Helsby GC – Gents Challenge Cup/Plate – Updated KO Sheets

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:


The deadline for Round 3 in both competitions is Monday 3rd July.

Seniors Matchplay Team Knockout Trophy 2017 – First Round

img_3761-1Helsby 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.

Results –

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.

Challenge Cup & Plate 2017

KnockoutNo 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.

Challenge Cup

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.

Challenge Plate

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

City Glass Foursomes 2017 – Prelims

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 22.51.51Another year and another run at the Manchester and District Golf Alliance City Glass Foursomes began on a day better suited to duvets and central heating.

After last Years abysmal defence of the title Helsby won in 2015, new City Glass captain Alan Rigby has certainly learnt from past experiences.  With just 3 of the victorious 2015 side remaining Rigby has wielded the axe to completely redesign and refresh the team for a 2017 charge towards Blackley Golf Club, home of this Years final.

The first hurdle to overcome was another home preliminary round and another contest against Werneth Golf Club.  After bacon butties and pleasantries on the putting green both teams headed down to the 1st to get this Years competition started.

First up for Helsby was the much fancied pairing of Denver Brazier and Jeff Hughes  – This match wasn’t as easy going as the result suggested with a 3 hole losing streak at 7,8 and 9.  Class eventually shone though however with solid driving from Brazier and good putting on the back nine by Hughes, Helsby overcame their opponents to claim a 3&2 victory

Dean Letford & Nathan Kennedy were next up starting off with a hard fought half in 6’s on the 1ST after both drives hung out wickedly right in the strong wind.  The 1st set the story of the front 9  with another half in 9’s on the 4th.  It wasn’t till late in back nine that both players clicked and started to enjoy the alien format, finishing their debut as 4&2 winners.

Jaime Hodgkinson and Simon Pay was another new team for 2017.  The low kids did their job coming up 2 and 1 winners but should have closed the match a lot earlier – but thats kids for you.

Geoff Maher and John Sowerby didn’t know each other from Adam before the match but with both showing strong form over the Winter and their laid back nature this looked like a strong new partnership.  Up against an “over cheerful “Werneth captain and a 1 handicapper with a resemblance to Andy “Beef ” Johnston, Maher & Sowerby did their utmost throughout but would surrender on the 16th with a 3&2 loss.  The First date didn’t go to plan.

Mal Aird and Martin Wood are seasoned veterans and never fail to impress.  Both are surely guaranteed their place in the next round after their no nonsense 4&3 win.

Steve Green and Chris Davies got underway with nuclear sub officer Davies splitting the fairway before seeing their early lead evaporated after losing 4 holes in the space of 5 thru the middle of the course.  However never panicking knowing they had shots in hand and an ever improving appreciation of foursomes golf Green & Davies rallied to claim a 2&1 win.

Paul Collins and Roger Horton teed off in the Anchor match.  Newbie Collins was a bag of nerves going into this match but had no need to be after watching a mammoth drive by the opposition of all 6 yards off the first!!  Horton, as smooth as his bald head and solid as ever steered this partnership to a 3&1 victory.

So Helsby took the tie with a hugely impressive 6-1 scoreline and now await the next round draw in early April.

Challenge Plate 2016

trophyA beautiful autumn day welcomed the final of 2016 last knockout competition, the Challenge Plate.  Brian McNamara & Joe Gleave took on Dean Letford & Nathan Kennedy with both teams steam rolling all that stood before them on their way to the final.

Both teams started thoughtfully tentative with a 3 hole rush which lasted an hour before Letford and Kennedy eventually broke clear to claim the 3rd, then the 4th and 5th to open up a three hole advantage.  A still shellshocked McNamara followed up a cuffed tee on the 6th with a sublime second to two feet to earn a much needed win and reduce the deficit to 2.  A rejuvenated McNamara and Gleave looked to then be in the driving seat to reduce the deficit to 1 on the 7th after holing out for par before Letford burst the bubble and rolled in a 12 footer for a half, a feat that he then repeated on eight.  Further halves were contested on the 9th and 10th before McNamara produced another magical chip from back of eleven to reduce their score to 1 down.  Like on seven McNamara & Gleave looked like they were going to tie the score once again on 12 before Letford slotted another six footer to claim the half and keep his team one up.  With shots Letford and Kennedy took thirteen and fourteen to go three up before Kennedy landed the final blow on fifteen with a six foot par putt that saw him and Letford claim the title with a win 4 and 3 victory.
Congratulations to both pairs for a great effort to getting to final and providing an exciting match.

