The Christmas Box & AGM meeting was held at Braintree GC on 30th November.
The freezing weather didnít deter Tony Medland as he continued his improvement, recording
an excellent 33 points to just edge out Steve Steels by one point. Lee Bryant and Trevor Fuller
were a further point back in 3rd and 4th respectively. Thanks to everyone who turned out on a
bitter day and we now look forward to 2018. Merry Christmas to you all.
AGM highlights: 2018 Captain-Allan Chappell, VC-Mike Jones. The three singles
Stableford competitions, currently 27 holes, to be separate 9 holes morning competitions.
Our final summer meeting and prize presentation day was held at Gosfield Lake on 27th September.
With calm weather and reasonable course conditions, Tony Medland continued his rich vein of form
with a double win in the 27-hole Hankins Cup Stableford and 18-hole Sharp-Grant Medal.
His 61 points was 11 too good for both Chris Flack and Steve Steels and a net 67 took care
of the Medal, 4 shots ahead of once again Chris Flack.
Lee Bryant did enough to hold on to his lead in the Order of Merit and two good finishes for the
aforementioned Chris Flack edged him into 2nd place for a well-deserved Golden Jubilee Cup.
In this yearís Portal/Walker/Newport Cup event at Richings Park, Iver, the GWR Society put out a strong
team and came away with two of the three trophies, narrowly missing out on the clean sweep.
Our boys gave it their all, performing very well, coming up just short in all three competitions.
For a detailed report please click this link GWR G.S.
The third running of the John Sutton Masters was held at his home course of Brentwood on 17th August.
Only two players managed to better the course in this 27-hole Bogey competition.
Tony Medland put in an excellent performance morning and afternoon to retain his trophy on +4.
Back to form Mike Jones ran him close with a very respectable +2 and three others, Nigel Warder,
Malcolm Rowe and Ian Voller all carded a level 0.
With good weather, a course in great condition and above average catering, it was a very enjoyable day.
A first visit since 2007 to the well-respected Toot Hill was the venue for our fourth meeting of the season.
The course was in excellent condition and with catering up there with the best, it was a great day.
We were playing for the Ken Britton trophy and owing to the course layout, this was a Stableford over
30 holes. Even an afternoon cloudburst couldnít stop Lee Bryant and a self-declared best-ever round
returned a magnificent 67 points and a 10 point winning margin over John George.
Malcolm Rowe and Chris Nelson returned to form and carded 56 and 54 points respectively.
Wyboston Lakes welcomed us on the hottest day of the year so far for our third meeting.
A slightly disappointing turn out did not diminish the competitiveness of the day and Kevin Riley
was definitely up to the task recording an excellent 60 points over the 27 holes in the Ken Bird Memorial Cup.
Local resident, Chris Flack, was second on 55 points, closely followed by Dave Randell and
Dave Winning on 54. Chris took his revenge in the Chairmanís Pairs with partner Dave Randell
returning a combined score of 71 points over the afternoon 18. They enjoyed a 5 shot margin
over singles winner Kevin and partner Julie Price.
The seaside course at Clacton welcomed us on a damp and drizzly morning for our second meeting of the year.
Despite the conditions, Dave Randell took it all in his stride and played some great golf.
An average morning 9 holes was coupled with an excellent afternoon net 66 and 44 points to
take both the Aldersbrook Cup and Newton Cup in fine style. Dave can look forward to 4 shot reduction
on his next outing. Lee Bryant was unlucky to be runner-up in both competitions despite returning
a net 70 and 56 points. Great conditions, superb catering, return soon.
Dave Randell (26) v Kevin Riley (24)
Trevor Fuller (11) v Chris Leggett (11)
John George (12) v Julian Curtis (28)
Mike Jones (20) v Tony Medland (18)
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The start of the 2017 season brought a return to Stapleford Abbotts, the first since 2010.
Despite being late April, it was cold and windy and this was reflected in the high scores.
Last yearís Captain, Tony Medland made light of this and posted a net level par 72 for a 7 shot win.
Countback decided the runner-up spot with Steve Steels, Chris Flack and Mike Jones all with 79s.
The afternoon Stratford Pairs Greensome went the way of Trevor Fuller and Dave Randell with an
excellent 37 points, comfortably holding off Mike Jones and Julian Curtis on 33.