Write-up by Steve Lloyd
39 BUNGS members plus one guest arrived at Druids Heath Golf Club in Aldridge to contest the final event of the 2015/16 BUNGS Season, The Challenge Trophy. With all 27 holes to count, it was straight onto the course after the coffee and bacon rolls.
The weather was mild and stayed dry, although there was a lot of morning dew on the course and that never really evaporated as the day progressed. This, coupled with trick sloping greens, meant scoring was not going to be easy.
49 points over the 27 holes was enough to secure fifth place by Alan Tolley (handicap 19), who beat Craig Vale and John Evand on countback. After a momentous season, Steve Hendy was playing off a newly chopped handicap of 6 but that didn't stop him taking fourth place with 50 points. Two ahead was Karl Hughes,playing off 9 on 52 points in third place with Mark Johnson (handicap 13) pipping Karl into second with a better back nine, also on 52 points.
Two points clear, having a real consistent day was Adam Thompson, playing off 6. Tommo scored 17 on the morning nine, followed by nines of 18 and 19 points in the afternoon for a superb 54 point total and to secure his first BUNGS for 8 years. Well played Tommo.
With this being the final event of the year, the seaon long competions were also decided. The League Cup had aready been confimed as Steve Hendy's and Kev Morris had long since wrapped up the Gross Birdies League, leaving just the Nett Birdies to play for. Five nett birdies on the day was enough for Steve Hendy to also secure this crown, to go along with his League Cup, Matchplay Knockout, BUNGS Masters and Most Improved Player. Quite a season Steve!
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|7th||Par 3||177 yards||Steve Hendy||£10|
|7th||Par 3||177 yards||Kevin Morris||£10|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
33 BUNGS members and one guest made their way through the morning traffic to Walsall Golf Club for this years Captain's trophy.
With it being Neil White's Captain's Day there were a multitude of prizes avalable on the par threes and several nearest the pin in two on par fours, plus a straightest line and extra longest drive holes.There was also a team yellow ball comp where each hole of of the group had to play with the yellow ball, and that score counted. Most groups managed to complete the round without losing the ball, some were not so lucky and some poor bastards were grouped with Jeff Sackett. Jeff managed to lose the ball after TWO SHOTS, quite an achievent on a reachable par four.
The morning money was won by the final group, playing in a fourball, and Kev Morris, Wayne Tandy, Steve Hendy and guest Andy Gerrard each trousered £8.50.
After the usual lunch fayre of soup and sandwiches, it was back onto the course to compete for the Captain's Trophy. The weather stayed dry but there was a bit of breeze and the ground was quite wet, which meant the course was playing quite tricky and long. 33 points was good enough for fifth place for Adrian Marchant playing off 14 and one point ahead was Kev Morris, playing off 3. Also on 34,playing off 10 was Captain Neil White in third place and Doug Treacher (handicap 12) also shot 34 but pipped Neil into second place with a batter back three holes.
The winner, for the second time this season was Steve Hendy, playing off 8. Steve scored just 16 on the front nine but 18 on the back nine for a 35 point total and the trophy. Well played Steve. The handicap review committee are meeting to discuss your handicap :-).
The day ended with the prize giving and draw for the Captain's raffle, the day ended up raising a superb £463.40.
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|4th||Par 3||167 yards||Mark Johnson||£5|
|10th||Par 3||154 yards||Mark Johnson||£5|
|13th||Par 3||165 yards||Alex Tolley||£5|
|13th||Par 3||165 yards||Neil White||£5|
Write-up by Graham Thorpe
37 BUNGS members assembled early at Whittington Heath on a glorious warm sunny day for the annual eclectic tournament over 36 holes.
With the absence of Society Secretary Steve Lloyd, Tim Thacker and Captain Neil White took over the reins as we drank our coffee and munched our bacon sandwiches, all of us keen to meet the challenging golf course which was being watered as we dined.
