Swashies, Pistols (and friends) all turned up on Saturday for Phil’s birthday comp for a 4-club challenge.
Bit of an annual event now, with ca$h prizes on a stableford and team format, with a healthy heap ‘social’ thrown in. The mixed fourballs made up between Swindles and friends were all sorted out in advance thanks to Phil. We all and headed out each with with 3 clubs – of any kind – and a putter. We had ‘pegs’ for charity penalties in our grps… and certainly all enjoyed the fines levelled to Stu and Wayne over drinks at the end of the day.
4-club challenge is a good format for all handicaps – and I’m not surprised that scores aren’t really affected significantly by the reduced set.
Rather than taking away the “comfort” of having 14 clubs, I’m sure that removing the indecision of ‘what club should I take’, handicap golfers then tend to get more target-focussed (which cant be a bad thing) and have to pull off a range of shots they may wouldn’t expect to play.
I’m sure our group weren’t alone by rarely having to play a shot where they did not have the club they wanted.
Heading out just before 10, our group of young Sam, Will Mac, Sean and myself had a very enjoyable round. All looking good on front 9 with three scores of 18 or more – Sam especially playing very well. Golf won in the end and the back nine let us all down sadly else we would have been challenging. Well, myself, Will and Sean let ourselves down, Sam was plugging away for a great score in the mild, damp conditions. We only had one hole of 3pts, rest all 4s 5s or 6s but it came down to a team score of just 2 holes on of a measley 2pts which put out any hopes. Will knocked in a fantastic putt on the 16th for a brief glimmer of a chance, and despite Sam almost driving most of the 18th with a huge drive we all couldn’t convert and we came in a battling mid table.
Well done the winners.
Nearest the pins were Daisy on 7th, myself for 13th and the 3rd np was split between Steve Atkinson and Danny Betts. Jaggsy grabbed the “sh*tlickers” (eh?) longest drive on 15th, and Danny D smashed it on the same hole for the lower handicappers.
Bobbie Betts, Ritchie, Deano Feez and Steve Atkinson grabbed the overall team win, pipping the ol’ campaigners of Graham’s Adams & Loveless, Ross and The Yeti into 2nd. I think The Mass, Lewis and Dan’s Tully n’ Mason were third.
Lee The Feez came in 3rd in the overall comp separated only on countback from young Sam in 2nd… both on 37.
Aaaaand wouldn’t you know it, ol’ Bobbie Betts steps up to take the overall win with an impressive 38pts. A few emotional words from soon-to-be-Grandad Bob and he was crowned the worthy winner, and was also clearly very chuffed to have a lovely bit of folding in his back pocket.
Happy birthday and thanks…
After all wishing Phil a happy birthday, Stu said a few words on our behalf and thanked all those who put the effort into making the day a success. Mollie and Jane together with Daisy (and Jim) all taking monies, noting the scores and working out the winners.
Phil himself put a lot of time into sorting teams and *gasp* even went into work one day to print out all the rules and messages for the day! Blimey.
So a cracking job all, and thanks once again many thanks.
Two more. Firstly, well done the greenkeepers for both Andy G’s event the day before and Phil’s comp… the course was in good nick for the time of year. Bunker’s all prep’d and greens running well in the depths of a mild winter.
Secondly another big thanks to Polish for the cracking food. Michael cooked a superb curry for us all, top notch, and watching beads of sweat breakout on Grahams Adam’s forehead was very welcome. (And yes, Mr Loveless and I did managed seconds from somewhere. Tidy)