September was once again one of the busiest months both inside the club and out on the golf course. The weather was a mixture of warm days up to 26 degrees along with plenty of heavy rainfall, which certainly helped the recovery of the course from the hot summer we enjoyed.
Throughout the month we welcomed lots of visitors, golf societies and guests on Stay & Play golf breaks along with many conferences and meetings plus six weddings! We also welcomed the HERO 2018 Challenge with over 100 classic cars competing in the annual event over 2 days.
HERO 2018 Challenge, 21st - 22nd September
On Friday 21st September we welcomed over 100 classic cars, registered before 01/01/86, to Magnolia Park for the 2018 HERO Challenge. The cars were taking part in this annual event for the first time with us starting with a training day on Friday before the cars were subjected to rigorous scrutineering and noise test at the Greenkeepers area.
Some of the cars entered included Austin Maxi, Sunbeam Talbot, AC Cobra, Hillman Avenger, Triumph TR6, Ford Falcon, Bentley Derby, Austin-Healey Sprite, Lotus Elan, Fors Escort Mexico, plus many many more incredible cars, all of which were in immaculate condition.
Saturday morning and the first cars set out on their 140 mile (240km) route at 8:00am straight into the first regularity test of the event. This one was straight forward to get the drivers and their cars into the swing of things but they got tougher throughout the day as they were tested to progress their skills behind the wheel. Further tests at the Bicester Aerodrome followed with another regularity and then their first stop at the fabulous Boycott Farm Shop near Buckingham. Once refreshed it was straight back into the action with two more tests at the nearby Bill Gwynne Rally School. Three Regularities kept the crews busy before heading across to Hellidon Lakes for a Lunch break which will be held in a Marquee at the top of the grounds and included a Hog Roast. Two more regularities and a final longer test followed which took competitors around the west of Bicester and back to Magnolia Park for the finish with the first car arriving at 15:45.
Once all the cars had returned to Magnolia Park, the driver and navigators enjoyed a fantastic meal before the awards were handed out.
1st Place - Car #3, Porsche 911 Carrera (Driver Paul Bloxidge, Navigator Ian Canavan)
2nd Place - Car #4, MG B Roadster (Driver John Dignan, Navigator Pete Dignan)
3rd Place - Car #23, Volvo 123GT (Driver Rod Hanson, Navigator Clare Grove)
AVANSA, RECIPE BOOK IN AID OF THE ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY
Once again our regular client Avansa Limited, their staff and suppliers were back at Magnolia Park in September for their latest Sales Conference. Commercial Director, Jenny Arnot, has published Unforgettable Recipes – a cookbook to raise money both to support people affected by dementia and help fund research into the condition. Having obtained sponsorship, not only from her colleagues at Avansa, but also many of the UK’s leading brands in the food and drink industry including KP Snacks, Hi-Spirits, Dr. Oetker, Sleaford Quality Foods and Cawston Press, Jenny and the team at Avansa have successfully raised sufficient funds both to produce and publish the cookbook. The book features 46 recipes, including two donated by Miranda Gore Browne, a former finalist on the Great British Bake Off and it is hoped that the book will raise more than £25,000.
We have copies of the book available to purchase at Reception for only £10 with all proceeds from sales of the book going directly to The Alzheimers Society.
The latest series of the Junior Golf Academy started in September following the schools returning after their summer holidays and pleased to report we have another 18 children enrolled in the programme. During the three sessions in the month the children learnt some of the basics of golf along with playing FootGolf on our purpose built 9 hole footgolf course. All the children have made great progress in each session and are really taking to the game and enjoying the new skills they are learning with our Head Professional Jon Darby. As well as learning the children benefit from all the other aspects of the game such as sportsmanship, etiquette and also making new friends along the way.
If you would like to enroll your children to learn how to play please get in touch on 01844 239700 or email Jon at email@example.com
September started with BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU winning his second FedEx Cup play-off event in as many weeks with victory at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. The 24-year-old American carded a final-round four-under-par 67 to win by two shots from England's Justin Rose. DeChambeau's win in Massachusetts makes him the second player, after Vijay Singh in 2008, to win the first two legs of the FedEx Cup play-offs.
It is his fourth win on the PGA Tour in just over one year and he is projected to move to number seven in the world rankings. Rose's three-under-par 68 saw him take second position, one shot ahead of Australian Cameron Smith. European Ryder Cup team-mates Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton finished tied for 12th at 10 under after one-under and two-over final rounds respectively.
The next event was the third and final leg of the FedEx Cup play-offs and the BMW Championship where KEEGAN BRADLEY secured his place in the Tour Championship for the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings with this win. Beating Justin Rose in the playoff saw him jump to #6 in the rankings and was Bradley's first win on the Tour for over 6 years.
