Keith sadly passed away 23rd November after a short illness. Keith had been a member for 45 years, Club Captain in 1986 & 2000 and Club President 1994-1997. His funeral will be Friday 5th December at 12.45 at Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton, CV11 6WZ. Anyone wishing to attend will be very welcome.
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.
The winner of £100 was Dan Bailey and winner of £25 was John Faulks.
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
The draw for this year's Sunday Winter League was made this afternoon. 42 players have entered and the first matches will be from 8am on Sunday 2nd November. Four matches will start from the 16th tee from 8am with the remaining matches starting from the 1st. Tee times can be booked in the pro shop from Friday 24th October.
Pairings and matches can be viewed on the site at: members/competitions/Sunday Winter League and the sheets are on the noticeboard in the men's locker rooms.
The draw for the Saturday Winter League was made at 5pm this afternoon. There is a full field of 72 with a number of reserves. This year a reserve can play twice for the same team, starting one hole down as always.
The first matches are on Saturday 1st November from 12pm - start sheets in the Pro Shop from Friday 24th October.
The pairings can be seen from the members/competitions/Saturday Winter League menu on the site and the result sheets will be displayed in the men's locker rooms. As per last year, it is the responsibility of the losing team to complete the result sheet, in the event of a draw all players have equal responsibility.
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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The 1st prize winner of £100 for the 100 Club was Ada Parr and the runner up winning £25 was Richard Husband.
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.
The winner of the July 100 Club was John Faulks who wins £100.00 and the runner up was Louise Burrell who wins £25.00.
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.
After promotion into Division 2 last season, our ladies scratch team are struggling to find the winning formula. Having lost the first two matches to Scraptoft and Lingdale, the team were hopeful of getting a result out of their home match against Hinckley but once again were narrowly defeated
2 ½ - 3 ½ . Carole Burton however, deserves special mention having won 2 out of 2 matches against Hinckley and Lingdale. Well done Carole.
Team: Janice Gwilliam, Laura Smith de Vasconcellos, Sue Fletcher, Joy Birch, Carole Burton and Jules Barker.
The winners for the May 100 Club lottery were Graham Burrell who won 1st prize of £100 and Louise Enderby who won 2nd prize of £25.
The scratch team continued it's unbeaten start to the season on Thursday with a comprehensive 7-1 win against Rutland Water. Congratulations to the team of Pete Brough, Chris Noah, Chris Abbott, Matt Horton, Mark Jackson, Brian McGovern, Andrew Spencer and Jay Sheridan.
This win puts the side clear at the top of the division, setting up an important match away to local rivals Kilworth Springs next week.
After Hinckley Golf Club cancelled the scheduled mixed friendly fixture due to a shortage of players, the mixed section organisers, Rita and Alwyn Ogden decided to capitalise on the terrific support and spirit within the Lutterworth mixed section.
An impromptu in-house friendly was arranged with the 24 players split into 2 teams - Odds and Evens, The teams were drawn on the day with the Ladies picking their "Blind Date" and tee off time.
After the torrential rain on the Saturday, there were some concerns
about the prospects for Sunday. However the sun shone throughout and
the course looked a picture. Great work Greenstaff!
Following a splendid post match meal, the Odds were declared Winners, each team member receiving a Mars Bar for their efforts - no expense spared! Andy Cull very kindly provided 2 bottles of wine for the pair with the biggest win and these went to Tracy Botham and Alwyn Ogden.
In the closing address, Rita introduced new members Lesley and Peter Kalym-Ford and welcomed back Sandra and Ian Morris following Ian's long term injury.
Next fixture is Nuneaton 13th June home against Nuneaton.
Lutterworth Ladies v Kirby Muxloe (Friendly)
Jan Brown brought the Kirby Muxloe Ladies to play a Friendly match against the Lutterworth Team on Wednesday 21st May. What a glorious, sunny afternoon when some very tight matches ended in an overall half. We were very proud of the way our course looked and played and the visitors were very complimentary about both the course and the excellent meal. Thanks to the team of Bridget Jenkins, Lilian Pilkington, Bubbles Emmett, Liz Paris, Doreen Williams, Irene Harper, Liz Toney and Lesley Wooldridge.
Ladies v Lingdale (Scratch League) – Friday 22nd May
Having driven over to Lingdale in a torrential downpour, with visibility down to 50 yards on the motorway, none of our ladies believed that conditions would allow the match to take place. Nevertheless, after an inspection of the practise green during a break in the clouds both Captains decided to forge ahead regardless. Before the second set of ladies had gotten their drives away however, the persistent rain returned and continued throughout the next three hours making the rough even tougher and the greens even trickier. Unfortunately Lutterworth only managed to secure one win and one draw out of the match and Lingdale, having home advantage took the rest. Result: a loss for Lutterworth 1 ½ to 4 ½ .
A big thank you to the Lutterworth ladies for stoically turning out without a grumble and to the Lingdale ladies for their warm hospitality and a very welcome hot meal at the end of the day.
