Rickmansworth GC Seniors 2016 Season
Results W L H Points
Batchwood Hall 1 1 4.5 – 7.5
Bushey Country C 1 1 6 – 6
Chartridge Park 1 1 6.5 – 5.5
Haste Hill 1 2 8.5 – 9.5 (inc Shield)
Huntswood 1 1 8 – 4
Little Hay 1 1 6.5 – 5.5
Oakland Park 2 1 9 – 9 (inc Mixed)
Shendish Manor 1 1 7.5 – 4.5
Ricky Ladies 1 3.5 – 1.5
Total 10 7 2 60 – 53
2016 season ended with improved team and individual performances compared with 2015. The team won ten matches, losing seven and tying two in 2016 compared with six wins, ten losses and three ties in 2015. We won 60 individual points compared with 56 a year earlier.
We competed for three trophies in the year, starting as holders of none of them. We ended the season with a clean sweep, winning all three. We won the Four Clubs Trophy from Shendish Manor, by the narrowest of margins, tied on seven points with Ricky winning by virtue of having won 20 games compared with Shendish’s 19.5. Rickmansworth Ladies fielded five pairs for the Holden-Mallick Trophy but were unable to retain the trophy, losing 1.5 – 3.5. The final match of the season saw Rickmansworth challenging for the Haste Hill Shield and managing to regain the Shield by 4.5-1.5 for the first time since 2013.
34 different players turned out, four more than last year. We had four different Captains during the year, Frank Haines taking ten of the matches with the others split between Bob Horton, Roy Prue and Martin Holden. Welcome to Eric Erabadda, Grant Convey, Ivor Gould, Larry Fahey, Steve Browning and Vic Meakes who made their Senior debuts. Club stalwarts were Mike Mortlock and Clive Bennett who played in 18 and 16 matches respectively of the total 19. David Griffin, Dennis Murphy, John Gwilt, John Murphy, Roy Prue and Syd Carter played in ten or more matches. ‘Player of the Year’ goes to the highest points scorer who played more than half the matches. This year’s winner was Clive Bennett who scored 63% of the points available to him. Special mention must be made of Allan MacDonald and Trevor Spencer who both scored 78% from the nine matches they each played in.
Again, many thanks to the stand-in Captains and all those who turned out, from those who signed up as soon as the sheet was on the board to those who responded to the pleading and cajoling when it looked as though we might be short.
Frank, 17 Oct 2016
Ricky Seniors’ final match of the season was played on Monday October 10th at a sunny South Buckinghamshire. The match was for the Rickmansworth – Haste Hill Shield, which had been won for the last three years by Haste Hill.
Hopes of regaining the Shield weren’t too high since Ricky had just one tied match in the last seven against Haste Hill. Captain Frank Haines and partner did little to raise expectations going down 3 and 1 in the first match. But that was the last defeat Ricky suffered. In a tight match, four of the remaining five games were decided on the 18th hole, Ricky winning three of them and halving the other. John Gwilt and Vic Meakes completed the victory with a seemingly comfortable 4 and 2 win so ending the season on a winning note with the return of the Shield. Well done team!
The Seniors played their re-arranged away fixture against Bushey Country Club on Tuesday 27th September under the Captaincy of Roy Prue. This was the final fixture in the Four Club trophy competition. With Rickmansworth, Shendish Manor and Little Hay tied on seven points and Shendish having a half point advantage in games won, all Ricky needed to do was win just one game. Having beaten Bushey 5-1 at Ricky a month before, the odds on Ricky regaining the Trophy looked quite good. Those odds started to lengthen as the Captain and his partner took something of a pasting in the first match. The next three matches were also defeats for Ricky, albeit by ever smaller margins. Things weren’t looking too good, but with two of Ricky’s stronger players, Tom Moore and Allan MacDonald in the last two pairings, there was still hope. Tom and his partner Vic Meakes calmed the nerves coming in with a two and one victory, so clinching the Four Clubs Trophy. It was just as well they did since the final game also went to Bushey leaving them 5-1 winners. Ricky had regained the Four Club Trophy from Shendish Manor by the narrowest of margins, both tied on seven points with Ricky having won 20 games and Shendish 19.5.
The greenkeepers will be hollowcoring the greens Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and topdressing on Wednesday 12th October. You can still play but whatever hole the greenkeepers are working on will have a temporary green in play or the hole will be closed and you can skip to the next one. Needless to say the greenkeepers will have right of way. As you can appreciate this doesn’t happen too often and is essential work needed for the course to be in play all year round. This work clashes (unavoidably) with the midweek medal which has therefore been postponed ..future date to be advised later.