October 2020 Woolfox Golf and Country Club
Despite the damp, cold and breezy conditions, exactly one month on from our visit to Stoke Rochford 16 of us again travelled the A1 to play Woolfox, formally Rutland County Golf Club. Unfortunately the Clubhouse was closed for renovations, but a catering van was on site to provide tea, coffee, bacon baps and other much needed sustenance before the start of play.
Despite the substantial amount of rain earlier in the week the course was in reasonable condition with the greens playing slow and the grass on the fairways a little on the long side. Winter rules were in play which helped in this regard.
This is a very open and forgiving course which usually results in high scoring rounds and despite the poor weather conditions, this time was no exception. The final standings as follows:
1st Dave Ballard – 40 points. 2nd Graeme Phipps – 39 points (countback on last 9 holes, 23 points). 3rd Kevin Hingle – 39 points (countback on last 9 holes, 18 points).
Some highlights from the day:
In the 1st group out, Geoff Delaney had the pleasure of witnessing the big hitting pair of Colin Keal and Les Wells tackling the course in Bryson Dechambeau style. Unfortunately, they often took more in the number of putts than it took them in shots to reach the green which was frustrating for them. Clearly the slow pace of the greens had a part to play in this and lost them the chance of winning on the day.
Kevin Hingle was amazed by Steve Preston’s monster putt! In all the years playing golf he has never seen a putt rattle the pin, go round the hole, pop out and then spin back into the hole! Amazing putt Steve, the kind that could have won you $1,000,000 in Vegas, but unfortunately only one stableford point on the day!
Martin Zebedee tends to fade the ball from left to right and sets up accordingly. Unfortunately the fade didn’t happen off the 13th tee and the ball was heading straight out of bounds. Lucky for him the ball smashed into a tree and bounced back into play. Thanks for this amusing moment Martin.
Concentration on the 1st tee, some great set up positions!
With the setting sun in his eyes, Graeme Phipps stepped up and hit what was thought to be a great shot off the par 5 16th tee, but despite an extensive search, the ball couldn’t be found resulting in penalty shots. Despite this Graeme managed to get down in 7 to keep his points total moving forward. He had a great inward 9 holes highlighted by a chip on the 17th finishing just one roll away from dropping in for a birdie. With a total of 39 points a fantastic 2nd place finish (on countback), but what could have been!
Dave Ballard produced one of his best rounds in a long time scoring on every hole with 19 points through the outward 9 and 21 points through the inward 9, a total of 40 points to win the day and the much sought-after 3 pack Fritz Follies golf balls.
Congratulations go to Colin Keal for winning the nearest the pin competition off the 17th tee. A nicely flighted 7 iron shot that just about managed to make it by about a foot. This is the second occasion Colin has taken the minimalist route to winning a bottle prize, the other being Lakeside Lodge.
These results have produced an intriguing league table for the Fritz Follies Trophy, Les Wells leading with Steve Preston, Dave Ballard and Kevin Hingle within 2 points coming to the final round at Elton Furze on the 6th November. Equally at the other end of the table the race for the “wooden spoon” looks competitive as well. The final round will also include the competition for the President’s Cup, so let’s see a fantastic turn out for what will be a exciting and enjoyable finale to what has been a curtailed season due to the dreaded Covid19.
Report by Dave Ballard.