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.

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