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Magnificent fundraising efforts continue to help
WE are now approaching the back end
of the golf season at Wellingborough, but
there has still been plenty taking place on
the golf course, including the Captain’s
Team vs Immediate Past Captain’s Team
Competition on October 5th.
Thank you for supporting the Competition.
The weather held up nicely and with the
course playing well, catering, bar, together
with the help from those involved, it was
an enjoyable and successful day, not just
because the Captain’s Team won by a big
A few members attended the Embankment
and Friends Weekend Away at Manor of
Groves, near Sawbridgeworth.
Thank you to Andy Foster for organising
it and for holding a putting competition
to raise money for the WGC Captains’
On Friday, October 25th, David Hawkins,
Chris Reading and his partner Sarah
Pyle took part in a fundraising SERVE
Goes Dancing, a ‘Strictly’ style dance
Congratulations to Chris Reading for his victory in the event following from another winning member
from last year - Keith Curryer. SERVE is a local charity supporting independent living for all ages.
A couple of days later, I was privileged to be invited to present prizes for the winners of the re-
arranged August Men’s Open Competition.
The players I spoke to were all very complimentary on how good our course is, even taking into
account the deluge of rain lashing down just 24 hours earlier. The good conditions are the result of us
working together in looking after it.
Winter is approaching and with it comes the joy of meeting up with our carry bags and push trolleys!
Our sacrifices of now, brings great benefits in the future!
This is not my last Club Magazine feature, but it will be before the annual Captains’ Drive-in. So I
would like to wish the incoming Captains all the best in trying to beat my drive past the ladies’ tee,
which landed by the silver birch!
It is a tradition worth preserving, in seeing the nervous Captains teeing off in front of a big crowd. I am
sure a brilliant year and good weather awaits you.
Just a reminder, 2019 Prize Presentation Evening will take place on Friday, November 22nd - arrivals
at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
Please enjoy your golf and be lucky – stay away from the Captain’s Bunker and Out of Bounds on the
18th hole, until November 29th.
2019 Club Captain, George Khaw
Tap-Ins GROSS pars on two of the opening four holes
sent young Jack Meakin (pictured above) on
TIGER Adams is the latest Wellingborough the way to victory in the Junior Charter Cup as
golfer to join the professional game after he posted the winning mark of 33 points.
he made the switch from the amateur ranks OLIVIA Barby was successful in the NGL Roses
in early October. The 20-year-old will be Autumn Cup as the youngster posted an excellent
competing in the Gosling Invitational in score of net 71 at Northampton GC.
Bermuda in December. THE Wellingborough Seniors AGM takes place
RYAN Evans is playing in the second stage of on Wednesday, November 6th.
European Tour Q School on November 7th-10th MEMBERS are advised to carry a lighter bag and
at Las Colinas in Spain. The Wellingborough pro not use an electric trolley in order to limit wear and
is looking to progress into the final stage, which tear on the course in the winter period.
takes place the following week at Lumine in Spain. MORE than 80 golfers from Berkshire,
WELLINGBOROUGH pro Kyson Lloyd finished Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire,
27th in the sixth event on the MENA Tour at Warwickshire, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire
Ayla GC in Jordan after bouncing back from and Hertfordshire, plus Northamptonshire,
a poor opening round of 80, by carding 11 enjoyed Wellingborough golf course as they
birdies in two scores of 69 and 70.
competed in the Seniors Open last month.
BIRDIES on the 11th and 13th holes helped WITH pages to fill in the Wellingborough Club
Joseph Monaghan win the Medal Winners Salver Magazine, there are plenty of opportunities to
as a round of net 68 edged the 18-handicapper advertise during the year. Please contact the Club
one clear of the field. Monaghan qualified for the Office to get your message across to the members
event after clinching the September Medal. and visitors in 2020 and beyond.
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Winter Golf is here
LADIES Captain Sally McKeown (pictured
left) said: “There has been some pretty awful
weather - it has been rainy, windy and cold.
