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:
Rob Mowat, Andrew Davies & Andrew Harman
James Kucera, Lily Swindle, Stephen Lindsay, Thenuka and Thilanya Rajapaksha.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From The Captain
The Brabazon Trophy
The Brabazon Trophy Southern Regional Qualifier was held at the club on 10 May with 120 participants coming from as far afield as Cornwall, Wales, and the Channel Islands. We also had a visiting Australian from Royal Fremantle Golf Club. A scratch handicap was necessary even to qualify for the qualifier with 21 places for the Brabazon Trophy itself available from the event at Beaconsfield.
Ian Griffiths and I had the privilege of acting as starters for all of the competitors and watching a series of massive drives down the 1st, with just one participant using an iron. Beaconsfield members Carl Banner, James Casserly, George Johnson, Louis Sanders and Mike Sanders were all playing, while Dan Butteriss travelled to the Midland Qualifier, where he was the youngest participant by 4 years. The cut to play in the Brabazon Trophy itself came at 72, with congratulations due to Carl and Louis for making the cut, both returning cards of 69.
Huge thanks to all the greenkeeping team for their tremendous work in presenting the course so well - see David Garmon-Jones’ note for more on all of the work that went into achieving this. Thanks also to the many club volunteers
who helped on the day by acting as course marshals, to David Jennings, Pepe and the catering team who had long days for the practice day and the qualifier and to Katie and Elaine for the organisational work behind the scenes. All involved represented the club very well and we received many positive comments from England Golf and the competitors.
The Brabazon Trophy itself was held over 4 rounds at Saunton Golf Club. We had 4 Beaconsfield members playing as John Gough and Ben Quick were pre-qualified for the competition. The Brabazon was won by Christiaan Maas from Pretoria with John tied 10th on +3 and Louis tied 31st on +8 for the four rounds.
The Lytham Trophy
Earlier in May, John Gough was also playing in and winning the prestigious Lytham Trophy, another of the very top amateur events. John played what is described as the shot of his life on the 17th in the final round, a bump-and-run with a 9 iron off the back of the green-side bunker which trickled into the centre of the hole, dead weight, for a birdie from a very difficult position. You can read more about John’s victory here........
John now holds no less than three of the major amateur titles.
Ladies County Champion – Ella Butteriss
Congratulations to Ella on becoming the ladies’ County Champion. A fantastic achievement!
Very well done to the following recent men’s competition winners:
Congratulations to Robbie Christian and Kevin Mears for winning the Bloomfield, which is one of the most difficult and hard fought of all the knockouts. Robbie and Kevin beat Michael Ballard and Alan Bennett 2&1 in the final.
We had a good turnout for the men’s invitation event on 21 May, though there were still a few spaces available. The course was again very well presented for the event and the catering and hospitality team really looked after our guests well. The 4BBB event was won by Paul Wright and his guest, Ian Minchell from Gerrards Cross Golf Club, with 46 points. They just pipped Gerry Cotter & Mark Bradbury from South Bucks Golf Club on count back over the last 3 holes.
Office Secretary’s putter
What I understand was a highly competitive Office Secretary’s Putter competition was won by Elaine, who beat Katie reasonably comfortably over 18 holes. I have to report that there were some allegations of talking during the backswing on at least one occasion though!
Pace of play
As we are now well into the competition season, a reminder to all players that you should keep up with the group in front and not attempt to simply stay in front of the group behind! My top tips for a good pace of play are:
David Jennings’ retirement
The club gave David a wonderful send off at the event to mark his retirement on 25 May. Our best estimate is that some 280 members came to the event and there was a great atmosphere. After speeches from the Captain and the President, David gave an excellent retirement speech in which he thanked all of his staff personally and individually.
The turnout and collection for his retirement gift showed the very high regard that David is held in by members. We presented him with his retirement book, carry-on travel luggage with a personally engraved Beaconsfield bag tag and a very significant amount in travel vouchers!
David – we all wish you a long and happy retirement and look forward to seeing you at the club in your capacity as an honorary member.
Longest day golf for Macmillan Cancer Support
On 20th June a team of Rob Amar, Tim Cray, Ian Griffiths and Roger Taylor will set out very early in the morning to play 72 holes of golf to fundraise for the Captains’ charity – Macmillan Cancer Support. Please come and cheer them on during the day and support them in their fundraising efforts for Macmillan – please click here.........
