Posted on behalf of Phil
So on a cold November morning, we trucked off for this years Winter Tour, four rookies on board this year and four seasoned oldies. I forgot my phone so it was a bit strange, the thought of having 5 days without it, also meant I didn’t take any photos, so if anyone else did can they put them on the group app or send to Hew and myself.
We landed in 28 degrees which was most welcoming and after saying a quick hello to Lukey Ringrose, on the last day of his hols, we headed out to Los Lagos, the nine hole course at Adeje, normally just a bit of fun and a diversion from drinking all day and night, but this year all part of the Tournament as we had 27 holes at golf Del Sur to match it up with. Mark in charge of the scoring and he had all of his, well Sean’s, paper work with him. Split into two fours, the day ended with myself and big Al, aka ‘same length Al’, his irons are all the same length, leading with 17 points, don’t know how I scored 17, played fairly rubbish.
A late night for some and an early start on Friday at Las Americas, there were some weary looking faces. I headed out on my own to get to the range early, for what good it would do me. I played with Bob who was looking to set a Tour record, he had 2 points on the front, at one point it looked like it could be the first zero point round but he got it together on the back, blazing a trail home with 5 points to set a new Tour record, 7 points, bless him, he enjoyed it though….Lee wins the day with 34, Jim and Mark on 33, the leaderboard now with Jim and myself leading on 48.
A break from the ‘Tour Proper’ and a relatively early night in preparation for our return showdown with the Adeje International guys, who beat us 4-0 in September, we had a few big and younger guns with us this time, so feeling as confident as ever, same length and myself led the field, playing against Michael and Dave, we had a real good go, Al played very well, me not so good, but we were one up at the turn. Michael had chipped in from off of the green twice for birdies, so we were really up against it, he also held a monster putt on 16 to go one up, we fell part at 17 an ended up losing 2 and 1, we got close though. Jim and Lee got beat 6 and 5 and I think Simon and Danny 5 and 4, all that was left out there…and some way back, was Bob and Mark so we waited…and we waited…and we waited…and eventually across the horizon came the deadly duo, they had nicked a half, which must have felt like a victory, it is so hard to beat these guys on their own turf. Surprisingly, Mark was fairly humble, apart from the odd ‘you muvva fuckers’ etc. and Bob as always, the gent. Well done guys, a tiny light at the end of the tunnel. The guys laid on great tapas afterwards and we all had a few beers, great hospitality as before so once again, a big thank you to Michael Setch and all the guys. We look forward to the next matches. We stumbled out of the club around 8pm, last ones to leave as always.
Another late night which wasn’t the best idea with 27 holes ahead of us at the very windy Golf Del Sur, it feels like you have travelled to a different country when you go there, still very sunny and hot but blowing a gale, tough golf on a tricky 27 hole course. 18 holes in the morning followed by lunch and 9 in the afternoon. Same Length Al cruises the day on a course he has never played, 38 points, a fantastic round of golf, particularly with the hangover he must have had. Next best score was me with 28, then Jim with 27, a weary crowd head home after a few pints for a quiet evening!!! Same Length now the Tournament leader followed by Jim and Danny.
Last day and we head back to Adeje for our first proper 18 holes of the tournament there, they let us play off the back tees, so all the more challenging, it is a real tough track. As tradition dictates, we were split into two groups, the elite group, leaders, Al, Jim, Danny and Simon and me, after losing out on the elite group on count back to Sid, along with Lee, Mark and Bob made up the newly and now officially named, ‘Complete and utter bunch of Shitheads’ group. Al wanted his group to go first so we followed them. Al had 99 points, Jim 87, Danny 84 and Sid and me 82 so a tough call to catch him but we saw the Grubster blow up a few years back and anything can happen on the last day. As it happened, Al didn’t have his best day, scoring only 26, putting him second last on the day to me with 24. Bob and Simon won the day with 33 followed by Danny with 32, it wasn’t enough to catch Same Length though and he wins his first Tour on his first outing, well done Al, some great golf played. He was also top of the the tour earnings table by quite a margin so he came back with a few quid too. A fantastic tour and a good time was had by all, fantastic weather, good food, good wine and good company, that’s all you need.
Thank you to Jim, ‘the whip’ Doran, Mark ‘help, where is Sean’ Wheddon for scoring, Sid Bailey, tour earnings, Lee and Al, the Tesco Bombers and Danny, I’ll get the cabs, Betts and Bob, great company as always.