Set in over 300 acres of tree-lined parkland and boasting two 18-hole golf courses, John O’Gaunt was our 5th CBGS order of merit event of the season. The John O’Gaunt course provides a stern challenge to golfers of all handicaps and the fairways and greens were at their best for our annual visit.

For the fifth successive event we were blessed with a dry day and whilst we are still waiting for summer to arrive, the light winds helped make the day a pleasurable one.

A huge thanks to the 37 members and 19 guests who attended our first shotgun start of the season and helped cement John O’Gaunt as an OOM venue for years to come. As always, we were treated to wonderful hospitality and superb food by Nigel Tarn, Dawn and the team and they really couldn’t do enough for us throughout the day. A big thanks also to the club for providing us with a complimentary 4-ball to auction off that raised a fantastic £275.00.

The scores reflected the challenge John O’Gaunt presents, ranging from 16 – 40 points across both members and guests, with an average of 28.29.

A big thanks to Toftech for sponsoring the day and for providing some fantastic prizes for the winners.

Congratulations to Leigh Smart for winning the day on 37 points, on countback from Brian Scally and Simon Vowles. Congratulations also to Team Vice who won for the second event running with 112 points. A special mention to guest Andy Portage from Team Vice who scored 40 points and took away the best guest prize. Congratulations also to Richard Pilsworth, Simon Vowles and Rowan Frost who won the nearest the pin in 2 on hole 1, nearest the pin on hole 4 and nearest the pin on hole 16 respectively.

We were joined for the second time this season by Lewis Coghlin from my chosen charity for the year, Action Medical Research for Children, where he provided details on some of the amazing research that is currently taking place to help babies and young children with life threatening and life shortening illnesses. A big thanks to Lewis for travelling all the way from Brighton for the afternoon/evening to be with us.

With a combination of £10 raised on each ticket sold, Toftech’s sponsorship, £120 in fines and £275 for the JOG 4-ball, we raised over £1200 on the day for Action Medical Research – so once again, thanks very much for your support.

We are now half-way through the season and the events keep coming thick and fast. Saffron Walden is our next OOM event on 3rd July, followed by Hunstanton on 16th July. We then have the summer break before returning on 5th September to Wellingborough. There is availability for all three of these events, so please do get booked up if you intend to play.

In addition to the above, 24 tourists fly off to Cork this Friday for Chris Carey’s overseas tour where Chris Carey’s team will battle it out with Rich Blount’s team over 3 days in a Ryder Cup style format to determine the winner of the Tour Trophy. I hope everyone has a fantastic time and enjoys the Irish golf courses and hospitality. I know I certainly will.

Lastly, a big thanks to Karl Gjertsen (Competition Golf) for ensuring the day runs so smoothly and to my Vice, Kari Sewell for your continued support.

I look forward to seeing you at your next event.



Winning Team: Team Vice 112 pts

Runners Up: Team Smart 111 pts

Best Guest: Andy Portage 40pts

Winning Member: Leigh Smart 37pts

Runner Up: Brian Scally 37pts

Skills Prizes

  • Nearest pin in 2 – Hole 1 – Richard Pilsworth
  • Nearest pin – Hole 4 – Simon Vowles
  • Nearest pin – Hole 16 – Rowan Frost


  • Players: 56
  • Average Points: 28.29
  • Birdies: 20
  • Pars: 171
  • Bogeys: 381
  • Double Bogeys or Worse: 378

Full results can be seen on the scoreboard website.


  • Leigh Smart
  • Brian Scally
  • Simon Vowles

Shots back

  • Andrew Coury
  • Peter Fielder
  • Nick Cully
  • Gary Saunders

Upcoming Events

  • Saffron Walden – 3rd July Open for booking
  • Hunstanton – July 16th
  • Wellingborough – September 5th


John O'Gaunt Golf Course