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MACMILLAN LONGEST DAY CHALLENGE CHARITY DAY-72 HOLES!

Several months ago, I was involved in an uplifting conversation about being involved in a fairly serious way, by supporting MacMillan’s initiative to raise money for their nominated cancer support. The ludicrous idea being mooted about was to play an extraordinary 72 holes in one day, raising money at the same time, through the generosity of members from Leek Golf Club and friends and relations of the four-man team players.

Leek members Mike Andrews, Pete Nixon, David ‘Bo’ Robinson and I agreed to form a team to challenge our physical and mental fortitude, and to raise as much as we could for this worthy cause.

We felt planning was all-important. We asked friends and family to be ball-spotters, we downloaded the appropriate app to deal with scoring, several people agreed to supply food and drink on the day, and we advertised this feat extensively to allow members to give us courtesy of letting us play through, and to raise awareness of the necessary donations requests.

We estimated that if we started just after 4.15am we could be finished by 8.00pm!

The format was a team effort - two from four to score, stableford scoring, no buggies, proper putting out on all the holes (no ‘gimmies’), the results being posted to MacMillan Cancer Support for collating with all the other teams throughout the country, participating in this grand event.

Callum Nixon took responsibility for scoring, and David Robinson Snr, Ralph Harrison, Joe Smith, Jayne Baxter and Carole Nixon were intrepid ball-spotters. Leanne Nixon took turns in caddying.

Our first round took just under three hours, better than forecast, and meant we were ahead of the planned finishing schedule. We had been told to change socks or shoes to freshen up between rounds, advice which did us proud. We also had a set of different coloured golf shirts for each round. To be playing golf at this early hour was amazing and it was so peaceful, except for the shout of a frustrated golfer who had mishit his shot!

Even though the format was two from four to score, we did record each person’s score, and they were as follows:

Round 1 scores were:

• Andy Baxter 37 points

• Pete Nixon 39 points

• Mike Andrews 26 points

• ‘Bo’ Robinson 33 points

Our second round of 18 holes took just over three hours, and took us all to a place where we had never been - yet to survive 54 and then 72 holes in a day!

Round 2 scores were:

• Andy Baxter 34 points

• Pete Nixon 32 points

• Mike Andrews 31 points

• ‘Bo’ Robinson 30 points

We felt good both physically and mentally, and the banter and encouragement definitely helped the cause.

A much needed shower after round two set us up for the ‘back 36’, and with the support team around and in front of us, we set off in good spirits. The course was obviously getting a little busier than at dawn, so many of our fellow members cheered us on as we passed by, fortified by the thought of finishing on time, and enjoying a drink or two on the 19th hole.

Round 3 scores were:

• Andy Baxter 30 points

• Pete Nixon 33 points

• Mike Andrews 34 points

• ‘Bo’ Robinson 30 points

The last round was a relative ‘breeze’. Elated by the anticipated success of finishing before darkness, and boosted by the support team of Carole, Jayne, Callum, Leanne and several others, we accomplished the heroic task of completing 72 holes by 6.30pm, at least an hour ahead of schedule.

Round 4 scores were:

• Andy Baxter 29 points

• Pete Nixon 30 points

• Mike Andrews 30 points

• ‘Bo’ Robinson 33 points

The score as a team which we had to submit to MacMillan was a creditable 58 points ahead of a stableford par score of 288 points, making it 346 in total.

The captain would like to thank everyone for playing, and members supporting the club in this manner by donations or simply assisting on the day. A lot of work in the planning made it the success it was, raising over £1,250 (at the last count) for the charity in the process. It would be nothing without members of Leek Golf Club supporting the captain and the team on this special day.

The course was in wonderful condition, and sincere thanks are extended to John Turner and his staff for the great work the team is currently undertaking.

The donation forms will be available behind the bar for another few days if anyone would like to add anything to the sum already collected, or pay any promised amount. Thank you.

(Proud to be) Captain Leek GC

Andrew Baxter

 

Created: 22-Jun-16 08:54

INTER-CLUB FRIENDLY BETWEEN LEEK CG & ASTBURY GC - 11TH JUNE 2016

This fixture teed off at 10.00am to accommodate the evening kick-off between England and Russia, so all were a little ‘jaded’ after the previous day’s exploits at the captain’s away day at South Staffs GC.

The run of inter-club wins continued, however, with a resounding 4½ - 1½ win over the Cheshire opponents.

The course was in superb condition, and all enjoyed the banter during the excellent meal afterwards.

Phill Davies was in brilliant form with five birdies (off the white tees) helping the captain to lead the way with a solid win.

The combinations of Mark Shea and Dave Fowler, Craig Stanier and Steve Longhorn, and Dave Toft and Tony Brindley all resulted in wins for Leek.

Mark Robinson and Bob Brunt lost with Rob Woolliscroft and Tony Lovatt halving their games.

