2010, Golf Week

The golf week started at Lyme Regis golf club on 29th June, where we took on a team assembled by Howard Wicks, an OH Parent. He was short of four players and so we lent him two and played four matches. Unfortunately Duncan and Roger played well and won their match for the opposition, resulting in a draw two matches to two. It was a beautiful day for golf, however, and we all enjoyed the round.

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From Lyme, the tour moved to Bridport. Where we enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon for our annual competition for the Peter Ward memorial trophy. 17 Members turned out, and Nigel French, off games with a shoulder injury, came along to give us encouragement and joined us afterwards for dinner.

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As ever, the scenery was spectacular and the sea looked calm and serene, whilst we went about our round, some of us with more success than others. The received wisdom about constant practice to improve one’s golf was turned on its head when the trophy was won by Claudius Algar who was a last minute entry, and who, with great elegance and panache played to his 24 handicap and earned 36 points. Claudius claims to play only ten times a year! Hamish MacGregor came second and the holder of the trophy. Peter Larkman came in third.

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Richard White, with a drive of 295 yards, measured by Kit Magrath on his ‘sat-nav’,  amazed us all and Stuart MacGregor was nearest the pin by a whisker on the glorious sixth hole.

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Some comments were made about the positioning of a bunker just behind the guide post on the 11th hole, a deadly siren enticing the long hitters into the sand. What they don’t realize is that down here in deepest Dorset, no-one normally reaches that far. That bunker is there to catch peoples second shots!

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After Bridport we headed off for North Devon and the wonderful courses either side of the mouth of the River Taw near Barnstaple. Royal North Devon at Appledore is unique. We played across heathland next to the sea with many patches of tall spiky reeds. Needless to say when a ball goes in the reeds you say goodbye to it, unless you wish to lose the sight of an eye! We always have a tough match with the Devon Dumplings and I am sorry to say that we lost on this occasion by four matches to two. There was a good turnout and we played six matches of which unfortunately we won only two. However, despite a little rain, we all found the challenge of this tough seaside course, with waves pounding in on the beach next to the furthest holes, challenging and invigorating. The horses and sheep wandering across fairways leaving little presents for us to play around and step in were an added hazard!

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Saunton was rain free, and in wonderful condition. We played five matches against OTs and enjoyed meeting some old friends and playing some challenging golf on this top quality seaside links course. The sea is not visible at any stage, but the sound of waves pounding away in the background adds a touch of atmosphere to the beautiful scenery. We lost the match three to two, but it was close. The final pairing of Brian Clark and Stuart MacGregor finally lost two and one after a round of dings and dongs!

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In all a fabulous week of good golf and good friendship – we look forward to next year.

John Harper
4th July 4, 2010

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