Team was: Mary Hawkes, Jacqui Knight, Pam Etchingham, Joy Birch, Christine Ratcliffe and Carole Burton.
Unfortunately the C team suffered another 5 - 2 loss at the hands of Forest Hill on 13th May. Captain Stan Dewhirst is hoping that the next three home games on the bounce is going to turn the tide, claiming that eight of the nine matches played so far have been away (and he includes the matches against our ladies and seniors in this category.) His tactic of fining players who lose their matches by more than 3 holes has not produced the results he anticipated and so Stan is busy re-thinking his motivation strategy. Good luck chaps against Ullesthorpe on 29th May.
Team Pairings: Colin Shephard and Rob Ford, Peter Williams and Martin Crane, Peter Maddock and Neil Akerley, Bradley Woodward and Peter Moore, Roy Pebody and Dick Mallabone, Duncan Haworth and Chris Dewhirst, Trevor Atkinson and Stan Dewhirst.
Date for your diaries: – 24th June is the C Team trophy. This is an internal pairs completion with prizes for current and prospective C team players. Don’t miss it!
Our B team have had a splendid run throughout the month of May.
Starting with a 6-0 home win over Kibworth , winning back the Centenary Trophy following last season’s 5-1 defeat at Kibworth. This was followed up with another fine win against Hearsall, 5-1 and finished yesterday with a fine 4-2 win over Birstall.
May has seen the following members make their B Team debuts; Lyn Griffiths & Ian Quick both starting off with wins. So many congratulations to them both.
The B Team’s record for the first two months of competition is remarkable; Played 6, Won 5 and lost 1 so every player deserves a pat on the back, but Captain Colin Parsons quoting his old school master says “we can still do better!” and being undefeated throughout May himself, he can get away with that.
The player of the year is again close with Ben Benoist out in front on 13 points from 5 matches closely followed by Ian Knowles and defending champion Bill Stubbins on 12 points from 4 matches played.
The Seniors hosted Hearsall on Wednesday 14th May and came away with a 4 – 4 draw, which considering the friendly way in which it was played was a good result all round. Hearsall Captain Alec, paid compliments to the Lutterworth green staff for a “very well turned out course”.
Super-sub Alan Ogden still retains his 100% record from 10 matches and whilst others have achieved 100%, this has been over fewer matches.
Team pairings were:
Geoff Cooksey & Alan Ogden
Trevor Davies & Jim Lightfoot
Tony Clarke & Mike Bradshaw
Terry Rogers & Ian Champion
Ty Williams & Ken Earp
Tony Harper & Stan Dewhirst
Neil Wright & Graham Lawrence
The Ladies hosted Northants County in a Friendly Match on Monday 12th May. In spite of a mixture of sun and showers that had us putting our waterproofs on and taking them off at almost every other hole, a lovely afternoon was had by all. The match was drawn and we ended the day with a tasty meal and some awful jokes from Captains of the Day Bridget from Lutterworth and Joan from Northants County. Thank you to the Lutterworth Team of Liz Toney, Sue Fletcher, Margaret Lightowler, Jill Lightfoot, Lilian Pilkington, Christine Brown and Rita Ogden
Lutterworth Mixed Team continued their run of success with a convincing 7-2 win over Rugby G C .
The promised rain held off but the high winds made playing conditions very tricky and Lutterworth coped much better. Our opponents congratulated green staff on the quality of the course and the splendid post match meal provided by Becky and her team. Thanks and congratulations also to Barry Galpin who scored a hole in one earlier in the day - both teams raised a toast with brandy he generously provided.
Next event is an in house competition on 25th May to replace the cancelled match v Hinckley.
Entry sheets for June fixtures v Nuneaton (home) and Glen Gorse (away) are now up on the mixed section notice board.
The 'C TEAM' travelled away to Whetstone on Tuesday 22nd April hoping for a change in fortune but unfortunately the bad run of form continued and they suffered their worst defeat of the season, going down 5 – 0. The good news though is that they picked themselves up for their next away match against Kibworth on 30th April where they managed a 3 -3 draw. We wish them better luck in their matches throughout May.
The SENIORS also suffered a loss at Kibworth on 9th May, narrowly losing out by 4 ½ - 3 ½ . Alan Ogden however deserves a mention in that he retained his 100% record on the day. Well done Alan.
On another note, Captain Geoff Cooksey announced that his Charity Day looks to have netted around £1,000 for his charity “the University Hospital Leicester, Glenfield for Heart Research”. Well done Geoff.
LADIES THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUND IN TASKERS (IAN BURTOFT TROPHY) COMPETITION
The ladies travelled to Wollerton Park on Friday 9th May to play the ‘Away’ leg of their first round having previously won the ‘Home’ leg 4 – 3. Despite a strong blustery wind and intermittent heavy showers, the team came through with a brilliant 5 – 2 win on this magnificent parkland course and go through to the next round with an aggregate score of 9 - 5.
