2019 Memorial Cup - Captains Report.
After a week of torrential rain, the Nomads got lucky with the weather at Rusper GC for the Memorial Cup. The going was soft to very soft to wetter than an otter’s pocket and this clearly had an effect as we saw some of the lowest stableford scores seen for quite some time. There were many in the teens including myself who lost a few balls and a club head to the lake on the 15th.
Unfazed by the conditions, Simon’s guest, Dan, shot a magnificent 31 winning himself a bottle of wine in first place. The top Nomad was Martin on 30 points, then Shaun on 29 and Simon on 28. Nearest the pin went to Dan and longest drive to Simon.
Bringing up the rear, was Adam’s guest, Tom, who clearly found the moist conditions a little too soggy with 12 points. Graham avoided the bag of tat but gets the Nomad’s longest walk with 13 points.
We also wished a fond farewell and bon voyage to Hans who moves to Germany in the coming weeks. As captain, I’d especially like to thank him for his support and guidance in the captaincy duties. All the best Hans! Foooooore!
Next up we have the Christmas Cup at Ashdown Forest. I’ll send out details of an appropriate format.
2019 Captains Cup - Captains Report.
The Captain’s Cup was a fine return to the Nomads after my summer break (Thanks Jack for taking over while I was away), basking in the sun while the less fortunate had to work.
It was a perfect day for golf at Epsom GC, sunny and warm but with a nice breeze. Bob came to see us for breakfast but was unable to play due to lack of buggies. Brian was unable to attend after having a nasty car accident a week ago. Get well soon Brian.
We had a Texas Scramble in the morning to warm up and a fine lunch of lasagne. Alan “I’m not eating boiled pastry!” Dunt had ham, egg and chips. We were also joined by Peter Brown and a freshly enhanced Simon Bond for lunch and the afternoon match.
The course offered up some stunning views of London, lots of trees and some very tricky greens which cost many a player a higher score.
Unfazed by it all was Darrell who romped home with a winning score of 38 (Trophy on its way). Peter was hot on his tail with a 36 followed by a group of three on 35 (Hans, Jeremy and Deno) with Deno coming third on countback.
Darrell also picked up the nearest the pin prize and I had the longest drive. Roger had yet to acclimatise from the Spanish weather and had the longest walk feeling a bit chilly.
I hope everyone had as good a time as I did and look forward to seeing you all in October for the next one.
2019 Challenge Cup - Captains Report.
17 turned up for the Challenge cup along with two guests to The South Buckinghamshire golf club in Stoke Poges,
The day began with a well cooked english breakfast and coffee along with warm and sunny weather, the course itself was presented well with some very positional holes where a loose shot could cost you a bogey or worse and in my opinion the best greens we have had this year, they were true and rolled nicely which seemed to catch a few off guard out there!
Two singles matches we also played in this event with myself and Dave Parker playing in one and Adam Riley and Hans playing in the other for a place in the semi finals of the singles match play, the results of these were myself beating Dave 3&2 and Adam beating Hans 5 & FOUUUUR!
One of the two guests Mike Maxwell scored a great score of 40 points well done mike!
As this was my first time in captaincy it seemed to have done well with myself winning overall with 36 pts to beat Adam Riley on count back by 1 point on the back 9, well played Adam!
Adam came second with 36 and Martin Wingrove 3rd with 35pts
Longest drive was won by mr Kenny Thiedeman one that is a regular contender in this category!
Nearest the pin with his lob wedge at 137 yards was Adam Riley
Sadly the longest walk was for our own Luigi kojli with 1 point going out and 13 coming back in for a total of 14pts this was in his words “safety for the Portugal trip!”
A great day was had by all and thank you for all coming along and accepting my captaincy for the day with ease,
2019 Vikingaskepp Trophy - Captains Report.
Milford Golf Club provided another short but tricky (well for me at least) course. Thunder and lightning were predicted, waterproofs and brollies were packed but we were lucky and got a few spots at most.
Unfortunately there was water elsewhere on the course and this seemed to have a magnetic effect on some of our golf balls. Hans breezed through it though with a magnificent 37 to take the trophy, Philip Dodd’s guest, Colin, took second with 36 and Kit took third with 35. Mike Cook’s guest, Les, went home with another longest walk bag of goodies.
