The seniors’ event this week was a three-ball Texas Scramble and there were ten teams out on the course to compete for top spot. Each team had three attempts from each chosen spot. This helped to improve the score, as they progressed around the windy course in fine sunshine. To ensure that everyone is involved, each player had to record four drives and also four second shots.
One team, however, was most unfortunate, in that they each drove off the twelfth tee but then, after much searching, failed to find any of the three balls hit. Peter Hart, Daniel Anctil and Steve Decosimo completed the course but resigned themselves to a no score return.
The remaining nine teams returned gross scores ranging from eighty to fifty-eight while team handicap allowances of between ten and fifteen rationalised the scores to provide a result. Richard Davies, Rod Clarke and Roger Scholfield used their thirteen shots to complete the course in gross 79, net 66.
They were superseded by Hywel Probert, Ross James and Phil Carpenter with gross 80 (net 65). The next two teams on the ladder were Brian Waters, Geoff Aston and Alan Sayers, and Bob Forrest, Keith Hubbard and Bob Wiseman, both teams ending up with a net score of 64.
Glenn Smith had Peter Turton and Kevin Gregory to support him in their quest as they just stayed within the top half of the result sheet. Their score of 75 gross (62 net) was just one shot behind that of Allen Watts, Des Stone and Howard Lacy (net 61), whose gross score equalled that of the top two teams.
It was a better back nine that separated the second and third placings. Both teams ended up with net 59, but it was the captain’s team that won second place. Mick Whale, aided and abetted by the in-form John Hancock, along with Peter Williams edged themselves in front of Mick Seal who led Bart Youll and David Evans into third place.
The winners of this enjoyable format of social yet competitive golf was the trio made up of David Henry, more than well supported by the two dark horses, Paul Bradley and Tony Ranoe with a well-deserved 71 gross, (58 net). Paul’s drive on the eighteenth almost ended up in the bunker fifty yds. from the green giving the three of them a short chip on to the green
The buzz of conversation in the club following the event was an indication of how much everyone had enjoyed the day.