Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome the following new Members to Beaconsfield:
Charlie Yolland, Nick Paul, Andrew Weller, Elliott Pycroft, Sian Southwell-Sander, Philippa Smith, Amanda Goodship, Christine Trendell, Virginia Hanberry, Monty Evans, Elsa Gilmour, Harris Lafferty, Thea Lafferty, Avery Gowen, Sammy Butcher.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From The Captain
The golfing season is underway
Last month I was reflecting on a difficult couple of months with mixed winter weather, heavy storms, a few short trolley bans and the sandy greens – and a lack of golf news. This month there is much more golf news to report but members will hopefully have noticed a significant improvement in the greens, even if we are not there yet. There has been increased communication about the progress of the greens, a significant diminution in the bare patches and a much better roll on the greens which is reflected in the number of good scores in the March competitions.
Golfing successes away from Beaconsfield
Congratulations to recent new member, John Gough, the current men’s English Amateur Champion, who won the Spanish International Amateur Championship in early March, moving him up to 70th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. As this Niblick is published, John is away playing for England in the European Cup of Nations at Sotogrande in Spain, where we wish him every success.
Gemma Dryburgh’s recent excellent performance in the latest LPGA event in California is reported on by Sue below and congratulations go to three of our junior girls for representing Bucks this month – see Janet’s report below.
Very well done to the following March winners:
3 clubs & a putter - Rob Quick (40 points)
March stableford – Tim Cray (44 points!)
March mid-week stableford – Iain Sayers (40 points; on countback from Bob Heard)
Having won the March stableford, Tim went on to play in the Hillman match at Burnham Beeches in the afternoon and won his singles match 6&4. This is what I am up against in the Cray Brothers’ Trophy!
The Seniors Spring Meeting, for the Jock Moffat Bowl, was won by Phil Maxwell (42 points), who also went on to win the Seniors March qualifier with 41 points, on countback from John Norton. At the Spring Meeting, Dick Van Wely (37 points) won the Andrew Tait Trophy (for over 75s) for the second year in succession, winning on countback from Barry Dunton. The team prize was won by Toni Margiotta, Paul Wright, Steve Philpott and Nigel Young.
After much hard-fought competition, the Seniors Winter League was concluded in March with Michael Ballard & Paul Parrish beating Martin Plant & Iain Sayers in the final 4 & 3.
Sadly, we lost our Hillman Trophy singles knockout match to Burnham Beeches (away). The Club team were beaten at the 18th in the deciding match, but will now enter the plate competition.
The annual Lidgley Shield match against the artisans was very tightly contested with 5 matches going to the last hole. With BGC 3-2 up awaiting the final match result, it ended 3-3, meaning that the Artisans retained the shield even though Ian Griffiths had his screwdriver ready to remove the trophy from the artisans’ clubhouse wall .....
Last October’s England v Rest of the World 4BBB match, delayed from earlier in the year by Covid restrictions, was played 18-a-side with a great atmosphere. I asked John Wynne Williams' (RoW) and Paul Hucker (England) to lead the teams again and this time they fielded 30-a-side, which is surely a record number of participants. Consequently, after a very enjoyable afternoon, we had 60 members sitting on the patio to see JWW present the wooden spoon to Paul after the RoW’s substantial 10.5 to 4.5 victory. The matches had a real cross-section of members playing and hopefully the great success of this early season event will be carried through next year.
10th tee opening
We plan to open the new 10th tee complex early in the morning on Friday 1st April, so that it is available for play from that day. Photo to follow next month.
Gemma on pitchmarks
I know that some of you will have seen this on social media, but as we start the season, here is Gemma Dryburgh’s simple and effective guide to good pitchmark repair https://twitter.com/i/status/1503677879288315905
Artisans’ Centenary Raffle – urgent call for support as ticket sales close 9th April
The artisans are running a centenary raffle in aid of the club’s captains’ charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, and the artisans’ captain’s charity, Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow. As the parent club, we have sold a very disappointing number of tickets. Tickets are £10, but all the money goes to the charities, so do please help by buying a ticket or two in the next week from the bar, office or pro-shop – or by simply emailing the office. They have some great prizes, please click here
While on charity matters, Rotary Club of Jordans & District meets regularly at Beaconsfield Golf Club and has done so for a long time. They have just let us know that as a result of their fundraising efforts they have been able to donate £32,650 in medical aid to help those injured in Ukraine.
