BB&O

Berks Bucks & Oxon Union of Golf Clubs

Message from the County Secretary/Treasurer – Peter York

 

We are about two thirds through our season, with chances of winning both League titles. We have one home game left in the Seniors League and we need a draw or win at The Berkshire against Essex to win the Seniors League. The 1st Team League is wide open and with 2 more matches to go, 2 wins will see us through. Unfortunately, once again, we did not qualify for any of the English Finals and our performances were well below expectations in all three South East Group Qualifiers.

 

Our Golf Partnership continues its outstanding work and is still used as the role model for all the new Partnerships in the Country. Our Academy Programme has also been very successful with any number of talented youngsters being identified and our thanks to Luke Donald for lending his support to our work. All this work cannot be done without the commitment of our team of volunteers, all of whom put in an unbelievable amount of time and effort to develop the Game in the three Counties. Our thanks to all of them.

 

Well done to all the players mentioned in these Jottings and especially to Tyrrell Hatton (Harleyford) who was the first BB&O player in a long time to qualify for The Open Championship. Many congratulations on firstly getting through Regional Qualifying at Gog Magog and then leading the field at Ladybank with scores of 67-69. His 6 under par total was a terrific effort and, with just 3 places available from each of the Local Qualifying venues, you have to beat an awful lot of quality, experienced and determined Professionals to make it through. Tyrrell then went on to win our Amateur Championship at Denham, closing with a course record 64 to race away from the rest of the pack. We wish him well in the County Champion of Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa later in the year.

 

BB & O County Matches

 

In our second County Friendly fixture of the year we took on Dorset at Dudsbury on 25th April. Our young team (apart from the Captain that is) performed well and, after sharing the foursomes in the morning, only lost 2 singles to take the match 7½-4½.

 

Team at Dorset: Mathew Johnson (Chipping Norton), Dean Newbold (Frilford Heath), Steve O’Connor (Tadmarton Heath), Malcolm Reid (Royal Ascot), Joe Richardson (Frilford Heath), Ollie Tite (Witney Lakes), Ashley Watkins (Burnham Beeches), Luke Williams (Frilford Heath).

 

The County won its third pre-season Friendly against Warwickshire at Kenilworth on the 9th May. After sharing the morning foursomes we had an excellent afternoon taking the singles 7-3 and the match by 9½-5½.

 

Team at Kenilworth: Steve Barwick (Stoke Park), James Brockington (Henley), Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park), Matt Johnson (Chipping Norton), John McNally (Stoke Park), Steve O’Connor (Tadmarton Heath), Ben Paterson (Frilford Heath), Liam Robinson (Tadmarton Heath), Oliver Tite (Witney Lakes), Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath).

 

Our first League match of the year was not a good start to the season. With so many of our top players unavailable for selection, the Captain had to field an inexperienced team for this tough match against Hertfordshire at Old Fold Manor on 23rd May. We lost the morning foursomes 4-0 and despite a much better and determined effort in the afternoon we were never in the hunt and lost the match 7-5.

 

Team at Old Fold Manor: Steve Barwick (Stoke Park), Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park), Malcolm Reid (Royal Ascot), Liam Robinson (Tadmarton Heath), Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath), Ashley Watkins (Burnham Beeches), Sam Whitehead (Woburn), Tom Wilde (Castle Royle).

 

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The Team at Old Fold Manor

 

Many thanks to the Gerrards Cross Board of Directors and Members for hosting our second League match against Middlesex, at less than normal notice, on 26th June. We took an early lead in all the foursomes games and despite a couple of wobbles went into lunch 3½-½ up. With such a healthy cushion we could afford the loss of 2 single games in the afternoon and wrapped up the match 9-3.

 

Team at Gerrards Cross: Steve Barwick (Stoke Park), Sandy Bolton (Goring & Streatley), Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park), Ben Paterson (Frilford Heath), Malcolm Reid (Royal Ascot), Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath), Sam Whitehead (Woburn), Tom Wilde (Castle Royle).

 

Middlesex 1 

 

The Team at Gerrards Cross

 

BB & O Juniors Matches

Under 18s

 

The Under 18s played Bedfordshire at John O’Gaunt on the 19th June. John O'Gaunt Golf Club has two fine courses and we played the shorter Carthagena in a straight singles match, which we managed to win after David Langley had been 4 down with 6 to play and came up the last needing a birdie to halve his match. Stepping up to his eighteen footer - he boxed it right in the middle of the hole to give the Team a one point victory. Well done to all. The U18s remain unbeaten this year in a match play format.

