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

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

Daily Mail Foursomes

bhbzmnThe 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

Winter League 2016/17 – The Story So Far


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









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 )


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


Afternoon ( PM ) LEAGUE.

Phil Barker and John Cummins ( Winners League 5 )


 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.


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.

Captains Drive-In 2017 – Draw

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-21-03-39Although the AGM signals the real start, traditionally Saturday the 11th February will see Steve Cunniffe handing over the batten to Neil Johnson to assume his role as Captain of Helsby Golf Club.  As always Neil will be Driving in the New Golf year at 12:30pm supported by all the good old members, friends and family.  As per this will signal the start of the shotgun Afternoon starters to assume their tee positions to eagerly await the siren and commence the Greensome fun.

So to it, the draw has now be done, and the AM and PM shotgun starting tees confirmed.

Click here for the AM draw

Click here for the PM draw