Whitstable Tidings Issue 6 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. 6                                                                        1st   June 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.


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

The Cabaret night held on was a great success giving a terrific performance and entertaining us all night. A tour de force of vocal impressionism with a lot of humour.

The food was excellent congratulations to Tony Love and his crew for another feast.


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

The weather changed for the better on 17th. May to enable Whitstable and Seasalter Old Salts to enjoy a pleasant morning’s golf.

A qualifying Stableford competition was played. The placings were:


For the Gentlemen (Handicap. 22 and above)

1st.    Ron Fuller with a very good 38 points,  2nd.   John Shepherd 36,   3rd.   Alec Parrett 35.

For the players (Handicap. 21 and below)

1st.    Rod Whitehead  37 points,  2nd.  Des Barker 36, 3rd.  Dave Morgan 36


In the Captain’s Challenge, Captain Brian Best and Vice-Captain Colin Chapman were challenged by Michael Moore and Ron Fuller. The Challengers played some excellent golf to win 3/2.


The final round in the long running and closely contested Winter Eclectic was played on the 19th. April. Despite being unavailable to play in the final two rounds, Peter Steigmann triumphed for the second year running. The final scores were;  1st. Peter Steigmann with net 51,  2nd. Dave Morgan with 52 and in third place was John Whorlow on 52.5. The final two rounds were played in very poor conditions and had the weather been better, the results could have been very different.


The Old Salts had  a lovely day for the Norman’s Trophy, qualifying medal competition held on 31st May..

Fine weather led to some some very fine scores being recorded.

The winner was Gerry Bayliss with a net 60. Second and third were two players who have featured in the placings of several competitions this year. In second place was Sid Silk net 61, with Dave Morgan third with a net 62. The trophy was presented to Gerry by the captain.


In the Captain’s Challenge the Vice Captain was paired with George Bawden. This weeks challengers were Trevor Croxton and John Dowle who managed to finish all square.


The Savage Trophy for the long running Winter Eclectic was presented to Peter Steigmann, Dave Morgan was second with John Whorlow third.



Junior Section Captain Bradley Packham      Secretary Peter Wade


Ladies Section  Captain Mel Bashford, Vice Captain Jackie Witten

Secretary Jean Hudson


A charity Stableford was held on May 1st, with 5p per point scored being donated to the EWGA Trust by the top ten scorers. The previous day heavy rain had meant that the course had to be closed, so it was lucky that the competition could be played at all.  Conditions were heard described as “ puddly “ .

On the 4th, a cheery group from Hythe visited and competed on a dreary day, which was considerably brightened by a win for Whitstable Ladies 2-1.

On the afternoon of the early May bank holiday, the mixed greensome competition, traditional on these occasions, was held. Last years Lady and Junior captains, Mary King and Jack Dale, walked off with first prize, achieving 40 points between them. Margaret and Desmond Barker followed with 38 points, and this years’ Club and Ladies Captains, John Wegner and Mel Bashford, were third with 37 points. Our President, Michael Behr, partnered by Maureen Davison, came fourth with 36 points, a truly star studded line up !!

Penny Perkins and Rodney Wood won the front nine, and Clive and Jackie Witten, the back nine.

It was, as usual, a very sociable day, much enjoyed by all. Luckily the weather turned out much better than had been forecast, lifting everyone’s spirits.

Our Spring meeting was held on May 8th,with the President seeing everyone off in the rain- again. However, the wet stuff didn’t last long and although there were 5 temporary greens, the course wasn’t too bad and play was possible; a medal round which had to be non-qualifying.

There is a rumour that several ladies are developing webbed feet, but I cannot confirm this.

The prize for best back nine was won by Inge Parry with net 33,the best front nine by Sue Maflin net 32.

3rd overall was Margaret Barker, net 69, 2nd was Jane Austen, and first overall was Debbie Murray, net 64.


In the afternoon, a four ball better ball competition was played, won by Beryl Wingrove and Val Bayliss, followed by Penny Perkins and Pat Bensted. Penny was also presented with the Cancer Spoon, which she won in April.

A good field competed for the Grandparents Trophy on May 13th. Winners were Desmond and Margaret Barker (37 points). Hot on their heels were three couples with 36 points; Messers Bayliss, Parrett and Wyles.


On the 15th, the competition was a four ball better ball format. The start was made in conditions more suited to January than May, but things improved, and everyone survived 18 holes. Winners were Jackie Witten and Molly Broadbent, 32 points, followed by Mel Bashford and Penny Kinnersley with 31 points.

A bevy of beauties from the ladies section decamped to Chestfield for their Ladies Charity Day in aid of raising funds for a scanner for Kent and Canterbury hospital. There were 100 entries for a most enjoyable day. Whitstable achieved a success with Mel Bashford and Fran Price being part of the 4-ball that won the prize for the back nine.

The following Sunday, the 20th,the Annual mixed Greensomes match versus Sheerness was played at home, unfortunately, the hosts lost 3-5.

A medal competition was played on the 22nd, starting in unexpectedly chilly conditions, but things improved, layers were shed, and smiles appeared on faces. Winner was Holly Butler, net 68,second was pat Bensted, 69, third, Maureen Harris,71.

On the 23rd, the White Elephant 9- hole competition was played, won by Val Brown, showing a good return to form after surgery, with 20 points. Linda Bawden was a close second with 19.

In the heat of late May, a friendly match was played away against Chestfield. The warmth brought out the best of our ladies and the match was halved.

The weather-hit postponed Medal Winners Trophy was finally played on May 27th. The winner, on countback was Penny Perkins, taking home the trophy presented by her mother, Vera Child. Her 68 equaled that of Mary King.

