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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 £2,295!

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

Update on competitions planned: 26th August 2020

For Medal competitions, the maximum number in each group is a 3-ball up to 3.00pm. A 4-ball is allowed after 3.00pm.

Thursday 27th August – Pannell Thursday Cup – 18-hole medal (3-balls only)

Saturday 29th August – Summer Trophy – this will be a par competition as normal (not as advised earlier)

Sunday 30th August - Centenary Trophy - 18-hole stableford

Monday 31st August - Alan Southam Trophy - mixed greensomes stableford

Wednesday 2nd September – McMath Friendship Trophy – 18-hole stableford (open to Ladies & Men)

Saturday 5th September – Luton Building Societies Trophy – 18-hole better-ball stableford

Sunday 6th September – Ron Froud Trophy – 18-hole medal (3-balls only)

Saturday 12th September – The Club Championship Division 1. Best Gross medal over 36 holes. Also a Best Nett medal over 18 holes

Sunday 13th September – The Club Championship Division 2. Best Gross medal over 18 holes

Saturday 19th September – The Captain’s Charity Day - 18-hole stableford

Sunday 20th September - Elliot Bowl - 18 hole par

Saturday 26th September – Hospital Cup – 18-hole medal (3-balls only)

Saturday 3rd October – Monthly Medal (3-balls only). The first medal for the Russell Gregory Trophy (this is the best aggregate of four cards returned in monthly medals during the 12 months commencing in October)

Sunday 4th October - Autumn Cup - 18 hole par

Saturday 10th October – Jack Pyatt Trophy – 18- hole stableford

Sunday 11th October - Gee Gee Goblets - mixed better-ball stableford

Saturday 17th October - Staddon Cup - 18 hole medal (3-balls only)

Sunday 18th October - Muswell Hill Tankard - 18 hole medal (3-balls only)

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The Winter League - 2020/2021

If you are not familiar with this event the Sunday Winter League is a Men's Pairs Fourball Matchplay competition, played off yellow tees, that commences early November through to end of March.

We normally anticipate having in the region of 30-36 pairs enter which gives us 4 Leagues. The entry fee is £6 per pair. The leagues are published to reveal which one you and your playing partner are in. Each pair plays everyone in their League to determine the League Winner. The losers of each League game pay £3.00 to the Winter League fund.
There is a Fourball betterball Final to determine the Winter League Grand Winners. Each pair are also entered into The Knockout competition (again there is a £3.00 fee per pair when you are knocked out). This is drawn at the start of November. There is also a Turkey Trot in mid-December which is again a Fourball betterball event on a Sunday morning. (£6 pair entry fee)

For those of you who cannot commit to play regularly in the Winter League, you can put your name down as a substitute. As a substitute you can be called upon to play either a League Match or Knockout match as long as you have not already entered as a player in the Winter League.

This is a great event, a perfect way to meet and get to know other members and is celebrated at the end by a Winter League Dinner with presentation of trophies. In 2019 we had a comic hypnotist to entertain all who attended. Apparently, some bright spark fell under the influence and was last seen talking fluent Chinese whilst riding a Derby winner! I can’t recall who that was. So, as our lovely golf course presents itself magnificently throughout the Winter there’s no excuse. Put your names down and enjoy!

Steve Harris
Club Captain 2020

Club Competitions are back - August to October 2020

Get your diary out, sharpen your pencil (that’s a writing implement for those of you under 20) and fill your boots! The BIG competitions are back (well, as many as time left allows)!
As we can now enter our scores via the preferred option of using the Club V1 Members’ App, or by using the PSI terminal in the changing rooms (subject to social distancing and use of hand sanitiser), we can enjoy more competitive golf safely. So, the following competitions are being added to what’s left of 2020

* Saturday 22nd August – Stewart Field Trophy – 18-holes stableford
* Thursday 27th August – Pannell Thursday Cup – 18-holes medal (3-balls only)
* Saturday 29th August – Summer Trophy – for this year only, this will be an 18- hole stableford
* Wednesday 2nd September – McMath Friendship Trophy – 18-holes stableford - open to Ladies & Men
* Saturday 5th September – Luton Building Societies Trophy – 18-holes Better-Ball stableford
* Sunday 6th September – Ron Froud Trophy – 18-holes medal (3-balls only)
* Saturday 12th September – The Club Championship Division 1. Best Gross medal over 36 holes and Best Nett medal over 18 holes
* Sunday 13th September – The Club Championship Division 2. Best Gross medal over 18 holes
* Saturday 19th September – The Captain’s Charity Day - 18-hole stableford
* Saturday 26th September – Hospital Cup – 18-hole medal (3-balls only)
* Saturday 3rd October – Autumn Cup - for this year only, this will be an 18- hole stableford
* Saturday 10th October – Jack Pyatt Trophy – 18- holes stableford

For medal competitions, 4-balls will not be able to play in competitions, in order to avoid excessive time for 18-hole rounds. All other competitions will remain up to and including 4 balls. From Day 1, we have striven to make golf as safe as possible, whilst trying to allow for maximum enjoyment. It is really important that members start to use the Club V1 app for entering their scores. If you are struggling to download or use the app and require assistance, please contact the Club General Manager, who will be pleased to help you.

Steve Harris
Club Captain



The 12th green
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