Captain and Winners
|Friday 23rd February
||Mike Crisford and
|Sat 15th December
||Xmas Cup of Good Cheer
PPday is Pink Pony Day (Captain's
charity this year is Ragamuffins) and on a PP Day everyone must carry
any liquid in their left hand on the odd hour and their right hand on
the even hour. Failure to do so ends up that the culprit is given a
Pink Pony Handbag to wear and is charged a 20p fine.This applies from
the time of arrival at the golf club to leaving after dinner and
presentation. The culprit looks out for the next offender and passes
the handbag on and this takes place either in the clubhouse or on the
Member’s revised handicaps will be published on our
ROGS’ Members website www.societygolfing.co.uk
log in as royaloak with the password bereregis.
Golf days held every
month, usually the last Friday, from February through to October.
New m,embers are invited to join. Contact Guy Storey 01929 471041
for memberhip forms and details.
ROGS Christmas Cup of Good Cheer and Presentation evening
Saturday 15th December 2007
Well Saturday the 15th December brought the first test of my new
Captaincy with the Captain v President, Ryder Cup Challenge and the
Xmas Cup of Good Cheer. We were greeted at Bulbury Woods with coffee
and bacon baps and an excellent course for the time of the year, only
one temporary green and all tee boxes in use. We were also lucky
with the weather although cold.
We had 31 players including 3 guests, my brother Rob Debenham, Ian Jarred and Tony Armstrong
It was rather disappointing for myself (Captain Debo) as the so called
friends on my table have nicknamed me, as my team suffered defeat to
the President’s team ( Russ White ) 7 points to 9.
The Christmas Cup of Good Cheer was won by Roger Pedro Rodriguez
Duncanson with a massive 45 points playing off a handicap of 25.
Second was a well overdue medal for John, the pittbull, Pitts who
I am told played a very steady round to finish with 36 points and third
was Roger Johns who playing off a handicap of 10 did very well to come
in with 35 points.
There was £30.00 in the 2s kitty and that was shared between
Julian, the vice ,Flower, Roger Johns and Dean, the A team, Merritt.
Nearest the pin on the 6th was Rob Acey and nearest the pin in two on
the 17th was Dean Merritt with a blind shot over the trees from the
Guest prize went yet again to my brother Rob Debenham. He won last year too!
I would like to thank all the members who donated prizes for the day.
Members revised handicaps will be published on our ROGS Members’
website www.societygolfing.co.uk, login as royaloak with the password
The Dinner Dance and Presentation evening was attended by 67 members
and guests and as usual Nikki, John and crew provided us with a
fabulous meal and service.
As the new incoming Captain it was my pleasure to announce all the
winners of the year’s monthly competitions and this year the Cups
and Trophies were presented by the sponsor. Some of the Cups and
Trophies are presented annually and are as follows;
Most improved Player 2007 was Chris Sumner
The Highest Score of the season went to Guy Storey
The Drax Consistency Trophy with an average of 37.5 over 5 matches was won by Dean Merritt
The Russ White Challenge Cup went to yours truly, Martin Debenham
The Tourist Trophy fought in Portugal was won by Brett Standerwick
The Shaun Brady Summer Knockout went to Roger Johns and the Paul Ebsworth Shield was won by John Ruskin
Next year’s Christmas presentation and golf will be on Saturday Dec 13th 2008 at Bulbury Woods.
I would like to end by thanking all who donated prizes for the
raffle and Julian Flower, my Vice, for all his help on the day and
finally to wish you all a very Happy New Year looking forward to the
Rushmore Park Golf Club
Friday 26th. October 2007 – The Zoom Trophy - match 79
Rushmore Park near Tollard Royal on the
Salisbury Road is part of the vast Pitt-Rivers estate.
Off the beaten track it is one of the best
courses you will come across. The front nine holes is surrounded by giant
Redwood trees and is in Wiltshire and the back nine holes (opened about 5 years
ago) is in Dorset with spectacular views.
We were playing for the Zoom Trophy, which
was first played for in 1998 at Queens Park in Bournemouth and was won by Jim
I would like to thank mine hosts at the
Royal Oak, Mike and Jan Parsons for kindly donating all the prizes this month.
We had an excellent turnout again this
month with 33 players, which included 5 guests.
Mark Teed brought along Scott Price, Bri Wiffen brought along John
Johnson, Guy Storey brought along Tony Armstrong who was presented with a
bottle of wine as the loosing guest and has just taken up golf. Geoff Adams brought his longstanding friend
Ray Twine from Chichester, and Mike Crisford brought along Martin Barlow one of
the original members of ROGS back in 98.
Ray Twine won the winning guest prize on a
card play off from John Johnson with 27 points and Ray also won nearest the pin
on the 4th par 3 so received 3 ROGS logo golf balls and a bottle of
The Royal Oaks finest red wine. The twos
money was shared between Martin Debenham and John Johnson on the 6th
par 3 and Mark Teed who had a two on the 15th par 5. Yes, an Albatross, which we think, is a first
for a ROGS outing.
I played with the Vice Captain and Shaun
Brady who came in with 37 points and just missed out on the medals.
