Scotland 'Mini Tour' 2022 Details
February 15th 2022
The Tee times for the Scotland tour have now been secured, and are as follows;
Thursday 28th April – Kirkcudbright G.C.
Tee Off 13:00
Green Fees £32
Buggies 4 @ £24 divided by 6 players = £16 each
Friday 29th April – Colvend G.C.
Tee Off 11:30
Green Fees £25
Buggies 4 @ £25 divided by 6 players = £16.67 each
Saturday 30th April – Brighouse Bay G.C.
Tee Off 11:30
Green Fees £30
Buggies 4 @ £22 divided by 6 players = £14.67 each
A full itinerary is available here:
2022 Social Events Get Underway
January 19th 2022
Our next Social Event will mark Dave Whittingham’s birthday, and will take place on Friday 18th February. Dave has chosen the Rajdoot Indian restaurant in Albert Square Manchester as the venue, and a minibus has been arranged which will allow us to return at a more convenient time than using the tram would.
We meet at the Fox & Pine on Greaves St / Firth St Oldham from 6.30pm before heading to the City for a 9pm booking.
Further details will be available from Graham.
Balearic Covid Update
January 18th 2022
A quick update on the ever-changing covid situation in Mallorca:
Cases are currently increasing to levels the Spanish / Balearic governments consider deeply concerning, and consequently the islands have been put to ‘Level Three’. This effectively means greater restrictions in the form of Covid passes and I.D required to enter most of the venues which haven’t already been closed, a cap on the number of persons allowed in venues, maximum four person groups, masks everywhere – including outside and on beaches, plus ‘Bubbles’ and other enforced restrictions.
Whilst this would have a huge impact on our trip, it is not foreseen that these restrictions will continue through summer, as the patterns shown in almost all countries have been similar – though observed at differing times – and if the UK is to be seen as a forerunner in the pandemic then other countries would likely follow at a later date in easing restrictions.
Returning from Spain is now much easier than it was in 2021, and Omicron is proving itself much less harmful to both individuals and medical infrastructure. Hopefully 2022 will be the year we return to Mallorca of old.
Mallorca 2022 latest news
December 21st 2021
With flight prices at the lowest we are likely to see for 2022, we have booked at the earliest opportunity, and can so far confirm the following:
Sunday 9th Oct
EasyJet EZY1913 Departs MAN 1700 Arrives PMI 20.40
(Allowance of 1 x Golf bag plus 23Kgs Hold Luggage)
Sunday 16th Oct
Ryanair FR9037 Departs PMI 14.15 Arrives MAN 15.55
(Allowance of 1 x Golf bag plus 20Kgs Hold Luggage)
Please check your emails for more detailed info.
Please note the unusually later date of departure as agreed via previous consultation with all members.
Accommodation is currently being looked into, and further updates will appear on this page as rooms, courses and car hire are finalised.
The Boys Are Back In Town! - Mallorca 2021
Oct 20th 2021
With the disappointment of missing Mallorca during the 2020 Lockdown behind us, THUGS embarked on their 2021 tour to the island with a mixture of excitement and a little trepidation. Any concerns that our trip would be hampered in any way by local restrictions turned out to be unfounded, as the only real difference to our trip 24 months earlier was that the resorts were slightly quieter.
Our first evening out was a fairly simple affair, with a few beers and a kebab / burger type supper due to the limited time available to us, and the golf the following morning was the subject of much anticipation.
We awoke the following day to the sunshine we have come to almost expect, and after a breakfast at Reflex we made our way to the first golf course of the week. Bendinat was not originally intended to be on our schedule, however the poor state of Puntiro was pointed out to us, and we swapped the latter for the significantly more difficult yet markedly prettier and more local former.
A little rough in places, Bendinat still offered a fair, if tough challenge which produced just one birdie from the group, which was claimed by Graham Wilson. The Nearest The Pin with second shot challenge was also won by Graham, and turned out to be the only time during our five rounds that any of us managed to hit the green with our second shot!
