Thurs 27th June to Sunday 1st July - The Lakes 2007
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Weather Variable to say the least
Day 1 Kirkby Lonsdale
The five lucky lads who gained an extra long pass out met up early at Kirkby Lonsdale on route to our meeting place at Kendal. A cracking start to the tour was on the cards, however after nine holes the rain came in and any chance of a great card disappeared along with one set of dry clothes (please see Phil Wilson for a good line in 'shower proof' tops.
On we journeyed to meet our fellow tourists at the hotel base in Kendal, and it was immediately apparent that we would have to be very lucky to get much golf in, but the format was agreed for the next couple of afternoons with an individual stableford and a five nations team stableford over the next two afternoons. The teams as follows.
England Roy (Pugwash) Amphlett Pete (download) Dodd
France Philippe (Flop) Wilson Jean Van De Vincent
Wales Simon (Wedding Singer boyo) Haines Tim (daffyd) Kilby
Ireland Dave (Shamus) Fitzbrierly Milo O O Dixon
Scotland Les (Wild Thing) McStallard Juan (Bandido) McMendez
Then we sat and drank as the rain plummeted down..............and the resident ghost arrived!
Day 2 Kendal Golf Club
Shock - Horror, the sun shone early to smile on us as we prepared for a full day's golf. Arriving at the course we were greeted by a course that contained a par 3 hole longer than the opening 45-degree uphill walk for the first! The morning ten holes gave us an insight into how to approach the afternoon round, which meant some people seeing the light and hiring buggies for the hike, as the sherpa's were on strike. But what views! The high cloud enabled us to see miles in every direction, this included watching the downpours around the area which all managed to miss us. A course that provided 18 interesting holes including a par 3 flick over a 20-foot high granite outcrop where the pin was out of site just over the other side! The fine weather provided some fine cards with the overnight leaders in the team comp being the anti-post 'faves' Scotland, while Jean V de V lead the way in the individual with a fine 37 points.
Day 3 Penrith Golf Club
A local weather warning was in force around the area as we departed to our next battlefield, however our journey took us 30 miles north to the fringe of the weather front at Penrith, where despite the odd shower we could not blame the weather for any poor scores (this was more likely caused by another of Juan's legendary 'Riocha' moments and the PGS international entertainment party showing the hotel guests that it is OK to have fun at a wedding and sleep deprivation also played some part).
splendid course that with some savage pin placements but stunning holes
provided a suitable finale to the tournaments. With J V De V and Juan failing
to build on the previous days performance the tour champion was decided on the
last hole with Les (sorry you don't get the crystal but you do get the shirt)
just pipping Beefy with both players making birdie on the 18th green. There was
no luck of the Irish as they strode up on the rails to take the team title.
Day 4 Wash
Despite all the rain of this summer all of the three courses we did play were presented in immaculate condition and the greens were phenomenal. If ever you pass the area any of these courses are worth a visit. So a big thanks and congratulation to Simon for organising this event. We can't wait until next year in Ireland.