Professionals' Stableford-30th November 2013
The sun had barely crept above the horizon as the first intrepid participants in the Professionals' Stableford drove off the 1st tee on a chilly Saturday morning. The competition played from the yellow tees with a full handicap allowance gave golfers of all abilities the chance of producing a good score with the greens in particularly good condition for this time of year. King Cup finalists Mick Upton and Sam Done produced excellent scores of 37 and 35 points respectively considering their almost non existent handicaps!Long time member Paul Smith was in the mix after a score of 37 points and Lee Bulcock in his first year at the club birdied the 18th for a score of 35 points. However it was young buck Ben Darke who blew the rest away with a magnificent score of 42 points, Ben even had the luxury of not having to score on two holes!
DEAR HANDICAPS AND COMPS CHAIRMAN, PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THE FINAL SENTENCE WITH THE ANNUAL HANDICAP REVIEW NEARLY UPON US!!!!!!!
Ben's round included a pair of twos at the 12th and 17th and another birdie at the 5th hole which shows that this young man is heading in the right direction for a single figure handicap and a phone call from Ron Irwin!
1st Ben Darke 42pts
2nd Mick Upton 37pts
3rd Paul Smith 37pts
4th Sam Done 35pts
5th Lee Bulcock 35pts
Course Improvement Panel
As many of you will have seen by now work has well and truly started on our new bunker programme. The club enlisted the help of Qualified Course Architect Jonathan Gaunt to ensure we start to make our bunkering on the golf course a part of the strategy of playing Kenwick Park but also to make them far more aesthetically pleasing. After his initial visit in early November, Steve Green one of the green keeping staff has been busy shaping two new bunkers on the 9th and another on the 6th fairway. This is a highly skillled work and it would appear that Steve is doing a fantastic job. The difference when stood back on the 9th tee with two visible bunkers is amazingly different and although it will make little difference to the majority of golfers it works wonderfully in making the drive appear far more daunting and interesting. One of the main differences and improvements that have been made in this process is that when designing a new bunker Jonathan has been able to advise and plan the landscaping around the surrounding areas of the new bunker to create mounds, scallops and saddles to collect the ball and to help make the bunker more visible from distance.
Jonathan Gaunt will be visiting the club again on the 10th December to check on the progress that is being made and the course improvement panel of Mick Upton, Julia Sales, Eric Sharp, Simon Lidgard, Clive James, Paul Spence and Michael Langford will be in attendence.
Professionals Stableford-16th November 2013
54 competitors took part in the event played from the yellow tees. The competition was split into two divisions.
1st Dave Varney 37pts
2nd Pete Wilyman 36pts
3rd Graham Sykes 35pts
1st Dan Mountain 37pts
2nd Mick Loveday 34pts
3rd Lee Thorne 34pts
A special mention should go to Graham Sykes who holed out from 170 yards at the Par 5 13th Hole for an Eagle 3.
Honorary Life Membership
Ashton Turner is an outstanding golfer. He has also grown into a mature young man who behaves impeccably on and off the golf course. Ashton is an excellent ambassador for Kenwick Park.
At the Club AGM on 30th October Ashton was awarded Honourary Life Membership of the club.
Congratulations to New Captains
At the Golf Club AGM on 30th October our new captains JIm and Birdie were officially elected for the coming year. Their vice captains will be Pam Westthorp and Steve Blackburn.
On a bright windy Sunday morning in front of an enthusiastic audience Jim and Birdie drove in.
Congratulations and best wishes to them all.
1st Steve Thompson, Gill Thompson, Maria Brown & Lynda Cahalin 36pts
2nd Alan and Andrea Smaggasgale & Brian and Patsy Clark 34pts
3rd Simon Turner, Tim Morrell, Gus Robertson & Helen Sherratt 33pts
1st Steve Leadbeater, Julie Harvey & Mike and Lesley Burton 38pts
2nd Ron Irwin, Val Pattinson, Shaun Howsam & Wendy Green 37pts
3rd Billy Wright, Sam Done & Brian and Jeanette Stephenson 37pts
200 Club £1000 Draw and October Draw
This year the 200 Club is raising money to fund the redesign and refurbishment of the bunkers.