“The leaves are fast turning, admittedly to some
super colours, but it is the time of year when you
just know that everybody will soon be playing with
loads of clothes on and trying to enjoy Winter Golf.
“Having just returned from much sunnier
climes, it certainly is a big contrast.
“In less than three weeks time, I will be handing
over the Captaincy to Jenny Wilkinson.
“I feel confident that Jenny will be a great Lady Captain,
and she has made it clear that she will do it ‘her way’.
“She is very much a ‘details’ person, as she describes
herself, so I am sure everything will be covered.
“At one meeting recently, we were to discuss tee times for
future competitions, and she had even researched lighting
up times. Pretty impressive, heh?
“The first of Jenny’s events following the Ladies AGM on
Tuesday, November 19th, will be the Captains’ Drive-In
on Sunday, December 1st.
“I hope that many of you will attend and support our new
Captains. If the format of the previous couple of years is
followed, ie all new Captains driving simultaneously,
it is not too unnerving.
“My good wishes go to Jenny and Dave (Hawkins)
as they enter their Captaincy year.
“Wellingborough Golf Club Ladies Section have much to
be proud of over the last month in county events.
“The Club’s Intermediate squad of Gill Snelson,
Miriam Johnson, Lema Townsend, Ida Huggins
and Jackie Mudd won the County League,
with a match in hand, while the Scratch
team won their final match to top
their League once again. Two
great results, well done ladies.
“Two teams from Northants played in the Midland
Vets Team Championship recently.
“Wellingborough were represented by Mary MacLaren
and Gill Snelson, who both played well.
“Much fun was apparently had, both on and off
the course. I will leave it to the ladies to
expand on that, if they wish!”.
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Year ends well? Roger that! Pos Seniors Lonsdale Points
ROGER Seamark was the biggest scorer in the 1 Robin Everard 223
last event of the 2018/19 Seniors Lonsdale Series 2 David Birkett 214
as he moved up to sixth in the overall standings 3 Phil Elwick 213
with a winning tally of 38 points in round nine. 4 Nigel Sargent 211
5 John Nicholas 210
Dennis Dickinson (37) and Chris Dickens (36) took 6 Roger Seamark 209
second and third positions respectively in the final 209
Fourth-placed Robin Everard lifted the 2019 overall 7= Chris Dickens
crown with an impressive tally of 229 points. 7= Graham Thompson
9 David Wynn
After leading the table for most of the year, Everard 10 Christopher Blackley
even managed to increase his overall total by a
couple of points.
David Birkett had to be content with second place
after enjoying a stellar year in which he also won the Seniors
Medal Championship by an incredible nine strokes in June.
Birkett, who has seen his handicap cut to 16.5 from 20
at the start of the year, made it through to the
Knockout Final of the Redgwell Cup, before
losing 4&3 to Roger Snelson (pictured right).
2019 Order of Merit is solved by Sherlock
ADAM Sherlock capped a consistent year in club competitions at Wellingborough by winning the
2019 Order of Merit with another solid performance in the remaining tournament in October.
With the result from the October Medal not counting, the Scratch Teamer showed no signs of letting his
36-point advantage slip in the last event as he doubled his lead by finishing 13th in the Courage Cup.
The battle to claim the runners-up spot behind Pos 2019 Order of Merit Points
Sherlock, who has not finished outside the top 20 in 1 Adam Sherlock 542
any club event since the Kelly Bowls on New Year’s 2 Neil Smith 470
Day, was a lot closer as Neil Smith and Neil Redding 3 Neil Redding 461
went head-to-head. 4 Mark Howes 458
5 Loz Weekes 425
Despite enjoying a 30-point cushion going into the last 6 Stuart Philip 419
month, Redding struggled to find his best as Smith’s
19th place in the Courage Cup helped secure the
runners-up position by nine points. Club champion
Mark Howes finished in fourth spot.
