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Beedles Lake Golf Club

UGAGB Challenge

14 April 2019

  


ASHLEY IS THE ONE TO "WATCH"



Watch repairer, Ashley Sanders, timed his game to perfection and set alarm bells ringing around the UGAGB after clocking up 44 points to win the Challenge Trophy and his first major title after only his second official appearance.

This month's event took us to Leicester and Beedles Lake Golf Club, situated in the heart of Leicestershire's Wreake Valley with the River Wreake meandering through a number of holes. This parkland course was to be the setting for the day?s golfing challenge. The weather forecast was for a cold but dry day, sadly for once it was correct. Thankfully there was no rain but it was necessary to wrap up with several layers in an attempt to keep out the chill of the incessant northerly wind.

The turnout was very good with just over 66% of members in attendance. 20 members and 1 guest made the journey to Beedles Lake GC forming a total of 6 playing groups, 3 x 3 balls and 3 x 4 balls and having been watered and fed it was time to gather our clubs and head out into the cool and breezy conditions. Stand in photographer Graham Meggitt seized the chance to take a few snaps of all 6 groups before 1 by 1 they began to pepper the 1st fairway with an array of opening drives. Top of the leaderboard after the first hole was Paul Killoran, who, with a solid start, made par and with a shot on that hole, he scored 3 points. Stef Borys was the only other contestant to par the first but without a shot, scored 2 points.

The first of the minor prizes was contested at hole 3, where Paul Killoran, continuing his impressive start, claimed the prize for nearest the pin. Roman Luczyn at this stage with 8 points, had just edged into the overall lead. Varied scores had been recorded at the half way point, the highest being 24 and the lowest being 12. The course, whilst not appearing too demanding, was proving challenging for some.

Next of the minor prizes were back to back on hole 12 (NP2) and 13 (NP). These were won by Ashley Sanders and Stef Borys respectively. The penultimate hole awaited the big guns for the longest drive competition. This was to be an interesting competition, in the field were some powerful strikers of the ball including but not exclusively "Boom Boom" Andy Bendzak, Mick Borys, Anton Zydor, Buddy Bdzola and Ashley Sanders. However, it was that man Ashley, who with a monster of a drive, landed the ball on the fairway and claimed the prize.

BIRDIE POOL - There was 6 birdies each valued at 6.50. Ashley Sanders sunk 2 birdies, whilst 1 birdie went to Bazz Bdzola, Buddy Bdzola, Mike Bartkiw and Pete Wolociuha.

DIVISION TWO - Bazz Bdzola, returning after a recent eye operation, had the leader in his sights for most of the round but his impressive 38 points fell slightly short of winning the overall title. He did however finish first in Division two, his skillful and consistent play a reflection of how he won the order of merit last year. Ray Gregory was runner up in this division with 36 points and Buddy Bdzola with 32points came third.

DIVISION ONE - In this division the Gillies brothers were hard to split. Both with 34 points the elder sibling Mick pipped Geoff to third spot. Going one better Graham Meggitt was runner up with 35 points, however with a crushing 44 points Ashley Sanders deservedly took the honours in this division. His incredible score was also enough to take the overall Challenge trophy.

There was a double events trophy presentation. Last month's winner of the Presidents Trophy, Dave Brown, was presented with his award by Mick Borys, who held this title the previous year. Geoff Gillies who was last year's winner of the Challenge Trophy, passed on the trophy to newly crowned champion, Ashley Sanders.

Finally, whilst everyone appeared to have enjoyed the day, the course received varying reviews from our members. In general it was very flat which was welcomed by most, however it struggled to compare to other courses we have played. The general condition of the tees, fairways and greens struggled to match some of the prestigious, well-presented and manicured courses we have been privileged to play in recent times.

Next month we travel to Rufford Park Golf Club, Newark which has been described as a stunning golf course with breath-taking views. We look forward to seeing you all there.

NEXT EVENT - 19th MAY 2019 - RUFFORD LANE, NEWARK, NOTTS, NG22 9OG

Regards,

Graham


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Manchester Golf Club

UGAGB Presidents Trophy

24 March 2019

  



GOLD IN THE COLD FOR BROWN...



Dave Brown battled through the chilling wind and a competing field of 14 UGAGB members to claim top spot and the Presidents Cup, at this season's first golf event which was held in his home town.

Manchester, a city rich in history, was the chosen location for this event. It may be a city famed for Coronation Street, its two rival football teams United and City as well as the group Oasis, but there is so much more that the City has to offer, including our venue for the day, "The Manchester Golf Club".