 

Team at John O’Gaunt: George Abbott (The Oxfordshire), Luke Fitzpatrick (Stoke Park), Jordan Garnish (The Oxfordshire), David Langley (Castle Royle), Matt Milligan (Sand Martins), Dean Newbold (Frilford Heath), Sam Westmancoat (Reading), Michael Younie (Frilford Heath).

 

Under 16s

 

The Under 16s started the season well in the league at Mid Herts Golf Club on 4th June. On a beautiful sunny day the team raced to a big victory over Bedfordshire and were narrowly pipped by Hertfordshire in this triangular match play format.

 

Team at Mid Herts Golf Club: Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs), Will Cooper (Woburn), Matteo di Carlofelice (Mentmore), Jake Dines (Hinksey Heights), Luke Fitzpatrick (Stoke Park), David Langley (Castle Royle), Sam Plumb (Shrivenham Park), Jordan Williams (Hadden Hill).

 

In the second of this year’s triangular league matches, the Under 16s were out at Stanmore on 27th July against Middlesex and Hertfordshire. The venue was a tight course with some “interesting” holes and the team had mixed results. We beat the home side by a point but, once again, Herts were able to beat us 7-5.

 

Team at Stanmore: Ben Beach (Burnham Beeches), Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs), Alistair Cameron (Beaconsfield), Jake Dines (Hinksey Heights), Luke Fitzpatrick (Stoke Park), David Langley (Castle Royle), Harry Wetton (Woburn), Jordan Williams (Hadden Hill). 

 

Under 14s

 

On a perfect day for golf, our best six Under 14s boys took on a slightly below strength Wellington side. The format was singles match play. Wellington’s course was in great condition and, according to Iain Henderson, several of the pin positions were “interesting” – they certainly were! The boys were pleased to beat Wellington 3½-2½.

 

Team at Wellington College: Zac Cooper (Harleyford), Adam Dewji (Woburn), David Evans (Woburn), Chris Little (Frilford Heath), Max Nichols (Newbury & Crookham), Will Preece (Rye Hill).

 

BB & O Seniors Matches

 

Our first match of the season was versus Middlesex at Finchley. A win is a win, but this was a bit of a struggle in a very closely fought match at Finchley on 24th May. On a hot day, our finely tuned athletes just got the better of the opposition to take the match 5½-4½ with newcomer, Chris Osborne (Forest Artisans), having the honour of getting the winning point.

 

Team at Finchley: Rod Crisp (Ellesborough), Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross), David Doodson (Temple), Duncan Forbes (Sonning), Neil Franklin (Beaconsfield), Chris Osborne (Forest Artisans), Cliff Pearce (Ellesborough), Phil Sewell (Castle Royle), John Summers (Frilford Heath), Jim Wilson (Frilford Heath).

 

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The Team at Finchley

 

Our 2nd match saw us travelling to Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands Golf Club for our match against Bedfordshire. A very strong all round performance, with just one loss, enabled us to gain some valuable ‘game points’ and we took the match 8-2.

 

Team at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands: Rod Crisp (Ellesborough), Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross), David Doodson (Temple), Neil Franklin (Beaconsfield), Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross), Chris Osborne (Forest Artisans), Cliff Pearce (Ellesborough), Phil Sewell (Castle Royle), John Summers (Frilford Heath), Jim Wilson (Frilford Heath).

 

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The Team at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands

 

Our 3rd match was against Hertfordshire at Gerrards Cross on 5th July. We fielded a very strong side and we won the first 7 games to take the match 7-3. Even the last 3 games were very close and a win at The Berkshire against Essex will put us in the final once again.

 

Team at Gerrards Cross: Rod Crisp (Ellesborough), Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross), Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross), David Lane (Goring & Streatley), Chris Osborne (Forest Artisans), Cliff Pearce (Ellesborough), Gilbert Runnicles (Gerrards Cross), Phil Sewell (Castle Royle), John Summers (Frilford Heath), Jim Wilson (Frilford Heath).

