September midweek medal results

Jordan BurdallJordan Burdall celebrated being cut to plus two by winning the September Midweek Medal in style. With five birdies and six pars after the first eleven holes Jordan could be forgiven for thinking that he had a chance to break the course record of 65 that he set just a few weeks ago. However, this was spoiled by a rare error on the par 3 12th hole: Jordan lost his ball and ended up with a double bogie and no score for the hole, tough for mere mortals but for a plus two handicapper this could have been disastrous. He bounced back immediately with three pars and two more birdies to close with 39 points and a gross score of 68. Jordan said that he was annoyed with himself for the silly mistake on the 12th but overall was very pleased with his course management. Andy Hardy off eleven was second with 38 points. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Tim Brown was third and Jordan’s father Kevin was pushed back into fourth, both came in with 37 points. Jordan and every other contestant will be trying to win the last big trophy of the year this coming weekend – the Sturgess Volvo competition was cancelled due to heavy rain, thunder and lightning earlier in the year.

Liz Haughton got off to a bad start in the Ladies September Midweek Medal with a double bogie on the first hole of the Lakes course. Liz, playing off ten, bounced back by parring the next two holes. Like Jordan, Liz was also attacked by the tough 12th hole, she also registered a no score but kept grinding to win the competition. Liz said that it was an up and down round but enjoyable because she kept concentrating and didn’t let the small errors knock her off course. Sue Findlay was second and seventeen handicapper Eve Mills was third.

Greetham Valley Seniors “entertained” Scraptoft Seniors on the Lakes course in a match that had been postponed because of heavy rain earlier in the year. Eighty five year old George Cooper, playing with stand-in Captain David Wallace, amazed everybody by shooting a gross 84, one under his age. David, who is no slouch as a golfer himself, said that considering his age, George’s round was one of the best display of seniors’ golf he has ever seen. He went on to say that it was not only a pleasure to witness it, but it made their game a lot easier to win. Several other players were on form on the day as Greetham Valley went on to win by seven games to one. Just a few days earlier, Captain Neil Sellars and his C team beat the Scraptoft Rabbits team five and a half to two and half on the Lakes course. Neil will take his boys a few miles up the A1 this week for their final game of the season away to Belton Park. 


Captains’ Charity Fund and Knockout competition results

Graham KingsparkeThe Club Captains’ Charity Fund Day is a stableford competition, played on the Lakes course. As the name suggests, the day also helps to raise funds for the Captains’ Charity, which this year is the Peterborough Neonatal Unit. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty said that the generosity and support from the members in these cash strapped times has been fantastic and they raised almost £400 on the day. The President’s Charity Trophy was also up for grabs for the winner of the men’s competition: this is one of Greetham Valley’s oldest trophies.

The top three in the men’s competition were all low handicappers and the result was very close with countback being used to separate the top two. Graham Kingspark playing off nine, joined the club almost a year ago after moving up from his native Devon. He had three bogies on the front nine but managed to get one of the dropped shots back with a birdie on the sixth, this gave him 20 points for the front nine. Graham got the back nine off to a bad start with bogies on the tenth and eleventh but again managed to bounce back with a birdie on the twelfth to get his second two of the day. Graham then had five pars to put himself into contention but dropped a shot on the eighteenth to a tough pin position. His 21 points on the back nine were enough to give him a total of 41 and was enough to take the win on count back: he was cut to eight. Graham said that overall he was really happy with the way that he played but was slightly annoyed with himself for dropping a shot on the last hole as he could have lost the competition because of it.

First team player Andrew Frisby, off three, had a fantastic front nine with seven pars and two birdies and was level par on the back nine with five pars, two birdies and two bogies. Again, it was the tough pin position on the eighteenth that really spoiled Andrew’s round. Like Graham, he dropped a shot on the eighteenth and that made the difference, Andrew was second on count back after also scoring 41 points.

Former Captain Neil Crees, off eight, got his game off to a terrible start with a treble bogie seven on the first hole, he bounced straight back with a birdie on the second. Neil went on to drop three more shots on the front nine but parred the back nine to come home with a total of 40 points and was cut to seven.

Jacky Bayley won the Ladies’ Captains’ Charity Trophy with a hard fought round of 38 points. Jacky made life very difficult for herself by blobbing a couple of holes but managed to keep her concentration high, enabling her to come in, thanks to a lot of hard work, with a birdie and six pars; she was cut to seventeen. Liz Haughton off ten didn’t drop a shot until the seventh hole after six straight pars, she finished with 36 points to take second. Third place went to scratch player Sophie Beardsall with 33 points.

