Thorpeness GC & Aldeburgh GC – 31st March & 1st April 2019

The GCS – Open Championship in 2019 got off to a wonderful start at Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, there was obviously someone missing, however, Viv’s smile still greeted all the competitors and Supporters.

Heavenly Aldeburgh

Thorpeness proved to be very challenging, especially for mixed foursomes, with firm, bouncy conditions on a sunny but chilly afternoon. The winners by a clear margin of three points on 28pts were Julie Ruscoe and Martin Gillett, who collected The GCS’s largest prize ever! Runners up were Cathy Rees and Chris Gotla, who will also share their ‘smoked’ prize. We very much hope that everyone who took part in such an enjoyable competition will enter for the next GCS – Mixed Foursomes at the delightful Goodwood course on July 22nd, when it is to be hoped the weather will be a great deal warmer. Thanks to everyone who took part and supported and who enjoyed an outstanding evening at Thorpeness.

The next day dawned cloudless, if again chilly, and with a modified shotgun start (you’d need a very fancy degree to work out how it works – but it did!). The cream rising once again to the tip of the scoreboard, Julie Ruscoe once again came out the winner (Ladies have par fives at Aldeburgh… = ‘Women in Golf’!), with a splendid score of 36pts. Two clear of Neal Milton (5) Sheringham, who along with one of our most loyal and courageous competitors, Bob Tawell (22) Rushmere, with 33pts qualifies for yet another Final at Ganton next month. Joining them at Ganton are Scott Clark (0) Boyce Hill and ‘new boy’ (both to the Championship and to his role as secretary/manager) Chris White (0) Hunstanton both on 30pts.

Mention needs to made of Jezz Ellwood’s 33pts and his sterling contribution throughout the weekend, extending his editor’s role to that of Tournament organiser and speech-maker, to Roger Attrill (formerly secretary of Frinton GC) for manning the desk at Aldebugh and then playing his first nine quite superbly, hanging on to also record 32pts, a score equalled by the back in form Matt Patton of Golf Car UK, with the field’s star striker, Liam Burns of Eagle on 30pts. Better luck next time to all those nearly competitors on 29pts.

Our thanks go to everyone at Aldeburgh, Captain, Committee and members for allowing us to once again enjoy their wonderful Club and course. It is a privilege we cherish and an obvious pleasure. Our host, David Wybar, and his team both on and off the course, especially house manager Simon and chef Tony, made everyone most welcome and looked after us extremely well (although de-constructed crumble may take some time to catch on?). Thank you.

Finally, the Supporters. We had a couple of ‘new boys’ in attendance, Jon Sirois of Golf Genius, who produced the perfect results sheet. Rob Purvey, who has recently returned to Golf Car UK and acted not only as a much appreciated drinks provider but as P. Vince’s – Majestic Chocolate (they do engrave crystal too you know…) personal golf guide and chauffeur, a role that has been up for grabs for some time.

Aldeburgh GC scores here

PS IF you are able to travel, a warm welcome and a great chance to qualify awaits at THURLESTONE next Monday – please advise asap…?