Some ominous weather forecasts proved sadly correct as the start was delayed 30mins with the heavy rain overnight continuing into the morning. Clubhouse was pleasingly busy as teams gathered and had the order of the day explained by Club Captain Sean. Course was obviously very soggy with some greens barely playable with standing water, but the day lent itself well to the Texas scramble format and the teams all cracked on and enjoyed the day.
Our fourball took quick refreshments in the clubhouse after 15 holes (given the shotgun start) and were very, very lucky to miss the torrential downpour and hail that came down at around 1pm. Couldnt have timed it better, we had a grandstand view of Al Sav’s team on the 18th green, as they putted out remarkably well on the ‘sudden’ swimming pool that was the putting surface.
After the food and speakers from the charities, the ever “popular” Graham Loveless managed the auction with aplomb with Chris Fendt and Liz Hinkson. Graham managed to get me for the second year running sizing me up to stand to take a prize only to be completely stitched up. You’ll keep Mr Loveless. Auction went well with some great monies raised for the good causes.
Myself, Dean, Winkle and Mr Adams, took a narrow third (hence me getting made an idiot of… there wasnt a 3rd prize!), team Mexican/Savill took a good 2nd but the day went to Team Russon including Greg, Paul and the on-fire Ralph. Pity noone wanted to sit on their table at the back, understandable as their collective gloating may have put them off the food.
A very enjoyable day – next year I recommend everyone who didnt play start early to wangle the day off and pull a team together.
Special mention has to go to Mr Graham Adams who’s golf on the day was admirable, but his ability of holding anything in front of him without spilling it down his front remains unsurpassed.
After nearly knocking me over getting to the food, first of all coffee went down his front at the halfway house.
Gravy managed to travel south during the meal creating impressive tracklines down his shirt. Quietly nipping out to grab a grey jumper, this too was adorned by food when cream managed to appear at the top and bottom (all over the front). It saved us a trip to the food area as we could just squeeze out his jumper.