Jordan Kendall brushes aside opposition at Burnham Beeches
Another excellent day both on & off the course was had by all at Burnham Beeches on Friday. All agreed the course was in excellent condition - considering the recent weather, the greens in particular played really well.
After seeing all the groups away from the first tee, Peter again adopted his mother hen mode & followed the players around the course. Having seen off the IGC players with a goody bag of bottles of water, an apple, banana & a choc bar. our quick thinking host noticed supplies were left over. He then spent the next 20 minutes buying off the muttering members with free fruit etc. It was amazing what soothing qualities a Chunky Kit Kat can possess.
It was nice to have Joe Miller along too, (the former World Long Distance Driving Champion.) Having entered the event like everyone else he able to relax, be 'off-duty' and simply enjoy playing. And very well he played too - after a slow start, Peter was able to witness most of Joe's back nine, covered in 4 under giving him an eventual 32 points and second place.
Pride of place must go to one of our newest (and youngest - just 20 years old) members, Jordan Kendall who pipped Joe by one point to claim first prize with 33 points. Well played Jordan. In third place on 30 points was our old friend Alastair Aiken. 'Old' I hear you say? Yes, this was Alastair's fourth IGC event & he's already booked for Silvermere. A good golfer & a good lad - just the sort of member we are looking for. A special welcome to our first ever member (001), Nigel Joyner, playing in his first IGC event & coming a highly creditable last. Nigel has his heart set on entering the Eurovision Song Contest when his IGC career is over. We had many new faces at Burnham Beeches - we sincerely hope you enjoyed your day. Our thanks too to Dave Brene, roaming the course as our official photographer. You can contact Dave directly on if you would like prints of the day.
The final highlight? The food! A superb 2 course meal served in the lovely setting of the old clubhouse put a seal on a fine day.
Fiesal Bacchus wins IGC's first Major
Forget Danny Willett, there's a new major champion in town! Congratulations to Fiesal Bacchus on becoming IGC's first ever major winner...
Fiesal pictured picking up his winning prize with IGC Head Professional James
Fiesal returned a score of 31 Stableford points on the tough Bernhard Hunt course at Foxhills to take victory. Home course knowledge and a magnificent birdie nett albatross on the hardest hole on the course seemed very much a catalyst for Fiesal's win. Congratulations also must go to Alastair Aiken. He managed to keep Fiesal on his toes on the day, just missing out with a runner up finish.
As an added bonus for IGC members and guests on the day, Head Professional James took to the course to play a few holes with each group. He was lucky enough to witness Fiesal's incredible birdie nett albatross on the long par 5 5th, only managing a par himself. This said, James managed 5 birdies on the day himself, with each group playing witness to at least one.
The course at Foxhills was in magnificent condition for IGC's first major of the year, combined with the warm sunshine, it was a great day to play golf. As ever, we would like to thank Foxhills for be brilliant hosts. We very much look forward to returning in July to play the Longcross. Fiesal now heads IGC's 'Major Series' with the next major being held at The Grove in June.
First ever IGC London event a great success!
Members & guests were welcomed to the Grove on Saturday for the first ever International Golf Club London event. A full field arrived well ahead of the first tee time for coffee & bacon rolls & to warm up on the fantastic range & short game area. Both Peter & I had many good friends along, but with completely new faces also, the day proved to be a terrific mix.
You may be aware that we have invested substantially with Golf Marketing Services to help promote IGC London, & we were delighted to see our main contact , Adam Roberts, turn up to meet our members & guests & watch all the groups tee off. It was great having Adams' support.
Sam Lovick (he of the huge beard) was summoned to the tee to hit the very first ball in IGC history. He was announced on the tee by the starter over the PA system as " on the tee....Santa Claus". Who on earth suggested this? To his eternal credit, Sam hit a great shot down the fairway (yes, the 1st). It has to be said that the overall standard of opening shots was remarkably high including, rather surprisingly, mine.
Conditions were difficult with strong winds blowing all day. For the most part though, it was dry and the course was presented in fantastic conditions. The winner on the day, Mark Wood, scored a highly creditable 35 points, winning a free years' IGC London membership in the process. His playing partners couldn't stop talking about his mercurial Seve-like short game. Honourable mentions must also go to Daniel Edwards in second place, who just pipped Adam Tilley on count back. 30 points off threequarter handicap was no mean feat in the gusty conditions. Daniel also won nearest the pin on the 4th hole with an outrageous shot into an incredibly tight pin position. He duly holed the putt for his 2. Nearest the pin on the 13th went to Stuart White with a quite brilliant shot witnessed both by myself and Peter (who was roaming the fairways in Mother Hen mode). A five iron into the centre of the green of a 196 yard hole into the wind & change in elevation, was no mean feat.
Our thanks once again to all those who attended .Everyone seemed to mingle naturally both on & off the course - exactly the scenario we envisaged when setting up IGC London.
Thanks too to David Brenes for being the official photographer. He did a great job all day especially considering the weather. If any of you would like prints as a momento, you can contact David directly by email on email@example.com.
Thanks must also go to the Grove itself who proved to be excellent hosts. Waiters, waitresses, starters, buggy allocators, valet parkers, guys on the live leaderboard, you name it! - all, without exception, could not have been more helpful. I am sure many of those present will want to return there with us in June.
Our next 2 pre-season events are Friday April 15th at the Addington & Sunday April 17th at Foxhills - 2 brilliant courses. Just book online as usual. We hope you can join us with family & friends to meet both Peter & I, hopefully enjoying how we organise our golf days. We trust you will be happy to spread the IGC word.
Some of the faces from The Grove
Sam Lovick (left) and winner Mark Wood hitting their opening tee shots at The Grove