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October 16, 2018 - Senior Match Report – Rickmansworth v Haste Hill; Annual Shield Match Ricky played their traditional last ... +++ October 16, 2018 - Needle Shield and End of Season Report On Saturday 13th October the HFL Ne ... +++ October 2, 2018 - Rickmansworth v Meyrick Park Friendly Away Match Report Saturday 29th September 2018 We went into this match with a 4½ ... +++ September 22, 2018 - Rickmansworth v Richmond Friendly Home Match Report Saturday 15th September 2018 We went in this to this match with ... +++ September 22, 2018 - Captain’s Away Day – Chiltern Forest Golf Club Friday 14th September 2018 With being recommended this course ... +++ September 12, 2018 - Rickmansworth v Stevenage HFL Home Match Report Sunday 9th September 2018 With part 1 of this 2-part weekend ... +++

Senior Match Report – Rickmansworth v Haste Hill; Annual Shield Match

Ricky played their traditional last match of the summer season against Haste Hill on October 15th at South Buckinghamshire for the Rickmansworth-Haste Hill Shield. Having won the Shield in the last two years we were looking for a hat-trick. The hopes of retaining the trophy looked slim after the first three results with Ricky only gaining half a point from these matches. However, Ricky’s strength in depth proved decisive with the next three matches going our way giving an overall result of 3½-2½ to the Shield holders. Star performer with the biggest win was Dominic Nichol winning 3 and 2  in a singles match with both sides able to field only eleven players.

Hat-trick Ricky!

Hat-trick Ricky!

 

Needle Shield and End of Season Report

On Saturday 13th October the HFL Needle Shield brought a close to the 2018 club fixtures. With a warm but windy October day forecast, the teams from all 5 league clubs met at Panshanger Golf Course. After all instructions were given out the players headed out to their tees for a shotgun start at 8.30.

The scoring was tough all day with the wind and course playing its part but the winners were the home side of Panshanger.

A big well done to David Wills who won the individual competition with a fantastic score of 43 points! The only player in a field of 60 players to be in the 40’s.

The season as a whole has gone better than I could of ever of hoped for. At the HFL Needle Shield we were presented with the winner’s trophy for the Herts Friendly League (Picture below).

 

Herts Friendly League winners 2018

Herts Friendly League winners 2018 (Click to enlarge)

This is an 8 match season with 4 matches at home, and 4 matches away. We won 6 out of the 8 matches with a scoring average of over 200 points in each match.

I am very proud that this is the first year that Rickmansworth have won the HFL, but I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic effort of every player that has contributed over the year.

We also had wins in all 3 of the annual friendly matches against Aylesbury, Richmond and Meyrick Park. Thank you and well done to all that have played in these matches. 

Thank you to all that played in both my Captain’s Day and Captain’s Away Day. We managed to raise a fantastic amount for my Charity and hope you all had enjoyable days. 

This leads me on to the club members. I have had such great support from all of you and without this we would not have had such a successful season. 

I would like to thank you all for the support throughout the year and well done to you all too. I hope you will continue showing your support next year when Jake takes over.

In my start of season message I highlighted my goal to have a club feel and throughout the year I believe we have achieved this with a great relationship and atmosphere between all players either at a club match or a weekend club competition.

I have had such an enjoyable season and very proud to be the Rickmansworth Club Captain of 2018, so would like to thank you all again and best of luck to Jake next year.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Rickmansworth v Meyrick Park Friendly Away Match Report Saturday 29th September 2018

We went into this match with a 4½ – ½ lead from the home leg, so we knew we had given ourselves a good chance. The match was played out of a total of 11 points as Meyrick had another match on the same date as our home leg. The home leg being only 5 pairs but the away leg being 6 pairs, we needed 1½ points to secure the win.

We all arrived down to the club early on Saturday to spend the morning watching the Ryder Cup. This put us all in the mood for the afternoon on the course.

After a full breakfast we all headed out to the first tee which is a very hard 244 yard par 3. The course is a great test all the way round and with the fairways being very dry and bare still from all the hot weather it made it a very tough day.

My partner and I lost our match 5&4 and so did the group behind. I was getting a little nervous but was confident that the strong pair of Ben Plumridge and Dave Miles would bring in a point, and they did exactly that with a 6&5 win. This secured the tie at a minimum.

The next 2 groups went the way of Meyrick meaning the score was at 5½ to 4½ and leaving us needing half a point from the last group of Rob Camilleri and Jonathan Radford. 

Word filtered into the clubhouse that the Ricky pair were 1 up going into the last hole and therefore I knew we had at least a half point. By the time they came in they had won the last meaning they won 2 up and we won the overall trophy 6½ – 4½.

Our sweep was won with a fantastic away points total of 46 points by Ben Plumridge and Dave Miles who kindly donated their winnings to my charity.

The fantastic day was finished off with sandwiches and chips in the clubhouse and then a very enjoyable evening out in Bournemouth.

This brings the end to my matches this season with just the Needle Shield to go and would like to thank the players in this match and all players that have been a fantastic support all year.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Rickmansworth v Richmond Friendly Home Match Report Saturday 15th September 2018

We went in this to this match with a 3 point deficit with the score from the away match at 4½-1½.

The team knew we had to be on our A game to get the minimum of 5 points needed to retain the trophy.

The course was again looking in great shape and didn’t let us down with the greens running fantastic.

