JOHN O’GAUNT GOLF CLUB
The May Day Bank holiday saw girls from clubs in four counties gather at John O’Gaunt to take part in the annual Inter-Club Girls’ Team Competition. This event was started by John O’Gaunt in 2005 to promote girls’ golf and has taken place at a variety of venues over the years. Numbers of entrants have gradually increased and this year’s event had a record 9 teams with a total of 26 girls attending on the day. Retiring Junior Organiser Steve Akrill had requested a return to JOG for his final junior event and was fortunate to attract three new teams from Hertfordshire and Middlesex. The teams were nominally of three players, with two scores to count towards the team total.
Conditions were difficult in a gusty breeze, but everyone was thankful that the expected showers never materialized. Most players managed at least 30 Stableford points and there were a few very good scores from players experiencing this course for the first time. In the event, the three new recruits took the first three places. Letchworth and Moor Park finished on 68 points each, but Enfield’s team took the trophy with 72 points. John O’Gaunt’s team took fourth place with 67, but had the satisfaction of including the day’s best individual score of 37 for Emma Brown. Next year, the competition will move to Redbourn Golf Club.
Emma’s success continued on the following day, when she travelled to Luton Hoo to represent Bedford Girls’ School at the Bedfordshire Schools Girls’ Championship. Despite a handicap reduction and the experience of a new course, she scored 39 points to take the trophy by 2.
It was a busy time for the Ladies, on Thursday 4th May there were two cup competitions, the Ladies Captain's Cup which was a Medal and the Audrey Shuter Cup which was a Stableford competition. An entry of 29 Ladies competed for the Ladies Captain's Cup and some good scores came in. In third place with a handicap of 30 and getting a net score of 77 was Pauline Wade, coming second playing of a handicap of 1 and getting a net score of 75, which included one birdie, was Yvette Bunker-Dare, and taking the cup in first place, playing of a handicap of 13, with a net score of 73, which also included one birdie, was Heather Anthony.
The second competition of the day involved 9 ladies, with handicaps 30 or over, playing in the Audrey Shuter Cup. In third place playing of a handicap of 31 and scoring 28 Stableford points was Susan Hankins. Second, playing of a handicap of 33 and scoring 30 Stableford points was Glynis Hale, in first place playing off a handicap of 33 and scoring 32 Stableford points was Susan Kennedy.
On Friday 5 May 38 players sat down for the Auction Cup supper in the Burgoyne Suite before each pair of players were auctioned to the highest bidders. The proceeds of the auction go to the Ladies Captain Charities and cash prizes for the top players. On Sunday 7th May the ladies played for the Auction Cup.The competition was a 4 Ball Better Ball format with 16 pairs playing. Sue Bassindale and her partner Morag Hutcheon won 4 points clear of the field with 45 points. It required count back for 2nd and 3rd places to be decided with Laura and Vicky Collin with 41 points shading out Wendy Percival and Danielle Rooney, also 41 points, to take second and third respectively.
Senior Men’s Open
On a cold and overcast day Senior Men from near and far travelled to pit their golfing wits and skills against the John O’Gaunt course in the clubs Senior Men’s Open competition. A field of 78 players took part on Monday 8 May and Colin Webber’s journey down the A1 from Elton Furze Golf Club was well worth it as he took first place with 37 points. Missing out on count back was Bob Howell, The Millbrook Golf Club, again with 37 points coming second. Gary Wood, Letchworth, on 35 points taking third spot.
The Senior’s were out in force on Tuesday 2 May competing in the Rex Bullock Trophy. In ideal sunny conditions and the Carthagena course looking a picture the 86 players were hoping for glory. There were 15 players who played to par or better in this stableford event. Alan Anderson with 39 points took third place behind Neil Pinnington, 42 points in second and leading the pack was Michael Tomblin on a commendable 43 points.
Round of the Week
The round of the week must go to Desmond Daish in the Mid-Week Medal held on Wednesday 3 May on the Carthagena course. Daish, a new member from Bourn Golf Club, playing off a handicap of 20 came in with an astonishing score of 59 nett to win by 3 shots from Morgan Darnell, 3 handicap, getting a 62 and finishing only second. Following Daish’s incredible round his handicap was cut by 4 shots and will now play off of 16.