Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
From the Captain
Countless members have commented very positively on the course and practice area improvements. Stuart and his team are making fantastic progress and we eagerly await the Spring when the fruits of his team’s labours will shine through.
Barbara Harwood and I were delighted to attend the Junior Annual Meeting on the 3rd November. Ben Quick and James Casserly gave excellent outgoing and incoming Captain’s speeches and unsurprisingly James hit his drive-in shot 260 yards straight down the middle! I am sure all members wish James a most successful and enjoyable year. It is worth saying the section is flourishing with 65 members (including 14 girls). It is managed incredibly well by the Junior Committee and in particular, I won’t spare their blushes, Dianne Regan and Janet Beal do a fantastic job.
The proposed scheme for new entrance gates has been submitted to the Planning Authority and drawings are on the Club noticeboard. Subject to the Planners and of course the weather it is hoped the gates will be installed in the Spring.
I am delighted we have been able to include updates from Gemma and Adam as they continue their journey as professional golfers. They are both seen at the Club practicing on a regular basis and are feeling very positive about their games. Let’s hope 2020 brings them both great success.
Meanwhile plans for Christmas events are well underway and most of these are already fully subscribed. It will be a very busy time for our staff and this is a perfect time to acknowledge the wonderful contribution they make to our Club. A separate note has already been distributed inviting donations to the annual Staff Christmas Fund and I do hope members will show their usual generosity.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the Christmas period.
From the Ladies Captain
I have enjoyed the start of my year receiving many good wishes from the lady members. I welcome all are new members and hope that we all have a wonderful year playing golf, bridge and attending social events.
On attending the County AGM I was delighted to accept on behalf of Beaconsfield the summer eclectic trophy. Congratulations go to Irene Brien who received her senior county colours at the AGM.
At the same time I am pleased to say that Janet Beal accepted the role as Vice-Captain of Buckinghamshire County Ladies Golf Association.
Our first non golf event is a Christmas Wreath workshop to be held on the 2nd December with at least 20 members signed up to attend. All our houses will look very welcoming for Christmas.
My first fund raising event, in aid of Rennie Grove, will be a Christmas Hamper raffle to be held on the 12th December at the Ladies Christmas Lunch. £5 per strip. All the contents have been kindly donated by the ladies committee. Thank you all.
So please bring plenty of cash to participate and raise funds for Rennie Grove.
I just wanted to send an update on how the end of my season went and my plans for next year.
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for the support. I really do feel like I have everyone behind me supporting me wherever I am in the world. I always enjoy coming back to the club as everyone is so interested in what I have been doing and what is next for me. The financial support from the members has been unbelievably helpful towards my expenses so thank you to everyone who has kindly donated to my trust fund over the last two years. I really appreciate every penny.
The 2019 season has been my best yet. I had several good results, including playing in and making the cut in my first ever major championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, and also shooting my lowest round ever in June this year, an 8 under par 64. As many of you know in professional golf there is a cut off at the end of the year to determine who has kept their card and who has to go back to qualifying school. The cut off on the money list on the LPGA is the top 100, significantly lower than the men’s tours. Unfortunately, after the regular season finished, I fell just short at 113 on the money list.
Thankfully with my finish on the money list I qualified to go straight to final stage of qualifying, which was over 8 rounds in Pinehurst, North Carolina with 45 spots up for grabs for the 2020 season. Unfortunately, at the end of the qualifying I finished just one shot out of the top 45. I was very proud and can take a lot of confidence away from the the way I fought during the last two rounds shooting 69 and 71 respectively. I saw the leaderboard with 4 holes remaining in the last round and the cut was 6 over at which time I was 7 over total so I knew I had to make at least one birdie to make it through. I made birdie on my 16th hole and then made two big par saving putts on my 17th and 18th holes. When that last putt went in, I thought I had made it. Unfortunately, the cut went back to 5 over and I had missed the cut by one. After 8 grueling rounds of qualifying for it to come down to one shot was gutting.