Itself, steeped in history, The Manchester Golf Club was founded in 1882 by eight Scotsmen led by John Macalister, a native of St. Andrews. Indeed the Club was initially called "The Manchester St. Andrew Golf Club". The eight founder members played the first round of golf on this course in October 1882. Since then the club has developed and today it sits within 241 acres, predominantly moorland in character but with heathland and parkland features. It is said to be the largest golf course in Europe and having played and enjoyed the course several years earlier, the UGAGB decided to make their "Rovers Return".

Just over 48% of our members turned up for this event. 14 in total, equally spilt between Division One and Two. Past member Dereck Gosling also joined the group for morning coffee. He looked extremely well and appeared to thoroughly enjoy his time catching up with old friends. New member Ashley Sanders quickly settled in before being welcomed to the society by our President, Roman Skalsky. After the sarnies had been consumed, team cards were drawn and birdie pool contributions paid. It was then time to leave the warmth of the club house and via the practice putting green the players made their way to the first tee.

Just over 48% of our members turned up for this event. 14 in total, equally spilt between Division One and Two. Past member Dereck Gosling also joined the group for morning coffee. He looked extremely well and appeared to thoroughly enjoy his time catching up with old friends. New member Ashley Sanders quickly settled in before being welcomed to the society by our President, Roman Skalsky. After the sarnies had been consumed, team cards were drawn and birdie pool contributions paid. It was then time to leave the warmth of the club house and via the practice putting green the players made their way to the first tee.

A distinctive looking church overlooked the lengthy par 5 fairway on the 3rd hole. At this stage of the competition everyone was still in with a chance of winning and felt it unnecessary to look for some holy intervention. Later in the Pro shop, Brian the club professional explained that this religious building was a proto type of the famous Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, located in Liverpool.

New member Ashley Sanders was playing without fear and with great consistency and with 3 pars and 1 birdie on the first 9, he amassed a creditable score of 19 points at the halfway stage. Unbeknown to Ashley, Dave Brown had also got off to a flyer, scoring on every hole, his 21 points gave him a 2 point lead at the turn.

The wind was relentless and despite being bright at times with odd sunny spells, in the main the Northerly wind was cold with only shelter coming when down in the lower parts of the course.

The first of the minor prizes (nearest the pin in 2) was on the 7th hole. Mick Bartkiw collected this prize then went onto claim a brace winning the longest drive on the 15th. Ray Gregory secured nearest the pin on 8 and the signature, par 3, 13th hole, saw Graham Meggitt edge Dave Brown out of the reckoning, to claim the final nearest pin prize.

After approximately 4 hours 15 minutes the first group were back in the warmth and comfort of the traditional looking clubhouse, known as Hopwood Cottage and formerly owned by the Hopwood family. After a little delay, they were joined by the remaining groups. With all scorecards signed and lodged with the committee, it was left to President Skalsky and Mick Rewilak to check and later announce the winners.

Steve our host, barman and waiter offered a warm welcome and great service throughout the day. He offered our member's coffee with bacon/sausage butties for breakfast, then in the afternoon he was there to serve a tasty beef dinner with a cheesecake dessert.

BIRDIES - There were 3 birdies in total. Proceeds were divided 3 ways between, Mick Rewilak, Andy Bendzak and Ashley Sanders. Each collected 9.00 for their fine work.

DIVISION TWO - 6 points separated 1st from 3rd spot in Division Two. Ray Gregory who grew stronger towards the end came in 3rd with 30 points. Geoff Gillies' single point on the last was enough to edge him into 2nd spot, however his brother Mick proved no match and with 36 points he was a deserved winner of the second flight.

DIVISION ONE - In the top flight Mick Melnyk will be reflecting over two blobs on his card, without these he could have finished higher up the leader board. Nevertheless his 32 points was solid enough to secure 3rd place. Ashley Sanders made his mark with an impressive 36 points on his first competitive game as a UGAGB member, with 36 points he was unlucky not to find himself on top of the podium, instead he was runner up. Winner of Division one was Dave Brown, scoring on every hole his consistent play produced a marvelous 39 points for the round.

With a 3 point margin from nearest rivals Mick Gillies and Ashley Sanders the overall champion and winner of the Presidents Trophy went to Dave Brown.

NEXT EVENT - 14TH APRIL 2019 - BEEDLES LAKE GOLF CLUB, 170 BROOME LANE, EAST GOSCOTE, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE7 3NQ

Regards,

Graham


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