Well, despite the latest restrictions, we had a good turnout of 14 of the 16 original members. Unfortunately, one decided he had a better offer and was playing elsewhere, whilst the other (allegedly) succumbed to pressure from the wife.
Unfortunately, I think someone has broken the good weather wand that Les uses. We have gone from stunningly hot, to temperate to very wet. Please Les can you get it fixed before the next round. I know there were a few minutes of sunshine, but I am getting old and prefer to play when it’s not raining hard.
Anyway, the course was in very good condition with some stunning views – when it wasn’t raining hard. The rough was very rough in quite a few places, but did not appear to disturb most players. Although special mention must go to Andrew Bramwell who had 5 provisional balls, only to have Trevor Chapman find all the original drives. Shame he lost two of the provisional balls! On hole 12 Roy went for the green only to find he had aimed at a marker post for a different hole. He then went on to bounce one on the bridge on the 14th.
As scores went both Trevor and Roy Fletcher got the same number of points on each nine holes, albeit that as a result of having nine 7s on his card Trevor just edged Roy on total points. Trevor got nearest the pin on the 12th being only 4-5 foot away, although he missed the putt for a birdie. Andrew however, putted in from 20 foot plus for a birdie. Talking of great shots, Geoff Delaney chipped in from 50/60 yards on the 7th for a birdie – he did not see it go in – although it was not sufficient for him to find a place on the winner’s podium.
Dave scampers across a green as Geoff’s facemask seems to have slipped down.
David Carter also deserves a special mention for parring the last 3 holes – well done David (who shouted Cut?). Colin Humphries at one stage played Kevin Hingle’s ball. The funny thing being that Kev had not lost a ball all round and Colin whacked his ball into the deep rough and lost forever. Colin then proceeded to play his ball, in fairness he did penalise himself 2 strokes. Colin was also noted for his driving off the tee straight down the middle of most holes, even though he then proceeded to drive down the course in his buggy whilst Martin Zebedee was taking his shot.
As far as I can tell the final group of Colin Savage, John Dexter, David West and Brian Bates had a quiet round by comparison.
Dave says ‘pick a window’ and I’ll hit it.
I think it fair to say we all enjoyed the course and despite it being slightly more expensive would like to play it more regularly, preferably when the sun is shining.
Results – these differ from those announced at the time as retrospective checking added/removed a point here and there 🙂
3rd – Andrew Bramwell 33 on countback
2nd – David West 34
1st – Les 34 on countback
Next outing is at Rutland County on Friday 23rd October – whether Geoff reverts to his Jag or sticks with his latest vehicle will be revealed.
Our thanks to Trevor for the report and to our resident snapper, Steve.
Another good turnout with 16 Follies treking southeast to Lakeside Lodge for a very pleasant day’s golf. It was particularly pleasing to see Kevin Hingle back for the first time in a long time. We were fortunate we were not playing 24 hours earlier in 50 mph winds. Geoff remarked that it’s the type of course that suits our society and I agree. Jackie, the Secretary at Lakeside Lodge, was very helpful with the arrangements for the day and the course was in good condition and the Clubhouse felt very safe under the current guidelines.
Fortified with coffee and bacon sandwiches, the action got underway bang on 1pm.
David West had a moment of indecision on the 1st tee. With some banter he changed from an Iron to a driver then proceeded to launch it towards Huntingdon. However, a friendly tree must have helped redirect the ball back into play and he continued to get a hard earned point from the hole. Steve Preston with the round of the day, a net 65, also had his problems on the 1st carding an 8 but from that point on had a super day with 23 points out, returning with 20 points for the highest score this year of 43 points. Escaping on another hole courtesy of the underside of Colin Humphries’ buggy, when it’s your day that is what happens. Les Wells had a steady uneventful round by comparison to Steve with 38 points (Ed’s note – oh for an uneventful 38 points).
I was in the first group out so finished first and had the opportunity to watch all the following groups play the 18th green. Since the pandemic, my wife and I have taken to criticising people we see not observing all the new norms (social distancing, masks, “one household, really”, etc). Of course, we do this quietly to each other! My wife couldn’t be with us at Lakeside so one of my playing partners stood in and we crititised each group as they approached – “too short”, “too far left”, “way past the flag”.
During the wait between groups, Colin H gave me a guided tour of his buggy. A ball washer! A club cleaner! And, would you believe it, a sat nav of the golf course showing each hole and the distances. Combine all these incremental gains with my lack of talent and I feel a little disadvantaged.
Interestingly Colin H appears to have lost his shorts in this photo!
Nearest the Pin – Colin Keal. This was a close call – after much deliberation the ball was declared on the green despite part of it overhanging the fringe.
