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Roger Hyman Trophy – Gents 18 hole stableford.

‘ Charlie Powell bosses it again at Five Lakes’

On a very breezy and fiery day on the championship Lakes course, the course  certainly proved the winner, Saturday 27th August.

Played from the medal white tees very few players were able to return scores past 33 stableford points.

Les Powell (23) came fourth with 34 points, Junior, Tom Vass (12) came third with 35 points, the second slot went to Steve Harris (21) with 39 points and once again the master of all conditions was Charlie Powell (10) with 40 points.

Closest to the pin on the 4th was Ian Cottee on the 11th was Neil Shinwell, nearest to the line on par 5 12th was Paul Bowers.

There were three players winning birdie 2 balls, Tom Vass on the 4th, Stuart Sturdy and Neil Shinwell on the 11th.

Tex Abrasives Texas Scramble – Gents 18 hole 3 ball Scramble

One of the two Texas Scramble’s held at Five Lakes Golf Club over the golfing season, which always gives the members an opportunity to shoot some low scores.

Sliva Micheal,Steve Greaves and Ray Saxer came in with nett 64.9 flying the flag for the high handicap Tin Pots, also scoring low with a nett 64.1 were Barry Boniface, Malcolm Pitt and Peter Dunnet.

3rd place went to Mark Harlow, Alan Hayes and Les Powell (6.9) on the same score with a better back 9 holes, 2nd place were Stuart and Chris Hempstead with Nick Mahon (6.7) with a nett 63.3, however, winner of the Tex Abrasives Bowl for 2016 were Billy Coe, Neil Shinwell and Frank Taylor (4) with a credible nett 63.

Eddie Curtis Memorial 36 hole Men’s Pairs Open

‘Another Win for Charlie Powell’

Five Lakes Golf Club welcomed a large number of visiting golfers as well as some of their own members to the annual Eddie Curtis Memorial Open.

With golfers from Kent, Norfolk, Suffolk Hertfordshire and Essex all trying to win the Eddie Curtis Trophy.

The morning 18 holes saw Dave Chignell and Clive Taylor take second place with Mick Gill and David Rogers winning the morning honours both pairs scoring 41 points.

The afternoon 18 holes saw some higher scoring, with three groups returning 42 points, Club Captain Nigel Popper and Liuke Greatorex, J Coombes and D Coombes just missing out, 2nd place went to Trevor Harris and his guest Julian Hazel, 1st place in afternoon went to visitors P Mullinger and A Haines with 45 points.

Overall, the Five Lakes pairing of Frank Taylor and Neil Shinwell took 3rd place with a combined 80 points losing out to Sam Sadler and his guest Jamie Jones on the same score but with a better score in afternoon, however, winners of the Eddie Curtis Trophy was Five Lakes own Charie Powell and his guest Ollie Kendall with 83 points.

There were two longest drives the morning on the par 5 12th hole was won by Tudor (Danny) Owen, the afternoon longest drive was Sam Sadler, nearest the pin was won by Graham Sinfield.

Winter Golf League

Winter League round 3 18 hole better ball stableford

‘Charlie and Alan take the honours’

In very windy and testing conditions Five Lakes were able to hold the 3rd round of the Winter League on the Links course Sunday 6th December.

Three groups returned respectable 37 points, Wood and Sinfield, Foot and Garnett along with Garnett and Dunnett, Dave Rogers with Freddie Coe came home with 38 points to be just outside the main prizes.

Two pairs returned 41 points to dispute 2nd and 3rd place with Phil Robson and Graham Doherty beaten by Frank Taylor and Neil Shinwell scoring 22 points on their back 9 holes.

However winners on the day were Charlie Powell and Alan Hayes with 42 stableford points. Birdie balls were won by Tony Cook on the 10th, Matt Ponder and Paul Bowers on the 16th.

Christmas Golf Competition

‘All change at Five Lakes’

Due to outrageous weather conditions the previous weekend the annual Turkey Trot and Captains drive in was held Saturday 28th November.

Turkey Trot – gents 18 hole stableford

A large field competed for the honour of winning a Turkey for Christmas.

