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.
Congratulations to our junior team who are through to the semi finals of the Bristol and District Knockout Cup. It was a close match with Saltford proving difficult opposition; luckily it came down to our captain Jason Blue to slot home a 3 footer for par on the last to win the match 2-1 (cool as a cucumber!).
The team play two away league matches in the next week - against Knowle on Sunday and The Kendleshire on Wednesday. All are welcome to come and support the boys - good luck to the team.
Last weekend we also had success with the Under 12s at the county 'First 4 Golf' event at Thornbury, with Luis Chappell snatching 1st place in the Under 9's category and Jamie Thompson claiming 2nd spot in the Under 9's category so well done to everybody who took part in both events.
The Club is known for its competitive, social and charity sides and it is with great pride that Thursday’s event showed its caring side and took as its focus, past Lady Captain Christine Earp.
As many of you will know Christine became ill at the beginning of the year and has been confined to hospital since that time. We are delighted to report that through the devotion and loving care and prayers of her family she is now making progress although there is a long way to go.
Our present Lady Captain Jacky Chadwick, organised this event. She received wonderful support from both members and Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church and the day included a huge raffle; a testing putting competition; a whisky roll; a quiz; cake sale and about 20 golfing teams of four playing a bowmaker whilst battling the sweltering conditions on the hottest day of the year so far, mercifully tempered with a breeze.
The photograph shows Jacky and Jim Ford – Jim was Club Captain with Christine as his Lady Captain in 2011.
The event was fittingly won by Jim’s team (which including Christine’s husband Pete Marshall) and Jim’s touching words of best wishes to Christine and all of her family were well received and echoed by us all. The day realised £1,200 for Hosanna School, Kampala, Uganda which Christine and her family support through the church.
The prestigious 36 hole Club Championship was indeed a feast of quality golf on Sunday 22nd June 2014.
What else could we ask for? Blazing sunshine, minimal breeze, fast greens holding true and consistent throughout, rough that was difficult and a course superbly prepared as a fair and challenging test of golf.
The gross score result was as follows:
1st D Wood (Scr) 73, 74
2nd S Riddell (Scr) 76,73
3rd K Rubel (4) 74,76
This remarkable result for Dave was his 14th victory in the event, over four decades, and demonstrates his great skill, focus of concentration and his extraordinary consistency over that period of time – truly a great champion.
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