The final game of the season The Masters, at Blackwell G C.
Playing for double points there was a lot to play for ,with players just outside the top ten they have a last chance to clinch a Ryder cup place or a top three finish for the prizes.
None of the four players in the leading positions ,Stathi , Bully ,Bob and Leo played well enough to threaten the final table.
A good finish to their season by Hyder, Alan Lewis and Matt Stapples with Matt securing the last Ryder cup place.
A strong finish by Peter Christoforou with a faultless round of 38 stableford points adding thirty merit points to his previous score to elevate his position from 9th to 2nd place in the table with a total of 45 merit points, Warren Jobe carded a good round of 34 points to improve on his position and clinch the order of merit title with 55 points.
Hyder produced a very good round of 34 points but was pushed into 3rd place on the count back.
Well done to all of todays winners and to all competition winners during the 2017 season .
For all the results and the final order of merit table go to the results page .
Happy golfing and hopefully see you all next year.
The society returned to Moor Hall after an absence of seven years for the 2017 Medal competition and found the course in good condition providing a good test for all the members.
As always the medal is a much tougher game than stableford ,in a very strong field of twenty four Demitri Christou produced the round of his life carding a very impressive score of 88 gross giving him a net 63 to win this years competition and his first ever win since he joined the society.
Vice captain Leo playing in the first group was the clubhouse leader with a net 68 and fancied his chances of victory until Demo playing in the last group handed his card in and reduced Leo to second place.
Socrati the second lowest handicapped player finished third with a net 71off 2.
Congratulations to Demo for his victory.
The next competition is the Masters at Blackwell G C with double points at steak the whole picture can change at the top of the order of merit.
See you on the tee ,in the meantime happy golfing.
This years Challenge match was played at Aston Wood G C with Bagot Arms G S the hosts.
The early morning four balls was hampered by some heavy rain which made things difficult for the players battling with the elements, keeping clubs and gloves dry very difficult but, with no complaints the players battled on with Friends dominating with a 5-1 victory.
After a short break play resumed with blue skies and sunshine the golf improved, the water proofs came off and the contest became more enjoyable.
Friends continued to dominate their opponents in the singles winning nine of their games to win the singles 9-3 and an overall victory of 14 - 4 to keep the trophy for another year .
Once again the match was played in great spirit and are already looking forward to next year with Friends the hosts.
Breadsal Priory presented a stern test for most of the players but not for Stathi and Matt, both scoring 36 points with Stathi winning the trophy on a count back with Barry Alambritis in third place with 34 points, captain Zahid moved into the top 12 in the order of merit with Peter moving up a few places ,Ian Bullingham keeping his top spot even though he didn't score well on this occasion with Stathi closing the gap to two points to keep the pressure on .
With two games to play including double points at Blackwell positions can change very quickly.
See you on the next Tee.
Druids Heath G C was the venue for this years Players Championship a tricky course with some interesting holes ,nice lay out with some very difficult Sunday pin locations the course presented a very good test for all the players.
Apart from the first event of the season at Whittinghton where Bully scored over 40 points the scoring since has been very consistent with scores in the low 30's and everyone on the count back and this was no different only 2 points separating the top four.
After missing out on the trip to Spain Warren Jobe came back strongly to strengthen his position in the order of merit with a fine win on 31points with Bully keeping his promise regarding winning the O.O.M this year with another second place finish to keep his place at the top of the table seven points clear of Bob ,with Zed finishing third on 30 points.
With three more events to play for including double points at Blackwell the whole picture can change.
See you all at Breadsal Priory.
The society's most coveted trophy The Founders cup played over three rounds took place at The Emporda Forest G C located in the Catalan region of Spain close to Girona , an excellent golf course with dense tree lined fairways ,elevated greens ,fast with lots of breaks to test the putting skills and nerves of every player.
Captain Zahid first on the tee led the way with a gentle drive finding the middle of the fairway avoiding the water on the right, after this gentle opening plenty of concentration and good course management was required to succeed on this very tough course , a course that's as good as any course we have played in either Portugal or Spain during our travels over the last seven years.
The first days scoring as expected was quiet low ,playing the course for the first time , the scores did improve over the three days with different daily winners.
The first round winner was Zed with 32 pts on a count back from Bob Din with Soc third on 31 pts.
A surprise leader in Zed after round one ,with Nick Daniels pushed into fourth place he teed off on the second day with the leaders with Leo Nicodemou and Paul Dudley close behind and very much in contention.
With a game under their belts the scores improved, producing more surprises with Nader scoring 32pts for a second place finish from Bob, once again on a count back with Leo having a good round with 33pts to win round two, the unshakeable Bob still in the lead after two days of great golf.
So far one point separated the three daily winners .
Onto the final round with the leading group going off last with Stathi coming into the picture with his 58 point overall seating in fourth place with an outside chance should the leaders slip up.
Once again one point separated the top three Liam Taylor produced his best score on the final day with 32 points on a count back from Bully with Soc recording his second third place finish on 31points.
