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Paul Upton pictured below after scoring a hole-in-one in Monday’s Seniors friendly match at Manor House.

Congratulations Paul!

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Under blue skies, August 16th saw 82 entrants turn out for the Senior Captains Charity Trophy. From a ‘Shotgun’ start and based on drawn Hi-Lo pairs, the winners Trophy went to Keith Ritch and Peter Palframan.

In parallel with the pairs event and inspired by the return of golf to the Olympics, the opportunity was taken to stage an Individual competition with prizes and medals going to the first three. Seen below is winner Ernie Ferriday who, having received his winners prize from Alan Baker, was decorated with a ‘gold’ medal by Mel Probert the Lady Captain.

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Cumberwell Park is an outstanding location not only for a round of golf, but also as a fantastic area for wildlife conservation. We take a great deal of pride in facilitating wildlife breeding throughout the grounds, from the building of a nature pond on the new par three course to the installation and monitoring of bird boxes. This summer we have had a fantastic outcome from both Barn Owls and Kestrels breeding here at Cumberwell Park as a result of work that goes on all year round. To ensure that the boxes remain in a fit state for the birds, myself and course member Keith Wright check them throughout the year for repairs, changes of bedding, and possible evictions of unwanted guests (namely squirrels) ahead of the breeding season.

I have been privileged this year to have had the opportunity of joining Nigel Lewis and his raptor monitoring team in the Wylye Valley area of Wiltshire. Nigel has been monitoring Barn Owls for over thirty years and was very pleased with our success rate here at the golf course as it bucks the trend that he has been finding in other locations throughout Wiltshire. This season we have had two successful breeding pairs of Barn Owls, rearing six chicks between them, and a pair of Kestrels that produced three young. This success rate can, in part, be attributed to the diverse mosaic of habitats that are found on the course and in particular the areas of long grass that you can never find your ball in! The tall, tussock filled, rough on the course is the habitat of many small mammals such as the field vole which are the primary food source of the birds. Barn Owls are known as an ‘indicator’ species which can give a clue to the health of the local food chain and environment. To have two breeding pairs in relatively close proximity alongside the Kestrels illustrates that the long rough areas of the course are ecologically rich and likely support other species such as insects, butterflies and bats. In addition to the Barn Owls and Kestrels, we have also had Little Owls roosting and breeding here at Cumberwell last year and Red Kites have been spotted.

Back in early July we were lucky to be joined for a morning by Emily Joáchim to ring our young chicks. Emily is a raptor ecologist and holds a license to ring Owls and Kestrels. As part of the ringing process each of the young birds, and parents if present, have a small metal ring attached to their leg with a unique code on it that will make the bird identifiable in the future. If a bird is found with a ring on then the code can checked to see where the bird was first ringed or has been found before. During the ringing process the chicks are checked for their general health and condition, weighed, sexed if possible, and has their age established through wing measurement. I am pleased to say that all of the owl and kestrel chicks here at Cumberwell were very well fed and in excellent condition.

 

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Emily Joáchim on the ringing morning with one of our Barn Owl chicks (above).

Barn Owl chicks are can be ringed between three and seven weeks old and usually fledge at eleven to twelve weeks. The Kestrels are also ringed at three to six weeks old.

Barn Owl and Kestrel breeding has been a great success here at Cumberwell Park this year and hopefully one that we can repeat next year. Keep your eyes peeled for our newest residents next time you’re playing!

 

 

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Jon Keepen – Head of Conservation, Cumberwell Park

The Annual Lady Captain’s Day brought the sunshine!!. Mel’s theme was a 70’s theme raining money for Age UK. Over 50 ladies took part in a Texas Scramble competition with a welcome ‘Pimms’ and refreshments at a ‘halfway house’.

The 70’s theme continued upstairs in the Hayswood room, where a disco style layout including dance ball and dance floor.

Mel surprised the ladies with entertainment from the Committee members and Mel’s husband Lee. A disco dance choreographed by Sue Warren was performed to ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and great fun was had by all.

 

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Ladies in Fancy Dress Texas Scramble Winner Tracy Edwards,

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Ladies Section getting in the spirit of the 70’s

 

 

Club Captain Mark Symonds held his Captains weekend on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July and it proved to be a great weekend raising over £4000 for the RUH Cancer Centre appeal – a superb effort from Mark, all his helpers and the members.

Saturday saw 128 people competing for the Captains Trophy and in windy conditions Dom Walter shot a superb 37 points to take the trophy and gave a great winners speech in the evening!

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See below for a selection of photos from the hugely entertaining Captains Night..

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The sun shone on the annual competition for the Wooden spoon between the Ladies and the Seniors. The Seniors have held the wooden spoon for a number of years and it was Mel Probert’s and Alan Baker’s honour to battle it out as respective Captain’s.

A record number of entrants made it a fierce competition resulting in a very close finish. However the Ladies won through and Mel Probert re- presented  the Wooden Spoon to the Seniors.

A welcome drink and light lunch finished off a wonderful day of golf.  Thank you to all who took part.

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Mel Probert, Ladies Captain & Alan Baker, Seniors Captain after the Wooden Spoon competition.

Well done,  the Ladies !!

The PGA EuroPro Tour visited Cumberwell Park for the third consecutive year from Monday 20th June – Friday 24th June and yet again it proved to be another hugely successful event with a large amount of praise from the Players and PGA EuroPro Tour officials.

Despite the recent wet weather the players and the PGA EuroPro Tour commented on the superb condition of the course and commended the efforts of Matt James and his team of Green Keepers for their efforts throughout the week.

PRO AM
The pre tournament Pro Am was played on Monday 20th June and was a huge success, members and sponsors formed 56 teams (the biggest Pro Am on the tour during 2016) had a fabulous day with the amateurs thoroughly enjoying there game with a EuroPro Professional.
The morning rain and afternoon wind made scoring extremely tricky and the best Pro score came from late starter Mark Young with a 67 (-7), pipping our very own Steve Surry who shot a 68 (-3).
The results of the pro am can be found here – PGA EuroPro Tour Pro Am Results

TOURNAMENT
The tournament got underway in damp conditions but it soon became evident that birdies were the order of the day, our own Pro Steve Surry again found some good form during the week opening the event with a round of 64 (-7) which was only behind the leader on a day of very low scoring when more than 50 players shot in the 60’s
The 2nd day again proved to be a good day for scoring and cut line for the top 50 players moved to -3 towards the end of the day. Rounds of 66 and 65 from Nicholas Garland saw him take a 1 shot lead over former European Tour Pro Stephen Dodd.

The final day saw blustery conditions and a number of players moving up and down the leaderboard – the leaders got to -14 before dropping back and with the clubhouse lead by Adam Hodkinson of -13 (with a back 9 of just 29 shots) it was left to Stephen Dodd to hole a snaking 35 foot putt on the last to force a play off for another dramatic finish – he duly delivered and went on to par the 1st play off hole and take the title.

The write from the event can be found by clicking on the link – PGA EuroPro Tour Write Up

A big thank you must go to all of our members who volunteered throughout the week ball spotting, scoring and car parking! – Without these volunteers the event would not be the success it was, so a big thank you!

Thanks also to GRENKE for their support of the event for a 2nd consecutive year. Gary Standen from Grenke was at the Prize Presentation Ceremony to present the trophy to winner.

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Photos of all teams are below. If you would like your individual photos whilst teeing off then please contact Ali James – alij@cumberwellpark.com
(click on photos to see larger images) BIG THANK TO ANDY TOZER FOR BRAVING WEATHER ALL DAY TO PROVIDE US WITH SOME GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS