Looking forward to July at “The Springs”

On Friday, 15th July, Steeple Aston Golf Society are going to one of the best golf courses in Oxfordshire with unrivalled facilities. Situated deep within the beautiful South Oxfordshire region. “The Springs” Wallingford Road, OX10 6BE.

This course was designed by Brian Hugget, it is a 133 acres of parkland bordered by the River Thames, within which lie three lakes and challenging wetland areas. The course has traditional features like a double green and sleepered bunker with sleepered lake edges of typical American design. Bring plenty of balls for this 18 holes, par 72, on a 6470 yards course.We would love you to join us so for more information please contact Alan or Chris on 01869 340423 347173.

Alan Brewer, Chair
June 2022

First meeting of 2022 at Wychwood

The Wychwood is located between Burford & Chipping Norton, its a par 72 course set on the fringe of the Cotswolds and blends superbly with its surroundings. Lakes and streams enhanced the challenge of the course with water coming into play on eight of the 18 holes. This was our first meeting of the year and the weather gods looked down on us with bright and sunny, yet breezy conditions. The course was in its usual condition of being excellent, as was the catering and friendliness of all the staff.
Results as follow s
Winner of the Richard Cardew Trophy, Mike Brown 33 points.
Runner Up – Alan Brewer 32 points.
Nearest the pin on the 6th, Mike Granville.
Nearest the pin in two on the 18th, Robbie Robinson. No 2’s so a bigger raffle at the end.
If you would like to join us on the 17th June we are at Wrag Barn in Wiltshire, just a 45 minute drive away from Steeple Aston. Please get your entries in early as we have been restricted to 16 players only.
When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. Henry Beard.
Happy golfing
Alan Brewer
May 2022

Programme for 2022

We now have the following dates confirmed for our 2022 season, we would love to see new members of all genders.

Friday 13 May – The Wychwood – meet 11.30, first tee 12.30 

Friday 17 June – Wrag Barn – meet 12.00, first tee 13.00, restricted to 16 players

Friday 15 July – The Springs – meet 12.00, first tee 13.00

Friday 5 August – Naunton – Captains Day – meet 12.00, first tee 13.00

Friday 9 September – Studley Wood – meet 12.00, first tee 13.00

Friday 14 October – Temple – meet 11.00, first tee 12.00


Contact Alan 01869 340423 or Chris 347173 if you would like further information.

Alan Brewer, Chair

March 2022

Cotswold winners

The Cotswolds Club front 9 has been voted the toughest front 9 in Oxfordshire which is why some of the scores were lower than expected. The course could not have been in better condition, it truly is one of the best in the County.

Winners from our last meeting at The Cotswolds Club In the photo L/R George Kay, Danny Phillips, Tony Peck, Nigel Mills, Paul Kay.



May Fu Two Cup

  Winner Paul Kay (36 points)  
      Runner-up Danny Phillips (36 points)
Chairman’s Cup (Par 3’s) Winner: Tony Peck  
Guest Prize:     Nigel Mills (36 points)
Nearest the Pin – Second Shot: 18th  Nigel Mills (g)  
Nearest the Pin:  3rd     Danny Phillips  
Birdie 2’s George Kay x 2        
  Tony Peck          
  Nigel Mills (g)        

This was our last meeting of the year. Can’t wait for Spring time to arrive and getting out onto the different courses that we have planned for next year. In the meantime stay safe, look after one another and smile.

Alan Brewer, Chair

November 2021

Captain’s Day at Kirtlington

Our last meeting was the Captain’s Day at Kirtlington, playing for the GPK Cup.

Kirtlington is described as an inland Links course, just because there are too few trees does not make this a links golf course. Some of the greens perhaps were links like i.e. large with switchbacks, undulations and pins in difficult positions for the amateur golfer.

This was won by Jack Kay with 36 points. The runner-up was Mike Brown with 34 points. Nearest the pin was Paul Kay and nearest the pin in two was Jack Kay. Our guest prize went to Richard Watkin with 30 points and there were no Birdie “2”s.

Stay safe & play well.

Alan Brewer, Chair

October 2021

Golfers at The Wychwood for Jubilee Cup

Our last meeting was at The Wychwood, playing for the Jubilee Cup, this was won by Danny Phillips with 36 points playing off scratch. Runner-up was Paul Kay with 34 points playing off of 15. Nearest the pin on the 6th was Mike Carron on the difficult par 3 over water and nearest the pin in two on the par 4, 11th was Alan Brewer. Our guest prize went to Neil Brewer with 35 points and the Birdie “2”s was won by Danny Phillips and Brian Kay.

SAGS captain Martin Kay chose Kirtlington for the September venue venue. Results will follow soon. 

The final meeting of the season will be at The Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton on the 15th October. This downland course is situated 800ft above sea level, its undulations providing a good walk. On a limestone base, the course dries quickly in wet conditions. The opening few holes provide a good test of golf made more difficult when the prevailing wind makes the player use the extremes of the course. If you fancy a game with a great bunch of people, all abilities welcome please call Alan 01869 340423 or Chris 01869 347173.

Alan Brewer, Chair

September 2021

Kirtlington is Captain’s choice

SAGS match at the Wychwood will be played on 20th August, so report to follow.
September’s meeting is the choice of Martin Kay our Captain and is being held on Friday 17th September at Kirtlington, OX5 3JY. This is an inland type links course with challenging greens.
The course incorporates many natural features and has 102 bunkers designed by Graham Webster, 6107 yards, par 70. 
If you would like to join us as its just down the road, we will be meeting up at 12 noon for bacon baps and coffee, 18 holes of golf then a two course meal. Call Chris on 01869 347173 or myself on 01869 340423.
Stay safe & play well.
Alan Brewer, Chair
August 2021

Golfers enjoy beautiful Wiltshire course

On Friday 2nd July, 16 of us took a trip across to Wiltshire to play a beautiful golf course called Wrag Barn Golf & Country Club. All credit to the ground staff in producing a well manicured course along with superb greens. The catering was excellent, being a warm evening we were served on the terrace overlooking the 18th.
We were playing for The Cardale Challenge Trophy which was put up by Jim Nicholls some 15 years ago.
The trophy was won by this years captain Martin Kay with 39 points playing off a handicap of 11.Runner up on count back with Tony Peck was Vaughan Billings 32 points off 20.Nearest the pin Vaughan Billings and nearest the pin in two was Martin Kay.
Our guest prize went to Adrian Smith with 33 points and the only 2 on the day went to another guest Josh Pack.
On the 20th August we shall be playing at the Wychwood, Lyneham OX7 6QQ.
Wychwood was designed to use the natural features of its location. It is set in 170 acres on the fringe of the Cotswolds and blends superbly with its surroundings. Lakes and streams enhance the challenge of the course with water coming into play on eight of the 18 holes. Now, if this has got you all interested and would like to join us, please give Chris or myself a call on 347173, 340423.
Stay safe & play well
Alan Brewer, Chair
July 2021

