Royal Ashdown Forest GC – 6th October 2013

Was this the last day of summer? It looked and felt like it, with shirt sleeves very much the order of the day. The course was in superb order, but was too long and difficult for the majority of the competitors. We didn’t take heed of the results of our Slow Play Survey (which is still continuing: PLEASE forward to your members so that they too can participate).

The cream came to the top, almost in handicap order: the winner was Tim Aggett (1) Staddon Heights , as ever, very ably assisted by Mandy, with 34 pts and with the lowest handicap in the field. Runner up was the equally well travelled Alan Davey (6) Pyecombe on 32pts, which was matched by Neil Sjoberg (7) Epping playing “the best golf of my life”. In fourth place on 31pts was Mike Verhelst (7) Bury St Edmunds who just pipped ‘newboy’ Paul Smith (6) Faversham on the same score. Paul Gaylor (9) Hartley Wintney was the final qualifier Special mention must be made of two distinguished guests: Patrick Rahme of All Square (more of All Square in the future) from Luxembourg had the best score of the day 35pts playing off 2… and John Bushell (5) Sports Marketing Surveys came a very respectable 7th on 31pts. Well played to everyone, details of the Final at Trevose (accommodation and Sunday Foursomes) and St Enodoc on Sunday 18th and Monday 19th May, 2014, will be with you shortly so that you may make your booking.

Our thanks as always go to the Club, its members, Captain and Committee for allowing us to return to Royal Ashdown Forest so soon. Our thanks too to Piltdown’s outgoing secretary, Mike Miller, whose quick thinking and efforts on our behalf in contacting his opposite number David Holmes at Royal Ashdown ‘saved the day’. To our host David and his excellent staff, a very BIG thank you, we shall not trouble you again for a while!

We had a full team of talented PATRONS on show. Barry Gibbs of C C V flushed with his team’s three nil win away at Tottenham. Stefanie Mainstone of Jonas/Clubminder equally flushed after a half marathon. Phil McInley of Eagle, Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal and chocolate (thank you – as ever).

Richard Barker of Teeofftimes. Chris O’Hagan of ClubView. Kneale Diamond and Iain MacPherson of Rain Bird and Rob Smith of Golf Monthly (and The GCS). Thanks to everyone, their contributions, in so many ways, make the Championship what it is – the best.