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Thursday 16th May 2024

Until a few days before the competition, the weather forecast looked poor.  Thunder and lightning were supposedly traversing the Midlands bringing with it a deluge of rain.  Then the forecast changed to a morning free of rain, even if there was a 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon.  This encouraged some to wear shorts and a snazzy polo shirt that their other halves have banned for day-to-day wear.

The early starters arguably got the better of the conditions.  There may have been a heavy dew on the fairways first thing, but the golf ball was rolling well.  The early pacesetters were Bromsgrove’s Francis Mullally and Richard Hems on 39pts.  Less than an hour later, that score had been shattered when Paul Stanford (Bromsgrove) and Alan Butler (Redditch) shot 43pts.

Two hours later, current Seniors Captain, Ian Renhard, and his partner, Phil Harris equalled that score, but their back 6 tally was inferior.  At one point, it seemed that 41pts would claim a prize as five pairs had recorded that score.  But those hopes were scuppered when a further 43pts were submitted by the Bromsgrove pairing of Dave Smallwood and Andrew Lawrence (for fourth place) and the final pairing of Mickey Burrows (Bromsgrove) and Derek Mace (Kington) who took third place.  Just missing out were Ian Barber and Ray Cole who had scored 42pts.

All these later starters had played through an intense downpour that had left many seeking the warmth of a hot beverage.

For Paul Stanford, it was his second successive win having triumphed last year with fellow Bromsgrovian, Geoff Moss.  But perhaps, the story of the day was the 40pts scored by John Jenks (Gaudet Luce) on his 70th birthday alongside his 92-year-old father, Frederick (Abbey Hotel).   They finished 11th out of 74 pairs.

It was really pleasing to hear so many positive comments about the presentation of the course from visitors and members alike, which we’ll pass on to the greenkeeping team.  We’ve always wanted to set the course up to encourage good scoring and avoid tricked-up pin placements, and I think we did so.

A big thanks go to Sharon Easton Pollock, Michelle Parry and Carolyn Fox for managing the raffle, Lee Machin for being Course Marshal, and the staff behind the bar who kept the bacon rolls and drinks flowing.

The Full results can be found here Senior Men’s Pairs Open 2024 – results

Gary McCartney (Lead Co-ordinator) assisted by Deryck Hall and Ian Renhard


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