However, on a positive note. With my finish on the 2019 money list I still have LPGA status for 2020. I will be in the category directly below the finishers in qualifying school. Numbers 101 to 125 on the 2019 money list are given category 14 on the 2020 LPGA priority list. So that means with 10 of the 12 players ahead of me on the 2019 money list making it through qualifying, I will be three spots behind the last girl to make the cut in Pinehurst. So, it is by no means the end of the world and I will definitely get some starts next season on the LPGA. If I do well in the events I play in then I can reshuffle my way up the list to give me even more starts. There are two reshuffles in the year and my goal is to be involved in the first one to improve my chances of getting into events.
I will start my 2020 season in Australia. I will play the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) qualifying event where I can potentially qualify for the Vic Open and the Australian Open which are both LPGA events. From there I will play in some of the Monday qualifiers at the beginning of the season for the west coast swing in the US and hopefully manage to improve my status. We will have to wait and see where I will get my starts, but I will have opportunities depending on how things go. The tournaments in the summertime will also give me a chance to get into events as the schedule becomes hectic and players decide to take time off.
Overall, my 2019 season has been a big step forward for me. I have had some great results and I can draw a lot of confidence from the way I have played and how much my game has improved. I am feeling positive for the coming season and I am excited to see what next year will bring. In the meantime, I will be working hard on my game and I hope to see you all soon.
BREAKING NEWS !!!
2019 Junior European Open – Spain
Many congratulations to JAMES CASSERLY and GEORGE JOHNSON who tied in 11th position in the Champions Week Finals, held this week at Alcaidesa Links Resort, Cadiz, Spain.
A great achievement – well done our Beaconsfield boys!!
This event is Europe’s premium amateur junior event, being the only junior event in the world where the Finals are played over five rounds. 95 boys and 45 girls qualified at 45 Regional Finals, to play in this Champions Week.
For the full report and Leaderboard, visit www.golforganiser.com
2019 has been a massive learning curve plying my trade on the mini tours around the country, there has been some great results and some not so great but the main thing I believe is that I can compete at the professional level. I feel I have built a solid foundation in 2019 to push on from into 2020.
My plans are to earn full membership on the Europro tour next year (qualifying in March) and hopefully play in a couple of challenge tour events through either qualifying or invitations which will springboard me to bigger and better things. 2020 is going to prove to be a pivotal year for me.
In the near future I’m off to Spain for a quick stint of 2 events on the Gecko tour from 1st - 13th December. This coupled with lots of hard work over the winter to give myself the best possible chance of success in 2020.
If anyone wants to get in touch with me or have a game please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org or come and say hello at the Club, I always want to keep in touch with members and keep everyone updated as much as possible.
Update on Course Projects
If you have played the course over the last few weeks you will have noticed the planned changes to the 6th and 14th tees taking shape. We undertook the work in October in the hope that the weather would stay fine but it seems that it has hardly stopped raining since the work began. However the tees have now been turfed and look set fair for being available to play in the spring.
We were due to use green cores from Lincolnshire to finish the The Luke Donald Short Game Area green but the host green has been under water for several weeks, so we have now chosen to use traditional seed instead.
The poor weather has put the whole project back by about 6 weeks so we have decided to delay the bunker reconstruction on the 6th and 16th holes to the following year.
STOP PRESS :- We were pleased to see that Beaconsfield Golf Club was a new entry into the Top 100 courses in England this month, the first time we have achieved this feat. We entered the Top 100 at No. 95, just ahead of The Duchess Course at Woburn. Congratulations to Stuart and his team for this wonderful and objective endorsement of their work over the last 6 years.
In The Golf Bag.... Crows on the Course
The crows have returned to the course and are up to their usual tricks of pinching golf balls.
Just a reminder of what to do if any ‘outside influence’ has moved or stolen your ball. This covers any animals, birds or people who might have moved your ball.
Rule 9.6 says:
If you don’t know the exact spot, then you estimate the spot and still REPLACE the ball. You are allowed to substitute another ball if the original ball is not immediately recoverable.
