Axe Cliff golfers battled the elements last week, but the course held up well and, despite the wind and the rain, the action continued through the various sections, writes Dave Bruce.
On Wednesday, the ladies contended with strong wins for their shortened 15-hole Stableford. Once they got back to the club house, they were paired with an unknown partner secretly drawn by Captain Anne Jarvis.
The outcome was that Pauline Willis and Stella Thompson won comfortably with 48 points leaving Margaret Kenchington and Paula Heasman in second place with 37. Janet Dack and Jo Hopgood picked up third place with 31 points, but the most impressive thing about the whole event was just how no one gave up and all battled tremendously well through the inclement weather.
On Friday the Senior section faced even tougher conditions and the early players were certainly faced with such wind and rain that many decided to stay in the dry, enjoy a coffee and a chat before returning home! The players who were out later were more fortunate with slightly improved conditions and thankfully enjoyed a lovely day with one short heavy shower to contend with.
Alas, I cannot report on how the Stableford competition played out as mistakenly it had been cancelled by Captain John Hanna. John assured us all that the only thing he cancelled was his buggy!
These things can happen but John, in the future, has promised to avoid confusion, he will, if he decides to cancel any future competition, remain in the clubhouse and make everyone aware of his decision.
It is good to be able to report that round one of our Handicap Knockout Cup is well under way. The first round needs to be completed by November 25.
Some of the early round one matches produced some excellent contests. John Purdy defeated Richard Orsman; Stuart Mackie triumphed over young Gerry Turner and Alan Morgan got the better of our treasurer, Bill Polley.
Another close match saw Nigel Pritchard get the better of Tony Strong, but Tony can take comfort by knowing he won the Crossfield Cup played over the summer months as an Eclectic where you can play so many designated Medals, and, if you improve on any holes your final score can be amended less, of course, their handicap allowance. Tony had a fine score of 61 (67-6) and was closely followed by Paul Curtin with 61.5 (68-6.5). Mick Swann. not known for his Medal prowess, can take pride taking third spot with 63 (75-12).
Sunday (Halloween), saw some better conditions, but there was still a stiff breeze to overcome for a good turnout for the Men’s section in their First Winter League Round, played in pairs.
It was won by the pairing of K Peters and M Winterbottom with a solid 41 points. Second place went to A Anning and J Gait with 35 and third placed went to A Taylor and L Snell, who also scored 35 points.
Last Friday night saw the staging of a very successful fun Halloween quiz evening in the clubhouse which included an excellent curry carvery choice meal and a chance of some great prizes, all for just £10.
Our winners were the team of six comprising Chris and Elaine Gamwell and friends. Elaine, being Scottish, called the team ‘Scots got no idea’.
I was delighted to be asked to host by Clare and her splendid catering team who also prepared the quiz, cooked the meal and ensure an excellent time was had by all. I can also assure all that, for the record, Elaine’s team most certainly DID have an idea and were richly deserving of their success.
Unfortunately, their brave gamble to change their prize for a Helicopter ride for the whole team didn’t work out, but it will be carried forward to the next quiz, which will also have additional prizes to win, so they need to book, when available for ‘Burns Night – grab ya sporan’ which is currently in the planning process by Clare and team. The idea is to carry forward any unclaimed prizes with additional new prizes until they are won.