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!!

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.


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


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: 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


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)


£599 Includes Stansted Flights and Golf Club Carriage


£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

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

Turnberry – The 2018 Tour

The Tour Party (minus David Featherstone, who left early for the airport but left the airport last due to delays!!!!!)

A great time was had by all who attended the 2018 Tour to the magnificent Trump Turnberry. The accommodation, service and food were all exceptional.

We played the Ailsa course twice and the King Robert the Bruce once and whilst the weather left a little to be desired at times the views and courses were magnificent.

The lighthouse and Ailsa Craig are the highlights of the landscape as can be seen above only slightly spoilt by the addition of some EPIC Golfers

The Captain’s Team (Darrell Lewis) trounced the Vice Captain’s Team (Neil Blundy) by 10.5  to 4.5 points. Winning all three days for a clean sweep!! Well done Capo!!!

The Green Jacket was a closely fought affair this year as always with Jason Wood dominating the last day in wet and blustery conditions to secure top prize – The Claret Jug and the coveted Green Jacket.

Well done to Jason

Thanks to Darrell Lewis for a great job done with the organisation and also to our Eligo Members without whom the tour would not have been possible


Tour Extension 2016

Four Members took to the road after the main tour and experienced the 3 best courses in the south of Spain, namely La Reserva, Valderrama and Finca. Wow they were magnificent (even if our golf wasn’t quite good enough to give justice to the venues)

1st Tee Valderrama
1st Tee Valderrama – Left to Right Darrell Lewis, Simon Armstrong, Neil Meixner and Malcolm Marshall

A great time was had by all.

Thanks to Darrell for organising the extension.

EPIC Tour 2016 – La Quinta – 7th – 9th October

La Quinta Golf & Country ClubThis years tour was to La Quinta Resort near Marbella.

The Tourists
The Tourists

11 EPIC members took the trip and entered the spirit of the Ryder Cup format with gusto. Thanks to Nick Archer for organising the trip.

Picture above Front Row:-  Iain Stevenson, Graham Howe, Darrell Lewis, David Jenkins, David Wannerton and Paul Springall, Back Row:- Simon Armstrong, Nick Archer, Ken Adams, Steven Barker and Neil Meixner for their enthusiastic and wholehearted support.

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