Nick Ward’s brilliant four-point victory in the Courage 7 Mark Anderson 415
Cup meant he moved into the top 50 of the Order 8 Roger Seamark 361
of Merit as Jon Dyer, Adam Folwell and Lawrence 9 358
Berryman, who finished second, third and fourth 10 David Wright 355
respectively in the final competition, also climbed up Richard Gill
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State-of-art technology arrives at Wellingborough
CLUB members looking to improve their game now have
the opportunity to benefit from state-of-the-art technology
after new upgraded ball tracking equipment was installed
into the Coaching Studio at Harrowden Hall.
The Head Measurement Technology (HMT), which is used
by many of the leading tour professionals, gives players of
all ages and abilities the chance to find out more about how
and why their golf ball finds the middle of the fairway, and
Club pro James Whittemore (pictured, left, with head pro
David Clifford) explained: “HMT gives everything we had
previously, like the ball data, but it now gives the club data,
including clubface control, path, whether the player is
coming from out-to-in, in-to-out, the strike point on the club.
“There is no stone unturned. We have got every bit of
information about the golf shot, and the more information
we have, the easier it will be to find the answer.
“If a player hits a shot 30 yards right, you can explain to them
why that was the case, where the club was at impact, where
the club delivered into the ball. Show them in simple terms.
“To have this facility at Wellingborough Golf Club is massive for the members because if you are looking
to change your swing, work on your game or get a new set of irons, this technology will help you to get
to that point a lot quicker.
“We are working with top brands like Mizuno, Callaway, Ping, Taylormade and others for club fitting,
so it’s ideal because we now know where the club was at the lie of impact - if we hit a shot, it can be
explained with the numbers.
“It will definitely benefit the better player because they will know their numbers but that player who
constantly slices the ball can now be shown why, including the video as a back-up as well.
“And of course, we still have all the golf courses on the simulator, so the facility at Wellingborough Golf
Club continues to improve for the membership and guests.”
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Three wins out of three to claim second spot
WELLINGBOROUGH have enjoyed a proud record in NGL team competitions in recent years as
the men, ladies and seniors have claimed the plaudits in county league tournaments. With the 2019
campaign coming to a conclusion, this is how our teams finished the season.
NGL Scratch League Wellingborough 6½
Staverton Park 1½
Peterborough Milton 3½
WELLINGBOROUGH became just the second THE team only had to wait 24 hours before
team to record a Scratch League top flight guaranteeing top flight golf at Harrowden Hall in
2020 as they ended Staverton’s hopes of title
away victory this season as glory this year.
they edged a tight contest at
Peterborough Milton. With Wellingborough keen to avenge a narrow
away defeat to the same club earlier in the
Despite Milton, who lost at season, Adam Sherlock, Theo Brown and Mark
home to County last month, Davis wasted little time in securing points by the
bagging the first two points, scoreline 3&2.
the visitors seized back control
Jon Harris extended the home lead as he proved
with a collection of excellent far too strong for his young opponent, before
results in the middle order. Richard Brown had the pleasure of confirming
the team victory for the second time in two days
Adam Sherlock came good as he won on the 18th hole.
on the 17th hole, Mark
Davis added a 3&2 victory, Although Wellingborough’s hopes of a
before Jon Harris and whitewash win were ended when Jamie Milligan
Chris Howes both shook lost the closing hole, Chris Howes managed to
hands with their opponents bag a half, before Tiger Adams wrapped up a
superb day with a 2&1 success.
after completing 5&4 wins.
Peterborough maintained Peterborough Milton 2 (walkover)
their hopes of a draw with a
comfortable win in the last WELLINGBOROUGH finished second in the
game, but Richard Brown final table behind champions Northants County
(pictured left) kept his nerve after receiving a walkover home win against
to bag a half that moved already-relegated Peterborough Milton, who
Wellingborough a significant couldn’t raise a team.
step towards securing
another season in the first
Position 2019 Scratch League P W D L PF PA PD Points
1st Northants County 8 6 1 1 45½ 18½ 27 13
2nd Wellingborough 8 4 1 3 33½ 30½ 3 9
3rd Staverton Park 8 4 1 3 30 34 -4 9
4th Northampton 8 2 2 4 29½ 34½ -5 6
5th Peterborough Milton 8 1 1 6 21½ 42½ -21 1
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Scratch team complete ladies double in 2019
NGL Ladies Scratch League
Overstone 1 at Northants County GC
WELLINGBOROUGH’S ladies (pictured right)
retained their Scratch League title as they made
it three victories in three outings this season.
