Rob Draper wins the 2019 Club Championship!

Last weekend we held our Club Championship which is a two round strokeplay event which determines arguably the best golfer at the club.

Two trophies are up for grabs on the weekend: the Club Championship Trophy which goes to the player with the lowest aggregate gross score, and the Ted Key Trophy which goes to the player with the best accumulative net score.

We made a slight change to the format this year in that we told all the entrants that the top 16 gross scores from the first round would be seeded into selected fourballs on the Sunday morning so that the leaders were all playing together.

As it was the first time we had ever put this seeded tee format into play, we were a little apprehensive how it would be received by the entrants, so you can imagine our delight when every player in the top 16 embraced and priased the idea.

On the Saturday (first round) scoring was disappointing from most players apart from Lee Webster who posted a solid 71 gross to lead by four shots from Mike Taylor and James Sprangle. Other notable players had higher scores such as Steve Sorrenson on 76, Rob Draper on 76 and Chris Young on 78 - all of these players were disappointed with their efforts.

Going into day two and it was arguably Lee’s championship to lose, but as we all know in golf it’s not over until the last putt drops.

Rob Draper was in the penultimate fourball and was playing very solid golf on what was a reasonably tough day on the golf course with the wind blowing around 15-20mph. Meanwhile Webster was having a wobble on the first nine holes with a string of bogeys to post a +6 score of 41. It was all to play for!

As the first fourballs of the top sixteen came in they all stayed around the 18th green to see how the Championship reached its climax - and it didn’t disappoint! Draper parred the last hole for 71, which meant that Lee needed a level gross back 9 to take it to a play-off.

Unfortunately for Lee, a bogey on the par-3 17th hole cost him, and he missed a 25 foot birdie putt on 18, meaning that Rob was crowned the 2019 Club Champion after overturning a four shot defecit! The Ted Key Trophy went to Shaun McGeachy who scored a fantastic net total of 6-under par.

Congratulations Rob, although we won’t hear the end of it! And well done to Shaun who showed fantastic consistency throughout the weekend for the net prize!

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!

Lewis Hunt Clinches Club Championship on Back 18 Countback

The Club Championship always provides an excellent weekend of entertainment for members of Burstwick. The two-day, 36 hole event has seen some twists and turns over the years and 2015's was no different!

The forecast for the weekend was absolutely glorious and on day one Jack Maxey flew into the lead with his best ever competitive round, a level-par 70, to put him two ahead of Lewis on 72, and Danny Carrick on 76. One of the supposed contenders, Alan Key, played himself out of the competition on day one with a disappointing 82 meaning that it was up to the young guns to battle it out on Sunday.

On the final day Jack and Lewis were playing together in a four-ball which meant that the heat was on for a compelling match between them. After nine holes Lewis had overturned Jack's lead and distanced himself by two shots after shooting a 37 front nine, then going on to birdie the 10th hole. Jack wasn't giving up yet though, with a birdie on 12 he was back within reach of Lewis and determined for a strong finish.

Jack unfortunately made a bogey at 15 which put him three shots back, and they both made solid pars on the third hardest hole, 16. But then Lewis had a little wobble when he double-bogeyed the 17th, bringing Jack to within one shot of the lead.

Hole 18 is a tricky tee shot from the back tee, and Lewis found out the hard way when he pulled his into the water hazard. With Jack on the green in two Lewis knew what he needed to do, and proceeded to hit a fantastic wood onto the green, and two putting for a bogey, while Jack parred.

Agonisingly for Jack, this meant that they both tied on a total of 146, but Lewis' better second round meant that he was crowned Club Champion on count-back.

A huge congratulations to Lewis for his fantastic achievement at the tender age of just 14 years old, but equally a monumental pat on the back for Jack Maxey who, also 14 years of age, lost out so painfully. You both did yourselves extremely proud!

A special note also goes to Ben Almond, who won the Ted Key Trophy (net prize) with a score of 68+66=134, a great effort from the new member who only joined the club late last year! Well done Ben, we look forward to presenting you with the trophy!