April 2019 – Sleaford Golf Club

It only seemed like only five minutes since we were playing at Spalding in the spring sunshine and it looked like we were in luck again, however it is April and squally showers moved in by the time we had all teed off. A good turn out for a Wednesday with five 3 balls planned for a 1.30 start. Nearly everyone arrived in good time to take advantage of the excellent coffee and bacon/sausage rolls in the comfortable club house overlooking the 18th green. Last to arrive was Richard who had to eat his roll while waiting on the first tee and played in his work shirt. He was also the first to leave and rumour has it he went back to work, hence leaving his work shirt on, so much for a planned slowdown in preparation for retirement.

David West was looking a tad perplexed on the first tee and dashed back to the car only to return a few moments later explaining that he had some clubs missing but had realised that he put them into his club shop for re-gripping and had forgotten to go and pick them up. Despite the lack of clubs, he still put a good score together, though he was somewhat miffed when his shot into the 10th green wasn’t what he was expecting. He then realised that even though he had a reduced number of clubs in the bag he had managed to pull the wrong one out.

It is believed that Trevor Chapman is now leading the bunker flunker scoreboard with a three. He was also seen to have hit the lip of the 18th greenside bunker and the ball rebounded and hit the captain’s charity plaque. Looks like it saved him a £1 donation but probably didn’t help his score.

John Wakefield also had fun and games with obstacles when teeing off on the 12th, apparently managing to hit the yellow tee marker followed by the red tee marker, though he still manged to par the hole. John also managed to hit a good ball down the middle of the fairway with his ball left laying within the reach of the spray from a large mobile sprinkler. John took time to study the timing of the spray and nipped in to take his shot from where it laid. He did however take a divot and being a well-educated golfer, he retrieved it and replaced the divot by which time the sprinkler had revolved, and he got a wet shirt for his efforts, very commendable!!!    The sprinkler is just about visible here:








Geoff Delaney managed to get onto the 18th green with the help of a lucky rebound off of the club house wall, that must have been travelling a fair old pace.

Most people agreed that the course was suffering badly from a very mild winter and a lack of rain with the fairways looking very dry and patchy. One or two players had a lucky escape from what would have normally been water hazards as they too were bone dry. It was also felt that the greens were rather fluffy which I can only imagine was because the ground staff didn’t want to cut them close with the current water shortage. Having said that Richard Cheng, Martin Zebedee and myself managed to find a decent lie on the fairway followed by a good putt to gross birdie holes with two shots giving us 5 stapleford points apiece. I do hope the course makes a full recovery soon as it was such a shame to see it suffering so badly compared with previous years.

Roy Fletcher continued his winning ways, after watching David West judge the wind, height and distance to the 12th near perfectly to land on the green he followed suite and landed a lovely ball within two size nines of David’s ball to take nearest the pin. He was in good company, as you will see below as I took first place and David 3rd – I don’t know if there is a word for a winning trio at golf but we were certainly it.

The results:

1st Andrew Bramwell 37 pts

2nd Richard Cheng 36 pts (on countback)

3rd David West 36 pts (if only he had a full set of clubs)

Nearest the Pin Roy Fletcher

Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 1st May (Graham’s not 50th) and with the Follies at Ramsey on Monday 20th May.

Report by Andrew B.

Martin had a testing bunker challenge:











and Richard and Les kept their spirits up during a brief downpour:

March 2019 – Spalding Golf Club

Well Spring has sprung and so another year with the Follies begins starting this year with a very good deal at the previously ‘unFollied’ course of Spalding, which is set in mature parkland alongside the river Glen.The weather wasn’t bad for the end of March and the course looked in fine condition, with firm undulatingfairways and fast greens.
A good turnout of 17 members including the debut of Dave Ballard, he finally succumbed to John Dexter’s nagging to come and join us, hope he wasn’t put off and returns for more soon.

Notable mentions go to:-
Les – who it seems was in ‘battery saving mode’, having left his safely at home in the garage, so had to hire a trolley.
Colin Keal – also hired a trolley but it seems he was sold a ‘lemon’ as his left wheel insisted on making a bid for freedom every 100 yards, problem resolved by use of a good right foot!! I don’t know if it was down to all that kicking but on the 4th tee Colin decided to cool down by standing in the sprinkler hole and fill his shoe with water. Thankfully the trolley was replaced after the 9th  .… at least the wheels didn’t come off his round!!
Geoff Liscoe – decided to practise his ‘hedge pitching’ while waiting to start on the 1st, good shot!!
Dave Ballard – whose first shot with the Follies gets the award for the highest and shortest drive of the day.
Richard Cheng – Safety conscious he didn’t want to lose his range finder so left it locked in his car.
John Dexter – Going, twice, for a ‘birdie’ from the 2nd tee, shame it was the ducks in the river that were in danger. You could also hear the occasional sound of ‘ball on willow’… shame as it spoiled what could have been a good hole.

