Monthly Archives: October 2018

Seniors’ season report

Click below for the end of season report from Rick Lingwood, Seniors’ captain.

Rickmansworth GC Seniors 2018 Season

Colin Taylor – RIP

 

Colin Taylor at Panshanger

It is with great sadness that Rickmansworth Golf Club has learned of the passing of Colin Taylor last Wednesday. Colin was a member of the club for many years, but sadly lost his fight against cancer.

Colin was always a cheerful character around the club, and represented the club in numerous club matches. Colin won the Rabbits Cup in 2014, and was always dangerous off his 24 handicap when on form!

RIP Colin, from all your friends at Rickmansworth GC.

Senior Match Report – Rickmansworth v Haste Hill; Annual Shield Match

Ricky played their traditional last match of the summer season against Haste Hill on October 15th at South Buckinghamshire for the Rickmansworth-Haste Hill Shield. Having won the Shield in the last two years we were looking for a hat-trick. The hopes of retaining the trophy looked slim after the first three results with Ricky only gaining half a point from these matches. However, Ricky’s strength in depth proved decisive with the next three matches going our way giving an overall result of 3½-2½ to the Shield holders. Star performer with the biggest win was Dominic Nichol winning 3 and 2  in a singles match with both sides able to field only eleven players.

Hat-trick Ricky!

Hat-trick Ricky!

 

Needle Shield and End of Season Report

On Saturday 13th October the HFL Needle Shield brought a close to the 2018 club fixtures. With a warm but windy October day forecast, the teams from all 5 league clubs met at Panshanger Golf Course. After all instructions were given out the players headed out to their tees for a shotgun start at 8.30.

The scoring was tough all day with the wind and course playing its part but the winners were the home side of Panshanger.

A big well done to David Wills who won the individual competition with a fantastic score of 43 points! The only player in a field of 60 players to be in the 40’s.

The season as a whole has gone better than I could of ever of hoped for. At the HFL Needle Shield we were presented with the winner’s trophy for the Herts Friendly League (Picture below).

 

Herts Friendly League winners 2018

Herts Friendly League winners 2018 (Click to enlarge)

This is an 8 match season with 4 matches at home, and 4 matches away. We won 6 out of the 8 matches with a scoring average of over 200 points in each match.

I am very proud that this is the first year that Rickmansworth have won the HFL, but I couldn’t have done it without the fantastic effort of every player that has contributed over the year.

We also had wins in all 3 of the annual friendly matches against Aylesbury, Richmond and Meyrick Park. Thank you and well done to all that have played in these matches. 

Thank you to all that played in both my Captain’s Day and Captain’s Away Day. We managed to raise a fantastic amount for my Charity and hope you all had enjoyable days. 

This leads me on to the club members. I have had such great support from all of you and without this we would not have had such a successful season. 

I would like to thank you all for the support throughout the year and well done to you all too. I hope you will continue showing your support next year when Jake takes over.

In my start of season message I highlighted my goal to have a club feel and throughout the year I believe we have achieved this with a great relationship and atmosphere between all players either at a club match or a weekend club competition.

I have had such an enjoyable season and very proud to be the Rickmansworth Club Captain of 2018, so would like to thank you all again and best of luck to Jake next year.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018

Rickmansworth v Meyrick Park Friendly Away Match Report Saturday 29th September 2018

We went into this match with a 4½ – ½ lead from the home leg, so we knew we had given ourselves a good chance. The match was played out of a total of 11 points as Meyrick had another match on the same date as our home leg. The home leg being only 5 pairs but the away leg being 6 pairs, we needed 1½ points to secure the win.

We all arrived down to the club early on Saturday to spend the morning watching the Ryder Cup. This put us all in the mood for the afternoon on the course.

After a full breakfast we all headed out to the first tee which is a very hard 244 yard par 3. The course is a great test all the way round and with the fairways being very dry and bare still from all the hot weather it made it a very tough day.

My partner and I lost our match 5&4 and so did the group behind. I was getting a little nervous but was confident that the strong pair of Ben Plumridge and Dave Miles would bring in a point, and they did exactly that with a 6&5 win. This secured the tie at a minimum.

The next 2 groups went the way of Meyrick meaning the score was at 5½ to 4½ and leaving us needing half a point from the last group of Rob Camilleri and Jonathan Radford. 

Word filtered into the clubhouse that the Ricky pair were 1 up going into the last hole and therefore I knew we had at least a half point. By the time they came in they had won the last meaning they won 2 up and we won the overall trophy 6½ – 4½.

Our sweep was won with a fantastic away points total of 46 points by Ben Plumridge and Dave Miles who kindly donated their winnings to my charity.

The fantastic day was finished off with sandwiches and chips in the clubhouse and then a very enjoyable evening out in Bournemouth.

This brings the end to my matches this season with just the Needle Shield to go and would like to thank the players in this match and all players that have been a fantastic support all year.

Martin Bartlett, Club Captain 2018