Messrs Cudmore and Bond get their hands on (one of!!) the GBH Trophies

With the ominous black clouds fading away just in time for tee off, the Society enjoyed a pleasant early autumn day at Sweetwoods, with 9 two-ball, betterball teams setting out to compete for the prestigious GBH Trophy on a course in better condition than many of our golf games. The participants included a welcome guest and likely new member – Stuart Bourne. 

One secret partner was needed to even up numbers with the added complication for many being the need for a decision on which hole to play their joker. Alan Bigley won the virtual prize for decision making, by being the only player to birdie their joker hole, thus earning 8 points for his team on the 4th. Sandi and Kelvin, however, cleverly overcame the problem by not playing either of their jokers for the entire round. Rumour has it they were hoping to play them at the 19th and get 2 drinks for the price of 1.

In the unfortunate absence of the rest of the committee, Alan Bond and Chris Buck did a sterling job of deciphering the scorecards and the Hon Sec David valiantly stepped up to ensure a smooth presentation ceremony and run the Heads & Tails competition (once he had found his reading glasses!)

The overall results were as follows with the average individual score for the day (excluding joker) being 29.65.

GBH Trophy

A pairs competition with the best stableford score for that pair on each hole counting with the additional interest of a “joker” being available for each player on one hole, which will get double points. The result was: –

WinnersPeter Cudmore and Alan Bond49
SecondRod Lunn and Ken Wapling47
ThirdAlan Bigley and Andrew Burnett46

Individual Stableford

A secondary event played off full society handicaps excluding the extra “joker” points. The result was as follows: –

WinnerAlan Bond38
SecondAlan Bigley36 (17 B9CB)
ThirdRod Lunn36 (16 B9CB)

Nearest the Line  

Sandi Hoolahan – with a great shot splitting the fairway

Nearest the Pin  

Kevin Leftley with a cracker but sadly no birdie two!

Anorak moment of the day saw three players sharing seven birdies.  Mr Bigley having more birdies than Covid lockdowns – and we had plenty of them !! 

John Miller            3rd4 on the par 5 (SI 8)
Alan Bigley4th4 on the par 5 (SI 2)
Andrew Burnett    6th3 on the par 4 (SI 14)
Alan Bigley6th3 on the par 4 (SI 14)
Alan Bigley8th3 on the par 4 (SI 13)
John Miller8th3 on the par 4 (SI 13)
Alan Bigley10th3 on the par 4 (SI 9)

The next monthly meeting is at Seaford Head on the 19th November–– full details nearer the time.