First match of the year in perfect weather

The first SAGS meeting of the year took place on 11th June at The Springs Resort and Golf Club near Wallingford, with 15 players enjoying the ideal golfing weather.
After a splendid two course meal served outside on the clubhouse balcony, came the prize-giving. The nearest the pin on the 8th was won by Tony Giles and nearest the pin in two at the 17th by Alan Brewer. The guest prize was won by Richard Watkins with a fine 36 points – he also won first prize in the raffle (£30).
George Kay playing off a handicap of 1, yes one, scored 34 points. However, the star of the show was our Chairman, the baby-faced assassin Alan Brewer with 38 points, playing off of a 12 handicap – well done Alan!
The next meeting is at Wrag Barn in Highworth near Swindon on 2nd July.
Mike Brown, Secretary
June 2021

At last! First SAGS match since September 2019 

Friday the 11th cannot come soon enough. Just a reminder of what and where we are holding our first golf day since our last outing in September 2019.

The Springs are still saying we are OK for 11th June so this will be our first meeting of the year. It’s on Wallingford Road. North Stoke. OX10 6BE.

This course was designed by Brian Hugget, it is a 133 acres of parkland bordered by the River Thames, within which lie three lakes and challenging wetland areas. The course has traditional features like a double green and sleepered bunker with sleepered lake edges of typical American design. Bring plenty of balls for this 18 holes, par 72,on a 6470 yds course.

Bacon bap and coffee on arrival, 18 holes, 2 nearest the pin, winner, runner up and guest prizes. Main course and dessert all for £45.

Revised dates for our meetings are:

The Springs        – Friday 11th June

Wrag Barn          – Friday 2nd July

Wychwood         – Friday 20th August

Kirtlington          – Friday 17th September (Captain’s Day)

For more information please contact Alan or Chris on 01869 340423 / 347173.

Please rest assured that we will satisfy ourselves that each venue is completely COVID compliant before sending out an invitation to you. If all goes to plan, we hope to see you all on 11th June when we should be in Step 3 of the roadmap, with 30 allowed outside and the Rule of Six indoors.

Husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses.
“Help me dear,” she groans to her husband.
The husband calls 999 on his mobile, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt.
His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. “I’m dying here and you’re putting?”
“Don’t worry dear,” says the husband calmly, “they found a doctor on the second hole and he’s coming to help you.
“Well, how long will it take for him to get here?” she asks feebly.
“No time at all,” says her husband.
“Everybody’s already agreed to let him play through.”

Stay safe

Alan Brewer,  Chair

May 2021

June meeting at The Springs goes ahead

The Springs are still saying we are OK for 11th June so that will be our first meeting of the year. This course was designed by Brian Huggett, it is a 133 acres of parkland bordered by the River Thames, within which lie three lakes and challenging wetland areas. The course has traditional features like a double green and sleepered bunker with sleepered lake edges of typical American design. Bring plenty of balls for this 18 holes, par 72, on a 6,470 yards course.

For more information please contact Alan or Chris on 01869 340423 / 347173.

Stay safe

Alan Brewer, Chair

April 2021

May meeting not possible, but hopes for June

Our road map to playing golf seems to be sort of getting on track, The Wychwood unfortunately is not possible on 7th May, however The Springs say we are ok for 11th June so that will be our first meeting of the year.

For more information please contact  Alan or Chris on 01869 340423 / 347173.

March 2021

Dear Fellow Golfer,

We hope you and your families have kept well during this unreal time.

This time last year we were blissfully unaware of what would befall us in 2020. Who would have imagined that we would lose a whole SAGS season and that the older ones amongst us would be shielding, with golf being restricted to carefully-regulated sessions between the various lockdowns.

Looking at 2021 we would like to think that this will be a full year of SAGS meetings and as such will be asking Martin Kay if he would remain Captain for the coming year.

In 2020 as we were cancelling our matches with clubs, in most cases, we were able to agree a revised date with them for 2021.

Therefore please put these dates for the first three meetings in your diaries:

Wychwood         – Friday 7th May

The Springs        – Friday 11th June

Wrag Barn           – Friday 2nd July

At the moment COVID still has a grip on us and movements look to be restricted for some time yet. However, we are hopeful that we will be able to start the season as planned with the meeting at Wychwood.

Obviously we are very keen for these events to take place, but we are very conscious of your safety. In our experience, golf clubs have been extremely good at implementing COVID rules. However, it is also worth bearing in mind that as we came out of previous lockdowns, most clubs didn’t allow Society fixtures, in order to give their members priority. There have also been restrictions on meeting in the clubhouse, and on catering.

Playing golf is what brings our Society together, but equally important to us is the pleasure we get from each other’s company, so the prospect of playing ‘car park golf’ (just turning up, straight to the tee and no socialising afterwards) isn’t appealing. We are sure that you would agree that this should be a major factor when deciding whether or not to go ahead with a fixture.

Anyway, we will continue to review the situation and keep you informed, and really hope to see you all in May.

Happy Golfing

Alan, Chris and Mike
February 2021

Petition to allow golf courses to open

Following the Governments announcement of a one-month Lockdown in England it is with regret that I don’t have much to report. Golf courses are open in Scotland.

Despite making a very strong case to MPs that golf is naturally a socially-distanced sport with tremendous physical and mental wellbeing benefits, and reopened safely during the first lockdown, we were unable to persuade the Government that golf should be exempt from the restrictions.
This is a petition for you to sign if you would like to get back out there or get your other half to sign it if you are under their feet!  https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/557167
We can only hope that this may be reviewed sometime and that we can get back out and enjoy the game safely.
Alan Brewer, Chair
January 2021

Miserable year for SAGS, but……

Well what a miserable year for our Steeple Aston Golf Society members.
Since June 1988 we may of cancelled one or two games due to inclement weather but not all six in a single year. Lets hope that a vaccine is found soon and that we may all get back to some sort of normality.
In the mean time:
Anybody interested in a free ride in a helicopter for 4 people?!
I’m looking for 2 more people to join us on Saturday 7th November. We leave early morning from Biggin Hill airfield and will fly to The River Avon where we will have breakfast and then yacht down the river for lunch.
We’ll have another flight along the coastline before returning back home.
If interested please pm me…
Preferably someone with a helicopter and yacht, otherwise we can’t go.
Stay safe,
Alan Brewer Chair

