4 September 2023

Greetings from Royal Birkdale where we are just about to tee off for the first round of this year’s Captain’s Tour. Thank to all those taking part and also many thanks to everyone looking after the competitions at San Roque this week, especially Joachim and Gary. Enjoy your golf wherever you are! 


Tuesday 29 August: Midweek Competition – Stableford (New Course)

First: Ian Wright (35 points)
Second: David MacGregor (34 points)
Third: Tony Holt (34 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Norman Savitz (33 points)
Twos: None reported.
Nearest the Pin on Hole 8: Andreas Roman
Best Gross: Tony Holt (77); David MacGregor (77)
Tissue: Stuart Buckwald (23 points)
Thank you to Duncan for officiating whilst I was away at La Cala. 


Tuesday 29 August: Captains’ Away Day La Cala: America Course – Pairs Better Ball

First: Russ Williams & Renée Spencer (42 points)
Second: Bill Fletcher & Susie Lilley (41 points)
Third: David Tyler & Noel Smith (39 points)
Fourth: Gary Ward & Derek Whelan (39 points, on combined handicap)
Fifth: Hugh Richards & Debbie Richards (37 points)
Sixth: Nigel Lilley & Linda Fletcher (36 points)
Seventh: Jorg Kühnert & Heidi Kühnert (36 points, on combined handicap)
Eighth: Roger Griffiths & Liz Griffiths (35 points) 


Thursday 31 August: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Old Course)

First: Richard Meggitt (37 points)
Second: David Steele (36 points)
Third: Derek Rogers (36 points, on handicap)
Fourth: Paul Charles (35 points)
Peter Yeoman, Nigel Lilley, and Tim Vincent also had 35 points.
Twos: David MacGregor, Richard Meggitt, Martin Schneider
Nearest the Pin on Hole 12: John Billington
Best Gross: David Steele (75)
Tissue: Ray Seamer (19 points) 


Friday 1 September: Men’s ACL v Guadalmina (Away)

A good Team result away at Guadalmina with Guadalmina 9.5 San Roque 8.5; well done to
everyone who played. The South Course was in very good condition and the meal afterwards
was superb with 3 starters and a choice of Sea Bass or Beef Tataaki for main course.
Great camaraderie with these guys as usual and in the top match Bill and I were treated to a
birdie fest which had us 6 down at the turn! We will be looking for revenge in the return fixture
on Wednesday 13 September. Congratulations to Jorg on his debut for the ACL Team. 


Saturday 2 September: Extra Federated Competition – Stableford (Mixed)

First: Anne Middlehurst (39 points)
Second: Iqbal Dharamsi (36 points)
Third: Linda Fletcher (35 points)
Fourth: John Hunter (34 points)
Fifth: Pip Vincent (33 points)
Sixth: Tim Vincent (33 points)
Twos: Still to be notified
Nearest the Pin: David MacGregor
Best Gross: Max Meggitt (78) 


Course Information:

Old Course: All the Bermuda will be treated on Wednesday & Thursday whilst the ante-greens will be treated on Tuesday and Friday.
New Course: This is closed on Monday for maintenance.  

Thought for the week:

The plan for decent weather in North West England seems to have worked. Spanish summer-like conditions today with the Royal Birkdale links looking splendid in the glorious sunshine. Advise consuming plenty of water!!  

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks...

Monday 4 September – Friday 8 September: CAPTAIN’S TOUR (NW England, featuring
Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool, Formby, Royal Lytham & St Annes and West Lancs)
Tuesday 5 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 7 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Tuesday 12 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 13 September: Men’s ACL v Guadalmina (Home)
Thursday 14 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Sunday 17 September: Ranking
Monday 18 September: Quadrangular. Men v Women v Staff v Jason Floyd Academy
Tuesday 19 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 21 September – Sunday 24 September: SOLHEIM CUP (Finca Cortesin)
Thursday 21 September: Midweek Competition – Stableford (World Series)
Friday 22 September: Final Nine & Dine of the Year (includes pitching competition)
Saturday 23 September: Monthly Medal (63 Tees) 

Golfing Anecdotes:

A couple of interesting items from Royal Birkdale:
(1) The official scorecard of Justin Rose when he shot 66 in The Open in 1998
(2) Team Sheet for the Captains’ Match, Royal Birkdale v Formby, 25 July 1976 with some
rather good reserves! 


Swing it well and enjoy your golf this week. Cheers DT!