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Established 2001 Newcastle Golf Club - Friday 11th  April 2014

RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Stan Malpass  (22)

98  / 32

Phil Stonier (18)

95 / 32

Mark Steele (16)

92 / 32

Rich Meadowcroft (16)

97 / 30

Steve Ruddell (17)

98 / 27

Joe Matthews (22)

105 / 26

Daz Matthews (17)

104 / 23

Kevin Abell (16)

101 / 23

Brian Copestick (23)

113 / 21

Russ Howard (28)

120 / 21

Mel Clewlow (18)

108 / 19

Andrew Abell (16)

111 / 15

Steve Rushton (19)

119 / 14

John Smith (17)

121 / 9

Stan wins the Easter Cup on another count-back decision.

On a beautiful spring day, our keenly awaited season got underway at one of our favourite venues Newcastle Golf Club. The course was presented to us in good condition with the greens slower than normal, but for the time of the year, it was better than we could have expected. The majority of us were more than happy with our days golf. The course provided us with a great test of golf and with the winning scores coming in on the low side it only helped to endorse how tricky the course was playing. The course offered holes which provided opportunities to get the old big stick out and give it a good bash - ideal for the big hitters amongst us. But, as we meandered through the wooded areas and narrow fairways, there were holes that needed a more thoughtful approach and good iron play was the order of the day.


Considering we are still in April, the weather was glorious and only helped to endorse our Society ethos  that the most important part of playing golf is to ensure we all have “fun”. With this in mind, It was Andrew Abell who took to the tee for the first hit of the season, and true to form, hit the most spectacular drive that soared into the sky and disappeared out of bounds onto the main road -  Majestic!!! It was a memorable start to our year and a moment that none of us will ever forget - we shall dine out on this little gem  for many years to come.


Last years trend of five Society Days being decided on the count-back rule appears to be with us again this year. The winning score of 32 Stableford points was shared by Stan Malpass, Phil Stonier and Mark Steele and it was Stan Malpass (h’cap 22) who came out on top. Stan, former member of Newcastle Golf Club, used his local knowledge to good advantage. Hit the ball smoothly down the middle of the fairway,

seldom getting into any real trouble and playing nicely to his handicap. Stan came in with 15 points from the front nine and 17 off the back nine from 98 strokes. Good steady game Stanley and a nice start to the year.


In second place came Phil Stonier (18)  with 32 points from 95 strokes. Using a 3-wood off the tee these days, Phil is hitting more fairways and makes up the loss of distance with improved iron play and a steady short game. Steady round but a couple of blobs spoiled the card.


In third spot came Mark Steele (16)  our Winter League Champion, also with 32 points from  92 strokes which was also the lowest stroke play score of the day. Just one blob on the card . Good opening nine holes dropping just eight shots. Went on to win the Longest Drive on the 18th hole  with a drive of 246 yards.


RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Stan Malpass  (22)

92  / 36

Les Smith (18)

92 / 34

Kevin Abell (16)

89 / 33

Rich Meadowcroft (16)

89 / 33

Mel Clewlow (19)

93 / 32

Joe Matthews (22)

98 / 30

Kevin Sherwin (22)

101 / 29

John Smith (17)

95 / 29

Steve Rushton (19)

97 / 29

Phil Greatbatch (210

100 / 29

Peter Simms (17)

96 / 28

Phil Stonier (18)

97 / 27

Daz Matthews (17)

101 / 24

Steve Ruddell (17)

109 / 20

Andrew Abell (16)

107 / 19

Stan’s second win in a row to clinch the Spring Cup.

This was yet another solid performance from our Captain Stan Malpass to make it two wins in a row to win the Spring Cup Competition. Always a pleasure to play at Onneley on a course that everyone looks forward to playing. The course was in splendid condition and a credit to the Management and staff.


