|PRESS RELEASE 15th DECEMBER
Another lockdown meant a pause in golf at all clubs, and while this was most frustrating for keen golfers, it provided an opportunity for the greenkeeping staff at Piltdown to progress their continuing remedial work and other winter projects. The course promises to be in excellent shape by the start of the next golfing season.
Just prior to lockdown, Ben Todd beat Tom Langley-Poole 3 & 2 to take the Hanmer Bowl. The Southon Salver was won by Michael Haynes with 39 points and runner up was Simon Bulteel with 37. The Tuesday Boys managed to squeeze in their Terry Kelly Trophy in what was turning out to be a very busy golfing week and on a day of excellent scoring by many players Nigel Williams claimed the trophy with 40 points on countback from Mike Taylor.
Post lockdown the members have enjoyed a mixture of competitive and friendly golf and, of course, the resumption of Tuesday Boys. The stableford in support of the Royal British Legion, rescheduled to Wednesday, was well supported and raised £150 for the Legion. Paul Fairbairn won the men's section and Sheena Parker the ladies. Finally, wet and windy conditions on Sunday didn't prevent Simon Bulteel, Alistair Ferguson, Mike Haynes and Andrew Selby from playing the final round of the Princes Cup Foursomes knockout. The standard of golf was high despite the weather and the match was won by Bulteel and Ferguson. Club Manager Phil Bonsall says he is delighted that despite two lockdowns and a fair amount of rain, all the main club knockouts have been completed this year.
PRESS RELEASE 20TH OCTOBER
Piltdown Press Report
The Piltdown Juniors played their Club Championship on Sunday to round off an excellent season of golf. Juniors with handicaps ranging from 5 to 47 took part and in the scratch event the hot favourite, 13 year old Ethan Randall, shot an impressive 72 to win by some margin. Aiden Hill took second place in the scratch and scored 43 points in the handicap event, but was just outgunned by 9 year old Jack Wills who came first with a magnificent 44 points. Ethan won the longest drive and Will Zlattinger won nearest the pin. For the benefit of less experienced golfers a Texas Scramble was held alongside the Championship. The competition was held over 8 holes and was won by Ted Francis, Molly Francis, Harvey Nolan and Luke Hampton in 32 shots.
Awards on the day were also presented to Patrick Heagerty who recently won the Junior Matchplay knockout, beating Ethan Randall in a closely contested final, and to Ryan Wills who is this year's most improved Junior golfer. Club Manager Phil Bonsall praised Piers Heagerty for the work he has done to build up what is now a very strong section of junior and family golfers.
In other news, the annual Henry Longhurst mixed knockout reached its finale on Sunday and was won by Mark and Sheila Horscroft who beat Harvey and Jo Linehan on the 17th hole. Club Manager Phil Bonsall won the final of the Hawes Scratch knockout and paid tribute to his opponent Paul Cowdy who reached the final playing off a handicap of nine. Finally, Sacha Newell made a hole in one on the 18th last Wednesday with a magnificent shot which, according to her playing partner "was never going anywhere other than in the hole".
PRESS RELEASE 6th OCTOBER
As summer draws to a close so too do the summer golf competitions, making way for a variety of winter matches. Ian Cooper won the President's Prize last weekend with a score of 36 stableford points and then this weekend saw the men compete for the Murrant Summer Trophy. A summer trophy it may be, but summer weather it certainly was not. Ken Bulteel scored 39 stableford points on Saturday and 32 on Sunday to finish one point ahead of Joe White and two ahead of Ben Todd. It was a close run event in very poor weather and past senior champion Bulteel proved once again that experience is vital in tough conditions.
The newly introduced ladies' Summer Foursomes have proved a great success with some very closely fought matches, the final last Wednesday going to the 18th hole with a win for Clare Strong and Meg James against Lucy Jackson and Izzy Marsh. There is a short period of time in which to draw breath before the ladies embark on their Winter Foursomes knockout; there will be brand new pairings for this competition and no doubt a brand new set of weather conditions too.
Finally, the competition deemed by some to be the most important of the ladies golfing calendar took place on Thursday - namely, the coveted Grannies' Clock. Despite gloomy weather predictions, it turned out to be a beautiful autumn day and Sue Fowler took full advantage, scoring 37 points and winning the Grannies Clock. Mrs Fowler has been threatening to hang up her golfing hat for some time now and when questioned about her winning score she said "I'm the archetypal Comeback Kid. Watch out for me again next year".
PRESS RELEASE 20th SEPTEMBER
It has been a busy week of competitive golf at Piltdown, starting on Tuesday with the Seniors' Club Championship. From a field of 47, Robin Cox posted a score of 39 stableford points to become the new Seniors' Champion, just pipping Christopher Miscampbell into second place on countback. Twenty seven players took part in the Vivyan Shield Blue tee competition at the same time and the winner was Keith Banbury with an excellent 42 points - including three birdie 2's - followed by Harvey Linehan in second place with 39 points.
