Update from the Captain

Hello Bishopswood golfers. Summer is still here despite the official meteorological Autumn starting on September 1st. However, I’m a little confused as I also read Autumn officially starts in the Northern Hemisphere on 23rd September. I’ll go with the latter.

And, this brings me once again to some of the competitions that have taken place and the entertainment after some of them.
In late July I played in the Vets Championship for the first time with Denis Quirk and a very friendly game of golf we had in sunny weather. The winner was Peter McNeillie with 41 points and Captain second with 39 points.

Vice Gary arranged various Gents Matches in July and August leaving just one Gents match to play against AWE on Friday 18th October. If you are interested in seeing the Gents matches results check the info board in the Gents changing room.
Arranging matches for this year and next year takes a lot of time and a big thanks to Vice Gary for a great job done.

I played for the Seniors v Oak Park in late July and thoroughly enjoyed the company and the course.
Oak was in good condition but a part of the course called The Hill tested the calf muscles and lungs for a while. Look for results of matches on the Seniors board and if you really want to be entertained ask to be included in Jeff Wayling’s famous blogs.

I joined the Hampshire Captains this year and played my first event at Royal Winchester with 3 smashing golfers. A past Captain from Weybrook, a Captain from Corhampton and a past Captain from Royal Winchester who played drums on the smash hit of The Troggs, Wild Thing.
Their fairways on the second nine holes were badly affected by last year’s drought and it came to my mind how lucky we are at Bishopswood.

During August I played for our Committee team against Bishopswood Staff for the Mojacar Trophy
and we were narrowing beaten by the Staff. Well done all team members for making this annual event enjoyable.

A big weekend for me in mid-August was Captains Day on the Saturday followed by Captains v Past Captains on the Sunday. The Saturday was won by Manager Kevin Pickett and Ben Chaney with an impressive 48 points. My golf with friend and wife Gillian was not good and we were near the bottom. However, the event was a lovely walk on a great golf course with smashing friends.
The evening was great with local band Carbon Copy entertaining us followed by resident Disco DJ Colin Monger. What great music he played. There are too many to thank for all of your efforts but you know who you are.
The following day was Captains team v Past Captains team. Another memorable day, mainly because of my hangover; with me having an ‘out of body experience’. My partner, Cobber Paul Barnet, valiantly trying to stem the birdie onslaught from Past Captains and friends, Down the Middle Malcolm and Dickie Peatman. Sorry Cobber.
However, I sobered up for the wonderful evening meal with all of the golfers and guests. Presentations were made to Dicky Peatman for best Past Captains score on the Saturday and the main trophy being retained (narrowly) by the Past Captains. Great thanks to Malcolm and all others for making the day and evening memorable.

I played in another popular annual event, Golfer/ Non-golfer, with my medic nephew Richard Ward.
A very good day but I could have done with his help on Captains Weekend. Next year why not bring along your partner, or children, or even a friendly neighbour to our fun event.

Friday 30th August was Steve Ward’s late afternoon Charity Day Scramble. We had a full field of pairs with Vice Gary and I playing Steve and Manager Kevin. Despite my patchy golf we were just beaten by .4 of a point. All who did not beat their score paid a tenner in to the Captains Charities. Only three beat their score so the Charities benefited greatly.
Steve organised games on the putting green and beyond and all enjoyed a great evening of fun. The money raised was a brilliant total of over £600. For those who could not make it watch out for this event next year. Steve’s known genius for creating games on the putting green and close by were not only fun for those taking part but also those watching from the balcony.
Thankyou Steve and all of your assistants for this wonderful effort.


David G Williams organises all of the Mixed team events throughout the year. He works very hard to provide matches to our loyal mixed golfers. We thank David for his great efforts.
I played in our highly successful Mixed Open on 1st September. Claire, of Sonning Golf Course, said their greens had much larger holes than ours and they were considering cancelling some events. Well done KP for keeping Bishopswood playable. Serial winner Brian Quenault and his partner Julie Shawley (Sherfield Oaks ) won the Bishopswood Prize with 45 points followed by Gillian and me with 43 points. Thank you playing partners Andy Prater, Claire (Sonning ) and wife Gillian for making my day successful. Jo & Sheila Heenan from Test Valley won the main event, with players from Lee on Solent, Dummer, Andover and Mapledurham taking other prizes. The big thanks though has to go to David G Williams for organising this event. It is becoming more popular each year thanks to David’s efforts.

Junior Information

See Martin Smith’s email shortly regarding Juniors events


The Ladies matches have continued throughout August, with some good results and it was nice to see a good number of ladies playing in Captain’s Day. Congratulations also to wife Gillian who won her first Ladies Trophy - the Noo Clover Trophy in August.

Committee Members are:
President Bob Mitchell; Captain Roy Ward; Treasurer Nick Leonard; Ladies organiser, Shelagh Finch;
Seniors organiser, Jeff Wayling; Bob Lycett; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Secretary Jenny Lycett.

Social Committee Members are:
Captain Roy Ward; Gill Ward; Vice-Captain Gary Clinch; Dee Clinch; Past Captain Malcolm Boreham; Debbie Boreham; Past President Martin Smith; Jackie Smith; Manager Kevin Pickett, Mo Pickett.

Upcoming events.

Race Night on Friday 6th September. An inexpensive night to enjoy. Sign up now at the bar or just turn up.

Solheim Cup Scramble fun event Sunday 15th September. Enjoy golf with friends and pop back in to the bar for a snack while watching the Solheim Cup.
Wine and Port Evening 27th September. Look out for the posters.

Vice versus Captains Gauntlet. A challenge laid down by Vice Gary to the Captain.
If you have played in a Gents match during the last two seasons you are eligible. The entry sheet is on the board in the Gents changing room. Sign up quickly as the sheet is filling up.

Let Us Entertain You Friday 11th October.
Ben Selley (ex Concept and son of Bishopswood Golfer Mike) playing and singing soft, melodic music.
Bishopswood Golfers Richard West of Out Of The Blues and Roger Taylor ex Magic, playing and singing cool blues.
The Pot Bellied Chimps, Bishopswood golfer Mike Dolan on bass and ex Bishopswood bar manager Patch on drums accompanied by other local greats playing well known hits from the past.
Just £5 per head. Food Specials available at the bar. Book a table for your group of ten at the bar and I will contact you to collect the £5,s in advance as this will be a sell-out. Only 8 tables left.
All much-needed proceeds going to our own Bishopswood Golf Club for the benefit of members.

Captains Ball, 16th November, good food with great friends and one of the very most entertaining groups to appear at Bishopswood. ‘Glad It’s Night’ Motown Experience. It’s worth paying just to see this world- famous act and enjoy a lovely 3-course meal as well. Coloured Dickie Bows and dinner suits for gents and Posh Frocks with a Feather for the lovely ladies. Prizes for the best Gents bow tie and best ladies feather. Treat your partner to a wonderful evening of entertainment and food.

If you have any suggestions, any ideas for the good, we are here to listen.

Captain Roy
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