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Hillman Trophy Final

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Playoff Thriller gives Sonning the Trophy

The final of the Hillman Trophy between Sonning Golf Club and Lambourne turned out to be a real thriller. Seven players from each club met head to heat at the beautiful Huntercombe Golf Club in cool, windy conditions.

Kelvin Hodges of Sonning drew with Martin Hamilton of Lambourne in the first match out. Rodney Barrat of Sonning beat Chris Hughan of Lambourne but that result was reversed when Lambourne's Kevin Murry took a point from Sonning's Richard Shillito.

After Mark Sawyer (Sonning) had beaten Martin Savage (Lambourne) and John Butts had replied with a Lambourne win over Woburn's Ian Gale honours were even. Two final green nerve jinglers were holed by Lambourne's Gary Timpson and Sonning's Colin Hodges to keep things that way leaving just Felix Quinn (Lambourne) and Paul Siddell (Sonning) on the course.

Both players held their nerve on the 18th to force a playoff which was to be played on the par 3 first until it produced a winner. Both players hit the green despite a hard wind from the left but Paul had a difficult putt over the undulating surface. Having knocked his putt to 8 feet he then watched Felix hit his twenty footer to a couple of feet. Paul's fantastic 8 foot putt then left Felix with a two footer for the half which he duly dispatched.

Again, for the second time of asking, both players hit fine shots but this time it was Felix who was the furthest away and had a difficult chip from the fringe. he chipped to ten feet but when his putt missed Paul had a four foot putt for the Trophy. He bravely held his nerve and sealed the victory for Sonning.

It's fair to say that the match was played in a fantastic spirit and was thoroughly enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

Hillman Trophy Champions 2017 - Sonning Golf Club

Hillman Trophy Runners Up 2017 - Lambourne

Click HERE for Draw Progress

Click HERE for Final Result

 

Hillman Plate Final

Saturday 7th October 2017

Woburn take the honours again....but only just!

The final of the Hillman Plate took place over the beautiful Huntercombe Golf Course on Saturday 7th October. Conditions were cool and windy making for a very good test of golf.

Woburn, who were Trophy Champions last year, opened strongly when Alan Featherstone beat Tyler Ward. In the second match some fantastic golf from Charlie Norcott beat Woburn stalwart Mo Dewji who himself played solidly. A communication mix up meant that Richard Bradford of Woburn won a point as his opponent was a little late on the tee. Justin Pardy and Dave Fensome of Woburn took the next two points from Dave Elkins and Keith Hayton of Richings Park and then those two results were reversed when Mark Collins and Paul Barrington defeated Mark Collender and David Allison.

This left Woburn one point ahead and Richings wondering what might have been. At the presentation, Richings Park congratulated Woburn warmly and expressed their thanks to Huntercome for hosting a wonderful final.

Hillman Plate Champions 2017 - Woburn (Team Captain Andy Geddes with his team and the trophy!)

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Click HERE for the Final Result

 

U16 Victory Gives BB&O The Double

Sunday 1st October 2017

Under 16s win the League Finals to follow in the footsteps of the Under 18s

The Under 16s team completed a fantastic double by winning the South Eastern Group League finals at Essendon against Sussex and Essex. After a tight triangular morning foursomes BB&O led Essex by 5 points to 3 and were even with Sussex at 2 a piece. Critically, Essex had faired slightly better against Sussex than they had against BB&O.

In the afternoon singles both Sussex and BB&O managed to win all but one of their afternoon matches against and unlucky Essex. Scores between BB&O and Sussex were very close and again both teams tied leaving them both on the same number of match points.

Having beaten Essex in the morning foursomes slightly more convincingly than Sussex, BB&O won on game countback and were the winners of the very first Under 16 League Championship.

BB&O

James Gregory (Stoke Park), Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington), Taylor Paul (Stoke Park), Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park), Archie Smith (Caversham Heath),

Will Tate (Caversham Heath) Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) and Oscar Fuentes (Bearwood Lakes) with Team Manager Mark Gregory and Performance Director Iain MacCaskill

Cameron represents England in Style

Saturday 30th September 2017

Henley's Douglas Cameron helps England to Victory

BB&O and Henley's Douglas Cameron (Far Left) capped off a great year by representing England in their recent victorious Home Internationals.

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England V Scotland U16's

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson selected to play for England

Seb Tannum-Donaldson is set to earn his first England Cap when he makes up part of the mixed team to represent the England U16 side this weekend. The match will be played at Montrose golf Club, Scotland, on Saturday and Sunday, 30 September and 1 October. 

The players are:

Dominic Clemons, 15, (Hanbury Manor) was in England’s winning team in this year’s U16 international against Spain and has performed well in individual events.

Charlotte Heath, 15, (Huddersfield) helped Yorkshire win Women’s County Finals and England to beat Switzerland in the U16 girls’ international. 

Charlie Hilton, 16, (Ifield) was also in England’s successful team against Spain and won the Midland U16 boys’ championship.

Daisy Kennedy, 15, (Stoke Park) was also in England’s winning team against Switzerland. She was sixth in the English U16 girls’ championship.

Thalia Kirby, 16, (Stoke Park) was runner-up in the English U16 girls’ championship and third in the Scottish. She, too, was in the winning team against Switzerland.

George Leigh, 15, (Trevose) reached the last 16 in the Boys’ Amateur Championship and tied 11th in the English U16 boys’ open stroke play. 

Harriet Lynch, 16, (Thorndon Park) has had a series of good finishes in women and girls’ events, including a top 30 in the English women’s amateur.

Callum Macfie, 16, (Lindrick) is an experienced U16 international, won the North of England U16 boys’ championship and helped Yorkshire win Boys’ County Finals.

Remy Miller, 15, (Prestbury) has had consistently good results this season including a top ten in the U16 McGregor Trophy. 

Mimi Rhodes, 15, (Burnham & Berrow) is a GB&I U16 international who reached the last 16 in the British girls’ championship. 

Seb Tannum Donaldson, 16, (Buckinghamshire) has been in good form with a series of top ten finishes, including in the North of England U16 championship. 

Caitlin Whitehead, 14, (Kendal) is a GB&I and England U16 international and has also had a string of individual top ten finishes this season.

 

Best of luck Seb!

South Eastern Group Boys Final

Monday 25th September 2017

BB&O are crowned Champions with wins against Surrey & Norfolk

BB&O secured the South Eastern Group (SEG) 2017 U18 League title, on a thrilling day at Hockley Golf Club, Hampshire. 

Competing against Northern Division winners, Norfolk, and Southern Division winners, Surrey, BB&O were hoping to add the League title to the England Boys Qualifier, which they won at Woodbridge Golf Club in mid July. The triangular format at the Finals was similar to that of the division matches, with 8 singles matches played in the afternoon. However, four foursomes matches were added for the Finals, though these were played over only 10 holes. Each match, therefore, was played with a total of 12 points up for grabs. 6 1/2 points was needed to secure victory against each of the two County opponents.

Surrey took control of the Finals with 3-1 victories over both BB&O and Norfolk, during the morning foursomes matches. BB&O, in turn, held a 3-1 lead over Norfolk. Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson, partnering Tom Gregory, provided BB&O's only points against Surrey, with some scintillating golf on holes 6,7 & 8. 1 behind, after 5 holes their birdie,birdie,par run was enough to establish a dormie lead, which would result in a much needed point. A 4-0 deficit at lunchtime would have deflated the boys, whilst giving Surrey the comfort of needing only 2 1/2 points from the afternoons 8 single matches. So at 1-3 down all was still to play for.

The singles order fell very nicely and gave us a lot of confidence, with every match winnable. Conor Gough out at No.1, Charlie Herbert, BB&O Junior Champion, at No.2, Tom Gregory at No.3 and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson at No.4. Three of our first four boys are England Internationals and the other is the current Junior Champion.

Conor and Sebastian played flawless golf, dispatching their respective opponents. Tom Gregory was up against two classy opponents, one of them a fellow England International, and despite a run of three birdies in a row on the back 9, fell to crucial birdies from his opponents on both 16th and 17th holes. The narrowest of losses to both opponents was very, very tough on Tom. Charlie Herbert, 3 down after 5 against Surrey, closed the deficit to 1 down thru 8 holes, before losing the 10th and 11th holes. A second more decisive comeback ensued which saw Charlie win five holes in a row, three with birdies, to turn a deficit into a vital 3&1 victory. With three points in the bag, two and a half more points were needed from the remaining four matches for overall victory. 

Melan Dhaubhadel, out at No.5, was pegged back to all square by his Surrey opponents two birdies and an eagle. Harrison Arnold remained firmly in control as his match entered the back 9 and he quickly added the fifth point. Only a half needed out of the remaining matches. Fraser Bown, again playing the anchor role, had established a comfortable lead as he approached the turn. A half or better was not guaranteed with so many holes to play. Taylor Paul, at No. 7, was in a very tight match with his Surrey opponent, with the match score never far from parity. Where was the much needed half point going to come from? Melan, all square with two to play, Taylor, in a tight match or Fraser, in control but with 9 holes to play? We didn't need to wait too long as Melan, from a really difficult lie in a grassy hollow, muscled a short iron to 10 feet; the subsequent birdie taking him 1up with one to play, thereby guaranteeing BB&O the 6 1/2 points for victory. What a comeback after a difficult morning. Melan would go on to win his match as would Taylor Paul after a magnificent birdie 2 on the 16th. Fraser Bown would complete a remarkable team turnaround by securing comfortable wins in both his matches. The 7-1 singles score against Surrey would see the final match score end 8-4 in BB&O's favour. Quite unbelievable!! The same singles winning margin would see BB&O defeat Norfolk by a margin of 10-2. 

Take a big bow boys!! What a year!!

Match Result

BB&O 8 Surrey 4

BB&O 10 Norfolk 2

 

BB&O win the South Eastern Group U18 League 2017

 

 

England Golf Champion of Champions

Monday 18th September 2017

Charlie Herbert, Tim Shin & David Niven represent BB&O

BB&O's Boys, Men's and Senior Champions competed at the England Golf Champion of Champions event at Woodhall Spa on the 16th & 17th September. Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) who won his junior title at Buckinghamshire performed very well in the weather affected event. He finished in 8th position after scoring a gross 74. David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) who went into the event as defending National Champion wasn't unable to repeat his victory but did finish in a credible 14th place after rounds of 81 & 76. David won his Seniors title at Burnham Beeches. Tim Shin (Castle Royle) who won The BB&O Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath finished in an agonising second place after a fine round of 70. Well done to all 3 on winning their respective titles and performing well on the National stage. 

For the full boys score please click here

For the full men's score please click here

For the full seniors score please click here

Tim Shin

Charlie Herbert

David Niven

Futures Tour Woburn

Monday 18th September 2017

Wins for Freddie Bearman, Ben Loveard & Archie Smith

The penultimate Futures Tour event of 2017 was held at the world famous Woburn. The club has hosted many European Tour events, The Ladies British Open , The Travis Perkins Senior Masters amongst many others so the full field of 60 boys were in for a treat. The course was playing very long but the fairways and greens were in pristine condition making it a great test of golf on a true Championship course.

The U12 section was won by Freddie Bearman (Bearwood lakes) with a solid score of 81. In second place 4 shots back on 85 was Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham). The net section was won by Connor Jacob (Newbury & Crookham) with 76. This pipped George Kennedy (Stoke Park) by a single stroke.

The U14 section was won by home favourite Ben Loveard (Woburn) with a simply outstanding 73. Ben McFaddenn (Stoke Park) settled for second place on countback with a 79. The net section was won by Harrison Coleman (Newbury & Crookham) with a steady 71. This beat Sammie Colvin (Hennerton) by three strokes. 

The U15 section was won by Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) with a gross 77. This beat James Casserly (Beaconsfield) by a single stroke. The net section was won by Leon Slade (Kirtlington) after a fine 72. This beat fellow Kirtlington member Markos Carr by a single shot. 

Once again thank you to everyone at Woburn for hosting us so warmly and we hope to be back next next year. The final event of the 2017 Futures Tour is at Frilford Heath on the 25th October. This is where the OOM trophies and prizes will be given out to the lucky winners.

For the full U12 result click here

For the U12 OOM standings click here

For the full U14 result click here

For the full U14 OOM standings click here

For the full U15 result click here

For the full U15 OOM standings click here

Open Championship & Autumn Trophy

Sunday 17th September 2017

Van Phillips wins the Open Championship as Conor Gough takes the Autumn Trophy

Van Phillips shot a bogey free 68 (-4) at Lambourne to win the Open Championship by a shot from fellow PGA player David Stanton. In an event that has been dominated by the BB&O PGA Professionals, Conor Gough (Stoke Park) and Adam Birdseye (Maidenhead) finished third and fourth respectively with 1 under par scores of 71. Although Amateurs took six of the top ten spots, once again, they were just a little off the pace. Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) and Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) finished a further shot out with 72s to complete a very pleasing day for BB&O Juniors. Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) was the other amateur to finish in the top ten with a 73.

Van Phillips with BB&O President Alistair Booth

 

The Autumn Trophy (amateur only) was won by Conor Gough with Adam Birdsey finishing second, Tom Gregory third and Taylor Paul 4th.

Conor Gough with BB&O President Alistair Booth

The BB&O Mens Order of Merit was won by Shane Slatter (Calcot Park) having finished 3 places ahead of Ben Platt to snatch the first spot by the narrowest of margins. Melan Dhaubadel (Calcot Park) finished third.

Shane Slatter with BB&O President Alistair Booth

For Open Championship Result CLICK HERE  For Autumn Trophy Result CLICK HERE  For Order of Merit Result CLICK HERE

 

Junior Elite V Hertfordshire V Middlesex

Friday 15th September 2017

The Junior Elite team win all their league games in 2017 to secure the league title

BB&O U18's secured victories in their remaining league fixtures, against Herts and Middlesex, on a chilly afternoon at Ealing Golf Club. Needing only a halved match to finish top of the Central Division, BB&O's two wins helped mirror the U16's achievement of winning all their league matches in 2017. 

Both victories were hard fought as Hertfordshire and Middlesex held their own during the early exchanges. Conor Gough, out at No.1, again found a Middlesex opponent in good form. Though behind for most of the round Conor moved ahead in the latter stages and wrapped up his match on the 17th. His Herts opponent had back to back eagles, early on the back 9, and another birdie on the 16th. A halved match was probably a fair result. Tom Gregory, secured two wins with a bit to spare, as did Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson. Melan Dhaubhadel, having performed very well in the singles at the County Finals, again showed his appetite for matchplay golf, winning both his matches in style. Taylor Paul fought well to win his match against his Middlesex opponent though having come back from 4 down against Hertfordshire lost the last two holes to lose the match. Gregor McKenzie had an uncharacteristic off day losing to both Hertfordshire and Middlsex. Will Tate who is also a member of the U16 squad, seemed to enjoy his opportunity, winning both his matches at number 7. James Gregory, out at number 8, struggled early on, before finding his rhythm in the middle of his round. He won a number of holes around the turn to forge ahead of his Hertfordshire opponent but could not establish a winning position against his Middlesex opponent, and had to settle for a half in that match. 1 1/2 points represented a good afternoon's work for James

The BB&O Junior Elite team will compete against Surrey (South) and Norfolk (North), at Hockley Golf Club, Hampshire for the South Eastern Group U18 League Title 2017

For the full Hertfordshire result click here

For the full Middlesex result click here

Junior Order of Merit

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Charlie Herbert retains the title for a second year

Going into the final event of the 2017 Junior Order of Merit, The Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters, Charlie Herbert from Harewood Downs had already done enough to make sure the title was his for another year. Charlie had a great year and victories at Bearwood Lakes, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire and Tadmarton Heath amongst other good performances gave him a final points total of 69.5. Harrison Arnold secured second place with his only victory coming on a course he knows very well East Berkshire. Other notable results were his second place finishes in the Frilford Heath Junior Gold Medal and The Luke Donald Salver at Beaconsfield. These added up gave him a total of 52 points. Charlie was presented with the trophy by European Tour and former BB&O player Tyrrell Hatton. 

Thanks to the 15 clubs who hosted Junior Order of Merit events this year and we hope 2018 will be just as successful. 

For the full Junior Order of Merit table please click here

Charlie Herbert & Tyrrell Hatton

 

English Boys County Final V Yorkshire

Friday 1st September 2017

BB&O Lose Hard Fought Final

BB&O, competing in their first England Boys County Finals, since the late 1990’s, finished runners up after losing to Yorkshire on the final day. Victories over Staffordshire and Somerset on Days 1 & 2, respectively, had put BB&O level on match points with Yorkshire, who had also won their opening two matches. The final days ‘winner takes all’ encounter between BB&O and Yorkshire promised to be an exciting affair.

Conor Gough & Harrison Arnold were out in Game 1, of the three morning foursomes, having  won their previous two foursomes matches together. They looked to be in control of the match, establishing an early lead that they were to take into the back 9. Yorkshire gradually fought back and then took the lead on the 16th hole after a wonderful mid iron approach, to two feet, to an impossible flag position. The BB&O Pair managed to win the 17th with a fantastic approach shot but sadly lost the 18th.

Melan Dhauhadel & Fraser Bown in Game 2 and Taylor Paul & Thomas Lawton in Game 3 went behind early on in their respective matches but were unable to get back on level terms at any point. They stuck in there, however, pushing their opponents to the 17th hole, before succumbing by the same score, 2&1. To come back from 3-0 down is hard enough, but against a team as strong as Yorkshire the BB&O knew that only a flawless performance would do.

Conor Gough led the afternoon singles against Yorkshire’s 17 year old George Heath, who played fantastic golf to win 3&2.

Harrison Arnold, Captaining the team, had played beautiful golf over the first two days, securing four wins out of four matches. Harrison again established an early lead in Game 2 that despite struggling more than most on the greens, he would never relinquish. He eventually won his match by 2 holes, thereby putting BB&O’s first points on the board.

Melan Dhaubhadel, at No.3 was up against the far more experienced Charlie Daughtrey. Charlie birdied the last to halve the match for Yorkshire but Melan can be very pleased with his week's work against some of the finest young players in the country.

Sebastian Tannum Donaldson eventually lost on the last having battled through a marvellous up and down match.

Taylor Paul came up against a Yorkshire boy in scintillating form. Several birdies and an eagle, in a 5 hole stretch, saw Ben Schmidt move into a 5 hole lead after 11 holes. Taylor showed his battling qualities winning the 14th and 15th holes but finally succumbed on the 16th green losing the match 3&2. Ben’s win took Yorkshire beyond the 5 points needed for Championship victory. Fraser Bown, playing in the last match against the very talented Callum Macfie, was 3 down on the back 9 but really dug deep to win three of the last six holes to halve his match.

BB&O had lost the match by a margin of 7-2 against a very good Yorkshire team but can be proud of the way in which they ran each match so close.

Harrison Arnold (Capt ), Conor Gough, Sebastian Tannum- Donaldson, Melan Dhaubhadel, Taylor Paul, Fraser Bown and Thomas Lawton represented BB&O with great distinction and were a credit to themselves, their parents, home clubs and the BB&O Golf Union. The future is very bright.

For the full results please click here

 

English Boys County Finals Day 2

Wednesday 30th August 2017

BB&O take on Yorkshire for Boys National Crown

Yorkshire and BB&O  will go head to head tomorrow in the battle for glory in the English Boys’ County Championship. They set up the grand finale at Northamptonshire County Golf Club when they both won their matches today, Yorkshire beating Staffordshire 7.5-1.5 and BB&O finishing bravely for their 5-4 win over Somerset. If Yorkshire win tomorrow it will be their eighth victory, with the most recent in 2012. For BB&O it would be their first win since their sole success in 1999. It promises to be a great battle. On paper BB&O are the favourites, with the lowest handicap aggregate in the field; on the evidence of the play so far, Yorkshire are very dangerous having swept aside their two opponents, conceding just 2.5 points in two days. 

“BB&O are the team to beat,” said Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson. “We will just have to prepare and do our best.” 

“Yorkshire are very strong,” said BB&O manager Marc Grimsey. “But we have a lot of quality in our team and I have no doubt that if they play to their best it will be a really great match.” 

 Yorkshire dominated their match from the word go, winning all three foursomes despite spirited play from Staffordshire. It gave them the platform to forge ahead and they quickly secured the match with wins from Michael Hay (3/2) and Charlie Daughtrey (5/4), both of whom barely put a foot wrong. George Heath added his point when he got the better of a low-scoring game against Staffordshire’s James Wickes. Between them, the pair had eight birdies in 13 holes, but it was Heath who always had the edge and won 2/1. Callum Macfie won by the same margin, but James Swash had to settle for a half after James Bailey came back from 2down after 12. The Staffordshire player began his fightback with a shot to the par three 12th which finished on the edge of the hole. Staffordshire’s point was scored by Ollie Read who was 2down after 13 but played the remaining holes in two-under par to win 2up.

The day’s other match began with Somerset in the lead after the foursomes. They won two of the three games with grandstand finishes, courtesy of the pairings of Huxley Howell and Louis Archer; and Adam Jolly and Ollie Brimfield. But BB&O wasted no time in redressing the balance when the singles got underway. England boy international Conor Gough won 7/6, Harrison Arnold (pictured right) soon followed him with a 6/5 win, and before long Melan Dhaubhadel provided the fourth point of the day with his 3/2 win. BB&O needed one point from the remaining three games – and Somerset made them work for it in an exciting finish. First, Louis Archer won his point for the South West side, then BB&O’s Seb Tannum Donaldson was pulled back to all square after 16 while his team mate Taylor Paul went 2down after 16. Tannum Donaldson eased the BB&O nerves when he holed out from about 5ft on 17 to go 1up and he confirmed the team’s win on 18, after his opponent tangled with a bunker and then deep rough. Behind them, Ollie Brimfield won the final game for Somerset. 

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Harrison Arnold in action

European Men's Team Championship

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Henley's Doug Cameron is selcted to represented England

Bryan Hughes, the new Seniors’ Amateur Champion, is included in England’s six-man side for the European senior men’s team championship. 

Hughes, from Lancashire, will be joined by English senior champion Doug Cameron (pictured) from Oxfordshire, Ian Crowther also of Lancashire, Stephen East of Yorkshire, Alan Mew of Hampshire and Mark Stones of Essex.

The championship will be played at the PGA Sweden National Golf Club from 5-9 September. Last year England won the bronze medal. The same six players, together with Ian Attoe of Surrey, will defend England’s title in the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Rosslare Golf Club, Ireland, from 26-28 September.

The players:

Ian Attoe (Worplesdon) was the English senior champion in 2015 and was third in this season’s Welsh senior championship.

Doug Cameron (Henley), returns to the side after winning the English senior men’s amateur championship at Saunton, Devon, earlier this season.

Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes) is the Welsh senior champion and also had a top ten finish in the Seniors’ Amateur Championship.

Stephen East (Wike Ride) is a past winner of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and Scottish senior titles.  He also won the England Golf senior order of merit in 2014 and 2016.

Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) became the first Englishman since 2003 to win the Seniors’ Amateur Championship at Sunningdale, where he shot three-under 67 in the final round.

Alan Mew (Stoneham) has consistently high results in senior events, most recently as the runner-up in the Bill Shankland Memorial Trophy at Parkstone, Dorset.

Mark Stones (Boyce Hill) was runner-up in the Welsh seniors among other high finishes which have taken him to fifth place on the senior order of merit. 

England Boys County Finals Day 1

Tuesday 29th August 2017

BB&O beat Staffordshire



Yorkshire and BB&O took the honours on the first day of the English Boys' County Championship at Northamptonshire County Golf Club. 

Yorkshire were on top form, beating Somerset 8-1, while BB&O had the upper hand all day as they played their way to a 5.5-3.5 win over Staffordshire. 

The northerners announced their intentions when they won all three morning foursomes before surging out with a confident singles performance. Only Somerset’s Huxley Howell was able to defy them, breaking clear of James Swash by winning the 11th 12th, 14th and 16th to take his point 4/2. For the rest though, Yorkshire was definitely in charge. Michael Hay led the way in the top match, winning three holes in a row to finish 3/2. The others followed rapidly with big wins from George Heath (7/5) and Charlie Daughtry, pictured top (6/4) and solid results from Jack Leversidge and Callum Macfie (both 4/3). Their play pleased coach Steve Robinson but he quickly said: “We are aware that one win doesn’t win the tournament, so we’ve just got to keep everyone on task and make sure that our standards and behaviour are the same every day.” Tomorrow they’ll play Staffordshire and Robinson went on: “No doubt they’ll come out with a point to prove and want to beat Yorkshire and we have to make sure we are up to that challenge.” 
 
In the day’s other match, BB&O gave themselves an all-important advantage with their 2-1 lead after the foursomes. They lost the top singles when Staffordshire’s Jack Smith struck a blow for his team’s morale with his 4/2 win over England U16 international Conor Gough. 
 
But behind them the BB&O players were taking charge of their games, notably Harrison Arnold who romped to an 8/6 win. Fraser Bown (4/3) and Melan Dhaubhadel (5/4) secured the team’s win – but Staffordshire went on fighting in the other two games. 
 
Harry Fearn was two down after nine but went on to win his game 4/2, while James Wilkes staged a great fight back to take BB&O’s Taylor Paul to the 18th. Wilkes had been four down after seven but eventually stood on the 18th tee all square – however Paul refused to give way and they halved the last in par. 
 
BB&O team manager Marc Grimsey had much praise for his young team, which includes a 14-year-old and two 15-year-olds. 
 
Despite their youth however, they calculate they have the lowest handicap aggregate of all the teams at plus-1.8. “That’s testament to how good the boys are,” said Grimsey. 
 
“Our middle order did very well today, they were very solid and I’m very happy with a win against Staffordshire. Now we’re looking forward to tomorrow.” BB&O will meet Somerset tomorrow. 
Click here for full scores
 

Futures Tour Henley

Monday 28th August 2017

Wins for Simon Mead, Ben Loveard & Joshua Roche

The tenth Futures Tour event of the season was at Henley. It was a very warm day but the boys battled well and the scores reflect that. In the U12 section Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) took the title with an 84. In second 6 shots back on 90 was Joe Getley (Hazelmere). In the net section Toby Pressey (Castle Royle) sealed the win with a 75 while Jamie Smith (Castle Royle) was second on 76.

In the U14 section Ben Lovard (Woburn) sealed another win with a very impressive best of the day 75. This beat Edward Wang (Wokefield Park) by two strokes who had 77. Ollie Lewis (Wokefield Park) took the net title with a very good 67. This pipped James MacFarlane (Maidenhead) by a single shot as he signed for 68.

In the U15 section Joshua Roche (Frilford Heath) took the title with a very good 76. This beat fellow Frilford player Charlie Haynes who signed for 78. In the net section Oscar Fowler took the title with 74 and in second playing his first Futures Tour event was George Johnson (Beaconsfield). The tour's next stop is Woburn before the final event of the year at Frilford Heath in October.

For the full U12 result click here

For the full U14 result click here

For the full U15 result click here

Simon Mead, David Westlake (BB&O Chairman) & Ben Loveard

Nandit Sondagar wins Bucks Cup

Thursday 24th August 2017

Nandit Sondagar wins over for rounds in the first ever Bucks Cup

For the first year the BB&O have awarded the "Bucks Cup" to the aggregate winner of both the Luke Donald Salver and the Stoke Park Junior Open.

Tim Whittaker (Captain of Beaconsfield Golf Club) and Stuart Collier (Director of Golf at Stoke Park) have worked hard to create this event which takes the best gross scores from both junior events which are successful in their own right. The aim is to grow the Bucks Cup not only to encourage juniors to compete over both of these magnificent Harry Colt courses, but to also attract the very best juniors from not only the BB&O but also neighbouring counties. As a 72 hole event, with a little work, we may even be able to build the event to the point where World Ranking Points are on offer.

Nandit (Stoke Park) won with a total of 292. His rounds of 77,71,73,71 beat Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) on count back. Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) finished third just a shot behind on 293.

Melan Dhaubhadel was the gross winner in the Luke Donald Salver (Beaconsfield). For full results click HERE

Nandit Sondagar was the gross winner of the Stoke Park Junior Open.                   For full results click HERE

Nandit Sondagar - Bucks Cup Winner 2017

South Eastern Foursomes Qualifier

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Brewer's Men fail to qualify, but Denham does not!

Although BB&O Seniors were below their normally brilliant best, Ashley Brewer still had lost to be proud of. As Captain of Denham Golf Club he could not have asked for a better performance from the host Club.

Every visiting player commented on the way in which BB&O had looked after their fellow teams with the course in superb condition and Denham's hospitality living up to it's reputation.

After a close morning session with wins from David Cromie (Denham) & Ian Oakes (Denham) as well as Malcolm Reid (Sonning) & George Wison (Calcot Park) the afternoon matches got away from the team. Although Ashley himself & Rod Crisp (Ellesborough) and Douglas Cameron (Henley) and Mike Sanders (Beaconsfield) both registered halves, further points did not materialise.

Sussex went on to win and therefore qualify for the Finals held later this year at Denham. Ashley, through gritted teeth, had to accept the "Better Next Time" Pot - often referred to under a different name!

Ashley Brewer & Douglas Cameron holding a "Pot" each!

For Match Scores Click Seniors Foursomes results sheet

U12 Championship

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Joseph Lawton seals narrow victory at Beaconsfield

The U12 Championship was held at the wonderful Beaconsfield. The course was in magnificent condition but would prove to be a tough test for the boys. The winner was Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) with a fine gross 83. In second place on 84 was Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham). Back in third was George Kennedy (Stoke Park) on 86. The net section was won by Joe Getley (Hazelmere) with a very good 70. Jack Parry continued his good form and sealed second place with a net 71.

For the full result please click here

Joseph Lawton

Junior Elite V Lancashire

Monday 21st August 2017

A hard fought draw against a strong Lancashire Boys team

BB&O Draw with Lancashire in their “Own Back Yard”

The weather was kind for this inaugural Friendly Match against Lancashire Boys. Lytham St Annes was magnificent and we were very fortunate to have been invited to compete over this wonderful British Open venue.

The morning foursomes were closely contended and Conor Gough (Stoke Park) and Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) birdied the last for a well earned half. Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) and Zac Jenkins (East Berkshire) were down for most of their matches but clutch putts holed down the stretch earned them a well deserved victory.

Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) and Tom Lawton (East Berkshire) lost to a strong Lancashire performance and James Gregory (Stoke Park) and Fraser Brown (Castle Royle) struggled for most of the morning for a loss.

The fight back started in the afternoon singles when Conor Gough overturned a 3 holes deficit to earn his point with a 3 and 1 victory. Tom Gregory made a fantastic birdie on the last for a half and Harrison Arnold beat his opponent convincingly 6 and 4. Both Taylor Paul and Tom Lawton played well but didn’t quite do enough and both lost.

This left James Gregory and Fraser Bown needing a win each to half the match. A brilliant up and down followed by a closing birdie closed the deal for James. With the weight of the match on him, Fraser nearly holed his second shot on the 18th before cooly rolling in his birdie putt.

Both teams agreed that the match could not have been more exciting and we look forward to welcoming Lancashire to the BB&O for a return match in 2018.

The half was well deserved and we look forward to welcoming Lancashire to the BB&O in 2018.

For the full result please click here

 

Both teams and officials on the staircase at Royal Lytham & St Annes

U16's V Beds & Herts

Monday 21st August 2017

The U16's finish the season unbeaten winning every match

The BB&O U16 match against Herts and Beds was delayed by 30 mins, whilst thunder, heavy rain and angry clouds passed over Leighton Buzzard Golf club. The weather cleared, the sun came out and off we went. Herts and Beds were clearly determined to break our unbeaten run and came out fighting from the off.

Melan lead the way , played steady golf, maintained his superb rhythm and to be honest, never looked like losing his matches. So the first 2 points in the bag.

In the second match, Taylor was pegged back by his Herts opponent initially, but was always in control of the Beds match. As the sun disappeared and heavy rain returned, Taylor maintained his composure and pulled ahead of Ben Pierloni the very good Herts player and U16 England international. Taylor sank a 12ft putt for an eagle 3 on the part 5 , 12th. Taylor never then looked back and  went on to secure his 2 points.

Archie Smith who went out third, was having a difficult day on the greens , with a few three putts and balls agonisingly not dropping. He was 4 down to both opponents on the 13th tee, feeling frustrated, but brushed himself down, refocused, got up and down for a par 3 and then proceeded to mount a superb fighback to secure a valuable half point against Beds. So valuable and so impressive.

When the rain did come back it was horrendously heavy  for 40 mins and turned very cold. Our boys were undeterred.

James Gregory started slowly, but found his rhythm mid round and then put on a fantastic chipping display to change the momentum of both his matches and claw back early lost holes. He got up and down from a bunker 30 yards from the pin on 8, a delicate up and down from through the green on 14 and a brilliant up and down from 25yds to 2 inches on the last, that secured his win against Herts 1up to add to his victory against Beds.

Both Struan and Oscar had a challenging day and despite fighting hard to the end lost both their matches. Both have played a very important part in our previous wins.

Will Tate was involved in a very close battle with both opponents early on . On the difficult dog leg 6th he nailed a drive up the right and followed this was a beautiful approach shot. His confidence grew and he then built a strong lead against both opponents, from which they would not recover. 2 more points to BB&O.

Carl Banner also had a slow start and was down early on, but fought back really well. He found his golfing boots and won the Beds match easily. On the tee on the 18th he was all square against Herts. The tee shot is treacherous and one of the tightest I have seen. Carl found the fairway and just missed the green with his approach, but  chipped to 6ft and sank the putt, to secure a valuable half point against Herts which took us across the winning line.

Final match score was BB&O 4.5 Herts 3.5 and BB&O 5.5 Beds 2.5.

Both matches were very close and at one point could have gone either way. The boys stayed calm  and stuck to their task. Team spirit and determination to win was brilliant. Like always none gave up, there were many fight backs and the boys deserved their well earned victory on the day and won the overall region with an unbeaten record. 

A huge well done to all those players who have contributed to this success throughout the season and of course to the coaches for all their guidance and support. We have now qualified for the South East Regional final on Oct 1st at Essenden and will be determined to bring home the silverware.

For the full Hertfordshire result click here

For the full Bedfordshire result click here

Futures Tour Maidenhead

Friday 18th August 2017

Wins for Joseph Lawton, Huw Pearson & Archie Smith

The Futures Tour moved into Maidenhead for its next event and the course was set up tough with some tricky pins to keep the boys on their toes. In the U12 section Joseph Lawton (East Berks) fired a gross 81 to give him the title. In second place on 87 was Connor Jacob (Newbury & Crookham). The net section was won by Ben Pusey (Wexham Park) with a fine 71. Billy Wood who is also from Wexham park was in second on 75.

The U14 section was won by Huw Pearson (Buckingham) with 78 fresh after a fine performance in The England Golf Junior Champion Club at Woodhall Spa. This beat Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) by 2 shots who signed for an 80. Edward Wang (Wokefield Park) won the net section with 72, pipping Freddie Horner (Goring & Streatley) on countback.

The U15 section was won by the U15 OOM leader Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) who fired a 74 in the difficult scoring conditions. In second was Oscar Fowler (Stoke Park) with 75. James Casserly (Beaconsfield) won the net with a best of the day 69. This beat Will Tate (Caversham Heath) who scored 71.

For the full U12 result click here

For the full U14 result click here

For the full U15 result click here

Huw Pearson, Joseph Lawton & Archie Smith

England Golf Seniors Series

Thursday 17th August 2017

BB&O President is the first ever winner

BB&O's President Alistair Booth is the first winner of the new England Golf Senior Series, claiming the title by the narrowest of margins. He was in a three-way tie after scoring 36 points on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, but beat Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County) and Alan Wilson (Romsey) on countback.

However, he had a few anxious moment before his win was confirmed because he’d failed to score on his last hole. “That gave me panic stations!” he said. “To come here and play in a final at the home of England Golf, and to play well and win, is what dreams are made of.” The six-handicapper is a keen competitor but is also heavily involved in golf administration and added: “I don’t play as much as I would like and I should practice far more than I do, so my golf blows hot and cold, but today it blew hot.” He set up his score with 20 points over his first nine holes, starting from the 10th.

Booth is a big fan of the Senior Series, which has offered one-day qualifying events across the country, with the option of a second competition day for members of the England Golf Captains programme. The Series has also had an order of merit attached with the top players also booking places in the final, which was played as part of England Golf Week, an annual celebration of handicap golf.

He also tried to qualify for the Captains’ final – which will be played tomorrow - but missed out. Booth, the chairman of Frilford Heath Golf Club, was centenary captain there in 2008. His other golfing interests include a seat on the England Golf Board and in addition he is the independent Chairman of the Greenkeepers’ Training Committee.

Click here for full results from the Senior Series final

England Golf Junior Champion Club

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Buckingham perform well at National Finals

Three juniors from Buckingham Golf Club who won the BB&O Junior Champion Club qualifier at North Oxford earlier in the year travelled to The Home of England Golf, Woodhall Spa to compete against 32 other counties in the National Junior Champion Club Final. They performed very well and finished 9th. The scores were very close and it was an exciting final day. Unfortunatley they dropped a few places after high flying into third after day 1 but with a windy 2nd day they lost a bit of ground. Huw Pearson managed to keep a consistent game both days and play to his handicap on a great course that was certainly challenging - he finished tied 6th out of 96 for the individual rankings. All three boys absolutely loved the experience and thanked BB&O for the great opportunity to play golf at such a super course.