Ahead of the Ryder Cup at the end of the month (see below) the final event was the PGA Tour Championship where the FedEx Cup would also be won. An emotional TIGER WOODS completed an astonishing comeback to win the season-ending Tour Championship by two shots and record his first win in five years. The 42-year-old's victory in Atlanta was his 80th PGA Tour title - only fellow American Sam Snead has more - but his first since August 2013.
Less than a year ago he was ranked 1,199 in the world after spinal fusion surgery, the latest of multiple operations. "I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole," Woods said. "I just can't believe I've pulled this off." Thousands of fans spilled on to the 18th fairway to follow Woods to the green after his approach found a bunker on the edge of the green. Woods holed out for par to complete a final round of 71 for an 11-under total before holding his arms aloft in celebration of a brilliant win just days before the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris.
England's JUSTIN ROSE lost his world number one ranking as a result of finishing tied fourth but secured the overall FedEx Cup which determines the season-long PGA Tour champion, the first Englishman to do so. Rose birdied the 18th at East Lake for a 73 to finish on six under and seal the top-five finish he needed to win the $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer as FedEx Cup champion.
The win for Woods means he is now two short of Snead's all-time PGA Tour title record of 82. It comes less than a year since Woods said he might never return to competitive golf following multiple back operations. In April 2017 he had his third surgery in 19 months to try and cure pain in his back and leg. He returned to competitive golf in November 2017 and admitted he was "winging it" as he waited to see if his back would hold up.
September on the European Tour started with the Made in Denmark event where MATT WALLACE won with victory in four-way, all-English play-off in Silkeborg. Wallace, 28, birdied five of the last six holes in a five-under 67 to finish 19 under and force his way into the play-off - then birdied the 18th twice. Lee Westwood and Jonathan Thomson went out at the first play-off hole, with Steven Brown succumbing at the second.
The next event saw England's MATTHEW FITZPATRICK claim his fifth European Tour win after edging out Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard in a play-off to defend the Omega European Masters title in Switzerland. Fitzpatrick birdied the first play-off hole after finishing level with Bjerregaard at 17 under after 72 holes. Bjerregaard carded a final round seven-under 63, with Fitzpatrick making a birdie at the last for a 67. France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera (67) finished third, two shots off the pace. Fitzpatrick, 24, became the first player since Seve Ballesteros in 1978 to successfully defend the title at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
The European Tour then headed to the Netherlands where China's WU ASHUN claimed his third European Tour title at the KLM Open as England's Chris Wood three-putted the final green to finish second by a shot. Wu birdied the last for a final round of four-under 67 to finish at 16 under at The Dutch in Spijk. Overnight leader Wood could only par the last for a two-under 69 to earn a third runner-up finish of the season. Belgium's Thomas Detry and Japan's Hideto Tanihara finished tied for third in the Netherlands. Ireland's Padraig Harrington added to a second-placed finish at the Czech Masters at the end of August with fifth place at 13 under after a final-round 68.
The final tournament of September ahead of the Ryder Cup and it was TOM LEWIS winning his first European Tour event since 2011 by winning the Portugal Masters by three shots. The Englishman, who trailed Lucas Herbert by two shots overnight, shot a five-under-par 66 to finish 22 under in Vilamoura. Australia's Herbert had to settle for a share of second with Eddie Pepperell after a double bogey on the final hole. Sergio Garcia finished tied for seventh and Thorbjorn Olesen tied 20th before playing in next week's Ryder Cup. Australia's Herbert eventually signed for a 71 to miss out on a first professional win. England's Pepperell threatened the leaders but had to settle for a sixth top 10 of the season after a 67.
THE 2018 RYDER CUP
Europe thrashed the United States 17½-10½ to regain the Ryder Cup - prompting wild celebrations, tears, and one player dressing as a pillar box at Le Golf National in France.
Open champion Francesco Molinari beat Phil Mickelson to get Europe to the 14½-point winning mark, simultaneously becoming the first European to win five points in one Ryder Cup.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia secured a victory of his own to surpass Sir Nick Faldo as the Ryder Cup's leading points scorer with 25½, then sobbed as he was called a "legend" by team-mate Justin Rose.
Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy led 'thunder clap' cheers with an exuberant 70,000-strong crowd, while captain Thomas Bjorn embraced each of his "amazing" players.
Jon Rahm, Ian Poulter, Thorbjorn Olesen, Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren joined Molinari and Garcia in winning singles matches after the Americans, trailing 10-6, had threatened a comeback by winning 3½ of the first five points on the final day.
Poulter - nicknamed 'The Postman' because he 'always delivers a point' - found a pillar-box fancy-dress outfit to the delight of the partisan crowd, then led the charge on to the 18th green when Noren holed a 35-foot putt to win the final match.
