Monthly Archives: July 2017

The July Meet – Tydd St Giles

Well today we played at Tydd St. Giles, unlike last year there were no late arrivals – well done Trevor for going to the correct course. A good turnout of 15 players, duly arrived for a “light” breakfast of bacon, egg, hash potatoes, sausage and beans. Although the weather was windy, the forecast of sunshine brought out numerous members wearing shorts, albeit no salmon coloured ones were seen today.

The most interesting warm up prize goes to Geoff Delany and his left leg swivel exercise on the first tee. Speaking of the first tee Brian was seen to put his ball out of bounds on the right, in a similar place to where he hit his first tee shot last year. They do say consistency counts!

Geoff Liscoe was the highest scorer on the first hole with a par and 4 points – well done Geoff. He was also seen putting in from 40ft plus on the 10th green.
Similarly, the rule about drivers being careful of following other cars in the fog, should have applied to Jon, Roy & Gabe, who managed to follow in the footsteps of Brian, Colin & Martin into the dyke on the 7th – mind you Martin enjoyed it so much he made three trips.
In another vein of consistency, Trevor pushed his tee shot left on the 5th hole, so much so that he thought he was in the water, so took a provisional – only to find both balls within 3 foot of each other in a safe place. So he promptly celebrated by placing the next shot over the water and onto the green and getting a par.

I’m not sure whether Gabe’s holiday home in Greece is on the coast or up in the hills but I think it must be the latter as he never missed an opportunity to get into a bunker and spend some time in the sand. That said, he got out with consummate ease each time. Unlike Jon, who made a magnificent 200 yard drive which unfortunately went into a bunker, followed by 5 shots to get out of the bunker.

No real disasters occurred, apart from Colin who set his trolley for a 10 yard dash – which it obeyed – just a shame about the last couple of yards being downhill so it ran into a tree.
Les admitted that his group were boring, with nothing of reportable value. Geoff Delany again got nearest the pin on the 16th, he was so embarrassed that he had to leave early – allegedly to go to the train station!!
Despite not scoring and losing two balls on the first two holes, Trevor came home with 38 points to win. Next meeting on Friday 18th August at Rutland Water.

The June Meet – Elton Furze

A very good turnout of 16 Follies competed for the President’s Cup and, in parallel, the June competition of the annual Follies Trophy.

Stories seem to be thin on the ground but the 6th hole did see Geoff Delany using a ball scoop retriever to get his tee out of ditch. I guess tees do cost money. Later on the same hole, David West was trying to retrieve his ball from a ditch and slipped. He avoided falling in but was certainly on all-fours at one point in his scramble to stay out of the ditch.

John Wakefield, Roy Fletcher and John Dexter reached the 11th without too many incidents other than the normal lost balls and played down into the bottom of the fairway just over the ditch. It is a blind shot from there up to the green and we thought that Les’s group could still be on the green. John W nipped up the fairway and watched the group in front drive their buggy over to the 12th tee. John
D then hit a good shot that sailed over the brow of the hill and out of sight. Suddenly, there was an almighty bang as his ball hit the roof of the buggy, scattering said Les, Colin and Andrew for cover. Apparently, the ball hit the buggy, then a tree, coming to rest under the buggy. It may
be a good idea to look into hard hats in Fritz colours for everyones’ safety!!! With Les’ recent medical history, we are thankful that the bag was hit and not Les.

There’s lot of talk about shortening events these days as everyone is busy and cannot spare the time. It’s seen in cricket where T20 is all the rage rather than 5 day matches and in tennis with best of 3 sets rather than 5.  Well, Jon Kelly suggests golf should be reduced to 17 holes – or he certainly does after his experience today.  On the 18th, Jon topped his drive maybe 20 yards into the rough. Geoff Delaney, your friendly local Rules Official offered three options, including playing 3 off the tee. In Jon’s own words “I put the ball there, I’ll get it out”.  You would think “Who Dares Wins” and “Fortune Favours the Brave” would have some basis in fact.  Not a bit of it.  Jon’s first hack left the ball behind him, and a further 4 wild swings eventually saw him onto the fairway. He ended up with a 13.

Onto the results:

3rd place was Colin Keal on 33 points.

2nd also on 33 was Kevin Hingle on countback

And this year’s winner of the President’s Cup is David West on 35 points.

Next outing is soon!  Friday 14th July – Tydd St Giles