The September Meet – Old Nene
FRITZ FOLLIES OUTING TO OLD NENE
Our annual visit to Old Nene persuaded 11 members to turn up somewhere in the middle of Fen Country including the writer who was making his first visit and very enjoyable it was as well.
The day started very well with a refreshing beer (a little bit of imagination here needed, the drink of choice being coffee!!) accompanied by a bacon roll on the terrace in glorious sunshine, once again Follies seemed very lucky with the weather.
The course is unusual being the same nine holes played twice but from different tees on the back nine and despite the theory that practice makes perfect, only one of the eleven competitors improved their front nine points tally on the inward nine!!
Having asked various members about the round it seems there were no bunker flunkers, moments of madness or wayward hitting to report, something quite remarkable in itself.
Now to the important bit of the day, the weather was set fair, the course seemed in good condition as we all congregated on the first tee, only to be held up a by a two sets of ladies foursomes, a slower start than we wanted but probably better than them following us and we holding them up!!!
I was in the first group out with John Wakefield and Kevin Hingle and we had a very enjoyable round finishing at 5.05pm, Kevin then left and John and I retired to the club house for a well earned pint, at 5.45pm we were wondering where the other groups were, to then see the second group moving to the sixteenth tee at 6.00pm!! At this point John and I decided it might be a longish wait and started to head home in the light!
(Editor’s note: when the second group arrived in the clubhouse, we looked for the first group and asked the barmaid if they were around. She replied “there were 3 elderly gentlemen in the other room earlier but they had gone” – perhaps she was talking about another crowd!)
I have been reliably informed that Jon Kelly won nearest the pin and I am pretty confident that Teresa will have drunk the prize by now. Andrew Bramwell was third on 29 points, Geoff Liscoe was second on 30, Colin Keal winning with a very lucky 35 points having found my ball in the woods on several occasions!
I am now looking forward to Rutland County (a bit closer to home for me) and then our 40th anniversary year end extravaganza!!