The Nearest the Pin competitions on the Par three holes were ultimately more successful, with Jimmy Elliott winning one, debutant Andy Vickers taking another, and Adie Cartwright grabbing another two, whilst Neil Butterworth won the first Longest Drive prize of the week.
The first days’ golf ended with overall victory for Adie, whose 31 Stableford points was enough to beat second placed Jim Wilson by three points.
That evening saw us return after a number of years to Portals Nous, where we enjoyed some fabulous food at the very welcoming Moo Moo’s Steak House. Whilst far from the cheapest meal of the week, it was, in the most well reviewed by all, and considered a certainty for future visits. A few beers around Magalluf soon followed, with a reasonably early night as we prepared for a trip into the mountains for the following days’ golf.
A breezy but warm day met us at Son Termes golf course, where we generally expect a well manicured course. As with the previous day, it would appear that the course had suffered the lack of greenkeeping attributed to Spain’s furlough scheme, but the course still showed much of its beauty off. Unfortunately part of the aesthetics (And hazards) of the course are its new water features, which clearly have been designed without thought for the local fauna, as our party had to rescue two kid goats from certain drowning due to the unassailable steep synthetic banks.
The golf produced somewhat lower scorers than would normally be expected, with Pete Ashworth’s 29 points securing the win by a shot from Graham , who consoled himself with the Longest Drive prize. Nearest The Pin wins were registered by Neil, and also Jimmy Elliott who secured two.
The Tuesday evening was spent in Palma at La Paloma restaurant in La Llonja, followed by a few drinks locally before returning to Magalluf to continue with the beers.
Wednesdays golf found us at Santa Ponsa 1, where the forthcoming Balearic Open requirements had dictated that the rough be left much longer than normal, and much more unplayable for us amateurs. The course was in a reasonable condition however, and some found it more playable than previous courses – particularly Graham, who carded a very impressive 39 points to win by a margin of nine points from second placed Adie. Crucially, Graham had also pulled three points back on Adie in the Overall Pink Jacket stakes when Adie had been looking like walking away with the title.
Quent Cartwright pocketed his first prize money of the week by achieving the Longest Drive, and just one of the four Nearest The Pin prizes was claimed - with Jim Wilson taking the honour. Santa Ponsa was revisited later in the evening as we headed to our ‘spiritual home’ of El Ceibo for Uruguayan meats and sangria.
Day four was rest day, and a trip into Peguera for lunch was organised, with a little free time on our return for Jimmy Elliott to show off his Table tennis skills before we headed off into Palma for the second visit of the week, where we enjoyed a fabulous meal at Diecisiete Grados before a few drinks in our favoured Sa Faxina bar.
The golf resumed at Son Quint – briefly. Terrible downpours had dogged the morning, and didn’t appear to be stopping any time soon, however we braved the rain and set about our round, only to curtail it after five holes due to the course being underwater. Discussions ensued, and those who hadn’t been affected by the freezing damp conditions continued to debate whether to abandon all hope of playing or sit it out. Eventually a patch of blue sky appeared and many of the group continued their round in relatively good weather.
Quent finally managed to get his game together, and claimed two Nearest The Pins, plus carded an excellent 36 points to win the daily competition by six points from Jimmy Elliott. Pete Ashworth had already secured the group’s second and final birdie of the week before he succumbed to the cold, wet weather and returned to the hotel for a bath and change of clothes, and Ashey’s Nearest The Pin prize on the third hole also gained him pocket money before his retirement. The final prize went to Graham, who claimed his second Longest Drive of the week.
An excellent and very inexpensive meal at Jaipur Indian Restaurant in Palma Nova was followed by several drinks around Magalluf to round Friday off.
The final round of the week was hosted by Maioris, where it has to be said that the condition of the course was far better than most that we had played during the week, though such a long course after a gruelling week was always going to prove difficult for some. Jim Wilson had clearly saved his best golf for Maioris however, as he carded a fantastic 36 points to finish eight points clear of second placed Neil Butterworth. Adie recorded the only Nearest The Pin of the day, whilst Quent finished the minor honours prize list with his Longest Drive win.
