Month: May 2019

Late May Results

The ladies played the Coronation Foursomes on Thursday 16th May.  The winners who will go through to the next round were Lydia Molyneux and Carole Wood with 31 points and second Penny Gilbert & Victoria Collett with 29 points.
Match Report – St Ives Golf Club v March Golf Club (Thursday 16th May) Friendly Match  In the latest friendly match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club travelled to St Ives Golf Club. St Ives is an ‘inland links’ course, set out very much like a traditional seaside links course, with lots of bunkers and water hazards and some punishing rough, but with virtually no trees – very different from the parkland tree-lined course which the March team play on a regular basis. The match was played in difficult weather conditions with a swirling wind which, on such an open course, proved very challenging. The results in the first two matches were in the balance through to the end, but the greater experience of the St Ives team proved decisive and, in the end, the home team won by four matches to nil. March Golf Club will be playing St Ives away again in the CAGU Greensomes League in June and will be hoping for a better result! March Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a hard-fought match played in good spirit. Thanks were also extended to the March Golf Club team (Alan Jones & Mark Athow, Mick Russell & Rob Henshaw, Baz Smith & Garry Brinn, Derek Wisbey & Roger Watts) for turning out to represent the club.
Tuesday 21st May saw the ladies take part in the Ping 4 Ball.  The weather was great and the winning pair were Gail Arnold & Margaret Butt with 37 points, second were Emma Norman & Jean McAuliffe with 36 points.
The Australian Spoons were played on Thursday 23rd May and the winners were Gail Arnold & Carole Wood with 32 point and in second Brenda Softley & Pam Wallis with 28 points (ocb).
On a very warm sunny Saturday afternoon (25th May) the first round of the CAGU Jock Steward knockout competition was played at March Golf Club against Ramsey.  Captain of the day Mick Russell thanked both teams for taking part in the competition which was played in very good spirits.  It was such a closely fought contest that it all depended on  the last game to determine the victory to Ramsey 2 games to 1.

Match Report – March Golf Club v Gog Magog Golf Club (Sunday 26th May)

GAGU Inter-Club Greensomes League

In the fourth Greensomes League match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club entertained a strong team from Gog Magog Golf Club. The team from Gog Magog featured four single figure handicap players with none of the ‘Gogs’ team higher than 11 handicap. The match was played in initially difficult weather conditions with wind and rain affecting the first hour of play. However, the weather cleared up subsequently, and the match finished in glorious sunshine. After a difficult encounter in the away fixture at Gog Magog, the team from March were looking to produce a better result on home soil. The first two matches were shared, but the final pairings produced good wins for the home team. The final result was a 3:1 victory for the team from March Golf Club. This was a fine victory against such a strong team and has improved the March team’s position in the League standings. March Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a hard-fought match played in good spirit. Thanks were also extended to the March Golf Club team (Chris Elliott & Jon King, Alan Jones & Mark Athow, Danny Daniel & Derek Wisbey, Simon Moore & Brian Newstead) for turning out to represent the club. A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of the nearest the pin on the par 3 9thhole which measures 218 yards. A magnificent shot to about three feet secured the prize for Simon Moore from March Golf Club.

The Ladies played the home match in the Jean Wilkinson against Ely on Tuesday 28th May.  The singles matches were very close throughout the 18 holes and the result was 4 1/2 games to 2 1/2 in favour of Ely giving them a total of 9 points to add to their total within the league table.  In our group there are 2 matches outstanding to be played against Bampton Park (home and away) which are scheduled next month.
The Ladies played the Truman Cup on Thursday 30th May.  the winner was Shona Kent going out in 51 coming back in 48 beating Emma Norman by 6 shots.  1st Shona Kent with nett 72, 2nd Emma Norman with nett 78 and in 3rd place Gail Arnold also with nett 78.
The men played the long handicap cup on Saturday 1st June.  The winner was Lewis Miller going out in 40 and coming back in 40 with 1 birdie and 8 pars beating Jonathan Vawser by 2 shots with a nett 63, second Jonathan Vawser with nett 65 and third Dean Gaughran with nett 67.
The Mixed Papworth Salvers was played on Sunday 2nd June.  6 pairs took part on a warm and sunny day which started with breakfast before play.  The winners were James Campbell & Brenda Softley with a total of 35 points.  Second was Lewis Hearn & Jo Rowlett with 32 points and 3rd was Garry Brinn & Sandra Russell with 27 points.  On inspection of the silver salver James noticed on the inscription that in 1978 in fact his Granddad had won the salvers.  So 42 years later James had also claimed the prize.  Just goes to show what a small world.

Mid May Results

Ladies Results

The Ladies played a medal on Sunday 12th May.  Jean Alterton won going out in 51 coming back in 47 beating Jo Rowlett by 6 shots. First, Jean Alterton nett 81, 2nd, Jo Rowlett nett 87 and 3rd, Viv Snushall with nett 88.