Captain’s Day – Saturday 4th June 2022
Finally, I am looking forward to Captain’s Day, this coming Saturday, 4 June, with over 150 men signed up to play. If you have forgotten to sign up, please contact the office who will add you to the reserves list.
Thanks to great support from the ladies’ section, there will be volunteers at drinks stations at the 7th and the clubhouse, a charity challenge at the 7th as well as a roving drinks trolley driven by me. There are good prizes and no entry fee, so do please make a donation to the Captains’ charity before you set off to play.
There is a silent auction for 4-ball courtesies at Sonning, Woburn & Ashridge and a personalised water colour by our own Elaine Mayes. To make a bid please email Katie on email@example.com. The auction will open at 8.45 am on the 4th and will run until ~5.30 pm and will be viewable at the Club and online here.......
The BBQ will start at about 4:30 pm, immediately following the afternoon competition, and prizegiving will be at about 6:00 pm. The annual subscription draw will also take place at that point. There will then be a golf trick show by David Edwards, a former European Tour Professional, who is widely regarded as the world’s No1, at about 6.30 pm.
Please come and enjoy the BBQ and the trick show. Everybody is welcome, including your family and friends.
From the Ladies Captain
Congratulations to Ella Butteriss for winning the County Championships. These were played at Ellesborough in early May and Ella managed to beat Grace Rigby-Walden from GX in the final (see more in the Junior Section). Really well done to Ella.
The month started with the Spring Meeting and the results and pictures are on the website click here........
Congratulations to Carole Weir, the winner of the Hale Cup and to Jenny Mouncer, the winner of the Young Bowl. The nett silver prize winner was Helen Coughlin and the bronze prize winner was Jane Neal (with the overall best nett score of 70). The Greensomes winners were Alison Posgate and Ann Turley and the 10 hole stableford was won by Margaret Hallam. Thanks must also go to Debbie Parrish for the stunning Prize Table loaded with hanging baskets – it would be great to see some pictures of those later in the season in full bloom after being nurtured by the winners?
The PING 4BBB competition had 3 pairs on 42 points but the pair going through to the next round are Regitta Gomersall and Helen Mines. The Golf Trust Foundation stableford on May 19th was won by Sue French with 42 points and the Cancer Relief stableford was won by Judith Woods (May 22nd) and Mary Donegan (26th) with 36 and 40 points respectively. Well done ladies, some great golf being played.
Also on May 26th was the Captain’s and Past Captains’ Ann Burgess Trophy, congratulations to Janet Merritt who won with 37 points.
It was lovely to see so many past captains joining the lunch, a total of 27 and it gave the ladies the opportunity to say their own farewell to David Jennings with the presentation of a card and flowers for Jan. We all have many happy memories of events organised by David and wish him all the best for his retirement.
Beaconsfield have drawn Huntswood in the first round of the Bucks Shield. Results after the home leg have Huntswood slightly in front so we give our full support to the Team playing Away on June 5th and wish them a resounding success.
The scratch team have now played 2 matches, the first a home match against Buckingham was a win with 4 points and in the second match away to GX the points were shared - 3 each. Well done to Irene Brien, Lorraine Whillans, Di Bovey, Carole Weir and Emily Gilmour for their contributions.
Many of you will have noticed the Land Art installation has started, all installations will be in place ready for the Jubilee weekend and the introductory walk will take place on Monday 30th May. I hope they make you smile as much as I did when I saw them, what talent we have in the ladies’ section. Some early pictures below.
And finally, huge congratulations to Gemma, she has made the cut in all her tournaments this year, gained entry to her first US Open and progressed to the last eight in the knock-out stages of the LPGA match-play. Wishing her all the best from BGC!
Course Update and Rainfall
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Greenkeeping Team preparing for the Brabazon Qualifier
The Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifying event is mentioned elsewhere by Nick, so I will focus on those that helped make this event so successful. Feedback from the competitors and England Golf was very positive, both on the course and off the course. This is a wonderful compliment to Beaconsfield GC.
The greenkeeping staff worked tirelessly to make sure that the course was at its best and they certainly made that happen. Despite our well chronicled challenges with the greens this year, the team presented smooth putting surfaces for the competitors. The rest of the course was immaculate, and it was great to see the new 10th tee in action.
