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Handicap Sectetary's Report 2018

My fourth year of having the privilege of looking after handicaps.  We had 33 different people (38 in 2017 & 39 in 2016) join us this year on our monthly meets – a good number but we can always do with a few more.

The highest scoring event during the year was again Seaford Head where the average score was a very strong 35.48 (2017: Seaford 37.60; 2016: Seaford 36.94; 2015: Seaford 37.18).  The lowest scoring event was at the Nevill with an average score of just 26.55 (2017: Hever Castle 23.32; 2016: Lamberhurst 28.79; 2015: Piltdown 26.19).  The overall average stableford points score for the season was 31.15 (2017: 30.51; 2016: 30.02; 2015: 31.17).

It was again pleasing to see that the silverware for the year was distributed reasonably evenly across the membership.  This again probably suggest the handicap system is about right despite its many faults and grumbles at times from the membership, in particular from those who are cut following a big score and/or victory!  Indeed, the handicaps for most players are very near to their club handicaps.

One of the highlights of the year was Alan Bigley winning at Nizels with an incredible 1 over par 73 and accumulating a massive 45 points.  One of the best MGS rounds for a number of years.

Despite some poor weather the Spring Tour jaunt to Northern France was again a big success, with a follow up trip planned for 2019 post Brexit (Maybe/ Maybe not!!)

However, the year was tinged with sadness as we lost Brian Cheesmur during the year.  A very popular, well liked and keen member of the MGS society.  RIP Brian.

Thanks to Hon Sec David, Captain Clive, deputy Kelvin and Jerry for helping and supporting me throughout the year with the cards etc.  Worthy of mention again is our excellent website orchestrated by Mr. Watkiss which keeps members abreast of events and gives advance notice of tee times and publishes the very latest results.

 

MGS SILVERWARE WINNERS 2018

Trophy Winner(s)
Golfer of the Year Andy Tippett
Society Strokeplay Championship Kevin Hawkins
Society Stableford Competition Andy Tippett
Captain’s Day Trophy Kelvin Paterson
Anniversary Trophy Micky Mann
Autumn Cup Not Contested
Spring Cup Peter Cudmore
Mad March Jugs David Howroyd & Fred Ablitt
GBH Trophy Pat Layen & Alan Bigley
Last Chance Trophy Kelvin Paterson

 

INDIVIDUAL MONTHLY WINNERS 2018

Month Course Individual Winner Score Runner Up Score
Jan-18 East Brighton GC Kevin Leftley 32 Micky Mann 31
Feb-18 Lewes GC Mark Hughes 36 James Gallifant 36
Mar-18 Mannings Heath GC Cancelled Cancelled
Apr-18 Mad March Jugs - Sweetwoods David Howroyd 41 Peter Cudmore 39
May-18 Anniversary Cup - Pyecombe Micky Mann 39 Kelvin Paterson 35
Jun-18 Strokeplay Championship - Cooden Kevin Hawkins -2+ Alan Bigley +1+
Jun-18 Stableford Shield - Cooden Andy Tippett 42 Kelvin Paterson 40
Jul-18 Nizels GC Alan Bigley 45 Tom Bennett 43
Aug-18 Captains Day- Seaford Head Kelvin Paterson 41 Brian Day 41
Sept -18 Westerham GC Ken Wapling 40 John Collingwood 37
Oct -18 GBH- Nevill GC  

Carl Valentine

 

31 Alan Bigley 31
Nov- 19 Willingdon GC  

Mark Hughes

 

36 Andy Williams 35
Dec- 19 Last Chance Trophy – Dewlands Manor Kelvin Paterson 19 Alan Bigley 19

At our monthly meets we had 9 different winners from the 11 competitions played – The form players were Mark Hughes & Kelvin Paterson both winning on two occasions.

 

TEAM WINNERS 2018

Month Course Team Winners Score Team Runners Up Score
Jan-18 East Brighton Not Contested
Feb-18 Lewes Golf Course Mark Hughes, Kevin Leftley & Kevin Hawkins 79++ David Howroyd, Clive Butler & Paul Hillman 78++
Mar-18 Mannings Heath Cancelled
Apr-18 Mad March Jugs - Sweetwoods David Howroyd & Fred Ablitt 118+ Alan Bond & Andy Tippett 108+
May-18 Pyecombe Jerry Watkiss, Andy Williams & Micky Mann 81++ Alan Bigley, Mark Hughes, Carl Valentine & Kevin Leftley 78++
Jun-18

 

