The Brockbank Cup Final 2020 – Saturday 5th September – Brian Dawson starts turning talent into trophies.

‘The Brocky’ as it’s affectionately known is Silecroft golf club’s premier competition of the season with six qualifying rounds guaranteed to produce a very strong field. And this year was no different. First played in 1903 the cup itself is thought to have its origins in the old Spring Bank Brewery but achieved elevated status when it became forever linked with local legend Tom Mayson. Tom received the VC in WW1 for outstanding bravery in the face of enemy fire; went on to win the cup three times and captained the club throughout the difficult WW2 years of 1939-45. The honour of having your name inscribed alongside his has never dimmed.

This year’s renewal was played in the ‘usual for Silecroft’ conditions of a strong wind and threatening skies but with the exception of one brief shower ‘God was good’! No less than six previous champions were attempting to win it again and this year’s competition once again had more than its share of drama. The ladies also play their version and the victor in 2020, by the narrowest of margins, after several ‘recounts’, was Helen Holmes, with Diane Clark a very close second and Lady Captain Chris Lloyd-Rogers an honourable third.

Following behind them was a field of 24 men, including three time winner and defending champ Ed Robertson. Having won just about everything this season Ed started as a strong favourite but found it difficult to get into his rhythm, until the back 9 when service was resumed. However, out on the course dramatic events were happening, none more so than to eventual winner Brian Dawson. With putts such as his forty footer from off the green on the 5th and two great up and downs on the 9th and 17th his return of net 63 made him untouchable. Everyone knew the talent was there and this day proved it. There will be many more trophies to come, for sure. There was more drama on the 13th where Anthony [AJ] Holmes put his three wood off the tee by the front bunkers and then went with a three quarters 8 iron only to see his ball disappear on the green. A brief search revealed that his ball was nestling in the cup giving him an eagle 2 and a place in club folklore. There were prizes for 2’s and the only other one of the day came from Dave Warren who brought home a good score of 70. Glory for Dave came on the 15th where his hybrid off the tee went close and he was able to putt out for his share of the 2’s prizes.

Second place overall went to John Young with a fine round of net 68. John began by birdying the 1st & 2nd, was two under after six and made the turn at level par, but a run of three fives on the back nine and three putting the eighteenth put victory beyond him. 2020 has been a frustrating season for John with yet another runners up spot here but as he was gracious enough to point out, had all those things gone to plan on this day, he might have posted a 64 and still lost! Geoff Freeman continued his fine season, a score of 69 here adding third place to the victories he’s claimed home and away. Elsewhere there was still more drama and great golf. Scott Steele managed to play the same ball throughout his round, no mean achievement in that wind while on the 17th Ank Robinson was sinking an outstanding long putt. And while Dave Clark was busy birdying the 4th Captain Davey Boyce was seen chasing his hat across the rough on the left of the sixteenth. The 1987 Brockbank Champion John Holmes described his round as “a catalogue of mediocrity” and Malcolm Haworth had the frustration of No Return before having a fine par on the long and tricky 17th. John Simpson was only one over after 6, sank a monster on 13 and is looking forward to an easing in his handicap while Brad Steele’s handicap had dropped down one before today and he had an excellent return of just 70. Brad also took the same ball all the way round and sank a long putt on the third but five 5’s on the back nine cost him dear. A drive and an iron into the 10th green left George van Boyd with a 20ft+ putt which he duly sank for a birdie, helping him to a round of 72. Barry French parred 1 and 10 before declaring it a practice round for Monday’s Senior event! The highlight of 2014 Champion Bill Hoyle’s round was a birdie on the 4th and Pete Clark was another to sink a mammoth putt, his coming from way back on the eighth green. Big putts were going in everywhere, John French sinking a huge one from off the 13th green. Gary Turner holed out from 35 yards, went Non Return only to then hit a sequence of pars after that. John Armstrong is another previous winner, having been Champion in 1995 and he was another who made a great start; only 1 over after 6 but things never really happened for John after that. The high point for Pete Fry came with his birdie on the 16th and a fine score of 70 while 2002 Champion Roy Harrison described his highlight as rescuing a par on the 3rd.

