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Golf: Captain’s day raises £1,500 for charity

First place team members Bill Anderson, David Harper, David Smith and Jon Sheekey with Alan Pryor (second left)First place team members Bill Anderson, David Harper, David Smith and Jon Sheekey with Alan Pryor (second left)Last weekend’s Captain’s Day at Marlborough Golf Club raised £1,500 for a charity that transforms the lives of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans through playing golf.

Explaining why he had chosen the On Course Foundation as his nominated charity, club captain Alan Pryor said: “No other sport enables people of all abilities and disabilities to compete, through the handicapping system, on an equal basis and it was great to have three of the guys playing with the members on the day.”

Attendees also heard from Paul Skivington, who lost his leg while serving in the Army. “I can’t tell you how much golf has meant to me since then,” he said. “Days like this are great fun but also so valuable to OCF.”

In October there will be a match for the Mayor’s Trophy, between the Town Council and Marlborough Golf Club. The Town Council's team will be mostly from the 4th Battalion Military Intelligence; the Golf Club is hoping the OCF will be part of their team and then inter-service rivalry will be fierce.

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Play-off gives Pro second successive win at Hills Golf Championship

Ross Langdon receives the Hills trophy from Barry Sandry, captain of The PGA England & Wales West RegionRoss Langdon receives the Hills trophy from Barry Sandry, captain of The PGA England & Wales West RegionTwenty-six of Wiltshire’s top golfers clashed at the 35th Hills Wiltshire Professionals’ Golf Championship in Marlborough on Thursday.

Ross Langdon of Gloucester Golf Club and Andy Beal of Salisbury & South Wilts GC faced each other in a sudden-death play-off to determine the winner of the competition, held in perfect weather conditions at Marlborough Golf Club. After the morning round Andy Beal was leading by one under par, second place was a tie between Simon Shanks, Bowood GC and Ross McCance of Chippenham GC both on one over par, and third place ties on two over par were Mark Sandry of Broome Manor GC, Craig Bell of Cumberwell Park GC, Barry Forster of North Wilts GC and Graham Laing of North Wilts GC.

At this stage Langdon was tied in fifth place with Dan Carter of Upavon GC, and Henry Pallas of Hamptworth GC. The afternoon round saw Beal off to a fantastic start with an eagle on the first hole, followed by two birdies giving him a strong four under par lead after the first nine holes.

Langdon also produced a good first nine with four birdies putting him at three under. The second nine holes proved disappointing for Beal after a triple bogey and two further bogeys left him at one over for the round. Langdon managed two birdies on his second nine, but two bogeys gave him a level 36. Overall both players finished their day on level par to force the play off over holes 10 and 18. Langdon’s birdie on the par five 10th hole secured him a two-shot victory.

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Golf club offers youngsters a ‘hole’ lot of fun this summer

 

Juliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf Course with Simon and Will Baker of InstagolfJuliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf Course with Simon and Will Baker of InstagolfA local golf club is offering youngsters a ‘hole’ lot of fun this summer – in the shape of two new sporting innovations.

Basset Down Golf Course will be the first club in the world to offer the Treasure Island nine-hole Instagolf course.

Designed by fast-growing Swindon start-up Instagolf, players are invited to navigate their way around a nine-hole course festooned with obstacles, characters, and pirate sounds.

“Instagolf is a new innovation in adventure golf – the whole course fits into a 40ft shipping container, and can be transported from location to location,” said golf club director Juliette Nutland.

“We’re excited to be the test bed for this new way of enjoying golf.”

The second innovation is a six-hole Football Golf course, which combines the skills of football with the rules of golf. Using a standard football, players have to sink their balls into enlarged holes, using just their feet, taking the fewest possible shots.

Playing Football Golf  Will and Alex Baker and Milo Davison with Juliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf CoursePlaying Football Golf Will and Alex Baker and Milo Davison with Juliette Nutland of Basset Down Golf Course“Football Golf is the fastest-growing sport in the UK,” said Juliette, “and we’re proud to be the first club in Swindon, and one of the only clubs in Wiltshire, to offer it. We know it will be popular - everyone can kick a football!”

Both Football Golf and Treasure Island Adventure Golf courses will be open to the public this Half Term – from Saturday, May 23 – and will run until at least the end of September, and perhaps into October.

