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Club News - Winter/Spring 2019

Issue 104 published by GolfClubNewsletters
Dear Member
As it is now the end of March, and Winter is almost over, this is a combined Winter/Spring edition of the Newsletter!  My only excuse is that I have laid up at home for several weeks due to an unforeseen operation but I am pleased to report that all is well and I am now back in the office and rearing to go!  I haven’t played any golf for over 5 weeks now and can’t wait to get back out there, especially as Spring is now under way and hopefully the last of any bad weather or strangely named storms are over.  I would like to thank everyone for all their good wishes and look forward to catching up over the next few months.
We are about to embark on a major re-vamp with the website where members will have the choice of entering their own scores directly online without having to send in the scores to the office – although this option will still remain available for all you technophobes out there. We will also be addressing the new handicapping rules before 2020 when there will be many changes to incorporate – it all gives me a headache just thinking about it!
Hopefully you are embracing the new rules of golf which should speed up play – especially on and around the greens.
That’s all from me, until next time….

Christmas Scramble at Hoebridge GC - 13th December

This was so long ago I can hardly remember it but as I’ve been looking at the photos, some great memories came flooding back!  The day dawned bright but very frosty and there was a real possibility there would be no trollies or buggies allowed but luckily by the time we teed off the frost had started to melt and the staff at Hoebridge were very accommodating in letting us go off with our trollies and buggies as necessary.   

Many of you know our old friend Ogy John who has been a loyal member for years, what you may not know is that his real first name is August.  Well, Ogy met his soul mate in a brand new member whose name is July!   This must be a GCGB first to have July and August playing on the same day!!  July’s full name is Myat Tun and originally comes from Burma and this was his golf day with the Golf Club Great Britain.  July’s other claim to fame was that he drove all the way from Hayes in Middlesex with his golf clubs on the back of a motorbike… a real character and great fun and hopefully we will see you again July!
Sunbury members Anne Colbourn, Helen Street and Ken Mock kept up their Christmas tradition by arriving in full Christmas Elf outfits and played the whole game dressed up while the rest of us made do in  Christmas jumpers.. well, apart from Ogy!

Onto the serious stuff… third place went to  Ogy John, Brian Cosgrove and Norman Beckett (having driven down from Derby) with a net score of 72.9, runners up were Karen Duncan, Ken Hall and Andy Wilkinson with a net score of 69.6 but I am delighted to report that the winners were Mike Betteridge, Dave Chell and myself with a score of 67.6!!  Even more amazing is that I’ve won the trophy three times now…but I do chose my team very carefully!!  Longest Drive went to Dave Chell and Nearest the Pin to Miles Williams.
All in all a great day and we are booked to play at Hoebridge again this year.


As previously reported, the main contenders at the top of the leaderboard were Gary Cavill, Ogy John, Nigel Smith, Peter Hickson and myself. Alas, I had played an extra game so had to drop my lowest score which brought my score down.  It was a very close run at the very top but I’m delighted to report that the winner of the 2018 Order of Merit with 143 points is Gary Cavill.  Ogy John was a very close runner up with 143 and Kate Brown 3rd with 133 points.
Full results are as follows:
1st        Gary Caville                143
2nd        Ogy John                     143
3rd        Kate Brown                133
4th        Nigel Smith                 121
5th        Peter Hickson              118
6th        Simon Grigor              115
7th        Barry Hitchens            113
8th        Clive Martin                110
9th        Karen Duncan             102
10th      Dave Chill                   98
I should mention that Peter, Simon and Karen only played 4 rounds and Dave Chell with a score of 98 only played 3 rounds so well done to everyone.  Gary was not at Hoebridge to collect his prize but we will make sure he gets it soon!

Effingham Golf Day – 8th March

Our first event on the 2019 calendar was  at Effingham Golf Club, near Leatherhead, on 8th March and was a new venue for us.  The day began bright but cold, although it was to end with a severe downpour that caught everyone on their final couple of holes and made the excellent showers all the more welcome!  The course, which has been used in the past for The Open regional qualifying, was in superb shape for early Spring, with the large greens especially quick.

