Cavendish GC – Monday, 7th October 2019

The whole country is suffering with excessive weather that appears to originate on the other side of ‘the pond’ - it doesn’t rain any more, it deluges, bringing flooding everywhere! But not so for The GCS – 24th Open Championship. Despite the day’s forecast for Buxton and the constant heavy rain that fell until 9.20am (and which miraculously recommenced over lunch when it chucked it down once more), we all managed Cavendish’s 18 holes without the aid of an umbrella. Thank you!

The course is spectacular and far from easy despite its relatively short yardage. Hints of the good Dr Alister MacKenzie crop up everywhere – fortunately with the speed of the greens being friendly given the severity of the slopes. Everyone who played had nothing but praise for the course and, given the recent weather, its playability and condition.

There was a quite outstanding scoring performance by one of our  Supporters, David Miller (+1) of Bluefin Sport, who went round the course in 62 strokes (41pts), just one away from the course record. Well played and congratulations from all of us.

Qualification for The GCS – Open Final (at Saunton in May, 2020) is the name of the game and on this occasion a couple of ‘new boys’ to the Championship found it easy to do just that. Martin Kay (9) Pleasington topped the list with an excellent 38pts, whilst runner-up was Chris Duffy (7) Huddersfield with 33pts. David Owen (9) Poulton Park, almost on home ground, had 32pts, but had already qualified at The Royal Burgess. In the third qualifying place came a valued Contributor to the newsletter and Cavendish member, Jonathan Gaunt (10) with 31pts.

Once again Golf Genius’s Live Scoring was very well received and if we could only get competitors to tell us their correct handicaps, it would make life a great deal easier (and quicker). The full list of scores both good and not so good can be found at

Full scores

Our thanks go to all staff and members at Cavendish for a most warm welcome and in particular the chef, whose steak and ale pie followed by sticky toffee pudding did much to revive those who had played less well!

Thanks too to everyone who attended and, in some cases, made very long journeys indeed – your support is never taken for granted. As is that of our Supporters: Craig Higgs of Golf Genius handled the scoring, Phil Gibson represented Tacit/Eagle, whilst Golf Car UK’s Marc McCracken and Matt Patton made one of the longer trips. Bluefin had their entire team present to witness their leader’s (David Miller) fireworks – David Christmas (overall third with 36pts), Daniel Thompson and Scott Howe. Chocolates (and buggy driving), flowers, biscuits and NEVER forgetting engraved (Majestic) Crystal all came courtesy of the team photographer Philip (he doesn’t need a second name).

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