Open Competitions Reports

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The Coronation Trophy is Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club’s annual prestigious open event.

The first competition, a foursomes, was held on the first Saturday in June in 1953 with the Coronation Trophy donated by George Burr (Captain in 1952) to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The competition continued as a foursomes for many years and was immensely popular with Stanton Members and other club members throughout the County. It was always oversubscribed. However, the popularity of foursomes events started to wane from about 2013, and gaps were beginning to appear in the normally full tee time slots. In 2016 the format of the competition was changed to a Better-Ball Medal to arrest the decline, and once again the competition has become oversubscribed. In fact, this year the first tee time was 7.00am and the last at 3.30pm with 104 pairs entering from 32 different clubs, some many miles distant.

Thanks to all the hard preparation work by Stanton Head Green Keeper Dan Branson and his dedicated Green Staff, the course was in near-perfect condition despite the devastation that was caused by the long drought last year. The weather conditions were perfect for golf, but the slick greens proved to be a real challenge to all competitors. The stimpmeter reading in the morning was over 13.

These events don't just happen - they are the result of many weeks of pre-planning and organisation by Club Manager Paul Keeling and numerous volunteers. The new Halfway House was only completed late Friday afternoon and was built by a large team of volunteers over the last few weeks headed by Stanton Chair of the Board Mike Harby. We think you will agree it is a fine addition to Stanton’s facilities. Also we thank Tracy and the Catering Team, Mary and the Bar Staff Team – all their efforts put the finishing touches to a superb day.

Many congratulations to the Winners of the 2019 Coronation Trophy - Stanton's own evergreen ex County President and 1994 Captain Martin Hathway, and his young partner Josh Slade from Wollaton Park, who breezed around the course with a score of net 62. 5 handicap Josh's highlight of the round was a monumental drive followed by a 6 iron to 3 feet and drained putt on the 518 yards par 5 6th hole, resulting in an impressive eagle 3. Martin, in his victory speech, claimed that his most notable contribution was signing the score-card, but those of us who know Martin well will ensure his portion of the score is passed on to the handicapping administrators at Stanton together with those of the various Golf Societies to which he belongs!

Cheered on by a substantial number of the Competitors who stayed to support the Prize Presentation, Stanton Vice-Captain Ian Pacey presented the 8 net and 2 gross prizes on offer. The fact that the UEFA Europa League Final (Tottenham vs Liverpool) was about to be shown on the Club's big screen was purely coincidental!

The full and summary results can be viewed on the Club's website.

Finally we thank all of you, especially the Visitors for supporting this great Club by playing in this historic and prestigious competition .

We hope to welcome you all back here next year, and beyond.

The Club Office

Seniors' Open 2018

On Monday 20th August 2018 at 8.30 am on a calm and balmy day, ideal for good scoring, the opening drives in the Stanton Seniors' Open sailed down the fairway, and once again this annual and popular event was under way.

152 players from 37 different clubs took part this year, and although the fairways may not have been in their usual pristine condition due to this summer's exceptionally dry weather, the greens certainly were, and reflected the excellent scores returned.

The usual army of volunteer helpers are to be congratulated in putting on a show which contained elements of military precision that were much appreciated by all the competitors.

Stanton GC is very fortunate to have such dedicated Office, Bar, Restaurant, Green, and Professional Staff all of whom went that extra mile to ensure our guests were administered, watered, fed, golfed and advised to the highest possible standard!

The Winning Team in the Stanton Open was comprised of local duo Brian Lyall and Bob Braithwaite who posted an astounding score of 54 points, resulting in adulation and disbelief from fellow competitors left trailing in their wake.
"How many times did you go round? "
"Did you enter the NETT scores in place of the GROSS scores?"
were some of the kinder quips. Other comments are not for publication in a family-friendly environment!

Their back nine scores consisted of 5 NETT birdies and 4 NETT eagles - truly remarkable! Well done Brian and Bob - you have now officially been inducted into the "Hall of Bandits"!!

It was much appreciated that so many competitors stayed for the Prize Presentation, expertly compèred by Vice-Captain Peter Gauntley with Seniors' Captain Jeff Hooley in attendance.

  • 1st Prize - Ecco Waterproof Golf Bags :
    Brian Lyall & Bob Braithwaite (Stanton-on-the-Wolds) 54 points
  • 2nd Prize - Sketchers Shoes :  
    Terry Greenhalgh (The Belfrey) & Robin Richards (Nuneaton) 50 points
  • 3rd Prize - Motocaddy Lite Series Bags : 
    Martin HathwayMichael Harby (Stanton-on-the-Wolds) 48 points
  • 4th Prize - Oscar Jacobson Sweaters : 
    Glyn Bramley & Adrian Pritchett (Beedles Lake) 48 points
  • 5th Prize - Callaway Trousers : 
    Peter Gauntley & Gren Wills (Stanton-on-the-Wolds) 48 points
  • 2nd Hole - NIGEL FEATHERSTONE (Stanton-on-the-Wolds)
  • 5th Hole - BOB WATTS (Hinckley)
  • 10th Hole - RAY NORTH (Wollaton Park)
  • 15th Hole - KEITH STAFFORD (Mapperley)

The full set of results can be viewed on the website

Many thanks to all the competitors from far and wide who supported the Stanton Seniors' Open this year. 

We hope you had a most enjoyable time and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Ladies' Open 2018

On Tuesday 7th August, 156 Ladies from 33 different golf clubs played in the Stanton Ladies' Open.  With the course being in great condition and the weather good, there were some very good scores returned. Several Stanton Ladies featured on the Leader Board throughout the day. However one of the last teams to finish achieved the winning score of 88 points included our own Ann Goodwin, playing with three Ladies from Rushcliffe. Well done to them all.

