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We started our Society year off playing for the Bob Elliott Plate, with a 9 hole scramble and to make things a little more interesting the players were only allowed 5 clubs and 1 needed to be the putter.

The weather stayed good for us and with a full English breakfast afterwards what else could you ask for.

Match results:

1st: Neil Tolley, Callum Cooke, Andrew Stone, Simon Tearle – 28.9 (net score)

2nd: Colin Croxford, David Slade, Ian Knight – 29.1 (net score)

3rd: Gerald Whell, Ian Cooke, Steve Dobson, Trevor Denning – 29.8 (net score)

Nearest Pin winners:

Hole 7 – Maurice Digby (in 2)

Our July event was / is the largest of the year, 21 members and 1 guest took part in playing for the prestigious accolade of Comrades Club Champion.

We arrived at a new course for us, the Oxford City (Southfields) Golf Club in the pouring horizontal driven rain, but the sun shines on the righteous and when it was time for the 1st tee off, that is what happened, the sun shone and didnt stop shining.

The course was in a very good condition, slight drying on the fairways but the greens were slick and tricky, the halfway house was tempting with cold beers and hot pies (some took up the offer).

The match went well and the scores proved it, top 40 to lowest 11 (well for some anyway).

Match results:

1st: Ian Pierce – score 40 points

2nd: Neil Tolley – score 35 points

3rd: Callum Cooke – score 35 points

Nearest Pin winners:

Hole 7 – Seamus Hoare

Hole 17 – Peter Smith

Ian Pierce now gets his name in gold leaf on the winners board for all to see for years to come.

Next months society event:

The Abingdon Cup

24th August

West Berks Golf Club – RG20 7DU

June event was played at Mapledurham Golf Club for 2 competitions
1st competition was an Individual Stableford a straightforward game where 22 played and the majority scored in the 30s.
The results were:.
1st: Chris Plumb – score 39 points
2nd: Peter Smith – score 38 points
Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 10 – Gerald Whell (in 2)
Hole 18 – No one hit the green
2nd Competition was for the Captains Putter, this consisted of trying to get a low putting score over 18 holes.
2017 winner for the Captains Putter was: Trevor Denning with – 28 puts

1*2*3 – Individual Stableford Team event:

Luckily this was booked for the Thursday as Wednesday was a complete wash out with a months rain in 1 day.

15 players turned out and the sun shone until nearing the end when the heavens opened and a few got wet.

The Downshire Golf Club threw out the welcome net once again and made us all very welcome with coffee and a full English breakfast on arrival and once that was consumed a free basket of balls to be hit on the range.

The format was 1*2*3, teams were put together with 1 high, 1 middle and 1 low handicapper and it worked brilliant as the scores showed this.

The results were:.
1st: Gerald Whell, Maurice Digby, Gary Kent – score 80
2nd: Ian Cooke, Trevor Denning, Ian Gordon – score 79

3rd: Score 77

4th: Score 76

5th: Score 75

Nearest the pin winners were:

Hole 7 – Steven Dobson

Hole 14 – Tony Taylor

Next outing is at Mapledurham – 22nd June 2017

The Spring Challenge Trophy – Individual Stableford:

This time out we played for another trophy, “The Spring Challenge Trophy” and the venue was Weston Turville Golf Club.
Only 14 players this time around, not as many as normal, but you can only go with what you’ve got.

Weston Turvill GC was much better this time around as we weren’t playing off makeshift tee boxes and the scores showed this, the bunkers needed a bit more sand and the greens needed a shave, but I’m not writing a review about the course.
All the players were members for this game so the person who came 1st was the outright winner, not like last months – so, without further ado, the results:

And it gives me great pleasure in writing this:
The results were:.
1st: Trevor Denning – score 39 – Trophy Winner
2nd: Steve Puddifoot – score 38 (1st on count back)
Simon Claridge came a close 3rd with a score of 38 (2nd on count back)

Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 4 – Simon Claridge

Hole 14 – Steve Puddifoot (in 2)
Next outing is at The Downshire – Thursday 18th May

All details and for sign up can be found on the society web page
1 of our resident chefs / fellow golfers / friend – Chris Sloggett and 3 of his work colleagues are playing a 72 hole golf challenge in a day, all in aid of the Mcmillan cancer charity and are asking for donations, so please dig deep and help a worthy cause.

March Event – Individual Stableford:

Bit light on players for this months society event, 17 turned up, this number included 1 guest Steve Dobson who was welcomed by all.

Drayton Park golf course stood its ground again which showed in the results, rough, water and the wind gusts made sure the players had to think about the game and not just go out and try to play the course.