The first three ball teed off at 9.00 with Mike Fox leading the way in his chariot (buggy) down the first, without care and abandon. The second hole was a different matter. Mike having driven his ball into the heathland and scrub down the right hand side of the fairway manoeuvred his buggy towards the difficult terrain. Neil found his ball and indicated to Mike to turn his buggy round. What happened next was a scene from “wacky races” as Mike turned the wheel his foot slipped down onto the accelerator and Mike was thrown out of the buggy as it headed directly for a tree. Both Mike and the tree recovered without injury.
Back with the golf many members found the greens very difficult in the morning rounds and were grateful to have another go at this testing course in the afternoon.
The Captain’s challenge was won by the Captain Neil and his partners Terry Tomkiss and Darren Minor at the 4th hole, the Captain also secured his 2!
There was some high scoring in the afternoon with several players getting 40+ points on this difficult track. In 5th place was Peter White with 41 points, off a handicap of 15 with 14 shots. In 4th place Was Neil White with 42 pts off a handicap of 11, losing on count back to Kevin Armitt for 3rd place also with 42 pts off a handicap of 16 (14 shots). Runner up in 2nd place was Phil Latham with 44pts off a handicap of 16 (14 shots) but in 1st place was new member Wayne Tandy with 45 pts off a handicap of 17 (15 shots). Congratulations to Wayne, good luck with your new handicap! After another splendid meal in the clubhouse and presentation 37 members made their way home from a splendid days golf.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Whittington Heath
|4th||Par 3||158 yards||Jamie Moore||£5|
|4th||Par 3||158 yards||Neil White||£5|
|7th||Par 3||177 yards||Darren Minor||£5|
|13th||Par 3||135 yards||Steve Hendy||£5|
|15th||Par 3||196 yards||Dave Grubb||£5|
|15th||Par 3||196 yards||Peter Meaney||£5|
|15th||Par 3||196 yards||Alex Tolley||£5|
|15th||Par 3||196 yards||Bobby Ho||£5|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
One of the smallest attendances at a BUNGS event for quite a while arrived at Hollywood Golf Club for this year's Pairs Championship.
Pairs were drawn and after the coffee and bacon sandwiches it was onto the course, which was in fine condition. Hollywood is relatively short but is tight and tree lines, so accuracy was key. Apart from the odd spot of rain, the weather remained kind.
The morning money was split between the top two pairs, who could only be separated by countback on the final hole. With both pairs scoring 22 points, Alan Heard and John Evans were pipped into first place by Ian Ronson and Alex Tolley.
Onto the afternoon round and the weather remained dry by the wind increased and it was swirling around the trees, making club selection difficult. As usual for a BUNGS event, scoring was pretty poor but there were several groups who excelled, helped with the change to 9/10 handicap instead of the previous 3/4 for fourball-betterball.
Third place went to John Shaw (4) and Paul Herrmann (16) with 20 points on the front nine and 19 on the back for a 39 point total. Paul Herrmann took the nearest the pin at the 5th, putting his tee shot to two feet but crucially missed the putt which robbed them of second spot. This went to Adrian Marchant (15) and Peter Meaney (8) whose 40 points was compiled with 22 on the front nine and 18 on the back nine.
Taking their morning form into the afternoon round, Ian Ronson (20) and Alex Tolley (14) won the event by an abolute mile. They scored a whopping 24 on the front nine and just a piddling 21 on the back nine for a 45 point total and convincing victory (and hefty handicap cut), well played fellas.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Hollywood
|5th||Par 3||157 yards||Adrian Marchant||£10|
|12th||Par 3||117 yards||Alan Tolley||£10|
|?||Par 3||?||Terry Tomkiss||£10|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
Welcome to the Richard Mansell show!
32 BUNGS members travelled to Moseley Golf Club in Birmingham for this season's BUNGS Championship and BUNGS Masters and were greeted with a fantastic golf course in superb condition, with real tricky, fast sloping greens. The weather was dry, warm and sunny but there was a testing wind that made life difficult.
