The RAC (RA) Thu Jun 17th



Picture from Simon Cheung


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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes

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1. We really got out of jail during our day at the RAC. The weather forecasts were all pretty awful and some even predicted storms. The previous night had been windy and wet and I expected the worst with knock on effects on our ability to eat out on the terrace afterwards. However as I stood fearing the worst on the tee watching the early tee offs, Ian Marshall showed me an app. called netweather which tracked rain either side of the Ashtead/Epsom area moving north but missing the RAC course which of course was great news and sure enough not a single player got wet. Then after an enjoyable round on a course in great condition it was good to see that all our groups were able to get tables and enjoy a drink and food in lovely surroundings.

2. No one must have enjoyed his refreshments more than David Taylor who had a brilliant round scoring 42 points off 12. His actual handicap is 11.7 so though this newsletter is being written before the official results have been issued by Ian, one would expect that this will shortly become a historic figure. It’s the first time this season that anyone has posted a 40 plus score and he finished three points ahead of his playing partner Clive (off 10) who must have wondered what he had to do to finish first. Likewise there was a great round of 37 from Keith Marshall (off 9) so you may well draw the conclusion that the course suited the lower handicappers. Great play guys and David’s day got even better as he was in the Captain’s Bowl Strokeplay Competition and scored a net 66 to take that trophy as well for the second time in three years.

3. The Zoom virtual prize presentation – hopefully the last as we are due to resume dinners in the second half of the year – was full of banter and jokes and one of the prize winners (Patrick) was so anxious to hear his result that he even logged on from his car! Messrs Paull and Presley finally sorted out who was who and in a strong field of disaster candidates Mark Longhurst won it for the second event in succession with the antics of his errant electric trolley. All good stuff and the prizes will be given out where possible at Banstead Downs.

4. Andy’s Captain’s Challenge produced a huge variety of guesstimates and most of them (mine especially) seriously underestimated the skill of our four winners of the Novelty Holes. The actual cumulative distance of the four winning shots was 562cms and the nearest estimate was by our very own VC Kevin who went for 530cms. His guess was actually the sixth lowest of all the entries received so most fell into the same trap as myself – though in most cases by nothing like as much! So well done Mr H and you are now £75 richer and The Marsden is £250 better off which is a real win win.

5. After only three events in the first half of the year due to Lockdown we now have the mouth watering prospect of six events plus the Lincs. tour in the July to December period. The first of these is at Banstead Downs when we will stage our annual 27 hole Competition. I am assuming that those who normally play only 18 holes will wish to stick with that format and not compete for the main Trophy but if you do want to chance your arm, please e mail me. Within the next few days I shall be issuing a list of those who are down to play on this attractive parkland course and asking you to pay the balance of £65 (BAGS members) or £70 (guests) both figures based on a deposit of £10 having been paid. This figure includes £5 entry to the 2s competition and the Charity NP. As stated previously if you do NOT want to take part in these please deduct the £5 when making your payment. Since Lockdown we have followed the policy of not wishing to collect cash on the day for entry to these so decided that this was the easiest way to deal with the issue. Entry is therefore optional but please enter both or neither so we do not to have too many variable amounts coming into the Account. Could any SO members not wishing to enter please e mail me and I will send any names to John for his end of year calculations

6. Matt is setting a blistering pace in the Majors and his 37 points at RAC takes him to 106 in the Chairman’s which is a tremendous start to the season and with a 4th, 2nd and 4th at the first three events he is building strong foundations in the Treasurer’s as well

7. I am sad to report the resignation from BAGS of Steve Little who has been suffering from back pain for quite a while now to the extent that he even needs help getting his tee into the ground. Steve was a founder member of BAGS along with Keith Gatford and myself in the early part of 1993 and though through injury he missed the first event at Wentworth East, he has since played 261 BAGS rounds, was Captain in 1997, did a significant stint as Handicap Secretary and has won a string of prizes – see the Order of Merit on the web site for the details. Steve now feels that with his back problem he cannot realistically compete and is going to confine himself to occasional rounds of social golf. We shall miss him greatly and thank him for all he has contributed to BAGS and its Charity successes.

8. The KOs are now well underway and well done to those who have played their matches within the fast approaching deadlines. Even though we are one day past the summer solstice, there’s still plenty of daylight to get those games played so don’t wait for John to chase you!



