September 16th - Monmouth
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Monmouth Golf Club
Saturday 16th October
So the season grand finale was upon us and once again a high turnout gathered to contest the Angel Cup. After scrambling to qualify all the talk prior to teeing off was about the drastic amendments to handicaps, which Vic will happily explain how these are calculated to anyone with two hours, and an understanding of the link between nuclear physics and the changing of the tides!
All this talk was soon replaced by the gasps as we negotiated the holes on the practice green caused by the recent hollow tining and top dressing. “They won’t be like this on the course” remarked Les. I think they were the last kind words spoken from him on the subject all day.
We teed of under blue skies with the fairways in fine order. I have to say greens aside (and it was the same for all of us), Monmouth is a superb course offering a fair challenge to high and low handicappers, and once your card is blown you can always take time out to enjoy the scenery.
All you have to do is keep it straight, which Ian Brazier managed to do with a variety of contrived shots (high quality scrambling was how he described it) and finesse. Ian led home a very tightly packed field with a net 72 on count-back from Kevin Lloyd, also net 72 (but as he penalised for used a cart!!), with Dave Adams third 1 shot behind, beating Robbie Davies on count-back. Best guest, once again playing to replenish his stock of balls was Chris Jolley.
How the mighty have fallen, as mention must be made of our defending champion, and new Captain, Tim Kilby who fell to last place this year. Now we all wait to see how Vic can decimate our handicaps prior to the Gaudet match, and the par 3 championship.I cannot finish without mentioning the kind sponsorship of Juan Mendez, who has backed this event so generously over the years. Massive thanks to Juan – a top Hombre.