May 2019 – Sleaford Golf Club
It only seemed like only five minutes since we were playing at Spalding in the spring sunshine and it looked like we were in luck again, however it is April and squally showers moved in by the time we had all teed off. A good turn out for a Wednesday with five 3 balls planned for a 1.30 start. Nearly everyone arrived in good time to take advantage of the excellent coffee and bacon/sausage rolls in the comfortable club house overlooking the 18th green. Last to arrive was Richard who had to eat his roll while waiting on the first tee and played in his work shirt. He was also the first to leave and rumour has it he went back to work, hence leaving his work shirt on, so much for a planned slowdown in preparation for retirement.
David West was looking a tad perplexed on the first tee and dashed back to the car only to return a few moments later explaining that he had some clubs missing but had realised that he put them into his club shop for re-gripping and had forgotten to go and pick them up. Despite the lack of clubs, he still put a good score together, though he was somewhat miffed when his shot into the 10th green wasn’t what he was expecting. He then realised that even though he had a reduced number of clubs in the bag he had managed to pull the wrong one out.
It is believed that Trevor Chapman is now leading the bunker flunker scoreboard with a three. He was also seen to have hit the lip of the 18th greenside bunker and the ball rebounded and hit the captain’s charity plaque. Looks like it saved him a £1 donation but probably didn’t help his score.
John Wakefield also had fun and games with obstacles when teeing off on the 12th, apparently managing to hit the yellow tee marker followed by the red tee marker, though he still manged to par the hole. John also managed to hit a good ball down the middle of the fairway with his ball left laying within the reach of the spray from a large mobile sprinkler. John took time to study the timing of the spray and nipped in to take his shot from where it laid. He did however take a divot and being a well-educated golfer, he retrieved it and replaced the divot by which time the sprinkler had revolved, and he got a wet shirt for his efforts, very commendable!!! The sprinkler is just about visible here:
Geoff Delaney managed to get onto the 18th green with the help of a lucky rebound off of the club house wall, that must have been travelling a fair old pace.
Most people agreed that the course was suffering badly from a very mild winter and a lack of rain with the fairways looking very dry and patchy. One or two players had a lucky escape from what would have normally been water hazards as they too were bone dry. It was also felt that the greens were rather fluffy which I can only imagine was because the ground staff didn’t want to cut them close with the current water shortage. Having said that Richard Cheng, Martin Zebedee and myself managed to find a decent lie on the fairway followed by a good putt to gross birdie holes with two shots giving us 5 stapleford points apiece. I do hope the course makes a full recovery soon as it was such a shame to see it suffering so badly compared with previous years.
Roy Fletcher continued his winning ways, after watching David West judge the wind, height and distance to the 12th near perfectly to land on the green he followed suite and landed a lovely ball within two size nines of David’s ball to take nearest the pin. He was in good company, as you will see below as I took first place and David 3rd – I don’t know if there is a word for a winning trio at golf but we were certainly it.
1st Andrew Bramwell 37 pts
2nd Richard Cheng 36 pts (on countback)
3rd David West 36 pts (if only he had a full set of clubs)
Nearest the Pin Roy Fletcher
Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 1st May (Graham’s not 50th) and with the Follies at Ramsey on Monday 20th May.
Report by Andrew B.
Martin had a testing bunker challenge:
and Richard and Les kept their spirits up during a brief downpour: