Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome the following new Members to Beaconsfield:
Rob Pennel, Jenny Murray, Deborah McDonagh, Ben Munton, Iain Hamilton.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From the Captain
Last Sunday I saw the most people ever on the practice range and short game areas, with people queuing up on both! It was just ahead of the Summer Sizzler, our mid-summer team competition. It is great to see so many players warming up before they play – top golfers would never dream of going on the course without warming up properly. Playing your opening shots with loose muscles will help prevent injury and should improve your scores. It certainly did for Simon Mouncer, Peter Sidenius, Iain Duncan and Toni Margiotta who took home the team trophy with 90 points.
One of the many things your Board has been thinking about is how we bring more younger players into our Club and hence into the game. It is perhaps an alarming statistic that 15 years ago there were around 44,000 golf club members in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon County. Now there are just 33,000. At Beaconsfield we are fortunate to continue to have full membership, although we do have spaces in our Junior section and we also would like more members in their 20s and 30s. Our Junior and Young Players Committee have put forward some very good suggestions as to how we can engage more younger golfers. We would love to hear your ideas on this topic too – please send them to me or to the Office, and we will add them to the discussion. Our goal is a vibrant club, with high quality golf and lots of enjoyment for all ages. We will report back on the subject of younger golfers in due course.
It was my pleasure recently to join our Course Manager and our Green Committee for the visit of our course architect, Martin Hawtree. For those of you who may not know, Mr Hawtree is the pre-eminent architect in the UK, and is retained by the R&A to advise on changes to the Open Championship courses. He is also a world authority on Harry Colt, our own course designer. Our goal in consulting him is to make sure that any course changes are in keeping with the original design, and that we have the best advice available to Stuart Langhorn as he continues to make enhancements. Amongst Stuart’s next set of priorities are improvements to our tees, some of which are not as level as we would like or large enough to spread wear. We expect Martin Hawtree to come up with some high quality ideas for us to consider for implementation over the next 3-5 years.
Finally, in case you had forgotten, there are still several important trophies to play for this summer, so keep practising and don’t forget to swing smooth.
From the Ladies' Captain
The highlight of July for me was my Ladies' Captain's day. We had eighty eight ladies playing in fours with a shot gun start. The weather and course were absolutely perfect for golf and Pimms on the terrace. We had a lovely tea upstairs afterwards. There were some very good scores. The winner was Rosa Lewis with forty four points, second and third were Sue Strawson and Lynda Cornwall with thirty nine points each. The fun team competition winners were Rosa Lewis, Liz Hayes, Joan Murphy and Sue Strawson.
I am in Scotland on holiday at the moment. I was clearing out some old golf clubs from the garage. They have wonderful names, my favourite being " Wonder Mashie Niblick". I had a hit with a few of them, they are so small and unforgiving, the woods in particular are a real challenge to hit! I must say I am glad to have my modern day clubs!
From the Junior Section
We would like to welcome two more members to our Junior Section – Ben Munton and Iain Hamilton - we hope you have a very long and happy membership at Beaconsfield Golf Club.
On the 9th July, we held our Junior Championship and we wish to congratulate Daisy Kennedy on becoming our 2017 Junior Champion. Daisy will be awarded with The Ling Trophy (which was first presented by Richard Ling in 1976 to the player with the lowest gross score) at the Junior Annual Meeting on Sunday 5th November.
Daisy who plays off 4, came in with a gross score of 76 but in mixed competitions (to maintain equity of handicapping), the girls’ handicaps are increased by 2 shots (difference in the SSS) making her actual gross score 74.
James Casserly was Runner-up with a gross 77 and Ben Quick finished in 3rd place with 79, on count back from James Butler.
Two other trophies are competed for during the Junior Championship:-
The Wisdom Salver (for the best nett score on the day – boy or girl) and this was won by Alex Lee (H/C 24) who came in with a nett 64, beating Jake Walker-Morecroft (H/C 18) on count back. In 3rd place was Tom Bell (H/C 24) with a nett 66.
The McIntosh Trophy (for the girl with the best gross) was also won by Daisy Kennedy.
In 2004 this trophy was first presented by the husband of Marion McIntosh (Past Ladies’ Captain) in honour of her memory. Prior to this year, the only girls who have become Junior Champion and won both The McIntosh and The Ling Trophies, was when Rachel Drummond won in 2007 and then Gemma Dryburgh in 2011.
We held two more stableford competitions in July:-
22nd July - Daisy Kennedy won with 36 points
30th July - Daniel Orford won with an amazing 44 points! There were some great scores on that day, including Tommy Evans (2nd) with 41pts and Thomas Creighton (3rd) also with 41pts – well done everyone!
We are holding The Junior Captain’s Day on Monday 14th August from 12noon, which will be organised by Spencer Pearson, our Junior Captain. There will be a ‘Team Competition’, putting and chipping competitions and a special challenge by our Club Captain Tim Whittaker!!
ALL juniors and intermediates are welcome to join in the fun and the day will end with some refreshments. Family members and friends will be very welcome to come along for the presentation at the end of the afternoon. It will be a great day!
Our Junior Open (The Luke Donald Salver) will be held on Wednesday 23rd August (please note that this is a week later than the date in the blue diary) and the course will be closed all day until 5.00pm.
As you all know, Luke Donald has always supported this great event and we have already received some wonderful prizes donated by Luke’s sponsors (Ralph Lauren, Mizuno, Footjoy, Titleist & Callaway), which will be awarded at the presentation in the evening. Luke’s silver salver will be presented to the golfer with the best 36 hole gross score on the day, but there are many other prizes (scratch and handicap) to be won.
We are looking for volunteers to help with ball-spotting on the day, so if there are any members who are happy to spare a couple of hours, on some of the most difficult holes on the course, we would be extremely grateful. This is an opportunity to see some great golf, so if you can help, please sign up on the sheet on the main notice board in the lounge. Thank you very much for your support.
In The Golf Bag..... Concessions In Matchplay
You may have seen the furore about the USGA Girls Championships, when Erica Shepherd won her semi-final on the 19th hole when Elizabeth Moon missed her putt for a win and then knocked away her ball before Erica had conceded. You will also remember the articles about Suzanne Pettersen in the Solheim Cup when Alison Lee picked up her ball on the 17th green assuming it had been conceded.
Some of the media has portrayed Erica and Suzanne as unsportsmanlike, but Elizabeth and Alison were at fault for not checking whether a concession had been made. In both these cases there was a referee with the match who must apply the rules, so if no concession was made, a penalty must be applied.
It is important to make sure that both you and your opponent are clear about when a concession has been made. For example, if your opponent makes a statement such as ‘that’s good’, this could mean that’s a good shot, or could be a concession, so better to check BEFORE you lift your ball.
If you pick up your ball when no concession has been made, then you get a one shot penalty and must replace the ball. If you pick up your ball when your opponent has made a statement that could reasonably be interpreted as a concession, then, in equity, you must replace your ball without penalty.
Also remember a concession cannot be withdrawn or declined, so if you concede a putt and your opponent then putts and misses, the concession stands, or if you concede a hole because you think you have lost your ball, and then find the ball, the concession stands.
There is nothing to stop your opponent putting out even when the stroke has been conceded EXCEPT if this would be of assistance to a partner in a 4BBB match.
Trophy Roll Of Honour