Walmley Results - 23.5.18

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As I sat in the clubhouse yesterday evening, looking down the manicured first fairway there was an overwhelming urge to walk out and hit a ball, so inviting was the spectacle. The whole course was immaculately presented.

At least half the field had never played Walmley before and many more had not been for years. Even I was amazed as the eulogy of praise for the course, not just the condition but the interesting layout. “Amazing!”  “Birmingham’s best kept golfing secret!”  “I could cheerfully play here every day!”

Looking at the plans for the future, things are set to improve further. A current application, for residential development on the existing practice area,  will fund the complete refurbishment of the clubhouse and build a very modern, golf academy with extensive, short-game training facilities.  This is not only for members but also local schools and colleges; a move that is much needed to take golf to the younger generation; thus encouraging them to be outside exercising, rather than inside looking at a screen. Hopefully, that will bring forth another generation of serious athletes - just like you!

73 players took part in Teetours first Texas scramble. It is a format we will repeat in the future because it promotes real team spirit and put smiles on faces. There was no greater evidence of this than the winning team; all four entered as single players and only two had ever met before. After the round, they all sat in the bar discussing which events to enter together; the true spirit of the game.

I love to watch the debate among Texas scramble teams, especially on the par three’s, about which ball to take - the decision making process is fascinating and sometimes surprising. 

We are returning to Walmley in September for those who would like to sample the delights. 

It was good to see scratch golfer Dave Willmore out again following several weeks layoff with a bad back. He attributes the ailment to carrying his partners round in team competitions but I think he is at that difficult age, where the desire to hang on to his youth prevents him accepting the need to put his bag on a trolley, like the rest of us seniors. 

Walmley and Teetours member, Derek Cooper leaves next week for life near Mihas, on the Costa Del Sol. When I asked if it was last winter that had made his mind up to move he said

“No - I just want a big pair of proper Spanish maracas” Sadly Derek, the NHS isn’t quite as good out there and you might have to go private for that!  

His normal team mate, Roger Partridge, was telling me about the latest set of repairs to his electric trolley; given the number of new parts it’s had,  it sounds like Trigger’s brush.  Maybe Derek and Dave Willmore need to see if they can get a bogof on two new ones?

The warm May sunshine meant that mens shorts were much in vogue (which may have frightened of the ladies as there was a distinct lack of Teetours Totty at this event).

Pos 

Player Pairings 

Points 

Prize 

1

Stewart Fairweather; Peter Bryant; Tony Boyer; Gary Ferrar

57.5

2013 Hautes -Cotes de Nuits

2

Chris Johnson; Ian Martin; Liam Green; Luke Fenton

58.1

2014 Il Tauro Salice Silentino

3

Mike Smith; Tony Clements; Lee Hill; Robin Upton

58.9

2014 Il Tauro Salice Silentino

4

Rob Hawthorne; Chris Turner; Richard Colwell; Chris Welsh

60.1

2014 Il Tauro Salice Silentino

5

Steve Deehan; Mick Flannaghan; Jack Badham; Bill Cutler

60.3

2014 Il Tauro Salice Silentino

6

John Poole; Paul Burke; Neville Townsend; Martin Walker

60.8

Nigel Truepenny; Steve Dingley, Alan Pratt; Jim Clarkson

61.4

Dave Yarranton; Grahaeme Dodge; Nigel Taylor; Steve Upton

61.8

Alan McPeake Ken Storey; Wayne Moore; Andy Page

61.8

Kevin Riggs; Jim Caffery; Steve Parkes;

62.1

Barrie Hope; Steve Baylis; Richard Higgs

62.2

Dave Willmore; John Hall; Tim Down

62.5

John Greene; Bob Hateley; Kevin Rhodes; Angel Rodriguez

62.5

Phil Wilson; Fred Ainsworth; Jonny Johnson; Dave Cartridge

63.1

Jon Hill; Mark Davis; Robert Hill; Terry Hill;

63.3

Dave Rogers; James Rogers; Lewis Bull; Adrian Harris

63.7

Graham Swinney; Rob Burke; Brian Preece; Iain Lawley

63.8

Paul Essom; Graham Bull, Paul Gardner; Steve Silk

64.9

Graham Denny; Graham Fairhall; Phil Rowbottom; Paul Mason

65.4