Seniors relish away trip on 10th May 2017 to Meon Valley and Country Club, Southampton
24 intrepid Seniors from West Wilts GC under the masterful orchestration of Ivan Gower relished their annual away trip, on this occasion over the period 10-12 May 2017 to Meon Valley Hotel and Country club, near Southampton.
Such events always start with a prediction of the total lost ball count which ranged from 80 lowest to 250 highest. Congratulations to Chris Martin who forecast the exact number of 151 which works out at 2 balls per player per round. The moral of the tale must be that golfers should always carry a few spares in their bag to avoid any embarrassment in the event of errant play on a challenging course. With a degree of intrigue and complete secrecy, Ivan arranged a different competition on each day with a 2 to count Bowmaker on the first day, where the winning team consisting of Mike Oram, Roly Jones, Peter Connolly and Steve Adams ( Seniors' Captain 2017) achieved a magnificent 107 points. The second day saw a better ball format in teams of 2 where Jeff Gardner and Bob Earnshaw romped home with a highly commendable 41 points to steal the accolade. The final day was an Individual Stableford where, perhaps suffering the effect of late nights and over imbibing, no-one managed to play to their handicaps, so no surprises there then! Laurie Richardson won the high handicap group with 30 points and Dave Johnson, despite suffering a strained back, just pipped Peter Walton on a better back 9 count back. In conclusion, the Marriott Hotel at Meon Valley provided excellent service with discounted bar prices to please everyone's pocket. A word of thanks to Mike Oram who most generously provided the wine on the second evening.
In keeping with tradition, let's enjoy a few quotes from golfing history: Golf is the only game where the worst player has the most enjoyment, he or she benefits from the most distance walked whereas the good player becomes anxious over the slightest mistake. The poor player makes too many mistakes to worry over them. Golf is like a love affair, if you don't take it seriously, it's not fun; if you take it seriously, it breaks your heart. She said, "I'm so excited! I've never been on a par 5 in 2 before, if I sink this putt, it'll be my first eagle! I'll kill myself" Her husband said, "It's a gimmie!"
Finally, based on an actual recent experience, the author would like to clarify a "Ball Overhanging Hole" situation from The Rules of Golf effective January 2016 page 87 paragraph 16-2 . When any part of the ball overhangs the lip of the hole, the player is allowed enough time to reach the hole without unreasonable delay and an additional ten seconds to determine whether the ball is at rest. If by then the ball has not fallen into the hole, it is deemed to be at rest. If the ball subsequently falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last stroke and must add a penalty stroke to his score for the hole, otherwise there is no penalty under this Rule, writes the author, Martin Hicks-Lobbecke