May 16th 2009 - Cleobury 

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Name

Score

Points

H’cap

J Vincent 73 15 7.5
A Hadley 73 12 18.6
L Stallard 74 10 6.2
N Green 74 9 9.7
I Brazier 75 8 14.4
M Dixon 75 7 26
D Brierely 76 6 7.7
R Izod 77 5 17
C Worgan 77 4 20
M Sailes 79 3 13
R Davies 79 2 18.3
V Hammond 80 1 13.5
R Amphlett 80 1 8.4
K Taylor 81 1 16
T Kilby 81 1 23.6
D Amphlett 83 1 18.6
D Adams 86 1 19.6
N Walker 86 1 22.1
P Wilson 87 1 22.4
P Dodd 88 1 19.7
P Kelly 90 1 22
Our first 27 hole day for sometime so we should have expected nothing less than gales force winds and heavy, seriously cold, showers to enhance the enjoyment! Captains Day with 22 eager golfers looking forward to the superb layout that is Cleobury Mortimer with 27 excellent holes set in the heart of the Shropshire. Perfect for society golf.
 
The day started well with several members helping themselves to coffee and biscuits. Unfortunately these were for the lady members and not ourselves which got the clubhouse staff quite excited for a short while!
 
Our illustrious Captain had decided on a six nations team competition to run through the day alongside the normal individual medal and stableford competitions so the draw was imperative as any chance of being on the winning team meant being drawn with Roy. The morning nine holes were a team competition with two from four scores to count on each hole. The object for the Irish team (Captain's team) was to ensure that we were in touching distance so that the rules would not have to be bent too severely in the afternoon to achieve the desired outcome. This was duly achieved with a managable deficit of five shots taken into the afternoon.
 
Being perched on top of the hills meant that we could watch each of the huge black storms approaching for the duration of the afternoon round and at least prepare for each downpour before it hit us. It was real fun getting dressed and undressed as each shower came and went then the sun gently steamed us ready for the next shower.
 
The course played to it's usual standard but the wind had a massive effect on many holes so clubbing was a major problem. Even allowing for this though the scores were very respectible with a fair number of members in the mid to high 70's. Les (Home Alone) Stallard took third place with a 74, Alan (Honestly I'm 20 handicap) Hadley got second on countback with a 73 with John (Small shirt please) Vincent taking the glory in first place with another 73.
 
Longest drive went to Les Stallard with a boomer down the ever narrowing 4th and Nearest the Pin on the tricky par three 15th to Mark Todkill.
 
Most importantly, and not really to anyone's suprise, The Irish led by our illustrious Captain won the six nations team prize with the winnings going to the Captain's charity.
 
Thanks must go to Dave Adams for organising a superb full day at an excellent venue to a very reasonable price and we now look forward to the next episode at Cleeve Hill in July.