From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: Thank you, thank you so much to all of you who took part in the Captain’s Day, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Sincere thanks also to those who made donations to the charity on the day.
Congratulations to winner Simon Lake beating Richard Gale on countback, both finishing with 40 points. The Texas Scramble winners were Vice Captain Tim Thetford, Martin Dossett, Martin Groom and Adrian Gould, who kindly donated their prize to the charity. Nearest The Pin winners were Damien O’Neill and Mark Evetts. Island Challenge winner was Peter Start, Putting Competition winner was Billy South and the Dartboard Challenge was won by Gary Walsh, who kindly donated his prize to the charity.
Raffle prize winners were Stuart Ashby, Peter Gregory, Steve Langridge, Del Sherman, Chris Myers, “Big” Jack Russell, Rob Fenton, John Hulse, Richard Gale, Tony Whybrow, Rob Lowman, Lee Isherwood, Damien O’Neill and Terry Flain. Any not collected are in the office.
Before I finish, I would like to thank Gary, Nicola, Jack, Liam and the team for their efforts on the day plus Andy and team for the setup of the course. Thanks to our starter Morton, who dressed for the occasion and plied me everyone with champagne and strawberries at the start.
What else has happened since the last edition!
The current captains hosted the Past & Present Captains annual event, 23 captains took part and five came for tea afterwards. Congratulations to winner Roger Butcher who beat Chris Hale on countback, both finishing on 38 points. Ken Gordon was third, edging out Julie Nedza with both scoring an impressive 36 points.
Mill Green’s teams continue to be undefeated and top their respective leagues. The CBL team did the double over Chesfield Downs winning 4-2 away. Waterstock away is the next fixture. The Foxes also did the double over Essendon winning 4-0 at home and 3-1 away. Next up is The Hertfordshire away.
Sadly, our run in the Crameri Cup came to an end losing at home to Brocket Hall, one down in a seesawing game. In the Daily Mail Foursomes, Chris Myers and Steve Garwood lost 2&1 away at Girton. It was the furthest a pair from Mill Green has gone in the national competition.
The fourth round of The Race to Le Touquet — The Independence Day Trophy — was won by Caroline Tweddell. The fifth round — The Summer Cup — is on August 7th, and competition entry is now open.
Enjoy your golf, be aware some bunkers are now back in play, and you can take the flags out. Thanks all for your support.
From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: Firstly, congratulation go to Zainab Jeppe for her win in the Club Championship (June 26th-27th), with a gross 153. Congratulations also to Andrea Clark for taking the Best Nett Trophy, with 145 nett.
The ladies’ section had its ‘Away Day’ on June 29th to South Herts, who made us very welcome. The day’s winners were Rose Taylor, Anne Westcough and Jenny Orbell. Babs Gaskell won the longest drive, while Rose Taylor was nearest the pin. Congratulations to you all.
Unfortunately, Gill Goodchild and Babs Gaskell narrowly lost out to Letchworth in the fourth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. Well played in getting us to this stage in the competition.
The first round of the Annodata was played at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday, June 19th, which we won 3-2. Mill Green went on to play Brookmans Park on Saturday, July 16th. We had conceded our home advantage for this leg and, sadly, lost 4-1. Thank you to the team and all the players who made themselves available for these matches.
Debbie Barnes has played the next round in the De Paula Cup and won 5-4 against Ashridge GC.
Our Scratch team played their sixth match of the League on July 11th against Harpenden, who sent out a strong team, resulting in a MGGC loss of 3 ½-1 ½. The Scratch team have now played six matches, winning three and losing three, with two more to go!
On Sunday, July 18th, there was a friendly match at home against Aldwickbury GC. On a very hot afternoon MGGC won 2 ½-1 ½.
From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain (The Millers: Golf for all over 55s at Mill Green): July has been a busy month and, at last, the weather is picking up. We should, however, reflect on how lucky everybody has been with the rain and its impact on the way the course has come on in the last couple of months. The grass is on the move around the newly altered areas, and they are beginning to look better. The rough has exploited wet weather as well and we have some mighty long grass around those parts that we should not be visiting!
We played the Captain’s Cup earlier in the month. The lowest handicapper, Nigel Glover, lifted the trophy with 40 points, playing off 8, which is seriously good golf. Our congratulations to him and to those who were in hot pursuit, Chris Tilbury, Dave Davis and Alan Tweddell.
We also celebrated the golfing prowess of our more senior members, those over 75, with the Senior (Seniors) Trophy. Peter Martin (35 points) won this with runners up Dave Davis, Tom Papathomas and Suru. All those who took part are an example to us.
In our white/yellow stableford Stephen Leadbetter picked up a modest prize as did John Aitken and newcomer Ray Bloom. Stephen Lewis was the best player the following Wednesday.
The number of members who play regularly with us is on the increase and has now topped 70. I doubt we will ever get past the 100 as we have in the past, but you never know.
John Hobbs has been poorly for many months and I am so sad to let you know that he passed away on Monday.
He was a founder member of the club and the Millers. In 2005 he became Millers Captain with all that meant in the days when regular Wednesday players exceeded 100. And he appeared regularly in our interclub friendly matches.
He always took a keen interest in the welfare of the members and was enquiring and supportive. He had a moment for all he met.
I had the misfortune to meet him, in his more youthful years, in more than one of our knockouts. Ever straight and accurate he was always hard to beat when he got his head down and the bit between his teeth. In fact, I cannot remember ever getting the better of him. There are several trophies that bear his name.
For many years he flew down to South Africa to overwinter and enjoy the cricket, the wine and the golf. So, he has made his last migration. A genuinely good man who I know will be missed.