Stan started where he left off at Newcastle by hitting fairways and keeping the game simple. Playing off an handicap of 22 he used his shots wisely and again he was playing at a club where he was once a member and took full advantage of his local knowledge. Stan scored 36 points from 92 strokes and was hitting the ball well off the tee. Just had a blip on the 11th and 12th holes which he blobbed otherwise the score would have been better.


In second place came Les Smith (18) with 34 points from 92 strokes. Even round of golf with 16 points from the front nine and 18 points from the back nine. Looks like Les is starting to hit form again and with a little more consistency on PIG Society Days he will take some stopping.Two blobs on the 16th and then the last hole cost him dearly.


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In third place came Kevin Abell (16) with 33 points from 89 strokes. Opened his round well with a nice birdie on the first hole and then had a further birdie on the 15th par 3 hole. But two blobs on the card spoiled his chances of putting a really good score together.


RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Phil Greatbatch (21)

87  / 38

Les Smith (18)

97 / 36

Jon Downs (13)

82 / 35

Mark Steele (16)

87 / 33

Graham Cooke (20)

93 / 33

Phil Stonier (18)

90 / 32

Daz Matthews (17)

93 / 31

Joe Matthews (22)

97 / 29

Richard Meadowcroft (16)

91 / 29

Phil Smith (11)

89 / 28

Peter Simms (17)

98 / 26

Steve Ruddell (17)

99 / 26

John Smith (18)

101 / 25

Mel Clewlow (19)

100 / 25

Stan Malpass (20)

100 / 24

Brian Copestick (23)

104 / 23

Phil Greatbatch makes home advantage count as he  wins the Summer Cup

This was our first visit to Greenway Hall Golf Club and one that was made necessary after hearing such good reports about  how the new owners are hoping to develop the course to match the best in Staffordshire. They inherited a course that was in poor condition after the debacle of the Jack Barker Group who clearly left golf in North Staffordshire in a far worse state than when they arrived after taking over the management of Greenway Hall, Keele and Goldenhill Golf Courses. Thank goodness they have gone!


Well done to the Management and Staff at Greenway Hall for turning this club round. The clubhouse was excellent and there was a clear buzz about the place. Our meal was good value and of a high quality. Rome was not built in a day and out on the course you could see improvements taking place. The shared fairways will disappear with the development of new tees and greens for various holes.Once all the changes have been implemented then Management and the members will have a course to be proud of. The views from the top of the course were just spectacular on a day that we once again enjoyed some splendid weather.


The Day belonged to Phil Greatbatch (21 handicap) who came in with 38 points from 87 strokes to win our “Summer Cup” Competition. Playing some nice steady golf on his home course, Phil knew exactly where to hit his golf ball on a course that really did punish you if you missed the fairways. The course was well protected with many hazards and so many holes with difficult sloping lies. This, added to many blind shots, made it a very difficult course to play. Phil certainly made local knowledge count as he built a successful round of golf.


Phil started the round with a lovely birdie on the first hole and scored 21 points on the front nine which was also the best front nine score shared with Les Smith. Just one blob on his card. Well done “Turtle” for compiling a great score under the pressure of playing your own course.



In second place came Les Smith (18)  with 36 points from 97 strokes. Yet another second place for Les after finishing in the same position at Onneley. Playing some good steady golf at the moment and should have a good season.


In third place came Jon Downs (13) playing his first Society game of the year. Came in with 35 points from the best strokeplay score of the day - 82 strokes. Had a fabulous Eagle on the 11th hole and surprised that the story was not told too much in the clubhouse. Perhaps I missed it! Steady game with 17 points from the front nine and 18 from the back nine

RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Mark Steele (16)

85 / 37

Andrew Abell (16)

87 / 35

Kevin Abell (16)

87 / 35

Kevin Sherwin (22)

95 / 34

Phil Stonier (18)

91 / 33

John Smith (18)

94 / 31

Daz Matthews (17)

97 / 30

Russ Howard (28)

107 / 28

Karl Furniss (19)

100 / 28

Mel Clewlow (19)

99 / 27

Tom Gallimore (11) Guest

40 pts

Mark Steele wins the  Players Championship Trophy at Malkins Bank

Mark Steele took time out of his hectic holiday schedule to gain his first win of the season at Malkins Bank. The course continues to improve and the quality of the greens reflects the hard work currently being undertaken by the ground staff and the owners. Very difficult to find fault with the course when you consider the number of golfers that tread these fairways. It was certainly another enjoyable day and steady golf was played by all.


