The winning team
The 2nd placed team
The 3rd placed team
Written by John Hatfield, Club Captain  (edited)
Captains' Charity Day
John Hatfield (L) , Debbie de Boltz (CL), Jo Stentiford (CR) and Mike Gridley (R)
Friday July 2nd saw our Captains’ Charity Day event hosted by John
Hatfield (Club Captain) and Jo Stentiford (Ladies Captain) in aid of
their chosen charity, Farleigh Hospice.
Of the 72 players who took part,
most were from our club. It was
also nice to see some old friends
turn up from Rochford GC who
always come along to support
our charity events. The players
were divided into 18 teams of 4.
They played in a “best 3 scores
per hole” format which
encouraged teamwork and
helped create a great friendly
atmosphere for the day.
We were also joined by Debbie de Boltz who is the fundraiser for
Farleigh Hospice, and despite not playing regularly she out
performed her hosts on the course.
The team event was won by one of the
more senior groups consisting of Dougie
Mullen, Colin Page, Dave “Biggles” Mee
and Ian Morgan. They were later seen
celebrating wildly with a lager shandy late
into the afternoon.
In 2nd place was another group of over
50’s comprising of Steve Rodway, Paul
West, Keith Avery and Dave Seymour
most of whom were still awake after
The 3rd placed team was Bill White, Nick
Fisk, Rob Wells and Brad Hyde, the only
under 50 on the rostrum!
After the round the players sat down for a
Cold Meat buffet, a good choice given the
warm sultry weather.
With the plates cleared away and raffle
prizes collected, Gary Ambrose ( a past
Club Captain) took on the role as
Auctioneer. During the auction we were
treated to several renditions of Sweet
Caroline and some very generous bids for
several items. The atmosphere in the room
was fantastic and it was great to see our
club rocking again.
The golf itself was keenly contested by all
but the big winner was Farleigh Hospice
thanks to the exceptional generosity of
some of our members. Many of you
donated prizes for both the raffle and/or the
auction, I won’t embarrass you but you
know who you are, and your donations
helped us reach a total of £4000 raised on
the day.
Farleigh Hospice is a charity that touches a lot of families and on
their behalf, we sincerely appreciate your kindness and thank you all
for helping make the day a success.
No. 21     July / August 2021
A Golfing Truth ?
Produced on behalf of Three Rivers Golf Committee by Peter Gillion
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Seniors Summer Cup
The Seniors’ Section on the Kings course held their Summer Cup
competition on the 23 June. The Summer Cup is one of the section’s
“Majors” in their annual calendar. It is played as a Better-Ball Pairs
competition with the winners claiming the Summer Cup. This year
there was an additional incentive as the winners would be entered
into the Essex Veterans Trophy in 2022.
In near perfect weather conditions, the course was well presented for
a great day’s play. A total of 66 seniors paired up ready for the
challenge. The results confirmed the excellent playing conditions as
several teams battled it out for the podium positions. The trophy
eventually was claimed by Dave Gordon and Nick Fisk who posted a
score of 47 points, 2 points ahead of their closest rivals, Michael Hine
and Gary Ambrose. Ken A. Smith and Alan Dadsworth came in third
with 43 points. A mention should also be given here to Russ Millar
who sunk his second shot on the 1st for an eagle.
After the match those who participated enjoyed a Steak Pie, Chips
and Peas meal washed down with their favorite tipple in the main bar
area. To comply with Covid restrictions the tables were set for 6
people with the food, plated at the serving trollies, being waitress
served to each table. The arrangements and organization worked
well with several comments about the “very good” Steak Pie.
In addition to the main prize there were prizes from the first 3 teams
and Nearest the Pin prizes on the 9th, 15th and 16th. There was also
a special thank you to Alwynne and Tamba for collecting the entry
fees, handing out the scorecards and in general keeping everybody
on their best behavior.
Captain's Day
Winners of the front nine Texas Scramble.
Winners of the back nine Texas Scramble.
Winner of the Captain's Day Cup,  Peter White (L) with
Club Captain John Hatfield
Captain’s Day took place on Saturday 10 July. Captain’s Day is one
of our “major” competitions and social events in the calendar year. It
is an all-day event with a 9 hole Texas Scramble in the morning and a
full 18 hole individual competition in the afternoon.
This year 103 players took part, the vast majority of which were Club
members with the remaining few being the Captain’s personal invites.
Both competitions were arranged around a shotgun start. Given the
numbers involved some holes hosted two groups with a staggered
start. This worked out very well with no significant delays reported.
