Whitstable Tidings Issue 7 2012


The monthly journal of Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club

 Collingwood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1EB Tel 01227 272020

e-mail wandsgolfclub@talktalkbusiness.net

Web site www.whitstable-golfclub.co.uk

Volume 2 Issue no. 7                                                                        1st   July 2012

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




Golf Week – 2nd June to 9th June


What a week! The weather was unpredictable to say the least with Monday morning’s rounds all cancelled after an amazingly unseasonable downpour closed the course to play until midday. Many players, myself included, could not find a time to play later in the day and had to miss out on the Flag competition.


Sat – medal                              Sun – Combined Stableford

1st Colin Holton                       1st  Jack Scott & Stuart Moore

2nd Bob Davis                          2nd  John Wegner & Richard Gremo

3rd  Richard Smith                   3rd  Steve Rumball & Ronnie Rumball


Mon – Flag                             Tues – Stableford

1st Jack Scott                           1st Rod Whitehead

2nd David Morgan                   2nd Steve Rumball

3rd Stuart Moore                      3rd B Wyles


Wed 5 club                              Thursday – Bogey

1st Brian Wild                          1st Dave Atkins

2nd Ronnie Rumball                 2nd Richard Gremo

3rd Jack Scott                           3rd Ian Wingrove


Friday Team Stableford

1st Billy Bills, John Bills, Marijka Rapley

2nd M Dunne, W Watkins, B Wraight

3rd B Davis  S Moore J Scott




Jack Scott




The website has been revamped and there are still some small problems to sort out. If you are having trouble accessing the members page e-mail Bob Ireland at robert.ireland@gmail.com  stating your choice of password(not previously used) and all will be resolved! Your comments on the website would be appreciated any improvements you can suggest will be considered.

Greens and Course News

Any members having questions about the greens or course in general can write to me or e-mail and I will get an answer from our Greenkeeper. The question and answer will be published in the newsletter and on the web site.


Social Functions

Friday Night Golf

We have re-worked the Friday Night Social Golf evenings and are going to have one Friday competition each month. Each will be a 9 hole friendly competition with a meal afterwards. Come along it’s great fun.


Dates for your diary are:-

20th July              Cross Country     (Texas Scramble)

24th August                   Plumbers Putter   (Texas Scramble)

14th September    Cricket                 (Individual Stableford)


The Old Salts Captain Brian Best Vice Captain Colin Chapman Secretary George Bawden

Old Salts 14 June 2012.


Congratulations are due to Brian Daw who was announced as the winner of the Winter section of the “Six of the Best” competition. Well done Brian.


In the latest round of the Summer section of the above competition the placings were:

1st.      Gwyn Oakley with a fine 40 points,  2nd.    John Dowle 39 points,3rd. Andrew Pout also with 39 points.

In the Captain’s Challenge the Captain, Brian Best and his Vice captain, Colin Chapman took on a formidable challenge from the brothers Ted and Roger Backhouse. Colin played a solid game but the result was still a win for the “Backhouse Boys” by 4 and 2.


The Whitstable and Seasalter “Old Salts” played two interclub matches this week.


Whitstable played at home on Monday 18th against a visiting side from Chestfield.  The result was an excellent 5/3 win for the Old Salts.

However, when the Old Salts played at Belmont (Faversham) on Thursday 21st. the tables were turned with Faversham giving the visitors a bloody nose with a 7/1 win.

Win or loose, the Old Salts appreciate the amicable nature of the matches and the hospitality extended to them by their hosts in the away fixtures.


On Monday 25th. June Whitstable & Seasalter Old Salts continued their run of away match losses when they lost 5-3 at St. Augustines. The home team of “Saints and Sinners” won by 5-3.

On Thursday 28th. June the Old Salts played a medal competition for the Hugh Ridley Trophy. Conditions were sunny and dry. The result were:  In third place Terry Suggett with a net 63, Clive Witten was second with net 62, but lost on countback to Dave Morgan who took the trophy.



Junior Section Captain Bradley Packham      Secretary Peter Wade

On the 16th June the juniors played in two trophy competitions – The Aspden and The King.

Two members of the same family playing as a team compete for the Aspden. The winners of this were Louise Tucker playing with her son Jack.

The King trophy was won by Marijke Rapley playing with Club Captain John Wegner.

Golf Week

The number of juniors playing was down on last year but this was a result of the pressure caused by the school exams, which are set at this time of year. However those who did play acquitted themselves well – Marijke Rapley winning junior “Golfer of the Week” Well done Marijke!


The next juniors trophy to be contested is the Maflin Trophy on 14th July at 1300 hrs. Good luck to all those entering.