Most of the knockout competitions were decided last Sunday in very cold conditions and in winds with gusts up to eighty miles an hour. The Division One Singles title went to Ian Bains who beat Kevin Hingle four and three. The Division Two Singles final was held a couple of days earlier, when Paul Child-Freeman beat John Holroyd two and one to take his first ever title. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty beat Steff Dutton and Nicola Toon to take the Mixed Doubles title. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman beat Sue Brand in the Ladies Singles Final. Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt beat Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon in the Doubles Final.  After a bad start to the year with snow and rain for the first four months of the year, some wondered if they would be able to squeeze all of the games in.  All of the winners will be presented with their prizes on prize night on 15th November – put it in your diary!


Jordan holds BOTH Greetham Valley course records!

Jordan Burdall 1Just two weeks after securing the course record on the Valley, Jordan Burdall off plus one did it again on the Lakes course. Playing in the Midweek Medal Jordan shot a gross sixty five, nett sixty six to take the record, the lowest gross and the medal. He said that as in his record breaking Valley round, course management was the key to his success. Jordan, now off plus two, can add these two records to his Club Championship win earlier this year.

Seniors’ Captain’s Day at Greetham Valley is usually quite a long one, this year’s fifty four competitors played eighteen holes on the Lakes course then nine holes on the par three Academy course. It had been cancelled in September due to heavy rain and this time the weather for Rutland was held warm, sunny but very windy. Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells got his game off to a bad start by not scoring on two of the first three holes. However, his game got better after that and he came in with thirty five points. Rod WellsRod then took on the far from easy par three Academy course and came in with nineteen points.

After the bad start, he was happy to have played the rest of the course quite well and that his short game on the Academy course was good enough to help him to the win. Rod is the first Seniors’ Captain to win the Captains Day while in office.

Terry McNulty was second with thirty seven on the Lakes and sixteen on the Academy. George Cooper was third with thirty five and eighteen.

The best scores on the Lakes were: David Kirtland, thirty six, Dick Thirlwell thirty five and Neil Lowndes thirty five. Ian Jarvis won the Academy course with twenty one, Denis Watts was second with twenty and Peter Giblett was third, he also scored twenty.

Rod had, only a few days earlier, led his team to another win against Stoke Rochford. The team had won the away leg of the two games earlier in the year and knew that the Stoke team would be doing all they could to avenge that defeat.  As at Stoke, the game could have gone either way as some results were quite close, however, Greetham Valley won by five games to three on the day. Greetham’s next game is against Rutland Water at home this week.

Trevor Smith who had held the record with a gross sixty seven for several years was second in the medal with a gross sixty nine, nett sixty seven and was cut to one. Kevin Shilham off nine, Ryan Tarrant off four and Peter Bagshaw off nine were third fourth and fifth on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy.

The Seniors Medal was played on the Lakes course on an overcast day with occasional spells of rain. Keith Heppenstall won division one with a nett sixty eight and was cut to fifteen. Peter Wood was second with seventy on count back from Jack Vernall. Neil Lowndes won the lowest gross with an eighty two.

John Morfee won division two and the medal with a nett sixty seven and was cut to twenty, John also won the lowest gross with eighty nine. Denis Watts shot a gross ninety, nett sixty seven to come second but had a much better reason to celebrate after scoring a fantastic hole in one at the par three sixth hole. He said that he hit a sweet six iron at the flag, it bounced a couple of times then went straight into the hole to register Denis’s first hole in one; he was cut to twenty one. Charles Guttridge came third with a nett sixty eight.

Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman, Liz Haughton, and Pat Jones represented Greetham Valley in the Lincolnshire Ladies County Scratch Final as winners of the South Division.  Unfortunately, the normal team of Sophie Beardsall, Emma Tipping and Gilly Grant were all unavailable due to work commitments. They were up against it as their handicaps are ten, eleven and twelve respectively, they played three first team county players from Woodhall Spa whose handicaps are all around scratch. They lost three nil but had a very enjoyable day at Kenwick Park secure in the knowledge that they had made it to the final for the third year on the trot. Bev said that it was lovely to see the young Ladies playing so well and we wish them all the best in the county finals at Wilmslow next week.

The Second Team held their end of season event which was open to anybody who had played for the team this year. The front nine was irons only and the second nine was “normal” golf. Strangely, two out of three players scored better using irons only! Nick Cunnington won the game with thirty nine points, Pete Dickinson had thirty eight to take second and Neil Crees took third with thirty five.

