on the huge amount of work that they put in and the schedule that they completed over three sweltering days when most of us were happy not to be on the golf course.  The course is now in great condition and looks fabulous.  We have had many positive comments from visitors this week about the presentation of the course given this very dry summer.  Well done to Stuart and his team.  

Nick Cray


From the Ladies Captain

I am delighted to announce that Sue Goodliffe will be our Ladies Vice Captain in 2022/23. Sue has been a member since 2008 and during that time has served as our Honorary Secretary and also worked hard organising events while on the Social Committee. I am sure you will join me in congratulating her on her new role.

Sue Goodliffe

Our first Ladies Invitation Day was a great success thanks to Regitta and her helpers, with a full field and guests from as far away as Scotland and Portugal, great weather and great food. Ros Johnstone and I chose our partners well and they helped us to victory with some great golf! The results were as follows:

Sally James nearest to the pin on the 7th

Tricia Smith nearest the pin in 2 on the 15th

Amanda Griggs nearest to the line on the 4th

1st with 95 points Sue Schmidt, Gill Outram, Ros Johnstone and Bernadette Maguire

2nd with 93 points Nicola Darrah, Helen Pettifer, Penny Grocott-Mason and Serena Hodgson

3rd with 90 points Berly Brown, Carol Isaac, Sue Brown and Christine Ross

               1st Place                                         2nd Place

Thanks go to Carol Isaac for the beautiful flowers and to Jan Collis for organising the Bee Sweep and raffle which raised £550 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On July 13th Beaconsfield was able to host the Bucks County Ladies Golf Association summer meeting as Janet Beal is currently County Captain. The event was well attended, and Janet was finally able to get the support she deserved after missing her County Lunch in March due to testing positive for Covid. Although the local knowledge helped our Beaconsfield ladies win the nearest the pin competitions, the overall prize went to a team from Gerrards Cross GC.

Saturday July 16th was the start of one of our hottest periods of weather ever recorded in this country. However, undeterred by the heat, Berly Brown set out at 8.30am from Windsor to take part in one of Macmillan’s Mighty Hikes, following the Thames Valley Path for 26 miles to Henley. Arriving about 11 hours later, Berly was successful in her mission and has so far raised well over £2000 for the captains’ Charity. A magnificent effort and many thanks from us all. If you haven’t yet managed to donate but would still like to do so, the page is still open

https://macmillan-org.enthuse.com/pf/berly-brown-marathon-walk-21eec

  Another hole in one this month, congratulations to Bernie Carroll, on the 7th hole.

Our Get into Golf ladies have been having their group lessons since April and are now ready to start playing a few holes on a Sunday evening. A big thank you to Teresa for her organisation and to all the ladies who have volunteered to walk with them and start to help them with all the many questions they have about what to do on the course.

At our Spring meeting I am sure you will remember the stunning prize table with all the hanging baskets in bud. Our winning ladies have been nurturing them through the summer and here are a couple of examples of how they are thriving.

The Seniors County Championships were held at Harleyford GC on  July 23rd - many congratulations to Irene Brien who came 2nd and Carole Weir who came 3rd. A great result for both. Well done also to our ladies who have qualified for regional competitions. Earlier this month Sue Davies & Maureen Smith played in the Australian Spoons at Fulford Heath GC, Birmingham and Debbie Parrish & Alison Posgate played in the Coronation Foursomes at Berkhamsted. Good luck to Gill Thomas & Bridie Burke who will play on August 16th at King’s Norton GC, Birmingham in the EG Trust Women’s Pairs competition.

Tom’s group lessons are well subscribed and will run every other week, generally on a Wednesday. You can now book on-line by clicking on the blue £10 box but please email the office if you need to cancel or if the lesson is full and you want to go on the waiting list.

Finally, the Senior’s Plate is coming up on Aug 11th, don’t forget to let Carol Isaac know if you wish to stay for tea.

Sue Schmidt


In The Golf Bag...... Provisional Ball

Fred and Bert are playing a match and Fred (who plays right handed) hooks his tee shot off the 6th tee into the woods or possibly onto the railway on the left.