Team was Pam Etchingham, Joy Birch, Sue Fletcher, Jacqui Knight, Bubbles Emmett, Chris Wilson and Jill Lightfoot.
Lutterworth have a bye in the next round.
LADIES OPEN AM/AM - Thursday 8th May
Despite the atrocious weather, which forced the early starters to retreat back into the clubhouse for a period of nearly an hour and a half, the competition did go ahead and all competitors managed to get round the 18 holes well before the light disappeared, which had been a worry for the organisers.
A huge thank you to the course staff who worked tremendously hard to get the greens playable and to all the ladies for their patience on what was to become a very long day.
Nearest the line on the 7th Hole: Jean Webb - Coventry
Bronze Division Nearest the Pin on 15th Hole: Bridget Jenkins - Lutterworth
Silver Division Nearest the pin on 9th Hole: Joy Birch - Lutterworth
Best Front 9 (38 points): Sarah Grindal, Sue Langford, Pat Hawthorn and Trish Heat - The Warwickshire.
Best Back 9 (with 33 points): Sue Fletcher, Bridge Jenkins, Stephanie McAra, Margo Good - Lutterworth and Northampton County.
1st Place (with 72 points): Val Foster, Deb West, Maggie Turton and Peta Vincent - Kilworth Springs
2nd Place (with 71 points): Ada Parr, Sonja Castle-Mott, Carol Kane and Lilian Shields -Lutterworth/Tadmarton Heath/Whittlebury Park.
3rd Place (with 70 points): Sharon Bolus, Lynn Blasdale, Judy Matharu, Sue Smith -Nuneaton/Kenilworth/Hinckley.
4th Place (with 68 points ocb): Anita Robinson, Sue Godfrey, Helen Lister, Jayne Barrs -Ullesthorpe/Rushcliffe.
5th Place (with 68 points): Anne Knight, Jean McLeish, Sandra Bloor, Sue Ayre - Hinckley.
£237 was raised for the Lady Captain’s Charity, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland air Ambulance
The first team had a great 6-2 away win at Rutland County. Congratulations to the team of Mark Jackson, Jay Sheridan, Brian McGovern, Andrew Spencer, Chris Noah, Chris Wormleighton, Matt Horton and Peter Brough. This gives a good foundation for the season, winning the first two matches.
Congratulations to the team of Peter Brough & Jay Sheridan, Matt Horton & Brian McGovern who won a close first round match against Kibworth on Wednesday evening. We will now play the winners of Luffenham Heath & Kirby Muxloe away on Wednesday 4 June
The winner of £100.00 is Ada Parr and winner of £25.00 is Kevin Humphrey.
MIXED OPEN - Sunday 4th May
Format: Team of 4 am/am Stableford (best lady, best gent to score)
Visiting teams did extremely well today with Lutterworth only featuring once in the main prizes. An extremely well-supported competition played on yet another beautifully sunny day giving every opportunity for some great golf.
A magnificent Hole in One on the 12th Hole for David Chapman (Glen Gorse) who won a £50 voucher.
Two's - Gez Sanders, Simon Lincoln, Margaret Lightowler, Kevin Botham, Sarb Matharu, Terry Toyne, Andy Potts, Roger Dainty £28 each.
Main Competition Results:
1st - Dave Rolfe, Kevin Crow, Jackie Rolfe and Lizzi Crow (Silverston/Delepre/Kingsthorpe/Wavedon) 79 points £70 voucher each.
2nd - Andy Barber, Ian Broadhurst, Jean Stones, Jo White (Trent Lock) 78 points £50 voucher each.
3rd - Sarb Matharu, Mick Foote, Judy Matharu, Maureen Foote (Hinckley) 76 points £40 voucher each.
4th - Andrew Hamilton, Oscar Baykal, Sally Hollis, Nicki Baykal (South Staffs and Lutterworth) points £30 voucher each.
5th - Andy North, Jason Baldwin, Lorna Morris, Sue Burgess (Kilworth) 74 points £25 voucher each.
Nearest the Pin on 9th Hole - Simon Lincoln (Lutterworth) £25 voucher.
Nearest the Pin on 15th Hole - Jason Baldwin (Kilworth) £25 voucher.
Our Seniors have quietly been going about their business throughout the early part of the season with some brilliant home wins. The pre-season warm-up against the Men’s ‘C’ Team produced a fine win for the Seniors 4-2 but they surrendered to the Ladies Team with a 2 – 6 loss (the return match at the end of the season will be an interesting one to watch!).
However, home matches have produced some excellent results beating Market Harborough 6 – 2, Ullesthorpe 8 – 0, and Nuneaton 7 ½ - ½.
Away matches however have proved a little more difficult. At the return match at Ullesthorpe they suffered a 3 – 5 loss which was followed by a further 3 - 5 loss at Rugby. Next match is Thursday 8th May at Kibworth.
