A new season for the society and an over-subscribed first event at The Warwickshire is hopefully a sign that we are going from strength to strength!
A late withdrawal meant none of the 3 reserves could be called upon so we had 27 players enjoying a bright day on the King's course at The Warwickshire.
After the wettest winter on record we had wet conditions on a fairly long course which made for fairly poor scoring overall, so it's a good job individual scores didn't count towards anything!
We held a team competition where 3 out of 4 stableford scores counted on each hole and the winners on the day were Greeny, Brian, Simon Smith and Dave Walker with an impressive 99 points.
This year we have scrapped the money-in, money-out nearest the pin competitions and instead have trophies for nearest the pin (1 winner each society day) and longest drive.
We are also measuring the winning nearest-the-pin shots and the overall nearest during all 2014 days will get to keep the trophy!
23 players made it to Stoke Albany on what was a good day weather-wise, although a little windy on some holes - particularly the long par 4 stroke index 1 that played into the wind!
The greens were a bit fluffy and slow in places but generally fairly good for the time of year and the open course meant scores were generally high, just as well as this was the first event to count towards the annual individual leaderboard.
Garrick blew the course away and came in with a massive total of 42 points, earning himself a 6-shot handicap cut in the process.
Others to earn a handicap cut were Ace (38 points) and Liam Bullough, Rob Shrimpton and Wadey (all 37 points).
Those scoring 24 points or less and getting a stroke back on their handicap were Summy (24 points) and Stewart (19 points). Dave Walker also scored below 25 but remains on the maximum 28 handicap.
Unfortunately the first group out failed to understand what the tape measure was for and didn't leave it at the par 3 trophy hole, so we have no way of knowing how close Summy came, although he thinks it may have been closer than Keith came on the first day!
20 players enjoyed hot weather and a great course at Glen Gorse GC - another new venue for the Society.
The course was in excellent condition with smooth, narrow fairways and fairly quick, sloping greens. This all made for what was generally a very tough round.
Winner of the individual stableford competition by a big margin was the fast-improving Dan Smith with 36 points. Considering how tough the course was and the generally low scoring, the handicap committee decided to make a cut of 6 shots to Dan's handicap so he will be playing off 22 next time out.
Runner-up with 30 points was Keith Masters, just edging out Nighty with 29 points.
Those scoring 24 points or less and getting a stroke back on their handicap were Bert (24 points), Neil (24 points), Gazza (22 points) and Ace (18 points).
Nearest the pin for the trophy was Bert, whose ball finished 13ft 2 inches away from the hole. Nearest the pin for the cash prize was Shacks. The longest drive winner was Jack.
Just 15 players made it to Stockwood Park, Luton for the latest society day. With heavy rain and thunder forecast for late afternoon, everybody was hoping to beat the weather and get back in before it arrived, but how wrong the forecast was! After a light shower early on the weather just got hotter and hotter, meaning players were only wet because they were drenched in sweat!
The course was in good condition, with just a few poor fairways but generally good greens. The fairways are fairly wide and with only small strips of rough between them it didn't punish any wild shots too harshly. This made for generally good scoring, although only 2 players scored above 36 points to earn a handicap cut and 3 players scored 24 or less.
Winner of the individual stableford competition with a 5-over par gross round was Nighty, scoring 40 points.
Runner-up with 38 points, including 2 blobs and a statement that his putting was sh*te, was Ty Davis.
Those scoring 24 points or less and getting a stroke back on their handicap were Jonah (24 points), Dan Smith (24 points) and guest Nigel (23 points).
Nearest the pin for the trophy was Ty. Nearest the pin for the cash prize was Tibo. The longest drive winner was (yes, believe it or not!) Caley.