Captain Gallifant wins at Eastbourne Down with a fast start to his round on drizzly cold day on this very dry South Downs course.

The format was changed due to a late drop out and an odd number of players making the Mad March jugs pairs competition unviable.  Instead an individual stableford competition was completed by the 11 MGS members in attendance.  The society adopted a pragmatic and sensibly conservative approach to golfing with the Covid 19 outbreak recently having been announced as a pandemic and the UK government placing restrictions on every day activities. Scoring was surprisingly excellent with the average stableford score being a creditable and high 32 points !!

Unfortunately, Hon Sec Howroyd retired unwell after completing only 7 holes leaving the remaining 10 of us to soldier on.  By this point Captain James had already amassed 19 points after just 6 holes. James was assured that Jerry was actually saying “clucking bell” under his breath, a new golfing term for “well played” as James dropped the ball in to the hole for another 4 point reward. 

By one account Alan Bigley is now hitting the ball so far we have a new competition “Nearest the pub.”  Anyway, I understand he did drive the par four green on at least one occasion during his round which is impressive – and with an 8 iron (joking).

Individual Stableford

The individual spoils went to:-

Place

Player

Score

Winner

Captain James Gallifant

38

Second

Micky Mann

35

Third

Kevin Leftley

34 (17 B9CB)

Fourth

Andrew Burnett

34 (14 B9CB)

 

Team Stableford

No competition was held with the Mad March Jugs be carried forward to later in the year.

Winner Longest Drive:  No Competition to avoid touching markers and staying 2 mtrs apart.  

Winner Nearest the Pin: No competition to avoid touching markers and staying 2 mtrs apart

Anorak moment of the report is the day saw 5 birdies taking the seasons total to 11: –

Player

Hole

Score

Micky Mann

3rd

3 on the 327yd Par 4 (SI 5)

Alan Bigley

5th

3 on the 275yd Par 4 (SI 17)

Alan Bigley

10th

4 on the 464yd Par 5 (SI 11)

Andrew Burnett

10th

4 on the 464yd Par 5 (SI 11)

Graham Meadows

16th

3 on the 279yd Par 4 (SI 18)

 

The next monthly meeting has been cancelled as a result of the current Covid 19 outbreak.  We hope to be able to play again in May at Copthorne, we shall see.  In any case I am sure at the next event we will all have a few beers to celebrate a round of golf and the pubs being back open again, hopefully.  Best Wishes and stay safe everyone.