To view the full team result please click here

For the full individual result please click here

Jack Harrington, Gareth Jones & Huw Pearson

England Boys Selection

Wednesday 16th August 2017

Tom Gregory and Conor Gough selected for England U16's

Four talented teenagers will represent England in the Italian U16 International at Biella Golf Club, from 5-7 Sept and we are lucky enough to have two of the four from BB&O. They are Conor Gough and Tom Gregory of BB&O, Matt Freeman of Nottinghamshire and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire.

Freeman, 16, (Notts.) was fifth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, individual runner-up in the Midland qualifying event for Boys’ County Finals, and has had top 30 finishes in the U18 Carris Trophy and the U16 McGregor Trophy. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).

Gough, 14, (Stoke Park) was runner-up in the Italian U16 championship last year. He recently helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters and was seventh in the boys’ event, among a series of other high finishes.

Gregory, 14, (Stoke Park) has been a regular high finisher in this season’s tournaments with results including fifth place in the U16 McGregor Trophy and 13th in the U14 Reid Trophy.

Williams, 15, (Peterborough Milton) was in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals, was third in the McGregor Trophy, fifth in the Carris Trophy and reached the match play stages of the English amateur.

We wish the boys the best of luck and in particular Tom and Conor.

Tom Gregory & Conor Gough

88th Amateur Championship

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Tim Shin is BB&O Amateur Champion

The 88th Amateur Championship was held at Frilford Heath over the 11th & 12th August. The first round was played over the Blue Course with the other 3 rounds being played on the Red Course. This year saw 102 people enter the event for only 72 spaces. 

With over 30 players in the field with a handicap of scratch or better to make day two and the top 16 and ties was always going to be tough. The early pace was set by Tim Shin (Castle Royle) whose 68 (-4) on the Blue course was a new amateur course record. Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs) was the only other player to break par with his opening round of 70 (-2). Last years champion John Kemp was not too far behind with a 73 (+1). At lunchtime the top 16 players were at 74 or better giving the players an idea of what the cut might be.

Over to the Red Course for the afternoon rounds and it was Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) whose best of the afternoon 70 (-2) helped him make up some ground on the leaders. Tim Shin did not give much hope to the chasing pack as he carded a very steady 72 (Level) giving him an overnight lead of 3 strokes from Melan. Melan did seal victory in the Penfold Trophy of which is the best net score over the first 36 holes. His net score of 143 was good enough to beat Phil Williams (Buckinghamshire) by 3 strokes. The cut line fell at 150 with exactly 16 players making it through to the next day.

The second day was set up perfectly and there was still everything to play for but 36 holes round the challenging Red Course would be no push over. Tim Shin extended his lead after a morning round of 69 (-3) which was matched by John Kemp. Melan lost some ground on Tim but he did shoot a fine level par 72. 

Moving onto the afternoon it was Tim's to loose but any hopes for the chasing pack of victory were over when Tim carded a fine 69 (-3) to give him a 72 hole total of 280. Melan could olny manage a 71 (-1) but this sealed him second spot with a total of 286. Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) fired a new course record on the Red with 67 (-5) and this moved him dramatically up the leaderboard into 3rd. Defending champion John Kemp was in fourth on countback with the same total as Gregor, a valiant defence of his title. 

Special thanks to Frilford Heath's members for supporting the event. A huge thank you must go to the staff of Frilford Heath for presenting two fabulous golf courses and for their hospitality over the two days. 

Click here for the full result

Click here for the full Penfold Trophy result

Tim Shin (Castle Royle)

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park)

Futures Tour The Berkshire

Tuesday 15th August 2017

Wins for George Kennedy, Luke Perkins & Archie Smith

The Futures Tour moved onto The Berkshire and only a couple of weeks after they hosted The English Amateur the boys were in for a treat. In the U12 section George Kennedy (Stoke Park) took the title with a gross score of 82. In second just a shot back on 83 was Freddie Bearman (Bearwood Lakes). In the net section Bradley Hopkin (Newbury & Crookham) sealed victory with a net 68. In his first Futures Tour event Jack Parry (Hadden Hill) finished second with a net 70.

Luke Perkins (Frilford Heath) sealed his first Futures Tour win with a very good score of 76. In second on 79 was Harry Thomas (Drayton Park). In the U14 net section Harrison Coleman (Newbury & Crookham) won with a net 68. This was good enough to beat Jack Bristow (Buckinghamshire) who had a net 70.

Lastly, the U15 section was won by Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) who continued his fine form and signed for a 74. This just pipped Aiden Benger (Studley Wood) on countback who also scored 74. In the net section Oscar Fowler (Stoke Park) fired a net 70 to give him the title over Charlie Haynes (Frilford Heath) who scored 71.

The next tour event is at Maidenhead.

Please click here the U12 result

Please click here for the U14 result

Please click here for the U15 result

George Kennedy, Luke Perkins & Archie Smith

Eddie Pepperell Invitational

Monday 14th August 2017

European Tour star Eddie Pepperell put on a show for 36 lucky juniors

In the not too distant past Eddie Pepperell represented BB&O at boys and mens level. Fast forward to present day and he is a well established European Tour player with Major experience. Despite a busy schedule Eddie found time to entertain 36 lucky juniors from across BB&O at his annual invitational event at Frilford Heath. The day started with a short game clinic where Eddie displayed his wide variety of short game skills and no matter how difficult a shot the boys asked him to play he managed to do so. The boys asked some great questions and Eddie was more than happy to pass on any advice.

The day didn't end there, the boys were put into teams and headed out on the wonderful Red course at Frilford Heath where they would each play 2 holes with Eddie. This allowed Eddie to guide the boys through the holes, talk strategy and show them his enviable long game. Eddie played wonderfully and had many birdies but he even threw in the very occasional bad shot just to prove to the boys he is human which was all part of his master plan or at least that's what he told us. 

The day ended with a Q&A session with Eddie hosted by Frilford Heath's Golf Manager Dan Blesovsky. This gave the boys an insight into Tour life and provided Eddie with one last chance to pass on some nuggets of information to help the boys improve their golf.

This really was a day that money can't buy and who knows the next "Eddie Pepperell" may well come from the bunch of talented boys that took part. I would like to take this opportunity to say on behalf of everybody at BB&O how grateful we are that Eddie has hosted this day for the third consecutive year and we hope to continue our relationship in the future.

Junior Elite V Hertfordshire & Essex

Sunday 13th August 2017

BB&O win both matches to remain unbeaten

BB&O U18's defeated hosts Essex and Hertfordshire, yesterday, on a sunny afternoon at Chigwell GC. The course presented a good challenge though recent maintenance work left the greens bumpy and very slow.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson, the Elite Squad captain, playing his last match for the County ahead of his move to college in America, led the team out and bought home two early points. Gregor McKenzie, fresh from outstanding performances at the South Eastern Boys and BB&O County Champs, was not a his very best, though still managed one win (Herts) out of his two matches.
Conor, showing no signs of fatigue after his fantastic display for England in the Home Internationals last week, looked to be in control of his matches throughout the afternoon but, having already secured victory against Herts, was pegged back when dormie two up against Essex by two closing birdies. Melan Dhaubhadel, with recent runner-up finishes in both the Boys and County Championships, continued his stunning recent form winning both of his matches with many holes to spare.

Taylor Paul, though a little wayward at times, chipped in on the 17th to win against his Essex opponent, though sadly he had already lost against Herts. Charlie Herbert, the newly crowned BB&O Boys Champion, demonstrated his class by winning both his matches with holes to spare. Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson, though suffering from a sore back having played all four rounds at the County Championships, where he finished joint 10th, won comfortably against Herts though could not match the scintillating golf, 5 under through 16 holes, of his Essex opponent. Playing anchor, Zac Jenkins, seemed to be in control of his matches, but succumbed against Herts on the last hole, though a one up win against Essex balanced the books.

All three teams were in some way affected by the clash with the British Boys, though BB&O to a slightly lesser degree. Next year will be very different with 5 of yesterday's team now comfortably inside the handicap cut for this years British Boys. These two wins maintain the fabulous run of team and individual performances over the past couple of months and give us great momentum going into the Lancashire match next week and the England Finals at the end of the month.

BB&O are very well placed in the Central Division of the SEG U18 League, having won four out of four matches. Our final match will take place at Ealing GC on Sunday 10th Sept.

On behalf on the County I would like to thank Kristian for his support of BB&O Junior golf over many years. Kristian's name has often appeared at the top of leaderboards and team sheets, initially in the Futures Tour and U14's then progressing to local and national open tournaments and U16's. Kristian won the Junior Championship in 2016, became captain of the Elite Squad in 2017 and a member of the England Boys Squad in the same year.

We wish him the very best!

For the full Essex result please click here

For the full Hertfordshire result click here

U16's V Middlesex & Hertfordshire

Friday 11th August 2017

BB&O U16's maintain their unbeaten record

It felt more like a cold winters day than mid August, when the U16 boys played their arch rivals Hertfordshire and Middlesex at Hendon Golf Club. Whilst Hendon is not a long course, accuracy and club selection off the tee is critical to playing well. The format was 8 x triangular singles , match play. A fun format, that always provides excitement. Our strongest opponents at this age group are Hertforshire and today was no exception.

In our top two matches, Melan had a frustrating day and narrowly lost both matches. James Gregory found his  Herts opponent in supreme form and also lost his match, but fought back well to secure a half against Midllesex. So with the top of the order struggling to put points on the board, it was crucial that the lower order remained calm and secured points from their matches. They didn't disappoint!

Archie Smith was in super form from the start and took an early lead in both matches. Shot of the day was him holing out for eagle from 117 yards, on the par 5 8th. He knows how to impress and delivered this shot in front of our President, Alistair ! Archie  went on to win both his matches. Oscar Fuentes was also in fine form and despite losing a couple of holes mid round, calmly secured 2 victories.

Struan Hancock played a true captain's innings ! He won his match against Middlesex easily, but was one down with three to play against Herts. He got up and down from off the green to win the 16th and tie the match. He fought magnificently to secure a half and this proved to be vital to the overall match. Will Tate also shrugged off the disappointment of a few lost holes mid round and pushed on to secure his two wins. New to the team, Jack Coleman, also maintained his composure, trading holes with his opponents, he emerged a winner in both matches and inflicted the biggest defeat against Herts 7&5.

And the spirit of perseverance and fighting back, was also evident in Ryan Walker' s attitude as he made sure he won his match against Middlesex even though he had lost against Herts. The final scores were BB&O 4.5 Herts 3.5 and BB&O 6.5 Middlesex 1.5.

This was a brilliant team performance. The spirit and attitude was excellent and the determination to keep fighting was a delight to watch.

To view the Middlesex result click here

To view the Hertfordshire result click here

South England Boys Open (SEBO)

Thursday 10th August 2017

Gregor McKenzie takes home the U16 title while others perform strongly

BB&O were well represented in the South England Boys Open (SEBO) with 8 boys out of a field of 66. SEBO is one of the Country's premier Junior 72 hole stroke play completions that is always competed for over courses at Sherborne GC and Yeovil GC.

Three BB&O boys (Gregor McKenzie, Taylor Paul and Charlie Herbert ) finished in the top 10 of the U18 competition with Nick Elmey, Thomas Lawton and Harrison Arnold also posting top 25 finishes.

Gregor's excellent total of -2 (284) was good enough to win the U16 competition, 1 stroke ahead of England star Barclay Brown. The 2017 Douglas Johns winner, Oliver Dickman, was 11 shots adrift of Gregor's winning total. Well done to Gregor on a fine tournament win. Stoke Park's Taylor Paul finished 6th overall (Level Par) and 3rd in the U16 category. Newly crowned BB&O Junior Champion, Charlie Herbert, posted a +3 total of 289 which saw him finish 10th.

It's been a fabulous week for our BB&O boys with SEBO's results added to by Conor Gough's excellent showing in the Home Internationals and Tom Gregory's in the REID Trophy, were he currently lies in 7th place.

Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington)

BB&O V Hertfordshire

Monday 7th August 2017

The First Team finish the season unbeaten as they beat Hertfordshire

On Sunday 6th August the BB&O First Team played their last South East Group League match of the year against a very strong Hertfordshire side. The match took place on the Red Course at Frilford Heath, which was presented in fantastic condition, and the weather was also very pleasant, albeit a little breezy.

In the morning foursomes the BB&O made a good start, being up in 3 of the 4 matches after 7 holes. In the top match, the BB&O Pair of John Gough (Stoke Park) & Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) picked up from where they left off against Middlesex and were playing some irresistible golf. Having been 1 up through 7 holes, they never gave their opponents (Alex Collman and James Surridge) a chance and went on to win 3&2. In the second match, the established BB&O pairing of Tim Shin (Castle Royle) & George Bell (Harewood Downs) were in no mood to give anything away whatsoever. They powered their way into being 6 up through 7 holes against Luke Colgate & Phil Dormer. A late rally by the Hertfordshire pair was too little too late, and Tim & George went onto win 4&3. In the bottom game Hertfordshire were showing their class and the pairing of Ben Harman & Tony Wilkins were in far too good form for the BB&O pair of Aaron Ashberry (Burford) & Alex Stubbs (Frilford Heath) and pulled a point back for Hertfordshire. That left just one match of the foursomes session on course between the BB&O pairing of Rory Brown (Feldon Valley) & Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) against the Hertfordshire pair of Jason Mitchell & Matt Smith. Having lost the first hole to a chip in, Rory & Harrison turned their game around to be 2 up after 7. They resisted anything that the Hertfordshire pair could throw at them and went on to win 2&1 – playing the 17th beautifully in front of all of the players from both sides who were watching on. This meant the BB&O took a 3-1 lead at lunchtime. This rounded off a great year of foursomes sessions in the league matches in 2017 for BB&O, where they had only lost 3 out of the 12 individual foursomes matches during the year.

In the afternoon, BB&O were hoping to buck their recent trend of slow starts in the singles sessions, and they did. Although it was still very tight in the early stages, after 7 holes BB&O were only down in 2 of the 8 matches. In the top game, Tim Shin (BB&O) was having an extremely close game with Luke Colgate. After 7 holes Tim was 1up but was pegged back to All Square after 11. They then proceeded to match each other shot for shot on the way in and halved every hole to finish the game All Square. In the second game between John Gough (BB&O) and Tony Wilkins, things were equally as tight. John was up early on, but following a poor lie on 16, was pegged back to All Square with 2 to play. A few holes back saw the conclusion to the match between George Bell (BB&O) and Alex Collman, where George had played flawless golf to win 5&4. Alex Stubbs (BB&O) soon followed with a point of his own over James Surridge despite an early scare of being 2 down after 4. Unfortunately for BB&O, Aaron Ashberry and Harrison Arnold were not having such good days as the lost their matches to Matt Smith & Ben Harman (although Ben Harman was -6 for his last 8 holes in his match against Harrison!). With a total of 5.5 points already in the bag, BB&O needed some good news from John Gough in the 2nd match, and he didn’t disappoint. Still All Square playing the last, he ripped his driver over the bunker and within 50yrds of the green, dutifully chipped it to 6ft and rolled in the putt for birdie to win his match 1up and to ensure BB&O victory! Olly Huggins (BB&O) shortly followed him down the last hole in his match but couldn’t find a birdie of his own so halved his match with Jason Mitchell. This left Rory Browne (BB&O) all alone on course, but he wasn’t in the mood for hanging around and won the 15th and 16th to win his match 3&2 against Phil Dormer and give BB&O an 8-4 victory.

A great way to end the year, and to ensure BB&O remain undefeated in 2017. All eyes will now be on the match between Essex and Bedfordshire on 3rd September - where Essex must win, otherwise BB&O will be champions of the Northern Section of the South East Group League for the 2nd year running and book themselves into the South East Group Final.  George Bell, Alex Stubbs and Rory Browne were presented their County Colours after the match, please see the pictures below.

To view the full result click here

George Bell (Harewood Downs)

Rory Browne (Feldon Valley)

Alex Stubbs (Frilford Heath)

Franz Klammer Trophy

Monday 7th August 2017

Finlay takes home a prestigious Austrian Golf Trophy

Finlay Szafnauer (Frilford Heath) played in the annual Franz Klammer trophy which is held in Austria and is one of the the most sought after trophy in Austrian golf. There were 90 men and 60 women who participated in a stroke play competition which Finlay won by 3 strokes; he shot a 3 over 75.  The course was a quite challenging mountain course with very narrow fairways and small greens.  The CR (Course Rating) was 72.1 and the Slope Rating was 126; on the more difficult end of the spectrum.   The length of the course, although measured in meters, was approximately 6,700 yards. Finlay below being presented the trophy by Franz himself. Well done Finlay!

English Amateur

Thursday 3rd August 2017

David Langley wins Medal Honours at The Berkshire

David Langley shot 14-under par over 36 holes to lead the qualifiers into the match play stages of the English amateur championship at The Berkshire. A total of 75 players – the leading 64 and ties - made it into the knockout as heavy rain dampened the scoring in the second round and the cut fell on level par. But Langley ignored the conditions to add 68 on the Red course to his remarkable first round of 10-under 61, which is a new record for the Blue.

“It filled me with confidence but I knew I needed to forget about it and start afresh today,” said the 23-year-old from Castle Royle (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). “In a way the tough conditions helped me forget about yesterday because it was so different. It really was a grind.”

Despite the rain and gusting wind he played the front nine beautifully in three-under and worked his way home in one-under, with his only bogey on the 17th. He finished the qualifying three ahead of the field, but now the slate is wiped as the matchplay gets underway. Langley will be drawing on his experience in the Amateur Championship, when he reached the third round, beating such opponents as world number nine Connor Syme.

“I like match play and I’ve played a lot growing up. I think the Red course is one of the best courses in England and for match play it’s even better with the variety of holes. You could be a couple up with four or five holes left and still have a lot of golf to play. I’m really looking forward to it and I can take confidence from the Amateur.”

The second seed is Surrey’s David Corben (Hindhead) who returned five-under 67 on the Red, continuing his form of yesterday when he played his second nine in six-under 29. “I pretty much had it stuck on the stick. Today wasn’t quite so pretty but it was reasonably effective,” said Corben who was spurred on by playing partner Tom Sloman who went round in seven-under 65. “I just followed Tom. He led with a few birdies and I tried to keep up!” added Corben, who is a fan of The Berkshire courses, having been second, third and fourth in the prestigious Berkshire Trophy. Corben who works full time as a financial equity trader last played in this championship on 2009, when he lost to Eddie Pepperell.

Castle Royle is clearly a competitive golf club. As well as Langley, two other members have qualified for the matchplay: Aaron Siddell, 18, who is eight-under, and Tim Shin on two-under.

Click here for the scores and matchplay draw. 

Junior Championship

Monday 31st July 2017

Charlie Herbert narrowly secures the title

The 2017 Junior Championship on paper looked set to be a thriller and it certainly lived up to this. Buckinghamshire Golf Club hosted the event and with a lot of rainfall in the days leading up to the event it was a relief that the rain had stopped and scoring conditions were very good. In the morning the course played difficult with nobody breaking par. Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) and Sebastian Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) held the lunchtime lead with a credible 72 (Level). In the chasing pack which featured many of the Junior Elite Squad were Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle) 74, Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) 75, Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) 74, Kristian Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) 75 and Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) 75. This left it all to play for in the afternoon.

The scoring was considerably better in the afternoon as the boys got to grips with the demanding course. Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) fired a magnificent best of the day 66 (-6). This combined with his morning round of 78 left him on 144 (Level) setting the benchmark with a few groups still out on the course. Sebastain Donaldson could only match this and fired a 72 to go with his morning 72 to leave him on the same score. Older brother and defending champion Kristian was unable to defend his title but a valiant total of 146 wasn't far off the pace. With just one group left out on the course it was very tense but this didn't seem to affect Charlie Herbert who fired an afternoon round of 68 (-4) to go with his opening 75 (+3) to secure him the trophy with a superb total of 143 (-1). Melan pipped Sebastian to second place on countback.

The U15 trophy was won by Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) with 149 (+5) with Will Tate in second on 153 (+9). The U16 trophy was won by Melan Dhaubhadel who as he did in the main event pipped Sebastian Donaldson on countback. The Handicap Trophy was won by home player Dillon West (Buckinghamshire) whose 138 who beat the newly crowned U14 Champion Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) who had 140. 

A huge thank you from BB&O and all the competitors to the members and staff at Buckinghamshire Golf Club for allowing us use of the course of which was presented fantastically. 

For the full result click here

Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) Junior Champion

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) U16 Champion

Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) U15 Champion

Dillon West (Buckinghamshire) Junior Handicap Champion

First Team V Middlesex

Monday 31st July 2017

First Team edge another nail biter

On Sunday 30th July, the BB&O First Team played Middlesex in the South East Group League match at Sudbury GC.

Although there had been a deluge of rain the day before which had curtailed the teams practice round, the course had stood up well and was in great condition for the match in the bright and breezy conditions. There was also an added spice to the match as Rymer Smith (The Buckinghamshire) was playing for BB&O and his father, Joe, was playing for Middlesex!

In the morning foursomes the team started slowly and were down in 3 matches after 5 holes. They soon got into their stride and through 11 holes had turned things around to be up in 3 matches and All Square in one. In the top match, the BB&O pair of Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) & John Gough (Stoke Park) played some sparkling golf and were -4 to win their match 4&2 against Tommy King & James Ellis. The established BB&O pairing of Tim Shin (Castle Royle) & George Bell (Harewood Downs) also played some great golf to dispatch Joe Smith and Kane Stone 3&2. The 16th green proved to be a popular finishing point with BB&O pair Rory Brown (Feldon Valley) & Alex Stubbs (Frilford Heath), also winning their match 3&2 against Justin Phelps and Niall Keogh. In the final match, the BB&O pair of Rymer Smith (The Buckinghamshire) & Adam Batty (Beaconsfield) had been 3 down in the early stages to the Middlesex pair of Ross Dickson & Tom Nagle, but had rallied to get back to all square by the 11th. The match went down to the last hole, and with Middlesex in the hole for par Adam had a 8ft birdie putt to win the match and give BB&O a whitewash. Unfortunately it was not to be as the putt defied gravity and somehow stayed out of the hole, so the match was halved, leaving BB&O leading 3.5 to 0.5 at lunchtime.

For the afternoon singles, all eyes were on the draw to see if there would be the father and son match between Rymer & Joe Smith – unfortunately it was not to be and they drew different opponents.

In the matches, it was once again a slow start from BB&O, with the team being down in 5 of the 8 matches. Unfortunately the same pattern did not occur as it did in the morning and after 11 holes things were looking very bleak, with the BB&O down in 7 of the 8 matches. For the 3rd match in a row this season the BB&O lost the top 3 matches of the afternoon singles order. Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) and Tim Shin (Castle Royle) both fell victim at the 16th green and John Gough (Stoke Park) produced a late surge of birdies but unfortunately lost on the 18th. In the 4th match, things were slightly better for the BB&O with George Bell (Harewood Downs) grinding out a 1 hole victory over Rymer’s dad, Joe Smith, with George producing a fantastic 2 putt from long range down a large tier to halve the hole and win the match. Rory Browne (Feldon Valley) had a great tussle with James Ellis, with the match also going down to the par 3 last hole, with Rory being 1 up. Both players hit it within 8ft leaving a putting contest – unfortunately Rory’s ball replicated the gravity defying act of Adam’s ball in the morning and somehow stayed out. Then in true match play style James knocked his putt in for birdie to win the hole and to halve the match. In the next match, Rymer Smith (The Buckinghamshire) had been 3 down through 11 holes, but had then played some sparkling golf to turn things around and be 1 up playing the last hole and managed to hold on and get a vital victory. After a loss in the bottom match, the match hung in the balance with the BB&O leading 6-5 with one game remaining. All eyes turned to the last game on course, which was between Alex Stubbs (Frilford Heath) and the Middlesex player, Kane Stone. With a win vital for BB&O to keep their league chances alive, it was imperative that Alex got something from his game to ensure victory in the match. Unfortunately it did not look good, as Alex was 1 down playing the last and missed the green with his tee shot. The Middlesex player also missed the green and following his chip the best he could make was par. Following a good look from all angles, Alex stepped up and proceeded to chip his ball straight into the hole for birdie to win the hole, halve his match and give the BB&O victory! A great way to finish off a great match and was greeted by a cheer of relief from all of the BB&O players and officials who were watching on!

The BB&O now go into their final match of the league on Sunday 6th August against Hertfordshire at Frilford Heath, knowing that a win would put BB&O in the driving seat to win the league, and would force Essex to have to win their final match by a certain amount of games to snatch the title.

For the full result please click here

Futures Tour Goring & Streatley

Friday 28th July 2017

Wins for Archie Smith, Ben Loveard & Joseph Lawton

The seventh Futures Tour event of the season was held at Goring & Streatley. On a wet and windy summers day the scoring conditions were very difficult but the boys prepared well and took the challenge head on. 

In the U15 section Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) took the title with a wonderful gross 70 (-1). This was good enough to give him a 6 shot cushion over fellow Caversham Heath player Will Tate. Aidan Benger (Studley Wood) took the net title with a 70. In second was Oscar Fowler (Stoke Park) with a fine 72.

In the U14 section Ben Loveard (Woburn) continued his fine form and his gross 73 (+2) secured him the title. Back in second was Harry Thomas (Drayton Park) who shot a credible 76 (+5). Tom Stephenson-Green (Frilford Heath) took the net title with a very good 69. This was good enough to beat home player Harry Gale (Goring & Streatley) on countback. 

In the U12 section Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) battled the weather to shoot 89 (+18). This pipped Connor Jacob (Newbury & Crookham) on countback. Bradley Hopkin's (Newbury & Crookham) net 75 secured him the title over Ferdie Armitage (Ellesborough) on countback. 

The OOM's have been updated and its Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) who leads the U12. Ben Loveard (Woburn) who leads the U14 and Will Tate (Caversham Heath) leads the U15.

For the full U12 result click here

For the full U14 result click here

For the full U15 result click here

Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) & Ben Loveard (Woburn)

Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire)

Douglas Johns

Thursday 27th July 2017

Oliver Dickman from Cuckfield wins in style

The Douglas Johns was held as it always is at the wonderful Harewood Downs Golf Club in Buckinghamshire. The course was in magnificent condition and the club welcomed 60 of the best U15 players in the country. There were international entrants from Singapore and Dubai which only added to the prestige and kudos of the event. The handicaps of the competitors ranged from 6 to an impressive -2. It is a chance for the boys to compete for what is now known as the National U15 title, and previous winners include Major Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Justin Rose.

A slight breeze was present all day but the morning saw the best of the weather. The scoring illustrated just how talented the boys are and Oliver Dickman (Cuckfield) opened up with a best of the day gross 66 (-3). This was closely followed by Matthew Jackman (Southport & Ainsdale) with 67. In the morning they were the only players to break par but many were left only a few strokes back going into the afternoon, with all to play for.

The afternoon consisted of very light drizzle with one ten minute spell of torrential rain but the course held up beautifully and once the rain had passed through it was back to business. Oliver continued his fine form from the morning and added a 67 (-2) to go with his morning round of 66 to give him a total of 133 (-5). This score proved to be just too much for the chasing pack to catch up. John Richardson (Royal Mid Surrey) finished in second place with a total of 139 (+1). Matthew Jackman was back in third and a afternoon round of 72 (+3) combined with his morning round of 67 gave him a total of 139 just missing out on second after countback. The handicap prize was won by Alfie Robinson (Pyecombe) with a fabulous net score of 132. This beat Dominic Barron-Holden (Kendal) to the title by three strokes with Dominic's net total being 135.

The BB&O are very grateful to the members of Harewood Downs for allowing the boys use of the course before and during the event. Additionally, Richard Hall and all the staff at the club for presenting a wonderful golf course and first class hospitality throughout. We hope to see 60 more of the best U15's next year. 

For the full result please click here

Oliver Dickman with Harewood Downs Captain and BB&O President

U14 Championship

Tuesday 25th July 2017

Ben McFadden claims the title at Castle Royle

The U14 Championship was held at Castle Royle and with some tricky pins and quick greens it was set to be a tough afternoons golfing. It turned out to be a day of countbacks and Ben McFadden's (Stoke Park) gross 78 was good enough to seal the victory from Sammie Colvin (Hennerton) & Finlay Szafnauer (Frilford Heath) who all shot the same score. It was great to see a hotly contested tournament with 8 players within 3 shots of the winning score. Ben follows in the footsteps of European Tour player Eddie Pepperell who won this title twice back in 2004 & 2005.

In the handicap competition Ben Withall (Wexham Park) took the victory again on countback from Zak Colvin (Hennerton) who both finished with a net 71. A good day for the Colvin brothers! The U12 prize was won by Connor Jacob (Newbury & Crookham) with a gross 89.

For the full result please click here

 

Ben McFadden (Stoke Park)

Seniors V Bedforshire

Tuesday 25th July 2017

A good victory for the Seniors at The Berkshire

The Seniors played against Bedfordshire in a South East Group match and BB&O were victorious 7-3. The match was played on the Blue course at The Berkshire and was in fabulous condition as always. There were wins for Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield), George Wilson (Calcot Park). Phil Sewell (Castle Royle), Adrian Donkersley (Denham), Julian Hill (The Berkshire), David Cromie (Denham) and Stephen Fenton (Burnham Beeches).

For the full result please click here

 

George Wilson (Calcot Park)

U16's V Wiltshire

Monday 24th July 2017

BB&O beat Wiltshire convincingly

The BB&O U16 Team played against Wiltshire in a friendly at Broom Manor Golf Club on Sunday 23rd July. A very strong BB&O side swept aside Wiltshire with a convincing 5-0 scoreline. A particular well done to Charlie Haynes, Jack Coleman and Matin Eisa who played their first match for the County today. The team spirit and sportsman ship displayed, was a credit to BB&O. Hopefully the team can continue their fine form and win their two triangular League County matches in August against Hertfordshire &  Middlesex at Hendon and Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire at Leighton Buzzard. Well done to all involved. 

 

Tillman Trophy

Monday 24th July 2017

Olly Huggins misses out on the title in a three way play off

BB&O Men's first team player Olly Huggins continued his good form with another solid performance in the Tillman Trophy which was held at the Knole Park GC in Kent. The par 70 course which was  home to 136 players for three days, with top 45 cut after the second day, Olly shot a 67, 71 and 68 to be leading by 2 going into the final 18 holes which lead to a level par round, which resulted in a 3 way playoff with Taylor Stote and William Whiteoak. Unfortunately Olly and William were beaten on the second playoff hole with a 20 foot birdie winning putt by Taylor Stote. Alex Stubbs also made the cut and finished a respectable 30th position.

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McGregor Trophy

Friday 21st July 2017

Strong showing by BB&O boys at Burnham Berrow

This years England Golf McGregor trophy was held at the wonderful Burham and Berrow GC. Which is a beautiful, but tough championship course, this was evident as the Par is 71 but CSS was 73 for three rounds and 74 for another. This is a worldwide tournament with 140 of the worlds best U16's competing. BB&O were tremendously represented with 11 players which is an amazing feat. Tom Gregory (Stoke Park), Conor Gough (Stoke Park) & Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) all made the strict cut of the top 40 players.

A true links breeze was present on the final day but our boys continued to perform strongly. Melan finished in a very credible 30th in what was his first England Golf event but i'm sure it wont be his last. Conor was flying up the leaderboard in his final round but had one difficult hole but still finished 11th. However, Conor was a member of the 3 man England A team that won the Nations cup (Picture below). Brilliant! Tom played very consistent golf from the beginning 71, 74, 73, 72 to finish +6, 4 shots of the lead, and a creditable 5th. Tom was also part of the England B Team which finished second. 

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Tom Gregory

Conor Gough (Middle) with the winning England A Team

Champion Club & Courage Trophy

Friday 14th July 2017

Woburn clinch the Champion Club on home soil while Jack Bartlett wins the Courage Trophy.

Woburn was the host venue for the 2017 Champion Club and Courage Trophy events. The Dukes course played up to its championship status with scoring proving to be difficult despite good weather conditions. The Champion Club was won by the home team Woburn with John Kemp, newly crowned English Mid Age Champion Stephen Jensen and Jack Bartlett making up the three. Their combined score of 441 (+9) was good enough to give them victory by three strokes over a very strong Stoke Park team of Tom Lawson, Jonny Griggs and Andrew Lynch. Back in third on 453 (+21) was the young Castle Royle trio of David Langley, Tim Shin and Harrison Arnold. Woburn will go to East Devon Golf Club on 23rd and 24th September to represent BB&O in the national finals. We wish them the very best of luck.

In the fiercely contested Courage Trophy it was another home win with Jack Bartlett taking home the trophy. His wonderful score of 141 (-3) was good enough to win by 4 strokes from Andrew lynch. Andrew pipped David Langley on countback with both scoring 145 (+1).  This is the second year in a row where Woburn have taken the spoils in both events so a huge congratulations to everyone at the club. 

For the full Champion Club result click here

For the full Courage Trophy Result click here

 

Stephen Jensen, John Kemp & Jack Bartlett

Boys South East Qualifying

Thursday 13th July 2017

Amazing victory for the Junior Elite Team at Woodbridge

The BB&O boys team secured a thrilling victory at the SEG England Boys Qualifier yesterday. Three ahead after the morning round the boys moved further ahead as the last groups entered the back 9, with Essex the closest challengers, 6 back. A very difficult 30 minutes saw Essex take the lead by 1 shot but Tom Gregory birdied the last two holes to secure victory by a single shot.

This win represents the best performance by a BB&O Boys team since the late 1990's. The BB&O team was the youngest of the 11 Counties at this years event, making the victory all the more impressive.

Well done to everyone that has played a part in the Junior programme over the years. This win is for the boys, parents, coaches, managers and BB&O staff, without whom a victory of this magnitude would not have been possible. Let's use this as a platform for even greater things in the future.

BB&O will go on to represent the South Eastern Group ((SEG) in the Boys Finals which will take place in the last week of AugustYorkshire (Northern), Somerset (South Western Group) and Staffordshire (Midland) will make up the other finalists.

A team of 7 will be selected by the 8th August. The Finals will take place at the Northamptonshire County Golf Club, over 4 days, between the 28th and 31st August. The team will stay near the venue for 4 nights, starting on the 27th August.

McGregor Trophy

Thursday 13th July 2017

Conor Gough & Tom Gregory picked for England to play in the Nations Cup

An international field which includes some BB&O players will head to Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset next week in search of one of golf’s most prestigious titles for under-16s. The McGregor Trophy, or the English U16 boys’ open amateur championship, will see top class young players compete over the challenging links course from 18-20 July. The English entry of almost 80 players includes a host of U16 internationals, six of whom have been selected for the two teams to defend the Nations Cup. 

Team One is Conor Gough (Stoke Park), Charlie Hilton (Ifield) and Robin Williams (Peterborough Milton). Team Two is Tom Gregory (Stoke Park), Dominic Clemons (Hanbury Manor) and Ben Pierleoni (Berkhamsted). They will be joined by players from 16 other countries, including all the home countries, many European nations and from as far afield as the USA and South Korea.

Burnham & Berrow has a great record as a championship venue, having hosted such events as the British women’s amateur, the British boys’, the Brabazon Trophy, the Tillman Trophy and English Championships. The McGregor Trophy is a 72-hole stroke play championship, played over three days. The full field plays 18 holes on each of the first two days. After 36 holes, the leading 40 competitors and ties qualify to play the final 36 holes on the third day. The Nations Cup is decided over the first two rounds and last year England’s teams were first and joint third. 

The Nations Cup players: 

Conor Gough, 14, won the 2016 English U14 Reid Trophy and this year tied third at the Fairhaven Trophies and was 12th at the Peter McEvoy Trophy; both U18 events. 

Tom Gregory, 14, helped England U16s beat Spain. He was fourth in the Midland U16 boys’ championship and 11th in the Fairhaven Trophies

Charlie Hilton, 16, won the Midland U16 boys’ championship and was in England’s winning team for the U16 international against Spain.

Robin Williams, 15, is representing England in this week’s European boys’ team championship. He was fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. 

Good luck to Conor & Tom and we will be watching the leaderboard with great interest.

South East Mens County Qualifying

Monday 10th July 2017

BB&O finish a very credible third

On Saturday 8th July, the BB&O First Team competed in the annual England Golf South East Group Mens County Qualifying at Sheringham Golf Club in Norfolk.

This event consists of 11 counties in the South East of the country competing against each other. The event is played as a 36 medal competition and each county has 6 players - with ALL of their scores are being combined for the whole day (resulting in a combined 12 medal round total). This as you can imagine is a very tough event. However, the reward is high – the winners go on to compete in the English County Finals against the winners of the North, Midlands and South West regions to become the English County Champions.

This year, representing BB&O were: Rory Browne (Feldon Valley), George Gardner (Castle Royle), Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath), David Langley (Castle Royle), Tim Shin (Castle Royle) and Alex Stubbs (Frilford Heath).

The course at Sheringham was looking fantastic, and for a links course there was very little wind, meaning that scoring conditions were ideal.

The morning started well, with most of the team under par early on - but as the morning went on some of the players struggled to find their rhythm. Nevertheless, coming down the last few holes of the morning round the team were still very much in the mix for the top spots, needing to finish their round with a flourish to be close to the lead at lunch time. Unfortunately they finished the round with a bit of a whimper – as a combined team they were 6 over for the last hole of their rounds. There were some very good scores though – Olly Huggins put on a putting masterclass, having only 24 putts to shoot 69 (-1). Alex Stubbs played some very solid golf and finished with a fine 68 (-2). David Langley was his usual steady self to finish with a 70 (Level). The team ended up 4th at lunch time on 432, 12 shots behind the leaders Hampshire, who were at Level par as a team - a score which is outstanding and almost unprecedented in this event.

