4 & 5 Clubs Competition


On a chilly, damp, breezy morning an excellent turnout of 38 Venerables set off clutching their favourite 4 clubs and a putter, for this much anticipated annual event.

A ‘mixed bag’ of scores in what were somewhat difficult conditions, followed by one of Mrs A’s curries. Our thanks to Bernard for organising the event.

Bernard reading out the days pairings

A chilly day on the course

Food glorious food


Richard reading out the days results:



In 3rd place with 87 points were Colin Edge, Graham Kipping (not in picture) and Steve Williams.

In 2nd place, on count back, with 88 points were John Faherty, Derek Buxton and Ian Desborough.

In 1st place, on count back, also with 88 points were David Baker, Richard Gardner and Neil Staples.



On a crisp, but sunny and dry morning, 28 Ven’s set out to play the annual 4 club competition with their choice of 3 clubs plus a putter.

Not surprisingly, the scores were a mixed bag, with some players missing their other 10 clubs, and some not really noticing their absence. The golf was followed by an excellent curry from Mrs A.

Our thanks to Bernard, who stepped in for Merv, and did a splendid job of organising the event.


Below Bernard outlining the rules and number of clubs before the off!

Out on the course

Back in the clubhouse

Cyril, Ham Eggs & Chips please!!!!!!

Cyril’s now happy!

And so are we!

The days results:

Below – 3rd place OCB with a team score of 70 points were Steve Board, Richard Gardner and Martin Appleton.

Above – 2nd place with 71 points were Bob Bridges, John Searle and Ian Taylor.

Below – Richard presenting the winners with 73 points – Dave Watts, Ian Desborough, Terry Gardner and Gary Raynsford.



On a bright, but very breezy day, 22 intrepid Venerables participated in the 5 club challenge, all looking forward to one of Mrs A’s excellent curry’s at the end of the round (that is apart from the 5 less adventurous Ven’s who opted for the alternative menu of ham, egg and chips). The 22 were joined by a further 5 who attended for the lunch only.
An indication of the difficult conditions were reflected in this years winning scores, which were some 15 points lower than 2017.
The event was organised by Merv Cooke, Alan Parkes and Richard Gardner. Andrew Wyatt was in charge of photography.
Richard’s Briefing
Top picture above – in 3rd place with 68 points were
Dave Watts, Martin Lane and Richard Gardner
 Bottom picture above – 2nd place with 69 points were
Steve Bonnett, Ian Desborough and Micky Williams who had to leave early
Winners picture above With 70 Points Steve King, Mike Gray and Russ Morgan


A beautiful day and enjoyable all round. We had 31 for lunch, 29 players and 2 recovering “sick notes” for Mrs A’s superb curry and only 3 HE & Chips!  A seeded draw for teams of three, produced a close result. The format was best 2 scores out of 3 players, one 2 ball received a one third allowance.

The event organised by Merv Cooke and Alan Parkes.  Andrew Wyatt was in charge of photography.

The winners were L to R: Tom Woods, Ian Desborough and Mike Gray 81 pts.  Second John Faherty, Tony Leigh and Leon Covington 80 pts. Third. David Baker, John Searle and Neil Staples 78 pts ocb.



For the first competition of the New Year the weather was kind and the lunch superb. With a format of just four clubs and a putter, the scores, as usual, indicate that a full set of clubs is not necessarily an imperative. Altogether there were 35 players plus Alan Parkes for the curry. All thanks to Mervyn Cooke and Bernard Brown for the competition, to Mrs A for the excellent curry, to Andrew Wyatt for his fine pics and to Richard Gardner for presiding over the event.
 THE BRIEFING – with questions from the floor
 AT THE TABLES – waiting for the call to curry, but someone is happy with his special order
Top: first with 85 points ocb, Mike Tillett, Steve King and David Brown.  Centre left: second with 85 ocb, John Black, Martin Lane and Graham Kipping. Centre right: third with 81, Barry Carse, Dave Watts and Ian Taylor. Bottom left: nearest pin 8th Essex, Richard Atkinson. Bottom right: nearest pin in two 4th Cambs, Graham Handscombe.
 ENDPIECE – a fine example of Andrew’s photographic artistry