2012 – Final round and Placings
The final curtain falls on this season’s golf. Starting with the annual texas scramble at Elton Furze, 5 teams of 3 players doing battle on the day. For the first time Geoff Liscoe and Colin Humphries were testing out their skills amongst the other Follies stalwarts. Bernard Fritz played his first game for a year, wielding a new driver, shame he did not have any appropriate size tees to go with it. Ian Bloomfield also played his first Follies game of the year, but recent form on Orton Meadows (26pts back nine) suggested he would strengthen the organisers’ team.
As the day unfolded, the organisers’ faded, was it the beer beforehand or perhaps the 6 hip flasks full of Sloe Gin, you will not find this pre shot routine in any Golf Mag. On the bright side Ian did manage to be nearest the pin on both the 2nd and 15th holes winning a bottle prize. I must mention though that the 15th was about 40 feet from the hole, but no one else could hit the green in the windy conditions.
As always the team sheet displayed the players, tee times, handicaps and number of drives that each player had to adhere to on the day. So, Messrs Savage, Kelly and Carter were pleading after the event not to have been told they had to take 5 drives each. Certain disqualification loomed, but as it was a fun day they were not penalised, just publicly shamed.
Longest drive was won by an enormous effort from Richard Parker. I think summed up by Peter Harris saying to me, where was the longest drive marker – to which I replied probably around where you played your 3rd shot. Well done Richard a great shot worthy of a bottle prize as well.
The winners on the day were the team of Parker/West & Liscoe. Good to see Geoff on his first outing picking up a prize and hopefully the incentive to come back again next season to play some more golf with us.
The evening events highlighted this to be the 35th year of Fritz Follies Golf. Not many societies around that could boast such achievements. David West recognised the “Pearl Family” as being key aspect that has bonded the society over many years. Being enhanced in recent years with great characters to maintain the fun, social and golfing traditions.
Everyone is a winner on the Follies. We like to celebrate the highs and lows the latter being awarded the wooden spoon for the lowest 3 round average. Had Colin Keal or Jon Kelly played the last event they could have been in with a shout. Unexpectedly, last year’s champion Peter Harris was in the mix, But Brian Bates was the man for this one. Joe Maddocks had provided a fun prize of “Toilet/Bedroom Golf” that I’m sure Brian will have endless fun with this winter whilst waiting for our new season.
In memory of Steve Bloomfield we started the “Bloomer of the Year” award last year. No shortage of takers for this fun trophy. A “large bloomer loaf” provided by Tesco’s bakery, Hampton Hargate. Onto the nominations: At Wellingborough Jon Kelly had some problems with the door handles and today had many lapses of concentration leaving balls around the course. Robin Watts at Rutland Water left his driver on the 5th tee. However, these actions were superseded by Peter Harris putting his ball into the bunker on a par 3 then following the ball in with his motorised trolley, oh dear. Well done Peter you are the 2012 Bloomer of the Year.
Mark Holland this year also completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride in support of Steve’s charities and raised £2,800 – fantastic achievement recognised by everyone.
The major prize of the Fritz Follies Trophy was closely run with the last event at Rutland Water having 6 potential winners. David West had led at the start of the day but did not have a good day. This allowed Geoff Delany to improve by 2pts, Omar by 3pts and Kevin Hingle by 4pts. Get the calculator out time to work out whether this was enough to overtake David at the top. The final placings were 3rd Geoff Delany 89pts, 2nd Omar 91pts and our winner and Fritz Follies Champion 2012 David West 92pts. Very well done everyone in a rain ravaged season.
Fixtures for 2013 will shortly be arranged, keep a check on the website for developments.
Thank you all for your continued support in 2012 and I look forward to the spring when we can do it all over again.