In 3rd. place was Dean Merritt
with 38 points who received the Bronze medal, 2nd was Brian Wiffen
with 39 points and the silver medal and the winner of the Zoom Trophy and the
Gold medal was Jamie Lake with 41 points.
Jamie also received a handsome bottle of wine.
Nearest the pin on the 6th was
Martin Debenham, on the 14th was Mark Teed and on the 17th
was Graeme Price who all received bottles of wine.
Handicap adjustments will be Dean Merritt
from 14 to 13,Brian Wiffen from 21 to 19 and Jamie Lake from 27 to 24.Only two
players get a shot back this month and that is John Ruskin from 6 to 7 and
Roger Duncanson from 24 to 25.
The draw for the first round of the Paul
Ebsworth Winter Knockout was drawn and has been emailed to everyone. These matches must be played before December
Guy Storey has won the highest score of the
season with 44 points at Yeovil. The
most improved player this year is Chris Sumner who only took up golf last year
and has just completed his first year with ROGS and has averaged 27.6 per game
this year. He wins “Uncle Arthur’s Golf
Club “ for 2007.
We are now gearing up for the ROGS’ AGM,
which will be held in the Bere Regis Sports club on Wednesday 14th
November at 7pm for a 7.30 start. All
existing members and guests are invited to this annual event when the new
Captain is brought in and officers selected for the coming season.
The Sports club will play a match against
ROGS on Friday 23 November at Wareham golf club.
The ROGS annual golf match followed by a
dinner dance and Presentation will take place on Saturday 15th
December at Bulbury Woods Golf Club. A
bus will be organised from the village and Wareham as normal. As the outgoing Captain, my season finishes
at the AGM.and this will be my last newsletter.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my season as Captain of a great bunch of
fellows. The camaraderie and general
banter is the best I have known and I look forward to more of your company in
the years to come.
Thank you, one and all, for your support.
Well Done Dunco & Pink Pony
The ROGS Captain, Roger Duncanson was able to donate the sum of
£815.00 to his chosen charity, The Ragamuffins Playgroup. The
main fund raiser was the Pink Pony
who extorted almost £450 from the ROGS members in the form of penalties.
Pictured with the Captain and Ragamuffins trustee, Jane George is the Pink Pony
who has now taken up residence at the Ragamuffins playgroup.
This magnificent sum was presented to the playgroup on the same day as
the new building was opened by Annette Brookes, the Liberal MP who has
given so much of her time to the village of Bere Regis. Annette is
pictured with some of the playgroup children.
ROGS on Tour in Vilamoura, Portugal – October 2007
This is the eighth year in succession that ROGS have gone abroad to play golf.
In 2000 we went to Ireland followed in 2001 to Marbella, Spain. In 2002
we went to northern Portugal. In 2003 we went back to Estepona, Spain
and in 2004 we went to Thailand (probably the best trip of all) In 2005
we went to Fort Lauderdale in the USA and in 2006 we went to northern
This year our organiser ( Guy Storey ) decided we should try
southern Portugal and our destination was set at Vilamoura which is a
golfers paradise. 24 of us went from Bournemouth airport to Faro
(isn’t that civilised) which was made up of 15 golfers and 9
guests (wives and partners) We stayed at the Dom Pedro Golf Hotel in
Vilamoura which was a delight and every evening there was music and
dancing in the lounge.
The organisation is everything on a group holiday and this year it was
near perfect. Transport to and from the airports and to every golf
venue was better than a military exercise, everything was on time!!!
Poor old Keith Nurrish booked to go last year then had difficulty with
his hip and could not play golf but nevertheless he and Jan still came
on the holiday but Keith did not play the golf. To compensate
they met up with their family who were on the same flight but staying
just down the coast. He did enjoy the final round on a buggy taking
photographs which I am sure will be perfect. By the time you read this,
Keith will have been carved up, stiched up and walking (of a fashion)
All our best regards Keith !!
We always play 4 rounds of golf on our tours and these games are based
on the first four rounds we played in Ireland in 2000. The Bantry Bay
Tray, The French Open, The Middleton Cup and The Fota Island Pint.
ROGS history was made in Portugal when Marilyn Parker, wife of Michael
and member at Ashley Wood played as a guest for the four rounds,
Marilyn plays off 18 handicap so is a mean golfer. Shaun Brady was
partnering Marilyn at one course and kept referring to Marilyn as Lady
Penelope to which she responded to Shaun as Parker. He was the perfect
The results of the competitions are as follows.
The Bantry Bay Tray at Millenium Course. 1st.Tim Porter 38
points,2nd John Pitts 37 points, 3rd John Ruskin 35 points. Nearest the
pin on 13th was Tim Porter.
The French Open at Pinhal 1st Graeme Price 36 points, 2nd Rob
Parry 35 points, 3rd Jim Corbin 35 points.Nearest the pin on 8th Brett
The Middleton Cup at Villasol 1st Martin Debenham 36 points, 2nd John
Ruskin 35 points, 3rd Mike Parker 30 points, nearest the pin on
7th John Ruskin. The twos had rolled over every day because of no
winner and this day produced two winners, Lady Penelope and Parker
shared the pot of 45 euros. I don’t remember this in the original
plot of Thunderbirds!!!
