Fairhaven Golf Club GC Tuesday 9th April 2013

Spring IS around the corner and it made a brief appearance at Fairhaven around midday on April 9th. The start of this re-arranged fixture (from September, when thanks to the deluge that was the autumn, the links were underwater), was marked by a chilly two to three club ‘breeze’, which combined with early season slippery greens, made scoring a tough task. Despite the difficult conditions there was much to admire, particularly the abundant wildlife (the hares were enjoying the day more than the golfers!).

Those with a few shots up their sleeves fared well, with the winner, a very loyal supporter of the Championship, coming in a clear five points ahead of his nearest rival. Mike Cross (18) Oakdale, scored a very impressive 35pts. Runner up was Mick Wain (11) Matlock, 30pts, who had previously qualified for this year’s Final (at Fixby), and who with only a tiny bit of luck on the greens might have had five more points. In third was Dave Hughes (6) Haydock Park , again with 30pts. Also qualifying for the Final at Hoylake in May were, Chris Haywood (19) Abersoch, 30pts, Christopher Spencer (5) North Berwick, 29pts and ‘new boy’ Adrian Cooper (18) Harborne, also with 29pts.

Fairhaven was a new venue for the Championship and one to which, thanks to the generous hospitality of the Committee and members, we would love to return.

Our thanks too go to our host Bob Thompson , who, we trust, will soon return to full playing health, as well as Assistant Secretary Lindzi Stones and the remainder of the staff, both on and off the course, with a special mention for the chef and his delicious gammon and sticky toffee pudding…

Bob has very generously extended an invitation for a courtesy four-ball to all those who played to ensure that they “may enjoy Fairhaven in all its glory”, (details will follow in an email from Fairhaven ).

Our thanks go to all our Patrons, without whom the Championship would not be possible. Stefanie Mainstone, of Jonas/Clubminder, who now holds the legitimate land-speed record from Finchley to Fairhaven . Both Dean Poynter (11) of Eagle Promotions and Rob Corcoran (13) Teeofftimes, distinguished themselves on the course with 30pts apiece. Iain MacPherson of Rain Bird Renewables was in charge of the preceding evening’s entertainment and did an excellent job. Finally Indiana Vince (where did he get that hat…?) of Majestic Crystal, not only acted as ‘Chocolatier extraordinary’, (for which grateful thanks), but also wielded his camera (go to www.majesticcrystal.co.uk and click on the link to flickr). Our thanks to all of them.