Playing in division two, there is a real opportunity and desire to gain promotion to the top division and so it was with
extra determination that the team of Joy Birch & Ada Parr, Carole Burton & Bridget Jenkins and Christine Ratcliffe &
Jules Barker embarked on their four-ball better ball matches.
On a dull and chilly day, the course played beautifully and was much complimented by the visitors. The greens were
certainly tricky and rolling well and this may well have been the deciding factor that allowed the Lutterworth ladies to
take a 2 matches to 1 victory. Thanks to all ladies who played, to the Rebecca Louise catering/bar team and to the
Next up is a tough away tie at Hinckley on 28 April.
The third B team match of the season was at home against Hearsall. The team won 4 to 2. The Captain of Hearsall, Quent Carruthers a former Lutterworth member, was very impressed with the course and in particular the greens, especially given the challenging weather of the last few days. Shepherds pie and a selection of desserts went down well - compliments to the catering team. Many thanks to all who played and especially Lawrence Howie, who stepped in at a matter of hours notice. We look forward to the return leg at Hearsall.
In a rather unusual scenario, the Lutterworth ladies under Taskers captain, Sue Fletcher, played Chilwell Manor on consecutive days, away on Sunday 17 April and at home on Monday 18 April. With each leg being contested through seven singles matches, and with each match being played to a conclusion, the magic number to reach was 8 wins overall.
With four ladies playing both days – Sue herself, Louise Burrell, Carole Burton and Ada Parr – it was perhaps a big ask, but with the other stalwarts of the squad, Mary Hawkes, Pam Etchingham and Bridge Jenkins (Sunday), and Joy Birch, Christine Ratcliffe and Jules Barker (Monday) the Lutterworth ladies prevailed, winning both legs 4 matches to 3 for an overall 8-6 victory and into the second round.
The second round draw has thrown up another away tie with as-yet unknown opposition. From the second round onwards, the ladies Taskers competition reverts to the straight knockout format of the gents.
The games were played in good spirit and the home team were excellent hosts. Although Lutterworth were pipped 5 1/2 to 3 1/2, the individual matches were all close run. The last 3 were all settled on the 18th.
After the post match meal, Mixed Captain, Alwyn welcomed Steph and Allan Rimmer to their first game for Lutterworth. Nearest the pin prizes were presented to Sue Young (Beedles Lake) and Liz Benoist (Lutterworth), whose tee shot hit the pin!
Ben & Liz Benoist, Louise & Graham Burrell, Carol & Colin Chislett Janet & George Millen, Ada & Richard Parr, Steph & Allan Rimmer, Eve & Malcolm Taylor, Laura & Kim Ward, Lillian Pilkington and Andy Cull, Captains Rita and Alwyn Ogden
The second B team match of the season was at home against Leamington 3pm start. The team that included the Captain and the President, won 5.5 to 0.5. The Captain of Leamington was very impressed with the course and inparticular the greens. Bangers and mash and syrup sponge and custard went down well, compliments to the catering team.
The first Ladies Friendly of the season began in lovely warm sunshine against Chris Waters and her team from Market Harborough. Unfortunately it became a match of two seasons as the second half was played under darkening skies. The first three groups managed to finish their matches early and walk in before getting too wet but the last match ,with Lutterworth represented by Lady Vice Captain Rita Ogden and Ada Parr, battled to the end in in heavy rain and was only resolved as a half on the 18th when Ada used her nerves of steel to sink a putt for a par 4. This made the result 2.5 to 1.5. A lovely meal was enjoyed by all and we look forward to the return fixture in 2017. Thanks to Rita, Ada, Bridget, Louise, Chris, Lilian, Wendy and Stephanie for representing Lutterworth so well.
Lutterworth A victorious in Men's Taskers Trophy
Following the success of the Lutterworth B team last weekend, the A team progressed to the second round of the competition with a victory over Rotherham B, this providing some compensation for the loss at Rotherham last year in the same competition.
With only one of our team receiving shots from the opposition, the match was always likely to be close. Club Captain, Chris Wormleighton, found that giving 14 shots to his opponent, including all of the par 3 holes, was a bit too much and he succumbed as did Mike Perry and Bob Allsopp, although Bob only lost on the very last hole to a good putt.
The winners were Rob Clarke, Alex Scott, Allan Simmonds and Pete Gemmell with particular credit going to Pete Gemmell who stepped in at the last moment and secured a 2&1 victory.
Both Lutterworth teams are at home for the next round although the opponents have yet to be decided.
On Easter Saturday Lutterworth B travelled to Wollaton Park to play the 1st Round of the Taskers. The wind was blowing, the greens had been sanded, the tees of the day were yellow.
The team played extremely well and won 6-1.
1. Ken Johnston (18) v John Poole (11) - Lutterworth won 4&3
2. Jim Glazzard (16) v Alan Milburn (12) - Lutterworth won 1 up
3. Dave Clarke (12) v Hugh McClean (13) - Lutterworth won 3&2
4. Terry Butlin (13) v Phil Harbord (10) - Lutterworth won 2 up
5. Dave Parnham (14) v Ian Goodwin (6) - Lutterworth won 4&3
6. John Buxton (12) v Steve Smith (12) - Lutterworth won 2&1
7. Terry Rogers (18) v Martin Dickinson - Wollaton Park won 1 up
Despite the far from promising weather forecast, 14 pairs turned out for the annual Easter Egg competition.
In the very windy conditions and heavy showers, most struggled to get anywhere near par. Our winners, Lady Captain Lesley Watson and Steve Hardy, however played exceptionally well to score 37 points and for their efforts were presented with their vouchers and Easter eggs by Lady Vice Captain Rita Ogden, who thanked everyone for taking part. In second place were Pam and Sam Etchingham on a very creditable 33 points. Lesley and Peter Kalym came third with 31 points.
The final match of the season-opening series of matches between ladies and C Team, Gents and Seniors took place today when 5 pairs of ladies and Seniors took to the field. Seniors captain Geoff Reeve led his troops to battle against a ladies team led by ladies vice-captain, Rita Ogden.
On an overcast but dry day, the course was in fine condition and all matches were played in great spirit. The customary seniors hospitality of half-way house tea and cake was welcomed by all and wonderfully served by Ken Earp and Brian Astbury, even if one or two of the ladies were a little suspicious of what secret ingredient the cake may contain!
As the two team captains looked round the course and could see all pairings still engaged in play, it seemed that this was a close fixture and indeed it proved to be.
With all matches in and the post-match festivities underway, talk turned to the future of the fixture with both sides determined that despite the ladies having been unable to match the seniors in number for this year at least, the will to continue with the match is as strong as ever. Special touches such as the halfway house and the lovely table programme, produced by Mike Bradshaw (who even managed to balance the gender battle in the jokes included!) make this a very special diary date and one not to be missed.
Captain Geoff thanked his playing partner Geoff Cooksey and opponents Rita Ogden and Ada Parr and remarked on how close and enjoyable the match had been. Before signing off with a joke and handing over to Rita, Geoff presented the prize for the nearest the pin competition on the 15th to Chris Hardy.
Thanking the ladies for playing and announcing a 3-2 victory for the ladies, Rita was keen to reaffirm her commitment to the match for her forthcoming year as ladies captain. She also thanked the Rebecca Louise Catering team for a wonderful meal and congratulated Geoff on his excellent menu selection. There was general acclamation on the course condition which has survived the severe weather wonderfully well thanks to Jon Barr and his green-keeping team.
The sun broke through the clouds as seven pairs took to the field in the annual Ladies-v-Gents match on Sunday 20 March. Buoyed by much pre-match banter in the clubhouse, the teams were led out by the captains and vice-captains and so the battle was joined.
Early on it was a tight affair with the score standing at 2-1 to the gents after completion of three games before the gents took the next two ties to take them over the winning line, albeit that one of those wins came at the very last gasp on the 18th. The last two ladies pairs restored some honour for ladies captain, Lesley Watson, meaning the final result was 4-3 to the gents, one of the closest contests in some time.
The post-match meal from Rebecca Louise Catering was enjoyed by all before club captain Chris Wormleighton took to his feet to thank all who had participated in the day and commented on his enjoyment of his own match with vice-captain Peter Maddock. On behalf of the ladies, and to warm applause, Lesley then presented Chris with the golden putter. Ladies vice-captain Rita Ogden was last heard muttering about revenge in 2017. Gentlemen, you have been warned.
A field of 30 ladies and gents enjoyed a thoroughly enjoyable social game on our wonderful course at the annual kick-off game for the forthcoming mixed match season. Among them were club captain Chris Wormleighton, (playing his first mixed match for a good while), and lady captain, Lesley Watson. New members, Anne and Hugh Devlin, were welcomed to their first mixed event.
That great Yorkshire double-act – otherwise known as mixed team captains, Rita & Alwyn Ogden - had a surprise for the players. Sending the groups out believing that they were playing the usual greensomes Stableford format within a team of 4, it wasn’t until after the post-match meal, that the duo announced that the competition was actually Bingo Golf! Eight hole numbers were drawn out at random and the aggregate score for those holes was used to decide winners.
The team of Louise & Graham Burrell and Jacqui & Kevin Knight won 1st prize beating Jane Lewis & Jerry Caper and Anne & Hugh Devlin on the spin of a coin. Ada & Richard Parr with Liz Toney & Andy Cull won a separate competition based on the first 10 holes.
Leading unselfishly as they always do, Rita & Alwyn had stood down in playing the full competition as there had been a couple of players drop out because of illness. This meant that they had even more time than usual to rehearse their wonderful quips and one-liners and their banter was enjoyed with much amusement.
On a serious but happy note, Rita presented flowers to Irene Harper and Joan Helyer, welcoming both ladies back to the mixed crowd following lengthy injury lay-offs.
So, with the perfect coach in the room it was the turn of the participants (drawn in equal number from home club Lutterworth and a variety of clubs from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and even as far as Yorkshire) to begin the first session of understanding and improving motivation and confidence. Dr Douglas having defined the difference between a speaking engagement and a workshop as the latter being where the audience do all the work, those attending knew what they were in for. And so it wasn’t long before elephant drawing, putting, number recognition exercises, progressive muscle relaxation and numerous other techniques had the ladies laughing or crying, and sometimes both.
The final session of the day was about concentration and attention and how visualisation and feel are the key to more successful golf. Bearing in mind that the ladies have two crunch matches coming up against the Seniors and the Gents, this reporter is forbidden to reveal the all-important secrets but let’s just say there might be a lot of opening and closing of fridge doors over the next week or two.
Drawn in the second round of this national knockout competition for an away match at Rugby, the team of Sue, Laura, Carole, Ada and Mary were accompanied by Lady Captain Lesley Watson.
The team sheets exchanged, there were a couple of tough match-ups as Rugby fielded two single figure handicappers who prevailed in their 3-2 victory over our ladies. While normally not singling out individual performances, Lesley wished to pay tribute to Sue Fletcher who played a 20 year old (just a few years younger than Sue!) 6 handicapper and managed to take her all the way to the last hole before unfortunately succumbing. Thanks go to Margaret Lightowler for caddy duties and to immediate past lady captain Joy Birch who came out to support the team.
Now free of Mail on Sunday engagements, the ladies embark upon their Taskers campaign against Chilwell Manor with the first leg being played away on Sunday 17 April.
In difficult conditions, but a good day for Lutterworth Golf Club at home, Bill Stubbins and Alison Boyes won the Alliance with an excellent score of 44 points. They were closely followed by Hugh McClean & Julie Barker who came second with 39 points, whilst Lee Challinor & Lesley Watson won the pro-am, also with 39 points.
The trophy was presented by by Alan Greenhill.
Wednesday 2 March was a day when the clear winner looked to be the weather. As the combatants for this annual match were arriving the elements were in charge varying between rain, sleet and snow – and all accompanied by a bitter, biting wind.
As the first tee time drew near the clouds miraculously parted sufficiently to persuade the two teams that the challenge was on and so the five matches proceeded. There were a few mutterings early on when for the first four or five holes the weather took a turn for the worse but, in the end, a bright but chilly day was the setting for the battle.
The ladies prevailed in the early matches to take a 2-0 lead, soon to be wiped out by 5&4 victories for the C Team in the final two matches. With one match in play all the way to the 18th, this was perhaps the closest contest yet between the two sides and in the end the C Team pulled off a 1up victory in the deciding match.
Warmed up in the clubhouse and changed for dinner, the two teams came together for a most enjoyable meal from Rebecca Louise catering. C Team captain Peter Maddock thanked all the players for taking part and made special mention of his own match with Darren McKay against ladies vice captain Rita Ogden and Jacqui Knight. With her usual eloquence, that many of us have come to know and love from mixed matches, Rita responded in kind and in announcing a 3-2 victory for the C Team, she congratulated the gentlemen who had played.
Thank you to all who entered the Ron Mee Memorial Trophy on Wednesday, we can only apologise for the weather conditions. I can imagine Ronnie saying, “They never went out in that lot, did they”?
The early starters had the best times, for those of us following it was grim, snow on the second green, it helped me to par though! One of my fourball and I managed to get to the 6th before the driving snow and drifting put an end to our hopes of winning. Congratulations go to three of the 10.40 tee time competitors who made it all the way to the 18th. All in all 18 players completed their rounds; the rest of us had more sense, as I see it!
The winner was Geoff Reeve (12) with 35 points. Runner-up was Lyn Griffiths (17) with 32 points. Third place was David Gingell (28) with 31 points. Nearest the Pin on 15 was Warren Angell. The winner of the ‘swindle’ card draw was Lou O’Toole.
Once again we thank you for entering and helping to remember Ronnie. I have had word from his family who donated the trophy in 2015; they were delighted with the support given to his Memorial Match.
The Ron Mee Memorial Trophy will be played for on the last Wednesday of the Seniors’ Group Winter Programme each year. Allick Elliott has also donated a trophy, previously played for at the Mike Ball Skegness trip, this has now been renamed the Memorial Cup, it will be played for on the first Wednesday of the Seniors’ Group Winter Programme each year. The Memorial Cup is to remember members lost during the previous year. We hope you, the over 60’s, will support these matches and join in the enjoyment which is what all our absent friends would have wanted. This year’s Memorial Cup Match is on Wednesday 5th October
Whether it's a social fun session or a full teaching lesson, everyone remarks on the tremendous feedback information available and how real it feels. It’s already helping members to understand much more about their swings and to make faster progress.
Currently 10 courses can be played, including Pebble Beach, which one visitor played recently, to practice on before competing there in spring in a Pro-Am.
The club teams can now take part in open nights indoors to sharpen up their games and socialise and the club juniors already enjoy regular Sunday afternoon sessions too. The suite is now a valuable Get-into-Golf venue for the club and county, and assistant pro Zoe North will soon be introducing Ladies golf evenings to the rota on Wednesday March 16th and 30th, as the club reaches out to the local community
Poached chicken and vegetable soup £3.90
Ham and mustard terrine with sweet fruit chutney £4.25
Baked Camembert infused with orange & thyme served with crusty rustic bread & raspberry conserve £5.25
Oak smoked salmon with avocado and light cream cheese £4.95
Goats cheese and shallot marmalade bruschetta £4.25
Roast lamb, beef and pork from the Carvery Roast potatoes and creamy mashed potatoes Braised red cabbage
Roasted broccoli & kale Honey glazed parsnips Chantenay carrots Minted peas Alternative dishes
Pan seared chicken in lemon, red onion and thyme £8.95
Smoked haddock, pea and dill risotto topped with a poached egg £9.50
Pesto pasta with toasted pine nuts, Parmesan cheese and broccoli florets v £8.50
Light vanilla cheesecake with a sweet strawberry sauce Classic crème Brulee with blueberry compote
Rich chocolate & pecan tart with vanilla ice cream Honey and apple rice pudding
Selection of cheese and biscuits
Fruit plate with raspberry sorbet and berry sauce
Tea of coffee with chocolate truffles
Cold Ashby were the visitors today for the first round of the Mail on Sunday Classic tournament where five singles matches contest the overall tie.
On a chilly but bright day with the strengthening wind providing a stern test, the matches were played in great spirit with the team of Jacqui, Joy, Sue, Laura and Mary delivering a 5-0 home victory to proceed to tomorrow’s draw for the second round.
Lady Captain Lesley thanked all players, caddies and supporters. The Cold Ashby ladies, gracious in defeat, expressed their enjoyment of the course and several were making plans to return to play in one of the forthcoming open competitions.
Article in the Leicester Mercury:-
Lutterworth's Zoe North is the first women professional to compete in the County PGA overseas ProAm in Portugal.
She will take part later this month, heading a team of three amateurs from her home club - Graeme Pearson, Steve Alderman and Alex Jones.
North said "This is really exciting for me" Last season she became the first women to qualify for the knockout stages of the County PGA matchplay Championship at Market Harborough.
She competed regularly in Women's PGA one day tournaments last season.
She added " I plan to play in as many events as possible this season, but also greatly enjoy teaching. I am delighted to be able to introduce golf to many youngsters, especially girls, through the Get into Golf Initiative."
North is an ex-County girls Captain and turned pro at Kilworth Springs, before moving to Lutterworth as Assistant two years ago, where she completed her training and PGA qualification.
Lutterworth Ladies play Cold Ashby at home in the first round of this classic event on the 14th February 2016. First tee time is 10:30 - we welcome your support to bring a home win to our ladies
HAGGIS NEEPS & TATTIES triumph at LGC. The course may be very wet, and golf difficult, but nothing dampened the spirit of Burns Night this year, which was well attended, with the traditional Address to the Haggis - that Great Chieftain o' the Puddin' Race - and the night itself adjudged by all a huge success.
The winner of first prize of £100 is Malcolm Pilcher and the runner up is Rod Griffin of £25.
The winner of the car parking space for 2016 which raised £228 for the juniors section was Maxwell Hawthorne. As Maxwell only requires to use it Monday to Friday a further draw was done which was won by Dick Mallabone who will use the parking space at the weekends.
As all members will appreciate as a result of the recent exceptionally heavy rainfall the course has become saturated.Unfortunately, in common with many other courses, we have been unable to open the course for some time.
Daily course inspections are taking place and as soon as it is safe for golfers and staff and sensible to do so, either a 7 hole winter course or the whole course will be opened.
We will keep members and visitors informed about the course condition via our website and 'course line’ (01455) 552532 - Option 4 as usual.
A PLEA FROM THE CHAIR OF COURSE COMMITTEE
When the course is re-opened, however, to allow it to recover and to help keep it open as much as possible, it would be helpful if members/visitors could carry a bag if at all possible, until conditions improve. Trolleys and personal ride on buggies have the potential to cause damage to the course in its current condition.
We understand that this may not be possible for all members and do not wish to prevent any members who need to use a trolley or personal buggy from playing, but where this action is possible it would certainly prevent damage to the course in the short term and help to protect it for the future.
Your consideration would be very much appreciated.
The traditional Captains’ Drive-In took place at Lutterworth Golf Club on Sunday 6 December. Having watched storm Desmond cause turmoil further north, it was with some relief that the new officials emerged after a very sharp shower to take their place under grey but dry skies on the first tee.
First to drive was new junior captain, Bradley Ford-Kalym who with athleticism typical of his youth striped the ball 222 yards down the middle of the fairway. Next up was lady captain Lesley Watson and her shot was watched with considerable anxiety as she had recently been laid up with a very bad back condition. In true captaincy spirit, however, she stepped up and hit a perfect drive 146 yards from the white tee.
Club captain, Chris Wormleighton, was last to tee it up and with the experience and ability of one who has played the fairways of Lutterworth for 38 years, hit a straight shot that was measured at 208 yards.
Chris and Lesley then invited members to join them in the clubhouse for a light buffet and mulled wine and presided over the drawing of the Christmas hamper raffle and ball draw, announcing their charities as Asthma UK and Cancer Research, respectively.
With the kind permission of Leanne and Natasha, the outgoing Lady Captain Joy Birch took a few minutes at the Xmas Retail evening to make a presentation to Canine Partners, her chosen charity.
Coming under the much larger umbrella of “Assistant Dogs UK”, Joy explained that receiving no government funding, Canine Partners relied solely on charity donations to provide the funding to train dogs to assist people with physical disabilities to perform tasks which are painful, difficult or impossible to do on their own.
She went on to say that at the start of 2015 there were 306 canine partnerships within the UK and that a further 80 would be created in this, their 25th Anniversary year.
She stressed that although she had been in the driving seat, it was the members of Lutterworth Golf Club and in particular the ladies section, who had been quick to put their hands in their pockets, supporting every fundraising activity that she had organised throughout the year and it was they who had in the main contributed to raising a magnificent £2,480.
After tumultuous applause, Joy added that during that very evening, an anonymous lady had donated a further £20 to make the total amount raised, an incredible £2,500.
