Monthly Archives: June 2017

HFL Match v Stevenage played on the 10-Jun-2017

The Captain and Vice-Captain were not available for this match, so a big thank you to Graham Farmer who captained the team on the day. When the matches were tallied up, Rickmansworth had 180 points and Stevenage had 188 points, so a loss to Stevenage by a mere 8 points. As it was an away match, it was still a very good performance for the Rickmansworth players. The sweep was won by Graham Farmer and Mick Rogers with a total of 41 points, well done gents. Now we look forward to the return match at Rickmansworth, where we hope to reverse the results by a far larger margin.

Peter Maestas, RGC Captain 2017

Friendly Match v Richmond Park played on the 17-Jun-2017

The third of our friendly matches was played at Richmond Park on an extremely hot and sunny Saturday. After one of our 12 suffered an injury on Friday morning, it was only 11 of us who teed off to see if Rickmansworth can retain the trophy in 2017. The first score in was a half, which is not a bad start for an away match. Once the scores started to come, it was clear that we will have to defend well at fortress Rickmansworth on the return leg. The score in the end was 4½ to 1½ with 3 losses and 3 halved matches. The sweep was won by Peter Bartlett and Graham Simon with an excellent score of 44 points. Thanks again to all the players for your support, without you these matches would not be possible.

Peter Maestas, RGC Captain 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

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.

Seniors Match report – Tues 20 June – Bushey Country Club Away

‘Flaming June’ was an appropriate description for Tuesday 20th when Ricky Seniors took on Bushey Country Club at Bushey in the Four Clubs League. Ricky lost by two and a half to three and a half, a much better showing than last year’s 5-1 defeat. Though the overall result was quite close the individual match scores were quite widespread, with the biggest win and the biggest defeat both being by five and four. Discretion will spare the embarrassment of the big losers but the accolade of biggest winners goes to the pairing of Eric Erabadda and Syd Carter.

Seniors continue great form with home win

A hot and sunny Thursday June 15th saw Ricky Seniors take on the return match against Huntswood, quietly confident having beaten them away 4½ to 1½ early in May. The first two matches suggested it might be a bit tighter, both being settled on the 18th with a win for each side. But it turned out that Ricky’s confidence was well founded, taking all of the next four matches and saving the best until the last with Geoff Bull and David Griffin romping to the best win of the day six and five.

Seniors win at Batchwood Hall

For their fourth away match, Ricky Seniors travelled to St. Albans to play Batchwood Hall on Monday 5th June. Captain Frank Haines suffered a heavy defeat in the first match bringing fears of another whitewash as last year. These fears were unconfirmed with the next two matches coming in all square. Mike Mortlock and Eric Erabadda were next in with the best win of the day five and four. The last two pairs out also came home with wins, giving Ricky a 4-2 victory.