On Friday 25th May we hosted our third annual Magnolia Park Corporate Open with 14 teams entered, all battling to win the amazing first prize on offer of a 12 month Gold Corporate membership package worth in excess of £2,000!
The weather was forecast to be heavy rain throughout the day, and whilst the rain fell as the teams arrived, it did stop 5 minutes before the shotgun start at 10:30am and never materialised throughout the day.
To add a bit of 'spice' to the day the teams were notified by Sales & Marketing Manager, Matt Davies, of 3 'secret holes' where points would be doubled on the final scorecards. Following a hearty full English breakfast the teams headed out to their starting tee's before the competition commenced playing 4 Ball Better Ball Team Stableford with 2 best scores counting on each hole. We also welcomed LET Access Tour player Zara Houchin from SK Golf Events with us running her Beat the Female Pro on the par 3 17th hole and many of the players tried their luck with a few succeeding!
The 2016 and 2017 champions Let's Talk Eco were unable to defend their title this year so it was going to be a new name on the trophy, and as the scores came in it was tightly contested. That was until the final four cards were submitted!
Following the delicious 2 course meal of Confit Duck followed by Chocolate Torte in the Magnolia Suite the prizes were handed out to the winners, and losers! The double point mystery holes were revealed as the par 3 11th hole (stroke index 12), par 4 6th (index 7) and par 5 8th (index 3) and narrowly missing out on the prizes in third place were Southern Counties Saws on 108 points. Runners-up with a final total score of 114 points, and winning a Corporate Golf Day worth over £700, were the team from Britmet Tileform.
Winning the Corporate Open, with an incredible score of 121 points, and the 12 month Corporate Membership were the team from 1 Regiment RLC!
We also had a special prize for the team who battled all day long to score 84 points and finish in last place! Picking up a brewery tour of the Wychwood Brewery to drown their sorrows, kindly donated by Marstons Brewery, were the team from Great Western Railway!
Our Nearest the Pin winners were Chris Ross (Greenfleets) on the 2nd, Geoff Vaughan (Crendon Motors) on the 7th and Ashley Kempson (Crendon Motors) on the 11th.
I would like to thank all the teams who took part in this fantastic event as well as Marstons Brewery and Bridgestone for their continued support.
Magnolia Park Members Win on the Road
On Thursday 25th May, Lady Captain Jenny Wynd took a team to Weston Turville Golf Club to play in their Ladies Open event. After a great days golf the team consisting of Jenny along with Carol Gray, Pam Robinson and Anne Terry came out victorious in the Team Stableford format. The competition where the 3 best scores counted the ladies scored an impressive 111 points to seal the win by 1 point! Well done Ladies!!
Also winning 'on the road' this month were Magnolia Park Vice Captain Brian Nobbs and his regular playing partner Rob Fulbrook as they lifted the Philip Duncombe Pairs Cup at the prestigious Frilford Heath Golf Club. The trophy is played for as part of the Sue Duncombe Charity Golf Day in aid of Cancer Research UK and this year was played on the Blue Course. Brian and Rob beat 82 other players by quite a margin, according to sources, so congratulations guys on the win!
The Greenkeepers Charity Golf Day, Friday 4th May
Following the Greenkeepers Charity Golf Day in aid of helping our Assistant Graham and his partner Sarah Day, Head Greenkeeper Shaun would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a huge success.
I wanted to personally thank all the members and visitors who supported our recent Greenkeepers Charity Golf Day on 4th May in aid of helping our colleague Graham and his partner Sarah Day fund the cancer treatment she requires. The day was a great success and we thank all of you who could play. We had 48 people play on the day which was fantastic!
On the day we raised an amazing total of £3,075.00 through the raffle and auction, plus all the green fees from the day which were donated to the fundraising cause by Magnolia and which was a fantastic gesture.
The Nearest the Pin winners were Jenny Wynd, Des O'Flanagan and Dan Anstiss.
The Team competition winners were myself (!), Carl Llewelyn, Jodie Mogford and Alan White with 92 points. Runners-up with 91 points were the Greenkeeper team of Graham, Barry, Dan and Stuart with the team of Mike Pennick, Mike Greenall, Sean Stanley and Alan Lanes finishing 3rd on 88 points.
However, in truth the true winners of the day were Graham and Sarah and we hope that our small gesture of holding this event for them will go along way with helping them with further required treatment.
Graham mentioned when he said a few words on their behalf after the golf, that each visit to Turkey costs them personally around £1,500 and he has asked me to pass on that he is truly thankful to everyone who played and also those who couldn't play but still donated through the raffle, auction and Sarah's fundraising web page.
It was a fantastic day and was enjoyed by all and once again a huge thank you to everyone who has donated prizes and money to help these guys battle this.
