Four-Ball Draw -
The four-ball draw was held on Sunday last and what a wonderful morning it was. The sun was shining and I'm pleased to say my first draw was well supported. Numbers being divisible by 3 and not by 2, we decided to play teams of 3 with the best two scores on each hole counting. Two teams finished an embarrassing 7 points ahead of the rest of the field, on 86 points. The runners up were Iain Lanario, Andy Garrad and Dave Krouse. The winning team, however, was what I can only refer to as the dream team of Kieran Costello, Dave Morris and modesty forbids me from saying who the third member was! Suffice to say, it was a Captain's innings! A big thank you to all those who played.
The next four-ball draw will be on 3rd December, but, remember, that will not be the turkey trot, which is now set for the 17th December. Incidentally, my initial inclination was to hold the turkey trot as a sign up competition; this way we know how many are going to play and it would be easier to get pairs, something that we can't guarantee with a draw. You can also decide the tee you start at. However, several people have said they would prefer a draw so if you have a preference, please let me know, or tell Lee, and I will make a decision in due course.
Stephen Preston took the top spot in division 1 in last weekend's Winter League with 39 points, two points clear of the next competitors. In division 2 Andrew Morris was first with 37 points, also having daylight of two points between him and his nearest rivals. Lovely to see these two winning.
So, overall, the leader of the winter League is Mark Watts for a second week on 135. There is talk that Mark is setting the course up to suit his game! I tried that myself – didn't work! Mike Stainton is back up to second place, on 133, where he is tied with Varnavas Christofi. Only 18 weeks to go!
Don't forget tonight is our annual prize presentation, starting at 8.00 p.m. If you're reading this tomorrow, you'll probably find you've missed it! Food is available from 7.00 p.m. Reservations can be made with Debbie.
Nigel Hunnisett, our illustrious President, is running his popular quiz night next Friday, 17th November, beginning at 8.00 p.m., and would love to have your support. This has been very popular in recent years, probably because the questions are so easy (don't tell Nigel I said that!). Make up a table of 6 (or even 8 if no-one's looking) and the cost will be £1 a head.
We could still take more for the Christmas parties if you're interested, on the 9th and 16th December, though places are going fast. If it helps you to decide, I'll be there on the 9th!
Signed Photo and Pennant
Time is running out to buy a ticket for the Arsenal/Spurs raffle. We have a signed photograph of the Arsenal football team and a signed pennant from Spurs up for grabs. Just speak to someone behind the bar and you can purchase a ticket for £5, all proceeds going to the Captain's charity, Diabetes UK. You can always stick it on eBay after you've won it! By the way, Spurs are in the lead at the moment! My friend tells me that this is what you would expect!
Call up on 1st
Finally, I've been asked to remind everyone that the first hole is again a call-up hole. This is to reduce the time looking for lost balls. Call the next players up when you are all on the green and not after you have holed out.
Speak next week.
Answer to last week's question: In 1950 Len Mitchell took over as club professional at Crews Hill Golf Club from Charles Whitcombe. Charles played in the first 6 Ryder Cups and was Captain four times. He had two brothers, who were also professional golfers, and in 1935 all three played in the same Ryder Cup held at Ridgewood Country Club, New Jersey. Charles was again Captain but the family connection was unable to prevent the USA winning by 9 points to 3. Charles was professional at Crews Hill from 1925 to 1950.
Question of the week: The last Martini International tournament was held in 1983 and was won by Nick Faldo. The first competition was held in 1961 and was won by Bernard Hunt. Who did he beat in the play off?