Help 4 Heroes Champions once more

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.

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Help 4 Heroes beckons once again.

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.

Albatross or Hole In One!!

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!

Finals Day Role of Honour

Finals Day on Sunday saw the culmination of the years singles matchplay competitions along with the Last Voyage for the years competition winners and the Final Medal for all those not good enough this year to be in the big show!

The Scratch Cup was taken by Mike Jarvis with an impressive 4&3 win over Kev Caswell.
The Fox Singles Matchplay was won by Arend Welmers with his 2&1 win over Martin Neal.
The Plate was won by James Roberts over Steve Holiman on the first extra hole on the Stranahan Course.

The winner of the Last Voyage – making him the winner of this years winners is Dan ‘Molly’ Molloy.

The sad winner of the Finals Day Medal – making him the best of the rest is Mark Pullen.

Congratulations to all of this years winners and competitors, you have all contributed to a great competitive year of golf at The Players Club.

Help 4 Heroes Final 2013

On October 21st and 22nd our super team of Kevin Caswell, Kevin Hodge, James Roberts, Graham Hinkley all led by our club champion and head greenkeeper Nick Perkins will defend our national title from 2012 at the final of this years National Golf Club Challenge in aid of Help for Heroes.

If you see any of the guys keeping busy on the course or practice areas of the club sharpening their skills please be sure to wish them good luck.