This was the last event for second team captain Alan Bennett and he offers his utmost thanks to the commitment of all 42 players who have played Second team golf over the last three years of his captaincy.


Club Captain Trevor birdies to Gents Invitation victory

Trevor Smith and George BeadleAlmost twenty clubs were represented in the Greetham Valley Gents’ Invitation on Saturday. The Rutland weather wafting over the Lakes course was very warm but tempered by a high wind. Quite a few players in the field were affected by it but this didn’t bother Gents’ Captain Trevor Smith off two and his playing partner George Beadle from Burghley Park Golf Club, playing off scratch. Trevor birdied the first and George got another on the eighth, unfortunately, they also had two bogies, this left them at level par for the front nine. The back nine was a fantastic demonstration of good golf no matter what the conditions.

George birdied the tenth and eleventh, Trevor got into the act with birdies on the twelfth and fourteenth. Trevor then added an eagle on the par five fifteenth and a further birdie on the eighteenth to come in with forty two points. George also won the longest drive on the sixteenth. When asked what was the best part of their game on the day, George said that they gelled very well together and everything worked as well as it possibly could. Long time clubhouse leaders, Dave Smith and his partner Glenn Sharpe from Stapleford Park finished in second place with forty one points. Bob Beverly and partner Geoff Moyses were third with thirty nine. Dave Brankin from Burghley Park won nearest the pin on the tough par three tenth.

Dave Smith was in action again competing for the Rabbits Trophy held on the Lakes course the very next day. Dave had a gross ninety, nett seventy to win the trophy for the first time. Dave said that playing with Glenn Sharpe on the previous day had really helped as Glenn gave him some good advice about  course management. He also took the lowest gross and was cut to nineteen. Keith Ross was second with a nett seventy two and Paul Jarvis came in with a seventy three to take third place.

Keith Godwin won division one of the Seniors’ August Stableford Qualifier and the overall competition with an excellent haul of forty two points, he was cut to thirteen. Martin Jeffery was second with forty and was cut to sixteen. Alan Sorlie took third with thirty eight, his new handicap is now fourteen.

Charles Guttridge won division two with thirty eight points, Norman Bonnor took second with thirty seven. Tom McGrath, making a welcome return to golf, was an excellent third with thirty six.

Fred Aspin was pulled in as a last minute substitute for the Stoke Rochford Seniors Invitation. He and partner Ernie Armstrong won with an amazing score of forty seven points. The pair took it on countback thanks to a back nine score of twenty six points. Two days later, Fred also won the Former Seniors’ Captains Away Day at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham, with thirty seven points.

The Captains’ Team took a narrow win in the annual Greetham Valley Staff versus Captains match on Monday afternoon. The competition was started by John Sparks and Eve Mills during their year as Captains in 2007 as a way of saying thank you to the staff. Staff Captain and Course Manager Adi Porter said that, win or lose, this is a fantastic event and is looked forward to by both sides. Goodnatured rivalry followed by a good meal is the order of the day!


Jordan smashes The Valley course record at Greetham Valley

Jordan BurdallSeventy plus years young Keith Heppenstall won the Midweek August Stableford on the par 68 Valley course with 41 points. Keith said that he has been playing well recently without getting a win so he was very happy with this result, he was cut to sixteen. Terry Dunlop was second, he was one of a trio of players who came in with40 points and the top places were decided on countback.

Nineteen year old Jordan Burdall, off plus one, has already won the 0-18 Club Championship this year but had to settle for third on countback in this competition. However, he wasn’t overly bothered about that as what he was really after was the course record! Jordan said that with his plus one handicap he has no realistic chance of winning a stableford competition so every time that he plays now, it is all about beating his previous score. The course record on The Valley course has been held by Sam Sharpe who is now an assistant Pro at Luffenham Heath Golf Club. Sam shot a gross 65 on The Valley several years ago. On the front nine, Jordan shot eight pars and a birdie, to get to level par . He really got going on the back nine with five pars and four birdies to take the course record with an incredible 63.

Jordan said that his course management worked really well, he only used his driver on the two par fives, the rest of the time he used a three iron off the tee to get himself into a good position. Some of the flags were quite tough but good iron shots gave him a lot of chances for birdies. He went on to say that his putter worked fantastically well and three of the birdies were also twos. Jordan’s next target is the course record on The Lakes course currently held by Club Captain Trevor Smith.

