It was good to see the return of one of the founding fathers of the MGS golfing society Alan Draper to this event.  Furthermore, he went on to win the trophy!!!  with Hon Treasurer Andy Tippett playing a full part.  Looking at the roll of honour Alan’s last trophy win was the Freddie Jones Captains Day Trophy won in 2005 – so he has not lost any of that competitive edge whilst down in Devon.  In terms of this popular event we were blessed with an even number and no withdrawals at the eleventh hour for a pairs event allowing us to play in 5 fourball groups. The weather was also kind and we experienced a nice Autumn day which was dry and warm on a high quality golf course with some excellent team and individual scores being achieved on the day. The average stableford score being a very good 30.70. The main event on this outing was the GBH Trophy which is the society’s annual stableford pairs “better ball” competition.  Captain James scoring a nice “blob” on his joker hole making the ultimate difference – Jerry might start talking to him again by this time next year: maybe – maybe not!.

The overall results were as follows: –

GBH Trophy

Lots of strong pairings fought hard for this trophy which was won by Messrs Draper & Tippett in a tight competition decided on back 9 count back only :-

PlaceTeam MembersScore
WinnersAlan Draper & Andy Tippett49 (B9CB 27)
SecondJerry Watkiss & James Gallifant49 (B9CB 22)
ThirdDereck Coppard & Tim Gorringe47

Individual Stableford

For this event the individual stableford competition takes second place but was again a keenly fought contest: –

PlaceIndividualScore
WinnerAlan Bigley38
SecondAndy Tippett36 (20 B9CB)
ThirdJerry Watkiss36 (15 B9CB)
= FourthDereck Coppard, Kelvin Paterson, Mark Hughes35

Specialist Events

Great to see these back on the agenda with members ensuring the markers were handled safely – I believe this was successful and can continue in the same vein at future events:-

Winner Longest Drive (Hole 13th):  Alan Bigley 

Winner Nearest the Pin (Hole 5th): Jerry Watkiss

Worthy of note is Kelvin hitting the ball sideways at pace at the Handicap Secretary on two occasions putting his life at risk.  One finishing as seen in the photo below the other rewarded with the threat of a severe handicap cut and a kick in the unmentionables if it happened again!! 

Anorak Corner

The day saw just 4 birdies which takes the seasons total to 43 (49 at the same point in 2019): –

PlayerHoleScore
Jerry Watkiss2nd  3 on the 272 yard par 4 (SI 13)
Alan Draper9th3 on the 327 yard par4  (SI 7)
Alan Draper13th4 on the 479 yard par 5 (SI 10)
Andrew Burnett15th3 on the 246 yard par 4 (SI 18)

Player of the Year standings

The player of the year award goes to the player with the best four stableford scores during the season. This is now extremely tight at the top with just one more qualifying event to play this year.  The following all have four rounds under their belt this year and are currently positioned as follows:-

PlayerEventsBest 4 averageBest 4 Total
PATERSON, Kelvin 736.50146
LEFTLEY, Kevin735.75143
MANN. Michael835.75143
BUCK, Chris535.25141
GALLIFANT, James734.50138
HUGHES, Mark634.50138
BURNETT, Andrew733.75135
HOOLAHAN, Sandy633.75135
WATKISS, Jerry533.25133
BIGLEY, Alan632.75131
WILLIAMS, Andy532.00128
BURNETT, Nigel431.50126
BENNETT, Tom530.75123
HOWROYD, David 430.75123
COLLINGWOOD, John730.00120
SMITH, Steve529.75119
MEADOWS, Graham428.50114
MONTAGU, Rob 528.50114
COGGILL, Tony426.00104
GORRINGE, Tim425.25101

The November fixture will be held at Seaford Head golf course on the 20th November.  It would be good to see another good turnout for this event.