However, the key issue is that it must be ‘known or virtually certain’ (KVC) that the ball has been moved:
The greens are looking extremely firm and healthy after the recent wet weather where we’ve had 11.5 inches of rainfall in the last two months. The greens are being hand cut at 4mm twice per week followed up by rolling. Monthly fungicides and two weekly dew replants to keep the surface dry are being sprayed to reduce the risk of disease.
The 6th and 14th tees are now complete with a new irrigation system, full drainage and turf.
Both areas that surround the tee tops now need leaving to settle over the winter months as the turf begins to root. The tee tops themselves will start to be rolled weekly to smooth out the surface followed by light cutting late December. A grass path has been installed to the left hand side of the 14th tees using reinforced rubber mats that will slowly disappear in the spring as the grass grows through leaving the teeing area very natural. Work will start shortly on a new path on the 6th hole which is required due to the slope. The plan is to create a more sweeping path that will never look straight to the eye and will be less in view whilst stood on the tee.
The Luke Donald short game area has all gone to plan despite an extremely wet October. Again once the turf has rooted sufficiently the team will begin to roll and cut the surrounding turf and introduce the run offs to replicate the course. The greens putting surface has been over seeded with two separate varieties of bent seed which will hopefully begin to establish in the coming weeks, with the remaining seed sitting happily in the ground waiting for the spring.
We thought it might be a good time of the year to refresh your memory of our indoor swing studio! Why play outside in the cold and wet when you can play at one of our many great courses we have available to play on our GC2 launch monitor, or it could even be that you want to practice your own game on the range. Lessons with myself, Adam or Tom are also available in our swing studio! What better time to start the journey to better your golf!
Taylormade Ex - Display iron sets
Taylormade M5 4-PW WAS £849 NOW £449
Taylormade P790 4-PW WAS £899 NOW £549
3 Scotty Cameron Putter WAS £319.99 NOW £219
With Christmas on the horizon, major brands such as Motocaddy and Powakaddy are offering a free bag when you buy a selected electric trolley! Contact the pro shop for more information.
Save £6 on a dozen Titleist ProV1/ProV1x, in stock.
The Christmas offer of free personalisation on any dozen of Titleist golf balls is available again this year. Last orders December 9th Special play numbers only available on Prov1/x, costing £3 more per dozen.
The Pro Shop Team
Golf and Competition Updates
New path to the left of the 11th hole and associated new local rule
Thanks to Stuart's team, we now have a nice new path to replace the muddy stretch alongside the 11th hole.
However, there is now a very small strip of grass to the left of the new path on the 11th hole. If that strip is the nearest point of relief for a ball landing on the path, you do not get free relief from the out of bounds fence unless your stance requires you to stand on the path. There is a very convoluted way to obtain relief and drop to the right of the path (not nearer the hole) which can be explained to you by one of our rules experts if you have a spare quarter of an hour to understand the rules' complexities. However, to make life simpler and to stop players from either going through the convoluted process or breaking the rules we have decided to declare the small strip to the left of the path an abnormal course condition, effectively treating it as part of the path. This then enables any player who lands on the path or the grass strip to take a drop to the right of the path (NB: not nearer the hole) without incurring a penalty or breaking the rules inadvertently. With immediate effect, the new local rule is:
“On the 11th hole, the area between the left hand edge of the artificially surfaced path and the boundary fence is deemed to be part of the abnormal course condition and relief may be taken under rule 16.1b.”
Junior members' starting times
While not changing them significantly, the Board has approved a proposal to simplify the times when junior members may play. Junior members may now play at any time from Monday to Friday except for Public Holidays and competition days. They may play on Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and competition days only after 11.00 a.m.
The Handicap Committee will be reviewing handicaps in January. Inevitably, there are cases where a player’s handicap is too high, or too low, and there is little evidence on which to base a revision. For this reason members who think that their handicaps might need to be adjusted are invited to apply for a general play revision in writing to the office or by sending an email to email@example.com by 31 December.
