Seniors Past Captains' Away Day - Honiton 9th March 2017

Seniors Reports and News : Seniors Past Captains' Away Day - Honiton 9th March 2017

Chris Hockey presenting the Past Captains' Away Day Trophy to Nigel Griffiths


Our first attempt to play was thwarted on the 12th December 2016  by bad weather, our only consolation being a bacon butty but a less than joyful drive back.

The rearranged date of 9th March was once again under threat of cancellation but our fears evaporated to bring a warm and windless day, ideal for golf. The course condition was unexpectedly good with only the occasional damp patch. Seven temporary greens prevailed however, all  thankfully placed in front of their respective greens. The normal greens were in a very acceptable condition making life a little easier.       

The first nine holes of the day were devoted to The Past Captains Away Day Trophy won this year with a very credible score of 19 Stableford points  by Nigel Griffiths. Our most recent past Captain, Chris Hockey presented the Trophy to Nigel explaining a little of the events history.

The second nine holes were played, scoring in stableford in a Bowmaker format. The twenty players attending the event were divided into five teams of four of similar H/C strength. The scores ranged from 56 points to 45 points in total with prizes presented to the top three teams. Prizes were also awarded for Nearest the Pin for two par 3's and one par 4,  after two shots, together with The Longest Drive, all listed below .    

One person had a ' stonking ' round......Malcolm Dennes , who scored 18 and 25 for a total of 43 points on the day. I have told him I would report this unfortunate incident to Capt. Rod, at present on holiday in Spain, and that he should prepare himself for a cut to single figures on Rods return! The loss of colour in his face was quite alarming but we put a cold towel round his neck and he slowly recovered.   

The late lunch at 4:30 was enjoyed by all. The main course was a home made chicken and mushroom pie followed by a restricted selection of seemingly only 200 delicious puddings!  After lunch I presented the many prizes to the fortunate winners and set up the usual counselling for the remainder.

One had a real feeling that throughout the Honiton GC they wanted you to have a good day, from Adrian and his merry band  in the  pro shop to Gill and Sue  in the restaurant, The service was excellent and helped to make it a very worthwhile day. 


                        The Past Captains Away Day Trophy             Nigel  Griffiths .

                        2nd  and   Runner Up                                    Ian  Jackaman                       

                        3rd                                                                 Malcolm Dennes                                                      

                        Nearest the Pin  2nd hole                              David Scott

                                                  12th hole                              Malcolm Dennes

                                                  16th hole                              Martin Hawkins

                        Longest Drive    18thhole                               Richard Bartin

Bowmaker Teams

                        1st   Douglas Hamilton    Malcolm Dennes      Franco Calandrini    (Gavin Baker N/A)    56 points

                        2nd  Martin Hawkins       Bill Campbell            Len Collin                  John Packett           53 points

                        3rd   Richard Bartin        Alastair Mullineux    Ian Jackaman             John Thomas          49 points

                        4th   Nigel Griffiths          Steve  Uzzell           Bob Smith                   Glyn Ottery             45 points

                        5th   John Williams          David Scott             Chris Hockey              Dave Butcher          43 points


Our grateful thanks to John Packett for scoring the results  and  to Len Collin for all his IT help before the event .

Douglas  Hamilton.

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