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Winter Series

by ZenaDewes

on Fri January 19, 2018

Results from 17th January 2018-THE WHITTING HEATH WINTER SERIES 2017 -2018

1ST £350 K.SHERRIN-JONES 43 POINTS

2ND £250 L.PEARCE 40 POINTS

3RD £175 J.WILLIAMS 39 POINTS

4TH £150 R.BROOKS 38 POINTS

5TH £100 M.OATES 37 POINTS

6TH £90 R.HAWKINS 37 POINTS

7TH £80 L.MALIN 37 POINTS

8TH  £70 R.HUNT 36 POINTS

9TH £60 J.PIGOTT 36 POINTS

10TH £50 W.GROOM 36 POINTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO TREVOR MORRIS

by ZenaDewes

on Thu December 21, 2017

 

At the end of July 1967, straight after leaving school, a fourteen year old boy reported for duty to the head greenkeeper at Whittington Barracks Golf Club (now, of course, Whittington Heath Golf Club). Mr Allan Onions OBE, past captain and president of the club, takes great pride, quite rightly, in informing members that it was he who interviewed and appointed young Trevor Morris to the green staff. Young Trevor was immediately set to work raking bunkers. He has honed this skill over the years and now demonstrates to his staff how this very important task should be done! He was told in no uncertain terms that members were very fussy about bunkers being raked properly! (This expectation has not altered!) Rumour has it that Trevor was taught this fine art by Flossie Read, who had undertaken this task for many years. Even 50 years later, he still rakes the occasional bunker when an errant member fails to do so!
In his early years Trevor was taught and advised by his mentor, the Head Greenkeeper, Mr Bob Goodwin. Mr Goodwin leftin 1973 and Trevor was appointed Head Greenkeeper. Since that time, he has been responsible for maintaining the course in a condition which continues to enhance its reputation and has developed and improved his skills and his knowledge of the golf course. “I am very fortunate to be able to work on a very special piece of land - and get paid for it !!” He loves his job and is grateful for the support he has received over the years from a succession of management and green committees as well as the majority of members. He has, on more than one occasion, been known to say “if they (the members) are complaining, they are happy”
The club has hosted several national and international competitions, notably the Carris Trophy ( Junior Boys version of The Open Championship), Ladies’ Home Internationals and England Women’s Open Strokeplay Championship. Whittington Heath was selected as the venue for these prestigious competitions because the course is challenging and, of course, has been well maintained by Trevor and his team! It is regularly named as one of the best heathland courses in the Midlands.
The working day begins at 6.30am and green staff are working in (almost!) all weathers . When Trevor’s working day is done, he is back out on the course – carrying his clubs this time. He is a competent golfer and has played off a handicap of 5 in his younger days, winning many club competitions at Whittington.
Trevor Morris is modest by nature, with a quiet and unobtrusive demeanour. He has a plethora of greenkeeping skills and a well founded knowledge of heathland grasses which, as he will tell you, need little fertiliser and even less water!!
On Wednesday 20 December, President of the club, Robert White, made a special presentation to mark Trevor’s 50 years of loyal service. The presentation was attended by members, past Chairmen of the Green, Club Captain Ray Scambler and current Green Committee Chairman, Barry Broad, who said in his introduction that he had learned so much from Trevor during his time as Green Chairman and felt honoured and privileged to have had that opportunity.

 

 

 

 

ANOTHER WIN FOR PROFESSIONAL DAN WHITBY-SMITH

by ZenaDewes

on Mon December 18, 2017

Congratulations to Dan for another win and also a second place in two competitions held in Spain last week.

He escaped the snow, and found the sun on the Novo Sancti Petri Course A coming 2nd, 1 under par.

On the Novo Sancti Petri Course B Dan was 8 under par and had to compete in a play off which he won!

Congratulations to Ben Estaugh and Ryan Brooks

by ZenaDewes

on Tue October 31, 2017

Well done to Ben Estaugh who scored the best average score over 6 major competions to win The Fernyhough Masters 2017

1st Ben Estaugh  - 73.33

2nd Chris O'Neil - 75

3rd Chris Bailey 75.83

Well done also to Ryan Brooks for winning the Poxon Salver Knockout 2017.

 

Ladies Golf 2017

by ZenaDewes

on Tue September 26, 2017

The Ladies have had a good 2017 in Competitions.

The Taskers Trophy is open to men & women over 50 years of age.

The women compete for the Ian Burrtoft Trophy.It is sponsored by Taskers UK which supports junior golf in our country.It began in 2000 and £70,000 has been donated to Midland Golf Unions to date.This assists primary school age upwards.

The counties who enter are Staffordshire,Derbyshire,Nottinghamshire,South Yorkshire,Leicestershire & Rutland and South Lancashire.

Sue Clarke has captained the 12-24 Interclub Knockout Handicap and the Taskers teams for the last 4 years. This year has been a great success for both teams. The 12-24 team narrowly lost 3-2 in the semi-final against Aston Wood and the Taskers team  won through to the final of the Ian Burtoft Trophy.

The Taskers team beat Charnwood Forest in a closely fought semi-final 4-3.

The team played Branston Golf and Country Club in theTaskers final at Wollaton Park on Sunday 8th October.

It was a close match ,resulting in a loss for the WHGC Ladies but a great day was had by all. £100  was donated to our Junior Section at WHGC.

Sue would like to thank all those who have played, caddied and supported the teams this year. Sue says she is chuffed to bits with the results this year.

Lastly, the Mail On Sunday competition finished in 2016 and has been replaced by the Annodata Match Play team competition. Jayne Fletcher captained our team which unfortunately lost in the quarter finals to Kibworth Golf Club. So, no trip to Spain this year. Well done and many thanks  again to all who played, caddied and supported this competition.

The Ladies section has had a fabulous year let’s hope we can continue next year.Well done girls.

Sue Clarke 

Captain,Taskers & 12 -24