ROGS (Royal Oak Golf Society) is affiliated to Bere Regis Sports Club and uses the club as it’s venue for meetings and social events, other than golf of course! This page has the captain’s monthly reports:
Memorial Cup 2018
21 ROGS members and 8 guests turned it in beautiful sunshine at Bath Golf Club with rolling hills and small undulating greens for the Memorial Cup played in honour of the previous ROGS members that we have lost. As always, the day was started with an FA cup style live draw which again threw up some interesting groups with Harry Smith arriving at the club with the Captain at 10am only to find out his was teeing off last at 1pm!!
The ROGS toiled in the humid conditions returning some fantastic scores which proves that the standard of golf within the ROGS is going from strength to strength (in most cases!!). In 3rd position was our resident gun slinger Mark “No Bum” Clapcott with 36 points, in second position was Kris “Mukka” Meehan with 37 points, and the winner for the day, who needs a special mention as he is the first person in ROGS’ 20 year history to shoot an under par round, Julian Flower off a handicap of 1, scored a jaw dropping 39 points which was 2 under par…..awesome golfing!!
The nearest the pins were won by Julian Flower (4 inches away) and Roger Johns, nearest the pin in 2 was again won by Harry Smith (drover the green again!) Lastly the longest drive competition was won by “Mukka” Meehan!
There were two 5’s, scored on the day, by Julian Flower, Graeme Price, Ian Spalding, Martin Debenham & a guest Neil Roff!
The monthly raffle and blob money with the ROGS’ generosity raised a fantastic £150 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy taking the figure nearer the £2500 mark!
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Rushmore GC on September 28th, first tee off 12pm.
Captains Cup 2018
29 ROGS members and one guest turned out in beautiful sunshine for the Captains Cup sponsored by myself. It was overwhelming to see the largest turnout that I can remember in ROGS history support the day, which was quite fitting as it was played at my home club of Wareham on the 20th anniversary of the first ROGS game back in 1998 when 6 original members (some of whom are still members today) played Bulbury Woods……how the society has changed and expanded in those few years. The day was started once again with an FA cup style live draw which once again threw up some interesting groups and with the added complexity of 8 holes of Texas Scramble to be played in the morning before the main 18 hole event in the afternoon.
As I have said, we started off with an eight hole Texas scramble and as predicted there were some very close scores. The winners were Martin Debenham, Roger Evans, Matt March and Steve Fletcher with a score of 19.6, very closely followed by Harry Smith, Dan Cullum Kris Meehan and Mark Clapcott with a score of 19.7.
The ROGS then refuelled with a ploughman’s lunch for all supplied by the Captain, and off to the first tee we trotted for Round 2!
The ROGS toiled in the humid conditions and parched fairways where the ball was bouncing in all directions and the shouts of “fore” were a plenty! Special mention to Matt March who kindly supplied the refreshments enjoyed by all the golfers on the 10th & 14th holes and looking by the scores some enjoyed it a little too much (we won’t mention the 11 points scored by one ROGS member……… I will give you a clue, a local car salesman with a FRENCH sounding name!) The winning score was indeed only 34 points and was scored by 3 people. In 3rd position was our resident 1 handicap golfer Julian “The Hook” Flower, in second position was Tristan “Tabasco” Gale, and the winner for the day was Roger “Cueball” Johns…..well played to all.
In amongst all of the frivolities, I had also arranged for the Wareham Director of Golf (actually the Pro) Jon Simmons, ably assisted by Lucy Roberts who set up “beat the Pro”, the idea being to get nearer to the pin than Jon, with only 3 people managing this all day which were Jim Wetherill, Merrick Smith and Brett Standerwick.
The nearest the pin was won by Jim Wetherill and your Captain, nearest the pin in 2 was won by Matt March! Lastly the nearest the line competition was also won by your Captain.
There were two 2’s, scored on the day, one by Colin Howe, the other by the returning favourite Shaun “The Brumastiff” Brady!
With the beat the pro challenge and the monthly raffle, I am again overwhelmed with the ROGS generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £400 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy….thank you so much once again as this means we have already raised over £2000 so far this year!
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Bath GC on August 31st first tee off 12pm.
