The White Hart Golf Society
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The October match was held on the 17th at Chesterfield Downs near Letchworth.
This course is very similar to a links course and was in a first class condition.
The facilities at Chesterfield are second to none including a large covered
driving range, a well-stocked pro shop and excellent dining facilities.
The weather was fine once again (what a season!!). The greens were like lightning
and the conditions really tested the large field. An undulating course with
many bunkers, most people spent some time in the sand, it was like being
at the seaside! A unique feature of the course is the phone on the eighth
hole enabling golfers to order refreshments that are then ready for collection
when they reach the ninth hole.
Once again an excellent meal was provided and the presentations were as follows:
1st Robert Smith 36 points
2nd Howard Read 36 points (on count back)
3rd Paul Bardell 35 points
Nearest the pin 3rd hole Howard Read
Nearest the pin 12th hole Robert Smith (recognise the names?)
Anita Isaacson (Vive la difference!!)
On Friday 19th September the Society met at Letchworth Golf Club. The Letchworth is a member’s
course and seems to consider itself as rather an elite set up. The sun shone once again throughout
the day making the already dry conditions even more testing.
A good turnout on the day promised a good day's entertainment and we were
not disappointed. The course has been redesigned since last season, adding
extra yardage on several holes. This created an element of confusion to some
players due to the lack of signage. Players needed the navigation skills
of the ‘ancient mariner’ to find their way around. Congratulations to Bill
Roberts who had a really good day, it must have been due to the fencing along
Greenway that he’d been doing during the week prior to the match — straight
and true just like the golf!
Following the game an excellent meal was enjoyed at the clubhouse, a slight
damper on the day was caused by the extremely rude bar steward; he appears
to disapprove of Society golfers and shows it by his manner. Presentations
were made as follows:
1st Paul Welling
2nd Bill Roberts
3rd Darren Ambridge
36 points (on count back)
Nearest the pin 2nd hole Charlie Primmett
Nearest the pin 14th hole Pete Rogers
Longest Drive Darren Ambridge
|WHITE HART GOLF SOCIETY - CAPTAIN’S DAY
Captain’s Day is always a big day in the golfing calendar and this was no
exception. The event was held on Friday, 18th July at Wyboston Lakes. Thankfully,
on the day, the weather was warm and sunny following two very wet days. The
recently opened new Sports Bar complemented the course, which was in excellent
Ron Harris (Captain) welcomed the 35 members and guests and wished them good
luck for the day’s events. After enjoying a hearty breakfast play commenced
at ten o’clock with a nine-hole, three clubs and a putter competition. This
is always a fun competition, as the golfers have to improvise with their
club selection. The winner of this competition, Rex Timson scored 25 points
with just three clubs but only 28 points in the 18 hole competition with
his full set of clubs!
As Captain I led the field out in the afternoon for the main competition.
My playing partners were Anita Isaacson (Wyboston Ladies Captain), Margaret
Harris (the boss) and Graham Edgeley. The format was, as usual, a stableford
competition, nearest the pin on two holes, longest drive and nearest the
pin with the second shot. There was also a straightest drive competition
on the 15th hole for the ladies.
As with previous matches “cometh the moment — cometh the man” (or the woman
in this case!!). Using her new driver, Margaret set about the course, rarely
missing a fairway and making most greens in regulation. The first nearest
the pin on the 3rd, Margaret’s tee shot landed 2 feet from the hole and was
dispatched with one putt. As the game progressed it was obvious that Margaret
was amassing a good score. The straightest drive was a tie as neither of
the ladies got within 20 yards of the line. The next hole was the second
nearest the pin, once again Margaret nailed her shot to within 30 inches
of the hole but two putted this time.
By the time we arrived at the 18th it was obvious that Margaret’s score of
39 was well in contention and all that was needed was to play the last hole
as well as the previous seventeen. Disaster struck, her ball went sailing
out of bounds and she subsequently failed to score another point!
Following a very enjoyable evening meal at Wyboston, the Captain thanked
all those involved in organising the day and awarded the prizes:
9-Hole 3 clubs and a Putter Competition
Rex Timson 25 points
18 hole competition:
1st Robert Isaacson 39 points; 2nd Mike Morley 39 points; 3rd Mike Davies 39 points;
4th Margaret Harris 39 points (decided on count back) Booby Prize Charlie Primmett 21 points.
Nearest the Pin 3rd Hole Margaret Harris; Nearest the Pin 16th Hole Margaret Harris;
Nearest the Pin 2nd Shot (9th) Stuart Stone; Longest Drive (11th) Rex Timson.
A bouquet of flowers was presented to both Margaret and Anita as joint winners of the straightest drive.
P.S. After the presentations Margaret intimated that she ‘took a dive’ on the last hole to save
|MAGIC MICK AND THE WHITE HART GOLF SOCIETY
Friday 20th June
Players met at The Meridian Golf Club in Cambridgeshire to compete in the
June competition. It was a pleasure to see such a good turn out with several
players who have missed recent matches due to work commitments or ill health
being able to attend.
The Meridian is a long course, part parkland and part ‘linksie’, with over
100 bunkers — a sand wedge being an absolute necessity!! Several of the holes
were unusual in their layout, requiring good course management to score well.
A local course planner was a good investment at £2.00 as the course
in not a “grip it and rip it” course.
Conditions both on and off the course were excellent with the dry sunny weather
allowing plenty of run on the fairways, while the greens were holding true.
The 20th June was also the eve of the release of the new Harry Potter and
the Order of the Phoenix and magic and wizardry was certainly afoot! Step
forward Mick Spavins and his magic putter!! I played with both Mick and Murray
Carter and witnessed the events, a story to be passed down through generations
finally becoming part of golfing folklore. We had been warned before the
match that Mick recently had reduced his opposition to tears with the quality
of his putting but neither Murray or myself were prepared. Mick proceeded
to sink putt after putt from anywhere on or off the greens. Any putt of 15
feet or less effectively became a “gimmee”. It was suggested that maybe he
should use his putter off the tee as it was so effective (several other suggestions
were also made as to what Mick should do with his putter but (un)fortunately
he didn’t take up the options).
In the clubhouse, much to Mick’s credit, he did not brag or boast but took
every opportunity to inform us all that he only paid £21.00 for his
“magic putter”; this made those who had paid considerably more feel so much
Mick finally won the overall competition with a magnificent 41 points playing
off an 18 handicap. During the prize giving, it was suggested by some that
maybe 18 was rather too generous for such a talented player. The handicap
secretary. Dave Tingey (friend and work colleague of Mick) assured us all
that Mick’s handicap was correct!
The various winners were presented with their awards after an excellent dinner and a raffle
(Mick winning yet another prize). They were as follows:
1st Mick Spavins (18 handicap) 41 points
2nd Nick Comlidge (13 handicap) 37 points
3rd Simon James (20 handicap) 37 points
4th Dave Tingey (14 handicap) 37 points
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th places being decided on count back.
Longest Drive Mick Summerby
Nearest the Pin (3rd hole) Dave Andrews
Nearest the Pin (15th hole) Danny Pitts