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Dick Waterhouse TrophyThere were some fine scores returned in the DWT with the top 10 players scoring 35 or more Stableford points.
The obvious standout performances coming from Captain Mervyn, Brian Swann and Tony Usher, with all three earning significant reductions in their respective exact handicaps.
Congratulations to Merv and commiserations to Brian who just lost out on count-back!
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.
Hillman TrophyAfter our early exit from the main competition, at the hands of Easthampsted, we have been moving nicely through the plate competition. Two consecutive home draws have helped our progression, and the results suggest that Ley Hill is a difficult course for visitors!
In the first round Ley Hill beat East Berkshire 6-1. There were wins for Ian Burrows, Richard Lewis, Les Kimber, Andy Ringrose, Nigel Ford and Bill Salkeld.
In the second round Ley Hill were equally ruthless against Maidenhead Artisans. The result was 6-1, although our late arriver, who had to concede his match, assured us he would have won too!
There were wins for Ian Burrows, Richard Lewis, Andy Ringrose, Gerald Lally, Ralph Bartlett and Peter Hope.
We are now into the quarter finals and our next round will be away to Hennerton.
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.
If any businesses or organisations are interested in joining next year’s league then please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams will need a squad of 7-10 golfers, of which four are required for each Wednesday night fixture. Squad members don’t necessarily need to be part of the organisation and do not need an official handicap.
Competition ResultsThe hot and sunny weather has left the fairways parched and the ball is rolling for miles! Some of our members have definately taken a liking to the conditions and there are certainly some 'form' players who are returning consistant low score, notably Ian Burrows, Paul Eames and Dominic Moussu.
In the Boxmoor Masters there were three players tied on 39 points and it was eventually Paul Eames who won on countback from Kevin Meehan and Ian King.
The June Medal was less close. Lee Purvis shot a superb nett 59 to win by a clear 5 shots from Chris Newman. Ian Burrows returned the best gross score (74) although he was only one shot better than Lee!
The Vets Bowl also saw some very low scores. The winner, Rick Rankin, recorded the best nett score (60) and the best gross score (72).
The July mid-week medal was won by Ian Burrows (41 points) with Kevin Meehan and Graham Keen falling just short with 40 points.
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.
Danny Dunton TrophyThis is one for our vets. It was a very close-run thing, with just 2 strokes repeating the top 5 players.
Paul Tipper turned in a fine net 70 playing off his eight handicap. Merv Newman came close but took an unlucky seven on the last to leave him tied on 71, together with Bill Salkeld and Gerard Virlombier.
Bulldog (Mens Scratch Singles) DrawThis competition is the same as the Murdoch except you don't get any shots! It's definately one for the lower handicappers.
Murdoch (Mens Summer Singles) DrawThe summer singles match-play competition runs throughout the summer. Players are expected to contact their opponents and arrange matches as necessary.
Matthews (Mens Summer Doubles) DrawThe draw for the Matthews Cup is now available. The highlight of the first round matches is undoubtedly Ford & Rankin vs Kimber & Burrows!
Summer Mixed Foursomes DrawAlthough there's only nine pairings for the summer mixed foursomes, this is always one of the most keenly fought competitions!
Summer Mixed Foursomes DrawThe sixteen qualifiers from the recent Bond Cup medal competition will go head-to-head in the final knock-out stage. Three ladies managed to reach the knockout stage including 2016 winner Chris Lewis. Standout draw is Paul Eames vs Les Kimber.
Another Greens Drainage Update!The rain is relentless, and unfortunately we've had to postpone the greens drainage work again! The greens are so wet that its impossible to get the machinery onto them, and we don't want to cause unnecessary damage.
Fortunately the contractors had a spare slot, so we've booked them for Tuesday May 15th. We will dig the manifold trenches on Thursday 26th April. The good news is that the management committee have made extra funds available and we can now do three greens on this date, the 1st, 8th and 7th.
We will try to keep these greens open from April 26th, but there will be trenched areas that will have to be roped off. We will have to create dropping zones. From May 15th these three greens will be on temporaries for approximately 2 weeks. Apologies for this but it will be worth it in the end!
Finally, we think we will have the funds available to do three more greens later in the year. We have booked the contractor for 28th/29th August to install drainage pipes on the 2nd, 4th and 6th greens.
When this work is completed, these greens will be usable throughout the winter, and we won’t be faced with this problem again. With firmer greens Stuart can use his machinery to aerate and scarify the greens during the spring. This, in turn, should promote deeper roots and firmer surfaces, and help prevent damp related disease.
We hope you will all be patient and appreciate that we’re working as hard as we can to get this drainage installed. We're also trying to minimise the disruption to your golf!
Assistant Greenkeeper Hired!We are pleased to announce that Alex Crook will be the new Assistant Greenkeeper at LHGC. Alex is a keen golfer who lives in Ley Hill and, although inexperienced in greenkeeping, we believe he will bring an enthusiastic and energetic presence to the greenkeeping team.
We wish Alex every success in his new career, and can we also remind members that any suggestions or comments, regarding the course, should be directed to the Course Chair, Richard Lewis, and not directly to the greenkeepers.
Forthcoming CompetitionsThe Summer competitions begin in April and members are encouraged to enter their names on the entry sheets in the changing rooms. For new members, who are not sure how the competitions operate, we provide some helpful 'Condidions of Competition' (CoC) guides. Click on the link below for CoC's to:-
The Mixed Foursomes
The Bulldog Cup
The Matthew Cup
The Murdoch Cup
The Bond Cup
Management CommitteeThe votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that the new management committee will be headed by the following three members:
The management team will now take control of the clubs finances and the club committee concentrate on all golfing matters.
Coaching Offer from Dave MarsdenDave Marsden, our club professional, has some excellent new deals for January and February - read more in the flyer below
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