The captain would like to thank everyone for playing, and supporting the club in this manner. To be fair it isn’t all about winning, even though some might argue this point!

If anyone reading this article is interested in playing in these fixtures, please add your name to the list in the men’s locker room.

Captain – Andrew Baxter

 

Created: 17-Jun-16 09:49

CAPTAIN’S DAY AWAY AT SOUTH STAFFS GC 10TH JUNE 2016

The captain’s ‘pick’ for this year’s day away was at South Staffs GC in deepest Tettenhall near Wolverhampton.

A free coach was laid on for about 23 players, which went down well with those who took up the offer.

Most of the 63 members going last Friday had played the course before, but those who were new to it could not fail to be impressed by the generous fairways, challenging pin positions and general condition of the course.

The format was set up to be as friendly as possible, being 2 from 4 to score, off the yellow tees, and with full handicaps applying. A random draw had been made beforehand, and worked quite well with each group enjoying the mix and ambition to score well on the day.

There was a brilliant mixture of golfers of all abilities, including an impressive list of 13 past captains and our esteemed professional. The captain enthused at the newcomers to this particular day out, but welcomed those who have been supportive over the years.

The weather was kind for most of the groups, and rain threatened, but only the final few four balls succumbed to the damp conditions.

After playing and enjoying their drinks on the patio, all the Leek group assembled for a superb meal and presentation.

Despite promising himself that he would reduce his alcohol intake to ‘several’, the captain quickly thanked all for attending and Stewart Townsend for compiling the results, which were as follows:

• Nearest the Pin on the 6th: Alan Bonehill – winning 2 x pairs of gloves

• Nearest the Pin in 2 on the 18th: Greg Rogula – winning 2 x pairs of gloves

• 1st Team Prize: Jim Allen, Paul Douglas, Alan Bonehill & Nick Damjanovic – winning a box of 12 x ProV1’s each, with a score of 85 and a back nine of 42

• 2nd Team Prize: Ray Woolley, Mick Jones, Ian Barlow & Dan Smart – winning an Under Armor golf shirt each, with a score of 85 and a back nine of 40

• 3rd Team Prize: Chris French, Rob Adams, Jim Lepke & Geoff Foden – winning a golf shoe bag each, with a score of 82 and a back nine of 42

The captain would like to thank everyone for playing, and supporting the club in this manner. A lot of work goes into making this a success, but it would be nothing without members of Leek Golf Club supporting the captain on his special day.

 

Andrew Baxter - 2016 Club Captain

 

Created: 17-Jun-16 09:46

INTER-CLUB FRIENDLY BETWEEN TRENTHAM GC & LEEK GC - 06.06.16

This fixture has changed in title in recent years from ‘Leek Committee vs Trentham Committee’ to just a friendly fixture and now is perceived by Trentham as a Seniors’ fixture.

In addition, lack of numbers in the last couple of years by Trentham have meant it not taking place at all, so both clubs and captains were delighted to resurrect this fixture on a home and away basis.

Leek’s vice-captain Phill Davies and our professional staff had assembled 12 players to represent the club, and this away fixture turned out to be a very successful day, Leek winning by the margin of 3½ points to 2½ points. The course was in beautiful condition, and the sun blazed all day, making stopping the ball on the slick greens a tricky affair indeed.

Trentham have a system within their seniors’ section of having a captain for the day on a rotation basis, and their nominated man on the day was Jonathan Steed, who spoke eloquently about this very meaningful fixture for them, one which hopefully will go from strength to strength in coming years.

Leek’s captain Andy Baxter was the Avenger on this occasion by beating him and his partner Peter O’Hagan with the assistance of Dave Gallimore by the margin of 3 and 1.

George Tatton and Dave Weaver won 1 up, Mike Wootton and Dave Smith finished all square. Nick Wittich and Brian Hollins came second by 2 and 1, Paul Douglas and John Cooper won 2 and 1 and Tony Swindells and Alan Whitfield lost 3 and 2.

The captain thanks all for turning up and playing in this fixture, one which cemented our relationship with Trentham, and was a great advert for inter-friendly golf between two fine North Staffordshire clubs.

If anyone reading this article is interested in playing in these fixtures, please add your name to the list in the men’s locker room.

Captain – Andrew Baxter

Created: 08-Jun-16 13:15

Members Update - Irrigation System

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our dated irrigation control panel. The Club are in the process of purchasing a replacement unit, however due to the high demand for irrigation services during the summer months the Irrigation specialist is unable  to install  the new unit until the 17th of this month. This date is not set in stone due to the exceptional hot spell we are experiencing.

We are doing our level best to irrigate all areas that require water, but keeping up is proving a challenge.

 

John Turner

Head Green-keeper

 

Created: 07-Jun-16 11:47
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