Kenilworth: Course Open.
The new format Club Championships, played over two days this weekend, saw 156 players contest the first 18 holes on Saturday, with the 30 best men and 9 best ladies playing the second 18 on Sunday morning.
The Ladies’ Championship saw Liz Brown triumph for the third consecutive year with a score 170. In second place on 177 was Emma Saywell with Toni Shirley in third.
The Men’s Championship was a very exciting contest which saw Richard Keegan, Dean Sparrow and Alex Summers all tie on 150. This led to a sudden death playoff, which disappointingly for Rich he was unable to play. On the first playoff hole, Alex’s chip for birdie just fell short to leave Dean with a 15 foot putt for birdie which he brilliantly holed for him to also claim the title for a third year in a row. Mick Rossborough was a very creditable fourth, just one shot behind. Great support from members saw 50 watching the play off and a full Clubhouse for the presentation and BBQ.
All in all a great event with two worthy champions!
37 golfers travelled to Llandrindod Wells over the weekend and for the first time in over 20 years returned with the coveted Llandrindod shield, having won the annual match in Llandrindod by 11.5 points to 7.5 points.
This tremendous win capped a wonderful weekend, with golf played on a great course over two days in wonderful weather, which enabled us to savour the magnificent views from the golf course. The picture shows Captain Jim McCarthy receiving the shield from Llandrindod captain, Peter Williams.
A great weekend and well done to all participated!
The retiring Mayor Richard Davis presented the 'Award Of Merit For Outstanding Service To The Community' to our Captains Jim & Alison at the Mayor Making Ceremony last month.
This award has only been made about 25 times in the last 75 years and was given to us as a mark of appreciation by the Mayor for the fund raising efforts of Kenilworth Golf Club in raising money for the Mayors annual charity which it has done for the past 10 years by way of the Mayors Golf Day.
Congratulations to all involved.
At the Club AGM in April the retiring Captains Lesley Cheslin and Charles Leggitt presented the proceeds of the Captains Charity during their year in office to Barbara Elsey of the NSPCC. A magnificent total of £16,687 was raised which will be used for the benefit of abused and neglected children in Coventry.
The Captains expressed their thanks to all members of the club who's generosity allowed this gift to the NSPCC to be made. Lesley commented "You have once again done Kenilworth proud!".
With entertainment from the Richard Gissane trio the lunch and afternoon lived up to our members regular expectations.
For a full description of the day click here
The last Mixed Texas Scramble of the winter season took place on March 11th on a pleasant albeit windy day. Read more ...
Come and support our town Mayor on April 26th by entering a team of four in the annual Charity Day.
A letter from the Mayor can been read here.
For details of the event see this poster .
For Sponsorship form click here.
For an entry form please click here.
Thank you for your support.
|From left to right, Richard Joyce, Kevin Connelly, Malcolm Kelly, Angus Fraser, Ron Guest|
England Selector Angus Fraser joined the gentlemen of Kenilworth and their guests for the last Sportsman's Dinner of this season on March 9th. As Chairman Malcolm Kelly pointed out his name sounds like that of a fellow Scot but Angus was born in Lancashire and then went on to play cricket for Middlesex from 1984 to 2002. He was selected for England and played in 46 test matches and 42 one day internationals. He now serves as an England selector. He is still at Middlesex County Cricket Club, being the Managing Director of Cricket. He has also spent time as a journalist and as a commentator - and with that background he had a wonderful collection of stories with which to entertain the attendees.
To read about the evening click here
The 2017 St Valentine's Dinner went with a swing with entertainment from pianist Lincoln Noel. Read more ...
2016 was seen out in great style with the Casino night at the club. Each guest was welcomed with a £200 starter to enable them to play the tables through the evening - and top-ups were available from the Lady Captain for those whose luck ran out too early.
For a full description of the evening and pictures - click here.
The 2016 Christmas Review played to packed houses on Friday and Saturday nights to entertain the Kenilworth Golf Club members and their guests. The story of Cinderella unfolded through the evening - mixed in with other sketches, songs and recitals performed (in the loosest possible sense of the word) by a variety of members.
For pictures - click here.
With £100s worth of prizes up for grabs the morning and afternoon competitions saw all the tees loaded with 1 or 2 groups for the 4BBB competitions. Morning winners with 44 points - winning a bottle of malt whisky each were Mick Dorgan and Robert Wilkes. With 41 points, the afternoon winners were Alan Copper and David Muir.
For the full list of winners click here.
The first Sportsman's Night of the winter season saw a full house for the visit of Paul Merson. Paul told us of the highlights of his career when he was a part of George Graham's team in the late eighties during which he notched up winners medals for most of the competitions available. He described the famous victory at Anfield in the last game of the 88-89 season when they needed to win 2-0 to take the title. He told us of George Graham's strategy for the match which worked out just as he planned it - although they had to wait until the last few seconds of the game for Michael Thomas to score the second goal which brought them the championship.
"Merse" told us of the downside of his career too. Of the time when he received his first pay as an Arsenal player - but was taken to a bookies by another player and lost it all on the same day. He told of how this led to an addiction to gambling and of his addiction to drugs too. He spoke of the days spent with Gazza when they played together at Middlesborough - of the drink and drugs they consumed until they passed out.
