Whitstable Tidings Issue 7 2014

The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club
Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EB Tel 01227 272020
e-mail secretary@whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Web site www.whitstable-golfclub.co.uk
Issue no.6 Volume 3 1St June 2014

Editor Bob Ireland, 01227 638425, 07802874914,robert.ireland@gmail.com

Golf Week 7th to 13th June

This years Golf Week was blessed with some lovely weather for a change! The sun shone every day and nothing was delayed or cancelled (apart from the Posh Ploughman’s on Thursday). There were 516 rounds played during the week surely a new record!
It was also great to see Howard Gordon’s posse (Paul Guilfoyle, Glen Snook and Dave Bowman) all kitted out in matching gear for each day even the ones where they played in pairs! A wonderful effort well done and thanks for the support.
The members who manned the start table during the week also deserve a mention and our gratitude, it’s a thankless task but without them the week would not work at all.
Thanks are also due to all those who supplied food and entertainment during the week, it made a difference for something to be available almost every night made the club busy in the evenings and contributed largely to the success of the week.
Winners were:-

Medal Derek Bates, Tony Lavender. Richard Gremo
Texas Scramble
Howard Gordon, Dave Bowman, Glen Snook & Paul Guilfoyle
Flag Howard Gordon, Tony Love, Bob Wraight
Joint Stableford Paul Guilfoyle & Dave Bowman, Jack Dale & Tony Bensted,
Richard Gremo & Richard Smith
Stableford Steve Selwood, Bob Davis, Peter Shearing
5 Club John Wegner, Ronnie Rumball, Paul Guilfoyle
Canadian Pinehurst
Linda & George Bawden
Golfer of the Week
Paul Guilfoyle

(further detail in individual section reports)



The Board have decided to purchase a second hand re-conditioned electric buggy for hire to both members and visitors at reasonable rates, It is the standard type of buggy used on most golf courses taking two players and their clubs.
It will also be available for course emergencies and routine course inspections.


A Pay As You Go mobile phone has been provided behind the Bar – for emergency use only. The Telephone No. is :-

0778 4498061
Would all members enter this number on their mobiles for future emergency use

Like most Golf Clubs we are always looking for new Members to replace those who move away or just get too old to play. Our average age is higher than most clubs, which has its effect on our membership.
We will therefore be advertising again this year from March onwards and our new Membership Director Richard Gremo is currently considering our advertising campaign with our President Michael Behr. If anyone has any ideas please contact either of them – they will be pleased to hear from you.
We will also be offering a £50 Incentive to existing Members who introduce new Full Playing Members to the Club. Full details will be available soon – the incentive will be by way of a discount from the next year’s subscription. There will be no limit to the number of incentives, which can be earned in any year. So introduce 10 Members for a free year!

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 5th July

Men’s Invitation the course will be closed to non-combatants, much good golf and friendly fun will follow, great prizes and food will be enjoyed, until late into the evening!

Saturday 25th Gala Night

Elton John visits Seasalter!
Do not miss this, further details on notice board soon!

Future Secretary

We are looking for a secretary to take over when Brian Best retires, so all those who know how to run the club (and there are plenty of those!) are welcome to put their names forward. I should point out that this is not an immediate position change, it’s just that Brian will want to retire his position at some time in the future and a new secretary will be needed to take over then.

Vouchers for sale

Club Valid Until

Canterbury 06/03/15
Chestfield 31/12/14
Gillingham 31/03/15
Sheerness 20/03/15
St. Augustine’s 28/02/15
Woodlands Manor 30/11/14

All proceeds to:
Captain’s Charity: the On Course Foundation Reg. Charity 726 7733

Providing ‘long term benefits for wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and veterans through monthly, nationwide, golf skills and employment training events’.

All offers to the President
01227 274775

I am STILL looking for some good photographs of the Club and course, which I can include on the Web site. If anyone has any or would like to go around with me before the weather gets too bad and get some please get in touch.

