Golf in Glorious Surroundings with Wall to Wall Sunshine
posted on 09 July 2017
Tuesday 4th July saw this years WHELKS Tourists heading off to Devon and Cornwall for their usual 3 Rounds of Golf at 3 different Golf Courses.
This year it all began at the Championship Course located at Bovey Castle Hotel and Golf Club, one of Devon’s Premier 5 star Hotels,and what a challenge it turned out to be. The River Bovey meanders alongside and across the first 9 Holes and certainly calls for a great deal of patience and concentration.
At the end of the Round it was Chris Firminger who had again managed to tame the course and was a worthy winner. Derek Richards came a credible Second and the remaining players scored in the usual WHELKS style.
Our Touring Base was the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock and what a “Treasure” this turned out to be. Extremely comfortable rooms, with an excellent Restaurant. The touring team thoroughly enjoyed their stay at this staff friendly and delightful Hotel.
Day Two saw us line up at the China Fleet Club in Saltash just over the Tamar Bridge and into Cornwall. A totally different Course with one Hole over the reservoir lake, which took its toll on just about everyone, except for our “Star” Player, who took the hole in his stride and almost made the green.
No one having taken the Nearest the Pin money on Day One it was left to Ian Fothergill to find the right spot on the 7th Green and walk away with the spoils. Given the Touring Rules on Prizes for each round and it being our practice to declare that you can only have one prize per Tour, except for the Tour Winner who receives a bottle of Bubbly on the Final Day and the Tourist Trophy at our Annual Prize Giving Dinner, it was Ian who walked away with the Day’s Prize as well as the money.
Day Three saw a new challenge at Trethorne Golf Club situated near Launceston. Following his success on Days 1 and 2 Chris Firminger received the usual acknowledgement on success from the Tour Captain, who also happens to be the Society Handicap Secretary, being informed that he had been cut to a Handicap of 3.
This really was a thinking mans course and several of the players needed to restock with balls on completion. The back 9 in particular proving really difficult, and demanding accuracy on nearly every shot.
Our “Star” however found himself up against a very worthy opponent, and whilst Chris may have won the Nearest the Pin, Derek Richards had a superb round coming in with a Nett Score of 81 and winning by a margin. His success also being duly recognised by the Tour Captain who was very happy to present him with the day’s prize and inform him of his new Handicap of 16.
Congratulations go to Chris Firminger for his excellent play over the 3 days and to Derek and Ian who at least managed to win something. For Barrie Simpson and Martyn Davies they played some creditable golf but found it hard going.
We were delighted that Keith Evans decided to join us even though he is still recovering from his Replacement Knee Surgery. If nothing else he proved a very worthy Pin Handler and as always good company.
The Tourists having all enjoyed their trip it was suggested that next year we consider returning to France and Ian stated he would promulgate something in the Autumn for the Society to consider.
All in all an excellent Tour and well done and thank you to all who took part.
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