Monthly Archives: September 2019
The penultimate round of this season’s Follies Championship saw 11 hopefuls appear in deepest, darkest Cambridgeshire on another lovely warm summer afternoon that Les is so skilled at choosing. Sadly, Les was unable to play today having injured his arm/elbow carrying the luggage on his recent trip abroad (presumably his usual man-servant didn’t turn up).
Roy nearly missed his bacon bap as he arrived very late having covered most of Cambridgeshire and was finally put on track by a farmer and his wife who advised he had about 10 miles to go – he’d already done about 30 by this stage!
With half the field still in contention for the Championship, a hushed, expectant silence descended over the group as the first 3-ball teed off. On a tight course with plenty of water, scores were very respectable though no-one managed to stay on the 5th green to capture the Nearest the Pin prize. Several were heard to lament about being six inches off the green – but the bottle goes back to the Follies Wine Cave.
Trevor lost 2 balls on the first hole, I think both from the tee, but things did improve.
In Les’ absence, Geoff D kindly stepped in as master of ceremonies and announced:
3rd – Graeme Phipps (35 points) losing on countback to
2nd – Steve Preston (35 points). He was second last month so some consistency creeping in there.
1st – Jon Kelly (38 points).
Report not by Richard Cheng – ask him!
Latest entry is a 3-in-one from DC – the full set of Follies shirts!
plus a hitherto unpublished photo of the 2018 President’s Cup presentation to the winner David Oliver
According to the Carol on the BBC Weather the hottest days for the last 3 months have fallen at the end of each month. We can testify to that fact after Tydd last month and then similar temperatures at Greetham. Trevor Chapman providing additional water for everyone at Tydd was a fantastic gesture and it was a shame he did not play today as many of us wilted in the heat and the hilly terrain. Only 3 players beat their front nine points total, Les with 2 points and David W with 7 points suffering more than some.
It’s always nice to wrap up a prize early in the season. Andrew Bramwell hitting a magnificent 11 out of the Bunker to secure top spot for Bunker Flunker, perhaps it can still be challenged?
Nearest the Pin was on hole 18, David Carter firing the first attempt to within 15 feet then finishing the Putt with a fist pump as well. Man of the moment Richard Cheng stepped up in the last group to arrow a shot to within 8 feet to take the bottle prize, but missed the subsequent birdie putt. That putt did not matter to the final result as Richard won the day with 35 points and now leads the Fritz Follies Trophy with just 2 outings to go. Could it be his year although many could still make a challenge. Steve Preston was 2nd on 32 points ahead of David Oliver on count back by virtue of four points on the 18th.
On we go to the next outing at Lakeside Lodge on Friday 20th September, can the heatwave last……