One of the highlights of the three days was Liams tee shots on the signature hole the short 281 yards par four 16th with twin fairways water on the left ,water on the right and water in front of the slopping green he found the green a 295 yard carry on all three days with the first days effort the closest to the flag leaving him a five with a foot putt.
After three very good rounds of golf and consistent scoring Bob lifted the Founders cup
with a total of 92 points a worthy winner ,with Soc pushing him all the way in second place one point back on 91,with Leo in third place on 86 points.
Well done to Zed ,Liam, Nader and Alan Lewis who picked up some valuable merit points.
Peter C .
Regaining his form after a poor game at Ladbrook Park,Stathi negotiated the dry bone hard greens of Willesley Park very well to win the Members Cup with a good score of 35 points and for the third game in a row second and third places were decided on a count back between Warren in second place and Bob in third position on 31 points.
As I said after Terry Mouskos victory at Ladbrook his win would inspire other high handicap players, with Foti Photiou recording his highest score with the society on 30 points to finish in 4th place overall and collect his first O.O.M points.
Well done Foti.
Great to see different names at the top of the board.
Next game is in Spain see you at the Airport.
The Double A trophy sponsored by Barry Alambritis took place at Ladbrook Park a very good Parkland golf course to test most golfers.
With the high handicap players getting back three shots Terry Mouskos played his best game since he joined the society some ten years ago by recording a winning score of 42 points and gained 15 O.O.M points and first prize.
In second place and for the second match running 2nd and 3rd places was decided on a count back between Andy Kavalieros and Ian Bullingham both on 34 points.
I am sure this win by Terry will inspire the other high handicap players.
Well done Terry.
See you all at Willesley Park.
As always a great turn out for this seasons first game in memory of our good friend George Angelides ,playing for his trophy at one of the Midlands best golf courses , Whittington Heath G C.
It was nice to see the return of an old member and friend Nick Daniels after an absence of three years, Nick fitted in like he never left us.
True to his word Ian Bullingham began with a great performance in his quest for the order of merit trophy returning a score of 40 points and he certainly let everyone know of his win ,well done Bully.
Joe Male and Costa Mairoudes shared the spoils for 2nd and 3rd place on a count back with 37 points.
See you on the tee at Ladbrook Park.
Peter C .
The final game of the season ,The Masters played at Druids Heath G C with double points at stake produced some surprises .
The double points format gave some outsiders a chance to secure a Ryder Cup place and for some to secure a top three finish in the order of merit.
Of all the golfers participating only Garry Skellern as a club member was familier with the course.
All the players were pleasantly surprised at the quality and the degree of challenges presented by every hole ,nice fairways ,fast greens with lots of breaks.
Zahid Din, next years captain produced his best performance of the season to win the Masters trophy with 35 points his double points earning him a place in the Ryder Cup team, close on his heels were Peter and Leo on 34 points with Peter finishing second on the count back and earning 20 O.O. Merit points to clinch the title from Soc with 69 points.
Leo enjoyed one of his best seasons finishing third on the day and fourth in the O.O. Merit.
A very good end to the season at a very friendly golf club .
Representatives of Mitchells potatoes the sponsors of The Masters presented to the prizes and were well received by the society members .
Best wishes to all the members and lets do it again next year, happy golfing.
One of the societies favourite Links courseS ,Burnham and Berrow played host to our 2016 Links event, our third visit to this wonder full golf course.
As always the course was in very good condition ,the fairways firm and the greens as fast as ever the challenge was on ,a course that will test you till the final putt.
When playing this course it's all about course management, it's how you plot your way round ,picking your shots carefully ,taking your medicine when in trouble and not to be greedy, avoid three putting and your on way to a good score.
With Socrati off form this gave Peter and Nick a chance to close the gap at the top of the O.O.M table with Nick winning the Trophy with 33 points adding to his second place finish in the Captains Trophy with Peter C in second place with 31 points to maintain his challenge at the top of the table.
Good to see a new name in the honours circle with Neyder coming in third place with 29points to register his first top three place since joining the society three years ago.
Well done Neyder and well done to those who made the journey to enjoy this lovely golf course.
The society were pleased to welcome three guests ,two from Nuneaton G C ,Dave Harcourt , John Faulconbridge and Sony from Shefield with Dave winning the best guest prize.
The final game of the season will be The Masters at Druids Heath for double points.
See you on the tee.
Stapleford Park located in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside was the venue chosen for this years Captains trophy a championship course used by Sky to play the Seniors a few years ago.
With a few members still on holiday a slightly smaller field then usual turned out ,with the leading order of merit players in attendance they were strongly challenged for those merit points to gain some ground on the leaders and to hang on to their Ryder Cup team places.
One of those players was Tom Serghi enjoying a very good round finding the greens with ease and putting like the holes were the size of buckets to score 42 points to win the trophy edging out the O.O.M leader Socrati on 38 points who held off a strong challenge from Nick Gavriel 37 points in third place .
Close on his tail in the O.O.M is Peter Christoforou who finished in fourth place with 36 points to keep the pressure on Socrati at the top of the table.
With the Links trophy and double points at Druids Heath coming up next the whole picture can easily change.
See you all at Burnham.