Final meeting of the year cancelled

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and have managed to avoid coming into contact with the COVID 19 virus.
Unfortunately the current situation is still such that organising a SAGS meeting is still not possible. Stratford meeting has been cancelled.
However a friend of mine has two tickets for the 2020 Ryder Cup. They are box seats plus airfares and hotel accommodation. He didn’t realize when he bought them that this is the same day as his wedding.
If you’re interested and want to go instead of him, it’s at St Johns Church, at 14.15. Her name is Maisie. She will be the one in the white dress.
All the best for the rest of the year, stay safe, keep your distance and don’t forget your mask.
Alan Brewer, Chair

Maybe Stratford in October

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered Into the English language.
Thank goodness that rule has changed.
We are still waiting on Stratford as to the state of play regarding societies and social distancing rules regarding catering and changing facilities in the clubhouse. October seems a long way off for our first and final meeting (2nd Oct) and things can change as you know very quickly, at short notice on Government guidelines.
If any of you out there fancy a game on that day at Stratford and are not on our mailing list then please call me on 01869 340423 or Chris Cooper 347173.
Ladies are very welcome.
Stay safe.

Alan Brewer, Chair

August & September games cancelled

This message comes from our secretary Chris Cooper and events organiser Mike Brown after we Zoomed at our last Cobra meeting!
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well and have managed to avoid coming into contact with the COVID 19 virus.
Unfortunately the current situation is still such that organising a SAGS meeting is still not possible. Therefore the Captains Day on 7th August and the SAGS vs. Exiles game on 13th September have both been cancelled. We will review the situation in September and make a decision then with regard to our last meeting of the year on 2nd Octoberat Stratford on Avon.

Keep Safe

Happy Golfing
Alan, Chris & Mike

Steeple Aston Golf Society

Golfing fun, but still no SAGS

Hello to all you golfers out there, isn’t it great to be back playing once again in 3-4 balls. In the first ten days of being open at the Cotswold Club our Pro took 1,270 bookings, showing how much we missed this beautiful game.
In a two ball I am walking 5.18 miles burning off 763 calories in 3hrs 16 mins.
Playing in a 4 ball it was just a little bit under the 4 hour mark.
Social distancing wasn’t a problem and at the end of the round instead of shaking hands we click our putters together and say thank you, all very civilised.
We are running some competitions from the 22nd June, which hopefully should work out OK. One person to record all the scores, sign the card and initial along side our names saying that we agree with the scores, this is so that we don’t touch the card. He will then photograph the card or scan it, then send it to our handicap secretary for processing into the competition.
Until the club houses are fully functional I am afraid there will be no SAGS in the coming months.
My granddaughter’s joke of the week,’ Why do golfers wear two pairs of trousers’. Answer, ‘It’s in case they get a hole in one’. Boom boom.
Happy golfing
Alan Brewer, Chair

Golf is back, but no SAGS games yet 

From what I’ve read on England Golf and from experience in other countries, I think we can expect the emphasis on social distancing to continue for some time, so we will be a two ball for now.
We all miss the social aspect of our golf but for now let’s just enjoy being out there and able to play our lovely game.
My first game back after 50 days off was on the 13th May, playing at my old club The Cotswolds, Chipping Norton and boy did it show!! They say the first part of your game to go is the short game, I think it was about the 15th before things improved. One interesting thing is the Tee times on the course from 7.00am to 7.00pm were fully booked and will be for the next month or two. 
Because of what I said about the social side of golf I cannot see SAGS playing any society games until at least August possibly September or none at all this year.
Stay safe, keep alert and if in doubt, don’t go out.

Alan Brewer, Chair

Golf matches cancelled

Hello to all you golfers out there, I too am as frustrated as you are and not to call it  exercise, what a load of golf balls, Ba humbug.
A five plus mile walk, swinging of the arms, bending of the knees, hand eye coordination, I could go on & on. Plus the way I and my friends play we don’t see anybody until we reach the green anyway.
All courses have removed flag sticks, ball washers, rakes etc. A couple of green staff have been kept on to mow the greens and fairways so when it does return to some sort of normality it will look fabulous. Sadly not all courses will survive this lengthy closure and may have to close down for good.
Hopefully this will not be happening to the courses that we have booked later in the year. We have missed out on The Wychwood, The Springs in June & possibly Wrag Barn in July, if this is the case then our first meeting back will be at The Cotswold Club on Friday 7th August for our Captains Day
I will keep you informed if there is any change,  Always remember, clean hands save lives and when in doubt, Don’t go out.
I set up a par 3 putting course around the house playing 3 holes, Barbara beat me over 3 holes, so l have closed the course.
Alan Brewer, Chair

The 2020 Programme

Please make a note in your diary if you would like to join us and our newly elected captain Martin Kay on any of our days out for a round of golf along with some silly chat whilst enjoying a good meal afterwards.
Friday 1st May           The Wychwood G.C.
Friday 12th June        The Springs G.C.
Friday 3rd July            Wrag Barn G.C.
Friday 7th August      The Cotswold Club.
Sunday 13th Sept      The Cotswold Club.
Friday 2nd October   Stratford on Avon G.C.
We have retained most of our favourites from last year. However, Burford have now priced themselves out of the market so we have decided to try The Springs in Wallingford again. We will be playing the course a week after it hosts the Trilby Tour, so we can expect it to be in very good condition.
If you would like to know more then please contact me on 01869 340423 or our secretary Chris Cooper 01869 347173.
Happy golfing
Alan Brewer, Chair

What is a Purple Patch?

Is it a moment of excellence in a period of mediocrity?

I would like to know how long that lucky period lasts, as this year my golf has been outstanding. The judgement comes from your peers along with your handicap reductions and the matches and trophies that you have accumulated.

Every time you play a round of golf your score card is entered into the computer for handicap adjustments. At the start of the spring season, my handicap had crept up to 16 following the cold, wet, winter,  but by the end of the season it had gone down to 12.

I have adjusted several things to achieve this – I went for a slightly fatter grip on my clubs, replaced the studs in my shoes for better stance and stability and gained more control of the ball, by shortening my full swing to a three-quarter swing. I am also hitting the ball further, not only off the tee, but also by hitting the second shot from the fairway with more accuracy.

My putting has also been a strong part of my game, especially when in two games I scored 42 and 43 having putted only 22 and 23 times. There’s an old saying ‘Drive for show, putt for dough.’

