Sutton Coldfield 12.12.18 - Results 

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A field of 91 played on our first visit of the season to Sutton, the driest golf course in the West Midlands. 

The course is in the middle of Sutton Park, which is common land. This means that,  in the summer, cattle are allowed to graze the whole area.  The problem of preserving delicate areas from the ravages of the cloven hoof is achieved with wire fences,  cordoning off the greens.  The associated inconveniences for golfers have always been a cross for the club to bare.   

A similar problem exists in Australia, where farmers struggle to maintain thousands of miles of wire fencing, needed to contain herds of cattle in remote areas.  To overcome the maintenance problem, they have now buried electrified wire underground and fitted the cows with collars, which react to the wire by giving the cows a small electric shock if they encroach on the wire.  

That same technology is being installed in Sutton park to keep the cows off the greens and the old wires will disappear - a big improvement!  I was explaining this to a couple of players in the bar last Tuesday and one of them begged me not to put this in my report, in case his wife read it and ordered the same technology to keep him at home doing jobs instead of disappearing to play golf.

Although this course plays with the characteristics of a bump and run links,  it is of course parkland.  Uttoxeter Golf Club’s arboreal expert, Lee Hill took full advantage of this and made sure he hit his ball into most of the woodland in order to get a closer look at the individual trees.

I made a mistake two weeks ago.  I gave both Alan Pratt and his playing partner Jim Clarkson a prize that they had already collected.  They kindly returned the duplicate prizes, which was a complete revelation to me; not that they were gentlemen, which I already knew,  but the fact that Jim is from Liverpool meant that I had finally found the honest scouser.

The head green keeper at Sutton had produced the greens to an amazing standard for December and they were running at about 10.7. This came as a shock to many,  who’s home club greens are much slower.  Only one team got to grips with them straight away and I recon they had been practicing on the wood floors in the kitchen at home.

Nearest the pin on 5. Graham McNaughton

Nearest the pin on 10. Stewart Fairweather

Longest drive on 18. Gary Kavanagh

Mick O’Neill’s team came 5th with 84 points.

2nd 3rd and 4th places were decided on count back. Wayne Moore’s team narrowly missed our to Dave Yarranton’s team who in turn, were edged into 3rd by Earl Harris, who’s team member Gary Kavannagh was clearly on form with a two on the 5th and the longest drive.

Top spot on the podium went to the perfect putting of Messrs  Bryant, Ferrar, Essom & Bull with a blistering 93 points, helped greatly by Paul Essom with not one but two, twos.

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Pete Bryant 5 Gary Ferrar 12 Paul Essom 10 Graham Bull 14

93

12

Siegel Unique Selection 2011

2

Earl Harris 12 Jason Cook 5 Gary Crouch 19 Gary Kavannagh 10

85

10

Siegel Unique Selection 2011

3

Dave Yarranton 12; Steve Upton 13; Trevor Finning 19; Miles Baylay 13

85

8

In Situ Vineyard Select Carmenere

4

Wayne Moore 7 Anthony Leatherbarrow 12 Ken Storey 11 Pete Slowikowski 14

85

6

El Capitan Malbec

5

Mick O'Neill 14 Dave Cranmer 13 Martin Prior 17 Andy Lymn 18

84

4

Parrotfish Cabernet Merlot

6

Dave Hewitt 13 Kevin Cooper 18 Derek Pedley 19 pro score 

84

2

7=

Mike Myers 10 Steve Andrews 12 Nik Chauhan 18 Steve Neale 12

83

7=

Mike Remington 19 Jim Reece13 Marvin Cook 9 Steve Hemmings 13

83

7=

Andy Sewell 15 Mike Marlow 16 John Cunney 7 Jon Cray 6

83

7=

Andy Page 10 Lee Hill 20 Steve Smytherman 15 Frankie Rowe 14

83

11=

Jim Clarkson 16 Alan Pratt 23 Pete Cobham 25 Robin Jones 18

82

11=

Trevor Donnelly 15 Richard Wightman 18 Bernie McCarthy 18 Dave Shore 17

82

11=

Dave Barnett 9 Greg Shelton 0 Gary Fretwell 14 Graham McNaughton 4

82

14=

Ian Birch 16 Gary Moore 8 John Teale 15 Mike Webber 16

81

14=

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

81

16=

Alan Holmes 15 Bill Holmes 11 Gary Dorricott 13 Tony Davis 14

80

16=

Tim Worley 12  Phil Beswick 8 Nick Harrold 12 John Showell 16

80

16=

Alan McPeake 20 Robin Upton 16 Alan Morley 20 Stewart Murray 11

80

19

Will Thompson 6 Stewart Fairweather 21 Tony Fearing 8 Stuart Bond 12

79

20

Dave Sheppard 5 Sandy Johnson 6 Mike Rooke 7 Steve Pritchard 8

75

21

Trevor Standley 15 Craig Tilke 21 Steve Broderick 21 Tom Kirkpatrick 17

74

22

Robert Finlay 16 Swan 6 Stallard 6 Coomber 13

73

23

Graham Swinney 17 Rob Burke 18 Chris Doherty 17 Ian Lawley 11

69

Gary Kavanagh

Longest Drive 18

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Graham McNaughton

Nearest pin 5

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Stewart Fairweather

Nearest pin 10

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

Paul Essom x 2;Les Stallard; Steve Andrews; Gary Kavanagh; Paul Gray; Richard Lowe x 2