Competition Reports: 2017 & 2016
Late June 2017
Octogenarians on a Roll
The Royal British Club Golfing Society played their July competition for the Victoria Seguros Cup. This is an annual game with a different format: 4 Clubs and a Putter. Interestingly, many members have found that they can score just as well with 4 Clubs and a Putter and, therefore, wonder why they carry so many clubs in their bags each month. A few members made wrong choices and are determined to choose better next year. After the hot weather, members were looking forward to a cool comfortable game but the weather had other ideas! Despite the forecasts heavy showers came down for about two hours managing to completely soak many of the players.
Two of the Octogenarians showed their skills honed after many years: First prize went to Denys Stormont with 33 points after a countback from Eddie Leitao, also with 33. Young Ewan Rankin, also scoring 33 after the countback , was in third place. Chris Goulding was fourth with 32, Lars Ryberg fifth with 31 and Harley Barnard with 30.
The monthly prizes were: The Newstead Cup - Adi Huettl with 28 points. Eddie Leitao won the Nearest the Pin for Men on the 13th Hole but no Lady managed to get on the 2nd green for the Ladies Nearest the Pin! Richard Evans was awarded the Cowbell this month.
A curry buffet lunch was held at the Estoril Club House during which Jose Alves, representing Victoria Seguros, presented the prizes. Captain David Thomas announced that the annual match between teams from the RBC and the ABP (Barmen of Portugal) will be played on July 13th and that the next event for all the members will be the the fun game – The Texas Scramble – on August 9th. He also announced that the final of the Gordon Young Putter competition will be played on July 19th with Sally Buxton and Pierre Laporte, being the finalists. He hopes that many members will be at the Club to witness the game. The September competition will be played on September 6th for the EY Trophy.
Captain David Thomas, Ewan Rankin, Eddie Leitao, winner Denys Stormont and Jose Alves of Victoria Seguros
The Hotel Baia Plate
Golf on a Summer’s Day
Finally the weather seems to have settled into summer and the Royal British Club Golfing Society gathered at the Estoril Golf course to play for the Hotel Baia Plate. The event had a slightly fewer number of players than usual, 26 Members and 2 guests, because several members have started their summer travels. This month, yet again, three octogenarians featured in the prizes awarded.
The winner, this month was Lars Ryberg with 37 points, second was Auke Bos yet again finishing in the top prize-winners with 34. Third, another frequent prize-winner, Denys Stormont with 33. Fourth place went to Keith Potter with 32, fifth to Steve Deighton with 31 and finally for sixth place, to Captain David Thomas also with 31 after a count-back.
The monthly prizes – which can only be won once a year: the Newstead Cup, for handicap of 23 and over and not in first six was won by Eddie Leitao and the Cow Bell went to his wife Brenda Leitao!
- Nearest the Pin on the fourth hole in two for the Ladies: Elizabeth Barker
- Nearest the Pin on hole six in two for the men: Werner Langlitz.
- The Guest prize for ladies was won by: Marinez Bello
- The Guests prize for men was won by: Robert Youde.
Prizes were presented at the Hotel Baia after an enjoyable dinner when Captain David Thomas announced the that the annual competition against the Association of Portuguese Barmen will be held at Estoril on July 12th. The next competition for the RBCGS is the Victoria Trophy to be played on June 28th at Estoril to avoid the month of July when Estoril Golf Club treats the greens which makes play more difficult for the players.
David Thomas(Captain); Denys Stormont (3rd); Lars Ryberg(Winner) Auk Bos (2nd)
Blevins Franks Cup - Intrepid Golfers
On May 10th the members of the Royal British Club Golfing Society were due to play for the Blevins Franks Cup. In spite of the dire forecast the decision was made to go ahead and play. To begin with the leading flights, starting just after 7.30, were delighted to only contend with occasional light rain showers. Unfortunately at around 10 a.m. when they had reached the 15th or 16th holes, with no hope of bailing out or shelter, the heavens opened leaving the entire field to wade through water, mud and flooded fairways. A very sorry looking group of golfers finally staggered in, having finished the 18 holes, making a dash for the hot showers.
Amazingly, in these dreadful conditions, scores were good and the field was led by our 86 year old member, Auke Bos, in first place scoring 39 points. In second place was Elizabeth Barker with 38 followed by Ian Yarwood with 37. Fourth place (36 pts) went to Teresa Negrao, fifth (35 pts) to George Everett and sixth (35 pts) to Ewan Rankin.