From the 2nd tee Dave West split the group in front, followed by Les and Colin Keal doing something similar on subsequent holes, fortunately all were left standing. Can it be put down to early season wayward shots or was it the lure of the steak and kidney pudding that prompted the last group of 4 to nudge those in front?

Roy Fletcher has done remarkably well after his hip replacement last November, but maybe should have had points deducted for playing the course the previous week … Practice!! but with this mentality he may be going for the big prize this year!

The results:-
1st   Roy Fletcher  39pts
2nd Colin Savage  35pts
3rd  John Dexter    34pts on countback, 14pts to 11pts on last six holes as front/back nine level with Colin Keal
Nearest pin won by Graeme Phipps approx.12 feet, closely followed by Les and Colin Savage who were within a foot of Graeme’s ball.

A good venue, friendly staff and good food, thanks Les.

Hopefully see you all on Wed 24th April at Sleaford.

Texas Scramble and 2018 Winner of the Follies Trophy!

Texas Scamble results:

4th Team 73.61 Wilson/Liscoe/Humphries

Bronze 68.32 West/Zebedee/Carter

Silver 67.12 Wells/Bates/Wakefield/Tooke

Gold 62.54 Phipps/Dexter/Bramwell (twice in a row for JD)

** 2018 Winner of the Follies Trophy is Les Wells. His first win this century and this completes his hat-trick (alongside 1993 and 1998).

** 2018 President’s Cup winner is David Oliver (net 64.8 on the day)

** 2018 Shirtie winners are Colin Keal and Jon Kelly for spreading the Follies gospel at the Ryder Cup.








See you all in March……Happy New Year.

October – Rutland County

Six brave follies set of in rain, finished in sunshine but with the constant companion of Storm Callum. Boy, did it blow! Some of the par fives into the wind where more like par sevens! Each hole bought different challenges depending on wind direction. With the ground being hard one had to be careful with a back wind and some massive drives were hit. It actually became interesting to combat Callum with some improvised shots being tried. With only six of us, incidents were few and far between. Apparently, Andrew has a photo of Martin being almost blown over and Geoff tried to get on the Bunker Flunker leader board with a fine effort of four. However some good golf was played with John mastering the par threes apart from the 17th, which we chose as nearest the pin but, unfortunately, no one found the green from the tee so the prize was carried over. The final count up remains a closely guarded secret with winners, runners-up and scores being declared at the Supper on Friday November 2nd.

Well done to all six players who cannot have played in much rougher conditions.

Report from John Wakefield

September – Lakeside Lodge & Two competitions!

13 Follies made the journey to Lakeside Lodge, our first visit for perhaps a decade and enjoyed a bright and calm afternoon.  For late September it wasn’t too cool – a two-layer day.  My highlight of the day was seeing Kevin back with us today for his first full 18 holes.


1st – David West with 38 points

2nd – Geoff Liscoe with 37 points (on countback)

3rd – Les Wells also on 37

Nearest The Pin was Geoff Liscoe

With the season closing soon, today was the penultimate opportunity to make inroads on the Leaderboard front runner Les.  David Carter had been 7 behind at the start of play and managed to improve his lowest score by 5 points. However, Les also had a good day and improved his score by 3 so DC remains second but only by 5 points now. Unfortunately, neither Les nor DC can play the last round so they declare on 112 and 107 respectively. In third place is Andrew, but he’ll need 39 points at Rutland County to overtake Les. The final realistic contender is Graeme Phipps. Although his 6 scores of 30 or higher show considerable consistency it does mean a 44 is needed at Rutland County (a tall order made all the more challenging as it’s Graeme’s wife’s birthday that day and he’s going shopping!).

Whatever happens at Rutland County, you can witness first-hand the presentations and trophy giving at the Annual Supper at the Cuckoo, Alwalton on Friday 2nd November. Supper invites on their way shortly.

Alongside the Follies competition today, we celebrated Colin Keal’s 60th with a team match – best two points score per hole with everyone counting on the par 3s. All credit to the scorers for keeping two competitions going in parallel.  The outcome was:

Winners with 89 points were Brian, David Carter, Graeme Phipps and Colin H.

4 points clear of the others:

Kevin, Les and Jon / Colin K, Geoff D and Geoff L. / David W, John D and Martin.

Colin K kindly supplied bottles of Moët for the winners.

Next event is Rutland County on Friday 12th October.