Over the years many of the members have played at least one of the three courses at the world renowned Belfry course but , it's the first time the society has played one of it's competitions there.
Playing the PGA National it was tough with the long rough causing some problems , in addition the length of the course and its undulating fast greens made scoring very difficult with lots of three putting .
One member who enjoyed the course was Alan Lewis with a top five finish of 29 points to record his best score since he joined the society three years ago.
One point separated the top three with 2nd and 3rd place decided on the count back between Nick Gavriel and Zahid Din 31 points respectively with Tony Simpson getting his hands on the trophy with 32 points and some very valuable merit points.
The order of merit table is very tight at the top with three more to play and double point on the last it's still wide open .
Aston Wood was a well prepared course for the societies Medal competition.
The long rough made it very tough for everyone ,the search for balls slowed things down losing some momentum with all the stop starts making it a long round.
Good to see a new name on the winners board, Matt Staples carding a net 69 to finish runner up Stathi 69 on the count back with Soc a close third 2 points back and maintain top spot on the order of merit.
After six years of playing against Barton under Needwood G S a new opponent was found to compete in this years Challenge match .
A few meetings took place some six months ago to introduce ourselves but we realised that after the first meeting the Bagot Arms G S was the right society for us and that was the case when we met up to compete for the 2016 Challenge Match at the Warwickshire on the 22nd June .A great bunch of lads ,we all got on well on and off the course where the game was played in great spirit and competitively ,the room for the presentation dinner had a lovely atmosphere both sets of players mixing and chatting golf all night.
The two captains Luca Menicou F.G S and Tony Roche Bagot made their selections choosing not to play against each other for the morning fourballs.
First out captain Luca with last years captain Jason Nicolaou got the game under way.
The morning four balls ended level 3-3 .After a short lunch break the game resumed ,both captains making some changes in their pairings .
Again first out was the Captain Luca leading from the front winning his game 2&1 to register the first point.
The day was interrupted with an injury to Stathi ,struggling with a back problem all day it finally gave way on the 4th hole and very sportingly his opponent Steve Bins allowed F.G.S to bring in a replacement.
Luckily Peter Christoforou who was there in his admin. roll replaced Stathi and after a good battle got the better of his opponent to win 2&1 and very pleased not to let Stathi and the team down.
Both captains were happy with the quality of the golf through out the match with som very close tussles.
As always its the singles that determine the final result , Friends winning eight of the twelve matches to make the final score 11-7 to Friends and win the first Challenge match between the two societies.
Next year it will be the turn of Bagot Arms to host the 2017Challenge match.
Many thanks to the Warwickshire G C for providing a great course .
Congratulations to Captain Luca Menicou on his victory .
Reported by Peter C.
The Founders Cup returned to Portugal for three rounds of golf on the magnificent championship course of San Lorenzo.
A gentle par 5 eases you in, followed by a short par 3 and a couple of short par 4's until you reach the 5th hole and then the fun starts.
A short par 4 dog leg left, elevated tee with dense forestry on the left ,ditch on the right and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you , absolute accuracy is required , and for the next four holes along the coast line and lakes accuracy is the minimum requirement , especially the long par 5 ,8th hole lots of pressure on the approach shot into the green over water.
With more water hazards and tight fairways on the back nine a great deal of concentration was required.
Playing the course over three days the scores improved by round three with four players
separated by 2 points on the final day , Paul Dudley leading on 62 points with Bob Din and Joe Male close by on 61 pts. Leo Nicodemou and Peter Christoforou challenging on 60pts.
The first round winner was Bob and Joe in second place separated by a count back.
Round two, with an excellent score on the back nine Leo took the prizes with a solid 33pts.with Peter Christoforou picking up second place with 32pts edging out Paul on the count back .
On the final day the four leaders ,Bob , Joe , Paul and Peter separated by two points teed off last in the scorching heat of the afternoon.
The other leader Leo teed off in the first group in order to finish in time to catch his 8.30 flight back to the U.K.
The leading four battled it out with, Joe the most consistent to win the third round with 36 pts and overall winner with 97 pts.
In second place was Bob with 33pts. and overall runner up with 94 pts.
Paul Dudley finished in third place with 30 pts and overall third with 92 pts.
Leo and Peter gave it their best effort to finish 4th and 5th respectively on 87 pts.overall.
Congratulations to the winners .
Overall it was a very good competition played on a great course in the sun with shorts and tee shirts instead of water proofs .
Next event is at Aston Wood G C.
Good golfing see you on the tee.
This was the societies first visit to Coxmoor G C one of three top heathland courses in the Nottingham area to compete for this years Double A trophy.
A strong selection of thirty golfers competed on a very good course with the top six taking control of the course to record some outstanding scores
Normally 38 points would win most competitions but this only gave Paul Dudley 4th place.
What a remarkable day with so many players hitting top form at the same time.
Great performances from Leo and Jason both carding a fantastic score of 40points with Leo taking second place on the count back from Jason ,but SOC
With 43 points won the trophy on a top course playing off 2 handicap.
Well done to all three of them for their good performances and also to the other golfers who played very well on the day .
