JV Fletcher Charity Salver

gapc50-l-2-250x250Oh it’s a lovely day today… Since Wednesday we have been blessed with the hottest start to May since Medieval times, with temperatures nearing 28°.  The rains and storms of the start of the Year were forgotten driving up Travellers Lane and pulling into the Car Park. Anticipation was further raised while signing in to be greeted with a smile from the Pro who gleefully tells you “No excuses today”, a statement that would haunt golfers later. The standard no strategy practice on the putting green hinted at things to come, it was better to practice chipping than putting.

The White tees are out and summer positions used, fairways cut and baking sun, with run aplenty surely returning.  Standing on the 1st a gentle push down the fairway looked all that was required, until the ball landed and stopped.  The second shot into a back right pin caught most short with dead bounces leaving perilous putts to the top of a ridge, 3 putts were not the exception.  The rough on the course has been brought down but finding it off the tee was a score killer, hacking out of the luscious grass being the best option most of the time.  The top dressed greens are now settling down but the new and old grasses and winter wear still makes the reading of lines a fine science.  However the receptiveness of the greens was the highlight of the day, picking your distance and going directly at pins is something to behold.

So the competitors were caught out, hence the SSS of 72.  Some though took to the conditions like cats to the sun, Simon Pay once again joining the Scratch club with a fine 70 Gross, 69 nett to take the spoils. Pay was thankful for Marcus Lightfoot’s fatigued end to his otherwise excellent round.  Lightfoot stood -1 on the 13th tee after a stunning treble birdie barrage from the 7th.  13 proved unluckily for the young hot shot coupled with a disappointing 18th to lose out on a card playoff.  On the plus side Lightfoot now enjoys a new 6 handicap, and the title of Lord Lightfoot of Frodsham, well at home anyway.  Finishing off the places was Sniper elite, Roger Griffiths, who’s excellent front 9 with a birdie at 7 sadly wasn’t matched on the back, missing out again via CPO.

Full results can be viewed Here

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Challenge Cup & Plate 2018

trophyIt’s finally here, welcome to the 2018 Golf season!  First order of business for the busy season is the annual knockouts and the all important draws.  Click on the links below to view.

Challenge Cup Draw – 2018

Challenge Plate Draw – 2018

 

Helsby Golf Club Awards Night 2017

As the 2017 golf season comes to a close this evening brings the prestigious awards night where we welcome all the winners and members to celebrate all that was achieved in the golf season in 2017 at Helsby Golf Club.

The Helsby Golf Club Match and Handicap committee are looking forward to presenting these awards later on tonight!

See you all there at 19:00 for a champagne reception!

P.S. Don’t be late!

Challenge Plate 2017 – Final

gapc50-l-2-250x250The Final of the gents pairs knockout (Challenge Plate) took place on Saturday 7th October conditions not as ideal as previous weeks singles final with heavy showers regularly disrupting play.

This Years Finalists were, Adam Griffiths 15 Hcp and Dave Peters 13 Hcp against Andy Sayers 8 Hcp and Mal Aird 11 Hcp, a second final in two weeks for Andy having lost in last weeks Challenge Cup against Jamie Hodgkinson.

Helsby was to witness another final of excellent golf with nothing between the two pairs. An opening first hole halved in par was followed by the first of two holes won by Adam and Dave with chip in birdies on the second it was Adam to take his team one up but the redoubtable Andy got it back to all square with a five foot putt birdie on the third. The next two holes were halved with pars before the second chip in, this time by Dave for a birdie two to put his team one up.  The next three holes were halved so we went to the back nine with Adam and Dave one up. As often is the case Helsbys own Amen Corner proved crucial in this match and with a major turnaround a par, birdie, par run moved Andy and Mally from one down to two up a decisive move which proved match winning as all the following holes were halved with a close out on the 17th giving Andy Sayers and Mal Aird a two and one victory.

Commiserations to Adam and Dave and congratulations to Andy and Mal winners of Challenge Plate 2017.

Thanks to Brian Stott for referring the final and also to Mike Burton who did an excellent job in the previous weeks Challenge Cup final.

MDGA Alliance

img_3761-1Helsby are proud to announce the Manchester and District Golf Alliance will be visiting Helsby Golf Club for one of its Autumn/ Winter Series of Pro AMs on Wednesday 18th October.

Helsby joined the Alliance in 2013 to get involved in more competitive team golf against other clubs. There are over 140 clubs affiliated to the Alliance and apart from the Pro AMs they run on Wednesdays from September to April they also have four prestigious team knockout competitions, Singles, Pairs, Senior Pairs and Mixed Pairs.  Within two Years of joining Helsby achieved a major success in winning the City Glass Team Pairs Trophy beating Sale in the final held at Blackburn, this year our Dunham Forest singles team reached the quarter finals achieving a notable scalp beating Leigh Golf Club winners over last two years.

Wednesday’s competition will be twenty four teams of four playing Stableford points best two to count with the usual separate individual pro Stableford. Shotgun start at 12..30pm.

Challenge Cup Final – 2016

trophyThis years finalists were, Jamie Hodgkinson off 2Hcp and Andy Sayers off 8 Hcp both arriving in good form Andy also a finalist in the Challenge Plate Pairs Knockout with Mal Aird.

From the first hole we were to witness one of the best finals played in this prestigious competition at Helsby although the way Jamie started with a par, birdie, birdie blitz to give him a three up lead it did not seem likely.  Caddie for the day Mal Vipor Aird informed that Andy always took three holes to get it together and did he just proceeding to birdie the fourth and fifth to get back to one down. The first halved hole followed at the sixth before Jamie hit the birdie trail again with a four at the par five seventh, the eighth and ninth were halved with pars leaving Jamie two up after nine holes.  The back nine started again with a masterful pitch from 90 yds to three feet by Jamie to produce yet another birdie to put him three up. At four under gross we were seeing a masterclass but an out of character three putt cost him the eleventh were Andy had a brilliant up and down holing yet another clutch putt from fifteen feet.  Normal service resumed at the twelfth with a straight forward birdie for Jamie another masterful pitch to five feet and back to three up.  Yet another brilliant fight back from Andy with a nett eagle and birdie at thirteen and fourteen got it back to one down. Fifteen was halved in pars and on the sixteenth we saw one of the best mid irons you could imagine from Jamie leaving almost a tap in putt for a birdie three, nailing it from one sixty yards.  At two up to Jamie the seventeenth was crucial with Andy having a shot and hitting a majestic rescue from two hundred yards which in the air looked perfect, unfortunately the shot with adrenaline adding extra yards hit the down-slope of bank to right of green and carried into rough at the back of the green. Andy could only manage to nudge ball forward a few feet followed by a pitch to ten feet a missed putt meant Jamie closed the match with a bogey five to win two and one.  A quick check walking down the seventeenth showed fourteen birdies had been achieved by both players. A quite magnificent achievement and a match neither deserved to lose but congratulations to Jamie Hodgkinson our Challenge Cup Matchplay Champion for 2017.