Before accepting the cheque on behalf of Canine Partners, Neil Fairbrother and Kate Cross with dogs Bryon and May, presented an emotional Lady Captain with a "I love Canine Partners" teddy bear and a 25 year anniversary pen to thank her for all her hard work throughout the year.
This year, not one but two charities were set to gain from the ever popular Xmas Retail Evening held at Lutterworth Golf Club. Excellently organised again by sisters, Natasha and Leanne Bayliss, over 30 stalls were set out around the clubhouse providing a great opportunity to snap up a few early Christmas presents.
The entry cost of just £2, entitled shoppers to glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival before soaking up the festive spirit inside the clubhouse.
Once again, the charity ‘Children with Cancer UK’ was one of the chosen beneficiaries of the evening, the other, close to both ladies hearts, was the Lily Foundation started in 2007 to raise awareness and vital research into Mitochondrial Disease, which sadly took the life of Natasha’s beautiful boy Billy at just 5 months old.
Leanne, who is due to give birth herself in just over a week’s time and who was in fact celebrating her own birthday that day, confirmed later that an overall total of £987.46 was raised from the evening and thanked everyone for their help and support.
This year’s fireworks and bonfire night held on Sunday 1 November once again put our Club in the spotlight with an estimated 1,400 people taking advantage of the wonderfully dry and mild evening to come along and enjoy the festivities.
With food and drink stalls and a tasty menu from our own in-house bar/catering team, Rebecca Louise Catering, there was plenty on offer for members and visitors alike, many of the latter just turning up and paying admission on the night.
Under the inspired leadership of Bar & House committee Chair Sally Hollis, this was Lutterworth’s fourth bonfire night celebration. Of all the events at the Club this one takes the most organisation and Sally is quick to praise all involved.
“The professional organisation from the event team and members and volunteers made it all look so simple and added to the enjoyment for everyone,” said Sally. “From setting up the field, manning the bar, taking admission monies and marshalling crowds, the team just worked so hard with most remembering to come in on Monday morning for the clean up.”
Special thanks go to Club professional Lee Challinor who was this year’s event manager, Andy Cull Sue Fletcher and Bubbles Emmett (representing the Bar & House committee), Rebecca and her team, Celestial Firework Displays for a wonderful firework display, the office team of Steve and Jane and the green-keeping staff. Darren McKay who sadly missed the event through illness also played his part in bringing the event together.
Many people commented on the compelling sight of ladies president Bubbles and Lilian Pilkington stopping traffic in the centre of the busy A426 to guide visitors safely across. Not even large HGV lorries were a match for our intrepid pair!
With our lovely Leanne Bayliss about to start her maternity leave, the ladies section sent her off in style with a presentation of flowers and Mothercare vouchers, the latter from generous donations from lady members who have benefited from Leanne’s care and attention in the pro shop and the ladies boutique.
While Leanne puts her feet up to await the new arrival, the boutique will be in the very capable hands of Tash who will also cover for Leanne in the pro shop.
On a beautiful autumn day, a field of 32 set out in teams of 4 to celebrate another hugely successful season, playing Greensomes with aggregate Stableford scoring to ensure all players remained involved.
The winning team of Liz Toney, Steve Davenport, Jane Lewis and Jerry Casper scored an impressive 74 points and were presented with their trophy prizes. They were chased home by Lesley Watson, Steve Hardy, Carol and Colin Chislett (73 points) and Joy Birch, Paul Langford , Lilian Pilkington and Ty Williams (71 points).
After an excellent post competition carvery meal, mixed captains Rita and Alwyn maintained the fun spirit, which has been a feature of mixed matches throughout the year, with an entertaining and light hearted presentation. They thanked all present for the tremendous support they had received and welcomed new members Stephanie and Alan Rimmer to the mixed section.
Lady Captain Joy responded by commenting on how much she had enjoyed the whole day and expressed her thanks and appreciation for the irrepressible energy and enthusiasm from Rita and Alwyn. This was echoed by all those present who had enjoyed the unique and fun captaincy style from the pair.
Nominated as one of the charities for the 2015 November fun run is Canine Partners, chosen charity of ladies captain, Joy Birch.
If you are already planning to do the run and have not yet chosen your charity, Joy would be delighted if you would consider selecting Canine Partners as your nominated recipient for any sponsorship money.
Full details of the run and how to enter are available via the official Santa Fun Run Web site – follow this link : http://www.santafunrun.org.uk/event-details/
As a reminder, Canine Partners assist people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life and, where possible, to help them into education and employment, through the provision of specially trained dogs for the disabled, whose well-being is a key consideration.
Throughout Joy’s year we have been treated to demonstrations and appearances from golden retriever, May, who is helping dog to Kate Cross who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) an hereditary condition which has resulted in Kate having limited mobility and becoming a wheelchair user.
In a moving story, Kate has recently posted details of a narrow escape when she collapsed and was unconscious only to be found by May who then alerted Kate’s partner and through the timely action undoubtedly saved Kate’s life.
So if ever you were in doubt about how talented and dedicated these dogs are and what a worthwhile cause Joy had selected, this story serves well as a testament.
Autumn sunshine and a sometimes biting wind greeted the 13 teams of three ladies who took part in the Lady Captain’s final fling on Tuesday 13 October.
Played in full handicap Stableford format, the competition was a modified form of ‘waltz’ with teams recording their best score on Par 5s, two best scores on Par 4s and all three scores (hopefully!) on Par 3s. Lady Captain Joy Birch had helpfully worked out for everyone that the level par score for this format would be 74 points and so the challenge was set.
As an additional twist, teams were able to buy up to 3 ‘Mulligans’ for use by any team player with the £2 per ‘Mulligan’ charge being donated to Joy’s nominated charity, Canine Partners, and raising a total of £70 on the day.
Thanking everyone for turning out for the last major competition of her captaincy year, Joy made special mention of Sylvia, Sandra, Joan and Irene and how pleasing it was to see them all back on the course and playing 18 holes again.
And so to the prizewinners:
1st place with 83 points were Lesley Ford-Kaylm, Christine Ratcliffe and Sue Chaplin
2nd place with 81 points were Jill Lightfoot, Jane Lewis and Margaret Lightowler
3rd place with 80 points (on countback) were Anne Fletcher, Eve Taylor and Ada Parr
Speaking on behalf of the winning team, Lesley thanked the lady captain for staging her final fling and providing a lovely prize table.
In closing, Joy thanked ladies vice-captain Lesley Watson and ladies competition/handicaps secretary Liz Paris for their unstinting help.
The weather could not have been better for this very prestigious county competition, this year held at Willesley Park Golf Club.
Unfortunately we were only able to field one team, Pete Brough and Sue Fletcher as our other entry had to be withdrawn after Andrew Skerratt took ill the night before and we were unable to find a replacement to play with Lady Captain Joy Birch at such late notice.
Sue and Peter managed a very creditable gross 86, nett 78.5 but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get them through the play-offs being held on Sunday 18 October.
Qualifying for the final are:
1st—Paul Dixon & Tracy Bourne of Willesley Park, scoring gross 71, net 71 (handicap allowance 0)
2nd—Andy Mee & Olivia Barrs of Lingdale, scoring gross 74, net 69 (handicap allowance 5)
3rd—Jonathon Garner & Helen Sherratt of Charnwood
Forest, scoring gross 77, net 70 (handicap allowance 7)
4th—David Smith & Karen Haynes of Luffenham Heath, scoring gross 77, net 72.5 (handicap allowance 4.5)
The Lady Captain would like to thank Sue and Peter for representing the Club, adding that she had had a lovely day watching them play.
Rugby were the hosts on Monday 28 September for the annual playing of the 4-Way Trophy involving Rugby, Lutterworth, Delapre Park and Kilworth Springs.
On a beautiful day with warm sunshine and a slight breeze, the teams took up the challenge and with Rugby’s sloping fairways and greens that proved difficult to read, the home side were at a distinct advantage. Played as a full handicap Stableford with aggregate scores determining the winners, the games were all played in a spirit of friendly rivalry between old friends and adversaries.
With the delicious two-course meal consumed, it was time for the prize presentation. The individual score of the day came from Rugby’s Sandra Brazier whose 41 points went a long way to securing overall victory for the home side, with Lutterworth runners-up and Kilworth Springs and Delapre Park 3rd and 4th respectively. Rugby ladies captain Olive Atwell presented the trophy to Sandra.
Lutterworth ladies captain Joy Birch expresses her thanks to the team of Sue Fletcher, Hazel Bond, Jacqui Knight, Chris Wilson, Pam Etchingham, Christine Ratcliffe, Louise Burrell and Liz Paris.
The 4-Way Trophy returns to Lutterworth next year with an 11am tee-off on Monday 26 September.
Organised by Carol Chislett and Diane Meikle, the Lutterworth ladies played their part in raising funds for the Macmillan cancer support charity.
On the golf side, ladies played in a 10 hole full handicap Stableford competition, with a double points hole drawn at random on check-in. The winner with an impressive 29 points (making some of us wonder whether or not she had really on played 10 holes!) was Doreen Williams. Worthy runner-up, with 21 points, was Sue Fletcher.
Dorothy Jones won the ‘Spot the Cake’ competition predicting that there were 612 hundreds and thousands in the cake decoration.
With a raffle running alongside these two events a total of £383 was raised. Carol and Diane would like to thank all their helpers on the day as well as everyone who donated raffle prizes and those who took part in the competition.
This was the last year for Carol and Diane as organisers of this annual event and it is hoped that other willing volunteers will step forward to take on the role.
Led by their lady captain Trisha and vice-captain Anne, Cosby were the visitors for the last friendly fixture of the season on Thursday 17 September.
With our team captain, Bridget, out with a pulled muscle in her back, she restricted her duties on the day to sending the teams off, watching anxiously at the 18th and eating the lovely post-match meal.
With lovely weather and the course playing well, each match went all the way to the last hole with two lost and two halved, meaning an overall win for Cosby. All matches were played in great spirit and were a fitting end to a busy friendly match season.
Thank you to the team on the day of Jules Barker, Alison Boyes, Liz Toney, Helen Dowling, Margaret Lightowler, Betty Sheppard, Liz Paris and Rita Ogden – and to the total of 26 ladies who have played in fixtures this season.
Congratulations to Will Watkins who has topped the junior boys gross score in the L&RGU junior order of merit table. This is based on the best results from 8 junior open and county competitions throughout the season. Joe Hack came a creditable 4th in the boys table. Congratulations also go to Lucy Benoist who came second in the girls OOM.
With forecasts of horrendous thunderstorms and lightning threatened, captains Doug Anderson and Joy Birch very nearly called this internal return match off. Deciding however to just cancel the formal meal the day before and turn up on the day and see how many holes if any could be played, players arrived armed with snorkels and flippers ready to do battle with each other and the elements. The seniors were keen to redress the 6 ½ to 1 ½ rousting they received at the hands of the ladies in the pre-season warm up but the ladies were equally determined and came out fighting for another win. In the end, the threatened bad weather skirted around Lutterworth and the full 18 holes were played.
All the matches were really tight with 3 out of the 5 going to the 18th but although both teams were striving for a win, everyone enjoyed the good spirit in which the matches were played.
Back in the clubhouse the players enjoyed a very informal meal from the bar where the good humour continued. Ladies Captain, Joy Birch thanked the seniors for yet again, a very enjoyable afternoon with special thanks to Mike Bradshaw for providing the match leaflets. Seniors Captain, Doug Anderson, after announcing that the seniors had won the match 3 – 2 finished off in time honoured style with a saucy tale.
With the season drawing to a close, the final mixed competition attracted a field of 10 pairs.
Pairings are drawn at random and the event is played in the Foursomes format.
Winners with net 69 were Rita Ogden and George Millen. In 2nd place with 72 were Liz Benoist and Mike Wheatley
Kibworth were the visitors on Sunday 6 September when a closely contested fixture ended in a 4½ to 3½ victory for our team.
Mixed team captain Rita and Malcolm Taylor chalked up the first point but with the next two matches going Kibworth’s way, the early lead was soon cancelled. Two further wins for Lutterworth secured a narrow lead leaving the way for a nail-biting finish in which the last three pairings all halved their matches.
Played on a perfect day on our beautiful course, a great day was enjoyed by all. The Kibworth captain praised the food and course which acknowledging that greens maintenance at this time of the year is essential.
Team: Eve & Malcolm Taylor; Elaine & Stuart Holton; Janet & George Millen; Laura Smith de Vasconcellos & Kim Ward; Liz Paris, Carol Chislett, Sally Hollis, Paul Langford, Chris Shaw, Tony Harper and captains Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
The final match fixture of the year is another home tie against Glen Gorse to be played on Sunday 4 October.
Two of our ladies, Jacqui Knight and Louise Burrell played in the Grand Finals of the Ping Fourball Betterball held at Gainsborough on Tuesday 8th September and although not in the prizes, came home with a goody bag each comprising Ecco shoes, Ping golf bag and a voucher for Ping collection clothing. On top of that a Ping golf umbrella will be presented at the ladies Xmas dinner in December. The competition attracted 16,000 entrants from 850 clubs, so our two ladies deserve a big pat on the back.
In the absence of Bridget Jenkins, our usual Captain for this fixture, the Ladies of Lutterworth went out to battle on her behalf. As there was a Vet's Competition on at another Club and a number of other people were taking advantage of the children being back at school and having a holiday in peace and quiet, so we could only manage a team of three pairs. Glen Gorse were having similar problems, but that didn't dampen the teams enthusiasm. The weather was glorious with the sun shining all the way round. The games were played in the best possible spirit and Lutterworth came home with a resounding win of 3-0. Liz Toney stood in for Bridget to Captain the Teams and welcomed the Ladies of Glen Gorse and thanked them all for coming. A delicious Chicken Caesar Salad supplied by Rebecca Louise Catering rounded off a most enjoyable day.
On Thursday 27 August, 32 groups of ladies from 25 different golf clubs took part in the last Ladies Open of the season. With the intermittent squalls and swirling winds accompanying them and playing off 3/4 handicap, high scores were difficult to accomplish but everyone it seemed, enjoyed our beautifully maintained course and greens.
Lady Captain Joy Birch gave thanks to Chris Brown and Sandra Morris for their excellent organisation of the event, and to helpers Chris Hardy, Marlene Bailey, Ann Lennie, Joan Helyer, Sylvia Andersen, Pam Jackson, Liz and Lucy Benoist, Louise Enderby and starters Ian Morris, Chris Brown and Ray Helyer. Praise was also given to Jon Barr and his green-keeping staff; Lee, Zoe and Leanne from the Pro-Shop; Rebecca and her team of catering staff and Steve Smith who had been on hand to help throughout the whole day.
Canine Partners, the Lady Captain’s Charity profited from the proceeds of the raffle and sale of DVD’s to the tune of £220 for which Joy gave her heartfelt thanks.
1st—Claire Lindsey (Kingsthorpe), Jan Gwilliam & Hazel Bond (Lutterworth) 68 pts
2nd—Liz Toney, Rita Ogden and Lesley Watson (Lutterworth) 67 pts (CB)
3rd—S Reynolds, Rachael Allun (Nottinghamshire) and Maggie Elliott (Chilwell Manor) 67 pts
4th—Chris Ratcliffe (Lutterworth), Corinne Boyd (Kibworth) and Carol Hinks (Glen Gorse) 66 pts
5th—Jill Lightfoot (Lutterworth), Judith Mann (Kenilworth) and Julie Wilson (Hallamshire) 65 pts
Note: 3rd placed winners were not at prize presentation
With Whetstone struggling to field a full team of 8 pairs, our hosts asked if we would play an AM AM format when we met for our annual fixture on 16 August. Each team comprised a Lutterworth pair and a Whetstone pair. Lutterworth support for mixed golf being as strong as always, enabled us to field 2 further pairs who formed an extra team. Jenny and Rob Young joined us for their first match in some time and partnered Rita and Alwyn.
All enjoyed a relaxed, friendly competition played in the right spirit. Our winners were Janet and George Millen, who took away a sleeve of golf balls and Liz Paris who won a bottle of wine for nearest the pin on the 17th.
Team: Carol & Colin Chislett; Janet & George Millen; Eve & Malcolm Taylor: Jenny & Rob Young; Lilian Pilkington, Liz Paris, Steve Davenport, Paul Langford and Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
Congratulations to the Mens Scratch League Team for securing promotion to Division 2.
In our final match we managed a nail-biting win 4½ - 3½ against Willesley Park. Lingdale played Scraptoft and had to win to finish above Lutterworth. Scraptoft won 5½ - 2½ .
League table Below:
A full field of 144 players enjoyed a competitive days play in the Seniors Open at Lutterworth yesterday. The format was 4BBB, 3/4 handicap . Bacon butties and coffee were consumed before tee off, where all the par 3's had nearest the pin prizes, longest drive was on the 7th and nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th. Congratulations to the Winners from Forest Hill, Steve Hathaway and John Upson with 44 points. The food organised by the catering staff for those wishing to eat after competing the round, was up to the usual superb standard. Thank you to everyone concerned in making the day such a success, the Professionals, the Committee and to the Vice Captain for conducting the presentation at 7.30pm. We appreciate all the positive comments made from the visitors on the day and our own members on the condition of the course and on the way the day had been organised. The free cake at the halfway house went down particularly well.
We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2016.
Given the horrendous weather predictions of storms approaching up from the south, with great trepidation, 36 ladies travelled up the M6 on Thursday 13th August to take part in the Lady Captain’s Away Day at Oxley Park Golf Club at Bushbury, Wolverhampton where their morning started with a welcome bacon batch and coffee. Thankfully, the weather system didn’t reach the north Midlands until around 7pm and the ladies were able to enjoy the beauty of this well established, tree-lined course first designed in 1912. Enjoying the spectacle and no doubt hoping for a titbit from the ladies was a young fox, which quite happily escorted the ladies around the top end of the course.
Back in the clubhouse with everyone still dry, Lady Captain Joy Birch gave thanks to everyone for supporting her Away Day and then went on to present the prizes to the winners, after which everyone was treated to a sumptuous cold meat buffet and home-made desserts by caterer Mark Wilton, who had quite literally gone the extra mile to look after our ladies all day. A huge thankyou to Mark, Craig in the Pro-Shop and Karen in the office for making us all feel so welcome.
Nearest the Pin on 14th – Chris Wilson
Longest Drive on 8th – Christine Ratcliffe
Runners-Up – Sue Chaplin and Lesley Ford-Kalym, 39 points (on back 9)
Winners – Hazel Bond and Chris Wilson, 40 points.
On a beautifully calm evening at neutral course Lingdale, the Lutterworth County Mixed Foursomes team began their bid to reach the finals of the County competition to be played at Lutterworth on Sunday 13th September.
Filling in for injured Brian McGovern was Jay Sheridan (handicap 4), teaming up with Mary Hawkes (handicap 11). Their opposition was the young pairing of Sam Pollard (handicap 2) and Leah Radford (handicap 8) who had to give 3 shots to the Lutterworth pair. Following on was Chris Wormleighton (handicap 5) and Jacqui Knight (handicap 14) playing against ex Lutterworth junior Callum Relf (handicap 4) and Elaine Shelton (handicap 20) who, just to make things even, were receiving 3 shots off the Lutterworth pairing.
Very early on in the match both Melton pairings were well into their stride, playing superb golf and making the Lingdale course look a breeze whilst the Lutterworth pairings were struggling to master the hard greens. Both Lutterworth teams looked to be in trouble going 5 and 6 holes down and had to dig deep to make any ground on their opposition who were giving nothing away.
To Lutterworth’s credit, both teams slowly narrowed the gap to 3 and 2 holes down but Melton were never in danger of being caught. Club Captain Ben Benoist congratulated Melton on an impressive display of golfing skills and wished them well in their final against Lingdale, who won their semi-final 6 up against Kirby Muxloe, which was played at Lutterworth on the same evening.
The very last match of the Scratch league season took place at Melton Mowbray on Monday 10th August. With team captain, Jacqui Knight unable to take part in this final match, two new ladies Jean Neesham and Bubbles Emmett took their place on the team joining Mary Hawkes, Sue Fletcher and Lady Captain Joy Birch.
On the beautifully maintained Melton course, our ladies thrived coming home with an impressive 5-0 win, which was followed by a delicious meal in the clubhouse. Lady Captain Joy Birch thanked the Melton ladies for their hospitality and said that they would have the chance to avenge the defeat when the two teams met in the semi-final of the County Mixed Foursomes match taking place at Lingdale on Wednesday 12th August. Joy thanked all the Lutterworth team but paid particular thanks to Bubbles for stepping in at the last minute.
Under the captaincy of ladies vice-captain, Lesley Watson, the three pairs of Jules Barker/Carole Burton, Ada Parr/Lilian Pilkington and Helen Dowling alongside Lesley, set out for the final match of this year’s handicap league campaign away at Market Harborough on Thursday 6 August.
With a 3pm tee-time for the first match, the wind had died a little and the players enjoyed the best of the day’s weather on a course that was in good condition and playing well.
