Following an overnight deluge of rain through to around 10.30 am we tee’d off at 11 (an hour earlier than originally thought) to glorious blue skies. The course was in very good condition with the staff looking after us very well indeed. We had 19 players with a warm welcome to Stuart Bourne playing his first meeting as a member and to Joe Torpey a returning guest (so, we must have done something right the first time). Good scoring was hard work with Rod Lunn just pipping Andrew Burnett and a number of other players in the 30 stableford point region. A good course with some stiff tests along the way, which we all enjoyed.
At one point it was suggested that a flare had been let off in the middle of the 11th fairway – however, this was later identified as Andy Tippett in the middle of a fairway, a rare occasion in itself, wearing attire requiring sunglasses and giving off a fluorescent glare in the sunlight – apparently a flare would have been less bright.
The average stableford score for the day was 28.63 with the winner circa 8 shots better than the average. This event was played off full society handicaps with all players “putting out” this being a silverware event: –
|Third||Alan Bigley/ Stuart Bourne||33|
The best two scores from three counted with one team winning by a good margin – see below.
|Winners||Rod Lunn, Nigel Burnett, Andrew Burnett, Andy Williams||83|
|Second||Steve Smith, Alan Bigley, Rob Montagu & Alan Bond||74|
|Third||Stuart Bourne, Jerry Watkiss, John Miller & Micky Mann||71|
Nearest the Pin (12th Hole 150 yards)
A cracking shot from Carl Valentine beating Jerry Watkiss who had early gone very close. Carl did indeed walk away from the hole with a solid birdie on his card.
Longest Drive (2nd Hole 528 yards)
Carl Valentine making it a “specialist hole” double with again a great hit down this long par 5.
Seven birdies were achieved on the day as follows:-
|Player||Hole||Score||Yards & Stroke index|
|John Miller||10th||4 on the par 5||477 yds SI 18|
|Andrew Burnett||10th||4 on the par 5||477 yds SI 18|
|Alan Bigley||11th||4 on the par 5||474 yds SI 8|
|John Torpey||12th||2 on the par 3||150 yds SI16|
|Carl Valentine||12th||2 on the par 3||150 yds SI16|
|Steve Smith||13th||4 on the par 5||453 yds SI 4|
|Andrew Burnett||14th||3 on the par 4||397 yds SI 6|
The societies next event is scheduled for Friday 17th June at Cherry Lodge which is Captains Day with the Freddie Jones Foundation Trophy up for grabs. This will be a popular event so do get the date in your diary and let’s hope for some more great weather.