It will not surprise you that the team had several 4am starts in the lead up to the event, what may surprise you is that on the following day, there was no lie-in. Yes, you’ve guessed it, they were up at 4am again to further work on the greens to ensure they are back to their best for our summer of golf. I am sure you will join me in thanking Stuart, Lee, Tom and the rest of the team for their continued good work and commitment to our club.
Many thanks also to the Artisan section for their support. In the lead up to the tournament, our team were struggling with staff numbers (illness, paternity & holiday) and we needed help. The Artisans did a great job with the divoting, and they also stepped in to make sure our bunkers were raked and ready for action. We are grateful to two colleagues from Flackwell Heath, Steve and Billy who came in both days to help with cutting the fairways. Finally, thanks to a countryman of our Treasurer, Dan from Turfcare (our main turf product supplier) who was on site at 4.45am with everyone else to help blowing the fairways.
A great effort!
Chairman of the Green Committee
Picture below is of the Artisans preparing the bunkers, led by former Artisan Captain Danny Saia.
Greenkeeper Callum is a dad!
Many congratulations to Callum Keogh on becoming a father after the recent arrival of his daughter, Willow Jean.
We continue to wait for a formal response to our planning application due to an apparent backlog in the planning department's workload and staff absences.
Whilst this is somewhat frustrating ,we have had an assurance that the response is imminent and we will of course inform all members as and when we hear something meaningful.
On the assumption of a favourable response we will be pressing ahead with appointing an external project manager and proceeding with structural engineers and detailed working drawings allowing us then to put the project out to tender and clarify the full costs of delivery.This in turn will allow us to determine our funding requirements/options and to proceed towards a fully informed final vote hopefully later this year.
So whilst this is frustratingly slower than we had hoped please be assured that there is no lack of determination and effort in pushing this project forward!
Chairman of the House Committee
Another very successful event hosted at the club for Gin lovers this month.
20 members were entertained and educated by Griffiths Brothers, a local gin business founded in 2017, who explained the history of their business and gin in general, while the audience tasted and enjoyed a range of gins with canapes made by our in-house team. Excellent support as usual from the catering and bar staff made for a very enjoyable and social evening.
For your diary, other dates and events planned for 2022:
Friday, 9th September
The Social Committee
First Aid Training at Beaconsfield
The club is very grateful to Evelyn Pegley for facilitating another round of first aid training at the club courtesy of the Red Cross. Many of you will know that Evelyn has a long and distinguished association with the Red Cross.
Susan Stovell from the local Red Cross organisation conducted three training sessions at the club. Each event was ‘sold out’, meaning a total of 60 members attended. These were very interesting and engaging sessions that helped educate members on how to deal with emergency situations such as finding somebody choking or a burn victim or finding somebody unconscious not breathing.
Handy tips included, get involved if someone is in trouble. It is the right thing to do, and you don’t need to fear adverse consequences for yourself. Download the First Aid by British Red Cross app, this is source of wonderful content. Finally, take a mobile phone (on silent of course) onto the course with you to use in an emergency.
Many thanks to the Red Cross for providing the training. They really do a wonderful job.
Chairman of the Green Committee
We hope you are all enjoying the start of the season and the warmer weather!
This year is the year of the 150th Open Championship and to celebrate, Titleist have released limited edition boxes of Titleist Prov1 balls. They come in packs of 2 sleeves, so 6 balls total. They retail at £24.95 and have the Open logo printed on them and are all number 150. Please pop into the shop to have a look as there is limited stock, a good present for any upcoming birthdays!
On the subject of The Open Championship, we will be holding the annual Open sweepstake, so keep an eye out for it in the shop soon!
We hope to see you all playing good golf!
Chris, Adam and Tom
Tom's Top Tips
From the Juniors and Younger members
The junior inductions for 2022 have now been completed and we have welcomed the final six new members to the club; we wish them all a very long and happy membership at Beaconsfield: -
James Kucera / brothers Calum and Ryan Lambert / Stephen Lindsay / and twins Thenuka and Thilanya Rajapaksha. Several are already playing in our junior competitions and making new friends.
Our Junior Section is full once again, with eighty young members (56 boys and 24 girls). We had to carry forward ten disappointed applicants to next year’s waiting list, but they are in a strong position for membership next April. We have written to the unsuccessful applicants, to explain that from this point forwards, we have introduced a Points system for Junior applications.
County Champion 2022
Many congratulations to Ella Butteriss, who became County Champion at Ellesborough Golf Club. The 36-hole qualifying rounds were held on Tuesday 3rd May, with the top 16 moving forward to matchplay on Saturday 7th May and Sunday 8th May.