Paul left Middlesborough to return south - and went to Aston Villa. From there he joined Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth and helped them to promotion. However, he realised that his playing days in the premiership were over so he joined Walsall - first as a player and then took over as manager for a couple of years.
During his career at the top Paul played 21 times for England. He told us of the time when he scored a penalty for England in the penalty shoot-out with Argentina in the 1998 world cup. When told he was one of the players selected to take a penalty he was really nervous - having missed a previous penalty in a domestic game. However, Glenn Hoddle - who Paul really rated highly as an England manager - spoke to him and told him that he would not miss. This boosted his confidence and Glenn was proved to be correct. Sadly other penalty takers were not so successful and England went out of the tournament.
Paul is now seen as a pundit on Sky television. He gave some background on how Jeff Stelling seems to have so many pieces of football trivia available for every situation - and also explained the teasing he gets over his inability to pronounce the names of foreign players.
A great selection for Derrick Richardson's first sportsman's night of the winter - well done Derrick.
On July 8th, members and friends of Kenilworth Golf Club met at the White House to raise funds for this year's Captains' Charity - the NSPCC.
The 2016 Kenilworth Bowl was won by Lynda McCarthy, Chair of the Match & Competitions Committee and Richard Joyce, Chair of the Management Committee. Club Captains Lesley Cheslin and Charles Leggitt presented them with the trophy following their victory with 44 points.
For the full results, click here
The annual Mayor's Golf Day at Kenilworth Golf Club took place on May 11th. The Mayor and Mayoress visited the club on May 28 to receive the cheque for the money raised. Read More ...
The Seniors Mixed Open was won by Rita Lawson (Shirley Golf Club) and John Lawson (Robin Hood Golf Club) with 41 points. Elizabeth Jones and D Lakin (Tadmarton Golf Club) were in 2nd place with 40 points. Third place was taken by Club President Ann Saywell with the Treasurer Ron Saywell who came in 1 point behind with 39 points.
John and Rita are pictured receiving their trophy from Captain Charles Leggitt.
For the full results, click here
In Friday 29th April, with the sun shining brightly but a very cold north wind whipping around their ankles nearly 50 members and friends of the Helping Hands Club met near the Clock Island to board the coach which would take them to Caister on Sea, near Great Yarmouth, for their long weekend away.
They were all excited as they met together - talking about who was sharing caravans - who snored the loudest - who had bought the bread - and all those things that friends chat about on such occasions.
Finally they were all assembled and the coach arrived to take them on their trip. The only hold up was the member from Kenilworth Golf Club who wanted to take a photograph of them. With all the hustle and bustle and the traffic noise it was hard to get them all to smile at the same time. It didn't help that the sun was shining in their eyes - but here they are ready to go - and ready to board the coach as soon as I got out of the way.
Once again they reiterated their thanks to the Kenilworth Golf Club members who's contributions to last year's Captains' Charity had paid for their holiday.
Following an excellent traditional English lunch of Tomato Soup, Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding & delicious vegetables and Spotted Dick members of the club and their friends were provided traditional English entertainment by the Coventry Morris Men. With clashing sticks, flying hankies and all the bells and whistles expected, the Morris dancers provided 30 minutes of energetic hops, skips and stomps, interspersed with a couple of clog dances from Nancy (a Morris lady?).
On April 19th Past Captains Nina Noon & Tony Ranger went over to the Action For Children Respite Care Home on Rouncil Lane to deliver a cheque to cover the final amount from the Charity Fund for their year.
The amount payable from the Charity Fund at the club has been augmented by direct donations for which Gift Aid may be claimed by the Charity. Once all of the various bits had been totted up and the Gift Aid calculation done and added in, the total that Kenilworth Golf Club members have provided to Action For Children comes to a round £11,000.
So - a big THANKYOU to all KGC members for your generosity and support over the year.
Pictured below with Tony and Nina presenting the cheque are Louise Tumulty, Registered Manager and Ian Sheen, Service Co-ordinator. The presentation took place in the Ocean Room - one of the children's bedrooms.
Charles and Lesley are our new Captains and we wish them well in their year of Captaincy.
For photos, click here
The Sensations returned to Kenilworth Golf Club to provide the entertainment for Nina’s & Tony’s Final Fling on Saturday 19th March.
Following an excellent buffet meal featuring Beef in a Red Wine Sauce and Cajun Chicken Nina & Tony spoke briefly to offer their thanks to the staff and members of the club who had supported them so well through the year. They gave particular thanks and gifts to their spouses (spice?) who had been such a tremendous support throughout that time.
For a full report and pictures Click Here
Irish eyes - along with English, Scottish, Welsh and half Italian eyes - were smiling all afternoon at the St Patrick's Lunch ag the Club. A great lunch - washed down with copious pints of Guinness and a host of other beverages - was enjoyed before the entertainment began. Read More
The gentle Edinburgh lilt was familiar to all who watch Rugby on the television as Ian Robertson spoke at the last Sportsman's Dinner of the winter. He began by going through those famous words he screamed in the last minute of the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final. Read More
Valentines Day was celebrated in style at Kenilworth Golf Club ... Read More
One of the legends of England football graced the clubhouse with his presence in the first Sportsmen's Evening of 2016.
Gordon Banks - one of the best goal keepers the world has ever seen - visited Kenilworth Golf Club and held his audience enthralled as he spoke about his career.