October seems to have arrived very quickly this year but it has arrived with some beautiful weather. The past week has seen some glorious golfing weather and many have taken advantage and took to the fairways.
Plum Duff's Competition
Members of the Plum Duffs, a group whose activities are administered by our very own Geoff Dimmock, presented a cheque for £2,250 to Macmillan Nurses volunteer worker Ian Simpson at the Plantation Road Club on Thursday.....and a further £2,250 is to be handed over to Mesothelioma UK, the charity which supports people suffering from asbestos related cancer. More than 100 golfers took part in the annual Plum Duffs competition, which, since it began 15 years ago, has now raised over £50,000 for worthy causes.
This year's competition winner was retired baker and postman Will Sampson, whose 39 point haul gave him a one-shot winning margin over the experienced Peter Brennan. Tony Russell took third place on countback from vice-captain elect John Smith and Gordon Francis after all finished with 37 points, one clear of Peter Brookes, Ada Stephenson, Nigel Chapman and Nigel Watmough who all finished with 36 points, one ahead of Steve Molyneaux.
Lesley Brazier took the Ladies prize with 33 points, three shots clear of runner-up Avril Simpson. The hidden team prize was won by John Bateman, Mike Smith, Phil Martin and Nigel Watmough, with Mick Gibbings and Maggie Shaw winning prizes for the best front nine scores, and Mark Hammond and Christine Bateman prizes for the best back nine scores. Nearest the pin awards were won by Steve Dimmock, George Sadowski, Stuart Leslie, John Smith and Steve Molyneaux, with Peter Gadsden and Phil Coumbe winning the long-drive prizes. Colin Wilson was named as the Plum Duffs Player of the Year, with Peter Brennan runner-up, with Chris Ive receiving a special award.
September Midweek Medal
In the September Midweek Medal Pete Worker managed to fend off the rest of the field and won by two shots with a nett 69. In joint second place were Dave Roberts, Peter Taylor and Steve Foster with nett 71's.
September Mixed Medal
The September Mixed Medal was won by Steve Tyas with a great nett 67 closely followed by Steve Paine and Ian Kempsell who both had nett 68's and with nett 69's were Bryan Bateman, Richard Dempsey and Claire Whitecross.
Jordan Spieth also had a pretty good weekend by winning the Tour Championship and a nice bonus of $10million to go with it. In 2015 he has won five times with two being Majors and he has made $23million from on course earnings alone this season, not bad for a 22yr old. He seems to have the gift of playing great golf when it matters most, when he's in contention for titles he manages to play wonderful shots and hole some great putts. Hopefully he'll be around for a long time showing everybody how to play great golf. He's not the longest on tour or the straightest but he knows how to score and that's what counts.
Last week I put a clip of some pretty bad shots by some very good golfers for you to laugh at, here's one that shows that top players don't always hit the fairways and greens, much of the time it's the amazing recovery shots they hit that keeps their score going. Click here to see some of them.
Be efficient on the putting green mark your ball and lift and clean it when you arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record your score.
Saturday 3rd October: No reservations
Sunday 4th October: Mixed match v Dunstable Downs 12.15pm-2.00pm
Monday 5th October: Citizens Advice GS 9.50am-11.30am
Tuesday 6th October: Ladies Autumn Meeting 8.45am-1.00pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm
Wednesday 7th October: Seniors Austen Farrell Trophy 7.45am-11.20am
Thursday 8th October: No reservations
Friday 9th October: Old Foresters Golf Day 10.00am-3.30pm