Big Events: October - December 2019
1 February 2020 – The (delayed) Season Concluder
Weather pushed the seasons concluding event into 2020, but we eventually got it done and all the big prizes were decided. The Golfer of The Year was decided with Jimmy Cooley holding on to beat Liam Cella into second and Graham Golding into third.
In the Four Seasons the leader George Sheriff closed it out to win on 30 points from Dipesh Patel who came from well back to take second place. The Birdie King was also decided with Liam Cella winning by a single birdie from Paul Dimmer. The prize for the day, the Winter Shield, won by Vishal Dhanak with, given the conditions, an impressive 35 points from Hasta Gurung in second.
4 January – KO Pairs finals
The final pairs event, the Greensomes Trophy was impacted by weather delays. It was though concluded with Stuart Cella and Liam Cella beating Paul Dimmer and Clive Stasin. It was a great feat by the Cella’s who by taking this title won all three pairs knock outs a feat not previously achieved.
14 December – Christmas Prize Day
The Christmas prize was won by Terry Tregear with 41 points. Safet Hasa took the runner up spot with Dipesh Patel third.
9 November – Remembrance Day
The Autumn big day for the Les Acquah trophy was well attended with Pratik Thakkar prevailing on 37 points following, following a fog delayed two tee start. Leroy Benta took the Division two prize with 35 points.
2 November – Trophy Players final
The TPF winner was Liam Cella who lifts the Rodgers Shield with a good score of 39 points, Ziggy Yousaf took the runner up spot with 35 from Stuart Cella who took the third place prize. This was also the Osborne Cup aggregate pairs final with Liam Cella and Jimmy Cooley with 73 points winning from Stuart Cella and George Sheriff on 67 in second spot.
November – KO Pairs finals
The Rowley Cup Foursomes final took place with Stuart Cella and Liam Cella beating Paul Dimmer and Clive Stasin. The Shipton Cup Four Ball also concluded with Stuart Cella and Liam Cella afain triumphant beating Dipesh Patel and Leroy Benta in the final.
12 October – Captain's Day
The rearranged Captain's Day took place in good spirit with some great scoring and a good crowd staying behind for the presentation afterwards. The overall winner of the Captain's Day Trophy was John Kasake with a 67, while guest Hari Tailor took Division two with the best score of the day. It was great to see so many friends from other courses turning out to support the day. The Presidents Cup was also decided with Liam Cella on +10 beating Avi Kumarasinghe on countback.
6 October – UKPCC Final
Held at the Eden Course St Andrews, Haste Hill was very well represented and collected divisonal place prizes through Paul Dimmer and Prem Sharma on what was a shocking day weather wise with the skies relentlessly throwing down the rain.
Big Events: September 2019
28 September 2019 – Trophy Winners Final
This stableford final for those who have won a trophy competition, singles or pairs. Leroy Benta shot 36 to take the runner up spot but it was Jimmy Cooley who took top spot with 38 points. Safet Hasa took the prize for third place.
21 September 2019 – England Golf Champion Club
As the NAPGC BV Cup winners Haste Hill represented at the England Golf Champion of Champions Club event held at Romford. Kane Stone. Jake Mildenhall and Rymer Smith performed cridibly but alas finished down the field. It was though great to see the Club name out there and the boys representing us in their red Club shirts.
14 September 2019 – Memorial Day
The Memorial Day was well down on numbers but still hard fought and it was Ziggy Yousaf who returned to the winners’ circle with a superb 64. Olly Cole was only a shot back on 65 to take the runner up prize. In the Charity Medal it was Mick Woods who took the title with a 69, Graham Wroe. The putting competition followed with Liam Cella winning a 4 way play off to take the crown.
7 September 2019 – Medal Winners Final
This medal play final is for those who have won medal competitions, singles and team. John Holyoake maintained his great run of form, but this was only good enough for the runner up spot as Ben O’Brien with a 66 took the top spot. Maurizio Patane took the prize for third spot.
