Spring Plate at Didsbury GC, Friday 26th April 2019

Didsbury another Duel in the Damp

It felt like old times returning to Didsbury. This sensation continued right up to the winner being announced.  Steve Mainwaring turning out hadn’t happened for a few years. The weather turned out to be reminiscent of years gone by. Lucky for me I had forgotten my shoes and had to borrow a pair that were far more waterproof than mine. Last time we played here the Didsbury boys dominated the results but I cannot see any of them in the tables below so it would appear somethings have changed.     


 Nearest the pins  4. Brian Murrayl  6. Andy Minshull  11. Dave Baynes  18. Geoff Haynes
Longest Drive  Kieran Dunn      

Top 4 Finishers

   Points Handicap  Revised
4. John Coburn 33  No change  
3. Brian Murray 33 27  26
2. Dave Baynes


17.9  16.9
1. Geoff Haynes 34 9.2  8k.3


Following a very nice meal our very nice captain Frances had everybody’s ear when she regaled us with a Pam Ayers poem concerning the relationships between men and women. It was very apt. On completion there were a few utterances of “here -here” whether this was people agreeing with the spirit of the poem or members’ asking for their ears back it was hard to say. Once again card play offs were required to define the finishing positions. This was a further step back to old times with Geoff Haynes taking pole position. This has happened time and time again over the last four decades. Geoff must have got through more Duraglit than the man that cleaned the kit of the Knights of the Round Table. Despite the rain the mood was good and the event a success.


The Presidents Cup and AGM at Stockport, March 2019

The weather forecast for the day was possible rain showers but 27 hardy golfers turned up to play for the Presidents Cup, and as it was the first event of the 2019 golf season it was followed by our AGM.

We were greeted at the golf club with hot bacon barmcakes and tea or coffee before we ventured onto the course to attempt to win the major prize. The first tee off time was 1030hrs and all of the field enjoyed sunshine for the whole round of golf.

Below is how the golf panned out.

Nearest the Pins 5. Paul Sinnott 8. Mike Hill 11. Martin Claffy *2's Below
Longest Drive Andy Minshull      Mike Hill


The minor prizes of nearest the pin and longest drive were: on the first of the Par 3’s, hole number 5, nearest the pin went to Paul Sinnott. The next Par 3, hole number 8, went to Mike Hill. The next Par 3, hole number 11, went to Martin Claffey. The final Par 3, hole number 16 proved to be a difficult one with none of the golfers actually hitting the green.

Longest drive on the day was won by Andy Minshull.

There are also prizes for any 2 on the day and Dave Baynes managed a 2 on the 5th hole, but Mike Hill managed a 2 on the 8th hole and a 2 on the 16th hole. The more observant of you will notice that although nobody scored a nearest the pin on the 16th Hole, Mike Hill managed to score a 2 by chipping in from off the green.

Top 5 Finishers

   Points Handicap  Revised
6. Martin Claffy 32    
5. Geoff Haynes 32    
4. Bill Harris 33    
3. Brian Murray 34    
2. Dave Barratt 35    
1. Phil Lancaster 35    


The eventual winner on the day was Phil Lancaster who scored 35 points, beating Dave Barrett also on 35 points, but Phil had the better back nine score.

In third spot we had Brian Murray who scored 34 points, fourth spot went to Bill Harris with 33 points, and finishing the top six places were both Martin Claffey and Geoff Haynes, each scoring 32 points.


The presentation was followed by our AGM, where the outgoing Captain, Mr Pete Derbyshire stated that his Charity for 2018, Prostate Cancer Research, will benefit to the sum of £200-00 raised by all the golfers who attended the 2018 events, a big thank you to you all from the Captain and Prostate Cancer Research Committee. Pete then handed over proceeding to our incoming Captain this year Frances Sinnott, and presented her with a Statue of a Lady Golfer to mark her year in office, the first Lady Captain of the Society since it’s inception in 1965. Hopefully this may encourage more Lady golfers to join us throughout the year. The Captain stated that her charity for this year will be the British Heart Foundation, and asked everybody to give generously to such a worthy cause.

