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ROGS 2007

Captain and Winners

Captain and Winners





T Off

Friday 23rd February Members Challenge
Yeovil 11:15 Guy Storey

Friday 30th March   

GRS Trophy   

Ashley Wood

12:04 Shaun Brady

Friday 27th April   

Jim Corbin Cup   

Cheddington Court

12:00 PP Day Mark Teed

Friday 25th May   

Whitbread Shield   


12:00 Mike Crisford and
Dave Rushton

Friday 29th June   

Captain's Cup   


12:00 Dean Merritt

Friday 27th July   

Landlord's Cup   

Sidmouth 11:45 PP Day Tich White

Friday 31st August   

President's Cup   


12:00 Dean Merritt

Friday 28th September   

Rob Hall Trophy   

Axe Cliff

12:00 PP Day Dave Rushton

Friday 26th October   

Zoom Trophy   

Rushmore Park

12:00 Jamie Lake
Sat 15th December Xmas Cup of Good Cheer Bulbury 10:04 Roger Duncanson

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 golf course.

 Member’s revised handicaps will be published on our ROGS’ Members website,  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 practice ground.
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, login as royaloak with the password bereregis.

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 matches ahead.

Captain Debo.

 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 Corbin.

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.

Vice Captain Shaun

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 15th.

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.


Captain Dunco

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.

Pink Pony, Jane and Dunco

Pictured with the Captain and Ragamuffins trustee, Jane George is the Pink Pony who has now taken up residence at the Ragamuffins playgroup.

Ragamuffins open my MP
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

ROGS on tour in Portugal 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 Spain.

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 chauffeur.

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 Standerwick
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 day.
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 Regis.

Pink Pony & Capt Dunco having last dinner

The Pink Pony enjoyed a well earned rest, on holiday with members of the ROGS Golf Society in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Pink Pony by the poolPinky Pony with the lady
Pink Pony and another ladyPink Pony on the balcony
Pink Pony sunbathing dig the flip flops
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

When 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 retirement.
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 Jim Corbin at Axecliffdown. 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 good health.

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 is wonderful.

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.
Little & Large at AxecliffBrian 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 condemned.

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.

Best regards

Captain Dunco

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 outing.

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 Captain.

Rob Smith had the only two of the day and collected £32.

 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!)

I will lose 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 Seaton


Captain Dunco

Pink Pony Day update

Hello Roggites.

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
                            5- Captain
                            6- Tich White
                            7- Mike Parsons
                            8-Mike Parker
                            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 day out.

Captain Dunco

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 rule today.

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.

Hole    Yardage    Winner        Prize        Sponsor

 4    115yds      Brett Standerwick        Hamper    Mark Teed
 5    203yds      Geoff Adams            Bottle wine    Mike Parsons
 6    158yds      Brett Standerwick        Bottle wine    Mark Teed
 11    179yds   No winner
 12    176yds      Russell French        Bottle Port    Mark Teed
 14    166yds      Shane Mooney        Bottle 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.

Presentation by Mr Grumpy and Mr Happy

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 points.

 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 New Forest.

We will be playing for the Presidents Cup and our President, Mr Russell French cordially invites you to this venue.

Captain Dunco

Bulbury Woods
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.

unco the winner at Bulbury Golf Club
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.


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 96 points.

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.

Captain Dunco

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.

7th at Sherbourne

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.

Captain Dunco

ROGS at Halstock – Friday 25th. May 2007

Whitbread Shield

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. 

Peter Chesseman - circket at Halstock!

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.

Captain Dunco

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 PonyPink 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 medal.
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 Graeme Price.

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 fantastic.

Hope to see you there.

Captain Dunco

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 in Dorset.

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 Lads!

Handicap revisions were Shaun Brady from 25 to 22, Jamie Lake from 28 to 26 and Paul Ebsworth from 22 to 21.

Players 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 get).

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 login royaloak and password bereregis    

The difference between handicaps is three quarters.

Good luck

Captain Dunco

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.

3rd at Yeovil 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 new Driver.
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 £16.
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 the Captain.
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 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.

Captain Dunco