 

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The Team at Gerrards Cross

 

BB & O Championship & Trophy Meetings

 

Seniors Championship

 

The BB&O Seniors Championship was played at Ellesborough Golf Club on Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th May 2010. Play is split over two days and, after the Wednesday round, just 12 of the 68 players had broken 80 as everyone struggled on the lightening fast greens. Even defending Champion David Lane (Goring & Streatley) struggled to a 77. Local knowledge was the key and it was no surprise to see 4 Ellesborough Members in the top 5. Just David Doodson (Temple) split them up with an excellent 72 to lie 2 behind Rod Crisp on 70 and 3 ahead of John Allison. The weather continued fine on Thursday and the scoring should have improved as the players got the hang of the greens. Obviously not - as the average scores increased. However the better players did rise to the challenge and David Lane posted the Clubhouse lead on 150 after a battling 73. Cliff Pearce (Ellesborough) was mounting a serious challenge to Rod Crisp and was level par after 13 holes, he slipped back with a couple of bogies, but ended with a birdie to post a score of 148. Rod Crisp, meanwhile, had started really well and was also level par after 13 holes and held a 6 shot lead. He could afford the problems he encountered at both short holes on his back 9 and a very solid par at the last gave him his first Seniors Championship after many years of trying.

 

Cliff Pearce took the 55-59 Age Group Trophy, while Gilbert Runnicles took the 60-64 Trophy. Rod Crisp also won the 65-69 Trophy and Ron Nightingale (Frilford Heath) took the over 70’s Trophy once again. In the Handicap section, the 144 of Derek Bell (Newbury & Crookham) just edged out David Doodson on a count back for 1st place with John Fulton in 3rd. Unsurprisingly Ellesborough took the Team Prize by a massive 19 shots from Gerrards Cross.

 

Scratch

 

 

Day 1

Day 2

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors Champion

Rod Crisp

(Ellesborough)

70

75

= 145

 

2nd

Cliff Pearce

(Ellesborough)

76

72

= 148

 

3rd

David Lane

(Goring & Streatley)

77

73

= 150

 

4th

Gilbert Runnicles

(Gerrards Cross)

77

75

= 152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age Group Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

55-59

Cliff Pearce

(Ellesborough)

76

72

= 148

 

60-64

Gilbert Runnicles

(Gerrards Cross)

77

75

= 152

 

65-69

Rod Crisp

(Ellesborough)

70

75

= 145

 

70 Plus

Ron Nightingale

(Frilford Heath)

82

86

= 168

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handicap

 

 

NET

NET

 

 

1st

Derek Bell

(Newbury & Crookham)

74

70

= 144

 

2nd

David Doodson

(Temple)

67

77

= 144

count back

3rd

John Fulton

(Woburn)

73

72

= 145

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch Team Event

 

 

Day 1

Day 2

 

 

 

Rod Crisp

(Ellesborough)

70

75

 

 

 

Cliff Pearce

(Ellesborough)

76

72

 

Best two

 

John Allison

(Ellesborough)

75

83

 

from three

 

 

 

146

147

= 293

each day

 

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Rod Crisp (Ellesborough) Seniors Champion & Age Group Winner 65-69

 

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Cliff Pearce (Ellesborough)            Gilbert Runnicles (Gerrards Cross)          Ron Nightingale (Frilford Heath)

Age Group Winner 55-59                        Age Group Winner 65-69                      Age Group Winner Over 70

 

Junior Champion Club

 

The BB & O Junior Champion Club was played at Richings Park Golf Club on Wednesday 2nd June The format is the best two medal net scores from three counting. Players are restricted to 24 for Boys and 36 handicap for Girls. The leading Club goes on to represent BB&O in the English Junior Champion Club Tournament being held this year at Malton & Norton on 21st/22nd August.

 

A very close contest was the order for most of the day as the lead changed hands many times as the 2nd and 3rd scores were posted. With just one group left out on the course it was anyone’s title as the 135s and 134s fell off the top slot. Woburn led after posting 132 before Temple took the lead on 131. Then the team of Alex Bruce and brothers Robin and Richard Sullivan, from Castle Royle, came in with 2 super scores to finish 3 shots clear of Temple and 4 ahead of Woburn.

 

All the players were a credit to their respective Clubs and the event was played in great spirit.  Everyone wished Castle Royle the best of luck in their attempt to become English Junior Champion Club.

