Royal Ashdown Forest(RA) Mon Apr 15





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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes

Newsletter

  • Our Royal Ashdown Forest day was long and tiring as the Old Course there contains a fair number of hills and demanding holes though we were very lucky with the weather which was clear, dry and quite warm. The promised views towards the North Downs were as stunning as predicted and the web site photographs bear witness as to how lovely golf courses can be.
  • No doubt the Marshall brothers were especially happy with the course as they finished first and second on the day with Ian who scored 40 just nudging out brother Keith by one point. Rookie member Tom Longhurst was a commendable third with 37 points. Small wonder then that Ian and Keith have been such an effective Pairs combination since Keith joined BAGS and became eligible for the KOs, winning in 2016 and 2018 and reaching the Final in 2017. That’s great golf chaps and the BAGS cynics who expected Ian to take his time issuing his and Keith’s handicap reductions have been seen off as the RAF results were issued within 24 hours!
  • This was Ian’s sixth BAGS win, the first being at Addington Palace as long ago as 1995 and he is one of our most consistent performers with six runners up and eight third places to add to his achievements. It’s not surprising therefore that he is fourth in our Order of Merit table with only Graham and Jon of our current membership ahead of him.
  • Keith is not doing too badly either with five podium placings in his three and a bit years as a BAGS member. He is also our new leader in the Chairman’s which has now reached the required three rounds to qualify. He leads by four from Lawrie on 109 with two rounds of 35 and his 39 at RAF. In this form you would get poor odds on him not increasing his Chairman’s score.
  • Well done to Steve Little on winning the inaugural 200 round trophy. This used to be the 150 round competition but time moves on and BAGS rounds with it so we now have one for the 200+ rounds men and the other for the 100+ players which as usual will be held later in the year.
  • Our next event is at Cowdray Park on May 15 and though the attendance will be way down on the 60 who took part at Ashdown, it promises to be an excellent day with superb views over the South Downs. BAGS members will play for the Alan Winteridge trophy which commemorates the first member to pass away.
  • It’s all hands on deck now for our Charity event which is now just eight weeks away. The Committee consisting of myself, Hedley, Captain Alan and VC Mike continue to work away at the various preparations. We now have a good list of fourballs ready to distribute to those who signed up for the £100 offer to give themselves and friends a round for £25pp. The draw will take place on Tuesday at our next meeting and you will be advised soon afterwards of the results. The event programme is also well underway and we are soon to put the finishing touches to the vital auction pages which play such a significant role in our fundraising. Hedley has agreed a project with The Royal Marsden which the money raised will fund and this will be described in the programme. On a more mundane but still important level, we are trying to collect the fees from the 116 players so thanks to those who have so far responded to this request and could the others please pay in the next few days.
  • You will have seen the various KO draws and if you haven’t they should soon be on the web site so please note your deadline date and get in contact with your opponent(s). There should be some tight matches ahead and if yours is in a Preliminary Round it needs to be played by May 20.
  • It’s not often one says this in this country but most courses could do with some rain at the moment. The greens at RAF were treated some six weeks ago in the expectation of rain which has still not materialised and were unusually slow. Likewise the fairways at Hayling in March were not at their best for the same reason and it is apparently currently a general problem in the south east. Nature does have a habit of evening things out but let us hope the deluges (when/if they come) avoid May 15 and especially June 13!
  • I am sorry that the promised list of fixtures for next year has not yet been published though all but one of the dates, ironically the AGM meeting at Blackmoor, have been agreed. To keep you up to date I will issue these before the weekend though the first may still be provisional.

Have a great Easter in the promised high temperatures but pity the long suffering greenkeepers!

