Hickory shafts hit Buckingham

Players at Buckingham Golf club dressed up in old fashioned attire to celebrate the club's 100th year
Players at Buckingham Golf club dressed up in old fashioned attire to celebrate the club's 100th year
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In a keenly contested match to celebrate the club’s centenary year, a mixed team from Buckingham narrowly beat the British Collectors’ Golf Society 3.5 to 2.5, with all players using hickory shafted clubs.

The society supplied a fascinating display of memorabilia from the 1930s in the clubhouse during the day and all society players dressed in period costume. It was a wonderful opportunity for members at Buckingham to see and feel what playing golf in the early days was like and the society generously donated a plaque and made a donation to the junior section.

The following day saw nearly 30 would-be golfers and new members – both juniors and adults – attend the club’s Open Day. After an initial tuition from the club’s PGA Professional, Greg Hannah, the newcomers were taken for nine holes on the course by a number of long-standing members. The day proved successful with several guests signing up on the spot for the club’s academy membership, tailored to newer golfers or for full membership.

Meanwhile, the men’s scratch team travelled to Witney Lakes for their third match of the season. The first pairing of Steve Clarke and Matt McStraw extended their winning run with a 4&3 victory, while second pair Dave Thompson and Dave Dallaway also had a solid 4&3 win. The third pairing of Neil Caldwell and junior Ed Jenks had a closer game, finishing all square, which was enough to take the team five points clear at the top of Division Three.

The annual ladies v seniors match was contested in excellent centenary spirit, with the ladies taking a 8.5 to 4.5 victory.

In the midweek stableford, Barry Stock led home 84 starters with 40 points, one clear of Graham Shaw, while youngster Michael Schofield took third spot on countback. Colin Thompson’s 17 points took the seniors’ 9-hole competition, two clear of Chris Brown.

In the weekend competitions, Saturday saw a medal competition for the Coronation Flag, where contestants play against the course, the front runners carrying on until they have used up their handicap allowance.

Paul Skinner pushed the flag closest to the pin on the 19th hole as he hit a gross 75 – the lowest gross score of the day – for a nett 69, matched by Dermot Haughian.

On Sunday, there were two stableford competitions, with Michael Schofield firstracking up 38 points to win the Holton Trophy, while Des Pye then won the Hartridge Trophy on countback from Ricky Price and Nick Abbott, each scoring 36 points.