In the afternoon, the team started well again, with almost all of the team once again under par early on. After struggling with his game in the morning, George Gardner (who was a last minute sub because of injury – coming into the team the day before the event) found his form and with a couple of birdies on 11 & 12 had found himself at 3 under par. But for a bad lie in the bunker at 18 would have finished at that, but had to settle for a 68 (-2). This was still a dent of 5 shots into Hampshire’s lead, as his Hampshire playing partner shot 73 (+3). Olly Huggins had also found his long game to match his putting from the morning and finished with an exemplary and bogey free 67 (-3). Alex Stubbs had struggled on the front 9, but with a bit of a pep talk from the Captain on the 12 tee found 3 birdies in a row and finished with a very solid round of 70 (Level). David Langley continued his solid golf to record a fine round of 69 (-1). This left BB&O in a very health position of +3 for the afternoon round and a total of +15 for the day as a team. Unfortunately for BB&O, the rest of the Hampshire team continued their morning form and they eventually finished +4 for the round and a total of +4 as a team overall, meaning that they were SE Group Champions for the 3rd year in a row. Hertfordshire were also simply outstanding in the afternoon round - they were -4 as a team for that round (which is unprecedented!) aided by a course record equalling 65 (-5) from James Surridge – putting them at +6 for the day and in second place overall. This left BB&O in a very respectable 3rd place, which is a step in the right direction after several poor years in this event and only behind 2 teams who had outstanding total scores for this event. In the individual event, BB&O had very good representation too with 3 players in the top 12: Olly Huggins excellent 2 rounds had left him in 3rd place overall, Alex Stubbs was in 9th, and David Langley in 12th.

 For the full Team result click here

For the full individual results click here

Logan Trophy

Monday 10th July 2017

Woburn's Stephen Jensen is victorious at Beau Desert

Woburn’s Stephen Jensen completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Logan Trophy at Beau Desert Golf Club in Staffordshire and gave fire to his hopes for a career on the Senior Tour. “I do harbour ambitions to possibly try to turn professional and this gives me the belief that I can play golf under reasonable pressure,” he said, after completing a two-shot win in the English men’s open mid-amateur championship with a 54-hole total of three over par. “This gives me tremendous confidence and helps me go forward pursuing my possible ambitions.”

When Jensen started the final round on three-under and with a six-shot lead, the championship was his to lose – but that didn’t make it easy. The course has proved a stern test all week and there were plenty of good players aiming to narrow the gap. “I’ve never been in that position before and I was up against some stellar golfers and I wasn’t sure how I’d react,” he said. He was tested very quickly. After a good opening par he had a double bogey on the second, while playing partner Gareth Hastie (Royal Lytham & St Annes) birdied the hole. The lead was down to three. 

“I had a stern word with myself, told myself to enjoy it and to play Gareth at match play. That’s how I played the rest of the round, tried to beat him or halve with him on every hole and I ground it out. Jensen’s chipping and putting was excellent, with some great up and downs from swales around the undulating greens. But by his own admission, his driving was tentative. “I think that’s natural round here and with what’s at stake,” he said. “In the end I got the job done – and now I can relax.” 

His match play game plan paid quick dividends with a lovely pitch and putt birdie on the fourth which widened his lead to four. It stayed that way until the 12th where he got up and down from behind the green for par to extend the gap to five shots. Then, on the 14th Jensen’s solid par restored his six-shot margin. 

It was dented by a bogey on the par five 15th, where he caught a fairway bunker, and a double on the short 16th where he found another bunker before three-putting. But he stood on the final tee with a very comfortable cushion of three shots and played steadily down the hole for his par. 

Hastie, who was locked in a battle for second place, birdied the hole to reduce the deficit to two and finish runner-up on his own on five-over, pipping Andy Minnikin (Alnmouth, Northumberland) and Geoff Harris (Formby, Lancashire) by a stroke.

Duncan Hodsgon (Burhill, Surrey) was fifth, a further stroke back, and Stephen Creed (Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire) pipped five other players to take sixth prize on eight-over, having returned the low score of the day with his one-under 69. 

Now Jensen will turn his attention to qualifying for the Senior Open. “If I can do that I will contemplate turning professional,” said the 51-year-old. He first played golf as a 10-year-old but his ambitions have been on the back burner until recent years. “I sat behind a desk for 30 years making myself and my family secure. Now that’s happened I am fortunate enough to pursue my hobby with vigour,” he said. 

Watch this space…

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First Team V Bedfordshire

Monday 3rd July 2017

First Team edge Bedfordshire in close fought affair

On Sunday 2nd July, the BB&O First Team played Bedfordshire in the South East Group League Match at The Millbrook GC.

The tight and tricky course was playing very hard and fast meaning that local knowledge would be at a premium, and with many of the Bedfordshire team being members at The Millbrook GC, it was going to be a very stern test.

The morning foursomes was a very tight affair. Only 2 of the 4 matches got to more than 1 up at any stage, these were only at the latter stages of the games. In the top match the Bedfordshire pair of Jack Hawksby and Paul Kenna played some exception golf to beat the established and formidable BB&O pair of Tim Shin & George Bell. The Bedfordshire pair carded 7 birdies in 17 holes and concluded with them being 5 under par for the last 8 holes of the match to win on the 17th. In the second game, the BB&O pair of Aaron Ashberry and Alex Stubbs played some sterling golf themselves to also be under par, finishing superbly to win 3 of their last 5 holes to win 3&2 against the Bedfordshire pair of Normal Cilliers and Jack Leek. The other 2 foursomes matches were extremely tight with firstly the BB&O Pair of Rory Browne & Harrison Arnold halving their match with Scott Armitage & Harry Boyle, and David Langley and Olly Huggins halving the final game against the Bedfordshire pair of Ryan Craig and Ryan Smith.  This left the match hanging in the balance at 2-2 at lunch time

In the afternoon singles, BB&O started well, being up in 5 and only down in 2 out of the 8 matches after 3 holes, however things looked a bit different after 8 holes where BB&O were only up in 3 matches... In the top games, BB&O did not get the results they were looking for. In the top match, Tim Shin (BB&O) was having a great match against Millbrook based Jack Hawksby (Beds). Jack eventually won the match on the last hole following on from holing a ridiculous 50+ foot putt from off the green on 17 after being deep in the trees. In the 2nd match, Rory Browne (BB&O) also went down the last, although he couldn’t quite find the birdie he needed to get a half against Ryan Smith (Beds). George Bell (BB&O came up against an unstoppable force in Harry Boyle, who made 6 birdies in a row from the 8th to finish -7 and beat George 5&3. In the 4th match for BB&O Harrison Arnold then showed experience beyond his youthful years to record a very good half point against Jack Leek. This was the start of the turn of the tide for BB&O. Alex Stubbs played great golf for BB&O and never gave his opponent (Ryan Craig) a chance, and won his match 3&2. Olly Huggins in the 6th game was also continuing his excellent current form and closed out an early point for BB&O, winning his first 5 holes and eventually beating Scott Armitage by the tune of 7&6. Unfortunately in the 7th game, Norman Cilliers (Bedfordshire) hurt himself trying to play from poor lie and had to retire, leaving Aaron Ashberry with a walkover and an early point for BB&O, although Aaron was 3 up at the time and playing very well. This left the match dependant on the last game. For BB&O David Langley started poorly and was 2 down after 8, but he dug in and showed his class and experience to win 6 holes in a row to eventually win the game 3&2, which meant an overall win of 6.5-5.5.

This was an excellent result for BB&O against a Bedfordshire team who have an exceptional record at The Millbrook GC.

To view the full match result click here

East Berkshire Stag

Tuesday 27th June 2017

BB&O are victorious in The Inter County Challenge

BB&O entered two teams into the prestigious East Berkshire Stag and both teams occupied the top 3 places. The team of Alex Stubbs (The Oxfordshire), Peter Handcock (Harleyford) and George Gardner (Castle Royle) finished third. The winning team whose total of 432 which was 8 ahead of a very strong Essex team was Fraser Bown (Maidenhead), Shane Slatter (Calcot Park) and Damien Hewitt (Castle Royle). A great performance by all 6 players. Ben Platt took the individual title at his home club with a very impressive total of 137 (-1). 

To view the full results please click here

 

Damien Hewitt, Shane Slatter and Fraser Bown

Henry Cooper Junior Masters

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Strong showing by BB&O boys

The Henry Cooper Junior Masters is an international junior event where 130 players do battle for the coveted trophy. The course was set up beautifully but a strong wind made scoring difficult. BB&O had 7 players take part, Tom Lawton, Kristian Tannum-Donaldson, Conor Gough, Taylor Paul, Gregor McKenzie, Harrison Arnold and Tom Gregory. This just goes to show the strength in depth that we have amongst our junior section. 

Conor and Kristian were selected by England to represent them in the Nations Trophy albeit in different teams. Kristian was part of England Team 3 and finished a respectful 6th while Conor was part of England Team 1 that won. A great achievement and some silverware to add to the growing collection in the Gough household. 

In the individual event Harrison and Tom were the only BB&O players to make the cut of the top 40 players. Harrison finished in 25th place with rounds of 71, 73, 78, 73 a +7 total. Tom continued his fine form and not only did he finish in 9th place he won the prize for the lowest U16. His rounds of 72, 75, 69, 72 left him on level par.

For the full individual results please click here

For the Nations Trophy results please click here

 

Tom Gregory (Stoke Park)

Futures Tour North Oxford

Sunday 25th June 2017

Wins for Will Tate, Ben Withall & Connor Jacob

The sixth Futures Tour event of 2017 was held at North Oxford. The course was looking excellent but a strong wind made scoring difficult. In the U12 section Connor Jacob (Reading) took the title with a gross 80. Two strokes back with 82 was Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire). Joe Getley (Hazelmere) won the net section with a fantastic 61. This just pipped Ben Pusey (Wexham Park) who was a stroke back in second. 

The U14 section was won by Ben Withall (Wexham Park) with a gross 71. In second place with a gross 72 was Ben Loveard (Woburn). William Price (Frilford Heath) shot a net 65 to take the title by a shot from James MacFarlane (Maidenhead).

The U15 section was won by Will Tate (Caversham Heath) who shot 76. A great score but just 2 shots back with a 78 was John Wellman (Badgemore Park). In the net section Oscar Fowler (Stoke Park) took the title with 69 and in second was Aiden Benger (Studley Wood) with a net 73.

For the full U15 results click HERE

For the full U14 results click HERE

For the full U12 results click HERE

Ben Withall (Wexham Park) & Will Tate (Caverhsham Heath)

Connor Jacob (Reading)

 

BB&O representation at the 117th US Open

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Eddie Pepperell & Tyrrell Hatton compete at The US Open in Wisconsin

Last week was the 117th US Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin. You might be wondering what this prestigious Major Championship has to do with BB&O. We had not one but two ex BB&O players participating, Tyrrell Hatton and Eddie Pepperell. This is something we are very proud to have been a small part of and we watched all four days with great interest. Unfortunately Tyrrell missed the cut but did feature in The European Tours top 10 shots of the week with his incredible 100 yard hole out for eagle. 

Eddie fared better and despite having to qualify for the event two weeks prior at Walton Heath, he went on to achieve a remarkable finish of T16. This fantastic achievement was made even sweeter by Eddie partnering The 2017 Masters Champion and boyhood idol Sergio Garcia on Sunday. This career best finish in a major has given Eddie a huge boost in the Race To Dubai standings where he now sits in 71st position.

We want to take this opportunity to congratulate and wish both Tyrrell and Eddie all the best for the rest of the season and we hope to see both your names on the first page of leaderboards for many years to come. Eddie & Tyrrell sporting the BB&O logo in their junior days. Can you spot them below?

U18's V Essex and Middlesex

Sunday 18th June 2017

The U18's were victorious in both matches at Lambourne

BB&O U18's secured two vital wins, against Essex ( 5-3 ) and Middlesex ( 6.5-1.5 ), in the first of three triangular matches, on a sweltering day at Lambourne Golf Club.

Double wins for Gregor McKenzie, Zac Jenkins, Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson and Harrison Arnold ( including a w/o ) helped propel BB&O beyond the 4 points needed for victory in each match; though every BB&O boy contributed at least 1/2 point on the day.

Essex were held to a draw by Middlesex which which may prove crucial at the end of the series of matches. BB&O's next U18 League fixture will take place, against Essex and Hertfordshire, at Chigwell Golf Club on Sunday 13th August.

For the full Essex result please click here

For the full Middlesex result please click here

The Junior Elite team at lambourne

Club Foursomes

Friday 16th June 2017

Tim Shin & Harrison Arnold win the scratch. Peter Davidson & Simon Warren win the net

Tim Shin & Harrison Arnold (Castle Royle)

The 2017 Club Foursomes was played at a sun soaked Mill Ride. With perfect scoring conditions and pure greens it looked to be set up perfectly but the golf course showed its teeth and proved a very difficult test for everyone. Not one pair broke the par of 72. The Castle Royle pair of Tim Shin and Harrison Arnold who have both represented the First Team this year and were part of the team who represented BB&O at The Eastern Counties Foursomes at Seacroft took the scratch title with a total of 150. This was compiled of a best of the day 72 in the morning which gave them a two shot lead at lunch. An afternoon round of 78 was good enough to take the title by two shots. In second place were the Ellesborough pair of Luke Richardson and Phil Cuthbert. Back in third on 153 were the Burford pairing of Jon Wilks and Joe Simpson. The AM scratch was won by Rory Browne and William McCoombes (Feldon Valley) with 74 and the PM scratch was won by Harry Noton and Joshua Taylor (Woburn) with 76. 

The net competition was won by Peter Davidson and Simon Warren (Sonning) who shot net scores of 77 and 75. This pipped Calcot Parks pairing of Charlie Guest and Shane Slatter on countback. In third place with a total of 153 was Andrew laird and Barry Pawley (Tadmarton Heath).  

For the full scratch result please click here

For the full net result please click here

English Seniors Championship

Friday 9th June 2017

Doug Cameron wins at Saunton

 

Doug Cameron from Henley is the new English senior men’s champion, claiming the title after a rollercoaster final round and a three-man play-off at Saunton Golf Club, Devon. He saw off the challenge of former winner Steven East and championship low-scorer Michael Jarvis after they both tangled with a bunker on the first extra hole.

It’s his first major senior title and, after his third place in Ireland a few weeks ago, he will achieve his great dream of returning to the England senior side. “It feels great to win, it’s fantastic,” he said. But Cameron, from Henley Golf Club, (image © Leaderboard Photography) knew he had earned his crown the hard way, bluntly describing his three-over par final round as a “car crash.” It certainly didn’t start that way. He had looked in total control as he went out in two-under par and worked his way to a comfortable four-shot lead as he approached the closing holes. But a bad drive on 14 triggered a run of five dropped shots over three holes. “I was playing really nicely, it was very solid and I felt comfortable, but then I hit a bad tee shot on 14,” he said. At the same time Gloucestershire’s Jarvis and Yorkshire’s East were both doing all they could to further close the gap.

Jarvis (The Players Club) followed his game plan of aggressive play and was rewarded with a three-under 68, which made up a seven shot deficit. He set the clubhouse target on four-over par, which was matched when East (Leeds Golf Centre) ground out his round of level par 71. He had a chance to move into the outright lead on 18 but his birdie putt finished a couple of inches short of the hole.

Behind them, Cameron was regrouping with a birdie two on 17 which gave him a one-shot lead as he approached the final hole. But his tee shot flew right into a bank of rough and he was forced to lay up about 70 yards short and his bogey dropped him into the three-way tie. However, he has an excellent play-off record and, despite a tee shot which drifted right onto an uphill lie, he held his nerve to reach the green in three and then rolled a long putt up to the hole-side. “I’m just delighted to win, it doesn’t get better than this, on a fabulous golf course,” he said.

Former European senior champion Clive Jones, who is based in France, took fourth place after his final round of two-under 69 moved him to five-over. The 69 was matched by Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield) who was fifth alongside Gary Byrne (Clitheroe) and senior international David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) on six-over par.

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Futures Tour Hadden Hill

Friday 2nd June 2017

Wins for Struan Hancock, Huw Pearson & Connor Jacob

The fifth Futures Tour event of 2017 was held at Hadden Hill. The course was looking excellent and some of the scores reflect that. In the U12 section Connor Jacob (Reading) took the title with a gross 85. Three strokes back was Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) with a gross 88. Matthew Heys (Wexham Park) won the net section with a fantastic 69. This was good enough to win by three with Ferdie Armitage (Ellesbrough) in second. 

The U14 section was won by Huw Pearson (Buckingham) with a gross 73. In second place with a gross 76 was Harry Gale (Goring & Streatley). Freddie Horner (Goring & Streatley) shot a net 67 to take the title on countback from Harrison Coleman (Newbury & Crookham).

The U15 section was won by Struan Hancock (Stoke Park) who shot a wonderful 69 which was a -2 gross. A truly great score but just 4 shots back with a 73 was Will Tate (Caversham Heath). In the net section John Wellman took the title with 66 and in second was Charlie Haynes (Frilford Heath) with a net 67.

For the full U15 results click HERE

For the full U14 results click HERE

For the full U12 results click HERE

 

Colts Championship

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Alex Stubbs wins the Colts Championship

On Tuesday 30th May The Colts Championship was held at Huntercombe. The course was looking great and the effort of the green staff was incredible as they cut the greens in between the first and second round. The scoring was fantastic and the winner was Alex Stubbs (The Oxfordshire) with a total of 136 which was 4 under par. This was good enough to take the title by 4 strokes from Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) who in turn beat Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) on countback both with a total of level par 140. 

The handicap competition was won by Will Tate (Caverhsam Heath) whose 132 secured him the Busby Bowl. In second place was Archie Smith with a net total of 135. Fraser Bown (Maidenhead) won the AM scratch with 70 and the PM scratch was won by Phil Williams (Buckinghamshire) with a 2 under gross 68.

To view the full results please click here

 

Alex Stubbs (The Oxfordshire)

Will Tate (Caversham Heath)

Mid Age Championship

Monday 29th May 2017

Kevin Freeman wins the Mid Age Championship

On Bank Holiday Monday 30th The Oxfordshire hosted the Mid Age Championship. Rain threatened but never really materialised and the course played great. The winner was Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park) with a gross total of 2 under par 141. In second place just 2 shots behind on 143 was William Kendall (Denham) and in third on 146 was Austin Siggers (Studley Wood). Dave Williams (Caversham Heath) won the net with a combined score of 141 which was good enough to win by 3 strokes from Paul Jones (Downshire). The AM scratch was won by Aaron Ashberry (Burford) with 71 and PM scratch was won by Craig Paterson (Studley Wood) with 72.

To view the full results please click here

Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park)

Tom Gregory helps England to victory over Spain

Monday 29th May 2017

Tom secured 3 points to help England win 15-9

England turned the tables on Spain in impressive style when they swept to a 15-9 victory in the annual under-16 international. They’ve lost the last three encounters but this year, at Preston Golf Club in Lancashire, they won with a session in hand. Team coach Peter Barber commented: “The team were very keen not to lose for a fourth time and they performed fantastically. They all played a part in the victory, which was great.” He added: “Both teams played very good golf and the standard was very high.” The highlight of the match was the first day singles when all eight England players won and they led 10-2 at the close of play.

They wasted no time in clinching the victory on day two, taking 2.5 points from the foursomes, to reach the necessary 12.5 points to claim the trophy. England’s top scorer was Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown who won all four of his games, while Surrey’s Annabell Fuller was unbeaten with three wins and a half. Our very own Tom Gregory secured 3 out of a possible 4. 

Barber, a former European Tour player who played for England as a boy, inspired the team by telling them: “It is such a proud moment to be playing for England and if you win you will always remember this day, who you played and how you won – I still do.” He had special thanks for Preston Golf Club’s support for the event, which he described as outstanding. The match started as a curtain raiser to the North of England U16 Championship, with England enjoying much success in the encounters at Pannal and Heswall.  It was expanded three years ago into a stand-alone two-day match and until now the Spanish have been all-conquering, winning at Madrid in 2014, at Seacroft, Lincolnshire in 2015 and again in Madrid last year.

Past England team members include Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick and fellow Tour winners Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Tommy Fleetwood and Melissa Reid all figured in the international back in their early amateur days.

The England team was: Barclay Brown of Hallamshire, Yorkshire; Dominic Clemons of Gog Magog Cambridgeshire; Annabell Fuller of Roehampton, Surrey; Tom Gregory from Stoke Park, Berks, Bucks and Oxon;  Charlie Hilton of Ifield, Sussex; Lily May Humphreys of Stoke by Nayland, Essex; Mimi Rhodes of Burnham & Berrow, Somerset and Caitlin Whitehead of Kendal, Cumbria.

Eastern Counties Foursomes

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

The First Team at Seacroft, Lincolnshire

The BB&O Team comprising of 10 Players travelled to Seacroft, Lincolnshire to represent the County in the Eastern Counties Foursomes against 8 other County Teams. They were determined to improve on the performance of the previous year, which was the first time the Team had entered the Competition. The team at Seacroft comprised of Tim Shin (Castle Royle), George Bell (Harewood Downs), Davis Langley (Castle Royle), Rory Browne (Feldon Valley), Rymer Smith (Buckinghamshire), Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross), Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire), Aaron Siddell (Castle Royle), Aaron Ashberry (Burford) and Adam Batty (Beaconsfield). The Format was 72 Holes comprising 4 Triangular Matches.

In the first Triangular Match, the Team were drawn against Essex & Leicestershire & Rutland, who were both strong favourites to win the Tournament. Unfortunately the Team got off to a slow start, only taking 1.5 points out of a possible 10, with 3 matches halved. The Team played well but found it difficult to hole putts on unusually slow Links Greens due to 65mm of rain falling in the previous 72 Hours.

Unlike the previous year the Team came out fighting in the afternoon against Cambridgeshire & Suffolk. With all the players settling to the task well, they accrued 7.5 points out of 10, with all the Players contributing to the total. Special mention for the pairings of Langley & Browne and Ashberry & Batty who scored two wins each.

The Team were the leading points scorers with 7.5 points in the afternoon session and the total of 9 points for the day left them in 5th place, but with everything to play for on Sunday.

The third Triangular match saw the Team take on Bedforshire & Norfolk. Like the first morning, they started slowly and again found the Greens difficult to putt on. They fought hard all morning but could only take 3.5 points out of 10, with Ashberry & Batty winning both games at the tail to ensure some respectability to their points tally.

The afternoon session saw the Team take on Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. Under clear blue skies but a strong wind, they managed to take 6.5 points out of 10, with the pairings of Shin & Bell and Langley & Browne winning both their matches. With one win each for Smith & Buttivant and Ashberry & Batty, it was left to Arnold & Siddell to secure a dramatic half, getting up & down at the 17th & 18th to grind out a well deserved half.

The 6.5 points won meant the Team finished on 19 points in 5th behind Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and the eventual winners Essex, who won with 29 points.

A great weekend of Golf and an improvement on last year means the Team are moving in the right direction under the guidance of Captain Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath). If they can improve on their morning points tally next year, whilst maintaining their strike rate in the afternoon sessions, they will be in the mix to win the Tournament.

Special mention should be made of our President Alistair Booth (Frilford Heath) who travelled to Seacroft to support the team and also came second with 36 points in the Officials Competition held on Friday afternoon, before the start of the Foursomes. Well played Alistair for keeping the BB&O Colours flying.

 

Futures Tour Badgemore Park

Sunday 21st May 2017

Wins for Simon Mead, Ben Loveard & Taylor Paul

The fourth Futures Tour event of 2017 was held at Badgemore Park. The course was looking excellent and some of the scores reflect that. In the U12 section Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) took the title with a gross 84. Just one stroke behind was Freddie Bearman (Bearwood Lakes) with a gross 85. Joe Getley (Hazelmere) won the net section with a fantastic 66. This just pipped Jake Valentine (Stoke Park) by a stroke. 

The U14 section was won by Ben Loveard (Woburn) with a gross 75. In second place with a gross 77 was Ben Withall (Wexham Park). Jack Green (Sonning) shot a best of the day net 64 to take the title and in second pace with a great net 66 was Joseph Antonellie-Pike (Deanwood).

The U15 section was won by Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) who shot a wonderful 68 which was a -1 gross. A truly great score but just 2 shots back with a 1 over 70 was Carl Banner (Stoke Park). In the net section Will Tate took the title with 69 and in second playing his first ever Futures Tour Event was Markos Carr (Kirtlington) with a net 71.

For the full U15 results click HERE

For the full U14 results click HERE

For the full U12 results click HERE

Taylor Paul U15

Ben Loveard U14

Simon Mead U12

Seacroft Foursomes

Saturday 20th May 2017

BB&O fight back after a slow start.

Seacroft Foursomes

The BB&O Ten Man Team opened their Seacroft Foursomes account in a typically slow fashion. With a 4-1 loss to Leicestershire & Rutland and a 4.5 - 0.5 loss to Essex, they languished at the bottom of the nine team table.

Unlike last year though, under the captaincy of Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) they ground out a number of important points in the afternoon session. With all players contributing to the points tally, and two wins from Langley & Browne and Ashberry & Batty, BB&O scored 7.5 points out of a possible 10.

Their 9 points total after Day 1 left the team in 5th position but in touch with a possible top three position.

The team at Seacroft is Tim Shin (Castle Royle), George Bell (Harewood Downs), David Langley (Castle Royle), Rory Browne (Feldon Valley), Rymer Smith (Buckinghamshire), Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross), Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire), Aarin Siddell (Sonning), Aaron Ashberry (Burford) and Adam Batty (Beaconsfield)

International call up for Tom Gregory

Friday 19th May 2017

Tom has been selected to play for England U16's against Spain later this month

Eight of England’s leading U16 players will follow in the footsteps of some great names next week when they take on Spain at Preston Golf Club, Lancashire. Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick and fellow Tour winners Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Tommy Fleetwood and Melissa Reid all figured in the international U16 match back in their early amateur days.

This year’s match will be played over the weekend of 27-28 May and the mixed team is Barclay Brown of Yorkshire, Dominic Clemons of Cambridgeshire, Annabell Fuller of Surrey, Tom Gregory from Berks, Bucks and Oxon,  Charlie Hilton of Sussex, Lily May Humphreys of Essex, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset and Caitlin Whitehead of Cumbria.

The match started as a curtain raiser to the North of England U16 Championship, with England enjoying much success in the encounters at Pannal and Heswall.  It was expanded three years ago into a stand-alone two-day match and since then the Spanish have been all-conquering, winning at Madrid in 2014, at Seacroft, Lincolnshire in 2015 and again in Madrid last year. The England team will be keen to end that run at Preston. This is the second time Preston has hosted a major junior event in the last two years. In 2015 the club staged the English U14 boys’ open championship for the Reid Trophy, which attracts an international field.

Tom's selection comes after he finished fourth in the Midland U16 championship and 11th in the Fairhaven Trophies. He also played for England in the recent international U16 quadrangular match. We wish Tom the very best of luck!

BB&O V Essex

Sunday 14th May 2017

First Team draw 6-6 in thriller to Essex

The BB&O First Team started their 2017 league season with a hard fought half with Essex at Frilford Heath on Sunday 14th May. The Red Course was presented in excellent condition and the weather for the most part was sunny and warm, so the stage was set for a great days golf – and it didn’t disappoint.

In the morning foursomes, BB&O played some superb golf to take the lead 3-1 at lunch time. Tim Shin (Castle Royle) and George Bell (Harewood Downs) led the way with some flawless golf to win 4/3 against Jay Beisser and Curtis Knipes. BB&O Stalwarts Kevin Freeman and Tom Lawson (both Stoke Park) showed their skill and experience to dispatch the young Essex pair of Aaron Edwards-Hill and Michael Gilbert in the bottom game 3/1. Unfortunately the Essex pair of Ali Plumb and Taylor Carter were too strong for Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) and Harrison Arnold (East Berks) and won the second match 4/3. The last match to complete in the morning was the match between the BB&O pair of Adam Batty (Beaconsfield) and Aaron Ashberry (Burford) and the Essex pair of Will Percival / Callum Pipe. Adam and Aaron were 1 up playing the last, but with Essex inside 6ft for 2 and looking likely to make birdie, Adam Batty rolled in a fantastic 15ft putt for birdie and to take the game 1up.

Unfortunately, BB&O did not fare so well in the afternoon singles. Through 9 holes of the singles things were very tight – BB&O up in 3 matches, Essex up in 3 matches and it was All Square in the other 2. However, the top order for Essex found another gear and they went on to edge out close wins in the first 3 matches of the afternoon. George Bell played fantastically and held off a late comeback to win his match and to buck the trend and give BB&O some positive news. Unfortunately Harrison Arnold & Aaron Ashberry had too much to do to make up their matches and came up against some astonishing golf from the Essex players in these games (who were -6 combined). However BB&O had an ace up their sleeve with Kevin Freeman shooting -4 for 14 holes to win his match convincingly. So the match came down to Adam Batty. He’d given a short game masterclass to be 2 up with 3 to play – and with the rain coming down he played some very solid golf over the last couple of holes and didn’t give his opponent a chance to grind out a 2/1 win, which meant the overall match was halved.

First Team at Frilford Heath against Essex

For the full match result please click here

Seniors Championship 2017

Friday 12th May 2017

Niven wins consecutive Seniors Championships

The 2017 Seniors Championship was held at Burnham Beeches on Thursday 11th & Friday 12th May. With such a strong Seniors section amongst B&O it was always going to be a tight, high quality affair. 36 holes was not enough to split George Wilson (Calcot Park) and David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) who had tied on 145. After the three hole play off David was crowned the 2017 Seniors Champion. Back in third place on 149 was Michael Warwick (Burnham Beeches) and in fourth was Cliff Pearce (Whiteleaf). David Niven will represent BB&O at the Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa of which he also won last year.

George Wilson (55-59) and David Niven (60-64) sealed their respective Age Group titles while Robert Gill (Gerrards Cross) won the 65-69 category and Chris Osborne (Temple) won the Over 70 group. The net competition was very close with David Williams (Castle Royle) winning it with a combined net of 143. Bob Launder (Datchet) beat Cliff Pearce (Whiteleaf) to second spot on countback with both players having a net total of 144. Lastly the team championship was won by Tim Whittaker, Michael Saunders & Finbarr O'Connor of Beaconsfield.

To view the full results please click here

To view the full Team results please click here

David Niven Seniors Champion & 60-64 (Newbury & Crookham)

George Wilson 55-59 (Calcot Park)

Robert Gill 65-69 (Gerrards Cross)

Chris Osborne 70+ (Temple)

Fairhaven Trophy 2017

Monday 8th May 2017

BB&O boys continue to shine on National stage

The Fairhaven trophy, is a prestigious U18 event, played on the demanding 7200 yard Fairhaven GC, situated a few miles from Royal Lytham. 120 top junior golfers from all over Europe, with handicaps of (1.2) or better, compete for this coveted title.

The cut after 36 holes, only allowed 34 boys and ties, to progress to the final 36 holes on Sunday. Three of our boys performed very well to even make the cut. In very difficult conditions , with high gusting winds and hard greens, BB&O’s  Kristian Tannum Donaldson finished a respectable 25th, whilst our two 14 year olds, (the youngest boys in the field) performed superbly, with Tom Gregory finishing 10th and Conor Gough tied 3rd. This was a tremendous performance, in such a high quality field.

 

To view the full set of results please click here

Whittaker wins at Parkstone Golf Club

Friday 5th May 2017

Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield) won the Bill Shankland Memorial Trophy at Parkstone Golf Club held over the 4th & 5th of May. Tim shot 2 impressive scores of 69 & 75 from the white tees which gave him a 36 hole total of 144 (Level par). This was good enough to secure the victory by 2 strokes from Alan New (Stoneham).

Other BB&O performances included Doug Cameron (Henley) who finished 8th with 73, 76 (+5) and David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) 13th with 78, 74.

 

The full results can be viewed by clicking the link below

http://parkstone.intelligentgolf.co.uk/competition.php?compid=426&fulldetail=1

Thunderbird International beckons for Conor Gough

Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Conor Gough selected to represent England in Arizona, USA.

BB&O's Conor Gough will team up with Thomas Plumb to represent England in the Thunderbird International in the USA. The 54-hole tournament will be played on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona, from 26-29 May. Conor who is just 14 won the 2016 English U14 championship and the Douglas Johns Trophy and was runner up in the Italian U16 open. He tied 12th in the recent Peter McEvoy Trophy. Conor is following in the footsteps of older brother John who Last year represented England in the Thunderbird International.

 

Spring Trophy

Monday 1st May 2017

Shane Slatter is victorious at Temple

The Spring Trophy was held at Temple on Monday 1st May. As always on Bank Holidays we were subject to some wet weather but the course held up really well and luckily the rain didn't last too long. With a full field this was always going to be a hotly contested affair. The winner with a fantastic gross 69 (-1) was Shane Slatter (Calcot Park) just a shot behind was Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire) and a further shot back in third was Asa Phillips (Goring & Streatley). 

The net competition was won by 13 year old Finlay Szafnauer (Frilford Heath) with a magnificent net 65 (Gross 73). He won by 4 strokes from Oscar Fowler (Stoke Park) who shot a credible net 69 on a difficult day. 

Shane Slatter (Calcot Park)

To view the full results click here

Futures Tour Sunningdale Heath

Sunday 30th April 2017

Wins for Connor Jacob (U12), Taylor Paul (U15) & Ben Loveard (U14)

On Sunday 30th April the third Futures Tour Event of 2017 was at the challenging newly named Sunningdale Heath. The U15 age group was won by Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) with a gross 61, in second three strokes back was Will Tate (Caversham Heath). The net was won by Harry Davies (Wokefield Park) with a net 55. Two shots back was Rhodri Lewis (Newbury & Crookham) who took second place. 

The U14 catagory was won by Ben Loveard (Woburn) with a superb gross 64. This was good enough to beat Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) who was two shots back. The net category was won with a net 55 by Jack Green (Sonning) which was just one stroke ahead of Tyler Crosta (Woburn).

The U12 group was won by Connor Jacob (Reading) with a gross 69. In second just one stroke behind was Jake Valentine (Stoke Park). The net category was won with a best of the day 53 by Jack Chantrey (Deanwood Park). Freddie Armitage (Ellesborough) was second with a net 55. 

Connor Jacob (U12), Taylor Paul (U15), Ben Loveard (U14)

 

To view the U12 result please click here

To view the U14 result please click here

To view the U15 result please click here

Strong performances by BB&O U16's players

Friday 21st April 2017

The annual U16 Midlands boys stroke play event was held on the 18th - 20th April at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire.

90 of the best U16 boys in the country competed for this sought after title. The cut came after 36 holes, with the top 40 and ties progressing to the final round. 8 of our BB&O juniors made the cut ( Struan Hancock, Seb Tannum Donaldson, Carl Banner, Conor Gough, Gregor Mckenzie, James and Tom Gregory, Taylor Paul). This was a tremendous performance in such a strong field and demonstrates the depth of talent within the BB&O.

The final round was then played on the Championship GC, where the pins were tucked away in very tricky positions and the rough was thick and lush. Hitting fairways was a must! The climax of the event was very exciting. At one stage on the back 9, there were 6 boys within one shot of each other . The eventual winner was decided after a 2 way play off. Charlie Hilton from Ifield Golf Club, with a  total 54 score of level par, was crowned the Midlands U16 champion. 

BB&O's Tom Gregory, who shot a fine back 9 of (-1) finished a solid 4th (+3 total) , Seb Tannum Donaldson played consistent golf to finish 8th and Struan Hancock was a creditable 10th. This is a tremendous early season event, very well run and well worth a trip to Shropshire next year for our U16 Boys.

 

U16's beat both Middlesex and Bedfordshire

Friday 21st April 2017

Fighting spirit shown by the U16s to ensure two wins

The U16's had our first triangular match against Beds and Middlesex at the Bucks yesterday. We had a super day, and I am delighted to report that we won both matches (BB&O 5.5 Vs 2.5 Beds, BB&O 6 Vs 2 Middlesex)

Some good golf was played all round. What impressed me the most, was the fighting spirit showed by a number of our boys to turn round matches in which we were down, to secure eventual wins. Our captain Struan, along with Oscar Fuentes, Seb and Will Tate won both their matches. Oscar C won one and halved the other. Taylor fought back to secure one win. Melan was swinging well and Seb played particulalrly solidly and led from the front.

You can see the investment that Buckinghamshire have made in the course and once the work is all settled down, the course will be very impressive indeed. The greens were super as always. A big thank you to Buckinghamshire GC hosting us and for such a warm welcome.

Overall, it was a great day, a super team performance and a really positive attitude was shown by all our boys!

 

 Middlesex Results

Bedfordshire Results

Message from Eddie Pepperell

Thursday 20th April 2017

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Temple Futures Tour

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Wins for Archie Smith, Harry Thomas and Joseph Lawton at Temple

Wins for Archie Smith, Harry Thomas and Joseph Lawton at Temple.

The second Futures Tour event of the year was held at the picturesque Temple Golf Club. In the Under 12 section Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) led the way with an 86 with Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) one shot behind in second place. In the net competition Jack Chantrey (Deanwood Park) won and Toby Pressey (Castle Royal) was second.