4 September 2019 – Haste Hill Seniors Open
The Open Trophy (up to 18) was won by Stanley Yap with 37 points from Deb Gurung. Graham Howard doubled up on his Open Shield win by lifting the Seniors Open Shield (19-36) with 35 points from Mick Woods.
1 September 2019 – NAPGC Clapham Common Final
Held at Staverton Park Haste Hill were back after missing out in recent years. The team put up a good performance but on a demanding track never had the big scores to trouble the eventual winners Rose Hill. However, the performance was strong enough to lift the Ellis Cup so all in all a great result for the Club.
Big Events: August 2019
August 2019 – KO singles finals
The singles finals winers for 2019 were Paul Dimmer who beat Graham Golding in the Parker Cup final. Pat Mooney who beat Terry Tregear in the Veterans Cup final and Liam Cella who beat John Kaseke in the Scratch KO final.
25 August 2019 – Paul Cup Final
After the summer qualifying events it was Olly Cole who was the lead qualifier with a score of 193 for his best 3 rounds. However, on the day it was John Holyoake who maintained his good run of form to lift the Paul Cup trophy with a 66 from Dave Digweed on countback. George Sheriff took third spot.
10 August 2019 – Haste Hill Open
Club regular John Holyoake returned to form in August which included lifting this the Open trophy (up to 18) with a score of 68, reflecting the conditions of the day. Graham Howard took the Open Shield (19-36) also with a score of 68 and Jimmy Cooley lifted the scratch LinHel Cup with a gross 75. This was also the second round of the Presidents Cup.
Big Events: June - July 2019
20 July – NAPGC Men’s Championship and Scratch Final
Held at Woodhall Spa Haste Hill were well represented with Liam Cella, Stuart Cella and Mick Woods all picking up prizes from their respective divisions at the Men’s Championship. Unfortunately, our players were down the field as also rans in the Scratch tournament, but it was great to be represented.
13 July 2019 – Tigers Foxes and Rabbits Cups
This rearranged event saw Liam Cella with a 65 winning the Tigers Cup (up to 10) from Ziggy Yousaf, while Jitu Jadeja with a 65 took the Foxes Cup (11-18) from James Dowling and Mick Woods took the Rabbits Cup (19-28) with a 66 from Dave Digweed.
6 July – NAPGC Bourne Vanneck Final
Held at West Middlesex Haste Hill fielded two teams, who had qualified from the regional events. The scratch team did very well and lifted the BV Cup as best gross winners while the nett team also did well finishing runners up in the BV Shield.
05/07/2019 Update - Ruislip Golf Course
Following recent research into Haste Hill, Uxbridge & Ruislip Golf Courses, we are pleased to add the following information / updates to that below. Ruislip Golf Course was indeed laid down by Mr Gearge T Weedon and opened toward the end of October 1914, just under 3 months after Britian had declared war on Germany as World War I began. The course opened under the name of King's End Golf Links with King's End Farmhouse which was situated almost opposite The White Bear Pub, used as the clubhouse, from the beginning,. The name seems to have changed to Ruislip Golf Club by 1934, when the council purchased the golf course, to prevent it being sold for development. The council then purchased additional parcels of land, around the course so it could be extended, and completely redesigned by Sandy Herd. The new course opened as a municipal enterprise on Saturday 2nd September 1939, literally the day before the British Government declared war on Germany at the start of World War II. It may be wise to keep your diary clear for 2024, when the course is scheduled to reopen, who knows what might happen?
8 & 9 June 2019 - The Club Championship
The major championship of the year for the top golfers is the Club Championship and things were tight after the first round on Saturday. However, Sunday saw Liam Cella move away from the field to retain his title and lift the Ferndown Salver with a score of 150. The net Ferndown Plaque was picked up by John Kaseke with 139, while the Bronze Medal went to Dinesh Bhucher on 136. The runners up respectively were Mau Patane, Tony Fipkin and Clive Stasin.
27/05/2019 Ruislip Golf Club & Ruislip Golf Course
Sometimes the sense of woe is from the demise of 18 holes you have enjoyed playing and other times it’s disappointment for the passing of a course upon which you didn’t get the opportunity to test your prowess with 14 clubs. Either way, a golfer can’t help but feel a pang of sadness when a course closes. The year 2018 is cited as a particularly hostile year for golf courses with the majority of closures due to simple economics.
