Hurtmore Golf Day
We had our first outing to Hurtmore Golf Club, just outside Guildford in September, on a gloomy day after the glorious summer. There were some excellent scores with the ladies featuring in the top positions. 3rd place went to Karen Duncan with 37 points, with Simon Grigor beating her into second place on countback, also with 37. The winner, with a magnificent 41 points was Helen Street. Alan Strickley won Nearest the Pin and Peter Hickson Longest Drive. This was Peter’s last golf day before he leaves to return to his native Australia so very fitting that he should win a trophy. There were lots of fond farewells and we all wish Peter the very best for the future. Hopefully he’ll manage a golf day next year if he’s back in the UK.
New Rules to speed up play
As most of you know, from January 1st 2019 we will see the most significant changes to the Rules of Golf since 1952, with many changes to long-standing rules designed to simplify situations and speed up play.
Here are the seven most important rules changes that will directly affect your game as of the New Year.
- NO MORE THREE OFF THE TEE
- If you tee shot goes out of bounds, or you can’t find it you’ll no longer have to hit another one from the tee.Instead, you will be able to drop a ball in the vicinity of where the original ball was lost or went out of bounds, with a two stroke penalty, meaning you are now hitting your 4th shot.You can even drop it on the fairway.It should be noted that this is a local rule, so the competition organiser decides whether it applies.It won’t be in effect in professional events.We will implement the rule on all GCGB golf events.
- THREE MINUTE WARNING
- The time you have to find your ball has been reduced from 5 minutes to 3 to speed up play.VERY important on all GCGB golf days!
- NO PENALTY FOR DOUBLE HITS
- Accidentally hitting the ball twice just counts as one stroke. You are also not penalised if your ball is accidentally deflected by you or your equipment.
- DROP FROM KNEE HEIGHT
- The reduction from shoulder to knee height is designed to lessen the chance of the ball bouncing and rolling out of the relief area.
- NO PENALTY IF YOUR BALL MOVES ON THE GREEN
- There is no penalty unless it is virtually certain you caused it to move on purpose.
- PUTTING WITH THE FLAG IN
- Another time-saving change means there is no penalty for on-green putting with the flat in, even if you putt hits it.
- CLEAR THE LINE
You are now allowed to touch the line of your putt and can repair spike marks and other damage on the green.
RED LIBBETTS -17th October
Our final event to count towards the Order of Merit was a return to an old haunt in the depths of Kent, near to Brands Hatch. Various instructions had been given on how to get there with local resident Rob McCanna giving the definitive route. Unfortunately, he was coming from the opposite direction to most of us and I for one must have driven past Brands Hatch at least twice! We all managed to arrive eventually only to be told that the Pro Shop had run of scorecards and we were handed a scruffy photocopy of the scorecard on very flimsy paper… not a good start to the day! Luckily it didn’t rain…
It was a pleasure to welcome back our old friend Nicholas Hercules, on home leave from his posting in Southern Sudan with the United Nations. Nicholas manages to play at some of the most prestigious events when he comes back to the UK so Red Libbetts was something of a comedown for him but as always he played out of his skin. It was to be a repeat of 2018 when he flew back to play Hever Castle in October and win the day with a magnificent score. This year was to be no different! 3rd place went to Mike Betteridge with 33 points, Andy Wilkinson came 2nd with 35 but Nicholas came lst with 42 points. He was also presented with the 2018 award as he was unable to stay for the presentation last year.
Mike Betteridge won both the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin.
So where did all this leave the Order of Merit? Coming into Red Libbetts Gary Cavill and Ogy John were at the top of the leader board with only a point between them, but neither of them played this last event. Peter Hickson and myself were a little way behind them. Karen Duncan was also in contention. After the Red Libbetts scores were added, Gary, Ogy, Nigel Smith, Peter and myself were in the top five but I had to drop one score, having played six events. The final result will be announced at the Christmas scramble in December – so watch this space!
HOLE IN ONE
Some of our older members will remember past Captain Colin Jobson who regularly came to our golf days and overseas trips and recently was Captain at his club Reigate Hill. He is delighted to report that he attained his first hole in one at the Reigate Hill Open, as he says, it only took him 44 years! Well done Colin... would be great to see you again at one of our golf days next year.
LA MANGA 2018
Nine GCGB members, boosted by seven guests from Cuddington Golf Club and two non-golfing spouses, set off in November from Gatwick, Luton and Southend, their three Easyjet flights all taking them to Murcia/San Javier Airport in south-eastern Spain, from where they were minibussed to the nearby La Manga resort for this year’s GCGB International Competition.
The La Manga complex contains a 5-star hotel and three championship golf courses, as well as an assortment of other leisure-related attractions. The food was top-notch, with the group sampling Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and Spanish cuisines on different nights, always after a pre-dining visit to the Piano Bar of course!
Day One saw the Pairs Better Ball Stableford , with eight teams tackling La Manga’s South Course. Cuddington pairing Kathy and Barry Grundy were runners-up with 34 points, but they were pipped to the post by Simon Grigor and Alan Strickley who carded 35.