Harry Thomas (Drayton Park) shot a gross 78 to win the Under 14 section with Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) in second place. The handicap winner was Jack Bristow (Buckinghamshire) with a fantastic net 66 and second was Thomas Owen (North Oxford).

In the Under 15s Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) shot the best round of the day and his 74 finished 1 shot ahead of Carl Banner (Stoke Park). Harry Davies (Wokefield Park) won the handicap section ahead of John Wellman (Badgemore Park) who was runner up.

 Joseph Lawton (U12), Harry Thomas (U14), Archie Smith (U15)

 

Click here for the U15 result

Click here for the U14 result

Click here for the  U12 result

BB&O Boys perform well at The McEvoy

Tuesday 18th April 2017

Strong performances by Nick Elmey, Conor Gough & Kristian Tannum Donaldson at the McEvoy Trophy

The Peter McEvoy, is an internationally recognised tournament, that attracts some of the very best U18s from around the world. 134 boys applied to play, but with only 72 places available, the ballot was set at a handicap of  0.4 or better !

Nick Elmey repeated his great form in this event from last year and shot a superb 4 round total of (-1) to finish an excellent 5th. Kristian Tannum Donaldson, bounced back from a disappointing first round, to finish (+6) and a creditable 25th. Meanwhile, 14 year old Conor Gough, shot an excellent 4 round total of (+1) . As the youngest competitor in this international field of U18s, this was a tremendous performance. Well done Conor.

 

Tom Gregory shines for England U16's

Tuesday 18th April 2017

BB&O's 14 year old Tom Gregory, represented England for the first time in an international U16 quadrangular match

BB&O's 14 year old Tom Gregory, represented England for the first time in an international U16 quadrangular match against Wales, the Netherlands and Ireland between the 11th - 13th April, at Prestatyn Golf Club. The four countries competed against each other in a format that consisted of 4 foursomes matches in the morning, followed by 8 singles matches in the afternoon.

After the first two days, England had beaten both Wales and the Netherlands, as had Ireland. Tom won his sigles match against the Nerherlands 4&2 and against Wales 4&3. In the Foursomes, with his partner and friend Dominic Clemmons, they lost to the Netherlands 1 down, but beat the Welsh 5&4

So the final day was set up beautifully. The winner of the match between England vs Ireland, would be victorious in the overall competition. After the morning foursomes, England led 3:1. Tom Gregory and his partner winning their match 2:1. In the afternoon singles, Ireland fought back in strong winds, to win the singles 5.5 to 2.5, thereby narrowly beating England overall 6.5 to 5.5, and this meant Ireland secured the quadrangular title.

Tom Gregory halved his singles match agianst the Irish, so remained unbeaten in all his three singles. So this, combined with his two wins and one loss in the foursomes,  meant that overall, he won a total of  4.5 points from a possible 6. A very good performance. This was a great event, a great honour and a tremendous experience for our young golfer

 

Buckingham win Junior Champion Club

Tuesday 11th April 2017

Buckingham win Junior Champion Club with Gerrards Cross in second and Stoke Park in third.

The Buckingham junior team of Gareth Jones, Huw Pearson and Jack Harrington claimed the Junior Champion Club title at the difficult North Oxford Golf Club. With the best two from three net scores to count 129 was enough to win the title by 7 strokes. with a net score of 136 in second place was Olivia Lee, Scott Marsh and Jake Shepherd of Gerrards Cross Golf Club. two strokes further back on 138 was Taylor Paul, Nandit Sondagar and Ben McFadden of Stoke Park. Buckingham go to Woodhall spa in August to represent BB&O in the national finals. 

To view all the results please click here

Futures Tour Ellesborough

Monday 10th April 2017

Wins for Carl Banner, Ben Loveard and Simon Mead at Ellesborough

On a bright but cool day the first Futures Tour event of the year was held at the beautiful Ellesborough Golf Club. In the Under 12 section Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) led the way with an 86 with Conor Jacob (Reading) six shots behind in second place. In the net competition Jack Chantry (Deanwood Park) won and Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) was second.

Ben Loveard (Woburn) shot a gross 81 to win the Under 14 section with Harry Thomas (Drayton Park) in second place. The handicap winner was Thomas Owen (North Oxford) with a fantastic net 65 and second was Harrison Coleman (Newbury & Crookham).

In the Under 15s Carl Banner (Stoke Park) shot the best round of the day and his 75 finished 4 shots ahead of Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) and Aiden Benger (Studley Wood). Aiden won the handicap section ahead of Rhodri Lewis (Newbury & Crookham) who was runner up.

Simon Mead (U12), Carl Banner (U15) and Ben Loveard (U14)

Click Here for U12 Results

Click Here for U14 Results

Click Here for U15 Results

U14's beat both Middlesex and Bedfordshire

Thursday 6th April 2017

The U14's get off to a fast start to the year

Match Played Thursday 6th April at Bedford & County GC:  Beds / Middx / BB&O U14 Triangular League

This was a thrilling day's golf on a sunny day at the beautifully kept Bedford & County GC.  Congratulations to the team on winning the first two league matches of the season.

BB&O was ahead in both matches after the foursomes (played over 10 holes), but had a sluggish start to the afternoon with only 3 points out of a possible 10 in the first five triangular singles matches.  The "tail wagged" brilliantly with Huw Pearson, George Davies and Simon Mead (on debut for the U14s) bringing home a maximum six points in the last three groupings, all with good winning margins.  BB&O ran out 8-4 winners against Bedfordshire, and just pipped Middlesex by a point having trailed 5.5 to 3.5 with three matches to go.

Every player contributed on the BB&O side.

Congratulations also to our travelling reserves Harry Thomas and Taylor Arnold who won maximum points from their friendly foursomes and singles matches.

 

The team at Bedford & County Golf Club

First Team Triumph against Seniors and Juniors

Sunday 26th March 2017

BB&O County First team hold off the Seniors and the Junior Elite in the second "Triangular" Friendly Match.

Last year saw the very first playing of a triangular match pitting the BB&O County team against the BB&O Senior Team and the BB&O Junior Under 18 team. 

This year the Seniors were keen to retain their trophy but were always going to be up against it on the long and beautifully presented Frilford Heath Red Course. There were two international players representing  the Seniors and no fewer than three representing the Junior Elite.

After the morning singles the First Team held a slender lead over the Seniors with the Juniors lagging behind. A strong performance in the afternoon saw the First Team pull well clear of the Seniors who finished comfortably ahead of the Junior Elite. Rory Browne (Feldon Valley)was top scorer for the County First Team with three victories from three. George Bell (Harewood Downs), David Morris (Woburn), Tim Shin (Castle Royle) and Rymer Smith (Buckinghamshire) were all undefeated.

Alistair Booth (BB&O President) awarding the Triangular trophy to Ashley Walton (First Team Captain)

BB&O's Tom Gregory Gets International Call Up

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Tom Gregory (Stoke Park)has been picked to represent England at Under 16 level.

BB&O County player, Tom Gregory, has been called up to represent England in the forthcoming Under 16 Quadrangular match. This match will be held at Prestatyn Golf Club between 11th - 13th April where England will play against Holland, Ireland and Wales.

Tom Gregory

New for 2017, LD Trophy

Tuesday 21st March 2017

BB&O announce 72 hole combined Trophy for Juniors.

 

 

BB&O announce a 72 hole combined trophy for juniors who compete in both The Stoke Park Junior Open and The Luke Donald Salver at Beaconsfield Golf Club. Any competitor that competes in both events is eligible to win the LD Trophy. The BB&O will also present extra prizes for the top 3 competitors in the combined event. To enter each event individually please click on the links below.

Luke Donald Salver 2017 Entry Form.pdf     Stoke Park Junior Open Entry Form 2017.pdf      

 

BB&O Regional Representation

Thursday 16th March 2017

BB&O have four boys in The England Golf Under 16 Regional Squad.

The BB&O had strong representation at the England Golf Under 16 Regional Squad training at Crews Hill GC on Sunday 12th March, which included a very insightful Quintec Putting analysis for each boy.

With four BB&O players represented in this season's seven man squad we can look forward to another successful junior season.

Pictured below are Tom Gregory, Taylor Paul and Struan Hancock (BB&O U16 Captain). The only BB&O player missing on Sunday was Gregor McKenzie who had school study commitments.

All four boys head to Burnham & Berrow GC at the week end for an opportunity to practice on the links course that will host this year's McGregor Trophy, as well as a competitive match for Thames Valley Region against England Golf's South West Regional Squad.

Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Tyrrell Hatton announces the Tyrrell Hatton Junior Masters event at his home club, Harleyford.

In a recent BBC interview Tyrrell Hatton announced that he would host his own Junior event at his home club Harleyford on Saturday 2nd September.

In the interview Tyrrell talked about his fondness for Harleyford and its members as well as winning his first "title" as a junior at Wycombe Heights Golf Club.

Now a world top 20 player, Tyrrell is obviously keen to put something back into the game and the event is sure to be extremely popular.

 

 

Click HERE to read the BBC interview

Entry Form available soon

Elite Squad Training

Sunday 19th February 2017

Our thanks goes to Harewood Downs for hosting our Elite Squad training.

Our thanks goes to Harewood Downs for hosting our Elite Squad training session. The Under 18 squad worked with BB&O coaches and proved that 2017 promises so much with the wealth of talent at our disposal.

The BB&O Elite Squad sporting the new County Kit by our partners at Footjoy/Titleist

Hillman Trophy

Wednesday 8th February 2017

The draw has been made and sent to Clubs and Organisers.

The draw has been made for the 2017 Hillman Trophy and sent to Clubs and Organisers. The Preliminary Round has to be completed by 10th April and the 1st Round by 8th May. Good Luck

Please click HERE for the Draw and HERE for the Terms & Conditions

Woburn - Winners 2016

BB&O Boys Show Early Season Promise

Sunday 5th February 2017

Strong showing from the Gregory brothers in Portugal

Tom and James Gregory competed in the U21 Portuguese Global Intercollegiate Open over the weekend.

Eighty European players with handicaps of 3.5 or less played over the Penha Longa Championship course which sits just outside Lisbon. With winds of up to 30 MPH along with driving rain conditions were challenging to say the least.

After a tough 54 holes, James finished a creditable 11th but was upstaged a little by his 13 year old brother Tom who controlled his ball flight beautifully throughout to finish 3rd. As the youngest player in the field, this was quite a performance.

2016 was a fantastic year for the BB&O Juniors and by the looks of things 2017 is set to follow on in the same light. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Tom (Left) and James Gregory

Junior Presentation Evening

Thursday 24th November 2016

Melan Dhaubhadel wins the Management Prize

This year we extended the scope of the award to include under 15s, reflecting the expansion of the Futures Tour. The winner, with five wins on the Futures Tour, is Melan Dhaubhadel, who has enjoyed an exceptional year. He has reduced his handicap to 1, and played in every Under 16s match. Melan has always had great golfing talent, and his successes in 2016 are very largely down to the work he has put into the self-management and mental side of the game.

Melan being presented with the Management Prize from Iain MacCaskill and the new Under 16s Manager, Mark Gregory

Junior Presentation Evening

Thursday 24th November 2016

Conor Gough wins the Boddington Trophy

Boddington Trophy

The Boddington Trophy for the best junior golfer traditionally went to a 17/18 year old boy but with the advances we have seen in all the County age groups there is one outstanding candidate amidst a very strong field of accomplishments. Conor Gough won the Under 14s Championship for the third year in a row, having previously won the Under 12s Championship three times. He also won the Reid Trophy and the Douglas Johns Trophy. He set a new course record at Stoke Park and has been selected to play for England. The achievements mark an exceptional year by any standard.

Conor receiving his award from Iain MacCaskill and the Elite Squad Manager, Marc Grimsey

Nike Futures Tour Order of Merit

Thursday 27th October 2016

After a long season the winners have now been confirmed.

A season that started in early April and culminated at Frilford Heath still produced a nail biting climax to 2 of the 3 Orders of Merit. Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) had secured his top spot in the Under 15s by early August. He played in every event and secured 5 wins, 3 tied 1st places and 4 second places. More than enough to win the Formula 1 Championship! Well done Melan. Oscar Fuentes (Bearwood Lakes) was second and Harry Oddy (Buckingham) took third place.

In the Under 14s things were very much tighter. Going into the last round either Carl Banner (Stoke Park) or Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) could finish top. Taylor produced a great round of level par 72 on the Blue Course pushing Carl back into a tie for second. As the best 9 from 12 events calculation was made - Taylor pipped Carl by just 2¼ points. A tiny margin over the season. Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) - winner of last year's U12s OOM - finished 3rd and will be hunting down this Trophy next year.

In the Under 12s, all season long it had been a battle of the giants between Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) and Ben McFadden (Stoke Park). Coming to Frilford Heath it could go either, way with a win a must for Tom - to win the OOM - and with Ben needing to finish 4th. In the end Tom got his win but Ben finished tied 3rd and took the Trophy by 1½ points. Both Ben and Tom had 6 wins each in the season and in the end the number of podium finishes carried the day for Ben. Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) also had a very good season finishing 3rd.

Well done to all the competitors and the best of luck with your golfing careers.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Taylor Paul

Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Ben McFadden

Nike Futures Tour Frilford Heath

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Wins for Melan Dhaubhadel, Taylor Paul and Tom Stephenson-Green at Frilford Heath.

The last event of the year was played at Frilford Heath on 26th October. 54 players battled it out round the Blue Course on a mild autumnal day. Scoring was excellent with Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) continuing his fantastic season with a fine 72 to win the Under 15 prize from Andrew Mead (Newbury & Crookham). Oscar Fuentes (Bearwood Lakes) led the way in the handicap category with a nett 69.

The under 14s winner with another fine score of 72 was Taylor Paul (Stoke Park). The runner up was Aidan Benger (Stoke Park) with a 77. The handicap prize winner was Ben Loveard with a nett 68.

Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) took the U12 prize with 81, 4 shots clear of Luke Perkins (Frilford Heath). Edward Wang's (Wokefield Park) nett 70 secured him the handicap prize.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Taylor Paul

Tom Stephenson-Green

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 24th October 2016

Goring & Streatley beat Donnington Valley 4½-2½

The Final was played on a lovely Autumnal day at Frilford Heath on the Green Course on 23rd October. After 5 rounds Goring & Streatley met Donnington Valley to determine the winners for 2016. Goring & Streatley were conceding in 5 of the 7 singles games and had an early scare when the top player reported in that his car had broken down and he couldn't make it. The non-playing Captain quickly borrowed some clubs, shoes, balls and tees to fill the spot. He was one of the top 3 for Goring & Streatley, all of whom won, to set up the win by a margin of 4½-2½.

Once again the Match was played in a great spirit and everyone thanked Frilford Heath for hosting a great final.

Click HERE for the Draw and HERE for the Final Result

Goring & Streatley

Donnington Valley

South East Seniors Final

Thursday 13th October 2016

Disappointment again for BB&O Seniors

Our "nearly" year continued at Hadley Wood when the BB&O Seniors lost out to Hampshire 7-3 in the South East Group Finals. Having narrowly missed winning the Senior County Championships, expectations were high but with wins from just David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) and Bob Lander (Lambourne) and halves from Ian Oakes (Denham) and George Wilson (Calcot), the team fell short at the last hurdle.

Team Captain Ashley Brewer (Denham) thanked all of his players for what had been an excellent season on balance. The fact that BB&O had qualified for both the County Championships and the South East Final showed just what a strong squad and team spirit there was, and Ashley is targeting success in both competitions plus the Foursomes next year.

The Team at Hadley Wood - Ashley Brewer (Denham), Adrian Donkersley (Denham), Bob Lander (Lambourne), David Niven (Newbury & Crookham), Ian Oakes (Denham), Cliff Pearce (Whiteleaf), Malcolm Reid (Sonning), Phil Sewell (Castle Royle), Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield), George Wilson (Calcot) with Rod Crisp (President)

CLICK HERE FOR FINAL SCORE

Hillman Trophy

Sunday 9th October 2016

Woburn defeat Lambourne in hard fought final.

In a hard fought final, Woburn managed to beat The Lambourne by 2 points around Studley Wood Golf Club on Sunday 9th October. After the first three matches honours were even but then Woburn edged ahead in three of the next four matches to take the trophy for the first time since 2003. Woburn's seven man team of Alan Featherstone, Mo Dewji, Mark Randall, Dave Fensome, Justin Pardy, Kevin Byram and David Allison were captained by Andy Geddes. Andy was pleased not only with the victory, but also commended The Lambourne for the spirit in which the game was played and the quality of golf played. The Mark Davies (Lambourne) match against Mark Randall (Woburn) was typical of the encounter as he came back from four down to half the match on the 18th green!

Click HERE for the Draw and HERE for the Final Result

Woburn

Lambourne's Captain, Fraser Moore congratulated Woburn and also commented on how much the The Lambourne team had enjoyed the spirit in which the game was played and promised to redouble efforts to capture the Trophy that has eluded them since 1995. The Lambourne team was Mark Davies, Dan Grice, Fraser Moore, Martin McPhee, Kevin Murray, George Storie and Felix Quinn.

The Lambourne 

English Senior Men's County Finals

Thursday 6th October 2016

Thrilling Final ends in disappointment for BB&O Seniors

After two days of fierce competition BB&O were tied with Lancashire going into their final matches. Formatted in such a way as to pit the two top teams against each other on the final day, BB&O knew that the winners of this match would take the title. After being 2-1 down after the morning foursomes the afternoon singles went down to the wire with five of the six matches being decided upon on the 18th green. Sadly the results went against BB&O and Lancashire won 6-3 to become the English Senior Men's County Champions.

 

Andrew Stracey in action for BB&O

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County Finals

Sunday 2nd October 2016

BB&O County Team just miss out after thrilling final

The County Final between BB&O and Kent went right down to the wire on Sunday 2nd October at The Army Golf Club, Hampshire. Playing against a very strong Kent line up, the foursomes were halved 2-2.

In the afternoon matches, leads were constantly changing hands and after a half by Timothy Shin and wins from Olly Huggins and Tom Butterworth BB&O needed to win both of their last two matches to take the title. Although Craig Buttivant held onto his lead to gain another point, Kent's Danny Jones produced flawless golf over the closing holes to prevent BB&O from taking the honours.

The Team at The Army Club

 

CLICK HERE FOR MATCH DETAILS

South East U18 Finals

Sunday 25th September 2016

U18s County Team just miss out to Surrey in the South East Finals

In a closely fought match between BB&O, Norfolk and Surrey at Essendon Golf and Country Club our U18s beat Norfolk 4½ to 3½ but only managed a half with Surrey. Although this meant that we finished with same match points as Surrey, we lost out because they had beaten Norfolk by a greater margin and therefore were declared the winners.

Although disappointing, this closed yet another strong season with many individual successes we have much to look forward to. 

The Team at Essendon

Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire) Kristian Donaldson (The Buckinghamshire) Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) Ross Hampshire (The Oxfordshire) Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) Stan Lewis (Chartridge Park) Frazer McDonald (Sonning) Aaron Siddel (Sonning)

Order of Merit

Monday 19th September 2016

After a long, closely run, season Tim Shin tops the Order of Merit after his tied 4th spot in the Autumn Trophy

Throughout the season, the Order of Merit has been a close run thing, with many players being in with a shout. However, clashes with schedules meant that some players didn't play in as many events as they would have liked. In the end the top 2 places were up for grabs in the final event, the Autumn Trophy, at The Lambourne on 18th September. Rymer Smith (Buckinghamshire) had led for a lot of the season but Tim Shin (Castle Royle) was close behind. David Langley (Castle Royle), was another potential winner but he had to travel back to College in the USA and was not in the final mix. Dan Caton (Burnham Beeches) couldn't win, but a good showing would make a difference to the prizes. Dan went on to win with a fine round of 70 giving him 9½ points an Tim's tied 4th gave him another 6½. It was up to Rymer now, but he could not recover enough ground to make up for a poor start and failed to score enough points to edge out the other two players.  

Click HERE for the final Order of Merit table

Tim Shin - Order of Merit

Autumn Trophy

Monday 19th September 2016

Dan Caton finishes 2 under par to beat Clubmate Michael East on countback and win the Autumn Trophy

Dan Caton (Burnham Beeches) didn't drop a shot in his round of 2 under par at The Lambourne on 18th September to win the Trophy on countback from his fellow member Michael East. Michael was almost as consistent but his 3 birdies were offset by his only minor blemish on the 16th which cost him the title. Dan's finish enabled him to also overtake Rymer Smith and pinch 2nd place in the Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Result

Dan Caton - Autumn Trophy

Open Championship

Monday 19th September 2016

Bill Hemstock finishes 5 under par to win the Open for the PGA for the 4th year in a row.

Hoping for an Amateur to finally win this Championship in my final year - was a pipe dream! A great round of 67 from Bill Hemstock enabled him to pick up the Trophy by 1 shot from Gregg Blainey. Simon McGreal and Van Phillips were both a shot back on 69 and our best placed Amateurs were Dan Caton and Michael East in joint 5th after 2 under par rounds of 70.

Click HERE for the Result

Billy Hemstock - Open Championship

Junior Order of Merit

Monday 19th September 2016

Charlie Herbert tops the Junior Order of Merit

Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) has won the Junior Order of Merit. He finished just over 3 points ahead of Peter Handcock (Harleyford), who was just ¼ point ahead of Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire). A very close run contest this year.

Click HERE for the final Junior Order of Merit table

Charlie Herbert - Junior Order of Merit

Canadian International Junior Challenge

Friday 16th September 2016

Congratulations to Kristian Donaldson for helping Team England win in Canada

Kris Donaldson (The Buckinghamshire) was part of a four man team that helped England win the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Wildfire Golf Club, Ontario, Canada. The England National squad had won the event a record six times prior to this victory which was hard fought with England finishing one shot clear of hosts, Canada. Kristian also finished joint fifth in the individual standings.

Kristian Donaldson (second from left) with the victorious England Team.

Conor Gough selected for England U16s

Friday 16th September 2016

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) has been selected to play for England U16s against Scotland and Ireland

Conor Gough continues his fantastic season by being selected to play for England against Scotland on 24th September at Rockliffe Hall Golf Club (Durham) and then against Ireland on the 25th September at Castletown Golf Club.

After winning both the Douglas Johns, and The Reid Trophy earlier in the season Conor was then selected to represent England in the Italian U16s International Championship at Biella La Betulle Golf Club. After a disappointing opening round of 77 which was 6 shots off the lead, Conor then fired rounds of 71, 72 and 71 to close the gap to 2 shots and finish second to Tim Mayer of Germany.

Having previously been picked to play against Wales, Conor will be one of only two 14 year olds in the team and his selection endorses just what a fantastic prospect he is.

Conor Gough pictured with the Douglas Johns Trophy earlier this year

English Seniors County Champion of Champions

Monday 12th September 2016

David Niven won the Seniors Champion of Champions at Woodhall Spa by 5 shots over the weekend of 10th & 11th September

International David Niven played his way to a five-shot win in the English Senior Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa.

He was one shot off the lead after Saturday’s first round of level par 73 – compiled in teeming rain – and on Sunday added a steady 74 on the Hotchkin course to complete his victory march.

Niven, from Newbury & Crookham in Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BB&O) said: “I’m absolutely delighted for my County and for our President, Rod Crisp, who caddied for me.

“I was BB&O Junior Champion at 16 and I don’t know what happened in the intervening 43 years! But it’s so nice to come back as a County Champion and to win this tournament, which is always so prestigious.”

The runner-up was Steven Rooney of Essex (Orsett) who returned a pair of 76s for six-over total, finishing one ahead of Staffordshire’s Robert Aston (Trentham); Royal Jersey’s Trevor Gray of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Channel Islands; and Lancashire’s Tony Holt (Clitheroe).

This was Niven’s first appearance in the tournament, having been runner-up in his county championship three times before taking this year’s title in a play-off.

After the first round he was one shot behind an injured Nigel Chesters of Shropshire & Herefordshire (Hawkstone Park) and tied with Gray.

Today, while Niven played steadily, a dramatic challenge was launched by English Senior Champion Richard Latham of Lincolnshire, who was playing on his home course. He got to three-under after 11 holes and briefly took the lead before his charge fizzled out.

Niven, meanwhile, was working his way to a comprehensive lead. He reached the turn at one-over, dropped shots at the next two holes, but played the rest in two-under par, with the help of an eagle on the long 14th. “That was a great boost and after that I held it together, although I was a little defensive with my putting.”

He went on: “You just can’t relax for a minute on this course. I knew with three or four holes to go that I was probably ahead, but there were quite a lot of pressure shots to come.”

Niven was full of praise for the course: “It was in perfect condition and a joy to play. My Godfather was a member here and I used to play it when I was younger. It’s been really nice to come back and play such a great course.”

Niven has just returned from the European Team Championships where he helped England seniors win a bronze medal – and next week he’s off to the Senior Home Internationals, buoyed up by this win.

Click here for the full scores

Caption: David Niven, the 2016 English Senior Men’s County Champion of Champions. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

Seniors v Essex

Friday 9th September 2016

The Seniors beat Essex 7-3 at Burnham Beeches to win the South East Northern League

On a sunny day at Burnham Beeches on 8th September the Seniors completed the League season with 7-3 win against Essex. This was the final match in the League and was a 'must win' as Essex were similarly undefeated, but had a couple more game points, so a draw was no good. We got off to a good start, winning the first 3 games before a slight blip in the middle and then we finished well winning the next 4 games to take the match. We now go on to play Hampshire in the final at Hadley Wood on 13th October.

The Team at Burnham Beeches

U12 v U13 Friendly Match

Sunday 28th August 2016

The Under 12s get the better of The Under 13s in a fun friendly enjoyed by all

With some impressive golf played by both sides and the help of a few "Bisques" the BB&O Under 12s managed to defeat the Under 13s by 4 points to 1. Both the spirit in which the game was played as well as the quality of golf on show indicated just how promising the future is for the County.

For the Under 13s, Huw Pearson (Buckingham) & Harry Gale (Goring and Streatley) defeated Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) and Freddie Bearman (Bearwood Lakes). For the Under 12s, Oliver Gouldby (Hadden Hill) & Luke Perkins (Frilford Heath) beat Finlay Szafnauer (Frilford Heath)and Charlie Roper (The Berkshire), Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) & Joseph Lawton (East Berkshire) got the better of Jake Shepherd (Gerrards Cross) and Leo Allen (Henley). Kester Harvey (Wokefield Park) & Mackenzie Beilby (East Berkshire) defeated Ben Withall (Wexham Park) & Patrick Lawton (East Berkshire) and finally Matthew Hayes (Wexham Park) & Conor Jacob (Reading) overcame Harvey Dobson (Wexham Park) and Luca Crooks (Castle Royle).

In an interview following the match, Derek Wilson (Under 13 Manager) simply said "We wuzz robbed!!"


U12 and U13 Squad

Nike Futures Tour Henley

Friday 26th August 2016

Wins for Melan Dhaubhadel, Aidan Benger and Tom Stephenson-Green at Henley

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) continued his fine form with a 1 under par 69 to beat Andrew Mead (Newbury & Crookham) by 2 shots in the Under 15s event. Harry Oddy (Buckingham) took the first handicap prize with a nett 68. This secures the Order of Merit for Melan.

In the Under 14s, scoring at the top of the leaderboard was very impressive with Aidan Benger (Studley Wood) leading the way with 70 and Struan Hancock (Stoke Park) following close behind with 71. Carl Banner leads the Order of Merit but it looks like going down to the wire with fellow Stoke Park member Taylor Paul only 6.25 points behind. The best handicap score was returned by Harry Gale (Goring & Streatley) with a nett 67.

The Under 12s battle between Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) and Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) continued with Tom winning by 3 from Ben with a score of 80. The best nett score went to Ollie Lewis with a 66. Even with this victory the Order of Merit seems to be Ben's to lose as we head off towards Frilford Heath on the 26th October.

 Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

 Aidan Benger

Tom Stephenson-Green

Junior Order of Merit

Friday 26th August 2016

Conor Gough breaks the course record in the second round of the Stoke Park Junior Open and wins the event by 10 shots

Conor Gough had a remarkable round of 62 at Stoke Park in the Junior Open on 25th August. A birdie - eagle start, but a bogey at the par 5 saw him out in a 2 under par 34. Seven more birdies on the back nine and no dropped shots, he finished with a flourish by birdieing the 18th which brought him home in 28 shots. Not a bad round of golf in my humble opinion!!

Conor Gough

Click this LINK to see his card

With just 2 events left in the Junior Order of Merit, it is very tight at the top with four players in with a chance. Charlie Herbert (Harewood Downs) leads the way by just a few points with Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire) in second and Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) in 3rd spot.

Click HERE for the latest Junior Order of Merit table

Nike Futures Tour Maidenhead

Sunday 21st August 2016

Wins for Gregor McKenzie, Carl Banner and Ben McFadden at Maidenhead

Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) just got the better of Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) in the Under 15 section of the Nike Futures Tour after a 1 under par round of 69 at Maidenhead on 18th August. Carl Banner (Stoke Park) was 2 shots clear of Finlay Szafnauer (Frilford Heath) in the Under 14 section. Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) won his 6th Trophy of the year in the Under 12 section. Harry Davies (Wokefield Park) had a great round of 80 off a handicap of 21 to win his age group handicap prize wit a nett 59.

In the Orders of Merit races. Melan Dhaudhadel looks to have an unassailable lead in the Under 15s, whilst the Under 14s title chase is very close with the 3 Stoke Park players of Taylor Paul, Tom Gregory and Carl Banner all in with a chance. In the Under 12s the wins have been shared by Ben McFadden and Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) and this one could go either way too.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Gregor McKenzie

Carl Banner

Ben McFadden

Seniors Championship

Saturday 20th August 2016

David Niven beats Ian Oakes in a 4 hole playoff to win his first Seniors Championship

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) secured his first Seniors Championship title by beating Ian Oakes (Denham) in a four hole playoff after both tied on a score of 149. This was the first playoff in the 38th year history of the event and it was good to see so many competitors following the action. After 3 holes the players were tied and the players then went in to 'sudden death' down the 1st. Unfortunately, Ian found the trees off his tee shot and a steady par gave David the title, having finished runner up 3 times in the previous 4 years. Ashley Brewer (Denham), who had lead after the first round with a 72 finished 3rd and Cliff Pearce (Whiteleaf) had 2 steady rounds to finish fourth.

In the Age categories, Ian Oakes won the 55 to 59 group, Ashley Brewer the 60 to 64 group, Chris Osbourne (Temple) the 65 to 69 group and  David Doodson (Temple) is this year's Super Senior.

Ian Roostan (Reading) took the handicap prize and the Team prize went to the Denham Team of Ashley Brewer, David Cromie and Ian Oakes.

Click HERE for the Result

David Niven - Seniors Champion

 

Ashley Brewer - 60 to 65 Age Group

Chris Osbourne - 65 to 69 Age Group

David Doodson - Over 70 Age Group

87th Amateur Championship

Monday 8th August 2016

John Kemp (Woburn) wins at The Oxfordshire having been Runner-Up the last two years

John Kemp (Woburn) finished in style with an excellent 3 under par 69 in the fourth round to win the Championship by 2 shots. Going in to the final round Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs) was leading after 3 great rounds on a very long and demanding golf course. Close behind was David Langley, followed then by Tim Shin and George Gardner, all of whom are from Castle Royle. Pity there is no Team Prize!

After 9 holes in the final round, the lead was still much the same, although Tim Shin was making a big move playing the front in 4 under par and John Kemp was coming into contention reaching the turn in 2 under. Then the really tough back 9 started to take its toll allowing John Kemp to move up the leaderboard by handling the back nine better than anyone else with a 1 under par homeward 9 holes. He finished 2 ahead of Tom Butterworth, Tim Shin and David Langley.

Ben Jenks (Buckingham) was the worthy winner of the Penfold Trophy which is now awarded to the leading Handicap score after the first 36 holes. He finished on 143, 3 shots ahead of TomButterworth.

All the players were reported to have slept well on Saturday having walked approximately 18 miles, over two days, in very warm sunshine.

Click HERE for the Championship Result

John Kemp - 87th County Champion - being presented with the Trophy by Rod Crisp (President)

Click HERE for the Penfold Trophy Result 

Ben Jenks - Penfold Trophy

Click HERE for the latest Order of Merit Results

Junior Championship

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson makes 5 birdies in the last round to win by 1 shot from Michael East.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) shot a final round 68 including 5 birdies to just edge out Michael East (Burnham Beeches) to take the Junior Championship Trophy. Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) produced 2 very solid rounds of 74 and 72 to finish 3rd overall after countback from Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) who also produced the same scores. Gregor's better back 9 of 2 under par against Sebastian's 1 under total enabled him to win both the Under 16 Championship and the newly created Under 15 Championship for which Iain MacCaskill, a lifelong Junior Golf supporter, had kindly donated the Trophy.

Click HERE for the Results

Click HERE for the latest Junior Order of Merit Results

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson - Junior Champion

Gregor McKenzie - Under 16 Champion

Gregor McKenzie receives the Under 15 Trophy from Iain MacCaskill

Sebastian Tannum-Donalson - Junior Handicap Champion

Nike Futures Tour The Berkshire

Monday 1st August 2016

Another win for Melan Dhaubhadel in the U15s, Will Tate in the U14s and Tom Stephenson-Green in the U12s

Played as a Stableford, due to the very punishing heather on the course, the boys produced some great scores with Oscar Fuentes (Bearwood Lakes) 44 points being the highlight. Unfortunately for Oscar the prizes are awarded for the Gross Stableford score and the overall winner was Will Tate (Caversham Heath) with 35 points to win the Under 14 section. Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) won the Under 15 section with 35 points and Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) topped the Under 12s  section with 23 points. 

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Will Tate

 

Tom Stephenson-Green

Nike Futures Tour Goring & Streatley

Saturday 30th July 2016

Melan Dhaubhadle, Tom Gregory and Tom Stephenson-Green are the winners at Goring & Streatley

Finally, we get a nice day at Goring & Streatley, which saw Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) scoring a fine 68 to win the Under 14 section by 2 shots from Taylor Paul (Stoke Park). In the Under 15 group Meland Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) and James Gregory (Stoke Park) both shot 73s with Melan takeing the trophy on countback. Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) picked up another Under trophy, this time beating Freddie Bearman (Bearwood Lakes) who finished 2 shots back.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Tom Gregory

Tom Stephenson-Green

Douglas Johns Trophy

Friday 29th July 2016

Conor Gough adds the Douglas Johns to his Trophy Cabinet.

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) continued his very successful summer campaign by adding the Douglas Johns Trophy to his list of honours. Just 1 shot off the lead at lunchtime he trailed Enrique Dimayuga (Cuddington) who had a very impressive 4 under par round of 65. Callum Macfie (Lindrick) was a further shot back after a 68 and Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) was also in contention after a level par 69. The afternoon conditions were a bit more difficult and a few of the leaders were dropping shots on their front nines. With just a few holes to play in was between Conor and Cullum with just a shot between them. Callum parred his last 3 holes but Conor made a good up and down at his 16th then followed it with two great birdies to finish in style and win by 3 shots.

Click HERE for the Result

Conor Gough - Douglas Johns Trophy

Under 14 Championship

Wednesday 27th July 2016

Conor Gough pips Tom Gregory for the Under 14 Championship at Castle Royle

Once again Conor Gough (Stoke Park) got his hands on the Under 14 Trophy after a level par round of 72 at Castle Royle on 26th July. He didn't have it all his own way this year and graciously acknowledged, that his playing partner Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) had played the better golf that day, but didn't get the breaks. Conor picked up his 3rd Under 14 title and in a great day for Stoke Park, Taylor Paul took the 3rd spot.

Click HERE for the Result

 

Conor Gough - Under 14 Champion

Seniors County Qualifying

Tuesday 19th July 2016

The Seniors retain their title at Littlestone on 19th July

The Seniors put up a great defence of their England Golf South East title with an excellent second round performance. To say this course was tough, would be an understatement. If you missed the fairway, it was best you never found the ball as the rough was so deep. Trailing by plenty to Surrey after day 1, we never really expected to catch them and set out on the second round to just do our best. A remarkable round of 72 from David Niven gave us hope and as the Surrey players came in they were unable to post anything better than 80. We started to catch up and as the last games came down the stretch - we had a chance. Adrian Donkersley's 79 clinched it for us and we finished 5 clear in the end. We now go on to Chipping Sodbury in October to defend the England Title won last year at Robin Hood.

Click HERE for the Result

The Team at Littlestone

Boys County Qualifying

Thursday 14th July 2016

The Boys just lose out to Hertfordshire in the County Qualifying at Kings Lynn on 14th July.

The Boys put up a great effort in the second round at Kings Lynn but just fell short of winning the title. Lying 4th after round 1, we were 7 shots behind Surrey and we had played quite well with doing anything spectacular on the is tight tree lined course. We improved in round 2 by 5 shots but it was not enough to dislodge Hertfordshire from the top of the leaderboard as added another steady set of scores to their morning efforts. We finally finished 5 behind them and wish them well in the England Golf Final in late August.

Click HERE for the Result

The Team at Kings Lynn

County Qualifying

Saturday 9th July 2016

The County finish 5th at Calcot Park on 9th July

Despite having 'Home' advantage we struggled to dictate the pace in this event were all 6 scores count, morning and afternoon. Tim Shin was our star in the morning with a 5 under par 65 but we had too many scores in the mid 70s. We lay 5th after round 2 and despite some better scores in the afternoon we were to far back to challenge and had to settle for 5th place overall some 18 shots behind the winners - Hampshire.

