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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.

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


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.

Date for your diary – Captain’s Away Day 2017

Captain Peter Maestas has arranged the annual Captain’s Away Day for Friday 8th September at Old Fold Manor Golf Club in Barnet. Cost will be £46 per person. More details will go up on the board in the club house closer to the time.

Ricky Tour 2017 – Malaga, Spain

Please see below details of this year’s Club Tour to Malaga in Spain. You’ll need to double click to enlarge the image. Ashley Pearce is arranging all the details and so far the hotel, transfers and courses have all been arranged. The tour will be 7 nights from Sat 8th October, with breakfast included each day. Buggies are to be arranged for all courses and transfers too. Everyone will need to book the same flight for the transfer from airport to hotel. 

Flights aren’t included in the cost, but they are pretty well priced at the moment. Cost is £649 and Ashley needs just £35 deposit from anyone interested. Ashley’s email address: 
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