Bristol & Clifton Ladies triumphant in the Mail on Sunday
By Liz Hale
The Bristol & Clifton team of Eva Tucker, Jane Bell, Lynne Vowles, Sue Dawes and Su Worthington were triumphant over the Isle of Wedmore by four matches to one.
GolfMark 'High Achiever' Accreditation
By Managing Secretary
Bristol & Clifton GC has been awarded GolfMark, a national seal of approval for junior and beginner-friendly facilities which play an important role in the development of the game. The Club, together with the help from Head Coach Paul Mitchell and his staff, has been a long-time supporter of junior golf but has further developed the junior programme and plans to continue building closer links with local schools and the community.
With the valued support of the newly appointed Club Welfare Officer, Chrissie Savage, the Club has made significant progress over the past 12 months and the Club will hopefully see the long-term benefits of the work with the juniors.
Debbie Casling, County Development Officer for the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership, said: “Many people at Bristol & Clifton Golf Club have worked hard to improve policies and procedures and to achieve GolfMark with 'High Achiever' is a well-deserved recognition of the time and effort that have been invested in the future of the Club”.
Well done to all involved!
Presentation Photograph - L to R: James Macpherson, Chrissie Savage, Paul Mitchell, Debbie Casling, Sir Peter Simpson, Caren Mitchell, John Buchanan, Linda Meaton.
James MacphersonManaging Secretary
'Winter Rules' - 3 Oct-31 Mar
By Managing Secretary
“A ball lying on a closely mown area1 through the green2 may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within six inches (150mm) of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
A player may place the ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4).
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Penalty for breach of Local Rule: Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.”
Note 1: “Closely mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less”.
Note 2: "Through the Green" means the whole area of the course except (a) the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and (b) all hazards on the course.
Lifting an Embedded Ball, Cleaning – 13th and 16th Holes
An embedded ball anywhere through the green on the 13th & 16th holes, may be marked, lifted, cleaned & replaced.James MacphersonManaging Secretary
Club Championship - 22 & 23 June 2013
By Managing Secretary
Leading scores for this weekend's Club Championship:
Club Championship (Sinnott Cup)
Winner: 141 (72, 69) Andy Rudge
Runner Up: 145 (72, 73) Jack Bamford
Third: 156 (79, 77) Greg Gough
Fourth: 156 (75, 81) Calum Mortimore
Five Times Champion: Andy Rudge with Peter Southerby (Captain)
Handicap Championship (Gonne Cup)
Winner: 142 (71, 71) Jamie Butt (9)
Runner up: 146 (73, 73) Jason Dayus (13)
Third: 146 (71, 75) Tony John (11)
Fourth: 147 (75, 72) Adam Bunt (5)
Trey of Aces
By John Pajak
Pao Poole, member of Bristol and Clifton Ladies' A Team, is living proof that you can wait ages for things other than buses, only to find two come along at once.
The 10 handicapper, who lives in Failand during the summer and Bangkok during our winter has been playing golf for 13 years. She plays her golf here at B&C in summer and the famous Royal Gems Golf City, Bangkok, in winter time.
Playing in the ladies stableford competition on 26 May, Pao scored a hole in one, playing an eight iron to the seventh hole, which carded 122 yards on the day. "The greens were firm and fast", she said, "as the course was ready for the English Senior Men's Amateur Championship the following week."
"The ball pitched right online and ran up hill into the cup. I was over the moon to get my first hole in one and share a glass of wine with my fellow members to toast my success."
Little was Pao to know that 10 days later she would record another ace at the very same hole.
On Tuesday June 11, playing in the Ladies' Open Eclectic, Pao repeated the feat. This time a nine iron was enough to cover exactly the 110 yards to the hole and the ball screwed sideways into the cup." My foresomes partner, Dorothy Bastable, was as excited as I was", said Pao." After the England golf event and a drop of rain the course is in fantastic condition at the moment."
The pair went on to record second place in the competition, losing on count back to Paula Crabtree who was paired with a member from Henbury.
Husband Mike even benefitted. Pao was sent a Hugo Boss watch by howdidido.co.uk, and it fits Mike perfectly. He has denied rumours that he plans to use it to keep an eye on how much time his wife is spending on the golf course, at least until he joins the hole in one club himself!
Not to be outdone, Richard England, 11 handicap, aced the par three sixth on Saturday, June 8 in the Reid Quaich medal competition. Richard, too, is proud recipient of a new Hugo Boss watch.