Scramble starts tricky in autumn

Sunday had the members divided in their loyalties by choice.

It was the annual Captain vs Vice Captain thrash and, although we all signed up impartially, it was down to the team leaders to pick their players. Read what you will into the result, but the vice captain Paul Diamond beat his captain Tim Avery 8.5 to 3.5.

?A small field played in the drawn for partners Mixed Greensome Stableford monthly competition playing for the Chivers Goblets. The winning pair this month were Susan Hyde and Laurie Tollermache with 35 pts. Second were Jane Watts and Terry Linsdell 34 pts on c/b.

The mixed match season has finished. This year the organisers were club president Keith and Pat Upstone. Nine fixtures had been arranged but due to various circumstances, three were cancelled, with two won and four lost.

?In the last qualifying Stableford competition of the season, bad weather conditions made heavy weather of scoring last Wednesday. Nevertheless, Tricia Swindell, Silver Division, battled the course and finished with an excellent winning score of 39 points, with Jane Watts scoring a brave 35 points to give her second place.

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In Bronze 1 division Jenny Raison made first place with 30 points while Linda Northover with 29 (c/b) beat Dot Gove, also on 29, for second position. Bronze 2 saw Majson Stroud in first with 28 points, ahead of Jean Moon with 27 points and Rosemary Poole in third place with 21 points.

?The annual Children in Need competition was celebrated by the ladies’ section on Wednesday. With the course playing very long, every point counted in this 3BBB, two scores to count event. Worthy winners were team Jackie Seager, Chris Luttman and Majson Stroud with 71 points. Second, on 69 points, were tDiana Gee, Jeanne Mackinnon and Jan Lloyd with Penny Blackburn, Elizabeth Davies and Mona Carter taking third place with 67 points.

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It was a very enjoyable day and �212.11 was raised for the charity.

?Maybe it is the getting up in these dark mornings but most of the 78 competitors in this week’s Texas Scramble found the going difficult.

The early risers were however the team of Adrian Williams, Malcolm Keeley and Ron Graham who managed a net score of 67 to take first place by the narrowest of margins from Ted Chandler, Keith Thomas and Ron Cooper with 67.1.

John Vessey, Robin Mitchell and Howard Clayton were third on 67.6 followed by John Ayland, Malcolm Matthews and Jim Wallis with 68.4.

In this competition only "real twos" count for the ball prize with the same player completing the drive and the putting. Only Bill Nicholls, Ron Jones and Adrian Williams managed this, to collect 26 balls each.

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