The Ladies' Duncan Cup and Club Championship took place on Thursday. In conditions not dissimilar to those experienced by the professionals at Winged Foot this weekend 22 ladies battled it out over 36 holes. After a slow start in the morning round, Clare Strong lived up to her name and pulled together an excellent gross 84 in the afternoon to win the title for the third year in a row. Judy Roberts was the runner up with two steady gross 89s. Chris Russell-Vick scored an excellent net 143 to win the handicap competition, a result that is all the more impressive given that she is at the start of her golfing career and was making her first appearance in the Club Championships.
The Hamilton Russell ladies' knockout competition reached its climax at the end of the week and the final round saw Meg James taking on her good friend and adversary Clare Strong. The match took place in beautiful autumn sunshine and was keenly fought right up until the par three 18th hole where Meg James made an excellent up and down after a wayward tee shot to halve the hole and win the match. "It was a great recovery; Meg played very well and deserved to win" said Strong after the match.
ELPHICK IS THE CHAMPION
On Sunday in near perfect golfing conditions Derek Elphick shot rounds of 67 and 69 to win the Mens' Championship at Piltdown Golf Club. His first 18 holes saw some excellent ball striking with birdies on the 7th, 9th and 10th. "I didn"t hit the ball as well in the afternoon as I had in the morning round, but I was able to keep the nerves sufficiently in check to make a number of good up and downs and I had only 25 putts which made all the difference", said Elphick. His total 136 put him four shots ahead of runner-up Nick Cooling who followed his first round 74 with an excellent 66 in the afternoon. David Willis, last week's winner of the Captain's Prize, continued his golfing hot streak to win the Handicap event with scores of nett 62 and nett 63. The Seniors' Championship takes place next Tuesday and the Ladies' Championship the following Thursday.
In other news, 80 Tuesday Boys competed for the Frank Wood Tankards last week. A score of 37 points, including a back nine of 20, secured the tankards for David Hutchinson and Tim Billson In second place and taking the whisky prize were Stephen Short and Mark Stevenson also with 37 points. The ladies played a three ball team event on Thursday which was won by Judy Roberts, Maggie Kay and Gillian Grose with an eye-watering 91 points. Runners up were Carol Hartley, Judith Eggers and Rosemary Parvin.
HEAGERTYS WIN THE BROWN BOWL
On Saturday afternoon forty players took part in the two major competitions of the junior calendar at Piltdown Golf Club. Patrick Heagerty, competing for the Brown Bowl with his mother Julia played strong and steady golf in the unseasonably cold and very windy conditions. On the final hole Patrick put the icing on the cake by chipping in and bringing their score to an impressive 39 stableford points. Runners up with 36 points were Luis D'Alessio and his partner Ladies' Captain Lucy Jackson. Jack Wills played a superb shot to within four feet of the 18th hole to win nearest the pin.
12 year old Kian O'Shea McGuinnes, playing with Martin Copperwheat, secured the Cadet's Cup with an excellent nett 34 over 9 holes. In second place and only one shot behind them were Sophie Jones (age 9) and her Dad Steve. Congratulations to all the juniors who competed in an excellent afternoon of golf.
The Piltdown men had previously headed out on Saturday morning to play for the Captain's Prize. On a tough scoring day, David Willis came in with a winning 41 points, closely followed by Graham Knowles on 39 points.
This week also saw the Piltdown ladies compete for the Enid Adair Trophy, 36 holes of medal golf played over two days. There were excellent scores from the ladies, too, but Penny Malloy romped home with a nett 69 on Wednesday, followed by a fantastic nett 64 the following day. "The competition was strong and I knew I would need another good score on the second day, so I was happy that I was able to keep it all together" said a delighted Penny. Her efforts earn her not just the trophy but also a two shot handicap reduction.
YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO WIN TUESDAY BOYS!
Congratulations to Dick Glynne-Jones and Ken Bulteel, the winners of this week's Tuesday Boys Foursomes. With a combined age of 162 years and a combined handicap of 19, the pair made a stunning 21 points on the back nine with six nett pars and three nett birdies to bag the whisky prize. Their overall score of 35 points was all the more impressive for being made over 17 holes, the 9th being closed for remedial work. So take a bow, Dickie G-J, 90 years old and according to his playing partner "still the most reliable and consistent of putters and the cleanest striker of the ball off the deck."
Following this excitement, Guy Humphry-Baker and James Purvis took the Piltdown Trophy at the weekend with 41 points, four clear of the field. Their score is also very impressive, not because either of them is anywhere near 90 - in fact their combined age is probably not a lot more than that - but because the competition is played from the championship tees.
Overall, it was a good golfing week for the Piltdown men of all ages and a good week too for Julia Hegearty who scooped the ladies' Englehart Salver on Thursday with 38 points. There is more to look forward to next week as the ladies compete for the Enid Adair Trophy, the men for the Captain's Prize and the Juniors for the Brown Bowl.
