I had last week off work sort of. I still did some work, but most of the week was spent with my family which I loved. I managed to play some golf as well which made a change. I never normally play golf when I have time off but this time I took the opportunity to play golf with my son Callum who is now 13 years old. He hits the ball as far as I do with his irons but I sneak it past him when he hits his driver. It won't be long before he is out hitting me. We played two of the reciprocal courses and another local course. The first was Bedford & County which was lovely. If you have not taken advantage of the reciprocal golf I would urge you to do so. It is a nice perk of your membership and Bedford & County is a lovely course. We also played The Bedfordshire which was in great condition. I had never played the Bedfordshire and enjoyed the course. It is quite an open and forgiving course as the trees are not mature, so it meant we could open our shoulders and give the ball a good hit. Here is Callum pictured on the 17th tee at Bedford & County. Oh, I almost forgot, the old man won.
Talking about results, I wanted to just add that George Sadowski had a partner that helped him win the Frank Clements as Chris Newnham made two or three birdies in the first few holes. Well done on your win guys. We had a few competitions over the weekend and a major competition result. Sam Messenger won the Autumn Bowl against Mark Hammond. Sam won 2 & 1. I knew it would be a close game as both are very good players and compete well. Well done Sam and well done to Mark for making the final. We had the 50th and 75th Anniversary Trophies on Good Friday. Jeff Beasley won the 50th Anniversary Trophy with 42 points with Shaun Harries finishing second on 38 points. This was from third place finisher and new member Graham Avery. The 75th Anniversary was a tight affair with two people I teach finishing first and second and in third place was a man playing with brand new custom fitted golf clubs. It was all on count back as all three scored 38 points. In first place was Brian Whiting, in second was Andy Ashall and third spot was Manny Barker.
On Saturday we had the monthly medal with Sam Messenger continuing his storming form with a nett 63 giving him a two stroke handicap cut. Another pupil of mine Chris Yirrell came second with a nett 65 and a two stroke handicap cut as well. In third spot on count back was Steve Richardson with a nett 67. In the Sunday monthly medal Graham Richmond also continued his great form and won with a nett 67 and a two stroke handicap cut. Paul Ashton finished second with a nett 68 and a one stroke handicap cut. Phil Coumbe came second on count back with a nett 69 and a one stroke handicap cut.
Millenium Texas Scramble
We then had the Millenium Texas Scramble on Easter Monday and there was some great scoring. The winners were Club President David Hawkins, Paul Atkinson, Andy Tizzard and Jane Tizzard with a score of 49.7. In second place was David Hack, Norma Stevens-Hack, Geoff Allatt and Sandra Bellis with 50.2 and in third spot was Eddie Jones, Mike Fay, Richard Lancaster and Andy Mitchell with 52.3.
Well done to you all, it is great to see so many people playing well and enjoying the game.
LBGC French Visit of Meaux Boutigny Golf Club
Here is our Captain David Lindley receiving the Cup from the French Captain Henri Burgon in our match verses Meaux Boutigny. I am pleased to say that Leighton Buzzard won the Cup making it a treble of wins. The score being 3 - 1 comprising of wins for our Captain Derek Lindley partnered by Nick Clarke, Bob Marshall and Val Berry with halved matches for Eric Osborne partnered by Jackie Stimpson and Trevor Stimpson partnered by Margaret Osborne. Due to Kevin O'donghue illness the French numbers were restricted this year so Andy Vale, Vivienne Vale and Lorraine Leaver played for the French so they had a strong side! The Club will return on September 12th 2014 to Meaux Boutigny to defend the Cup! If anyone is interested in joining the party please contact Nick Clarke on 07712 467857.
The Club announced they would be improving the bunkers during this season, and asked for your patience with any disruption that may be caused. After further consideration and consultation with two landscaping companies, we have decided that a different course of action will be more beneficial in the long run. Fineturf have developed a mix of sands that gives good, consistent playing characteristics, and invited a group of us to visit the Belfry, where they have installed this sand in the newly refurbished bunkers on the PGA course, and are topping up the bunkers on the Brabazon course. The Belfry are very pleased with the results. Stuart Oliver, John Hastwell and John Preston tried the sand, and the playing qualities were indeed very good. I also played the course a few weeks ago and found the bunkers to be excellent. We will now trial this sand in bunkers on the 5th, 6th and 7th holes for the remainder of this season, with a view to collecting feedback from members on their satisfaction with the sand. The sand will be installed by early May. We have engaged Greasleys, a golf course landscaping company who refurbished and built new bunkers at Royal St. George's, and re-laid the greens at Royal Birkdale, to review our bunkers and make recommendations for improvements. Their report is, in many respects, quite similar to that of the STRI architect we employed in 2009, and we will use the two reports to establish priorities for the two or three phases that will be necessary to complete the work. Prices will be obtained from two or three companies who can demonstrate the ability to do the job to the highest standards. The start of the work will be delayed until autumn, as the risk of having the turfing work around refurbished bunkers destroyed by a spell of hot, dry weather is too high.
14th and 15th holes
The area around the 'new' 14th green is to be improved by raising a bank to the rear and left side, to give the area better definition. The approach is to be improved by top dressing with a richer soil, and reseeding where necessary. Ladies will use one of the 15th tees, and this will require the removal of some trees. It is our intention not to play the hole until all of this work has grown in properly, so it is likely that the old 14th will be in use for the whole of this season. On the 15th hole, some work will be done to improve drainage. New viewing stairs will be erected at the back of the tee, and a bell will be located near the green.
FREE WEDGE CLINIC
We have a FREE wedge clinic this Saturday at 1.30pm. If you would like help with your pitching then this is the time. We will check to see if you have the correct gaps between your clubs so you can judge distance effectively. We will also check your technique and offer advice to help you improve your score.
Please click here to book your slot. Spaces are limited for this FREE session so book your place to improve your short game.
MORE FREE COACHING
To encourage junior golf at Leighton Buzzard we are offering FREE junior coaching. We have one session after school on a Tuesday evening for 45 minutes that starts at 5pm and the other session is on a Sunday afternoon at midday. If you know any youngsters that want to learn to play golf for FREE please telephone us on 01525244815 or click here to book a place.
We also have Get Into Golf sessions on a Tuesday evening starting at 6pm for an hour and also on Saturday afternoons at 3pm for an hour.
With the Junior and Get Into Golf classes all equipment can be provided. We want to grow golf at Leighton Buzzard and we need your help, so please send us people that want to learn to play.