|24 February||Bramshaw||GRS Trophy||Julian Flower|
|31 March||Hamptworth||Members’ Cup||Dean Merritt|
|28 April||Marlborough||Jim Corbin Cup||Alan Green|
|26 May||Bulbury Woods||Ex-Landlord’s Cup||Roger Johns|
|16-18 June||Chepstow||Mini tour|
|30 June||Sidmouth||Captain’s Cup||Mark Teed|
|28 July||Cams Hall||
Memorial Cup||Charlie Way|
|25 August||Moors Valley||
Whitbread Pairs||Julian Flower & Ian Spalding|
|14-21 September||Gloria Golf Resort||Turkey|
|29 September||Ashley Woods||President’s Cup||Charlie Way|
|27 October||Yeovil||Zoom Trophy||Bob Way|
|December||The Dorset Golf & Country Club||Cup Of Good Cheer||Brett “Grand Rouge” Standerwick|
Cup Of Good Cheer 2017
28 hardcore ROGS members and 3 guests braved the elements in sub-zero temperatures at The Dorset Golf & Country Club for the first outing of the new ROGS season. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions your truly was stuck in Inverness stranded at the airport so was unable to play. However, that didn’t faze VC Spalding who stepped into the Captain’s rather large shoes (or clothes) and took the reins. As is tradition the Captain’s team play against The President’s team (Mr Teed) and a Ryder cup format which I am pleased to say that The Captain’s team romped home to victory!!
We also play for the individual Cup Of Good Cheer, and this year despite testing condition we had some good scoring from the field. In 3rd place was Graeme “Gizzy” Price scoring 34 points, “Howlin Mad” Flower playing off of a handicap of 3 scoring a fantastic 36 points, and the winner by one scoring 37 points was Brett “Grand Rouge” Standerwick who clearly had a hearty breakfast before donning his thermals…..Well done Brett!!
Also, best guest for the day scoring 29 points was Nick “Princess Fiona” Cheeseman…..well done Slick!
The nearest the pins were won by Paul “Up The Hammers” Ebsworth and grandma’s favourite Peter “Magnum PI” Foster, the latter of which also took nearest the pin in 2!
Longest drive was won by Harry “Subway” Smith.
There were also 4 twos scored on the day by Graeme Price, Mark Teed, Julian Flower and Earl “The Pearl” Dacre.
In the evening we had the traditional prizegiving for the season and dinner dance where I am overwhelmed with peoples generosity as we managed to raise a fantastic £628 for the Captain’s Charities of Diabetes UK and Epilepsy….thank you so much once again.
I wish each and every one of you a Merry Xmas, and a fabulous New Year, and look forward to seeing you all at the next ROGS game at Paultons Park on February 23rd first tee off 10:04.
27th October – Yeovil Golf Club – The Zoom Trophy
24 R.O.G.S and 2 guests enjoyed the glorious Autumn sunshine at Yeovil Golf Club followed by a wonderful carvery at the club, what a day!
Yeovil was my last event as Captain for 2017 and every event has been thoroughly enjoyable. Time to pass the baton onto my Vice Captain Mr Tiny Merritt for the 2018 season.
A big thanks to Mr Roger Duncanson for sponsoring the prizes on the day.
1st – Bob Way 39 Points
2nd – Julian Flower 37 Points
3rd – Neil Middleditch 36 Points
Best guest of the day was Colin Howe (Seven) with a score of 31 points.
Nearest the pin on the 2nd – The Ear (Brett Standerwick)
Nearest the pin on the 13th – Tiny Merritt
Longest Drive on the 5th – Neil Middleditch
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 18h – The Ear (Brett Standerwick)
There was 5 2’s on the day – Merrick Smith, Kris Meehan, Douglas Marsh, Julian Flower and Roger Johns.
A point of note in congratulating Julian Flower on his winning of the consistency trophy. In my eyes this trophy is the ultimate ROGS accolade on an annual basis and on the final day, 4 members were in the running, Julian being the one who managed to hold his nerve until the final hole.
Thanks to all for a great year and look forward to seeing you all at the Cup of Good Cheer in December.
