Posted on behalf of El Captaino Graham “CC” “Bandito” Loveless.
After a beautiful sunny Saturday the clouds gathered overnight and Sunday started in light rain ready to herald in this year’s Hinkson Cup.
While the Met forecast was light rain until 10am and then it would turn heavier the mood in the club house was upbeat especially amongst the juniors.
The groups for the first tee times assembled and the team captains (myself, David Crouch, Lewis Teasdale and Bronwen O’Driscoll) walked down to the first tee for the opening four ball.
The course initially held up well in the rain but any deviation off the fairway was killing any run of the ball dead. By the fifth the heavens really opened and keeping the clubs dry was proving as much of a challenge as scoring any points. On the 5th green puddles had started to form making finding a clear line to the hole somewhat tricky.
On the 6th Simon appeared in a buggy and questions were asked as to whether the competition should or even could continue.
On reaching the green and with a 15 to 20 foot putt for par the green was doing a great impression of the pond on 18. Watching various putts hit at full strength failing to get anywhere near the hole we decided to call it a day. We then decided to play the 9th for fun (!!!) before taking an early shower (that was hardly needed…).
A good lunch was served with plenty of seconds. [Edit: Hew says thanks very much for seconds!]
Despite that the fact that the comp had to be abandoned the primary objective was to get all four sections playing together and this was achieved. With talk of replaying in the Spring I think we can still say this year’s Hinkson Cup was a success.
Some talk was made of who showed the most commitment / perseverance…well the prize almost goes to Phil Macve’s 4 ball who made it through 9 holes but surely it needs to go to the juniors (including their captain for the day) who went back out onto the course to finish their round as soon as the weather eased off while the rest of us settled down for an afternoon in the club house.