And the winner of the longest drive went to 2011 Brockbank winner Ron Lester who made the effort of driving from Birmingham to Silecroft before playing his round and then driving all the way back down. Runners up were Malcolm Haworth and Bill Hoyle for their drive from Accrington. Another fine speech was made at the presentation by Men’s Captain Davey Boyce, who thanked all the volunteers for their efforts on the course and behind the scenes and all ran smoothly on the day thanks to Comps Secretary Peter Clark. Ken [Mr Silecroft] Leece was also thanked for all his hard work.

Winner Brian Dawson receives the Mens Brockbank Cup Trophy

Clark & Carter star in Brockwood Trophy.


Last Saturday saw the renewal of The Brockwood Trophy, now converted to a 3 club challenge and deemed a roaring success by all those who played. With scoring counted under Stableford rules each player was invited to select, in advance, one hole on the front nine and another from their back nine, at which they could play a ‘joker’ doubling their points tally for those holes. This year’s renewal also featured sponsorship in the form of a fine selection of South African wines for prizes, supplied by Barry Van der Vyver, who, after a recent fire at The King Billy, has moved his restaurant business to Brockwood Hall.
In the build up to the day the format generated a lot of discussion, with nobody certain as to which three clubs would suit all circumstances on the course and there were a variety of options evident on the day. Conditions were far from ideal with a strong gusting wind and the occasional heavy shower, which led those going out in the afternoon to wonder if those playing in the morning had had the best of the weather. But when the results were announced those doubts were proven unfounded.
Five lady players joined in the fun in the afternoon too, braving the weather and each finding success during their round. Club Secretary Diane Clark took the honours among the ladies and showed a fine understanding of the format by nominating the 3rd as her joker before having an outstanding par for a total of eight points. An excellent 5 on the fifth brought another three points and by the end of her round she had accumulated 30 points; a terrific effort in extreme conditions. Helen Holmes turned a meager front nine around with an admirable tally of 17 on the back nine to claim second overall with a total of 22 points and this year’s Lady Captain Chris Lloyd-Rogers took third, partly as a result of a 5 on the 16th for three points. Chris was also the only lady to select her driver to use. For Isobel Wilson success came on the tricky 13th where an excellent 5 brought her three points and another 5 on the somewhat easier 16th gained her another three. Playing alongside Isobel was local NHS heroine Yvonne Goodrick who won Joker Queen of the day by taking four points from her 6 on the 7th and a further four from the par three 15th.
Paul Carter has been among the prizes in earlier comps and continued his extraordinary form here, as your correspondent was lucky enough to witness. Paul was a formidable junior golfer before going off to join the army and then becoming a stand out player for Millom Amateur Rugby League Club. Having finally swapped the oval ball for a little white one Paul is rapidly developing into a fine prospect and with time on his side seems destined to join Silecroft’s top golfers. With brand new clubs to hand Paul opted to go with a fairway wood, pitching wedge and 7 iron; putting extremely well throughout with the wood. A fabulous birdie on the fifth, the only one on the day, brought four points among a front nine total of 20 and a par on the 13th whilst playing his joker added six more for 17 points on the back, bringing a winning total of 37 points. Great golf! In a round which included three blanks, off a handicap of 21 and by virtue of hitting the ball a long, long way Paul obviously has the talent to win a lot more this season. His one mistake on this occasion may have been playing alongside the handicap secretary! Lol In second place, on countback, and playing off the lowest handicap of the day [8]was John Young with 33. Eight was also the number of pars on his card, which, in those conditions, was outstanding golf. John’s well earned 2nd in the recent club championship and 2nd here makes him Mr Consistent and one of the club’s top, top players. Tied on 33 but losing out on countback, was Gary Turner. Nobody works harder at his golf than Gary, who also fits the same profile as Paul Carter in several ways. Successful at his first sport Gary has recently retired from cricket to turn his attention to golf. He hits the ball a long way, as his win in the recent longest drive comp proves, has a handicap of 18 and descending and with raw talent to burn Gary also seems destined to join Silecroft’s elite golfers. Gary’s highlight of the day was a par on the 3rd, which combined with his joker to produce six points. ‘Unlucky’ 4th was Dave Warren with 32 points. Dave must have thought he was in for a nightmare after blanking the 1st and 2nd and only 1 point accumulated after the 3rd. But Dave became the comeback king of the day by not letting this affect him and going on to add 31 more over 15 holes. He was another to gain from judicious use of the joker, netting him eight points and was one of only two men to use driver. Dave Clark took 5th place with 31 points, getting four points from his joker on the third and managing the conditions well throughout. Out in the morning and playing together were Peter Clark and Anthony [AJ] Holmes. Peter’s choice of putter seemed to be paying off as he led AJ 15 – 12 at the turn but it was Anthony’s consistent finish over 16,17 & 18 which allowed him to level the match, each returning 29 points. Jon Holmes went into this as possible favourite, for consistency and his superb mastery of the psychology of the game. His 29 points included pars on the 5th for three points and the tough 12th for another three. Alan Holmes came home with 28 total; courtesy of great pars on the 4th and the 11th. Geoff Freeman was the other man to go with driver and also scored 28, six of those coming from a par on the arduous 15th. Andrew Elvey was another to do well from his jokers, also claiming six points from a par at the 4th, on his way to 27 points. Four players returned 26 points. Ian McLardie went out in the morning and had a tremendous birdie 3 on 14, unique on the day. Neil Robertson had a superb birdie on the 13th, Brad Steel got both his jokers correct to double up on holes 4 and 15, while John French was crowned Joker King of the day, with 10 joker points, by virtue of scoring six points on the 4th and four more on the 16th. Ank Robinson was one of only two players to go with a four iron and posted a very creditable 25 point total, playing off just 11, with his highlight being four points virtue of a 6 on the long 17th. Club Captain Davey Boyce also scored 25 points, playing off 10. With several birdie opportunities going to pars luck wasn’t on his side but his work around the club has been far more fruitful. Paul Goodrick played solid golf tee to green but found putting with an iron difficult until the back nine when things began to fall into place. But he also used his jokers to advantage doubling his points on the 4th & 13th. George Farquhar favoured a 7 wood and was another to turn around a sparse front nine with a big improvement on the back and must have been especially pleased at playing his joker on the 12th where an outstanding par grabbed him six points. Dave Ward must have thought the future was bright when he opened with a par on the first but that was as good as it got as he came home with just 20 points.
Thanks were given at the presentation by our club captain, to Ken ‘Mr Silecroft’ Leece for all his endeavors for the club. All club volunteers were also commended for their efforts both around the club and on the course.

FOOTGOLF Opening up, COVID-19 guidelines for safe play

Silecroft Footgolf to Re-open.

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th July 1pm.

When we went into lockdown we promised that when the virus was gone we would be having a week-end party of free to play Footgolf to celebrate. And we stand by that. Plans are afoot. Unfortunately for everyone the Covid virus has not gone yet, so that must wait.

In the meantime, we have been looking at how footgolf can re-open within current guidelines and after consulting with officials at the golf club we now believe we can, under certain conditions. We will therefore be open for play this coming week-end, Saturday18th & Sunday 19th July from 1pm to 6pm but we will be making our decision on staying open beyond then based on how well the temporary changes are stuck to.

Changes and conditions.                                                             

1 Payments:

You can now pay via your smartphone straight into our Starling Bank account – details for doing so will be posted on the door of the signing in room. But you can also still pay with cash as usual, into a brown envelope [which has been provided] with your name marked on it and then placed into the metal box to the left of the signing in book. We cannot at this time provide change but if you have overpaid please note this on the envelope and you can subtract this from the cost of your next game. Charges remain the same: £4 for an adult, £2 for a junior [under 16] £5 for any adult with 1 junior.

2 Signing in:

Face coverings are mandatory in the clubhouse, toilets and changing room buildings.

We must comply with government guidelines for track and trace for all our sakes and have a point of contact for every player and those accompanying them. The easiest way to accomplish this is by writing your phone number in the correct column of the signing in page. You may leave your address and postcode as an alternative. This is a make or break condition. Scorecards and pencils are available behind the signing in book.

3 Footballs, Cards & Pencils:

Wherever possible please bring your own ball or borrow one from someone in your bubble to bring along. You will still be able to borrow one for free from us but under the following guidelines. When you leave the course you will see a large bag {donated by the good guys at PGM building supplies} and you must place our used ball into it. These can then be sanitized by us and returned to use. There is a nearby box for returning cards and pencils if you wish to do so. If you want to have your round reviewed then please be aware that these will have to sit in the box for 3 days before being taken out and written up on Silecroft Footgolf Facebook page later that week.