Click HERE for the Result

The Team at Calcot Park

Champion Club

Sunday 26th June 2016

Woburn beat Castle Royle on countback on a rain affected day at Frilford Heath

Once again, the weather had a big say in one of our events as this Championship was reduced to 18 holes due to heavy rain. All 3 scores count in this Championship and a countback is decided on the 3rd card. Unfortunately Castle Royle posted a 76 against Woburn's 75. Woburn were represented by John Kemp, Jack Bartlett and Harry Noton and they go forward to represent BB&O in the England Golf finals later this year. The Courage is awarded to the leading player on the day and it was no surprise to see John Kemp at the top of the leaderboard after a 1 under par 71.   

Click HERE for the Champion Club Result

Woburn - Champion Club

Click HERE for the Courage Trophy Result

John Kemp - Courage Trophy

Nike Futures Tour Drayton Park

Monday 20th June 2016

Wins for Oscar Craik, Carl Banner and Ben McFadden at Drayton Park on 19th June.

On a tough day for scoring Oscar Craik (Frilford Heath) just pipped Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) for the U15 title. Car Banner (Stoke Park) beat Archie Smith on countback to win the U14 section and Ben Mcfadden won, yet another, U12 Trophy.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Carl Banner

Ben McFadden

Club Foursomes

Saturday 18th June 2016

Calcot Park win both the Scratch & Hadicap Championships at Gerrards Cross on 17th June

Charlie Guest and Shane Slatter produced two excellent rounds of 71 and 68 in Medal Foursomes to win both the Scratch & Handicap Salvers. The finished 3 ahead of home club players Craig Buttivant and Guy Dawson in the Scratch and 5 ahead of Chris Bainbridge and Rob Carvill from Donnington Grove in the Handicap.

Click HERE for the Scratch Result

Click HERE for the Handicap Result


Charlie Guest & Shane Slatter

Nike Futures Tour Hadden Hill

Saturday 4th June 2016

Third wins of the season for Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park)and Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) and the second for Taylor Paul (Stoke Park)

For the fifth event of the Nike Futures Tour we travelled to Hadden Hill on 3rd June. We had some good scoring on a difficult course with Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) and Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) finishing top of their age groups after fine rounds of 70. Sebastian Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) finished runner-up in the Under 15 section to Melan and Will Tate (Caversham Heath) was the runner-up to Taylor in the Under 14 section. Ben McFadden scored his 3rd win in the Under 12 section with George Davies (Wokefield Park) in 2nd spot.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Taylor Paul

Ben McFadden

Colts Championship

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Damien Hewitt (Sonning) wins at Huntercombe in a rain shortened Championship

Again, we had another rain affected day at Huntercombe for the Colts Championship on 31st May. One year we will get some sunshine to play on this lovely course. We managed to get the first round finished but the forecast was not good for the afternoon and the Championship Committee declared the result based on the first round scores. Given the weather the scoring was still very good from the top 10 all of whom finished with 75 or better.

The round of the day though came from Damien Hewitt (Sonning) whose 71 was very impressive in such bad conditions. This enabled him to finish 2 shots clear of Rymer Smith (Buckinghamshire), Kye Machin (Reading) and Jack Nutall (Ellesborough). Jack plays on our Futures Tour and this was a great effort from the youngster. A fellow Futures Tour player, Harry Morris (East Berkshire), won the Handicap Busby Bowl with a fine 68 winning on count back from James Evans (Frilford Heath) and Jack Nutall.

Click HERE for the Result

Damien Hewitt

Harry Morris

Mid Age Championship

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross) wins his 4th Mid Age title at The Oxfordshire

Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross) won his 4th Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire on 30th May. In very testing conditions his morning round of level par was a great effort which gave him a 1 shot lead over Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) and by 2 over Iain Henderson (The Berkshire) and Chris Harrison (Newbury & Crookham).

Conditions didn't improve much but Dan Caton (Burnham Beeches) produced an excellent 73 which enabled him to clinch the runners-up spot as Craig finished with his 4th birdie of the day to finish with a 75 and a 3 shot win.

Click HERE for the Result

Craig Buttivant

Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park

Monday 23rd May 2016

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park), Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) and Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) take the honours at Badgemore Park

In the fourth event of the year a field of 50 took part in the three age groups at Badgemore Park on 22nd May. Best round of the day was a very impressive 71 from Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) which won him the Under 14 section, with Carl Banner (Stoke Park) taking second spot.

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) won his second event of the year with a fine round of 72 just edging out Ryan Walker (Bearwood Lakes) by 1 shot in the Under 15 section.

Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) also won for the second time in the Under 12 section with Tom Stephenson-Green a shot back in second.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Tom Gregory

Ben McFadden

Hillman Trophy Plate

Wednesday 11th May 2016

The draw for the Hillman Trophy Plate has been made and sent to Organisers and Clubs.

The Hillman Trophy Plate draw has been published. The 1st Round must be played by 6th June. The draw for the Home and Away venues was made at the Annual Council Meeting on 24th March.

Click HERE for the Draw and click HERE for the Terms and Conditions

Burnham Beeches - Winners 2015

Spring Trophy

Thursday 5th May 2016

With another good field at Temple on 2nd May, Dan Walker (The Springs) took the Trophy.

Dan Walker (The Springs) won the Spring Trophy after an excellent round of 70 by 2 shots from Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire), with Tim Shin (Castle Royle) in 3rd spot after a 73.

Click HERE for the Result and click HERE for the Order of Merit

Dan Walker - Spring Trophy

Nike Futures Tour Sunningdale Ladies

Wednesday 4th May 2016

Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park), Carl Banner (Stoke Park)and Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) win at Sunningdale Ladies on 1st May.

Our third event of the year took place at Sunningdale Ladies on 1st May and we had a great turnout with 57 boys taking part. Best round of the day went to Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) with a great score of 61 on this very demanding short course to win the Under 15 section. James Gregory (Stoke Park) was 2 shots back in second place.

In the Under 14 section, Carl Banner (Stoke Park) took first place with an excellent 62 with Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) beating Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) on countback to take the second prize with a 64.

Finally in the Under 12s section Ben McFadden (Stoke Park) was 3 shots clear of George Davies (Wokefield Park) after his round of 67.

The Orders of Merit are now taking shape and can be found below.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result and click HERE for the Under 15 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Carl Banner

Ben McFadden

Iain MacCaskill honoured by England Golf

Friday 22nd April 2016

Iain MacCaskill deservedly receives a Lifetime Service Award from England Golf

Iain MacCaskill, who has shared a passion for golf with generations of young players, has won the England Golf Lifetime Service Award. 

Iain, past Captain of Denham and Cowglen Golf Clubs, has been closely involved with golf in BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) for decades and, inspired by his own experiences as a young player, has been a huge supporter of junior golf. 

He was presented with his award last night by England Golf president, Marian Rae, at a gala dinner which celebrated golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. 

Afterwards he said: “My motivation has always been to help the boys on to the talent pathway and observe them achieving their goals and objectives.”
 
Iain is a Scot who represented his country at boys’ and youths’ level and who played in The Open at Royal Troon in 1962.  “I was very lucky as a boy and it spurs you to give something back to the game,” he commented.   

He began volunteering in Scotland and when he moved to Buckinghamshire he was soon junior convenor at Denham. When his county involvement started he became BB&O junior manager, then county President and finally chairman of BB&O juniors, a position he continues to hold. 

He’s known for his presence on the course, equipped with his trademark three-legged camping stool, and he’s famous for cutting short his presence at official lunches to resume his support for the players on the course. “We’re here for the golfers,” is his catchphrase. 

His players have included Rob Watts, who is now the lead coach to the England Golf boys’ squad, and Dean Newbold, now England Golf’s County Development officer for BB&O. 

Dean remarked: “It is no coincidence that many of the juniors that have passed through the system under Iain have gone on to be very successful on and off the golf course.

“I first met Iain as a 13-year-old junior golfer and the most notable thing I can recall is that he made me feel hugely valued. I was not the best player in the team and probably had the worst technique, but I felt I could beat anybody and this was down to some of the pep talks Iain gave me.” 

He added: “It is only in recent years, since I have grown up, that I now realise the commitment and sheer passion Iain had, and still has, for developing children into not only golfers but young people of the world today.” 

Iain was presented with his award by England Golf President, Marian Rae (Image © Leaderboard Photography).

 

Hillman Trophy

Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Hillman Trophy Preliminary Round is complete and details sent to Clubs and Organisers.

The Hillman Trophy Preliminary Round is complete. The 1st Round must be played by 9th May. The draw for the Home and Away venues was made at the Annual Council Meeting on 24th March and has been updated on the latest draw which can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Click HERE for the Draw and Click HERE for the Terms and Conditions

Studley Wood - Winners 2015

Junior Champion Club

Monday 11th April 2016

Woburn took the title after a very close finish at Caversham Heath on 7th May.

Just 16 Clubs took part this year in the Junior Champion Club at Caversham Heath on 7th April. This is a very disappointing entry considering the number of Clubs in the County Union, added to the fact it is a Handicap event open to Boys and Girls. Due to a misunderstanding of the Rules on the tee, the players were informed that the competition was a stableford rather than a medal.

Nonetheless the competition was fierce with the host Club setting the early pace with 69 points. Most found the course and weather rather tough and 2 scores out of 3 averaging 36 points seemed beyond the majority. Midway through the afternoon, Harewood Downs took the lead after posting a score of 70 points with Max Biggs-Michaelides contributing 37 points. Woburn were last out and once again it was the final card of the day that decided the Championship. With a score of 69 points from Tom Bright and Rubin Das in the bag, 34 would give Woburn the crown, even on count back. Jacob Fawcett duly obliged and his 35 points saw Woburn win their second title in 3 years. We wish them well in the  England Golf Final at Frilford Haeth in August.

Click HERE for the Result

Woburn - Winners 2016

Nike Futures Tour Temple

Monday 11th April 2016

The second event in the Nike Futures Tour took place at Temple on 5th April

Our second Nike Futures Tour event at Temple on 5th April resulted in wins for Ryan Walker (Bearwood Lakes) in the Under 15s age group, Conor Gough in the Under 14s and Tom Stephenson-Green getting his second win of the season in the Under 12s.

Ryan just edged out Tom Gregory (Stoke Park) on count back with a 74 to record his first Futures Tour win and Conor sealed his win with a best of the day 71 finishing 4 shots clear of Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) in the Under 14s. Tom was again the clear winner in the Under 12s enjoying a big advantage over Ben McFadden (Stoke Park). We will publish the OOM table after the Sunningdale Ladies event on 1st May.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result

Ryan Walker

Conor Gough

Tom Stephenson-Green

Nike Futures Tour Ellesborough

Monday 4th April 2016

The 2016 Season kicked off at Ellesborough on a lovely Spring day on 31st March.

The 2016 Season started at Ellesborough on 31st March with our first Nike Futures Tour event. This year we have extended the age range and now have an Under 15s section as well as the usual Under 14s and Under 12s groups. On a lovely day scoring was exceptional with Oscar Craig (Frilford Heath) carding a great 2 under par 69 with Melan Dhaubhadel (Calcot Park) taking second spot in the Under 15s with a 72. Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) took first place in the Under 14s with a 77 just 1 shot ahead of Finlay Szafnauer (North Oxford). Tom Stephenson-Green (Studley Wood) finished 1st in the Under 12s with George Kennedy (Stoke Park) in the runner-up spot.

Click HERE for the Under 15 Result

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result

Oscar Craik

Taylor Paul

Tom Stephenson-Green

County Jottings

Saturday 31st October 2015

The latest edition of County Jottings is availble

 

Click on these links April September November County Jottings

Nike Futures Tour OOM

Saturday 31st October 2015

Thomas Lawton wins the Under 14s and Thomas Gregory the Under 12s Order of Merit titles

Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) just got the better of Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) by just over 3 points in a very close race for the Under 14s Order of Merit. In 3rd place was Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson who won the Under 12 title last year.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Thomas Lawton

In the Under 12s another close race saw Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) pick up a good number of points to edge out long time OOM leader Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes). 3rd place went to Ben Loveard (Woburn) who had a very consistent season.

Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Thomas Gregory

Nike Futures Tour

Saturday 31st October 2015

Oscar Craik wins the U14s around his Home Club at Frilford Heath with Archie Smith taking the U12s Trophy

Oscar Craik fired a 2 over par 71 to win the Under 14s around the Green Course at Frilford Heath on 29th October in the final round of the Nike Futures Tour 2015. Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) took 2nd place on countback from William Ayres (Frilford Heath) after both had returned rounds of 72.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

Oscar Craik

In the Under 12s Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) and Thomas Gregory both returned excellent score of 74 with Archie Smith winning the Trophy on countback.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

Archie Smith

Hillman Trophy

Tuesday 20th October 2015

Studley Wood beat Newbury & Crookham in the Hillman Trophy Final at Frilford Heath.

The Hillman Trophy Final between Studley Wood and Newbury & Crookham was played at Frilford Heath on Saturday 17th October. Studley Wood got off to a very fast start and had a commanding lead after 3 games. Games 4 and 5 were close but ended up going Studley Wood's way and they closed out these and 1 more game to win the match 6-1.

Click HERE for the Draw and Click HERE for the Final Result

Studley Wood - Winners 2015

Hillman Trophy Plate

Tuesday 13th October 2015

The Hillman Trophy Plate Final between The Lambourne and Burnham Beeches resulted in a win for Burnham Beeches.

The Hillman Trophy Plate Final between The Lambourne and Burnham Beeches was played at Stoke Park on Sunday 11th October. In a very close fought contest, with many games going to the 18th, after ' full time' the score was 3½-3½. Game 6 then went into extra holes and the Burnham Beeches Captain - David Keel - birdied the 3rd extra hole to give his side victory. 

Click HERE for the Draw and Click HERE for the Final Result

Burnham Beeches - Winners 2015

England Seniors County Championship

Friday 9th October 2015

BB&O win their first County Championship since 1999

BB&O Seniors won the England County Championship at Robin Hood GC in Solihull this week with wins over Devon, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. Needing just a draw on day 3 against Yorkshire, we got the perfect start with a clean sweep in the Foursomes before cleaning up in the Singles 4½-1½ for an emphatic 7-2 win. Congratulations to all the players for a great performance.

Click on the links for the Results Devon Worcestershire Yorkshire

 

The England County Seniors Champions 2015

Open Championship

Monday 21st September 2015

Guy Woodman just edges out Matt Collis on count-back to win the Open Championship

In our 3rd year of running the Open Championship, once again, it was a PGA member who picked up the Trophy. Guy Woodman just edged our Matt Collis on count-back to take the Trophy with Amateur Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) in 3rd place 1 shot further back. We will win this soon!

This is a great event and pits the best BB&O Amateurs against the Pros. Lots of rivalry and some good prizes/vouchers/money to be won. This event will, no doubt, continue to evolve and prove that the Amateur and Professional games can and will work together to for the benefit of all. Thanks to the PGA for helping make it happen.

Click HERE for the Result

Guy Woodman - Open Championship 

Autumn Trophy

Monday 21st September 2015

Olly Huggins plays his best golf of the year to take the Autumn Trophy at The Lambourne

Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath), by his own admission, played his best golf of the year to take the Autumn Trophy at The Lambourne on 20th September. He was 1 over par going out and a little off the pace but an excellent back 9 culminating with a great birdie at the last from 4 feet saw him edge out George Wilson (Calcot Park) and Stan Lewis (Chartridge Park) to take the Trophy by just 1 shot. Nice jacket and tie by the way!

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Olly Huggins - Autumn Trophy

Junior Order of Merit

Sunday 20th September 2015

Kristian Tannum- Donaldson topped the Junior Order of Merit after the Stoke Park Junior Open.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) confirmed his Junior Order of Merit Trophy top place after the Stoke Park Junior Open on 27th August. He was presented with the Trophy at The Lambourne Club on 20th September and Ben Platt (East Berkshire) just got the better of John Gough (Stoke Park) to pick up the 2nd place prize voucher. Good to see them all at the last main event of the year.

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Kristian Tannum-Donaldson - Junior Order of Merit

Nike Futures Tour

Monday 31st August 2015

A 1 under par round of 69 saw Gregor McKenzie win the U14s at Henley as Struan Hancock won his 4th U12s trophy of the year.

Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) continued his fine run of form this summer with a win in the Under 14s at Henley on 28th August. He finished 4 shots clear of Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) and Sebastian Donaldson (Stoke Park). This result leaves Thomas in 1st place in the OOM just under 3 points clear of Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) in 2nd place with Will Tate (Caversham Heath) in 3rd. Sebastian could still win the OOM if the others all fall over, but realistically it would seem to be a battle between Thomas and Taylor for the OOM honours at Frilford Heath in the Autumn Half Term.

In the Under 12s Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) recorded his 4th win of the season finishing with a 76 which gave him a 2 shot cushion over Carl Banner (Stoke Park). Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) and Joshua Roche (Drayton Park) finished 3rd and 4th. If either Struan or Thomas win at Frilford Heath then they win the OOM. Could be ½ point or 7½ either way depending on how they finish - 1st or 2nd. No other options apart from the minor placings.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Gregor McKenzie

Struan Hancock

Nike Futures Tour

Friday 14th August 2015

A second successive win for Melan Dhaubhadel and a first for Archie Smith at Hazlemere on 12th August.

Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) recorded his first Under 12 win of the season at Hazlemere in round 9 of the Nike Futures Tour on 12th August. He finished 2 clear of Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) whose 36 OOM points in the last two events, has moved him up to 3rd spot just 2 points behind the  Ben Loveard (Woburn), who was away on holiday and 4 behind the leader Struan Hancock. This could be very tight as the OOM is decided on the best 9 out of 12 and with one abandoned 3 of the top 4 have to drop their lowest score.

In the Under 14s Melan Dhaubhadel took 1st place from Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) on countback after rounds of 73 but split the 1st and 2nd place OOM points allocation. Harry Oddy (Buckingham) and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) tied in 3rd place after shooting 75. Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) still leads the OOM after his good form in the early rounds, but close behind are Will Tate (Caversham Heath) and Thomas Lawton and with just 2 rounds to go the winner is likley to come from this trio.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Archie Smith

86th Amateur Championship

Sunday 9th August 2015

John Gough wins the Amateur Championship by 5 shots from John Kemp

What a fantastic couple of days at Ellesborough to witness John Gough (Stoke Park) become the youngest ever County Champion holding off a great challenge from former Champion John Kemp, with other previous Champions - Tom Lawson and Kevin Freeman also chasing hard. A great win from such a young man to hold off such a bunch (better collective noun needed here - prizes for suggestions) multiple winners.

Two wonderful days, with barely a breeze, enabled the payers to score really well at Ellesborough even if, as always, the greens were slick and tricky. John Kemp (Woburn) led after round 1 with a 3 under par 68, with Tom Lawson (Stoke Park), Sandy Bolton (Goring & Streatley) and Ben Jenks (Buckingham) a shot further back. Round 2 saw the scores improve and we had a number of sub par rounds coming in with Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs) moving in to 6th place after a 68 and Damien Hewitt moving to 4th after a great 5 under par 66. The best was yet to come as John Gough (Stoke Park) was red hot as he produced a 7 under par 64 which included a run of 3 birdies, eagle and 2 more birdies. John Kemp and Tom Lawson both had good rounds but were 4 and 6 shots back respectively as John Gough opened a 4 shot lead going in to Day 2. The cut fell at 145 with 16 players going through although Damien Hewitt in 4th place had to withdraw later through injury.

Round 3 is normally when players make their move to catch the leaders, but this was not the case today. Only Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park) improved his position with a 1 under round of 70 and with John Gough scoring another sub par round of 69 he extended his lead to 7 shots over his only serious challenger John Kemp. Round 4 produced 2 rounds of 68, one from Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) to see him finish 6th overall and one from 4 time Champion Tom Lawson to push him up to 3rd. The gap between the 2 Johns did close to 6 with 3 holes to play but Kemp was unable to capitalise on a rare mistake from Gough at the short 16th and despite a birdie at the 17th from Kemp, Gough held his nerve and hit a great drive up 18 to leave a 7 iron into the par 5 and his birdie 4 gave him a 5 shot win in the 86th Championship and become the youngest BB&O County Champion at just 16 years of age.

 

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John Gough - 86th County Champion

Click HERE for the latest Order of Merit Results

Junior Championship

Tuesday 4th August 2015

Alex Bithrey edges out John Gough to land the Junior Championship at Buckinghamshire on 3rd August.

Once again we had the privilege of playing over a great Championship course for our Junior Championship. This is the 5th year in a row the Buckinghamshire GC have hosted our event and the course was, once again, set up to test the players.

The morning scores were not bad, but you did have to question one or two decision making judgments by some of the better players. Risk and reward comes to mind. Water carries and seeking pins - not recommended sometimes!

Alex Nicholls (Goring & Streatley) led after a 73 with James Brady (Sonning), John Gough (Stoke Park) and Alex Bithrey (Woburn) just 1 shot adrift. It would prove a tight Championship with plenty of others in the hunt.

Weather was fine but some didn't learn from their morning errors and continued to attack, when defence, was in order. As the shake up got underway Kristian Donaldson from the home club posted 152 to take the Clubhouse lead until Nick Elmey (Frilford Heath) added another 75 to post 150, to eventually finish in 3rd place but win the Under 16 Championship. It was left to John Gough and Alex Bithrey to battle it out for first place, but a few dropped shots at the last few holes by John, allowed Alex to play in and take the Championship by 2 sots.

The Handicap Trophy was won by Matthew Cradock (Witney Lakes) with two very good rounds of 72 to just sneak ahead of Alex for the Silverware.

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Alex Bithrey - Junior Champion

Click HERE for the latest Junior Order of Merit Results

 

Nick Elmey - Under 16 Champion

Matthew Cradock - Junior Handicap Champion 

Nike Futures Tour

Monday 3rd August 2015

Wins for Melan Dhaubhadel and Thomas Gregory at The Berkshire on 2nd August

A maiden Under 14 victory this year for Melan Dhaubhadel as he scorched round the Berkshire Red Course in a 3 under par 69. This gave him a converted gross Stableford score of 39 points to win by 5 from Will Tate (Caversham Heath) with Ryan Walker (Bearwood Lakes) a further shot back. 

In the Under 12s, Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) continued his fine form with a comfortable 7 shot win over Ben Loveard (Woburn) who pipped Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) for second place on countback.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Melan Dhaubhadel

Thomas Gregory

Douglas Johns Trophy

Friday 31st July 2015

Another Hallamshire win as Barclay Brown follows Alex Fitzpatrick in taking the Douglas Johns Trophy.

Barclay Brown from Hallamshire follows his fellow Club Member, Alex Fitzpatrick, in taking the Douglas Johns Trophy back to Yorkshire for the second year in a row.

Scoring was good despite the sloping greens being exceptionally quick with one or two 'exciting pin positions'. Best morning round was a 2 under par effort from Thomas Spreadborough (Farnham), who would eventually finish 4th overall. Next came Barclay Brown with a 68 and there were two other players 3 back afetr 71s.

The afternoon scoring was better as the players got used to the course and the best round of the day came from Nathan Moore (Long Ashton) with a 66 to add to his morning 73. This was good enough to earn him second spot on countback from Harry Goddard (Hanbury Manor) with a 68 adding to his 71 in the morning. Barclay is young enough to defend his Trophy next year and we will delighted to welcome him back if his schedule allows.

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Barclay Brown - Douglas Johns Trophy

The winner of the Handicap prize was one of our very talented BB&O players - Thomas Gregory from Stoke Park. He is having a great year on our Nike Futures Tour and with a finish of joint 5th overall he is hoping to improve on that in the next two years.

Thomas Gregory

Under 14s Championship

Tuesday 28th July 2015

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) adds the Under 14s Championship to his wins this year

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) achieved a unique double/double by winning the Under 14s title for the second year in a row. He also won the Under 12s Championship last week also for the second year in a row. I doubt we will see this achievement repeated for some time to come.

His victory came after a fine round of 74 at Castle Royle giving him a 2 shot margin over Gregor MacKenzie (Kirtlington) and Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) with Ryan Walker (Bearwood Lakes) a further shot back. Conor's 1 under par for the last 7 holes made all the difference as he pulled away from his nearest challengers.

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Conor Gough - Under 14 Champion

Nike Futures Tour

Friday 24th July 2015

What a shame. Bad weather at Goring & Streatley caused us to abandon the competition.

A real shame that the weather got the better of us at Goring & Streatley on Friday 24th July. Having curtailed last year's event at the same venue due to Thunder and Lightning, now we just had torrential rain. Our plan to get 9 holes in a least, worked well for the first 2 hours, but we finally had to give up hope when all the greens got flooded and visibility at the top of the hill made play dangerous. On to The Berkshire on Sunday. Let's hope for a nice day.

Under 12s Championship

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Another win for Conor Gough as he defends his Title at Beaconsfield

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) successfully defended his Under 12 Title at Beaconsfield on 23rd July with a great round of 1 under par 71. His nearest rival was Ben Loveard (Woburn) who's 76 net 62 was the best of the day nett score. Conor will now see if he can add the under 14s Title on Tuesday 28th to his list of achievements. No pressure - but - the Under 12s and Under 14s - two years in a row?  Let's see.

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Conor Gough - Under 12 Champion

England Golf County Qualifiers

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

All three County Qualifiers have now been played.

All three of the England Golf South East County Qualifiers have now been played. We had high hopes of being successful in all three considering the quality of our squads. Unfortunately, our performances at Hendon and Porters Park were way short of expectation and we finished 6th in both. Very disappointing to say the least.

The good news is, the Seniors finally came up trumps having suffered numerous 2nd place finishes behind Kent, with a great win by 22 shots at Thorpeness. Leading by 11 after the first day, the team all played really steadily to add another 11 shots to their lead over Kent. All the players made a contribution over the two days on what was a very difficult course as evident from the scores from some VERY good players in the field. The Seniors now go on to the England final at Robin Hood GC in early October.

Ashley Brewer collects the Trophy from the Captain of Thorpeness

The winning Team at Thorpeness

Click HERE for the Seniors Qualifying Result

Click HERE for the Men's Qualifying Result

Click HERE for the Juniors Qualifying Result

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 13th July 2015

The Hillman Trophy Plate 2nd Round has been completed.

The Hillman Trophy Plate 2nd round has been completed and sent to Organisers and Clubs.

The 3rd round must be played by 10th August

Click HERE for the Draw. Please click HERE for the Conditions

Castle Royle - Winners 2014

Hillman Trophy

Monday 13th July 2015

The 3rd Round of the Hillman Trophy has been completed.

The 3rd Round has been completed and details e-mailed to Clubs and Organisers.

The Quarter Final Round needs to be completed by the 17th August.

Click HERE for the Draw. Please click HERE for the Conditions

Wokefield Park - Winners 2014

Club Foursomes

Monday 6th July 2015

Castle Royle and Calcot Park win the Scratch and Handicap Foursomes Salvers on 3rd July

A good field of 48 teams battled it out in the Club Foursomes Championship at Calcot Park on a lovely Summers's day at Calcot Park on 3rd July. Clubs may enter two teams and can win either the Scratch or Handicap Armada Dishes.

Scoring was good in the morning with 15 teams scoring 76 (SSS 71) or better, which for a Foursomes Medal is a remarkable result. Castle Royle led the Scratch Championship at this point with Shrivenham Park heading the field in the Handicap Championship.

The afternoon saw some friendships stretched with one or two pairings going back quite rapidly, but again the scoring was good and another 11 teams posted 76 or better. In the shake up, the team of Tim Shin and James Harper added another Club Trophy to the Castle Royle collection by posting 2 scores of 71 to beat Craig Buttivant and Jack Haines of Gerrards Cross by 4 shots in the Scratch Championship. Simon Hopkins and David Summers from Burford also had a good day to finish 3rd.

In the Handicap Championship, things were a bit closer and it was no surprise that the Calcot Park pair of Darren Gatward and James Darvall using home advantage to see off the challenge of Harper and Shin by 1 shot with Shrivenham Park taking 3rd spot just 1 shot further back.

Click HERE for the Scratch Result

Tim Shin and James Harper

Click HERE for the Handicap Result

Darren Gatward and James Darvall

Penfold Trophy

Sunday 28th June 2015

James Butterworth (Harewood Downs) wins the Penfold Trophy at Maidenhead.

James Butterworth (Harewood Downs) headed the field of those players eligible for the Penfold Trophy after rounds of 76 and 72 at Maidenhead on 27th June. He was 3 shots clear of Callum Kirby (Stoke Park) with Ben Platt (East Berkshire) in 3rd place. James and Tom (2010) are the only Brothers to have won this Trophy since its inception. 

As entries for the Amateur Championship had not been filled, some of the late entries were allowed to participate in this tournament to try to earn one of the 20 qualifying places for the main event. Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross), Adam Batty (Beaconsfield) and Sandy Bolton (Goring and Streatley) finished 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively to join James Butterworth and 16 others on 159 (after countback) and below to play in the 86th Amateur Championship on 7th & 8th August at Ellesborough.

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James Butterworth - Winner 2015

Nike Futures Tour

Monday 22nd June 2015

A first win for Will Tate and the 3rd of the year for Struan Hancock at Drayton Park

Another tough day at Drayton Park on 21st June for the boys in the 6th Round of the Nike Futures Tour. Again scoring was difficult and Will Tate (Caversham Heath) just got the better of Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) in the Under 14s Age Group with Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) in 3rd spot. This was Will's first win whilst Taylor's 14 points for 3rd took his lead in the Order of Merit to over 30 points.

It the Under 12s Age Group Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) enjoyed his 3rd win of the season, beating Huw Pearson (Buckingham) on countback. Rising star Peter Chung Shing (Oxford) an 10 handicapper aged 10 took 3rd place. Things are a lot tighter in the Order of Merit with just 11 points separating the top 4.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Will Tate

Struan Hancock

Courage Trophy

Monday 15th June 2015

Andy Haydon ends a 20 year wait for a BB&O Trophy

After more than 20 years of trying, Andy Haydon (Sand Martins) broke his 'duck' in emphatic fashion with a resounding performance in the Courage Trophy at Stoke Park on 12th June.

Lying joint 8th after the morning round and 5 behind the leader, Michael East, few would have given him much of a chance to break clear of the pack. However a best of the day round, of 4 under par 67 took him right to the top of the leader board. A good player can make birdies and the occasional eagle, but beware a bogey/three putt is just around the corner! Andy managed the round well and finished with just one dropped shot to card a level par total for the day. Sandy Bolton (Goring & Streatley) took second after a 70 in round 2 and Dan Walker also got a podium finish after rounds of 75 and 71.

Shot of the day came from Niel Stradling (Goring & Streatley) who decided that 2 shots were enough on the 13th hole. Can't recall any other Albatross in my time doing this job!

Thanks to everyone at Stoke Park for presenting such a wonderful course, in fantastic condition, coupled with the great food and without doubt, a fantastic team of staff for whom nothing seems too much trouble.

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Andy Haydon - Winner 2015

Champion Club

Monday 15th June 2015

Burnham Beeches are Champion Club after taking the title by 12 clear shots

At Stoke Park on 12th June, 20 Clubs battled it out for the honour of being BB&O Champion Club for 2015. This year we changed the scoring system to reflect how the England Golf Finals are played. This means all 6 scores will count, so there is no margin for error or No Returns!

As usual we had to run a ballot as the quality of the venues we choose to run this Championship ensures a great entry. 34 Clubs wanted to play but just 20 can be included in the draw. Stoke Park were, of course, favourites round their own track and they were just 3 shots behind Burnham Beeches after the morning round. The weather forecast was not good for the afternoon but fortunately the threatened thunderstorms held off and play was completed. Burnham Beeches never looked in any trouble in the afternoon and their 3 rounds matched their morning efforts. 6 rounds in the mid to low 70s on a Championship course is a great effort and they thoroughly deserved their triumph over Sand Martins and Stoke Park.

We wish Patrick Bart, Dan Caton and Michael East all the best in the England Golf Champion Club event in late September.

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Burnham Beeches - Winners 2015

Nike Futures Tour

Monday 1st June 2015

Another win for Taylor Paul in the U14s and Thomas Gregory wins the U12s at Badgemore Park

On a windy day, after heavy morning rain, Badgemore Park was no pushover for the boys in the latest Nike Futures Tour event on 31st May. No one mastered the conditions with just Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) and Ryan Walker (Bearwood Lakes) breaking 80 as they took first and second place in the Under 14 Age Group. Meanwhile in the Under 12 Age Group Thomas Gregory had his first win of the year after he won on countback from Ben Loveard (Woburn).

Now that the Orders of Merit are nearly half way through, some shape is taking place. Taylor Paul is now 20 points clear in the Under 14s and Ben Loveard has scored good points in all 5 events to hold a slender lead over the chasing pack. Our next event is at Drayton Park on 21st June.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Taylor Paul

Thomas Gregory

Nike Futures Tour

Saturday 30th May 2015

Taylor Paul and Struan Hancock win their Age Groups at Hadden Hill

On a very wet and windy day at Hadden Hill on 29th May, Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) and Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) won their Age Groups in the latest Nike Futures Tour event. Due to the predicted weather forecast, we changed format to Stableford to make things a little easier for the higher handicaps. Nonetheless we had some great scores with quite a few in the 40 points plus.

In the Under 12s, Struan Hancock had a comfortable margin of victory after his Gross 27 points from Carl Banner (Stoke Park) who took second spot. This was Struan's second win of the year.

In the Under 14s, Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) also notched up his second win of the year with Gross 30 points, closely followed by Aiden Benger (Studley Wood) and Will Tate (Caversham Heath) on 29.


Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and Click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and Click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Taylor Paul

Colts Championship

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Jordan Garnish has an emphatic victory in the Colts Championship

Jordan Garnish (The Oxfordshire) ran away with the Colts Championship at Huntercombe on 26th May winning by 8 shots from Sandy Bolton (Goring & Streatley) after rounds of 68 and 71. There has only been one occasion of a higher margin when Andy Jackson beat Steve Pilgrim by 9 in 1975 and coming close to that was Van Phillips 7 shot win over Rob Watts in 1991. A little bit of history for you!

Many of the players were unable to cope with relative shortness of the course and found themselves in the woods when they got their Drivers out. However, Jordan managed the course admirably and had just five bogies all day complemented with 4 birdies and an eagle. In the Handicap section Dominic O'Rourke (Hadden Hill) took the Busby Bowl with a score of 143 with Charlie Brown (Castle Royle) in second spot on 145.

Click HERE for the Result

Jordan Garnish

Dominic O'Rourke

Mid Age Championship

Tuesday 26th May 2015

Kevin Freeman wins the Mid Age Championship after a play off with Nick Newman

Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park) won the Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire on 25th May after a 2 hole play off with Nick Newman (Newbury & Crookham) after they had tied on 146. Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross) was just 1 shot off the lead and had to settle for 3rd place. In the play off both made pars at the 1st hole and at the 9th Nick was unlucky to finish in a deep divot after a splendid drive and he could not get it close enough to the pin to match Kevin's birdie.

Click HERE for the Result

Kevin Freeman

Seniors Championship

Friday 22nd May 2015

Tim Whittaker makes Home advantage count as he wins the Seniors Championship at Beaconsfield.

Tim Whittaker won the Seniors Championship at his first attempt at his Home course of Beaconsfield on 19th and 20th May. After day 1 Tim was tied with David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) with defending Champion, George Wilson (Calcot Park) just 1 shot back. These were great scores considering the windy, wet conditions that also included the odd spell of thunder mixed with hailstones. Day 2 was better but still breezy, with the greens a touch quicker as well. With just a few holes to go David was 2 shots clear, but as he faltered over the closing stretch, Tim was going in the opposite direction and birdied the last 2 holes to win by 5 shots.

In the Age Group Divisions there were wins for Rod Crisp (Ellesborough) in the Over 70s, Chris Osborne (Temple) in the 65-69 bracket, Phil Sewell in the 60-64 bracket, with Tim Whittaker picking up the 55-59 Trophy.

Click HERE for the Result

Tim Whittaker - Seniors Champion

Phil Sewelll - Tim Whittaker - Chris Osborne - Rod Crisp

Age Group Winners

Spring Trophy

Saturday 9th May 2015

Jon Howse (Donnington Grove) wins the Spring Trophy at Temple.

Jon Howse (Donnington Grove), playing in his first BB&O event finished with a 71 to take the Trophy on countback from Chris Osborne (Temple), a regular in the Senior Team, with Alex Wills (Harewood Downs) in 3rd place after a 72. All the top 3 players mixed bogies with birdies but an eagle and birdie on the 12th and 13th sealed it for the winner as he came home in 33 to win the countback.

Click HERE for the Result Click HERE for the Order of Merit

John Howse - Spring Trophy

Nike Futures Tour

Saturday 9th May 2015

Harry West (Calcot Park) and Joshua Roche (Drayton Park) win at Sunningdale Ladie.

A much bigger field assembled at Sunningdale Ladies on 3rd May for the 3rd leg of the Nike Futures Tour. A short course but with a number of challenging Par 3, it is a tough Par 58. Nonetheless the scoring was good with 3 of the Under 14s shooting 62s. The countback gave the title to Harry West (Calcot Park) with Taylor Paul in 2nd and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson in 3rd spot. The Order of Merit points are shared in the event of a tie.

