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August Monthly MedalColin Harrisson (nett 66) narrowly defeated Terry Stafford on countback in the August Mid-Week medal. Ian Burrows recorded the best gross score (75).
Summer Mid-Week Golf LeagueThe overall winners, and the recipients of the £500 first prize, were Ley Hill’s own ‘KITES’, after a close fought 54-50 win over 1879 TENNIS CLUB. The victory was spearheaded by the in-form Peter Hope (22pts) and ably backed-up by Kevin Meehan and Ed Perrott.
In third place was EH SMITH with a comfortable 58-53 win over the CRICKET CLUB. Martin Gibson returned an outstanding two-over-par 24 points to thwart the cricketers, despite excellent performances from Tony Shaw (21) and Mike Lagdon (19).
Captain Chris James led the WOODPECKERS to a deserved win over the ever-improving BERKO DRIVING RANGE, and CROWN PUB recorded their first win of the season in the all-pub clash against Berkhamsted’ s GEORGE INN. Longest drive went to Colin Harrison and nearest-the-pin to Steve Cooper.
The Mid-Week league will be back next year, hopefully with more teams and more prizes.
Click here for Mid Week League Results
Click here for Mid Week League Table
Captains DayThe Captains day Texas Scramble on June 24th was a great success. Bob had 14 teams of 4 playing with all teams saying they had enjoyed the day, the drinks tent on the 9th and the food after went down well with all.
The total amount raised was over £1000 on the day for his charity PACE. Bob would like to thank all who gave prizes for his raffle, and to Brian Haworth for all his hard work with the score cards.
The winning teams were.
3rd Place ---- Sam Voak Team ----- 54.5
2nd Place ---- Alan Puddephatt ---- 54.0
1st Place ----- Ralph Bartlett -------- 53.3
Lady Captain's Prize DayChris Lewis, the Lady Captain, hosted the annual Lady Captain's day on Tuesday27th June. Despite adverse weather reports the rain held off, and the twenty four ladies enjoyed a dry round of golf and a putting competition afterwards.
The overall winner was Ros Redman with 37 points. Ros defeated Annette Roe on countback with Frances Miller a close third. The putting competition was won by Linda Harvey.
Another close defeat for Ley Hill's Hillman Cup SideAfter last month's heroic effort against Lambourne, Ley Hill travelled to Whiteleaf for the first round of the plate competition. The day started well with victories for Richard Lewis, Ian Burrows and Les Kimber, but sadly Ley Hill's lower order of Bill salkeld, Richie Baer, Jim Cathcart and Brian Haworth were unable to find that crucial extra point to propel The Hill to victory.
Men's June mid-week stablefordJune's mid-week stableford was convincinly won by Brian Haworth with 40 points. Graham Keen finished second on 37 points with Brian Puddephatt and Ian Burrows tied for third on 35 points.
Tiger, Dormer and Reg Wright CupsThe competition on 3rd/4th June was split into three categories. The low handicap players contested the Tiger Cup and the winner was Ian Burrows with a nett 69. The mid handicappers were better represented and the winner was Richie Baer with a nett 65. The day's best nett score of 64 was recorded by veteran Ed Perrott who became the winner of the Reg Wright Trophy.
Tearle Cup - Andy Walles adds substance to style!Andy Walles (the owner of that elegant swing) managed to keep the ball in play for 18 holes, and recorded a fine round of nett 62, to become the Tearle Cup Champion. It was a surprising result because he played in the more difficult conditions on Saturday, instead of a benign Sunday morning. Gerald Lally, another Saturday player, also had a fine 63 to finish runner-up. James Shortt's 73 was the best gross score of the competition.
Ladies Champion of Champion qualifierChris Lewis and Jean Jackson booked their places in next years CofC event by finishing 1st and 2nd in the recent ladies qualifier. Chris continued her recent run of form with a nett 67 while Jean was a further two shots adrift.
Captain's Day - Saturday 24th June 2017Entries are now very warmly invited from Teams wishing to enjoy playing in the ‘Captain’s Charity Day Texas Scramble’, on Saturday 24th June at 11.00 a.m.
There will be prizes galore, including the weekend's loan of a BMW car for the nearest-the-pin winner! Non-members are welcome to join in.
Champion of ChampionsThirty three winners (and runner up's) from 2017 came together for the premier event of the Ley Hill's golfing calendar. With the tee's set back, some tough pin positions, and a tense atmosphere, the scoring was always going to be higher than usual.