LUTTERWORTH GOLF CLUB OPEN DAY – Saturday 3rd May
Basking in the warm spring sunshine, the course couldn’t have looked better as Lutterworth Golf Club threw its doors open to the public for its Open Day. More than 300 visitors came along to see what our Club has to offer and we did not disappoint. The day was opened by Lutterworth Town Mayor, Bob Howes who not only cut the ribbon to declare the event open, but also hoisted the new Lutterworth Golf Club flag located just inside the entrance. All visitors were given a free entry into the prize draw to win a Sunday lunch for two in the Clubhouse and young children 12 and under, received a raffle ticket for a lucky dip.
On the Academy Ground which provides fabulous views across part of the main golf course, a bouncy slide had been erected to keep the young children entertained, giving mums and dads a chance to join in with a fitness exercise routine specifically for golfers demonstrated by Laura Smith de Vasconcellos or watch the golf demonstrations performed by PGA Professional, Lee Challinor. A fun chipping competition was ongoing for both adults and juniors to win a golf lesson with Lee, whilst inside, a putting competition, again for adults and juniors was in full swing. Also in the clubhouse there was a PowerPoint presentation showing what the club has to offer and display boards depicting the history of the club from 1904, future plans to improve the look of the clubhouse and to reduce our carbon footprint and also a celebration of just some of the achievements of our members and teams. A local face-painter also proved to be very popular with the younger children. Visitors were also able to wander around the clubhouse and Professional Shop and then sit back and enjoy the magnificent view of the 18th fairway from the clubhouse veranda whilst enjoying food and drinks from the bar. Lutterworth Golf Club is working with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Golf Development Officer to encourage more people to ‘Get Into Golf’ and hand-outs were distributed outlining the many options to get into golf available at Lutterworth including a new initiative, the Academy programme, which aims to ease the transition of novice to golf-club member by providing a structured programme of tuition, use of practice facilities, monitored access to the course and social membership. The day generated much interest in our club with many applications having been received for the various membership categories available and the whole event was considered to have been a great success.
The ladies came up against an extremely strong team from Cosby today (3rd May) in our 4th round home match in the Mail on Sunday. A fantastic effort by all of our ladies to get so close to forcing a sudden-death play-off but unfortunately it wasn’t to be today. Cosby ladies go through with a 3 – 2 win. We wish them every success in the next round. The Lady Captain wishes to thank all the ladies who took part throughout the four rounds, to all our caddies and supporters and to Marlene Bailey for organising the matches.
Team: Laura Smith de Vasconcellos, Margaret Lightowler, Jean Neesham, Sue Fletcher and Kate Frankham.
This annual charity event, first held in 2002 at Forest Hill to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Geoff having undergone major heart surgery was held this year, for the first time at Geoff’s own club, Lutterworth. Over the years through Geoff’s endeavours, £25k has been has been raised for heart research and other heart related causes.
23 teams had entered the competition, 13 of which were from other clubs with a few of them fielding lady players, something the organisers had been keen to encourage. Teams came from Atherstone, Enville, Forest Hill, Ullesthorpe, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Kibworth, Rugby, Greene King and Barwell Cricketers.
The format was quite tough, off ¾ handicap with all four team members having to score on the difficult par 3 9th and the long par 5 13th, which certainly tested all the players.
A 3-course carvery followed the competition after which donated gifts went under the hammer to raise money for Geoff’s charity “The University Hospital Leicester, Glenfield for Heart Research”.
Items included in the auction were:
£100 voucher for the Swan at Shawell donated by Hugh McClean.
A one-day ’courtesy of the course’ voucher for Enville Golf Club, potentially 36 holes of golf on The Open qualifying Highgate Course and the Lodge Course.
Four-ball vouchers for 18 holes of golf at Kibworth , Lutterworth, the Warwickshire and Atherstone.
A Taylor Made, 3-wood was donated by Steve Webster together with a Tad Moore Putter.
Prizes for the raffle were donated by each team.
Nearest the Pin in Two on the Second - Nigel Pearce (Lutterworth)
Nearest the Pin on the 9th - Tim Lees (Atherstone Hatters)
Nearest The Pin on the 15th was Brian Asbury (Lutterworth)
In first Place overall : Enterprise Workwear, Captained by Malc Cannon, (Atherstone)
In Second Place overall : Atherstone Hatters, Captained by Roy Board (Immediate Past Captain)
In Third Place overall: Do ya Ken Oggy, Oggy, Oggy, Captained by Alwyn Ogden (Lutterworth)
The organisers with to thank the following sponsors for their kind and generous donations and support and hope that everyone who took part will support the event next year, which is again hoped to be run at Lutterworth.
Enterprise Workwear, Greene King, MI Installations Ltd, J Dawes & Son, Ashby Boat Company.
Total so far for Geoff's Charity is £1000!
Congratulations to Allan Simmonds (6) who came 7th in a field of 109 in the Midland Seniors Spring competition with a gross 75 at The Leicestershire Golf Club on 28th April 2014 - very well done.
