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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.
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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