Category Archives: Tournaments & Competitions

Change of date for the Daily Mail foursomes qualifier

Can members please note that the date for the Daily Mail foursomes has been changed to the weekend of 28/29 October, so it will not clash with the pro shop’s memorial golf day for Jim McLeod on Saturday 21st October.

Order of Merit / Tiger Trophy / Stag Trophy update

Click on these links to see how you’re doing this season:

Order of Merit 2017,   Tiger Trophy 2017,   Stag Trophy 2017

 

Tiger Trophy, Stag Trophy & Order of Merit standings

Click on the below links to see how you’re doing in this season’s Scratch Order of Merit, Tiger and Stag Trophies:

Order of Merit 2017

Tiger Trophy 2017-18

Stag Trophy 2017-18

** New Club Champion **

Sunday 25th June saw the latest installment of the 36 hole Men’s Scratch Championship. As is the case these days, the field was small and select, with 7 players playing the first round, and just 5 making the full 2 laps of the Ricky track. Bright and dry conditions were the order of the day with the wind steadily creeping up later in the afternoon to really test the players out. Going out in the first group of the morning, 2015 champion Ben Plumridge posted a fine first round of 69 (+4), although he was slightly disappointed with his finish of 3 dropped shots in the last 3 holes. Playing together for round one, defending champion David Watson and 3 time runner-up David Hirst both got off to good steady starts, until the pair reached the 5th hole “Wall of Death” which lived up to its infamous nickname. A nasty thinned shot into the heavily roughed bank from Mr. Watson effectively ended his challenge early on, with a shell shocking five over par 8. Such mistakes are hard to recover from. Young Mr. Hirst, already winner of the 36 hole Montesole Cup last month, had a wobble around the turn but replied in great style with birdies on 13, 16 & 17 to catch Ben on 69. David W trailed in with a 73, four strokes back of the 2 young guns leading the charge.

And so onto Round 2, where the tension built and the action hotted up. It was David H that got off to a slow start with an uncharacteristic poor front 9, dropping 6 shots and seemingly opening the door to Ben. With a cross green, downhill, severely braking putt that hit the hole with some pace, Ben’s birdie 2 on the 5th hole gave him a commanding 5 shot lead. David W was plugging on, but an untimely lost ball on the par 3 7th killed off any realistic hope of a comeback.

And so onto the back 9…Ben holding a 3 stroke lead over David H, with David W 2 shots further back. After a dropped shot on the 11th from David H, the tide turned quicker than at Morecombe Bay. David H went into par mode and steadied his ship in the increasingly blustery conditions. The key moment came on the 14th tee with Ben losing his ball into the woods on the left, and taking a double bogey 6 to tie the scores on +11. The next 2 holes were matched before the killer blow was struck. A tracer like mid iron from the back tee into a 3 club wind on 17th was dispatched by David to 10 feet left of the flag. Ben’s reply didn’t pierce the howling summer wind and came up short of the putting surface. A crucial dropped shot from Ben handed David H a one stroke advantage on the 36th tee. After both players found the green in two, David holed out for the par to set Ben the target of making birdie for a playoff. Ben’s effort uphill from the right was a good one, but the ball just drifted off line and stayed above ground. Birthday boy David Hirst found a great way to celebrate his 23rd birthday, by becoming the Club’s new Scratch Champion. Many congratulations to David, for getting over the line after a few previous near misses. Commiserations to Ben who played some really good golf over the 2 rounds. For David W it was a case of ‘I should have taken a drop’! Both rounds were played in great spirit, just how it should be done. 

Final scores:

  1. David Hirst 69 + 73 = 142
  2. Ben Plumridge 69 + 74 = 143
  3. David Watson 73 + 72 = 145
Club Championship 2017

Club Championship 2017

Tiger and Stag Trophy results 2016/17

The competitions that are the longest running in the club’s annual fixture list are the Tiger Trophy and the Stag Trophy, the points based accumulation over the entire season. Now the March medal and mid-week medal have been completed the final standings are in.

Click here for Tiger Trophy results and here for the Stag Trophy results. Thanks to Bob Horton for collating all the info over the season.

Rickmansworth Mixed Seniors’ Open

Click here for the Mixed Senior Open details…

 

 

Captain’s Day report

Captain’s Day 2016 saw 53 people take part under sunny skies. Home made cakes and drinks were sold on the 13th hole, all in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust. I would like to thank my wife for baking all the cakes and both my mother and wife for helping out on the day.

When the players had finished they sat down to a light lunch of ham, egg and chips. Many thanks to Grant and the staff at The Fairway Inn. The scores were tallied up and some great scores were had. In second place with 41 points was Gerald Hirst, but a big congratulation to the winner Joshua Simon with a great score of 42 points. The guest winner was Craig Bartlett. Also well done to all the nearest the pin winners and the longest drive winner.

The day managed to rise £418.60, a big thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets, cakes and drinks – I’m sure The Sick Children’s Trust will be very pleased for all your donations. A very big thank you to everyone who supported me on the day.

Graham Farmer, Captain 2016

Club Champions

Ian Mackie followed up his remarkable 1st round nett 55 in the Rickmansworth Salver with a solid nett 67 to become the Nett Club Champion for 2016. Grant Convey (nett 58 + 65) pushed Ian all the way, and was unfortunate as his core of nett 123 would win in any other year – unlucky Grant. Congrats Ian!

In the Scratch Championship played over 36 holes on Sunday, the first round could hardly have been closer with 1 stroke separating 4 players. David Watson & Gerald Hirst led the way with 73s, and Ben Plumridge & David Hirst were just a stroke behind on 74. The morning’s persistent drizzle finally gave way after lunch, with the sun coming out and the wind getting up which then spread out the field. David Watson claimed the title with an afternoon round of 68 for a 36 hole total of 141, from David Hirst in 2nd place and defending champion Ben Plumridge in 3rd.

David and Ian will represent Rickmansworth Golf Club at next year’s NAPGC Men’s Championship.