On Thursday 24th the first team started the scratch league season with a 5.5 to 2.5 win against Charnwood Forest. The team of Chris Abbott, Brian McGovern, Mark Jackson, Peter Brough, Andrew Spencer, Andy Cull, Jay Sheridan & Chris Noah put up a good performance and have got the team off to a fine start. The next match is away on Thursday 8th May at Rutland County.
A successful evening with just the right mix of nostalgia and fun, commemorating the start of World War I and remembering those who fought so bravely to keep the rest of us safe. The clubhouse was tastefully and sensitively decorated with patriotic bunting, flags, balloons and posters depicting the war effort; photographs and exhibits were on loan from the Lutterworth and District Museum and an extremely interesting story board depicting the memories of one of our very own members, Peter Palmer who piloted a Lancaster aircraft during the war. Peter had the rare privilege of being allowed to sit in the cockpit of the very last flying Lancaster PA474 at RAF Waddington on June 28th 2003 and a photograph of this occasion was on show.
A good selection of meals was on offer from Rebecca Louise Catering and after being well-fed, diners were treated to a rendition of songs from both World Wars by Rosey Reed on the piano and everyone joined in with gusto and much waving of flags. A thought provoking history quiz, run throughout the evening was eventually won by Rodney Smith's team “Clueless”.
The Captain and Lady Captain after much deliberation judged Evonne Coulson and her friend over here from Australia as the winners of the fancy dress (the two matrons) and then everyone was treated to a ‘Swing Session’ by Sally J (Reed) who got everyone’s feet tapping.
The tombola raised a generous amount, which is to be split between Help4Heroes and the Lutterworth & District Museum.
Look out for more Social Events here on the website and in the clubhouse.
Great news from our mixed team who played at Cosby today. Dave Jones, the stand-in captain for Cosby made our team feel very welcome and all the individual matches were played in a great spirit. Lutterworth came away with an excellent 5-3 win. Next match is at home against Rugby on 11th May
This is the first year that our ladies have entered a team to play in this over 50’s Inter-Club Knockout Golf Competition to compete for the Ian Burtoft Trophy, the proceeds going directly to junior girls’ golf development. Initial rounds are drawn on a regional basis, the first round being played on a 2 legged basis both Home and Away which ensures each team gets at least 2 rounds for their entry fee and is open to clubs from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, South Yorkshire – Sheffield, Leicestershire and Rutland and South Lancashire. The format is 7 singles match play with full handicap allowance (maximum 28).
Our ladies were drawn against Wollerton Park, Nottingham in the first initial round and played our Home leg this week, which they won 4-3. The Away leg is scheduled in a couple of weeks’ time at 11.30am on the 9th May, after which the aggregate score will decide on who goes through to the next round. The 7 ladies who played in the home leg were Joy Birch, Irene Harper, Jules Barker, Sue Fletcher, Jean Neesham, Bubbles Emmett and Bridget Jenkins. Well done ladies and good luck in the ‘away’ match.
Yes, tune in next week to Chat and Spin Radio (Internet Radio throughout the UK) when our Lady Captain is due to chat to host Ian Johnson about our forthcoming Open Day. Liz will be live on air at the following days and times.
Monday 28th April at 8.40am
Friday on 2nd May at 5.20pm
The men’s C Team has struggled to hit form in the first six matches of the season. After a promising 4-3 win over our ladies, they then lost 4-2 to our Senior Men. A further loss of 4-2 followed at Park Hill (away) but encouragingly, they managed a 3-3 draw against Birstall (away). Unfortunately the bad run returned with a 4-3 loss at Forest Hill (home) and a further loss at Kirby Muxloe (away) 5 ½ - ½. Captain Stan Dewhirst is up-beat however and is confident that they have the team that can turn things around.
Early leaders in the Player of the Year trophy are Dick Mallabone and Michael Fisher, both on 5 points after six matches. Michael however is now struggling with an injury and the team would like to send him their very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
David Cameron literally did drop into Lutterworth Golf Club yesterday. Flown in by helicopter, he landed on the rear of the LGC carpark and was whisked away to an unknown location near Lutterworth. Sally Hollis who was in the clubhouse entertaining guests from Willesley Park eagerly awaited his return. Donna symonds (wife of member Nick Symonds) hailed over Mr Cameron for a photo-shoot and despite the reservations of his security, did so.
Seen here in the photograph are: Sally Reed, David Cameron, Donna Symonds, Sally Hollis, Rosie Read and junior members Ewan and Iestyn Alderman (aged 13 and 11 respectively).
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Lutterworth ladies have another home match in the next round of the Mail on Sunday. We play Cosby Golf Club on Saturday, 3rd March teeing off at 1.45pm. (Tee closed at 1.30pm)
The winter woollies had to be dug out of storage again for this one, with several layers of clothing being the order of the day. The heavy rain thankfully did hold off until later in the evening but a strong biting wind made the ball difficult to control for the big hitters. However, a good field supported the event and judging by the banter in the clubhouse afterwards, everyone had a fun afternoon. Money vouchers and Easter Eggs were awarded to the best three stableford scores and these went to:
Winners: Lesley Watson & Steve Hardy – 34 points; 2nd Place: Ada Parr & Richard Parr – 33 points (B9); 3rd Place: Elizabeth Toney & Andy Cull – 33 points.
