Thirty-five seniors paid attention to the forecast and ventured out onto the course on Shrove Tuesday. A fresh breeze prevented the day from being as flat as a pancake and they all had their share of difficulties on the way out. The wind prevented the ball from running as far as anticipated as it was ‘tossed’ into the air.

Derek Jones,sporting new white shoes,ends up on the wrong fairway.

Ron Murphy bunkered on the 16th

Those with the best fillings were the ultimate cream at the top as only seven players were able to achieve a score of thirty-five or more. Below them was a group of fourteen, respectably situated between thirty and thirty-four points. Amongst those could be found Bob Forrest (34pts),Derek Jones (33pts) and John Richards (33pts).

John Richards drives off the 9th

John Voysey was ahead of them on thirty-five points, keeping company with Allen Watts and Jim Moffatt.Brian Morgan was back amongst the ‘tossers,’ gaining satisfaction from his striking of the ball but not from his ultimate score (22pts). His was not the lowest score, but close to it, as there was no player below twenty this week. He was keeping company with one of the consistent seniors, Peter Hughes, as well as Geoff Aston (32pts).
That group was a trifle irked as they waited on the seventh tee for one of the groups ahead of them to clear the tenth green. They even began to encourage them by politely offering a few loud verbal words of encouragement.It was to no avail, since the course photographer was holding things up. He was waiting to get a shot of the group teeing off the seventh!!

Verbals from the 7th

David Rees has now actively resumed his golfing exploits and is looking to abandon the buggy he has used to aid his recovery. This was only his third eclectic competition of the season so he is he just re-acquainting himself with his swing routine. He had to be satisfied with twenty-nine points, the same score as his captain, Derek Cole.The group he was playing with included Derek and Rod Clarke and they were all delighted to score a par four on the tenth hole. Coincidentally the group behind them, Mick Whale, Richard Davies and Jim Moffatt also all scored a par on the tenth making it six consecutive pars.

Jim Moffatt pleased with his approach shot as Mick Whale looks on

Peter Hart, playing alongside Charlie McFee and Bob Forrest, found his way into five of the bunkers on the course but was pleased to relate that he managed to escape from them all.Tony Ranoe was back among the ranks having recovered from a chest infection, which had kept him away from the course, coming in with a respectable thirty-four points. This put him in the company of Phil Carpenter, Peter Williams and Bob Forrest.
All seniors managed to report in before the rain started so no-one got wet. Alan Jones’ ball got wet, however. Starting on the fifteenth he managed to top his very first shot dumping his ball into the water fifteen yards in front. He recovered and ended with a score of thirty-two.There were four seniors who managed a two on the day. Alan Jones had his on the sixth, Jim Martin and James Ross on the twelfth with Roger Scholfield gaining one on the seventeenth.
Adrian Palmer was amongst the cream with thirty-six points but this was not enough to put him among the prize-winners. Mick Whale beat him by one point to earn third place and Peter Hughes went two better on thirty-nine point to gain second spot. This week’s winner, the only one to score forty points, was another consistent player, David Henry. Scooping the raffle money on this last eclectic competition of the season was Adrian Palmer.

Mick Whale and Peter Hughes with Captain Derek Cole