Mandy Ambert – What can I say about Lea Marston Golf Club and Hotel that I didn’t say last year?
56 players came on Friday 23rd March to play in our second MG mixed event with players from Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Pontypridd. The remit of maintaining a good mix of people from the Midlands is working and with not a raindrop in sight off we went after a cheeky Bucks Fizz and Danish pastries.
The am-am shot gun start proved successful once again and with Senior Pro (Sgt Major) Darren Lewis giving us a briefing prior to the game, we played the competition.
Considering the recent weather endured by all, both nine hole courses, Academy and Marston Lakes were in great condition. The greens were soft and super receptive as well, especially on the short course, “where golfers of average ability managed to achieve prodigious amounts of backspin – which was nice.” Phil – MG
Some very close holes in one on the Academy par 3 course but the shot of the day goes to Jenny Cordon from Leek Golf Club as she hit her immersed ball from a pond onto the green on Marston Lakes. That one was caught by budding photographer Ann Tweddle from Uttoxeter GC. All adds to the fun.
Afterwards, to the bar for some refreshments and then to the evening event of drinks reception followed by a four course meal. Most of the teams stayed over for the night and were slightly more subdued the next day nursing the odd bad head, they party well.
Lea Marston’s hospitality from the seamless organisation through to the accommodation left us all feeling well indulged and spoilt. The feedback from the players has been very complimentary.
Our winners were Team Pontypridd, winning an overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza 5 Towns Resort in Colchester with our own Phil the editor and Paul Povey from Brewin Dolphin wealth management who sponsor our society section making up the fourball. Steve and Karen Parfitt from South Wales had previously played with Jean- Louis and I at the Gourmet Classic event run by Club Choice Ireland last September, and it was great that they could join us.
Phil – ” A great day and night and I normally have to apologise to my team mates that Mandy puts me with for the handicap of playing with me! But we did great as a team and it was nice to win one for a change, even nicer though to make some great new friends, which is what these events of ours are all about.”
The runners up were team Robin Hood GC (below) – Lorraine and Chaz Baldwin, Ed and Sandra Kerby winning a stay and golf at the Lea Marston Hotel.
3rd place went to team Forest of Arden – lady captain Debbie Poynton and her husband Tim and David Wright with Christine Mitchell winning a fourball at Druids Heath Golf Club.
4th place went to team LLG (Ladies Love Golf) Michelle and Chris Walker, Jane and Tony Aston winning two boxes of balls. Yes there was clearly something in their wine on the table!
On the day we also ran a raffle for Prostate Cancer Research, and Jean- Louis and I are proud to say we raised £200. Thank you SurprizeShopGolf for the raffle prizes.
Again thank you for the generosity, Crown Plaza Hotels, Lea Marston, Darren Lewis PGA Senior pro and his staff and Druids Heath GC.
Next year as part of our pledge to reward and support the clubs and resorts who support MG year on year, we hope to move the event to Ullesthorpe Court Hotel in Leicestershire.
With so many ladies present I managed to sign a few up for MGALS, numbers now for our ladies society are in excess of 60 and counting. Our next MGALS event is on July 8th at the Forest of Arden.
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On a personal note MG lady editor Mandy was extremely proud and delighted to follow the achievement and success of Meghan Maclaren’s maiden LET win as the tournament unfolded in Australia last month.
Mandy wasn’t in the least bit surprised either, when they met up for a chat a couple of years ago at Meg’s home club Wellingborough, it was clear then that the young Northants star had a steely determination inside her to make it all the way to the very top.
We watched her near miss too at Nailcote Hall last year in The Farmfoods British Par Three Championships and her disappointment in finishing joint third, not bad for a debut appearance but it wasn’t enough for Meghan.
Yet she didn’t have to wait that long for the major breakthrough which came at the Women’s New South Wales Open at Coffs Harbour early last month.
With her father David on the bag Meg led going into the final day of the event and held on nervelessly for a two shot win, despite admitting to a few nerves before starting the round.
Meg only joined LET full time last season,, and wasn’t afforded too many starts so even more credit is due for the speed in which she became a tour winner.
“I’d missed a couple of cuts out in Australia so I was questioning a lot of my own abilities and whether I’d been working on the right things or not. But I found the time to do what I needed to for myself; gaining confidence in what I knew my strengths were… which all culminated in having complete trust in my game when it came to the week I won.”
“It feels incredible to be a tour winner. I didn’t think those words would be coming out of my mouth so soon. I played well in the few events that I played last year but you’ve got to be patient. It can take some players years before they get over the line. To do it now gives me a lot of confidence.”
Wishing Meghan well for the rest of the season and we look forward to catching up with her soon
Image credits – Tristan Jones/LET.
ULLESTHORPE GOLF CLUB – CAPTAINS CHARITY
During the 2017/2018 season, the Ullesthorpe Golf Club members raised over £9000 for charity. This amount was split across the two charities chosen by the outgoing captains.
This year the new captains Harry Howard and Helen Waterhouse are raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity, Prostate Cancer and Friday Friends cafe. The first major fundraising event this year was the Captains Charity Day held on Monday 21st May. The event was a brilliant success and thanks to the efforts of everyone involved they managed to raise £1700. Hopefully, we will beat last year’s amazing total.
With the sun baking down on us on Sunday July 8th, 30 MGALS (Midlands Golfer Amateur Ladies Society) took to the
Aylesford course at Marriott Forest of Arden in support of their ladies section and to raise money for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice.
A welcome of coffee and delicious cookies saw us off on to the course with players from all over Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Our academy girls came too from Ladies Love Golf at 3 Hammers and Ledene Golf Centre, and the course proved to be challenging under the relentless heat.
Despite all of this there were some good scores and Forest of Arden Lady Captain, Debbie Poynton was victorious with her partner Michelle Graham.
Michelle and Jean Warner, also from FOA won Nearest the pin and Straightest Drive respectively and Bridget Locke from Ingestre GC won longest drive. Thanks go to Druids Heath Golf Club and Nailcote Hall for their fourball prizes, and thank you to Forest of Arden for your hospitality.
Between us we managed to raise £142 for the Hospice, thanks ladies.
At each event MGALS numbers continue to grow and we now have 65 members in our society.
Our next MGALS event will be held at The Bankhouse Hotel and Golf in Worcester on Friday October 19th where we will be pampered on the day by the Temple Spa skin products after our golf competition and a Gala Dinner will follow with optional over night stay. The cost of the package will be confirmed soon.
“Thank you so much for today Mandy, it was hot out there but all the ladies did a fabulous job. It was lovely to see so
many play in this. Please pass on my thanks to all your MGALS for their support, we also raised some money for the captain’s charities and the feedback from our own ladies was really good.” Debbie Poynton – Forest of Arden Lady Captain.
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