Stuart Bourne wins the Strokeplay Shield with David Howroyd taking the Stableford Shield on warm day at Nizels golf club


An interesting start to the day with The Hon Sec calling the Handicap Sec and worrying because he was the only one at the course with the Handicap Sec just about to get in to his car for the 50 min journey.  A few expletives later which we can paraphrase as “gosh we might have made an error with the start time on the website” a rallying call to all was made to get on the course as soon as possible.  Meanwhile the Hon Sec went through an hours warm up routine on the range followed by a putting lesson before we arrived (just joking – but see results below !!).  The staff at the course were great providing the bacon roll on the first tee which was eaten walking down the first and second fairways by most.  We had 17 players across the two competitions. The average stableford score for this event was 32.12 which is pretty good.  By all accounts the members really enjoyed the course and the weather and agreed we should return on a regular basis to this course.

Strokeplay Result

The strokeplay shield competition was fiercely fought with the last group including the winner arriving back in the clubhouse shortly before it got dark – a search party was on standyby.  After being runner up last year Stuart Bourne edged out Phil Taylor in this competition to win his first piece of silverware:-

WinnerStuart BourneNett 67 (-5)
SecondPhil “The Power” TaylorNett 68 (-4)
ThirdJerry WatkissNett 70 (-2)

Stableford Result

After being at the club an hour before the rest of us David Howroyd played very well ending up three clear of a chasing pack of Tony Willmott, Simon Luck & Joe Carroll all finishing on 35 points:-

WinnerDavid Howroyd38
SecondJoe Carroll35 (B9CB 23)
ThirdSimon Luck35 (B9CB 19)
FourthTony Willmott35 (B9CB 17)

Team Competition Result 

With individuals being pushed out on the course as they arrive it was not possible to run the usual team competition on this occasion

Specialist Competitions

Nearest The PIN: Tony Willmott with a shot within 3ft of the flag – unfortunately missing the birdie but happy with a tap in par

Nearest The PIN in TWO: Jerry Watkiss with high controlled and precise wedge (almost a flop shot) to with in 3ft on this upturned saucer of a green.


Six birdies were achieved on the day as follows: –

PlayerHole ScoreYards & Stroke index
Andrew Burnett2nd3 on the par 4342 yds SI 12
Stuart Bourne8th  2 on the par 3153 yds SI 14
Simon Luck8th2 on the par 3153 yds SI 14
Chris Buck14th2 on the par 3176 yds SI 9
Jerry Watkiss14th2 on the par 3176 yds SI 9
James Harding16th2 on the par 3140 yds SI 17
Andrew Burnett16th2 on the par 3140 yds SI 17

So far this year we have had 1 Eagle, 44 Birdies, including 12 two’s (5 of those at Nizels at this event).

Early Days for the Player of the Year competition with those who have played 4 times or more below.  This competition looks at the four best rounds for each player across the calendar year (so the more you play the better the choice).  The very early runners and riders are as follows:- 

PlayerPlayedBest 4 average
TAYLOR, Phil537.25
BOURNE, Stuart636.25
BIGLEY, Alan634.75
SMITH, Graham534.75
WATKISS, Jerry533.75
WILLMOTT, Tony533.25
HOWROYD, David 433.25
HUGHES, Mark433.25
MILLER, John433.25
GALLIFANT, James532.50
BURNETT, Andrew432.00
MONTAGU, Rob431.75
LUCK, Simon431.25
WILLIAMS, Andy431.00
JENNER, Andrew430.75
BUCK, Chris430.50
LUNN, Rod 630.00
MANN, Michael 430.00
CARROLL, Joe 429.50
MEADOWS, Graham428.75
WEAVERS, Rob428.25

The societies next event is Captains Day which is scheduled for FRIDAY the 14th July at Sweetwoods. A strong attendance would be good to support our captains event.


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