The old and bold of West Wilts Golf Club, perhaps more commonly known as The Seniors' Section, gathered on Monday 6th March for their annual "3 Clubs and a Putter Competition".
For the uninitiated, this format restricts the competitors to 3 clubs of their choice and a putter as the only weapons within their armoury. You can imagine the serious forethought and discussion in the days before tee off as players rack their brains in deciding which clubs to select for the battle ahead. John Walpole, as Competitions Organiser, was delighted with a field of 47 entrants which indicates the degree of international appeal which this event attracts; unfortunately Tiger Woods is currently too young to compete but in 20 years time has promised to give it a go.
The photo shows the winner, Ray White, with his 5 Wood, 6 Iron, Wedge and a putter. He achieved the magnificent score of 43 Stableford Points as a clear leader with Terry Turner, Seniors' Vice Captain, coming 2nd with a commendable 40 points. Please note that Ray had not played golf for 4 weeks prior to his outstanding performance which is truly remarkable. The event does beg the question, why do we lug 14 clubs around the course with great risk to life, limb and bank balance when 3 clubs and a putter would suffice? Answers, please on a SAE to the undersigned. By way of background, Ray White has served the Club in many appointments over his long membership, namely, as Chairman of The Directors, Captain of The Wagglers (for 2 years) and more recently, as Seniors' Captain. He organises the Ryder Cup Match versus Chippenham GC in addition to the 5 Day Golf in France adventure, both of which occur annually.
In conclusion, an amusing comment from the annals of golf history, "My wife's got a broken wrist, we've got a ten week old baby and our dog's pregnant. I came out here to rest". A remark attributed to Lee Trevino at The World Cup Golf Competition in Buenos Aires,1970.