Update from Lady Captain 31.01.19

Good Evening Ladies
You all know the Winter Stableford had to be cancelled for the second time yesterday due to the snow.  But I have to say it looked absolutely beautiful in the woods.
Multiply Magic, which Jill was organising for 6 February will be cancelled and fingers crossed, we'll be able to play the Winter Stableford instead.  Let me know if you are unable to play.
A date for your diaries - Friday 5 April - Bingo Night
To raise money for the Men/Ladies Captains Charities.  A poster will be going up shortly.
All Mondays in February
Ladies Roll Up
At the moment ladies meet at about 9.30 am to go out.
Wednesday 6 February
Winter Stableford
Saturday 9  February
Wednesday 13 February
Sign-up sheet will be on Notice Board early next week.
Wednesday 20 February
Ladies Morning:  The Waltz
Wednesday 27 February
Ladies Morning:  Rough Justice
Quite a quiet month.  Hopefully see some of you on Monday weather permitting.

PRGC Christmas Winners – You won’t believe it!!

Christmas Eve at PRGC saw 64 members and guests participating in the annual Texas Scramble and what a great day it was. Apart form a little early mist the weather was excellent for golf albeit the low sun did cause some players a little difficulty when following the flight of their sometimes errant, golf balls!! The course was in great condition for the time of year and was reflected with some excellent golf being played all round.
The guests competition was hotly contested and the eventual winners were John Hutton, Saul Spearing, Sean Watt and Nick Worthington with a highly creditable net score of 58.9. These Oxfordshire members clearly enjoyed their day in the sun at Princes Risborough. Richard Aldridge, Pete Smith, Neil Terry and Daniel Anstee were pipped in to runners up spot on this occasion.
In the members competition there were some outstanding results with the winning team of John, Gary and Mark Tubb plus our General Manager Nick Shaw knocking in 5 birdies in the last 6 holes to secure victory with a net score of 56.2!! Thus they pipped the new boys, Steve Williams, Joe O'Donnell, Steve Archer and Ian O'Donnell in to the runners up spot with a score of 57.4. This is the first time the Steve, Joe, Steve and Ian have participated in the competition so what a debut. Third place on 59.4 went to Alan Nunn, Roger Meakes, Pete Major and Alan Jackson which was also a great achievement-and they even managed to fill the card in correctly this time!!
The opportunity was also taken to present the end of season competition prizes so many congratulations to:
  • Bob Darvill: Scratch singles KO and club pairs KO winner
  • Richard Aldridge: Handicap singles KO winner
  • Jim Findlay: seniors singles and seniors pairs KO winner
  • Pete Smith: seniors pairs KO winner
  • Barry Woledge: club pairs KO winner
  • Stewart Ford: Inaugural Anniversary Champion 2018
  • Mark Tubb: Inaugural 9 hole championship
And finally our Captains, Rosie Brand and John Verrall, ran a raffle in support of their respective charities and all players participated in making this a highly successful fund raising event.
That concludes 2018 at PRGC. Now its in to 2019.
Best wishes to one and all

Inaugural 9 Hole Champion - Mark Tubb

Seniors Singles & Seniors Pairs Winner

Inaugural Champion - Stewart Ford

Club Pairs Winner - Barry Woledge

Richard Aldridge - Handicap Singles Winner

Scratch Singles & Club Pairs winner - Bob Darvill

Seniors Pairs Winner - Pete Smith

Prior to being told they were 3rd not 2nd

R&A changes to the rules of Golf: January 2019

All golfers will be aware that from 01 January 2019 the rules of golf will be changing to a much greater extent than has been the case in the past. In essence the R&A have enacted a number of changes which are primarily designed to quicken the pace of play and others which are designed to remove some of the odd anomalies that have emerged over the years.
Nick has copies of the GOLF rule book in the club house and this is available to all members. I will assume that all members are familiar with the rules of golf and where needed have acquired a copy of the rule book from Nick.
The R&A have very helpfully published a shorthand brief on the most important changes under the title "20 Must Know Rules of Golf 2019". I attach a copy of this one page brief which does what it says on the tin and tells you all you need to know about the rule changes. It also has a link to the R&A website for those who wish to know more and explore further.
There is one further change to the rules where clubs can decide on the appropriate course of action. This concerns balls potentially lost off the tee or in general play. 
Hitherto if you hit your ball in to the rough or potentially OB then you must declare a provisional ball and play a second ball from the original spot-the stroke and distance penalty. This second ball is 3 off the tee or in the case of field shot a one shot penalty (if you lose your second shot you drop a provisional ball and play four from the point of the original shot). These rules have been extant for many years and will continue to apply in ALL COMPETITIVE golf. For PRGC this traditional ruling will apply to all monthly medals and stablefords, all board competitions, winter eclectic and all Inter Club matches. This will apply to all full club and seniors events as appropriate.
In all friendly golf we will apply a new rule. In this case if you find you have indeed hit a shot OB or your ball is lost in general play you can take a drop, two clubs lengths inside the course at the point nearest to where the ball was lost. Players should agree with their playing partners where the nearest point would be. In taking this relief you incur a two shot penalty: thus if you lose your tee shot, you drop two shots and will then be playing 4 from the nearest point to where the original ball was lost. The Committee has agreed that Friendly Golf will include the WAGS and TOFFS, the two formalised midweek friendly playing competitions at the club and all other friendly golf including Visitors and Societies.
Overall this change in rules for friendly golf will improve the speed of play.
That's all there is to it!! I am sure we will get used to the new rules pretty quickly once we are in to the swing of it all. If you have any queries please do get back to me.
Best wishes and a happy golfing New Year to you all.
Competitions Secretary

Three Locks Win 2018 CBL – but what a Season for PRGC…

The winners of the Chiltern Breakfast League (CBL) for 2018  are Three Locks who have managed to secure their first win in their first season in the league so a significant achievement. Three Locks enjoyed a highly successful league campaign losing only two matches out of the ten played. Needless to say one of those losses was at Princes Risborough who of course won every home match in 2018. Three locks went on to beat  Halzemere in the semi final and then Aldwickbury Park in the final.


The end of season gala took place at Richings Park yesterday, Sunday 21st October, where the 17 league clubs all came together to compete for the CBL Challenge Cup. Winners on the day were Aldwickbury Park and Princes Risborough came a highly respectable fifth overall. Neil Martin playing as the single secured 31 points whilst the pairs groups of Barry Woledge and Bob Darvill (42 points), Steve Smith and Dave MacKenzie (40 points) and Dean Herritty and John Verrall (37 points) added handsomely to the team total. No individual winners this year but a great team performance.


The next event is on Saturday 27th October with the first round of the CBL winter knock out. As one competition ends another begins so onwards and upwards.

Inaugural Results and Some Exciting New Players Hitting the Scene!!

The final board competition of the season saw a field of 22 players compete over two testing days last Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October. The weather on both days was to say the least “entertaining” with high winds and a lot of rain. Being an “outdoors man” was clearly a bonus to Stewart Ford who ran out the winner with an outstanding 37 points. This result is all the more creditable as Stewart played early on Saturday and had to contend with the unexpected monsoon that blew in and took a number players out of contention, ED. Steve Smith delivered a near faultless 36 points playing off a handicap of 5 to finish as runner up, with Vice Captain John Verrall third on 35 points. Mention should also be made of Leo West, a junior member who played in his first board competition and came in with a highly creditable 24 points, and Matt Enfield also making his debut in board competitions.  These are two players of the future.

Well done to all who played.

Barry Woledge, Competitions Secretary