Less stress, more fun

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

The weekend saw the annual match between the Ladies and the Gentlemen of the club for the Wooden Spoon.

The weekend saw the annual match between the Ladies and the Gentlemen of the club for the Wooden Spoon. As the club captain Terry Dimond, was away raising money for his chosen charity, Cancer Research UK, on a charity walk along the Inca Trail in Peru, the mantle of leading the men fell to the vice captain, Nick Richards. With the pressure mounting on players defending the honour of their gender, seven points would secure the win for their team. The honour of holing that winning putt fell to the pair of Vaughn Whiteley and John Aitken who, if with not quite Ryder Cup style celebration, ensured the Men would again claim victory. and avoid having the Wooden Spoon displayed in the clubhouse decorated with the colours of the losing team. So pink is the colour for the year on the wooden spoon, the blue ribbon being put away safely for another year. The match ended with the usual good natured banter and speeches over a meal in the clubhouse. The Ladies will be back!l Last weekend was one with a difference. Gone was the struggle to keep handicaps intact in qualifiers and trophy competitions as in their place were two 'fun' games. Friday evening saw a venture into Night Golf. This comprised eight holes of twilight golf followed by seven holes played in the dark. Special equipment was provided - glowing golf balls, illuminated fairways, greens and, of course, the hole itself being lit up. However, competitors providing their own equipment such as Davey lamps or SAS night sight equipment were frowned upon. A rumour that the irrigation system was to be activated during the competition was thankfully unfounded and all competitors returned dry and happy to the clubhouse for the presentation of prizes late in the evening. Winning the daylight section of the competition was John Aitken, with the Ladies' prize going to Dot Grove. The overall best return and winner of the 'Golden Torch' perpetual trophy was Paul Blackmore. He has been given the title of 'The Prince of Darkness' by fellow membersl Sunday afternoon was reserved for the cross country competition. This challenged a field of more than 50 to play the course 'as it has never been played before'. A carefully laid out 16 hole par 59 course, using tees to different greens was in play. Equipped with maps outlining holes with yardages from 50 to 450, much fun was to be had in manoeuvring the ball into, through, over or round hazards not normally encountered. Although this was set up as a new challenge, after speaking to several competitors, some suggested they had prior experience of many of the shots needed as they have been playing their golf down the wrong fairway and on the wrong side of the trees for years! The winner, and fitting into this category perfectly, was Rob Willey with an excellent 37 points. Liz Ward took the ladies' prize with 34 points, the second best score of the day. A barbecue followed in the early evening to crown an enjoyable competition and weekend.However not all golf was of this fun type as the final of the prestigious President's Trophy was played on Saturday. Having battled to this mixed foursomes final, the two vice captains, Sue Selway and Nick Richards played 18 holes of matchplay against Dot Grove and Max Pipe. The former pair proved too strong by overcoming the golf and story telling that constitutes a round with Max, to take the trophy.Overall, this proved to be a very busy but enjoyable weekend. Now we have to hope for an Indian summer to complete the rest of the full 2008 golfing calendar.

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