Enville Highgate 29.1.19 Results

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Last Saturday, I played at Sunningdale with three members, one of whom keeps an eye on the Teetours website; he commented on the vandalism at Sutton Coldfield earlier this month as we approached the sixth green. Following which, he drew my attention to the remnants of some damage to the putting surface, which had been caused when polo ponies escaped from the nearby Sultan of Brunei’s stables.  Yes, I thought to myself, that’s the difference between Staffordshire and Berkshire.  They wouldn’t dream of vandalising the greens with motor bikes in Sunningdale - certainly not! Only polo ponies will do!!

Well after two false starts, we finally managed the first event of 2019 and  I think it’s fair to say that we got away with it.

Yes, it was cold.  Yes, the last half was played in the rain.

However, 93 hardy golfers, with a notable presence of four lovely ladies, enjoyed the delights of Enville’s ever-playable winter course.

In order to give the frost time to come out of the greens, the very competent green staff asked me to postpone the shotgun start to 11.15.  This meant that the assembled enjoyed the delights of putting in summer conditions (apart from the weather).

As they got near to the clubhouse, one or two teams decided a pint in the warm was more appealing that completing the last few holes (especially as I had managed to light the fire without troubling Wolverhampton fire brigade).

Uttoxeter’s ever-jovial team captain, Alan McPeake,  interrupted the prize presentation to ask why he had not had his photo taken on the course; inferring that I had shied away from the winter weather.  

As you can see on the website there a good number of photos and I had to point out to Alan that there are two essential elements required for a good photo:

Good light and good subject matter.  And, as the light was far from perfect on Tuesday, I had to be selective with the subject matter!

Despite the inclement weather the course rewarded the skilful.

16 Two’s were recorded, Eddy Stirling managed two of them, including an eagle on the third, which secured the prize for nearest the pin in two.

Nearest the pin on 14 was taken by 6 handicap Will Thompson.

The longest drive is normally secured by a single-figure, thrusting young Turk but this week it went to a fuller-figure, seasoned campaigner by the name of Grahaeme Dodge.

Forth, fifth and sixth places were decided on an 86 point count back between Russ Moore’s team, Mil Petkovic’s team and Pete Christoforou’s team.

Second place with 88  was Tom Butler, Sean O’Connor, Adam Brazier and golden boy Eddy Stirling.

Keen to replicate his father’s win earlier in the season, Craig Tilke assembled a team of hardened men, well used to the outdoor life in their capacity as agricultural building erectors, furthermore, as members of Branston, they are no strangers to water.  They gelled together beautifully and, although the card was devoid of two’s, 45 points out and 48 back in secured an easy win.

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Craig Tilke16 Charlie Insley 15 Robin Fenn 10 Steve Brodrick 21

93

12

Siegel Unique Selection 2011

2

Tom Butler 9 Eddy Stirling 8 Sean O’Conner 20 Adam Brazier 14.

88

10

Siegel Unique Selection 2011

3

Mike Williams 6 John Hornby 11 Alan Reade 10 Mil Petkrovic 14

86

8

In Situ Vineyard Select Carmenere

4

Peter Christoforou 15 Tony Hayward 13 Paul Dudley 14 Roger Kent 12

86

6

El Capitan Malbec

5

Tony Evans 10 Mark Moran 14 Russell Moore 14 Steve Brown 14

86

4

Parrotfish Cabernet Merlot

6

Dave Hewitt 13 Martin Davis 12 Kevin Cooper 18 Derek Pedley

85

2

7

Keith Thorley 12 Ray Blood 13 Richard Lowe 9 John Wakeman 8

85

8

Grahaeme Dodge 7 Steve Upton. 13 Dave Yarranton 12 Nigel Taylor. 19

84

9

Ken Storey 11 Alan Kyte 14 Armani Dave 14 Lee Hill 20

83

10=

Dave Sheppard 5; Basil Griffith 2; Sandy Johnson 6; Steve Pritchard 8

80

10=

Phil Harbord 11 Allan Simmonds 8 Alex Scott 14 Danny Alvarez 8

80

10=

Claire Howells 6 Mark Stacey 14 Suzanne Ruddle 15 Tony Rundle 15

80

10=

Les Welch 21 Terry Tyler 15 Phil Owen 7 Malcolm Isherwood 23

80

14

Steve Hawke 6 Ben Gilg 5 Graham Lewis 7 Alan Grant 10

79

15=

Alan McPeake 19 Robin Upton 16 Andy Page 10 Frankie Rowe 15

76

15=

David Middleton 10 Alan Milburn 13 Martyn Walker 5 Neville Townesend 16

76

15=

Steve Andrews 12 Mick Maglinchy 4 Steve Neale 10

76

18

Phil Beswick 8 Nick Harrold 12 John Showell 16

75

19

Jacqui  13 & Kevin Knight 12 Ada 19 & Richard Parr 19

74

20

Lee Jeniec 12 Robert Taylor 15 Trevor Atkinson 15; Will Thompson

69

21

Jon Lucas 6 Tony Young 9 Peter Rulton 11 Nigel Truepenny

59

Martin Bedwell  Ken Lewis; Simon Hartwell; Nigel Broomfield

NR

Mark Davis 13 Terry Hill 17 John Hill 7  Andrew Flood 15

NR

Steve Jennings Ian Bahnforth Maurice Bishton John Hewitt

NR

Grahaeme Dodge.

Longest Drive 9

Next Station Douro Tinto

Will Thompson

Nearest pin 3

Next Station Douro Tinto

Eddy Stirling

Nearest pin 14

Next Station Douro Tinto

Two’s - Paid in Red, White, Rose or Harvest Pale 500cl bottles.

Dave Hewitt, Armani Dave, Alan Kyte, Tony Evans, Mike Williams, Alan Milburn, Phil Harbord, Dave Sheppard, John Wakeman x 2, Richard Lowe, Tom Butler x 2, Eddy Stirling x 2, Alan Grant