Jack Nicklaus once said, ‘Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a shot instead of wondering where your next bad shot is coming from.’ All in all that bit between my ears is enjoying its Purple Patch.

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention my very first hole in one, on the 15th at Burford back in October, in a Cotswold Club v. Burford match.

A successful run in sport is understood to be a Purple Patch – supposedly from the fact that Roman Emperors used to wear purple togas. So just watch out for my spring collection in 2020!

Alan Brewer, Chair 

Presentation Evening

Steeple Aston Golf Society rounded off the year with a splendid dinner and Presentation Evening which was held at the Cotswold Club Chipping Norton. Thirty members with guests were treated to a pre Christmas gathering along with an excellent meal served in the function room which was beautifully decorated.
After dinner we had a short team and picture quiz of 50 questions which bought lots of hilarity to the proceedings.
SAGS end of season trophies were awarded to the following:
TCS Rose Bowl is for the best 3 cards with handicaps of 1 – 17. Runner up with 105 points Alan Brewer and our winner with 106 points our Captain for the year George Kay. George was also presented with a keepsake for being our 2019 captain.
London Salver is for the best 3 scores over the 5 meetings for players with a handicap of 18 – 28. Runners up with 93 points Mike Brown & Chris Cooper. With a score total of 99 points and our winner was Tony Peck.
Captain’s Cup  best score on Captain’s Day plus best other score. Runner up George Kay with 72 points and the winner with 73 points Alan Brewer.
On behalf of the Golf Society may we wish all our readers a very Happy & Healthy New Year. If Santa brings you a set of golf clubs for Christmas come and join us in 2020.
Alan Brewer, Chair 

Ending the season with a great day at Stratford

Our final meeting of the year was held at Stratford- on- Avon Golf Club, we were welcomed by the club secretary Kay and Arthur our starter for the day who made sure we got off to a good start pointing out the do’s and don’ts on this wonderful parkland course founded in 1894. The club has close links to Samuel Ryder who was Captain in 1929, the year Britain beat the USA at Moortown.


The winner of the May Fu Two trophy was Lawrence Cole 36 points (second from left), runner up Paul Needle also 36 points but lost it on count back.

The Chairman’s Cup, best score on all par 3’s 14 points Chris Cooper (far right)

Guest winner Matt Jolley 41 points (far left). Matt also picked up the prize for 2nd shot nearest the pin on 13.

George Kay NP on 10.

Birdie 2’s Lawrence Cole and Tony Giles.

We ended the day with a splendid carvery & homemade sticky toffee pudding. This was a really enjoyable day and we look forward to returning next year.

A warm thank you from all the members of SAGS went out to Chris Cooper and Mike Brown for all their hard work in the running of our society.

Happy golfing!

Alan Brewer, Chair

Two match reports and a trophy returns

Thursday, 22nd August saw our rearranged match played at Burford Golf Club This parkland course with mature tree lined fairways and high quality greens did not disappoint. A glorious day helped with the high scores coming in.

From the left Brian Kay runner up with 36 points playing off 11,Winner of the Jubilee cup Tony Peck 38 points off 24, Lawrence Cole standing in for Jonny Francome 36 points  who was our guest winner off 14, Alan Brewer nearest the pin in two on the 5th, Dave Shayler nearest the pin on the 12th. Only 2 birdie two’s Lawrence Cole & Tony Peck.

On Sunday, 8th September we played our annual match against the Steeple cricketing exiles/nomads. This match is played with great warmth, spirit and camaraderie. The Cotswold Club was at its best on this warm late summers day.

The pick of the best are as follows; Longest drive 13th Martin Kay, Nearest the pin 10th Tony Peck, Nearest the pin 15th Alan Brewer. Only one birdie 2, Tony Peck. Highest scorer on each side, that man again in form, Tony Peck 39 points now off 21. Nomads captain Neil Brewer 41 points also off 21.

Overall winners after three lean years, the Dennis Neville Memorial Trophy is coming home. SAGS 286 points Nomads 277. The above photo shows Neil handing back the trophy.

Our last match of the season is at Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club, postcode CV37 7BA on Friday 4th October not September as published last month. Usual numbers to ring if you would like to join us at this beautiful parkland course.

Happy golfing

Alan Brewer, Chair

Captain’s Day at the Cotswold Club 

As I type out this report, George’s Captain’s Day was on Friday, 9th August the weather was very Caribbean, today it’s chucking it down, 14C and windy. Oh the joys of living on an island.

George’s day out was held at the Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton. The course could not have been in better condition, it truly is one of the best in the County. Results are set out below. I have been looking through our archives to see if there is anywhere that says you cannot win your own trophy, well played George, you are now playing off 3.

The picture shows (l to r) Brian, mystery prize, David, guest prize, George, checking the rules and Alan, runner up.   

The GPK Cup   Winner George Kay 37 points
      Runner-up Alan Brewer 34 points
Nearest the Pin – Second Shot   Martin Kay on 12th
Nearest the Pin     Mike Brown on 3rd
Guest Prize     David Hunt 37 points
Birdie 2’s   Chris Cooper, George Kay, Martin Kay, Mike Granville

Our next day out is played at The Cotswold Club on Sunday, 8th September for our annual match against the Cricket Exiles. Meet at 12 noon for a 1.00pm start.

Our final meeting of the season will be held on Friday, 4th September at Stratford on Avon Golf Club. If you would like to know more please contact myself on 01839 340423 or Chris 347173.

Alan Brewer, Chair

The Cardale Challenge Trophy

Another wonderful day out with Steeple Aston Golf Society (SAGS) at The Oxford Golf Club. The course was in pretty good condition apart from there not being enough sand in the bunkers and one or two rakes had gone missing. The weather was very kind with beautiful sunshine all afternoon.

On the fourth hole, a short par 3, the tee off area is close to a primary school where they were finding golf balls in the playground, so they asked the club to move the teeing off area for the children’s safety, which they did at great expense. However, balls were still being found in the school playground. Members were complaining over a period of time that their golf ball went missing by the time they walked to the green. The culprits were the crows who were lifting the balls in their beaks off the green and dropping them in the school playground. So no birdie on that hole. 16 players with over half of the field scoring 30 points or more. 

The above photo showing the winners of the day. Tony Giles birdie 2, Mike Carron nearest pin on the 4th and a birdie 2, Brian Kay nearest the pin in 2 on the 14th. Mike Carron runner up with 36 points and the overall winner of the Trophy Alan Brewer with 39 points. 