The monthly prizes awarded this month were:
Nearest the Pin for the Men – Gavin Trechman
The Newstead Cup – Miranda Thomas
Nearest the Pin for the Ladies was not awarded as no-one had reached the 13th hole in
The Swiss Cow Bell this month was won by our Swiss Member, Max Zimmerli
After drying off and welcome drinks in the bar the 37 players, together with spouses and guests enjoyed lunch in the Estoril Club Restaurant during which the sponsor Blevins Franks, represented by Matthew Krystman, presented the prizes. Ian Yarwood reminded members of the Summer Garden Party to be held at the Paula Rego Museum and Captain David Thomas announced that the annual Competition against the Portuguese Barmen Association will take place on July 13th and that he is about to make up the team for this very popular event.
Matthew Krystman of Blevins Franks, Elizabeth Barker, winner Auke Bos, Ian Yarwood and Captain David Thomas.
Royal British Club Cup
The Royal British Club Golfing Society has a very lucky Captain – the members played for the Royal British Club Cup in the most beautiful weather of the year so far! Some 36 players and guests teed off from 7.36 after the most beautiful sunrise!
“Lucky” Captain David Thomas led the field with 34 points to come in as the winner.
In second place was Kate Scheier with 32 points, third was Bill Buxton, with 32 after a countback. Continuing the countback Carol Mason scored 32 points for fourth place, Denys Stormont with 31 points in fifth place and Chris Goulding in sixth place with 30.
The monthly prizes were:
- Nearest the Pin for the Ladies: Carol Mason
- Nearest the Pin for the Men: Chris Goulding
- There wasn’t a Lady Guest, and the hard fought Men’s prize went to Gunnar Kaeck.
- This month the Newstead Cup was won by David Wright.
- The family affair of the Top 10 competition was, this month, won by Margo Zimmerli!
Ian Yarwood, newly elected Chairman of the Royal British Club presented the prizes and gave a speech outlining all the things that he has in mind to attract more members to the Club.
Members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch on the veranda of the Estoril Golf Club, still taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Captain David Thomas reminded members that next month the competition will be on Wednesday May 10th when they will play for the Blevins and Franks Trophy.
Bill Buxton, Ian Yarwood (Chairman RBC) David Thomas (Captain and Winner), Kate Scheier
AngloInfo Trophy on St David’s Day
After recovering from the Carnival celebrations the Royal British Club’s Golfing Society gathered on March 1st, the feast of St. David, patron saint of Wales, to play for the AngloInfo Trophy. The weather was fair with no wind (really - no wind – at Estoril!) and the course in very good condition – allowing half the field to attain a score of 30 Stableford points and above, resulting in several countbacks to decide the prizes. Thirty players and two guests took to the field with tee offs starting at 7.36, with only a few of the players catching the light showers late in the round.
After the match forty members, guests and spouses enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Estoril Club House. Our sponsor, David Wright of AngloInfo, this year shared the spotlight with foreign exchange service provider Premier FX, represented by country head Cathryn Evans, who gave a brief presentation of the company. The Welsh theme was evident at the lunch with the captain sporting a daffodil buttonhole and member Richard Evans giving a St. David’s Day welcome in Welsh.
This month yet again some of the older members of the Society are showing the merely middle-aged players the way. First prize went to Denys Stormont with 37 points retaining the Cup that he won last year. He was followed by three players all scoring 35 points resulting in the countbacks: David Thomas was second, Auke Bos third and David Wright was in fourth place. Fifth place went to Duncan Barker and the sixth prize to Lars Ryberg.
The monthly prizes were: Guests, Man – Phil Docherty and Lady - Gunilla Holma Forsström, both of whom promising to join the Society! Nearest the Pin, Lady - Kate Scheier and Man - Paul Guerault. The Newstead Cup was won by Teresa Negrao, the Top Ten by Brenda Leitão and the Cow Bell won easily this time by George Everett.
Prizes were presented by Captain David Thomas and Cathryn Evans. Members were reminded that next month we play for the Royal British Club Cup at Estoril on April 5th.
Cathryn Evans of PremierFX, winner Denys Stormont, Auke Bos and Captain David Thomas.
