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Walmley 17.9.18

Last Friday I was at Woking Golf Club; founded in 1893 and consistently ranked in the UK top 100 it was the very first of the great Surrey and Berkshire heathland courses. However, 58 straight days without rain this summer has left its fairways in a sorry state and placing was not only operative but difficult to find some grass to put your ball on.  

What a joy therefore to come to back to the Midlands and wonderful Walmley!  Not only were the fairways verdant but they were immaculately presented.  All the approaches were mown with a crosscut, giving the whole course an appeal that leaves the player with a desire to come back again and again.  

And then there are the greens:

I walked very carefully across the 18th, to put out the nearest the pin marker, because I almost felt it was sacrilege to stand on something that looked like £60 per-square-meter, green Axminster.  Little wonder then that everyone was complementary, both on the day and in the follow up emails I have received.

In a chat with Steve Carter, Walmley’s super-pro, I was somewhat disappointed for the club when I found out that their enormous efforts to build a new clubhouse and provide much needed sports facilities for the local community,  have been thwarted by a new head planner. I really hope they can resolve this problem because the course deserves it.

The quality of work is always directly linked to the amount of pride taken in it.  But another huge contributing factor at Walmley must be that 6 of the 7 green keepers are category one golfers; they are clearly producing a course in the way that they expect it to be for themselves.  I mentioned this to some of the players on Monday and one (who will remain nameless) said that must explain the situation at his home club, where the head green keeper is a dominoes champion

Pos 

Player Pairings 

Points 

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Steve Deehan; Jack Badham; Terry Lawson; Larry Heeley

91

12

2011 Gerveray Chambertin

2

Andy Page, Stewart Murray; John Mothery; Dave "Armani" Clark

88

10

Valpolicella Reserva

3

Jim Clarkson; John Wright; Robin Jones; Peter Cobham

87

8

2013 Vega Douro

4

Dave Sheppard; Basil Griffiths; Sandy Johnston; Mike Rooke

85

6

2015 Next Station Douro

5

Dean Pointon; Roy Everett; Glyn Everett; Chris Emms.

83

4

San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon

6

Alan Morley; Trevor Heath; Robin Upton; Lee Hill

82

2

7

Ian Birch; Gary Moore;  Bill Webber; John Teale

81

8=

Peter Aldridge; Alan Gummery; Bill Angus; David Burton

79

8=

Dave Rogers James Rogers; Lew Bull; Steve Champion

79

10=

Nigel Truepenny Steve Dingley; Paul Stokes Bob Cattell

78

10=

Michael Whitehouse; P.Wilson; F.Ainsworth; Keith Palmer

78

12

Paul Essom; Graham Bull; Proscore

76

13=

Dave Yarranton Grahaeme Dodge Steve Upton Trevor Finning

74

13=

Stuart Bond; Neil Branningan; John Broadley; Paul Burke;

74

13=

David Evans 20; Martin Prior 17, Tom Bauld 18, Alan Palmer 16

74

16

Brian Reynolds; Gary Ford;  Ian Knowles; Will Thompson

71

17

Graham Swinney; Brian Preece; Chris Doherty; Rob Burke

70

18

Lee Pugh; Michael Critchlow; Peter Bryant; Chris Connorton.

69

Dave Yarranton

Long Drive 12

San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon

Bill Webber

Nearest pin 5

San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon

Glyn Everett

Nearest pin 18

San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Phil Wilson; Bill Webber; Dave Clark; Stuart Murray; Roy Everett.