The final day was at The Old Course which for me is one of the best
golf courses anywhere in the world. 1st was Brett Standerwick with 37
points, 2nd was Graeme Price with 35 points and 3rd. was the Captain
with 34 points. Nearest the pin on 4th was Rob Parry and twos were won
by Pricey who also won the best aggregate score for par threes on the
The Tourist trophy was won on the best score over four rounds by Brett
Standerwick with 137 points with Rob Parry second with 125 points and
Graeme Price third with 124 points. This was remarkable because Brett
only knew he was going as a standby two weeks beforehand. We had our
presentation dinner in the hotel on the last night and Marilyn won the
best guest medal (what we do for ladies)
Pink Pony in Vilamoura
The Pink Pony
was on a
special holiday and was in good form. This Captain is most
grateful to Pinky for the stalwart efforts it made in collecting
£815 for the Captains charity the Ragamuffins Playgroup of Bere
The Pink Pony
enjoyed a well earned rest, on holiday with members of the ROGS Golf Society in Vilamoura, Portugal.
As you can see he had a rare old time, chatting up the ladies, sun bathing and out on the town with the boys!!
Pink Pony retires
he arrived home he performed one last duty at the Ragamuffins Playgroup
before being turned out to grass to play with the children in the new
building. No doubt he will enjoy a less turbulent lifestyle in his
On behalf of all the ROGS members we wish you a fond (mmmm) farewell.
The Rob Hall Hacker’s Trophy match 78
ROG’s Outing to Axecliff Golf Club, Seaton.
Friday 28th. September 2007
We are often asked how some of our trophies started in the first place
and the trophy we were playing for at Axecliff is a good example. The
second game ROGS played was in August 1998 at Dorset Heights golf cub
at Belchalwell near Okeford Fitzpaine. We had heard that this club was
in difficulties and was about to close
Robbie Hall said he would put up the trophy and as we were all new to
golf competitions the hackers name was suggested. 11 players turned out
that day and included such luminaries as Steve Green and Martin Barlow.
The winner that day was Robbie who came in with 35 points. Some 76
games later here we were again playing for this trophy and yours
truly partnered with Robbie and Jim Corbin. Good to see Jimmer back to
For those that have not played Axecliff it is a challenge. It is only
the second time that ROGS have played it and 25 members and guests
turned out on an overcast but warm afternoon. The view up on the cliffs
down to Seaton promenade is a sight to behold and the vista to Portland
The Captain had the added luxury of a caddy for his round because Alan
Chalker who moved from Weymouth into Bere Regis nearly two years ago
has took up golf and said he wanted to learn some golf etiquette. Peter
Cheeseman and Dean Merritt instructed him on how to dress for the
evening meal and I think you will find their photo amusing.
Brian Wiffen brought his brother Colin as guest and Dave Clunies- Ross had his third game with ROGS.
The longest drive on the 10th was won by Jim Corbin with a monster shot
and nearest the pin in two on the 6th was won by Dean Merritt. Nearest
the pin on the 18th was won by the Captain and all the sponsored hole
prizes were kindly donated by Robbie Hall. The twos pot was worth
£25 and this was shared between Dave Ruston and Peter Cheeseman
who both had a two on the 7th.
Some good cards were returned and in third place and the receiver of the Bronze medal was Mike Crisford with 37 points.
In second place and the Silver medal was Peter Cheeseman with 39 points
and the winner was Dave Rushton who receives the Gold medal and a
bottle of whiskey sponsored by Robbie.
It was the final Pink Pony
day of the season and even more funds were raised for the Captains charity this year, the Ragamuffins Playgroup.
We finally realised £815 for the year and the Captain is
extremely grateful to every ROGS member who has contributed to this
charity. The playgroup are desperate for funds to help them absorb the
cost of the new building they have acquired. This was brought on them
suddenly at the beginning of this year when their existing building was
ROGS members will be off to Vilamoura on October 4th for a weeks holiday and four rounds of golf.
The last venue of this Captains tenure will be at Rushmore Park on
Friday 26th October. The first tee is at 12 noon and the draw for the
first round of the Paul Ebsworth Winter Knockout Shield will be held
after dinner. Dave Clunies- Ross having played the statutory three
games as a guest was invited to join the society and is now a member.
The Captain looks forward to seeing all members at Rushmore.
ROG’s Outing to Hamptworth Golf Club
Friday 31st. August 2007 – The President’s Cup match 77
We had 34 players lined up to play at this
great course in the New Forest but learnt at
the last minute that Jim Corbin would not make it due to ill health and Robbie
Hall arrived too late due to traffic to make his tee time. We had three guests this time with Dave
Clunes Ross, Darren Parker and John Spurdle. ROGS had played this course twice
before and John Spurdle won the first outing with 32 points. Previous winners
of this trophy were Julian Flower, Nick George, Paul Ebsworth, John Ruskin and
last year Shaun Brady
We were playing for the Presidents Cup and
this year our President is Russell French who put up the prizes for this
Brett Standerwick was in the second group
out and as he played his final shot to the first hole he felt his back go. Picking the ball out of the cup was agony for
him so he walked in and took an hour to shower and change. His bad luck was enlightened
when the Secretary of Hamptworth gave me a free ticket for a round for Brett,
which put a smile back on his face.