Top score was 31 points and the lowest was 23 points, so very close game overall.

The results were:.
1st: Gavin Twigg – score 31
2nd: Colin Croxford – score 30

3rd: Rob Davidson – score 29

Scores on the day 4 x 29, 1 x 28, 1 x 27, 3 x 26, 2 x 25, 3 x 24, 1 x 23.

Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 14 – Neil Tolley

Hole 16 – Ian Knight (in 2)
Next months 18 hole is at Weston Turville – Thursday 27th April

The Green King Trophy – Individual Stableford:

21 players turned out to battle the winds of storm DORIS and the players won.

Due to an unforeseen issue, the arrangements for this months game had to change quickly, we couldn’t let the society members down so a trip to the Springs was the only way forward.

The wind was blowing in excess of 50 mph, so the ball didn’t always go as far or as straight as everyone would want or like, and playing off the whites didn’t make it any easier either, but we persevered.

The top 3, Mark Jones, Callum Cooke and Lawrence Rutter all scored a brilliant 30 points but were unable to compete for the Green King Trophy as they aren’t members of The Comrades Club, so the trophy was gracefully taken by 4th place Gavin Twigg.

The results were:.
1st: Mark Jones – score 30
2nd: Callum Cooke – score 30

Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 7 – Laurie Rutter (in 2)

Hole 16 – Callum Cooke

The Green King Trophy was won by:

Gavin Twigg – score 28

Next months 18 hole is at Drayton Park – Thursday 23rd March



New Year Hidden Pairs:

We had 21 players enter our 9 hole New Year Hidden Pairs at a new course for this society Bradfield College.
The weather was cold with even a light snow flurry, but most stayed warm with a quick tot from the hip flasks that came out half way round.

The course was in a lovely condition for the time of year, frozen in places, but the greens were all playable and the ball didn’t bounce to far off the back.

Simon McGreal , the course PRO made us all welcome and hopefully will allow us to return.

The results were:
1st: Gary Kent & Tony Holder with a combined score of 40
2nd: Gerald Whell & Trevor Denning with a combined score of 39
Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 5 – Tony Holder
Next months 18 hole is at Donnington Valley on the 23rd February.



Christmas 5 club, Individual Stableford:
We had 19 players enter our 5 Club, Individual Stableford at Hadden Hill Golf Course.
The weather was good to us and stayed dry, the course was a bit muddy under foot but everyone cracked on and finished the morning with a full English fry up and a beer back at the Comrades Club.
The results were:
1st: John Le Jeune, Peter Buckland & Ian Cooke – with a net score of 24.9
2nd: Bob Larter, Tony Holder & Gerald Whell – with a net score of 25.5
Nearest the pin winners were:
Hole 7 – Ian Cooke

Hole 8 – Ian Knight (in 2)
Next months 9 hole is at a new course BRADFIELD COLLEGE.



Texas Scramble competition played at Kirtlington GC.

We had 22 players enter our Texas Scramble competition played at Kirtlington GC.
The weather was kind and everybody enjoyed playing the course which was a first
time for our society and we will be returning.

The results were:
1st Gary Kent, Chris Plumb & Ian Cooke with a score of 55.4.
See attached photo minus Ian Cooke.
2nd Callum Cooke, David King & Laurie Rutter scoring 59.5.
Nearest the pin winners were:
Simon Cooper & Geoff Walker.
Next month we return to Badgemore Park which is followed by our AGM at the club.



Walker Cup at Carswell GC on Thursday 22nd Sept.

We had 19 players compete for the Walker Cup at Carswell GC on Thursday 22nd Sept.

The weather was fairly overcast at the start. but as the match progressed the sun came out and the day improved markedly. The course was in the best condition any of us could remember so a good day, topped off in the Comrades Club after for a beef stew dinner, was had by all.
1st Gary Kent 43pts
2nd Peter Hobbs 40pts
3rd Simon Claridge 39pts
4th Trevor Denning 38pts OCB
Nearest the pin 6th Gerald Whell
Nearest the pin 12th Gary Kent
Next month Kirtlington GC 20th Oct.



Thorney Park GC for our August 25th event.