That spirit has prevailed throughout the European team all week. They went in to the match as underdogs despite the US not having won in Europe since 1993. The American side boasted 31 major titles, and 11 of their players are in the world's top 17. But Le Golf National is a different course to those the Americans are used to playing on - the tight fairways and deep, penal rough, a world away from the vast majority of PGA Tour courses.
Only three of the American dozen had played a competitive round at the home of the French Open before this week, and it showed as the European players, who have played in excess of 200 rounds between them, looked more at ease.
The Americans put their best players out at the top of Sunday's singles order and the gamble appeared to be paying off for captain Jim Furyk with three wins and a halved match out of the first five. Both the opening matches went down to the 18th, with Justin Thomas defeating McIlroy after an epic battle to put the American's first point on the board before Brooks Koepka rolled in a three-footer to share his equally entertaining match with Paul Casey - the only one of the 28 matches to end all square.
McIlroy was two ahead after four holes but Thomas hit back with birdies on the eighth and 10th. They were still level on the 18th but after Thomas boomed his drive down the middle, McIlroy pushed his tee shot into a bunker. His ball plugged and he was unable to get it out with his first attempt. His third shot careered into the water to effectively end the contest, with Thomas hitting his second to eight feet. The point meant the American, who was joint eighth at the French Open earlier in the summer, finished as his team's top points scorer with four, from five matches.
World number two Rose failed to recover from losing the second and third holes to Webb Simpson and was three down after eight. The Englishman birdied the par-three 16th but the American holed his second shot to close out a 3&2 win.
Fleetwood, who won four matches in partnership with Molinari on Friday and Saturday, also harboured hopes of becoming the first European to win all five matches at a single Ryder Cup but they were crushed by Tony Finau. None of the first 11 holes were halved but the American won eight of them to the Englishman's three to go five ahead and he eventually won 6&4.
But then the tide turned. Poulter, so often the European to spark a momentum change, holed a birdie putt on the 14th to edge ahead of world number one Dustin Johnson in their see-saw contest and the roar reverberated around the course.
Moments later, those around the 14th green were roaring again when Olesen completed an unlikely 5&4 victory over Jordan Spieth to put Europe 11½-9½ ahead. Olesen had not played since losing in the fourballs on Friday morning and his victory was built on four birdies on the front nine as he went five clear, while Spieth, who has been one of the US team's star players with three points, never recovered from three successive bogeys.
Poulter, unbeaten in five previous singles matches, then went two holes up on Johnson after the American dumped his second to the par-four 15th into the water.
Up on the 16th, Rahm missed a short putt to allow Tiger Woods to get back within a hole but the Spaniard nailed his approach to the 17th to four feet and holed the putt to add another blue point. Rahm punched the air in delight, striding around the green in raucous celebration, before calming himself enough to console Woods, who had waited patiently to congratulate his conqueror.
The defeat left Woods, who won his first tournament in five years at the Tour Championship last week, with zero points from his four matches. Bryson DeChambeau and Mickelson also ended with zero points, while all the Europeans contributed.
Johnson won the 16th to stay in touch with Poulter but the thousands gathered round the 17th green were expecting to celebrate another European point minutes later. Poulter, for once, failed to deliver, missing a six-footer to win the match. However, he strode to the final tee, smashed his drive down the middle and flicked a mid-iron to six feet, a putt conceded by Johnson, to put Europe 13½-9½ ahead and just one point from regaining the trophy.
Any one of Molinari, Garcia, or Stenson could have secured the winning point - and it was the Italian who did so. The winning moment came when Mickelson, three down with three to play, hit his tee shot on the par-three 16th into the water and conceded the hole and match.
Join former WBC World Welterweight Champion John H Stracey for an evening of great food with entertainment. Enjoy a drinks reception before joining John for a delicious 3-course dinner followed by stories from his time in the ring, the punches he traded and the good and bad times of his career, then a song or two with his Cabaret performance!
Tickets are available now for this fantastic evening of entertainment are only £39.95pp (10% off for Members). To book please call the Events Team on 01844 239700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT MAGNOLIA PARK
Christmas is the most exciting time of the year and it's the perfect time for family and friends to spend quality time together and catch up. Join us for our Christmas Party Nights and we guarantee you a night to remember!
Our Party Nights start from 7:30pm with a delicious 3 Course Festive Dinner or Festive Buffet before you kick off your heels and party your way into the Christmas season with our resident DJ through to 1:00am!
We have some availability still on the following party nights:
Saturday 8th December, Banquet Night @ £29.95pp
Thursday 13th December, Buffet Night @ £19.95pp
Friday 14th December, Casino Night @ £29.95pp
Friday 21st December, Members Christmas Party @ £29.95pp*
*Don't forget, Members get 10% off the ticket price!