Little Aston 6.3.19

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Well I think it’s fair to say that, weather-wise, we got away with it;  even though the showers contrived to be a little more persistent at times than forecast.  

Nature has a way of correcting itself; the balmy February couldn’t last and looking outside, on this snowy Sunday morning, I’m glad I didn’t put my winter underwear back into long-term storage.

The greens were tricky for a period and relief was needed. Nevertheless, the heathland fairways held up well and by the last hour, as you can see in the photos, the sun had got his hat on and restored a semblance of enjoyment.  General appreciation for the course was as good as usual.

It was nice to see three ladies playing on Wednesday. Little Aston events always seem to attract a smattering of Teetours Totty,  despite the historically apocryphal reputation the club has about the fairer sex. 

It is a fact that female golfers have to gain entry to the clubhouse through the dedicated ladies entrance.  

However, this is for very good reason: The only way to the bar and dining room, from the main entrance,  is THROUGH the mens changing room. As a member, I can assure you that, if there is one thing guaranteed to put any lady off visiting Little Aston, it is the sights in the mens changing room - especially on a Saturday (Overweight middle-aged men, smelling of Ralgex, are far from pretty!!)

Elaine Chappell was one of the lady players and both she and her partner, Dave Middleton, were most gracious on two counts:

Firstly, they had to play as a two-ball due to the no-show of a pair (who are no longer welcome in future)

Secondly, Elaine’s brolly was cruelly ripped from it’s trolley-holder and deposited in the lake at the side of 17, where it sank.  Despite this, the smile never left her face; Elaine, you are welcome anytime!

Many thanks to last minute stand-ins Matthew Cheffins, Richard Saxon, Dean Tipper & Jason Cook.

A bit of water on the greens was easily dealt with by Teetour’s virgin William Wells but that is understandable for this retired Master Mariner and former Port of London Senior River Pilot, who it was a delight to meet.

  • Nearest the pin on 9 was Time Gall, nearest in two on 17 was Harry Adaire and Alan Freeman hit the longest drive down 3.
  • Alan Wrigley & Alan Freeman had the best back nine from a number of 39 pointers to take 5th
  • Mark Homer & Simon Heathfield with 40 came 5th
  • Andrew Davies & Kevin Butler with 40 but a better back nine came 4th
  • Proud father and son pair, Lee and Will Cooper picked up a podium finish with 41 points
  • Top slot by one point went to Rob Stokes and Neil Sanderson with 42.

Pos 

Team

Points 

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Rob Stokes 13 & Neil Sanderson 4

42

12

Quinta Dona Matilde Douro Tinto Reserva

2

Lee Cooper 11 & Will Cooper 17

41

10

Oatley Barossa Valley Shiraz

3

Andrew Davies 12 & Kev Butler 10

40

8

Arrogant Frog 'Ribet' Cabernet Merlot

4

Mark Homer 14 & Simon Heathfield 12

40

6

Arrogant Frog 'Ribet' Cabernet Merlot

5

Alan Wrigley 4 & Alan Freeman 3

39

4

Arrogant Frog 'Ribet' Cabernet Merlot

6

Kevin Cooper 18 & Derek Pedley 19

39

2

7=

Dave Hewitt 13 & Martin Knowles 10

39

7=

John Penrose 8 & Kevin Weston 17

39

7=

Mike Myers 10 & Stevie Neale

39

7=

Andy Smith 13 & ProScore

39

11=

Columb Harrington 3 & Adam Wade 6

38

11=

Will Thompson 5 & Paul Smith 7

38

11=

Tim Edwards 18 Colin Evans 17

38

14=

Eddie Harvey 8 & Matthew Cheffins

37

14=

Nigel Truepenny & Steve Dingley

37

14=

Lyndon Tyler 18 & Richard Saxon 18

37

14=

Paul Gray 8 & Paul Osborne 12

37

14=

Jeff Cowls 16 Darragh Dunleavy 9

37

14=

Jason Cook 5 & Dean Tipper 8

37

20=

Mark Barnett 14 & Alan Hope 7

36

20=

Dave Middleton 10 & Elaine Chappell 17

36

20=

Harry Adair 9 & John Walker 10

36

23=

Robert Finlay 16 & Roger Cottell 13

35

23=

Graham McNaughton 4 & Greg Shelton 1

35

23=

Steve Hemmings & Marvin Cook

35

26=

Nick Chauhan 18 & Alan Syme 14

34

26=

Mike Carver 12 & David Goss 13

34

26=

Michael Archer 12 & Stephen Stout 13

34

26=

Tony Davis 14 & Alan Holmes 15

34

26=

Bill Stubbins 7 & Graham Burrell 16

34

26=

Tom Doyle 11 & Brian Rothwell 13

34

26=

Tim Worley 12 & Phil Beswick 8

34

26=

Hugh Wilson 12 & Mark Hodges 8

34

34

Tim Gall 14 & Jon Morley 7

33

35=

Peter Cooper 18 & Mark Newbold 8

32

35=

Graham Cowls 5 Michelle Cowls 17

32

37=

Dave Farrell 9 & Rob Williams 10

31

37=

Alan Pratt 23 & Tim Sherwood 12

31

39=

Peter Dawson 11 & William Wells 14

30

39=

Gary Ferrar 13 & Dave Pye 28

30

39=

John Lucas 6 & Ron East 10

30

42=

Paul Rose 8 Jeremy Pragnell 8

28

42=

Geoff Clarke 11 & Phil Sermon 13

28

44

Rob Burke 16 & Mervin Hopton 18

27

45

Angela Allington & Jim Jacobs

26

46

Anthony Young 9 Peter Rulton 11

22

47

Stewart Fairweather 21 & Mick Warren 20

20

Gerry Clarke & Kev Reid

Alan Freemand

Longest Drive 3

Oatley Barossa Valley Shiraz

Tim Gall

Nearest pin 9

Oatley Barossa Valley Shiraz

Harry Adaire

Nearest pin 17

Quinta Dona Matilde Douro Tinto Reserva

Two’s - Paid in  Harvest Pale 500cl bottles.

Tony Davis Kevin Weston Roger Cottell