Full Results

Position Name Score Notes
1 David TAYLOR 42 BAGS Winner
2 Clive MURRELL 39 BAGS 2nd
3 Keith MARSHALL 37 Countback BAGS 3rd
4 Matt HALL 37
5 Simon WINDIBANK 36
= James Bennett 36 Guest Winner
7 Patrick MURPHY 35
8 Simon CHEUNG 34
= Richard LISTER 34
= Ian MARSHALL 34
= Niall NELSON 34
12 Hedley GREATBATCH 33
= Dougie PAULL 33
14 Mark LONGHURST 32
= Harry MEDHURST 32
= David WATLING 32
= Bernie Marchant 32 Guest
18 Tim AKERS 31
= John DAVIES 31
= Alan LANGFORD 31
= Ian MAKEPEACE 31
= John RAYNER 31
= David Weatherhead 31 Guest
= Nick Collins 31 Guest
25 Andy BOND 30
= Kevin HAWKINS 30
= John HAWLEY 30
= Chris PRESLEY 30
= Gordon STREET 30
= Barrie Street 30 Guest
31 Peter BARKHAM 29
= Lee DAVIS 29
= Tom LONGHURST 29
= Graham WRIGHT 29
35 Mike GRIESHABER 28
= Robin SEWELL 28
= Andy SPREADBOROUGH 28
= Steve Lang 28 Guest
39 Paul HUNT 27
= Gary LANGDON 27
= Dave SHAW 27
= Tim Vallis 27 Guest
43 Keith GATFORD 26
= Terry HULME 26
= Gary LANGFORD 26
= Geoff ROY 26
= Andy SKILTON 26
48 David JACKSON 25
49 Mike WEAVER 24
50 Stephen Gilmour 23 Guest
51 Andy HARPER 22
52 John Jefferson 21 Guest
53 Alan SPRIGGS 20
54 Steve LITTLE 19
55 Roger Bowen 10 Guest


Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best front nine Matt Hall 20 pts
Best back nine Simon Cheung 21 pts
Nearest the pin (17th) Patrick Murphy 165 cm
Nearest the pin in 2 (5th hole) Gordon Street 86 cm
Nearest the pin in 2 (7th hole) David Weatherhead 190 cm
Charity Nearest the pin Andy Skilton 121 cm
Par 3 Winner David Watling 9 pts


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 16.1 16 31 4 16.2 16
Peter BARKHAM 34.5 35 29 6 34.6 35
James Bennett 7.0 7 36 -1 6.8 7
Andy BOND 36.0 36 30 5 36.0 36
Simon CHEUNG 14.9 15 34 1 14.9 15
John DAVIES 27.8 28 31 4 27.8 28
Lee DAVIS 23.2 23 29 6 23.3 23
Keith GATFORD 27.3 27 26 9 27.5 28
Hedley GREATBATCH 20.9 21 33 2 20.9 21
Mike GRIESHABER 21.6 22 28 7 21.7 22
Matt HALL 14.0 14 37 -2 13.4 13
Andy HARPER 18.9 19 22 13 19.0 19
Kevin HAWKINS 20.9 21 30 5 21.0 21
John HAWLEY 30.1 30 30 5 30.2 30
Terry HULME 24.1 24 26 9 24.2 24
Paul HUNT 28.8 29 27 8 29.0 29
David JACKSON 36.0 36 25 10 36.0 36
Steve Lang 8.0 8 28 7 8.1 8
Gary LANGDON 5.2 5 27 8 5.4 5
Alan LANGFORD 12.6 13 31 4 12.7 13
Gary LANGFORD 10.1 10 26 9 10.3 10
Richard LISTER 16.0 16 34 1 16.0 16
Steve LITTLE 20.1 20 19 16 20.3 20
Mark LONGHURST 21.5 22 32 3 21.5 22
Tom LONGHURST 18.1 18 29 6 18.2 18
Ian MAKEPEACE 28.2 28 31 4 28.2 28
Ian MARSHALL 16.7 17 34 1 16.7 17
Keith MARSHALL 8.5 9 37 -2 8.1 8
Harry MEDHURST 16.3 16 32 3 16.3 16
Patrick MURPHY 15.4 15 35 0 15.4 15
Clive MURRELL 10.2 10 39 -4 9.4 9
Niall NELSON 25.7 26 34 1 25.7 26
Dougie PAULL 22.4 22 33 2 22.4 22
Chris PRESLEY 21.0 21 30 5 21.1 21
John RAYNER 14.3 14 31 4 14.4 14
Geoff ROY 16.1 16 26 9 16.2 16
Robin SEWELL 21.4 21 28 7 21.5 22
Dave SHAW 22.7 23 27 8 22.9 23
Andy SKILTON 20.3 20 26 9 20.5 21
Andy SPREADBOROUGH 17.7 18 28 7 17.8 18
Alan SPRIGGS 27.4 27 20 15 27.6 28
Gordon STREET 15.4 15 30 5 15.5 16
David TAYLOR 11.7 12 42 -7 10.3 10
David WATLING 36.0 36 32 3 36.0 36
David Weatherhead 13.0 13 31 4 13.1 13
Mike WEAVER 17.2 17 24 11 17.4 17
Simon WINDIBANK 10.3 10 36 -1 10.1 10
Graham WRIGHT 9.1 9 29 6 9.2 9