Men – RTB August Stableford

Nearly every weekend competition has experienced blustery conditions and, in an effort to not disappoint the 77 competitors taking part, the August Stableford duly delivered a 2-3 club wind.

Scoring for most of the field was tough with the CSS increased to 72. Hardest hole on the course was the 3rd – so if you walked off there with a 6 or more you were not alone – another 39 players suffered the same fate!

Special mention must go to James Tinsey who in the Staff versus members match on Thursday recorded a very tasty nearest pin on the 17th.  Having suitably warmed up went somewhat better on Saturday by holing his 6 iron on the same hole – congratulations James on the ‘Hole in One!’.

Three fine ’38 pointers’ battled it out for the 2nd and 3rd places in Division 1 which meant calling out ‘Count Back’ from his summer break to adjudicate. James Greatbanks was the unlucky one missing out on a podium finish which meant Oli Underhill-Smith secured third and Andrew Stebbings the runner-up spot. Out in front and winning the Division was Howard Barber with 40 points – well played Howard.

In Division 2 , John Mitchell must have been wondering what might have been as standing on the 10th tee he was just 2 over par and had a mighty 24 points in the bank already. However a ‘not so brilliant’ back 9 saw John come in with 39 points and take 3rd position. In second place with a fine 40 points was Graham Monk. Showing everyone how to play in tough conditions was Steven Deveson who amassed an excellent 43 points to win the Division and the overall Stableford. Congratulations  Steven.

Next up is the Neil Ferguson Trophy on Sunday the 28th – so find yourself a partner (not sure will be a help though) if you fancy a bit of 4BBB action – tee times still available – just give the Golfshop a call.

Handicap League 2016


Handicap League

Meanwhile ….  “Team  Barnham “  have been progressing nicely in this year’s County Handicap League. This year’s 22 man squad have been steadily going about their business both home and away since April remaining unbeaten in all seven matches so far thus qualifying for the knockout stages already with still one league match remaining.

Achieving this against teams such as Bawburgh, Swaffham, Thetford, Richmond Park I think you will agree is feat definitely not to be sniffed at and a massive pat on the back must go to everyone who has taken part so far. Gents you are a credit to your skipper, club and yourselves.

One last league match Away to Bawburgh on the 27th August allows the skipper to have one last  look at a couple more pairings and allow him plenty of time to agonise over the personnel to take to the Semi Final and Final taking place on the 25th September at a neutral course as yet to be confirmed by County. The team would love to see as many familiar faces as possible to help “Team Barnham “ over the line in their quest for 2016 !!! Keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

Squad :-  Andrew Fish, James Tinsey, Andrew Stebbings, Aaron Tillet, Stuart Black, Jamie Black, Harry Bradfield, Haydn Leeds, Tony Lynne, Andrew Lincoln, Shaun Friend, Gary Lutkin, Harry Severn, Roger Human, John Gould, James Ducker, Ross Davis, Peter Hall, Alaister Whyte, Steve Lane, Paul Dodman

Once again congratulations to all concerned so far.

Team Captain: – Richard Severn


Men: 36 Hole Championship – Final Standings


The second round of the 36 Hole medal got underway over the Valley course to decide who would be the recipients of the Gross and Net trophies.

Some excellent scoring on the Saturday saw Adam Sims lead the gross competition by 6 strokes after a level par 71. In the net competition there were no fewer than 13 scores that beat par with Steven Guy having the lowest score of a net 64 followed by a net 66  by Gary Lutkin  and a net 67 by Chris Thorman. So who maintained that form into Sunday?

The Gross competition saw Adam Sims add a 75 to his earlier 71 to take the trophy by 8 shots. He will admit that he wasn’t at his best for the first 12 holes but an eagle 3 on 13, followed by birdies at 16 and 18 helped to reduce the damage of two double bogeys on 4th and 17th holes. In the runner-up spot was Gary Lutkin who off a 12 handicap added a 4 over par 76 to the 7 over par 78 he shot on the previous day. A further shot back was Jason Taylor who took third.  I must mention Aaron Tillett who shot the low round of the day – a 74.

Congratulations Adam – well played – the winner for the second  year in succession.

Adam Sims and Capt Roger

Adam receiving his trophy from Capt Roger – photo by Alan Hemsley  – please stick to the golf Hembo!

For the Net Trophy the 2 of the top 3 from Saturday didn’t quite have the rounds they would have liked. However, for one, and you have probably guessed who that is by now, bettered their score. Gary Lutkin, with the pressure well and truly on followed up his net 66 with an even better net 64 following his 2 rounds in the 70s. Remarkable golf and rightly deserved to win the Net Trophy and a substantial cut in his handicap – welcome to the single figure club Gary! In second spot with a fine net 66 to follow his 71 from the first round was Lloyd Douglas and in third was Adrian (George) Dawes (71/69).

Congratulations Gary – I know this means a lot to you!

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Gary receiving his trophy – photo again by Hembo (can almost see them this time :))

A huge thank you must go to the following for their help and support:

Derek (DJ) and Jane Johnson for looking after the Leaderboard on both days

Norfolk’s answer to Ivor Robson – Matt Gardner with some colourful player introductions

Alan Hemsley for being starter on Sunday (not for his photography)  and everyone in the Golf Shop

The Greenkeeping staff for producing some very fine greens for us to enjoy

This year we have held it over 2 days based on the feedback received from last year when it was felt that  the event was not  the pinnacle of the golfing season. So, we moved it to 2 days with a cut at the halfway stage, had updated leaderboards on both days, and presented the trophies at the conclusion of play on the second day. Any feedback, thoughts, comments on what you thought about the revised format and where it could be improved even more will be greatly appreciated. You can leave feedback on here, with the Committee or via one of the cards in the Golf Shop.

Lastly a big thank you to everyone that took part and supported the event.