Thursday, October 10, 2013
A lot (I don’t know the number!) of seniors played in the October Stableford on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
What a place to be, and what conditions – to begin with, so foggy, you could be anywhere! There was every chance that the competition would have to be cancelled or at least delayed but the mist (or fog) lifted just in time and play commenced on schedule.
Autumn really is with us now – dew on the fairways, misty conditions, leaves falling but how pretty. How nice it is to live in a country where we have seasons; imagine living in a tropical country here everything is the same throughout the year – fine to visit and great to look forward to a holiday there but who would want to live in those conditions all year round? (“I would”, did I hear a lot of you say?!) There were some beautiful Parasol mushrooms to the right of the 15th green and a stunning Fly Agaric made an appearance by the 11th tee last week; you’ll remember that one as Big Ears (Noddy’s friend) lived in one.
There was a stunning score of 43 points from today’s winner – John Threlfall. Excellent play, John, and your handicap has been reduced from 12 to 10. Other notable scores were; 2, Trevor Huxtable, 39 points (13 now 12); 3, Mike Brailey (9) and Ken Springthorpe (18 now 17) with 38 points; 4, Geoff Walden (8), Ian Sampson (10) and Fred Hughes (17) all with 37 points.
The first person just out of the prizes was Paul Willoughby with 35 points. I’m mentioning that just because I can, so there!
In the over 75 category, Brian Leveridge was the leader with 34 points.
There were seven two’s sharing riches beyond their wildest dreams – I’m only saying that because I don’t know what the pot was! John Grontenrath was one of them – he had a two in the last competition but didn’t enter the sweep, so has learnt his lesson and this week, did so.