The RBCGS Begins the Year
The 2017 Captain of the Royal British Club Golf Society, David Thomas, started the New Year well with the first competition of the golf society’s season when it played for the John Bull Cup. After days of heavy rain 35 players and guests took to the Estoril course, muddy but with the sun shining. The British may still be the biggest group in this Royal British society, but nowadays it has a truly varied international membership, the results of the game showing the first four prize winners being British, German, Portuguese and French!
Last year’s captain, David Wright was the winner with 36 points, followed by Werner Langlitz with 34. After a countback on 33 points, Fernando Oliveira gained third place beating Paul Guerault into fourth. Fifth and Sixth place also needed a countback with Harley Barnard winning fifth and Captain David Thomas sixth, both with 31 points.
Monthly prizes awarded were: Men’s Guest Prize to David Evans, Nearest the Pin for the Men to David Thomas, The Ladies Nearest the Pin going to Sakiko Takeda who also won the Newstead Cup which is for players of handicap 23 and over and not in the first six prize winners. The “Top 10” ten holes competition was a family affair, won by Max Zimmerli from wife Margot. The hard fought Cow Bell went to Vice Captain Bruce Dawson.
Members and guests adjourned for lunch to the John Bull Restaurant in Cascais, sponsor of the event, where all the prizes were awarded. Captain David Thomas announced that there was a good entry for the Gordon Young Putting Competition and that a Master Class would be held at 12.00 on 15th February. He also reminded players that next month’s competition is for the Angloinfo Cup and will take place at Estoril on March 1st followed by lunch at the Estoril Club House.
David Thomas(Captain), David Wright (winner)
Werner Langlitz (2nd), Fernando Oliveira (3rd)
RBCGS - Musical Finale to the 2016 Golf Programme
Ron Goddard, Winner
The final competition of the year for the Royal British Club Golfing Society was held on Wednesday 7th December at Estoril Golf Club. This year the Society has been very fortunate and suffered rain during only one of its tournaments –and that was only for the duration of one hole of golf, around 12 minutes all year. So it was that on a beautiful, clear but crisp morning 39 players turned out for the President’s Baffy tournament, subject to the best Stableford score, and to battle too for the d’arcy Orders Cup awarded for the best Gross score in the last tournament of the year. Members were somewhat bemused to see a cartoon character present, Speedy Gonzales, present on all Society communication related to the final day of their golfing year. An explanation was to be had later the same day.
The course continues to play well, although some would complain that the greens are still unpredictable. Scores were generally higher than usual but Ron Goddard, who seems to save his best performances for the latter part of the year, fought off several strong challenges to win both the President’s Baffy and the d’Arcy Orders Cup with 38 Stableford points playing off a handy handicap of 6.
2nd place and a very decent bottle of wine went to Selwyn Kennard on 36 points, followed closely in 3rd place by Fernando Oliveira who took home an almost equally decent bottle of wine along with his trophy .
The other 3 places taking home their bottle of wine were decided on a count back of the last 9 holes since all 3 players finished on 32 points. 4th place went to Eddie Leitao, 5th to Denys Stormont and 6th to Paul Guerault.
The other monthly prizes were:
- Auke Bos – the Newstead Cup awarded to a player of handicap 23 and over and who is not in the first six places
- Evelyne Marret – received the Cow Bell prize, one of the most valuable in the club because it includes a free Golf Lesson with the Estoril Golf Pro, by virtue of finishing with the lowest Stableford score among members who had not already won the Cow Bell prize once this year.
As this was the last event in the programme for 2016 the tournament was followed, not by the usual lunch in the Clubhouse, but by a very special evening Gala Dinner at the 5-star, Hotal Cascais Miragem. 64 members and guests, represented a new attendance record for this event and they were treated to an excellent dinner, served impeccably in a luxurious setting looking over the Bay of Casc ias. This was followed by an award ceremony to celebrate winners of the day, but also 3 additional annual prizes:
- Graham Paine Memorial Trophy – Order of Merit, based upon points awarded for positions achieved throughout the year. Winner: the evergreen Denys Stormont.
- Alan Jones Trophy – Eclectic Net. Winner: retiring captain David Wright
- Dai Evans Trophy – Eclectic Gross. Winner: and practically permanent holder, Ron Goddard.
A special one-off, Speedy Gonzales award was created for the occasion. During the whole of the golfing calendar much had been made of the need to keep up the pace of play around the course. So much so that the length of time of each round of golf was recorded for every group over each tournament. On the night, Captain David Wright, provided a discretionary award to the person who most encapsulated the idea of faster play and who demonstrably worked to achieve it. Octogenarian Auke Bos was awarded a special Speedy Gonzales polo shirt to wear on the – naturally this was accompanied by a fine bottle of Port.