3rd – Dave Ballard on 30
2nd – Les Wells on 38
1st – Steve Preston on 43
Next outing is Stoke Rochford on Wednesday 23rd September.
My thanks to Geoff, Steve, Les and Gabe for their help in compiling this report.
A belated start to the Follies season saw a very respectable turnout of 17 for a return to a venue we had not visited in a long time. This was my first visit but always understood that it was a hilly course with some blind holes. Like all Follies, I was up for a challenge – it was also the hottest day so far of 2020… Throw in the sight of Follies in face masks as they emerged from the Pro Shop and it was not the usual Fritz Follies Monthly Meet.
Toft has had many problems this year. The Club was in administration and taken back to their original ownership but not before they had been stripped of all assets, equipment and cash. So, it is remarkable that Toft has been able to get the course into such good conditions with the pandemic to deal with as well. Mark Jackson, the Professional, has been excellent all the way through with our booking.
Les, Colin S. and Geoff were grouped together as the first group out. By the time they had reached the summit of hole 1, Colin was already showing signs that he would not be able to endure the conditions for very long. Plan B was put into action as Colin joined Geoff in the buggy halfway down hole 2. The joy ride was short lived as on hole 4 the buggy also decided the heat was too much and decided to stop working. We then proceeded over the next couple of holes in a stop/start fashion. On hole 6 Colin changed over to David Oliver’s buggy who then went down to the Pro Shop where Colin collected another buggy. During this time with Les pushing Geoff in the buggy and some perseverance from Geoff the faulty buggy started to which Geoff then drove back to the clubhouse leaving Colin’s bag outside the shop. Les was sitting on the 7th tee when Colin returned with his own buggy, it was like a farce but Geoff then returned to continue the round. By the time we reached the 9th Colin had to give in to the extreme conditions of the day.
Everyone was struggling not least Gabe who deposited his breakfast and lunch on the 9th tee. We had several retirements at the 9th. It is amusing, in hindsight, that our small Society ended up being spread around the course not in the order we started and for some in the wrong place! The first group was joined by David Carter on the 18th tee but he was expecting to play the 16th!
Arriving back at the Clubhouse was akin to returning to the safety of the rear line in a war zone watching the occasional casualty limping back having lost his comrades in the conflict.
Amongst the carnage some results emerged:
Nearest the Pin – Trevor Chapman. It was so good I took a photo:
3rd – Graeme Phipps on 29
2nd – Andrew Bramwell on 30
1st – Colin Humphries on 30 on countback
There was no presentation ceremony and may not be for some time but, I’m sure, Les will find a way for the prizes to find their way to their respective homes.
Next outing is Lakeside Lodge on Wednesday 26th August and Les has confirmed it will not be hilly or have temperatures of 37 degrees.
Texas Scramble and 2019 Winner of the Follies Trophy!
Texas Scramble results:
5th Team 79.91 Delany/Preston/Wakefield
4th Team 75.48 Wells/Kelly/Bates
Bronze 71.25 Carter/Ballard/Liscoe
Silver 71.62 Tooke/Humphries/Zebedee
Gold 68.14 West/Savage/Fletcher
Nearest the Pin winners – Les Wells, David West and Martin Zebedee with one green untouched!
** 2019 Winner of the Follies Trophy is Andrew Bramwell (113 points)
All Follies give thanks to Graeme Phipps who realised that we were lacking a Masters’ style Green Jacket to pass from last year’s Champion to the new Champion and so produced the Fritz Follies Pants!
** 2019 President’s Cup winner is Dave Ballard (net 66.8 on the day)
** 2019 Rookie of the Year Dave Ballard
** 2019 Shirtie winner is Les Wells for spreading the Follies gospel up the Nile.
The disappearance of one of the pyramids in the second photo did lead Chris Munro to enquire about pyramid selling…
A good evening was had by all, I think and we now retire to hone our skills over the winter and to be ready for it starting all over again in March 2020.
See you all then……Happy New Year.
Nearest the Pin – Richard Cheng
14 members scored 30 or more points but the cream was:
3rd – Colin H 37 points
2nd – Andrew 41 points
1st – Colin Keal 42 points
No less than 19 Follies assembled at Rutland County to do battle in the final round of the 2019 Championship. No less than 22 players have played 3 or more rounds this year giving us our most competitive league for many years. No less than 10 players harboured hopes of that “one round where everything goes right” to secure the Champion Golfer 2019. How did we all fare?
Answers at the Fritz Follies Golf Society Annual Supper and Prize Giving 2019 on Friday November 1st at The Cuckoo, Alwalton!
