On the hottest day of the year so far, a modest breeze kept the “feel” of the temperature at a nice, pleasant level. That breeze making one two try to hit the ball a little harder when playing in to the teeth of it with not always the desired result. We had 20 players with 10 in each competition. The average stableford score for this event was 33.00 which is the highest average score so far this season on nice golf course with each hole being different.
The strokeplay shield competition was fiercely fought with Andy Williams rising like cream in a bottle of milk to the top with a nett 70 (par 72) and being the only player outperforming their handicap in this competition.
|Winner||Andy Williams||Nett 70 (-2)|
|Second||Stuart Bourne||Nett 73 (+1)|
|Third||Alan Bigley/ Micky Mann||Nett 74 (+2)|
The stableford shield was an exciting competition with Peter Cudmore and David Howroyd battling it out down the last few holes with Peter edging out David with his 43 points playing David’s 41. The first players to join the 40+ club this year! However, that was not the end of the story with John Collingwood who really likes this course coming home in the final group with a staggering 49 points – the handicap secretary was quick to produce his red pen when he saw that score – see below. Seriously, a fantastic round of golf from John. Worthy of note was Peter was miffed that I said he was well beaten in to second place at the last event, so I am really pleased to say he was even more well beaten in to second place this time!!!
Team Competition Result
Ahhhh the less said the better about this one with the Handicap Sec making a right Horlicks of the results and the winners who were initially announced as
Stuart, Andrew and Alan not being correct!! The wine had to be reclaimed and redistributed with Alan Bigley not letting go of his until he was wrestled to the floor and his grip loosened with a pound of butter. The big clue the handicap sec missed is in the results above with John C scoring more than most teams on his own, not really but you get the point!! The real winners were:-
|Winner||Graham Meadows, Joe Carroll & John Collingwood||92|
|Second||Stuart Bourne, Andrew Burnett & Alan Bigley||84 (B9CB 46)|
|Third||David Howroyd, Peter Cudmore, Brian Cook & Simon Briggs||84 (B9CB 44|
Nearest the Pin (12th Hole 159 yards)
Peter Cudmore being one of a small number of players to get close to the green let alone the pin. A very good shot from Peter taking this prize.
Nearest The Pin in Two (5th Hole 306 yards)
Steve Smith winning this one and getting very close with two cracking hits.
Seven birdies were achieved on the day as follows: –
|Player||Hole||Score||Yards & Stroke index|
|Alan Bond||2nd||4 on the par 5||462 yds SI 12|
|Andy Williams||2nd||4 on the par 5||462 yds SI 12|
|Micky Mann||9th||3 on the par 4||338 yds SI 10|
|Stuart Bourne||10th||4 on the par 5||477 yds SI 11|
|Andrew Burnett||10th||4 on the par 5||477 yds SI 11|
|Stuart Bourne||16th||2 on the par 3||164 yds SI 15|
|Alan Bigley||18th||4 on the par 5||482 yds SI 9|
Early Days for the Player of the Year competition with those who have played 4 times or more below. This competition looks at the four best rounds for each player across the calendar year (so the more you play the better the choice). The very early runners and riders are as follows:-
|Player||Rounds||Best 4 total|
Random event on the day was this fox that wandered over to the third group out to ask for food – he saw the size of the handicap sec and thought he must have a pie in his bag to share – unfortunately he was wrong!!
The societies next event is scheduled for a THURSDAY the 18th August at the Weald of Kent GC. Let’s hope for some more great weather.