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Rogs 2004

Christmas Cup of Good Cheer 2004

December 2004

For those of you who thought Golf was a relaxing pastime played by gents in the height of summer, hitting balls accurately from tee to flag - think again for those illustrious members of ROGS braved the winter conditions that December typically brings to play their traditional Christmas fixture and bring down the curtain on another tremendously successful season.

Led imperiously by Russell White ('Bobba') throughout 2004, the ROGS have continued to go from strength to strength, with membership up and record attendance from members at many of the monthly fixtures, Russell is handing over the captaincy with the Society stronger than in any other season (unlike his beloved West Ham!). The captaincy has now been handed over to me and my able understudy Russell 'airshot' French. Russell will prove a hard act to follow, showing fantastic dedication, enthusiasm and organisation (not to say patience with some of us!). Thank you very much from all ROGS members for a memorable season. 

The Christmas fixture at Bulbury Golf Club saw over 23 Members turn out to brave the winter elements. Pictures from another very successful and enjoyable evening are available by clicking here. Naturally, as so often happens at ROGS fixtures it wasn't so much a case of tee to flag but tee to woodland, tee to lake, tee to sand or in the case of some, tee to ladies tee! Thankfully, as experienced in a previous fixture this season there were no grazing livestock to scare (The Donkey at Bulbury still looked pale in the face last week Toby!!). With both Stableford and a ROGS Ryder Cup match play format being played during the round competition was tense, notably between the Ryder Cup captains, led by the outgoing Captain, Russell 'Langer' White and incoming Captain, Graeme 'Sutton' Price. I am sorry to report a 'fortunate' ex-captain (what do you mean yesterday's man?..) led his team to a narrow victory which would have gone to the 18th green if the light prevailed....well okay my team got tanked 8.5 to 4.5 points.., reticent congratulations to Russell's team!! 

With more prizes on offer than QVC can give away in an hour, every ROGS member was playing for something on most holes throughout the round. Congratulations to Roger 'piggin' Duncanson, Roger 'DavidLeadbetter' Johns and Julian 'l'veonlywonagain' Flower for winning the Nearest the Pin competitions. Julian and John 'Bullet' Ruskin' won the longest drive competitions with Au 'morecomebacksthansinatra' Hewitt, Bobba and Jamie 'loudmouth' Lake skilfully negotiating the par 3 holes in 2 shots to win the 2's kitty. It would have been nice for them to buy the other members a I Christmas drink but we didn't see them for dust once the money had been trousered by all three… 

Pride of place on the day went to Rabble 'bananashot' Hall who won the stableford competition with an impressive 36 points, closely followed by Martin 'EditorsPin-Up' Debenham and Julian Flower. 

In the evening, ROGS members were joined by family and friends for our presentation night, the night saw the formal presentation of all the seasons trophies, a raffle and disco accompanied by an extremely tasty Christmas lunch (matching the waitresses...) The raffle raised a magnificent sum of £305.00 that has been donated to the Church Tower appeal, many thanks to all the local businesses who kindly donated some great prizes allowing us to raise the sum we did. 

Although we highlight some of the humorous, less fortunate circumstances that fall upon us members whenever we venture onto the golf course, the past season has seen a sharp increase in scoring and overall improvement in the level of golf played, a high percentage of members have seen their handicap fall which is the aim of the game after alt. Welt done to all members who truly believe in the practise will one day make perfect principle... I look forward to reporting on our continued improvement next season. Below is a list of all the seasons' winners - Congratulations to you all!! 