Ladies Section  Captain Mel Bashford, Vice Captain Jackie Witten

Secretary Jean Hudson

Taking advantage of continuing good weather Whitstable and Seasalter Golf Club ladies’ section held several well supported competitions in the lead up to Golf Week which started on June 2nd.  In a Four Ball Better Ball the winners were Jacqui Witten and Molly Broadbent with a score of 32, following by Mel Bashford and Penny Kinnersley on 31.  A medal the following week produced a win for Holly Butler with a net score of 68. Second was Pat Bensted on 69 and 3rd Marjorie Harris on 71. The Silver division was headed by Holly, the bronze A by Marjorie and Helen Foad won the bronze B division.

The annual Medal Winners Trophy was won by Penny Perkins net 68 and runner up was Mary King, also on 68.

A Texas Scramble produced runaway winners in Mel Bashford the Lady Captain, Holly Butler and Penny Perkins. All three are low handicap players and proved their prowess with a score of 60.7.  Runners up were Val Brown, Jackie Barker and Jacqui Witten on 67.7.

Ladies section prize winners in Golf Week  2012


Judy Butcher               1ST       Saturday Medal

Mary King                  2nd       Saturday Medal, 1st Monday Flag, 3rd Friday team

Jean Hudson               3rd        Saturday Medal

Penny Perkins             1st        Sunday Joint Stableford

Holly Butler                1st        Sunday Joint Stableford

Jackie Witten               2nd       Sunday Joint Stableford, 3rd Wednesday 5 Club

Linda Bawden             2nd       Sunday Joint Stableford, 1st Wednesday 5 Club

Vilma Parrett               2nd `     Friday Team

Beryl Wingrove           1st        Thursday Bogey

Jacky Barker               1st        Tuesday Stableford

Margaret Barker          2nd       Tuesday Stableford

Val Bayliss                  3rd        Tuesday Stableford,  2nd Thursday Bogey

Mel Bashford              2nd       Monday Flag, 2nd Wednesday 5 Club, 3rd Thursday                                                   Bogey,  1st Friday Team

and Golfer of the Week 2012.



Mens Section Captain John Wegner, Vice Captain Richard Gremo


June Report


This year’s ex servicemen’s trophy saw a welcome return to form for David Morgan. Two birdies and eight pars helped him to finish winner on the day with 42 points. This was just too good for John Shepherd who had to settle for second place with 41 points and Tommy Burns with 39 points.

During the Club V Old Salts match, Brian Best was unable to play due to injury and could only sit on the sidelines watching his team struggle in almost every match.  John Wegner’s team proved too strong on the day and finished as clear winners. Despite the result this event proved very popular again following its reintroduction last as part of the centenary programme.

The first “London Pride” Stableford competition ended with John Wegner as the clear winner following a brilliant 41 points.  Not noted as a beer drinker he may have been tempted to give his prize to Tommy Burns who finished as runner up again with 39 points.  John Stokes took third place from Mark Payne on count back after both players finished on 38 points.


Kent Veterans’ Golf Matches Captain Rod Wood

Secretary Don Crawford





Midweekers Section Captain Bob Ireland Vice Captain Peter Shearing

Secretary Eynon Price


Wednesday 13th June The Peter Hadlow June Cup Medal

The captain’s challenge match-a hard fought affair ended all square with Bob Ireland and Peter Shearing fighting off the efforts of Ted Backhouse and Martin Newton to overturn their recent defeat by one hole in the previous challenge.

Tommy Burns won with an excellent 65 winning on countback from Des Barker in second and Dave Chalk in third one stroke behind.

Brian Sealy won the charity sweep, Dave Swann second and Fred Lynn third.

There was only one birdie prize won on the 6th by Brian McNally.


Friday 22nd June The Dave King Cup Stableford

The captain’s challenge won in great style by Don Crawford and Tommy Burns, Don playing well in the first nine although we were 1 up going into the 10th. Tommy as usual turned on his “A” game and we ended up losing 4 and 2!

Val Bayliss won the day with 38 points, Brian McNally second with 35 winning on countback from Dave Chalk.

Terry Bills took the first place in the charity sweep, a rollover for second and Brian McNally third. The distinct lack of birdies showed how hard the course was playing as did the low scores returned.


Super Seniors

Dates for the coming year of events:

July26…………………………………Away to Broome Park August14…………………………….Home to North Foreland September13……………………….Away to North Foreland.