Next event is our trip to the seaside to play our Links competition in Burnham and Berrow.
See you on the tee.
It was good to see all the members back together again for the start of the new season and a good place to tee off the new season is one of the best courses in the region Little Aston.
Like most courses the preparation of the greens have been delayed due to the amount of rain we had in recent months and yet these greens were still of good quality.
With a strong field and a challenging course it was the two veterans that led the way ,showing the younger members the importance of patients and experience.
Peter Christoforou winning the first event of the season with 34points ,just edging out his close friend Stathi to second place with 33 points, close on their heels was Naim Butt and Tony Simpson both on 32 points with Butty finishing third on the count back.
With four points separating the top six it was a close contest.
Great way to start the season.
Next event is the tough heathland course of Coxmoor in Nottingham ,wow! mouth watering.
See you all on the Tee.
Double points what a success.
The idea of awarding double points for this the final game of the season at Woburn G C was well received by the members, for some it was an opportunity to play on the world renowned Marquess course a top quality golf course, for those on the fringe of qualifying for the Ryder cup team , the double points was a great incentive.
The entire society was well received with a private room reserved for us to meet, dine and conduct our presentation, perfect, unlike the weather.
Once we teed off, the weather conditions improved, the course remained wet offering no help to the golfer, everyone having to work hard in order to score on those big greens ,fast with many breaks it was a great challenge for all members.
Joe Male approached the challenge in his usual methodical and thought out manner using all his course management skills to produce a winning card with 34 points playing off a handicap of 2, close behind in second place was Sava Vassiliou with 33 points and in third place was Tom Serghi with 31 points.
Good scores on a very tough course in difficult conditions.
The double points lifted Tony Simpson and Tom Serghi into the top 12 from 14th and 18th respectively, well done to both of them and congratulations to Joe in topping the order of merit table with a score of 75 points ,runner up was Socrati with 50 points and in third place Naim Butt on 39 points even though he didn't add to his total.
Others that failed to score points but kept their place in the Ryder cup team was Jason , Stathi , Warren ,Nick ,Zahid and Andy Wassell.
A special trophy was presented to Friends Secretary Stathi Efstathiou.
Stathi has been society secretary since we formed in 2005 he has qualified for all six Ryder cups and played in every competition during our ten years, a total of 97 games the only ever present member, a great achievement well done Stathi.
Hope to see you all next season .
This year the society has reached it's first milestone in completing 10years playing society golf on the Midlands best courses from Sutton Coldfield where it all began to the finest Links courses in Southport and to the sun drenched courses of Portugal and Spain. A remarkable ten years seeing the society grow from the sixteen founder members and currently boasting a membership of fourty.
Walmley G C was the chosen venue ,the course was in good condition as always .
Five points separated the top eight ,Luca Kourouyianni (sugar) the most improved player finishing with 32 points on the c/b from Joe male .Not surprised with sugars score apparently he played the course four times before the event.
In second place was steady Warren with 33 points but the winner with 35 points is founder member and former captain Socratis Efstathiou.
There is some notable advances in the order of merit all fighting for those Ryder cup places , but with double points on the last event at Woburn it can all change ,still plenty to play for even for those who have not picked up a single point, so all those playing at Woburn bring your A game for this crucial last game of the season.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Woburn .
It has been a season of firsts , we have visited for the first time Hollywood G C and Shirley G C , both very good courses and now for the first time we are playing this years Captains cup at The Nottinghamshire a course which boasts hosting the Trilby tour ,ladies amateur competitions and many junior comps.as well.
This is a very well designed course , short in yards but very challenging ,combining the tree lined fairways with lakes ,ponds, wet ditches to test the ability of all golfers a course that makes you think your way round and then a test of nerves on the fast greens.
Playing in groups of three Captain Jason led the way in the company of Andy Kavalieros last months winner of the Members cup and new member Garry Skellern.
Due to an injury I was unable to play but in my buggy I followed the groups getting some feed back and following their progress ,lots of praise for the course was the main comment.
I checked on some of the low handicap players and they found the course tough ,challenging and difficulty in copping with the pace of the greens.
Overall it made for a very close contest ,two points separating the top three.
Captain Jason Nicolaou won his trophy with 34 points edging out Leo Nicodemou 33points with the societies dark horse Andy Wassell in third place with 32 points.
The order of merit table is shaping up now we are coming to the final two games of the season.
The next competition is a bit special,our 10th anniversary to be held at Walmley G C on the 7th October , yes we have come a long way,
and the winner will keep the trophy to remember his time with the society.
We finish the season at the world famous Woburn G C and for the first time we are introducing double points for the top ten ,with 30 points for the winner he could find himself in the Ryder cup team .
After many years of trying to book Shirley G C to play one of our many competitions we finally succeeded.
A highly recommended course, we were not let down, a well maintained parkland course it surprised every one with its quality ,variation and challenges on every hole and created a very close fought contest with only 2 points separating the top three.
After missing the latter half of last season and making a late start this year Andy Kavalieros was back on winning ways with 34 points piping Jason Nicolaou 33 and Barry Alambritis 32.
