Production Test Facility Golf Society
Our society was founded in 1991 by employees from the Production Test Facility (PTF) at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Derby.
Membership numbers of the Rolls-Royce PTF Golf Society are as strong as ever with 54 members subscribed for 2017’s busy calendar of Golfing events and Gary Block’s year on the Captain’s throne.
The season as always started at Morley Hayes over the Christmas break where Malc Cope triumphed in the cold and fog with 35 points to win the ‘Winter Warmer’ Trophy.
The weather had improved by mid-April for our first full day out of the season at the undulating Mapperley where the ‘Alvaston Maori’ aka Ian Hickton lifted the Spring Salver with 39 points.
Unfortunately, Ian Bell also joined the honours board on the day as he struggled in with a meagre 10 points so adding his name to the ‘Scroll of Shame’ and ‘Belly’ is the current holder of the ‘12 and under Trophy’.
In only its 2nd year the PTF Invitational Trophy saw an increase in numbers with a field of 42 turning out at Erewash in May. The event was a great success with the prize pot’s on offer shared fairly evenly between members and guests alike but it was ’one of our own’, Rob Langley who won overall with a tremendous 42 points.
A visit to the lengthy Park Hill soon followed in June which saw the closest result for some time as four players all finished tied at the top on 35 points with ‘Long’ Tom Donnachie winning the Presidents Cup on back 3 count-back.
The fourth event at Springwater in early July was played in perfect conditions and saw the highest scoring of the season with ‘The Secretary’ storming to victory with 42 points to proudly win the Summer Vase just days before the birth of his beautiful baby daughter, Francesca.
The ‘Weekend Away’ in early August is the highlight of everyone’s season and 29 of us made the trip to Chester where Callum Slater claimed the ‘Friday Fiver’ prize with 40 points at a most impressive Vicars Cross. The main event of the weekend took place on the Saturday at the tight, tree-lined Upton-by-Chester where a steady as ever Chris Cooper won the ‘Tourist Trophy’ with 37 points, with Adam Edwards picking up Sunday’s loot with 38 points at a very windy Chester.
The sixth and final event of the season in early September saw a short trip down the M1 to Rothley Park with Clive ‘Ding-Dong’ Bell triumphing in blustery conditions to win the event with 37 points.
Stableford points from the six main society events are added to our ‘Order of Merit’ with the best four scores counting towards the Aggregate Trophy. This title again went right to the wire and after 3 consistent seasons, Nathan Meakin finally lifted the Trophy with a best four-round total of 140 points.
Additional end of season awards saw Adam Edwards claim the ‘Most Improved Player’ trophy for his general improved performances and finishing runner-up in the Order of Merit
The ‘Best Newcomer’ trophy went to Michael Coleman while the new ‘Captains Trophy’ was shared by Nathan Richards & Gary Block who finished top of the current/past Captains in the ‘Order of Merit’ both with 123 points.
The Clive Dawson Trophy is our Individual Matchplay knock-out competition which is keenly contested between members throughout the season and 2017’s event was won by Todd Foster after beating Colin Asbury 6 & 5 in the final at Burton-on-Trent.
The society had mixed fortunes in the annual team matchplay events in our Golfing calendar as we suffered defeats in the ‘Graham Sheard’ Trophy against the Rolls-Royce TBF Society and the ‘Ron Parker Memorial’ Trophy against Pastures G.C.
We did however proudly retain the ‘John Layne Trophy’ narrowly beating the C9/C4 Society by 9.5 points to 8.5 points at Ormonde Fields in May to extend our lead to 13-8 in overall trophy wins.
So the curtain has fallen on our 2017 season but 2018’s fixture list is already confirmed for another exciting year of Golf lined up for new Captain Darren ‘Dash’ Ashmole which will see visits to Buxton & High Peak in April, Chilwell Manor in May, Erewash for the PTF Invitational Trophy in June, Newcastle-under-Lyme in July with the final event at Burton-on-Trent in early September.
2018’s weekend away in early August sees us return to Scarborough for the third time where we’ll be playing South Cliff, Filey and Whitby G.C.
Please visit our website at the address below where you can find 2017’s full results and all Society news in PK’s newsletter’s which are a very entertaining read from the society jester. http://www.spanglefish.com/ptfgolfsociety/index.asp
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