The morning 9 holes counted for those that had qualified for The Masters competition but for the rest of us, we were concentrating on the team event. This was won by Tim Thacker and Adrian Marchant, with just a little help from Richard Mansell. They each trousered £10 for their winning score of 37 points.
As far as The Masters was concerned, Paul Jobbins was leading the way on 18 with Alex Tolley in second. three points back and Steve Hendy a point further adrift in third.
There were enough sandwiches at lunchtime to feed a small army so no-one should have headed back onto the course hungry.
The wind seemed to get even stronger in the afternoon so scoring was going to be tough and it proved to be for some.
Kevin Morris, playing off 3, had a nightmare from nine just scoring 10 points but found form with 4 birdies on the back nine and 22 points for 32 points in fifth (ahead of Peter Meaney, Graham Thorpe and Howard Holliday on countback). One point ahead was the mighty Alan Heard scoring 19 on the front nine and 14 on the back off his handicap of 9 and one point ahead of Alan was Steve Barkshire, handicap 10, scoring 15 and 19 for a 34 point total in third.
Steve Hendy was attending his fourth BUNGS event and his handicap had been chopped after prize winning finishes in all three previous visits. This didn't stop another fine performance though as, playing off 9, he scored 18 on the front nine and 20 on the back nine for a 38 point total and second place. The handicap review committee will be liaising shortly to decide what to hack Steve's handicap down to!
Although he missed out on first place, Steve's fine afternoon 'knock' was enough to secure the BUNGS Masters crown with a 52 point total, 5 clear of Steve Barkshire in second and Paul Jobbins in third, both on 47 points. Well played Steve.
The winner of the event had a good day. After taking the morning money, Richard Mansell improved in the afternoon. I'm sure those watching his morning tee shot knew something special was about to happen after he flew over the back of the par four first hole (277 yards), with a three wood!
Playing off a handicap of +3, Richard shot a gross 64 with seven birdies (three of then two's) on his card for a 39 point total and the BUNGS Championship title. Richard also cleanned up taking two of the nearest the pins and the longest drive (a mere 58 yards ahead of anyone else). Well played Richard.
Richard is currenly on a golf scholarship at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He's planning on turning pro and giving the European Tour a try after graduating next year, so I'm sure we all wish him the best for this (just as long as you agree to play off +8 next time you visit BUNGS). Richard's profile at NSU.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Moseley
|4th||Par 3||200 yards||Alan Heard||£5|
|6th||Par 3||163 yards||Richard Mansell||£5|
|11th||Par 3||140 yards||Richard Mansell||£5|
|11th||Par 3||140 yards||Adam Thompson||£5|
|11th||Par 3||140 yards||Jamie Moore||£5|
|14th||Par 3||152 yards||Richard Mansell||£5|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
32 BUNGS members made the journey to Scraptoft, on the outskirts of Leicester, for the 2016 memorial salver.The weather remained dry and despite the greens being a bit 'long and slow' the course was in a decent condition considering the amount of rain that fell the day before.
The morning money was won by Paul Herrmann, Peter Meaney and the mighty Alan Heard, each taking £9.
Afternoon scoring was steady and 32 points was enough for fifth place for Terry Tomkiss, playing off 17. Also on 32, and beating Terry into fourth with a better back nine was Kev Armitt off a handicap of 20.
One point ahead on 33 was Steve Barkshire off 10 and then there was a huge jump of four points to Peter Meaney on 37 points. Playing off 9.Pete's second place was constructed with 20 points on the front nine and 17 on the back.
