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!

#TeamGib Cup at Burstwick raises £800 for Carl Giblin

On Sunday we hosted the inaugural #TeamGib cup raising money for Carl Giblin, a local lad who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in September 2013 at the tender age of just 28. Carl, who has a wife Amy and baby son Arlo, used to play football and go to the gym every week, he was one of the healthiest people his large group of friends knew. 

MND is a terminal, degenerative condition that affects the Motor Neurones, which now means that three years later Carl has no movement from the neck down and communicates with his eyes, using a eye gaze device.

Carl's brother Ross and long-time friend Ryan Pettit teamed up with Gary Thompson, who is a long standing member of Burstwick, to create a golf day in aid of raising funds for Carl's developing care requirements.

After some excellent efforts from the three friends of Carl, a Ryder Cup style event was created with two teams: #TeamGib and #TeamTomo.

With players from the Hull and East Yorkshire area taking part, two teams of twelve players were pitted against each other in the 36 hole event, with the first round taking the form of Pairs Scramble Matchplay and the afternoon games being Individual Matchplay. In the preparation of the event ideas were being exchanged on how to raise as much money as possible for Carl, and the trio settled for a straightest drive, longest drive and three nearest the pins, as well has "sand tax" and "water tax" on certain holes. 

Whilst the golf was played in a great spirit, both teams wanted to take home the trophy and have their name engraved for the first ever winners of this event which will be played annually, so there was some fantastic banter between the two groups on the first tee and in the clubhouse. After half way #TeamGib was leading 4-2, but it was all to play for in the afternoon as 12 points were up for grabs.

When the results started rolling in late on in the afternoon it was not looking good for #TeamTomo, and it ended up being a very one sided affair! There were a couple of players who weren't able to play in the afternoon so one point was disregarded, and in the end #TeamGib won convincingly with a score line of 10.5-6.5!

In the end around £800 was raised for Carl, which we all agreed was a fantastic amount for the first golf event of its kind, and ideas have already been flying around for next year's. It was a testament to Carl's loyal supporters and friends, he means a great deal to a lot of people.

As a club it was an absolute pleasure to host such a great event for Carl, and we wish him and his family the very best on his difficult journey.

If anyone would like to donate to Carl, please visit this site and give generously.

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!