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.
Gordon Brand Snr, will be cremated on Thursday 1st February 14.30 at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath BA2 2RQ. Afterwards at Knowle Golf Club.
The greenstaff have been busy this last week on the latest phase of bunker changes inline with our plans, the bunker between 10 and 12 will be grassed. We believe this retains the challenge for the good player but makes things slightly easier for the mid range golfer. The turf will be harvested from the next project which will be the 5th hole. We intend to expose the sleepered bunker that is currently hidden by exposing some ground in between, the spoil will be used to fill and grade the old right side part into a mound. Also shortly we are grassing the fairway bunker at the 15th.
We are pleased to announce we will host for the sixth time the 2018 West Region Championship on August 14th and 15th with a Pro-Am on the Monday. We last staged this in 2014 and 2010. Previous winners include Peter Alliss, our own Gordon Brand Junior as well as 1938 Open champion Reg Whitcombe.
We also are proud to stage the West of England Under 16 championship on Sunday 23rd September. The 36 holes are open to all under 16 in England and Wales.
Most of you will be aware of the recent passing of John Base. John was a member pretty much from the start and regular supporting all the competitions until about two years when he was diagnosed with Cancer. John sadly lost his fight on September 18th and it was a great shock to us all. Our thoughts go out to John’s family. The funeral is at Westerleigh crematorium Friday 20th October 11.45 with the wake after at Stanshawes, Yate.
Everything is always dependent on the weather but we hope to complete the following tasks to continue in our regular course improvements.
Hole 5 remove the area in front of the walled bunker so it is visible from the fairway and fill in the side to the right of the path to create a mound. We are looking at suitable windows in the calender.
Hole 6 remove the reeds and create a low mound in front of the tees.
Hole 10/12 grass the bunker between the two greens.
Hole 13 reconstruct the bunker to the rear of the green.
Stranahan 2nd hole Open out the area to the right of the green to encourage more people to attack the green from the tee.
Stranahan 18th hole improve the path on the right side of the green.