The 9 hole Texas Scramble was based on the front 9 for those with
an allocated tee 1 to 9, and the back 9 for those with an allocated tee
10 to 18.
As the morning progressed the sky became increasingly overcast
and before the finish you could see umbrellas going up to fend off the
light, intermittent drizzle.
Winners of the front 9 Texas
Scramble was Mike Hine, Brad
Sheridan, Ian Brooks and Ruth
Collins with a team score of
net 30.3. Winners of the back
9 Scramble was Kesh Naidoo,
Barry Medcalf, Jack Medcalf
and Holly Medcalf with a net
score of 27.
Before setting off for the
afternoon’s individual
competition, those participating
sat down to tea / coffee and a
bacon roll – just what was
needed for those facing
another round.
The intermittent drizzle of the
morning continued for a while
in the afternoon but soon
petered out. Although the sun
never came out the
appearance of liquid
refreshment on the 10 and 17 hole soon put a smile on most faces.
After the round, while the scores were being
sorted, everyone passed the time by tucking
into an after-match meal of either Beef
Burger and Chips or Chicken Burger and
Chips. To compile with Covid restrictions
this was again served at tables for each
team. Having opted for the Beef Burger I can
honestly say that it was first class.
The Captain’s Day Cup was won by Peter
White who posted the best individual round
score with 42 points. His round included 1
Birdie and 11 Pars, finishing 1 point ahead of
his nearest challenger, Peter Verity.
In addition to the winners already mentioned
there were also prizes for the best ladies score (Jo Stentiford and
Holly Medcalf), best guest score (Rob Payne - after c/b) and several
nearest the pin challenges.
Captain’s Day is always a great day and I’m sure that those who took
part this year, like me, would like to thank our Club Captain, John
Hatfield for his work and enthusiasm over the past year and a bit
during the difficult and unsettling Covid pandemic – it was not an easy
time to be Club Captain.
What named courses would you like to see and play?
Pebble Beach - The Old Course – Augusta - Carnoustle
Let James know by sending him an email.
Help James decide
Written by Charlotte Canham
James Webber Golf Performance Academy
After a successful opening weekend in June, the James Webber
Golf Performance Academy at Three Rivers is now open and in full
swing offering services such as: Coaching, Custom fitting, Repairs,
Memberships and Simulator hire. The Academy is located next to
the practice nets.
The academy is kitted out with all the necessary equipment to
ensure that those using it receive the best help to improve their
game. Included in its impressive list of equipment is a high-quality
golf simulator. Currently this has 5 fictional courses to play, but
there are plans to add named courses in the near future. This opens
up all sorts of possibilities, whether playing a round or for practice,
when the vagaries of the
English weather prevent us
getting out on the course.
During it’s launch weekend
members and guests were
invited to use the simulator with
prizes on offer for the Longest
Drive and Nearest the Pin
putting. Luke Perry won the
Longest Drive (358 yards) and
David Harding won the Nearest the Pin (within 2ft 1 inch). Both took
home a custom fitted Srixon Driver.
James has advised us that he intends to hold regular monthly
Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions on the simulator, so
keep an eye open for the promotions, and enter for your chance to
win prizes.
Whether it be a 1-to-1 lesson, a group day out or a custom fitting
service, you can book all appointments/hire via James’ online diary
at The diary will show his availability
(group bookings are a maximum of 4).
James has achieved a lot in his golfing career so far, and opening
the academy has been long been an ambition of his. On behalf of
everyone at the club, we wish him every success in this new
John Day Trophy
Written by Kevin Drane, Team Captain (edited).
In last month’s Newsletter we carried an article on the progress of our
Seniors Team completing in the Essex John Day Trophy. Well they
continue to march on – they recently played in the quarter finals
against Thorpe Hall.
After what were reasonably comfortable wins in the previous two
rounds we were fairly confident going into the match. However,
Thorpe Hall fielded a very strong team and after a number of holes
we were behind and struggling.
The top half of the Thorpe Hall team were very strong and we were
defeated in 3 of the first 4 matches leaving an uphill battle if we were
to reach the Semi Finals. However good victories for Trevor Collett
and Graham Stables (who had been 3 down) left the match delicately
poised at 4-4 and it was left to Howard Lythgoe to clinch the win on
the 17th Green.
The Three Rivers team: John Cooper, Mike Hine, Keith McMullon,
Nick Fisk, Rob Wells, Ken Smith, Trevor Collett, Graham Stables,
Howard Lythgoe.
We now face Crondon Park in the Semi Finals. The match will be
played on a neutral ground, Play golf Colchester on the 11th August.

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