Mark (handicap 16)  scored 37 points from 85 strokes and is now becoming a consistent performer with the Society. Had 8 pars and could have had a really good round had he not had two double bogeys on the last two holes. Perhaps a good holiday would do the trick. Well played Mark. This win also puts Mark at the top pf the Grand Prix with 38 points.


In second place came Andrew Abell (16) and Kevin Abell (16) with identical scores and playing off the same handicap. Both had 6 pars but Kevin had a birdie on the 8th and then went onto a triple bogey on the 18th hole which spoiled the card. Andrew also went onto a nice win double by bagging the Longest Drive and also the Nearest the Pin.



RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Mark Steele (15)

84 / 39

Richie Abell (28)

102 / 36

Stan Malpass (20)

95 / 35

Kevin Sherwin (22)

96 / 34

Kevin Abell (16)

94 / 32

Steve Ruddell (18)

94 / 32

Les Smith (17)

98 / 28

Russ Howard (28)

109 / 28

Peter Simms (17)

101 / 26

Daz Matthews (18)

104 / 24

Steve Rushton (19)

105 / 23

Andrew Abell (16)

112 / 22

John Smith (18)

113 / 17

Phil Stonier (18)

127 / 14



Mark’s form just too hot to handle

What a great performance from Mark Steele as he scorched home with 39 points to win successive Society Days at a sun drenched Izaak Walton Golf Club. This must have been one of the hottest days of the year as we all melted on a sun drenched course. What  a fabulous day to play golf. Perhaps, just a little too hot and humid for some but when you endure our cold and wet winter months, then surely we are not at liberty to complain. The course was so good and everyone seemed to enjoy the day. Not an easy course to play but  it provided us all with a real challenge.


Mark Steele (15 handicap) just romped home beating the field by three clear stableford points and eleven strokes better than his closest challengers. What a game he played with two birdies on the second and tenth holes and five pars, and the round even included a blob on the par 3 fourth hole. Well played Mr Steele, this win also puts Mark at the top of both the Stableford Order of Merit and also the Grand Prix competitions.


In second place came our youngest member Richie Abell (28) with 36 points from 102 strokes. Played some good golf and blobbed on three holes and had three pars. Keep it up Richie.


In third place came the evergreen Stan Malpass (20) with 35 points from 95 strokes. Lost his way a little towards the end of the round with three blobs in the last four holes, otherwise this would have been win number three in the current season for Stan. Stan also won the Nearest the Pin Competition.


RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Karl Furniss (19)

96 / 33

Steve Rushton (20)

93 / 33

Mark Steele (13)

88 / 31

Russ Howard (28)

106 / 30

Kevin Abell (16)

93 / 29

Andrew Abell (16)

94 / 29

Stan Malpass (20)

99 / 27

Brian Copestick (24)

105 / 26

Kevin Sherwin (22)

106 / 24

John Smith (18)

115 / 18



Paul Herrington (16) Guest

36pts

Mike Pumford (10) Guest

34pts

Peter Isherwood (15) Guest

32pts

John Munn (17) Guest

30pts

Gordon Brookes (24) Guest

28pts

Karl takes the 12,000 Mile Trophy home at the fourth attempt

It was very fitting that Karl Furniss should eventually win the 12,000 Mile Trophy after all the hard work in organising this event for the past four years. As we all know, Karl and his family donated this Trophy in 2011 in memory of his late father Peter Furniss. Since then Karl and his family have supported the event and provided us with great hospitality during the day. So, it was great to see Karl win the Trophy for the first time. Well played Karl, and on behalf of us all, a big thanks to your family for providing us all with a great day at Alsager Golf Club.


