John Miller with a massive 47 (yes 47 points) wins the MGS outing at Lamberhurst on perfect day for good golf

Clearly inspired by his round at Stoke Park the day before, John Miller copes easily with the ‘Oddjob’ of seeing off his MGS contemporaries at Lamberhurst.

18 of us, including our welcome new member Will Wakefield, took to the well presented fairways and greens on a perfect day for golf, some with considerably more success than others.

Graham Meadows was the early leader in the clubhouse with an excellent 39 points, but ultimately had to settle for third place. Then Steve ‘Sparky’ Smith lit up the back nine with 24 points, to finish with 40 and take second place. Like the rest of us though, they were unable to match winner John Miller’s fabulous haul of 47 points, topped off by his second birdie on the 18th. (Although absent on the day, the Handicap Secretary has his spies everywhere and is preparing to cut, cut, cut as I write.)

Individual Stableford – Some very good scores with the results as follows: –

WinnerJohn Miller47
SecondSteve Smith40
ThirdGraham Meadows39
Stablford winner: John Miller

John had good support from his teammates Alan Bigley and Will Wakefield, which enabled them to win the team competition with 84 points, just pipping the strong showing of Messrs. Howroyd, Burnett and Meadows with 83 points.

Team Competition – Best 2 scores from teams of t3 – results below:-

WinnerAlan Bigley, Will Wakefield & John Miller84
SecondDavid Howroyd, Andrew Burnett & Graham Meadows83
ThirdFrank Goulding, John Collingwood & Steve Smith80
Team winners: Alan Bigley, Will Wakefield and John Miler

Nearest the Pin was won by Tom Bennett, bravely thwarting the Hon Secs’ suspicious attempt to ‘forget’ to add Tom to the list of attendees, obviously to improve his own chances of picking up a bottle of wine

Nearest the Line – Despite the cunning plan to give the shorter straight hitters amongst us (are there any….?) a chance of a prize, by switching this for the usual Longest Drive, it was still won by the ‘Big Gun’ Alan Bigley

Nearest the pin winner: Tom Bennett
Nearest the line winner: Alan Bigley

Anorak moment – the day say 11 birdies including three from Andrew Burnett as follows:-

1st  Mark Hughes        3 on par 4 SI 13
2ndAndrew Burnett    3 on par 4 SI 15
2ndFrank Goulding      3 on par 4 SI 15
5thAndrew Burnett   4 on par 5 SI 9
8th  Mark Hughes         3 on par 4 SI 5
13thKevin Leftley        4 on par 5 SI 14
13thAlan Bigley            4 on par 5 SI 14
13thJohn Miller            4 on par 5 SI 14
18thAndrew Burnett    3 on par 4 SI 18
18thGraham Meadows3 on par 4 SI 18
18thJohn Miller             3 on par 4 SI 18

Finally – there is no truth in the rumour that Mark Hughes left early, a broken man, having tried and ultimately failed to carry his two abject partners throughout the entire 18 holes. He insists he had a prior engagement which meant he could unfortunately not stay for the dinner and prize-giving. Sadly this meant he missed his team’s highlight of the day – Will Lunn’s triumph in Heads & Tails!

The next monthly meeting is at Sweetwoods on the 15th October for the GBH Trophy which is a pairs competition.