Cirencester Golf Club review by golf expert Danny Hall

Ladies’ Section

Lady Captain’s Day – Stars and Stripes

FOLLOWING the hectic schedule of Festival Week, the last seven days at Cirencester Golf Club proved relatively quiet, but there was colour and drama aplenty on Fiona Fyfe’s Lady Captain’s Day (July 4), which boasted an appropriate Stars & Stripes theme.

The competition was a Texas Scramble in teams of three and the ladies surpassed themselves in a riot of red, white and blue.

The winners on the day were Emma Brereton, Julie Clough & Ali Kelly, with the runners-up Jayne Worthington, Angela Canty & Brenda Smith.

Nearest the Pin prizes were won by Kate Dymoke and Jane Brodrick, and the straightest drive on the 8th went to Helen Landau.

Fiona, aided by helpers – including some from the men’s section – hosted superb refreshments and a barbecue at the Halfway House where the ladies were greeted by the mascot from her chosen charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Then in the evening more than 40 ladies enjoyed the prize-giving dinner.

Fiona Fyfe with the mascot from her chosen charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

FJ Hinds Salver

DAVID MICHAEL gained reward for playing well in recent weeks by collecting the FJ Hinds Salver during the 36-hole Victory Cup competition in Festival Week.

The salver is awarded to the best-scoring player with a handicap of 18 or above.

David’s nett score (75, 73) totalled 148 for 28th place overall.

Seniors’ Section

Cirencester 5 Wychwood 1

THE biggest win among the Cirencester pairings was from John Hall & Stu Michaelis, who triumphed 5&4, but arguably the victory of real note came from David ‘Two Drivers’ Soar & John Appleby.

The bland 2 up scoreline gave no clue to the exceptional round of of better ball golf from our dynamic duo who had to concede no fewer than 20 shots to one of their opponents.

John fashioned birdies at the 3rd, 7th, 8th and 18th, while David birdied the 16th as they produced a joint score of one-under gross – and yet it was still anyone’s game until the last green.

Mixed Greensomes

Cirencester 3½ Minchinhampton 3½

Cirencester's Mixed Greensomes team drew with a strong Minchinhampton side on June 2.

The most decisive win came from Gill & Ian Hunter who beat their opponents 5&4. The other six matches were all closely-fought affairs with every match going to at least the 17th hole. Wins came from Keith & Sue Hodgson as well as Gerry Bruton & Jacqui Barcillon and there was a half for Mike & Kath Burbage.

Cirencester 5½ Cotswold Hills 2½

Cirencester’s Mixed Greensomes team put up their best display of the season in beating Cotswold Hills.

The most emphatic success came from Angela & Roy Woodward who won 6&5. Other wins were from pairs making their first appearance this season: Rob and Jayne Worthington won 2&1 while Graham & Debbie Hewitt took their game 3&2. Club acting president Bob Hadley and Sally Hadley won their match 3&2.

The team has now played five matches this season, losing the opening clash, drawing one and winning three. The next matches will be tough – away to Burford on August 11 and the visit to Ogbourne Downs on August 17.

Dorset Captains 3½ Gloucestershire Captains 4½

DAVID SOAR also starred in the narrow victory for the Gloucestershire Captains on their visit to Crane Valley Golf Club at Verwood in Dorset.

David, a former captain at Cirencester, partnered Rod Helps, former captain of Stinchcombe Hill, to a handsome 4&3 victory, despite having to concede 17 shots to their opponents.