It is so sad that golf courses are now closed until the lifting of the latest national lockdown, writes Dave Bruce of Axe Cliff Golf Club.
It is my humble belief that this latest closure of courses is utter madness!
In the last lockdown golfers were allowed to play in pairs which, of course allows for safe distancing and also takes place in wonderful fresh air offering some excellent exercise.
We golfers retain the hope that common sense will prevail eventually and we can return to the course.
Our last action took place last week and it was the annual meeting of the ladies and the seniors to contest the Courtesy Cup.
In this competition the ladies have amassed the benefit of an extra eight courtesy shots owing the recent defeats in the competition as one courtesy shot is gained each time they lose.
The ladies were fancied to win this time round, but they came up against a seniors team that was, quite literally, in red hot form!
The seniors won every game and so will now look forward to having the trophy presented to them when it is possible for such gatherings to once again take place.
Even the Ryder Cup experience of Caroline Bond and the steady play of Paula Heasman was not enough to overcome Leighton Morgan and his partner Dave Bruce.
Leighton was suffering from a bad back and Dave was depressed after saying a fond farewell to his beloved 20-year old Jag which proved too expensive to repair after its clutch went!
They were our excuses before we played, but then, as greensomes allow, Leighton drove well and Dave chipped so close that Leighton couldn’t miss the putts!
In other action, Stuart Mackie had to dig deep to get the better of Gerry Binmore when the pair met in the semi-final of the Scratch Cup.
That sets up a final between Stuart [Mackie] and club treasurer Bill Polley.
Sadly, under the latest restrictions, both finalists are going to have to prepare by practising in their own back gardens, but the final ought to be a classic and well worth watching.
In other club news, on the course we have a warning bell on our fifth hole with the green some 150 yards in the distance.
The bell is rung to let any players coming afterwards that it is safe to drive off as they cannot see the players in front always as the fairway slopes a little to the green.
On the final day of action prior to the latest national lockdown the course was busy as the weather was superb.
Sadly, the bell was ringing for our club chef Wendy who worked her last day with us before she starts her new role with the White Heart at Wilmington.
Wendy will be sadly missed and we all wish her every success and happiness for the future.
Eton Mess will never taste the same again! Thank goodness we still have experienced staff, most likely superbly trained by Wendy, to continue looking after us golfers.
Ladies success for Jo Donmall
The Axe Cliff ladies were out in good numbers for a Fireworks competition organised by Caroline’s Bond, writes Dave Bruce.
The meeting was blessed with good weather and the ladies played in groups of three for what was contested as an individual Stableford, but with a difference, once the players arrived at a green they were met with instructions such as; ‘keep your score’, ‘double your score’, ‘add on one other of your playing partners score’ or ‘claim an extra point if you hole out first’.
The ladies now have new handicaps under the new scheme which pleased some more than others but none more than Jo Donmall who was the clear winner on 53 points.
Second place went to Pauline Willis with 49, while both Jill Wellington and Barbara Cummings returned scores of 48 points.
Alas, the ladies are not able to over the coming weeks owing to Lockdown II, but all look forward to playing again in early December.[asp_product id=”17531″]