The latter part of the last century witnessed a rise in the popularity of golf with numerous new facilities opening around the country & indeed worldwide, to the point there was a huge concentration of golf facilities here in the UK. Golf however, is subject to fluctuations in popularity in much the same way as any other sport or pastime and we are now at a point in history when fewer people participate in outdoor sports. Whilst a purely commercial golf venture may close very soon after the objective of making money ceases to be realised, a course owned and run by it’s members may struggle on for a while longer before giving in to the inevitable. Many of us will recall the tenure of Mack Trading at local golf facilities and may not be aware of their decsent into liquidation last year with the closure of eight courses under their control. Fortunately the company leased the courses they ran and so it is likely most will re-open. However, it’s not all doom and gloom, with the sport, in fact showing distinct signs of being on the up once more.
In recent years though, the need for housing has put further pressure on green spaces with the closure of Blue Mountain Golf Centre in Binfield as well as Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough being relatively local examples of this.
Can you recall the hole that was the setting for your first ever birdie, the first time your tee shot made the green at a 210 yard par 3 or maybe your first hole in one? It's quite possible some or all of these occurred on your home course, the course you've also represented in too many competitions to remember, where you've worn the colours of your club with pride. The setting for so many match wins, medal victories, stableford triumphs, memorable rounds and of course the venue for those days you spent wondering why you bother with the 'sodding game' at all. It's the place you feel comfortable and the place you play golf with friends. Now imagine it's that very course, with all those memories, that is closing
We are therefore lucky at Haste Hill, in that we have a local government proud of the green spaces and sports facilities they oversee and content to set aside a budget to ensure their sporting ambitions are supported. Albeit with the caveat of the 5 abandoned and 1 closed holes at Uxbridge, we have been able to enjoy golf at no less than 4 publicly-owned tracks in Hillingdon, for many years. It should of course be noted the closure of these holes at Uxbridge was far from a choice made by the council, nor indeed could they have easily foreseen the events that led to their lying fallow.
Given the stated aims of the council and their track record in keeping the sport very much alive in the borough, it is perhaps even more wretched that we will shortly see the closure of the oldest golf course in the immediate area due to something out of local control. Bringing to an end an at least 97 year history of 18 hole golf at what was previously King’s End farm.
Originally named after the King family that lived there in the 16th century, King’s End was a small Hamlet with the farm of the same name set near the junction of Ickenham Road & Sharp’s Lane.
In the later years of the 19th century the particularly grimy, industrial conditions in parts of the capital saw weekend outings in charabancs from these more urban areas of London deposit day trippers out into the leafy countryside that surrounded the city. The local area was particularly popular with a number of what were even then historic buidlings, open spaces and of course what was at the time known as Ruislip Reservoir, a particular draw. With all that fresh air and exercise local entrepreneurs set up small scale tea gardens in the orchards and gardens of Ruislip to ensure the visitors were suitably fed & watered, and relieved of a few pence into the bargain.
With the advent of the Metropolitan Railway and its arrival into Ruislip in 1904 the number of weekend trippers grew into the thousands and one such commercial enterprise was The Poplars, set up by a Mr George Weedon at the corner of Ruislip High Street and Ickenham Road, approximately where Lloyds Bank can now be visited. He was also the owner of King’s End Farm and transformed some of his land into the Poplars Sports Fields with cricket pitches, swing boats & donkey rides amongst the attractions on offer. There were also refreshment rooms seating up to 1500 people at a time.
The exact date an 18 hole golf course was set up on the site is a little unclear but by 1922, designed by the Open Champion of 1902, Sandy Herd, Ruisilip Golf Course officially came into being. Kings End Farmhouse was even utlised as the club house for the course from the late 1930’s until 1951 when houses were constructed there and a new clubhouse was built at roughly the position of what is now the 9th green.
