The May Meet – Stapleford Park
With the Fritz Follies Ramsey outing very fresh in the minds, an unexpected trip to Stapleford Park followed a week later to join Graeme Phipps in his annual birthday celebration team competition. This annual get together apparently is related to Graeme recently reaching the same age as the Follies!
With an impressive total turnout of 20, not only had the Follies an opportunity of winning a few golf balls (and a bottle of Les’s Xmas port) the lucky few also had the chance of get their name on a solid silver ‘Open’ like jug, which could be kept for a year…whoopee they cried!
With the confusion of running two competitions with different handicaps, confusion initially reigned in the clubhouse, so it was very apt that a bookkeeper and solicitor were on hand for dealing with the expected confusion and disputes that duly arose later.
With a few of the Follies mixed in with Graeme’s friends, a sunny and warm day greeted the starters, albeit with a very strong wind later being encountered to make this a difficult day on some of the longer holes.
A few tales to tell with the best being Colin Humphries who apparently managed to chip his ball into his own golf bag! Not sure on the rules for that one, but apparently it was played from the point of rest…..
With a hand picked team that didn’t deliver, birthday boy also came a cropper by going out of bounds three times, thus ruining his chance of glory in both competitions. Les will not be joining him next year.
A non folly also took the prize for the most bunker shots ever despite lessons from Les.
With the score cards checked, double checked, corrected and further amended the final results were announced with the Follies team of Andrew Bramwell, Trevor Chapman, John Wakefield and Colin Humphries winning the birthday jug.
Follies winners were:
Trevor Chapman with 35 points followed by Roy Fletcher and …….
Nearest the pin was won by Andrew Bramwell
Trevor is clearly making an early get away to lead this celebratory year.