The Pairs Cup @ Wilmslow GC, Thursday,26th October 2017 Report
The Pairs goes Posh
A change of venue for the pairs this year Wilmslow no less. We have played here before for the AGM but returned to Stockport out of loyalty to Mr President Bill Macbeth. Who was having surgery on the day of pairs which has to be king of the excuses for not playing. We were concerned that this season’s weather curse was going to strike again but it would appear the south of Manchester doesn’t get as much rain as the north. The course was very playable with just a few tyre marks off the mowers letting some greens down. Which considering a lot of courses had been closed that week was good going. The chap looking after us for the pre-game bacon butty was on top of his job and enjoying our company. Until he spotted the trousers on Andy Southworth and co he thought they were replacement chefs from the Brutalist school of cookery.
There was a delay on the first tee which allowed a sizeable crowd to build up and witness the first group teeing off. Now this is a tough tee shot over a valley with the 9th and 18th greens and a stream at the bottom of it. It is an even tougher shot when it’s your first one with the Portland which it was for Tony Watson. Tony had the good sense to wear dark glasses and a big woolly hat. A kind of Roy Orbison meets Benny look. He was last to go in the fourball having witnessed the first three reach the other side of the valley with varying degrees of success. Now if you had bought a rocket that took the trajectory that Tony’s tee shot did you would have demanded your money back. It did go up for a short while and hooked left and down. Towards a lady attempting a short chip by the side of the 9th green. The ball missed her by inches and plugged 3ft behind her. She had obviously gone to finishing school and had drummed into her that one should never reveal one’s emotions. She looked up to Tony and mouthed something that couldn’t be heard due to the gasps being uttered by the crowd who were thinking they had just witnessed a failed assassination attempt. As a credited lip reader I can tell you what she said. It was “ We do allow guide dogs on the course”. Tony did get better and played some good golf as far as I could see from behind my bag.
Although a pairs event the usual ancillary prizes were there for individuals. Below is the table of results.
PM Individual event
Nearest the Pins
|6. Arthur Hughes
||9. Frances Sinnott
||14. John Martin
||17. Howard Dickson
In the Prizes
|3rd||Dave McGovern||Terry Tobin||38|
|2nd||Dave Baynes||Brian Murray||40|
|1st||John Martin||Mel Garner||42|
A part from the dubious duo from Didsbury the Blackley boys appear to have had a good day out. I guess all those years of playing in mud as stood them in good contention for playing in damp conditions. I am forever grateful to Terry Tobin for returning my sand wedge I almost feel guilty about letting his tyre down. Arthur and Brian would have been the housewife’s choice. Arthur won’t mind being beaten by his chums if he keeps that form up he’ll be showing them the way home next season at Blackley. Mel has been steady all season and it would appear all the driving John Martin does to his caravan has transposed to his golf.