Portland Cup 2019 Report

Portland cup at Saddleworth, Friday 31st May 2019

With a few members away sunning themselves including Captain Frances and hubby Paul the numbers were down. Those that were turning out could be classed as hard core golfers. There were horror tales going around about the hilliness of the course. The recent weather did not lend itself to pleasant golf. But Frances had looked after the weather by getting Captain Sunshine Pete Derbyshire to step up for the day. Pete worked his magic we had no rain but he couldn’t do anything about the terrain. The golf club is first rate and the effort the green staff must put in to produce such a good course on the land available is amazing and has to be applauded. The sheep in adjacent fields looked like they had been crossed with Yaks.

Below is a table of how the nearest the pins panned out.

Nearest the Pins
2. Kev Bolton
5. Bob Chadwick
10. Chris Murphy
 15. Geoff Haynes
Longest Drive
Kieran Dunn
 No 2's******


There were no 2s so next time out a double rollover.                   

Buggies were available and thankfully Ian Ringwood had got one. Ian crocked his leg quite early in his round. It was amazing that he finished even with a buggy. Watching him walk across a green nearly brought tears to your eyes. When he sank his putt you did have tears in your eyes. Ian managed 27 points which was the average for the day. As that had been rounded up from 26.55 he was above average. Below is a table of how the top 5 finished.

Top 5 finishers

  Points Handicap Revised  
 Ian Hopkins
 39  22.2  17 winner
 Kev Bolton
 34  23  21 2nd
 Kieran Dunn
 33  28  27 3rd
 Joe Coburn
 32 19.6  19.6 Buffer
 Andy Minshull
 31  25.2  25.2 Duffer


From the table above you can see how the average of 27 was attained. There were lower scores to bring it down but telling you my score could be considered bragging. I will say I didn’t have a buggy.  I didn’t have a power trolley. I didn’t take part in the run in the park the next day. I have had a couple of nights good sleep. The winner may have done some tossing and turning wondering how he was going to cope with his new low handicap. No thought as to the problem he had set the poor handicap secretary. Ian is another fan of wearing shorts in all weather. This has resulted in a pair of legs that wouldn’t look out of place on a mountain gorilla. The poor handicap secretary had to decide do I shave these before cutting them off. With a big bounty in the 2’s chest a few more should be out for Captain’s day.