A very fresh, frosty December morning saw the course in a white blanket when we tee’d off in our shotgun start. Bright day but remained chilly went the sun went in. Decked out in Christmas hats and jumpers, spirits were high as we headed out to our tees for the shotgun start. Big field, many tee’s were doubled up.
Greens were unsurprisingly very hard all day – the 6th and 12th staying like rock for most of it. The first shot in the texas scramble was usually the tester for how the balls would react.
A great turnout, I think we all expected a sluggish round, hence the packing of food and drinks! I think consensus was that the near 5 hour round was a bit too long though. Not a surprise with the two-team per hole start but we can only hope it doesn’t put people off for future events. Impromtu chipping comps were started whilst waiting on tee’s to try and keep attention (and warmth) going.
Ray Robertson’s team won the overall comp on the day. Congratulations to them.
Unfortunately, the food was especially poor on the day – tasteless pasta for a turkey trot, with chips served after the rock-hard ciabatta ran out. Comedy continued with the vegetarian option being delivered to two separate people with more chicken in it that the main pasta dish. Whoops.
Prize giving was somewhat entertaining with some determined heckling from the ladies section! Congratulations to all the winners. Swashbucklers were well represented winning titles and runners-up prizes (Scottie, I have your Blue Bogey bookend in my car).
Final prize was picked up by the Swashbucklers for the Ryder Cup – this year’s comp looking wide open. Bring it on.
There was some confusion over the engraving. It happens, but personally it was sad to see our 2014 Order of Merit winner Al Savill having his name spelt wrong by the engraver on both the club cup and smaller version (there is no ‘e’ … Hannah will have words). For this prestigious club honour, I do hope this can be sorted out.
Well done to all the winners – Swashbucklers all wish each other and the club a HAPPY CHRISTMAS.
Write up from Phil
Another great Turkey Trot at Surrey National, despite the weather and the course being completely white when we arrived. It all went off on time, we were off of the 14th which is not a bad hole to star on. The early golf wasn’t easy with the greens frozen but as always, it’s the same for everyone. My team of Big Al Gollop, and The famous ‘Feasey Bros’ got off to a slow start with two bogeys to open with, never had a bogey in a scramble team before! but we knew it would be similar for the whole field.
It was a very slow round though and that was the biggest bitch of the day, it was close between one and two though. It seems to get slower every year and there were a lot of people complaining, rightly so. I am baffled why we can’t speed up play, FGKA….(find gap, kick arse), can’t see that we ever will though It’s been the same for so long. I spoke to a few new members who said the speed of play here is worse than they imagined and is becoming a problem for them.
Anyway, we all got round and back to a lovely fire and Guiness for those who partake. As always a fair amount of people didn’t stay for the presentation, another thing I find bemusing, it’s THE day of the year of the club. I understand people have commitments but it’s only a couple of hours.
Then..bitch two of the day, although I think for most it may have been bitch number one, the food this year surpassed all previous years, it was awful, I didn’t realise that it was CHICKEN and Mushroom pasta, I didn’t see much chicken, I asked what the salad was and was told it was a lettuce salad, no it’s not I said, ‘it’s just lettuce’, no garlic brad left when I got there and to my horror (again) they were serving chips, chips and pasta!!!!!, we must be the only place south of Watford that seem to serve chips with everything, obviously no thought for our poor old tickers, anyway a big let down. There was a talk of buying food in for our next occasion, I imagine we will have to pay corkage to the club but a least we can choose and it wil be edible and cheaper no doubt.
A fair bit of moaning there I hear you say! I actually really enjoyed the day as I always do, finished on 64.8 which wasn’t bad, congratulations to Team Massey and of course to the winners, The Jackson 3 plus Ray, a great score in those conditions and a great team guys so well done, how did you get all those trophies home?
Photos from the day
Most are from Phil who kindly took pictures on the day – drop myself or him an email if you’d like higher resolution.
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