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2020 AGM – Percy and Founders – 13th February 2020

25 members attended the AGM and enjoyed a great dinner on 13th February.

You can read the minutes at Minutes of AGM 2020

After the AGM the presentations were as follows.

Captain Neil Blundy presents trophies to Digby Hebbard – “Player of the Year” and Rob Seeley – “Jubilee Cup Winner for the 2019 Tour to La Cala”.  Also unavailable on the night  Michael Trott winner of the “Autumn Cup” on 40 points. All proved difficult to see in the picture!!!

 

 

Jason Wood received the Spring Cup for his 36 points at Moor Park

 

 

 

 

 

John Biscoe scored a creditable 33 at the Buckinghamshite to secure the Captain’s Cup

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Anderson came in with a magnificent 38 points round the challenging Ashridge GC to secure the Finlinson Cup

 

 

 

 

Joel Evans scored an outstanding 39 points to take home the Presidents Cup from the well presented Abridge GC.

 

 

 

 

Neil Meixner won the Recessionary Bowl for the second year in a row with 35 points mainly because he was the only member who bothered to turn up!! Not true quite there were 6 others!!

 

 

 

John Bush and Ken Adams presented the Bush Trophy for services to the EPIC Golfing Society to Darrell Lewis

Letchworth – 30th December 2019

What a lovely day and a great course. Despite the huge amount of rain we’ve all had over recent weeks Letchworth Golf Course was in magnificent condition. The sun shone and it actually got quite warm after chilly conditions first thing!!

28 players – but only 7 members experienced this lovely course and had a memorable 2-course late lunch afterwards.

Winners were

Nearest The Pin – Peter Webster                   

Nearest the Pin in 2 – Gary Chisnall             

Guest Winner  – Michael Cronin on 39 points from Peter Webster on 37 and Team Winners – Julian Bunting, Ray Gaughan, Michael Cronin and Brian O’Riordon on 84. Won on countback!!         

Recessionary Bowl Winner and retaining the trophy was Neil Meixner on 35 points playing with a 2 shot penalty off 9  

Well done to everyone who took part and don’t forget to let Neil Meixner know if you want to attend the AGM on 13th February 2020 if you haven’t already confirmed!!

 

SPORTING SPEAKER OF THE YEAR 2019

A message for Ken Adams – Event organiser.

The EPIC Golfing Society had a fantastic networking event at The Brewery on Friday 22nd November.

The guest speakers were Geoff Hurst, Graeme Swann and Will Greenwood, all of which were outstanding. The food, wine and company was first class! Definitely an event to remember and repeat in the future. I am pleased to announce we had 21 attendees which provided a great opportunity to network, which is exactly what EPIC’s is all about. I hope that next year all EPIC members will support this event with greater numbers as I truly believe that all members would benefit from the experience.

Ken Adams 19-12-2019

Many thanks to Ken and Neil Blundy for organising this successful event.

 

EPIC Tour 2020 – La Baule France

A message from your 2020 Captain – Iain Stevenson

Ladies and Gentlemen

Now is the time to commit to the 2020 tour to La Baule – France.

All you need to do is say “Yes” and pay a deposit of £200 by

1st November 2019 to

Account Name Iain Stevenson

Account Nr 84136260

Sort Code 87-37-13

Please put your name as the reference

 

The tour details are below but in a change to previous

  • You don’t need to book flights – It’s done for you
  • We will play the first round on arrival on Thursday so that Sunday will be a morning of recuperation prior to an afternoon flight.

Details

Thursday to Sunday 7th – 10th May 2020  –France – La Baule

 Flights

Thursday 07/05/2020: London, United Kingdom – Stansted (STN) to Nantes, France – Nantes Atlantique (NTE)
Departs 07:30 / Arrives 10:00
Flight number: TBC
Reference: TBCSunday 10/05/2020: Nantes, France – Nantes Atlantique (NTE) to London, United Kingdom – Stansted (STN)
Departs 16:00 / Arrives 16:20
Flight number: TBC
Reference: TBC

Number of passengers: 20

Golf bags carriage included

Yes – Ryanair I’m afraid

Accommodation

Accommodation: Hotel Barrière L’Hermitage La Baule
3 nights / 20 guests / Bed & Breakfast

Check-in: Thursday, 07 May 2020 (after 15:00)
Check-out: Sunday, 10 May 2020 (before 11:00)

10 × Twin (2 occupants) Please advise if single occupancy required but note it will incur an additional cost

Golf

3 rounds on Thursday Friday and Saturday with a chill on Sunday Morning prior to the return flight

Golf: Golf International Barriere La Baule
Thursday, 07 May 2020 at 13:00 (5 tee times)
Golf: Nantes Vigneux
Friday, 08 May 2020 at 11:30 (5 tee times)
Golf: Golf De La Bretesche
Saturday, 09 May 2020 at 10:24 (5 tee times)

Price

£599 Includes Stansted Flights and Golf Club Carriage

Deposit

£200 by Friday 1st November as we have to pay the full cost of all flights when confirming booking

Thanks on behalf of Iain Stevenson

EPIC V BAGS – Close but no Cigar!!