The winner, attending his first event of 2016, was Karl Hughes. Karl has obviously been spending his spare hours at the driving range as, playing off 10, he scored 18 points on the front nine and a great 21 on the back nine for a 39 point total. Well played Karl, an excellent performance.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Scraptoft
|4th||Par 3||175 yards||Alex Tolley||£5|
|6th||Par 3||138 yards||Paul Jobbins||£5|
|6th||Par 3||138 yards||Adrian Marchant||£5|
|11th||Par 3||117 yards||Karl Hughes||£5|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
With a lot of cancellations the day before, only 32 BUNGS members made it to Beeston Fields for this year's Enterprise Cup. Although a lot cooler than the preceeding few days, it was dry and bright. The course was in a decent enough condition, the fairways could certainly have done with a cut and the sloping greens, although not as fast as they could have been, were very tricky.With 43 points, the morning money was won by Steve Hendy, Adrian Marchant and Steven Raji on countback over Darren Minor, Graham Thorpe and Alex Tolley.
After lunch it was onto the course for the main competition. I was expecting a winning score around the 40 point mark but the greens did seem to 'challenge' everyone and scroring wasnt particularly brilliant. 32 points was enough to be in the prizes and fifth went to Simon Hayward, playing off 10. Pipping Simon into fourth, with a better back nine was Mike Fox off 18. There was then a three point jump up to John Haley, playing off 21, scoring 35 in third place and one point ahead was Neil Price, making his BUNGS debut, playing off 14 with 36 points in second place.
Steve Hendy is another new BUNGS member, with Beeston Fields being only his third event, but Steve has finished in the prizes in all three of his appearances. Playing off 11, Steve scored an excellent 20 on the front nine and, luckily for him, 'single pointers' on each of the last three holes kept his score to 37 points so wont receive such a huge handicap cut (although he will be playing off 9 next time, unless the BUNGS Handicap Review Committee have other ideas). Congratulations on your his maiden BUNGS title Steve.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Beeston Fields
|11th||Par 3||164 yards||Steve Hendy||£20|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
40 BUNGS members arrive at Sutton Coldfield Golf Club for the first event of the year, The Ballesteros Bowl. The day went well with the weather, despite there being a few light showers, was kinder than had been forecasted.
It was 2016 Captain Neil White's drive-in which was supported with 84 guesstimates ranging from 60 yards (Neil Preston) to 270 yards (Mark Johnson). As it was, Neil had quite a bit to follow as Robert Rock and his mates nudged in in-front of us just before 10:00am, each almost reaching the green - Mr. Rock with what looked like a 5-iron. Ultimately Neil hit a slight pull draw 257 yards, hewas impressed even if he do say so himself! Graham Adams was on the money - literally.
The course was playing tough with lighting fast greens so scoring wasn't particularly brilliant, but the top five all performed well. It was no surprise to see Kevin Morris in the prizes in fifth place with a score of 35 point off his handicap of 3. In fourth, also on 35 point with a better back 6 holes was Peter Meaney playing off 9. New member Steve Hendy has in the prizes for both his events so far, this time in third place also on 35 points with a better back nine off a handicap of 11.
The fourth player on 35, and rueing his chance to claim the victory after missing a couple of 'tiddlers' was Tim Thacker. Playing off 10, Tim pipped Steve into second place with a better back six.
The winner, one point ahead was Phil Latham, playing off 16. Phil scored 19 on the front nine and 17 on the back nine for his 36 point total and first BUNGS victory for a number of years, well played Phil.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Sutton Coldfield
|2nd||Par 3||112 yards||Kevin Morris||£5|
|2nd||Par 3||112 yards||Howard Holliday||£5|
|9th||Par 3||140 yards||Rob Brown||£5|
|15th||Par 3||175 yards||Doug Treacher||£5|
|17th||Par 3||184 yards||Adrian Marchant||£5|
|17th||Par 3||184 yards||Howard Holliday||£5|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
36 BUNGS members arrived to Maxstoke Park Golf Club in Coleshill for this year's Christmas Cup. Unfortunately there had been a huge amount of rain in the preceeding couple of days so the course was very wet. As is usual with Maxstoke Park though, at least the course was open. The rain continued during the day and the cold, wet conditions were pretty unpleasant and it was a surprise there weren't more than two players who walked-in.
