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.
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.
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.
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!
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)
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!
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)
On the 17th hole, Trevor’s tee shot flew off at an angle to hit a tree and came to rest in the middle of the fairway. Some people have all the lu….
On the 18th hole John Wakefield was assisted by ‘Wateraid’. His tee shot caught in the tree to the left of the green and dropped into the stream below. On searching for his ball we found it had been carried by the current 40yds down stream. After retrieving the ball and taking a drop he was in a far better position than under the tree where it had fallen.
Big Follies welcome to Stuart Frith
3 – Geoff D – 31pts
2- Jon Kelly – 33 pts
Winner – Colin Humphries – 34pts
Welcome to Ramsey sub acqa club! Fair play to the club for having a course that was playable at all. They had been unable to get a machine on the course until a couple of days before and it was the first time we had been penalised for playing on the fairway with long and cut grass lying everywhere.
John Dexter terrorised the neighbours on the 1st with visits into their back gardens.
The rough was, well, rough. Extremely punishing. Once you were in, you stayed in – or at least I did.
Welcome return of the Peter Harris
Nearest the Pin: Andrew (6 ft from pin) retains it from last year.
3 – Trevor – 29pts
2 – Peter Harris – 29pts
Winner – Graeme Phipps – 30pts
Best wishes to John Dexter for his forthcoming knee op. NB to the Doc, it’s the right knee!
2018 is shaping up to be the best Fritz Follies year yet! Les has compiled a mouth-watering itinerary of old and new courses – see 2018 Schedule tab. Plus we have a dedicated Shirtie tab to host all your entries – see The Shirtie tab. Can Trevor retain the Follies Trophy? It’s been done before but very rarely – see Past Winners tab for the history. Can David West keep hold of the President’s Cup? Again, it’s been done but rare – see Past Winners tab.
It’s good to get a report on the site from each outing and it’s even better to vary the author – if you fancy volunteering for a particular outing, please do let me know and I’ll not bother anyone else that month 😉
Les will be in touch with details about the first outing at the end of March – hopefully see many of you there!
The Follies end of season day out usually begins with the sizzle of fried bacon in the Stibby Diner on the A1. Sadly, work got in the way this year and the first sizzle I heard was the cables of the electricity pylons straddling the 3rd hole at Elton Furze. That wasn’t the only impact work had on me that day as I had two airshots on tees early on, indeed at the 11th I had yet to have a drive counted. Needing 4 drives from the remaining 8 holes, Geoff Delaney kindly commented that maybe we should have counted one of the airshots!
Bernie made a welcome appearance at the 9th and walked the back nine with the various foursomes. He had a sloe round:
Les, Brian, Geoff D and myself finished 3 over (gross) with 15 pars and 3 bogeys thanks to Les holing from off the green on the 18th. We were well pleased with ourselves and carefully kept our count and contentment concealed in the clubhouse.
Come the evening and the results were announced:
It seems David Oliver’s scintillating short game couldn’t be bettered and they deservedly won the Annual Supper Texas Scramble. Indeed, looking at the winners roll (under the Past Winners tab), Colin H has won 3 times in the last 4 years so he’s doing something right!
As previously mentioned our Champion Golfer 2017 is Trevor Chapman, a runaway winner with an impressive 113 points. Richly deserved.
Our customary thanks to Les for all his arranging and re-arranging of fixtures, people and times. Thanks also to Brian for making our subs and green fees go a long way.
See you all in 2018.
Weather – strong wind, no change there.
Colin Humphries – Teed up on the 17th Par 3 but was aiming at the 18th – they told him before he hit the ball.
Colin Humphries also lost control of his motorised trolley and it ended up in the bunker 🙂
Geoff Delany apparently had multiple bunker flunker attempts to beat his existing 10, but could only make 5 shots this time.
Excellent day with Bacon rolls and half chicken and chips afterwards, or if you are Colin Keal just the chips!
Winner -John Dexter with 37 points
with Trevor, Les, David C and John W all on 35 points
Champion Golfer 2017 – Trevor Chapman
President’s Cup Winner 2017 – David West
FRITZ FOLLIES OUTING TO OLD NENE
Our annual visit to Old Nene persuaded 11 members to turn up somewhere in the middle of Fen Country including the writer who was making his first visit and very enjoyable it was as well.
The day started very well with a refreshing beer (a little bit of imagination here needed, the drink of choice being coffee!!) accompanied by a bacon roll on the terrace in glorious sunshine, once again Follies seemed very lucky with the weather.
The course is unusual being the same nine holes played twice but from different tees on the back nine and despite the theory that practice makes perfect, only one of the eleven competitors improved their front nine points tally on the inward nine!!
Having asked various members about the round it seems there were no bunker flunkers, moments of madness or wayward hitting to report, something quite remarkable in itself.
Now to the important bit of the day, the weather was set fair, the course seemed in good condition as we all congregated on the first tee, only to be held up a by a two sets of ladies foursomes, a slower start than we wanted but probably better than them following us and we holding them up!!!
I was in the first group out with John Wakefield and Kevin Hingle and we had a very enjoyable round finishing at 5.05pm, Kevin then left and John and I retired to the club house for a well earned pint, at 5.45pm we were wondering where the other groups were, to then see the second group moving to the sixteenth tee at 6.00pm!! At this point John and I decided it might be a longish wait and started to head home in the light!
(Editor’s note: when the second group arrived in the clubhouse, we looked for the first group and asked the barmaid if they were around. She replied “there were 3 elderly gentlemen in the other room earlier but they had gone” – perhaps she was talking about another crowd!)
I have been reliably informed that Jon Kelly won nearest the pin and I am pretty confident that Teresa will have drunk the prize by now. Andrew Bramwell was third on 29 points, Geoff Liscoe was second on 30, Colin Keal winning with a very lucky 35 points having found my ball in the woods on several occasions!
I am now looking forward to Rutland County (a bit closer to home for me) and then our 40th anniversary year end extravaganza!!