This year, Westerham hosted the Altonwood Trilogy Trophy event. Committee members and club captains all play in mixed club fourballs (2 men, 2 ladies) and within each team the stableford format leaves the winners taking 4 points, second 3 points, then 2 and 1 point.
Weather was very dicey. Strong winds bought in waves of driving rain and drizzle making the front nine quite miserable. Brightened up for the back nine but as my group went out last it was a very very long day. Easily a 5 1/2 hour round, perhaps a bit longer. The weather and speed of play made it difficult but it was a case of hanging in there, keeping the points ticking over and the ball in play.
Finishing the round in lovely weather, the scores were being added up as each group came in and it proved to be very close, indeed down to the last group. I had a good back nine so knew the 4points were okay. Eileen from Westerham played a steady game to her handicap and managed to come second… securing the Altonwood trophy by one point from Surrey National.
Much as I looked at the scoreboard, it came down to 1point. Then again that was our winning margin last year when we hosted the event at home.
We did well on the other prizes, Paul “Boom-boom” Gilbody smashed his ball down the third to take the longest drive. Caroline followed suit by grabbing the ladies longest drive. Jane took the bottle of fizz for the nearest the pin on the 4th and I snagged the long par 3 13th. Nearly a clean sweep. A nice meal in the evening but it really felt like a looooong day.
Pity on missing out by one – roll on 2015 when we play at Woldingham and try and do them on their home patch this time. (Two tee start times I hope!).