This competition is an annual one at Whitefield, it’s a board prize, and is named for one of the founders and early leaders of Whitefield Golf Club.
It was a special pleasure to partner was my son Jonny, and we were paired with Simon Jeffries and Paul Fitzhugh, a team who were the holders and have won this competition three times in the past five years.
Some highlights – Paul chipped in from bunker for birdie three on second. Jon had two short birdie putts which he closely missed on seventh and eighth.
On the 9th, Jon was up and…
Today, Ian Travis and I took on my seniors match partner David Levy, and Mike Chepner. Another one of those lovely friendly games, where the chat and the chipping between the regular playing friends is enjoyable to hear.
These guys had barely ever played with a captain, so I was delighted to show them how the title does not confer golfing elite greatness!
In fact, the player who had the day out was Ian, he had a good number of shots against David, and he and I used our shots wisely, we dovetailed well, and won with some holes to spare.
This match, on a Wednesday morning, the Senior team played played a morning match against Rochdale at their course.
Format was betterball match play, four teams play in the main match, four pairs play a friendly fixture. My partner today David Levy and I led out the field, against Wayne and Peter, we were in the friendly match.
Some highlights: David chipped very close to get a 4 on par 4 6th. Wayne (off 11) birdied 5th and 16th.
I parred the 7th with a three, a chip and a putt. I completed the 11th with (what I felt was)…
28th August; a two ball with Ryan Levene
Ryan and I passed a pleasant couple of hours, meandering along, a pressure free friendly two-ball.
I was trying to be a bit fitter for the next two rounds. Bogied many holes. Ryan is working on his swing so the ball wasn’t going exactly where he wanted it to be.
Sorry Ryan, I forgot to take the selfie!!
29th Sunday Stableford Comp
Playing partners in this weekly competition were Peter Canter and Darren Ford, by invitation!
I played terribly – that’s golf, it comes and goes. Saturday’s round had been much more…
At this midweek golf fixture, it was great to see friends old and new, with Whitefield hosting Leeds Jewish Golf Society.
It was good to meet Captain Edward of Moor Allerton and his sister, Denise, Lady Captain concurrently.
We thoroughly enjoyed both the golf and the company in a fourball match with guests Jonny Marshall, Howard Levey and my partner today, Stuart Davy, House Director at WGC.
Stuart proved a steady team mate, I ran out of steam after being a little under the weather, we went out with 25 points, finished with 16 which put us in 5th place…
11th August: Friendly fourball
My own personal invitation day, I invited two old friends and we were joined by Martin Gilbert.
I met Shushil Aggarwal at University in 1975 – so that counts as a long-standing friendship. He’s been a keen golfer and has been Captain of Bramhall GC.
Ian Caplan, another longstanding friend, is a member of Prestwich, he prefers the Saturday competition day.
Very, very close game never more than one or two shots in it.
Ian chipped in for a four on the 2nd. The visitors had both played Whitefield previously, but both had forgotten how tough the par threes are, and how long the back nine is.
Shush and I won on 17th, we then enjoyed drinks and shared a meal in a local restaurant.
Partnered with David Levy, we had a lovely game with loads of great chat with Chris and Dave. The football banter flowed and was still flowing at the lunch table.
This game produced quite a few birdies, Chris started with a three on the first. I was pleased to birdie both the 2nd [chipped in from the edge of the green] and the 10th, [a tap in for the three].
I must repeat, there is a great spirit amongst the senior section and their competitors.
Two items of big news:
Our team beat Rochdale on 3rd August, at home, with the amazing score of 8–0. This gave us hope of a high finish in the NWMGA league, but events unfolded a week later.
Captain’s Prize 2021 at Whitefield was postponed due to an unplayably wet golf course, on Sunday 8th August.
I had tried to play some golf with friends, on the Saturday morning, it was pretty moist, and the the holes were filling with water, half full by 10am. The rain continued and was very heavy that evening and overnight.
Date was set for the 12th September, we need to use this date to have the clubhouse available for the buffet and presentation.
This is the one they call the “Senior Glancy”. Whitefield had a strong team selected.
I had a full day out on the course, with plenty of chatting to golfers from many clubs. the event was very well organised by the Association and the host club. All the visitors were given a true welcome by Captain John and his team.
Results; Mike Sheldon was third in the gross comp, by one shot. The team were third in the gross team score, missing out by two shots.
1st August NWMGA Fourball comp at Rochdale GC
Simon Fink was a very able late stand in for this event, after Darren Ford injured his back.
We had a very pleasant game with NWMGA President Andy Barlow and his partner today, David, also a Worsley member.
The four of us moved the ball around the course quite neatly, with a few pars and points in the front nine. The Worsley guys saw a few of the trees both left and right, just a few more than we did.
I scored a birdie two on the uphill 7th hole, just missed…