Monthly Archives: September 2014

Senior’s victory away

Rickmansworth seniors completed their season’s home and away matches on 29th September with a rare away win, 4-2 at Chartridge Park. The result balances up the season nicely with seven wins, seven defeats and three tied matches. One fixture remains, the third match of the season against Haste Hill at a neutral course for the Haste Hill Shield, currently held by Rickmansworth.  2014 Senior’s fixture list

Frank Haines

Captain’s Day report

Rickmansworth Golf Club awoke last weekend to the sound of thunder, as lightning lit up the early morning darkness.  Heavy rain beat down leaving the course with an early autumnal soaking and the possibility of the Captain’s Day event being a wash out. As 8 am approached, the rain eased and golfers arrived at the clubhouse preparing to take on the course and challenge for the prizes on offer. The first group went out hoping the last drizzle of rain would end and the greens would welcome a well aimed putt.

Home baked Captain cake was handed out between holes 3 and 9 as players made their way around the course hoping to pile up the points and give a good account of themselves. After completing the 18th hole, a bunker and two long putt challenges lay in wait and hopefully provided a lighthearted end to the competitive part of the day.

As players tucked into the light lunch and joked about all their bad luck, the points were tallied; the leader board revealed the scores. John Shamoon took first prize with 43 points, Graham Simon was second with 41 points just ahead of Colin Turfus in third on count back. The ladies prize was won by Joan McLaughlin with 27 points. Well done to the 4 nearest the pin winners and the winners of the long putt and bunker challenges.  

The day raised just over £200 for the Captain’s charity and I’d like to thank all those who took part and contributed to making the day a success. Stefan Kunka, Captain 2014.

Next away day

The next Ricky ‘away day’ organised by Colin Timms is scheduled for WEDNESDAY 22nd October at BURNHAM BEECHES GOLF CLUB.

Cost: £32 – Golf, Coffee & bacon roll, from 10am + £3 sweep.
1st tee 11am. 

Please add your name to the sheet on the Club notice board…

Burnham Beeches Golf Club, Green Lane, Burnham, Bucks SL1 8EG  – Click here for their website 

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.

Complex manager’s update

Please find below latest comments from Complex manager Jim McLeod regarding ‘on course’ observations made by the Committee at the last meeting:

1/ The saplings between the 12th/13th fairways are tied to the posts with string, will this survive the winter?  Green staff will be monitoring this. I will suggest to them that the string be replaced with proper rubber tree supports.

2/ Can you please supply yardage on the tee for 2a.  Completed

3/ Holes on the 5th & 16th have been put in positions that are virtually impossible to get near.  I have advised green staff as to these issues and I hope that this will not happen in future.

4/ Broken fences – are they going to be fixed? Currently our contractors MGD are preparing a condition report in respect of all fencing. This will then be discussed with TRDC in the very near future.

Victory in final Herts Friendly League Match

Panshanger were the visitors in the final league match in the Herts Friendly League on Saturday 13th September. Much of the conversation before the match got underway was about the tidy course and improved bunker conditions. Some talk was about the speed of the greens and even the home players were hoping they weren’t the racetracks they had been over the previous weekend.

A gentle morning watering proved helpful as players racked up the points and both teams scored freely. As the last pairs returned home, Rickmansworth were just ahead and the score in the last fourball improved our lead, resulting in a final 225-215 point victory. The pairing of Mick Rogers and Denis Curran had inflicted much of the early damage as they amassed 51 points, earning them the sweep prize ahead of Danny Simmonds and Roy Prue with 47 points. A handful of games remain for other teams and our final league position is still unknown. It has been an enjoyable first year in the league and we hope that we can give a good account of ourselves in the Needle Shield at Batchwood Hall in October.

Stefan Kunka, Captain 2014   Click here for 2014 Men’s friendly match results

Senior’s Open report

35 players contested the Rickmansworth Senior Open on Thursday September 11th, a day blessed with reasonably good weather. Unfortunately the competition wasn’t very open in that there were only three players who do not play regularly at Rickmansworth. The decision to invite senior ladies to play (three signed up) was widely supported albeit with vociferous and heated opposition from a small number.

Despite these factors the day seemed to be both enjoyable and successful. The winner of the tournament with a very creditable 45 points was Wai Sang Wong. Allan MacDonald was second and a guest from Haste Hill, Paul Dimmer, took third place on countback from Roy Prue. Ann-Maria Loughman was the ‘Best Lady’ on countback. Nearest the Pin prizes were taken by Alan Eastwood, Paul Dimmer, Ian Brown and Dominic Nichol while Denis Curran hit the Longest Drive.

Financial success was ensured by the generous donation of eight bottles of wine from Tom Moore for the minor prizes, Roy Prue’s skilful procurement of balls, competition and raffle prizes -including donations from the pro shop and John Jackson – and Roy’s ability to persuade (in a very broad sense of the word!) every player to buy £5 worth of raffle tickets. 

Thanks are due to the catering staff for keeping players fed and ‘watered’ as they got in from the golf. Thanks also to the greenkeepers for their efforts in presenting the course, not least in the improvements resulting from the bunker renovation programme and Geoff Bull for checking the scorecards and up-dating the leaderboard. 

Frank Haines, Seniors Captain

Ricky Seniors win new 4-Club league trophy

Rickmansworth Seniors played their return fixture against Shendish Manor on Monday 8th September. Shendish’s 5-1 victory gave them almost complete revenge for our whitewash of them at Rickmansworth. Mike Mortlock and Wai Sai Wong scored Ricky’s only point in a remarkable match. Shendish’s Ivor Gould opened with a hole in one. His partner chipped in for an eagle on the par five second then Shendish birdied the third, not surprisingly taking a 3-0 lead using just seven shots to complete three holes. Despite that, Mike and Wong fought back to take the match 4 and 3.

After the match Rickmansworth were presented with the newly inaugurated ‘4 Clubs Trophy’, topping the mini-league between Rickmansworth, Shendish Manor, Bushey Country Club and Little Hay. Ironically the only match we lost was the last one after we had already secured the trophy.

4ClubTrophy  Frank Haines, Seniors Captain 2014