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April 2021 was the coldest and driest on record.  No green keeper in the country could have predicted that.  

It was announced that golf would resume in the middle of March.  So, understandably, most or the green keepers in the country decided to get their early spring work out of the way before clubs reopened.  Unfortunately this was the wrong decision because there was no rain to wash in the sand and top dressing; furthermore, the soil temperature remained too low to promote and grass growth on the fairways.

Six weeks before our event at Wollaton I heard that the greens were very poor and should I consider rescheduling?

I played the course last Thursday in order to assess the condition and be forearmed for any complaints.  When I arrived, the very affable manager, Steve Sayers, said “six weeks ago the course was bad! I think you will find it much improved now”

Having played it, I made the decision to run the competition under normal summer conditions of playing the ball as it lies (apart from the COVID related anomaly of the bunkers)

Given the winning scores, I think I made the right decision.

When I arrived at the club at 8am on Friday morning, the wonderful new short game practice area, which was installed two years ago, was being cut and ironed.  This was the attention to detail that makes me believe the team at Wollaton could not have done more to present the course to us.

The sun shone all day and, even though we are now allowed to sit inside the clubhouse, everyone chose to sit outside on the terrace both before and after their rounds.  But then there are few places more picturesque than the terrace at Wollaton for a Friday afternoon beer.

Mark Rose introduced three teams of new members, mainly under 30’s, who brought the average age at a Teetours event down considerably.

A full field of 104 players included 5 members of Teetours Totty, and not only did they all look lovely, they performed well on the golf course, with none of the mixed teams finishing in the bottom third of the scoresheet! Of particular note was Angela Harrison’s two which contributed to the team’s podium finish.

However, Liz Blake presented me with a slight dilemma; she emailed her mixed team to me, which included her husband Steve playing with both her and her friend Linda Deeley!?  So rather than ask by email whether this was a typographical error, a swingers team or a case of bigamy, I thought I’d see if Mike Deeley turned up as I suspected he might.

Very kind positioning of the pins on the par threes made easy pickings for the Two’s hunters, who numbered twenty in total.

  • Nearest the pin on 8 was Alex Scott
  • Longest drive on 4 was Richard Tart
  • Nearest in two on 16 was Steven Jary
  • Alan McPeake’s team edged into 5th place with a count back on 87
  • Four of Mark Rose’s young new boys came 4th with 88
  • The Harrison’s and the Brown’s came 3rd with 90
  • Steve Morley’s team were 2nd with 93
  • Stevie Gee’s team took the chequered flag with 94.

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

1

Stevie Gee 14.1 Brian Ahmed 8.9 Mark Pearson 6.3 Stephen Smart 10.5

94

12

2

Stephen Morley 25.2 Nick Lake 13.6 Dave Long 18.4 Ryan Lugg 10.8

93

10

3

Matt Harrison 14.2 Angela Harrison 17.4 Malcolm Brown 13.7 Sharon Brown 19.2

90

8

4

Steve Law 8.8 Chris Smith 14.0 Parv Sandhu 29.3 Wayne Furber 16.0

88

6

5

Alan Mcpeake 18.4 Robin Upton 18.2 Lee Hill 16.8 Dave Cooper 19.1

87

4

6

Mark Rose 13.1 Paul Morgan 12.5 Rob Parkes 6.9 Joe Clarke 15.4

87

2

7

Richard Manning 6.1 Louise Manning 8.9 Rich Deaville 10.1 Adam Redpath 11.9

87

8=

Dan Peach 12.2 Tom Butlin 11.7 Grant Southall 15.4 Dave Ellis 12.6

86

8=

Dave Weedon 34.0 Andy Bates 12.7 Andy Brown 12.5 Mick Langslow 20.2

86

10=

Allister Smith 7.5 Guy Mucklow 9.7 Graham Hubbard 12.1 Martin Gummery 14.7

84

10=

Martin Truman 7.8 Chris Brady 17.1 Lenny Poole 9.9 Martin Dickinson 6.5

84

12

Dean Pointon 10.7 Roy Everett 8.7 Dave Brierley 8.6 Andrew Dicken 16.7

83

13=

Martin Gadsby 11.0 Peter Douglas 15.9 Mark Geal 18.2 Robert Maxwell 25.1

82

13=

Martin Dunn 15.6 Steve Faulkner 12.9 Eamon Revill 16.3 Richard Tart 7.0

82

15

Liz Blake 12.6 Steve Blake 18.6 Linda Deeley 24.8 Mick Deeley 15.0

81

16

John Kidney 10.7 Geoff Owen 8.1 Adrian Penny 11.8 David Richardson 20.5

80

17=

John O'Callaghan12.4 Dave Walker 16.8 2 Michael Archer 8.1  Duncan Spalding 4.9

79

17=

Steve Wilcox 14.3 Tony Butler 14.3 Steve Jary 12.6 Dave Benbow 18.2

79

17=

Charlie Spear 25.2 Martin Furber 15.5 John Ward 9 Anthony Omo-Dare 17.8

79

20=

Mike Perry 15.7 Alex Scot 15.7 Alan Milburn 15.5 Keith Jones16.3

77

20=

Edward Wells 6.6 Chris Staite +0.7 Mark Short 9.5 Michael Hickmott 19.4

77

22=

Darren George 21.2 Trevor Heath 16.5 Lindsay Rowley 17.6 Alan Kyte 14.6

76

22=

Chris Bartlett 4.6 Peter Dawson 7.8 Chris Scarrett 11.3 Peter Bingham 18.1

76

24

Dean Napper 11.0 Stuart Band 2.5 Mark Hamer 11.9 Roger Crisp 7.1

74

25

Adam Grundy 9.1 Stuart Bond 10.0 Duncan Barclay 10.4 Steve Maud 16.4

73

26

Ray Ebberley 16.1 Kevin Doherty 11.7 Phil Shelton 13.0 Robin Fenn 7.0

68

Richard Tart

Longest Drive 4

Alex Scott

Nearest pin 8

Steven Jary

Nearest pin 16

Two’s

Chris Bartlett; Martin Truman; Martin Dickenson; Chris Stait; Adrian Penny; Eamon Revill; Mike Perry; Alex Scott; Alan Milburn; Steve Smart x 2; Ray Ebberley; Kevin Doherty x 2; Dave Benbow; Angie Harrison; Dean Pointon; Dave Weedon; Mike Archer; Duncan Spalding