We are now on the summer starting times: Please click here to view them There have been a couple of instances recently where members have turned up to play at or very close to a time when the tee was reserved or restricted to 2-balls or 4-balls. Please do remember the starting time restrictions and to also check the online diary for specific tee bookings.
A big thank you to the team of Alan Darrah, Peter and Diane Button, Sue Schmidt, David Garmon-Jones, Mark Conway and John Shelton for their work recovering thousands of balls from the perimeter of the range. Lessons are available from the Pro Shop if you are the person with the persistent slice!
There have been reports of some speeding in the car park. Please do restrict your speed given that the space is narrow and you may not see fellow golfers given the number of parked cars.
The film about Operation Mincemeat, the book and now film about the true story of trying to deceive the Germans that the Allies planned to invade Greece and not Sicily by dropping a body with false papers and documents will be released on 15 April. I wrote last month that the false papers included an angry letter from Lloyds Bank about an imaginary overdraft. The letter came from Ernest Whitley-Jones, General Manager of Lloyds, who had been covertly approached by the intelligence officers to provide such a letter.
A bit of research has shown that the Times’ obituary of Ernest Whitley-Jones records him as a keen golfer and wartime census records show him and his wife as living at ‘Pyes’, Penn Road, Knotty Green. He must therefore surely be the E Whitley-Jones who became President in 1958, who arranged the loan that enabled the club to buy the course and after whom the Whitley-Jones trophy is named. Whether he appears in the film remains to be seen!
From the Ladies Captain
Firstly a very big welcome to 5 new lady members who have joined us this month:- Virginia Hanberry, Christine Trendell, Philippa Smith, Sian Southwell-Sander and Amanda Goodship. If anyone is looking for a playing partner, please contact them to help them integrate into the club.
March has seen a few changes to the scheduled competitions due to poor weather and trolley ban but some great scores have been achieved nonetheless. The competition on March 3rd was changed to 6 clubs and putter, congratulations to Helen Coughlin for the win. The Nancy Mitchell bogey competition (clearly not everyone’s favourite to start the new season!) was played on the weekend and Thursday, well done to Jenny Mouncer, Jane Gilmour, Heather Jackson and Jackie Duncan who all managed to beat the course.
The March medal was our first of the season and clearly there are a few ladies starting the season with some good golf, congratulations to Nuala Gilmour-Morris for a net 71. We have also started to run 10 hole competitions most weeks for ladies who cannot play 18 holes for any reason – details for sign-up are on the website. The first one was won by Jean Taylor.
On March 17th we had our rescheduled Charity presentation by Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks go to Nick Cray for presenting information about the work of the charity and fund raising in South Bucks, plus Annette Ratcliff, a skin cancer nurse who gave a very useful presentation on skin cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Photo’s of the event plus Annette’s slides are available on the website link…. Thank you to all the ladies who made a donation, enabling us to raise another £510 towards this important charity.
The final of the Olive Cripwell winter knock-out was played between Tak McMillan and Beth Gilmour, well played both ladies and congratulations to Beth for the win.
March is also traditionally the month for the London Foursomes competition, played this year at The Berkshire Golf Club. Congratulations to Irene Brien and Ella Butteriss for representing Beaconsfield and getting through to the second round where they met strong opposition from Wentworth, who got all the way through to the final, eventually losing 2&1 to Denham.
Many of you will have noticed the Land Art project starting to take shape. The aim is to have about 20 items installed by the end of May, ready for the Jubilee weekend. There will be a scheduled walk around the installations at 6pm on May 30th followed by a celebratory drink, please join us if you can.
