Captains Day @ Harwood Report, Thursday June 27th 2019

Captains Cup 2019 a hot day in the hills of Harwood

Our lovely Captain Frances had chosen to hold her day at Harwood as it was more suitable for such a great occasion than the nearby Lowes Park. We had been to Harwood before and found them very welcoming, which they were this time. The course was in excellent condition with a few changes to the back 9 holes all for the better. The front nine holes were just as hilly as they ever were and it was probably a good thing we were only playing 18 holes on the day. We had a turnout of over 30 players with Frances getting a few golfing chums to support her on her day. Lynda Brady had even talked her husband Brendan into coming along. Christine and Betty were friends from the MANCASS golfing trips. Having witnessed people struggling to push their trolleys up to the first green on what was one of the flatter sections of the course we set out with some trepidation.  Below is a table of how thing went   for the top ten finishers.

 Results of morning team event

Top Ten

Caps Cup









Dickson H 34 1 13.45 11.95 1st
Boyd J 33 2 11.3 10.3 2nd
Coburn J 32 3 19.6 18.6 3rd
Claffy M 31   18.1 18.1 Buffer
Harris W 31   7.5 7.5 Buffer
Southworth A 31   27,7 27.7 Buffer
Rowlands E 30   28 28 Buffer
Tobin T 30   8.4 8.4 Buffer
Haynes G 28   8.5 8.7 +0.2
Martin J 28   24.5 24.7 +0.2


With a monster rollover with the 2’s contest there was probably more concerns for the nearest the pins. Below is another table showing those who had their chances.

Nearest the pin hole 1 John Martin
Nearest the pin hole 4 David Baynes
Nearest the pin hole 10 Andy Southworth
Nearest the pin hole 17 Terry Tobin
Longest drive (Bertie Boy) Terry Tobin


Well none of them managed a 2 so it will be an even bigger rollover at Hazel Grove.

Frances once again delivered a speech to touch the heart. So much so that there was a certain amount of filling up taking place. She recounted an article written by the late Keith Massey were he had commented on Frances as a player and posed the question would she ever be the captain of the Portland. Frances should in no way be embarrassed about becoming emotional on her Captains day. She is not the 1st I remember running into the car park in floods of tears when they explained that I was expected to get the 1st round in.





Portland cup at Saddleworth, Friday 31st May 2019

With a few members away sunning themselves including Captain Frances and hubby Paul the numbers were down. Those that were turning out could be classed as hard core golfers. There were horror tales going around about the hilliness of the course. The recent weather did not lend itself to pleasant golf. But Frances had looked after the weather by getting Captain Sunshine Pete Derbyshire to step up for the day. Pete worked his magic we had no rain but he couldn’t do anything about the terrain. The golf club is first rate and the effort the green staff must put in to produce such a good course on the land available is amazing and has to be applauded. The sheep in adjacent fields looked like they had been crossed with Yaks.

Below is a table of how the nearest the pins panned out.

Nearest the Pins
2. Kev Bolton
5. Bob Chadwick
10. Chris Murphy
 15. Geoff Haynes
Longest Drive
Kieran Dunn
 No 2's******


There were no 2s so next time out a double rollover.                   

Buggies were available and thankfully Ian Ringwood had got one. Ian crocked his leg quite early in his round. It was amazing that he finished even with a buggy. Watching him walk across a green nearly brought tears to your eyes. When he sank his putt you did have tears in your eyes. Ian managed 27 points which was the average for the day. As that had been rounded up from 26.55 he was above average. Below is a table of how the top 5 finished.

Top 5 finishers

  Points Handicap Revised  
 Ian Hopkins
 39  22.2  17 winner
 Kev Bolton
 34  23  21 2nd
 Kieran Dunn
 33  28  27 3rd
 Joe Coburn
 32 19.6  19.6 Buffer
 Andy Minshull
 31  25.2  25.2 Duffer


From the table above you can see how the average of 27 was attained. There were lower scores to bring it down but telling you my score could be considered bragging. I will say I didn’t have a buggy.  I didn’t have a power trolley. I didn’t take part in the run in the park the next day. I have had a couple of nights good sleep. The winner may have done some tossing and turning wondering how he was going to cope with his new low handicap. No thought as to the problem he had set the poor handicap secretary. Ian is another fan of wearing shorts in all weather. This has resulted in a pair of legs that wouldn’t look out of place on a mountain gorilla. The poor handicap secretary had to decide do I shave these before cutting them off. With a big bounty in the 2’s chest a few more should be out for Captain’s day.







Spring Plate at Didsbury GC, Friday 26th April 2019

Didsbury another Duel in the Damp

It felt like old times returning to Didsbury. This sensation continued right up to the winner being announced.  Steve Mainwaring turning out hadn’t happened for a few years. The weather turned out to be reminiscent of years gone by. Lucky for me I had forgotten my shoes and had to borrow a pair that were far more waterproof than mine. Last time we played here the Didsbury boys dominated the results but I cannot see any of them in the tables below so it would appear somethings have changed.     


 Nearest the pins  4. Brian Murrayl  6. Andy Minshull  11. Dave Baynes  18. Geoff Haynes
Longest Drive  Kieran Dunn      

Top 4 Finishers

   Points Handicap  Revised
4. John Coburn 33  No change  
3. Brian Murray 33 27  26
2. Dave Baynes


17.9  16.9
1. Geoff Haynes 34 9.2  8k.3


Following a very nice meal our very nice captain Frances had everybody’s ear when she regaled us with a Pam Ayers poem concerning the relationships between men and women. It was very apt. On completion there were a few utterances of “here -here” whether this was people agreeing with the spirit of the poem or members’ asking for their ears back it was hard to say. Once again card play offs were required to define the finishing positions. This was a further step back to old times with Geoff Haynes taking pole position. This has happened time and time again over the last four decades. Geoff must have got through more Duraglit than the man that cleaned the kit of the Knights of the Round Table. Despite the rain the mood was good and the event a success.