Cooden Andy Bishop, Andy Tippett & Tony Batchelder 92++ Kelvin Paterson, Chris Paterson & Tom Bennett 89++
Jul-18 Nizels Tim Gorringe, Dereck Coppard & Alan Bigley 96++ Tom Bennett, Jerry Watkiss & Clive Butler 93++
Aug-18 Seaford Head Andy Tippett, Fred Ablitt & Kevin Weaver 90++ Paul Hillman, Kelvin Paterson & Kevin Leftley 89++
Dereck Coppard, Brian Day & Pat Layen -3++++ Micky Mann, Tim Gorringe & Andy Bishop -3++++
Sept -18 Westerham GC Alan Bigley, Tom Bennett & Andy Williams 79+++ John Collingwood, Ken Wapling. Micky Mann & Andy Tippett 77+++
Oct -18 GBH- Nevill GC Pat Layen & Alan Bigley 46+ Alan Bond & Kevin Hawkins 44+
Nov- 19 Willingdon GC Andy Williams, David Howroyd, Kevin Hawkins & Clive Butler 83+++ Kelvin Paterson, James Gallifant & Pat Layen 74+++
Dec- 19 Dewlands Manor Mark Hughes, Ken Wapling Tom Bennett & Greg Wapling -2++++ Jerry Watkiss, Frank Goulding & Paul Hillman -1++++
Alan Bigley, Kelvin Paterson, James Galifant 43++ Jerry Watkiss, Frank Goulding & Paul Hillman 39++

NB: + Pairs Comp    ++ Best 2 from teams of 3   +++ Best 3 from teams of 4 ++++ Texas Scramble teams of 3

The big team player was Alan Bigley being on a winning team on four occasions closely followed by Andy Williams who was on the winning team on three occasions closely. An excellent mix of winners this year with 21 different players being part of a winning team. Always good fun.

SOCIETY TOURS 2018

SPRING TOUR WINNERS 2018

Apr-18 Spring Tour

 

Course Winner Pts RU Pts 3rd Pts
 Les Dunes (Golf D’Hardelot) Kelvin Paterson 40 Alan Bigley 35 Kevin Weaver 35
Belle Dune Chis Buck 23 Andy Tippett 22 Tom Bennett 19
Le Val (Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club) Micky Mann 33 Peter Cudmore 32 Jerry Watkiss 28
Overall Winner Peter Cudmore 79 Micky Mann 78 Alan Bigley 77

 

Course Comp Winner
Le Val (Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club Nearest the Pin Tom Bennett
Les Dunes (Golf D’Hardelot) Longest Drive Alan Bigley
Le Val (Aa Saint-Omer Golf Club Longest Drive Carl Valentine

 

Well done to Peter Cudmore for this tour win edging out Bigley and Mann for the spoils – consistency being key across the three days. A big thank you goes to Tim Gorringe and his batman Andy Tippett for organising the whole event. The feedback from the membership was very good despite the inclement weather, in particular at Belle Dune!!!

We are off to France again for the annual MGS Spring Tour 2019 (April 19thto Tues 30 April 19).We have three top courses lined up and a will be using the same hotel we all enjoyed last year. A party of 12+ would be great.

AUTUMN TOUR WINNERS 2018

For the second year in succession it was agreed not to run an official MGS Autumn Tour in 2018 but it is expected to return in 2019.

Including the tour matches in 2018 we had 11different winners during the year from 13 rounds of golf.

 

MGS APPERANCES (EXCLUDING DEWLANDS)

Player Monthly Spring Tour Total
PATERSON, Kelvin 9 3 12
MANN. Michael 8 3 11
HUGHES, Mark 8 3 11
GALLIFANT, James 8 3 11
BIGLEY, Alan 7 3 10
HOWROYD, David 9 9
TIPPETT, Andy 6 3 9
BUTLER, Clive 6 3 9
BOND, Alan 5 3 8
GORRINGE, Tim 5 3 8
LEFTLEY, Kevin 7 7
WAPLING, Ken 7 7
BENNETT, Tom 4 3 7
WATKISS, Jerry 4 3 7
VALENTINE, Carl 4 3 7
WILLIAMS, Andy 6 6
HAWKINS, Kevin 6 6
ABLITT, Fred 6 6
HILLMAN, Paul 6 6
DAY, Brian 6 6
BISHOP, Andy 3 3 6
LAYEN, Pat 5 5
COLLINGWOOD, John 5 5
WEAVER, Kevin 2 3 5
BUCK, Chris 2 3 5
CUDMORE, Peter 2 3 5
COPPARD, Dereck 4 4
BATCHELDER, Tony 3 3
HOOLAHAN, Sandy 3 3
BROWNING, Barry 2 2
GOULDING, Frank 2 2
PATERSON, Chris (guest) 1 1
HEAD, David (guest) 1 1

Overall attendance has been very good with the average monthly meeting attendance being 16.2. The highest was 22 at Cooden in June and again at the Nevill in October with the lowest being a hardcore 6 at East Brighton in darkest cold January!!

