Deborah and Doug Chalmers formed half of the team that won the Pro-Am which preceded the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie on Tuesday 26th July. The other 2 players in the team were Colin Griffiths [from Woburn GC] and our female Professional Stacey Lewis [fresh from her 2nd place in the Evian masters the week before] plus her caddy Travis.
The picture shows the team on the course at the completion of their round; [L-R Colin, Stacey, Deborah, Doug] The weather was that sunny with only a slight breeze so playing conditions, by normal Scottish links standards, were very benign.
The format was the best 2 nett scores from 4 on each hole. The team started on the 5th hole [it was a shot gun start] and with 2 pars on that hole they then had 2 birdies on the long par 5, 6th. Although not scoring too well in the middle of the round the team kept up a reasonable scoring rate and finished with a 89 [17 points over level 4’s]. Colin kept asking what the losers would get, and Deborah just wanted to play well and enjoy the day. After the game had been completed it was another hour before the leader board was displayed in the Ricoh Pavilion and the team realised they had actually won! The first prize was a Titleist D2 adjustable driver plus a leather brief case for each amateur.
The team had been entered the previous Wednesday as a result of Doug bidding for, and winning, a silent auction after the Gary Player Invitational [played at Wentworth on Monday the 18th July]. So 8 days from bidding to taking part and winning. A super day was enjoyed by Deborah, Colin & Doug our 3 Amateurs, Stacey and Travis, our Professionals with excellent hospitality & organisation from Ricoh and the Carnoustie hosts.
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There were eight-four ball, betterball matches, and some players on both sides were making their debuts. The juniors were on a high following their fine showing against the scratch team.
Some excellent golf was played and many individuals played well below their handicap i.e. an 18 handicapper shot 6 gross pars on the first 9 holes and a further 3 or 4 on the second 9. Over to you Handicap and Competitions.
The matches were played in excellent spirit and unsurprisingly resulted in a win for the Juniors by 5 matches to 3. Well played the Juniors for your deserved success.
After the match Lisa provided an excellent carvery and the President presented the trophy, albeit through gritted teeth.
Many thanks to all those who made the event possible and for everybody for turning out for the event on the Bank Holiday and Charity weekend. Also many thanks to Lisa, Gavin and Alan.
All in all an excellent day and congratulations to John Winter and his team. They were a credit to him and the club.
Dunstable Downs GC is please to support Golf4heroes, by allowing members of the Golf4heroes a round of golf for 2 per week subject to agreement with the manager. The scheme is sponsored by The Daily Telegraph.
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Knebworth golf course was in great condition on Sunday as Dunstable attempted to change their current inter club fortunes. Their new panoramic conservatory added to the day and looked absolutely superb and with the newly built patios capturing the evening sun this added to the excellent hospitality shown by the Knebworth members.
Once again this match was very popular and indeed oversubscribed however with a team of significant experience especially one that comprised many ‘red jackets’-it was expected to give the home side a tremendous battle.
This thought process was encouraged as Dunstable with a similar team as playing in this match had previously won the four clubs competitions in which Knebworth were propping up the other three teams ( Dunstable running out as winners)
Unfortunately the result was three and a half points to Dunstable and eight and a half points to Knebworth . This result sounded huge in favour of the home team however 4 of the matches went to the 18th green when Dunstable missed out on all occasions.
The day however was a great success and all of the team members must be congratulated.Our thanks go to Knebworth and we look forward to doing battle in the men’s match on the 17th September.
In spite of the considerable distance between the two clubs the match against Leamington and County Golf Club remains one of the most popular events in the golfing calendar. The Team sheet was oversubscribed in a matter of days as members fought to be included.
Unfortunately one or two were disappointed however there remained several who had enjoyed the coach trip up to Leamington for many years and have always enjoyed the close companionship that this match has engendered.
The origination of this fixture was in 1993 when Eric Jones who was a previous member of Dunstable suggested to the then current Captain John Cole that it would be great to have a fixture between the two clubs and so it began- although originally this was played annually on a home and away basis. The ‘Jones Jigger’ was made into a trophy after a couple of years of battle and Leamington seemed to triumph with monotonous regularity over the first 7 matches however in the recent past Dunstable have been triumphant and indeed were the holders before the current match.
Unfortunately for Dunstable members in spite of a tremendous attempt where many games went to the 18th- the Trophy went back on the coach to Leamington as the team lost 6 games to 4.
I am sure that the team will do its utmost next year to wrestle the trophy back to Dunstable as there is a significant patch on the wall that now needs repainting after the loss of the trophy this year.
On a fine day last Friday the Captain invited a team of current and ex Captains to represent Dunstable Downs at Aspley Guise.
The team comprised current Captain Graham Tate and Vice Captain Dave Price who performed reasonably well in this four ball better ball format by scoring 40 points. However ex Captains Phil Delafield and John Todd scored even better with 41 points which was only 2 points short of the best score of the day.
Roy Drage(vice Captain elect) and Peter Samsa ( ex Captain) did not have their best of days however a fighting 36 points from John Hill and Graham Sheldon pushed the overall team into 4th position of the 9 teams competing.
John of Gaunt won the day with an average score for the team of 39 points a piece-so an extremely high target to reach.
The course was in lovely condition and the team were entertained royally by Aspley Guise and many plaudits must be given to their Captain and Committee for continuing to hold such a prestigious Competition
The boy’s county under 12 championships were held last Friday at Mount Pleasant Golf Club and the winner was Dunstable Downs junior golfer Ryan Smith who shot a gross 80. Ryan went one better than his runner up place in 2010 beating Jamie Gibbons (South Beds) who finished five shots further back in second. Ryan has completed his own little piece of history by winning the U12s title for the third time having previously been successful in 2008 and 2009 to become a triple county champion.
The last time the Scratch Team captain, Matt Oborne, played in The Scratch Team v The Juniors he was a junior himself. That was over 5 years ago and the fixture will now be firmly back on the DDGC golfing calendar. This eagerly anticipated greensomes event was keenly contested across all of the matches but the match between Freya Daniels & ‘in form’ Ashley Easton and Rob Sutton & David Taylor was undoubtedly the highlight. Watching Freya’s 5 wood approach shot on the 17th to within 5 feet of the flag drew huge applause from the watching gallery. On the 18th, Bob Buckland commented, “I think you will find that they have won” The body language and Freya’s jig were the giveaway signs.
Undoubtedly, the current crop of juniors gained a lot from the experience; 3 hour 18 hole rounds are possible! Many of the current scratch team were once DDGC junior members themselves and hopefully, in a few years time, it will be the juniors turn to represent The Scratch Team.
Our thanks to Steve Harris and Matt Oborne for making this happen and for The Scratch Team for giving up their time to support the juniors. Rookie Jack Flanagan’s summed up the evening best for me, “That was brilliant!”
Final Result: The Scratch Team 31/2 The Juniors 11/2
Dan Jones & Matt Oborne 2 UP v John Wright & Brandon Black
Mark Carter & Gary Thomas A/S v Jack Flanagan & Elliot Roch
Ross Jones & Paul Kenna 3 & 1 v Alex Tipping & Luke Bisset
Rob Sutton & David Taylor v Freya Daniels & Ashley Easton 1 UP
Adam Fitzgibbon & Richard Enston 3 & 2 v Sam Harris & Ryan Craig