Last Friday 24th saw the 2014 League draw to an official close and the auld enemy of Farleigh picking up the title for the 3rd year running.
5 Ball Texas Scramble
Farleigh hosted this years finals day. Its a mixed-club 5ball format on a Texas Scramble. Surrey National went mob handed with 18 players as a couple of the other clubs were light on numbers. Forecast ranged from rain to lightening to more rain – thankfully this was very wide of the mark and we had barely a spot of rain and remained just overcast all day. Lots of us played in t-shirts for the 18holes all day, not bad for late October.
Paul Gilbody and I played in the same team and missed out on the prizes by point1. Very good game. However we had winners amongst the Surrey National mafia. Stu and Al Gollop’s team came third winning Farleigh polo shirts (duly swopped for credit). Nick came second in a team with Farleigh winning a Titleist pencil bag and ProV1’s (duly swopped). Wayne’s and Graham “Lovelace’s” team won the overall team prize for spanky Footjoy shoes (duly swopped).
Speeches by the host Farleigh Captain, Keith were short, uncomfortable and amusing, then League Chairman Graham “Lovelace” and league founder Phil spoke well after dinner. An interesting dinner of watery seafood thing and strange chicken/guinea fowl. Hmmm.
Drinking ensued and Surrey National did well but the Farleigh boys had their heads on and the sambuccas flowed. At the end Mark and Al doing well on the beers, and as I was driving I cleaned up on the golf simulator. We left probably about 10mins before the police were called but we got the impression the Farleigh hardcore had been in their loud, boisterous state many times before.
10 inches Mr Gollampost
The golf simulator in their clubhouse was quite addictive. With killer going on the pool table, fivers were thrown in for a nearest-the-pin on the simulator. We all had a bash with varying success. I strongly suspect Wayne sneaked out and changed into his golf dimple shoes for his turn, despite everyone else in shoes or socks. With nearly £125 in the pot, Wayne stood up and put his to 3feet on the par3 challenge hole. More money was then put in by Surrey National to pip Wayne, and it took the last shot by Mr Gollop to lash his shot to 10inches and pocket £125 to spend in the ProShop. After that the game was understandably ended. V nice.
The end of the evening saw Winkle working on his ‘Dufner waggle’ on the simulator inbetween pints and a several impromtu nearest the pins competitions for either fivers or pounds.
A long day, ending with some heading to Reigate, the rest of us to bed.
Lets hope we can give Farleigh more of a game next year though some very strong players across the teams if today’s showing is anything to go by… no easy games. Surrey Downs hosting next year, they have a lot to live up to after Surrey National last year and Farleigh’s entertainment today.