Merrist Wood (MW) Thurs Jul 11





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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes

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1. Merrist Wood was by our standards poorly attended but those there seemed to enjoy it. This was despite the afternoon session taking place in pretty warm conditions which did impact on some performances as fatigue crept in – or in some cases rushed in!

2. However the hottest conditions of the day were to be found around the clubs of a guy called Langford. No it wasn’t Captain Alan (three wins in 2017) or son Gary (two in 2018) but this time it was Tom who slaughtered a difficult course with a 38 in the morning followed by a barely believable 24 over the afternoon 9. What on earth did they put in your lunch Tom?! Without doing detailed research I’m pretty certain that is the highest BAGS score in any 27 hole Competition and it is such a shame that Ian doesn’t count the extra 9 holes in his handicap adjustments as he could have got you down by another shot…..Anyway congratulations on a superb performance and may there be many more (but for the sake of us mortals, not too many more) scores where that came from.

3. Good also to see Andy Skilton putting in a good day’s golf and his 56 points would have comfortably won last year’s 27 holes competition at The Addington. It is not often I mention Guest performances but Chris Brown’s 53 off a handicap of one was a terrific effort and we look forward to seeing him on the last two two days of our forthcoming West Midlands tour.

4. So what is the impact of all these results on the standings in our Majors? Not a lot in the case of the Chairman’s and Treasurer’s where Lawrie despite his absence at MW still has handy leads. However it is a different story in the Memorial where Jon has taken over from Lawrie who unsurprisingly has dropped to 4th and now leads Gary and Andy. Just four counting events to go but plenty still to play for…..

5. Great news on the Charity front as all but a tiny percentage of the money is now in and we can confirm a figure in excess of £27500 including Andrew’s generous sponsorship. This means that we are in a position to buy three Neoprobes for The Marsden. Our original target was to purchase two of these vital machines so it is a wonderful achievement that we have managed an extra one more than our target. So thanks again to all involved be they BAGS members, guests, sponsors or general helpers on the day. And just to show we are thinking ahead to future years, we have reached a fixed price agreement with Betchworth Park to hold our next four Charity Days at the Club which will take us up to 2023, the year when we will celebrate our 30th anniversary!

6. Mill Ride is our next event in August and the morning session will feature our Stick Competition which continues to fascinate those who have not played it before. All will be explained in the OOP which should be issued this week.

7. Soon after that our West Midlands tour will see 33 members and three guests take on four of the best courses in that area. Many of those involved are travelling on the Sunday with the rest setting off on the Monday. I hope in the next few days to send out details of timings and other points followed by the OOPs around mid August but rest assured that those staying overnight on the Sunday will be first out at Little Aston on the Monday from around midday with the morning travellers going out behind them. Should be a great few days and let’s hope the normally dry September weather holds for us yet again.

8. As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, our bookings for the last three events of 2019 are exceptionally heavy with New Zealand in November leading the way at 75. To reduce the numbers of those on the waiting list I managed to get that figure up to 80 but in the interest of all players, I cannot go higher. If you are down for that event but now know you cannot play could you please let me know so I can reduce the waiting list still further. Woking and Camberley Heath are not far behind in numbers so again early warning of unavailability would be appreciated.

If you think it was hot here in the UK last week, my Dubai correspondent (guess who) has tonight told me

that the afternoon temperature there today was 46! Next Monday’s golf here is forecast to be 23, Stuart!

Full Results

Position after 27 holes Name Score after 27 holes Notes Score after 18 holes Position after 18 holes
1 Tom LANGFORD 62 BAGS Winner 38 1
2 Andy SKILTON 56 BAGS 2nd 37 2
3 Chris Brown 53 Guest Winner 37 2
4 Jon STEVENSON 52 BAGS 3rd 34 8
= Lee DAVIS 52 34 8
6 Harry MEDHURST 51 35 4
7 Gary LANGFORD 50 33 9
= Mike GRIESHABER 50 34 6
9 Mark LONGHURST 46 34 6
10 Alan LANGFORD 45 29 13
= Tim AKERS 45 30 11
12 Graham WRIGHT 43 32 10
= Steve LITTLE 43 27 18
14 Ian BARRETT 42 27 18
15 Leon Espley 41 Guest 29 14
= Stuart HORREX 41 26 20
17 Robin SEWELL 40 27 19
18 John HAWLEY 39 27 19
19 Keith Sapsed 37 Guest 23 21
= Kevin HAWKINS 37 22 23
21 Tom LONGHURST 34 19 28
22 Dave CHRISTIE 30 30 12
= Ray Cook 30 Guest 22 24
24 John DAVIES 28 28 15
25 Niall Nelson 27 Guest 18 29
26 Terry HULME 26 20 26
27 Peter BARKHAM 22 22 22
28 Roger BOYCHUK 21 21 25
29 Ian MAKEPEACE 20 20 27
30 David JACKSON 10 10 30


Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best nine of the day Lee Davis 24 pts
Nearest the pin (8th hole) Alan Langford 10ft 7in
Nearest the pin in 2 (3rd hole) Dave Christie 16ft
Nearest the pin in 2 (12th hole) Graham Wright 14ft
Charity Nearest the pin (16th hole) Gary Langford 9ft
Par 3 Winner Andy Skilton 10pts


Detailed Handicap Changes

Par for the course = 72
SSS for the yellow tees = 71
SSS stableford points = 37 points.
After adjustment for the conditions the Competition Scratch Score (CSS) was 35 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 15.2 15 30 5 15.3 15
Peter BARKHAM 28.0 28 22 13 28.0 28
Ian BARRETT 18.2 18 27 8 18.3 18
Roger BOYCHUK 27.2 27 21 14 27.4 27
Dave CHRISTIE 8.7 9 30 5 8.8 9
John DAVIES 27.2 27 28 7 27.3 27
Lee DAVIS 23.6 24 34 1 23.6 24
Mike GRIESHABER 21.2 21 34 1 21.2 21
Kevin HAWKINS 20.2 20 22 13 20.3 20
John HAWLEY 24.6 25 27 8 24.7 25
Stuart HORREX 23.2 23 26 9 23.4 23
Terry HULME 23.1 23 20 15 23.2 23
David JACKSON 28.0 28 10 25 28.0 28
Alan LANGFORD 11.4 11 29 6 11.5 12
Gary LANGFORD 10.4 10 33 2 10.4 10
Tom LANGFORD 10.7 11 38 -3 10.1 10
Steve LITTLE 17.1 17 27 8 17.2 17
Mark LONGHURST 26.0 26 34 1 26.0 26
Tom LONGHURST 23.4 23 19 16 23.6 24
Ian MAKEPEACE 20.6 21 20 15 20.8 21
Harry MEDHURST 16.0 16 35 0 16.0 16
Robin SEWELL 22.2 22 27 8 22.3 22
Andy SKILTON 20.1 20 37 -2 19.5 20
Jon STEVENSON 6.9 7 34 1 6.9 7
Graham WRIGHT 8.6 9 32 3 8.7 9