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. Date and time to be agreed.
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 next round draws are out for the Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes and the Mail on Sunday:
Mail on Sunday, Round 3 (playing deadline 21/4/2014)
Lutterworth play Rothley Park Golf Club at Home.
Daily Mail Foursomes, Round 2 (playing deadline 21/4/2014)
Lutterworth play Kilworth Springs Golf Club Away.
Good luck to all our players.
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.
Congratulations to Wayne Ellis and Graham Robinson who beat Ben Benoist and Jeff Dunning in a closely fought final. This was the culmination of a successful winter league competition where all 3 divisions were closely contested.
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 battling through the early rounds of the competition in the cold and wet winter conditions, the winners of Group 1 and Group 2 met on Tuesday 18th February in the play-off final. Jill Lightfoot and Joy Birch got off to an early 2-hole lead but Diane Meikle and Bridget Jenkins battled hard to bring the match back to all square after the 12th and two holes later they edged ahead winning the crucial, penultimate 14th hole and finished off with a par win on the final 15th hole.
Huge congratulations to Diane and Bridget on becoming Tuesday Winter League Winners and thanks also to all the ladies who played their part in the competition throughout the winter.
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.
Congratulations to Lee Challinor & Darren McKay, Adam Cheney & James Gibson and Jeff Dunning & Ben Benoist who topped their respective divisions. Graham Robinson & Wayne Ellis also qualify for the semi finals as best runners up. The semi finals will take place on Saturday 15th February at 12pm, weather permitting, with Lee & Darren playing Graham & Wayne and Jeff & Ben playing James & Adam. There will be a supporting better ball stableford competition starting from 12:20.
The lights were off, the crowd was hushed and an air of excitement circulated around Lutterworth Golf Clubhouse as all awaited the arrival of Dan Bailey, assistant PGA Professional who had been whisked out of the way while his team-mates were busy setting up a surprise party in his honour.
Dan, who leaves Lutterworth GC this weekend to take up his much deserved new role as Head Professional at Melton Mowbray Golf Club, walked through the door to be met by a blaze of lights, camera flashes and a huge roar from the many members who had come to wish him well in this new chapter of his golfing career.
Dan came to Lutterworth three and a half years ago and quickly established himself not only as a great coach but as a 'top bloke' as well and undoubtedly, leaves a huge hole to fill. Melton is extremely lucky to have him on board.
Everyone at Lutterworth GC wishes Dan, his wife Claudia and their young family, every success in the future.
This year's Sunday winter league final will be between Steve Hardman & Wayne Robinson and Mike Tebbut & Ian Champion and will take place this Sunday (2nd Feb) at 8:30am weather permitting.
A superb evening was enjoyed by Members and their friends last Saturday Night at the Club to celebrate Burns Night. It is well worth making a note and putting this in your diary for next year.
Members and their guests were greeted in the foyer by a splendid Piper, Vincent Deery, as a prelude to the evening. Approximately 85 people were part of the proceedings and watched as the Haggis was piped in and addressed most enthusiastically, by David Low, complete with Scottish accent, in his wonderful attire of kilt, sporran and sash.
Darren McKay gave a reply to 'The Piper” and Lawrence Howie gave a most interesting and informative speech about the life and times of Rabbie Burns.
Brian Asbury gave a toast to The Lassies and Liz Toney replied on behalf of the Lassies to the Laddies. All the speeches were excellent, given in a humorous and light-hearted vein – poking fun at both sexes and laughter was the order of the evening.
The proceedings were led by Captain, Hugh McClean (complete with kilt) and closed by a vote of thanks from President, Peter Gemmell.
Traditional food was served and enjoyed by all. Congratulations to Rebecca and her staff for not only providing a delicious meal but for executing their tasks in a most pleasant and professional manner.
Congratulations to Steve Hardman & Wayne Robinson who top their division with 22 points. Paul Manns & Philip Smith qualify as runners up with 19 points. The semi finals will be next Sunday 26th at 8am and they will be between
Steve Hardman & Wayne Robinson v Colin Parsons & Kevin Courtney
Mike Tebbut & Ian Champion v Paul Manns & Philip Smith
Many congratulations to Mike Tebbutt & Ian Champion who qualify for the semi finals of the Sunday Winter League having won their division also to Colin Parsons & Kevin Courtney who qualify as runners up
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.