10/10/2017 – Daily Mail Foursomes
- After playing their way through 7 qualifying rounds from February to September Steve Brownsea and Liam Cella represented the Haste Hill admirably in the finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes at St Pierre, Chepstow. A gruelling last 16 match on a long and testing course against Boston saw the boys going to extra holes after Liam held a 30 footer on the last. The match eventually ended at the 20th when Boston hit a great blind second shot to around 15 foot to clinch the match.
- The boys picked themselves of the floor for the afternoon with caddies Paul Dimmer and Stuart Cella pushing and encouraging them to a 5 over gross 36 point total in the afternoon when it was Steve's turn to roll in a 20 footer for birdie on the last. That was enough for them to lift the Champagne prizes for best afternoon score.
- No real consolation but Boston went on to win the tournament and afterwards commented that the Haste Hill game had been their toughest match of the entire tournament. This is the first time we have ever been to the finals, it was a wonderful few days and great experience.
03/09/2017 – Daily Mail Foursomes - round 7
- The final qualifying round saw the Haste Hill pair of Steve Brownsea and Liam Cella drawn at home. The boys were in great form shooting 1 over par for the 13 holes they played (3 birdies, 8 pars and two double bogeys) to win by a huge 6&5.
- From a field of over 2000 clubs they now are now in the national last 16 and travel to St Pierre in South Wales for the finals in early October. Good luck chaps!
24/08/2017 - Longest Golf Day Challenge (part 2)
- A further four golfers set out early doors to complete 72 holes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.
- They all battled through the day and finished in fast time at around 7.30pm. The picture shows (not in order) Jimmy Cooley, Steve Brownsea, Liam Cella and Jack Yarrrow as they finished the challenge. Well done and thanks to all of you!
- The overall money is accumulating with around £3000 raised for the worthy cause – a final update will follow once the pennies have been counted. Thank you to those who took part and those who supported the cause.
30/07/2017 - NAPGC men’s final
Five players took part in the NAPGC men’s finals at Woodhall Spa on 30 July over the Bracken Course. Pat Clasby in Division 1, Liam Cella, Paul Dimmer and John Holyoake in Division 2 and Dave Hill in Division 3. What a great course and even on what was a relatively calm morning scoring was very high.
For Pat, Liam and Paul they had it all to do again in the afternoon as they were also playing the 36hole scratch event with the 2nd round over the Hotchkin course which was even tougher!
It is great to see the Club represented at such events so thanks to the players for turning out.
ps. Stuart Cella was also in attendance as a referee at the event and out on the course from 8.30am – 8.30pm
15/07/2017 - NAPGC Bourne Vanneck Final
Having qualified for the national final our three man team of Jimmy Cooley, Liam Cella and Paul Dimmer travelled to the Shropshire to compete. A very testing course and the tough conditions were reflected in the scoring. The team eventually finishing in a respectable mid table position.
08 July 2017 - Paul Dimmer's Captain's Day
A great turn out saw 81 members along with 7 ladies and 7 guests competing. The greens were in great shape and the course played tough, though some of the scores suggested otherwise! Dave Hill was agian on the mark with a superp 63 winning the day. Paul Dimmer shot the best gross of the day with a 72/64 and Barry Daniels with a 65 was 3rd best nett of the day. Meanwhile Pat Mooney returned to the winners enclosure with a 66 to win Division 2.
The raffle and auction were well supported, so many thanks to all of you - final counts around donations etc will be posted soon!
04/07/2017 - Charity Donation to GOSH
It is with pleasure that I confirm the from the Club Charity day back in April we were able to raise and donate a total £550 to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). £350 from entry fees and £200 from the photos etc that John Conteh signed off. We have a few odd bits to raffle and auction of still which will take place at the Captain's day this Saturday 8/7.
Thank you for your support.
11/06/2017 - Longest Golf Day Challenge- Seven golfers set out early doors to complete 72 holes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.They all battled through the day and before 9pm all had completed the challenge by getting around the Haste Hill course 4 times.- The picture shows (not in order) Paul Dimmer, Adrian Green, Bill Stevenson, Tariq Khandker, Afzal Ali, Dean Norton and Prashant Sanghani after completing the challenge. Well done and thanks to all of you!- The pennies are still being counted and are still a further 4 golfers who have committed to do the challenge in the next few weeks. So we don't yet have a final total, but on behalf of the boys and the charity a massive thanks for your upport of this worthy cause.