Junior Section Captain Jack Tucker, Vice Captain Marika Rapley
Like all the other sections of the Club, the Juniors have had a very busy
month. Monday evenings have been well attended with several new faces
appearing on the scene which is very good news. Golf week was great fun for all with some amazing results coming in. There was absolutely no doubt
about our winner, Oscar Girling won just about everything he entered, so
watch out Men’s Section it will only be a few years before he really gives
you a run for your money. After Golf Week we had the Seath Cup, well
contested and won by our Captain Jack Tucker.
The next Cup to be played for in July will be the Maflin Trophy on Saturday 19th.

Ladies Section Captain Linda Bawden, Vice Captain Beryl Wingrove
Secretary Jean Hudson
The month began with a stableford competition for the Tim Pullin trophy. The early starters had better weather than the later ones, who had a downpour to contend with! Holly Butler who was indeed an early starter, won the prize with a very respectable 36 points off such a low handicap. She follows in the family footsteps of her mother Lorette, a previous winner of this event. Joan Sykes was second on 34.

Golf week was then swiftly upon us. The medal at the beginning of the week was won by Holly on countback from Debbie Murray. Holly also won the flag competition, with Louise Tucker 2nd and Di West 3rd. Linda Bawden and Margaret Barker won the joint stableford from Fran Price and Molly Broadbent followed by Debbie Murray and Louise Tucker. The individual stableford was won by Vilma Parrett, second Louise Tucker, 3rd Sally Lawson. Wendy Green came first in the 5 club from Shirley Dalton and then Mary King.
At the end of the week Holly Butler and Louise Tucker were tied in first place on 20 points so a play-off was swiftly arranged for Friday morning. Louise was victorious in this so earning her the Lady Golfer of the week title.

The ladies in the kitchen evening was again a great success. Andy Sargeant and Ted Henderson were warmly welcomed into the Ladies section for the evening and were great assets around the kitchen.
The lovely weather and welcoming atmosphere around the Club produced another cracking week of golf. All the meals were well attended and the BBQ at the beginning of the week and paella/steak pie to end the week were especially well-supported. We may not be the biggest club but we know how to put on a good week’s golf!

The monthly medal the week after golf week was played in more wintry conditions but this did nothing to deter the ladies. Louise Tucker won with a net 69, Penny Perkins was one shot behind and Beryl Wingrove one behind Penny.

Teams were drawn for the Waltz Competition at the end of the month, one score counting on the first hole, then 2 on the next, 3 on the next, and repeat (so 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3-get it? Waltz?) Winners with a very commendable 78 points were the trio of Mary King, Fran Price and Jean Clode. Second place were Margaret Barker, Pauline Girling and Louise Tucker.

The Lady Captain vs Secretary match was hotly contested as always-if only because the trophy for the losing side (the Gonk) is so hideous, nobody wants to walk away with it! Fourteen pairs played and only 4 points separated the winning and losing sides. Secretary Jean Hudson’s team were victorious with 195 points, meaning Captain Linda Bawden gets to keep the Gonk for the year!

