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Magnificent Ashridge – 18th May 2022

Ashridge was in magnificent condition for our visit this year!

We brought the timing forward from the end of June to mid-May this year to accommodate the Moor Park Charity Event and the Rhododendrons were in full flower as a result making the course even more picturesque than usual. Many thanks to all at Ashridge who once again looked after us brilliantly!!

25 members and 11 guests attended and thoroughly enjoyed the buffet lunch, 18 fantastic golf holes and the delicious 3 course meal afterwards.

After dinner the prizes were allocated, but first Digby Hebbard who couldn’t stay on at Bishops Stortford was presented with the Captains Cup he won there!

Digby Hebbard – Captains Cup Winner

Next Up the Winners of the Nearest the Pin and Nearest the Pin in 2

Nearest the Pin – Damian Harvey
Nearest the Pin in 2 – Mike Cronin

The Team Prize was hotly contested and won on count-back by Jarlath Rooney and David Wannerton with a magnificent better-ball stableford score of 45 points  from one other team and by a single point from 2 other teams!!

The guest Prize was also well contested with Richard Hodgetts prevailing on count-back from Russel Storey both with 39 points.

The coveted Spring Cup was scooped by runaway winner and new member Geoff Green on 43 points (Cut 2) with second place to an excellent if distant Andrew Hardy on 39 points (Cut 1)

Well done to all!!

Captain’s Day – Bishops Stortford

Captain Jason Wood welcomed 20 members and their 10 guests to a chilly but dry Bishops Stortford on Thursday 28th April for the first of our events for 2022.

We enjoyed ham, egg and chips before golf, 18 holes and a great 2-course dinner afterwards. The course was in great condition and although there were some alterations due to extensive improvements underway on the course everyone had a thoroughly good time!!

All the prizes, presented by Jason Wood, were well contested with the Team Prize going to Ken Adams and Matthew Jones with 44 points just pipping  Neil Blundy and Aaron Hughes on count-back.

Team Winners – Ken Adams and Matthew Jones

Nearest the Pin was 2 yards from the hole and won by David Wannerton

Nearest the Pin on 8 – David Wannerton

Nearest the Pin in 2 was awarded to Roger Smith

Nearest the Pin in 2 on 14 – Roger Smith

The Guest Prize was scooped up by Drew Norman on 38 points from Alistair Cull on 36.

Guest Winner – Drew Norman

Two members went head to head for the coveted “Captains Cup” with Digby Hebbard (Cut 2) winning out on count-back from James Barrett (Cut 1) both on 37 points. Unfortunately Digby couldn’t stay for the presentation so in time honoured fashion the Cup will be presented to Digby at the next event.

Second Place James Barrett receives a handshake and bottle of wine from Jason Wood

EPIC Victory v BAGS – 31st March 2022

Congratulations to “Captain Fantastic” – Jason Wood for leading the EPIC team to a resounding 4-2 victory against the BAGS and thus securing our first ever WIN!!
The day started with sleet and snow and we feared the worst. The wind didn’t abate but fortunately the sun shone on us. It was a very hard fought contest with good sport on all sides.
It was tense awaiting the last match as EPIC were 3-2 up but all was well with a victory for Steve Davies and James Barrett
Pictured here is the BAGS Captain presenting Jason with the winners temporary ​”Hand Sanitiser” trophy in lieu of the real thing, which was left at home by the BAGS.
As Jason said “The Bags will have some respect for EPIC now and the competition will get feisty in future years!!”
The role of honour and securing our victory
Oliver Tobing and Digby Hebbard WIN – 1 up
Rob Seeley and John Biscoe  WIN – 1 up
Joel Evans and Michael Trott WIN – 6&5
Steve Davies and James Barrett – WIN 6&4
Losses from Matthew Jones and Iain Stevenson 4&2 and Jason Wood and Neil Meixner 3&2 didn’t dampen the celebrations!!
There were some very close matches but particularly well done to the first two groups winning by 1 hole each which proved decisive in this EPIC victory!!

AGM at Mark Masons’ Hall

The AGM and Dinner was held at Mark Masons’ Hall 96 St James on 1st February 2022 attended by 24 members

Attendees at the AGM 01-02-2022

The Captain, Treasurer and Secretary reported on the 2021 year followed by an update on the Charity Day to be held on 29th June at Moor Park from  Charity Chair Steven Barker and a few words from Jason Wood on the forthcoming Tour to Vilamoura and from our President about his charity Rosie’s Rainbow Fund. Full details of the AGM can be found at http://epicgolfingsociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/AGM-2022-Minutes.pdf

Immediately after the AGM Replica Trophies were presented to last years winners by 2021 Captain Iain Stevenson

Neil Blundy – Spring Cup Winner 2021
Matthew Jones – Captains Cup Winner 2021
Jarlath Rooney – Presidents Cup Winner 2021
Ben Hurworth – Jubilee Cup Winner 2021 Tour
Matthew Jones – Player of the Year 2021

And the Bush award for “Outstanding Contribution to EPIC” was presented by President Ken Adams

Iain Stevenson – Bush Trophy 2021- Outstanding Contribution to EPIC

Autumn in Abridge

Congratulations to new member Jarlath Rooney who walked off with the Presidents Cup!!

