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2020 NAPGC Competition

Gentlemen,

We are in unprecedented times.

No, I don’t mean the pandemic. Chingford have won their first National Public Courses Trophy!

Having fought our way through 6 rounds of Match Play, Chingford’s Ballantyne Trophy team overpowered a strong team from Huntswood Golf Club in a close match at the luxurious but tricky Staverton Park GC course near Northampton.

The team for the final was made up of Messrs Alan Charlton, Paul Wilson, Gary Middleton and Gary Knight, Simon Bell and the very shy and reticent Paul Lovney! It would however be remiss of me not to mention the great contribution of Little Max who never lost a match in the earlier rounds but sadly had to shield during the final. Nasty fella that Mr Covid!

It was indeed a squad effort as we used a total of 12 players including, Brendan Kelly, Marky Arkell, Dickie Charsley, Mr Quiet Jimmy Hobley and even myself when we were very desperate.

We only had a three nil score once with every other round being a close finish, making the campaign all the more satisfying.

Captain’s Away Day

Despite gale force winds and a local power cut that threatened Dinner, CGC and its guests enjoyed a day of Golf and socialising at the very hospitable Abridge GC. I found it personally pleasing that the day was attended by virtually the whole club including the Honourable Secretary, Treasurer and President plus all of the committee.

After a hearty breakfast and some interesting practice swings the brave golfers of Chingford took on the challenge of a beautifully kept course in the powerful gusts of Storm Helen. The round started with a long par 4 Dogleg into the wind where only the mightiest hitters dared take on the corner with their drives. And the series of dog legs continued for most of the front nine. More traditional and picturesque holes followed on the back nine but the wind did not relent.

Congratulations to that colossus Max for producing a best score of 35 points on an unfamiliar course from a handicap of 6 and taking the spoils. Commiserations to Peter Steward who came within a point but had to accept the consolation second prize.

Congratulations to that colossus Max for producing a best score of 35 points on an unfamiliar course from a handicap of 6 and taking the spoils. Commiserations to Peter Steward who came within a point but had to accept the second prize.

Other commendable performances were as follows;
Nearest to the Pin;

2nd Max
9th Jonathon
15th Toby
17th Scouser Mike

Mark Smith took the Best Guest prize for the second year running. If he wins next year we will have to insist he becomes a member!

My very supportive no nonsense Vice Paul Wilson kindly donated prizes for some additional performances;
Best Front 9 Steve Bundy 17 Points
Best Back Nine Toby Hall 19 Points
Best Score on Par 3’s Scouser Mike 10points

The office and kitchen staff of Abridge Golf Club were superb in all respects with me whilst I was organising the event including on the day. They very generously donated a Fourball Voucher for the raffle which was won by Peter Lawrence a kind and generous man himself so it went to a good place. And more thanks to him for preparing the scorecards once more.

A ‘cancer recoveree’ April Beeson donated a lovely Pandora necklace won by that old sailor Tiger Burns, I fully expect to see him wearing that at the Captains Home Day which is on Sunday 20th September!

Further Prizes were donated by my eloquent friend Greg Harper and Vice Paul, the best collector of money since Paul the Tax Collector of biblical fame. These were won by two of the guests. In total £300 was raised for Cancer Research.

Club News

The Dinner and Dance sadly has had to be cancelled in the face of a possible second peak of the dreaded and disruptive Covid virus. But if the demand and support is there we could have a curry night next year around February or March when hopefully people are more confident in going out to eat.

Finally, I would like to report on some club success in the interclub competitions;

In the Ballantyne Trophy we have successfully fought through the first round with a 2-1 victory and are looking likely to be able to field a strong team in the second round on September 6th.

We were victorious in the Area final of the Gordon Forster Trophy by a 7 point margin following a massive 40 points away from home from the Colossus who is next year’s Vice Captain. Our reward is a place in the National Final to be held at the Gallically named Gaudet Luce Golf Complex. Well done to the whole squad for getting us this far.

We have also got 3 teams through to the second round of the Top Rock Salver plus one team in the 3rd round as two of the teams are drawn together.

I am looking forward to September 20th at Chingford Golf Course. Thank you all for your continued support during what has been a difficult year for many.