Fred has two options how to proceed:

  • Play a provisional ball
  • Play under stroke and distance – playing 3 off the tee

Option 1 – Play a Provisional Ball

Fred puts another ball down, says ‘provisional’ to Bert and plays a great drive straight down the middle.  At this point, Fred would really rather not look for his first ball, but Bert decides to go and search.  Bert searches for 2½ minutes, and then finds a ball in the woods which he thinks belongs to Fred.

Bert then asks Fred to come and identify the ball.  Under the rules, Fred must go and identify the ball.  Even though it is probably over the three minute search time by the time Fred gets to the ball, because the ball was found within the 3 minutes, Fred is allowed time to get to the ball to identify it.

If the ball does belong to Fred, then he has to either play the ball where it lies or declare it unplayable.  If Fred declares the ball unplayable, then he has the usual 3 options for an unplayable ball:

  • Play again from where last played
  • Drop back on line keeping the ball between him and the hole
  • Drop 2 club lengths from the ball not nearer the hole

If Fred decides to play again from where he last played, he MUST go back to the tee and play another ball from the tee.  He CANNOT use the provisional ball.

As soon as the original ball was found, the provisional ball is no longer in play and if Fred plays the provisional ball, this is a wrong ball and he gets the general penalty, which is loss of hole in matchplay.

In strokeplay, if Fred played the provisional ball, he gets a 2 stroke penalty for playing a wrong ball and still has to play or take unplayable on the original ball.  In a stableford you would probably just decide to ‘blob’ the hole, but in a medal you would be disqualified from the competition if you did not go back and play the original ball.

Option 2 – Play under Stroke and Distance

Fred decides to play 3 off the tee, as he thinks even if the first ball is found, it will be unplayable and he would have to come back to the tee.  He puts another ball down and either says nothing at all or tells Bert he is playing 3 off the tee.  As soon as Fred has played 3 off the tee, the original ball is now LOST, and even if Bert finds the ball, Fred can still carry on with the second ball.

Just a reminder not to automatically say ‘provisional’ if you think the original ball might be lost.  Think about your options if you find the original ball.  If you think that even if you find the ball, your best option would be to go back where you played, then maybe just take stroke and distance.

If you do play a provisional and then decide you would rather not find the original ball, then you can ask your fellow competitors or opponent not to search, but they don’t have to comply.  In a match I would probably search for my opponent’s original ball, especially if their provisional was a good shot.  In strokeplay I would normally comply with a fellow competitor’s request not to search for their original ball if they preferred to continue with their provisional, but this is a purely personal choice.

Janet Beal


Course Update and Rainfall 

(Click on the image to view in full screen)

Stuart Langhorn


Clubhouse Development

You will be aware from June's Niblick that the local planning office has failed to respond to our application for several months despite numerous revised deadline promises.  The cause of the delay has been that our planning application has held up waiting for the heritage officer's recommendations.  In recent days we have learned that the heritage officer who had been dealing with our case for some 18 months has left the council and a new heritage officer has now been assigned to our case.  Without interacting with us at all, and visiting our site only briefly and without us knowing, the new heritage case officer has now produced an unfavourable report on our planning application.  The clubhouse is included in the Council's list of Non-Designated Heritage Assets (NDHA) and the new heritage officer submitted an application to Historic England for the building to be considered for spot listing.

We are very unhappy with some of the content and the conclusions of the heritage officer's report and consider it to contain some factual errors which need to be addressed.  We are pleased to say that we have had some positive engagement with the heritage officer in recent days and she will be coming to the club in the near future to discuss our application further.  During this meeting we will further explain the rationale for the project and the journey that we went through in terms of design when working with her predecessor during the pre-application process.  We hope that working with her positively on this will ultimately cause her to reconsider her initial conclusions.

As regards the possibility of Historic England listing our building, this would not preclude the extension being permitted.  However, these recent developments inevitably mean that there will be further delays in our project timetable.  We will continue to keep you posted.

