Club Championship Final Scores:
Josh Denley 77/74 - 151
Stuart Macdonald 77/75 - 152
Rob Lloyd-Scotland 73/81 - 154
Josh Denley added a new name to the list of CSGC Club Champions by beating 3 time champion, Stuart Macdonald, by one shot in difficult conditions on Sunday. 1st round leader Rob Lloyd-Scotland fell away to third (but still won the Net Trophy)
Josh played the first 15 holes of his second round in 1-under, but 3 bogeys to finish allowed Stu a chance to eagle the last to tie. He hit the green in 2, but his 30 foot eagle putt refused to drop, meaning that for the first time since 2003, one of the 'big four' (Wood, Riddell, Macdonald and Hale) was not crowned champion.
Congratulations to Josh - and a special mention to Paul Mason for his 76 net 70 in the afternoon to finish runner up in the Net event.
By the way - just to show the difficulty on the day, CSS was 77+75 - higher than Josh's scores!
Hosted by Club Captain, Dave Clare, this weekend's Captain's Day was held in beautiful sunshine (for the most part!).
JK and his team had the course in superb condition - and the general low scoring proved this, with all the top 10 prizewinners (and three others who missed out) scoring 40+ points!
The excellent hospitality in the halfway house may also have helped!
The winner, with 43 points, was Alex Slowley, just edging out Ben Smith on countback. Don't worry folks - both their handicaps have been 'adjusted' since.....
Three players finished with 42 points - Nigel Jarrett, Tom Lowe and Mark Butcher, while Shaun Pearce, Tom Hunn and Ian Waller scored 41.
Paul Mason took the putting competition over the famous 'Trevor Mildren Links', while Ben Comley won the long drive with just the 320 yards straight into the wind!
The Ladies event, held previously, was won by Fay Austen ahead of Isabel Wright, while Adam Blue won the Juniors Cup.
The day raised a good amount for Dave's charities, but due to several San Miguels, it is still being counted!
Picture - Alex Slowley with Dave Clare (courtesy of Peter Range)
We are all enjoying a warm sunny late Spring, such days to play a few holes should not be missed.
The course at the moment is looking stunning, the lush deep green fairways, the supplementing of many bunkers with lovely silica sand and the peripheral work on the heavy tiger rough areas makes it a real pleasure to play – those aprons really give the greens’ approaches a classy look.
Regrettably there seems to be a paucity of frogspawn, ducklings and swans, though our resident woodpeckers seem to be increasing in numbers – one of the great delights of May golf is to hear the cuckoo around the area of the 15th tee, though the numbers of this wonderful species is suffering a heavy decline.
It’s great to see Dave Jefferies’ covered practice area coming together now, which leads me to wish you all a successful season in achieving, through practice, your own targets and hope that, under Pete Ball’s leadership, we continue to offer a complete golfing and social experience.
Thirty Chipping Sodbury seniors enjoyed their away day at Cirencester GC. Unfortunately, our beloved captain had not recovered enough from his recent operation to attend.
Club Chairman, Peter Ball had agreed to present the prizes but threw the presentation ceremony into chaos by winning. He beat Mike Spiller on countback with Clive Reynolds and Jim Simpkin rounding out the top four. Tim Bohin won the longest drive with John “Nudger” Brooks taking the nearest the pin prize.
Seniors Secretary John Frank presented a few novelty prizes along with “hardest to read” and “dirtiest” score card prizes. A good day was had by all.
Steve Hindle is making a slow recovery and wishes to thank everybody for their support and best wishes – he is planning to make an appearance at CSGC within the next two weeks.
The attached photograph shows Chris Smith & Worcestershire cricketer Alex Gidman handing over the “key” for the minibus to Ruskin Mill College’s principal Dan Alipez, ably supported by Martin Ball.
This ceremony has brought to a grand finale Captain Chris’s year. The details are somewhat mind boggling - £25K is donated from the Captain’s charity fund. This, in turn, is matched by The Lord’s Taverners plus £10K raised by the College themselves to purchase, run and maintain the splendid Taverners’ green livery bus.
Furthermore the Captain’s charity has provided £2.5K to replace the aging projector and screen in the lounge. If this were not enough £6.5K will also go to the Junior’s section to introduce them to golf, our club and to experience the frustration, joy and discipline of the great game.
We should all feel proud of rising to, and meeting, this wonderful charity challenge and now hope Chris will take a well deserved rest.
Our support will now turn to our newly appointed captain, Dave Clare and we wish him a year of both enjoyment and success.
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