Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Merlin News

Apologies to Mr Allen Dick for using your name in a cheap dig at Taff. Apologies also to Taff for calling him Taff and not Mr Mark Davies. The Welsh can be so sensitive.
All the digs at Mark Davies have worked as 3 second places last week have been backed up by an impressive victory in the Turkey Trot. He won by 3 clear shots to take the top prize of a bottle of brandy and a meat voucher. He's on fire.
Apologies also to dinks for forgetting to mention your score of 14 on the 6th in last weeks medal. There was a 26 on that hole though. And I believe Kev White stopped counting at 14 on the 12th and has since given up golf.
Customs result
1st Mark Austerfield
2nd Cam Donnelly
3rd Adrian Steele
Turkey trot
1 Mark Davies
2 Jody Clark
3 Cam Donnelly
Ladies winner
Jackie Buckingham
2's Dave Osgood, Barry Lumley, A Jones, Ian Colwill, R Berry.
There were 12 other prizes won by various other members but you don't get a mention for finishing 4th or worse.
This weeks nearly man award has to go to Cam Donnelly. ( I don't mean nearly tall enough )
2nd and 3rd maybe next week you might win.
Also a special mention to Mr John Prior who 3 putted on the 16th he left his first one short the second popped over the hole. Not worth a special mention until you are told that the first putt was from 2 inches. Ben Crossley News !!!

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Merlin News

Winter league 
1st Jody Clark and Cam Donnelly
2nd Rob Hall and Taff

December medal
Div 1
1st Adrian Steele
2nd Taff
3rd Pete Curnow
Div 2
1st Ben Crossley
2nd A Neave
3rd Stan Livingstone
Div 3
1st D Price
2nd L Sykes
3rd S Buckingham 

Ladies winner 
J Buckingham 

A Steele, R Berry, A Dick (not Taff), all got 2's and won 9 brand new titleist balls Mr Barlow and Mr Turvey also got 2's but forgot to enter the 2's comp. 

Don't forget
Customs on Thursday 18 hole roll up £3 to enter (stableford white tees)
The Turkey trot on Saturday a stableford comp with lots of prizes. There's plenty of space on the sheet to enter and I believe the wind is dropping for the weekend. 
Maybe this week Taff could actually win something. Only joking Taff.

Christmas Golf lessons

Hi guys!. Christmas is fast approaching!. I have some discounted golf lesson vouchers on offer. These would make an ideal gift for Christmas!. Please contact Merlin Golf Club on 01841 540 222 to hear some of the great package deals this Christmas. if you wish to speak to me in person, my number is 07786 707 711. Please like and share!. Thanks.

Monday, 7 December 2015

December Medal and Bring and Win Ladies Results

Undaunted by the persistent wet and windy weather, 45 men and women turned out to play in Merlin's December medal and Christmas Bring and Win Competition. Resulting net scores ranged from 72 to 103 with a fair few not returned. Jackie Buckingham won the ladies section with a net 72 and Sue Sykes came second with net 79.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Merlin Ladies visit Budock Vean

Last week Merlin Ladies enjoyed a two day outing to Budock Vean. The weather was damp and blustery but didn't stop the group of eleven playing 18 holes on both days. On the first day the individual stableford was won by Jackie Buckingham with 29 points, with Fiona Hutchins and Jane Haytread tying with 26 points and Fiona winning on count back. On day two the group divided into teams to play a Texas Scramble. This was won by Dawn Dennis, Liz Flide and Liz Hannaford with 68.3 points, helped along a little by an amazing hole in one on the daunting 9th by Dawn ! 

Friday, 23 October 2015

White Rabbits Trophy

                    Congratulations Master Rowan Bennett !!! Well played young Man !!!