 

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Castle Royle

 

 

Hcp

Gross

Net

Castle Royle

 

 

 

Alex Bruce

10

75

65

Robin Sullivan

17

80

63

Richard Sullivan

20

94

74

Total of best 2 scores

 

 

128

 

 

 

 

Temple

 

 

 

Chris Aubrey

2

71

69

Dan Cox

8

75

67

Johnny Wright

13

77

64

Total of best 2 scores

 

 

131

 

 

 

 

Woburn

 

 

 

Henry Wilson

8

76

68

Adam Dewji

8

81

73

James Smith

12

76

64

Total of best 2 scores

 

 

132

 

Colts and Mid Age Championships

 

The BB & O Colts and Mid Age Championships were played at Chipping Norton Golf Club on Friday 18th June 2010. The age range is up to 25 for Colts and over 25 for the Mid Age. The course was in lovely condition and in the Colts Championship the morning scoring was very good with 13 scores under 75. Leading the way was local favourite Mathew Johnson with Liam Robinson (Tadmarton Heath) close behind after a 71 and Ollie Tite (Witney Lakes) in 3rd on 71. Defending Champion, Donovan Henderson-Sowerby (Burford), was one of 4 players on 72. These looked like the only serious contenders for the Trophy in the afternoon. With just 6 holes to play in the afternoon things had really switched round as Paul Raines (Winter Hill) produced a string of birdies to move to get to level par for the day. With pars at the last 6 holes he set a serious challenge for Mathew Johnson who had had a poor front 9. However, his birdie at the 11th started a run of birdies and his final one at the 18th took him into a playoff for the title with Paul Raines. A 3 at the 10th was good enough to take the Trophy. Donovan Henderson-Sowerby missed the playoff by one, but had the consolation of winning the ‘Busby Bowl’ in the handicap section in the Colts Championship. In the Mid Age Championship the scoring was as good as in the Colts. Something to do with age and experience probably. After the morning round Malcolm Reid (Royal Ascot) led with a 3 under par 68 closely followed by Mark Stanton from the home club on 69. A few ‘veteran’ county championship supporters were in close attendance including the Vice-Captain – George Wilson (Calcot Park). Most of the ‘old boys’ flagged in the afternoon and it would be ‘young’ Nick Scrutton (Castle Royle) who would challenge for the honours. His score of 144 would not be beaten until the County Captain asserted his authority and finished level par for the last 8 holes to win by 3.

 

Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

Total

 

Colts Champion

Mathew Johnson

(Chipping Norton)

69

73

= 142

 

2nd

Paul Raines

(Winter Hill)

75

67

= 142

 

3rd

Donovan Henderson-Sowerby

(Burford)

72

71

= 143

 

Best Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

Liam Robinson

(Tadmarton Heath)

70

 

 

 

 

Tommy Obergan

(Reading)

 

70

 

 

Handicap

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

 

NET

NET

 

 

1st & Cup Winner

Donovan Henderson-Sowerby

(Burford)

71

70

= 141

count back

2nd

Thomas Blick

(Woburn)

70

71

= 141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

Total

 

Mid Age Champion

Malcolm Reid

(Royal Ascot)

68

73

= 141

 

2nd

Nick Scrutton

(Castle Royle)

75

69

= 144

 

3rd

George Wilson

(Calcot Park)

76

72

= 148

 

Best Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

Nick Woodage

(Donnington Grove)

68

 

 

 

 

Colin Lumley

(The Berkshire)

 

72

 

 

Best Handicap

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

 

NET

NET

 

 

1st

Steve Michael

(Flackwell Heath)

73

68

= 141

count back

2nd

Darren Gatward

(Calcot Park)

70

71

= 141

 

 

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Malcolm Reid (Royal Ascot)

 

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Mathew Johnson (Chipping Norton)

 

Club Scratch and Handicap Foursomes 

 

The BB&O Club Scratch and Handicap Foursomes Championships were held at Studley Wood Golf Club on Wednesday 23rd June. Clubs may enter 2 teams and each team can win either or both Championships. On a wonderful summer day, 48 teams battled it out for the Club Foursomes Scratch & Handicap Championships. Given the fact that the England football match was on at 3pm, you wouldn't believe how quickly everyone played! After the morning round Tommy Obergan and Jack Haines representing Gerrards Cross were tied with Ian Jackson and Paul Lewington from Flackwell Heath after both pairs shot 73. Three teams were tied on 74 including Peter Clements and Andrew Thomas from Carswell who also were tied for 1st place in the Handicap Championship with the Flackwell Heath team.