It was then on to the Individual Stableford competition, with the first round played at the La Manga West Course. This course was a real toughie, with ravines aplenty, many of them at just the distance reachable with a driver, and most players were happy to card a single point on any given hole. The winning score was 26, i.e. less than an average of 1.5 points a hole. Nigel Smith was the day’s winner, on countback from Cuddington guest Richard Whitehead, an old friend of GCGB trips.
Day three saw everyone board a bus to go to Roda Golf Club, about a 30 minute drive away. A stiff breeze was a factor here, and with many holes containing watery graves it was again hard going for many. Richard Whitehead showed his consistency with a second successive 26 points, but winning the day’s honours was Cuddington guest Chris Robinson with a fine 31.
After three days golfing came a rest day. Some took taxis to the seaside villages nearby, Simon Grigor and Alan Strickley played tennis at the LTA’s winter training centre (Alan prevailing as he always does) and crazy golf, and others found bars with TV sets to watch New Zealand beat England in the rugby, a result that particularly cheered Kiwi Cuddington guest Kathy Grundy.
Chris Robinson had clearly been finding his feet on day three because when the golfing resumed, at the La Manga North Course, despite having had a two-shot handicap cut from being the third day winner, he romped home with the week’s best score, 39 points, thus earning himself a further two-shot cut. Richard Corke played very well to get second place with 31 points.
Before the final round, everyone could drop their worst score to date, and for most that involved discarding a round where they’d scored less than a point a hole! A La Manga administrative cock-up meant that the expected return to the South Course was replaced by a return to the West Course. Chris Robinson’s 31 and 39 gave him 70 points to take into the final round, and with his closest pursuer 18 points back he was highly likely to be the champion. But Chris didn’t tread water, he won that day’s individual competition too, his 30 points two better than Richard Whitehead.
On the final evening everyone assembled at Luigi, the Italian restaurant, for a splendid final dinner and prize-giving. Kate Brown took home the ladies’ longest drive prize following a super shot up the 18th at La Manga West, while Chris Robinson put a further trophy on his pile with the men’s longest drive. Neither the men’s nor ladies’ nearest the pin prizes were won, a testament to the difficulty and length of the La Manga par threes. Chris was the week’s winner with a total of 100 points, from Richard Whitehead in second place with 80 points, with Richard Corke seeing off Alan Strickley for third place on countback, both with 73 points. And it was Richard Corke who took home the International Competition Cup as the best-scoring GCGB member, a great reward for someone who’s been supporting the GCGB overseas trips for over 20 years.
And so, everyone said farewell to warm Spain and returned to cold and wet England. Thank you, Kate, for your considerable organisational efforts. It was a fine week. And thank you fellow golfers, both old friends from the GCGB and new pals from Cuddington, for your great company, both on and off the course.
Looking forward to Autumn 2019 and Turkey!
Simon Grigor, Vice Captain
WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENTS
Situated in 300 acres of countryside on the edge of the Dedham Vale and just off the A134, this hotel is approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Colchester and Ipswich.
Stoke By Nayland Hotel offers a choice of excellent dining facilities, Peake Spa & Health centre so is ideal for the non golfer. Please contact the office to secure your place - £50 deposit. Just a few places left!
Details of the weekend are as follows:
* 2 rounds of golf on the Gainsborough and Constable courses
* 2 nights twin sharing accommondation (single rooms available on request)
* 2 nights evening dinner
* Prize giving
STOKE BY NAYLAND GOLF RESORT, Colchester, Essex
Sunday April 28th – Tuesday April 30th - £249 ahead (£220 for non golfers)
LINGFIELD PARK, Lingfield, Sussex
14th/15 July - £114 ahead
We will also be having our annual Sunday/Monday weekend break in July on the 14th/15th July at Lingfield Park, Sussex which is right by the race course! Again, this weekend is always over-subscribed so to reserve your place please contact the office with a £35 deposit. Cost for this weekend is £114 to include twin sharing accommodation, 3 course evening dinner, breakfast and two rounds of golf. Non golfer price £86. Single room suppl. £39.00.
2019 FIXTURE LIST
Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes, 1course meal- option for upgrade to full English breakfast
Stoke by Nayland
Golf & Spa
2/3 day Weekend Break
to include 2 rounds golf, 2 nights
evening dinner, accommodation, breakfast
Nat West Trophy Pairs Betterball
Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes
Golf, 2 course meal
Silver Jubilee Cup
Coffee and bacon rolls
18 holes, 2 course meal
2 rounds golf, evening dinner,
accommodation and breakfast
Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes
2 course meal, Captains Drive in
||Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes, 2 course meal
Sueno Duluxe Hotel
Includes 5 rounds golf, 5* twin sharing accommodation, fully all inclusive all
||Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes, 2 course meal
18 holes, 3 course Christmas lunch
Presentation of Order of Merit