I am so naive! I thought there were only 4 seasons we ever experienced in this country. Not a bit of it! We all experienced at least 10 in the space of a few hours with a very unnerving lull in a particular squall before we were battered even more by hail and force 12 gales.
At one point during the front 9 I half expected to get the call that the course was closing or that those who went out first had made an executive decision to make it a 9 hole comp. Martin, Dave Kerns and Brian fought bravely on and led another 2 groups in before myself Dave Higgins and Dave Varley well and truly brought up the rear with the 2 groups in front deciding they’d understandably had enough and had walked in.
As Tony and Jeff had at the last minute been required to play with a virtual player I had very generously (it turned out) given them 2 points guaranteed each hole, which in those conditions turned out to be a killer for the rest of the field. Save to say they walked it, with a fantastic 78 points followed some way behind in second place by my own team on a still impressive 71. Oh how I wish I’d only given them 1 point a hole!! The other teams that finished didn’t disgrace themselves either finishing just 1 and 3 points further back. All I can say Tony and Jeff is that you owe Denis a pint!! “Hi Denis, hope you’re feeling better!!” (He said through gritted teeth).
Tony and Jeff won a hat and some balls and Martin (winning both nearest the pins) won a glove and balls. Good effort Martin in those conditions just hitting the greens. I know you were a long way off but no-one else did as far as I could tell.
But seriously…as a few of you had left by the time I struggled in I didn’t get the chance to thank every one of you for supporting the event and to say how much I am looking forward to my last season as Rabbits captain.
(Gerry Hudson: Rabbits Captain)