 

The afternoon scores did not improve much, although Simon Hopkins and Bret Gaertner from Burford had an excellent 73 to move them right up the leader board to finish on 150. Cliff Pearce and Phil Cuthbert from Ellesborough were unable to find the extra birdie to take the lead. Meanwhile the favourites, Ashley Walton and Ben Paterson from Frilford Heath, were making steady progress and had reached the turn in 2 under par to be level for the day. The double bogey at the tricky 5th didn’t faze them and they played in steadily to take the Scratch Championship by 3 shots from the Burford pair. In the Handicap section the Carswell pair won the Championship after adding another solid round just beating Kerr Drummond and Neil Clayton from Witney Lakes by 1 shot. Tim Russell and Alistair Brown from Denham were another shot back in 3rd.

 

Scratch Championship

 

 

AM

PM

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st & Trophy Winner

Ashley Walton & Ben Paterson

(Frilford Heath)

74

73

= 147

 

2nd

Simon Hopkins & Bret Gaertner

(Burford)

77

73

= 150

c/b

3rd

Phil Cuthbert & Cliff Pearce

(Ellesborough)

74

76

= 150

 

Best Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

Tommy Obergan & Jack Haines

(Gerrards Cross)

73

 

 

 

 

Paul Heselden & James Northway

(Harewood Downs)

 

75

 

 

Handicap Championship

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

 

NET

NET

 

 

1st & Trophy Winner

Peter Clements & Andrew Thomas

(Carswell)

69½

72½

= 142

 

2nd

Kerr Drummond & Neil Clayton

(Witney Lakes)

72½

70½

= 143

 

3rd

Tim Russell & Alastair Brown

(Denham)

71½

72½

= 144

 

Best Handicap

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

 

NET

NET

 

 

 

Ian Jackson & Paul Lewington

(Flackwell Heath)

69½

 

 

 

 

Darren Gatward & Harry Chapple

(Calcot Park)

 

72

 

 

 

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Ben Paterson & Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath)

 

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Peter Clements & Andrew Thomas (Carswell)

 

Champion Club & Courage Trophy

 

The Champion Club and Courage Trophy were played at Frilford Heath Golf Club on the Blue Course on Saturday 17th July. The Courage Trophy is awarded to the leading player on the day and the Champion Club go on to represent BB&O in the EGU Champion Club finals, being played this year at Woodbridge on 11th & 12th September.

 

Scoring was very good in the morning with a number of players under 75. Many found the going tough as the rough was penal if you strayed off line. There were a number of ‘no returns’ and a 14 was the highest recorded score of the day, but we won’t say who dunnit! Nick Scrutton (Castle Royle) led after a fine 2 under par 70 closely followed by Luke Richardson (Ellesborough) and Mike Sanders (Beaconsfield). Nick’s team mate, Tom Wilde, was handily placed after a level par 72 and their team score of 141 was 3 clear of the home club favourites - Dean Newbold and Joe Richardson who both carded 72s.

 

Scoring was better in the afternoon as the ‘long stuff’ was avoided. However it soon became apparent that the Frilford Heath team needed a really good round from one of Ben Paterson’s team mates to challenge Castle Royle after Tom Wilde added a 70 to his morning effort. Unfortunately for them it was no to be and after Joe Richardson’s 77 Nick Scrutton was able to coast in for his team to enjoy a 5 shot victory. Ellesborough came a distant 3rd 9 shots further back.

 

Tom Wilde had a four shot victory in the Courage Trophy with Nick Scrutton in 2nd and Joe Richardson another 3 adrift to take 3rd place.

 

Champion Club

 

AM

PM

TOTAL

Winner

Castle Royle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Scrutton

70

76

 

 

Tom Wilde

72

70

 

 

Simon Harper

80

N/R

 

 

Best 2 scores from 3

142

146

288

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frilford Heath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Newbold

72

78

 

 

Ben Paterson

79

72

 

 

Joe Richardson

72

77

 

 

Best 2 scores from 3

144

149

293

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellesborough

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Pearce

82

76

 

 

Phil Cuthbert

80

75

 

 

Luke Richardson

71

78

 

 

Best 2 scores from 3

151

151

302

Courage Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winner

Tom Wilde

72

70

142

 

Nick Scrutton

70

76

146

 

Joe Richardson

72

77

149

 

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Castle Royle

 

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Tom Wilde (Castle Royle)

 

Penfold Trophy

 

Due to the very poor entries for the Penfold Trophy, the Championship Committee decided that there was no need to run it. All entries received, fully completed, paid and by 12 noon on the closing day were included in the draw for the Championship at Denham on 6th/7th August. Could we please ask all players to ensure they enter their Club, County & National competitions on time. You all need diaries – it’s not rocket science.

