4 Nations 2017
There are many golfing and social events at Hearsall that throughout the year, afford our members an opportunity of playing golf with and socialising with their friends. The men’s 4 Nation’s Competition held recently however, brings both aspects together in one event.
Originally started in 1988 as a brainwave of 4 golfing members, this event is now one of the first I look for when the new diary is published each year. The whole day is heavily sponsored and there are always a large number of prizes to be won.
It’s a fun, competitive, but friendly day. It was especially pleasing for the organisers though this year as there were a lot of new faces present on the day, these individuals included some of our younger gentlemen and a few of our newer members.
Nigel Poole had the best individual score on the day, 42pts and Wales & the Rest of the World were successful in the team event, capably captained by the new incoming Wales captain, Steve Mumford. (Well done Steve)
England, who have been very successful over the 30 years this competition has been running, received the wooden spoon for only the second time in their history (admittedly twice on the trot as it happens) but we are optimistic that next year, as this was Ian Alsop’s last year as England captain, we will, as Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, be back.
2017 Hearsall Cup Final’s
September welcomes the final’s of the Hearsall men’s and ladies Cups, our premier singles knockout competition(s) played for over the summer months. This year the ladies and men’s finals were held on the same day, Sunday 10th September.
The men’s finalists were Stuart Bloxham and Fraser Cowie. I was surprised to hear that this was Stuart’s first time playing in the Hearsall Cup knockout stage as his availability during the summer months is often limited due to his Warks County involvement, including captaining the Warks A team for the last 3 years.
It was therefore a case of played in it, won it and got the t-shirt for Stuart as he triumphed over Fraser in the 36 hole final of the mens Hearsall Cup on his first attempt. After a tight first 18 holes in the morning where it finished 1 up to Stuart, the 18 holes in the afternoon saw a gap open up and Stuart defeated Fraser on the 13th hole.
The final of the ladies Hearsall Cup is always a well supported golfing event as the ladies section often come out in force and walk the 18 holes with the finalists. This year was no different and Grace Wilkinson and Jane Murphy were escorted around the course by an eager crowd looking forward to seeing some good golf.
The bad weather that was forecast fortunately subsided in the afternoon and although it was very windy we all managed to stay dry. The expectations of the crowd who followed the ladies match were met as both Grace and Jane played what was a very competitive game.
The match was nip and tuck for most of the round which was finally won by Grace 3 & 1 with a birdie on the 17th .
This victory made it 2 on the trot for Grace. Well done Grace.
On reflection, I think the ladies section have got their Hearsall Cup Final experience bang on and their support for the finalists throughout the day and during the presentation is something the men’s section can learn from. This is after all one of the most prestigious days for individual golfers in our golfing calendar. Hat’s off to the ladies section.
Men’s Captain v President Shotgun Stableford
We are now in the final throes of the men’s 2017 golfing season and to highlight this the men’s Captain v President Shotgun Stableford is just around the corner. Saturday 23rd of September at 1:00pm to be precise.
As well as an 18 hole qualifying shotgun start Stableford competition, this event also includes a hot buffet straight afterwards and is quickly followed by the annual prize giving of all of the main trophy’s and medals etc won this year. The prize presentation will commence at around 6:00-6:30pm.
Our 93rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd October 7.30pm in the clubhouse. Proxy forms will be available Monday 18th September from the office and must be completed and returned to the office before 5.30pm on Thursday 28th September.
With Christmas only around the corner it’s time to start planning ahead. The booking sheets will be available from 7pm Friday October 20th for The Family Christmas Lunch (December 10th ) and the Adult Christmas Lunch (December 17th) so don’t miss out as they fill up fast.
New Year’s Eve tickets go on sale in the bar from 7pm November 3rd, don’t forget each member can buy 4 tickets for their guests.
Please note:- The Seniors Open October 3rd has been cancelled due to lack of support.