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ELAINE WINS CAPTAIN’S DAY BY A WHISKER….

Nearing the end of her year-long term in office, Leighton Ladies Captain Sandra Carter celebrated her Captain’s Day with a 50 –strong turnout, blistering hot day and four golfers each tieing for top spot.
For after a near five-hour round in 29C heat, Elaine Powell, Barbara Healy, Marilyn Myatt and Angela Samuels all carded the same score of 35, leaving the final placings being determined on the points scored over the last nine holes.
And that was the order they finished, with Elaine taking top spot ahead of Barbara, with Marilyn finishing third ahead of Angela.
There was a four-way tie too with 34 points, Stephanie Howlett beating Leslie Brazier, Norma Stevens-Hack and Carolyn Chamberlain,
Madeline Jones had a red-letter day in the Ladies Chris Gretton trophy competition, winning with an impressive 49 points. Former Captain Patti Marriott finished runner-up beating Joanna Cox and Michelle Plummer on countback after all finished with 37 points, two clear of Barbara Healy.
Seniors Captain Denis Leitch and Chris Figg teamed up to get the old boys off to an impressive start in their annual  match against Club Captain Simon Rossiter and Adrian Stephenson, and went two-up with Graham Pellow and Paul Bishop won their clash against Dharm Naveen Diwakar and Will Koch.  But Simon’s Club team won the following four rubbers , Chris O’Mahony and Christopher Read, Bryan Bateman, Martin Flynn and Darran Valentine  and Steve Richardson and Roger Hughes securing victory.
Denis suffered a rate defeat against Whipsnade, his senior serviceman manging a single win by Andy Mcdonald and Terry Lingham and a half from Graham Pellow and Ian Rimmer to lose the two-leg tie 8-4.
But Leighton’s Senior squad got back to winning ways with a 6-2 victory over South Beds with victories by Roy Virgee and David Newby, Graham Pellow and Ken Wilson, Harry Adam and Gerry Ferris, Peter Sheridan and Peter Myrants, Ian Rimmer and Chris Figg and David Roberts and David Sweetnam.
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Leighton Ladies before teeing off on their Captains Day.

BUZZARDS LEFT TO RUE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 10- 20 OLD HABERDASHERS

 

Leighton Buzzard lost their first home match in London 1 (North) league season against Old Haberdashers. However, as Buzzards had most of the possession, territory and opportunities, they will feel this was a game they should have won.

 

Having lost the toss, Leighton kicked off with the benefit of the slope. Buzzards started confidently with good ball retention through several phases with play almost entirely in the opponents’ half. The anticipated breakthrough came after only six minutes, when a well-judged kick from fly-half Tom Winch was collected by Ben Beaumont to score in the corner. With the difficult conversion missed, Buzzards led 5-0. The lead would only last six minutes as Old Haberdashers levelled the score at 5-5 from a well-worked back-row move from their first scrum.

 

Two minutes later a superb break from Ben Beaumont appeared to have regained the lead but the last-ditch tackle from Old Haberdashers fullback had forced him to put a foot in touch. Near misses summed up much of the remainder of the following period of play. Midway through the half a high tackle near to the corner ended a Buzzard attack illegally, with the referee judging that only a penalty was sufficient sanction. Kicking the ball to the corner, Buzzards worked a set lineout move but were held up short.  Shortly after, Leighton were adjudged to be held up over the line. Whilst many of these near misses had an element of bad luck, perhaps the pressure of expectation of the home crowd was playing a part as Buzzards handling and choice of options fell below their normal standards.

 

In contrast to Leighton, Old Haberdashers were to make the most of their opportunities. With the last play of the half and on a rare excursion into Buzzard territory, a dropped ball was kicked ahead and grounded to give the away team an unlikely 5-10 lead at half time.

 

Much of the early part of the second half was played in midfield, although once again a last-ditch tackle after ten minutes prevented Ben Beaumont adding to his earlier try. It was mid-way through the half before Old Haberdashers finally made it to the Leighton twenty-two. Once again, they efficiently came away with points, with a penalty to extend the lead to 5-13.

