Whittington 4.3.20

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I think it is fair to say there is a huge desire to play golf at the moment from members of golf clubs where the unprecedented wet winter has made it either impossible or unpleasant to walk round. This was certainly manifest when I sent out an appeal for last-minute players to make up teams. Accordingly, many thanks go to Sean Reid, my old friend John kidney, my next door neighbour Brian Meadows, Scott Antcliff and Samson Agnini for stepping in to fill gaps in the last couple of days.

My apologies to Angela Harrison, Martin Truman and Brian Reynolds as I could not fit them in to play.  

At times like this that one really appreciates courses like Whittington, Hollinwell and Little Aston with their free draining soils and 12 months availability. In fact it makes their annual subscription look good value when compared to courses that are not particularly fit to play for two or three months.

Two years ago, Whittington had space to accommodate 40 new members, as people held off with a decision until they knew what was going to happen to the club post HS2.  

Now you can see the new holes, cleverly crafted round the railway line and the magnificent new clubhouse, which has every possibility of being the best in the area. Furthermore, the new course manager is demonstrating his ability in all aspects of the general presentation of the course.  What a turn round;  there is now a two year waiting list with 60 prospective members who hope to enjoy this terrific golf facility.

Some of those who played yesterday remarked how tricky the greens can be, with their borrows and slopes . However the fact that 21 twos were recorded suggests to me that this wasn’t the case on the par-3s!  (A trip to see my wine merchant is definitely necessary before the next event)

I don’t know what it is about Whittington, but normal right thinking Teetours members like Will Thompson and Alan Wrigley seem to lose the plot: 

Last time we were here, Alan brought in the nearest the pin markers, completely forgetting the other half of field who had started on the 10th. 

This time, as he was first off, I gave the longest drive marker to Will  and asked him to put it on 16th.  He left it in the back of his car.  However, this resourceful young man made a replacement marker out of a spare card. Sadly, he decided to put it as a nearest the pin in two, rather than a longest drive. Will is a competent six handicapper who often wins a prize at Teetours events but this is the first time he has picked up “Chump of the Week” award.



Someone handed in this unusual, home-made tee thingy, which had been left on the on the fourth tee. During the course of asking around the clubhouse if anyone owned it, I showed it to the lovely Louise Manning.  She immediately asked, with a cheeky grin and in a tone laden with innuendo,

”Ooo, what was he measuring with that?

Honestly, you can take the girl out of Newcastle but .........


David Evans and Martin Prior’s team only managed 81 points but their reward came later when the life-long Leicester City supporters went to see their beloved team beat Birmingham in the FA Cup.

The scores were tight at the top and count-backs were necessary to decide between five scores of 90 which teams had come fourth and fifth.

More count backs were required between two scores of 91 to determine who had come second and third. This was a battle between two teams from Uttoxeter golf club who had clearly performed well on the flatter terrain. However, they both missed out to the Kedleston raiders.

There were many tales in the bar afterwards lamenting the old putt that had lipped out, and it was Adam Redpath’s final putt on 18 that sat for a few seconds on the edge of the hole, before dropping in, that secured a win by one point. 

Pos 

Player Pairings

Points 

O.O.M. 

1

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

92

12

2

Andy Page 10 Ken Storey 13 Byron Cowen 20 Lee Hill 20

91

10

3

Alan Mcpeake 19 Robin Upton 16 Stewart Murray 10 Armani Dave Clark 13

91

8

4

Nigel Gill 9 Rich Finlay 9 Eric Goddard 12 Rich Szabo 19

90

6

5

John Poole  Paul Burke Boyd  Stanhope  Colin Hutchins

90

4

6

Martin Gadsby 18 Mark Geal 18 Philip Ufton15 Stephen Bradley 9

90

2

7=

Nigel Truepenny 14 Steve Dingley 13 Jim Clarkson 15 Alan Pratt 22

90

7=

Aidan Travers 13 Graham Johnson 5 Nick Turner 11 Ian Jones 13

90

9

Dave Hewitt 13 Andy Gibbins 26 James Partlow 16 John Quinn 18

89

10

John O'Callaghan 12 Michael Pearson-Bagnall 10 Dave Walker 19 Mark O'Shea 10

86

11

Phill Adcock 5 Steve Coates 8 Tony Stacey 9 Keith Groom 9

85

12=

Dean Pointon 10 Roy Everett 9 Dave Brierley 9 Darron Henn 6

83

12=

Will Thompson 6 Paul Smith 9 Richard Thompson 9 Norman Guerin 8

83

14=

Alan Wrigley 4 Alan Freeman 3 Paul Gray 8 Mike Cheney 10

81

14=

Dave Sheppard 5 Sandy Johnston 6 Mungo Munro 13 Allan Grant 11

81

14=

Dave Evans 22 Martin Prior 16 Andy Lymn 19 Les Web 13

81

14=

Brian Preece 15 Matt Preece 15 Ray Jackson 14 John Johnston 19

81

18=

Dave Smart 15 Sue Smart 13 Mike Powell 7 Louise Goff 9

80

18=

Bill Stubbins 7 Chris Wormleighton 7 Alan Hope 8 Hugh McClean 14

80

20=

Tony Broome 11 Craig Harrison 12 Vicky Hayden 12 Neil Radford 15

79

20=

Mike Cleaver 17 Tony Clements 13 Alan Kyte 12 Lindsay Rowley 16

79

20=

Steve Hawke 5 Ben Gilg 5 Neil Mallett 7 Frank Gardner 16

79

20=

Paul Jones 18 Peter Bingham  Rob Pitt 18 Samson Cagnani 12

79

20=

Sean Reid 8 Daryl Holmes 9 Neil Hughes 11 Drew Dickie 10

79

25=

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

78

25=

Leisure Boys: Phil Beswick 8 Tony Massey 9 Ian Williams 13 Matt Harrison 12

78

27

John Broadley 12 Eddie Harvey 8 John Kidney 15 Brian Meadows 23

77

28

Scott Antcliffe 25 Colin Barnard 17 Geoff Charlton 18 Nicholas Hercules 16

74

Peter Bingham

Nearest pin 4

Ben Gilg

Nearest pin 8

Eddie Harvey

Nearest pin 16

21 Two’s 

Steve Dingley; Norman Guerin; Will Thompson; Andy Gibbins; James Partlow; Nick Turner; Ken Storey; Allan Simmonds; Steve Hawke; Neil Mallett; Peter Bingham; Lee Hill; Dave Sheppard; Steve Coates; Rich Deaville; Nigel Gill x 2; Darron Henn x 2; Chris Wormleighton; Alan Hope.

Prizes for the top 5 teams; Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and all 2’s