The day belonged to Karl (19 handicap) with 33 points from 96 strokes but it was a close call, Karl winning on count back from Steve Rushton . Once again, local knowledge of the course proved to be a deciding factor, as it has been all year with our Society Day results, with members and ex-members winning the day. It was a fair round of golf with three blobs on the card and three pars. A great shot on the 17th par 5 hole, won Karl the Longest Drive Competition, some 275 yards. This was followed by a 5 iron flying 197 yards  that found the green with a 25 foot for an eagle. Missed the first putt but set him up for a great birdie 4. Maybe a little help from above - who knows! All in all, it was enough on the day to take home the Trophy and well deserved.


In second spot on count back, came Steve Rushton (20), also with 33 points from 93 strokes. Three pars and three blobs. Steady round of golf and starting to hit the ball better of the tee than in previous weeks.


In third place came Mark Steele (13) with 31 points from 88 strokes. Played very well in recent weeks having won the last two Society Days which has seen his handicap drop to reflect his present form. Currently running away with the Stableford Order of Merit Competition and also the Grand Prix. Collected 6 pars on his card but, with his new handicap, has to play very well to return a winning Stableford Score.



RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Mel Clewlow (19)

94 / 34

Phil Stonier (18)

95 / 32

Mark Steele (13)

92 / 31

Andrew Abell (17)

104 / 26

Stan Malpass (20)

105 / 25

Karl Furniss (19)

106 / 24

Steve Rushton  (20)

107 / 23

Russ Howard (28)

120 / 22

Brian Copestick (24)

111 / 22

John Smith (18)

109 / 21

Kevin Abell (17)

107 / 21

Tom Gallimore (11) Guest

93 / 28





Mel putts his way to first win of the year

This was our first visit to Portal Golf Club in Tarporley to play the Championship Course which offered us stunning views over the Cheshire countryside. There were three holes which particularly encapsulated the Championship course, being the Par 5 3rd hole with its elevated tee, 602 yards off the white tees, and lake fronted green. Then the picturesque par 3 14th hole surrounded by landscaped water features and then, finally, the 18th hole with its waterfall backdrop. Make no mistake this was a tough course with yardage of 7041 off the white tees and 6495 yards off the yellow tees. A course that some say, would only suit the big hitters providing that they were accurate.


On the day it was Mel Clewlow (19 handicap) that came out on top with a score of 34 points from 94 strokes to win our “Tour Warmer Trophy”. A good game of golf with no blobs on the card and two equal scores on the front and back nine holes. His strength on the day was his masterful putting when his playing partners commented that he didn’t miss anything on the greens. Mel’s first win of the year and looks like he is hitting a bit of good form just in time for our Tour to Lytham. Well played Mel.


In second place came Phil Stonier (18) with 32 points from 95 strokes. Hitting the ball much better off the tee these days and came in with 5 pars and two blobs on the card.


In third spot came Mark Steele ((13) with 31 points from 92 strokes which was the lowest strokeplay score of the day. Also won the nearest the pin competition. Mixed day for Mark with the driver in and out. The result keeps Mark well ahead of the field in the Order of Merit and Grand Prix Competitions.



RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Richard Meadowcroft (19)

85 / 38

Jon Downs (12)

84 / 34

Karl Furniss (19)

96 / 34

Steve Ruddell (17)

90 / 34

Mark Steele (13)

87 / 34

Steve Rushton (19)

97 / 32

Peter Simms (18)

98 / 31

Russ Howard (27)

105 / 30

Brian Copestick (25)

102 / 30

Kevin Abell (17)

97 / 28

John Smith (19)

99 / 28

Joe Matthews (22)

102 / 27

Les Smith (14)

94 / 27

Stan Malpass (21)

102 / 27

Daz Matthews (17)

104/ 23

Andrew Abell (17)