The final was played between two exceptional teenagers – our very own Ella and Grace Rigby-Walden (Gerrards Cross). The match was tight over the first nine, and all square at the turn. Grace won the 10th, but Ella followed with five birdies in a row, claiming the Championship on the 16th. Families and supporters were treated to some wonderful golf and a very exciting final.
Ella told me this week; just how difficult it was to play against one of her best friends!
This is a wonderful achievement Ella – we are all extremely proud of you.
Congratulations to the following prize-winners in our May competitions: -
Sunday 8th May – Thilanya Rajapaksha (H/C 27) won his first competition with 41pts, with Pearse Conway (H/C 19) in second place with 38pts.
Friday 14 May – Thilanya Rajapaksha (H/C 25) won again with 38pts, and Senan Conway (H/C 27) was runner-up with 36pts.
The entries for our competitions in May were disappointing, but many of our juniors are sitting their GCSE / A-Level exams through May and June. We wish them all the very best of luck.
We are currently trialling the way juniors and intermediates enter competitions, by allowing them to sign-up in 3-balls and choose their time slot on the start sheet. The juniors have been asked not to leave any gaps, so that any members who wish to play social golf, may do so as early as possible.
The next two competitions are scheduled for Monday 30th May and Sunday 5th June. (1.30-2.30pm)
The annual League matches will begin in June, and we will be looking for a team of five juniors plus reserves, to play the five matches. Three will be AWAY and two will be at HOME and the fixtures and dates can be found on the junior page of the website. These matches are all singles matchplay and they are a great way of playing different courses and meeting new juniors. If you are interested in playing in any of these matches, please contact Dianne Regan.
You will all be looking forward to the extra Bank Holiday next week, to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, so fingers crossed for good weather. There are many special events organised including ‘Street Parties’, so we hope that everyone enjoys whatever you are planning.
Have FUN everyone!!
In The Golf Bag...... The Putting Green
There were quite a few changes to the rules of golf in 2019 affecting what you can and can’t do on the putting green, so I thought I would remind you about what is now allowed and what is still not allowed.
If you accidentally move your ball or ball marker on the green there is NO PENALTY. Just replace the ball or marker where it was. For example if you clip your ball during a practice stroke – no problem, just replace it.
Touching the Surface of the Green
You are allowed to touch the surface of the green when pointing out a line for putting.
Marking, Lifting and Replacing the Ball
You can lift, clean and replace your ball or rotate it on its spot, but it MUST be marked before you touch the ball and you MUST remove the ball marker before playing. You must replace the SAME ball that you lifted. There are a few exceptions, but these happen very infrequently (see rule 14.2.a).
On the putting green, your caddie can always mark and lift your ball without asking. Any other person, for example a fellow competitor or partner) can mark and lift your ball, but you must give them authority before they do so. Either YOU or the person who lifted the ball must replace the ball.
Ball Moved by Natural Forces
If your ball is moved by natural forces (e.g. wind or gravity) on the putting green, whether you put it back depends whether you had previously marked and replaced the ball on the green.
If you HAD marked and replaced, then replace the ball where it was, but if you HAD NOT marked and replaced, then you have to play from where it ended up. No penalty in either case.
You can remove sand and loose soil on the putting green. Remember you cannot remove sand and loose soil elsewhere on the course.
You can repair damage taking reasonable action but this must be without unreasonable delay. Damage that can be repaired includes ball marks, shoe marks, animal tracks, embedded objects, but does not include aeration holes, rain, weeds, areas of uneven growth, natural wear of the hole.
Testing the Green
You are not allowed to test the surface of the green by rolling a ball or rubbing the surface.
Abnormal Course Conditions
When you are on the putting green, you get relief for an abnormal course condition on your line of play as well as one that affects the lie of the ball or your stance or area of intended swing.
On the putting green, you find the nearest point of complete relief and PLACE a ball at this spot. The nearest point may be either on the putting green or in the general area. If there is no point of complete relief, you take relief using the point of maximum available relief.
I keep reminding people of a local rule that we have at Beaconsfield. This can be very useful if, like me, you use your putter from around the green whenever possible. The rule allows relief from a sprinkler head on your line of play if you are close to the green:
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 and is within two club-lengths of the ball. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
Trophy Roll Of Honour