The main prize of the week had all but been decided prior to the final round, with Adie needing a monumental collapse to miss out on retaining the Pink Jacket. As it was, another steady round saw him take home the Claret Jug and Jacket by a comfortable eleven point margin from Graham Wilson.
Our final night brought the much anticipated trip to Bistro 49 in Port Adriano. Never disappointing, the food was excellent, and set us up for our final big drink of the week in Magalluf. Although much quieter than usual, we all stayed out for a late one, and enjoyed more than a few laughs together.
It remains to be seen whether the resorts of Palma Nova and Magalluf will return to post-Covid levels in terms of the numbers of open bars, but the signs were good in 2021, and there’s real optimism for 2022. We’re expecting good numbers in attendance, and ideas are already being discussed.We will also be keen to have Dave Whittingham back with us next year, after his extremely unfortunate contracting of Covid just days before the 2021 trip which resulted in him missing the trip.
A huge thanks to those who did make the trip, and especially to those who helped organise it – however small a part they had in it.
Here’s looking forward to Mallorca 2022!
Mallorca 2021 Latest!
Sep 7th 2021
The Mallorca 2021 trip is less than three weeks away now, and with fingers crossed for no rule changes, Quent has put together the Final Itinerary:
12:30 OLDHAM BASED MEMBERS MEET AT 13, WILTSHIRE ROAD, CHADDERTON FOR BACON/SAUSAGE BUTTIES AND PRE-DEPARTURE DRINKS
TRAVEL IN NORMAL SMART CASUAL WEAR - NO THUGS SHIRTS
13:00 TAXI DEPARTS FOR MANCHESTER AIRPORT (TERMINAL 1)
13:30 RENDEZVOUS WITH SANDBACH & HORWICH MEMBERS
13:35 CHECK IN FOR EASYJET FLIGHT No.EZ1913 TO PALMA
* Baggage rules this year with EASYJET - 23kg for hold baggage, small cabin bag (within 56x45x25cm) and 20kg for golf bags. RYANAIR have a lower allowance of 20kg for your hold baggage on the return journey, with two cabin bags allowed, one small 40x20x25cm that has to fit under the seat in front of you and one 55x40x20cm which must not exceed 10kg, and 20kg for golf bags.
14:00 CHECK IN TO V.I.P. LOUNGE (Escape Lounge - Terminal 1)
(3 hrs max)FOR PRE FLIGHT DRINKS & SNACKS (PINK JACKET TOTE
BETTING, DISCUSS EVENING PLANS FOR THE WEEK)
17:20 OUTBOUND FLIGHT No. EZ1913 TO PALMA
21:00 ARRIVE PALMA AIRPORT, LOCAL TIME
COLLECT CARS & TRANSFER TO MARINA PALMANOVA APARTMENTS:
*ROOM #1 - JE, GW, AV, DW
ROOM #2 - AC, PA, JW, QC, NB
SHOWER, CHANGE AND MEET FOR BEERS & LOCAL FOOD
12:30 to 12:46 TEE-OFF - REAL BENDINAT
EVENING RESTAURANT - MOOMOO'S
11:30 to 11:50 TEE-OFF - SON TERMES
EVENING RESTAURANT - LAS PALOMAS, PALMA
11:36 to 11:52 TEE-OFF - SANTA PONSA 1
EVENING RESTAURANT - EL CEIBO
SIN GOLF (es Español)
EVENING RESTAURANT - DIECISIETE GRADOS, PALMA
11:34 to 11:52 TEE-OFF - SON QUINT
EVENING RESTAURANT - JAIPUR, PALMA NOVA
11:30 to 11:50 TEE-OFF - MAIORIS
EVENING RESTAURANT - BISTRO 49, EL TORO
8:00 BREAKFAST & PACKING (AGM?)
11:00 CHECK OUT OF MARINA PALMANOVA
12:00 DEPART FOR PALMA AIRPORT AND RETURN CARS
15:15 INBOUND RYANAIR FLIGHT No. FR3442 TO MANCHESTER
16:55 ARRIVE MANCHESTER AIRPORT, LOCAL TIME (TERMINAL 3)
PLEASE INFORM JIM WILSON OF YOUR REQUIRED WITHDRAWAL AMOUNTS FROM YOUR THUGS ACCOUNT BY 15/09/21.