This win puts Andy on course for a Ryder cup place.
With only three events to play the competition for places is reaching the business end of the season.
There was a large turnout for this years Players Championship played for on our first ever visit to Hollywood G C ,a nice parkland course with its narrow fairways ,firm and very quick greens made it a good test of golf, with the exception of one .
Where some members gave a good account of themselves with reasonable scores Warren Jobe was on his A game playing some great golf to win the competition with a very good score of 40points a clear winner by 5 points from Naim Butt and Tom Serghi with Butty taking 2nd place on the count back.
This was our first visit to this course since 2012 and the first time the Medal competition has been played here, a tough heathland course, popular with societies because it provides a good test of golf with a good variation of holes keeping you focused till the final putt.
The competition was well supported and contested ,Tony Simpson who joined the society at the start of the season enjoying his first top three finish with a net 2 over par 73 to finish in third place, Joe Male following his win in Spain came second with a net 73 2 over par ,the overall winner was Andy Wassell with a net 69 2under par.
This was Andy's 5th trophy win since he joined the society some six years ago well done Andy and to the runners up.
For the sixth year running the The Founders cup has been taken abroad played on the sunny golf courses of Portugal and Spain.
This year the three day competition was played in Spain at the Gaudlamina golf and spa with its North and South courses presenting a good test of golf over the three days .
The first round was played on Sunday , on the South Course and the last two rounds on the North a championship course of high quality.
As always on these three day competitions its all about consistency and the most consistent are the low handicap players , Joe Male a new member playing in his first Founders cup won the overall event with a very impressive 94 points with father and son Stathi and Socrati Efstathiou finishing on 91 points each , with Socrati taking second place on the count back.
A most enjoyable four days in the sun ,good hotel ,good food and lots of laughs.
The sixth challenge match between Friends and B.U.N.G.S with Friends holding a 3-2 lead the current holders hosted their opponents at Aston Wood G C. a vastly improved course that has seen a lot of changes over the last few years.
The course was in good condition , good fast greens ,deep pot bunkers protecting them ,the lakes around the par 3s had you under pressure but also added to the beauty of the course.
Barton unable to field a full team opted to play with 10 players conceding 3 points two players from Friends dropped out to make it 10 v 10.
Unfortunate for those two players and for Barton ,but to their credit they made a game of it and should be pleased with their efforts winning the morning four balls ,but the afternoon singles was a different story with Friends big hitters dominating their opponents with some heavy scoring from captain Jason Nicolaou ,Soc ,Andy Wassell,Warren and Bob Din to retain the cup 11-7.
Well done to the Friends team and congratulations to winning captain Jason Nicolaou.
Barton handled their defeat in good spirit, dissapointed in not having a full team for various reasons but emphasised how much they enjoyed meeting up with us for this annual match , hopefully it will continue for a few more years .
Willesley park was the venue for this years Double A trophy.
Due to some extensive work the course was not at its best ,but this did not distract the 30 members from enjoying the day.
The Sheffield boys are enjoying some good form of late at Sherwood last month and in todays competition.
Shahab Din (Bob) winning this years trophy with a very impressive 37points ,playing on this dry course with unpredictable bounce and very firm greens it is a very good score as is the 36 points giving Naim Buttt 2nd place ,followed by Andy Wassell on 35 points.
Looking at the other scores it was a tight contest 6 points separating the top 7 players.
After two events the order of merit table looks a little different from last season with a lot of new contenders in the top ten places, it should be an interesting season.
Happy golfing see you in Spain.
A great start to the new season with the first event the George Angelides trophy played on one of Nottingham's finest golf courses Sherwood Forest a heathland course of top quality.
And it proved to be a great test of golf for the thirty five members that turned up for the challenge, teeing off in the bright spring sunshine .
The general conversation was about the greens not many coped with the speed and the slick breaks which made reading the line difficult, except for Nick Garvriel who enjoyed a great round ripping up the course with a fantastic score of 41 points to win his first trophy of the season beating Zaid Din into 2nd place with 37 points and new member Mario Kyriacou finishing 3rd with 33 points.
Apart from these three most of the scores were around the 28 to 30 points.
This trophy is played annually in the memory of our past member George Angelides
a very respected member of the society.
The season came to a close at one of the Midlands top three golf courses. Beau Desert situated in the heart of Cannock Chase, this tough heathland course presented a stern test for the 28 members who competed in this years Masters .
With Socrati already claiming top spot it was a battle between five players fighting for second and third places.
Before the start of play three points separated Peter Christoforou and Zahid occupying 2nd and 3rd places with Stathi and Andy Wassell well placed for any mistakes.
A strong finish by both Andy who came in 3rd and Stathi 5th, but a late challenge from Bob Din 2nd and Barry Alambritis winning the Masters with an incredible 37 points and 15 merit points for a final order of merit position of 3rd with Peter C holding on to 2nd place.
Congratulations to Socrati for his second successive order of merit triumph and third over nine years.
Paul Dudley joined the society this season and achieved his first victory and put himself in the Ryder cup team by winning this years Captains Cup with an impressive
39 points at Copt. Heath.
