Captain Tony Howard leads Europe to Burstwick Cup!

After a fantastic weekend on the golf course Europe emerged victors in the 2019 Burstwick Cup. Captain Tony Howard led his team to victory on Sunday afternoon after a very tight first day of fourballs.

Scores were tied on Saturday at 4-4 which meant that it was all to play for come Sunday morning on the first tee. The individual fixtures promised some big grudge matches, with not only a Burstwick Cup medal at stake for the players but pride and bragging rights in the clubhouse.

Noteable matches included Tom Peyman vs Joe Harrison, Alan Key vs Rob Draper, Andy Giles vs Mike Huzzard, and of course the Captains; Tony Howard (Europe) vs Dave Smith (USA) who were out first.

As Tony and Dave whizzed round the course in a buggy, Tony started playing some of his best golf and quickly got ahead - and stayed there. At 9:30am they were already finished and enjoying a glass of port in the bar after Tony beat Dave 6&5, a real message sent to the USA team that the Europeans meant business.

After the first few matches came in it was still very tight, but into the latter half of the field a sea of blue started to show on the leaderboard.

In the end a strong finish came from team Europe and it was already over with a couple of matches still to come in; the blues ended up taking the individual matches 10-6, making the overall score 14-10. Captain Tony Howard made history by being the first Captain to retain the cup after winning it in his Vice-Captain’s year in 2018, a fantastic feat!

Thank you to all that played, it was as always a very enjoyable event (and slightly messy one in the bar by the end), and some fantastic golf was played from both teams!

Team USA retain the Burstwick Cup for second year in a row!

Last weekend we hosted our coveted Burstwick Cup which is a Ryder Cup style event where members of Burstwick are split into Team Europe and Team USA for a 16v16 brawl!

Captains Bruce Carter (Europe) and Tony Howard (USA) both had great teams on paper, and it was obvious the weekend could go either way.

With fourball betterball matches played on the Saturday the scores came in at 5-3 to the Americans, but with double points available on the Sunday in the singles matches it was obvious that slender lead could quite easily fade away very quickly. And it did.

The first three matches on Sunday went to the Europeans, and suddenly with 13 points to play for the Americans started to wobble.

Myself and opponent Chris Young (who beat me 3&2 in the second match of the day) took it upon ourselves to grab a golf buggy and promote ourselves to theoretical vice captains, as we went around the course to see how the other matches were playing, and give our teams some encouragement.

The more Chris and I ventured around the course it was evident that this cup was going to be nip and tuck. Both the Europeans and Americans had a fair share of matches going their way, and with a lot of strong characters out on the course it was tough to call who might falter and who would strive to victory in each game.

In the end, the final few matches edged it towards Team USA and the race to 12.5 points was won with a couple of matches still left to come in. Congratulations to the red team on their brilliant victory, and thank you to all that played the weekend. I’m sure we will see many of you again in the Burstwick Cup next year!

USA take stunning victory over Europe in Burstwick Cup

Last weekend we hosted the infamous Burstwick Cup which is one of the most fun events in our calendar. The format takes resemblance to the Ryder Cup where USA take on Europe in a Matchplay event.

Day one consisted of fourball betterball matchplay whereby pairs from each team are pitted against each other, with a total of 6 points being up for grabs. Although it could have been argued that both teams were very even on paper, team USA quickly went on the offensive and charged to a 4-2 lead.

With the European team certain to not let their determination waiver, Captain Mike Smith rallied up the troops on Sunday morning as the blues set out to cut the deficit and make amends for their first day performance.

Things did not go the European's way. USA Captain Bruce Carter got the reds off to a strong start with a win, and Dave Thompson continued before Ashley Heidstra got a point back for the Europeans.

With the scores USA 6-3 Europe at this point and with nine matches still to come in it was game on! Or, game off, as far as the European's were concerned. Match after match the USA team started to trounce Mike's lads, and with 5 matches still to play it was already all over!

In the end the blue team just could not compete. The score finished at USA 13.5-4.5 Europe, an absolute crushing victory for the reds. Well done to everyone that played, particularly the American team and their captain Bruce Carter!

The teams have been drawn for the Burstwick Cup!

Who will win, Europe or USA? Team Captains Mike Smith and Bruce Carter have today drawn the teams for the Burstwick Cup this coming weekend, and it's due to be a great brawl between the two teams!

Please remember to wear team colours both days of the competition (USA red, Europe blue) and may the best team win!

Team America
Team Europe

Saturday - Fourball Matchplay

Saturday FourballsTeam EuropeTeam USA
8:00amCaptain - Mike Smith
Darren Wilkinson
Captain - Bruce Carter
Pete Hilton
8:10amMark Barningham
James Bisby
Neil Turner
Andy Wilson
8:20amA. Key
Ashley Heidstra
Alex Foster
Jamie Brewer
8:30amAllan Smith
David Key
Pete McEwan
Tony Bird
8:40amMike Huzzard
Glenn Brewer
Craig Smalley
8:50amDave Silversides
Ron Wicks
Dave Thompson
Steve Sorrenson

Sunday - Singles Matchplay

Sunday SinglesTeam EuropeTeam USA
7:54amCaptain - Mike SmithCaptain - Bruce Carter
8:01amRon WicksDave Thompson
8:09amAshley HeidstraAndy Wilson
8:16amDavid KeyCraig Smalley
8:24amMark Barningham/td>P. McEwan
8:31amDave SilversidesPete Hilton
8:39amJames BisbyAlex Foster
8:46amGlenn BrewerJamie Brewer
8:54amMike HuzzardTony Bird
9:01amAllan SmithTBA
9:09amAlan KeySteve Sorrenson
9:16amDarren WilkinsonNeil Turner

Good luck to all the players and may the best team win!

