21st GCS Final - Rye Golf Club, May 2017.
Rye had it all, wonderful links, in immaculate order, welcoming staff, marvellous hotel, great company and some superb golf – not forgetting the weather!
Venue, venue venue is the message behind the Championship, played as it is on some of the finest courses and links that the UK has to offer. Peter Walter (8) formerly the Secretary of the Royal Household Golf Club at Windsor and now the recently installed Manager of Copthorne, clearly felt the inspiration and despite an in and out finish, managed 18 points on the back nine to hold off three others on count back all on 35pts and win the Trophy for the second time. The runner up was Ray Grant (12) Northwood, with 17 on the back nine, Phil Bonsall (2)Piltdown, was third, with 15 on the back and in fourth pace was another ‘youngster’ James Nairn (9) Crowborough Beacon, with 9 on the last six. A good mix of handicaps.
The weekend started well with everyone raring to go in Sunday’s foursomes, (low/high handicaps). Two ‘youngsters’ from the middle of the pack emerging as the clear winners: Ben Tawell (6) Newton Green playing in the Championship for the first time as a qualifier (but having been used as a ‘sub’ in the past!) and Murray Cook (8) Fulwell, also a ‘new boy’, scorded 37pts, three points clear of the runners up Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest and Bill Dunn former Manager at Racliffe-on-Trent, on 34pts.
At Sunday night’s rowdy but excllent dinner held at the very hospitable Flackley Ash Hotel & Spa (thanks here to Penny Brown and her very willing and able team), Jezz Ellwood a valued and regular Contributor to The GCS did the honours, whilst Golf Monthly’s editor, Mike Harris, handed over the chocolate filled bowls.
We then went into Charity mode with the Majestic Crystal Hoopla Challenge – no details necessary (view the pics) – each table came up with £5 a head for Rye’s CRAFT CLUB Charity. Chris O’Hagan on the Wildernesse table emerged as the clear winner and collected three bottles of sparkling – consumed instantly by his vociferous table mates. A couple of rounds of Heads and Tails later and we were able to present the charity with a cheque for £525. A GCS - Final Charity record. Thank you...
Rye’s Members are, even now, recovering from the shock of our temporary take-over. Our thanks, as always, go to the Club Members, Captain and Committee for allowing us to enjoy what they enjoy and might even take for granted. Their recovery will be helped by the diplomatic skills of host Secretary, Jimmy James, ably assisted by his recently arrived House Manager Mark, not to mention the Club’s staff both on and off the links. We are indeed very fortunate and greatly appreciate the privilege.
Our thanks also go to everyone who attended - competitors, Supporters plus a variety of caddies and very welcome ‘others’ – we all had a great time.
If you would like a high resolution version of any of these photos, right click and save as.... For Philip to call and discuss the full Majestic Crystal range of beautiful crystal for beautiful members, societies and your team, he would be more than a little happy. We could send you our brochure, and if you send your artwork, we can send you some beautifully engraved samples - for your so deserving winners, long serving staff, 50 year members, and as an additional prize and thank you for your imortant visiting societies. That will be all of them then...! If you would like to download any of these photos, simply double click on the picture and then right click, then save as - maybe desk top?