A 45-minute round of Football Golf or Treasure Island Adventure Golf, which lasts around 30 minutes, costs £3.75 per adult and £3 per child, with football hire priced at £1 per person.

The club is also offering a combined price discount, providing entertainment for £7 per adults and £5,50 per child, or £24 for a family of four. Special rates for children’s parties are also available.

Basset Down Golf Course was established by fourth generation dairy farmer Will Nutland and his wife Juliette in 2005. The nine-hole, 170-yard course is played over 100 acres of mature parkland, and a major project to extend the course to 18 holes is well underway.

More information about Basset Down Golf Club – for those who are serious about their golf – can be found at www.bassetdowngolfcourse.com

Details about the range of family activities can be found at www.swindonfamilygolf.com

 

 

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Marlborough Seniors win the Graham Jefferies Winter Golf League Trophy

 

Marlborough's winning team: (l to r) Graham Daws, Gordon Buckett, Grant Talman, John Thomas, John Parsons (capt), David Ferris, John Sprules, Sean Swords.Marlborough's winning team: (l to r) Graham Daws, Gordon Buckett, Grant Talman, John Thomas, John Parsons (capt), David Ferris, John Sprules, Sean Swords.Marlborough Golf Club Seniors have won the final play-off match in the Wilts/Berks Winter Golf League and secured the Graham Jefferies trophy for the second time.

The final was contested on a home and away basis. Played in a four ball, better ball format the first match at Donnington earlier in March was a two-all draw. The return match at Marlborough, played in very windy conditions, proved to be a tense affair.

However Marlborough’s last pairing of Graham Daws and John Sprules were up to the task, securing the vital half point to decide the match.

The team's captain, John Parsons, commented: "It was a great day. Donnington were very magnanimous in defeat. I would like to thank all the Seniors who contributed to the success of the team. Let’s hope we can win it again next year."

The Winter League was first played in 2011-2012. The following year Graham Jefferies, who is a member of Marlborough Seniors, donated the trophy that now bears his name.

The Winter League is played against other local clubs and is for players who have a handicap of 18 or lower.

 

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Marlborough golfers make headlines with Ben Amor breaking a course record

Ben Amor Ben Amor Ben Amor - son of Marlborough Golf Club's resident professional Simon Amor - has clinched a place in the English men's amateur open (The Brabazon Trophy) with a course record round of 65 at Liphook.  He finished birdie, birdie, eagle.

That was some going on a course renowned for its tight fairways, lined with thick heater, gorse and trees, and its fast greens.  Ben Amor found the greens very much to his liking:  "These are some of the best greens I have putted on - I thought they were fantastic."

He admitted to a tentative start, keeping the ball in play and reaching the turn in level par. Those tactics paid off, though, when a 25-footer went in for a birdie on the tenth.  “That settled me down. I’d had the pace on the greens all day but I hadn’t been aggressive. After that I just let go.”  

A birdie at the fourteenth and then that grandstand finish: “I hit great shots into
16 and 17, inside four feet and eight feet, and then on the 18th I holed an 18ft putt for eagle.”

At 19, Ben will be among the youngest competitors for the Brabazon which is open to male amateur golfers of all nationalities.   He is already a member of the England 'A' team.

Played at the end of June over 72 holes, there is a cut after two days’ play with the leading sixty and ties over 36 holes going forward to compete for the prestigious trophy. Past winners include Sandy Lyle, Gordon Brand Jr. and Ronan Rafferty.

Meanwhile three other Marlborough Club players were winning prestigious competitions.  Dom Seaman and Paul Green took the Wiltshire County Foursomes title.  And Karen Gosling won the County Ladies Singles title.

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Young golfers compete for top title at Ogbourne Downs

Alexandra Feltham Alex Drayton and Connor AskeyAlexandra Feltham Alex Drayton and Connor AskeyAround 50 of the county’s best young golfers descended on Ogbourne Downs Golf Club on Thursday for the 29th annual Hills Wiltshire Junior Golf Championship.

Boys’ winner Alex Drayton, from Wrag Barn Golf Club, scored an impressive 72, including five birdies.

Top girl Alexandra Feltham, of Chippenham Gof Club, recorded 84 - enough on count back to seize victory from Marlborough’s Natasha Chapman, who also scored 84.

The best nett score of the day was achieved by 12-year-old Connor Askey, of Bowood Golf Club. His gross 84 off a 16 handicap returned a nett 68.

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