We have two meetings in August, Friday 9th for our captain George Kay, to be held at The Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton, the second meeting is the re-arranged Burford Golf Club on Thursday 22nd. It would be good to see as many of you as possible especially if you haven’t played with us before, come along as a guest. Please call myself on 01869 340423 or Chris 347173.   

Happy golfing.

Alan Brewer, Chair

A Washout in June

Burford was our second meeting of the season but unfortunately this didn’t take place due to the heaven’s opening up and flooding not only the greens but also the bunkers and fairways. Their Secretary called us to cancel our day and have offered us three alternative dates to suit our members so watch this space for further information.

On Friday, 5th July we shall be playing at The Oxford formerly known as Southfield, home of the City, University and Ladies Clubs, and well known to graduates throughout the world. A challenging course, in a varied parkland setting, providing a real test for players with some fantastic par fours and cracking sets of par threes. We meet at midday for a bacon bap and coffee, first tee off at 1pm Hill Top Road OX4 1PF. 01865 242158.

Please call if you would like to join us 01869 340423 or Chris 347173.

Happy golfing

Alan Brewer, Chair 

Wychwood in May

Our first meeting of the season was at the Wychwood Golf Club, Lyneham.

The course played well with lush fairways and fast greens.

The above photo depicts our winners of the day. Captain George Kay playing off of 5, holding the Richard Cardew trophy which he won on count back from his Dad Brian both on 35 points.

Tony Giles was nearest the pin on the 6th. George was nearest the pin with his second shot on the 18th having almost driven the green. The only Birdie 2 money was picked up by, yes you guessed it, George, who has now been cut to 4.

Burford is our next meet, this is a parkland course with mature tree lined fairways and high quality greens. OX18 4JG is the postcode if you would like to join us on Thursday 13th June, please call Chris 01869 347173 or myself on 340423.

Happy golfing

Alan Brewer, Chair

First outing of 2019

Steeple Aston Golf Society are holding their first meeting of 2019 at the Wychwood Golf Club on Friday, 3rd May at 12 noon. First tee off 1pm.

This course is set on the fringe of the Cotswolds and blends superbly with its surroundings. Lakes and streams enhance the challenge of the course with water coming into play on eight of the 18 holes.

If you would like to join us and play this wonderful course then come along at midday where you will find a friendly bunch of people. If you need more information then call me on 01869 340423. Golf Club address, Wychwood, Lyneham OX7 6QQ.

Alan Brewer, Chair

SAGS outings 2019

We just wanted to give you advanced notice of venues and dates for our SAGS outings in 2019 so you can get them into your diary.

George Kay is your Captain for 2019 and we hope you can show your support for George by attending as many meetings as possible.

Friday 3rd May:                     Wychwood Golf Club

Thursday 13th June:               Burford Golf Club

Friday 5th July:                       The Oxford (we know it as Southfields) Golf Club

Friday 9th  August:                Captain’s Day, The Cotswold Club Chipping Norton

Sunday 8th September          SAGS v Exiles – The Cotswold Club Chipping Norton

Friday 4th October:                 Stratford on Avon Golf Club

They will all be 18 hole Stableford competitions except the Captain’s Day.

For the Wychwood, Burford, Oxford and Stratford events, we will be meeting at 12.00 with the first tee at 13.00.

Please note that the Burford event is on a Thursday.

Alan Brewer, Chair


Studley Wood in October

I must start by congratulating Europe on their 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 win over the USA in the Ryder Cup last month held at Le Golf National on the western outskirts of Paris.

Europe’s captain Thomas Bjorn had selected 14 players who could not only play golf, but could also gel together and knew how to enjoy themselves for three days in front of thousands of spectators plus the world’s media. I think that that was the difference between us and the Americans. It was obvious that they were not enjoying being out there, they were arguing and scrapping amongst themselves, just not team players.

Steeple Aston Golf Society was formed 20th June 1988. For our 30th anniversary we played at Studley Wood in the village of Horton-Cum-Studley, a par 72 course set in undulating woodland which was a former Deer park.

Pictured here are some of the Studley Wood winners from left: Paul Needle, Tony Giles, Brian Kay, Tony Peck, Alan Brewer.

There were many prizes to be had at this meeting, but you had to be called Tony if you wanted to be amongst the top prizes. Results as follows:

Chairman’s Cup front 9, Tony Giles playing off 12, 17 points.
Hogs Back Trophy, Tony Peck playing off 27, 37 points.
Runner up Tony Giles, 36 points.
GPK Insurance Cup, all par 3’s, Tony Peck, 11 points.
Nearest pin 11th, Paul Needle.
Nearest pin in 2 on the 6th, Brian Kay.
Birdie two’s, Tony Peck and Alan Brewer.

Until next year, Happy Golfing

Alan Brewer, Chair


Stratford Park in August and Cotswold Club, in September

Our annual Captains Day on August 24th saw an impressive turnout, 25 players, to play at a new course in Stratford-Upon-Avon which used to be called Ingon Manor and renamed Stratford Park. This par 72 course had lush fairways due to the sprinkling system throughout the course, fast greens and deep bunkers.

Wet weather gear was off and on during our four hour round which gave you time whilst sheltering to have a look at the stunning views across Warwickshire.

Brian Kay introduced two additional competitions, Pairs & Mystery Par 3’s, in addition to our normal stableford game. This helped to keep, in a fun way, “a competitive edge” throughout the day. The day went very well with some good golf being played on a challenging course, handicaps were proved to be fair as nobody “ran away” with any of the competitions.

Following a lovely meal and a few drinks the winners received their rewards : Captains Cup went to Brian’s son Paul, Pairs Trophy to Paul Kay & Mike Carron, Mystery Par 3’s to Geordie Mawson, Nearest the pin to Chris Cooper & Longest Drive to Matt Johnson. A great day with wonderful people, we thanked Brian for putting up the many prizes to be won. I am sure we will return to this course in the not too distant future.

Sunday, 16th September saw our annual game against the cricketing Exiles held at the Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton. Another great day, with pleasant golfing weather.

This was a very close contest played on excellent greens, although too fast for some of the players, all rounded off with a good meal.

Honours went to, Longest drive 13th, Peter Burwell, nearest pin 10th, Mark Brewer, nearest pin 15th, Maurice Finlay.Birdie 2’s Neil Brewer, Maurice x2, Alan Brewer. Best stableford score, SAGS  Alan Brewer 39 points, Exiles Scott Powles 33 points.

Overall winning team by three points Exiles. The above photo shows Alan shaking hands with their winning captain Neil Brewer.

Our last meeting of the season is at Studley Wood on the 5th October and once again, if you are reading this and would like to join us then please call me on 01869 340423.