Despite playing in awful weather, the team took
the honours thanks to points from Mary MacLaren
and Amanda Rawson.
The victory meant the club have now won 18 of
their last 19 Scratch League matches, with their
only defeat coming by a single point to Whittlebury
Park in August 2017.
NGL Ladies Intermediate League
Elton Furze 2 at Northampton GC
WELLINGBOROUGH were unable to complete a
perfect Intermediate League winning season as
they lost their last match by a single point.
After already wrapping up the title with four
wins in four outings, the team’s sole point
came in the opening tie as Miriam Johnson
triumphed on the 18th hole.
Seniors record collection of big wins, in big overall win
Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands 1½
GRAHAM Thompson and Richard Greenbank
(pictured) were the star performers in a
comprehensive victory for Wellingborough as the
home duo recorded a 9&7 success in game six.
David Birkett and Chris Dickens in the second
tie and Richard Briggs and Graham Bayes in
the closing match were only marginally less
impressive as they both completed 6&5 wins.
The other home points came from David Rawson
and John Arnott (3&2), Steve Maycock and David
Wynn (4&3) and Edward Roderick and Lou
Everard (one hole), while Captain Peter Gannon
and Bob Lewis secured a half.
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First and second for club teams in County Am-Am
WELLINGBOROUGH’S teams in the NGL Am-Am tournament were both in fine form as they secured
a one-two at Overstone Park GC.
With a total of 10 teams taking part, Mark Davis, Shaun Field, John McGowan and Mike Gilbrook
(pictured below, left-to-right) clinched the plaudits after posting the leading score of 90 points.
A tally of seven points on the penultimate hole challenge
proved decisive as they held off the challenge Charlie
of club-mates Jon Harris, Glyn Pepper,
Charlie Higgins and Glenn Harris (89).
Davis and Jon Harris had to be content with
second and third respectively in the individual
amateur category as they finished one point
behind Northants County’s Michael Farr, who
triumphed with 37 points.
Club Champion Chris Howes, meanwhile, put up a
solid display whilst representing Wellingborough in the
the NGL Champion of Champions tournament as he
finished with the joint-fourth best mark of 76 at Northampton GC.
After posting birdies on the fourth, sixth and ninth holes, the one-
handicapper (pictured right) remained in contention for the top
prize as he sat at gross level par with only five holes to play.
Although those hopes ended with a big score on the 14th hole, Howes
kept going as he completed the last four holes in one-under-par to finish
just three shots adrift of home club member Lee Hitchcock, who won by one.
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Results Ladies October Medal (October 15th):
Division 1: Winner: Ashleigh Critchley (78 - 2 =
Junior Charter Cup (October 28th): net 76), runner-up: Miriam Johnson (88 - 11 =
1 Jack Meakin (33 points), 2 Theo Brown (31), 3 77). Division 2: Winner: Diana Groves (106 - 24
Mark Watkins (26). = 82), runner-up: Susan Kellett (104 - 22 = 82).
Nine-hole Stableford: Winner: Jackie Banks (15
Medal Winners Salver (October 27th): points), runner-up: Sandra Boughton (12).
1 Joseph Monaghan (86 - 18 = net 68), 2 Ian
Landon (80 - 11 = 69), 3 Richard Reynolds (95 October Medal (October 12th):
- 22 = 73). Division 1: 1 Wayne Wellborn (78 - 10 = net 68),
2 Warren Roberts (77 - 8 = 69), 3 Gerry McGrady
Ladies American Foursomes (October 22nd): (80 - 11 = 69). Division 2: 1 Kevin Slaney,
1 Susan Holland & Miriam Johnson (38 points), pictured (80 - 12 = 68), 2 Lee Gardner (82 - 14 =
2 Gill Snelson & Sue Butler (37), 3 Carol Gibbs 68), 3 Charlie Higgins (81 - 12 = 69). Division 3:
& Caroline Beaty (34). 1 Stephen Roche (88 - 19 = 69), 2 Cliff Wymant
(89 - 19 = 70), 3 Nigel Bayes (92 - 22 = 70).