Colin and Darrell took the longest drive and nearest the pin respectively. Milford kindly donated a free four ball and Bob drew a name out of the hat with Geoff taking the prize.
Next month, VC hole-in-one Jack will be doing the duties as I’ll be on hols. I hope you all enjoy it and I’ll see you when I return.
2019 Canon Masters - Captains Report.
Another great day with the Nomads was had yesterday for the Canon Masters. Lovely weather and a short but tough course at Cranleigh.
There were only 14 of us due to holidays, birthday parties and work commitments. Phil Walker won with a surprisingly low score of 34 including back to back birdies. Yours truly came second with 33 and Deno continued to show some strong form with 32 to take third place. Dave Parker was the only other player to crack 30.
Geoff had the longest walk with 22 points and was beaten in the singles by Adam, he did make up for it with a nearest the pin bottle of vino and Hans took the longest drive. Hopefully more people will be able to make the next one.
All the best,
2019 Edwards Shield - Captains Report.
While the less fortunate Nomads were toiling at work, the lucky 21 were out in the hills making full use of the fairways and lengthy rough that Surrey Downs GC had to offer. Conditions were good, greens a little bumpy and the scores quite high. Dion was sitting last in the clubhouse with a score of 30 for a short while.
Bob gave an update on Mike Cook’s operation and condition. We are very glad to hear that he’s on the mend and look forward to hearing him swear profusely on a golf course soon. Get well soon Mike.
Deno had spent the night planning his tactics around the course but overdid it and put himself in A&E with the jitters. Terry informs me that he’s back to health now. Take it easy Deno.
Philip Dodds came first with 42, Peter Brown 2nd with 40 and Darrell 3rd also with 40 points. Kenny and Dion got longest drive and nearest the pin. Peter Nicholls had a few trips to the lengthier foliage and the longest walk.
All in all, another great day and I look forward to the next one.
All the best,
2019 Spring Bowl - Captains Report.
Spring has sprung. There were a few grumbles about it not being winter rules anymore but there was no need as Hennerton was in good condition for the Spring Bowl. The course was short but challenging, for some more than others.
We welcomed a new member, Deno, to the fold and had a couple of guests, Tom and Russ, making up a good number of 19 players for the day.
Deno had a cracking round for a 28 handicap, coming in first place with 39 points but unfortunately was ineligible for the Spring Bowl trophy due to it being his first event. I’m sure Peter will provide him a new handicap for the next event. The Spring Bowl trophy will then go to Kenny who came in second with a very good 38 points. Third place went to our guest, Russ who beat Phil Walker on countback with 35 points. Jeremy had a very long walk for such a short course and won a bag of goodies (tat) for his troubles. He made up for it with a longest drive and Russ won the Nearest the Pin prize.
The next event is on Friday 17th May at Surrey Down Golf Club.
Hope to see you there,
2019 Potholers Cup - Captains Report.
On a blustery March day in Woking, the Whispering Nomads came out of winter hibernation blinking the sleep out of their eyes and ready for another year’s competition starting with the Potholer’s Cup at Hoebridge GC.
Two new Nomads were welcomed to the fold, Jamie Poole and Terry Bird, and two guests joined us, Les Green and Dino Deonarain. Jason and Jack took over the captaincy and vice-captaincy roles for 2019 and, on the whole, things went as smoothly as ever although the prize giving could do with a polish, as could the prizes.
On the course, the winds howled, and this time it wasn’t due to Geoff’s IBS but was of the more natural and far fresher sort. The scores of the day reflected the tough conditions and only the toughest three managed to get higher than 30. Third place went to Roger Avis, with 31 points, and the Potholer’s Cup went to Simon Bond, narrowly beating Darrell Poulier by the tiniest of margins on countback, both with a score of 32.
The ever-accurate Brian Hall won Nearest the Pin and Darrell picked up Longest Drive. The Longest Walk went to our guest, Les, who was rewarded with a Tesco carrier full of things that may or, more likely, may not prove useful in future rounds.
The inaugural Nomads Sweepstake kicked off with 19 entrants with the lucky winner picking up £95 at the end of the season. Good luck to all those who entered.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable round and I look forward to seeing you again in April.