Oh Happy Day!
Despite a half hour delay to allow the bright autumn sunshine to banish the frost, our day at Enville was a delight from start to finish. A wonderful welcome from staff and members, a beautiful day, a delightful course in superb condition, sloe gin at halfway and even a Spitfire with a most worthy collection of qualifiers.
Our thanks to all at Enville, who made us most welcome. It is a special pleasure when one comes across members denied access to their perhaps chosen course for the morning, not only offering a warm welcome but reminding us of what a treat we had in store. Manager Heather Mulley and her team looked after us extremely well – the steak pie went down a treat; however, we will have something light and fluffy at North Hants for the ladies…
The man with the best score, a previous qualifier (a couple of times over) was Mike Verhelst (6) Bury St Edmunds with 35pts, again very well played. Our apologies to David Owen (10) Poulton Park and Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest both on 34pts, who were denied their share of the spoils as serial past prize recipients being part of a Duckworth/Lewis type result.
Bob Tawell (23) Rushmere led the ‘new’ qualifiers with 34pts. Joining Bob at Formby next May will be: Ray Grant (9) Northwood 32pts, Steve Boustead (15) Manchester 31pts, Scott Ballentine (12) Royal Worlington &Newmarket 30pts, Frank Carter (9) Olton and Keith Adderley (beautifully attired in purple) (14) Temple also on 30pts.
There were a number of ‘new bugs’ and guests getting a taste for the Championship. We very much hope that the Enville experience has whetted their appetites and that we shall see them all again. Jackie Howe of NGCAA was with us and has announced that she is back to playing after a long layoff and will be competing in the spring. It was very good to see Bob Hardy Vale of Llangollen, who had dismounted from his bike after several years of peddling and re-joined the party – welcome back!
A special mention for of one guest, Matt Patton of Golf Car UK, was in fact the runner-up on 34pts and should he join us again in the future, the ‘committee’ will regard his handicap of 18 with a little suspicion – 22pts on the back nine – outstanding!
envilleOur thanks to Supporters John Hayes of Marsh, Dean Poynter of Eagle, Paul Mainstone of Sawted –photographer and master bartender (Viv’s sloe gin has gained a few new converts!) and prize presenter in Chief Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal.
It has been an up and down autumn series in the ‘Race to Formby’ with Ophelia and Co. However, the 22nd Open Championship autumn series could not have ended on a higher note.
All good wishes.