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Captains Away Day 2017 played on 08-Sep-2017

This year’s Captain’s Away Day was played at The Old Fold Manor Golf Club in Barnet, Herts. The club has a long history and when Old Fold opened, life expectancy in England was 50. Women had no vote, there were 5 dollars to the pound, cigarettes were one old penny for 20, a pint was 1p, and the biggest single class of employment was domestic service – there were over 2 million butlers, footmen and maids, etc. That was 1910. This course is also used for The Open Qualification, so it boasts a high pedigree. We were expecting 24 players on the day, two could not make it due to personal circumstances and one turned up unexpectedly, so we had a healthy 23 players on the day. Unfortunately the weather I ordered, sunshine and 23 degrees, was replaced with heavy clouds and regular bouts of rain. This however, did not dampen the spirits of the 23 golfers who took to the course at 10:02. Following a swift change of clothing into something more respectable, with some wearing the full suit and tie ensemble, came the end of round meal of ham, egg and chips. There were several competitions on the day, including Nearest the Pin, Nearest the Pin in Two Shots and Longest Drive, as well as the winner’s prize, runner-up and third place. The following golfers were the winners on the day:

Overall Winner: Martin Bartlett with 42 points

Runner-Up: Jake Jacobson with 39 points

Third Place: David Wills on count-back with 34 points

Nearest the Pin: Peter Bartlett

Nearest the Pin in Two Shots: Martin Bartlett

Longest Drive: Martin Bartlett

Finally, I would like to thank everyone for supporting the 2017 Captain’s Away Day, and for making it a very enjoyable event.

Peter Maestas, Captain 2017

John Ryder RIP

Rickmansworth Golf Club is saddened to pass on the news that one of it’s long serving members, John Ryder, has passed away. John was Captain of the Club in 1984 and then took on the position of Club Chairman the following year in 1985. He remained in this position for a remarkable 25 years until his final year at the helm in 2009. However, even that wasn’t enough service, and for the next six years John was the Club President. He was also one of only 12 Honorary Life Members.

John’s funeral will take on Tuesday 3rd October at 2.40 pm at West Herts Crematorium. There will be a reception afterwards at the Fairway Inn.

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.

2017 Tiger Trophy – half season update…

With 6 weekend monthly medals played so far this season (Apr-Sep), you can see attached the updated standing for this season’s Tiger Trophy. There’s plenty to play for in the second half of the season, to see if anyone can catch leader Peter Bartlett!

A reminder of how the scoring works, especially for our new members.

Each monthly medal allocates points on your nett score if you score a 66 or better:

66 = 1 point65 = 2 points, 64 = 3 points, 63 = 4 points62 or better = 5 points.

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 Half Year Update

Captain’s day 2017:

Firstly, it was fantastic to see so many of the members out for Captain’s day, you really made the day positively fantastic, so pat yourselves on the back as we also raised £546.60 for Cancer Research UK. So a BIG, BIG, thank you to all who very generously gave up your time, and cash, to make the day a great success. I would also like to say a special thank you to Steve Milligan who setup the Active Leader Board for the day, which made scoring simple and in real time.

Friendly Matches:

We are now starting to play the second round of our friendly matches with Meyrick Park, Aylesbury Park and Richmond Park. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the return match v Meyrick Park, this match will now be played when the date has been re-arranged. We are about to play Aylesbury Park, maybe for the last time as HS2 will be digging up their golf course in the not too distant future. Rickmansworth is doing well in these competitions and with your support we will be victorious.

Herts Friendly League Matches:

The Herts Friendly League is also rolling into the second half of the season and Rickmansworth will be hosting several clubs over the next 5 weeks, so we have a very busy July and early August. I hope that the excellent support I have had so far this year, will continue over this 5 week busy period and beyond, so we can complete a very hectic schedule over these next few weeks. You can check the Rickmansworth league results by visiting the Little Hay Golf Club pages and clicking on the “Herts Friendly League” button at the bottom left of the page.

NAPGC Hawtree Match:

This was the first of the NAPGC matches, which is a Mixed Greensomes Stableford competition and this year it was played away at Haste Hill Golf Club. Unfortunately this year we did not go through to the next round but we will be back next year to perhaps go further in this competition.

NAPGC Bourne-Vanneck Shield and Cup:

This is a Men’s Club Team Championship match, Rickmansworth fielded an A team (low handicaps) and a B team (mid Handicaps). The A team was doing well but got pipped at the last and finished fourth, which is a very good result considering there was a high standard of competition. Ricky can also take away the feel good factor of posting the lowest nett round of the day out of all competitors. So, once again, we will be back next year to try again.

NAPGC Clapham Common Platinum Shield and Ellis Cup 2017:

Rickmansworth was victorious over Farnham Park which has given us an additional challenge of organising the next match v Ruislip within the required time scales of 23rd of July. We now have a good team for this match, and while it will be very challenging, we hope to come through and progress to the next round.

Captains Note:

Seems that this year is flying past and no sooner did my Captaincy start, it is now in the second half of the season. I have had great support from all the players so far this year, so a big thank you from the Captain for your time and some excellent scoring in the Club Matches. I am also very glad to see that we are getting quite a few new members and I hope that they will enjoy the club, the competitions, and the comradeship that I have since I joined in 2012, I think, the time has gone so quickly. Lastly, I wish you all a very good second half of the golfing season and hope to see you on the course, or at the Fairway Inn for a chat and a coffee.

Peter Maestas, RGC Captain 2017

Rickmansworth v Little Hay HFL Match Report – played on 22-Apr-2017

The expectation this year was high as Rickmansworth beat Little Hay in our previous away match the year before, so an away win this year would set Ricky up for a good HFL season. The weather was fine and the enthusiasm was high, and so we teed off. First match came in with a draw with 43 points, very evenly matched and there was never more than a point either way the whole way around. Match 2 result was a big win for Ricky with 45 points to Little Hay’s 35 points, a 10 point lead was established and it was looking good. Match 3 was a win to Little Hay with 41 points to Ricky’s 39 points, Rickmansworth still holding an 8 point lead with 2 more matches to come in. Match 4 was a slightly larger win for Little Hay with 44 points to Ricky’s 38 points, getting closer but Rickmansworth still holding a very slender lead of 2 points. Once again, it was down to the last match. Rickmansworth’s team came in with 41 points, an excellent away score, unfortunately Little Hay came in with 44 points which gave Little Hay a 3 point advantage in the match, which also gave Little Hay a 1 point win on the day with a score of 207 points, to Rickmansworth’s 206 points. Well done to David Watson and Martin Bartlett who won the day’s sweep, and a big thank you to all the players for your continued support.

Peter Maestas, Captain 2017

CLUB DAY – SAT 6TH MAY

To all members of Rickmansworth Golf Club from all sections: Men, Ladies, Seniors…Club Day is almost here. Saturday 6th May is the big day of the year, all details attached.