On the 13th of February at Bonalba Golf Course the Warblers played a medal round for the Valentines Cup. Just as if a medal round was not difficult enough the wind was up, rain was forecast and the course was playing especially long on some holes with greens wind assisted as fast as we have played for a long time. Well, if some holes were especially long into the wind then the ones down wind should be easy-not so as any golfer will tell you, you still have to hit the right shot.
With such a bleak introduction, it is no surprise that there are a plethora of bizarre incidents. These are a few of them, Ken Robinson did a demonstration of Casey Jones, his electric trolley ran away from him into the bunker, after collecting it from the sand it turned sideways and sped off again, tipping up and leaving all his golf clubs on the fairway. You had to see this to believe it! Ian Bonser, on the 12th looking for his ball after playing his shot, head butted an olive tree knocking him to the floor.
We are pleased to announce that although greatly shaken the tree has made a full recovery. Fran Shrubsole had the most bizarre shot of the day; in fact she had three of them. On the 12th she putted from two metres away, topside of the hole whilst only touching the ball to get it moving, it missed the hole and finished six metres from where she started. Fran then putted up to the hole, the ball stopped did an about turn and ended up back in the same place. She repeated the exercise this time hitting the ball harder but only to see the ball roll back past her and not stopping until it hit the fringe. Alan Price had to be mentioned as our scribe, four putting from 1metre on the 12th.
The first person to tear his card up happened as early as the 6th hole-our treasurer will remain nameless for fear of embarrassment. Norman Howell had the best score of the day- no, not the lowest score, but the highest score on one hole carding an eleven. Finally, the crème d´ la crème was the only two of the day being carded by perhaps one of the most unlikely of our players you would imagine on a day like this. To find out more, read on.
The winners today, deserves every bit of praise as the conditions were extremely difficult, the only bonus being that the rain did not arrive until after we had finished. The Valentines Cup Champion for 2008 in these conditions, with an excellent score of 78 off 19.7 was Tony Dickinson. In Division One, the winner carding the same score as the champion but beaten on the half handicap ruling on the back nine was Jim Rodgers off a handicap of 12.1. In 2nd place was John Feek with a net 82 off 17.9 pipping Bob Edwards by 1 stroke who played from 17.7.
Our Division Two winner was Ken Robinson, who had obviously recovered from his exploits with his trolley, with a net score of 80 off 22.9. This net score was equally matched for the next two positions with Peter Brown coming second off 22.3 and Bryan Mears 3rd off 18.7. Obviously the newly agreed countback system has worked perfectly for the medal competitions. Peter Nicholson and Ian Bonser were the proud winners of the nearest the pins on holes 4 and 14 respectively- obviously the knock on Ian’s head on the 12th hole improved his golf. Barbara Pollitt won the football prize correctly guessing Stirling.
The final winner today deserves a special mention- Jimmy Fletcher, a stalwart of the Society was the only winner of the Coveted Orba Warbler trophy ball for achieving a two on hole 8 and this achieved from his position as Starter for the day. To a rapturous applause Jimmy proudly received his congratulations from our Captain Richard Morris.
On the social scene we held our Valentines Dinner Dance at the weekend and over 60 members and guests had a fabulous meal and dance at La Vall restaurant in the Jalon Valley where the presentations for the Valentines Cup were made. Special thanks to Tracy Middleton for another well organised event. Jenny Berry is now in season, that is the charity fund raising season and is busy raising monies through raffle tickets for her MABS which climaxes with the Charity Golf Day on the 9th of April. Please support Jenny in her efforts as she passes amongst you during Society days.
Next week, the 27th of February we are at Foressos - it is a 10.30 start and we ask you to meet no later than 09.45. Guests are welcome subject to a handicap certificate and availability, to reserve your place contact Norman Howell on 619325671.
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