 

The Luke Donald Trophy Under 12s Championship

 

We played the first Under 12's Championship at Beaconsfield on 26th July. Sponsored by Luke Donald, it was fitting that the winner was also a Beaconsfield Member. Elliot Wills had an excellent round of 77 to take the title from Sam Boffin (Hadden Hill), with Ben Humphries (Wexham Park) in 3rd spot. There were some really promising youngsters, with great swings, and it will be no surprise to see some of them develop into fine golfers once they grow a bit! 

 

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Elliot Wills (Beaconsfield) Under 12’s Champion

 

The Douglas Johns Trophy

 

The BB & O Douglas Johns Trophy was played at Harewood Downs Golf Club on Thursday 29th July. This Open event is contested by players aged 15 years and under from all over the Country. It attracted of an extremely high quality field from more than 55 different clubs, ranging from the far North to the South West. England Boys selectors were on hand to witness golf of high calibre in testing conditions, over the tight par 69 course, which made par or better an exceptional score.

 

Local player Tom Butterworth and Jack Singh-Brar (Bramshaw) led after the 1st round with really good scores of 67. They were 3 ahead of the chasing pack with 2 players on 70, 2 on 71 and 6 others on 72. It looked like the winner would come from these players unless anyone else produced something really special.

 

There was some very good golf being played in the afternoon and 6 players were to come in with level par rounds of 69. The early lead went to Robert Burlison (Oxley Park) after his 69 gave him a total of 142. This was quickly matched by 3 others before Tom Butterworth and Lewis George (Delamere Forest) broke the deadlock. Unfortunately for the local members watching Tom, his joint lead disappeared as Taylor Hutton came in with a 70 for a total of 140. Out on the course the last 2 remaining contenders were playing well and Jack Sing-Brar reached the turn in level par to remain 2 under for the day. Nick Ward (Redbourn), an England Boys International, had moved to 1 over for the day after 9 but then got to 1 under with 2 quick birdies. Jack continued his steady progress with pars until he came to the 18th where he misjudged his second shot to leave him an almost impossible 2 putt from the front edge. He posted a 1 over 70 and had high hopes that this would be good enough to lift the Trophy. Meanwhile Nick had dropped a shot on the long 7th (his 16th) and he dropped back to level par. He bounced straight back with a great birdie at the next, a long par 3 before he made a solid par at the last to go into yet another play off, our 4th in 6 years, for the Trophy.

 

The playoff over 3 holes saw both players make pars at the 10th and 18th but Jack's 3 putt at the 16th proved costly and Nick calmly holed a tricky putt at the last to take the title.

 

Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

Total

Douglas Johns Champion

Nick Ward

(Redbourn)

71

66

= 137

2nd 

Jack Singh-Brar

(Bramshaw)

67

70

= 137

3rd 

Taylor Hutton

(Foxhills)

70

70

= 140

4th

Lewis George

(Delamere Forest)

70

71

= 141

Handicap

 

 

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

NET

NET

 

1st 

Tom Butterworth

(Harewood Downs)

63

70

= 133

2nd 

Bradley Moore

(Kedlestone Park)

71

65

= 136

 

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Nick Ward (Redbourn)

 

Amateur Championship

 

The BB&O Amateur Championship was played at Denham Golf Club on Friday 6th & Saturday 7th August. Normally, the format for this Championship is that the top 48 (based on exact handicap) are entered automatically and there are 24 qualifiers from the Penfold Trophy. However, due to the very poor entries the qualifier was cancelled and all 84 entrants put into the Championship proper. Those outside the top 48 also played for the Penfold Trophy.

 

The field was competing for just 16 places (and ties) for the final 36 holes on Saturday. On the first day there were a number of scores of 71 or better with 14 year old Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs) tied with Omar Butt (Buckinghamshire) on 68 - 2 under par. Paul Heselden (Harewood Downs), Liam Robinson (Tadmarton Heath) and Ben Harvey (Frilford Heath) also broke 70 and there were a number of ‘plus handicap’ players right behind the leaders. Tyrrell Hatton (Harleyford) then added a 5 under par 65 to his morning 71 to take the lead in the Championship. Butterworth and Robinson both scored 69 and Ben Paterson recovered from a disaster in his first round to shoot 67 and make the cut comfortably. The County Secretary correctly predicted the cut (as usual - he had several guesses) at 146 and 19 players, advanced to the second day. Tom Butterworth won the Penfold Trophy by 6 shots from Omar Butt.