A good start to this season for our men's B Team, winning three out of their four matches. A great away win against Scraptoft 4 - 2; a home win against Market Harborough 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 and a brilliant home win against Leamington 5 - 1. The only match lost last month, and by a narrow margin, was at Hinckley 2 1/2 - 3 1/2.
A few new members joined the squad in the opening matches, Josh Bates, Tim Watson, Peter Murray, Neville Townsend and Ben Benoist and all won their individual matches. Hope you all enjoyed your B Team debuts.
There is also an early leader for the 'Golfer of the Year' title. Ian Knowles has got off to a fantastic start with 9 points from 3 games.
Disappointment for our two ladies, Doreen Williams and Jill Lightfoot who travelled the short distance to Kilworth Springs today to play their 2nd round in the Daily Mail Foursomes competition. Unfortunately, they were unable to replicate their brilliant form of late and bow out of the knock-out competition after losing their match 6-4. Well done to Kilworth Springs and good luck in the next round.
Lutterworth ladies hosted last year’s winners, Rothley Park in the 3rd round of the Mail on Sunday. First out was Joy Birch who went 1-down after the 9th hole and despite receiving a 10-shot stroke allowance was unable to make ground on Rothley player Maz Sharpe, eventually losing 5/3 on the 15th hole.
Marlene Bailey, match organiser for the Mail on Sunday and staunch supporter for Lutterworth who was positioned at the intersection of the 13th/14th/15th holes was able to confirm however, that after the 12th hole, Lutterworth were leading in the other 4 matches. Supporters of both teams therefore, congregated in this area anxiously waiting to watch the remaining matches unfold.
The next match to finish was Helen Dowling receiving a 6-shot stroke allowance over Rothley lady Lindsay Jelly, romping home with a 6/5 win. Margaret Lightowler receiving a 7-shot allowance over Rothley lady Vic Skandring finished next with a 3/2 win, followed by Christine Ratcliffe, again receiving a 7-shot allowance over Rothley lady Sally Jee finishing with yet another 5/3 win. Finally the last lady out for Lutterworth, Sue Fletcher who gave a 1-shot allowance to Rothley lady, Suz Everitt completed with a 4/3 win.
A magnificent effort by our ladies! A fantastic 4-1 win over last year’s winners Rothley Park. Many congratulations to our players, our caddies, to Marlene and our supporters on the course and to our catering staff who supplied us with a fantastic meal to end a memorable day.
LADIES CAPTAIN v LADIES PRESIDENT
Played in brilliant warm sunshine and clear blue skies, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their matches today. All the ladies dutifully wore a flower of some description, either on hats, clothing or trolley bags (as specified by the Lady President). Tea, coffee and biscuits were laid on after the match, courtesy of Lady President and everyone received a small plant for joining in the fun.
Who won ...... the Lady President's team 5 - 3.
The Ladies' Friendly Match Season began this week on a sunny but chilly Monday afternoon with a home fixture against the Market Harborough team led by the very charming Viv Ward. These matches are an opportunity for higher handicap ladies to gain match experience in a supportive, no pressure, atmosphere. The team also usually includes a few more experienced ladies to encourage the others. Market Harborough brought a strong team but the Lutterworth Ladies played very well and used their shots to earn an overall half . A very pleasant afternoon was had by all. Thanks to our Captain, Liz Toney plus Rita Ogden , Doreen Williams, Lesley Wooldridge, Chris Hardy, Chris Brown, Lilian Pilkington and Liz Paris
Mixed Match v Beedles Lake (Away) – Sunday 13th April
The first fixture of the season at Beedles Lake finished in a 6 - 3 defeat for Lutterworth, although individually, all the matches were very competitive and went right down to the wire so it was a much closer match than the final score suggests. As well as the regulars, we were delighted to welcome 3 new couples joining our team - the Bothams, the Gwilliams and the Parrs. Next match is away to Cosby on Sunday 27th April.
Disappointment for our ladies in their first scratch match of the season, played at home against Scraptoft. Against strong opposition, our ladies just fell short, managing 2 wins and a half to Scraptoft’s 3 wins and a half. A win for Scraptoft 3 ½ to 2 ½ .
Lutterworth Team: Sue Fletcher, Jacqui Knight, Laura Smith de Vasconcellos, Janice Gwilliam, Joy Birch and Christine Ratcliffe.
LUTTERWORTH LADIES HANDICAP MATCH v MELTON MOWBRAY
Monday 7th April
Melton Mowbray ladies fielded a strong squad today for the first handicap match of the season. Played at Lutterworth in squally conditions, the Lutterworth team only managed to out muscle the opposition in 1 out of the 3 matches. Nonetheless, well done ladies, a valiant effort; beaten by a better team on the day.