Alan Brewer, Chairman

Burford Golf Club – July

Our meeting at Burford was hot, humid and dry. The ball ran and ran on the dry brown fairways, sometimes this is a good thing but when conditions are dry like this you just don’t know which club to use on your approach to the green, if you come up short will it bounce left, right or straight on. There were many tales of woe and if only’s, along with notable anecdotes.

Out of the 20 players here are the winners with very good scores.

1st place Martin Hurst 40 points off 24.
Runner up Mike Granville 37 points off 16.
My guest from the Royal Cape in South Africa, John Batchlor 39 points off 9.
Nearest the pin 8th hole Eric Blincoe.
2nd shot nearest the pin on 13, George Kay.
Birdie 2s George Kay, Brian Kay, Martin Hurst and Pete Burwell.

This was a great day out and everyone is looking forward to our Captain’s Day at Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club on 24th August. As always, if you are reading this and would like to join us then please call me on 01869 340423 or Chris 01869 347173. All genders welcome.

Alan Brewer, Chairman

Wrag Barn Golf Club – June

Another wonderful day out with Steeple Aston Golf Society (SAGS) at Wrag Barn Golf Club. The course was in excellent condition and the weather, after a damp early morning, was very kind with beautiful sunshine all afternoon.

We were playing for the The Cardale Challenge Trophy and the Kays dominated the day with Martin winning with 41 points and father Brian runner up with 38 points. Needless to say that Martin has been cut 3 shots & Brian 1 shot. George Kay took the Longest Drive with a 300yard “smack” and John Damm won nearest the pin. Myself and Lawrence Cole shared the Birdie 2’s pot. A very enjoyable day as always, rounded off with a good meal and a few beverages.

If you are interested in joining us at our next meeting at Burford Golf Club on 6th July – Tee off from 1.00pm, please contact myself or Chris Cooper (01869 347173)

Alan Brewer, Chairman

The Wychwood Golf Club – May

Friday, Star Wars day May the 4th saw the start of SAGS first outing of the season at The Wychwood G.C. Playing conditions were excellent as Spring had finally sprung.

18 players were like coiled springs and couldn’t wait for the off, oh what they were going to score around the course was the conversation over their coffee & bacon bap.

Some of them had not played since putting their clubs away back in October and it showed.

We held a moment of silence and reflection for Steve Bell who had sadly passed away. Steve was a founder member of the society and will be sadly missed by all.

Everyone talks about the carvery at the Wychwood and so they should as it was excellent. Steve would have loved it, along with the stories that were told.

In the photograph from the left, honours went to past Captain Tony Peck, runner up with 32 points, plus the only birdie 2 of the day. George Kay longest drive, I think he broke the 300 yard marker. Captain Brian Kay holding the Richard Cardew Trophy 37 points. Alan Brewer nearest the pin.

If you would like to join us on Friday 8th June we are playing at Wrag Barn, Highworth.

Please call Chris on 01869 347173.

Happy golfing

Alan Brewer, Chairman

After a cold and wet winter it is time to think of warm summer days on the golf course playing with good friends and enjoying the banter. In other words its time to re-join the Steeple Aston Golf Society, if you are new to the village or are thinking of joining us then please contact myself on 01869 340423 or Chris Cooper on 01869 347173 for further details. Our meetings for the season are as follows;

4th May The Wychwood G.C.

8th June Wrag Barn G.C.

6th July Burford G.C.

24th August Captains Day – Stratford Park Hotel & G.C.

16th September SAGS V Exiles – The Cotswold Club.

5th October Studley Wood G.C.

Happy golfing

Alan Brewer, Chairman

April 2018

Welcome to another SAGS season – here is a brief outline of what we have in store for the coming season.

Firstly, last year’s Captain Tony Peck had a great year and we wish to thank him for his tenure and welcome this year’s Captain Brian Kay.  Good luck Brian.

Secondly, unless you tell us otherwise, Chris and Mike will continue to carry out the Secretary Job jointly.  In general, Mike negotiates with clubs about dates and prices for the coming season while Chris deals with the money side and the management of individual fixtures.  Our Chairman, Alan, providing a guiding hand, suggestions and advice, as well as organising the Exiles fixture and prizes for each fixture

Fixtures for 2018

We have made the following provisional bookings for 2018:-

4th May:                               Wychwood Golf Club (18 Holes)

8th June:                               Wrag Barn (18 Holes)

6th July:                                Burford Golf Club (18 Holes)

August:                                Captain’s Day (Date / Venue to be confirmed)

16th September:                  SAGS v Exiles – The Cotswold Club

5th October:                        Studley Wood (18 holes) 

As you can see we have retained two old favourites – Wychwood and Burford.  After a very positive approval rating for Wrag Barn from those who played last year, we will return again this year. We have decided to drop North Oxford this season and to go to Studley Wood, a course we are sure you will enjoy. 

Provisional costs vary from £42 to £55, but the exact costs will be shown on individual invitation sheets.

Handicap Limit

There are new regulations coming into force in the golfing world in January which may affect your handicap if you belong to a golf club and your handicap is 28 (Ladies 36) or over.  In theory, your handicap can now go up to a maximum of 54 – look on the internet for CONGU Changes 2018 for detailed information on this.

However, SAGS will continue to limit handicaps to 28 (Ladies 36) this coming year. People with handicaps over this limit are most welcome to play, but will play off of these maximum SAGS limits.

Alan Brewer, Chairman
January 2018


The Chairman reflects………

We have finished our society games for this 2017 season so I have put together a little of what it’s all been about.

Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle, followed by a good bottle of beer.

Golf you hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins, on top of that, the winner buys the drinks.

Golf if you find you do not mind playing in the rain, snow, even during a hurricane, here’s a valuable tip…  your life is in trouble!

Golfers who try to make everything perfect before taking the shot rarely make a perfect shot.

A ‘gimme‘ can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers… neither of whom can putt very well.

Golf’s an interesting thing… It no matter how badly you play, it’s always possible to get worse.

Golf’s a hard game to figure.  One day you’ll go out and slice it and shank it, hit into all the bunkers and miss every green.  The next day you go out and for no reason at all your game really stinks!

If your best shots are the practice swing and the ‘gimme putt’, you might wish to reconsider this game.

Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent is you.

Golf is like marriage, If you take yourself too seriously it won’t work, and both are expensive.

The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is the pencil.

Best wishes from all in the Golf Society.

Alan Brewer, Chairman

Final 2017 meeting at North Oxford

SAGS final meeting of the year was held at the North Oxford Golf Club. Twenty members and guests took part on this bright sunny day which was reflected in the higher scores achieved.

