Day1 – Qualifying
Expectations high, mixed with a heavy heaped teaspoon of nerves the club faced up to the challenge of Club Championship weekend. Two days of medal play, top24 gross scores going through to Day2. Starting on the 10th, the first swings in anger had to be measured against out of bounds (eek), trees/enclosures/bunkers on left and right. Tee’ing off at half 6 wasnt the best. Alastair, Nick and myself were barely awake as we headed off to 10th.
Some disappointments across the field, a few non-returns and questions were abound about who was still out there, what would the cut be…. would Graham Adams squeeze into day2, where was Scottie and why was Tom out late?
As expected, the common topic of conversation was “what could’ve been, if only….” Patchy driving and being unable to hole anything from 4-5 feet scuppered any decent round I might’ve had. Doubles ruining scores for many, though I did hear of some very good scores qualifying for day2 despite some 8’s and 7’s. The course was in top nick after the Ron Noades day/evening on Friday and the hard work from the greenkeepers was clear to all. The greens have certainly come up to scratch after taking a while to recover from the hollow-tining. Well done the course.
Stu and Jackson were clear leaders at the end of the day with Tom joining them in the final 3ball, a repeat of the playoff group last year.
On the Men’s side, from our Swindle Lee, Tony, myself, Snashers, Peter and Strongbow all qualified. Think Peter took the Swindle fivers for nett score? Please add a comment if this wasn’t correct.
On Day2 there were a bundle of scores in the 80’s and they generally followed the order of play as we all faced the same demons from the day before. Pesky putting, errant driving and the odd major whoopsie on one hole or another! Well done to the handful who scored in the 70s.
Day was again bright with a light breeze and so it was really the 6″ between our ears that probably got in the way of not scoring as we all thought we could. Some hopes!
Jackson opened up a clear lead with some extremely impressive, steady play and took the title returning with rounds of 73 and 71. Stu came in 2nd, Tony third. A good few people were around to welcome the final groups in and to see the ladies all finish.
Wasnt too clear on the scores for the non-qualifying Comp. Saw some money flying around, Mr Steve Woods taking front nine with 22 points (less said about the back Mr Woods)? Wayne got 35… anyone beat that? If someone knows who won overall, back and the pins please add a comment below.
It’s Official. 21st Best Golfer in the Club… but Top Ginger. Matt Strong
The Swindle featured in the final shake up. Day2 wasnt to be his best but well done Mr Strong on qualifying.
Tony came third overall with rounds of 79 and 76, behind Stu in 2nd. Well done to him. And Mr Feeezy had a fantastic 77 on day2, third best gross on the day behind Jackson and the ever steady Mr Betteridge.
So another year’s Club Champs is over, and we can start thinking about what we can do to improve next year. (Or, we completely forget the weekend and look forward to next week When-It-Will-All-Come-Together-Honest.)