Whitstable Tidings Issue 5 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. 5                                                                        1st   May 2012

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





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 and all will be resolved! Your comments on the website would be appreciated any improvements you can suggest will be considered.


Social Functions


Friday 6th April Easter Egg Hunt


This was a great day for the children with around 20 excited kids turning the club and course upside down in search of their quarry. Leading the hunt was a large chicken concealing Junior vice captain Richard Smith! Thanks must also go to a couple of bunnies Amy Bills and Emma Thomas as well as the enthusiastic support of Mel and John!


Saturday 12th May Cabaret Night (details to follow)





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


Monday 2nd. April saw Whitstable & Seasalter Old Salts travelling to Walmer & Kingsdown for their second away match of the season. The result was disappointing with the Old Salts being beaten 61/2 to 11/2. Whitstable & Seasalter are expecting better results when they get to play on their home course, a challenge for any visiting team.


On Thursday 5th. April The Old Salts played their first trophy competition, the Ken Vickers Trophy Stableford. A cold wind blew across the course making play difficult but this did not stop some good scores. In third place was Tony Bensted with 36 points, second place went to Barry Broadbent with 37, but outstanding play by a very in form John Shepherd secured him the trophy.


The Captain (Brian Best) partnered by George Bawden played John Dowle and Colin Satchwell in the Captain’s Challenge. The result was decided on the 18th. green when the Challengers went 1 up.


The final result for the Old Salts Brian’s six of the best competition are as follows;


1st.     Brian Daw    7 points


2nd    Dave Morgan, David Dale, Sid Silk, Tommy Burns     all on 3 points


3rd.    Brian Best, Barry Broadbent, Brian Ridley    all on 1 point


Results of the Winter Eclectic are :- 1st Peter Steigmann with a net 51, Dave Morgan 2nd with 52 and John Whorlow 52.5 comes third.

The complete leader board can be perused in the club house for those of a morbid disposition!



Junior Section Captain Bradley Packham      Secretary Peter Wade

The Juniors started their Monday night practice sessions on the 28th March but due to some administrative errors and a printer failure some juniors were left in the dark!

Professional Bob Charlton was on hand, assisted by Martin Newton and John Williams, to give the juniors some much needed tuition.

Two new members were registered Jack who is 8 and Mia who is 13.

Saturday 7th April the Monthly Medal was held and won by Jack Dale with Richard Smith second and Marijka Rapley coming third.



Ladies Section  Captain Mel Bashford, Vice Captain Jackie Witten

Secretary Jean Hudson

On March 27th Shirley Rosser showed that she doesn’t need all the clubs in her bag by winning the KCPFA Five club competition with 38 points! This allows her to go through to the next round at Mid Kent. Mel Bashford was second with 36 points and third was Debbie Murray with 34.

Mary King, Beryl Wingrove and Val Bayliss visited Mid Kent to play in the Taplin Trophy, where they received a very warm welcome. The weather was excellent and the course in good condition. Only Mary won her match so our ladies will go no further this year.

On a beautiful sunny and warm day, a treat at the end of March, a ladies team played an away game at North Foreland. Memorable for handmade biscuits before playing and huge baked potatoes and portions of cake after the game, the play in between was less memorable; Beryl Wingrove came closest to a win with a halved match. The final result being 6½ to ½.

April’s Medal round was won by Mel Bashford with a net 66, closely followed by Penny Perkins with 67 and Margaret Barker with 68.

The Stableford on April 10th was won by Val Bayliss with 40 points, followed by Jackie Witten on 39 and Joyce Jaynes with 35.

The match against St Augustines on the 13th April was halved.

On April 17th The Spring Greensomes drawn pairs (high and low handicaps) was played in dreadful conditions resulting in a win for the weather-9 holes only being played.

Fran Price and Mel Bashford won with an admirable 16 points on count back from Margaret Annal and Helen Gurney. Linda Bawden and Jane Austen managed 14 points.

The National Nines competition was played at home against stiff opposition from Reigate Heath. Sadly our girls came second!

Mary Kling was accepted to play in the EWGA Annual Medal competition at Highgate on the 20th . Pat Bensted kindly went in support but sadly Mary was not the winner.

In the Centenary Bowl played on 21st April the leading ladies were Debbie Murray and Sheila Wyles both with 34 points – Debbie winning on count back.

April 22nd saw the Medal winners trophy played for in threatening weather and as the storm broke, the ladies scuttled for shelter and watched as the 9th green became whitye with hailstones. As consolation the cakes that had been prepared for tea were consumed which made the afternoon seem worthwhile. A repeat performance was booked for the following Sunday but the weather won again, the course being closed due to torrential rain (drought what drought)?