Major Sundhu

Smiles all round on prize night

Despite the gloom smiling faces dominated at Prize Evening on Friday 13th March.

But who had the biggest grin? Terry Rymer, as in days of old, was mentioned many times.

Terry with one of his collection

The captain himself showed that his form is holding up despite the burdens of office.

Grinning captain with triumphant Alans

Keith Burns worked hard to crack his face along with everyone else’s

Burnsie working on a new gag

Bryan (Bank of Ginger) Sinden, fingers still green from the printing press, was happy with the turnout despite the gloomy news.

Sinders with a selection form the Tom Jones Songbook

But it was Don Johnson who had the widest smile having come away with six trophies and two runner-up prizes.

Don was prepared for some heavy walking on Prize Night

Here are the rest of the runners and riders in pictures

Captain’s Blog feb 2020

Fellow Golfers and friends,

This a much delayed new captains log for which I apologise and promise that more reports will follow with more frequent regularity.

Following the very well attended AGM and a colourfully related Drive in by our roving Website manager, come Photographer, come Reporter Greg Harper, I have experienced great support in my new role from everyone in the club. From the members on the committee including the two Pauls to various ex Captains like Alan Charlton, Don Johnson and Jonathon.

The combination of sound advice and tongue in cheek sarcasm reminds me of why have remained a member since 1997.

Muddy Medals

Various Muddy Medals, Bogeys and Turkeys have been fought over since that Drive in. However it is getting less muddy and less cold as we approach Springy March when proper Cutworthy Competitions will abound. So look out you winter ‘free rollover’ bandits, 45 points may not be so easily found!

On the topic of bandits, a group of them were encountered from Cheshunt and despite valiant efforts from our men one of our teams was beaten in the Gordon Forster. However we still have a shout as the other team, Lovers, Paul Wilson, Steve Durman and Dickie managed to get the better of Huntswood and will be facing the might of Haste Hill this Sunday. Best wishes to them.

Dark December

Dark dreary December was lit up by another fantastic quiz hosted magnificently yet again by our quiz masters Andy, Eileen, Sinders and the very patient Stef! The atmosphere was welcoming and warm, the questions were tough but the food was hearty and comforting, especially when washed down by a nice drink. A great time was had by all but a last place prize should be included so I have a chance to win something!

The less said about Flu and Mud ridden January the better, however Big Paul Wilson and the lovely Tanya (I think she’s quite patient as well) were beavering away planning what was a great New Years party in February. Sadly I was unable to attend due to a family commitment. Hopefully it will ensure a good Sundhu presence on Captains day which is on Sunday July 19th.

A big well done and thanks to the Vice and Tanya; the club needs these events.

Dates for your diary

Captains Day at Chingford Sunday July 19th
Captains Away day at Abridge Golf Club Friday August 21st
Forest Cup Saturday September 12th

Major

Sundhu drives in

Major Sundhu, having completed the ritual swipe at the ball with an ancient wood is now our new captain.

A large gathering was present to wish him well and to thank the outgoing captain, Jonathan Margrave, who duly putted out.

Speeches were delivered and enjoyed, beer was drunk and the first and second prizes for guessing the distance our new captain would whack it were won by Denise Durman and her granddaughter, Olivia.

Here are some pics to prove that it wasn’t all a dream:

Captain’s Away Day Report

Lovely, great, smashing – look what you could’ve won!

So, the weather behaved itself yet again for us all and we were treated to a lovely day of sunshine throughout – with a bit of a generous breeze in the afternoon.

After a warm and friendly greeting from the General Manager at Muswell Hill Golf Club he proceeded to tell me that they had a championship taking place on the Saturday and that the greens had been ironed so they would be high on the stimp meter! He wasn’t kidding – I have seen more friction on glass!

Suffice to say that they were in excellent condition as was the course and all of the facilities too.

After a hearty bacon roll and a cup of tea first thing (with a lot of rules explaining too) we got started with a 9-hole Texas Scramble to get a feel for the course.

As expected, the greens were a challenge and that meant that the scoring was quite standard with most groups at or around even par for their rounds.