Captain Price 



GRS Trophy   

 Knighton Heath   

 Brian Whiffen   



Jim Corbin Cup (Pairs)   


 Geoff Adams/Tom Crabtree    


 Whit bread Shield   

 Crane Valley   

 Bob Gordon   



Presidents Cup   

 Came Down   

 Paul Ebsworth   



Captains Cup   


 Graeme Price   



Landlords Cup   

 Lyme Regis   

 Guy Storey   



Robbie Hall Hackers Cup   


 Shane Mooney   



 Zoom Trophy   

 Ashley Wood   

 Geoff Adams   



Russell White Challenge Cup   


 Jim Corbin 

Most improved ROGS Member 2004   

 Shone Mooney ROGS 

Consistency Trophy   

 John Ruskin 36.25pts 

Xmas Cup 2004   

 Robbie Hall 

Shaun Brady Summer Knockout   

 Brian Whiffen 

Paul Ebsworth Shield   

 Julian Flower


Bantry Bay Tray     Kaow Kheow    Tich White 
French Open     Plutaluang     Graeme Price 
Middleton Cup     Laem Cha bang     Robbie Hall 
Fob Island Pint     Mountain Shadow     Russell White 
Tourist Trophy (Overall Score)         Graeme Price

Thailand 2004

Well what can I say about this seasons tour to Thailand?


Nice hatAnd even that's not enough if you ever get a chance to go don't miss it its unbelievable. Our first golfing adventure took us to a place called Khaow Kheow, a superb golf course with a club house fit for a king ( and they still let us in ) every venue in Thailand you get your own personal caddie who tells you your distances from the greens to lining up your putts ( if only I had listened ) they certainly earned there money cadding for the Rogs, the weather as on every day was very hot and a lot of water was needed to keep you going, the pace was set by Richard (titch) White with a great score of 33pts,Titch as well as getting the gold medal for 1st place also picked up the Bantry Bay Tray 2nd place went to Jim Corbin with 31 pts and in 3rd place was our future captain Graeme Price with 28 pts.

Thailand - who's shadow? Our next venue took us to the Thai Royal Navy course at Phlutaluang for the French Open where we were delighted to be joined by Mr French him self. Once again the course and club house was first class with fast greens and lush fairways you couldn't help but be inspired, the day belonged to Graeme Price with a score of 33pts, 2nd went to a very consistent performer all tour Martin Debenham also with 33pts( Pricey winning on a count back) and in 3rd place was Robbie Hall with 31pts truly great scoring lads. The combined scores after two rounds were G Price & M Debenham 66pts Titch & R Duncanson 55pts R Hall 53pts J Corbin 51pts G Storey & R White 46pts Bru 38pts I Duncanson 26pts Mr French making his first game 9pts.
Great view Next up came the Jack Nicklaus designed course of Laem Chabang ( God knows what the great man would say if he saw us lot on the 1st tee ) the course it self was unbelievable with fantastic greens and beautiful manicured fairways lots of water hazards and sand traps to catch you out, it was going to be tough but us Rogs are made of stern stuff and all things considered I thought the scoring again was excellent. in 1st place winning gold and the Middleton cup with a score of 32pts was R Hall 2nd came G Price on 31pts and picking up his first medal this tour was yours truly Russ White with 28pts, the overall scores now were. G Price 92pts M Debenham & R Hall 85pts Titch 78pts J Corbin R White & R Duncanson 74pts Bru 64pts G Storey 59pts I Duncanson 53 pts & R French 30pts Mr French getting an average for the game he missed.

Our last venue of our tour to the far east took us to the magnificent golf course called Mountain Shadow a breath taking course with beautiful golf holes that were a delight to play on. The competition was really hotting up with Pricey, Martin & Robbie all in with a shout of being crowned the tour champion for 2004, Pricey & Robbie were not having a good day thus leaving the door open for Martin who had 7 shots to make up on the leader, a tall order but the way Martin was playing this week there was a chance, with Mr Price sat in the club house with a score of 21pts Martin had to come in with 29 to take the title, the tension mounted as Martin holed out on the last green to record a score of 27pts so close but not quite enough but a brilliant effort Martin well played. The top three on the day winning gold and the Fota Island Pint was Russ White with 28pts 2nd M Debenham 27pts and 3rd J Corbin with 25pts.