On the 28th eight ladies went to Sheerness for a friendly match, which turned out to be a very wind blown affair, most participants accepting that it was the strongest wind they had ever played in. Luckily there wasn’t too much rain a few brief squalls scudding through. It was an exhausted band of golfers that returned to the clubhouse at the end of the day with Whitstable bringing up the rear again. We intend to do better soon!

The results of the Winter Competitions have been announced Linda Bawden won the Knockout and Pat Bensted won the eclectic.

The coffee morning on the 7th was a great success raising £500 a worthwhile result for a lot of effort from all, well done!


Mens Section Captain John Wegner, Vice Captain Richard Gremo


April Report


2010 Club Captain Steve Rumball, achieved his ambition of winning a major club competition when he scooped the Past Captains’ Skinner Trophy event earlier this month. His 38 points score put him three points clear and an easy winner ahead of runner up John Clarke.

A Stableford competition played on the same day as the Skinner Trophy, saw John Whorlow finish winner with 39 points ahead of Brian Wild and Andy Sargeant.

The clubs annual centenary trophy, for all sections of the club, was played for on 21st April. Unlike last year, when the competition was won by a Junior, winning positions on this occasion were dominated by the men’s section. Andy  Watkins  finished  as overall winner  with an amazing 44points,  ahead of Jack Scott. Jack must have thought he had done enough when he ended his round with an impressive 42 points but he had to settle for the runner up slot once again. Des Barker took third place with 39 points ahead of Derek Bates who lost out on count back.


Kent Veterans’ Golf Matches Captain Rod Wood

Secretary Don Crawford

Tuesday 17th found the Vets team at Broome Park on a terrible day weather wise, heavy rain ruined the day and the match was eventually abandoned when most teams had reached the ninth. Shame really as we were ahead in the majority of games! Still there is always the return to look forward to.


On the same day The Association of Kent Veteran Golfers held their first meeting at Sittingbourne, again the weather was foul in the morning but the leisurely pace of the Vets ensured that the weather had time to improve by the afternoon! Several members of WASGC were present and indeed featured in the prizes.

The results of The Desmond Barker Trophy were – Division 1 (up to 18 handicap)  1st M Wyles WASGC 37 points, 2nd A Fagg Princes 35 points, 3rd J Hampshire, The Ridge 34 points.

Division 2 (19-28 Handicap) results 1st A Loader, Dartford 36 points (on count back),  2nd P Halligan, Langley Park 36 points, 3rd N Tubman Hemsted Forest 35 points.

Nearest the pin 4th B Morgan Wrotham Heath, 7th R Hope, North Foreland, 11th J Gardner, Lullingstone Park, 15th D Fransham, Redlibbets.

An excellent carvery meal was enjoyed by all and we all look forward to the next meeting on Monday 21st May at Faversham where the SAGA Trophy will be contested.



Midweekers Section Captain Bob Ireland Vice Captain Peter Shearing

Secretary Eynon Price


Wednesday 11th April The Peter West Cup.


The Captains Challenge was a good contest resulting in a 4 and 3 victory for the Captain and Vice who both played well enough to win but not well enough to come in the prizes!

Martin Newton and Ted Backhouse didn’t quite gel together but the day was an enjoyable one and several shandy’s were consumed later.


The result of the competition was a win for Gary Hartley-Trigg with a net score of 62 after count back, second with net 62 John Fullager and 3rd Tony Lavender with 65.



Friday April 27th The Kenny Bills April Cup


Captain’s challenge was played, the usual suspects against Dave Morgan and Eric Rochester, the weather was fair but a bit blowy, at the halfway mark we were 3 up and faced with the retirement of Eric with severe arthritis in his hand. Dave struggled manfully on, alone but we managed to win on the 15th, 4 and 3.


Bob Ireland went on to win the day with 39 points, second was Dave Chalk on 36 points with Eynon Price in the frame with 35 on count back.

Charity sweep winners were John Fullager first and Bob Ireland 3rd. No-one had second place so that is a rollover until next time.

Attendance awards were presented to Dave Atkins with 50, Ray Thomas with 150  and Kenny Bills with a staggering 250 appearances.




Super Seniors

Dates for the coming year of events: May15……………………………….Home to Broome Park May25……………………………….Away to Canterbury June 21………………………………Away to Chestfield June26……………………………….Home to Canterbury 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.