 

Leighton did have encouragement from various breaks, with Felix Fisk, Tom Winch and Callum Strachan all prominent, but were unable to put a structure on a game that was becoming increasingly disjointed. Finally, after a good team move, Owen Forsyth touched down to make the score 10-13, with ten minutes left.

 

Unfortunately, Leighton could not add to their score. With time running out and playing expansively out of defence, a kick was charged down and Old Haberdashers added a third try to make the final score 10-20 and denying  Buzzards a losing bonus point. Whilst their opponents were well organized, defended well and were clinical when opportunities arose, Buzzards will feel this was a game they should have won.

 

Next Saturday Leighton are away at Chingford.

GOLF CLUB  APPOINTS  HOUSE MANAGER….

Leighton Buzzard Golf club has appointed a House Manager in a development which merges food and beverage services at the 700-member club.
Louise King, who has more than 25 years experience in the hospitality industry has joined the management team at the Plantation Road club as golf and social activities return to normal following Covid pandemic restrictions being lifted after 18 months of turmoil.
Although no stranger to Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas after living in Billington for many years, Louise describes herself as a “golfing orphan” having never taken up the sport, despite father Steve and mum Elsa both being keen and proficient golfers, and members of the Leighton club.
Says Louise, who was manager of the Crazy Bear public house in Whitchurch before joining the Leighton club: “After 25 years in the hospitality industry, I very much welcome this new challenge as the Leighton club prepares to celebrate its centenary in 2025.   We have a great food and beverage team and a membership renowned for its hospitality both on and off the course, and am delighted to have had the opportunity of joining them.”
Leighton’s current club house, built on the footprint of its predecessor, was officially opened in 1999.  As well as catering for the social needs of members, guests and visitors, facilities and services including in-house catering, can be hired for private functions, such as weddings which can be conducted on the premises, parties and meetings.
PICTURE CAPTION:        Golf club House Manager – Louise King.

TEAMS TIE IN GOLF COMPETITIONS…

The winners of two competitions at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf club have had to be decided by the shots they took to complete the last few holes of their rounds.
Husband and wife teams Lee and Niki Clark and Andy and Jane Tizzard both finished with nett 69’s in the club Faulkner Family foursomes, with Lee and Niki taking top spot for their better score over the last nine holes. Alex and Mark Sandham were third with a nett 72, a shot less than David and Chris Hawkins who beat Mark and Kate Knight on countback a shot clear of Edward and George Stephenson.
And seasoned campaigner Peter Brennan won the August club stableford with 42 points, thanks to a better back nine score than that carded by Colin Jeffery after both finished with 42 points.  Paul Bishop was third with 41 points, with Mark Leng taking fourth place on countback over Ian Down after both finished with 40 points.  Howard Allen, David Nero, Neil Jarvis, Alex Gowan, Tim Dawson and Geoffrey Nunn headed a chasing pack with 39 points.
Leighton Buzzard Seniors beat Chiltern Forest 4-2 with two matches halved.  Roy Virgee and Derek Browning, David Bishop and Keith Griffiths, Derek Read and Steve Shepherd and Andy Mcdonald and Danny Nairne  carded wins for Leighton with Paul Johnson and David Sweetnam and Ken Wilson and Peter Myrants tieing their matches.
Early wins by skipper Denis Leitch and Robbie John, Peter Myrants and Paul Johnson and Graham Pellow and David Newby gave Leighton a halfway 3-1 lead in their match against Beds & County, but with the last four pairs all losing their games, Leighton went down 5-3.
Leighton couple Robin and Carmen White-Lawes won the Belts & Braces three-day competition at St Pierre, Chepstow with 140 points, with Steve and Patti Marriott runners-up with 123 points, two points clear of third-placed Derek and Maggie Shaw.
Colin Aitken was in tip-top form for Leighton’s Sandhouse Society match at West Herts, carding 43 points on the 6,443 yard course.  John Smith was runner-up with 39 points, beating Jon Dymock, Keith Edmund  and Adrian Stephenson on countback.
Roy Hart, who was President of Leighton Buzzard Golf Club in 1994-5 and Club Captain in 2001, has died.  His funeral takes place on September 8, with a service at Milton Keynes Crematorium at 2.45pm.
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Covid lockdown restrictions prevented former Rolls Royce boss David Roberts being presented with Leighton Buzzard’s Wallis Cup he won last November. But now grand-dad Dave, who became a financial advisor after 20 years with the world-renowned car company, has his hands on the silverware after being presented with the trophy by Club Captain Simon Rossiter. David, a former Captain of the Senior Section at the Leighton club and a current Director, beat 128 other club entrants for the trophy with Simon Rose runner-up.

