Captains Newsletter August 2019

15th August 2019


Dear Hazards


Since my newsletter in early May, I have had much pleasure from meeting many Hazards at our meetings and can report on the Summer so far.

Our meeting at Walton Heath was immediately prior the USA Open qualifier this year.  The meeting was attended by 40 Hazards. The courses were in excellent condition and the scoring very good. Mike Roden won the morning singles (white tees) with 36 points from Malcolm Thomas with 35 points.  The Presidents Putter (yellow tees) was won by Richard Pinder. After a two-hour break for lunch of good food and copious quantities of refreshing liquid the afternoon foursomes were won by Peter Dyson and his guest, Andy Chew from Ashridge, with 41 points well ahead of Nick Hayes and his guest David Lewis from Beaconsfield GC, with 37 points.

The Alba Trophy was played on June 1st at Woking with the Hazards team of Richard Willacy and Alan Carpenter finishing in the middle of the field.

The Captains weekend at Porthcawl was enjoyed by 18 Hazards and two extra players drafted in at the last minute to balance the numbers, Dugald Patten (Rye) and Rhodri Thomas (Gog Magog). Both Dugald and Rhodri were invited to join the Hazards and I am delighted that they are now both fully-fledged members.  Friendly golf was enjoyed by 16 Hazards on Friday afternoon, followed by a The Cocktail Party at David and Maureta Horne’s house at Laleston where we were joined by many Porthcawl members including the Captain, Rhys James, and President Roger Bird. As a change to the usual dinner, Peter and Sue Dyson very kindly entertained us with a BBQ at their house in Porthcawl; a very jolly time was had by all. My special thanks to David, Maureta, Peter and Sue for their hospitality which set the weekend on its way and helped make it a great success.

The foursomes on Saturday was very tightly contested with a win for the Captain’s team.  We were joined for the dinner in the Club on Saturday night by Roger Bird, President and John Sanders, whose trophy we play for on Sunday morning.  Roger Bird spoke very well and confirmed that The Hazards weekend and match against the Club is well regarded amongst Porthcawl members – long may it continue.

The Hazards broke the losing streak against the Club with a hard-fought halved match. Rhys James was gracious in his words at lunchtime by suggesting it was a moral victory for the Hazards.

I unfortunately could not play in the match against the Seniors at Woking, but I understand the day went very well ending in a win for the Hazards 6 -4.

The meeting at The Berkshire on July 3 was moderately attended with 20 Hazards playing.  The Captain was guilty of non-attendance, with the excuse of being in Verona to celebrate yet another wedding anniversary. I understand the day was excellent and have heard many positive comments about the great recovery in the course since the XL Club match in March. Philip Payze (40 points) won the morning from David Hough (37 points). The afternoon foursomes for The Austin Carris Trophies were won by Mick Donnelly and Peter Robinson with 35 points on count-back from David Spence and Richard Blanchflower.

On July 17th we played The Chartered Accountants at New Zealand GC. This was a very enjoyable day with several Hazards playing for the opposition, all very friendly.  Unfortunately, the Hazards lost by 4.5 to 5.5.

My Captains day at New Zealand was enjoyed by 38 playing Hazards with David Horne and Charles Noble joining us for lunch.  The weather was forecast to be inclement and so it was at times.  I was delighted to be able to give shelter in the half-way hut and provide some liquid refreshment. Lunch was the usual very convivial affair as we were well fed by New Zealand.  The Captain’s Salver was won by Richard Blanchflower with 38 points, just pipping Dugald Patten with 37 – helped by a hole in one on the 10th. Drinks all round. The Veterans Cup was won by Mick Donnelly with 37 points. The Captains Quaich was won by Bruce Bevan-Jones on 38 points from Richard Norris with 31 points. The afternoon foursomes for The Pat Hunt Goblets was won by Alan Carpenter and The Captain with 39 points on count-back from Mick Donnelly and Nigel Cotterill.

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting The Hazards Salver at the English Girls Championship at Gog Magog. The standard of play was very high with the winner being a German girl at 5 under par. The winner of The Hazards Salver for the best under 16 girl from GB and Ireland was 7th placed Ffion Tynan from Minchinhampton Golf Club with a 72 hole total of +3, an excellent performance. Duncan Bateman very kindly presented The Hazards Salver at the Boys Championship at Moore Park the week before to Calum Scott from Nairn Golf Club with a level par 72 hole total and 7th overall.

We have The Suffolk Tour (Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Thorpeness) to look forward to in mid-August followed by Ladies day at Worplesdon on August 28th. Our last meeting of the year is at West Sussex on September 25th. The Hazards who are members of West Sussex have offered to sign in those Hazards who would like to play the day before as we have done at Royal Cinque Ports in April. David Downes has a very favourable B&B rate at a hotel nearby. Hazards interested in taking up this offer should contact the Secretary.

Enjoy the rest of the Summer