Eighteen players turned up at Thorney Park GC for our August event.
This was a team event playing for the Abingdon Cup with scoring being the best two Stableford scores from each group of 3 players.
The weather was generally good with a slight smattering of rain but not enough to drown anybody. The scores are as follows:
1st Ian Knight
Callum Cooke Score 81pts
Peter Smith
2nd Tony Taylor
David Slade Score 76pts
Steve Puddifoot
3rd Gary Kent
Maurice Digby Score 74pts
Peter Kershaw
Nearest the pin 8th Simon Cooper
Nearest the pin 17th Steve Puddifoot
Our next venue is at Carswell GC on Thursday 22nd Sept first tee time 11am.
Winners photo from left to right Callum Cooke, Peter Smith, Ian Knight.

photo golf august2016

Club Championship competition played at West Berks GC

The club society Championship was played on Thursday 21st July at West Berks Golf Club. The weather was dry and near perfect for golf and twenty seven members played in the event. The course was in reasonable condition but most, if not all, tee boxes were in poor condition.
A keenly fought game was eventually won by Gerald Whell winning, on count back, with 37pts and Simon Cooper coming second also with 37pts and third placed was Ian Knight, on count back, with 36pts however, Simon Cooper had the consolation of picking up both nearest the pin prizes.
Gerald now moves further ahead in the overall players trophy with 353pts some way ahead of second placed Steve Puddifoot and third placed Neil Tolley on 286 and 275 its respectively.

golf pic aug2016
Our next meeting is on Thursday 25th August at Thorney Park GC where we will play a team game for the Abingdon Cup.



Mapledurham Golf Club 23RD JUNE 2016

We had 17 entrants for our Captain’s Putter event at Mapledurham GC on 23rd June 2016. The weather was sultry but dry for most of the round and this along with our familiarity with the course and the excellent condition of the course, resulted in some high scores.

The results are as follows: Stableford competition: 1st Gerald Whell 42pts OCB 2nd Steve Puddifoot 42pts 3rd Peter Smith 40pts Winner of the Captain’s Putter: Gerald Whell 25pts Nearest the pin on 6th & 14th: Gavin Twigg on both holes.

All prizes were presented at the Comrades Club after an excellent meal supplied by Chris and James. We look forward now to our Championship at West Berks GC on 21st July

. ian holding cup

Our group photo from the tour last week.


Golf Tour to King’s Lynn
13TH,14TH,15TH JUNE 2016

The annual golf tour of the Comrades Club took place over 3 days this week on 13th, 14th & 15th June 2016. The weather on all 3 days was very good considering weather of biblical proportions was forecast for each day and we escaped with a drenching for the last group won their last hole on day two.
On Monday we played at a very nice and well set out course, ideal for seniors in particular at Tydd St Giles GC. The format was in 3 balls with one to score on odd numbered holes and two to score on the even holes. The winners with an excellent score of 72 were:
Tony Holder, Ian Knight & Simon Claridge.
On Tuesday we played at Middleton Hall GC for a new trophy, The Memorial Cup. This trophy is dedicated to past members who sadly are no longer with us but have all served the society in one official capacity or another. In 2015 we lost our well respected and dear secretary Bill West and over the Xmas and New Year period just gone we lost Bob Elliott who served not only the golf society but also the Comrades Club at Wallingford for many years. Their names are engraved on the cup and others will be added at moments of reflection in the future. The course was good and set on a rare hill in Norfolk very close to King’s Lynn. The format, again, was in 3 balls but we played Texas Scramble.

The winners were:Chris Plumb, Paul Shackell & Peter Hobbs as picture below with the Memorial Cup.

Memorial Cup

On Wednesday we played, undoubtedly, the best course at Wellingborough GC. The course was very undulating, in really good condition everywhere with 1st class greens but extremely testing for even our best golfers. The format was once again 3 balls and we played individual stableford for the Tony Holder Trophy and the winner, with a modest score but the best one, was:
1st Steve Puddifoot 35 points (seen in photo on left with trophy presented by our Captain Adrian Hatt on right)
2nd Roger Ackerman 34 points
3rd Chris Plumb 31 points.

Many many thanks must go to Gerald Whell who year after year does all the booking of hotel and golf courses and once again served us with an excellent 3 days of golf. Thank you Gerald!

Tony Holder Trophy

Wallingford Comrades Club Golf Society
Downshire Fixture
19TH May 2016

Cool and dry weather along with a superb breakfast awaited the 24 members who played in our Downshire fixture on Thursday 19th May.
This event was team event with 8 teams of three taking part with the format being 1 to score on hole1, 2 to score on hole 2 and 3 to score on hole 3. It then reverted to 1 to score on hole 4, 2 on 5 and 3 on 6 etc.
All players enjoyed the course the weather was perfect for golf throughout the round and we shall return next year as it’s really good value for money.
The scores as follows:
1st with a team score of 84pts. Neil Tolley, Ian Cooke and newcomer Chris Plumb , whose individual score of 43pts the best of the day.
2nd with a team score of 81pts. Steve Puddifoot, Ian Gordon and Tony Taylor.
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 8th was Dan Walker
Nearest the pin on the 14th was Gavin Twigg.
Bob Larter (Secretary)