In the Under 12s Joshua Roche (Drayton Park) led the field with a 67 with Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) taking 2nd place from Conor Gough (Stoke Park) on countback. An amazing nett 47 from Huw Pearson (Buckingham) was the lowest score we have seen in any BB&O tournament and Simon Mead (Newbury & Crookham) must have been a bit disappointed his nett 50 was only good enough for 2nd place.  Great to see the boys handicaps come tumbling down.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and click HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and click HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Harry West

Joshua Roche

 

Hillman Trophy

Monday 13th April 2015

The Preliminary Round has been completed.

The Preliminary Round has been completed and details e-mailed to Clubs and Organisers. The First Round needs to be completed by the 11th May.

Click HERE for the Draw. Please click HERE for the Conditions

Wokefield Park - Winners 2014

Junior Champion Club

Sunday 12th April 2015

East Berkshire are the Junior Champion Club for 2015

East Berkshire made home advantage count as they won the Junior Champion Club on 9th April on a delightful Spring day. In the closest fought contest for many years, just 4 shots separated the first 6 Clubs. With the 3rd nett score being used in countback, it was the East Berkshire Team of Lewis Bird, Ben Platt and Bradley Tucker that posted the best score to edge out Castle Royle. Just one back in 3rd place were Woburn with Stoke Park another shot back in 4th. This year there were no outrageous nett scores that have caused some consternation in the past.

Click HERE for the Result

East Berkshire - Winners 2015

Nike Futures Tour

Wednesday 8th April 2015

Harry Morris (Huntswood) and Conor Gough (Stoke Park) win at Temple.

On a wonderful Spring day at Temple on 7th April, once again the Under 12s had the lowest score with Conor Gough (Stoke Park) finishing with an excellent 5 over par round of 75. Carl Banner (Stoke Park) took second place. In the Under 14s, Harry Morris (Huntswood), playing in his first event, took first place with Aiden Benger (Frilford Heath) taking second on a countback from Jack Nuttall (Weston Turville).

Our next event is at Sunningdale Ladies on 3rd May and the updated Orders of Merit will be published before then.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

Harry Morris

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result

Conor Gough

Nike Futures Tour

Friday 3rd April 2015

Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) and James Gregory (Stoke Park) took the Honours at Ellesborough on 2nd April

The 1st Nike Futures Tour event was held at Ellesborough on 2nd April. Because of staggered Easter Holidays in the 3 Counties we only had smallish field for our opening event.

Nonetheless the quality of the golf was excellent and it was the Under 12s who produced the best scores on the day. Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) finished 4 over par and just edged Conor Gough (Stoke Park) by 1 shot.

In the Under 14s it also was a 1 shot margin between 1st and 2nd with James Gregory (Stoke Park) taking the trophy with Thomas Lawton (East Berkshire) as Runner-Up.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result

James Gregory

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result

Struan Hancock

Annual Dinner

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The 53rd Annual County Dinner was held on 2nd March at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre.

The Annual Dinner was held for the last time at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre on 2nd March. Principle Guests were George Macgregor OBE, Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Nigel Evans OBE, President-Elect of England Golf and Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA.

Hillman Trophy

Thursday 12th February 2015

Entries have closed for the 2015 Trophy and the Draw has been completed

Entries closed on Monday 9th February and the Draw has been completed. Contact details have been emailed to Club Organisers and full details will be sent to Clubs on Monday 18th February.

Please click HERE for the Draw. Please click HERE for the Conditions.

Wokefield Park -Winners 2014

 

Nike Futures Tour

Saturday 31st January 2015

The Futures Tour is now open for registration and the first 3 events entries.

 

All events are now open for entries. The Registration Form needs to be sent in to the Office.

Click HERE for details of the Tour

County Card

Saturday 31st January 2015

Applications are now avaialable online

Please follow click HERE to go to the County Card page

Nike Futures Tour Frilford Heath

Friday 31st October 2014

An exciting finish to the last event of the year, with Kristian and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson winning their Age Groups.

At Frilford Heath on 30th October Kristian and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson won their Age Groups and also won the Under 14 and Under 12 Orders of Merit.

With any one of 3 players able to win the Under 14 Order of Merit, Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) ran away with the title after scoring an excellent 67, finishing in style with birdies at each of the last 3 holes. Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire) finished second just beating fellow Club Member Bradley Tuckett by just a third of a point!

In the Under 12 Order of Merit Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) and Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) were neck and neck coming down the last. Thomas was looking favourite as he had a makeable birdie putt with Sebastian only likely to make a par which would tie their scores. Agonisingly his chance just slipped by and with Sebastian winning by one shot he overtook Thomas to win the Order of Merit.

In the Under 14s Max Stradling (Goring & Strealey) finished second after a fine 71 and in the Under 12s Jamie Kearley (Harleyford) took second place on countback.

A great finish to a very exciting season and we thank Nike for their support.

 

 

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson

Click HERE for the Under 12 Result and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 20th October 2014

Castle Royle got the better of Newbury & Crookham in the Plate Final at Frilford Heath on 18th October

Castle Royle were always in charge of this match played on the Red Course at Frilford Heath on 18th October. Castle Royle conceded just ½ a point through the first 5 games and the title was already in the bag before they added another 2 points to make the final result 5½-1½. As ever, the match was played in great spirit and our thanks to Frilford Heath for hosting the event.

Click HERE for the Final Result and HERE for the complete Draw.

Castle Royle - Winners 2014

Newbury & Crookham - Runners Up 2014

 

Seniors League Final

Friday 17th October 2014

The Seniors won the Daily Telegraph League Final beating Kent 5½-4½

The Seniors played Kent in the the Daily Telegraph League Final at Corhampton on 16th Ocotber. Both teams had won their respective Leagues, North and South of the Thames, to reach this stage. Kent had won all their games and we had won 3 and drawn one. This final would be close fought as both sides fielded some very strong players and it was a question who got the batting order right. We got off to a poor start and after 6 games were 4½-1½ down. We needed to win all 4 of the last games to win and despite being well up in 2 were down in one and just up in the other. Steve Fenton turned his game round and put another point on the board after a 2&1 win. David Niven added another after taking his game 3&2, so it was left to the last 2 out on the course to take us past the finish line. Bob Lander was 1 up on the 18th tee and his fine birdie allowed him to concede his opponent's putt and to make the score 4½-4½. Ashley Brewer, Seniors' Captain-Elect, also came to the last 1 up having just lost the 17th. Both players were short of the Par 5 18th in 2 and about 25 feet away in 3. Ashley hit a great putt to about 18 inches and his opponent seemed at first to have conceded the next, which left the crowd somewhat confused. The Kent man just missed his effort and Ashley then calmly holed his to take the his game and the match 5½-4½.

A fitting finale for Rod Crisp in his last Match as Seniors' Manager before he takes on the Presidency next year and his inspired order of play resulted in us getting the better of Kent - for a pleasant change.

The Team at Corhampton

Hillman Trophy

Monday 13th October 2014

Wokefield Park become the first Club to successfully defend the Trophy when they beat Beaconsfield on Saturday 11th October.

Wokefield Park defended their Hillman Trophy title when they overcame Beaconsfield at Harleyford on Saturday 11th October. Wokefield Park got off to a good start by taking the first two games but Beaconsfield clawed back the lead by taking two of the next three. However the news from the course was that the holders were in charge in the last two games an eventually they won both, to take the match 5-2. As usual the Final was played in great spirit and our thanks to Harleyford for hosting the event.

Click HERE for the Final Result and HERE for the complete Draw.

Wokefield Park - Winners 2014

Beaconsfield - Runners Up 2014

Alan Hobson Trophy

Friday 26th September 2014

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) beats the Men of Kent to win the title by 1 shot.

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) got the better of the Three (not so merry) Men of Kent to win the title by 1 shot. Coming down the stretch, the lead was always with one of the Kent men, until they started to falter during the last 3 holes. David was the only one to keep making pars and his birdie at the last and Chris Hurst's bogey on the same hole, enabled David to lift the Alan Hobson Trophy for the 3rd year in a row.

Click HERE for the result.

Order of Merit

Monday 22nd September 2014

Jack Haines pips Alex Wills to the Order of Merit title at The Lambourne.

Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) won his first outright Order of Merit title at The Lambourne after a year long battle with Alex Wills (Harewood Downs). Nip and tuck throughout the year, it was all to be decided in the last event of the year. Jack, needing to finish in the top 4 and beat Alex, got off to a flyer and reached the turn in 4 under par. With Alex, not at his best, it was almost all over bar the shouting. With Alex slipping out of the points it was left to Jack to round off a great year by picking up the Autumn and OOM Trophies and a couple of decent sized prize vouchers!

Click HERE for the final Order of Merit placings

Jack Haines - Order of Merit Trophy

Autumn Trophy

Monday 22nd September 2014

Jack Haines wins his 3rd Autumn Trophy at The Lambourne on 21st September.

Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) won the Autumn Trophy for the 3rd time in 4 years with a fine round of 1 under par. He finished 2 clear of Michael Sanders (Beaconsfield). This win culminated a great year for Jack as this triumph also gave him the Order of Merit title. He was also awarded his County Colours having played 5 times for the 1st Team.

Click HERE for the result

Jack Haines - Autumn Trophy

Open Championship

Monday 22nd September 2014

A win for the Professionals again, with John Kennedy taking the trophy with a fine 4 under par.

Well done to John Kennedy (Wexham Park) for his excellent 4 under par 68 round at The Lambourne on 21st September, to take the Open Championship by 2 shots from defending Champion Lewis Atkinson (Buckinghamshire) and by 3 from Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross).

Click HERE for the result

John Kennedy - Open Championship

Junior Order of Merit

Monday 22nd September 2014

George Gardner caps a great year by winning the Junior Order of Merit.

George Gardner (Castle Royle) capped a great year by winning the Junior Order of Merit. Just back from Canada where he finished ahead of the pack in the International challenge, he was confirmed as the winner of the OOM and he finished well clear of Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) in second place. George won the Junior Championship and also was selected for the 1st team during the year to add to his England Cap.

Click HERE for the final Order of Merit placings

George Gardner - Junior Order of Merit

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 22nd September 2014

The Final of the Hillman Trophy Plate will be played between Newbury & Crookham and Castle Royle. Date and Venue to be confirmed.

Click HERE for the draw and click HERE for the Terms and Conditions.

Chiltern Forest - Winners 2013

Hillman Trophy

Monday 22nd September 2014

The Final of the Hillman Trophy will be between Beaconsfield and the current holders Wokefield Park on 11th October. Venue to be confirmed.

Please Click HERE for the latest results and HERE for the Terms and Conditions.

Wokefield Park - Winners 2013

Canadian Junior International Challenge

Thursday 11th September 2014

George Gardner (Castle Royle), representing England, tops the leaderboard and helps England to a 16 shot win.

 
George Gardner, representing England in the Canadian Junior International Challenge, birdied 6 of the last 8 holes of the last round, in very tough conditions, to take the Medalist honours and finish as the only player under par. His great scores of 70, 72 and 71 helped his England team mates achieve a 16 shot victory over the USA.
 
 

Junior Manager for U12s & U14s

Monday 8th September 2014

BB&O need a Junior Manager

BB&O is looking for a Junior Manager for its U12 to U14 age groups. You will have a passion for the game of golf and the ability to relate to talented young golfers, their parents and our team of county coaches. This is a rewarding, voluntary position offering the chance to make a real difference to the future of junior golf in BB&O. There’s plenty of travel throughout the BB&O region arranging and attending league and friendly fixtures. Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.

For more information contact Jan Hubrecht -  Junior manager at janhubrecht@gmail.com and copying Iain MacCaskill Chairman Junior Programme at iain.maccaskill@tesco.net

Nike Futures Tour Henley

Friday 15th August 2014

Play abandoned after 9 holes but wins for Harrison Arnold and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson.

Once again the weather got the better of us and with the threat of electrical thunderstorms in the area, we abandoned play after 9 holes. Nevertheless we were able to declare a result and it was Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire) who took the honours in the Under 14s with a score of 37. Tied second were Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) and Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) with 38. In the Order of Merit, Kristian is just under 3 points ahead of Harrison with Bradley Tuckett (East Berkshire) a further few points back. Any one of these can win the Title at Frilford Heath in October.

In the Under 12s Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) tied with Archie Smith (Caversham Heath) with 38 but took the Trophy on countback. Taylor Paul and Thomas Gregory both from Stoke Park finished just a shot further back. In the Order of Merit, Thomas leads Sebastian by 3¼ points and these two are realistically the only contenders for first place.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Harrison Arnold

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Nike Futures Tour Hazlemere

Thursday 14th August 2014

Wins for Kristian Tannum-Donaldson and Thomas Gregory at Hazlemere on 13th August.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) won his 4th Nike Futures Tour Under 14 title at Hazlemere on 13th August with an excellent score of 71. William Kent (The Oxfordshire) finished in second place after a 75.

In the Under 12s, Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) claimed his 2nd win of the Nike Futures Tour and now leads the Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson

Thomas Gregory

Junior Championship

Thursday 7th August 2014

George Gardner wins the Junior Championship with a record 5 under par score with Kristian Tannum-Donaldson finishing Runner Up and winning both the Under 16 and Junior Handicap Trophies.

On a blustery but dry day the Buckinghamshire offered a true test for the 2014 BB&O Junior Championship. Michael East, defending the title he won last year, was paired with George Gardner, whose recent form has been scintillating. Third in both the South Eastern Group Junior Championship and the Carris Trophy, both at Moor Park, and full County recognition are only a few of George’s achievements this season.

Chris Little has not been at his very best this season, largely due to a rigorous ‘A’ Level exam schedule, showed some return to form with a 66 at the East Berkshire Junior Stag last week and again produced two fine rounds at Buckinghamshire, of 72 and 73, to finish in sole possession of 3rd place. He would have been disappointed, however, to drop some shots in his last three holes.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson, a member of Buckinghamshire and third in the BB&O U14 Order Of Merit, produced a fine afternoon round of 69 to finish 2nd on level par. This was a fitting way to celebrate his 15th birthday just one day before the Championship, he also claimed both the Under 16 Trophy and the Handicap Trophy by wide margins.  Kristian was one of many younger boys to make their mark with Aaron Siddell, Ollie Huggins, Nick Elmey, Peter Handcock and Ross Hampshire all finishing within the top 10. A special mention for Peter who scored his first hole-in-one on the 9th hole.

The headlines, however, are reserved for George who despite trailing Damien Hewitt (71), after the morning round, produced a flawless display in the afternoon to shoot a 5 under par 67 to take the title by 5 shots. A round that contained one eagle, four birdies and a solitary dropped shot, a three putt on the 7th hole, was constructed with planning, execution and efficiency. 

The British Boys Championship played at Prestwick and Dundonald golf courses in Scotland between 12th and 17th August will offer George and the other BB&O representatives a chance to pit their wits against the best international field assembled for any junior tournament in 2014. We wish them all the very best.

Click HERE for the results.

George Gardner - Junior Champion

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson - Under 16 Champion - Junior Handicap Champion

Nike Futures Tour The Berkshire

Monday 4th August 2014

Two more wins for Kristian Tannum-Donaldson and Conor Gough on the Blue Cousre at The Berkshire on 3rd August.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire) won his 3rd Nike Futures Tour Under 14 title at The Berkshire on 3rd August with Bradley Tuckett in second place. He now lies in 3rd spot in the Order of Merit just over 7 points behind Harrison Arnold (East Berkshire)  who in turn is just under 8 points behind Clubmate Bradley Tuckett leading on 120.667 points. All the lads have played 8 events and with 3 still to go, the bad scores will start to drop off as the Order of Merit is decided on the best 9 to count. Anyone's title at the moment.

In the Under 12s, Conor Gough (Stoke Park)  closed out his 3rd win in just 4 events by 2 shots from Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Buckinghamshire). Conor is probably too far back to retain his Order of Merit title as he hasn't played that many events as he has travelled the Country playing in National competitions. Leading the OOM is Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) by just ¾ of a point from Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson with Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) another 6¼ points back. Again, all the top spots are filled with players who have played 8 events, so another close finish looks the best bet. We now move on to Hazlemere and Henley next week with the  Final at Frilford Heath in October.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson

Conor Gough

The Boys must have been tired as Mike Partridge let them sit down for the photos!

Douglas Johns Trophy

Friday 1st August 2014

Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) aces his 35th hole and goes on to win the Douglas Johns Trophy by 1 shot at Harewood Downs on 31st July.

An amazing finish at Harewood Downs resulted in a win for Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) after he had a hole in one at the 8th (his 35th hole). At first he thought his 3 iron shot had gone long but was soon to discover, that the reason he couldn't see it was, it had gone in! This now took him to within 1 shot of Jack Ainscough (Castle Eden) who had witnessed the shot from the 9th tee. The pressure of seeing his 3 shot lead all but vanish resulted in a double bogey at the last having played beautifully all day. He still had 2 fine scores of 69 and 68 but they would not be good enough to oust, last year's Runner-Up, from the winners enclosure. Alex just missed his birdie putt on the 9th and his tap in enabled him to sign off with a 66 and take the Trophy by 1 shot.

Click HERE for the results

Alex Fitzpatrick - Douglas Johns Trophy

Under 14s Championship

Wednesday 30th July 2014

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) added the Under 14s Championship to his list of wins at Castle Royle on 29th July.

At just 11 years of age Conor Gough (Stoke Park) became the first 'youngster' to win the the Under 14s which was played at Castle Royle on 29th July. He finished just 1 shot ahead of Nick Elmey (Frilford Heath) and Harry West (Calcot Park).

Click HERE for the results

Conor Gough - Under 14 Champion

Nike Futures Tour Goring & Streatley

Saturday 26th July 2014

Bradley Tuckett from East Berkshire won the Under 14s with Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson adding another win in the Under 12s.

The 7th event of the year at Goring & Streatley had to be abandoned with just a few holes to go due to dangerous weather conditions. The main contenders for the Scratch prizes had all finished and it was decided to declare a result for that part with the Handicap prizes being awarded over 9 holes. Bradley Tuckett from East Berkshire won the Under 14s with Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson adding another win in the Under 12s.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Bradley Tuckett

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Under 12s Championship

Friday 25th July 2014

Conor Gough (Stoke Park) won the Under 12s Championship on countback from Thomas Gregory.

Conor Gough added the Under 12s Championship to his BB&O wins by beating Thomas Gregory on countback at Beaconsfield on 24th July. Both Stoke Park players finish 1 ahead of Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson. Nichols Stols (Mentmore) took the handicap prized, again on countback, after 4 players finished with net 71s.

Click HERE for the results.

Conor Gough - Under 12 Champion

Champion Club & Courage Trophy

Monday 7th July 2014

Castle Royle triumph at Woburn and take the title for the 4th time in 5 years. Tim Shin also wins the Courage Trophy

Castle Royle win the Champion Club Tournament at Woburn on the 5th July. Played over the Dukes course, many players found the going pretty tough but in the end the team of George Gardner, Tim Shin and David Langley came out on top. Tim also took the Courage trophy with an excellent score of 5 under par. Castle Royle now go on to represent BB&O in the England Golf Champion Club event later in the year.

Click HERE for the Champion Club results and HERE for the Courage Trophy results

 

Castle Royle - Champion Club

 

Tim Shin - Courage Trophy

Club Foursomes

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Held at Buckingham in their Centenary year on 27th June, East Berkshire took both the Scratch & Handicap Salvers.

The East Berkshire pair of Tom Potter and took both the Scratch & Handicap Salvers hosted by Buckingham in their Centenary year on 27th June. They had a 5 shot advantage over Luke Richardson and Phil Cuthbert (Ellesborough) in the Scratch Championship and a 3 shot cushion over Wayne Griffiths and Raza Rubbani (Sand Martins) in the Handicap Championship.

Click HERE for the Scratch Result and HERE for the Handicap Result

Tom Potter and Steve Jones

Under 10s Par 3 Challenge

Tuesday 24th June 2014

At Hadden Hill and free to enter and open to any boy who will be under 10 years old on August 1st 2014.

Free to enter and open to any boy who will be under 10 years old on August 1st 2014 and who resides in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire. A handicap or golf club membership is not required but a degree of previous golf experience would be beneficial on the day. All boys will be supervised by County Golf Officials.

Click HERE for the Entry and Parental Consent Forms

Nike Futures Tour Drayton Park

Monday 23rd June 2014

Wins for the Tannum-Donaldson brothers at Drayton Park on 22nd June.

The 6th event of the year at Drayton Park on 22nd June resulted in a Family Double with wins for Kristian and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson both from Buckinghamshire GC  in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively. We move on to Goring & Streatley on 25th July.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Order of Merit

Sunday 15th June 2014

Alex Wills leads the Order of Merit after 7 events

Alex Wills (Harewood Downs) is leading the Order of Merit after 7 qualifying events. He is now 14 points clear of Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) after County Championship.

Click HERE for the current standings

Alex Wills

Winner of the Junior Order of Merit 2013

Amateur Championship

Saturday 14th June 2014

David Langley (Castle Royle)shoots a course record 65 in the last round to win by 8 shots.

David Langley (Castle Royle) produced four exceptional rounds of golf over the Rothschild Course at Mentmore on 13th and 14th June. Par is 72 and he finished a record 18 under for the Championship with rounds of 70, 67, 68 and finally, a course record 65 including 9 birdies. The crowd at Mentmore certainly thought we were in for a close finish with the field tightly packed after 3 rounds but nobody challenged Langley over the tough front 9 before he tore the back nine apart in 6 under par. John Kemp (Woburn) finished 8 shots back with a score that in most Championships would have won easily. David Langley now goes on to see if he can be crowned England County Champion at Woddhall Spa later in the year.

Click HERE for the Results

David Langley - Amateur Champion

Penfold Trophy

Friday 13th June 2014

Darren Gatward (Calcot Park) wins the Penfold Trophy by 5 shots

Darren Gatward (Calcot Park) won the Penfold Trophy at Mentmore on 13th June. Due to the poor entries to the Amateur Championship, there was nor quliafying tournament this year. The Trophy was awarded to the leading non exempt 36 hole score on day 1 of the Championship and Darren was a clear winner by 5 shots after finishing a very creditable level par for 2 rounds.

Click HERE for the Results

Darren Gatward

Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Wins for James Duffy (Castle Royle) and Taylor Paul (Stoke Park)at Badgemore Park on 1st June

The fifth event of the year at Badgemore Park on 1st June resulted in wins for James Duffy (Castle Royle) and Taylor Paul (Stoke Park) in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively. We move on to Drayton Park on 22nd June.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

James Duffy

Taylor Paul

Nike Futures Tour Hadden Hill

Saturday 31st May 2014

Wins for Bradley Tuckett and Struan Hancock at Hadden Hill on 30th May

The fourth event of the year at Hadden Hill on 30th May resulted in wins for Bradley Tuckett (East Berkshire) and Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively. We move on to Badgemore Park on 1st June and to Drayton Park on 22nd June..

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Bradley Tuckett

Struan Hancock

Colts' Championship

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Dan Caton (Burnham Beeches) won the Colts' Championship after a playoff at Huntercombe on 27th May.

Dan Caton (Burnham Beeches) won the Colts' Championship after a 3 hole play-off against Jordan Garnish (The Oxfordshire) at Huntercombe on 27th May. Both players tied on 144 which was a good score in very damp conditions. It took 3 holes to separate the two and it was Caton who took the Honours by holing a great 20 foot putt on the difficult 5th hole for a birdie 3. In the Handicap section Guilheim Loisel McFadden (Castle Royle) deservedly took the Busy Bowl after he was the only player on the day to better his handicap.

Click HERE for the result

 Dan Caton

Guilheim Loisel-McFadden

Mid Age Championship

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) won the Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire on 26th May.

Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) won the Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire on 26th May in a close run contest. His morning round of 69 included 8 birdies but only left him 1 shot clear of Will Kendall (Denham) and 2 clear of Kevin Freeman (Stoke Park). As the rain set in for the afternoon, scoring was more difficult and only George Wilson (Calcot Park) was able to beat par. His 71 left him on level par for the day which was later matched by Kevin Freeman but it was Ashley Walton who came through in the end as he compiled a very respectable 73 to finish 2 clear on 2 under par for the day.

Click HERE for the Result

Ashley Walton

Amateur Championship

Friday 9th May 2014

Entries have closed and the Penfold Trophy Qualifying cancelled due to poor entries.

 

Tom Lawson - Amateur Champion 2013

Due to insufficient entries, the Amateur Championship Penfold Trophy Qualifying has been cancelled. All players who have entered AND paid by the close on 9th May 12 noon have been included either in the draw by handicap qualification or as reserves. Any further entries, whatever handicap, will only be accepted on to the reserve list in the order received and if full payment has been made.

Seniors Championship

Friday 9th May 2014

George Wilson takes the Seniors title at a very wet and windy 2 days at Ellesborough.

George Wilson proved the best able to handle the awful weather at Ellesborough on 7th & 8th May. With very gusty conditions on Wednesday the players found it difficult to score on quick greens and 3 putts were commonplace. The greens were slower on Thursday - only because it was so wet! Nonetheless, the players battled awy and in the end George Wilson (Calcot Park) and County Captain won the Seniors Champion at his first attempt. Home players Cliff Pearce and Rod Crisp took second and third spots and Gilbert Runnincles (Gerrards Cross) in 4th place. Oddly enough, these 4 also won their age groups which, on checking the records, is unique in thie Championship.

Click HERE for the Result

George Wilson - Seniors Champion

Cliff Pearce - 60 to 64 Age Group

Gilbert Runnicles - 65 to 69 Age Group

Rod Crisp - Over 70 Age Group

Spring Trophy

Tuesday 6th May 2014

From a strong field, Jack Haines came through to clinch the Spring Trophy at Temple on Bank Holiday Monday.

An excellent field of 49 players gathered at Temple on 5th May for the second running of the Spring Trophy. With some high quality players taking part it was no surprise the scoring was good and it was Jack Haines (Gerrds Cross) who came through by 2 shots from Chris Osborne from the Home Club, taking second on countback, Alex Wills (Harewood Downs) and defending Champion Michael Verity (Burnham Beeches).

Click HERE for the Result

 

Jack Haines 

Nike Futures Tour Sunningdale Ladies

Monday 5th May 2014

Wins for James Duffy and Conor Gough at Sunningdale Ladies on 4th May.

The third event of the year at Sunningdale Ladies on 4th May resulted in wins for James Duffy (Castle Royle) and John Gough (Stoke Park) in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively. We move on to Hadden Hill on 30th May then to Badgemore Park on 1st June.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

James Duffy

 Conor Gough

Junior Champion Club

Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Woburn take the title at Bird Hills in a really close contest.

Woburn won the Junior Champion Club Championship at Bird Hills on 17th April. In a really close competition, the team from Mill Ride were leading right from the outset after posting a very good 8 under par total. Henley looked likely to challenge as their first score was 6 under but unfortunately neither of the other two could beat par. Calcot Park matched Mill Ride's score but were behind on countback. It was left to the last group out on the course to decide the outcome and a par 3 at the last for Joe Kennedy gave Woburn the title by the narrowest of margins. The Club now go on to represent BB&O in the England Junior Champion Club at Woodhall Spa in August and we wish them the best of luck.

Click HERE for the Result

Jack Jensen, Adam Dewji and Joe Kennedy

Nike Futures Tour Temple

Wednesday 16th April 2014

Wins for brothers Kristian and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson at Temple on 15th April

 

The second event of the year at Temple on 15th April resulted in wins for Kristian and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Stoke Park) in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively. Another lovely Spring day with some good scoring. We move on to Sunningdale Ladies on 4th May then to Hadden Hill on 30th May.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the Under 12 Order of Merit.

Kristian Tannum-Donaldson

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Nike Futures Tour Ellesborough

Friday 11th April 2014

The first event of the year saw wins for Gregor McKenzie and Thomas Gregory.

The first event of the year at Ellesborough on 10th April resulted in wins for Gregor McKenzie (Frilford Heath) in the Under 14s and for Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park) in the Under 12s. In stark contrast to last year's weather, we had a lovely Spring day and the overall scoring was very good. We move on to Temple next week and will soon start to find out who the main protagonists will be for the Order of Merit Trophies this year.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result Click HERE for the Under 12 Result

Gregor McKenzie

Thomas Gregory

Annual Dinner

Tuesday 4th March 2014

Once again we had a very enjoyable Annual Dinner at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre on 3rd March.

We had 235 people attend our 52nd Annual Dinner at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre near Bracknell on Monday 3rd March. We were pleased to welcome Sandy Dawson, the Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and Ray Saunders the President of England Golf as our principle guests. Ray Saunders presented commemorative Plates to both Buckingham and Sonning Golf Clubs on the occasion of their Centenaries.

As usual the speeches were of a high order and the food and wine just as good. Our evening was rounded off by Roger Dakin who eloquently reminded us of the funnier aspects of our sporting world.

 

The President Duncan Forbes with his Guests, Roger Dakin, Ray Saunders and Sandy Dawson

 

The Captain, George Wilson, presents Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) with the Captain's Tankard for 2013

 

Jan Hubrecht presents Steven Stanhope with the Bodddington Trophy for 2013

 

Ray Saunders with Sonning Captain Marc Pamphilon

 

Ray Saunders with Buckingham President Neil Tanner

Hillman Trophy

Monday 17th February 2014

The draw has been completed and details emailed to Organisers and Clubs.

The draw for the 2014 Hillman Trophy has been completed and sent to Organisers and Clubs by email. Due to the recent severe weather conditions all the 'play by dates' have been extended by a week. We will not be able to offer any more extensions so please ensure your matches are played by the deadline throughout the Season. Good Luck and let's hope for some decent weather this year.

Click HERE for the Draw and click HERE for the Terms and Conditions

 Winners 2013 - Wokefield Park

Nike Futures Tour

Tuesday 7th January 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 season.

 

You can now register on-line for the 2014 season by clicking HERE

A copy of the Registration form must be sent in even if you pay on-line. A copy may be found HERE 

County Card Scheme

Monday 6th January 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the new season starting in April.

The BB&O County Card Scheme has been put together to enable Members of Affiliated Clubs to play at other courses – both within BB&O and other English Counties – at reduced green fee rates. The scheme mirrors those which have been adopted in most County Unions and provides benefits to Club Members, Clubs and the County Union. Unlike Commercial 2 for 1 schemes ALL the income collected by the County Union goes straight back into the game at grass roots level.

Click HERE for more details

Within England there is a ‘consortium’ of County Unions which enables County Card Members to play at any of the host courses within any of those County Unions. The participating Counties are Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Middlesex, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire & Herefordshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. Currently, these County Unions have over 1,300 clubs who host County Card Members. All of these courses – together with those BB&O Clubs who have joined up – will be available to BB&O County Card Members.

We look forward to receiving your renewal or welcoming you as a new member of the scheme.

County Jottings

Tuesday 26th November 2013

For a round up of the latest news read County Jottings

 For a copies of this year's County Jottings Click on the following links:

November 2013

August 2013

May 2013

Nike Futures Tour Frilford Heath

Friday 1st November 2013

The last event of the year saw the 4th joint win for by the Gough Brothers.

For the 4th time this year John and Conor Gough won their age group in the last event at Frilford Heath on 31st October. Playing the Green Course, John had a level par round of 69 finishing with 2 birdies to beat Club mate Ben Humphries by 1 shot. Anything less than a win would have given the Order of Merit title to Steven Stanhope or Nick Elmey. A great finish. In the Under 12 age group, a similar story was unfolding for that Order of Merit. Any of 3 boys could win the title as long as they won the event. Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson set the early pace until James Gregory came in with a 78 which meant Conor Gough had to beat him to win. A solid par at the last gave him a 77 and both trophies were heading back to Stoke Park.

A great season, with some wonderful golf and evidence of a number of rising stars for the future. Thanks to all the Clubs for hosting the events and to the Parents for running the boys all over the place. Next year's schedule is already available with just one venue and date to be confirmed.

Click HERE for the Under 14 results and HERE for the final Under 14 Order of Merit.

Click HERE for the Under 12 results and HERE for the final Under 12 Order of Merit.

Conor & John Gough with Duncan Forbes (President)

And this year's winning picture caption is .................!!

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 28th October 2013

Chitern Forest beat Datchet in the Final on 27th October.

On a very windy day at Harewood Downs on 27th October, Chiltern Forest had a convincing  win over Datchet by 5½-1½. Perhaps, Chiltern Forest's experience of playing a Downland undulating course, just gave them the edge on the day. Another match played in excellent spirit and our thanks to the Club for hosting the Final.

For the Final Result click HERE and for the full Draw Progress click HERE.

Chiltern Forest - Winners 2013

Datchet - Runners Up 2013

Hillman Trophy

Monday 7th October 2013

Wokefield Park beat Castle Royle in the Final on 6th October.

On a lovely day at Calcot Park on 6th October, Wokefield Park just got the better of Castle Royle by 4-3 in a very evenly fought contest. As it transpired the 2nd and 3rd games were the key to Wokefield Park's success and they won both of these by the smallest of margins. As ever, an excellent Championship this year and we look forward to 2014 when the 90 odd clubs who enter, battle it out for the Trophy.

For the Final Result click HERE and for the full Draw Progress click HERE.

Wokefield Park - Winners 2013

Castle Royle - Runners Up 2013

Daily Telegraph Salver

Sunday 6th October 2013

BB&O beat Surrey in the Final at Brocket Hall on Sunday 6th October.

The Final of the Daily Telegraph Salver took place at Brocket Hall on 6th October. BB&O had won all four of our matches in the North of the Thames League, whilst Surrey had got through on Game Points after 3 Counties in the South had tied on 5 points. Our matches against Surrey have always been hard fought affairs, often with the teams evenly balanced. Both sides have lost a few key players recently, either because they have turned Professional or gone back to the USA on scholarships.

The morning foursomes went well and at one stage we looked assured of a 3-1 lead into lunch, but the final Surrey pairing fought back from 3 down with 4 to play to earn a half and cut the deficit to 2½-1½ at half time.

All the afternoon games were tense affairs and after 4 games it was 2-2 and we still held a 1 point advantage. The news from the course was not good with 1 likely win and 3 loses which meant a tied match was the most likely outcome. However, our most 'Senior' player and past County Captain Malcolm Reid had other ideas. As in the morning foursomes he was 4 down after five holes and heading for defeat, before a surge of birdies turned the tide. He came to the last all square and 3 very solid shots to the par 5 left him with a 12 foot putt to win the match. It turned out it was not needed as his opponent was destined to 3 putt from the front of the green and a par was good enough to win his game and the match by just 1 point. Well done to all who represented the County, this year as we won the Daily Telegraph Salver for the first time since 2006.

Thanks to Surrey for their part in a fine match played in the very best of spirit by all who took part.

The winning Team at Brocket Hall

Amateur Championship 2014

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

A change of dates for the Amateur Championship in 2014.

As more and more Clubs look to start their Course Maintenance work in early August it has been necessary to change the date of the 2014 Championship to Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June at Mentmore Golf & Country Club. The Rothschild course should be in great shape that week as we follow the Jamega Tour and precede the Mentmore's Ladies Club Championship. The new date for the Penfold Trophy will be 24th May, still at Maidenhead.

Moving forward, we still want to try to run the Championship in early August as we will have most of our players available.

Tom Lawson - County Champion

Autumn Trophy & Open Championship

Monday 30th September 2013

Adam Batty and Lewis Atkinson win at The Lambourne on 29th September.

A great finish to the senior events for the year saw Adam Batty (Hazlemere) secure 2nd place in the Order of Merit by winning the Autumn Trophy by 3 clear shots from Matthew Chiddington (Burford). Toby Morgan (Frilford Heath) needed to finish ahead of Adam to secure the second place OOM prize but his effort fell tantalizingly short after a great start. Click HERE for the result.

In the resurrected Open Championship, last played in 1974, Lewis Atkinson and Guy Woodman battled it out for the Honours. In the 'olden days' BB&O Pros and the County's top Amateurs played for the Penfold Trophy as an Open Championship. Roy and Carl Mason, Jimmy Hume, Derek Craik, Michael King, Donald Steel, Joe Lawrence and Tony Rees, all great players of the 1960s and 1970s, have won this event. Time was right to start again. Lewis and Guy were paired together and it really was neck and neck down the straight with Lewis finishing with 4 pars, Guy edging closer after a birdie at 16 but not quite managing to catch him over the last 2 holes. We are hoping that the event will prove a great challenge in the future, for Pros and Amateurs, to test their skills against one another. Congratulations to Adam Batty who tied Guy Woodman for 2nd place.

Click HERE for the result.

 

Adam Batty & Lewis Atkinson

Order of Merit

Monday 30th September 2013

Tom Wilde takes the Order of Merit Trophy after the Autumn Trophy at The Lambourne.

Tom Wilde (Castle Royle) couldn't be caught in the OOM and finished just over 3 points clear of Adam Batty (Hazlemere) to take the Trophy. Tom has now turned Pro and we wish him well in his future career. He has supported the County 1st Team whenever he's been available and we thank him for his commitment.

Click HERE for the final Order of Merit table

Tom Wilde - Order of Merit

Junior Order of Merit

Sunday 29th September 2013

Alex Wills received his JOOM Trophy at The Lambourne on Sunday.

Alex Wills (Harewood Downs) received his Junior of Merit Trophy after an exceptional year that saw him win 3 events and finish well in a number of others. He reduced his handicap to Plus 1 during the year and also won his own Club Championship. Younger brother Elliot (Beaconsfield), no stranger to the winners podium in BB&O events, came 3rd but missed out on the 2nd prize by just a couple of points as club mate Zac Cooper's consistency over the year gave him the edge. To be fair, all of the contenders for the JOOM, are called upon for the County Teams and the players are always willing to sacrifice their (potential) points to represent the County. Thank you.