06/06/2017 - Drinks discount cards and County Cards
- Did you know - Members are able to obtain a discount on drinks (not hot drinks) purchased at the bar. Currently this is on large done on trust, but from Saturday 17 June you will only get the discount on production of a Club membership card. These will be issued on request and we will endeavour to roll out over the next fortnight. After this weekend please ask a Committee Member to issue you with a card if required.
- The Club also still has a number of 2017 County Cards for discounted green fees at clubs across the country. Please let a Committee Member know if you require one and issue can be arranged. These are free of charge.
06/06/2017 - “Ready Golf”
In this year’s Amateur Championship (strokeplay rounds) The R&A is adopting the principle of “Ready Golf” in order to assist pace of play. Where possible competitors are asked to similarly give this a try. Examples of “Ready Golf” in action are:
• Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
• Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
• Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
• Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
• Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
• Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
• When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
22/05/2017 R.I.P. Len Moult
Past Captain Lenny Moult passed away in May. Always up for a laugh and joke while at the Club, in recent years he spent a lot of time sunning it on the continent. Thoughts are with his family
11/05/2017 - Golf England Seniors Tournament
At the Golf England Seniors Regional Event, at Woodcote Park, Pat Clasby shot 38 points to earn a spot in the final later in the year. George Sheriff and Paul Dimmer also competed but didn't make it through.
30/04/2017 - Hawtree v Rickmansworth 1st Round Win
Haste Hill Golf Club's Men and Ladies joined forces to take on the opposition that was Rickmansworth Golf Club in the NAPGC Hawtree Cup.
The format was mixed aggerate greensomes with 4 pairs in each team. The result ended up as a comfortable victory for Haste Hill who's team consisted of: Steven Brownsea, Pat Clasby, Paul Dimmer & Jimmy Cooley from the mens side who were paired with Diane Wallace, Sally Jee-Yap, Cheng Loo & Gill Mannion respectively.
29 APRIL 2017 - CAPTAINS REPORT
- It’s been good to see so many turning out for Club competitions and for me personally to meet members I didn’t previously know. It’s also great to see the website developing as it is and I would encourage you all to explore the wealth of information held there now. We are pressing on with engaging the Council on course issues and will update soon on these.
- The main event this month was the Charity Day where the main prize, the JMC&JT Trophy was lifted by Leroy Benta. His first major trophy so well done to Leroy. Thanks to John Conteh for attending the day and Charlz the photographer. A sample of his photos and a link to his website is available in the past events section of the website.
- Other winners this month were; John Shervill in the Spring Cup, Neil Sherman in the Team Players, Rob Suh in the Spring Shield and Jimmy Cooley in the Rodgers Shield. Well done to all of you.
- In April the season moved into full tilt with a whole raft of matches which dominate the rest of this report. My thanks to all those who have turned out for the Club the results of which are summarised as follows;
03/04/2017 - Annual Review of Handicaps
Handicap review – The handicap committee is required to undertake an annual review of handicaps to ensure equity across members and that handicaps properly represent playing ability. These days a computer program identifies those players who should be reviewed for handicap increase or reduction. The committee then consider the evidence of all scores returns as well as wider evidence such as match play and adjust handicaps as necessary. The act of playing to your handicap is wider than shooting your handicap, if you shoot a score in the no change buffer you are also considered to have played to your handicap as it has not changed. The assumption is you should play to your handicap about a third of the time. As a result, in line with the algorithm provided with the CONGU handicap manual, you may have been cut at the annual review by having played to your handicap regularly. No one has been cut to a handicap lower than they have demonstrated they can play to as defined above (so on or in the buffer).
Players were already required to return scores from all handicap qualifying competitions played away from their home club, which is these days an automated process through the CDH. From January 2017 this requirement is extended to include non-handicap competitions (so if for example you are playing in a Saturday or Sunday swindle) as well as pairs and team events where a player plays their own ball (so better ball and am-am comps are in scope). At the next annual review the committee will consider these returns. Further advice on how best to return these will follow.
Appeal procedure – While a vigorous and fair approach has been taken, if you think your handicap reduction or increase through the annual review is unjustified you should set out your reasons in writing to the Committee Secretary at Haste Hill Golf Club who will arrange for your adjustment to be more widely scrutinised and considered.