Courage Cup (October 20th):
1 Nick Ward (40 points), 2 Jon Dyer (36), 3 Ladies Needham Bowl (October 8th):
Adam Folwell (36). Overall: Winner: Carol Gibbs (81 - 6 = net 75),
runner-up: Ashleigh Critchley (77 - 2 = 75).
Seniors Open (October 18th): Division 1: Winner: Amanda Rawson (86 - 6 = 80).
1 K Thomas - Maidenhead (40 points), 2 Geoff Division 2: Winner: Sue Butler (101 - 22 = 79).
Ferrar - Cosby (39), 3 Dave Maw - Ely City (39). Back Nine Stableford: Winner: Sarah Chudley
(14 points), runner-up: Susan Keyes (13).
October Mid-week Stableford (October 17th):
1 Jon Corns (39 points), 2 John Panter (36), Mixed Club Championship (October 6th):
3 Andrew Woods (33). 1 Roger Snelson & Gill Snelson (84 - 12.8 =
net 71.2), 2 Mark Anderson & Ida Huggins (86
- 13.6 = 72.4), 3 Tim Coleman & Diana Groves
(90 - 17.4 = 72).
Captain v Past Captain Team Match (October 5th):
Winners: Captain’s Team. Pairs Competition: 1
Mark Anderson & Carl Martin (46 points), 2 Clive
Young & Craig Evans (44), 3 Mike Gilbrook &
John McGowan (43).
Seniors Lonsdale 9 (October 2nd):
1 Roger Seamark (38 points), 2 Dennis
Dickinson (37), 3 Chris Dickens (36).
Ladies Autumn Meeting (October 1st):
Division 1: Winner: Carol Gibbs (35 points), runner-
up: Josie Patrick (16). Division 2: Winner: Diane
Dickinson (34), runner-up: Mary Phillips (31). Division
3: Winner: Judy Bolar (28), runner-up: Sheena
Markham (25). Nine-hole: Winner: Liz Palmer.
Ladies Medal Salver (September 30th):
Division 1: Winner: Mary MacLaren (78 - 2 =
net 76), runner-up: Pat Briggs (101 - 20 = 81).
Division 2: Winner: Gaynor Arnott (110 - 28 =
82), runner-up: June Smith(110 - 23 = 87).
Family Foursomes (September 29th):
1 Loui Murphy & Francis Murphy (39 points),
2 William Butler & Wendy Butler (39), 3 Neil
Redding & Paul Redding (37).
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High fives for brilliant MacLaren on LET
MEGHAN MacLaren moved up to fifth place in the 2019 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit after
claiming third spot in the Women’s Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club.
The Wellingborough professional (pictured below) started brightly as she bagged eight birdies in a
round of 67 to sit at the top of the leaderboard after day one.
Although the 25-year-old dropped back with a 73, she responded with a third round 69, before rolling
in a birdie on the 18th hole to claim third prize on the back of a closing score of 72.
MacLaren posted on Twitter: “I’m disappointed not to play better today but gave absolutely everything
all week. Nice to be at this end of the leaderboard again... it’s never as far away as you think!”
After posting her sixth top-10 finish of the season, she will now prepare for the last two LET events
in Spain and Kenya in late November-early December.
With a card already secured on the LET for 2020, MacLaren has backed the decision from major
winners Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam to team up to organise a mixed professional event
in Sweden next year.
The inaugural Scandinavian Mixed tournament will see 78 men and 78 women go head-to-head for
the first time on the same course for one prize fund and one trophy at Bro Hof Slott GC in Stockholm
from June 11th, 2020. The event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.
MacLaren, meanwhile, is competing in the final stage of LPGA Tour Q School in late October-early
November. A full report will appear in next month’s Wellingborough Golf Club Magazine.
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