June 2012 Outing Review
A few of the hardy souls met at Stibbington Diner for a full English breakfast and some caused confusion when they asked to swap the egg for extra bacon. This was politely refused. Someone mentioned politics and that set Colin Keal off. He is one passionate man on this topic. Having sorted out the problems of the UK – he left me in no doubt that if Colin runs for Prime Minister then I am voting for his party. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to solve the Eurozone crisis as golf was beckoning.
12 golfers gathered at the 1st tee – gale force wind and rain – this is the middle of June and we find out that if you find the fairway then it is winter rules. Billy Doyle having played and won a few monthly competitions last year was back amongst us. Unfortunately for Billy he had joined Milton GC and after submitting 6 cards they picked out the best one and awarded him a 16 handicap. Without further ado his handicap was reduced from 21 to 16. Richard Parker was sporting what looked like a very expensive rain hat – and then Colin “Billy Whizz” Savage stepped up onto the 1st tee. I saw him hit his drive then there was a blur and he was gone. Fortunately Geoff and Brian were able to keep up with him and they completed the round in record time.
Nearest the pin was held on the 5th. Geoff must have stopped briefly at this hole as he set the mark for the rest of the field. It held good until the last group and up steps the genial Irishman Billy “Sweet 16” Doyle. After measuring the distance between the two markers Geoff was denied a bottle to top up his drinks cabinet as Billy was marginally nearer. Billy duly completed the putt for his birdie.
By now the rain was easing up but not the wind. We splashed through “casual water” ridden fairways but the greens were running true. Golf was tough. The golf shot of the day that reverberated around the world – well it certainly was told a few times in the clubhouse was done by the Fritz Follies multiple winner of monthly events – the ever smiling Peter Harris. He hit a magnificent air shot on the 18th. Congrats Peter.
This was a dual event – President’s Cup and the monthly stableford. Les told us that the President’s Cup was first held in 1994 and was won by….. (I didn’t know the name and have already forgotten who was it. My apologies to the individual).
Dave West – who was pretty p***ed off that he had lost his Chelsea ball marker on the course (so if you found it please return it to Dave) – finished 3rd. One golf ball was passed to Geoff for safe keeping.
Richard Parker battled well and came 2nd and collected his 2 golf balls.
Modesty prevents me from telling you who won the day – suffice to say that FFGS rules only allows a player to pick up one prize. So Geoff was proclaimed as the winner of the monthly event and walked off with 3 Callaway golf balls and was only a whisker away from the Cup. But he was reminded that every winner of the monthly event has a one stroke cut in their handicap. So who did win in 2012? I am sure you will not remember my name (like I didn’t know 1994) but you might recall that Short Fat Deaf Man.
Next venue is Rutland Water Friday 20 July 2012.
See you then