Lovely golf course but where is the guiness?So the final standings this year was 1st G Price 113pts 2nd M Debenham 122pts 3rd Russ White 102pts J Corbin, R Hall & R Duncanson 99pts R (Titch) White 96pts S Brady 81pts I Duncanson 71pts G Storey 68pts R French 42pts A very big thanks must go to Guy for once again organizing this wonderful tour ( your a star mate ) and as this is my last report as captain I would like to thank every member of the Rogs for making this a great year for me its been a pleasure and a privilege to be your captain and now I look forward to handing over to Graeme Price who I'm sure will take us on to even better things Thanks.

The Captain.

Rogs Match reports and scores

THE ROGS – 2004 Season

October 2004 

Well we've come to the end of another R.o.g.s season and what a fabulous year its been, I thank you all for attending in large numbers and making my year as Captain a special one.

On the 15th of October we played Ashley Wood for the Zoom Trophy, being the last one of the season there was plenty to play for with three near pins and a long drive all kindly supplied by the Captain. The course it self was in great condition from tee to green you couldn't better it and the staff were warm and friendly to all in all a popular venue. The golf once again was of a high standard with twelve players scoring in the thirties ( fantastic) in third place on the day was a fairly new member to the society Mr. Pete Cheeseman with a score of 37pts, on another day that score would be good enough for a win, it just shows the high standard being played this year. In second place playing off a handicap of 8 was Mr. John Ruskin with 38pts, and in first place also on 38pts was Mr. Geoff Adams, Geoff winning on a count back well played indeed. The near pin on the 7th hole went to the Captain, the near pin 9th went to Pete Cheeseman and near pin on the 18th went to Roger Johns, the long drive this time was not I REPEAT was not won by J Ruskin but instead went to the ever cheerful Jamie Lake well done all of you. 

1st G Adams 38 2nd J Ruskin 38 3rd P Cheeseman 37 J Flower 35 J Wetherill 34 B Whiffen 34 B Gordon 34 J Corbin 34 B Jones 32 R Johns 31 Captain 31 R Hall 30 I Macklin 29 M Crisford 27 S Mooney 27 J Pitts 27 P Ebsworth 26 G Tucker 26 M Debenham 25 S Brady 23 J Lake 21 T Crabtree 19 R French 9. 

September 2004

Welcome R.o.g.s watchers everywhere. This month the Society was on the road. all the way down to Windwhistle Golf Club in Chard Somerset. It was a completely new venue for the Society and what a great venue it turned out to be, the course was in great condition with lush fairways and quick tricky greens, but despite that the scoring was again very impressive. The Captain as usual lead from the front with his to playing companions of Jim Corbin and Rob Hall with 26 other members and 1 guest followed and between them played good golf on a lovely course.

The long drive went to Mr. John Ruskin ( a topped 3 iron that went about 3 miles ) next month he's got to play his shot left handed with a blind fold on to give the rest of us mere mortals a chance to compete.

The two's money was not won this month so it will carry over to our next venue at Ashley Wood, the near pin was won by an on form Jamie Lake, he also won best 28 handicapper ( a bottle of port from the Captain) and also received a Bronze medal for his 3rd place finish. In 2nd place was Gordon Tucker and it gave me great pleasure to award the Gold medal and the Hackers Trophy to Shane Mooney with a fantastic score of 40 points.

As it was the Rob Hall Hackers Trophy Mr. Hall put up a prize for the best score on the par 3s for 20 handicappers and above which on the day went to Andy Sonner, well done to every one how took part.

1st S Mooney 40 2nd G Tucker 37 3rd J Lake 36
P Cheeseman 35 J Flower 35 I Macklin 33
R White 32 M Crisford 31 J Spurdle 31 G Adams 31
J Ruskin 31 Captain 30 G Price 29 K Percy 29
R Smith 29 J Corbin 28 S Brady 28 R Johns 28
M Debenham 28 B Whiffen 28 R Duncanson 28
R Parry 27 P Ebsworth 24 B Jones 23 A Sonner 22
R Hall 22 G Storey 19 T Fincham 18 R French 13
Guest R Burridge 26.

