Croham Hurst Wednesday August 23rd 2017

August 9th - abandoned visit due to flooded greens

August 23rd - much better weather for our second visit (photo credit Mark Longhurst)

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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes


1. Much to report since the last newsletter after Littlehampton with one half day visit to Croham Hurst in August then a full one two weeks later followed by the Kent Tour which took place last week.

2. We knew that the weather gods were not going to be on our side when we were approaching the due date for Croham Mark 1 but the hope was that by switching the 18 hole event to the morning we would escape the worst of the forecast heavy rain. Not so! It started mid morning, got much worse and by the time the later groups were approaching the half way point, the greens were beginning to flood and we decided to abandon play, bring dinner forward and go home to dry off.

3. It did seem a shame to leave it at that so with a bit of creative financial thinking and help from the Club, we managed to fix another date just a fortnight later which 27 people attended, this time in decent weather (see the contrasting pictures on the web site). So it was that we had a winner – David Taylor with an excellent 39 points – and much relief all round that a BAGS day had not been irretrievably lost. CH is an excellent venue and there was much praise of its condition and excellent food on each occasion. Well done to David who has had lessons recently which appear to have already repaid the investment.

4. Next stop Kent though not without a hiccup at the planned Chart Hills venue for the first day. Fortunately we got advance news that extensive bunker work there would lead to a less than satisfactory experience and a quick visit down there proved the point with up to eight holes affected by GUR bunkers. Quick action (and again great cooperation from the substitute Club) took us to Canterbury which proved a real find and ensured the tour got off to a good start. I’m happy to say this continued and on the subsequent days we enjoyed the rain free delights or, depending on how you played, the difficulties of Princes, Littlestone and Royal Cinque Ports. All three were tough in their own way but the last seven holes into the prevailing wind at RCP are deservedly seen as some of the most testing in golf which is why we pay tribute to Tim’s back nine 17 points, Jon’s birdie at the last and David Taylor’s 35 points over the whole course – more payback for his lessons!

5. None of this though was enough to dethrone Gary Langdon from the lead he held from the Canterbury round and in the end even after a strong final day challenge from the other Gary and Jon he won by four points with 106 over the three counting rounds. This was Gary’s first Tour Cup though he had won twice before as a Guest and he really does seem to specialise in putting together solid consecutive rounds, even off his 6 handicap. Clive won the Plate with 94 points and Gordon Street took the Guest honours with 95. Well done to all who survived four testing rounds and it was especially good to once more have the company of Roger and Harry both of whom made a very welcome return to BAGS Tour golf.

6. So all in all a great four days for the forty people involved and there was a fitting finale in the historic RCP Clubhouse with a wonderful buffet and some enjoyable banter before the journey home. Thanks to all for helping to make it happen and especially to Peter and Chris for such lively presentations each evening. Cornwall in 2018 now appears on the horizon and an initial description of what’s on offer there will be sent out to all within the next week so that we can reserve the appropriate number of rooms at the magnificent Trevose venue we are offering.

7. The leaders in the Majors are unchanged after Croham – the Tour does not count – so it’s still Alan in the Chairman’s and Richard heading both Treasurer’s and Memorial with three events to go. First of these is of course Guildford for which the money is now due so please act immediately if you have not yet paid. The afternoon here will feature the Stick Trophy so let’s see if the winner can get past the 9th hole. Then we have West Sussex and New Zealand in November and December with bookings now closed for each as we already have 75 and 80 players respectively.

8. The K0s are also in their closing stages with Peter Barkham and Stuart Smillie contesting the Seniors Final and in the open-to-all Singles Richard Hockham awaits the winner of the Rout/Taylor semi. The Pairs Final will see current holders Ian & Keith Marshall take on first time Finalists Tim Akers and Kevin Hawkins. As an example of the standards reached in these Competitions, Keith made seven birdies in the Marshalls’ victory at Camberley Heath in the semis. That’s great golf.

With the nights now drawing in, there will be the consolation of playing amongst the beautiful autumnal tints present on most courses.

Full Results

Position Name Score Notes
1 David TAYLOR 39 BAGS Winner
2 Tim AKERS 36 countback BAGS 2nd
3 Tom LANGFORD 36 BAGS 3rd
4 Robin SEWELL 35
5 Andy HARPER 34
= Graham WRIGHT 33
9 Alan LANGFORD 32
= Gary LANGFORD 32
12 Richard HOCKHAM 31
= David WATLING 31
14 Dave SHAW 30
= Alan SPRIGGS 30
16 Terry HULME 29
= Peter LAMBERT 29
= Steve ROUT 29
19 Lawrie ARNOLD 28
= Gordon McIntosh 28 Guest Winner
21 Steve BOND 27
22 John DAVIES 25
= Chris PRESLEY 25
= Dave CHRISTIE 24
26 Peter BARKHAM 18
27 Brian WYNN 13

Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best front nine Robin Sewell 20 pts
Best back nine Jon Stevenson 20 pts
Nearest the pin Lawrie Arnold 1.78m
Nearest the pin in 2 Lawrie Arnold 17ft 2in
Longest Drive Tom Langford
Charity Nearest the pin Gordon McIntosh 13ft 9in
Par 3 Winner Mark Longhurst 13 pts

Detailed Handicap Changes

Par for the course = 71
SSS for the yellow tees = 68
SSS stableford points = 39 points.
After adjustment for the conditions the Competition Scratch Score (CSS) was 36 points.

The detailed handicap changes from the event are shown below. This only shows the members who played at the event. For a full list of handicaps please see the Handicaps page.

Member Previous
exact Hcap
playing Hcap
Points from
from CSS
exact Hcap
Playing Hcap
Tim AKERS 15.2 15 36 0 15.2 15
Lawrie ARNOLD 10.4 10 28 8 10.5 11
Peter BARKHAM 28.0 28 18 18 28.0 28
Steve BOND 26.1 26 27 9 26.2 26
Jim CATTERMOLE 21.4 21 24 12 21.5 22
Dave CHRISTIE 7.8 8 24 12 7.9 8
John DAVIES 25.7 26 25 11 25.8 26
Mike GRIESHABER 22.4 22 33 3 22.4 22
Andy HARPER 17.4 17 34 2 17.4 17
Richard HOCKHAM 4.7 5 31 5 4.8 5
Terry HULME 21.6 22 29 7 21.7 22
Peter LAMBERT 18.4 18 29 7 18.5 19
Alan LANGFORD 10.6 11 32 4 10.7 11
Gary LANGFORD 11.3 11 32 4 11.4 11
Tom LANGFORD 10.3 10 36 0 10.3 10
Mark LONGHURST 26.6 27 32 4 26.6 27
Chris PRESLEY 22.4 22 25 11 22.5 23
Steve ROUT 13.9 14 29 7 14.0 14
Robin SEWELL 21.5 22 35 1 21.5 22
Dave SHAW 18.1 18 30 6 18.2 18
Alan SPRIGGS 24.7 25 30 6 24.8 25
Jon STEVENSON 6.9 7 34 2 6.9 7
David TAYLOR 12.8 13 39 -3 11.9 12
David WATLING 27.4 27 31 5 27.5 28
Graham WRIGHT 7.2 7 33 3 7.3 7
Brian WYNN 28.0 28 13 23 28.0 28