Portland Cup @ Withington GC, Report,  Friday May 21st  2021

Portland Golf


Well we finally got the season off with a visit to Withington Golf Club for the Portland Cup.

A healthy turnout of 29 golfers enjoyed a great day and kind weather.  I foolishly agreed to be the new Handicaps Secretary and despite having to contend with the introduction of the World Handicap System, the playing handicaps were more or less accepted. Although I’m not sure that the previous handicap secretary voluntarily gave up the role as on the 5th hole his tee shot nearly decapitated myself and Geoff Haynes. Steve Payne said he didn’t think he could hit it that far.

It was no surprise to see whose name was on the longest drive I think Martin Claffey has been taking lessons from Mr DeChambeau, in the present circumstances it was true to say “I don’t go that far on my holidays”

Our Captain Paul Sinnott made what was his first official inaugural Captains speech. ( We don’t count last years sole event at North Manchester as Mel Garner pointed out he hadn’t been elected by the AGM. Its a shame that as the result and winner, the same Mr Garner,  are therefore null and void.

A returning member to the Portland after a long absence Rob Goodwin – Davey picked up the winners trophy.



Nearest the Pin



Hole 1 Gary Brockelhurst  
Hole 4 Bill Harris  
Hole 8 Joe Boyd  
Hole 10 Geoff Haynes  

Longest Drive

Martin Claffy  

Leader Board

5th Mel Garner 36
4th Pete Derbyshire 37
3rd Chris Miles 38
2nd Gary Brockelhurst 42
1st Rob Goodwin - Davey 43


  Mel Garner  
  Martin Claffy  
  Bill Harris  



Jeff Hindle Memorial Cup at North Manchester, Friday 28th August 2020

Well after quite a delay the Portland season got under way. The incoming captain Paul Sinnot knew just how big the shoes were he had to fill. He and his wife Francis had an early start from their new home in Cumbria. The weather that greeted them was pure Manchester. Rain, windy and dull. Having witnessed Francis's successful term of office as captain last year he had a good idea what was expected of him and proceeded to pull this off with some aplomb. He did err slightly when seeking information on the new to the society members. It is hard to believe but he pointed to someone in the room he could not recognise. It was only Ernie Rowlands his choice as vice captain. Now in defence of Mr Captain Ernie was sporting quite a head of curly hair. He used to call it his Billy Bouffant look when he was treading the boards on the Karaoke circuit. Now it looked a cross between Shirley Temple and Granny Clampett. A round of applause for Ernie for accepting the post of vice. Hold your head in shame if you were one of the 48 people who replied to Paul saying they didn't want to be vice.

As was the way last season there was no morning team event below is a table showing the results.



  Player Points Handicap Adjusted
 Mere mention  Terry Tobin 28   + 0.2
 King of mentions  Brian Murray 31 27 Buffer
 3rd  Chris Miles 34 19 18
 2nd  Bill Harris 35 7.6 7.2
1st  Mel Garner 40 20 15.5


 Nearest the Pins etc


Any 2's

9th hole Brian Murray  
11th Bill Harris The only 2 well done
18th Pete Derbyshire  
Longest Drive Mel Garner  


All things considered a turnout of 25 was good. The weather was poor it was a bank holiday weekend, people were sliding off to their caravans. North Manchester is not an easy course but when it is as wet as what is was it becomes very hard. There was little run even coming down the hills. Mel's score is quite remarkable. He has obviously been taking heed from the new pro at Blackley. Everyone was happy to be out playing golf again meeting old chums and new. Someone said the Rochdale cowboy had turned up but I couldn't see Mike Harding anywhere.

Mr Captain as well as choosing Ernie as his vice announced he would carry on as captain next year in order to give us time to get used to the fact that Ernie was going to be captain. What a bloke, that's seven more trips up and down the M6 with Frances and her shoes.   






Turkey Golf, September 2019 Report

Well we were lucky with our flights with Thomas Cook, on time both ways. If we had gone the day after, we might still be in Turkey.

Flights were good and transfer to hotel good. Champagne provided when we got to the coach. We have to start drinking early to get used the All-inclusive offer.

The hotel was phenomenal. It looked just like a cruise ship.

In the coach going to the Hotel, it was suggested by John Martin that we comply with Sharia law whilst on holiday and anyone messing with the draw sheet would have their hand cut off. So guess what. Yes John who should have been in the first group, arrived just in time for the last group. His golf one handed was quite good. If fact he plays onehanded now.

The golf at Dunes was very good considering most were hungover. Kevin Bolton came in with the best score of 36, followed by Jay Chambers with 35. Chris Waterfield had the best score of 32 amongst the ladies.

On day 2 at Pines with another hot day of 35°, John Leigh and Kevin Bolton both scored 33 points. Barbara Johnson with 26 and Betty Fallows with 25 were the best scores amongst the ladies.

Day 3 we were back at Dunes for another blisteringly hot day, and Barbara Johnson had a very good 27, followed by Frances Sinnott with 24. The mens winner was Johnny Shepherd with 33, followed by Jay Chambers on 29.

Day 4 we played a beautiful course called Titanic. John Martins’ hand must have started to heal because he scored a remarkable 36, followed by the bandit called Kevin Bolton with 33. The ladies winner on day 4 was Carol Howard with 26 and Betty Fallows with 22.

The overall Ladies winner was Betty fallows with 90 points and the Mens winner was Kevin Bolton with a score of 130.