Dave Whittingham is the 2021 June Cup Victor
July 1st 2021
Tucked away near the border of East Cheshire and Derbyshire sits the pretty Davenport Golf Course – the venue for our 2021 June Cup. Offering a well maintained and interesting mix of holes, Davenport’s beauty is well matched by its hospitality – neither of which went unnoticed to our members. The course was in excellent condition, and offered a standard of golf suited to all abilities, which showed in the number of higher handicapped THUGS members who carded decent scores.
After a night of rain, and arriving during the tail end of one of several brief showers we had driven through on our 45 minute journey, the last thing we anticipated was a warm and dry round, but that seems to be a regular phenomenon on our June cup events in the main, and that is what we were treated to on this occasion, with just the occasional chill when the breeze got stronger.
Scores in general were above the average seen during our June Cup event normally, and all prize challenges were contested hotly, with Andy Vickers taking the first of the honours (Albeit seemingly unwittingly) in finding himself nearest the pin on his second shot to claim the unofficial NTP2 prize.
Ronan O’Brien was next on the prize board, pushing his ball the furthest up the fairway to win the Longest Drive competition (Cue all the cries of “I hit it much further but I wasn’t on the fairway!”), and Leo Stuchbury’s brilliant effort on the 16th hole earned him the Nearest The Pin accolade as his tee shot finished within five inches of the hole. As a bonus, Leo tapped in for a birdie, which was only equalled by Adie Cartwright who had also finished within 12 inches of the same hole, and Peter Ashworth who managed to birdie the stroke index 1 sixth hole.
The main prize – and title of 2021 June Cup Winner went to Dave Whittingham, who scored 37 points – narrowly beating Paul Fenton on a card play off despite Paul recording a very impressive and unbeaten 81 Gross (68 Nett). Congratulations to Dave, who now has his second June Cup win.
An excellent meal was provided by the club – complementing the superb pre-round bacon sandwiches, and the evening was concluded with the usual banter and several beers that traditionally follow our June Cups – most of the banter being directed at Al Burgess who had found himself being thrown out of the golf buggy on the 17th hole after applying too much pressure to the brake on a wet hill!
Huge thanks to all who made the day successful – especially Davenport GC for their hospitality, Damian our regular driver, Darren at the Royal Oak who allowed some of us to continue drinking into the early hours, Quent for his organisation, and all the THUGS who participated in another memorable day.
2021 June Cup Update
June 16 2021
All arrangements for the 2021 June Cup are now in place, and our secretary has provided the following details:
June 25th 2021 at Davenport GC. Worth Hall Lodge, Middlewood Rd, Poynton, Stockport SK12 1TS
The cost of the day is £50 and this includes the golf package of bacon rolls & coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf followed by a 2 course evening meal at a cost of £42. It also includes the sundries money pot subscription of £8.
The 16 x £8 gives us a pot of £128 -allowing prizes of £35 for the stableford winner, £15 for the nearest the pin hole, £15 for the nearest the pin (2nd shot) hole and £15 for the longest drive hole. This leaves a balance of £48 which would be a nice tip for the bar & table service staff, it equates to £3 per head donation which I’m sure is acceptable to all.
We have 6 x ride on double seat buggies reserved at £20 each.
Our tee bookings are 12.30, 12.38, 12.46 and 12.54. Because the handicapping system is more complicated this year I would suggest that we arrive no later than 11.30 to ensure plenty of time for our breakfast and to complete the draw and calculate the playing handicaps for the day. For those of you not familiar with the new World Handicapping System each course has down been issued a ‘Slope Rating’ which recognises the difficulty or relative ease of each course in the world, based on an average of 113. Davenport is a par 69 course with a slope rating of 120. There will be a chart outside the clubhouse and probably at the first tee where you check your handicap, from the yellow tees, to determine what your playing handicap is. As per normal Stableford competition rules these playing handicaps will then be reduced to 95% then rounded down or up.
