Record numbers for Captain’s Drive-In

Captains Drive In - (left to right) Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger, Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Men’s Vice-Captain Dave Smith

ON Saturday we hosted our Captain’s Drive-In Texas Scramble, after it was re-arranged due to snowfall on 2nd February. For those who don’t know, the Captain’s Drive-In is the official event where the previous Captains hand over to the incoming Captains for the year, and it’s always a great event.

Around 25 spectators gather at the first tee at 7:30am on the morning to watch Our Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger and Men’s Vice Captain Dave Smith tee off on for their first official round of golf in their new roles.

Fittingly, the Captains all had walk in music to the tee and I was the MC introducing them, and in true Burstwick fashion obviously tell a few jokes and giving some banter along the way.

Our Professional Matt Daley had his Trackman launch monitor on the first tee so that the Captains could see shot data from what was rather a nerve-racking first tee shot in front of an audience, having just walked on to their chosen song!

The competition, which was a Texas Scramble, attracted record numbers for the club as 109 players entered the event, a fantastic number for a club competition in winter! It was great to see such huge support for the incoming Captains.

Afterwards members enjoyed a nice home-made stew and yorkshire pudding in the clubhouse and Tony was handed his Captain’s blazer, and told the club what his plans were for the year, as well as explaining about his nominated charity: Hull for Heroes.

On behalf of the Captains, a huge thank you goes out to all the support from the members, and here’s to a successful 2019!

Lady Captain's team wins Xmas Ladies Am-Am!

Position Team Score
1st S. Leonard, C. Greenwood,
C. Wicks, A. Roberts
74 pts (Bk9 39pts)
2nd S. Jessen, B. Hanneman,
T. Fethon, M. Arnold
74 pts (Bk9 35pts)
3rd A. Maher, J. Peacock,
W. Pryor, J. Woodcock
73 pts
4th L. Richardson, L. Atkin,
J. Minns, K. Screetham
71 pts
5th R. Green, J. Richards,
A. Hunter, A. O'Donnell
69 pts

Last week we held our annual Ladies Xmas Open Am-Am and Mother Nature blessed us with a more than acceptable day for golf, which remained dry and not too cold. We had a full compliment of teams in the 10:30am shotgun start, and scoring was quite tough on the day with only the top three teams shooting under par scores.

Congratulations to the winning team consisting of our Lady Captain Sarah Leonard, Cathy Greenwood, Chris Wicks and Ann Roberts, with a score of 74 pts, winning on the back nine.

Thank you to all that attended the event, we hope to see you all again next year!

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!

Footjoy Shoe Sale!

We have a selection of shoes in the shop that we have put exclusively on sale, you can save up to £60! Sale prices are subject to availability of our stock, so grab a bargain quickly!

Men's Shoe ModelSizes AvailableRRPSale Price
DNA BOA (White)9£180£119.99
DNA (Black)8£165£109.99
AWD XLBlack: 7, 8
White: 9
AWD Casual (White)8, 9£70£49.99
Ladies' Shoe ModelSizes AvailableRRPSale Price
Empower (BOA)6£115£79.99
Footjoy DNA BOA
Footjoy Empower BOA

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!

How we doubled our lady membership in three years

As a new club on the scene, we found it difficult in the first few years to build the ladies sector of our membership. What we found was that Ladies’ tend to be very loyal and not move clubs much, and they would rarely move singularly if they ever decided to, it would tend to be in a group.

This meant for a club like Burstwick it was difficult for us to attract many lady golfers, and in 2013 we were at a low in lady membership numbers so we knew something had to change.

Between us we did some brainstorming on how to attract more ladies to the club and we decided that we would need to focus on new golfers rather than trying to attract existing members from elsewhere. So the question was posed: how do you encourage more ladies and girls into golf?

The first move we made was to come up with some beginner female coaching sessions with emphasis on the fun factor, and that there is no snobbery, dress code, or experience required.

As time went by we started seeing some regular girls coming to these sessions, at which point we did our up most to make them feel as welcome as possible. Over a few months we converted quite a few into members at the club, and the section began to slowly grow.

My wife, and 2017 Lady Captain, Laura Key took it upon herself to really begin pushing the ladies section and to become more involved with putting on events for them as well as continuing to encourage others to become part of the group.

Fast forward to now, and our ladies participation has increased more than double and there are frequent events throughout the year that the girls enjoy, from away days, meals out, parties, and of course many golfing events!

One thing we have always prided ourselves on is the friendliness of the club, and that is something that is in abundance of the Burstwick Ladies. If you would like a new hobby, or have tried golf before and want to get back into it again, why not give our Head PGA Professional James Bisby a call on 07896 257878 and come along to one of his beginner sessions on a Wednesday evening?

