- Foursomes Competitions
- Recent Results
- Dad's Army needs your help
- Course care
- Rules Quiz
- A little humour
Following the playing of the American Foursomes last Wednesday the Foursome Season began. Saturday saw the Patron's trophy event in conjunction with the qualifying round for the Foursomes Club Championship competition. Eight teams have now filled the draw (shown online, on the main notice board and in the pro-shop) with the first round to be completed by the 2nd June.
The Mixed Club Foursomes Championship begins next Sunday afternoon. The Wotton Trophy for mixed handicap foursomes is held in conjunction. The competition concludes on Sunday afternoon 26th May.
The J W Draper open draw for the handicap foursomes matchplay trophy closes after play on Wednesday 15th May. It's your chance to compete for a trophy on an even playing field, so hurry and get your team entered. The draw will be published the following day in the usual locations.
- American Foursomes Wednesday 8th May. John Mellen (15) and John Ferguson (15) showed their form right out of the gate with a net score of 66 3/4. They will be the team to beat in the upcoming competitions. Runners Up, Ashley Southon (14) and Nick Reinhard (20) a distance away with a score of 70 7/8. Chris Harvey collected the NTP 11th, and the Captain took out the pro-pin. Four visitors from Penrith joined the field of 56 for the day.
- Patron's Trophy Saturday 11th May. The cold and the wind didn't deter the field of 54 from enjoying the golf. Judging from the laughter in the bar following the round, there were stories aplenty of 'never having to say you're sorry...'. Just ask Ash Southon and Nick Reinhard to regale you with their play of the 3rd hole. Suffice to say, it IS possible to go out-of-bounds on the 3rd!! Anyway, this is a trophy event, and David Farthing (30) and Bob Constable (27) with a net 66.5 from Peter Metcalf (21) and John McGuire (26) on 68.5. As our patron Brian Lamb was unable to be present, our most recent inductee into Lifetime Membership, Ian McKenzie, ably presented the trophy on his behalf. Peter Shortle and Peter Cottee shared the pro-pin second shot to the 13th.
- Foursomes Club Championships. Eight teams have now entered the knockout draw to compete for the Tom McKay Trophy. The draw is posted on the club notice board and in the pro shop. The quarter final and semi finals are contested over 18 holes, with the final over 36 holes. Should any team not be able to contest the quarter final a reserve team has been published to fill the slot. Good luck to everyone.
Anton and his platoon of very hard-working soldiers are doing fabulous things around the clubhouse at present. They need help financially to stock the gardens with plants etc. If you wish to donate a little (or a lot), a direct donation button has been set up on the cash register at the bar. My thanks on behalf of Anton for your generosity.
My thanks for the improved care for the course I've noticed lately. The surfaces on the greens are looking a little better, but vigilance is still required. Plenty of divots remain unfilled, so please empty your sand buckets as you progress along the fairways. The green staff are ensuring that plenty of sand is available at each tee. Remember, there is always someone watching.....
Last weeks question.
Your ball, which lies off the green, is on your opponents line of play. Your opponent asks you to lift your ball. Are you permitted to clean the ball before replacing it?
Answer, You must mark the position of the ball before lifting it, and the ball may NOT be cleaned. (Rule 15.3b)
When playing the 16th hole, your drive goes left towards the mounding and trees along the side of the fairway. When you reach your ball you find it is in the drain (marked with RED stakes). What are all the options available to you to continue play on the hole?
"The voice over the loudspeaker".
It was a sunny Saturday morning, a little before 8 a.m. I was on the first hole at my local golf club and beginning my pre-shot routine, when a piercing voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker:
"Would the gentleman on the woman's tee back up to the men's tee please!"
I could feel every eye on the course looking at me. I was still deep in my routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption.
Again the announcement: "Would the man on the woman's tee kindly back up to the men's tee."
I simply ignored the guy and kept concentrating, when once more, the voice yelled, "Would the man on the woman's tee back up to the men's tee. PLEASE?!?!"
I finally stopped, turned around, cupped my hands and shouted back: "Would the jerk with the microphone please keep quiet and let me play my second shot!" Anon.
Until next time, Go and enjoy some golf.