19 members attended half or more of the monthly meetings which gives the society a solid core base on which to plan future events

MGS PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018 (BEST FOUR ROUNDS)

Player Appearances Best 4 rounds average for year
TIPPETT, Andy 6 37.75 (42,38,38,33)
BIGLEY, Alan 7 37.25 (45,35,35,34)
WILLIAMS, Andy 6 37.25 (42,36,36,35)
HOWROYD, David 9 36.50
PATERSON, Kelvin 9 36.25
HUGHES, Mark 8 36.00
MANN. Michael 8 36.00
ABLITT, Fred 6 35.00
WAPLING, Ken 7 34.75
HILLMAN, Paul 6 34.75
HAWKINS, Kevin 6 34.25
COLLINGWOOD, John 5 33.75
LAYEN, Pat 5 33.75
BOND, Alan 5 33.50
LEFTLEY, Kevin 7 33.25
BENNETT, Tom 4 33.25
WATKISS, Jerry 4 33.25
BUTLER, Clive 6 33.00
DAY, Brian 6 32.00
GORRINGE, Tim 5 32.00
COPPARD, Dereck 4 32.00
GALLIFANT, James 8 31.75
VALENTINE, Carl 4 31.00

Congratulations to Andy Tippett who edged out Alan Bigley on the very last event of the year at Willingdon in November – going in to that event he had three very good rounds (42, 38, 38) but two other rounds of (26 & 29) giving a best four score average of 36.75.  A very solid 33 at Willingdon made all the difference as shown above.

You could throw a blanket over the top 3 who all ended the year within a point of each other - that wayward drive or the one putt in the middle of summer that lipped out making all the difference – very fine margins.  A really good competition again this year – well done to everyone.

MGS OVERALL AVERAGES (TOTAL SCORES DIVIDED BY TOTAL APPEARANCES) – EXCLUDES DEWLANDS AS 9 HOLES

 Player Appearances Average of all rounds
WEAVER, Kevin 2 39.00
BISHOP, Andy 3 35.33
WILLIAMS, Andy 6 34.50
TIPPETT, Andy 6 34.33
BIGLEY, Alan 7 34.00
BUCK, Chris 2 34.00
BENNETT, Tom 4 33.25
WATKISS, Jerry 4 33.25
LAYEN, Pat 5 33.00
PATERSON, Chris (guest) 1 33.00
MANN. Michael 8 32.63
BOND, Alan 5 32.60
HUGHES, Mark 8 32.38
HOWROYD, David 9 32.33
COPPARD, Dereck 4 32.00
LEFTLEY, Kevin 7 32.00
HAWKINS, Kevin 6 31.50
ABLITT, Fred 6 31.33
BUTLER, Clive 6 31.33
HILLMAN, Paul 6 31.33
WAPLING, Ken 7 31.29
COLLINGWOOD, John 5 31.20
VALENTINE, Carl 4 31.00
CUDMORE, Peter 2 30.50
BATCHELDER, Tony 3 30.33
GORRINGE, Tim 5 29.60
PATERSON, Kelvin 9 28.78
DAY, Brian 6 28.67
BROWNING, Barry 2 28.50
GALLIFANT, James 8 28.13
GOULDING, Frank 2 27.50
HEAD, David (guest) 1 25.00
HOOLAHAN, Sandy 3 22.33

Congratulations to Kevin Weaver who tops the table with 39 points (2 rounds). 25 players averaged 30+ through the ups and downs of the season which is very good indeed.

 

40 POINT PLUS CLUB 2018

Name Course Score
BIGLEY, Alan Nizels 45
BENNETT, Tom Nizels 43
TIPPETT, Andy Cooden Beach 42
WILLIAMS, Andy Nizels 42
HOWROYD, David Sweetwoods 41
DAY, Brian Seaford Head 41
PATERSON, Kelvin Seaford Head 41
GORRINGE, Tim Nizels 41
PATERSON, Kelvin  Les Dunes (Golf D’Hardelot) 40
PATERSON, Kelvin Cooden Beach 40
ABLITT, Fred Seaford Head 40
WAPLING, Ken Westerham 40
MANN. Michael Nizels 40

Congratulations to Alan Bigley who posted both the best gross score and best stableford score of the season at Nizels. Also worthy of note is Kelvin Paterson appearing three times in the table above.