Needing a win to have any chance of remaining in the 2nd division of this L&RLCGA competition, the Lutterworth ladies faced a strong Harborough team. All matches were contested well with reports of many holes being won or halved with birdies. Ultimately, Lutterworth were to lose out with the first match halved, the second lost on the 17th and the final match lost on the 18th.
After the post-match meal, team captain Lesley was full of praise for the Lutterworth ladies who played and fought so hard and also congratulated Market Harborough on their victory and the overall condition of the course.
Following the loss earlier this year to cancer of two senior members, Mike Ball and Ian Champion, the annual charity day organised by seniors captain Geoff Cooksey was held on 13 May to raise funds in memory of both gents.
A total of £1,100 including personal donations from Lutterworth Golf Club members was raised, destined for use by University Hospitals Leicester for research into cancer treatments.
Accompanying Geoff as part of the Lutterworth Golf Club presentation team on 28 July at Leicester Royal Infirmary was club captain Ben Benoist, ladies captain Joy Birch and special guest, Mrs Joy Ball.
Accepting the cheque on behalf of the University of Leicester Department of Cancer Studies was Sarah Porter (clinic co-ordinator for Professor Will Steward) along with research student, Dr Joey Wood.
Pictured (left to right) are Dr Joey Wood, Joy Birch, Mrs Joy Ball, Sarah Porter, Geoff Cooksey and Ben Benoist.
Knowing that the rain is set in for the day before departing for a match is not ideal, but our mixed team are made from strong stuff and agreed with the hosts that we should at least give it a go for 13 holes and a different format of better ball Stableford with all scores counting to the team total, ensured all the pairs had a contribution.
The result was a 175 -162 point win for Cold Ashby. Star performers were Christine Ratcliffe and Stuart Holton, who brought in 31 points from just 13 holes. From a team perspective, a 13 point loss to the home side was a great performance and in her closing speech, captain Rita congratulated her team on their commitment.
Team: Tracy & Kevin Botham; Louise & Graham Burrell; Carol & Colin Chislett; Elaine & Stuart Holton; Janet & George Millen; Eve & Malcolm Taylor; Lesley Watson & Steve Hardy; Christine Ratcliffe, Liz Toney, Andy Cull, Rob Ford and team captains Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
Next match is on 16 August away to Whetstone
Friday 24 July saw the three pairings in the handicap league take to the course for a home tie against Scraptoft with the encouragement of team captain and ladies vice-captain, Lesley Watson, ringing in their ears.
With one match halved and one loss so far, Lesley was keen to see a victory and hoped that the steady rain would not put a damper on proceedings.
Leading off for Lutterworth were Jules Barker and Diane Meikle, followed by Ada Parr and Liz Toney with Jill Lightfoot and Lilian Pilkington bringing up the rear. As the wet weather continued unabated, the pairings battled to deliver the victory required with the first two matches being won 4&3 and the third one hole later, 3&2.
Next up is a tough fixture away at Market Harborough.
Much to the relief of ladies captain Joy Birch, the weather was almost perfect for golf as the field of ladies got underway for her Lady Captain’s Day on Saturday 18 July. As can be seen from the gallery of photos, all players were relaxed and looking forward to enjoying a non-qualifying, full handicap Stableford – even if Joy did move the tee on the first back to the men’s yellow position!
The early groups were seen off by the special visitors from Canine Partners (see Joy’s separate report) with photographer for the day, ladies vice-captain, Lesley Watson – ensuring that all groups were captured in frame with the lady captain.
Armed with gifts of lip balm, pen and a chocolate bar from Joy, all that was left to do was contest the prizes – 1st to 3rd in the main competition with nearest the line on the 7th and nearest the pin in two on the 16th for everyone, plus nearest the pin competitions on the 4th and 15th for silver and bronze division players respectively.
With the golf underway, Joy was behind the scenes arranging her prize table and ensuring that all was ready to welcome in the players and so it was that as the groups came in – now changed into their summer finery for the occasion – a welcoming drink and nibbles awaited and it wasn’t long before the clubhouse echoed to the chatter and laughter of the Lutterworth ladies section enjoying another lady captain’s day.
Before a delicious cold buffet provided by Rebecca Louse Catering, the prizegiving took place with Joy taking the opportunity to recognise two players new to such occasions – junior Holly Waterfield (who, while not in the prizes, shot a creditable 31 points) and Marcia Blagg to whom Joy awarded a special prize for overcoming her nerves to take part in her first 18 hole competition.
It is tradition also on Lady Captain’s Day to present the trophy for the most improved player of the year (taken from the date of the previous year’s Lady Captain’s Day) and this went to Lesley Watson.
Winner on the day with 36 points and on countback was Jacqui Knight while Sue Fletcher picked up 2nd prize. From a number of scores of 34 points, Hazel Bond triumphed on countback to take 3rd place.
Lady President Bubbles Emmett picked up both nearest the line on the 7th and nearest the pin for the bronze category on the 15th while Margaret Lightowler was nearest the pin in two shots on the 16th. There was no winner of the silver division’s nearest the pin on the 4th.
In her closing remarks, Joy thanked Pam and Irene for acting as starters, Liz Paris for doing the scorecards, Lesley for taking photographs and, as noted in the lovely table programmes produced by Joy, paid tribute to Zoe and Leanne for their help with the 150 Club draw, Lee and Leanne for donation of prizes, Colin McKenzie for looking after the men’s competition and the good people from Canine Partners for once more supporting her charity fundraising event.
Reflecting on a long but most enjoyable day, Joy was almost ready to sit down and relax…..but not before vice-captain Lesley Watson stepped up to make a presentation of flowers to thank the lady captain for putting on a wonderful day.
Our mixed team travelled to Charnwood Forest hoping to maintain their excellent run of wins.
The overall match result was a disappointing 5-1 loss, but the scoreline fails to tell the whole story with two of the matches going to the 18th and another ending on the 17th. For those who have never played Charnwood, it is easy to admire the stunning scenery and difficult to negotiate the many rocky outcrops and find greens on the blind holes.
The game was played in a very friendly spirit and rounded off by an excellent roast dinner.
Thanks to the team of Louise and Graham Burrell, Jacqui and Kevin Knight, Ada and Richard Parr, Eve and Malcolm Taylor, Jean Neesham, Paul Langford and mixed captains Rita and Alwyn Ogden.
Cold Ashby presents the next challenge on 26 July…..
I would to thank everyone who supported my Canine Partners 150 Club Draw on Saturday. Once again your generosity is much appreciated.
The winner of £50 is DAVE CARTER.
£150 will go into my Canine Partners Charity Fund.
GreenKing very generously donated 6 bottles of prosecco and the winners of these were: Warren Angell, Chris Hardy, Ben Benoist, Betty Sheppard, Colin McKenzie and Steve Hardy. For those who didn't collect yesterday, they will be in the Office after this Tuesday 21st July. I will contact Dave personally to arrange collection of winnings.
For those who were not around at mid-day here are a few photos of Neil Fairbrother and Kate Cross with May, Byron and Artem who helped see the first few ladies tee off. A full report of the ladies competition will be published shortly.
(Photos by Stuart William
Awards Success for Lutterworth Greenkeeper Billy Hayes
Young Greenkeeper Billy Hayes from Burbage, Leicestershire was awarded the Myerscough College Advanced Apprentice Greenkeeper of the year award at the college’s recent Apprenticeship Awards evening. Billy was selected from a large number of Greenkeeping Apprentices from across the country who completed the Apprenticeship programme in this academic year.
Billy works as part of the Greenkeeping team at Lutterworth Golf Club under the supervision of Head Greenkeeper, Jonathan Barr. Billy has recently completed his Advanced Level 3 qualification and has received the award for his hard work and dedication during the programme.
Billy’s workbased tutor Martyn Lumb from Myerscough College said; “Billy is a truly exceptional Apprentice. He has worked at Lutterworth since he left school at 16 and has now completed both Level 2 and Level 3 programmes. He also now acts as a workplace mentor to the new Apprentice at the club. Billy never thought he could achieve this level of qualification and I know his future is bright in the Golf industry.”
Our pairings of Mary Hawkes & Brian McGovern (combined handicap 16, giving four shots) and Jacqui Knight & Chris Wormleighton (combined handicap 23, giving two shots) travelled to Beedles Lake on 8 July to play the third round tie in the county mixed foursomes competition.
After 18 holes play, honours were even with each side having won a match by 3 holes. Per the rules of the competition, this tie was to be resolved by each match replaying the first three holes and continuing in groups of three holes until one team has the advantage, strokes being taken per the original matches.
Such was the close nature of this contest that at the end of the first three extra holes, the teams were still tied. With light fading, (and Lutterworth’s lady captain who was on holiday awaiting the result perched on the edge of her seat), the combatants set out for the next group of three holes.
Happily, we are pleased to report a 1up win for Lutterworth at the end of the sixth extra hole and thanks must go to all four players and their stalwart caddies for triumphing in this exciting and very competitive tie.
This takes the Lutterworth four in to the semi-finals on Wednesday 12 August where Melton Mowbray are next up. The match will be played at a neutral venue – as yet to be decided. Look out for details of this around the clubhouse as your team would welcome any and all support in what’s sure to be another nail-biter!
The Centenary Garden has recently had a major overhaul. This has kindly been donated by a Club Member and installed by Hugo Delo. The original garden was installed during the year of Roy Emmett's Captaincy in 2004. The pergola, as a main central feature is approached by decorative slabbing surrounded by slate and pebbles giving contrasting colours, lines and textures. This is all incorporated around the existing water feature which has had it's pump replaced and is now fully functional. The plants will take a little time to mature but will look stunning given time. This is another enhancement to the aesthetics of the Club which is to be applauded.
Lutterworth Best had a day a little like Heather Watson, we were so close to going through, but unfortunately we have been knocked out of the competition by Brierley Forest Golf Club. It was a day to remember the clubhouse was an old Pub, the hosts where very friendly and made us feel very welcome. John Poole started us off and won on the 18th, so did Dr Lyn Griffiths. Hugh McClean was all square standing on the 18th green, both on in 3. Brierley Forest to putt first and in goes a 20 foot putt. Hughs putt just came up short. Hugh lost 1 down. Nev Townsend was left alone by the Captain and won 2&1. Ian Goodwin and Martin Dickinson both went down fighting but didnt get to play the last couple of holes.
The match was score was 3-3 with Phil Harbord having to go down the 19th after finishing All Square. Unfortunately his putt for a half on the 19th just missed. Match result 4-3 down. All the best to Brierley Forest in the next round.
Ladies Past Captain’s Match was held today on the hottest day of the year so far. 17 past Captains set out with sun protection and lots of water to see them through their matches. A slight breeze was welcome relief. The course was in magnificent condition and a pleasure to walk.
A most enjoyable round of golf was played, and some good scores were recorded. After the match Joy Birch, our present Ladies Captain, greeted other ladies who joined us for a meal who had not been able to join in the match due to ill health. This was then followed by a delicious meal supplied by Rebecca Louise Catering. Some of the ladies had not been seen at the Club for some time so it was nice to catch up with them and exchange notes. Ladies Past Captain, Liz Toney, addressed the gathering and awarded the Salver to Elaine Holton who came in with a very respectable 38 points. This is the second time Elaine has won this Salver and was a deserving winner. Well done.
‘The progress of the Lutterworth A team was abruptly halted late on Saturday evening to a very strong Rotherham team on their wonderful course in South Yorkshire - yes Yorkshire!
With a score of 5 matches to 2, the only winners for Lutterworth were Alex Scott who retained his unbeaten record in the competition this year and captain Allan Simmonds who won with a birdie on the first extra hole. This after being one up going down the last and thinning his approach to the final green, scattering golfers enjoying a quiet drink on the outside patio.
The look on Jerry Casper’s face when told his opponent played off a handicap of 1 was a picture and was not improved much when told it was actually 2. Chris Wormleighton took his match to the first extra hole but couldn’t maintain his record this year of being unbeaten.
Andy Cull, Mike Perry and Pete Gemmell put in good performances but found their opponents too strong for them on the day.
I would like to thank all those that played for Lutterworth A this year for their contributions and we will now be cheering on the Lutterworth B team playing their match this coming weekend.’
Our mixed team played their first match at home since April and were hoping to build on the fine win away at Nuneaton earlier in June.
Both teams were evenly matched on handicaps and the conditions were good. The course was in fantastic condition but presented a challenge for all the pairings with the pins in the same position as for Professionals’ day held the day before.
In his post-match address, Alwyn thanked Bubbles Emmett and Steve Davenport for stepping in at the 11th hour and both securing valuable wins , which contributed to the overall match win of 5 - 3 for Lutterworth.
Visiting Captain, Steve Hall paid glowing praise to the wonderful course (in particular the carpet-like fairways) and the excellent carvery meal provided by Becky and her team. His playing partner also commented on the obvious togetherness of the Lutterworth team. (Perhaps it was the pre-match bonding that did it – see gallery of photos!)
Team: Carol & Colin Chislett; Eve & Malcolm Taylor; Elaine & Stuart Holton; Laura & Kim Ward; Bubbes Emmett; Sally Hollis; Lilian Pilkington; Steve Davenport; Paul Langford; Ty Williams and captains Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
Congratulations to Alex Scott who came joint second with a total of 38 Stableford points at the recent L&RGU County Seniors Handicap Championship at Rothley Park Golf Club. With the course in outstanding condition and greens outstandingly fast Alex had an excellent front nine and hung in well on the more difficult back nine. In addition to his second place overall, he also won his age group category.’
Thirteen ladies braved the challenging conditions on Saturday 20 June to compete in the annual championship played as 36 holes medal. With rain as an almost constant companion and the threat of thunderstorms – which did materialise in the afternoon round causing a 25 minute delay to play – the camaraderie of playing partners and a sense of humour were as much a critical requirement as a good swing and putting stroke!
Despite the conditions, there was some excellent golf played with the low round of the day coming in the morning from ladies vice captain Lesley Watson who shot a gross 85, nett 66 winning the best nett prize for the morning by a four shot margin. Lesley also finished third gross overall and has cut her handicap three shots to 16. The voucher for best nett in the afternoon went to Rosie Rowe with a 71.
In the combined competitions, best nett went to Louise Burrell with a score of 145 while championship runner-up was Sue Fletcher with a gross 178.
Retaining the championship trophy with a gross of 178 (on countback of 2nd round), Mary was quick to pay tribute to Sue’s play and identical score while thanking those who had stayed for the presentation and commending the greenkeeping staff for the excellent course condition.
Lady captain Joy Birch presented the trophies and vouchers.
Having drawn a bye in the first round of the county mixed foursomes, two new Lutterworth pairings took to the course at Charnwood Forest Golf Club on the evening of Wednesday 17 June.
Leading the charge were Brian McGovern (hcp 5) and Mary Hawkes (hcp 10), giving two shots to rivals Chris Riley (hcp 5) and Bea Cotton (hcp 13). With home advantage on a notoriously difficult course the Charnwood pair took the first hole and while this was an evenly balanced match, Brian and Mary found themselves 2 down at the turn.
Second pairing Chris Wormleighton (hcp 6) and Jacqui Knight (hcp 14), playing Charnwood’s Marcus McCallum (hcp 6) and Helen Sherrat (hcp 12) were receiving one shot and were 5 holes up teeing off on the 14th. With Brian and Mary back to only one hole down, things were looking rosy for the Lutterworth team. Charnwood had other ideas, however and the first match was sealed when they won the 16th hole and held that lead for a 2up victory. Charnwood had also fought back in the second match to leave Lutterworth 2 holes up meaning the aggregate score was all square with only the last hole to play.
Tension building, the ladies took their drives. While they matched each other for distance, Jacqui’s left Chris with a relatively easier shot to the green which he executed well to leave the ball at the back edge. Faced with a shot over trees, Charnwood’s Marcus now had no choice but to go for it and, unfortunately for him, the ball clipped a tree and landed out of bounds. Playing the shot again, Helen took the safer option of laying up and Marcus chipped it close to the pin. Lutterworth conceded the putt and were left with three putts to win the hole. To the relief of caddies and supporting lady captain, Joy Birch the win was secured as a 1up overall victory.
Overall, both matches were played with great spirit and were brilliant examples of good golf, matchplay tension and the particular skill of foursomes play – all of which was enjoyed by the players, caddies and supporters.
Lutterworth now face Beedles Lake away on Wednesday 8 July. Come along and support if you can – if the matches are only half as exciting as the Charnwood fixture, you will be in for a treat.
A field of 17 ladies contested the Stableford format Vets Trophy in warm sunshine on Tuesday 16 June.
Amid some light-hearted speculation as to whether some of the ladies were eligible for the competition for those aged 60 and over, the early players waited for the final players to come in for the prizegiving with ladies captain, Joy Birch.
As may have been expected with the better weather, there were some excellent scores posted, most notably the 42 points scored by this year’s winner, Liz Paris. In second place with 37points was Jules Barker while Sue Fletcher took third, some three points behind.
Once again Lutterworth’s A team were one their travels in the Taskers Trophy, this time to Mapperley for a third round match to take them through to the last 16 in the competition. For those unfamiliar with Mapperley, it is to the north of Nottingham and provides a serious golf challenge on a course with so many humps, slopes and hollows that local knowledge was a distinct benefit.
In spite of our lack of such knowledge, to win the match by 4 games to 3 was a great result although the match was extremely close. Rob Clarke won by 3&2 and he has asked that it be noted that his trolley battery packed up with 5 holes to play and he struggled over the aforementioned humps slopes and hollows to secure the victory.
Alex Scott was 3 down with 4 to play but won the last 4 holes to win on the 18th. Chris Wormleighton and Matt Horton were both all square after 18 so had to go to extra holes and each went to the 21st hole but both secured a victory.
Astute captaincy and selection with the first 4 matches being won meant that the losses in remaining 3 matches by Mike Perry, Jerry Casper and Allan Simmonds did not effect the overall result.
In the 4th round, the team are drawn away yet again, this time at Rotherham at what appears to be an outstanding course.
We had the pleasure of travelling to Sherwood Forest a top 100 course. The team played on Sunday 14th June and warmed up on arrival with a bacon sandwich and coffee.
John Mann led the team off and was in control of his match and won 2&1. Alan Milburn decided to go 2 down with 5 to play before securing a victory 2&1. Hugh McClean went off 3rd and had a match play moment on the par 5 5th. Standing on the 5th tee 1 down he lost his ball after hitting his tee shot left into trees. It looked like he would go 2 down with his opponent sitting right hand side of the fairway, however Hugh won the hole with a 6. He never looked back and won the match 3&2.
Phil Harbord had an interesting drive on the 1st tee. His tee shot went straight down the fairway, but he also saw his club head travel 45 yards into heather. Phil won 2&1 having to use his 3 wood instead of his driver. Ian Goodwin played some excellent golf on the day and made a great up and down on the last to half the match. Nev Townsend played well when the Captain was not watching and won 2&1. Martin Dickinson rembered how the shot situation worked this round and won the last match 2&1.
Match Result Lutterworth Best 6.5 - Sherwood Forest 0.5.
Sherwood Forest where excellent hosts and despite the rain a great day was had by all. Lutterworth Best now travel to Brierley Forest G.C. in the last 16
On Sunday 14 June the seven ladies playing the second round Taskers match against Nottinghamshire Ladies at Hollinwell headed up the M1 dismayed at leaving sunshine behind and driving towards threatening black clouds.
Sure enough, on arrival at Hollinwell the fine but persistent rain was falling and did so for pretty much the whole afternoon. With the prestigious Brabazon Trophy due to be played at Hollinwell the week after next, the course was coming in to its toughest state with the famous ‘pink’ blowing in the wind and the fairways cut to their narrowest possible point in some cases.
Undeterred, the team of Mary Hawkes, Chris Wilson, Pam Etchingham, Ada Parr, Carole Burton, Louise Burrell and Bridget Jenkins took up the challenge and with six matches concluded the result stood at 3-3. The match still on the course had not been decided over 18 holes and so, per the rules of the competition, the two combatants had to start again at the 1st. Alas for our ladies, the ‘pink’ and a fairway bunker was the undoing and having come so close to a famous victory over the Notts ladies, the result went their way in the end with a narrow 1up taking the deciding match.
Standing in for team captain, Sue Fletcher, Bridget congratulated the opposition on the condition of the course, thanked them for their hospitality and wished them well for the next round tie.
So the Taskers is over for another year for the ladies of Lutterworth but no doubt come March next year there will be renewed determination to go further in the competition!
On Friday 12 June our mixed team visited Nuneaton hoping for a change of fortune following a run of three defeats.
