West Wilts Golf Club Wagglers and Seniors in action at home and away during August 2017
It's been a busy couple of weeks for The Wagglers and The Seniors at West Wilts GC.
In chronological order, Saturday 12th August saw The Wagglers at home to their old Ryder Cup rivals, Chippenham GC. Mindful of the narrow Ryder Cup defeat in April, our Captain of The Wagglers Jeff Jones was eager to field as strong a team as possible. Using charm and blackmail, he managed to persuade Club President 2017 Ivor Groskop to join the team, his first appearance for The Wagglers in over 40 years as a member, or so the rumour goes. With benign weather our team was up for the challenge with just enough wind to create a true test off the white tees. First out of the blocks were Captain Jeff Jones/Ivor Groskop who recorded an overpowering 6 in 4 victory, I think it's called leading by example. Roger Lee/Harry Hassall were next in line, losing 2 in 1 by the smallest of margins. With the overall match even it was the turn of Chris Trimby/John Agate to pull out all the stops and romp home with a magnificent 7 in 5 victory, one of the best home results of the season so chocolate frogs all round. The remaining duos of Tom Smith/Ossie Osborne and Stephen Hunt/Brain Weedon played solidly to get halves so the final result was a 3 to 2 overall victory to The Wagglers, well done. A big welcome to Stephen Hunt who was playing his first game for The Wagglers. 19th Hole conversations continued well beyond sunset over those missed putts and "what ifs.." This was combined with an excellent supper and several pints of best bitter. With the friendships made and healthy rivalry, everyone awaits the return fixture at Chippenham on 2nd September with eager anticipation.
Next up were The Seniors who ventured down the A350 to Ashley Wood, a mature and challenging course on our reciprocal list near Blandford.Team morale was low as rain set in on leaving Warminster but almost akin to divine intervention, the sun appeared on crossing the border into Dorset, who says miracles never happen? Captain Steve Adams reports a match fought in the best possible taste ending in a 3 to 3 all square draw. Winners on the day were Peter Walton/David Simpson and Mike Oram/Terry Turner both winning their matches 3 in 2. Last but by no means least were Richard Triggol and our peripatetic American team member, Warren White, who held their nerves to win 1 up. With little time for rest and recuperation, The Seniors were again in action on Thursday 17th August, this time in a local derby away against North Wilts GC. We know all about West, North and South Wilts but can anyone trace the whereabouts of East Wilts? Answers to the author in a sealed envelope, please. Anyway, to the uninitiated North Wilts lies just north of Devizes in a delightful positions astride the Marlborough Downs. With time to spare and a bacon sandwich in hand, team tactics were the order of the day for our intrepid Seniors. Although the final outcome was a 4 to 2 win for North Wilts, two of the matches were only lost on the 18th Hole so the outcome might have been very different. Match winners were David Johnson/Ivan Gower and Ken Pearce/Terry Turner who plotted their way to a 3 in 2 victory.
As always, let's finish with some golf anecdotes. The winner of the US Masters is presented with a green jacket which is held for a year and then the winner must return it to Augusta where it is kept in perpetuity. One player refused to return his green jacket. To foozle is to mess up a stroke. A hole completed in three under par is an albatross (also known as a double eagle). In 1911 the USPGA issued measurements for determining par scores that are still in use today; a hole up to 225 yards long is par 3, 227 yards to 425 yards is a par 4 and 426 yards to 600 yards is par 5. Although almost unheard of, more than 600 yards is a par 6. St Andrews, Fife, Scotland is generally regarded as the home of golf and the first recorded game took place in 1552. Oddly, seven greens on The Old Course share two holes each, the only "exclusive" holes are the 1st, 9th, 17th and 18th. In addition, the course may be played clockwise or anti-clockwise. The Officers for West Wilts GC in 1893 included two Ministers of the Church, namely, Reverend Atwood and Reverend Hickman, anything to do with only working on a Sunday? Mike MacDougall, a 52 year old player from Palm Beach, Florida, obviously with more money than sense, spent four years and $120,000 collecting one and two
irons, "I kept wondering what's so difficult about hitting a one iron, every time I saw a one iron, it excited my curiosity even more and became an obsession" Well, I've heard some strange golfing tales in my time but this one certainly takes the biscuit, writes author Martin Hicks-Lobbecke.