The scorched fairways tell the story – pic by Evan Samuel

‘How did you do?’

’39 on the front, 40 on the back.’

‘Shots?’

‘No, degrees Celsius!’

In record temperatures Jonno Baker was too hot to handle, his 38 points burning up the parched fairways of Ashridge and leaving the field trailing in his wake to claim the PGS Memorial Salver. On a day where the ball ran for ever, the secret was to simply ‘find the fairway and sink the putt.’ Graham Marsden and Pip Clothier certainly did that, scoring a very creditable 37 points, normally enough to win at Ashridge, especially off the white tees.

Because of the extreme temperatures, the afternoon Greensomes was, sensibly reduced to 9 holes, with around half the number of players scheduled to compete actually making it to the 10th tee, from where the competition began. Graham Marsden and Jon Jones won the Sir Harry Brittain Trophy on count back, scoring 20 points.

For more pics from the day, click here.

Pro Warren Fairbairn, by playing partner Jonny Bramley

Back in the safety of her home in Cork, President Philippa Kennedy summarised the toll taken on players during a glorious golfing President’s Day at Walton Heath: ‘Some of our finest came off the Old Course truly humbled.’  The statistics, if less eloquent than Phillipa, prove the point: overall winner Nic Brook was the only player to even play to his handicap!

One the day other comments backed up the feeling that the course took some taming, including Evan Samuel’s: ‘I’m reliably informed that the fairways were in excellent condition, though I generally only saw them from some way away.’ Nev Appleton, last year’s winner and in the same playing group as Jonny Bramley’s guest, teaching pro Warren Fairbairn, commented: ‘Scratch golfer didn’t make a mark of Walton Heath!’

L to R: Nev Appleton with guest Daryl Selby (former world top 10 ranked squash player – plays squash right handed, golf left), Bubbles and guest Warren Fairbairn.

By Jonny Bramley

Woking in all its glory – sun, unreadable greens and fabulous food! Nick Cherrie pipped the field to harvest the Mirror Trophy, while the formidable combination of Duckworth and Easdale are, for a year, the proud holders of the Wilkinson Sword. For more pics from the day, click here.

It must have been a belter – Tony Smith holds his pose on the 11th tee long enough for Paolo to capture the shot!

It’s two long years since the annual pilgrimage for captains, committee and veterans to Reigate Heath Golf Club was undertaken due to Covid, but Colin Hancock and Hugh Whittow can’t wait to return again next year. Click here for more…

 

Nev Appleton’s camera catches Effingham at its best…

After two years without being played for, there is a new winner of the News of the World Trophy. Christian Fraser won with a very creditable 37 points on a blustery day at Effingham, and also headed up Division 2, with Nev Appleton and Mike Allen in close pursuit.

Dean Scoggins showed the way in Division 1 with 36 points, followed by Mark Lomas and Jonny Bramley managing third on count back.

The least said about the afternoon Greensomes scoring, the better. But, in the spirit of completeness, Rick Evans & Jono Baker beat Rob Hewer and Jamie Weir on count back, whilst Russell Dewey and John Quinn scraped third.

Paolo the lonesome golfer, by Patrick

To see a selection of photos from the day, taken by our members, click here.

A glorious day to be out on the course, if a little chilly at first, but it did warm up enough to take the bobbly hats off! Golf for some sparkled:
Div 1 Andrew Porter 68, Keith Ging 69, Paul Kelso 72
Div 2 Pat Mooney 68, Nic Brook 70, Hugh Whittow 71  Pat won the Lord Riddell on c/b
Pat beat Andy on c/b for the Lord Riddell Memorial Trophy, although Andy gained revenge with the lowest gross, 76 on c/b from James Nursey.

Early Morning at West Hill, by Evan

The first 16 from the PGS’ opening day at West Hill go through.
First round fixtures to be played by May 1st. To see the draw click here.