Fernando Oliveira (3rd), Ron Goddard (1st), Selwyn Kennard (2nd)
David Wright, Captain
The routine of delivering each prize was broken up by the selection of some suitable music according to the position or personality to its winner, examples included Non Je Ne Regrette Rien, Benny Hill Theme, Chariots of Fire ….
At every Gala Dinner, the year’s Captain announces both the amount collected for charity by members’ donations of 1 euro per ball lost on the course, and the cause he has selected to support. This year €635.22 will be donated to Ajuda de Berço in Lisbon which looks after young babies in care between the ages of 0 and 2 years.
Retiring Captain, David Wright, thanked all the people who have helped him during the year and formally handed over to his successor and Captain for 2017, David Thomas, who in turn announced Bruce Dawson as his Vice Captain to succeed him in 2018.
New attendance record at the Dawson Bowl
The November competition of the Royal British Club Golf Society drew the biggest turnout of the year – 48 members and playing guests – for the Peter Dawson Bowl, a magnificent trophy.
The Dawson Bowl
Multiple countbacks were necessary to separate the competitors with 6 players scoring 31 points and seven on 30! Conditions on the course were excellent and the tournament just finished in time before heavy rain set in.
Duncan Barker, Peter Dawson, Evelyne Marret, Eddie Leitao (Winner)
Bruce Dawson, Chairman of the Garland Group, spoke on behalf of the sponsors and reminded members that the company is celebrating 240 years of existence – since 1776 – five years before American Independence, and has been in the family for five generations. The President of the Garland Group, Peter Dawson, was also present and distributed the prizes along with his wife, actress Valerie Braddell.
The winner of the trophy was Eddie Leitao with 32 points
followed by Evelyne Marret on 31 leading the multiple countback
Third place went to Duncan Barker
4th to David Thomas
5th to Sakiko Taked
6th to Chris Goulding all with 31 points.
The monthly prizes were:
Ladies’ Guest: Jacqui Byrne
Men’s Guest: Tony Byrne – keeping it in the family!
Nearest the Pin for the Ladies: Miranda Thomas
Nearest the Pin for the Men: David Gray
The Newstead Cup awarded to a player of handicap 23 and over and who is not in the first six places was won by Teresa Negrao
The Cow Bell with a free golf lesson went to our new playing member Elizabeth Ryberg.
The Society has a rule that prize winners must attend the lunch to be awarded their prize. However, this month the player with most points was Mans Hoglund who was unable to attend due to family commitments. The sponsor kindly donated an additional prize and it was decided to invite Mans to join us with his 3 grandchildren while we were having lunch. The prize gave special recognition for what would otherwise have been a clear tournament victory, a photograph was taken with the sponsor as normal and in the company of his grandchildren, much to the delight of the proud young girls.
Peter Dawson, & Mans Hogland with
Stella, Thea & Alba
The Dawson Bowl is the second part of the Silver Jubilee Plate a tournament for the best combined Stableford result over two consecutive tournaments. Denys Stormont was the winner following his outstanding 41 points last time out with 30 points this time.
This month the Charity tin, which collects funds over the year by members paying a “fine” of 1 Euro per ball they lose, received an additional boost. Captain David Wright harvested Pink Grapefruit which had been turned into a delicious marmalade by Jackie Kennard and sold at the lunch to members. At the year end the incumbent RBCGS Captain donates the money collected throughout the year to a charity of his choosing. The generosity of members meant that the Charity Lost Ball Fund received a boost of more than 190 euros.
Among the 51 guests and players at the lunch Captain David Wright was especially pleased to welcome Axel Beselin. He and his wife Anita, who sadly passed away recently, have been long term members of the Society and have many friends within it.
The Captain reminded members that the last game of the season will be played at Estoril on December 7th and is followed by our annual Gala Dinner at the Hotel Miragem Cascais.
Maximum Turnout for the Rankin Trophy
After a night of heavy rain – the first we have seen for many weeks – members of the Royal British Club Golf Society woke to a day of cloud. This month’s tournament was for the Rankin Brothers & Sons Trophy which forms the first part of the Silver Jubilee Plate competition. The second part, the Peter Dawson Bowl, will be played in November. The winner of the Silver Jubilee Plate is decided by the aggregate Stableford scores for both competitions.