The team with a healthy handicap and a score of 1 under gross for their 9 holes took the prize in the end – well done to Toby Hall, Mike Steele, John Hall and Kevin Wright.

A return to the clubhouse saw us have a healthy lunch of Ham, Egg and Chips washed down with a variety of beverages depending on how well people were thinking of their game at that point!

Then came the afternoon singles stableford and various hole prizes over the full 18 holes.

As a weary group of ageing men dragged themselves round 18 holes the scoring for the earlier groups reflected this with a few odd exceptions. Anything above 30 points was an excellent score on the day given the conditions and anyone achieving that deserved to be among the prizes.

Before the prizes were handed out, we were treated to a lovely evening meal, enjoyed by all.

OK so the afternoon prize winners were:

Nearest the pin on the 5th hole went to one of my Guests from up North – Jason Bullock. Well done JB.

Nearest the pin on the 8th was John Hall but as it is a one prize only event this prize was passed on to our Best Guest on the day – Marc Smith. Well done Marc that is a prize at both home and away days – I expect you to be joining soon!

Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 10th hole went to our own Don Johnson – well done Don.

Nearest the pin on the 12th hole went to our own Simon Bell with a great shot to get inside what was already leading at the time. Well done Simon.

Nearest the pin on the 14th hole actually went to me! Cannot believe that wasn’t bettered as it was quite a short hole.

Longest Drive on the 17th Hole was John Hall but again he couldn’t take an extra prize, so it was rolled back, and the recipient was another of my Friends from the North – Ian Jenkins. Well done Ian.

The runner up on the day was the already mentioned John Hall with an excellent 35 points. Clearly, he had a good day as his name was on most of the hole prizes too at some point. Well done John.

However, as always, there can only be one winner and the black cab mafia again take the main prize at a Captains Day – this time with a great score of 36 points it was Kevin Wright. Terry has probably cut you already!

That just leaves me to say my thankyous to those that helped me in getting the day to run as smooth as it did:

Peter Lawrence for helping me in getting the cards done
Terry Rymer for collecting cash off players not paying in to the bank
My Friends from the North for supporting me on the day
ALL of the team at Muswell Hill who were excellent throughout

I will be clearing off on holiday next week, but my thoughts are already turning towards the Dinner Dance as the next main event so watch out for some communications about the function in terms of prices, food choices etc. Hopefully I shall see as many of you there as possible to end the year on a high – don’t forget it is Saturday October 19th.

Thanks again for all of your support.

Captain’s Day 2019

Captain’s Day Report

It wa’ a reet grand day out!

I will start off with a run-down of the events of Captain’s Day on Sunday 9th June and then finish off with other club updates as I am a bit behind on writing my reports!

So, what a great day it was weather wise on my Captain’s Day. After several days of very indifferent weather to be polite we were blessed with a full day of lovely sunshine and the course was in the best nick it had been for ages enabling good scoring on the day………..more of that later!

So, after Brian Gee man-handled £10 out of everybody on the first tee (thanks Brian) the first competition of the day was a charity putting event held on the practice green. At 2 goes for a £1 my Wife Amanda and Leann Arkell made sure that as many people as possible joined in the event and did the best to win the prize – including people not actually playing in the Captain’s Day – nice one Ladies!

There were 3 winners with the 1st prize of a Putt Out training aid and a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s going to Bernie Baker as he holed out on his first attempt whilst the other two took two goes. The joint runners up, each receiving a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s were Rob Collett (REFGC) and Dave Applegate.

The next prize (£5000 cash) was for a hole in one on the 3rd hole which nobody claimed on the day but the winner of nearest the pin (and very nearly a hole in one winner) was my old mate from Sunny Scunny Ian Jenkins. Well done Ian who received a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

The next prize (Motocaddy Electric Trolley) was for a hole in one on the 7th hole which again nobody claimed on the day but the winner of nearest the pin was Peter Steward (just nicking it off our Guest Trevor Newell!)who again won a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

Next up was nearest the pin in 2 on the tricky 11th which was won by our resident injury prone star Max Lawrence (thanks for playing on the day mate!). Max again wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

Whilst everybody re-fuelled after the 12th green it was on to the next prize which was for a custom set of Titleist AP2 irons on the 13th hole for scoring a hole in one. Again nobody claimed this but there was a nearest the pin winner (after eliminating other prize winners) it became the prize of Kevin O’Donoghue – Kevin wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers.