With Haste Hill Golf Course being established in 1926 there is long association between the two clubs, with the members at Ruislip being equally our fellow golfers, feircest rivals, pantomime villains, drinking buddies and good friends. So it is with a great deal of sadness that we note the handover of the course, scheduled for September this year, for the construction of the HS2 railway. It is currently understood that following the completion of works the course will be reconfigured and reopened in 2024, as a 9 hole course with short game areas and a new modern driving range. It is certain the London Borough of Hillingdon will want to do all they can to return the remaining site to use as a credible golfing facility.
On a personal level, Ruislip was one of the courses chosen by a team of four Haste Hill regulars, including me & another member of the current club committee, to undertake the Macmillan Longest Day Golf Challenge a few years ago. The 16th hole is also the place I did land that longer par 3 green, from the tee, for the first time.
So, as far as Ruislip Golf Course is concerned it is very much a case of the railway giveth and the railway taketh away. We urge any golfer to ensure they get down to the course for one last hack around before it’s too late. Then, once you’ve finished your 18 holes raise a glass in the clubhouse, to our friends at Ruislip Golf Club who will eagerly be awaiting the chance to cross clubs with us once again, at their new home, when it opens.
Sources: Eileen M Bowlt and her excellent book, ‘Ruislip Past’, BBC News website, London Borough Of Hillingdon website.
Big Events: April - May 2019
18 May 2019 – Club Day
Jimmy Cooley returned to the winners’ enclosure with a net 65 to lift the J Clarke Salver (up to 18), while Paul Collas lifted The Club Day Shield (18-36) with a best of the day 63. This event also doubles as the NAPGC men’s championship qualifier with 16 players progressing to the regional event. This is also the first round of the Presidents Cup.
27 April 2019 – NAPGC Gordon Forster Final
Held at Cherwell Edge one team from Haste Hill did well to make it to the final of this event which runs throughout the winter. Eventually finishing down the field it was great that we were represented.
13 April 2019 – Charity Day
Our first big day of the year doubles as the UKPCC qualifier where players progress to a regional final with a chance to then go on to St Andrews. Clive Stasin top scored with 41 points to lift the JMC&JT Trophy from Rob Suh in second spot. 18 players secured spots in the UKPCC regional events.
Big Events: January - March 2019
16 March 2019 – Team Players Salver
March is an opportunity for those wishing to play for the Club to stake a claim. Wearing a Club top is a condition of entry. This year it was Liam Cella with 38 points taking the title from Bob Smith. Leroy Benta tok the third placed prize.
12 January 2019 – Order of Merit final
January is a quiet month in the bigger scheme of things, though we do hold the first big event of the calendar year, the Order of Merit final, where the best players from the previous year’s major running competitions - golfer of the year, presidents cup and four seasons – are invited to compete. It was Azun Jainudeen who came out on top with 40 points from Liam Cella. Kevin Byrne took the third place prize.
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5 September 2018 - Email message
20 June 2018 - Match Play and Stroke Play
If a player does attempt to do both at the same time, the penalty is disqualification from the stroke play competition and the match play result is void.
If players enter match play events they are commiting to play that format and should make time to play matches within time allowed. Please don't enter if you do not want to play to the rules of golf in this respect!
29 May 2018 - Email message
1 May 2018 - Rules and England Golf
England Golf has granted authority to counties to allow clubs to extend Winter rules until 31/5/2018 where ground conditions warrant. Mddx have duly extended this to Clubs and we have applied this.
From January 2019 the new rules of golf will come into force. These have not yet been formally published, when they are we will seek to share the key issues with members.
From January 2020 the new world handicap system will come into force. England Golf have run seminars for Club officials to explain the system. In simple terms each course will have a slope standard score and players handicaps will be vaired to match different courses played. Again further news will follow in due course.
6 April 2018 - Email message - GDPR
27/02/2018 - Revised handicap limits fo Haste Hill competitions
With the introduction of handicaps upto 54 for Men, the Committee have taken the opportunity to review the handicap bands and limits for all of our competitions. Players with higher handicaps than allowed can normally still enter but will be capped at these limits. Players should check the entry forms and sign in sheets for confirmation of rules for each competition.