Europe Claim Massive Victory at the Burstwick Cup!

Last weekend we hosted the prestigious Burstwick Cup which is in it’s ninth year at the club. For those who aren’t aware the Burstwick Cup is a Ryder Cup-esque event where players qualify for a place earlier on in the year, then the teams are randomly drawn into two teams; America and Europe.

Each team is led by the Men’s Captain and Vice-Captain, but as our Vice couldn’t make it this year, past Captain Andy Wilson stepped in to help. Having beat current Captain Alan Mackinnon last year in the Burstwick Cup, Alan was happy to accept Andy being the opposing captain in order to seek his revenge.

As the teams were being drawn out of a hat early in the week it was obvious that Europe were gaining many of the “big guns” such as Jack Maxey, Lee Webster and Mike Huzzard, but the USA team also had a few heavy hitters including Ashley Heidstra, James Bisby and David Lines.

As the matches got underway on Saturday the fierce competition was obvious with both myself and Alan Mackinnon going straight for the green on hole 1, while our partners Andy Wilson and Steve Young hit their tee shots safely on the fairway.

As the results began to come in, USA got an early lead of 1.5-0.5 but immediately after that things started to look grim for the red team. Europe rallied in matches three to six, taking all four points, and at this point it was looking great for Alan and his team at 4.5-1.5.

The last two matches were what the USA team needed to get themselves back into the game before Sunday singles, and they went down to the wire but the Americans managed to clinch the points. Europe 4.5 - USA 3.5 after day one.

In day two players went out on the course to play individual matchplay against each other, and there are twice as many points up for grabs. The USA team got off to a good start with Captain Andy Wilson beating Alan Mackinnon in match one, to even the scores up for the Americans. 

For the next few matches both teams jostled for points and it wasn’t until the final five matches that Europe came through with a very strong finish, earning them a landslide win 15-9. After the matches a two course meal was enjoyed and many drinks to boot! It was another cracking weekend with great support from all the players. 

See you all next year!

The Teams Have Been Drawn for the Burstwick Cup!

Who will win, Europe or USA? Team Captains Alan Mackinnon and Andy Wilson have today drawn the teams for the Burstwick Cup this coming weekend, and it's due to be a great brawl between the two teams!

Please remember to wear team colours both days of the competition (USA red, Europe Blue) and may the best team win!

Team America
Team Europe

Saturday - Fourball Matchplay

Saturday FourballsTeam USATeam Europe
8:00amCaptain - Andy Wilson
Alan Key
Captain - Alan Mackinnon
Steve Young
8:10amTony Sims
James Bisby
Ian Watkin
Rob Shaw
8:20amGary Fincham
Les Sennett
Mike Huzzard
Lee Webster
8:30amDave Harris
Tony Morris
Jack Maxey
Shaun McGeachy
8:40amDavid Akroyd
Darren Wilkinson
Dave Robbins
Neil Turner
8:50amDavid Maxey
David Key
Pete Roberts
Knud Neilsen
9:00amPete Hilton
Bruce Carter
Colin Akrill
Adam Benge
9:10amAshley Heidstra
David Lines
Martin Oliver
Brian Wilson

Sunday - Singles Matchplay

Sunday SinglesTeam USATeam Europe
7:22amCaptain - Andy WilsonCaptain - Alan Mackinnon
7:30amTony MorrisIan Watkin
7:37amDavid LinesDave Robbins
7:45amDavid AkroydJack Maxey
7:52amDave HarrisSteve Young
8:00amDarren WilkinsonNeil Turner
8:07amPete HiltonAdam Benge
8:15amDavid MaxeyMartin Oliver
8:22amBruce CarterPete Roberts
8:30amJames BisbyBrian Wilson
8:37amLes SennettRob Shaw
8:45amAlan KeyLee Webster
8:52amDavid KeyColin Akrill
9:00amGary FinchamShaun McGeachy
9:07amTony SimsKnud Nielsen
9:15amAshley HeidstraMike Huzzard

Good luck to all the players and may the best team win!

30 Members Qualify for the Burstwick Cup on 27th & 28th August 2016

The results are in for who qualified for the Burstwick Cup which will take place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2016! Closer to the date, Men's Captain Alan Mackinnon and Vice-Captain Mike Smith will draw out teams and have four picks each to complete their full team of 20 to take on each other as Europe and USA.

Burstwick Cup Europe
Burstwick Cup

Congratulations to the following players who qualified this weekend:

Bruce Carter
Julian Franks
Jamie Gill
Gary Fincham
Ashley Heidstra
Steve Hodgson
Phillip Horton
Lee Hudson
Rob Hunt
Jimmy Knight


Andrew Robbins
Leslie Sennett
Rob Shaw
Tony Sims
Steve Sison
Gary Spears
Rob Tonkinson
Ian Watkin
Leslie Waites
Steve Young


David Lines
Tony Louis
Philip Ludgate
Anthony Morris
Mark Newby
Martin Oliver
Ryan Oliver
Phillip Page
Gary Parkins
James Riley

Please let us know if you can or cannot make that weekend so that we can find replacements if required, and well done to all on the list!