As the pairs came in it wasn't looking too good with Nuneaton establishing a 3-0 lead. An impressive fight back followed and with just the last pair to finish, it was a nail biting 4-3 to Lutterworth. A hard fought half ensured the 4½ to 3½ victory for Lutterworth, much to the delight of the whole team. Onwards and upwards for our next fixture at home to Forest Hill on 28 June>
Meanwhile thanks to the team who played at Nuneaton: Pam & Sam Etchingham, Janet & George Millen, Ada & Richard Parr, Sally Hollis, Liz Paris, Eve Taylor, Lesley Watson, Rob Ford, Ray Helyer, Paul Langford, Chris Shaw and team captains Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
Lady President struck it lucky with the weather on her official day after a week of storms. The sun shone with a swirling wind that got stronger as the afternoon went on and made for an interesting round of golf. The course was in excellent condition and appreciated by all.
Bubbles, our Lady President saw all her Ladies off on the 1st Tee with the presentation of a grey or red Butterfly broach to each player.
As an added surprise we were all met at half-way house by Bubbles, her husband Roy and friend Chris Scott-Simmons who served us with a soft drink and a cup cake decorated with a swirl of butter icing and a lilac sugar paste butterfly on top.
When the game was over the ladies all met in the Clubhouse where a drink of punch was offered together with the added bonus of a Pimms courtesy of Chris Shaw who had scored a hole in one on the 12th earlier in the day. Thank you Chris. This was followed by a hearty meal of sausage and mash, supplied by Rebecca Louise Catering. As to be expected from Bubbles it wasn’t an ordinary meal of sausage and mash – there were 5 varieties of sausage and 3 types of mash together with peas and carrots. This was all followed by a bowl of deliciously sweet strawberries and cream (or ice cram if preferred).
The winners were:- Liz Paris, nearest the line on the 1st. Jane Lewis nearest the pin on the 15th. 3rd place Jacqui Knight. 2nd place Joy Birch (Lady Captain) with a score of 38 and the winner was Janice Gwillam with a worthy score of 39. The new replacement Lady President’s Trophy was presented to Janice who gave a speech of acceptance. Well done everyone and thank you Bubbles for a lovely day.
Lutterworth ladies had their 3rd scratch match of the season at home against the ladies of Kibworth. The weather was kind as it was warm at last but the wind did try its best to cool us down. The star players of the team were Mary Hawkes & Joy Birch who managed to produce 2 good wins but unfortunately the Kibworth ladies proved too strong for Jacqui Knight, Carole Burton & Lesley Watson playing in her first scratch match, so the overall score was 3:2 to Kibworth. After the match the ladies had an excellent meal in the 19th bar as the dining room was in use for a party but this added to the post match atmosphere.
The scratch team have 2 remaining matches, both of which are away, to Whetstone & Melton Mowbray. The sheets are up in the ladies locker room so please take a look.
On the first day of June our ladies were hoping for a change of fortunes with better weather and a win under our belts at the 2nd handicap match of the season. The summer weather however, failed us miserably. Gale force winds, heavy downpours of rain and even hail storms resulted in trolleys being blown over and a least two umbrellas smashed. Undeterred, the ladies battled on but one Lutterworth lady who seemingly enjoyed the conditions was our lady captain, Joy Birch who set off at a tremendous pace and even managed to score an eagle on the par 5, 4th hole. In the end our efforts were in vain suffering an overall 2 / 1 defeat. But with two more matches to play, our ladies still have time to turn things around and look forward to the next home match against Scraptoft in July.
Handicap Captain, Lesley Watson would like to thank all our ladies for their endurance, her own partner, Liz Toney, Rita Ogden & Carole Burton and Joy Birch & Lilian Pilkington with our win.
14 Couples set off in the hope of winning this annual mixed foursomes competition. The weather could have been better as it was the last day of May but given playing conditions over the previous week, it wasn’t too bad in comparison. Score-cards came in ranging from suicidal to magical.
In third place with nett 73 Jerry Casper & Jane Lewis,
second place went to George & Janet Millen with nett 72.50, and in
first place with a brilliant nett 69 was Chris & Lizzie Bowman.
Our Mixed team visited Hinckley for their third consecutive away match in as many weeks hoping for a change in fortune.
Once again, however, the opponents were too strong on a course where there is a big home advantage. Although all the matches were very close up to the half-way stage, only Liz Toney & Kevin Botham were able to hang on to gain the only point for Lutterworth.
Many thanks to those who played: Tracy & Kevin Botham, Carol & Colin Chislett, Janice & Phil Gwilliam, Janet & George Millen, Eve & Malcolm Taylor, Ada & Richard Parr, Liz Toney, Christine Ratcliffe, Rob Ford, Paul Langford and captains Rita & Alwyn Ogden.
Another away fixture beckons – Nuneaton on 12 June – so reserves of energy and resolve are being mustered to see if a reversal of the trend can be achieved.
There was an air of quiet determination emanating from the five ladies who made up the scratch team for the match against Kilworth Springs last Thursday, 21 May.
Having lost out at home to Kilworth in the Mail on Sunday competition, team captain Jacqui Knight and her fellow players were keen to redress the balance. The halfway point in the matches saw many of the Lutterworth ladies behind but with great resolve the ladies dug deep and battled to pull all the matches around and win in style with a magnificent 5-0 whitewash.
Very many congratulations to Jacqui, Mary Hawkes, Sue Fletcher, Pam Etchingham and Carole Burton.
The next scratch outing is at home to Kibworth on Friday 5 June and Jacqui would be delighted to have an enhanced squad so, if you are interested to play in these matches, please add your name to the sheet in the ladies locker room.
The ladies friendly team travelled to Kirby Muxloe on Wednesday 20 May looking forward to the forecast dry afternoon. Unfortunately they spent most of the first 9 holes pulling their waterproofs on and off as sunny skies suddenly gave way to squally showers and vice versa! Thankfully, the second half of the round proved to be much drier.
Kirby Muxloe lady captain Jan and Lutterworth's captain of the day Bridget put out strong teams and, after some hard fought matches, the home club came out the winners by 2½ to 1½. The Lutterworth ladies enjoyed both the course and a fantastic post match meal.
Thanks to the Lutterworth Team of Helen Dowling, Liz Paris, Liz Toney, Lilian Pilkington, Carole Burton, Sue Fletcher, Lesley Wooldridge and Bridget Jenkins for their contribution to a very enjoyable fixture.
With much interest in visiting Lingdale for the fixture on 17 May, there were 10 Lutterworth pairings available for the fixture. It came as a surprise when the host organiser decided to play an Am-Am rather than the traditional inter-club match. The format was better ball with each team composed of two Lutterworth and two Lingdale players.
After the post-match meal, mixed team captain Alwyn Ogden thanked his playing partners and congratulated Lingdale on the excellent quality of the course. He also thanked Pam Etchingham for stepping in at the very last minute to cover for the injured Ada Parr.
The Lingdale captain presented small prizes to the first three teams. Winners from Lutterworth were Jacqui Knight and Malcolm Taylor while Jean Neesham and George Millen and Pam Etchingham and Graham Burrell were joint second.
Next match for the mixed team is at Hinckley on Sunday 24 May.
On a really cold, wet and windy evening on Monday 18 May four Lutterworth ladies, three caddies and ladies captain, Joy Birch, took a short hop across to Ullesthorpe Golf Club to play the first round match of the ladies County Foursomes competition.
Pairings and handicaps sorted, our first duo of Jacqui Knight and Pam Etchingham (combined handicap 30) took on Lynne Jones and Cirhan Truswell (combined handicap 31), with our ladies giving a single shot.
In the second match, Mary Hawkes and Janice Gwilliam (combined handicap 23) played against Alison Horak and Sarah Storer (combined handicap 24), our ladies again giving the Ullesthorpe pairing a single shot.
On paper, both matches looked like they would be tight affairs. In reality, it couldn’t have been more different for our two pairings. While one was getting the better of the opposition, the other was struggling to find form and after the extremely heavy rain of the day, judging pace and reading line of putts proved difficult. By the end of the 18 holes, the combined result was a win for Ullesthorpe.
After the match, the two teams, plus caddies (Margaret, Hazel and Michael), joined the two supporting lady captains for a delicious buffet in the main hotel where both captains praised the efforts of their respective teams and Joy, on behalf of Lutterworth, congratulated the Ullesthorpe ladies and wished them every success in the next round.
This betterball medal competition in which partners are drawn in low/high combination proved popular this year with a field of 16 pairs contesting the trophies which were purchased from the generous donation left to the club by long-time member, Mrs Coxon.
On a day when the weather tempted a few ladies in to capris or even shorts but saw others still wrapped up in many layers, there were some excellent scores posted.
Winners with a nett 65 were Jacqui Knight and Jill Lightfoot while ladies captain Joy Birch and partner Nicki Baykal shot a nett 67 to secure 2nd place with 3rd going to Mary Hawkes and Lesley Ford-Kalym on a nett 68.
The County Club Scratch and Handicap Shields took place at Kirby Muxloe Golf Club on Thursday 14 May on a day of two halves: dry but windy conditions in the morning and wet and windy in the afternoon. 108 competitors took part representing 19 clubs.
Ladies captain Joy Birch would like to thank all six Lutterworth ladies who represented our club so admirably coping with the weather and a course that was suffering somewhat from an unfortunate incident on most of their teeing grounds.
Off in the morning were our silver division ladies, Jacqui Knight, Sue Fletcher and Janice Gwilliam, followed in the afternoon by the bronze line-up of Bridget Jenkins, Louise Burrell and Liz Paris. All of our ladies said that while tee to green play was fine, getting the ball to drop was the difficult part and frustrating at times. Providing some light relief from this was Sue’s trolley which took off on its own just by the 11th green resultig in some extra training for Sue in advance of her charity marathon walk as she chased it down and brought it under control just before it could disappear in to the river. Thankfully, while Sue was doing her best Benny Hill impression, her two playing partners managed to sink their putts before joining in the laughter.
While Cosby won both the Scratch and Handicap team prizes, all our ladies did themselves proud. Joy had special praise for the bronze team ladies – all novices to the competition – who managed to finish a creditable 6th out of 19 teams, only 9 shots behind the winners.
FULL LUTTERWORTH RESULTS:
Bronze division: Bridget Jenkins, nett 76; Louise Burrell, nett 80; Liz Paris, nett 84 – team total 240 nett
Silver division: Jacqui Knight, gross 91; Sue Fletcher, gross 94; Janice Gwilliam, gross 94 – team total 279 gross.
The Geoff Cooksey charity day went off without a hitch on Wednesday 13 May with a good field all of whom enjoyed the course and the after-golf scene.
As trailed before the day, all proceeds are going to University Hospital Leicester for their ongoing research into cancer treatments and the donation is being made in the names of Mike and Ian, who recently passed away.
While Geoff is still completing a final tally, he reports that almost £1,000 was raised on the day and expresses his thanks to all who participated.
For those who were unable to take part, there is still an opportunity to help with fundraising as there are three auction lots that were not taken up on the day:
MEYRICK PARK GOLF CLUB, BOURNEMOUTH – a fourball for 18 holes with no expiry date.
CHARTHAM PARK GOLF CLUB, EAST GRINSTEAD – a fourball for 18 holes to be used by the end of this year.
NARROWBOAT BREAK FOR UP TO SIX – off peak Saturday/Sunday on the lock free Ashby Canal.
Anyone interested in making a bid on these items, please contact Geoff directly by email:
Congratulations to our scratch team who have notched up a convincing win in their second home match beating Scraptoft 6-2.
The die was cast when Chris Abbott clinched a very tight match against the Scraptoft number 1 (scratch player) which laid the foundation of an excellent result.
Thanks also to Phil Harbord and Dave Stead who stood in at late notice to cover absences due injury and work commitments.
The Seaton Robson Trophy, a Suffolk Order of Merit event, was held at Aldeburgh Golf Club on Friday 8 May.
Played over 36 holes, the trophy is awarded to the player with the lowest nett score. In ideal morning conditions, Meakin shot 70 while the 76 scored in the cool, breezy and drizzly afternoon weather showed his great resilience. Meakin finished third in the gross results, one shot behind the winner and losing out for second place only on countback.
PICTURED (from left):
Mike Jones (captain Aldeburgh GC), Nigel Robson (son of Seaton Robson) and Phil Meakin (Lutterworth)
Played in beautiful sunshine on this lovely Northamptonshire course, the ladies playing in the friendly match on Monday 11 May were warmly welcomed by Alison Gent, match organiser and ladies captain, Sally Savage.
Captaining the Lutterworth team for the day was Sue Fletcher and she was happy to report back that a hard-fought halved match was the outcome.
Thanks to Sue and to the other Lutterworth ladies playing: Jules Barker, Chris Wilson, Christine Ratcliffe, Pam Etchingham, Dorothy Jones, Jean Neesham and Sally Hollis.
Mixed Team Captains Rita and Alwyn returned to the helm for the visit to Rugby and despite many of our team having never played the course before and with the very strong pairings sent out by Rugby, there was hope that the fantastic team spirit would save the day. In the event, Rugby proved too much and were worthy winners 6-2. Special praise goes to Christine Ratcliffe/Malcolm Taylor and Carol Chislett/Kevin Botham who earned our victories.
The Rugby Captain presented Rita with the ladies’ prize for nearest the pin.
As ever, the post-match meal was an opportunity to build on the social nature of these fixtures. During the traditional speeches, Captain Rita congratulated Rugby on the condition of the course and on their win, while choosing her words carefully when promising a different outcome next time around!
Tracy & Kevin Botham
Carol & Colin Chislett
Janet & George Millen
Ada & Richard Parr
Eve & Malcolm Taylor
Liz Paris & Christine Ratcliffe
Rob Ford & Paul Langford
Rita & Alwyn Ogden
The team's next outing is to Lingdale, next Sunday.
Team captain, Jacqui Knight, reports:
Lutterworth ladies had their first scratch match of the season away at The Leicestershire Golf Club. The team comprised of Sue fletcher, Jacqui Knight, Pam Etchingham, Jules Barker and Carol Burton, a last-minute replacement to whom we are very grateful!
The weather was in high spirits with strong winds and blustery showers but so too were the ladies and some very close matches ensued. Unfortunately Lutterworth ladies were only able to find one win, thanks to Pam Etchingham, plus 2 halved matches and 2 losses so congratulations to The Leicestershire ladies on their overall win.
Our next scratch match is at home to the ladies of Kilworth Springs so let’s hope the weather behaves and we get the best out of our neatly ironed greens!
On a slightly wet Friday afternoon Lutterworth Best travelled to Kirby Muxloe to play Round 2 of the Taskers Trophy.
Lutterworth A had already set down the gauntlet by winning away last week so the team knew what they had to do.
Nev Townsend and Martin Dickinson had to show proof of date of birth before the match commenced at 2.30pm !!!. Colin Parsons lead the team off and as a Brentford fan needed to get back home as soon as possible to watch the playoff first leg. Lets just say he succeeded but unfortunately we were 1 match down. Alan Milburn, Phil Harbord and Hugh McClean were well in control of their matches and won 4&3, 2&1 and 4&3. John Mann and Nev Townsend both had great battles but went down fighting. This left the match at 3 - 3 with one match left on the course. Martin was 1 up with 2 to play. The 17th is a par 5 stroke index 6. Martin had a cunning plan. He convinced himself he had a shot on 17 ( he didn't) and proceeded to play the hole as if he did. The strategy worked as the hole was conceded by Keith the Captain of the Kirby Muxloe team after he had been in the water.
Kirby Muxloe were excellent hosts and the Captain thanked the Secretary of Lutterworth for doubling the profits of the halfway house
The result was 4-3. Lutterworth Best progress to Round 3
While election fever was gripping some of the country, golf was uppermost in the minds of the 27 teams of ladies (4 per team) drawn from 25 clubs who contested the first ladies open of the season, an Am-Am Stableford with best two scores to count.
The showery weather was an improvement on last year’s complete downpour and helped to temper a little the speed of the freshly ‘ironed’ greens – much to the relief of some of the ladies.
The day had been organised by Margaret Lightowler and Helen Dowling with a team of ladies taking turns to man the check-in and raffle desks. Three gentlemen – Chris Shaw, captain Ben Benoist and Simon Lincoln – acted as starters for the day and prizes were given out by lady vice captain Lesley Watson.
1st place on 75 points - from Rugby and Nuneaton
Susan Jones, Deb Harrad, Sandra Brazier and Di McCormick
2nd place on 75 points (countback) - from Lutterworth and Northampton
Nicole Franklin, Tracy Botham, Ruth Corby, Denise Belamy
3rd place on 74 points – from Kibworth
Rita Roberts, Isabell Coughlan, Sonja Reed, Barbara King
4th place on 73 points – from Lutterworth, Kenilworth & Coventry Finham
Jill Lightfoot, Janice Gwillam, Judith Mann, Gill Kettley
5th place on 70 points – from Elton Furze
Anna Fray, Sue Pawson, Susannah Ivens, Jane Ross
6th place on 69 points – from Kilworth
Chris Atkin, Dorothy Howe, June Fisl, Lorna Morris
The raffle in aid of Canine Partners, chosen charity of the ladies captain Joy Birch, raised £292. Joy, who was unfortunately unable to be present on the day because of a family matter, later expressed her heartfelt thanks for the generosity that achieved such a good amount for this worthwhile cause.
A huge THANK YOU to member Dave Locking who has generously given his £50 prize money from the Canine Partners 150 Club Draw back to my Canine Partners Charity Fund. Neil and Kate who were at the Open Day demonstrating just what a difference the dogs make to people with physical difficulties are so grateful, as am I. Thank you Dave.
Joy Birch, Lady Captain.
Bank holiday Monday, 4 May, saw Lutterworth Golf Club throw open its doors to all and, thanks in part to the lucky change in the weather pattern, a steady stream of visitors were welcomed by club captain Ben Benoist, ladies captain Joy Birch and a team of committee member and member volunteers.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Lutterworth, Philip Toye, the day was designed to coincide with National Golf Month and encourage people to come and discover more about the game of golf and what Lutterworth as a club has to offer.
Out on the practice field, club professionals Lee Challinor and Zoe North ran a family golf competition and supervised children getting the feel of the game by hitting balls at large targets while indoors an indoor putting competition was held, won by 9 year old Archie Parkinson. The family golf winners meanwhile will claim their prize of a half hour family lesson.
Alongside other fun attractions including a bouncy slide, free prize draw, tombola, children’s lucky dip, face painting and health and nutrition advice from local organisation Mother Nature’s Diet, there was a display of photographs showing some of the history and development of the course.
Significant interest was expressed in membership of the club with a number of people taking advantage of offers available on the day and others seeking to arrange courtesy rounds to assess the course which, all agreed, looked at its very best in the sparkling sunshine.
A demonstration by four helping dogs from Canine Partners (chosen charity of ladies captain) was one of the highlights of the day moving and delighting onlookers with the skill of the dogs and the bond between them and their handlers. The main attraction was May, helping dog to Kate Cross who suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) an hereditary condition which has resulted in Kate having limited mobility and becoming a wheelchair user.
May demonstrated helping Kate off with her hat, gloves and jacket and also the passing over of her crutches. Kate and May also showed how May loads and unloads the washing machine and copes with the shopping from collecting items and presenting for payment including handing over the money and returning Kate’s purse to her. Byron (now retired because of arthritis) helped with fundraising by dropping £1 coins into the collection box and younger trainee Artem demonstrated the basic training techniques of tugging and retrieving. In the clubhouse, meanwhile, Lincoln, helped out with fundraising encouraging people to enter an official prize draw by showing his skill at finding and handing over keys. The winner of the £50 cash prize was Lutterworth member Dave Locking whose ticket was selected by May.
All in all, the day was deemed a great showcase for the game of golf and for the club where a warm welcome is guaranteed to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Many congratulations to our team last night for their win against Lingdale. This was a closely fought match with some sparkling performances from both teams. We eventually closed out the match with a 4.5 – 3.5 win. A great start.
Our next match is a home fixture against Scraptoft on the 7th May – I will contact you next week to confirm availability.
Held on Sunday 3 May after heavy overnight rain, it looked for a while as if the weather was going to be the winner.
Further early morning rain posed further questions for club professional, Lee Challinor as fairways and several greens started to flood. Undaunted by the challenge, Lee and the team of groundsmen set about squeegeeing greens and the first group were able to tee off on time. Those playing the middle part of the day certainly had the better weather conditions while the early and late starters unfortunately saw the worst of the rain.
Despite the heavy going the newly ironed greens were still running nicely providing a testing time for home and away players as they tried to judge the pace of putts. With a full field of 46 teams of 4, the course stood up very well and many compliments about its condition were made. Indeed, the fact that this open was over-subscribed and had a waiting list is testament to the popularity of the event, made so by the overall excellent organisation combined with the course condition and clubhouse welcome, service and food provision. The halfway house continues to prove a great hit on days such as these.
The winning team, with a brilliant 81 points (best lady, best man Stableford score on each hole being the format) was an all-Lutterworth line-up of Rita and Alwyn Ogden alongside Lesley Watson and Steve Hardy. They are pictured with ladies captain, Joy Birch and captain Ben Benoist.