29th September – Ashley Wood Golf Club – Presidents Cup
Ashley Wood is home to a number of R.O.G.S members so big scores were predicted by the Captain with all that “local knowledge” on display and he wasn’t disappointed with 20 of the 25 players achieving over 30 points, unfortunately the Captain was one of the 5 who didn’t achieve 30 points!
For only the second time in R.O.G.S history, a hole in one was achieved, this time by Roger Johns on the short 4th. Roger joins a very small club of people who have earned this amazing accolade and was quickly reminded of his obligations in buying everyone a drink to celebrate, thanks and well done Roger.
A big thanks to our president Mr Peter Cheeseman for sponsoring the prizes on the day
1st – Charlie Way 39 Points – Charlie is one of Ashley Wood’s biggest fans.
2nd – Doug Marsh 37 Points – Ashley Wood member
3rd – Harry Smith 36 Points – Ashley Wood member
There may be a theme in the top 3 prizes.
Nearest the pin on the 7th – The Arm (Jim Corbin)
Nearest the pin on the 18th – Graeme Price
Longest Drive on the 14th – Harry Smith
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 12th – The Ear (Brett Standerwick)
There was one 2 on the day – Gordy Tucker, however R.O.G.S constitution dictates that a “hole in one” top trumps a 2 so on this occasion Gordy was left empty handed so a consolatory pat on the back and a well done to Gordy.
Well, how time flies and now to my last event as Captain at Yeovil Golf Club at the end of the month, see you all there.
25th August – Moors Valley Golf Club – Whitbread Pairs
Moors Valley Golf Club winds its way through the Moors Valley Country park and as it was a bank holiday weekend, a good venue that wasn’t too far away from home and we didn’t encounter a great deal of traffic on our journey to and from the course. 22 R.O.G.S made up the 11 pairs, always helpful when you have an even number in a pair’s competition!!!!
1st – Julian Flower & Ian Spalding – 47pts
2nd – Neil Middleditch & Kris Meehan – 45 Points
3rd – Jim Corbin & Guy Storey – 44Points
Wooden Spoon – Harry Smith & Jamie Lake – 34 Points
Julian Flower had the highest individual score on the day of 40 points.
Nearest the pin on the 12th – Harry Smith
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th – Graeme Price
Longest Drive on the 15th – Julian Flower
Fred Begley, a guest on the day claimed a share of the 2’s money with Julian, well done both.
28th July – Cams Hall Estate Golf Club – Memorial Trophy
Cams Hall Estate golf club is set amidst the backdrop of the original Cams Hall in Fareham, Hampshire. The golf course is surrounded by water on three sides and offers stunning views over the marina and Portsmouth harbour. The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us on this occasion and the exposed location coupled together with strong wind coming off the Solent made it a testing 18 holes for the 23 brave hardy ROGS who took on the challenge.
1st – Charlie Way – 41pts
2nd – Mark Clapcott – 38 Points
3rd – Brian Ferry (AKA Paul Ebsworth) – 36 Points
Nearest the pin on the 4th – Roger Johns
Nearest the pin on the 7th – Julian Flower
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th – Douglas Marsh
Longest Drive on the 10th – Julian Flower
The Captain claimed the only 2 of the day and walked off with the 2’s money.
The next event will be the Whitbread Pairs at Moors Valley Golf Club on the 25th August
30th June Sidmouth GC – Captain’s Cup
A small group of ROGS and 1 guest crossed the border to play Devon’s little gem, Sidmouth Golf Club. The cup played for was the captain’s cup which comes with the honour of having your name inscribed on the hall of fame in the sports club. This is the course where the captain grew up and honed his skills, playing up to 54 holes as a schoolboy during the summer holidays so local knowledge may have played a part in the result. We also had the pleasure of meeting a greenkeeper from Lyme Regis who was playing 8 rounds of golf in 1 day at 8 different golf courses in Devon and at 1pm he overtook us on the 1st, 5 rounds in and 33km of distance covered, he was still running and still had the same ball!!!
