The Union Team have played matches and are in 2nd position in the 2nd Division behind Cleveland. The latest result versus Dinsdale away resulted in a 12-12 draw.
Seniors Team are leading the 1st Division by 9 points from Eaglescliffe having played 1 game more. Our team have a free week next week. However, our team have played 5 home matches and only 1 away match.
The Inters situation has not changed since my last blog as their League match at Stocksfield was called off. Their next game is at Oakleaf on Sunday 16.6.19.
The Rabbits have completed 2 League matches at Seaham, 2nd out of 7 and Dinsdale last out of 7 overall to date we are bottom. However, the team under the guidance of Captain Tony Jones are confident of improved results. Their next match is at Boldon Saturday 15.6.19.
The 5 man Union Team were beaten in the Clark Cup at home by Castle Eden who had competitors with +4, +3 and scratch handicaps so were up against it.
Steve Cartwright and Eric Martin have progressed to 5th round Daily Mail Foursomes winning at Cleveland 5 and 4. Three pairings I know of have progressed to Last 16 of Teesside Union Summer 4BBB KO. Eric Garbutt & Peter Jamieson, Terry Conlon & Dennis Wright, Neil Kerr & myself, not sure of our other 3 pairings.
Our 2 pairings of Simon & Carol Jones, Dave & Cath McNeill failed to qualify in the Durham County Mixed Team Championship held at Washington. Brad Hildreth, Lloyd Bond and Simon Jones were all unlucky in the Teesside Union Inter Club 3 Man Team Championship at Saltburn.
The Committee have had problems recently with 1 competitor entering their playing partners cards. One one occasion in the last Rosebowl, 6 addition 2’s were recorded. Ken Walters spent valuable time rechecking and amending this problem. I would appreciate you all to enter your own cards, it only takes a few minutes, even if you have to rush off after your round, to avoid this situation happening again. Also, when you No Return your card, it MUST be entered in the computer. This applies to non completion due to injury or bad weather. Your cards must also be returned in the Box by the computer. You will see mention of the above on Page 4 of the Club Membership Book/Diary.
I have posted on both Noticeboards a reply to my email sent to England Golf regarding Away Cards, especially Pairs Competitions. These must be returned to Billingham, good or bad, and may be used for handicap purposes, especially if certain pairings have 2, 3 or 4 good results winning prize money. You will see from Danny Finlay’s reply, handicaps can be suspended. He states it is the Player’s responsibility to take a copy or photograph of their card for return to the Home Club. Please read these emails and take notice of their content.
The Player of the Year lists for Gents and Ladies have been posted on the appropriate Noticeboards. The early leaders are Brian Morgan, after his win in the Bill Allen, and Helen Fawcett.
A couple of pieces of etiquette and golf rulings not being observed by some competitiors recently. Once you have reached the vicinity of where you think your ball has finished you only have 3 Minutes. Your responsibility is your own ball not your playing partners. If you have lost ground on the match in front, let the game behind through as you are probably holding them up. If you are playing a S V Hunter and you are being followed by a Foursomes or Singles game let the faster format through. If you are a 4 ball, let a 3 ball through. If you are a 3 ball let a 2 ball through if at all possible.
You will see local rule additions and competition date changes on the Noticeboards. You will note the latest Scorecards include the new rules of golf numbers to the local rules on the reverse of the card. Out of bounds, or think maybe out of bounds, must play a provisional ball. If this 1st ball is lost or out of bounds, 2 shot penalty in ALL competitions. You are not allowed in competition golf to drop a ball at the point you may think or agree where your ball went out of bounds. However, you may adopt this in your own friendly group situation.
The Derek Olley Invitation has been re-arranged and will be played on Saturday 14th September 2019. Rather than putting on BRS, we will be putting a list on the Comps Noticeboards, to append your names and preferred time. The cost has been reduced to £15.00.
Also, the Seniors Open has been re-arranged to Friday 9th August 2019 and will be put on BRS.
Just a reminder that all Teesside Union and Durham County Competitions are on the Noticeboards adjacent to Julie’s Office.
Hope the weather improves. See you after my holidays in early July.
Stewart Openshaw – Comps Chairman
Billingham Golfers have produced great performances in various Open Competitions. Terry Kelly and Ron Preston won the Ripon Open with 47 points. Eric Garbutt and Peter Jamieson won the York Golf Club Open with 46 points. Mike Butterfield and Les Bettinson won the Chester-Le-Street Senior Open with 44 points. So congratulations to the Billingham Boys. The Union Team have made a good start to season being short of many key players 16-8 win at home against Hartlepool and a 12-12 draw against Wilton.
The Inters team another good start the first round held at Billingham finishing 3rd with 227 points behind Dinsdale and Crook with 228 points. The second round held at Ravensworth saw our team finish 6th out of 8 on 228 points, the winners having a total of 241 points.
The Seniors team, defending their title, have made a great start, played 2 home games are in 2 nd place with 19 points. 11-2 against Teesside, 8-5 against Blackwell Grange.Dinsdale are in 1 st place with 22 points from 3 games 2 home 1 away, Eaglescliffe and Catterick in 3rd place with 15 points after 1 home and 1 away game. The home match against Catterick result was Billingham beat Catterick 11-2.
Bill Allen Founders Classic – 25.5.19, Junior Open – 27.5.19, Durham County Juniors PD Cowell Trophy – 28.5.19, Rosebowl Q3 2.6.19, D Olley Salver (1 member & 1 guest) – 8.6.19, Seniors Open – 12.6.19 can be booked via BRS, Mens Open – 27.7.19 can be booked via BRS.
When they arrive, the new Scorecards will have updated local rules taken from the new Rules of Golf.
The list for the 2019 Golfer of the Year title, has been put up on the Competitions Board and will be updated in approx. 2-3 weeks time. You will see it is very close again this season.
Once again, do not miss the upcoming Opens and Invitations (D Olley) all are favourably priced with good prize money to be won dependent on entry money taken.
Good Golfing !
Stewart Openshaw – Comps Chairman