Category Archives: Senior’s match results

Seniors taste defeat in the Four Club Trophy decider…

The Seniors sought to retain the Four Club Trophy in the deciding match played at Shendish Manor on Tuesday 5th September. A tie was all that was needed to keep the Trophy at Rickmansworth for another year. A series of tight matches were contested with five of the six decided on the seventeenth or eighteenth hole. Unfortunately Ricky lost four of these five as well as the remaining match to go down rather heavily by 5-1. Ricky’s only winning pair were Roy Prue and John Murphy.

Seniors round off season’s home matches in style

Rickmansworth Seniors played their final home match of the season against Bushey Country Club on Tuesday 29th August. We were looking to set up a ‘grand finale’ of the Four Clubs Trophy against Shendish Manor the following week by beating Bushey.  The task was duly accomplished quite comfortably in the end but with some worrisome moments on the way. Captain Frank Haines and his partner managed to let a four hole lead on the twelfth tee slip away to all square after the sixteenth. Huge sighs of relief could be heard as their opponents missed a four footer to tie the match on the 18th. When the second Ricky pairing came in with a loss the worst fears of a home defeat were beginning to surface. However, the next group of Eric Erabadda and Roger Jones settled the nerves with the best win of the day. Eric followed up his 7 and 6 in the last match with a resounding 9 and 8 win. They were followed in by three more winning pairs to give Ricky a 5-1 victory.

The result leaves Ricky and Shendish both on six points in the Four Clubs League with next Tuesday’s match between the two clubs at Shendish to decide the winner. A tied match would give Ricky the title by virtue of having won more individual matches over the season.

Seniors held at home!

Rickmansworth Seniors hosted Chartridge Park on Tuesday 22nd August under the captaincy of Roy Prue. As mentioned in the last report, Ricky were looking to maintain their 100% home record. That mention was too much of a temptation for fate as Chartridge held us to tie, three matches apiece.  Though the match was tied, none of the individual matches came near to a tie – all were decided by the sixteenth or sooner. Eric Erabadda and Dennis Murphy turned in the best performance of the day with a seven and six win which earned them the nicknames of Vijay (Singh) and Padraig (Harrington) from their opponents. The best hole of the day belonged to Tom Moore who followed up his recent hole in one with an eagle on the sixth.

Seniors’ victory v Haste Hill

The Seniors looked to maintain their 100% home record with their ninth match of the season on Monday 7th August. The prospects of doing so looked bleak since our opponents were Haste Hill who we had only beaten once in the last ten matches against them. The day got off to a bright start notwithstanding a pessimistic weather forecast but rain won the day starting on the last hole for the first group out. Similarly the results were bright early on with the first three pairs recording wins for Rickmansworth including the best result of the day, a four and three win by Dennis Murphy and Syd Carter. Ricky’s next pair were defeated raising fears of a fightback by Haste Hill but the fifth pairing secured the victory with a half while the last group out consolidated the match win with another win to give an overall score of four and a half to one and a half. We need two more home wins against Chartridge Park and Bushey Country Club to complete the season with a full set of victories.

Frank Haines

Seniors’ match update

Ricky Seniors played the final one of their trio of matches against Oakland Park at Oakland on 2nd August. Oakland were looking to avenge their earlier losses against the Seniors and in the Mixed match. They did manage a result this time with the match ending up tied 3-3. The other good result was that everyone got in before the heavy rain started! Ricky’s star players were Bob Horton and Tom Moore who managed the largest winning margin, three and two, despite the opposition’s low handicap player managing three birdies in his round.

Seniors’ matches update

The Seniors played successive matches against, and with, the Ladies on consecutive Mondays, 17th and 24th July. Unusually, the match against the Ladies was played with thirteen players in each team at the request of the Ladies. Due to miscommunication one of the men did not turn up so they only had 12 players. Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for the Ladies as the Senior Men retained the Mallick-Holden Trophy.

The second match was a mixed match against Oakland Park. On paper Oakland seemed to have a strong team with their players’ handicaps averaging about four strokes lower than the Rickmansworth golfers. However home advantage more than levelled the playing field, particularly with Ricky’s tricky greens resulting in a 6-0 whitewash for Rickmansworth. Ricky saved the best to the end with the last pair out, Ann Paris and Syd Carter securing the biggest victory by 5 and 4.

Seniors defeated away, but still going well in Four Clubs Trophy

On Wednesday 13th July the Seniors played their fourth match in the Four Club Trophy at Little Hay under the captaincy of Tom Moore. It was a close match with all but one game being decided on either the 17th or 18th. While the score was an improvement on last year’s 2-4 defeat, Ricky still went down by 2½ to 3½. This leaves the Four Clubs League looking as though it may be heading for another tight finish between Ricky and Shendish Manor, at Shendish on September 5th. Little Hay have completed their fixtures and have six points, the same as Shendish who have just one game left against Ricky. We have two games left, home to Bushey CC who have four points the same as Ricky and the Shendish match. A win against Bushey of 4-2 or better would leave us needing just to tie against Shendish as we would win a tie-break with more individual matches won.

Big home win for Seniors!

Monday June 26th saw the Seniors pass the halfway stage of the season in terms of matches with a home game against Batchwood Hall. Having beaten Batchwood Hall away just three weeks previously, Ricky had every cause to be confident of the result. That confidence was not misplaced, not least because of the Ricky team’s ability to cope better with the lightning fast greens. The final score was Rickmansworth five and a half, Batchwood a half. Eric Erabadda deserves special mention having broken his run of three wins by five and four with an even better seven and six victory, aided and abetted on this occasion by Trevor Spencer. But even this was not the best win of the day. Steve Browning and Allan MacDonald had a crushing nine and seven win against a pair who had handicaps of thirteen and fourteen.