Full Results

Position Name Score Notes
1 Ian MARSHALL 40 BAGS Winner
2 Keith MARSHALL 39 BAGS 2nd
= Mike Lower 39 Guest Winner
4 John Hansen 38 Guest
5 Tom LONGHURST 37 BAGS 3rd
6 Jon STEVENSON 36
7 Luke KIRBY 35
= Gary LANGDON 35
= Andrew McCAFFERY 35
10 Simon WINDIBANK 34
= Martin Howes 34 Guest
12 Lawrie ARNOLD 33
= Simon CHEUNG 33
= Alan LANGFORD 33
= Andy MARTIN 33
= Gordon STREET 33
17 Steve LITTLE 32
= Sam LONGHURST 32
= Clive MURRELL 32
= Barrie Street 32 Guest
21 Andy SKILTON 31
= Paul Earl 31 Guest
= Andy Spreadborough 31 Guest
24 Mark LONGHURST 30
= David TAYLOR 30
= Graham WRIGHT 30
= Dougie Paull 30 Guest
= Mike Weaver 30 Guest
29 Gary LANGFORD 29
= Ian MAKEPEACE 29
31 Tim AKERS 28
= Terry HULME 28
33 Ian BARRETT 27
= Dave CHRISTIE 27
= Chris PRESLEY 27
= John RAYNER 27
= Dave Kirby 27 Guest
38 Matthew Hall 25 Guest
= Andy Pearson 25 Guest
40 Steve ROUT 24
= Robin SEWELL 24
= Chris Bower 24 Guest
43 Kevin HAWKINS 23
= David JACKSON 23
45 Andy BOND 22
= Mike GRIESHABER 22
47 Roger BOYCHUK 21
48 Ray CLARKE 20
= Keith GATFORD 20
= Stuart SMILLIE 20
= Glenn WARD 20
= John Milner 20 Guest
= Terry Akers 20 Guest
54 Peter BARKHAM 19
= Geoff ROY 19
= Alan Stevens 19 Guest
57 Jim CATTERMOLE 18
58 Charlie KEARL 15
= Trevor James 15 Guest
60 Niall Nelson 13 Guest


200 Round Trophy

The 200 Round Trophy was won by Steve Little with 32 points.



Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best front nine Luke Kirby 21 pts
Best back nine Alan Langford 20 pts
Nearest the pin Paul Earl 3ft 6in
Nearest the pin in 2 Clive Murrel 12ft 5in
Charity Nearest the pin Glenn Ward 59 in
Par 3 Winner Andy Martin 9pts


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 37 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 15.0 15 28 9 15.1 15
Lawrie ARNOLD 11.0 11 33 4 11.1 11
Peter BARKHAM 28.0 28 19 18 28.0 28
Ian BARRETT 17.7 18 27 10 17.8 18
Andy BOND 28.0 28 22 15 28.0 28
Roger BOYCHUK 26.6 27 21 16 26.8 27
Jim CATTERMOLE 28.0 28 18 19 28.0 28
Simon CHEUNG 13.9 14 33 4 14.0 14
Dave CHRISTIE 8.3 8 27 10 8.4 8
Ray CLARKE 17.0 17 20 17 17.2 17
Keith GATFORD 26.5 27 20 17 26.7 27
Mike GRIESHABER 22.0 22 22 15 22.2 22
Kevin HAWKINS 19.9 20 23 14 20.0 20
Terry HULME 22.8 23 28 9 22.9 23
David JACKSON 28.0 28 23 14 28.0 28
Charlie KEARL 20.2 20 15 22 20.4 20
Luke KIRBY 9.5 10 35 2 9.5 10
Gary LANGDON 5.5 6 35 2 5.5 6
Alan LANGFORD 11.1 11 33 4 11.2 11
Gary LANGFORD 10.0 10 29 8 10.1 10
Steve LITTLE 16.9 17 32 5 17.0 17
Mark LONGHURST 27.1 27 30 7 27.2 27
Sam LONGHURST 15.9 16 32 5 16.0 16
Tom LONGHURST 23.1 23 37 0 23.1 23
Ian MAKEPEACE 20.3 20 29 8 20.4 20
Ian MARSHALL 16.7 17 40 -3 15.8 16
Keith MARSHALL 7.6 8 39 -2 7.2 7
Andy MARTIN 10.6 11 33 4 10.7 11
Andrew McCAFFERY 8.2 8 35 2 8.2 8
Clive MURRELL 9.4 9 32 5 9.5 10
Chris PRESLEY 20.6 21 27 10 20.7 21
John RAYNER 13.7 14 27 10 13.8 14
Steve ROUT 14.6 15 24 13 14.8 15
Geoff ROY 15.6 16 19 18 15.7 16
Robin SEWELL 22.1 22 24 13 22.2 22
Andy SKILTON 19.9 20 31 6 20.0 20
Stuart SMILLIE 23.2 23 20 17 23.4 23
Jon STEVENSON 6.8 7 36 1 6.8 7
Gordon STREET 14.2 14 33 4 14.3 14
David TAYLOR 11.3 11 30 7 11.4 11
Glenn WARD 22.3 22 20 17 22.5 23
Simon WINDIBANK 10.3 10 34 3 10.4 10
Graham WRIGHT 8.3 8 30 7 8.4 8