The Ladies’ August Stableford was held on The Lakes course in bright sunlight. Bryony Batch had one of her best games of the year to take the win with 38 points and was cut to 29. Cathy Steele had a chance of snatching the win but decided to visit one of Greetham Valley’s guardian lakes on the eighteenth. Cathy was cut to 23. Scratch team Captain Gilly Grant off 9 was third with 36 points.

The Sturgess Volvo Trophy was abandoned on Saturday after heavy rain, thunder and lightning made the course unsafe. It will be played for at a later date once Club Secretary Dennis Millington can find a slot.


Seniors’ Open and team match results

Over twenty clubs were represented at the Greetham Valley Seniors’ Open on Monday. On a windy yet warm day on the Lakes course, the scoring was quite brisk even off three quarter handicap. Three teams came in with 42 points and were separated on countback. B. Marriot and  E. Markham from Boston Golf Club took fifth, John Taylor and Peter Wood from Greetham Valley came fourth and M. Stevens and his partner G. Nickerson from Peterborough Milton Golf Club were third.

Seniors Captain Rod Wells and his brother Peter from Castle Coombe led the field with 42 points until almost the end of the competition but a 44 came in to snatch it away from them. This is the second time in five years that this has happened to them but they were philosophical about it and said that they had had a great day out with good company and know that their day will come, hopefully next year!

East Midlands Secretary and Greetham Valley member Neil Harris, off six, and his partner Wayne Wallace from Spalding Golf Club off five took the trophy with 44 points. Neil said that they both played very well and complemented each other. On the front nine they were one under, they went even better in the back nine playing to two under. Fantastic golf considering that they only had nine shots between them to play with.

Rod Wells thanked all the competitors but paid particular thanks to scorers Mike Churchill and Bill Smith. Malcolm Barnes who couldn’t play after a long spell in hospital but who wanted to help and be involved, officiated as starter for the day.

Neil Harris, who has a lot on his plate as an author, East Midlands Secretary, playing all over the country and qualifying for the televised Trilby Trophy, has also taken on the role as Secretary for the Lincolnshire Alliance. As a consequence, something has to give and Neil has had to relinquish the role of First Team Captain.

In their last match of the season, the Greetham Valley’s First Team entertained Sutton Bridge Golf Club at home. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson finished with a comfortable four and two win, Brian Birchall and Ryan Tarrant, Adam Clegg and Richard Wilson finished the next two games all square. However Neil Harris and Nick Cunnington cruised to a very comfortable seven and five win. Scottie Stevenson and Ali McNaughton battled hard to secure a victory on the last hole in a match which swung backwards and forwards throughout the round. George Grant and Ray Gladwinfield won the final game four and three to secure a five to one victory for Greetham Valley to finish off the season in style.

Neil said, “It has been a hard season and at one point we had the league title in our sights but the two home defeats cancelled out the three away victories and in the end we just didn’t have the strength in depth needed to take the title. All the players have battled hard throughout the season and it has been a pleasure to lead the team in my final season in the league”.

The Ladies had good weather for their weekend medal on Sunday. Playing on the Lakes course, Lesley Young came third with a nett 76. Scratch player Sophie Beardsall, who had the lowest gross of the day with a 75 took second place. Sue Brand won the medal with a fantastic nett 71 and was cut to eighteen.

The Mixed Team started their game away to Elton Furze Golf Club with umbrellas and waterproofs to hand but apart from a short two minute shower they got away with it. The wind, with gusts of over fifty miles an hour, kept the rain away but made play very difficult. After the first four matches Elton Furze, with home advantage, led by two and a half to one and a half but the Greetham Valley team fought back to take the final two matches and the overall win. Team Captain and Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman said that it was a very tough day but she was really pleased with the way that the team had played and supported each other.

The Second Team ended their season with a great draw away at Toft Golf Club. The result keeps Greetham Valley in division two for next year. Alan Bennett who has captained the team for the last three years will be stepping down but said that over the three years he has been Captain, he has been very lucky to have had a squad of keen, eager and very enthusiastic players to choose from, many of whom have gone on to play for the First Team. In all, he has had the services of forty two different players. In his first year they were promoted to the First Division, unfortunately they were relegated in the following year but have pushed hard each year to try to get back. Alan thanked and paid tribute to all of the players for their support and wished the new Captain, who is yet to be elected, and the team, all the best for next year.


