June 2021 – Elton Furze
12 members of the Fritz Follies Golf Society met up at Elton Furze on 25th June, 2021 to play for the President’s Cup, which was based on Stroke play, and the next round of the Fritz Follies Annual Championship determined by Stableford.
The weather was not very appealing initially and most players were ready for another wet game with the memory of Sleaford still lingering.
We were, however, fortunate and the rain held off. It was generally a low scoring day with an average of only 28 points, possibly due to the early rain and slower greens.
David Ballard was scoring really well and was looking a good bet to retain the President’s Cup which he won last year but he had a disastrous 12 on the 17th followed by a 10 on the 18th, which virtually ruled him out of the running. He still finished in 6th position for President’s Cup and achieved 29 points so had a good game overall. If only………but that is golf.
Meanwhile Trevor Chapman had an equally exciting time, he managed to achieve 31 points on 13 holes – He shot a 9, 8 and 3 sevens. His 9 on the 7th was quite remarkable, he hit a tree and finished in the bunker, not the one on the 7th but on the 8th. With his 6th shot he hit the pin at 100 mph before chipping back to leave a simple putt. On the 14th he hit his own bag which he had placed next to him with a shank – surely a contender for Wally of the Year nomination!
On the 2nd hole David Carter shot his drive into the bunker he then chipped into the hole for what would have been an excellent Birdie but the ball decided to pop out. Tough luck. David Oliver putted out on the same hole for a par but Kev Hingle, not to be outdone, had a birdie, super drive to the green and a good putt.
Kev Hingle and John Dexter decided to have an additional competition to see who could get into most bunkers. Kev took an early lead and by the 11th he was well in front having been in 5 different bunkers but was able to exit each in one shot, John decided to catch up at the 11th and he took 5 attempts to get out.
He enjoyed the experience so much he then visited the bunker on the 12th but he came out with a great shot and finished with a good 5.
David Oliver was given a Garmin golf watch for Father’s Day and he decided to use it on the 5th following a poor drive and found himself 55 yards from the pin and then chipped in with a 7 iron for a birdie.
Les had a very good round and won the President’s Cup, 3 pars on the front nine and 8 net pars on the back nine to score a net 70. He also won the Stableford with 36 points, but was denied the prize due to the ‘only one prize’ rule. An excellent result – well done Les and thanks for organising the event.
Trevor Chapman won the Stableford with 31 points on count back from David Oliver who also had 31 points with David Carter being 3rd with 29 points.
Trevor Chapman was also runner up for the President’s Cup with a net 77 and David Oliver was 3rd with a net 75.
A most enjoyable day and rounded off nicely with a drink on the patio – things are getting back to normal.