Surrey National (SN) Tue Apr 21st



Mike Grieshaber hands over captaincy to Andy Skilton with Kevin Hawkins as Vice Captain.


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Full Results
Novelty Prizes
Detailed Handicap Changes

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1. It was great to be back to our BAGS golf after a 6 months gap and the wonderful sunshine made it all even better. Though the only pre booked food was the bacon rolls, the lovely weather gave us a chance to sit out with a drink and a sandwich afterwards and many took full advantage of that. There was even a chipping competition late on when several in our group showed an uncanny ability to find the bunker rather than the 18th green!

2. Surrey National is a difficult course to play with its slopes and gradients and at 6355 yds off the yellows plus only three par 3s there are some mighty long par 4s. The course is very scenic with some great views along the valley. The day started with Captain Andy’s drive in which was well attended despite the comparatively small field (for BAGS) of 36. This shot was despatched efficiently down the middle and a purple patch then followed before the enormity of being a BAGS Captain sank in! Meanwhile in the same group his VC Kevin was helping himself to two Novelty Prizes out of the four on offer so no nerves there either.

3. But it was left to someone in the last group of all to hit the really high spots as Peter Barkham bounced back from a 10 year drought to hit a stunning 39 points. This was Peter’s fourth success – two of them at Effingham – and follows a review of handicaps by Ian during the close season when he adjusted upwards the figures of players who had been consistently logging disappointingly low scores. Peter took full advantage of this and Ian has rewarded his success with a 2 shot reduction in his playing figure.

4. Good to see Lee Davis with an excellent round which was only one point behind Peter and so got his first podium place since he joined BAGS in 2019. Lee has a long journey for each event from deepest Hampshire and we are very grateful for his commitment to our Society. Geoff Roy also had a good round with his 36 points putting him in third place. He also managed a 2 and coincidentally two of his playing partners were also amongst the six getting birdie twos on the day. Simon was one of them and came very close to getting a hole in one which would have been quite something following his ace at Betchworth in September.

5. If all goes well with the virus numbers, we shall be back to a more conventional BAGS day in May when we are fortunate enough to have timed our booking to coincide with the planned reintroduction of meals inside Clubhouses. So at Westerham on May 17 we’ll have a 27 hole day and if all goes to plan a dinner followed by a real prize presentation – remember those? If you would like to add your name to the 40 already playing, do contact me soon.

6. Then in June we have the opportunity to play the RAC Old course in the summer which should be a real treat, recognised by a large increase in bookings by over 60 people. Because this was a late replacement booking for our now postponed Charity event, no pre booked catering is possible at the Club but you will be able to buy food on the day and sit in the lovely grounds after your round. Because of the higher attendance we plan to hold the delayed Captain’s Bowl Competition at this event to give last year’s winners every chance to play for this prestigious trophy.

7. The Charity event which will now take place on September 30 is being well supported by members and guests and Hedley and his Committee are now hard at work planning all the extra activities to be held on that day. Though we did well last year in raising £17000 despite not holding the event, thanks to an online auction and other initiatives, our hope is to raise the bar further to make over £20000 but amongst other help we need hole sponsors so if any of you can offer a contact who would be prepared to pay £100 to sponsor a hole, please contact Hedley or myself. Andy is also planning his Captain’s Challenge which will be revealed in early June.

8. The Knock Outs draws were made by John and Roger at Surrey National and have now been issued. The time limits sound generous but it’s always best to make early contact with your opponents so any absences on holidays (if you are brave enough to plan any) can be factored in.

9. Arrangements for the tour continue to go well with 44 players right up to date with their stage payments so thanks for your help on this important issue.

10. I’ve been working with Kevin on courses for his year as Captain though progress has been slower than normal as Clubs have been reviewing their relationships with Golf Societies given a surge in new members during lockdown. We have though nearly completed the bookings and these of course will be issued when finalised. I can confirm though that Kevin’s drive in will be at Farnham in March and later in the year we’ll be offering the chance to play at West Sussex, West Surrey and Worplesdon.

Hope you are enjoying your return to golf in the unusually good weather. We need rain at some point of course but hopefully overnight!