Merlin Ladies update

Last Saturday, we were pleased to welcome Newquay Ladies for a friendly Fourball Betterball match. Each team fielded 5 pairs on what turned out to be a chilly overcast afternoon. The match was closely fought and very enjoyable with Newquay taking the honours overall winning 3-2. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Merlin Ladies September events

Gill Rickard Trophy
On 20th September Merlin Ladies competed in teams of 3 in a Texas Scramble for the Gill Rickard Trophy. Gill, who was a keen golfer at Merlin, sadly died of cancer eight years ago. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for the Gill’s golfing friends to come together and remember her on the course and over a glass of red wine in the club house. The trophy was won this year by Liz Hannaford, Dawn Dennis and Jackie Buckingham with net 71.3. Coming second and third were Eileen Avery, Eileen Phipps and Jean Goddard with 71.6 and Sue Semley, Tre Dick and Ann Craze with 79.4. 
Lady Captain’s Day 
On Sunday 27th September Liz Hannaford hosted Lady Captain’s Day.  The day was wonderfully warm and sunny and 11 ladies enjoyed a stableford competition. The quality of play was challenged by delicious and much welcome Pimms and canap├ęs on the 12th hole.  Liz Hannaford presented prizes to the winner Jackie Buckingham who scored 36 points and Dawn Dennis who was a close runner up with 35 points. Fiona Hutchings and Tre Dick were also awarded prizes for most points for first 9 and second 9 holes, respectively. Many thanks to Liz for such a wonderful day !

Friday, 9 October 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015



Friday, 25 September 2015

Greenkeeping Autumn Update

Well it's been a very wet summer with over 120mm of rain in August alone. The course has held up well with very few disease occurrences and the greens have drained very well throughout the heaviest of rain showers.

Members will have noticed the construction works in the field behind the 16th green . Several solar panels are being erected and should be completed by the beginning of October. There will be a new cable trench from the panels to the shed on the 16th, the trench will run in the rough only between 13 and 16. I am looking to bring the old cable trenches into play at the same time.

I am often asked at this time of year what my winter projects are, I have a few ideas but no firm plans are in place although I will be removing the tree guards from most of the new trees and filling in some of the pot holes around the paths very soon.

If you have any questions about the work on the golf course then please feel free to approach and ask me.

Head Greenkeeper

Saturday, 29 August 2015


AT 7:30PM

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Club Championships

Congratulations to our new Club Champion... CARY CLARK !!! Well played fella !!! smile emoticon

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Titleist Demo Day !!!

Titleist Demo Day...1.00-5.00pm Thursday 25th June at Merlin !!! Not to be missed !!! All welcome !!!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Thanks for the support Mighty Merlin !!!

Carl Burley
Just to say a massive thank you to all the support from the mighty merlin! You guys are legends and I love you all! see you soon Carl! Xx