Only Alan Puddephatt was able to shoot under par, and his hugely impressive 66 was four shots better than second place, and he gratefully accepted a voucher for 75% off his subscription fee. Eleven year old Rebecca Jennings, making her C of C debut, was the popular runner-up, narrowly edging out Richard Lewis (on count-back) with a nett 70. Rebecca's prize was a 25% reduction against her £50 subscription! Full scores on the results page under 'Mixed Competitions'.
The course was looking in excellent shape and Stuart and his team are to be congratulated for their hard work.
Next week's competition is the Tearle Cup - this is another event open to men and women. Full conditions of competition below.
Hillman Cup - Narrow defeat for Ley HillLey Hill travelled to Lambourne for their first round tie in the Hillman Cup. The odds were stacked up against the visiting side. Lambourne have twice been finalists in the event, and at 6700 yards, the course would be a severe test for our players.
Early wins for Richard Lewis, Ian Burrows and Chris James meant that a shock win was on the cards, but Les Kimber, Richard Baer and Jim Cathcart were unable to find that crucial extra win.
It all came down to Bill Salkeld's match. Bill had a chance to seal his match on the 17th, but watched his putt slide by. He then lost the 18th, meaning that his match was tied, and he'd need to play extra holes.
Bill's opponent holed a vital putt on the 1st extra hole to extend the pay-off. Bill did the same on the second play-off hole. The third hole was tied, and so they headed to the par 3 fourth! It was there that Bill's luck ran out and the Lambourne player sealed their victory.
It was a valliant effort by Bill - under the watchfull gaze of all his team-mates - he did us proud! Ley Hill will now play Whiteleaf in the Plate competition.
Ladies Brewery Cup and Easter MeetingCongratulations to Chris Lewis for winning the Brewery Cup! The competion, which is played over two weeks, was closely contested, and Chris won on countback from Jean Jackson. Full scores are on the results page. The Easter Cup was won by Frances Miller, Hilary King-Jones and Jean Jackson. Sandra Eland won the longest drive and Dominique Moussu won the neaarest-the-pin.
Murdoch, Matthews, Bulldog and Mixed Draw'sThe draws for the summer matchplay competitions are now available. The responsibility for arranging the matches lies with the top named player, but don't let that proclude you from contacting your opponents!
May Course Update - by Richard Lewis1. Where possible, the greens have been core aerated. Thanks for your patience while this work was carried out. It will be worthwhile!
2. The greens have been dressed and treated with fertiliser and that should start to promote healthy growth throughout May.
3. The greens were damp for most of the winter, which was unfortunately ideal conditions for Fusarium disease. The 5th and 7th greens were particularly badly affected and have therefore been over-seeded. Obviously better drainage will help prevent Fusarium, but we will have to take extra measures this winter, while we wait for the drainage to be installed.
4. We have been hand mowing the fringe areas to make the greens look tidier and the fringes more playable.
5. Some of the tees have been aerated. Our volunteers have repaired the divots on the 5th and 9th fairways, and on many of the tees.
6. The fairways are growing fast and we have been cutting them twice a week. We have tried to improve the quality of the fairway cut.
7. We have needed to water the greens throughout April due to the dry conditions. This weekend’s rain has been very helpful.
8. Special thanks to Bob Roe and Paul Eames for their work on the course. Also thanks to Andy Hearn for fixing the showers and for helping on the course. The growing season is always a busy period for our groundsmen and I’d like to thank Stuart and Liam for working hard to meet all my objectives.
9. Over the next month we will continue to concentrate our efforts on the greens, fringes and tees. We plan to spike, scarify, fertilise and over-seed the tees, as well as hand mow the edges of the tees. On the greens we are starting to see the bare patches recover, and we will make every effort to ensure the greens are in top condition throughout the summer - not just for the Champion of Champions event!
Captain's Challenge - Friday 2nd June 5.15pmThe next Captain's challenge event is scheduled for the first Friday of June. All members are welcome to participate in this fun stableford event which runs approximately every other week throughout the summer. Just turn up between 5pm and 5.15pm and register your name with the organisers. Players will tee off from the 1st and 5th tees about 5.30pm.
Members are encouraged to invite their golfing friends who qualify for reduced green fees (£5). Most players stay for the meal afterwards but it is not obligatory. Prizes are awarded for the best individual and best pairs score on the night.
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