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:
Giles David, Deepak Natarajan, Jane Frizoni, Sarah Kirkpatrick, Paula Owide, Helen Mines
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From the Captain
I finished last month’s contribution by saying that I was off to the Isle of Islay. I start this month by saying that the island, the golf course and hotel at The Machrie and the Laphroiag and Laguvulin distilleries were magnificent!
The golfing season has now started in earnest and my congratulations go to Phil Swindle (Challenge Bowl), Trevor Carvey (Medal/Kelly Salver), Stephen Farr (Whitley Jones Trophy) and Tim Harman (Midweek Medal). This month we have also held both the Seniors’ and the Mens’ Invitations which were won by Paddy Kelly and Jeremy Shute respectively together with their guests. I received many compliments from our guests on those 2 days about all aspects of our club – thank you to everyone involved.
While I am on the subject of golf in May, I played for the Wildebeests at Gerrards Cross. Our match got as far as the 7th green when we took shelter from thunder, lightning, hailstones and torrential rain. The match was abandoned, which was quite fortunate as we were 4 down at the time or was it 5? It made me question the old adage about sunshine and the righteous!
I am sure many of you will have seen the bright green notice in the lounge regarding the 8 members doing the “Longest Day Challenge” on June 21st to raise money for 2 charities – Stand Up to Cancer and my own charity, Prostate Cancer UK. I know that many of you have already given your support but for others who want to donate I have added below the link to the website to make it a simple click through.
Please do support them at http://sponsorme.co.uk/davidbooker/longest-day-golf-challenge.aspx
There is also the opportunity to help via sponsored caddying slots (see the notice board to sign up) and by supporting a beer/curry evening on the 21st from 8pm onwards around the time they all expect to finish. If I am there, you’ll find me eating something else in a separate room. My views on curry are not suitable for the Niblick! Apparently the team now have their own Physio/Chiropractor, as James Ellis has joined them to help get the older “physiques” through what is in effect a golfing marathon.
Captain’s Day is fast approaching (Saturday June 8th) and both shotgun starts are full, we have organised b acon rolls to be available to purchase from 7.15am with beverages from the machine, for those playing in the morning. I would be delighted to see you at the Barbeque which starts at about 4.30pm. We will be having a silent auction for a couple of 4 ball games at Stoke Park and Ashridge and there will also be a Longest Drive Competition from the 1st tee. The food is bound to be delicious. It would help David J to get an idea of numbers if you could sign up on the sheet in the lounge. I look forward to seeing you on the day.
From the Ladies Captain
We were delighted to welcome four new ladies to our section in May. Jane Frizoni, Paula Owide, Helen Mines and Sarah Kirkpatrick. We hope they will enjoy a very happy time with us.
Wow! So much has happened since the last Niblick. When I decided to
support the Hearing Dogs charity, I had no idea that I would end up volunteering to be a puppy socialiser before my year was up. But three weeks ago this cutie came into our lives. His name is Dudley, and as a family we have taken on the task of being his foster parents for a year, socialising him as much as we can as he progresses through his training to be a Hearing Dog and change somebody’s life.
In early May the past Lady Captains enjoyed competing for the Ann Burgess Trophy. She was our Lady Captain in 1961. Afterwards twenty eight of us sat down for a lovely lunch and prize giving. Our worthy winner was Mary Coleman with an impressive 39 points.
Our Spring Meeting takes place over two days, with an 18 holes Greensomes competition on the Wednesday, followed by an 18 hole medal on the Thursday. This was not to be the case this year as torrential rain, thunder and lightning reduced the Greensomes to a 10 hole competition! However, even in such testing conditions Catherine Cotter and Mary Donegan scored a very impressive 25 points!
The showers that continued on the Thursday were not enough to deter the 75 ladies who competed for the Hale Cup (the best gross score) and Young Bowl (the best gross score in the bronze division). Christine Watson and Ros Johnstone were our trophy winners.
Two days later, 61 ladies headed off to East Sussex National for a two night Awaystay with three rounds of golf. The sun shone for us and lots of laughter ensued! Fun, team golf was the order of the day, with plenty of water on the courses to negotiate. A great three days, that I will always remember.
News from the Juniors
The golfing season for the Junior Section, began in March, when they started the year on a real ‘high’ after winning the Beaconsfield Team Championship for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to Ben Quick, James Casserly, Kian Bains, George Johnson, Tom Bell, Matt Bowen, Dan Orford, Tommy Evans and Will Liddiard. When our Captain Roger Clarke presented them with the Trophy, he suggested that the Club might have to ‘handicap’ the juniors next year, by reducing the number in their Team! Maybe he was joking?