The longest drive on the 16th
was won by Dean Merritt. Nearest the pin
in two was on the 17th and this was won by Paul Ebsworth.
Nearest the pin on the 10th was
won by John Ruskin and nearest the pin on the 8th was won by the
Rob Smith had the only two of the day and
It is at venues like this that our members
get good value for money as our match day fees are set for every game at £35
irrespective of the cost to the Society and this venue cost over £50 per head.
In Third place was Tich White who received
the Bronze medal with 37 points, in second place on 41 points was Rob Parry who
receives the Silver medal.
The winner of the Presidents Cup was Dean
Merritt who came in with 42 points and received the Gold medal and a
weatherproof jacket. (It did not fit but he promised to lose some weight!)
Commiserations to Julian and Simon who both
came in with 36 points and were not placed on the Rostrum.
Handicap adjustments were as follows.
Dean from 18 to 14.
Rob Parry from 24 to 22.
Tich from 24 to 23.
Mark Teed from 11 to 12.
Dave Rushton from 21 to 22.
The final of the Shaun Brady Knockout Cup
was played between Roger Johns and Shaun Brady at Came Down on Wednesday 29th
August and Roger won on the 18th hole. They both said it was a very close game and
well done to the winner. Roger last won
this prestigious trophy in 2002.
Guy Storey donated a Scotty Cameron putter,
which was raffled off after our dinner at the Royal Oak in April and won by
Roger Johns. Roger has since traded the
putter in for a driver and kindly gave the Captain £40 for his Ragamuffin
charity this year. Thank you Roger.
The Drax Arms Consistency Trophy is hotting
up whereby we take the 5 best scores of all players over a season and the best
average wins. This is the top six at present.
Tich White 37.5
Dean Merritt 36
Brett Standerwick 35.6
Martin Debenham 35.5
John Ruskin 34.2
Peter Cheeseman 34
The next game of the season is the Rob Hall
Hackers Trophy, which will be played at Axecliff Golf Club, Seaton on Friday 25th
September with the first tee at 12 noon. This will be the last PINK PONY DAY
and members are reminded to bring their Pink Pony exemption badge or purchase
another on the day.
I look forward to seeing you all again at
Pink Pony Day update
I would like to thank everyone for a super day out on Friday 27th July at Sidmouth
It was a good spirited day out and your contribution to my Ragamuffins charity this year was well donated.
I collected £115 on the day and the most enjoyable bit was giving
Shane his bottle prize for his nearest the pin which he took in his
left hand and got the Pink Pony for his troubles.Great fun and I trust
you all enjoyed yourselves.
The Pink Pony comes out once more this season and that is at Axecliff on Friday 28th September.
The following members paid a £5 immunity fee at Sidmouth which
exempts them from the Pink Pony at Axecliff as long as they are wearing
their Pink Pony emblem in the clubhouse and on the course.Any member
that is playing at Axecliff that has not taken out immunity can do so
by paying the Captain £5 and he will receive his Pink Pony emblem
to wear. (I ran out of emblems on the day and owe one to Mike Parsons,
but I can assure you I will have more very soon.)
Those exempt with emblem are :
1- Jamie Lake
2- Russell French
3- Geoff Adams
4- Roger Johns
6- Tich White
7- Mike Parsons
9- Mike Spears
10- Brett Standerwick
11- Brian Wiffen
12- Mike Crisford
13- John Day
14- Peter Cheeseman
15- Mark Teed
16- Martin Debenham
17- John Pitts
18- Brian Jones
19- John Ruskin
20- Chris Sumner
21- Russell White
22- Dean Merritt
23- Simon Scott
24- Gordy Tucker
I have heard that one or two emblems were given away in various
hostelries on the way home.These can be replaced by purchasing a
replacement from the Captain at £1.50 each. Supplies are not
exhaustive so first come first served. You can reply by email and it
will be reserved for you.Thanks to you all once again for an enjoyable
ROG’s Outing to Sidmouth Golf Club
Friday 27th. July 2007 – The Landlord’s Cup match 76
Another new venue for the ROGS last month was Sidmouth Golf Club
providing views across Branscombe Bay where we could see what was left
of the stricken ship Naples.
We were playing for the Landlords Cup, which was the first trophy played for at Bulbury Woods on Friday 27th July 1998.
Yes, ROGS have been going for 9 years and the starting line up on that
day was Captain Ali Hewitt playing with Jim Corbin and Mike Jones
(Landlord then of the Royal Oak) and Roger Duncanson playing with
Robbie Hall and Russell French.
At the time I was the only player with an official club handicap and
therefore we all decided that all 6 of us should play off 18 handicap
that day and any one that joined in future who did not have an official
club handicap would play off 18 on their 1st game. That is still the
I was lucky enough to win the Inaugral trophy on a card play off from
Jim Corbin both of us with 27 points. Robbie Hall was third with 24
points,Mike was 4th with 20 points, Ali was 5th with 16 points and
Russell came in with 3 points Scored on the 6th, the 10th and 15th.
Russells gross score that day in his first ever golf comp was 154 shots
with 82 on the front nine and only 72 on the back nine. My how
things have changed! Yours truly had a two on the 10th and won our
first twos comp.