24/03/2017 - Team Entries Update
Club teams have been entered into an extensive range of competitions catering for all handicaps. If you want to get involved in matches please make sure you let one of the team selection Committee know - Stuart Cella, Paul Dimmer, George Sheriff and Liam Cella. If its Seniors friendly match golf then contact Dave Digweed. Alternatively drop an email to the Secretary, Stuart Cella, at firstname.lastname@example.org (Now or as the season progresses).
18 MARCH 2017 - CAPTAINS UPDATE
- Entries have now gone in for all the Middlesex and NAPGC competitions and it’s going to be hectic over the next couple of months getting all the first round matches in. There will be ample opportunity for all those who wish to play to be involved.
- Only one match has been played so far with Steve Brownsea and liam Cella winning away against Oaklands Park in the Daily Mail Foursomes.
- Congratulations to the Winter Better Ball winners Dave Whitbread and Fergus Farrelly. And to the greensomes team trial winners Dipesh Patel and Obi NNochiri.
03/03/2017 - Rule change for 2017 – New Local Rule
Rule change – For 2017 the EGU have introduced a new local rule option which we have accepted at Haste Hill and introduced. Where a ball on the putting green is accidentally moved by the player or his equipment it must now be replaced without penalty. The rule applies to a ball lying on the green only.
The wider golf rule, whereby a ball moves naturally without the player causing it to move, because for example the wind blows it or it is on a slope and suddenly starts to move still applies anywhere on the course including on the green. In these circumstances a ball is played from the position it has moved to without penalty.
The difference actions of playing as a ball lies or replacing mean that players must agree what has caused the ball to have moved as this will determine the action to take and avoid a penalty for playing from the wrong place.
18 FEBRUARY 2017 - CAPTAINS REPORT
The prize-giving & presentation dinner took place on 11th Feb, with the early bird team of Mayur Gor, Cel O’Connor, Sanjay Agarwal, Sudhir Mehta winning with -20, from another early team in Azan Jainudeen, Rajan Shah, Mukesh Vithlani, Chandra Morjaria. This is the first time we have played this format and we will certainly give it another go.
- Over 30 men and ladies attended the presentation dinner and there was a very good atmosphere. It was really nice to have Emma Acquah and her two children, Gina and Rachel in attendance and Emma presented the Les Acquah Trophy to George Sheriff.
- The first singles cup of the year, which is contested between the leading players from the previous year. the Jackie Taylor Salver, was won by Stuart Cella.
14 JANUARY 2017 - CAPTAINS REPORT
As I said at the AGM it is a privilege to have been elected Captain of Haste Hill Golf Club. The aim during my captaincy will be inclusiveness respect for all.
- It was good to see a good turnout for the Captains Drive In Scramble which was won by
Jimmy Cooley, Prashant Sanghani, Diane Wallace and Sian Whitbread with -3. The unlucky runners up on countback were Ziggy Yousaf, Dave Whitbread, Dinesh Bhucher and Paul Collas. It was great to have the ladies involved and they will be invited to other events during the year as we try to bring the mens and ladies sections closer.
- I look forward to my Captaincy and wish George every encouragement as Vice-Captain for the coming year.
BOURNE VANNECK NATIONAL FINAL
Saturday 16 July 2016
Haste Hill had three teams qualify for this prestigious NAPGC National Final at Bird Hill GC in Maidenhead.
This competition comprises three man teams. The Bourne Vanneck Cup is awarded to the team posting the lowest aggregate gross score and the Bourne Vanneck Shield awarded to the team with the lowest aggregate net score.
Faultless and sublime golf by Jack Yarrow, Patrick Clasby and Lee Whittaker saw them claim the Bourne Vanneck Shield. It was a sweet and historic victory as it was last won by Haste Hill back in 1971......... 45 years ago.
Congratulations to the Haste Hill team!
Coronation Bowl National Final - Tuesday 12 July 2016
This Middlesex Golf Union competition was held at Grim's Dyke Golf Club.
This stroke play competition comprises a pre-qualifying three man team with all three scores added together.
Thanks to our team Laim Cella, Patrick Clasby and Barry Daniels for representing the club without success on this occasion.