Club Championship & Challenge Cup – 2016

A well presented course and glorious weather was greatly appreciated by all finalists as the Club Championship and Challenge Cup were competed for.

Club Championship

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-19-51-28Both semi-finals began at 8:30 with 4th place qualifier John Sharpe taking on top qualifier Tom Rowland.  A very close contest took place with Sharpe taking a 4&3 victory with 16 pars and 2 birdies to claim the first final spot.  3rd placed Alan Rigby and 2nd placed Simon Pay also contested a high class game which concluded with a 2&1 victory for Rigby.

The final began at 1:30pm refereed by Ray Feldwick.  Rigby took an early lead thanks to par on 1 which was erased immediately by Sharpes birdie on 2.  Rigby went two up winning 4 and 5 before Sharpe hit back at 7 with birdie to reduce the deficit.  A Par at 8 reestablished Rigbys 2 up lead which he maintained up to 11 where Sharpe almost holed his tee shot to bring the score back to 1 down.  The were all tied after 13 thanks to a brave par on 13 by Sharpe before Rigby again opened up a 2 hole lead winning the 14th and 15th and halving with a miraculous bogey on 16.   For the second time in the day Rigby took 5 at 17 to setup a final hole shootout.  Both players missed right with their tee shots and both left long putts after their chip shots.  Sharpe went first and held his 7 footer to leave Rigby needing his 6 footer to claim the title.  A nerveless stroke followed and with the ball disappearing in to the hole Alan Rigby claimed the title of Club Champion 2016.

Challenge Cup

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-19-53-14Both John Cheesbrough and Charlie Fletcher have been dropping their handicap preceding the final, with Cheesbrough confirmed as receiving 7 shots in the match, refereed by Mike Burton.  Fletcher exploded out of the blocks to take a 3 up lead after 3, courtesy of birdies at 2 and 3 cancelling out Chessbroughs shot advantage.  A poor drive from Fletcher on 5 and a duff handed Cheesbrough a way back in after pitching just short of the green in two.  Never underestimate Fletcher though, his third to 5 from 160 yards finished 10 feet from the hole and the putt was rolled in to give Fletcher an unexpected half and control of the game with 3 shot holes taken care of.  Fletcher would go 5 up early in the back 9 thanks to some fine play and eventually won 5&3 after claiming victory on the 15th hole.

Well done to all finalists, it is a massive achievement getting just getting there, thanks to all those that came and supported and well done Club Champion Alan Rigby and Challenge Cup winner Charlie Fletcher.

Knockouts 2016 – Quarter Finals

KnockoutA busy week at Helsby started on Monday the 18th with the conclusion of the latest round of knockouts with winners getting to the Quarter final stage.

Challenge Cup

The premier singles knockout competition at Helsby already has its first Semi finalist in John Cheesbrough.  After taking out Mark Kiberd in the previous round to top his group Cheesbrough took the scalp of reigning Club Champion Mark Poland with a 1 up victory and now awaits the winner of Brian Stott vs Phil Jones. Stott took out Helsby Vet Norman Henry in his quest to reach his 2nd final in 3 years with Jones beating Colin Bergstrand.  Denver Brazier got the better of Captain elect Neil Johnson in the M Edmunds Group and now faces Mike Branigan who won the R Edghill group thanks to his victory over Alan Hunt.  Its a past junior Captain duel at the bottom of the draw with Charlie Fletcher taking on Simon Pay.  Fletcher took out past winner Jeff Hughes with Pay howling to a 7&6 victory against Alan Rigby.

Challenge Plate

The impressive team of Nathan Kennedy and Dean Letford made easy work of Chris Stott and Jaime Hodgkinson to setup a group final Vs father and son duo Howard and Jordan Pay who defeated last years finalists Jon Sharpe and Simon Knight.  Stephen Daley and Alan Paynter face Charlie Fletcher and Alan Rigby who are hoping to win their own group.  Phil Barker and John Cummins continue their impressive run and now face in form new pairing Brian McNamara and Joe Gleave who got the better of Peters and Shingler in round 2.  Helsby good guy Tommy Farr and Martin Wood now face Peter Jackson and Paul Trow who are taking scalp after scalp after their victory over Brian Stott and Captains 3rd placer Ryan Edghill.

View the Challenge Cup Here

View the Challenge Plate Here