Wallingford Comrades Club Golf Society
Take on the THUGS at The Springs
5th May 2016

On the hottest day of the year so far, seven pairs representing The Comrades took on the might of The Thugs at The Springs. They took the ascendancy before a ball was struck by turning up in smart blue team strip, whilst we were described as the rabble, and a couple of photos were taken to prove the point.
However four hours later, after some very impressive match play on the part of our team, we triumphed 5.5 to their 1.5.
There were a few highlights to mention.
Their one victory was largely down to a remarkable gross return of six under par by Dan Walker, playing off plus four, I believe!
As Captain, I was privileged to play with Ian Knight (Sir Ian, playing off 8) against their Captain Gary Walker (playing off 4)and his partner (playing off 18). Ian and Gary went head to head, each returning a remarkable gross two over par, and each agreeing that the competition had sparked off their best individual rounds for some time. Holes were mostly won by birdies on both sides, and in the end the pressure of having to give away so many strokes told on Gary, and we eventually pulled away to win 3&2. The match finished on the 16th green when (the icing on the cake) Ian’s tee shot also won the ‘nearest the pin’ prize, which fittingly was a bottle of brandy donated by Gary!
As with all the matches, it was played in great spirit, so much so that I am confident that the father/son combo may well be joining our ranks, which should sharpen both competition and banter for the future.
An excellent afternoon’s golf was rounded off by a magnificent roast dinner served up by our master chef Jamie.
If I have anything to do with it, this fixture will be a firm and regular annual favourite.
Well played everybody!

Adrian Hatt

Wallingford Comrades Club Golf Society
April event Spring Challenge Trophy played at Drayton Park GC
28th April 2016
On Thursday 28th April, 20 players turned up at Drayton Park Golf Club to play for the
Spring Trophy Challenge. The weather was fair if slightly windy and the course was found
to be in excellent condition and certainly the best we’ve played this year, so far.

The scores were strangely low but this may have been due to the unpredictability of the
The winner on 36pts was Gary Kent followed by last year’s winner Gerald Whell on 33pts
and Gavin Twigg coming in third with 31pts.
Nearest the pin in one on the 4th was Neil Tolley and Gary Kent was nearest in two on the

The secretary was absent from the prize giving in the evening and Gary Kent, as vice
captain, stood in for Adrian Hatt, our captain to make the speech and present prizes, one
was to himself.

Next month on Thursday 19th May we are playing at Downshire GC at Bracknell. This
fixture has become a good value event for us as the cost, for the golf and breakfast for
seniors is £18.50 and £26.50 for non-seniors and this combined with a good well
established course makes it really worthwhile attending. The list for entry is pinned to the
notice board in the club bar and on the society website:
where entrants can also register their interest. Please note that for this event the final date
for entrants is Thursday 12th May. This is because Downshire require accurate numbers
for catering at least 1 week before the event.

Bob Larter

Wallingford Comrades Club Golf Society
March event played at Weston Turville GC
24th March 2016

Last Thursday we played our March event at, a new club for us, Weston Turville

The turnout was slightly down on our usual numbers with 21 taking part in what turned out to be played as teams of 3. So, 7 teams of 3 teed off at 11am with the scoring format being:
On odd numbered holes, 1 player would score and on even numbered holes, 2 players would score.

The weather was not too good. The course was greeted warmly by most players and although the course was a little short it was ideal for most of our members being seniors. Its condition was good with fairways in good condition but greens a little slow and one disappointment was that we had to tee off mats on each hole however, most members felt it was certainly worth a return visit next year but maybe a little later in the year.
I’m sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of the winning team, I’m sure I deserve a slap for that, but here are the results:

1st Ian Knight
Gerald Whell 67pts
Anthony Scott

2nd Neil Tolley
Gavin Twigg 65pts
Tony Taylor

3rd Gary Kent
Trevor Denning 63pts
Lawrie Rutter

4th Peter Smith
Tony Holder 61pts
Geoff Walker

5th Rob Keyse
Simon Claridge 59pts
Adrian Hatt

6th Bob Larter
Maurice Digby 58pts
Norman Dobson

7th Colin Croxford
Jon Pebworth 54pts
Tony Harding

Nearest the pin hole 9: Gerald Whell
Nearest the pin hole 14: Gerald Whell

Next month we are at Drayton Park on 28th April tee off 11am. Please enter via society website or list on club notice board before cut off at lunchtime (1pm) Monday 25th April. There is also a match versus “THUGS” on Friday 6th May tee off 2pm. Enter the same way as for Drayton Park.