Fundraising     100 Club

This fundraising venture costs £1 per month, with monthly prizes of £25, £15 and £10. There is a bonus double draw at Christmas each year. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

May Winners

First Prize £30.00

Second £20.00

Third £10.00


Forthcoming Golf events in May and June



Tuesday 1st       am Ladies Stableford

Wednesday 2nd am Midweekers Invitation Day

Thursday 3rd      am Seniors Open at St. Augustines

Friday 4th           1200 hrs Ladies v Hythe (h)

Saturday 5th       am Qualifying Medal

Saturday 5th       pm Directors Cup

Sunday 6th         am Match v Sheerness

Monday 7th       pm Mixed Greensomes

Tuesday 8th        am Ladies Spring Meeting

Wednesday 9th  am Midweekers D Fewtrell May Madness Shield Medal

Thursday 10th    am Old Salts Normans Trophy Medal

Friday 11th          9.00am Kent Vets v Canterbury

Saturday 12th     1300 hrs Ladies v Juniors

Sunday 13th       am Friendly Fourballs

Sunday 13th       pm Grandparents Trophy

Tuesday 15th      am Ladies Fourball Betterball

Tuesday 15th      pm Super Seventies v Broome Park (h)

Wednesday 16th  1200 hrs Ladies Presidents Day

Saturday 19th     pm Ex-Servicemen’s Trophy

Sunday 20th       am Texas Scramble

Sunday 20th       pm Mixed v Sheerness (h)

Tuesday 22nd     am Ladies EWGA Medal

Wednesday 23rd  pm Ladies White Elephant

Friday 25th         am Midweekers Martin’s Trophies Trophy Stableford

Friday 25th         pm Super seventies v Canterbury (h)

Friday 25th         0830 hrs Kent Vets v Chestfield

Friday 25th         am Ladies v Chestfield (a)

Sunday 27th       am Friendly Fourballs

Tuesday 29th     am Ladies Texas Scramble



Saturday 2nd        Golf Week to June 9th

Sat 9th                  pm Golf week prize giving

Sunday 10th         am Monthly Medal

Tuesday 12th        am Ladies Tim Pullin Trophy

Wednesday 13th  am Midweekers Peter Hadlow Cup Medal

Thursday 14th     am Super Seventies v Chestfield (away)

Saturday 16th       am Qualifying Medal

Saturday 16th       1300hrs Aspden Treophy/King Trophy

Sunday 17th              am George Fitt Bowl Seasalter

Monday 18th        am Old Salts v Chestfield (home)

Tuesday 19th        am Ladies Betterball Stableford

Thursday 21st      am Old Salts v Belmont (away)

Friday 22nd          am Midweekers D King June Trophy

Friday 22nd          1200hrs Ladies v North Foreland (home)

Saturday 23rd       1300hrs Old Salts v Juniors

Sunday 24th         all day Canterbury Cup 36 holes

Monday 25th        am Old Salts v St Augustines (away)

Monday 25th        am Ladies Jamboree at Chestfield

Tuesday 26th        am Ladies EWGA Medal

Tuesday 26th        pm Super Seventies v Canterbury (home)

Thursday 28th      am Old Salts Hugh Ridley Trophy Medal


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!


May’s question concerns replacement of clubs.


Question:    A player who started a round with 14 clubs in his bag, loses his putter. May he replace it during the round?


Answer next month


Answer to April’s teaser


Q. A player’s ball goes into a bunker by the side of the 6th green. The player accidentally kicks a fallen apple into the bunker. The player picks up the apple, which is not interfering with his stance or the area of his intended swing. Does he incur a penalty?



Yes. An apple is a loose impediment and may not be removed when both the impediment and the ball lie in a hazard (rule 13-4c). By removing the apple from the bunker, the player incurs a penalty of loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play for breach of rule 13-4c


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!


Flotsam and Jetsam



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1       5 7   2 6
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  4     1     3  
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7 6   2 4       3
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Answer to April puzzle


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7 4 2 6 5 9 3 8 1
9 8 3 7 1 2 5 6 4
8 7 9 3 6 1 2 4 5
3 2 6 4 8 5 9 1 7
5 1 4 9 2 7 6 3 8
4 9 8 2 7 6 1 5 3
2 5 7 1 3 4 8 9 6
6 3 1 5 9 8 4 7 2






1 FTP, 2 GOAFP, 3 WOAT, 4 SIAY, 54321 TAG!


Answers to last months Acronyms


1 Man went to mow, 2 Peas in a pod, 3 Men in a boat, 4 Quarts in a gallon, 5 Points for official try in Rugby Union, 6 Questions in this acronym puzzle!


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




An Irishman was leaning in a fence looking at some cows in a field. An American tourist pulled up and said “Hey Buddy is this your farm”? “To be sure to be sure” the Irishman replied. “Do you know I come from Texas and I can get in my car and drive all day and not reach the other side of my farm”? Said the American proudly. “I used to have a car like that”! The Irishman replied.



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 Morton Knight wet suit size M “Donnay golf shoes size 7 new Contact D Richardson 01227 361194 or at The Old Salts Note 10% of any sale will go to the captains charity!

£5.00 £15.00 £15.00


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