Making the presentation, Ben thanked everyone involved in delivering such a successful event commending our office, pro shop, greenkeeping and hospitality teams as the best in the county.
Full list of prizewinners:
1st 81 points (from Lutterworth)
Rita & Alwyn Ogden, Lesley Watson & Steve Hardy
2nd 80 points (from Lichfield and Lutterworth) – on countback
J & V Callaghan, Phil & Jan Gwilliam
3rd 80 points (from Scraptoft & Humberstone)
D Flavall, P Hastings, L Harney, A Robinson
4th 77 points (from Stanton-on-the-Wolds)
J & J Hooley, J & D Burgin
5th 75 Points (from Lutterworth)
Graham & Louise Burrell, Stuart & Elaine Holton
6th 74 points (from Trent Lock) – on countback
J Stones, A Barber, J White, I Broadhurst
Taskers Trophy - Second Round v Radcliffe- on -Trent
On a cool blustery afternoon at Radcliffe, the Lutterworth A team secured a solid victory against the home team by 5 matches to 2 securing their place in the 3rd round of the main competition. The team of Chris Wormleighton, Rob Clarke, Alex Scott, Mike Perry, Bob Allsopp and Andy Cull with much administration and little golf from Allan Simmonds secured the victory.
It is now up to the Lutterworth B team to up their game in their second round match against Kirby Muxloe to see which team can maintain bragging rights in the competition.
In the second mixed match of the season, Cosby were the visitors and with regular team captains Rita and Alwyn Ogden away, the team was in the hands of former mixed captains, Carol and Colin Chislett. Keen to deliver a win while temporarily in charge, Colin sent each of his pairings out with words of encouragement ringing in their ears.
In one of the closest mixed fixtures yet, three matches were decided on the last green, three finished on the 17th green while only two were decided earlier on the course. Unfortunately we were unable to hold off the Cosby challenge and lost 5 games to 3 on the day.
Cosby team captain Phill Adcock was full of praise for the spirit in which the games were played and also for the superb condition of the course and delicious carvery lunch served by Rebecca and her team.
Thanks to those who played: Carol & Colin Chislett, Eve & Malcolm Taylor, Ada & Richard Parr, Laura Smith de Vasconcellos & Kim Ward, Liz Toney, Liz Paris, Jean Neesham, Lilian Pilkington, Steve Davenport, Rob Ford, Kevin Botham and Andy Cull.
Drawn for the second consecutive year to play against Wollaton Park, the ladies Taskers team have overcome the challenge and made it through to the second round of the competition.
Played on a slightly different basis from the gents Taskers competition, the first round was contested over two legs, home and away. The home match was played on Thursday 16 April and resulted in an impressive 6-1 win – a great cushion to take to Wollaton on Friday 24 April. Proving that home advantage counts, the Wollaton ladies put up a great fight to win the tie 4½ to 2½ on the day but with an aggregate score of 8½ to 5½ the Lutterworth ladies go through to round two and await the draw with eager anticipation.
Sue Fletcher, team captain, played in both matches and was delighted with the overall result while admitting that it was quite nail-biting waiting for the matches to come in at Wollaton Park. Congratulations to Sue and to the ladies who played and stood as reserves. Joy Birch, Carole Burton, Jacqui Knight and Ada Parr played both legs alongside Sue while Jan Gwilliam and Liz Paris played the home leg and Pam Etchingham and Chris Wilson the away.
Friday 15 May, 7.30pm - concentrating on Tees and Greens. Come along and learn with Zoe while nibbling on cheese and sipping a glass of wine. For everyone - it's amazing what can still be learned whether you are a beginner or an experienced golfer.
Sign-up sheet in locker room.
Under team captaincy of lady vice captaion, Lesley Watson, all six Lutterworth ladies were eager to get the Handicap League underway on Friday 17 April and the weather being cool but dry was a good start.
Prior to play, a minute’s silence was observed on the first tee in respect of Tony Rogers whose wake was taking place in the clubhouse.
The lady captain from Kirby Muxloe took the fist drive and the match was underway.
All three games were close, but eventually we lost the first game on the final putt, halved the second on the 18th and lost the third on the 17th.
Afterwards we all enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse where the Kirby Muxloe captain complemented Lutterworth GC on the excellent condition of the course and the delicious catering.
On Saturday 11th April both Mens teams in the Taskers Trophy played at home.
Lutterworth A just managed to beat Stanedge 5 - 2 and have been drawn away in Round 2 against Ratcliffe
Lutterworth B (B stands for Best) beat Norwood Park 4.5 - 2.5 and have been drawn against Kirby Muxloe in Round 2
The Lutterworth ladies Friendly Match Season started off in good style on Monday 13 April at Market Harborough where the sun shone and the views on the course were beautiful.
Market Harborough vice captain Jane Waters and her team provided a lovely welcome and some very competitive golf. Both teams played well with the Lutterworth ladies securing a 3-2 win.
Thank you to Bridget Jenkins, Ada Parr, Carole Burton, Lesley Wooldridge, Helen Dowling, Janice Gwilliam, Christine Ratcliffe, Alison Boyes, Jacqui Knight and Rita Ogden for putting in such a good performance. Particular thanks to Helen and Lesley for still turning up in spite of having awful colds!
After much anticipation the teams lined up today for the annual match between the Lady President and Lady Captain. With an uneven number of players, the two team captains went head-to-head in a singles match at the front of the field and, despite extreme journalistic tactics, this reporter has yet to ascertain just who did win that one!
Following Joy and Bubbles were eight pairings playing 4BBB matchplay, albeit with full handicap allowance rather than the usual three-quarters, and from the tales being told in the clubhouse afterwards it was clear there were some ding-dong battles going on in the name of our two leading lady officers.
Despite floral adornments provided as encouragement by the Lady President for her team, they succumbed in the end, losing 5½ to 3½.
The biggest challenge of the day was not, however, the golf. How many of you have tried to round up 34 ladies all at the same time for a group photo? Suffice to say that at the time of posting, the photo is still unavailable! Watch this space……
Beedles Lake were the visitors for the mixed team’s opening game on Sunday 12 April. The course was in great condition and despite very high winds, everyone enjoyed the golf.
Lutterworth came out on top 6½ to 2½ and so avenged their loss in last year’s corresponding fixture. Once again the visiting team said how much they had enjoyed the company and the friendly spirit in which the game was played. Their Lady Captain also mentioned how impressed they were with the standard of catering - thanks Becky and your team.
In his post-match speech, Alwyn thanked Bubbles for standing in as a last minute replacement and also congratulated Bob Ford, who despite pulling up at the 29th fence at Aintree on the previous day, still managed to win his game playing alongside his Team Captain, Rita!
Team: Rita and Alwyn Ogden; Tracy and Kevin Botham; Louise and Graham Burrell; Jacqui and Kevin Knight; Ada and Richard Parr; Eve and Malcolm Taylor; Sue Chaplin; Bubbles Emmett; Lilian Pilkington; Colin Chislett; Andy Cull; Rob Ford
The next match is at home to Cosby on 26 April - let’s hope we can keep the winning run going.
We extend our warmest congratulations to our very own Zoe North who, after three years of what she describes as hard work, yesterday passed her final exam and is now a fully qualified PGA Professional.
Well done, Zoe!
The weekday ladies winter league competition concluded with Carol Burton and Alison Boyes edging out the pairing of Bridget Jenkins and Carol Chislett in a hard-fought final.
Played as better ball matchplay, the competition attracted 10 pairs of ladies this year with the initial stages being played in two divisions of five and the winners of each division meeting to see who would be crowned champions.
A slightly different variation is played in the weekend winter league where 10 ladies set out in singles matchplay, again in two divisions. The final was contested between Lesley Watson and Louise Burrell with Lesley coming out winner.
Ladies captain Joy congratulates the winners and says well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the two competitions through the cold winter months.
This year, the format was changed and with Greensomes the order of the day, 18 couples turned out to support Ladies Vice-Captain Lesley Watson on her first official venture.
The weather was kind as the rain stayed away and the sun tried its hardest to put in an appearance later in the afternoon. A good-humoured and exciting match ensued with some good scores registered, although Lesley lamented that her own was not among them!
Third place went to Jane Lewis and Jerry Casper with a score of 35. Second, also on 35 points, were Rita and Alwyn Ogden (count back of the back 9).
First place went to Liz Toney and Andy Cull with an amazing score of 44. The usual prizes of Easter eggs and vouchers were distributed by Lesley.
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Wednesday 25 March was the date when eight pairs of ladies and seniors went head to head in the spring match, with the seniors seeking revenge for a heavy defeat at the hands of the ladies in the autumn 2014 match.
Under the guidance of captain Doug Anderson, the seniors had pulled out all the stops to make the match memorable with welcome notices on the first tee and their traditional post-match booklet prepared as always by Mike. With the promise also of the seniors’ now famous halfway house (staffed on this occasion by Ty and Ken), the scene was set and all that was left was for the golf to do the talking. And as one brave gent was overheard to remark, ladies are very good at talking….
…..and apparently not bad at golf either – with a 6½ to 1½ victory overall and a couple of rather hefty individual defeats handed out as part of the win.
Following a delicious meal from Rebecca Louise Catering, seniors captain Doug took to his feet to thank team members for playing and had some fun handing out fines to various seniors before congratulating the ladies and handing over to ladies captain, Joy Birch.
Gracious as always, Joy announced the aforementioned result, thanked all of the seniors for making the fixture such a memorable one and looked forward to the September re-match.
Lutterworth Men beat Kilworth Springs 4-1 in the 3rd Round of the Mail on Sunday Competition.
With 4 of the 5 matches going to the 18th this was a very close match. Jerry Casper won 5&4, Craig Butterfield & Ian Goodwin both won 1up and Chris Wormleighton & Chris Abbott both halved their matches. The team captained by Colin McKenzie are now in Round 4, one step closer to Spain.
On a beautiful spring day, no less than nine pairings from each side contested the annual Ladies-v-Gents match, with the gents out for revenge for the significant defeat they suffered at the hands of the ladies last season. Indeed, so seriously was the match taken by club captain Ben Benoist that deliberations on the handicap pairings must have cost him at least one or two sleepless nights.
Played as a traditional better ball matchplay with ¾ handicap allowance from the lowest handicap, the ladies were granted an additional shot (to be taken on the 8th) and a one hole start. Alas, played off the gents white stroke index, this left most ladies with no shots on the 17th and 18th holes and judging by the number of matches that were won 2up by the gents, these two holes took their toll on the ladies. In the end, with only two ladies pairings winning their matches (well done Jules Barker/Nicki Baykal and Mary Hawkes/Jacqui Knight) and Wendy Boneham and Liz Paris halving their match, the final score was 6½ - 2½ to the gents.
All matches were played in tremendous spirit and the banter continued into the Clubhouse and throughout the meal, prepared and served to the usual high standard by Rebecca Louise Catering.
Unable to put off the evil moment any longer, ladies captain Joy Birch was forced to hand over the trophy Putter although, as you can see from the picture, she did her very best to hang on to it – just as she and lady vice-captain, Lesley Watson had done in their match against Ben and his vice-captain, Chris Wormleighton.
The putter was donated specifically for the ladies-v-gents match by Mr Peter Wood who has been associated with the club for 63 years. A scratch player in his time, Mr Wood now lives in France but remains a social member of the club.
After two warm-up matches against the Ladies and the Seniors, the C Team entertained their first visitors of the season with a match against Park HIll Golf Club on Wednesday 18 March.
Park Hill were only able to bring a team of ten players and the five matches were fairly evenly fought. At the end of the game, Lutterworth managed to seal a 3-2 victory.
A bright morning turned into a rather chilly afternoon but, as usual, the players were well fed in the clubhouse after the match.
Playing for the C Team were Colin Shephard, Peter Maddock, Rob Howes, Ty Williams, Nick Wood, Mick Fisher, Kevin Knight, Duncan Haworth, Paul Langford, and Bob Manning.
C Team Captain
The annual playing of the Richard Trophy, a non-qualifying Stableford played in aid of the Hydrocephalus Charity took place on Saturday 14 March.
The competition attracted a field of 141 players and despite it being very early in the season it was clear that some members already have their swings well honed.
Overall winner was Paul Veal (13 hcp) who shot 41 points to win a £50 voucher for his victory. Only one point behind, Tommy Porter (19) took the £45 runner-up voucher while 3rd place went to Phil Munden (8) with 39 points, on countback on the last three holes. Other prizes were awarded as follows:
1st Division winner Neil Challinor (9) 39 points (Back 9)
1st Division runner-up John Poole (10) 39 points
2nd Division winner Colin McKenzie (23) 38 points
2nd Division runner-up Richard Mallabone (27) 37 points
Ladies winner Liz Benoist (29) 31 points (Back 6)
Ladies runner-up Mary Hawkes (10) 31 points
Junior winner James Howes (12) 28 points
A total of £366 was raised for the charity.
The Lutterworth Seniors' winter roll up season has now ended with the Ron Mee Memorial Trophy Competition. This was the inaugural competition for this trophy, which has been kindly donated by Ron's family. This year's winner was Lyn Griffith with George Millen second and Alan Milburn third. All three had 38 points so it was therefore decided on count-back on the back nine. (Photo shows, the winner, Lyn Griffiths (right) being presented with the Ron Mee Memorial Trophy by Club Captain Ben Benoist with Seniors' Winter Captain, Norman Beaumont in the background.)
I would like to thank all members of the the Seniors' group for turning up on Wednesday mornings throughout the winter months. I realise the winter is not over yet, but had anyone noticed? We have not had a winter Wednesday called off this year! One or more of you must have done something good in your past.
I would like to thank Norman Beaumont, who stood in as Seniors' Winter Captain. Without Norman 'volunteering', things would have been very difficult and his help was invaluable. Thanks also go to Brian Asbury, our treasurer, without whom you may have managed to hold on to some of your money for a little longer. Last, but not least, Geoff Reeve, our immediate past Secretary. He retired to get away from it all – at least that was the theory! Thanks, Geoff.
We can now look forward to the summer match season and Captain Doug will appreciate your assistance in ensuring the smooth running of our matches, especially the home games where the halfway house will need to be manned. If you feel you are able to help, one good volunteer can help another, who may not be such a willing volunteer. Lutterworth Seniors' hospitality is well known amongst our opponents and we need to keep that reputation.
If you are unable to make a match, please let Doug or myself know as soon as possible.
Happy summer golfing.
The Mixed section kicked off the season with a Greensomes Stableford aggregate competition. The fantastic support from 2014 carried over and the 9 fourballs enjoyed their game despite the damp conditions. Winners with 74 points were Lilian Pilkington, Liz Paris, Ian Champion and Ty Williams. Hot in pursuit with 71 points were Jean Neesham, Sally Hollis, Andy Cull and Steve Davenport.
After the excellent post match meal, Rita presented prizes and thanked everyone for making the event such fun. Christine Ratcliffe and Jane Lewis were singled out for thanks in stepping up at the last minute to balance up numbers. Best wishes were sent by everyone to Lesley Watson, who was forced to withdraw due to illness and we are delighted to hear she has made a quick recovery.
Entry sheets for the first fixtures (Beedles Lake 12 April and Cosby 26 April) are on the Mixed Section noticeboard in the lobby outside the gents locker room.
Always a popular event in the LGC calendar, the first of the ladies v men pre-season warm-up matches got underway on Wednesday 4th March with the ladies taking on the C team.
Enjoying the competition for the first time were Geoff Simmons, Steve McDonnell and Nick Wood who joined Neil Ackerley, Trevor Atkinson, Mick Fisher, Paul Langford, Martin Crane, Chris Shaw, Peter Murray, Stan Dewhirst, Mike Wheatley, Colin Shephard (captain) and Ty Williams and, not sure if this was a help or an hindrance, three of these (Stan, Mike and Ty) had already played earlier in the morning. Unfortunately for the ladies, the guys were definitely on form and came away with a 5 ½ to 1 ½ win. The friendly banter continued over a delicious 2 course meal after which, Colin paid tribute to the late Vic Wilton, who been a member for 13 ½ years and who had himself been a C Team Captain during that time. Vic had sadly passed away on 16th February, aged 73 after a short illness. His funeral takes place on Friday 6th March at 4pm at Rainsbrook Crem, Ashlawn Road Rugby.
Ladies team: Janet Millen, Bridget Jenkins, Sue Fletcher, Margaret Lightowler, Jacqui Knight, Jill Lightfoot, Pam Etchingham, Liz Paris, Christine Ratcliffe, Sally Hollis, Carole Burton, Diane Meikle, Joy Birch (Lady Captain) and Lilian Pilkington.
Proud parents, relatives and friends, together with members and Committee members of LGC, attended the annual presentation night to honour last season’s junior winners. After enjoying a sit-down meal, the Junior Captain, James Waterfield paid tribute to those who he believed were responsible for the continued success of the junior section; special mention went to PGA Professional Lee Challinor and Assistant Zoe North, Junior Organiser Ben Benoist and wife Liz and Ozkan Baykal and junior open helpers Pam, Dorothy and Gary. Ben Benoist then went on to announce the winners and Lady Captain, Joy Birch was on hand to congratulate and present the certificates and trophies. The evening concluded with a meal for the adults and a quiz for juniors, organised and ran by member Barry Netrval-Scott.
Again, there are too many to mention individually but our juniors continue to perform to an incredibly high standard in their own competitions and also achieve some outstanding scores in the adult competitions as well.
Special Winners were:
Joseph Hack: Golden Jubilee Junior Trophy.
Chay Kalym: Junior Match Play Champion.
Sam King: Rabbits Match Play Trophy.
Callum Relf: Junior Champion Cup.
Joseph Hack: Victor Jackson Trophy for best gross in Junior Open.
James Waterfield: Geoff Yates Trophy.
Adult/Junior Foursomes: John and Matthew Howes.
Barson Trophy: Joseph Hack
Junior Trophy: Josh Pearson who achieved a handicap reduction from 54 to 37.
Certificates of Merit:
Holly Waterfield, Max Jinks, Andrew Skerratt, James Waterfield, Joe Hack, Callum Relf, Joe Phillips and James Howes.
National Skills Test Certification:
James David (Gold x 2), Lucy Benoist (Plat & Gold), Holly Waterfield (Plat x 2), Izzy Moffitt (Gold), Max Jinks (Plat x 2), Joe Tomlinson (Plat & Gold), Harry Harratt-Jones (Gold x 2), Matthew Howes (Gold), Sam King (Plat), Sam Moffitt (Plat), Josh Pearson (Plat & Gold), Harriett Simms (Gold & Silver)
Lutterworth Golf Club is looking to recruit an Assistant Greenkeeper to join our well established team. We are seeking an enthusiastic, self motivated, individual with a proven track record within the industry.
Reporting to the Head Greenkeeper the successful candidate will ideally have or be currently studying NVQ Level 2 or equivalent in Sports Turf. Further NVQ training will be available.
Duties will include daily involvement in the presentation of the golf course, machinery maintenance, greens and fairways mowing and course construction.
The position is based on a 40-hour week (plus some weekends) however flexibility will be essential. Salary will be negotiable dependent on experience.
Please apply by post with CV and covering letter to Steve Smith, Secretary, Lutterworth Golf Club, Rugby Road, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HN, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Closing Date: 20th March 2015
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5 x 1 Hour Group Lessons - total cost £25
Friday 6th March
Mixed 1 - 2 pm and 6 - 7 pm
Sunday 8th March 2015
Mixed 2 - 3 pm Ladies 3 - 4 pm
Please encourage friends and acquaintances to become the next generation of golfers - come along - no clubs required
For more info phone Lee Challinor (Club Pro) 01455 552532 (Option 2)
Run in association with Leics & Rutland County Golf Partnership
This photograph (see gallery) of proud winner of last year's Richard Trophy, Phil Meakin is a great reminder that this great charity competition is not far away.
Sign up sheet will be in the Pro Shop from 20 February. Competition is non-qualifying Stableford with full handicap allowance.
It was a tense build-up to this match with the weather keeping us guessing as to whether it could go ahead against local rivals Kilworth Springs. In the end, on a bright, sunny but cold day, the Lutterworth course was open and so the home team of Kate Frankham, Jacqui Knight, Mary Hawkes, Jules Barker and Sue Fletcher were able to enter the fray.
Alas, this year's campaign is over with the ladies of Kilworth delivering an impressive 4-1 victory - and heaping praise on how well the course had stood up to the last few days' weather.
In her short post-match remarks, lady captain Joy Birch thanked all Lutterworth players and caddies for turning out and wished Kilworth well for the next round. Joy also thanked Marlene Bailey for once again looking after the administration of the Mail on Sunday competition.
WHAT IS THE C TEAM ALL ABOUT?
Generally, a team of 12 players, playing four ball, better ball against opposition followed by a meal.