To be eligible to play for the Super Seniors see below:- The Super Seniors League is one of three run under the auspices of the Society of Kent Golf Veterans. Age requirement is to be aged 70 or over and to play off a 21 handicap or better. Whitstable are in League C, comprising for this season of Broome Park, Canterbury, North Foreland and, Chestfield (a new entrant this year after St Augustine’s dropped out at the end of last season) and ourselves. There is and end-of-season play-off with group A and B usually around mid-September. But no worries, we never aspire to such grandiose exposure Dress for all games is informal afterwards, with a bite and a coffee normally a fiver before tee-off, usually at 1pm. Team requirement is now eight players with notices posted on the Kent Vets notice board in good time for the next match. If anyone has any questions about the Super Seniors, please contact organiser Alec Parrett, on 01843 600887 or by email at alvipar@talktalk.net.


After a savaging at Chestfield when our Super 70s went down four games to nil – their first whitewash of this season- they entertained Canterbury on June 26 at Whitstable to gain a 2 ½- 1 ½ win. Dave Lambert and Ron Fuller, together with Tony Taunton and Andrew Pout got maximum points, while David Dale and Bob McCormick were just caught on the eighteenth to bring home the half.  Whitstable are now mid-table with 27 points in League C, just one point from North Foreland and four behind Canterbury on 31. Our Super Seniors go to Broome Park on July 26 (just one point behind us on 26, so this is a needle match) having beaten them at home 2 ½ – 1 ½ in May.




Fundraising     100 Club

This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £30, £20 and £15. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. You’ve got to be in it to win it!


June Winners


1st      £30.00        Margaret Annal

2nd    £20.00      David Dale

3rd     £10.00       Molly Broadbent


Forthcoming Golf events in June and July




Sunday 1st           am Geo Fitt Bowl

Sunday 1st           am Billmeir Plate Chestfield

Monday 2nd                  am Ladies v The Old Salts

Tuesday 3rd                   am Ladies Woodhead/Wren Trophy

Thursday 5th        am Old Salts Frank Fox Memorial Medal

Saturday 7th         am Men’s Invitation Day

Sunday 8th           am Daily Mail Foursomes

Tuesday 10th        am Ladies EWGA Medal

Wednesday 11th am Midweekers Amon Heath July Cup Medal

Thursday 12th      am Old Salts Captains Day

Friday 13th                    0900 Kent Vets v Broome Park (home)

Friday 13th                    am Ladies v Faversham (home)

Saturday 14th       am Westgate (away)

Saturday 14th       am Qualifying Medal

Saturday 14th       1300 Maflin Trophy

Sunday 15th         am Monthly Medal (Scratch Cup)

Monday 16th        am Old Salts v North Foreland (home)

Tuesday 17th        am Ladies Captains Day

Friday 20th                    am Kent Vets v Chestfield (home)

Sunday 22nd        am Friendly Fourballs

Sunday 22nd        am Sheerness (away)

Tuesday 24th        am Ladies EWGA Medal

Wednesday 25th 0830 Kent Vets v Tudor Park (away)

Thursday 26th      am Old Salts D Fewtrell Trophy Medal

Thursday 26th      am Super Seventies v Broome Park (away)

Friday 27th                    am Midweekers July Sweeps Stableford

Saturday 28th       all day Captains Day

Sunday 29th         am Frend Cup

Tuesday 31st        am Ladies Lowe Trophy Stableford

Tuesday 31st        am Old Salts v Westgate (away)




Friday 3rd            12.00 Ladies v Westgate (home)

Saturday 4th         am Qualifying Medal

Saturday 4th         pm Match Westgate (home)

Sunday 5th           all day Presidents Prize 36 holes

Monday 6th                   am Old Salts v Walmer and Kingsdown (home)

Tuesday 7th                   am Ladies Stableford

Wednesday 8th    am Midweekers Ted Backhouse Bowl Medal

Wednesday 8th    pm Ladies Past captains Trophy

Thursday 9th        am Old Salts Seniors Cup Medal

Friday 10th           0830 Kent Vets v Etchinghill (away)

Friday 10th           1300 Juniors Stableford

Saturday 11th       pm Mixed Invitation

Sunday 12th         am Friendly Fourballs

Monday 13th        am Old Salts Invitation Day

Tuesday 14th        am Ladies EWGA Medal

Tuesday 14th        pm Super Seventies v North Foreland

Friday 17th           0900 Kent Vets v The Ridge (away)

Friday 17th                    pm Ladies v The Ridge (away)

Sunday 19th         am Monthly Medal

Tuesday 21st        am Ladies Texas Scramble

Thursday 23rd      am Old Salts Duncan Monro Trophy

Friday 24th                    am Midweekers A. Sait August Shield Stableford

Sunday 26th         am Texas Scramble

Monday 27th        pm RNLI Mixed Greensomes

Tuesday 28th        am Ladies Stableford

Wednesday 29th  am Old Salts v St Augustines Kay Shield (home)

Friday 31st           1130 Ladies Invitation Day


Ebb and Flow (letters section)


I have had a suggestion that some Decisions on the Rules of Golf may interest certain members. I will publish the question this month and the answer next month. If you think you know the decision blog me on the website!

