Presidents Day – 2017

trophyA 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

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:
GENTS CHALLENGE PLATE (PAIRS)

GENTS CHALLENGE CUP (SINGLES)

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.

April Medal 2017

scratchWelcome 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

Division One

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.

Division Two

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.

Division Three

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

Division Four

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

Partridge Cup – 2017

downloadA 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

Winter League 2016/17 – The Story So Far

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Congratulations to all League Winners at the conclusion of the league stage for this year.

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LEAGUE 1     SEAN HOGARTY and KEITH MURRAY

LEAGUE 2     JONATHAN JENKINS and DAVID BUNTING

LEAGUE 3    DEAN LETFORD and NATHAN KENNEDDY

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LEAGUE 4    JEFF HUGHES and DENVER BRAZIER

LEAGUE 5    PHIL BARKER and JOHN CUMMINS

LEAGUE 6    SIMON BEGLEY and KEN BEWLEY

The three A.M Leagues produced worthy winners in Leagues 1 and 2 respectively, Sean Hogarty / Keith Murray and Jonathan Jenkins / David Bunting both pairings new members over the last two years. League 3 saw the formidable pairing of Dean Letford and Nathan Kenneddy winning and following up their victory in the Challenge Plate 2016 Summer Pairs Knockout.

The three P.M Leagues resulted in wins tried and trusted low man team Jeff Hughes /Denver Brazier winning League4, and Phil Barker /John Cummins dominating League 5. Repeat winners from last year in League 6 were Captains Prize winner Simon Begley and Ken Bewley.

The Knockout Stages commenced at the beginning of the month,

Last 16 made up of Winners Of each League plus Runners Up in each league along with the two best third place teams A.M and P.M

Typically with match play, form went out of the window and the semi final draw, with one quarter final outstanding, gives us:

Morning ( AM ) LEAGUE.

Dave Goddard and Barry Severn ( Best Third Place in League in League 3 )

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Steve Green and Chris Davis  ( Runners Up in League 1 )

                                                                                     

Afternoon ( PM ) LEAGUE.

Phil Barker and John Cummins ( Winners League 5 )

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 Tim Carter and Chris Ward ( Runners Up League 5 ) or Alan Rigby and Jamie Hodgkinson ( Runners Up in League 4

The Semi Finals will be completed by end of March due to a delay and we plan to arrange the final on convenient weekend in April.

The date when agreed will be notified to all so we can have support to watch the thrilling conclusion to another great golfing winter.

We did have a number of new faces in the league this year but would like to encourage more entrants, we had six leagues of 8/9 teams giving around 54 pairs. Ideally 8 leagues is the format so possibly another 8 to 10 pairs would be ideal.

 

Winter Stableford 040217

trophyAlthough the recent weather is changing ground conditions making the course play longer and longer there is no stopping the unbelievable scores that are constantly posted.

The day was very much dominated by the afternoon section which welcomed a lovely warm sunny day opposed to the colder morning players led by Mike Warr’s strong 37 pts.  Although 5 better than handicap this is a score that wouldn’t lead long and was snatched away thanks to Dave Langleys wonderful 40 pts return including a 2 on the 2nd and 8th.   However this too would not last with Winters in form player Geoff Maher again in the mix thanks to another 41 pts return.  Mahers round made on the front thanks to birdies at 2 and 8 and just 3 bogies.  Sadly for Maher this wouldn’t be his 2nd win of the Winter as Phil Jones pounced on the back nine to claim the day via CPO and his own 41 pts return.  Despite doubles at 6 and 11 Jones rallied well to return 11 pars and just two bogies to finish 9 better than his handicap allowance.

Full Results Here