In 2017 MG helped Gaudet Luce GC promote their 2018 society campaign which included a special prize. They posted out a number of society brochures to local groups; inside one of them was a golden ticket to win a full society day at the club.
The lucky winners were Poppys GS from Bulkington in Warwickshire and on Sunday 2nd September they enjoyed a great day out –
The society was formed in January 2016 after several months of planning and organising. They are based locally from Poppys Venue (formerly the Bulkington War Memorial Club) and play monthly competitions around the area within a 40 mile radius. The competitions comprise of The Society Championship (The Alan Ward Trophy) The Par 3 Cup (The Val Russell Trophy), played over 8 separate venues, the Winter League Pairs Competition, played over 5 separate venues, The Poppys Open (The Shaun Hale Trophy) and of course, The Captains weekend away.
They maintain close ties with the club and raise funds for the Bulkington veterans and Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes, based around their frequent visits to bunkers and water hazards during society rounds!
Each Poppys monthly event has a trophy to compete for, and all trophies are named after fallen soldiers, heroes whose names appear on the war memorial in the churchyard at St James Church in Bulkington.
In a short space of time Poppys numbers have grown to 36 members, with many others entering events as guests. They run mixed format days out, an annual Order of Merit and a winter league, rounds held at North Warwickshire GC.
Poppys welcome new members and guests at their events – contact chairman Simon for further details – email@example.com or find them on FB/Twitter and Instagram.
We’re testing Peter Baker’s professional knowledge this summer for a collection of noble causes. Its Majors time and a repeat for something we did this time last year which is all good fun but wasn’t an overwhelming success. Seeing as how it’s all for charity as well, we must do better this year.
Peter is pitting his wits against our MG ambassadors, our valued team of guys who help us deliver the magazine each month. All they have to do is each place a couple of bets on each major, MG goes down the bookies and places them – plus as it’s Ryder Cup year, we’re doing a predict the score from Paris too.
£25 will be wagered on each event, and whoever comes out on top with the highest collective winnings by October will scoop the full pot and donate it to their chosen charity.
- Predictions were made on the week of March 19th-23rd
Peter Baker’s picks & reasons
Masters – TO WIN Justin Thomas EACH WAY BET Jordan Spieth
“Thomas is a man on form and a long straight hitter too, which is a big thing at Augusta. I just can’t ignore Jordan either, such a great record here.”
US Open WIN Phil Mickleson EACH WAY Dustin Johnson
“Purely for sentimental reasons and also as he’s a winner again at last, Phil is surely destined to win one US Open? Shinnecock is pretty linksy too which should help him further.”
Open Championship WIN Jon Rahm EACH WAY Justin Rose
“Back to the Europeans on the toughest of Open venues. After his Irish Open win last year Rahm knows how to play links. And Justin Rose, I fancy him for an Open soon.”
US PGA WIN Rory Mcllroy EACH WAY Rickie Fowler
“I’m gambling that by August Rory might be back on form at last! *Plus Rickie’s another one who has come so close so many times, a major win must happen soon.”
*Peter recorded this conversation before the recent Bay Hill Invitational won by Rory Mcllroy!*
Ryder Cup Score – Europe 16-12 USA – Chosen Charity – Compton Hospice – Wolverhampton
Chris Bates – Coventry & Warwickshire Ambassador – Known by us affectionately as ‘The Odds God’ Chris, a Coventry GC member proved that to be correct in 2017 at the very last minute as his E/W bet at the USPGA, Justin Thomas romped to victory with a final round charge. Chris scooped the full winnings, donating £220 to the Alzheimer’s Society and is ready to go again this year.
Masters TO WIN Bubba Watson EACH WAY Tyrell Hatton
US Open WIN Rory Mcllroy EACH WAY Jon Rahm
Open Championship WIN Justin Rose EACH WAY Jordan Spieth
US PGA WIN Rickie Fowler EACH WAY Justin Rose
Ryder Cup Score Europe 14.5 v 13.5 USA – Chosen Charity – Alzheimer’s Society
Neil White/Mark Johnson – Worcs Ambassadors – Neil and Mark, both members of BUNGS share a delivery route for us, so they share this too. They are hoping for a better showing this year than they managed in 2017.
Masters TO WIN Dustin Johnson EACH WAY Tiger Woods
US Open WIN Justin Rose EACH WAY Tiger Woods
Open Championship WIN Tommy Fleetwood EACH WAY Tiger Woods
US PGA WIN Justin Thomas EACH WAY Tiger Woods
Ryder Cup Score Europe 15-13 USA – Chosen Charity – Breast Cancer Support (BUNGS captain’s charity for 2018)
Paul Spooner – Black Country and N Birmingham ambassador – Paul, who is a Walsall GC member and WAGS society member has taken the place of the editor for this year, because the editor wasn’t very good either! Good luck Paul, (he’s the one on the left!)
Masters TO WIN Dustin Johnson EACH WAY Tiger Woods
US Open WIN Tiger Woods EACH WAY Hideki Matsuyama
Open Championship WIN Rory Mcllroy EACH WAY Matt Fitzpatrick
US PGA WIN Jordan Spieth EACH WAY Justin Thomas
Ryder Cup Score – Europe 15.5 v USA 12.5 – Chosen Charity – Cancer Research
Tony Rogers – MG’s Nottinghamshire ambassador – Another new contestant, Tony is the organiser of the Willowbrook GS and is a member at The Nottinghamshire.
Masters TO WIN Justin Rose EACH WAY BET Phil Mickleson
US Open WIN Jason Day EACH WAY Hideki Matsuyama
Open Championship WIN Sergio Garcia EACH WAY Tommy Fleetwood
US PGA WIN Justin Thomas EACH WAY Jordan Speith
Ryder Cup Score Europe 14.5 USA 13.5 – Chosen Charity – Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
We’ll update the current winnings as each major passes – hope they are significant ones – good luck all