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