County Championships update

Champion Conor Conquers Carl
24th May 2015
CGU Amateur Championship Final 2015 Saturday 23rd May 2015 Bude & North Cornwall GC
Conor Wilson is the new name on the trophy as the 24 year old yesterday became the Cornwall Amateur Champion for 2015. In the 36 hole final, played at Bude & North Cornwall GC, Perranporth GC member Wilson (pictured above) defeated a plucky Carl Burley (Trevose) by a 5&3 margin. The scoreline does not give away what was for the most part a very close and keenly contested match.
Shortly before the final was due to commence fog descended over the Bude course and with no appreciable breeze to shift it organisers were forced to delay the start for some 95 minutes before conditions improved sufficiently to enable play. With both players having been at the club since early morning they were as keen as anyone to get to it despite having normal routines interrupted. Play commenced at 1035 and shortly after this the sun made an appearance together with a gentle breeze. This was to be the case for the remainder of the day as perfect golfing conditions ensued.
Burley had played some great golf across the week to reach the final and it was he who got off to the faster start. The less fancied player got quickly into his stride over his county team opponent and the small watching crowd would have been forgiven for thinking a shock could be on the cards. Burley, who felt he had nothing to lose, halved the first hole with Wilson but consecutive birdies at holes 2 and 3 saw him go 2 up very early on. After bogeying the par 3 4th - the spot where Wilson achieved a hole in one earlier in the week - Burley was pegged back but with Wilson finding the bunker off his drive on the 5th and in a horrible lie Burley regained his 2 hole lead with a par.
Immediately Wilson hit back taking the 6th hole before Burley hit his second to a foot on the 7th for a tap in birdie to yet again lead by two. The pair halved the 8th but Wilson got one back at the par 5 9th. Consecutive pars for both at 10 and 11 meant the one hole lead was continued.
When Burley bogeyed the 12th the match was level for the first time since the opening hole. That remained the case for the remaining 6 holes of the round.
At lunch Burley was the happier of the two. he said 'I got off to a good start with a couple of birdies and to win the 5th with a par was a bonus to be 2 up. There was some very good golf out there this morning. I hit what felt like the shot of my life on the difficult par 3 10th which has played really tough all week. The bogey on 12 was a poor shot that ended up buried in the rough on the right. Conor made a great up down on the 15th for a half, and we both birdied 18. I am very happy with the morning. The delay wasn't good as I just wanted to get out there and get on with it.'
Wilson was pleased after his start to be in this position at lunch. 'Carl was up early. feel I could have played better and should myself have been in front by now but there is still a long way to go.'
With conditions remaining warm and sunny the afternoon round got underway at just before 3pm.
The two finalists halved the 1st afternoon hole before Wilson drove the green at the 316 yard second to make birdie and go ahead for the first time in the match. Being ahead did not last long as Burley birdied the third for the second time. Wilson went ahead again at the 4th and with both players birdying the 5th he remained so as they crossed Golf House Road for the last time.
Burley claimed the 6th hole but then a poor greenside chip gifted the 7th to Wilson who went 1 up again. The watching crowd were treated to a further change in the score when Burley hit his tee shot at the par 3 8th to 18 inches to once more bring the match to all square. Halves followed at 9 and 10 before fireworks lit up the par 5 11th. Burley made a birdie 4 there but Wilson rolled in an eagle putt to take a one hole lead.
The 11th hole - the 29th of the final - proved pivotal as Wilson, by now well fired up, then moved on to take 4 holes on the bounce from Burley and in so doing close the match out 5&3.
Wilson was obviously delighted with the win. In his first final he had claimed victory and amongst the earliest congratulations was a call from his father in Canada - he had been watching the live scoring on the internet. Wilson said 'Quite honestly it feels unbelievable. That was tight. I am relieved as I felt the pressure of being the favourite with Carl as the underdog playing so well. In the morning I was disappointed but I just could not get away from him. The afternoon was amazing and I played so much better, possibly even as much as 6 under par in the end. The afternoon started with Carl every bit in the match but I am pleased I have eventually managed to win.'
Burley as losing finalist was nevertheless a winner and was delighted with his week's work. He said 'I am very tired but extremely happy. I had a very very good game with Conor and he was a complete gentleman all the way round. I have exceeded my expectations this week and have played some very good golfers and have learned a lot. I was very happy with the way the final went but in the end Conor just changed gear, I think he was 5 under for the last 7 holes we played.'
CGU President David Inch and Bude GC Captain Rundle Hatcher presented the prizes at a presentation held in warm sunny conditions outside the clubhouse. Hatcher welcomed those present and thanked the CGU for bringing County Week to Bude, something he was proud had taken place during his captaincy of the club. Inch thanked the Bude club for their generous hospitality over a week when no request had been denied and every offer of help made. He thanked the membership for their support of the various competitions both in participating and in starting duties also. He paid tribute to the work of David Walls and all of the staff at the club who had kept everyone fed and watered. He thanked Christy Worthington as Head Greenkeeper for the magnificent condition the course had been presented in and said how much of a joy it had been to play there over the past week. He thanked the referees, Steve Ashby, James Rowland and David Smith for their contribution across the entire week.
Following the presentations County Captain Richard Simmons announced his team for South West Week at Bristol & Clifton GC between 6th and 12th June . The Curtis brothers, Adam and Ryan are both included with the latter making his first appearance at SWCGA level.
The full team is : Conor Wilson, Chris Fleming (Perranporth), Harry Hall, Matt Richards (West Cornwall), Adam Curtis, Ryan Curtis (Bude & N Cornwall), Joe Cruse (St Enodoc), Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park), Richard Jasper (Launceston) and Rob MacGregor (Tehidy Park).