Playing in the last four ball he kept the clubhouse leaders on tender hooks, Peter Christoforou and Zahid Din both on 38 points with Peter taking second place on the countback.
This result pushes Peter into second place three points ahead of Zahid but well behind runaway leader Soc with an uncatchable nineteen points lead leaving the rest of the field fighting it out in the last competition of the season at Beau Desert for second and third places.
Good golfing see you on the Tee.
A strong turnout for this years Members cup played at Edgbaston G C where Socrati carded his second consecutive victory following his win at Coventry .
The game was closely contested with Tom Serghi second on 32 points and Warren Jobe a point further back finishing third.
Looking at the order of merit there is few new names in the top twelve and could make the Ryder cup team for next season with two more events to play there is still time for a late surge.
Happy golfing see you at Copt. Heath.
This was our last event before the holiday break but unfortunately we were a few members missing due to holidays but still had a reasonable turnout for this years Players championship played at Coventry G C.
With some leading order of merit members missing it gave a chance for some new names to get onto the score sheet and gain some merit points ,notably Luca Menicou who hardly misses a game picking up ten merit points for finishing runner up with 32 points and collecting his first trophy after years of trying , his game came together, striking the ball well and sinking some very good puts ,well done Luca.
In third place with 31 points was myself Peter C with Socrate the overall winner with 34 points and takes a clear lead at the top of the table.
There are currently 26 members with merit points to their names with plenty of points available from the three remaining games anyone can make a late run into the those Ryder cup places.
A big turnout is expected for the next game at Edgbaston where rivalries will resume the banter will return and the near miss stories will be exchanged over dinner.
Happy holidays and see you on the tee.
The societies second visit of the season to the East Midlands for this years Medal Trophy took place at Lingdale G C , a charming golf course tucked away in the beautiful Charnford Forest , only two of our members had ever played the course before so , for the others it was new and unfamiliar surroundings.
It was a tough course to play a medal on and it reflected in the scores with the exception of a few who managed to keep it on the fairways and putt well on some tricky greens.
A good contest developed between Stathi ,Barry and Andy Wassell , with all members playing off their full handicap it opened it up for a fair old battle.
Nothing to separate Stathi and Barry both scoring a net 70 with Stathi edging it on the count back from Barry in second place and Andy in third with a net score of 73.
The top of the order of merit table is very close after four events with four to play ,only four points separating the top four.
Happy golfing see you all at Coventry G C.
Friends top twelve golfers took on the B.U.N.G.S best twelve and current holders at Sutton Coldfield's heathland course for this years challenge match , Barton being the home side it was their choice of venue which delighted some members of the Friends team to play on their home course.
The four balls got under way at 9 am after some discussions between the two captains regarding pairings.
First on the tee was captain Andy Kavalieros and his partner Stathi Efstathiou they posted the first point for friends with a convincing 4&2 win over their opponents Hilary Stevenson & Mark Johnson.
Friends struck the first blow winning the morning four balls 4 points to 2 only losing two matches taking a two point lead into the all important singles .
After a short break for lunch it was back out in the afternoon sun and first on the tee once again leading from the front was the Friends captain Andy taking on Hilary once again for their head to head contest ,the result was the same, Andy winning the match 3&1
to record the first point on the board.
Other notable victories for Friends was Costa Mairoudis beating Tim Thacker 6&5 and Bob Din beating Adrian Merchant 7&5.Friends won the singles 9 points to 3.
A great performance by the Friends team to avenge last years heavy defeat winning this years Challenge match 13 points to 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
Once again the game was played in great spirit with some banter around the course and more so in the clubhouse during dinner.
Many thanks to Steve Lloyd for organising this years competition , next year it will be Friends G S to choose the venue and make all the arrangements.
I would like to thank Middletons cash and carry suppliers to the catering trade for sponsoring this years Ryder Cup .
Congratulations to Andy for returning the Ryder Cup and then it's over to the new captain to retain it.
The Villa Sol complex a very popular location was the venue for this years Founders Cup the societies most coveted trophy played over three rounds .
A strong field of twenty two players contested this competition in 30 degrees of heat on one of the toughest courses on the Algarve , with it's tree lined narrow fairways it presented a tough test for most, with no room for forgiveness at all, accurate shots rewarded poor shots severely punished .
Richard Briely got off to a good start with a first round score of 31 points with Warren Jobe a close second with 28 points and Socrates third with 28 points, the other top scorer was the only guest in the group Mel Efstathiou with 29 points.
Back on the tee at 10.30 after some fine tuning on the driving range with every one taking it more serious after their first day experience of the this tough course.
Warren the most consistant, improved on his first round score , scoring 35 points and moving into the lead , Bob Din and Niam Butt came onto the leader board with scores of 33 and 31 points respectively.
With some sore heads and tired bodies the tail enders Dimitri and Foti got the third round under way with the four leaders teeing off last.
With two top three finishes Warren was now the favourite , under strong competition from Richard and Naim he played his usual calm game staying consistant over the three days with a final round score of 30 points for another top three finish and a total score of 93 points , Naim pushed him hard with 29 points but the surprise third round winner was Chris Christoforou with a very impressive 33 points.