EPIC V BAGS Match – 15th October 2019

9 valiant EPIC players took on the might of the BAGS again this year at the magnificent Thorndon Park near Brentwood.

Captain Neil Blundy lead from the front playing magnificently to secure a half. Rob Seeley narrowly lost to two BAGS members on the 17th. David Wannerton and Charles Gjertson were triumphant, Michael Trott and Jason Wood fought to a gallant half whilst  David Jenkins and Iain Stevenson fought the good fight but finally succumbed.

The final tally BAGS 3 – EPIC 2 – Bad Luck EPIC!!!!

After play we sat down to a magnificent meal and great service from the team at Thorndon Golf Club . Many thanks to them!!

Adrian Peacock (BAGS Captain accepts the Cup from Neil Blundy . Also pictured Ray Gardner – President BAGS and past long time Secretary and Neil Meixner who endured some serious abuse from Neil Blundy regarding his contribution to their half or should we say the “Captain’s Half”

A great time was had by all but we still haven’t won!! Two drawn matches in the 10 years we’ve been trying. Next year Iain Stevenson will lead us to Victory!! When victory comes it will be all the sweeter!!!!!

President’s Cup – Abridge – 26th September 2019

The Presidents Cup was organised earlier this year to help ensure better playing conditions and it worked just, as it rained torrentially the day before and in the morning but by the time we teed off at about 1.30 there was a break in the series of fronts crossing the UK and we all enjoyed a rain-free round. The course was damp in parts but all agreed it played exceptionally well under the circumstances.

20 members and their 13 guests attended!

A lovely meal was enjoyed by all and the ball sweep raised £250 for Rosie’s Rainbow Fund. Thanks to all who attended.

Michael Cronin won Nearest the Pin on 9

Shami Mendis Won Nearest the Pin in 2 on 18

The Team Prize was won by Messrs Steven Davies and Robert Seeley with a magnificent 47 from 3 other scores over 40 points!! Well done.

Guest Winner was Chris Anderson’s Nephew, Daniel Courtney, who in true family tradition should be wearing a sombrero at all times as he stormed to a 44 point win!!! Great golf young man!

The competition for the main trophy, The Presidents Cup was the closest of all the computations as with 38 points and 3rd was Digby Hebbard playing off a 1 shot penalty (if it’s any consolation Digby you’d still have lost on countback!!). However with magnificent scores of 39 points and identical back 9’s, Rob Seeley (cut 1) lost out to President Cup Winner Joel Evans (Cut 2) on last 6 countback.

Congratulation Joel – Great Golf!!

Finally a few reminders

  • The AGM Date is set for 6th February – Details to Follow
  • Ken Adams is organising on 22nd November – Sporting Speaker of the year. For details of the Platinum offer see link –  Sporting Speaker of the Year 2019 Ken Adams is organising a number of tables of 10 for this event at £220+vat per person. Ken is proposing one member and one guest but more guests can be accommodated if early booking is received. Please contact Ken ken.adams@lifebuild.co.uk if you’re interested or email epicgolfsociety@gmail.com and I’ll pass it on to Ken.
  • Finally get Letchworth in your diaries for 30th December for our annual “Family and Friend” Xmas Golfing event. Details Shortly.

The Tour – La Cala Spain

16 members took to the sky including 4 new tourists to enjoy the delights of La Cala golf resort and spa in southern Spain!!

The weather was fantastic considering the deluge that befell Murcia just up the coast from us. We had the most spectacular of thunderstorms but fortunately during the night and although some major damage was done to the bunkers the courses were eminently playable.

A good time was had by all and a serious amount of wind up and banter was given and taken, encouraged by Captain Neil Blundy.

The Captain’s and acting Vice-Captain’s Teams pitted themselves against each other over two days of better ball and a final day singles competition. I’d like to say it was as close as the recent US v Europe Ryder Cup encounters but that was not the case with the Captains Team running away 12-4 winners

The individual competition for the Green Jacket and Claret Jug was a close run affair until the last few holes when Neil Blundy  (92 points over 3 days) and Steve Haley (94) lost out to Rob Seeley (98). 

Last Years winner and acting Vice-Captain presenting the Green Jacket to Rob Seeley . Congratulations to you Rob on 3 great rounds

The Jacket fits where it touches.

I am sure all tourist echo my thanks to Neil Blundy for a great venue and faultless arrangements which made it a pleasure as usual to tour.

Next year’s Captain has to go some to match that!!

There’s a challenge Iain!!!

All the results here – EPIC Tour 2019 – La Cala – The Results

The Buckinghamshire – Revisited – 25th July 2019

What a scorcher!! 38 DegC.

The Buckinghamshire stood in for our traditional visit to Sandy Lodge as the latter was undertaking maintenance and couldn’t guarantee the whole course would be open. Their loss as we had the most magnificent days golf and barbecued into the evening on the terrace of this great golf course.

Despite the extreme heat there were some great scores! But first for a great round rewarded with far too few points Michael Salmon picks up the wooden spoon.

Next Up winner of the Nearest the Pin our Vice-CaptainIain Stevenson.

Winner of the Guest Prize and Nearest the Pin in 2

Steven Hurworth.

Team Winners

Bandits Joel Evans and Steve Davies (and Joel gets 2 shots back after this as he was defending Autumn Cup Winner)!!!

Winner of the prestigious Autumn Cup making his debut as a member was Michael Trott with 40 points (Cut 2) from Mark Beer 36 points (Cut 1)

Thanks to our Captain Neil Blundy for presenting the prizes so magnificently and congratulations to all our winners and hope to see all our members at the new course (to us) of Abridge GC on 26th September.

Look it up, it’s a great course and deserves a full turnout.

Majestic Ashridge – 26th June 2019

Ashridge was playing at its absolute best for our visit this year even if the weather wasn’t quite as warm as predicted.

The scores reflected the benign conditions and the receptive greens. Please visit the members area of the website to see the Scores after 3 events

23 Members and 14 Guests had a great buffet lunch, enjoyed the beautifully presented golf course and devoured an excellent 3-course dinner.

Prizes were presented by Captain Neil Blundy  and the recipients were well distributed amongst the assembled masses!!!

How the mighty have fallen. From winner of the Autumn Cup last year to – Well not quite such a great score – Joel Evans picked up the wooden spoon – He doesn’t seem too disappointed!!

Steven Barker won the Nearest the Pin on 16 – I hear that the golf ball didn’t get more than 3 ft off the ground – Great shot Steven!!!!!  Winners of the Yellow Ball Competition on 39 Points, thanks partly to a magical birdie on the 9th for 4 points by guest Gerald Katseff and some general dovetailing, were the aforementioned with David Jenkins and Neil Meixner They looks as though they’re enjoying themselves!!!!

The Team Prize was the most hotly contested prize with three teams tying on 45 points. Winning out on countback, from Andrew Wiseman/Simon Marettwere and Ian Stevenson/John Biscoe, were Richard Hutchinson and his guest Stefan Spicer

Steven Barker’s Guest Tony Burchett picked up the guest prize with a magnificent 39 points

The coveted Finlinson Cup was won on countback, from new member George Skinner (cut 1), by Chris Anderson (cut 2). Congratulations to George who must be commended for his honesty as he had been cut over the weekend by his club to 11 and most importantly to Chris who labouring under a 2 shot penalty for coming second twice within the last year has finally picked up a trophy!!!! Well done to Chris. 

Thanks to all our members and guests who as usual made the Ashridge event special.

The next event is at Sandy Lodge on 25th July 2019. Let’s have a great turnout for this one. Members will receive the attendance application form via email and in the members section of the website.

 

 

The Buckinghamshire – 23rd May 2019

What a day on a magnificent course. Great weather, company and food.

16 Members and 12 Guests attended and enjoyed this great course in the best of weather.

Darrell Lewis won nearest the Pin, whilst guests Steve Mole and Paul Dickson (41 points) narrowly lost to Member Chris Anderson and his guest Chris Tweedie (43 points Better-Ball Score). Congrats to the Chris’s, a great score on this challenging course.Guest Winner by some way was Paul Dickson (36 points) from Steve Mole (31 points)Winner of the coveted   Captains Cup was John Biscoe (33 points – cut 2) who despite some banter from our Captain about legitimacy of handicaps etc accepted the Cup with good grace. Runner up (AGAIN) Chris Anderson (32 points). Cut one for the second time in a year. Better luck next time!!!!

Next up ASHRIDGE on 26th June 2019.