A Pleasant Day on Rutland Water Golf Course

Sixteen members turned up to what most members think is the most difficult course on the Follies calendar, probably due to the almost impossible to read greens.

The fun started prior to the round commencing with Dave West attempting a world record for the “most cake eaten in five minutes”, I am not sure of the outcome but understand “the Guinness Officials” were mightily impressed.

And so to the main event which was won by  David Carter on a commendable 38 points, my fellow left-hander John Wakefield was second on 37 points and “El Bandito Phipps” third with 34 points, a very well done to all of  them.  David Carter also won Nearest the Pin.

In terms of the leaderboard, whilst there was some movement in the middle, no-one got any closer to the Chairman/Secretary/Fixture Secretary/Handicap Secretary Les !! There needs to be a late dash and a “Colin Humphries type” points haul in order to keep the excitement going up until the final meet.

Out on the course it all seemed to go smoothly with no real dramas amongst any of the groups, during our round Geoff Delaney and I were mightily impressed with both  Colin Humphries’ optimism in expecting to find every ball and his unbelievable eyesight being able to see a ball bounce from 200 yards away and knowing exactly where it was in the mud, ditch or three foot rough!!

Onto the medical report now, almost more content than the golf, which probably reflects our average age. First of all a welcome back to John Dexter following knee surgery, best wishes to Roy on his upcoming hip operation and continuing best wishes to Trevor and Kevin as they continue to recover.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next event which is Lakeside Lodge on Monday 24th September.

Your reports was compiled by Nurse Keal.




Reminder – The Shirtie is still accepting entries..

We’re a bit short on Shirtie contenders this year….

Here’s a moving picture of the Follies warming up….


The Leaderboard and Handicaps have been updated following Rutland Water and this was my route around the course…..   Report to follow.


The July Meet – Tydd St Giles

We arrived after several months of clear blue skies and scorching temperatures to a forecast of thunder, lightning and rain showers. The Golfing Gods once again took pity on us and at least delayed the heavy shower until the last minute as we were completing the last couple of holes. Yes, some were wet but it could have been a lot worse.

Colin Keal could not believe it was 1.5 hr journey from his home to Tydd St Giles, but well done for making the effort as much appreciated by everyone. The next venue at Rutland Water is a home game for you. Mind you most of us that took the Whaplode Drove route hit problems with road closures. However Brian Bates now knows considerably more about operating the Sat Nav, Air con and manoeuvring of his new vehicle, Les did confirm he had passed the driving test on the day.

Tydd Golf Club once again provided us with an excellent “Small Breakfast” and 2 course meal afterwards. Many also took advantage of the £10 a Buggy to offset the high temperature demands of the day. Sensible idea that Brian and Les decided not to do, but we all survived the heat of the day.

Onto the golf. Some sparkling golf was played, with Roy Fletcher heading up the table with a  massive 45 points questioning whether he was actually on holiday last time or perhaps having some coaching. A great round, very consistent scoring throughout  and very well done. Not far behind on again an excellent score was Andrew Bramwell with 42 points although not winning the day had the consolation of the “nearest the pin prize” on the 11th hole. A difficult target on the day and the prize was Port and not Prosecco this time. Third place going to David Carter on 40 points which usually would be enough to win. Handicaps to be adjusted for net scores of 61, 64 and 66 respectively.

Andrew surprisingly took the bottle prize rather than the 2 ball 2nd place prize, so Graham Tooke was the proud 1 ball winner this time around.

Next outing is Rutland Water, Monday 20th August.

The June Meet & President’s Cup – Elton Furze

18 Follies turned up at Elton today to do battle on two fronts – the June Meet and the President’s Cup.  With no rain seen since the last day of May (http://www.peterboroughweatherwatch.com/reports/may2018.php), we all enjoyed a lot of summer roll though it’s not much help if you’re heading in the wrong direction!

It was good to see Chris Munro at the start resplendent in his “Woodland’s Official” hat. That takes a few of us back 😊.  Where was his Follies shirt though?

Several Follies had bunker trouble today. Firstly Colin Savage had 4 attempts in the 11th  hole bunker, before trying to chuck the ball out by hand but still remained in the bunker. So it was 4 shots and 2 chucks.  Not sure how that shows on a scorecard.  Jon Kelly fared better in the 6th hole bunker getting out in 2 but found sand in every pocket, both socks and ears and everywhere else for the rest of the day. Colin H came to grief on the 17th hole bunker with a grand total of 5 attempts before escaping – Bunker Flunker leader as I write.

It was also nice to see David West at the 9th as we went round. It would have been even nicer to see him with the President’s Trophy that he won last year but that was safely back at home.

