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Vikash & Jake win prizes at NAPGC Championship!

Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire – Sunday 30th July.

Rickmansworth had 2 qualifiers for the annual NAPGC Men’s Championship, an 18 hole medal tournament played over the excellent Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, in Lincolnshire. Heavy overnight rain had eased in the early hours, but left the course playing very long. Playing from the white tees the course measures over 6500 yds, but the regulars all commented that they had not seen Woodhall playing so long in many a year. The CSS went up from 72 to 75 so it shows it was a tough year!

Vikash Patel was our representative in division 3 of the tournament (for players with handicaps 13-20). Vikash played a great round and recovered well from 2 balls O.O.B. on the long par 3 5th hole. Coming home with a nett 77, Vikash won the Piccadilly Trophy for division 3 on count back from 2 other players. A fantastic result for Vikash! And he certainly celebrated it in the bar afterwards!

The ever lively Jake Jacobson was our rep in division 4 (21-28’s), and he thrashed the opposition in his division to win by a mere 11 shots! Jake used his time wisely before the round and warmed up well on the range, and then plotted his way round the Bracken course in style. I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about this in the days and weeks ahead!

Woodhall Spa Vikash Jake2 Click here for the result sheet of the 2017 Men’s Championship


Captain’s News

The season is now well under way and I would like to thank you for all the support that I and my vice-captain Peter have had in club matches. It makes our job so much easier when we have lots of support so please continue putting your names down, it is much appreciated. We have had a great start to the season winning the first three Herts Friendly League matches, the last one being away at Little Hay, a great result. We also had a good result at our annual friendly match, away at Meyrick Park, which finished 3-3 giving us a great advantage in the return leg at home. Unfortunately, we couldn’t replicate the success of last year in the Clapham Common losing in the first round to a strong Wexham Park team by just 3 points.

2nd round victory in Daily Mail foursomes…

Rickmansworth’s representatives Graham Simon and John Shamoon put up another solid performance on Sunday in their 2nd round tie of this season’s Daily Mail Foursomes competition against local club Harewood Downs GC. 

Their opponents played off very low handicaps of 3 and 4, and had to give away 9 shots to the Ricky pair. Home course advantage was a major factor in the result with a 7&6 victory for the home team, as the visitors struggled with fast and sloping greens. Well done Graham and John, and good luck in round 3 with another home tie, against Essendon CC !

Men’s Tiger & Stag winners

Congratulations go to Ashley Pearce and Gerald Hirst for winning the season-long Tiger Trophy and Stag Trophy respectively. This is Ashley’s first win in the Tiger Trophy, one of the Club’s oldest trophies with history dating back to 1949. Gerald on the other hand has dominated the Stag Trophy winner’s roll in recent years, and this is a record breaking 4th win for our club Treasurer. Well done to you both!

Latest summer knockout winners…

The Club congratulates Allan MacDonald on victory in the final of the Club Cup, one of the 4 major trophies members play for each summer. Allan faced Colin Taylor in the final, fresh from Colin’s Rabbits Cup win, and managed a narrow 1 hole victory.

Congratulations also to 2009’s Captain Ian Lewis on his victory over Phil Walker 3&2 in the final of the Carter Cup.

Rabbit’s Cup win for Colin

Congratulations to Colin Taylor who maintained his great match play form this summer by winning 5&4 over Dennis Murphy in the final of this year’s Rabbit’s Cup. Colin will be looking for another big win soon as he has secured his place in the 36 hole final of the Club Cup.

El Presidente!

Club Chairman Dave Miles today overcame in-form Graham Farmer nett 66 to nett 69 to win the final of the President’s Cup for a third time. Well done to Dave capping a memorable season in which he also won the Club Cup.

Graham Farmer v Dave Miles

Graham Farmer v Dave Miles

Course successes…

The finals of the Club’s prestigious Arthur Tomkins Scratch Cup and Bert Lawrence Trophy were both played last weekend. In the Bert Lawrence Trophy Rob Camilleri was up against Denis Curran and it was Rob who played a blinder and won the trophy. His round was also good enough to win the Easter Cup with 41 points. Congratulations to Rob who has been cut 1 shot.

In the Arthur Tomkins Scratch Cup played over 36 holes, David Hirst overcame Tom Moore 9&7 to keep the trophy in the family, as his father Gerald had won it for the past two seasons. Well done David – an excellent performance.

There was also further course success at the weekend for Gerald Hirst who made an ace at the par 3 7th hole on Saturday during his Easter Cup round. Gerald so nearly repeated the feat by almost holing again on Easter Sunday at the same hole…his shot hit the pin on the second bounce and finished about 5 ft away.

Hole in one for Mary!

Mary Harris recorded her first ever hole-in-one at the weekend in her match against Ann Loughman. Mary struck an 8-iron up to the back right pin position on the par 3 7th hole in her Julie Curtis Cup match.

Her yellow ball ran up the green and nestled against the flag stick, keeping Mary guessing as to how close the ball was to the hole! However, she needn’t have worried too much as upon removing the stick the ball fell into the cup for that great feeling of the ultimate golf shot. Well done Mary!

Colin Timms

I have three pieces of excellent news to impart re our very good friend Colin Timms. I’ll leave it to you to decide on their order of importance…

Excellent News 1: An anonymous report has reached me which stated – and I quote – “On Tuesday July 23rd 2013, Colin Timms shot a gross score, off the white tees, of less than his age.” (Contrary to many members’ belief, it wasn’t 95, but 72 – 3 less than his age!) Off his official handicap, it would have been a net 56. But unfortunately, during the thunderstorms, a few spots of rain fell on his scorecard, making it unsuitable for handing in for handicap assessment.

Such a feat hasn’t even been achieved by such illustrious persons as our Chairman and course record holder Dave Miles, Dave Watson, Anthony Light, the Wallace boys, David Hirst or Ben Plumridge (who was a witness to the event). 

Excellent News 2: Colin has been advised by his doctor that he is clear of all cancer. 

Excellent News 3: He only went and did it again! Not content with one amazing round, on Saturday July 27th, Colin shot ANOTHER round of 72!

Huge congrats from everyone, Colin. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy! Cheers!