Posted on behalf of Mr Graham Adams…
Surrey National’s Swashbucklers Two Finest Make It A Clean Sweep at The Trilby Tour Champion Of Kent and into The Final at St Pierre!
Err no….. not quite.
A clear sunny day great golfing weather on Thursday saw Back Door Johnny and Mannering enter the gates of Tudor Park in Maidstone to a packed car park. JC at some unearthly hour whilst caddie Jezza and myself were still safely tucked up in bed – separate beds and different houses before the whispering begins.
John’s practice rounds had been reasonably successful getting into the 30+ points and with the top 10 finalist qualifiers due to be scoring well over par he had good reason to be confident. No more so when with the Sky tv camera’s on him, he belted his drive down the middle on the first. Sadly John had peaked too early and with a disappointing 11 points on the front 9, caught out by the very slippery greens and a ¾ handicap. This made his back 9 a tall order. That said he came in with a creditable 26 points and a mid-table position.
The starter announced I had to take a provisional, but it was not needed Jezza found the first ball and we successfully managed a blob
Jezza and myself not teeing off till 1.30 had a more leisurely drive in with our sole groupie – Mrs A. The putting green was a maze of cameras and advertising hoardings plus yellow warning signs – if you are late checking in, your disqualified, if you loose a hole your penalised. 30 minutes before our tee time we are herded into the roped area around the 1st tee, just enough time to build up the pressure, which is my excuse for sending my first ball into the trees on the left. The starter announced I had to take a provisional, but it was not needed Jezza found the first ball and we successfully managed a blob. A 4 for 3 points on the second, started the re-build. 15 points on the front 9 with a chip in on the 9th – right in front of Sky camera – we were still in the hunt. Scoreboards appeared on the back 9 and we were still potentially in for a top 10 right up to the 16th, but a 4 on the long par 3 17th and my second blob on the 18th eventually put me down as nearly but no cigar golfer with 29 points. Top score on the day 37 points, bottom 16, finalist qualifiers 33 points.
Quote of the day “I paid £275 for a hat!” – but he had scored 17 points and had to hold up the whole scoreboard for most of the day.
We had a great 3 ball, (3 handicapper) Neil from Plymouth and 13 handicapper Arlo from Cambridge, good golfers who enjoyed a laugh, no more so than on the 19th were we barbequed, and were joined by the south west’s cider drinkers. We gave up buying glasses and bought pitchers – I think 6 in total, not leaving till it got dark. I think Neil’s still there drinking!