Well I for one was ecstatic to back out on the course having last played with the society at Captains Day back in September. I had managed to play a staggering 6 rounds in the 3 weeks since lockdown eased (record for me), and being buoyed by a previous win at Tytherington (back in July 2015) I had a feeling of cautious optimism. Preparation though didn’t go particularly well, by the time I’d thrown a coffee down me and finished my bacon barm it was already 11:45am which, being in the first group, meant only 15mins to get ready. Having hit a couple of putts on the practice green I was ushered to the first tee and proceeded to slice my opening 5 iron into the rough a mere 250yds from the green! After some good scrambling I got away with a bogey which was a theme for the rest of the day. I was in the company of the ever consistent Mike Bower and the mercurial John Aylward, the latter got off to an absolute flyer and was 4 under his handicap (18 points with two gross birdies) by the 7th hole, myself and Mike desperately trying to keep pace. As we reached the 15th tee, without having produced any real fireworks, i had taken the initiative and had a slender 1 shot lead. At this point we were tussling for what we both thought was going to be a 3rd or 4th place finish but we spurred each other on and finished solidly, Mike trailing and looking somewhat battered and bruised by the course.
The fairways were a little patchy leading to some questionable lies, and the greens were a little slower than they looked (which i didn’t mind) but in general the course was in decent nick. I hadn’t really noticed but there was a lot of elevation on the course which may have had an impact on a few members, I think we’ll see a few more buggies if we play here again in the near future.
As the winner was announced I rather embarrassingly corrected the Captain who had called out Dave Hadden (to the crowds delight), unfortunately it was me who had prevailed on a countback (17 to 16) which was made worse by the fact that no-one had beat my long drive or NP2, the silence was deafening. It was my first win in almost 2 years (June 2019) so i was quietly pleased with myself, even if no-one else was.
The main story of the day was Davies Snr vs Davies Jnr in the Matchplay final
, unfortunately for Colin, Simon decided to get out of bed and it was always going to be an uphill struggle from there. Si came out on top with a well earned 3&1 victory (and 3rd place on the day) to take the trophy, big congrats baby brother!
Thanks and congrats to our winner, Andy Davies
For full schedule see; Tytherington Golf Club
Long Drive – Andy Davies
NP – Steve Waddelove
NP2 – Andy Davies
2’s – Steve Waddelove
For current League and Helix standings see Current Season.
See you all on the 2nd of May at Prestatyn