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 Senior Men on Wednesday 26th 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
Your 2014 diary is now available from the office. Please collect at your earliest convenience.
On Saturday 21st December, Santa interrupted his busy schedule to drop into Lutterworth Golf Club with his little team of elves. As well as each child receiving a small gift from Santa, much fun was had pinning the tail on the donkey, face painting, guessing the amounts of sweets in the jar, lucky dip and guessing the name of the teddy.
The annual staff versus the committee golf match kicked off a busy weekend of events for Lutterworth Golf Club. On a cold and blustery day the “Course” team, comprised of Club Captain Hugh McClean, Jon Barr, Paul Kendall and Callum Allsop, romped home as worthy winners in a 10-hole Texas Scramble. The successful quartet was presented later in the Clubhouse with the Challenge Cup, which was followed by the Staff Xmas Dinner and celebratory drinks.
Only a few hours later, with just time for a quick shower and change for some, the Members’ Christmas Party kicked off with the very popular beef or chicken sizzler with wraps, coleslaw, chips and salad. ‘Two Gentlemen Play The Pops’, Lee Allatson and Jamie Smith from Harborough and Lubenham, a duo of the Chaz and Dave variety, soon had people on their feet dancing to the best party compilations well into the night. With ticket sales well up on last year, this is fast becoming a ‘must go to’ event in the Golf Club calendar.
Although the Lutterworth Golf Club Bonfire Night has perhaps been long forgotten, the attached photographs deserve to be seen. They are quite simply stunning. Please take a look at the gallery and enjoy. Our thanks go to Yasmin Graham (http://yazzajphotography.weebly.com/) who gave her time and photographic artistry for free.
Also in the gallery is the photograph taken by Andrew Carpenter from the Harborough/Lutterworth Mail of the Deputy Town Mayor, Philip Toye and his wife getting the bonfire started.
Last but not least, our thanks also go to Andrew Spencer and Gary Hayes for their brilliant photographic contributions of the evening.
The winners of the December draw were Mark Frankham who won the first prize of £100 and Mike Tebbutt who won the second prize of £25.
The winners of the November draw were Morgan Perkins who won the first prize of £100 and Paul Langford who won the second prize of £25.
This year's 10 hole Festive Open, organised by Marlene Bailey and Chris Hardy saw 21 teams (83 entrants) from Ullesthorpe, Glen Gorse, Northants County, Kilworth Springs, Kenilworth, Charnwood, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Cosby, Scraptoft, Whitefields, Woolaton Park and of course Lutterworth all competing to be in the prizes in this very popular Ladies 3 Ball Alliance. Competitors were greeted by not one but two Santas offering a hot mulled wine and nibbles at the end of the 10 holes followed by hot soup and a roll and mince pies in the Clubhouse.
First - From Lutterworth, Laura Smith de Vasconcellos, Jeanne Neesham and Janice Gwilliam (39); Second - from Glen Gorse, Lynn Gray, Jan Swingler and Jan Ball (37); Third - from Lutterworth/Northants County, Sue Fletcher, Stephanie McAra and Marje Gooch (36 ocb) and Fourth - from Glen Gorse, Tricia Kirby, Kathy Carter and Brom Hunter (36).
The Raffle made £276 for the Lady Captain's Charity "Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance".
The ladies of Lutterworth Golf Club got together for their annual Christmas party and presentation evening. The gentlemen of the committee and the professionals, dressed in dinner jackets, greeted the ladies as they arrived and then waited on at table to serve the Christmas meal. The new Lady Captain Liz Toney gave her thanks to everyone and wished them a successful 2013/2014 season and this was followed by the presentation of trophies to last season’s competition winners . The highlight of the evening though had to be 'The Full Monty' performed by Lee Challinor and Dan Bailey (Club Professionals), Ben Benoist (Vice Captain), Tony Rogers (ex President) and Kim Ward (member). Tastefully performed, the troupe provided great entertainment with their version of the hilarious dance routine. The festivities were concluded with dancing to the excellent disco provided by Roadblock Mobile Disco
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.
JON BARR achieves Master Greenkeeper Certificate
Many congratulations go to Lutterworth’s Head Greenkeeper, Jon Barr who has become the 63rd BIGGA member to achieve Master Greenkeeper status. Jon, who began his studies seven years ago, has studied during the evenings over the last three or four months after a hard day at work to give him the best chance of passing the final, stage three Case Study and Technical Examination. Recognised as a prestigious greenkeeping industry award, the Certificate is achieved in three stages.