My statistics tell me that ROGS have played 37 different golf courses
throughout our normal yearly calendar and we have now reached match 76.
If we add our summer and autumn tour venues then we will have played
110 matches in the past 9 years. Well done the organisers.
Back to the present day, we had 29 players at Sidmouth and the Captain
decided that there would be a prize on all 7 of the Par 3 holes. Both
our Landlords came up trumps with providing us with some great
prizes and I must thank Mark Teed from the Blue Vinny in Puddletown and
Mike Parsons from the Royal Oak for their generosity. It was also Pink
Pony day and the Captain offered immunity to members from wearing the
Pink Pony handbag in return for paying a fiver to his charity this
year, the Ragamuffins. He now has £145 from Pink Pony collections
and there is one more date to go.
The list of the 7 nearest the pin prize winners is as follows.
4 115yds Brett
Hamper Mark Teed
5 203yds Geoff
wine Mike Parsons
6 158yds Brett
wine Mark Teed
11 179yds No winner
12 176yds Russell
Port Mark Teed
14 166yds Shane
wine Brett Standerwick
15 184yds John
Ruskin 6 bottle
wine Mark Teed
There was £29 in the twos kitty and this was shared between Mike Parsons, Julian Flower and Brett Standerwick.
The scores in the club house showed the difficulty that most
experienced here and Simon Scott with 36 points was third on a card
countback from Martin Debenham who was second with 36 points. The
Winner of the Gold Medal, the Landlords Cup and a fine bottle of
Champagne from Mark Teed was won by Richard (Tich) White who had 37
I believe the journey home in the minibus was a great success mainly due to the number of hostelries that were visited.
The Drax Arms Consistency trophy is hotting up with Tich White leading
the field with an average for the season of 37.30 and Brett Standerwick
is chasing him with 37.25 .
Tich Whites handicap will now go from 27 to 24, Martin Debenham from 24
to 22 and Simon Scott from 28 to 27. Members going up are Jamie Lake
from 26 to 27, Robbie Hall from 18 to 19, Geoff Adams from 15 to 16,
Peter Cheeseman from 20 to 21 and Mike Parsons from 25 to 26.
The Final of the Shaun Brady Summer Knockout Cup will be between Roger
Johns and Shaun Brady and will be played before our next match on
Friday 31st August which is being played at Hamptworth Golf Club in the
We will be playing for the Presidents Cup and our President, Mr Russell French cordially invites you to this venue.
Captains Away Day
The Captain at Bulbury Woods G C , Mike Rawlings, held a Captain's Away Day
at Remedy Oak Golf Club, Horton Cross on Tuesday 17th. July 2007.
ROGS Captain, Roger Duncanson, was a guest at this event and came in the
winner with 35 points out of 40 players.
Three Cheers for Dunco !!
Draw for the semi final of the Shaun Brady Knockout Cup.
All matches to be played before Friday June 29th.
Roger Johns v Mike Parsons and Shaun Brady v John Ruskin.
ROGS SUMMER TOUR 2007
The Wiltshire Golf & Country Club, Wooton Bassett.
July 6th – 8th 2007
Russell (Bobber) White, who is the ROGS treasurer, started our summer
tours in 2003 when about 7 members went to Bowood for the weekend.
Every year since, the tours have got better and this year 25 members
went to Eddie Shah’s golf club “The Wiltshire”.
(He used to own the Today newspaper) Membership is a thousand
pounds per annum so it is pretty exclusive and the accommodation and
service was up to the mark. Swimming pool, sauna, gym and bar made for
an interesting weekend.
We play a Stableford game over three days and had a best 1,2,and 3 for
overall top score on the last day. Each day we also had our
regular competitions which included - nearest the pin, longest drive
and nearest the pin in two plus our 2s money.
Day one on the Friday proved it was going to be a difficult course when
we went out in very high winds, which gave us all a battering over 18
holes. Whilst it was very windy it was also warm and there were a
lot of very red faces in the club house afterwards due to a lack of sun
cream. The first hole was over water with at least a 160 yard carry and
our starter was very impressed with how many of us made it over the
first pond. The difficulty showed in the scoring that day with Shane
Mooney coming in third with 31 points, Roger Johns second with 32
points and Paul Ebsworth the winner with 36 points.
Saturday morning on the first tee was full of joviality as members
learnt that the night before the Captain had locked himself out of his
bedroom by mistake and was only in his nightwear. He had to
surreptitiously visit reception to obtain a new key, which the night
porter gave him with a grin.
Third on this day was Graeme Price with 35 points, Martin Debenham was
second with 36 points and Jim Corbin was first with 37 points.
On the Sunday morning we were allowed to tee off earlier at 9.30 am and
the leading four went out in the last fourball. The 3rd place on
the final day went to Rob Parry with 36 points, Second on a card
playoff and playing with a 6 handicap was John Ruskin with 37 points
and the winner on the day was Tich White with 37 points. He
chipped into the hole from off the green on the 18th to get 4 points
for a par which won him the game.
