Ladbrook Park 12.10.20

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I played at Blackwell on Sunday and was told a Royal golfing story by a long-standing R&A member; so it might even be true.

Few of the immediate Royal family are short of a garden that couldn’t accommodate a driving range.  So when Prince Andrew decided to learn to play, he commissioned a golf pro to give him private lessons at home.  Prior to one lesson the Prince had to ring his professional coach, at home, to re-schedule;  as the pro was busy elsewhere in the house, the call was answered by his son.

“Hello” said the young lad.

“Hello” said the Prince. “Is your father at home please,  I need a word with him?”

“Yep” said the young lad. “Who is it?”

“The Duke of York” replied the Prince.

The young lad then shouted through to the next room  “Dad,  you’re wanted on the phone, it’s the pub!”

On Monday at Ladbrook, the forecast was a lot worse than the reality.  All twenty one teams set off in the dry and half the field got back before the rain started.  As the back nine at Ladbrook is markedly more testing than the front nine, consequently, the best scores were posted by the early starters.

Undeterred by a few drops of rain, Alan Millburn arrived in his 1952 Morgan (although his playing partners divulged that he and the Morgan recently needed rescuing from the Hinckley Island just of the M69).

The catering and the staff at Ladbrook were as good as ever. Most of the field had breakfast and a pint afterwards,  as the lovely clubhouse is set up well to accommodate a party of golfers (although I’m sure they will be delighted when they can finally get rid of more signs than are currently found on the length of the M1 and a one way system that would send a sat-nav into meltdown).

Ian Knowles escaped the necessity to put a bottle on the bar when he finished less than 4 inches from a hole-in-one on the fifth.

Four of the top five teams carded the same score of 84, which meant I needed to be particularly diligent with the count-backs.  Top slot went to Michael Whitehouse, John Holford, Brian and Matt Preece with 87.

Fortunately, the lovely ladies in the office at Ladbrook were able to give me another date, in April next year, for those who enjoy this lovely parkland gem.

Pos 

Player Pairings 

Points 

O.O.M. 

1

Michael Whitehouse 14 Brian Preece 15 Matt Preece 14 John Holford 13

87

12

2

Martin Gadsby 15 Mark Geal 18 Glyn Douglas 16 Peter Douglas 17

84

10

3

Rob Morgan 12 Adrian Spencer 10 Pete Williams 10 Roger Crisp 10

84

8

4

Steve Andrews 13 Stevie Neale 10 Steve Bennett 11 Proscore

84

6

5

Tirin Gosrani 13 Duncan Spalding 7 Andy Vernon 6 Jim Lunn 18

84

4

6

Steve Upton 11 Grahaeme Dodge 6 David Yarranton 9 Derek Skett 12

82

2

7

Chris Bartlett 6 Ian Knowles 15 Paul Tyson 9 Chris Reynolds 16

82

8

Chris Johnson 14 Steve Terry 15 Paul Jones 17 Nick Gould 15

81

9

Nigel Truepenny 14 Jim Clarkson 15 Nicolas Hercules 16 Proscore

80

10

John Poole 13 Mike Hamilton 12 Martyn Walker 4 Nick Peel 14

79

11=

Matt Harrison 11 Angie Harrison 19 Lyn Cotterill 20 Mick Deeley 16

77

11=

Mark Davis 13 Terry Hill 19 Rob Hill 17 William Brewin 11

77

13=

Dave Farrell 10 Rob Stokes 11 Rob Williams 8 Pat McKeown 14

74

13=

Allister Smith 9 Cameron Clarke 16 Nic Sproson 16 Kevin Manning 5

74

15=

Derek Pedley 17 Martin Davis 13 David Hewitt 13 Peter Romyn 21

72

15=

Robin Hopkins  17 Dave Roddis 6 Mark Thomas 9 William Condon 10

72

17

Steve Hawke 6 Neil Mallett 7 Allan Grant 10 Allan Tubb 9

71

18

Martyn Pearce, Stewart Murray, Carl Mander Jeremy Hudson 6

68

19=

Alan Topping 20 Martyn Obrey 20 Steve Cooper 18 Dave Coe 24

67

19=

Mike Perry 15 Alan Milburn 15 Alex Scot 14 Allan Simmonds 8

67

21

Colin Barnard 18 Geoff Charlton 18 Hanif Bhula 13 Stewart Wardrop 19

66

Ian Knowles

Nearest pin 5

Stevie Neale

Nearest pin 15

Andy Vernon

Long Drive 9

Two’s

Stevie Neale; Glyn Douglas; Pete Williams; Rob Hopkins; Ian Knowles; Paul Tyson; Duncan Spalding; Rob Stokes