Bridgnorth Golf Club -
Tuesday 30th December
The Christmas Special
The first event of the
2014/15 PGS season kicked off with the annual Xmas fixture, this year it
was held at Bridgnorth Golf Club. 23 members and guests hauled
themselves out from their festive slumber on a frosty December morning
for an early start.
One person who set off
earlier than most was our new captain for 2015, John Vincent. Trying to
make amends for the ‘Debacle of Gaudet’, John was hoping to make a fresh
start and get there nice and early to get everything prepared before
else arrived, unfortunately, his sat nav had other ideas.
He finally arrived in a fluster following a tearful drive around
Bridgnorth, most of it on the wrong side of the river,
culminating in a crash through the gates of a private estate.
The only thing that could ease his tension was the sight of his
vice-captain in a pair of hideous trousers and Russ Byrd in a
Primark elf jumper.
Once the pro shop had opened,
the draw had been made
and we had all settled down to our full English breakfast,
John felt calm enough to stand up to make his inaugural
Captain’s brief. Unfortunately, due to his tiny frame, nobody
could see him even though he was stood up and the rest of us
were sat down, however, one of our more forward thinking
members had pre-empted this potential issue. So before John
could begin, he was presented with an elegant plinth, crafted
by Matt Sailes, which he duly stood on whilst delivering his
Captain’s brief, although for those at the back he still couldn’t be
So with the formalities out
of the way it was time to get some warm clothes on and head out onto the
frozen tundra of the golf course. Conditions weren’t great with every
shot a lottery as to whether the ball would take a 90 degree bounce off
a frozen worm or shoot 50 yards off the back of a frozen green. As the
day went on, gradually the gloom lifted, the sun came out and the course
started to turn from white to green. Although the course looked nice and
green it was still rock hard under foot and very slippy, with our oldest
Spanish member doing an impression of Bambi on ice.
After we all came back into the club house John got back onto his plinth
to confirm the results for the day to the gathered members, as well as
around 60 people attending the funeral wake for Mrs Agnes Jones. As Russ
‘Elf’ Byrd had spent most of December with Santa at the North Pole
getting used to the frozen conditions he came in with an impressive 35
points followed by John Whitehead with 31 points beating Dave Adams on
countback also on 31. There was a bit of contention for fourth place
with Pete Jolley claiming his 29 points was good enough for third and
Andy Budnik who also had 29 points but seemed to be in limbo between
being a member and guest so went away empty handed. Best guest (only
guest) was Andy Wood with 29, longest drive went to Russ Byrd and
nearest the pin was Nev Green.
Next stop is Coventry Golf
Club for the winter special and the second leg of the Winter Cup.
Report by D Adams
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