Results – East Berks
There were 22 members plus 3 guests that came to East Berks. We had picked the best day weather-wise in the week. The course, fairway and greens, were good quality and we enjoyed a fine meal afterwards.
I was most grateful for the support I received from Barry – the course marshal for the day. He went beyond normal duty with a warm welcome, good stewardship of food, invoice etc. He also wrote out the cards for me saving me 30 minutes work.
Sadly, for some of us high handicappers who have shorter drives, getting off the tee to reach the fairway proved challenging on at least 6 holes – with ditches or heather or deep matted grass there were plenty of chances to waste time looking for balls that couldn’t be found. I lost 4 balls, found 6 used ones and was awarded 3 balls for organising 😉. For me at least it spoiled a good round. Thought for the future – should we offer men the option of playing off red tees for an appropriate handicap cut? At E Berks this means a shorter 650 yards to play for maybe a 2-3 shot cut – sounds a good deal to me. Rona proved playing off red can give a good score!
First was Rona putting in a magnificent equal par round of 36 points. She was also awarded the Big Head Trophy for this month being the person with 2 cuts going into Farnham. Yes, Bill also has 2 cuts – but his 30 points at E Berks shows that it was not an easy course.
Second was David Robertson with a fine 35 points = cut 1. David also took the nearest the pin in 2 at the tough 15th a 365 yard par 4. Third was Simon Davey with 32 points beating Brian Woodham into 4th – Simon’s last 9 was 16, Brian’s 15.
Paul Staples took the nearest the pin on the tricky 5th a 138 yard par 3. I observed a great drive – he missed his two from 8ft by 2-putting.
Nobody scored a two – so the captains charity was boosted by £26.
After a one course meal of chicken supreme and coffee and prize giving was done, I told the group about our difficulty in getting funding from IBM UK Club in 2021 and the uncertainty of grant money for 2022. Malcolm, Chris and I will create an email to go to all members (and some tyre kickers) explaining what is going on and how we might sort a programme for you in 2022. 2021 will be funded by spending the InterAlliance money we have had in reserve for many years – so this year is covered. We have all benefited by good subsidies and visiting expensive quality courses this year. Your committee will discuss your views sometime after Farnham as we plan 2022.
Our next event is at Farnham on 8th October – Anil is organising. Good news Farham have reduced their price by £15/head making this a most affordable day at a good course. This is because they are doing course maintenance and one hole will be a temp. The lower cost might tempt you to bring a guest – subject to enough tee times being available.
Finally, and after a long report which I apologise for – we wish all the best for our 8 man team playing the annual 4-way (Jubilee cup) at Guildford on Monday 20th September. The 3 other teams are Surrey/Sussex, Hursley and North Harbour.
Peter Norris – 17th September