Bridge – huge congratulations to our first team who did particularly well this winter, winning all their matches (Liz Hayes (Captain) Ros Johnstone, Joan Murphy, Juliana Simpson, Val Hughesdon, Janet Beal, Susan Strawson, Wendy Sherwood, and Christine Phillips).
I am pleased to say that Jan Collis (and Elaine) have been working hard to get the ladies website up to date so please take a look at the recent pictures of the County lunch and Charity presentation.
Finally, congratulations to Gemma Dryburgh for another great result in her 2022 US season, coming 38th in the JTBC Classic at Carlsbad in California.
As previously reported the planning application has been submitted and, after being requested to provide some additional minor information, the application has been fully validated and we are awaiting a decision. The request for further information is not uncommon and can be used by the Planning department to give them a little more time before the 8 week statutory period for a decision starts.We are therefore expecting a response to our submission by the end of April .
Members will note that the marking out of the extension has been moved slightly. The red lines now show the extent of the actual building – the previous posts included the additional planting and new path.
Members will be pleased to know that the bar opening hours have been extended by an hour for April and September meaning the bar will now close at 8.30pm. Normal summer bar opening times will stay in place for May – August .
New Hospitality Director
We are delighted to inform you that following an extensive process the Board have made an offer of employment to our preferred candidate and it has just been duly accepted with a start date likely towards the end of April. As and when the formal contract is signed we will disclose the full details of the candidate along with the transitional arrangements with David and his wonderful team .
Chairman of the House Committee
Course Update and Rainfall
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Mixed Supper Greensomes
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 me for further details or if you’d like your name to be added to the Supper Greensomes Whatsapp group.
The next two Social Committee's events are open for entry:
You may sign up for both events either on-line in the club diary , 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:
The Green Committee
Who are the Green Committee? This committee is chaired by David Garmon-Jones. He is joined by fellow Board member Mark Conway, who will take over as chairman when David’s three years on the Board ends. Completing the committee are Stuart Langhorn Course Director, Rob Reeves Head Greenkeeper and Chris Dodds Club Professional. Katie Free also attends committee meetings, she takes the minutes; her attendance also facilitates excellent liaison with the club office.
The committee meets roughly every six weeks and is responsible for all things ‘Green’. Communication within the team is critical, so the link between Board members and the greenkeeping team is a very active one.
On top of the formal committee meetings, monthly board meetings (where Green Committee updates are a standing item) and budget meetings with the Treasurer, there are many more informal connections. These include catching up with the greenkeeping team in the ‘sheds’, course walks and regular meetings and phone calls.
Ongoing responsibilities include the course five-year plan. Having an approved five-year plan means that the Board are aligned and it also allows for continuity between Green Committee Chairmen. This winter the five-year plan had the 10th tee as our development project, you will have seen evidence of that already. Next winter we are looking at developments to the 18th, then there are plans for bunkering on the 11th and 5th.
We hope to show you these plans at a member evening in the coming months. Martin Hawtree is currently drawing up plans and we look forward to sharing these with you and getting member input.
Another ongoing project is the planned upgrade of our driving range. We have been grateful to receive help from Irene Brien, Tim Whittaker and Gareth Davies on this. We have visited several other clubs to see what they have done and we are currently considering options, designs, suppliers and costings. Our next task is to present our conclusions to the Board for their approval.
Communication with members is critical. On top of our monthly Niblick updates, you will know that Stuart posts regular twitter contributions on the club website. We are planning group member discussions with the seniors roll up in late March, with the Ladies section (date tbc) and a member evening once we have Martin Hawtree’s plans. We regularly receive emails from members, some more positive than others, but all are welcome!
Chairman of the Green Committee
It's good to see more activity in the clubhouse as the weather improves.
The Quiz Night on 19th March was a great success, once again.
£1,550.00 was raised for the Captain's and Ladies Captain's Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
We cannot thank Steve McAdam, June McAdam, Margaret Mardall and Sue Overall enough for all of their efforts.