Summer Tour 2018
26 ROGS members and 2 guests ventured to the prestigious Old Thorns Golf & Country Club set in the rolling countryside of Hampshire just outside Liphook. The course is a stern test of golf regardless of handicap with tree lined fairways, lots of water, tricky par 3’s and undulating quick greens.
As per tradition, the competition is played of 3 rounds on Friday, Saturday & Sunday with nearest the pins each day, nearest the pin in 2, nearest the line and longest drive.
The winner on day one on countback was Matt March scoring a very respectable 33 points prevailing over myself, again on 33 points and Brian Jones on 32 points.
Day 2 proved slightly better on the scoring front as people got to grips a little with the course, and the winner on this day was Gordy Tucker with a great score of 37 points, this time prevailing over my VC Ian Spalding, again with 37 points and the local heartthrob Graeme Price on 36.
This then set up a tense final day with the traditional format of the lowest scoring people teeing off first and the leasers teeing off in the last group. Worthwhile noting that clearly the people in the first group must have been struck down by mystery illness as they scored fewer points in 3 rounds of golf than the leaders scored in 2…..I think it was a chronic case of Stellastomach!
The final day was won by Jim Goodey with a great score of 37 points, narrowly beating Martin Debenham by one point on 36 points, and in third place was Harry Smith with 34 points proving that indeed the ROGS has got to grips with the challenging course (although Bob Way and Brian Jones might beg to differ scoring 36 points between them!!)
What this meant was that in challenging conditions (worst of the week by far with wind and drizzle) it was still all to play for stood on the 17th tee which was the 53rd hole of the weekend with Gordy Tucker and VC Spalding tied neck and neck. It was Gordy who held his nerve by coming out the victor in the end by 3 points……well played Gordy! In second was VC Spalding, 3rd was Pete “The Accountant” Cheeseman and 4th was Mark “The Gunslinger” Clapcott.
There were also some additional bragging rights to play for namely, the most points scored on Par 3’s over the weekend, this going to our resident single figure handicapper Julian “The Hook” Flower with a combined score of 31 points over the weekend, and we also had 11 2’s scored over the weekend (Flower scoring 3 of them!) Lastly, there was a prize for anybody that could par the 250 yard par 4 hole, you would have thought that with some of the big hitter we have in the ROGS that this would be any easy feat, however out of 84 efforts, only 4 times was it done……perhaps more people suffering from Stellastomach than we first anticipated!!
The weekend raised another £300 for the Captains Charities, and with 28 Happy (ish) golfers, the tour next year has already been arranged to travel to the prestigious East Sussex National GC.
Presidents Cup 2018
22 ROGS members and 3 guests played the stunning Manor House Golf Course located near Chippenham for the fourth outing of the season, kindly sponsored by our president Mr Mark Teed. The Manor House is a true golfing gem, designed by renowned BBC commentator Peter Allis in 1992 and is nestled in 365 acres of spectacular Cotswold parkland.
The day was started once again with an FA cup style live draw which through up some interesting groups and worth noting that we were playing in tropical weather conditions nearly 25 degrees warmer than the previous month!!
The course certainly proved a stern test of golf with a plethora of low scores and one of the lowest winning scores in recent ROGS history! In third place with a very creditable 32 points was the smiling assassin and housewife’s favourite Mr Douglas Marsh! In second place (on countback) with a great score of 33 points Jamie Lake, and the winner scoring 33 points also (including 21 on the back 9 holes alone) was the ROGS Lothario Mr Harry Smith….well played Harry!
The nearest the pin were won by Harry Smith and Jamie Lake, nearest the pin in 2 was won by Merrick Smith! Lastly the nearest the line competition was also won by my Jamie Lake after bouncing off two trees and going a total of 75 yards……however nearest the line it was!!
Unsurprisingly given the difficulty of the course there was only one 2, and that was by our resident 1 handicap golfer Julian “The Hook“ Flower!
After the prize giving we held the fourth of our monthly raffles where I am again overwhelmed with the ROGS generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £151 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy…. thank you so much once again.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game for the Captains Day at Wareham GC on July 27th first tee off 11am where we will be playing 8 holes of Texas Scramble in a team format followed by 18 holes of individual play in the afternoon.
