The View of a Champion
“This year’s society championship in Islantilla saw 27 guys battling it out for the championship in a lovely resort with some great and challenging golf courses, nice hotel and even better weather. The early warnings of a storm nowhere to be seen!
Barring a few hiccups, (Lee Hardy sat in Barry’s room in his underpants with a bottle of milk lotion) the boys managed to gather on the course for day 1 for a hotly contested first day. 10 people posting a first day score of 30 plus with only a 1 shot lead at the top keeping things close heading into day 2. Day 2 was for the movers, shakers and the club throwers (Frank and Campbell) and the field took shape going into the final day. Ste Davies with an 8 shot lead and the Bower mind games began… Whispers of he’ll bottle it were heard through the corridors until late evening…
The holiday was made that much better by a 3-0 white wash by the mighty Barcelona, unnamed united and Everton fans very smug in their armchairs quietly sipping on their beers. Campbell in no way happy with the result whatsoever!
The buffet evening meals deserve a special shout out and Fish Friday was thoroughly enjoyed by a Mr J Hadden, a full table of crustacean shells told the story.
Day 3 and the boys were in good spirits, some beautiful drives off the first tee and again the sun cream being applied for another hot day.
The previous nights whispers of “bottling it” started to materialise, blob blob start with an 8 shot lead cut down to 4 after 2 holes played! Bower, Clarke and Kirky Snr hot on the heels so much so that the leader had to text home for some inspiration from his dad.
With an early Clarke push, it was Mikey Bower who started to play like a man possessed. If the ball was on the green it was a guaranteed 1 putt from the known chaser. As one person put it that evening, “you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the wrath of Mike Bower hunting you down”.
Other noticeable shout outs on day 3 was an eagle 2 by Si Davies and a surging 40 pointer by Paul Foode, a 40 pointer which meant D Foode beat his dad overall by 2 points (Dan you can send me that 5er later for that highlighted?)
Playing in converse trainers for the week I managed to fend of the wrath of Bower and Co. and won by 2 points overall with 104 points. Steve Clarke with a mini celebration that I didn’t break his record score after the final hole. 106, can anyone beat it?
Martin Wilson cashed in on the lone backing of myself and Les Hurst won the blind pic.
Good holiday, good times see you all next year, El Champeoni 2019!”
Thanks and congrats to Steve Davies on a fantastic wire to wire win!
See Society Championship 2019, Islantilla, Spain for a gallery of the weekend’s antics.
Bit of a Stat Attack to add to the above;
– 24 members, 3 guests attended
– 83 point scoring average over the 3 days (quite impressive considering the resort)
– Inordinate amount of 2’s! – 9 to be exact (one of which on a par 4 as mentioned above), 6 on the first day!
– 10,000 pints drank (average based on hourly consumption between the hours of 12- 4am on Saturday the 4th of May)
For full schedule see; 2nd- 5th May 2019 – Islantilla Golf Resort, Spain – Society Championship
Long Drive – Phil Draper, Dan Foode, Dan Witterick
NP – Si Davies, Steve Davies, Lee Hardy
NP2 – Steve Davies, John Aylward, Dan Witterick
For current League, Helix and Matchplay standings see Current Season.
See you at Houghwood on the 2nd of June!