We all gathered in a room provided to us by The Wiltshire after the
last game on Sunday for our presentation of prize winners. Graeme Price
is our bookmaker for such a keenly contested game and unfortunately he
lost a packet !!! Now looking for a sugar Mummy. Third prize for
the best score of the weekend went to Dean Merritt with a total of 92
points, second went to Tich White with 93 points and the overall winner
(not for the first time ) went to our Vice Captain Martin Debenham with
Congratulations to all our winners and members for making this an
excellent weekend and many thanks to Bobber, we look forward to hearing
about next years venue.
Captains Cup at Sherborne Golf Club July 2007
One of the many benefits you receive as Captain of ROGS is that you are
allowed to pick your golf venues for your year as Captain. ROGS have
never had a Society day at Sherborne before because they would not
allow societies to play on a Friday which is our chosen day for our
monthly meeting. Sherborne had a new Secretary last year and he
brought about the change that societies could now play on Fridays as a
way of improving the clubs revenue.
What a golf course! It has to be in the top five in Dorset with a few very memorable holes.
We were playing for the Captains Cup and the winner has his name put on
our ROGS board which is located at the Sports Club.We had 32 members
and two guests playing this month and Tim Porter, who is now a member,
came all the way from Wales for the day.
Previous winners of the Captains Cup have been Robbie Hall, Tim Percy,
Alan Lambert, Jim Corbin, Guy Storey, John Ruskin, Mike Parsons, Graeme
Price and in 1999 Dean Merritt.
We started off at 12.15 and it started raining but thankfully the rain
only lasted for 20 minutes and the day brightened up. There was
£34 in the twos kitty and this was shared between Peter Cheeseman
who had a two on the par 3, 15th. and Mark Teed for his two on the par
, 7th. The longest drive was won by Julian Flower with a monster on the
5th. and nearest the pin in two was won by Brett Standerwick on the
18th. The Captain won the nearest the pin on the 15th but then 3
putted! We also held a putting competition which meant that
every player had to record how many putts he took on every green.
Second was Mike Parker with 28 putts and the unusual point is he plays
right handed but putts left handed. The winner with 27 putts was John
Ruskin who won a putter.
Third and Bronze medal went to Mike Parker who had 34 points, Second
and Silver medal went to Julian Flower who had 36 points and
First and Gold medal winner went to Dean Merritt with 37 points.Mike
Crisford also donated a bottle of wine for the winner
Dean will be cut from 21 to 18, Julian from 10 to 8 and Mike from 24 to
23.Receiving shots back will be Jim Corbin from 19 to 20, Mike Parsons
from 24 to 25, Rob Parry from 23 to 24, Shaun Brady from 22 to 23
and Graeme Price from 19 to 20.
The draw for the semi final of the Shaun Brady Knockout Cup is Roger Johns v Mike Parsons and Shaun Brady v John Ruskin.
There are 25 members off to The Wiltshire Golf Club at Wooton Bassett
near Swindon on Friday 6th July until Sunday 8th July for the annual
summer tour, which has again been organised by our Treasurer, Russell
(Bobber) White. Our next meeting is on Friday 27th July at
Sidmouth Golf Club when we are playing for the Landlords Cup As
this is another new venue for ROGS members I look forward to seeing as
many members as possible.
ROGS at Halstock – Friday 25th. May 2007
Our third outing this year to Somerset although some holes at
Halstock are in Dorset. We were playing for the Whitbread Shield
in a Betterball pairs competition. We had two guests with us
again, Tim Porter and John Day and they have both now been invited to
join the Society.
This was the Rogs first outing to Halstock which has built up a
reputation as a Restaurant with a golf course in the local area around
Yeovil. It is not a long course but it is difficult and you need
to be accurate with your shots. Its very pretty and also very
quite so we were all looking forward to a decent day out.
I would like to thank our sponsors this month namely Rob Parry, Pete Cheeseman and Brett Standerwick.
The longest drive was won by Julian Flower on the 7th, Martin
Debenham won the £29 in the twos money on the par 3 14th hole and
Geoff Adams won nearest the pin on the 12th. No one won the nearest the
pin on the 18th which was an exact dogleg right and shows the degree of
difficulty. The scores for the pairs were as follows.
1st and winner of the Gold medal Mike Crisford and Dave Rushton - 50 points
2nd receives the Silver medal Brian Wiffen and Martin Debenham –45 points
3rd receives the Bronze medal John Ruskin and Simon Scott – 45points
4th Rob Hall and Mike Parsons-45 points
5th Shaun Brady and Alan Lambert – 43 points
6th Rob Parry and Julian Flower – 42 points
7th Peter Cheeseman and Ian Duncanson – 41 points
8th Russell White and and Keith Nurrish – 41 points
9th Geoff Adams and Rob Smith – 39 points
10th Russell French and Julian Flower – 39 points
11th Brett Standerwick and Gordy Tucker –38 points
12th Graeme Price and Chris Sumner – 38 points
13th Jim Corbin and John Pitts – 36 points
14th Captain and Jamie Lake –32 points
Guests Tim Porter and John Day-41 points
The next outing is at Sherborne Golf Club on Friday 29th June and the
first tee is at 12 noon. The trophy we will play for is the
Captains Cup and I look forward to meeting as many members as possible
to this great golf venue.