On the agenda there were no propositions and no Nomination for Posts.

 The Treasurer gave his report and then we had the presentation for Player of the Year for the previous season 2018. The winner was Bill Harris, beating a past Captain Kevin Bolton into second place. Kevin is also Captain at Blackley Golf Club for 2019 but will still support the Portland Society during his Office.

As it was the Presidents Cup, our President Mr Bill Macbeth treated everybody to their first drink at the bar and I think you will agree that this was a magnanimous gesture.

A big mention was given to one of our long standing members Mr Steve Payne, who unfortunately suffered a very bad cycling accident towards the end of 2018 whilst he was training for a Triathalon event. This has caused Steve to miss Golf for several months, but happily he is now well on the mend and hoping to be back with us soon playing golf. Steve is our Handicap Secretary and obviously we needed a Stand-In Secretary so Brian Murray volunteered to take up the post.

The Captain closed proceedings, wished everybody a safe trip home and said that she hoped to see as many as possible at the next event which is the Spring Plate event to be held on Friday 26th April at Didsbury Golf Club.



Honest - it was this far from the hole



Pairs event @ Wilmslow Golf Club, October 25th 2018

The last Portland Golf event of 2018 took place at Wilmslow Golf Club. We must have behaved ourselves last year as they had us back. There were a number of absentees from our regular entrants some with more serious reason for absence, more of which later.

The day began in what some would describe as “light drizzle” but it was enough for the bookies to refuse to pay out on Captain Pete Derbyshire having a 100% dry year during his watch. Kevin Bolton felt there was a God after enduring Petes boasting all year, I told you Tailoc the God of Rain etc would come good.

There were no near misses on the first tee this year as most managed to get their drives over the 9th green, though some did catch the brook behind the green. There was a late absentee on the day when Alan Saville took ill in the morning and was admitted to hospital with what turned out to be a viral infection, thankfully he is recovering well.

With the storm clouds breaking and bright sunshine enveloping the course the days golf went really well. Alans absence meant Phil Lancaster had no-one to drive his buggy so had to do it himself and also needed a ghost to boost his total as it was a pairs event. Paul Sinnott was identified as the person most qualified to substitute for Sav, think it had more to do with similar handicaps than anything else.

The fantastic rewards on offer by the society meant that you could tell when someone had hit the green with a potential nearest the pin prize. On the 14th Terry Tobin nearly missed his tee off on 15th as he was busy watching the last group make their attempt as Terry had one hand on the prize. Geoff Haynes took the honours much to Terry dismay, though Terry did claim the prize on the 17th. Talking of nearest the pins it would be remiss of me not to mention the shot to the 6th to win nearest the pin, and sinking of a 20 foot  putt to get a 2 for the author of this report.

It was a very close finish with 2nd to 5th just 4 points separating them, the winners Andy Minshull and Chris Murphy with a magnificent 44 points to get back their trophy that they lost last year.

One other notable absentee was the ever popular Handicaps Secretary Steve Payne who unfortunately has met with a severe cycling accident whilst training for a Triathlon. He is presently recovering in Leeds General and we all send our best wishes.

 PM Individual event

Nearest the Pins
6. Kevin Bolton
9 Geoff Haynes
14. Geoff Haynes
17. Terry Tobin
Longest Drive
Martin Claffy
2's Kevin Bolton, Geoff Haynes and Pete Derbyshire  


 Position   Name  Points
 Mention  Phil Lancaster  Paul Sinnott    35
 Mention  Kevin Bolton  Ian Ringwood     36
 3rd  Pete Derbyshire  Matt Biddle   37
 2nd  Geoff Haynes  Howard Dixon   38
 1st  Andy Minshull  Chris Murphy   44