12 members and 7 guests played Abridge Golf Club on a chilly but dry autumnal day. The course played well despite being a bit wet and suffering from some extensive earthworks which I’m sure will improve the playing conditions even further if the future.

All enjoyed a Bacon Roll on arrival, 18 holes and a very filling 3-course dinner.

Guest Paul Lewis (also the photographer for most shots)won the Nearest the Pin with Rob Seeley taking the Nearest the Pin in 2 on 18.The team prize was very closely contested with 2 teams on 39. 2 on 40 and 2 on 41 points with Michael Salmon and David Wannerton narrowly taking the money!!Seen here receiving the prize from Captain Iain Stevenson!!

The Guest Prize was secured by Robin Harkins on a magnificent 36 points

The Presidents Cup was presented through gritted teeth by Iain Stevenson on 37 points (Cut 1) who lost on last 6 count-back to Jarlath (Cut 2) 

 

Magnificent Dyrham Park

You missed a treat if you weren’t there!! Here is a picture of the clubhouse coming up the 18th!!

A great course and company. Dyrham Park looked after us magnificently and a good time was had by all. (as can be seen from the photos to follow!!

Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the ball sweep which generated £250 for our charity Rosie’s Rainbow Fund.

As a precursor to the main prize-giving, Neil Blundy (2019 Captain) presented the outgoing Autumn Cup winner Michael Trott with his replica trophy from 2 years ago.

Nearest the Pin and Nearest the Pin in 2 were both won by guests namely Mario Phylacto and Ian Cunningham

respectively!!!

The scoring was close in all other categories was very close in the team with 4 teams on 43 points narrowly missing out to Matthew Jones and Bryan Casemore on 44 points. Both Bryan and James Barrett won other prizes so the other winning team prize went to James’s playing partner Chris Sunderland (not pictured as he had to leave early!!). They were second in the team on countback!!

So the winner of the guest prize on 36 points was Bryan Casemore.

Congratulations to him

Three players achieved a creditable 35 points – 2nd and Cut 1 was  Delwyn Jacobs (21 Back 9), 3rd – Michael Trott (17 Back 9) and 4th John Biscoe (14 Back 9).

The Autumn Cup winner this year was new(ish) member James Barratt with 36 points (cut 2)

Congratulations to James.

The next event is at Abridge on Thursday 14th October 2021

Tour – Southport – 2nd to 5th September 2021

The Players in front of Hesketh GC Clubhouse

This years Tour to Southport taking in Royal Birkdale, Formby Hall and Hesketh was a great success with 20 players taking part. As you can see the weather at Hesketh was magnificent, but I get ahead of myself!!

Nearly all foregathered at the Vincent Hotel on Thursday evening and partook in the customary fitness and mental machinations prior to the first day at the magnificent Royal Birkdale.

Birkdale was in magnificent condition and their hospitality was second to none.

The Clubhouse at Royal Birkdale – Coming up the 18th!!!

The winner of the Day was Michael Salmon with 33 points on countback from John McMenamin with Gareth Sheppard 3rd with 17 on the Back 9 on countback from Neil Blundy, Martyn Howie and Robert Seeley. Front 9 Winner was John McMenamin, with 18 winning on countback with 13 points on the last 6 from Martyn Howie, Robert Seeley and David Wannerton all with 12 on the last 6. Back 9 Winner was Neil Meixner with 18 points as Michael Salmon has already won a prize. NPx2 was Gareth Shepherd and the NP was handed down to Neil Blundy as he was 4th over all and Michael Salmon has already won a prize. The team score was 1.5 points to the Captain’s team and 3.5 to the Vice’s!

Day 2 saw us play the rather disappointing Formby Hall where the service and organisation were absolutely awful! However we stayed dry and  some had an excellent round

Winner on the day Oliver Tobin 33pts on count back – 16 on the back 9, Front 9 Ben Hurworth 21 pts and Back 9 Steve Haley 17 points. NP Stewart Kirkwood AKA Alvin and NPx2 Gareth Shepherd for the second time in two days!! The Vice’s team extended their team score lead after day 2. The scores were 3.5 points to the Captain’s team and 6.5 to the Vice’s!

Day 3 dawned sunny and warm and we played Hesketh, a great parkland/links course just north of Southport.

Final Days Winners were – NP Oliver Tobin and NP in 2 Neil Meixner, Front 9 Ben Hurworth 22pts, Back 9 Neil Blundy 21 pts both and Day 3 Winner Steven Barker with 42 points and 22 on the back 9.

Ben Hurworth receiving the Green jacket and Claret Jug from last years winner Rob Seeley

So to the overall results in the individual. Third over three rounds was Iain Stevenson with 96 points, Second Neil Blundy 99 points and The Green Jacket Winner and therefore the new holder of the Claret Jug Ben Hurworth with 103 points. Well done Ben!!

The team score was very closely fought on the final day with the Vice’s Team prevailing over the Captain’s by 10.5 points to 9.5 Points. Jason Wood (Vice Captain) presented an engraved whiskey glass to all his team winners as a memento of the weekend.

A great time had by all!!

Glorious Ashridge – 23rd June 2021

What a great day we all had at Ashridge – Perfect weather – The course in the best condition we’ve ever seen (albeit the rough was extreme), great company and the food and service provided by the club was first class.

A belated presentation was made to Digby Hebbard of the Replica Trophy of his “Player of the Year 2019” success delayed because of you know what!!!

Next Up was Oliver Tobin who won the nearest the pin in 2 on the 9th

Not present but winner of the nearest the pin on 16 was guest James Barrett

The Yellow Ball team was due to various shenanigans performed by the scorer to ensure no-one got more than one prize was won by Chris Sunderland, Rob Cowup (not in the picture), Jason Wood and  Ashley Pratt the latter two selected on merit from elsewhere!!

So Matt Jones and David Kavenagh (not picured here), who were part of winning yellow ball team and only one of two teams to bring back their yellow ball – but couldn’t win two prizes, won the  best team score from two other teams on 44 points having 23 points on the back 9 from 22 and 20 respectively!!

The Major prizes now with Phil Bowyer winning the Guest Prize with a great score of 36 (19 on the back) points from Ashley Pratt also 36 (16 on the back) and Nigel Anderson on 35

So to the Winner of the Finlinson Cup – Seen here presented by Captain  Iain Stevenson was Steve Hurworth on 36points playing off WHI 7 (Cut 2) from Matt Jones on 35 (cut a further 1)

Some great Golf played and some not so great but a very enjoyable day.

Remember to have 23rd September and 14th August in your diary as these are the next two EPIC Events

Burhill – Captains Day

We were very well looked after at Burhill on Wednesday 26th May 2021

The weather was fine considering how bad May has been this year and the course was in great nick although playing long due to the lush fairways. Altogether a great test of golf!!

Before golf we were treated to a substantial ploughman’s lunch and after golf and foregathering in the Honours Bar we repaired to the dining area for a splendid meal and  prizegiving.

Without going into the intricacies of the scoring system (designed to limit any individual to a single prize) the results were as follows.

Nearest the Pin – Martyn Howie
Nearest the Pin in 2 – Chris Sunderland
Team Winners (actually the team partners of the two individual winners up next) – Steve Davies and Daniel Myers
Guest Winner – Matthew Betts
EPIC – Captains Cup Winner – Matthew Jones – 38 points (CUT 2) from Robert White 37 (CUT 1)

A reminder that we are at Ashridge on 23rd June 2021 so get it in the diary and sort out your guests.

BAGS v EPIC – 19th May 2021

The now traditional match between the two rival societies was held at Theydon Bois on a day which promised much rain but delivered little. The course had though suffered from previous rain and was somewhat waterlogged! Many thanks to Mike Foster for organising the club and indeed to Theydon Bois for great food and good service

The match itself couldn’t have been closer as our gallant 12 took on the BAGS in a better ball match-play competition

The early matches were nip and tuck with Charles Gjertsen and Chris Anderson as well as Steve Hurworth and Martyn Howie earning a 1/2 point (the latter were denied a win by an enormous putt on the last hole from EPIC Member Gavin Tuck playing for the opposition!!!) with Rob Seeley and Mat Jones losing. Steve Davies and Michael Foster again could have won but secured a 1/2. So it came to the last two groups. 2 wins and the trophy was ours for the first time, a win and a half and we had a drawn match!!!!

The Neils (Blundy and Meixner) delivered a win but unfortunately having been 2 up at the start Iain Stevenson and Aidan Mahoney couldn’t quite hang on and with their loss we finally had to admit defeat 3.5 to 2.5.

The closest of margins.

Next year it will be BAGS choice of venue so we’ll probably be back at Thorndon Park!!