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.

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.

MDGA Final 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 22.51.51Blackley GC have claimed the 2016 MDGA City Glass Foursomes over Denton GC at Helsby.  Blackley staged a staggering comeback that Team Europe couldn’t, to turn around a 5 point deficit after 7holes.  Blackley studied Helsby’s SIs and their homework paid off after loading their team with their strongest pairs in the middle and at the back.  The first match of the day saw Blackley’s John Williams (10) and Steve Newton (15) five down at one stage against Denton’s Damian Tarvez (5) and Mark Hart (11) before eventually scumming to a 2 down loss.  The second match saw Denton pair Garry Botte (5) and Leonard Walker (12) claim another point with a 3 & 1 victory over Blackley’s Mark Greenall (10) and Steve Murray (10).  Finally Blackley’s Garry Brown (7) and David Baldwin (12) got a point on the board with a close 2 & 1 victory over Denton’s Joel King (7) and Steve Jenkinson (10) which was closely followed by their fourth pairing Craig Roberts (6) and Billy Radcliffe winning 3 & 2 over Denton’s Ben Pollitt (7) and Geoff Thomas (12) to tie the scores.  Alex Hughes (6) and Elliott Morgan (11) then took the lead for Blackley with a 4 & 2 victory over Dave Hughes (11) and David Rowles (8) meaning Blackley required just one more point to win.

Things got really interesting from there in with all spectators congregating around the 15th green watching the matches finishing on 15 and 17.  The last two matches were put on the clock as they were nearly three holes behind the match in front.  The waiting crowd at 15 got the message that in the sixth match Denton’s Mike Gill (10) and Sam Higginbotham (14) were five up after 10 over Blackley’s Mike Smith (5) and Alan Rigby (12), with Denton’s Leon Hewson (10) and Steve Warrander (15) all square with Blackleys Dan Williams (5) and Matthew Atherton (10) at the same stage.  It therefore looked like all would be won and lost on the last match.  However amazingly, coming up 15th, the score was relayed to the spectators that in the sixth match Blackley’s Smith and Rigby had fought back and were now only one down.  The pair went on to take 15 and the match was now all square on the 16th tee.  The heroic fightback was not needed however as the last game concluded on the 15th with Blackley’s Williams and Atherton winning the hole to claim a 4 & 3 victory.

Both teams were blessed with a beautiful autumnal day and a healthy support by both clubs and members of Helsby enviously watching their title change hands

As a club we were pleased and grateful to have been presented with a beautifully engraved silver plate recording our win at Blackburn GC last year which now takes pride of place in our  trophy cabinet.

City Glass Foursomes Final 2016

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Last Year as a club we were lucky enough to claim the Manchester and District Golf Alliance City Glass Foursomes title at Blackburn Golf Club.  As last Years winners we now have the honor of hosting this years final, a final that is sadly missing Helsby Golf Club.  We are delighted however to be welcoming Blackley Golf Club and Denton Golf Club to contest this years prestigious trophy on Saturday 2nd October, from 9:30 am.  

The format sees two Clubs of 14 players, making 7 teams a side, contest in foursomes match play with the winners achieving 4 points or more.  The competition is well regarded and competitively strong with nearly 120 Clubs entering annually.  We are proud to have had the trophy on display for the last 12 months and will be handing over to the winning Captain with a heavy heart.  As a Club we will be supporting both the teams on the day and would encourage anyone wanting to watch what should be a cracking final to come on down.   This great final is followed by the second day of the Ryder Cup in what is a weekend Golfing cracker.

MDGA Dunham Forest

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 22.51.51Helsbys Dunham Forest scratch team beat Mellor and Townscliff 6-1 at home in the Manchester and District Golf Alliance first round in glorious sunshine.  The team led by our professional, Chris Cousins, advances to the next round in this Years knockout.  All matches are played to a win only conclusion, no halves, with players going out in handicap order.  A massive well done to all the players and caddies.

Full results

Chris Cousins Won 6&5

Tom Rowland Won 2 & 1

Alan Rigby Won 3 & 2

Mark Poland Lost 2 & 1

Charlie Fletcher Won 4 & 2

Jeff Hughes Won 19th

Scott Butler Won 2up

MDGA Foursomes Champions 2015

Helsby Golf Club have only been members of the Manchester Alliance for three years but they made an early mark in an Alliance ‘major’ by winning the City Glass Men’s Foursomes final at Blackburn Golf Club.

Helsby and their final opponents, Sale Golf Club, had battled through to the final through six rounds from an entry of over 100 clubs and they provided a real thriller before Helsby triumphed by 4.5-3.5.

The game hinged on the match involving Jamie Hodgkinson and Chris Stott which went to the second extra hole before Helsby secured victory.  In scenes reminiscent of the final day of the Ryder Cup all team members, plus spectators and officials following on the fairway and around the green to see the Helsby duo made a crucial par four on the difficult second hole to set off the celebrations.

Team Captain Brian Stott said: “I am proud of the team, the camaraderie and support for each other as they have put Helsby on the golfing map and we will be delighted to host the 2016 final.”

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