August 2004

Another month of my term as Captain has gone and my how Lyme Regis Golf Club done us proud. For me that was the best prepared golf course I've played this year and we've had some crackers Came Down, Hamptworth to name but two.

The day started wet but that didn't dampen the hardy Rogs golfers, playing on such a wonderful course as this always brings out the best in golfers and this day was no exception, I was privileged to play with and witness Mr. Julian Flower drive the green on a 265yrd par four and sink his putt for an eagle, ( wonderful stuff ). We also welcomed a new member this month in Mr. Ian Duncanson son of our Treasurer Roger, I hope he enjoyed his day with us. The scoring again was good with 8 people getting 30 plus points ' great' . 

Winning another medal and getting his handicap lowered again was Roger Johns with 33 pts 2nd place went to the Bulbury Champion John Ruskin with 34pts and in 1st place a very popular winner indeed was our club Secretary Guy Storey with a score of 36pts fantastic. 

The near pins this month were won by Mike Crisford and Guy Storey, the long drive went again to ( Yawn Yawn Yawn ) John Ruskin, next time he's got to tee off with his putter so mere mortals can have ago at winning as well ( only kidding ) well done one and all that played I look forward to seeing you all next month. 

1st G. Storey 36 pts. 
2nd J. Ruskin 34pts. 
3rd R. Johns 33 pts P Cheeseman S Brady 33pts 
P Ebsworth I Macklin 30pts Captain R Hall 29pts J Flower 28pts J Corbin T Crabtree M Crisford 27pts G Tucker R Parry 26pts R Smith 25pts B Jones 24pts I Dancanson J Pitts 23pts G Price 21pts M Debenham 20pts T Fincham J Lake 19pts R French 18pts. 

A Consistency list is on the notice board of the Drax Arms if you wish to see how you are getting on.

Rogs playing Cricket

Rogs playing Cricket

This is just a brief note from the captain of the golf society thanking everyone from the Bere Regis Sports Club, Herbie Swann in particular, for allowing a ragamuffin outfit like ourselves loose on such a wonderful cricket pitch as the sports club.

Sky high
Long walk Guy in shorts

Thanks also goes to R Hall for his organizational skills? And a big thanks to Anna and Russ French and Guy Storey for slaving over a hot BBQ to cook us our burgers etc. It was a great afternoons cricket and we all enjoyed ourselves thanks again one and all.

July 2004

The Captain must start this report by apologising to all R.o.g.s members for not being able to play our July fixture at Parkstone Golf Club, with only ten days before we were due to play there we were told that everybody had to have an official handicap card and they could only allow us seven tee times which would have made it impossible for all of us to play. Therefore we had to try and switch venues at very short notice. A very big thank you goes out to our Secretary Mr. Guy Storey for once again saving the day by spending hours on the phone to enable us to play Hamptworth, and I think everyone will agree that it was one of the best days we've had this year. 28 members and 1 guest teed it up on a hot muggy afternoon and as usual the Captain lead the way. 

The scoring this year has been exceptionally high and this day was no exception,13 people scored 30 or more points and on a course as tough as Hamptworth I'm very impressed. As it was the Captains cup there was plenty to play for, there was the cup, gold medal, a new stand bag and more importantly a chance to have your name forever etched on the captains board. 

The near pin prize on the par 3 8th went to Bob Gordon, the near pin on the 13th was won by Roger Johns, both players picking up some Rogs logo golf balls, the long drive once again went to the big hitting John Ruskin his prize for this was a bottle of bandy kindly supplied by the Captain. The two's money was shared between R. Johns and J. Ruskin ( well done lads).