And so onto the last on-course prize which was for the longest drive on the 18th hole which I held briefly before first Paul Wilson out drove me and then the eventual winner Marc Smith, a guest of Major. He wins a sleeve of commemorative Titleist Pro V1s and a specially designed tee bag full of tees and markers too.

OK so on to the main prizes and a big thank you for being such a great sport to Michael Johnson who came in with the lowest score on the day of the members and readily accepted his prize of a plastic set of golf clubs. He tells me that it will be a great prezzie for his niece, but rumour has it that there is a photo of him using them at a golf course in Brentwood………

Best Guest Prize on the day went to our second guest from Royal Epping – Jason Arnold – who shot a great score of 38 points. Well done Jason you win a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher. Hopefully see you and Rob at my away Day.

Runner Up on the day for the members with an excellent score of 42 points was Alan Charlton (yes Terry got the scythe out for him afterwards!!). Well done Alan you also won a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher.

The overall winner on the day with an excellent never been seen before ever in all the times I have played with him did I say ever was Mike Steele with 43 points. Huge congratulations go to Mike, a great mate whom I am delighted to see win on my day. (Yes, Terry scythed him down too afterwards!). Mike also wins a selection of commemorative items and equipment and an American Golf Voucher.

During the speeches I said a number of thankyous to all that helped to make the event what it was on the day. I would like to do so again here.

  1. Major Sundhu – my Vice Captain for helping chase up the numbers whilst some of us were on tour to get the tee times sorted for the day.
  2. Elaine (helped by Hubby Kevin O’D of course) and Karen who gave up their time and put on a great stall by the 12th green to keep everybody fed and watered with what they fancied.
  3. Dave Bundy and Scott Parnell who acted as spotters for the hole in one prizes on the 3rd, 7th and 13th holes. [no pictures available]
  4. Max for running the bar on his dodgy leg in the club afterwards
  5. The caterers for putting on a lovely spread for the buffet in the afternoon.
  6. My Wife and Leann Arkell for their help on the putting green.
  7. My Son (Oliver) and his fiancée Simone who were sensational on the day in collecting charity money for the hole in one prizes on my behalf on each of the holes. They did a fabulous job and I was very proud of them. My Daughter (Laura) unfortunately put her back out on the Saturday before the day but gamely came down any way to support me on the day.

The main aim of the day wasn’t to have a game of golf and enjoy the marvellous weather it was to raise as much money for my charity CALM.

Due to the great work of my family and friends and the generosity of all of those that played on the day we managed to raise a great total of £450.

Thank you everybody for making my Captain’s Day so special!

My Captain’s Away Day is fast approaching (Friday 12th July at Muswell Hill) – please can you confirm your attendance with myself and/or Major ASAP if you haven’t already. I am hoping to get 40 names down as a minimum.

The cost is £70 for the day which includes 27 holes with 3 meals and some good prizes to be won!

So far, we have a good mix of Chingford members and guests so it should be a great day. I will hope that we have good weather for this day too!

Other Club News

We had our first Bingo night on Friday 19th April which was well attended and enjoyed by the many that did.

It was Easter themed and as a result Easter Eggs and chocolate of many different styles were won on the night.

A massive thank you to Max and Jessica Lawrence who were the comperes for the evening – clearly Max has a new career after teaching if he wants it!

Again the idea of the night was to raise some extra money for my charity and we managed £100 in total by the end of the night – thank you.

There will be two or three more charity related events to be held before my year is up so please look out for comms on this in the coming weeks.

In Golf news we have had a mixed run of results for the club with our Norman Plum team going out in the first round versus Southend. However, the Sureguard (3 pairs playing betterball stableford matchplay) team got a win playing away versus Cheshunt only for us to get knocked out in June playing away again but this time versus Stevenage. There was controversy in the first pairing of this match, however, that didn’t affect the match result overall and didn’t spoil the day as Stevenage were great hosts who fed and watered us well after the match had been completed.

