Alan Bigley with an excellent round of golf with a nett 2 over par wins the Society Strokeplay Championship;  with Tom Bennett edging out Graham Meadows on count-back with 34 points to win the Society Stableford Shield 

A good turnout of 18, including a warm welcome to James Harding the guest of our newest member Johhny Miller on what was a lovely summers day enjoyed on the East Course at the East Sussex National.  The course was in excellent conditions with slick greens and lush rough to frustrate and also entertain the society. The average stableford score of just 27.78 reflected a tough and long course.  The weather was hot with a few of us wilting and a little pink in colour by the end and needing a cold pint for medicinal replenishing fluid reasons.

Captain James announced the shield winners as follows: 

Society Strokeplay Championship

Open to those society members with a handicap of 20 or less saw Alan Bigley comfortably bring home the bacon winning by a comfortable margin.  The result was as follows: –

PlacePlayerScore
WinnerAlan Bigley (gross 80/ nett 74)+2
SecondJames Harding (guest) (gross 88/ nett 78)+6
ThirdMicky Mann (gross 96/ nett 79)+7
Alan Bigley receives the Society Stroke Play Shield from Captain James Gallifant

Society Stableford Shield

Open to those society members with a handicap of 21 or above saw Tom Bennett on his home course picking-up the honours.    The result was as follows: – 

PlacePlayerScore
WinnerTom Bennett34 (B9CB 18)
SecondGraham Meadows34 (B9CB 17)
ThirdJohn Collingwood32
Graham Meadows receives his bottle of wine on behalf of his missing team mates!

Nearest the Pin

John Collingwood with a fine blow and one of the few actually staying on the 16th green

Longest Drive competitions:  

Jerry Watkiss having had three Weatabix for breakfast and with a lovely straight drive down the 9th.

Team Stableford 

The best two scores from the teams of three counted:- 

PlaceTeamScore
WinnerNigel Burnett, Graham Meadows & Tom Bennett83
SecondJames Harding, Mark Hughes & Johnny Miller69
=ThirdJohn Collingwood, Peter Cudmore & David Howroyd68
=ThirdMicky Mann, Chris Buck & Alan Bond68

Anorak moment of the report is the day saw only 5 birdies including 3 two’s.  This takes the seasons total to 16.  

PlayerHoleScore
Tom Bennett6th  3 on the par 4 (SI 16)
James Harding6th  3 on the par 4 (SI 16)
Graham Meadows8th2 on the par 3 (SI 18)
Johnny Miller8th2 on the par 3 (SI 18)
Tom Bennett13th2 on the par 3 (SI 17)

The next monthly meeting is Captains Day at Bletchingly GC on the 20th August –– full details nearer the time.  Hopefully we will attract 20+ players to support Captain James with the prestigious Freddie Jones Foundation Cup at stake – should be a fun event.