This month a record number of players and guests – 44 players – filled the course at Estoril Golf Course. There were literally no tee spaces left available on this occasion.
Some of the early players managed to complete their rounds with only a slight sprinkling of rain, later players got slightly wetter, but overall the rain held off! The winner, one of our oldest members and a tough Scot, Denys Stormont, came in with a remarkable score of 41 points showing the rest of the field how to cope with mud and rain.
Denys was closely followed in second place by the current trophy holder, Graham Dewar, with 39 points. Scores were much higher this month with the first 13 members scoring 30 points or above. Third place went to George Everett with 36, fourth to Mans Hoglund with 34. Kate Scheier gaining the fifth position with 33 points and Andrew Jones in sixth with 32.
The other monthly prizes awarded were:
- Ladies Nearest the Pin: Sakiko Takeda
- Nearest the Pin for the Men: Bruce Dawson
- The Ladies Guest prize: Sylvie Langlitz,
- Men’s Guest prize: Axel Bernstorff
- The Newstead cup for players of handicap 23 and over was won by Elizabeth Barker with 31 points
- This month’s coveted Cow Bell went to Isabel Nygren.
Prizes were presented by Ewan Rankin on behalf of Rankin Brothers & Sons with Denys Stormont wearing a company shirt with a misprinted name of Ranklin Brot & Sons!
The sponsors were warmly thanked for their continuing support, this year Ewan did not win his own Trophy! Fifty two members, guests and spouses sat down to a delicious lunch at the Estoril Club with Bruce Dawson – sponsor of the Dawson Bowl competition – expressing the hope that next month’s turnout will be equal to this one.
Captain David Wright closed the successful day by reminding members that the Peter Dawson Bowl and Silver Jubilee Plate will be played for on Wednesday 2nd November, also at the Estoril Course.
George Everett, Sponsor Ewan Rankin, Winner Denys Stormont, Graham Dewar
and Captain David Wright
The EY Challenge
After a series of very hot days the Royal British Club Golfing Society members were relieved to see a drop in temperature when they returned from their holidays all over the world. The competition this month was for the EY Trophy. 35 players – one of the largest groups this year – were determined to do their best to win the attractive prize.
Despite all the hard work only one member – the winner – managed to play better than handicap. However, a record of six members scored 32 points resulting in a complicated series of countbacks to determine places on the podium. The winner, who made sure all his putts dropped, was Hans Ludolphi with 39 points. Second, was our new Lady member Caroline de Roos, with 33 points. The following places – all with 32 points – were awarded to: third place, another new member, Keith Potter, fourth to one of our oldest members, Auke Bos, fifth to David Gray and sixth, Ron Goddard.
The monthly prizes this time were:
Nearest the Pin for the Ladies,Caroline de Roos
Nearest the Pin for the Men, Andrew Jones.
The Newstead Cup – awarded to members of handicap 23 and over and not in the first six places – was won by another player with 32 points – Sakiko Takeda.
The Cow Bell with a free golf lesson from the Club Pro was won easily this month by Duncan Barker.
Sadly, a former Captain of the Club in 2003, Peter Mason, passed away recently. During his tenure as Captain the Top 10 tankard competition was introduced for those members unable to complete 18 holes. Also the Lost (or Wet Ball) Charity Fund was instituted during his year as Captain. In memory of Peter, the Top 10 tankard was symbolically awarded to his wife Carol to hold until the next Top 10 competition is won.
In Memory of Peter Mason
The Top 10 Tankard was awarded to his wife, Carol Mason
Possibly, due to the fact that golf needs a little fine tuning after the holidays, the Lost Ball fund, whereby players are fined Euro 1 for every ball lost, collected a larger than usual sum of 45 euros. At the end of the year the money collected goes to a Charity chosen by the current Captain.
Our sponsors for the tournament will have been delighted by the large turn out of society members for this tournament. Eddie Leitao, a former managing partner of Arthur Young in Portugal (now EY), presented the prizes to the winners on behalf of EY and thanked the sponsors for thewir continuing support of the society and the tournement.
A summer lunch was served on the terrace on the Estoril Golf Club where Captain David Wright reminded members that, as the first Wednesday of the coming month falls on the holiday of October 5th, the next competition will be held on October 12th for the Rankin Cup. Scores will count for a double competition, with the scores added to the November tournament score to determine the winner of the Silver Jubilee Plate.