Please click HERE for the final Order of Merit table.

Alex Wills - Junior Order of Merit

Hillman Trophy Plate

Saturday 28th September 2013

The Semi Finals are complete in the Hillman Trophy Plate.

The  Final of the Hillman Trophy Plate will be played at Harewood Downs on 27th October between Datchet and Chiltern Forest. Click HERE for the draw.

Thorney Park - Winners 2012

Hillman Trophy

Friday 27th September 2013

The Semi Finals are complete in the Hillman Trophy.

The Final of the Hillman Trophy will be played at Calcot Park on 6th October between Wokefield Park and Castle Royle. Click HERE for the draw.

Maidenhead - Winners 2012

Golf Partnership Vacancy

Saturday 21st September 2013

The BB&O Golf Partnership is seeking an Assistant County Development Officer.

The BB&O Golf Partnership is seeking an Assistant County Development Officer.

Please click HERE for details and HERE to visit the BB&O Golf Partnership website.

County Team win League

Monday 2nd September 2013

The County played Middlesex at Fulwell and the win confirmed the League title.

The County side, captained by George Wilson beat Middlesex 9-3 at Fullwell on 1st September to finish with 4 wins and the League title. We now go on to play Surrey for the Daily Telegraph Salver at Brocket Hall on 6th October.

For the full result and report click HERE.

The Team at Fullwell

Nike Futures Tour Henley

Friday 30th August 2013

Nick Elmey wins the Under 14s and Tom Lawton the Under 12s at Henley.

Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) won the Under 14s age group at Henley on 29th August. He won by 5 shots from club mate Mitchell Green with Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) in 3rd place.  In the Under 12s Tom Lawton (East Berkshire) took the Under 12s by 1 shot from Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park). The final event of the year is at Frilford Heath on 31st October and neither of the Orders of Merit will be decided until then. With only the best 9 scores counting, regardless of number of events played, several players will be dropping their worst scores at Frilford Heath. Having checked each potential combination, the top 3 players in each OOM can win! So the message is clear - win at Frilford and you will win the OOM!

For the Under 14s results click HERE. For the Under 12s results click HERE.

For the Under 14s OOM click HERE. For the Under 12s OOM click HERE.

Tom Lawton & Nick Elmey

Under 16s League

Thursday 29th August 2013

The Under 16s win both their matches at Beadlow Manor on 28th August and retain their League title.

A great effort at Beadlow Manor resulted in the Under 16s retaining their League title. The boys equipped themselves magnificently all day and worked extremely well as a team. Their teamwork in the foursomes was great to watch and their determination to bring home their own points in the singles meant that overall victory was always on the cards.

To win all six league matches this year is quite an achievement. Well done to all the boys in the U16 squads.

Click HERE for the match result and full report.

The Team at Beadlow Manor

EG SE Junior Foursomes

Wednesday 21st August 2013

The County Juniors finish in 2nd place at Dunstable Downs on 20th August

The Junior Elite Squad put in a good performance at Dunstable Downs over 2 days in the England Golf South East Group Junior Foursomes. Having won this in 2011 and were just a missed putt away from retaining it last year, we hoped to put in a strong challenged again in this round robin format. This year, the two relegated Counties were Middlesex and Suffolk with Bedfordshire and Norfolk coming back in. On Day 1 we led after the morning matches but slipped back in the afternoon after only picking up one half match. After the morning of Day 2 we had held our position but were still a point behind Sussex and despite 2 wins in the afternoon we could not claw back the difference and lost out by the narrowest of margins. Kent finished 3rd and Hertfordshire and Norfolk were relegated.

Click HERE for the points table. Individual match results can be found in the main Results section.

The Team at Dunstable Downs

Open Championship & Autumn Trophy

Wednesday 21st August 2013

The Open Championship & Autumn Trophy are now open for entries.

Due to the fact the County First Team has won the League and will be playing at Brocket Hall on 6th October, it has been necessary to change the date of this event to 29th September. The Committees of the PGA and County Union have decided to resurrect the BB&O Open Championship after a gap of nearly 40 years. The event will be open to 36 Professionals and 36 Amateurs. The Amateurs will also compete for the Autumn Trophy with a 1st prize of £250 and points towards our last Order of Merit event. We are expecting a quality field so please get your entries in as soon as possible.

Click HERE for the Entry Form and Click HERE for the Poster.

Jack Haines - Winner 2012

Colts Championship

Wednesday 21st August 2013

Toby Morgan (Frilford Heath) is the Colts for 2013.

Toby Morgan (Frilford Heath) won the Colts' Championship at Huntercombe on 20th August. As the first attempt had been abandoned because of torrential rain in May, Huntercombe kindly invited us back to finish the job. The Championship was decided over 18 holes with Toby scoring an excellent 69 which give him 3 shot margin over 4 others. His fellow Frilford Heath members, Jordan Williams and Dean Newbold took 2nd and 3rd places.

Click HERE for the result.

Toby Morgan - Colts' Champion 

Nike Futures Tour Hazlemere

Thursday 15th August 2013

The Gough brothers enjoy another double at Hazlemere on 14th August.

More success for John and Conor Gough (Stoke Park) at Hazlemere in the Under 14 and Under 12 sections of the Nike Futures Tour Round 10 on 14th August as they post their 3rd double of the season.

John had a solid 73 despite a triple bogey at the short 15th winning by 1 shot from Stanley Lewis (Chartridge) and Conor enjoyed a similar margin over Daniel Stafford (Castle Royle) after his 78.

Click HERE for the Under 14s results and lick HERE for the Under 12s results.

Now that we have played 10 events of the Nike Futures Tour, the Order of Merit tables have started to change as Players' worst placings start to drop off. The Under 14 Order of Merit could be decided at Henley on 29th August but the Under 12 title will definitely not be decided until Frilford Heath at the end of October.

Click HERE for the Under 14s Order of Merit Table and HERE for the Under 12s Order of Merit Table.

Conor and John Gough - Just for a change!

Amateur Championship

Sunday 11th August 2013

Tom Lawson wins his 4th Amateur title at Stoke Park on 10th August.

Tom Lawson from the host Club produced a great final round of 3 under par 69 to win his 4th Championship at Stoke Park on 10th August. He led after the first day after two very solid rounds as others struggled with some tricky pin positions. His 71 and 72 gave him a two shot advantage over Lindsey Woolford (Woburn) and by another 2 from Sam Whitehead (Woburn). Ashley Watkins (East Berkshire), Carl Corbin (Stoke Park) and Craig Buttivant (Gerrards Cross) were also in with a good chance with 36 holes to go and Round 3 normal produces a re-shuffle of the pack making the last round quite exciting.

As predicted the 3rd Round saw the best golf of the Championship and four players broke 70 and Ashley Watkins took the lead on 216 after a 68, which was matched by Jean-Michel Hall (Woburn) who moved up to second place. Craig Buttivant also broke 70 and he and Tom Lawson were tied 3rd on 218 and the only other serious contender was Tom Wilde on 219 after a 69.

'Beware the injured golfer' is the old adage and the 4th Round proved no exception. Lawson had been carrying a very long (tall) standing (excuse the pun) back problem and there was some doubt that he would make it through 72 holes. He seemed to make light of the problem and with huge hitting made mincemeat of some of the long holes at Stoke Park. He was 2 under par through 15 holes and his nearest challengers of Watkins and Buttivant were 3 and 4 shots back with 3 to play. Pars at all three of the closing holes were good enough for a 3 shot win over past County Captain Craig Buttivant who biridied the last to pip Ashley Watkins in to 3rd spot.  

Click HERE for the full results.

Tom Lawson - Amateur Champion 

Junior Championship

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Michael East wins the Junior Championship at Buckinghamshire GC in torrential rain on 5th August.

Michael East (Castle Royle) won the Junior Championship by 2 shots from Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs) at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on Monday 5th August. His 2 under par morning round was the best of the day and he followed it up with an impressive 74 in the afternoon in the torrential rain, nearly resulting in the second round being abandoned if the rain had continued for another 30 minutes or so. Tom needed a birdie at the last to tie and knowing what was needed, hit a brave second shot into the par 5 last, which unfortunately found the greenside water hazard and he couldn't pull off a miracle by holing the next. Michael also took the Under 16s Trophy by a massive 11 shots and Jack Broome (Frilford Heath) picked up the Handicap Trophy by 1 shot from Gus Davidson (Buckingham).

For the full results click HERE.

Michael East - Junior Champion and Under 16 Champion

Jack Broome - Junior Handicap Champion 

Nike Futures Tour The Berkshire

Monday 5th August 2013

The Gough brothers land another double on the Red Course at The Berkshire on 4th August.

Wins for John and Conor Gough (Stoke Park) at The Berkshire in the Under 14 and Under 12 sections of the Nike Futures Tour Round 9 on 4th August. We played Gross Stableford in this event as some of the younger players would find it very tough to complete a Medal round given the extensive heather around the course. Similarly the Organisers don't want to be there all night either!

John had a very good gross 34 points to win the Under 14s but was only one ahead of Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) with Bradley Tuckett (East Berkshire) scoring 32 gross points off 10 handicap. In the Under 12s Conor won with 31 points gross having edged out Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson on count back. Gregor McKenzie (Kirtlington) was a further point back.

Click HERE for the Under 14s results and lick HERE for the Under 12s results.

Now that we have played 9 events of the Nike Futures Tour, the Order of Merit tables will start to change after the next event. Players' worst placings will now start to drop off and we should be in for an exciting finish as the season comes to a close. Hopefully both Orders of Merit will be decided at Frilford Heath at the end of October.

Click HERE for the Under 14s Order of Merit Table and HERE for the Under 12s Order of Merit Table.


John and Conor Gough

Douglas Johns Trophy

Friday 2nd August 2013

An impressive win for England Boys International Marco Penge in the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs.

Marco Penge (Worthing) showed great form in winning the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs on 1st August. A very strong field from afar afield as Yorkshire and Devon came to challenge for the unofficial England Under 15s Championship. Justin Rose, recent US Open Champion, won this event in 1995 and many other future International stars, including Luke Donald, have played in this event. Marco has just been selected for England to play in the Boys Home Internationals and was the lowest handicap of plus 3 on the day. His opening round of 4 under par proved why he was favourite but at lunchtime he held just a 1 shot lead from Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire) younger brother of Matthew who won the Silver Medal in The Open Championship at Muirfield last month. Arrun Singh Brar (Brokenhurst) and defending Champion was also under par after rounds of 68.

The afternoon was extremely hot and a strong breeze had developed which made scoring quite difficult and one or two players tired. Nonetheless 3 players beat par and Callum Hilton (Warren) posted the clubhouse lead at level par just before Alex and Arrun tied at 1 under. In the last group Marco birdied the 17th to go 1 under for the afternoon and held a 4 shot lead coming down the last. His second shot cleared the green to the surprise of all the spectators, but the golfing gods were smiling, and he got a good lie and managed to make a bogey and still win by 3 shots.

Click HERE for the full results.

Marco Penge - Douglas Johns Trophy

Nike Futures Tour Goring & Streatley

Thursday 1st August 2013

The Gough brothers dominate at Goring & Streatley in the Nike Futures Tour on 31st July.

Brothers John and Conor won their respective age groups in the Nike Futures Tour event at Goring & Streatley on 31st July. John scored an excellent level par round of 71 to win the Under 14s age group by 2 shots from Aaron Sidell (Sonning). It would be very interesting to know how many 14 year olds who are just 5 feet 3 inches tall could drive the 18th at Goring & Streatley! Meanwhile younger brother Conor also had a good day scoring 76 and finishing 2 clear of club mate Matthew Admans.

For the Under 14 results click HERE and for the Under 12 results click HERE.

For the latest Under 14 Order of Merit table click HERE and for the latest Under 12 Order of Merit table click HERE.

John and Conor Gough

Under 14s Championship

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Steven Stanhope wins the Under 14s Championship at Castle Royle on 30th July.

Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) won the Under 14s Championship at Castle Royle on 30th July with a great round of 2 under par 70. Despite starting in heavy rain he made light work of the conditions to post the best ever score in this Championship. Mind you he was not alone in scoring well and he only finished 3 shots clear of Max Stradling (Goring & Streatley) and by another shot from Ross Hampshire (The Oxfordshire).

For the full results click HERE.

Steven Stanhope - Under 14s Champion

Under 12s Championship

Friday 26th July 2013

James Gregory(Stoke Park) wins the Under 12s Championship at Beaconsfield on 25th July.

James Gregory (Stoke Park) won the Under 12s Championship by 1 shot from Harry West (Calcot Park) and Conor Gough (Stoke Park) at Beaconsfield on 25th July. His win consolidates his position at the top of the Nike Futures Tour Order of Merit. He has a 20 point lead over Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson with Greogor McKenzie in 3rd and Thomas Gregory in 4th spot. The next event is at Goring & Streatley on 31st July.

Click HERE for the Results and HERE for the Order of Merit Table.

James Gregory - Under 12s Champion

Amateur Championship

Monday 22nd July 2013

The draw for Rounds 1 and 2 has been published.

The draw for the 84th Amateur Championship at Stoke Park on 9th and 10th August has been published. Click HERE for the main page and click on View Start Sheet 1 and Start Sheet 2 for details. A complimentary practice round is available either on 4th August or 7th August. Please contact the County Union Office to book a time.

You can view details of 4th August HERE and 7th August HERE. See you on the 9th and hopefully on the 10th.

Stoke Park

Penfold Trophy

Sunday 21st July 2013

Daniel Scourfield (Bicester) wins the Penfold Trophy at Royal Ascot on 20th July.

Daniel Scourfield (Bicester) won the Penfold Trophy at Royal Ascot on 20th July. His score of 138 was 2 under par and he was 2 clear of Rory Browne (Feldon Valley) and 3 clear of Daniel Tucker (Flackwell Heath). There were 21 other Qualifiers for the Amateur Championship at Stoke Park on 9th & 10th August and the cut fell at 150. Those on 151 and 152 will be on the reserve list.

Click HERE for the Results.

Daniel Scourfield - Penfold Trophy

Seniors Championship

Friday 12th July 2013

Phil Sewell (Castle Royle) wins the Seniors Championship at Burnham Beeches on 12th July.

Phil Sewell (Castle Royle) won the Seniors Championship at Burnham Beeches on 12th July by 6 shots from David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) with Adrian Donkersley (Gerrards Cross) in third place. Maidenhead won the Team event and Bill Perkins (Maidenhead) won the Handicap prize and equalled his age on the second day. Phil also won the Under 60 Trophy, Neil Franklin (Beaconsfield) the 60-64 Age Group, Derek Harrison (Maidenhead) the 65-69 Age Group and Rod Crisp (Ellesborough) the Over 70s Age Group.

Click HERE for the Results and click HERE for the Team Result

Burnham Beeches was in excellent condition with fast and true greens and everyone enjoyed the Championship. What a pity we did not have a full field. Those who weren't there missed a real treat.

Phil Sewell - Seniors Champion 

Courage Trophy

Monday 8th July 2013

Nick Scrutton (Castle Royle) wins the Courage Trophy by 2 shots from Ashley Watkins (East Berkshire) at Frilford Heath.

Nick Scrutton (Castle Royle) won the Courage Trophy by 2 shots from Ashley Watkins (East Berkshire) at Frilford Heath on 6th July. Some really good scoring on the Red Course saw 8 players better or equal the 148 standard scratch for the course. Nice to play golf on a glorious day, at a great venue in terrific condition, combined with a friendly welcome - and nice food too!

Click HERE for the results.

Nick Scrutton - Courage Trophy

Champion Club

Monday 8th July 2013

Castle Royle secure yet another Club Championship with their win at Frilford Heath on 6th July

Nick Scrutton, Tim Shin and George Gardner represented Castle Royle as they won their 3rd Champion Club title in 4 years at Frilford Heath on Saturday 6th July. A close run contest saw them just get the better of Stoke Park by 4 shots and we wish them well in the Final at Dudsbury at the end of September as they attempt to become England Champion Club.

Click HERE for the results.

Castle Royle - Champion Club 2013

Club Foursomes

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Ellesborough win the Scratch Foursomes and Castle Royle the Handicap Foursomes at The Wychwood on 24th June.

The Team of Luke Richardson and Phil Cuthbert of Ellesborough won the Scratch Foursomes by 1 shot from the Calcot Park pair of George Wilson and Shane Slatter with two excellent round of 76 and 74.  Timothy Shin and Damien Hewitt from Castle Royle were a further shot back in 3rd place but the Club were not to be disappointed, as their other pairing of George Gardner and Sam Brass added to the Club's growing collection of BB&O Club Championship titles with a win in the Handicap section. Their score of 145 was 1 shot ahead of Lee Pearce and Robert Aitken from Reading. Two shots further back were the Denham pair of Will Kendall and Simon Stephens who also recorded the best round of the day with a level par 72 on a 6,938 yard course in the hardest format of golf, known to man, 36 Foursomes Medal - a real test of endurance and friendship.

Click HERE for the Scratch Championship results. Click HERE for the Handicap Championship results.

The winning teams of Castle Royle and Ellesborough

Nike Futures Tour Drayton Park

Monday 24th June 2013

Another win for Olly Huggins in the Under 14s and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson takes the U12s at Drayton Park on 23rd June.

On a windy day at Drayton Park the 6th round of the Nike Futures Tour was played on 23rd June. With high winds, deep rough and tree lined fairways this was a real test for the boys. Remarkably, the Under 12s produced the best 2 scores of the day and Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson (Stoke Park) led with a 78 just 1 shot ahead of Daniel Stafford (Castle Royle). In the Under 14s Olly Huggins (Frilford Heath) scored his second consecutive win with Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) 2 shots further back.

Click HERE for the Under 14s Result and click HERE for the Under 12s Result.

Click HERE for the Under 14s Order of Merit Table. Click HERE for the Under 12s Order of Merit Table.

 

Olly Huggins

Sebastian Tannum-Donaldson

Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park

Tuesday 4th June 2013

Round 5 of the Nike Futures Tour took place at Badgegmore Park on 2nd June. Both Oliver Huggins (U14s) and Gregor MacKenzie (U12s) recorded their first wins.

We had our fifth event at Badgemore Park on Sunday 2nd June. On a lovely day, overall scoring was good with Melan Dhaubhandel (Calcot Park) recording a brilliant 12 under 57 to win the handicap section of the Under 12s.

Oliver Huggins (Carswell) secured his first win, in the Under 14s, with an excellent 73 just edging out Seb Jones (Castle Royle) and Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) who both posted 75s. In the Under 12s, Gregor MacKenzie (Kirtlington), emulated Oliver's maiden win with his 77 and was 5 ahead of Sebastian Tannum-Donnaldson (Stoke Park).

For the Under 14 Results click HERE. For the Under 12 Results click HERE.

For the Under 14 Order of Merit table Click HERE. For the Under 12 Order of Merit table Click HERE.

Oliver Huggins

Gregor MacKenzie

Nike Futures Tour Hadden Hill

Saturday 1st June 2013

Round 4 of the Nike Futures Tour took us to Hadden Hill on 31st May. Nick Elmey and James Gregory took the honours in their age groups

We had our fourth event at Hadden Hill on Friday 31st May. A tough course in brezzy conditions made scoring quite difficult, especially with some heavy rough in a number of areas.

With the Gough Brothers away in Scotland, now was good time to pick up some points in the OOM and Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) won the Under 14 section and James Gregory (Stoke Park) the Under 12s section. We have another event on Sunday ant Badgemore Park.

For the Under 14 Results click HERE. For the Under 12 Results click HERE

Nick Elmey

James Gregory

Boys County Qualifying

Friday 31st May 2013

A big disappointment at Studley Wood on 30th May as we finished in second place.

The England Golf South East Group Boys County Qualifier took place at Studley Wood on 30th May. A great performance in the morning saw us 8 ahead of Essex and 11 ahead of defending Champions Hampshire. The afternoon was not quite as good but we still looked like winning until the 2 Hampshire England Internationals both produced 5 under par rounds of 68. Two great scores that made all the difference and we lost out by just 2 shots. A terrific effort from our young side and something we can build on for next year.

Click HERE for the result.

The Team at Studley Wood

Colts Championship

Tuesday 28th May 2013

Due to heavy rain, the Championship has been abandoned.

The Colts Championship had to be abandoned due to heavy rain and a waterlogged course. It has been rescheduled for 20th August and is only open to the original entrants. 

Mid Age Championship

Tuesday 28th May 2013

Malcolm Reid (Sonning) wins the Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire.

Malcolm Reid (Sonning) just held off defending Champion, Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) to win the Mid Age Championship at The Oxfordshire on 27th May. In difficult windy conditions nobody was able to break the strict par of 72. However Reid's excellent 73 in the morning gave him a one shot lead over Peter Clements (Frilford Heath) and 2 over Nick Adby (Goring & Streatley). A steady 77 in the afternoon just got him home as Corbin fired a 73 to post the clubhouse lead at 151.

Click HERE for the full result.

Malcom Reid (Sonning)

Colts Championship

Friday 17th May 2013

The starting times have been published - eventually!

The starting times for the Mid Age Championship are available by clicking the link below. The missing names have been identified and notified.

http://www.bbogolf.com/competition.php?go=startsheet&compid=3122

Mid Age Championship

Friday 17th May 2013

The starting times have been published - eventually!

The starting times for the Mid Age Championship are available by clicking the link below. The missing names have been identified and notified.

http://www.bbogolf.com/competition.php?go=startsheet&compid=3121

Spring Trophy

Monday 6th May 2013

Michael Verity (Burnham Beeches) wins the inaugural Spring Trophy at Temple on 6th May.

Michael Verity (Burnham Beeches) wins the inaugural Spring Trophy at Temple on 6th May. George Bell (Stoke Park) was just one shot after a 71. More details will follow. Follow this link for the Result:

http://www.bbogolf.com/competition.php?compid=3120

Michael Verity

Nike Futures Tour Sunningdale Ladies

Sunday 28th April 2013

Round 3 of the Nike Futures Tour took us to Sunningdale Ladies on 28th April. Steven Stanhope and Struan Hancock took the honours in their age groups.

We had our third event at Sunningdale Ladies on Sunday 28th April. On this short, but demanding, course a number of players were able to shoot some really low scores. If you have a good short game you can certainly get your handicap down here if you can play the par 3s. Oscar Fuentes (Bearwood Lakes) proved that point with a remarkable nett 45 (14 under the CSS) off a handicap of 27. Amazingly he only won the Under 12s handicap prize by 2 from James Gregory (Stoke Park) with 3 others a further 2 back with nett 49s. Those lads will be happy with their handicap reductions!

The main events, of course, are Scratch and it was Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) who won the Under 14s secton with a gross 59 - just one over par. It may be some time before Steven enjoys breaking 60 again in his golfing career. He was 3 clear of John Gough (Stoke Park), who won the first 2 events. His second place keeps him heading the Order of Merit. Struan Hancock (Bearwood Lakes) had an excellent 66 to win the Under 12s section on countback from Thomas Gregory (Stoke Park). They share the OOM points as all ties share combined points. We move on to Hadden Hill at the end of May for Round 4.

For the Under 14 Results click HERE. For the Under 12 Results click HERE

Steven Stanhope

Struan Hancock

U14s Achievement Award

Monday 15th April 2013

Thomas Lawton, has been awarded the first BB&O U14s Achievement Award. .

Under 13 Squad member and East Berkshire Junior, Thomas Lawton, has been awarded the first BB&O U14s Achievement Award introduced to recognise the most improved younger golfer.

Voted for by the County’s Junior Management, factors taken into account include the more obvious handicap reduction as well as on-course attitude and dedication to practice.

During 2012, Thomas achieved a handicap reduction of more than 10 shots and ended the year playing off 9. He is obviously a fast learner and a junior capable of satisfying county coach Jason Brand who was full of praise for his dedication to practising correctly. Congratulations to Thomas who received his award from BB&O U14 Manager Peter Smith at his Club’s AGM.

Peter Smith presents Thomas Lawton with his Trophy

Junior Champion Club

Friday 12th April 2013

Stoke Park won the Junior Champion Club at Harewood Downs on 11th April.

Stoke Park won the Junior Champion Club event at Harewood Downs on 11th April. The Team of John Gough, Aidan Osobase and Arron Millar finished just one shot ahead of East Berkshire and Hadden Hill in a very close contest. Just 3 shots separated the first eight places and if was good to see such a big field with 23 Clubs taking part. Stoke Park go on to Woodhall Spa in early August to see if they can repeat Hadden Hill's success of 2004 when they became Junior Champion Club of England.

Click HERE for the Result.

John Gough and Aidan Osobase

Aaron Millar absent

Nike Futures Tour Temple

Wednesday 10th April 2013

The second event of the season took place at Temple on 9th June.

The second event of the Nike Futures Tour took place at Temple on 9th April. Slightly better weather than last week but the same result! Both John Gough and Daniel Stafford recorded back to back wins in the Under 14s and Under 12s sections respectively. John Gough (Stoke Park) had another excellent 73 to win by 2 from Stanley Lewis (Chartridge Park).  Daniel Stafford (Castle Royle) again pipped Conor Gough (Stoke Park) into second place this time by 2 shots after a 81.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and HERE for the Under 12 Result.

For the latest Order of Merit tables click HERE for the Under 14s and HERE for the Under 12s.

John Gough

Daniel Stafford

Nike Futures Tour Ellesborough

Friday 5th April 2013

The first event of the season took place at a freezing Ellesborough on 4th April.

The first event of the Nike Futures Tour took place at Ellesborough on 4th April. In freezing cold conditions the boys struggled round and managed to enjoy the day despite the weather. In the Under 14s section John Gough (Stoke Park) produced an amazing round of 73 to win by 6 clear shots from Guilhem Loisel-McFadden (Castle Royle). Daniel Stafford (Castle Royle) won the Under 12s with John's brother Conor Gough (Stoke Park) taking second place.

Click HERE for the Under 14 Result and HERE for the Under 12 Result

The white bits in the pictures are SNOW FLAKES!

 

John Gough

 

Daniel Stafford

Annual Dinner

Tuesday 5th March 2013

The 51st Annual Dinner was held at Blue Mountain on 4th March.

230 members and guests enjoyed a splendid evening at Blue Mountain on 4th March. Pam Benka, President of England Golf proposed the toast to the BB&O and Pierre Bechmann, Captain of the R&A replied on behalf of the Guests. Geoff Miller, Chairman of the England Cricket Selectors concluded the evening with a wonderful series of anectdotes and had the audience in stitches for 40 minutes.

Geoff Miller, Pam Benka, Max Kaye (President) & Pierre Bechmann

 

The Captain, George Wilson was delighted to present the Captain's Tankard to Joe Richardson (Frilford Heath).

 

The Junior Manager, Jan Hubrecht was delighted to present the Boddington Trophy to Elliot Wills (Beaconsfield).

County Jottings

Monday 12th November 2012

For a round up of the latest news please....

For a copy of the November County Jottings please click HERE and for the August Edition HERE and for the May Edition click HERE 

Nike Futures Tour The Oxfordshire

Thursday 1st November 2012

Wins for Ross Hampshire (The Oxfordshire) in the U14s and Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) in the U12s in the last event of the year.

A first win of the year for Ross Hampshire from the home club and the 6th win of the year for Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) on an autumnal day at The Oxfordshire on 31st October. Despite Nick's record number of wins on the Nike Tour this year he was not able to overtake Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) in the Order of Merit. With Steven's 4 wins and 3 second place finishes on the Tour and his win in the Under 12s Championship, he just crept into the top spot finishing just over 3½ points ahead of Nick in the best 9 from 12 format. In the Under 14s Order of Merit an extremley close finish saw Zac Cooper (Harleyford), Elliot Wills (Beaconsfield) and Michael East (Burnham Beeches) all in with achance of taking the title. Michael just squeezed in by the narrowest of margins with Zac finishing second and Elliot in third place.

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above then on 'Previous Opens' then on 'Nike Futures Tour The Oxfordshire' for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result.

Click HERE for the final Order of Merit for the U14s

Michael East (Burnham Beeches) Nike Futures Tour U14s Order of Merit Winner

Click  HERE for the final Order of Merit for the U12s Order of Merit table.

Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) Nike Futures Tour U12s Order of Merit Winner

Southern Counties Foursomes

Tuesday 23rd October 2012

The County Seniors won the Foursomes Final at Sherborne on Monday 22nd October.

The County Seniors finished their season in style by winning the Southern Counties Seniors at Sherborne on 21st October. The four finalists from the Preliminary Rounds were BB&O, Suffolk, Gloucestershire and England County Seniors Champions - Hertfordshire. We were drawn to play Hertfordshire in the morning semi final and were determined to make up for our narrowest of defeats in the League and in the County Qualifying at Moor Park in June. Much discussion over dinner resulted in a change of our batting order as we tried to second guess the Hertfordshire strategy. They must have had the same thoughts as we ended up playing the same people - just in a different order!

As predicted we lost games 1 and 3 but compensated with good wins in games 2 and 4. It was all down to the last game and we went down the last 1 up. A half would be no good as the tie break formula would give Hertfordshire the win. Rod Crisp and Gilbert Runnicles were not looking too good after the tee shots, but a good recovery and excellent 3rd shot saw the reach the par 5 in regulation and 2 putts were good enough to win 1 up.

We took on Suffolk in the final after lunch and with the weather closing in we had to finish after 11 holes. We were well ahead and the end result was about right at 3½-1½. This was a fitting end to David Shaw's tenure as Seniors Manager and we thank him for all his hard work over the past 6 years.

For the Semi Final Result click HERE and for the Final Result click HERE

The Southern Counties Seniors Foursomes Champions 

Hillman Trophy Plate

Monday 22nd October 2012

Thorney Park beat Harewood Downs Artisans 5½-1½ in the Final at Burnham Beeches on 21st October.

Thorney Park overcame Harewood Downs Artisans in the Final of the Hillman Trophy Plate at Burnham Beeches on 21st October. Both teams were in their first Final but there were not many signs of nerves as the contest got underway. Most of the games went down to the wire but it was Thorney Park who got the better in the close matches and took the Trophy 5½-1½.

Thorney Park - Winners 2012

Harewood Downs Artisans - Runners Up 2012

The Final Result can be seen HERE and the full 2012 Hillman Trophy Plate Results can be seen HERE 

Hillman Trophy

Sunday 14th October 2012

Maidenhead won the Hillman Trophy for the 3rd time when they overcame Sonning 5-2 at Temple on 13th October.

Maidenhead got the better of Sonning in the Hillman Trophy Final at Temple on the 13th October. They got off to a flying start and soon had a 2 points advantage after winning the first 3 games but losing the 7th quite heavily. With Maidenhead dormie 4 in game 4 it was not long before they closed this one out to get the 4 points need for victory. With games 5 and 6 producing a win for both Clubs, the overall result was 5-2 to Maidenhead as they won the Trophy for the 3rd time having had success in 1993 and 1997. 

Maidenhead - Winners 2012

 

Sonning - Runners Up 2012

 The Final Result can be seen HERE and the full 2012 Hillman Trophy Results can be seen HERE

South East Seniors Championship

Thursday 27th September 2012

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) wins the Alan Hobson Trophy at Felixstowe Ferry.

David Niven won the England Golf South Eastern Seniors Championship at Felixstowe Ferry on 26th September. He led by 1 shot from John Ambridge, a recent England International, after an excellent 74 in terrible conditions. The second round was abandoned after torrential rain (makes a change in 2012) and theresult declared on the first round score. Dunan Forbes (Sonning), our President Elect, won his age group with an excellent round of 79.

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) - Alan Hobson Trophy

Order Of Merit

Saturday 22nd September 2012

What a finish to the 2012 Order of Merit. Jack Haines and Carl Corbin share the honours.

In a nail biting finish to the Order of Merit, 4 players were in with a chance at Harleyford on 21st September in the final event of the year. Going in to the Autumn Trophy, Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) held a 6½ point lead over Ashley Watkins (East Berkshire), a 7 point over Alex Lodge (East Berkshire) and an 8 point lead over Jack Haines (Buckinghamshire). Any number of permutations were possible but for any of the others to win, Carl had to finish outside the top 6 at least. With all the players in the last 2 groups in was not until the complete scores had been entered that it transpired that Carl and Jack had tied on 37½ points with Ashley in 3rd on 35 points and Alex 4th on 34½ points. With no rules in place for a countback to decide the winner the Trophy was awarded jointly to two outstanding players. For full results click HERE

Jack Haines (Buckinghamshire) and Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) - Order of Merit Winners

Autumn Trophy

Friday 21st September 2012

Jack Haines (Buckinghamshire) successfully defends the Autumn Trophy. Chris Little (Frilford Heath) was just one shot adrift.

Jack Haines (Buckinghamshire) successfully defended the Autumn Trophy over 28 holes at Harleyford on 21st September. Due to extreme slowness of play, with many groups taking between 4½ and 4¾ hours to complete 18 holes, the Committee decided that there was no chance of all the players finishing in daylight and therefore curtailed the second round to just 10 holes.  Chris Little (Frilford Heath) finished just one shot adrift and Marc Grimsey (Harewoods Downs) a futher shot back. For the full result click HERE

Jack Haines (Buckinghamshire) Autumn Trophy Winner

County v Essex

Monday 10th September 2012

Needing just a draw against Essex to be almost certain of winning the League, we came up ½ point short at Romford on 9th September.

Once again just ½ point could see the difference between winning a League and coming second. This time at Romford we got off to a poor start against Essex and trailed at lunch 1-3. Nonetheless we felt we could still pull off an escape and despite losing the first 3 games in the afternoon we were still in with a shout right until the end but we never quite closed it out. We can still win the League but must beat Hertfordshire in our re-arranged match at Brocket Hall on 23rd September. Any support would be welcome. Click HERE for the match result and HERE for the latest North of the Thames League positions and HERE for the final South of the Thames League positions.

The Team at Romford

Under 16s League

Thursday 30th August 2012

The Under 16s completed their League fixtures at Pavenham Park on 30th August. Two wins saw them win the League for the first time.

The Under 16s completed their season at Pavenham Park on 30th August with a whitewash of  Middlesex and a narrow victory over Bedfordshire. We win the League for the first time. Click HERE for the Middlesex result and HERE for the Hertfordshire result and HERE for the final League Table.

The Team at Pavenham Park

Nike Futures Tour Frilford Heath

Thursday 30th August 2012

Wins for John Gough (Stoke Park) in the U14s and another for Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) in the U12s at Frilford Heath on 30th August.

A win for John Gough (Stoke Park) in the Under 14s and yet another win for Nick Elmey (Drayron Park) in the Under 12s Nike Futures Tour at Frilford Heath on 30th August. Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above then on 'Previous Opens' then on 'Nike Futures Tour Frilford Heath' for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result. Click HERE for the up to date Order of Merit for the U14s and HERE for the U12s Order of Merit table.

 

Under 16s v Surrey

Tuesday 28th August 2012

The Under 16s took on Surrey at Huntercombe and enjoyed a good win.

The Under 16s took on Surrey in the annual match sponsored by 'The Mugs'. An excellent performance in the morning foursomes was followed up with a strong series of singles games and we eventually won 11-4. This makes the score 10-9 in our favour over the 19 years the match has been played.

The Team at Huntercombe

Under 14s League

Thursday 23rd August 2012

The Under 14s completed their season at Ashford Manor on 23rd August.

The Under 14s completed their season at Ashford Manor on 23rd August with a big win against Middlesex and a narrow victory over Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire win the League on game points difference. Click HERE for the Middlesex result and HERE for the Hertfordshire result and HERE for the final League Table 

Nike Futures Tour Goring & Streatley

Tuesday 21st August 2012

Zac Cooper (Harleyford) U14s and Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) U12s both win at Goring & Streatley in the latest Nike Futures Tour event.

Another win for Zac Cooper (Harleyford) in the Under 14s and yet another win for Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) in the Under 12s Nike Futures Tour at Goring & Streatley on 21st August. Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above then on 'Previous Opens' then on 'Nike Futures Tour Goring & Streatley' for the amalgamated Medal result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result. Click HERE for the up to date Order of Merit for the U14s and HERE for the U12s Order of Merit table.

 

 

Southern Counties Foursomes

Wednesday 15th August 2012

The Seniors enjoyed two good wins at Hockley to reach the Finals of this comeptition at Sherborne in October.

The Seniors played Surrey in the Semi Final on the morning of August 14th at Hockley GC near Winchester. We played well to achieve a 4½-½ win. The other Semi Final was between Hampshire and Sussex which Hampshire won 3-2. We looked forward to some revenge over Hampshire who beat us last year at Hankley Common and we were not disappointed as we won 4-1 in a series of tight games. We now go to the Finals at Sherborne in October to play the winners of the 3 other Group Sections. For the Morning Result click HERE and for the Afternoon Result click HERE ...................when available

The Team at Hockley

83rd Amateur Championship

Saturday 11th August 2012

Max Smith wins by one from 3 others in a very close finish at East Berkshire on 11th August.

The Amateur Championship has been won by Max Smith (Newbury Racecourse) in one of the tightest finishes in a number of years. Four players were all in with a chance coming into the 16th. Only Max (in the final group) was able to play the last 3 holes in level par. With a great second into 18 he could afford 2 putts from 10 feet to win the 83rd Championship. For full results click HERE.

