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.
TURKEY TROT 2016
On Sunday the annual Turkey Trot produced yet another high scoring competition and Baz Patel’s 46 points gave him first place and a 3 shot cut in handicap. Just one point separated the next three places with runner-up Barry Meddle (41) beating Mark Gopy (41) into third on countback with Alan Berry (40) in fourth.
27th November: CAPTAIN & LADIES CAPTAIN DRIVE-IN
Belfairs members celebrated the inauguration of their new captains last week. On Thursday, Ladies Captain Mandy Moir adopted a cycling theme for her drive-in and accompanied by a cacophony of bicycle bells and hooters from the gathered audience, hit a fine tee shot to the par 3 1st hole.
On Sunday it was the turn of Ian Mudie to drive in as Club Captain. Dressed in kilt and national football shirt, Ian’s theme was a tribute to his native Scotland and each of the assembled members and guests were given tam o’ shanter’s to wear.at the 1st tee. Unfortunately, the sartorial splendour was not matched by the drive as Ian’s first tee-shot as captain promptly went out of bounds!
Both occasions were enthusiastically celebrated and best wishes go to Ian and Mandy for a successful year in office
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