The winner on the day was my vice Captain Greame Price with a superb score of 40pts. (did I hear someone shout bandit? )
2nd place was R . Johns on 37pts and 3rd was J. Ruskin on 36pts, fantastic scoring lads.
A full list of scores are as follows. R. French 10. J. Lake 11. T. Fincham 14. S. Brady ( R) 15. B. Jones 16. M. Debenham 19. R. Smith 20. T. Crabtree 23. G. Storey 25. J. Spurdle 26. I. Macklin 28. B. Gordon 28. G. Adams 28. R. Hall 28. R. White 28. J. Corbin 29. M. Crisford 30. S. Mooney 30. J. Pitts 30. G. Tucker 30. B. Whiffen 33. R. Duncanson 34. J. Flower 34. Captain 34. P. Ebsworth 34. J. Ruskin 36. R. Johns 37. G. Price 40.

June 2004

Hello all you golf fans the ROGS played at Camedown Golf Club for only the second time and the weather was glorious good and so was the golf. As usual Came Down done us proud with great food and warm welcome. The standard of golf this year has been exceptionally high with the top three places all scoring in the high thirty's.

In first place playing with a new set of clubs purchased from the Guy Storey golf shop was our President Mr. Paul Ebsworth with a grand score of 38pts in 2nd place with another fantastic round was Tom Crabtree on 37pts in 3rd place on 36pts was Jim Weatherill. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Jim well in his new job and hope he gets the time to play golf with the rogs again in the future. 

The long drive was won with a massive hit of fully 320yds by John Ruskin, the near pin in two shots went to Tom Crabtree on the 3rd hole, near pin on the 6th went to Paul Ebsworth, near pin on the 15th was won by Roger Johns. 

The two's money was shared by Brian Whiffen & Richard White. The next report will be after our next fixture at Parkstone Golf Club which I'm sure will be the highlight of this season see you there. The Captain.

June 2004 Mid season tour

Dartmouth Golf & CC

The R.o.g.s mid season tour this June took us to a very hot and sunny Dartmouth Golf & C.C, and it turned out to be a very popular venue with good food and accommodation plus a fantastic golf course. The par 3 18th 214yards over water had to be seen to be believed. 

The main competition was played over three days with the winner having the highest Stableford score being the winner. There was also plenty of other prizes to be won with near pins and long drives and the two's money to be won. Day one turned out to be a tough round of golf on a hot and dry course but Rob Hall managed to tame it with an excellent round of golf with 35pts, Roger Johns with 34pts and Jim Corbin on 31pts.

Day two brought a 9.30 start and I must say there were a lot of hung over faces on the 1st tee, Mr. Hall managed to put his opening tee shot in the car park while a very pale Rob Parry had the look of a startled rabbit caught in headlights but despite all the sore heads the scoring was good with vice captain Graeme Price getting 36pts Roger Duncanson 35pts and the two Jims ,Weatherall and Corbin getting 33pts. With the two round scores combined there were five players in contention G. Price 65, R. Duncanson & J. Corbin 64 and R. Johns & A. Hewitt 62pts all trying to win the gold medal and the £40:00 first prize and to lift the Challenge Cup at the annual Xmas do. 

The two's money which had not been won in the opening 2 rounds now stood at £ 54:00 and with a magnificent gesture from Mr. Duncanson of matching that figure was well worth winning. So with all to play for we started the last round, the two's money was won in the end by A. Hewitt and G. Tucker both picking up £54:00 each.

They say beware the injured golfer and so it proved to be with J. Corbin nursing a groin strain ( must be over doing the viagra again) coming through to win the competition with an overall score of 99pts 2nd as he was last year was R. Johns with 96pts and in 3rd place G. Price with 94pts. very well done lads.

 I would like to thank all of you for making it a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next year. 

The final over all scores are as follows. 1st J. Corbin 99pts 10th P. Ebsworth 76pts 2nd R. Lohns 96 11th G.Tucker 76 3rd G. Price 94 12th T. Crabtree 74 4th A. Hewitt 90 13th J. Lake 74 5th Captain 82 14th G. Storey 72 6th I. Macklin 81 15th B. Jones 68 7th R. Hall 80 16th R. Smith 61 8th R. Duncanson 80 17th M. Debenham 61 9th J. Weatherall 79 18th R. Parry 57.

