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Recent Competiitions and Golfer of the Year

The men's Golfer of the Year prize is awarded to the most consistent performer throughout the summer months. After a close fought contest Lee Purvis narrowly edged out Andy Ringrose to capture the title. Andy required a win in the last qualifying competition, the Captain's Prize, but a standout performance from Ian Burrows meant that a victory would elude him.

Ian's one-over-par round earned him 43 stableford points, and victory by a massive four point margin from Brian Puddephatt and Darren Lingham.

A week later, Lee would cement his status with a victory in the November medal. Lee's nett 62 was one shot better than the ever improving Darren Lingham. Lee's success over the year has taken his handicap from 17 to 13.

In the Ladies competition's Frances Miller won the October Medal. Val Merrett and Marilyn Carter finished in 2nd and 3rd respectively, but the poor weather conditions meant that Frances was the only player to exceed 30 points!

Men’s team runners up in the 2018 Hillman Plate

The men’s team were comprehensively beaten 6-1 in the final of the Hillman Plate in a day where the atrocious weather won over the quality of the golf. The team from Lambourne GC managed the conditions and the [long] course better on the day to win the plate. This is the fourth time in five years that they have reached either the main final, or the plate final, of the Hillman.

Player of the day, and not for this first time this season, was Richard Lewis who secured an excellent 3 and 2 win.

Ian Burrows (Hillman captain) congratulated everyone who has played for Chesham and Leyhill in reaching the final but acknowledged the better team won on the day. Yesterday’s team comprised Ian, Richard, Les, Rik, Andy, Gerald and Ralph.

There are over seventy teams from Bucks, Berks and Oxon represented in this competition, so reaching the final of this illustrious competition is a fantastic achievement for Chesham & Ley Hill Golf Cub, and is testament to the improvements being made to the course, the social schedule and the opportunities to play social and competitive golf.

The team are looking forward to next years competition where this years experience will be invaluable.

Men’s team reach final of Hillman Plate

The men’s team progressed to the final of the Hillman Plate with an excellent 5-2 victory over Donnington Valley GC. With all 5 top players winning their matches the result appears to be comprehensive win, but 3 of those matches were won on the 18th hole!

Ian Burrows (Hillman captain) highlighted the quality of the golf played in all matches and congratulated the Chesham & Ley Hill team for a brilliant performance against a very strong team from Donnington Valley. Yesterday’s full team comprised Ian, Richard, Les, Rik, Andy, Nigel and Gerald.

The final will be played on Saturday 6th October at Newbury and Crookham GC, the other finalists are still to be announced. The team are eagerly awaiting the final and are confident that the strength and quality in the team will enable us to represent the club in the best possible way. Reaching the final of this illustrious competition is a fantastic achievement for Chesham & Ley Hill Golf Cub, a victory would be even better!

Another Hillman Cup Victory!

Rick Rankin reports: Chesham & Ley Hill team progress to semi- final of the Hillman Plate after a superb away win at HENNERTON Golf Club.

Despite horrendous weather on Sunday the C&LH team managed the torrential rain and howling wind better than the opposition to draw the match after 18 holes with points coming from Richard, Rik, Gerald and Pete. It was then up to Richard to secure the win in the playoff. Richard won on the 1st hole with a regulation par (perfect drive, approach shot, putt to the hole and a tap in). The result earns the team a home tie in the semi final.

Ian Burrows, Hillman Captain, congratulated the team for an excellent win in such difficult conditions and away from home. The home tie in the next round gives the club a good chance of progressing to the the final. Ian thanked everyone at the club who has played in the Hillman this year and asks for your support in the next round.

The team on Sunday was Ian Burrows, Les Kimber, Richard Lewis, Rik Rankin, Nigel Ford, Gerald Lally and Pete Hope.

Dick Waterhouse Trophy

There 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 Championship

Nigel 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 League

In 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

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.

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League winners 1879 Tennis Club, shown in the photo are L-R Trevor Bingham, Sheila Jalland, Tim Moore, Simon Reynolds, Claire Moore, John Birkett, Geoff (Claire’s brother), Jayne McCarthy (captain), Pam Munday-Cripps. Team member not in photo Anne Birkett.

Competition Results

The 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 Alex

We 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 Trophy

This 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) Draw

This 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) Draw

The summer singles match-play competition runs throughout the summer. Players are expected to contact their opponents and arrange matches as necessary.

Murdoch Cup Draw

Matthews (Mens Summer Doubles) Draw

The draw for the Matthews Cup is now available. The highlight of the first round matches is undoubtedly Ford & Rankin vs Kimber & Burrows!

Matthews Cup Draw

Summer Mixed Foursomes Draw

Although there's only nine pairings for the summer mixed foursomes, this is always one of the most keenly fought competitions!

Mixed Foursomes Draw

Summer Mixed Foursomes Draw

The 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.

Bond Cup Draw

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 Competitions

The 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

Misc Conditions of Competion

General Competition Rules

Management Committee

The votes have been counted and we are pleased to announce that the new management committee will be headed by the following three members:

Ian Burrows
Brian Haworth
Bill Salkeld

The management team will now take control of the clubs finances and the club committee concentrate on all golfing matters.

Coaching Offer from Dave Marsden

Dave Marsden, our club professional, has some excellent new deals for January and February - read more in the flyer below

Coaching Offer from Dave Marsden


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