After being pipped by Westerham (at Westerham) by one lowly point last year, Surrey National were grim faced (well not Joe, he’s always smiling) and all focused on winning back this year’s Trilogy Cup held at Woldingham. Woldingham had their moment last year as hosts, back to business as usual please… Surrey National as No1 in the group!
Bring it on.
The Trilogy Cup is an annual competition held between four clubs of the Altonwood Group with teams made up of the Mens & Ladies Captains, their Vices’, Committee members and Invitees. With one Club member per 4 ball, the format is full stableford, and the placings of each group receiving 4pts for the win, 3 for 2nd, 2 and 1 (for just turning up). Men and ladies making up the teams, unfortunately the Add are low on ladies at the moment, so had a couple of gents take part for them. The challenge was set.
Day was warm and fair, no breeze of note and a bit overcast. Course was looking great. Greens not fast but consistent, and although the fairways needed a bit of a trim… all in all it was there for the taking and some of the tees were quite friendly with the yellows and whites put together for the day.
Red Arrows screamed across the course late morning in perfect formation doing some event nearby… great spectacle – we had random helicopters and even a drone plane fly over. However the serious business was being done nearer the ground… and most of it by the Surrey National Mafia on a raid for silverware! You couldn’t miss the team out on the course, all of us in bold red tops amongst the mixture of of white and ‘miscellaneous’ of the other clubs.
First groups in returned all 1st or 2nd placings (4pts and 3 pts all over). The signs were good and the other clubs felt the long pointy stick of inevitability jabbing them in their softer parts.
I played with Steve (Westerham), Pat (Woldingham) and Liz (Addington). Steve had a 3ball Odssey putter that just wasnt working for him. Think of a two-ball style putter, add metal wings and add another ‘ball marker’ on the back and you have a lot of real estate trying to be swung on the putting green. Huge. I managed to hold things together with steady play and had a strong lead into the back nine. Steve picked up on the back but Pat (who name is all over the Woldingham boards) and gritty Liz battled away but I secured the win in our group and bring in 4points with 38points.
Pretty pleased with that, but the hat was immediately off when more scores came in….
Surrey National Win!!!
The Addington’s early scores were looking good with Ravi coming in with 40pts. All in vain I’m afraid Add! Margaret and Dilip were in early in strong 2nd places, Tracey (Altonwood Ladies Champ by the way) led the way with our first overall win with Jane and myself adding to the pile. It wasn’t Lorraine, Sharon or Bronwen’s day, however with red shirts standing out in every group, we were all supporting each other out on the course and the scores came together as a team.
Phil cruised to a fantastic 40point score and a clear win in his group.
Then the result of the day came in with a certain Lee “The Machine” Snashfold birding the last to return 43 points, thats 2over gross!!! He didnt know what to do with himself! Best score of the day Snashers, congratulations and the banter about “Surrey National handicapping” was abound much to the amusement of us all! Get in.
Writing was certainly on the wall (or the whiteboard, or the Cup), and Joe and Paul bought it home and we won by two points from the Addington. Great team result!
Lordy, what a feed
Special note (and a massive thanks), must extend to the chef and staff of Woldingham. A fantastic carvery roast was laid on, and even though plate after plate was heaped to the point of groaning, there was more to spare. 50 odd golfers literally rolled out of the club, awesome.