Forest of Arden 14.2.19

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Valentines Day Am-Am

With temperatures in the region of 14 degrees, birds twittering and bluebells appearing you would think it was mid March not February.  The early morning fog soon disappeared,  melted away by the sunshine and a sizeable party from the hotel were outside having lunch by 1pm.

Despite the spring like conditions, Armani Dave wasn’t tempted to get into his ex-Army shorts, choosing instead to arrive in his best charity-shop coat covered in hay seeds, claiming he had been feeding the horses, one of which is in foal but he says that particular job had not involved him personally.

Since the introduction of the 90% handicap allowance, it has been common place in Am-Am competitions to see a winning score on the nineties.  Not this time however, as head green keeper, Rob Rowson must have had his hopes of some Valentine’s Day romance cruelly dashed. He vented his frustration with a vengeance on the pin positions,  which I have to say were the tightest thing I’ve seen since my first year at boarding school!  The result was a low eighties winning score and only three 2’s all day.

  • Fifth on a count back of 76 was Martin Davis team.
  • Fourth with 76 was a late entry team from Richard Manning
  • Third with 79 was Alan McPeake’s team
  • Second with 79 was another amalgamated team of two Teetours veterans; Will Thompson and Terry Lawson who joined up with two Teetours Virgins; Francoise Husselman and Kevin Bolleurs, both natives of South Africa but currently living in the Cotswolds (they must have been attracted to migrate north by the early spring weather).

Sir Alex Ferguson is the manager of the era with the most prolific reputation for putting together a winning team; his achievements were down to skill and experience, where as my achievement was purely down to luck when I assembled last week’s winning team from four single players:  John “Lenny” Poole, Edward Harvey, Danny Keyte and Rob Camplisson - none of whom had ever played together before.  

Not only did they post the best score, they also scooped the individual prizes too, but with a combined handicap of only 35,  the talent was there to be had.

In fact the eight players in the top two teams last week had an average handicap of 7.7!

Best Valentines Day loving couple prize must go to Louise Manning, who not only played in husband Richard’s team but allowed herself to be conned into driving the whole team back home,  via The Cock Inn at Wishaw, where the team carried on where they had left off in the Forest of Arden bar. Given the amount of beer the boys had consumed by the time they got home, this was probably the only Cock Inn in evidence, regardless of Valentines Night!

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

John Poole 11 Edward Harvey 8 Rob Camplisson 11    Danny Keyte 5

82

12

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

2

Kevin Bolleurs 10 Francois Husselmann 5 Will Thompson 5 Terry Lawson 7

79

10

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

3

Alan Mc'Peake 19 Andy Page 10 Frankie Rowe 15 

79

8

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

4

Louise 13 & Richard Manning 10 Rich Deaville 17 Antony Plummer 2

76

6

El Capitan Malbec

5

Martin Davis 12 Derek Pedley 19 Terry Pedley 13 Peter Romyn 19

76

4

El Capitan Malbec

6

Hugh McClean 14 Peter Gemmell 14 Toby Deas 16 Garry Poole 10

75

2

7

Dave Rogers 9 James Rogers 22 Ade Harris 11 Lewis Bull 11

75

8=

Steve Hawke 6 Allan Grant 10 Graham Lewis 7 Les Fellows 11

73

8=

Paul Essom 10 Graham Bull 14 Paul Gardner 12 Steve Silk 20

73

10=

Matt Harrison 11 David Shales 22 Ian Snape Neil Mallett 10

72

10=

Mike Morris 10 Laurie Byrne 12 Mike Magness 14 Mark Scott 17

72

12=

Trevor Standley 15 Dan Standley 16 Ben Standley 14 Ian Tilke 21

71

12=

Graham Swinney 17 Brian Preece 12 Rob Burke 16 

71

12=

Dave Cooper 20 Armani Dave 14 Steve Smytherman 15 Chris Bartlett 7

71

15=

Richard Lyons 8 Martin Hodges 12 Gary Wright 15 Graham Reed 17

69

15=

Anita 24 & Alan Pratt 23 Rudi Hercik 13 Tim Sherwood 12

69

17=

Dean Pointon 10 Les Stallard 7 Roy Everett 8 Dave Brierley 9

67

17=

Dave Yarranton 13, Grahaeme Dodge 7, Alan Logie 17  Trevor Finning 19

67

19=

Tony Young 9 Jon Lucas 6 Ron East 11 Neil Walters 11

66

19=

Dave Rowley 20 Ian Rowley 9 Peter Poterajko 13 Alan Holmes 15

66

21=

Michael Archer 12 Duncan Spalding 11 Andrew Vernon 6 Tirin Gosrani 14.

64

21=

Peter Christoforou 15 Paul Dudley 14 Dave Love 13 Paul Daniel 15

64

23=

John Quinn 19 Roger Partridge 15 Andy Gibbens 26 Bryan Hampton 18

63

23=

Dave Barnett 7 Bill Angus 10 John Broadley 12 George Hiams 9

63

23=

Victoria Haden 11 Neil Radford 15. Stewart Fairweather 21 Mick Warren 20

63

26

Steve Pidcock 7 Ian Stora 12 Chris Phillis 18 Mike Carver 12

47

Danny Keyte

Longest Drive 9

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

Eddie Harvey

Nearest pin 2

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

John Poole

Nearest pin 18

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

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

Brian Preece; John Poole; Antony Plummer