Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The competitions are coming thick and fast now that Spring is approaching, writes Andy Wagner. 'Practice makes perfect' they say and Richard Beard headed the Monthly Stableford Div One with a magnificent 41pts. Steve Waller took second with 38pts leaving Jeff Peace third with 36pts. Div Two was a tighter affair where Jake Phillips took pole with 36pts on count back from Bowyer Thornton. Tom Tunnicliffe was third just one point behind.
A Tuesday Mixed Texas Scramble saw 24 members battle in teams of four this week. The weather was sometimes kind, sometimes not - and the competition was played over 18 holes. This week is work week on the course so putting on the temporary greens was a lottery. Two teams had the same gross score but, with the handicap allowance, the winning team was Jan and John Dickinson, Maureen McIllvean and Andy Sharland beating the team of Sue and Paul Ritchie and Andrea and Stan Squire.
●Throwing caution to the wind (quite literally), 39 ladies braved the cold and wet on Wednesday determined not to let inclement conditions spoil their special "Spring" competition. The 14 hole 4BBB, two scores to count, fun match was won by Henrietta Bradshaw, Thelma Neate, Catherine Doherty and Judith Newbery with 67 points. Close behind were Chris Pearce, June Hodge, Julie Eyles and Majsan Stroud with 66 points, and, in third, were Diana Gee, Olive Pope, Di Wall and Jan Lloyd with 64 points. The match was followed by the ladies’ annual "Spring Lunch", and to finish off a great day, Max Pipe presided over a very enjoyable golf fashion show - though his interpretation of "essential golfing items" was hilariously doubtful, but gallantly portrayed by our very own Barbara Mullet.
●The seniors played their final Winter Eclectic round, combined with a Stablemed. For the uninitiated this meant scoring the outward nine as a Stableford and the back nine as a medal. The Stableford points were deducted from the nett medal score.
That seemed to some to be complicated enough but the difficulties were compounded by some holes being cut on the fairways due to work on the greens, making putting a real hit and miss affair.
Despite the later players getting a good drenching, good scores were recorded, the best being by Pat Purtell who led division one with 14 points, which is under par.
He was closely followed by Tony Proudfoot and Stan Squire on 15. Robert Canterbury scored 16 and the fifth prize winner was Andy Sharland on 17. The second division was led by Howard Clayton with 15, just beating Ron Rogers on countback. Ashley Murray came third and Paul Richie beat Dave Morgan on countback with a score of 17.
A special mention must be made of vice-captain Bob Underwood who made a two on the 16th hole for a nett albatross - a very rare bird in this neck of the woods.