We thought we would update you on our latest construction plans which we hope to implement from now and through the Autumn and Winter periods.
Codrington Course: Hole 2; we are extending the tee to the right of the path, we will drop the height of the winter tee by a couple of feet on the front of this side, until we review the tee length (we may add 20 yards to 185 yards) we will leave the bunkering decision for the front of the green. We will remove the gravel trench around the back of the green and replace this with a revetted bunker. Hole 16; we intend to rebuild the back tees into one large tee. We intend to rebuild the front bunker. Hole 1; We are going to extend the white tee back 20 yards. We are adding a third fairway bunker slightly left of the current pair. Hole 4; We are extending the right hand greenside bunker. Hole 9; We are extending the gorse and thorn from the left side by 40 yards. Hole 11; New greenside bunker front right. Hole 18: Extend white tee slightly left.
Stranahan Course: Hole 1; Removal of dogwood bush short left of the green. Hole 2; Clearance of hazard left of the hole. Hole 3; Grassing of bunker short left. Hole 4; Grassing of bunkers on left. Tee extension with 14th. Hole 8; New central bunker. Hole 9; New back tee. Hole 10; Raising of 10th tee. Hole 13; Filling of sunk drain trenches. Holes 15 & 16; Removal of dead or decaying Ash trees to the right of the holes and under clearance. Hole 18; Filling and completion of back left water hazard. New safer path to the right of the 2nd hole.
Gordon’s funeral will take place at St. Johns Church, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BL on Monday 9th of September at 1pm. This will be followed by a celebration of his life at The White Horse in Hambrook, Bristol, BS16 1RY.
The committal following the service is a strictly private affair and the family respectfully ask that its wishes with regard to this are understood.
Just 17 Oli Jenkins has had a great year and it might still get better as he closing in on a scratch handicap. The weekends 36 holer saw Oli take the Stranahan Trophy by three strokes from former winner Casey Bean who had carded a 64 to Oli’s two over par 70.
The morning scores saw two nett 59s, David Yeo and Joe McLean paired in the same threeball. Craig Welmers could have added his name to that list but took six at the par 3 18th for a nett 62. The main gross saw Bean lead by two strokes, his back nine of 29 picked up five strokes in the last seven holes. Luke Maddison and Freddie Titcombe on 66 with our own Kev Taylor on 67 with Jeremy Harvey were the five out of seventy eight players to beat the par 68 course. Alex Ault made an eagle two on the 7th but that faded into the background when Nick Davies holed from the tee at the 334 yard 14th.
In the afternoon the Codrington proved to be very tough with the Black tees in use. Casey Bean carded a 79 to post a tough five over par total of 143. Jenkins off towards the end of the field made great threes at nine and eleven before dropping shots at the tough 14th and 15th. With a two over par total of 140 and a 136 nett Oli took both the gross and nett prizes together with best afternoon nett.
1. Oli Jenkins (2) 70-70 (140) 2. Casey Bean (0) 64-79 (143) 3. Scott Pym (3) 3. Scott Pym 70-74 (144) 4. Tom Ruddle (0) 70-74 5. Freddie Titcombe 66-79 (145)
1. Oli Jenkins 68-68 (136) 2. Alex Ault 65-72 (137) 3. Scott Pym 67-71 (138) 4. Iain Quigley 71-69 (140) 5. Luke Maddison 62-79 (141)
In an exciting club championship Zac Annear took the top spot following Saturday’s 74 with a one under 71 in the final round. A five birdie blitz shock off the challenge of Oli Jenkins who was level with Annear with four holes to play but took 8 at the 15th. Sam Mendoza parred the course to finish at four over with Nick Perkins and Oli back a stroke further back.
The Lynwood Trophy also went to Zac who beat Oli on countback. The McTiffin plate (18 hole nett on day 1) went to Steve Evans whose nett 71 once again edged out Oli Jenkins on the cruel countback. The good news is his handicap has halved from 4 to 2 and he won the junior county championship by an impressive 13 strokes!.
Glen Moth picked up three wins in the season to come out tops in the Molly Grace, the clubs order of merit but it was a close thing in the end with Mike England giving him a good run up until the final event where glen saw his two point lead extended to nine.
In the knockouts Mike Jarvis defeated Nick Mason to win the senior title whilst the Singles was contested between Terry Parsons and Paul Gardiner, after the first 18 Terry looked like he had an easy job being six up but Paul battled back to the final green only to lose by a single hole.
Phil Perkins beat 11 year old Ashley Millington 5 & 4 in the Stranahan knockout whilst the double saw the ‘two Dans’ romp home 9 & 8 winners over Chris Terrington and Alan Tansley. Molly and Bendall were 7 up after the first stanza but lost first two holes of the second round, birdies and eagles were swapped but the match ended on the 28th.
The clubs first team are back in Division 1 after a successful campaign losing just one match and taking the title with 17 points. Twenty-five players were used by the first team and with our elite players playing international and national events only Mitch Waite managed one appearance.
The second team had a tough time but stayed up, hopefully next year World Cup interference will allow more players to select from. The thirds was a mixed bag with away wins and home defeats but they played with great spirit and the Millington brothers just got better and better, next year they will probably even play first team golf.
A big thanks tour our captains, Nigel Gravelle, Kevin Hodge and Ali Young, their vice captains its a lot of hard work gathering the teams and thanks to all 52 players who represented our club.
Tom Workman (+2) has won the Stranahan Trophy for the second time with a four under par score of 136. In the morning round Tom got off to a fast start making birdies at the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th despite a bogey at 8 further birdies at 9, 10, 11 and 12 saw him 8 under and looking at a 59! Dropped shots at 15 and 16 stopped the fun for a mere 63. Kev Hodge shot 66 whilst Nick Perkins and Sam Taylor scored 67. 11 year Ashley Millington recorded a two over par 70 the same as his older brother Joshua. Ashley won the nett on 133 whilst Jordan Khan was second on 134.
In the afternoon Tom added a 73 to win for the second time by 4 strokes, with Nick Perkins in second place on level par.
Work has started on the ‘sleeper’ bunker short of the 5th green. This bunker will be re-drained, lined and filled with fresh sand. It will also be visible for the second shot as we have removed some ground between it and the fairway. The path will remain but the right hand bunker will be a mound.
We are very pleased to announce that we will be hosting Stage 1 of the European Tour Qualifying School on September 11th – 14th 2018. The field will consist of between 100-120 players looking to obtain their full cards for the 2019 European tour, along with 7 other courses throughout Europe, 20-25 of the leading players will progress to stage 2 in Spain.
The bunker between the 10th and 12th greens has now been grassed, this should provide easier golf for the mid-handicapper and still retain the difficulty for the single figure golfer. The catch bunker on the 15th fairway has also been grassed, it has been re-shaped to provide a level surface for the player when dropping a ball from the hazard to the left. We hope these will be in play by late April.