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
Drive-in photos can be viewed here
November 25th / 26th / 27th: DECEMBER MEDALS
Joan Smith created a small piece of club history on Friday by becoming the first lady member to win a mens medal event. Joan's 79-13 for a nett 67 to take first place from runner-up Tony Hayes (90-23=67) and David Watson (91-22=69) in third.
A somewhat reduced field of just 3 members turned out for Saturday's medal and it was left to Ray Jones (82-15=67) to comfortably win from Mark Gopy and Kevin Buck.
Sunday' event was a much closer fought affair as Steve Bucke (85-16=69) battled his way to first place from consistent runner-up Tony Hayes ((93-25=70) and relegating Adam Joyce (86-16=70) to third on countback.
Echo report 18th November: Rider Cup; Monthly Medals
Belfairs played its bi-annual Rider Cup on Sunday when the men and ladies joined forces to make up two teams representing the Weekenders and Veterans. The format replicates its more well-known namesake and 68 players competed in fourballs, foursomes and singles matches. The final result was a 14 ½ - 7 ½ victory for the Weekenders to retain the trophy, but more importantly, it was yet another resounding success for one of the best days in the Belfairs calendar.
The monthly medals were contested over the previous weekend and it was the consistent Neil Arends with a very creditable nett 61 who comfortably won Friday’s event and incurred a 2 shot cut in handicap. Second was Bobby Allan (65) and Trefor Williams (67) third.
On Saturday, new member Lee Hollebone made an immediate impact to card a nett 65 and win his first medal from second placed Graham Jones (66) and Tony Hayes (69) in third.
Nicholas Mounsey shot yet another fine round on Sunday and his nett 64 took the medal leaving -up Hugh Brown (67) and David Bucke (67) contesting the minor placings
Echo Report 3rd November: Single Stableford & Single Bogey
Two Belfairs members played outstanding golf last week; in the single stableford, Mark Gopy carded 40 points to win comfortably from runner-up Nigel Warder (32), who relegated Mark Duguid (32) to third on countback. Gopy received a 1 shot handicap reduction for his efforts.
In Saturday’s single bogey competition, Alex Tindell also attracted the handicapper’s attention when he played the round of his life to return 7 up and incur a handicap cut to 20. Nearest challenger was Hugh Brown (2 up) followed by third placed Mark Gopy (1 up).
Sunday’s event needed countback to decide the result as David Bucke and Nigel Warder tied 4 up. It was Bucke who took the honours however with Toney Hayes (1 up) taking third spot.