Four players emerge victorious at Matchplay Finals

Congratulations to Lee Webster, Mike Oliver and Steve Alger on winning their Matchplay Finals on Saturday 22nd September!

Lee beat George Grassby 10&9 in the 36-hole Scratch Final, Mike beat Alex Foster 5&4 in the Men’s Matchplay and Steve also beat Graham Wilkinson 5&4 in the Seniors’ Final. All very strong victories from each player!

Laura Key also won the Ladies Matchplay two weeks previous, having played Catherine Greenwood early due to Laura being seven months’ pregnant, and the Greensomes final had to be postponed due to Lee Webster also playing in that fixture and it clashing with the Scratch Final.

Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the losing finalists, and thank you to all that entered the events! We will see you all competing again in 2019!

Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 22nd September 2018

Come and spectate the Matchplay Finals Day with your friends, it promises to be a great afternoon! Support the members of Burstwick who have played great golf all seasons and made it to the finals of their knock-out tournaments. Tee offs begin from 1pm* and there are three matches due to be played:

1:00pm - Scratch Final*: Lee Webster vs George Grassby
1:10pm - Men’s Final: Mike Oliver vs Alex Foster
1:20pm - Senior’s Final: Graham Wilkinson vs Steve Alger

The Greensomes’ and Ladies’ finals have unfortunately been rearranged for different days due to unforeseen circumstances.

Non-members are very welcome. Alcohol is permitted on the golf course and there will be no dress code for spectators.

*The Scratch Final is over 36 holes and the tee off for the second round is at 1pm, the first round of the scratch will be at 8:36am, spectators welcome for both rounds.

Order of Merit Finals - 8th & 10th March 2018

The top 30 of the Weekday and Weekend Order of Merits will be eligible to compete in the Finals days on 8th and 10th March respectively. On the day there will be double points up for grabs for all competitors and there will be two trophies on offer each day: The Order of Merit trophies and the Finals Day Winners trophies.

Who will take the trophies? Good luck to everyone competing!

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day!

LAST Saturday we hosted the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day, which consisted of five matchplay finals: Scratch, Men’s, Seniors‘, Ladies’ and Greensomes. Unfortunately the Junior final was not able to be played due to Jack Maxey being in both this and the Scratch final.

Tee offs were from 1pm in the afternoon to give members a chance to come and spectate the matches after their morning rounds. All matches are played over 18 holes apart from the Scratch final which was over 36 holes.

The weather was kind and gave us good golfing conditions, with a dry but mild afternoon. First to tee off was the second round of the Scratch Final between past winner Jack Maxey and Steve Sorrenson. Steve Sorrenson was 1 down after the first 18 holes but valiantly battled back to get back to all square, then on the back nine went on a birdie barrage (four in a row) to beat Jack 5&4. What a fantastic way to win the final!

In the Men’s final Andy Giles managed to edge second-time finalist Sam Bamford 2&1 after a very close match between the two players.

Next was the Senior final and Dennis Wright put in an excellent performance to beat the reigning champion Ron Wicks 4&3. In the Ladies’ final Laura Key played very steady golf to become victorious over Sallie Nielsen with a score of 3&2. Laura said she played some of the best golf she has in weeks!

Finally, the Greensomes final went down to the first play-off hole after being all square through 18 where Phil Bullen and Ryan Pettit edged father-son duo Les and Nick Waites.

A huge well done to all the winners who all did themselves very proud on the day, and good luck to both Jack Maxey and Alex Hewitson in the junior final next week!

Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 30th September 2017

Come and spectate the Matchplay Finals Day with your friends, it promises to be a great afternoon! Support the members of Burstwick who have played great golf all seasons and made it to the finals of their knock-out tournaments. Tee offs begin from 1pm* and there are five matches due to be played:

1:00pm - Scratch Final*: Jack Maxey vs Steve Sorrenson
1:10pm - Men’s Final: Sam Bamford vs Andy Giles
1:20pm - Senior’s Final: Dennis Wright vs Ron Wicks
1:30pm - Greensomes Final: Les Waites & Nick Waites vs Ryan Pettit & Phil Bullen
3:00pm - Ladies’ Final: Laura Key vs Sallie Nielsen

Non-members are very welcome. Alcohol is permitted on the golf course and there will be no dress code for spectators.

