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Bryan bags Francis Holmes Trophy
22nd September 2012

Marlborough Vice captain Bryan Arthur led a strong team to victory in the annual Francis Holmes Trophy match between Marlborough, Andover, Alresford, and Romsey over 36 holes at Andover. After taking a good lead in the morning round, Marlborough faded a little after lunch (I suspect they may have taken on some life-giving liquids) but did enough in the afternoon to just hold off a challenge from Romsey. The teams from Andover and Alresford were third and fourth.

Marlboroughs on-the-course reporter takes up the story.

Andover is a ten hole course with two pins (red and yellow) on eight of the greens thus making eighteen in all. Confused? So were some of the player's.

In the morning they played foursomes (medal) and against a par of 70 Marlborough player's Neil Prior and Malc Bevan shot net 68, Bryan Arthur and Terry Hale 69, as did Alan Turnell and Neil Patch, despite Neil's defective Skycaddy! These were the best three from four scores and gave Marlborough a nine shot lead over the hosts Andover.

In the afternoon singles, Neil Prior (Marlborough's star performer)shot net 67 and shared the individual prize, winning a bottle of champagne for his efforts. Malc Bevan's net 69, Graham Rissone's net 72, Alan Turnell's net 75, Ali Baldwin's net 75 and Neil Patch's net 76 made up the best six out of eight scores. It was just enough for Marlborough take the trophy with Neil Patch's old club Romsey a close second. Sweet!

Congratulations to the whole team - a fine performance, gentlemen!


The BIG event of the year for all greenkeepers is the British and International Greenkeepers'

Association, BIGGA, golfing tournament. Not just because it gives our unsung heroes who tend the golf courses for us a chance to play for a change, but because they can scrutinise the work of their peers at close quarters!

This year the South West England and South Wales area heat was held at Bowood Wiltshire, and assistant head greenkeeper Mark Lewthwaite was partnered by David "Chainsaw" Capel, Trish King and Ali Baldwin from the greens committee. What a performance they put on!

Playing off three-quarters handicap, best two of four stableford scores to count on each hole, they amassed a winning score of 78 points. No mean feat on a championship course with oodles of bunkers and more than a drop of water. The greens were quick and difficult on a very breezy day, but Dave Capel holed out like a hero, my informant tells me. Late in the round he visited just about all the fairway and greenside bunkers, too. As chairman of the greens committee it was no doubt to check on the quality of sand for purely professional reasons!

For their efforts the team have won twenty doubled-sided pin flags for the Marlborough club to be embroidered with our logo - these are worth over £400. Good luck in the National Final at Frilford Heath, team. More golf course goodies to be won but, most importantly, a chance for Mark to check out the course!


Mrs Amanda Cooper 33 23.7

Setsuko Morimoto 32 30.3

Ms Amanda Conrad 31 23.5


Ross Campbell 75 - 4 = 71 3.4

Lowest Gross

Michael Condon 89 - 15 = 74 14.5

Richard Farmer 88 - 12 = 76 12.4

Mid Week Medal 5/09/12

Malcolm Bevan 80 - 8 = 72 7.4

Kevin Smith 93 - 20 = 73 19.8

After Count-Back

Brian Arthur 84 - 11 = 73 11.3

After Count-Back

Seniors Medal Championships 7/09/12
George Brown 90 - 16 = 74 16.2

ChrisD Gay 88 - 13 = 75 12.5

Lowest Gross After Count-Back

Ron Crozier 91 - 16 = 75 16.1

After Count-Back

September Saturday Medal

Div 1

Nick Munton 82 - 12 = 70 11.3

Jason Beint 72 - 1 = 71 AWAY

Lowest Gross

Craig Meredith 74 - 2 = 72 1.9

After Count-Back

Div 2

Mike Warner 83 - 14 = 69 12.0

Lowest Gross

D Skudlarz 87 - 14 = 73 13.3

Steve Richardson 91 - 15 = 76 14.6

After Count-Back

Div 3 S Wade 92 - 18 = 74 17.5

Lowest Gross

Bill Cochrane 95 - 19 = 76 19.2

Mike Bauer 98 - 21 = 77 20.6

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