Cameron Mitchell
Captains Day for Charity Winner - 44 points

In a year where the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to most of our golfing activities at the club, the fear was we would not be able to participate and celebrate our annual honours boards competitions. When time and restrictions allowed, the challenge was to salvage as many of these competitions as we could. With the exception of the knock-out competitions we managed most.

In better times we would celebrate the winners with a Presentation Night; presenting the trophies, prizes and a snapshot of the proud winners was the norm. This year that tradition has been denied us. So please click here​ to see who has been victorious this year.


Captain's Day for the NHS
I'm proud to say that with further donations I was able to present a cheque for £2,570 to this very worthy cause.
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Captain’s Day for NHS – Luton & Dunstable Hospital – 19th September 2020

"What an absolutely brilliant day!

I confess, when I arrived at 7AM, I was getting a little anxious that, despite all the planning, we would find ourselves overwhelmed either in the car parks or the clubhouse. But none of it!

With my Vice-Captain, Adrian Yule, keeping an eye on the parking, Ken Aplin marshalling the tee times, Sue Walkerdine and my wife Jane (who is now known as the Pie Lady) monitoring the complimentary drink and food, George organising an overflow car park as well as making the course look superb, plus the club’s staff assistance it went like a dream!

On behalf of the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, for whom the day was organised, I can’t thank them enough and for you all for taking part and making it a great day.

The scores achieved by many of you belied the windy conditions. From the off I thought 37, possibly 38 would win it, but the class acts proved me wrong. Seven players came in with 38, pipped soon after with others on 39 and then a 40. Then, the strength of youth kicked in!

I am delighted to report the Winner of The Captain’s Charity Day with 44 points (playing off 5.3 now) was Cameron Mitchell. A big congratulations to Cameron and sincere commiserations to Martin French who came in 2nd place with 40 points. Well played all!

The drama was also unfolding on the 18th with Nearest The Pin. With the wind swirling I expected a tough task for all. Roger Quelch showed the way and fired his tee shot to within 8 feet. Not to be outdone Dave Gilligan put it inside to 7 feet from the hole. Chris Powell stepped up to the plate and showed them both with his effort, 6 feet from the hole.
And then she arrived! “Make way!” she said and with the smoothest of swings planted her ball 2 feet from the pin. Congratulations to Carole Chapman who won NTP and also won the biggest smile of the day.

Meanwhile the pies arrived from Messrs. Harpers. Freshly baked that morning. The smell and the temptation to scoff the lot was seriously tempting but I managed to resist...mainly because I was being watched by Sean and Bex! Not so...Neil Vickers and Glenn Allen who were contenders for scoffing the pies the quickest in the bar!

The purpose of the day was to raise money for the Luton & Dunstable Hospital. With so many of you taking part, including Nearest the Pin and the very generous donations made by so many it gives me great pleasure to announce you raised, with some further donations £2,570!

A fantastic result so, once again, thank you one and all"


Steve Harris
Club Captain

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Paul Kenna - Club Champion 2020

Congratulations to Paul Kenna on an outstanding performance on Saturday. The course was played from the blocks with some really challenging pin positions particularly on the 6th and 15th but that didn't seem to affect Paul who shot two identical rounds of 69. The course was in absolutely amazing condition and the weather played its part too. Well played Paul. I managed to catch up with Paul after his victory and he told me...

"Its been such a strange year. We were all over the moon when the club announced that they planned to hold the event so we were truly very happy to have the chance to peg it up! The day arrived and I quickly realised just what stunning condition the course was in. After possibly my worst ever practise session, I told myself not to panic. I played very well in the morning to shoot 69, and who wouldn’t putt well on greens that good! After 7 holes in the afternoon I was -4 on the day and cruising. One bad swing and 7 shots later, I had the whole field breathing down my neck. Luckily the greens were still in stunning condition and the putts kept dropping for me to post another 69. I am absolutely over the moon to be able to say I beat a field of players that good and proud to call myself the “Club Champion” of such a great Club"

Results
1st Paul Kenna 69 & 69
2nd Rob Sutton 71 & 71
3rd Phil Sutton 73 & 71
Nett Mick Clarke

2nd Division
1st Rob Hawkesworth 84. Won on 2nd extra hole of sudden death play off
2nd Phil Norton 84
Nett Ian Newman nett 68.


The Field - Club Championship 2020
The 12th green
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