Captains Emerge as Winners in Seniors & Ladies Betterball

Winners Laura Key and Andy Steward

On a sunny Wednesday in May, 16 of our ladies and 16 of our senior golfers took part in a Mixed Betterball Stableford, for an annual trophy. This is the third year the competition has been played and the popularity has increased each year, which is testament to the hard work put in by the Ladies' and Seniors organisers. 

This year the scores were excellent, with six pairs shooting under par scores and the winning team made up of both Captains was a blistering 43 points!

Ladies & Seniors Betterball Results

  1. Andy Steward & Laura Key - 43 pts
  2. Ron Wicks & Karen Batty - 39 pts
  3. David Key & Ann Roberts - 39 pts
  4. Bill Broughton & Sue Grindall - 38 pts
  5. Paul Collins & Pauline Wright - 37 pts

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!

Get your teams in the Christmas Open Am-Am on 5th November!

We are now taking booking for the Xmas Open Am-Am on Saturday 5th November! Entry costs just £60 per team of four and there are some fantastic prizes available! This event is always a very popular one so we advise that you let us know quickly to get the tee time that you want.

The format is best two scores to count from four on each hole, 3/4 handicap for each player and maximum handicap 24 for Men, 36 for Ladies. There will also be an optional straightest drive and nearest pin on the day.

Times are available from 8am through to 12 noon so give us a call on 01964 670112 to book yours now!

Pippa Russell wins Lady Captain's Day Trophy!

On Wednesday 17th August Lady Captain Laura Key hosting her Captain's Day, with a round of golf and a meal afterwards, followed by a prize presentation. Unfortunately not all of the lady members could make it due to being at work or on holiday, but with the sun shining the girls set out for an enjoyable day on the golf course, which they most certainly had!

Afterwards the chefs at Cafe Nineteen prepared some delicious chicken salads for everyone, and lady Captain Laura presented her home-made desserts; trifle and cupcakes. 

Once the girls were fed and watered Laura went on to present the prizes. In third with a score of nett 81 was Cath Sheppeck, second was Christine Wicks with 81 (back nine 36.5) and the best nett of the day was Ann Roberts with 77. The trophy was presented to the best gross of the day which went to Pippa Russell who scored 98!

Great Day at the Ladies Xmas Open Am-Am

On Monday we then held our annual Ladies’ Xmas Open Am-Am Shootgun in which 16 teams competed. Joanne Young’s team from Hainsworth won by a whopping six shots from the field with a great score of 78, with a hybrid team from Burstwick/Ganstead coming in second place on 72. Click here for the full results.

With a fantastic prize table on offer the top eight teams went away very happy and deservedly so after those great scores in, again, conditions that weren’t easy at all.

Laura Key wins Lady Captain's Day Trophy!

Lady Captain Christine Wicks hosted her Captain's Day on Wednesday 19th August and it was lovely weather for the girls playing golf. All dressed in pink the ladies set off at 10am to compete for the trophy which is awarded for best gross score on the day.

It was a tightly fought day and only one shot separated the top two players, Laura and Gina Key. In the end it was Laura who took the trophy and Gina a gracious second tied with the Captain herself. Well done to all the girls who played, here's to next year!

Gray & Hewitson Clinch Seniors & Ladies Trophy on Countback!

On Wednesday 19th May we held our second annual Seniors and Ladies' Trophy, and the winners from last year Rick Sheppeck and Laura Key were split up in the draw so were unable to defend their trophy as a pair with teams being drawn randomly.

In the end it was a back-nine countback that decided the 2015 winners, with Dave Gray and Sara Hewitson topping the table on 39 pts with a back nine of 20, from Senior Captain  Pete Roberts and Lady Captain Chris Wicks who had a back nine of 17.

Well done to all those who entered, here's looking forward to next year!

Ladies' Afternoon Tea Raises Over £300 for Charity!

On Sunday we held a Ladies Afternoon Tea Party in which around 25 ladies and girls turned up for an afternoon of laughing, eating and drinking! Although the event was called Afternoon Tea, wine may have been more suitable!

The event was open to any females whether golfers of not and our Lady Captain Chris Wicks hosted the event which consisted of lovely home-made sandwiches, scones, cakes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, and of course a lot of gossip!

Many cakes and buns were baked by guests and friends for a raffle afterwards and over £300 was raised for charity on the day! We would like to thank all those that joined in, baked cakes or donated money to the raffle, it was a brilliant afternoon and we will certainly be doing one again soon.