Our first Winter Open Betterball Stableford was played on Thursday and conditions became increasingly difficult, as the day wore on, with strong winds gusting but thankfully it stayed dry. The conditions weren't a match for the Kidderminster pairing of Tim Down & John Hall, however, as they returned a superb 43 points, to take the top prize. A three-way tie, on 41 points, followed them with Penn's Simon Golsby & Ian Thomas, Enville & Stourbridge's Mick Dunn & Kevin Porter and Enville's Mick Powell & Danny Moore taking 2nd to 4th places, respectively, after a card countback. The best Ludlow pairing, taking 5th place with 39 points, were Norman Emery & Andy Parry. The best gross prize went to Ludlow's Nick Apperley & Neill Smith, with 35 points.
Once again our October Open Texas Scramble attracted a huge field of 38 teams (152 golfers), all enjoying the superb course conditions, Ludlow has to offer.
Ludlow's Maurice Clarke, along with his team of Shrewsbury golfers, Will Alcock, Colin Thaw & Matthew Thaw took top honours with their net 52, beating Hereford's Richard Hemming, Ben Stringer, James Tutty & Jack Jones on the back nine. Jon Kendrick (Ludlow) with his Stourbridge team of Martin Howett, Mark Davies & Mark Mason took third place with a net 53. The best gross score was returned by Ludlow's George Watton, Darren Humphries, Liam Magill & Shrewsbury's Tom Kerr, scoring 53 (-17).
Many congratulations to all the prize winners and a huge thank you to all those who supported this event.
The Seniors Open Am-Am competition attracted a field of 29 teams and saw home advantage pay off for Ludlow's Bill Billson, Mike Garrini, Dick Davies & Colin Willis as they returned an impressive 90 points, to top the leaderboard. They were four points clear of second placed Ian Evans, Phillip Foster, John Bleakley & Ian Playford from Wergs GC, who beat Ludlow's Dave Mytton, Colin Badlan, Neil May & Mike Belshaw, on the back nine. They, themselves, secured third place by virtue of a better back nine, from Phil Manns, Richard Stevens, Jim Bland & Tim Hollingworth from Alexander Park GC.
Our Seniors Open Betterball Stableford was played on Wednesday, and, proving as popular as ever, it attracted a field of 152 players. It seemed to be a case of saving the best 'til last as the winning pair emerged at the tail end of the field, and it was none other than the Ludlow pairing of Jim Peters and Geoff Rose who achieved a stunning total of 49 points. They were four points clear of their nearest challengers, Ludlow's John Phillips & Chris Bott, themselves two points ahead of club president, Ian Hankinson and his partner Graham Perry (from Bull Bay GC). Tied with them, but losing out on the back nine, were South Staffordshire's Paul Snape and Stephen Jones.
Returning the best Gross score, of 36 points, was the pairing of Simon Golsby and Mick Mathews from Penn Golf Club.
Once again the feedback from the competitors was very complimentary, with regards the course, hospitality and the running of the event.
Many congratulations to all the prize winners and our thanks for supporting this event.
Sadly, due to some horrendous weather early on Saturday, the Open Betterball Stableford competition was cancelled, but Sunday saw us rounding the weekend off with the Open Mixed Am-Am.
With much better weather, and thankfully only a few sporadic showers, the 17 teams enjoyed a fine day's golf. Taking their place atop the leaderboard, with a fine score of 79 points was the Shifnal based team of Brian Shepherd, Sara Shepherd, Kevin Walker & Dee Walker. Two points behind, in second place was Ludlow's own Graham & Samantha Clark, Neil Lewis & Jayne Smith, themselves one point ahead of third placed Kevin Fincher, Liz Clewley, Rob Amphlett & Debra Fearnley
With a few spot prizes available for both Men and Ladies it made for a fun and competitive day for all.
Congratulations to the prize winners and a huge thank you to everyone who supported this event and, indeed, our whole weekend. We look forward to our Opens in October and hope to see you all soon.
On Friday 4th August our Weekend of Golf opened with a Texas Scramble, and it was very nearly a case of deja vu, as the first team out, Ludlow's Dave Scriven, Ricky James, Derek James & Dave Evans tried to repeat their feat of last year of leading from start to finish, after they set an impressive target of net 53.1. Alas, for them, it fell slightly short this time, as they took second place behind the victorious team of Lloyd Roberts, Ollie Jackson, Chris Johnson and Chris Holmes, from Llanymynech, with their superb score of net 52.7.
Taking third place was the team of Graham and Samantha Clark, Pat Collier & Neil Lewis (all from Ludlow), with their score of net 53.9, just 0.05 ahead of fourth place.
With a great turnout of 184 players, a notable increase on last year, the comments regarding the course and clubhouse hospitality were, once again, very complimentary. Congratulations to all the prize winners, and many thanks to all those who supported the event.
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Congratulations to Mike Hamer who won with a superb net 66, three shots ahead of Llandrindod's David Oakley, in second, with Nene Park's Steve Green a shot further back in third. Paul Hutchinson (Worcester) & Roy Howarth (Knaresborough) also shot 70 nett for 4th & 5th place. The event attracted a field of 57 golfers, from far and wide, with the lower handicappers vying to shoot the best gross score and get their hands on the Gordon Reynolds Trophy, which was won by Robin Williams, from Enville GC, with a score of 73.
Better late than Never for Elliot.
Elliot Shaw submitted a late entry into our Scratch Salver which took place on Saturday 1st April, after being balloted out of the Berkhamsted Trophy.
His decision paid off when he produced 2 sub par rounds of 69 for a 2 under par total of 138 to win our very popular spring event. He finished a single shot clear of runner-up Callum Brown of Bridgnorth Golf Club.
George Watton shot the best gross score from a home player (141) to finish in 5th place.
Nick Giles shot a superb 9 under par nett total to win the nett competition with Joe Wildblood 2 shots back in second place.
Everyone was very complimentary about the course & hospitality on the day and our thanks go to all the members & staff that helped make the event so successful.
Elliot was presented with the Salver by Club Captain Graham Cheshire & President Ian Hankinson.
Our Open Am-Am, played on Sunday 26th March, attracted a full field of 172 golfers (43 teams) and produced some fine scoring. Leading the way, with a fine 89 points total, was the Robin Hood GC team of Barry Crutchley, Charles Staite, Mark Short & Richard Humphries. They were 3 points clear of Ludlow's Phil Jones, Peter Bleakley, Sandra Fullerton & Sue Richards, on 86 points, with two teams a further 2 points behind.
Many thanks to all the competitors for supporting the event, thanks also to our starters for keeping things running smoothly.
Once again our Winter Open Betterball Stableford attracted a full field of 92 golfers, from far and wide, and there wasn't much separating the prize winners. Taking top spot, with 45 points, was the Dudley pairing of Kevin Cooksey & Keith Woodall, with a three-way tie on 44 points just behind them, which were separated into 2nd, 3rd & 4th place on a card countback. Congratulations to all the prize winners, and huge thanks to everyone who supported our 2022/23 Winter Betterball series. We hope to see you next Winter.
In freezing wintry conditions, which saw the course playing rock-hard from tee to green, the event still went ahead, albeit as a non-qualifier for handicap. Adding to that, the klaxon had to be sounded, as the course became shrouded in fog, to halt play for about an hour before resuming at around 11:00am. The eventual winner of Division One, with a superb 40 points, was Andy Sheppard (Ludlow), two ahead of Cleobury's Ian Dorrell. Division Two saw Horse Hay's Simon White leading the way with 36 points, one ahead of second placed Dan Hedge of Lakeside.