Three Rivers Ladies also at Lakeside Lodges
Three Rivers Ladies at Lakeside Lodges
Written by Jenny Cook
Ladies Captain Jo Stentiford in a rather impressive Jo Stentiford face mask.
How overdue was this! On Sunday 12th September 2021, 24 ladies
from Three Rivers Ladies Section met up at the Lakeside Lodge Golf
Centre in Pidley, Huntingdon, for two full fun-packed days of golf,
laughter, friendship and banter on a well-organized weekend.
So good was the
organization, the two days
passed by seamlessly to
enable everyone to enjoy a
brilliant couple of days
away. It’s been pretty rare
over the last 18 months to
get a break, let alone for
such a large group of ladies
Pidley, is a great golf
course for a large group
where everyone has a chance to shine, with some challenging
holes, free running fairways and great greens. This has been a
favorite venue before and no doubt everyone can look forward to
At the Sunday evening meal Ladies Captain Jo Stentiford was
confronted with a number of look- a- likes as all the ladies turned up
in Jo Stentiford face masks.
Jo Stentiford the Lady Captain
summed up the away days
perfectly saying “… a big thanks
to you all, and well done to
everyone for making our away
weekend such a success. The
golf was super, the food was
tasty, Ten Pin bowling was great
fun and the weather was
fantastic, but most of all your
company was superb. From all
the lovely comments and
feedback received this certainly was a wonderful weekend for all,
again I thank Caroline Crispin for all her hard work in making the
No. 23 September/ October 2021
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Men's Finals Day
New Club Champion Barry Medcalf (L) with Club Captain John Hatfield.
Winner of the Rabbits Cup Dave Allen (L) with Club Captain John Hatfield.
Winner of the Brent Walker Trophy Gary leigh (L) with Club Captain John Hatfield.
The Men’s Finals Day was held on Saturday 18 September. The
weather was extremely kind to those taking part with sunshine and a
light breeze. All in all 58 members took part in the different
competitions held on the day.
Those players with a low handicap play for
the Club Champion (a scratch competition)
and J & B Trophy (a handicap competition)
while those with a higher handicap (16 and
above) play for the Brent Walker Handicap
Trophy (a Stableford competition). Players
with a handicap of 21 and above are also
eligible for a separate trophy - the Rabbits
If that were not enough, the day also
provides the last round in the 3R’s Series.
The 3R’s Series runs over 4 rounds with the
best score of the first 3 rounds plus the
score on Finals Day being used to declare
the winner. This year the competition was
tinged with sadness because of the recent
passing of our 2018 Club Captain, Iain Bray
who established the competition during his
term of captaincy.
The premium accolade, the Club
Championship was won by Barry Medcalfe
with a gross score of 75. His round included
2 birdies, 15 pars and 1 bogey. His nearest
challenger was Beau Brunning 2 strokes
Les Robinson won the J & B Trophy with
nett score of 67 with Lewis Roberts being
declared runner up (on C/B).
The Brent Walker Handicap Trophy was won
by Gary Leigh with 42 points with Peter
Griffiths runner-up with 38 points. Dave
Allen won the Rabitts Cup with 38 points.
The best 3Rs score was posted by Steve
Macartney although taking into account
previous rounds he was pipped at the post
by Les Robinson who’s overall score was
82 point, 3 points ahead of Steve.
Three Rivers Vets Golf Break
Enjoying after match refreshments
Three Rivers Vets at Lakeside Lodges
September 7 saw 16 Vets from the Kings and Jubilee courses return
to Lakeside Lodges, Huntingdon for their traditional 3 day autumn golf
break. The group has been going to Lakeside Lodges for the past 6
year minus of course the missing year due to the Covid restrictions.
Their arrival coincided with the
late summer heat wave. The
first day was played in
temperatures on 32 C plus. The
sunshine and heat and heat was
felt by all and was too much for
one sole (me) who had to retire
early with what was diagnosed
by the rest as sunstroke.
The accommodation at
Lakeside Lodges, as the name
implies, is in lodges that sleep 8 to 12 people in twin rooms. This lent
its self perfect for the second day as the two lodges used by the
group played against each other in a Ryder Cup format with 2 pairs
matches and 4 singles. The temperature on the day was a bit cooler,
a mere 30 C.
During the evening meal the scores were announced – those in
Cherry Lodge had beaten Pine Lodge by 3 ½ to 2 ½. The jubilation
and jeers was auditable. After dinner both team meet in common
room in the winners lodge for what turned out to be a long wind down
The success of the Ryder Cup
format was such that the third
day was unanimously
reconfigured into a Ryder Cup
second day extension. However
the wear and tear of the past two
days and by a good dose of the
night before’s frivolities, saw the
introduction of a slight
adjustment to the format. They
played a pairs Texas Scramble.
The result was a 3 to 3 tie.
Everyone agreed that the break was an outstanding success, so
much so that a repeat booking was made for next year before
Did You Know ?
Many people ask why golf courses have eighteen holes as this is
now the universal format played today.
Initially, there was no standard number of holes on a golf course. In
the 18th century, golf was played on common land, usually by the
sea, and the number of holes varied. In 1744 the links course near
Edinburgh had only 5 holes as did the nearby Bruntsfield course and
the Blackheath course in London. Up until 1764 St Andrews boasted
12 holes. These were laid out in a line and 10 holes were played
twice, once 'out' and once back 'in', making a 'round' of 22 holes.
In 1764, the golfers at St Andrews decided to combine the first four
short holes into two, to produce a round of 18 holes, though it was
still only 10 holes of which 8 were played twice. There is no specific
date for when 18 holes became the standard number of holes on a
course. In 1842, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club issued new rules
for its members; Rule 1 stated:
“one round of the Links or 18 holes is reckoned a match unless
Clubs were not expected to follow this example, but by the 1870s,
with more and more clubs looking to the R&A for advice, a round of
golf was increasingly accepted as consisting of 18 holes.
There are two kinds of bounces: unfair bounces and bounces just the way you intended to play it.