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Results from Golf Days

Our results for the 2017/2018 season are as follows

(most recent event first):

The Ballesteros Bowl
Sherwood Forest Golf Club
- 9th March 2018
18 hole stableford (full handicap)

Kev Armitt, winner of the 2018 Ballesteros Bowl
Kev Armitt, winner of the 2018 Ballesteros Bowl

Write-up by Steve Lloyd
44 BUNGS members plus 2 guests arrived at Sherwood Forest Golf Club and it was some relief to see bright sunshine asmost of us had driven through some thick fog on the way and many were thinking the event would be cancelled. The flags were on tempoaries  but the pro assured us we'd be on main greens by our first tee time of 10am, and that proved to be the case.

The day before the event we were told that they had found some hidden asbestos in the kitchen whilst doing some refurbishment work and that it would be closed for our our visit. The club pulled out all the stops however, getting bacon cobs brought over fom nearby Mansfield Rugby Club for our breakfast and then wonderful homemade pies and chips from the nearby chippy sorted out after golf food, a very good effort from the club in the circumstances.

After the bacon cobs it was onto the first tee for Adrian Marchant's Captain's Drive-In. With the usual guesses as to far far it will go, Marcho had taken just a bit of stick from society members. It's fair to say those who know him best were the ones guessing less than 60 yards, using their knowledge of his golfing prowess wisely. He stuck two fingers up to all those though, smashing a great drive 232 yards doen the left hand edge of the fairway. Thre were 110 guesses but nobody guessed that distance exactly, but there were two guesses of 241 from Steve Barkshire and Marcho's partner Clare. The money was therefore split and ultimately donated back to Adrian's Breast Cancer Care charity, many thanks.

The golf course was in good condition considering the heavy snow of the previous week and the heavy rain of the previous few days, and the weather was bright, a few even venturing out in short sleeves. The greens were fast for March, a little bobbly at times due to the softness, but all in all, very very good.

Onto the prizes, and the 19-28 handicap winner (who didn't finish in the top five) was Ivan Wozniak, playing off 19 and scoring 31 points. Ivan actually finished 17th overall, so it shows the course was well suited to the lower handicappers. The 1-18 handicap winner was Phil Latham, playing of 15 and scoring 35 points in 6th place. One point ahead of Phil in 5th was James Shipman, playing off 10 and scoring 36 points, a good score considering he was 'hampered' by a double hit (with his putter would you believe) on one hole. Also on 36 was first time attendee Geoff Wayman, playing off 4. Geoff scored 19 points out and 17 points back to pip James on countback into fourth place.

Another on 36 was Terry Tomkiss who had a real steady day, scoring 18 on each nine off his handicap of 17, and countback secured third for Terry. One point head was Terry's playing partner and the ever steady Paul Jobbins, playing off 9. Paul scored 17 points out and 20 back for a 37 point total and second place,

A full three shots clear, with an excellent performance was Kev Armitt on 40 points. Playing off 17, Kev scored 21on the front nine and 19 on the back nine to secjure his maiden BUNGS title, well played Kev.

View full results and handicap adjustments from Sherwood Forest

Gross 2's Scored by the following
4th Par 3 157 yards Alan Heard £5
4th Par 3 157 yards James Shipman £5
7th Par 3 115 yards Kevin Armitt £5
7th Par 3 115 yards Darren Minor £5

The Cliff Thompson Salver
Formby Golf Club
- 13th November 2017
18 hole stableford (full handicap)

Karl Hughes, winner of the 2017 Cliff Thompson Salver
Karl Hughes, winner of the 2017 Cliff Thompson Salver

Write-up by Steve Lloyd
32 BUNGS members made the trip up to Formby for the 2017 winter trip where we were to play Formby Ladies on day one and the main Formby course on the second day. For once, everyone arrived in good time to enjoy their breakfast in the Formby Ladies clubhouse before heading into the cold and some putting practice.

The weather was dry and bright but there was a strong cold wind meaning that scoring was going to be difficult on the short heather lined course. With everyone wrapped up against the cold, it was off to the first tee.

Everyone chucked in a couple of quid meaning there was cash prizes for the first three pairs.

Third place went to Steve Barkshire and John Haley with 43 points to take £5 each, double that prize money was Tim Thacker and Terry Tomkiss in second scoring 45 points and one further ahead, each trousering £15 was Kevin Armitt and Steven Raji with an excellent 46 points.

After golf it was the short drive into Southport and the Ramada Plaza Hotel for the night.A few drinks and an excellent dinner were taken at the hotel which is where the majority stayed for the evening. A few ventured into the town to try and find some 'life' but they were to return 20 minutes later as all the establishments were either empty, closed or had just called last orders (at 10.10pm). Sunday night in mid November obviously isn't peak time in Southport!

Day two and it was back to Formby but this time to play the wonderful mens course. Again we had a dry day, there was a sprinkling of rain for ten minutes towards the end, but all in all the weather was superb for a November visit. Although it was actually a colder air temperature on day two, without the wind it felt a lot warmer and once you got moving, it was very pleasant to be on such a great golf course.

The main course is obviously a lot longer than the ladies course but it is wider and a touch more forgiving, but there was still plenty of heather, gorse and rough to be found on this magnificent test of golf.

This first event of the 2017/18 season saw the introduction of two additional handicap category prizes, with a prize voucher for the highest in category 1-18 and 19-28 (who finish outside the main top five places). Adrian Marchant took the 1-18 category on 33 points off a 12 handicap and John Stamper the 19-28 category with 31 points off a handicap of 23.

There were four players on 34 points who finished second to fifth postions, only being separated by countback. Fifth went to Bobby Ho, playing off 14 and scoring 19 on the front nine and 15 on the back nine.With a better back nine of 16 points (18 on the front) was Chris Dewes making his first BUNGS appearance off a handicap of 5 and finishing in fourth. Third went to John Haley, playing off 20 with 17 points on each nine and this was matched by Peter Meaney, handicap 8, whose better back six holes put him in second place.

Two shots clear though was Karl Hughes playing off 8 who scored a steady 18 points on each nine for a 36 point total and to take The Cliff Thompson Salver for 2017, well played Karl.

View full results and handicap adjustments from Formby

Gross 2's Scored by the following
10th Par 3 178 yards Chris Dewes £20

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