Beau Desert GC – 7th April 2014

A dire day in Staffordshire. On arrival, Beau Desert's course manager announced the course was closed, after heavy overnight rain. A further inspection took place at 09.30, by which time most of the competitors had arrived, despite some lengthy motorway delays.

They all then heard at first hand that there would be no play. After coffee (excellent) and bacon rolls (equally good) a draw was made for three qualifying places on offer. The lucky three drawn from the beer glass were Brian Lever (Great Yarmouth & Caister), Mark Betteridge (Bristol & Clifton) and Graham Finney (Mickleover). Despite the weather looking as if it might improve, exactly as forecast, the Heavens opened on the stroke of 2.30 and as the picture Tweeted by Beau Desert shows the course went under water

Our thanks to everyone who made the fruitless journey, many from a great distance. Thanks too, go to Steve Mainwaring and his staff, who were charm itself. Better luck next time as we are sure to return to such a delightful venue.