Saturday, 23 May 2015

County Championships update

Burley to face Wilson In Amateur Championship Final

23rd May 2015
Trevose GC and former Merlin GC member Carl Burley performed excellently yesterday through two rounds of matchplay to reach the final of the 2015 Cornwall Amateur Championship. The 23 year old set out on Friday morning against County Team member Rob MacGregor himself much fancied to lift the title. Burley was 1 up through 5 holes and he increased his lead to be 2 up  through 12. Despite MacGregor hitting 4 iron to 3 feet on 13, birdies from Burley  at 14 and 15 sealed his 3&2 victory. In the afternoon he faced another county team player in the form of Jon Hancock (Newquay). Yet again Burley punched above his weight to claim another scalp. One up through 5 holes and 2 up by the 7th was then reduced to 1 as Hancock birdied the 8th. Two birdies from Burley at 9 and 11 increased his lead and a run of 4 pars was then followed by a match winning shot as he hit it to 18 inches on the par 4 16th to win 4&2 and to book his final berth.
In today's final he will face established County Team member Perranporth's Conor Wilson. The 24 year old who has also never appeared in a county final, had an emphatic 5&4 win over clubmate Matt Lock before beating semi final opponent Josh Greenaway (Bowood Park) 2&1. Wilson who has won multiple county events will fancy his chances against Burley whilst conscious his opponent has had a great week to date and has nothing to lose in the final.
The final gets underway at 0900 Saturday morning, although the current foggy conditions at Bude may interfere with the scheduled start.
Good luck to both Carl and Conor!

Friday, 22 May 2015

County Championships update

A MASSIVE well done to Carl Burley in reaching the Men's County Final at Bude and North Cornwall !!! Good luck in the final tomorrow chap !!! All at Merlin will be rooting for you !!! smile emoticon

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

County Championships update

Well done Cary Clark, qualifying for the knockout stages of the County Championships at Bude and North Cornwall today !!! Good work Fella !!! Nice draw in the 1st round !!! Go get em Tiger !!! smile emoticon

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Halstead Trophy

Halstead Trophy Winner Jody Clark !!! Congratulations my man !!! smile emoticon

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Rotary Charity Day

Congratulation's to Jim Barlow's Team (Jim Barlow, Kev White, Paul Lomax and Jim McKenzie) cleaning up on Padstow Rotary Charity Day winning with a fine 88 points, nearest the pin in 2 and 2 "two's" to take most of the day's prizes !!! 
smile emoticon Well played Guys !!!

Friday, 1 May 2015

Spring Greenkeeping Update

Spring is now in full flow out on the golf course and although we are experiencing below seasonal temperatures the course is progressing nicely.
Most parts of the course have been treated with selective herbicide to kill off weeds such as daisies, clover and dandelions. There is still a few areas of rough left to spray but I shall treat these when we get another window in the weather.

The greens have already been tined and scarified and we shall be overseeding shortly followed by a light topdressing. Again these processes depend entirely on the weather conditions.

The wildlife on the course seems to have significantly improved this year with the return of the swallows as well as an increase in population of ducks, geese, skylarks and a number of deer are seen regularly each morning.

If you have any questions about golf course maintenance then please feel free to approach me.

Happy Golfing

The Bear
Head Greenkeeper

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spring/Summer is here !!!

So why not dust the cobwebs off the clubs and get up to Merlin this Bank Holiday Weekend !!!

Ladies County Championships

Well done Bridie O'Hagan reaching the Quarter finals of the Ladies County championship's plate !!! smile emoticon

Mixed Open

Congratulations to Arthur and Rose Panter romping home in the Mixed Open 4BBB with 40 Stableford points !!!