It's been great working with them over the years in delivering a superb event.
The winning team was, wait for it, Phil Moody's team, with Helen Coughlin's team a very close runner up.
The Mothering Sunday Lunch was a sell out event and enjoyed by all who attended.
We are looking to employ a part time bar attendant, approximately 20 hours a week, some evening and weekend work is involved.
If interested, please email me at:
I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse shortly.
As we begin to move out of winter into spring, it is still important to stress the need to carry your bag to help keep the course in the best shape possible. However if you are needing a new trolley, we do have manual push trolleys as well as electric ones too.
We have good stock of carry bags from Taylormade, Mizuno, PING, and motocaddy! Swing by the shop to check out the new stock whenever you are next playing.
Some not so good news unfortunately, as some of you may be aware.. I go on my annual trip to Portugal with a handful of the members from BGC... it was looking good until I caught covid the week before the trip and had to pull out. I am fine, (with no obvious symptoms). This is a great shame as it is always a great trip.. at least my absence gives one of the others a chance to win!!
We have received most of our Spring and Summer 2022 mens and womens clothing from Swing Out Sister, Footjoy, Adidas, Under Armour and PING. If you are looking for a wardrobe upgrade this summer, then swing by the shop. Tom's favourite saying pops into mind... "At least I look good even if I play bad..!"
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon once I am back from covid
Chris, Adam and Tom
Tom's Top Tips
From the Juniors and Younger members
The juniors have been very quiet over the last month. Three of our Beaconsfield girls played for Buckinghamshire Junior Girls at Oakland Park on Sunday 6th March in the BB&O Team Stableford. Teams of 8 girls from each of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire play individual stableford with the best 6 scores from each county, counting towards the Team Trophy. Lena West, Beth Gilmour and Emily Gilmour, were members of the winning Buckinghamshire team, with Beth also winning the best individual score. Many Congratulations to them all.
Junior and Intermediate Stablefords
A reminder that the season kicks off with the first Junior Order of Merit ( JOOM) on the 2nd April please remember to sign-up. All intermediates are able to play in these competititons in a seperate division so please feel free to enter.
To sign-up to the stablefords click the dates below.
In The Golf Bag...... Competitions And Scorecards
Summer starting times are here and we are starting the main season for competitions. I have been asked to remind everyone about the rules about entering competitions and completing scorecards.
Most of this information is fairly basic, but with all the changes due to covid rules and regulations over the last 2 years, some of us probably need a refresher.
We all now enter competitions and pay the entry fee online; however you MUST still sign in to the competition BEFORE going out to play.
Sign in can be done on one of the PSI screens or on the IG App on your phone. If you do not sign into the competition before playing, then you may be disqualified from the competition unless there is a valid reason for not signing in.
A physical scorecard must be used for all competitions at BGC. Please fill in the following information on your own scorecard and then give the card to your marker.
Under WHS we have three different handicaps: handicap index, course handicap and playing handicap. There is space for all three on the scorecard, but it is the course handicap that MUST be entered.
At the end of the round you should check the GROSS SCORE on each hole with your marker. If the scores match, then you and your marker must both sign the card. You can then enter your score on one of the PSI screens or on the IG App on your phone.
Don’t worry about checking stableford points or total score – the computer will work this out for you. It is the GROSS SCORE on each hole that you are signing for. If you sign for a wrong gross score on a hole you will be disqualified if the score is less that you actually scored, or you will be allocated the score you signed for if the score is higher than you actually scored.
The signed scorecard MUST be returned to the competition box. If the scorecard is not returned, you will be disqualified from the competition. Once your scorecard is returned to the competition box, then you are deemed to have returned your card and it cannot be altered without authorisation.
Impact of Disqualification on Handicaps
If you are disqualified from a competition then your score will normally still count for handicap but you are unable to win the competition. For example, if you sign for a wrong score on a hole, the correct score will be determined and the corrected score submitted for handicap, if you are disqualified for not signing in before playing, your score will still count for handicap.
Trophy Roll of Honour