July’s puzzle

One of the previous decisions triggered off the memory of an incident at W & S involving a member who shall be nameless.

Said member was in the first group off the first tee. When he reached the 1st green, he discovered that he had left his putter in his car. He then walked all the way back to his car, retrieved his putter, and rejoined his fourball whilst holding up the entire field. Much was said, but nothing done. I looked up the ruling below when I got home.

Decision 6-7/1


Question:   A player arrives at a green and discovers that he has left his putter at the tee. He returns to

the tee to retrieve his putter. If this delays play, is the player subject to penalty?


Answer:   Yes. Rule 6-7 (Undue Delay) and not Rule 6-8a (Discontinuance of Play) applies in this case.

(Page 116)



June’s puzzle


Question:   In a stroke-play competition, A, B and C were drawn by the Committee to play together starting at 9 am. A and B were present at the appointed time. C arrived at 9:02 after A and B had played from the teeing ground, but just in time to play in the correct order. What is the ruling?



As C arrived and was ready to play within five minutes after his starting time, he incurred a penalty of two strokes for failure to start at the time established by the Committee (Rule 6 – 3a) If C had arrived more than five minutes after his starting time, the penalty would have been disqualification. In either case if the Committee determines that exceptional circumstances had prevented C from starting on time, there is no penalty.

All competitors in a group must be present and ready to play at the time established by the Committee, in this case 9:00 am.

The order of play is not relevant (Revised).



The Editor would appreciate your comments or suggestions of ways to improve the club, course, magazine, web site, social activities, or anything else that comes to mind! Get writing – it’s your club say what you want!


This message has been in the Tidings since it’s humble beginnings and no-one has commented or written a contribution apart from a couple of second hand club and equipment sale item entries. Is there anybody out there?


Flotsam and Jetsam



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5       6       8
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Answer to June puzzle


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4 1 5 6 2 9 3 8 7
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90 DIARA, 180 DIAT, 360 DIAS, 650 SITHOC, 1000 WTAPIW


Answers to last months Acronyms


1 Oxygen atom in Carbon Monoxide, 2 Hydrogen atoms in water, 3 Oxygen atoms in Nitric Acid, 4 Oxygen atoms in Sulphuric Acid, 5 Fruit and vegetables a day is healthy eating!

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



I have to thank the number of eagle eyed readers who spotted the mistake in the Beachcomber section of last month’s Tidings, wherein I printed martial instead of marital, as it happens the joke seems to work either way!


The Chestfield wife’s lament

One evening a man and wife were lying in bed. He was reading and she was watching television and brooding. 
”Darling,” she started. 
”Um,” he replied. 
”If I died would you get married again?” she continued. 
Knowing this was a trick question, he thought for a moment before answering. “I don’t see why not. Our marriage has been a happy one and you’d want me to be happy again, wouldn’t you?” he countered laying down his book and taking her hand. 
”Yes, I suppose,” she answered. 
They continued in silence for a while; his reading and her watching television and continuing to brood. 
 “Darling,” she started again. 
”Um,” he replied. 
”If you got married again, would you let your new wife wear my dresses?” 
He put his book down and once again took her hand. Again realizing this was a loaded question with no correct answer, he thought for a moment and answered. “I guess I would. After all, it would be a shame just to throw away those nice clothes of yours.” 
They lapsed back into silence; his reading and her watching television and brooding even more. 
”Darling,” she once again started. 
”Um,” he replied. 
”Would you let her wear my shoes?” 
This time without putting his book aside, he said, “Yes, and for the same reason. It would be a shame to throw away all your expensive shoes.” 
They lapsed back into silence; his reading and her watching television and brooding herself into a darker mood. 
”Darling,” she said, renewing the inquisition. 
”Um,” he replied. 
”Would you let her use my new Ping golf clubs?” 
With no hesitation, he answered, “Of course not, she’s left-handed.”




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.


Our first offer:- Full set of “Mizuno” clubs and bag good condition £75.00

“Footjoy golf shoes size 7 as new     £5.00

Morton Knight wet suit size M           £15.00

“Donnay golf shoes size 7 new                   £15.00

Contact D Richardson 01227 361194 or at The Old Salts Note 10% of any sale will go to the captains charity!


Our second offer is from Colin Holton and is a set of Snake Eyes Viper XT, Graphite shaft, Reg flex, 4-SW    £110