Lutterworth Team: Joy Birch, Lilian Pilkington, Christine Ratcliffe, Jill Lightfoot, Margaret Lightowler and Jules Barker.
Thursday 3rd April 2014
Well over a hundred people enjoyed another successful Retail Evening, organised by Leanne Bayliss. For an entrance fee of £2, which included a glass of bubbly and nibbles on arrival the crowds were able to browse and purchase from a large selection of stalls. The evening concluded with the raffle draw to win one of many wonderful donated gifts. Amount raised for Children with Cancer UK on the night was £410.85.
Stalls included: Laura Davies - Branded Makeup, Silver Orchid - Collage canvas pictures & Home Decor items, Brown Bird Creations - Decorative Bird Nest Boxes/ Feeders and accessories, John Brown - Silver Plated Jewellery, Equality Ethical Trading - Fair trade Bags, Scarves, Hats and accessories, Rebecca Louise Catering - Cupcakes and Cake Pops, Bejewelled - Handbags and Scarves, The Health and Beauty Company - Health and Beauty products, Phoenix Cards - Cards, Gifts and wrapping paper, Happy Hound Bakery - Dog Treats and accessories, Hazel May Designs - Italian Clothing, The Bazaar - Children's goods, Gilly's Emporium - Homeware, Flowers and Outdoor tubs, Reeves Rustics - Personalised gifts, Alice in Bobble Land – Headbands, Cascade Boutique - Vintage Inspired jewellery, Emily Rose Boutique - Personalised photos and gifts, Avon Cosmetics, Deli 2 Dine 4 - British Deli products.
The winners of the March draw were Mike Tebbutt who won the first prize of £100 and Alan Milburn who won the second prize of £25.
The winners of the February draw were Hugh McClean who won the first prize of £100 and Janet Millen who won the second prize of £25.
The winners of the January draw were Jacqui Knight who won the first prize of £100 and Mike Perry who won the second prize of £25.
The final pre-season warm up match between the Ladies and Senior Men took place yesterday on what has become a firm favourite in the Lutterworth Golf Club calendar. With 36 players taking part, Senior Men’s Captain Geoff Cooksey and Ladies Captain Liz Toney and their playing partners, led out as the first team off the Tee with a further eight 4BBB teams following on behind.
All the matches were played with great sportsmanship and camaraderie, the ladies being thoroughly spoiled with a hot drink and a piece of homemade cake at the 10th hole, which was most welcome and the good humour continued after the match as both teams sat down to a splendid two course meal with tea or coffee in the clubhouse where thoughts on who had won became almost inconsequential.
However, the ladies continue their run of form as they did indeed win the match 6 – 3 and look forward to the re-match in the autumn.
Always a favourite event in the Lutterworth Golf Club calendar, the annual contest between the Ladies and Gents to win the coverted "Peter Woods Putter" took place on Sunday 23rd March with a field of 11 teams and much to the delight of the ladies, they nipped a 6-5 win on the last match.
Seen here in the photograph are Captain, Hugh McClean presenting the "Putter" to a delighted Ladies Captain, Elizabeth Toney.
The Ladies take on the Senior Men in the last of these early season warm-ups on Wednesday 26th March teeing off at 12 noon.
On a beautiful sunny Sunday, new mixed team captains Rita and Alwyn Ogden hosted the traditional start of season fixture. 36 members supported the event and it was a delight to see several new members alongside many previous team players.
The score was a 5.5 to 3.5 victory for the A team but the main result was a wonderful social team building event. Thanks to all who took part and your promises of support. Thanks also to Becky and her team for an excellent post match meal.
If any other member is interested in joining the mixed team, please look out out for the entry lists in the foyer outside the gents locker room.
Rita and Alwyn Ogden
Winners of the qualifying competition played at Lutterworth towards the end of last season, Jill Lightfoot and Doreen Williams travelled up to the south of Nottingham to play Chilwell Manor in the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. On a difficult course, the Lutterworth pairing took an early 2-up lead, which was quickly pulled back to all square by the Chilwell ladies. The match continued, nip and tuck with the Lutterworth ladies trailing by 1 hole as they approached the 18th hole. With grit and determination, they managed to square the match off and forced a sudden death play-off, which they won on the 19th. Brilliant job ladies; very well done. We look forward to watching your progress in the next round.
The Richard Trophy had a splendid turnout of 157 entries with shot-gun starts in the morning and afternoon. Despite misgivings from some, the day went off smoothly and was a huge success. The weather behaved, although a little windy, which made some shots more difficult than others. Many members stayed behind for the presentation. Pat Keeling, the sister of John Keeling, who died of Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and who the Richard Trophy is in memory of, addressed the assembled giving her thanks for the event and the money raised by the Club which has amounted this year to an amazing £627. She was delighted with the friendly and buzzing atmosphere in the Clubhouse and brought with her a photograph album depicting all the years we have been holding this event. The presentations were given by the Captain Hugh McClean assisted by Lee Challinor our Pro. The overall winner for the day was Phil Meakin and the cup was presented to Peter Gemmell on his behalf. The winner for the morning was Phil Meakin and the winner for the afternoon was Tim Jones. The overall winner of the Ladies Section was Pam Etchingham. A full list of winners can be seen under the “Competitions” section. Thank you to everyone that took part and to the Marshalls and helpers that helped make this day a success.
