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.
No rest for the wicked as both draws for the Challenge Cup and Plate have now been released. This year thanks to the clubs awesome new ClubV1 system the knockouts will be visible online via HowDidIDo as well as via the traditional sheets in the looker rooms. Results are still to be posted by the winning player following their match on the locker room sheets.
73 entrants this year will battle it our for one of Helsbys Major prizes. 18 randomly drawn competitors will be contesting a prelim before joining the remaining 55 golfers in round one. Defending champion, Charlie Fletcher comes up against the formidable Alistair McCarey with last years runner up facing the dangerous David Bunting. The captain faces off against John Burke with Captain Elect Graham Poland facing Jim Jones in the 1st round proper.
44 teams head into this years battle without the defending champions or the beaten finalists. Perhaps Winter League finalists Steve Green & Chris Davies will enjoy another run but they will first need to get past Phil Jones and Wilkinson.
The Draw for the Challenge Cup can be viewed Here
The Draw for the Challenge Plate can be viewed Here
Welcome to the April medal, the first competitive competition of 2017. The season kicks off from here, with the first divisional contests, the first qualification round for the EJ Harding Trophy, the first qualification round for the Captains Prize, the first Club Championship qualifier, the first Order of Merit counting event and the first round of the eclectic. The medal was played on a glorious early April day, with warm air and sun but played tough with a CSS of 71 attributed to the changing ground conditions and rampant grass repairing itself after a winter of white walkers.
So to it
The Division struggled to settle throughout the day with just 31 recorded birdies for the 32 competitors. All aside from Marcus Lightfoot who enjoyed a better than expected 77 – 9 = 68 to take the division from last weeks winner Paul Saxon who recorded a solid 74 – 4 = 70 one better than 3rd placed Captain Elect Graham Polands 82 – 11 – 71.
A similiar story i Div Two with no one able to shake off the Winter blues. The 33 competitors racked up more bogeys than birdies with 17 proving particularly tough playing 1.97 over its par. Serial Winter winner Geoff Maher took the division with a strong 84 – 15 = 69 over Roddy Snedden who took 2nd on a CPO with an 86 – 15 = 71. Eddie Coxon took 3rd again on CPO with his own 83 – 12 = 71.
The competitors in Div Three by contrast enjoyed a fruitful day with multiple breakers of par. The best of the bunch and overall on the day was Division winner Brian Kennerley with an 84 – 19 = 65 return. John Butler took 2nd thanks to his 87 – 20 = 67 two better than 3rd place on CPO Keith Ainsworth who shot 86 – 17 =69
Div Four competitors found the conditions like most tough, especially the SI 1 5th which played 2.37 shots over par. John Burke took the division thanks to his 91 -23 = 68 which included a tasty par run from 7 – 11. Two shots further back Alan Griffiths finished 92 – 22 = 70 three better than Lol Armstrongs 3rd placed 94 – 21 =73.
Full Results can be viewed Here
A return to the Summer tees and the start of qualification golf was a sobering experience for todays field following the endless Winter season.
Last Years winner, Lee Horton, accompanied the Captain for his title defence. After starting strongly on the front 9 with a 20 point return Horton was unable to match on the back and completed a respectable 33 point total, 9 short of last Years haul. Horton enjoyed the best of the conditions in the Afternoon where judging by the forecast, the winner would surely come from. Young gun Charlie Fletcher certainly enjoyed the favourable conditions. After capitalising on a 4 point gross eagle at 7 and 4 point net eagle at 13 Fletcher finished 3rd overall with a level par gross 40 point finish. Fletchers eagle was amazingly just one of 3 on a day when conditions elongated the course, with Simon Knight following in at 7 and Helsby Vet Doug Tate recording the magic bird at the 4th. However good Fletchers’s eagle was it wasn’t enough to beat morning starter and wet weather maestro, Mike Branigan. Mocking the saying, never start with a birdie Branigan started strong with 21 points on the front which he almost equaled on the back 9 to sign for 41 points overall and 2nd on CPO. Branigan would be agonisingly pipped on a back 3 CPO by another wet weather specialist, Paul Saxon. birdies at 8 and 11 and just two dropped shots meant Saxon signed for the second level par gross of the day, a 41 point stableford total, and the title of Partridge Cup 2017.
Full results can be viewed Here
The Daily Mail Foursomes is a competition as old as the dawn of time, with the winners representing Helsby in the national Daily Mail Foursomes knockout the following Year. This Year we are represented by Glen Makin and Noel Robertson after their 69.0 pipped Denver Brazier and Jeff Hughes’s 71.0.
Well what a day to contest 2017s title, sunny weather, polos a plenty and no rain. A chilly dewy start attracted a strong morning field with Paul Saxon and partner Paul Bladen with a team handicap of 14.5 posted a highly competitive 69.5. Russ Cook and Neil Rowlands went 3 better to sign for a hugely impressive 66.5 with finishing a birdie, bogey, par full house finish to claim 3rd place overall. Cook & Rowlands score would go on to hold off threats from Tommy Farr & Mal Aird, 69.0, and Joe Gleave and Martin Woods 67.5 which they finished off with a birdie on the last. David Perry and Brian Kennerley again showed good winter form to take 2nd overall with a 66.0 thanks to their solid 6 over par gross front nine. However the morning and indeed the whole competition belonged to Stuart Welch and Dave Bunting who, with a handicap of 14.0, completed a staggering 62.0, nine better than par. The crux of the round occurring between 6 and 14 with the team dropping just one shot on the Par 4 9th.
Thanks to our new Club V1 system we can finally start to bring team and knockout competition results to the masses, and post to howdidido. The Daily Mail Foursomes is the first competition at Helsby we have used for this and it looks great. We will still be posting on the noticeboard and updating results here and also via the pro shop, aint technology great!
Full results can be viewed Here