The Berkshire Tuesday Mar 21st 2017



Peter Lambert's drive-in as the new captain.
A fine shot down the middle and he takes the applause.


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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes

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  1. When most of our events are booked for a specific date at least 18 months away, you really are in the lap of the gods as to whether that day is going to be good or less good from a weather point of view. There are often very fine lines between our weather systems, shown last year for our Wentworth day when we were desperately unlucky – sorry to mention it again Andy! Yet our day at The Berkshire was enhanced by the great weather conditions – cool yes and windy on the more exposed parts of the course but above all sunny and dry, give or take a brief shower in the afternoon. The feeling of satisfaction at this stroke of luck was accentuated by the drive home which at least in my case was accompanied by heavy rain and I certainly woke up to more of the same the day after. Phew!
  2. So Peter’s start to his Captaincy year was memorable not only for his unerringly straight drive down the middle but his choice of such a wonderful venue as The Berkshire which really is a class act with 36 holes (or 35 on this occasion as the Red 10th was out) set in the most gorgeous surroundings. Add to this the fantastic lunch – the only comparable ones I can think of in recent years are Walton Heath and Tandridge with Sunningdale rather further back in time – and you have a truly great start to a new year of office.
  3. Someone who will also be celebrating right now is Steve Bond who negotiated a tricky course and scored 38 points to finish three ahead of Dan Shaw and new member (playing his first round) Gary Langdon. With three par 5s, 4s and 3s on the Red, you might think that the longer hitting low handicappers would have filled their boots on the par 5s but Steve clearly had a great day and has fully earned his two shot reduction. This is his third win and now that he has retired and can devote more time to his golf, more successes must be on the horizon. Well done to all on the podium.
  4. Peter’s Captain’s Challenge proved (ahem) a challenge and no one walked away with one of his crisp £20 notes though at least The Marsden gained from his generous donation to them rather than to any of the day’s participants. To add to the Charity take the NP special hole was well supported and Jon produced his usual polished auction performance when offering a day’s golf amongst the bunkerless delights of Royal Ashdown. Thank you so much to Clive and his three colleagues for supporting this offer so generously.
  5. While on the Charity we are grateful to the 20 BAGS members for taking up the allocation of that number of fourballs, each of which is on offer for £100. You will know which course you have won after the next Charity meeting on Monday when the draw takes place. We also have 17 generous sponsors who have agreed to pay £100 each to advertise at the relevant Betchworth hole. It would be wonderful to get the extra one to match last year’s total so if you can help us in this area, please contact me. We on the Committee are well aware that Charity Day is only 12 weeks away so cue a burst of even more activity as we send out the forms to get the names, handicaps and payments from those participating. If this seems well in advance, come and see our lists of the many other things we have to do before the big day.
  6. The Cornwall Tour of 2018 has been well and truly planned with a visit by Chris and myself to the area we will be visiting. We shall be playing courses of the highest quality and in wonderful settings. The details will be issued soon to those who registered interest, many of whom are also joining us in Kent. Just a reminder that the next tranche of money for Kent is now due and thanks to those who have already paid to ensure our cash flow is kept stable. Remember that to get the attractive prices we offer both on tours and day events, we often have to pay hefty deposits upfront and Cornwall is a case in point where a four figure sum has had to be found to land a great accommodation and golf deal at the wonderful Trevose where it is planned we will be playing two rounds on the tour.
  7. The Knock Out Draws were made by John and Roger after their excellent lunch at The Berkshire and these will be issued in the next 24-36 hours. The standard of these Competitions seems to get higher every year or maybe it’s just that my golf isn’t keeping pace!
  8. Our next event is of course at Cowdray Park which is a new course to BAGS. Having played it to assess its suitability I think you will enjoy it though the first three holes involve a steep climb after which there are great views over the South Downs. Our numbers are over 60 and of course the money is now due for what should be another great BAGS day. Andy Martin is the current early leader in the Majors and it will be interesting to see who of the chasing pack can reduce the gap.

Enjoy the longer evenings from this weekend when the clocks go forward.

Full Results

Position Name Score Notes
1 Steve BOND 38 BAGS Winner
2 Dan SHAW 35 BAGS 2nd
= Mike Williams 37 Guest Winner
3 Justin Pollard 36 Guest
5 Gary LANGDON 35 countback BAGS 3rd
6 James Robertson 35 Guest
= Colin Milton 35 Guest
= Barrie Street 35 Guest
9 Richard HOCKHAM 34
= Ian MARSHALL 34
= David TAYLOR 34
= Ashley Taylor 34 Guest
= Tim Cotton 34 Guest
= Stephen Edwards 34 Guest
15 Gary LANGFORD 33
= Tom LANGFORD 33
= Mark LONGHURST 33
= Andy MARTIN 33
= Patrick MURPHY 33
19 Dave SHAW 35
20 Nicky Nutt 32 Guest
= Tom Longhurst 32 Guest
22 Steve HUNT 31
= Geoff ROY 31
= John Rayner 31 Guest
25 Lawrie ARNOLD 30
= Andy HARPER 30
= Peter ROBERTSON 30
= Paul Earl 30 Guest
= Peter Stacey 30 Guest
30 Kevin HAWKINS 29
= Luke Kirby 29 Guest
= Gordon Street 29 Guest
= Richard Lister 29 Guest
34 Peter LAMBERT 28
= Keith MARSHALL 28
= Andrew Morgan 28 Guest
= Simon Windibank 28 Guest
= Mark Watson 28 Guest
39 Simon CHEUNG 27
= Steve LITTLE 27
= Andy SKILTON 27
= Damian Connoly 27 Guest
= Brian longhurst 27 Guest
44 Dave CHRISTIE 26
= Alan LANGFORD 26
= Bob MAIDLOW 26
= Clive MURRELL 26
= Gordon PHILLIPS 26
= Jon STEVENSON 26
= Lee Davis 26 Guest
51 Hedley GREATBATCH 25
= Terry HULME 25
= Derek SMITH 25
55 Tim AKERS 24
= Mike GRIESHABER 24
= Dan SAYERS 24
= Alan SPRIGGS 24
59 Roger BOYCHUK 23
= Sam LONGHURST 23
= Ian MAKEPEACE 23
= Rod STAFFORD 23
= Glenn WARD 23
= Josh Longhurst 23 Guest
= Andy Spreadborough 23 Guest
66 Steve ROUT 22
67 Peter BARKHAM 21
68 Andy BOND 18
69 Jim CATTERMOLE 17
70 John DAVIES 16
71 Ray MARSHALL 9



Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best front nine Patrick Murphy 20 pts
Best back nine Richard Hockham 21 pts
Nearest the pin Keith Marshall 15 ft 7 in
Nearest the pin in 2 Barrie Street 52 in
Longest Drive Gary Langdon
Charity Nearest the pin Lawrie Arnold 13 ft 4 in
Par 3 Winner Peter Lambert 15 pts


Afternoon Team Competition - holes 1-6 and 16-18

1st Mark Longhurst, Tom Longhurst, Josh Longhurst with 45 points
2nd Mike Grieshaber, Ian Makepeace, Richard Lister with 41 points
3rd Gary Langdon, Mark Watson, Kevin Hawkins with 39 points

Afternoon Team Competition - holes 7-15

1st Andy Skilton, Ashley Taylor, Patrick Murphy with 41 points
2nd Alan Langford, Gordon Street, Barrie Street with 39 points
3rd Andy Martin, Stephen Edwards, Dave Christie with 35 points



Detailed Handicap Changes

Par for the course = 72
SSS for the yellow tees = 70
SSS stableford points = 38 points.
After adjustment for the conditions the Competition Scratch Score (CSS) was 34 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
Previous
playing Hcap
Points from
event
Difference
from CSS
Revised
exact Hcap
Revised
Playing Hcap
Tim AKERS 15.5 16 24 10 15.6 16
Lawrie ARNOLD 11.0 11 30 4 11.1 11
Peter BARKHAM 28.0 28 21 13 28.0 28
Andy BOND 28.0 28 18 16 28.0 28
Steve BOND 28.0 28 38 -4 26.4 26
Roger BOYCHUK 24.7 25 23 11 24.8 25
Jim CATTERMOLE 21.1 21 17 17 21.2 21
Simon CHEUNG 13.5 14 27 7 13.6 14
Dave CHRISTIE 7.4 7 26 8 7.5 8
John DAVIES 25.3 25 16 18 25.4 25
Hedley GREATBATCH 19.5 20 25 9 19.6 20
Mike GRIESHABER 22.0 22 24 10 22.1 22
Andy HARPER 18.0 18 30 4 18.1 18
Kevin HAWKINS 22.4 22 29 5 22.5 23
Richard HOCKHAM 5.6 6 34 0 5.6 6
Terry HULME 21.6 22 25 9 21.7 22
Steve HUNT 9.9 10 31 3 10.0 10
Peter LAMBERT 18.1 18 28 6 18.2 18
Gary LANGDON 6.0 6 35 -1 5.8 6
Alan LANGFORD 13.9 14 26 8 14.0 14
Gary LANGFORD 10.9 11 33 1 10.9 11
Tom LANGFORD 10.2 10 33 1 10.2 10
Steve LITTLE 16.1 16 27 7 16.2 16
Mark LONGHURST 27.6 28 33 1 27.6 28
Sam LONGHURST 15.3 15 23 11 15.4 15
Bob MAIDLOW 24.8 25 26 8 24.9 25
Ian MAKEPEACE 18.7 19 23 11 18.8 19
Ian MARSHALL 17.5 18 34 0 17.5 18
Keith MARSHALL 7.4 7 28 6 7.5 8
Ray MARSHALL 24.6 25 9 25 24.7 25
Andy MARTIN 11.7 12 33 1 11.7 12
Patrick MURPHY 16.4 16 33 1 16.4 16
Clive MURRELL 9.3 9 26 8 9.4 9
Gordon PHILLIPS 13.6 14 26 8 13.7 14
Peter ROBERTSON 15.2 15 30 4 15.3 15
Steve ROUT 13.6 14 22 12 13.7 14
Geoff ROY 14.5 15 31 3 14.5 15
Dan SAYERS 18.0 18 24 10 18.1 18
Dan SHAW 13.1 13 35 -1 12.7 13
Dave SHAW 17.6 18 35 -1 17.7 18
Andy SKILTON 18.5 19 27 7 18.6 19
Derek SMITH 25.3 25 25 9 25.4 25
Alan SPRIGGS 26.1 26 24 10 26.2 26
Rod STAFFORD 22.9 23 23 11 23.0 23
Jon STEVENSON 6.5 7 26 8 6.6 7
David TAYLOR 12.7 13 34 0 12.7 13
Glenn WARD 23.3 23 23 11 23.4 23