Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Golf Director
Big congratulations go to Andres Valentine who has won three club competitions and two cups in the space of a fortnight.
Fourteen-year-old Andres tapped into his rich seam of form by winning the October Stableford competition, pipping Tony Conneely for top spot on countback after both finished with 44 points.
And before his 19-handicap could be clipped, Andres added the coveted Groves Trophy, beating the experienced Len Neal by two holes after being three holes down at the halfway stage.
His hat-trick was completed days later when, playing off a handicap which had been slashed four shots to 15 Andres made three birdies to finish with a score of +9 to win the Henley Cup. His nearest challenger was Jack Gammage, who playing off 26, finished with a score of +7, one clear of Christopher Figg on +6, with David Banwell a shot adrift in fourth place.
Andres, who has now had his handicap cut to 13, took up golf seven years ago, joining the club where grandfather Brian, himself no stranger to winning golf competitions, was Captain in 1989 and President in 2002/3.
Andres' father Darran, who joined the club in 2000 and plays off a handicap of 11, is also a regular top table finisher, having won the Croxford Cup and Winter League, says: "Andres has really benefited from lessons with the professional team...it won't be long before he has a lower handicap than me."
Congratulations also go to the scratch team since they won the Division Four League, with Bedfordshire County President David Hawkins presenting the award to club colleague John Latimer at Friday's County dinner. There was a presentation too to former Junior Captain and Club Champion Matt Hill for winning the Bedfordshire scratch championship during a year in which Ben Irvine and Greg White won the County Foursomes Championship.
Ben also teamed with Matt Sale last week to win Leighton's Daily Mail Foursomes competition with a nett 64.0, with David Banwell and son Josh runners-up with a nett 65.5. Peter Gadsden and Andrew Money took third spot with a nett 67.0, two shots clear of a chasing pack headed by Stuart Leslie and Peter Taylor.
Judy Ammon won the Ladies October Stableford beating former Ladies Captain Val Berry on a better back-nine score after both finished with 37 points.
In the shop we have just taken delivery of some club crested putter covers, towels and caps, all great gifts for Christmas along with many other products and lesson vouchers which can be purchased from us. So don't hesitate to come in and receive some excellent service and advice from the Pro Shop team.
The new Titleist 917 drivers and Fairway woods are also now in the shop.
You'll get a faster ball speed from off centre hits, various loft and lie settings and interchangeable weights to optimise spin and launch conditions for your desired ball flight.
Click here to see Ian Poulter hitting shots with the 917 driver.
Saturday 12th November: Club Turkey Medal: 7.30am-12.00pm
Sunday 13th November: Club Turkey Medal: 7.30am-12.00pm
Monday 14th November: No reservations
Tuesday 15th November: Ladies Captain Drive In: Both 1st & 10th tees 9.00am-3.00pm. Shotgun start 10.15am
Wednesday 16th November: Society Hosts Golf Day: 10.00am-11.00am
Thursday 17th November: No reservations
Friday 18th November: No reservations
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Maurice Campbell, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
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