Pre-Comp Par3 um… comp!
The day didn’t bode well, travelling down to the far end of Kent very early through some pretty heavy showers. Weather then showed some more promise by switching to a light drizzle and after forcing down a quick bacon roll (or a fairly poor breakie according to Messrs. Bone and McNally (Junior), about 15 Swashbucklers lined up for the North-Foreland-18hole-par3-warm-up-showdown-fivers-on-the-card thing.
Cracking little course that I didnt play last year – 18 fully prepared holes ranging from 60-130yards adjacent to the main course. Mr Wheddon started off strongly but tailed off mumbling about the wind/rain/greens/everything. Mr Feasey lipped out on one hole (phew), I went close hitting the pin in the group after (phew x2), but Mr Gollop started setting the pace scoring points for fun. No surprises there (as we played full handicap *cough*), until … and again, no surprises here, a certain Mr Graham “still-CC-or-just-one-C” Loveless rolled in with a 49 points. 49!
Apparently the members play half handicap to level things out… this gets my vote to play again next year!
The Thorley Taverns ‘Pink’ Charity Day sponsored by Molson Coors
The day itself requires pink to be worn both during the day and evening and is in support of three good causes – cancer care, supporting a local grammar school’s rugby tour and local up and coming pro Max Orrin). It was clearly the biggest turnout so far. We had a shotgun start across the course with about 80-90 or so players were in the field, playing both 2-best-score team fourballs and an individual scoring competition. The “Surrey Mafia” as we were labelled making up 19 or 20 of the field!
Swashbucklers help themselves to the spoils! No prisoners!
Despite some very dark clouds, the weather largely held up, with only about 15mins of heavy rain on a warm breezy day.
- Overall team winners – Lee, Al G, with members, Paul and Gary
- Runners up – Jezza/Brian and Lynne and Steve Orrin
- James came 3rd overall and the Swindle fivers
- Jim longest drive, me a nearest the pin
- Par3 comp winner Graham “just the one C” Loveless on a disgustingly good 49points!!!
- Mr Snashers takes the Westerham Second day comp
A cracking, if challenging day of golf.
Update from Lee (can you tell he wrote it?):
The Winning Fourball Consisted of Lee Feasey (6), Allan Gollop (12), Paul Edwards (17), Gary (20).
Paul was a member at North Foreland Golf course which helped a lot as he knew where to take the ball into the green, myself and Alan didn’t have a clue and struggled. It became frustrating after hitting a number of sweetly struck irons into greens and seeing them disappear through the back equaling very tricky chip shots.
After the team had a disappointing start we never thought anything of the team competition but then Paul (birdie) Edwards went to another gear, having 3 birdies in 7 holes with all of them providing 4 points to the team score. Mr Gollop came in with a few pars for 3 points and a birdie for 4 points, with myself birdieing all the par 5’s and being pretty steady with the 2 pointers, our team captain Gary was getting the feeling he was there just for scoring as he ended the day with an interesting 15 points. Leaving the 6th green with 84 points thinking we had finished with a pretty average score we had no thought of winning the team comp, but to our surprise and everyone else’s poor golf we came in a took first place, which is a natural position for myself and Allan, and as we are big drinkers were delighted to receive a bottle of fine scotch whiskey.
Final team scores: Lee Feasey (6) 34 points, Allan Gollop (12) 28 points, Paul Edwards (17) 38 points, Gary (thanks for coming(20)) 15 points
Evening at Philip Thorley’s Hotel in nearby Pegwell Bay saw the meal and auction. The evening and auction was hosted by the rascal Mr Thorley himself who managed to both easily embarrass and fine myself and James amongst many others. Fortunately James didn’t take further umbrage to being Scottish and driving a Porsche as the fines would have quickly mounted up!
With the England game on big tv’s the usual high standard of food was enjoyed by all. Entertainment was then provided by the auction where Richard Keeley proceeded to bid on everything(!)… until it all got a bit much as he later decided to lose all sense of where he legs were. Jim wasnt to be denied by successfully bidding on a signed “lucky” Japanese World Cup shirt. Nice. No real casualties from the Swashbucklers, Stevie and Mr Murtagh aside. And no that wasn’t a ghost strolling around the hotel at 6am, just our Scottish swindler deciding to have an early morning adventure.
Snasher cleans up at Westerham
As mentioned above, we had a good turnout at Westerham on Day-2, despite traffic and a poor choice of ‘shortcuts’ nearly meaning I missed it. Lovely sunshine with a respectable breeze, saw some heavy and weary heads drag themselves around 18holes.
Lee Feez was on target with some sparkling play to take the money, only to be interrupted by the last 4holes… meaning he missed out to Lee ‘La Macchina’ Snashfold. (a.k.a. The Machine). Lee S just doesnt know what the rough is, and playing in front of him at North Foreland, then behind at Westerham, that d8mn yellow ball of his seemed to split every d8man the fairway… sound jealous.. well yes, who wouldn’t be be! Top play Mr Snash.