“Gorringe wins the Spring Tour Trophy after months out with injury”
The weather was excellent for the MGS Spring Tour at the Vale of Glamorgan GC near Cardiff in Sunny Wales. Upfront a big thank you goes to Phil Herbert who again organised a fabulous and extremely good value tour where we were very well looked after by all the staff at the Golf Course and at the associated hotel – well done Phil.
Three rounds of very competitive golf were held over 3 days. Two rounds on the par 73 Wales National and one on the par 72 Lakes course with water in play on 12 of the 18 holes. Kev Weaver was determined to retain the trophy he had won in 2014 at the Foxhills GC in Surrey.
Following a painless early Sunday morning drive down we tee’d off at just after 1pm to be faced with an opening two holes ranked as stroke index 3 and 1 on the Wales National Course!!!
On a beautiful and calm day the leaders after day one were:-
|First||Andy “burning the course up ” Tippett||38|
|Second||Tim “not sure if I can play but will give it a go” Gorringe||35|
|Third||Andy “ I’m 1.9 miles away but 6 miles in the car” Bishop||34|
Andy “Tips” Tippett proving the bookies were right with them having him down as favourite after finishing in the top two at his last two outings: second at the last MGS society day at Hever and winning the charity Lewis FC golf day on the Friday preceding the tour – the man in form.
We also learnt checking in to the hotel that Brian was called “chez” as a lad as his second name is pronounced “chez”mur rather than “cheese”mur . Now we all know!
Tips, Bish and Barry were so pleased with their starting round that they were dancing in their room until 3am when the night porter visited and asked them to stop as he had received complaints from the other guests!
The aptly named Lakes course faced the 14 strong MGS society on the Monday with a 9.40am start on another dry and calm day. The days results were as follows:-
|First||Tim “the handicap cut now hurts more than my knee and foot” Gorringe||36|
|Second||Barry “I got dressed for golf in the dark” Browning||35|
|Third||Jerry “I am not a big fan of whips!!” Watkiss||33|
In addition the following were competed for:
|Nearest the Pin||Won by Andy Tippett|
|Longest Drive||Won by Barry Browning|
Aristotle in 380BC after developing his initial interest in anatomy and biology prophesied “beware of the injured golfer.” That prophesy proved to be true with Tim “the injured golfer” now having two stonking rounds under his belt and a lead of 6 shots over a chasing pack and the “movers and shakers” on day 2 of Barry, Kev, Jerry, Tips, Peter and Mike S . Tim was thus cut 5 shots as any sympathy with his wounded soldier stories had worn off.
The afternoon consisted of a number of players enjoying the leisure and spa facilities at the hotel, a number taking an afternoon nap, some catching up on work, Dave S & Mike S breaking open a bottle of gin and Bish checking in to room 1 at Milf house as the Vale Resort was full on the Monday night.
It also transpired that certain society members had twin rooms and others had cosy double sparking memories of Morecambe and Wise!!
Breakfast saw Jerry Watkiss and Micky Mann both “dummy and glide past” Sam Warburton the Welsh Rugby Union captain to secure the last two fried eggs at the breakfast buffet – it was a joy to see as Sam had a 30 metre start. Sam said “I have never seen two Englishmen move so fast”
The final day saw us return to the Wales National course on a bright but windy day in more ways than one! Additionally, to the wind the final groups had the added pressure of being followed by a number of quick “twoballs” in buggies – never a nice experience!
The final day results were as follows:-
|First||Micky “I’ll have a Strongbow” Mann||37|
|Second||David “wasn’t it windy today” Howroyd||35|
|Third||Phil “good vouchers and nice table wine“ Herbert||31|
In addition the following were competed for:
|Nearest the Pin||Won by Mike Sellence|
|Longest Drive||Won by Micky Mann|
David Howroyd stormed up the leaderboard with 23 points on his card after just 8 holes – “what a start.” David’s final 10 holes were then very solid but less inspired.
Phil Herbert playing with David quietly put together a very good and solid round – but too little too late in terms of the overall competition.
In the next group Micky Mann had put in a real charge and was playing “with freedom” and put a strong 37 points on the board for the leaders and chasing pack to think about.
SPRING TOUR OVERALL RESULTS:-
The freshly polished Spring Tour Trophy was at stake and that one that really mattered. The final results checked and double checked were as follows:-
|Place||Player||Score Day 1
|Score Day 2
|Score Day 3
|12||Captain Fred Ablitt||25||25||26||76|
|13||Brian “Chez” Cheesmur||23||26||19||68|
|14||Dave “gin” Stocker||22||18||22||60|
Captain Fred and Vice-Captain Peter presented the trophy to a delighted Tim “Tom” Gorringe.
An excellent, enjoyable and very well run event by Phil “Hon Sec” Herbert as always.