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Results from Golf Days

Our results for the 2017/2018 season are as follows

(most recent event first):

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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