The Richmond GC – 23rd October 2014

The 19th Open Championship’s bar has been raised yet again! On a perfect, almost shirt sleeve order day for golf, on a wonderfully presented, challenging and re-bunkered course of just 6091 yards, everyone was round very smartly. As a result there were smiles everywhere with scoring being extremely good. A very big ‘thank you’ to all at The Richmond.

The winner was our most loyal and prolific of competitors, Alan Davey (6?) Pyecombe, who has qualified and featured in the prizes before but not actually come out on top, with 38 pts. In runner-up spot on count-back, with 37 pts, was Mike Verhelst (6) Bury St Edmunds from Bob Tawell (21) Rushmere, making a welcome comeback after a year away through operation and injury. The other qualifiers for the Final in May 2015, were Dave Mabbott (7) Eltham Warren, David Kelly (7) and Scott Ballentine (12) Royal Worlington all with 35 pts and Martin Gillet (6) Hobbs Cross and our host, John Maguire (0) with 34 pts. Our congratulations to them all, we shall look forward to seeing them at Hillside.

The Richmond GC
Painting: the ducal coronet green and purple was a really nice touch.

The ‘on course’ experience was further enhanced with Viv, ably assisted by Paul (doubling as photographer) and Jeremy, dispensing not only chocolate and biscuits, but liberal quantities of vintage sloe gin which went down equally well.

The 23rd October was also memorable for (having completed the competition so quickly), being able to enjoy a waitress delivered drink on the lawn in front of The Mansion.

Lisa’s call to ‘lunch’ came on the stroke of three and we were then treated to a delicious repast, with superb silver service. As Alan so rightly alluded to in his very kind and generous winner’s speech, everyone was extremely impressed.

The eagled eyed amongst our readers will immediately spot the considerable lengths the Club went to make us feel at home; attention to detail was the by word for our visit to The Richmond. Painting the ducal coronet green and purple was a really nice touch.

The supporters were very much in evidence, Phil McInley of Eagle, Keystone’s Jeremy Snyman, making his debut, who was ably supported on the keyboard by Paul Mainstone, Chris O’Hagan of Teeofftimes, who marked his ‘Fathers’ winning card. It was a shame that Mike Harris of Golf Monthly had to go missing to make a deadline and that Philip, Majestic Crystal’s artistic director & engraved crystal consultant, was busy engraving, but our thanks as ever to him for the prizes. It was also very good to have Vivienne Steel join us for lunch.

There are still a few places left at Hankley Common on November 5th (first tee off time 08.45) so hurry if you want to qualify in 2014. As someone once said, back in 1972…. “Oh, it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it with you.”

The Richmond GC Results

Player Score Comments Revised Handicap
1 Davey, Alan
38 pts (06) Overall Winner Away
2 Verhelst, Mike
Bury St Edmunds
37 pts (06) Overall Runner-Up Away
3 Tawell, Bob
37 pts (21) Overall Third Away
4 Mabbott, David
Eltham Warren
35 pts (08) Overall Fourth Away
5 Kelly, David
Golf Club Secretary
35 pts (07) Overall Fifth Away
6 Ballentine, Scott
Royal Worlington & Newmarket
35 pts (12) Overall Sixth Away
7 Timberlake, Ian
Timberlake Golf
34 pts (02) Overall Seventh Away
8 Gillett, Martin
Hobbs Cross
34 pts (06) Overall Eighth Away
9 Maguire, John J
34 pts (00) Overall Ninth Away

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