Father and son  Barry and Russel Smith individually scored 36 points with Barry taking 4th place with a better back 9 holes.

3rd place went to Les Cheyne with 20 points on his back 9 holes, 2nd slot went to Andy Lee with 37 points in testing conditions, however claiming first prize and the best scratch score was 3 handicapper Jack Garnett with a magnificent 41 stable ford points, Birdie balls were won by Alan Hayes on the tricky 16th hole.

Captain's Drive In

Put out and new Captains drive in

The new club captain Nigel Popper as returned to to do a second stint at Five Lakes as he was previously Captain in millennium year 2000.

Nigel intends to build on the strong  club atmosphere that exists at Five Lakes and looks forward to working with his vice captain Ron Dent who has also worked tirelessly for the golf club as junior organiser and an active committee member, the Lady Captain at Five Lakes is Roma Raymond having had a successful year as vice captain.

Nigel has be a continuous member of the tournament committee for many years along with his other duties with the Essex Captains which he will also will be Captain in 2016.

Also driving off today was Tom Arrowsmith the new Junior Captain at Five Lakes. Previous to the Captains drive off the retiring club and junior captains putted out on the 18th hole. Roger Hyman for the main club and Joe Hart for the Juniors.

Essex Golf Club Winter League

Winter League round 2 – 18 hole better ball
‘Clive and Dave win on count back’

Five Lakes held the second round of this years Winter League on the championship Lakes course.

Andy Clover and Matt Ponder scored 37 points losing 3rd place on count back to Matt Foot and Jack Garnett on the same score, the final two places were also decided on count back, Barry Boniface and Malcolm Pitt claiming 2nd place scoring 19 on their back 9 holes beaten by Clive Taylor and Dave Chignell winning the 2nd round with 23 points on their back 9 holes.

Birdie balls were won by Doug Wood on the long 16th.

Allan Riches Memorial Trophy – 18 hole 4 ball better ball

‘Russell and Sam win the Allan Riches’

A large field turned out to support the Allan Riches Memorial Trophy to commemorate his memory.

On a glorious Saturday morning, we have forgotten that a few weeks ago we battling through wind and rainy conditions, however, the scoring was quite high for this competitive competition.

Two groups came in with 43 points, Malcolm Pook and Paul Bowers, along with Steve and Trevor Harris,Mark Harlow and Charlie Powell came in with 44 points to be just outside the main prizes, Two groups came in with 45 points and had to be split on count back to decide 2nd and 3rd places, Chris Graham and Dan Lambert with 23 points on their back 9 holes were beaten by Lee Stafford and Doug Wood with 24 points on their back nine holes.

The winners of the Allan Riches Trophy for 2016 were Russell Smith and Sam Sadler with 23 points on their front 9 followed by 22 points back 9 holes.

There was a trophy for the highest nett score for a junior, this was won by Ben Clark

There 12 players who won birdie balls for two’s on the par 3’s, not a bad effort as all the par 3’s were played from the white tee’s.

Secretary’s Trophy – Gents18 hole stableford (Q)

‘Sam wins the Secretary’s Trophy’

On a very chilly day, some 48 golfers played for the Secretary’s trophy from the white tees on the championship ‘Lakes course’ at Five Lakes.

Four players returned 35 points, Trevor Harris, John Mayle, Mark Harlow and Dave Parkins. Harry Clover (7) came in with a respectable 36 points to be just outside the main prizes.

Third place went Ian Cottee (8) with 37 points, second slot went to Clive Taylor (13) with 39 points, however, winner of the 2016 Secretary Trophy was Sam Sadler with a worthy 40 points.

Birdie 2’s were won by: Dave Woodley on the 4th, Richard Hardy-King and Mark Snoad on the 8th, Ian Cottee claiming a pair on both the 11th and 16th holes along with Phil Roblin also on the long 16th.

Five Lakes beat local rivals in Curry Cup

Using home advantage to the full, the Five Lakes Curry Cup team beat Colne Valley Golf Club 14 1/2 to 3 1/2 in the first round of this year’s Curry Cup.

