Mighty Winds… Mighty Champions
This report is not about the weather at Hoylake yesterday. Who is Ophelia, what is she..? Nor the eerie Saharan sun, the lack of rain and the very stiff breeze… it is simply about the excellence of the links, Club and the quality of the competitors.
The links of the Royal Liverpool Golf Club offer a stern test at any time and off any tee, but thanks to the generosity of the Club in allowing a shotgun start everyone was in the allotted place when the mighty cannon boomed at 09.30. Play was brisk, everyone round in testing conditions in comfortably under four hours and with smiles galore. Well played.
Those that now move on to another wonderful links, Formby for the Final in May 2018 (details of the accommodation for the qualifiers at the foot of this mail) include the winner by a clear point the long distance golfer, Alan Creber (5) Launceston with 34pts. Runner-up on 33pts, was TV star from Newton Green Ben Tawell (6) and in third, although having already qualified at Burnham & Berrow was Adam Riddle (3) Royal Ashdown Forest on 32pts. At this point, one might be forgiven for thinking that it was exclusivly a low handicapper’s day – not necessarily so. Martin Ball (14) Eaglescliffe made it through to the Final with 31pts as did late entrant Dennis Wright (5) Penrith on the same score. Another long distance traveller Gareth Evans (6) West Cornwall qualified with 31pts and had the prospect of swapping stories with the winner all the way home! Playing again at Formby are… all those on 30pts, ‘new boy’ Tom Butler (11) Hickleton, our favourite Tweeter and sweet swinger, Dan Hacker (0) Straford on Avon, Greg Kemsley (5) Hassocks, barely awake after the trials of a tortuous trip to back from Spain, Jon Hall (3) Headingley and finally another ‘new boy’ Jim Davidson (11) Loudoun Gowf. Near misses on 29pts included our host Simon Newland (4)…
If you weren’t at Hoylake you missed a treat. Our thanks as always go to the Club, Council and Members for their generosity in allowing us to stage another GCS event at this most historic of venues. Those visiting the Club for the first time were universally in awe of the displays of Club and Country memorabilia that line the Club’s hall.
Our thanks go to Simon, Louise, Sean, John and everyone else for their warm and very professional welcome; it is about attention to detail. All were impressed.
The GCS Supporters were out in force. Dean Poynter of Eagle ‘qualified’ with 31pts. Paul Mainstone and Dave Myers of Sawted ensured that not only did you know which tee you were off but that the event was definitely going ahead… finally The GCS’s own (almost) Jezz Ellwood continued his good form with 31pts (third). Thanks too to Bob King of BRS/Teeofftimes and John Hayes of Marsh. Last but by no means least the ‘Head Girl’, Diana Fisher, without whom no would have known what was happening and wouldn’t have enjoyed Philip’s chocolate
IF you enjoyed it come and do it again. Space everywhere and the ‘Race to Formby’ is not yet half run…