Club Championships 2019

Since my last communique the 2019 club championships have come and gone for another year. This year we had 152 players on day one of the competition, and 141 ventured out on day two. With the exception of some rain on Sunday morning, the weather was kind overall, and that was certainly the case for the finishing groups on Sunday afternoon.

The course was presented in excellent condition by Leigh and his team. In the end, and after some hard-fought golf, new member Sam Hessian emerged as the Men’s Club Champion and Gold Medal winner with a gross score of 148. Cavan Mallon put up a spirited defence of his title (especially on day two, shooting 73) coming in as runner up with a gross score of 152, followed in 3rd place by Christian Mucklow with a gross score of 156.

Ellen Yates successfully defended her title as Ladies Club Champion with a gross score of 161, fending off a previous Ladies Club Champion, Sarah Mardani who shot a gross score of 164.

The Men’s Silver Medal was won by David Naylor with a highly creditable nett score of 138. Runner up and 3rd places went to Ryan Harpur and John Howells respectively with nett scores of 143 and 145.

The Men’s Bronze Medal was won by Ian Robinson on count back with 145, beating John Woods into 2nd place. Third place went to the irrepressible Mike Corfield who is living proof that golf is a game for all age groups. Well done Mike.

The Ladies le Barn Trophy (best net score) was won on count back by Sam Randall, beating Susan Holland into 2nd place with a nett score of 147.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 winners and runners up, and kudos too to everyone who entered the Club Championships to compete and take on the personal challenges it presents.

The Druce Trophy Competition

The Druce is a highly popular competition contested this year by 60 teams from golf clubs across Surrey. Organised by the SLCGA (Surrey Ladies County Golf Association), The Druce is a top-rated event for Surrey amateur lady golfers.

This year we entered a team comprising Rosemary Barton, Ruth Knowles, Hilary Westwood and Indeg Curtis with Jennie Corfield as non-playing captain. The format is based on 2 players posting a foursomes score in the morning and the second pair attempting to better these scores on each hole in the afternoon. The best gross score for each hole played by the two pairs counts towards the team gross. Our ladies posted a cumulative gross score of 89. With a handicap deduction of 21 they were one of only twenty teams to post a nett score under 70. Windlesham ladies posted 68 and finished in a very creditable 9th Place.

Click here to see The Druce 2019 results.

Well done Rosemary, Ruth, Hilary and Indeg for a great performance and for representing Windlesham Golf Club in style.

Tee Time Trial

The revised tee time trial commenced on the weekend of April 28. Overall, the results across the different tee time periods being monitored seem to have been positive. However, in order to draw final conclusions about the trial and make any decisions about bookable and non-bookable (roll up) tee times going forward a decision was taken at this month’s committee meeting to obtain member feedback and observations about the trial and to extend the trial by one month till the end of August while this is being gathered.

It’s the intention of the committee and the club’s management to announce the outcomes of the trial by the end of August.

Finally, I hear very complimentary remarks about the course in general and I think I speak for many when I say that the course has been a pleasure to play in recent months. We need some rain for this to continue but with some luck I hope, as wine growers and connoisseurs can sometimes be heard to say, we can end the 2019 summer season saying 2019 was a good year.

Lee Wood
Club Captain.