Have we noticed that, despite last Saturday’s deluge, we have been blessed with a wonderful Autumn this year? We should reflect on the words of the poet William Henry Davies:-
What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare.
I took some photographs around our beautiful course on Sunday (9th Nov) and marvelled at our stunning surroundings.
Whatever the Winter holds for us there will always be times when we can, and should, just gaze.
Sunday 28th September we hosted the 36 hole Cotswold Trophy as part of the Prestigious GGU Duchess Salver.
The course proved a credit to JK and his team with smooth, fast greens, and lush testing semi-rough. The weather was benign with bright sunshine after the early morning mist and a humid atmosphere, which taxed the stamina of the entire 50 strong field, on this the same day as the Ryder Cup climax.
The victor for both the Trophy & the Duchess Salver was Henbury’s Nick Day. His stunning performance included a morning round of 66 (6 under par) followed by 70 (2 under par) for a total 136.
Nick’s 66 improves his own CS course record (68) scored in the County Championships. The runner up was Mitch Waite (Filton) 70 – 69 = 139. These two were well clear of the field, but we must mention Stuart Macdonald who came 4th and Andy Hale who finished second in the Duchess Salver for the second year in a row.
Our grateful thanks, on a well organised event, go to our event starters (Ian Hughes & Paul Denton), Competition Secretary Clive Reynolds and our Captain Elect, Dave Clare, for presenting the prizes.
It’s probably safe to say that Captain Chris Smith is truly breaking new grounds this year. On Thursday 14th August 2014 he hosted an all star Am/Am. There were 22 teams of 4 each with one celebrity.
The conditions were tricky with good scoring only being rewarded with limited beer and close concentration.
Dinner in the evening was a much less sober affair, it was hosted by Martyn Ball with ex-England rugby winger David Trick providing a most entertaining Q & A session – this included contributions from Ron Atkinson, Neil Back & Mike Tindall and, as you might expect, they had the guests in fits of laughter.
The attached image shows 4 rugby internationals having represented England 189 times including those having played in 6 Lions tours – Wow! (Mark (Ronnie) Reagan, Neil Back, Chris, Mike Tindall).
The celeb who’s who included – Andy Caddick, Gladstone Small, Hamish Marshall, Lewis Carey, Russell Osman plus those already mentioned and others.
The winning team was from City Plumbing captained by Steve “Tango” Kirby. But the real winners will be Ruskin Mill College as the £12k raised at this event takes us closer to our target.
Everyone commented how he had enjoyed the event; well done lads!
Friday18th July was our Captain’s Charity day, the course, with the sponsor’s sail banners looked stunning. It was a pleasant summer’s day, and as usual the half way house provided a welcome and friendly watering hole. The atmosphere and excitement were palpable.
The competition, contested by 26 Bowmaker teams, was won by ex captain Pete Bryer with 115 points, prizes were awarded down to 5th place. Other awards were given for “beat the pro”; nearest the pin on all par 3’s; longest drive and longest in 2 hits.
The Hillfield village team (see photo) comprised Captain Chris, Martyn Ball (Gloucs. & England cricket), Duncan Bell (Bath & England rugby), Dave Lee (Chelsea & England U19).
The day's fun continued beyond dinner, with comedian Billy Bean, into the early hours raising a magnificent £6,000 towards the mini-bus for the Ruskin Mill College students.
Chris sends his sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the occasion such a memorable success
The results of the Mixed Open on Sunday 13th July can be found in the attached file.
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