On a bitingly cold winter’s day we were unfortunately beaten by Mapledurham 3 – 1. The only ray of sunshine was that of Patrick Griffin and Andy Skelly who managed to win their match 4 & 3. This means that we cannot even achieve runner-up status this year, so better luck next year when we join the Nonsuch league with, guess who, West Berks, Calcot Park, Oak Park and Weybrook Park.
We arrived at W Berks with high hopes of catching them up at the head of the Blenheim League. However, it was not to be, with W Berks beating us 3 games to 1. All the pairs put up valiant efforts but W Berks are just too good on home soil and are understandably top of our league. We hope for better things in our home match against Mapledurham on the 5th February.
14 stalwarts braved the wind and the cold to find the clubhouse in darkness. A power-cut had affected Grove Road and the hotel and the electricity was still off at 2.00pm when we left after prize-giving. A warm cup of coffee was offered on arrival to those who wanted it for which they were grateful. The Jokers format, doubling or trebling Stableford scores when declared, worked well with Jim Purvis and Mike Williams racking up a highly creditable 120 points between them. Second, on 106 points, were Tim Brunsden and Alan Ravenhall. Well done those pairs and thank you to the rest of you for turning up.
Next TOGS is Thursday, 15th February.
I am delighted to say that we beat The Springs away 4-0, thus keeping alive an outside chance of being 2nd in the league. Our next match on the 25th January is against West Berks who are almost unassailable at the top of the league.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and 31 jolly golfers turned out on Thursday for The Christmas Togs Extravaganza. Playing a ‘Better ball Bogey with Tinsel” in pairs the teams set off dressed in many a strange garb.
By halfway we were ready for delicious mulled wine and mince pies in the halfway hut. Back in the clubhouse we were visited by Santa and everyone apparently had been ‘nice’ because we all got a present!
Many were commended for daftest Christmas outfit but it was won by Tom Reseigh.
The winners of the competition were Graeme Hartwell and Kevin Walker, beating the course by an amazing 10 holes. Second (on count back) were Craig Buchanan and Chris Armitage with a brilliant 8 hole win. Third ( on count back) were John Rance and Andy Skelly, also by 8 holes and fourth were Peter Drummond and Mark Ottaway by 7 holes.
Thanks to Chris Armitage for collating the results, Dave Lawson for playing Santa and Graeme and Molly in the Halfway hut for the refreshments.
A Merry Christmas to all our Togsters!