Tri Golf Festival 2017
On Thursday 18th May 2017, Kirby Muxloe Golf Club played host to the annual Tri Golf Festival being run by Leicester City Schools Sports Partnership. County Coach Ian Bailey was in attendance to provide a helping hand.
This heat represented the west of Leicester and there will be a further heat next week at Humbertsone Heights Golf Club to represent the east of Leicester. The winners from each section play off in a final at a multi sports event being held later in the year in Uppingham.
Around 200 girls and boys formed fourteen teams from ten inner city schools to take part in various golfing tasks. There were two separate competitions - one for Years 3 & 4 and the other for Years 5 & 6.
This is the second year that Kirby Muxloe has hosted the event. It was previously held at Western Park Golf Club before that facility closed in October 2015.
Fortunately, the festival was blessed with warm, bright and sunny conditions, far removed from the previous day's torrential rain.
These events are not only designed to be fun activities, but also provide an introduction to golf for children that may not otherwise get the opportunity to do so. County starlet Coby Cartwright was first introduced to golf through these events and he has gone on to represent England.
LGU Peugeot Coronation Foursomes
The final scores from the Regional Final of the above played on Monday 25th July 2016 can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Congratulations to Fiona Wolley & Sally Kay of Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire and our best wishes go to them in the Grand Final of the event which is being played over the Eden Course, St Andrews on Monday 19th September 2016.
Chief Executive of The R&A visits Kirby Muxloe
The field at the recent English Senior Men's Open Amateur Championship included Martin Slumbers. the newly appointed Chief Executive of The R&A and Secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Born in Brighton and educated at Lancing College, Mr Slumbers gained a BSc in Production Engineering and Economics from the University of Birmingham. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London before embarking on a career in investment banking. He spent 12 years working for Salomon Brothers International in London and Hong Kong, becoming Chief Financial Officer in Asia and then Europe.
In 1998, he joined Deutsche Bank and served in a number of senior executive roles. He was appointed Global Head of Deutsche Bank's Investment Banking Operations in 2006 and the following year as Global Head of Global Business Services.
He is a keen golfer and a member of Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey where he plays to a handicap of two. He is married with two sons.
He took up his position at the R&A on 25th September 2015 following the retirement of his predecessor Peter Dawson.
English Senior Men's Open Amateur Championship 2016
England Golf's flag flies high at Kirby Muxloe for the event Click to view all 10 images...
The giant scoreboard welcomes all to Kirby.
The Greenkeeping Team ready for action
Referee in position
Here's our ball spotter on the 17th for the final day - representing an army of volunteers that helped the event run smoothly
The final scores
Top table at the presentation
Captain Steve Platt addresses the crowd at the closing ceremony
Winner Richard Latham receives the trophy from England Golf's Immediate Past President Nigel Evans O.B.E.
The winner's speech watched closely by England Golf's Director of Championships James Crampton
The above tournament was held here at Kirby Muxloe in 2016.
It is a 54 hole tournament for golfers aged 55 and over. Two strokeplay rounds are played - one here at Kirby Muxloe and the other at Rothley Park. After the 36 holes, the leading 80 competitors and those tied for 80th place play a third and final round at Kirby Muxloe as the Championship's Host Club. The first two rounds were played on Wednesday 1st June 2016 and Thursday 2nd June 2016. The final round was on Friday 3rd June 2016.
At the end of the week, Lincolnshire’s Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa) completed a wire-to-wire victory - beating the field by a hefty five shots.
It’s the second time Latham has won the title and he commented: “It feels terrific, I am delighted.”
He claimed his crown after a final round which had everything: a first tee wobble, a dramatic charge from a rival, birdies galore - and dogged determination from the new champion.
At the end of it Latham, the general manager at Woodhall Spa, was level par for the championship, returning four-over 75 in the final round. The runner-up was David Niven (Newbury & Crookham), who set the final round alight with three birdies in his first five holes.
Latham made a meteoric start to his senior career in 2013, but came to Kirby with a point to prove, after losing his England senior team place last year. “I have come out and proved I can still play, which is what I wanted to do. I was desperately keen to prove that to myself,” he said.
He made his intentions clear with a superb first round of four-under 67, followed up with level par 71 at Rothley Park – the championship’s co-host – and at the start of the final round he held a seven shot lead over Niven, Chris Reynolds (Littlestone) and Andrew Stracey (Denham).
But, such a big lead can be as much a challenge as a comfort and Latham was edgy on the first tee and ended up topping his opening drive. “It was probably the worst shot I have hit in my entire 40-year competitive career, but I did make a good bogey!” he said afterwards.
A couple of unlucky breaks later and Latham was three over after four. Meanwhile Niven, a senior international, was charging – and the gap was narrowing.
Latham showed his mettle with birdies on five and six, where he struck his shot of the championship. In the first round he had opted to lay up short of the water hazard in front of the green, but this time he went for it, arrowed his shot straight at the pin and holed the 10-footer. “I thought I’d better get a move on!” he said.
Both players also birdied the eighth, but after that Niven’s charge stalled and Latham was able to extend his lead once more. He got back under par for the championship with a birdie on the long 17th where he played a superb approach to about 6ft, but the short 18th cost him a shot after he bunkered his tee shot.
By then, though, it didn’t matter. He’d avoided paying attention to his rivals’ play but he did know he had a very comfortable cushion as he played the last.
He paid tribute to his wife Lisa, for her support, and to his coach, David Ridley. “My coach told me ‘play for yourself, concentrate on what you are doing’ and that’s such sound advice. I gave very little thought to anyone else and concentrated on me.”
The spectators, however, were well aware of the scoring as Latham and Niven – playing in separate groups - collected eight birdies between them.
Elsewhere there was good play from Paul Plant who scored a final round 73, composed of 16 pars and two bogeys, which moved him into a tie for third place with David Nelson (Northenden). Fifth place was shared by Andrew Stracey and Keith Young (Ashridge).
All in all, it was a wonderful week for all concerned.