Penny was then in the winning trio in a Texas Scramble played on the 29th. Her partners were Mel Bashford and Holly Butler.



Mens Section Captain John Wegner, Vice Captain Richard Gremo


June Report


Nothing to report from my correspondent!


Kent Veterans’ Golf Matches Captain Rod Wood

Secretary Don Crawford


Nothing to report from my correspondent!




Midweekers Section Captain Bob Ireland Vice Captain Peter Shearing

Secretary Eynon Price


In last months newsletter I erroneously gave the result of the captains challenge match between Martin Newton and Ted Backhouse and the aforementioned pairing.

I received the following letter:-

“To the so called Editor.

May I remind you of the libel laws of this country? I refer to your report of the Peter West Trophy on the 11th April in which you state that the captain’s challenge was won by 4&3 by you and your vice captain against Martin Newton and Ted Backhouse. May I ask you to trawl through your shandy-addled memory to the eighteenth tee where it was all-square? Only a good drive (fluke) followed by one putt (another fluke) was enough to beat us by one hole! Be very afraid we have put our names down to play you again in the Peter Hadlow Trophy on June 11th. If you thought Ali v Frazier was a rumble you aint seen nothing yet.

Signed Martin (The Rock) Newton and Ted (The Animal) Backhouse.”


May I apologize profusely for the mistake in last months Tidings I was obviously a month early with the report!

May I also point out that your reference to the rumble actually pertains to The Rumble in the Jungle between Ali and Foreman not Frazier!


Wednesday 9th May D Fewtrell May Madness Shield Medal


Friday 25th May Martin’s Trophies Trophy Stableford

Captains Challenge featuring the Captain and Bob McCormick, was won 3&2 by the challengers Jack Dale and Fred Lynn.

The winner of the day was Jack Dale for the third year in succession with a fantastic 42 points off a 7 handicap! 2nd was Stuart Moore with 41 and 3rd Fred Lynn with 35.

Birdie prizewinners were Roger Bryant, Mark Blackmore, John Rainey, Frank Netts, Eric Rochester and Dave Chalk. The charity sweep was won by Dave Chalk, 2nd was a rollover and third Eric Rochester.

The Captain brought the matter of slow play up and promised severe penalties to those members identified as playing slow. The rule is, if you are losing ground on the match in front YOU MUST CALL THE MATCH BEHIND THROUGH. It is up to the other members of the match to ensure this happens to avoid being penalized!


Super Seniors

Dates for the coming year of events:

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.


Our Super Seniors are really motoring this year, with 20 points already  from three matches in their League C games against firstly Chestfield and then Broome Park at home and their away game on May 25 at Canterbury.

The first  match of the season against Chestfield at home saw David Kinnersley card a net 64, partnering captain Alec Parrett for a four-and two win. Des  Barker and Ron Fowler also grabbed the spoils. George Bawden and John Shepherd halved. This game brought  a 2½ -1½ match win.

May 15 saw big-hitters and last season’s champions Broome Park try their luck at Whitstable, but they too went down 1 ½- 2 ½ in a four-game  match that saw Rodney Wood in his first outing  for the Super Seniors  ace the sixth.  He and Alec Parrett and the Kinnersley/Fuller partnership  got the full  points on offer. Des Barker and Tony Taunton earned a half. Between thunderstorms Rodney pushed the boat out later in the bar for a few drinks to celebrate the second ace of his career.

In their first away game, the Seniors went to Canterbury on a sweltering hot day and came back all smiles with a two-all  match draw. Some result that away to last year’s runners-up on their own course.

Dave Lambert and Alec Parrett fought their way round to be all square at the turn and then eased ahead by two soon after to run out three-and two winners. The other successful pair were George Bawden and Tony Taunton. Des Barker and Ron Fuller just came up short on the 18th. What a start for the old boys who now have more points from their three games than eight  matches gave them for the whole of the year in 2011.


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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!


May Winners

First Prize £30.00

Second £20.00

Third £10.00


Forthcoming Golf events in June and July




Saturday 2nd        Golf Week to June 9th

Sat 9th                  pm Golf week prize giving

Sunday 10th         am Friendly Fourballs

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 Trophy/King Trophy

Sunday 17th              am Monthly Medal

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       All Day Jack Hicks Trophy v Eltham Warren (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




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)


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 concerned 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?


No. A lost club is not one which has become unfit for play in the normal course of play. – See Rule 4-3.


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?


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



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



Answer to May puzzle


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








Answers to last months Acronyms


1 For the pot, 2 Goals on a football pitch, 3 Wheels on a tricycle, 4 Seasons in a year, 5 4 3 2 1 Thunderbirds are go!


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




The Chestfield husband didn’t want to play in the “Mixed Greensomes Tournament” at the club, but he reluctantly agreed just for the sake of martial harmony. 

He got the first shot. He teed off, a par four, and fired a drive 300 yard down the middle of the fairway. 

When they reached the ball, he said to his wife (a novice golfer), “Just hit it towards the green, darling, anywhere around there will be fine.” 

She proceeded to knock the ball deep into the woods. 

Undaunted, he said, “That’s ok, dear, we’ll play it.” He spent five full minutes looking for the ball. He played it for the shot of his life and actually put the ball just two feet from the hole on the green. 

Arriving on the green he said, “Now, dear, all you have to do is knock it gently into the hole.” She whacked it a good one, right off the green and into a sand trap. 

The husband, still retaining his composure, marched into the sand trap, summoned all of his skill, and amazingly holed the shot from there. 

Retrieving the ball from the hole he put his arm around his wife and calmly said, “Honey, that was a bogey — one over par — but that’s ok. I think we can do better on the next hole.” 

She snapped back at him, “Don’t have a go at ME. Only 2 of those 5 shots were mine!”



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