Firstly I’d like to congratulate this years captain for a fantastic season, he shouldered more responsibility than a lot of his predecessors and even managed to achieve the inaugural society hole-in-one. His last duty was to host this year’s Captain’s Day which he did in his usual fly by the seat of his pants style with a great, not at all drawn out, joke to finish. Thanks Colin, tough act to follow!
So, we reached the climax of the season with a palpable hue of anticipation in the air. The secretary had divvied up handicaps and created some strong pairings for the morning session of Texas Scramble which served as a light warm up for the afternoon. There was a strong turnout and with all the teams being four balls only a minimal adjustment was required to even up the scoring therefore it was pretty much a level playing field throughout. The course was tough therefore scoring wasn’t as low as recent years however the successful foursome came in with a respectable -2 gross to secure the win, well done John Aylward, Mike Kirkland, Steve Waddelove and Andy Davies.
The morning served as one of two things, a nice warm up for a fiercely competitive afternoon, or in my case, a peak from which I would steadily decline, thankfully the former for most members. The course was challenging from both a technical and physical perspective. The first few holes consisted of significant gradients and bends which made club selection and general course management difficult, the safe option quite often the being the best option. In general however the rough was forgiving and if you found yourself in trouble, with a good line of sight you could recover, the trick was getting a good line of sight! Condition wise we couldn’t complain. Heavy rain fell the previous day but there was little evidence on the course with both decent greens and no real standing water, the ditches however were brimming and claimed a good few balls no doubt.
The winner came as no real surprise as since joining he’s been within touching distance of a number of wins. This time however no-one could even get close and he claimed victory by a whopping 5 shots with 41 points which is made more impressive by an average score of 27 and the largest field of the season at 28. Well done Daniel Foode
The spoon was won by 1 point and 14 points total, not the lowest of the season but certainly one of the hardest courses.
As a side note the hole-in-one prize cheque was presented to Colin Davies for his heroics on the 18th hole at Ellesmere Golf Club, he informed the members of his intention to contribute “at least £750” to a charitable cause, golf lessons count as charity right?
For full schedule see; 9th of September, Shaw Hill – Captains Day
Long Drive – Dave Hadden (Again!)
NP – Dan Foode
NP2 – Zip, Nadda, No-one (Again)
For final League, Helix and Matchplay standings see 2017/ 2018 Season. The Matchplay draw for the first round of the new season has been announced, see First Round for details.
See you all next year when I’ll be your new Captain and remember to vote for the vice captaincy!