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Ley Hill through to round 3 of the Hillman plateChesham & Ley Hill Golf Club were victorious in their round 2 Hillman cup match last Sunday. Ley Hill made full use of their home advantage with a comprehensive 5-2 victory against Haddon Hill.
At the top of the order Ian Burrows [team captain] produced another dogged performance to dispatch Pip Wilkinson 2&1. The match was decided by a Burrows hole-out from 60 yds on the 17th.
At number two, the tenacious Richard Rankin had a close fought match with Darren Brooks, which was eventually won by Rick 3&1. On the fifth hole both players lost their first ball and Rick won the hole with a seven!
Richard Lewis was in dominant form against Gary Bumpass at number three. Richard's two-under par front nine effectively ended the contest, and the match ended on the 12th hole 7&6.
Les Kimber is a difficult opponent on the Ley Hill track, but John Wells took the match to the 17th hole before finally succumbing 2&1
Trot Marsden, a Hillman Cup debutant, was outplayed by Darren Fuller and lost 5&3
Number six, Barry Escott had a close match with Paul Noble but narrowly lost out 2&1.
At seven, Ralph Bartlett had a topsy-turvey match that could have gone either way. Ralph recovered from two-down to eventually win on the eighteenth hole!
In round 3 Ley Hill will have a home tie against Hazlemere or Royal Ascott.
Recent CompetiitionsIn previous winters the monthly medals have been dominated by the higher handicapper's who have excelled on the temporary greens and shortened course. This winter has been different; following the instalation of greens drainage in 2018 we have not used a temporary green all winter, and the course has played much harder.
The January and March Mid-Week Stablefords were both won by the ever consistent Rick Rankin who has trimmed his handicap to eight. The February Mid-Week Stableford was won by Richard Lewis who also returned to eight handicap.
The March Medal was won by fast improving Darren Lingham with a nett 62. Matthew Eames finished on the same score but was second on count-back.
Hillman Cup WhitewashLey Hill were unfortunate to draw last years runners-up West Berkshire in the preliminary round of the Hillman Cup. We were also drawn away, and on an extremely windy Saturday in March we made the 90 minute journey to the hosts course near Newbury. We were also hampered by the absence of captain Ian Burrows and regular winner Les Kimber.
The Ley Hill team did not cope well with the long Berkshire course and we succumed to a dismal 7-0 defeat.
Rik Rankin lost to Greg Collins 6&5
Richard Lewis lost to Luke Presto 5&3
Paul Watkins lost to Derek Smith 4&3
Andy Ringrose lost to Tony Athawes 3&1
Bill Salkeld lost to Mark Ramos 5&3
Ralph Bartlett lost to Fred Stephens 2&1
Peter Hope lost to Nigel Huszarik 8&7
We hope for better luck in the plate competition where we were runners-up in 2018!
Club ChampionshipNigel Ford recorded rounds of 75 and 81 (gross) to win both the Scratch Cup and the Club Cup!
Nigel had predictably fierce competition from the two 'Ricks' (Lewis & Rankin) in the Scratch event, which also saw terrific performances by John Holland and Les Kimber.
But Nigel finished two shots clear of Richard Lewis and another two shots ahead of both John Holland and Rik Rankin to claim the Scratch Trophy.
Whilst Nigel himself shot an incredible nett 60, in the first round of the Club Cup, Matt Eames - playing out of his skin - shot a first round nett 66 and then followed it up with a stunning nett 62, to finish second by just two strokes. Both Bob Bruton and Eamon Moran also played superbly over the two rounds.
The Mid-Week LeagueIn a close-run final the Mid Week league was won by Chesham 1879 Tennis Club. Last year's beaten finalists triumphed 51-50 over EH Smith who were strong thhroughout the competition. Team captain Jayne McCarthy collected the £500 winners cheque and praised her squad of 10 players.
There were some excellent scores on finals night and it was good to see George Inn gain a rare victory in such fine style! Ley Hill School claimed third place with a comprehensive victory over Silversons, and Ley Hill Cricket Club prevailed in a high-scoring 5th/6th playoff.
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Champion of Champions - First success for AlexWe had a reasonable field of 34 'fit' players, but with an unfortunate Ed Perrott having to withdraw, more or less at the last minute, having tripped and twisted his ankle the night before. The Course was presented in really excellent condition, very well prepared and defined by Stuart and Alex but with some 'fair but fiendish' pin positions! Most notably, perhaps, on The Dell - where there wasn't one 'two' recorded all day!
Alex Crook emerged as our new Champion, recording a superb score of a nett 64 - and it could have been even more stellar if he had not been unfortunate enough to record a '6' on the eighteenth. A great round nonetheless, leaving Alex three shots clear of both Ian Burrows and Mike Freeman, and deservedly earning a reduction in his handicap to 12, as he targets single figures by the end of the Season. Congratulations from us all Alex! Well played!
It is of course 'tough at the top' - and both Ian Burrows and Mike Freeman also played some terrific golf, playing off single figures themselves, with the course set up to its most demanding level. Mike returned straight '4s' over the first ten holes on the card! And had a staggering 16 '4's' in all, to return a nett 67. Ian, too, scored a splendid nett 67, including a '3' on the 17th! In the event, Ian just 'edged' Mike into third place on 'card count back'. Again, very well played to them both! Great golf on a tough set-up!
There were also 'stand out' performances from Barry Hayers and Bob Bruton and a great score by Marilyn Carter who finished her own round in some of the worst conditions of the afternoon. Again, very well played to each of them! After the scoring, the Men's Captain, Tony Cooke supported by his 'Vice', Peter Hope, first presented a bouquet of flowers and gift vouchers to Heather and then presented all the Trophies and Prize Vouchers to the Winners and Runners-up of the Season's various competitions.
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