 

Max Smith (Newbury Racecourse) Amateur Champion

Junior Championship

Monday 6th August 2012

Defending Champion David Langley held off a strong challenge from George Bell retain his title at Buckinghamshire on 6th August.

Defending Champion David Langley (Castle Royle) shot two rounds of 70 to finish 4 under par and beat George Bell (Stoke Park) to retain his title at Buckinghamshire on 6th August. Trailing by one after the morning round he had 4 birdies in the afternoon and could even afford to drop a shot at the last to become only the 6th player since 1954 to defend the title. Click HERE for full results.

David Langley - Junior Champion

Nike Futures Tour The Berkshire

Sunday 5th August 2012

Wins for Sam Bower (Burnham Beeches) and Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) at The Berkshire on 5th August.

A first win for Sam Bower (Burnham Beeches) in the Under 14s and another win  for Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) in the Under 12s Nike Futures Tour at The Berkshire on 5th August. Played around the Blue course the scoring in this Stableford competition was very good. Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above then on 'Previous Opens' then on 'Nike Futures Tour The Berkshire' for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result. Click HERE for the up to date Order of Merit for the U14s and HERE for the U12s Order of Merit table.

Douglas Johns Trophy

Friday 3rd August 2012

In the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs on 2nd August, Arrun Singh Brar just got the better of Harry Burt in extra holes.

Our 5th playoff in 8 years saw Arrun Singh Brar (Brockenhurst Manor) see off the challenge of Harry Burt (Wrekin) to win the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs on 2nd August. In tricky conditions, scoring was slightly higher than in previous years, but nevertheless Arrun held off to win from a big chasing pack of 4 who all finished 1 shot off the playoff. For full results click HERE 

 

Arrun Singh Brar - Douglas Johns Trophy Winner

Under 14s Championship

Wednesday 1st August 2012

Elliot Wills enjoyed a 2 shot win in the Under 14s Championship at Castle Royle on Tuesday 31st July.

Elliot Wills (Beaconsfield) scored a very impressive 74 around Castle Royle to win the Under 14s Championship on Monday 31st July. Michael East  and Sam Bower both from Burnham Beeches were just a couple back after their rounds of 76. For full results click HERE

 Elliot Wills - Under 14s Champion

Seniors v Hertfordshire

Monday 30th July 2012

Needing just a drawn match we fell agonisingly short by ½ a point at The Berkshire on 30th July.

A disappointing end to the League season with the narrowest of defeats to Hertfordshire on 30th July. Needing a drawn match to win the League we fell frustratingly short by just ½ a point. We were hoping for something from the first four games but got nothing. With the first three Hertfordshire players being very strong it strengthens the remainder of the team below them. Even so we did get four and a half out of the last six, but without at least a half from the first four games we didn't quite get there. We must now hope that Bedfordshire can somehow manage a draw against Hertfordshire. Against such strong opposition this looks highly unlikely.

The Team at The Berkshire

Penfold Trophy

Sunday 29th July 2012

Qualifying took place for the Amateur Championship at Burford on Saturday 28th. Gary Mumford (Woburn) won the Trophy by 5 clear shots

Gary Mumford (Woburn) was the runaway winner of the Penfold Trophy after a steady morning round of level par, he played superbly in the afternoon and returned a 5 under par 66 to finish 5 clear of clubmate George Wilson who finished level par for the day. 23 players gain entry into the Amateur Championship at East Berkshire next week and there are another 8 reserves. Click HERE for the full result.

 

Gary Mumford - Penfold Trophy Winner

Nike Futures Tour Donnington Grove

Wednesday 25th July 2012

Wins for Elliot Wills (Beaconsfield) in the U14s and Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) in the U12s on a very hot day at Donnington Grove.

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Donnington Grove', for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result. Click HERE for the up to date Order of Merit table for the U14s and HERE for the U12s Order of Merit table.

Seniors v Middlesex

Tuesday 24th July 2012

Another good win at Fulwell puts us at the top of the League Table.

A good win at Fulwell on a hot day (makes a change) now means that we need a draw against Hertfordshire next week to win the League. A good start, had us in the driving seat for most of the match and with just one loss in the first few games we were never really in trouble of losing and we closed out the match 7½-2½ For the North of the Thames League Tables click HERE

The Team at Fulwell

Under 12s Championship

Monday 23rd July 2012

A good win for Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) in the Under 12s Championship at Beaconsfield on 23rd July.

Steven Stanhope won the Under 12s Championship by 4 shots from Conor Gough at Beaconsfield on a glorious sunny day on Monday 23rd July. The course was still playing tough, with heavy rough after such a prolonged wet spell, so his score of 80 was a very creditible effort. For the full result click HERE

Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) Under 12 Champion

EG/SE County Qualifying

Saturday 14th July 2012

Yet another washout at Crowborough Beacon! I'm sure we are all getting really fed up with not being able to complete events.

I'm fed up

Yes, once again another weather affected event. This time, for the most important County Team event of the year. Play was abandoned for the day at 2.30pm. About 2/3 of the field had finished Round 1 but as a result was needed, it was decided that as after everyone had played 12 holes (3 players on each 9 holes), those cumulative gross scores would count. I'm afraid we were nowhere near in the final shake up. We had not performed very well at all and were not even close to Suffolk who go through to the English County Finals. Hope the weather stays fine for them! Click HERE for the Result

Match v Hertfordshire

Monday 9th July 2012

Our 1st Team match against Hertfordshire was abandoned due to a waterlogged course at Brocket Hall. We will arrange a new date.

Rain, rain, rain and then more rain!

Champion Club & Courage Trophy

Saturday 7th July 2012

Woburn win the Champion Club and Sam Whitehead the Courage Trophy at a rain sodden Stoke Park on 6th July

On another awful day of weather the Champion Club and Courage Trophy was reduced to an 18 hole tournament. Everyone was disappointed as Stoke Park was in stunning condition and was a real test off the Blue Championship tees. The players were all aware that in the event of the Championship being reduced to 18 holes, then all 3 scores would count to determine the Champion Club. With one 3 ball left on the course, Harewood Downs were leading on 15 over before Woburn's Sam Whitehead produced a great round of 2 under par 69 put them in the lead at 14 over par. Sam's round won him the Courage Trophy by a marigin of 2 from Harry Chapple from Calcot Park. Woburn will now go on to challenge for the England Champion Club title at Stoneham in September. Clich HERE for Champion Club scores and HERE for the Courage Trophy.

Woburn - Champion Club

Sam Whitehead, Andy Taylor & Ryan Thrussell

Sam Whitehead - Courage Trophy Winner

Order of Merit

Wednesday 4th July 2012

After the East Berks Stag we have joint leaders with Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) joining Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) at the top of the table.

For the up to date standings in the Order of Merit click HERE

Club Foursomes

Saturday 30th June 2012

Harewood Downs won both the Scratch and Handicap Championships at Heythrop Park on 29th June.

The team of George Bell and Paul Heselden had a terrific day at Heythrop Park on friday 29th June when they won both the Scratch and Handicap Club Foursomes Championships. Playing off a combined handicap of 2 they had an excellent round of 75 in the morning to share the lead with Alex Lodge and Ashley Watkins from East Berkshire in the Scratch Championship. Their nett 74 was just one behind first round joint leaders Bob Lucas and Brian Kelly from Sand Martins and Dan Scourfield and Nathan Gibbard from Bicester in the Handicap Championship. A fine found of 73 in the afternoon saw them open up a large lead in both events and they eventually finished 5 clear of the Gerrrads Cross pair of Craig Buttivant and Jake Haines in the Scratch Championship and 4 clear of Simon Hopkins and John Wilks from Burford in the Handicap Championship.

Click HERE for the Scratch Results and HERE for the Handicap Results and for the Overall Results click HERE

George Bell and Paul Heselden

Colts Championship

Saturday 16th June 2012

Paul Raines (Winter Hill) just edges out Adam Batty (Hazlemere) to take the Colts Championship at The Lambourne on 15th June.

Paul Raines (Winter Hill) won Colts Championship at The Lambourne on 15th June. In very difficult conditions his score of 3 over par was an excellent effort and he just got the better of Adam Batty (Hazlemere) who was 2 shots back as he finished runner-up for the second year in a row. Alex Lodge (East Berkshire) finished 3rd on 152. For the full Result click HERE

Paul Raines (Winter Hill) 

Mid Age Championship

Friday 15th June 2012

Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) won the Mid Age Championship at The Lambourne on 15th June by 4 shots from Nick Scrutton.

Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) enjoyed a 4 shot margin from  Nick Scrutton (Castle Royle)  to take the Mid Age Championship at The Lambourne on 15th June. His scores of 71 and 74 were  exceptional on a really difficult day and his 3 under par outward half in the afternoon gave him a comfortable lead that he never relinquished. For the full Result click HERE

 

Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park)

Seniors v Bedfordshire

Monday 11th June 2012

A near perfect result at The Bedford giving us a healthy lead in the League.

A resounding and well earned victory in atrocious cold, windy and wet June weather conditions. With two matches remaining the aim is to retain our current first place in the standings and set ourselves up for the League decider.

The Team at The Bedford - Nobody wanted to go outside!

Nike Futures Tour Hadden Hill

Saturday 9th June 2012

Wins for Damien Hewitt (Castle Royle) in the U14s and Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) in the U12s on a horrible day last Friday.

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park', for the amalgamated Medal result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result

County v Middlesex

Monday 4th June 2012

Another good win at Heythrop Park on Sunday 3rd June.

Wet and horrible conditions were the order of the day at Heythrop Park on Sunday 3rd June as we played our second League Match against Middlesex. A great morning with a clean sweep in the foursomes and despite a few early losses we held on at the end and finished with a 9-3 win. Three players were awarded their County Colours after making 5 League appearances. Ashley Watkins (East Berkshire) Joe Richardson (Frilford Heath) and Ollie Tite (Witney Lakes). Well done to all three.

Ashley Watkins, Joe Richardson and Ollie Tite wearing their County Colours

Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park

Monday 28th May 2012

A win for Alex Nicholls (Goring & Streatley) in the U14s and a best of the day round for Steven Stanhope (Frilford Heath) won him the U12s Trophy

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Badgemore Park', for the amalgamated Medal result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result.

County v Bedfordshire

Sunday 27th May 2012

A comprehensive win at Heythrop Park gets the 1st Team up and running for the League season

A convincing 10½-1½ victory aginst Bedfordshire at Heythrop Park on 27th May saw us get off to the best possible start for the season. Taking the foursomes 3½-½ gave us a comfortable margin at lunchtime and with 4 wins in the first 5 afternoon singles games, the result was confirmed. With 2 more wins and a half we gained a healthy 'game point' score which may come in handy at the end of the season should the League be tied.

Andrew Lynch (Stoke Park) received his County Colours from George Wilson after making 5 League and South East Group appearances

 

Seniors v Essex

Monday 21st May 2012

A good start to the season with a big win over Essex

The Seniors got off to a great start to the season with an emphatic win against Essex on 21st May at Maidenhead. Excellent performances from the 'youngsters' were backed up by solid play from the 'the old guard' to ensure a comfortable win.

Order of Merit

Thursday 17th May 2012

The second OOM event was played at Castle Royle G&CC on 16th May.

A great win for Carl Corbin (Wokefield Park) after a playoff with Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) in the second event of the season. They both finished on 5 under par 1 shot ahead of David Langley from the home club. For the OOM table click HERE

Seniors' Championship

Wednesday 16th May 2012

Bob Lander (The Lambourne) takes the Seniors' Championship at his first attempt at Denham GC on 14th/15th May.

Bob Lander (The Lambourne) won the Seniors' Championship at Denham GC on 14th/15th May by 5 shots from David Niven (Newbury & Crookham). His exceptional round of 70 on the second day saw him leave the field in his wake after 2 days of extremely testing weather conditions. Click HERE for the full result and HERE for the Team scores.

Bob Lander receives the Seniors' Trophy from Max Kaye.

The Age Group Winners were David Niven, Gregor Brown (Frilford Heath), Chris Osborne (Temple) and David (not so) Young (Denham).

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham)

Gregor Brown (Frilford Heath)

Chris Osborne (Temple)

David Young (Denham)

Nike Futures Tour Sunningdale Ladies

Monday 7th May 2012

Another win for Zac Cooper (Harleyford) in the Under 14s and a terrific result for Harrison Arnold (Blue Mountain) in taking the Under 12s Trophy.

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Sunningdale Ladies', for the amalgamated Medal result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result.

Open Champion

Friday 4th May 2012

Save your money the Open Championship has been won

Due to the current economic climate it has been decided by the R&A to save everyone a lot of time and money and to change the format of the Championship this year. This year's Champion, with (just) an Active Handicap, blitzed the field with an impressive 144 stableford points over the 72 holes with just 6 blobs, on the demanding Hunstanton pitch and putt. Tigger was tied for second but had 7 flobs and lost on countback. Luke and Rory were left in the shade - it was quite sunny though. Colin was grumpy and Lee couldn't putt. If only he had my short game!

Nike Futures Tour Temple

Friday 13th April 2012

A win for Zac Cooper(Harleyford) in the U14s and in the U12s James Duffy (Castle Royle) took first place.

 

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Temple', for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result.

Junior Champion Club

Thursday 12th April 2012

23 teams contested the Junior Champion Club event at North Oxford on 11th April. Shrivenham Park won by 5 shots

Shrivenham Park - Junior Champion Club

An excellent turnout of 23 Clubs contested the Junior Champion Club event at North Oxford on 11th April. Some fantastic scoring from a number of players resulted in a very close run contest until the 3rd member of the Shrivenham Park team - Callum Jeffries -  produced a stunning round of net 59that helped his team leapfrog the field to win by 5 shots from Frilford Heath with 3 other clubs just 1 shot further back. Shrivenham PArk now go on to represent BB&O at the England Golf final at Woodhall Spa in August. We hope they can emulate Hadden Hill who won the final in 2004. Click HERE for the full result and HERE for the Individual scores

Nike Futures Tour Caversham Heath

Friday 6th April 2012

Wins for Michael East (Burnham Beeches) and Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) in the Under 14s and Under 12s respectively

Click on 'Competitions' in the Menu above, then on 'Previous Opens' then 'Nike Futures Tour Caversham Heath', for the amalgamated Stableford result and HERE for the Under 14s Scratch Result and HERE for the Under 12s Scratch Result

Annual Council Meeting

Friday 30th March 2012

Some 54 delegates attended the Annual Council Meeting at Maidenhead GC on 29th March.

Chris Wilkes and Peter Frost

The Annual Council Meeting was held at Maidenhead GC on Thursday 29th March. The business side of the meeting comprises the reports from the Team Mangagers and the approval of the Accounts and nomination of Officers.

Duncan Forbes (Sonning) was elected as President-Elect and will take office in 2013. Peter Phillips (Henley) was appointed a Life Vice President for his work in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the Junior teams. Charles Tennant (Reading) was similarly honoured for his 8 years of work as the Championship Chairman. Most of the 'Any Other Business' focused on the effect of the current water shortage on Golf Clubs.

On a glorious Spring afternoon the first 'Major' of the year took place with Peter Frost and Chris Wilkes of Buckingham edging out the Executive Committee duo of Mike Partridge and David Cowap to claim the spoils.

1st Team Training Headquarters

Friday 16th March 2012

We are pleased to announce that the County 1st Team will continue to use the Heythrop Park Resort facilities for our coaching needs.

After a couple of successive Winter Coaching programmes we are pleased to announce that we will continue to use Heythrop Park Resort as our 1st Team Coaching Headquarters. With excellent practice, coaching and fitness facilties and good support from the Club it was an easy decision for the new Captain, George Wilson, to make. The Club have also embarked on a Junior Academy programme - details of which can be found HERE

County Card 2012

Monday 12th March 2012

County Cards are being despatched this week. The on-line purchase option is open or you can send in an application form and cheque. Follow the links in the County Card Menu above.

Stoke Park - one of the latest additions to the County Card Scheme 

There are now over 1,250 clubs to play at.

County Card Poster

Annual Dinner

Tuesday 6th March 2012

Our 50th Annual Dinner was held at The Blue Mountain Golf Centre on 5th March.

The 50th Annual Dinner was held at the Blue Mountain Golf Centre on 5th March. The Toast to the County Union was proposed by Paul Baxter, President of England Golf. Max Kaye responded and Toasted the Guests. Alistair Low, Captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, replied on behalf of the guests and the evening was rounded off by Bob 'The Cat' Bevan MBE who had everyone in stitches.

 

Left to Right: Max Kaye, Paul Baxter, Bob 'The Cat' Bevan and Alistair Low

 

Andrew Lynch (Stoke Park) was presented with the Captain's Tankard by outgoing Captain - Malcolm Reid

Max Nicholls (Newbury Racecourse) was awarded the Boddington Trophy for the most improved Junior Golfer in BB&O in 2011.

Jan Hubrecht made the presentation

Junior Elite v Wellington College

Saturday 3rd March 2012

An excellent draw for the Elite Squad at Wellington College on 3rd March. Next Match away to Hampshire at Meon Valley on 1st April.

For the Result Click HERE For the Report Click HERE

Nike Sponsorship

Monday 9th January 2012

The Nike Golf Futures Tour Registration and Entry Forms are now available.

Please click on the 'Junior Section' part of the Menu above then click on the 'Futures Tour'  Sub Menu to see more details.

We pleased that Nike Golf have agreed to sponsor our U12/U14 Futures Tour in 2012. They will be providing prizes for all the events in the schedule as well as supporting the cost of the clothing for the 'Futures Tour' boys. They will also be the providers of the 'Official' golf ball for the Under 14 and Under 16 teams playing in the Home Counties League in 2012 and will also provide a range of products to our 1st Team Squad. We thank them for their support and hope we can win a few things this year.

 

 

Fixtures 2012

Tuesday 13th December 2011

Most fixtures can be found in the 'Diary' menu option above. A PDF version is also available here.

Can you win as much as our Boys Champion of 1993 and Amateur Champion of 1997 and 1998 ??

Fixtures 2012

County Jottings

Tuesday 13th December 2011

All three 2011 Editions are available here for download.

EGU/EWGA Merger

Wednesday 16th November 2011

The Merger of the EGU & EWGA has been approved by the Voting Members today. More details will follow.

The merger of the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) was approved today (16 November 2011) at simultaneous general meetings of both organisations.

The merger will come into effect on 1 January 2012 and will create England Golf, one national governing body to represent all amateur golfers in England.

The merger proposal was approved by 86 per cent of the voting members of the EGU, meeting at its headquarters in Woodhall Spa; and by 100 per cent of the voting members of the EWGA, meeting at the National Motor Cycle Museum at Solihull. Both organisations had to approve the proposal by a majority of at least 75 per cent for it to be successful.

The decision was immediately hailed as a triumph for golf and a vital step forward for the game. Nigel Evans, Chairman EGU and Sylvia Perrins, Interim Chairman EWGA said: “This merger is in the best interests of golf and we are delighted that it has been given overwhelming support by our members. We look forward to a new era and to realising our vision for the future. “England Golf will speak with one voice and send out the powerful, modern message that golf is a game for all, for men and women, boys and girls.

“A unified organisation, which promotes both the men’s and women’s game, will be more attractive to new golfers, will help us to grow the game, will be more appealing to commercial partners and sponsors and will mean we can be more cost effective.”

The merger vote followed a long period of consultation and preparation, which began in 2009 when a steering group was formed of members of both organisations.

Following lengthy discussions, and the involvement of ten working groups, the proposal was produced and ratified by the Boards of both organisations before being put to the voting members.

Key points of the merger

• The headquarters of England Golf will initially be at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa. The EWGA offices in Edgbaston will continue in use until at
least October 2012.

• The counties will continue to be the voting members. Counties will be encouraged to merge their Unions and Associations, but this will not be
mandatory.

• The Board of England Golf will initially include 10 stakeholder non-executive directors, six nominated by the EGU and four women nominated by the EWGA. One of these 10 will be nominated as Chairman.

• The first sole President of England Golf will be a woman. The President will be supported by the immediate Past President and the President-Elect. One of
these three will always be a woman.

• Club golf will go on, from day-to-day, as it does now, but members will benefit from the positive perceptions created by the merger and by the better
support available for clubs.

• All the championships and tournaments currently run by the EWGA and the EGU will continue.

• The regional and group structures of the two organisations will continue to run competitions. The decision-making role of the EWGA regional committees will end.

• Affiliation fees for men and women will be harmonised and will be equal by 1 January 2014. Women will continue to pay an additional subscription to the
Ladies Golf Union.

Fuller's Sponsorship

Monday 7th November 2011

We are pleased to announce that Fuller's London Pride will sponsor our Men's Championships and Trophy Events in 2012

I am pleased to announce that Fuller's London Pride will continue to be the sponsors of and the 'Official Beer' of the BB&O Championship and Trophy events. Needless to say this will not include our Junior events and we thank Fuller's for their continued support.

 

Fuller's Steward of the Year

Monday 24th October 2011

Buckingham’s Scott Parker crowned London Pride EGU Steward of the Year

Picture from left to right - David Spencer, Brands Marketing Manager, Fuller's, Scott Parker, London Pride EGU Steward of the Year 2011 and Craig Wagstaff, English Golf Union Finance Director. Copyright Ben Fisher.

Scott Parker, Steward at Buckingham Golf Club has been named The London Pride EGU Steward of the year 2011. He was declared the winner and presented with his prizes at a special end-of-season lunch, hosted by Fuller’s Beer Company at The Counting House in the City of London. “I’m speechless,” he said. “This is unbelievable. Listening to the quality of the other regional winners, I thought they had more credence for winning than me.”
 
A panel comprising of Fuller’s and EGU officials as well as the 2010 winner Andy Shaw from Southport Old Links Golf Club voted for Scott, the South East Regional winner ahead of the other successful regional stewards, Yvonne James from Rugby Golf Club, representing the Midlands, John O’Donoghue from Portmore Golf Park, the South West winner and Simon Ward, Wilmslow Golf Club, representing the North.
 
“I can’t thank everyone at the club enough for their support and encouragement,” added 40 year old Parker. “Two years ago I was out of work and doing a part-time job in a pub. Then a Past Captain of Buckingham said there was a job going that I might like and that was that”. Watched by his smiling fiancee Kelly, Parker added: “The club gave me a massive opportunity and it has led to this. I can’t believe it.” 
 
The London Pride EGU Steward of the Year is a joint initiative run by the English Golf Union (EGU) and Fuller’s London Pride and aims to reward the steward providing the most outstanding service and welcoming experience for the golfer at the 19th hole. Now in its fifth year, the competition has received a record number of initial nominations, with standards of candidates exceptional, making judging harder than ever. The final candidates were judged on their level of commitment, as well as their innovation and standard of service and presentation.
 
In review of Scott’s achievements, the Judges remarked, “It is clear what an asset Scott is to Buckingham Golf Club. The atmosphere created by him and his team is so welcoming to everyone involved or visiting the club, with many of the members coming to consider themselves as not just customers, but friends as well. "Not only this, but it is unmistakable how committed, dedicated and passionate he is about every aspect of his work, with welcoming words and humble attitude nothing is too much trouble and this is why we are delighted to be awarding Scott as the London Pride EGU Steward of the Year 2011."  In addition to his trophy, Scott takes away with him two tickets for a day’s play at a Lord’s Test Match, with two nights accommodation at a Fuller’s hotel.
 
David Spencer, Brands Marketing Manager for Fuller's London Pride, said: “Fuller's London Pride and the English Golf Union have been working together for five years on the Gold Medal, Winter Warmers and the Steward of the Year award and it’s all about high standard, quality and service with a smile that makes people want to come back. "We're delighted to see the standards of the competition getting higher and higher each year and the event becoming more popular with the number of clubs involved increasing by 50%.”
 
Craig Wagstaff, Finance Director of the EGU, added: “This award is all about someone who makes a difference at the 19th hole. There are some extraordinary men and women behind the bars at clubs and Fullers and the EGU congratulate everyone that has been nominated this year. “It is a rewarding and mutually pleasant arrangement we have with Fuller's and we are extremely grateful in the current economic climate to have them on board”.
 
The London Pride EGU Steward of the Year is part of a five year partnership between Fuller’s London Pride and the EGU to support clubs and members throughout the country and recognise the importance of amateur golf in the development of the game as a whole.

Hillman Trophy Plate

Sunday 23rd October 2011

The Final was played at Goring & Streatley on 23rd October with Reading getting the better of West Berkshire 5-2

The result of the Final can be seen HERE. The full draw for 2011 can be seen HERE

 

Reading - Winners 2011

 

West Berkshire - Runners up 2011

Half Year Council Meeting

Wednesday 19th October 2011

The Half Yearly Council Meeting was held at East Berskhire on 19th October.

The Half Yearly Council Meeting was held at East Berkshire GC on 19th Ocotber. There was a good audience of nearly 60 to hear the EGU CEO - John Petrie - give a presentation on the proposed merger between The English Golf Union and The English Women's Golf Association. He outlined the benefits of the proposed merger and answered a number of questions from the floor. The President then asked those present if they were in favour of merger. The Clubs  represented were unanimoulsy in favour of merger. The Secretary/Treasurer advised, at the end of the meeting, that he had also received 38 positive responses, 2 abstensions and one not in favour, from those Clubs who had sent apologies for non attendance. He also advised that the Executive Committee, 2 weeks earlier, had also supported the merger and in conclusion it was apparent that the President, as BB&O Voting Member, should vote in favour of the proposal at Woodhall Spa on 16th November. Once again the Club Represenatives present, endorsed this action.

The rest of the business of the Meeting was dealt with and then an excellent lunch was provided by the host Club and a number went out to play the Greensomes Foursomes competition, which was won by Peter Smith and Derek Andrews from Donnington Valley.

 

Peter Smith & Derek Andrews

Hillman Trophy

Monday 17th October 2011

The Final was played on 16th October on the Blue Course at Frilford Heath, with Mill Ride just beating Studley Wood after extra holes.

The Final was played on a lovely Autumnal day at Frilford Heath on 16th October. In a very closely fought match, the result was 3½ points each after all the games had finished. Game 4 then went into extra holes and Mill Ride won the 1st to take the Trophy for the first time having been Runners Up in 1993.

The result of the Final can be seen HERE. The full draw for 2011 can be seen HERE.

Mill Ride  - Winners 2011

Studley Wood - Runners Up 2011

Tim Clutterbuck

Tuesday 27th September 2011

I am very sad to report that Tim passed away yesterday after a long illness. Tim was President from 2003/2004. Click 'Read More' for funeral arrangements.

Tim's funeral will take place at Chilterns Crematorium on Tuesday 4th October at 10.45 am. The address is Whielden Lane, Amersham. HP7 0ND

Order of Merit

Saturday 24th September 2011

Sandy Bolton (Frilford Heath) wins the Order of Merit Trophy

After a long season Sandy Bolton (Frilford Heath) just got the better of 4 time winner Ashley Walton to win Order of Merit Trophy. His joint second place in the Autumn Trophy at Flackwell Heath was good enough secure the title having been runner up to Ashley for the last 2 seasons. He needed a near record score to achieve his goal and we look forward to another battle next year. Click HERE for the final rankings.

Sandy Bolton (Frilford Heath) 

Autumn Trophy

Friday 23rd September 2011

Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) won the final competition of the year by 1 shot from Sandy Bolton & Daniel Caton

Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross) produced 2 excellent rounds of golf to win the Autumn Trophy at Flackwell Heath on 23rd September. His rounds of 71 and 69, giving him a 2 under par total, were just good enough to edge out Sandy Bolton (Frilford Heath) and Daniel Caton (Burnham Beeches). We had a record field for this event and everyone thought the course was in excellent condition, especially the greens and we were blessed with almost perfect weather for the day. A good end to a busy season. Click HERE for full results.

Jack Haines (Gerrards Cross)

County v Middlesex

Sunday 11th September 2011

A good win at Stanmore, but not good enough to win the League.

We had a good win at Stanmore against Middlesex on 10th September. Needing to win by 9-3 to win the League we got off to a great start and ought to have won the foursomes 4-0. Unfortunatley that turned into 3-1 and left us a huge task to win 6 of 8 games in the afternoon. At one point in looked possible but it wasn't to be and we shared the afternoon singles 4-4. Luke Williams (Donnington Grove) played his 5th League match and was awarded his 'colours' by the outgoing Captain - Malcolm Reid - who has done a great job over the past few years; but has had to settle for 2nd place in the League each season.

The Team at Stanmore

Luke Williams

Junior Order of Merit

Thursday 8th September 2011

Chris Aubrey(Caversham Heath) runs away with the Order of Merit

Chris Aubrey (Caversham Heath) had a terrific run in the first 3 weeks of the JOOM season and won by 18¼ points from Junior Champion, David Langley (Castle Royle) with Matt Milligan (Sand Martins) in 3rd place. Click HERE for the full results.

Chris Aubrey (Caversham Heath)

County Jottings

Saturday 27th August 2011

A round up of the latest news

The August 2011 copy of can be found by clicking HERE. Copies have been sent to all Clubs. For the May 2011 copy click HERE.

John Kemp receives the Amateur Championship Trophy from Max Kaye 

Under 14s Championship

Monday 22nd August 2011

Chris Little (Frilford Heath) successfully defends his Under 14s Title.

Chris Little (Frilford Heath) successfully defended his Under 14s Title at Castle Royle on 22nd August. In a close run contest he just held off David Evans on countback after an excellent back 9 of 1 under par. David Bart (Burnham Beeches) was another shot back in third place. Clich HERE for the Results. 

 Chris Little (Frilford Heath)

County v Bedfordshire

Sunday 21st August 2011

A strong performance from a young team in beating Bedfordshire.

We went to Dunstable Downs on Sunday 21st for our third League match of the season. A must win situation otherwise we had no hope of winning the League. We got off to a great start taking the foursomes 3-1 and kept up the good work in the afternoon to win the singles 5-3 and the match 8-4. Hertfordshire were playing Essex on the same day and had the same 8-4 result. We must win our match against Middlesex on 10th September by 9-3 to win the League.

 The Team at Dunstable Downs

EGU South East Junior Foursomes

Friday 19th August 2011

BB&O win the Junior Foursomes at Sudbury

The BB&O Junior team of Josh Stanners (Hazlemere), George Bell (Harewood Downs), Luke Fitzpatrick (Stoke Park), James Foster (Newbury & Crookham), David Langley (Castle Royle), Matt Milligan (Sand Martins) and Jordan Williams (Frilford Heath) won the rain affected Junior Foursones at Sudbury on the 18th & 19th August.

Leading after 3 round of the round robin format, torrential rain flooded the course on the Thursday afternoon and play was suspended after just a few holes of the final matches. We were playing the bottom two sides and were confident of getting our hands on the Trophy as no one could catch us if we won these 2 matches. The Championshop Committee took the view that as the forecast was for more torrential rain (as it transpired) that the Title would be decided on the positions at lunchtime. This gave us our first win in this since 2006 and both the Manager, Chris Wilde and Coach Matt Woods were delighted with all the players perfomances. Click HERE for final placings. Go to the Results tab to find individual County results under the EGU South East section. 

 

The Team at Sudbury

Amateur Championship

Saturday 6th August 2011

John Kemp wins the Amateur Championship by 8 shots at Sonning.

John Kemp (Woburn) had an emphatic win at Sonning in the 82nd Amateur Championship. After many years as a Bedfordshire player, John moved to become qualified for BB&O last year. His 11 under par total for 4 rounds was 8 better than his nearest rivals. Lindsey-Ben Woolford also from Woburn just edged out Andrew Lynch (Syoke Park) on countback to take the runners-up spot. Altogether 21 players made the cut for the final day at 3 over par. Click HERE for the results.

John Kemp (Woburn)

Junior Championship

Monday 1st August 2011

David Langley wins the Junior Championship at Buckinghamshire

David Langley of Castle Royle added a 2 under par 70 to his morning 71 to win the Junior Championship by 2 shots from James Foster (Newbury & Crookham) with Dean Marshall (Stoke Park) in third place. Sam Brass (Castle Royle) won the Under 16s title by just 1 shot from Tom Butterworth (Harewood Downs). Tom's elder brothr James finished 4th in the overall Championship and his net 135 saw him take the Handicap Trophy. Click HERE for the results.

 

David Langley (Castle Royle)

 

Sam Brass (Castle Royle) Under 16s

James Butterworth (Harewood Downs)

Douglas Johns Trophy

Thursday 28th July 2011

Jordan Boulton (Notts) wins the Under 15 Championship at Harewood Downs

60 players from as far afield as St Mellion and Aberdeen contested the Douglas Johns Trophy at Harewood Downs on 28th July. Jordon Boulton from Notts had two good rounds to finish on 1 under par just edging out Haydn McCullen from Delamere Forest by 1 shot with Marco Penge from Worthing in third spot. Click HERE for the results.

 

Jordan Boulton (Notts)

Under 12s Championship

Monday 25th July 2011

Nick Elmey (Drayton Park) wins the Under 12s Championship at Beaconsfield

Nick Elmey from Drayton Park had an excellent round of 76 to win the Under 12s Championship at Beaconsfield on 25th July. John Gough (Stoke Park) was second with Harry Bowness (Newbury & Crookham) in third place. Click HERE For the results.

 

Nick Elmey (Drayton Park)

Penfold Trophy

Saturday 16th July 2011

Amateur Championship - Penfold Trophy Results

At a very wet Tadmarton Heath on 16th July Paul Heselden came out top of the Amateur Championship qualifier hopefuls with a great round of 69. The Trophy Committee deemed that conditions were so poor and the players so wet that it would be better to abandon the afternoon round and take the qualifiers based on the first round scores. There were few, if any, dissenters amongst the players. Clich HERE for the results.

Paul Heselden (Harewood Downs)


Champion Club & Courage Trophy

Saturday 2nd July 2011

Castle Royle retain their Champion Club Title

Castle Royle, represented by David Langley, Tom Wilde and James Murphy retained their title at Woburn on The Dukes Course by 4 shots from Frilford Heath. Tom Wilde's rounds of 74 and 68 gave him a 7 shot margin over Sandy Bolton from Frilford Heath in the Courage Trophy. Click HERE for the Champion Club results and HERE for the Courage Trophy result.

 

 

David Langley & Tom Wilde (James Murphy absent)

 

Tom Wilde (Castle Royle) receives the Courage Trophy from Max Kaye (President)

Club Foursomes

Monday 27th June 2011

Result

Congratulations to Tom Wilde and Nick Scrutton from Castle Royle who won the Scratch Foursomes with two excellent rounds to finish on 145 - 3 ahead of Jamie Cook & Ollie Tite from Witney Lakes. Gareth Clarke and Mark Browning from Donnington Valley took the Handicap Foursomes title by one shot from Neil Clayton and David Thomson also from Witney Lakes. Click HERE for the result

 

Tom Wilde & Nick Scrutton

 Mark Browning & Gareth Clarke

County v Hertfordshire

Sunday 26th June 2011

A good win against Hertfordshire on a hot day at Heythrop Park

The County enjoyed a good win against Herfordshire at Heythrop Park on Sunday 26th June. On a scorchingly hot day it was a real test of stamina for all the players walking the 7,100 yard course plus the long walks between tees twice in a day. We got off to a great start in the morning foursomes taking those 3½-½. This left us in a comfortable position for the afternoon singles and wins from debutante Andrew Lynch, Tom Wilde, and the 2 Ashleys gave us a 7½-4½ victory.

The Team at Heythrop Park on a foggy morning before the sun beat down.

Colts & Mid Age Championship

Sunday 12th June 2011

Mathew Johnson wins the Colts Championship and James Cook wins the Mid Age Championship.

Mathew Johnson (Chipping Norton)

After a very long day at Heythrop Park on 10th June, defending Champion Mathew Johnson (Chipping Norton) won the Colts Championship after posting an excellent 73 in the afternoon to take the title by just 1 shot from Adam Batty (Hazlemere) and Dean Wright (Cavesham Heath). Dean's net 148 enabled him to win the Busby Bowl by 1 shot from Alex Lodge (East Berkshire). For full Results click HERE

Dean Wright (Caversham Heath)

In the Mid Age Championship, James Cook (Witney Lakes) had 2 excellent scores of 73 to win by 4 shots from Ashley Walton (Frilford Heath) who had the distinction of setting the new course record in the morning. Third place went to Mark Browning (Donnington Valley). For full Results click HERE

James Cook (Witney Lakes)



Seniors Championship

Tuesday 10th May 2011

Hugh Maurice (The Berkshire) holds on to beat David Lane (Goring & Streatley) by one shot

Click HERE for full result

 

 

 

 

 

Junior Champion Club

Tuesday 19th April 2011

Royal Ascot win Junior Champion Club

Once again we had a nail biting finish to the Junior Champion Club event at Drayton Park on 18th April.

The Drayton Park team went out first and for 2 hours looked certain winners. Royal Ascot, who were last out then came in with two incredible net scores to run away with the Championship. We wish them well in the EGU final at Woodhall Spa in August. Full scores can be found here

The Royal Ascot Team

Under 14s Championship

Wednesday 27th October 2010

On a cold, wet and miserable day at Hadden Hill...

On a cold, wet and miserable day at Hadden Hill on 26th October, 36 boys contested the Under 14s Championship. Most adults would have stayed indoors but not these enthusiastic lads! With good scoring very difficult, it was just a question of who could make the least mistakes and it was Chris Little (Frilford Heath) who took the honours from Jamie Smith (Easthampstead) by 2 shots with Adam Dewji in 3rd place.

Chris Little (Frilford Heath)





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