The Ladies played the second medal of the month on Tuesday 14th May.  The winner Viv Snushall going out in 49 and coming back in 46 with 3 pars beating Victoria Collett by 1 shot.  First, Viv Snushall with nett 76, 2nd Victoria Collett with nett 77 and 3rd Ros Humphrey with nett 78.

Match Report – March Golf Club v Old Nene Golf Club  (Sunday 12th May)

CAGU Inter-Club Greensomes League – In the third club Greensomes League match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club entertained a good team from Old Nene Golf Club. Remarkably, all four matches were played off level handicaps with no shots given on either side. The closeness of the handicaps suggested that it might be a closely fought encounter and so it proved. The results in all the matches were in the balance through to the end, but the March players held firm over the last few holes to secure victory with three matches won and the final match ending all square. The match was played in glorious weather conditions which produced some good golf on both sides, with one pair from March playing the back nine in 37 shots and another in 39, both securing narrow wins in consequence.

Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a competitive match played in good spirit. Thanks were also extended to the March Golf Club team (Chris Elliott & Jon King, Alan Jones & Mark Athow, Danny Daniel & Derek Wisbey, Simon Moore & Brian Newstead) for turning out to represent the club.

A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of ‘nearest the pin’ on the 200 yard par 3 18th hole. A superb shot to about 18 inches secured the prize for Mark Armstrong from Old Nene.

Huit Shield Part Two

The men played the second round of the Huit Shield on Sunday 12th May.  David Small won going out in 49 coming back in 42 with 1 birdie and 3 pars beating Andrew Parsonage by 1 shot. First David Small with nett 68, 2nd Andrew Parsonage with nett 69, 3rd Gary Neugebauer with nett 70.

Seniors Results

The seniors played stableford qualifier on Monday 13th May.  Roger Watts won with 2 pars beating Peter Flint by 1 point.  First, Roger Watts with 36 points, 2nd Peter Flint with 35 points and 3rd Garry Brinn with 33 points.

 The seniors played a friendly match against Sutton Bridge away on Wednesday 15th May.  The weather was glorious and a win by Sutton Bridge 3 1/2 to 2 1/2.
The men played the Morton Cup on Saturday 18th May.  Andy Lilley won with 5 pars beating Roger Watts by 1 shot.  The winner Andy Lilley scored 36 points, 2nd place Roger Watts beating David Small on count back with 35 points.

Welcome to the Mixed Team from Ryston Park

The first Mixed friendly was played against Ryston Park on Sunday 19th May.  6 pairs played under fantastic weather conditions, we couldn’t have asked for a better day.  The pairings were very close handicap wise and the matches very tight some right up to the last hole.  The day started with a breakfast which was much appreciated by all.  What a great way to spend a Sunday playing golf with friends from other clubs.  I, Lady Captain would like to thank all that took part and supported the club.  The result was a great win for March 5 1/2 games to a 1/2.

CAGU Inter-Club Greensomes League v Old Nene Golf Club

Match Report – March Golf Club v Old Nene Golf Club  (Sunday 12th May)

CAGU Inter-Club Greensomes League

In the third club Greensomes League match of the golfing season, the team from March Golf Club entertained a good team from Old Nene Golf Club. Remarkably, all four matches were played off level handicaps with no shots given on either side. The closeness of the handicaps suggested that it might be a closely fought encounter and so it proved. The results in all the matches were in the balance through to the end, but the March players held firm over the last few holes to secure victory with three matches won and the final match ending all square.

The match was played in glorious weather conditions which produced some good golf on both sides, with one pair from March playing the back nine in 37 shots and another in 39, both securing narrow wins in consequence.

Club Captain, Alan Jones, thanked both teams afterwards for a competitive match played in good spirit. Thanks were also extended to the March Golf Club team (Chris Elliott & Jon King, Alan Jones & Mark Athow, Danny Daniel & Derek Wisbey, Simon Moore & Brian Newstead) for turning out to represent the club.

A bottle of wine was presented to the winner of ‘nearest the pin’ on the 200 yard par 3 18th hole. A superb shot to about 18 inches secured the prize for Mark Armstrong from Old Nene.

Huit Shield Part Deux

Round 2 of the Huit Shield qualifier was held on Sunday 12th May in very much more benign conditions compared with the gales experienced during Round 1 on 27th April.

Round of the day was that of Gary Neugebaeur with a gross score of 74 with Andrew Parsonage second on 81.

The eight lowest gross scorers will go forward to the knockout stages and it is no surprise that six of the contestants will come from Sunday’s competition.

Volunteer Project Clearing the Klargester

So, the seniors as promised have carried out the next Volunteer project.  Everyday we see the course and its surroundings improving … Many thanks for all your help.

I really appreciate each and everyones help and support to ensure our Golf Club is the best 9 hole in the County.

May Greens Update

WOW! What a difference Mother Nature has brought to the course.