26 fixtures against other local golf clubs, plus 2 "internal" matches, a couple of inter-team competitions, and an away-weekend.
No league structure, just played for fun.
Handicap of 16 or over is the norm, but much flexibility given.
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF BEING IN THE C TEAM?
Meet other members of the golf club.
An opportunity to play other local courses for the cost of a meal.
No full commitment needed. You can make yourself available as often as you like.
Come to our pre-season meeting on Friday 13 February at 18:00 in the clubhouse.
Contact the C Team captain, Colin Shephard on 07900 678170 or email to email@example.com
Well over 100 members and their friends and guests attended last night’s event to toast the pride of Scotland, Robert Burns.
Greeted by the sound of the pipes and welcomed by club captain Ben Benoist, those attending were guided through an evening that followed the traditional format for Burns Suppers that would have been taking place right across the world, a fact reflected in the Immortal Memory toast given so expertly and informatively by Laurence Howie.
Captain Ben commenced the evening with the Selkirk Grace before the meal service by Rebecca Louise Catering began. After a soup starter, the haggis was borne in on its own ‘groaning trencher’ accompanied by the piper and laid before long-serving member and club trustee, David Low. With much flair and passion, David delivered the Address to the Haggis, paying homage to the humble fayre. His trusty skean dhu was wielded with a flourish before David invited everyone to toast the haggis which was then served with neeps and tatties as befits it.
The toast to the piper was given by Darren Mackay and what he lacked in Scottish accent he more than made up for by his attire, resplendent as he was in full Scottish evening dress – and ensuring he had his picture taken with as many of the lassies present as possible!
Those same lassies were toasted by Brian Asbury who took the wise precaution of consulting his lady wife of 53 years about the content before delivering an amusing tribute to all the ladies. Brian’s toast was more than matched by the reply from lady captain, Joy Birch, whose two poems illustrated with much mirth the joy and pain of the differences between the genders.
At the conclusion of the meal, club president Peter Gemmell offered a vote of thanks to all involved in arranging such a great evening, giving particular thanks to Sally Hollis and Darren Mackay, to all those who delivered elements of the traditional programme and to the catering and bar teams.
With Auld Lang Syne ringing in their ears, the guests departed the club knowing that Burns had been duly honoured for another year.
For an initial trial 3 months period from 1st December, we have the opporunity to use the services of Rob and Fiona Morris who are fully trained Sports Injury Therapists. They have been working with the Leicester Tigers Rugby Team for 18 years and still continue to do so. They are offering a "special" rate for members of Lutterworth Golf Club as an introduction. They will be available on Tuesday mornings upstairs in the Visitors Changing Roomfrom 9.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. and are able to offer massages for sports injuries or just give a relaxing massage in either a half hour or hour slot. Should you wish to use their services an appointment can be made by calling 07734106641
Ladies, how about trying some thing a bit different? Zoe, our Assistant Pro is holding a session of Night Golf for Ladies on Thursday 18th December at 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (shotgun start) for 6 holes. Bring a torch! There will be glo lights along the side of the fairways and the balls will be glo balls. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available with the option of a meal afterwards for an extra £5. Small prizes will be awarded. This is an Open so invite your friends from other Clubs to join in too. £12.50 each - teams of 4. Get into the festive spirit and support Zoe on her first solo venture. For an entry form ring Zoe or Leanne on 01455 552532 (Option 2).
A beautiful sunny day greeted our new Captains on Sunday for their Drive-In.
A splendid turn-out came to support our new Captains, Ben Benoist, Joy Birch, and James Waterfield. Peter Gemmell missed his Drive-In last year due to an operation so he joined in this year to mark his Presidency. All four were attired in their new red jumpers together with the Club Pro Lee Challinor, which made a brilliant photo opportunity. Sweepstakes were run to guess how far their relative drives would be. Ben got off to a good start in his Captaincy by winning one of the prizes and immediately donated his winnings to his chosen Charity Help For Heros. Joy’s Charity is Canine Partners. After all the formalities were undertaken, hot food was available in the Clubhouse for everyone to enjoy. Good luck to you all.
Well done to Leanne and Natasha Bayliss for organising yet another brilliantly successful Xmas Retail Evening at Lutterworth Golf Club. It get bigger and better every year, definitely a date on the calendar not to be missed. Great place to buy some beautifully unique Christmas gifts and support the 'Children with Cancer' Charity at the same time. Great evening, enjoyed by many!
Can you solve the mystery whilst enjoying delicious food and good company? Come and join us for our Murder Mystery Evening on Friday 21st November to solve "A Fete Worse Than Death". A drama is played out between courses giving you time to think about who the culprit is. Another superb meal will be supplied by our resident caterers, Rebecca Louise Catering, details of which are shown on the attached poster. Price is £17 per person. Time is 7.00 p.m. for a start of 7.30 p.m. Book your table now for an entertaining evening on 01455 552532 (Option 3). We look forward to seeing you there.
2014 Presentation Evening was held in the Clubhouse last Friday evening. This was a well attended, evening with Rebecca Louise Catering offering a fantastic choice of menus which were all extremely tasty and well received. Unfortunately, our Captain, Hugh McClean was unable to attend due to ill health, but Ben Benoist stepped in as his Vice Captain to present the prizes alongside Colin Parsons, Head of Handicaps and Competitions. Despite the lack of Trophies this year due to our break-in, Jane Lewis steered the two gentlemen through the presentation making sure that the correct one (where we still had one) was presented at the appropriate time. All the winners received engraved wine glasses to commemorate their success which they can keep. Well done to all the winners and may you have as much success again in 2015.
What an absolutely brilliant night! After a really wet day, which only cleared up an hour or so before the gates opened, the crowds arrived in droves for the lighting of the bonfire by Lutterworth Town Mayor, Cllr Philip Toye and the starting of the fireworks display by Celestial Firework Displays.
Many thanks to everyone who helped to put on the event and to all who came along to watch. We sincerely hope you all had a great evening.
A huge selection of photographs are now available via Taskers Website of the finals held at Wollerton Park. Click on link above.
Many members, both gents and ladies enjoyed the final singles stableford competiton of the Club Captain's year. After the competition, the banter continued over a meal in the clubhouse prior to a final speech by retiring Captain, Hugh McClean and response from President Peter Gemmell thanking Hugh for his brilliant captaincy and generosity throughout his year.
Photographs of winners attached.
Lutterworth Golf Club Junior Team was narrowly beaten into second place by Hallamshire GC (Sheffield) at Cookridge Hall Leeds in the semi-finals of the Junior Team Golf National Championships.
The conditions were extremely challenging with strong and blustery winds throughout the day. Four teams competed: Hallamshire, Lutterworth, Kirby Muxloe and Carlisle. Hallamshire had a team score of 393; Lutterworth 397 and Kirby Muxloe 404. Pictured (from left to right) the team after they finished on a cold and windy evening: Joe Phillips, James Howes, Joe Hack, James Waterfield, Callum Relf and Andrew Skerratt (Junior Captain).
Our Mixed Section held their End of Season event and attracted a fantastic field of 44 players. The format of Greensomes better ball stableford was a new initiative and proved popular with all. The day ran very smoothly thanks largely to our starters, Ada and Richard Parr.
Along with everyone who has represented the Club in friendly mixed matches, Lee and Zoe our professional team were able to join in along with Club Captains Liz and Hugh and Vice Captains Joy and Ben.
In their post-game double-act, Mixed Team organisers, Rita and Alwyn thanked everyone for their support, enthusiasm and commitment over the season. Particular mention was made of the exceptional quality of our in-house catering and green-keeping teams - the best of all clubs in the mixed programme. Best wishes were sent to Joan and Ray Helyer with hopes for Joan of a speedy recovery and return to playing golf.
Results over the season show a creditable record of played 11, won 7, draws 1 and only 3 losses (all away).
The Trophy and vouchers were subsequently awarded to overall winners Janice & Phil Gwillam and Eve & Malcolm Taylor.
Runners up on countback were Joy, Ben, Liz Benoist & Ian Champion, in 3rd place Liz Toney, Hugh, Jean Neesham, Stan Dewhurst and 4th Liz Paris, Steve Davenport , Carol & Colin Chislett.
Nearest the pin winners were Sandra Morris , Andy Cull & Rita / Lee.
The rescheduled playing of this annual competition between Lutterworth, Delapre Park, Kilworth Springs and Rugby took place today at Kilworth Springs, with the Lutterworth ladies out to defend the trophy they have held for the last two years. The original match was cancelled because of very heavy rain and, having seen the ominous weather forecast, there was some trepidation that this year’s event was doomed not to be played.
Happily the threatened heavy rain did not materialise as anything more than a few showers and the teams of eight in fourballs comprising one player from each club were able to make swift progress over the Kilworth course that played well in the conditions.
Contested as a team Stableford competition, the match was very close with only two points separating the top two teams after seven games. To the great delight of Kilworth Springs vice-captain Ella who had hosted the day’s proceedings, home advantage paid off in the end and the Four Way Trophy was won with 249 points by the ladies of Kilworth Springs, with Lutterworth on 239 points, Rugby on 199 and Delapre Park on 198.
On hand to present the trophy and respond on behalf of all the visiting teams was Lutterworth Lady Captain, Liz Toney who had supported throughout the day.
Thanks to the Lutterworth team of Sue Fletcher, Jan Gwilliam, Hazel Bond, Chris Wilson, Pam Etchingham, Ada Parr, Lesley Watson and Jean Neesham. Next year’s competition will be at Rugby and you can be sure that the Lutterworth Ladies will be out to regain the trophy and defend successfully when it returns to Lutterworth in 2016.
Ladies Captain, Elizabeth Toney threw out her final challenge to the ladies section on Tuesday 14th October by stipulating that only 3 clubs and a putter could be employed in this, the last competition of her Captain’s year. The threatened wet weather, which had dogged her all year, thankfully never materialised and the ladies managed to stay dry. Mulligans, available to buy at £1 each, allowed the odd errant shot to be replayed but more importantly, swelled the money-pot for the Lady Captain’s Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance Charity.
Back in the Clubhouse, a much appreciated piece of cake went down very well with the tea and coffee.
The three main winners of the competition all scored 35 points but on count back, Christine Ratcliffe took 1st prize, Lesley Watson took 2nd and Liz Benoist took 3rd. Doreen Williams had an unbeatable nearest the pin on 9th hole and Ada Parr had nearest the line on 7th
As part of the Seniors' winter programme the ALBERT HOLTON MEMORIAL TROPHY takes place on Wednesday 15 October 2014. Open to Senior Members aged 60 or over and in individual Stableford format, registration in the Clubhouse up to 9.30am on the day at which point the draw will be made. Captain Geoff says "don't be late!"
Entry fee £2.00 as usual and prizes are kindly donated by Albert's son, Stuart.
Allan Simmonds reports.....
Having battled all summer, we succeeded in reaching the final of this Midlands over 50s tournament played on Sunday 5 October against one of the four teams entered from Uttoxeter Golf Club. The match was held at Wollaton Park Golf Club in Nottingham and a better venue would be difficult to find in the area. The weather was absolutely perfect and the match played to the baying of the stags around the golf course as they gathered the does together for the annual rut!
Unfortunately, whilst the course and weather were perfect, the same could not be said for the result which saw Lutterworth lose by 5 matches to 2. Final nerves, very fast greens and having to concede a cumulative 27 shots across the 7 matches were all factors in the defeat. Every one of the Lutterworth players was conceding shots to their opponents.
Of the Lutterworth team only Chris Wormleighton and Allan Simmonds managed wins although Alex Scott only lost on the last hole where he was giving a shot.
Ninety per cent of the total income from the competition is used to fund junior golf activities throughout the East Midlands Golf Unions with Lutterworth receiving direct funds for their own junior golf programme.
Thanks and congratulations to everyone that participated in both the final and the preceding rounds and we will try to go one step better next year.
The mixed team played their final friendly match of the season at Staverton and came away with a fantastic 6-1 win.
Speaking after the match Mixed Captain Rita Ogden congratulated Staverton on the excellent standard of the course and the carvery meal and went on to offer her sincere thanks on behalf of herself and Alwyn to all players who have represented Lutterworth throughout the season. The spirit and family atmosphere that goes through the team reflects the claim that Lutterworth really is "a friendly club".
44 Mixed Teams met at Rothley Golf Club in the bright chill of this morning to play the first round of the Baxter Trophy. Only the first 4 best gross scores, plus one other, were to go through to the next round on 19th October. Lutterworth's first pair were Peter Brough and Kate Frankham who had a brilliant front 9 and were in contention of being on the leader board. The sunshine tried it's hardest to encourage them on but they lost a couple of shots on the back nine and came in with a commenable 79 gross (75.5 nett) which just wasn't good enough to carry them through to the next round. Matt Horton and Mary Hawkes put up a stirling fight in their match and came in with a gross 84 (77.5 nett). Support was provided by Lady President, Bubbles Emmett, Lady Captain, Liz Toney and Lady Vice Captain, Joy Birch. We were all made to feel very welcome, the course was in excellent condition and everyone enjoyed their day. Well done everyone for representing our Club!
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Pam Etchingham and Jacqui Knight finished a very close third in the grand finals of the Coronation Foursomes staged by the Ladies Golfing Union (LGU) and sponsored by Peugeot in St Andrews on Monday 22 September.
In the foursomes Stableford format, the pair shot 38 to miss out by a single point playing the Eden Course in St Andrews in an all-expenses paid trip that included two nights’ stay at the Old Course Hotel and a lavish gala dinner on the evening after the competition.
Having qualified from the club round with an excellent 39 points and gone on to win the Midlands Regional final in Chipping Norton with 37 points, Pam and Jacqui were confirmed as grand finalists – and then realised that the date of the final would be right in the middle of a joint golfing holiday they and their husbands and two other friends had planned in Cornwall.
Holiday underway and instead of playing in a mixed open at St Endoc, husbands Sam Etchingham and Kevin Knight found themselves playing taxi drivers to ensure the ladies reached their flight from Exeter to Edinburgh – all splendidly organised by Jane Fleming at the LGU. Any debate about whether the men should have accompanied the ladies as bag men was soon settled on arrival in St Andrews where two professional caddies, Nick and David, were recruited courtesy of Lutterworth Golf Club. Jacqui says she just wishes she’d managed to follow their advice a little more carefully.
From the description of their best hole, it seems Jacqui may be being a little hard on herself. “On the 8th, a 139 yard par 3, on advice from my caddie David, I took a 5 iron from the tee to hit the elevated green and Jacqui sank a very missable 5 foot putt,” said Pam. Jacqui was in complete agreement that they played the hole in almost textbook style but is adamant that the putt was nearer 10 feet!
The successful duo had never played in foursomes together before. “I thought we could make a good team,” said Jacqui. “We both hit it a long way, if not always straight.”
No strangers to progressing beyond the club rounds (Pam had previously reached the Ping 4BBB regional final at Trentham and Jacqui played in the Australian Spoons foursomes regional final in Boston some years ago) the ladies nonetheless had to pinch themselves that they were going to the Home of Golf and both said seeing all the honours boards with so many famous names on them was very exciting. Asked to pick one favourite moment, Jacqui elected for the special thrill of seeing their names on the starting board by the practice green, being announced on the tee and then the feeling of total relief of hitting her drive down the fairway. “Now I know how the Ryder Cup boys feel,” she quipped.
Pam found it harder to select just one moment but then confessed to an immense feeling of pride on seeing the seating plan for the gala dinner on the Monday evening to realise that, representing their club, they’d played well enough to win a prize and would be on the top table with the Lady President of the LGU.
Highlights of the final are to be shown on Sky during October and then uploaded to Youtube. With a camera-man on hand and very impressed by that all-important birdie on the 8th, we look forward to seeing our ladies in action.
Congratulations to these two awesome Lutterworth ladies. We are all so very proud of you.
Our Vice Captain and Junior Organiser, Ben Benoist reports on a great result on Sunday 21 September when our junior team of James Waterfield (5), Joe Phillips (7), Callum Relf (7), Andrew Skerratt, Junior Captain (8), Joe Hack (8) and James Howes (12) won their quarter-final match of the National Team Golf Championships held at the Leeds Golf Centre.
Five of our six-man team are pictured following the event (James Waterfield had to return to school in London so left immediately after he had completed his match). The team now move forward to the semi-final which is to be played at Cookridge Hall (near Leeds) on Sunday 19 October.
Playing their penultimate match of the season, the Lutterworth mixed team went down to a narrow 3½-2½ defeat away to Forest Hill.
The course was in great condition and the company very enjoyable. Thanks to the Lutterworth team of Eve & Malcolm Taylor, Carol & Colin Chislett, Rita & Alwyn Ogden, Jean Neesham, Christine Ratcliffe, Tracy Botham, Rob Ford, Richard Parr and Paul Langford.
Our final competitive tie of the season is away to Staverton and then we have our grand season finale on 26 October – further details to follow.
The lovely weather continued for our last friendly match of the season away at Cosby where we were given a warm welcome by Vice Captain Trisha Twist and her team.
The course was in great condition and is an interesting test in course management. From the post match discussion it was clear that a lot of very good golf was played by all and the matches were very competitive. In the end, local knowledge and some super shots at crucial moments by the home team gave them the overall win with two wins and two halves.
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the post-match meal of fish pie and treacle pudding was enjoyed by everyone with some serious calories required to restore energy levels. Thanks to Liz Toney, Liz Paris, Sue Fletcher, Doreen Williams, Rita Ogden, Lesley Wooldridge ,Christine Ratcliffe, Bridget Jenkins for playing at Cosby and to all the other ladies (19 in all) who have been involved in the friendly teams and made the season such fun.
Lady Captain Liz Toney ended the afternoon by wishing Cosby Ladies success in the Mail on Sunday quarter-final, a sentiment that was much appreciated by their Vice Captain who reciprocated by sending good wishes to the Lutterworth pair of Jacqui Knight and Pam Etchingham who are playing in the national finals of the Coronation Foursomes.
(Photo is of Liz Paris who this time switched off her sat nav and arrived in time for a photo...sorry Liz the rest of the team were too busy having coffee!)
With nine pairs on each side excited to enter the fray, the scene was set for the second playing this season of this match and the ladies had all to play for to uphold their reputation established with their win in the Spring tie. Geoff Cooksey, in his last match as Seniors Captain, was paired with Geoff Reeves and, determined to go out on a high, led the challenge against Lady Captain, Liz Toney and Lady Vice Captain, Joy Birch. One gallant gentleman, Norman, stood in as an honorary lady for the day to level up the sides, for which the ladies were very thankful.
The weather - overcast but pleasantly warm - turned out to be ideal for golf. The course was in magnificent condition and once again admired by all. The tea and cakes served at the half-way house by Ken Earp (in black bow-tie and dress shirt) and Brian Croft, were absolutely delicious and welcomed and appreciated by everyone. The games were fought in an extremely friendly manner and an excellent banter was enjoyed by all.
By the time the delicious post-match meal (cooked and served by the Rebecca Louise Catering team) had been devoured to much acclaim, the match result seemed quite incidental. For the record, it was a resounding 5½ to 3½ win for the ladies.
Allan Simmonds reports that at the neutral Uttoxeter Golf Club on Sunday 14 September, Lutterworth faced Shirland Golf Club from Derbyshire in the semi-final of the Taskers Plate, the East Midlands based tournament for the over 50s. These matches are played in singles with teams of 7 players, playing off handicap.
As with the previous match against local rivals Lingdale, this match once again was a tense affair. Having won 3 of the first 4 matches out, only one more point was required to secure victory but a second loss put the outcome in doubt with the final two matches going down the 18th hole. Neither of these could produce a result despite the Lutterworth players having putts on the final green to secure victory and both matches had to go to extra holes.
As the first green at Uttoxeter is not visible from further down the fairway, it came with some relief when Club Captain Hugh McClean emerged over the brow of the hill to confirm that he had secured victory on that first extra hole. As a result, the final match did not have to be completed as the overall match result was already secure with Lutterworth the winners by 4½ to 2½ matches.
Particular congratulations to the winning players, Jerry Casper, Chris Wormleighton, Alex Scott and Hugh McClean.
The finals of the various Taskers competitions are being held at Wollaton Park Golf Club in Nottingham on Sunday October 5 with the first match starting at 11.00am. Lutterworth will be playing the Uttoxeter ‘C’ team who defeated Matlock in their semi-final.
All support for the team would be most welcome.
Lutterworth Golf Club is proud of how it tries to welcome and integrate new members and the latest activity in this programme was a Texas Scramble competition held on Sunday 14 September and hosted by lady captain Liz Toney and vice captains Ben Benoist and Joy Birch, along with Liz Benoist.
On a very quiet Sunday afternoon, the group was split in to two teams and played a Texas Scramble medal with two drives each required. Along with a new full-time gentleman member, there were some Academy members who are undertaking lessons with Lee and not all had played on the course before. As those experienced golfers among us will remember, it can be daunting taking that first tee shot but the ‘newbies’ were soon into their stride, putting their learning into practice.
