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Ladbrook Park 15.10.18 

Most courses have been on preferred lies this summer but most golfers don’t remember that,  before irrigation and drainage,  golf was predominantly played in the spring and autumn.

After the longest, driest summer since records began,  every farmer and golf course manager welcomes the rain because it brings new life.  Sadly, it had to rain at Ladbrook.  Fortunately,  it wasn’t a deluge that flooded the greens and the course remained completely playable.  It was best described by one witty participant,  who shall remain nameless:

“This rain is just like my wife;  it’s not heavy, it’s just annoying and it won’t go away”

Notwithstanding the weather, every team apart from one turned up and team skipper Robert Finlay rang me to say his men didn’t fancy it but would I let him know how much he owed - a proper gentleman and welcome Teetours member.

Those playing it for the first time were understandably impressed as it is a well laid out, thinking mans course.  

With a combined handicap of only 26, Steve Hawke’s team play some very good courses on the county seniors circuit.  Despite scoring a mere 75, they were very keen to return and have already booked their place for the spring event in April.

It was good to see Bill Bingham again with a team from Naunton Downs.

Mark Atkins team included mum and son Michelle and Chris Crisp. Chris plays off scratch and is a mainstay in the Malvern College’s Halford Hewitt team.  With a starting field of 640 players, the Halford Hewitt is the biggest amateur golf tournament in the world; played every spring at Royal Cinque Ports and Royal St George’s and,  in the format of scratch foursomes knockout,  it is also arguably the toughest.   With a pedigree like this you would expect young Chris to hit a decent ball so there’s no wonder he took the longest drive prize.  He also nearly scooped the nearest-the-pin-in-two, on hole 11 but was pipped at the post by 68 year old John Lucas.

Stuart Allen was nearest-the-pin on the 5th.

Scores were depressed by the conditions but you know what they say;  when the going gets tough,  the tough get going:  Dave Sheppard, Sandy Johnston, Steve Pritchard and Mike Rooke are all single figure men and,  with only 23 shots between them,  their score of 84 deserved a win.

Pos 

Player Pairings 

Points 

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Dave Sheppard; Sandy Johnson; Steve Pritchard; Mike Rooke

84

12

2011 Gerveray Chambertin

2

John Poole; Paul Burke; Dave Ross; Mike Hamilton

83

10

Valpolicella Reserva

3

Mark Atkins; Lee Thornton; Michelle Crisp; Chris Crisp

80

8

Valpolicella Reserva

4

Dave Broad; Dave Lamb; Thornton Bridges; Martin Miles

80

6

2015 Next Station Douro

5

Scott Antcliff; Mike Homfray; James Howell; Neil Mallett

80

4

2015 Next Station Douro

6

Derek Pedley; Martin Davis; David Hewitt; Peter Romyn

79

2

7

Tony Fearing; Chris Bartlett; Steve Upton; Thomas Johnson

79

8

Trevor Standley; Charlie Insley; Garry Haslem; Andy Bates

79

9

Peter Aldridge; Richard Aldridge; Roy Hawkins; Justin Hadley

78

10

Ian Birch; Gary Moore; Bill Webber; Laurie Whitby-Smith

76

11

Steve Hawke; Ben Gilg; Damian Magill; Allan Grant

75

12

Dave Griffiths; Mark Butler; Rob Wright; Bill Bingham

74

13

Dave Farrell; Rob Williams; Rob Stokes; Stuart Allen

72

14

Stewart Fairweather: Ian Knowles; Neville Blowers; Proscore

71

15

Jim Clarkson; Robin Jones; Nigel Truepenny Nicholas Hercules

69

16

Anthony Young; Peter Rulton, John Lucas; Angus Craig

63

17

David Evans; Martin Prior; Alan Palmer; Tom Bould

62

18

Steve Deehan; Tony Barbiari; Sean McNabola; Jack Badham

38

Chris Crisp

Long Drive 18

2015 Next Station Douro

Stuart Allen

Nearest pin 5

2015 Next Station Douro

John Lucas

Nearest pin 11

2015 Next Station Douro

Two’s - Paid in Red Wine ; White Wine or craft beers

Martin Davis; Stuart Allen; Rob Stokes; Dave Sheppard