Congratulations to Mr D Rushworth the winnner of the 2013 £1000.00 draw.
Also Congratulations to our OCTOBER winners, there were 139 members and a prize fund of £610.00
|1st||153||Mr D Short||£350.00|
|2nd||113||Mrs S Hickman||£100.00|
|3rd||111||Mrs D Everitt||£60.00|
|4th||77||Mr P & Mrs S Durrant||£50.00|
|5th||122||Mr P Mounfield||£50.00|
The 200 Club only costs £10 per month. You can win a CASH prize every month or win £1000 in the annual draw in October. All of the proceeds are used to improve the course.
You can join as an individual or form a syndicate with your friends. Please contact Michael or Diana.
Sam is the Man!!
Kenwick Park Golf Club now boasts 3 of the last 4 Champions in the Lincolnshire Boys Matchplay Championship. After Ashton Turner won the Trophy in 2010 & 2011, Sam Done can now add his name to the roll of honour after a 19th Hole victory in the Final. Sam Done who is quickly becoming accomplished in the art of matchplay after final appearances in the King Cup and the Lincolnshire Men's Matchplay finally had a trophy to show for all his efforts. There is a fine crop of young golfing talent on the Lincolnshire scene and for Sam to claim victory in the event should be seen as a huge scalp for the very popular junior member.
A 3 & 2 victory over fellow Kenwick Park member Ash Fletcher in the 1st round was followed up by a 4 & 3 victory over Cleethorpes youngster Jack Harding. In the final Sam took on Nicky Frost from Boston and had to dig deep and put past disappointments to the back of his mind to claim victory at the 1st extra hole.
At the start of the year, 16 of Kenwick's finest golfers line up for battle in the King Cup (Scratch Matchplay tournament). The last two men standing were the Young Hot Shot Sam Done and the ever consistent underrated talent that is Mick Upton (and when I say underrated there is only Mick who doesn't rate himself!). The game always promised to be a tight and tense affair with very little to choose between the pair. John King, the founder of the competition and son in law Steve Ashby watched on carefully as there was much toing and froing as the match developed with Mick one up at the turn but Sam took a one up advantage into the final three holes.
Mick then took advantage with some solid par golf on 16 and 17 to go up the last one up. All Sam could do was to make birdie and hope it would be good enough. Sam duly obliged with a Drive and a 5 iron into the heart of the final green and two putts later Sam had the birdie that he craved for. But not to be out done Mick's calmness and years of experience of playing golf at a top standard prevailed after he splashed his third from the green side bunker to 12 feet and duly converted the curling putt to claim a one up victory.
Congratulations to both players on reaching the final but especially to Champion Mick who has also accepted the role of 'A' Team Captain for the 2014 Season.
Fur and Feather
117 Intrepid golfers donned their fundraising caps on Saturday 19th October in the annual Fur and Feather competition. The event raises money for our Environmental Panel who do some colossal work throughout the year to keep Kenwick Park looking magnificent. A Stupendous figure in the region of £500 was raised through entry fees and a raffle. The money well go towards improving the area between the car park and the 1st tee.
Congratulations to our Lady Presisent Patsy Clark on triumphing in the Ladies event and to Mark Asher who birdied the final hole to claim the narrowest of victories in the Men's Category.
1st Patsy Clark 35pts
2nd Pam Westthorp 34pts
3rd Carol Morrell 33pts
1st Mark Asher 41pts
2nd David Hallifax 40pts
3rd Mark Grayson 38pts
4th Mick Upton 38pts
5th Neil Pridgeon 38pts
EGU National County Cards
All members who have paid their Membership fees and EGU and LUGC Levies are entitled to a 'National County Card'. The card can be collected from Michael or Paul in the Professionals' Shop.
The card entitles the holder to half price green fees at participating golf clubs across the country.
Please note that there is NO charge for the National County Card and terms and conditions apply to usage.
