From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: I am writing this article prior to attending the dinner for the opening of the Clubhouse. I am sure you all agree it will be good to get back inside. I would like to thank Andy and the green staff for keeping the course in good order, the recent rain was somewhat necessary. We are all looking forward to playing the course once all alterations complete.
Congratulations to our latest competition winners:
- St George’s Stableford: Glenn Rees
- Men’s Medal: Ignacio Monereo
- Midweek Stableford: George Newitt
- Ascension Medal: Gabriel Kan
Good to see some new faces on the podium! Elsewhere, Steve Garwood and Chris Myers progressed in the Daily Mail Foursomes beating a pair from Harpenden away, winning 2 & 1, and they now await the draw for next round.
As I mentioned last month, the Foxes and Chiltern Breakfast League (CBL) matches are now underway.
The first of the Foxes matches got us off to a winning start at home to The Hertfordshire 2.5 – 1.5
- Terry Scaysbrook and I halved
- Rob Clayton and Tim Dent won 5 & 3
- Chris Tilbury and Guy Davies halved
- Glyn Ratcliffe and Alan Parker halved
A very close match on a day when the weather produced all seasons in one afternoon.
The second of the Foxes matches was another success at home to South Herts 2.5 – 1.5
- Guy Davies and Ian Prosser won 2 & 1.
- Terry Scaysbrook and I won 4 & 3.
- Rob Clayton and Tim Dent halved.
- Glyn Ratcliff and Alan Parker lost 1 down.
Another tough match. Next fixtures are Arkley away, South Herts away and Essendon at home, in between the league games we have a Cup match away to Aldwickbury, reports next month.
Chris Myers and I progressed through the first round of the Crameri Cup defeating a pair from East Herts 3 & 2 at home. We are away to Cheshunt in the next round.
I would like to thank the Seniors for their hospitality, I played in the Senior Captain’s Charity Matchplay and had a very enjoyable morning during which John Simpson and I halved the match against Chris and Nigel Glover in a thriller. Good to see so many Seniors turning out to support Chris and his charity, Resolve.
The CBL started last Saturday at home to Waterstock with a win 3.5 – 2.5.
- Rhys With and I lost 3 & 1.
- Glenn Rees and Dave Brown lost 4 & 3.
- John Hulse and Del Warren won 3 & 2.
- Steve Garwood and Terry Flain won 3 & 2.
- Dean Marshall and Stuart Plumb won 3 & 2.
- Steve Hinchliffe and Tim Thetford halved.
A great result after a poor start, although the golf in those first two matches was far from poor. Next fixtures are Shendish Manor and Chesfield Downs, both at home.
I hope you sign up for the Captain’s Charity Day on June 12th.
On a separate note, I am looking for five inflatable paddling pools for Captain’s Day on July 17th! If you have one that you are prepared to lend me, please let me or Nicola, the Events Manager, know, thanks. Enjoy your golf.
From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: There have been exciting times in the Ladies’ section since our last newsletter. We have restarted face-to-face committee meetings! While April’s meeting was rather cold, it was great to have a meeting that was not on Zoom. If you ever have a query to put to the committee, or something you think we ought to know about, don’t hesitate to put pen to paper. Gary will tell you where to send it. Also don’t forget to read the committee meeting minutes because they give you information about the section and planned events.
Interclub matches have begun. So far in weekday matches, we have played one, won one. Weekend matches — played one, halved. Most excitingly, our Scratch team have played two and won two, against some strong opposition. In the Daily Mail Foursomes, Gill and Babs won 2 up against Dyrham Park away. Well done to all who represent Mill Green and thank you.
Finally, I must mention Alison Shanks, who has won the first two of the Race to Le Touquet (Ladies) events.
From, Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain: Our congratulations to Roger Huggins on winning the Rabbits Trophy. There are many things to be proud of in this achievement, not least the trophy, which will be awarded as soon as we can.
Our first stroke play event was won by John Aitken in Division 1 and, in Division 2, on count back, by Peter Martin. He just pipped Kay Smith. If that putt hadn’t lipped out……!
Charity event: Our first event mustered 44 entrants and we were joined by Chris Lane, the Men’s Captain. You raised £220 for RESOLVE, a local organisation that helps those recovering from various addictions and homelessness. My most sincere thanks to you all for your support.
So, the result of the four-ball, better-ball match play event between the Senior’s Captain’s and the Men’s Captain’s Teams was an honourable draw. Of note was the nearest the pin achievement by Jackie Dixon on the 14th and the “nearest the pin in two” on the 12th by Nigel Glover, who also picked up the “Two Birdie” prize.
And there were awards for all those who took part in the form of Lottery Instants. To those whose Instants actually paid out — David Fowler, Peter Aubusson and Graham Williams — a big thank you for donating your not-insubstantial winnings to the charity.
Our first major, The Stroke Play Cup was won by Derek Farrant, who found the cups unmissable! Chasing him were Kay Smith, Peter Martin and Trevor Bull. Well done everybody.
The Seniors’ County knockout, The Crameri Cup, sees Chris Lane and Chris Myers through to the second round. This interclub competition is hard fought, and a win is well worthy of mention.
Finally, I was kicking a few stones around one of our new bunkers and tuned over an old fossil. Fortunately, it turned out to be an oyster shell and is probably about 160 million years old. I am happy to gift it to anybody who is a collector.