The team that came second who scored 85 points were from Belton Park, and third were a team including Stanton's Jan Hooley and Jackie Richards who scored 84

In fourth place, also with 84 points were Stanton's Di Sully and her team, and in fifth place was a team from Forest Hill with 83 points.

Nearest-the-pin was won with a hole-in-one at the fifth by S. Young from Chesterfield, who was thrilled to score her first ace. The longest drive was won by Pat Hudson from Burghley Park.

The raffle raised £287, and the delicious cakes at the halfway house baked by Stanton Ladies, raised even more for the Captains' Charity - Keyworth and Disctrict Community Concern.

The Office had worked hard planning the day and producing start sheets and the cards. The Restaurant and Bar kept us fed and watered with their usual cheerful, calm approach, despite the Chef being away on his honeymoon!

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped the day run smoothly. These included starters, registration, raffle ticket sellers, halfway house helpers, cake bakers, car park attendants and course marshals.

There was no prize presentation, so for those competitors who didn't collect them on the day, vouchers will be sent out in the post to the Team Leaders for onward distribution to the rest of their Teams.

Full results can be viewed on the website.

Many congratulations to all the prize winners. We hope those participating had a thoughly enjoyable day and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Jane Harby

Lady Captain 2018
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club

Coronation Trophy 2018

The annual Gentlemen’s Open Competition for the Coronation Trophy took place on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club. 

After being played as a Foursomes since the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Organising Committee agreed two years ago that the format be changed to the Four-Ball, Better-Ball MEDAL format, which has resulted in the available tee-times being completely filled in both years, together with a substantial waiting list. 

The Winners :-

The Trophy, donated by George Burr (Captain in 1952) was won by the local pairing of Paul Fletcher & Ian Greatorex (Stanton-on-the-Wolds) with a magnificent nett score of 61

2nd place overall :- 

Last year's Winners Geoff & Samuel Underwood (Stanton-on-the-Wolds & Worplesdon) with a nett score of 64 (on countback).

3rd place overall :-

Tim Bateson & Fred Brown (Stanton-on-the-Wolds) with a nett score of 65 (on countback over the last 15 holes).

Best gross score :-

was achieved by Woodhall Spa members Glyn Roddy & Daniel McEvoy with a score of 71.

Thanks to all the hard preparatory work by Stanton's dedicated Green Staff, the course was in perfect condition in spite of all the rain that had fallen in previous weeks. The greens were running fast and true and living up to their reputation of being the best in the County. Feedback from the competitors has been very positive and all those involved in the organisation are to be congratulated and thanked for their contribution (no matter how large or small) to all the day's events.

Many thanks are also due to the 188 entrants from 31 different clubs who supported this year's Coronation Trophy. Keep an eye on the website for next year's entry forms - they should be available towards the end of the year.

Congratulations as well to all the prize winners - we hope to see you again soon.

Annotated full results (Nett by Division, and Gross) are available for downloading.

Ladies Open 2017

The annual Ladies Open got off to a bright and breezy start, with the starter in her floral headgear and the Ladies all looking colourful, co-ordinated and hopeful.

From a total field of 144128 Lady Visitors from 34 clubs situated all around the Midlands, experienced a mix bag of weather and the klaxon stopping play whilst thunder reigned above. Once play resumed after a brief interlude the scores came pouring in, and the leaderboard frequently changed with the top two teams being in the last three groups to submit cards. 

The group from Mickleover claimed the day, being the winning team, the nearest the pin and longest drive prizes. With their scores littered with birdies and an eagle, they beat the team from Kibworth on count-back, so well done Ladies! We look forward to welcoming you back next year.

There was no prize presentation, so vouchers will be sent out in the post to the Team Leaders very shortly for onward distribution to the rest of their Teams.

Many thanks go to the hardworking team of Ladies, Gents and Staff from SWGC, who made this a very smoothly run and well enjoyed event. Also last but not least a special vote of thanks to our Greenkeeping Staff from the winning Team, who were all most effusive in their praise of our wonderful course.

Overall Winners - 80 points (on countback)
  • Debbie Deakin (Mickleover)
  • Lesley Watson (Mickleover)
  • Tres Lea (Mickleover)
  • Lorna Riley (Mickleover)
2nd place - 80 points
  • Patricia Formoy (Kibworth)
  • Sue Barkes (Kibworth)
  • Wendy Quilter (Kibworth)
  • Wendy Williams (Kibworth)
3rd place - 77 points
  • Barbara Cotton (Rothley Park)
  • Kim Robertson (Rushcliffe)
  • Deborah Allen (Charnwood Forest)
  • Judy Broadhurst (Rothley Park)
4th place - 76 points
  • Frances Tunnicliffe (Stanton-on-the-Wolds)
  • Hilary Horton (Notts Ladies)
  • Kath Oscroft (Stanton-on-the-Wolds)
  • Sue Brown (The Nottinghamshire)
5th place - 75 points
  • Sue Bennett (Ruddington Grange)
  • Karen Donnelly (Ruddington Grange)
  • Margaret Thorpe (Ruddington Grange)
  • Jill Atkinson (The Nottinghamshire)

A full set of results may be downloaded from the Club's website

Winner of the Nearest the Pin prize (on the 5th) : DEBBIE DEAKIN (Mickleover)
Winner of the Longest Drive prize (on the 9th) : LORNA RILEY (Mickleover)

Irene Herod

Lady Captain
Stanton-on-the-Wolds Golf Club


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