With no winners or losers, this was a case of easy, no-pressure golf that was enjoyed by all – including the hosts! A delicious meal of chicken curry and rice prepared by Rebecca’s team rounded off a perfect afternoon.
The men’s team comprised Ben Benoist, Phil Shelley, Rob Ballard, Julian Smith and – man for the day – Liz Toney and scored 40 over 10 holes.
Joining Joy Birch in the ladies team and scoring 46 were Liz Benoist, Gail Ballard, Marcia Bragg and Caroline Birchall.
Captain Pat and her Glen Gorse Ladies gave the Lutterworth Ladies Friendly Team a great welcome on a perfect afternoon for golf played on a course in excellent condition. The matches were very close, two of them being decided on the 18th, and played in good spirit with Lutterworth coming out as overall winners 3½ to ½. The afternoon ended with beautifully cooked fish, chips and even mushy peas. Thanks to our Lady Captain Liz Toney, Sue Fletcher, Helen Dowling, Rita Ogden, Doreen Williams, Lesley Wooldridge, Liz Paris and Bridget Jenkins for playing so well for Lutterworth.
The team is pictured here unfortunately without Liz Paris who was still somewhere in the Leicestershire countryside arguing with her sat nav when it was taken! All credit to her for arriving in time to tee off and play well. Rita Ogden just got to the course in time for the photo but she gave up on the sat nav and asked a hunky builder to direct her instead!
B Team Captain, Colin Parsons reports.......
Yesterday the B Team had its last match of the season, a 3-3 draw away at Nuneaton which saw Lutterworth reclaim the Nunworth Trophy. This was the first time since 2011 that we had managed to get the better of Nuneaton over two legs having won the home match 4-2.
In the other Trophy matches over the season Lutterworth beat Leamington & County 8-4 to retain the Lemworth Shield. Were not, however, able to hold on to the Ullesworth Trophy, losing 8-4 over two legs against Ullesthorpe. We also lost the Trophy match against Hinckley 6½-5½ and away at Cosby we went down 4-2 to miss out on the Cosby Cup.
Overall, the B Team season has been a very good one with full match statistics being Played 19, Won 9, Drawn 4, Lost 6.
A big thank you to all members who took part this season.
The last event is our end of season bash, next Friday, 19 September at Lutterworth. I hope as many of you as possible will attend.
Holly Waterfield has come a close second in her age group (8 years and under) at the keenly contested National Skills Challenge Final held at the National Golf Centre Woodhall Spa on Saturday 6 September.
From the original 1,200 youngsters who started out in the competition, 32 young golfers split in to age-related categories contested the finals. To qualify for the trip to Woodhall Spa, the finalists had all taken part in two official challenge events at their golf clubs earlier in the year and then won through one of four regional finals. Holly is pictured during one of the chipping challenges.
Holly is a member at Lutterworth Golf Club who provide regular junior coaching to both members and non-members. Their junior team was runner-up in the County league finals and will be competing in the next stage of the junior team golf championships in Leeds on the 21 September.
Lutterworth Golf Club provides a welcoming and safe environment for junior golfers from novice upwards and can be contacted on 01455-552532 Option 1 for more details.
Presented to the Club by former President, Major Heseltine, this is a mixed foursomes medal competition with a draw for partners. This year saw eight couples take up the challenge.
Runners-up with a nett 72 (on countback over the last nine) were Margaret Lightowler and Steve Hardy. Lady committee member Lesley Watson was officiating and presented Margaret and Steve with their prize vouchers.
Lesley then announced the winning pair as........herself and Alwyn Ogden, with a great score of nett 69 – and faced a dilemma of the presentation! Up stepped Margaret – a past lady captain – to do the honours and present the cups to Lesley and Alwyn.
Thursday 4 September, a cloudy but still day, saw 29 teams of three ladies drawn from 27 different clubs take to the fairways for the open 3-Ball Alliance, a Stableford competition with best two scores on each hole counting.
Playing off ¾ handicap proved no barrier for the Lutterworth trio of Janice Gwilliam, Pam Etchingham and Hazel Bond who amassed 82 points to come out winners on the day and prove that local knowledge can help.
The rest of the field was a little way behind but there was clearly some great golf played along the way including an eagle on the 10th from Deborah Pearman of The Warwickshire, a 16 handicapper who saw her second shot go past the pin and roll back to drop in the hole – and this on our stroke index 1 hole!
FULL PRIZE LIST:
1st place with 82 points:
Janice Gwilliam, Pam Etchingham and Hazel Bond (all Lutterworth)
2nd place with 72 points:
Jill Lightfoot (Lutterworth), Gillian Kettley (Coventry) Judith Mann (Kenilworth)
3rd place with 71 points:
Nicole Franklin (Lutterworth), Denise Bellam-Walton and Ruth Corby (Northants County)
4th place with 70 points:
Judy Broadhurst, Julie Booth and Di Michelask (Charnwood)
5th place with 69 points:
Bubbles Emmet (Lutterworth), Angela Beal (Cosby) and Anne Davies (Mentmore)
6th place with 68 points:
Ada Parr (Lutterworth), Jill Aldous and Alison Williams (Whittlebury Park)
Nearest the Pin on the 9th – Jean Neesham (Lutterworth)
Nearest the Pin on the 15th – Cheryl McGann (Lingdale)
Lady Captain Liz Toney, handing out the prizes, thanked the participants for their generous support of her charity raffle which raised £280 for Derbyshire, Leicester & Rutland Air Ambulance. Liz also praised the main organisers of the day, Wendy Boneham and Bridget Jenkins and gave thanks to all others who had helped make the day possible with special mention for the greenkeeping, professional shop and catering staff as well as for the lady members who helped in various ways – not least by providing the delicious halfway house cakes.
In a match played in great spirit at Kibworth on Sunday 31 August, the Lutterworth mixed team came out 4½ to 3½ winners. With six games completed it was looking like home advantage may well prevail but the final two fourballs went Lutterworth's way to ensure that the winning run for the mixed team continues.
Thanks to the Lutterworth team of Rita & Alwyn Ogden, Joan & Ray Helyer, Janet & George Millen, Eve & Malcolm Taylor, Tracy Botham, Lillian Pilkington, Liz Paris, Christine Ratcliffe, Ian Champion, Paul Langford, Chris Shaw and Ty Williams.
Captain for the day Alwyn Ogden reports that the Lutterworth Seniors excellent run of home wins continued with a convincing 6½ to 1½ victory over their Oundle counterparts.
Opposing team captain Ian congratulated the green staff on a beautifully prepared course although said he personally found the greens too fast. He was also very impressed by the post-match meal. The usual halfway house treat of tea and cakes was enjoyed by all and thanks go to Mike Wheatlley and Ralph Tasker for their support.
Lutterworth Team - Alwyn Ogden & Ken Earp, Ian Champion & Ian Ward, Geoff Reeve & Mike Bradshaw, Tony Harper & Eddie Helmsley, Brian Asbury and Alan Ogden, Trevor Davies & Roy Pebody, Bryan Croft & Dennis Rynott, Neil Wright & Doug Anderson.
Our Senior Captain, Geoff Cooksey, and 31 seniors travelled on Wednesday 30 August to Ruddington Grange GC in Nottingham for their Away Day which proved to be a great success and was enjoyed by all.
With a singles Stableford as the main competition, Geoff added other layers of intrerest by adding prizes for nearest the pin on the eighth hole and nearest the pin in two on the par four 18th as well as separate competitions for scores on four hidden holes and the four par threes. Nothing like giving the scorers some extra work!
Congratulations go to Alan Ogden who was overall winner with 37 points. In second place - and proving that leadership is no obstacle to good golf - was our very own Seniors Captain, Mr Cooksey. There were prizes too for the other competitions listed.
At long last the make-over in the Ladies Locker Room as been completed. The walls were painted by a team of Members i.e. Lady Captain Liz Toney, Sue Fletcher, Sally Hollis, Bubbles Emmett, and Jules Barker. The hand dryer has been changed thanks to an anonymous donation via Bubbles Emmett. The long shelf under the Notice Boards and the desk have been sanded down and re-stained. Now the carpet tiles have been changed funded mainly by the Joan Coxon Money held in the Ladies Section Account and the short-fall funded by Liz Toney and Bubbles Emmett. Thanks to everyone that helped and we hope we enjoy your new surroundings in the Locker Room. Let's hope it improves our golf!
“Here we go again,” thought Lady Captain Liz Toney as the weather forecast for Bank Holiday Monday looked set to ruin the re-run of her Ladies Captain’s Day, rained off on 19 July. But luckily the heavier rain did not settle in until mid-afternoon when most of the ladies were at least half way round the course.
Always one to think ahead and wondering if a full 18-hole competition would be possible, Liz had taken the precaution of changing nearest the pin to the 9th instead of the 15th. Thankfully though, everyone was able to complete a full round and the mini Claret Jug that Liz had bought as the trophy for her day could at last be presented.
Wind and rain notwithstanding there were some good scores. Chris Wilson came out on top with 37 points on countback on the last nine from Nicole Franklin in second place. Third place went to Rita Ogden with 36 points. Sandra Morris won nearest the pin.
Lutterworth junior girl, Holly Waterfield will contest England Golf’s Skills Challenge National Final on Saturday 6 September at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa.
Taking part in the Midlands Regional Skills final held at The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Holly qualified for the final in the Rookie 8 years and under category.
The Skills Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and comprises 10 activities which clubs run for their junior players. These support skill development and also provide encouragement to practice. Golf Clubs run Skills Challenge events on two specific dates and then input their players’ scores to an online leaderboard from which the regional finalists are identified.
Holly will be one of eight finalists in her category drawn from clubs from all over the country. We wish her the very best of luck for the final.
Having not started the season well, losing our first two matches against Melton and Scraptoft (home and away respectively) the team were keen to repeat their last win against Luffenham Heath (at home) in an effort to stay in the 2nd Division. Sitting in last position under Luffenham, we needed a win or a draw in the last match at Kirby Muxloe to avoid relegation.
Joy Birch, Lady Vice Captain and Handicap League organiser, electing to support rather than play in this final match takes up the story……..
First pair off, Sue Fletcher and Jill Lightfoot soon realised they had drawn the short straw. With Kirby Muxloe player Kate Elliott (Hcp 9) firing on all cylinders and scoring birdies and pars galore, our two ladies could only pray for a stray shot, which never looked like coming. While they had their hands full, our second pair out, Chris Ratcliffe and Jules Barker, were enjoying a real ding-dong of a match of their own and at the 12th hole had just gone 1 up.
At that same hole, our final pairing of Carole Burton and Helen Dowling were trailing one hole down, but that was soon to change. They levelled their match on hole 13 and then hit their stride taking the 14th, 15th and 16th holes, finishing 3/2 up. Job done!
Fast-forward to the 18th and Christine and Jules are still hanging on to that narrow one hole margin. With both of our drives landing in the front left-hand bunkers and Kirby Muxloe Lady Vice-Captain Jan Brown landing at the back of the green, the odds looked to be in their favour to win the final hole and half the match. However a nervous downhill putt by Jan, which pulled up short, was followed by a great escape from the front bunker by Jules. So - a putt out! Going first, Jules ran the ball just that little bit more than a ‘gimme’ past the hole while Jan’s putt stopped just shy of it. With the first group watching from the clubhouse and the third group watching from the 18th tee, a seemingly nerveless Jules sunk her putt to halve the hole, taking their match and securing an all-important 2-1 win for Lutterworth.
An excited Joy says, “What a brilliant and exciting way to end our season. I would like to thank not only all those players who played their part in this final match, but all the ladies who have played and given their support throughout the whole season.”
The league tables are currently being finalised on the L&RLCGA website but we will confirm our position in the table as soon as they become available.
In a closely fought match, Lutterworth emerged as 3½-2½ winners with our last pairings of Tracy Botham/Malcolm Taylor and Janet Millen/Kevin Botham securing the victory.
The Whetstone captain, who led a very competitive side, mentioned in his closing speech how very impressed he was with the course and, in particular, the excellent quick – but true – greens.
Thanks to Liz Benoist for stepping in to play her first mixed match of the season. The Lutterworth team in full was Eve and Malcolm Taylor, Tracy and Kevin Botham, Janet and George Millen, Ada Parr, Liz Benoist, Ian Champion, Paul Langford, Rita and Alwyn Ogden.
They were joined for the excellent post match meal by Ben Benoist and Richard Parr.
Our next match is at Kibworth on 31 August, while the fixture at Staverton originally set for 24 August has been rescheduled to Sunday 5 October.
In the last match of the season the Mens Scratch Team travelled to Market Harborough. having already secured promotion last week.
After a very close contest, Lutterworth managed to win 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 to complete a very successful season.
Congratulations to the team: Chris Abbott, Mark Jackson, Matt Horton, Jay Sheridan, Huw Phillips, Pete Brough, Andrew Spencer and Alex Ray. An excellent result away from home.
A big thank you to the squad and supporters who travelled to Market Harborough to watch the team and to Market Harborough Golf Club for being excellent hosts.
Allan Simmonds reports.....in what can only be described as a nail-biting match against local rivals Lingdale Golf Club, Lutterworth managed a 4 matches to 3 win to progress to the semi-finals of this East Midlands over 50’s club competition. The match was decided by the last putt on the final green of the final match by which time everyone was out nervously watching the outcome, not least the two players.
Special mention goes to Roy Unwin of Lingdale for his hole-in-one on the 9th hole and to Kevin Courtney who won the 18th to force his match to extra holes and win on the 1st to maintain his unbeaten record this year. Also to Club Captain (and late replacement) Hugh McClean who inflicted only the second defeat on his opponent in 3 years of this competition.
The team comprised Chris Wormleighton, Kevin Courtney, Hugh McClean, Mike Perry, Alex Scott, Phil Harbord and Allan Simmonds.
The semi-final is to be played at a neutral venue yet to be decided.
A very enjoyable match played in great spirit against the ladies of Charnwood led by Captain Bea and Vice Captain Jane. A few spots of rain didn't spoil the afternoon and the course looked beautiful and played well. The post-match meal was enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to the return fixture next year.
The result was a 3-1 win for the home team. Thank you to our Lady Captain Liz Toney, Doreen Williams, Chris Hardy,Elaine Chappell, Rita Ogden, Jill Lightfoot, Lesley Wooldridge and Bridget Jenkins for playing so well for Lutterworth.
Good luck to William Watkins, Alexander Carruthers, Jospeh Hack, Andrew Skerratt, Callum Relf and James Waterfield who are taking part in the 2014 L&RGU Boys Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships, which are taking place this week on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August at Park Hill Golf Club.
Open to boys under the age of 18 years of age, the Strokeplay on Wednesday is over 36 holes and the Matchplay on Thursday and Friday is over sets of 18 holes. The leading 16 players from the Strokeplay will qualify for the Matchplay Championships.
We wish them all well.
A commendable field of over 40 teams of 4 took part in this event on Saturday 9th August. The format was a little out of the ordinary, but most enjoyable, whereby players had to take turns in using the yellow ball. As it was a full handicap Stableford it depended on whether the player with the yellow ball managed to achieve a reasonable score on that particular hole and if their score was used as one of the two required, the yellow ball score was doubled. If the yellow ball was lost during the round no more double scores could be submitted after the loss. You wouldn’t believe how much pressure one little yellow ball could put on a player. It was a tough challenge for some of our longer hitters not to go out of bounds, or lose concentration on the 4th par 3 which ruined quite a few cards. Delicious cakes were supplied, courtesy of Peter Gemmell, at half-way house. The weather was at times blustery but it kept dry. On the 11th and 15th the men had to tee off from the Ladies tee, which was a little different and caused a few to query which club they should be using. Members were encouraged to return to the Clubhouse in the evening for the presentations where steak meals were served and an enjoyable social evening was enjoyed. Pictures of the winners are attached and a formal list of winners is on the web-site.
After two consecutive 2 – 1 losses against Melton (home) and Scraptoft (away), our ladies took on Luffenham Heath on Friday 8th August at home and came away with their first 2 – 1 win. It is hoped that the ladies can replicate this result in their final match of the season on 20th August against Kirby Muxloe (away).
Team: Sue Fletcher/Lilian Pilkington, Joy Birch/Bubbles Emmett, Lesley Watson/Jill Lightfoot.
On Thursday evening the first team had a great 6-2 win against local rivals Kilworth Springs. This result ensures that we top the division and gain promotion to division 3, regardless of next week's results.
Congratulations to the team of Chris Abbott, Mark Jackson, Peter Brough, Brian McGovern, Jay Sheridan, Andrew Spencer, Chris Wormleighton and Phil Harbord for this week's result.
I would like to pass on my congratulations and thanks to all those who have been involved in the squad this season. There has been great team spirit and some fantastic performances. One individual deserves special mention - Andrew Spencer, who with a handicap of 9 is one of the higher handicap players, has managed a return of 6 wins from 8 matches. Well done to him and everyone in the squad.
33 ladies travelled up to Lichfield Golf Club on Thursday 7th August to take part in the fun, 3-ball Alliance competition arranged by Lady Captain, Elizabeth Toney for her Away Day and this time Elizabeth had remembered to book the sunshine. As the teams returned to the Clubhouse, the conversation followed a similar tale in that many had had great scores on the front nine but the wheels had come off on the back nine. Not for everyone though it has to be said, Coronation Foursomes Regional winner Jacqui Knight and her two team mates, Elaine Holton and Louise Burrell came home with an amazing 88 points to take first place, closely followed by Helen Dowling, Ada Parr and Diane Meikle with an equally great score of 87 points, taking the runners-up prizes.
Nearest the pin went to Hazel Bond and Nearest the pin in two went to Jacqui Knight.
The competition ended with a tasty fish and chip supper with fresh strawberries and cream to follow. Ladies President, Bubbles Emmett thanked Elizabeth for organising a lovely day, which everyone had enjoyed.
The office will be emailing your membership invoice for 2014/15 on Thursday 7th August 2014 which will keep costs to a minimum. If you have changed your email address recently please advise, or, if you have an email address that you have not notified us of, please do so at your earliest convenience.
Yet another wet and soggy weekend for our Ladies. The event on Saturday 2nd was well attended and just as the first team reached the second tee, the heavens opened and then when we thought it was getting better it started again. It only improved when players were coming down the 18th fairway, which was, by any stretch of the imagination, far too late. However, it didn’t dampen their spirits and everyone came in to inspect the newly refurbished Clubhouse for refreshments. The Goblets will be presented at the Ladies Christmas Dinner. Well done ladies for sticking with it.
The winners were Bridget Jenkins Jane Lewis and with a brilliant score of 40!
Congratulations to the team of Chris Abbott, Mark Jackson, Huw PhillIps, James Waterfield, Chris Wormleighton, Joe Phillips, Chris Noah & Phil Harbord on a well earned 4.5 to 3.5 away win on Thursday evening at Rutland Water.
Our home match next Thursday (7 August) against Kilworth Springs will almost certainly decide who wins the division. We await the result of Kilworth's away match at Charnwood Forest; before this round they were equal on points although we have a better points difference.
Yet another sunny afternoon for a friendly (and a bit competitive!) set of matches at home against a Whetstone team led by their Lady Captain Pam Nutting. The course was in great condition although there was a lot of talk in the bar about those putts that kept slipping past the hole on the fast greens, particularly the 9th.It was a victory for the home team and the only pair to (narrowly) lose were a bit thrown when Elsie from Whetstone pitched her 8 iron over the big tree on the 2nd onto the green where it rolled into the hole for an eagle 2! That's one way to avoid a tricky putt!
The afternoon ended with a delicious meal prepared by Marie and a dodgy but very funny joke from our own standup comedienne, Lilian.
Thank you to Bridget Jenkins, Diane Meikle, Lilian Pilkington, Doreen Williams, Elaine Chappell, Liz Toney,Rita Ogden and Christine Ratcliffe for turning out for Lutterworth.
Unfortunately, more disappointment for our ladies this week in the final scratch match of this season at Ullesthorpe. After promotion last year, our ladies have found the strength of the 2nd Division difficult to match and have been unable to find a win all season. Ullesthorpe fielded a very strong team, who with added home advantage, took the match 6-0. Many thanks to the ladies who have stood up to the mark all season and have given their very best. Your support has been truly appreciated.
Team: Jacqui Knight, Joy Birch, Christine Ratcliffe, Carole Burton, Jules Barker and Louise Burrell
Lady Vice-Captain Joy Birch took time out last weekend to pay the Lady Captain, Elizabeth Toney a house call to capture the moment that the plant presented to her on Lady Captain's Day took it's rightful position in her garden.
We all hope that in the many years to come, the plant will flourish and be a constant reminder of her year in office and especially her Lady Captain's Day.
