From Kaz Donald, Club Captain: It was such a shame that our meeting on June 21st could not go ahead. This will be rearranged as soon as we know that restrictions are being lifted. However, there is much golf to report on this month!
Pro’s Day – take two – was a great success for Kevin and I’m sure that he will be reporting on that later in this newsletter. I’d like to thank him and his team for a really good day.
Dave Wallace did a brilliant job in winning the Joe Auburn Cup, with a great score of 41 points. Hopefully, the handicap reduction that Dave has been waiting for will now have occurred. Runner-up was Terry Wakeman with a very respectable 37 points.
The Handicap Shield was well supported and a very close-fought competition. Four players posted nett 70 and Mick Webster won on countback – well done Mick! Mr Wakeman was bridesmaid…again!
The Capes Cup is our Scratch competition, and it is played over two days. All was to play for after the first day, with some interesting scores posted. The scores for those qualifying for the final day ranged from 81 to 90, so anything could happen with the six gents, who locked horns, on the Sunday.
Pedro and Matthew Thompson fought hard to hang on to their first-round co-lead but steely determination from James Noble-Brown — and a final round score of 74 — saw him victorious. Well done to James and to all who played. Check out the results noticeboard for full details.
Our runaway winner of the Winnifred House Cup was Dave Lovell. Dave’s score of 42 points was eight clear of Peter Davey, David Saint, and Neil Stephens. A post-results interview with Mr Lovell revealed that “it was the best round” he had ever played at Arkley!
The May Bank Holiday Mixed Cha Cha Cha competition was a great battle between the top three teams, with James N-B, David Saint and I beating Chloe, Tanya, and Matt H on countback, with both teams posting scores of 73. Not the massive score of 82 that was previously reported! David Ross, Wendy, and John Living came third with 72 points. It was very well-supported and, again, I thank Chloe and Tanya for such a well-organised event. Tanya will be stepping down from organising the Mixed matches when she becomes Lady Captain, so we are on the look-out for someone to help. Please have a chat to Tanya if you are interested in getting involved.
There has also been lots of action in the different team fixtures. The Foxes played The Shire, in the first round of the cup and won. So, the defence of their title begins. There was a tough match at Essendon, which was sadly lost.
Our Rabbits played Hampstead at the end of May and won 3.5-2.5. The Stags have had a very busy month. They played The Shire, away, and lost 4-2. Things turned around at Mill Hill, where they had a great 5-1 victory. The match v Redbourn resulted in another marvellous win, with a result of 5.5-0.5 and the match at Bush Hill Park, in torrential rain, saw a loss of 4-2. Terry and I beat WGCGC’s A team at Welwyn in the second round of the County Greensomes, and we are now through to the quarterfinals.
The ladies have also been in action and Mary will be reporting on that later in this newsletter. Well done to everyone who has represented Arkley this month. The rearranged Foxes/Rabbits/Stags match resulted in a win for the Stags, with the Rabbits buying the Port! Congrats to Blair, who won the individual prize with 38 points.
The Vyse Bowl is in the diary on Sunday, July 11th. This is a pairs competition where the pairs can be, but do not have to be, mixed. The sign-up sheet will be found on the Mixed noticeboard, which will show some allocated tee times. However, this comp can be played at any time on the day.
Our jolly to Mill Green was supported by many members, and it was good to witness first-hand the changes that have been made since Get Golfing took charge. Thanks go to Ed Richardson for inviting us.
My Club Captain’s Prize for the Ladies will be played on June 29th and the result will be announced on Captain’s Day.
Talking of Captain’s Day, as you know the plan was to host a dinner but with the change of date for the lifting of lockdown restrictions, coupled with a clash with the Euro 2020 quarterfinals, a huge spanner was thrown into the works.
As you know I have advertised a BBQ but this isn’t what I really want to give you for Captain’s Day, so, with a heavy heart, I am cancelling the prize-giving celebrations. The golf will, of course, still take place but the dinner will be held later in the year.
My raffle board will continue to be displayed in the Pro Shop. Please buy tickets and raise some much-needed funds for the Taxi Charity for Military Veterans. The draw will take place at the prize-giving dinner.
Details of my Away Day have been given to West Essex. Thank you to all who have supported me so far. At the moment, we have 55 golfers signed up and paid up. If you do wish to join me and haven’t yet signed up, please let me know as soon as possible. I do know that some of you are waiting on Boris announcements about travel, but I really do need to know, as it will make a difference to the way we play the comp. The choice of shotgun vs two-tee or single tee start is still outstanding.
For those of you who may have forgotten there is still a vacancy for Vice-Captain… If you fancy riding shotgun for the next few months, please come and see me for a chat to find out what’s involved. I’m having a great time as Captain — it’s a role I highly recommend — which is why I’m doing it twice! I’m looking forward to a very busy July!
From Mary Vyse, Lady Captain: July has been a busy month with many ladies breaking their handicaps with excellent scores.
The Macmillan Cup saw Captain Kaz win with 35pts from Wendy Living with 34pts. As far as the ladies were concerned on Pro’s Day, Chloe Wilson came in with an outstanding score of 41pts, closely followed by Paula Rands, with an excellent score of 39pts. Both beat the overall field of mainly men — well done girls!
The Nicholson Cup was won by Tanya Wilson, with a nett 68 to edge out Captain Kaz’s nett 71.
Lady Captain’s Day saw a lovely and sunny day and 21 ladies taking part in an 18-hole Stableford, followed by tea at the Arkley Ritz. Many of the social members also attended the tea — some of whom we hadn’t seen for almost 18 months due to Covid. We also welcomed new member Julia to the ladies’ section. Everyone had a great time and club was filled with chatting and laughter.
Tanya Wilson came first with 35pts, ahead of Max Bourn with 33pts. Max also had an eagle on the 17th, no easy feat on an uphill par 5 — well done Max! Captain Kaz and Chris Smith won nearest the pin and nearest the line.
The Suffragette Trophy — donated by Trisha French who also supplied us with a most- enjoyable tea and scones afterwards (thank you, Trish) — was won by Max Bourn on 33 pts on count back from Captain Kaz and Sylvia Smith.
Finally, not wanting to blow my own trumpet but winning player of the year last year, I qualified for the South of England regional finals down in Southampton at Stoneham Golf Club. I arrived in good time, for once I didn’t need my 15 minutes lost time! Many of the ladies had caddies — one even had a professional caddie! There were 68 ladies taking part and, as I was still recovering from my foot operation, I didn’t fancy my chances. I think, however, I did Arkley proud, coming 6th and only three points off the winner.
We are looking forward to an equally busy July, with many events scheduled, so please look at the noticeboards and sign up to as many as you can.