Congratulations to the following junior competition winners:-
09th April – Ben Munton (24) 39pts
10th April - Tom Bell (5) 68nett (Men’s mid-week medal)
11th April - Tommy Evans (14) 39pts
15th April - Dan Orford (20) 38pts
27th April - Matt Bowen (14) 38pts
12th May - Ben Quick (2) 40pts
Special congratulations go to Angus Creighton (10) for winning the Grange Cup in the men’s Spring Meeting, with an amazing nett 63! Angus was 3 over gross standing on the 17th tee and proceeded to birdie the 17th and 18th. That was some finish!!
The Chiltern League season is underway and our first match was played at Ellesborough on 17th April. Our team of Tom Bell, Angus Creighton, Louis Graham, Dan Orford and Emily Gilmour, managed to halve the match, which was a great result for an ‘Away’ match.
Well done and thank you to Emily, who played in her very first League match.
Ellie Farwell played in the Hertfordshire Ladies’ Championship recently, which was held at Sandy Lodge. The format was 36 holes medal format, then the top 16 go through to the Knock-Out stage playing off scratch, until there is a Champion. Ellie qualified in 6th place from the medal, then in the KO’s, she managed to beat 3 x 4 handicap golfers to reach the last two. In the final, Ellie came up against a +1 handicapper, who played the first 11 holes in -8 and Ellie (who was still only 2 over par) lost 6&5. It was still a great achievement to become 2019 Runner-up, so well done Ellie.
On 1st April, the juniors who are 18 years of age, transfered to the Intermediate category of Membership. I would like to take this opportunity, to thank the following members for their commitment to our Junior Section and to wish them all well, as they progress through the adult membership:-
James Butler, Robbie Cartwright, Conor Hickman, Bradley Hucker, Max Jankiewicz, Charlie Lee, Daniel Peters and Rachel Stones.
We hope that they have all enjoyed their time as junior members and have made many new friends, who they will continue to play with, for many years.
Many of our juniors are currently taking their school exams, so we would like to wish them all the very best of luck.
In the Golf Bag...... World Handicppaing System
We all know (and love?) the Congu handicapping system, and most of us understand how our handicaps go up and down:
If you play over your buffer, you go up 0.1 from your current handicap
If you play within your buffer, your handicap stays the same
If you play under handicap, your handicap goes down between 0.1 and 0.6 for each shot better than handicap
However, the new World Handicapping System (WHS) is completely different, as it is based on a rolling average.
Under the new system, a Handicap Differential (HD) is calculated each time you play in a competition. The HD is basically the difference between your gross score (adjusted for nett double bogey) and the Course Rating (new name for the SSS), adjusted for the Slope Rating. More detail of HD calculations in a future Niblick.
The rolling average system used in WHS calculates your Handicap Index as the average of the best 8 of your last 20 Handicap Differentials. Each time you submit a score for handicap a new Handicap Index will be calculated overnight.
The new system should give a more realistic handicap, and the following are some of the possible effects:
A few bad scores will probably not affect your handicap at all, as these will not be in your best 8 scores
One exceptional score will not have such a big impact on your handicap, as it is only one of 8 scores to be averaged
If you have a ‘purple patch’ and have a number of good scores, your handicap might come down more quickly.
The greens are currently being cut at a height of 3mm and are averaging a speed of 10-10.5 feet on the stimp meter. Topdressing has been reduced to every three weeks to minimise stress on the surface with two weekly fertilizer applications.
Although the growth is slow due to the lack of rainfall we are well into the full swing of the golfing season where the green speeds will be moved up and down to suit each competition with the base speed currently averaging at 10.5ft. As a general rule around the country the majority of golf courses will aim for an increase of around 1.5-2ft in speed for their club championships based on their average day to day speeds. This year we will be aiming for 12-12.5ft, however it will be decided by the weather and the rainfall. Wetter, softer conditions would bring the base speed down to 9-9.5ft giving us a target speed of 11-11.5ft. The opposite would be last year’s scenario where the hot dry conditions meant the greens were averaging 11.5ft for day to day play taking them up to 13.5ft the week of the 2018 club championships.
In summary the three most important things the Greenstaff are looking for are –
In May, members of the Greens Committee were delighted to welcome back to the club, the renowned course architect Martin Hawtree. Martin is a Harry Colt course expert and also designed the acclaimed Trump International course in Scotland. Martin was invited to enable the club to share with him some of our plans for course improvements over the next 2-3 years, particularly in the area of tees and bunkering and to ensure the improvements maintained the character of the course in the Harry Colt tradition. Martin thought the new tee complex on the 4th hole was “excellent” and gave us some ideas for our planned similar proposals for the 6th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 14th tees.
Year to date we have had 211mm of rain compered to this time last year where we had 393mm which leaves us 182mm (over 7inches) down on 2018.
The golfing season is now in full swing (excuse the pun) and we are busy with junior, ladies, club, 1st team, seniors and wildebeests home events.
Wednesday night roll up and Supper Greensomes on Friday nights are also popular.
Helen Morris has her Ladies Captain’s Day on Thursday June 6th when 100 ladies will be playing golf and having afternoon tea, followed by strawberries and cream.
