Wet and weary seniors brave the weather at Axe Cliff

Dave Weston, Leighton Morgan, Chris Alexander, Bill Polley, Nigel Garwood

Dave Weston, Leighton Morgan, Chris Alexander, Bill Polley, Nigel Garwood - Credit: Brian Thompson

We might have been robbed of our annual Christmas Variety Night again this year but that did not stop 17 hearty Seniors going out on Christmas Eve to battle the elements in a Santa's Selection,  Medal Texas Scramble.  

My team included Mark Wisby and old crooner Phil Christmas, and we had a gross 99 handicap with only a net of 18.6, so we had a chance. 

The weather, at the start, was bearable with just a cold continuous drizzle but gradually built up to very wet and then the fog joined in to add to the fun. We are out last but decided to give up after the 7th when we saw the Captain John Hanna's team coming in early. 

Most teams had finished at least 12 holes and I think John was going to give it to the best score after 12. 

John had gone home after recovering in the clubhouse, whilst Mark, Phil and I decided to stay for a second drink and probably another hour with a few other early finishers when five bedraggled, wet and weary Seniors joined us.  

Miraculously, these two teams of Lt Commander Nigel Garwood and Chris Alexander, plus Treasurer Bill Polley/ Welshman Leighton Morgan and cool Dave Weston had completed all 18 holes. 

They deserve their photo in front of the club's Christmas Tree overlooking Seaton Bay taken by top  photographer Brian Thompson 

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I have not been given their scores but I understand that Commander Garwood & Chris did just beat Bill's team and in my humble opinion both teams are the winners and should be given New Year Honours for going above and beyond. 

It was good to sing Happy Birthday to young Gilbert Cox, in the clubhouse, for his 83rd birthday. Gilbert has been a member of our club since 1983 and joined the Seniors in 2005 and was made Seniors' Captain in 2010.  

The Men's Section enjoyed better weather with a little sunshine on Boxing Day in the annual Anchor & Dolphin Trophy, won by Craig Trivett on countback from Mike Cottam. Both had a par 36pts, with Jimmy Matthews third on 34 pts.