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.
After getting through the prelimary round against Werneth Golf Club, Helsby set up at First round match against Bury Golf Club at Helsby.
The first game involved a new partnership of Jeff Hughes and Simon Pay due to absentee Denver Brazier. The new pairing dominated from the start and ran out 7 &5 winners to go 1 up. This new partnership may give Team captain Rigby something to think about in next team selection.
The second game involved winter league finalists Chris Davies and Ste Green. This pairing had a shaky start which saw them go 4 down early on however this partnership showed why they were winter league finalists and they showed true grit to comeback and win on the 18th.
The partnerships of Andy Sayers/Roger Horton and Mal Aird /Martyn Wood both lost their matches 2&1 and 1 down respectively, which came as a shock to everyone.
Game 5 involved another new partnership with the big hitter Mark Poland and the steady golfer Geoff Maher. This partnership looked fully in control coming down the last 6 5up however they stuttered over the line with a 2&1 win.
Brian Stott and John Sowerby another new partnership gave the team another victory winning 4&3. Brian Stott showing continuing good form over the last few weeks.
The final game involved the pairing of Adam Griffiths and Brian McNamara. This seemed to be an inspired selection again from Team Captain Rigby, with Kennedy and Letford having no outings since last victory , The Captain parachuted these two recent in form debutants at last minute, showing calm and collected play throughout to win at a canter 4&3
This gave Helsby a victory winning overall 5&2. Helsby now await the draw for the second round.
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
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