The “Fun Day” at Seaford Head saw 21 players, plus a floating Captain Clive Butler battle it out for various prizes. The weather was generally good on this relatively short course with its main defence “the wind” being moderate which kept the scoring at a good rather than extravagant level (41 points only achieving mid-table mediocrity in recent years but being the winning total on this occasion). Indeed, only three players achieved 40+ stableford points with the average stableford score in the individual competition still being the highest of the year so far at 35.48 (37.6 in 2017).
The morning started with an eleven-hole Texas Scramble which saw some fabulous golf with the winning team recovering from a bogey on the first to birdie holes five, six, eight and ten edging out one other team on -3 (birdies on holes two, five and eight thanks to some fine putting by Andy Bishop!). Thus, the winners were as follows:
|Winners||Dereck Coppard, Pat Layen & Brian Day||-3 (-1 last three count back)|
|Second||Micky Mann, Tim Gorringe & Andy Bishop||-3 (L last three count back)|
|Third||Tom Bennett, James Galifant & Kevin Hawkins||-1 (on count back)|
The Individual Stableford Competition.
Playing off full society handicaps the winner was Mr Kelvin Paterson with a very impressive 23 points on the back nine edging out Brian Day both scoring a total of 41 points. Birdies on the 10thand final 18thmade all the difference.
Thus, the result was as follows: –
|Winner||Kelvin Paterson||41 (back 9 cb 23)|
|Second||Brian Day||41 (back 9 cb 18)|
Team Stableford Competition
The usual best two stableford scores from teams of three counted in this competition. Again, a very high scoring and tight competition with the results being as follows: –
|Winners||Andy Tippett, Fred Ablitt & Kevin Weaver||90|
|Second||Paul Hillman, Kelvin Paterson & Kevin Leftley||89|
|Third||Chris Buck, David Howroyd & Barry Browning||88|
Winner Nearest the Line (Hole 8th): Andy Tippett
Winner Nearest the Pin (Hole 16th): Tom Bennett with a very fine shot indeed
NB: The Nearest the Pin was moved to the 16thafter all 21 players failed to hit the 4thgreen!!
A big thank you to Captain Clive for his hospitality and keeping us fed and watered on the day. The only downside was running poor old Barry over in his cart and getting out that grass stain from his dusky pink shorts will be a nightmare. Seriously, a bit scary for Barry and hope the bruised ankle has recovered nicely.
The air show display was a tad disappointing – I think we saw the vapour trail of the red arrows in the distance, a couple of wing walkers and the fabulous Lancaster Bomber heading home from the display, which was a genuine treat. That said the views on the top part of the course of the seven sisters were again stunning. However, with the view being so good Tim’s request for Bish to do a star jump on the edge as it would make a fantastic picture were declined!!
Another enjoyable day on an old favourite, with plenty of good company and chips and lashing of tomato and brown sauce with every course!
Birdies on the day were achieved as follows: –
|Kevin Weaver||3 on the par 4 second|
|Andy Tippett||3 on the par 4 third|
|Barry Browning||4 on the par 5 fifth|
|Dereck Coppard||2 on the par 3 tenth|
|Kelvin Paterson||2 on the par 3 tenth|
|Chris Buck||2 on the par 3 twelfth|
|Fred Ablitt||4 on the par 5 thirteenth|
|Barry Browning||4 on the par 5 eighteenth|
|Kelvin Paterson||4 on the par 5 eighteenth|
|Tom Bennett||4 on the par 5 eighteenth|
Our next outing is at:
Venue: Westerham Golf Club
Date: Friday 21st September 2018