Wagglers' Trophy on Saturday 16th September marks the end of their year 2017 season in grand style
Before starting I would like to thank Les Lacey and John McAllister who responded to my appeal last week for more background information on Doug Smith, sponsor of The Doug Smith Trophy.
He was obviously a huge personality who contributed in no small way to the quality of life at West Wilts GC. Afternote: On page 70 of The West Wilts GC history I have discovered a little bit more on Doug. It was said he could be heard several yards away bemoaning his ill fortune over a narrowly missed putt. He was a Director of the Club for many years and Captain in 1969. As an auctioneer working in Frome for Cooper and Tanner he introduced the "Half Crown Trophy" which became the "Doug Smith Memorial Trophy" after his passing. Moving on, the spotlight this week most definitely falls on The Wagglers who celebrated their end of the 2017 season in grand style. The weather was in a kind mood as over 40 Wagglers assembled at 1300 hrs on Saturday 16th September by the Club House for their team photograph. As befits such an occasion, there was much ribaldry with centre stage taken by Jeff Jones, Captain of The Wagglers 2017. The individual and team prizes were hotly contended but all in a relaxed and humorous vein. The Wagglers Medal Shield was won by Jeremy Osborne with an impressive net 65, in second place was Ernie Hiscock with 69 who narrowly beat Roger Antolik on countback who also came in with a net 69. Colin Fourmy, Wagglers' Captain for 2018, won The Wagglers' Stapleford Tray with 37 points followed by Anton Newton, second, and Dave Edmunds, third, both on 36 points. The strong team of Roger Lee, Richard Triggol and Jeremy Osborne were clear winners of the team prize followed in second place by Jeff Jones, Steve Few and Colin Fourmy. In third place were Darren Munro, Paul Osborne and Brian Weedon. Well done, Brian, on your selection as Wagglers' Vice Captain 2018 and Captain 2019. In order to elect the next Captain, past Captains of the Wagglers meet in the utmost secrecy to consider all suitable candidates, not unlike the Papal selection process but without the puff of white smoke! After play all competitors enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Steve and served by our superb domestic team of Ruth, Sam and Sharon. The high spirits continued way past the bewitching hour and those present were adamant that the author was driven home precluding the use of his bicycle down a steep hill in total darkness. The author would like to record his appreciation for the caring consideration of all those concerned. In conclusion, Jeff Jones will go down on record as a dynamic and humorous Captain whose recruitment of several younger players into The Wagglers stands the team in very good stead for the future, he will definitely be a difficult act to follow.
Let's now catch up with The Seniors. Monday 11th September saw them away against Bath Sham Castle but with a slight difference, a 16 aside team rather than the normal 12. With very heavy rain on the morning of the match, there was a very real chance of abandonment but in the best traditions and vagaries of our beloved weather, the sun appeared an hour before tee off and the course was declared playable. With home advantage playing a significant role, Bath ran out winners 5 and a halve to 2 and a halve but Captain Stephen Adams assures me that all eight games were extremely close with the final result never a forgone conclusion until the eleventh hour. Our winners were Stephen Adams and Steve Brackley, Dave Morgan and Jack Winter, both winning by 2 & 1. Roger Lee and Alan Welch fought valiantly to earn a halve. As always, with the result immaterial the home players and visitors all sat down to a delicious carvery accompanied by a glass of wine, or was that a couple? On Friday 22nd September the intrepid Senior were again in action but on this occasion, at home versus Cumberwell Park. With the weather Gods in a benign mood, the course was in an immaculate condition thanks to Head Green Keeper, Neil Bungay, and his dedicated staff. Richard Triggol and Bob Earnshaw recorded a magnificent 6 & 5 win with Dave Dance and Harry Hassall winning by one. Jeff Gardner and Mike Peacock and Jack Winter and David Thackaberry managed to halve their games. However, pride of place must go to Dave Dance who scored his first hole in 1 on the 13th, well done Dave. Tradition dictates that Dave must donate a tray of whisky chasers on the bar to celebrate his finest moment which was much enjoyed by his fellow club members, including me.
By popular demand, let's finish off with some golfing anecdotes. Colin Montgomerie wrote in 2005, "In those days my ex-wife used to walk to the next tee when I had a four-footer because I never missed. Now that wouldn't happen, firstly because she's not there anymore and secondly because I'm all a bit sweaty over the short ones." Sam Snead wrote in 1984, "I've gotten rid of the yips four times, but they hang in there. You know, those two foot downhill putts with a break! I'd rather see a rattlesnake." With the benefit of hindsight, it was somewhat ironical for Earl Woods, the father of Tiger woods, to write in 1996," Tiger will do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity, I don't know yet exactly what form this will take, but he is the Chosen One. He'll have the power to impact nations, not people, but nations. The world is just getting a taste of his power." That about all for now, speak to you all again soon, writes author Martin Hicks-Lobbecke.
Photo: Colin Fourmy (Left) Wagglers Captain 2018, receives his winning Wagglers Tray from Jeff Jones (Right), Wagglers Captain 2017
Photo: Winners of the Team Prize Wagglers' Trophy (L-R) Richard Triggol, Roger Lee, Captain Jeff Jones, Ossie Osborne