1st – The Captain – 43pts
2nd – Tony Mills – 33 Points (A Fairway behind – like the pun)
3rd – Neil Middleditch – 33 Points (Lost on back 9 countback)
Nearest the pin on the 4th – Roger Johns (Missed the 1ft putt for a 2)
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 10th – Captain Teed (after a 400 yard drive)
Nearest the pin on the 12th – Our Guest, Fred West
Longest Drive on the 8th– Brian Ferry (AKA – Paul Ebsworth)
Two 2’s on the day with Tony Mills getting one on the easy uphill 14th and the Captain getting his on the testing and challenging 5th.
We finished the day with a lovely meal served by the Captains family friends, Wayne & Kerry and a few drinks supplied by the Captain. We now look forward to the next test of golf at the end of the month at Camms Hill Golf Club.
26th Bulbury Woods GC – Ex-Landlords Cup
Bulbury is a course that is right on the doorstep of the R.O.G.S crew, but a venue that we have not frequented the fairways and greens for a while now. A lot of change has taken place since we last played, all for the positive. I personally thought the course was in excellent condition and the changes undertaken to the course and clubhouse ensured a great day in glorious sunshine. I had the pleasure of playing with two of the most prominent and popular of the Bere Regis/Shitterton based members of the society and thoroughly enjoyed their company.
1st – Roger (Helmet) Johns – 37 Points
2nd – Jim (The Arm) Corbin – 35 Points
3rd – Mark Clapcott – 32 Points (On back 9 countback from 3 other players!!)
Nearest the pin on the 6th– Brett (The Ear) Standerwick
Nearest the pin on the 12th – Julian (Hook) Flower
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 4th – Barry (a right touch) Watts
Longest Drive on the 15th –Brett (The Ear) Standerwick
There was only one 2 on the day for the Fourth event in succession, Roger Johns walking off with the spoils this time with a 2 on the 10th, well done Roger.
We finished the day with a lovely meal and a few drinks and now look forward to the next test of golf at the end of the month at Sidmouth GC in Devon, look forward to seeing you all there for the Captains Cup.
28th April Marlborough GC – Jim Corbin Cub
In a 1st for the R.O.G.S, Marlborough golf club which was founded in 1888 and has established itself as one of the finest courses in Wiltshire hosted the merry band of mixed ability golfers. Set on the edge of the historic town of Marlborough, it offers tree-lined fairways on the front nine holes followed by a back nine played on 120 year old wonderfully springy turf. The venue has been home to the Wiltshire professional championships since 1992 but was easily tamed by the Super R.O.G.S. A rather unique club house sits at the high point of the course which welcomed everyone back after the round for a nice meal and presentation of the Jim Corbin cup by the legend himself.
1st – Alan Green – 42 Points
2nd – Matt March – 39 Points (On count back)
3rd – Neil Middleditch – 39 Points
Nearest the pin on the 5th – El Tel (Terry Peterson)
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 16th – Tony Mills
Nearest the pin on the 14th – Matt March
Longest Drive on the 10 – Ace Of Base (Rob Acey)
was only one 2 on the day for the 3rd
event in succession, Jamie Lake walking off with the spoils this time
after a 2 on the 8th
31st March Hamptworth GC – Members Challenge
A 27-strong R.O.G.S crew took to the fairways of the Hamptworth Golf Club to contest the Members Challenge. Hamptworth is home to the legendary 16th hole self-titled as “The Beast”. “The Beast” is a 666 yard par 6 which was tamed by most, Russell French not fairing as well and scoring a 10, winning some insoles due to all the walking he did in achieving the highest score.
1st – Dean Merritt – 40pts
2nd – Matt March – 39 Points
3rd – Jim Corbin – 38 Points
Nearest the pin on the 8th – The Maestro (Guy Storey)
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 5th – Captain Teed
Nearest the pin in 4 on the 16th – Captain Teed
Longest Drive on the 15th – Captain Teed (Using a 20 year old driver)
There was only one 2 on the day for the second event in succession, Jim Goodey walking off with the spoils this time.
We finished the day with a lovely meal and a few drinks and now look forward to the next test of golf at the end of the month in a first for the R.O.G.S at Marlborough Golf Club.