Littlestone… we managed all 18 holes, which must be progress, but everyone got soaked. Only Howard Till’s waterproofs proved to be up to the task, although Eagle’s laminated scorecards managed to come a close second in the survival stakes.
The winner was again two of our most loyal supporters of the Championship, Tim Aggett (2) Staddon Heights and his long suffering caddie Mandy. 37pts, round in 72, would be a good score at Littlestone in any conditions, but in the unpleasant weather we all faced it was quite exceptional; oh for a caddie!? New boy Ian Griffiths (9) Faversham was runner-up, with another splendid score of 36pts. Third came regular Finalist, Adrian Dawson (10) Woodcote Park, who amassed 33pts, including the shot of the day at the notorious short 17th, where his superbly struck tee shot finished less than five feet from the hole for a resulting birdie two. Scott Ballentine (12) Royal Worlington, with 32pts and another new boy, Mark Evans (0) Royal North Devon, with 30pts made up the qualifiers. Our congratulations to them all – exceptional play in the most testing conditions.
It was good to see so many faces both ‘old’ and new in the field; don’t forget there are places still available at every venue from now until April!
Our very grateful thanks go to the Committee and Members of Littlestone not forgetting General Manager, Stephen Blake and his most hospitable team, who were exemplary. A special mention though for Chef Michael, who ensured that everyone forgot about the conditions outside and left with a smile; thank you.
The support Team was led by Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, whose Captain Oates impersonation, out at the far end of the course, was as welcome as ever, although a thermos might have been an added bonus? Paul Mainstone of Jonas/Clubminder was back in action and so there no ‘unforced errors’ with the results…. Also present was the other longest serving supporter of the Championship, Eagle’s Phil McInley. Golf Monthly were present in force to bring down the average age by a good twenty years; Nick Bonfield deserves a particular mention, with a first rate score of 34pts. Alex Narey and Tom Clarke didn’t fare quite so well, but enlivened proceedings as ever