In broad terms the handicap limits shall be as follows:
31/01/2018 - Handicap Annual Review
The Annual Review is an essential part of the CONGU handicap system, and for players within a club to be correctly handicapped, the committee must carry out the review on all home players between 31 October and 1 March. It is recommended that the review be carried out after 1 January 2018 to allow for changes to be made to the handicap software. It is also worth remembering that the annual review is about applying both increases and decreases where required.
The review was carried out at Haste Hill in January and all Members affected by changes have been duly notified by email.
2/01/2018 - The updated CONGU handbook is available on-line
The CONGU handbook 2018 has now been released and is available to view on our website. This document is only available as a PDF download from England Golf or direct from CONGU. Further information on the CONGU changes which come into force on 1 January 2018 is available online.
31/12/2017 - December competition round up
31/12 - The Golfer of the Year 2017 is Jimmy Cooley, Maurizio Patane took the runner up spot - well played throughout the season.
30/12 - Tony Maryan Prevailed with 38 points in the final competition of the year from Jimmy Cooley in 2nd.
23/12 - The Four Seasons also concluded with Jimmy Cooley prevailing from Rob Suh.
23/12 - The Winter Shield was postponed a week with Hasta Gurung (45) smashing it from Kosh Gurung (38) in 2nd - the annual review of handicaps approaches!
9/12 - The Christmas Competition was won by Jack Yarrow with 38 points. Well done to all the prize winners.
2/12 - Mick Dollard (37) won the December Stableford on countback from Chris Kelly.
30/11/2017 - November competition round up
25/11 - Bill Stevenson and Neil Sherman won the St Andrews Greensomes with 40 points.
18 &19/11 - The Xmas prizes stableford was won by Jack Yarrow. Liam Cella and Stuart Cella filled the minor places.
11/11 - The Memorial Day on 11/11 was well attended with John Kasake (38) prevailing to win the Les Acquah Trophy.
11/11 - The Osborne Cup aggregate pairs final round saw the low handicappers Jimmy Cooley and Liam Cella coming out on top.
5/11 - The Committee Shield was also played in November with the current Vice Captain George Sheriff prevailing.
31/10/2017 - October competition round up
- The Trophy Winners final was first up in October and Obi NNochiri won from Kavit Nathwani and Leroy Benta.
- Bill Stevenson picked up his first trophy with the Autumn Cup with Leroy benta runner up and the Autumn Shield was won by Maurizio Patane with Adrian Green the runner up.
- We also had the Tom Palmer Scramble wher the highest handicapped team of Martin Edwards, Dinesh Bhucher, Peter Jones and Paul Collas prevailed with a gross 65 and 56.1 net. Dave Digweed, Kevin Byrne, Vish Dhanak and Graham Leadbetter took the runner up spot.
- The Ladies team won the aggregate 4 from 8 intersection match on 31/10/17.
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.
30/09/2017 - September competition round up
- On 6/9 thirty-eight turned out for the Seniors Open with Stanley Yap taking the Seniors Open Trophy and Geoff Balance the Shield. In the Am-Am on 9/9 the team of Stuart and Liam Cella and Jimmy and Callum Cooley scored an incredible 99 points to lift the prize, with Liam shooting 6 under gross on the back 9. Jimmy Cooley maintained his form the following day to lift the Paul Cup with Stuart Cella taking the runner up spot. Avi Kumarasinghe took the prize for leading qualifier.
- On 16/9 the J Williams Shield was lifted by Mark Stanton with a great score of 71/66. While a new member Kosh Gurang lifted the Charity Shield with a nett 63. The Medal Winners Final on 23/9 was won by Pratik Thakkar from Cel O’Connor
- On the running and KO front, Tom Hodgson and Denis Rafferty won the Greensomes Trophy beating George Sheriff and Stewart Farrell in the final.
- Jimmy Cooley took the Parker Cup defeating Sudi Shah and Jack Yarrow won the Scratch KO beating Steve Brownsea.
- The Eclectics conclude with Liam Cella winning the Horn Cup for best gross and Mayor Gor the Carter Cup for best net.
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 email@example.com (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 - Regional Qualifier - 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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