Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 21st September 2019

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 2pm* and there are five matches due to be played:

2:00pm - Scratch Final*: Lee Webster vs Danny Proctor
2:08pm - Men’s Final: Danny Trafford vs TBC
2:16pm - Senior’s Final: Steve Whiting vs Ron Wicks
2:24pm - Ladies’ Final: Emma Newman vs Gina Strafford
2:32pm - Greensomes Final: Jamie Maston & Joe Harrison vs TBC

Spectators (including 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 2pm.

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!

Burstwick Sixes Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of participation the Burstwick Sixes pairs competition scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. This competition will be replaced by a pairs betterball stableford.

If you have any feedback as to why you haven't entered the Burstwick Sixes, we would be very grateful to hear it, please complete the form below:

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.

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!

Congratulations to Joe Harrison and Jamie Maston on winning the Burstwick Sixes!

On Saturday we hosted the inaugural Burstwick Sixes Tournament, which is a 6 hole matchplay tournament played over the course of one day. Sixteen pairs entered into the event which consisted of them being drawn into four groups, and the winner of each group progressing to the afternoon's semi finals.

Pairs in each group played 6 hole matches against each other (18 holes total for three matches), before a lunch break and the winners of each group drawn against another for the semi final. Winners of each group match got 2 points, halves earned 1 point each, and losses 0. The groups that had joint top pairs were decided by their win margin totals (i.e. 4&2 would beat 3&2, etc).

The semi finalists went out in the afternoon with Darren Wilkinson & Neil Turner taking on Lee Brooks & Darren Smith, and Joe Harrison & Jamie Maston versus Dave Smith & Martin Hewitson. In match one Lee & Darren beat Darren & Neil on the first play off hole after halving through 6, and in the other game Joe & Jamie beat Dave & Martin in regulation play.

Onto the the final and Joe & Jamie played fantastic golf on holes 13-18, with Joe holing a number of key clutch putts which ended up with them sealing victory on 18, a great performance against two very good opponents who played some great golf. In the third place playoff, Dave & Martin beat Darren & Neil to pick up a podium place.

As it was the first year we've run the event we took some good feedback and will make some small changed for 2019 to make things run a little smoother, but on the whole the feedback for the event was fantastic and we may expand it to more than 16 pairs next year!

Have you entered the Burstwick Sixes yet? There's a £260 prize pot to be won!

There are just 16 spaces available for the Burstwick Sixes tournament on Saturday 14th July! Get your names down now.

Here's how it works:

- Pairs are split into four groups -
- Each group play 3x6 holes 'Round Robin' -
- Winners of each group go to 6 hole Semi Final -
- 6 Hole Final & third place Playoff -

- £260 Prize fund -

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!

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!

Burstwick Sixes Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of participation the Burstwick Sixes pairs competition scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. This competition will be replaced by an Individual Stableford.

If you have any feedback as to why you haven't entered the Burstwick Sixes, we would be very grateful to hear it, please complete the form below:

Burstwick Sixes

On Saturday 15th July we are hosting the inaugural Burstwick Sixes competition, in which 16 pairs are allowed to take part. The competition, which will be held over holes 1-2 & 15-18, will be in the form of a matchplay knockout tournament played over one day.

Handicaps will be limited to 30% allowance with specific stroke indexes for the day to allow for shots. The matches will be drawn at 7:30am, and some matches will be drawn to tee off the 16th and others 1st hole (to get the games moving in sync) at 8am.

We are asking all participants to stay for the day, even if they are knocked out. We hope to have a crowd spectating the final and third place play-off!

Entry costs £20 per pair and the first prize is £120 for the pair, while second and third are £80 and £60 respectively.

Put your names down in the clubhouse now before the 16 slots become full!

 

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!