Another great turn out for our 3rd event of the season with 42 members and 9 guests. Having originally booked 48 spaces, owing to high demand, I obtained an additional tee time to reduce the waiting list to 7 but needed every last one due to a combination of duplicate bookings, business commitments and last minute injuries and illness.My thanks to Mark Chivers for stepping in with only a few hours notice and donating the full fee to the charity. Should you find an event you were hoping to attend fully booked on the website, please email me and I will add you to the reserve list as there are invariably drop outs with such large fields.

Saffron Walden was in excellent condition with the greens particularly challenging – well at least for some of us! The catering and service was also first rate and the feedback on the day has been extremely positive.

The terrace directly overlooking the 18th green turned out to be a particularly profitable viewing spot for our charity Magpas, as numerous misdemeanours were played out in from of the Captain and his willing snitchers!

Another strange event happened when my group found the starter, Jenny, waiting on the 17th tee to report that our own society had rung the club to complain about slow play! She discovered that the culprits were group 3 and many groups were backing up. Unfortunately, I forgot to mention this after the dinner which means a fine for me but also the 3 members involved so come prepared at your next event!

We also had the rare feat of a Hole-In-One by Bill Dastur on the 11th (sadly not a nearest the pin!) with a beautifully hit 7 iron to 142 yards. Many congratulations Bill and grateful thanks for supplying everyone with wine at the dinner.

As ever, scores ranged significantly from 17 to 43 points with familiar winners at both ends! Craig Salisbury was a full 4 points clear of the field and has been rewarded with an almost unprecedented cut of 6 shots.

Last but by no means least, my grateful thanks to Rathbones (Mark Winchester and Simon Whitmore) for kindly sponsoring the event and providing excellent prizes for the winners.

Wellingborough on the 20 July will shortly be open for booking.


The winning team was Rathbones A, followed by Team Salisbury, both with 118 points, but winning on Back 9 countback.


Craig Salisbury took first place with 43 points.


The best guest was Charles Stephens scoring 38 points.

Nearest The Pin on the 5th was Terry Dean.


Longest Drive on the 10th was Garth Hanlon.


Nearest The Pin on the 18th was Chris Mitchell.


And the wooden spoon goes to…Apparently, Greg Butterworth’s wife has asked if she can have an egg whisk next time!

Full results can be seen on the scoreboard website.


  • Craig Salisbury -6 to 18
  • Michael Temple -2 to 12.2
  • David Clark – 1 to 5.5
  • Tim Thomson -1 to 12.6
  • Will Evans – 3 to 18.7
  • Mark Winchester -1 to 14.5

Shots back

  • Richard Darler now 18.3
  • Paul French now 10.3

Upcoming Events

  • John O’Gaunt (24 May) – Shotgun start
  • Northants County (7 June) – Sold out (reserve list)
  • Thetford (5 July)
  • Wellingborough (20th July)

We have a shotgun start at John O’Gaunt so please book your place as soon as possible.


Saffron Walden Photos


Saffron Walden Golf Club