The golf club members amongst us will be responsible for checking their up to date handicap index for the day and then making the required adjustments.
Suggested non member handicaps: Neil (28), Ashey (29), Jimbo (27), Dave (22), Alan (36), Jim (34), Ronan (23), Michael (28) and Steve (27)
Dress code. On the course it is what is normally acceptable – collared shirt tucked in, no denims/track suit bottoms, golf shoes. In the clubhouse is smart casual and this is a collared shirt, smart jeans are ok and clean smart trainers are also acceptable.
Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions being extended we will once again be asked to split into three tables within the clubhouse for meals and drinks.
WHS handicapping on the cards for THUGS
May 27, 2021
Quent has produced a draft of what appears to be a very workable handicap system that allows us to take our society handicaps to courses in any location where we will be then able to adjust our allowances in line with the course rating (Degree of difficulty).
Such adjustments will mean that we are generally awarded more shots on the more difficult courses we may play during the Mallorca competitions or June Cup.
Although a result of Quent's work, and I'm sure he would prefer to explain the system himself, I can say that I've had a good opportunity to scrutinize the system, and it takes on all the characteristics and methods of the World Handicap System, yet has very little effect on the allowances we are using under our successful current system. It should however bring scores that bit closer together on courses where our shorter hitters struggle historically.
I envisage Quent having to put a bit more work into his post round calculations, as handicaps could potentially change on a daily basis in Mallorca, but the benefits would be quick to realise as we would no longer be taking a 'Static' handicap into the week which would remain the same whether we were having a bad five rounds or not.
Jim, Alan and Jimbo would see a potential two shot advantage under the new WHS style handicapping, whilst Quent would actually be the only person lowering his handicap (Albeit by just 0.2 points) but course ratings could possibly redress those movements or even lengthen them dependent on course difficulties.
Expect an email soon regarding this proposal.
Mallorca 2021 latest news
March 7, 2021
Now we've all allowed ourselves to believe we're coming out of lockdown, and Mallorca 2021 is a likelihood, most of the bookings are in place. All flights are booked:
26/9/21 Man - PMI 1700
3/10/21 PMI -Man 1415
Courses are booked (All tee offs approx 11.30am) :
29/9 Santa Ponsa 1
1/10 Son Quint
2/10 Son Termes
Marina Apartments Palma Nova are booked.
Car hire has been arranged.
A full schedule will be available as always as soon as we have it.
This year we welcome Andy Vickers to the tour for what we hope will be the first of many trips,
'Covid Cup' makes an appearance in THUGS' history.
October 06, 2020
Foreign travel restrictions and early pub closures were never going to stop THUGS enjoying their annual tour after 23 years in a row. Instead, we made the best of what Lincoln could offer, and managed a mini tour that will long be remembered.
The first day could not have started better, with unexpected but glorious weather allowing us to play in shirt sleeves under cloudless skies. The course at Carholme GC was a disappointment to be fair - with the next few days venues showing it up hugely in terms of quality. However it got the tour underway and provided our first winner of the week in the form of Graham Wilson who carded 31 points to win by a single point from Adie Cartwright who consoled himself with the Longest Drive prize. Nearest The Pin awards went to Pete Ashworth and also Quent Cartwright - who bagged two. Andy Vickers recorded his first tour Birdie, with Adie getting the only other of the day.
After checking in at the Premier Inn later in the afternoon, we then found our way to the first meal of the tour - an exquisite Indian delight at the Castle View. The food was superb, and the restaurant enabled us to continue drinking by serving us with takeaway beer and wine which we consumed until the early hours in Neil Butterworth's hotel room with a choice of cards, dominoes or Sky Cricket for all.
Day two took us to the very impressive Blankney GC, where the difference in quality to the previous venue quickly became apparent. On this track, not only did Adie Cartwright celebrate his birthday, but also a victory of huge proportions as his 43 points left him 12 points clear of nearest rival Andy Vickers. Adie also took his second Longest Drive award, and one of the Nearest The Pin prizes. Further NTP prizes fell to Jim Wilson and Pete Ashworth who claimed two. Birdies were recorded by Graham Wilson and Quent Cartwright who bagged one each.
The evening started with a couple of drinks in the Jolly Brewer before heading off to the excellent OLÉ OLÉ Tapas restaurant where once again we enjoyed fabulous food and Sangria. Returning to the Jolly Brewer in time for a couple of drinks, we were once again allowed to purchase takeaway beer which was duly consumed in the same manner as the previous night.
Day three saw Lincoln GC hosting us, and again it didn't disappoint. As with the previous day we saw the smallest amounts of showers, but nothing to affect our games, with some very good scores carded - the best of which was a very impressive 38 points by Jim Wilson, who pegged Pete Ashworth back into second place by a comfortable three points. Ashey was also beaten to the Longest Drive prize by the narrowest of margins as Quent Cartwright's ball edged just inches past his. Not content with losing out, Ashey did manage to take the only Nearest The Pin award of the day, whilst Graham Wilson sunk the only Birdie of the group.
The evening meal was enjoyed at Huckleberry's where huge starters were a good indication of what was to follow, and we left stuffed, but just in time to nip into Tesco for enough beer to finish the night off back at Neil's illicit drinking den - which it must be noted was becoming a slightly less pleasant place, under the circumstances of hosting seven men who had been eating drinking and ultimately farting over the course of the last three nights.
Day four - our final round was held at the Welton Manor GC. A magnificent course that has got to be the best value course we have ever played, with friendly hospitality, good beer, and of course some great holes.
Round of the day went to Neil Butterworth whose 31 points kept Jim Wilson two points away from a second win of the week. Meanwhile Graham Wilson and Adie Cartwright took a Nearest The Pin prize each, and Adie bagged his third Longest Drive of the tour. Three birdies were carded on the day, with Quent Cartwright, Graham Wilson and Andy Vickers sharing one each.
Despite an almost monumental swing in cumulative points on the last day in favour of Jim Wilson, it was not quite enough to stop Adie Cartwright running out as eventual winner by five points over the four rounds to take what had been dubbed the 'Covid Cup'. However the real winners were those who Jimmy Elliott had named 'The Magnificent Seven' who, against the odds had successfully managed to keep up our tradition of holding a tournament during the first week of October, and enjoyed a thoroughly good few days together in difficult times.
Our last evening was spent at the Jolly Brewer and the brilliant Birdcage restaurant where we enjoyed gigantic portions of superb food at ridiculously low prices. Back to Neil's for final drinks and the tour was over for 2020. We now look forward to Mallorca 2021.
Lincoln to host the 'Covid Cup'
September 22, 2020
With Mallorca and Newcastle no longer accessible, Thugs attentions have turned to Lincoln, where it is now hoped that we can participate in a Thugs tournament of some sort during our annual tour week. Already being dubbed 'The Covid Cup', this will replace the Mallorca Pink Jacket tournament as an extra standalone competition, with the Pink Jacket winner for 2020 simply being listed as Covid-19.
Quent has put a lot of effort into organising this event at short notice, for which he rightly deserves credit.
The itinerary he has managed to arrange is reproduced below with links to course websites available by clicking on the course names:
Tuesday 29th September
12:00 Meet at Carholme G.C., Carholme Road, LN1 1SE
13:30 Tee off day 1, second group tee off 13:40 – Par 68
18:30 Check in at Premier Inn, Broadgate, LN2 5AQ
Pay on arrival, assume card payment only
(QC card details used to secure booking only)
Shower and change, find restaurant and pubs
Wednesday 30th September
09:00 Meet in reception to locate a local café for breakfast
10:30 Depart for Blankney G.C., Lincoln Road, LN4 3AZ
11:40 Tee off day 2, second group tee off 11:47 – Par 72
17:00 Return to hotel to shower and change for dinner and drinks
Thursday 1st October
09:00 Meet in reception for breakfast
10:30 Depart for Lincoln G.C., Torksey, LN 1 2EG
11:30 Tee off day 3, second group tee off 11:40 – Par 71
17:00 Return to hotel to shower and change for dinner and drinks
Friday 2nd October
09:00 Meet in reception for breakfast
10:30 Depart for Welton Manor G.C., Hackthorn Road, LN2 3PA
11:30 Tee off day 4, second group tee off 11:40 – Par 70
17:00 Return to hotel to shower and change for dinner and drinks
Saturday 3rd October
09:00 Meet in reception for breakfast
10:30 Check out
Could Newcastle save the 2020 calendar?
