With a 5-3 win at Harwell on 31 August, HWCC retained our title for a second year. No fewer than 12 people have played for the club to achieve this, which says something about our strength in depth. Thanks go to Geoff Brook for running our matches in this competition.
How about Friday 22 February 2019 at Hazlemere Golf Club? That evening, HWCC club members and guests will be getting together to eat, drink, enjoy companionship, swap stories, hear about the Club's year and congratulate winners of the various competitions. Please make a date now.
In perfect weather, six members -- Annette Harley, Brian Maple, Jennian Geddes, Keith Howell, Pauline Spiller and Richard White -- took part in this annual contest. Brian carried all before him to win the cup, followed by Pauline who lost only to Brian. But every player enjoyed at least one taste of victory in an enjoyable day, well organised and managed by Sally Rogers.
Leighton Linslade depend on others to maintain their three lawns. Sadly, winter floods and summer heat have rendered them --- let us say -- rather uneven. So it was a rollercoaster ride for Annette, Bill, Chris, Jane, Keith, Marc, Ralph and Sharon when they played a friendly there. A demanding but entertaining day ended with a victory by 11 games to 5. Thanks go to John and his team for their welcome and sporting play.
High Wycombe have defeated Surbiton in the semi-final of the Mary Rose knockout tournament. We will now progress to the final against either Watford or Chester, to be played at Surbiton on 6th October.
The day started inauspiciously, as Richard Peperell arrived to find vandalism at the clubhouse (see separate news posting). But broken glass swept up, it was time to lay out the lawns.
Stephen Wright got off to a blazing start for the home team, beating Mary Knapp +26 in the blink of an eye. The doubles pairing of David Warhurst and Mike Porter also started well against Andy Dibben and Graham Brightwell, but a poor sequence of strokes by Mike let the opponents in and for a while the game was in the balance. Eventually, a slip by Andy left a ball on the baulk-line while giving away a lift, allowing Mike to finish for a +11 victory. The third morning match, between Richard and Ed Dymock was also a close affair, but this time it was the Wycombe player who gave away an easy lift shot and Ed finished to leave Wycombe 2-1 up at lunchtime.
In the afternoon, some spectators arrived (!) and it was Mike’s turn for a quick win, defeating Graham +24 to put Wycombe on the cusp of victory… but at this stage, Surbiton were ahead in the remaining three games. However, Stephen came good to beat Ed +4, David overcame a huge deficit to beat Andy +5 and in the final game, Richard just lost out to Mary by a score of -5.
Onwards to the national final!
Ralph Baker deserves a medal! He spent all day Wednesday clearing up the debris of the previous night's vandalism - click on photos below of the mindless mess.
He cancelled what he had planned to do, rallied the troops (Keith Toovey and Don Rutherford) and replaced the broken windows with toughened bandit-glass, finishing just as it was getting dark. We are so lucky to have Ralph as a member.
High Wycombe have successfully retained their SCF AC Advanced B-level league title. They scored a comfortable 3-0 victory over Winchester on 23rd August. This completed a season in which they won four of their five matches, winning 13 out of 15 games along the way. Many congratulations to all the players who contributed - Raouf Allim, Alan Clark, Geoff Johnson, Mike Porter, Keith Pound and David Warhurst. Mike P
...said one small person as he left the 'Come and Try Croquet' session at Hughenden Manor. Staffed as before by Jane Gloster and her band of HWCC volunteers, this delightful activity has welcomed people from 2 to 80+ for consecutive Thursdays in August. We get everyone: keen golfers, players from university days, children who have never picked up a mallet before, National Trust members who wonder how on earth they have ended up chasing balls through hoops but now they're doing it, they rather enjoy it. Quite a few welcome packs were given out, too, so we hope that some new members may result. Let the pictures tell the rest of the story. (Hover over the picture for the caption.) Chris W
I am pleased to report that the new croquet equipment shed was erected on Saturday 4th August. Master Builders Andy Baker and Ralph Baker were once again in charge, with able assistance from Keith Toovey and Gerry Halls. All 4 laboured mightily all day from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening, under a baking hot sun. Their only rewards were a thorough soaking from the sprinkler team of Richard Peperell and Raouf Allim (oops!) and a celebratory beer at the end of a long day’s work.
Many thanks to Sheila Baker who brought sandwiches and cake at just the right time.
Photos will be on the website soon, although you may well have been able to see them if you rolled up for the recent GC session.
Once again, grateful thanks to the team of Andy Baker, Ralph Baker, Keith Toovey and Gerry Halls. Please give them a pat on the back when you next see them (and maybe even buy them a drink!).
On Saturday 4th August the sprinkler team of Richard Peperell and Raouf Allim put the new sprinkler testing rig, situated beside the green shed, through its paces. We stripped down and reassembled a new sprinkler, with lots of photos, and scratching of heads, in order to understand the inner workings of the sprinklers. Armed with this knowledge we then attacked the rogue number 10 sprinkler which normally sits just outside the clubhouse. We successfully identified 2 faults and were able to fix them. It all went pretty smoothly, apart from a random soaking of the equipment shed assembly team working nearby – apologies!
At this stage we now have 15 out of 16 sprinklers working, with just the one at Lawn One, 4th corner not working. We plan to dig this up and fix it later this year. In the meantime we have reconfigured the sprinkler at Lawn Two, 1st corner to do the job of both sprinklers, by rotating further round in its arc, to cover both lawns.
Success at last! Richard jumps for joy on resolving the faulty sprinkler outside the clubhouse.