Men’s Section Captain Andy Sargeant, Vice Captain Ted Henderson

The June monthly medal proved to be a close call with winner Ronnie Rumball taking first place on count back from David Gower with a net 62. Despite dropping shots on the last three holes this was good enough to sneak the win after David fell away on his back nine. Les Cox finished in third place with a net 63 ahead of Dave Rigden.
Golf week started with the usual medal competition and in the largest field of the week Derek Bates ended a surprise winner with a net 62. Tony Lavender, Richard Gremo and Don Crawford all finished with net 64’s for subsequent places.
Howard Gordon showed his best form in the Flag competition and a net 59 left him with seven shots remaining to put him ahead of Tony Love and Bob Wraight who both finished with net 60s.
The Tuesday joint Stableford saw David Bowman and partner Paul Guilfoyle sneak a win with their combined 73 points, which put them just one point ahead of Tony Bensted and Jack Dale. Best individual scores came from Richard Gremo and Steve Rumball who both finished with 39 points.
Andy Selwood showed his class in the Wednesday Stableford competition to finish clear winner with an amazing 42 points. A birdie on sixteen helped Andy finish one point clear of Rob Davis who despite his birdie on eighteen had to settle for second place.
The Five Club competition on Thursday saw John Wegner limp his way to victory with a fantastic 41points ahead of Ronnie Rumball who had posted the same 41 point total earlier in the day. Unfortunately Ronnie suffered a double bogie on sixteen and he lost out on count back.
Paul Guilfoyle took third place in the Five Club competition with forty points and this ensured he finished “Golfer of the Week” following points scored in the previous Flag and Joint Stableford competitions.
This year’s Canterbury Cup proved memorable for John Wegner who despite his injured heavily bandaged knee finished the 36 hole event and ended a narrow winner with a combined total of net 128 ahead of Don Crawford. Don enjoyed a marvelous net 59 in the morning but fell away in the afternoon in conditions that proved too testing. John played consistently during the day with two net 64s and deserved to finish overall winner. John Stokes played well but had to settle for third place following his afternoon score that wasn’t quite good enough.
The annual friendly home and away matches verses Chestfield ended in the usual way with Chestfield taking the Billmeir Plate and Whitstable collecting the George Fitt Bowl. Although Vice Captain Ted Henderson and partner Lloyd Foster were the only winning pair at Chestfield results in all the matches were close. Whitstable did better in the home match where the win was by an 8 – 4 margin.
Derek Bates

Old Salts Section Captain George Bawden, Vice Ian Wingrove

The Old Salts went down six games to two when they entertained Chestfield on a Collinwood Road course still recovering from a successful Golf Week. Our neighbours proved too strong but not before John Wegner and Mick Wyles saw off another strong pair by a huge eight and six margin to keep our heads up. As always afterwards, with Ian Wingrove directing proceedings, the atmosphere was electric, the grub good, the wine flowed and a few jokes helped take the hurt from the afternoon.
With Captain George still sipping his lemonade on foreign shores, the second round of Bawden’s Bottle saw Tommy Burns just edging out a resurgent Des Barker with 42 points on countback. Nice to see Des back in the frame. Roy Percival was heard coming up the eighteenth with a tidy 38 points to take third place. For the Gentlemen Colin Spencer, a new recruit to the Salts, played to his handicap with a fine 35, just pipping Terry Suggett. Clive Witten’s protégée Chris Berry took the opportunity to shine to take third place, his first time in the frame. Sadly his mentor Clive wasn’t there to see it, as he was another Old Salt sipping a soda in the sun.
The Salts later trekked over to St Augustine’s to play the first leg of the Kay Shield. We had success there a couple of years back, but this time we could only muster a 2 ½ – 3 ½ result, despite Tony Bensted and Robbie Fudge muscling to a grand six and five win. On reflection however our position promises well in the two-game series. The return half is on home ground on August 27. Bring it on.
Back at home on the 26th the Hugh Ridley Trophy saw a rampant Ryn Hudson really on song in a performance that put his 26 handicap in the shade. As the sun shone again his sudden extra length brought even the fifth hole into range for his second shot. He just missed a birdie there and grabbed a deserved four that helped him to victory with a nett 63….. and an overdue cut in handicap. But only by one shot to 25? Fred Stokes who played in Ryn’s fourball was thinking more of three shots for such excellence!
Tony Bensted, playing with Ryn, came in with a 65 to get second place, with John Wegner again in the frame with 66. The Captain’s Challenge saw John and Barry Broadbent see off George and stand-in George Earlam by two and one.
On Sunday the Old Salts laid down their garden hoes and bug sprays in a last minute call of duty to help the Club, sadly short of players, to a rare win over Chestfield by 8 games to 4. This was the first time in SEVEN years the Club has won the Hubert Child Bowl.
The pairing of Gwyn Oakley and Colin Holton lost their match against formidable opposition, but the Old Salts Captain and Graham Williams snatched a memorable victory after a titanic battle with an evenly matched Chestfield pairing.
And to close a month of untold success, it is good to be reminded that the Old Salts captain and his good wife Lady Captain Linda, brought off a surprise win on the last day of Golf Week in the Pinehurst Greensomes. George told Tidings that this was probably due to both having played so much golf during the week, that they were too tired for any on course arguments.

