Hollinwell 17.2.20

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Storm Dennis spent the weekend devastating Britain;  we can’t get to the next village because the Trent has burst its banks. Even Little Aston was closed yesterday.

I spent the weekend checking and rechecking the course condition at Hollinwell; on Saturday it was looking bleak with heavy rain forecast all day.  On Sunday morning it was so wet that it looked most unlikely, the course was unplayable.  However, the rain stopped and when I rang Mike Bradley in the Proshop at lunchtime he said

 “I can’t believe it! We are back on the main greens and I would be happy to go out and play.”

And I know many of you couldn’t believe it either, when you received my email declaring the event was on.  Even more surprised were those who played and completed the whole round without a trace of dirt on their shoes! 

Richard Manning said the greens were better yesterday than when he played here last September.  There can’t have been too much wrong with them as 13 twos were recorded!

There was no shortage of run on the course either; all three par fives were reachable in two - I played with Mark Newbold, who was putting for eagle on two of them.

Hollinwell is a truly amazing golf course; the sandstone soil structure is phenomenal and the topography produces spectacular holes that mean the only disappointment is the realisation that the round is coming to an end, way before you want it to.

The weather smiled on Teetours yesterday too; a fresh two-club breeze meant club selection was all important but there was no rain during the four hours we took to go round - in fact the sun came out at 1pm. 

The longest drive was on the 6th; a par five with a hill in the middle that helps the long hitters achieve ego-boosting length if they hit the downslope. However, only a combination of length and accuracy will secure the prize, as four handicap Phil Quinn found when he was past the longest drive marker but two inches off the fairway.

Nearest-the-pin-in-two was on 16, a short par 4 with a very well protected and tricky two-tear green. Scratch golfer James Cookson was close enough for an easy birdie.

Nearest the pin was on 13; a magnificent par three from a greatly elevated tee - and it produced the highlight of the day for 9 handicap Steve Bradley with a hole-in-one. Steve very graciously purchased a bottle of whiskey and put it on the bar for the assembled.  Even more remarkable is the fact that Steve has only one hand! I suspect if he had two he’d be giving Tiger a run for his money.

Starting on the 11th, fourteen handicap coffee shop impresario, Richard Deaville took a few holes to remember how to hit the ball but after that he was on fire; with 4 birdies in 5 holes he personally put an impressive 20 points on the card towards the teams 54 point front nine.

Inevitably there were some unfortunates who couldn’t make it yesterday; one because of storm damage to his home and another stranded in the floods in Wales - I hope they are both safe and sound now; and thank you for letting me know you were not able to come.

There is a smaller number of pictures than normal as I went out to play with Lyndon Tyler’s team who were a man down.

Pos 

Team

Points 

O.O.M. 

1

Richard Manning 9 Louise Manning 10 Richard Deaville 14 Adam Redpath 23

93

12

2

Richard Saxon 12 Jimmy Yates 13  Nigel Gill 9 Neil Hudson 6

86

10

3

Martin Gadsby 18 Glyn Douglas 16 Mark Geal 18 Steve Bradley 9

86

8

4

John Quinn  18 Phil Quinn 4 Andy Gibbins 26 James Cookson 0

84

6

5

Rob Stokes 12  Neil Sanderson 2, Chris Bates 7 Steve Moody 10

82

4

6

Andy Sewell 14 Paul Osborne 13 Chas Power 11 Martin Knowles 10

82

2

7=

Dave Barnett 9 Greg Shelton 0 Paul Watson 3 Andy Kind 12

81

7=

Dave Rogers 10 James Rogers 19 Lewis Bull 12 Adrian Harris 11

81

9=

Lee Jeniec 11 Martin Hatt 11 John Kidney 15 Michael Archer 12

80

9=

Stewart Murray 10 Geoff Davis 16 Carl Mander 3 Marshall Black 5

80

9=

David Middleton 6 Jim Oswald 15 John Langley 7 Taka Asano 17

80

12

Gary Ferrar 13 Dave Pye 25 Steve Wyles 7 Jim Parker 14

79

13=

Lyndon Tyler 17 Tony Bishop 15 Roy Simms 16 Mark Newbold 8

78

13=

Kevin Evans 17 Steven Champion 15 Adrian McCart 14 John Conlon 17

78

15

Richard Tart 8 Eamonn Revill 14 Martin Dunn 13 Charlie Spear 26

77

16=

Dean Pointon 10 Roy Everett 9 Dave Brierley 9 Barrie Hope 9

76

16=

Will Thompson 5 Paul Smith 9 Stuart Bond 11 Proscore

76

16=

Alan Mcpeake 19 Robin Upton 16 Alan Kyte 12 Armani Dave Clark13

76

16=

Andy Page 11 Frankie Rowe 11 Lee Hill 20 Lyndsay Rowley 16

76

20

Gary Thompson 12 Mark Pilkington  7 John Flood 11 Paul Byran 11

74

21

Allan Simmonds 7 Alex Scott 14 Mike Perry 14 Phil Harbord 11

71

Neil Sanderson

Longest Drive 6

Steve Bradley - Hole-in-one

Nearest pin 13

James Cookson

Nearest pin 16

Two’s - Paid in  Harvest Pale 500cl bottles.

Steve Bradley (Hole-in-one); Alan Kyte x 2; Richard Deaville x 2; Dave Barnett; Greg Shelton; Neil Hudson; Richard Tart; Marshall Black; Stuart Bond;