Jeff Hindle Memorial Trophy

The latest date in the Portland Golf Society 2018 calendar took place at Worsley Golf Club on Thursday 30th August. Due to holiday commitments there were a number of absences from our stalwart members. Most noticeable was our Captain Pete Derbyshire who was taking a well earned break ( at least he says it was well earned). Normally that would mean a promotion of our vice captain Frances Sinott but a packed diary of grandchildren and tv appearances ( more of that later) prevented her attendance. So our previous years captain was pressed reluctantly (shy and retiring that he is) into substituting. Our handicaps secretary was also absent as he and Dave Baynes were mugging some pensioners somewhere in a Seniors Open event. Thus no handicap reductions were made on the day as his substitute (ex captain again) could not get his head round the methods used by Mr Payne to generate handicaps.

Worsley was looking good after the recent rainfall and the day maintained Captain Pete Derbyshires record of having a dry golf  event despite being substituted by Kevin Tlaloc Bolton ( in case you’re wondering Tlaloc is the Aztec god of rain, lightening and thunder). The morning event gave us a flavour of the course and starting off with two long par 5’s closely followed by a 216 yrd par 3 certainly assisted the big hitters.  The results for the morning team event were :

 Results of morning team event

 Mention 24pts  Brian Murray  Rob Chadwick  Ernie Rowlands
 2nd Place 25 pts  Phil Lancaster  Anthony Sever  Terry Tobin
 Winners 27 pts  Ian Ringwood   John Coburn  Howard Dixon


A lunch of sandwich and chips followed, which included the surprise appearance of Andy Southworth, it seems he could smell the chips from the Telephone Exchange. Due to the late withdrawal of John Martin, who had to service his holiday mansion in Abersoch as the butlers and chambermaids had gone on a well earned break, the afternoon session was changed to 4 balls.

 PM Individual event

Nearest the Pins
Hole 6: Joe Boyd
Hole 8: Kevin Bolton
Hole 13: Phil Lancaster
 Hole 18: Phil Lancaster
Longest Drive
Geoff Haynes



It was a close finish to the competition with 3 tied on 34 points, two on 35 and a clear winner. Card playoffs had to go to back 3 before just missing out was Kevin Bolton head of the 34’s.  Second and third places was a real Syd and Eddie affair with Andy Minshull pushing Big John Coburn back into 3rd.  Despite  scoring zero points on the first and last holes Martin Claffey sandwiched 39 points in between and following young Callum Claffeys win a couple of years ago become the first father and son holders of this trophy.

Top 6 finishers

Mention Dave McGovern
Mention Terry Tobin
Mention Kevin Bolton
3rd John Coburn
2nd Andy Minshull
1st Martin Claffy 39


There were 4 two’s on the day Bill Harris, Joe Boyd and 2x 2’s for Phil Lancaster.

Back to the absence of our vice captain it appears that she went to an event at the Lowry and was filmed for an upcoming TV show ( I don’t know for sure but they are making a new series of Love Island, just saying.)

Anyway that’s all from the Antiques Roadshow.

See you at Davenport on 27th September and hope the lucky ones going to Turkey golfing in the next couple of weeks have a great time.


God of Rain, etc