September 15, 2020
With the Mallorca tour now cancelled, we are hoping that plans can be drawn up at the last minute to take a 'Staycation' in the UK instead, and Newcastle may just have the credentials required.
A possible four or five day stay is being looked into, with at least three rounds of golf, using a City Centre hotel.
Details are not yet available, but will be posted as soon as we have them - that is of course subject to further restrictions not being imposed on the UK.
In the meantime, it has been agreed that rather than lose the whole costs of our 2020 flights we will now transfer them to the 2021 tour which will mean we now only suffer the relatively small costs of transfer charges. The transactions for this have been completed already, and the flight details for the 2021 tour will be posted here in due course.
Covid fails to stop another June Cup success
September 02, 2020
After much concern that the 2020 June Cup would not go ahead, Werneth GC came to the rescue and produced another memorable competition - even if it was two months late!
With a slightly diminished turnout of eleven members, the competition went ahead despite the weather on the day threatening to intervene. As it was we suffered no more than a stiff breeze, with the forecasted rain staying away.
After a poor start by both Cartwright brothers, it was they who finished ahead of the pack with Adie's 36 points taking the honours - four points clear of Quent. Higher scores would ordinarily have been expected on a course that so many of our members know well, however the heavy rain earlier in the morning left some heavy pools on some greens, and created a somewhat more difficult challenge. That said, the course was in good condition under the circumstances, and a competition that had been hastily arranged turned into another great success.
Adie's winning score was aided by a single Birdie - with Andy Vickers carding the only other Birdie of the day. Minor prizes were also achieved by Peter Ashworth who won both the Longest Drive competition, and also the Nearest The Pin challenge, and Dave Whittingham weighed in with the Nearest The Pin (Second Shot) award.
On our return to the clubhouse the hospitality from Werneth was excellent, with a fantastic meal served up, and a good amount of alcohol consumed in a socially distanced manner which still allowed for much banter, reminiscing and fun.
We have a lot to thank Werneth for, in allowing us to keep up a twenty year tradition, when other golf courses failed to even respond to our enquiries. Quent should also take credit for organising the event during very difficult times - especially where a meal was also involved in the plans.
We now move onto our next concern - Mallorca 2020. We can only hope we are as fortunate in getting that competition off the ground.
Werneth to host June Cup 2020!
August 22, 2020
Werneth GC will host the postponed June Cup this year after coming to the rescue to save our annual event previously postponed due to covid-19.
Taking place on Friday 28th August, the event will see us playing at a course many of us know extremely well through membership and regular play there. Although criteria for the June cup is normally such that we play a course that is relatively unknown to us, this was not possible this year. Nevertheless we are delighted to be playing there, particularly as they have also managed to offer us a socially distanced post-round meal too.
Here is an excerpt from Quent's latest email detailing the agenda for the day:
Final confirmation of arrangements for next week where we have 13 players competing.
Arrival at 12 noon for bacon sandwiches and coffee/tea, payment of fees/prize money fund and draw for groups. The cost for the day is £35 including your £5 prize fund contribution and my suggestion for the prize money split is Stableford Winner £35, Nearest The Pin £10, Nearest The Pin 2nd Shot £10 and Longest Drive £10.
Golf will be 13:00hrs 1 x 3 ball, 13:10hrs 1 x 3 ball, 13:20hrs 1 x 3 ball and 13:30hrs 1 x 4 ball. I am suggesting that the nearest the pin hole should be hole number 3 which allows a back up of number 15 in the highly unlikely (?) event that nobody hits the green. My suggestion for nearest the pin 2nd shot is hole number 1 where any marker would be visible, this allows a back up of hole number 12 should we need it. Hole 18 is my suggestion for the longest drive prize which means that everyone still has something to play for up to the final hole. We can discuss on the day if anybody feels other holes would be more appropriate. (Neil – please remember to bring the flags).
