2013 – texas scramble, supper and prize-giving
Elton Furze again hosted the Annual Supper Texas Scramble. There were plenty of prizes to be had on this day, with nearest the pin prizes on all the Par 3s and a bonus “Longest Drive” up for grabs on the 18th.
So it was that 17 hardy Follies braved the Autumnal weather for the last time this year. Still at this last moment some try to win the “Bloomer of the Year” award. Colin Humphreys tried to put his ball on the tee that was marking the position for the team shot. He also managed to do a “Dynamo” magic shot on the temporary 11th tee mat – hitting the ball that by some miracle still ended up falling back on the tee, no one quite knows how – Colin you are a magician. Colin Keal at the pre match Stibbington Diner was standing next to the 6 foot menu board and then asked us “where is the menu.” Glasses in hand he did manage to order his high protein feast.
Nearest the Pins went to Peter Harris, Robin Watts and Colin Humphreys. Richard Parker took the longest drive award.
The Texas Scramble for the first time in many years was won by the organiser’s team (Les Wells, Richard Parker, Jon Kelly & Ian Bloomfield). Ian Bloomfield did comment that the incapacity of our President due to falling off a ladder may have helped and that perhaps he could be persuaded to prune the trees again this time next year. Anyway Ian’s game was rejuvenated after a watering break in the 11th trees, perhaps they have some magical properties after what happened to Colin earlier.
The winners performed well with a net 61 with the closest rivals being Omar Vawda, John Wakefield and David Carter on 66, remaining groups scoring 67, 68 and 70. So, a good performance from all. An after match presentation was made to Roy Fletcher as the Society’s Rookie of the Year.
Our evening presentation was at the Cuckoo, Alwalton. A reflection of a great year of golf around Peterborough. Everyone was a winner on the evening with a good meal and plenty of Beer and Wine with no doubt a few heavy heads the next day as well. Well done Jon for sorting out the arrangements.
The Wooden Spoon is the award no one wants, but there is always a lucky character on the night, this time it was Robin Watts who averaged 25.66 stableford points over his 3 rounds this year, oh dear!
Bunker Flunker was avoided by David Carter this year, after in successive years on the same hole making this trophy his own. But with Robin on 2 attempts plus 2 dubious plugged lies, Ben Miles not attending it left the door open for Jon Kelly. Again not straightforward, he had one out of the first greenside bunker , into the opposite bunker before 3 further attempts. Nice one Jon and a well deserved trophy.
“Bloomer of the Year” presented by Ian Bloomfield went to Brian Bates on 2 counts. Firstly, being unaware of his playing partners finishing a hole as he stood a foot from the hole munching on his Alpen bar – Yes we did present him with a bar for future use. It was also suggested “The Alpen” could be a new golfing term like the Denis Wise (a nasty five footer). Then he proceeded to play a shot into a partner’s golf buggy and into his bag as well. It certainly was a year of magical shots. Brian won a trophy and Bloomer loaf courtesy of Tesco’s. Bernard and Lou apparently enjoyed the toast next morning for Breakfast.
Onto the main prizes for those actually playing some golf this year. In third place was Colin Savage, sporting a bright red cape to prevent Robin Watts tipping red win over his trousers this year.
Second place went to David West, last year’s winner.
But with 106 points, averaging 35.33 points per round was Geoff Delany, who delivered a rousing winner’s speech which included producing his 2002 “Rookie of the Year” Medallion. A message to Roy that he may also one year win the main trophy following being a Rookie. Hopefully the wait may be shorter than Geoff’s 11 years.
So to end , it has been a good year with improved numbers mainly due to Geoff Liscoe joining with several friends. John Wakefield also joined in the latter stages of the season and then played every event. Thank you to everyone for supporting the Follies this year and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.