Fair weather brings the seniors out in force and last Tuesday was no exception. Forty-three eager beavers turned up ready to challenge thecourse in benign conditions. Starting on the first tee in totally calm conditions they had to adjust to an increased breeze on holes seven to thirteen. In addition to this they had to contend with the temporary green on the eighth. While the area had been marked out the unevenness of the fairway, on which it was situated, made chipping and putting out a bit of a lottery.
So how did they fare? Most played well with twenty-four out of the record forty-three scoring thirty points or more. At the other end of the scale four failed to reach twenty-one of whom one managed a two in his round, one who hadn’t played for a month and two who would have expected to do better.
The worries and concerns over the result of the Brexit Vote were pushed to the back of the mind as they all set off determined to conquer the course.
The rifle-range was again occupied by sharpshooters but even they failed to affect the concentration of the sharpshooters on the fairway.
The most popular score was thirty-four points with seven members achieving that total. Adrian Palmer and Chris Sierwald headed this group and they were accompanied by Peter Hart, Phil Carpenter, an improved Jim Moffatt, Peter Hughes and Jim Martin.
Maintaining a high standard above them were Rod Clarke, Idwal David, Mick Seal and Richard Davies on thirty-five. They were out done by the consistency of Peter Williams on thirty-eight and Stan Hudson and Ross James on thirty-seven.
David Lamb lost eleven shots on last week’s score, dropping down to twenty-seven as did Geoff Aston who ended up with twenty-two. Bill Davies also failed to maintain last week’s standard ending up with twenty-eight. On the other hand Keith Hubbard increased his score by five to get him closer to his general level of thirty plus.
Peter Hughes, who claimed his putting was atrocious this week, had a side bet on with our captain and the pressure proved too much, as Derek’s thirty-eight out did him by four. Paul Hannah was heard to remark that he started on the fifteenth with a birdie and his game went downhill from there. Allen Watts was not happy with his form only managing twenty-nine this week. He claimed his putting was poor and that he almost dragged Stan down to his level.
In the top four this week Derek Cole was spurred on to better things in his desire to beat his playing partner Peter Hughes, totaling thirty-eight points. Bob Forrest, in his second week, has taken to the course, like a duck to water, adding seven points to last week’s score and taking third place with thirty-nine points.
David Henry maintained his level of play and ended up in second place with a total of forty-one points. It was not quite good enough as Des Stone rode his luck in the fair weather conditions to supersede him by one point and claim first place. This was helped by a lucky break on the seventeenth when he had to get on his knees to play his bunker shot on to the green to salvage a couple of points.
Lucky winner of the prize draw this week was Robin Hagley.