In Stage One, a minimum of 200 credits must be earned for various formal and informal education and training and for years of greenkeeping experience. To progress to stage two and three, candidates must have 10 years working as a greenkeeper, 3 years working as a Head Greenkeeper/Course Manager/Superintendent and 2 years on their current golf course in the position of Head Greenkeeper/Course Manager/Superintendent.
Stage Two involves an assessment of golf course operation by two Master Greenkeepers during the growing season and covers staff organisation, financial management, record and stock control, management communication, course development programme, maintenance compound, machinery and irrigation and course presentation.
The Final Stage Three involves sitting two, three hour examinations, a Case Study and a Technical paper.
Thanks to Jon’s hard work, Lutterworth has a Golf Course that is recognised as one of the best in the area. Very well done!
The winners of the October draw were Bob Allsopp who won the first prize of £100 and Carol Chislett who won the second prize of £25.
The second retail evening organised by Leanne Bayliss was a roaring success. Tickets were priced at just £2 and included a glass of mulled wine, nibbles and a complimentary raffle ticket. Over 200 people enjoyed the festive fayre on display, eager to 'bag' an early Christmas present. Stalls included children’s toys, cards, sweets, clothing, golf attire and assessories, cosmetics, handbags and accessories, fragrances, soaps, flower arrangements, home-ware, handcrafted jewellery, candles, Christmas decorations, lingerie, dog treats and accessories, health and beauty products, beauty treatments, even teeth whitening.
The evening raised £603.25 for the “Children with Cancer UK” charity.
Lutterworth Town Mayor’s charities, LOROS, the Community of Grace Hostel and the Lutterworth Golf Clubhouse itself, look set to benefit from the second Bonfire night and Professional Firework display held at the Golf Club on Saturday 2nd November.
It was a huge success even though the weather tried its best to dampen proceedings with squally gusts of wind on the tail of the Jude storm. This did not deter the residents of Lutterworth and surrounding villages who turned out in their droves. The Deputy Town Mayor of Lutterworth, Philip Toye lit the bonfire, which was soon ablaze lighting up the faces of the spectators young and old alike. This was followed by a wonderful display of fireworks, which lit up the skies of Lutterworth. A fun fair was on site for the children and a bar serving drinks was available for the adults as well as hot food for everyone.
The organisers would like to thank all Sponsors, Suppliers, Lutterworth Rugby Club Under 15's, Lutterworth Town Council, Rebecca Louise Catering, the Bar and House Committee, Office Staff and Professionals at Lutterworth Golf Club and the incredible team of marshalls and helpers, all of whom made the evening an outstanding success.
Lastly, many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event; the Club looks forward to welcoming them all again at the Lutterworth Golf Club Summer Social Evening in 2014.
Lutterworth Golf Club was the inaugural winner of the Triella Cup at Lutterworth on Monday, 16th September. The team consisted of Trevor Atkinson, Raj Nataly, Peter Williams, Mick Fisher, Colin Shephard, Doug Anderson, Barry Netrval-Scott and Stan Dewhirst who played single stableford matches against Whetstone Golf Club and Ullesthorpe Golf Club. Captain for the day, Trevor, said it was a great team performance with 4 of our players scoring over 30 points in very difficult windy conditions. The venue for next year's match is Whetstone Golf Club who finished runners up. Match score Lutterworth 188 points, Whetstone 176 points and Ullesthorpe 175 points.
Congratulations to Kate Frankham who has won the Leicestershire & Rutland County Girls Championship. The competition was played at Scraptoft on the 7th July over 36 holes. Congratulations also go to Kati Powell aged 11 who won the 9-hole girls championship for girls with junior handicaps above 36.
Lee Challinor and Dan Bailey both had very successful days winning morning and afternoon and progressing to the semi-finals where they have been drawn to play each other. They are scheduled to play at 8:30 tomorrow and the winner will play in the final at around 12:30. They would very much appreciate support from any members who are able to come and watch tomorrow.
Sadly Barry Boffey, a Past Captain and member for almost 45 years, passed away on Friday 11th January 2013 aged 85 years. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, 30th January 2013 at All Saints Parish Church, Narborough LE19 2GL at 3.00 pm and then 4.30 pm at Heart of England Crematorium, Nuneaton, CV11 6WZ. Refreshments afterwards at Narborough Bowling Club (entrance next to Nat West Bank in the centre of the village near to the Narborough Arms and opposite the florists).