Echo Report 20th April: SINGLE BOGEY; MID-WEEK MEDAL; ESSEX SENIORS; EASTER EGG SCRAMBLE
At Belfairs, the fine weather contributed to low scoring and close finishes in last week's competitions.
In the weekend's single bogey event, countback was needed to decide that Mark Duguid (5 up) had just prevailed from runner-up Ray Beadell with Alex Tindell (1 up) in third place.
The mid-week medal was another close affair, but Bobby Allan (84-66) just held on to beat off the challenge of David Watson (89-67) and third placed Michael Flynn (88-70).
The Essex Seniors Team were away to Risebridge and their match produced another nail-biting finale as Belfairs just held on to take the tie 6-5 and earn a home draw against Chigwell or Belhus Park in the next round.
The team of Mandy Moir, Hazel Webber and Alex Meddle scored 47.8 to win the Easter Egg Scramble
Echo Report 6th April: APRIL MEDALS; VETS TROPHY
Belfairs members contested their monthly medals at the weekend with the spring weather and return to grass tees contributing to some fine golf.
On Friday, Chris Hindson (92-65) took first place on countback from Bobby Allan (83-95) with Ron Murray (87-69) in third.
By contrast Saturday's event was a runaway win for Baz Patel (76-64) with Nigel Warder (86-73) a distant runner-up and Ian Douglas (87-76) further back in third.
Performance of the week, however,goes to David Bucke, carding a gross 86 for a nett 63, and receiving a well deserved 2 shot cut in handicap. Mark Duguid (90-68) and Alex Tindell (88-69) took the minor placings.
Earlier in the week, Joan Smith (83-76) secured victory in the Vets Trophy winning from Terri Hirons (100-79) and third placed Susan Meddle (96-79).
Echo Report 30th March: WINTER SINGLES; SINGLE STABLEFORDS
The Winter Singles competition reached its conclusion on Saturday as Chris Shawyer beat Ray Jones 3&2 in the final. In a closely fought match Jones pulled back a two hole deficit to be all square at the 13th, but Shawyer responded to win the next three holes and secure victory on the 16th green.
In the weekend single stableford competitions, Derek Way (37 points) continued his current fine form to record another victory on Friday, beating the consistent Neil Arends (36) into second place and David Watson (34) into third.
Andrew Nash (38) made up for recent near-misses to take Sunday's event, comfortablywinning from runner-up Tony Hayes (36) and thrid placed Hugh Brown (34)
Echo Report 23rd March: SOUTHGATE-BROWN CLEEK; MID-WEEK MEDAL; WINTER PAIRS
Belfairs members contested their first gold leaf competitions at the weekend with both events producing very close finishes. In the 36 hole strokeplay Southgate-Brown Cleek, countback was needed as 4 players all carded 134, but it was Neil Arends who emerged the eventual winner from Joan Smith, Andrew Nash and Bharat Patel.
In the Winter Pairs final, the unfortunate Nash was runner-up again as he and Kevin Gough lost on the 18th green to the in-form partnership of Jon Howley and Ray Jones.
The Mid-Week medal was no less competitive as Derek Way posted a commendable nett 65 to take the honours from Robin Fagg (66) and Tony Hayes (68).
Echo Report 9th March: MARCH MEDALS; MARY FORSTER TEAM EVENT
The March medals were contested at the weekend with the changeable weather conditions influencing the scoring.
On Friday, Neil Arends (95-67) just pipped runner-up Harry Smith (84-68) with Dave Watson (94-72) in third.
Jon Howley’s steady return to form continued on Saturday as he took full advantage of the benign conditions to a card an impressive nett 64 (75-11), beating off the strong challenge of Nigel Warder (78-65) and Harry Smith (81-65).
Sunday’s event was a different story as the very wet and blustery conditions contributed to high scoring, but consistent Ray Beadell (91-75) persevered to take first place and finish ahead of Baz Patel (89-77) and third placed Steve Bucke (94-77).
Finalists for the winter competitions were also decided at the weekend. In the pairs, Ray Jones & Jon Howley will meet Andrew Nash and Kevin Gough; and in the singles Ray Jones will play Chris Shawyer.
Led by captain Christine Berry, the Mary Forster team travelled to Trent Park for the all-important third match last week. The ladies overcame the inclement weather to win and they can now look forward to playing in the final at Cherwell Edge, Oxfordshire, in April.
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Echo Report 9th February: FEBRUARY MEDALS
The February medals were contested over the weekend and despite the damp and conditions, the scoring was surprisingly low.
In Friday’s event Frank Howroyd set the standard with a blistering nett 65 (77-12) to take first place from Mike O'Brien (87-20=67) and third placed Robin Fagg (83-16=67).
On Saturday, Chris Shawyer (86-19=67) led the way from runner-up Mark Gopy (92-23= 69) and Alex Tindell, (91-19=72) third.
Sunday 's medal was a more closely contested event and it was Nigel Warder (82-14=68) who eventually took the honours from Jon Howley (80-11=69) ,making a welcome return to form after injury and the ever consistent Ray Beadell (87-16=71) in third place
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Echo Report 12th January: JANUARY MEDALS
Competitive golf returned after the New Year break as the January medals were contested over the weekend. Friday’s event saw Tony Ball (86-18=68) comfortably hold off the challenge of runner-up Ian Douglas (83-11=72) and Dave Watson third placed (94-18=72).
On Saturday, an outstanding round by Lawrence Schooley (79-17 = 62) resulted in a runaway win and a 1 shot handicap reduction. Ray Jones (84-16=68) was a distant second with Chris Shawyer (89-19=70) further back in third.
The milder conditions on Sunday produced further low scoring with the medal being decided on countback. First place went to Joan Smith (75-13=62), recording her second victory in as many months and relegating Mark Gopy (87-25=62) and David Bucke (87-24=63) to the minor places.
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