Scoring was actually very good from a large percentage of the field and 36 points was only enough for fifth place with both Terry Tomkiss and Phil Latham scored this, both playing off handicaps of 17. It was Phil who pipped Terry into fourth place on countback. One point ahead, playing off 11 was Ian Talboys finishing in third place nd second went to new member Steve Hendy who scored an excellent 39 points off his handicap of 12.
The event was won by Steve Barkshire, playing off 11 and Steve's superb 40 points was enough to secure his third BUNGS victory and his first till 2012, well played Steve.
View full results and handicap adjustments from Maxstoke Park
|9th||Par 3||194 yards||Neil White||£5|
|9th||Par 3||194 yards||Steve Hendy||£5|
|16th||Par 3||160 yards||Kevin Morris||£5|
|16th||Par 3||160 yards||Neil White||£5|
Write-up by Steve Lloyd
31 BUNGS members plus a non-playing Society Secretary made the trip North to Southport with a little trepidation as the weather forecast was atrocious and a huge amount of rain had already fallen in the preceeding 48 hours. Upon arrival at Hesketh Golf Club, the weather was showery and overcast with a strong wind but at least the torrential rain that was forecast was not happening.
As usual on our winter trip, a full English breakfast was greedily scoffed-down and it was onto the first tee for the first day fourball-betterballs. Most mananged to get onto the first tee on time, some didn't, so the starting order was re-jigged to accommodate the 'usual suspects'. Approx half the field had managed to start ther round before the rain arrived but luckily this only lasted for a hour or so. Unpleasant as it was, that was the only rain we had on the trip which was most fortunate - the players just had the extremely strong wind to tackle.
Hesketh is a mix of links and parkland holes, some of the parkland ones were a bit boggy which caused a few 'grumblinhgs' from some but considering the amount of rain that has fallen, the course was in very good condition and the greens were excellent (and quick). Third place went to Kevin Morris and Howard Holliday who scored 37 points and took £4 each. One point ahead were John Haley and Steve Barkshire on 38 points, scooping a crisp £10 note and the winners with a better back nine were Peter Meaney and Karl Hughes who must surlelt have been contemplating re-locating to Brazil with their £15 winnings. Nearest the pin prizes went to Steve Barkshire (2nd), Bill Hancock (4th), Karl Hughes (11th) and Phil Latham (16th) with Kevin Morris taking the longest drive.
After the golf it was off to the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Southport's promenade for our accommodation and evening meal, both of which were superb. After the food, it was an early night for some, others stayed in the bar and a few tried their luck in the casino opposite.
The wind remained strong overnight and kept some of us on the fifth floor awake for a large part of the night. The morning was dry and bright but if anything, the wind was even stronger which was going to make Formby a real test. Society Secretary Steve Lloyd was a non-playing attendee on the trip and could cope with just walking round Hesketh, as he'd played there several times previously. He wasn't in the best of moods on arrival at Formby however, as it was a course he's longed to play for years and the course looked even better that he'd anticipated. Those playing were in for a real treat.
The course was in great condition and is a truly stunning test of golf, with the holes seeming to get better and better the further round the course you went - certainly a venue we will have to try and revisit sooner rather than later.
Onto the prize winners and 31 points was good enough for fifth place which was taken by Adrian Marchant playng off 15. Marco's travelling and room 'companion' oipped him into fourth on countback as Jamie Moore also scored 31 off his handicap of 17. One point ahead was the ever steady Howard Holliday, playing off 5, with 32 points and third place.
Beating Howard into second with a better back nine was Terry Tomkiss, playing off 17, who scored 15 on the front nine and 17 on the back nine.
Playing of a handicap of three, Kevin Morris stood on the 7th tee at 2 under par after a great start but dropped shots on the next three but still got to the turn on 19 points and followed this up with 17 on the back nine for a 36 point total to win the Cliff Thompson Salver by four clear shots, well plaved Kev.
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|5th||Par 3||153 yards||Gordon Galloway||£20|