I was partnered with Dave Grace, and up to the 7th hole we were 1 down in a close match. We then went on a nice run of winning 6 holes in a row to be 5 up with 5 to play. We lost the 14th hole but won the 15th with a fantastic par from Dave and bringing the first point home with a 5&3 win.

I am pleased to say the wins kept coming with the following 5 matches coming in, 4&3, 8&6, 5&3, 4&3 and 4&3 giving us the clean sweep and a 6-0 home win and final score being 7½-4½.

Our sweep was won on countback with 2 groups scoring 48 points. The back 9 scores were the same, but the back 6 scores were 16 points to Billy Gourd and David Wills, but the winners were Mick Rogers and Jonathan Radford with 17 points.

The day was finished with a great golfers lunch of Ham, Egg and Chips so thank you to Gordon and his team.

Thanks again to all that played and well done again.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Captain’s Away Day – Chiltern Forest Golf Club Friday 14th September 2018

With being recommended this course for my away day, I was pleased to hear reports from members that had played it that it was a good course. When arriving it was clear that we were in for a day of great views and a nice course. Some of the holes were tricky, but everyone was impressed and enjoyed the course.

I would like to thank all the players that came on the day I really appreciate the support.

The day was a stableford competition and there were a few on course competitions, the winners were:

Overall Winner: David Wills (38 Points)

Runner Up: Martin Bartlett (34 Points)

Nearest the Pin – Leon Kelly

Longest Drive – Uncle Albert (Dave Miles)

Nearest the Pin in 2 – Peter Bartlett

With 5 groups of 3 players there was a team competition with the 2 best scores out of the 3 counting.

There was a tie with 2 groups on 79 points. 

On countback Ben Plumridge, Dave Miles and Stefan Kunka had 38 points on the back 9 but the winners were David Wills, Leon Kelly and Steve Milligan with 39 points on the back 9.

Thanks again to the players that came on the day.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

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Rickmansworth v Stevenage HFL Home Match Report Sunday 9th September 2018

With part 1 of this 2-part weekend complete, the Sunday team knew this was a must win, especially when the Stevenage players told us before we started that they have won all their home matches and won one away match. 

As normal with this fixture there was some great banter between the players in the clubhouse before heading out to the 1st tee. With the Ricky team getting a look at the greens on Saturday we were confident we would bring the result home.

Again there was some great golf being played and the course was playing fantastic. Speaking with the other groups round the first part of the course each match was very tight. 

In my match there was only 2 in it at the turn in Ricky’s favour and after 13 holes was 1 behind. 

My Dad was my partner and we got it back on track on the last 5 holes and managed to bring in a 6 point lead with a 42-36 final result. 

The second pair of Ben Plumridge and Mick Rogers came in with a 9 point lead with a fantastic 45-36 final result. 

This meant we had a 15 point lead after 2 matches and were in a very strong position. 

The next 2 groups came in with Stevenage clawing some points back with a 42-44 and 42-43 final results. 

This left us with a 12 point lead with 1 group to come in. 

I was confident that the final pair of John Shamoon and Ian Mackie would not loose by 13 and they didn’t let me down with their match coming in a tie with a 40-40 final result meaning we won this match by 12 points and a 211-199 final result.

Our sweep was won by Ben Plumridge and Mick Rogers and they kindly put the winnings in my Charity pot.

This now means we have played all our matches in the league and have won 6 out of the 8 matches and have a positive points difference of +45 points. We scored 1619 points over the 8 matches meaning we averaged over 200 points per match.

After speaking with the other captains the only 2 matches left in the league are Little Hay v Stevenage on the 22nd September and Panshanger v Little Hay on the 29th September. 

As it stands the only team that can catch us is Stevenage. They would have to win their match at Little Hay by 23 points to win the league and 22 points to tie, so it is in the balance at this stage. Herts Friendly League results 2018

I would once again like to thank all the players who have shown support this season with putting their names forward to play in these matches.

Well done to the players in this match and all the players who have played throughout the season.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Rickmansworth v Panshanger HFL Home Match Report Saturday 8th September 2018

Going into this double header weekend of HFL matches at home and coming off the back of 2 away wins, the team knew that these were must win matches to keep up the hopes of the league.

With the pairs sorted, the teams headed out to the 1st tee with the course really looking good. The course did not disappoint, as the greens were superb and the result of the hollow tine and lower cutting really showed. Thank you to all the greenkeeping staff. 

This made tricky Ricky live up to its name, even so there was some great golf played but home advantage came through and we won this match 206-195.

Our sweep was won by myself and Peter Maestas with 44 points and the winnings went in my Charity pot.

Well done to all that played and thank you for the support.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Shendish Manor vs Rickmansworth Seniors

On a nice day in Apsley, the seniors went to Shendish Manor with the opposition keen to redress the 6-0 defeat at Ricky. The course was in good condition with the greens being pacey and pin placements tricky, maybe this should have made us feel at home, but it didn’t! Shendish ran out winners 5-1, with only Roy Prue and Clive Bennett stemming the tide, though Mike Mortlock and Bob Horton’s game went down to the last putt. 

Ivor Gould of Shendish Manor (and also of Ricky) made the presentation to Bob Horton, today’s senior captain of Rickmansworth, of the Four Clubs Trophy which had already been secured by a set of magnificent home victories!

Well done all of the seniors who took part in the Four Clubs trophy!

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