The shot of the day was provided by Tony Scambler, putting his tee shot 3 inches from the hole on the par three 15th green – it could only be Tony, who could be seen on the tee fervently encouraging his ball ‘not’ to go in the hole, as it rolled perilously close!
Geoff Hart, back to winning ways on Friday.
No player in the field managed to get on the green on the par three 13th green, with the tee located on the blues at over 200 yards uphill.
Mark Stanley turned in the best score of the day with 40 points to convincingly take the honours in the A flight, whilst Barry Murnin won the three-way count back in the B flight.
1st Mark Stanley (13) 40pts
2nd Tony Scambler (8) 33pts
3rd Cyril Wallwork (11) 33pts
1st Barry Murnin (17) 35pts
2nd Neil Griffin (28) 35pts
3rd Eddy Kelly (17) 35pts
Near Pins: Mark Stanley, JJ Harney, and Tony Scambler
Wednesday, January 25, Royal Lakeside – Stableford
A surprisingly small turnout today for the visit to what must be one of the best value for money courses in the area at the moment. The trip takes less than an hour now, so the old grumbles about it being too far are not really relevant.
Only one complaint can be made about the course, and that’s about the amount and type of sand in the bunkers. “Fried eggs” were the order of the day, and one golfer was heard to remark that he’d seen more sand than the population of Saudi Arabia!
Tony Robbins made a welcome return to form, until disaster struck on the 18th fairway, when he played the wrong ball, allowing his pal John Hughes to cruise past him and win the competition with a bogey on the last. Eddy Kelly took third place, putting him in a narrow lead for the golfer of the month trophy with two games remaining.
1st John Hughes (17) 37pts
2nd Tony Robbins (14) 36pts
3rd Eddy Kelly (17) 35pts
Near Pins: Bob Taylor, Tony Berry, Tony Scambler and Paul Smith.
Friday, January 27, Treasure Hill – Stableford
Chaos greeted us on arrival at Treasure Hill as we found the course had double booked us with a group of German tourists, and there was also a shortage of caddies. Hasty rearrangement of the starting order was necessary as caddies became available, and eventually everyone was able to get away, with our group going off the 1st and the Germans going off the 10th tee. Our round progressed smoothly, but I’m sure the 4 groups of Germans must have caused some chaos with the players already on the course.
Neil Griffin (hcp 28!) put his ball within 3 inches of the hole on the par 3 twelfth hole, but he was giving the ball all the encouragement possible to get into the hole - unlike Tony on Monday. Identical scores of 37 points by Mark Stanley and Geoff Hart were enough to win the A and B flights respectively, but Geoff took the overall honours on the count back.
1st Mark Stanley (13) 37pts
2nd Cyril Wallwork (11) 33pts
3rd J.J. Harney (12) 33pts
1st Geoff Hart (23) 37pts
2nd Mike Brett (18) 36pts
3rd Neil Griffin (28) 33pts
Near Pins: Neil Griffin, Mike Grasser and Mark Stanley (2).