It's congratulations to Dave Banwell for winning the Grand Prix. A trophy that rewards consistency.
A single-figure golfer, David added the Grand Prix salver to his trophy cabinet after his best ever season, winning two trophy competitions, losing in the final of a third and finishing in the top five in a handful of cup, medal and stableford events for a last-gasp victory.
David won the Winter League with playing partner Jamie Stone, beating Steve Light and Peter Morgan on the 19thhole.
He went on to win the Wallis Cup, beating Philip Spratt Callaghan on countback...but then missed out on the 75th Anniversary Trophy, losing to double trophy winner Phil Coumbe on countback after both finished with 39 pts.
But with his top-five finishes in other competitions, David had enough points to be crowned Grand Prix champion. His end-of-season performance saw him fly up the table, beating leader Phil Coumbe by 48pts to 45.
David's success on the golf course is normally eclipsed by the achievements of sons Josh and Oli. But with Oli focusing on his school exams, it was left to Josh to keep the Banwell flag flying, winning the Junior championship in his year as junior section Captain.
Says David: "The boys have won dozens of golfing trophies in recent years….it was nice to be able to remind them that dad can still do it too."
Four Leighton ladies finished their annual "mulligan" competition with 28 points, with former nurse Oonagh Russell taking top spot on countback from Carmen White-Lawes, Zan Nicholl and Sandra Bellis.
On a much sadder note I would like to bring to your attention a charity golf day which is being held at the Golf Club on March 24 in memory of Paul Hawkins, a 12-handicap golfer and former member who also played regularly with the Southcott Village Golf Society. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the British Heart Foundation and other worthy causes which Paul supported.
The funeral of Paul, a Bedford-born man described as "everyone's best friend" and who passed away suddenly, aged 27, took place on Monday (January 25).
Around 300 members of his family, sporting and social friends and work colleagues attended the service at Bedford Crematorium.
His father David, a former Captain and ex-President of our Club and who is shortly to become President of the Bedfordshire Golf Association, led the tributes to Paul at a service conducted by Vanessa Corbishley.
Well known in the Bedford, Milton Keynes and Leighton Buzzard areas for his "love of life," Paul had travelled around the Far East before becoming a graduate trainee with Tesco seven years ago. Until his untimely passing, he was store manager of the Tesco outlet on the Edgeware Road, London.
His mother Teresa, sister Kara and brother Chris, together with step-mother Tina and grandfather Brian were joined by other family members, friends and colleagues at a reception at the Golf Club where he played for many years, teaming up with David, Chris and Brian to make the "best family fourball you could possibly have." He was also an avid supporter of Liverpool football club who have sent a letter of condolence to the Hawkins family.
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When on or near the putting green, leave your bags or carts just off the green on the way to the next tee. When the play of a hole has been completed, leave the putting green quickly.
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