Grey and overcast at Westerham yesterday for the annual Trilogy Cup. Committee members (and ‘others’) from each club play in mixed 3ball groups with points awarded for first, second and third Stableford score overall. Westerham, Surrey National and Woldingham fighting it out as The Add unfortunately couldn’t field a team. Rain threatened all day, but apart from some steady light rain it largely stayed away and I at least didn’t break out any wet weather gear.
Greens had just been sanded and I couldn’t get my head around the pace, coming up short time and time again. Not helped by the odd one then suddenly being quite quick. All to be expected of course, but a decent downfall will help settle the sand on the treated greens. Surrey National’s hollow tining/sanding takes place on Monday and Tuesday of this week (and I think Kieran has confirmed next week’s comp is now Stableford as a result).
Playing in the last group with Westerham’s lady representative Denny, we were unfortunately a 2ball given a Woldingham no show. Did make it a long day waiting on shots, but at least the guys playing behind the comp were ok about it.
We had a close game, Denny being very steady. I’m not personally a huge fan of Westerham, makes a nice change but some of the holes are just a bit unfair when its firm. A good test though, however I was thinking during the round that it favours the shorter hitter as there is no trouble in front of very few (if any) any greens. If you are short, steady and straight you can tuck away some good points. Anything flighted can catch a dodgy bounce (or land on sandy, very skiddy greens) and of course any wayward shots can catch the trees. Was close until the par5 when from a hardpan greenside bunker in two, then saw me in the trees for three! So 6 for one and I was behind. Rolling out of fairway on the 17th with a good tee shot saw me behind a tree and it was game over being 3pts down on the 18 tee. Turned out only 2points was needed from the team score when we could only decide 1pt as a twoball, so whatever I did down the 18th (which wasnt much) I’m afraid was moot, so congratulations to Denny and Westerham for the overall win.
As runners up, Surrey National did feature in the prizes… Bohwon and Jane took win and golf balls each for the ladies’ nearest the pins. That wiley campaigner Jim from Woldingham scooped both of the men’s pins, one at least getting very close indeed.
Special note to the Surrey National ladies team, led by Bronwen, who won 4 of their matches and were runner’s up on the other two. Well played. Men’s team… have a word with yourselves.
Big thanks to Westerham for hosting and the staff for a nice meal after the match. Trilogy being held at Woldingham next year, and note that last year the carvery at their place was excellent.
Pistol Knights Medal Day
Saturday saw the Pistol Knights have their big medal comp + drinks (which just happened to have been on the opening day of the Premiership). If you didn’t see their trophy, it’s here on the right… and of course, cue various ‘size’ jokes about a certain M. Winkle or D. Khan.
Apparently some good scores out there, but Butch walked away with the win and the trophy for a nett 67. Nice one.