Chedington Court Golf Club
Friday 27th. April 2007 – Jim Corbin Cup
This was ROGS second outing to Somerset this year and the weather was
absolutely gorgeous. The real beauty of Chedington Court is it’s
tranquillity, with a well designed course in a lovely setting and well
cared for by the Greenstaff. The whole atmosphere at Chedington is a
credit to all the staff and I would recommend anyone who has not played
this course to give it a go.
We had bacon baps and coffee on arrival and 32 members turned out with one guest.
Our guest on this day was John Day who has recently moved into Bere Regis and plays off a handicap of 18.
We were playing for the Jim Corbin Cup, which was first won by Ali
Hewitt as Captain in 1999 and 2001 and Pricey in 2000. Jim Corbin is
recuperating from back surgery and was playing with Rogs for the 1st.
time this year and came in with a very creditable 29 points.
Other notable scores were our guest John Day who came in with 30
points, John Ruskin with 38 points, Robbie Hall with 37 points,
Jamie Lake with 35 points and Mike Spear with 34 points.
There is no doubt that playing regular golf is helping to improve most
of our members game and it now looks like you need to be in the forty
point scores to win. However there are still some hard courses
to play this season so lets see how they pan out.
The tradition with Rogs is that the Captain selects the courses and
where dinner will be and I decided that it would be nostalgic to go
back to the Royal Oak this month and 26 members turned up for dinner
and the presentation. For once, we were grateful that some
members had other activities to persue after the golf because 33 for
dinner would have been a little cramped. As it was, we enjoyed some
excellent food with home made pastry on the steak and ale pie and mine
host, Mike Parsons, very kindly put a bottle of wine on each table.
This was also the first game of the season when the Pink Pony
joined us and this is the Captains’ method of collecting funds
for his chosen charity, the Ragamuffins pre-school playgroup, which
caters for the small children of our village. Almost £20 in
20pence fines was collected but this was dwarfed by our secretary Guy
Storey, who put up a Scotty Cameron Putter worth almost £150 for
raffle. This was won by Roger Johns and the raffle raised £175 so
£200 will go to The Ragamuffins at the end of the season.
I was sat in the clubhouse taking the scorecards as they came in and
Tich White entered with a grin from ear to ear. He gave me his
scorecard with 41points on it and said that was the best round of golf
he had ever played. I thought it could be the winning card but then
Brett Standerwick walked in also with a grin from ear to ear and gave
me his scorecard with 43 points on it. His playing partners
acknowledged the great game that Brett had played. With that we thought
he couldn’t be beaten when in walked Mark Teed who was playing
off a handicap of 16 with - “wait for it” 44 points.
So there it is Mark won the Jim Corbin Cup and Gold medal, Brett
was second with the Silver medal and Tich was third with the Bronze
The 2’s comp had £33 in the kitty and this was shared by
Mike Spear and Jim Corbin on the 17th and Roger Johns on the 8th.
Nearest the pin on the 8th, was won by Mark Teed, nearest the pin
in two on the 10th was won by Geoff Adams, nearest the line on the 15th
was won by Dave Rushton and the longest drive on the 16th was won by
I would like to thank our sponsors this month, Mike Parker, Jim Corbin and Brian Wiffen for their kind donation of prizes.
Marks handicap will now gone down to 11, Bretts will be 21 and Tich will be 27.
Brian Wiffen will go up to 21 and Graeme Price will go up to 19.
A truly memorable day out and we all look forward to Halstock near Yeovil for our next outing on Friday 25th May.
We will be playing our annual Pairs competition for the Whitbread
Shield and the 1st tee is at 12noon. It is imperative that if you
commit to playing on this day that you make every effort to attend to
avoid letting your playing partner down.
Many of you have not played this course before and whist it is a short
course it calls for great accuracy and the food in the clubhouse is
Hope to see you there.
GRS Architects Trophy – Ashley Wood G.C.
Friday March 30th. 2007
I was asked why I had chosen Ashley Wood as one of my venues this
year especially as the club had let ROGS down in previous times.
Well it drains well having been built on chalk,so that was a
consideration for a March outing and there are a lot of very good
individual holes. However when you put them together collectively the
course is a bit up and down but again it is local and the fifth oldest
We were playing for the GRS Architects Trophy sponsored by Guy
Storey and 27 players turned out.
My thanks to Keith Nurrish who sponsored the nearest the pin on the 4th which was won by Guy Storey.
The 2's money of £27 was shared between Guy and Robbie Hall.
Guy sponsored prizes on the 4th nearest the pin in two and 18th
nearest the pin and these were won by John Ruskin and Peter Cheeseman.
The longest drive was won on the 14th by Julian Flower.
The Captain had a bad day at the office and came in last with 21
points and other notable scores were put in by Bobber with 38 points,
Dean Merritt with 38 points,Russell French with 31 points.
The bronze medal went to Paul Ebsworth with 39 points, the Silver
medal went to Jamie Lake with a mega 41 points and the winner of the
Gold medal on a card play off with 41 points was Shaun Brady.
A good meal and a rather cold but nice day was had by all.
