WINTER RETURNS TO RAMSEY IN APRIL!
Les was particularly galled that his well deserved reputation for arranging good weather for our matches suffered so miserably on this occasion. Indeed, he was so “galled”, that he has booked an operation to remove his gall bladder on the 6th May.
There were 19 players on the starting list including the prospect of début appearances by Terry Moon and Steve Preston. However, Terry withdrew due to Labyrinthitis which apparently afflicts those who worked in the Ordinary Branch Department of Pearl. This impression was given because Brian Bates, who had worked in that Department, was asked about the condition on the basis members of that Department were necessarily familiar with it.
After play began, the weather deteriorated with squally heavy showers and hail which resulted in the greens turning white!
Despite the tough playing conditions, Colin Keal and Graeme Tooke both achieved a creditable top score of 34 points with Colin taking first place on count back. Third place went to Brian Bates (32 points) as Andrew Bramwell declined the offer of a golf ball in favour of a bottle of whisky for winning the nearest the pin.
No players reported any particular newsworthy matters other than Geoff Delany who made his bid for the 2017 Bunker Flunker Award by taking 5 shots to escape the greenside bunker on the 2nd hole.
David Oliver merits special mention for his good scoring. Unfortunately, this was as Brian Bates card marker rather than his own golfing prowess. Brian achieved a net hole in one on the 5th which impressed David so much that he added a bonus point giving 5points in total. Any suggestion of foul play was refuted notwithstanding money was seen being exchanged between them in the Clubhouse afterwards.
We now look forward to the hospitality of Graeme Phipps at Stapleford Park on the 5th May. A ballot will take place as to who will partner David Oliver due to his improved popularity as a scorer!