Enville - Highgate: 14.9.21

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The course was presented very well indeed with the approaches mown so perfectly that it was hard to distinguish between them and the immaculate greens.

I played the course on Wednesday morning with three members.  They told me that the management committee at the club has engaged the services of a golf course design company,  to advise on changes to the course.  I do hope they don’t tinker with it to justify a consultancy fee.  In my humble opinion,  this most interesting mix of heathland, which produces beautiful, free-draining greens and mixed woodland, has wonderful qualities that just require nurture rather than surgery.

On Monday, I stayed overnight in Kinver, just a couple of miles down the road from the course in this beautiful and serene area of South Staffordshire.  Sitting outside The Vine with a pint of Light Railway, Kinver Ale,  I was studying the weather forecast for Wednesday morning and hoping the high pressure, coming in from the south west would keep us on the edge of the rain belt.  Fortunately it did and the round was played in dry, pleasant, autumn conditions. 

Unfortunately, two members of Mil Petkovic's team had already decided they didn’t want to play in the rain, leaving Mil with no option but to pull his team at the last moment. Mil courteously sent me a message to that effect on Monday evening and rung on Tuesday morning to check I had received it.

Not only did they miss out,  but Mil needs to remind them that golf is an outdoor sport and can be played with waterproofs and a brolly. 

One other player let Mike Myers’ group down.  I received no apology or explanation from him. The other 15 members of the group were disgusted with him and requested that he should not be permitted to take part in future events - I agreed.

I was told when I started the Teetours society that if I didn’t charge up-front, people wouldn’t turn up.  My aim was to build a society that had members who were like-minded, played in the true spirit of the game, and treated the organiser with mutual trust and respect.

It was great to see a young man who is clearly a talented golfer make an appearance: Ryan Greenwood plays off plus 1.4 and scooped the longest drive prize with ease.

Kevan Sproul and Andy Thomas took the two nearest the pin prizes.  Kevan’s two contributed to Barrie Hope’s team scoring 90 for a podium finish.

93 was second place for Tony Butler, Graham Doran and Roger Meredith.  I was delighted, because this is the team that was was let down by their fourth man, dropping out without apology.

Brian Preece, together with his son Matt and Mike Whitehouse were also a three-man team but hey only relied on the pro-score on three holes to post a winning score of 96.

Special is the word or choice for my closing paragraph:

From the pro-shop on Tuesday morning I purchased three brand new, Sharpy, marker pens and attached them to the special prize hole markers.

Special mention must go to Neil Mallett (who I think must be special-needs) as he put the new marker in his pocket after using it, rather than replacing it for following players.  Bless!

Pos 

Players

Points 

O.O.M. 

1

Brian Preece 16.4 Mike Whitehouse 11.6 Matt Preece13.2

96

12

2

Graham Doran 11.1 Tony Butler 20.2 Roger Meredith 10

93

10

3

Barrie Hope 7.5 Kevan Sproul 6.4 Chris Holt 14.9 Rob Powell 4.9

90

8

4

Rob Stokes 10.9 Neil Sanderson 1.1 Pat Mckeown 12.9 John Breslin 10.1

89

6

5

Scott Antcliff 22.2 Mike Homfray 17.4 David Richardson 20.2 Stephen Richardson 14.5

89

4

6

Steve Hawke 6.6 Neil Mallett 6.4 Philip Hawke 12.0 Malcolm Wood 18.9

88

2

7=

Steve Bennett 8.4 Mike Myers 8.5 Jeff Thomas 6.3 Lee Harris 11.8

86

7=

Mike Deeley 14.2 Mark Reynolds 1 Ryan Greenwood +1.4 Angie Harrison 18.6

86

7=

Salim Patel 14.2 Paritosh Ghadiali 12.3 Roy Hutchinson 18.6 Michael Maxwell 16.0

86

10=

Carl Mander 2.1 Geoff Davies 18.7 Martyn Pearce 7.3 Jeremy Hudson 4.2

85

10=

John Cocker 21.5 Paul Broadbank 20.7 Mike Parker 15.7 John Buchanan 12.4

85

10=

Allister Smith 7.8 Guy Mucklow 10.0 Graham Hubbard 10.0 Nic Sproson 14.2

85

13=

Dave Sheppard 3.8 Mungo Munro 12.2 Basil Griffiths 3.2 T Cooke 10.0

84

13=

Mark Millage 19.6 Andrew Jeavons 18.7 Nick Gould 13.7 Chris Bartlett 6.1

84

13=

Nigel Truepenny 13.1 Brian Reynolds 10.3 Andrew Allen 8.3 Gary Ford 13

84

16

Richard Tart 8.2 Eamon Revill 16.6 Greg Revill 1.3 Trevor Norton 15.2

83

17=

Jon Cray 5.0 Martin Knowles 7.3 Irfan Warris 10.0 Moray Anderson 16.0

82

17=

Richard Lyons 6.3 Martin Hodges 9.7 Gary Wright 13.9 Graham Reed 14.9

82

19

Steve Neale 3.0 Simon Wingfield 3.6 Chris Callaghan 12.5 Nick Chauhan 16.2

81

20=

Steve Upton 10.7 David Yarranton 10.7 Grahaeme Dodge 4.9 Derek Skett 8.6

80

20=

Terry Hill 18.2 Mark Davis 14.4 Andy Flood 16.9 Chris Pegg 18.0

80

20=

David Roddis 6.5 Andy Thomas 6.9 Jason Smith 5.2 Mark Thomas 9.7

80

23=

Mervyn Hopton 17.8  Rob Burke 16.6  Adrian Hardy 4.1 Alan Grave 15.3

79

23=

Derek Pedley 15.0 Kevin Cooper 16.2 Peter Romyn 22.0 Tom Eustace 6.3

79

25=

Tim Evans 8.9 Edward Kenny 9.2 Ian Whitehead 9.8 Kelvin Price 13

77

25=

Warren Taylor 16.4 Dave Kimberly 26.4 Alan Lediard 18.4 Peter Bingham 18.

77

27=

Ross Whittingham 4 Liam Foxall 4 Dean Copestick 5 Craig Hall 7

74

27=

Adrian Spencer 9.5 Pete Williams 7.2 Roger Crisp 9.5 Wilfred Matthews 14.6

74

29

Chris Johnson 13.6 Ian Martin 13.8 David Edwards 5.7  Andy Smith 10.8

71

NR

Mil Petkovic 14.2 John Hornby 10.0 Tony Welford 8.7 John Parker 9.6

NR

Kevan Sproul

Nearest pin 2

Andy Thomas

Nearest pin 16

Ryan Greenwood

Longest Drive 6

Two’s 

Ross Whittingham. Tim evans. Kevan Sproul. Basil Griffiths.  Neil Mallett. Greg Revill. Nick Gould. Simon Winfield. Stevie Neale. Mark Reynolds. Andy Thomas. Allister Smith. 

Prizes for the top 5 teams; Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and all 2’s