Roger Taylor 

Chairman of the House Committee  


Reminder Greens update evening for members

The Green Committee are holding a member update evening on Thursday August 18th. All are welcome. The intention is to have a walk out to the 18th to show people our planned improvements this winter. Then we will return to the clubhouse for further discussions. Stuart and I will give you an update on activities on the course and then present the 5-year plan for winter course improvements that we have been working on with Martin Hawtree.

We are looking forward to having a discussion and hearing your thoughts.

Expected start 18.00, please put the date into your diary.

David Garmon-Jones

Chairman of the Green Committee


Meeting Harry Pearce

Harry recently joined us as an Apprentice Greenkeeper tied to the Berkshire College of Agriculture. He will be studying there approximately one day a week. This is Harry’s first job, and he is delighted to be working at Beaconsfield Golf Club. He has family friends in the greenkeeping world, so he was always keen on this career.

Harry loves working outside and loves the beauty of our course. His training involves working with many different colleagues and Harry is grateful that they have all been so helpful. He has been working on the range, repairing divots and raking bunkers. His bunker raking tutor, John, was keen to impress on him that you need two hands to rake a bunker, a good reminder for us golfers to drop the sand iron before raking!

Harry’s interests include graphic design and football. He supports Chelsea and Wycombe Wanderers and goes to Adams Park regularly (where he will also see Bob & Tony, fellow greenkeepers and WWFC fans).

Harry’s dad is a golfer and Harry is beginning to play. He hopes to play more in the future and is looking forward to playing BGC in due course.

Welcome Harry, we wish you a long, happy and successful time working at Beaconsfield Golf Club.


Social Events

A well-organised and well-enjoyed Summer Sizzler took place on 23rd July, and the temperature was warm but not in the roasting 40s as it was in the early part of the week! The winning team were Simon Mouncer, Phil Murray, Diane Button and Noel Carroll with 89 points. The winning teams received vouchers to spend in the Pro Shop.

Nick Cray, Ian Duncan, Dianne Button, Simon Mouncer, Sue Schmidt, Phil Murray and
Noel Carroll

Our next two events open for entry now are:

The Phantom of the Open Movie Night – Tuesday, 2nd August – 7.00p.m. for 7.30p.m.   Sign up online to come along and see the story of Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist, who managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.  The ticket options are: Movie & Popcorn - £4, Movie, Popcorn & Nachos - £7 or Movie, Popcorn & Hotdog - £8.  Guests are welcome too!. This will be our first movie night and we hope to put on a number of other similar evenings during the year with movies we hope will entertain members.  Guests are welcome too!

The Family Fun Quiz Night on Saturday, 6th August - 6.30p.m. for 7.00p.m. The evening will be held downstairs in the Bar and will include an informal Fish & Chip supper (Tricolore salad can be pre-ordered for vegetarians or Burger with Chips for those who do not eat fish – please advise dietary requirement on booking). Teams can be any size up to a table of 6. Please enter your team on the Main Noticeboard sign-up sheet or email Elaine in the office who will enter your team on your behalf.  

The final Supper Greensomes and prize-giving will be held on Friday, 12th August 2022 where the winners will be presented with the Supper Greensomes Trophy.  If you’d like to play please enter online (guests welcome on payment of a £15.00 green fee). The format is 10 holes Greensomes Stableford with Supper rolling from 8.00 pm approx - Guests welcome for supper only.

Future events scheduled for your diary for this year are:

  • 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
  • Christmas Lunches – Sunday, 11 & 18th December


The Social Committee


Chris' Corner

We hope you are well, and playing good golf!

Summer so far has not disappointed us too much, with the hottest day in history so far last week! It is fair to say that I think even for some it was too hot to play...

To save the exhaustion of carrying your golf bag for 18 holes in the heat, it could be a good time to invest in a new trolley! We have Motocaddy and Powakaddy push and electric trolleys for sale. So if you are looking to upgrade, have a look in the shop!

We have started a sale on FOOTJOY Flex and FLEX Coastal models, the shoes are priced at £59.99 down from £79.99. We have plenty of sizes, but it is while stock lasts.. so be quick!