On Saturday June 8th it is our Captain’s Day.
It features 2 sold out shotgun starts with a BBQ starting at 4.30pm.
I’m sure all players will see Roger Clarke around the course dispensing liquid refreshments on the day.
This is always a popular event so do please try to bring the family back for the BBQ.
The Seniors Invitation Day on Friday 10th May was really well attended and enjoyed by all.
The Men’s Invitation Day on Saturday 25th May was also well attended and enjoyed.
The 1st Ladies Invitation Day on Thursday 27th June is, I think, already at full capacity.
It is very encouraging to see these annual events continue to be so successful.
I hope to see you in the clubhouse soon.
I have just returned from my annual golfing trip with the Clubslingers, a group of members of Beaconsfield who only play links golf. This year we were on the North East coast, we played Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, Cleveland and Seacroft on the way up. It was typical links condititions bouncy with a fairly strong breeze, very challenging, even so it was a good trip with Trevor Carvey coming out on top.
Our Spring/Summer clothing Range from Under Armour. Foot Joy and SOS for the ladies has arrived and is out in the shop for you all to take a look at!
We have a selection of Taylor Made M3 and M4 drivers , fairways inc Left hand up to 50% OFF
Also big savings on Scotty Cameron putters £320 reduced to £239
Tom has recently had his PGA Regional Assistants qualifying tournament over at Farleigh GC in Surrey. There were 32 qualifying spots and 110 players entered. Unfortunately Tom came 33rd... an unlucky outcome but a solid performance nonetheless. Tom will continue to work hard on his game. He is also coaching now and will be focusing on improving throughout the summer months.
Tom's Junior group coaching sessions have started, all sessions are full at the moment but Tom can do private lessons for any members.
Adam will take a break from his busy coaching schedule shortly to play in the Harewood Downs pro am, he did quite well last year, having a few games with him recently I would not be surprised if he was to win this year
Tom's Monthly Tip
Are you struggling to get consistent contact with your irons?
At the start of the downswing, feel like you are applying more pressure to your lead side.. this creates a descending angle into the ball and will help to provide more of a consistent strike!
Don't struggle with your game , we can help you hit the ball better and enjoy your golf more
Call the shop to book a lesson!
Chris Dodds and the Pro Shop Team
This is one of the biggest highlights of the golfing season and takes place on Saturday 29th June.
The event is played over 36 holes with the field consisting of 48 men and 12 ladies with playing handicaps limited to a maximum of 10.
Both competitions will be open for entry on the 31st May and the draw will be made on the 24th June.
We urgently need help with ball spotters on the day. If you are willing to offer a hand then please contact Mary Coleman or Steve Lynch.
On course scoring will be available to view via your mobile phone and on the TV in the lounge.
Our own "Amen Corner" will be up and running again with a free drink (beer or pimms) available from 4pm between the 15th and 16th greens, where the leader board will also be showing the latest scores.
A delicious BBQ will be running at the clubhouse from 4:30pm.
We hope as many members and their families as possible will take the opportunity to come along and support the players, volunteers and our club.
Note from the President
I am pleased to announce that Katie Free has been promoted to the role of "Assistant Club Secretary" at Beaconsfield Golf Club with immediate effect. For some years Katie has been assuming responsibility for managing the club secretariat covering a wide range of issues including planning the club diary and events, managing the club's IT infrastructure, publishing the monthly Niblick and dealing with all manner of membership issues. A succession of Past Captains will confirm that she is quietly efficient in ensuring that they do everything that is expected of them and has saved many from embarrassment. Katie has been a loyal member of staff and is quietly efficient in juggling her responsibilities as a working mother. As the club currently functions effectively without a General Manager, it is appropriate that Katie's title reflects the seniority of her role in the club.
Many of you will have noticed Gemma Dryburgh at the club recently, busy practicing for her hectic summer schedule on the LPGA tour. Gemma is now back in the USA and has followed up her top 30 result in the Los Angeles Open at the end of April, with an excellent 21st place in The Pure Silk Championship last week including rounds of 66 and a wonderful, final round 65.
Beaconsfield Golf Club is very proud to count Gemma as one of our members and we shouldn’t forget that Gemma is one of only 9 British players currently playing on the world’s toughest Ladies golf tour.
Whilst she establishes herself, we are keen to support Gemma with the considerable costs of playing on the tour and like last year, we will be putting on some events including a men’s medal and a ladies competition to raise some funds to support her. This year the men’s medal on 14th July will be re-named The Gemma Dryburgh Medal with some outstanding prizes to be won.
There will be a prize draw as well and we are hoping Gemma will be able to put on a clinic for members during a break from the tour over the summer…..watch this space!
There is a trust fund already set up at the club for Gemma and if you would like to contribute personally, or if your company has an opportunity to sponsor Gemma, please contact the office for the details.
Trophy Roll Of Honour