* Can we again point to the Super Seniors Open to be held at Broome Park on Tuesday August 19. Entry forms are on the board. It was nice to see such a good response to a similar event at St Augustine’s earlier this year with four or so teams from Collingwood Road. Broome Park keeps nagging as to why we have yet to put in a team or two. Any takers?

Midweekers Section Captain Ray Thomas, Vice Captain Bob Ireland
Secretary Peter Fox
The Dave King Trophy held on Friday 27th June was a competition which no one thought would happen after the dreadful weather forecast on the previous evening. I had thoughts of Eynon running on the course blasting his klaxon as the predicted thunder and lighting struck. As it happens everyone was playing in shirtsleeves complaining about the heat. These local weather programs have a lot to answer for. As for the Captains Challenge ,myself and Bob lost again to that formidable partnership of Holly Butler and John Wegner. John who could do no wrong on the course, never missed a put, said it was due to his bad leg that made him play within himself, well I’d like to play him when he plays outside himself. I noticed on our sheets that we play Holly and John again in a couple of weeks. Lets hope his leg gets better so we might have a chance of winning. In the main competition, in 3rd place with 39pts was Mark Blackmore, 2nd place on 40pts Ernie West and the winner on 41pts( you’ve guessed it)John Wegner. Birdie winner on the 4th(you’ve guessed it)John Wegner. Birdie winner on the 9th(you’ve guessed it) Holly Butler. Well done to all. Charity winners, Dave Hodson and Roy Lee. A surprised Don Crawford received a bottle of wine for 100 attendances.
Ray Thomas

Veteran’s Section
Captain Barry Broadbent, Secretary Bob Ireland

2014 Fixture List

Broome Park home Friday 11th July 0900 hrs
Chestfield home Friday 18th July 0900 hrs
Tudor Park away Tuesday 22nd July 0830 hrs
Etchinghill away Friday 8th August 0830 hrs

This list will be posted in the Clubhouse so please indicate your availability to play to avoid disappointment!

Match Reports
Monday 2nd June Tudor Park at home a good win for us three and a half to one and a half.
Tuesday 24th June Broome Park away, we lost three and a half to one and a half, which is almost a victory there!

Super Seventies Organiser and Captain Alec Parrett
We played two matches in June. Both against neighbours and we didn’t do too badly at all. Confusion reigned at the first match in the clubhouse at at Chestfield. We went there, found we were a man short, ended up with one too many, lent him to the opposition (who were also a man short) and came away with a 2½ – 2 ½ draw. But there’s more…………….The Chestfield player who was playing with our man Bernard Peter (now disguised as a home player) suddenly left the course on medical grounds and Bernard had to struggled on, to oppose last -minute fireman Bob Ireland and Rodney Wood, who were really on song, and got hammered. After such carryings on we couldn’t claim the win and let some valuable away points go as Alec awarded the Chestfield captain, who by then had really lost the plot, a half in that game.
At home four days later we entertained Canterbury and let them carry off a half-point as they just escaped a whitewash. George Bawden, facing the challenge of a two-foot putt to win on the seventeenth (after seeing a three-hole lead disappear), slid it by and carded a half with iron-man Les Cox. Talking of burdens, Tony Taunton who weighs 13 stone, must have felt he carried double in the lead match as his partner Alec Parrett squandered most of his seven shots allowance. Quiet man Tony showed everyone how to play our course. He saw off a couple of 15 handicappers to notch a four and three win after also seeing a three-hole lead almost disappear. Alec eventually sunk the winning putt, and later made sure Tony sank something more desirable in the clubhouse.
Ted Backhouse, who stepped in very late to bring our side up to strength, was also back in the clubhouse early. Playing with Ian Horton, he was sipping his beer, basking in the late sunshine and the pleasure of a six and five win as he welcomed home the Collinwood Road Supers. Ted was six under in his round.
Thoughts of this 4½ – ½ team win should inspire us as we apply the linament and limber up for the trek to Broome Park on July 24 with all those away points beckoning.
Remember, you have to be in it to win it. So get your names down on the list. It’s in the changing room. And so is the next match in the diary, away at Etchinghill on July 28.
This year we are doing rather better in our league. At the end of June we were fourth in League C with 43 points, above bottom place Etchinghill on 34 points and Chestfield on 36. Our better efforts still leave us trailing Canterbury by 10. Broome Park, chasing a hat-trick of wins, have edged to the top of the league with 61, displacing North Foreland who have 55. So our visit to BP could be more than interesting and we still have not played Foreland or Etchinghill at home or away.
* We have been congratulated by a hard-pressed Ken Marsh of Broome Park who is handling the first ever Super Seniors Open to be held in Kent. Our three teams have embarrassed the committee as they struggle to find enough home host players to make up the fourballs. It appears that Seasalter has answered his pleas to send teams more readily than most. David Dale was even roped in from Spain! Cheers to that. Let’s hope for some good weather on August 19.
Fundraising 100 Club
This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £30, £20 and £10. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. There are plenty of spare numbers so get buying!