Stranahan Trophy 2013 Scores

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Hcp Nett
140 Andy Ferris 4 3 3 3 6 4 4 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 6 3 5 5 74 2 72
Andy Ferris 3 4 4 6 4 3 3 3 5 3 3 5 4 3 3 3 4 3 66 2 64
143 James Parker 5 4 6 4 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 78 3 75
James Parker 3 5 4 4 4 2 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 4 2 4 5 3 65 3 62
143 Mark Charlton 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 4 73 1 72
Mark Charlton 3 4 5 6 4 3 3 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 3 4 4 70 1 69
144 Alistair Balcombe 4 2 4 5 5 4 6 4 5 3 5 4 2 5 5 4 4 4 75 0 75
Alistair Balcombe 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 69 0 69
146 Andrew Benwaite 5 3 4 4 6 4 4 4 4 5 5 4 3 6 5 3 3 4 76 4 72
Andrew Benwaite 3 3 4 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 3 5 3 70 4 66
146 Chris Dawe 6 5 4 3 4 7 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 6 3 4 4 78 2 76
Chris Dawe 3 4 4 5 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 6 4 3 3 4 3 68 2 66
146 Ceri Fernley 5 2 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 5 6 3 5 6 3 4 4 75 0 75
Ceri Fernley 4 5 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 2 3 5 5 71 0 71
147 Lee Bruton 3 3 6 4 6 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 3 3 5 3 3 4 75 2 73
Lee Bruton 4 4 4 6 5 2 4 3 4 5 3 5 4 4 5 3 5 2 72 2 70
149 Nick Perkins 5 3 6 5 6 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 4 4 6 3 3 5 79 0 79
Nick Perkins 2 3 4 4 6 3 4 2 4 4 4 5 6 3 4 4 4 4 70 0 70
149 Ricky Shackell 4 4 6 5 6 4 4 4 5 3 5 5 5 4 5 3 4 5 81 4 77
Ricky Shackell 3 4 4 5 3 4 3 3 4 5 3 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 68 4 64
150 Lee Ayres 4 3 5 3 6 3 5 5 6 3 5 5 7 4 5 3 4 6 82 1 81
Lee Ayres 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 5 5 4 2 3 5 4 68 1 67
151 Ian Martin 4 4 5 3 5 5 4 4 3 3 6 6 4 4 6 3 4 4 77 3 74
Ian Martin 3 5 4 5 4 3 3 3 6 4 3 5 9 4 3 3 3 4 74 3 71
152 Scott Ayres 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 6 6 3 5 4 4 6 5 3 4 4 76 4 72
Scott Ayres 2 3 6 6 4 3 5 5 3 5 2 6 4 4 5 6 4 3 76 4 72
153 J Benwaite 4 3 4 3 5 5 5 3 4 4 5 6 5 5 5 3 5 5 76 0 76
J Benwaite 5 5 4 7 6 3 5 3 4 4 3 5 5 4 4 3 5 3 77 0 77
153 Lee Godwin 5 3 4 4 5 6 5 4 4 4 5 5 3 5 8 3 5 5 83 7 76
Lee Godwin 4 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 4 4 2 4 5 5 2 3 5 4 70 7 63
153 John Griffiths 4 3 4 4 4 7 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 5 5 3 4 5 77 5 72
John Griffiths 4 3 5 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 3 5 5 4 6 3 6 4 78 5 73
153 Phil McTiffin 4 4 4 4 6 5 4 5 4 3 5 5 3 4 5 3 3 5 76 5 71
Phil McTiffin 3 4 6 7 4 3 5 3 4 5 3 5 5 4 4 3 6 3 77 5 72
153 Don Phillips 5 3 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 3 5 5 3 5 5 3 5 4 78 5 73
Don Phillips 3 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 4 3 3 7 6 75 5 70
154 Simon Hendy 5 3 6 5 5 5 4 5 4 3 6 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 80 6 74
Simon Hendy 3 5 6 5 4 3 4 3 5 4 3 5 5 4 4 4 3 4 74 6 68
156 Luke Ayton 7 3 4 3 5 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 3 5 5 3 4 4 79 3 76
Luke Ayton 3 4 3 9 3 3 3 4 4 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 7 4 77 3 74
156 Kyle Trewin 5 3 5 5 5 5 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 6 4 3 7 81 3 78
Kyle Trewin 3 4 6 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 6 4 3 6 6 4 75 3 72
157 Peter Aitken 6 3 4 4 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 3 5 6 5 4 5 80 5 75
Peter Aitken 3 4 5 7 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 5 6 3 77 5 72
157 Kev Hodge 4 3 4 3 6 3 5 4 5 4 7 5 3 6 7 3 3 5 80 5 75
Kev Hodge 4 4 4 6 4 4 6 4 4 4 3 4 7 3 4 3 5 4 77 5 72
157 R Hogg 4 3 5 5 6 6 4 4 4 3 6 5 5 6 7 3 4 4 84 4 80
R Hogg 3 4 4 6 4 3 5 3 5 4 3 6 6 4 3 4 4 2 73 4 69
157 Dave Morris 7 3 5 3 7 4 4 5 5 2 5 6 3 6 6 3 4 6 84 3 81
Dave Morris 4 4 5 6 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 3 73 3 70
157 Dayson Pearce 6 3 4 2 6 8 4 4 5 4 6 6 3 5 6 3 5 4 82 5 77
Dayson Pearce 4 4 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 4 3 6 5 4 3 6 4 5 75 5 70
158 Matt Warman 4 3 5 3 5 5 6 5 4 3 5 5 3 5 5 3 5 4 78 4 74
Matt Warman 3 5 5 6 5 4 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 4 4 5 4 4 80 4 76
160 Ian Stefanovich 6 3 3 4 7 6 4 5 4 5 6 5 3 6 5 5 4 5 86 8 78
Ian Stefanovich 5 4 6 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 2 5 5 4 3 4 5 3 74 8 66
163 A Batten 5 3 5 3 6 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 3 5 6 3 4 5 81 5 76
A Batten 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 6 3 6 7 4 3 7 5 5 82 5 77
163 David Main 7 4 5 4 6 5 4 4 4 4 6 5 3 6 6 4 7 4 88 7 81
David Main 4 4 3 7 5 4 3 3 5 6 3 5 5 4 4 3 4 4 75 7 68
164 Ryan Lovegrove 5 5 4 5 6 5 9 4 5 3 4 5 4 4 8 3 3 4 86 8 78
Ryan Lovegrove 3 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 5 4 5 5 3 4 5 4 2 78 8 70
164 Dan Molloy 5 4 5 3 5 4 4 6 6 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 5 84 7 77
Dan Molloy 4 4 8 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 3 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 80 7 73
165 Neil France 4 4 4 6 5 6 6 5 5 3 5 6 4 7 5 3 5 4 87 6 81
Neil France 4 4 6 5 4 2 5 4 5 5 4 5 5 4 4 3 5 4 78 6 72
166 Mike Broom 5 4 4 4 5 6 4 3 5 3 5 6 3 5 6 2 5 6 81 9 72
Mike Broom 4 5 5 6 4 3 4 6 5 5 3 6 5 5 3 4 6 6 85 9 76
166 Rob Greenham 5 4 5 4 5 5 4 5 6 3 6 6 3 5 8 3 5 5 86 9 77
Rob Greenham 3 4 4 5 5 3 4 4 4 6 4 5 5 4 5 4 5 6 80 9 81
166 Phil Sharpe 6 3 4 3 5 6 4 5 3 3 5 5 6 5 6 4 4 5 82 9 73
Phil Sharpe 5 4 5 6 5 4 4 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 3 4 5 6 84 9 75
167 Jim Collier 4 3 3 3 5 4 5 5 6 4 5 4 6 5 7 3 5 6 84 9 75
Jim Collier 3 5 3 6 6 3 4 3 6 6 3 6 5 4 9 4 3 4 83 9 74
167 Stuart Hale 5 3 6 6 6 4 5 4 6 3 5 4 3 5 4 3 9 4 85 4 81
Stuart Hale 4 5 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 72 4 68
167 Chris Holland 5 3 4 4 6 7 5 4 6 3 6 7 4 4 8 3 5 8 92 11 81
Chris Holland 3 6 5 5 4 3 4 3 5 6 4 5 4 4 3 3 5 3 75 11 64
168 Chris Iles 4 4 6 3 6 4 7 4 5 3 3 5 6 6 6 7 4 4 90 7 83
Chris Iles 3 5 4 5 6 3 4 3 4 4 3 6 6 6 3 3 5 6 78 7 71
168 Pat Welch 7 4 5 4 6 4 5 8 4 4 5 7 6 4 4 3 4 4 88 5 83
Pat Welch 3 5 6 7 4 2 4 3 4 5 3 5 7 4 3 5 6 4 80 5 75
169 Neil Bright 3 4 4 5 5 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5 7 4 3 4 4 76 8 68
Neil Bright 5 5 5 6 5 5 4 5 6 3 5 6 3 5 8 4 6 7 93 8 85
170 Ali Young 5 3 5 4 8 5 5 7 6 3 5 5 3 7 5 3 4 4 87 7 80
Ali Young 5 6 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 7 4 5 6 4 3 4 4 5 83 7 76
171 Dave Alred 4 3 6 5 7 5 4 5 6 2 6 5 4 6 5 4 3 6 86 4 82
Dave Alred 3 5 6 5 5 4 5 3 6 6 3 5 5 4 4 6 4 6 85 4 81
171 Steven Holliman 5 3 7 3 7 6 4 5 5 3 7 5 5 5 9 3 5 5 92 12 80
Steven Holliman 3 4 4 5 5 3 4 5 4 4 3 6 7 4 3 4 8 3 79 12 67
172 Steve Horswell 5 3 6 3 5 5 5 7 8 4 5 5 5 8 6 3 5 6 94 5 89
Steve Horswell 3 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 5 4 5 5 8 78 5 73
172 Simon Wilson 7 5 4 5 5 8 4 5 4 6 7 5 5 5 6 3 4 5 93 6 87
Simon Wilson 5 5 5 5 6 3 4 3 4 5 3 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 79 6 73
173 Kev Taylor 5 4 7 7 6 7 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 5 7 4 5 8 94 7 87
Kev Taylor 3 7 5 5 4 2 4 3 5 5 3 5 6 4 3 6 4 5 79 7 72
175 Mark Driscoll 5 3 6 5 5 5 3 5 5 5 6 6 3 5 5 4 4 6 86 6 80
Mark Driscoll 5 4 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 5 4 5 5 5 3 4 5 10 89 6 83
175 Mark Weston 6 3 5 6 5 4 4 7 4 4 7 5 3 5 10 7 4 6 95 9 86
Mark Weston 3 5 6 5 5 3 6 3 6 4 4 5 5 4 3 3 5 5 80 9 71