4 Social distancing:

Government guidance and legislation must be adhered to at all times – ‘Rule of 6’ is a legal requirement at the current time.

If you are with a family member or someone else from within your bubble you may enter the signing room together. All others must maintain a distance of two metres [2m]. Please be prepared to wait outside if needs be. We have painted red arrows on the path to point the way from the signing in room to the course and from the course back to the car park. These form part of a one way system for footgolfers and golfers exiting their course and are there to ensure nobody crosses your path or comes too close.

5 On the course:

Government guidance and legislation must be adhered to at all times – ‘Rule of 6’ is a legal requirement at the current time.

To avoid confusion, the course lay-out is the same as last season. Please always keep social distance [2m] between yourself and other parties outside of your bubble. If you find golf balls on the course please leave them where they lay.

We are very proud of the amount of pleasure and healthy competition that the course provides for all ages and both genders. We are hoping that we can soon return to the honour system we have always used in the past but for the moment we are waiting to see how it goes before deciding on that. This coming week-end there will be volunteers to help if you should need any. Please respect them. To all those who have visited us before: thank you and welcome back. To those visiting for the first time: welcome and have a great game.

OPEN TO VISITORS DURING COVID-19 PERIOD

From Monday 1st June 2020, visitors are welcome to come and play at Silecroft Golf Club, if you are planning on visiting at a weekend, please check our events page, or contact the club secretary for availability.

Dress code is smart casual, including the wearing of Denim for sociable non-competitive rounds.

Note, visitors are expected to follow the same guidelines as members when accessing, playing and exiting the course, the guidelines can be found posted at the entrance to the course and on the link below:

Please note that there is no access to the toilets in the clubhouse due to covid-19 restrictions.

Payment must be made by bank transfer before playing, we respectfully ask that this is completed in the car park where social distancing can be observed easily. Payment details are shown below and also posted at the entrance of the course, when payment is made this covers the visitor as being signed in.

18 HOLE GREEN FEESSummer Rates
(1st March – 31st October)
Weekdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays£20
Weekdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays
Playing With a MEMBER
£15
Weekdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays
With a COUNTY CARD
£10
Anytime Junior (Under 18)£10

Green fees are:

9 HOLE GREEN FEES
(No discount with a member for 9 holes)
Summer Rates
(1st April – 31st October)
Weekdays, Weekends & Bank Holidays £10
Anytime Junior (Under 18)£5
Visitors
Green Fees Honesty Payments

In an attempt to reduce the chance of spreading Coronavirus infection we are endeavouring to eliminate as many cross-contamination points as possible. As such, we ask you to pay green fees whenever possible, directly into an on-line bank account set up for this purpose as follows:-
Payee: Silecroft Golf
Bank: Starling Bank
Sort Code: 60-83-71
Account No: 93942082
Reference: Your surname followed by GF9 or GF18 (green fee 9 or 18 holes) e.g. ClarkGF9


As a small club we rely heavily on our green fee income and hope this honesty payment does not inconvenience you too much. Enjoy your game and please follow the on-course protocol.


Thank you for you cooperation and support

Course Open – COVID 19 playing procedures and guidance

All Members and Visitors please note the following guidance for the COVID-19 safe playing of golf at Silecroft:

VISITORS are welcome to play from the 1st June 2020. For payment details click HERE

ALL GUIDANCE MUST BE FOLLOWED FOR THE SAFETY OF STAFF, MEMBERS AND VISITORS.

The adherence to the guidance will be monitored and changes will be made as and when deemed necessary. Please keep an eye on the website, your emails and our social media sites for updates.

The following must be read before play and will also be posted at the golf course entrance.

The course is currently open to Members and Visitors.

