Bradnor Bugle - September 2013

When the weather changes  ..  In case the Autumn and Winter months are not as good as the Summer months have been, it is worth members remembering that the new Academy Room is open.  Not only can Sarah use it for coaching and customising clubs when the weather is bad but also members can use it to play golf for free!  The Optishot system allows up to two members to use their own clubs and play any one of 15 famous courses.  You can play the individual holes on the screen and watch your shot ‘traced’ to get the feel of being there.  As you progress down each hole the screen automatically displays your view according to where your shot landed.  It usually takes only about 90 minutes for two golfers to play 18 holes so why not tackle some of the world’s best courses no matter what the weather totally free of charge!  Simply book it with Sarah and play and keep warm and dry – of course if you prefer you can always wear wet weather gear when using it !!

The Captains Day organised by George went off very well with over 80 players taking part.  All who took part were particularly grateful to the Smith clan – Jenny, Abigail, Alison and friend Rachel who did a grand job with the food and drink at the 11th hole. There were loads of prizes but the big winner of the day was Richard Mann with 41 points.  Second place went to Ben Redfern on 40 point with third going to Harry Horlock on 39 points.  Best gross of the day came from Alan Williams with 72 while the best ladies’  score came from Jenny Kelly with 35 points. 

From the Junior Section -   Burghill Junior Open 12 hole  2 2nd Stephen Abberley- Kington.  Nearest the pin Mitch Ashdown – Kington  Rhosgoch Junior Open

18 hole - 1st gross Harry Horlock – Kington. 2nd gross Jamie Thomas- Kington. 3rd gross Ryan

Hotchkiss – Kington.         0-18 nett 1st Jack Cooper – Kington. 9 hole 2nd Harry

Simpson --Kington

Harry Horlock decided on a 3 man Texas Scramble to celebrate his Junior Captain’s Day.  The hot refreshment served on the 11th hole by Bev John and Di Baker was much appreciated by the players who took part. The 24 strong field was made up of Juniors ably supported by Committee and Club members.  After the game they all enjoyed Sandwiches and Chips in the Clubhouse.  The winning team were Ross Baker, Ross Moore and Colin Rawlins.  Second were Hugh Layton, Harry Simpson and our Pro, Sarah Walton. Ben Redfern, Ryan Hotchkiss and Bert Priday came third.  The raffle for the Junior funds produced a splendid £118.  Thanks to all who donated prizes.  At the end of the day Colin Rawlins proposed a vote of thanks to Jayne Hotchkiss for her tireless work as Junior Organiser for the last three years - she will be difficult to replace.

Ron Davies Jones is moving on. Ron has been a member of the Club for 15 years and in that time has held a number of posts at the Club. His involvement in Club activities has truly been appreciated especially by the Seniors - to that effect David Mains,  on behalf of the Seniors,  presented Ron with a club sweater – and had his name added to it just in case he has a senior moment!!  

News From the Lady Captain...  I can now report that the final total raised for the Air Ambulance on our Joint Captains’  Charity Day was £3,110.75.   Thanks to all who contributed in any way to this.

This month we have played several Competitions including our Club Championship over 36 holes.  We were lucky with the weather which was mild and not too hot.  There were some very good scores but the winner of the Club Championship was Lorraine Bourne 86+82=168 by one shot from Pip Frost 86+83=169.  The Iris Paget Trophy for the best net score was won by Ruth Alexander with 67+64=131 from Iris Corfield 70+70=140.

The Ladies’ team in the Scratch league have put in some good performances against teams from Ingestry and Mosely but unfortunately lost both Matches.  We played Burghill in a friendly Match away and came away with a draw.

136 players from 26 local clubs took part in the SENIORS OPEN DAY.  Visitors and members were treated to a very good day. Everything slotted into place, good organisation by Richard Williams, perfect weather, great food and some really good results which are: –


1st  70 Dennis Whyke/Sam Hinton- Kington G C
2nd 71 Tim Parry/David Matthews - Stratford on Avon G C
3rd  71 Roger Richards/Paul Chapman - Leominster G C

Stableford Points

1st   45 Ray Griffiths/Merlin English - Monmouthshire G C
2nd 43 Nigel Venables/Moray Mackintosh - Kington G C
3rd 42 Geoff Sharrad/Dave Dyke - Ludlow G C

Longest Drive - under 70 - Jeff Davis - Celtic Manor G C

Over 70 - Rob Pritchard - Kington G C

Nearest the pin 5th Hole - Graeme Laws - Ross on Wye G C and 12th Hole - Peter Eccles - Worcester G &C C

From the Pro Shop

Autumn Sale now on with all men's and ladies’  Catmandoo polo shirts now only £19.99 - a saving of over 25%, plus shirts, shorts, jackets and jumpers with up to 25% off.  Pop in and grab a bargain.

Don't forget you've only got until September 30th 2013 to trade in any old wedge against a new Cleveland wedge and save £25 off the original price (Up to 3 wedges).

And finally, now the chilly mornings are here you can warm yourself up with a freshly ground coffee before you tee off, from the Pro shop’s new coffee machine. 

And finally .....  After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes. As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his cell phone and started talking in a loud voice: "Hi sweetheart. It's Eric. I'm on the train". "Yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting". "No, honey, not with that blonde from the accounts office. It was with the boss".  "No sweetheart, you're the only one in my life".   "Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart."   Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly.   When the young woman sitting next to him had enough, she leaned over and said into the phone,   "Eric, hang up the phone and come back to bed."  Eric doesn't use his cell phone in public any longer!

Editor Joe James 01544 327636 /