Captain David Wright; Keith Potter, winner Hans Ludolphi, Caroline de Roos
and Eddie Leitao (representing EY)
Victoria Seguros – How many Clubs do you need?
The Royal British Club Golf Society accepted the annual challenge of Victoria Seguros by playing its monthly tournament with only 4 clubs and a putter. The Victoria Seguros Cup competition at Estoril Golf Club on July 6th started with a little morning fog but warmed up as the day went on. As usual, there was much deliberation and conferring, even some secrecy, before the game as to which clubs would prove to be the correct ones. Some got it right, some didn’t! Several members were heard to mutter round the course “if only I had chosen club x instead of y!”
Despite the fact that many players considered throwing away the rest of their clubs, having realized they did not really need them, scores were not particularly high, with the exception of the winner – Eddie Leitao – who played below his handicap to achieve 38 points. He had obviously chosen the right clubs for him! Second and third places were decided on a count back with Richard Evans beating Captain David Wright – both with 33 points. Sakiko Takeda and Andrew Jones both scored 29 points with Sakiko taking fourth place and Andrew fifth. The final position on the score board – for sixth place – went to Bill Buxton on 28 points after a count back with five other players: Graham Dewar, Chris Goulding, Hans Ludolphi, David Thomas and Denys Stormont all missing out.
- The monthly prizes awarded this month were:
- Guest prize to David Riches
- Newstead Cup for players with handicap of 23 and over and not in the first six places was won by Denys Stormont.
- The Nearest the Pin for the Ladies was Miranda Thomas
- Bruce Dawson managed to win an unusual combination of two prizes: Nearest the Pin for the Men and the coveted Cowbell which includes a free golf lesson!!
A delicious lunch was held at the Estoril Club House where José Alves – representing Victoria Seguros spoke about the company and presented the prizes. Victoria Seguros – whose sponsorship together with the original sponsor Commercial Union goes back to 1990 – is one of the Society’s oldest associations.
Captain David Wight announced that some of the members were playing the annual match against the Barmen of Portugal the following day and wished them all success. On 10th August a convivial Texas Scramble will be played by members at the Estoril course.
Captain David Wright, Richard Evans, Winner Eddie Leitao and José Alves of Victoria Seguros
A Place in the Sun
The Royal British Club Golf Society played their competition for the Hotel Baia Plate– which had to be delayed because of sanding of the greens at the Estoril course – on a hot summer’s day on June 23rd. Twenty nine members and two guests found the course in excellent condition except for the greens which, at present, are still challenging – maybe the winners were able to cope better than the rest of the field!
Winner Selwyn Kennard – with a commendable 35 points – managed a clear win from second and third places which needed a countback with Eddie Leitao gaining second place from Mark Dawson’s third, both with 34. The only Lady in the winner’s list of prizes was Teresa Negrao with 33 points in fourth place after another countback leaving Ron Goddard in fifth place. Sixth place went to Richard Evans with 32.
The monthly prizes awarded were: The Newstead Cup for players of handicap 23 and over and not in the first six prizes was won by Lars Ryberg. There were no Lady Guests this month and the Men’s prize went to Steve Deighton. Nearest the Pin for the Ladies on the 13th hole was Evelyne Marret and for the Men on hole number 4 in two was Ewan Rankin. The hotly contested Cow Bell went, this month, to Brenda Leitao.
A delicious dinner, hosted by Manager Joao Coruche at the Hotel Baia in Cascais was enjoyed by all. Captain David Wright announced that the Society will play next month on Wednesday July 6th for the Victoria Seguros Cup.
Captain David Wright, Eddie Leitao, winner Selwyn Kennard, Mark Dawson
and Hotel Baia Manager Joao Coruche
The Blevins Franks Plate
The Royal British Club Golfing Society were extremely lucky when they played for the Blevins Franks Plate at Estoril on Wednesday, May 4th.
The weather forecasts had been dire with the news of approaching heavy rain. All forty players, members and guests managed to finish their games without a spot of rain with the forecast holding true but delayed by just one day. Captain David Wright was able to arrange two more tee times to accommodate the numbers and lunch at the Estoril Club House was almost full house with 49 members, guests and spouses and sponsors attending.
The Blevins Franks Plate is always a popular tournament in part due to the time of year but also because the Plate has been fought for since as far back as 1995 when Blevins Franks was known by a different name. Our thanks go to the partners of Blevins Franks for their commitment to the success of the day and their generosity both in sponsorship and with their time. Gavin Scott travelled from the Algarve to take part in the tournament and be present at the lunch afterwards. While Matthew Krystman, based in the region, already knows many of the members, presented the prizes and invited 2 guest players who may even become members of the Society.
The Estoril course was in excellent condition following the recent hosting by the Estoril Golf Club of an International Seniors competition. Fairways and bunkers were immaculate which meant that players lost fewer balls this month. The charity tin gained only €35!
Lars Nygren (3rd), Ed Robbins (Winner) Bill Buxton (2nd)
Sponsor: Matthew Krystman
Two members played better than their handicap, both scoring 37 points. After a count back Bill Buxton, lost out to Ed Robbins in first place. Ed was playing his farewell competition in the Society before he heads off to Trumpland as he calls it! Ed is a former Captain of the Golfing Society and his sharp sense of good humour and frequent jokes will be greatly missed. You could not write a better fictional script for him, leaving us by winning his final competition! Members now insist that he returns next year to defend his Blevins Franks Plate.
Lars Nygren is currently playing well – perhaps helped by racing round the course in his new electric buggy – and scored 36 points to give him third place. Fourth and fifth places needed a count back to separate Auke Bos and Eddie Leitao. Both achieved 34 points but Auke placed fourth. David Gray, with 33 came in sixth.
The monthly prizes this month were:
Guest prize for the Ladies, Caroline de Roos and for the Men Ian Yarwood.
Nearest the Pin for the Ladies on hole 4 in two, Kate Scheier, for the Men, on hole 13, Hans Ludolphi. David Wright received the Newstead Prize this month, awarded to players of handicap 23 and over and not in the prizes for the first six winners. This month the Cowbell was won by David Jackson who we are very pleased to see playing again after his recent health problems.
David Wright (Captain), Matthew Krystman (Sponsor) Ed Robbins (Winner)
Before the prize ceremony Matthew Krystman spoke to members and guests about the services of Blevins Franks and a special award of a pair of slippers was made to Ed Robbins for him to remember Portugal in his retirement to Trumpland.
Next month the Society will play for the Hotel Baia Trophy on June 8th at Estoril followed by dinner at the Hotel in Cascais.
HM AMBASSADOR PRESENTS RBC CUP
After days of inclement weather the members of the Royal British Club Golfing Society were delighted to see relatively clear skies, although with strong gusts of wind, for their first tournament of Spring. This month members played for the Royal British Club (RBC) Cup. We were very privileged to be joined for lunch after the tournament by HM Ambassador, Kirsty Hayes who had kindly agreed to present the prizes to the winners of the tournament in her role as President of the RBC.
HM Ambassador, Kirsty Hayes
After meeting as many members of the Society as possible, and following an excellent meal served in the restaurant of the Estoril Golf Club, HM Ambassador gave a short address to the members during which she commented on how pleased she was to have decided to come along to meet such an active, engaging and supportive community of many different nationalities. She also took the opportunity to talk about the issues surrounding the forthcoming referendum in the UK and to encourage those members who can do so to ensure they are registered to cast their vote.
Unfortunately, when it came to presentation of the tournament prizes, several of the members had struggled a little on such a blustery day. The results showed that the ladies are able to cope better than the men. No member managed to play better than their handicap but the winner, Kate Scheier, almost did. She signed for a commendable score of 35 points, followed by another lady member, Carol Mason on 31. In third place, this month relinquishing his position as winner of the previous 2 tournaments, was Denys Stormont – also with 31 points after the count back. Fourth place, on the same count back as Carol and Denys, went to Ron Goddard. After her absence we welcomed back Sakiko Takeda who earned fifth place with 30 points, closely followed in sixth, by Paul Guerault after yet another count back on 30 points too.
HMA addresses the RBC GS
Other prizes, awarded this month, were: Nearest the Pin for the Men, Paul Guerault, and for the Ladies, Kate Scheier. The Ladies Guest Prize went to Monique Bryers –soon to become the newest member of the Club! The Men’s Guest Prize went to Pedro Brehm. This month the new Newstead Cup (for members of handicap 23 and over and not in the first six places) was awarded to Lars Nygren with 27 points. The most fought over monthly trophy in the competition - the Cow Bell - this month went to Thomas Scheier making a top and bottom award with his wife being the winner!
David Wright (Captain), Carol Mason, Kate Scheier (Winner),
HMA Kirsty Hayes, Denys Stormont
The Society’s next competition will be held at the Estoril Golf Club on May 4th when they will be competing for the Blevins Franks Cup.
