The Final of the gents pairs knockout (Challenge Plate) took place on Saturday 7th October conditions not as ideal as previous weeks singles final with heavy showers regularly disrupting play.
This Years Finalists were, Adam Griffiths 15 Hcp and Dave Peters 13 Hcp against Andy Sayers 8 Hcp and Mal Aird 11 Hcp, a second final in two weeks for Andy having lost in last weeks Challenge Cup against Jamie Hodgkinson.
Helsby was to witness another final of excellent golf with nothing between the two pairs. An opening first hole halved in par was followed by the first of two holes won by Adam and Dave with chip in birdies on the second it was Adam to take his team one up but the redoubtable Andy got it back to all square with a five foot putt birdie on the third. The next two holes were halved with pars before the second chip in, this time by Dave for a birdie two to put his team one up. The next three holes were halved so we went to the back nine with Adam and Dave one up. As often is the case Helsbys own Amen Corner proved crucial in this match and with a major turnaround a par, birdie, par run moved Andy and Mally from one down to two up a decisive move which proved match winning as all the following holes were halved with a close out on the 17th giving Andy Sayers and Mal Aird a two and one victory.
Commiserations to Adam and Dave and congratulations to Andy and Mal winners of Challenge Plate 2017.
Thanks to Brian Stott for referring the final and also to Mike Burton who did an excellent job in the previous weeks Challenge Cup final.
Helsby are proud to announce the Manchester and District Golf Alliance will be visiting Helsby Golf Club for one of its Autumn/ Winter Series of Pro AMs on Wednesday 18th October.
Helsby joined the Alliance in 2013 to get involved in more competitive team golf against other clubs. There are over 140 clubs affiliated to the Alliance and apart from the Pro AMs they run on Wednesdays from September to April they also have four prestigious team knockout competitions, Singles, Pairs, Senior Pairs and Mixed Pairs. Within two Years of joining Helsby achieved a major success in winning the City Glass Team Pairs Trophy beating Sale in the final held at Blackburn, this year our Dunham Forest singles team reached the quarter finals achieving a notable scalp beating Leigh Golf Club winners over last two years.
Wednesday’s competition will be twenty four teams of four playing Stableford points best two to count with the usual separate individual pro Stableford. Shotgun start at 12..30pm.
This years finalists were, Jamie Hodgkinson off 2Hcp and Andy Sayers off 8 Hcp both arriving in good form Andy also a finalist in the Challenge Plate Pairs Knockout with Mal Aird.
From the first hole we were to witness one of the best finals played in this prestigious competition at Helsby although the way Jamie started with a par, birdie, birdie blitz to give him a three up lead it did not seem likely. Caddie for the day Mal Vipor Aird informed that Andy always took three holes to get it together and did he just proceeding to birdie the fourth and fifth to get back to one down. The first halved hole followed at the sixth before Jamie hit the birdie trail again with a four at the par five seventh, the eighth and ninth were halved with pars leaving Jamie two up after nine holes. The back nine started again with a masterful pitch from 90 yds to three feet by Jamie to produce yet another birdie to put him three up. At four under gross we were seeing a masterclass but an out of character three putt cost him the eleventh were Andy had a brilliant up and down holing yet another clutch putt from fifteen feet. Normal service resumed at the twelfth with a straight forward birdie for Jamie another masterful pitch to five feet and back to three up. Yet another brilliant fight back from Andy with a nett eagle and birdie at thirteen and fourteen got it back to one down. Fifteen was halved in pars and on the sixteenth we saw one of the best mid irons you could imagine from Jamie leaving almost a tap in putt for a birdie three, nailing it from one sixty yards. At two up to Jamie the seventeenth was crucial with Andy having a shot and hitting a majestic rescue from two hundred yards which in the air looked perfect, unfortunately the shot with adrenaline adding extra yards hit the down-slope of bank to right of green and carried into rough at the back of the green. Andy could only manage to nudge ball forward a few feet followed by a pitch to ten feet a missed putt meant Jamie closed the match with a bogey five to win two and one. A quick check walking down the seventeenth showed fourteen birdies had been achieved by both players. A quite magnificent achievement and a match neither deserved to lose but congratulations to Jamie Hodgkinson our Challenge Cup Matchplay Champion for 2017.
It’s early Sunday morning and the club championship has started.
Good luck to the 4 involved let the best golfer win!
As the golf season is slowly coming to the end there are still a number of major trophys still to be played for. This Sunday 17th September see’s the semi final and final of the club championship.
This will see the semi finals start at 8:30am
Simon Pay number 1 seed will play Marc Stonley who is the number 4 seed.
Whilst the other semi final will see Mark Poland number 2 seed play Steve Roberts the number 3 seed.
The winners of both matches will play the final at 1:30pm. It would be great to see as many members down supporting the finalist.
Good luck to the four involved and a new Club Champion will be crowned!
Another Captains Weekend completed with tales to tell and the many utterances among others of, if only.
A mix of weather gave us wet and drizzly mornings clearing to sunny afternoons the downside of the brighter afternoons was the wind/ breeze arrived. Added to a still fiery course, super fast greens and sadistic pin placings it was a true challenge and reflected in the CSS being 72 on both days.
Captain Neil and his trusty group of Past Captains assisting as starters on the first day, saw all competitors off the first tee on Saturday, all hoping this was to be their year.
He was in attendance along with his good lady Ann to greet and commiserate with nibbles and drinks, to all competitors passing the Halfway House on second round Sunday. This on top of hosting the Captains Dinner on Saturday night and concluding with the prize presentation on Sunday night deserves an endurance prize.
Now the results,
First John Cheesbrough playing off 11 Hcp with a nett 138.
Second Simon Begley, last years winner, beaten on second round card playoff, playing off 14 Hcp also with a nett 138.
Third Tim Carter playing off 17 Hcp with a nett 140.
First Jamie Hodgkinson 72 and 73 giving a two round gross 145
Second Simon Pay 74 and 72 giving a two round gross 146
Third Steve Roberts 78 and 72 giving a two round gross 150.
Paul Clarke with 83 less 15 nett 68.
Steve Roberts with 72 less 4 nett 68.
Bob Ewing playing off 19 Hcp with a nett 144.
An additional mention must be for Nine handicapper Jim Jones who had a hole in one on Sunday at the par three eleventh.
Full Results for the Weekend Here
First round was greeted with drizzly and breezy conditions with still fast running fairways and super fast greens with tricky pin placings and course set up at full length.
Result was a CSS of 72 reflecting toughness of course.
Off first at 7..30am our in form low man Jamie Hodgkinson set a formidable target of 72 gross 70 nett off his 2 Hcp, this despite a five foot nearest the pin on the sixth which rather than a cert birdie somehow ended up as a three putt bogey.
He leads the gross comp by two from our new scratch man Simon Pay who carded a 74 gross .
Scoring for the rest of the day reflected tough conditions with the lead being shared with last years winner Simon Begley posting a 68 nett off 14 Hcp and Paul Clarke with 68 nett off 16 Hcp.
Danger man John Cheesebrough posted a creditable nett 69 despite a double bogey five on the 18th.
Tomorrows second round is wide open with a ruck of contenders all within four shots and all to play for and the prospect of similar conditions wetting the appetite for a great day.
Round 1 results Here