Pictured above holding the Chairman’s Cup is next year’s Captain Brian Kay, alongside is Becca Smith winning the Ladies Prize, this season’s Captain Tony Peck holding the Hogs Back Trophy and George Kay standing in for his brother Paul who won the G.P.K. Insurance Cup.

Our thanks go out to our secretaries Chris Cooper and Mike Brown for their hard work. They are busy booking next year’s venues so why not come and join us in 2018.

Hogs Back Trophy   Winner Tony Peck
      Runner-up Brian Kay  
G.P.K. Insurance Cup   Winner Paul Kay  
      Runner-up Tony Peck
Chairmans Cup   Winner Brian Kay  
Longest Drive   Tony Giles    
Nearest the Pin   Geordie Mawson  

 Best wishes

Alan Brewer, SAGS Chairman

SAGS v Exiles at The Cotswold Club

On  Sunday 17th September our annual SAGS v Exiles/nomads match at The Cotswold Club, Chipping Norton. Twenty-three “Golfers” contested the match on a beautiful sunny day on a well presented and challenging course. However, unfortunately due to some SAGS members not achieving their true potential and one no show, we LOST. Despite this minor setback, we had a great day with good food and enjoying wonderful company capped with all the wrong people winning the raffle (as usual).

Results as follows: SAGS combined stableford scores 271 points Exiles/nomads 283. Honours went to Richard Edmonds 35 points for the Exiles/nomads, Alan Brewer 33 points SAGS. Longest drive on the 13th Paul Bradshaw, Nearest pin on the 3rd Neil Powles, I feel he should also have had the longest drive as he drove up from Devon that same morning, on the 15th Craig Bedding. I would just like to point out that they were all Exiles/nomads winners,  There were no birdie 2’s, that money went into the raffle and blow me down, they won that as well. Hence the handkerchief in the photograph.

With The Cotswold Club at almost 750 feet above sea level I shall be taking my team out for some high altitude training prior to our rematch next September. Neil Powles is seen here receiving the Dennis Neville Memorial Trophy. Sorry Dennis, next year I promise!!

There will be a report next month on our last golf outing of the season at North Oxford. The Kay’s clean up again, mind you there are four of them.

Alan Brewer, SAGS Chairman

Captain’s Day at Stratford

Another very successful meeting at Stratford-on-Avon Golf Club for our Captain’s Day, weather was good, course in wonderful condition and hospitality was excellent. The Kay boys took the honours with Brian (Dad) winning the May Fu Two Trophy and his son George taking the Captain’s Trophy. Lawrence Cole won longest drive and Mike Brown (not featured in photo) nearest the pin. Overall a very enjoyable day.

Our final meeting is at North Oxford on Friday 13th October. This is a beautiful parkland course of 5,800 yards, very tight in places with many trees to negotiate. You have to think your way around this short course if you want to score well.

Why not dust off those clubs and join us, you would be made very welcome. Contact Chris on 01869 347173 or myself on 01869 340423.

“I’d give up golf if I didn’t have so many sweaters” Bob Hope.

Alan Brewer,  SAGS Chairman

Forthcoming matches

Tony Pecks Captain’s Day will be played at Stratford on Friday, August 25th. All welcome.

Chairman Alan Brewer writes:

“Our next meeting is at The Cotswolds Club Chipping Norton. This is an annual event sponsored by Andy Neville for the Exiles (retired cricketers) in memory of his father Dennis, who was a member at Chippy and a long standing supporter of SAGS. The match is played in a very good spirit, we tend to mix and match depending on numbers but generally about 24 turn out.

“The date is Sunday, 17th September teeing off at 12:36pm. If you would like to play in this match please contact me on 01869 340423. Arrive at 11.00 am for bacon baps and coffee, play 18 holes followed by a one plate meal, many prizes to be had. All this for £35 at the weekend, can’t be bad.

“Golf is all about if’s and putts.”

7 July: The Burford Golf Club

Chairman Alan Brewer writes:

“On the 7th July Steeple Aston Golf Society spent another day in paradise at The Burford Golf Club, This is one of those venues that you know will not disappoint.

“The weather helped with some low scores coming in for the Jubilee Cup which was won by Tony Giles 42 points playing off 10 now cut to 8. Runner up Bill Sandhu 37 points off 20, cut 1 shot. Longest drive our captain Tony Peck, Nearest the pin Geoff Clarkson and the only birdie 2 sinking a 30 foot putt Chris Cooper.

“Next venue Friday 25th August at Stratford for our Captain’s Day, all welcome.”

9 June: Wrag Barn Golf Club

Chairman Alan Brewer writes:

“ A wonderful sunny day playing on a lovely well laid out course that was in superb condition. It challenged the best. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

The winners, pictured here, were:

Winner – Brian Kay (36points) (Handicap – 12)

Runner Up – Tony Giles (35points) (Handicap – 10)

Longest Drive – Lawrence Cole

Nearest Pin – Chris Drake

Guest Prize – George Kay

Our next meeting is at Burford, this a very popular parkland venue, on Friday, 7th July. If you would like to join us contact either myself Alan, on 01869 340423 or our secretary Chris Cooper, on 01869 347173.”

12 May: Wychwood Golf Club

Steeple Aston Golf Society had its first meeting of the season on the 12th May at The Wychwood Golf Club; 21 of us met at midday for bacon baps and coffee with anticipation to the playing order and the revised handicaps.

Now it’s not rained for 40 days and 40 nights, well it made up for it along with hailstones.

This reflected on the poor scores returned by half the field, no doubt hoping for another couple of shots to be given back on their handicap, (no chance).

Before we got to the prize giving, Wychwood provided us with a sumptuous carvery and a choice of six puds.

Honours board – nearest the pin on the 6th, Geoff Clarkson, Geoff also got a two, the only one of the day so he picked up all the 2’s money. Longest drive on the 16th, Martin Kay, somewhere around 280 yards. Martin also won the guest prize with 38 points playing off 19.  Members of SAGS were playing for the late Richard Cardew Challenge Trophy, runner up on count back with 35 points Eric Blincoe playing off 25 and in first place 35 points Paul Needle off 12, well played Paul.

Our next meeting is at Wrag Barn on the 9th June this is a great course, have a look at it on the website and if this whets your appetite for a round of golf, give me a call, you will be made very welcome.

Asked why he had a new putter Tommy Bolt replied “Because the other one didn’t float”

Alan Brewer (Chair)
01869 340423

Steeple Aston Golf Society 2017 Applications

Dear Fellow Golfer

After a cold and wet winter it is time to think of warm summer days on the golf course, playing with good friends and enjoying the banter.  In other words, it’s time to re-join the Steeple Aston Golf Society!

