West Wilts Golf Club Seniors celebrate Knighton Heath Trophy victory in grand style
Following the epic victory in The Knighton Heath Trophy on Thursday 14th September, Captain of The Seniors 2017, Stephen Adams, was determined to keep team spirit alive with a celebration in West Wilts GC Clubhouse on Tuesday 26th September.
The photograph together with The Trophy shows most of the team members whose heroics have already been covered with a stroke by stroke account in The Warminster Journal on Friday 22nd September but let's just remember some of the key facts. This is the first time that The Trophy has been won by West Wilts Seniors in the 21 years of its existence. The final at Knighton Heath was fought against Parkstone GC, close neighbours to Knighton Heath with all the advantages of local knowledge, indeed some of the opposition players were members of both clubs. It is a singles match play format which means maximum pressure on the individual without a partner to blame if things go wrong, rather akin to the Ryder Cup final day scenario. Winning this Trophy marks the end of a magnificent 2017 season for Stephen Adams, Captain of The Seniors 2017, whose inspirational leadership has raised the profile of West Wilts GC Seniors' Section to an immeasurable degree.
Although inter club matches are not programmed during the winter months and most players revert to a state of partial hibernation, it is hoped to continue a weekly golf article with anecdotes and local West Wilts GC points of historical interest. So let's start with a history of The Nun's Path which leads from the The Minster to Arn Hill. The Path originally crossed the 13th fairway to join the public footpath to the right of the 15th tee. The name Nun's Path is possibly a misnomer according to the Reverend Jeremiah Daniell who wrote in his 1879 History of Warminster - good people should recollect that it was not in the strict conventional code of Nuns to take long walks in exposed country, far away from their places of abode, in this case St Denys' Convent. Indeed, the only partakers of such exercise were most probably the free maidens of Warminster. So not much change in 2017 on that one! On a more contemporary note, Lee Trevino wrote in 1982 - he had the flashiest clothes and the flashiest women....I spent a night in his place in Dallas once - all he had in it was booze and about a hundred and fifty pairs of golf shoes. Opened in 1987 the Green Zone GC has nine holes in Finland and nine in Sweden. The 132 yard par 3 sixth hole has its tee in Sweden while the green is in Finland. It is also divided by 2 time zones so it is possible to play 24 hours a day during the golf season because the sun never sets between June and August. Any potential visitors from West Wilts GC will be pleased to note that passports are not required to play the course but, unfortunately, it has yet to appear on our list of reciprocal clubs. That's all for now, writes author Martin Hicks-Lobbecke.
Back Row: L-R - Peter Laidlaw, Alan Cleaver, Mike Oram, Jack Winter, Ray White, Dave Edmunds, Colin Fourmy, John Barnes, Dave Turner, Warren White Front Row: L-R - Lester Trowbridge, Roger Lee, Peter Walton Captain of The Knighton Heath Trophy Team 2017, Stephen Adams Captain of The Seniors 2017, Jeff Gardner