The Seniors team is in first place 2 points ahead of Eaglescliffe having played 1 game more. They won at Teesside 12-2. We have 3 away games left one of which is at Eaglescliffe. The Inters came in 6th position recently at Dinsdale and are 4th in their group league currently with 19 points behind Crook who have 27 points. The latest match at Stocksfield on Sunday, our Team won ahead of leaders Crook and Roseberry Grange. The latest league table shows us in 4th position with 27 points, Crook leading with 33, Roseberry Grange – 31 and Dinsdale – 28. The top 2 teams qualify for the final at Ramside therefore everything to play for. The Union team is in 2nd position behind Cleveland after their latest win at Catterick 15-9. The draw for the club championship will be done this weekend. The Rabbits were at Billingham last Sunday, the team secured 1st place with a man short, and previously they were 2nd at Boldon, but 7th at South Moor. The team are now lying 4th in the table with 2 games to go. As with the Inters, the top 2 teams go to the final at Ramside. The Union Team in the 2nd Division had a good win at Catterick last week 15-9 and against Cleveland yesterday at home, they won 16-8 to make them 4 points clear at the top of the table above Cleveland, with 2 matches to go, 2 team to go up to Division 1, so here’s hoping. Following the championship we have the men’s open, a charity day, Rosebowl Q5 and Medal Q6.
Some notable performances in Opens by Billingham members recently were as follows: Ravensworth Patron’s Day 4BBB – Eric Garbutt & John Szyman won with 47 points. Neil Hartley, Jimmy Ayre, Gary Parker & Tim Thornhill, playing in pairs, won the Seniors Open 4BBB competition at Houghton le Spring with 63 points. The best individual score from each pair at each hole was added together to achieve their overall score. Teesside Union Junior Patrons Day last Monday at Teesside – in 2nd place were Keith & Lee James with 46 points (48 points won), Dave McNeill & Dennis Wright in 3rd place with 44 points (BB9). In the 4 man team competition at Eaglescliffe on Sunday, best 2 from 4, a team of Paul & Max Hewitson, Roy Maplebeck & Sean Bennetts came 3rd with 90 points, the winners totalling a mind blowing 100 points !!
We are still struggling with slow play, particularly on the Tuesday Stableford competitions. This should not be happening with our Pace of Play Policy, available to all our competitors and the new rule of 3 minutes to find a lost ball, particularly at night time. Some pairings are losing up to 3 holes and taking 45 minutes longer for 18 holes than other pairings. I urge you to let faster 3 balls through, this being good golf etiquette. As a Committee we are determined to stamp out slow play and may even resort to naming and shaming.
I would also like to mention that many golfers are taking electric trolleys and buggies between greens and bunkers and would therefore request that they are taken around bunkers thus avoiding damaging areas in and around the greens. As always, please repair pitch marks and replace divots.
We are now in possession of the 50 Year Anniversary Board and hope to have it erected in the Clubhouse shortly. The Derek Olley Invitation list is up in the Foyer, and as this is a major Club Competition, please enter and make this a successful occasion. We have 3 open competitions on the BRS: Men’s Open – Saturday 27th July 2019 – £20 per pair, Seniors Open – Friday 9th August 2019, 4BBB Open Competition – Tuesday 27th August 2019.
All these competitions, if over supported, will have good prize money available. The lists for the President’s Cup and Festival Trophy are on the Competitions Board. The Club Championship is being played this weekend and I wish all participants good luck and may the best golfer win. I have posted the current golfer of the year on the competitions board which shows Brian Morgan with an 8 point lead over Tom Lee and 12 points ahead of Mike Butterfield.
Stewart Openshaw – Competitions Chairman