14 players turned out, and the scores may have reflected those speedy greens, or perhaps some post-winter rust!  Winner was Mike Betteridge with 32 points.  Mike was the only player to break 30.  Barry Hitchens came second on 29, pipping John Beer (28) into third spot.  Ken Mock won nearest the pin and Simon Grigor the longest drive.  An excellent ham, egg and chips, enjoyed in what appeared to be a baronial hall, was followed by the prize-giving, with everyone sending good wishes to the absent Kate Brown, who was convalescing after some surgery.

Report by Simon Grigor, Vice Captain


Our annual weekend break is at a new venue for 2019, staying at the luxury Marriott resort and playing 2 rounds over the Sunday/Monday break.

Set within the breathtaking grounds of Lingfield Park Racecourse, Lingfield Park Golf Club is a challenging 18 hole, 72 standard scratch course, 6,487 yards in length. Established in 1987, the Golf Club has a reputation for its excellent facilities, superb golf and a friendly atmosphere and has received the Silver Award in the HSBC Regional Course Rankings. With ponds, streams and a variety of mature trees featured throughout the course, Lingfield Park Golf Course provides an unforgettable test of golf and a great stay for golfers and non golfers alike.
The cost for the two day break is just £114 to include:

  • 2 rounds golf
  • Overnight twin sharing accommodation
  • 3 course evening meal
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Prize giving

There are plenty of facilities for non golfers and the cost for a non golfing place is only £86.
£35 deposit will reserve your place – it’s a first come first served basis so make sure you book in good time to avoid disappointment as I cannot reserve rooms without a deposit.

GlobeWorld International Golf Challenge

International member Klaus Hanjo and his Globeworld T-Timers society is inviting all GCGB and IGC members to play in his very first private golf tournament to celebrate his birthday and launch of Globeworld Start-up on lst April.

The GW challenge consists of up to four 9 hole rounds on up to 3 different golf courses at Fleesensee Golf and Country Club which is midway between Hamburg and Berlin.  For a 97 Euro starting fee you will get 2 mandatory rounds of 9 holes included. For a small extra fee of 25 Euros for each 9 hole round, you are entitled to play up to 2 extra rounds in order to better previous rounds or purely for your own enjoyment.  You can play all Saturday and Sunday and pick and choose the golf courses among the 3 available 18 hole international courses: Schloss-Platz, Schloss Torgelow and Oberlausitz-Platz by Scholz-Gruppe.  There are also 3 9 hole practice courses.  To compete, each player needs to record results from 2 rounds of 9 holes.  If more than 50 players take part, premium prizes include a brand new scooter, 15 day trip to Morocco, 15 day trip to Cyprus and a 3D printer.
There are also various tours and trips for non golfers being laid on during both days to visit Hamburg and Berlin with a golfers BBQ with live music, food and drink on Saturday evening.  Sunday sees another tour to Berlin followed by the Golf awards ceremony and GlobeWorld Gala in the evening with live music, dancing, silent auction, food, drinks – special price for this gala evening is 77 Euros for all GCGB and IGC members.
Recommended hotels to stay for this 2 day event are either the Fleesensee Tui Blue Hotel on the Lake or the Schlosshotel Fleesensee.
For further details of this amazing weekend extravaganza, please contact Hanjo direct on
00 49 176 76 70 7228 or email hanjo.o.krause@hanjokrause.de

Future GCGB Golf day events
Two dates for the diary this spring/summer are:
May 22nd
Return to Birchwood Park, Essex for the NatWest Trophy pairs better ball competition. Fantastic value at just £50 a head!  We can pair you up if you enter individually.
June 21st
First time visit to Sweetwoods GC, Surrey for the Silver Jubilee Cup.  Cost £62.
Both events include 18 holes golf, coffee and bacon rolls on arrive and 2 course meal.


The Golf Club Great Britain & The International Golfers Club provide membership and a recognised handicapping scheme to thousands of golfers both in the UK and around the world.
The Golf Club Great Britain & The International Golfers Club provide membership and a recognised handicapping scheme to thousands of golfers both in the UK and around the world. 

Golf Club Great Britain 
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United Kingdom.
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