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:
Alan Bennett, Tim Harman, Matt Pryce, Joe O'Mara, Barnaby Knight, Ed Manning, James Meakin, Emily Gilmour, William Mercer, Maddie Coughlin, Gabi Coughlin
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
A note from the GM
We thought the weather had changed but as I write this newsletter it appears we may have seen a false dawn as more rain is forecast this week. As such we will continue to leave winter rules in play for a few more days at least and a reminder that relief is also available from areas damaged by course machinery and tyre tracks. As the greens remain quite soft a further plea to repair pitch marks – both your own and others. On a (loosely!) similar vein I hope that drivers have noticed that we have repaired a number of potholes, noticeably those under the tunnel – there remain a few at the entrance from Longbottom Lane but those are the responsibility of Network Rail who we are chasing.
The Club is currently running a very successful Get into Golf summer programme for Ladies which I am pleased to advise is over-subscribed and popular. We are holding a similar day for Girls on Tuesday 29 May at 4 pm. This will be a fun event for all children, grandchildren and friends of members (girls) who would like a taster of the game in a relaxed and social environment. Posters will soon be up round the clubhouse and the Pro Shop with full details but please note the date – it will be free, last for a couple of hours and include some refreshment.
Congratulations to the winners of our early season competitions and particularly to Matt Payne who won the April Medal with an excellent nett 67 which included a hole-in-one at the Par 4 15th
There were many good scores in that event as well as in the Men’s Spring Meeting where the Grange Cup was won by Graham Davies also with a 67 and the Raffety Tankards by James Butler and Steve Lee with 37 points. Lesley Roberts and Gill Thomas had a fine 39 points to win the Ruth Gordon and Coronation Foursomes.
With effect from 1 May members will no longer be allowed to carry a negative balance on their club cards. This will apply to competitions as well as over the bar. This means that if your card is in debit, or a transaction pushed you into the negative, your entry to a competition will not be accepted and you will have to top up, which of course can be done on line by going to 'My Golf/My Account' or over the bar. Another exercise that creates extra work for the office is having to enter scores of those who do not enter their own in the PSI terminals. Please always enter your score – it is always bad scores which are not entered and your handicap will still go up!
Please make a note of our 2018 Invitation Days – the Men’s is on Saturday 26 May (9.30 shotgun start) and the Mixed is on Sunday 22 July. There are still 10 spaces for the Men’s Invitation and we very much hope for a full field. A reminder that the Wednesday evening roll-ups start next week.
I am sure that those who have played recently will appreciate the work done by Stuart and his greens team on the shaping and widening of the fairways. The 6th hole now looks tremendous
We are treating the new area of fairway which should soon improve. The course is currently recovering well after the wet weather but is causing a huge flush in growth due to the warm temperatures. The team’s main focus for the next 2-3 weeks will be cutting, fly mowing and edging bunkers in an attempt to tackle this growth. Weekly top dressing is being applied to the greens to smooth out the surface and localized hand seeding on the remaining PCD drainage lines. The greens are currently being cut at a height of 4.5mm and will drop to 3mm by early May. Don’t forget Stuart’s presentation and Course evening on 3 July!
A reminder to all members that the swing studio is available to hire either for practice (individually or in groups) one of the pre-programmed courses – please ask at the Pro shop for details.
Finally a special mention to Roger Clarke who has just handed over the running of the Wildebeests to Steve Lynch after 6/7 years in charge. He has done a tremendous job and ensured a vibrant and popular section and fixture list.
Last month I posed the following: ‘Sam strikes his ball from a bunker onto the next teeing ground. Another player, who is making a practice swing, accidentally strikes the moving ball. The ball comes to rest in a water hazard. What is the ruling?’
Congratulations to Victor Ferguson whose name was drawn from the correct answers. It is a rub of the green and the ball is deemed in the hazard.
This month’s tester:
In a match Alan played his second from the trees onto the green. His opponent Ben, who took 3 to get out of a bunker, concedes the hole. It is then discovered that Alan’s ball on the green was not his original and he had played a wrong ball. Does Ben’s concession stand?
As always answers by email please to email@example.com
Thank you to those members who have supported Gemma's Fund so far. There will be a raffle starting 1 May with some amazing prizes which will run through to mid-July when Gemma will draw the winners.The raffle boards will be in the Pro shop and in the main bar.The draw will take place on Sunday 15 July which is the day of the Men’s July medal where all proceeds will go to Gemma – there will be a BBQ (12 noon to 4 pm) which will be included in everyone’s entry on the day. A similar day will be held on Thursday 12 July for the Ladies competition where the entry will include the Sunday BBQ with all monies going to Gemma.
Gemma has given us an update of her trip so far:
"Hi to everyone back in Beaconsfield!
I just wanted to send everyone an update of my US LPGA trip so far. My first event was in Phoenix, Arizona which was a fun event as the tournament is called the Founders Cup so we celebrate the 13 women who founded the LPGA. Our next event was in Carlsbad, California which is just north of San Diego. I loved the course at this event and I also enjoyed being so close to the ocean. Unfortunately that side of the pacific is freezing so I just stuck to walking on the beach!
Here is a picture of me and two friends of mine playing a practice round together.
After two weeks off in New Orleans and Tampa where I was able to stay with friends and practice. The next stop on tour was Hawaii! This was my first time to any of the islands of Hawaii and I absolutely loved it. The tournament was of course very windy being located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean which made the golf very interesting. I also had some time to enjoy the beaches and watch the surfers on the huge waves!
Here is a picture of my ex-team mate at Tulane University and I playing a practice round together.
Our next event was played in LA. A complete contrast in every way to Hawaii. The course we played was called Wilshire Country Club which is in Hollywood. So as you can imagine it was a little faster paced than island time! The course was fantastic with the fastest greens we have played so far. The week in LA is my best event so far as I only missed the cut by one shot. So I am coming into this week in San Francisco with lots of confidence. I also made my first Hole in One! During the first round I finished with a hole in one, and then back to back birdies! So I think that will go down as my best ever finish to a round so far."
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