 

The 3rd round is considered to be ‘moving day’ and as such, once again, some moved forward and some backward. None of the ‘backmarkers’ made any impression on par until Omar Butt and Tom Wilde (Castle Royle) scored 69 moving them up to 5th & 6th respectively. Tyrrell Hatton added another sub par round and increased his lead to 5 after Butterworth and Robinson faded slightly. The afternoon turned into a triumphal march for Tyrrell as he raced away from the field with 3 birdies on the front 9 despite a ‘double’ at the 5th. Now his skill and experienced came into play as he completed the back 9 in 5 under par to set a new course record 64, finish at 11 under par for the tournament and win by 11 shots. Liam Robinson added a 70 to his morning 72 to take the runner up spot and former Champion Luke Rusher (Stoke Park) had a brace of 70s to take 3rd place.

 

Tyrrell has had a wonderful season, playing for England, qualifying for the Open Championship at St Andrews and now he will go on to represent BB&O in the EGU County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa in September.

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

Total

72 Holes Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

AM

PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amateur Champion

Tyrrell Hatton

(Harleyford)

71

65

69

64

= 269

Runner Up

Liam Robinson

(Tadmarton Heath)

69

69

72

70

= 280

3rd

Luke Rusher

(Stoke Park)

74

70

71

70

= 284

4th

Tom Wilde

(Castle Royle)

74

70

69

72

= 285

5th

Ashley Walton

(Frilford Heath)

70

70

71

74

= 285

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 2

 

Best Scratch

 

 

AM

PM

AM

PM

 

 

Paul Heselden

(Harewood Downs)

69

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Paterson

(Frilford Heath)

 

67

 

 

 

 

David Langley

(Castle Royle)

 

 

71

 

 

 

Chris Aubrey

(Temple)

 

 

 

69

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penfold Trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Butterworth

(Harewood Downs)

68

69

 

 

= 137

 

Omar Butt

(Buckinghamshire)

68

75

 

 

= 143

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amateur 1.jpg 

 

Tyrrell Hatton (Harleyford) County Champion

 

Penfold 2.jpg 

 

Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs)

being congratulated by David Batts (Captain Denham GC) & Iain MacCaskill (BB&O President)

 

English Golf Union – South Eastern Group Events

 

Boys County Qualifying

 

Played at Ealing Golf Club on Thursday 3rd June 2010 our Team of 6 players were: Adam Batty (Hazlemere), Will Cooper (Woburn), Jordan Mann (Stoke Park), Dean Newbold (Frilford Heath), Josh Stanners (Hazlemere), Sam Westmancoat (Reading). The format is 5 scores from 6 count from each round. Surrey were favourites, with Essex and Kent close behind on handicap. Our combined handicaps were 4 and so our best hopes would be for a podium finish.

 

Our players were lying joint 7th - a very disappointing 16 shots off the pace after the morning round, with the best score coming from Will Cooper with a 2 over par 70. Everyone else seemed to struggle on the very quick greens. The afternoon faired little better with Josh Stanners posting the only respectable score, again a 72. We finished a disappointing 8th although, to be fair, with our combined handicaps we were only seeded in the bottom half of the competing teams. After count back, Hertfordshire took the title from Essex and go on to represent the South East at the EGU final in August.

 

Ealing 1.jpg 

 

The Team at Ealing

 

Player 

Club

AM 

PM 

TOTAL

Adam Batty

(Hazlemere)

78

81

= 159

Dean Newbold

(Frilford Heath)

75

74

= 149

Jordan Mann

(Stoke Park)

74

81

= 155

Josh Stanners

(Hazlemere)

74

72

= 146

Sam Westmancoat

(Reading)

79

77

= 156

Will Cooper

(Woburn)

72

78

= 150

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best 5 from 6

373

382

= 755

Final Placing

 

 

 

 

County

 

AM 

PM 

TOTAL

Hertfordshire

 

367

355

= 722

Essex

 

357

365

= 722

Surrey

 

365

366

= 731

Hampshire, IOW & Channel Isles

 

373

365

= 738

Sussex

 

367

371

= 738

Middlesex

 

362

379

= 741

Kent

 

367

375

= 742

BB&O

 

373

382

= 755

Norfolk

 

385

370

= 755 

Suffolk

 

395

398

= 793

Bedfordshire

 

398

405

= 803

 

Seniors County Qualifying

 

The Seniors County Qualifying was held at Littlestone on 14th & 15th June. The format is 5 scores from 6 to count and our team was Ashley Brewer (Denham), Rod Crisp (Ellesborough), Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross), Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross), David Lane (Goring & Streatley), Hugh Maurice (The Berkshire).

