11-06-2016. W.E. Stockton Bogey.
The only major of the year to be played as a Bogey is the W.E. Stockton. For those who don’t know, a Bogey is matchplay against the course. For example if you are on a par 4 with a shot, and you get a 4 or better you win the hole so you would get + on the card. A 5 is a half (0) and a 6 or higher is a loss (-). 153 turned out for Saturday’s comp. The morning’s starters definitely got the best of the weather as they avoided the torrential downpours in the afternoon. However, the champion of the day, James Varker, teed off at 11.40 and fought off these terrible conditions to win on countback from Marc ‘Evo’ Evans on +4. Colin Jones rolled back the years to finish 3rd with a great score of +3. After 12 years of trying to win a Major, Alec Thomas slam dunked it into the stream on the last to finish on the same number. Well done Jimmy lad, and keep trying Alec!
28-05-2016. Prince of Wales
The last bank holiday weekend in May is always host of the Prince of Wales Competitions. The Mens Comp on the Saturday is never the most eagerly awaited for by a lot of the players as it is a MEDAL (Where every shot counts!). 135 members did however want to give it a go and it took a remarkable score from Phil Whitehead to come out on top. Phil shot a nett 65. Having not been a member for long, this was also his Maiden Major success. A special mention has to also go to Lee Hinks-Edwards who was narrowly denied on countback after he shot a lovely 67 gross.
The Prince of Wales Mixed Foursomes is an annual event that takes place on the Bank Holiday Monday. This year it was won by Janet Shields and ‘Mr Team Man’ Bobby Gray who scored 35 points.
14-05-2016. 1964 Trophy
The first Major of the year, after the long winter was the 1964 Trophy. With 165 competitors, it was probably one of the most well attended regular Saturday comps in recent years at HGC. Scoring was tough, as outlined with the CSS (Course Standard Scratch) going up to 71, which is almost unheard of in a Stableford. However it wasn’t so tough for Tony Black, who won the first major competition of the year with 39 points, from Nigel Parry in second. Tony then went to celebrate his Maiden Major victory (and also his 50th birthday) in Vegas with his two sons. Good on you Champ!