Monthly Archives: July 2013
The Bedfordshire in past years has proven to be a tough test for the Fritz Follies. Today however, we were met with near perfect playing conditions and after a little rain in the previous days the course was excellent. We also had the honour of a “Red Arrows” fly past mid way through the round, well organised Richard.
A first journey to Bedford for Colin Humphries and Roy Fletcher who relied upon their Sat Nav to get them to the course. Well, sometimes they do lead you astray as the weary pair arrived nearly 2 hours after leaving Peterborough. You will know next year which route to use and update the Sat Nav so the new Milton Keynes road is on the map.
David Carter was on a unique hat trick of winning the annual “Bunker Flunker” prize on the same course and the same hole for the third successive year. Somehow though he managed to avoid the troublesome bunker and perhaps pass on this prize to someone else, though there are still a few events to go to secure the prize. 4 out of the bunker leads the way at present.
Nearest the Pin was selected by our member Richard Parker as the 154 yard 6th Hole. Les was the early marker 10 feet from the pin but was beaten by the following group when Omar Vawda comfortably placed his ball inside, but missed the birdie.
After his long journey, Roy was enjoying the wispy rough, relentlessly playing his tee shots into the grass. As the round progressed his skills of escaping from the rough improved, returning a back nine 19 points which was the best score on the back nine today.
Omar had a little bit of lady luck when his ball was powering out of bounds only to unbelievably bounce back from the trees into play. This was to be a wining stroke as he wins the day on countback back nine holes from Richard Parker. Both scoring 37 points which is a great score on this course.
Next stop – Rutland County, on a special deal with Coffee/Bacon Roll/Golf then 1 course bar meal included on Thursday August 15th……full directions are on the right…
How Les must have wished for those days when only 6 players turned up and organisation was straightforward. The June meet saw the best turnout for some time with 18 but with it came the constant re-arranging of groups as people dropped in and out for various reasons – not least being a court appearance (I’m assured Colin Keal was not the defendant) and it might rain (shame on you, Mark Holland).
Weather wise we were lucky and only got a little wet in the closing holes. With such a large group, there were plenty of stories in the bar afterwards:
A new golfing term to add to the “Dennis Wise” (a nasty five footer) is the “Alpen”. It was Brian Bates’ turn to putt from about a foot but he was lost in a chocolate wonderland as he munched on an Alpen bar. Shaken from his reverie, he pocketed the bar, picked up his putter and duly missed the hole! He went one further when he hit his ball into the back of the buggy of his playing partner, Geoff!
We don’t know how many balls Robin Watts started off with but he came down the 18th using his last one.
Trevor Chapman who has arrived like a hurricane into the Follies with opening scores of 38 and 35 came a little undone today. Les Wells was curious to play with Trevor and duly brought him down to his own level as Trevor scored a 10 on 3 separate holes. In fairness, Trevor did win Nearest The Pin so another good day for TC.
Debutant Ben Miles got into the Follies swing very early on with a strong claim for this year’s Bunker Flunker with 4 attempts to get out on one hole. It didn’t do him too much harm as he won the day with 36 points – well done.
Second was Colin Savage on his first appearance this season with 35 points beating Les Wells on countback.
The July Meet also sees the staging of the President’s Cup competition and 10 years after winning it for the first time, David West duly triumphed again.
Next stop – The Bedfordshire on the 26th July……full directions are on the right…