From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: With the bunkers nearly complete, I’m looking forward to the return of the bunkers in competition play.
The Breakfast League team (CBL) continue to be undefeated, with wins away at Waterstock 3.5 – 2.5 and 6 – 0 at home to Hazelmere. We have two matches remaining, both are away to Shendish Manor and Hazelmere before the end of August. By the time this newsletter is circulated we may well have won the league, great effort from all in the squad.
The Foxes had been unbeaten until this month! We lost at The Hertfordshire 4 – 0 on a damp thundery afternoon when play was stopped for at least 25 minutes due to the heavy rain. All matches were close but we still had a chance of winning the league had we avoided a 2.5 – 1.5 defeat at home to Arkley. However, it has been a tremendous effort by the squad, given we didn’t win a match in the previous full season played. We have qualified for quarter-final knockout stages and have been drawn away at Aldenham, the match will be played in early September.
The Winter Singles and Doubles Knockout competitions will return this year, Dave Russell has agreed to take these competitions forward, look out for further details.
Congratulations to competition winners since the last newsletter:
- Late July Midweek Medal: Richard Gale nett 72 on countback
- August Sunday Stableford: Conor Garwood
- August Midweek Medal: Michael Angus nett 66
We have also had the fifth leg of The Race to Le Touquet: The Summer Cup, a medal competition, which was won by Stuart Williams with a nett 67. The final leg of the RLT is the Foundation Cup on September 11th, good luck to all those challenging for a trip to Le Touquet.
I have already circulated details of the quiz on Friday, October 1st, please let me know if you are entering a team, except those of you who have already been in contact.
Thursday, October 14th is The Sportsman’s Evening, make a note in your diaries, further details will be issued shortly.
Saturday, November 13th is the 70s & 80s Night, which includes the Neil Diamond tribute. Details will be issued in early October.
Thanks in advance for all your support and see you at the Club soon!
From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: I was very pleased to see so many of the Ladies section at the Q&A session that Ed Richardson CEO of Get Golfing held on Tuesday, August 3rd. It was your opportunity to ask Ed any questions that you had. He answered questions from our section and has offered to investigate some of our concerns.
Some of the Ladies section spent a lovely day at Crews Hill for our Away Day at the end of July. The staff at Crews Hill looked after us perfectly. Our breakfasts and late lunches were well cooked and presented. The course was in great condition except for the ‘undulations’, if you were there you know what I mean! Hopefully Brenda Funival-Jones has finally recovered from the experience on her one-woman buggy.
The Vice- Captain’s purple team won, I won’t tell you the scores, but they had a resounding win. Annie Westcough was the best golfer on the day. Genny Hill won the front 9, whilst Caroline Tweddell the back 9. Eileen Davey was nearest the pin on the tricky, par 3, 13th hole. All in all, a good day.
Debbie Barnes narrowly missed out in the De Paula Cup to a very tough opponent from Hadley Wood. However, Debbie and her husband Steve played in the second round of the County Mixed Greensomes on an extremely hot day and beat two single handicappers from Aldwickbury GC. Their next round opponents are from Brookmans Park GC.
In the Annodata Matchplay competition Mill Green unfortunately lost out to Brookmans Park on an exceedingly hot day. The overall result was 4 – 1.
Our friendly matches have proved to be a real mixed bag since the last newsletter. The Weekend Friendly match on July 18th at home saw us win 2.5 – 1.5 on an especially hot day against Aldwickbury GC. There was a friendly match against Brookmans Park Away on July 22nd that resulted in a 3 – 1 loss. Our Mixed Friendly away vs Aldwickbury GC on July 25th was a 4 – 2 loss on this occasion.
There was a mid-week friendly against Dyrham Park Away on August 12th, unfortunately our team lost 1.5 – 2.5. Our Mixed Match against Mid-Herts away on August 15th was a resounding win for Mill Green 6.5 – 1.5.
Our Scratch team put up a noble fight against a very strong team away at Harpenden GC on August 8th. The weather held out for them but, unfortunately, our team lost 4.5 – 0.5.
Finally, I want to say a massive thank you to all our ladies, and our men, at Mill Green who make themselves available for matches. These matches are always advertised by email from Mill Green and sign-up sheets are posted in the changing room area. Our matches are open to everybody, and we try hard to give all an opportunity to play.
From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain, The Millers: “Golf for all over 55s at Mill Green”: It has been a busy month. So, let’s start with the best bit. August 18th saw us play our fun Charity Milligan’s competition. Suru amassed a mighty 47 points, with Ted Pillinger and Chris Hale in pursuit, but not very closely. The day raised almost £300, which included one very generous additional donation. Thank you to all those who brought in raffle prizes. We had an exceptionally good table.
In total, we have now raised £1,450 for my charity over the last 18 months. This all down to the generosity of The Millers. My sincere thanks to you all. My charity this year is RESOLVE. The team there look after the rough sleepers and homeless of Welwyn and Hatfield and act as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for those who suffer alcohol and drug addiction; not glamorous, but absolutely essential.
We have also played the Pairs Cup in the last four weeks. Simon Lake and Kitmee Lim lifted the trophy and Richard Collett and Ted Pillinger ran them a close second. This is always hard-fought and there were some admirable scores, so well done to everybody who entered. A pleasant lunch was enjoyed by all after the event.
Our regular stroke play match on August 4th was won by my good self with a net 67: Harry Bracher scored a 69, with Kay Smith and Graham Williams at 71 and 72 respectively. Quite good scores, if I am allowed to say so myself.
Further back still, the July stableford was won by Suru (42 points) with runners up, Ray Bloom, John Hastings and Nigel Glover.
Finally, fitted into the competition mix in last few weeks, there was a Texas scramble. Of the 4-ball groups, Team Glover won (2nd: Team Calcraft) with Team Hale picking up the prize for the 3-ball groups (2nd: Team Aitken).
Given a green light, we are starting to confirm our inter-club friendly match schedule for next year. We have also brought some of the bunkers back into play, just the sandy bits! Not my most popular decision!