PRO SHOP NEWS
The FREE JUNIOR FUN DAY on Saturday 2nd June, with Head Pro Jon Darby, will give children of all ages the chance to try FootGolf as well as book onto one of the three Junior Classes scheduled on the day. If you would like to register your child onto the 10:00am, 11:30am or 1:00pm 1 hour class please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following on from the Junior Fun Day, our new JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY starts on Saturday 9th June and is suitable for children aged 6 years and over and will be an 8 week course following the Young Golf Masters format where kids will learn the game through fun activities over various stages. Completion of each stage will be rewarded with a certificate before advancing onto the next.
Full details can be found on our website on the dedicated Junior Golf page here:
The first PGA Tour event in May saw JASON DAY capture his second PGA Tour title of 2018 with a two-shot victory at the Wells Fargo Championship. With the win the former world #1 moved up seven places to seventh in the world rankings after finishing on 12 under. Americans Aaron Wise and Nick Watney shared 2nd place with Paul Casey ending T5 alongside Phil Mickleson. Rory McIlroy ended on 3 under and T16 with Tiger Woods on 2 over and T55 for the tournament.
Next up on the schedule was the "unoffical 5th Major" The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Tiger Woods final round charge fell short as WEBB SIMPSON held his nerve to win by 4 shots in Florida from Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele. This week also saw the end of Dustin Johnson's 64 weeks as world #1 as his T17 finish and Justin Thomas closing on T11 saw him take over the top spot. Ian Poulter and Tiger Woods shared T11 place with Thomas and Brooks Koepka, who had an albatross in a course-record equalling 63. Tommy Fleetwood has another good tournament finishing T7.
The following week AARON WISE cruised to his first ever PGA Tour win with a 3 shot victory over Australian Marc Leishman at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas. The Nelson celebrated it's 50th anniversary with a return to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons and Wise's final total of 23 under shattered the previous tournament record held by Rory Sabbattini from 2009 at 19 under.
The last weekend of May and the Tour remained in Texas for the Forth Worth Invitational at the Colonial Country Club where JUSTIN ROSE claimed his ninth PGA title with a three-shot victory over Brooks Koepka. This win was Rose's fourth global success since November 2017 as he opted to skip the European Tour flagship event, the BMW PGA at Wentworth, to satisfy the new PGA Tour ruling that requires players to appear in at least one event in which they have not competed in the past four year. The victory for Rose also equalled, with Nick Faldo, for the most PGA Tour wins by an Englishman since WWII.
The first May Bank Holiday Weekend saw the return of the unique GolfSixes tournament at Centurion Club where 16 pairs compete representing their countries. Ireland's GAVIN MOYNIHAN and PAUL DUNNE won the event beating France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel 2-0 in the final. The England men's and women's teams of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, and Georgina Hall and Charley Hull both went out 2-0 at the quarter-final stage.
The following weekend on the European Tour Sweden's JOAKIM LAGERGREN clinched a dramatic first title beating Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera in a play-off at the Sicilian Open with a birdie on the first extra hole after shooting 3 under 68 to finish alongside overnight leader Lorenzo-Vera on 16 under.
Next up the Tour headed to the Rinkven International Golf Club in Antwerp for the Belgian Knockout which is a hybrid format of strokeplay and matchplay. The format was played over 90 holes, with 36 holes of stroke play on Thursday and Friday cutting the field from 144 to 64, followed by six rounds of nine-hole knockout match play to determine a winner. In the final it was the Spaniard ADRIAN OTAEGUI victorious over Frenchman Benjamin Herbert and a second win in head-to-head competition.
The last weekend in May and it was the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Last year's runner-up Italian FRANCESCO MONILARI triumphed over a stellar European field on the West Course finishing 17 under after a final-day 68 saw him beat Rory McIlroy by two shots with Lucas Bjerregaard and defending champion Alex Noren tied third a further shot back. Matthew Fitzpatrick finished with an eagle on the 18th green to tie for 8th alongside Ross Fisher, with Graeme McDowell a shot further back and one ahead of fellow Irishman Shane Lowry and 21-year-old Sam Horsfield. The 2017 Race to Dubai Champion, Tommy Fleetwood, finished on seven under, tied with Ian Poulter and Paul Casey, while Lee Westwood ended at six under following his final round of 74.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN JUNE
Throughout 2018 we have some fantastic events lined up for Members and Non-Members to enjoy.
Friday 29th June - The Construction Industry Pro-Am
We are delighted to be hosting, once again, The Construction Industry Pro-Am in association with SK Golf Events. This is a fantastic event for all businesses and individuals in the construction industry and associated trades. The day consists of 3 amateur players teaming up with a European Tour, Ladies European Tour or European Challenge Tour player to compete in a team event with some incredible prizes on offer!