1st £30.00 Tony Love
2nd £20.00 Martyn Dines
3rd £10.00 Joyce Jaynes

What’s on for the next two months?

Tuesday 1st am Ladies Woodhead – Wren Trophy
Thursday 3rd am Old Salts Frank Fox Trophy Medal
Friday 4th 1230hrs Ladies v St Augustines (home)
Saturday 5th All Day Men’s Invitation
Sunday 6th am Captain’s Swindle
Monday 7th am Ladies v Old Salts Centenary Cup
Tuesday 8th am Ladies Medal
Wednesday 9th am Midweekers Eynon Price Members Medal
Friday 11th 0900hrs Kent Vets v Broome Park (home)
Saturday 12th am Qualifying Medal
Saturday 12th pm Panther Trophy v Chestfield (home)
Sunday 13th am Monthly Medal (Scratch Cup)
Tuesday 15th am Lady Captain’s Day
Thursday 17th am Old Salts Captain’s Day & Peter Tuckers 75’s Trophy
Friday 18th 0900hrs Kent Vets v Chestfield (home)
Saturday 19th 1300hrs Juniors Maflin Trophy
Sunday 20th am Sheerness (away)
Sunday 20th am Captain’s Swindle
Sunday 20th pm Grandparents Trophy
Monday 21st am Old Salts v North Foreland (home)
Tuesday 22nd 0830hrs Kent Vets v Tudor Park (away)
Thursday 24th am Old Salts Dennis Fewtrell Trophy Medal
Friday 25th am Midweekers July Sweeps Stableford
Friday 25th am Senior Secretaries meeting at Chestfield
Friday 25th 1200hrs Ladies v Chestfield (home)
Sunday 27th am Frend Cup Stableford
Monday 28th pm Super Seventies v Etchinghill (away)
Tuesday 29th am Ladies Lowe Trophy Medal
Tuesday 29th am Old Salts v Westgate (away)