Jacqui Knight and Pam Etchingham have won the Midlands Regional Finals of the Peugeot LGU Coronation Foursomes Competition, played at the Cotswolds Club, Chipping Norton on Tuesday 22nd July. They now go on to play in the Grand Finals to be held at St Andrews on Monday 22nd September, all expenses paid.
The Club wishes them the very best of luck.
Photograph courtesy of LGU website.
The mixed team's run of success continued on Sunday 27th July with a 5 1/2 to 2 1/2 home victory over a very strong Cold Ashby team.
Another glorious sunny day and with the Lutterworth course in fantastic condition, the match was played in the true spirit of mixed golf. Rita Ogden and Ty Williams lead out the team of Elaine and Stuart Holton, Louise and Graham Burrell, Ada and Richard Parr, Tracy and Kevin Botham, Carol and Colin Chislett, Eve and Malcolm Taylor, Lilian Pilkington and Rob Ford.
The team ethos is so strong that Ian Champion, Paul Langford and Alwyn Ogden who couldn't be accommodated in the side, decided to follow out the team in a friendly 3 ball and stay on for the excellent meal.
This year, the Harold Woods Trophy was moved away from Lady Captain’s Day and was played for, in its own right along with the men’s Harold Woods Trophy, on Saturday 26th July.
The Trophy, presented to the ladies section by Mr Harold Woods on his retirement from the Presidency of the Club, a position he had held for 28 years is for players of handicap 28 or below and is a qualifying Medal. This, when played for on Lady Captain’s Day, stopped the Lady Captain from setting her competition to anything other than a qualifying Medal as the two were run alongside each other. And it was the wish of this year’s Lady Captain to make her day, a fun day and more importantly a non-qualifying competition.
13 ladies entered the competition and this year’s winners are:
Winner : Nicki Baykal 69 nett
Runner-Up : Jill Lightfoot 71 nett
On an extremely hot and sunny afternoon, Lutterworth Ladies took on Scraptoft Ladies on their home turf. With as much water as they could carry and with umbrellas up for shade, the pairings of Joy Birch/Sally Hollis, Christine Ratcliffe/Irene Harper and Jules Barker/Carole Burton just missed out on what would have been a worthy half. All the matches were tight with wins coming on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. Our thanks go to host club players Ann Henry/Bev Williamson, Sue Hargreaves/Sheila Chamberlain and Sheila Cleaver/Lorraine Charles for their hospitality both during and after the match. Result was a win for Scraptoft 2 - 1.
As the first of our ladies were arriving for their tee-off times starting at 12 noon, the heavens opened. With half an hour of torrential rain, the greens soon became unplayable and with thunder and lightning threatening players’ safety, the klaxon sounded to bring everyone off the course. The weather forecast had predicted a small window in between the violent storms sweeping up the country and after an hour of waiting around, the klaxon did indeed sound to give the all-clear. An hour behind schedule therefore, Lady Captain Elizabeth Toney greeted each group of ladies on the first tee, presenting everyone with a ‘cap tee-marker’ to mark her day. However, the second set of stormy fronts was never going to be too far away and by the time the 7th group of ladies reached the 10th fairway, the thunder and lightning returned to spoil the day and the klaxon sounded to bring the players in for what turned out to be the final time. Of all the places to be stranded out on the course, the final 5 groups of ladies took refuge in the half way house where the Lady Captain had provided a banquet of scrumptious cakes and drinks. Not a bad place to be stranded it has to be said! Eventually, the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the competition and when the rain eased up enough, the final groups returned to the clubhouse to dry out and enjoy a delicious cocktail and a fine, two-course buffet provided by Rebecca and her team . A couple of presentations did go ahead however, one to the Most Improved Player, Liz Paris and to the lady who drove nearest to the line on the 7th, Diane Meikle. Lady Vice-Captain, Joy Birch then presented the Lady Captain with a plant for her garden from the Ladies Section, which was hoped, would always give happy memories of her day.
The first team continued their good form with a comprehensive 7 - 1 win at home against Rutland County yesterday evening. Many congratulations to the team of Chris Abbott, Matt Horton, Joe Phillips, Peter Brough, Jay Sheridan, Chris Wormleighton, Andrew Spencer and James Waterfield. With three matches left, the team top the division and have a good chance of promotion.
For the 3rd year Lutterworth has entered a team in this East Midlands based competition for golfers over 50 years of age. Seven man teams play singles match-play off handicap with the away team receiving a courtesy shot. A total of 114 teams entered the 2014 competition.
This year Lutterworth got off to a poor start in losing at home to rivals Kirby Muxloe 4 - 3 and thus progressed to the Plate Competition for 1st round losers.
In the Plate competition progress has been much better with a home win over Uttoxeter ‘B’ by 6.5 - 0.5.
In the next 2 rounds we have been drawn away, playing on 9 hole courses in the depths of Derbyshire. Firstly with a 4-3 win over Glossop and most recently a 4.5 - 2.5 win over Stanedge Golf Club on a picturesque course just outside Chesterfield.
We now find ourselves in the quarter finals of the Plate competition with a home match against local rivals Lingdale on a date yet to be arranged. Watch this space!
Our ladies had an early start on Sunday 13th July, travelling up the country to Newcastle-Under-Lyme for Round 3 of the Taskers Trophy. Armed with an extra shot for playing on the Away course, all but two of our ladies found the subtle borrows on the parkland course's greens hard to read and failed to win their matches and the match was lost therefore 5 - 2. Congratulations to the Newcastle ladies who, it has to be said were lovely hosts, providing a scrumptious cream tea after the match and who now go on to the quarter finals of the competition. We wish them well.
Lutterworth Team: Janice Gwilliam, Joy Birch, Jean Neesham, Ada Parr, Christine Ratcliffe, Chris Wilson and Sue Fletcher.
Lady Captain, Elizabeth Toney would like to thank everyone who played throughout the 3 rounds for supporting our first time in this friendly competition and hopes that more ladies will be encouraged to join in next year.
In his first ever Senior’s event, having only turned 55 years of age in March, our Chairman of Handicaps and Competitions, Colin Parsons came so close to a momentous win in the England Golf Senior’s Tournament at Newark Golf Club, run over two days on the 10th and 11th July.
The Tournament is open to amateur golfers and consists of 36 holes of stableford played off full handicap allowance. One round of 18 holes is played on each of the two days, the winner being the competitor who returns the highest number of stableford points over 36 holes.
Colin was the leading player on Day One, winning both the Gross (33) and Nett (41) points off his handicap of 8. Day Two saw him slip back to 56 Gross just 4 points behind the eventual winner. Colin finished in joint 2nd place in the Nett competition and 3rd in the Gross competition.
Congratulations to Colin, brilliant effort. Very well done.
Results (taken from England Golf Website):
1st David Bull, Erewash Valley Golf Club R1- 39 R2 – 38 Total = 77
2nd= Richard Lawton, Kibworth Golf Club R1 – 38 R2 – 34 Total = 72
3rd= Colin Parsons, Lutterworth Golf Club R1 – 41 R2 – 31 Total = 72
1st Graeme MacDonald, Newark Golf Club R1 – 30 R2 – 30 Total = 60
2nd Andy Robinson, the Shropshire Golf Club R1 – 29 R2 – 28 Total = 57
3rd Colin Parsons, Lutterworth Golf Club R1 – 33 R2 – 23 Total = 56
The Ladies took a short hop over to Hinckley Golf Club on Thursday 3rd July and were welcomed by Lady Captain Helena and her team
for a friendly match played in glorious sunshine on a course in great
condition. The result was not in our favour as only one pair gained
a point ( Chris Ratcliffe and Doreen Williams who won on the 18th)
but thank you to Irene Harper, Rosie Rowe, Jill Lightfoot, Liz Paris
Rita Ogden and Bridget Jenkins for playing their matches in such good
spirit against an in form Hinckley team. The day ended with a lovely
On Saturday 5th July, Lutterworth Golf Club set up stall on the Coventry Road Recreation Ground to promote the Club at the Lutterworth Carnival and to encourage youngsters to have a go at golf. A mini course was set up for chipping with soft balls and a driving net provided a safe area for those wanting to take a full swing. PGA professional Lee Challinor and Assistant professional Zoe North were on hand to give help and guidance whilst Lady Captain Elizabeth Toney, Vice-Captain Joy Birch and Men's Vice Captain Ben Benoist chatted to interested parties about the many opportunities the golf club offers to anyone wanting to take up golf at any age, including Get Into Golf lessons, the new Academy programme and Junior Coaching.
Anyone wanting information should call the Office on 01455 552532 (Option 1).
Friday 4th July saw some pretty unusual golfing activity being played across the Lutterworth Golf Course as a great number of teams took on the Cross-Country 4-ball Texas Scramble. The 1st hole saw competitors teeing-off from the 11th tee, crossing the fairways to the first and playing out to the first's green. The 2nd hole started on the 2nd tee but play continued over the river to the 5th fairway and proceeded to the fifth's green for a testing par 6. The 6th tee was used to drive over to the seventh's green followed by a drive from the top of the 8th fairway and over the trees behind the green and (fingers crossed) onto the ninth's green for another testing par 5. The 10th tee was used to cross over to the fourth's green, followed by a short par 4 from the middle of the 3rd fairway, playing out to the third's green. The final 7th hole was a tee-shot backwards from the 4th tee, over the trees to the tenth's green for a difficult par 3. What a challenge but great fun but it is probably no surprise that the teams with the big hitters cam through to win the prizes, namely the men's captain's team coming home in first place with the men's vice-captain's team coming home in second. Perhaps appropriately, all the teams were treated to live jazz music on their return to the clubhouse from Leicester's famous 'Hiss and Boo Band' and a magnificent bar-b-que provided by Rebecca Louise Catering. A great night, lots of fun with good humoured banter towards the winners.
Three of our girls played in the County Girls Championships at Kibworth on Sunday 29th June. Holly Waterfield and Katie Powell played in the 9-hole stableford competition and Lucy Benoist, despite not having played a full round of golf since Easter, played in the 18-hole medal competition.
Holly scored 14 points (handicap 39) and Katie scored 20 points (handicap 47) retaining the cup she won last year. Lucy Benoist scored a very creditable net 83.
Well done to all three girls.
£1,000 DONATION FROM THE GEOFF COOKSEY CHARITY DAY
Geoff has just announced that the total amount raised for Heart Research at The University Hospital Leicester, Glenfield is a magnificent £1,000. Congratulations to Geoff and everyone who supported his day on 1st May earlier this year.
MEN’S B TEAM
After May’s great start, June has proved to be hard going for our Men’s B Team starting off with a thumping defeat away at Forest Hill 5.5 – 0.5, this was followed by a defeat at home against Ullesthorpe in the first leg of their trophy match 4.5 – 1.5. The team rallied against Kirby Muxloe to win at home 4 – 2 but faltered again with a loss at Glen Gorse 4 – 2.
The leader in their Golfer of the Year competition on 19 points is B Team Captain, Colin Parsons (who isn’t allowed to win the trophy) with Ben Benoist sitting in 2nd place on 15 points, just ahead of the next three members on 13 points. With matches against Hinckley, Ullesthorpe, Cosby and Nuneaton, there is plenty to play for.
MEN’S C TEAM
A couple of results from our Men’s C Team, headed up by Captain Stan Dewhirst. A huge loss at home against Ullesthorpe 5.5 – 0.5 was followed by a creditable draw at home against Whetstone 2.5 – 2.5.
Team against Ullesthorpe: Colin Shephard and Peter Murray; Bradley Woodward and Peter Maddock; Dick Mallabone and Mike Wheatley; Neil Ackerley and Peter Williams; Colin Chislett and Peter Moore; Raj Nataly and Stan Dewhirst.
Team against Whetstone: Colin Shephard and Jim Aspinwall; Chris Shaw and Peter Murry; Peter Maddock and Barry Sott; Tommy Porter and Peter Williams; Mike Wheatley and Stan Dewhirst.
SENIOR CAPTAIN’S AWAY ‘WEEKEND’ – 23 – 25th June
Eighteen senior members went off to Patshull Park in Shropshire and enjoyed some superb weather over the three day’s golf. An individual stableford competition was held on Monday and Wednesday with a three ball Texas Scramble on the Tuesday.
The overall individual winner of the Mike Ball Trophy was Brian Richardson (21).
The group had such an enjoyable time over the three days that they are already looking forward to next year.
Any seniors wishing to join the Seniors’ Captain at his Away Day at Ruddington Grange, Nottingham on Wednesday 30th July will be made most welcome. Just contact either Geoff Reeve or Geoff Cooksey. The cost £40 includes coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, 18 holes of golf followed by a three course dinner and prize giving – BARGAIN!
The sun shone on the past Lady Captains when they enoyed their game of golf and swapped stories of their year in office. Some ladies came along who are no longer members and caught up with all their friends. Jill Lightfoot won the competition with a respectable score of 34 points and was a popular winner who, when making her acceptance speech light-heartedly said she had been trying to win since 1999 and it was a long time coming. The match was followed by an excellent meal as usual prepared by Rebecca Louise Catering.
An amazing feat was achieved by our Captain Hugh McClean on Sunday supported by our Professional Lee Challinor and Peter Brough to complete his 100 holes challenge in aid of Myton Hospice. They started off at the crack of dawn 4.00 a.m., fresh and ready to go and, being the only ones on the course, quickly completed two rounds. By this time not only had the sun started to shine with some strength but other members were starting to filter on to the course, so rounds started to become a little slower. Everyone was very good natured and accommodating allowing them through and wishing them well. A brief stop was made for lunch to re-fuel the buggies and themselves. A steady flow of members put in an appearance to show their support all day including a family of ducks as can be seen in the gallery photographs. Oscar Baykal and Zoe North also joined in the match to encourage them on. It was important not to get de-hydrated but a back-up team of Lyn Griffiths, Andy Cull, Leanne and several others throughout the day made sure that their welfare was taken into account. An official score was maintained through the challenge to ensure that a "proper game" of golf was played. The main enemies for the whole team were the sun, tiredness, hay fever and sore feet as Hugh insisted in walking the whole way. The high standard of golf was mainained throughout the day and the team coming up the 18 for the last time put on an impressive display. The last ball was sunk just before 9 p.m. and a very welcome drink was waiting for them in the bar. The team were exhausted but happy to have achieved their goal. Thank you to everyone that supported in one way or another and congratulations to Hugh and his team. It is still not too late to donate to this worthy charity by leaving a donation in the Professional's Shop or online at https://www.justgiving.com/Hugh-McClean/.
It was a busy weekend at the Club, with the Anglo American/Scratch match for the gentlemen in the morning followed by the Ladies Championship. The weather didn't disappoint as the sun shone all day. 36 holes can be quite a task for some and the course was, needless to say, as beautiful as ever, but very challenging to say the least. Some of the pins positions wrecked many a good card but everyone was still smiling when they came in. Mary Hawkes was derservedly the overall winner of the Challenge Trophy with Kate Frankham as runner-up. The rest of the results are shown in the appropriate section for those interested in the scores.
The first team beat Market Harborough this evening 7 - 1 at home. This win strengthens the position at the top of the division. Congratulations to tonight's team of Chris Abbott, Mark Jackson, Matt Horton, Peter Brough, Huw Phillips, Brian McGovern, Jay Sheridan and Andrew Spencer. Thanks also to the other members of the squad for their continued support.
What a fantastic day! The clouds may have been overcast with small intervals of rain but the atmosphere at the Club was anything but. Our Captain, Hugh McClean met every player on the first tee with the help of his Vice Captain Ben Benoist who explained the format of a Texas Scramble to those unfamiliar with the game. A welcome surprise snack of either a bacon or sausage batch and a drink was also provided by Hugh at half-way house. Conditions were perfect for some good scores to come in and the players didn’t disappoint, as the scores reflect. Not only did Hugh see everyone off, but also met them as they finished on the 18th where players were given a token to have a free drink, sandwiches and chips on the terrace. After all were in, people gathered to hear the results, and while they were waiting for scores to be verified, a delicious Barbeque was set out providing burgers, sausages and relish. In other words, we were thoroughly spoilt by our Captain and our thanks go to Hugh for providing such a wonderful day. Thank you to everyone that entered the competition as it wouldn’t have been such a success without you. Thank you also to everyone that helped Hugh behind the scenes to make sure that the day ran so smoothly.
Apologies - we are having difficulty in agreeing the next date for the match against Newcastle Under Lyme (problems their end). Please be patient and as soon as the new date is confirmed we will advise.
Four ladies went along to The Leicestershire Golf club today to support the Inter-County Week by providing cakes and hot/cold drinks at the half way 'house' between the ninth and tenth holes. Many Lutterworth ladies had kindly either donated cakes or had been busy making them and the foods on offer went down extremely well with the ladies playing in the foursomes matchplay competition today.
Alison Boyes (Ladies Secretary), Bubbles Emmett (Lady President), Elizabeth Toney (Ladies Captain) and Joy Birch (Ladies Vice-Captain) took the opportunity to do a photo shoot of the new jumpers.
Thanks to everyone who provided cakes.
Lady President, Bubbles Emmett must have been on her knees praying all morning that the stormy weather would push away northwards in time for the first ladies taking part in her competition to take to the first tee. By one o-clock, the stormy clouds had indeed passed by and the blue skies returned and the sun shone.
40 ladies enjoyed the balmy conditions, playing to win the President’s Bowl, presented to the Ladies Section by Mrs Nora Burton, formerly Mrs Nora Johnson. The Lady President had also set the ladies a task of spotting a 'head' and 'feet', which she had hidden around the course.
Winner of the President’s Bowl was Doreen Williams, 38 points
2nd was Christine Ratcliffe, 37 points
3rd was Helen Dowling, 36 points
Nearest the line on the 7th was Mary Hawkes (who amazingly actually landed on the line)
Nearest the pin on 15th was Christine Ratcliffe who very nearly had an expensive day, landing within two inches of the hole.
The ‘head’, which was a headband, was not spotted hanging from a tree on 9th but the ‘feet’ (socks) were spotted by a few ladies hanging from a tree on the 4th. Winners received socks and shoelaces.
The ladies were treated to Pimms on the terrace after their game followed by a ‘high tea’ of scrumptious sandwiches and cakes. The Lady President was then presented with a pink standard rose from the ladies section along with lots of other gifts given by individuals.
Well done to Bubbles and congratulations to all the winners.
In true local derby fashion the match against Kilworth Springs came down to the final putt on the 18th green. The result was a 4 all draw, a very good away result for Lutterworth, which keeps us at the top of the division. Congratulations to the team of Chris Abbott, Huw Phillips, Matt Horton, Brian McGovern, Peter Brough, Jay Sheridan, Chris Noah and Andrew Spencer. Thanks also to the travelling support.
Another bad day at the office for our ladies scratch team who suffered their worst defeat yet at the hands of the Rothley ladies. Having been knocked out of the Mail on Sunday by Lutterworth, Rothley were all out for revenge and fielded 3 or 4 single handicap ladies on a day when only mad dogs and Englishmen would venture out to play golf and the result is best described like the weather – a total washout! Rothley won 6-0. Well done to the six ladies who gave their very best against an exceptionally strong team. Lutterworth team was: Mary Hawkes, Sue Fletcher, Joy Birch, Carole Burton, Louis Burrell and Elaine Holton.
LADIES COUNTY 4’S – FIRST ROUND
Mary Hawkes, Carole Burton, Sue Fletcher and Christine Ratcliffe, supported by Lady Captain Elizabeth Toney and Lady Vice-Captain Joy Birch took a short hop over to neighbouring golf club Ullesthorpe on Monday 2nd June to play in the first round of the County 4’s competition. Always a tricky course to play, particularly on the greens, Ullesthorpe definitely had the home advantage. The Lutterworth ladies however gave them a good run for their money but sadly were beaten by just 3 holes. Well played ladies a great effort.
We wish Ullesthorpe the best of luck in the next round.
A great turnout of twenty couples came along and enjoyed this annual mixed foursomes competition on a lovely dry and sunny day. Mixed Foursomes is renowned to be difficult format, particularly when your partner also happens to be your wife, husband or spouse away from the golf course but this format was indeed a favourite of the late ‘Bert’ Croft who was a very popular member of Lutterworth in his day. And it was fitting therefore that after he passed away in 1967 after a long illness, his wife Lisl presented the rose bowls to the Club with the specific wish that this should be the format for the competition. Up until May 2011 when sadly Lisl too, passed away, she and the family returned annually to present the rose bowls to the winners of the competition and this year the Club was delighted to welcome sons Robert and Philip with their wives Letty and Eleanor to do the honours.
Winners of the two Rose Bowls were Carol and Colin Chislett (net 67.5), 2nd place went to Christine Ratcliffe and Ian Champion (net 71.5) and 3rd place went to Lizzie and Chris Bowman (net 74.5).
Thank you to everyone who took part, the Croft family look forward to seeing you again next year.