  • Government guidance and legislation must be adhered to at all times – ‘Rule of 6’ is a legal requirement at the current time.
  • If entering the clubhouse, you must either use the QR code available, or sign on the register, this is a mandatory requirement to aid with Track and Trace.
  • When playing golf, please use the QR code available or sign in on the register in the change room, this is optional to aid with Track and Trace.
  • Face coverings are mandatory in the clubhouse, toilets and changing room buildings.
  • We can confirm that three-ball and fourball play has been permitted since Monday 1 June. This will be updated in line with any guidance issued by England Golf.
  • Where possible please continue to change into golf shoes etc. in the car park, the changing room is open, but keeping entry into here to a minimum will to help prevent the spread of the virus. Entry to the course is past the changing room only.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser gels, wipes, etc. and use them regularly.
  • Please check for players on the 1st tee box and approaching the 9th green, wait by the changing room until clear. If there is someone waiting at the changing room, then please wait in the car park.
  • Allow at least 10 minutes between tee off times to allow for easier social distancing. Please tee off at the following specified times; on the hour, 10 past, 20 past, ½ past, 20 to or 10 to.
  • Whilst on the greens do not touch the flagstick. Leave the flag in at all times.
  • Be aware of good social distancing (2m) at all times. (Do not congregate in any areas on the course or near the clubhouse.)
  • Do not approach the course volunteers, they are working hard to keep the course in a good playable condition, we can’t afford for them to become ill !!.
  • Try to minimise the use of the course seating and bins etc. No more than one person on each bench outside the clubhouse and maintain a 2m distance at all times. Please take any litter home with you.
  • Rakes have been removed; bunkers should be smoothed over by foot.
  • On completion of your game please leave the course asap. Exit from the course is to the right-hand side of the green keepers shed.
  • Please adhere to these rules to enable all members to enjoy playing again and feel safe.

Thank you for your co-operation

Please also read and follow the safety advice given by England Golf for safe play on the course.

https://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/A-Framework-for-Playing-Golf-29-September-2020.pdf

Seldom Seen Lane has been resurfaced

3 month membership available to all – young and old

Silecroft Golf Course

Have you been a member in the past?

Have you never been a member?

Would you like to be a member now?

We have a 3 month membership available to come and try your hand at golf and July through to October is the perfect time to give it a try,  you are never too young or too old to take up this game. Silecroft is a gentle 9 hole walk and don’t believe what the famous writer Mark Twain said, golf certainly doesn’t spoil that walk. A recent reviewer of our course wrote;

“Those opening holes are of exceptional quality, beautiful to look at and a delight to play with the sea just below you and the majesty of the Lakeland fells towering on the other side it is just so impressive.”

 

So if you fancy trying your hand or returning to the game of golf, get in touch via the contacts page, or email either of the following;

 

secretary@silecroftgolfclub.co.uk

membership@silecroftgolfclub.co.uk

View towards Kirksanton with Lowscales in the background

 

Silecroft Golf Club raises £736 for Cancer Research UK

Silecroft Golf Club raises £736 for Cancer Research UK

For a small club Silecroft raises a lot of money each year for worthy causes, and the members showed their generosity on 1st October once again.

After a very rainy week we were lucky enough to see sunshine and a full afternoon turnout.

Balloons, banners, raffle prizes, sunshine, willing helpers – the scene was set for a most enjoyable day, with 13 teams of 3, two gents, one lady, playing a Scramble. Winners were Neil Robertson, John French and Yvonne Goodrick with a magnificent score of 62.8. Thank you everyone for your support.

Photos of prize table and raffle ladies supplied by young Adam from the caravan site who couldn’t do enough to help that morning!

1st    Neil Robertson / John French / Yvonne Goodrick    62.8 points

2nd    Roy Goodrick / Clint Houlahan / Joan Myers        64.7

3rd    Andrew Leece / Ken Leece / Dottie Williams        66.5

4th    Alan Sharpe / Charlie Blezzard / Dave Ward        66.6

5th    George Van Boyd / Richard Roberts / Maureen Goodrick    67.5

prize-table               the-helpers

Dot Williams (Lady Captain)

 

 

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS COMPETITION.

A great day for the competition and everyone enjoyed themselves on the course, mixing the teams up always lends itself to a good laugh and good chat.
The winning team was made up of Helen Holmes, Phil Garner, John Steward and Doug Myers who if not happy about winning, soon would be after drinking their prize of 4 bottles of wine each 😉
But, the main reason for the day is to raise money for Breast Cancer research, and just over £1000 was raised from the day.
A massive thank you has to be given to Paul and Carol Hodgson for organising the competition and everyone who has helped them over the last 16 years, from which over £16k has been raised for a very worthwhile cause.