Tom has started his group sessions with the junior section, which are going well... they are aimed towards the juniors without a handicap. Tom will be looking to help them gain their first handicap, in order to start playing and competing in junior competitions! He has also started Group sessions with the ladies which seem to also be going great! 

We hope you continue to play good golf, and if not.. you know where to find us!

Chris, Adam and Tom 


Tom's Top Tips



From the Juniors and Younger members

JULY RESULTS

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in our competitions this month: -

3rd July – Wilton Shield – 1st Pearse Conway (17) nett 68, 2nd Fraser Creighton (10) nett 69

16th July – Stableford - 1st Josh Jankiewicz (28) 37pts, 2nd Beth Gilmour (16) 36pts

24th July – Regan Trophy – 1st Thilanya Rajapaksha (18) 40pts, 2nd Alfie Burt (7) 39pts

JUNIOR CAPTAIN’S DAY - Saturday 9th July

This was a great afternoon with 21 juniors taking part in this ‘Fun’ day in the junior calendar. Thomas Creighton chose the format for the day, and he decided on an 18-holeTexas Scramble for the team competition, so that everyone could be involved. Thomas drew the teams of three, with a mix of low, medium and high handicaps and every player had to take at least four drives. The scores were all very close, and many congratulations to the top three teams-

1st – Tommy Evans, Lena West and Sienna Lewis (nett 59.8)

2nd – Harvey Dobson, Pearse Conway and Edward Cotter (nett 62.9)

3rd – Fraser Creighton, Aziz Chaudhary and Sammy Butcher (nett 63.5)

Our Captain Nick Cray set them a ‘bucket challenge’, where they had to chip the ball into a very large bucket from about 15’, which they all found great fun! Beforehand, a few of our intermediates – Tom Bell, Kian Bains, George Johnson and Carl Banner gave the bucket chipping a ‘trial run’, and they found it quite tricky! One of them (not mentioning a name) managed to ‘throw’ the golf ball into the bucket more times than actually chipping in! The juniors had two other tests of their skills, by chipping to 3 different sized rings on the putting green and a 3-hole putting challenge.

Thomas presented the juniors with their prizes and the juniors who didn’t win a prize, were all given a tee-shirt, donated to our Junior Section by Luke Donald’s sponsor Greysons’ Clothing. The afternoon ended with chicken goujons, chips and cakes.

Well done Thomas and I know you enjoyed your special day. Click Here for the full results.

CHILTERN LEAGUE

We have 4 more matches to play this season and we are looking for juniors to take part please.

Sat 6th August (Away) at Wexham Park (14.00pm)

Sun 14th August (Away) at Gerrards Cross (12.30pm)

Mon 22nd August (Away) at Ellesborough (11.30am)

The final match will be a Home match against Hazlemere – date to be rescheduled to September.

BREAKING NEWS!!!

The BB&O Junior Championship was held at Richings Park on Monday 25th July.

A field of 42 juniors, with a maximum handicap index of 18.4, played in this 36-hole competition.

Beaconsfield was very well represented, with seven of our young ‘stars’ taking part.

Congratulations go to Daniel Butteriss (0) who became the U15 and U16 Junior Champion with two magnificent scores of 74+72 (146).

In the same category - Alfie Burt (5) came 3rd with 73+74 (147) and Billy Wood (3) came 4th with 77+74 (151)

Tommy Evans (0) had two solid rounds of 72+71 (143) to take overall 3rd prize in the U18 category.

Well done all of you - we are extremely proud of you.

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS IN AUGUST……

Tue 2nd – The Junior Championship (Ling Trophy, Wisdom Salver and McIntosh Trophy) (36-holes)

Sun 7th – Stableford  

Tue 9th  -  Ladies and Juniors (Pairs better-ball stableford)

Wed 17th - The Luke Donald Salver (Junior Open)

Sat 20th – The Hamilton Trophy

Sun 28th – The Thomas Trophy

Hoping to see our new junior members playing in the competitions during the summer holidays.

Happy Golfing Everyone!

Dianne Regan


Trophy Roll Of Honour


Click here to see all the Winners for the Trophy Competitions








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