Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
From The Captain
As this is my last article for the Niblick as Captain, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members and the Artisans for their much valued support and encouragement during my year. The Captain's enjoyment of his year is very much dependent on the support and guidance of all our staff and I can’t thank them enough for their enormous help. They have always been there when needed and nothing has been too much trouble. I have very much enjoyed working with the Ladies Captain Jane Garman-Jones who has had an outstanding year.
Highlights of my year include the success of the new format for Club Championships day, Daisy Kennedy’s achievements on the day and generally during the year, meeting everyone who played on Captain’s Day and watching how well they played after a drink or two!!! I am delighted to report that thanks to your generosity approximately £3,500 has been raised for my charity Scannapeal which will help save many lives in our area.
The course has been magnificent during my year and special thanks must go the Stuart and his team who continue to improve the course beyond recognition.
Finally, I want to wish good luck to our incoming Captains Helen Morris and Roger Clarke.
Enjoy your golf.
From the Ladies Captain
I am delighted to announce that Barbara Harwood will be the Ladies Vice Captain for 2018/19.
Barbara started her golf at Chartridge Park and has been a member at Beaconsfield for a number of years.
Her husband Nick encouraged her to join and she has subsequently competed with him in many of the mixed matches.
Barbara has served on both the social and ladies committees.
Throughout her career she worked in the IT industry for several financial and retail companies.
We have welcomed four new ladies this summer and wish them many happy years at Beaconsfield.
|Sue French||Trudi Watts||Nuala Gilmour-Morris||Caroline Adams|
Irene Brien – Silver Scratch Captain
Our team captains, Irene Brien and Alison Clifford-King, have had brilliant results in the Bucks County Summer Scratch leagues.
We came second in the Silver Premier Division to Woburn (a direct swap from last year’s position) and won Bronze Division 2, with Stoke Park coming second.
Many congratulations to the Bronze Scratch team who have been promoted for the second year running and will compete in Division 1 next year.
The ladies always look forward to playing with the Juniors in a fun but very competitive 4 ball better ball competition. The afternoon began with a chat over lunch which was followed by some very good golf. The winners, with an impressive 45 points, were Barbara Harwood and Fraser Creighton. Jenny Mouncer and Freya Conway came second, narrowly beating Ingrid Creighton and Matt Bowen on count back.
|1st Fraser & Barbara||2nd Freya & Jenny||3rd Matt & Ingrid|
Peter Cox organised an enjoyable day for us to play with the seniors, 18 teams battled for the prizes.
Sue Schmidt and John Bailey beat Barbara Harwood and Paddy Kelly on countback.
Ladies & Seniors
On an early autumnal day of sunshine and cloud, our biannual fixture with the artisans, hosted by them this time, was a competitive greensomes competition.
14 pairs participated and the competition was won by Sue Davies and Glen Toudup.
It was great fun, with lots of banter, and we all enjoyed sandwiches and cake afterwards in the artisans clubhouse.
Ladies & Artisans
Our Autumn Meeting was played on a glorious day with a singles stableford in the morning and then a 10 holes greensomes in the afternoon. The Silver division was won by Leni du Plessis with 40 points and the Bronze division by Judith Woods, also with 40 points. Judith also won the Benson Bowl which is presented to the grandmother with the best score.
Judith Woods –bronze division & Benson Bowl
Leni Du Plessis – silver division
The winners in the afternoon were Helen Morris and Caroline Adams who beat Alison Clifford-King and Jenny Mouncer on countback; a lovely welcome to the club for Caroline in her first week.
The weather has been very kind to us this summer and our second Invitation Day was played on another perfect day. Guests from 21 different clubs enjoyed playing with us in a team event. With a very respectable score of 81 points, Leni Du Plessis, Ann Turley and their guests Beverly Heald from Stoke Park and June Winter from Ellesborough GC took first prize.
Ann Turley, Leni du Plessis and their guests
You have all been extremely generous this year and I am delighted to say that we have raised over £6,500 for my charity, Thames Valley Air Ambulance. This money will go towards providing life-saving medical care across the region.
I will soon be stepping down as Ladies Captain so would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the Ladies Committee for all their help.
Ladies Committee 2017 – 2018
Margaret Mardall, Jackie Barton, Helen Morris, Dawn Muir,
Sue Schmidt, Tak McMillan, Sue Goodliffe, Regitta Gomersall
I will be handing over to Helen Morris, who I know will do a fantastic job.
