Glatton Open/Addison Challenge

Glatton Golf Day at Burghley – 10th September 2020
Twenty-three golfers (& one caddy) enjoyed another fantastic day in beautiful autumn sunshine at Burghley Golf Club yesterday. The overall winner of the “Glatton Open” 2020 was Steve Smith whilst John Pigott claimed the 20+ trophy. “Nearest the pin” prizes were won by Joyce Ward and Dennis Ward and Nick Pratt won the “longest drive”. A great day’s golfing was followed by a most enjoyable BBQ at the Addison Arms well into the lovely autumn night. Everyone agreed it was a great event and a fun day out. Thanks to everyone who took part and congratulations to the prize winners.

Glatton Open 2019
It was a perfect day for the nineteen golfers who competed in this years “Glatton Open” at St Neots Golf Club. This years winner was, by a comfortable margin, Dennis WardJoyce Ward made it “a family affair” by winning the 20+ Trophy on countback. Dennis was also “nearest the pin” with Steve Smith collecting the other “nearest the pin” award. Harvey Dhardwar drove his ball a massive 270+ yards to collect the “longest drive” award. The Addison hosted a great evening meal where prizes were presented. Everyone agreed the day was yet another great Glatton event with a lot of fun & laughs shared by everyone who took part.

Glatton Open 2018

Twenty-two golfers participated in this years “Glatton Open” at Wyboston Lakes on Tuesday 11th September. The weather was overcast but warm which encouraged some great scores. This years’ overall winner was Phil Jones and Rob Sinn won the 20+ trophy (photo of Dave Burrows collecting the trophy on Rob’s behalf). Phil Jones also collected an award for “nearest the pin”, as did Mick Brighten. Steve Smith had the “longest drive”. Some great prizes were awarded at a fantastic dinner at the Addison Arms in the evening. The Roll of Honour has been updated. Thank you to everyone for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Glatton Open 2017

Played at Elton Furze Golf Club, our annual individual competition was competed by 22 golfers who braved our very own tropical storm for the first half hour before the skies brightened and the wind disappeared. John Ransom emerged as the overall winner but was not present to collect the trophy and prize in the evening. Mick Brighten won the 20+ trophy (photo below receiving the trophy). Phil Jones (photo below), Harvey Dhardwar and Nigel Allen each won separate “nearest the pin” prizes and Martin Evans won the “longest drive”

A great day’s golf was followed by a fantastic “prizegiving meal” in the Addison Arms. Ruth and Ray…..the food and service was excellent! A big thanks to all 22 golfers who took part in this, the 10th annual “Glatton Open” competition.
Author and Photography: Terry Brignall.

2016 Glatton Open
15Due to bad weather, the 2016 Glatton Open was re-arranged for the following Friday. However, the 19 people who turned up on the 16th did enjoy coffee and a bacon roll!
The 23rd turned out to be a glorious autumn day and Terry Brignall reports as follows:

It was a beautiful day at Rutland Water for our annual “individual” golf competition. Martin Evans was the overall winner and, as well as having custody of the trophy until next year, Martin can also enjoy eating his way through the a la carte menu at the Black Horse in Elton. Nick Hill won the 20+ competition and his rewards were also custody of the 20+ trophy and a meal for two at the Black Horse at Elton. Mick Parkin won the “longest drive” and Lisa Smith and Martin Evans each won “nearest the pin” on different holes. Eric Burgess sank the longest putt of the day. A great day out all agreed. A huge thanks to all 16 participants who made the day the success it was.
Next up will be the “friendly/team” game next May!
Photographs: Terry Bridgnall.

In 2015 the name of this event was changed to ‘Glatton Open‘ and the old trophies for the Addison Arms Challenge were retired for a few reasons. First, the “Ladies” competition wasn’t that successful and the trophy figurine was falling apart! Second, the cost of engraving the trophies kept going up and it was getting pretty expensive.
So,  two trophies were commissioned to be competed for annually and hopefully, with the change in format, make for a more enjoyable golf competition. There will be an overall “Glatton Open” winner, available for everyone to compete, and a 20+ trophy for those with a handicap of 20 or more to compete. There will still be a “Longest Drive” & “Nearest the Pin” but just one for everyone! (hole carefully chosen to give men & women an equal chance i.e. red & yellow tee distances furthest apart!). There will be no trophy engraving, rather, the winners will be placed on a “Glatton Golf Roll of Honour” which will be maintained on this website.