NEAREST THE PIN 2018

Month Course Nearest the Pin
Jan-18 East Brighton Micky Mann
Feb-18 Lewes Golf Course Kevin Leftley
Mar-18 Mannings Heath Cancelled
Apr-18  Sweetwoods Alan Bond
May-18 Pyecombe Kevin Leftley
Jun-18 Cooden Beach GC Tim Gorringe
Jul-18 Nizels GC Paul Hilman
Aug-18 Seaford Head Tom Bennett
Sept -18 Westerham GC Clive Butler
Oct-18  Nevill GC Carl Valentine
Nov-18 Willingdon GC Kevin Hawkins
Dec-18 Dewlands Manor Dereck Coppard

The Societies marksman this year with two wins was Kevin Leftley.

LONGEST DRIVE & NEAREST LINE 2018

Month Course Longest Drive or Nearest Line or Nearest Pin Longest Drive
Jan-18 East Brighton Longest David Howroyd
Feb-18 Lewes Golf Course Longest Alan Bigley
Mar-18 Mannings Heath Line Cancelled
Apr-18 Sweetwoods Line Ken Wapling
May-18 Pyecombe Longest Andy Williams
Jun-18 Cooden Longest Michael Mann
Jul-18 Nizels Line Clive Butler
Aug-18 Seaford Head Line Andy Tippett
Sept-18 Westerham GC Line Alan Bigley
Oct-18 Nevill GC Longest Alan Bigley
Nov-18 Willingdon GC Longest Mark Hughes
Dec-18 Dewlands Manor NTP in 2 Andy Williams
NTP in 3 Andy Bishop

The man this year who eats a can of spinach before teeing off is Alan Bigley.  Hitting it further than I go on holiday on three separate occasions.

 

2018 BIRDIES AND TWOS !

For something to do I have also recorded all the birdies and two’s achieved during the 2018 season.  The results are below: -

Player No of birdies
BIGLEY, Alan 8
HUGHES, Mark 7
MANN. Michael 4
PATERSON, Kelvin 4
TIPPETT, Andy 4
GORRINGE, Tim 3
HAWKINS, Kevin 3
HILLMAN, Paul 3
VALENTINE, Carl 3
ABLITT, Fred 2
BENNETT, Tom 2
BOND, Alan 2
BROWNING, Barry 2
BUCK, Chris 2
WATKISS, Jerry 2
COLLINGWOOD, John 1
COPPARD, Dereck 1
DAY, Brian 1
GOULDING, Frank 1
HOWROYD, David 1
LEFTLEY, Kevin 1
WEAVER, Kevin 1
WILLIAMS, Andy 1
Total 59

 

Player No of 2s
HUGHES, Mark 2
BUCK, Chris 1
COPPARD, Dereck 1
GORRINGE, Tim 1
HILLMAN, Paul 1
MANN. Michael 1
PATERSON, Kelvin 1
WILLIAMS, Andy 1
Total 9

 

Alan Bigley is crowned the birdie king with Mark Hughes the 2s king.

MGS SOCIETY MEMBER HANDICAPS @ NOVEMBER 2018 (PRE DEWLANDS)

Player HCP
BIGLEY, Alan 8
VALENTINE, Carl 10
HAWKINS, Kevin 11
WEAVER, Kevin 13
WATKISS, Jerry 14
BROWNING, Barry 14
MANN. Michael 15
HUGHES, Mark 15
LAYEN, Pat 15
WILLIAMS, Andy 16
LEFTLEY, Kevin 16
GORRINGE, Tim 18
HOOLAHAN, Sandy 18
COPPARD, Dereck 19
BOND, Alan 20
BUCK, Chris 20
HILLMAN, Paul 20
BUTLER, Clive 20
ABLITT, Fred 21
TIPPETT, Andy 21
BENNETT, Tom 21
HOWROYD, David 22
PATERSON, Kelvin 23
DAY, Brian 23
CUDMORE, Peter 24
WAPLING, Ken 24
GOULDING, Frank 25
BISHOP, Andy 26
COLLINGWOOD, John 27
BATCHELDER, Tony 28
GALLIFANT, James 28

Really nice to see the quality of golf played this year by our low handicap players who have also been winning trophies – great to see.

For 2019 season the bookies have declared a very open field in terms of potential silverware winners. Any player is capable on their day of winning a trophy.