CROXFORD CUP WIN FOR LYNNE…

A split-hair separated two ladies who tied for top spot for a much coveted trophy at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf club.
Lynne Newnham and Anne Tilbury had both celebrated success in other recent competitions, Lynne being the reigning Grannies Salver champion and Anne having won the Club’s Beck Trophy earlier in the year with a nett 65.
So when both carded 37 points to finish joint leaders for the Ladies Olive Wood trophy, top spot had to be decided by the best score over the last nine holes….with grandmother Lynn getting the verdict over retired hairdresser Anne.
Former champion high-board diver Patti Marriott took third place with 36 points, one clear of Christine Robinson, Joanna Cox amd Josie Sheridan, with Angela Samuels and Carol Alexander heading a chasing pack with 34 points.
Michelle Plummer won the nine-hold competition with 24 points, with Margaret Browning finishing runner-up with 20 points, two clear of Janice Hintner.
Former Leighton club Captain John Bateman’s investment in new clubs paid off at Letchworth, winning the Rushmere Society Varley trophy with a 45 point haul, three points clear of club colleague Martyn Garrod who finished runner-up.
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An annual competition for former Captains of Leighton Buzzard golf club has been won by Yorkshireman John Preston with 37 points.
John, pictured (right)  receiving the trophy from Immediate Past Captain Robbie John, was Club Captain in 2012, succeeding David Hawkins, who was runner-up with 34 points.
Both went on to be Presidents of the Plantation Road Club, like third-placed 1993 Captain Kevin O’Donoghue who finished with 33 points.
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Olive Wood trophy winner Lynne Newnham.

BACK-TO-BACK WINS JUST CHAMPION FOR JAMIE…

Gale force winds, a sudden rain storm, flooded course and a 40-minute shut-down failed to dampen the spirits of big-hitting Jamie Stone as he completed back-to-back club championship wins at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road course on Sunday.
The 28-year-old quality engineer, pipped for the trophy iu a sudden-death shoot-out two years ago, was crowned Club champion last year and retained the trophy after a 36-hole championship weekend involving 140 club members.
Jamie, a 2-handicap golfer who works for company specialising in the production of fuel systems for F1 and high performance cars, completed his first round in a nett 73, and was unfazed by Sunday’s storms which sent players scurrying for cover.
The unwanted break left him carding a nett 76 for his second round, a score beaten only by runner-up Phil Coumbe, whose first round 77 gave him a total of 151, two shots behind winner Jamie. Carl Mcdougall took third place with a nett total of 155, four shots clear of Mike Smith and Graham Magilll.
Four players tied for Leighton’s Handicap Trophy, each carding nett 141’s, with the final placings being determined on countback over the last nine holes. School teacher John David, 38, who only joined the Plantation Road club in January emerged the victor,with David Evans runner-up, David Nero third and Stephen Maddison fourth. Justin Moss took fifth place with a nett 143. For John, a self-taught golfer and father of three now playing off a handicap of 13, it was his first club trophy since taking up the sport.
Suturday’s best gross score was carded by Stuart McLeod with Peter Lawrence hitting the best nett score of 67. Sunday’s best gross score was hit by scratch golfer Colin Beesley with Ashley Garner carding the best nett score of 68.
Leighton Seniors shared the spoils with a 4-4 draw against the Bedfordshire, with Ian Rimmer and Tim Martin, Graham Pellow and Steve Marriott, Derek Read and Terry Lingham  winning their games, with halves by Harry Adam and Phil Rickard, and Andy Mcdonald and Roy Virgee.
Ian Alexander, Stephanie Howlett, David Newby and Margaret Osborne teamed up to win Leighton’s McKinnon Trophy, pipping Christine Bateman, Sandra Bellis, Martyn Garrod and Graham Robinson on countback after both teams carded a nett 50. Third place went to Christopher Figg, Virginia Gillett, Stephen Maddison and Michelle Plummer with a nett 52, a shot clear of Terry Dell, Patti Marriott, Graham Pellow and Joan Waples, and George Bashford, Margaret Browning, Lynne Newnham and Phil Rickard..
Nine-handicap golfer Graham Magill won Leighton’s August Midweek Medal, carding an impressive 44 points to beat Alex Sandham and Gary O’Connell, with Voja Savic a point adrift in fourth place. David Nero and Graham Goodge headed a chasing pack with 38 points.
PICTURE CAPTIONS:
Handicap Cup winner John David receives the trophy from Club Captain Simon Rossiter and (right) runner-up David Evans.
Club Champion Jamie Stone receives the trophy from club Captain Simon Rossiter.
Jamie Stone receives the Championship trophy from Captain Simon Rossiter, with (left) third-placed Carl Mcdougall and (right) runner-up Phil Coumbe.