And firstly a picture of the last group on the 18th green:
followed by the group hanging on Les’ every word
See you Friday week 😉
The penultimate round of this season’s Follies Championship saw 11 hopefuls appear in deepest, darkest Cambridgeshire on another lovely warm summer afternoon that Les is so skilled at choosing. Sadly, Les was unable to play today having injured his arm/elbow carrying the luggage on his recent trip abroad (presumably his usual man-servant didn’t turn up).
Roy nearly missed his bacon bap as he arrived very late having covered most of Cambridgeshire and was finally put on track by a farmer and his wife who advised he had about 10 miles to go – he’d already done about 30 by this stage!
With half the field still in contention for the Championship, a hushed, expectant silence descended over the group as the first 3-ball teed off. On a tight course with plenty of water, scores were very respectable though no-one managed to stay on the 5th green to capture the Nearest the Pin prize. Several were heard to lament about being six inches off the green – but the bottle goes back to the Follies Wine Cave.
Trevor lost 2 balls on the first hole, I think both from the tee, but things did improve.
In Les’ absence, Geoff D kindly stepped in as master of ceremonies and announced:
3rd – Graeme Phipps (35 points) losing on countback to
2nd – Steve Preston (35 points). He was second last month so some consistency creeping in there.
1st – Jon Kelly (38 points).
Report not by Richard Cheng – ask him!
Latest entry is a 3-in-one from DC – the full set of Follies shirts!
plus a hitherto unpublished photo of the 2018 President’s Cup presentation to the winner David Oliver
According to the Carol on the BBC Weather the hottest days for the last 3 months have fallen at the end of each month. We can testify to that fact after Tydd last month and then similar temperatures at Greetham. Trevor Chapman providing additional water for everyone at Tydd was a fantastic gesture and it was a shame he did not play today as many of us wilted in the heat and the hilly terrain. Only 3 players beat their front nine points total, Les with 2 points and David W with 7 points suffering more than some.
It’s always nice to wrap up a prize early in the season. Andrew Bramwell hitting a magnificent 11 out of the Bunker to secure top spot for Bunker Flunker, perhaps it can still be challenged?
Nearest the Pin was on hole 18, David Carter firing the first attempt to within 15 feet then finishing the Putt with a fist pump as well. Man of the moment Richard Cheng stepped up in the last group to arrow a shot to within 8 feet to take the bottle prize, but missed the subsequent birdie putt. That putt did not matter to the final result as Richard won the day with 35 points and now leads the Fritz Follies Trophy with just 2 outings to go. Could it be his year although many could still make a challenge. Steve Preston was 2nd on 32 points ahead of David Oliver on count back by virtue of four points on the 18th.
On we go to the next outing at Lakeside Lodge on Friday 20th September, can the heatwave last……
Some of us don’t go as far as Tydd St Giles on our holidays but, it was generally agreed on this occasion, that the trip was well justified. Beginning with a very nice ‘small’ full english, followed by a very well maintained course with manicured fairways and lightening fast greens all finished off with a Steak and Kidney pie and chips. A great day out!
We lost a couple of members due to the expected heat (David Carter advised he was “too hot to handle”) – in fact,buggies had been requested but some rascal in the Fens had stolen all the club’s batteries so it was just the 11 of us who gathered for the fifth outing of the 2019 campaign.
Jon Kelly had to contend with a collapsing trolley for the first few holes. In fairness to Sports Direct, they had sold it as a golf trolley but he was using it as a mobile water reservoir. Once he’d drunk about three pints and rebalanced, all was well.
Graham Wilson was also struggling, never more so than on the par 3 140 yard 4th where his tee shot hit a ladies teeblock and flew back past him leaving him 155 yards to go with his second shot.
A long standing Follies record is held by the late Pete ‘Lou’ Dowdell who recorded a score of 6 points at Luffenham Heath many years ago. It was threatened by two players today – Graham W was on 6 points after the front nine but recovered, and Trevor was on 5 points with 4 holes to play but squeezed out another 2 points to get to a total of 7!
I’m not sure of the Follies record score for Bunker Flunker nor this year’s contenders but Geoff D gave up after 4 attempts so not sure how the BF committee will handle that!
Results: (nb we don’t dish out any old ball these days but Fritz Follies Golf Society inscribed ones)
Nearest the Pin: Dave Ballard. Geoff D was nearer the pin but off the green. To his credit he did make the birdie.
1st: Dave Ballard (35 points) but as you can only win one prize, the winner is Les Wells (32pts)
2nd: John Dexter (31pts)
3rd: Geoff Delaney (30pts)