Follies looking for the President’s Cup? (photo by Gabe)








President’s Cup winner 2018 – David Oliver (net 64.8), followed by Les Wells (net 66.6). As the Trophy was absent, an empty Guinness glass was presented in its place.

Only 5 of the 18 players failed to record a medal score. Geoff Liscoe being the first to pickup and not record a score and that was on the 1st hole.

Nearest the Pin – Les Wells (12 feet but missed the putt for birdie). He had been second nearest the pin on the last 3 outings all within 15 feet and not won so probably about time.

Stableford Points:

David Oliver 41

Les Wells 39

However following the only one prize rule:

Today’s Winner is Jon Kelly 35 on countback from Terry Moon with Graeme Phipps 33.

Our best wishes to Trevor for his operation next month. Hopefully see him back before the end of the season.

I hear John Dexter’s knee op went well and he’s up and about – hope to see him soon.

Next up – Friday 27th July – Tydd St Giles – Breakfast/2 Courses meal after the round – £29.

The May Meet – Sleaford

Many thanks to Martin for writing the report this month.

On arriving we had bacon rolls and coffee which was very nice. We then congregated at the first tee to be shocked to see a bright red Honda drive across the 18th Fairway.

A couple of Follies had eventful days:

Colin Keal – He turned up wearing a bright white shirt as he claims to have lost his Follies shirt. He then managed to get a birdie on the 7th for 4 points, to add to the 1 point he got on the previous 3 holes. He then had to leave after the 15th as had “French Lessons”

Geoff Liscoe – He had a variation on the bunker flunker by getting out of 4 bunkers in a row first shot. He won nearest the pin with a magnificent 4 wood over the trees on the 12th to within 6ft of the hole. On the 18th he parked his trolley on the path at the back of the green to go and putt out, but his trolley had other ideas and headed off to the car park nearly running over a couple of people. He then got very confused when Les was giving out the prizes as to who was third and second and the points they had got.

Graeme Phipps – He was moaning that his handicap should have been 21 but Les pointed out that as he won last time his handicap was cut by 1 shot. I have checked the rules Graeme and this is correct, and I look forward to seeing this enforced by Les by the next outing, See results!

The results:
1st Les Wells 36 pts
2nd Richard Cheng 35 pts
3rd Graeme Phipps 33 pts

Nearest the pin Geoff Liscoe.

Next Outing 29th June. This will be the normal stableford and Presidents Cup. Can Dave West retain his trophy? (Les would like to remind you all / had a moan, that to win you need to complete each of the 18 holes. No pick ups) (If he complains that this was said in private then he should know better)

and here’s a version especially for Colin K:

En arrivant nous avions des rouleaux de bacon et du café, ce qui était très bien. Nous nous sommes ensuite rassemblés au premier tee pour être choqués de voir une Honda rouge vif traverser le 18ème fairway.

Un couple de Follies a eu des jours mouvementés:

Colin Keal – Il s’est retrouvé vêtu d’une chemise blanche brillante alors qu’il prétend avoir perdu sa chemise Follies. Il a ensuite réussi à obtenir un birdie le 7 pour 4 points, à ajouter au point qu’il a obtenu sur les 3 trous précédents. Il a ensuite dû partir après le 15 comme l’avait “Leçons de français”

Geoff Liscoe – Il avait une variation sur le flunker de bunker en sortant de 4 bunkers dans un premier coup de rang. Il a gagné le plus près de l’épingle avec un magnifique 4 bois au-dessus des arbres le 12 à 6 pieds du trou. Le 18, il gara son chariot sur le chemin à l’arrière du green pour aller le sortir, mais son chariot avait d’autres idées et se dirigea vers le parking en courant sur quelques personnes. Il est devenu très confus lorsque Les distribuait les prix pour savoir qui était troisième et deuxième et les points qu’ils avaient obtenus.

Graeme Phipps – Il se plaignait que son handicap aurait dû être de 21, mais Les a fait remarquer que comme il a gagné la dernière fois, son handicap a été réduit d’un coup. J’ai vérifié les règles de Graeme et c’est correct, et j’ai hâte de voir cela imposé par Les par la prochaine sortie, voir les résultats!

Les resultats
1er Les Wells 36 pts
2e Richard Cheng 35 pts
3e Graeme Phipps 33 pts

Plus près de l’épingle Geoff Liscoe.

Prochaine sortie le 29 juin. Ce sera le stableford normal et la Coupe du Président. Dave West peut-il conserver son trophée? (Les tiens voudraient vous rappeler à tous / avait un gémissement, que pour gagner vous devez compléter chacun des 18 trous.) (S’il se plaint que cela a été dit en privé alors il devrait savoir mieux)