SUPER SENIORS IN ASCENDANCY
After strong winds, heavy rain and showers of hail, the Royal British Club Golf Society had a a lucky break with the weather for their March Competition, this month playing for the Angloinfo Trophy. Over 30 players signed up for the game, therefore more four balls than usual had to be scheduled and three groups - the “Larks” – bravely teed off from 7.28. To the surprise of many, it was light but the sun was struggling hard to rise. Eventually it did and the day was a great improvement on the recent weather.
Three members of the Super Seniors, all three in their eighties - and playing off the normal tees – decided to show younger members that age does not matter. This month’s winner who also won the competition last month was our oldest playing member, Denys Stormont, at 86 years of age coming in with a score of 37 points. Chasing him, but not quite catching him in second place was Ron Goddard with 35 points after a countback with Mans Hoglund – leaving him in third place. In fourth place was the first Lady player, Carol Mason after a count back with 83 year old Max Zimmerli both with 33 points. The sixth place went to Dutch member Joke Bartelse with 31 points after a threeway countback with Ed Robbins, and 80 year old Eddie Leitao.
Ron Goddard, Keith Barrett, winner Denys Stormont, Mans Hoglund, Captain David Wright
Eddie Leitao also won the competition for the new Newstead Cup which is awarded to players of 23 handicap and over and not in the first six places. Nearest the Pin for the Ladies was Teresa Negrao, and Mans Hoglund won the Nearest the Pin for the Men. The bravely fought for Cow Bell went this month to Margot Zimmerli. There were no Lady Guests this month, and the Guest prize for Men was awarded to Duncan Magregor. Keith Barrett, played as a guest of the Sponsor, David Wright, but, as a professional, was ineligible to win prizes. He very kindly distributed Trophies and prizes to the winners.
David Wright (Captain) Eddie Leitao
After a delicious lunch at the Estoril Club Restaurant, Captain David Wright introduced two new members of the Society: Gul and Pierre Laporte who we look forward to seeing at the next competition which will be played at Estoril on April 6th when players compete for the Royal British Club Cup.
Dawn Breaks Over a New Tournanent Year at Estoril Golf Club
The Royal British Club Golfing Society played their first game of the season at Estoril in strong winds. Last year’s overall winner, Ron Goddard, had the honour of hitting the first competitive ball of the new tournament year.
The Society was playing for the John Bull Trophy, sponsored by the well-known pub in Cascais. Members had to contend not only with the windy conditions but a course that was still trying to dry out after the winter rains and large patches of clover into which balls disappeared! Many struggled, but a few hardy souls showed their strength, even though it wasn’t possible for even the leading scorers to play to their handicaps.
A quite remarkable story emerged with the winner of this month’s tournament. Long-term member, Denys Stormont, has won 41 society tournaments over the years but none since 2009. This month he stormed to a clear victory with 35 points. Remarkable is the fact that last week Denys celebrated his 86th Birthday and still plays off a golf handicap of 23.
He was closely followed by two members both scoring 34 points which necessitated a count back to award second place to Richard Evans and Mans Hoglund third. Fourth place went to Fernando Oliveira with 33. After another count back Ron Goddard was declared fifth and Lars Ryberg sixth – both scoring 31 points.
Other prizes went to: Nearest the Pin for the Ladies, Kate Scheier, and for the Men, Mans Hoglund.
L to R: Tournament Sponsor, José Gil Sanchez; Richard Evans, Denys Stormont (winner), Mans Hoglund and David Wright (RBC GS Captain)
The Newstead Cup – a tradition started in the 1980’s by Ron Newstead to encourage higher handicap members - over 23 handicap and not placed in the first six winners – was won this month by Carol Mason. This Cup, awarded monthly, was presented for the last time as it is showing the worse for wear. It will now be replaced by a new Cup to honour Ron’s memory after his recent death.
The last, and final prize – the “coveted” Cow Bell which includes a free golf lesson by the course professional, Gordon Young, was won by Antonio Vieira.
An enjoyable lunch was held at the sponsor’s location, the John Bull Pub in Cascais. We were welcomed by the host and manager José Gil Sanchez.
David Wright, this year’s Captain, welcomed members, including new member Evelyne Marret, and reminded everyone that our next competition will be held as usual at Estoril Golf Course on March 2nd when members play for the Angloinfo Trophy.