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June 2022 – Elton Furze & the President’s Cup

Matchday 4 of the Follies Trophy ran alongside this year’s President’s Cup and attracted a bumper turnout of 18 Follies at Elton Furze.

Today saw the welcome return of Sean Melia – a mere 29 years since he last appeared back in September 1993. Apparently he’s been busy !

Roy Fletcher, having left his bottle of water still cooling at home in his fridge, purchased a bottle at the bar and carefully put it in his cooler bag with his banana. Disaster struck somewhere on the first 9 when cooler bag & contents went AWOL. He did get his bag back from the pro shop at the end of the round – it having been handed in – but it was empty.

A disturbing sight greeted the opening group on the 13th but we knew there was no-one ahead of us and no Follie would ever behave in such a fashion.

There was only one disqualification in the President’s Cup when Colin Keal picked up on the 6th – I’m told most seasons half a dozen or so typically pick up. Maybe most of us are learning…

David Oliver walked the back 9 with the final group as he is recovering from a back injury. Gabe confessed afterwards that he had found David’s course knowledge very useful and made good use of his advice.

Chris Munro also appeared at the final hole to oversee his special prize to the winner of the Net aggregate of all the Par 3s and witnessed Trevor checking Jon’s card and revising upwards the total on both the front and back halves.

Jim Daley quite rightly was very pleased with his excellent birdie on the 13th.

However, 10 minutes after playing the 18th, a dispute between Graham & Jim was still in progress regarding score card issues. Thankfully David was on hand to resolve things amicably.

One of my least favourite golfing things reappeared early on – the air shot. Surely, we won’t see that ever again… There was no sign of my favourite – Nearest The Pin in 2 on 16th. Maybe next year someone will sponsor such a thing…

Results:

President’s Cup
Trevor – net score of 68.40
just ahead of Dave Ballard 68.60, Jim Daley 68.80, Les Wells 70.60 and Geoff Delany 71.40.

Nearest Pin 5th
Dave West.

Chris Munro special prize – Net aggregate of all the Par 3s
Colin Keal – net 8
just ahead of Dave Ballard net 9.

Follies Trophy
Trevor Chapman 39
Dave Ballard 37
Graham Tooke 36 on countback
Darren Pears 36
Jim Daley 36

Next up is Matchday 5 on Friday 22nd July at Ramsey Golf Club.

May 2022 – Rutland Water Golf Club

The runners and riders gathered for the annual RW Handicap, returning member Paul Flanders kicked off matters alongside his partners Darren Pears (don’t think we have met!) and our honourable website nerd Mr Jon Kelly, mayhem commenced.

Despite a spell of inclement weather we managed, as usual, to avoid the worst of it, indeed I teed off with enough wet weather gear for a visit to Old Trafford (Jon, if you were not aware, based in Manchester and known as the Theatre of Dreams!!).

The course was in extremely good condition, it was certainly the best I have known it, ready for a close competition between the 19 participants – think again. A certain Dave West is making it a one horse race, with a score of 41 points, 26 after the first nine holes!!! Well done Dave, you are now 3/1 on with Bet-Fred for the Follies Trophy, opening up a 6 point gap at the top of the table.

There was an issue in the starting gates prior to arrival, with our Treasurer moved up the field due to a late start from Mr Richard Parker, I am unsure as the reason for his late arrival but suggested he might be doing a bit of consultancy en-route.

Brian Bates joined me alongside Graham Tooke and Dave Ballard, we all started very quietly in comparison to the group ahead where on hole 2 Trevor could be seen remonstrating with his trusty hybrid eventually attempting to throw it into his bag, unfortunately he missed. We had a few fireworks on the first par 3, Brian making a bid for bunker flunker with I think 6 shots to get out, he thought 5!!

Other highlights of the day included Paul Flanders winning a bottle of champagne (kindly donated by Paul Bellinger for his recent 60th birthday) for nearest the pin in two on the 14th. After hitting the green, PF did say “it might be the same bottle I bought him, coming back to me!” I am told he also caused some drama on the par 3 over the water, including a bunker shot with his back to the hole, eventually putting out for 6!

I felt it was one of our better days at Rutland Water and I would like to take this opportunity of thanking my playing partners who were great company on the day, I am sure we are all looking forward the next event, probably the most important of the season, the President’s Cup, see you all at Elton.

** Since this outing, your Committee have held an emergency meeting to consider our response should any of our members be approached by LIV Golf and invited to join their tour with $4m on offer to the winner of each tournament down to $120,000 for the last placed player. Without hesitation, your Committee recommend you accept and take us all with you.