Now that brings the next challenge for the Greenkeepers to deal with the growth spurts, the greens are now growing with vigour, as are the fairways and the rough.   Please, I ask for a little patience as we have our main fairway cutter at the menders, until later this week.

 

Teeboards aplenty

 

You will see that the Tee boards are starting to appear on the course at a rate of knots now, only a couple left now!  Thanks to Lewis and Alex with their tireless help with these.  One for the ladies, we will be moving the teeboard on the 3rd, for all to see.  I will be digging the holes for it, perhaps this week sometime. This will be set in the ground so it is removable for grass cutting purposes.

 

Lydia and I have a sprinkler system inspection with Sean, early doors on Tuesday, so unless you want a second shower, watch out LOL

We have negotiated with a buyer to take away some redundant greens items and have started a funding process to allow us to get our irrigation system in full working order … watch this space.

 

Volunteer Projects

The conifer cutting will be taking place as an ongoing volunteer project,  thanks again to Lewis as he has continued my work, however lots more to be done, so please liaise with the Greens committee members to arrange your work parties.   Gary Brinn has a work party to clear the area around the Klargester, so we can have it serviced soon … Thank you!

Other volunteer projects are as follows …

  • Conifer bottom trimming, to all but the ones around the 8th tee.
  • All white, red and yellow stakes on and around our course will be found, cleared around, cleaned and visible at all times.
  • Hole filling on the course.
  • Tee marker posts to be finished and numbers fixed to each (Unfortunately, the old number plates are now redundant as new yardages and are also in a poor state)
  • 8th surrounding conifers project
  • 6th tee perimeter trimming

If anyone would like to volunteer to organise or just volunteer there time, it will be very much appreciated.

 

 

May Bank Holiday Results

Staysure Senior Pro-am qualifier competition on Saturday 4th May

Fifty-one players took part in the competition this year. To qualify for the privilege of playing in the tournament proper with our Professional, Alex, the winner had to be aged fifty or over.  The individual winner on the day was James Cambell with 40 points with Carl Barnes a close second on 38 points.  However, as both are too young to qualify, the player to partner Alex is Andy Lilley who carded 37 points. Three “twos” were recorded – Neil Traylen, Ralph Braam and Gary Neugebauer.

Monday saw the customary Bank Holiday Texas Scramble. Eleven teams took part, the winners being the Seniors team of Bruce Frost, Jonathan King, John Farnsworth and Colin With, with a nett score of 57.8.

March Golf Club Mixed Open

Sunday 29th September 2019

18 hole 4BBB Stableford – 90% handicap

Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd.

Nearest the pin & Nearest the Line

****** Entry fee £50 per pair ******

Includes a two course meal after play

All players must have a valid competition handicap (Men’s Limit 28 Ladies 36)

Download your copy of the Entry form here

 

Both the Lady Captain and Vice Captain would like to welcome all couples to join them on this always well attended event.  Just below you will see an image our lovely Vice Captain Emma and her partner Mark ready to play.

We would love to see you on the day and don’t forget to let us know if you have any dietary requirements on your entry form.  Happy golfing!

A GREAT PARTNERSHIP TO BRING GOLF TO THE COMMUNITY

March Golf Club went back to school on Thursday 2nd May in partnership with Neal Wade Academy by holding 4 golfing sessions during the day of 45mins to 1 hour long with groups of 20+ 12-14 year olds.  Local Professional Alex Oldham, who has been based at March Golf Club for nearly 15 years ran these sessions alongside Head of PE James Crawley.

Chairman of March Golf Club Baz Smith says

“Our sport is suffering at grass roots level and competition from other curriculum sports and electronic based games. The obvious way of addressing this plight was to get this initiative in place, my thanks go out to all involved”

The sessions introduced to the teenagers various stages of learning about the game and how to play.  Also, bear in mind most of the groups had not picked up a golf club before.

The following steps are a great way of starting to learn about the game.

Step 1:

Master A Great Setup Position – Grip

Step 2:

Ingrain The Checkpoints Of A Great Swing – Stance

Step 3:

Develop A Great Short Game – Chipping

Step 4:

Practice With Purpose

 

 

All these and more were covered in the sessions and those that want to take the game further were given information about March Golf Club and further sessions.  Thursdays after school at March Golf Club starting on 9th May 2019.  For details of these sessions please contact Alex on 01354 652364.  Check out our website for more information

“So, I am really pleased that Neale-Wade and March Golf Club are able to work so closely together. The taster day has given the students the chance to experience golf with a PGA professional. Hopefully, this has got some of them thinking about doing the lessons we are running. It would be great if over the next few years we can get more of our students playing each week at the club.”

James Crawley- Head of PE

March Golf Club will be continuing to plan more initiatives and opportunities for more of the community to try out this sport for a lifetime! Who knows you maybe the next Tiger Woods!!!!!!

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