English Senior Open 2013

ENGLISH SENIOR OPEN 2013
Glen Ralph won the English Seniors Open on the last green holing a ten footer to edge out Candian Rick Gibson. The course played firm and fast all week in prepartion for the big one next week at Royal Birkdale. Next year we hope the event will be much bigger when Royal Porthcawl will play host to the Senior Open golf championship. Some great scores throughout the week with several players posting 67’s and four under was 8th place and out of the money.

Glen Ralph 68 68 70 206
Rick Gibson 68 68 71 207
Roger Roper 71 69 69 209
Charles Haynes 67 70 72 209
Matt Briggs 69 73 67 209
Shaun Ball 68 69 74 211
Hendrik Burhmann 71 69 71 211
Mark Wharton 75 67 70 212
Gilbert Litschka 69 74 72 215
Scott Davidson 78 71 67 216
Klas Tenmark 74 70 73 217
Keir Smith 73 73 72 218
Peter Mortimer 72 74 74 220
Ernie Foster 71 73 76 220
Terry Bunyan 72 72 80 224
Mark Gammell 75 75 76 226
Richard Fish 77 74 75 226
Peter Cernold 76 78 73 227
Nick Mitchell 81 76 81 238
Eric DeDoncker 82 81 76 239
Mike Greig 86 84 85 255
David Ray 72 78 dsq

Team News

As we approach the climax of the season in the Bristol and District League our teams are all doing very nicely. Our 1st team look set to be playing second division golf next year, currently tied top with Shirehampton, the boys have won away from home twice, notably 4-1 at Weston and a closer affair at Bath. Three more matches remain and two home wins will see them through. It’s not been easy for captain Zac who has been plagued with injuries, holidays and work committments meaning 23 players have played first team matches in those first 7 games, what that does not help is those 23 players cant play for thirds because of the league rules.