Dartmouth Golf & CC

May 2004

Well another R.o.g.s outing has come and gone and what a fantastic turnout we had with 27 members and 1 guest the fight to get amongst the medals would be tough and so it proved to be. Crane Valley Golf Club done us proud with a superb course and a wonderful meal which everybody enjoyed. I for one will certainly look forward to playing there again. 

There were three near pin prizes on offer the Captain in his generosity put up 2 prizes the first nearest the pin on the 119yd 6th hole won by Paul Ebsworth the 2nd prize for the longest drive on the par 5 14 hole won with a mammoth drive by John Ruskin. Jim Corbin sponsored the near pin 16 hole won by Shane Mooney the near pin in 3 shots on a par 5 was won by Martin Debenham. 

We had 2 new members join us at Crane Valley Mike Cristford and Bob Gordon and I would like to welcome them both to the Society. 

In third place with a superb score of 38pts was the Captain in second place also on 38 pts was Tom Crabtree, Tom getting 2nd place on a count back and in first place making his R.o.g.s debut was Bob Gordon with 39pts well done to all that took part. 

A big thank you must also go to Guy Storey for sorting out the order of play on the day which turned out to be a bit of shambles I can't thank him enough for that and in future there will not be an order of play list each member will be expected to be there well in advance of the first tee time to fined out there playing group and start time. I look forward to seeing you all at Came Down on the 25th of June first tee time is 11.00 O'clock please be there early. 

Many thanks. The Captain.

April 2004

Well the second fixture of the R.o.g.s. season has come and gone, it was played at a wet Bulbury Woods but in spite of the weather I think most people enjoyed themselves?. It was a pairs comp with the high handicappers partnering a low handicapper, as usual the standard of golf was high well done all that took part. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Toby ( the donkey slayer ) Fincham to the Society I hope he gets as much enjoyment out of the R.o.g.s as the rest of us. 

A big well done to Tom Crabtree and Geoff Adams for winning the Jim Corbin Cup with a remarkable score of 47pts 2nd place went to Brian Jones and Roger Johns with 39pts the bronze medals went to Rob Smith and Ian Macklin with a score of 38pts very well done indeed, the full list of scores are as follows.

1st G. Adams & T. Crabtree 47pts 2nd B. Jones & R. Johns 39 3rd R. Smith & I. Macklin 38 4th R. Duncanson & J. Corbin 37 5th J. Flower & R. French 34 6th G. Price & G. Storey 34 7th R. Hall & K. Percy 33 8th S. Brady & P. Ebsworth 32 9th R. Parry & R. White 32 10th S Mooney& T. Fincham 31 11th J. Lake & J. Ruskin 31 12th Captain & G. Tucker 30

The longest drive again went to the sly young fox Shane Mooney while the two's money and the near pin was won by an on form Captain slayer Brian Jones, well played one and all.

March 2004

Well the new R.O.G.S season is underway at last and what a day we had. 21 hopefuls teed it up at Knighton Heath all looking to get off to a good start. I would like to welcome Mr. John Ruskin to the society, its always nice to have new members come on board especially a good quality player like John.

The new season brought a lovely day fine dry and not to windy, ideal weather for good scoring and so it proved to be with ten players getting 30 plus points and the winner Mr. Brian Whiffen scoring a wonderful 40 points which included 3 blobs a truly great round of golf. In 2nd place came Gordon Tucker with 37 points and 3rd was Martin Debenham with 36 points high scoring golf indeed. There were 2 nearest the pin comps on the par three 3rd 182 yards stroke index 5 the hole sponsored by Guy Storey and won by yours truly. And the par three 11th 152yrds stoke 16 won and sponsored by Russell French YES I did say Russell French (amazing). 

The longest drive went to Shane Mooney on the 408 yard par 4 tenth hole cracking drive Shane. The two's money which stood at £ 49:00 was shared between Russ French and Shaun Brady, and the bottle of Whiskey put up by the Captain for the best points scored on the two shot holes was won by Jamie Lake with 21 points well done.