The Annual Match between the B Team and the Seniors took place on Saturday 12th October. The Seniors team were led by their Captain for the day and candidate for Kenwick Golfer of the year Ron Irwin and the B Team Ship was Captained by non other than Colin Burkitt.
In a tight match in unbelivably bad weather the tie was decided on the final green in the final match with Nigel Fearn and Andy Sudlow coming out on top to earn the B Team a much celebrated victory.
Ashton follows in the footsteps of Justin Rose!!
Ashton Turner was crowned the Daily Telegraph BMW Junior Champion this week in Quinta Do Lago (Portugal). The much coveted trophy has been won by many fine golfers over the years, with the likes of Andrew Coltart, Justin Rose and Oliver Fisher previous Champions. The event was won last year by Matt Fitzpatrick who went on to be crowned Silver Medal Winner in the Open Championship and then the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship.
Anyway back to Ashton! A strong field assembled for this years event and after round one Ashton was 4 shots off the pace after an opening round of level par 72. A 70 followed in round two but Ashton was unhappy with his game as he struggled to keep the ball in play off the tee but like many great champions he hung in there to enter the final day at 2 under par but still four off the lead. That was five shots when local player and long time leader Nathan Brader holed from 90 yards for a birdie at the 1st hole. However Ashton wore the leader down with some relentless putting and by the 10th hole it was all square and from there nobody was to get in Ashton's way.
In the end a final round of 69 (3 under par) had Ashton three strokes clear of the rest of the field and another revelation came to light as Ashton entertained the crowds with a solo singing performance at the Gala Dinner that evening. He later revealed that he turned down an invite to the Live X factor auditions this year!
Well done Ashton the whole club are extremely proud of your achievements and the way you represent our club across the world!
Another quite astonishing fact for a golf club in little old Louth is that Ashton completed the Boy/Girl double as Sophie Walker is a previous champion in the girls event. This has yet to be checked but we think that no other club has matched this achievement.
Ashton Turner added another string to his bow when he Captained the GB & I select under 18 team to victory against continental europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy an event held at Royal St Davids Golf Club. Ashton was asked to captain the side by the legendary Peter McEvoy and to lead from the front. Ashton lost his opening foursomes match but remained unbeaten for the remainder of the fixture after he claimed a 'gutsy' half against German Michael Hirmer in the final round of matches after he was 2 down with 4 to play.
GB & I were victorious 15-9 to regain the trophy from Continental Europe who were victorious when Ashton made his debut in the event a year ago.
"The lads have gone out this year with such a great mentality and it’s just great what we’ve done,” said GB&I Captain Ashton Turner, “They have more than held their own against the best in Europe"
George Penrose Salver-The AVM is flying high!!
Last year George Penrose very kindly donated a silver salver for the best three scores over the course of the season in the 9 hole stableford competitions. These events are played on the last Thursday of the month between April and September. Much to everyones delight George won his own Salver last year.
Final Standings for 2013
Martyn Gardiner 61pts
Henry Chubb 58pts
Mick Horner 54pts
Congratulations to Air Vice Marshall Martyn on claiming the George Penrose Salver, Martyn added 18 points in the September event to boost his total to 61 points which included a fine birdie 3 on his final hole.
In total 49 players took part across the six events
Now and then!!
What a difference 20 years make! This picture was found on google images and it highlights just how the golf course has changed and matured since 1992. If anybody has any interesting Kenwick Park photos please email them to email@example.com so that they can be shared on the website.
A competition that has been won 6 out of the last 7 years by Ashton Turner took place on Thursday 15th August. Ashton who is away playing in the Boys Amateur Championship at Hoylake was unable to take part but he would undoubtably been impressed with the calibre of golf that was on show. Sam Done the 2011 champion went head to head with Billy Wright for the Championship as they both tied with gross 74's. The scoring was excellent as gusting winds and firm conditions made club selection hazardous. A sudden death playoff followed with Billy hitting a 300+ yard drive down the 1st fairway but narrowly missed his chance for victory at the 1st as a 12 foot putt slipped agonisingly by the hole. It was Sam who took his chance at the 2nd hole as he holed out from 3 feet for victory. Both young men should be incredibly proud of themselves for the calibre of golf and the way they conducted themselves in the playoff.