PILTDOWN PRESS REPORT
David Shepherd wins the John Amos Trophy
Congratulations to David Shepherd on winning the John Amos Trophy. Despite choosing to tee off at the hottest part of a brutally hot day, David secured his victory with an excellent score of 42 stableford points. Peter Barrett was runner up with 41 points.
The trophy was given to the club by Margaret Amos in memory of her husband John who was the Professional at Piltdown from 1963 to 2000. John was a well known and highly respected figure in the county, not least because for some time he coached the ladies' county golf team who were always referred to by Margaret - a fine golfer herself - as "John's girls". In the current circumstances, Margaret was unable to come to the club and present the trophy, but was nonetheless delighted that the competition took place and phoned the winner to offer her congratulations.
In other news, the ladies held a fun competition last week in place of their normal Thursday stableford. The competition involved playing six holes of foursomes golf with each person in the four and keeping an individual score and is known, unsurprisingly, as "Six, Six and Six". Our own Lady Captain, Lucy Jackson, clearly brought out the best in her three team mates who helped her towards a stunning score of 43 points. Congratulations to Lucy and thanks to her and Ladies Secretary Izzy Marsh for organising the day. The ladies look forward to the next Thursday fun day in a couple of weeks which will be a three ball team event.
PILTDOWN PRESS RELEASE 4TH AUGUST 2020
The long spell of wonderful weather has seen Piltdown members and their guests out on the golf course in their droves with the start sheet almost fully booked every day. Competitions have come thick and fast too over the past couple of weeks, including the return of Piltdown's much loved and much missed "Tuesday Boys", a drawn foursomes competition which takes place - you guessed it - each Tuesday. Competition is always fierce, for the prize is a bottle of whisky for the victors. The winners of this first competition of the season were John Smith and Bob Gosling who, with 38 points, beat Ken Bulteel and Chris Miscampbell into second place on countback. Ken and Chris had to be content with a bottle of wine apiece.
Matthias Wetzki scooped the March Cup on 18th July with 38 points and Anthony Beard took the Spring Trophy, again with 38 points, on countback from Alan Coulthard. On 25th July the men competed for the prestigious IC Trophy played from the white (championship) tees. Simon Wooderson won the day with 37 points again on countback from Chris Wallbeck. Mention must be made of David Willis who had a very impressive eagle 2 on the 5th hole, a 432 yard par 4.
Our Hamilton Russell mixed foursomes competition, which in normal circumstances involves two rounds of golf separated by a delicious Piltdown lunch, had to be scaled down to just 18 holes this year. The competition was nonetheless extremely well supported and the winners were Paul Cowdy and Alison Hailwood with an excellent 38 points. Close behind in second place were Lynne Macdonald and Alan Coulthard with 37 points.
Last but not least, the ladies played for the Waterstone Cup on 30th July. Congratulations to Annie Dixon who, having won the stableford competition the previous week with a fabulous 43 points, then went on to win the Waterstone Cup with 41 points. With her three shot handicap reduction, Annie will certainly be a big gun in the Piltdown Division 2 armoury when county league matches resume next year.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 15/7/20
As lockdown eases further, Piltdown members witness the welcome return of their greatly missed catering and bar staff. With carefully planned and executed social distancing measures in place, hungry golfers can enjoy a drink and a snack while lamenting the missed putt on the 5th or the duffed drive on the 10th. There has been much post-golf fun and laughter as life begins to feel just a little more normal.
Social golf still figures large in the Piltdown diaries, but members are also now enjoying the return of some competitive golf, with whole club stableford competitions at the weekend and a variety of foursomes and individual knockout competitions, all of which are being well supported and keenly fought.
The first stableford held on 14th June was won by Nigel Williams with an outrageous 46 points and it was generally considered that he had been far too well looked after during lockdown. The bar was set high, but in the following weeks Piltdown chaps showed that they can rise to a challenge; Mike Taylor scored 43 points on 21st June, Peter James 45 on 28th June, Philip Keerie 40 on 5th July and Jonathan Barnes 45 points on 12th July.
The ladies first stableford was won by Judith Eggers with 36 points, the second by Mary Whichelow with 36, Meg James on 28th June also with 36 and then Judith again with a whopping 42 points which has resulted in a substantial handicap cut.
Finally, two Simons have had a hole in one apiece in the last couple of weeks; Simon Lapthorn on the 10th hole the day before the bar opened and Simon Strong on the 7th hole - after the bar opened! Then, determined to do her bit for the ladies' section, Annie Orgill calmly put the ball in the 10th hole for one on Monday.
So the Piltdown ship continues to sail a steady course, and a happy one it is, thanks in no small part to the strong leadership of its Captain, Club Manager Phil Bonsall.