Mitchell Thompson -v- Batchwood Hall - Monday 11 July 2016
A regional semi final match in this seniors competition saw us pitched up against Batchwood Hall. Unfortunately Batchwood Hall proved just too strong for us and we exited the competition gracefully.
NAPGC MENS CHAMPIONSHIP OF ENGLAND - Sunday 3 July 2016
This NAPGC Regional Qualifier at Richings Park proved to be a difficult task for all players. The course played tough but fair and the cream came to the top. Congratulations to Liam Cella and Prem Sharma for qualifying for the National Final at Woodhall Spa on Sunday 24 July.
Also, well done to George Sheriff for qualifying at Wyke Green earlier in the year.
Patrick Clasby, Captain
NAPGC GOLFGUARD TEAM SERIES -v- FARNHAM PARK
Sunday 19 June 2016
A third round, South Region area semi-final, in this three pair betterball matchplay, saw us drawn away to Farnham Park. Cella & Cella won 2 up, Sheriff & Hodgson won 5 & 4 while Clasby & Yarrow sadly lost 3 & 2. This was sufficient to chalk up the win and proceed to the Area Final.
The successful Haste Hill Winning Team: George Sheriff, Tom Hodgson, Stuart Cella, Liam Cella, Jack Yarrow and Patrick Clasby.
CLAPHAM MATCH -v- THORNEY PARK - Saturday 18 June 2016
A third round match in this NAPGC Greensomes competition paired us up against Thorney Park. Excellent performances by our three away pairs went unrewarded as our home pairs fell well short of expectations.
Sadly we were eliminated from the competition, losing by 207 points to 213 points.
MITCHELL THOMSON SENIORS MATCH -v- SOUTHSEA - Friday 10 June 2016
Another second round tie in this NAPGC competition and his time Southsea were our opponents. Excellent performances by both our home and away players ensured a safe passage to Round 3 with a resounding winning margin of 134 points to 109 points.
Well done to our players McCann, Sherman, Dollard, Shah, Woods, Carswell, Hill and Wita.
MITCHELL THOMSON SENIORS MATCH -v- EASTHAMPSTEAD - Wednesday 8 June 2016
A second round tie in this NAPGC competition saw us drawn against Easthampstead. Unfortunately we did not produce the scores we were expecting or needed to progress and we exited the competition with an 11 point defeat.
Thanks to our players Elliott, Clasby, Dimmer, Wroe, Digweed, Maryan, Smith and Dowling.
BOURNE VANNECK SHIELD & CUP - Saturday 4 June 2016
Haste Hill hosted the NAPGC Regional Final of this prestigious Men's Team Competition. This competition comprises teams of three players with the aggregate scores of all three players counting as the team score. Twenty clubs were represented with no limit to the number of teams that a club could enter.
The competition went very smoothly much to the credit of our competition organiser Stuart Cella together with our team of volunteer ball spotters; John Paterson, Barry Daniels, Dave Digweed, Bruce Clarke, Micky Woods, Alf Trower and Graham Wroe.
Results were equally satisfying as three of our five teams competing qualified and will be representing our club in the National Final at Bird Hills Golf Club, in Maidenhead, on Saturday 16 July. It was a successful day for Haste Hill Golf Course and Golf Club.
Well done and thank you to Kevin Munt and his green keeping staff for the hard work they have done on the course. It was presented to a very high standard and much appreciated.
Congratulations to our three teams; Cooley/Cella(L)/Brownsea, Shah/Yousaf/Chheda and Yarrow/Clasby/Whittaker.
LES ACQUAH - R.I.P - Friday 20 May 2016
We are sorry to be the bearer of the very sad news that Les Acquah has passed away. Les was a very popular member of our club for many years and will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time. May his soul rest in peace.
Ranieri celebrates Premiership win in 2016...May 2016
Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri (right) celebrates winning the Premiership with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) and West Ham manager Slaven Bilic (centre) by dropping in to Haste Hill Golf Club
Saturday 1 August 2015
The 'Colonel' is back! We are all delighted to see John Paterson back on the course again after his short illness.
Peter Jones thought he was playing football a few weeks ago and decided to "head" the ball.... but it was a golf ball!! A very bad habit Peter and you know the rules - you cannot play a moving ball. We are all glad to see that you are ok Peter.
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