Golf Day success

So after much hype and excitement the S&BCC Golf Masters 2014 has been and gone and I’d like to report that it was a roaring success with much needed funds raised for the club.

Despite early concerns regarding numbers we ended up with 30 Golfers (although I use this term lightly for some of the players) with the initial target of getting 36 people involved.

The gods graced us with a clear day without much wind albeit was slightly cold, there were plenty of interesting outfits and plenty of talk about how they were going to rip the course up; literally in some cases! And much to my relief the course didn’t spot numerous pairs of cricket spikes unless Gunn & Moore have moved into the golf market.

Scott Lees; never one to be short of confidence; showed everyone how it’s done on the first hole taking 6 shots to find the fairway, Tinners was overheard telling Leesy that 6 in golf is not quite as good as in cricket!. Ben Swift and the team from Fleetwood Hesketh were prediction for the Sharks team of the day all sending it down the middle of the fairway but it must have gone all wrong after that !  Chris Firth 1st XI Captain distinguished himself at the 10th  finding more spin with a golf ball than he ever has with the cricket ball as he took out an innocent garage. Karl Skelton had some issues with the fire brigade on the way round as his putter was on fire ! and he certainly made sure everyone well aware of it and the 6 footer on the 3rd hole had become a 50 ft monster putt by the time we reached the bar.

Tinners aka Jordan Bell had a day to forget, missing two easy birdie putts (JIB - have a chat with Skel he’ll show you how it’s done!). Kyle Cranston personally helped Dunlop’s stock price rise by 5% due to the number of balls he had to buy to replace the many balls that will be found in living rooms, roads, car windscreens etc over the forth coming weeks.

Tim Doonan, the 1st team overseas professional came with quite a golfing reputation playing off an 8 handicap and he didn’t disappoint, launching Surface-to-air missiles off the tee time after time. So I’m afraid I have to report that not only do the Aussies have the Ashes but they also have the far more revered S&BCC Masters Individual Winner Trophy (if Firthy hadn’t left it in work!) in the cabinet after Tim recorded the winning Total of 35 points playing off ¾ handicap of 6 ... Well Done Time – hope your as good with a bat !

Down to the team competition and it was a very tight affair with 3 teams within a point of each other, but the much deserved winners; especially so as they only had a team of three when it was best 2 scores count; was Allen Carson, Andy Corlett and Carl Plunkett with a score of 73 points, which was an excellent effort and Allen informs us that they will be defending the title rigorously next year – Congratulations.

Finally a massive Thank You to Southport Old Links Golf Club, Andy Kenyon and all the staff at SOLGC for hosting us and providing a fantastic day for everyone – I’m sure everyone who played will agree that the course is a real challenge and was in excellent condition - hope to see you again next year once you’ve dealt with all the complaints !