May 2021 – Sleaford
Well it’s May 2021 and the start of another chapter in the Fritz Follies saga.
After a year to forget we kick our 2021 season off to a cool and damp start at Sleaford.
With 14 intrepid ‘Follies’ well prepared, in full wet weather gear, to take on the course starting with the time honoured offering of a coffee and bacon butty.
The first group comprised David Oliver (walking) and David Carter and Geoff Delany who shared a buggy and, with these on their way, Colin Keal was champing at the bit to swing into action. Unfortunately his tee off was delayed by the first group’s misdirected tee shots which led to much ball searching, Colin seemed to think that they were taking more than the allowed 3 minutes and maybe it was his concern over this that led him to duff his tee shot into the same area, the clock was ticking…
On the 13th hole with the rain hammering down, Andrew, having left the shelter of his umbrella attached to his trolley,
addressed his ball and BANG! Wondering what had happened his paying partners looked around and saw that Andrew had managed to wipe out the umbrella with his follow through!
Also on the 13th being faced with a 20 yard chip over a deep bunker, Jon Kelly, with course management anyone would be proud of, decided on putting his way around the bunker for a bogey and 3 points. Result but it won’t bring the crowds back.
On the 7th Roy was saved from harm as Gabe’s 2nd shot ricocheted off of the stone bridge and clattered into John Dexter’s bag.
Walking onto the 8th green Brian Bates forgot he had an electric trolley which promptly careered off and ran into the back of John Dexter who managed to save it, and himself, from being bunkered.
David West teed off and sent his ball well down the fairway, a little to the left. Whilst looking he found a ‘srixon’ and turned to Jon Kelly and said “it’s not mine but can you play with a srixon” – Jon said yes and David threw the ball and Jon put it in his bag.
David continued to search and did find his ball. Before he could hit it, a golfer appeared looking for his ball and spoke to David. Next thing we heard was “Jon, have you got that srixon”!
I think Gabe deserves the ‘Bunker Flunker’ award as not only did he have 5 or 6 attempts at excavating his ball from a bunker on the 14th but he thought he’d make doubly sure of the prize by taking 4 or 5 attempts to get his ball out of the bunker in front of the 18th green.
The two David’s unintentionally played with each other’s ball on the 17th, only becoming apparent as they prepared to chip onto the green. It was to their credit that neither blamed the other for the mix up.
Somehow Geoff managed to lose not one but two head covers during the round. David Oliver admitted seeing a black and white frilly woolly thing on the path near the second tee but at the time thought it was a dead stoat, so naturally gave it a wide birth.
Fortunately there was a very happy ending as other Follies golfers recognised the true identity of the lost items and Geoff was reunited with both head covers and with a bonus cover thanks to Roy. It was a very moving sight in the clubhouse to see Geoff reunited with his rather threadbare, but much loved cover.
Geoff thought he’d won nearest the pin but it turned out that Graeme had pipped him to the prize. Then, much to our surprise, Graeme very graciously gave Geoff the bottle of port, what a gesture.
A lovely ending to a good day!.
1st Graeme Phipps 39pts
2nd Les Wells 36pts
3rd Jon Kelly 32pts
The last word
Les said that he couldn’t apologise for the weather. Instead he said blame it on Brexit, Covid or Prince Harry !!
See you all next month at Elton Furze for the President’s Cup.
Report by JD.