The golfing worlds of Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter and Club-based George Darbyshire are poles apart but linked by a common thread …..both are having their achievements in the sport formally recognised.
While "Poults" will receive a PGA Recognition Award for his "outstanding contribution to the game" at this year's PGA lunch at London's Grosvenor House hotel on December 16, George has been presented with a bronze statue as a thank-you for his voluntary services to the Senior Section of the club over the past eight years.
Ian, 40, turned professional in the mid-90s when he was working as an assistant in the pro shop at the club, winning the first of his 12 European Tour trophies in 2000, the year George, now 79, joined the club of which Poulter has been awarded Honorary Life membership.
While Ian, who at the club taught juniors for £1 a lesson, went on to bank millions and win the acclaim of golfing enthusiasts from his golfing exploits around the world, George retired from a career designing and project managing the installation of signalling systems on Britain's railways, honed his golfing handicap to 14.5 and won a couple of trophies in competitions confined to members aged 55 or over.
George, whose sporting activities have included squash, tennis, badminton and cricket, was Senior Section Captain of the club in 2005 and for the past eight years, has been its secretary, organising 26 inter-club matches each year as well as competitions open to the clubs senior service and matches against the club, the ladies and juniors.
And on Friday, as the seniors celebrated at their annual dinner, Seniors Captain Robbie John presented George with a statue and other items (including a dressing gown!) in recognition of his tireless contribution.
Said George, whose duties are to be taken over by Danny Nairne: "There's a great bunch of seniors at Leighton and it's been a pleasure helping everyone make the most of their golfing activities."
Once again its congratulations to Andres Valentine after he won the Henley Cup last Saturday. He ended up +9 on the golf course in this difficult match play format. Jack Gammage was in second place with +7 and Chris Figg was third with +6. On +5 were Dave Banwell, Mike Bluett and Neil Jarvis. Out of the 112 entrants 24 players managed to beat the course.
On Sunday the Daily Mail Foursomes took place and its congratulations to Ben Irvine and Matt Sale with a nett score of 64 after they took the honours. In second place were the pairing of Dave and Josh Banwell with a nett 65.5, in third were Pete Gadsden and Andy Money scoring a nett 67.
Jackie Phelps won the Ladies Silver Division medal with a nett 72, with Farida Cerosio runner-up; Lynn Newnham was Bronze "A" winner with a nett 70 with Paula Cox runner-up, while Lila Garrod was Bronze "B" winner with a nett 74, with Ann Gray runner-up.
Dare I mention it but Christmas is not far away. In the shop we have a wide range of products that would make ideal presents. Club crested pullovers, lined pullovers and mitts. Together with Odyssey and PING putters, ProQuip, Sunderland and Under Armour waterproofs and much more.
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Saturday 5th November: No reservations
Sunday 6th November: Mixed Turkey Medal: 8.30am-10.50am
Monday 7th November: Seniors Scratch Match v John O Gaunt: 10.00am-11.00am
Tuesday 8th November: Ladies Captain v Vice Captain: Both 1st & 10th tees 8.15am-1.30pm
Wednesday 9th November: Men's Midweek Turkey Medal: 7.30am-12.00pm
Thursday 10th November: No reservations
Friday 11th November: No reservations