Friday 1st 1200hrs Ladies v Westgate
Saturday 2nd am Medal
Saturday 2nd pm Club v Westgate (home)
Sunday 3rd all day President’s Prize 36 holes
Monday 4th am Old Salts v Walmer and Kingsdown
Tuesday 5th am Ladies Competition
Tuesday 5th 1300hrs Super Seventies v North Foreland (home)
Thursday 7th pm Past Captains Trophy
Friday 8th 0830hrs Kent Vets v Etchinghill (away)
Friday 8th 1300hrs Junior’s stableford
Friday 8th am Old Salts 7 Club Shield at Chestfield
Sunday 10th am Captain’s Swindle
Monday 11th am Old Salts Invitation Day
Tuesday 12th 0830hrs Ladies President’s Day
Wednesday 13th am Midweekers T Backhouse Rosebowl Medal
Thursday 14th am Old Salts Senior’s Cup Medal
Friday 15th 1030hrs Ladies v The Ridge (away)
Saturday 16th all day Captain’s Day and Centenary Bowl
Sunday 17th am Captain’s Swindle
Tuesday 19th am Ladies Medal
Thursday 21st am Old Salts Dave Gould Trophy Medal
Friday 22nd am Midweekers A Sait August Shield Stableford
Saturday 23rd all day Captain’s Charity Day
Sunday 24th am Texas Scramble
Monday 25th 1230hrs RNLI Mixed Greensomes
Tuesday 26th am Ladies Texas Scramble
Wednesday 27th am Old Salts v St. Augustines Kay Shield
Friday 29th 1130hrs Ladies Invitation Day
Saturday 30th 1300hrs Esworthy Rose Bowl
Sunday 31st am Monthly Medal

Ebb and Flow (letters section)

The Editor would appreciate your comments or suggestions of ways to improve the club, magazine, web site, social activities, or anything else that comes to mind! Get writing – it’s your club say what you want!
If you have any specific questions about the course please direct them to the Course Director Malcolm Kent or use the suggestion book.

Flotsam and Jetsam

Two interesting things you may not know
Mary Queen of Scots was responsible for the word “caddy” as used in golf!
It stems from her playing golf in Scotland and using cadets or junior officers to return her golf balls.
The other word she is responsible for is “marmalade”
This reason for this is that she suffered from Tuberculosis and was given jars of orange jelly to aid her recovery. The nurses carrying this concoction to her would say “Ma’am et malade” meaning Madam is ill, this was heard by others present as marmalade!


No-one got this puzzle last month so here it is again, just to refresh your memories, linked squares have the same number, otherwise the rules are the same as Sodoku (1-6 in each row and column, not repeated)

Good luck, a £20 bar voucher awaits the first person to show Steve the answer!

Have fun!

Poetry Corner

Any contributions of any type will be considered, puzzles, stories, history,
Anecdotes, your chance to get your stuff in print!



If you have any unwanted clubs or equipment sell them through this Publication or the Web Site and donate 10% to the Captains Charity! Send the details to my e-mail robert.ireland@gmail.com , by post or place the details on the notice board marked for my attention.

Callaway Big Bertha Heaven Wood 1H
14 degree loft with Big Bertha Uniflex steel shaft.
Good condition with Benross head over.
£ 30
Peter Steigmann
Tel. 01227 262278
e-mail. steigmann@btinternet.com

Ladies Clubs
Cobra Ladies offset driver, 3 wood and 5 wood, £60 the lot
Contact Ernie or Di West 01227 266581

Some from Eric Bean
Loco 10 degree £10.00
Ocean 10.5 degree £10.00
Hippo plus 10 degree £10.00
wood Wilson 25 degree £10.00
Offset £10.00
Hybrid Onyx 18 degree £10.00
Full set of clubs and bag £50.00

Lob Wedge Condor 60 degree £ 5.00
3 assorted putters £ 3.00 each
Hill Billy electric trolley battery and charger £50.00

Eric Bean 01227 740190

Donnay Golfshoes size 7 *NEW* £10
Donnay golf bag £10
Golf Bag £10
Stubart golf shoes size 7 £10
All the above contact Derrick Richardson 01227 361194

Hill Billy Terrain electric trolley with battery. £75
Linda Bawden. Tel no. 503905

John Wegner is having a clear out see below

Titleist Cart Back with hood all zips working £40.00

King Cobra offset 12 degree with head cover £45.00
Callaway Driver FT9 10 degree with head cover £30.00
Yonex 5 wood with head cover £20.00
Yonex 3 wood with head cover £20.00
Yonex Driver 9 degree wioth head cover £25.00

Odessey 2 ball £25.00
Mitusushiba nc £15.00
Golden Bear centre shaft £10.00
Odessey Rossie 11 £ 5.00

Tel 01227 261007

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