In the nett competition Billy was victorious after his gross 74 led to a nett 69 and a return to a 4 handicap followed for Billy. In 2nd place was up and coming youngster Freddie Fearn with a nett 72.
Ladies Club Championship
On Tuesday 2nd July, a grey day with the course in great shape and fast greens, the Kenwick Ladies played their 36 hole championship for the Founder's Salver and the Walmer Wine Cup.
The Founder's Salver was a close run race in the gross competition with just one shot separating the top three. A steady round in the morning saw Lady Vice Captain Birdie Dawson take a two shot lead from her nearest rivals Elaine Houlton, Helen Sherratt and Andrea Smaggasgale. Despite a mixed front nine in the afternoon, Birdie kept her cool and played steady on the back nine to win and become the Ladies Champion.
Founder's Salver Results
1st Birdie Dawson (9) 87 + 94 = 181
2nd Julie Harvey (11) 91 + 91 = 182
3rd Helen Sherratt (12) 89 + 93 = 182
Best a.m. gross Andrea Smaggasgale (9) 89
Best p.m. gross Sue Sykes (11) 90
Walmer Wine Cup (best nett score).
Mabel Blackburn (23) stormed into the lead after the morning round of the net competition, playing four under her handicap. Jo Cudmore, Lady Captain Anne Gardiner and Elaine Houlton were two shots behind. In the second round Anne Gardiner enjoyed herself and shot a four under par round of 70, six shots better than her closest rival.
1st Anne Gardiner (24) 73 + 70=143
2nd Elaine Houlton (16) 73 + 77 =150
3rd Patsy Clark (20) 74 + 77 =151
Best a.m. nett Mabel Blackburn (23) 70
Best p.m. nett Freda Cooper (19) 76
On a bright but blustery day 36 brave competitors embarqued on their quest to become Kenwick Park club champion. The course looked a picture but was set to test the very best. In fact only one person broke par all day and that was Henry Chubb who shot 80-11=69 to lead the nett competition by two at the half way stage from Ron Irwin, Graham Sykes and Toby Draper.
In the gross competiton Ashton Turner was disappointed with his 76 in the morning but was still tied for the lead after the first 18 holes with Lewis Hackett who thanked a 'hot' putter for getting him out of jail on several occassions. James Lee was three strokes further back.
In the afternoon it was nip and tuck for the gross championship, Lewis Hackett made a tap in birdie at the 9th to close the gap to two strokes going into the back nine from Ashton Turner. But it was Ashton who closed out the championship with a fine score of level par 71 which included a birdie at the last to win at a canter from Lewis Hackett in second and James Lee in third who was a further stroke back. It was Ashton Turner's 4th consecutive Club Championship.
In the nett championship where the winner is presented with the Flockton Trophy the result could not have been tighter with Graham Sykes and Ron Irwin sharing identical 36 hole scores of nett 71 & 73 for a 144 total. While the pairs younger competitors faded away in the summer sun, Ron and Graham produced some fine golf with Graham Sykes making a brave birdie three at his final hole to make it a tie at the top. The card count back to determine the winner was a tense affair with the committee unable to seperate the pair on the last 18 holes or on the last 9 holes of their second rounds in fact it came down to the smallest of margins on the last 6 holes of the second round. But eventually a winner was found between these two popular members and it was Ron Irwin who was victorious. He was presented with the Flockton Trophy in front of a packed courtyard much to everyone's delight.
1st Ashton Turner 76 & 71= 147
2nd Lewis Hackett 76 & 81=157
3rd James Lee 79 & 79=158
1st Ron Irwin 71 & 73=144
2nd Graham Sykes 71 & 73=144
3rd Ryan Girdley 74 & 72=146
What's Happening on the Course
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Defibrillator for Kenwick Park Estate
Jointly with the Hotel the club has purchased a Defibrillator. It is located in the Hotel Reception to ensure 24 hour availability. In the event of an emergency you may be asked to 'get the defibrillator'. Knowing that it is located in Hotel Reception may save someone's life.