Full Results

Position Name Score Notes
1 Peter BARKHAM 39 BAGS Winner
2 Lee DAVIS 38 BAGS 2nd
3 Geoff ROY 36 BAGS 3rd
4 Matt HALL 34
= Tom LONGHURST 34
6 Kevin HAWKINS 33
= Graham WRIGHT 33
8 Ian BARRETT 32
9 Luke KIRBY 31
= Gary LANGFORD 31
= Niall NELSON 31
= Mike WEAVER 31
13 Lawrie ARNOLD 30
= Mike GRIESHABER 30
= Stuart HORREX 30
= Ian MAKEPEACE 30
= Keith MARSHALL 30
18 Roger BOYCHUK 29
= Andy MARTIN 29
= Harry MEDHURST 29
= Alan SPRIGGS 29
22 Steve LITTLE 28
= Andy SKILTON 28
= Stuart SMILLIE 28
25 John DAVIES 27
= Mark LONGHURST 27
= Jon STEVENSON 27
28 David JACKSON 26
29 Terry HULME 25
= Robin SEWELL 25
31 Simon CHEUNG 23
32 Hedley GREATBATCH 22
= Andy HARPER 22
34 Alan LANGFORD 21
35 Dougie PAULL 20
36 Dave SHAW 17


200 Round Trophy

The 200 Round Trophy was won by Graham Wright with 19 points.



Novelty Prizes

Description Name Note
Best front nine Graham Wright 19 pts
Best back nine Tom Longhurst 19 pts
Nearest the pin (7th) Simon Cheung 120 cm
Nearest the pin in 2 (10th hole) Kevin Hawkins 152 cm
Nearest the pin in 2 (15th hole) Kevin Hawkins 4m 27cm
Charity Nearest the pin Jon Stevenson 2m 05 cm
Par 3 Winner (3 way tie) Simon Cheung 8 pts
Par 3 Winner (3 way tie) Mike Grieshaber 8 pts
Par 3 Winner (3 way tie) Alan Spriggs 8 pts


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 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
Lawrie ARNOLD 9.9 10 30 5 10.0 10
Peter BARKHAM 36.0 36 39 -4 34.4 34
Ian BARRETT 19.0 19 32 3 19.0 19
Roger BOYCHUK 36.0 36 29 6 36.0 36
Simon CHEUNG 14.6 15 23 12 14.8 15
John DAVIES 27.6 28 27 8 27.7 28
Lee DAVIS 24.3 24 38 -3 23.1 23
Hedley GREATBATCH 20.7 21 22 13 20.9 21
Mike GRIESHABER 21.3 21 30 5 21.4 21
Matt HALL 14.3 14 34 1 14.3 14
Andy HARPER 18.7 19 22 13 18.8 19
Kevin HAWKINS 20.8 21 33 2 20.8 21
Stuart HORREX 23.0 23 30 5 23.1 23
Terry HULME 23.9 24 25 10 24.0 24
David JACKSON 36.0 36 26 9 36.0 36
Luke KIRBY 8.6 9 31 4 8.7 9
Alan LANGFORD 12.2 12 21 14 12.4 12
Gary LANGFORD 10.0 10 31 4 10.1 10
Steve LITTLE 20.0 20 28 7 20.1 20
Mark LONGHURST 21.1 21 27 8 21.3 21
Tom LONGHURST 18.1 18 34 1 18.1 18
Ian MAKEPEACE 28.0 28 30 5 28.1 28
Keith MARSHALL 8.3 8 30 5 8.4 8
Andy MARTIN 11.2 11 29 6 11.3 11
Harry MEDHURST 16.1 16 29 6 16.2 16
Niall NELSON 25.6 26 31 4 25.6 26
Dougie PAULL 22.0 22 20 15 22.2 22
Geoff ROY 16.3 16 36 -1 16.0 16
Robin SEWELL 21.2 21 25 10 21.3 21
Dave SHAW 22.5 23 17 18 22.7 23
Andy SKILTON 20.1 20 28 7 20.2 20
Stuart SMILLIE 28.0 28 28 7 28.1 28
Alan SPRIGGS 27.3 27 29 6 27.4 27
Jon STEVENSON 5.3 5 27 8 5.5 6
Mike WEAVER 17.1 17 31 4 17.2 17
Graham WRIGHT 9.0 9 33 2 9.0 9