Monthly Archives: August 2017

Rickmansworth v Batchwood Match Report – played on 12-Aug-2017

The last time the two clubs met at Rickmansworth on the 18th of March, Rickmansworth lost the match by one point, so there was a score to be settled at the away venue of Batchwood Hall. The team was ready, the course was well tended, the weather was behaving, and we teed off at 09:00 sharp. The first match was close but a win for Rickmansworth by 3 points; we were on our way for revenge. Match two was a loss by 1 point, match 3 was a win by 1 point, and match 4 was a loss by 2 points. At this stage, Rickmansworth is still ahead by 1 point, so a draw or a win for the last team, will win the match for Rickmansworth. The final team score came in, and it was a win to Rickmansworth by 4 points. The day’s final scores were Rickmansworth 221 points, and Batchwood with 216 points. It was all very close but a fantastic away win for us. The sweep was won by our last team, Danny Simmonds and David Grace with an excellent score of 47 points. Thanks again to all the players for bringing their best game to Batchwood and securing the away win for Rickmansworth.

Peter Maestas, Captain 2017

Rickmansworth v Panshanger Away HFL Match Report – played on 05-Aug-2017

After an initial mix up of venues, both clubs thinking that the match was at home, Rickmansworth managed to scramble a team, and arrive at Panshanger on Saturday morning. With Rickmansworth needing an away win, this one was a great opportunity as we know this course very well. With some very wet weather arriving towards the end of the match, and the end in sight, the teams started to roll in with their scores. It was very clear from the start this this was not going to be Rickmansworth Golf Club’s day on the course. The final scores were 176 to Rickmansworth, and 210 to Panshanger. We will have to play well at home on the return leg, to make sure we secure a home win. The sweep was won by Jake Jacobson and Graham Simon with a very respectable score of 41 points. Lastly, a big, BIG thank you to all the players for making the switch from home to away, and to those who stepped up last minute to make up the team.

Peter Maestas, Captain 2017

Seniors round off season’s home matches in style

Rickmansworth Seniors played their final home match of the season against Bushey Country Club on Tuesday 29th August. We were looking to set up a ‘grand finale’ of the Four Clubs Trophy against Shendish Manor the following week by beating Bushey.  The task was duly accomplished quite comfortably in the end but with some worrisome moments on the way. Captain Frank Haines and his partner managed to let a four hole lead on the twelfth tee slip away to all square after the sixteenth. Huge sighs of relief could be heard as their opponents missed a four footer to tie the match on the 18th. When the second Ricky pairing came in with a loss the worst fears of a home defeat were beginning to surface. However, the next group of Eric Erabadda and Roger Jones settled the nerves with the best win of the day. Eric followed up his 7 and 6 in the last match with a resounding 9 and 8 win. They were followed in by three more winning pairs to give Ricky a 5-1 victory.

The result leaves Ricky and Shendish both on six points in the Four Clubs League with next Tuesday’s match between the two clubs at Shendish to decide the winner. A tied match would give Ricky the title by virtue of having won more individual matches over the season.

Seniors held at home!

Rickmansworth Seniors hosted Chartridge Park on Tuesday 22nd August under the captaincy of Roy Prue. As mentioned in the last report, Ricky were looking to maintain their 100% home record. That mention was too much of a temptation for fate as Chartridge held us to tie, three matches apiece.  Though the match was tied, none of the individual matches came near to a tie – all were decided by the sixteenth or sooner. Eric Erabadda and Dennis Murphy turned in the best performance of the day with a seven and six win which earned them the nicknames of Vijay (Singh) and Padraig (Harrington) from their opponents. The best hole of the day belonged to Tom Moore who followed up his recent hole in one with an eagle on the sixth.

Seniors’ victory v Haste Hill

The Seniors looked to maintain their 100% home record with their ninth match of the season on Monday 7th August. The prospects of doing so looked bleak since our opponents were Haste Hill who we had only beaten once in the last ten matches against them. The day got off to a bright start notwithstanding a pessimistic weather forecast but rain won the day starting on the last hole for the first group out. Similarly the results were bright early on with the first three pairs recording wins for Rickmansworth including the best result of the day, a four and three win by Dennis Murphy and Syd Carter. Ricky’s next pair were defeated raising fears of a fightback by Haste Hill but the fifth pairing secured the victory with a half while the last group out consolidated the match win with another win to give an overall score of four and a half to one and a half. We need two more home wins against Chartridge Park and Bushey Country Club to complete the season with a full set of victories.

Frank Haines

Seniors’ match update

Ricky Seniors played the final one of their trio of matches against Oakland Park at Oakland on 2nd August. Oakland were looking to avenge their earlier losses against the Seniors and in the Mixed match. They did manage a result this time with the match ending up tied 3-3. The other good result was that everyone got in before the heavy rain started! Ricky’s star players were Bob Horton and Tom Moore who managed the largest winning margin, three and two, despite the opposition’s low handicap player managing three birdies in his round.

Rickmansworth v Little Hay HFL Match Report – played on 29-July-2017

Having played Little Hay away in April, I am still upset about losing that match by one measly point, and we had a point to prove in this return match. Being on home turf, and with the advantage of our tricky course, our hopes were very high. The first match was won by a small margin of 5 points, so it was looking like it was going to be a close one at home as well. Match 2 was also a very close fought affair with just one point separating the teams, but still a win to Rickmansworth. Match 3 was won by a better margin of 7 points with two matches to come in yet, and it is not a win until all the scores are in. When match 4 handed in their card, it was clear that the score for Rickmansworth was growing, that match was won by 9 points and at this time Little Hay were in need of 22 points from the last match to come out with a draw. Match 5 did not disappoint for us either, they came in with a 12 point lead giving us a 34 point win on the day. Final scores were Rickmansworth 217, Little Hay 183. Our sweep went to Laurence Bradley and Rob Camilleri with an excellent score of 46 points. Well done to all for putting in such excellent performances, and we now look forward to the next match v Panshanger at home, to continue the winning streak.

Peter Maestas, Captain 2017

Order of Merit / Tiger Trophy / Stag Trophy update

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