This means that we are out of all competitions now with the Forest Cup being our only hope of getting a win this year left. We are defending champions of course after last year’s win so I am looking forward to this one again.

The KO matches are now in full swing – please keep Major in the loop when organising matches so he can get the tee times in order – and put your results on the sheets for Bryan and Terry to manage the draws.

Have a fantastic few weeks everybody – next report will be after the away day!

Cheers

Jonathan

Captain’s log: march

So close………………….

The new season is now in full swing after this weekend’s April Medal, so I thought it a good time to reflect on recent activities at the club.

We announced that there would be no increase in the subs and the Corporation of London also decided to keep their fees the same too. Hopefully this will encourage all 2018 members to re-join in 2019, if they haven’t already done so.

Our last remaining team in the Gordon Forster Bowl took on Trent Park, home and away, and in some exceptionally windy conditions managed to sneak a 2-point win thanks to some half-decent golf from Mr Knight and myself and some great scrambling from Mr Lovney and Mr Charsley. It also helped that their away team had a stinker. Next team up Haste Hill – see later in this report for news.

Prizes

We had the new golf rules presentation and prize giving night at the club which was well attended. After Bryan (and Terry) had finished with their rules slot the evening was taken over my Mr Burns and his inimitable style.

What then happened was a procession of Don Johnson and Paul Wilson collecting all of the prizes for the next hour and a bit, with Dick Charsley collecting a fair few too. People commented how well he did in his Captain’s year going against the trend of previous Captains who didn’t win much in their year. Meanwhile his Vice Captain for that year won nothing for the first time since he joined the club………………., just saying.

Big thank you to June Rymer for organising all of the food that evening, as she didn’t get a public thank you at the time – she put on a great display which was enjoyed by all!

Eight club members headed off to play the Ryder Cup course in Paris, via Le Touquet, and came back with wind burn from the gale forces experienced whilst out there and a tinge of disappointment that the Ryder Cup venue courses didn’t play as well as they looked on telly last year.

C’mon Chingford

We had our pre-season opener Greensomes competition, taking over the old Shelton Trophy, which by design introduced new players to this format ahead of the Clapham Common. After an outstanding performance by John Hall and Kevin Wright they took the spoils with 44 points – we could do with that from a pairing this weekend against The Epping!

Speaking of which the Team Members for this comp have been selected and pairings chosen – an email will follow. The first 3 pairs will play the Epping scorecard and the next 3 the Chingford scorecard. Come on Chingford!

Sadly, at the weekend just gone our adventure in the Gordon Forster came to an end with a disappointing away performance seeing the team go out against Haste Hill. Both their home players shot 36 points which makes it very hard to keep up with them anyway but unfortunately, we didn’t match that at home and our away performance was disappointing (me having a shocker around the greens!). Never mind, we go again next year!

Bingo!

The next event at the club is going to be a BINGO Night on Friday 19th April – hosted by Max and Jessica Lawrence (thank you Guys!) – with a chance to win some cash prizes, Easter Treats and put some money behind the bar and in my Charity pot! So far, we have had over 25 people express an interest in attending – it would be nice to get as many of you as possible so we can give out more prizes so please let me, or Kevin know if you will be coming. We will open up from 7:00’ish and the BINGO will start at 8:00. I will provide a few nibbles here and there but please either bring your own food (we can order a big take-out if people want to) or eat before coming. Watch out for a follow-up email from me/Max after we have finalised everything!

That’s it for now Happy Golfing, let’s beat the Epping and House!

Yours

Captain Margrave.

Prizes 2019

Prize Night on Friday 8th March was a well attended event in three parts.

First up was Bryan Sinden explaining the rule changes to a class of increasingly bumptious students. Most of the Rule-Meister’s observations passed by without comment until the question was raised of the possibility of a hurricane causing the ball the partly enter the hole and then come out again. As it turned out it was a topical issue on a weekend of high winds.

The matter was not resolved but Sinders surrendered the mic and the assembled company fell upon a sumptuous spread of superior finger food prepared by June Rymer. Three Cheers for June!