TOM GETS INTO THE WINNING GROVE….

In his 20 years as a member of Leighton Buzzard golf club, mobile systems specialist Tom Fitzgerald had won nothing much to shout about.
Now 59-year-old Wing-based Tom has won two club competitions in as many months.
Tom beat 160 club colleagues to become the new holder of the club’s Wallis Cup in May…. now he’s topped the table in the Plantation Road club’s July Mid-week  Medal,  beating 100 other golfers by completing his round with a nett 66.
Simon Rose, Stephen Maddison, and recent Spencer Cup winner David Nero all finished with nett 68’s, a shot clear of Ian Down, with Robert Herring, Tony Russell, Graham Magill, and Stuart Goodwin in hot pursuit with heading a chasing pack.
Former Ladies Captain Beryl Wood won Leighton Ladies’ nine-hole competition with 18 points, a shot clear of Sue Preston and Michelle Plummer taking third place.
Graham Baulch, Captain of Leighton Buzzard golf club in 1996, has died last Wednesday, a day before his 78th birthday. Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

Three Share Service to Sport Award

The voluntary work of three Leighton Buzzard men who have helped sports organisations in the town for a total of more than 80 years has been recognised by the Leighton -Linslade Sports Council.
All three have been commended for their “unstinting efforts” in developing the rugby, football and canoe clubs and have each been  granted Service to Sports awards.
They are:
Mark Hardy, who after a two year stint as Chairman of Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club, has been its President for the past 26 years. Throughout his long association with the rugby club, he has been active in helping with fund raising, club development, advising and supporting its sporting and social activities.
More recently, Mark was instrumental in setting up the rugby club as a vaccination centre with the local Primary Care Network of the NHS which enabled over 30,000 local residents to be vaccinated during the Covid crisis.  Although he has now stepped down as President, Mark remains involved and is a trusted advisor.
Paul Sullivan, who for the past 26 years has assisted the development of Woodside Football club in Linslade. With his Level 2 FA coaching qualification, Paul has been a major influence in developing the footballing skills of youngsters, and is the manager of the clubs’ “All Stars” team.
As Club Secretary, Paul liaises with the FA on football issues, attends meetings and occasionally referees. He oversees health and safety, utilises his professional skills as a structural engineer fpr the benefit of the club and ensures the needs of Brooklands School, which is Woodside’s current home, are catered for.
David Shipway had been a stalwart member and volunteer at Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club for nearly 30 years until his recent death., David  was “Top Club” administrator for many of them, a particularly onerous task sourcing all the information needed to enable the canoe club achieve accreditation for Sport  England Top Club status awarded by canoeings’ national governing body.
Although he had recently stepped back from club committee work on health grounds, David had remained a staunch supporter of “the paddlers” and will long be remembered and respected for his commitment to the sport.
Due to Covid pandemic social gathering restrictions, the Sports Council awards  are to be presented by Town Mayor Councillor Mrs Farzarna Kharawala to the recipients at their own sports club on dates yet to be finalised.
Making grants for equipment, coaching and other sporting needs, the Leighton-Linslade Sports Council is the “eyes and ears” of the town’s sporting community, helping influence decision makers to ensure Leighton, Linslade and neighbouring villages get the support needed from advice given by people with hands-on experience.
Sporting groups in the area are also being encouraged to join the Sports Council to “have their voice heard.”