131 /13



The last few years has seen Brookfield Golf Club establish itself as one of our favourite venues. Each time we visit we can see improvements to the course and the clubhouse always offers a welcoming atmosphere. However, on this occasion, the greens looked tired and slow and the work being carried out took away a little of the enjoyment as we battled with the diggers and the bunkers under repair. Nevertheless, all enjoyed the day and none more so than Richard Meadowcroft (handicap 19) who scored a winning 38 points from 85 strokes to claim the “Classic Trophy” for his first win this year. Richard also won the Longest Drive on the 10th hole with a cracking drive that split the fairway


Not sure where this trail of thought is going at the moment but all the players at the top of the results table could be classed as “big hitters”. Which may suggest that Brookfield is more suited to the players who are long off the tee! Perhaps, our big hitters have a distinct advantage on some holes with the wide fairways and providing the opportunity to use a small iron or a  wedge into the green.


Anyway, it was a good driving day for Richard as he had four pars and two birdies. A good birdie on the 7th hole and then another cracking birdie on the last hole gave him 8 points that would be enough to fight off the challenge of the chasing pack of four players.  The pack, all finishing on 34 points, were Jon Downs, Karl Furniss, Steve Ruddell and Mark Steele. Jon recorded the lowest stroke-play with 84 shots and also had a nice birdie on the last hole. Karl won the Nearest the Pin competition and had eight pars but too many double bogies caused the damage on his card. Steve Ruddell had three blobs and a birdie but a little lack of consistency is preventing him from coming in with a winning score this year.


Mark Steele had an indifferent round with two blobs on two of the easiest holes on the course - funny old game. But, the Grand Prix is in the bag for Mark with a points total that no one can catch. However, the results on Tour has put a totally different complexion on the Stableford Order of Merit. Just a couple of weeks ago it looked as though Mark was going to run away with the competition but good scores by Les Smith, when winning the Tour Championship, means that Les has now come into the reckoning. So, it will all come down to the last Society Day at Astbury. It is now just too close to call, making it a very interesting end to our season.


Astbury Golf Club - Friday 24th October  2014

RESULTS

NAME

SCORE

Russ Howard (27)

101 / 36

Peter Simms (18)

93 / 33

Les Smith (14)

88 / 33

Kevin Abell (17)

95 / 32

Richard Meadowcroft (16)

93 / 30

Mel Clewlow (19)

97 / 29

Mark Steele (13)

97 / 28

John Smith (19)

103 / 27

Karl Furniss (19)

103 / 26

Daz Matthews (16)

99 / 25

Steve Rushton (19)

111 / 19

Tom Gallimore (Guest)

82 / 36

Our season ended with a trip to Astbury Golf Club where we all had high hopes of finishing the season in fine style. The outcome of this years Stableford Order of Merit was finely balanced with just Mark Steele and Les Smith the only ones in with a chance to win the Society Flagship Competition. Both were on the same points and it turned out to be a straight shoot out to win the competition. Both had been playing good golf over recent weeks and it was very difficult to predict who would come out on top on the day.  


All eyes and attention were directed to the dual between Marl and Les, but it was Russ Howard (handicap 27) who won on the day with perhaps his best performance of the season. Russ came in with 36 points from 101 shots. Russ put the score of his opening hole behind him and enjoyed a steady round of golf using his shots to the full. Just two blobs on the card, the opening hole and then the opening hole on the back nine. Well done Russ, good to finish the season on a high, and during the cold winter months ahead, the Winter Warmer Trophy will provide much encouragement to get your handicap down next season.


In second place, on count back,  came Peter Simms (18) with 33 points from 93 strokes.  A good start to the back nine with three pars placed Peter into a good challenging position but a poor finish on the last three holes cost him the chance to win on the day.


In third place came Les Smith (14) with 33 points from 83 strokes and also winning the Nearest the Pin Competition. Steady round of golf which was enough to clinch the Order of Merit Competition and snatch it away from Mark Steele who had been heading the table all year. Consolation for Mark is that he won the Grand Prix Competition with plenty of points to spare. Congratulations Les on a very good season.