Jeff Hindle Memorial Cup at Shrigley Hall, Thursday Aug 31 2017

We were due a bit of luck with the weather after the last two events. It was looking like the rain would catch up with us sometime in the day. But only the lightest of showers was experienced. From our lofty position on the edge of the Peak District we could look down on Manchester and see it getting a good soaking. We did have topographical problems to overcome. The course is long and extremely hilly. Walking both morning and afternoon was an achievement in its own right.

Below is a table of how the morning team event panned out.

 Results of morning team event
2 on hole 3  Dave Baynes    
 Mention 28pts  Geoff Haynes  Martin Claffy  Callum Claffy
 2nd Place 30 pts  Andy Minshull  Ian Ringwood  John Coburn
 Winners 30 pts  Bill Harris  Brian Murray  Howard Dickson


After some nice sandwiches and questionable soup we went out again with a few more of the pm only crowd.

 PM Individual event
Nearest the Pins
8. John Martin
17. John Martin
Longest Drive
Geoff Haynes  2's  Andy Minshull
 John Coburn


Top 5 finishers
  Points Handicap Revised
5. Ian Hopkins
4. Stephen Payne
3. Mel Garner
30 21.7 20.7
2. Bill Harris 33 8.6 8.2
1. Andy Minshull
34 23.5 20.5


The layout of the course was very challenging and it has to said tardy in places. Everybody had to play it but having a buggy was a distinct advantage. The top four were in buggies I am not sure about the “hairy” Hopkins he could have been swinging through the trees. It turned out to be one of those days for Andy Minshull. He might be luckier than it appears from the events on the day. At the Portland cup event he announced he could not make the next two events. These turned out to be washouts. He made this event came second in the morning, had a nearest the pin and a two, won the event, the raffle had a bet on himself as well. He had to be Happy. Captain Kevin had some important news. He had lost his vice (well not all of them). Martin Scott was having knee problems and will be going under the knife early next year. Kevin announced his replacement would be Pete Derbyshire. Fans of Only Connect will be able to deduce that in four years Mr World will be Captain of the Portland. The next event is the Autumn Cup I have just heard Terry Tobin is not coming. That should attract a few more.





Ashton Physical Charity Challenge

Ashton Physical Charity Challenge went well. There was a great energy and commitment shown by those involved. The first machines were moving at 06:30 and the last finished at 17:00. The target was to bike the equivalent of the route from Ashton to the BT Tower in London (343km), to row the equivalent of the English channel there and back (64km), and run the equivalent of a marathon (43km), all on the gym equipment. A valiant effort by those who took part but we missed the bike target due to people having to drop out due to business commitments. However we still succeeded on the rowing machine and running machine, so 2 of the 3 targets where reached. The final totals were, bike – 212.6km, rowing machine – 74.2km and running machine – 46km. Thank you and well done to all those that took part and donated on the day. We raised £160 on the day which will go to SSAFA.


Captains Day @ Blackley Report, Friday June 28th 2016

The last captain’s day notes from Blackley were still on my computer. There were a few changes in conditions. Rock hard fairways had become swamps. The morning was drier than the afternoon and those that ventured out posted the results shown below.

 Results of morning team event

 Mention 23pts  Terry Tobin  Phil Lancaster  Alan Saville
 2nd Place 23 pts  Martin Scott  Pete Derbyshire  Andy Southworth
 Winners 24 pts  Martin Claffy  Ian Ringwood  Dave Baynes


 PM Individual event

Nearest the Pins
4. Mel Garner 7. Dave Baynes 10. Bill MacBeth 13. Geoff Haynes
Longest Drive
Geoff Haynes  2's  Geoff Haynes  Bill Harris


Top 5 finishers

  Points Handicap Revised
5. John Martin 29  No change
4. Arthur Hughes 31  No change
3. Terry Tobin 32 9.7 9.2
2. Bill Harris 33 9.6 8.6
1. Brian Murray 35 27 24


We had been expecting a big turnout for this event what with a free pint off the captain and lots of goodies to boot. A few regulars were missing but the lure of a triple rollover 2’s pot dragged in a few old faces. It was very wet in the afternoon on got worse as it was raining constantly.  It was probably a good thing a lot of occasional players didn’t turn up as they would have been put off golf for life. As it was there were a few players who did not manage a full 18 holes. No need to mention names you will know them from the smell of Mycota foot cream coming off their trench foot. There were a few who managed to put creditable scores in. Arthur Hughes posted 31 points and has been asked to be the poster boy for Wet wipes.  Bill Harris was back with a 2 as well, along with Geoff Haynes. I didn’t see that coming.  Brian Murray won a very popular victor. He has run the betting and the raffle for as long as I can remember. He put his success down to the rain. Apparently his secret stash of fags had got wet and he couldn’t light them. It was Captains day and you had to feel for Kevin the rain ruined his parade. There were plus points on the day. The steak pie was terrific and the road works outside the club planned to start that day were rained of for a week. Fingers crossed for better weather at Rochdale.