Ex Landlords Cup 2018
30 ROGS members and 2 guests turned it in beautiful sunshine for the Ex Landlords Cup kindly sponsored by good friend Mr Mark Teed. It was played at the beautifully manicured Salisbury golf course situated adjacent to Salisbury Racecourse. The day was started once again with an FA cup style live draw which once again threw up some interesting groups.
The ROGS toiled in the humid conditions and returned some impressive scores, with all of the top 3 players returning a very respectable 37 points. In 3rd position was our resident 1 handicap golfer Julian “The Hook” Flower, in second position was “The Gun Slinger” Mark Clapcott, and the winner for the day was yours truly, The Captain…..well played to all.
The nearest the pin were won by Peter “The Abacus” Cheeseman, and Jim Goodey, nearest the pin in 2 was won by Harry Smith, who drove the green and holed for a 2! Lastly the nearest the line competition was won by Roger “Cueball” Johns.
There was a rollover from the previous month with the 2’s, where we more than made up for it this month by sinking 6 of them, congratulations to Julian, Brett, Captain, Jim, Colin & Harry!
After the prize giving we held the third of our monthly raffles where I am again overwhelmed with the ROGS generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £188 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy….thank you so much once again.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Manor House GC just outside Castle Coombe on June 29th first tee off 2pm.
Jim Corbin Cup 2018
26 hardcore ROGS members and 1 guest braved the elements in driving rain and high winds for the second outing of the season kindly sponsored by Jim Corbin. It was played at the beautifully manicured High Post golf course situated just to the north of Salisbury. It is worth noting that the Captain has been worse than Michael Fish in predicting the weather as last months’ game was rained off for only the second time in ROGS 19-year history!
The day was started once again with an FA cup style live draw which threw up some interesting groups and worth noting that Mr Price turned up bright and breezy with the captain and then had to wait 2 hours before teeing off last…..that’s the luck of the draw Pricey!!
We had a plethora of lowish scores with the average score being only 25 points in treacherous conditions. However, in third place with a 34 points was yours truly, Captain Tiny (beating Kris “mukka” Meehan on countback), in second place with a great score of 35 points was housewives favourite Paul Ebsworth, and the winner scoring a magnificent 37 points (including 23 on the back 9 holes alone) was Jim Goodey….well played Jim!
The nearest the pin were won by Ian “Skeletor” Spalding, and our guest for the day Tristan Gale, nearest the pin in 2 was won by Sir Charles Way! Lastly the nearest the line competition was also won by my VC for the season Ian “Skeletor” Spalding.
Unsurprisingly given the conditions there were no 2 twos scored on the day both!
After the prize giving we held the second of our monthly raffles where I am again overwhelmed with the ROGS generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £153 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy….thank you so much once again.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Salisbury GC on March 25th first tee off 12 midday.
Members Challenge 2018
24 hardcore ROGS members braved the elements in freezing temperatures but glorious sunshine for the Captains first game of the new season kindly sponsored by Graeme Price.
The day was started with an FA cup style live draw which added excitement and nervousness to whom you would be paired with, and most importantly relying on the members to be at the venue 45 minutes before the first tee at 10am. Much to my amazement, everybody was there present and on parade in plenty of time…….. I knew I could count on the ROGS!
We had a multitude of scores ranging from 18 points, I won’t divulge by whom, but for those of you who enjoy a countdown conundrum, here is a clue Corbin Jim. In third place with a tremendous score of 35 points was Martin “The Noise” Debenham, in second place on countback, playing off a handicap of 2 with 37 points was Julian “Howlin Mad” Flower, and the winner, again with 37 points winning on the back 6 holes was Peter “The Accountant” Cheeseman!
The nearest the pins were won by The VC and Mark “Gunslinger” Clapcott, the latter of which also took nearest the pin in 2!
Longest drive was won by The President Mr Mark Teed with his 20-year-old driver!
There were also 2 twos scored on the day both by my VC for the season Ian “Skeletor” Spalding
After the prize giving we held the first of our monthly raffles where I am overwhelmed with the ROGS generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £163 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy….thank you so much once again.
I look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Weymouth GC on Good Friday, March 30th first tee off 10:30.