The winner over three rounds was Warren 93 points runner up Naim 85 points and in third place Richard 84 points .
Impressive scores on a very tough course congratulations to all three a very enjoyable four days not only playing the Villa Sol course we also enjoyed a friendly game on Vale Do Lobo the Royal course .
A last night celebration with all twenty two members enjoying some very large portions of the Algarve's chicken piri piri and the finest Sea bass any of us head ever tasted.
Already looking forward to next year.
In the mean time happy golfing and see you on the tee at Lingdale G C.
Our first visit to the East midlands was to play in this seasons Double A kebabs trophy at The Leicestershire G C.
An unusual golf course no par 5s,4 par 3s and long par 4s and with fast and very true greens presented a tough test in getting round this par 68 course which resulted in some very low stableford scoring.
Richard Briely returning to the society after a few years away made the least mistakes in winning his first trophy with the society with a good score of 34 points.
Costa Mairoudis played the front nine very well but lost his composure on the turn after putting his tee shot in the water on the 10th but regained his confidence and began to find the greens again to finish runner up with 30 points.
A steady round from Andy Wassell secured 3rd place .
This years membership has reached a record high with a large turnout it makes for a strong competition for those Ryder cup places via the Order of Merit.
Our next event is in Portugal to play three rounds on the Villa Sol course and then return to the East Midlands to play at Lingdale G C ,a gem of a course tucked away in the Charnford forest.
Good golfing in Portugal.
See you on the Tee.
This years event was well supported a large turnout including seven new members came to honour his memory on one of the Midlands finest courses at Little Aston.
The course was in a decent condition after months of rain which closed some holes for a number of weeks.
A good selection of players were competing for the seasons first trophy creating strong competition with the new members giving good accounts of themselves notably Naim Butt finishing 3rd with 35 points on the back nine from two of the favourites Socrates and Jason where two points separated these two from the winner Leo on 37 points making a strong comeback after missing most of last season.
Zahid Din always a good outside bet with a shot a hole taking 2nd place with an impressive 36 points.
See you all on the golf course.
The season ended with the final competition of the season the Captains Cup played at one of the best golf courses in the Midlands and currently rated 77th in the U.K and Ireland ratings.
It is obvious this Little Aston course brings the best out of every one, looking at the scores usually Nick Zacharides score of 35 pts would win but only finished 4th,last years winner of this trophy Shahab Din (Bob)put in a good effort to retain the trophy with the same score as last season but could only finish in 3rd place with 36 pts.
Another good performance by Jason Nicolaou to finish 2nd on 38 pts but the round of the day belonged to new member Nick Gavriel with a great score of 40 points to give him his first win in the society and edge him into the Ryder Cup team next season good to see some new names on the winners board.
The order of merit came down to a two horse race between Soc and Andy Kavalieros with this event to play for but unfortunately due to a family matter Andy was unable to compete and handed the award to Socrati and wins the order of merit for the second year running ,and the fourth time in eight years ,the first time any member has achieved this award in successive seasons. Well done Soc.
A good finish to the season.
In previous years The Masters was contested by players who won a competition or finished second this year it was decided to make it part of the eight competitions which allows all members to participate for this highly regarded trophy.
The event took place at Willesley Park in Ashby with a good turnout the event was well contested with some very good scores in difficult conditions on the front nine ,the water proofs came off in the afternoon which made it more comfortable.
Two new names came into the frame Warren Jobe and Darren Hands finishing 2nd and 4th respectably with scores of 35 and 32, Soc kept his place at the top finishing third to Andy Kavalieros who carded a score of 36points to stay in second place keeping the pressure on Soc with one game remaining.
Most of the Ryder cup places have been secured but there is still time for a late flourish to secure the last few places .
The final game of the season is at Little Aston golf club on the 13th November with the first tee at a slightly earlier time of 10.15.
See you on the tee.
This was our third visit to Burnham and Berrow during the last eight years rated 37th in the top 100 golf courses in England and you can see why, the course is widely used for many amateur championships and that's why it is always in tip top condition as was the case for our latest visit.
This course built between the two towns of Burnham and Berrow presented many challenges not only to the members who have never played links golf, but to the ones who have played the course before even in perfect conditions.
No wind and sunny.
The challenges were the blind shots ,finding the narrow fairways and making the puts on fast greens one guest commented if this was a film it would be X rated he came off the course drained but enjoyed the challenge and the experience of links golf.
With a smaller field than normal the leading order of merit players once again showed why they are at the top of the table once again finishing in the top five positions and picking up those merit points.
Most of us struggled to score on this tough links course except Socrati who is having an incredible season and enjoying a rich vein of form he took this very difficult course apart and made it look easy with a score of 37 points playing off a handicap of 3 to stay top of the merit table and left a trail of challengers some nine and ten points behind .
Everyone worked very hard in scoring those stableford points and should be pleased with themselves.
With two more matches to play at Willesley Park and Little Aston the situation can change.
See you all at Willesley Park.