*The Scratch Final is over 36 holes and the tee off for the second round is at 1pm.

The Champions Emerge Victorious on Matchplay Finals Day

On Saturday 24th September 2016 the scene was set for the Matchplay Finals Day at Burstwick. Players were to be put through their paces with difficult conditions caused by the a 20 mph wind which we haven't seen a lot of this summer, though thankfully it was dry and warm throughout the afternoon.

There were five matchplay finals to be played on the day: Scratch (no handicap), Men's, Seniors', Ladies' and Juniors'. Ordinarily there would be a sixth final, the Greensomes, but as Sam Bamford had qualified for both the Men's final and the Greensomes' only one could be played on Finals Day. All of the matches were to be played over 18 holes apart from the Scratch which is a 36 hole final.

Tee times began at 1pm (second round for the scratch, first round was played in the morning) and the players headed out for their matches with all intents of being crowned champions. There were some nerves on the first tee but all of the players settled into their rhythm after a couple of holes.

The Scratch Final was to be contested by Jack Maxey and Lee Webster, and things were all square after the morning round as they teed off for hole number 19. Lee got an early lead but Jack made a fantastic birdie from the rough up hole four to bring it back to all square. For the next few holes Lee put the throttle down and was leading four up at the turn. Lee's progress continued as they went on and ended up being six up with six to play, then closing out on the 13th hole with a solid par.

Jack played very well but as matchplay goes, once Lee got a few holes ahead the pressure mounted which lead to Jack having to chase and ultimately coming unstuck. All credit to Lee on a great performance, it was very consistently controlled golf on a tough day!

Onto the Men's Final and it was two young guns headed against each other; Sam Bamford and Gregor Everitt. Both players know each other well and are very capable golfers so this was always going to be a thrilling match. 

Sam got an early lead and was two up after six holes, but Gregor fought back straight away to bring it back to all square at the turn. As the players headed into the back nine Gregor pulled off some great golf to edge a lead against Sam, but it was still very nip and tuck for both players as they headed to the 14th tee with just two holes separating them. As they teed off on 16 Sam was up against the wall being two down, and tried to dig in to give himself a fighting chance, but Gregor remained cool to seal victory 3&2.

In the Seniors' Final, Ron Wicks took an early lead against John McNeish, and kept on the cruise control all the way through the match to try and keep John at bay. John did his absolute best to fight back after Ron stretched the lead to 4 through 13 holes, and going down 16 Ron was 3 up with three to play. Ron stayed in control and won the hole to clinch victory 4&2.

The Ladies Final was contested by Chris Wicks and Ann Roberts. Both of the girls are very steely competitors with good matchplay records so this was always going to be a tight match. Ann got out of the blocks early to take a three hole lead through five holes, and she was playing some great golf which meant Chris wasn't given many opportunities to gain some ground back.

Chris showed great patience and determination as she slowly clawed her way back into contention and was just one down after 11 holes. Ann was frugal and would not give the lead up without a fight, and the two players jostled hole after hole, with eventually the match going down to the wire and both players putting on the 18th hole to decide the outcome. Chris came through and managed to two putt to take victory after Ann had had the lead throughout the day, a cruel way to lose but credit to Chris for her determination throughout the match and making it a Wicks one-two in the Ladies' and Seniors' finals!

Finally the Junior Final was to be contested by 13 year old Alfie Tidder and 15 year old Liam Colclough. Both players are great young prospects for the sport and have swings that most of us would give a limb for, so some special golf was to be seen here.

Alfie took an early lead and was playing some very solid golf, he was two up after five holes. As the game went on there was only ever two holes to separate both players, and Liam was hanging in there with Alfie trying his best to keep him at arms length. After 11 holes Alfie had retained his two hole lead, but over the next few holes Liam put in some great golf to get back to all square after 15.

Liam had really gotten into his stride at this point while Alfie was hanging in there, and having to give shots away on 16 and 18 ultimately came to his demise with Liam paring both holes. Alfie needed to hole a 50 foot birdie putt to take the game to extra holes and unfortunately it wasn't to be and the players shook hands. Congratulations to both juniors on a great game and well done to Liam for coming back strong to take the win.

Congratulations to the five champions on their wins in each final, and commiserations to their opponents after such valiant efforts!

Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 24th September 2016

Come and spectate the Matchplay Finals Day with your friends, it promises to be a great afternoon! Support the members of Burstwick who have played great golf all seasons and made it to the finals of their knock-out tournaments. Tee offs begin from 1pm* and there are five matches due to be played:

Non-members are very welcome. Alcohol is permitted on the golf course and there will be no dress code for spectators.

*The Scratch Final is over 36 holes and the tee off for the second round is at 1pm.

An Epic Finale for the Matchplay Tournaments!

On Saturday 3rd October we held our first ever Matchplay Finals Day and what a day it was! Mother nature was very kind to us, producing a fine day with little wind and a comfortable temperature for this time of year.

Unfortunately due to a freak accident, Jack Maxey suffered a suspected fractured shoulder the day before the event and had to withdraw from the Scratch Final with Alan Key, we will update everyone soon on his condition and hopefully get the match played soon. 

Men's Matchplay Final

The first match to tee off was the Men's Matchplay Final, between Gary Spears (10) and Jonathan Beattie (13). With just three handicap shots given, this was always going to be a close affair. On the tee Jonny looked the more nervous of the two, with spectators watching intently, but credit to both players on hitting great tee shots under the pressure.

The match got off to a hot start with Jonny taking control from the beginning, and Gary was playing catch up from the off. After 9 holes the match was 3 up to Jonny, and Gary looked frustrated as he wasn't playing at his best.

Walking to the 12th tee Gary looked down and out, but that hole was the beginning of a heroic comeback attempt. After winning 12, 14, and 15, the match was down to 2 up with three to play. On 16 Gary hit a great shot into the green under pressure, but Jonny hit a great reply putting the pressure back on Gary, as he was giving a shot away. They halved that hole after Jonny agonisingly missed a short par putt, and the match was to go down hole 17.

The come back looked like it was going to continue when Gary hit his tee shot to around 30 feet from the pin while Jonny found a green side bunker, but Jonny continued his excellent bunker play with a fantastic shot to 7 feet from the hole. Gary had two putts to put the pressure back on Jonny, but raced his first one 6 feet past. After Jonny shaved the hole with his put and ending with a gimme four, Gary had to hole his 6 foot putt which he proceeded to painfully miss.

It was a fantastic effort from both players, and congratulations go to Jonathan for his great performance over the 17 holes, he earned an early lead and held on to it in superb fashion. Comiserations to Gary after a valiant battle to the end, but it wasn't to be in 2015.

Greensomes Final

The second and final match of the afternoon was the Greensomes Final, between Mike Huzzard & Lewis Hunt, and Andy & Dave Robbins. Everyone at the club knew this was going to be a tightly fought brawl with Lewis and Mike proving a formidable pair in the run up to the final, but would that be enough to topple the big-hitting Robbins brothers?

The front nine was very tight with no team going further than 1 up, and after 9 holes the match was tied going into the short 10th hole. The Robbins brothers had back-to-back wins on 10 & 11 (birdieing the latter) to go 2 up stood on the 12th tee. On 12 Mike and Lewis fought straight back and brought the match back to within one hole, however the Robbins brothers had different ideas and birdied 13 to take it back to two.

After missing the green on 14 Mike and Lewis were forced to concede after they didn't get up-and-down when the Robbins brothers hit a fantastic tee shot to around 6 feet, this took the match to 3 up with four to play, and it was starting to look a little desperate for Mike and Lewis.

Going into hole 15 the both teams hit good shots into the green, but the adrenaline got to Lewis when he raced his eight foot putt six foot past, leaving Mike with a difficult right-to-left putt to keep them in the game. After Mike missed the putt coming back, it was down to Andy to tap in a three footer for the match, which he duly obliged for a 4&3 victory.

After such a close front nine the greensomes final was a classic case of Matchplay momentum, showing how pressure affects players and how difficult it is to turn a match round in the dieing stages. Mike and Lewis put in a great effort which would be enough to win a match against many pairs in the tournament, but the Robbins brothers just did not let up with their barrage of birdies. Congratulations to Andy and Dave on their emphatic win, and a well done to mike and Lewis on their great efforts.


Thanks to all of those that supported and spectated the event, it was a fantastic day! It was a massive shame that Jack Maxey had the accident the day before the event which cancelled the third match, the Scratch Final, but these things happen and we wish Jack the very best in recovery. View the full gallery for the day below: