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The Annual 45 Club Golf Day 9 August 2016 by Alister Heaphy

The Annual 45 Club Golf Day 9 August 2016 by Alister Heaphy

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Six members played for the third and last time at ‘The Home of the Ryder Cup’ Verulam Golf Club, St Albans, each contending for the ‘Eric Leigh-Howard’ claret jug and respective prizes.
Samuel Ryder’s course proved as challenging as ever for only two players gained 30 or more points and as in 2015, the Members’ trophy was awarded to our champion golfer Carol Davies with a tremendous 40 points. Carol was on top form for all parts of her game winning by four points.
Alister also welcomed back Jan Combes, Peter Metz, Barry Sayers and Mike Cottee.
Before golf began, unexpectedly this time off the 12th tee, Jan purchased a bottle holder for her trolley. I can report that I was not offered any of the elixir therein but her steps did become increasingly uncertain or was it her tightly laced shoes? Playing with Peter and Himself, Jan used her new driver to great effect on the par threes and putted well once on the ‘dance floor’.
Peter enjoyed a successful day as runner up with a splendid on handicap 36 points. Driving well and using his irons to place himself in position to score, he was the senior partner helping us win the team prize.
Barry used his short irons to score on all three of the short holes but had a mixed day on the par 4s and 5s. However, like all us golfers, he put aside thoughts of his own play and delighted in Carol winning for the second year.
Fellow team mate Mike skilfully recorded the highest score on one hole for the day. Driving across the aptly named ‘Chasm’ hole, he swept an iron close and sank the putt. A three for 5 points! Carol and Barry could not recall if Mike did a Hale Irwin like run around the green in delight? Mike also secured four nett pars for their team.
You will recall having read this writer’s missives for the last two years about our sadistic nearest the pin hole ‘The Road Hole’. Well this year Jan deservedly won the prize, as all but Peter failed to hit the green. Jan alongside partners Peter and Himself watched in a nervous huddle as our soon to be crowned Champion, Barry and Mike took it in turn to shank, top and whiff their respective attempts – pressure and the anticipation of striking any passing driver, cyclist or unsuspecting walker got to these golfing Titans!
What of the hero of this tale I hear you exclaim? Despite six gross pars a rather feeble total of 29 points and yes it was my turn dear reader to lose control of their motorised trolley. On the second hole it ended up in the bushes and on two other fairways inexplicably left its owner doing a passable impersonation of Mr Bolt, that rather good sprinter chap!
In the excellent restaurant we enjoyed chicken in white wine and apple crumble with the obligatory Pimm’s. After much discussion and berating of your author we are to experiment with an away golf break in the South – please join us, watch for the flyer and indeed the notice on the website, yes Barry I know but better late than never!


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