 

With a strong breeze on both days, scoring was difficult for everyone, including the Kent locals. We hoped that for once we would get the better of the perennial winners and despite a couple of poor rounds we only trailed Kent by 4 after day one.

 

Day 2 dawned with high expectations as we felt that the breezy conditions would help us as any scores in the mid to high 70s would be good. That was easier said than done and in no time we lost our chance as we knew our 84 would have to count. We finished second to Kent by just 6 shots and it was a day of ‘what could and should have been’. Kent took their 7th title in a row and it is now getting boring!

 

Next year we are at Mentmore and maybe home advantage will pay off. Just maybe. 

 

Littlestone.jpg 

 

The team at Littlestone

 

Player 

Club

Day 1

Day 2 

TOTAL

Adrian Donkersley

(Gerrards Cross)

79

79

= 158

Ashley Brewer

(Denham)

78

82

= 160

David Lane

(Goring & Streatley)

75

76

= 151

Hugh Maurice

(The Berkshire)

76

80

= 156

Robert Gill

(Gerrards Cross)

83

87

= 170

Rod Crisp

(Ellesborough)

78

84

= 162

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best 5 from 6

386

401

= 787

Final Placing

 

 

 

 

County

 

Day 1

Day 2 

TOTAL

Kent

 

382

399

= 781

Berks, Bucks & Oxon

 

386

401

= 787

Hampshire, IOW & Channel Isles

 

394

404

=798

Surrey

 

394

411

= 805

Hertfordshire

 

403

403

= 806

Sussex

 

393

419

= 812

Suffolk

 

397

417

= 814

Bedfordshire

 

405

412

= 817

Essex

 

408

423

= 831

Middlesex

 

409

428

= 837

Norfolk

 

420

435

= 855

 

County Qualifying

 

Played at Stoneham Golf Club on Saturday 10th July. Our Team of 6 players were Sandy Bolton (Goring & Streatley), Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park), Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire), Will Roebuck (Mentmore), Max Smith (Newbury Racecourse) and Tom Wilde (Castle Royle). The format is for all 6 scores to count from each round. The standard was extremely high again this year with just 4 players not scratch or better.

 

For a change we were the strongest team on paper with a combined handicap of plus 15, with Sussex, Essex and Hampshire next on plus 13. Given our combined handicaps, we had high hopes of finishing in a fight for the title, but would have to perform well all day and beat local favourites Hampshire who, no doubt, had played the course on many an occasion in practice.

 

Our play in the morning was poor to say the least with just Tom Wilde and Craig Hinton getting anywhere near our target scores. At lunch we lay a distant 9th and 22 shots behind the leaders Hampshire who were 4 shots ahead of Surrey and 6 ahead of Hertfordshire and Kent. Our afternoon play was little better and we were to finish in 9th spot grouped in with the three weakest teams in the South East. Hampshire deservedly took the title with some great golf in the afternoon and eventually coasted home 19 clear of Hertfordshire. We were 46 shots behind, 26 over par and 56 short of playing to our handicaps on the day; which can only be described as a very poor performance.

 

Stoneham 1.jpg 

 

The team at Stoneham

 

Player 

Club

AM 

PM 

TOTAL

Craig Hinton

(The Oxfordshire)

71

74

= 145

Kevin Freeman

(Stoke Park)

81

79

= 160

Max Smith

(Newbury Racecourse)

74

71

= 145

Sandy Bolton

(Goring & Streatley)

78

77

= 155

Tom Wilde

(Castle Royle)

68

73

= 141

Will Roebuck

(Mentmore)

74

70

= 144

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 from 6

446

444

= 890

Final Placing

 

 

 

 

County

 

AM 

PM 

TOTAL

Hampshire, IOW & Channel Isles

 

424

420

= 844

Hertfordshire

 

430

433

= 863

Surrey

 

428

439

= 867

Sussex

 

434

435

= 869

Essex

 

439

432

= 871

Kent

 

430

441

= 871

Middlesex

 

436

444

= 880

Suffolk

 

444

440

= 884

BB&O

 

446

444

= 890

Bedfordshire

 

455

439

= 894

Norfolk

 

459

442

= 901

 





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