I wish her all the very best and hope that she enjoys her year as much as I have.
The repairs to the greens from the recent vandalism (15th September) are complete after 4 solid days work from the greenstaff. The indentations from the motorcycle tyres were forked up, sanded and heavily rolled. The shallower damage from the tyres received a similar repair but included an over seed as there was loss of grass from wheel spins. Then the worst affected areas where the complete surface of the green was missing up to 3 inches in depth required turfing which was transplanted from the large chipping green. The three worst greens, the 7th, 8th and 9th have received a full topdress and granular fertilizer to aid recovery and are currently being hand cut with pedestrian mowers to protect the new turf. The height of cut on the greens will need to be raised from 3 to 4mm to allow the turf the best chances of knitting in. With the current warm and wet weather conditions I expect the greens to be fully recovered in the next 2-3 weeks with the 8th green slightly longer due to the severity of the damage.
Work to rebuild the 4th tee complex will start on the 24/25th of September. The plan is to remove the existing complex and replace with 3 new tees. We will increase the width of the tees to allow for more teeing ground and angles, install drainage, new irrigation, realign, level and create some subtle contouring to the rear of the 3rd green to join them up. The red tee blocks will be moved to the ‘green tee’ and the far right winter tee will be used for the whites and yellows whilst the work is going on. This tee will be removed at a later date.
News from the Juniors
The juniors have enjoyed a great summer and as always, the school holidays have been extremely busy.
Congratulations to the winners of the following competitions:-
Jul 8th The Ling Trophy & McIntosh Trophy – Daisy Kennedy (gross 71)
Jul 8th The Wisdom Salver – Ben Munton (nett 68)
Jul 21st Stableford – James Butler (40pts)
Jul 29th Stableford – Tommy Evans (43 pts)
Aug 2nd Stableford - Angus Creighton (37 pts)
Aug 7th The Wilton Shield – Matt Bowen (nett 58)
Sep 2nd The Thomas Trophy - Matt Bowen (37 pts)
Well done to everyone!
The Junior Captain’s Day was held on Monday 14th July and James Butler organised the format for his day. The main competition was a Texas Scramble which is a fun game for everyone and the teams of 3 were made up of high, medium & low handicaps. The Girls’ Team triumphed that afternoon, so well done to Freya Conway, Olivia Donnelly & Amelia Donnelly. There were individual challenges set by The Ladies’ Captain, Pro Shop & the Committee and the winners were Tommy Evans (Chip & putting over 3 holes), Matt Bowen (Putting Spiral), Angus Creighton (Chipping Net) & Spencer Pearson (nearest the pin on 7th).
The ‘Get into Golf Day’ for Girls, was rescheduled to 2nd July and we had 15 girls attending this ‘fun’ session. The ages ranged from 7 to 16 so they were divided into 3 groups, moving round between the driving range, chipping area and putting green. Each of our Pros were in charge of a group, with six ladies from the Committee giving a helping hand and serving refreshments at the end of the afternoon. All the girls enjoyed the event, so we will be organising more sessions during the school holidays next year.
At the end of The Chiltern Junior Golf League season, our Junior Team were tied in 1st place with Gerrards Cross on 12 points, but they managed to win one more game than us, which declared them the 2018 Winners. As runners-up, our Team went on to represent the League in the Junior Team Golf Regional Finals at East Berks on 15th September, but were sadly runners-up again, after being ‘pipped’ by Burhill. We will end the season at The Chiltern League Finale, competing for The Team Trophy at Hazlemere on 22nd October.
The ladies & juniors match on 14th August, was great fun, with 10 pairs playing 2bbb. They enjoyed a great afternoon and the ladies very kindly treated the juniors to the pizza lunch and the prizes. Barbara Harwood & Fraser Creighton won the day with a great score of 45pts, followed by 2 other pairs on 43pts – Jenny Mouncer & Freya Conway who beat Ingrid Creighton & Matt Bowen on count-back.
Our 13th Junior Open was another successful event, with a full field of 72 young golfers from 32 Clubs in the BB&O area, competing for The Luke Donald Salver. The winner of the 36 holes scratch prize, was Daisy Kennedy (Beaconsfield & Stoke Park) with a score of 139, beating Carl Banner (Stoke Park) on count-back.