Some members had a side bet on Englands test score against Ireland
and Robbie Hallwas the nearest with 266 so he collected £8 and
£8 went into the Captains charity, The Ragamuffins. Well done
Handicap revisions were Shaun Brady from 25 to 22, Jamie Lake from 28 to 26 and Paul Ebsworth from 22 to 21.
receiving shots back were Jim Wetherill from 22 to 23, Mike Parker from
23 to 24 and the Captain from 23 to 24. (we need all the help we can
Shaun Brady Knockout Cup
Hello Fellow Golfers. The draw for the first round was made and it is as follows.
Martin Debenham v Mark Teed v Paul Ebsworth
Tich White v Robbie Hall v Jim Wetherill
Graeme Price v Russell White
Brett Standerwick v Jim Corbin
Jamie Lake v John Pitts
Mike Crisford v Simon Scott
Gordy Tucker v Captain
Rob Smith v John Ruskin
Mike Parker V Pete Cheeseman
Roger Johns v Mark Crocker
Chris Sumner v Shaun Brady
Guy Storey v Brian Wiffen
Russell French v Ali Hewitt
Julian Flower v Dean Merritt
Dave Rushton v Rob Parry
Geoff Adams v Mike Parsons
All matches to be played before the next outing on April 27th. Matches cannot be played at Cheddington Court on the 27th.
First name out must organise the match at his choice of venue. For
latest contact details and handicaps please refer to our website www.golfingsociety.co.uk
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The difference between handicaps is three quarters.
Paul Ebsworth Builders Matchplay Shield
The winner of the Paul Ebsworth Knockout Shield was won by John
Ruskin who beat Geoff Adams at Rushmore Park 4and 3. John Ruskin
played Geoff Adams at Rushmore Park Golf Club in the Final of the Paul
Ebsworth Builders Matchplay Shield.
John Ruskin won 4 and 3. At the 11th par4 at 255yards John drove the
green and sunk the putt for an eagle 2. Well played John!
Commiserations to Geoffrey.
ROGS first outing – Yeovil, Friday 23rd. February 2007
Our winters, with the short days and long dark nights makes this period
of the year notoriously boring and uneventful. It is this that
always make us golfers keen to go out and play the first game of the
season. We know that the good weather days at this time of year are as
rare as finding a diamond in a custard tart and with this in mind 28
ROGS members turned up to play for ‘The Members’ Challenge
Cup’ at Yeovil Golf Club. This cup was kindly donated by
one of our past Captains, Graeme Price.This was the beginning of ROGS
tenth season and 76th outing.
The evening prior to the day, the secretary of Yeovil Golf Club
contacted Guy Storey and myself to advise us that the main course would
not be playable as they were expecting 8mm of rain overnight and some
of the greens were already flooded. Hasty discussions were held amongst
the committee and it was decided to play the 9 hole Newton course at
Yeovil, which we were assured would not be closed. Come Friday morning
the rain was still persisting in Bere Regis and Yeovil, but after a
hearty breakfast at the Golf Club, the Captain took the first tee at
10.20 – and the rain stopped!! It was the Captain’s
decision to play the course back to front (back 9 first, front 9
second) and this caused great amusement amongst the members. With the
main course closed, Yeovil’s members turned out to play the
Newton course also and Rogs’ members had to take their turn on
every tee alternating with Yeovil members. Despite all this not one
moan from anyone. They all got on with their game and the consenus of
opinion was that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Newton course .
We had two new members for the 2007 season, Tim Porter who plays off 9
handicap and Mark Teed the landlord of the Blue Vinney in Puddletown
who plays off 16.
Mark Teed won the longest drive on the 6th and took home 3 magnificent Titelist golf balls with the Royal Oak logo.
Winner of nearest the pin on the 9th was Brian Wiffen who won a Chipper
and winner of nearest the pin on the 13th was Dave Rushton who won a
The twos had accumulated £21 from the previous game and totalled
£48 in the kitty(Julian Flower forgot to pay but we will send out
the bailiffs) Dave Rushton had two two,s on the 9th and 13th and
received £32 and the Captain had a two on the 9th and received
The winner of the Members Challenge Cup and the Gold medal was our
Secretary, Guy Storey who came in with a big smile and 44 points.
In 2nd place and the Silver medal was Peter (Gringo) Cheeseman
with 42 points on a card play off and in 3rd place and the Bronze medal
was Dave Rushton with 42 points.
Commiserations to Martin Debenham who also had 42 points and Brett
Standerwick with 41 points. The only person to flout our dress code at
dinner was Peter Cheeseman with an out of date ROGS tie. Needless to
say he was fined five pounds and the offending article was cut off by
Our President Russell French had his highest score to date with 33 points.
There are quiet a few handicap revisions after this game and these will be posted on our website www.societygolfing.co.uk
by our Handicap Secretary, Geoff Adams, over the next couple of days.
A few members took the leisurely route home with our President
and made a few strategic stops at watering holes in the Piddle Valley.
The semi finals of the Paul Ebsworth Knockout Shield are taking place
and I have just learnt tonight that John Ruskin beat Roger Johns at
Wareham 2 and 1 to go into the Final. Ebsy is playing Geoff Adams in
the other semi. I look forward to seeing all members and Guests at
Ashley Wood Golf Club on Friday 30th March for the first tee at 12.04.