Delayed from early December due to Storm Caroline, the 2017 Colin Coward Texas Scramble was held at the second time of asking last weekend, Sunday 7 January.
In fierce, biting winds and clear skies, and on a course set up for the monthly medal, 25 four-man teams set out to compete for the traditional Christmas goodies (and to avoid the sausages). As they were for Saturday’s medal, the conditions were as tough as they could be with greens and bunkers lightly frozen till late in the round and the bitter Easterly winds unrelenting all day, all conspiring to big scores. Only two teams managed to get under the magic 60-mark; compared to previous years when normally half the field manage to score at least 10-under and winners are posting scores in the low/mid-50s.
As usual a number of ladies took part, both in mixed and in all-ladies teams and despite the best efforts of one of the all-male teams to steal the sausages from the pan they were secured by the quartet of Jacky Hiscock, Linda Parkinson, Melanie Derham and Lyn Pennington.
The winning team of Elliott James, Kevin Keene, Mike White and Rich Henry posted a creditable net 57.8, finishing just 0.5 ahead of second placed team Chris Rowland, Dirk Pinnell, Kenny Erskine and Sarah Gee.