Firstly I’m sure that we would all like to thank Frank for the tremendous job he has done as Secretary over the past 16 years which has been hugely appreciated by everyone.

Secondly, last year’s Captain Paul Buck had a great year and we wish to thank him for his tenure and welcome this year’s Captain Tony Peck.  Good luck Tony.

The details of the dates and venues for 2017 are:-

12th May:                         Wychwood Golf Club (18 Holes)

9th June:                           Wrag Barn (18 Holes)

7th July:                            Burford Golf Club (18 Holes)

August:                            Captain’s Day (Date / Venue to be confirmed)

17th September:               SAGS v Exiles – The Cotswold

13th October:                    North Oxford (18 holes)

All venues will cost around the £45.00 mark, although one of our favourite courses, Burford, has significantly increased its prices and will be the dearest at £50. Exact costs will be shown on individual invitation sheets.

If you are aware of a new golfer wishing to join SAGS (a friend, relative or even an old member thinking about returning and of any gender), please ask for an application form and return it to Chris at the address below. Although it is best to use the steepleastongs@gmail.com email for all correspondence,

Chris Cooper
Combe Pyne, Water Lane, Steeple Aston, OX25 4SB
Tel:  01869 347173   Mobile: 07803 750442
Email:  chris777.cooper@btinternet.com

Happy Golfing!

Alan Brewer (chair)


13 May: Wychwood Golf Club

Our first match of the season was held at The Wychwood G.C. Lyneham where 18 of us enjoyed this well maintained golf course followed by a carvery and a choice of four puds.

Lawrence Cole retained the trophy scoring 35 points and in second place Brian Kay scored 33 points. Jim Nicholls was nearest the pin 6th, longest drive 14th Stuart Allen, and second shot nearest pin 18th Tony Giles.

Our next meeting is taking place at The Springs, Wallingford on the 10th June, we meet up at 12 noon for bacon bap & coffee, play 18 holes stableford followed by a two course meal and prizes.

If anyone would like to join this fun group of golfers irrespective of handicap then please contact Alan Brewer, the Chair, on 01869 340423.

10 June: The Springs Golf Club

Golf The Springs nr Wallingford June 2016Steeple Aston Golf Society returned to The Springs near Wallingford after a couple of years’ break, and we returned to find the course in excellent condition. This could be down to the new management team.

Most of the 22 players which included four guests enjoyed the day albeit some lost a few balls in the ponds and lakes around the course.

Captain Paul Buck presented the prizes to the following:- Birdie 2’s Lawrence Cole & Bill Sandhu. Nearest the pin 8th hole Brian Kay. Nearest the pin 2nd shot 17th Lawrence Cole. Longest drive 12th Paul Buck. Guest winner Russel Rowells 42 points off 17 now cut to 13 if he plays with us again. Runner up Alan Brewer 37 points off 15 cut 1 shot to 14. Winner of the Cardale Challenge Trophy Brian Kay 38 points off 13 now cut to 11.

The winners pictured here (l to r) are: Russel Rowells, Paul Buck, Alan Brewer, Brian Kay and Lawrence Cole.

July’s meeting is at Burford on the 8th, if you would like to join us please call Alan Brewer, the Chair, on 01869 340423 or Secretary Frank Damm 01869 347269.

8 July: Burford Golf Club

Golf Burford July 2016Burford is one of those courses that you know what you are going to get in the way of fast greens, manicured fairways and a good meal at the end of the day.

The winners are as follows:

Nearest the pin with the second shot on the 13th – Robbie Robinson
Nearest the pin 11th – Brian Kay
Longest drive 9th – Bill Sandhu

Guest winner – Mary Phipps 35 points playing off 15
Runner up – Brian Phipps 34 points playing off 5.

In the photo above are Captain Paul Buck and Chairman Alan Brewer presenting the Jubilee Trophy to Geordie Mawson with 36 points playing off 20. Very well done.

Our next fixture is on the 18th September at the Cotswold Club. This is the match against the Exile Cricketers who give us golfers a good run for our money.

If this fixture whets your appetite for a game then please contact me on 01869 340423 or our Secretary Frank on 01869 347269.

Happy Golfing

Alan Brewer

Looking forward to September’s  matches

There is no fixture in August. The match against cricketing exiles on 18th September is now fully booked with 32 players itching to get on the first tee at the Cotswold Club, playing for the Dennis Neville Memorial Trophy.

Captain Paul Buck has chosen Stratford on Avon Golf Club for his Captain’s Day which will be well attended, however we can always find you a place if you are reading this and would like to play this fantastic golf course. Please call me on 01869 340423.

May all your 3 footers be gimmes

Alan Brewer

18 September: SAGS v SACC “Nomads” (Cotswolds Club, Chipping Norton)

golf-nomads-receiving-trophy-2016Steeple Aston Golf Society v Steeple Aston Cricket Club “Nomads” previously named as “exiles” played the annual golf match for the “Dennis Neville Memorial Trophy” at the newly named Cotswold Club Chipping Norton on a bright, warm, windless, Sunday afternoon with no excuses and we got stuffed!! 6 1/2 to a 1/2. Sorry Dennis.

Now whether it was the new format of Texas Scramble that the Nomads insisted on playing, or the ringers that were introduced due to a couple of no shows, or just the inability of the golfers on the day. I would like to think that it  wasn’t the latter but just in case, I have sacked the lot of them!!

The picture above shows Nomads captain Neil Powels receiving the trophy from Andy Neville, plus, below  a view from the 5th two tiered green looking back up this par 5.

golf-sept-2016-back-up-the-5th-fairwayJoking aside, it was a cracking day with some great golf played at this magnificent course. You can always tell what sort of day it has been by the banter,  laughter & noise in the club house whilst we were having our meal.

The prizes were shared for nearest the pins on all par 3’s & the two longest drives.

The raffle prizes kindly donated by our sponsor Andy Neville, SAGS & the Nomads were also equally shared rounding off with a donation to a Young Dementia Charity.

The Nomads team (how many names do you recognise) from your school & cricketing days led by Neil, Scott & Dave Powels, Mark & Neil Brewer, Andy & Craig Bedding, Simon Burwell, Alex Damm, Richard “I thought it was a 1:30 start” Edmonds, plus friends. Well done lads and just to let you know I am working on a new format for next year.

Alan Brewer, Chair

(I got the half with my partner Vaughan Billings after Mark & Andy hit their second shots out of bounds into the car park, oops)