October was an extremely busy month here at Magnolia Park, both out on the course and inside the clubhouse. With reasonable weather, for the time of year, the golf course saw our highest number of Stay & Play golfers with us for October. The weather was also beneficial for the recovery of the course following the hollow coring programme carried out at the beginning of the month, as detailed in our 'On the Course' Blog.
We also hosted two large weddings plus numerous conferences including McCormick UK Limited, based in Haddenham, for a 4 day residential training conference.
As we now move towards the busy festive season, November is also shaping up to be a hectic month with conferences and events taking place including the annual Chearlsey Cricket Club Dinner Dance and the Southern Moto Cross Association Dinner Dance, both of which are with us again this year.
AVANSA, RECIPE BOOK IN AID OF THE ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY
As mentioned in last month's Blog, our regular conference client Avansa Limited have published Unforgettable Recipes,a cookbook to raise money for The Alzheimers Society, both to support people affected by dementia as well as help fund research into the condition. The book is available at Reception for only £10 and features 46 recipes, including two donated by Miranda Gore Browne, a former finalist on the Great British Bake Off and hopes to raise more than £25,000 from proceeds of the sales..
Avansa will be with us once again early in November and there will be a fantastic raffle available for all to purchase a ticket in the bar, with all money raised going directly to The Alzheimers Society.
The Junior Golf Academy continued throughout October with 18 children continuing their journey of learning the basics of the game with Head Professional Jon Darby. All the children continue to make huge progress in each session and are really taking to the game and enjoying the new skills they are learning. As well as the technical elements of the course, the children benefit from all the other aspects of the game such as sportsmanship, etiquette and also making new friends along the way plus the added fun element of enjoying some FootGolf.
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
We are extremely pleased to announce that during October we created and launched a series of Open Golf events for 2019. The Open events start in May with the Senior Men's Open (55+) followed by the Corporate Open and Ladies Pairs Open in June, Men's Open in July, the Junior Open in August and finishing with the Senior Men's Pairs Open (55+) in September. We are also finalising a date for the annual Golf Society Organisers Day and details will be released soon. All the details for entries are on the posters above and there are Member Rates applicable for all these Open events.
JOIN THE TEAM AT MAGNOLIA PARK
We have the following vacancies;
Food and Beverage Assistant - full & part time, including weekends
Chef de Partie - part time
Kitchen Porter/Assistant - full & part time
If you're interested in applying for any of these vacancies, please submit your CV along with your cover letter by post or email firstname.lastname@example.org
October on the PGA Tour started with the Safeway Open where American KEVIN TWAY holed three consecutive birdies in a play-off to win and claim his first PGA Tour title. The 30-year-old, son of 1986 US PGA Championship winner Bob Tway, beat Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker after all three finished on 14 under. Snedeker, who had at one point held a five-shot lead during the final round, was eliminated on the first play-off hole after only managing par, while Moore matched Tway's birdie and both then birdied the next.
Tway sealed victory with a 10-foot putt on the next hole.
The following week and the PGA Tour was in Kuala Lumpur for the CIMB Classic and MARC LEISHMAN shot a superb 7-under 65 in the final round to win by five strokes and equal the tournament course record. The Australian was in fine form as he strolled to his fourth PGA Tour title and matched Justin Thomas' tournament record of 26-under 262 in 2015 on the TPC Kuala Lumpur West course. First-round leader Bronson Burgoon shot a 68 to finish tied for second, along with Emiliano Grillo and Chesson Hadley. Thomas finished tied for fifth place after ending the final day with an 8 under 64, along with Gary Woodland (71) and Louis Oosthuizen (69). The CIMB Classic was the first of three consecutive PGA Tour events in Asia.
Next up on the 'Asia Swing' of the Tour was the CJ Cup and it was BROOKS KOEPKA returning to wininng ways with victory at the event in South Korea, and with it he also became world number one for the first time. Koepka, who was named the PGA Tour's player of the year earlier in the month, carded an eight-under-par 64 on Sunday to finish on 21 under, four shots clear of fellow American Gary Woodland. Three-time major champion Koepka, who won the US Open and US PGA Championship earlier this year, is the third player in 2018 to reach number one for the first time, after England's Justin Rose and fellow American Justin Thomas. His final round in South Korea included chipping in for a birdie from the greenside rough at the par-four 16th.
The final tournament of the Asia series was the co-sanctioned WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and the report is in the European Tour round-up below. The PGA Tour also held it's final October event in Jackson with the Sanderson Farms Championship and CAMERON CHAMPsecured his maiden PGA Tour title by completing a wire-to-wire victory.
