Well what a Winter so far blessed with little rain and some fantastic sunny days. As always we have contested competitions on full greens. The work carried out in previous years and the addition of the iron is clearly paying off as the condition and roll of the surfaces for Winter golf has been out of this world and scores are clearly matching this.
Happily or sadly the Christmas period has now past us by and we are now playing catchup with results, so lets begin.
Starting off with the Turkey Trot on Saturday 3rd December, a lovely crisp Winters day and scores to match. As usual contested over 16 holes stableford, over half the field completed level handicap or better, even bettering your handicap by 4 sees you well of the pace. Adam Griffiths claimed 3rd ahead of Alan Paynter on a CPO but lost out on 2nd to Mike Warr via the same method. No one on the day could better Geoff Mahers brilliant 39 points constructed with opening birdies on both the front and back nine.
1,2,3 1,2,3 like dancing for golfers, the Cha-Cha-Cha is a Helsby institution and a welcome break from the monotony of single stableford golf. 64 is Par for the competition and once again anyone shooting this was a long way from the top of the tree. 3rd place belonged to the team of Tim Carter, Harry Tilston, and Simon Begley with a commanding 72 points. They would be edged out by Jeff Hughes, Denver Brazier and Brian McNamara who pipped them by 1 and returned a 9 better than par 73 points. The day belonged to Simon Pay, Jordan Pay and Dave Sanders who combined superbly to post a 10 better than par 74 points. On a side note the ball pool gave out £34 per two due to just 3 being recorded.
Christmas Eve 4BBB
In a format change from the originally advertised Gruesome competitors prepared for the coming days of eating, drinking and numerous golf based Christmas presents with a stable 4BBB. 3rd on a CPO were Phil Jones and Billy Jones (no relation) with a magnificent 43 points, meaning 2nd were Father and Son Roger and Lee Horton. Both teams were pipped on the post by a remarkable 45 points by the Father and Son of Graham and John Cheesbrough. The 45 was amazing and even better thanks to Grahams brilliant Hole in One on the 8th, an early Christmas present and a double share of the ball pool. Only 3 teams in fact managed 2s on the day, remarkably the Cheesbroughs managed 3 with Alan Rigby and Jaime Hodgkinsons also claiming 3 and 1 more recorded by Frank Whitfield and Peter Fenwick.
New Years Eve 2 Ball Scramble
The last competition of 2016 was played in 2 ball scramble format, 7 drives each with at least one to be taken on a Par 3 and a Par 5. Again placing, this time 3rd, were Simon Pay and Jordan Pay with their 54 Gross equating to a 51.6 Nett. Claiming 2nd were Martin Wood and Joe Gleave with a mighty 57 Gross, 51.3 Nett. Both were pipped by Paul Saxon and Paul Bladens 59 Gross, 50 Nett return. Again the ballpool surprised with just 12 twos equating to £8 each.
So onto 2017, more Winter competition madness, the completion of the Winter League and roll on the Summer 2017 season.