Since lockdown the showers in the men’s locker room have been closed to both members and visitors, however the club have granted us special dispensation to use these facilities on the understanding that we have no more than 4 people in the showers/locker room at any one time. Therefore it is essential that as soon as each group leaves the course they shower and change as quickly as possible to avoid a backlog for the later groups.
The evening meal will be served at 18.30hrs. We will be seated on a long table in the main lounge with reasonable distance between seats. This table will then be ours for the remainder of the evening.
Dress code in the clubhouse allows for jeans and trainers provided they are of good quality. Shirts must have a collar and a distressed fashion look of any part of your attire is not acceptable. Dress code on the course is as you would expect at any other club and the shirt of the day is your choice of any T.H.U.G.S. shirt for those in possession of one or more.
All we need now is a dry fine afternoon and the chance to enjoy the day as we normally do.
Mallorca 2020 latest...
July 26, 2020
Although it is extremely difficult to commit to any news, as the current Covid situation, and its associated restrictions change on an almost daily basis, it would appear that the trip should still go ahead.
Flights are currently still available, however as of today (26/7/20) anyone returning from Mallorca will be required to undertake a mandatory 14 day self isolation - which may cause problems for some members within their employment contracts.
Although courses are booked, we may be forced to make small changes to the itinerary, however few other aspects of the trip should be affected.
The shirt colour of choice this year is "Fresh Lime" which will certainly stand out. Embroidery is now being organised.
Please ensure you have sufficient funds in your THUGS account to pay for the trip immediately, as invoices now require payment.
2020 June Cup update
July 26, 2020
It has now been confirmed that the postponed June Cup 2020 will take place on Friday 28th August. Unfortunately a venue cannot be confirmed as enquiries are still ongoing. It may also transpire that we have to forego the usual post round meal due to Covid restrictions. Details will follow as soon as we have them.
June Cup Postponement Likely
June 01, 2020
Due to the current Coronavirus issue, and the unspecified timescale of the UK 'Lockdown', it is looking increasingly unlikely that the June Cup will go ahead on the 26th June as planned.
With this in mind, Quent has suggested two dates that we could potentially postpone the event until. The dates being considered are 24th and 31st of July. Should both these dates prove unsuitable, we will have to take a further look at more alternatives, but in the meantime it would be greatly appreciated if you could contact Quent as soon as possible to let him know if you are able to attend on either of these dates.
Quents Birthday Social - Fazenda
March 03, 2020
Friday 6th March sees our next social event - Quent's Birthday Bash at the fabulous Fazenda in Spinningfields, Manchester. The details are to be confirmed, but Oldham members can expect to meet in The Bank Top Tavern around 6.30pm to 7pm before taking a tram to Manchester where we intend to meet other members at The Lost Dene on Deansgate around 8pm.
From our previous trip to Fazenda, we know we can expect a fabulous meat feast at a reasonable price, and probably a few drinks around the local hostelries afterwards.
Please direct any questions regarding this event to Quent.
Mallorca 2020 Update
February 06, 2020
After all travelling members were given a vote, the venues for Mallorca 2020 were agreed, and have now been booked. Once again, Simply Mallorca Golf have obtained a huge €422 discount on green fees, in addition to the savings made by ensuring we play the less expensive but equally pretty and challenging courses. The courses chosen are: Puntiro, Maioris, Santa Ponsa, Son Termes and Son Quint, with a one day break before the final two rounds. Once again, the day off will be discussed, and an optional trip may be organised.
Flights have also been booked, the details of which are displayed below. Thanks to Quent and Jim W for their efforts so far in securing the best possible prices.
27/09/2020 EasyJet Flight EZY1913
Depart Manchester: 17:00 Arrive Palma 20:40
04/10/2020 Ryanair Flight FR9037
Depart Palma: 14:15 Arrive Manchester15:55