There has been a gap of two months since returning from Portugal unfortunately that's the way the fixtures came out this year but we will make sure this does not happen again in the future.
This was our first visit to Breadsal Priory since our formation way back in 2005 the course was in good condition but the greens were a big disappointment fluffy and very slow everyone struggled with their putting which resulted in a low scoring game but nevertheless everyone enjoyed themselves.
Steady Andy Wassell became this years Players Champion with 32 points on the back nine from George Markou with the San Lorenzo winner Stathi Efstathiou third on 30 points.
The order of merit table is very close with only two points separating the top three but with plenty of golf still to be played it could change when we visit Burnham and Berrow in September for The Links trophy if the wind blows on the day it could be very interesting.
Hope you all have a great summer holiday be safe and healthy.
See you all on the Tee.
Having suffered bad weather in Spain last year it was decided to switch this years trip to the Algarve in June where not only the Dona Filipa hotel was five star , the weather the San Lorenzo golf course the location and the company of all fifteen golfers was first rate and faultless everyone had a great time on and off the course.
This year we decided to play all three rounds on the same course giving us a chance to get to know the course.
Looking at the second and third round scores it was the right decision.
The San Lorenzo course invited many challenges on every hole.
For the long hitters to drive over the lakes and for some of us to very quickly find a good short game and this turned out to be the important part ,the greens were very fast and well protected with large bunkers as you would expect from a world renowned championship course.
The scores for the first round were a little low due to some nerves and being a famous course it added to the pressure but once we had a good look at it we all improved through better course management.
The first round winner was Jason Nicolaou with 31 points Barry Alambritis 2nd on 30 point
and Andy Kavalieros 3rd with 26 points.
The order of play changed for the 2nd round the leaders teeing off first.
Jason dropped off the pace ,Barry and Andy stayed consistent with scores of 31 and 30 respectively but out of no where came Stathi with a second round score of 39 to add to his 24 points making him the 2nd round winner and overall leader.
I was witness to this fantastic round of golf his only mistake was on the difficult 18th where too much caution resulted to a bogey five.
Every player improved on their scores going into the final day notable improvements from Antony and George.
Two points separated Stathi and Barry 63 and 61 with Andy Kav and myself trailing in third place on 56.
With Andy struggling with an upset stomach it allowed me to move into third place and put pressure on Barry ,the three of us playing some great golf not allowing any breathing space at all with some excellent wedges finding the greens and putts going down from all angles.
Barry was the first to show the pressure was on when he asked how long can we keep this up for no easing up.
Stathi staying calm taking no risks playing good sensible golf and making Barry take the risks in the chase for the most coveted trophy in the society.
It was all down to the very difficult final holes with oceans of water on the left and out of bounds on the right with Barry in the water and playing off the drop zone which led to a double bogey six ,Stathi only needed to bogey the final two holes and he was home and dry a sensible lay up on the 18th he got his two bogeys and the trophy with a total of 95 points Barry a very gallant runner up with 91 points and myself finishing a distant 3rd on 84points with a poor back nine but never the less an enjoyable three days and witness to two players slugging it out with some fine golf,well done and congratulations to Stathi.
Well done to Barry for finishing in the top three each day.
The results for each day.
Round one. Jason 31 Barry 30 Andy K 24
Round two. Stathi 39, Peter 32 Barry 31
Round three. Stathi 32 Barry 30 Peter 28
Another good turnout for this years Medal played at Kenilworth G.C.
Two more new members joined the society bringing the total of new members to Nine and they were made to feel very welcome and mixed in very well its obvious we are doing something right to atract so many golfers in such a short time maybe its the friendliness and atmosphere we create as a group.
It is only our second visit to Kenilworth ,the course was in good condition and is generaly a very good golf course but due to the recent rough winter the greens are not up to standard as yet and this was the only dissapointment ,very firm but bumpy and slightly bare which may have effected some players but not all.
Looking at some of the scores a few players handled the greens quite well with the top three scoring level par or under par nett. scorers .
Stathi and Socratis tied fourth with two over par nett.
The best high handicapper was Sugar with a round of 78 nett.7 over par asked about his round he told me he was very happy and pleased with his general ball striking.
Good performances from Bob and Costa third and second respectfully with scores of 71 and 70 nett. but the best round belonged to Andy Kavalieros in winning The Medal Trophy with a nett score of 68 three under par.
He put this score together with lots of up and downs especially on the par 5s including a
couple of birdies.
During the last twelve months Andy has added accuracy to his long game and I know by playing with him takes more care over his putts ,this is down to being patient and in control of his game and this enables him to compete with the lower handicap players ,just look at the order of merit table.
New names are popping up in the order of merit table which tells me there is good competition amongst the members with quite a number of them finding form ,and challenging the usual suspects ,they must be practicing more.
For fourteen of us the next event is in sunny Portugal where we will be competing for The Founders Cup over three rounds of golf on the fantastic San Lorenzo course hopefully in shorts and T shirts as opposed to water proofs and jumpers where current holder George Markou will be hoping to retain the coveted trophy for a second year.
I will see you lot in Portugal have a safe journey and the first ones there get the drinks in.