The “Glatton Open” 2015 – Abbotsley Golf Club

It was with some foreboding that 20 “would be golfers” headed for Abbotsley Golf Club on the morning of Friday 18th September. The sky was a dull grey and it was raining steadily in Glatton: it didn’t look like it had the makings of a particularly enjoyable day. Nevertheless, when we arrived at Abbotsley Golf Club in time for coffee & bacon rolls before we started, there was no sign of rain, it was warm and still and even the odd patch of blue sky: things were looking promising!
We tee’d off and steadily zigzagged our way through the beautiful Abbotsley countryside. Lovely autumn colours adorned the course which made our amble along the fairways particularly pleasant! We had several new faces which was great to see, and everyone cracked jokes and poked fun at each other (this was encouraged!). After a couple of beers after the round, it was home for a quick shower in time for our evening meal and “prize giving” at the Addison Arms.
After the final reckoning, it was Ted Hill who proved the worthy winner of this year’s “Glatton Open” trophy, with 35 points, narrowly pipping Martin Evans by one point. Apart from having custody of the winner’s trophy until next year, Ted will enjoy a three course evening meal (for two) at the Wicked Witch, Ryhall for his victory. Newcomer Harvey Dhardwar was the winner of the 20+ trophy with 30 points and he can enjoy lunch (for two) at the Wicked Witch, as well as having custody of the 20+ Trophy until next year. Nick Hill won the “Longest Drive” trophy with a drive of 207 yds (many were longer but were off the fairway!). Terry Brignall was “nearest the pin” landing the ball just 18ins from the hole 138 yds away.
The day got warmer and warmer by each hole, so once again the Glatton Golfing Gods smiled upon us; it’s uncanny how we always have great weather for our competitions! Everyone now anxiously awaits our May “Fun” competition, there’s just the small matter of getting through winter first!
Author & Photography: Terry Brignall

Addison Challenge 2014

Glatton held its annual “Addison Challenge” on Wednesday 10th September at Rutland Water Golf Course. This is our individual golf challenge to find a men’s and a ladies champion. We always seem to be very lucky with the weather on our golf days, and this day was no exception with perfect weather conditions for the 22 golfers taking part. The course was in lovely condition, the weather was sunny and warm and the views over Rutland Water were spectacular. This year’s competition proved to be a bit of a “family affair” with Steve Smith taking the mans title and wife Lisa winning the ladies title; coincidentally both with 34 points. Jack Muir was runner up with 33 points and Keith Phillips won the 20+ Handicap Competition with 31 points. Each received American Golf Gift Cards. Terry Brignall won the mans “Nearest the Pin” and Steve Smith also won the mans “Longest Drive” competition. Jane Jones won the Ladies “Longest Drive” and Joyce Ward took the Ladies “Nearest the Pin”. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic day out and the “Prize Giving” in the Addison Arms that evening was a perfect conclusion to a great day. We’ll be playing our annual “Fun” Golf Competition in May so please do watch this space!
Author and Photography: Terry Brignall.

Addison Challenge 2013

Once again the golfing gods smiled on the eighteen intrepid golfers who competed in the Addison Challenge at Wyboston Lakes on Thursday the 5th of September. The heat was positively Mediterranean and everyone had a great day at the lovely lakeside setting. Afterwards, cold beer and cider didn’t stay in the glass for long at all, and everyone enjoyed a great evening in the Addison Arms for a meal and “prize giving”.

Awards were as follows:
Male Champion: Martin Evans
Lady Champion: Lisa Smith
Nearest the Pin & Longest Drive (man): Roger Allen
Longest Drive (lady): Lisa Smith

A special thanks to those who joined in for the first time.
Everyone is now looking forward to the “Fun” Paddington Challenge in May next year.

Author and Photographs: Terry Brignall.

Addison Challenge 2012

Addison GolfThe annual Addison Challenge took place on Friday 7th September in lovely warm sunshine at Thorpe Wood, Peterborough.Addison Golf 3 The annual event is a singles competition with both men and women competing for separate trophies which reside in the Addison Arms.
This year Phil Mason won the men’s competition and Jane Jones won the ladies.
Addison Golf 2We all enjoyed a meal afterwards in the Addison Arms.  Any good, bad or aspiring golfers who frequent the Addison Arms are welcome to join in and it’s as much a social event as a golfing competition.Addison Golf 4
Here’s hoping for great weather again for next year’s “Paddington Challenge” in May (a team competition) and the Addison Challenge next September.
Author and Photographs: Terry Brignall.

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