Nick’s fine form wins Greetham Valley’s Limestone Trophy

Nick CunningtonThe Limestone Trophy is a medal competition for players with a handicap of eighteen and below. It was played over the weekend off white tees on the Lakes course in warm but very windy conditions. Four handicapper Nick Cunnington, who won the July Medal just a few weeks ago, was in fine form again. Nick just missed the birdie on the first to take a par but had a nightmare on the second and after putting his drive out of bounds, ended up with a double bogie seven. He is much more confident in his game and himself these days and he managed to put it behind him and start afresh from the third with a birdie. He dropped just the one more shot on the fifth but the rest was just great golf, two more birdies and the rest all pars to take the lowest gross of the day, seventy one. Nick shot a nett sixty seven to take the win by two shots.

Nick said that apart from underestimating the side wind on the second and hitting out of bounds he was very pleased with the way that he played and managed it overall. He was cut to 3.7 and hopes to take that lower still in the next big competition, the Sturgess Volvo Trophy on the 24th of this month. Keith Heppenstall was second with a nett sixty nine. The next two places were settled on count back, Stephen Wooldridge was third and Peter Dickinson took fourth. The winner of the Moore Stephens trophy last week, Robert Lewin was fifth.

The Ladies had a good turnout playing a medal competition for the Gill Christie Trophy on the same day. Former Captain Angela Wheeler who has also been playing well recently, won it by two shots with a nett seventy two and was cut to seventeen. Angela said that the wind which, for no reason whatsoever, kept changing making the course tougher than normal. Sue Brand and a resurgent Liz Haughton were separated on count back into second and third places. Sophie Beardsall won the lowest gross.

The Seniors’ August Medal was played on the Valley course as maintenance work was being carried out on the Lakes. Eight handicapper Ken Porter led the field with a gross seventy five, nett sixty seven in division one and also won the lowest gross. John Taylor took second place on count back from Jack Vernal after both men scored a nett sixty eight.

The overall medal was won by Mike Pare in division two, he shot a brilliant nett sixty six to take the medal, he also won the lowest gross. Mike was cut to nineteen. Dave Lucas was second and seniors vice Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third.

Tim Brown off twenty one won the August Midweek Medal. Tim shot a nett sixty eight and was cut to twenty. Alan Childerley was second with a sixty nine. Neil Lowndes took third place on count back from Andy Webb, both players shot a nett seventy. The lowest gross went to Ben Easson for a gross seventy eight.

The Ladies Midweek Medal was won by one handicapper Emma Tipping with a well crafted gross seventy three, she also won the lowest gross and was cut to point seven. Rena Lister was second with a nett seventy three and Bryony Batch took third place with a nett seventy four.


Moore Stephens Trophy wins for Robert and Jackie

Robert LewinFourteen handicapper Robert Lewin has been struggling of late with his driving, losing distance, trajectory and more importantly, confidence. Before playing in division one of the Moore Stephens Trophy at the weekend, he sent out an SOS to Greetham Valley coach Jim Hetherington. Robert said that Jim changed his swing plane, which had become very upright, into the correct swing path. That lesson paid off really well as Robert played to six under his handicap to win the Trophy with a gross 80. He had a round which included seven pars and two birdies to win with a nett 66 and was cut to thirteen. Robert said that he was thrilled to have won but was even happier with his new found confidence.

Simon Linnell playing off eight, was second  with a nett 69 and was cut to seven. Peter Zimmer Smith was cut to thirteen after taking third on count back. Trevor Smith off one won the lowest gross shooting a 74.

Jackie Friend

Les Kowal took the win in division two with a nett 71 and was cut to sixteen. Malcolm Gray off twenty four was second on count back with a nett 74 from Mark Hibbitt, both players scored a nett 73. Les and Mark also shared the lowest gross prize.

Jackie Friend won the Ladies’ Moore Stephens Trophy with a nett 73. Jackie said that it was a game of two halves, the front nine was dry and sunny and she struggled with her putting, three putting on three greens. However, as soon as it started raining and the wind got up, she started to putt better and had a much better back nine to take the win and earn herself a cut to seventeen.

Heather Morgan was second with a nett 74 on count back from Bev Dolman and Sophie Beardsall. Sophie playing off scratch won the lowest gross.

William Hopkins Rutland Junior Open winnerSix handicapper William Hopkins from Sleaford Golf Club had a fantastic round in searing heat to take the win in the Rutland Times Junior Open. William shot two birdies and ten pars to win the Gross trophy with a brilliant 76. Thomas Forster from Elton Furze Golf Club, playing off two, was second with 77. Third place went to Bradley Watkins from Ullesthorpe Golf Club playing off five, he came in with a gross 80. James Bright won the nett prize with a 69.

