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Marlborough Golf Club: Seniors’ Open has record entry

Three early starters: Nick Chapman (Marlborough), Bob Crocker (North Wilts) & Geoff Laney (Marlborough)Three early starters: Nick Chapman (Marlborough), Bob Crocker (North Wilts) & Geoff Laney (Marlborough)The Marlborough Golf Club Seniors’ Open, sponsored by Dick Lovett BMW, had a record entry with 106 players.

Seventy of those competitors were visitors from other golf clubs in the region - and beyond.

The three winners were: Division 1 – Andy Williams (Wells Golf Club), Division 2 – Alan Wignall (Clevedon Golf Club), and Per-Axel Warensjo in the home competition.

Dick Lovett BMW’s sponsorship had helped increase the first prizes to £100 and the firm’s general manager, Steve Faulkner, was very pleased with the event: “We are delighted to be associated with Marlborough Golf Club.  It is such a friendly club.  Everyone was made to feel very welcome and clearly enjoyed the day.”

David Ferris, captain of Marlborough Seniors, was grateful for the sponsorship and delighted with the day: “It was a fantastic day.  The course was in excellent condition.  We look forward to our sponsorship with Dick Lovett BMW for the next two years.”

The very last player out on the course was Mike Johnson who had come all the way from Weymouth. He came with two friends to take part in the Marlborough competition to mark the fortieth anniversary of the restaurant he owns in Weymouth – the Marlborough Restaurant.

He was especially appreciative of the welcome he and his friends received – and of a good day’s golf: “We’ve had a great time. We’ll be back next year.”

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Try Golf for Free week at Marlborough Golf Club

(L to R) England 'A' team player Ben Amor with Natasha Chapman & Connor Howie(L to R) England 'A' team player Ben Amor with Natasha Chapman & Connor HowieJust four years ago sixteen-year old Natasha Chapman’s main interest was swimming.  Then she went along to a ‘Try Golf for Free’ week at Marlborough Golf Club - and she was hooked.

Now Natasha is an active member of the Marlborough Juniors with a handicap of eight.

Marlborough Golf Club is again running a ‘Try Golf for Free Week’ from Monday, May 19 to Saturday, May  24 as part of English Golf’s national ‘Get into Golf’ campaign.

The aim is to give people who have never tried golf before an opportunity to pick up a club and have a go. Simon Amor, the club professional, will be on hand to provide expert tuition.

There are separate events for Juniors, Girls, Ladies, Adults and Families. There is also a special ‘Get Back into Golf’ session for those who have played before and want to pick up where they left off – or even further back.

Particular emphasis this year is on attracting more young people like Natasha into golf. Marlborough Golf Club already has a thriving Junior section, but they would like to see more young people taking up the game.

The ‘Try Golf for Free’ week gives them an ideal opportunity. To book a place contact Simon Amor on 01672 512493.

The week will be preceded by an Open House Day on Wednesday, May 14 when interested golfers are invited to come along and find out more about the club. Enjoy a free coffee, a guided tour of the club and a chance to enter a chipping competition.

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Dick Lovett BMW Swindon year sponsors Marlborough Golf Club’s Seniors Open for three years

Steve Faulkner with Seniors' Captain David FerrisSteve Faulkner with Seniors' Captain David FerrisSteve Faulkner, Dick Lovett BMW Swindon, has agreed details of the firm’s sponsorship for Marlborough Golf Club’s Seniors Open which takes place on Tuesday, July 8. He confirmed that Dick Lovett will sponsor the event for the next three years.

As a result of the BMW sponsorship the competition at Marlborough will be offering one of the highest amounts of prize money in the South West for Seniors Open competitions with a first prize of £100.

The competition is open to any player over the age of 55 with a handicap of 24 or less. The event is attracting a great deal of interest - 70 golfers have already registered to take part.

Steve Faulkner explained the firm’s interest in the Club: “I’ve played several times at Marlborough. It’s an extremely friendly club and has an excellent course.”

David Ferris, captain of the Marlborough Seniors responded: “It’s fantastic to have Dick Lovett BMW on board for the next three years.”

Anyone wishing to participate should go to the club’s website.

 

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Golf: Marlborough quartet wows Woburn to take Master of Masters title

Nina Davies, Alan Turnell, Jenny Swift & Simon FutcherNina Davies, Alan Turnell, Jenny Swift & Simon FutcherA Marlborough Golf Club’s foursome has won the Master of Masters 2013 tournament at Woburn. Last week Nina Davies, Alan Turnell, Jenny Swift and Simon Futcher faced stiff competition from a strong field of 120 competitors.

They played on the Duke's Course which is one of the finest inland golfing settings in Europe accumulating 80 points to win the competition. This course was the location for the British Masters for 20 years and from 2008 has been home to the Travis Perkins Senior Masters and other top men's and women's professional events.

Commenting on the competition, Jenny Swift said: “The course had absorbed three inches of rain during the week so it wasn’t easy, no run and the greens were challenging, but everyone contributed so it was a great combination.”

“We won vouchers to spend in their Pro Shop and a free round of golf on their Marquis Course for the team in 2014, with lunch – so we can return and enjoy another of their courses. A great win for Marlborough!  I can’t stop smiling. It was like winning a Major.”

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Dick Lovett BMW Swindon sponsors Marlborough Golf Club’s Seniors Open

Looking ahead to sunny summer days of golf with views over the downs, Marlborough Golf Club had announced that the Swindon BMW dealer, Dick Lovett, has confirmed their sponsorship of the 2014 Seniors Open.

The competition will be held on Tuesday, July 8 and is open to any player over the age of 55 with a handicap of 24 or less.

The Seniors Open has been running for more than thirty years, but this is the first time the competition has received the backing of Dick Lovett BMW Swindon.

David Ferris, chairman of the Marlborough Seniors, is delighted with the support of such a prestigious company: “Many members from clubs across the south of England take part in our Seniors Open. Dick Lovett BMW Swindon’s sponsorship gives recognition to the quality and popularity of our competition.”

Steve Faulkner, Dealer Principal of Dick Lovett BMW Swindon, said: “Marlborough is well known as a superb golf course and we are happy to be associated with such a popular event”.

Seniors taking part in the competition will notice a difference on the day. There will be three top prizes of £100, a notable increase on previous years.  However a voice from the first green added:  “Regretfully there are no free cars for a hole-in-one!”

Entry information is at the Visitors section of the club’s website.

The closing date for entries is May 30.

 

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Marlborough Ladies sweep the board in Wiltshire County Foursomes

left to right:  Nina Davies, Mandy Cooper, Jenny Swift, Sheila Hubie, Trish King and Sue Tullohleft to right: Nina Davies, Mandy Cooper, Jenny Swift, Sheila Hubie, Trish King and Sue TullohThe best of the foursomes pairs from across Wiltshire assembled at Marlborough to compete in the Ladies County foursomes championships.

Playing the course at its superb best, early starters Jenny Swift and Ladies club captain Sheila Hubie took the title with a 72.  Not only that, second and third places went to Nina Davies/Mandy Cooper and Trish King/Sue Tulloh separated only by countback making a clean sweep for Marlborough.   

Ladies club champion, Karen Gosling, partnered by Carol Main were joint best gross on the day but were on the unlucky end of that infamous countback lottery.  In fourth place were another Marlborough pairing,  Isobel Henry and Pauline Ruddick

An outstanding performance by Marlborough women golfers and another demonstration of how much strength in depth there is in the Ladies Section.

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