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
The Captains Weekend is fast approaching and as always the hotly anticipated traditional 2 day draw was carried out on the Wednesday night.
2017 sees a super bumper field contesting the most coveted competition at Helsby, this Year hosted by club Captain Neil Johnson. As always all groups will be welcomed to the tee by a team of starters led by Helsby legend Norman Littler.
Getting proceedings underway this Year are the two ball of Jim Jones and previous winner Jaime Hodgkinson at 7:30am. Past Captain Steve Cunniffe will be chomping at the bit after hosting last Year, he gets underway at 8:10am. Reigning champion Simon Begley heads the late morning field at 9:14am alongside recent winner Howard Pay. Two early fancies get underway at 11am with Dean Letford closely followed by John Dodd and Sean Hogarty whos’ remarkable birdie barrage last time out must have given him a confidence boost for the weekend. Another previous winner, Phil Jones, enters the contest at 12:50 alongside Mal Aird and Lee ‘Boom Boom’ Horton with Brian McNamara, Simon Pay and Phil Starkey concluding the competitors start.
You can see the full draw Here
Another day another stableford, this time around the prize was the Ward Trophy. Although happily out shined in recent years by his sons Howard Pay enjoyed the day and the format, despite a double triple run at 16 & 17, he posted a strong early 39 points. Defending champion Jeff Hughes couldn’t replicate last Years form but finished a respectable 32nd on the day.
The day was owned by Jaime Hodgkinson though. Despite a topsy turvey scoring Year Hodgkinson still nose how to get the job done. Faldo esc in scoring Hodgkinson recorded two birdies at 2 and 7 to turn in a conking 2 under gross. Hodgkinson had got his nose in front early making his remarkable back nine par at every hole seem like a walk in the park. Hodgkinson signed for a best of the day 41 points, a .5 handicap reduction and the Ward Trophy.
Full results Here
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.
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.