Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Golf Director
Last Thursday saw eight of our members complete a gruelling 16-hour 72-hole marathon for charity where a day's golf really did mean a full day's golf.
The day helped to boost fund raising for the charity Captain Adrian Stephenson is supporting during his year-long term of office, the Chilterns Multiple Sclerosis centre.
Getting underway shortly after 4.00am wearing pyjamas, Adrian and Ladies Section Captain Angela Samuels, Debbie Pollard-Barns, John Smith, Bryan Bateman, Andy Jones, Steve Gillett and Mark McLoughlin braved downpours to complete their first round before changing into tartan or clothes with loud colours, super-hero outfits for the third round and completing the challenge shortly after 8.00pm dressed in evening wear. County President David Hawkins also supported the event, completing the first round despite a leg injury.
"It was very tiring but great fun" said Adrian, adding: "There must be easier ways of raising around £1,300 for a worthy cause, but every penny will be going towards helping who need our support."
From dawn to dusk, the group drove, chipped and putted their way along more than 24,000 yards of tees, fairways and greens, all finishing with creditable scores. Top of the leaderboard was skipper Adrian with 150 points, one more than Bryan Bateman with Andy Jones finishing with 147 points.
Pictured left to right: Back row: Bryan Bateman, Andy Jones, John Smith, Steve Gillett, Mark McLoughlin. Front Row: Debbie Pollard-Barns, Angela Samuels, Adrian Stephenson.
On Saturday the June Monthly Medal was played in some very changeable weather conditions and only seven players managed to beat par. Division 1 was won by John Ager with an excellent nett 67 closely followed by Ben Irvine who had a nett 68, in third place was Phil Coumbe, nett 69 and with nett 70's were Peter Burgoyne and Brian Wilson. Division 2 was convincingly won by Lee Orchard who carded a nett 64. In second place was David Whittaker with his nett 70 closely followed by Mick Cox nett 71. With nett 72's were Tim Martin and Andrew Pickering.
A year after losing out in a sudden-death play-off, former Ladies Captain Val Berry has won the Ladies Seniors Championship with a nett 76, one shot better than runner-up Alison Shirville. Alison won the Handicap Cup beating Sandra Bellis on countback….who beat Val in a three-hole final play-off for the championship last year.
The Mid-Handicap and scratch league teams have hit winning ways. The Mid-Handicap team avenged their early season defeat by John O'Gaunt with a 3-2 away victory, Adam Benson, Steve Richardson and Stuart McLeod returning winning cards. The team have five matches still to play.
The scratch team beat Abbotsley 3-2 with wins by John Latimer, Dave Banwell and son Josh before claiming the scalp of Luton Hoo. David and Josh Banwell, David Jones and Stuart McLeod earned the club a 4-1 victory.
But the Junior Vale League team went down 3-2 against Abbey Hill, with Eddie Fender and Brandon Waddington registering wins for the club with Adam Cobb halving his match.
The Open Championship is only weeks away and already I can't wait for the action to get started at Royal Troon. Just as we did with the US Open we have an Open Sweepstake running in the shop so it gives you a little more interest in the results and a chance to win shop vouchers if your player scores well. Just come into the shop and choose your numbers.
We are now taking entries for the Leighton Buzzard Pro-Am. It is taking place on Wednesday 17th August. With the golf course playing so well it is a great opportunity to compete with a Professional in a day where you play for some fantastic prizes. It is a comfortable format with the two best scores out of four counting and you get to play with some of the best PGA Professional golfers in the area. Our goal is to get to 40 teams this year and we require your support to do this. If you would like to enter a team please click here to register your interest. It truly is a great day at the Club.
Have you checked out the golf warm up on my website? It was put together by the best physio I have ever worked with and that is Diana O'Reilly. Diana has worked with world leaders in golf physiotherapy to hone her skills. She provides a fantastic service and she is one of the reasons I am still able to play golf. Her golf warm up is excellent and will help you get prepared for your game.
Please click here to see it.
Saturday 2nd July: Club Stableford: 7.00am-1.00pm
Sunday 3rd July: Mixed Greensomes: 12.00pm-2.00pm. Junior 9 hole stableford: 4.00pm-5.00pm
Monday 4th July: Seniors v Stocks: 8.30am-10.40am
Tuesday 5th July: Ladies Croxford Cup: 1st tee 10.05am-2.30pm. 10th tee 10.20am-2.30pm
Wednesday 6th July: No reservations
Thursday 7th July: Ladies Invitation Day: Both tees 10.15am-15.00pm
Friday 8th July: No reservations
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I hope you enjoyed the newsletter and have a great weekend.
Maurice Campbell, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
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