What a difference a week makes, after the baking of presidents day the jubilee felt some what autumnal with bounce. Great conditions for scoring and a Stableford format geared to go get it golf.
A dull morning was enlightened thanks to a 39 point return from Jim Jones and a remarkable 38 points for Sean Hogerty. The 10 handicapper teeing off on 5 with just 3 points before a four birdie run from 6 saw him turn in 19 and return in 19. The morning appears to have offered a tough challenge with the top of the leader board dominated by afternoon starters, and a wonder round. The ever elegant Denver Brazier lapped up the conditions. An early birdie at 2 before a drop at 3 seemed a usual steady start for Brazier before birdies at both the par fives 4th & 7th set a new tone for scoring at Helsby. Brazier went another 2 under with birds at 12 & 13 before entering unchartered territory at 15, now 5 under the card. No signs of nerves showed as a solid par at 16 followed before an understandable block off the 17th tee presented Brazier with a challenge from the shrubs. What followed was a strong bogey in the circumstances and a chance to shoot 66 with par at the last. Few have been in this position but non have achieved it, until today with Brazier taping in for an unbelievable 66 gross, 44 point return and the Jubilee Trophy presented by Norman Littler.
Full results Here
A sunny day after last weeks washout gave competitors a welcome happy lift as the Summer season progresses. The fine weather attracted the parasol brigade and the increase in random conversation to fill the time created by the slow pace of play. The course played longer than conditions suggested but receptive greens increased the likelihood that scores were out there.
The morning half of the draw enjoyed a slightly cooler round which Ralph Ramsey clearly enjoyed posting a 65 nett despite a treble at 9. Ramsey had regrouped to shoot two over gross on the back and set the score for the day. Sam Long, making his welcome return, threatened Ramsey’s lead after a blistering 68 gross, 65 nett with 3 front nine birdies cancelling out 3 bogeys before a fine 2 under gross back nine which got him to 2nd on cpo. Past Captain Steve Cunniffe will be ruing his bogey bogey finish 67 nett which saw him take 3rd spot. So the mark was set early and hunted down in the afternoon by an on fire Peter Duffy. Having turned in one over gross and negotiating the corner in level par Duffy secummed with three doubles to post a just outside 68. Tommy Briscoe was also building a solid attack with his own one over gross front nine, although doubles at 14 and 15 saw his challenge end eventually signing for a 68 and a new handicap of 10.
Ramsey’s mark would stay the test of time and his name is now engraved forever on Helsbys winner boards.
Full Results can be viewed Here
After the first couple of rounds of the knockouts now it is starting to heat up and take place!
Please click the links below to view the updated gents KO sheets:
GENTS CHALLENGE PLATE (PAIRS)
GENTS CHALLENGE CUP (SINGLES)
The deadline for Round 3 in both competitions is Monday 3rd July.
After being victorious in the first round Helsby faced Malkins Bank Golf Club on Friday 2nd of June at Malkins GC
Unfortunately as it was Friday Helsby endured a tortuous journey due to the Friday afternoon traffic and got there just in time to tee off. Once teeing off the rain was fairly heavy for the first 9 holes which again did not help matters but the team got on with things.
The result –
Jeff Hughes lost 1 down
Charlie Fletcher won 4&3
Mark Stonely lost 7&6
Ste Roberts lost 6&5
Simon Pay lost 2 down
Unfortunately Helsby lost 4 – 1 against Malkins Golf Club.
This was the first year Helsby entered the competition and I’m sure now the team will want to progress further in the competition next year.
On Friday night there was a slight wet but warm night that greeted over 50 players at Helsby for the first popular Golfer non Golfer event of the year. Usually called Kings and Queens the format is simple, Golfers play their shots until on the green where the non Golfers then put out. Now it’s the 5th year in a row now the event is ever growing in popularity and gives the WAGS, husbands and others an insight into our great game and why it is so damn addictive.
On the night the team of Tommy Briscoe and Gayle Egerton took home the spoils with 41-5=36 pipping Dean Letford and his partner Sammy Walker on a card play off on the back 6.
In the best putter competition (non golfers only obviously) Sue Roberts won with a great score golfers would love to have with 16 putts.
If anyone is interested in future events ask in the Pro Shop for more details of when and how to enter, highly recommended.
On bank holiday Monday 29th May saw the second addition of the Gents singles stableford event, the James Braid singles. The event was won by away player Andrew Shingler with 39 points on the day. 2nd place was taken by another away player Gregory Watson who scored 37 points off a handicap of 2 by beating Helsby golf club member John Biasillo into 3rd place who scored 36 points.
A special mention also goes out to the Helsby member Jeff Hughes who aced the 205 Yard 18th hole.
Many thanks for all the members and visitors who participated in the James Braid Open
Helsby entered the Senior Team Knockout for first time this year and achieved success in the first match played achieving a 3 to 2 success at home against Dukinfield.
The competition requires teams of five pairs aged over 55 yrs and above playing Fourball better ball Matchplay.
Brian Stott and Tommy Farr won 4 and 3
Phil Barker and Chris Ward won 3 and 2
Mike Kelleher and Ken Bewley won 3 and 2
Due to the away team given the result if match halved, the final two pairs of Roger Horton and Peter Simpson, Graham Arnold and Graham Cheesbrough finished all square against Dukinfield pairs giving the away pairs the points.
Altogether a great result for Helsby and the draw for the second round pits us at home against Birchwood.