Men’s Institute

MI Golf…Light years from one of the Majors

Should that ball still be on the tee Phil?

Philip “he’s a sly one” Snyman.Who in MI will forget the “nearest the hole” winning shot the last time we played at Sedlescombe? A dramatic tee shot cleverly aimed at a sturdy branch well to the left of the green, perfectly executed to rebound onto the green and trundle up to the hole. Phil is always  a leading contender as he has a brightly coloured bag and looks flash!


Chris Sinden executing a recovery shot after a massive one yard drive from his partner
Chris Sinden executing a recovery shot after a massive one yard drive from his partner
keep your eye on the ball Keith
Keith “it’s a sinch” Finch.With his very low centre of balance, Keith packs a powerful punch off the tee- once found inside Peter’s bag!


Ollie ...the pride of Brigden Hill
Ollie …the pride of Brigden Hill
Peter's smooth and clockwork like swing
Peter “in the hole” Cole.Twice a winner, cool, calm and composed wherever he is to be found. Notable amongst his MI peers as he can actually play golf!
Poise Robin...Poise!
Showboating!-Poise Robin…Poise!


Keeping your left arm straight in a golf swing isn't all that it's cracked up to be!
Keeping your left arm straight in a golf swing isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be!

The MI Golf Open was battled out once again back in the early summer and 14 gents played a fine array of strokes. It would be fair to say that onlookers were astonished by MIs directional sense. Some shots were created out of nothing and indeed came to nothing. The competition was won by Chris Sinden and Robin Ratcliffe with a pretty mean score of 47 over 9 holes….small recompense for Robin, missing out on the “Brighton play off final that wasn’t to be” later that same afternoon, but a mighty victory all the same. The winner over the “Nearest the hole” competition was yours truly. I was actually in a bunker and nearer to a rabbit hole but nobody got closer -even Mr Ratcliffe with a rebound off a sturdy cleft chestnut fence was further away……to coin a phrase from Mr Spock …”it’s golf Jim but not as we know it”.
Richard H




What is the MI?

Ask any man and he will tell you that all adventures need meticulous planning and this may involve periodic meetings. Naturally, these are likely to take place in convivial surroundings such as The Ash!

MI meets at The Ash Tree Inn on the second Tuesday of the month from about 8pm in order to catch up and plan the next adventure. Past events have included clay pigeon shooting, 9 holes of golf, watching Sussex play cricket and yes even wilder things!

Contact: Richard Hann on 01424 893130

Previous Activities


AGM (Aged Gents' Meal)

Harvey's Brewery Tour