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Forest of Arden - 27th December 2013
Christmas Special
 

On Friday the 27th December, the great and the good of the Pershore Golf Society broke free from the shackles of family, food and TV to brave the wind and rain of the annual Xmas golf day. The venue for this was the acclaimed Championship course of the Forest of Arden Golf Club and Spa resort.

As we all assembled in the Zest bar, it was clear that our new incoming captain would wait for no man in his quest for punctuality, his brief began at 9:45am prompt,  long before the Jolly brothers did their usual late entrance.  Talking of late comers, our esteemed Chairman made his entrance to  howls of laughter due to his fine effort to get into the Xmas fancy dress spirit by coming in his elf outfit.

So back to the Captain’s brief and our new skipper demonstrated that this year there will be none of the disorganised shambles of last year. He had his script all written, he knew everyone’s name and he had even got his kids to do the draw the night before, it was almost too organised.. anyone would think he was a copper or something!

Once coffee and bacon rolls had been despatched, we all reluctantly trudged out into the howling wind and rain to stand on the first tee to watch our new Captain lead us out… It was a warming sight to watch him slice his drive into the pond on a totally different course. 

Amazingly, the greens and tees were in relatively good condition following all of the rain, it was just the bit between them that was totally waterlogged. It was very tough going particularly on the holes that went into the wind, which felt like all of them.  The conditions did lay claim to several umbrella’s, one of which had to be chased across several fairways before coming to rest in the grateful hands of Pete Jolly who thought he had just got a late Christmas present. Probably the saddest loss of the day was the Chairman’s ball in a bunker on the 6th, the way he went on about it for the rest of the round you would think he had lost one of his kids.

As you would expect, scoring was high with Pete Jolly and John Vincent in second and third with net 85’s, but one player stood out from the rest with a very impressive net 75, it was Nev Green who was obviously oblivious to the tough conditions. Although Vic was unable to attend the day, I am sure he will take great pleasure from analysing the cards and administering the savage handicap cut that Neville deserves.

The rest of the honours went to Pete Johnson (guest) for nearest the pin on the 8th and Andy Owen on the 18th. Andy also won the cash for the only 2 of the day and we think he may have also had best stableford outside of the top 3, Vic has been asked to verify this as the Captain wasn’t bright enough to work it out for himself.

P.S Our thoughts go out to Keith ‘sick note’ Taylor  who looked out of his window in the morning, saw the wind and rain and phoned in sick with man flu.. get well soon Keith you northern nancy.

 

Report by Adams

 

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