Wins in the morning for Neil Shinwell and Alan Garnett, Jack Garnett and Billy Coe along with Charlie Powell and Danny Owen with Tom Vass and Eric Howlett gaining a half gaining a 3 1/2 – 2 1/2 advantage in the morning foursomes.


The afternoon singles is where our home advantage took hold with some exceptional performances from our players, wins for Jack Garnett, Billy Coe,  Neil Shinwell, Alan Garnett and Eric Howlett giving us a 6-0 lead in the first six games these wins were followed later  with wins by Tom Vass and Danny Owen winning 10 matches out of the twelve available.

Curry Cup Captain Ian Kirkman thanked the whole team for their sterling efforts and we look forward to our next match away to Colchester Golf Club Saturday 18th June.

Professionals Shield – Gents 18 hole bogey/par ‘Q’

‘Sam wins again’

Having enjoyed some warm sunny weather our English summer decided to show us that easterly winds are not far away making scoring very difficult, this bogey qualifying competition was played on the Links course Sunday 29th May.

Four players returned -2 to the course, Alan Garnett, John Mayle, Bernie Sheldrake and Ian Kirkman, Roger Springall (12) came close with -1 to be just outside the main prizes claiming fourth place. Third place went to Pat McSweeney (13) on level with Paul Bowers (7) +2 just to be beaten by Sam Sadler (22) on +3 to take the Professionals Shield his second trophy this summer.

Birdie 2’s were won by Ron Dent on the long tricky 8th hole, With Pat McSweeney and Alan Garnett on the downhill 10th.

Presidents Mid Summer men’s Cup 18 hole stroke play.

‘Danny wins Presidents Cup’

Five Lakes Golf Club held the Presidents Mid Summer Cup Sunday 5th June, held on the ever improving Lakes course from the medal white tees.

Andrew Gilbert (18) came in with a nett 73, Dave Rogers (5) winning the scratch prize with a gross 77 nett 72, third place on count back went to Tom Arrowsmith (8) also with a nett 72 and a better back 9 holes, second place went to the ever improving Trevor Harris (20) with a nett 71, however, winner of the Presidents New Year Cup on count back was Danny Owen (12) also with a nett 77 and better back 9 holes.

Birdie balls were also won by Danny Owen with a 2 on the 11th.

Lombard PGA Stableford Medal

Division 1

1st Jack Garnett (3)        40 pts

2nd Alan Garnett (10)      37 pts

3rd Pat McSweeney (13) 35 pts

Division 2

1st Gary Trim (17)           33 pts

2nd Trevor Harris (20)      32 pts

3rd Sam Sadler (21)         32 pts (OCB)


Eddie Curtis Memorial Trophy Sunday 14th August 36 hole mens pairs 4 ball better ball members entry £25; guests entry £40; per player.

Includes coffee and bacon roll single course lunch, am and pm prizes and overall, longest drive and nearest the pin.

There are a limited amount of buggies available if you wish to book a buggy please contact Ron Dent tel; 01621 869116 or email;

Carter Cup, scheduled to be played Saturday 2nd July.

If you wish to play as a reserve please report to the starters 15 mins prior to the first tee time.

Should the Carter Cup go ahead next Saturday 2nd July, it will NOT be played from the BLUE tees, white ones preferably.

Carter Cup – Gents18 hole stableford

‘Charlie wins in style’

Five Lakes played the Carter Cup Saturday 2nd July, his annual competition is sponsored by the club professional Gary Carter.

Three players scored 35 points Les Powell, Peter Dunnett and Danny Owen, 4th place went to Alan Garnett (9) with 37 points beaten on count back by Alan Hayes (19) taking 3rd place on the same score with a better back 9 holes.

2nd place went to Steve Harris (20) with 38 points, however outright winner of the Carter Cup 2016 with 41 points was Charlie Powell (11).

Birdie 2’s were won by Matt Foot on the 4th and an eagle on the 18th par 5, Dean Vass and Trevor Harris on the 8th finally Keith Codling who went very close to a hole in one on the 16th.