On what was undoubtedly the hottest and sunniest day of the year so far, Kate Frankham, Mary Hawkes, Laura de Vasconcellos Smith, Joy Birch and Christine Ratcliffe along with caddies, Lesley Watson, Helen Dowling and Liz Toney, took on Rugby in the 2nd round of the Mail on Sunday at Rugby. With the score standing at 2 ½ to 1 ½ after four ladies had completed their matches, Kate was on standby to play sudden death should the final match have gone Rugby’s way. To both the team’s and Kate’s great relief, Christine came home with a draw making the final result 3 – 2 to Lutterworth Ladies.
The first of the three ladies v men pre-season warm up matches took place this week. Played with great camaraderie and good humour, the Ladies took on the Men’s C Team and although gave a valiant effort, just came up short losing the match 4 – 3. The match concluded with a fine two course meal in the clubhouse where the fun and banter continued. Next challenge is the Ladies v Gents on Sunday 23rd March.
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. Although too many to mention individually, our juniors not only performed to an incredibly high standard in their own competitions, but achieved some outstanding scores in the adult competitions as well. The presentations, made by Vice-Captain and Junior Organiser, Ben Benoist and Ladies Captain Elizabeth Toney, were preceded by a meal and concluded with a quiz, which was won by the girls.
Special Trophy Winners were:
Joseph Hack: Golden Jubilee Junior Trophy.
Callum Relf: Junior Match Play Champion 2013.
George Humphrey: Rabbits Match Play Trophy 2013.
Huw Phillips: Junior Champion Cup and Victor Jackson Trophy for best gross (74) in Junior Open.
Chay Kalym: Geoff Yates Trophy.
Junior Open Team Trophy: James Waterfield, Kate Frankham, Callum Relf and Huw Phillips
Adult/Junior Foursomes: Callum Relf and Jane Lewis
Barson Trophy: Joseph Hack who achieved a handicap reduction from 17 to 12.
Junior Trophy: George Humphrey who achieved a handicap reduction from 41 to 28.
LGC undertakes national skills testing and provides junior coaching most Sunday afternoons for members and non-members. The skill test covers driving, pitching, chipping, bunker play and putting. Last season, Kati Powell (age 11), Holly Waterfield (age 8) and Izzy Moffitt (age 8) all got through to the Midlands Regional Finals at The Warwickshire. Kati Powell and Holly Waterfield qualified for the National finals held at Woodhall Spa in September. Holly was joint second in her age group and Kati third in hers. All three girls’ were awarded Certificates of Merit for their achievements.
After a couple of postponements of this first round match due to flooding on some areas of the course, Lutterworth finally had a window in the stormy, wet weather to host neighbouring club, Ullesthorpe in the national, Mail on Sunday competition.
Whilst the severe gusting wind helped to dry out the course, it made playing conditions even trickier to manage. Five ladies from each club battled against each other in full handicap, singles matchplay format and although the end result looked to be an easy win, it was far from it. Each match was extremely tight, three going to the full 18 holes and the remaining two finishing on the 16th and 17th.
Jacqui Knight beat Sarah Storer (2 up); Joy Birch beat Linda Finch (2 up); Laura Smith de Vasconcellos beat Maureen Martin (3/2); Christine Ratcliffe halved the match against Julie Sewell and Mary Hawkes beat Anita Robinson (2/1).
A huge thank you, not only to all the players but also to caddies Margaret Lightowler, Wendy Boneham and Helen Dowling for their much appreciated support and to Marlene Bailey who braved the cold weather to follow the matches all around the course. Thanks also to several groups of our male colleagues out on the course, who surreptitiously gave their support.
Members of Lutterworth Golf Club and friends gathered round the first tee on Sunday 1st December to watch incoming Men's, Ladies' and Junior's Captains, Hugh McClean, Elizabeth Toney and Andrew Skerratt, accompanied on the Tee by President Peter Gemmell, hit the first drives of their Captain's year down the first fairway in time honoured tradition. The drive-in was followed by drinks and hot food in the clubhouse. The Captain's charities to benefit this year from their fundraising activities are the Myton Hospice and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.
Lutterworth Golf Club is currently working with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Golf Partnership development officer, Jade Boggust, to 'grow the game' and has already successfully run a series of 'Get into Golf' lessons for beginners and improvers. Look out for new courses starting in the New Year. With lower winter green fees, great golf and food deals there is no better time to play the course; contact the Club Secretary or Professional for details on 01455 552532.
The Golf Club currently has availability for all categories of membership and has an option where a joining fee is not applicable. All applications are welcome.