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A good turnout of 20 Venerables enjoyed this year’s Autumn tour at the Hilton Doubletree Forest Pines resort in North Lincolnshire. The weather was sunny, very warm and dry for all 3 days and the combination of the 3 nine-hole courses were in excellent condition.

A new trophy generously donated by Andrew Wyatt was up for grabs this year and as always it was played for in the spirit that epitomizes the Venerables.

Daily prizes of the ubiquitous red snoring juice was also to be played for, along with some extra prizes of golf balls and hats that Saleem very kindly supplied us.

Day 1, Some good scoring in this warm up individual Stableford competition.


3rd place with 34 pts. (on countback) was Gary Raynsford.


2nd place with 34 pts was Russ Morgan.

The daily winner with an excellent 40 points was Colin Edge

Day 2, The first round of the Autumn Tour trophy.


3rd place with 33 pts. (after a 1 shot reduction from day 1) Gary Raynsford,

2nd place with 34 pts. was Dave Watts.

The daily winner just edging it with 35 pts. was Tony Eggs

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Day 3, Second round of the Autumn Tour trophy.

3rd place with 36pts was Andrew Wyatt,


2nd place with an outstanding 41 pts was Ken Hart

The daily winner with an exceptional 42 pts. was Mike Phillips

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Autumn Tour trophy,


There were at least 10 players within 6 shots going in to the second round.

3rd and 2nd place both with a score of 66pts were Mike Phillips and Tony Eggs


Trophy winner with a total of 69 pts. was Dave Watts.

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This year the Venerables Anglia Tour was rebranded the Autumn Tour to reflect the fact that we shall be playing at venues not only in East Anglia but other parts of the UK, as this year ventures into both Leicestershire and Lincolnshire proved.


12 Venerables braved the elements to compete in the first day warm up round of golf at Stapleford Park. They were rewarded with a break in the atrocious weather to enjoy an open, fairly long but very well-presented course.

A further 7 Venerables joined us at the Autumn Trophy venue Belton Woods where again the golfing gods smiled on our members with decent weather.

Because of the recent heavy rain the courses were playing long but they were in great condition.

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Results below:

1st    Dave Watts and receiving a £20 Heydon Voucher plus wine with 30 points

2nd  Mike Phillips with 29 points

3rd   Richard Atkinson with 28 points

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Belton Woods Day Two

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Belton Woods Results:

Day 1: The Woodside Course


1st    Ken Rowbotham with an outstanding 36 points

2nd  David Baker with 30 points.

3rd   Steve Truckle with 28 points

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Day2: The Lakes Course


1st    Steve Bonnett with 30 points

2nd  David Baker with 28 points

3rd   Graham Handscombe (surprised) with with 25 points

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Winner of The Autumn Tour 2019


This year we had Joint winners of the inaugural Venerables Autumn Trophy with both Ken Rowbotham and David Baker achieving a total of 58 stableford points over the 2 day competition. Thanks to David ( who won last year’s prize ) it was agreed that Ken would receive the engraved beer mug and that the new trophy for this year would be shared.


All winners and places in addition to the prizes of red wine also received sleeves of balls that were generously donated by Saleem


Dave presenting the engraved beer mug to Ken and the new Autumn Tour Trophy to joint winners David & Ken

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