Now came the main event with captain Jon Margrave handing out the prizes. The main man of the year seems to have been Paul Wilson, although Don (now “Donatello”) Johnson might contest that.

Here are Paul’s handshakes:

Here are Don’s:

The rest will follow. But it should be mentioned that Dick Charsley did very well in his Captain’s Year:

Captain’s Log: February 19

Captain’s Report

Apologies all for the late report, Xmas and January have gone past in a blur and before we know it we are now in mid-February and the main season is not far away!

Before I report on the club and Captain’s activities I would firstly like to express my sadness for those whom the club has lost this last year.

Richard McKenna

Tony Capocci

We are a small club now and any loss is felt deeply by those that have lost former fellow members and friends.

In addition to those that we have lost there are other current and ex-Members going through their own private battles with health presently and on behalf of the club I send them our best wishes.

December

December was another difficult month for Captain and Vice in our pursuit to claim victories with only one achieved in the month versus Johnson and Alvey. We haven’t played together much since due to circumstances of availability so I am sure we will come back strong for when the main season starts!

We had our Xmas Texas scramble on the 15th of the month which was a well turned out event in what was bone chilling weather! Thank you to everybody that stuck with it – there was a pause after 9 holes but we saw it through. Three teams were evenly matched and my team had Simon and Bruce who hadn’t played for months, lol. We came last but Dickie’s winning team graciously gave the day’s winnings to the Captain’s Charity so all was good in the world!

That very same evening we had a very well attended Xmas quiz night (including some welcome new faces) with the famous fish and chips supper. A great evening was had by all and Jim’s team of 24 won by a landslide. Only kidding, the team had 12 members.

January

Xmas came and went and it was nice to see some new shiny equipment on the tee when we got back out there playing again! For once that didn’t include me! Well the brand new stuff doesn’t come out until February so I will wait until then, lol.

Weather, illness and alcohol play a large part in January being a difficult month to get regular fourballs together and an experiment with changing the tee times due to lack of early daylight sees mixed reviews.

A new local rule for dropping the ball caused controversy on its first day when Don drops from behind a bush and promptly holes out his next shot – you cannot make this stuff up! The February committee meeting will sort this out!

Chingford put in two teams for the Gordon Forster Bowl – a Public Courses winter event – and 2 pairs take on Basildon home and away whilst another 2 pairs take on Cheshunt Park home and away.

A disappointing away performance at Basildon meant that one team sadly bowed out but the team of Knight, Margrave, Wilson and Lovney prevailed over Cheshunt and go into the next round to face Trent Park.

Our traditional New Year Party was held in January with the theme of 80’s music and fancy dress for those who were up for it. Unfortunately the numbers on the night were not as high as hoped but those who did attend (thank you!) had a great time. Can those who attended that took photos please send them in to Greg so he can put them on the website?

Despite this custard pie I am determined to get as many events going this year as possible and will be announcing a Friday night Bingo event soon – watch this space (thank you Max and Jessica for volunteering to get involved!). Also (with assistance from Gary Knight) there will be a wine tasting and food tasting event to come also. Please get in touch if anybody else would like to get involved in helping with any other events.

As your club Captain whilst I am doing many things this year on behalf of the club and its members as is the tradition of the role I am also doing a number of events to raise as much money for my chosen charity as possible.

This weekend just gone I, with a work colleague, ran the London Half-Marathon around the Olympic Park in Stratford in not very pleasant conditions in a time I was very proud of.

With a number of you graciously donating to my charity I managed to raise over £500 for this event alone – thank you! Not moving quite so well today it has to be said though!

I have emailed you all to let you know of the change of date for this year’s annual Dinner/Dance – 19th October. It will be held at West Essex Golf club and further details will follow. I want to plan for this as best as possible so please get in contact with Major or myself to confirm your attendance or not.

The next club event will be Prize Giving night and this will be on Friday 8th March from 7pm onwards. I deliberately didn’t win anything in 2018 to make sure I was fully focused on handing out the prizes!

Next report will follow at the end of March after we have played our new Club Greensomes Trophy event.

Happy Golfing Everyone

Jonathan

Your 2019 Captain.