It was great to arrive and find the place buzzing with activity. At last, a Wednesday of fine weather attracting more than 36 players, and enough sunshine to require some to have a little zizz once they got home. Today’s competition was the second round of Putting which meant every hole had to be played out – no picking up.
Players hit off from a ‘shotgun’ start which spreads the field over the course and meant that the 12th was the first hole for Sara Porritt who drove to the green within a reasonable distance from the hole and with one putt gave herself the only ‘two’ of the day. During a putting competition the groups’ phraseology changes somewhat. Instead of congratulating a player on playing an approach to the green with “well done it’s on the green”, you say “that’s clever stopping just off the green” because in the lovely trimmed area around the green it is easy to use your putter but it doesn’t count as a putt unless it’s on the green. Those who were most clever and won the haggle for the day were Susan Virtue with only 27 putts, Merle Munro 28, Chris Edkins, Anne-Maree Harland, Ann Percy, Evelyn Heale 30, Paulo Bhullar, Jane Brown 31, Jane Fraser, Wallis Jones 32, Barbara Corney, Liz Hodgson, Sara Porritt, Marie Cadogan, Harriet Byelich 33.
Sometimes it seems that one player is destined to be the one to get in the bunker or hit into the trees and the others in the group can relax and appreciate the benefits of having the golf gods pick on someone else. This happened multiple times to one in our group always followed by excellent recovery shots and despite it all her putting total made it into the winners.
Because of last Wednesdays’ inclement weather the Nine Holers’ Matchplay Competition final was played today between Wendy Grierson and Rosie Buckland with Rosie taking the win.
The competition for the Tuesday golfers was also Putting and Suzanne Carter proved to be the putter extraordinaire. Congratulations to Nicki Malcolm for a great par on the seventh hole.
(Reporter – Marion Johnston)