Daisy became the first girl to win Luke’s Silver Salver in the history of the competition and has very recently been selected to play for the England National Squad.
Our most recent event was the adult & junior match on 2nd September, when 12 pairs played better-ball.
It was a great afternoon and the scores were extremely close. The winners were James Butler & Steve Lee (44pts), 2nd George & Matt Johnson (41 pts) and 3rd Emily & Stewart Gilmour (40 pts) on count-back from Charlie & Simon Bradshaw (40pts).
Special thanks to all the members and parents, who play with the juniors in these matches. It is a great way for everyone to get to know one another. The juniors are now looking forward to their last three matches of the year, against the county girls on 29/09, the seniors on 24/10, then finally the 1st team on 27/10.
A note from the General Manager
Our course has stood up to the vagaries of the 2018 weather much better than many of our peer group clubs – we are into October and still playing the ball as it lies whereas many clubs have introduced Preferred Lies well over a month ago. Congratulations to Stuart and his team for this and also for the rapid and conscientious repairs to the areas damaged by the recent acts of vandalism. We were already exploring the options for increasing security of access and this last unfortunate experience has unsurprisingly accelerated this process – we are looking at the vulnerable areas and specifically at the possibility of installing entrance gates.
I recently attended a seminar hosted by the R&A on the forthcoming changes to the Rules of Golf – it is less than 3 months until these come into effect and some of the changes are radical and will take time for members to get used to. A new Players Edition of the Rules of Golf has been introduced which provides a shorter, more user-friendly version of the Rules and features a simpler, more direct writing style, a ‘Purpose to each Rule’, simplified topic groupings, and easy-to-follow full colour diagrams and charts. We have already received these and they will be distributed later in the year.
The current trial of allowing Dogs on the course has been extended by the Board for the winter period. The Board has also clarified the current Rule which limits any visitor to 6 playing rounds a calendar year, whether casual or as a guest of a member.
As this is likely to be my last contribution to the Niblick I would like to say how much I have enjoyed the friendship and kindness shown to me by all the Members I have met and particularly to the many who have spoken to me since it was announced I am leaving. I will genuinely miss the members at Beaconsfield very much. I understand a Rule of the month will continue in future but I will leave you all with one last teaser:
David and Patrick are playing Steve and Roger in a four-ball match. On the final hole, match all square, David then Patrick drive off when it was not their honour. Steve therefore requests David replay his drive (a good one) but Patrick continues with his ball. David maintains that if he is required to replay so is Patrick. What is the ruling?
(Answers by email to email@example.com)
Time waits for no man, or woman, and we are once again planning our Festive Programme for 2018.
We will be celebrating our new Captain, Roger Clarke’s Drive In Lunch, on Sunday 14th October.
Come along to a delicious lunch in the dining room and support Roger.
An email will go out to members shortly and the sign-up form will be on the main notice board.
Please keep Saturday evening the 17th November free, as we have booked a truly professional Tina Turner Tribute Act to perform that night.
The full details of the following Festive Events will be emailed to members and sign-up forms will be on the main notice board on 1st November.
Our ever popular Turkey Trot will take place on Saturday 1st December.
Golf, followed by lunch is the format.
This event always sells out immediately, so please book early.
The first of the Christmas Lunches is on Sunday 9th December, the Children’s Christmas Party is on Saturday 15th December and the final Christmas Lunch is on Sunday 16th December.
These are all great occasions at the club, so please try to attend if you can.
Just a reminder to members that the 2019 Quiz Night will now be held on Saturday 16th February.
Steve and June McAdam, ably assisted by Margaret and George Mardall, have once again kindly agreed to run the evening.
This will be the 10th consecutive year that they have run this event and we greatly appreciate all of their efforts in making this event so popular.
I would like to pay tribute to my outgoing Social Committee.
Liz Drummond and Debbie Parrish have done a great job and we have had lots of fun.
My new Social Committee of Sue Goodliffe and Sue Overall have already been proactive in suggesting exciting events for next year.
Watch this space.
Seniors' Winter League 2017/18
With the 2018/19 Winter League about to get underway, it is good to be able to report that last winter's competition has finally reached a conclusion!
Congratulations go to Howard Machin and Richard Lubek, who came through the Champions League style qualifying followed by four knock-out rounds and won a hard-fought final against Runners-Up David Heeley and Malcolm Hann.
Trophy Roll Of Honour