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.
The Third Team are off to a good start with an away win against Shirehampton Park’s second team. With many on Northern duty with dreams of making this years Open at Royal Troon they will be pleased that the team battled with wins from Martyn Burt and Neil Bright and Mark Driscoll together with Kev Neal. Mike Broom and James Roberts added the grateful half.
The Players Club have been handed a tough draw away in the preliminary round of the Presidents Cup to Cotswold Hills. Martyn Burt will skipper the team with the match needing to be completed by May 2nd. In the Senior Scratch Foursomes we received a bye.
We are pleased to congratulate our team of five who on Tuesday won the national final of the National Golf Club Challenge in aid of the Help 4 Heroes charity.
Held at the iconic Trump Turnberry Hotel and Golf complex the team of Arend Welmers, Simon Ness, James Roberts, Kevin Taylor and led by our Club Captain Dave Jones overcame the other finalists to win the Lee Westwood Trophy for the second time.
Since it’s first year in 2010 The Players Club have reached all of the national finals of the National Golf Club Challenge in aid of the help 4 heroes charity.
This years qualifiers to represent the club are:- Julian Law, Martyn Burt, Jon Ford, Steve Horswell and Adam Roe.
This is the last year of this prestigious national competition so we wish the boys all the best for the 20th and 21st of October.
In what was probably the best Club Championship ever with nine holes remaining it was still quite open as to who would be the 2014 champion. With great conditions the course played firm and fast and that caught many out as the hammer fell at 79 gross for the top sixteen cut. Notable absentee’s included five time champion Nick Perkins, Lee Britton and Graham Hinckley who all missed by one and Chris Iles was the unlucky 17th player who lost out on countback with the 79s. The mornings best score came from 55 year Mike Jarvis and 13 year Alex Ault both beat par with 71. Lee Godwin and Mark Charlton were three back on 74. In the afternoon the early fallers were Adam Bubb and Lee Bruton, though Zac Annear got back in the mix before dropping shots at 12 and 13 and found the water at 15. Simon Hendy took 4th spot with an afternoon 75 whilst Mark Charlton’s 77 saw him third on 151. In the play off young Alex took 6 at the first extra hole.
In the Senior championship with over 30 entries Andy Platt scored a three over par 75 to take the gross whilst Barry Jacques the net with a 67. Ryan Prosser took the junior championship with 74 and Sara Mortimer’s 46 points on the Stranahan took the ladies prize.
What a day! Saturday February 1st saw NEIL DUGGAN holing out in one on the 2nd hole in the club Stableford competition an amazing achievement.
A short time later STEVE WEITZ, playing the par five 11th hole caressed home his 4 iron second shot for a very very rare Albatross and SIX Stableford points!!
Congratulations to both of you!