The Seniors followed their win against Sleaford last week with a four two win against visitors Cosby Golf Club. Captain Rod Wells said he was pleased with the win and looks forward to travelling to Sleaford next week.

The C Team also had an emphatic win during the week, defeating Kibworth Golf Club by seven to one at home. Captain Neil Sellars takes his team to Kibworth for the return leg this week.

The First Team travelled to Burghley Park Golf Club in the knowledge that any one of  four teams could still win the Division Two title. Burghley were keen to reverse the result from the previous meeting at the end of May when Greetham won. Most of the games were close through the front nine with a draw looking a likely result, but Burghley edged ahead in the front two matches with Adam Clegg and Fraser Denholm suffering a two and one defeat. The same scoreline against Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson saw Burghley take an early lead. Trevor Smith and Bob Green saw their lead snatched away and they lost out on the final green to go one down. Paul Clegg and Richard Wilson recorded the first win for Greetham with a three and two victory, this was followed by a one up victory for Neil Harris and Nick Cunnington. However, a heavy defeat for Ray Gladwinfield and Scotty Stevenson meant Burghley took maximum points and now head the division two table. They head to Blankney in two weeks time needing only a draw to secure the title and promotion to the top flight.

Team Captain Neil Harris said, “We battled hard and at one stage we thought we would manage the draw which could have put us in a strong position to win the league but it wasn’t our day and we just didn’t have the strength in depth needed to overcome a determined Burghley Park side. We wish them luck in their final fixture.”
Rutland Junior Open winners at Greetham Valley


Coloured flag positioning trial at Greetham Valley a success

Greetham Valley flag positioning trialIn early spring this year, Greetham Valley commenced a coloured flag positioning trial, with feedback requested from members and visiting players.

All the positive comments and opinions certainly seemed to hail the trial as a success so flag positioning has now been permanently adopted across the Lakes and the Valley courses.

To remind everyone, the coloured flags are used to indicate hole placement on individual greens, as follows:

  • red flag – hole is positioned towards front third of the green
  • yellow flag – hole is positioned in the middle third of the green
  • white flag – hole is positioned in the back third of the green

Need an easy way to remember? Think of the location and colour of the ladies, gents and competition tees – red forward, yellow middle and white back respectively!

Happy golfing!


Greetham Valley’s Barry Ward on birdies, bunkers & bar stools…

Barry WardFew people know the extreme good fortune that converts a pastime into a career. Even fewer are those to whom such a scenario brings success and rewards beyond imaginings. Barry Ward, one of Greetham Valley’s senior members,  is one of the latter and after a life-time in golf writing he is still counting his blessings. He calls it his improbable journey, one which came about through a chain of events that almost defies credulity.

Introduced to golf by chance in consequence of an overseas posting, he virtually fell into golf writing within weeks of taking up the game and has never looked back. Now, after more than five decades of travelling the globe reporting on golf, its memorable places and the people who play it at the highest level, he is still playing and writing about the game he adores to distraction.

“Envious friends have frequently suggested I find a proper job,” he says, “but I can’t think of one that would bring such fulfilment and delight. In any event, I think I’ve left it a bit late to change tack.”

Now in his 81st year and as active as ever, he decided that the time was opportune to gather his memories and record them in book form “for my family and friends, and anyone else who loves this wonderful game of ours.”

Only then did he come to realise the difficulties he faced because “my early material, pounded out on a typewriter for newspapers, had long since gone into oblivion, my files lost for all time after countless domestic moves. Only material produced for magazines in the age of computers and word processors has survived, and indeed not all of that.”

So he has collated a small selection of the latter, “plus a piece or three dug from the memory bank or plucked from old printed publications that have somehow become fixtures in my golf library.”

The chosen pieces were written for various British publications, chiefly Golf Monthly magazine and, in recent times, his web site (www.posh-golf-travel.com) but also for Golf Links magazine, the original Golf News, plus a number of trade and consumer publications and newspapers, The Times of London among the latter.

“Like my career, producing the book has been a labour of love,” he says. “But that applies to anything with golf at its heart. May you enjoy the words as much as I have enjoyed the recollection.”

Birdies, Bunkers & Bar Stools is available as a paperback or an E-book from www.lulu.com and/or  http://www.amazon.co.uk/