Coventry 15.7.21

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The pandemic delayed our first visit to Coventry by two years.  

As I had only played here once before, on a mediocre winters day three years ago and I couldn’t remember it that well.  Martin Sutliff, the most welcoming and seemingly omnipresent club professional, arranged for me to play with two members, Tim and Barry, in the midweek Stableford on Wednesday afternoon. They were a joy a play with.  We started at 3.45 and by 7.0pm we were sitting on the sun-drenched balcony with a beer, overlooking the course.  

I am so pleased I had the opportunity to play because I decided to use the white tees yesterday rather than the yellows. At 6,590 yards the course was running freely and deserved to be appreciated in its entirety.  

Designed on its present site in 1912 by Tom Vardon, aided by his brother Harry, the layout has now matured into a truly beautiful parkland, progressively updated to cope with modern golf.  The splendorous mix of mature, deciduous trees,  interspersed with Scots pine, put a smile on your face as you walk round, even if the golf is not matching the quality fo the award-winning environment.

Few parkland courses have such variations. With paths leading over bridges atop the River Sowe and stunningly well maintained water features at the side of greens, the voyage of discovery when playing this course for the first time is a memory to treasure.  The only disappointment was the end of the round; I could have cheerfully gone round again!  From the reaction of all the players yesterday, they felt exactly the same.  No wonder this is used as an Open qualifier.

The layout was complemented by the presentation.  With only one cut of low rough under all the trees between fairways, the ball was readily findable and playable;  a most sensible approach to course management that enhances both speed of play and enjoyment of the experience.  Coupled with this, the greens were fabulous!  Firm yet receptive, they were very true and needed brave reading of the right line to achieve a birdie.  

There was nothing I would change about our first visit to Coventry and my quest today is to negotiate for our return next year. 

It was good to see many Teetours members who I have missed over the last two years of upheaval.  The Leisure Boys were out in force with two teams less Kim Hughes - a good golfer and a lovely man who will be sadly missed at these events; R.I.P.

Thanks go to Jack Clemson who kindly stepped in at the last minute to fill a gap in John Quinn’s team. Don’t be a stranger now you’ve found us Jack - something that goes for several other Teetours virgins making their debut.

  • Gerry Latter and Alister Grimsly were nearest the pin on two totally different par 3’s
  • Phil Terry butchered the par 5 13th to take longest drive.
  • With four teams on 89 It came to a back-3 to determine that Trevor Williams team came 5th
  • Another count back on 92 meant Martin Dunn’s team were just edged into 4th by Dave Middleton’s
  • Derek Pedley’s team posted a very good 94 for 2nd.
  • Having altered the format slightly to include all four scores on the eighteenth, someone remarked that it had the possibility to produce a sneaky 100 somewhere.  That sneaky 100 came from regulars Dave and James Rogers Lew Bull and John Conlon who posted 11 points on the 18th and a couple of two’s for good measure on 7. 

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

1

Dave Rogers 8.9 James Rogers 15.8 Lew Bull 11.3 John Conlon 19.3

101

12

2

Derek Pedley 16.1 Martin Davis 11.5 David Hill 18.9 Philip Hayward 12.2

94

10

3

David Middleton 8.6 Martyn Walker 2.0 Phil Calladine 10.9 Bill Boyd 9.7

92

8

4

Martin Dunn 15.7 Steve Faulkner 12.2 Eamon Revill 16.1 Charlie Spear 23.2

92

6

5

Trevor Williams 8.9 Tony Massey 8.7 Fred Horton 14.9 Robert Eynon 18.2

89

4

6

Will Thompson 5.0 & Paul Smith 8.2 Mark Rose 9.5 Paul Morgan 11.3

89

2

7=

Dean Pointon 10.1 Chris Hobbs 11.8 Roy Everett 8.2 Glyn Everett 17.8

89

7=

Nigel Truepenny 12.7  Steve DIngley 9.4 Jim Clarkson 13.5  Alan Pratt 23.4

89

9

Kevin Bryan 11.8 Michael Bryan 13.0 Martin Stevenson 10.0 Steve Champion 11.6

88

10

Phil Beswick 7.8 Geoff Brown 7.5 Nick Harrold 14.5 Tim Worley 13.1

87

11

Steve Upton 11.1 Derek Skett 8.2 Grahaeme Dodge 6.7 David Yarranton 11.3

86

12=

Jerry Casper 11.8 Chris Wormleighton 5.3 Alex Scott 16.3 Alan Milburn 14.6

85

12=

Steve Pidcock 10.6 Tony Fearing 9.0 Darren McCall 5.6 Proscore

85

14

Brian Reynolds 10.3  Andy Allen 7.7 Mark Craythorne 18.0 Gerry Parchment 13.0

81

15

Phill Adcock 3.3 Steve Coates 4.9 Gerry Latter 3.0 Tony Stacey 7.8

80

16=

Alan Topping 19.5 Richard Minor 14.2 Mike Parker 14.9 Steve Cooper 18.0

79

16=

John Langley 6.7 Jim Oswald 12.3 David Ross 11.5 Chris Whelan 20.0

79

18=

John Quinn 16.5 Philip Quinn 0.9 Stephen Quinn 23 Jack Clemson 1.5

78

18=

Gary Ferrar 12.9 David Pye 21.0 Alister Grimsly 10.0 Jez Perry 7.8

78

20

Phil Terry 10.0 Ian Martin 14.1 Steve Terry 15.2 Steve Morris 17.5

75

21

Simon Lincoln 13.9 Margaret Lightowler 28.1 Kevin 10.2 Jacqui Knight 12.7

73

Phil Terry

Long Drive 13

Gerry Latter

Nearest pin 7

Alister Grimsly

Nearest pin 17

Two’s

Phil Calladine; Jack Clemson; Alan Pratt; Phil Adcock; Gerry Latter; Alister Grimsly; James Rogers; Lew Bull