The 23-year-old birdied five of his final six holes to close out a four-under 68 at Country Club of Jackson to finish four strokes clear of Corey Conners. Carlos Oritz fired a round-of-the-day 64 to finish five off the pace in tied-third alongside Sam Burns, while Scotland's Martin Laird ended the week in a share of seventh after a final-round 70.
The European Tour kicked off with the ever popular Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Tyrrell Hatton lost a four-stroke lead on the back nine as Denmark's LUCAS BJERREGARRD won by a single shot. Seeking a third successive win in the event, Hatton was one ahead going into the final round, which saw each group start from different tees. But he bogeyed four of the last nine holes for a level par 72 and a 14 under total alongside Tommy Fleetwood. Bjerregaard returned a 67 at St Andrews to seal his second European Tour title. Four shots behind overnight, the 27-year-old world number 92 began his final round at the 18th on the Old Course under the "Shotgun Start" system and made the first of six birdies. He was six adrift with 12 holes to play but when he rolled in a birdie putt from the edge of the 16th green he was two clear and a dropped shot at his final hole, the infamous Road Hole 17th, could not deny him the title. In cold, gusting winds which prompted the unusual start, Hatton, who played the course in conventional 1-18 formation, recorded four consecutive birdies from the third. But after four bogeys in seven holes from the 10th, he missed a 12-foot birdie chance to force a play-off on the final green. Ryder Cup colleague Fleetwood dropped only one shot in a final day 69 to share second.
The next stop was Walton Heath and The British Masters hosted by Justin Rose. England's EDDIE PEPPERELL won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory after the 27-year-old took a three-shot lead into the final day, and closed out the win by carding a level-par 72 to finish on nine under. Victory means Pepperell, who also won the Qatar Masters in February, will break into the world's top 35 for the first time after he finished two shots ahead of playing partner Alexander Bjork of Sweden, who carded a one-under-par 71 to finish. Australia's Lucas Herbert and England's Jordan Smith finished a further two shots back, with 2002 winner and tournament host Justin Rose eighth on three under. Pepperell's overnight lead was reduced to just a single stroke when Bjork completed the front nine in 34 and the Englishman three-putted the ninth - the hole at which he had a hole-in-one on the opening day. But he moved three clear again on the 10th after holing an eagle from 122 yards. More drama was to follow when Pepperell dropped shots on the 14th and 15th, cutting his lead to a single shot, before Bjork bogeyed the 18th allowing Pepperell to save par from a bunker and seal victory. As well as a rise in the world rankings, Pepperell's win will have almost guaranteed him a Masters debut in April 2019 where the top 50 at the end of the year qualify for the first major of the year at Augusta.
The following week and the European Tour were in Sotogrande, Spain for the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by The Sergio Garcia Foundation. Tournament host SERGIO GARCIA won the event for the third time in a row after the event was reduced to 54 holes and completed on the fifth day because of bad weather. The 2017 Masters champion was three clear on 10 under with 11 holes remaining going into day five and finished on 12 under after a 69. Ireland's Shane Lowry was second after a round of 66 left him on eight under.
Lowry got to within a shot of Garcia with three consecutive birdies after the turn but the Spaniard held on. England's Lee Westwood made four birdies on Sunday to move up to second but was fifth after shooting a 70 and his compatriot Ashley Chesters finished fourth after a closing 72.
The final tournament of October was the co-sanctioned WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and American XANDER SCHAUFFELE secured a play-off victory with birdies on his final two holes to close out a four-under 68 at Sheshan International and join overnight leader Tony Finau - who posted a final-round 71 - on 14 under. The players returned to the 18th, where Finau found a bunker off the tee and had to lay up on his way to a par, as Schauffele found the par-five green in two and two-putted for a winning birdie. Starting the day with a three-shot lead, Finau bounced back from missing a five-footer at the first to make a two-putt birdie at the next, as Schauffele also birdied the second and cancelled out a bogey at the fourth with gains at the fifth and eighth. Finau kicked off his back nine with a birdie but lost his outright lead with back-to-back blemishes over his next two holes, as Schauffele holed from four feet at the 13th to move into pole position. The lead changed hands again when Finau rolled in from 10 feet at the par-five 14th and Schauffele made a three-putt bogey at the next, where Justin Rose also dropped a shot to end his hopes of defending his title. Schauffele made a 15-foot birdie at the 17th to move back into a share of the lead alongside Finau, before the par exchanged gains at the par-five last to extend the contest. Rose finished four strokes back in third, with Andrew Putnam and Kiradech Aphibarnrat six shots back in a share of fourth spot.
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 limited availability 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!