36 golfers enjoyed a superb day at Sandy Lodge where we played for the Roses Trophy in the Winter Meeting. The previous night had seen torrential downpours but the course played amazingly well and everyone stayed dry throughout. Prizes awarded for nearest the pins on 4 of the Par 3s were presented to Ray Bull, Robby Boyce, Joe Bains & Lyndon Wall. But the shot of the day on the Par 3 18th was by Ray Bull who holed his tee shot for a Hole-in-One! The Stableford scoring was extremely tight with 4 players tied on 36 points. 2nd was Ray Bull, 3rd Farrukh Bajwa, 4th Gordon Varley and 5th Andrew Curtis. The winner with an excellent 37 points on his first visit to Sandy Lodge was Robin Old. The club looked after us extremely well and the catering was perfect. Hon Sec Roger Carr gave an end-of term report and Vice-President Sir Roger Palin presented the prizes. Overall this was a perfect end to an excellent season for the RAFGS.
By Kind Permission of RAF News Editor
The winners of the Grant Govan Cups – Jerry Davies & Rick Lipscomb
Huntercombe – Jimmy Wilson, Kevin Hindson, Geoff Thorburn, Terry Smith, John Evans, Jethro Tull & Roger Carr
A great day at Fulford was had by the 40 golfers that took part – the largest field for many years. The Halifax Trophy was won by Martin Old with 40 points, with Liam Pucill, off 4, scoring 38 to beat Alex Mournian on countback. Martin also won the Veterans’ Plate with Tony Doveston 2nd with 37 points beating Fitz Fitzgerald-Lombard on countback. The Cheshire Plates for the Greensomes were won by the Fulford duo of Mike Rudd & Barry Hughes with 39 points. 2nd were John Pearce & Alan Roberts with 37 points. No less than 5 pairs scored 36 points to share 3rd place. A special mention to Jay Hellawell for his eagle on the 9th.
“Some things in life seem very predictable. The North Hants course was in great condition after hosting the English Amateur Championship. Lunch was excellent and our opponents were perfect hosts. Except that yet again many of them played much better than their handicaps would have predicted. Most of our players played pretty well but they certainly brought out the best in their opponents. We relied on Reg Horne and Paul Carroll, in his first RAFGS match, to get a half. Then after a last minute change of personnel we were grateful for our guest, Noel Parker-Ashley, to produce a fine win with Rich Jones. Much to Team Manager Les Parker’s chagrin, the result was a win to North Hants by 4.5 – 1.5. As we say every year, perhaps next year!”
“46 golfers successfully dodged most of the showers on a mainly fine day for the Championship Meeting at Frilford Heath where we played the Red & Green courses. The slow pace of the greens on the Red course caught several players out, but not our more able golfers. Dave Marshall won the Challenge Cup with 2 very steady rounds totalling 144, beating Steve Yorke, who had more birdies but fewer pars, by one shot. 3rd, playing off 6 was Mick Roche, who kept a firm grip on the Veterans Scratch Cup, beating David Backhouse by 12 shots with Stu Butler 3rd. Mick also collected the Vets’ Handicap Cup beating Tom Hanlon and Jimmy Wilson. Tom’s total of 141, including an excellent net 66 on the Green, won him the India Trophy ahead of David Walton. The Open Handicap Cup was very competitive. Steve Yorke and Tom Hanlon scored 141 to come 3rd behind Mick Roche who had a very good 138, 3 under par. The winner was the in-form Jon Corlett who scored a superb net 65 on the Green and a steady 71 on the Red to win by 2 shots. We play the Red & Green courses again next year”
The annual RAFGA v RAF Golfing Society took place on 19th Jul at Gog Magog Golf Club. Once again the RAFGA was victorious (11 v 7) with Dir of Performance, Andy Moss receiving the ‘Beamish Trophy’ from RAFGA President AVM Shell.
Walter Hughes has been presented with Honorary Membership of the RAFGS. He is only the 8th Honorary member since 1945.
Jeff Purdy won the Scratch & Handicap Cups with 34 points for the Scratch & 39 points for the Handicap.
Alex Mournian won the Ladies Cup and Prue Riddiford Bowl with 37 points
Peter & Naomi Bedford won the Sassoon Cups with 37 points.
For the records, the photo is of the victorious RAFGS team who defeated the Army Officers Golf Society by 7-5 in a terrific contest. The score after 6 pairs of Foursomes on the New course was 3-3, thanks not least to Ian Robinson & Si Stevens who were 5 under par gross after 10 holes, leaving their opponents who were only 2 over gross somewhat shell-shocked. 3 birdies in the first 4 holes set the tone. After the customary superb lunch we then shaded the Army 4-2 on the Old course with all the matches close. Ian, Si & Trevor Norman were each in 2 winning pairs. It was a great day and good to continue with our winning streak…
The annual match against Royal Cinque Ports took place on a warm and thankfully dry June day with the course in excellent condition, despite heavy overnight rain. The elite (?) team of RAFGS players, with 3 currently serving members, proved too strong for the local team, who struggled to cope with the pace of the greens – thanks to the greens staff, who had applied a sand dressing that morning. A rare win for the RAF by 4 ½ to 1 ½. As always, the match was played in an excellent spirit and the members were generous hosts. In the afternoon 7 RAF and 1 RCP member took the opportunity offered by the club to go out in the afternoon and enjoy the experience of playing a second round on this famous links course.
Team members: Peter Bedford, Bill Belton, Roger Carr, Q Dixon, Nigel Dowdall, Paul Mardon, Jason Parr, Rod Powell, Neil Roberts, Si Stephens, Denis Virgo.