June 6th 2008 - Minchinhampton
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Ole Grizzly has a stunner!
Weather conditions: Sunny with high cloud and light winds
A long overdue return to Minchinhampton was attended by a strong turnout of 17 for the Neville Green medal. Our chairman refers to this course and clubhouse as magnificent, and after leaving the course savaged, ravaged, yet strangely elated I can understand exactly what he means.
This venue has been used for The Open qualifiers (so itís no pitch and putt) and the key is just to keep the drives nice and straight, donít try to blast you way around. The light rough was not easy to control the ball out of and the heavy rough just off the tight fairways required something more than a lofted club to put you back in play! As if that was not enough you entered a different game on the immaculate greens which had more breaks than the recent evening at the snooker club, and saw the Captains charity coffers swelled by an abundance of 3 putts.
Matt Sailes attempted to break the record for the lowest gross by teeing off down the 18th needing a four to score a stunning gross 14! having played only 2 other holes, while yours truly attempted to break the record for a stunning highest gross with a horrendous front nine! And at the time of writing we are still awaiting the completion of Juanís group who seem to get lost if they donít have a buggy with sat nav.
Mr consistency, Les Stallard gained some mild consolation for missing the upcoming Ireland jaunt by sneaking second place (mind you he has yet to forgive his daughter for arranging her wedding to clash with the trip!)
But the day belonged to Dave Adams who won with a staggering net 63, just reward for our Fixture Secretary, who arranged this day for us. You have to arrange for a return visit to defend your medal as soon as possible.
The food left a little to be desired, but that would not stop anybody who went from going back. What a day, what a venue, what fun we will have in Ireland. See you there.