When considering applications the Handicap Committee will pay particular attention to current handicap, age, potential playing ability, performance in non-qualifying competitions, long term health etc. If you submit a request please mention any of these that are relevant.
Qualification for the Presidents Cup 2020
The Presidents Cup is one of the most prestigious of the club’s competitions, with the winners’ board occupying a prominent spot in the clubhouse. It is a net competition played over 36 holes, entry is traditionally significantly over-subscribed, and qualification was introduced for the first time in 2019.
The qualifying criteria for 2019 covered only a few competitions because qualification was only announced part way through the season, but for 2020 we have taken the time to carefully reconsider the qualifying criteria, which will be:
The top 10 finishers from the 2019 Presidents Cup.
The top 55 positions in Beaconsfield Order of Merit (BOOM) (net rather than gross) following completion of the August medal.
7 Presidents picks.
Should anyone qualify under more than one of the above criteria or places be available because qualifiers decline their invitation to play in the Presidents Cup, places will be filled from the subsequent positions in the Beaconsfield Order of Merit.
Qualifiers tied on points in the Order of Merit will be selected by the drawing of lots by the competition organiser.
The above criteria mean that there will be eight qualifying competitions for 2020; the Grange Cup, the Challenge Bowl, the Whitley-Jones Trophy, the Sir John Aird Cup and the May, June, July and August medals.
For each BOOM competition, 15 points are awarded to the winner, 14 to 2nd, 13 to 3rd; down to 1 point for 15th. The BOOM points accumulate over the season to determine the Beaconsfield Order of Merit winner at the end of the year. The Presidents Cup qualification criteria above take the BOOM position following the last BOOM competition before the Presidents Cup. With 55 places up for grabs, gaining points in multiple competitions will obviously give members a good chance of qualifying for a place in the Presidents Cup but, looking at past statistics, a single top five finish in any of the eight BOOM qualifying competitions is also highly likely (though not absolutely guaranteed) to lead to automatic qualification, so there's all to play for!
At any point you can check your position in BOOM on the club's website via Competitions - Ongoing.
News from the Clubhouse
I must start my article this month with some very sad news.
Those of you who remember Gill Took, who worked in the bar for many years, will be sad to hear that she has passed away after battling pancreatic cancer.
Gill was 59 years old and leaves behind her husband Eric and 3 children , Matt, Sam and Esther.
We will all remember Gill’s lovely smile and sunny disposition.
Gill’s funeral will be at 11.30am at Chiltern Crematorium on Thursday 5th December, followed by a service at St Margaret’s Church, Hammersley Lane, Penn and Tylers Green HP10 8EG at 12.30 pm. Bright colours welcome.
I have been asked to remind members that parking in the club car park when commuting to London is not permitted.
Parking is at a premium on most days and if cars are parked at the club all day it severely restricts parking for those members who wish to play golf.
It is concerning that we are having to throw away up to 6 new bath towels each week due to them being used for cleaning muddy golf shoes, please do not use bath towels to clean your shoes.
The club offers a weekly shoe cleaning service at a very reasonable charge, should you wish to avail yourself of the shoe cleaning service please contact the office.
An update on Festive Events
The Turkey Trot on Saturday 7th December was fully subscribed within hours of it opening.
We still have vacancies for the first Christmas Lunch on Sunday 8th December.
These lunches are great fun and everyone goes away full of the Festive spirit after a good old Christmas Carol singalong.
Please let me know if you would like to attend and I will be very happy to put your name down.
The Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December is almost fully booked.
We have a great entertainer, food for the children, mulled wine and mince pies for the adults, followed by all children receiving a present from Father Christmas.
The second Christmas Lunch on Sunday 15th December is virtually fully booked.
The Quiz Night on Saturday 29th February 2020 is almost completely booked out. If you would like a table for this great evening please let me know asap, as it will be fully booked within hours of this notice going out.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and safe New Year.
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