Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter.
Last Friday the club held the annual presentation evening, as ever it was great to see so many people there and it was the first one in the new club house which I'm sure everyone there will agree worked much better.
There were many notable individual winners on the night with Morag Hutcheon, Mark Reeve and Louis Martin collecting golfers of the year in their relevant sections, but one of the things which stood out was how well the club is doing across county golf.
The junior academy won the development league and triangular tournament, the men retained the scratch league title and the ladies won the Jean Wilkinson and county scratch foursomes.
Wednesday saw the November meeting of the Slade society.
After a late withdrawal, 23 of us took to the course. In decent but windy conditions many found missing the fairways costly and the greens a touch slow, but this wasn't a problem for Ron Rushforth and Chris Porter. Ron, winner of last months meeting, has become a different man since handing the responsibilities of captaincy on to Gerald and this time he had a very reliable partner in Chris. Between them they amassed 47 points beating the next pair by 5. Myself and Mick Dowling managed a credible 40 points to ensure mid table obscurity. I started off quite well, but had to rely heavily on Mick on the back 9 as I developed a bad case of the go lefts. That said we did enough to beat Dave and Eric our playing partners to which I have been promised some onions and potatoes as my winnings.
Propping up the field on his return to golf after keeping the pheasant population to a minimum was Colin Funston and his partner Martin Ward. Not to be forgotten in the ceremony was Mike Price who with Gerald George propped up the field on the October meeting. Mike was unable to make the October meal, something to do with his wife's and sons birthday being on the same day, but the ever generous President gave him the chance to collect the PPPP to which Mike took the opportunity to thank everyone before perching the trophy on Wis's head.
Speaking of winners earlier in the mail, our Female Golfer of the Year, Morag Hutcheon,
has spent the week away in the US playing for Europe v the Rest of the World after some gruelling qualifying matches!
Morag continued her form out there winning all of her matches and helping Europe retain the trophy.
As you can see from the pictures, the courses (and wildlife) were stunning, and it's great to see Morag reaping the rewards for all her hard work throughout the year.