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North  Worcestershire - 11th August 2013
Medal 3 - CP Foods Trophy

A summer holiday sized field of 17 were looking to compete for the inaugural “CP Foods Trophy” at the North Worcestershire GC, located not far from where the Austin Allegro was thrown together.

Having already lost Keith Taylor with a bad back, which failed to respond to liberal amounts of liquid anaesthetic being administered the night before, we then lost another competitor due to a major cock up, only surpassed by the Morris Ital.

Our fixture secretary, sunning himself in foreign climes, decided to put the wrong postcode on the invitation. This meant that Ron Amphlett, a lifelong Wolves supporter, ended up in West Bromwich, the shock of which meant he was too upset to take part. This left 15 to set off on a course, new to most, which was to cause more than a few headaches.

Unlike Upper Sapey, the captain managed to hit his opening drive further than 75 yards, but didn’t disappoint later on, managing to hit one 75 yards to the right, over tall trees, to send it beyond the bounds of the course and into the local community.

Having complained to Vic about his new handicap, Moggy promptly birdied the first two holes. Vic’s response was to try and bury himself in a bunker, taking 6 to get out, while running up a 12. Not to be left out, Pete Jolley joined in with several 12’s of his own, in a finely honed round of 119 net.

Now, the last time we were sent to a new venue and the fixture secretary did not attend, was the infamous winter special at “Royal Burlish.” This time the venue and the weather were of a much higher standard but the result was pretty much the same. In only his second event of the season, Keith Bellwood, not happy just to take the trophy; cleaned up with long drive and nearest the pin!

Keith’s fine round of 73 was good enough to take the spoils from, initially Brazier, who posted a 75, only to have second place cruelly snatched away the following day.

When Vic checked the scores, he found that Alan Hadley and John Whitehead could not add up between them and having originally signed for a 77, Alan had actually shot 75 with a better back nine, thereby taking second place. He is therefore owed a sleeve of balls and an empty bottle!

Dave Avery, sporting a fine pair of pink trousers and putting like a tart, had the best Stableford outside the top 3 and qualifies for the Angel Cup.

A good day was had by almost all of the 15, who made it round and NWGC is a good test, a little quirky, tight in places, with lots of trees, some interesting holes with good greens. Definitely worth another visit.


Report by I Brazier


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