The seconds clinched promotion of division 6 with an away win at The Bristol and with a home game left can go up as champions with a win over Chipping Sodbury on the 29th July. Aitken’s men have lost just once this season in a close 3-2 match at Sodbury.

The thirds have a tough three games to close their campaign though sit nicely on top of division 7, it alway’s looks as though Farrington Park will be the champions as it is their first team and they have a handfull of county players, away we got thrashed 5-0 but we squeaked a win here at home, strangely only Kingsdown have beaten us at home though we beat them away. It will take at least one more away win to have a chance of promotion. Dan has lost several players who have moved on to second and first division golf but the thirds gives everyone a chance and is the great breeding ground.

Our Presidents Cup run hardly got out of the blocks and we lost away to The Bristol in the first round. We could not raise a team for the seniors scratch cup but in a couple of years when we have some plus fiftyfivers….watchout.

Big thanks to ALL the players, captains and supporters.

2013 Club Championship

For the 5th time in 6 years Nick Perkins has taken the clubs prestigious prize of Club Champion.

Nick and 'friend' with the Trophy

With a gross score of 150 Nick and Max Brittan set off to the 18th tee for sudden death play off.
Both drove into the fairway bunker, Nick played first and his six iron chased up and found the centre of the green. Max played but caught the bunker lip dropping back in right under the lip.

Max hit the green for four and saw his 13 foot put shave the right edge of the hole to end with a six. Nick slid his first put up the green to a few feet and sunk his second put for a par 4 to win the day. It was the closest championship for some time and the morning play was not dominated by the bigger names. Fraser Hughes and Lee Bruton both posted level par 72’s closely followed by an excellent 73 from seven handicapper Nick Fuller, Mike Jarvis scored an equally impressive 73, Brian Hellyer and Kev Caswell saw themselves in the mix too with the top 16 cut coming at 81, Phil McTiffin’s 81 grabbing the last spot with Robin Hood, Ian Stefanovich and Lee Godwin all missing out on countback. The afternoon play saw Max Brittan post a 73 together with his morning 77 whilst Nick Perkins matched his 75. Over the final nine holes there were still five or six players in with a chance, Lee Bruton started with a 7 in the afternoon but battled back until a horror story at 12, Fraser Hughes took third sport with 151 whilst Graham Hinckley, Kev Caswell and Mike Jarvis finished at nine over.

The top 16 make the Scratch Cup and the draw is as follows; Nick Perkins v Stuart Davis; Max Brittan v Simon Hendy; Fraser Hughes v Phil McTiffin; Graham Hinckley v Adam Bubb; Kev Caswell v Josh Phillips: Mike Jarvis v Lee Bruton; Paul Lawrence v Nick Fuller and Mark Field v Brian Hellyer.

Captains Roll Up, Mixed Competition and Junior Taster session

Captain’s Thursday Night Roll-Up

Starting on Thursday 11th April there will be a Thursday night roll-up that is open to anybody who would like to play. If over the first few weeks it proves popular I will start to add a bite to eat afterwards…

The idea is to get different members of the club meeting and playing together. If you could be down at the club for a 5.30 start we will then do a 13 holes competition. We will normally play the Codrington Course but if there is a team match on we will move to the Stranahan.

The first Roll-Up on Thursday 11th will include a complimentary drink from the bar for all who attend…

Mixed Competition

On Sunday 28th April there is a club mixed competition-taking place on the Stranahan. First tee is at 1pm – if you would like to play please ring the Professional Shop. This will be the Players Club’s first mixed competition so your support would be greatly appreciated!

Junior Taster Session

On Sunday April 7th Tom will be hosting the annual Junior Taster session for the forthcoming season. This is a great opportunity the kids to try golf out for the first time or become re-introduced after the winter layoff. For further details on this session please contact Tom by calling the Pro Shop. The session will take place between 11am and 12pm.